Royal Solaris Membership Rip-Off
My husband and I had a wonderful time at Royal Solaris with our friends who went too. We highly recommend it as a place to stay BUT DO NOT JOIN! Luckily we only bought the 3 year "trial" membership. By the time they added on "escrow fees" and such, it was almost $5000. Since I'm a teacher we only travel the week of Spring Break and a week at Christmas. We went to book next Christmas and found that the cost of our food and beverages for the week is $2058.00. Airfare for us is another $620 per person for a total of $3278. We can book the same vacation as NON-MEMBERS for $2374 including airfare. What a rip-off to have a membership! Does anyone know what I can do to get this message out to more people?
Unique Suggestions: Royal Solaris is NOT a tourist trap if you aren't joining a membership. We had a fabulous time but unfortunately we threw away $5000. Hopefully this tip will save someone else from making the same mistake.
Beware Cabo San Lucas Beach Merchants
The main beach in Cabo San Lucas is packed full of tourists and restaurants. There are also beach merchants that walk around continuously all day with briefcases full of jewlery, rugs, and hats to sell. No matter if you want to buy something or not, you will be asked and shown their merchandise over and over. Unfortunately it is near impossible to read a book or take a nap without being questioned to buy something.
Unique Suggestions: If you have no choice but to frequent the main public beach, rent a kayak and go over to the Lover's beach across the bay. Although there are still quite a few people here, it is a beautiful and unique spot to see and an interesting voyage over rocky water on a kayak. You can step through the waters of the Pacific Ocean on the Cabo side and walk over to the waters of the Atlantic just a short walk across this small beach.
If you are looking for a day full of spring break, party activities you will be right at home. There are beach parties, contests, and drinks all around.
Fun Alternatives: I would suggest staying away from the main public beaches in Cabo San Lucas if you are planning on relaxing. Another option would be to stay on the private beaches in front of the hotels in Cabo San Lucas. These beaches are beautiful, quiet, and serene.
Well it's there...I've visited more than once
This isn't a tourist trap, unless you get bad directions. The Hotel California is NOT THE ONE MENTIONED IN THE POPULAR EAGLES SONG. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it's true. It is however down a desert highway, not dark, but dusty and old. It is unpaved, bumpy and full of potholes. There is tons of merchandise to buy, but don't be fooled the Eagles did not write about this place. Few would mistake it for heaven, and possibly even hell.
Unique Suggestions: Take directions from a local who speaks English. Write them down, and beware of cows or wild pigs crossing the street.
Fun Alternatives: Try Cabo Wabo if you want to go somewhere that deals with someone famous. Sammy Haegar's bar, you can't get more famous by association than the owner. If you just want to get away and explore there are great beaches at Cabo Pulmo, lots of fun water sports at Playa Medano, and lots of good places to snorkel at Santa Maria.
Watch out for time share sharks
Every resort will try to entice you with free prizes to listen to their time share mumbo jumbo. If you have limited time - just say no to the time share sharks.
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