Californians in Cabo
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico
For my last undergraduate college spring break, I decided to go to Cabo! But, no not the rage Cabo. I'm definitely more about relaxing on the beach, exploring the city, and doing exciting activities. So my friends and I had a pretty tame spring break compared to the other college kids that landed in Cabo while we were there.
Where to Stay: Playa Grande
If you want to stay away from all the partying, like I did, try staying at Land's End or near it. You'll have a private beach right outside your resort and the environment will definitely be a lot more chill and family friendly. Don't worry about being too secluded though because it'll only take you about 30 min to walk into the main part of town! My friends and I stayed at the Playa Grande Resort and Grand Spa which is the sister resort to Grand Solmar Land's End. You can't go wrong with either but Playa Grande is going to be the cheaper of the two.
Where to Eat: Sunset Da Mona Lisa
There are tons of places to eat but the place where you just HAVE to go have dinner is the Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant. The restaurant sits cliffside and every seat has a spectacular view of the ocean. You'll also be able to clearly see El Arco de Cabo San Lucas from your seat. So with these amazing views, going at sunset is definitely a must. And the cherry on top is that the food here is top notch. The menu consists of a variety of seafood and Italian dishes, so there's something for everyone. My favorite parts were the selection of freshly baked bread (we got jalapeño, tomato, and poppy), and how they gave you blankets and little rack for your purse!
What to Do: Cabo Adventures
Cabo Adventures is the premier adventure and activity company in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo. They are beyond amazing! I seriously have never had a better experience with an activity company. They also often have deals like buy 3 for the price of 2 that make their activities a bit more affordable. My friends and I spent a whole 3 days with the Cabo Adventures crew and we loved every moment of it. So here's what we did and all of our pics! And don't forget to watch my vlog to see more on what we did with Cabo Adventures!
Outdoor Zip Line Adventure
The Outdoor Zip Line Adventure had us zipping across gorgeous canyons and dodging dust in our 4 seater ATV. I've never been afraid of heights so I was all in for this adventure. The crew made us feel extremely safe the entire time. They walked us through safety and braking methods before we headed out and while we were out they handled all of the mechanical aspects of each activity. My favorite was zip lining upside down! Unfortunately, the photographers didn't get a shot of me doing this, but that's okay! Aside from zip lining we also got to rock climb, do a sort of leap of faith, and fly!
Whale Shark Encounter
Did you know that Whale Sharks are the largest extant species of fish? (AKA They are the largest species of fish alive today). The largest whale shark ever observed was 40 ft. long but researchers do think that they can grow larger than that. They're called Whale Sharks because they are filter feeders! So that means they can't eat you! On the Whale Shark Encounter we got to swim with a 15-20 ft. long shark and a 25-30 ft. long shark. After a 2 hour long ride from Cabo to La Paz, Mexico we hopped on these little boats and started looking for signs of whale sharks. About 20 minutes into the boat ride we geared up with our snorkels and fins and got ready to plunge into the water. Our guide would point out quickly where the Whale Shark was (which was a pretty obvious huge dark shadow in the water) and we would scramble over to the edge of the boat and plop right in next to a giant shark. Swimming next to these gentle giants really made us realize how small we are in comparison to the rest of the world. It was truly a humbling experience.
On our last day with Cabo Adventures we went on their Luxury Sailing trip. We boarded the boat in the harbor right outside of our hotel and were welcomed with a couple of mimosas! We headed for a small bay where we were served a delicious lunch and were able to paddle board and snorkel. After this short break we sailed back to the harbor. It was my very first time sailing so that was pretty exciting! At one point the boat was basically completely on it's side and we were holding on for dear life!
Lastly, I just wanted to say thank you so much to the Cabo Adventures team. No matter what activity we were doing they made us feel safe, comfortable, and definitely part of the Cabo Adventures family. The staff was extremely well trained and specialized in each of their fields, which I greatly appreciated. Everyone was so accommodating and kind. I especially loved how they fed us during each activity (lunch after zip lining, breakfast and lunch during the Whale Shark encounter, and lunch while sailing)! The entire process from booking our trips to buying our photos went smoothly without any hiccups. Shoutout to the red team for being awesome and entertaining and most importantly keeping us safe during the Outdoor Zip Line Adventure. Shoutout to Yan for being an amazing guide who was exceptionally knowledgable on all things Whale Shark, to Raul for driving us all the way to La Paz and back, and to Marcos for getting in the water with us during the Whale Shark Encounter. Shoutout to Pepe for making our sailing experience a fun and relaxing time during the Luxury Sailing trip. Last but not least, shoutout to Maria for being the best correspondent and organizing all of our activities with Cabo Adventures!