My wife and I are avid travelers and love to integrate with different cultures and mingle with locals. There is one exception to this rule that we don’t enjoy and that’s when foreign countries cater to party animal tourists.
On a cruise out of California we decided to get off at the first port in Cabo San Lucas and while it was a lot of fun, had great food and an amazing beach, it was also a disappointment when the ‘party’ got started. This article covers some things that we could have lived without and things we enjoyed while there.
There were tons of people roaming the beaches, swimming in the water, eating at the restaurants, and wandering through the shops. This is definitely a tourist hotspot and it was hard to go anywhere without bumping into someone.
The beaches were hard to enjoy as there were few spots to set up and we avoided swimming because there were so many people in the water. It took us a while to find a restaurant that wasn’t slammed and the place we did find was still packed.
Admittedly our food came out quickly and the wait staff was pretty good about responding to our needs, but everything else was all lines and noise.
Front and Center
In front of the restaurant we were at had a large stage used for different events and demonstrations. Initially we were excited by the prospect of lunch and a show, but we found the ‘show’ was definitely not something we were interested in.
The host of the event invited all the nearby young women wearing bikinis on stage, the criteria for getting picked seemed to be how revealing the swimsuit was and how attractive the individual was. On stage they presented each girl to the audience, having them show off their scantily clad features. One girl was wearing a very revealing bikini bottom which the host made a point of getting a picture of and setting it as his phone’s wallpaper.
Then the girls were convinced to participate in random activities, such as pushups, musical chairs, and other such events designed to flaunt their feminine forms and draw whistles from the audience. Eventually the host ushered the girls off stage and found some young men, again choosing based on looks and revealing swimwear, and had them participate in similar activities.
It was all pretty ridiculous and meant to show off the participants bodies more than anything else.
Perhaps the worst part was the waitress wandering around the restaurant offering tequila shots. She was dressed differently then the other waitresses, having a deep cut top that showed off a considerable amount of cleavage and she seemed to be targeting men more than anyone else.
When someone finally purchased a round we watched in disgust as the woman instantly became very flirty and seductive with the customer. She poured a shot of tequila down their throat, flicked their groin, pushed the person’s face into her cleavage and shook their head back and forth.
After the first person did this the floodgates opened and soon many guys in the restaurant were ordering shots and a few women participated as well. This had the effect of getting many people very drunk on tequila and loosened people’s inhibitions quite a bit. It never got too crazy, but the shouting, whistling, and luridness of the crowd put a major damper on things.
Now there were many good things about Cabo San Lucas and the offshore activities were among them. We signed up for a small boat tour of what was called Seal island. This ‘island’ is a small chunk of rock that for whatever reason is absolutely packed with sea lions and seals that lounge around, bark, and wrestle each other.
It was incredible watching these creatures dive in and out of the water, curiously keep an eye on our boat and bask in the sunlight.
Enroute to seal island you also pass a massive stone arch that was a cool site and a great bonus to a fun activity.
The food at the restaurant was very delicious. Everything was handmade using local recipes and heaped onto large plates. Tacos, burritos, chimichangas, even the chips and guacamole were to die for. I’ll give the Mango Deck restaurant credit, they make some great authentic pork tacos.
Like I said the beaches were gorgeous, I’ve heard lots of good things about local attractions like Seal Island and the authentic Mexican food was amazing. If I were to go back I would want to check out Lover’s beach which is supposed to be an incredible section of private beach that gets you away from the crowds as only a certain amount of people can go over and be there at a time.
But with the large crowds in the main areas, the party atmosphere and the vulgar events it wasn’t a place I would go back to unless it was in the slow season and things had calmed down considerably. If I were to ever take kids there I would definitely skip the areas immediately off the docks and head further up the beach where the restaurants get a little classier and cater less to the party hard crowd.
Author: Benjamin Baker
After serving abroad in a religious capacity for two years Ben has felt the pull to travel and explore ever since. This desire was further fueled by his wife Maddie and the two have traveled to many places over the last few years. Ben’s hope is that by sharing his knowledge and experiences obtained while traveling that others can improve their lives and the lives of others through travel. Check out additional articles written by Benjamin.