tropic of Cancer is located at the northernmost latitude where the
sun appears directly overhead at noon. This event occurs during the
June solstice, when the northern hemisphere is tilted towards the
sun to its maximum extent. Cabo San Lucas, located at the
southernmost point of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico, is
just a few miles south of it.
the end of October, the temperature is still high (97° F), but the
air is very dry. The rainy season is gone, and the deserted hills and
dunes are covered with all kinds of beautiful wild flora like a
temporary dressing of the permanent cactus forest covering most of the
flight from Miami to Mexico City is about 3 hours and then from Mexico
City to the "Aeropuerto Internacional El Cabo" is an one
hour and fifteen minutes flight.
From the airport
to Cabo San Lucas it is about a 30 minute trip in a shuttle van that
takes each tourist to their respective destination resort along the
beautiful beaches in the peninsula. The charge for this service is
about $15 for each passenger.
attraction of Cabo San Lucas is the ocean, and its weather. There is a
blue sky all the time, and a low humidity that
makes everything look so clear, and perfect for photography. At 7.15
a.m., the sun rises majestically, painting a spectrum of colors over
the ocean surf. We stayed at the "Me Cabo Nikki Beach Meliá
Resort," right on the "Médano Beach," and very close
to where all the action is, six blocks from downtown Cabo San Lucas.
It consists of a small town with all kinds of tourist shops,
handcrafts bazaars, Mexican restaurants, and a large, well-established
marina with a very impressive sport fishing fleet. The resort has
great service, decor, and fantastic seafood with sophisticated
cuisine. The rooms are quite large with a wonderful view of the bay,
the rocky arch, and mountains at the end of the peninsula. It is
Cabo's signature picture. Médano Beach is one of the best beaches in
the area. Some others are not friendly for swimmers, have too many
rocks or swimming is not allowed because of the riptides' roughness. I
suggest checking with the hotel before booking.
The history of
Cabo San Lucas is very new. Around the sixties, Cabo San Lucas
consisted of only a fish cannery factory and a small fishing town. It
wasn't until the seventies when marlin sport fishing started to
attract fishermen from all over the world. Today, Cabo San Lucas is
considered one of the top fishing destinations for marlin in the
world. During our stay, we witnessed a great three day fishing
tournament with prizes over two million dollars.
Renting a car for
a day is a good idea. There is a nice "all day" tourist
circuit to be driven from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz, the capital of
South Baja California, along the west coast of the peninsula and coming
back by the eastern side, with very interesting stops along the way.
"Migriño" is a small town about 45 minutes from Cabo San
Lucas, then "Todos los Santos" appears, where you can stop
at the "Hotel California" , yes, the
hotel from the Eagles song. It is a must, enjoying a cold
"Margarita" on the rocks with some "tortillas y salsa
the town "Los Barriles," there is a great straw-roof rustic
restaurant named "El Barrilito" which serves "Huachinango
frito", (deep fried whole snapper). The food is great, it has
good service, and nice pricing. A 24 hour compact car rental, (we got
a Nissan Tiida, which is the Versa in the US) runs for about $60
including insurance. The highway #1 is in very good condition as
it is well maintained and there are many signs to guide you in your
If you like diving, there is very
good snorkeling and scuba action in a place called "la roca del
pelícano" (the pelican rock) not to far from the arch, where
there are all kinds of parrot fish, angels, snappers, and hundreds
more. At night, there is a nice restaurant right on the seashore, just
a couple of blocks south from the "Me Cabo Meliá Hotel"
called La Oficina, where the tables and chairs are placed right on the
sand, beautifully surrounded by burning torches and local folk décor.
A Mexican sommelier, called Rambo, goes around the tables feeding
shots of tequila to the customers. At night there is a stage with
great "Mariachis" and folkloric dances from ancient
times—very good food and a wonderful atmosphere.
Tourism is the engine that drives
Cabo San Lucas. During our week stay, we saw the arrival of eight
cruise ships. The most famous names: Carnival, Norwegian, Princess,
etc., make a stop for a day or two, and while you might think this it
takes away from the beauty, the ships enhance the view of the bay.
Everywhere we went, the people were very friendly, and service was
impeccable. This town knows how to pamper the tourist.
Cabo San Lucas is a great
destination with a lot of fun and it is worthwhile to comeback. Check
out the web for weekly packages, which run from $1,700 to $2,000 per
person (Air from Miami + Hotel). Meals and drinks are not included,
and can cost around $100 per day per person. Some resorts are
"all inclusive" with great savings on your stay.