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Cabo San Lucas is a beautiful desert oasis paired with gorgeous ocean views and wonderful places to visit.
When my husband Ryan turned 30, I gave him the option of going on a trip or having a party. Surprisingly, he chose party! I'm not a big birthday party kind of girl, though, so when the big 3-0 rolled around for me, I knew a trip was going to be my choice. I've always wanted to go to Cabo San Lucas, and I figured there's no better way to hit another decade than on a beach in Mexico. We booked our flights through Travelocity (a nonstop flight from Chicago is a little over 4 hours) and after a ton of research, decided that we wanted to stay at the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica All-Inclusive Resort during our week-long visit.
The flight was easy and the customs line at the San Jose del Cabo International Airport moved quickly. Tip: make sure you keep the receipt on your customs form for your return flight home, otherwise it'll be a hassle. We kept ours, but we heard there is a fine if you don't have it. There's a randomized red light/green light bag check system after you get your luggage. You push a button and if you get the green light, you're good to head out to the transportation area. If you get a red light, they'll want to check your bag briefly.
We booked our transportation to and from the airport ahead of time through Travelocity, and I'm glad we did! We found our SuperShuttle Mexico agent quickly, and within about 15 minutes we were on our way to our resort. While you wait, there's a fun Tiki bar outdoors at the airport where you can grab a drink or a snack.
Our hotel was located about 30 minutes away from the airport, close to downtown Cabo San Lucas. From the moment we hit the front gates of the Pueblo Bonito property, I was in awe! The expansive property houses not only Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, but also Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, a golf course, and the gorgeous Montecristo Estates. The cliffside views were incredible!
We were met by our butler, Aldo, right away and he escorted us to the front desk for check-in. Another staff member, Omar, gave us these gorgeous (and delicious!) cherry mojitos to sip while we got our wristbands, and a welcome packet full of optional excursions, a map of the downtown, and resort details was provided to us. If there are any excursions you want to do, the staff at the resort can handle that for you! We opted not to schedule a timeshare presentation during our stay, but if you do, they offer you a resort credit to use.
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica is absolutely stunning. The grounds have a chic desert vibe to them, and the property is impeccably maintained. The layout of the property gives you easy access to all of the bars, restaurants, and pools, and the gorgeous sand beach stretches the entire length of the resort and then some! Swimming in the ocean is not allowed at this property due to the rough water and strong current, but you can visit one of the sister properties to take a saltwater dip if that is important to you. I'm more of a pool girl, so this didn't bother me. I loved hearing the strong, relaxing roar of the water!
While we were exploring the grounds, we came across the resort's organic garden! Anyone who knows me would expect me to geek out over this, and I sure did! These fruits and vegetables are used in the fresh, delicious dishes and drinks served at the 9 onsite restaurants and bars. I love that Pueblo Bonito Pacifica makes the effort to bring an organic, farm-to-table element to their cuisine.
The landscaping throughout the property featured a great mix of cacti, palm trees, grasses, and flowering bushes. Each day, the staff drew beautiful designs in the sand surrounding the plants. The entire resort felt like a relaxing spa! Speaking of - the onsite Armonia Spa was voted one of the top 5 best spas in the world. You can treat yourself to massages, facials, body treatments, manicures, and more during your visit. I'd highly recommend checking out their extensive spa service menu when you arrive!
The Activities Center is located near one of the pools and offers a variety of daily activity options. You can entertain yourself with a game of ladder golf or table tennis, or join in on a tequila tasting, dance lesson, beach yoga, and more. These activities are staggered throughout the day, so there is really always something for you to try!
Aren't these glass hearts beautiful? You can find them hanging on the trees throughout the resort. These whimsical, colorful hearts are made from 100% recycled glass supplied by the resort, and are locally blown at the San Miguel Blown Glass Factory down in the village of El Arenal. The resort buys them back by the hundreds each month and decorates the property with them for guests' enjoyment. They are also available in the gift shop for purchase!
