I recently returned from a 7-day stay at the Intercontinental Presidente los Cabos Resort, located in San Jose Del Cabo. I give this all-inclusive resort two thumbs up – loved it – and maybe I will write an in-depth report in the future.
For now, though, I offer the following tips which I wish I had known before visiting the Presidente los Cabos Resort:
1. Pack light because you can buy it at the Presidente los Cabos Resort
Before staying at the Presidente los Cabos Resort, I had never been to Mexico, let alone San Jose Del Cabo. So I didn’t know exactly what to take. Like most travelers, my wife and I opted to take everything – a complete set of toiletries, sunscreen, diapers for our baby, etc.
I didn’t know that there is a convenience store inside the resort. They call it a tobacco shop, and it is small, but it covers the basics. You can buy major over-the-counter drugs there, as well as toothpaste, shampoo, paperback books and magazines, candy, pool toys, and dozens of souvenirs.
A twenty-minute walk (or $5 taxi ride) from the resort is a store called Mega, which resembles an American Wal-Mart with a full-size grocery store included. We visited several times to buy snack food, medicine, diapers, and the like.
Anyway, the point is this: You’re not leaving civilization when you visit the Presidente los Cabos Resort. If you forget to bring something, you will be able to buy it.
2. Take the resort’s shuttle to Cabo San Lucas
Staying in San Jose Del Cabo is great because it is less congested than San Lucas, and the local culture is more traditional. When I visit Los Cabos in the future, I will once again choose to stay in San Jose rather than San Lucas.
At some point in your vacation at the Presidente los Cabos Resort, though, you will want to travel to San Lucas to go whale watching, swim with the dolphins, or otherwise amuse yourself. If you want to travel by taxi, you can get there for 350 pesos each way. As of February 14, 2009, that is about $24 U.S. each way. I did that one day, and it worked out well.
If you want to save some money, though, use the resort’s shuttle. It costs 400 pesos (about $28 U.S.) for the roundtrip to San Lucas, so you save about $20 compared to a roundtrip with a taxi.
As of February 2009, the resort’s shuttle schedule is something like this (just check with the concierge for the official schedule when you arrive):
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
9:45 AM – 3:00 PM
4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
8:00 PM – 1:00 AM
3. Pay in Pesos
You can often save some money by paying in Pesos rather than U.S. Dollars. The locals in San Jose generally use a 10-to-1 conversion for Pesos to Dollars.
So, for example, a short taxi ride will cost you 50 Pesos or $5 U.S. Given the current exchange rate, 50 Pesos is less than $3.50 U.S. So, pay with Pesos.
Surprisingly, it took me a while to figure this out. For long taxi rides and large souvenir purchases, it can save you a lot of money.
4. Use room service
There are always at least a couple buffet restaurants to choose from at meal times (and even between meal times) at the Presidente los Cabos Resort. But don’t forget to try room service.
There is a 25 Peso fee (not much at all) for each room service delivery. But the service is great – a good menu, with food almost always delivered within 30 minutes.
5. Access to cash is easy
Wondering whether to take traveler’s checks to the Presidente los Cabos Resort? There really is no need.
I paid for almost everything I bought with my American Express card. Although I never had to use them, I noticed that there are ATM’s everywhere (pay attention – some dispense Pesos, while others dispense U.S. Dollars).
Also, at the front desk of the Presidente los Cabos Resort, they will exchange your U.S. Dollars to Pesos free of any commission.
Those are all the tips that come to mind. We had a wonderful vacation at the Presidente los Cabos Resort, and I hope you do, too!