Sunday, December 9, 2007

Daly - Mai Tais or Margaritas?

When it comes to nice places to get away, Hawaii usually comes to mind but for a change, my husband and I headed South to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Just a couple hours away from the Southwest, this popular destination on the Baja Peninsula has something for everyone.
We stayed at the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar just 15 minutes from downtown Cabo. This 28-acre resort with its cobblestone lanes, fountains, private gardens, restaurants, and shops has all the amenities that you will need from luxurious spa treatments to tee time at the nearby 18-hole golf courses. We're not golfers but sure wished we were!
If we weren't soaking in the main infinity pool overlooking the resort's private beach and Sea of Cortez, or playing on the sandy beach, we were frolicking at the Delfines swim-up pool overlooking the Cabo del Sol Golf Course. Even during the last week of November, the temperatures were perfect--in the high 70s, low 80s; so wearing Malibu Strings was definitely not a problem.

There's not a shortage of places to eat at the resort. Our favorites are:

  • Sirenas - casual bar and grill near the main infinity pool with a panoramic view of the Sea of Cortez

  • Pitahayas - enjoy a romantic dinner of Pacific Rim cuisine underneath the canopy of giant palapas

  • Girasoles de la Hacienda - dine at the highest point of the resort overlooking the ocean

  • Tomatoes - great place for breakfast and themed buffets
In town you'll find La Golondrinas (seafood and steaks), Romeo and Julieta (Italian), Margaritavilla (go for the mega margarita) and Taco Loco (by far the best build-your-own taco bar). Other days we walked along the Marina Cabo San Lucas browsing the street vendors and stopped to have an ice cold beer with lunch at Baja Cantina. But at the end of the day, nothing was better than lounging on the wide open beach sipping margaritas and watching the gorgeous sun set over the horizon.

What about the night life, you ask? Well there is definitely plenty of night life but you'll need to head to downtown Cabo to El Squid Roe or Cabo Wabo and immerse yourself in the lights and sounds into the late night. Don't forget to stop by the world's smallest bar, Slim Elbow Room, and catch a seat on one of the four barstools.
Before our trip was over, we took a guided ATV tour through hills and valleys to the Pacific side of the Baja peninsula. We did donuts with our ATVs and, when we were tired of riding, listened to the waves crash as we watched the sun set over a stretch of beach that looked virtually untouched by man. This excursion was a lot of fun and well worth eating dust during the ride! ;) We felt like little campers as we puttered back through the dark dirt trails towards our bunks.
We'll always remember the fishing trip where we caught an 8'5" marlin. It was such a beauty, we made sure to release it back into the ocean before passing by the infamous El Arco on our return to the dock. (You can catch a glass bottom boat to be dropped off at the beach of El Arco and have a little picnic.)
Of all our days spent in Cabo, our best memories are of the times we spent by the pool and on the sandy beach where I can wear my Malibu Strings. (I think my husband enjoyed it the most!)

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