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#1 A10CalGal

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    Posted 31 March 2007 - 07:28 PM

    We were lucky enough to be able to stay in Cabo for almost 2 more weeks after our wedding day. It's a really good thing we planned this extra time, otherwise I would have come home more stressed than before we left! We unfortunately had to move from the Cabo Surf for the remainder of our stay - it would have broke us! Anyway, I put R in charge of honeymoon plans, which in hind sight probably wasn't fair since he's never been to Cabo...none the less we had a spectacular time. He says he would have booked something in the corridor instead of downtown if he would have known the difference...

    We stayed at the Villa De Palmar Beach & Spa resort, which is basically a condo developement on Medano Beach - almost as far away from the "beach scene" as you can get - which is good, because it was Spring Break time. My initial impression when we got there on the Sunday after the wedding was "holy shit, what have we gotten ourselves into." I think I felt this way because we had gone from a small boutique hotel of approx 24 rooms to a mega resort with like 400 rooms. It was a totally different feel. HOWEVER, it ended up being just fine for us. Our room was great because it had a full kitchen an a nice sized patio with a partial ocean view. We stocked our fridge with tons of beer & water and various snack food. We were also on the very top floor in a corner unit which substantially cut down any noise annoyance.

    Also, since we had the kids for a couple days, this place was GREAT for them - 3 pools, a big whale slide, hot tubs, swimmable beach, etc - they could just go nuts without us having to worry about them too much. The location was good too for being "down town" - it is on the outskirts of down town...you can walk or drive to all the craziness near the marina if you want. We had a car so we pretty much drove everywhere, but a lot of people walked. It was a good 15 minute walk down the beach to restaurants like The Office, Mango Deck, Sand Bar, etc. So, by the time we would get there we would feel fully justified in eating a big meal with several beers/margs :)

    Once the kids left, we got into a pretty good routine of heading down to the beach in the morning to claim our spot, going for breakfast & then spending the remainder of the day relaxing on the beach - reading, napping, drinking beers, swimming in the ocean, just basicalling CHILLING THE F OUT! We did an inordinant amount of this, and it was much needed for both of us. In the evening we usually went out to a nice restaurant or called in for room service. I think a few times we actually at left overs from a previous nights dinner.

    Here are the restaurants we enjoyed and the few activities we partook, in no particular order....

    RESTAURANTS
    La Dolce (San Jose) - we pretty much stumbled into this restaurant while trying to find La Panga Antigua...we were just so hungry we had to stop. GREAT FIND! It's an Italian spot with fresh made pasta's, yummy looking pizzas and a decent wine list. There is all kinds of cool art hanging on the walls and the kitchen is open, so you can see what's going on back there & smell all the yummy smells.

    La Panga Antigua (San Jose) - lots of people have raved about this restaurant, which is why we wanted to go. Well, we got bad directions & were looking on the wrong side of the church. Anyway, we finally found it after we ate at La Dolce so we decided to go in and have a drink. Unbelievable ambiance in their gorgeous outdoor courtyard. Impeccable service. Super romantic. We will eat a full meal there next time!

    Puerta Vieja (Cabo - on the highway near Sunset Da Mona Lisa) I'd been here on a prior trip, so I knew we had to go. Rafael really wanted to go to Ruth Chris, but I told him PV has excellent steaks, so he agreed to go :) This is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Cabo for it's amazing view of the arc, its wonderful architecture and interior design, and for its great food and shockingly low prices. R had the "Cowboy Steak" which was the special of the nigth - holy crap, this thing was huge! He said it was the best steak he'd ever had. His plate was $30. I had the lobster & filet mignon combo for $28 - it actually came with 2 lobster tails & a huge filet. We finished off with Mexican coffee - they do a great show of preparing it table side that is not to be missed.

    Seven Seas (at the Cabo Surf Hotel) - we ate many a meal here, since we stayed for several days preceeding the wedding. This really is a beautiful seaside restaurant with excellent food. It would make for a nice romantic dinner. It's not cheap, but also not overly expensive. The service is always top notch.

    La Perla (at Villa Del Arco in Cabo) - Expensive. Nice atmosphere, good food, good service. I think you could definitely do better for the money. They were really great though, they knew we were on our honeymoon, so they treated us to a heart shaped tres leches cake with something nice written on the top.

