First of all, all I have to say is wow, what a trip! I have been traveling quite a bit lately, visiting some amazing places, but Cabo is right up there with the best! In fact, it might be tied at the top with Grand Cayman Islands as my favorite places to visit. If you haven’t been to Cabo, Mexico before, it’s a very dry, arid place, but what’s neat about it is that there are mountains everywhere, creating one heck of a scenic view! Here’s the breakdown of the entire trip, including the reason we went.
Believe it or not, I actually won this trip for being a Top Beachbody Coach in Success Points for the month of January. The top 3 coaches won a 4 day, 3 night luxury trip to Mexico, and got to stay at the 5 Star Marquis Los Cabos resort. It was all expenses paid, including the airfare, so we actually didn’t end up spending a dime! Not bad for a luxury trip, eh?
Melinda and I set out on our journey to Cabo very early in the morning on Thursday, and after a layover in Atlanta, we arrived in Cabo, Mexico at about 12:30 PM. Seeing Mexico for the first time was like seeing a whole new world! I have never been to a place that was super dry and desert like, but still had mountains. The mountains were just huge dry rocks, though, covered in dust, dirt, and cacti. After getting off the plane and Lindsay Matway and Melinda being bombarded with Mexican’s telling them how beautiful they were, and then how lucky Billy and I are, we were picked up and dropped off at the 5 Star Marquis Los Cabos. When we entered the resort, opened the van door, the smell of salty air immediately hit me in the face, and at that point I knew we were going to have an amazing trip! Some of the people at Beachbody corporate met us with some champagne, and we kicked off our 4 day trip of a lifetime!
Marquis Los Cabos was amazing, period. I mean it’s a perfect example of a 5 star resort because it was clean, absolutely beautiful, and the service was by far the best I have every experienced before. Before we headed to our room, we stopped and got some lunch at the hotel restaurant. I had the best chicken quesadillas I had ever had in my life, and they were so good that I absolutely stuffed my face even when I was full! Melinda, Lindsay, Billy, and I all had a Corona, of course, because you can’t be in Mexico and not drink a Corona, right? After an outstandingly tasteful lunch, we headed to our rooms, and when we opened the door we couldn’t believe how amazing the room was! The first thing we noticed was the Mexican music in the background, and it just added to the whole experience. The bathroom had a marble counter top, and there was a jacuzzi tub that was open to the next room, allowing you to see out the balcony, making for one heck of a peaceful setting. The bed was very soft, the floors were also made of marble, and the balcony was awesome, even though it didn’t feel very safe because the wooden rail was low and rather rickety. The view, oh the view, was breathtaking, and I spent quite a bit of time just sitting on the comfortable balcony chair just soaking it all in.
We then decided to head back down to the pool area, set up our cushioned chairs right behind the never ending pool, and just sat there, soaking up the sun for the rest of the afternoon. At about 5 PM we headed back upstairs to get ready for our dinner for the night. Jeff Hill and Marisa decided to take us to a place called “The One and Only Palmilla,” and never in my life had I witnessed such amazing landscaping! I’m talking it was like entering into a fantasy world, one you’d see on a movie like Avatar or some other crazy sci-fi movie. On top of that, the view was out of this world, and we were lucky enough to experience the colorful sunset. After having a few glasses of wine, excellent soup and the main entree, we finished up with dessert and headed back to the resort. We decided to call it a night since we were exhausted from traveling all day, and actually left the balcony doors all night, allowing us to hear the crash of the waves while we slept. Day 1 down, 3 more to go!
We got up in the morning, walked the beach, ate breakfast at the hotel restaurant, and waited about an hour before heading to the gym to get in a workout. When you’re not watching what you eat, you’ve got to at least work out so that you don’t gain a ton of weight on the trip! We got in a great workout, headed back to the room to change into our swimsuits, and then headed back down to our chairs and did absolutely nothing for the rest of the afternoon. After soaking up the sun rays and getting burnt, it was time to head to a dolphin excursion, where we got to swim with the dolphins and watch them do some pretty amazing tricks! I have never done anything like that before, so it was an interesting experience, and am actually pretty glad we got to do it. We even got to kiss the dolphins, and ride them around the pool! We left the place, headed back to the hotel, and got ready for dinner.
We were on our own for dinner that night, so we decided to head into town. Billy is the research king, so he found the number one rated restaurant in Cabo on Trip Advisor called Maro’s Shrimp House, and when we arrived, we thought he was pulling our leg! It was literally a hole in the wall! It was all outdoors, the tables were picnic tables covered in a cloth, and it was almost like entering into a bar, one where you could through the peanuts on the floor. The point is that it was nothing like we expected, until we sat down and experienced the customer service and the food. The senor that waited on us was one of the most friendliest people we have ever met, and even did a little dance for us when we ordered our drink, the bullfrog. The drink was made up of tequila, Sprite, and I think Corona and something else, and even though it doesn’t sound very good, it was outstanding! Each couple decided to order a seafood platter, which was excellent! When it was all said and done, we realized why the place was rated #1, and is a place we recommend to anyone visiting Cabo.
We then left the bar and headed to a place called the Giggling Marlin. Yes, you heard it right, the Giggling Marlin! We heard that they hang you upside down and have you take shots, so of course we had to see if the rumors were true. Well, yes, they sure were. Each of us got to hang upside down and take a shot of something that we really had no idea what it was, but none-the-less tasted pretty dang good! The place was pretty cool, but there was nobody there, so we decided to head back to the hotel and relax for the rest of the evening. When we got back, we decided to grab a beer called Pacifico Light and head down to the pool area to smoke our cigars. It was an amazing Cuban Cigar, one of the best out there, and Billy and I enjoyed every minute of it! When the cigar got down to the point where we couldn’t hold it anymore without burning ourselves, we put it out and called it a night.
This was the last day there, and we all had a parasailing excursion planned for the morning, but unfortunately Melinda and I couldn’t go because she got sick the night before. We’re not sure why, but maybe it had to do with the food we ate or her accidentally inhaling the second-hand cigar smoke from the night before, but regardless, we didn’t want to take a chance of her getting sick again on a boat or 2,000 feet in the air. We decided to grab some breakfast and then head down to the pool area and do absolutely nothing for the rest of the day. We literally sat there and did nothing for a good 8 hours, and it was amazing because I’m always so busy with work that I don’t ever get to sit and do nothing! We met a great couple, talked to them for a while about Beachbody, and then headed back to the room to get ready for dinner.
Dinner that night was at a place called “The Esperanza,” and again, when we arrived, we couldn’t believe how amazing the view was! It was something that you could only dream of! We sat down, had an excellent dinner, took some great pictures, and then it was time to order dessert. I got this chocolate cake filled with a fruit cream filling, and it was delicious! By far one of the best desserts, if not the best, that I have ever had! Then we start hearing the beat of a drum and looked over the edge to find that there was a private tribal show happening on the beach for a family having dinner. We watched the show for a while, which was very neat, and then headed back to the hotel, where we again smoked a Cuban Cigar and called it a night. Unfortunately, that was the last day there, and we had to leave in the morning.
This by far was a trip of a lifetime, and we can’t wait to go back! If you’re ever trying to decided between Cabo and another vacation spot, I definitely recommend Cabo! Thanks Beachbody!