As I’m writing this post about our recent kid free trip to Cabo, it is -3 degrees outside with a wind chill of -17. I’m kind of considering packing my bags and heading back!! Elijah walked out of swim lessons last night to see that it was snowing and said it ever so perfectly “It’s snowing again? This is Ridiclious!” HAHA It is buddy, it is.
Anyway, we were in Cabo for 4 nights. It was out first time going to Cabo, and we had an amazing trip! Cabo is beautiful, vibrant, friendly, and so much fun!
One of the things we loved initially is that it is a 2.5 hour non stop flight from Denver with no time change. This makes it so so convenient, and makes the trip that much more relaxing.
We stayed at Breathless Cabo San Lucas which is about a 40 minute drive from the airport. The drive was beautiful though! Many parts were along the water and the scenery was just gorgeous. Don’t forget to grab a drink at the airport bar before you go!
We booked our trip through a travel agent. Cindy of Unforgettable All Inclusives by Cindy is amazing! She helped us decide that Cabo was the best choice for our trip and made the booking so easy! I would HIGHLY recommend using her – plus she saved us money!
The Resort – Breathless Cabo San Lucas
Breathless is an all inclusive resort that is located right on the marina in Cabo. All of the rooms have marina views which is awesome! We booked the Xhale club which I’ll get into in a little bit, and our room was beautiful. We were on the 4th floor and had a view of the marina and all the boats coming in and out (and the sea lions and pelicans chasing them down for fish!!) plus we also were able to see the Pacific ocean a little bit too! The room was big, clean, designed well, and comfortable. The only thing I would say is a negative would be that the chairs on the balcony were cold and hard. Cabo gets cool in the mornings and evenings and my coffee on the balcony was not as cozy as it could have been!
And on this note – bring a sweater or light jacket! Cabo gets chilly once the sun goes down. I kind of hate this about it, but it also means that the days are not suuuper hot and the humidity is much lower. Plus no bugs! I wore this one from Target a LOT!
The design and decor on the property was beautiful. It had more of a modern and minimal feel to the design. It did almost feel more like a city hotel than a beach resort if that makes any sense. Still beautiful, but something to know going in.
The other thing about the design that was cool was that everything is outdoors or open air. All of the restaurants, bars, etc were outside or had large doors and windows that stayed open. The fresh air all the time was so refreshing since we have been indoors here in Colorado! The weather is pretty mild all year in Cabo and the humidity is not an issue like some beach locations, so this is awesome.
There are 2 buildings to this resort. One houses all of the rooms, the quiet pool, and a couple of restaurants. The other building has the rest of the restaurants, the rooftop bar, the main pool, and the gym.
The resort has 2 pools. The main pool has and infinity edge that overlooks the Sea of Cortez. It gets busier, and in the afternoons they play music and have shows and things by the pool. The view is stunning and you can either get a chair that faces the view or the pool. The other pool is the quiet pool. This pool is located in the rooms building and has an infinity edge overlooking the marina. We didn’t spend much time here because we like to look at the ocean! The resort was not full by any means when we stayed, but there were tons of chairs at the main pool, so I wouldn’t think getting a chair would be an issue like at some places!
Okay lets talk food. If you pick a resort based on the food this is not your place. Nothing was bad at all, but nothing was great. Especially with the proximity to all of the other restaurants in Cabo! The views at every restaurant were stunning and of either the ocean or the marina, which I very much appreciated!! I was able to eat gluten free pretty easily at all of them, which was also very much appreciated! The food was just nothing to write home about.
The main negative was the restaurant that is not owned by Breathless that is right next to them, Bagatelle, is SO SO loud and just completely kills the ambiance of eating dinner by the water.
Service at the resort was great all around, but like I mentioned in my Maroma post, we tend to do things ourselves and are not very critical of that.
The location is really where this property soars. You can walk to downtown Cabo along the marina to all of the shops and restaurants and bars that are there. And there are a ton! It’s also a nice path to just go for a walk or run in the mornings. You are also just right there if you want to do any boat tour, whale watching, sailing, etc.
For the most part, it felt pretty safe too. The first morning we were there and walking around, we had someone approach us and offer us drugs, and then he persisted and followed us a little bit to try and “get the party started”. He eventually left us alone and it was fine.
Xhale vs. Allure – like I mentioned above we booked the Xhale club. This is their “preferred club” and it gets you a little bit nicer room, access to another bar with upgraded spirits (including infused spirits which were very good!), free access to another restaurant (otherwise it’s $40 a person), and I think a few upgraded amenities in your suite. I think you can use the spa sauna and jacuzzi too. Honestly, it was nice but we could have also had just as nice of a trip without it. The restaurant was my least favorite on the property, and the view is of the marina in all of the rooms. It’s one of those nice to have experiences, but if you’re concerned about budget at all, skip it and you wont miss it! Save it and go swim with the whale sharks!! (keep reading)
Cabo – Off the Resort
We spent a good amount of time off the resort on this trip. We walked all around the downtown and did a few excursions. Cabo is a great place to do this as it’s safe and there is so much to see and do!
Excursions in and Around Cabo
We went whale watching, did a sunset sailing tour of the arch, and swam with whale sharks. The humpback whales were in the area and are so much fun to watch. They slap their fins and tails, and they frequently breach! We went on a small little inflatable boat out to the Pacific to see them. Being short, I didn’t have the best view in the little boat, but it was still cool.
The sunset sailing was a fun and very relaxed excursion. We sat on a boat, were given unlimited drinks, some food, listened to music, and saw the arch and watched the sunset from the pacific ocean.
I saved the best for last! Swimming with whale sharks is something that NEEDS to be on your bucket list. Our tour guide told us before going that it would end up being a top 5 thing in our lives outside of the obvious getting married, having kids, etc. She was not wrong. Whale sharks if you are not familiar are huge and harmless. They eat plankton and really small fish. They are such a majestic creature, and being able to literally swim alongside them was just a magical experience. It’s a 2 hour drive from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz where the sharks are, and a very long day, but so so worth it!
Restaurants/Bars in Cabo
We only tried a couple while we were here. Since we stayed at an all inclusive, we had already paid for our meals and drinks and didn’t want to not eat them! BUT the couple places we did go made us wish we were not at an all inclusive!
Guacamayas – this place is a few blocks from the marina and Breathless, and so incredibly good!
The Office – this place is just down the beach from Breathless and literally in the sand! Such a fun atmosphere and the food was really good too!
Squid Roe – I don’t even know why I’m putting this in here because we stopped in for a drink at like 4pm and there were like 2 other people in the whole bar at the time. This place is famous for being a crazy, anything goes kind of bar late at night. We did not experience that – but it’s fun to look around.
I’m sure there is so much more to know and do in Cabo! We just scratched the surface, and can’t wait to visit again!
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