The Hilton Los Cabos is a truly wonderful resort. The entire staff is very attentive to your needs, and the food at all three of the restaurants is excellent. It seems that all the rooms have a great ocean view, the pool is big and gorgeous, and the building is beautiful.
The only downsides were the location, and the food prices. Since you can't walk to any other restaurants, you're eating at the Hilton or driving 15 miles to San Jose del Cabo or Cabo San Lucas, so every meal is going to be expensive.
Below are some tips I wish I had learned before the trip:
The Hilton is located north of the town of Cabo San Lucas, and south of San Jose del Cabo. Those towns are about 20 or 25 miles apart, and the Hilton is in-between them. Therefore there are no places that are within walking distance to eat or shop or do anything. The hotel next door (Cabo Real) is an all-inclusive place, so you can't even go over there to eat.
You can swim in the sea at the Hilton, despite what you may hear. The beach has a steep slope, which means that after a wave breaks it may pull you back in when the water rushes down, but it doesn't try to pull you out to sea. I saw lots of kids playing in the waves, but I wouldn't recommend it for small children at all, nor for any under 12 without close supervision.
The currency exchange in the airport is a ripoff. The rate for dollars to pesos was 10.3, and the rate from pesos back to dollars was 14.0. The actual rate should have been 12.7 pesos to the dollar. That means that if you start with $100 US, convert to pesos, and back to dollars, you'll only get $74 back. I believe the Hilton front desk will convert your dollars to pesos at a good rate, but almost everything on the peninsula can be paid for with US dollars, so you don't need much anyway.
TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM AIRPORT
We took the shuttle from the airport to the Hilton, which was $14 (US) per person, so for our family of four this was $56. The taxi fare for the same trip is only $30, so go ahead and take a taxi if you have more than two people.
Yes, the timeshare people are persistent and try to trick you. If you just want to catch a shuttle or cab, walk past the people inside the airport who approach you - you don't have to answer them - and go stratight to the curb side. In the airport, they try to make you think that they are the ones you need to see for transportation. Most people try to be nice to others, answering back if someone asks a question, and the barkers exploit this tendency.
However, you may want to attend a timeshare presentation - we did. They promised to reimburse us for the airport shuttle, provide transportation down to Cabo San Lucas (the Casa Dorada), feed us breakfast, give good discounts on activities we may want to purchase, give us all a ride on a glass-bottom boat out to the Cabo arch, take us back to the Hilton, and pay for our transportation back to the airport, all in exchange for sitting through a 90-minute presentation. The people made good on all these promises (except the 90 minutes was more like 2.5 hours). The breakfast was a wonderful large buffet, not just the continental breakfast we expected. We purchased the ATV adventure for only $28 per ATV for a two-hour outing, which is a very good discount off the advertised rate. Overall, the timeshare experience was positive, but be warned that they are very persistent and insistent.
Taxi fare down to Cabo San Lucas is $25 each way, but you can catch the public bus right out in front of the hotel, and the fare is only 20 pesos (about $1.60) per person. The bus will take you right down to the San Lucas marina. You can also take the public bus up to San Jose for the same fare, in case you need to go to the Mega or Wal-Mart for anything.
CABO SAN LUCAS
We also had two really nice evenings in San Lucas. There are loads of restaurants around the marina. We did the glass-bottom boat ride out to the arch, which dropped us off at the nearby beach for an hour while we swam and jumped off the big rock. One evening we ate at a restaurant a couple of blocks from the marina, called Los Tres Gallos, which was a very nice experience - outdoor seating in a garden area, with the ladies cooking the food right there near the tables. I highly recommend this place.
People say that the beach at San Lucas is the only swimmable beach in the area, but when we went it was so overcrowded that we didn't go in the water there. Do your ocean swimming up at the Hilton instead.
- Also Known As:
- Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Hotel San Jose Del Cabo
- Hilton Los Cabos Beach And Golf Resort
- Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Hotel
- Hilton Los Cabos
- Hilton San Jose Del Cabo
- Hilton Los Cabos Beach Resort
- San Jose Del Cabo Hilton
- Hilton Cabo
- Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort San Jose Del Cabo
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort offers one of the few swimmable beaches in Los Cabos and a variety of both lively and leisurely activities for guests to enjoy. The hotel was designed to reflect the rich Spanish heritage of Mexico, featuring tiled roofs and a hacienda courtyard featuring a large, elevated, cascading pond exemplifies its relaxed ambience. Guestrooms feature colorful textures, hand-hewn treatments and exquisite furnishings, Italian-marble bathrooms feature rainfall showerheads and separate oversized bathtubs. ... more less
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