Review of Bahia Principe Luxury Akumal Resort

Review of Bahia Principe Luxury Akumal Resort

The Bahia Principe Akumal is a luxury resort located in Akumal Mexico along the Mayan Riviera. In this video I provide tips, advice, and reviews on my experience at the Bahia Principe resort.

I’m Kim, the Abundant Traveler and welcome to the Bahia Principe Luxury Resort.

I am staying here for three nights. I’m going to check out everything there is to do from enjoying volleyball to eating at all the different restaurants I can get my hands on, drinking some cocktails and swimming in the beautiful Riviera Maya ocean. I cannot wait, so let’s go check out this hotel. Come on with me.

It’s awfully quiet right now but normally there are six to seven thousand people that are staying at these different properties. I don’t know how many stay in this hotel but there are four hotels in this particular compound.

There’s one called Coba, that is off the water. The one I’m staying at is luxury which is on the ocean. There’s another one called Tulum, that is also on the ocean and then the Cian Khan which is actually named after the biosphere south of Tulum, that is actually on the golf course.

So, this property, if you’re traveling with a family, it is great for kids. If you’re traveling just with adults like I am, staying in the building number 83, that is adults only, there is a small restaurant there called Las Corales and they serve breakfast and lunch there.

The pool on that side is also for adults only and the beach is for adults only. So, it’s really nice if you’re planning on coming on an adult only trip.

So, now I’m going to take you on a little tour of my hotel room, it looks like the images that they have online. If you want to book this property, I will share the link in the description below for how I booked this property.

This is the hotel bathroom. You have a shower and you have a bathtub here and yes, it’s got reverb. But you can see that I have two double beds, I have a sitting area, I have a TV as well and a little balcony and I do like staying on the first floor. I get to see all the animals in the evening and it’s been really nice.

There’s actually an extra bed right here as well, so you could have a guest if you want to sleep really close to the person, there’s two beds so you could get four plus maybe one person here as well.

The mini bar is here and they put some goodies in it, oops, they put goodies in it snacks and everything so, and they refill it every day with everything that you could possibly want.

They also have robes and they have a robe there which has been great to have and little slippers as well and of course they have a safe. No matter what you do, you want to keep your passport in the safe, just a big tip when you’re traveling overseas in general. Always leave your passport in the safe at the hotel and bring some other form of identification with you, so when you’re using a credit card and they need identification, they have something else or if something happens to you, you have one form of identification but if you lose that, you still have your passport so you don’t have to go to the embassy and get a new passport. So, that is a major tip for when you’re traveling overseas.

In addition to the main restaurants here, you have a couple extra things as well.

One, you have a sports bar and that sports bar is open in the evening and definitely the place for the guys if you want to go check out whatever sports are happening. There’s also a coffee shop where you can buy some of the delicious Mexican chocolates as well get some ice cream and have your espresso cappuccino or lattes. There is also a snack bar and the snack bar is open 24 hours a day, so when the restaurants in the buffet are not open the snack bar is open.

Inside the snack bar, it’s simple things like pizza, quesadillas, simple things like that and all you need is more love. If you’re here on a romantic getaway, you can have a special dinner behind this love sign, they set up a table and will serve you from one of the restaurants.

It is a great experience. I also saw last evening a big group of about 12 people having a delicious dinner out here as well having a big party for somebody’s birthday. We all need more love.

So, here’s the love sign and here is Frutos del Mar, this is a restaurant I went to last night and I had the whole grouper, that was freshly prepared caught today.

You can see here just behind me this is the map of the entire property. This restaurant is Las Corales (it’s hard for me to pronounce) and this is open for breakfast and lunch only and then you have the Acuario which is a snack bar and the snack bar is open 24 hours a day.

The Dolce Vita is the Italian restaurant. And then, they also have the Frutos del Mar which is the fish restaurant, and then this right here is the main buffet dining area and underneath you have the spa. The fine dining restaurant is here, Artists Delicious, I heard you can get Hua and all sorts of goodies there as well.

This is Alebrije, that is the Mexican restaurant, it’s usually La Dolce Vita and from here I would say it’s about a six-minute walk, from here over to the adults area, well worth walking unless it’s the middle of the day and then it’s definitely time to take the train with the sweet guys that’ll pick you up and play macarena in the train for you.

