Is it OK to still have the post-vacation blues when you’ve been back home two weeks later??? When you celebrate for a total adult spring break then I vote YES. A few years ago, we decided that when we all turned 40, we would celebrate in a BIG way… first up, my friend Libby–her sweet husband started planning this adventure more than a year ago and never in a million years could I imagine just how incredible our trip to Cabo would be!
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First up, the biggest question I’ve been asked was where we stayed… given that we had a large group of couples going, it made the most sense for us to stay in a house. There is a gated community called Pedregal which has a ton of amazing rentals to stay in, depending on # of rooms needed, amenities, etc and we ended up staying at Villa De Los Suenos. Every room was absolutely incredible–packed with scenic views of the ocean, private bathrooms with king beds and all the stuff you’re looking for when you’re on vacation. Pictures just don’t do this amazing villa justice… it was absolutely stunning inside and out!
The first day of our arrival, we met our drivers at the airport once we went through customs [get Global Entry–such a convenient thing to have for international travel FYI] and then we headed straight to the house to check-in. Once we were all settled, we took the afternoon off to enjoy everything around the casa.. we had hired a bartender to keep our glasses full [smartest investment ever!!] and also decided to bring in a chef that night for dinner so we could relax and unwind after a long day of travel… so cost effective and absolutely amazing food, too!
Lots of birthday celebrations that night for Libby, complete with sombreros, cake [wait, we had cake?!?!] and late night adult fun–oh goodness those kinds of nights sure don’t happen nearly enough!!
our birthday girl… complete with all her party flair!!
The next morning, some of us hit the gym [oh yes we did–we are so old!!] while others took to more rest and relaxation before breakfast came… all the yummy fruit, chorizo, omelettes and QUIET time since it was just us adults ;).
We spent that morning at the pool before heading down to The Office for lunch… basically, the ONE place everyone said we had to go while we were there and this local gem sure didn’t disappoint. Beachfront dining in the sand, amazing seafood and Mexican staples, margarita mayheim and plenty of peddling with the local merchants to score some major souvenirs!
Afterwards, we took a water taxi out to The Arch and other rock formations and the seal swimming hole which was my favorite activity of the trip… absolutely incredible views with party tunes, endless Coronas, and the perfect backdrop for all the pictures you want to capture of Cabo! The water taxis were right outside The Office, so an easy excursion to do and really inexpensive–ours was $10/person and be sure to negotiate rates.
The rest of day two was spent poolside back at the house, and then our second dinner with the private chef, complete with local catch seafood and loads of relaxation… after all, we had a LONG day at the Office and some of us needed a peaceful night in!
Day three came around and we officially felt like we were on Spring Break all over again… vacation can be hard work, you know!! We were up and at it early to make it to the marina to get on the Caboret Whale Watching Cruise–definitely another Cabo highlight and must-do when you’re there! We hopped onboard, grabbed our breakfast [and cocktails] and set sail for the open water.
Now having said that, this gal [and a few others] should’ve taken the Dramamine because waters were a little rough that morning, but we made the best of it, loved seeing so many incredible whales while we sailed around both sides of Cabo and then came back to dry land before going to lunch at Captain Tony’s Bar and Grill. More seafood, more margaritas and of course more shopping for us girls–another must stop is Artesanos for some incredible authentic Mexican pottery–the perfect place for scoring GORGEOUS handmade ceramics!
That night, once we were all showered and ready to get OUT, our driver took us back into Cabo for dinner at Mi Casa–another top rated recommendation from the Hickoks who know and LOVE Cabo, this dinner didn’t disappoint. Live music from the mariachi band, custom balloon hats for the entire table, and incredible food and drink… yes you need to go there! Afterwards, we headed to Cabo Wabo [my Van Halen loving-dad was so proud] and then ended up at Nowhere Bar for LOADS of late night dancing = hey, you only live once!!
Our final day came way too quickly, but luckily for us, we had NOTHING on the agenda for our last day, other than plenty of fun in the sun and major doses of tequila and tacos! A few of us did a bit more marketing and bargaining for souvenirs, some went on hikes to the ocean and then the rest stayed poolside… the weather and company was just too good to imagine and it was the best day for a full load of R&R.
That night, we hopped on our bus and went to Manta at The Cape Resort… everyone had raved about the incredible atmosphere and dining experience and it was definitely memorable. Sadly, it was one hot mess of a dinner [I’ll spare the details] but needless to say it wouldn’t be my top recommendation for anyone going–so many other amazing places that won’t disappoint so I’d forego this one, just due to the service we experienced. It didn’t ruin our last night, but after a chef’s tasting 4-hour dinner that never seemed to end, this group was BEAT so we went straight to bed!
When all things must come to an end, Sunday AKA travel home day came and we got loaded up, but not before taking in some final looks at the beach and scenic views of all things Cabo… an absolutely AMAZING trip that won’t soon be forgotten!!!!
Now it’s time to start planning the next one… this time in 2020, we will be trading in the tropical for snow in STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO!
I hope you enjoyed this things to do in Cabo San Lucas post!