A December 2002 trip
to Los Cabos by Seekrs2
Quote: Outstanding vacation destination located in southern most baja location. Stunning views of land and sea, picture perfect weather, great restaurants and welcoming inhabitants. Lots of activities available but also ample opportunities to sit or lounge around and just soak up the atmosphere. Resort was beautiful although somewhat inconveniently located.
A visit to the famous Arch is a must see when in Cabo. It is a stunning sight and an excellent photo opportunity. You'll have a chance to see the lounging sea lions as well as experience one of the best beaches in the area.
If you are staying at a resort located along the corridor, I would recommend renting a car. The transpeninsular highway is thoroughly modern and easily navigated. Taxis can get very expensive.
Swimming in the ocean is diffucult and potentially dangerous. Some beaches might be more swimmer friendly (ie Medano Beach) however, in general, the undertow was about the strongest I've encountered. All of the warnings were justified. Find a resort with a great pool and plan for walks along the beach.
Hotel | "Club Casa Dorada"
Blown Glass Factory - great little shopping area attached to an actual Glass Factory where you can sit and watch the craftsmen at work.Best Things About the Resort:Pool - beautiful and large enough for couples and families. A fun water slide connects the larger free-form pool with the smaller lap pool below.
Grounds - stunning entrance hall with gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean through the lobby. Well manicured lawns and well positioned flowering bushes troughout the area.Resort Experience:This resort is accurately described as Mexican Hacienda Style designed complex. Units are arranged in "V" shaped patterns overlooking the central pool area and out towards the Pacific Ocean. The main lobby area is beautiful with a gorgeous view of the ocean right through the center of the entranceway. They have a nice little lobby bar that serves up some tasty margaritas.
Our unit was a one bedroom on the 2nd floor (although it was actually a 1st floor unit, due to the elavation of the topography). It was very roomy with a king sized bed in the bedroom and a double bowl sink in the bathroom. Our kitchenette was nicely appointed with all of the necessary ammenities except an oven (not that you would need it). The floors throughout and the walls of the bathroom were tiled with a beautiful Mexican polished stone (perhaps granite).
The service at the resort was our only concern. It was just not up to the standards you would expect from this type of resort. Allowing for the difference of Mexican owned properties, the staff still did not quite measure up. The porter service was severly inadequate and the front desk was not very responsive to problems with your unit. Example: We carried our own luggage to our room after we got tired of waiting for a bellman. It took us two days to get a TV remote and an iron for our room. Not terrible transgressions, but enough to note in this forum.
One other note about the sales people. They were not very friendly and/or helpful unless you were willing to sit through their presentations. We also heard from some guests that the salespeople were a little more forceful than they were claiming to be.
All-in-all it was a great resort that we would certainly return to in the future.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 18, 2002
Club Casa Dorada Beach & Golf Resort
San Jose Del Cabo
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
RCI # 4382
The service was friendly and efficient eventhough the waiter had to keep running up and down a fairly large flight of stairs. The wine list is more than ample, but we went with the local specialties - Margaritas. All entrees are prepared on the open grill and their presentation is almost as enticing as their actual flavors. I can personally recommend the pork loin with mashed potatoes. The relaxed atmosphere fits right in with the comfortable "down home" attitude of San Jose del Cabo.
Following diner you can retire to their adjacent wine bar for a late night cocktail. Relaxing in the highback leather chairs next to a roaring fire is a great way to end your evening.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2002
San Jose del Cabo
Los Cabos, Mexico
Attraction | "ATV's"
The whole experience was thrilling, although a little dusty. This is not an excursion for those who can't handle a few smudge marks and a layer of dust on their clothes. You do need to be careful when driving these machines. It is afterall a motorized vehicle and there is limited supervision. If you get yourself stuck somewhere, its up to you to get yourself turned around and back on the right path. I'd recommend riding with a buddy if at all possible. It was a great excursion that still allowed us the rest of the day for ourselves.
Cactus ATV Tours
Los Cabos, Mexico