    Mariscos Tres Islas (off the beaten path in downtown Cabo on one of the dirt roads) - Holy Crap! I wish we would have found this place sooner - it was hands down THE BEST FOOD we ate while in Cabo. And, it was the cheapest! It's an open air family operated restaurant with plastic chairs & tables - the kind of place most tourists would never go, so we thought we should try it. Freshly harvested & shucked oysters - the best I've ever had. We had 4 beers, 6 oyesters, a fish taco plate & a fish fillet plate for $27. If you are into non-touristy spots - this is a must!

    Sand Bar (Cabo on Medano Beach) - we ate breakfast here a few times instead of going to The Office. While I love The Office, it's gotten really pricey...so we decided to try the Sand Bar which was also a little closer to our resort. They're prices are much lower for good food - the same you'd find at the Office. They also do all day happy hour like all the other beach spots (2 for one beers & domestic liquor all day). There is also a lady that does foot reflexology & pedicures - it's called the "Get Hammered while you get Nailed" special: $30 for a 40 minute reflexology massage OR pedicure and it comes with a bucket of beers or a pitcher of margi's. Unfortunately, she was always booked, so I never got to try

    Tobascos (Cabo on Medano Beach) - We went here for dinner one night with my best friend & her hubby. It was a little chilly that night & we were offered blankets to keep us warm. We were also given a complimentary after dinner drink. I wasn't very hungry, so I just had a quesadilla. R had some VERY YUMMY coconut shrimp that were huge. My BF had steak & lobster...everybody seemed really happy, but the next day we all felt a little bit "off" R was sure he had a low grade of food poisoning.

    BARS/LOUNGES
    We went out on the town BIG one night with a few of our guests & our 16 year old....

    The Nowhere Bar - on the marina. A big fav of mine. We were planning to have sushi from the restaurant next door, but they are closed on Mondays, so we had a few drinks (apparently it was happy hour - 2 for 1 again).

    Cabo Wabo - we ate dinner here & then rocked out to the house band The Waboritas...they were awesome! It is a bit commercial, but definitely a fun place when the band is playing. There was a big fat guy in the bar that kept falling asleep in his chair...too comical. Then a girl went up to him & basically gave him a lap dance to try to wake him up - boy didn't even know what he'd missed!

    Squid Roe - they wouldn't let Richard in - which was weird, so we had to move on. This did not break my heart at all...been there done that.

    Zoo Bar - more of a hip hop music scene. Really nice inside compared to Squid. Richard had a good time here, to my complete horror...I almost threw up when I saw him dancing (ahem...I should say grinding) with a few girls...that was very strange for me. Anyways, a fun & nicer place in the downtown bar scene.

    Barometro (on the marina near the Harley Davidson cafe) - I saw this place one night and decided we absolutely HAD TO GO! Very modern place. Cool lighting, cool music, a big projection screen on the wall. It's really hard to describe - I would call it an upscale loungey spot. We loved it. They have great house wines...

    ADVENTURES

    Todos Santos - we took a drive up the pacific side of baja on a Sunday. I've never been up this way & I was awestruck...the pristine coastline is amazing. We stopped a few places on the way just so we could check out the beach. Todos was a quaint little town with all kinds of interesting things going on. This is definitely worth the drive if you've got the time! I think we left around 11 am and were back in Cabo before dark. I think I want to retire to the Pacific coast of Baja...

    Tropicat Sunset Jazz sail - this is the more adult version of the booze cruise. The Tropicat Catamaran is amazingly big & comfortable. They play jazz music in the background, have a full open bar & serve yummy appetizers. They take you out to view Lovers Beach, the arc, and then around to the Pacific side where the surf definitely gets a little violent. We were both so glad we did this - it was very romantic, fun and free of any spastic spring breakers.

    San Jose Days - this is a celebration of the city's anniversary that takes over all of down town San Jose. It's like a carnival on acid. But, it was definitely a fun way to take in the local culture, eat some cheap authentic food & get some free people watching entertainment in.

    Holy crap - I've been typing forever & I know I forgot a few things...so ask any questions you might have. I hope this info helps somebody!

    #2 Jtds2713

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      Posted 31 March 2007 - 11:11 PM

      Thank you! What a thorough review! We are having our rehearsal dinner at Puerta Vieja and I was deciding between PV and Baja Cantina but your review convinced me! We have a lot of men in our wedding party and the steaks will be a popular choice. The manager is so nice and the prices are great! It is also near RIU Palace where most of our guests are staying so it is very convenient for our guests!

