Oh Mexico! The land of my ancestors (on my dad’s side 😉) and also one of the most beautiful countries I’ve been to. I’ve been three times, the first with my dad to see where he grew up when I was about 8 years old. This was also the first country we visited after Myles got his job with SkyWest Airlines, and our first nonrev disaster as well lol.
The trek to Cabo was pretty easy, since it is located on the west coast of Mexico and we were living on the west coast of the U.S. We decided to go PSC to SLC to SJD. I even rode first class for the first time ever on the PSC to SLC flight and then Myles and I sat next to each other on the SLC to SJD flight. Once we were cleared for Cabo, we booked our stay at the Barcelo Gran Faro Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo. It was $200/night for all inclusive for both of us, meaning we could eat and drink however much we wanted during our stay. We did that and paid $400 for the weekend. I also booked our transportation to the hotel. Most hotels in the Los Cabos area do not provide transportation. I believe I paid about $40 total to get us to our hotel in a van which was waiting for us when we arrived.
Arriving in Cabo was a dream. The weather was humid as hell and I enjoyed every second. Once we got off the plane, we walked outside where people were immediately being served drinks. We waited for our van and got picked up and dropped off at our hotel, which was gorgeous. We checked in and arrived to our room which had the most perfect ocean view.
We immediately got changed and headed to the bar, taking tequila shots and grabbing drinks before chilling by the pool and then going to the beach to take pictures.
Once the sun started to set, we went back to our run and got ready for dinner. After dinner, we went to the hotel’s skyview bar. We met this lesbian couple from Seattle and two twin brothers from Chicago who were all really cool to hangout with. The vibe was pretty chill but uneventful, so we walked down the street to a restaurant playing rock music. Not exactly our style but something different to hangout at. We ordered drinks and food then headed back to our room before calling it a night.
We woke up early and immediately changed into our bathing suits and went to eat breakfast and then to the bar. We had a few drinks and eventually met up with the couple we met from the night before! We hung out in the pool together, had drinks and shots and overall it was a really good time. We had to head back to our room to get ready for the activity we had planned for the night.
Cabo was not one of the trips where we planned a lot of activities, but we knew we wanted to go out on the water and see the arch. Earlier that day, we went to the hotel front desk where they helped us make a reservation for a sunset cruise, which included drinks and a snack. Unfortunately, since it was through the hotel, I don’t have a link to the one we did nor do I remember the price, so my apologies!
The sunset cruise was the best part of the trip. They picked us up from our hotel and drove us to Cabo San Lucas (I’ll get into the difference at the end of the post) and dropped us off at the dock. We were greeted with mimosas and told to take our seats anywhere. Right before we left, one of the other men on the cruise actually dropped his phone into the water! It was sad to see. He finished his mimosa in one sip after that too lol.
The cruise took us to the arch, around it and then stayed on the water as the sunset. It was a really relaxing experience and gave us some beautiful views.
After the cruise, our vans were waiting to take us back to our hotel. We had a couple drinks at the bar and then went back to our room as we planned to leave semi early the next day.
We woke up early and packed up and headed back to the airport, which was another $40 that we did with a regular taxi. Once we arrived, flights were a complete disaster going anywhere! We listed on every single flight we possibly could and had no luck at all. It was such a depressing experience and our first true nonrev disaster.
The flights leaving Cabo stop at like 5 p.m., so once it was official we weren’t going anywhere that night, we went down the street to the airport hotel and booked a night for I think $80. It was a pretty basic hotel with a regular pool and restaurant. We were so exhausted and annoyed with the day we just ate dinner and relaxed. I continued to watch the flights throughout the night and numbers were changing drastically. We made the decision to book a confirmed seat on Southwest Airlines for $200/ea. We definitely did not want to spend that extra money, but we had to be back for work, so we did it. It was a flight to Denver and then we flew standby from DEN to PSC. I checked after we got home at the flights and the flight to LAX ended up opening up, and on top of that, we would have got first class 🤦🏽♀️ but oh well, you live and you learn!
What I Would Have Done Differently
This is the most informative part of this post. Cabo is often referred to as Los Cabos because it is a combination of two different cities that makes it up, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. We made the mistake of booking our hotel in San Jose del Cabo, which is closer to the airport, but located north of Cabo San Lucas. Cabo San Lucas is where you want to stay without a doubt. It is on the southern tip of Mexico and EVERYTHING is walkable in the area, with restaurants, bars, clubs, everything located on a strip. Cabo San Lucas is located about 30/40 minutes from San Jose del Cabo, which is a pretty expensive cab ride and just inconvenient all over.
Since we are nonrevs, we don’t book our hotels until we are assigned seats, so by the time I did that, the hotels were pretty expensive in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo had the cheaper option. Looking back, I absolutely would have spent the extra money to stay in Cabo San Lucas. San Jose del Cabo is beautiful and relaxing, but if you like to go out and party like us, you should book in Cabo San Lucas. I’m grateful I got to experience San Jose del Cabo, but I plan on going back one day to experience Cabo San Lucas.