For the second part of our trip, we spent 3 nights in an all inclusive resort located downtown Cabo. We wanted to be able to walk to the local bars, restaurants and to the Marina. We know that the beaches in the vicinity aren’t swimmable so we wanted to make sure we were near all the action in the city.
The concierge at the hotel recommended a booze cruise at sunset. The boat was just a quick walk down to the Marina. The music definitely got us cutting it up on the dance floor and the food was on point! We pigged out at the taco buffet and made new friends with a bunch of flight attendants. We said we were going to have 2 drinks but everytime we came back to our table, the cups were refilled!! Children were allowed on the boat ride which was surprising, we probably would have opted for an adults only one but it was nice to see the families having fun and dancing together.
We didn’t have much time in Cabo so right after the cruise, we took a quick nap and decided to check out downtown Cabo. We were going to walk but we ended up hitching a ride with one of the hotel staff members. He dropped us off to the infamous El Squid Roe. Its hard to explain what it is, you have to see it for yourself, photos do not do this place any justice! Its a 4 story mega bar with roof top with themed bars inside this huge open air space! A few of our friends recommended it to us and we turnt up so hard! We ended up trying to go back the next night but there was a crazy long line to get in, so we ended up checking out another night club just next door.
The Marina has a bunch of shops restaurants, bars, beauty services and attractions. We noticed there was a Lion Cub kiosk where you could hold a 3 month old cub and take unlimited photos. We were concerned for the cub since it was really hot that day, so we chatted with the owner and asked if the cub had water and how long it would be out that day including what happens after they grown up and he eagerly answered all our questions. He said the cubs are released to a sanctuary when they turn 4 months and they are rotated to ensure they aren’t “over worked” We snapped a photo with Naya and bid the vendor farewell. He ended up closing for a few hours due to the heat and for little Naya to be moved inside to air-con. We later found out, that we shouldn’t have given them our business. Apparently, its not a legit business, so we don’t know for sure if the lion cubs are given to a proper sanctuary once they grow up. The next day, we went back to Marina to buy some tequila, souvenirs and got a cheap massage before the long plane ride.
We found 1 of 2 of Cabos’ swimmable beaches, Chileno Beach. It was a 20 minute ride from our hotel via taxi. The beach doesn’t have any services but there are people who will rent you chairs and umbrellas. We didn’t see any washrooms, but there were a few porta potties so make sure you come dressed to swim. We were the only touristas there at that time, the other tourists were leaving and surprisingly only 1 person asked if we wanted to rent any beach stuff and no one came by to offer anything else. The water was clear and the waves were great for jumping into. Some kids were snorkeling near the rocks of the beach, others were just sitting near the shore waiting for the waves to suck them into the ocean. It took us a few minutes to find a cab back. We used our broken Spanish to explain to some of the locals where we wanted to go. They were so helpful! Everybody and they mama was trying to help us get a cab back to town.
We had a great time in Cabo and felt extremely safe during our trip. The next time we visit, we would like to stay at an Air Bnb or a smaller boutique hotel so we can enjoy more of the local restaurants and night life. There were so many things to do in the downtown area and the streets were live with people walking around day & night. Do you have any recommendations for things to do in Cabo San Lucas? If so, let us know we’d love to hear from you!