When we first began talking about driving our motorhome down to Mexico three years ago, the Baja was an area that I was drawn to. Unfortunately, stories of the narrow, rough roads and long stretches of nothing had us instead traveling south through the mainland and away from the Baja. So when the opportunity opened up for Terry and I to fly down and stay with friends, we jumped on it. I wasn't disappointed.
Now, coming from Phoenix, a mere 2-hour flight away, we wondered if there would be any significant differences in weather. Things were already heating up quite nicely there. We were pleasantly surprised, however, to step off the plane and be greeted with the heat we were hoping for, and the bonus of a more humid climate (60-70% humidity vs. 35% in Arizona). Like Arizona, however, the Baja desert climate also brings cooler evenings and the mandatory sweaters!
The first leg of our journey had us staying with friends in their palatial condo, which was located within the beautifully landscaped grounds of the Esperanza Resort near Cabo San Lucas.
They had made arrangements for a car to pick us up at the airport, so we relaxed and enjoyed our first views of the region. We quickly noted the impressive state of the highway, and the modern buildings and new retail structures, including high end auto dealerships, that we saw along the way.
The 2012 G20 Summit is being hosted in Los Cabos. We drove by the construction site of the massive new conference centre that is being built to accommodate the event. The summit is being held in June, and based on what we saw, they have a lot of work to do to meet that construction deadline!
After arriving at the condo, we finalized a shopping list, and headed into the Costco in Cabo to pick up our supplies for the week. As we have found in our travels, Costcos are virtually the same everywhere with only some small differences. For example, we were surprised to find that - in Cabo, Mexico of all places - Costco didn't stock salsa.
So, after filling the larder, we settled in for a week of sun and relaxation.
Our 2nd floor condo opened out to an expansive view of the Sea of Cortez, which provided endless opportunities for whale and cruise ship watching - both of which we saw quite a few of during the week.
With facilities like these, we enjoyed leisure-filled days of lazing by our (seemingly) private pool and hot tub ....
Exploring the lush grounds and (attempting) a challenging yoga class in their lovely studio ....
Jogging the trail and paths through the resort ....
Taking turns preparing some fabulous group meals ...
Terry's niece Jocelyn was competing in the Canadian Junior Women's Curling championship while we were there, and with the final game being televised on TSN, we absolutely wanted to locate a sports bar in Cabo with a Canadian satellite feed so we could watch.
Our buddy Adrian picked us up and drove us to the Tanga Tanga Sports Bar in Cabo, where we were finally able to pick up the game from the 7th end, and soon had half the bar cheering on Team Alberta for the win!
We spent one afternoon exploring Cabo San Lucas, wandering along the pier to check out the beautiful boats of all shapes and sizes, and shopping for vanilla in the markets. And of course a trip into Cabo isn't complete without a visit to the Cabo Wabo Cantina!
Great margaritas, but no sighting of Sammy Hagar :(
We also spent one afternoon at Chileno Bay, which is a popular snorkeling spot.