The resort offers a variety of custom experiences, including oceanfront cabanas, clam bakes, hook and cook adventures, mixology classes, and private meals. I'd highly recommend reserving one of the cabanas at least once during your visit. It is a great way to relax, and the bedside waiter service means you'll never be without a drink, a snack, or a meal.
We stayed in one of the incredible 47 rooms and suites in The Towers at Pacifica. The teak and native woods, neutral color tones, and modern white bathroom tile created a very sophisticated design look. The staff at the resort was so sweet to leave me a special birthday message on the bed for when we arrived!
I usually unpack my suitcase when I arrive to a resort, and it was so easy to do in this room! The large closet had shelf space, hanging space, and two large drawers. We also utilized the basket storage discretely tucked under the bench seat at the end of the bed. The room also had a seating area, a bar area with a coffee machine, bottled water, and a stocked mini bar, large flat screen television, and a full length mirror.
The luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets made you melt into the king bed each night. It was actually a little hard to get out of bed in the morning because i was SO comfortable. They also offer a pillow menu on the bed so you can choose exactly what type of pillow (firmer, softer, feather, etc) will give you the most restful sleep.
Do you ever get annoyed with the tiny (and usually crappy) selection of shampoo, conditioner, etc at hotels and resorts? The Towers actually offered full size pump bottles (which are much easier to use than squeezing the heck out of a tiny tube) filled with handmade, custom soaps. The bathroom vanity had drawers to put your toiletries in during your stay (I hate a cluttered counter!), and plush robes and oversized Egyptian cotton towels were folded nicely for our use. The large tiled shower with a push or pull glass door had a bench seat and both a rainshower head and a body sprayer.
Our room featured a large, private balcony with a beautiful view of the ocean. Seriously, how gorgeous is this? We got in the habit of sitting out here in the mornings when we first woke, and when we returned from the pool each day before dinner. It was easy to connect our phones to the Bluetooth speaker provided in the room and listen to our favorite music (think Kenny Chesney – Beer in Mexico) while we enjoyed the view of the water. We were also able to stay connected to the internet with the complimentary WI-FI the resort provided.
A little after we had checked in, we had a light knock at our door. When I answered, a staff member handed me a white tray with a delicious selection of chocolates and he wished me a Happy Birthday. How sweet (literally – ha!) was that? In case you were wondering, the resort also offers 24-hour room service with a full selection of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night meal options. They will also bring a variety of premium cocktails right to your room!
It is important to us to maintain our healthy routine and we try to workout most days during our vacations. We had easy access to the fitness center through The Towers, and let me tell you - Pueblo Bonito Pacifica has the nicest fitness center at any resort I've been. How can you complain about doing cardio with an ocean view like this?
They had a great selection of strength machines, cables crossovers, free weights, boxing equipment, and more. Complimentary classes and personal training options are also offered daily. I loved rehydrating with the cucumber and apple infused water they provided in the gym. They also feature tennis courts near the entrance to resort if an outdoor game is more your speed.
The cuisine offered throughout the resort was incredible! Whether you are enjoying breakfast or dinner, each menu item was carefully crafted, fresh, and beautifully presented. We ate breakfast most mornings at Siempre, where I usually opted for an egg white omelet, fruit, and one of their fresh, colorful juices. Siempre also serves dinner, and we enjoyed menu items such as the pear and walnut salad, crab cakes, sea bass, and pasta.
The Peninsula featured a great lounge area where you could enjoy cocktails and gorgeous views before or after dinner. In the evenings, fire pits and chairs are set up on the sand just outside of the bar. I loved the combination of the ocean, a glowing fire, and a glass of wine! At the restaurant, The Peninsula’s Baja cuisine included a great selection of fresh fish and local organic ingredients in a fine dining setting.
The dress code for dining at the resort ranged from business casual to resort elegant, so the selection of beachy dresses, flowy tops, and rompers I brought worked perfectly for our stay.
One of our favorite restaurants onsite was Pescados! Such a favorite, in fact, that we ate here twice during our stay. They had an AMAZING selection of seafood appetizers, sushi, and fresh, Asian-inspired dishes. I can’t pick just one picture of their colorful dishes so I’m going to post them all. Get ready to drool!
