Cocktails & Cabanas in Cabo San Lucas

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I’ve been to Mexico plenty of times but this was my first time visiting Cabo San Lucas.  The hubby and I had been working hard for months without a break so we decided to take a short trip.  We flew from LAX to SJD on a Tuesday and returned on Friday.  

Day 1

Once we arrived in Cabo, we walked out to meet our shuttle driver (we booked a one way trip online with the hotel’s recommendation for transportation).  I read a few reviews of Cabo and knew to keep walking past the people at the airport who try to sell you timeshares and excursion but one guy looked very official and said he was with airport tourism board. Looking back, that sounds pretty suspect and it was.  He said to talk the man at the desk to coordinate the shuttle pick up.  Unfortunately, they were trying to sell us an excursion and as soon as we realized it we took off. Moral of the story: DON’T stop on your way out of the airport in Cabo.

All the shuttle drivers are outside and have nothing to do with anyone inside.  Finally, we stepped outside, had a drink at the bar and boarded our shuttle to the RIU Palace (about 45 minutes from the airport). After the long drive, we arrived at our hotel, checked in and unpacked.

Our first order of business was to take a look around the resort and plan our attack for the next morning.  So, we hit the bar (I mean, it is all-inclusive) and took a short walk along the beach. Later that evening, we had dinner and watched the Michael Jackson tribute show.  This show, unlike the one on the Carnival cruise, was great!  The dancers looked like they were having a great time, the music was upbeat and the impersonator was pretty spot on. After the show, we went to bed so we could wake up early for breakfast and stake our claim on a chair at the pool!

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Day 2

Most of our day was spent drinking at the swim-up pool bar, eating at the seaside grill and napping in between! At first we were worried about not knowing anyone at the resort but it didn’t take us long to make friends. We met 3 great couples who we laughed, lounged and took shots with.

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After spending the day soaking in the sun and the stunning view of the Sea of Cortez, we all decided to escape the compound and check out Cabo Wabo! What a fantastic night!  Cabo Wabo is one of the most popular spots in Cabo San Lucas for live music and a good time and it didn’t disappoint. 

The band was amazing, the energy was great and the company was even better. Normally, it could be awkward when going out with a group of people you don’t know but this was not one of those times. We knocked back tons of cervezas and a few shots and danced to a mix of live music and a Dj playing old and new music! I highly recommend a trip to Cabo Wabo if you haven’t been.  Back at the hotel, we had a few more drinks and finally went to bed around 3 am!

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Day 3

This one was a bit of a blur!  All the drinking and dancing at Cabo Wabo definitely left us a little worse for wear but not too much because we all went back again!  Even though our hotel was all-inclusive, it was nice to get out and see what the city had to offer.  However, I spent many, many hours looking at this view!

Day 4

Our last day, we woke up around 8 am and had breakfast. Later, we booked a water taxi to the Arch, Lover’s Beach and Lands End.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the boat from our hotel so we had to walk 20-minutes along the beach.  20 pounds ago this would have been a cake walk but I was huffing and puffing like crazy. I’m sure all the food and booze from the previous days didn’t help my physical state. However, I’m glad we decided to do it. Seeing the Arch, Lover’s Beach and Lands End up close was definitely a highlight of this trip.

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After the tour, we had lunch overlooking the beach and hung out with our friends one last time. We had the most amazing time with this group and I’m convinced we made lifelong friends. We’re already planning our next group vacation! On your next vacation, meet new people and have new experiences because they last a lifetime!

Do you have any vacation friends that have become like family?  Tell me about it in the comments below!


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  1. Reply

    I love it when you make friends on the road–it adds so much to the trip and you make great memories! And I don’t blame you for just hanging out and looking at the view for awhile; it’s really beautiful.

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    Sounds like a perfect vacation with beautiful views and just the right amounts of fun (something we all need once in a while) πŸ™‚

  3. Reply

    Looks like a fabulous trip with all of my favourite things! Urgh I hate being overwhelmed by drivers etc at the airport – it’s just the last thing you need after a plane journey right?!

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    Looks like it was a great relaxing time! I’ve always been curious about the arch in Cabo. It looks so picturesque.

    • Nic
    • August 7, 2015

    Looks like a fun and relaxing trip, sometimes you just need to unwind in an amazingly beautiful location with good company!

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    I’m like you and have been to Mexico many times. Still I haven’t made it to Cabo. I’d like to see the Arch and get in the water. The drinking and all, perhaps not. Mexico is wonderful though.

    • RaW
    • September 19, 2015

    The resort looks great! I probably wouldn’t want to leave except for the trip to the Arch, Lover’s Beach and Lands End. πŸ™‚ Anyways, to answer your question, maybe not as close as family but close enough as friends. One friend, whom I first met in Greece, has turned out to be one of the best travel buddies and we have since travelled together to 4 other countries over the years. πŸ™‚

    • mar
    • September 19, 2015

    I love that you made the most of the all-inclusive by planning everything at the bar, truly a cocktails and cabanas weekend, perfect! πŸ˜‰

    • jen
    • September 20, 2015

    What a nice and well deserved break. I have been to Mexico a few times but never Cabo. Doing the all inclusive hotel sounds like the right choice.

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    A great destination all wrapped in blue color. Blue sky and Blue water.
    Loved reading it.

    • Gem
    • September 21, 2015

    Sounds like a fun vacation! I especially love the amazing color of the water – so blue! We’re always cautious of people who come up to us to offer things. That’s why we always contact someone in advance to make sure we don’t get tricked into anything.

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    It’s always great to meet new people while traveling. That’s one of the best parts! Especially people you can have so much fun with!

  8. Reply

    You had me at swim-up pool bar!! What a great getaway – close, not too expensive, and so dang beautiful!!

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