Cabo San Lucas Journals

Not What We Expected

A November 2001 trip to Cabo San Lucas by JimandBill

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa Photo, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Cabo San Jose Airport included a gauntlet of timeshare solicitors. The resort had been hit by a hurricane in September 2001, leaving them without a beach and many repairs. We cut our visit short and finished our vacation up in Palm Springs. Not something we'd repeat.

Not What We Expected

Overview

Beaches at Cabo San Lucas Photo, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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Our most memorable moment was dining on the beach at a restaurant called "The Office". The meal was excellent, the sun was setting, the tiki torches were being lit, the tide was rolling in, and the margaritas were fantastic -- worth every penny. It was funny to watch the help gather up the plastic lawn chairs and tables and move everything closer to the restaurant building, because of the incoming tide. It was partly because of the aforementioned hurricane, which had limited their previously larger beach area.Quick Tips: Local events include the Marina and its open market, which includes artisans and fruits/vegetables. Their tactics are to have someone behind the table to assist you, and an a...Read More

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa

Hotel | "Villas del Palmar"

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa Photo, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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Best Things Nearby:Beach and access to ATV activityBest Things About the Resort:Very nice -- new hotel-like accomodations. Beautiful pools and water slide with cave-like spa area for unwinding in. Very family oriented -- lots of couples or families. Planned activities on the premises for the families. Fine dining experience with their on-site Italian restaurant.Resort Experience:Villas del Palmar had a very smooth check-in routine. The staff was very helpful and courteous. The grounds were very clean, even though they were in the midst of still repairing the damage caused by a hurricane in September 2001 (travel date was end of November). Their beach was ero...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 13, 2004

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa
KM 05 CAMINO VIEJO
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 23410
52-624-145-7000

The Office

Restaurant

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See "Most Memorable Experience," in the Overview. This restaurant turned out the best-tasting Mexican food for the best price and best location and experience. The margaritas are big and tasty. The beachfront dining was great, even with the area roped off from the peddlers who stood by, trying to catch your eye and your wallet. Average of $50 for two included the drinks and tip. Though prices in most of Cabo seemed to mirror the States, rather than Mexico, this restaurant experience was well worth the money. At the time, their beach was short, due to the previous hurricane, and it made watching the dance of the incoming tide versus the plastic lawn tables/chairs most entertaining. Sunset and tiki tor...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 13, 2004

The Office
Playa El Médano
Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, México
(624) 143-3464

Cabo San Lucas Dining

Restaurant | "Restaurants In General"

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Restaurants in general do not offer a lot for the vegetarian in Cabo San Lucas. The Office and a few other choices had items that were available for my partner, who is vegetarian. He does include eggs and dairy products. The quality of food was mediocre at best, and the prices seemed a bit too much for Mexican cuisine. If you're a seafood lover or general surf-and-turf lover, there are many choices. It seemed odd to us that the selection of restaurant food spans the entire spectrum, including Chinese, Italian, etc. Cabo San Lucas has become more than just a Mexican vacation destination. It seems to be trying to appeal to the world traveler, who might be looking for a taste of home. This seems odd, see...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 13, 2004

Cabo San Lucas Dining
Throughout Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas in General

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Story/Tip

A Great Time with ATV rental Photo, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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I would not necessarily recommend a vacation in Cabo San Lucas if you're looking for that inexpensive Mexican vacation and local flavor. Cabo has become very US-oriented in its appeal, accommodations, activities, food, and prices. Dinner for two can usually run you at least $50, with tip, and the food and experience are not always worth it. Most of the attraction to Cabo San Lucas is the water area. The bay is beautiful, and so I'd recommend limiting your activities to jet skiing, parasailing, ATV rentals, etc. Do avoid the timeshare booths and solicitors at all possible costs. It's not really worth losing several hours of your time to hear a sales pitch, just to get small savings on renting ATVs, for...Read More