Tag Archives: Cabo San Lucas

MUST READ: “Love with a Chance of Drowning”

28 Jul


“Love with a Chance of Drowning” by Torre DeRoche is the true story of DeRoche’s adventures in meeting a guy in a bar and months later spending about a year (I believe) traveling in a sailboat with him from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas to the Pacific Islands.  DeRoche goes on this adventure despite her fear of deep water.  This book really makes you believe that life is about the adventures in life and that fears can be overcome.  It also makes you believe in love.   I loved this book and highly recommend it.  It made for a great beach read.

Memorial Day Weekend in Cabo San Lucas (Mexico)

9 Jan

If you and/or your family are looking for a relaxed weekend in Mexico, I recommend Cabo San Lucas.  If you are coming from the eastern coast of the U.S. it is not the most convenient location in Mexico, and some say the beaches on Mexico’s east coast are nicer, but I would say Cabo caters to America’s weekend needs – Cabo is relatively safe, English-speaking, developed, and there are activities for most everyone (e.g., great food, shopping, art, culture, golf, beach, snorkeling, etc.).

I arrived in Cabo on a Friday afternoon and I proceeded to do what most travel books say not to do: I talked to the time share people in the airport.  Long story short, this ended up being the absolute best thing for my trip.  All I had to do was sit through a two-hour presentation as to why I should buy a time share (even though I am below the minimum age) and they gave me (for free): tequila, a gift certificate to a jewelry store, a cab ride to one of my hotels (which was a $40 cab ride), a round-trip boat ride to the arch and Lover’s Beach, and tickets to a pirate ship snorkeling adventure.  In other words – they pretty much took care of my whole trip to Cabo, saving me hundreds of dollars.  This was a DO for me.

Our first night we stayed downtown in a small hotel that was cheap ($50) and relatively nice.  The hotel was called Siesta Suite Hotel.  It had only 2 stars, but the rating from 42 travelers was 4.2 out of 5.  There was two double beds, a safe, a fine bathroom, and a view of downtown Cabo San Lucas.  If you are trying to save money on your vacation and you want to stay in the heart of the action but are ok with not having a beach, this is a definite DO.

The rest of the time, my travel companion and I stayed at the Fiesta Americana resort (see picture above of the property and below of the view from our balcony). Our stay there was free since we had points and it is a nice resort.  However, there were some issues such as: dirty jacuzzis, not a lot of restaurants and the ones they have are expensive, you couldn’t swim in the beach, and you are pretty secluded.  For free, this hotel is fine.   Next time though I would like to stay on Medano Beach, which is a lot closer to Cabo San Lucas and you can swim in the ocean (I believe).

Activities-wise these are some definite DOs:

  • Snorkeling cruise.  We took the pirate ship snorkeling cruise.  We received the tickets for free from the time share person, but I honestly would pay to do this cruise again.  The almost full day cruise is all-inclusive (drinks, food, snorkeling) and there are/were activities on board the ship – at one point I got to drive the ship (see picture below), we danced the Macarena, I acted as the bartender, and we dressed as pirates.  You may think that this is a kids trip but there really were people of all ages on the ship and I think everyone had a great time.

  • Take a boat to the Arch and Lover’s Beach (see image below).

  • If you like going to bars, spend an evening/night exploring Cabo San Lucas nightlife (Cabo Wabo, El Squid Roe, Senor Frogs, etc.).
  • If you like art/culture, spend an afternoon or morning exploring San Jose del Cabo.
  • Have dinner at El Farallon.  It is expensive, but the food is amazing and the view and ambiance are incredible.  Click here to see photos and read about it.  DO make reservations well in advance because this place books up!

If I could do Cabo San Lucas over again, I would have negotiated more deals from the time share person.  Next time, I would like to go on an ATV trip for free as well.  So my one last tip – bargain!