Going Loco Down in…Cabo San Lucas!

It might not have the same ring to it as Acapulco, but Cabo San Lucas is a fantastic place to ‘go loco’ in Mexico, and if you have ever visited the well-known and much-loved ‘Cabo-Wabo’ – well, you will know exactly what I am talking about!

Cabo San Lucas doesn’t seem to have established itself as a holiday destination for Europeans (yet!), but as most cruise ships sailing the Baja California route stop off at this purpose-built resort on the way down or up the coast, it is starting to become quite a holiday hot spot!

We have visited Cabo several times on our journeys around the world, and while it may not have the rustic Mexican charm of Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco, it offers all the glitz, glamour and high-end hotels you could possibly wish for, making it a great choice for your next holiday.

We don’t seem to have too many photo’s of Cabo San Lucas – must be something to do with the Tequila! But here are a few of our favourite shots to give you a glimpse of what’s in store if you head on down to good old Cabo…

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A-Z of Travel – D is for Destinations (My Top 10)

For me, the hardest part about travelling is actually deciding on where to go!  The world is big, beautiful and just waiting to be discovered, but as I tend to fall in love with almost every country I visit, I am always torn between returning to a favourite place and visiting a new holiday destination.

A-Z of Travel – D is for Destinations (My Top 10)

Having visited just 50 countries so far, I know I have a long way to go to if I am to see all 196 countries in the world (I know this number varies a lot!), but as I am a warm-weather kinda gal, I will not be rushing to visit anywhere cold anytime soon!

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Of all the destinations we have visited thus far, there are many that stand out, and so here is my list of Top 10 Traveller Destinations in the world (so far)…

  1. Cape Town, South Africa
  2. Mendoza, Argentina
  3. South Island, New Zealand
  4. Mamanuca Islands, Fiji  
  5. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  6. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  7. Coral Coast, Western Australia
  8. Salzburg, Austria
  9. Texas, USA
  10. Anguilla, Caribbean

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And just remember… “The World is a Book and those who do not Travel read only a page.” St. Augustine was a very wise chap indeed!

Rub Shoulders with the Rich & Famous in our Top 5 Celebrity Holiday Destinations

We might be fighting our way through an economic crisis, but there are a certain group of well-to-do individuals that can afford to holiday wherever they like in 2012 – and that is the celebrity crowd of movie, pop, and soap stars.

Often hiring entire floors in 5 star hotels, renting luxurious villas by the sea, or even leasing a secluded private island, A-Listers such as Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, and Simon Cowell want the very best when they go on holiday, and they are prepared to pay big bucks to get it.

If you dream of sipping cocktails with P. Diddy, sharing tacos with Jack Black, or playing beach volleyball with Jennifer Aniston, here are five destinations you might want to consider for your 2012 holiday!

Cabo San Lucas – Mexico

Sitting on the southern tip of Baja California, Cabo is packed with trendy hotels, pristine beaches, and all the nightlife one could possibly wish for, making this a prime holiday destination for the rich and famous. Gwyneth Paltrow, Usher, and Matthew McConaghey are all rumoured to have holidayed here.

St. Barts – Caribbean

A small but beautiful member of the Leeward Islands, St. Barts has been attracting the celebrity crowd since the 1970s.  Luxury hotels, soft sandy beaches, and ‘to die for’ dining venues come as standard.  Expect to bump into the likes of Steve Martin, Ellen De Generes, and Orlando Bloom.

Capri Island – Italy

Chic, cosmopolitan, and ultra cool, Capri is an enchanting island made of limestone rock. With a picturesque harbour, plenty of Grottos and hidden coves to sail, and beautiful hotels, Capri looks and feels luxurious, and appeals to the likes of Mariah Carey and Michael Douglas.

Fiji Islands

With over 300 islands between the Mamanucas and the Yasawas to choose from, celebrities can find the perfect holiday hideaway in the Fiji Islands.  Spending their days doing nothing more than lounging on the beach, sailing the crystal clear waters, and eating freshly caught seafood away from the glaring eye of the paparazzi, Charlize Theron, Dennis Quaid and Tom Hanks have all holidayed here.

Cape Town, South Africa

The tip of South Africa, Cape Town has so much to offer the traveller that it attracts celebrities from around the world.  Princes William and Harry are said to be huge fans of The Mother City, and as it provides a great base for discovering the rest of the country, the likes of Leonardo Di Caprio and Matt Damon favour this holiday destination.

Have you met any celebs on holiday?  Drop us a line and let us know!

