City Visit: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

This post is one chapter on our trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Alaska Airlines. This trip was booked and credited to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan using a two for one Companion Fare courtesy of the Alaska Airlines credit card. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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City Visit: Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico

After our last beach day, we self drove the 40 km from San Jose del Cabo into Cabo San Lucas. Having never been able to complete an extended driving trip from Vancouver to Cabo San Lucas in 1992, I was keen to actually see the end game. It was a 45 minute drive and 36 kilometers down Mexico 1 from the JW Marriott to the harbor.

We found a local parking lot and arrived at around 5 PM. I picked up a ticket from a manned attendant but didn’t get asked to pay in advance. Surprisingly, the ticket man left from the kiosk by the time we got back to the car and so we didn’t end up having to pay. They don’t seem to have pay machines set up here yet so we ended up “ahead” this time.

Walking the Cabo San Lucas Harbour:

The sun had already slipped behind the mountains by this time. The Cabo San Lucas harbor was everything you’d imagine in a tourist town; drink specials, touts, and a luxury mall. You could call it everything right and wrong about holiday towns and you wouldn’t be all too far off.

We wandered around the harbor, doing a little souvenir shopping. MrsWT73 had a mandatory stop at Phat Tuesdays for a little Americana slushie madness. I abstained from the walking cocktail as I was driving.

We had some nice light as we wandered around. It was beautiful but most of the mountains blocked the horizon as the sun slipped down for the day.

Getting Dinner at the Cabo Wabo Cantina:

For dinner, we ended up an another often described tourist trap of the Cabo Wabo Cantina. It was owned and founded by former Van Halen lead vocalist Sammy Hagar. Having been a large Van Halen fan throughout the years, I was happy to visit for a $15 USD margarita. We started outside in the patio area.

I was a little taco’ed out by this time so I just opted for a burger which was surprisingly tasty.

MrsWT73 decided unannounced and unplanned (as it happens in real life) that she was going on the “rowdy train” tonight. While she enjoyed a Cabo Wabo Tequila shot and a few more margarita’s, I stuck to a Modelo Especiale beer as I had to drive. We enjoyed the band started around 9 PM; playing some well known covers. They were good enough that they had almost half the bar dancing. MrsWT73 getting frisky with the camera.

We ended up leaving around 10:30 PM; just as the bar really started getting going. The inner bar had a much larger stage set up for real rock and rolling! I’d love to be back here when a decent band was playing as the place is really set up for it.

Thoughts on visiting Cabo San Lucas:

All in all, it was a great overall visit to Cabo San Lucas. It’s an interesting destination that I am sure will continue to develop over time. I’d be a bit hard pressed to chose it over my beloved Hawaii since they’re about the same distance from the West Coast of Canada but if you happen to be in the southern portion of the United States, this place could be the quick get away that you’re looking for.

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