My wife and I stayed at the Grand Mayan in Puerto Morelos (Cancun), and at the Mayan Palaces in Nuevo Vallarta and in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point). All of the properties are beautiful, but the Grand Mayan in Cabo San Lucas finally got it right.
This is the smallest property of Mayans visited, but the pool and rooms are situated so all views look out onto the ocean. The beach is extremely wide, unlike all other Mayans, except Puerto Penasco. The beach sand was a bit coarse immediately at the bottom of the pool stairs, but became a very fine sand, glistening gold in the sunlight, with volcanic black sand intermixed. It was beautiful.
There is a warning sign posted on the beach warning of rough surf and dangerous currents. Even the staff warned us before we headed to the beach. But upon entering the perfect 72 F water (Dec. 20 - 27th) in 80 degree weather, we found no currents, much less a dangerous undertow or rough surf. Maybe things are different at other times of the year. We suspected there were no waiters delivering drinks in the sand, so leaving the property may have been discouraged. I could have stayed in the water all day body-surfing. No need for a wet suit. Perfect temperature. Waves were only three to four feet tall.
Like all Mayan Resort swimming pools, this one was beautiful and well maintained. Great looking vacationers around the pool right through Christmas week. The resort claimed it was 80 percent full, even during the 2008 Depression.
The Grand Mayan in Cancun was too big, and the beach could not be used due to underwater rocks that prevented swimming of any kind, unless you wore diving boots through the surf to snorkel beyond the waves. There was nothing to see except sand if you did.
The Grand Mayan in San Jose del Cabo, unlike other Mayan Resorts, was located right in the middle of the action for a change. Elsewhere, the properties are in relatively remote locations. In San Jose del Cabo, the Grand Mayan is in easy walking distance on modern sidewalks to the Mega Supermarket ten minutes down the beach. It is also about a 10 to 15 minute walk from the center of San Jose del Cabo, which we walked at least three times. All along nice sidewalks in an area abutting a wildlife preserve on one side, and an interesting cemetery, shops, and restaurants on the other. The only other walkers are usually other tourists, with an occasional local person, all of whom were extremely polite and friendly. I went to high school in Mexico, and there was nothing dangerous about any area we walked through.
We rented a Hertz Nissan sedan for $700.00 for the week, which included $200.00 for insurance. We really didn't need the car, unless you wanted to go into Cabo San Lucas. We did three times, but unless you are into seeing really touristy areas and other tourists, there was nothing there to excite the senses. I imagine the nightlife there during Spring Break would make the area attractive for many. Otherwise, it is pretty ugly, and the layout of the city is such that you cannot drive along the waterfront and see the ocean, boats, or bikinis. These towns could all take a hint from Rio de Janeiro and have double laned avenues along the water so all can enjoy the view. The resorts do their best to exclude locals, and it appears the resort designers intentionally cut off all public access. Mores the pity.
No Mayan Resort is a cheap place to eat, so we opted to fill our rental car with groceries from the Mega Supermarket and the Soriana Supermarket and take them back to the room kitchen and dining table. Nothing nicer than being able to cook what you want, and as much as you want. The bellboys would routinely haul the groceries for guests back to their rooms, which added another $4.00 to $5.00 to the grocery tab, which was minimal when compared to the restaurant prices. I am cheap when it comes to meals. I do not wish to pay for ambiance, views, reputations, etc. I want food and lots of it. A small square cut filet measuring 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches cost me $370 pesos ($12.50 per dollar at the time at the resort - $13.50 at Soriana Supermarket) at the restaurant beside the pool. There was a two man band playing. Margaritas were about $12.00 (U.S.) each. While very tasty, I did not wish to do it again. Note: both Soriana and Mega Supermarkets take Visa debit cards, etc. Soriana gives the best exchange rate on purchases, although they will not convert currency for you. You can also pay with US dollars. You will receive change in pesos.
All of the staff included persons who spoke English. Everywhere we went everyone spoke English. I speak fluent Spanish and it was obvious they were not accustomed to US tourists who spoke anything but "American."
I will return here, and to the Pueblo Bonito Resort on the opposite side of Cabo San Lucas.
- Also Known As:
- The Grand Mayan Los Cabos Hotel San Jose Del Cabo
- Wyndham San Jose Del Cabo
- San Jose Del Cabo Wyndham
- Cabos Grand Los Mayan
- The Grand Mayan Los Cabos San Jose Del Cabo