Since this hotel is in the middle of basically nowhere, the taxis are quite expensive. So, if you’re going to be staying here, I recommend staying maybe three days and spend most of your time on property. I went to aqua mall and it cost 270 pesos each way which is around 12, 13 dollars with the current exchange rate, but I felt it was quite expensive, I would recommend that you stay part-time in an all-inclusive to enjoy the relaxing time and then spend part time in a city or a little closer to a particular town either Tulum or actually in Akumal or in Playa Del Carmen.

The property is very spread out and it requires a lot of walking especially if you are staying in the adult only area. The good news is that there is a trolley system that operates 24/7, and this little trolley will zip you around the entire complex from the Oceana disco or to your dinner reservation at the different restaurants or between the different swimming pools.

Each day while you’re here, they have lots of events whether you want, water volleyball or you want to do yoga. There’s also a theater that in the evenings, they have theater for the kids mostly if you go to the main entrance which is by the highway, they have a disco and a casino and if you’re a shopper, there are plenty of places to shop, there is a gorgeous jewelry store inside the lobby, there’s also a snack shop with lots of little trinkets and then if you go to the Hacienda Isabel where the casino and the discotec are, there are plenty of little shops there.

So, I’ve just come into the lobby and it is a beautiful lobby, it is gigantic, I can’t imagine what this is like when this place is full but the reception is over here, you can see across the way there’s a beautiful sculpture here as well, plenty of places to sit and in the evenings, you can come down here and grab a cocktail they have some premium liquors and a bar here as well. You can see behind me right here, there is an ATM but this particular ATM is only US dollars, so make sure when you are going to an ATM here on property that you ask for a ride on the train to the Hacienda Isabel or the Hacienda Isabel where the disco and the casino are around the corner there on property is an ATM with Mexican pesos. And, I find that in general ATMs using your debit card is the best way and the best exchange rate when you are traveling here in Mexico.

This is the main pool, it’s packed during the day, lots of people it doesn’t matter what time of the day is you can actually go to the bar and grab a cocktail or grab some juice. Also, over here they have the list of things that they’re doing every single day whether it’s yoga or the beach volleyball. You can see just here; all you have to do is pop over here and see what the events are. Also, in this area you have the gym, I did not go to the gym but I did walk in, it was really nice and around the corner is the spa and I definitely recommend that you go to the spa while you’re here and make sure to ask for Frida, I had a Mayan massage and it was absolutely delicious last evening, it was very lymphatic-ish, lots of oil in my hair and all over, it was a great massage and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Make sure when you’re coming to this particular all-inclusive or any for that matter, you bring plenty of cover-ups and some flip-flops, none of the restaurants will allow you to go into the restaurant without a cover-up and your flip-flops. And also, you can see this beautiful tile work here, this is actually very hot during the day so when you’re up and moving around you definitely are going to the bar and getting a drink, you definitely want to be wearing your flip-flops. I’m not sure if you’re aware the Riviera Maya and all of the resorts and everything were actually cut out of the jungle. So, it is quite jungly and humid, it’s extremely humid, it’s September, it’s about 19 degrees and probably 120% humidity but here in the jungle, you have lots of animals and you can see them come out, some come out during the day, some come out in the evening, you can see iguanas all of the time, you can see iguanas on the beach with you, you can see them running through the jungle or on the path so be prepared that they’re little critters running around.

I am now walking over to the beach and this is the main beach, there are people out here that are going to come bring you drinks, you can actually get food out here as well and speaking of food. Not only do we have the buffet and all of the restaurants that I mentioned, you actually can do room service as well, no matter what you need in your room all you have to do is ask your call room service and you can ask your butler, that’s very cool. This particular hotel has butlers in every single building, so if you need anything for your room whether you need pillows or sheets or extra water towels, anything like that, all you have to do is go to the end of the hallway and ask your butler.

A recommendation that I have for everyone staying at this all-inclusive or other ones here in Mexico is have some small money with you even though your meals are all-inclusive, the staff is always appreciative of a little bit of a tip. So, I tend to leave depending, you know, maybe 50 pesos for breakfast or 100 pesos for dinner or just something really nice a little extra for them, it’s really appreciated.

