#374: Go to Cabo San Lucas

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Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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In need of a week long, all inclusive beach vacation, I decided to skip my favorite spot of Playa del Carmen and head to Cabos San Lucas instead. Known for their snorkeling and beach life, it was shaping out to be a very relaxing trip, unlike the adventure driven area Playa del Carmen allows for. Due to the relaxing nature, I didn’t have many tours planned like I usually do. Yes. I was forced to sit around and relax. So not like me!

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I arrived on a Saturday and my first tour was on Monday. I did a sightseeing tour around Los Cabos. The tour took us on a “glass bottom” boat ride around the harbor and to El Archo, the famous rock formations the area is known for. I put glass bottom in quotes because the boat was not glass bottom, but instead had two windows on the bottom of the boat to look out at.

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The Arch in Cabo San Lucas

The Arch in Cabo San Lucas

Lover's Beach in Cabo San Lucas

Lover’s Beach in Cabo San Lucas

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We saw Lover’s Beach, which on the other side is the dark and draby Divorce Beach. Near the arch were a bunch of active sea lions as well.

Sea Lions in Cabo

Sea Lions in Cabo

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The area was extremely pretty and picturesque. After the boat tour, our guide took us to Hacienda Tequila for a tour and tasting. You can read about that experience HERE: Go Tequila Tasting in Mexico. We were then taken to a local glass blowing shop where we learned how glass figurines were made. I have done glass blowing before, but it was very interesting to see how fast the men were able to make a dolphin and produce all the glassware they had in the shop.

Making a dolphin

Making a dolphin

The fired glass is so hot it lite the paper on fire

The fired glass is so hot it lite the paper on fire

We were then taken to four different shopping opportunities around the area, which were all the same souvenir shops that are usually found in high trafficked tourist areas. Along the way to all the shopping we stopped to see some pretty views of the city.

The mission in San Jose del Cabo

The mission in San Jose del Cabo

Downtown San Jose del Cabo

Downtown San Jose del Cabo

San Jose del Cabo holiday display

San Jose del Cabo holiday display

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My next tour was to swim with Whale Sharks in La I highly highly highly recommend this tour if you’re in Cabo during the winter months. You can read about that experience HERE: Swim with Whale Sharks. It was by far in my top 10 best list. Plus, on the way back to the town, we saw humpback whales swimming in the distance near the highway we were driving on. Humpback whale season is supposed to start December 19th, so they were early!

My last tour was a snorkel, kayak, boat ride, paddleboard all inclusive tour. The boat ride took us along the seaboard of the arch and rock formations like the first tour did. We were taken to Chillian Bay for snorkeling.

Cabo San Lucas marina

Cabo San Lucas marina

Manta Ray jumping out of the water

Manta Ray jumping out of the water

The Sea of Cortez is known for having a tremendous amount of sea species in the water. Along the boat ride to our snorkel, we saw dolphins and manta rays jumping out of the water. The snorkeling proved to have a lot of fish, but the water was a little too rough for snorkeling around there. I suggest doing a snorkel trip near the arches instead of this bay area. Seems like more to see anyways. I may be somewhat bitter about the snorkel anyways because my underwater camera broke while out there.

Snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas

Snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas

Snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas

Right about when the camera broke *sad face*

Luckily I had a new memory card and nothing was destroyed. Guess this is the universe’s way of nudging me into buying a goPro after all. After the snorkel, I stayed in downtown Cabo and walked around the marina area. It is filled with shopping, restaurants, and annoying tourist workers attempting to sell you packages, or jewelry along the way. They particularly pick on women walking alone for sure, however it was safe to walk around alone. I stopped at Captain Jack’s cafe for lunch and treated myself to some of the best chicken enchiladas I’ve ever had in my life.

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The rest of my trip was spent relaxing around my hotel. Surprise! The sunrises were amazing and the sunsets were best over on the west coast side. I was on the North East side of Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo.

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The area is known for its fishing and you can tell! They serve various fish dishes everywhere.Fish tacos fish tacos fish tacos. I definitely have had my fill of those! I think the best part of this trip was the weather. It was sunny, 85 and not a drop of rain in sight for the full 8 days I was here. Los Cabos is known for their desert climate and only get rain about 12-20 days a year. I practically forgot it was December while here. While I absolutely love vacations alone, I think Cabo San Lucas is better with someone else. If I was to do this again with a friend I would choose diving and a sunset sailing, deep sea fishing, whale watching tour (only in late December through February) and of course the swimming with whale sharks!

WOULD I DO THIS AGAIN: Sure! But I much prefer Playa del Carmen for the active lifestyle I pursue.

HOW TO DO THIS: Fly into Cabos San Lucas airport and stay in Los Cabos or San Jose del Cabo for easy access to tours and the nightlife.

 

 

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