Gerry Barker: Cabo San Lucas, Carnival Miracle’s Last Stop Before Cruise Ends in Long Beach

CABO SAN LUCAS – Here we are — Carnival Miracle‘s last stop before we end our cruise in Long Beach in two days. From our balcony we can view the Cabo’s iconic rock formations, including the famous arch where the blue-green surf sprays into the air.

While the weather is beautiful, the morning is off to a rocky start onboard the ship. Apparently we have arrived later than planned, which has delayed the shore excursions and all the passengers waiting to hit the shops. Adding to it, Cabo is a tender port, which also complicates the exiting process.

Seasoned travelers, as most onboard are, expect the unexpected, and pretty much go with the flow.

This is our second visit to Cabo, a mostly arid resort at the end of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, that attracts the rich and famous with its nightlife, water sports and spectacular scenery. Last time we took a land tour; this time we opted to go on the “All Inclusive Luxury Day Sailing.”

Run by Cabo Adventures, we were joined by a dozen other guests for a four-hour ride on a 50-foot sailboat, lunch included.

It was a magnificent day for sailing. Before boarding, we had, per custom, to deposit our shoes in a basket, and after some instructions from Captain Danny, we were off. The first stop was a close-up view of the arch and Lover’s Beach, where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet. If you go to the Pacific side, you’ll find Divorce Beach. Something for everybody, I guess.

We continued on for another 40 minutes or so until we reached a secluded bay where we dropped anchor and guests could partake of swimming, snorkeling or just relaxing. We were treated to a delicious snack of grilled shrimp and guacamole on the way, and while here, we enjoyed a full lunch complete with an open bar. The captain took some leftover shrimp and fed the pompano, swarming in the crystal blue waters around the boat.

For the return trip, the sails were unfurled and we got the full experience of a sailboat tacking into the wind. It was exhilarating. If you want to experience Cabo by sea, this tour is a great choice.

Too soon it was back to the tenders and our return to the Miracle. One more day at sea, and our Carnival Journeys voyage comes to an end.

Story and photos courtesy of Gerry Barker.
Captain Danny cruises us past the famous Cabo rock formations.
A companion tour boat tacks behind us.

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