One of our favorite things to do when visiting the ocean is strolling on the beach barefoot. We’ve been to several beaches, including Nags Head in North Carolina along the Atlantic ocean, Ocean Shores in the state of Washington on the Pacific side and the Sea of Cortez/Pacific Ocean at the tip of the Baja peninsula of Cabo San Lucas. In this post I’ll specifically focus on the beaches of the Cabo area. Not all beaches in the Cabo area are barefoot strolling compatible. I’m going to give you some tips so you can avoid the “strolling” snafus that happened to us!
All the beaches in Cabo were beautiful but not all of them can be strolled on barefoot as we found out on our first visit. On some beaches the sand was full of coral and small sharp rocks, not very pleasant to walk on. If we had only brought some shoes down with us, we would have enjoyed our walk so much better! “Note to self”- Always carry a pair of water shoes/beach shoes with you so you’ll be prepared for any type of beach walk.
The first beach we tried to stroll on was in front of the Fiesta Americana in San Jose del Cabo. The waters are to rough to swim in and the sand is the coral/small pebbly rock kind that is very hard on the feet. I really wish we would have had some beach shoes with us. It would have been a lot more fun!
A barefoot strolling beach can actually be found a little way up the road in San Jose del Cabo in front of the Vidanta Grand Mayan. We actually own a timeshare there and I’m really glad because the sand is so soft under the toes! The sandy beach goes for miles. The waves roll in just up the sand to cool you off on a warm day. The beach area is pristine and the waters are a glorious color of blue.
After we had walked quite a ways down this beach we noticed we were walking along side the San Jose del Cabo wildlife estuary. Here you will want to pull out your walking shoes! So many different birds were flying in the air, swimming in the water and enjoying their side of the beach! It was a little smelly though, and the beach area was a bit messy because that’s where the birds hang out! Some of the bird species we saw were falcon’s, pelicans, vultures, and white herons.
We ventured out a little further one day to visit a town called Todos Santos. It was about an hours drive from Los Cabos. The beaches were a bit more “rustic”, meaning there were no services and the roads into the beaches were dirt. The peace and quiet though was priceless! The sand was soft under the toes! We got caught by a few rogue waves though so be careful. We dried out pretty quickly as we sat on the beach and admired the sunset.
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I’ve never eaten a taco outside of the United States.
So my taco eating experience has consisted of ordering fish tacos at Mazatlan. Just in case you are not aware, before you get your tacos, you get a basket of tortilla chips and several salsa’s to snack on while your waiting. I always thought these were good. No complaints. When my order arrives I see the big pile of Spanish rice on one side and a scoop of refried beans on the other side. A nice garnish of lettuce and tomatoes and extra guacamole and sour cream decorate the plate. That is my experience and from Mexican restaurant to Mexican restaurant it doesn’t change to much. So you can imagine my surprise at my first experience eating taco’s in Mexico. (Or maybe you are like me, and have never had a taco outside of the United States) Anyway, we arrived at our first taqueria of the trip called Taqueria Rossy in San Jose del Cabo. It wasn’t to far of a drive from where we were staying, the Vidanta Grand Mayan.
As we walked in were greeted by a server, given menus and we began to look at the menu. Of course, it’s all in Spanish and the prices are listed in pesos. I ordered a pork taco and sat back to wait for them to bring out our chips and salsa. We waited…waited…no chips and salsa! Our tacos came out. I looked at the plate, there was a single taco with a small amount of pork on it…nothing else…where are the beans, where is the rice, how come my plate isn’t covered in tacos, lettuce, tomatoes, guac and sour cream! (my insides are fluttering at this point because I’m so hungry!) We’re looking around waiting for the rest of our food to come and the server is looking at us like “why aren’t you guys eating?” Through a few gestures, finger pointing etc…we figured out that the object in the middle of the restaurant that looks like a salad bar-ish type of gadget is actually where we go to put on various toppings! Ahhhh….the light comes on! What a delight to see several different types of salsas, guacamoles, and a few other things I would never have put on my taco at home! There was cabbage instead of lettuce, pickled onions and cucumbers. No cheese, no sour cream! So I bravely dove in. I topped my single pork taco with all the fixin’s and enjoyed every bite!
So lessons learned-order more than one taco, order more than one kind of taco, remember that the toppings are free and available in the gadget that looks like a small salad bar!