Living it up in Cabo San Lucas

Our girlfriends getaway weekend in Cabo was a smashing success!

us girls in cabo

We stepped off the plane onto a hot tarmac, found our shuttle, and got right down to business.



We stayed at the all-inclusive resort, Riu Santa Fe. A really critical feature won me over almost immediately…

towel animal

There are two main swimming areas at the resort: a lowkey pool in the middle area of all the buildings and three infinity pools at the back of the resort, overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Two of these infinity pools had swim up bars and this is definitely where the shit show party was at. One guy told us he had been at the resort for three weeks! I don’t know if I could have made it that long.

borrowed from C

borrowed from C

Riu Santa Fe has specialty restaurants on-site that are part of the all-inclusive deal. I’d check out their Italian restaurant, and skip the steakhouse. The buffets were okay, although very American-ized food, and the breakfast buffet had a really great selection. Most of the mixed drinks were overly sweet and left us reaching for shots before too long. Ask for Jose!!! Otherwise you’ll be taking shots of low-budget tequila gasoline. So gross.

Lover’s Beach

Our resort backed up right to the beach, which was super convenient for grabbing water taxi’s here and there. We snagged a glass-bottomed boat to Lover’s Beach and spent a fun afternoon walking on hot coals exploring the famed arch.

borrowed from M

borrowed from M

 The Arch at Lover's Beach

I thought about doing some rock climbing, but decided to settle for rock lounging.

Lover's Beach lounging

On the way back we came across these guys.

borrowed from M

Hot Nights in Downtown Cabo

We took a party bus to downtown Cabo for one night, deciding to play it safe instead of striking out on our own. It was worth it in that we didn’t have to pay for entrance anywhere, got some free shots/beers, opened up VIP sections at each place, and never had to wait in line. But downtown Cabo is pretty much like Vegas, and we would have been fine going by ourselves and sticking to the main block of bars.

The party bus/walking tour took us to Knotty, Pink Kitty, Mandala and Squid Roe. They were all a lot of fun, but Knotty and Squid Roe were my faves.

squid roe cabo

{Squid Roe – source}

The Office and Mango Deck

The best food we had on our trip was at The Office.

the office


The seating right on the beach with lots of colorful umbrellas and live music gave it a fun, authentic atmosphere. We ordered all the food shrimp tacos and ceviche, and they were ah-mazing.

the office2


Mango Deck, just next door to The Office, had more delicious drinks and booty shaking contests!! Both of these spots were a $3/per person car taxi or $3/per person water taxi ride from our resort. We took the water taxi back, and the Sea of Cortez ate one of the girls cameras :(.

water taxi in cabo

Sunset Booze Cruise

This was easily the highlight of our trip. Sure, we had to deal with being herded towards expensive jewelry stores for an hour before taking off, but it was balanced out by tequila tasting, delicious fajitas and endless shots/frozen drinks as soon as we boarded.

borrowed from J

borrowed from J

We went towards Lover’s Beach for some awesome sunset pictures, and then circled around the Sea of Cortez for a while. About a half hour into the trip, everyone was friends with everyone, and dance contests were happening left and right.

Do you wobble? We wobbled while the ship wobbled, and the next morning most of us still felt like we were still wobbling!

I love these girls, and I’m grateful for the fun-filled times and memories I’ll treasure forever.

girls in cabo

Between the drinking and lounging and drinking and eating and drinking, I even managed to get some workouts in. Come back tomorrow for staying active on vacation tips!

Always, Sierra

Riu Santa Fe Tips

  • When you book at the resort, ask for Building 7 if you want to be close to the livelier pool areas.
  • Hit the gym early. By the time Saturday and Sunday rolled around, it was packed by mid-morning.
  • Make reservations for the specialty restaurants first thing in the morning, but get to the restaurant early to deal with any hiccups.
  • The resort offers free Wi-Fi, but only for one hour a day in the main lobby. The hour has to be all at once, and then you’re not allowed back onto the Wi-Fi for a full 24 hours.

Cabo tips

  • Bargain! You can get everything for just about $1-$5 cheaper than the original asking price, especially taxi rides.
  • Pesos are handy, but everywhere accepted pesos and dollars.
  • Take lots of sunscreen! We had to buy an extra bottle while we were there and it was $35. I’m not kidding.
  • Hydrate! The resort had all kinds of bottled water available.
  • We paid extra for a private shuttle from the airport to the resort and vice versa. This is really a personal preference, but it was nice to have a direct ride and not have to stop at other resorts or be packed in like sardines.

8 thoughts on “Living it up in Cabo San Lucas

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    • I don’t unfortunately! We booked them through an intermediate activities company. If you’re staying at Riu Santa Fe, they have different companies stationed in the lobby that will help you book activities and excursions. We booked our trip through and when we got to the hotel there were representatives there in orange shirts to help us set everything up, including rides to and from the airport. I imagine that any resort in the area would have similar services in their lobbies.

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