Back in 2010, my parents, sister and I went to Rivera Maya (Cancun) for my mom’s birthday. While the resort we stayed at was really nice, I was not a fan of the city of Cancun. The weather was also really humid, and I got bit by about 100 mosquitoes. Yikes! So when Kevin mentioned that his company’s annual conference was going to be in Mexico, I wasn’t completely thrilled but was excited for an opportunity to take a few days off and relax. Like Orlando, I was only responsible for paying for my flight (about $400), and my taxi to/from the airport, but the hotel was covered by Kevin’s company.
If I had known how nice Cabo San Lucas was, I would have gone sooner! What a huge difference from Cancun! Cabo San Lucas is located on the tip of the Baja which is as far west in Mexico as you can go. It was not humid, and I did not experience any mosquitoes! One thing I noticed was a lot of construction going on in the area. Cabo was hit by a hurricane almost two years ago, and they are completely rebuilding. Many hotels are offering deals to get tourists to come back now that the hotels are rebuilt/fixed. Therefore, most everything is brand new! We stayed at the Hilton Los Cabos. The hotel was about a 30 minute drive from the airport. I was welcomed on the property with a (free!) margarita. What a beautiful resort with excellent service. Every single room has an ocean view and outdoor space. There were several bars/restaurants on the property along with the pool bar in the hotel’s infinity pool! Drinks and food at the hotel were expensive (it is not all-inclusive), but since we didn’t have to pay for our room, it wasn’t a huge deal. In late March, when we went, a room could run you between $300-$400 a night for a standard room. This is WAY more than Kevin and I would normally spend on a room, but after experiencing it…I’d spend the money staying there again. Sometimes you get what you pay for. Luckily, during the off-season (like July), the hotel is much more affordable and you could get a room for closer to $200 a night.
When I join my husband on a work trip, my days are free and my evenings are spent with Kevin and his customers/co-workers. I was spoiled rotten and got a private cabana next to the pool for one of the days. I wouldn’t normally splurge on something like this, but what a treat! The strawberry margaritas were delicious! I was able to get some sun and read my book…just what a vacation should be, in my opinion!
One of the nights we were there, a group of us went to dinner in downtown San Jose. What a cute area!! When Kevin and I go back to Cabo someday, this is an area I would like to explore some more. There were many shops, restaurants, and bars, and I felt safe. San Jose was celebrating, as they do yearly, their patron saint, so the downtown area had a lot of people and music and dancing!
The next afternoon Mitsubishi Electric coordinated an excursion to whale watch on the Sea of Cortez! To get to the boat, we had to go downtown Cabo San Lucas. What a party town! Senor Frogs, Cabo Wabo, Mango Deck, etc., were located by the marina. We didn’t have time to explore downtown since we had to get to our excursion, but it certainly looked fun! I had never seen a whale in the wild before, so I was totally stoked. We were welcomed on a very large yacht with a yummy glass of sangria. IMPORTANT: If you ever go whale-watching on the Pacific, BRING MOTION SICKNESS MEDICINE. I did not and I regret it immensely. I have been on cruises before and never needed Dramamine, so I figured I would be okay for this excursion. Wrong. The Pacific Ocean is pretty rough. About 30 minutes into the ride, I was woozy. The humpback whales were amazing to see – they are so graceful – but I was not really able to enjoy the experience because I was trying to focus on keeping my lunch down! Lesson learned.
Cabo San Lucas was an amazing trip (minus the boat incident). Kevin and I cannot wait to go back – but we wish it were closer to Atlanta! (about 4.5 hour flight, but SO worth it if you go for a week – it was a little far just for the weekend)