So, the best way to get to this hotel is to come into the International Airport of Cancun, and from Cancun you can take a taxi but I definitely recommend booking a shuttle in advance, I like to take happy shuttle and I’ve left a link in the description below for taking a private shuttle all the way to this hotel, it is 56 miles from the Cancun airport to this hotel and also if you want to take some day trips, then it is 24 miles you can take a taxi to playa, if you want to go shopping at Quinta Avenida or fifth avenue, they you can also go to Akumal, I went to Akumal and swim with the turtles one day. And also, if you’re interested in going to Tulum, Tulum is 13 miles away. And a tip for coming into the Cancun airport as I mentioned previously, go ahead and book your transportation in advance, you kind of run the gauntlet for all the timeshares, they’re trying to get you to come over, they’ll give you a ride if you’ll go see your place. So, it is best to go ahead and book your transportation in advance, run through that gauntlet go straight outside and make sure somebody is outside waiting for you with your name on it. Makes life so much easier.

So, let me know in the comments below what you think of this hotel, also let me know any all-inclusive in the Riviera Maya that you think that I must try. I’m Kim the abundant traveler, I’ll see you on the next adventure. Thanks so much for watching.

Top 10 Things to Do in Cabo San Lucas

Top 10 Things to Do in Cabo San Lucas

Are you traveling to Cabo San Lucas soon? These are the top 10 things to do in Cabo San Lucas! It’s one of my favorite places in the whole world and I’m excited to share the best things to do in Cabo. Today, I’m sharing what to see and do in Cabo. I talk about my favorite Cabo food tour, shopping in Cabo, and the best nightlife in Los Cabos. If you want to see where to watch a Cabo sunset, watching a Cabo sunrise on the Cabo beaches. I hope you enjoy my Baja California Peninsula guide.

  1. Go shopping on the beach!
  2. Get homemade tamales from Lupe on the beach
  3.  Go to La Lupita for the best tacos in Cabo
  4.  Catch the sunrise and sunset
  5.  Go on a sunset cruise
  6.  Take a water taxi to Lover’s Beach
  7.  Experience Cabo nightlife
  8.  Try an adventure sport like jet skiing, horseback riding, paragliding and more
  9.  Take a day trip to Todos Santos
  10. Try Mezcal (instead of tequila)

I’m Kim, the abundant traveler and this is Cabo San Lucas. I’m in the Baja Peninsula this week, having a great time with some girlfriends and I’m going to be sharing with you my top 10 things to do when you’re visiting Cabo.

Number one, the first thing you need to do is to understand you have to go shopping when you’re laying out on the beach, there are lots and lots of guys walking around, hawking their wares. Some of the guys have been out here 20-something years selling and hawking their wares, so me and my girlfriends we have bought silver, probably not, real but still fun to shop blankets, we have two wrongs. Make sure when you’re in Cabo and you’re at the beach that you get your shop on it, bring a lot and lots of cash with you, lots of cash and negotiate at least 50% off from the original price that they’re asking.

Number two, there is someone that is so special, hawking his wares actually his wife’s wears when you’re on the beach, his name is Lupe and he walks up and down the beach every single day. So, if you are coming to Cabo and you’re out at the beach and…
And he is cane around, a big case that is empty where he’s writing orders. Typically, he has beef, chicken and a cheese with poblano pepper and each day the girls and I have been out here, we have had some of his tamales.

Oh, my goodness, these tamales, I got to cheese and one with ground beef and they are the finest tamales I think I’ve ever had, Cheers.

Speaking of food, you have to do number three. Number three was recommended by a very good friend of mine as well as a friend of mine from Mexico City, it is a taco bar called La Lupita, it’s just down the street from our hotel and they have the most divine tacos, I think I have ever had.
They are a little on the luxurious side, they have pork belly or they have lamb barbacoa they also have this amazing taco that is a cheese shell with a pork out pus door inside, it is so delicious. So, make sure when you are coming to Cabo that you go to La Lupita and make sure that you order three different tacos are four different tacos each person that you’re with, so you can go around and taste probably 12 to 15 different tacos. It is so worth it; I’ve been there twice.

If you’re up before sunrise then should you come out and you watch the spectacular views. The sun rises are just before 7:00 a.m. and it’s ridiculously gorgeous, you have the sunrise over here and then you have any critical sunsets over the mountains, but right now it’s a little early after a few days in Cabo. So, I need a little bit more coffee.

