Now that I have finally been to Cabo, I can see the difference between Cabo and Cancun is drastic. Here’s how I break them down.
- Desert environment
- Dry heat
- Grainy sand, darker blue water, waves
- Laid back party vibe
- Santa Fe, town esthetic
- 1 Shopping Mall
- Has a marina
- The Centro is a very clean, small, and walkable town with lots of shops, restaurants, and bars for partying, especially at night.
- Beach clubs
- Fishing tours, glass bottom boats, jet skis are really popular
- Pueblo Magico Todos Santos is approximately 1 hour away.
- Tropical environment
- High humidity
- White powder sand, Caribbean blue sea, calm
- All-inclusive hotel mecca
- Vegas party vibe
- Miami, city esthetic
- Shopping Malls
- Tons of Tours. There are SO many things to do in the Riviera Maya from water parks, Cirque de Solei, to Mayan pyramids.
- Playa del Carmen (Mexican feeling zone, touristy, but totally fun) and Tulum (hippie, yoga, healthy, upscale posh) are nearby towns.
So are you looking for beautiful beaches, don’t mind humidity with lots to do? Then you would prefer Cancun.
Or are you looking for a more casual party atmosphere with plenty of boats for tours and fishing, and jet skis? Then Cabo is your destination.
For our last day in Cabo, we decided to go to Medano Beach. It’s a short distance outside of the Centro. Technically, I think you could walk it, but we chose the easier bici-taxi mode.
If we were not staying in an all-inclusive, Medano Beach would be the area I would stay in. There are 4-5 beach clubs that you can rent lounge chairs, eat, drink, and swim. There seemed to be a beach club for everyone. We opted for the mellower Cachet Club, but trust, if you like to party there’s definitely a club for you too. There are also plenty of boats and jet skis available for fun.
All inclusive hotels are great, but don’t forget to go see the actual town too. We went into Cabo BCS today. My first impression was how new and clean the town feels. I think I was expecting a more pueblo feel.
After a quick walk, we went to the marina for a boat ride to see Lands End up close. The boat ride was about 45 minutes. A quick note about pricing of this ride: We paid $350 pesos per person. Once we were on the boat, we realized everyone else had paid $150. Sr. Elizondo was not pleased with this. And after a long discussion with the people who sold us the tickets, we got the better price.
For lunch we went to Los Claros (recommended by a local) for fish tacos and doraditos. It was delicious! The ceviche looked great too and I plan on ordering it on my next visit.
After lunch, Sr. Elizondo had a massage while I walked around looking at shops. We ended our day at CaboWabo listening to live music and drinking cervezas.
A couple of pictures from our morning walks on the beach.
Our Hotel faces the Sea of Cortez. The water is a dark shade of blue with constant turquoise waves. It seems all day and night is high tide. Someone mentioned a small earthquake in north Baja is the cause. Regardless, watching and hearing them is pure relaxation.
The rocks in the background are called Lands End. On this side of the rocks is the Sea of Cortez. The other side of those same rocks is the Pacific Ocean.
The sand is somewhat grainy with pebbles in some areas. The pebbles weren’t foot friendly , but no complaints when it comes to natural beauty.
Riu Palace Hotel
Here’s a few pictures of Riu Palace Hotel in Cabo San Lucas. Beautiful grounds, attentive and friendly staff, and plenty of chairs with umbrellas. The pools are the stand out at this hotel. I”m basically spending my days laying in the in-pool lounge chairs and sipping on Capirhiñas.
I’m on the countdown to the first beach vacay of the summer! With the countdown comes the list: gardener scheduled (check), Sam sent to puppy jail (I hate this part, but next trip I vow to send her to a puppy hotel)(check), itinerary sent to sister (check), folder of itinerary/tickets to bring (check), pack luggage (just starting).
Here’s my preliminary packing list for 5 full beach days at an all inclusive…..and it’s sure to change…
- Plane outfits (1 pair jeans or shorts, 2 tops)
- 3 bathing suits & coverups
- 5 dresses for dinners
- 1 pair shorts & 1 top (possible excursion or non beach day)
- 2 lounge dresses (in-between pool and dinner time)
- 1 pair heel, 1 pair sandal, 1 pair flip flops
I’ll post the trip with final outfit decisions. Adios Amigos!
I’ve been staying at the beach and recently realized how healthy my nails look. There’s no polish on them and they’re clean, clear, and white. And then I was thinking about it, my skin looks and feels better too. Well, there’s a reason. The beach is a healthy place to be.
- Sand is a great exfoliator for the skin.
- The Sun gives us much needed Vitamin D
- The Sea Air is full of negative charged ions which helps our lungs and immune system.
- The Sea is full of vitamins, minerals (magnesium’s a biggie), amino acids, all which are great for skin, hair, and nails.
- Swimming in the ocean is a sweatless, fun workout.
- The Beach is a stress free environment. Perfect for when you need some R&R.
So going to the beach is kind of like going to a day spa no charge. I think I’ll make another visit tomorrow.
BTW: You can find this bench in Tulum Mexico!
If you’re in Playa del Carmen and looking for a beach club that’s not party central, Inti Beach Club is it. It’s a beach club with a laid back vibe. It’s on the smaller size with mellower techno music and great food. Don’t worry, there are cocktails too.
The bar…always important.
Umbrellas are available too.
The only downside is the beach right in front of the club looked a bit rocky, but plenty of people were in the water just to the left of us. Also, there was a shower, but it was in the back with the bathrooms.
Inti Beach Club is between 4th and 6th streets. It’s 500 pesos with food. I had salad, quinoa risotto with shrimp (one of these dishes would have been sufficient), a morning fruit beverage, and two cocktails. Cost $750. (usd $40). Not bad for all day at the beach.
I found this store Kokko in Playa del Carmen. If you need some boho chic inspiration for your home, I found the place.
First Way: In my dreams…
Helen Kaminski Provence Hat
Adriana Degreas Dress
In Reality: Target and my closet.