While we are on the topic of sushi, we also had the opportunity to visit Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, the property adjacent to ours. While it is technically close enough to walk, we opted to take the complimentary shuttle over there due to me wearing heels and because the property winds up the side of a cliff. We ran into friends from Minnesota we had made at the pool, and ended up enjoying dinner with them at Tazuna. The sushi here was also incredible, and offered different menu items from Pescados.
Afterwards, Ryan and I grabbed a ride in a golf cart to the Sunset Beach Lobby Bar, where we enjoyed an after dinner drink. I snagged a picture with Pueblo Bonito's celebration banner before we left - we were both celebrating 30 years! This resort had a slightly different but equally romantic look, with dark wood and warm tones. It is built into the side of a cliff, so roaming the resort is best done by golf cart, which they have plenty of!
If you are staying in The Towers, you have access to the luxurious VIP Lounge, complete with a large whale watching deck and indoor lounge area. We ate lunch here a couple of times, and enjoyed fresh salads, pastas, and sandwiches. A selection of premium liquors and wines are also available for you to pour as you wish.
On the last full day of our trip, the staff at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica arranged a breathtaking breakfast on the beach for us! Our private table was set up underneath a cabana, so we didn’t have to worry about the morning sun beating down on us.
Our personal waiter was so attentive to us, and recommended we start our experience with refreshing mimosas. I absolutely took him up on his suggestion! In fact, I took him up on that suggestion twice, haha.
After sipping on our mimosas and taking a few moments to soak in the serene atmosphere, we decided on refreshing smoothies and a couple of delicious breakfast options. Everything was cooked to perfection, and our waiter made sure our glasses were always full. A manager even came by to greet us and make sure our experience was everything we wanted. The service at this resort was incredible, and this custom experience was everything we had hoped for. It was a great way to start our day!
There are no shortage of things to do and ways to play at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica. Between the variety of activities, Armonia Spa, fitness options, and two oceanside pools, everyone will find something they enjoy.
We spent a lot of time relaxing at the pool during our visit. The lounge chairs were so comfortable, and if you wanted a few moments out of the sun, the staff would set up a large umbrella near your spot. The waiters came around frequently to fill your drink order, and you could order lunch right to your lounge chair. We loved the salads, tacos, and nachos we sampled!
We also had the opportunity to visit downtown Cabo San Lucas during our trip. It was easy to get a taxi from our resort. When we entered the lobby, we let a staff member know where we were headed and they radioed a taxi to immediately pull up. It was about a ten minute drive and $14 fare, and our driver dropped us at the main strip where there were a ton of restaurants, shops, and bars.
We stopped into a small bar called The Saloon, and met a great bartender named Moses who shared a ton of interesting stories and facts about the area and country. We sipped on excellent margaritas and sampled a few tequilas here while listening to Shania Twain, ACDC, and other music. Moses said one of his favorite artists was George Strait!
We love to sign up for food tours when we visit new places, so after our drinks with Moses, we headed over to the entrance of the Puerto Paraiso Shopping Mall to meet up with the Juan More Taco Food Tour group.
We had a great time with our tour guide, Lawrence, during the tour. There were about 12 people in our group, and we ventured off the main strip on foot into the neighborhoods of Cabo San Lucas. The first place we stopped offered us a unique dish of Mexican and Asian fusions. It was delicious and beautifully presented!
At the next place we tried swordfish tacos and topped them as desired with a selection of fresh items at the restaurant's salsa bar.
We also visited a pirate-themed restaurant and sampled sopes, which was described to us as a Mexican pizza. Several of us ordered a drink here as well, and a cold Corona was the perfect addition to this stop. The restaurant staff was great and even engaged our group in mock sword fights.
Next up were carnitas tacos and a stop to enjoy a fresh fruit popsicle or yogurt bar. YUM! As we drifted from place to place, Lawrence told us a lot about the city of Cabo San Lucas and answered all the questions the group had about the food and area.
