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Trip report, July 20-27

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Trip report, July 20-27

FRI – arrived to cabo on time and made our way to the advantage rental car office. It took longer than we expected, but we realized we were on Mexican time and on vacation, so time didn’t really matter. Soon after, we were on the road to the Hilton. We arrived at the hotel, greeted by staff, handed margaritas and quickly escorted to our room without even hitting the front desk. Settled in to our ocean/pool view room (absolutely beautiful!) and I quickly headed to the pool to begin the week-long sun bathing. Met really nice couples from dallas and houston that we talked with each day thereafter (Small world – Houston couple live in the same neighborhood as my in-laws!) noticed there were a lot of people from texas in cabo, so that was a nice treat, since we are so hospitable. :-) Went into Cabo for dinner and ate at PANCHO’S…wanted to check it out for their tequila selection, but my husband was rather tired so he just tried one. Food was good, but not the best and quite pricey…..think we enjoyed Mi Casa better on our previous trip. Ended the night with drinks at the hotel bar.

SAT – Started off with breakfast at the hotel. Had vouchers for all 7 days for free breakfast, so was a great deal! Had wanted to try Mama’s or French Riviera, but you can’t beat a free meal, especially in Cabo. Another hectic day by the pool. :-) Our last trip, we did a lot of activities, so this time around we decided to lay back and relax. If we felt like doing something, we would, if not, we’d lounge. Went into San Jose and ate at LOCAL EIGHT (we actually alternated nights between the two towns and it worked out great! Having a car made it very easy to do.) …..amazing food and atmosphere!! If you haven’t been here, you must go. Very romantic, quiet, relaxing and cool, trendy ambiance. This ended up being tied for first of our favorite restaurants. Again ended the evening at the hotel bar.

SUN – Decided to make a morning run to the Mega store to stock up on snacks, drinks, wine and beer so we could have our own stash at the pool and not pay $100/day on food/drinks…..we’d rather save it for a nice dinner. Again lounged around the pool. I absolutely LOVE the Hilton infinity pool, views are spectacular! Dinner was at EDITH’S…after watching Giada’s show on the food network, we had to try this place. Had a little trouble finding it since the road is closed for construction, but we decided to park and walk around to find it and we came across it in no time. We didn’t make reservations, but we only ended up waiting for 30 minutes at the bar. Not bad at all. Food was wonderful (Caesar salad best ever!)….but I think I preferred other places over this one. It was a beautiful and unique place, but it was really expensive and I think we ate better food elsewhere for cheaper. I would probably visit again if I wanted to show off the place to friends or if I craved the Caesar salad! Too tired to go to hotel bar, so headed to bed instead.

MON – Husband played golf at Cabo Real, I had a massage, then what next? Of course the pool! My husband had an awesome time playing golf, the pictures he captured are amazing! Too bad I’m not a golfer. Dinner tonight was at EL COMAL in San Jose. Lovely place and wonderful food. My husband really enjoyed a tequila the waiter brought out to him. Food was perfect….just enough and not too heavy. The queso with chorizo was really tasty! Headed to hotel bar afterwards…

TUES – Pool day again (see I told you all we wanted to do was relax!). We decided to go to SALVATORE’S for dinner. After reading a few other trip reports, I now know who the TA group was at the restaurant. ;-) Loud and crazy, but looked like you were having a great time! This place was wonderful!!!! The best ravioli I think I have ever had and by far the BEST tiramisu…..it was out of this world!!! This place also tied for first of our favorite places. Well worth the visit, we will definitely be back. I have been craving the tiramisu for over a week now. Service from Hector was incredible!

WED – decided to take an adventure….I know, no pool, what???? Uncertain of the weather for the day, we took a drive up the coast to Todos Santos, well almost. The furthest we went was Los Cerritos beach. The drive was quite interesting through the desert, up and down mountains, around bends, etc. After getting very specific directions from TA on how to find this beach (no signs, just mile markers and dirt roads), the road we turned on led us right there! My husband was a little uncertain of where I was taking him, but I got us there! What a wonderful beach! There is a restaurant, beach chairs, umbrellas, surf boards, surf lessons, right in the middle of the desert! Watching the surfers was really entertaining. The water was a little cool, but felt so good on such a hot day (was beautiful and sunny there). The most interesting part of the day was when a small plane decided to “entertain” the beach-goers and fly all around us and the beach, only about 20 feet above our heads! He would circle the skies and fly in through the middle of the palm trees and scare the living crap out of everyone! It was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Wasn’t sure if I was scared or excited, but I am thankful this guy was one heck of a pilot….had some really neat (but very close) moves. Decided to leave when we almost got stabbed by an umbrella…was very windy. We wanted to try out Art & Beer, however we were tired from being in the sun, were hot, sandy and sweaty, so decided to make the drive back. Stopped by the pool for a while, then got cleaned up and went to dinner in San Jose at TEQUILA. Food was OK (much better our previous trip), but nice and quaint.

THURS – our last full day was spent by the pool. Was a little worried about the weather, but the clouds went away and it was a beautiful sunny day. Enjoyed the pool, the views, and the pool drinks (we had to splurge on our last day). Our last dinner we decided to go to LA GOLONDRINA….wow, what a wonderful choice it was! Beautiful and peaceful atmosphere….love all of the tree lights. This also ties for first of our favorites (favorite seafood by far). We took note of the ‘large portion’ sign, so we decided to split lobster and mahi mahi dynamite. It was fantastic! And glad we split it because between the first courses we got, 2 lobster tails and large fish portion, there was no way we could have finished it alone. We were also serenaded by the band trio, so that was really nice. Ended our last evening at the hotel bar.

FRI – home again home again…..until next time!

So, in order of favorite restaurants…

Tied for first – Salvatore’s, La Golondrina, Local Eight

Edith’s

El Comal

Tequila

Pancho’s

A GREAT TRIP, never to be forgotten. Thanks for all of the help with restaurants!

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1. Re: Trip report, July 20-27

Great trip report SME. Thanks so much for sharing! I have a few restaurants now to research before my October trip. :)

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2. Re: Trip report, July 20-27

sme0521,

Oh, what a great review!

Salvatores is the first place I want to go. Love that place!! --after Gordo Lele's of course!

Local eight sounds really good too.

Thanks! :-)

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3. Re: Trip report, July 20-27

Some great info here, and I'm glad you got to relax also! Thanks! :-)

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4. Re: Trip report, July 20-27

THanks for the review. Wish you would have come over to meet the loud and crazy TA group. We would have loved to have met you. You are correct - that dessert was awesome at Salvatore's. Glad you had a good trip...next time, come and tell us hello! ;)

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5. Re: Trip report, July 20-27

Tig - it looked like you were having too much fun for us to interrupt - we were almost comatose after eating all that food! all i remember hearing was about a belly button or something, oh and then someone from the group was taking pictures of the waiter to send back home to their daughter. :-) too funny!

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6. Re: Trip report, July 20-27

Guilty...I was the one taking pictures of Hector for my daughter...he is the cute waiter with the beautiful blue eyes.

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7. Re: Trip report, July 20-27

Great report...great trip. Nothing but relaxing, thats the way I like it. Yea!!! once again for Salvatores' . You're the second one to post about Hector. Isn't Jimmy there anymore? Hector was more the bartender before, now sounds like the waiter. Super nice...a little more quiet the Jimmy. I think TA is taking over Gordo Lele's and Salvatores (in addition to Rips bar.)

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8. Re: Trip report, July 20-27

sme0521, What a great report. I wish we would've tried Salvatore 's on our trip. Well there's always next time. Thanks for the info. Bob

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9. Re: Trip report, July 20-27

Thanks, for the great report nice to hear you alternated places to eat in SJD as well, good idea we'll try that too! :)

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