The Trip to Baja

The Trip to Baja

 

The Trip to Baja was made by Kendrick our Director of Revenue Management, he also wrote this for us as we asked him to share this unforgettable experience. 

The Challenge

First of all it was a challenge because it was the first time I was riding the bike for a long trip.  I was bringing a brand new bike so the possibility of a mechanical failure was very low. But this is Baja 1000!! And lonely gringo in Mexico you know what I mean.

I also had the advantage of knowing the road as I had driven my vehicle from California back in April 2012.   There is 1,000 miles from California to Hilton Los Cabos this was my goal…..

 Let’s go already!

I started the trip about a month later (end of May) than I had initially wanted as I was waiting for a friend from Minneapolis to drive (in his bike) to Cali so we could start the trip together but he ended up cancelling his trip therefore I was forced to do the trip alone (of course, he chickened out).   I traveled by plane to LAX, visited a close friend in Beverly Hills (always in style). The very next day went to pick up my bike but one part (to install the side saddle bags) didn’t arrive on time and had to wait another day.  Finally on the last day of the month I started the trip, left USA late in the afternoon and passed the border to Mexico through Tijuana.   (no issues at all –great job Mexico-)

 Now in Mexico

The first portion of the trip was through the beautiful scenic route between Ensenada and San Quintin.  Average speed for day 1 was about 60 miles per hour (it was a brand new bike remember??).  On Day two I made it from San Quintin to Guerrero Negro which is about half way in the Peninsula of Baja California and to celebrate the milestone I decided to stay in a Hotel called Halfway Inn.  Average speed was about 65 miles an hour but at some point reach a maximum speed of 110 miles in a very long straight road.  On day three I made it from Guerrero Negro to Loreto, the road offered more curves and millions of huge stones as I move from the Pacific side of the peninsula to the Sea of Cortes side.  I made one very interesting stop in the middle of no-where: a small restaurant and ate homemade “machaca”, the nice fellow said the “machaca” was born and raise there but as you look around you only see stones everywhere.  There were also some military checkpoints along the way.  Average speed about 70 miles an hour.

On the fourth day the sun and the heat was way up; made it from Loreto to La Paz.  About 35% of the road was under construction there was a lot of long straight roads which delayed my arrival, and also at one point had to wait for an hour as the road was close to cleanup some debris so I took the time to talk to the other stranded drivers and made some new friends, one of them even offered a nice cold bottle of water.

 10 recommendations for motorcycle road trip to Baja (Survivor Kit):

1.       A friend that can ride in another motorcycle next to you.

2.       A killer playlist you can listen (its 24 hours of driving time)

3.       Choose some dates that it not so hot outside.  (you get breeze but extremely hot air)

4.       Sun block

5.       Extra time in case there are delays.

6.       Make time for photos or videos.

7.       Eat where locals eat.

8.       Drink lots of liquids

9.       No internet on the way but keep your love one informed of your location.

10.   Plan you gas stops frequently just in case.

I am sure that after reading Kendrick’s amazing story you will want to plan a trip like this and my favorite recommendation number 9, which is yours?

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Superb Wedding Team

Superb Wedding Team

Have you met our Wedding team?

Cristina our Wedding Specialist, originally from Mexico City, has almost nine years working for Hilton Los Cabos and more than two in Weddings. She likes open air activities such as long walks with her English Bull Terrier and likes to join the bike downtown tour and other fun activities with her husband. She got married last year and Juan Carlos was the perfect choice to take care of all the details on her Big Day while she relaxed and enjoyed the full experience, her time as The Bride.

Juan Carlos has four years at the hotel and more than a year operating weddings, he was born in Durango, Mexico. He rides a motorcycle; SUP and zip lining are some of his preferred activities and bungee jumping too.

Cristina and Juan Carlos do a great job! Their commitment with our special couples is from a welcome party, rehearsal dinner, all wedding day and farewell brunch to anniversaries and vows renewal celebrations.

