Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – the tip of the Baja Peninsula
After a two year COVID break, we again spread our wings to worlds beyond via our favorite mode of travel: Cruising!
This stop: Cabo San Lucas!
At the far southern tip of the Baja Peninsula (the tail hanging down below California) is the Mexican city of Cabo San Lucas.
Our short time here, the first stop on our cruise vacation gave us a tiny but appetizing taste of the area. It provided a glimpse at the variety of landscape – from sandy beaches and rocky cliffs to colorful flora and stark cactus – and a magnificent sunset!
Our Itinerary on the Mexican Riviera
The “Mexican Riviera” refers collectively to twenty cities and lagoons lying on the western coast of Mexico. Coined by the tourist industry to promote the area for cruises because of association with the Italian and French Riviera. Much like its European counterpart, the area provides many ocean front resorts, popular with tourists.
Our cruise left the Port of Los Angeles with stops at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta with three days at sea to enjoy the Pacific Ocean as it edged past the Baja Peninsula.
Cabo San Lucas
At the far southern tip of the Baja Peninsula is Cabo San Lucas. Our short time there, and small sampling of the area, provided us with a diverse and beautiful experience.
Cabo San Lucas: the Port
The port is a short walking distance from the heart of the city. We arrived in port via ferry boat from the ship.
Sweeping panoramic views of the Bay of Cabo San Lucas and El Arco could be seen from one of our picturesque stops
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas: view from the Ship
We spent the evening dining on the waterfront of our ship with Cabo San Lucas on the horizon.
The sun setting behind the mountains and the city lights coming into view created a magical evening!
Cabo San Lucas Scenery
It was a picturesque drive through the Baja California desert terrain with stark cactus on the sandy desert and rocky cliffs – to bright flora on trees and in gardens – and the stark white homes built on the cliffs against the blue sky and water.
Nearby Mexican Town
San Jose del Cabo
Just outside of Cabo San Lucas was a small Mexican town of San Jose del Cabo. It gave us a small glimpse of local culture with its charming, tree-lined streets, colorful murals and historic town plaza. Here we discovered a wonderful church, the first of the town square gazebos – and a fantastic ice cream shop!
San Jose del Cabo
We took a fun walk around the quaint town – and of course discovered a delicious ice cream shop that made its own ice cream – and dozens of flavors on a stick (like a fudgesicle).
Ice Cream Stop
Cabo San Lucas: Glass Blowing Factory
To experience some of the local culture, we stopped at a local glass factory. we watched artisans at work, learned their time-honored techniques, and browsed their colorful creations in the gift shop – of course! I purchased a unique vase to add to my collection from around the world. Priced in Mexican pesos worth thousands on the price tag, I expected it to cost around 25.00 USD. To my delight…it was only 5.00 USD!
Glass Blowing Factory
From the glass in the mosaics on the floor, walls and windows, to the rows and rows of commercial glassware and unique decorative pieces, it was a fun experience.
Another exciting thing about this business is that they recycled glass to use in their products. We saw stacks of wine & beer bottles, glass dishes, etc. waiting to be melted and recycled into new products.
Glass Blowing Shop
It was fun to discover the custom, hand-crafted glassware that my daughter purchased some years ago amidst their items for sale! Now I can tell her where they were created!
This was our first visit to the Baja Peninsula and Cabo San Lucas – and we look forward exploring the area on future visits.
- Personal information acquired at local sites by Cher B. 12 April 2022
- Tour information from our local tour guide for Tropical Tours arranged through NCL and NCL travel excursion information. 12 April 2022
- All Photos by Cher B and Skip B. 12 April 2022