The sunset sets over the arch and the rocks over on the west side and the sunrise comes up over the Bay of Cortez and no matter where you are in Cabo, the sunsets and sunrises are to die for.

Speaking of sunsets and sunrises, I definitely suggest that you go out and do a sunset cruise from there Marino. We went on a sailboat with about 35 people.

Tonight, we are on a sailboat and I have left a link in the description below, we’re going to have a dinner with some shrimp and the cocktails are you can drink and a sunset cruise north to the arts and we had a gourmet meal all the alcohol you could drink which is sort of normal in Cabo for one cent price but you want to make sure that you’re all-inclusive drinking includes high-quality alcohol, not just the cheap stuff. So, we paid a little extra we had a beautiful sailboat with staff that was fantastic, we sat at the front of the boat and just enjoy the view and enjoyed the sunset. And before I move on to the next thing, you have to do while you’re in Cabo, I would suggest that you go to the description below and join the tribe, each week I put out an email that gives tips, tricks and hacks that help you enjoy your trips even more.

So, next I suggest if you want to go spend some time at the arch and lovers beach and divorce beach, my suggestion is that you just pick up one of the taxis from the beach right behind me, they will take you over there, leave you as long as you want and bring you back.

So, we’re going to be spending about 30 minutes at lower speeds, we’re going to go around, take a quick tour and to go see the arts they sent us around we got all the pictures we wanted to, then they dropped us off at the beach we got to see at the beach, take some more photos we could have stayed a half an hour or we could have stayed all afternoon and then when we were ready Louise came back, waved to us picked us up and in about 11 minutes, we were back at the beach by our hotel. So, yes, I suggest paying extra and going on a sunset cruise but I suggest taking a water taxi if you’re just going to go to lover’s beach.

And number seven, I’m going to be short and sweet while you’re in Cabo, go all out, make sure that you go at least once to one of the clubs. If you’re not a big clubber and you feel that this is not your thing, still go out, see some karaoke, get out long after dark 10, 11, 12 O’clock. If you can stay up, go out at like 1 O’clock, it’s a whole different city. It’s really fun.

And number eight, this town is known for its adventure sports from paragliding and parachuting to jet skis to stand-up paddleboards, you can also go horseback riding and ride camels. Every sport that I think you want to do, you can find here in Cabo San Lucas. For me, I think the best thing that you can do and it’s really dusty and really dirty is to take a UTV or an ATV out into the desert and then go out riding on the beach, this trip I didn’t get the opportunity to do that but my suggestion is to go with g-force adventures and go out, it’s a two or three hour trip that pick you up at your hotel and drop you off and you are out there in the desert getting it, just to get in it, okay? that was my Alabama coming out. That was totally my Alabama I come where I was really coming out getting it.

And number nine, for the top things to do when you’re visiting Cabo San Lucas is to actually leave Carlos and Lucas, there are fantastic day trips and the girls and I we went to total Santos for the day, there’s lots of shopping and there was a fantastic restaurant with some of the world-famous margaritas called tequila sunrise, make sure to ask for men well he is the owner and his two daughters are there, they will take excellent care of you. I also suggest that you get the Kemon on or the shrimp Reno, it was ooh scrumptious but going to total Santos is a lot of fun, it is Puebla Mahita which is a magic village and it’s a lot of fun just to take a day trip. Make sure when you are on your way home that you stop at the hotel San Cristobal. And the hotel San Cristobal is in the middle of nowhere you’re not going to know where you’re going, it’s a down a dirt road you don’t know what you’re after but when you get there it is absolute paradise. So, make sure that if you are not driving yourself that you ask your driver just have enough time to go to hotel San Cristobal, you can get a drink a couple of apps before you head back to Cabo San Lucas.

And last but not least is just come with your friends, enjoy your time sit back relax on the beach enjoy a couple of cocktails and make sure that you try some mess cow which is more typical for Mexicans and then tequila. You see tequila everywhere but there’s lots of mezcal to be had as well. So, come, enjoy, relax and have a great time.

So, I know that you’ve been waiting this entire video to see the bonus tip. Well, the bonus tip is, are you ready? drumroll please. So, make sure when you come to Cabo San Lucas that you do an opera to it that is like avocado acceptance of Ocampo.

