There are “less then forthright” promoters all over Cabo. New people come in from mainland Mexico to rip people off. And then they are gone.
FAKE CUBAN CIGARS. If someone approaches you to sell you a cigar, it is going to be fake no matter what they tell you. The wooden cigar box has official looking stamps and seals on it, but again, they are fake. They buy them from a local manufacturer for 100 pesos ($8) for a box of 5. They typically ask $75 to start for the box of 5, but will sell them for 200 pesos, about $16. If you want a real Cuban cigar, you need to go to a CIGAR STORE with walk-in humidor and pay $20+ for ONE cigar, and then you will have a real Cuban.
SILVER & ONYX. The sellers will say it is real, and maybe it is. You can’t go by the .925 stamp you see on the “silver” items. All the sellers have a .925 stamp punch in their pocket. You can tell real silver as it is not magnetic. Take a magnet with you and test the item. The intricate silver inlays like a marlin, dolphin or whale inside black surround will be explained as silver inlaid in onyx. It is not. It is plastic sanded off flush with the fake silver. The only real onyx you will find will not have inlays, but rather just the stone by itself, and then you still really can’t tell.
LEMON WOOD BOXES. You will be told it is lemon wood and it will smell like lemons. But three days later, after the lemon juice smell wears off, it doesn’t smell like lemons anymore. Only lemons smell like lemons. Not the wood. The boxes have carved designs and are still kinda cool, but not made out of lemon wood.
PAINTED PLATES. Look really cool and artistic, but are for show only. If you use them, the paint will fall off. Don’t wash them, and whatever you do, don’t put them in the dishwasher.
WOOL BLANKETS. Most likely NOT wool. If they are, they will want more money for them. You get what you pay for, but with a lot of sellers in Cabo, you don’t.
CHARTER BOAT PROMOTERS. You will be told by the multitude of fishing promoters at the marina that they have this “HOT BOAT” when they don’t have a boat at all. And you may be told whatever boat you might have BOOKED ALREADY, that it is a “BAD BOAT” and you need to go on their “GOOD BOAT.” If they get someone interested, they will try to get a deposit, and then call around to find a boat. And maybe the boat will be there in the morning, and maybe it won’t. Better to read reviews and book online (LIKE WITH US).