We ended summer on a high note and finally had a belated honeymoon to Los Cabos, Mexico! You guys, it was so DREAMY! We stayed at a condo in the heart of the marina and booked flights several months ago through Alaska. We also booked all of our excursions when planning our trip with Angel at Caboholics – you can check out his page HERE and he will hook you up! (I will include how much we spent on our excursions throughout the post).
We wanted a mix of relaxation and adventure for the perfect getaway. Hope you enjoy!
Where to stay
We stayed at a condo in the heart of the marina. A friend of a friend owns the place and we ultimately decided we wanted to stay here and really experience the culture. The condo has 3 apartments (we had one of the smaller ones which was the perfect size for our stay), a rooftop patio and a pool area right next door. Came with all the amenities, washer and dryer and everything you would need for the beach. Elihu helps take care of the place and was our ride from and to the airport, to the local ‘La Comer’ store where we got food for the week and answered any questions we had about our stay and Cabo in general. Definitely recommend this option if you want to try a non-resort experience.
We also did a day pass at a resort called ‘Breathless‘. It was a nice, all inclusive (adult only) resort right in the marina. If we choose to do the resort experience next time around, this is top of my list. Another great option is Riu Palace, which is a little farther from the marina but a gorgeous all inclusive option. If you want a fun, more party experience, Blue Marlin Ibiza is a good option that is right on the beach and next to the marina.
What to do
There is lots to do in Cabo! Fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving are all big attractions. At the beach, you can hang out at the Sand Bar or if the younger, single crowd is more your scene, check out Mango Deck and The Office. Watch for lots of vendors on the beach, most selling similar things. If you’re like us, you’ll probably meet some cool people from around the world, everyone is lovely there (must be because they are on vacation haha). There is also great night life, spots like Cabo Wabo and Señor Frogs. Make sure to walk around the marina and through the shops. I also really enjoyed walking the Playa El Medano beach for miles and taking in the beauty of the resort city.
Wild Canyon Zipline tours was a must try on our list. It was our first time zip lining and their team was great! We did the longer, 8 zip line course which lasted a couple of hours. The park also offers ATV rides, bungee jumping, camel rides, petting zoo and more. We paid $99 per person plus the park entrance fee of $15 per person. We also rented a go pro to capture videos and pics. Photos are taken throughout the course as well and can be purchased after (worth the price, and don’t be afraid to negotiate). I will say it was a little scary but so thrilling! I am definitely happy with our choice and recommend you try an adventure with Wild Canyon.
Another must on our list was to try parasailing with Cabo expeditions. It honestly was the most relaxing experience and so peaceful being that high up in the air. We had a great group with us that day and it made the experience that much better! We saw a few big sea turtles and a view of the entire beach. There was a photographer on board to capture those moments we wouldn’t have been able to get ourselves. Make sure to bring enough cash or a card for the pics and to tip the crew. Parasailing cost $70 total. Pretty inexpensive and fun!!
Another must is taking a water taxi to see the famous Arch and Lover’s Beach (Playa del Amor and El Arco). We definitely recommend experiencing this up close in person. The morning we went was pretty choppy so be careful of big waves splashing up when hopping off the boat onto the beach (I had a big one splash up and cover me in salt water and sand, haha but it was worth it). There are lots of guys there helping you get on and off the boat and holding your belongings from getting wet so make sure to bring lots of $1 to tip them all as well as your water taxi driver. The other side of the beach is known as divorce beach (on the pacific ocean side) and has extreme choppy water, can’t swim. From the boat you can see once you pass the small rock past the arch, you cross over into the pacific ocean (photo below). The beach is small but it is pretty awesome to experience it even for an hour.
The Sunset cruise on the Tropicat catamaran was very romantic and one of my favorites. It was a 2 hour cruise into the Pacific and back. The pictures of the sunset don’t do the colors justice, it was UNREAL! Cruise cost around ($70-80) per person depending on who you book it through but does come with all you can drink and light food. Make sure to bring enough cash to tip the crew and there is a photographer on board if you want a CD with pics after. I would suggest finding someone that will take them for you and return the favor (the pics will turn out just as good!) I highly recommend this cruise, Justin and I loved it.
Where to eat
Since we didn’t stay at a resort, we definitely had to find good spots to eat but also that didn’t break the bank. I took notes about places we did go to and our recommendations. Also hope you like tequila, because the margaritas are delicious! 🙂
Cabo Cantina Sports Bar Restaurant – Had dinner here our first night after meeting up with Angel at Caboholics, right next door. The food was pretty good, would recommend the guac platter and the carnitas.
Arts & Sushi (in the marina) – While the sushi was good, it was definitely pricey for the amount of food. I would suggest finding another spot or just skipping sushi on your stay.
The Tortilla House, Taco Bar – After parasailing on our second day, we really wanted some tacos and asked some locals for a good local spot. We found this place and kept coming back all week! The tacos were good, cheap and came with a lot of meat. Also, Luis was awesome and made the experience that much better. 100% recommend.
Baja Brewing Co. – This is a rooftop restaurant in the Cabo Villas hotel. We went late one night for dinner so we came back later in the week to see the views of the entire beach! Must try for the food and the view! Recommend the ahi quesadilla and steak skewers.
Mama’s Royal Cafe – We wanted a good Brunch place while we were there and found this local spot on yelp. It was delicious! Must try the famous stuffed french toast and their mimosas did not disappoint either. Would definitely recommend and come again!
Salvatore G’s Italian Restaurant – Our last night in Cabo, we both were craving pasta. I guess we needed a change from all the mexican food, ha. This was another yelp find and it was amazing. The portions were huge, so definitely get plates to share. The house wine was on point and there was live music for a romantic touch. 100% recommend.
We also had coffee at Starbucks and a quick lunch at Burger King while shopping one afternoon, not necessarily places I’d recommend but do know that those options are there ;).
View from Baja Brewing Co.
Cash is a must in Cabo, the locals especially like American dollars over pesos because of the exchange rate. Make sure to have plenty of $1 and $5 for tips, as that is a big part of how they make their living. Everything in Cabo was clean and safe. It is a pretty touristy town and even staying in a condo and more within the local scene, felt safe. There are a lot of vendors who will try to sell you things. If you’re not interested, nicely say ‘ no gracias’. If you are, I would definitely negotiate the price if you are in the marina. The vendors on the beach have much lower prices. We got some great local souvenirs, including a handmade purse for Ellie and a wooden turtle plate.
The weather was hot and humid during our stay. Summer months tend to be pretty humid so I would suggest if you’re not great with the humidity (like us) to visit after spring break but before the summer months. We plan on coming back in the month of May!
Overall I would highly recommend Los Cabos for your vacation. Our stay and experience was amazing. Justin and I are counting down the days until we go back. Once Ellie is older we may do a family vacation, but will definitely be coming back before then, maybe a couples trip next.
Have you ever been to Cabo? What did you think! Thanks for stopping by and reading today’s post.