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Known for its iconic rock formation, “El Arco”, white sand and blue waters, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is a popular vacation spot for many– Particularly for us Texans, who are only a short flight away from our southern neighbor Mexico. From a college spring break destination to a girls trip or a family summer getaway, Cabo has something for everyone and every occasion. Last summer in August of 2016, I had the opportunity to visit this beautiful Mexican city with my family and it has been of my favorite vacations to date. Although no amount of photos or videos can fully capture the beauty of Cabo, here’s my five-day trip to paradise:
–FILMED AUG. 9-13, 2016 WITH A GO PRO HERO SESSION. THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME FILMING/ EDITING A VLOG. CHECK BACK FOR MORE VLOGS OF MY ADVENTURES. COMING SOON: TRIPS TO LOS ANGELES AND VEGAS–
I flew with American Airlines from Dallas/ Fort Worth (DFW) to San Jose del Cabo (SJD). The travel time was only about two-and-a-half hours. We managed to get a non-stop flight from Dallas to Cabo, which was quick, easy and painless. The returning flight, however, had a stop in Phoenix with a connecting flight so the travel time was much more extensive.
I was lucky enough to have wonderful Aunts who covered the expense of my airfare with American Airlines points. If you’re trying to save some money, Spirit Airlines also flies to the San Jose del Cabo airport and typically has flights that are much cheaper than the other major carriers. I have flown with Spirit a few times and have no complaints, other than the baggage fees– beware of these fees because they can add up and it may be cheaper to select another carrier depending on where you are traveling to and how many bags you bring.
–FLIGHT FROM DFW TO SAN JOSE DEL CABO, PHOTO TAKEN WITH IPHONE 6–
The San Jose del Cabo airport was very small, so your chances of getting lost are slim. As soon as you walk outside of the airport you’re greeted with a bar/ restaurant – beware of overpriced margaritas and piña coladas– and a lot of travel agents and taxi/ ride share service reps waiting to scam as much money out of you as possible (it’s like that at every super-touristy city). Have your method of travel planned out before arriving in Cabo and research the best and most affordable options. The airport is literally in the middle of the desert so you will need to plan a method of travel to whatever hotel or resort you’re going to.
–GETTING A BITE TO EAT AND A COLD MARGARITA AT THE RESTAURANT AT THE SAN JOSE DEL CABO AIRPORT ***ORDERED MY FIRST LEGAL DRINK, YAY–
Side note ~ I’m not sure if this was just my experience or if it’s always like this, but when we were waiting to board our departing flight back to Dallas, it was HOT– there was no AC in the departure section of the airport when I visited August of 2016.
THE RESORT: VILLA DEL PALMAR–
–OCEAN-VIEW ROOM AT THE VILLA DEL PALMAR BEACH RESORT AND SPA IN CABO, PHOTO TAKEN WITH GO PRO HERO SESSION–
Through an all-inclusive deal on Groupon, I stayed five days and four nights at the Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa in Cabo. Some of my family stayed in the ocean-view suite seen above and my cousins and I stayed in rear-facing suite that overlooked the city/ desert side of Cabo.
–CITY/ DESERT VIEW ROOM AT THE VILLA DEL PALMAR BEACH RESORT AND SPA IN CABO, PHOTO TAKEN WITH IPHONE 6–
If there’s one piece of advice I can give:
find an all-inclusive deal,
find an all-inclusive deal,
find an all-inclusive deal.
The BEST part of this vacation was being able to eat and drink whatever, whenever. The all-inclusive package took away the hassle of dining and made the trip that much better. At the time, I was 20-years-old so being able to order a margarita or a shot of tequila was the best. I was surprised, however, that none of the bartenders or servers EVER asked for ID when you ordered a drink. My seventeen-year-old cousins were ordering rounds of tequila shots for us. As long as you were wearing the all-inclusive wristband then you could order whatever.
At the Villa Del Palmar, food options included a taco restaurant right next to the beach, an indoor sports bar/restaurant, a buffet in a more formal setting (no bare feet or swimsuits, nicer tables/chairs) that overlooked the beach.
The resort had two hot tubs, two pools, a slide, daily pool activities, a spa (that was pretty pricey so I didn’t visit), a tennis court/ fitness center and a gift shop/ convenience store. Every night there a dinner theatre that was free to guests with the all-inclusive access and after dinner there was dancing on the deck.
