Cabo San Lucas. Where the Earth ends and the Ocean begins.
Have you heard of the Sea of Cortez? I haven’t. I was not aware of it at school geography lessons, dreams of travel did not suggest anything and if I had not gone on a cruise, who knows, it may be that I would not have learned about the sea…
When the captain of our ship announced that we had entered the Sea of Cortez and would be sailing through it for almost three days, the first thing I did was rush to the ship’s map, to clarify for myself what kind of sea it was. The sea was there, and so was our ship, marked as a tiny dot on the sea. I was ashamed of my geographical dullness and consoled only by the fact that I was not the only uneducated one.
The Sea of Cortez is only called that in Mexico, but outside Mexico the name of the Gulf of California has become established, which is why I was surprised when I heard about the sea I did not know!
Jacques-Yves Cousteau made the sea famous by calling it the “world aquarium,” the “North American Galapagos,” and dedicating a movie to it. The sea is rich in mammals – several species of whales, not afraid of people, sea lions, sharks (7 species), marlin, sailfish. Fish in the Sea of Cortez incredible abundance (850 species), from the popular and well-known, to very exotic specimens, which are not found anywhere else. While the whales are best seen from January to March, the rest of the animals are available any month.
The sea is located between the California Peninsula and the Mexican coast of North America, and the Colorado River flows into it, dyeing the sea red at its confluence.
The Sea of Cortez is said to have some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. I don’t know if this is really true, I didn’t notice any incredible beauty, but the dawns were beautiful and the sun always appeared a little unexpectedly, first letting out a couple of the brightest rays “to explore”, and after a short pause and popping out of the ocean itself.
In fact, Fernán Cortés had nothing to do with the sea named after himself, and quite possibly never even saw it, too busy exterminating the Maya and conquering new lands. But the Sea of Cortez sounds so romantic and so beautiful that all Mexicans prefer to call it that, completely ignoring the dry geographical one, the Gulf of California. And I’m in solidarity with Mexico!
We were on our way to the Californian Peninsula, or rather, Cabo San Lucas, a Mexican town, a sophisticated and elite resort, a place where Hollywood, the powerful and the chubbiest wallets of the planet love to vacation.
The peninsula is considered one of the driest places in our land. Its main charm in nature – the mountains and cliffs, bays and sand dunes, deserts and cacti, date groves and beautiful beaches, luxurious sunsets and sunrises. Cities huddle on the coast, the mountains remain uninhabited. The eastern coast of the peninsula is washed by the Sea of Cortez, and the western coast by the Pacific Ocean. And in Cabo San Lucas you can see the real border between the sea and the ocean – that it is so visible, I could not believe it until I saw for myself on one side the blue and warm sea, and on the other – the blue and cold ocean.
What to do in Cabo San Lucas, was thought of even at home – time for improvisation parking in the port did not provide. Excursion was found on the Internet and paid in advance. With all the variety of options, the boat trip was chosen, as strange as it may sound. It was assumed excursion on a boat with a transparent bottom, allowing you to admire the inhabitants of the sea. The tour lasted 45 minutes and cost $15 per person. Start time of the tour was agreed in advance, as well as the number of the pier, where we will be waiting for the boat. The main attraction of Cabo San Lucas – an excursion to the Arch, a natural formation, the result of centuries of work of wind and sea surf. The Arch itself has long been a symbol and even the logo of Cabo San Lucas, and to see it is a must. That’s where we were going to go…
Who knew that on that day the weather was preparing an unpleasant surprise – the sea roughness had reached the maximum, after which the sailing of small boats is prohibited. There was no time to rush along the shore trying to negotiate with a slightly larger ship. We could only hope that our captain would steer the liner along the Arch, and that the owner of the ship would give us our money back. The Mexicans proved their reputation as decent people and returned the money. No complaints to the captain either.
History of Cabo San Lucas.
