Category Archives: Mexico

#TravelTuesday

As you know, I haven’t written in quite a while. Not because I forgot about it (well, sometimes I definitely did), but because either I haven’t had time, or just simply wasn’t in the mood. Regardless, I’m back! I’m going to try to have a weekly cadence and keep everyone updated on #TVT travels, #ideas, locations and everything in between!

But, enough about me! Let’s get to the good stuff! #Mexico…

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At the end of January, I traveled from #Tijuana (HIGHLY recommend) to San Jose Del Cabo, #Mexico. Something about the Mexican #culture makes me want to move there. Literally. The people are SO happy, their lifestyle is amazing (#siesta), and they truly care about only the things that matter…none of that #bs that we care so much about here in the states.

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We arrived Saturday night around 7:30pm and had a private shuttle (also HIGHLY recommend) take us to our $hotel (round trip per vehicle–not per person cost–is $100 + tip ROUND TRIP through #CaboTransfers!) When we arrived, we had dinner at the hotel (Bel Air Los Cabos) where we unfortunately weren’t pleasantly surprised (however, they have FABULOUS room service, if I do say so myself). Because we didn’t enjoy the meal, we did go back to the room and order some #quesadillas and other snacks!

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Waking up with the #sun is one of my favorite things to do (hello #Frozen, “The sky’s awake, so I’m awake”). Every #morning I sat on our tiny patio by our #privatepool to watch the #sun come up…and I mean LITERALLY watch the #sun come up. Such a cool experience. #BelAir is a great place to stay if you’re looking for a #budget friendly #vacation. They don’t over charge, the staff is nice, and the rooms are amazing (PLEASE get the private swim up suite…just trust me…it’s worth every penny). Having your own #pool is so nice on #vacation, especially if you’re trying to relax (I love kids, but something about screaming, yelling, and peeing is just not for me on vacation). Nothing compares to walking from your bed straight to the #pool. I also recommend getting the all-inclusive package as food can definitely add up. Alcohol is actually the cheap part down there. At the local mega mart, you can get a 12 pack of beer and full bottle of semi-nice #tequila for around $15 US. Pretty good deal!

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As for #activities, almost every day we went down to #Zippers Bar and Grille, just a short 10 minute #beach walk from the hotel with awesome drinks, food and views. Their drink special is about $4.50 US which includes 2 #shots of #tequila, a #coronita and lime (after one of these you’re probably good). We also LOVED their chicken #tacos, which were about $8 US and we shared. Also a bonus, if you go during the right time of the year, you can see #whales (we saw a #whale breach about 5 times!)

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After a stop at #Zippers, we continued #exploring down the beach all the way to #Palmilla (roughly a 5 mile round trip walk from #BelAir). We saw miles of beautiful beaches, water, rock caves, homes and even some sea creatures (#whales included)! Although #Palmilla is a public beach, #OneAndOnlyPalmilla Resort is a place for resort guests only! They did not allow us anywhere on property except exploring the rock surroundings on the point. If you have the time and the #tide isn’t too high, I think the walk is a #fun and #healthy activity to do!

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What happens in #Cabo stays in #Cabo right? Well…most of it. Whenever we go to San Jose Del Cabo, we try to make a stop in #downtown #CaboSanLucas for some #funinthesun! Our first stop? #TheOffice. We shared a delicious #machaca plate and had 2 for 1 #beer specials (why not have #beer for breakfast?). From there, we had a private glass bottom #boat tour setup by our friend #Maricela (pictured below) all for a total of $25 US. We had a tour of all #arches, got dropped off at #LoversBeach, hung out at #DivorceBeach, and then got picked up and taken back to #TheOffice. What a day that was!

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What are your #Cabo recommendations? I try to go a couple times a year so anywhere I need to go let me know! We didn’t go to #FloraFarms this time, but that is also a fun place to #explore!

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#KeepTraveling #TravelTuesday #Cabo #SanJoseDelCabo #Mexico #LetsGo #Vacation #TheVacationTheory #TVT

 

-TVT

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Mazatlan Monday

Good morning dreamers! Happy Monday (just tell yourself it’s happy it’ll help). Hey, few more days and it’s the weekend again! The best way to not be depressed on Monday? Don’t think about Monday when it’s only Sunday. ENJOY you’re entire Sunday…trust me!

