Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New Year - New Adventures! Round Two: Cabo San Lucas

My brother and I are getting older and unfortunately aren't able to make it home as often to see our parents in the Bay Area. Family time is valuable to us all and this year instead of traditional presents for Christmas we decided to take a family vacation. Our mother picked Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and we stayed at the all inclusive Riu Palace. Based off of our trip, here's my Cabo recommendations for a 7 day relaxed stay. 

Friday: Arrival in Cabo San Lucas from San Diego, CA
We flew in and since the resort was all inclusive decided to just hang at the hotel and explore. We got dinner at the buffet and hung out at the main bar that was open 24 hours a day and served everything you could imagine. (Except Pacifico and Corona, which was my only complaint about the entire trip) 

Saturday: Hotel day
We decided to take advantage of all the activities our resort had to offer - laid by the pool and on our private beach. My mother and I enjoyed a hilarious water aerobics class and my brother and father entered a dart tournament. We also used today to plan at least one tourist activity a day for the rest of our trip. 

Riu Palace was enormous in itself but was also connected to two other resorts within walking distance. Santa Fe was one of the hotels connected to our resort and was more tailored to the spring break crowd. They had their own night club, Pacha and my brother and I spent the first night dancing away and meeting other vacationers. 

Sunday: Water Adventures

A Cabo must is snorkeling. We also opted to book a tour that included paddle boarding and kayaking as well and even saw a gray whale on our boat ride! 

Monday: Private Fishing Tour

Although we didn't catch anything we were very lucky to see dolphins, more whales and then some very friendly sea lions we fed our leftover bait to.

Tuesday: ATV Ride & Exploring the town 

Our ATV ride was arguably my favorite activity we did. We had amazing tour guides and it was a great activity for all ages and skill levels.

After our ATV ride we went into town and went bar hopping. First stop was the Giggling Marlin - they hang you upside down and feed you a tequila shot.

Next we went to the famous Cabo Wabo - they had the best burritos we had all trip. We ended our day drinking at Mango. They had great drink specials and karaoke. 

Wednesday: Swimming with Dolphins 

Our last tourist activity was swimming with dolphins. Our mom really wanted to go and although I was a little skeptical at first must admit it was really fun.  

Thursday: Departure

Although we were leaving we still had time for one last round of mimosas and a lovely brunch at our hotel.

Cabo San Lucas was a beautiful destination with plenty of activities for family members of all ages; active nightlife and relaxing day excursions. 

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