Cabo San Lucas Activities: King of the Dinner Cruises

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.

Luxury dinner cruise: One of the top activities in Cabo San Lucas.

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 dinner, enjoy Latin American singing and folk dancing. Caborey

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!

General Information

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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Family Friendly Fun in San Lucas

by Chris Sands

Family Friendly Fun in San Lucas

The captain pulls the wheel hard a-port, coming about for another pass by Land’s End as the Jolly Roger dances in the wind. Meanwhile, two scurvy mates stalk each other amidships as they prepare to cross swords in a battle over shares of the buried treasure.

Although best known as a playground for adults, Cabo San Lucas also offers many excellent family-friendly activities. So whether you are traveling with toddlers, tykes, or teens, there is no shortage of things to do, and enough variety to satisfy children of all ages.

One of the best tours is offered by Buccaneer Queen, a pirate ship replica that looks as if it sailed the Spanish Main. The cruises are very theatrical, with swordfights and tales of hidden treasure, and are a big hit with younger children. Whale watching is an added attraction during the winter months, and adults are free to walk the plank during the snorkel tour.

Cabo Submarine offers another popular waterborne adventure, and this tour is perfect for the younger set. The semi-submersible provides a steady ride.  It’s a short trip (one hour), and best of all, the undersea viewing portholes look out upon an undersea fantasia, allowing kids up-close-and-personal views of over 70 kinds of fish, with frequent cameos from dolphins, sea lions, and manta rays. The crew chums the water, so there is always plenty to see, and guides are available to help with fish identification.

Cabo Dolphins is known for their interactive dolphin swims, but they also offer encounter sessions for toddlers and young children. The encounters take place in very shallow water, where a well-trained dolphin is brought in for the kids to pet and hug in a non-threatening environment. More mature youngsters may want to join in the swims, which also include plenty of dolphin kisses, and some memorable photo opportunities.

Trying to find something to keep the older kids happy? Take them to Wild Canyon Adventures. Located near Tule Beach in the Tourist Corridor, this thrill-packed theme park features enough hair-raising, pulse pounding excitement to satisfy even the most jaded of teens. The onsite adventures here put the average roller coaster ride to shame, and include a glass-bottom gondola that travels over 300 feet above the canyon floor, as well as zip-lining, bungee jumping, rappelling, and off-road racing excursions.

Where To Go

Buccaneer Queen – Cabo San Lucas Marina, www.buccaneerloscabos.com, info@ buccaneerloscabos.com, (624) 144-4218.

Cabo Submarine – Cabo San Lucas Marina (behind Wyndham Los Cabos), www. cabosubmarine.com, reservations@cabosubmarine.com, (624) 143-8718.

Cabo Dolphins - Marina Boulevard, Lote 7, www.cabodolphins.com, info@cabodolphins.com, (624) 173-9500.

Wild Canyon – El Tule Bridge, www.wildcanyon.com.mx, info@wildcanyon.com.mx, (624) 144-4433.

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Los Cabos as an LGBT Vacation Destination

By Meghan Fitzpatrick

Think Los Cabos is only good for fishing and partying? Think again. Los Cabos is a community that welcomes everyone and is of growing interest as a holiday and wedding destination for lesbians, gays, bis and transgenders alike. The LGBT scene in Los Cabos is not outwardly apparent, but the two main towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are widely accepting and tolerant of all kinds of visitors, making the region an ideal LGBT holiday and wedding destination. Cabo San Lucas has the busy marina district and abundant nightlife. Should you prefer a quieter day in Los Cabos, away from a lot of the hustle and bustle of the tourists, San Jose del Cabo is a great option. Located about 20 miles away from Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo is known for its art galleries and exceptional restaurants. Don’t miss the weekly Art Walk every Thursday evening.

ME Cabo Hotel and Nikki Beach, both sit on Medano Beach

A Wide Range of Places to Stay

Visitors have many choices when it comes to accommodations in Cabo. From renting a seaside villa to staying in a full-scale resort or hotel , there is an ideal accommodation for every kind of traveler. Enjoy the luxury, quality, exceptional service and how it caters to each individual guest. Anywhere in Los Cabos that you may choose to stay, your privacy can be assured.

