When in Mexico…

by jenna on March 12, 2012

Hi guys!

We are just getting back from a fabulous vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It was, without a doubt, one of the best trips I’ve ever taken or that Adam and I have taken together. We partially went to celebrate our two year anniversary, but mostly went because I found a Groupon a couple months ago for a timeshare resort called Sirena del Mar that granted us a four night, five day trip for only $200. How can you resist that? Our anniversary falling around the same time was just icing on the cake. I hadn’t been to Mexico in ten years (last time I went, I was with my best friend and our families and we went to Cozumel and Costa Maya on a cruise), and Adam had never been before. So, we found a cheap nonstop flight from San Francisco, and I couldn’t believe just how accessible Cabo is for us California folks for a quick getaway.

I had paid in advance for us to have transportation to the resort from the airport because it seemed a lot easier than dealing with a Mexican rental car. Let’s be honest—I can hardly navigate around in my own city and can’t imagine what would have happened if I’d been let loose in a foreign country.

My hot date:

Like I said, we stayed at the Sirena del Mar, which is actually a timeshare resort. When I booked the Groupon, we opted to listen to their 90 minute timeshare spiel and get another night free. Although we had no intention of buying a timeshare, I will gladly listen to anything for 90 minutes if it means I get another day of free vacation.

The resort was BREATHTAKING.

As in…..amazingly breathtaking. I don’t know if I’ve ever been anywhere so beautiful.

It sat high up on a cliff overlooking the Sea of Cortez and each room had a balcony with a complete ocean view, mini-kitchen, washer and dryer (really nice for quickly drying your bathing suit, I discovered!) and a living room.

The resort also offers two bedroom villas and penthouse suites, which we saw on the timeshare tour and were ridiculous. Picture jacuzzis on the balcony, flat screen tvs and gigantic kitchens overlooking the ocean.

During the timeshare presentation, there came a point where they actually offered to swap our room for the penthouse for our remaining trip if we bought, and I faltered for about twelve seconds…..then I just drank a margarita and went back to my already beautiful room over the ocean. Haha. Nooooo timeshares.

The first night, after exploring the resort a little bit, we headed out to a restaurant in downtown Cabo called “The Office”, which everyone said we needed to try….and my next post will be all about the food we ate during our stay! I took about three million photos, so I’ll be breaking up this series in two as to not overwhelm any of you.

While we were in Cabo, we pretty much just flopped ourselves by the pool all day and watched the cruise ships go in and out of the marina in the distance. However, we did take part in a couple activities—one of which was whale watching! Adam has wanted to do this ever since we took a trip to the Monterey Aquarium last year.

I initially wasn’t too psyched up about the excursion (why go out on a tiny boat and wear a smelly life jacket when you can clearly see whales from your balcony with a cocktail in your hand?) BUT it turned out to be pretty amazing……….

And by “amazing” I mean we got about ten feet from huge humpback whales!

Our little boat went about fifteen miles out in the Pacific and we saw at least 20 whales…some were just calves, but already about fourteen feet long.Now that’s a big baby (a little google search just told me that humpback whale calves drink about 100 pounds of their mother’s milk every day). Definitely a once in a lifetime experience!

We also saw a sea lion jump on board a boat….which was also probably a once in a lifetime experience.

“What guys? I’m hungry!”

Stay tuned! I haven’t even started to tell y’all about the food….

 

 

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated March 12, 2012 at 3:11 am

How fun! I can’t believe how blue the water looks!! And the resort looks absolutely gorgeous! I’m so jealous! ;)

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Brittany @ Brittany Cooks March 12, 2012 at 3:14 am

What an AMAZING DEAL! I’m so jealous! Beautiful pictures! :)

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abbi March 12, 2012 at 3:39 am

It looks gorgeous there – makes me want a vacation!! I love that picture of the sea lion and the boat!

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Cardinal Cyn March 12, 2012 at 3:40 am

fantastic pics! and the place looks gorgeous.

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sushiandstrudel March 12, 2012 at 3:46 am

FUN FUN FUN!

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Kathryn March 12, 2012 at 3:50 am

Oh wow, it looks amazing!!

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Jenna | The Paleo Project March 12, 2012 at 4:00 am

Ah this post just made me want a vacation So so bad. Keep em coming.

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Serena March 12, 2012 at 4:03 am

Wow that is gorgeous ! Jealous!

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Em (Wine and Butter) March 12, 2012 at 4:15 am

I cant believe you have such pretty hair on a beach holiday – LUCKY girl!!!

Those wales are amazing.. such pretty photos.

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Molly@RDexposed March 12, 2012 at 4:21 am

Was your server at The Office named Dwight, Stanley, Phyllis, or Jim?

