Hey y’all! If you saw my announcement on Facebook and have been following on Instagram, you know that I was in Cabo for a nice, long weekend courtesy of Alaska Airlines! It was an honor and privilege to partner with them. I was aboard the inaugural flight from Sacramento to Cabo and man, was it exciting! I had the pleasure of flying first class, and met my best friend Katie traveling from NYC for a little rest and relaxation.
Alaska Air has made headlines lately for acquiring Virgin America. With this change, Alaska and Virgin offer the most nonstop flights to the most destinations from the West Coast including the SMF –> SJD and a few other routes launching soon.
In honor of the inaugural flight, there were celebrations at SMF and SJD complete with mariachi bands and snacks. When we arrived, they even had Corona’s for travelers as we exited the plane! With walking through customs and grabbing my suitcase from baggage claim, it took all of 15 minutes before I reached my shuttle to the hotel. I couldn’t believe how easy and fast the process was.
Katie and I stayed at the beautiful Fiesta Americana which is conveniently located in between the airport and Downtown. The property is mountainous and in some areas, you needed to catch a ride on a golf cart to access. The room we stayed in was very nice, had a separate tub and shower as well as a balcony that looked out to the ocean. It truly couldn’t be beaten!
Our first morning in Cabo was spent getting ready for an adventure with Wild Canyon Monster Ziplines. My close friends and family know that I’m only adventurous when it comes to my food, but with my 30th birthday on the horizon, I’m doing my best to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. Somehow, I talked Katie into doing the same thing and we went zip lining!
TLG Tip: Drink A LOT of water in advance of zip lining because the canyon is extremely hot. There are water stations but being well hydrated in advance will be helpful. Also, get on the first wave at 9 am like us if you can.
The majority of our time was spent at the resort. We both wanted a very relaxed experience, so we made it a priority to 1) get our pool and beach time and 2) go to the spa. I had the most amazing massage at the Somma Wine Spa within the resort. Alicia was my therapist and she absolutely paid attention to the areas I stressed at my pre-massage assessment. The pool was a blast with access to the beach just steps away. While it was not an adults-only resort, there were not a lot of kids and you were still able to have quiet and splash-free time at the pool. The servers were attentive and very respectful. Our cups and plates were never empty as they always anticipated our needs!
The best send off for us was the Catamaran Dinner Cruise with Caborey. It featured an open bar, three-course meal, and live entertainment. While the band that played on the deck was amazing, I have to say, there were some marine creatures that stole the show. I didn’t realize how many manta rays were in the Sea of Cortez! They dance and fly out of the water in groups, jumping up and across. It was so cool to watch. I probably have a dozen different videos of it happening and later looked it up and realized this is a fun and regular occurrence, especially at this time of year!
All of our travel and activities were booked through Alaska Air Vacations which made things very easy, and took out the hassle of finding the best company for each one since ratings were available within the system. As you plan your next trip, remember that Alaska Airlines flies to 118 destinations across the U.S., Canada, Cuba, Costa Rica, and Mexico and the vacation division makes it a breeze so you don’t have to worry about it later.
The BIGGEST thanks to Alaska Airlines for a truly memorable trip!
Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Alaska Airlines. My trip was sponsored by the brand in exchange for blog posts and social media shares. Thank you for supporting the brands that support the blog!