Travel Destinations

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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October 2021
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By
Richard
Kern

It only took 40 years for a dusty Mexican fishing village at the end of the Transpeninsular Highway to be transformed into one of the most famous resorts in the world.[caption id="attachment_324095" align="alignleft" width="300"]

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El Arco, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur | Wikimedia Commons[/caption]Back in the early 1980s, sport fishermen and beachcombers made the thousand-mile journey from San Diego to Cabo in small charter planes, accompanied by a guide who knew the territory and where to find primitive accommodations for a getaway off the grid.If you were among those first Cabo aficionados, you've witnessed big changes over the intervening years. Once the airport opened in 1984, developers started arriving, followed by tourists and snowbirds seeking a vacation home on Cabo's breathtaking beaches.Despite its burgeoning popularity, Cabo San Lucas has maintained its unique charm, providing guests with unparalleled vistas, accommodations, recreational opportunities, and food and drink.Visitors to Cabo find three distinct zonas along the coast: Cabo San Lucas at the peninsula's southernmost tip, the Tourist Corridor running east along Route 1, and the old city of San José del Cabo, about 20 miles northeast on the banks of the Río San José.Venture a little east from San José del Cabo and you discover Puerto Los Cabos, a 2,000-acre planned community with hotels, marina, golf course, residential neighborhoods and three miles of white sand beach.[caption id="attachment_324097" align="alignright" width="300"]

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Cabo Resort Pool Loungers | James Wheeler on Pexels[/caption]Boaters approaching the main marinas of Cabo head in from the east in Bahía San Lucas, just north of El Arco (the famous arch) off Lovers Beach. The waters on the peninsula's west side are notoriously rocky and rough, so beware as you enter the southern end of Baja California. Once into San Lucas Bay, things are noticeably calmer, and Cabo is spread out before you.The area around the marinas is home to dozens of restaurants and cafes everything from local taco and takeout joints to upscale eateries and familiar chains such as Starbucks and Hard Rock. South of the marina district is the Playa Grande Resort & Spa, as well as the Ridge at Playa Grande Luxury Villas, the Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos, the Terrasol Beach Resort and Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal.Activities are plentiful: swimming,sport fishing, shopping, golfing, surfing, zip lining, kayaking, scuba diving, horseback riding, snorkeling, hiking, biking, whale watching, culture, nightlife ... or just cooling out at the spa or on the beach.For local color, check out nearby Pabellón Cultural de la República. Opened in 2011, it hosts musical performances, theater productions and movie screenings during the Baja International Film Festival.

WHERE TO DOCK

Marina Cabo San Lucas+52 624-173-9140This marina is strategically located in the heart of Cabo's harbor with 380 total slips, 33 magayacht slips, full crew facilities, fitness center, swimming pool, onsite shopping and dining, 24-hour gated security, and high-speed fuel dock.Marina del Rey+52 624 143 6522This is the first marina and fuel dock when pulling into Cabo. Bordered by a swimmable beach and the Sea of Cortez, the marina was relaunched in 2016 with new docks, fuel station and 25 slips for boats up to 130 feet in the private boat area and up to 60 feet in the commercial area.Marina Puerto los Cabos+52 624-105-6181Located about 25 miles east of Cabo near the historic downtown area of San José del Cabo, this marina is part of the Puerto Los Cabos development, a community with hotels, golf course and a beach. Its 230 slips accommodate boats up to 250 feet, with concierge services, a maintenance yard and more.

WHERE TO DINE

El Farallon+52 624-163-4300Tucked into the cliffs of the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, El Farallon overlooks the Pacific Ocean and offers stunning views with its equally amazing ocean-to-table menu. The chef selects the best of each day's catch from local fishermen and transforms it into something unforgettable.[caption id="attachment_324096" align="alignleft" width="300"]

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Cabo Resort Cocktails | Oscar Vinicio Lopez[/caption]Elements los Cabos+52 624-128-6211This popular vegan and vegetarian restaurant tucked away behind the downtown tourist bars is a little slice of Mumbai in Mexico. Offering a menu of meat-based options as well, Elements receives top reviews for great Indian food.JM Italian Steakhouse+52 624-123-9211Chef Jimmy Maddin was once the executive chef at Caesars Palace. His years of preparing meals for celebrities, royalty and global icons are reflected in the creative menu of steaks, seafood and pasta served at his signature venue, a short walk from the marinas.Manta+52 624-163-0000East of downtown on a secluded beach at the exclusive Cape Resort Hotel, Manta celebrates Pacific Coast cultures from Mexico, Peru, Japan and beyond. Locally sourced ingredients produce creative culinary masterpieces such as beet ceviche with ginger, and habañero and leche de tigre.Romeo & Julieta Ristorante+52 624-143-0225Patterned after a hideaway in Tuscany, the arched entrance is reflected throughout in exposed rock walls and vaulted brick ceilings. Enjoy creative antipasti, homemade pasta dishes or a Caesar salad prepared tableside. The menu changes periodically depending on the seasonal ingredients.

