Wednesday, September 20, 2017

5 Days in Los Cabos - Marlin, Sunsets, Sea Lions, Romance


Earlier this year we headed to Cabo San Lucas for the first time, and fell in love.  We stayed at the beautiful and well-located Breathless Resort, went deep sea fishing for two days, and took a day trip to Todos Santos.   We knew we would be back...during Marlin time!  So we planned a return visit for September, with another couple who enjoy fishing as much as we do.  But - they had never experienced deep sea fishing...

We arrived at Breathless, which is adjacent to the Marina, late in the afternoon.  After getting settled in our rooms, we headed to one of the many restaurants for an elegant sunset supper.  The next day was spent relaxing - we got up early and walked the resort, then had a lovely buffet breakfast, before walking through the marina (and buying a whole lot of beautifully embroidered polo shirts at a local shop.)  The rest of the day was spent relaxing in the pool, and taking the "glass bottom boat taxi" to El Arco - one of Cabo's iconic spots. We looked into the "Sip, Savor and See" program offered by the resort, which offers guests the opportunity to have a meal in one of the sister properties - and received an unexpected offer - due to an overbooking situation, would we be willing to relocate to a sister property, in exchange for a future stay?  What would YOU do?  After figuring out the logistics, we were 4 thumbs up to this proposition.

On Friday we gathered very early to meet our fishing boat at 6:30 AM.  For deep sea fishers, Breathless is perfectly located, as the marina is literally at the foot of the resort.  Our boat was upgraded from 28 to 33 feet, and we set out before the sun was up.  As you sail out of Cabo, there are small rowboats actively catching bait fish with nets; they row up to your boat and hand over a bucket of (mostly) live bait.

Once you are past the rock formations, the first mate sets the lines - typically there are at least 4 lines with lures, and an additional "streamer" line intended to attract the attention of the fish.  When we fished in March, we caught several skipjack (a type of mackerel) as well as two yellowfin tuna.  September is a different season, and within the first 90 minutes we had caught 4 Dorado - also known as Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish - a beautiful yellow spotted fish with a blue sail.  And then the fun began.

Our captain and mate were constantly scanning the ocean, and when they spotted the marlin, they jumped into action.  They saw it leaping, and started "chumming" the water by tossing bait fish in to attract the marlin.  AND IT BIT!  The line with the hooked marlin was handed to our travel companion, an accomplished lake fisherman.  It was thrilling to watch; the marlin was initially very close to our boat, but the fish ran - our friend was reeling in while simultaneously the fish was pulling line out.  An interesting physics lesson!  He fought the fish for 57 minutes before the line snapped - although we had no intention to keep the fish, it was still disappointing to not get it closer to our boat to document.  BUT - within ten minutes of that broken line, we hooked a SAILFISH.  This fish snapped the line within 10 minutes.  After this we hooked nothing - but we were not alone - our captain was on the radio with his colleagues and nobody was catching ANYTHING.  So after 7.5 hours on the water, we headed back to the marina, where a man with a big blue bucket took away our catch, and for $3 each dressed our Dorado into fish filets, which we put on ice to take to the next hotel, Secrets in San Jose del Cabo.

Breathless is a 5 story complex on the marina with a party vibe - but Secrets is 30 km south, in San Jose del Cabo, with much more of a traditional resort feel.  The rooms were very different - much more spacious with hacienda-type furnishings, and a beautiful oceanfront setting.  We left our iced fish filets with the concierge to be prepared at the Italian restaurant, with a dress code (!) We opted to have the fish prepared in the Chef's special preparation which was SPECTACULAR.  All four of us were exhausted after the long day on the boat so we literally fell into our very comfortable beds.

The next day the Marina turned out to be closed, due to Hurricane Norma lurking not too far away, so we had a lovely day at the resort - with a lot of time walking the grounds, doing the aerobics in the pool, and checking out the talents of the pool bartenders.  NB:  an iceberg, consisting of a glass of beer with a bit of frozen margarita on top, is not too bad!  We had dinner that night at the nominal Mexican restaurant, although the menu was not really Mexican.

