It’s official. We love celebrating New Year’s Eve in Cabo San Lucas. We did it last year – loved it. We did it again this year – still loved it. The thing about celebrating NYE at home is that, well, it totally blows. You either dress up to go out in the freezing cold to wait in line and spend hundreds of dollars on bad drinks and cover charges. Or you stay at home and feel guilty about not going out and lasting only until 9pm. At least that’s been my experience my entire life. So now we get TF outta dodge and go to a different country. And luckily Cabo is only a direct 2 hour 45 minute flight away from Denver. Which makes it incredibly easy and convenient. Then you wake up in the new year with the sun beaming down on you and the ocean crashing nearby. It’s the best.
Last year we LOVED the house we rented, but we planned this trip too late and it was already booked. So instead we found this place not too far from the other house. This house is located in the Cabo del Sol neighborhood, right on the 1st hole of the golf course. Which my husband was definitely a fan of. And the house was big and absolutely beautiful. It sleeps 8 comfortably, has a giant living room, comfortable kitchen and dining room, and amazing outdoor space for swimming, tanning or grilling. Plus it has a rooftop which was awesome for fireworks on NYE. And when I say awesome, I base that statement off my husband who watched them while I was sleeping. Who needs to stay up until midnight anymore? Not this b*tch.
When we got to the house, we were treated to homemade guacamole and pico de gallo, which was fan-freaking-tastic. And even better than the supplies we picked up at Santa Carmela. We shopped at this same organic grocery store last year and loved it so much that we went back again this year to do all of our grocery shopping. I love this spot since I can find some of the same things I use at home like ghee, almond milk, chicken sausages and even coconut butter cups. It’s the best!
Even though this trip was still lovely as ever because we were in freaking Cabo, it wasn’t quite as sunny as last year. We had much cooler days with lots of clouds which meant way less impressive sunrises and sunsets. And those sunrises and sunsets are two of my FAVORITE things about Cabo. And this house really didn’t compare to the one we stayed in the year before. I think this one just recently became a rental property so it didn’t have an instruction manual, which would have come in handy A LOT like when we had issues with lighting the oven and turning on the hot tub. But other than that, it was beautiful and super spacious!
And one of the nice things about being in the Cabo del Sol neighborhood is that you’re right down the road from the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar. So not only could we grab a drink, hang out on the beach, eat at their restaurant, get a cab in seconds, and grab last minute forgotten items like hot sauce from their convenient store, we also could also stop in their gym and spa! And that’s exactly what we did on the day the guys went golfing. First workout, then facial. Not bad for the first day in Cabo!
Now for the food!! This trip to Cabo had some AWESOME food! Whenever I ask for recommendations on social media, it’s almost always the same restaurants and I’ve been to a few of those spot and have been less than impressed. I think most of those restaurants are recommended for their views and experience. But this B just wants to eat. Luckily our Uber driver on the first night recommended Nicksan because his friend worked there. And since we didn’t know where we wanted to eat, we said F it and gave it go. And I’m SO GLAD we did. This sushi spot is PHENOMENAL. I loved it so much. Most likely because they have lobster curry on the menu. Where have you ever experienced lobster-freaking-curry?? If you have already experienced it somewhere, I hate you. I’ve never even heard of it. Never even considered it. So when I saw it on the menu, I ordered it for myself. We were sharing dishes at the table and this was a definite no-share situation. I honestly want my last meal to be some sort of curry dish and if I would have died that night, I would have died the happiest little lady around. I’m kind of pissed we didn’t go back.
Another new spot we hit up was Los Tres Gallos. We went on this trip to Cabo with another couple and my brother-in-law and the couple had been to this restaurant before and loved it. It’s this adorable little restaurant downtown that is open-air with trees and plants everywhere and a rooftop off to the side with blankets and heaters, which was very helpful that night. Surprisingly while in Cabo this time around, we found it rather challenging to get a good margarita while we were out. We had some great homemade watermelon margs that my husband made and a few delicious tasting spicy margs at the Sherton, but it was tough everywhere else. Well Los Tres Gallos did not disappoint with their delicious drinks. And they serve them in Clase Azul tequila bottles that have been cut down in to large glasses. I love them! And if you ever go here, order the carnitas! They were so damn tasty!
Now a spot that I absolutely adored but took no photos at because I was a tad too buzzed was Tacos Guss. I’m surprised this spot wasn’t recommended by more people because it is AWESOME. Probably because it’s a hole in the wall and maybe people think I’m looking for something fancier, but all I really care about is food. I went in for the full experience and had one of the tacos with the flour tortilla and I also tried my BIL’s quesadilla and all of it was so damn good. The quesadilla was probably the best quesadilla I’ve ever had in my life. But please remember, I haven’t had a real quesadilla in 10 years, so keep that in mind. Either way, the meat was insanely good and it’s served with a huge plate of veggies, pico and salsas on the side. I will absolutely definitely 100% be going back to this spot next time we head to Cabo!
Another spot we stopped at was Flora Farms. BUT we made a reservation last minute for a 9pm dinner and I do not recommend this. The whole thing about Flora Farms is the experience. It’s a farm, duh, with a ton of land that offers a spa, cooking classes, and even places to stay. But it’s far AF if you’re staying in downtown Cabo. So if you make a reservation at 9pm and don’t show up before sunset at 5:30pm, you ain’t seeing sh*t. We got there at 7pm thinking we would enjoy just hanging out at the bar, having drinks before dinner, and exploring the farm. Well problem is, YOU CAN’T SEE SH*T so unless you like looking at art and wine, it’s not quite as exciting. Especially when hungry and grumpy. So instead we got our food to go. I ordered the vegetable risotto. It was tasty even when cold after our 40 minute cab ride home. Go in the daytime, ok?
And for the last spot we ate at…Diamante Cabo San Lucas. So here’s a little back story about me and my husband – on vacation I prefer to not do much. I like to eat, drink, lay by the pool and work out. That’s my kind of vacation. Now he really likes to stay moving at all times of the day and his current favorite movement is golf. He’s obsessed. So when we heard about the Diamante Cabo San Lucas property, we decided to check it out so he could golf and I could eat. The chicken was delicious.
And while we were at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, we decided to become members!! Since we went to Cabo 3 times in a year in 2018, we thought it was probably time to find a spot that we wanted to go back to trip after trip. We like renting houses BUT not always knowing what you’re going to get can be a little stressful. And we don’t go to Cabo for stress. So after touring this property and loving the amenities, we made the decision to make this spot our vacation destination from now on!
This property is gigantic and it offers a beach, a giant blue lagoon, 2 golf courses, multiple gyms and fitness classes, a spa, a ton of pools and many restaurants. And it’s still growing so it will offer even more in the future! Which means my husband can walk from our place to the golf course, I can always join him in the golf cart since they have a snack shop every 3 holes, and then I can leave at any point and entertain myself the rest of the time. It’s the perfect balance for our own vacation needs.
And now that we are members, we just have to plan our next trip down there!! It’s so fun to have a place that both of us love so much and are looking forward to staying at. No more figuring out where we are going next time we head to Cabo. And I absolutely love that! The only thing we really need to worry about at this point is when I’m going to get more lobster curry. That’s high on the priority list next time we go back. No sharing involved.