The International Writers Magazine:Mexico Vacations
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San Lucas lies at the same latitude as the Tropic of Cancer. Located
at the southern-most tip of the Baja Peninsula, Cabo is approximately
a thousand miles south of Tijuana. The famous arch, called "El
Arco," is at the very tip, also known as Lands End.
Its a famous landmark and "Playa del Amor (Lovers
Beach) is one of the most photographed beaches in the world.
Most of the photos depict a blissful honeymoon couple
(before reality sets in) with the towering rock formations in
Cabo was not my
cup of tea, to say the least. On the upside, I liked the Finisterra
Hotel, where I stayed for eight days. The hotel is on the Playa Solmar
Beach, where although stunning, and facing the Pacific Ocean, swimming
is not allowed. Its not uncommon to hear of people drowning off
of this beach. Dont make the slightest attempt to even go knee-deep
in the constant crashing surf. Bright red signs are posted along the
beach warning potential swimmers of the strong riptide. Nevertheless,
every once in awhile a tourist chooses to ignore the signs and verbal
warnings, bravado takes over, and the consequences are dire. The hotel
informed us that swimming is allowed at Playa El Medano Beach. I took
a water taxi ($ 6.00) from the marina for the five-minute ride -- to
what looked like a miniature Coney Island.
Sure, you can swim there, if youre brave enough to dodge the
jet skis. It was quite apparent that it was a public beach packed
with a mixture of locals and American teenagers, who considered
it to be a "happening place." I staked out a lounge chair
and attempted to relax, which proved fruitless. My boiling point
lasted all of fifteen minutes. Hawkers incessantly begged me to
buy their goods, and ignored my standard "no thank you."
In the brief amount of time that I was there, I must have said "no
thanks" 25 times.
Actually, the perfect
scenario would have been to have a recording of a broken record with
"no thanks," then I could have hit "play" and saved
myself some aggravation.
If this type of scene doesnt bother you, then good for you, check
it out; but in my case, I prefer not to be harassed while on vacation
at the beach. The local Cabo tourist magazine touts El Medano as "The
place to see and be seen, where the party continues all day and into
the night." I got a good laugh out of that PR line.
I quickly concluded that the majority of the tourists in Cabo San Lucas
are from California and Texas. Some people actually call it Orange County
South. You cant miss the Texans who stand out with their straw
cowboy hats, and the women wear makeup to the pool. To each his own.
It also was quite apparent that regardless of age, the majority of tourists
had a "Spring Break" mentality. There is nothing that turns
me off more than hearing a group of men in their 40s and 50s sans their
wives act and sound like a bunch of college kids. Thats great
if youre in your early 20s, but acting idiotic in the 40- to 50-year-old
range is really pushing it. Again, for the people out there that like
that type of social interaction, greatgo to Cabo, and go to Cabo
Wabo, youll be in your element. Maybe youll bump into Sammy
the restaurants, if youre thinking the meals are reasonably priced
because youre in Mexico, youre dead wrong. All of the restaurants
artificially inflate their prices to a new level geared toward the throngs
of American tourists. I tried to find a local yocal Mexican stand for
a taco, but as far as I know, no such thing exists in the highly touristy
town. It turned out that ordering room service at the Finisterra was
cheaper than eating in any of the restaurants in town.
I did enjoy one restaurant, though, called Panchos. The owners,
you guessed it, are from California. For all of you tequila fans, they
have over 500 varieties from all over Mexico. They offer a nightly tequila
tasting in the hopes of tourists purchasing a bottle in their gift shop
next door. Although it was quiet the night we were there, (it was off-season)
its one of the most popular restaurants in town. Four different
tourists recommended that we go there, and they were correct with their
personal ratings of the food and ambience. The atmosphere was inviting
with a brick ceiling, Mexican tile floor and a Mexican Revolutionary
mural on the wall. Colorful flags hung from the ceiling diagonally across
the room, and when the wind picked up at night, the candles on each
table made it cozy. The menu is substantial, offering everything from
Huevos a la Mexicana con Frijoles (Mexican eggs with green chilies)
to Pescado en salsa de Mango (mesquite grilled fish with mango salsa).
I was amused watching a group of Californians at a nearby table. They
must have been fresh arrivals and apparently under the assumption that
the Mexican guitar singing trio, decked out in authentic Mexican garb
were there gratuit. (I dont know why Im reverting to French.)
As the family of five sipped margaritas in oversized glasses, the trio
continued with a third song before they realized nobody was reaching
for a wallet or purse. The guitar strumming stopped; the leader of the
pack leaned over to the matron and explained something in a hushed tone.
A look of surprise crossed her face; she reached for her purse and dug
deep for a dollar bill. What an insult to the trio! Each family member
either was on cloud nine, or simply didnt care, or maybe the tequila
numbed their senses. From what I heard, the standard price is $5.00
per song and they want cold, hard American cash--no pesos.
The biggest attraction in Cabo San Lucas is big game sport fishing.
For anyone interested in this activity, Cabo sells itself on the world-class
fishing. The sport is dominated by men, who, after a day of battling
fish, beat their chests with stories on how they caught the "Big
One." Im not even remotely interested in sport fishing. I
was under the assumption that Cabo had other attractions aside from
sport fishing and heavy drinking; if it does, I didnt find it.
Therefore, yes, I can admit I made a mistake in my choice of destinations.
But, I might be the exception to the rule.
When I returned home to New Jersey, I met a woman who said she had been
to Cabo for a wedding. Before I even opened my mouth, she expressed
her feelings about Cabo and they mimicked mine. I gave her a high five.
© Susan Fogwell Jan 6th 2006
Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S CP 23410
PH: (624) 143-3333
2 Restaurants, 2 Bars, 3 swimming pools
Walking distance to town.
United, American, Delta and Continental among others fly into
Los Cabos International Airport. (SJD) The airport is approximately
27 miles from
Cabo San Lucas.
If you plan to stay in the town of Cabo San Lucas, renting a car is
Taxis await your arrival at the airport. R/t taxi fare to and from the
is approximately $80.00 US dollars.
Local phone # 143-3566
The preferred method of payment for any purchases in Cabo is
American money; they look down upon pesos.
Coldest months: December & January
Average winter temperatures: 50 to 80 degrees
The Paris of South America
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