We spent 12 twelve days in Cabo recently on an extended Spring Break---it was our first trip there. We generally take sun vacations in the Caribbean or Florida, and haven't been to Mexico in many years. We really liked Cabo. We spent 4 nights at the Melia San Lucas---this was a MUCH nicer hotel than I had expected---loved it, and would go back in a heartbeat. The pool area was the nicest of any hotel I saw (and I visited 6 or 7). The "Nikki Beach" area by the pool and beach with these 4 poster lounging beds was very stylish. There was soft "techno-music" playing in the afternoon by the pool--I liked this--didn't find it obtrusive at all, and I am an old guy (late 40's). However, if you are someone who wants absolute quiet, I wouldn't recommend it (and why are you going to Cabo anyway?) Rooms were nice, not fabulous, but ours had a great view of Land's End.
We had friends staying at the Hacienda Beach Resort so we spent quite a bit of time there. I liked the grounds there, and the hotel does have character. We liked having early evening cocktails at the bar there. The rooms, however, were a little too dowdy for me---if they spent some money on renovations it could be a great hotel--love the location.
The last week we were at the Playa Grande. We had a wonderful time here too. After Medano, I was a little concerned Solmar beach might be too quiet--but I ended up loving it. The grounds here were immaculate also. The rooms at Playa Grande were spacious and brand new--great bathrooms. Our kids loved the pools at Playa Grande. The food at the pool was good and reasonably priced (in my opinion) (less than food at the Melia). However, and this is purely an issue of personal preference, the Playa Grande was just slightly too large for my taste---I prefer places that are not quite that large. Still, we had a great time and I cannot fault the Playa Grande for anything.
We walked down Solmar Beach several times and hiked over the rocks to Lover's Beach (which is just fabulous). I snorkled at Lover's Beach---it was better than I had expected. On the way back from our Lover's Beach hikes, we would stop at the Solmar Hotel for a drink---loved the setting of this hotel against the rocks.
Food was great--favorite meals were at Da Giorgio's, Mi Casa, Nick San(went twice---sushi was to die for),Sancho Panza Wine Bistro (went once for dinner and came back a second time for drinks and dancing to their wonderful band), and La Golondrina. Tried all week to get in to Edith's but it never worked out. Had an expensive lunch at Esperanza--gorgeous setting and great food, but pricey. Had nice casual meals at Baja Cantina (good pizza), the Office, Solomon's Landing. Also ate late one night at Cabo Wabo--food was pretty good, but we heard loud, competing music from about 3 different bars and we really couldn't talk. I would just go to the bar there.
Snorkled twice at Santa Maria Bay (loved this place) and once at Chileno (Good, but not as pretty as Santa Maria, IMO). No golf this trip. Tried ATVs with the kids, which was fun, but my daughter tipped her ATV. I was VERY worried about an injury--she's OK but it made me nervous.
All in all, a great trip to Cabo.