Well, I made it. I’ve returned to the great state of Minnesota from my five day vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and trust me, my boyfriend basically had to push me onto the plane to get me to leave Mexico.
We had such a fabulous time with this being our first vacation together, my boyfriend’s first time traveling abroad and it having been quite some time since I’ve traveled abroad as well, I was a little nervous about how this whole trip would pan out.
From start to finish though, we had such a great time, our resort was only a little ways out of the downtown Cabo hype, and we either took a $9 cab ride or a $1 city bus ride downtown if we needed, which was perfect. We did actually ride the city bus which was quite an experience as all of Cabo’s city buses are just hollowed out school buses with bench seating on each side, but it was a cheap way to get into town.
We spent all of our time soaking up the sun and fitting in as many activities in our day as possible. One of the first being a trip out to the famous El Arco in Cabo San Lucas. In just a short water taxi ride you take a trip to Lover’s Beach which faces the Sea of Cortez to see the amazing rock formation. Then we spent a couple hours on Lover’s Beach and across the way on Divorce Beach, which faces the Pacific Ocean. What a beautiful sight! Both beaches were awesome and both vastly different. The Lover’s Beach side was very calm and quiet and just across to the other side on Divorce Beach you can see the Pacific Ocean thrash away over rocks and sand, it’s truly amazing.
Later that day, we decided to take a trip to El Arco on our own and rented a jet ski. We jet skied up and down the Sea of Cortez and finally made it out to the Arco on our own and enjoyed the view. While were jet skiing a couple “friends” decided to join us as we saw dolphins and sea lions alongside us.
One night we decided to hit the Cabo bar scene, and let me tell you Cabo is a party town 24/7. Even if you’re just grabbing a quick lunch, you’re always going to get some sort of free shot of alcohol. So my boyfriend and I traveled down to the famous Cabo Wabo bar, which happens to the bar that Sammy Hagar of Van Halen owns. The food was great and we were a little early to see the band so we decided to head out to another bar called the Giggling Marlin where for only $11 you can be strung up – like a marlin – and have a shot poured down your throat, plus a photo opp, of course.
That bar was awesome, they were always playing some sort of game and got everyone in the bar involved we had so much fun. As we headed out, my boyfriend made a suggestion to go back to Cabo Wabo and maybe see the band play. Well, we got a lot more than we bargained for, because as we walked in and talked to the bouncer he told us that Sammy Hagar himself was taking the stage for a surprise performance.
That was probably the highlight of our trip, he only played for a half hour then went back up and left with his wife. Needless to say, we were both pretty starstruck and so lucky to have gone back to the bar the exact moment the red rocker was taking the stage. Plus, how many people can say they saw Sammy Hagar perform in Cabo at the restaurant he owns? Not many.
Our journey didn’t end there, on our last day we spent it on a booze-cruise yacht that took us out snorkeling in Chileno Bay where we saw many tropical fish, and since it is whale season in January in Cabo we saw many whales, dolphins and sea lions. Again, what an amazing experience and definitely something I was not expecting. It really was a party the whole five days and it never dropped below 70 degrees during the day.
It was very tough leaving, but we both had a fabulous time and can’t wait to plan our next vacation, definitely somewhere warm again!
Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.