UPCOMING EVENTS

Travels with Barbara Beckley Girls gone wild — almost — in Cabo San Lucas

Story & photos by Barbara Beckley

Look! It’s a hitchhiker in the Cabo San Lucas Marina.

Ahh … It was wonderful to be back at The Office. Sinking into a plastic chair, I dug my toes into the sand, sipped a marguerite, and enjoyed the view of the beach and the landmark El Arco (the Arch) at Land’s End.    

Opened in the mid-1970s with only tables and chairs stuck in the sand of Medano Beach, The Office has been a Cabo San Lucas hot spot ever since. I remember being there in the late ‘70s and early ‘90s. My most recent trip was two months ago. While the tip of Baja has exploded with development, I’m happy to report The Office remains a coveted vestige of Cabo’s laid-back past.

Just as lucky, I was staying a minute’s walk away at the Pueblo Bonito Rose Resort & Spa. Elaine Paluce, a girlfriend from South Pasadena, and I were on the Pueblo Bonito’s “Girlfriends Getaway” package, a three-day jaunt that pairs old and new adventures.

Medano Beach is the best beach, right in town near shops, jewelry stores, art galleries, and the great restaurants and wine bars around the Cabo San Lucas Marina. We also had entrée — via a free hotel shuttle — to sister properties including the private Quivira Los Cabos complex, one of the newer developments 10 minutes north on the Pacific coast. Quivira includes the Jack Nicklaus-designed Quivira Golf Club, the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort, and private residences.

“The color of the water: a beautiful aquamarine,” Elaine answered, when I asked what about Los Cabos most impressed her. This was her first time here. And she’s an artist. We were having breakfast on our balcony, overlooking the beach, El Arco and the Sea of Cortez, when I asked. She’d also admired the water earlier, while we were doing yoga on the beach at 7:30 a.m. with the hotel’s instructor.  

The water colors and the landscape were even more impressive as we cruised into the Sea of Cortez on a glass-bottom boat tour. As the craft bobbed in place, we watched fish swimming and seagrass waving beneath us through the boat’s glass bottom. Better yet, El Arco — and romantic photo-op-must Lovers Beach — were just feet away. Camera phones snapped as our captain-guide slowed the boat, then rounded Land’s End into the Pacific for different equally stunning vistas. Views of Los Cabos’ vast coastline curved to the eastern horizon on the sail back.

A jolly-looking sea lion made a surprise appearance hitching a ride on a small fishing vessel. “He does this daily,” our guide chuckled. “He’s big enough; he can do whatever he wants.”

Next was shopping! Elaine and I took advantage of the butler-guided shopping excursion that was part of our package. We got the inside scoop on shops such as La Coyota, a beautiful craft boutique set in a two-story Mexican hacienda-style building. Every room brimmed with original art, apparel, and jewelry from throughout Mexico. I loved the huge jaguar figurines but settled for two tiny jaguar head keyrings.

And a hand-blown glass heart. Turns out these are Cabo’s salute to the environment. Made from used glass bottles recycled by Pueblo Bonito and other hotels to the local San Miguel Blown Glass Factory, which turns them into art.    

Dining the next evening at La Frida gourmet Mexican restaurant in the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach resort, considered Cabo’s best, with an AAA four-diamond rating — the centerpieces were these recycled glass artworks — paired with original works by Frida Kahlo herself!

Earlier, we’d sipped mimosas at the Whale Watching VIP Lounge and relaxed under a cabana on the sweeping Pacific Coast beach at the adjacent Pueblo Bonito Pacifica resort then lunched at the casual-chic Quivira Golf Clubhouse.

I’m not a good golfer. But I can drive a golf cart. And I wanted to see the Quivira course, which Golf Vacation Insider called “The Pebble Beach of Mexico.”  

OMG! It was like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Winding and abruptly turning along the edge of sky-high ocean cliffs. At one point it looked as if the path would drop into the sea. The greens were gorgeous, perched in pockets along the craggy ledges, backed by the wide-open ocean. A must-play for any golfer visiting Cabo San Lucas — and my next trip!

For details, see www.visitloscabos.travel and www.pueblobonito.com.

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Jul 2020

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