Blogs from Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America

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Feb. 4….And So It Begins Our first port, Cabo San Lucas, on the very southern tip of Baja California, an easy stop with a myriad of beach activities, restaurants, shops and the proverbial time shares. Three ships are in port during this “high season” so we are tendered onto shore in a pretty efficient manner. The Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean here, and the lovely, luscious blue water is aglow with sparkles. Temp is near 80 degrees F with refreshing breezes, a perfect day for me. Hordes of people as well as vendors when we innocently run into Juan, who offers us a ride on a panga boat, good price but we have to really hustle to catch up to him as he leads us to the office where payment is due. Out of ... read more

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Cabo San Lucas December 10th 2018

After we left the shores of Guatemala, we voyaged for 3 days before docking again. Life on board during days at sea is relaxing and unhurried, with our focus more on ourselves rather than where we are. Each day at 12 noon we attended the daily trivia quiz in the Explorers’ Lounge on Deck 7. These have proved to be challenging and we have hooked up with a lovely couple from the UK, Helena and Mark Smith, who live in Surrey. We have got very close to winning, tying at least twice and losing on the tiebreaker question, as well as always being either third or second, The questions have been varied and challenging. Helena and Mark are lovely and we have new people to visit in the UK. Each day Fletcher and I have gone ... read more
Cabo San Lucas from our balcony
The Marina at Cabo San Lucas
Pretty building in San Jose


Today was the end of our holiday! We went down to breakfast and found the family to say farewell. It was somewhat sad as we don’t know how long it will be before we see the American branch of the family again. This was the second time in two months that many of us had gotten together. We had attended the wedding of Don's nephew in Chicago two months ago in March, but the previous gap had been two-and-a-half years since the family gathered. We collected our bags from our room and said a teary farewell to Caroline and Max who were staying on for a further day. Then we queued for the taxi to the airport. We were a bit panicked as there were very many people waiting to go to the airport but ... read more
Don's nephew Ben (Katie's brother, not husband) and his newlywed wife Sammi


Sunday - the big day. We spent the day relaxing and then getting ready for the wedding ceremony. I (Lesley) had managed to avoid the sandy beaches for the past 13 days but today I had to succumb as the ceremony was literally on the beach. Whilst I was titivating myself, Don ran down to the Chabad restaurant to get food for us and for Caroline and Max. We started the celebrations with photographs. For these we removed the resort bands from our wrists, and stuffed them away. However, this proved to be a bit problematic as there were drinks at the bar first and the wait staff had a challenge with serving us without us wearing these bands. However, we soon managed to sort this out and we were drinking our margaritas! Then we ... read more
Bride & Groom start the party
Midnight Pool Party !
Bridesmaids blow Bubbles


We were able to have a lie-in as the service at Chabad started at 11 am!!! We strolled back to the Chabad house. The town was relatively calm and quiet after the rocking and rolling of the night before. At the fire station youngsters were training to be fire fighters. They were all dressed in a uniform and they were lining up in formation obviously to be put through their paces. The older firefighters were getting out buckets and hoses ready to show them how to get wet! The youngsters were taking it all very seriously. Again we had a minyan, which pleased us and amazed the rabbi. After the service ended we went next door to the rabbi’s apartment for lunch. Lunch was not so chaotic as the night before but there were still ... read more
3 brothers reprise The Letter
Katie and Ben - bride & groom
Mike and Rob entertain Katie


We all spent the day lazing around, chatting amongst the family and generally being idle! Even a bit of time in the gym or in the pool was fairly light activity. In the late afternoon we went with one of Don’s brothers and his wife to the Chabad for Shabbat. It was only a 2 km walk and was a surprisingly pleasant stroll through town. Each store was either a bar or a tourist shop selling Mexican chutchkes: maracas, sombreros, ponchos etc. The people were very friendly - or were they just trying to sell us something? Cabo in daylight was busy but relatively peaceful, as we were to discover later that night. We passed a large walrus statue by the marina, and an imaginative roof display with King Kong atop the Statue of Liberty ... read more
big brother Al, Don, brother Mike


The family were due to come into town during the course of the afternoon. At lunch time Caroline and Max took us to the Indian restaurant very close to the hotel. We discovered that it was Mexican Mother’s Day. We had a wonderful vegan meal and after our meal I was given a heart shaped red balloon with “Happy Mother’s Day” written on it. Upon return to our room we found the chambermaids had left a towel creature in celebration of Mother's Day. The cute dog was decorated with a real flower. (SCROLL DOWN to see) Later in the day two of Don’s brothers and their wives arrived, and - most important - the bride and groom arrived. In fact the reason we were here at this Mexican resort was for the 'Destination Wedding' location ... read more
Towel animal carried a flower


Lazy day spent sun bathing, reading and generally relaxing. We did use the gym today and a few other days, but our personal workouts at the resort did not seem as strenuous as traipsing around the Galapagos islands! Caroline started her search for vegan food. She sought out the manager of the hotel and submitted a very long complaints form. She and Max were so disgusted that they spent much of the rest of the trip eating at the vegan restaurants in town, despite the 'all inclusive' food having been paid for within the resort. We were a bit concerned as we had been warned that Cabo is one of the most dangerous tourist spots in Mexico. Another comment about the food and drink and general attitude of the resort. Yesterday when we arrived at ... read more


The night flight from Quito to Houston was simple but uncomfortable. We arrived in Houston and had a great deal of “fun” trying to get through immigration. We seemed to miss the easy path for US-transit-only passengers and ended up having to go through security again. We had a few hours wait until our ongoing flight to Cabo San Lucas. This was an ok flight and eventually we arrived In Mexico. Now this location was not in the main Mexico you think of which lies south of the middle of the US. No this was the southern tip of what is geograpically known as Baja California, alhtough it is officially part of Mexico albeit disconnected from the Mexican mainland. The baja sur runs south from San Diego California, with Tijuana at the northern border of ... read more
Pueblo Bonito Rose resort


The light from outside wakes me up around 8am. The ship is very still. No noise. Peering out the window, I see that we're anchored in the bay off Cabo San Lucas. Our arrival was scheduled for 7:30, right on time but we have a limited day here as our all aboard time is 1:15pm. If you're the first off and last back on the ship you may have 5 hours to spend ashore. But tours booked through the ship get off first, then the tender ticket numbers determine the order of disembarking after that. We aren't leaving the ship today. I had a deal with a local hotel located on the beach where we could hang out all day, using their facilities and enjoying the poolside buffet all for $27pp. However, it's a short day ... read more
Karen Filling Out Her Forms - Not Good
View of the Port from the Westerdam
Hotel Where We Could Have Gone




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