AN AN­GLER’S GUIDE TO CABO SAN LU­CAS

Marlin - - BEFORE THE STRIKE -

Un­less ar­riv­ing by land or sea, vis­i­tors to the

Los Ca­bos area will fly into the Los Ca­bos In­ter­na­tional Air­port, with flights serv­ing the ma­jor avi­a­tion hubs in the United States and else­where. The air­port is about 30 miles from Cabo San Lu­cas. Car ren­tals are avail­able, but it’s prefer­able to ar­range for a pickup or take one of the nu­mer­ous taxis, un­less you’re com­fort­able with the hec­tic pace of driv­ing in Mex­ico. Tran­scabo does a great job with air­port trans­fers, as does Bur­gos Trans­porta­tion.

HO­TELS

The choices for lodg­ing in Cabo San Lu­cas are on par with any other top va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion in the world, from hos­tel to five-star-plus. The Sol­mar Re­sort is just steps away from the ocean and is a great choice, as is the Playa Grande Re­sort. Carved into the moun­tain­side over­look­ing the area is the Re­sort at Pe­dre­gal, an­other top pick for vis­i­tors look­ing for beauty and seclu­sion.

CHAR­TERS

Per­haps more so than any other sport-fish­ing des­ti­na­tion in the world, Cabo of­fers a wide range of char­ter boats. And be­cause the striped mar­lin can be found within just a few miles of the fa­mous El Arco rock for­ma­tion at the mouth of the har­bor, they’re within range of even the small­est out­board­pow­ered pan­gas. How­ever, for com­fort and safety we pre­fer the sturdy twin-diesel boats of the Gavio­tas and Min­erva char­ter fleets. An­other topflight choice is the Cabo Yachts sport-fish­ers avail­able in the Pi­cante fleet. The choices are nearly end­less, al­though the top boats book early, es­pe­cially for tour­na­ments. And stop by Min­erva’s Baja Tackle for any last-minute necessities.

A note on bait: Most Cabo char­ters will fish a spread of ar­ti­fi­cial lures, but live bait is avail­able for pur­chase at an ad­di­tional charge from one of the bait pan­gas in the har­bor. It’s worth the ex­tra ex­pense to have a dozen or so live mack­erel or ca­bal­li­tos in the well to drop back to a striped mar­lin that’s raised on a lure or teaser, or cast to one spot­ted on the sur­face.

RESTAU­RANTS AND NIGHTLIFE

Again, the choices are nu­mer­ous when it’s time to dine af­ter a long day at sea. Don’t miss the tuna “lures” at Fish­er­man’s Land­ing at the ma­rina, or the mar­gar­i­tas and tacos at Baja Cantina, the un­of­fi­cial head­quar­ters for the Bis­bee’s Black and Blue crowd.

Edith’s is an up­scale choice for steaks and seafood. Af­ter dark, head for clubs such as Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina, El Squid Roe or the Gig­gling Mar­lin. Break­fast on the wa­ter at Barra Barra or on the beach at the Of­fice is al­ways a good choice too.

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