Sunshine and Negro Modelo: Cabo Vacation Recap

It’s been a month since I went on vacation, so this post is way overdue. But this week, I found myself looking at the vacation pics in disbelief. I couldn’t believe how wonderful and relaxing it was at the time, in the moment–and I still can’t! I returned from Cabo San Lucas with a fresh tan and a relaxed mind & body. This year, I promised myself that I would go on a much-needed vacation with Manny and enjoy every moment of downtime. After 4 years of going to school, working full-time, squeezing running into my schedule (when possible), and navigating the world that shoves itself in a post-college grad’s face, I knew I’d be ready for a week away from the city. In April, we began thinking about where we wanted to go. We had ideas of going to NYC–We’ve both never been, despite having traveled to Europe. (You’d think NYC would have happened at some point.) We had other ideas of going to San Francisco and exploring a city we don’t know much about (we’re good at that). But after my Dad mentioned Mexico for the first time, I comfortably settled on either Cabo San Lucas or Puerto Vallarta. My Dad was incredibly generous and offered to help us book a resort through RCI, the travel company he works for. I was shocked and humbled and happy that he knew we needed a relaxing vacation. (Thanks Dad!). We purchased flights at the end of April and waited impatiently until the day we could pack our bags and bid adieu to the city.

We decided to stay at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort about an hour away from the Cabo airport. The reviews I poured over prior to choosing our resort mentioned that this was the place to go if you wanted to relax, fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing at night, avoid college kids wasting their vacation dollars on too many alcoholic drinks, and enjoy several pools and restaurants on site. From the moment we stopped off the plane, this is exactly how I experienced Cabo. Almost everyday we woke up around 9:30 (without an alarm), made a fresh pot of coffee, and enjoyed breakfast on the balcony with an ocean view. It’s a sight I can’t get out of my head and it boggles my mind that we got to enjoy if for a full week. After that we’d freshen up and get ready to head to the pool. Our favorite pool (out of the 4-5 on site) was the Sky Pool, which happened to have direct access to the building where our suite was located. A short elevator ride and walk away and we were at the highest point of the resort, enjoying an infinity pool with an ocean view. (The resort, unfortunately, does not have swim access at the beach because of a ridiculous rip tide. We knew this before arriving and were happy to explore the resort’s amenities instead.)

When we got back, everyone asked the necessary questions: A) What is amazing? and B) What did you guys do? The answers to both questions were very simple: It was absolutely amazing and we didn’t do anything! We literally enjoyed food & drink, sunshine, swimming in the pool, some light reading, and some much needed sleep. Manny and I promised ourselves to return there in 5 years and next time it will be on our dime (THANKS AGAIN DAD!)

Here are some pics to recap, because I don’t think words would do it justice:

Manny’s first view of the ocean!!!

The view of our building from the lobby. The whole resort is built into the cliff by the water, so each room has a balcony with an ocean view.

The view from our room. :sigh:

Our breakfast on the balcony almost every morning.

View of the resort from the beach. πŸ™‚

Manny’s first time touching the ocean

View from the sky pool, where we spent most of our time

Nice breeze at the Sky Pool

Decided to go to the Rose Resort (sister resort) to enjoy some ocean swimming

Nice ocean-side service for drinks and munchies

Aren’t those colors insane?!

Perfect temps

Ingredients for a perfect Salty Dog: tequila, grapefruit juice, lime, KasMas (grapefruit soda), and salt

Nice and cool

Manny Man

Getting some good reading in πŸ™‚

4th of July celebration

Beautiful sunset at Sunset Beach

Bein’ silly on the beach

Snazzy on the beach


I got yelled at for getting in the water (riptide), but it was worth it

Stripes are nice

Home again 😦

– J

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