By Irene Aviles
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico was once known as a simple fisherman’s village at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, but has become a renowned destination for travelers, as far as Canada and the East Coast. Today, the destination of Los Cabos includes both San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, and are approximately a 30-minute freeway drive apart, separated by an area known as “the corridor.” While the town of Cabo San Lucas has developed into a mega resort town with numerous 3-5-star accommodation options from hotels, timeshares, and condos, it still offers a small-town Mexican cultural experience, and is known for its many bars and clubs, with American-style comforts. For those that don’t want to be in the “party scene”, there are numerous fine dining options and opportunities for families to experience an array of fun activities. San Jose Del Cabo offers a quaint European-type village experience with less of a party atmosphere. Both have amazing accommodation options, which include private homes, so you can return over and over and experience a different type of vacation every time.
For years, our family would stay in accommodations on Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas. It’s the only swimmable beach making it ideal for those wanting an ocean swim. It also provides the opportunity for long star-lit walks to various restaurants, a nice horseback ride on the beach, or the ability to take a water taxi to Lover’s Cove or the marina. Golf, fishing and surfing are close by. We typically stay at Villa La Estancia or Casa Dorada. Both offer fabulously large condo-style accommodations, and since we have always traveled with our kids, extended family, or another couple, having two bedrooms has always been ideal. Located right on the sand, you can enjoy all the resort’s 5-star amenities and fine dining establishments on site, or enjoy a simple meal prepared in your own kitchen or patio BBQ. Last but not least, you can order room service at any time! Having our own kitchen, washer and dryer, as well as daily housekeeping service, has made the condo an ideal accommodation.
Our first trip to Cabo with our kids was when they were 2 and 4 years old, and we stayed at Villa La Estancia. The kids immediately fell in love with the place because it has great pools, and its sister properties, located on both sides of our resort, were all connected by a small village-like center. Walking to the ice cream shop or the video store (remember those days?) was a daily favorite, and going to the market to buy groceries seemed like a lottery win. The sister properties also offer a kids club, whale slide, pizza oven at the ocean’s edge, a pirate ship for lunch, and thankfully, a full-service spa for mom!! Endless activities for all, plus a trolley car to take you between properties, if you get too much exercise walking. It truly has everything for all ages. As our kids are now teens and young adults they enjoy the tennis court, fitness facilities, fine dining options and ample lounge chairs at the pool and on the sand. They even enjoy buying souvenirs from the local peddlers. Our resident teen blogger, my daughter Katalina, shared her Cabo experience and photos in her blog, Teen Travel: Kat’s POV (Point of View). If you would like her take on Cabo click here.
Casa Dorada is a fun change of venue, because they offer a much larger kid’s program and a more young-adult, chic environment, located within the hot bed of restaurants and open-air dance clubs on the sand. It’s a much more lively and energetic environment with closer access to the marina and downtown.
Our visits to San Jose Del Cabo have equally been as enjoyable. Our favorite condo style stay is at Cabo Azul. Large, beautifully appointed units with amazing amenities and fabulous restaurants, including Javier’s, a local Southern California favorite! This property has a chic and elegant environment with an amazing beach, but not ideal for swimming. Nevertheless, it’s easy to get to the Puerto Los Cabos marina for world class sport fishing and all the water activities you could desire. Surfing and golf are nearby as well. These activities are also easily accessible in Cabo San Lucas, but for some reason feel more enticing on this side of town. ATV and zip lining are also a favorite pastime for the more adventuresome traveler. Cabo Azul is located across from a small strip mall that has great restaurants and shops. One of our favorites is Rock N Brews when we want some good old American rock and roll! The old town center has lots of great restaurants and shops together with the last of the California Mission churches all within a 5-minute drive. The newly famed Flora Farms Restaurant is only 15-minutes away.
Depending on the size of your travel group, I highly recommend renting a private home for an even more intimate stay. Our favorite is Casa La Laguna. A 6-bedroom estate on the sand with the finest staff of any villa rental. The owner and staff truly understand 5-star service and cater to your every whim. In addition to 6-bedrooms you have a gym, spa room and media/game room on property together with a double-decker pool with a water slide, and multiple indoor and outdoor lounge areas and bar and dining facilities. You can soak in the Oceanside jacuzzi and watch the waves crash right in front of you. Truly amazing! You can even coordinate a family dinner on the sand. This property boasts a staff of 9 which is unheard of for a property of this size. All of your dining, entertainment and concierge activities are handled by the onsite staff. From the time you get picked up from the airport until your departure you will feel like the royal family!
The corridor region between both cities offers additional opportunities, but that has to wait for another blog post!! Like the song says …. Anything you want, you got it! The Cabo Area is amazing, safer than most people ever imagined and caters to all ages.0