Las Mananitas is excellent. The complex is immaculate and the pools are clean and beautiful. Others have complained about the water being too cold, but most of those reviews appear to be during the winter when the weather isn't quite as hot. During our visit in early May 2014, I must say the pool temperature was perfect. The three pool options with attached hot tubs were great. The front pool closest to the ocean was the most crowded (10-15ppl max), but offered really nice ocean views. The 2nd pool (middle option) was our favorite pool. Although this pool was between buildings, it had the clearest ocean view due to it's offset location. We were at that pool almost every day and there was only one or two other small groups there at the same time. We turned our chairs, faced the ocean and then swam in the less "crowded" pool.
The pools offer ice machines for drinks. We just made a water bottle full of a cocktail and brought plastic cups to the pool and then reloaded on ice with our refills. There is also a refrigerator if you are a beer drinker. Adjacent to the pools are grill areas. They offer two gas grills at each with tables for eating. They were cleaned every day and worked excellent. Lastly, there is a putting green, gym, tennis court and basketball hoop to get some exercise in before relaxation.
As for the location, it's perfect. There is constant security to ease your mind. It's a little farther out of town than some other options, but the 10 peso Urbana bus takes you right through the central part of town and it's walk-able if the weather permits. The Mega is walking distance from the complex and offers plenty of food and drink. There are also a few other commercial options like Starbucks, McDonalds, Subway and Dairy Queen in the same complex as the Mega. All the water at the complex is purified and safe to drink and clean vegetables, but I still like to use bottled water when possible. Also, the Mega allows you to pay in American dollars and receive change in pesos. They offer a great exchange rate as they are competing with other stores in the area.
As for beach swimming, this isn't the best as the water is a little rough. There are plenty of beach options nearby that are cheap and easy to get to whenever you want. The bus stop is right across the street from the Mega and it's extremely easy. I suggest either Pamilla or Chileano Bay. Pamilla was a $1/person bus ride and only about 5 minutes. Chileano Bay was $2/person and about 15 minutes. Buses come constantly and all look different, so if you just say where you are going and hop on, it's simple. You can also take the bus to Cabo San Lucas for the day and it's $3/person opposed to $40 cab ride. Once you use the bus once you will see how easy it is to get to a swim-able beach.
I can't say enough about how much we loved this place, area and vacation. We will be back!
- Also Known As:
- Las Mananitas Hotel San Jose Del Cabo
- Las Mananitas Los Cabos/San Jose Del Cabo