Cruiser Tips: Cabo

Not sure if anyone reading is considering a cruising lifestyle, but thought I’d give our two cents regarding tips for the various places we visit.  First edition is for Cabo San Lucus.

1) Get out of Cabo:  Everyone makes this joke, but it’s true. Cruising isn’t really cruising in Cabo.  We’re not big partiers, so Squid Row wasn’t a draw for us, but some of the cruisers in the Ha-Ha liked to have a night of partying and then they hit the seas again for real cruising.  You can’t even really restock your boat here.  So get a taco, have a margarita and get out of dodge.

2) Marina: We stayed one night at the marina for the Ha-Ha rate of $65 USD.  Not sure what the normal rates are, but assume you’re going to pay upwards of $100 for one night.  They say they have internet but it’s practically impossible to actually access their signal. But this is everywhere in Cabo.  All the connections are slow.

There was a laundry room across from where we stay in Dock K.  The two washers and two dryers take quarters ($1.25 USD for a wash, $1.50 USD for the dryer).  The “Original Store” next to the laundry is able to exchange your dollars (USD or Pesos) for quarters.

3) Anchoring: Tie up and lock up everything. Anything you would really be bummed to have go missing should go down below and locked up if you leave your boat,  It’s highly possible that because we were a part of the Ha-Ha crew that everyone with the green Ha-Ha flags were big, red targets; it is also a possibility that the two dinghies that went “missing” during the evening we were all ashore celebrating the end of the Ha-Ha were just tied improperly, BUT, there’s no mistaking that one of the Ha-Ha boats hatches was broken (although, luckily, not broken into) while we were at the awards show.  What I’m trying to say, is that you’ll probably be fine in the anchorage as long as you are smart about your belongings and aware of your surroundings.  Really, just like anywhere else.

We were told by a handful of other cruisers that they were charged a fee for anchoring.  It varied between $15 and $20 USD.  We seemed to have missed the fee charging boats (still not sure if this is the marina or the port captain or some other agency invoking the fee).  The dinghy dock on the other hand (near the main marina office alongside the launch ramp) is $3 USD a day to tie up.  The dock attendant is usually there, but there were times that we showed up and he wasn’t there; in fact, one time we were able to tie up, run a quick errand and get back to our dinghy before the attendant came back so we skirted the fee.  Small pleasures in this expensive town.

Lastly about the anchorage – rolly, rolly, rolly.  Between the pongas and the jet skis you won’t get a moment’s rest during the daylight hours.  The anchorage is fairly open and rolly enough on it’s own, but those damn jet skis. We loathe jet skis.  The cruise ships sit just outside the anchorage, so they block some of the swells, but it’s still pretty uncomfortable.  Also, the boom, boom, boom from the night clubs along the beach will keep you up all night, so invest in some earplugs.

4) Provisions:  Again, not the best place to be restocking your boat, but we did find a super market near the dinghy dock (go up to the main road and turn left.  You’ll see the neon sign and parking lot behind the tourist info booth).  They cater to US tourists and the prices reflect that, but we were able to get some fresh produce, some great, fresh salsa, tortillas and chips. Basically, we live off of the tortillas, so we grabbed a ton. 

5) Internet:  We liked the Cabo Coffee Company (Next to the Town Plaza).  Just buy one of their decently priced drinks/snacks/ice cream and you can sit there all day and surf the internet.  They actually had a really fast connection and download speed, but trying to upload photos was a nightmare.  I eventually got everything posted that I wanted, but it took a good five hours.  It’s a comfy spot, but not that comfy. 

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