A July 2005 trip
to Los Cabos by MKRose
Quote: Cabo is a fun getaway for people who like adventure and lots of sun. You can drink, shop, parasail, swim, snorkel, go four-wheeling, fish, or just relax in Mexico. The local people are very friendly, and the Cabo attitude is just fun!
Be willing to try a little Spanish (you don't need to know any here) and the local people will appreciate your effort, so you'll get better prices. The farther you wander into the market places, the better prices you'll get.
During our stay, the hotel was at maximum capacity, but this was not a problem for us, mainly due to the VERY hard-working and accommodating staff. We found all the resort staff from bartenders, front deskmen, and housekeeping to be very professional and working very hard all day! An example of the willingness to accommodate us was at check-in we made several last minute room requests and the deskman was willing to change rooms three times to honor our view preferences this only took about 5 minutes total. If you ask and are pleasant to the hardworking staff, they are happy to try and accommodate all requests.
Again, eating was not our reason for choosing Cabo, so average food was not a disappointment. We waited in the reservations line and conversed with many other guests (and learned a lot of helpful tips like what to order and where to go) while waiting an average of about 30 minutes for the desk to open. I do feel that the resort should change its policy regarding this reservation line. We ate at all the restaurants: Japanese, gourmet, Mexican, and steak. Our favorite was the Mexican. We only ate at the buffet for lunch and breakfast. Dining at the reservation-only restaurants takes more time, and you should be willing to eat at a more leisurely pace; however, our wine glasses never emptied! Five nights was the prefect amount of time, and I felt that with a longer stay, the dining options and buffet style would get very daunting. I wish that they offered more seafood options at all the dining places--it seemed very limited, considering that fishing is a major income sourse in Cabo and would be very fresh. Guacamole and quesadillas here are excellent!
Rooms were clean, and it seemed that everywhere we turned, resort staff was maintaining the cleanliness of the resort.
All in all, it seemed that demanding guests who wanted to be waited on hand and foot were unsatisfied. However, if you enjoy the sun, swimming, drinks, social atmosphere, and laid-back Cabo attitude, you'll have a good time at the Riu.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 27, 2005
Camino Vieja a San Jose del Cabo Playacar, Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen
Location, location, location! The best feature of the Pueblo Bonito Rose is that it is located on Menando Beach and that it's a short walk from almost any restaurant or nightlife activity in downtown Cabo. The swimmable beach and beautiful views of the scenic cabo rocky point make this an ideal place to spend your time in Cabo! The grounds are well maintained and several exotic birds and avaries are a part of the decor as well as roman statues.
Rooms that are avaiable are a jr. suite with two double beds, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom. All units come with a kitchenette or kitchen area, including small fridge, stovetop, microwave, and sink. Due to the layout, most rooms do not have full ocean views.
Drinks at the pool/beach are resonable and good a good size. Every day from 2-4pm is a happy hour, and all drinks are 2-for-1. This two-hour time frame was excellent! I recommend the Miami Vice's half pina colada/strawberry daquiri.
The spa is small but provides a good variety of treatments. It has two great hot tubs with about a 9-foot waterfall in each of the men's and women's locker rooms. Upstairs is a workout room equipped with new exercise machines and a aerobic room. Spinning and other classes are available. The hotel needs an outside hot tub or at least a co-ed one in the spa
The hotel had an activities desk and seemed to have a lot of variety. Many families with small children were staying at the hotel and the pool area had a shallow area for kids.
Monday to Monday only check-in and stays for timeshares make it a little inflexible for travel plans.We would return to this hotel.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 11, 2006
Pueblo Bonito Rose
PLAYA EL MEDANO S N
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 23410
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 19, 2006
Cabo Del Sol
Los Cabos, Mexico
Breakfast was also highly recommended--we did return for very good Bloody Marys one morning while strolling along the beach. They are spicy and perfect!
To get to The Office, you can easily walk from town; just head down the beach or hop in a cab or water taxi- everyone knows The Office, so any local transportation can get you there without needing the address. I'll go back every time I visit Cabo, next time for more than a liquid breakfast. I was told the breakfast burritos are awesome. Enjoy!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2005
Playa El Médano
Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, México
Edith's is a walk up the hill from Menado Beach and is an open-air restaurant. It is very popular with tourists (no locals would eat here) and is in the same restaurant family as The Office.
Specializing in local seafood, Edith's has an open barbecue grill immediately to the left when you enter the restaurant. Large seafood, meat, or combo platters are the specialities--and very large in price as well as portion size. The specialities were brought to the table prior to being cooked and were then prepared per your request. The sides of potatoes or veggies were small (for example, the menu lists baked potato, and it is a quarter of a potato that actually comes with the meal). It mostly consists of an open-air main area, with some smaller private rooms for parties of about 12. A circular bar accommodating about 10 people is in the the middle of the dining area.
Personally, I felt the restaurant was overpriced compared to other places in Cabo. The food was good but not fantastic. Service was okay but perhaps a bit snobby. On a future trip to Cabo I would not return to Edith's.
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 19, 2006
Los Cabos, Mexico
Mi Casa is the place to go to experience great Mexican food in a culturally interesting restaurant. This is the Mexican-style restaurant you picture when you think of authentic local food. Advertised as having an "old Cabo" feel, the ambiance is fabulous, the service is excellent, and the menu is extensive.
When you walk into the very unassuming restaurant, it looks small from the street. However, once inside, it opens up to a series of four patios. There is something unique to look at on every wall. It also appeared to be a place that both locals and tourists frequent.
The menu specializes in traditional Mexican food. We were overwhelmed by the numerous choices that sounded wonderful, and thus we over-ordered with appetizers and large dinner platters. I recommend the shrimp taco appetizer and tomales main course (which includes three types of tomales with three different sauces to represent the flag of Mexico). An example of the superb service was when my husband inquired with our waiter about the lobster and the waiter politely suggested another because he thought the lobsters that came in today were too small.We really enjoyed our meal here and will return. In fact a couple sitting nearby were returning because Mi Casa is their favorite restaurant that they discovered on a prior vacation.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 19, 2006
Off the Old Square
Los Cabos, Mexico
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2006
Overlooking The Marina At The Boulevard
Los Cabos, Mexico
In my opinion, the Tropicana Inn is the best restaurant in Cabo. My only negative comment is that it is difficult to get to if you are not staying in the San Jose area; however, the restaurant is well worth a trip out of your way! It is in the central part of San Jose and on the main shopping street. Breakfast and lunch at the Tropicana are excellent! It offers fresh shrimp omelets and a to-die-for shrimp burger (like a crab cake on a hamburger bun, only made of very fresh shrimp).
Taking the bus and then a short walk downhill is an inexpensive way to get there from Cabo San Lucas, about $2 per person. It appears that the restaurant has good nighttime activity because inside there is a band /DJ stand, dance floor, and open second floor. The bathrooms were impeccably clean and very modern. I cannot wait to return and hopefully enjoy the night entertainment.
San Jose Del Cabo
Los Cabos, Mexico
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2005
Los Cabos Marina / Beach
Los Cabos, Mexico