Taste Buds: Los Cabos, Mexico – Eat, Drink and Play

Los Cabos. All photos by Pat Evans

Los Cabos. All photos by Pat Evans

When Kurt came home from a charity event and told me he had won the winning bid for four nights at an all-inclusive resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, my first thought was, “Good, we don’t have to do a thing.” Isn’t that the beauty of travel, each trip can answer a different goal? Sometimes I like to learn something new, be active, explore, discover…but not always. Truth be told, doing nothing can be the best escape of all.

Best known as Cabo, this has become one of Mexico’s premier tourist destinations; a spot where the desert and the sea meet with several oases  of world class resorts in between.

I’ve found the beauty of coming back to a place I’ve been before is that there is no urgency to have to see…and do…everything. And as my previous visits to Cabo revealed, there isn’t that much to explore of historic interest anyway. People come here to play, relax, eat, and drink. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some fun things to do. Whale watching in winter is a favorite of mine. I sat for hours looking at them spout as I sipped on a series of margaritas on our veranda. I’m told by anglers that nothing compares to deep sea fishing on the challenging Sea Of Cortez. And Luxury Avenue Boutique Mall at the marina could surely help you part with some greenbacks.

TasteBuds-ChipsandDipWe stayed at the Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf and Spa Resort which has earned a place on numerous  “best of” lists. Just about a half hour drive from the airport, the resort sits on a prime piece of magnificent oceanfront land on the Pacific coast.

Before going on any further, I need to share something else. The travel Gods must have been aligned, as Kurt and I were surprised to be upgraded to a lovely oceanfront villa called Casa del Mar. This might be a place better suited for the likes of Jennifer Anniston or Courtney Cox–frequent visitors to Cabo–but there we were. Happily, it didn’t take us long to adapt to the surroundings and the attention provided by the friendly staff.

The private pool turned out to be the favorite highlight.  We spent hours soaking in the sun and taking in the gorgeous views. By the way, it’s really worth your while to get up early to watch a Cabo sunrise. There is something pretty magical about the vast array of colors streaking across the bright blue sky.

I’ve found doing nothing can actually work up a pretty fierce appetite. Fortunately, we had plenty of choices just steps away. Since the resort offers an all-inclusive plan, including alcohol, the hardest decision we had to make the entire trip was where to dine. The resort has ten dining options from the most casual to fine dining. Since we experienced most of them, here are a few favorites.

TasteBuds-SushiLa Cevicheria is a casual beachfront café serving up a vast array of fresh fish tacos and tostadas. A favorite of mine was the crispy shrimp taco. Of course washed down with a couple of thirst quenching cervezas.

Sushi Sky Bar sits on a roof top overlooking the spectacular Pacific. As the name implies, it serves up an assortment of beautifully presented sushi from California rolls to crab and salmon. I loved the Asian/Mexican fusion of both ambiance and food.

Peninsula is Asian-inspired cuisine with the best setting of all–outdoors–just a few steps from the beach. Highlights here included pepper beef and noodles with a soy-based sauce that made me want to lick the plate.

And last but certainly not least, because we ordered this at least once a day during our visit, is the guacamole salsa and chips.  Without exception, this was the best “guac” I have ever tasted.  Something about just the right mix of fresh garlic, lemon, tomato, and jalapeño worked every single time.

It turns out after all of this talk of doing nothing, something actually was accomplished here in Cabo. We were able to completely unplug. Kurt and I had some of the best extended conversations we’ve had in months. Happily, this included some big time laughs. I was able to finish a novel I just never had the time to get to, and Kurt unwound the day-to-day stress of his job in the Somma Wine Spa. And we managed to time our trip on some of the coldest days of this winter. Life is good and we are grateful. Adios for now.

TasteBuds-ChimiGood to know:

Delta and Sun Country offer nonstop flights from MSP that will get you to Cabo in less than 4 hours.

Move over tequila, Mexico has a growing wine industry. Some are even saying Baja is the next Napa Valley. Give a try to the Grand Ricardo, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet from a Baja winery.

Fiesta American Grand Los Cabos Resort and Spa

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