We spent the last few days here in San Jose Del Cabo to celebrate the holidays. What a beautiful marina and town. It is growing and looks to be turning into a Cabo San Lucas. Many resorts are already here, and many more large ones are under construction! We are however, in the marina and separated by an estuary from the resorts and town so it is quiet here. Our 3 hour transit from Cabo San Lucas had us motoring along the shoreline where we could see, first hand, the obvious hurricane damage. Resorts completely shut down, with boarded up windows. Beaches completely empty.
We have ridden our bikes into town twice now. Cute town and town square. We managed to go to two big stores, a Walmart and then a store called "Mega." We have some fruit and vegetables again, and we are quite happy about that. We will not be getting scurvy anytime soon. The Mega store had many American shoppers, likely due to its close proximity to the oceanfront resorts. One woman came up to me (Kathy) and asked if we live here. Maybe we are just looking so nice and tan! I stated no and told her that we are traveling through. She asked if I was cooking Christmas dinner, which I thought was an odd question, that I answered with a maybe not as our boat is too hot to be cooking! They invited us over for dinner today - and they have a pool. They moved here from Dallas just less than a month ago and the kids have not really met anyone yet since school got out for Christmas break just as the kids got into it to attend. The family of four has kids our ages and in the same order. My family is not all that interested so I am trying to decline by texting her. The husband is in insurance and I believe working with folks and hurricane damage although don't quote me on that.
The marina here is beautiful. They are still recovering from the hurricane as most everyone here seems to be. There are paths completely washed away. We feel quite safe here as the security is patrolling the marina constantly. We have met two nice American couples here in boats adjacent to us on this motoryacht dock we are on. I should change the description motor yacht to sport-fisher dock! One couple has a home here and their yacht at the dock and the other couple lives in San Diego and keeps their boat here. In fact, most of the boats we are seeing are American. There does not appear to be a large contingent of sport-fishing charter boats here. Most of the boats are sleek 40'-50' sport-fishing boats. Our dock was bustling with activity yesterday with multiple boats being washed by Mexicans. They offered to do ours but we decided not to spend the $100 (we could have talked them down some). Also, our next voyage will make it moot since our boat will be getting more diesel grey on the transom, and salt spray all over the rest. There is beautiful artwork throughout this marina, see below. Most of the vessels here rode out the hurricane in their slips. Yesterday some divers raised a boat that sank during the hurricane and we were told they do not know whose it is. Not sure how that could be! Life is a little different in Mexico, I guess.
|A large bird at top of mast on our friend sv Namaste's vessel|
|The marina grounds are lined with interesting sculptures.|
|One of many, very intriging sculptures.|
|Artwork and the stern of Adagio in view behind (you can see solar panels)|
|Beautiful plants in San Jose Del Cabo|
|The Town square and a sand sculpture. Christmas tree in the background.|
|Town square nativity|
|Town Square Christmas tree|
|Cindy is going to eat the iPhone! She is ready for a.....|
|Hurricane damage. This used to be an entrance to a marina dock.|
|Crossing the bridge from San Jose Del Cabo, Beautiful!|
|This Mega store had A LOT. Look at the cereal selection!|
|The basin that the marina has a "tourist" Dolphin encounter pool where you can swim|
with dolphins. Here this morning they are feeding the dolphins.
|These palm trees took a beating from the hurricane|
|Some of the old docks. They are cement exterior and foam filled.|
They are destroyed.
The days here have been MUY CALIENTE (hot) we can tell you. Made it so we really did not want to cook big meals for the holidays. For Christmas eve we hosted the sv Namaste and sv Kialoa folks here. Steve actually turned on our air conditioning for a few minutes to cool down our salon before people arrived. It was a nice evening of chatting and eating. We certainly do not suffer out here, we had appetizers of chips, homemade salsa, stuffed mushrooms, cheese, crackers and pepperoni. Dinner consisted of Marlin and homemade pizza. See Marlin picture below that I took in Cabo. We ate part of this exact fish as some of the crew helped them haul off coolers of the filleted fish so they were given a bag of it. It was yummy and I believe most of us had never had marlin before.
|240 pound marlin, we had a small piece of for Christmas Eve.|
|Cindy taking on a challenge of a black olive stuffed with some jelly belly.|
|The kids separated out a bunch of jelly beans by color/flavor|
|The morning and presents|
|Cindy trying on my cooling eye mask.|
|Kevin got the cooling eye mask off, no pictures of him he said!|
|Now they are just playing and lounging around|
|sv Namaste dinghy including Scott from sv Kialoa|
|A quiet beach club here; Steve, Tanya (sv Kialoa), John and Cindy (sv Namaste)|
Kids are swimming!
|John from sv Namaste with Nanuq, the lucky dog. We thought Zappa was spoiled!|
|Kevin, Cindy, and Journey working on a castle creation....................|