Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Arriving into Cabo San Lucas, we took a peek from our balcony and we were pleasantly surprised. A bustling marina meant there would be plenty to do that day and we were right on the money with that assumption. As we waited for the tender to arrive, we watched dolphins frolicking alongside the ship. As we walked down, we actually saw stingrays jumping out of the water. Amazing!

We had a whale watch scheduled for the early afternoon and decided not to be one of the first off the ship that day. I think I would have gotten off much earlier if I had known just how much there was to do and to look at near the marina and in the city. We walked around the marina before heading out into the city. Lots of stores and restaurants and a great place to sit, relax, have a few drinks, and to people watch.

If you walk down the marina and out toward the city, there are lovely little shops and restaurants, although touristy in nature, to give you an idea of the area. We were interested in locating Cabo Wabo and found the Cabo Wabo Cantina only a short walk from the marina.

Before we knew it, it was time to head out on our whale watch. We took a catamaran past Los Arcos to the open water. Los Arcos, which means “The Arches,” is a distinctive rock formation found on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. It was formed by the meeting of the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Cortez. Nearby is Lover’s Beach where people love to spend the day and get close to Los Arcos.

From January to March, you can take a tour and get close, I mean CLOSE to the whales. There are several different vendors available to choose from and with variety comes ability so please choose carefully. We did our research and found a reputable company, Pez Gato, that offered us a once in a lifetime opportunity to get close to the whales all the while keeping us safe. We thought we were close with this first picture.

Gray, blue, and humpback whales migrate thousands of miles each Fall from the frigid Arctic Ocean to the warm waters of the Baja California to calve their young. The Baja California peninsula is considered one of the most important whale breeding sites in the world. This was a great opportunity to see the whales up close and we did get to see several that were traveling together. It was an amazing site, especially this image.

Before we knew it, our whale watch was over and we were headed back past Los Arcos and to the marina. A little more people watching and shopping on the marina and then we grabbed the tender back to the ship.

As we sailed out of Cabo, we made sure to grab a chair on the balcony and enjoy the sunset. This stretch of water in and out of Cabo is a great place to watch for whales, especially if you didn’t go on a whale watch. Even if you don’t see a whale, the view is absolutely amazing.