By Chris Sands
Looking for Cabo San Lucas activities? Every resort destination boasts a few must-see sights and seemingly mandatory excursions, trips or tours so closely associated with the area that to skip them is almost unthinkable. As far as Cabo San Lucas activities go, Caborey certainly qualifies as a “must do.” This 144′ triple-decked catamaran is the largest and most luxurious tour ship in Los Cabos, with sunset margarita and dinner cruises that are among the area’s most sought after tickets.
Pick up a cold beer or a margarita from the open bar, then kick back and relax with cocktails and classic rock as a live band rocks into a set list of popular hits from the 1970s and 80s. This is when the music mattered–at least if you’re my age–and if you’re not, you’ll still enjoy the campy, good-natured appeal of these retro stylings as the boat cruises into Cabo San Lucas Bay.
Tables and chairs are set up along the rails, and provide perfect vantage points to take in the spectacular sunset views of Bahia San Lucas, as well as a scenic panorama that encompasses both Medano and Lover’s Beaches, and all the unique rock formations at Land’s End. This is an excellent time to get some pictures, of course, and the captain is nice enough to turn the boat around so that people on both sides of the rail get great looks at all the local landmarks.
Two belowdeck areas are set aside for dinner, depending on which ticket you’ve bought. On the middle deck, margarita cruisers can attack a snack buffet loaded with Mexican favorites like taquitos, burritos, and chips, salsa, and guacamole. There is a VIP area forward, where the fortunate few can feel the salt spray from their lounge chairs as they succumb to a comfort food coma.
For those who have chosen the sit-down dinner option, Caborey provides a guests with a choice of six delicious entree options, ranging from chateaubriand and grilled lobster to sea bass and jumbo shrimp. Vegetarian pastas are available, as is a kids menu with chicken fingers, spaghetti, and other simple selections sure to please the ten and under set. Salads and desserts are also included in this multi-course extravaganza, with opera chocolate cake and petit choux a la creme among the most satisfying of the meal cappers.
After coffee and dessert is served, the lights dim in the dining room for a Las-Vegas style floor show showcasing Latin American singing and folk dancing. Mexico and Argentina are the featured countries, with the latter included, presumably, for the sultry and sexy tango numbers. Mexican contributions include traditional mariachi ballads and energetic renditions of regional folk dances. The after-dinner show is, for me at least, the highlight of the tour. The performances are exhilarating, and the performers are nice enough to stick around for photos afterward, as the boat cruises back into port.
As if dinner, drinks, and tango dancing weren’t enough, Caborey is a full-service tour provider, and also offers snorkeling trips to Chileno Bay, as well as telescoped two hour tours on a Rolls Royce fast boat. Parasailing and seasonal whale watching tours are also available. If you’re looking for Cabo San Lucas activities, this is the ‘king’ of choices!
Where to Go: Caborey boards at the cruise ship terminal. Dinner and margarita cruises leave at 6 p.m. and return at 8:30 during the summer months, one hour earlier during the winter months. Snorkeling and seasonal whale watching tours depart at 10 a.m. There are two Rolls Royce fast boat tours offered daily, from 10-11 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. Fast boat whale watching tours are available from December through March, and go out from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
What to Bring: Hats and sunscreen are highly recommended during daylight hours. For sunset tours, jackets and sweaters are a good idea, particularly during the winter months.
Cost: Tickets for the dinner cruise are $92 U.S. The margarita cruise is $55, snorkeling $49, and seasonal whale watching $50. Children under 10 years of age pay half the adult cost for all four of these tours. Rolls Royce fast boat cruises are $29, seasonal whale watching $39.
How to book: For tour reservations, call 1-866-460-4105.
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