Photo Locale of the Month – January 2016

Happy New Year!  It definitely feels like January – 30-degree temps (and falling) and a good coating of snow on the ground.  Although the snow is pretty, I can’t help but dream of being someplace warmer…

…and so my first photo feature of 2016 flashes back to sunny Mexico!  It was exactly five years ago that I traveled to Cabo San Lucas for a few relaxing days.  The resort city at the tip of Baja California, seemingly within spitting distance of the Tropic of Cancer, attracts more Americans than Mexicans.  Some of them are snowbirds, others are anglers, others are aging 80’s rockers, and others, still, are explorers that simply want to see what the peninsular fishing village-turned-beach destination has to offer.  The natural formations at Land’s End are the focus of this month’s entry.

Medrano Beach 2

Most visitors stay at hotels or timeshares lining wide, inviting Playa Médrano (en inglés: Medrano Beach).  From here you can gaze across the water towards the rock formations at Land’s End.

Marina 11

Boat rides to Land’s End make for fun half-day trips.  They depart from Cabo’s marina, which is fronted by nightclubs, shopping malls, and an IMAX theater.  You don’t have to wander far before commerce gives way to desert hillsides.

Land's End water taxi ride 1 - driver Pancho

My driver, Pancho, is a family man with a good command of English.  I don’t remember the cost of the trip but it is reasonable as the journey takes just ten minutes and there is much competition.  No need to book in advance; if you stroll along the marina, boat drivers will find you.

Lover's Beach 3

My destination: idyllic Lover’s Beach.

Lover's Beach 19

Lover’s Beach faces the Gulf of California on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.  It reminded me of the beach from the closing scene of the original Planet of the Apes.

Land's End water taxi ride 7

Check out that visibility!  (Picture taken from the Golfo de California side, which is generally calm and safe for swimming.)

Lover's Beach 30

This pelican stares from the west end of Lover’s Beach out over the Pacific.  The waves on this side of the beach are rough.  The current is deadly.

Land's End water taxi ride 20

Before dropping me off on Lover’s Beach, Pancho steered the boat around Land’s End, passing El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, the much-photographed natural arch in the above picture.  And that is “Scooby Doo Rock” on the left!

Land's End water taxi ride 22 - Scooby Doo Rock

WaveRunners and “Scooby Doo Rock” up close.

Land's End water taxi ride 25 - sea lion colony

We passed a colony of seal lions, basking on rocks behind Land’s End.  They didn’t seem to mind our presence, although this handsome fella puffed out his chest to show who was boss.

Lover's Beach 9

I don’t know the name of this solitary rock formation, but I find it more striking than “Scooby Doo Rock.”

Lover's Beach 25

Brilliant sand and pasty legs.  Get a tan, gringo!

Medrano Beach 12

Late afternoon sun over Medrano Beach, with Land’s End in the distance.  Not a bad way to spend a January afternoon, eh?

All pictures were taken with a Nikon DSLR camera.  All images are the property of GringoPotpourri unless credited otherwise, and should be used with permission only.

Author: gringopotpourri

Gringo - aka Scott - was born outside of Chicago and has lived most of his life in or around big cities. He spent two years of his adult life in Mexico City (talk about big cities!) and fell in love with Mexican food, history, and women, all while weathering the culture shock. Life's journey has since brought him to rural Tennessee, perhaps the biggest culture shock of them all. Scott also enjoys movies, hiking, and travel in general.

2 thoughts on “Photo Locale of the Month – January 2016”

  1. Nice pictures! Los Cabos is one place in Mexico where I have never been.
    I am in Mexico City right now, and let me tell you, this is the time to visit. The peso is at nearly 19 to the dollar. Great for U.S. tourists, although I worry about how it is affecting the Mexican people.
    Saludos, and Happy New Year!

    1. Los Cabos is more expensive, as it really caters to wealthy American time share tourists, but it is still in many ways a small (-ish) fishing village, so I like its charm.

      Feliz año, William!

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