And tonight, we’re doing the sea future with Jonathan and while and it might give you one of these two words don’t go on any other pictures. Do one of the urban covers booters and make sure you do it early in your trip because we’ve crossed everything divided from the tourist area to the locals area and we’re in all local restaurants tonight and we’re going to finish off the night with a little bit of a load say after a ceviche and our other fishes and Maddie’s scores and everything we’re going to have I cannot wait to get this started. It is you chew and die for.

So, thanks so much for watching, I’m Kim; they’ve been a traveler and make sure to click subscribe, bring that notification bell because you don’t want to miss an episode and I will see you on the next adventure.

Know Before You Go to Cabo San Lucas

Know Before You Go to Cabo San Lucas

This is everything you need to know before your first trip to Cabo San Lucas. It’s one of my favorite places in the whole world and today, I’m sharing my top 10 things to know before you go to Mexico. Cabo San Lucas is a great place to start if it’s your first time traveling to Mexico. Most vendors, shops and restaurants accept the American dollar, so you don’t need to exchange for pesos. Also, many people speak English so it’s a great first introduction to Mexico. We also head to Todos Santos for a road trip just outside of Cabo. Sometimes people like to focus on the dangers of traveling to Mexico, but I’ve never had any issues and I find it’s a very safe and one of my favorite places!  I hope you enjoy these Cabo San Lucas travel tips.

Today I’m going to be sharing with you everything that you need to know before you go to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico in the peninsula of Baja.

So let’s get started and all the things that you need to know before you go to Cabo

The airport in Cabo is actually in San Jose del Cabo which is about a 30-minute drive from Cabo San Lucas and my suggestion is that you go ahead and you book your transportation in advance of getting here.

It’s not very expensive, maybe 22 to 30 bucks each way per person.

If you’re going to get a private driver you can also do a shared shuttle as well, but honestly, I think it’s just worth having a private driver. We have chosen Danny Boy Tours and they picked us up and they organized to drop us off.

We did everything before we arrived in Cabo.

When you arrive at the airport – a couple of things that are extremely important in Mexico in general:

Number one is you get a little piece of paper with your immigration – it’s ripped off and stuck in your passport. You have to hold on to that because you have to turn that in when you leave the country. Don’t lose that! It’s big fines and a big ol hassle, so you definitely don’t want to lose that.

Also, when you’re in a big tourist area, you kind of have to run a gauntlet when you come through customs. What it is is everybody hawking their wares and it’s also a bunch of people trying to sell you tours and timeshares.

Again, as I mentioned just a couple of minutes ago you want to have your own transportation booked in advance so you can make a beeline to somebody standing outside with your name and you’re on your way to your hotel.

Another suggestion that I have for you is to not do an all-inclusive. It’s quite common in Mexico to do all-inclusive hotels.

The food is so incredible in Mexico – the sauces and the spices and the meats in the sea food and the tortillas – it’s just so yummy why would you waste your time doing all inclusive.

You can get tamales on the beach. You can stop and get a taco almost anywhere for two or three dollars. So it’s not worth doing an all-inclusive.

Another tip that I have for you is to bring lots of cash from the US if you’re coming from the US. Everybody is using American dollars so if you’re coming from Canada or another country then definitely bring US dollars.

Even though credit cards are widely accepted, it is best to have cash with you and in small bills. And, it is best to have US dollars because then when you go home you don’t have to exchange it back!

Something else to know about Cabo San Lucas there are two distinct Cabos here in Cabo San Lucas: you have on one side of the highway, on the beach, you have the tourist area; on the other side, on the inland side of the highway you had the locals area.

My suggestion is that you cross over into the locals area because that’s where you’re going to find the real Mexico.

My suggestion to you – and this is my number one suggestion – while you’re in Cabo San Lucas is go on a Avocabo, as in “avocado” – Avocabo food tour.

They have a tour called “Eat Like a Local,” a seafood tour, and a taco tour. Again, I have put the link in the description below and you will definitely want to go on one of the food tours with Jonathan and Robin who are the owners of Avocabo Food Tours.

Another suggestion for my trips: always go on a food tour the first night you’re in town. The hosts always give you so much information, they provide so many details. You get to learn what they drink and what they do on a daily basis. You get tips and tricks, and then, you have a local’s phone number in case something happens that you can always call up and ask for help.

