Puerto Los Cabos And The Quest For The Best

Being a consummate travel professional (no giggles, please), I admittedly approach my personal travel a little differently than the average vacationer.  Because a large percentage of the travel I do could be considered a combination of business and pleasure, I always travel with an eye out for the unique, the fascinating, the “New Next” to steal a phrase from Texas Monthly magazine.  It is my own relentless “quest for the best” to share with you.  Think of me as a sort of Indiana Jones searching for the Ark of the Covenant only without the chest hair and female entourage.

Marina at Puerto Los CabosThis past week was a perfect example.  I serve on the advisory board for the travel behemoth, Travel Leaders.  We had our quarterly meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, not exactly a shabby site for a business meeting. One thing I will say about the travel industry, we do meetings right!  I was especially pleased to discover that we were staying at the Secrets Puerto Los Cabos.  As the title above suggests, this post (and the next several) will introduce you to the newest, nicest and neatest development in one of my favorite destinations in all the world.

Google Map of Los CabosFirst a quick geography lesson. Did you ever stop to think about the fact that the destination is called Los Cabos and not El Cabo (cabo meaning cape or tip in Spanish)?  The reason is that at the very tip of the Baja Peninsula there are actually three capes: on the western side is the Cape of San Lucas where you find the town of Cabo San Lucas; the Cape of San Jose where the town of San Jose del Cabo is situated; and finally, there is an Eastern Cape.  Just east of San Jose del Cabo is Puerto Los Cabos sitting right on the border between these latter two capes.  In between the first two capes is the stretch of land known as The Corridor.  Are you starting to remember why you hated geography class so much!

Not to worry, for our purposes we are going to focus all our attention on Puerto Los Cabos.  This amazing development is the brain child of the Sanchez Navarro family comprised of a father, at least two or three sons involved in the business and a nephew.  To date I have only had the pleasure of meeting Rafael who directs the sales and marketing, a deficiency I hope to remedy soon.  I did Google the rest of the family and they all look like stars of a Mexican telenovela. I would love to meet the rest of the “cast” even though in their midst I would no doubt look like one of those character actors brought in for comic relief!  Their company is aptly enough named Grupo Questro and, as you will read below, the entire family obviously shares my passionate quest for the best.

Golf Course at Puerto Los CabosPuerto Los Cabos is a planned development nestled in the hills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountains with its own spectacular marina and 18-hole golf course.   The existing course is the only course I have every played where the front nine was designed by one world-class architect, Jack Nicklaus and the back nine by an equally famous luminary, Greg Norman.  This marriage made in heaven, alas, is temporary seeing that the Greg Norman half will become the front nine of his own eighteen hole signature course and the Jack Nicklaus half will become the back nine of his own 18-hole course.  Nothing like picking out your next spouse while still married!  And you thought geography was complicated.

With the time I have remaining, I am going to tell you about two incredible resorts currently in progress (J. W. Marriott and Ritz Carlton Reserve) and then invite you to come back soon and read about two magnificent resort properties you can book right now (Secrets Puerto Los Cabos and El Ganzo).  Over an ice-cold Negra Modelo (the best beer in Mexico, by the way), Rafael explained to me that the construction I could see next door from where we were sitting on the terrace was a J. W. Marriott that is slated to open late this year. The best I can offer you at the moment are the various artist renderings below. To read a news release about the property, click here.

JW Marriott Puerto Los CabosIn case you are not aware, apparently Ritz Carlton was just not quite ritzy enough for some folks so a few years back they launched the Ritz Carlton Reserve brand.  This new property is described in their news release which you can read here.  “Nestled along 800 feet of oceanfront along Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, 124 private, single-story, oceanfront villas will each have breathtaking panoramic views across the Sea of Cortez in an area of outstanding natural beauty.”  Again, here is an artist rendering.

Ritz Carlton Reserve Puerto Los CabosLest you assume the only option today for visiting Puerto Los Cabos is bringing along a pup tent from home along with a can of pork and beans and a few matches, in the next several posts I will tell you about two remarkable places you can book now.  By way of a tease, while both are magnificent, one of these two is perhaps the most unusual and intriguing hotel concept I have ever seen!  It may take a couple of blog posts to do it justice.