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Camden, Maine
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True boaters say the real Maine coast doesn’t start until you reach Penobscot Bay. This is “Down East” from Kennebunkport and Portland. The dramatic stretch of coastline from Camden to Mount Desert Island sparkles with granite shores, dotted with archipelagos of pine-tree covered islands and mountains cascading into the sea. This region offers some of the best cruising ground in the world.

Camden is a magical little seaside town in the heart of Maine’s mid-coast. It’s historic but hip. “Where the Mountains Meet the Sea” is their moniker, as Camden Hills and 780-foot Mount Battie stretch down toward the bustling waterfront where this 1769 New England village sits, creating a postcard scene.

Camden is super foot-traffic friendly, starting at Harbor Park and the beautiful brick Public Library that graces the top of the bay by the Town Docks. Enjoy a picnic on the sprawling park lawn; there’s often a craft festival or free concert at the outdoor amphitheater. From the waterfront, stroll the quaint sidewalks leading to cafés, boutiques, craft stores and art galleries, pubs, and surprisingly trendy restaurants.

You can hike, bike or drive the toll road up Mount Battie in Camden Hill State Park, which encompasses 5,500 acres and 30 miles of trails. Your reward is spectacular panoramic views of the harbor and Penobscot Bay below.

Eaton Point, at the eastern entrance to the harbor, is home to a new Lyman-Morse yacht facility. Camden remains a working harbor with lobster fishermen, boat builders, ferries and tall-masted schooners taking folks out for scenic sails.

Camden hosts festivals throughout the summer season of jazz, film and its trademark Windjammers. In winter, the U.S. National Tobogganing Champion-ships are held at Camden’s namesake Snow Bowl – our country’s only ski area with views of the Atlantic.

Camden is an ideal boater’s gateway with all the services and shops you need in walking distance from the waterfront. Excursions from this protected harbor are countless and legendary. A quick cruise brings you to quiet Lasell Island for a sunset anchorage. Farther on you reach Maine’s Maritime Academy home in beautiful Castine, and the rustic islands of North Haven, Vinalhaven and Deer Isle. Ultimately you can cruise north and east through beautiful Merchants Row, or the more protected Eggemoggin Reach, to Mount Desert Island, home to famed Acadia National Park, Northeast, Southwest and Bar Harbors.

WHERE TO DOCK

Camden Public Landing
Town Docks
207-691-4314

Contact the harbormaster for overnight slips, limited but in town, and moorings throughout the harbor.

Lyman-Morse at
Wayfarer Marine
207-236-7108

Across the harbor on Camden’s east shores, this revamped marina is a half-mile walk to town, with new docks and a marina facility, home of Lyman-Morse Boatyard and 30 slips plus moorings.

WHERE TO DINE

40 Paper
207-230-0111

Relish artful cuisine locally sourced from farmers, fishermen and “foragers.” In an historic wool mill in downtown Camden, it’s comfy but chic. Savor octopus, lamb, mussels, salmon and more with fresh produce and creative sides. Save room for dessert made from scratch.

Peter Otts on the Water
207-236-4032

Get your chowder and Maine lobster fix from Chef Peter. This classic setting overlooking the harbor is a Camden staple you “ott” not miss. Open for lunch or dinner.

Franny’s Bistro
207-230-8199

With a neighborhood feel, Franny’s serves up lobster fritters, crab cakes, shrimp dumplings and land-lubber faves, too. A fun menu in a cozy setting.

Bagel Café
207-236–2661

For fresh-brewed morning coffee and daily “boiled then baked” bagels or breakfast sammies served all day.

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Jamestown, Rhode Island
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Located on Conanicut Island, Gould Island and Dutch Island, Jamestown welcomes boaters to Narragansett Bay.  Its southernmost point is on Gould Island and marked by Beavertail Lighthouse and State Park. The northernmost point is marked by Conanicut Island Lighthouse.  While Conanicut Island is the second largest island on Narragansett Bay, it is near the western mainland in Kingston, and Newport lies to the east on Aquidneck Island.  Hop on the Jamestown Newport Ferry to get the lay of the land and sea.

Jamestown was settled early in colonial history and was named for James, Duke of York, who became King James II in 1685.  By 1710, many of Jamestown’s current roads were already in place and a lot of its early architecture is well preserved. Soak up some local history at the Jamestown Fire Memorial Museum, Beavertail Lighthouse Museum and Park, Jamestown Windmill, Watson Farm, Conanicut Island Sanctuary, Fort Wetherill State Park, and the Jamestown Settlement museum.

