Chillin' in Cabo
I headed back to Cabo San Lucas for the second time this year. I feel like it needed another chance to really win me over. I know, I know...let me explain. I was originally there for a work conference and didn't get to explore the desert oasis as I should have. Going back this second time I was excited to see why the celebrities love it so much. I mean Khloe Kardashian was there at the same time we were over the Labor Day weekend. Apparently she was with her "New Boo"...but anyways back to why you need to visit Cabo San Lucas.
We rented a gorgeous house in the Pedregal neighborhood up in the mountains, which we found on Air Bnb. It came with the sweetest Chef named Cami. I miss Cami....She really knew how to take care of a group of birthday celebrants. The house comfortably housed a group of 12 of us and I would 100% rent out this place again. If you aren't with a big group I highly recommend staying at the Resort at Pedregal. After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo a few years back, many new resorts had to rebuild and what a great thing it did. It still has the old world Mexico charm but with a new contemporary feel. The service is hands down and you will enjoy some of the best cuisine and wine any Cabo San Lucas resort can offer.
Now, you are settled in and where do you go? Head to The Office in downtown Cabo and take in the gorgeous setting of Land's end and El Arco. The Office is beach restaurant staple in Cabo and you can get some great food to go along with the view. I'll be posting a cuisine blog on this place so I will dive into the food a little more then. This beach is busy, it is full of vendors and glass bottoms boats that are ready to take you out to El Arco. Definitely take one out! We took the "Little Kelly" boat and it was worth the $20. The captain took us up close and personal to El Arco, and I was able to snap some gorgeous photos, like the opening photo to this blog. You will see an abundance of seals jumping off the rocks into the ocean. Aren't seals the cutest? It was such a treat for me! You'll see the famous Lover's Beach and Divorce Beach, they are full of people during the day, the captain will stop by if the waves are not too high, unfortunately they were for us since it was later in the afternoon and people were packing up to go.
If you want to feel like you're on spring break head a few restaurants down to the Mango Deck. They have a stage set up on the beach where you can watch all the bachelor's and bachelorette's trying to see who can drink the most shots in 2 minutes. Hop up on stage and join in on the fun if its your thing or just sit back and watch the entertainment while you have a margarita on the beach. The latter was just as fun, I promise.
For the more adventurous kind, I highly recommend scheduling a tour with Cabo Adventures. We booked a zip line and dune buggy half day tour. I'd recommend doing this in the AM as it gets pretty hot on mountain trails. When you book this specific tour, it states it's a four hour tour but it ended up being a total of 7 hours with round trip ride time and lunch. The ride out to base camp was about an hour on a bus. Once we got to base camp, the guides immediately started to put our zip line gear on. They will tell you no cell phones, but if you're sneaky you can put it in a secure pocket. They have a photographer follow you through out the day taking photos you can purchase at the end. The zip lining portion consisted of about 10 different lines, including rock climbing, rope walking, and rock descending. They send you upside down on one line, which seems a bit scary but just let your arms go and it's a pretty great experience! Keep in mind the photographer will be snapping away. You can end up with a pretty sweet photo here. As you go through the lines, you are going up mountain to the final zip line. I'm not going to lie, I was a bit winded and would call myself an active and fit person. The last line is from the top of the mountain back down towards base camp. The line is about a half mile long, you'll get a GoPro to strap on to your helmet here, I wouldn't say the video is worth the purchase though. Once everyone is down, you'll head back to base camp and pick out a dune buggy. They are two seaters, but you can purchase another driver package at booking if you want to drive. They will provide goggles and a bandanna to protect your face. It's a great photo op. A true 'Cabo Bandito' selfie warranted, see below. We took out 8 buggy's on the trail and my fiance drove around like a maniac. Tip: Wear Black, the dirt is so thick it can stain anything light colored. I officially gave up on my shoes I wore that day, they are still sitting in the hotel bag in the garage covered in dirt. We were out on the trails for about 20 minutes then headed back to camp for lunch. They had a sweet lady making homemade quesadillas....she provided her homemade salsa's to top. They provided water, flavored tea, and beer. This is where they try to sell you photos of the trip. We took a look but didn't feel the need to purchase any. I would have purchased the upside down zip line photo if it were good but unfortunately it wasn't. Lunch was about 45 minutes, which was a bit long. We then hopped on the bus to head back. Cabo adventures host many different land and sea excursions and you can book online, which I love.
Notable Restaurants in Los Cabos:
Pedregal: El Farallon
Casual Beach Dining: Zipper's on the beach
One & Only Pamilla: Agua by Larbi
Notable Bars/Lounges in Los Cabos:
Cabos San Lucas is such a gorgeous destination, with plenty to see and do and I highly recommend a visit. Even though you may not be able to get into the ocean in most places here, you still find your self soaking up the sun at the pool and being amazed at the power of the Pacific waves crashing against the rocky shoreline. It really is breathtaking.
I hope I have sent a little bit of a desire to add Cabo San Lucas to your travel list. Always feel free to email me with any more questions you may have about this destination. Stay Wandering!