Cabo...I had no idea!!!

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Flag of Mexico  , Baja California,
Saturday, December 12, 2009

Living in the NYC, I rarely thought of Mexico as a "must do" vacation spot.  I knew folks on the West Coast ventured there for fun & sun and, of course, it's a spring break mecca but it held no real appeal for me, unlike other Central and South American locales.  For escapes from the vicious Northeast winters, Miami and the Caribbean are in my backyard so flying all the way to Mexico was something I rarely considered.  I was invited to spend a week in Cabo San Lucas for a Christmas celebration and I loved the idea.  A chance to see what the appeal was, a getaway from the NYC winter, plus it'd be my very first trip south of the border.  The trip vacationers consisted of a group of 7, with folks arriving/departing at various times.  I had vacationed with that amount of folks only once before and while the experience wasn't horrible, I had vowed never to repeat it.  I accepted the invitation and warily looked forward to experiencing someplace new, with others who hadn't experienced it before either.  Due to some booking confusion we were given a two-bedroom suite the first couple of days, then moved to the villa which slept 10, so there was plenty of room to spread out.  While the bitter details of horrible attitudes, diva-like behaviors, superiority/God-like complexes, jealousy issues and paranoia will not be elaborated here (I'll save you from those details) I will expound on my extreme liking for Cabo.

Cabo had the desert-like feel, with amazing ocean views.  The resort had a perpetual coconut/lime scent that seemed to permeate the air around us continuously. It was spectacularly huge, with guests needing golf carts to go between locations or at least a 15 min. walk downhill/uphill between the resort's lobby and the pool/beach.  Yet, there was a sense of privacy/peacefulness about the place, with so many different restaurants and activity stations, no one area was overpopulated with guests.  Going into town was a fun adventure, we had a rental car, which came in very handy for trips to the supermarket, it saved a lot on grocery shopping (the resort's grocery store mark-ups were insane) and cab rides back and forth into town.  Cabo town is pretty much geared towards a tourist scene (think Cabo Wabo, Hard Rock Cafe).  Plenty of bars, a couple of favorites...Uno Mas, NoWhere Bar and plenty of clubs too, definitely try El Squid Roe for better music, more of a crowd and Pink Kitty for more open space on the dance floor.  I found the local foods to be overly salty and no real difference from any good Mexican restaurant back home (how many ways can one do re-fried beans?).

I enjoyed Cabo San Lucas, I saw the appeal and vow to return someday.  It's still a bit limiting to get there from the Northeast.  There are very few direct flights (direct from EWR is an option) and one must connect through either LA or Mexico City otherwise.  Even going direct is a pretty long flight versus much shorter flights to MIA or the Caribbean, so who knows when I'll get back but Cabo is highly recommended to be visited at least once.  Enjoy.
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