Favourite Foods from Around the World – Tried and Tasted – Part 2

As I mentioned in yesterdays blog, one of the things we enjoy most about travelling the world is trying new and unusual foods in different countries, and while I am not someone who will munch away on creepy crawlies or animal products I am not familiar with, I do enjoy trying the different flavours found in faraway lands.

Living in the Mediterranean for over 12 years taught us a lot about healthy living and our diet is jam-packed with fruits, vegetables, olive oil and traditional home cooked food, so when we head off on holiday we enjoy nothing more than indulging in the local delicacies.

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South America in general is a Mecca for foodies, and if you enjoy a good steak, salad, and a glass of wine, pack your bags right now and move to Argentina!  A country where everything seems to grow in abundance, Argentina offers (in my humble opinion) the best steaks and best red wine in the world, and when you combine that with the ripe palta (avocados), mozzarella, freshly baked breads and cakes, and great coffee – well, what more could anyone possibly need in life?

DIY Rodizio in Brazil

The Brazilians are champions in grilling, and if you have never tried a Rodízio at one of the many Churasscaria’s you are certainly in for a treat.  Starting with a huge buffet of salads, sushi, fruits and local delicacies, one then moves onto the grilled meats served table-side by one of the many waiters.  Upon entry to the restaurant, you receive a token that is green on one side, red on the other.  When you wish to have a break from the endless supply of food show the red side of your token, and when you are ready to start again just show the green side – simple!

Typical Fruit Market in Mexico

Those who like it spicy will appreciate the tacos, fajitas and chilli found in Mexico, and we enjoy nothing more than munching away on a basket of nachos with a jalapeno dipping sauce and an ice-cold Dos Equis cerveza when on the beach in Playa del Carmen or Cabo!  The diet complements the weather perfectly in this part of the world.

Fish - Caribbean Style!

The Caribbean diet includes, as one would imagine, plenty of fresh fish and seafood, great fruits and chilled coconuts.  Greatly influenced by the invasion of tourism it is easy to get your favourite dishes from home, but if you head off the tourist trails you can still find locally made menus with true Caribbean flair.

Plettenberg Bay - South Africa

Africa is a world in itself, and while we haven’t seen nearly as much of it as we would like to (or intend to!), we have experienced a variety of different foods from across the continent and relish the different herbs, spices and condiments used to flavour the dishes.  South Africa offers an excellent choice of game meats, fresh seafood and fine wines, in addition to international cuisine, but if you have never tried a Boerewors on the Braai – you haven’t tasted the real South Africa!

Well, that’s made me hungry again… Think it’s time to get the bangers and mash on!

Out Top 10 Cities – Part VII – Cabo San Lucas

We are now on our home stretch and have just three cities to go until we reach our number one spot!  Mexico bound Our Number 4 Top City goes to the “uber cool” seaside city of Cabo San Lucas.

We first discovered the beautiful city of Cabo San Lucas on our first ever cruise along the Mexican Riviera. Fondly referred to as Los Cabos by the locals, this unique travel destination sits at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula and combines year round sunshine with luxury hotels, world-class scuba diving and awe-inspiring scenery, to create the most perfect holiday destination.

A popular stop over for cruise ships, Cabo San Lucas is the gateway to the Mexican Riviera, and if you enjoy spicy Mexican food, potent Mexican Tequila and scorching Mexican sunshine, then you will feel that you have arrived in paradise!

The beaches of Cabo are some of the finest on the western coast of Mexico, and with great views such as the magnificent ‘El Arco’ rock formation and an abundance of marine life, there is no better way than to spend your day lying on a luxurious sun lounger, drinking cool cocktails and staring into the turquoise blue ocean.

Popular beach clubs such as Nikki Beach have already claimed their spot on the smooth golden sands of Cabo, and if you enjoy surrounding yourself with beautiful people, loud music and bottles of Moet, this is definitely the place to head for!

The marina in Cabo San Lucas is a wonderful place to spend a lazy afternoon drinking wine and indulging in freshly caught seafood while watching million dollar yachts sail by, and if you are looking for a new Rolex or perhaps a diamond ring – then this is the place to shop!

As nighttime falls, Cabo comes alive with the sound of the Salsa as the many bars and discos compete to attract the attention of those passing by.  Margaritas, tequila shots and Dos Equis seem to be the most popular beverages and after a few of each, you will be surprised how easy the Salsa and Lambada really are!

Cabo San Lucas is one of those places where you get to sit back, relax and realise how lucky you are to be sitting in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and I for one can’t wait to go back!