South of the Border
South of the Border
Getting ready for Spring Break or just need a little break. One of our favorite quick trips is to San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. For us here in San Diego or Southern California it is very easy to get there and fairly affordable. If you live in San Diego it is worth looking into flying out of Tijuana, sometimes you can find direct flights that are under $200 round trip otherwise flying out of San Diego is very easy also. Don’t forget your passport! There are so many great places to stay; it all depends on your budget, have a look on all of the standard discount sites to find your perfect spot. We always like to stay in between San Jose and Cabo that way we can get to both easily.
Once you get out of the airport you must have a customary cerveza outside of customs and then off you go. Here is what we usually do once we are down there. Generally we are down there for a quick weekend so there are a lot of things to pack in just a few days, so much for relaxing right? The past couple times we have been staying at the new Chileno Bay Auberge Resort and it is incredible. Once you drive through the gates pretty much anything you want is at your fingertips. The service there is excellent, just remember when you visit their restaurant COMAL you are on Cabo time so sit back, relax and enjoy the amazing food and your surroundings. The architecture is amazing, the décor is beautiful and make sure you see it at night because the lighting is equally as beautiful. We will usually book a dinner at Flora Farms and if you have never been there, it is a must visit. The entire vibe of the place is great, you can feel the farm to table concept once you enter into the property. Get there a little early and grab one of their signature margaritas and take a walk around the garden, it’s very cool. The food is very good and it’s never a bad idea to try the fresh fish and one of their brick oven pizzas. Usually they will have some live music and a fun crowd, make sure you make a reservation in advance. If you are a Taco coinsurer and want to experience a real Mexican Taqueria then we suggest EL Fogon, it is downtown San Jose and it’s about as good as it gets. I would recommend trying the taco named La Gringa and the pastor is off the hook. The service is fast and did I already mention the tacos are unreal!!! If you are making your way down to Cabo it is always a good idea to have a couple drinks at the Office and then for dinner make your way to Edith’s a Cabo staple.
As for the golf the greens fee prices have gotten a little out of hand. Cabo Real is a nice course and the best price. Cabo Del Sol and Palmilla are a couple of our favorites but make sure you are ready to pay $200 plus. If you want to take a little drive, the Diamante courses are great and worth the drive. I would say it is a toss-up as to which one to play at Diamante. The Dunes is a very good golf course, very challenging with some great views. El Cardonal was Tiger Woods first signature course and it’s a great golf course. They have built a par 3 course at Diamante that is pretty awesome and a must if you happen to play there. One of the things I like at Diamante is the bar at the driving range, the food is great and the music is pumping, great spot. I also would absolutely try and make it to Quivira Golf Club, it is pretty incredible. It is not one of my most favorite lay outs but it sure is one of the top courses in the world for beauty, it is spectacular! The day we played happened to be during the whale migration and literally every time we looked out at the ocean we would see at least two whales. Four of the holes are cut into the sides of the cliffs and not only do you feel but you are hanging off the side of a mountain. The fairways are perfect and the greens were rolling fast and smooth.
There is also a couple fun golf courses in Jose Del Cabo, the one that we have played and enjoyed is Puerto Los Cabos it is beautiful and designed by two of golfs legends, Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus. There are 27 holes and some really fun shots from different elevations. There is also Querencia which is yet another very good golf course but very private and the only way to play is to know someone or a member. If you happen to have a connection, Querencia Golf Club is another one to put on the list. One of our good friends bought a place at Chileno Bay a new development in between San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, it is incredible. Discovery Land Group developed the property and they did an outstanding job. Tom Fazio designed the course and if you are a Fazio fan, (which we are) then you will love Chileno Bay Golf Club. You start with your best shot on the first hole and that being a ice cold shot of Casa Amigos Tequila, then after that you try and throw the ice shot glass in a bucket suspended from a tree. The fun only just started, the two comfort stations have basically everything you could want. We suggest a blend of the frozen margarita with a floater of GramMa and a little anjeo because you can. Play a little darts for some cash, have a slider or six and some tamale, by the time you leave you will be seeing the golf course a little different than when you got to the station. As for the golf course at Chileno well it is very good and not a piece of grass out of place. The Pro Ryan out there is a class act and will go out of his way to make sure that your experience out there is world class.
Here is the selfless promotion, make sure you pack some 18 GREENS Casual Water Shorts, Aiming Fluid Belt just incase you need more, Captains Pick Polo or any of the No Sweat Moisture Control fabrics because it does get a little toasty south of the boarder.
As for the nightlife well there is plenty of that, we will let you go and have at it, we are sure you will end up in the right place. Just a little FYI for those that like to keep the party going, be careful, you are in Mexico and if they see a gringo or gringa that might not be walking the straightest of lines you could get yourself into a little trouble. So make sure you are with the right people and keep it between the lines. There are a lot of places in the world to travel to but if you are looking for a great place to go we would say Cabo San Lucas will not disappoint.