The year of birth of Cabo San Lucas is easy for anyone born in the USSR to remember – 1917!
A quiet and unknown to anyone fishing village lived peacefully on the shores of a beautiful sea. However, the coast itself was no less beautiful, but the Mexicans did not care about that – the fishermen were fishing and that’s what they lived for.
Hollywood stars loved to vacation in Acapulco, located one day away on a leisurely seaway. But the city began to grow rapidly, filled with tourists, and the stars, sometimes tired of their popularity, wanted solitude and quiet. And that’s when a fishing village appealed to them. The place, where you can rest quietly, not hiding from the ubiquitous paparazzi, passed from mouth to mouth, slowly gaining a secret fame among the stars. Then Hemingway came here to rest, and the information leaked to the big world, though still in a thin stream. The explorer of the World Ocean, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, was conquered by the Sea of Cortez and told everyone who had a TV about it. Well, after the publication of Steinbeck’s book “Diary of the Sea of Cortez” the whole world learned about Cabo San Lucas…
To the city laid an expressway, built an international airport, planted slender palm trees and cleared the golf course. On the coast, as mushrooms after the rain, began to grow luxurious hotels for wealthy tourists. The nature was carefully protected from human intervention.
The whales never noticed anything, and continue to come to their favorite shores to bask and breed. Dolphins entertain with their acrobatic tricks. Fish are caught no worse, still naively and trustingly taking the bait. Rocks and beaches amaze with virginity and a certain wildness of nature. Weather holds a high mark, struggling to meet the notion of “ideal” – 350 sunny days a year. And it seems that nothing scary and terrible ever happens in Cabo San Lucas…
And meanwhile, that’s not the case, and the most serene city has experienced a terrible disaster…
On the night of September 14 to 15 last year, 2014, a hurricane with a beautiful female name, Odile, came to the shores of Cabo San Lucas. The city was destroyed almost completely overnight. It was a real disaster for the city and for those who were vacationing in its hotels… I knew about the hurricane. And so I could not imagine what would meet us on the shore…
As we were brought ashore…
Our ship approached Cabo San Lucas early in the morning. As usual, everyone got up early to have time to admire the sunrise, get ready to tour the town, and watch us enter another port. Everyone had heard about the beauty of the place and rushed to see everything with their eyes and their cameras.
The port at Cabo San Lucas is small, the bay is shallow and cruise ships cannot dock at the very shore. So everyone was waiting for a new adventure, called a “tender,” where the ship’s guests are taken away in lifeboats and the ship is anchored in the bay.
I had never seen a tender landing before, much less participated in one, and my curiosity was piqued to the extreme. I first spent a couple of hours on the balcony of our cabin, watching the crew launching the boats on the water, and then hurried to the exit in order to hurry to go ashore and take a direct part in this very tender. As experience has shown, there is nothing extreme about it. The boats load very leisurely, float even more leisurely, making an honorary circle around the ship, and then solemnly and importantly deliver everyone to the port. Since the conditional doors in the rescue boats do not tighten, you can take good pictures from the water itself of ships, sea lions, yachts, beaches and everything that sails past your boat.
