Our family's six nights at Pueblo Bonito Montecristo was great. Upon arrival to Unit 58, our ten year old daughter and nine year old son demonstrated excitement upon uncovering each of the treasures in the villa. From the private pool to the Jacuzzi tub to the abundant supply of towels, beds, TVs and a computer with internet, a sense of comfort was quickly established. The grounds are spectactular and immaculately manicured without intrusive or noisy machinery ever noted. The mountainside view is well documented by other reviewers but must be personally viewed for the first time to be fully appreciated. Our first full day started with a short hike up the nearby mountain (hill?) and then was a day of exploration of the beach and the pool at the PB Sunset, which was beautiful.
Beverages poolside are never "bad" and these were good, as were the nachos and tacos delivered quickly to our lounge chair. Day two found us heading to town and lunching at The Office on Medondo Beach. The food was excellent and enough disractions exist with the surrounding bar scene, merchants, etc. to keep all entertained throughout. We then went on the Camel and Outback via Cabo Adventures, which was a unique and exciting journey, filled with education about cactus forests and tequilla, as well as the process for making tortillas from corn. The buffet afforded a taste of mole, cactus and other tastes of Mexico. On day three, we donned the pirate costumes provided by the Bucanneer vessel and searched for whales. It was cool to see the whales and learn a little about their lives in Cabo and Alaska. It would have been better to have had a bit more educational component for the whales we saw but the trip is oriented for whale "watching", not necessarily whale "learning." After walking around the Marina for awhile and checking out the luxury item filled mall, we went to PB Blanco to swim in the pool and enjoy the adjacent beach. The following day, we chartered a fishing vessel through Pieces Sport Fishing. Our captain, Enrique, was well versed in piloting a vessel, but not so much in English. Still, we found one (4 foot?) Dorado, which made the otherwise long day filled with a bit of excitement. That evening, the sports bar/restaurant, Cibella (?) at Montecristo prepared the fish, three different ways, which was an incredibly delicious surprise! on our final day, we swam with dolphins through the Dolphin Discovery in San Jose de Cabo. The excursion was fun and again, a nice experience for the children.
All excursions, side trips, provide a CD rom of "all the photos" taken. We elected to go with this option, rather than paying $$$ for a single (or more photo). Dependingon the size of your group/party, and your tech savvy to reproduce photos crom a CD Rom, it's likely a good option. Our journeys away from Montecristo were subsidized and/or discounted due to our participation on the first day with a "welcome free breakfast" and "timeshare presentation." Though we were told it would be 90 minutes, only, the presenter made his first quote of an offer after we had been with him over 2 hours. By this time, our children were more than restless and anxious to head to "fun" stuff. After the 2.5 hour presentation, we concluded with a "quality control" person attempting one last effort to secure a commitment from us. The level of distaste for the process was high, as was the level of unprofessionalism demonstrated by the initial presenter. Along with getting the names of the family wrong for the first 90 minutes of the tour, he proceeded to further provide insult upon being told we would not be making a purchase on the date presented. We have attended other time share presentations and are familiar with the process; however, the initial presenter's approach was beyond rude.
In sum, we believe we became the poster family for vacationing at Montecristo by seizing almost all that there was to offer (except purchasing a time share!) in the limited time during our first journey to Cabo. Lucy and Raul were great to work with and we hope to return one day and to further enjoy the sky pool and other restaurants at the PB Sunset. It was quite helpful to have a rental car, as the trip to the Marina, the flea market, Walmart, restaurants off property all required a car, or taxi/shuttle. The flexibility of a car while staying at Montecristo is great, if you plan on leaving the PB family of properties. Other than the offensive time share presentation, we had a fabulous vacation and would highly recommend the Montecristo. As for the various excursions, they all were about as described in the promotional brochures and fun for what they are, not for anything more or less.
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