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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010:

On Tuesday morning we sailed to the extreme southern end of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
Coast of Baja California approaching Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Old & new lighthouses on the southern tip of Baja California Rounding southern tip of Baja California into Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

We got a spectacular view of Land's End on the southern tip of the peninsula
as we rounded the corner into Cabo San Lucas' harbor.
View of Land's End and the harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico View of Land's End and the harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico View of Land's End and the harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

El Arco is the most famous landmark in Cabo San Lucas.
The distinctive rock formation El Arco at the extreme southern end of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula The distinctive rock formation El Arco at the extreme southern end of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula The distinctive rock formation El Arco at the extreme southern end of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula

We were one of four cruise ships anchored in the harbor of Cabo San Lucas.
The harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico RCL's Mariner of the Seas anchored in the harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico The harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

It was a picture-perfect day of weather for our seven-hour call on this Mexican town.
The Island Princess anchored in the harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico RCL's Mariner of the Seas anchored in the harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico The harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

After the Island Princess dropped anchor around 11:30am
I tendered to shore for a nice walk around town.
The harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico The harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico The harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

As of the 2005 census, the population of Cabo was 56,811 people.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico The harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico The harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

In late afternoon I took a coastal cruise around Cabo San Lucas.
Cabo is a popular tourist destination with many beach-front hotels.
Rock formations at Land's End Beach front hotels in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Beach front hotels in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Lover's Beach is a popular spot with it's unique
beach on both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.
Sea of Cortez side of Lover's Beach at Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Sea of Cortez side of Lover's Beach at Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Sea of Cortez side of Lover's Beach at Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

We circled around Land's End and El Arco from
the Sea of Cortez into the Pacific Ocean.
Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico El Arco in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Land's End is also a popular spot for sea lions.
Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico El Arco in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico El Arco in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Now on the Pacific side we pass Lover's Beach again.
Pacific Ocean side of Lover's Beach at Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Pacific Ocean side of Lover's Beach at Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Pacific Ocean side of Lover's Beach at Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

There are many time-shares on the Pacific coast of Cabo San Lucas.
There are also many multi-million dollar homes built high in the cliffs around Cabo.
Time shares on the Pacific Coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Multi-million dollar estates on the Pacific Coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Time shares on the Pacific Coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The old lighthouse is on the coast and the new one is built high on the hill.
Time shares on the Pacific Coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Old lighthouse on the Pacific Coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Old & new lighthouse on the Pacific Coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

It was a fun and scenic cruise. The sun was setting as we got back to Cabo's harbor.
Time shares on the Pacific Coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at sunset Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at sunset

We sailed away from Cabo San Lucas around 7:00pm.
Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at sunset Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at sunset Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at sunset

This complete video is 47 minutes long. The video begins with the Island Princess sailing around
Land's End and El Arco and into the harbor of Cabo San Lucas. Next I take a walk around the harbor
followed by a coastal cruise of the area which includes a whale sighting.
After tendering back to the ship there is a beautiful sunset and then we sail away.

The video below is 13 minutes long of Cabo's Land's End and El Arco.

MY DAILY EMAIL SENT ON DECEMBER 7, 2010
Greetings from Mexico!

I didn't write anything from yesterday as we sailed south off the coast of Mexico. It's been a very smooth cruise so far. The waters have been as smooth as glass all the way down. I spent some of my time yesterday in the casino. I actually hit several nice jackpots. I lost some of it back but I'm still up about $350.

Except for the 5 minutes I spent in Tijuana about twenty years ago, this is my first real visit to Mexico. We had a beautiful day of weather today, about 80 degrees and sunny. We got a beautiful view of the Baja Peninsula as we sailed into Cabo late this morning. The Baja Peninsula is the planet's longest peninsula and Cabo San Lucas is located on its southern tip. And it is where the Pacific Ocean merges with the Sea of Cortez.

Rounding southern tip of Baja California into Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

We were one of four cruise ships in Cabo today. So there were about almost as many tourists in the harbor as there are residents of Cabo. The picture below was taken as we sailed around the spectacular rocks of Los Arcos and into Cabo San Lucas' harbor.

View of Land's End and the harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

We got a nice view of El Arco as we arrived. The arch is the areas most famous landmark. I would get a closer look later in the day on my coastal cruise.

The distinctive rock formation El Arco at the extreme southern end of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula

We dropped anchor a little after 11:00 this morning among the other cruise ships in the harbor. We were the last to arrive.

RCL's Mariner of the Seas anchored in the harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Below is a picture of my ship, the Island Princess. It was taken from the tender on the ride to shore.

The Island Princess anchored in the harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

I had three hours to explore Cabo San Lucas on my own before my coastal cruise at 3:00. Way, way more time than I needed. I ended up walking around the harbor two or three times to kill the time. I could have skipped my hour of laps around the promenade deck this morning had I known how much walking I was going to do ashore.

The harbor of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

You pretty much have to beat the peddlers off with a stick as you walk along the harbor. But it was a scenic walk. My feet were sore by the time my coastal cruise left at 3:00. The first thing we passed on the cruise were some of the many resort hotels along the Sea of Cortez.

Beach front hotels in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

We passed the unique Lover's Beach. Below you are looking at the Sea of Cortez side and that's the Pacific Ocean on the other side of the rocks.

Sea of Cortez side of Lover's Beach at Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

This is known as "Lands End" the southern most part of the Baja Peninsula.

Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Below is El Arco, into the sun from the Sea of Cortez.

El Arco in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

We could almost reach out and touch the rocks as we sailed around them and into the Pacific Ocean.

Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Below is El Arco yet again. This time with the sun behind from the Pacific Ocean.

El Arco in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Below is Lover's Beach again, this time from the Pacific.

Pacific Ocean side of Lover's Beach at Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Below are some of the multi-million dollar homes sitting atop the cliffs. Bill Gates owns one of these.

Multi-million dollar estates on the Pacific Coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Below are the light houses. The old one on the bottom and the new one on top. This was also the area where we saw a couple of whales. Only got video of that, no pics.

Old & new lighthouse on the Pacific Coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

It was back to the ship after the coastal cruise. The last picture was taken from the ship about an hour before we sailed away.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at sunset

It was a fun day. We are now sailing for Acapulco. We won't get there until Thursday as tomorrow is a sea day.

Will write more later,

Tim
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010:

Wednesday was a day at sea as we sailed southeast off the coast of Mexico.


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