our second anniversary, we wanted to do something different. We
had never been abroad together, except to
Sweden, but that didn't
count. We weighed our options, and decided on a little town at
the tip of the Baja in Mexico called
Cabo San Lucas. We didn't know much about Cabo at the time,
only that it had sun, sand and nightlife, and didn't take too long to
get there from our home in
That was about all we needed to know, and we were set to go.
flew into Cabo on
Alaska Airlines on November 6, 1997, and were surprised to land at
the smallest jumbo-jet airport we had ever seen. At home, it
seemed we had larger airports for single engine planes! They
dropped us off in the middle of the runway (no gates or tunnels), and
we exited the plane into the hot sun. It was about 80°F (27°C)
and bright sunshine. We made our way to the airport arrival
gate, and were in for a shock. Immediately, as we entered the
airport, we were swarmed by hundreds of shouting timeshare hockers,
screaming and hollering and mauling us. We were taken off guard
and were confused. We didn't know where to go, or who all these
people were. Through the chaos, our representative from our
hotel found us and got us a cab.
Worldmark's Coral Baja resort, an
affiliate. It was located near San Jose Del Cabo, about 20
minutes north of Cabo San Lucas. The hotel was very nice,
thought partially under construction at the time. We had secured
a two-bedroom penthouse suite, which constituted one main floor with
the bedrooms, bathrooms, living room, and kitchen, and an outdoor
spiral staircase leading up to the roof, where we had tables, chairs,
a Jacuzzi, and a fabulous view of the Sea of Cortez. The hotel
is located right on a beautiful beach, decorated with palms, and a
gorgeous view of the sunrise.
ate the first night at our hotel's restaurant, Mamma Mia's. It
is a cozy palapa-style Italian restaurant located right on the beach,
with live music and delicious food. The prices were very
reasonable, considering it was at our hotel, and we loved it so much
we ate there almost every morning and night! They delivered room
service to our suite in the morning and we ate Mexican-style breakfast
on the roof, while the sun rose over the water.
ride into town was no big deal, as there was bus service all day
directly into Cabo San Lucas, and the fare was only $2.50USD per
person. The buses weren't in very good shape, and we were the
only tourists on the bus, but it was quite convenient. Taxi
service, although readily available, cost about $20USD one-way to our
hotel, and the buses only ran until about 11PM. The roads were
poor, with only one paved road through town, and back roads were
mostly dirt with giant potholes. We rented a car one day to go
around and sightsee at the Budget car rental stand at our hotel for
around $70 for one day. Probably not the wisest investment, but
driving in Cabo was easy, and the town wasn't too big, so it was easy
to find our way around.
spent most of our time in town, eating and drinking at everywhere we
saw. As usual, the best values and food were at the small taco
stands around town, and
the big-name and theme restaurants like
Hard Rock Cafe and
Hollywood were the most crowded and most expensive. We found
lots of palapa-style restaurants on the beaches, which were
inexpensive and pleasant. Everywhere we went, however, we were
hounded by wandering salesmen, either selling jewelry, t-shirts,
blankets, roses, chiclets, songs, or timeshare, but we didn't really
mind. It's not hard to simply say no thanks. We also
rented a wave runner which was a blast on the wonderfully warm waters
of the Sea of Cortez, however, the marina area was clogged with heavy
spent one night on the town, where we visited, and drank at, every
club in town. We had a yard glass of beer and margarita at El
Squid Roe, Cuban cigars and tequila at
Wabo, beers at the
(Sandra was too drunk to be hung upside down...), and danced and took
tequila shots at Kokomo until everything closed up around 3:30AM.
By this time, we were totally plastered and grabbed a cab home.
Sandra was really gone, and ended up upside-down in the cab for the
ride home, and upon arriving at the hotel, threw up at the doorman's
feet, leaving a stain on the brand-new concrete of the
Coral Baja. She passed out on the way up to our room, and
woke up the next day with the worst hangover of her life. She
couldn't eat the breakfast we ordered, and spent the entire day (on
our anniversary) finding bathrooms to vomit
in. We had planned that day for our water sports, a boat tour,
and a water-taxi trip to Lover's Beach, but she couldn't do it.
We did head out to Lover's Beach, but that didn't do her any good at
all. She puked in the sand, and remained sick until late that
night. We ordered a chef's salad from Mamma Mia's, which was
fantastic, and that seemed to help.
night we headed into San Jose Del Cabo to look around. We really
liked this town, as it was calm, friendly, and cozy. There were
few tourists, and no timeshare salesmen. A mariachi band
entertained the locals in the town square, and we found a very nice
restaurant with a secret garden out back. The atmosphere was
great, but the food wasn't, and Sandra was soon feeling sick again
halfway through her lobster. That was our last night in Cabo,
and we headed out the next morning.
Overall, we had a great time in Cabo, mostly thanks to our hotel.
The desert was
not really our style, but the beaches were great and the water was
warm. We don't sportfish or play golf, so we didn't experience
that, but we understand both are among the best in the world.
The town was small and touristy, with t-shirt shops lining the
streets, but the nightlife was fun and the restaurants were
inexpensive and good. We had never been to Mexico before, and we
were pleasantly surprised with the friendliness of the town folk, and
we knew we had to visit Mexico again. So, the next year we set off for
Puerto Vallarta, and the
year after that to Cancun
and Cozumel. We
really like Mexico, with its friendly and helpful people, laid-back
style, and wonderful beaches and water.
For more information about Los Cabos:
Cabo San Lucas - Our Cabo
home page, with descriptions, information and tons of links.