Mini trip report for San Jose Del Cabo

Old Jan 20th, 2019, 08:34 PM
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Mini trip report for San Jose Del Cabo

Hi all:
I don't have the patience to write full on trip reports but I wanted to give a brief overview of our recent trip with what I hope is some helpful information. Those who travel to Mexico often may know some of this already but as we haven't I thought I'd share:
In no particular order:
• AirBnBs abound both in town and on the beaches. We stayed near the golf course for a few days then out at the beach near Cabo Azul for a few days and much enjoyed the beach area. Being near town was great in both locations, but the views, the air, and the general feeling of peacefulness was much more prevalent at the beach. We couldn't have picked a better AirBNB's in both instances – the first running about 100 a night the second about 250, but this was truly a complete paradise with every possible amenity one can imagine.

• We haven't traveled to Mexico in many years, and appreciated being warned about the gauntlet we had to walk of timeshare salesmen as we exited the airport. The advice to just keep saying "no Gracias" served us well.

• We paid for car service to take us to the first Airbnb and if we'd known that Uber was so prevalent already, we wouldn't have bothered. It was $50 US, and the driver was a recalcitrant grump. We took Ubers everywhere around Los Cabos, including a day trip to Cabo San Lucas which we were glad to have encountered as will never go back there again. Uber fares from town to the beach or town to the golf course ran about 2 to 3 dollars, so including a generous tip in cash was no problem. The one taxi we took got lost taking us to the restaurant we'd chosen, insisted he brought us to the right place, and refused to look at our GPS which showed the restaurant we were wanting to go to was in back of the strip mall he'd taken us to.

• That said most of the Uber drivers offered us their cell phones so we could contact them directly for rides around town. One particular driver was really pleasant, had especially clean car and knew English well so we used him for several rides around town including going back to the airport when we left. The airport ride was only $15, and that was 1/3 above what Uber would've charged us.

• Dollars are accepted everywhere but not particularly prized. Stores gave us prices in both dollars and pesos, generally with a fair exchange rate. We got pesos at an ATM and used cash for almost everything we purchased. American Express is accepted by all but the smallest merchants, and MasterCard/Visa accepted just about everywhere.

• As we are older and not willing to take the chances on street food that others might find fine, we ate in a combination of smaller restaurants and a couple of nicer meals. Smaller restaurants ran $20-$30 for two, with nicer ones closer to 50 including a glass of wine or beer for each of us. We had wonderful food at every location, including a Thai/Belgian restaurant near our first B&B that was outstanding.

• I did not see one mosquito my entire trip although I did use deet for the first few days. After that I relied on some permethin wipes and had no trouble whatsoever, although I'm sure part of this was the extremely dry weather for this dry season. I did get bitten up by some sand fleas, but other than that no problems. Both of our air BnBs had reverse osmosis filtered water in the kitchen sinks, but we had no trouble with the water anywhere. Again, we were very careful to not rinse our mouths out in restaurant sinks, drink tap water, and in most cases we didn't use ice. We did follow the travel clinics advice to chew on a Pepto-Bismol tablet before each meal we had absolutely no problems except the one night we totally overindulged and ate ourselves silly.

• We were a little surprised/disappointed by the general quality of the Mexican made goods there except for the very high-end shops. Well-crafted items like purses, bags, and clothing commended similar prices to what I'd find here at home, even with a bit of haggling. I wasn't looking for any super bargains – in fact I wasn't really looking to buy much – but I was a bit surprised at how expensive all the shops were except for items like keychains etc.

Some restaurant highlights:
Bistro D'anvers - run by a Belgian chef who traveled extensively throughout Asia and offered trad Belgian dishes and his own take on Thai which was outstanding.
Mi Casa - lovely family restaurant, tourists and locals alike, with dishes from many regions of Mexico.
La Lupita Tacos and Mezcal - name says it all. Non trad tacos including lamb with tzatziki sauce. Watch out for the agave beer.
Dolce - huge Italian restaurant with one of the best pasta dishes I have ever had - pasta with fresh spinach and prosciutto in a white wine, chicken broth.
How could I forget Flora farms – just outside of town, 2 miles up the hill on a dirt road is a mini empire with a brewery, organic garden, produce store, coffeehouse and some other potential living quarters we didn’t explore. We had some of the best donuts never had – and donuts – and an exquisite brunch was friendly and not obsequious service and some delicious local coffees that we brought home
Flora Farms also owns the new brewpub Tapdeck, which serves pizza, ceviche, And if you other local salads and fish dishes. We serve their own beer in three or four styles as well as an assortment of other bottled beers. We happened to be there the night the brewmaster was having dinner, so we talked to him about craft beer in Mexico which is just starting to take off in the San Jose area.
• Did NOT like the crazymaking airport for our trip home - as others have suggested our gate changed literally 5 mins before boarding was to start. Altho United had a boarding order no one paid any attention and everyone jammed to the front to get on the buses to the plane.

We would go back again in the winter if we could stay on the beach again in a quiet complex like we stayed . (El Zalate)
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Glad you enjoyed your trip. We stay right next door to El Zalate at Coral Baja. Love it there. Uber has just started up the last few months, so we will need to try it out next time we are down there.

Thank for for reporting back.
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Thank you for checking in. I am happy and relieved to hear that many (most? all?) of your pre-trip concerns did not materialize. (You could have used the ice )
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