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jenna March 12, 2012 at 7:04 am

hahahahahahaha ;)

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Anne P March 12, 2012 at 5:03 am

Awww I love this post! I miss reading about your life. :) That place looks insanely amazing. Love that you went whale watching, too! I made a friend take me in Boston this past summer and we saw a ton of whales, too – coolest thing ever, minus the massive field trip group of teenagers on the boat (all of whom got sea sick…)

Miss you :) xo

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 12, 2012 at 5:06 am

Oh my goodness, all of this for only $200?!??!?!? That’s a crazy good deal!! The photos look gorgeous. Can’t wait to hear all about the food and I’m glad you guys had such a great time together!

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Jennie March 12, 2012 at 5:20 am

Please do a post immediately on how you got your hair to look so pretty in the last photo! Sock bun??? http://pinterest.com/pin/157344580700817234/ haha

Looks gorgeous there and I can’t wait to hear about the fooood, Mexican is my favourite cuisine… mmmm pico de gallo and guacamole – also, missed reading about your life :)

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jenna March 12, 2012 at 7:04 am

lol! It’s nothing special, I promise! I just wrap sections around a curling iron…I’ll wrap the pieces around the barrel without clamping them, then hold them there for about 10 seconds and release.

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Melissa March 12, 2012 at 5:25 am

Beautiful pics and it looks like an amazing experience to share with Adam. Happy 2-yr anniversary — or should I say, “Felicidades!”

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Laurie {Simply Scratch} March 12, 2012 at 5:27 am

Oh wow! That looks like so much fun… and relaxing… and warm… :)

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Jen March 12, 2012 at 5:43 am

Gorgeous! Is it a good destination for solo travelers or couples?

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jenna March 12, 2012 at 7:03 am

It’s great for everyone!

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Danielle March 12, 2012 at 6:06 am

Wow, sounds like an amazing trip! Mexico is so beautiful. And the food… oh gosh ;) glad you enjoyed it all.

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Christy March 12, 2012 at 6:12 am

Yay, how fun!! That looks like a blast! I.want.to.go! Now I’ll pay more attention to the groupon trips; I didn’t know you could find deals as great as that!

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Urban Wife March 12, 2012 at 6:20 am

Oh how fun!!!! Such gorgeous pictures. I didn’t know there were whales so far south in the Pacific. So awesome! Looking at your pictures makes me know that we are LONG overdue for a vacation. Sigh…. :)

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Urban Wife March 12, 2012 at 6:23 am

Oh, and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! (or I should say…Feliz Aniversario!)

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Margarita March 12, 2012 at 6:25 am

Jenna, what an awesome deal! Love your gorgeous pictures especially the whale ones. My boyfriend and i went kayaking on the San Juan Islands last summer and we hoped to see some Orcas, but were too far away to even see their tails. I was quite glad coz I wouldnt have wanted them to flip our kayak in case they became too playful. You are brave! Looking forward to food pics!

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Lisa March 12, 2012 at 6:26 am

Your vacation looks amazing but we must discuss your beach hair!!! How does it look so good? Im very jealous lol My beach vacation pics always look like a nightmare (Frizz, crazy curls, we will just leave it at that! lol)

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jenna March 12, 2012 at 7:03 am

thank you! it’s probably the most time consuming “beach hair” out there because I wrap individual sections around the barrel of a curling iron (wrapping, not clamping).

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jenna March 12, 2012 at 6:42 am

my jaw dropped at the humpback whale photos!!! so lucky! what an amazing vacay and I havent’ even seen the food yet…ready to book my flight!

happy anniversary…two years?? really?? time flies!

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Kelly March 12, 2012 at 6:45 am

Love this post and looking forward to reading more about your trip! We just got back from Playa Del Carmen, Mexico! LOVED IT!!! Ps – that pic of you on the balcony- BEAUTIFUL!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh March 12, 2012 at 6:52 am

Wow, those are amazing pics! I can’t wait to see the rest. That sea lion is ADORABLE! I’m such an animal lover the Mr would’ve had restrain me from running up to pet it even though I know better!

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Shelley March 12, 2012 at 7:06 am

That looks like so much fun! Jealous! haha. Also, I have almost the exact same picture as the first one on this post. Only mine was taken in Italy, on my boat excursion around the grottos of the Isle of Capri.

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Kelly March 12, 2012 at 7:11 am

YAY! Glad you and Adam had such a fun trip. Being from Texas (Austin actually) Mexico was a pretty common vacation spot growing up and it was CHEAP. I remember in college we went on a Carnival Cruise leaving out of Galveston or 5 night for like $400….it was ridiculous. I only wish Texas was closer to Hawaii but I guess Mexico will have to do! :) Can’t believe Adam had never been….we’re so close!