Speaking of getting around in Cabo San Lucas, it’s really important to pick a hotel based on your style of travel. We have chosen a hotel Pueblo Bonito Rose, and it is I would say three and a half star hotel, and it is about a 15-minute walk into town, into the marina and all of the things that are happening including the clubbing at Mandala and Cabo Wabo and all of that as well.

So if you want to be near the nightlife, near a bunch of the restaurants, you want to be staying as close in Cabo San Lucas as possible. If you were looking for a relaxed low-key place to stay – you just want to beach and not want to worry about anything – then I would suggest staying at one of the resorts between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

Resorts like La Blanca and there is a Thompson Hotel here that is absolutely magnificent.

If you’re looking for “bohemian chic” away from everything, try the Hotel San Cristobal near Todos Santos.

Speaking of the beach – the beaches are sandy beaches. you can see right behind me. They’re a beautiful sand, they’re easy to walk on. You don’t need walking shoes like some of the places in the world where there are pebbles. It’s very easy to walk on the beach.

But something to note: there is a huge undertow in Cabo San Lucas.

There are a lot of bays and a lot of places on the beach that you cannot go swimming. Be very very careful and very mindful of the green, yellow, and red flags that are out.

The actual bay is on the Sea of Cortez, but when you go over and look at the arch and go to Lover’s Beach and Divorce Beach, they’re on the Pacific side. And the undertow is so bad, it will suck you right out.

Every year there are lots of injuries, people end up in the hospital, people getting sucked out… It’s not worth trying to swim where you’re not supposed to.

Another thing that I find in Cabo, this city is extremely safe. I’m sure there pickpockets here but I have had no issues and honestly everywhere I go to Mexico I don’t have any issues.

Here in Cabo, all of the hotels have a purified water system so it’s okay to drink the water, to eat ice. Personally, I still drink bottled water everywhere I go in this world, I always want bottled water but at the hotels it is all safe.

There were all kinds of rumors back in the day about “you can’t eat lettuce,” “you can’t eat fruit.” My suggestion is you peel the fruit, make sure you wash it yourself, but everything is relatively safe here in Mexico.

I love Mexico. I come to Mexico three or four times a year. I love the culture. I love the people. I love the food. I love everything about it. I love the service as well and the way that we are treated when we are here in Mexico. It’s my heart. I love Mexico.

A couple travel tips in general, things that are extremely important: make sure to put a travel alert on your credit cards and ATM so you can use them in a foreign country. Also make sure to have a photograph of your passport and email it to you just in case something happens. You never know if you might lose your passport.

And make sure that you have a great time being adventurous. Go see the sights. Step on the other side of the street where you don’t think you’re supposed to be, but not down a dark alley – I don’t recommend that.

Go out and try new things. Enjoy tasting foods and have a fantastic time in Cabo San Lucas.

I am Kim the Abundant Traveler and I’ll see you on the next adventure!

Cheers from Cabo San Lucas!

My Top Travel Tips for Cabo San Lucas

Book Your Transportation from the Airport in Advance

The airport in Cabo is actually in San Jose del Cabo which is about a 30-minute drive from Cabo San Lucas and my suggestion is that you go ahead and you book your transportation in advance of getting here.

It’s not very expensive, maybe 22 to 30 bucks each way per person.

If you’re going to get a private driver you can also do a shared shuttle as well, but honestly, I think it’s just worth having a private driver. We have chosen Danny Boy Tours and they picked us up and they organized to drop us off.

Hang On To Your Mexico Tourist Card

When you arrive in Mexico, you get a little white piece of paper with your immigration. It’s called your Mexico Tourist Card. It’s ripped off and stuck in your passport. You have to hold on to that because you have to turn that in when you leave the country. Don’t lose that! It’s has big fines and can cause a big ol’ hassle, so you definitely don’t want to lose that.

Bring Plenty of US Cash to Use

Another tip that I have for you is to bring lots of cash from the US, if you’re coming from the US. Everybody is using American dollars so if you’re coming from Canada or another country then definitely exchange them to US dollars before you arrive.

Even though credit cards are widely accepted, it is best to have cash with you and in small bills. It’s also convenient to have US dollars because then when you go home you don’t have to exchange it back!

Don’t Do All Inclusive

That’s right: DON’T do an all inclusive. You’ll miss out on some truly amazing experiences. It’s quite common in Mexico to do all-inclusive hotels.

