location decision help!
Posted 29 November 2006 - 09:38 PM
here are the options (so far) that have dates available for us:
1) Dreams - why is there no swimming at this beach? is there beach/ocean access, i keep hearing mixed things and we're not sure what we think of AI idea...??
2) Marbella Suites en la playa (has anyone been here?)
3) Fiesta Americana - too expensive i think
4) Still waiting to hear about Cabo Surf & Casa del Mar & Hilton
any other fabulous suggestions of places i should look into...?? I really appreciate the input - this is such a hard decision! Jen
Posted 29 November 2006 - 09:44 PM
The whole thing with "no swimming" beaches is that the surf can get pretty violent, so people are discouraged from going out at non-swimming beaches. Read: your surfer friends would probably be in heaven!
Posted 29 November 2006 - 10:09 PM
we chose cabo because my dh and all his friends surf...the surfed a little in front of zippers (cabo surf hotel) but also rented a car and went surfing all over.
we had a large group with people of all ages...one of the best things about our DW was being able to share meals with everyone...at breakfast you knew where everyone was...we pretty much took over the restaurant...so an AI really worked for us.
a few questions to ask yourself:
1. how much do you want to pay for a room per night?
2. what is your budget for the festivities?
3. what is the demographic of your group? (mostly younger folks, family and grandparents)...
4. what do you envision as your DW?
hope this helps.
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Posted 29 November 2006 - 11:28 PM
If you are willing to look a little further up the coast, Todos Santos has great surfing and quite a few inns that are more traditional Mexican and much less expensive than the Los Cabos area. It is about a 45 minute drive. Personally I don't do all-inclusives b/c I like to be more adventurous with my meals and don't eat/drink enough to make it worth an extra premium of more than $100 per day... but your guests may love it. You might want to check with them about what they would prefer. I loved the Cabo Surf, but our quote was really high for the rooms and we just couldn't ask many of our broke friends to pay that much.
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Posted 30 November 2006 - 12:08 AM
We chose Dreams because I really liked their wedding package. And we wanted to do AI because it acutally cut down the cost for us to throw our dream (no pun intended wedding. Our friends are drinkers and we knew our bar bill would be outrageous. But it worked out to be more cost effective for our guests too. It is a really beautiful location!
Regarding not swimming in the ocean. There is a very strong undertow and, basically if you try and swim in it, it pulls you straight out to sea. When we were there we had head about a child that had drowned (not at Dreams, I think in front of the RIU) because they were swimming in the ocean. So SAD.
You can walk down and put your toes in, but the waves crash really hard on shore. It sounds crazy but you can feel the power of the ocean. Once I saw that, I understood why you can't swim in there.
I think the only swimming beach is Playa Medano. But that is in the craziness of Cabo San Lucas and problaby not the best spot for a wedding?
Check out Villa La Estancia. They are condos, on the swimming beach, but in the quieter part of Playa Medano. If you have you wedding there, there are tons of other hotels nearby, of all price ranges. But, again, you are in Cabo San Lucas, not the corridor.
Posted 30 November 2006 - 12:47 AM
marbella en la playa is a good option for a more budget friendly wedding - room rates are quite low for being on the beach. It doesn't feel like a big resort at all. There's a really pretty place for the reception downstairs near the pool/bar area.
The rooms aren't great - though they are clean and perfectly fine. They all have sort of kitchenettes though I'm not sure if there's an actual stove or microwave in them.
Cabo Surf, Casa del Mar, Hilton, Dreams and Fiesta Americana are all pretty expensive for their rooms. I just booked some co-workers (unwedding related) at Pueblo Bonito Rose for a good rate. I know they have a swimmable beach (medano) but they're more in Cabo San Lucas than San Jose. I myself have never actually been there.
I think you should definitely check out the Presiendente Intercontinental. It's an AI and while it's very family friendly it's all the way in San Jose (on the beach). It is a resort but it's pretty lovely and the rates are also very reasonable - especially for AI.
Posted 30 November 2006 - 10:41 AM
I fell in love with Melia San Lucas resort, the rooms were very nice and like I said it's on a beach you can swim in. However the only spot to really have a wedding is pool side and even then it would have to be a somewhat small ceremony becuase it's a thight spot. Wasn't the "look" we wanted for our wedding but its very pretty. I think Rebecca's suggestion of Villa La Estancia might be a good choice for you, it's a little pricy but might be worth it to get what your looking for.
Posted 30 November 2006 - 03:03 PM
i did talk to someone who got married at Marbella Suites En La Playa and they were able to bring in alcohol themselves which would be a huge savings. they loved Marbella, however, would this place even be able to accommodate all of us?? they have 40 rooms, i just don't know how big the pool / reception area would be... i hate having to choose without seeing either place...!! i really appreciate all of the input!! we have to decide by the end of this week!!
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