Come Fly Away
Remember to pack your common sense when heading out on vacation
By Sandra A. Berry
It’s vacation time, and you’re planning family time away or perhaps a second honeymoon, maybe a getaway with your golfing or fishing buddies, or just a group of girlfriends. Within a few hours, you could potentially be lounging on a sandy beach, sipping your favorite tropical beverage, and gazing at the blue sea. Cabo San Lucas is a paradise waiting to be experienced and explored one that is just a short flight away for many in the United States. So don’t let naysayers tell you that a vacation here would be dangerous. As a longtime
Cabo San Lucas resident, I can attest to its being a safe haven for tourists. And it has had that reputation for a long time.
In fact, the U.S. State Department has revised its warnings for travelers to México, easing restrictions for three states and tightening them for a fourth. However, these new announcements do not affect Cabo San Lucas in any way. Los Cabos has not been on the no-travel radar for as long as I can remember, and I have lived here for almost 20 years.
Yes, there have been drug-related shootings in La Paz, a city that is a two-hour drive from Los Cabos, just as there have likely been crime-related incidents where you live in the United States. Of course, you need to be cautious wherever you live or wherever you travel. It is not wise to wander in unknown parts of a city wherever you are. It behooves you to use caution and to be alert. After all, we live in an unsettling world, but it doesn’t mean that we stop living our lives and enjoying life to the fullest. The federal government of México is taking steps to ensure that their golden tourist zone, that of Los Cabos, is protected. A newly trained police force is in the works with vetting to make certain they pass all required tests. Seeing federal soldiers might be a bit disconcerting, but have no fear; they are here for a purpose, to guarantee the training of new police officers. If driving down the peninsula, you might encounter road blocks. Again, these are for your protection, there to deter any possible drug cartels from venturing into Los Cabos. Use the same precautions as you would in your own hometown: Do not wander away from main thoroughfares or tourist areas alone. Travel in pairs. Do not exhibit jewelry or large amounts of cash. If you look for trouble, you will find it, no matter what country you are in.
From the moment you decide to fly away to this delightful seaside recreational nirvana, or even sail away on a cruise ship, you’ll be glad you made your decision. With so much to see and do, let us offer some tips on how to make it your best trip ever. Fortunately for our moderate climate, you don’t have to pack many clothes, except for a bathing suit, cover-up, a couple of resort-style outfits for dinner and a night on the town, plus a light shawl in case of cool evenings, and you are set. The dress code in Cabo is casual, which means shorts, T-shirts, bathing suit, flip-flops, and sun visor, most of which you can purchase while here on vacation. We have upscale shopping plazas, boutique shops featuring Mexican designers, and myriad other shopping venues to take up time not spent on the beach.
You will be pleasantly surprised at the many fine restaurants that abound in Los Cabos. Don’t worry: There are plenty of taco stands where you can get your fix of delicious concoctions, but there are also restaurants starring authentic Italian fare, Japanese and Chinese cuisine, Argentine beef, and, of course, traditional Mexican food. Some hotels are all-inclusive so that you don’t have to ever leave the premises, but then you wouldn’t be able to experience what Los Cabos has to offer with other restaurants, night life, shopping, or culture.
Lastly, be sure your passport is up-to-date and don’t forget to bring it! You will receive a visa in flight to allow you into the country, plus a form that you will fill out and turn in when you arrive, retaining a copy for when you are ready to fly back home. Don’t lose it! You don’t need to speak the language, but if you want to practice your high-school Spanish, go ahead; the locals appreciate your effort. ¡Bienvenidos!