What Is a Headland in Geography?

In geography, the headland describes the land that culminates in cliffs over the water or extends out into the water, similar to a peninsula. This is also known as the promontory. Large headlands are often called capes.

Headlands also describe the land that juts out into bays. Examples of headlands include Cape Canaveral in Florida, Diamond Head in Hawaii, the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, Cape Hope at the southern tip of South America, Land's End in Cornwall, England, and Cabo San Lucas in California as well as Baja Sur in Mexico. Perhaps one of the most well-known capes is Gibraltar.