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Private Tour in Cabo San Lucas
Wednesday, August 10, 2016  
As soon as we learned that we would be spending a full day in Cabo San Lucas as part of our 14-night cruise aboard Azamara Quest, we began seeking out local tour operators. After dozens of cruises, we have learned that you can get a private, custom tour for about the same price, or less, than the cruise line offers. And, you are not crammed into a motor coach with 50 other people. After some research, I came across Tours By Locals ( We arranged to have a three-hour tour of Cabo San Lucas and nearby San Jose del Cabo.

After we departed the ship's tender, we walked through the security exit where we were met by Marco Polo, our tour guide for the morning. He quickly escorted us to his new, air-conditioned Toyota van in a nearby parking lot, and off we went. The van looks like it could easily accommodate six to eight passengers, so if you are travling in a group, you are in luck!


As we drove out of San Lucas, Marco explained that he works for HighTide Los Cabos (, a local tour operator that is represented by Tours By Locals. He also explained what we would be seeing during our tour and that we were driving toward San Jose.

We stopped at Chileno Beach, a small public beach which has to be one of the most beautiful beaches we have seen. And surprisingly, it's free!

Marco and Rickee at Chileno Beach

Marco also pointed out the luxury resorts along the way, of which there are many. We stopped at the Marina at Puertos Los Cabos and walked around the entire area, admiring the unusual sculptures of Leonora Carrington.

Sculptures surround the marina at San Jose del Cabo

After leaving the marina, we drove to the old town of San Jose, which by the way, is much more interesting than San Lucas. We would love to return here and spend an entire day walking around the old town. There are dozens of interesting shops, art galleries and restaurants. We stopped in one restaurant for a drink and bathroom break and the walls are lined with historical photos of the city. There is also a church that once was a mission where a service was in progress on this Sunday morning. Sculpted busts of Mexican heroes graced the plaza area.

Rickee checks out old photos of San Jose

We returned to San Lucas where we had the opportunity to view another local church. However, it was Sunday, so services were being held. After a short drive around the town of San Lucas where we saw numerous shopping opportunities, we definitely think San Jose is the more interesting of the two towns.

Heroes of Mexico displayed in San Jose del Cabo

We were amazed at how quickly the three hours went by. Marco was an adept guide, spoke excellent English (thankfully, as our Spanish is limited), and we highly recommend his services. Marco's employer, HighTide, also offers snorkeling tours, surfing, kayaking, off-road jeep adventures, hiking and other types of tours. I was also very impressed with how the entire transaction was handled by Tours By Locals.

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