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erin@smallthings March 12, 2012 at 7:11 am

Ah, now that’s a vacation! I bought a Groupon trip for xmas and it was the best idea yet. http://juniperandsage.typepad.com/smallthings/2011/12/christmas-in-laguna.html
Hooray for well-spent beach vacations!!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 12, 2012 at 7:14 am

I’ve always wanted to go to Cabo. This post just made that a million times worse! So gorgeous!

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Bev Weidner March 12, 2012 at 7:22 am

Oh I just love this! I’m dealing with jealousy, but also love.

Mostly jealousy.

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock March 12, 2012 at 7:23 am

Ooh…looks like an amazing trip Jenna. Go Groupon!

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Krista March 12, 2012 at 7:23 am

That looks incredible– glad you had fun! I can’t wait until summer!! :)

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Corrie Anne March 12, 2012 at 7:29 am

What a deal!! I love it!! It looks so beautiful. Can’t wait to go to Mexico someday!

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Britt Heilman March 12, 2012 at 7:29 am

I hope you made it to Flora Farm! The atmosphere is awesome, the owners are very nice, and the food is all fresh from their organic farm. Cynthia’s is also a great little organic restaurant there. My husband is Mexican and we met in Cabo. I’ve spent half the year there for the past 6 years or so. I just love it there! :)

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Lea @ Healthy Coconut March 12, 2012 at 7:33 am

I live in OC and we vacation to Mexico often. It’s such a convenient and fabulous place to go for a quick vacation or for a cruise.

When I saw your first picture, taken at the airport…I recognized it right away without reading the text first because I took a picture in the same spot before. Red wall in front of the cactus, lol!

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic March 12, 2012 at 7:34 am

Breathtaking is the right word. Awesome pictures, can’t wait to read more!

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Lindsay {life and kitchen} March 12, 2012 at 7:36 am

Oh wow! $200?! That is completely nuts. And it looks like a beautiful resort!

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Amy March 12, 2012 at 7:39 am

Too funny, I am reading your blog from Cabo right now! I love the Office, but we are staying down the road closer to San Juan Del Cabo, and we were too lazy to drive all the way into town. Sadly, today is my last day here, I am soaking in all the sun I can!

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Lisa March 12, 2012 at 7:53 am

Wow, it looks like you had such an amazing trip! I’ve never been to Mexico or any really tropical destinations, so I can only imagine what it’s like to have that kind of experience. And great job on getting such an amazing deal!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks March 12, 2012 at 7:56 am

Jenna this post just made my day. Thank you for sharing all the gorgeous pics and thrilled that you two had such an amazing trip! And that it was such a steal$$ and how easy it was to get from San Fran to Cabo…sweet! Love it when the stars align and everything works out and happy anniversary to you two!

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Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy March 12, 2012 at 8:20 am

Looks like a you had a lovely time! The pictures are beautiful! I would love to be able to take a vacation right now! Can’t wait to hear about the rest of your trip! Glad you had a wonderful time, and happy 2 year anniversary!

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Lisa March 12, 2012 at 8:21 am

I’ve met my sister in Cabo a couple of times. We stayed at the Palmillo. I love it there; could never get tired of it.

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Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles March 12, 2012 at 8:28 am

Vacations rock. I am so glad you had some well-deserved time for some precious R & R (that’s Rest and Relaxation and not Rock ‘n Roll!). Whales are so magical.

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Sana March 12, 2012 at 8:39 am

Anddd now I need a vacation!

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ashley March 12, 2012 at 8:41 am

Oh Oh I hope you found, The Crazy Lobster for breakfast, Salvatores for the best lasagna you’ll ever eat in a lifetime and Cabo wouldn’t be Cabo without Mexican from Ole Ole :) If not…. YOU have to hit up these local spots next time! Gorgeous pics….so jealous.

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Lindsay @ Nourish March 12, 2012 at 8:41 am

how fun jenna!! glad you had so much fun!

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Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) March 12, 2012 at 8:44 am

Your vacation looks like a dream.

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Leslie March 12, 2012 at 8:54 am

Cabo is my favorite spot in Mexico!!! My husband and I went whale watching last time we were there too. Can’t wait to go back and can’t wait to see more pictures! :)

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alex March 12, 2012 at 8:55 am

We’re in Cabo right now! It’s beautiful! We got married here last year…it’s our favorite vacation spot

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DessertForTwo March 12, 2012 at 9:03 am

Love this! I can’t wait to see the rest! :)

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Maria March 12, 2012 at 9:14 am

How fun! I am a little jealous though:)

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Laura @ She Eats Well March 12, 2012 at 9:42 am

Those pictures are beautiful! Us Californians are very lucky to live so close to Mexico, as you’re right, it’s a great quick getaway and can be very affordable. I will have to note your resort though because it looks way better than the one I stayed at in Puerto Vallartas back last September.

