Happy Friday! It’s the perfect sunny day here in CT to share some of my favorite photos from our recent trip to Cabo, Mexico! Cabo is definitely one of my favorite warmer weather destinations — you can’t beat the weather and the food is always incredible (side note: I can eat Mexican food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner which I usually end up doing). This was our second time to Cabo and although we were initially trying to stay on the eastern side of Mexico (we were originally looking at Playa del Carmen), we ended up deciding to head back to Cabo. I’m prone to bug bites — I swear I can get one grabbing the mail just by opening the door (and our mailbox is attached to our house), and since Cabo is on the western side of Mexico where it’s a lot dryer, there are far fewer bugs. Their dry heat is also incredibly comfortable and it barely ever rains. Anyone who has been to the Caribbean knows that there’s always a chance of rain and thunderstorms (even if they just last part of the afternoon), and after a brutal last month of winter, we didn’t want to take the chance of any bad weather. In fact, our weather was so amazing in Cabo that we ended up extending our trip by a few days while we were there! I’m sharing some of my favorite highlights below at the two places we stayed at, along with my much requested packing list!
We checked in to The Cape in Cabo (a Thompson property) which is a smaller boutique hotel that has one of the best views of The Arch of Cabo. I knew a few other friends who had stayed there before and raved about how beautiful the property was — it totally didn’t disappoint! We had initially booked one of the Villa rooms that come with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and powder room — they’re on the far side of the resort and separated from a lot of the amenities. About halfway through the week, we ended up changing to a room in the main building and were so much happier there — we liked being in the center of all the action!
In the past, we’ve stuck to all-inclusive options and resorts that are a one-stop shop (where you basically don’t have to leave). Those always have their perks but half the time, I don’t end up drinking much and since we’re both fairly light eaters, we end up getting full on random things and skipping meals. We also both love to explore and hate feeling like you really shouldn’t leave the resort to explore since you’ve already “paid” to be there. We wanted a different experience this time and I’m so happy we ended up going another route for part of the trip. The Cape actually has a few different restaurants, one of them being the famed Manta, one of the top restaurants in Cabo. In the 10 nights we were in Cabo, we ended up eating at Manta 3 times (it was that good). The property was about 10-15 minutes from downtown Cabo, so we were able to take a quick taxi down there for a little afternoon shopping and lunch. We also took a ride over to Esperanza, another gorgeous hotel in the area (about 5 minutes away) and ate at the renowned restaurant on their property, Toro (another one of our favorite meals on the entire trip, with the freshest seafood we’ve had in ages).
Since we were there for a full week, it was interesting to see the turnover of guests and the change of pace the property experienced. The weekend was packed (there was a wedding and a few events going on which put the resort at max capacity). It was energetic, we needed reservations for every dinner and to sit upstairs at their rooftop bar to watch the sunset. After Sunday, the place completely quieted down and became a relaxing sanctuary. It definitely seems like a “weekend getaway” type of place and we felt like we were one of the only guests to stay longer than 3-4 days.
The day before we were supposed to check out, Raja went to check us into our flights, did one quick last check of the forecast (to make sure our flights wouldn’t run the risk of flying into a snowstorm), and asked me if I wanted to stay another few days. I thought he was kidding at first, but he was already looking up last minute deals in Cabo. We’re avid researchers and it usually takes us so long to take the plunge and book a spot, so I was a little worried to randomly book something, but we definitely wanted a change of scenery. We thought about how much we loved the last property we stayed at in Cabo, Secrets in Puerto Los Cabos, and decided to look into that again. Raj ended up finding a flash 60% off sale for that property (since it could tell we were already in the vicinity) and it became a no brainer… we were heading back there!
It’s always so funny to go back to somewhere you’ve been before. Since our last stay at Secrets in 2014, we’ve done a ton more traveling and we were wondering if our stay this time around would live up to what we remembered. Secrets in an all-inclusive resort, and after a week going the non all-inclusive option, it was a nice change not worrying about taking out our wallets. The staff is so friendly, the service is great, and the food and drinks are very good in my opinion (especially for an all-inclusive resort). The property here is also stunning and HUGE, so even though they were at 85% occupancy, we weren’t at all cramped. We upgraded to the Preferred Club option once again this time, which gives you a better room (usually with a view), and access to a special concierge and lounge. I recommend taking advantage of the spa at Secrets — we try to get a message when we’re on vacation and both agree it’s one of the best spas we’ve been to! Secrets is a little bit farther from downtown Cabo San Lucas (about 40 minutes), so it’s a lot quieter of a property and definitely not as lively as where we came from. We were also a lot closer to Flora Farms (where we took a day trip) — make sure to check out my full recap HERE!