Friday December 27, 2019
We said goodbye to the Hermosa Hija or HH (darling daughter) on Christmas day when she flew back to the Pacific North West after a wonderful but too-short holiday break in Cabo. We were soon off to our next destination–a two hour motor across the bay to San José del Cabo, or more specifically, the Puerto Los Cabos Marina (about 2 miles east of town).
Leaving Cabo, we waved adios to all the loud speakers, tourists, and hawkers, and El Capitan had fun dodging para-sail boats as we left the busy harbor. Turning the corner, and leaving the chaos behind we immediately had a humpback whale off our starboard beam–a good omen for this next passage we think.
Puerto Los Cabos Marina is a peaceful, well protected harbor. Estelle settled gratefully into her new slip there–not a single loudspeaker to disturb the peace. We ended up on the east side of the harbor–which is okay as it is virtually across the street from a convenience store and lavanderia (a load of laundry washed, dried, and folded is 85 pesos–about $4.50 U.S.) but unfortunately only unlighted dirt paths to the very nice showers.
Town is a 65 pesos ($4.50) Uber ride away and we ventured twice: once to catch the Saturday night life at Plaza Mijares and a second time to go to the Fresko super mercado.
Plaza Mijares is charming. It’s dominated by the government building and Parroquia San José (the mission church) both built in 1730. Shops and restaurants surround the Plaza and on Saturday night it was filled with locals, food vendors, a book fair, and musicians performing on stage. We ducked into a restaurant on the square and enjoyed the atmosphere–sadly the churros line was too long for us!
Fresko was an experience. Its a large grocery store that seems to cater to the ex-pat community (lots of import brands on display). That being said, we splurged on mexican pastries at the large panaderia, enjoyed watching tortillas being made, and ooohed at the fresh ceviche bar next to the fish counter.
Back at the marina, ESTELLE’s east side Marina slip provided the Light Weight Sailor (LWS) a nice 20-minute walk to the beach each morning. And while the walk was lovely, it was with mixed feelings the LWS strode off each morning as the path took her directly by the dolphin pens of the Dolphin Discovery company.
Admittedly, while I wish these bottle-nose dolphins were free, I found myself looking for them each morning. If a trainer was around, they certainly were playful–spy hopping and “chatting” with their trainers as they walked nearby and purposefully splashing them if they walked away. Needless to say we chose not to “swim with the dolphins” as the company advertised.
Monday proved to be a red letter day as we got to welcome sailing friends from Bellingham Wa, aboard S/V Tomten to Puerto Los Cabos. And we were very happy to ring in the New Year with Paul, Joanna, Rosie, and Issie! Bonus: a midnight walk to the beach to see all the firework displays set off by local hotels. It was a magical start to 2020.
San Juan del Cabo Smileys and Frowns
- Lovely, quiet protected marina with helpful friendly staff
- Inexpensive Uber rides to town
- Across the street lavanderia, small restaurants, and convenience store
- Fresh tortillas in the marina convenience store
- Small produce stand by the local xoxo store
- Easy walk to the beach
- Plaza Mijares
- Large supermarkets in town
- Marina Inn for breakfast
- New Year’s Eve with the crew of S/V Tomten
- Unlighted dirt paths to marina showers (though the showers themselves were modern and very clean)
- Penned dolphins
We are off today on January 1 to Los Frailes, for an anchor out before continuing to La Paz. We wish all of you peace, health, and adventures for 2020! 🎊🙏🏼🥳