5 Ideas to add to your Cabo “Bucket list”

There is so much to do in the Los Cabos area. But if you only had a few days, I would suggest hitting these places.

  1. The first must do is to eat dinner at Metate restaurant. It is authentic, fresh Mexican/Latin food. Kind of like a “farm to table” type of place. It doesn’t open until 6pm so keep that in mind and they do take credit cards and speak English. The restaurant is an open air type concept, even the food was cooked outdoors! We could watch them prepare our whole meal. The waiter was very excited to learn that this was our first visit and that we would love to try anything he recommended. The ambiance was wonderful. Even in November I didn’t need a sweater. We sat under the trees, with soft lighting bringing a glow to the fun table settings, which included ceramic pigs! A few friendly dogs wandered through as well. Music was playing in the background and we just relaxed and enjoyed!
Metate Restaurant
This is place is great for some amazing food!
Colorful decor at Metate
Fun and colorful decor at Metate
Our appetizers
Delicious appetizers to start off with

2. The next thing I would recommend is a Sunset Dinner Cruise to visit the Arch of Cabo San Lucas. (Here is one example) There are so many to choose from. The one we choose included drinks and live music plus a wonderful dinner. We left the dock about 5:00pm, just as the sun was starting to set. We traveled toward the Arch and saw pelicans and sea lions, even more as we got closer. So one side of the Arch is facing the Pacific Ocean and the other side is surrounded by the Sea of Cortez. Hence the name “Lovers Beach” for the calm side and Divorce Beach for the rougher side! Other folks were out as well. Kayakers, smaller boats, larger boats, all enjoying the sunset. Definitely a must do in Cabo!

The Arch of Cabo
Mike and I enjoying views of the Arch of Cabo
The calm side called "Lover's Beach"
The calm side called “Lover’s Beach”. Through the rocks is “Divorce Beach” the rougher side

3. Definitely visit the town of San Jose del Cabo! More of the artsy section of Cabo is the sister city of Los Cabos, San Jose del Cabo. There is a beautiful downtown area with shops, restaurants, a town square and a charming church which just happened to be hosting a wedding! Lot’s of folks dressed in their wedding best! We had a great time people watching! We found a recommended place to eat some tacos and enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere of the place. Later we found a vendor selling churo’s. Wow, so good!

Mission Church is San Jose del Cabo
The Mission Church in San Jose del Cabo

4. Another town I would highly recommend for a visit is Todos Santos, the home of the famous “Hotel California”! It’s about an hours drive by car from Cabo San Lucas through the countryside. The day we arrived they had just finished up a bike race. The town was full of people, vendors and cyclists. It was a fun atmosphere from the get go! We found a small bakery that was serving up yummy pastries. The local community center featured a step into the past. We explored a school class room set back in time along with what a typical home would have looked like back in the day. We continued along the coast exploring several beaches. These beaches had soft sand and mountain peaks. Waves were crashing up onto the beach. Sometimes a rogue wave caught us by surprise! We watched the sun set in the peaceful surroundings.

Rustic beach at Todos Santos
This is a public beach in Todos Santos. The beach was very soft to walk on but there are no facilities. Keep that in mind when planning your visit.

5. And last, but not least, take a visit to the Glass Factory in Cabo San Lucas. While you are there take in a glass blowing demonstration, look at all the beautiful blown glass and take home a unique souvenir!

Glass Factory in Cabos San Lucas
One of the amazing displays of glass at the Glass Factory

Hope this article gives you some ideas about what to add to your “bucket list” when visiting the Cabo area. And of course we hope you will stay in our favorite resort, the Vidanta Grand Mayan. We have member access to all of the Vidanta resorts through out Mexico and can arrange your stay at one of these beautiful resorts. Visit our page HERE to get started!

Vidanta
Beautiful master room at Vidanta

Why it’s absolutely ok NOT to pre-plan everything for your next trip

I must confess, I’m a listaholic. I write a list before I go to the grocery store, I write a list of TO DO’S at the start of each week, and I most certainly write multiple lists when I’m getting ready to go on a trip. Packing lists, excursion lists, daily calendar lists, the lists go on and on!

I’m a fairly new traveler, but we’ve been on a few cruises, taken trips to various places and I can honestly say I’ve learned that everything doesn’t have to be pre-planned. (I see you shaking your head!) I’m serious! Let me give you some examples of a vacation that was completely planned and one that, well…, wasn’t.

Bermuda
Enjoying my first steps into Bermuda waters

We took a Norwegian Breakaway cruise with some friends to Bermuda leaving from New York. This cruise was unique in that we sailed directly to Bermuda, the boat stays for a few days and then sails directly back. It’s called a destination cruise. I did my research, which I really enjoy doing, and made a list of all the places we should go, when we should be there and when we needed to move on! So note to self…..things take longer than you planned, the weather can change, not everyone wants to do everything you’ve planned and people get sick!

I’ll use the first day as an example. You’ll notice that I have listed a helmet dive at 9:30am, (learn more about our Helmet Dive HERE) a ferry ride to St. Georges at 2:00pm, walk a self guided tour, enjoy a beach and all before lunch! (I’m really laughing at myself here!) Well, as it turned out, all of us got a bit sea-sick during the ride out and back to our dive area! So by the time we got back, everyone wanted to go back to the ship and recuperate! What??? We have a schedule to keep people! Suffice it to say we didn’t do much else that first day (sad face here).

