What happens in Cabo…

Although Cabo San Lucas (Los Cabos) has been on my destination “bucket list”, I always thought the opportunity to actually go would be several years (or decades) off.  So when some very dear friends invited my husband and me to join them at the beautiful Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf and Spa Resort for six days, I graciously accepted (followed up by back flips and cartwheels) and started packing my bags!  Not only was I excited to see all the beauty and activity the Baja peninsula had to offer, but I am always a fan of heading somewhere tropical in the brutally cold months of January/February.  And yes, being a native Southerner, 30 degrees is BRUTAL!

Cabo San Lucas is at the tip of the 800 mile long Baja California Peninsula and has the Sea of Cortez on one shore and the Pacific ocean on the other.  In addition to fantastic year-round weather and beautiful beaches, Cabo is especially well known for sport fishing, vibrant nightlife, championship golf courses and the famous stone arch called El Arco.  We were fortunate enough to experience all of these (minus golf, not so much my thing) and more!!

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Let me begin with our amazing resort, Fiesta Americana.  I absolutely can’t rave enough about it!  The views, rooms, pools, grounds, amenities, food, staff and service were TOP NOTCH!!  I have truly never seen such an impeccably maintained property and staff that go above and beyond to meet your every need!  Not only would  highly recommend this resort to anyone considering a visit to Cabo, but I will definitely be planning a return trip for myself!!

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One of the things that we were most looking forward to on our trip was our Cabo Sport Fishing deep-sea fishing charter.  And when I say WE, I mean my husband was REALLY excited about the fishing and I was a little more enthusiastic about whale sightings and working on my tan.  Although the day began early (6am!) and chilly (goodbye tan) and some of us may have gotten a little seasick (this girl), it was a fantastic experience and a highlight of our vacation!  Pulling out of the marina as the sun rose, we passed the iconic stone arch and our captain had us on the fish in no time!  Not only were we fortunate enough to reel in five large fish (four Mahi Mahi’s!), the whale sightings were breathtaking and numerous! Our deck hand then filleted our Mahi Mahi right on the back of the boat and we had it prepared at a restaurant at the marina – sushi ya’ll??

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After an exhausting day of “sport” fishing (hehe), we were definitely looking forward to checking out the shopping, restaurants and nightlife of downtown Cabo.  Walking through the markets looking for souvenirs was made even more enjoyable by my husband trying on and comparing Mexican masks.  He, of course, bought one and also a genuine-leather beer holster.  We’re classy like that.

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The first night we had dinner at a very highly-recommended restaurant, The Office. Situated directly on the beach (think sand in your toes), the great food, live mariachi band and festive atmosphere created the authentic Mexican dining experience we hoped for.  I 100% agree with the rave reviews and would consider it a can’t-miss for anyone visiting Cabo!

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Our vacation would not have been complete without a visit to the original Cabo Wabo.   Although there wasn’t a Sammy Hagar sighting, the delicious margaritas and guacamole and endless laughs with our friends more than made up for it!  I’d like to think that all the “walking” and “activity” we did during the week totally cancelled out all of the calories consumed but I doubt it.  I may be feeling jiggly, but it was totally worth it!

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One of the things that totally made the trip were the wonderful people we met, both locals and fellow tourists.  Understandably, everyone is happy and friendly, warm and outgoing, eager to share ideas and suggestions and best of all, quick to buy you a tequila shot!  True story 🙂

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Travel, to me, is one of life’s greatest gifts.  The opportunity to travel with loved ones and close friends can make it even more enjoyable and fulfilling.  I love this quote from writer Susan Sontag, “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”  Thank you Mark and Beth for the memories and belly-laughs and allowing me to check another one off the list!!

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