Let me share with you how they like to go far and beyond expectations, a bride had a long wedding dress and they were looking for something to hang the dress in the guestroom, for a nice wedding photo. Cristina and Juan Carlos talked to Julian our Carpenter who did a wooden hook, so the dress could be hung at a certain height. The bride thankful them for this gesture and love the fact that they looked for a quick and nice solution for this and therefore had a beautiful photo.

 Here you have some of the testimonials they have received:
 
Hi Cristina and Juan Carlos,
Thanks so much! Everyone had a great time. I heard nothing but great things about the food, the service, and of course, the view!   My suite was spectacular and the photos we have from the balcony are beautiful. The fajitas, popcorn, etc. at the welcome party were amazing! Everyone commented on how delicious the food was.  The view from the ceremony was priceless and a memory we will hold in our hearts forever.  We will definitely be back and will be sure to reach out to you when we do.   Thank you again for all of your hard work! It was the best weekend I could have imagined.
Lauren and Matt, May 2014
 
Hi Juan Carlos and Cristina,
First off everyone is raving about the wedding and I can’t thank you two enough.  Thanks to you it was absolutely perfect.  We had such an amazing time at the resort.  We would love to fill one out letting people know what amazing service we had at the resort and how helpful and kind everyone that worked there.  All of our friends and family were talking about how amazing the customer services was and I am pretty sure you will be seeing a bunch of them back in the future!  
Jane & Todd,  February 2014
 
Hello Juan Carlos and Cristina,
We just wanted to send you a quick note to extend our thank you for such a fantastic wedding week.  You guys took care of every detail and everyone had a fantastic time.  Thank you for making our wedding unforgettable.  The photographer was wonderful, the minister was great, and the music was perfect. Everyone talked about how delicious the food was and our room was very comfortable.  We will be back next year and hope to have a group with us celebrating our anniversary!
Thank you!
Shaylee & Matt, February 2014
 
For more information please visit http://www.hiltonloscabos.com/weddings-cabo-san-lucas-mexico

 

Hilton Los Cabos Wedding Packages

Hilton Los Cabos Wedding Packages
Hilton Los Cabos Wedding Packages were created to reduce the stress of wedding planning with different options tailor-made for the wedding of your dreams. Always have in mind that we work with you to create your perfect weddding.
 
 Romance Wedding Package
  • Wedding Specialist to assist with the planning and on site coordination of your wedding
  • Official Minister for a symbolic ceremony with Chuppa with white draped fabric (1)
  • Bride’s bouquet and Groom’s boutonniere (seasonal flowers-medium size) (2)
  • Complimentary location fee for Beach Ceremony
  • One hour Wedding Photographer
  • One year anniversary certificate for 3-days/2-nights stay at resort
  • Dinner for two at Fenicia Restaurant (wine included) (3)
  • Wedding flower turndown
Happiness Package
  • Includes Romance plus the following:
  • Complimentary location fee for reception dinner on the Blue Marlin Terrace
  • Standard banquet set up for reception including white or beige linens
  • VIP round trip airport transfers for Bride and Groom
  • One hour solo musician for ceremony (violinist, harpist, or guitarist)
  • 50% off contracted group rate for preplanning meeting and menu tasting (4)
Love Package
  • Includes Happiness plus the following:
  • Wedding cake with variety of flavors and designs for the size of your group and up to 50 guests
  • Wedding dress and Tuxedo pressing
  • Bride Hair and Makeup at Spa Oasis
  • One additional hour with Wedding Photographer
  • Dinner upgrade to a private beach location for bride and groom only
Eternity Package
  • Includes Love plus the following:
  • Linen upgrade
  • One hour additional Solo Musician
  • Bride manicure and pedicure at Spa Oasis
  • Mimosa Breakfast for two in bed
(1) Microphone & speaker for Minister is not included
(2) Please ask for the list of flowers available for the Bride’s bouquet and Groom’s boutonnière included in packages
(3) One bottle of house wine (red or white)
(4) Special planning trip rate available for bride & groom only, dates are subject to availability & available up to 60 days before the wedding
 
 For all packages:
Packages available only with a signed contract of a minimum of 30 room nights
For more details please visit http://www.hiltonloscabos.com/weddings-cabo-san-lucas-mexico/mexico-wedding-packages or contact us at LosCabos.Weddings@hilton.com
 

Whale watching!