The resort was FUN… But a little too fun. I wish I had ventured into the city more and spent less time on resort property, but regardless of spending the majority of my time at the Palmar, I still had an amazing experience.
–DINNER THEATRE AT THE VILLA DEL PALMAR, FILMED WITH GO PRO HERO SESSION–
The location of this resort was perfect because it was right on the beach and a very short distance from El Arco, a shopping mall, and other touristy places. The entire beach was lined with resorts and had tons of other tourists, so if you travel alone or with a group of friends you could meet other people staying at the various resorts and hotels.
–VIEW FROM THE VILLA DEL PALMAR BEACH RESORT AND SPA WITH EL ARCO IN THE BACKGROUND AND LOCALS SELLING HANDMADE SOUVENIRS, PHOTO TAKEN WITH IPHONE 6–
STUFF TO DO–
The only regret I have from this trip is not having enough time to everything. There is a ton to do in Cabo from horseback riding on the beach to zip-lining to jet skiing. There are also ATV/ four-wheeler tours, scuba diving, snorkeling and more. My family took this trip as more of a relaxing getaway, so we spent a lot of time lounging by the pool or on the beach sipping on piña coladas, getting a massage or shopping.
I definitely recommend planning out and researching daily activities before you visit Cabo, or coming up with a list of things you want to do. My family attempted to do this, but didn’t really have any solid plans so we took it one day at a time and decided what the majority of the group wanted to do.
On the first day, my cousins and I couldn’t resist getting henna tattoos. Right outside of the resort there were several locals on the beach offering cheap henna tattoos, straw hats, handmade bracelets and more. After getting the tattoo, we waited about an hour for it to dry and then were able to hop straight into the water. It was super cute and lasted the entire vacation and several days after returning home.
–HENNA TATTOO DONE ON THE BEACH OUTSIDE OF THE RESORT BY A LOCAL–
On the second day, we took a walk into town to do some shopping. It was about a 15-20 minute walk on the beach from our resort. We went to the Puerto Paraiso Mall to load up on Mexican souvenirs and cheap bottles of alcohol. This area was full of shops, restaurants and even had casinos, nightclubs, bars, and a church. The walk was a bit tough across the sand and we were exhausted after hours of shopping so we caught a city bus back to our resort on the way home and only paid a few dollars for all nine of us to ride.
Of course you can’t go to Cabo without visiting El Arco, so that’s exactly what we did on our third day in paradise:
–BOAT RIDE TO EL ARCO AND THE ROCK FORMATIONS, FILMED WITH GO PRO HERO SESSION–
A short boat ride took us out in the water to see the famous “El Arco” and rock formations. Next to the arch lies Lovers Beach and Divorce Beach– how ironic.
Not ironically, the Lovers side of the beach was very calm and relaxing. On the Divorce side of the beach, strong waves slapped against the rocks and the shore. The waves were so vicious and the tide pulling back into the ocean was so strong that we didn’t even get in the water on this side.
–DIVORCE BEACH, FILMED WITH GO PRO HERO SESSION–
– ON DIVORCE BEACH, FILMED WITH GO PRO HERO SESSION –
Finally on the last day, we rode jet skis and took in the beauty of the ocean before returning back to the real world of school, work and adulting. The boat ride to El Arco and jet skis were not included in our all-inclusive package at the resort. Along the beach, a short walk away from resort property, there were several offers for jet skis, boat rides and more.
–GETTING READY TO RIDE JET SKIS ON THE BEACH, FILMED WITH GO PRO HERO SESSION / SEE 0:01 FOR RANDOM TOURIST HAPPILY RUNNING ACROSS THE CAMERA SCREAMING WITH JOY–
Overall, this trip to Cabo was amazing and one of the best vacations I have been on. The time went by too quickly and I wish I could have done more activities and seen more of the city. I definitely plan on returning to Cabo soon and am constantly on the search for more vacation package deals. Thank you Cabo for an amazing trip!
If you have any questions about my trip to Cabo or have any suggestions about stuff to do in Cabo, places to stay etc., feel free to comment below!
MORE ABOUT CABO:
- Located in Baja California Sur
- Has a desert climate
- Population of 70,000+