What The? …Walking Through the Arch

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Every once and awhile, we’ll see a photo of people walking through the famous El Arco on Land’s End. This has led to a lot of confusion by our guests. Can you or can’t you? Is it during low tide? What is this mystery “beach” where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez?

The simple answer is 99.9% of the time you cannot walk through the arch. And, it isn’t simply an issue of high versus low tide. The ability to walk through The Arch is a rare occurrence happening for about a month or so every 4(ish) years. Tides, seasonal currents and the amount of sand present under the arch are all players in this phenomenon. And, from most accounts, this takes place late Spring (if it is going to happen).

It is beautiful no doubt, but we want to remind everyone that the photos of a happy couple walking hand-in-hand don’t tell the full story. Rogue waves and strong currents have been known to strike without much warning. A search of the internet will likely turn up scary stories of such encounters. IF you are going to make the trek, we just ask all our friends and guests to be careful. Watch for rising tides and incoming waves. Don’t make your base near the arch; rather, we beg of you, to choose the soft, safe sand of Lover’s Beach.

A report from one of the last occurrences mentioned the Port Captain in Cabo San Lucas permanently closed the beach. This means that boats and tours are not allowed to drop anyone off here. It may be best to snap some amazing photos from the safety of a water taxi or Cabo sailing tour…and leave the beach going to next door neighbor, Lover’s Beach.

We’ve collected a sampling of photos from around the internet.

Courtesy of Cabo Sailing

Courtesy of Cabo Sailing

Courtesy of Tony Perez

Courtesy of Tony Perez

Courtesy of Architecture Art Designs

Courtesy of Architecture Art Designs

Courtesy of Expedia

Courtesy of Expedia

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