Cabo San Lucas during the 1960’s


Photos of the Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos area of Mexico during the 1960’s.

Original, circa 1960’s, site where the Bahia hotel would be constructed in the mid to late1980’s. This is the former residence of fisherman Oscar Montaño Herrera circa 1960. Known as Don Yoka, he was a pioneer of Los Cabos’ coastal fisheries. More than a quarter century ago, Don Juan Esquivel built one of the first hotels on Medano Beach, circa mid 1980’s, on the site that originally belonged to Don Yoka. Bahia Hotel & Beach Club,

Photo courtesy Bahia Hotel & Beach, Club Cabo San Lucas.

Cabo San Lucas circa 1961 - today this dirt road is Calle Lazaro Cardenas

Cabo San Lucas circa 1961 – today this dirt road is Calle Lazaro Cardenas

Hotel Hacienda Cabo 1966

Photo of Hotel Hacienda Cabo on Medano Beach, or Playa el Médano circa 1966.

The most recent source of this image is from a Facebook post by Maria Faustina Wilkes Ritchie.


“Buenos Dias. This photo is full of a thousand memories. At that time to operate all the services focused on tourism hoteliers gave lodging, laundry and three meal  to all employees. In this photo in the lower left corner are the rooms and dining room for the aforementioned, so tourism began in Cabo San Lucas. I do not know the credit of this photo. It has much history of course. Greetings”   Maria Faustina Wilkes Ritchie

Text on the image:  1966 Hotel Hacienda de Abelardo L. Rodriguez

Maria Faustina Wilkes Ritchie is the author of the book  El San Lucas que ya conoci or The San Lucas You Already Know.

Note: If anyone has any more facts about this image, please email

Explorations in Lower California

Explorations in Lower California 

Book by J. Ross Browne and Spencer Murray 1966

Exploration in Lower California by J. Ross Browne.

Copyright 1966 by Spencer Murray. Illustrated with original sketches by J. Ross Browne and photographs by the publisher, Spencer Murray,  except where noted.


Captions under the above images:
Left: Ritchie’s house was located on the sandhill behind the beach at Cabo San Lucas Bay. The town was later entered around the site, but the vicious hurricane of 1941 forced it relocation a mile inland. Today on the spot stands the beautiful Hacienda Cabo San Lucas. a report catering primarily to fly-in visitors who land their planes on the hotel’s airstrip.
Right:  From Browne’s description of the Continental’s anchorage we can assume is rode on its ground tackle in the centre of this photograph. Guests of the new Hacienda enjoy this view of the bay and the cape beyond from the upstairs veranda. Browne imagined the bay a major sea-traffic stopping place, but it has not yet come to pass.



The Sea of Cortez, Sunset Book

The Sea of Cortez,
Gulf of California, Baja, Mainland Coast, Mexico

(A Sunset Book) Hardcover
First Printing 1966 – jat
by Raymond Cannon (Author)

Beautifully illustrated book on the Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Baja, Mainland Coast: Mexico’s Primitive Frontier featuring history, travel discoveries, fishing and adventure.

Quote from the the introduction:
“The Story of The Sea of Cortez, a primitive world of beauty and adventure that begins less than fifty miles below the southwest border of the United States.”

“This is the book that jump started tourist in Baja California in the 60s and 70s. Ray Cannon, the author spend 30 years, 1947 to his death in 1977, fishing, traveling and writing about Baja.”  MikeB. –