Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

This was our fourth visit to Cabo in as many years – it’s a very popular destination for both north & southbound cruise ships. Nestled off the southern tip of Baja, California, Cabo San Lucas has long offered an escape from the outside world. Of course, pirates were the first to escape here in the 16th century, seeking refuge from the seas. Fishermen came later, pursuing a different kind of escape – recreation. Today, tourists make their way to Cabo simply for a quiet retreat from the hectic pace of modern life. Jutting out from the Mexican Peninsula, where the Gulf of California meets the Pacific, Cabo is separated from the north by Baja’s deserted interior. Due to the terrain, visitors arrive (as mentioned) most often by ship. Our sail-in was absolutely gorgeous, a picture-perfect morning. We dropped anchor at 7:30, and we decided to catch one of the very first ‘tenders’ to shore before the day heated. Once at the pier or marina, it’s not easy to get to the beach, which was our destination. You have to walk clear around the perimeter of the marina to gain access. The marina itself is bordered by dozens of restaurants & retail shops, to include a first class shopping mall. Similar to Puerto Vallarta, Cabo is exceptionally clean, at least along the coast. We’ve never ventured inland. It took us nearly an hour but our feet finally hit sand and we started our coastal walk. Low & behold, we found a resort resembling our watering hole in Puerto Vallarta, complete with beachside tables & chairs. You guessed it – Corona, please! We sat in the shade sipping our cold beers and enjoying a gentle, cool breeze from the ocean – it was a very nice morning for us. Cabo was much warmer than Puerto Vallarta. By the time we walked back to the pier to catch the ‘tender’ around 1:00, we were both sweating profusely. Our only route back took us past the same retail shops & restaurants, and if I have one major complaint about Cabo, it’s the constant nuisance by sidewalk sales people. It seems every retail establishment has one employee positioned on the walkways offering you breakfast, fishing, snorkeling, lunch, water, along with the usual trinkets & trash for sale. EVERYONE tries to lure you into their establishment or sell you something - EVERYONE. These folks are basically well-behaved and don’t manhandle you as they do in some parts of the world, but it’s a constant irritation. Granted, these people are only trying to their jobs, but the tourism board or someone should educate them – that they are more likely to generate business if they treat prospective customers with better decorum. No one likes to be squawked at. Simply saying “no thank you” isn’t good enough – many will follow you continuing their sales pitch. I’ve found the very best answer: when a squawker in Cabo says,”Hey Amigos, I take you fishing,” you simply say, “Thanks, we just got back.” It worked every time!

 

Our final sailaway – bittersweet. With San Diego just two days away, we’re SO READY to be home, yet hate to see come to an end what has been another spectacular voyage around the world. The people, the sites, the scenery, the education, the challenges, the surprises, the beautiful memories…

 

…we can only now look forward to January, 2015 – one more trip around the world with many new destinations, and I’m sure our last. Maybe…