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verdict: marina fiesta in cabo san lucas is awesome


Marina Fiesta Resort

Just got back from Cabo yesterday and the verdict is in — Marina Fiesta Resort in Cabo San Lucas completely kicks ass.

Hotel location

  • 3 minute walk to Puerto Paraiso mall
  • 10 minutes to Squid Roe
  • 10+ minutes to Medano beach and Mango deck
  • 20 minute walk to other side of Marina
  • good security surrounding hotel

Inside of hotel

  • hotel was not crowded
  • nice balconies with view of pool
  • nice pool but a little deep
  • hidden second pool
  • interesting shower
  • expensive poolside drinks
  • TV channels, MAX Prime

hotel staff

  • most speak spanish
  • good maid service


  • bus ride, taxis
  • terminals

Cabo San Lucas

  • size
  • night spots (zoo, cabo wabo, etc.)
  • markets
  • beach drinking places
  • prices
  • exchange rates
  • foods, spices
  • tortilleria

San Jose

  • bus to
  • emptiness
  • big ass hotels

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Los Cabos research


I’ve been planning a vacation to Los Cabos, Mexico with some buddies. Being a forgetful and lazy bum I keep forgetting to go to a travel agent. Thus, with the help of the internet I’ve been trying to do some research about Los Cabos. These are my brief notes after searching around a little. I need to get a guide book from the bookstore by Frommer’s or Lonely Planet or whomever else makes Cabo guidebooks.


Los Cabos has a number of towns. The major ones are Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. According to my brief research Cabo San Lucas is the party spot. San Jose del Cabo is the laid-back honeymoon type spot. Being three single men under 30 I think we’re going to Cabo San Lucas.

The closest airport is SJD airport. It’s a 2-3 hour flight from SFO to SJD.

Not all beaches are suitable for swimming. Medano beach is the main swimming beach.

Los Cabos 2BR hotels

For the sake of awesomeness and convenience I’ve been searching for 2-bedroom hotel suites in the Cabo San Lucas area. Preliminary research reveals that some hotels have an “extra person surcharge” for parties over 2 people. I find this a bit odd because a 2 bedroom hotel room is meant for 4 people. If I were to get 2 separate rooms, I would probably avoid the extra person surcharge.

Promising 2BR finds for 3 people, 7 night prices. Surcharges are per person per night. SJD = San Jose del Cabo. CSL = Cabo San Lucas

City Hotel surcharge 7 nt cost
CSL Marina sol Resort +20 $1,586
CSL Villa del Arco 0 $2,565
CSL Villa del Palmar +47 $3,100
CSL Hotel Vistazul Suites 0 $1,973
SJD Grand Baja all suite +94 $2,662
SJD Suites las Palmas 0 $1,420
hotel beds medano beach downtown kitchen bathrooms price location source
hotel finisterra 2 far 3 close 1 no 1 west marina
marina fiesta 3 medium 1 close 1 yes 1 1212 east marina
pueblo bonito blanco 3 direct 0 close 1 yes 1 2105 east medano
pueblo bonito pacifca xxx far 3 xxx yes xxx too much xxx
pueblo bonito rose 2 direct 0 medium 2 yes 1 1815 east medano
pueblo bonito sunset beach xxx far 3 xxx yes xxx too much xxx
solmar suites 3 far 3 far 3 yes 1 1533 cape
villa del palmar 2 direct 0 medium 2 yes 2 2000 east medano
villa la estancia xxx direct 0 far 3 no 1 too much xxx
villa del arco 4 direct 0 medium 2 yes 3 2530 east medano
marina sol resort 3 medium 1 close 1 yes 2 1587 east marina expedia
seven crown 3 far 3 medium 2 no 2 1121 east downtown expedia
hotel vistazul 3 far 3 far 3 no 1 2144 east downtown expedia


I use the typical sites for searching on travel. Not all sites are created equal with regard to Cabo because of map details, room descriptions, and so forth. — good room info and in some cases they have deeper discounts. They also have a broader selection of hotels. The maps they have for Cabo San Lucas completely suck ass because it looks like Cabo is in the middle of the ocean — pinpoints are in the blue water area. Their method for “favorite hotels” completely sucks.

Orbitz — good room info and best maps of the bunch. Limited Cabo San Lucas hotel selection.

Expedia — good room info and nice way to save and label itineraries. Some rates on Expedia trended higher than others. Links only open through JavaScript which sucks because you can’t open pages in new tabs/windows. Map for hotel rooms is beter than but not as good as Orbitz because it lacks city streets (only freeway).

Travelocity — no maps at all? Odd. Good pictures. Low selection. High prices.

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