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Anyways, in the spirit of Monday and not having Monday Blues, what better way to dream than to talk about sunny, warm, beautiful, tropical Mazatlan. If you haven’t been, it’s a nice little Pacific town in Mexico just east of Cabo San Lucas. With over 12 miles of perfect beaches, it’s a great destination if you’re looking for some fun in the sun. Oh ya, not to mention that they have banana boating…best time ever!

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Where to stay? No Brainer. Riu Emerald Bay All Inclusive. Located right on the beach with a huge pool and swim up bar, this hotel is made for fun. The rooms at this resort have been updated (no gross bedding, floors, curtains, you know what I mean) and the hotel grounds are extremely well kept. Not to mention, you’ll get a local flare for the culture and get to explore nearby activities like Mazagua Aquatic Park, Witches Beach and Cerritos Beach. The hotel also allows use of kayaks, boogie boards, surf boards and volleyballs free of charge if you’re on the all inclusive plan–double bonus! Don’t forget to splash around on the banana boat’s for some real laughs!

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Mazatlan is famous for it’s cliff divers–yes, cliff divers. Head on down to El Clavadista, give the divers a tip ($10+ US), and watch them dive from a 50′ cliff with water as shallow as 6 feet. It’s a great experience, gets you out of the hotel, and is thrilling to watch. While you’re down there, check out some local restaurants and shops on the way back home.

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As always, I’m a fan of going to the spa while on vacation. Something about getting pampered on vacation just feels right–you know what I mean? The Renova Spa is located adjacent to the Riu Emerald Bay and has reasonable prices if I do say so myself. Single massages are an average of $85 but a couples massage is only $135 for 50 minutes (that’s a steal!). So, treat yourself, get a massage with your love, grab some brunch, and head out to lounge by the pool. Perfect day in my book!

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Where did you stay when you went? What other activities did you do? I want to know!

 

-TVT

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#FBF…But Really Can I Go Back?

Good morning dreamers–we made it! Well…almost. Only a few more hours and you’re free (or hopefully free). Every Friday I’m either so darn glad the week is over (still a positive thought) or so caught up in dreaming of places that I’d rather be that it doesn’t even hit me that it’s the #weekend. Today was one of those days. #FBF to #Cabo.

 

For New Years, my boyfriend and a group of friends traveled down to Los Cabos for a #vacation. Let me tell you, one of the best trips I’ve had in a long time. Not only is Cabo a ton of #fun, but it’s also oddly #relaxing. We stayed at a local gem, the #Posada Real Los Cabos. Yes, it might not be the most fancy hotel down there (it actually isn’t even close to that), but it has a cultural charm that you won’t find in many other places down there. The service was great (we had all-inclusive). We got drinks brought to us on the beach and by the pool, awesome dinners with the group at preset tables, and everyone was pretty nice.

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We stayed in San Jose Del Cabo, about 30 minutes away from Cabo San Lucas. Would I go back there? Yes. But would it be nice to go and stay in downtown Cabo? Yes. I think it depends on the type of vacation that you’re looking for. Both are fun, just different. Cabo San Lucas as many of you know is more of an active, party, high energy place with lots of stuff to do (i.e. tequila tasting, banana boating, #shopping, more drinking, you get the picture). San Jose is more of a #family spot (still lots of drinking don’t get me wrong), but it’s more low key (massages on the beach, casual swimming, tanning by the pool type stuff). The town itself is not heavily filled with bars, clubs, and shopping, but more focused around #restaurants and casual experiences.

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This is a view of a massage on the beach in front of Cabo Azul Resort.

Favorite spot in Cabo? Hands down, Lover’s Beach. Yes, it can be crowded if you’re on the main side of the arc where you’re “allowed” to swim. So go on the other side where it’s not recommended. If you’re a smart swimmer and can follow when the waves will come in and go out, you’re fine. Trust me, I did it with a few beers and was fine. Not only is the sun super strong there (hello tan!), but they have cold beers for sale there, iguanas that you can pet, hold, take pictures with, and of course, a great view, if I do say so myself.

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All in all, I want to go back. And go back soon. Who doesn’t love #massages on the #beach. poolside drink and food service, and boating on the beautiful Sea of Cortez? Ummmmm I do! If you haven’t been, it’s one of those places that is a really fun vacation, but can be as relaxing as you make it. There is some exploring to do if you like adventure, but I would say it’s more of a high-energy party or low-key relaxing (polar opposites I know), but that’s my experience.

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Have you been? Where did you stay and what #recommendations do you have? I’m always looking to find new things when I #travel, especially if I haven’t done them! Where do you go to do fun activities but still get away from everything?

 

-TVT

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