Cabo in September with a Toddler

Jul 22nd, 2011, 11:50 AM
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Cabo in September with a Toddler

Hello Fodorites,

Thank you as always for your warm, informative advice. you've helped me with vacations to Europe and the Pacific Northwest, and I'm very appreciative!

My husband and I (30's) and our 1.5 year old little boy need a vacation. We are coming from Southern California and have narrowed it down to Los Cabos, Mexico in September. I chose Cabo because it's a new destination for us, a relatively short trip from SoCal. The Carib. is probably too far, and I've done Hawaii twice. Interested in a nice beach, good restaurants, and some historic or cultural or nature sight seeing. Basically we just want to relax and spend time together as a family. And Sept. because we need a vacay sooner than later!! We'll be using points so staying at the Hilton. Here are my questions:

1. What will the weather be like in September, and is this a good month to go to Los Cabos? We are from So Cal so used to warm weather, but don't like it to be stifling hot.

2. Beaches at the Hilton (or other places in Los Cabos) calm enough to wade in the water and get our feet wet? We're not serious swimmers, just want to splash around. Also, would we need sand shoes? I've heard the sand is rocky.

3. Should we get a rental car? We would be interested in seeing San Jose del Cabo to see the church and try the restaurants, and to a lesser degree, Cabo San Lucas (we are not interested in the clubs or bars there). And also, we might do a day trip to Todos Santos. Do we need a rental car the whole time? I thought this might be easier with the baby's car seat instead of using taxis or the bus, but we are open to ideas. We've never rented a car in Mexico before, so just want to be safe/smart about that.

4. Finally -- if you think Cabo is a terrible idea, I'm open to other suggestions anywhere.

Appreciate any and all advice!!

Thank you
Nazneen is offline  
Jul 22nd, 2011, 08:46 PM
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September is beastly hot there. Granted, almost every place has air conditioning, but you step outside and it's like a furnace. If you can handle the heat, great, but I think there are better months to go to Los Cabos.
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Jul 23rd, 2011, 07:56 AM
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Cabo is a great vacation destination and has much of what you are looking for. BUT September will be just about the worst month weather wise. If you don't want "stiffling hot" I don't think this trip is going to work for you.

Also there's not really much "historic or cultural" there, but loads of beautiful scenery and natural sights. Los Cabos is the tip of a dessert peninsula, and gorgeous but in that rocky barren kind of way (it's not lush or tropical feeling).

You'd have to check with the Hilton, but most of the beaches in the area are dangerous and not recommended for swimming (one exception is Medano Beach right in downtown Cabo which is smooth and usually calm).
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Jul 23rd, 2011, 08:00 AM
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Oh my alternate suggestion would usually be Puerto Vallarta, which is a great city to visit, with lots to see and do, but the weather will also be bad there in September (rainy season).

The "problem" with your post is not finding a nice Mexico destination, of which there are many, rather your month of travel. I can't think of any beach resort town that has nice weather in September.

As much as I love Mexico myself, if I were in your shoes I'd probably do Hawaii again and just go to a different island than what you've already seen.
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Jul 26th, 2011, 09:30 AM
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Just another endorsement of the advice you are already getting. Not only will it be warm, but September is the month of highest relative humidity in Los Cabos, making it all the more uncomfortable. And, it is also hurricane season, which could mean a chance of a week of cloudy weather or worse.
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Jul 28th, 2011, 12:02 PM
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No way you can go swimming in the ocean in front of the Hilton. Huge waves, steep drop-off, terrible undertow. You can't take your little one even near the water there---you'll have to be content with the pool. The ocean is pretty to look at, but only a couple beaches in that area are safe for swimming.

As others have said, it's going to be deathly hot no matter where you go, but I'd opt for a more family-friendly Nuevo Vallarta or Mazatlan----both as close or closer to California.
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Jul 28th, 2011, 12:10 PM
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Nuevo Vallarta and Mazatlan are not "closer to California" than Cabo. Mazatlan is equi-distance but over on the mainland, PV is quite a bit further south. All three are hot, humid, rainy season in Sept.
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Aug 1st, 2011, 11:11 AM
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When my ex-husband and I bought a timeshare in Cabo, we were told by several locals NOT to come down in July, August or September for the very reasons both Jeffs and suze cited. We gave one of our weeks to friends for the their honeymoon~in mid-September~and while they loved Cabo, they said they would never go back in September. I second suze's suggestion for Hawaii and trying a different island.
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Aug 1st, 2011, 12:23 PM
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Also, because the weather is so awful, many restaurants there close in September. Los Cabos has some great dining options, but the selection becomes more limited this time of year. So you might miss out on that aspect of it too.

I was there September two years ago for a work-related trip. I tried to look presentable: nice shorts, nice polo shirt ... but after about an hour, I'm sure I looked like a wilted plant.
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Aug 5th, 2011, 12:00 PM
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Probably not fair to "pile on" but I notice you are interested in some historic or cultural or nature sight seeing:

With the exception of nature which is primarily high desert (and one square mile of desert is about like any other, you won't find either history or "real" local culture.

The Baja has no indigenous culture (the indigenes were subsistence hunters and all died of euro-viruses)thus no historic sites, either (think of Las Vegas without Casinos or golf, or .

I wouldn't bother sightseeing churches - a Chicago neighborhood probably has more/ older / and architecturally interesting churches. Todos Santos does have a lovely 1950's church - but so does my midwestern suburb.

No truly local foods, NO crafts, no traditions (unless you count Cabo-Wabo)... Nobody is "from" Cabo.

The reason is that all of Baja was pretty much decimated, bypassed, and forgotten about during the richly layered history and cultural development of Mexico, and the region just didn't have anything anybody wanted until tourism.

All that said, go there for the desert and the sea, the fishing, the golf, the (imported) nightlife and the restaurants. Enjoy the beaches (although mostly pebbles and freezing water). Just remember even the "locals" are as mucvh estraneros as you are.
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Aug 5th, 2011, 08:15 PM
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I loved Cabo, but I agree with everything jw2 is pointing out above that is unique about it.
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