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Rick's Guide to Cabo San Lucas & San Jose del Cabo

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An August 2006 trip to Cabo San Lucas by rickhowe

Tropicat Sunset Jazz Cruise Photo, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico More Photos
Quote: In late August 2006, we spent 4 amazing days in Cabo and escaped just ahead of Hurricane John.

Rick's Guide to Cabo San Lucas & San Jose del Cabo

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Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort Photo, Los Cabos, Mexico
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We've been trying to get to Los Cabos ("The Capes") for a couple of years, but flying that far from Baltimore just seemed to eat up too much travel time for the 4-day free stay (on Hilton points) we had planned. But the United (also free on points) schedule gods finally smiled on us and arranged a schedule that got us into Cabo at noon (you DON'T want to know when we had to get to BWI airport to arrange that little trick). Hilton didn't have award stays available during the high season, so we ended up going in August. Why, you might ask, would we go to a resort known for 95-degree summer weather in August? Because we were having the same weather back home, and if it's going to be...Read More

Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort

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Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort Photo, Los Cabos, Mexico
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My wife and I came to Los Cabos for a mini-vacation to celebrate our 35th anniversary. Flying down on United Points and staying at the Hilton on Points, it was a marvelous vacation. And our intended exit day was August 31, JUST AHEAD OF HURRICANE JOHN!!!!But during the short 4-night stay, we discovered a wonderful beach resort that ranks as one of the best we've ever stayed at, and certainly one of the top Hilton locations ever!This was the resort's slow season, as evidenced by the dark rooms we saw looking up at the resort from the pool. It appeared to be only about 1/2 to 2/3 full. And that probably explained why the staff upgraded my free room to a junior suite because it was ou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 3, 2006

Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
Carretera Transp. Km. 19.5
Los Cabos, Mexico 23447
+52 (624) 1456500

Mi Casa Restaurant & Cantina

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Mi Casa Restaurant & Cantina Photo, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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Our favorite restaurant in Cabo. We went twice in only 4 nights! With our many trips to Mexico, this was some of the finest local cuisine we have tasted.The menu of Mexican specialties is all you need to see. I generally don't order a Mole. I know it's the greatest Mexican dish in the world (!!!!), but I usually find the flavor so deep as to almost be suffocating. But the "Manchamanteles" sounded great and tasted even better—Mole, pork, chicken and fruit (!!!!!). It was lighter than most moles I've had, but no less flavorful (if that makes any sense).My wife got an astonishing fresh Sea Bass one night, and a whole local lobster the second night (yes, we went twice!). ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 3, 2006

Mi Casa Restaurant & Cantina
Ave Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 23410
+52 114 3 1933

Panga Antigua

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Panga Antigua Photo, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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After we tried Mi Casa in Cabo San Lucas, we decided to give San Jose del Cabo's La Panta Antigua a try. It is owned by the same group that owns Mi Casa, and we intended to spend the day shopping in San Jose Del Cabo. It's a lovely place, with an open courtyard. But the evening was ruined by the FLIES!We sat down at about 7pm on Tuesday, August 29, 2006. It was a hot day, but relatively cool breezes blew through the shaded courtyard. We were ready to have a lovely dinner for our 35th-anniversary vacation.But shortly after we were seated, we were beset by dozens of flies! We were both swatting away, but to no avail, And our discomfort was ignored by the staff.When I saw a ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 3, 2006

Panga Antigua
Zaragoza #20
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico BCS 23400
(624) 142 4041

Tropicat Sunset Jazz Cruise

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Tropicat Sunset Jazz Cruise Photo, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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We arranged for this Sunset Jazz & Wine Cruise with our hotel before coming down to Cabo. We expected to see El Arco (The Arch) and a lovely, relaxing sunset for our last evening in Cabo. What we didn't expect were the whales!In the face of the approaching hurricane (John), we sailed out of the port towards the open sea. El Arco was on the right just outside of port, and the captain lingered there for photographs (wonderful opportunity!) and to let everybody see the sea lions basking in the sun.On the Sea of Cortez side of El Arco, the water is calm, and one of the folks on the cruise had been diving there the day before. He was mightily impressed by the variety of sea life, but no...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 3, 2006

Tropicat Sunset Jazz Cruise
Camino Del Cerro 215 El Pedregal
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 23450
+52- (624) 143-3797

Shopping in San Jose del Cabo

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Shopping at the Airport Photo, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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This relatively sleepy town doesn't have the frantic pace of Cabo San Lucas, but the shopping is worth your time. And in particular, you want to leave at least 30 minutes for Sol Dorado (Blvd. Mijares No. 33-A), a store so amazing and exclusive that photographs are forbidden!There is a second Sol Dorado at the Cabo Airport, in Terminal 3 (Delta, Alaska Air, United), but it is much smaller. As a place to get the last-minute gift, however, it can't be beat.Another terrific store in San Jose is Veryka Art Gallery & Boutique (Blve. Mijares, #418 across from the Zocalo). It features astonishing arts and crafts, including the most expensive and ornate Day of the Dead pieces you'll ever s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 4, 2006

Puerto Paraiso Mall

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Cabo Wabo Cantine Photo, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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Shopping in Cabo San Lucas is clearly designed for the serious (and temporary) tourist. With cruise ships arriving a few times a week, and hotel guests with a short time available for shopping (The Beach! The Bars!), the shopping is clustered around the Marina in Puerto Paraiso and Plaza Bonita, with a few shops in Plaza del Sol and Plaza Nautica, and along M. Hidalgo street.Our bus from the Hilton dropped us off in front of Puerto Paraiso. It's a standard Norte Americana mall design, but the shops are clearly for the tourists (not the locals). And the prices are fixed - don't even attempt to bargain.On the ground floor is a terrific Sergio Bustamente shop, featuring the artists ce...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 4, 2006

Puerto Paraiso Mall
Ave Lazaro Cardenas Y Cabo Bello
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
01 624 414 3000

Las Tiendas de Palmilla (The Shops at Palmilla)

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Las Tiendas de Palmilla (The Shops at Palmilla) Photo, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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This is an upscale shopping area across the highway from the Palmilla residential and resort area (a bridge over the highway is the access to the shopping).We were initially attracted because of one store: Antigua de Mexico, a branch of one of our favorite stores in the Tlaquepaque shopping zone in Guadalajara. Las Tiendas de Palmilla is described as a "lifestyle" center, meaning you better have an opulent lifestyle if you intend to shop here!The Antigua de Mexico shop is considerably smaller than the original (which occupied much of a large home), but no less unique. It features the enormous ornately carved cabinets that are as big as a car, along with smaller furniture and access...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 4, 2006

Las Tiendas de Palmilla (The Shops at Palmilla)
Transpeninsular Highway Km 27.5 Palmilla
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico 23400
52 (624) 144-6999