Cabo Falso to Playa Migriño
Early explorers once believed that a cape three kilometers west of Cabo San Lucas marked the southern tip of the peninsula. Later cartographers discovered the mistake and named the cape Cabo Falso.
Today the wide, sandy beach is protected so that sea turtles can lay their eggs undisturbed; once a popular destination for ATV tours from Cabo San Lucas, the dunes are now off limits as well, due to pending development. An abandoned lighthouse, El Faro Viejo, was in operation from 1895 to 1961; some years back, the original lens was moved to a modern lighthouse located higher on the beach.
Inland from Cabo Falso, Mexico 19 enters the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna and reaches the village of Migriño. The coast here consists of a long, sandy beach dotted with rocks and a small estuary at the mouth of Río Candelaria.
In winter surfers can find a right point break at the north end of the beach, but the camping is no more. Rancho Migriño has moved in, with new home sites for sale.
Playa Migriño is easily accessible from Cabo San Lucas (about 15 minutes by car), with access roads at Km. 94 and Km. 97. The beach is about 2.5 kilometers west of the highway on either road.
© Nikki Goth Itoi from Moon Baja, 9th Edition