I spent a week in Los Cabos, Mexico, to attend the annual MobiCom conference. Although the conference itself was excellent – great science, interesting colleagues, and celebrations of this conference’s 25th anniversary – I had a chance to explore some of the outdoor opportunities in the area. Read on, and check out the photo gallery.
“Los Cabos” is actually a small region surrounding the tip of the Baja peninsula, comprising the town of Cabo San Lucas (at the tip itself) and San José del Cabo (a few miles up the eastern shore, and closer to the airport). The shoreline between the two is wall-to-wall resorts, and each town center is a cluster of touristy shops and restaurants. Even now, in the shoulder season, the place was packed with tourists.
I was staying at the all-inclusive Paradisus resort, where all the conference events were held. It was comfortable, with pleasant grounds and a nice beach, and so-so food. I left three times, each time for an excursion to see the famous “El Arco” at the tip of the peninsula: twice by kayak, and once by sailboat, each time with a brief stop to snorkel among the tropical fish in the bay. The snorkeling was the best I have ever seen – perhaps because of the sheer number of fish, and their presence near the surface. The Arch was starkly beautiful, though crowded: dozens (literally) of boats would crowd into the area so everyone could get their selfies. We kayaks had an advantage, when the water was calmer, because we could get deeper inside the little bay where the sea lions rest and the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortés batter the rocks around the archway.
On Friday afternoon I was a bit sad to leave for the flight home… but a 16.5-hour flight delay found me on an American Airlines shuttle back to San José del Cabo for a bonus night in another resort. The morning sunrise on the beach was my final treat before departure on my long trip to Dallas, London, and finally Zurich.
More photos in the photo gallery.