I love Mexico—I’ve visited our Southern neighbor so many times it’s hard to keep track. Much of my travels have been to the Mayan Riviera—Cancun, Cozumel, Riviera Maya, Tulum, and the surrounding areas. This part of Mexico is rich in lush vegetation, with tropical jungles and provides the experience that comes to mind when you envision Mexico: large resorts, tacos and tropical drinks, and beautiful beaches.
However, I’d never journeyed to the West —until my recent vacation in Cabo San Lucas, which is everything I’d heard and more. Cabo is idyllic, with its desert landscape dotted with Saguaro cacti and the hotels perched atop dramatic, jaw-dropping cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
I was fortunate enough to stay at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, a stunning resort atop a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the breathtaking landscapes in the heart of Cabo San Lucas. Pacifica is one of several hotels across Mexico owned by Pueblo Bonito Resorts, a high-end resort and golf property group. Pueblo Bonito was an utterly divine experience—I was skeptical that a resort could be both “luxury” and “all-inclusive” and I was absolutely proved wrong—because anything is possible in Cabo.
Perched atop the sandstone cliffs of Cabo, Pueblo Bonito’s architecture and design is simply stunning—the hotel is a light cream with wooden accents, a gorgeous group of buildings that nearly blend into the landscape and look simply serene. My room looked out upon the gorgeous pool grounds, which was beautifully landscaped with rocky terrain and cacti. As it turns out, every room at Pueblo Bonito is a suite with ocean views, ensuring everyone feels like a VIP.
The rooms feel like a Restoration Hardware catalog, lots of white and dark wood detailing, with modern amenities and thoughtful touches like quality bath products, temperature control, and a pillow menu. I’ve literally never seen so many pillows—there must have been 20, and there was also a pillow menu, in case that 20 did not meet my needs.
My biggest gripe with all inclusive resorts is always the food—I feel they can get there with the amenities, activities, rooms, and service. But, quality food is hard to come by at scale, or at a bulk price, or via buffet. Well, I stand corrected—at least, in this instance.
On our first night at Pueblo Bonito, we sat overlooking the Pacific Ocean surrounded by fire places and were taken through a culinary experience highlighting the local ingredients—mostly fish and vegetables—during a five-course tasting menu. The serene setting was classically Cabo—gorgeous views, chilly Pacific Ocean air, and Modern California meets Mexican cuisine. There were multiple, idyllic spots where you could enjoy breakfast by the pool, facing the ocean, as well as complimentary room service featuring fresh fruit, eggs, coffee, and everything I love to eat at the start of the day.
Typically, people visit Cabo for three reasons: the golf, the sun, and the whales—but Cabo is rapidly becoming a dining destination—a haven of luxury resorts and chic restaurants featuring local, all-natural modern Mexican-American cuisine.
Here are five reasons you should put Cabo on the top of your list for your next tropical vacay.
The Climate & The Landscape
The West Coast is significantly less humid, a huge plus for those who are heat sensitive and can’t handle the jungle heat. While I love a good tropical 95 degree setting, my hair does not. I was grateful to not spend my afternoons fighting with my straightening iron before heading out to dinner and cocktails.
In addition to the temperatures, the climate is stunning: gorgeous sand desserts that blend into cliffs overlooking the ocean. The views on the drive from the airport were stunning, but were nothing compared to those from the putting greens on the Pueblo Bonito golf course.
The Food & Commitment to Locality
I travel for the food—and Cabo is a culinary destination. With access to fertile farmland and the ocean’s bounty, Cabo offers a wealth of fresh fare—and the local chefs source right from the region’s farms for decadent results. Restaurants like Flora Farms, Los Tamarindos, and Acre are garnering widespread acclaim. Meanwhile, at Los Cabos (Pueblo Bonito Pacifica), the chefs use herbs and vegetables from the property’s own gardens alongside fresh caught seafood. The wine list is similarly impressive.
The Wildlife & Whale Watching
I love activities—and also turn into a toddler when presented with a cute creature. While whales are hardly cute, they are absolutely stunning, and I would go so far as to say that whale watching was a transformative experience. We started the morning early with Cabo Adventures, journeying out into the Bay of Cabo on a small Zodiac boat, learning the area’s history, saying hello to the smelly sea lions, and chasing down humpbacks in the small, nimble boat gliding over the ocean.
The Golf & Sports
Cabo is a golfer’s paradise, with Quivira Los Cabos being one of Golf Digest’s World Top 100 Courses. For those who don’t golf, the resort and the surrounding area also offer other sporting opportunities for enthusiasts: tennis, swimming, sailing, hiking, running, and more. I love activities, so while at Pueblo Bonito, I took a golf lesson, a tennis lesson, a salsa lesson, and a cooking lesson—it’s good to always keep learning.
The Luxurious Lifestyle
It’s hard to put it any other way, but, Cabo is posh. There are no Señor Frogs or bed bug ridden spring break hotels in this Mexican town, Cabo is home to more five-star resorts than anywhere else, the golf is spectacular, and the food is divine. If you’re looking for an elevated, calm, and sophisticated holiday destination, Cabo is your destination.
To learn more about Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, visit the website.
Previo Paraiso Escondido s/n, Centro, 23450 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico