I thought I would give a review from a first timer perspective and throw in some highlights on things to do. This was the first trip for our family of four (two boys) to Cabo. We picked the Hilton as it had the best reviews and we were travelling on Hilton points. I did talk to a lot of friends who travelled to Cabo and liked it. First, on the hotel. Overall, we liked it. The room is a little tight for a family of four, but you are probably not going to spend too much time in the room. We got the car pick up through the hotel for $120. Basically, you are paying $80 for peace of mind. You did get hassled at the airport so it was great to see a sign with your name. I debated renting a car but got advice against it and was happy we used taxis the whole time. It worked out a little more, but was much easier. On a second trip, I would probably rent.
The hotel check-in was pretty blah, but service in the restaurants and at the pool was stellar. Room cleanliness could definitely have been better. The Hilton is right on the beach between Cabo and San Jose. There is nothing around it except other resorts, timeshares, and villas. I walked about 7 miles of beach and the Hilton is in one of the best spots as it has a little cove area that you can swim in all the time. That is main downside of the area is there are red flags for swimming most of the time. The only other spots we saw where you could easily swim were the resorts in Cabo and it was way too crowed for us. Hacienda is the one exception and that looked like an amazing property. At the pool, I would recommend splurging on a beach bed for one day – we got #3 and it had a great view of the ocean. The pools at Hilton are great, better than pretty much any other property I saw. I would recommend the property for families and couples. It is definitely not a party hotel.
For restaurants, we mostly ate at the Hilton. We did not eat at the Italian restaurant, but all the others and they were surprisingly great. Continental breakfast came with my package, which was fine. We went into San Jose del Cabo for a day (worth it but a day was enough) and ate at Voila Bistro, which was amazing! The lobster tacos and steak were awesome. We went into Cabo twice and ate at Hacienda on the beach (best restaurant we went too and a view of Land’s End – they also cooked our Rooster fish to perfection) and Mariscos Mazatlan (they cooked fish we caught 3 ways – all incredible) – it is a little more of a local place but I highly recommend and it was definitely the most affordable meal we had.
For things to do, the highlight was two days fishing with Sushi Time Sport Fishing and chartering a boat. In general, we love to get a boat and go fishing as you end off doing a lot of sight-seeing with a long-time local. And getting a boat for four people is usually about the same as going on a group tour. Juan is the owner and I can’t tell you how helpful he and his captains were in Cabo. Fishing in April is normally slow, but we went all over the coast and ended off with Tuna, Mackeral, Trigger, and Rooster fish. We also saw six Marlin, but they weren’t biting for us. Juan hooked us up with his friend’s fillet business (Tailz End) and they did a great job preparing the fish. They even gave us some smoked marlin, which was phenomenal. We got to see Land’s End and a good part of the coast. We also got 50 feet away from three Humpback whales and my son fed a sea lion right next to the boat. Juan was super helpful and actually drove us over to Mariscos and instructed them on how to prepare the fish – I have never seen my kids eat Ceviche or so much seafood. Thank you Juan!
The main downside of Cabo is you get hassled a lot by people trying to sell you everything. Our standard responses were “no thank you” or “we just came back from that”. The other annoying thing about the area is you have to negotiate every cab ride. At the end, I just told them what I would pay and that seemed to work.
We also went snorkeling on Chileno beach which was pretty cool. It was a local beach and we took a taxi. I would recommend a rent a car as walking back took two hours, but it was a nice tour.
We didn’t rent a dune buggy and that is something I regret not doing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover award-winning hospitality at Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort-only 25 minutes from San Jose del Cabo International Airport (SJD). Our Cabo San Lucas resort is located on a tranquil swimming-allowed inlet bay between the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, and provides the action of the city and a soothing escape from the hustle of daily life. Relax in the sun beside our signature infinity pool, where our Pool Concierge attends to your every need, whether it's a fresh towel or a tasty fruit pop to help you cool down. With an excellent Kids Program, there are specially designed activities for guests aged 4-12. Choose from a wealth of dining options at this Los Cabos resort's four restaurants. Indulge in innovative massage treatments at Spa Oasis. ... more less
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