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Cabo Beach Town Fun

Cabo San Lucas is just your basic beach town, so here are a few shots from the beach or nearby.  Check out the pano, it’s very high resolution.

 

 


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The streets of Cabo San Lucas in Black and White

A Dog's Life

A Dog’s Life

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In Cabo, the sun is brighter, tacos taste better, tequila is stronger and skirts are shorter.

 


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The Cabo Arch

The Cabo Arch

The Cabo Arch

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The arch is literally at the tip of the peninsula of Cabo San Lucas.  It is accessible mainly by boat, but a serious rock climb from the Grand Solmar beach will take one within viewing distance of its back side.  People must share the area with sea lions.  They are cute, but they bite.  It’s so closely associated with Cabo that it appears on tee shirts.  I used my pseudo IR processing to get a slightly different result from the hundreds of tourists who photograph it daily.  While walking through the marina or on the beach boat drivers will offer this trip to you repeatedly for US$10 or $12.  I paid 200 pesos for two people, about US$13.50 plus a tip.  The entire series was photographed from a small rocking boat.


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Cabo San Lucas Marina

World's Largest Sloop

World’s Largest Sloop

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The marina is the center of tourism in Cabo.  The boats range from small to mega yachts.  A wide sidewalk lined with fancy restaurants circles it.


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Pedregal Beach

Pedregal Mono #1

Pedregal Mono #1

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Pedregal is a gated community where some of the homes are priced at over US$10 million.  It is built on a hill providing views of both the town and the Pacific Ocean.  To get to the beach it is necessary to walk over the hill navigating a maze of streets.  Tourist maps do not include these streets so I used Google maps.  Some streets that appear to go to the beach end on cliffs.  Eventually I found the place.

I prefer the way the rocks look in black and white, but have included one image in color for comparison.  Note the “chocolate chips” of darker rocks in the dominant granite.


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Cabo San Lucas in Black and White

Tattoo Crew

Tattoo Crew

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Cabo San Lucas is a popular tourist destination at the Southern tip of Baja California.  To me it seemed a little crazier than most places.


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Cabo San Lucas Around Town

 

Massage 2

Massage 2

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The colorful gate was next to my hotel, and all of these were within a 5 minute walk.  A lot of places were offering massage therapy.  I didn’t try it.

 


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Rocks at Solmar Beach

The Cathedral

The Cathedral

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Access to beaches on the Pacific Ocean side of Cabo is inconvenient at best.  For this one walk to the Grand Solmar Resort past the Marina.  A bellman will stop you and ask for your room number.  Reply that you have come to see the beach and Mexican law requires they allow access.  He will delay, then ask where you are staying, and admit you through a service entrance.  There is no swimming on the beach due to undertow.


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Desolation in Black and White

Stadium

Stadium

5 Photos in This Gallery These scenes were photographed on a flight from Houston to Los Cabos, Mexico.  The desolation of the area is extreme.  Due to haze and the shallow camera angle required when shooting from a commercial jet, black and white produces the best results.


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More From Cozumel

Moped and Yellow Door

Moped and Yellow Door

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Many cruise ports share certain characteristics.  When ships are docked streets are jammed with people.   In the afternoon when the ships leave, town seems deserted.  Like most small tourist towns, there are more restaurants and shops selling all kinds of junk than the local population could support.  There are over 1,000 taxi drivers on this small island.  Restaurants cost about half of what they do in the US due to the weak peso.  A really good liter of Tequila may be purchased at the Mega Mart for about $14.  That is not good for your mental health.

 


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Cozumel II

Pink Facade

Pink Facade

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I continue to wander up and down the streets of Cozumel finding brightly painted walls that are common in Latin America and Hispanic neighborhoods in the US.

All of these photos are typical of what you would see while walking around in Cozumel.  It is actually more crowded than it looks because of the thousands of cruise ship passengers in town each day.


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Cozumel

An Upper Level Trough

An Upper Level Trough

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This is the first of several posts of photos from my trip to Cozumel, Mexico, an island which is the busiest cruise ship port in the world and has very good diving.  Divers don’t have to do much swimming because there is a constant current.  Visibility is excellent, about 150 feet.  I don’t do underwater photography, but I saw lots of sea turtles, sharks and other critters.  Stay tuned, I have a lot of photos taken above the waterline.

 


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Cozumel Part II

San Miguel, Cozumel, is the busiest cruise ship port in the Caribbean and possibly the world.  This Mexican island is also a major destination for scuba divers.  The Barracuda Hotel is popular with divers.

 


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San Miguel de Cozumel

Crowd Watching the Dance

Crowd Watching the Dance

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San Miguel is the main town on the island of Cozumel, the busiest cruise ship port in the Caribbean and possibly the world.  This Mexican island is also a major destination for scuba divers and vacationers who stay outside of town at all inclusive resorts.  I go scuba diving there in the morning and after lunch there is time for street photography.  On Sunday nights there is a dance in the center square of San Miguel.  The cruise ships are gone and most of the tourists are back at their hotels stuffing themselves at the chow line.  The night shots were taken at that dance.


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Wired Vista

Wired Vista

These photos were taken with a D300 and a Nikon 16-85 zoom, except for the Hostess where a 50 mm f/1.8 D was employed. On these trips I dive in the morning and shoot in the afternoon.