My second visit to Los Cabos, Mexico, was just as fantastic as the first. Almost exactly a year following my introduction to the Baja peninsula I was arriving at the San Jose del Cabo airport and greeting the same familiar faces like no time had passed at all. We piled into rental cars and headed off toward in Cabo San Lucas.
Home for the week was, once again, Montecristo Estates at Pueblo Bonito. The villa in which we stayed was nearly identical to our previous stay with one notable difference: its placement on the mountain. The Montecristo villas are built into the side of a mountain, ensuring that every window and porch offers a stunning view out to sea. The very first villas that were built (known as Phase 1) are placed closest to the top, at the end of a long, narrow winding road that just seems to keep going up up up. We were in the top row, in villa 9.
Original image via Desert Golf & Tennis
It turns out that while the layout in Phase 1 and Phase 2 villas are the same, the size of the villas is actually slightly different. According to our host, it was a difference of 120 to over 300 square feet, depending on when you asked. And while Phase 1 had been completed long before Phase 2, the interior design and decoration are also nearly identical because of the damages that the Phase 1 homes received during Hurricane Odile in 2014. It necessitated renovations which were made to match what existed in the Phase 2 homes.
The size difference was barely noticeable, but the views were markedly more dramatic than our previous stay.
After hauling in suitcases and a quick break on the balcony to enjoy the impressive views, Susan suggested we head to the gym.
Susan is a runner. During the 2015 visit to Cabo, Susan ran outside on the mountain roads every day. However, our new higher location was accessible only by roads that were perilously steep. The golf carts that roam the majority of the Pueblo Bonito property can’t even handle the incline. Running was going to be a treadmill situation this year. While last year I laughed when Susan asked if I’d like to go to the gym, or out for a walk, this year I found myself saying that I’d go along.
I know. I was shocked, too.
Following the routine that Tall Guy and I have gotten into, I proceeded to experience Leg Day in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Strangely, it felt as though I was struggling with weights that I’d been doing (semi-regularly) in Florida. (It took a second trip to the gym to realize that was because everything was in kilograms instead of pounds. Duh.) And after I’d finished my leg exercises, since Susan was still running, I hopped on the treadmill and walked until she was done. All this may sound a little crazy, particularly after a full day of travel and considering my history of hatred toward all things exercise. But when this is your view…
Approximately 15 hours after waking up in Florida, we returned from the gym just in time to watched our first Cabo sunset of 2016. Worth every minute of the wait.
Fun fact: all of the photos taken from the balcony of our villa were taken with my brand-new, got-it-the-night-before-I-left mirrorless camera! I’m thrilled with the results and will provide additional details and results after I’ve gotten some more practice with it!