Cabo San Lucas cruise port, Mexico
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Nickos68 ” 23 Apr 2016, 11:34 am
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Cabo San Lucas is often referred to as the jewel of the California Peninsula. The peninsula itself is considered one of the driest regions of the planet. The thin strip of land stretches for a distance of 1247 km – much longer than the Apennine Peninsula of Italy. Its main attraction is the nature: mountains, cliffs, azure bays, sand dunes, deserts, mountain slopes covered with various types of cacti, kilometers of beautiful white beaches, date palm oases, beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The interior of the peninsula is virtually uninhabited, with most cities located on the coast. The second longest peninsula in the world is washed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Sea of Cortez on the east. At the very end of the California Peninsula (where “the Earth ends and the ocean begins”) is Cabo San Lucas. The city has a reputation as Mexico’s most elite resort. In addition to sport fishing, visitors to Cabo (the town’s acronym) relax on the beaches, engage in water sports and play golf on international-class courses. Historically, Cabo San Lucas was first discovered by Hollywood stars more than sixty years ago. The movie stars liked the quiet and sparsely populated fishing village in contrast to the fast-growing and crowded Acapulco. Over time, a highway was built to the small fishing village, an international airport was built, and a marina was built. Then Cabo gradually began to appear very expensive resorts and villas, palm trees began to grow among the desert, golf courses were built. Cabo is still famous for fishing, but it is even more famous for spectacular scenery, almost perfect weather, golf, water sports, the richness of the underwater world, whale watching and nightlife. Swanky resort complexes have quickly brought what was once a small fishing village into the 21st century. Cabo San Lucas has become an elite resort in Mexico, catering mostly to non-poor tourists. It has become a popular vacation spot for Hollywood celebrities, the very wealthy and politicians from around the world.
Cabo San Lucas typically has 350 days of sunshine a year. The resort season in Cabo lasts from November to March. Especially many vacationers come for Easter, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and the spring break period for American college students. Attractions:
Plaza Amelia Wilkes is the main square of Cabo San Lucas and has a gazebo, trimmed trees in the shape of a giant chicken, a whale skeleton, and a small house. Nearby is the City Museum (open Mon. from 10 to noon, Tues. to Fri. from 10 to 19:00, Sat. from 10 to 14:00 and 16:00-20:00, Sun. 16:00-20:00), the exhibits illustrate the natural history and archaeology of the region. Near the square is the church founded in 1730 by the Spanish missionary Nicolás Tamaral.
El Arco The southern tip of the California peninsula is home to a number of beautiful and bizarrely shaped rocks. But none of them can compare to the grandeur of El Arco, one of Mexico’s most famous natural landmarks. It is an iconic symbol of Cabo San Lucas throughout the world. Along the entire west coast of Mexico, there is no other natural landmark whose beauty matches El Arco. If city officials hired an advertising agency to design a logo best associated with the city, they could hardly come up with something more appealing than El Arco. Today its image is ubiquitous on postcards and souvenirs. Visitors can visit El Arco by boat or walk under it at low tide. But this opportunity is provided once every seven years. The last time it was possible in 2013, therefore, the next time such an opportunity will come in 2020. The rest of the time the water floods the foot of the arch. There is probably no better photo in Sabo San Lucas than a photo with El Arco in the background. Visiting El Arco is pretty easy. Small Mexican pangas (fishing motorboats) make regular tours along the arch during the day.
Playa del Amante (Lovers Beach) The famous American travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler recognized Lovers Beach as one of the top 10 beaches in Mexico. Along with El Arco, it is the most photographed tourist destination featured in most Cabo San Lucas advertisements. Playa del Amante is one of Cabo’s most famous beaches with extraordinarily beautifully shaped cliffs and caves. The coastal waters are rich in various species of fish and therefore serve as a popular snorkeling spot. Seals, sea lions, pelicans and other birds can often be seen. Lovers’ Beach faces the Sea of Cortez and is safe for swimming. Nearby (1 minute walk) is the Pacific Ocean waters of Playa del Divorcio (Divorced Beach). The waves on this side are often huge and deadly! Therefore, it is best to swim only on the Sea of Cortez. Most people get to the beach by boat, but do not dock because of the large number of swimmers. So be prepared to go into the water two dozen meters from the beach. Walk to the coast through the hotels Solmar Playa Grande or Finistera, then walk up and down the low cliff, and you’re on your own (and free) to Lovers’ Beach. Or, alternatively, rent kayaks. Many vacationers paddle their kayaks here every day.
