October 3, 2018
Happy Fall babes! I’m pausing your regularly scheduled fall programming of sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes for a look into my most recent trip to Cabo San Lucas (aka Los Cabos). LET’S DIVE IN.
As you can tell, Cabo is incredibly BEAUTIFUL. Everywhere you turn, there is beauty. From the bright colors, to the sweet and friendly people, I honestly always feel at home in Mexico.
Today, I am sharing my Los Cabos travel guide with you. I hope it inspires you to travel and helps you when planning your trip!
Since we were coming from Philadelphia, we had to take 2 flights to get to Cabo. What I learned while looking up flights, however, was that basically nowhere on the East coast flies direct to Cabo, so if you’re coming from there, you’ll most likely have a layover. Honestly though, in total, the flights took about 8 hours (with the layover) so it really wasn’t too bad! We left in the morning EST and got to Cabo in the early afternoon.
For the airfare, we got a great deal on a flight since I tracked it for a few months prior using Google Flights. If you haven’t used this service, it basically lets you keep tabs on a specific flight, and tells you when the price drops. I also tracked the flight I wanted to take for awhile on the Hopper app, which provides a similar service.
Playa Grande Resort & Spa: During our time in Los Cabos, we stayed at the Playa Grande Resort & Spa. Playa Grande is a beachfront resort, situated right next to the Pacific ocean. The resort is sandwiched between 2 large rock structures (which Los Cabos is known for), and I loved how different the beach looked from the ones I am used to seeing in the US. From the resort, we could see villas in the distance built upon big hills above the ocean, and it was the most gorgeous view. I absolutely loved grabbing a drink on the beach and watching the sun go down over the cliffs.
The resort hosts about 6 pools & 2 big hot tubs – which is awesome because we never felt crowded. While we heard that September is a slow season for Cabo tourism, I also was told by other guests that this resort is virtually never crowded which I was a big fan of. I loved how I didn’t feel like I was on top of other people and had enough room to relax.
Something to mention: Since the resort we stayed at was on the Pacific Ocean side of Los Cabos, we weren’t able to swim in the ocean since the water was so incredibly rough. While this wasn’t a huge deal for us since there were so many pools, if you’re a beach lover, check out the resorts along the Sea of Cortez.
Hangout at the resort: Our Resort was really entertaining throughout the day. There were daily activities like pottery painting (loved it), blackjack, tequila volleyball, and many more. Along with the activities, there were many relaxing areas with music and bartenders where you could lay in the sun with a margarita in hand. That’s my kind of day!
Walk to town: While Playa Grande was a beachfront resort, it was also situated directly next to a small town, which you could walk to from the resort. We walked to the town one day and got some souvenirs and a taste of the local scene. For my next trip to Los Cabos, I definitely want to make sure that I stay in a location near a town/city again since I think it makes the experience really different than just staying on the resort.
Ride a camel: This has been on my bucket list for a while so I was so excited I got to do it. It’s definitely not the most comfortable ride (lol, camels have the weirdest walking pattern!) but was such a neat experience. The camels were so cute and seemed so well taken care of which I loved. We chose this excursion since it only lasted half a day, and wasn’t a huge time commitment.
Paddleboard (SUP) + Kayak near the arch: If you are in the area, you should definitely check out paddleboarding (near the famous Arch), and kayaking since they seemed to be the fan favorite excursions. While we wanted to check out both, it was rainy for a few days of trip so on the sunny days, we decided to relax at the resort.
Take a sunset cruise: This is another one we really wanted to do but just didn’t have time for. I’d highly suggest this if you go with a group so you can get a private boat!
If there’s something I love in this life, it’s Mexican food, so you know I’m always ready to eat in Mexico. At resorts, it can sometimes be tricky to order since Zac and I both follow a plant-based diet, but the employees are Playa Grande were nothing but helpful! My orders always sound something like “can I get ___ without ____”, and normally they work out just fine. The best dishes I had were the Veggie Tacos, Loaded Pepper + Mushroom Pizzas, and of course, the Guacamole. Mexican guac is unlike any other – it’s so fresh!
We also heard that Mexican coffee is a classic. Apparently, they light it on fire and add tequila? That’s my kind of pick me up.
Fellow vegan/food-allergy friends: On the menu, this was a “Lox Bagel with Cream Cheese”. I simply asked for the bagel plain, with a side of avocado and red onions. I also added hot sauce, and salt + pepper. So easy!
Any tropical vacation requires bathing suits, dresses, flowy pants, and loads of COLOR. I packed my most fun, embroidered pieces and felt perfectly at home. Mexico is so colorful and over the top (which I absolutely ADORE), so I love dressing up while I’m there.
Below, you can find direct links almost all of the outfits featured in the photos scattered throughout this post. Just click the arrows to scroll through and find what you want to shop!
Dresses + accessories:
Swimsuits + sunnies:
I hope you enjoyed my little guide to Los Cabos and that it gives you some ideas for planning your getaway there! Are you planning any upcoming trips? Let me know in the comments, I’m always looking for new travel inspiration!
A huge thanks to Playa Grande Resort & Spa for welcoming me to experience their resort and all of their hospitality! All opinions and photos are my own.