I’ll be back soon.  Why don’t you invite a few friends to join us next time as we continue our “quest for the best”?  This will be one time I can promise you won’t be disappointed.  In fact, why not sign up to follow this blog and you will never have to be disappointed again?  Cheers!

OK, I’m Here . . . So Now What? Los Cabos

Regular followers of this blog (in other words, the most sagacious among you), will know that I wrote a previous post in this category on the destination of Cancun.  It met with such a resounding reception from both of my fans that I have deemed it time to consider another tourist spot.   And what a destination it is!

Los Cabos, MexicoWithout a doubt, Los Cabos is one of the most beautiful resort areas Mexico has to offer.  Situated at the end of the Baja California Peninsula, it consists of three distinct localities: Los Cabos, Mexico mapCabo San Lucas (bottom left), San Jose del Cabo (on the right) and the Tourist Corridor that runs between them.    I promise to write another post soon that will enumerate the pros and cons of each locale.  (If you are keeping score at home, that would be pros “100” and Cons “0”.)

As I pointed out in the Cancun post , it is not enough to simply select a great destination and the perfect resort.  You need to give a little serious thought as to what you will do once you get there.  What say we get you out of your dreary, drab, mind-numbing daily existence (just sayin’) and remind you what zest and gusto feel like!

Todos Santos Hotel CaliforniaLet’s Get Cultured:   Todos Santos

Situated between Cabo San Lucas and La Paz, this charming village is famous for being home to Hotel California.  If you were born after 1977 (first and foremost, try not to gloat), this is the title song from the Eagle’s album of the same name. This desert oasis offers spectacular views of the Pacific.  It is nestled among ancient orchards of mango and palms.  Tours of the fascinating city of La Paz are also available.

Wild Canyon Tour Los CabosLet’s Get Crazy:   Wild Canyon Canopy Tour

When I say, “Let’s Get Crazy”, let me be clear.  I mean let’s you get crazy.  Entrusting my life to a series of cables strung between trees is not my idea of a sane pursuit.  The selling point of this particular adventure is that it is the only canopy attraction in Mexico in which you  can ride tandem with 1, 2 or even 3 friends.  Unless the thought of a joint suicide pact holds some bizarre appeal for you, I strongly suggest you invite your most anorexic friends along on this one.

Dolphin Encounter Los CabosLet’s Get Cuddly:  Dolphin Programs

If you find in impossible to see a cute animal without uttering the obligatory “Ahhhhh”, this experience is probably perfect for you.  As the website explains, “Your Dolphin Encounter begins with an informative introduction by our dolphin trainers who will help you understand the dolphins’ anatomy, physiology, etc.”  This sentence may sound innocuous but it is all about learning how to pet a dolphin and, much more importantly, how not to pet a dolphin unless you want a lot more affection than you bargained for!

Sport Fishing Los CabosLet’s Get Catchy:  Fishing Charters

Most of my fishing experience growing up was with a cane pole and a plastic cork in my grandmother’s East Texas stock tank roughly the size of a disco dance floor.  On a good day you might catch a 10 ounce Sun Perch only to get finned for your trouble.  I am assuming that bears no resemblance to sport fishing but having never experienced it, I can’t attest.  It is obviously popular because on any given morning in Cabo you can see up to 200 charter boats leaving the crowded marina.

Golf Los CabosLet’s Get Chippy:  Golf Options

At last we have reached a truly civilized activity.   Muslims have their Mecca, we golfers have our Los Cabos.  There are way too many great courses to mention them all but three of my favorites (Cabo Real, Puerto Los Cabos & Club Campestre San Jose) are operated by Questro Golf.   Throw my name around and you will probably get a couple of broken tees and all the tap water you can drink.  Seriously, tell Nubia I sent you and you will at least get a warm smile and cheerful greeting.

Amazingly, those are just a few of the many activities available in Los Cabos.

Sunset in Los Cabos

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