Vic and I just returned from nearly a week in Los Cabos, specifically Cabo San Jose. We stayed at the Hilton Los Cabos with our son Scott and his family. Great trip!
We flew over some of the calving lagoons where gray whales breed and have their babies along the Pacific Coast of Baja. I’d really like to see those lagoons at water level some day.
The pool at the Hilton Los Cabos.
The breakfast buffet was fabulous with all kinds of fresh fruit, pastries, and multiple hot dishes that changed each day.
Sliced meats and Spanish and Mexican cheeses.
Breads and pastries
We had a room with two queen beds and a rollaway. The three little grandgirls slept in our room while baby Mike slept in Scott and Nicole’s adjoining room. The bathroom had a huge walk-in shower and a jacuzzi tub with shutters that opened onto the bedroom if one so desired.
The rooms were beautifully decorated.
Our room was on the ground floor. We could relax on our chaise lounges and watch the ocean if we wanted. But given the heat and humidity, we preferred the pool.
This was the life, lounging around by the pool while cabana boys brought watermelon mojitas and pomegranite margueritas. I didn’t want to leave.
Scott, Nicole, and the four grandkids.
Chef Alvaro showed me how to make flour tortillas.
He mixed and kneaded the dough, then pinched off a small piece and rolled it really flat.
He put the tortilla into the oven using his bare hand, and flipped it over and retrieved it bare handed as well.
There were concrete bar stools in the water so people could order drinks and lunch and stay in the pool.
There were horses and skidoos for rent down on the beach.
A storm moved through one morning. Vic is pointing out something on the beach to Megan, maybe the big waves.
Some nights there was a bonfire on the beach with marshmallows to roast.
The Kids’ Club had lots of toys, games and videos for kids of various ages. Here Megan is operating a “store” and selling Vic some of the toys, and making change with the cash register.
The twins enjoyed this game, air hockey?
The girls enjoyed this jaguar sculpture in the hallway.
We visited a mission in Cabo San Jose. This was a reconstruction of the one that burned in the early 1700s.
We went shopping at a Mega, which was like a Target or Walmart. We also shopped at a Costco just for fun.
Mostly we stayed by the pool.
Every morning, the maids left a new animal folded out of towels. The little girls loved that.
I loved the colors of Mexico and could have spent a lot more time taking pictures. Maybe if it had been cooler….
Magnificent Frigatebirds soared overhead. They were on the lookout for hatching baby sea turtles.
The hotel operated a sea turtle sanctuary on the beach. They relocated eggs laid elsewhere to this enclosed area, which was monitored by a biologist. Alejandro sorted turtles ready to release, those that needed another day or two to resorb their yolk sacs, and eggs that had spoiled and needed to be removed.
The girls couldn’t see through the fence very well, so I asked if we could hold a turtle. The answer was YES!
Closeup of a baby Olive Ridley sea turtle.
The baby turtles that are ready to release are taken to the surf line at night. Scott, Nicole and family went down to watch, and actually got to release the turtles.
The girls named each little turtle before releasing it. Then the strong little turtles scampered for the waves as fast as they could. We wish them luck. The females won’t be back for another 15 years, when they are old enough to lay eggs in the sand themselves.
The next day, the three little girls got to interact with a dolphin, giving it various commands. They held its flippers, petted it, got a kiss from it and even got to ride it around the pool for one short lap. As an environmentalist, i suppose I should be appalled at keeping dolphins in captivity, but the facility seemed clean and well run and it helps educate the public about dolphins. People won’t protect what they don’t love, and they won’t love what they don’t know. If a facility like this helps people protect dolphins in the wild, it is doing a good service.
Finally our last day arrived. I had one last watermelon mojito and the kids had one last swim in the pool.
Goodbye Hilton Los Cabos. We’re going to miss you and all your
What a great trip. I’d love to go back some day.
About Lou Murray, Ph.D.
I'm a retired medical researcher, retired professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I wrote a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent for many years. I also supervised environmental restoration projects and taught at the Orange County Conservation Corps before retiring in the summer of 2016. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks. I am also dedicated to combatting global climate change.
Wow! It looks like you had a wonderful vacation with your family. It looks like a beautiful place.
Lou, My two favorite photos are you on the chaise lounge and all the Murrays in the pool. Vic