We had so much fun exploring the area and seeing some of the local residents (including this adorable pup). Our tour lasted approximately 3 hours or so, and finished with a tequila tour and tasting at Los Tres Tonos and a churro from a street vendor. Remember, it is a walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the heat. I’d highly recommend a Juan More Taco Tour for your visit!
Another spot we visited during our trip to Cabo was Flora Farms. I read about Flora Farms on another blog prior to our visit, and knew immediately that I wanted to visit on my actual birthday. Knowing me, it isn’t surprising that I wanted to turn 30 on an organic farm with rescue dogs.
Flora Farms is located in San Jose del Cabo (about 40 minutes away from the resort), so we pre-arranged transportation in a luxury SUV from All Ways Cabo Transportation. If you are looking for transportation options during your stay, I highly recommend using them! It was easy to book via email (thanks Daniela!) and our driver was professional, arrived on time, and had beverages for our trip. Plus, it ended up being WAY cheaper than if we took a taxi!
Once you are out of downtown San Jose del Cabo, your driver will follow a bumpy dirt road up a hill to the farm, which is located in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains. You’ll wonder where the heck you’re going, but no worries – in just a few minutes you’ll be in the tranquil oasis of Flora Farms! When we arrived, we browsed the shops onsite and looked around for a few minutes. The property is so colorful and lush!
We met a dog named Guapo (meaning handsome in Spanish) who liked to lay in the air conditioning in one of the spa shops. Ryan misheard his name and thought it was “Waffle”, and I almost peed my pants when I heard him talk about “Waffle” to a random person, haha!
We booked a farm tour (we opted for the 10AM time slot) ahead of time on their website, and I highly recommend you do it! We roamed the property with our tour guide and small group of about 8 people, and learned all about the fruits, vegetables, and herbs they grow. They cultivate, weed, and plant by hand, and use chili pepper, herb and garlic essences to fumigate their crops. Flora Farms also has a nearby 150-acre ranch, where they raise chickens, goats, pigs, rabbits, and dairy cows to supply their onsite restaurant, Flora’s Field Kitchen.
We passed by the luxurious Culinary Cottages, an onsite tattoo shop and spa, and saw their outdoor space for movie nights and events. We had the opportunity to small fresh mint and oregano leaves, stand in the beautiful mango groves, and mingle with the animals that live on the property. Our tour guide was so informative and you won't be able to see the entire property without the tour!
I loved seeing all the pups that roamed the property! Although, I will admit that I was slightly sad that they weren’t more obsessed with seeing me, haha. They were all so friendly, and it was heartwarming that the owners open their hearts to these homeless dogs.
After our tour, we stopped to enjoy cocktails at the outdoor Farm Bar. The rustic décor, bright colors, fresh smells, and live music they had playing made me feel like I was seriously in a dream!
Their organic cocktails were inventive and delicious! Ryan and I sampled each other’s drinks so we could try as much as possible. They were all great, but my favorite was the carrot-based Farmarita! Some of the other cocktails we tried included Farm Julep, Smokey Mezcal Hybiscus Margarita, and the Farm Citrus.
After we enjoyed our drinks and roamed around the property a bit more, we headed to Flora’s Field Kitchen for lunch. I’d recommend making reservations ahead of time like we did, because it is very popular and fills up quickly. This beautiful outdoor restaurant features wood, brick, white lights, and fresh flowers everywhere.
When we were escorted to our table, a birthday sign was waiting for me, and we got to read more about the dogs of the property on the placemats at the tables. We chose to split a large farm salad to start, and tried a wood fired pizza and a chicken sandwich also. Everything was fantastic!
After our meal, our waiter brought us each a glass of champagne to toast my birthday, along with a slice of chocolate cake for us to share. It was so thoughtful of them!
After lunch, we browsed the fresh produce, breads, and market items they offered. The colors and sweet smells were out of this world! If we weren’t staying at an all-inclusive property, I would’ve brought back plenty of fruits and vegetables to cook with the rest of the trip.
Overall, our trip to Cabo was incredible! I hope you’ve enjoyed following along and are able to experience some of these exciting places on your visit. A big thank you to Pueblo Bonito Pacifica for going above and beyond during our stay! Until next time, Cabo!
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