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Q: Planning a vacation in December to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico... ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Planning a vacation in December to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico...
Category: Sports and Recreation > Travel
Asked by: vistagejosh-ga
List Price: $40.00
Posted: 06 Jul 2006 14:16 PDT
Expires: 05 Aug 2006 14:16 PDT
Question ID: 743892
...and I need some information:

What are some good hotels to stay at?  I'd like to have a range of
choices from medium to expensive.
What is there to do?  Golf, which are the best courses and rates?  Are
there good surfing spots there?  What is the water temp in December?
Is the nightlife good?  What are some good places to go?
What are the prices for flights, what airlines have the best rates, is
it easy to get from airports to resorts?

Any other info would be appreciated.

Request for Question Clarification by keystroke-ga on 06 Jul 2006 17:09 PDT
As far as the flights go, where would you be departing from?
Subject: Re: Planning a vacation in December to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico...
Answered By: keystroke-ga on 06 Jul 2006 18:41 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi vistagejosh,

Prices seem to be pretty good for this time as far as hotels go. I
didn't know when your exact dates are, so I searched for December
16-23 on Expedia.
Here are some hotel choices:
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach--$214 for a junior suite
Villa del Palmar Resort and Spa
--one bedroom suite, European plan, average $280
-- three bedroom suite with ocean view, average $1202

These hotels are both on Playa Medano, a popular beach which is safe
to swim and an easy walk from downtown bars. The Melia resort is also
a good one in this area but is sold out for this particular week, as
is the SolMar, which is more of a romantic hotel.

However, looking at the first week of December, the Melia is available
for $344 for a deluxe garden view with balcony and the SolMar has a
garden view suite for $146.  In comparison, the rates for the previous
hotels I mentioned are:

$171 for the Pueblo Bonito
$160 for the Villa del Palmar

so the rate you receive at these resorts will definitely depend on
when exactly your trip is!

Cabo San Lucas is well known for its beaches, bars and nightlife. If
you want a more sedate time, you might like to try San Jose del Cabo,
although it doesn't have as good of beaches. Or, you could choose a
hotel on the "corridor" between San Jose and Cabo, many of which are 5
stars with nice beaches and would provide a more relaxing time than
the beaches within Cabo itself.  A poster on the group said this about those resorts:

"Hotels in this stretch I'd highly recommend include Palmilla (perhaps the best
service in southern Baja), Westin, Twin Dolphin and Melia Cabo Real.  I've
stayed at the Westin several times on special deals and recommend it highly but
the Dolphin and Palmilla looked great too.  

"These places are pretty expensive but in early December you can often get
special deals since the period between T-giving and Christmas is a slow season."

This might be applicable if you're going in early December!

As far as things to do, here's a guide to water sports-type things available:

There's a Botanical Gardens in San Jose, you can take ATV or Hummer
tours of the area, jet skis, diving, scuba diving and snorkeling.
There are even whale watching tours, but unfortunately the activity of
whales is mostly from January to March. You can charter your own boat

As far as golf goes, there is Cabo del Sol, designed by Jack Nicklaus.
 Nicklaus himself says it has the "three finest finishing holes in all
of golf."  The fifth and 17th holes are ranked on the "500 Best Holes
in the World" according to Golf magazine.  Fees for the Ocean Course
from October 2006 on will be $350 for a tee time and the Desert Course
will be
$220 (7:00-1:50)
$165 (Twilight - 2:00 & After)

The Palmilla hotel has packages available for golf at the Cabo del Sol
and the Palmilla course, at their own resort. The Classic Golf Package
can be found at:
The packages seem pretty pricey, however, starting at over $1,000.

Some more affordable options may be Mayan Palace Golf Los Cabos and
Cabo Real Golf Course, located at the Melia Cabo hotel.

Mayan Palace Golf Los Cabos greens fees:
Rate: $100 US for 9 holes; Golf Cart: $38.00 for 9 holes; $44 US for 18 holes.
Twilight Rate: n/a Includes Cart either 9 or 18 holes after 1:00 pm.
Last booking 4:00 pm.
Club rentals:
Taylor Golf Clubs - $25 for 9 holes and $45 for 18 holes.
PhysicsGolf Clubs - $20 for 9 holes and $35 for 18 holes.

