A luxurious vacation at The Grand Mayan Los Cabos

I just got home last night from a week at The Grand Mayan Los Cabos. It was very nice. I had a one bedroom unit with a kitchen, large soaking tub, big balcony overlooking the pool area with a glimpse of the Sea of Cortez. The resort staff was very friendly and helpful. The pool activity staff was great fun especially Erika and Juan. Even if you didn’t participate in the physical activities they were fun to watch. One day we were taught how to make ceviche and another day we made Caipirinhas (a Brazilian cocktail).

I ate dinner twice at the onsite restaurant Peri Q. The first night I had braised short ribs with enough leftover for a full dinner the next night. The second time I had sea bass. Both were perfectly prepared. Breakfast at the Grand Café was OK but definitely overpriced. About a 15 minute walk to the south west is Mega which is kind of like a Walmart with a large grocery section. I purchased food for breakfasts, snacks and beverages at reasonable prices.

What I didn’t like was that all food and beverage bills had a 15% “service/tip” added on. I usually tip more than 15% but I would rather the tip be totally in my control. I did order room service one night and I added an extra tip but in cash so hopefully the delivery guy got it.

I took my iPad but could not get internet access for the week. They said that no guest has ever been able to connect to their wifi with an iPad because the iPad antenna was too weak. In my opinion the lack of connectivity because they have no distributed wifi access points. It’s a pretty spread out resort.

A spectacular sunrise

Early morning view of part of the pool area

My view from the pool chair

San Jose del Cabo – Feliz Navidad

Several years ago I spent the week before Christmas in San Jose del Cabo at Worldmark’s Coral Baja Resort. I only took a few photos before my very first digital camera died. San Jose del Cabo is nothing like its sister city Cabo San Lucas. San Jose has a true zocola and small town feel.


This photo is at the “Trailer Park” next door to Coral Baja.


San Jose del Cabo 2001

It had been a very gray and rainy November in Portland and December was starting out the same way. I sat at my desk looking outside at the rain and decided to pick up the phone to see if I could book a flight to Cabo using my free roundtrip ticket on Alaska Airlines. I decided that Cabo would be a good place to go since Alaska flies there and I would call my vacation club to see if I could get a condo at Worldmark’s Coral Baja. It all came together and the next week I took off for a week in Cabo.

The studio condo was just perfect for one person. There was a fantastic view from the studio and a nice large balcony where I could sit out and eat my breakfast every morning.

I had the front desk call a taxi to take me to San Jose del Cabo several nights for dinner and to check out the shops. I ate dinner at The Tulip which my friend Kelly and I had discovered on our trip we had taken in 1999. I enjoyed talking with the ex-pat Canadian owners. Two years before their son had just graduated from culinary school and was working in the restaurant. He had moved on to some large resort’s restaurant and was doing very well.

El centro was nicely decorated for Christmas.

Next door to the condos is a trailer park. There is another one near Cabo San Lucas. Both have very well known popular restaurants.

This was a very low key vacation. I hung around the pool and spent a lot of time reading.