Whale watching!

Whale watching season is at its best. Last week, while I was showing Hilton Los Cabos to a travel writer, I was sharing with him about the whales and that sometimes you could actually see them in front of the hotel, or from your room or by the pool or at one of the terraces. I was just telling him that and suddenly we saw a whale water spout and then three more, right there before our eyes, we stopped for a while to look at them and enjoyed the moment. We were so fortunate to observe this.

I also recalled that last year, I did a whale watching tour with a friend, it was almost the end of the season and we thought we were not going to see at all, unexpectedly we saw a whale and her calf next to us, watched them for a while and then we kept moving as the captain received a message saying that another one was close from where we were and when we got to see it, it was coming in and out and then it was breaching once, and once again, I counted 35 times and decided not to count them anymore and kept watching and enjoying, it seemed that the whale was so happy and wanted us to be happy as well.

These are the kind of moments that enlighten our lives and help us admire nature and in my case, the place I live and that sometimes I do not enjoy as much as I should.

Whale watching season starts around December and ends by the beginning of April, although dates may vary as we totally depend on Mother Nature.

If you happen to come to Los Cabos during whale watching season, please give yourself the time to sit, relax and observe, you may see one or more whales and after having this wonderful experience you may feel renovated and happily start all over again!

Photo courtesy of www.cabo-adventures.com

Honeymoon wishes

Honeymoon wishes

Honeymoon wishes will give wedding couples a way to receive parts of their Hilton Honeymoon as a wedding gift. Couples are able to choose and register to receive spa treatments, dinner or any on property amenity. Guests can then sign into the wedding couple’s registry page and contribute to their honeymoon as a wedding gift. http://hilton.honeymoonwishes.com/

The Hilton Honeymoon Registry is to help wedding couples have the honeymoon of their dreams and is similar to a store based registry. The wedding couple has registered for items they wish to receive as wedding gifts.

 Hilton Los Cabos is part of this wonderful tool and we invite you to visit the site and become familiar with it. You can create your own wedding website, photo album, gift cards, and emails besides the wedding registry. You can find a sample registry here http://hilton.honeymoonwishes.com/Honeymoon-Registry-203909

 How it works…

1.       Set up your Free Honeymoon Wedding Registry

2.       Add items to your Honeymoon Wedding Registry

3.       Use our announcements and emails to inform friends and family of your gift registry

4.       Guests purchase from your Honeymoon Wedding Registry

5.       Collect wedding gifts. Have the honeymoon of your dreams!

Some Testimonials:

“We received so many compliments on the wedding website and honeymoon registry and how easy it was to use for our guests. My friends said they will definitely use the honeymoon registry for their weddings!” – Shanyn and Doug

“We really loved it and the customer service was fabulous. Our Registry turned out awesome thanks a lot of help from the pictures that you provided.” Bailey & Angel

You will see that the site is very friendly as it takes you step by step and has several gift options to choose from: suites, guestrooms, Spa treatments, dining, certificates, etc.

 Help us spread the word and also visit us at http://www.hiltonloscabos.com/weddings-cabo-san-lucas-mexico or email us at loscabos.weddings@hilton.com

How about a dinner at Fenicia Restaurant?

Tips from a Wedding planner

Tips from a Wedding planner

In my experience as wedding planner this is what I learned when you book a hotel beach destination for a wedding and I wrote a list of things to think of:

  • Book your Wedding venue 9 to 12 months ahead or more, the sooner the better
  • Verify if y our preferred wedding date is available
  • Select the hotel that meets best your needs and budget, very important.
  • Find out if the hotel offers group rates. Generally a group is considered 10 rooms or more for three nights.
  • Do you want to book guestroom or a suite? Check availability if you want a special suite.
  • If you have decided hotel and location, plan a visit including a meeting with the Wedding Specialist, it is best if the person actually works at the hotel you have selected, as they know exactly how everything works within the property and can guide you in everything.
  • Select the dinner area, keep in mind that it is based on availability
  • If you are at a beach hotel, do you want a beach ceremony or at a terrace or any other outdoor spot?
  • What kind of menu would you like to have plated or buffet?
  • Have you chosen a cake design? Any particular flavor? Have a photo of your ideal as reference.
  • Which are your wedding colors? Do you want them in the dinner and ceremony set up? Extra costs may incur if you want a special décor.
  • Have you thought of the flowers you want to have? Take into consideration the season and the destination, some flowers may not be available
  • Ask for options on photographers. If you want photos at sunset, then you have to plan everything accordingly. In Los Cabos sunset in summer is approximately at 8:00pm or later and in winter is around 6:00pm or earlier.
  • What kind of entertainment do you want? Trio, Mariachi, DJ and/or a band? Prepare your list of favorite songs.
  • Ask for wedding packages if available and check everything they include
  • Check out the Spa facilities if available and the wedding services they offer. Spa Oasis has a wide menu, you can visit http://www.hiltonloscabos.com/mexico-spa-resort/wedding-spa-packages

For more information on weddings: http://www.hiltonloscabos.com/weddings-cabo-san-lucas-mexico 

Photo courtesy of Francisco Estrada www.photomexico.com

Something Blue…

Something Blue…

My grandmother always mentioned that the bride must wear something blue on the wedding. This has become a tradition and nowadays we see this color in different things at the weddings. I was actually surprised when I saw a blue wedding dress, probably because we are used to see blue in other things like the flowers, the favors and the set up, to mention some.

Do we really know where is this tradition coming from?

I have read that it comes from a poem back to the Victorian Age “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a lucky sixpence for her shoe”..

I personally have not seen in Mexico that brides wear a sixpence in the shoe, but definitely something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue are always present.

“Something old” for the continuity with the Bride’s family and past. “Something new” represents optimism and hope. “Something borrowed” is supposed to be obtained through a happily married relative or friend, whose good fortune in marriage hopefully will carry over to the Bride. “Something blue” would represent love, fidelity, modesty and purity is also associated with this color.

I found out that before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for Wedding gowns, it is said “Marry in blue, lover be true”. Would you wear a blue dress?

In these days, white is not the only color in weddings, however it is tradition, but if you are looking for something blue, you have many options to choose from. I am sure we all would like to wear something from our mothers or grandmas and that way we have something borrowed and something blue at the same time. What are you considering to wear?  We would like to know, please share!

For wedding information please contact us at http://www.hiltonloscabos.com/weddings-cabo-san-lucas-mexico 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turtle season is here!

Turtle season is here!

Turtle Season is here and you can make it part of your stay in Los Cabos. Like a wedding we had that enjoy this fantastic opportunity!

 Every year from June until the end of October, we have some staff volunteering during night shift, patrolling 10 miles in order to seek for turtle nests, from 11pm to 7am or 8am in the morning. We set on the beach a farmyard where eggs are laid and after 45 to 60 days they hatched. For the 2012 season we collected 22937 eggs and released 16488 live babies to the sea, we average when we have the correct support in place anywhere from 1 to 14 nests per night and an average nest can have from 50 to 180 eggs in each nest.

 Did you know that?

  • All species of sea turtles are listed as threatened or endangered.
  • Sea Turtles are highly sensitive to the Earth’s magnetic field and use it to navigate.
  • The fact that most species return to nest at the locations in the same general area where they were born seems to indicate an imprint of that location’s magnetic features.
  • Sea Turtles can live between 50 to 80 years depending on the specie.
  • Sea Turtles can swim 27 Km/h to 35 Km/h.
  • Sea Turtles do not have teeth; instead they have sharp tips on the superior part of their mouth.

 How can you help?

  • Do not drive ATV’s or motorized vehicles on the beach.
  • Walk carefully on the beach during nesting season.
  • Do not touch or disturb Sea Turtle nests.
  • Report anyone damaging or disturbing nests.
  • Report any injured Sea Turtles.
  • Do not consume Sea Turtle meat or eggs.
  • Do not direct lights to baby Sea Turtles. They find their way to the Sea by finding the brightest horizon.
  • Volunteer

Please note that new laws are in place and now in order to protect the turtle, we cannot hold them unless we are certified to do that, however we still enjoy looking at them being released and at least we know that we have done our part in helping them getting to the beach. After that, nature does its job. We just hope we can see more coming the following years!