The main town, shops and restaurants are located on the eastern shore of Conanicut Island.  But even from the western side, Dutch Harbor and other attractions are easily accessed with a one-mile walk.

WHERE TO DOCK

Conanicut Marina
401-423-5820

This full-service marina has a ships store/chandlery, gift shop, extensive dockage and a large mooring field.  It’s located in the heart of town overlooking Newport and the Pell Bridge, but bring your fishing poles for the kids.

Dutch Harbor Boat Yard
401-423-0630

Located on the west passage of Narragansett Bay, this small, local marina has good moorings, launch service and facilities.  At times, the harbor can be rolly from a SW wind up the West Passage.  The holding ground is excellent for anchoring, but the dinghy dock is by seasonal permit only.

Safe Harbor Jamestown Boatyard
401-423-0600

Jamestown Boatyard is renowned for excellent workmanship on all types of boats.  It also has a large mooring field and is in a beautiful location on the East Passage.

WHERE TO DINE

Slice of Heaven
401-423-9866

This family-owned café and bakery with an outdoor patio is an ideal spot for breakfast and lunch, especially if you’re looking for tasty gluten-free and vegetarian options.

J22 Tap & Table
401-423-3709

This lively, year-round restaurant specializes in classic American cuisine and local seafood dishes such as New England clam chowder, lobster tail and seared yellowfin tuna while accommodating meat eaters with wings, burgers and steak tacos.

Village Hearth Bakery & Café
401-423-9282

Take a seat inside this rustic eatery or outside on the patio to enjoy wood-fired bread, pizzas and pastries with a cool beer or wine.  To start your day with a smile, order a cup of the eco-friendly coffee.

Bay Voyage Restaurant
401-560-7979

Inside the Wyndham Bay Voyage Inn, this casual dining establishment presents a seasonal menu of American cuisine standards and seafood with fresh ingredients and a stellar view of Narragansett Bay.

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Explore the Spirited Lakefront of Burlington, VT
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A vibrant, compact city hugging the eastern shoreline of Lake Champlain, Burlington abounds in scenic beauty, four-season recreation, a college town vibe, arts and culture, and a quirky character all its own.

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Burlington Church Street | Michelle Raponi on Pixabay

Eclectic shops named Anjou & the Little Pear or Common Deer, and restaurants called Zabby & Elf 's Stone Soup or The Skinny Pancake dot the urban landscape. A local artist's satirical comment on the bureaucracy of urban planning called File Under So. Co., Waiting for..., consists of 38 filing cabinets welded together to a 40-foot height. Birds frequently nest in the upper chambers.

History buffs stroll through the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum or the Fleming Museum of Art's multi-era artifact collection while hikers trek the 12.5-mile path at Burlington Waterfront Park, which offers bicycle, rollerblade and kayak rentals. In season, the path connects to the Lake Champlain Islands via bike ferry.

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Burlington Bike Path | Michelle Raponi on Pixabay

Since the 1800s, the Old North End has been the city's melting pot, and global cuisine from Nepalese dumplings to the African Market can be found here today. Between munches, stroll over to historic Elmwood Cemetery, whose residents include Revolutionary War soldiers. Hear their stories and perhaps have a chance encounter with a local spirit on a Queen City Ghostwalk Tour. Liquid spirits rule when the internationally famous, regionally beloved and hidden gem breweries line up for the annual Vermont Brewers Festival. Year round, enjoy homemade bratwurst and drafts at Zero Gravity Craft Beer. At acclaimed Foam Brewers, the patio faces Lake Champlain waterfront and the Adirondack Mountains. Hop on the Sip of Burlington Brew Tour for a dozen tastings and the sights of this dynamic, energetic city.

Where to Dock

Burlington Community Boathouse Marina

802-865-3377

This full-service marina is the centerpiece of a growing waterfront. Amenities include 105 slips up to 65 feet, Splash Café and a fantastic sunset over the Adirondacks.

Burlington Harbor Marina

802-540-6869

With 160 slips (60 transient slips up to 80 feet), this new marina's tranquil harbor setting is convenient to downtown amenities and recreational activities.

Where to Dine

Honey Road

802-497-2145

Savor sophisticated Mediterranean small plates, cocktails and creative desserts in a comfy tavern setting.

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The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

802-859-0888

This farm-to-table gastropub dishes up local burgers, charcuterie and innovative specials. Sip on local brews in the beer garden.

RíRá

802-860-9401

According to Irish playwright Brendan Behan, The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you. RíRá fuses classic Irish with pub grub to satisfy the first two.

Leunig's Bistro & Café

802-863-3759

Step inside the lush garden courtyard to watch fresh local fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood transform into classic French dishes. Come enjoy a romantic evening meal.

Hen of the Wood

802-540-0534

Enjoy a true Vermont dining experience in a romantic, rustic atmosphere adjacent to the Hotel Vermont.

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