In San Jose Del Cabo, Posada Chabela is a small boutique hotel that is also known for being especially LGBT friendly. Posada Chabela was opened in 2006 as “a place in the sun for everyone.” Rose Ann, the owner, is well-known for her amazing hospitality. The hotel sits on top of a hill overlooking the ocean, and on a beach that is a known and popular surf spot, Costa Azul. Aside from its proximity to the surf and the privacy it offers, the hotel is preferred by the LGBT crowd because it offers popular commitment ceremonies. For more information or to contact Posada Chabela please visit http://baja.com/san-jose-del-cabo/hotels/posada-chabela-bed-breakfast/, or contact Baja.com to book at 855-BAJA-411 or info@baja.com.

The famous ME Cabo, home of the notoriously trendy Nikki Beach, is a well-known gay friendly establishment in Cabo. Located in Cabo San Lucas, the hotel sits on Medano Beach, right in the middle of all the action. ME is also the home of Passion Lounge, one of Cabo’s most renowned nightclubs known for frequently hosting some of the world’s best DJ’s and some of Cabo’s biggest parties, including the Annual Pimp n’ Ho Party. If you stay at the ME you can expect a gay-friendly destination guide awaiting you in your room, in addition to an ‘adult’ film rental service.

A Vibrant Nightlife

In Cabo San Lucas, you may not find an abundance of gay bars per say, but the clubs and bars in Cabo welcome everyone warmly. Among the most friendly establishments is a well-known hotel and “Supper Club” called Scoop which was opened by the editor of the Gringo Gazette (a local English-language newspaper), Carrie Duncan, and her partner David Flores. Scoop is located in downtown Cabo San Lucas, on Leona Vicario St. The club boasts a large stage, dance floor, three bars, a private dining room ,and a conference room with a 60-person capacity for private events. On Friday and Saturday nights Scoop’s nightclub turns into a gay club from 12am until 4am. The hotel itself is a fairly luxurious place to stay, comprised of 8 unique rooms, each equipped with their own private bathrooms with marble bathtubs. For more information or to make reservations at Scoop, please visit http://baja.com/cabo-san-lucas/hotels/scoop-hotel-supper-club/  or contact Baja.com to book at 855-BAJA-411 or info@baja.com.

The most famous gay club in Cabo San Lucas is called Rainbow Bar. More than a decade old, this club has changed locations several times in Cabo. Rainbow Bar caters to a predominantly gay clientele, and is known for their disco-like interior with bright lights, a dancefloor and lots of mirrors. They play a mix of Mexican and English music, and they have a variety of cocktails on their menu. Be sure to check up on the hours of Rainbow Bar before you go as it may be closed during the off season (July-September). In season, Rainbow Bar is open from 4pm until late daily. To contact Rainbow Bar please call (624) 143 1455.

So Many Beautiful Places to Say “I Do”

Los Cabos is one of the number one wedding destinations in the world. In fact, Baja is one of the world’s ultimate wedding destinations. It’s easy to understand why: this is one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world, and the weather is just about guaranteed to be perfect year-round. Same-sex marriage is growing more and more widely accepted in Mexico. On August 10th, 2010 Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that all 31 Mexican states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in Mexico City. Individual territories do not have to recognize same-sex marriages. Currently Baja Sur does not recognize the legality of same-sex marriages performed in Baja Sur, but they are required to recognize same-sex unions that were performed in Mexcio City. Commitment ceremonies are still a very popular choice for same-sex couples throughout Baja Sur, especially in beautiful Los Cabos.

Cabo is secluded and yet still easily accessible from Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). There are countless white sand beaches, hundreds of beautiful resorts, and an endless array of scenic places to hold a commitment ceremony. Whatever kind of event you want, the professional wedding planners in Cabo can arrange it for you. Businesses in Cabo are friendly to everyone who walks through their doors. Cabo is a destination where all who come can enjoy sun, fun, beautiful scenery, and an all around good time. From an endless array of water-related activities, to fabulous food, and a hopping nightlife, the Los Cabos region has it all.