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Cabo Travel Guide

One place that is worth the hype is Cabo San Lucas! We had never traveled to that side of Mexico and I am so glad we finally did. It is a short flight from California, but from the east coast it does take a connection and roughly 8 hour travel time depending where you are coming from. With the new announcements from the CDC for international travel during Covid I am providing below the latest up to date info!

The view from El Farralon Restaurant at Waldorf Pedregal

Steps to Getting there:

The CDC just announced new guidelines for international travel, which you can read more here. I am happy to report most luxury accommodations are providing on site testing for Covid at the resort for your return travel to make it as smooth as possible if traveling with family or small children. This is from the CDC site for Mexico: “Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip. Do not travel if you are waiting for test results, test positive, or are sick. Follow all entry requirements for your destination and provide any required or requested health information. Before traveling back to the United States, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before travel. Follow all destination and airline recommendations or requirements.”

Where to Stay:

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos PedregalWaldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal offers guests access to COVID-19 testing through the resort’s medical partners which can be done onsite or at a partner medical facility. As guests have different needs and requirements, the resort’s Personal Concierge team can arrange for the appropriate test based on guest needs. The price of the test varies depending on timing and types of test required but currently an antigen (rapid) test is $158 USD with results expected within 24 hours. Details can be found on resort’s Health & Safety page. Additionally, the Los Cabos Tourism Board is working alongside the public and private sector to ensure all international travelers visiting Los Cabos are able to access and take the viral test ahead of their return to the USA. The Tourism Board is also working with the Los Cabos International Airport and several airlines to streamline this process and provide a pleasant travel experience to all tourists visiting the destination during this time.

  • 5 star Luxury Resort: From the moment we arrived we were whisked away by their drivers into an epic welcoming to something I can only describe as what felt like the Amalfi coast in Mexico. I was blown away by the architecture of the hotel and the fact we were on the side of a cliff. The rooms all have infinity pools and a private little beach area. The chips & Guac + spicy margaritas were the best I’ve ever had in my life!

    Here are some more bullet points straight from the resort I thought highlighted key things:
  • Work From Paradise: Boasting residential-style accommodations such as Multibedroom Casitas, Villas and Private Pedregal Homes, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal offers the perfect ‘home away from home’ for travelers seeking to get away will staying connected to work and remote learning for an extended period of time. Featuring every amenity found in a luxury residence (including private plunge pools, expansive terraces, separate living and dining rooms, etc.), travelers can “work from paradise” or take advantage of the resort’s new weekly Spanish Baja Cultural Immersion program (sample schedule here), Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal makes it easy to relocate for a week-month with the Escape Longer package which also offers a week free for every month booked. Images of residential-style accommodations and property here.
  • Private Passport to Pedregal — Private Jet Partnership: As privacy continues to be the new luxury in 2021, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is thrilled to partner with Schubach Aviation, a Southern California based private jet charter and aircraft management service, to offer an exclusive package that includes a roundtrip flight with Schubach Aviation into Cabo San Lucas’ International Airport (MMSL) from anywhere in the U.S., seven-night stay in a Two Bedroom Ocean View Villa, daily breakfast in-residence, and more. Rates starting from $25,896 USD++ taxes and service charge per stay. Images of jet and property here.
  • Beyond The Beach: Curated Exploration Itineraries: Those looking to be outdoors in the fresh air can enjoy any one of the resort’s “Beyond the Beach: Curated Exploration” itineraries which include everything from swimming with whale sharks, 4×4 adventures to Baja’s best kept secret of Xanadu, snorkeling with sea lions in Baja’s Sea of Cortez, hailed as the finest UNESCO conservation effort, and beyond. Custom itineraries here and images here.

Where to eat:

  • El Farralon: Located at the Waldorf Astoria Pedregal Los Cabos. This is one dining experience you don’t want to miss. The restaurant sits on the cliffs of the pacific ocean and the food is amazing.
  • Cocina Del Mar Located at Esperanza Resort. Another amazing cliff side dining experience that is layered seating up the cliff. We did the new moon dining experience which was a 3 course meal.
  • Nobu Los Cabos- You can’t go wrong with any Nobu in my opinion. This is one of favorite luxury restaurant chains, the Nobu Los Cabos one did not disappoint and neither did the views at sunset!
  • Malibu Farm– also located at the Nobu Hotel, best to brunch here! Get the frose drink!
  • Flora Farms: This is a must before heading to the airport! It is a great brunch and lunch spot, they have a playground and ponds on site for the kids to run around as well. Loved stopping here!

