Two weeks ago my family and I escaped the cold New York City weather for sunny Los Cabos, Mexico! While in the planning stages, I was kind of shocked that it was my first trip to Los Cabos, and then the entire time down there, I kept kicking myself for not having made this beach getaway a top priority. Maybe I can blame it on the fact that nonstop flights from NYC to Los Cabo were not an option in years past, but fortunately direct flights are a regular routing now, and I can honestly say I cannot wait to go back already!
As one of the most picturesque landscapes of Mexico, a Los Cabos getaway is something you’ll never forget. Although many people may think of just Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos is indeed the region in which you’ll find Cabo San Lucas along with San Jose del Cabo, with 18 miles of pristine shoreline between them. San Jose is a mecca for wildlife like birds, gray whales, and sea turtles, epic surf spots and an eclectic art district. Clearly something for everyone!
First, let’s talk about Los Cabos in general. Located on the Sea of Cortez, the area of the ocean that has captivated mariners and water lovers for years. It’s teaming with ocean life, so much so that it’s often been called The Aquarium of the world. One of our tour guides claimed that the Sea of Cortez is home to 39% of the world’s marine mammals and over 800 species! Considering how large our planet is, that’s a pretty impressive stat!
Once a small fishing village, this area has become one of the most popular getaway destinations in all of Mexico. It features a world-class marina and the biggest fishing tournament in the world. If you’re not into hooks and bait, you’ll also find ziplining, the best farm to table restaurants, golf courses, an electric nightlife, and so much more. A favorite attraction for visitors is The Arch, an iconic rock formation best viewed on boat, canoe or paddle board; situated exactly where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet.
Los Cabos is also known for its luxurious destinations with laid-back, tropical vibes. It’s a celebrity hot spot that offers a wide variety of hotels, condos, and villas to call home while you take advantage of the music and art, world-class dining, water sports, and more. It’s the perfect combination of five-star luxury and wild adventure, and it’s exactly what my family and I wanted.
Our five-day trip began with our quick 25 minute cab from the airport, and arrival at the all inclusive Garza Blanca Resort and Spa Los Cabos. Arguably one of the most exclusive resorts in Mexico, the property and spa makes you feel welcome as soon as you walk in the door. Our family had a two bedroom suite, complete to two balconies, stunning views of the grounds and ocean, outdoor hammocks. It paled in comparison to its online photos, and I am not exaggerating when I say that it was larger than our NYC apartment. Gemma asked it we could move there!
Day one was all about settling in and relaxing, but day two we hit the ground running. Following a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we headed into to town to Playa La Empacadora for a paddle board session out to The Arch, hosted by High Tide Los Cabos. Bum luck had the wind and tides working against us, so we couldn’t quite make it out to the Arch, but it was an awesome day on the water nonetheless. I mean, Ryder had a sea lion swim next to him most of the time. What a site!
Whenever we travel, we try to dig deep for the hidden gems and local flare. Dinner that evening was El Huerto restaurant that specializes in farm-to-table cuisine. I have to say the property of this restaurant was not only breathtaking, but the food just blew us away. Inspired by the seasonal harvests of their Cabo and Santiago organic farms, the chef creates and constantly updates the menu to the rhythm of what their Baja climate, ocean catch and in season produce are.
Day three started with Ryder and Jason taking a power bike ride, directly on the sand. Initially, Jason thought it would be easy to handle with the bike’s fat tires, but based on how he and Ryder were struggling, it was no wonder he skipped the gym that day! From there, we headed to Cabo Adventures in Marina Cabo San Lucas for a whale watching experience. Having spent plenty on time on boats growing up, I prepped the kids that we weren’t guaranteed to see anything since we can’t predict their route. Let me tell you, I couldn’t have been more off base! We spotted two female humpback whales, along with schools of dolphins, and saw our sea lion friends from the marina. Our guides managed to stay on course with the whales for over 30 minutes, so we had plenty of opportunities to witness them blow water and dive deep into the sea!
After visiting some of our marine buddies, it was back for another fab lunch at the Garza Blanca. Post grub, Ryder and Jason lounged by the pool, while the girls and I headed to San Jose del Cabo Estuary for some horseback riding with Bonanza Horseback Riding. Having spent a few weeks at horse camp last summer, this was totally Gemma’s jam. She totally showed up Siella and I, trotting along the beach and estuary. What a magical experience!
Our final full day in Cabo was the most adventurous of all. An hour into the desert at Tierra Sagrada, we started with a Camel safari along the sandy shores, followed by an off-roading ATV experience with Cabo Adventures. Having heard stories of legendary +24 hour long races across the Baja, the off roading through the desert was pretty epic. Ryder hasn’t stopped talking about it, and Jason promised to take him back when he gets his license in a few years.
As we started the journey back to the hotel, our driver suggested passing through Todos Santos. Known as Magic Town, here you’ll find old haciendas, charming restaurants, and art galleries galore. We even took a photo in front of the Hotel California, which was made famous by a rock song back in the late ’70s. Just when we thought we were done for the day, the driver turned down a seeming dead end road that stopped at the beach. This exact spot seemed to center the sun for the absolute perfect sunset. A text book ending for a epic trip!
Our Los Cabos getaway definitely goes down for the books, and one we won’t soon forget! Big thank you to TransCabo for all of the transportation provided. Our driver Yanlui was the best, because his suggestions led to some of our favorite memories of the trip.