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Old 10-22-2008, 01:33 PM   #4
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Cruise Ship Port of Call in Cabo San Lucas

Originally Posted by Capt_Aubrey

We have a 1/2-day in Cabo.....
The boats drop anchor in the morning and weigh in before sunset. You'll be shuttled to the cruise ship tender drop off at the south side of the marina (34). From here you can take a water taxi to Medano Swimming Beach, Puerto Paraiso Mall at the far end of the marina (#1 on the map), or Land's End Arch & Lover's Beach.

It appears that the cruise ships have their own recommended tour activities. Same activities, local prices. Save 35% with pre-paid vouchers. Here is my list of more adventurous local stuff. With the exceptions of golf and off-road adventures, everything is within walking distance.

Mornings are slow, lots of restaraunts for brunch. You'll see the para-sailing, jet skis and kayaking activities in the bay. If you're lucky, perhaps you can go out sportfishing. Southern Baja is also a mecca for scuba diving and snorkeling as the water temperature ranges from 70 in the winter to 85 in the summer. You can dive locally, arrange a trip to the Parque National de Cabo Pulmo, or you can jump ship for a week of close encounters at the Revillagigedo Archipelago aboard the Nautilus Explorer or Solmar V. How about a round of golf (map)? You could rent a Harley, head up the Pacific coast, visit Todos Santos (Mission, Hotel California, arts & craftsy things), and stop for a rooftop dinner at Art & Beer on the way back. You can take a thrill ride in a genuine Baja 1000 race car or crew on New Zealand's unsuccessful America's Cup defender NZL-82.

Afternoons are great to sit on the beach at The Office, Mango Deck or Billygan's Island Restaraunt (32) and enjoy the surrounding activities. You can stop at the Harley-Davidson (1) for the obligatory T-shirt and $4 beers. Or, you can venture into town to Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina (14) for dinner and their world famous $6 Margaritas. Lots of shops and time-share folks to get thru.

Evenings are when the city transforms. The Cabo Wabo has decent food and the nightclub starts around 8pm. Other popular spots are Giggling Marlin (24), The Zoo Bar & Dance (13), NoWhere Bar (19), Tiki Bar & Baja Cantina(56) or sneak upstairs for a private dance at the Twenty/20 Club (21).

After midnight you must squeeze into El Squid Roe (42). This hopping place seems to be where everybody ends up after 2am. It's kind of like being part of a giant wave of bodies, helps you sober up as service is difficult to navigate. Except for Billygan's, everything else is within three blocks of The Zoo Bar including the marina (detail map).

Recommendation: bring your credit card and book four weeks in advance for sportfishing, golf, Harleys, Baja 1000 or America's Cup.

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The rent-a-motocross tours have been cancelled. I found Baja Ride still has a phone & can be reached at the address. But, you should contact them first to see if they are open for business.
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