What to do:

  • Go on a Boat Tour: Pelican Cabo does private luxury sailing around the island
  • Book multiple tours with Cabo Adventures here: The include swimming with whale sharks, Camel Safari rides, Outdoor ziplining, and luxury sailing tours.
  • Explore the bars and shopping downtown: There were so many areas we wanted to check out including the Office, and bar scene but we had the kids!
  • Relax on the beaches and pools: Cabo is one of those spots that is unsafe to go into the ocean from the beach due to the break of the waves and rocks.
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Playa Del Carmen Travel Guide

Our first trip internationally after 7 months in the US did not disappoint! We headed to Playa Del Carmen Mexico through CheapCaribbean and two of our best friends for a little adults only getaway. We were very impressed with how smooth the process went from booking the trip, to the arrival, transportation, and to the hotel. Below are all the details to make sure your trip is just as smooth and sharing a discount code for travel at the end!

Ocean sunrise in front of Paradisus Resort


How to get there:
We flew into Cancun airport. This is the main airport hub if you are visiting the east coast of Mexico. Playa Del Carmen is about an hour drive from Cancun, and Tulum is 2 hours. Highly recommend having prearranged transport with Amstar prior to arrival so everything is hassle free getting straight to your destination. We booked the Private Deluxe Transfer here! I can’t say enough good things about this experience, from waiting with a sign with our name on it, grabbing our luggage, to beverages waiting for us, and intense cleaning procedures, the team was amazing!

You can see details of their cleaning protocols here as well!

Where to stay: Paradisus Playa Del Carmen All Inclusive Resort!

Paradisus all inclusive resort is the way to go! Paradisus is also a Trip Trust resort which means they are following industry guidelines for cleaning protocols! You can read all about it here! But basically they are taking cleaning to high extremes, every employee was wearing a mask and temperatures were checked before every meal on the property. When you arrive you pre-book all your meals & you don’t have to worry about paying for a thing anymore! It is a huge property with an adults only section and an entire area for families too! We stayed in a one bedroom Master Suite. My favorite part was this outdoor jacuzzi tub overlooking the swimming pools.

Below is info straight from the CheapCaribbean site on the resort so you know the exact things they have to offer:

“This is a Beachfront All-inclusive Resort with 910 lavish suites including 124 Swim-up Suites with direct access to the pool  | 334 The Reserve Suites and four Presidential Suites |  New Concept: THE RESERVE with dedicated areas for Everyone and for Adults Only  | Two Sparkling free-form swimming pool with swim-up bar and pool side grill | Fitness center | YHI Spa ($) | El Zocalo, the heart of Paradisus Playa del Carmen, featuring 14 restaurants including “SAL”-Steak Cave ($) and 11 bars | A wide array of non-motorized land and watersports | Kids Zone with supervised activities for kids up to 12 years, playground with jungle gym and outdoor activities | New Waterpark and splash pad for the kids | Life-enriching Experiences | Pristine white sand beach | Day and night-time entertainment 

Paradisus Playa del Carmen is an all-inclusive  luxury playground catering to adults and children alike. The resort is located along the Riviera Maya’s prestigious Playa del Carmen enclave on Mexico’s eastern shore renowned for pristine white sand beaches and turquoise waters, 45 minutes from Cancun International Airport (CUN).Just steps from extraordinary beaches & attractions: Playa del  Carmen’s 5th Avenue, Xcaret, Akumal, Xel-ha, and Xplor. Our extensive features, options and services come with a Guest Experience Manager, or Concierge to help you navigate so you are free to roam and relax.”

The grounds around Paradisus were breathtaking

Where to eat on property: (our favorites below, see entire list here)

  • Breakfast: Papaya Grill, Adults only section recommend for the best experience. Naos for more family environment.
  • Lunch: Enjoy the swim up pool bars and eating area
  • Dinner: Bano (asian), Fuego (latin infused), Vento (italian), Mole (mexican)

What to do:

  • Day trip to Tulum! Highly recommend checking this town out for a day or two! Tulum is another hour drive south from playa del carmen & we were able to get a taxi for 4 people for $80usd from the hotel! See my instagram for tips for that spot :).
  • Visit Cenotes: Popular ones include: Dos Ojos, Gran Cenote, Suyton
  • Go on a Luxury sailing excursion: Book one here.
  • Watch an acrobatic show at the Paradisus family pool in the Reserve section! We watched this show from our balcony one night, very entertaining.
  • Check out all the activities available from Paradisus here!

Thanks to CheapCaribbean and Paradisus Playa Del Carmen for having us! You can use code BECCA100 on their site here:
(Requirements: 6 night package, min double occupancy. Expires: 11/15. Travel window: now-Dec 2021)