The food is so incredible in Mexico – the sauces and the spices and the meats and the sea food and the tortillas – it’s just so yummy why would you waste your time doing all inclusive?

You can get tamales on the beach. You can stop and get a taco almost anywhere for two or three dollars. So it’s not worth doing an all-inclusive. You’ll have a better time experiencing Cabo on your own.

If you want a good start, book a tour with Avocabo Food Tours. They have a tour called “Eat Like a Local,” a seafood tour, and a taco tour. Again, I have put the link in the description below and you will definitely want to go on one of the food tours with Jonathan and Robin who are the owners of Avocabo Food Tours.

Always Do a Food Tour on the First Night You’re in a New Place

The hosts always give you so much information, they provide so many details. You get to learn what they drink and what they do on a daily basis. You get tips and tricks, and then, you have a local’s phone number in case something happens that you can always call up and ask for help.

Explore the Local Side of Cabo San Lucas

There are two distinct Cabos here in Cabo San Lucas: on the beach side of the highway, you have the tourist area; on the other inland side of the highway you have the locals area.

My suggestion is that you cross over into the locals area because that’s where you’re going to find the real Mexico.

Choose a Hotel Based on Your Lifestyle

it’s really important to pick a hotel based on your style of travel. We have chosen a hotel Pueblo Bonito Rose, and it is I would say three and a half star hotel, and it is about a 15-minute walk into town, into the marina and all of the things that are happening including the clubbing at Mandala and Cabo Wabo and all of that as well.

So if you want to be near the nightlife, near a bunch of the restaurants, you want to be staying as close in Cabo San Lucas as possible. If you were looking for a relaxed low-key place to stay – you just want to beach and not want to worry about anything – then I would suggest staying at one of the resorts between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

Resorts like La Blanca and there is a Thompson Hotel here that is absolutely magnificent.

If you’re looking for “bohemian chic” away from everything, try the Hotel San Cristobal near Todos Santos.

Walk on the Beaches

The beaches are sandy beaches. They’re a beautiful sand, they’re easy to walk on. You don’t need walking shoes like some of the places in the world where there are pebbles or shells. It’s very easy to walk on the beach.

Respect the Undertow

Something to note: there is a huge undertow in Cabo San Lucas.

There are a lot of bays and a lot of places on the beach that you cannot go swimming. Be very, very careful and very mindful of the green, yellow, and red flags that are out.

The actual bay is on the Sea of Cortez, but when you go over to the arch, Lover’s Beach, or Divorce Beach, they’re on the Pacific side. The undertow is so bad, it will suck you right out.

Every year there are lots of injuries, people end up in the hospital, people getting sucked out… It’s not worth trying to swim where you’re not supposed to.

Cabo Hotels Run on Purified Water

Here in Cabo, all of the hotels have a purified water system so it’s okay to drink the water or eat ice.

Personally, I still drink bottled water everywhere I go in this world, I always want bottled water, but at the hotels it is all safe.

There were all kinds of rumors back in the day about “you can’t eat lettuce,” “you can’t eat fruit.”

My suggestion is you peel the fruit, make sure you wash it yourself, but everything is relatively safe here in Mexico.

Relax, You’re Safe

Another thing that I find in Cabo, this city is extremely safe.

I’m sure there are pickpockets here, but I have had no issues and honestly everywhere I go to Mexico, I don’t have any issues.

That being said, don’t just go wandering around in a city you don’t know or aren’t familiar with. Be smart and you’ll be just fine. It’s okay to relax and feel safe.

Put a Travel Alert on Your Cards & ATM

Make sure to put a travel alert on your credit cards and ATM so you can use them in a foreign country.

If you don’t notify your bank, they could prevent you from being able to withdraw money and cause a headache.

Take a Picture of Your Passport on Your Phone & Email a Copy to Yourself

Make sure to have a photograph of your passport and email it to you just in case something happens. You never know if you might lose your passport.

This will help prevent a real headache in tracking down passport records from a foreign country.

Be Adventurous and Have Fun

make sure that you have a great time being adventurous. Go see the sights. Step on the other side of the street where you don’t think you’re supposed to be, but not down a dark alley – I don’t recommend that.

Go out and try new things. Enjoy tasting foods and have a fantastic time in Cabo San Lucas.