Cabo San Lucas
06 November 2011 | Cabo
November 4-6, 2011
Cabo San Lucas
The large megayacht in the picture is Larry Ellisons (Oracle) new motoryacht.
We are at Cabo after completing the Baja Ha-Ha. Close to our slip was a small store and I had indulged myself in an Ice Cream. We had also picked up ice so we could now have some celebratory drinks. After logging in with the Marina, we now had gate keys. George and Carl disappeared to explore the waterfront bars and Cantinas while we tidied up the boat.
Friday morning we gave the boat a good wash down to get the salt off and tidied up some loose ends. George and Carl then went off to do more exploring and apparently had fish Tacos and a bucket of beer (usually six bottles) at a number of Cantinas. Apparently, we may have not fed them enough during the voyage. I had thought we were doing them a favor, helping them to lose weight, but in one day they seem to have made up for the loss. In the afternoon, there was the Baja Ha-Ha beach party however Anita and I were not ready as we had been waiting on our clearance documentation for the boat and crew into Mexico. That evening we dined on burgers at one of the Cantinas that line the harbor.
The harbor in Cabo is small and one side is lined with cantinas selling beer and food to the tourists who come by their thousands, some staying in condos, timeshares or hotels while others arrive by one of the many cruise lines that serve the port. When we had arrived on Thursday, the only cruise ship in port was one of the Disney cruise lines which left on Friday afternoon. For the first time, we had an opportunity to see what Cabo is like without any liners anchored off-shore. It is much quieter and less crowded. We had expected the Marina area to be warm at night however as soon as the sun set, a nice cooling breeze set in so even though we used the AC at night to dry the boat out, it was quite pleasant sleeping conditions even without AC.
On Saturday we finally received our clearance documentation and then headed to the store to provision for the next leg of our cruise. Most of the Cantinas have free Wi-Fi so we were able to access the internet and upload information and pictures to the blog as well as review our email.
Saturday evening we all went to the Baja Ha-Ha awards ceremony and Hilbre had scored third place in her division along with a number of other boats. To get a first place, you really need to sail all the way and in fact a number of boats had managed to accomplish this feat, even if it meant spending little time in the stops along the way. Everyone received an award of some sort and a small certificate confirming their participation in the event. We now have the famous Baja Ha-Ha fish in our cabin on board.
Sunday morning we met up with Ken and Nancy with whom we spent an enjoyable hour or so swapping stories as Nancy had sailed the east coast extensively and had lived on a boat for a number of years. George and Carl prepared for their flight home and we prepared to leave the Marina for the beach anchorage.