While at my nephew John Forget and his new wife Carrie-Ann’s destination wedding at The Riu Palace in Los Cabos, Mexico during the week of April 14th, 2018 I had an opportunity to speak with and photograph some vendors on the beach at the Riu Palace in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Most were so happy to share their stories with me and it was clear that most of them depend on their sales from long hours – morning, afternoon and early evening to provide for their families.
This is Alfredo Whitegloves. He was more than happy to refer me to google where his name was on a Trip Advisor review. He was most certainly a very personable gentlemen and proud of his craft.
The gentleman with the iguana wearing the Mexican sombrero earned his day’s pay by letting people pose with his little friend and for a fee, leave with a picture of their experience.
The lovely fellow below had a great talent for carvings. He took great pride in his art and I was very impressed with the quality of his work.
Some of the vendors had a fantastic sense of humor as I found in this man’s invitations to be photographed. He was indeed a clown with a ability to make the visitors on the beach of Los Cabos laugh. He sold cigars and was pretty successful at selling them to the gentlemen walking along the shoreline.
Everyone who visits Riu Palace probably will be in need of sunglasses and this vendor took the opportunity to sell his wares to whoever would strike a conversation with him.
Another important apparel on the beach is hats. Big ones, small ones, colorful ones and something for everyone. The gentlemen painstakingly worked on embellishing his hats as he rested while chatting with prospective buyers.
The children visiting Los Cabos were not forgotten. They thoroughly enjoyed the kites, parachutes and other toys that this lovely lady demonstrated for them.
Many of the ladies along the beach took an interest in the beach covers and/or blankets wraps that they saw and where quite please to try a few and model them to help them decide which one they would purchase from this vendor.
A big draw to the beach was the hand carved. hand painted and personaly signed bowls that this vendor was selling. Many people were happy to purchase their favorites and bring them home as souvenirs or gifts for loved one as a keepsake of their visit to Los Cabos.
This fellow also made parachutes for children to fly. They were very entertaining and kept the boys and girls occupied for hours.
These Mexican Sombreros where very popular on the beach here in Mexico and this lady had a huge variety of them
One of the most enjoyable experiences on the beach and a huge attraction was the horses. A few men would bring their horses down to the beach in the early morning and would remain til the early evening. The horses were so healthy and their owners would take turns bringing the back to the watering hole every hour to make sure they were well hydrated. People were happy to pay the pride for a 5 minute ride along the ocean shoreline.
The gentlemen made personalized bracelets on the beach. If he didn’t have the name you wanted he would take some time to prepare them with custom orders.
It was a privilege to have met all of these vendors and to hear their stories. They work hard to earn a living and take such pride in their crafts. I left feeling like I had made a few new friends and hope to meet them again some day.