I can’t help but reminisce on the amazing time my friend and I had in Cabo when we went las month. Probably because it was unbelievable how much I got for how little I paid. Since summer officially hasn’t started, I thought I’d share my Cabo experience in time for you to book a summer vacay!
Okay first let’s talk pricing. Since I live in Las Vegas the pricing was really good, considering what all was included. First I’ll say, do research. Groupon has great getaway deals. That’s where I first looked to start to look at booking trip. I came across a travel reservation website called Jetset Vacations. This place allows you to pick where your traveling from and is made up of tons of all-inclusive resorts you can travel to! We ended up picking the Riu Santa Fe in Cabo San Lucas. The site also lets you set up roundtrip transportation to and from the airport and back. I highly recommend this, as our resort was 45 minutes from the airport.
Riu Santa Fe – Los Cabos, Mexico. Double Room Gardenview – All Inclusive for 4 nights + Roundtrip transfers SJD Airport to/from Cabo San Lucas Riu $616.88/pp
Airfare from LAX Los Angeles to SJD Los Cabos International $127.23/pp
Pause. As mentioned before, I live in Las Vegas. The friend that I went with, she lives in Seattle (my hometown). So we decided to meet in LA to make booking everything easier plus we could fly in together.
This did take forethought in transferring flights as far as time in between to the re-check luggage. I flew into LAX on Southwest, my friend flew in on Alaska and the flight from LAX to Los Cabos was on Alaska.
Airfare from LAS Las Vegas to LAX Los Angeles $147.96 (this could have been cheaper but I waited a little last minute to get it and then I had to change it to give myself time to recheck my bag returning).
As for my friend, since her flight was Alaska she could transfer her bags and didn’t need to worry about rechecking them going to Los Cabos.
Please note: You will have to recheck your bags coming back if you have a transferring flight regardless.
All together I spent $892.07.
The Riu Santa Fe has a ton to offer. First off, we were greeted with margaritas. Lol doesn’t take much to impress this girl. Just kidding but there’s really now reason so leave the resort. We did because we wanted to see downtown and do an excursion but all the fun and relaxation you need is at the resort.
What’s included at the Riu Santa Fe All Inclusive stay:
All meals and snacks
- Breakfast – Full American breakfast buffet, Continental breakfast, live cooking stations. The omelettes and French toast were A1. They have a full fruit bar, salad bar, with tons of pastry breakfast snacks
- Lunch – Hot and Cold buffet, live cooking stations, pizza, pasta, nachos, a full salad bar and fruit bar and tons of assorted desserts. I’m a lover of ice cream and their soft serve in a cone was everything in the heat laid out by the pool!
Soft serve by the Pool
- Dinner – Buffets and live pasta cooking station. The pasta station was my go to!
There are 6 restaurants to choose from on the resort and some may have a three-course meal option while others have buffet style with cooking stations.
Local and imported beverages 24-hours per day – There are 10 bars located on the resort and each have signature drinks you can have them make you. The Piña Colada is on point and so is their drinkcalled the Blue Ocean, this was my friends go to. Don’t ask me what’s in it. I’m a tequila girl so I mostly stuck with the Margaritas and Piña Coladas. Of course you don’t have to get any of their signature drinks but keep in mind that all the liquor is wells.
Pro Tip: Pack a tumbler cup to avoid frequent times to the bar refilling their small cups
Regularly restocked minibar and liquor dispenser – Minibar comes with cokes, sprites, ginger ales, club sodas, and waters. The liquor dispenser consists of 4 different liquors, I believe there was a vodka, a tequila, a bourbon, and a whiskey. I don’t know for sure though. We didn’t use the liquor dispensers.
Sports and Activities
- Gym – It is really nice and upgraded. About 6 treadmills and 2 stair stepper machines with free weights and some machine weights.
- Group Fitness activities in Riufit area – They teach different classes in this covered area outside. They do yoga, Pilates, and there are TRX ropes and other classes as well.
- Sauna, steam bath and whirlpool bath
- Spa – There are additional charges for services
- Pools – There are 5 on the resort
- 1 intro scuba diving demo in the pool
Theme parties for adults “Riu Pool Party” several times a week – these were the highlight and the most fun on the resort. There are 4 different pool party themes: White Party (someone always gotta have a whiteparty lol), Jungle Party, Pink Party, and Neon Party. The Riu Pool parties are located in a space with two pools, one of which has a swim up bar along with another bar and snack food. They have both night and day pool parties.
Neon Riu Pool Party
- Splash Water World – Adult and kid sized water slides
- Riu evening entertainment, live music or shows
- Pacha nightclub which opens every night
We did do two excursions off site which were parasailing which was $70 for both of us and we all did a sunset dinner cruise which was $90 for the both of us. The parasailing was an amazing experience and so worth it. The sunset cruise was nice because it included an open bar with premium liquor, a dinner and close up views of the El Arco.
Dinner Cruise Views
If you decide you want to go downtown it’s $28 roundtrip but there is a mall, a marina, and tons of restaurants.
All in all, including excursion activities and bag fees for the flight I spent $1036.07! Which I honestly think is a steal for how much I was able to do. Let me know where you plan to travel this summer by commenting below! I’d love to hear your plans.
Happy travels beauties!