Cabo San Lucas

My brother and I traveled to Cabo San Lucas for dear friends’ wedding, Emmanuel and Myriam. I was looking forward to this trip, not just to celebrate my friends, but also because it was my first time in Mexico and the first time at an all-inclusive resort.

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On de plane! (gotta love a subtle photobomb)

We didn’t pre-book our shuttle service in advance (major no-no), so we had to deal with the onslaught of vendors pining for your business as soon as you get your luggage. They use all kinds of fun tactics to wheel you in and hook you, so beware! We finally had to fight our way to just get the shuttle service to our resort: Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach.

The shuttle ride took about an hour since it was a shared ride and the resort is one of the last ones. Upon arrival, everyone was attentive and helpful. Check in was easy but our room wasn’t ready. We checked our bags and went to the Bistro for a yummy lunch.

The resort is large, so you have to call for golf carts to get around, but they were always quick to arrive. After lunch, we checked in an scoped out the Sky Pool for the best sunset views; by the way, the sun sets in like 5 minutes. SUPER fast, so you have to catch it while you can.

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We decided to steal the groom for a few hours so we scheduled an ATV tour for the morning with the concierge for Cactus ATV Tours. On Friday morning, they picked us up from the resort and after a 45 minute ride, we arrived for our tour. The staff at Cactus was helpful and courteous; eventually talking us into an upgrade for the polaris razor tour, but it wasn’t a hard sell at all for us. The tour was about 2 hours or so and it was so much fun!!! It was very dusty, I probably shouldn’t have worn white shorts, but definitely worth it!

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After a quick shower, we hung out by the pools until dinnertime, the views of the sunset were therapeutically delightful!

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Dinner with the family was where everyone shared their fondest memories of the bride and groom. It truly was a beautiful dinner to experience. A Lebanese family joining a Nigerian family. Two drastically different cultures and lifestyles but similar values at the core. We laughed and cried that night over a great dinner.

The next day was wedding day! The wedding was in the late afternoon so I attended the resort presentation to get a credit towards a scheduled spa day. The spa was very calming and equipped with a jacuzzi, pool and sauna. I had a 50 minute Swedish massage, which was much needed after being bumped around the previous day by the ATVs! I also scheduled a hair appointment for a fancy little up-do for the wedding. The stylist was able to shampoo, blow dry and style my hair in about a record-time hour.

The wedding was by one of the pools and the ceremony took place right before sunset. Pastor Howard was short, sweet and to the point! After the ceremony we had a cocktail session while the bridal party took pictures and we were able to soak in one last sunset.

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We experienced some technical difficulties during the reception with the lighting, but it was resolved and we continued to celebrate and dance the night away. It truly was one of the best weddings I have attended and one of the best vacation experiences I’ve had so far.

Our flight was an 8am, so we were up to check out and meet our shuttle driver by 5am. The driver was quite talkative for the timing of the trip. As we drove through the city, the night clubs were still full and alive. Whether you just want to relax at the resort or venture out for a night on the town, Cabo is a city that can appease all.

 

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