We pulled into Cabo Wednesday afternoon at 1300 after being on the move since 0700 the day before…one overnight from Man O’ War Cove, Mag Bay. The harbor/bay at Cabo was the usual zoo I was expecting (we anchored out) with a cruise ship in the harbor and lots of boats anchored on the shelf. Cabo San Lucas has a narrow shelf that you can anchor on….otherwise it goes from 100 feet to 35 feet in no time. We found our first spot but didn’t like it and upped anchor and moved. After doing a few doghnuts, we dropped the hook again but already knew we might be too close to another boat. Then the owner on the boat waited till we were done dropping to tell us he thought we were on his anchor….so we upped anchor again and moved. This time we found a good spot and dropped again…finally. We stayed in the same spot right off the “Office” for 4 days. After working for several days with the Barreda Agency to get checked in, we finally got our paperwork and visas on Saterday afternoon and we were no longer illegal aliens in Mexico. We also decided not to get a slip as the inner harbor is such a zoo and Tulum is a beast in small harbors…so we jerry jugged our fuel from the very nice fuel dock, picked up more gas for the outboard and generator from another fuel dock and made sure we took time to make water while we were there. We also found the Walmart and Costco. Learning Point: Make sure to use Uber ($3) vice a cab ride ($14) to get to Costco and Walmart. We learned our lesson on these points. Cabo also has great cell service but the Wi-Fi at some of the local marina restaraunts is less than great. After 4 days and weather coming in, we felt we didn’t have a choice but to start moving on.
Ease of anchoring: Can be sporty, as Cabo has a narrow anchoring shelf that’s taken by swimming areas, pangas, jet ski rentals and other boats. For us, the shelf went from 36 to 75 feet pretty quickly. And there was the cruise ship anchored in the harbor to deal with too…but it was pretty to easy to see.
Noise at anchor: Yes. Between the day time tourist boats and jet skis and the nighttime bars and clubs, there’s noise.
Cellular reception at anchor: YES
Wifi in the anchorage: Not unless you patronize a shoreside bar or restaurant and get the Wifi codes. No open wifi.
Water Clarity: Surprisingly clean but not always clear. We deemed it clean enough to make water.
Protection: Cabo is basically an open roadstead. Protected from most northerly action from not immune from open ocean swell.
Admin Note- Official Paperwork in Cabo: Before we left we had to cancel the current TIP on the boat and get our (new) TIP. I’ll write about that in a seperate email as it wasn’t too hard…if I could figure it out you can too. In all the chaos of actually trying to leave the US I did remember to get all the info scanned into the computer and hit send while we still had wifi, not getting anything back but expecting it by Turtle Bay. Most folks did get info back from the agency. However, the arrival of Tropical Storm Raymond put a large hiccup into checking into Mexico in Cabo…cause we hid in Man O’ War Cove. Ok…so here’s the deal. You can either go through an agent (agency) in Cabo like we did or you can run all over Cabo like our friend did and check yourself in. We chose to go through the agent that the Ha-Ha recommended cause we had already committed to him. The Agencia Barreda (Victor Barreda) was great and did what they could to facilitate our paperwork getting done as quickly as possible. There had been a computer glitch and they were unable to open the files I sent…so it was very helpful to have 5 copies of each piece of our paperwork when I walked to the agency. Eventually 24 hours later, we were cleared into the country and had our Visas. The Agencia Barreda charged us $70 dollars as a fee which we thought was the whole thing…but there’s various other fees to the government agencies that you have to check in with. Be ready for those other fees, they can be steep and unexpected.
We’re still stuck with no exhaust system and while we’re frustrated with waiting/sitting in one place….it is what it is. LF2SF is an independent website and blog published from a cruising sailboat where we live with our family and Great Dane while cruising full time.
We will be publishing these posts detailing various places we’ve been but it is not our intent to take the place of excellent guidebooks (like “Sea of Cortez” by Breeding and Bansmer) or standard charts. We simply mean to pass on our observations in near real time about the various anchorages and places we go.