Part One – I must say I did not realize that August was the beginning of a “rainy season” when I booked six nights at Cabo San Lucas. I just knew that several ski buddies had been going there for years. They LOVED it. If they have not been there lately, they may not recognize the place. But that’s another story.
“Los Cobos” actually means The Capes – an area in Baja California defined by San Jose de Cabos to the north and Cabo San Lucas to the south. Further translated the towns are named for St Joseph and St Luke. If you are Catholic, that is the religion that dominates Mexico.
Cabo San Lucas literally is at the southernmost tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja California peninsula and it is 30 south of the Tropic of Cancer ensuring a Mediterranean type climate. That location is unique for a couple of reasons. The famous rock formations are known as Land’s End as they startle the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. A sunset cruise around the rock formation and its dramatic Arch (El Arco) is a must if you visit Cabo.
The region also boasts 340 days of sunshine each year. However, when a storm pops up, it can be a doozy as we found out on a mid-August visit. Many aquatic activities can be cancelled when the water is too choppy although there are plenty of in-land things to do in and around Cabo. Details will be covered in Part 2.
The hub of “downtown life” centers around the world-class Marina. The Marina Fiesta Resort and Spa is anchored just steps away from the vast promenade that circles the myriad of small to enormous boats that are docked there.
The resort’s all-inclusive package provides the option of choosing a variety of restaurants each night – Presto for Italian, Imomo for Sushi, Jack’s Steak House, Baja Lobster Co and Oyster Bar for seafood, Los Deceos for Mexican and the Golden Legends Sports Bar for casual all-around fare. All are owned by the same company that owns the resort. Before or after dinner, the hotel’s Sky Bar is the perfect place to watch the evening sunset and the La Palapa tiki bar-style restaurant serves food and beverages all day (food until 5 pm and starting with breakfast) around the resort’s pool area.
Be aware that many facilities, including the Marina Fiesta, are “time share” operations and that, too, will be addressed in Part 2.