Saturday, March 29, 2014

Agave juice anyone?

For those of us living on the northern side of the Rio Grande, Mexico is known as the land of eternal splendor: unlimited sun, sand and agave juice. With its long list of serene beaches and energetic night life, Mexico is a place that thousands of gringos flock to each year. Whether or not one should go to Mexico is rarely the question, even with the recent increase in violence. Instead the questions is "where TO?" in the land of tropical splendor.

This time around I surpassed the college scene in Cancun and headed to the peace and serenity of the Baja. A quick jaunt away from the cold and snow in the Midwest, Cabo de San Lucas made an excellent getaway option.

Cabo de San Lucas is located at the very southern tip of the Baja de California. Originally a small fishing village, Cabo grew to be a popular vacation destination in the mid 1970s. Cabo San Lucas is the more popular place to stay of the two Cabos. With the plethora of beach accommodations, restaurants, and popular clubs, including the famous "Cabo Wabo" and widely known "Señor Frogs" chain, this town has something for everyone. 

For me, it had the perfect recipe for respite and relaxation. Staying at the Capella Pedregal I had to look no further than my beach chair for everything I needed. Opened in 2009, the Capella is one of 3 five star resorts in Cabo that goes above and beyond to ensure the comfort and happiness of each of their guests--Mexican s'mores on the beach? Check. Cucumber jalapeño margaritas? Check. The freshest sea bass ceviche around? Check. The Capella is also home to El Farallon, a cliff side, open-air restaurant that serves up the freshest seafood around. The views, ambiance and food create an evening for the books and so if you can swing it, this is a place to spend your hard earned dollars.

Overall, the Capella has definitely cornered the market on service and hospitality and has mixed up a recipe for relaxation to be reckoned with.

Although the resorts in and around Cabo make it very easy to never leave their gates, there are plenty of reasons to get out and explore the southern tip of the Baja. The Baja is a great place to enjoy whale watching (prime season is November-March), go deep sea fishing, and hike in the surrounding mountains. 

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