Cabo San Lucas

All smiles as I recap my visit to the glorious Cabo San Lucas. Cabo has been rated one of Mexico’s top five tourist destinations. I’m not even sure where to start but I will attempt to depict at least a fraction of the joy that I felt in this magical place. I want to start by saying, I’m not sure why a tequila lover like myself waited so long to visit Mexico, but I will be back soon and often.


Our days started in the breath-taking Las Ventanas Al Paraiso and as our new vacation residence for the days to come. To me a good stay starts with the people who work there, and from the moment the staff picked me up from the airport, to the moment they carried my bags back to my car to leave, they were outstanding. I have never felt so welcomed and comfortable in a new place amongst new people. Since Cabo is such a tourist attraction there is really no language barrier to concern yourself with. My room was amazing, with its own private jacuzzi, grand bedrooms, and an open floor plan perfect for entertaining. My days normally started hitting a quick workout in the fully stocked resort gym, then at the Oasis Pool for a quick dip. Breakfast was handled at the resort at El Restuarante. Brunch is my favorite meal of the day and since your on vacation every breakfast has brunch options and cocktails. More tequila please! El Restaurante’s food was all locally sourced, the decorative touches were light yet effervescent. Every morning I tried something new on the extensive menu and I could not pick a favorite even if I tried. Slow mornings enjoying time at my resort or vacation residence is important for the tone of my trips.

Late Afternoon

If I wasn’t at the spa in my resort then I was down by the ocean. Mango Deck was a place I just had to go because other than some pretty good food, and strong drinks, I knew it would be the perfect spot to people watch. It's a bar, restaurant, club, anything you need it to be, right on the beach shore. It’s five o' clock somewhere is the phrase I would use to describe Mango Deck in the late afternoon. College students and older people alike where drinking and dancing like their lives depended on it. Often you didn’t know if people had just come in from the beach or if they were drenched from dancing. I don’t blame them it’s vacation, and with the right mix of Rihanna and tequila I was sure to join in on the fun.UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1aed

Exhilarating is an understatement when it comes to drinking and taking a speed boat out to the Arch of Cabo. I love being out on the boat, letting the wind rush through my hair, and the water spay up on to my skin. I think it's my Jamaican roots that just call me to stay closer to the ocean.  The Arch was a picture I just had to have for all time being a very well-known attraction and Instagram hit. UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_42d5

Another of my afternoons was spent at the Infinity Pool of Cabo Azul Resort. This place seemed like more club then resort with poolside bottle service, hand rolled cigars, a bar in the pool, and an amazing DJ. With afternoons jumping like this, who needed to go out?UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1aad


Well the answer to that is, I needed to go out. Cabo is one of the biggest party destination in Mexico and encompasses tons of people from vacationers to spring breakers. Now please forgive me, we went a handful of places but only one seems to stick out in my mind currently, possibly due to all the hits I took playing football or just the tequila. Squid Roe was just the type of getaway chaos I needed in my life. The venue is monstrous holding three floors equipped with five full bars, a clothing store, a full kitchen, and private V.I.P areas. Regardless of all the space the venue was packed tighter than a jock strap. Getting anywhere was trouble so once I found a decent spot somewhere I would post up there and enjoy my night. It was also a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world, of all different ages, whether you remembered meeting these people the next day or not. Guest at this establishment are encouraged to dance on tables tops and drink until they can’t see straight, dangerous but fun.UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1a4c

Despite my inner party animal clawing its way out, I couldn’t party every night. I have to give even more credit to Las Ventanas Al Paraiso because the formal dining experience I had there my last night of vacation was unfathomable. Arbol was a fine dining extravaganza with elegance scenery and perfect views set above the Oasis pool and the sunset off the ocean. The cuisine, though not Mexican in origin, was a perfect fit for the environment. It was an exquisite showcase of seafood with Asian influences. The wine list was the size of a dictionary, and the delectable dessert menu was to die for. I tip my hat to the head chef Anand Singh and if I could kiss that man, I would.

R.K. Russell


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