      I am glad you and your fiance had a wonderful time! Congratulations to you both!

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      Posted 01 April 2007 - 12:18 AM

      Your honeymoon sounds perfect. I'm so happy for you Christa!!! I think I may be more excited for the honeymoon part than the actual wedding. I don't like alot of attention. Relaxing on the beach every day definitley appeals to me! Must have been nice to FINALLY relax after everthing was said and done.

      Awe... congrats again!

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        Posted 01 April 2007 - 08:23 AM

        yea christa!!!!!! we've missed you. i was wondeirng how things were going. sounds like everything went awesome- congrats
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          Posted 01 April 2007 - 09:45 AM

          Yay Christa! It sounds like you and Rafael had a very nice relaxing honeymoon. Relaxing on the beach everyday for 2 weeks sounds like heaven right now!
          It's so great to have you back, hopefully you can figure out how to post your slideshow- unfortunately I have no idea how to help you with that.
          Thanks for all the info on the restaurants- sounds like you two ate your way through Cabo! lol
          I'm also glad you liked the Tropicat tour- that was one we were considering...

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            Posted 01 April 2007 - 11:37 AM

            Christa, any pictures you can share with me on VDP? Also how did you car rental go for the two weeks, and what was the finial price and did you have to get the insurance?

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              Posted 01 April 2007 - 01:57 PM

              Christa-

              Sounds like you had a perfect honeymoon!

              I'm so glad you like Todos Santos ! It is my favorite town in the Baja. I am getting ready to buy a two bedroom house overlooking the Todos Santos Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean. I think we will be putting in an offer next week.
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              #8 A10CalGal

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                Posted 01 April 2007 - 02:03 PM

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                Originally Posted by TAMMYM
                Christa, any pictures you can share with me on VDP? Also how did you car rental go for the two weeks, and what was the finial price and did you have to get the insurance?
                Tammy - eek! I have to check our reams of photos to see if we even bothered to take any of VDP...

                Car rental - the final price was like $650 for 16 days. Yep, we had to get the insurance. I think it was like $16/day. So, that made up a huge portion of our bill. I think you can avoid this if you use the right credit card & bring with you a print out of their coverage policy. My mistake was that I only have a Mastercard that is a bank card ...the only other CC I have is Discover, and they don't accept that in Mexico. So, I had to use the MC, and as a bank debit/credit card it doesn't offer the same coverages as a standard card. Hope that makes sense.

                It was totally worth having a car for us. As expected, we ended up being the shuttle for people like my mom who didn't think they needed a car. That became a HUGE pain in the ass. I would definitely encourage you & your guests to rent cars (read: Marty should get her own!)

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                  Posted 01 April 2007 - 02:05 PM

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                  Christa-

                  Sounds like you had a perfect honeymoon!

                  I'm so glad you like Todos Santos ! It is my favorite town in the Baja. I am getting ready to buy a two bedroom house overlooking the Todos Santos Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean. I think we will be putting in an offer next week.
                  Oh my gosh - how exciting!! I am so jealous. It seems like it would be totally affordable based on what we saw there. There is so much new construction that is for sale, and then it also looks like some construction projects have been abandoned.

                  We absolutely loved the Pacific side - Cerritos, Todos Santos,etc. To me the miles of pristine untouched beach was heaven. We even saw a whale while we were out there.

                  I want to hear more about your TS purchase if you are willing to share...PM me!!

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                    Posted 01 April 2007 - 02:08 PM

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                    Yay Christa! It sounds like you and Rafael had a very nice relaxing honeymoon. Relaxing on the beach everyday for 2 weeks sounds like heaven right now!
                    It's so great to have you back, hopefully you can figure out how to post your slideshow- unfortunately I have no idea how to help you with that.
                    Thanks for all the info on the restaurants- sounds like you two ate your way through Cabo! lol
                    I'm also glad you liked the Tropicat tour- that was one we were considering...
                    Yeah, I hope I can fit into my work clothing for tomorrow! We did eat at a lot of places, but honestly, I couldn't eat much in terms of portion sizes. Although, I probably made up for that with beer & margarita consumption...lol.

                    Definitely spring for the Tropicat tour - it's wonderful. The staff is super, apps yummy & they have liberal bar. I think we paid $41 each.




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