Kicking off the Year in Cabo!

by Kir

For the past few years, M and I have rung in the New Year on vacation. I can’t think of a better way to start 2014 then by plunking down on a white sandy beach, going for daily runs, drinking ice cold beer and interacting with the local wildlife.

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Our friend, Negro walked the beach with us every day

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Passed by these guys on the way to our hotel

Cows. Yes, cows.

Cows. Yes, cows.

We decided to try out the East Cape of Cabo this year. Picture Rambo at The Office, all-inclusive hotels and lots of people. Now click your heels and think of what that place looked like in the 70s – long stretches of beach with no one on it, the occasional traveler winding around dusty dirt roads and a stop here and there serving up Pacificos and guacamole.

From San Diego, it’s a quick flight into Cabo. Then the adventure begins. You follow a dirt road along the coast away from the hustle and bustle of Cabo. Keep going till you think you’ve gone too far. Then go for another half hour and you’re there. Technically, we went to Vinorama just before the Cabo Pulmo reef. The drive is one of the best parts of the trip. You wind around corners and see miles of empty, white beach and sparkling blue water. Bring water because there is nothing on the way. But you do see other cars on the road and everyone is super friendly.

Our road to Vidasoul

Our road to Vidasoul

We stayed at a stunning hotel called Vidasoul. My iPhone snapshots do not do this place justice. The view is magnificent. We sat on the patio each morning and counted whale spouts – usually 10-15 a day, wow. The place has only been open since April. The staff is so sweet and accommodating. It’s small, intimate and heavenly. They did a great job with the little details that turn out to be big like an incredibly comfortable bed, huge bath and beach towels and great cross ventilation at night. A bonus…probably the best margarita I’ve ever had. And I live w/a guy who prides himself on his margaritas so that’s saying something.

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Vidasoul view from the beach – that was us every morning up to the left

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The view as you walk through the lobby – queue the whales on the horizon

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Our room. Waves crashing. Comfy bedding. Great ocean breeze.

We read books, went for swims, did a day trip out to Cabo Pulmo, found a killer beach cantina w/amazing ceviche and ice cold beer. All in all, exactly how we wanted to ring in 2014. Traveling lifted us out of our daily routine and lightened our whole perspective. This trip was off the grid. I didn’t open my laptop once. I had my phone with me to take pictures and that was it.

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Morning coffee + ocean watching

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Just another gorgeous empty beach!!!

We couldn't stop smiling...

We couldn’t stop smiling…

If you can do it, I highly recommend booking in at Vidasoul for a few days. I’m almost hesitant to write about since it’s such a lovely little secret spot. But it’s too good not to share. We loved it so much, we’re going back for a long weekend in March! So here’s to a year of fun adventures and trips in 2014.