For more information please visit http://www.hiltonloscabos.com/turtle-protection-program. We would like to thank Mauricio Fabian for the photos www.facebook.com/cabo.brides.com

 

 

 

 

 

Activities in Los Cabos

Activities in Los Cabos

Have you planned some activities while you are in Los Cabos?  We have several that can help you enhance your vacations and make your stay unforgettable and funnier, these are some options:

Outback & Camel Safari is an unforgettable eco-adventure. Spectacular views, knowledgeable guides, delicious cuisine and an exciting camel ride overlooking the ocean at Rancho San Cristobal make this an exclusive adventure only available from Cabo Adventures! http://www.cabo-adventures.com

Is swimming with dolphins near the top of your bucket list?  If so, be sure to visit Cabo Dolphins in downtown Cabo San Lucas and now available in San Jose del Cabo as well. Here you will find a variety of fun and interactive dolphin swims at our modern dolphin center conveniently located in both towns.

Outdoor Zipline Adventure is an extraordinary experience; Cabo’s highest rated zip line tour. This tour delivers thrills as you zip line, rappel, climb and more through the stunning surroundings of the Boca de Sierra Biosphere Reserve. It is safe and fun for everyone.

Snorkel and Sea Adventure tour takes you beyond the hotel zone to secluded coves and isolated beaches for Cabo’s ultimate snorkel excursion. It’s the only snorkeling tour in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo combining power snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and an Apex high-speed boat ride.

Whether you are an experienced cyclist or a first-time mountain biker, our Mountain Bike Adventure is an enjoyable way to experience the outback of Cabo. 

If you like sailing this is an option too as one of the world’s premier sailing companies, attention to detail and warm and friendly service is unrivalled. So kick back in one of the deluxe sailboats and let the tropical winds carry you over the turquoise waters to the secluded natural beaches of the Sea of Cortés and beyond.

Scuba diving, the warm, crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of California and the Mexican Pacific are home to a vast array of sea life making Los Cabos one of Mexico’s top diving destinations. Professional diving instructors combine their expertise with the utmost personal attention in scuba lessons for every level of Certification.

Few things can match the excitement and natural wonder of the world’s largest creatures shooting out of the sea and crashing back down only meters away. Join us for this spectacular event and capture amazing photos. (Cabo whale watching season is from Nov-March)

Which activity will you select?

Wedding favors and ideas…

Wedding favors and ideas…

Talking about wedding ideas, we know every wedding is different and has peculiar details that make it unique and special, adding wedding favors is a great way to thank guests for attending.

Searching on this subject I found lots of options by color, material, price, for the wedding, the ceremony, the bridal party, etc. It all depends on what we want to buy from: wine stoppers, bottle openers, card holders, photo frames, scent candles, luggage tags, gold or silver items, matches, chocolates to bubble tubes just to mention some.

I personally love silver, when I was looking for silver favors I found an assortment of beautiful items, did not expect to find that many I must confess but to my surprise the decision is difficult but if we are realistic we have to stick to a budget, so that helps reduce the options or increase them, all depends. There are also several details in silver for men, such as: money clips, cuff links, lighters, key-rings, ideas are endless.

Favors can also be found by season, design or personalized. It is important to buy favors according to the location, if the ceremony is at the beach in summer for instance; fans, parasols, flip flops can be considered; while in winter we may select something different.

There are also eco-friendly wedding favors made of seed-embedded paper and handcrafted paper cards, where kind words can be written to guests as a token of appreciation. There are also seed favors that bloom after guests follow instructions to soil and water them.

Useful favors are even better, as they remind guests of the wedding and are functional such as card or photo holders which I believe are great options. I have seen different models and if I were to select one in particular I would probably go with butterflies or hearts, not sure yet since I like them both. Which ones would you choose?

Visit us at http://www.hiltonloscabos.com/weddings-cabo-san-lucas-mexico