The Cabo Real was designed by Robert Trent Jones and was home to the
1999 PGA Senior Slam.
greens fees:
October 15 thru December 25, 2006  	18 holes $260.00 usd
9 holes / twilite* $180.00 usd
December 26, 2006 thru April 30, 2007 	18 holes $280.00 usd
9 holes / twilite* $180.00 usd Junior $92.00 usd(under 18 years old)

Here are websites for general golf info:
As far as surfing goes, reports that the Southern Baja
area around Cabo is excellent for surfing and has become a "surfing
Disneyland."  The full report can be seen here:

According to them, the winter is the busiest time to visit and the
waters can be crowded with surfers.  The water temp. changes from year
to year and you may need anything from a springsuit to a fullsuit.

The water temperature should be warm enough for swimming, though, year
round. That's what makes it a popular place! The water should be in
the 60s to 70s in December.
The nightlife is great in Cabo. There is a range of anything you might
want to do, from Mexican music to bars or something more low-key. It
is mostly centered in the actual town, so if you stay at a hotel such
as the Melia that is farther away, you'd have to drive into town. Most
hotels would have a shuttle to town, and you'd take a cab back.  The
first hotels that I mentioned are on the Playa Medano and closer to

As far as places to go, there's... 

The Giggling Marlin

Squid Row

Cabo Wabo, which was started by Van Halen.


Search terms:
"cabo san lucas"
"sail snorkel excursion cabo san lucas"
"cabo del sol"
"cabo real"
"palmilla cabo san lucas"
"cabo san lucas surf report"
"water temperature cabo san lucas"

When you let me know where you'd be departing from, I'll look up some
flights for you. If you need any other assistance or clarifications,
let me know and I'd be glad to help!


Request for Answer Clarification by vistagejosh-ga on 07 Jul 2006 07:49 PDT
Great answer, if you can find just a bit more that'd be great...I'd
like to depart from San Diego, CA on 12/21 and return on 12/26.


Clarification of Answer by keystroke-ga on 07 Jul 2006 16:02 PDT
Checking, I found a nonstop from San Diego to the Cabo San
Lucas airport, SJD, which is in San Jose nearby.  There are three
seats left on this nonstop flight:

Flight - Round Trip Ticket
Total Air, Taxes & Fees  $371.10
It says that the price is only available on, and it seems to
be the case, because it didn't even show up on Aeromexico's site when
I looked it up.
( is now American Express Travel, but it's just easier to type in
Thu, Dec 21
San Diego,CA (SAN) to
San Jose Cabo, (SJD)
Tue, Dec 26
San Jose Cabo, (SJD) to
San Diego,CA (SAN)

You can find it here:

That seems to be the best deal. But if those flights aren't good,
there are nine flights at $460 per person which can be found here:

Expedia has nonstop flights on Aeromexico for $452 and $454 roundtrip.

The nonstop on American Express seems to be the best bet-- you don't
have to have an American Express card to book travel through them. 
Have a good time in Cabo!
vistagejosh-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $8.00
Excellent!!!  Very impressive!

Subject: Re: Planning a vacation in December to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico...
From: leighannp-ga on 07 Jul 2006 18:16 PDT
Just to add...

I took a vacation to Cabo in August of last year and it was absolutely
amazing. Take in as much scenery as you can, just driving along the
main streets you will see that on one side of the road is beach and on
the other side, rocks and hills - it's breathtaking.

I stayed at the Fiesta Inn in San Jose, which is about 20-25 minutes
outside of Cabo. When we ventured into the city at night, there were
TONS of bars and nightclubs. Some of the more famous ones were Cabo
Wabo, Kaboo, and Squid Roe. But keep in mind that I'm 21 and was
looking for more of a younger crowd.

Enjoy your vacation, I'm sure you'll love it like I did. I can't wait to go back!
Subject: Re: Planning a vacation in December to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico...
From: keystroke-ga on 06 Aug 2006 08:54 PDT
Thank you very much for the kind words and the generous tip! :)

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