Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Cabo San Lucas 2016

I remember before I ever went to Cabo San Lucas, I thought it was just a place for Californians and celebrities to escape to. After my fourth visit I can report back to you that it IS a destination for Californians to escape their chilly 70* Winter temps, but I have yet to see a celebrity in person.

I love Arco Transfer and have used them three times now. The driver is always waiting for you outside the airport with your name on a sign. He brings you to your car, this year we had a Cadillac Escalade, and the trip includes a beer or water and we opted for the 45 min stop at Wal-Mart to pick up supplies. Round trip was included in our package.

We always stay at my parents time share, Villa Del Palmar Flamingos. The grounds are impeccable and the staff are the friendliest you've ever come across. From the Bellmen who knew me by name, and later escorted my Aunt to our room on a cart because she hurt her ankle, to the beach servers who hustle on the sand, know your order and name. Any staff you pass always offers a friendly Hola!

If you are going to dine out in Cabo for dinner and want good food, do your research and make reservations. It could have been because we were there over Valentines, but all the good restaurants were booked so we would either go to a different restaurant or have a very late dinner (9:30 PM).

Favorite Dinner Locations:
Hacienda Cocina y Cantina - Traditional Mexican (Open Table). They have a beautiful veranda built into the rocks that was full when we went but we were able to get a table on the beach. The sand in this area is so soft unlike most of Cabo's beaches that are made of broken shells and very course.

Maria Corona - Traditional Mexican (Open Table). The restaurant is in town and the tables are set up in a cute courtyard with enchanting lighting and an enjoyable band. We had great service, servers and food. Their Mexican coffee is the best way to end a delicious dinner, that is if you saved room!

Los Tres Gallos - Traditional Mexican (Concierge made our reservation). Another quaint courtyard restaurant with an open kitchen and a roaming band. I ordered a steak because that's my middle name and of all the meat I had on this trip, this was by far my favorite. The flavor was so mouthwatering delicious! We finished this meal with the Tres Leches which I would recommend.

Invita Bistro - Italian (Email reservations through their website). Unfortunately I didn't get to partake in this dinner 100% as too many Miami Vice's had me hugging a toilet for about 24 hours. I did have food to bring home and enjoy later. There were a few hiccups with the server that we had, but the owners made things right in the end. I would go back in the future as they are known for their lasagna, and even reheated, their fettuccine alfredo was still very good.

Alexanders - Steak and Seafood (Email reservations through their website). Alexanders is on the marina and constantly hopping! Their servers are amazing! A lot of the food they offer is table side flambe which was pretty cool to watch. If that's not your thing, they also have a tv that shows what is going on in the kitchen.

Other Restaurants we went to:
Mariscos Las Tres Islas - great for lunch!
Bella California - resort Italian restaurant

Whale watching - zodiacs are by far the best - took that in 2015
Massages on the beach - walk down to one of the public beaches. 60 minutes just $30!
Walk the Marina all the way to the right where fresh caught fish is being filet. If you're lucky you'll see the resident Sea Lion (see picture above).

This might have been my favorite Cabo trip yet. We had some really tasty meals and did a lot of relaxing on the beach. It was one of the only vacations I can remember where I never felt ready to go home. I'm still not sure I'm ready to be home, but here I sit.

Just watch out for Poodles!

2015 Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
2014 Full trip recap
2010 - Blog did not exist

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