Hi, it’s Debi, and I just returned from a few sun-filled days in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  I went with a fellow Travel Advisor, and we toured twelve of the best resorts in Cabo over four days!

We visited:

One&Only Palmilla

Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas

Zadún, A Ritz Carlton Reserve

Montage Los Cabos

Chileno Bay and Esperanza, Auberge Resorts

Las Ventanas, Al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort

Grand Velas (this is the gold standard for all-inclusive resorts)

Solaz, A Luxury Collection Resort

leaving the Waldorf Astoria Pedregal with a full breakfast-to-go, one of the best resorts of Cabo
Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal was our amazing home for three nights – truly a fabulous resort and experience!

Some of these resorts are offering really great rates for a few more weeks – if you are looking for a long weekend getaway or a last-minute week-long trip, let me know, and I’ll help find a great option for you!

Here’s the latest from where blue skies meet endless blue water:

Safety of Cabo Resorts

Safety in Mexico is all over the news now.  Crime in certain areas of Mexico is very high, and US citizens should not be traveling to these areas. The tourist areas of Mexico (including Cabo) remain on the US Department of State’s “Exercise Increased Caution When Traveling To” list.  Interestingly, much of Europe is also on the “Exercise Increased Caution” list.   Here is a map where you can search by area for travel advisories. 

Anytime you travel, practice smart safety precautions:  be aware of your surroundings, don’t engage in risky or illegal behaviors,  stay in populated areas, make sure others are aware of where you are going, etc.

beautiful views at the Waldorf Astoria Pedregal in Cabo
gorgeous pools and blue skies at Four Seasons Costa Palmas in Cabo

Resorts – Cabo has the Best

Oh my goodness, Cabo has some of the best resorts!  I love many all-inclusive resorts’ value, ease, and quality.  But for this trip, we focused on traditional “European Plan” hotels where only the room is included in the rate.  Except for our clients!  At most hotels and resorts, we can secure extra amenities for you at no extra cost, including breakfast at the hotel.

As travel advisors, we definitely get teased for our research trips being “a really tough job.”  We love what we do, and we take our research seriously!  To match clients with the right resort – or cruise, destination, or tour – we like to see, hear, smell, and feel them for ourselves.  Most resorts’ pictures look great online.  But I’ve shown up to resorts to find out that the white sand beach in their pictures is nothing like the tiny brownish-grey sand beach they actually have.  Some of the aspects I pay special attention to when I am touring resorts include:

*The beach – I’m a “sand snob.”  I love to walk on the beach, and the quality of the sand matters a lot to me!  I took time at every resort to walk on the beach barefoot.  Some were alright, some were good, and a few almost made me holler it was so painful! 

This beautiful stretch of beach is near the Waldorf where I walked about a mile.

one of the best walkable beaches in Cabo

*The aesthetics – resorts in Cabo range from ultra-modern designs to traditional Mexican hacienda styles.  

*Maintenance of the property – I look for things like knicks in walls, missing tiles, and unkept landscaping…when hotels take care of the little things that we can see, they usually take care of the bigger but very important issues that we can’t see. 

*The vibe – this is really impossible to determine from pictures online.  Is a resort friendly, loud, reserved, or quiet?  Do guests bring their own speakers to the pool?  Are there boats in the bay blasting music?  

There is a resort that is right for every traveler, but not every resort is not right for everyone. 

Food in Cabo

ceviche bar in Cabo

We ate really well!  The food in Cabo is fresh and delicious.  It’s also very diverse from traditional Mexican to global chefs and food.  I tend to eat a lot of seafood when I’m near the ocean, and the Yellowtail Amberjack I had at the cliff-side restaurant El Farallon might have been my favorite meal.

The Cape, A Thompson Hotel had a delicious weekend brunch with a fresh ceviche bar.

Activities to do in Cabo

Although we spent most of our time touring, Cabo has great activity options.  From 18 golf courses, countless water sports and tours, horseback and camel riding, shopping, fishing, tequila tasting, spas and wellness activities, there is something for everyone in Cabo.

We’d love to help you plan a trip to Cabo…or any other destination!  Reach out and let’s get started!

private plunge pools at Waldorf Astoria Pedregal in Cabo
Every room at Waldorf Astoria has a private plunge pool. We could watch the whales jumping off in the distance from our pool!