Casa Del Mar Golf Resort and Spa in Los Cabos was the exact tranquil getaway we were looking for and proved to be an excellent value.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that we earned FREE airfare from San Diego to Los Cabos on Southwest Airlines. Between accumulating points in my Southwest Rapid Rewards account by flying and by making purchases with my Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card, free tickets were easy to earn. Southwest now offers non-stop flights between San Diego and Los Cabos so we were there in two short hours. We pre-arranged an airport transfer to Casa Del Mar with Danny Boy transportation and our driver quickly whisked us away from the airport in a luxurious SUV.
Casa Del Mar Location
After studying the map, we chose to stay at Casa Del Mar because of its location between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo. It’s on a sleepy stretch of secluded beach, away from the crowds, easily accessible to both towns. We also chose it because we’re not fans of mega-resorts. This is a small, intimate resort with only 50 rooms. When I’m on vacation, the less people, the better.
The grounds and rooms are both beautiful. The bathtubs are large soaking tubs, roomy enough for two.
The resort was not crowded during our late June stay. The pools were empty enough that I was able to float and sunbathe on my raft. Swimming in the ocean is not an option due to the strong undertow and rip currents. There are actually a very limited number of beaches in Los Cabos that are swimmable. This was a bit of a disappointment for us: we’re originally from the east coast and are used to vacationing and swimming in the Caribbean Sea. But we knew this going into our vacation so we busied ourselves with other activities.
It was easy to get a last minute couples massage appointment at the resort spa. Although the spa prices were considerably higher than what I would pay for a massage in San Diego, we were on vacation and wanted to relax and splurge. We certainly did relax during our 80 minute signature massage.
The food at Casa Del Mar is basic and decent, but nothing to get excited about.
Getting Around Los Cabos
Taxi money adds up quickly so we decided to take the public bus on our trips to Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo. It couldn’t have been easier. Walk out of the resort to Highway 1 and wait for a blue, purple, or orange bus to drive up. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes maximum for a bus to arrive. When you see the bus, wave your hand and it will stop. Bus fare for 2 people is about 60 pesos. The fare doesn’t seem to be standard, as I usually gave a 100 peso bill and my change varied. The ride seemed to be about 20 minutes to either town. As a long-time public transportation passenger in many cities across the United States, I can easily say that the buses between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo are cleaner, friendlier, and seemingly safer than any public bus I’ve been on in the US.
Horseback Riding at Casa Del Mar
One of the most beautiful sights at Casa Del Mar is that of people riding on horseback along the secluded stretch of beach. This was something we definitely wanted to add to our itinerary. We just asked the front desk to arrange for us to ride horses that evening before sunset. All we had to do was walk down to the beach, and we found our cowboy bringing our horses to us. The ride was $40 USD per person and was peaceful, quiet perfection.
Tips for staying at Casa Del Mar
- Save money on airport transfers by using Danny Boy transportation.
- The time share sales staff will try to rope you into a sales pitch upon check in. You need to be adamant with your refusal.
- Take the public bus to Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo to save money.
- Ride horses on the beach.
- Take an inflatable raft to float around the pool. Rafts are allowed and they’re so relaxing!
- Take a taxi to Flora Farms. This was one of our favorite excursions, but it’s not accessible by bus.