Cabo San Lucas – an experience. It is a tropical paradise where the locals are friendly, the beaches are magical, the Pacifica/Corona flows like water and the sunsets captivate you. Being just a 3-4 hour flight from many of the west coast USA main cities, Cabo is a preferred destination for those looking for a quick get-away. The pros: villa owners allow 3-night minimum stays (in most cases, excluding holidays), rates are very affordable, the direct flights offer a tremendous ease of travel and there is something for everyone in Cabo.
I took a whirlwind 48-hour trip from Seattle to see some of our villa selection. Upon arrival at the Cabo airport, I immediately left rainy/cool Seattle behind and was re-initiated to the hot and humid tropical air. I loved it. I went through customs (just had a carry on so it was simple) and walked outside. For those looking for a party, the good times start right away… they’ve recently built a really nice bar attached to the exterior wall of the airport. I bypassed the Pacifica (for now) and found my transfer company. The SUV was immaculate and my driver was amazing. I speak very little Spanish but the driver (as do most of the hospitality personnel in Cabo) spoke pretty good English, so there were few, if any, communication barriers.
For this trip, I was staying at Villa Cortez in Cabo del Sol. In approximately 30 minutes, I was at my villa. The sensational Villa Cortez has 5 bedrooms. Cabo del Sol has beautifully landscaped grounds and is well known for their golf courses. Villa Cortez overlooks one hole of the ocean course and the beach. Nearly every room of the villa offers ocean views. The best part to me: the pool deck – whether you enjoy the pool, the Jacuzzi, the stereo system, the fire pit or just the sound of the waves crashing at sunset, you will not want to leave!
Villa Cortez, where I stayed!
The next morning I drove my Avis rental car downtown to view our Pedregal villa selection. Driving downtown can be a bit tricky, so give yourself plenty of time and lots of patience. The renowned nightlife spots, mall and local markets make Cabo San Lucas quite the place to be. I had lunch at Gardenia’s that afternoon; the fish tacos were the best I’ve ever had. As you drive into the gated community of Pedregal, you can only look up in amazement. There are approximately 350 villas/homes stacked all on top of each other in this neighborhood, yet most have lots of room and incredible views. Pedregal is upscale and has very strict noise ordinances after 10 pm.
A few of the Cabo villas that stood out to me:
Cabo is made up of three different main areas: San Jose, the Corridor and Pedregal. I focused more on the Corridor and Pedregal for this quick trip, but San Jose has beautiful homes. The town is very artsy and the festivals are lots of fun.
You’ll hear of the strong undertow in Cabo, and yes, it is true. I wouldn’t have gone swimming in the ocean in front of my villa. The locals make it look easy but I prefer calmer water. Medano Beach and Chileno Bay are the swimmable beaches. The beaches are perfect for walking and sun bathing, and there are many water sport/snorkeling tours our Concierge department can arrange. I’d highly suggest visiting Sunset da Mona Lisa’s wine bar/Italian, at sunset of course… like Cabo, you’ll never forget the experience.