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2 ship days in Cabo - Any suggestions?


galliegirlie

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I'll be cruising on Carnival's Elation this July with my sister (we are both in our mid twenties), and we will be docked in Cabo for 2 days. I'm starting to explore independent tour offerings (www.cabosanlucastours.net), but there's too many good activities to choose from. Does anyone have suggestions of how to make the most out of these 2 days? The Todos Santos tour pops out at me, and I would also like to do something with snorkeling. Are there any downfalls to the independent tours? When boats are docked overnight, is there a curfew time when you have to be checked back onto the boat or are you free to explore the cabo night life?

 

Any comments/suggestions are welcomed. Thanks

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Right now unfortunately, it appears that the ship will be pulling out in the evening instead of staying at anchor. This is a real bummer because it means cruisers will miss all the great nightlife in Cabo.

 

Carnival's statement for this decision appears to based upon fees, etc for staying overnight. I believe the real reason is that if you are spending the evening in Cabo having a good time, you are not on the ship drinking their alcohol and using their casino.

 

As far as Todos Santos is concerned. It is a nice little Mexican town that is becoming an artists colony. You need to get off the main drag to see the more interesting shops and gallery's. Main street is t-shirt shops, etc. A great place to have lunch (if you have time) is across the street from the Hotel California. It is called Tequila Sunrise. My wife and her friend always get the seafood stuffed chile relleno's. They say they are "to die for". You can also sign your name on the walls.

 

More on the Hotel California. It also has a nice little interior courtyard that is also great for lunch. We have done both. We prefer Tequila Sunrise, but both are good. Hotel California has no relevance to the same song by the Eagles. The composer of the song has denied any linkage. Still a nice little place.

 

The drive from Cabo to Todos Santos is a very nice drive with views of the ocean all the time.

 

I'll try and post a few pictures of Todos Santos tonight.

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We also enjoyed a trip to Todos Santos a while ago. We spent about 4 hours wandering the town and having lunch at the Hotel California which was excellent. Then our driver took us to Ceritos beach which is a surfing beach with a small restaurant. We then stopped at the famous Art and Beer on the way back to town. You might want to hire a private driver if you decide to go. That way you can go at your own pace and make a few more stops along the way as we did.

 

That's too bad that you won't get to enjoy Cabo at night! Many of the bars don't even get busy until after 10pm and the restaurants for dinner are sooooo good. Hopefully you will at least get to stay long enough to enjoy some of the fresh, fabulous seafood.

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Right now unfortunately, it appears that the ship will be pulling out in the evening instead of staying at anchor.

Does this mean that the ship sails around off shore during the night and then goes back into Cabo the next day? If so, what a crazy waste of fuel! But I guess wasting fuel is okay when you're making an obscene profit selling alcohol!

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Does this mean that the ship sails around off shore during the night and then goes back into Cabo the next day? If so, what a crazy waste of fuel! But I guess wasting fuel is okay when you're making an obscene profit selling alcohol!

 

It is an interesting case of economics, isn't it.

 

Instead of posting my latest set (2008) of Todos Santos (there are only a few). Here is a link to my pictures of Todos Santos from 2007. They also show "Art & Beer" which is a really great place to stop. It's located at about KM 67 on the highway. Be careful or you will zoom right past it. It is on the left hand side as you head north towards Todos Santos. Incredible food, and drinks that are truely a work of art. The drink shown in my photo's is a large glass of Sangria.

 

http://travel.webshots.com/album/560930017XhBMgQ

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Been There, Love it!! We went with a ships tour brfore when the Spirit ported in La Paz. What is the best way to get there? Private driver? Rent a car?

 

How much did you pay your driver Househunter? We will be going R/T from Cabo. And where did you locate a trustworthy one?

We are going in Aug. Going to do a beach day at ME and Parasail and then one day to tour.

 

Thanks for any info!!:D

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Probably best to just rent a driver. It's a nice 2 lane highway but that has it's own problems for the faint of heart. It's undivided, which means enlightened passing techniques are utilized. Throw in the regular use of this road by big trucks and you have some real fun.

 

There are also beautiful vistas to look at so it would be better to not have to concentrate on driving as well. It's certainly doable though. I drive it every year while my wife and our friend just watch the ocean go by.

 

Make sure you can spend at least 1/2 hour at a pit stop called "Art & Beer" at km 67 heading north. Your driver should be willing to do this.

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Thank you all for the reviews of Torda Santos. I think I will add this to the for sure column.

 

Does anyone have suggestions for snorkeling locations? I read about Santa Maria being good.

 

The best way to go snorkeling is by a catamaran tour. Most will include a trip out to the arch, Lovers Beach, the sea lion colony as well as lunch & drinks. There are many great companies that do this. Probably $30-$40 per person for a 3 - 4 hour trip.

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Sandy (Househunter) may be able to chime in on this. My other suggestion would be to ask this same question over on the Cabo forum board at TripAdvisor (CruiseCritics parent company) It is a very active board for all things Cabo. You will have to join (just like here), but there is a good chance that you could continue to use the same screen name/password. Here is the link.

 

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g152515-i84-Cabo_San_Lucas_Los_Cabos_Baja_California.html

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