I just got back back from a 6 night stay in a 1 bedroom villa with 2 adults. All in all, we had an amazing time here but did have a few hiccups here and there. I'll try my best to give an honest opinion of our stay here.
Note: We did have a groupon type deal and if we paid full price for our stay, my rating would go down to average. You could stay at a very nice resort for similar prices.
First off, you definitely have to adjust your expectations before you get here. This is not a fancy resort by any means and again, I would not pay resort prices to stay here. However, the villas have their own charm and there is something great about being around people who aren't high maintenance about everything. All of the guests and families were very relaxed and friendly for the most part.
On our way there we missed the turn to get on Highway 19 and found ourselves lost in Cabo for a few hours. Don't miss the turn! Map out your drive before you get here. Definitely rent a car as well as El Pescardero is a close enough drive to La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose Del Cabo, and Todos Santos and it would be very difficult to get around without it. Be aware that most of the area, including the entrance to Cerritos are dirt paths. You can manage it with an economy car, but make sure you get here during the day time because it is intimidating at first.
Management and Housekeeping:
Once we were finally there we got settled into our villa, #9. It had an ocean front view and was right next to the pool. I would definitely recommend asking for it. Later in the evening, we were told that they accidentally doubled booked our room and that we would have to move out to the opposite end in the back corner the next morning. We had a long stressful day and really had a problem with this. Thankfully, after speaking with Gabriel who helps manage the property we were able to stay in our villa. He was really understanding and patient when we were cranky. I did think it was poor planning but that wasn't Gabriel's fault at all. I also spilled a bunch of our beer and they provided me with everything I needed to clean up the glass right away. Also, housekeeping was great and came every day. Don't forget to leave a tip for them! If you want your sheets changed or towels changed you need to go to the office to ask for it. Not a big deal at all. There is also a security guard on staff who is there early in the morning to late at night. Not sure if or when he leaves.
Another minor problem that happened towards the end of our trip was puzzling to me. A villa close to ours was playing music pretty loudly and I woke up to it around midnight. We'd been used to silence up til then except for the waves. The party that was going on was pretty loud and obnoxious but it was a Friday night, was only midnight, and I figured it would be ending soon so I put some ear plugs in and went back to bed. My boyfriend and I are young and can understand that people want to have a good time on vacation. What baffled me was when I woke up again around 3:00 a.m. and they were STILL at it. The music was so loud I thought it was coming from the pool speakers and not a villa itself. As I was finally ready to tell them to turn it down, we head someone speaking to them and they turned the music off. Either it was someone else from a villa or the security guard. If there was a security guard on staff, the music should have been turned down a lot earlier than that. It's a very family friendly place and I'm sure many parents had to deal with some cranky children who didn't get enough sleep because Snoop Dog was blasting into the wee hours of the morning. I'm sure this is an infrequent occurrence though based on the type of people that were there the other days.
Other than those minor details, the staff was wonderful and very accommodating and they made our stay very pleasant.
Cerritos Surf Colony also plans some pretty great entertainment throughout the week. A single Eli Manning comes multiple times throughout the week and plays some great cover songs. It was nice to hear live music. They also had a bonfire on Wednesday on the beach and though we didn't partake in it, it looked really cool.
The villa itself was comfortable. It gets cold at night but they had an extra quilt in the dresser. There was plenty of storage in the bedroom if you want to unpack all your clothes. The kitchen had minimal utensils and plates, but we came prepared and made do with what we had. It was really nice to be able to cook breakfast and lunch at our leisure to save on money. We got our groceries at the Mega on our way down and bought a boogie board as well for about $11. It was better than renting one each day. There are some problems with the villa. Our screen door was broken and part of the outside was peeling though that isn't too much of a problem. One of the drawers smelled really bad but we just took everything out of it we needed and never opened it again. There are tiny bugs all over the place and little spiders (I'm talking very very little) to came out of the sink when the water was turned on. This wasn't a big deal to us at all but if you don't like bugs you may want to stay somewhere else. Parts of the netting that kept bugs out were ripped so we got bit by mosquitoes every night. Again, not a big deal. I'm a little itchy right now but we just learned to wear bug spray to bed. We had a gecko sneak in through the ceiling one day but he was harmless and went back the way he came as soon as he saw us. I brought a mosquito net just in case, but the bugs weren't bad enough for us to use it. We always had hot water for showers as well.
