Day Two in the Cerritos Beach area proved to be just as fun and relaxing as Day One. We started the day by touring Todos Santos, an artist community just a few miles from the beach. Todos Santos is home to the Hotel California, but whether it is THE Hotel California of Eagles fame is subject to interpretation and the storyteller.
A nice feature of this tour is that you can drop out wherever you like and get picked up by another tour. In Los Barilles we picked up Alan and Debbie, two Scots who stayed at the beach for months before rejoining the tour. I have enjoyed their company so much! Here we are in front of Hotel California. Alan said he looks like he has dementia and that Deb and I have taken him out of the home for a field trip for the day. ha ha
The Hotel California has a colorful history. In 1947 a Chinese man named Mr. Wong founded the hotel. He changed his name to Don Antonio Tabasco, but everyone in town just called him “El Chino,” which meant “Chinese man.” By the 1950s Mr. Wong brought ice from La Paz to chill his beer, which made his hotel very popular. The place fell into disrepair over the decades, and in 2001 a Canadian couple restored it to its former glory. And, it truly is glorious. It is beautifully decorated, and lunch there was quite tasty.
Returning to Cerritos Beach, I made the trek through deep sand and up hill to Hacienda Cerritos, the hotel on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
I sipped a margarita while listening to the water crash against the rocks below, and watched surfers attempt to tame the huge waves.
On the walk back to the RV I spotted beach massages – 20 bucks for a half hour. My masseuse, Sandra, was excellent. The only distraction was the Black Sabbath music coming from the Cantina. It’s hard to be Zen-like when Ozzie’s “War Pigs” is blaring on the speakers!
Back to La Paz manana. Whale sharks maybe?