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Baja, Cabo San Lucas and the Westin, December 2017

Updated on December 26, 2017

December 19, 2017 Tuesday

Flying over Baja Peninsula
Flying over Baja Peninsula

Satellite image of the peninsula.

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Drink bottled water.

Off we go to the Baja Peninsula, more specifically the Westin Resort. The resort is located almost exactly halfway between the towns of San Jose de Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Baja is in the desert and deserts are naturally dry, with little rain. What little ground water they have was polluted by mining operations years ago. The ground water has arsenic in it, beyond even Mexican environmental standards. Everyone is encouraged to drink bottled water. But don't worry; drinking a little arsenic on your vacation will not kill you.

The desert and the morning sun.

From Houston to Baja, we gained only one hour. It is a 2 1/2 hour flight.
From Houston to Baja, we gained only one hour. It is a 2 1/2 hour flight.

There were scrub trees where there was no development.

Saguaro Catuses abound.

We arrived at the Westin in mid-afternoon. It was a beautiful facility and the check-in service was excellent.

The Westin was extensively renovated after suffering major damage from Hurricane Odile in Sept. 2014 and being forced to close. It reopened in spring 2017.

December 20, 2017 Wednesday

The Westin is built on a hill and has many levels or terraces. There are many steps and the resort sprawls across a lot of acreage.
The Westin is built on a hill and has many levels or terraces. There are many steps and the resort sprawls across a lot of acreage.

A view from the beach.

The view from the western edge of the resort.
The view from the western edge of the resort.

The Westin was beautifully landscaped in desert style.

This is the court yard just outside our room.

The Westin had three pools to choose from.

The beach is rocky and swimming is hazardous. The sand is gritty and sharp.

Christmas decorations in The Westin.

High priced real estate nearby The Westin.

Dinner with Santa. Italian Night was excellent.

Night time by the pool got cold and windy.

December 21, 2017 Thursday - Snorkeling adventure aboard a catamaran out of Cabo San Lucas.

This was a sail cat, but we motored the entire way.

Pina Coladas and Margaritas were free. Top shelf liquor was $5, a pretty good price.
Pina Coladas and Margaritas were free. Top shelf liquor was $5, a pretty good price.

The Ruby Princess was anchored in the bay and this is one of its' tenders.

We love cruising and we were on the Ruby Princess when it was in Alaska 2 years ago.
We love cruising and we were on the Ruby Princess when it was in Alaska 2 years ago.

Lighthouse on the way to snorkel.

Here is an old wooden sailing yacht.

We arrived at our snorkeling area which had a swimming beach (rare in Cabo).

We snorkeled for about an hour and saw many colorful fish. It is rocky; the surf was a bit rough. Cheryl got caught in a wave and dashed against a rock. Sorry, no underwater photos.
We snorkeled for about an hour and saw many colorful fish. It is rocky; the surf was a bit rough. Cheryl got caught in a wave and dashed against a rock. Sorry, no underwater photos.

Looks like a pirate ship to me.

A very necessary lighthouse to warn of the rocky shore!
A very necessary lighthouse to warn of the rocky shore!

Turns out Lovers Beach is small and crowded.

This is a famous swimming beach. It is down by Land's End, the very southern tip of Baja Peninsula.
This is a famous swimming beach. It is down by Land's End, the very southern tip of Baja Peninsula.

We saw whales on this trip, but were not fast enough to get a photo of them as they spouted water and came up out of the water.

Can you spot the whale?
Can you spot the whale?

Rock formations at Land's End.

The Arch at Lands End.

The Ruby Princess

Harbor seals hang out hoping for a handout.

We saw one seal hitching a ride on a stern platform.
We saw one seal hitching a ride on a stern platform.

Cabo San Lucas.

Side street, downtown Cabo

Downtown Cabo

There are many bars and restaurants in Cabo. We elected to take the taxi ride back because the fare was included ($25).

December 22, 2017 Friday. We decided to take the local bus to San Jose del Cabo. It is only $2.00. We gave the driver a $5.00 for both of us as he will not give

View of the sea on the way.

We got off in the medical center and walked to La Mission de San Jose del Cabo and town square.

Alter of La Mission de San Jose del Cabo.

Street vendor cooking food.

Cigar shop and restaurant. Great selection of cigars with patio out back to smoke them.

Interior of cigar shop with large humidor on the left.

Nice patio in back of restaurant.

Inside cigar shop

Bakery where we had a lunch crepe. It was excellent.

Look at all those goodies.

Town square with shops all around. The square is undergoing a total renovation. Tile work is being completed.

More of town square where we wandered and shopped.

Far shot of the Mission

Christmas tree in the plaza

Nativity scene in the plaza

Armed security at the entrance to the resort. He had an Uzi. Every resort had heavy security.
Armed security at the entrance to the resort. He had an Uzi. Every resort had heavy security.

Mexican night at the cafe.

Mariachi band

Good trip, but do not drink the water.

The Baja Peninsula is a desert.

Lack of rainfall plus

Arsenic in ground water plus

over-development equals

ecological disaster.

Pros: beautiful resort building and staff. Service and food were excellent. Three beautiful pools.

Cons: spread out complex, many stairs, not good for the mobility impaired, gritty sand with rocks, no swimming in sea, strong winds, need a cab to go to towns.

Conclusion: Go on a cruise. Several cruise lines travel to Cabo and arrange excursions into both San Jose as well as Cabo.

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      Anna Watson 

      8 months ago from Atlanta, GA

      Beautiful pictures, I'm glad you had an interesting trip.

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