For those of you who don’t know me, I spend a lot of time talking up Cabo San Lucas. Sometimes after an evening of bragging about it to some friends, I’ll think to myself, I wonder if they think I’m just over the top. I’ve realized though, that Cabo is a very polarizing destination; people either love it, or they hate it, and there just doesn’t seem to be any in between. This caused me to really think about the question, “why is Cabo my favorite vacation destination?”. The following is a list of some of the reasons why I love Cabo, and I’d love to see your comments about this topic!
- The People – Honestly this seems like a no brainer, but to the casual observer this might not be so obvious. We all know that tourism is essential to Cabo’s economy, and this leads to some interesting interactions while you’re on vacation there. The thing is, when I walk the marina, or hang out at Medano Beach, I don’t mind the hustling. Folks are making a living the best they can for themselves and their families. Honestly though, this is such a small thing compared to the genuine pride locals have in their city and their country. One thing I’ve learned is the more genuinely you respect locals, their culture, and their city, the more they’ll want to show you their city, and the more they’ll treat you like family.Of course, I’m a little spoiled. My first interaction in Cabo (outside of a brief check-in at the front desk) was at Playa Grande with mi hermano Sammy. Those of you who know who I’m talking about understand why I’m spoiled, it was pure luck that our first trip to Playa Grande happened to be the very early days of Sammy working there as a bellman. Still, he taught me what Mexican hospitality was all about!
- The Food – I’ll be transparent here. I grew up in Los Angeles, and I’ve always enjoyed authentic Mexican food. To be honest, it’s really difficult to find decent Mexican food here in Seattle, and after being here for almost a decade, I had forgotten what good Mexican food was like. Well, finding amazing food in Cabo isn’t difficult to do, and the very first restaurant I ever walked into in Cabo was Mi Casa, and I was instantly hooked! Since then, my wife and I have been to probably a hundred different restaurants in Cabo, and the food is just outstanding in most instances.
- The Resorts – Before Cabo, the only real resort area I had ever been to was Maui, HI. We stayed at the Westin Ka’anapali for our first trip there, and it is, for all intents and purposes, a standard hotel room with a really cool pool. We did go back and try the Westin Resort Villas, which is their timeshare in Maui. At the time, I thought to myself, wow, these 1 bedroom units with full kitchens are really nice. Well, not really. The resorts in Cabo can really spoil a person. While they don’t have the biggest, fanciest pools on earth, they resorts I own have the best Ocean ambiance and the most gorgeous suites I’ve ever seen. From Playa Grande, to Cabo Azul, to The Resort at Pedregal, to Grand Solmar, the suites, restaurants, ocean proximity, and ambiance are just unparalleled compared to anywhere else I’ve stayed (and I’ve been pretty fortunate.
- The Fishing (and the Restaurants, did I mention that?) – Easily one of the best experiences I’ve had in Cabo is going fishing for Tuna and Dorado, getting my catch cleaned, then finding a restaurant to prepare it. There’s just nothing like fresh having Mahi and Tuna sashimi, ceviche, garlic sauteed, grilled, baked with mango sauce, etc. all in one meal. Combine that with a great day out on a boat with some buddies, a case of good cold beer, and it makes for quite a day.
- Evenings in Cabo – Here’s one of my favorite things to do in Cabo. I think this might be a bit exclusive to Grand Solmar and Playa Grande, but you might be able to achieve something similar at one of the corridor resorts. I walk out of my room about 10pm, walk out to one of the ocean front infinity pools (usually the adult pool at Grand Solmar), and there is usually nobody there, and if not, it’s only 2 or 3 folks. I make sure to keep a reasonable distance between anyone who is there, and I fire up a great cigar and a have a nice tequila. The waves and stars combined with the peace and quiet is simply magical!
So, that’s my list, now I’d love to hear why do you love Cabo San Lucas? I look forward to seeing your comments.