My Husband and I are “middle aged” and are seasoned travelers. We have visited several countries but our Mexico experiences prior to this trip have been in Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Cancun. We decided to look for somewhere cooler as we are looking at snow birding in the very near future so we decided to try Cabo. We were there 3 weeks and it was HOT every day, lol. Evenings were always capris, sandals and the very odd time, a light sweater. This trip report will bore some of you, sorry. Our focus was on how this location would work for a long term stay without a car and for some much needed R & R.
Flight in was fine and we literally raced through customs and out the front door in about 15 min. No problem in the shark tank but I think we raced through before they even noticed us, haha. Green light, met up with Airport Cabo who were waiting for us outside and had us on our way in no time. They were great, the driver gave us a mini tour along the way which we appreciated. They were on time picking us up for departure as well.
We stayed at Marina Sol in a 2 bdrm/2bthrm condo. This complex is quiet, low keyed and friendly. The location especially for new visitors is awesome. Within a 5 min walk, you can be either on Medano Beach or City Club and Cabo Bakery or the Mall and Marina. The bus to Walmart is right out front and the bus to San Jose was a 3 min walk away in front of McDonalds. We did a mix of cooking in and eating out… well, cooking in for us sometimes meant a Roast Chicken from City Club, salad and Mexico’s awesome buns or Burgers on the BBQ, lol. There are also a lot of great little stores in this area for booze, snacks, fruit, etc. We enjoy the challenge of finding these little stores off the main streets.
We bought the Passport card and used it A LOT. We ate at Moxitos, Billygans, Hardrock café, La Galleria, Wicked Pizza, El Squids, Gardenias (not on the Passport list), Rodizios Grill, our hotel, Senior Sweets. These are the ones I can remember, I should have jotted the names down. Loved the fresh fruit carts. I don’t like Seafood so a few of the recommended restaurants were passed as I couldn't really find anything else on their menu. My husband ate quite a bit of seafood and really enjoyed his meals.
Excursions: we didn't do a lot as we had done so many similar excursions in the past (in different places) that neither of us were too bothered. We did a few boat trips to Lands End, whale watching on Cabo Escape and a Sunset Cruise on Cabo Rey… enjoyed them all. We also did a city tour which took us around and showed us places like Chileno Bay, corridor and San Jose. We were fortunate enough to see several whales, they are beautiful to watch. If you want to use the Passport card for excursions, you must contact the tour/boat company via email through their website. You cannot book at the Marina.
San Jose: We went there twice. It turned out to be pretty simple by bus. We both really liked the area a lot. I swear we walked every street there, lol. Checked out the town square, hotel row, the beach and even the Mega store. It was quiet, no one hassled you to buy something and quite pretty. We could see staying here long term.
Medona Beach: The beach itself is very pretty. The sand is softer and lighter coloured than I expected and the ocean bluer. The rock formations are gorgeous! The Beach clubs were much smaller than I expected. There are really not that many and most of the beach is taken up with private resorts. We tried most of them out and enjoyed Tabasco’s the most… a bit more space and not as loud.
Vendors: wow, never seen so many of them both on the beach and the Marina and so many children trying to sell things. I was surprised that some of the restaurants allowed this while you were eating, this happened to us a few times and in the case of La Galleria, non-stop. Flea markets were more expensive in Cabo than other areas we have been too but they all sell the same “homemade” stuff. Timeshare hawks are worse in PV though, they weren't a big issue for us. I missed hearing Mexican music,,, even the Mariachi’s sang American songs… just didn't seem right to me, lol
Money: we used pesos but found everyone gave us prices in USD.. even a Flea Market seller had to get his calculator to convert to pesos (WTH??) I felt like we were using the wrong currency here. We used the Nova Scotia ATM at the Mall, no problems.
We walked all the time. It’s a pretty easy place to get around on foot or bus. We always felt safe. We planned on doing a bit more site seeing but it was so hot that the beach or pool took priority during the day but the weather was perfect for long evening walks. I also got a nasty cold which slowed us down for a few days and kept us away from construction zones.
The locals do pretty well with speaking/understanding English in Cabo. They were very tolerant of my Husbands attempts in conversing in Spanish, most seemed to appreciate his trying.
I would like to thank all those who patiently answered my questions before and during our visit. We had a great time and hated to come home. After spending most of our time in more tropical locations, I wasn’t sure if I would love the scenery but I did.. Los Cabos has its own beauty.