Playa Médano Cabo San Lucas has three main beaches. The most popular is Playa Médano, stretching northeastward for 3 km from the Hacienda Beach Resort. The beach is safe for swimming and walking at all times. A buoy-limited swimming area prevents water skiers, water parachutes, fishing boats and so on from swimming here. Mango Deck ( http://www.mangodeckcabo.com ) and Office ( http://www.theofficeonthebeach.com ) are the best known bars to go to during the day or night for food and drinks. A less expensive option is the Baja Cantina. Private operators along the beach provide everything you need for water sports: snorkeling, boats, jet skis, kayaks, catamarans, windsurfing boards (you can take windsurfing lessons). The beach is a popular starting point for trips to nearby Lovers’ Beach. Playa Solmar The beach at Playa Solmar is not crowded. Here you can sunbathe in peace and privacy, but the unpredictable undercurrents and big waves take several lives of unsuspecting tourists every year. Access to the beach is through the main entrance of Hotel Solmar and Hotel Finistera.
Glassworks Most Cabo San Lucas tour companies offer visits to the glassworks, but you can also take a cab and visit on your own. The factory has a store with glass products (figurines, plates and bowls). Today, the factory employs more than 30 artisans who work on individual orders for hotels, restaurants and stores. Individual customers can make special orders for the production of original objects. The address is Lazaro Cardenas S/N Edificio Posada Local 6-A, Cabo San Lucas.
Cabo Adventures Cabo Adventures offers the longest, highest and fastest zipline in Los Cabos. The trip from Cabo Sa Lucas lasts just over an hour and the tour itself is about 2 hours. A total of 7 ziplines stretch over the canyon, plus climbing the rock climbing bridge, climbing the “crazy ladder”, descending along the steep cliff, passing over the gorge on a tightrope, descending along the ropes simultaneously two participants of the tour. End of the tour – descent along the longest and fastest 500-meter long ziplines of Cabo San Lucas and return to the base camp. No cameras are allowed, a professional photographer takes the photos himself and they can be purchased in one package at the end of the tour. Tour details http://www.cabo-adventures.com/tours/ou . -adventure
Sunshine Dive & Charter Sunshine Dive & Charter offers daily diving and snorkeling trips to all the best sites on the southern California peninsula. Cabo San Lucas Marine Park, Sea Lion Colony, Santa Maria and Chileno Bays, Cabo Pulmo, La Paz and the famous Gordo Banks where you can see flocks of hammerhead sharks. Dive courses (and PADI certification) are available from beginner to professional level. Sunshine Dive & Charter is located right on the Cabo San Lucas marina. The company specializes in customized diving and snorkeling tours based on the wishes of its participants. Website http://www.divecabo.com
Todos Santos Since 2006, Todos Santos has been on the list of Magical Cities of Mexico (Pueblo Magico). The small town is located in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna, on the Pacific coast of the California Peninsula, about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas. Enjoy walking the streets of this charming Mexican town, spending free time in its stores and galleries, cafes and restaurants, and visiting the Jesuit mission, established in 1733. Built in 1928, Hotel California is the most popular place to visit, and it was here that legend has it that the famous Eagles band song “Hotel California” was written.
Veryka The Veryka store is located in Plaza Bonita and features the finest traditional Mexican handicrafts. The prices are high, but all items are made by well known Mexican artisans. The store is worth a visit even if you are not going shopping. Address: Plaza Bonita, Cárdenas 231, Local 34-C
Dos Lunas As for the most expensive Mexican resort, it has reasonably priced natural fiber products, jewelry and children’s clothing. Address: Blvd Marina Col Centro Plaza Bonita.
Galerías Zen-Mar Galerías Zen-Mar offers traditional Mexican handicrafts: woven wool rugs, silver bracelets, masks from Oaxaca and Guerrero, ceramics. Address: Av Lazaro Cárdenas s/n Col Centro
Mercado Mexicano The most popular market in Cabo San Lucas with a wide variety of traditional handicrafts from all over Mexico. Address: at the corner of Calles Madero & Hidalgo streets.
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