My husband, 16 year old son and I just got back from Los Cabos, Mexico. Not only was this our first excersion out of the country, but also our first family vacation. We used points from our RCI Timeshare to stay at The Grand Mayan Resort. We had a 1 bedroom suite, including a kitchen, with a beautiful view of the ocean and pools. The rooms and grounds were impecable, the food was tastey,and the waiters were attentive, but the front desk staff had a lot to learn about the hospitality business. We unfortunately got sucked in by what we later learned was the "Mayan Mafia". They are salesmen who invite you to breakfast and presentation and In return, they provide you with discounts on tours and food at the resort along with 3000 pesos to use at the resort about ($214 USD), The presentation was only supposed to take 90 minutes and there were no obligations: No meant No. Not so!!!!! The salesmen are sharks that tag team you trying to sell you expensive property that no one can afford with the economy the way it is. We thought we were being blatantly rude, but apparently not because these guys do not give up. We only did this to help offset the cost of the adventures we wanted to try. It was not worth the time and hassle for the money we saved. We were approached 5 times in 6 days for these incentive breakfasts for various real estate throughout the Los Cabos area.
We did the ATV tour through the mountains that lasted about 2 hours. Our guide's name was Eduardo and he was great. One day we went on the Cabo Adventure. What a blast!! We would highly recommend it to everyone.Very safe and what a way to see the mountains. The best money spent on the whole trip was the CD of the family's pictures on that tour. Cameras are not allowed for safety reasons. A professional photographer hangs from lines to capture shots of a lifetime. A true professional. The guides made it fun and exhilerating..Well worth it.!!
The actual towns of Cabo San Lucas and Cabo San Jose are beautiful. Each were filled with lots of t-shirts, souvinirs, jewelry tequila, and scams. I love how the jewelry stores leave the opened bottle of tequila on the counters with shot glasses for you to help yourself to a nice buzz while shopping. Ladies, it really does work with the husbands. Surprisingly, Cabo San Lucus is cheaper to shop in than Cabo San Jose. They all have the same merchandise and you must barter with the locals.
Be careful of the locals taking advantage of you. After going through customs at the airport, we were greeted by a line of men who we thought were taxi drivers. Wrong!! These guys are the vultures wanting to take you to breakfast and take your last dime. Do not fall for it! We learned the expensive way. Apparently, this is big. In talking with people who frequently visit Mexico, all the airports have these salesmen waiting to pounce.
We met some really nice tourists while there. One couple in particular made a lasting impression on us. By the end of the week, we felt like we had known these people all our lives. They were great company and gave us a lot of insight on how to do Mexico, because they are seasoned warrior Mexican travelers!
The trip was costly, but priceless. I don't have any regrets. I hope that whom ever reads this will learn from our mistakes. The country is beautiful and I learned how important it is to take time to relax and reconnect with family.
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