This week we invited our friend Molly to write about her family’s recent trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Reading it made us want to go back to Cabo, and we think you’ll be ready to go, too, once you’ve read her post!
The excitement had been building up to our trip to Pueblo Bonito Rosé in Cabo San Lucas for months. Each week, there were phone calls, text messages and e-mails about the countdown. We had people from four locations converging at one glorious tropical beach resort, and none of us could contain ourselves!
Finally meeting up at the airport in San Jose Del Cabo, we sealed the team plan: to have a great adventure in Cabo!
Months beforehand, we decided to invest in the all-inclusive package at our resort. Our kids are adults now, of drinking age, and with large appetites, so we figured this would save us some hassle, time and money. Boy, were we right!
At check-in, we were fitted with wristbands and instructed to wear them for the next seven days. Not exactly the look I was going for, but I came to love this little band that was continuously attached to me and wielded all sorts of power! No need for a wallet or ID, and one less thing for your brain to have to remember when leaving your hotel room each day. One flash of the wrist brought us snacks, meals and drinks!
The resort had everything a person could want in a vacation without even leaving the grounds – beautiful pool, ocean view restaurants and bars, daytime activities, and nighttime entertainment. Speaking of which, the first night of our stay featured a Michael Jackson show with incredible dancers from around the local area and, of course, great music. I could not believe our luck! This show would have cost us $25.00 per person without the all-inclusive.
Just a few steps from the pool was a white sandy beach with crashing waves and plenty of lounge chairs for resort guests, along with food and beverage service. Yes, you can lay on the beach while polite, well dressed waiters bring you food and beverages of your choice — and this is all part of the all-inclusive package!
While many of our meals were buffet style, there were enough menu options to keep it tasty and interesting. The dinner theme changed daily — international cuisine, surf and turf, BBQ grill, Mexican fajitas and more. Over time we got to know a few of the waitstaff, learned their stories about their families and children, and shared some laughs. These warm and friendly people are Mexico’s greatest treasure and we would not have taken notice if we’d been going to different restaurants every day.
For a traveling party of six with all different interests, tastes, ages, and especially sleeping schedules, this was by far the best way to go. The drinks alone made it worth the all-inclusive. When traveling in Mexico there is no “5 o’clock somewhere” — it simply doesn’t matter. The fiesta starts at any time. The only downside is the margaritas are mass produced in pre-mixed containers – fine for a (free) cold drink at the pool, but you have to go into town for a fresh, top shelf margarita.
All in all, the all-inclusive deal saves families money and leaves time to do more of the fun things you envisioned doing on your vacation. Isn’t that what most people want?
Molly Costa lives just east of Portland, Oregon, and is an aspiring travel writer and mother of two grown children. Her dream is to uncover the gems of this beautiful planet and share those discoveries with friends and family. Follow Molly on Twitter @mollycosta1, and enjoy your week or your weekend!