The beautiful Los Cabos area of Mexico has only become a famous tourist destination in the last fifty years or so. The first outsiders to stumble upon the area's pristine beauty were Spanish missionaries in the 17th century and the town they settled, San Jose del Cabo, was the only settlement for centuries. It's said that airborne World War II pilots spotted the confluence of the cool Pacific Ocean and the warm Sea of Cortez in a large swirling patter off Land's End, and posited that these were good fishing grounds. Indeed, they were, and the Los Cabos boom began. In the 1960s, several luxury big game fishing lodges were built, leading the way, and today the entire region-from San Jose del Cabo to the tip of Land's End at Cabo San Luca-has been developed and promoted by the Mexican government as the tourist paradise of Los Cabos. What was once desert has now been replaced by dozens of manicured luxury resorts, champion golf courses, spas, hotels and restaurants.