Friday, December 21, 2012

A Vacation in Cabo San Lucas

Last April I went on a Mexican cruise to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallerta. We were suppose to stop in Mazatlan as well, but due to security issues, the cruise line cancelled all stops there. We fell in love with Cabo San Lucas while there on our cruise and had to go back.

This time, we chose to do an all-inclusive package in Cabo San Lucas, staying at the Melia Cabo Real. This was an easy hotel choice for us, it came highly recommended online by former travellers, and was one of the closest all-inclusive resorts to the marina in Cabo. We originally wanted to stay right in the marina area, but having an all-inclusive package was more cost efficient for us.

About the hotel:

The rooms

The rooms were very nice and clean. We never had any safety or security issues at this hotel. I found the beds to be extremely hard, but my boyfriend loved the firmness. I accidentally left a bunch of clothes on our bed one day, and the maid folded them all :)

The pool

Beautiful pool area. Like many hotels in Mexico, they have a swim up bar you can get drinks at. My only complaint about this hotel is that everything shuts down at 8pm. It seems they discourage partying all night long down by the pool (for obvious safety concerns).

Events around the hotel
It wasn't until a few days into our stay that we found a posting about events at our hotel. They seemed to put on an event every night in the hotel to keep guests entertained. When the bar in the pool shuts down, the lounge area fills up with tourists looking to party. Each night was a different event, one night was karaoke, another was salsa dancing. We found Saturday night to be the big party night in the hotel, but we had a very early flight the next morning and opted to call it a night early.

The food

We're huge fans of Mexican food, so we were really looking forward to the food. We found the hotel food to be very greasy and "American," meaning not traditional Mexican food like we hoped, it was more food we would find back home. We spent a lot of time down in the marina in Cabo eating traditional Mexican food, and loved every minute of it.

The people

We found there to be a lot of young families at this resort, but everyone at the resort seems friendly and looking to have a good time. We made friends with a large group of people at the hotel, and spent the entire week partying with our "vacation friends."

The gym
Online, the website talks about having a gym available. At the time of our travels, I was training for a 10 km run and didn't want to break my training cycle for the week we were gone. I also figured it would be a good idea to keep up with the running, given the amount of food and alcohol we planned on consuming. The gym was only equipt with some weights and a bike. A little bit of a let down for me.

We were given 2 choices to get to the marina and back, pay $40 for a cab or $2 for the public bus. There is really no better way to get a feel for local living then hoping on public transit. Cabo San Lucas in unlike many other Mexican cities in that it's a lot safer. We felt completely safe hoping on public transit and riding it into the marina and back to our hotel. There were a few times we were unsure if our bus would make it there or not, but that was all part of the fun experience. If you're feeling a little adventurous, I would highly recommend taking public transit to the marina.

We absolutely loved Cabo San Lucas. I think the next time we go, we will probably stay at the Wyndham or one of the hotels right in the marina. As awesome as it was to be at an all-inclusive resort, we spent most of our time in the marina eating delicious Mexican food and drinking.

Have you been to Cabo San Lucas before? Leave your comment below and let us know where you stayed and what you though of the hotel.

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