Helmet Dive
The small boat is the Helmet dive boat, the huge ship in the background is the Norwegian Breakaway

In contrast to the Bermuda trip, last November we took a trip to Los Cabos, Mexico for the first time. I researched the area and things that I wanted to put on my bucket list, but I didn’t book any excursions ahead of time. (I know, I know…) However, what a wonderful time we had each day! We didn’t have a set schedule. If something sounded fun, we did it! One day we literally spent 6 hours at the Vidanta resort pool! It was amazing! Some days we left the resort and some days we didn’t! Before we would go to bed each night, I felt like I wanted to know what we were doing the next day but I bit my tongue and tried to be relaxed about the schedule and low and behold we did everything on my bucket list!

Los Cabos, Mexico
Such a relaxing trip to Los Cabos, Mexico

So lesson learned: A little planning is ok, but don’t over plan. Keep things relaxed and most especially include some down time!

When trying to decide where to stay in Cabo, please consider staying with us at the Vidanta Grand Mayan. We also have access to the 6 other Vidanta resorts throughout Mexico. Just let us know when you would like your amazing week and where! We will take it from there! This link will take you to all the details!

Confessions of an American Taco Eater

Eating Tacos
Taqueria Rossy

I am confessing one major item here-

I’ve never eaten a taco outside of the United States.

So my taco eating experience has consisted of ordering fish tacos at Mazatlan. Just in case you are not aware, before you get your tacos, you get a basket of tortilla chips and several salsa’s to snack on while your waiting. I always thought these were good. No complaints. When my order arrives I see the big pile of Spanish rice on one side and a scoop of refried beans on the other side. A nice garnish of lettuce and tomatoes and extra guacamole and sour cream decorate the plate. That is my experience and from Mexican restaurant to Mexican restaurant it doesn’t change to much. So you can imagine my surprise at my first experience eating taco’s in Mexico. (Or maybe you are like me, and have never had a taco outside of the United States) Anyway, we arrived at our first taqueria of the trip called Taqueria Rossy in San Jose del Cabo. It wasn’t to far of a drive from where we were staying, the Vidanta Grand Mayan.

Taqueria Rossy
Exterior Taqueria Rossy

As we walked in were greeted by a server, given menus and we began to look at the menu. Of course, it’s all in Spanish and the prices are listed in pesos. I ordered a pork taco and sat back to wait for them to bring out our chips and salsa. We waited…waited…no chips and salsa! Our tacos came out. I looked at the plate, there was a single taco with a small amount of pork on it…nothing else…where are the beans, where is the rice, how come my plate isn’t covered in tacos, lettuce, tomatoes, guac and sour cream! (my insides are fluttering at this point because I’m so hungry!) We’re looking around waiting for the rest of our food to come and the server is looking at us like “why aren’t you guys eating?” Through a few gestures, finger pointing etc…we figured out that the object in the middle of the restaurant that looks like a salad bar-ish type of gadget is actually where we go to put on various toppings! Ahhhh….the light comes on! What a delight to see several different types of salsas, guacamoles, and a few other things I would never have put on my taco at home! There was cabbage instead of lettuce, pickled onions and cucumbers. No cheese, no sour cream! So I bravely dove in. I topped my single pork taco with all the fixin’s and enjoyed every bite!

So lessons learned-order more than one taco, order more than one kind of taco, remember that the toppings are free and available in the gadget that looks like a small salad bar!

Elegant entry at Vidanta, Grand Mayan
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5 Key Phrases to learn before going to Mexico

You really don’t need to be fluent in Spanish to visit Los Cabos or it’s sister city, San Jose del Cabo. Almost everyone knows some English. However, on our first visit to the area, I noticed how appreciative the locals were when we spoke even the smallest amount of Spanish.

One day we were eating at a local restaurant and our traveling friend ordered his food in Spanish. The rest of us pointed to pictures that were on the menu. And wouldn’t you know it, his food came out first and the server was particularly helpful to him the whole time!

So, I made a mental note to myself…I’m going to learn some Spanish so the next time I’ll get special treatment! I’ve been using Babble and Duolingo to help me!

It’s hard to narrow the phrases down to just 5. This is just a starter list for you!

  1. One of the first phrases I learned right away is “Where is the bathroom?” In Spanish you would say “dónde está el baño“. In our resort, the Vidanta Grand Mayan in San Jose del Cabo, the bano was always very clean, flushing toilets, etc… but boy was I surprised when we headed into town! You can’t always put your toilet paper in the toilet! And going to the bathroom is not always free! Keep a couple of peso’s with you!
  2. Whenever we would come and go from our beautiful resort, our friend would greet each employee with Buenos dias or Buenas noches, which means good morning or good night. In turn they would put their hand over their heart and say Gracias, thank you. What a nice expression of gratitude. I loved it! Wouldn’t the people in your life be surprised if you said “thank you” with your hand over your heart!
  3. Another word in the polite category is “por favor“, please. This word is so appreciated every where! But especially when you are in a situation where you need some help. A cry for help, asked with a “por favor” will open many more doors!
  4. All of my traveling buddies enjoyed seeing the sites on foot. One day we decided to walk to the Mision de San Jose. We weren’t really paying attention where we were going…..and soon we were lost! Our traveling friend was able to carry on this conversation: my friend: “Estoy perdido. Puede auydarme“-I am lost. Can you help me? Nice local: “Adonde va?” -Where are you going? And then our friend proceeded to explain where we wanted to go! Such helpful phrases and a happy ending as we were able to find our way to the mission! (Look at that! I just gave you 2 extra phrases!)
  5. Now for my most favorite phrase! “me das el pastel de choclate?” (can I have the chocolate cake?) Well, it didn’t always have to be chocolate cake, but if there was something chocolate on the menu I wanted it! How sad that I couldn’t ask for it by name!

Are you considering a trip to Mexico? I would highly encourage a stay in any of the Vidanta group resorts. And most important visit our resort in San Jose del Cabo, the Grand Mayan! You can reserve a 1 bedroom studio for a whole week! For all the details click on this link!