Looking for ideas of what to do in Cabo San Lucas, better known as Los Cabos in Mexico? Here is what I got up to a few years ago.
A girls weekend in Los Cabos, in Mexico did sound like a great idea. But to be perfectly honest, my previous Mexican experiences were far from fantastic – but there was something very appealing about Cabo San Lucas, or just ‘Cabo’, in the Southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Blame Jennifer Aniston and Chelsea Handler, if you must.
A girls trip is always a special occasion – and every special occasion deserves a fab hotel! The Bahia Hotel & Beach Club, in Cabo San Lucas, were our gracious hosts during our stay. Cabo San Lucas has great hotels, but it was great to experience something different – i.e. something a bit more boutique and actually casual. The downside? No sea views (but only 1 block from Medano Beach) and a website that does not do it any justice…
Friday morning at Los Cabos, Mexico
Up bright and early, and after my first Mexican breakfast, it was time to go to the beach, and try something completely new. SUP. Yes, you heard it right – Stand Up Paddling. You probably know by know that Mrs. O isn’t “particularly” sporty, but I had to try it. And I did.
I have to admit that I wasn’t a natural.. whereas the other ladies were. I spent half the time falling down, but obviously, it was due to the strong currents (which were only affecting me, naturally). But do you know what? It was a great experience and I need to thank the team at CABO SUP, also owned by The Bahia Hotel & Beach Club, for their patience.
We paddled from Medano beach, towards Cabo’s incredible rock arches, which you can see on many of our photographs. We also headed to Lovers Beach which was incredible – also very interesting how the sea changes. On one side, you have the Sea of Cortez, where you can swim, but on the other, you have the Pacific ocean and huge waves. It was a stunning setting and one I will never forget.
We spent a lazy afternoon back at the the hotel pool, which was really nice. We also indulged in poolside massages and great cocktails. But more on that later!
Dinner and the rest of our evening took place at Bar Esquina, the hotel’s bar and restaurant. From tasty cocktails to creative local delicacies, we adored the ceviche and the tuna tartar. Yum!
Saturday at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
No rest for the wicked – our time in Cabo was limited and we had plenty to do and see! We started our day at Nikki Beach Cabo, located at the ME Hotel. Being there so early, it meant that we had the pool all to ourselves, before the crowds arrived and the action started at around lunchtime. Nikki Beach is not my scene at all – so this was probably the most I could ever enjoy it – with no people!
This was actually perfect for me, as I was able to catch up on some reading and fully enjoy happy mojito hour (I love this concept!). From here, we headed to the incredibly stunning Las Ventanas al Paraiso, which is surely one of the better known resorts in this area and where I would stay if I had gone with Mr. O.
Located 20 minutes outside Cabo San Lucas, it is perfect for couples and if you want to get away from it all. If you want a little bit more action, there are other options.
We ended our stay in style with a Sun Rider sunset cruise. I have to say I am not one to indulge in group “cruises” as usually they are too touristy, but really enjoyed the Sun Rider experience – the boat was great (by far the best we saw at the brand spanking new marina), service was very good and we really enjoyed our 2 hours aboard.
After our boat trip, we walked slowly towards the Bahia via the Los Cabos marina. I must say I was quite surprised with how modern it looked – and even more impressed with the shopping available. And can you believe I didn’t indulge? It was late at night and we were keen to go back, have a cocktail and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Sunday in Los Cabos
Sunday is a day of rest (or it should be), so I started my morning by heading to the nearby Hacienda Beach Club & Residences, who had invited me to try its spa. I have to say this was an very relaxing and luxurious experience – the spa building was different and the treatment rooms simply beautiful.
From here, we regrouped back at The Bahia Hotel & Beach Club, who had organised a private driver to take us to Todos Santos, a sleepy and “typical” Mexican town roughly an hour away from Cabo San Lucas. Home to the “original” Hotel California (which looked lovely, by the way), it was everything that I expected a Mexican town to be (Los Cabos is way more modern).
From here, we headed to the lovely Guaycura Hotel‘s incredible (and quiet) rooftop bar, where we had an amazing meal, and possibly the best drink of the whole trip: a freshly squeezed mango margarita. Wow!
After a snooze back to Cabo San Lucas, it was time to dress up and have a little photo shoot – you will see that some of the photos from this trip were really more professional! An experience in itself – including various outfit changes…
And before we knew it, it was time for our last meal (we had an early flight back to Boston the following day). And what better way to end our trip than to wear some local fashion? We did turn some heads back at Bar Esquina, where we dined at the Chef’s table (and even tried surprisingly good Mexican wine. Who knew?)
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Disclaimer: I was a guest of The Bahia Hotel & Beach House in Los Cabos, Mexico, who organised a great itinerary for us. Room rates start at $250. Click here to book.