Next day we scheduled a day trip to Todos Santos.  On the way we stopped at the  El Cactus Glass Factory in Cabo San Lucas - it was a Sunday, so the artisans were not demonstrating their technique - but the grounds and shop were absolutely lovely and are well worth a visit.  Our plan was to revisit several spots we had seen in March, including lunch at Tequila Sunrise...but after a lovely drive to Todos Santos, we found the restaurant was closed that day.  No Worries - we took a walk around the town, then settled at the Hotel California for a lovely lunch.  During lunch, a young man set up a kick pottery wheel in the courtyard, and proceeded to create lovely recreations of the hotel's fountain, all for tips. We headed back to our hotel to prep for our return home.

I hope you enjoy the photos below! /

Who knew?  No fresh fruit on flights to Mexico!

Joan, Bill, Sherry & Rich - Welcome Drink At Breathless

View from Dinner At Breathless

I learned that Red Rum backwards is...well, figure it out!

Sherry & Bill at the #Cabo sigh

Bill & Sherry posing with a painted Guitar at Secrets

Last Cabo Sunset

Queen Sherry posing with the White Queen

Fruit of the Pitayo, picked by our sweet driver, Gabriel

Gabriel really wanted us to taste the Pitayo

Todos Santos, one day after the 16th of September, Mexican Independence Day

Hotel California, resident potter Gregorio Gomez

Our guest at lunch, until he started getting a bit too assertive


Marlin sculpted by Gregorio Gomez at Hotel California

Our sweet guide Gabriel with the fruit of a Pitayo

El Cactus Glass Factory, Cabo San Lucas

El Cactus Glass Factory, Cabo San Lucas 
Glass Furnace

These little glass pieces are used to color the glass

Ladies room, El Cactus Glass Factory, Cabo San Lucas

Men's room, El Cactus Glass Factory, Cabo San Lucas

this was sort of a chapel area El Cactus Glass Factory, Cabo San Lucas

more of the chapel El Cactus Glass Factory, Cabo San Lucas

gorgeous glass ceiling, El Cactus Glass Factory, Cabo San Lucas

shop interior, El Cactus Glass Factory, Cabo San Lucas (I know I will be regretting what I did not buy!)

External fence, El Cactus Glass Factory, Cabo San Lucas

work area, El Cactus Glass Factory, Cabo San Lucas

Sherry with Senor Frog, Cabo San Lucas

Sherry on the Glass Bottom Boat / Taxi

Joan on the Glass Bottom Boat / Taxi

Heading out on the glass bottom boat

Look closely - there are a couple of guys on that rock!

This is what we saw from the glass bottom of the boat...

this is where the Pacific flows into the Sea of Cortez

video of the Pacific waves flowing into Sea of Cortez

the famous El Arco or Arch of Cabo San Lucas - the second rock from the left has been nicknamed Scooby Doo - check out the profile!!!

Sherry & Joan on the glass bottom boat

Baby Sea Lion - He's King of the World! 

This guy and his teacup chihuahua arranged our glass bottom boat tour

Sherry and a Catrina

Mexican Candy

Mexican CHOCOLATE Candy

Rich and Bill

lovely Our Lady of Guadalupe outside of a souvenir shop

strolling to dinner at Breathless; Cabo Marina

Sunrise as we head out for deep sea fishing

Bait Boat

Sherry hooked the first Dorado of the day.  Beautiful!

Bill with Dorado #2

Fish On!  And it's a marlin!

This beautiful fish fought for 57 minutes before the line snapped...

this is Bill with the fish on the line

As you return to the marina, the captain hangs flags indicating what was caught, and what was released

the 4 Dorado flags going up the flagpole

As you return to the marina, the friendly sea lions check in to see if there might be any leftover bait...

see the little guy bringing up the rear?

I swear we had more flags than any other boat!

4 Dorado!

This is what the chef prepared with our Dorado

Progressive views of the sunset, that first night at Secrets

next morning, spotted this hibiscus near our room 

Secrets has a beautiful putting green!

Joan and Sherry with Antony, the Russion Personal Trainer

View from the pool 

Sunset = breathtaking

exterior of the glass factory

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