The beach and surrounding area:
Overall, we had an absolute blast and had everything we needed to relax and unwind. The day beds were great to use during the day and the atmosphere was relaxed. We went in the pool and had a great time and saw a few people use the swim up bar. The water isn't heated but it wasn't cold. The kids that were staying there loved it! One side of it was a little dirtier than the other but we avoided that side and were fine. Only one hot tub heats up and both are a bit dirty. We didn't stay in it long but it was nice to go in at night and watch the stars. The ocean is cold so if you plan on surfing or boogie boarding bring some swim shirts and shorts for the kids. The waves are a little rough so families with young children should use caution. It was a blast to boogie board and ride the waves though.
The view is phenomenal to wake up to every day. I can't tell you how lucky we felt to see the waves as we ate breakfast on our porch. Watching the sunset was something I'll never forget and being able to see all the stars was amazing. Being so close to nature was definitely the best part of our trip. If you have a chance, go up to La Hacienda on the cliff and watch the sun set. It was great to relax up there with a drink by the pool. The pool and bar are open to Cerritos Surf Colony guests.
There was spotty wifi near the bar but we were close enough to it that we could use it in our villa. We didn't come to Cerritos Surf Colony to be on our phones and internet all day, so we mostly used it for looking things up and checking emails that we needed for day trips.
The bar and grill at the Surf Colony had a great food, but be prepared to pay normal American prices. We really enjoyed the coconut fish and chipotle fish.They do run out of some items as well so be flexible.
While you're at the surf colony you can rent surf boards and boogie boards and get lessons. You can also get massages, go horseback riding, and some other things as well. We planned trips though La Sirena and Todos Santos Eco Tours and those absolutely made our trip. I would recommend booking in advance.
Todos Santos and El Pescadero:
Another very important aspect of Cerritos Surf Colony is its proximity to El Pescadero and Todos Santos. My parents always tell me about how great Mexico "used to be" and I never thought I would be able to witness that in a safe town. This is exactly how I always envisioned it and the area exceeded my expectations. It was the perfect temperature (never too hot), had beautiful deserts that were great for hiking and wonderful beaches that were great for surfing. I can't begin to explain how beautiful it is here. We went horseback riding though the desert and on the beach and it is something I'll never forget. We also got to see endangered turtle hatchlings make it to the ocean to begin their lives at sea. This is open to the public through La Sirena and Francesca does an amazing job of educating people on turtle life.
Todos Santos and El Pescadero are cute little towns with many hidden treasures. There are great art galleries and amazing restaurants (I'm providing reviews for those individual places as well). We did not have a bad meal while we were here and being from Chicago, we're huge foodies and love to eat.
Cerritos Surf Colony has the best location and I believe that is the main reason people choose to stay here. The people that run the colony are very sweet as well. If the surf colony continues to make improvements it can be a really really great hotel. We look forward to returning one day and hope the area can stay the way it is. Thanks for an amazing vacation!
Feel free to message me with more questions! I'm more than willing to help people enjoy their time as best as they can :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cerritos Surf Colony is located on world famous Cerritos Beach with a reputation frequently noted in Surfer Magazine for champion surfing. Cerritos Beach is the best beach in Cabo, and voted first runner up in Los Cabos Magazine! Cerritos Surf Colony is a neighbor to both the Hacienda Cerritos Boutique Hotel (a majestic mansion hotel located on a private cliff at the shore of the ocean), and the celebrity frequented hot spot Cerritos Beach Club & Surf where you can get surfing lessons, board rental, and great food.Cerritos Surf Colony is a beach front resort of Mayan inspiration and thatched palm roofs. The free standing studio, one, two, and four bedroom villas are solar energy assisted. Enjoy our amazing swimming pool and bar, surf the waves out your back door , climb the Sierra de la Lagunas, explore the artist colony of Todos Santos, or just lay back in your own palm shaded hammock.ATV rental, horseback riding, kayaking, fishing, art gallery walks, hiking Triple Waterfall, Voluntourism, massage, are just some of the things to enjoy here in Baja California. Los Cerritos provides simplicity, tranquility and a break from city life that you have been longing for. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cerritos Surf Colony Hotel El Pescadero
- Cerritos Surf Town El Pescadero, Mexico - Todos Santos