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Travel Well: Los Cabos

Los Cabos is always a good idea! The area, which is my favorite area in Mexico out of the ones I have visited thus far, has a lot to offer in terms of restaurants, golf, resorts, and even a fun party atmosphere that’s sure to attract singles and couples alike. Our trip to Los Cabos last week was our first couples trip as a married couple and we had a blast vacationing with another couple that we are really close to, as well as my mom and some close family friends. Los Cabos is broken into a few different areas, but we spent the majority of our time in Puerto Los Cabos, San Jose del Cabo, and Cabo San Lucas (i.e. “Cabo”), the area that is famous for partying/Spring Break. Los Cabos seriously has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a family vacation with the kids, a romantic couples getaway, or a fun girls only turn-up trip.

Stay: We stayed at a 6 bedroom home in Puerto Los Cabos with breathtaking ocean views. If you’re traveling with other couples or a big group, I think staying at a home makes the most sense. It was really nice to just be able to hang out at the house and we were even able to have a chef come in to prepare lunches for us. We had a private pool and hot tub and really could have spent the whole 5 days in the house and still had a fabulous time. The only drawback is that the home we stayed in was a 30-45 minute drive from most of the restaurants we went to for dinner and other activities that we wanted to do. For those who prefer a resort, I would recommend the One and Only Palmilla or Esperanza.

View from our private home in Puerto Los Cabos (photo courtesy of Equity Estates)

Dine: Mexico gets a bad wrap in terms of food. Yes, you have to be careful, especially with the water, but honestly all the food that we had was good and no one got sick. My favorite meals were probably the ones that our private chef, Paco, prepared for us. He makes the best chorizo quesadillas and fabulous watermelon mojitos. We had him cook for us twice, and both times it was a different experience with different dishes and a different vibe. Plus, being able to go straight from your own private pool to the dining table and back all without a coverup is great. We also had some really nice meals out. My favorite restaurants in Los Cabos are as follows:

  1. Flora Farms – farm to table restaurant with a laid back atmosphere. AMAZING fried chicken!

  2. Cocina del Mar – honestly the views here take the cake. Don’t get me wrong, the food is good, but the breathtaking views would make me come back even if the food was just decent.

  3. The Office – this restaurant in Cabo San Lucas is right in the sand and has a really fun vibe. They also have lobster omelets during brunch!

  4. Aqua by Larbi – instead of ordering an entree, I opted to get three appetizers here for more variety. All of them were fabulous and the customer service here is amazing. The views aren’t too shabby either.

Out for a fabulous dinner Aqua by Larbi

Enjoying one of Paco’s world famous watermelon mojitos at our home in Puerto Los Cabos

Shop: Usually on beach vacations I’m (surprisingly) not a big shopper. There are quite a few little beach shops in Cabo San Lucas and some in downtown San Jose del Cabo. There is also a “luxury” shopping area on the marina in Cabo San Lucas called Puerto Paraiso Shopping Mall that I visited in 2013. Although I didn’t have much luck there, it’s worth a visit.

Play: If you’re looking to turn-up, Cabo San Lucas is the place for you! There are a tons of outdoor restaurants and bars right on the beach that have good music and great drink specials. They can get pretty rowdy! Not only does Medano Beach have a really fun atmosphere, but it’s also where you can go to do water actives such as rent wave runners, ride banana boats, and parasail. We chartered a boat for a day to tour Los Cabos and snorkel and it was hands down my favorite day of the trip. The Rissalena was a beautiful boat and the staff was awesome. I would recommend them to anyone looking to charter a boat in Cabo. They allowed us to play our own tunes and served drinks and lunch as we enjoyed a day out on the water.

Jet skiing at Medano Beach

Breathtaking view of the Arch from the boat

My Rating: A-

Explanation: I really like Los Cabos. Sometimes on beach trips, I get bored…but there is just enough to do to keep me occupied while still allowing for a relaxing vacation. The only downside to Los Cabos is that a lot of the beaches aren’t necessarily the best for swimming. Most of the beaches are rocky and the tide is quite high (on our trip, we had a Go-Pro casualty due to the rocky shores…may it rest in peace). Medano Beach is the only beach (that I know of) where guests can swim and do water sports safely. I’m not a huge sand girl and really prefer to look out at the water from the pool, so it’s fine for me, but may be a drawback for visitors who really like to swim in the ocean.

Want a glimpse into our vacation to Los Cabos, Mexico? Click here to check out the awesome video my husband made highlighting our trip.

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