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Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats March 12, 2012 at 9:53 am

Fuuuuuunn!! My husband and I went to Cabo on our honeymoon and just loved how relatively untouched the town was compared to the mega Mexican spring break destinations like Cancun. Amazing memories of the gorgeous beach, deep blue water and laid back lifestyle – and yes, those crazy/(overly)friendly sea lions!

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Kara March 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

We were just in Cabo a week ago-it was awesome. We stayed at the Hilton-totally loved Cabo. :) Glad you had a good time!

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Danielle March 12, 2012 at 9:58 am

Oh, how fun!! Beautiful photos! Can’t wait to hear the rest of the details :)

Glad you got some R&R!

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Dee March 12, 2012 at 10:29 am

Oh, that was a fun read! I can’t wait for part two. :) Sounds like you guys had the time of your life! That’s great groupon deal too!

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Joanna March 12, 2012 at 10:51 am

looks like you both had a blast. Awesome pictures too. I can’t believe how close to the whales you were.

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cluttercafe March 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

Amazing photos! It’s inbelievable how blue the ocean can be. So pretty. Can’t wait to hear about the food

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Megan - Newly Wife March 12, 2012 at 11:57 am

Awesome! Looks gorgeous!

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama March 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

$200? Are you kidding me? I need to scour groupon a little bit more. I need a vacation ASAP! Looks beautiful!
Isn’t Coca-Cola in Mexico so much better than in the U.S.???

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Joelle (on a pink typewriter) March 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

That looks GORGEOUS! And $200- freakin’ awesome!

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Elle @ nutritionella March 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I went to Cabo 2 summers ago with my fiance. It was HOT in August but so wonderful and definitely one of my favorite vacations ever! Glad you had a great trip. The sea lions there definitely have a good life.

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts March 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Amazing trip!! Great pictures!

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Laura March 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Aww i absolutely adore cabo! My brother proposed during our family vacation on lover’s beach, which is only a beach every few years…. And we definitely went to The Office and dined in the sand right by the water complete with merriache bands! Can’t wait for the food recap!

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Jenny March 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I need a vacation. This looks absolutely wonderful. Someday, I’ll have a vacation again!

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Fancy March 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Great post! Happy Anniversary to you guys :)

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Jennifer L March 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I love your food/recipe posts… but man, I really love your travel posts!

PS: I love your hair

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Krissy's Creations March 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I can’t believe you got the whole trip for only 200! What a deal!!! So jealous! Cabo is so much fun and it looks like you two had a wonderful time. Happy Anniversary!

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Maria@La_Piattini March 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Looks like you and Adam had such an amazing time! You are getting me so excited for my honeymoon this summer with the excursions and crystal blue water- can’t wait to read about the food!

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Karen March 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Beautiful pics! I’ve never been to that side of Mexico, but I definitely want to see those rocks in Cabo sometime. I’ve been to Cozumel and the Riviera Maya.
I look forward to hearing about the food!

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Julia March 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I think y’all get MUCH better Groupons in Cali…the best I’ve seen is a no-chip mani/pedi and belly dancing lessons. wah wah ;)

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Katie R March 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Jenna! How amazing! I am going there next month! What a coincidence!!! So I have a question: I am pregnant and everyone is freaking me out about drinking the water, ice, fruit etc. for fear that I am going to get so sick and have a baby in Mexico or worse. People get really nervous about Mexico. Do you have any feedback about drinking the water or eating foods that have been washed? Sounds like you were okay?
Thanks!

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Nicole @ Giraffelegs March 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Aww the pictures look great!

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Alyssa @ Fit and Fun in Third March 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Beautiful pictures! Can’t wait to read about all the good details! :)

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Casey March 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm

The Office was so amazing-we ate there twice on our vacay!!!! Their margaritas are out of this world and so was the view!

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Teri March 12, 2012 at 5:16 pm

It all looks gorgeous. I wish I wasn’t such a coward about going to Mexico, now. But there have just been too many Canadians and Americans dying over there recently for me to get up the courage and go. :(

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K March 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Congrats! Happy for you two. ;-)

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Nancy March 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I loved this post. Have to admit that I miss reading more detailed “life” posts. Glad you guys had a blast.

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Erin * Sparkle & Hay March 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm

ooooooooh this looks like a DREAM!!! note to self: pay attention to those groupon vacations!!!

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lissa March 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm

OMG! We don’t have a Groupon, but we booked a room at this resort for our babymoon, and we leave in two weeks! Your photos and comments only make me MORE excited to go! Can’t wait to see your restaurant recs. We’ve been to Cabo once before but know we’ve barely scratched the surface. Thanks so much for sharing your trip!

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Dominique March 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Your trip sounds amazing already. I’m totally jealous since Sean can’t take any time off since he’s in school right now. Then he’ll be in summer school and then starting up in the fall again so it looks like a LONG time before we can take a vacation together. I’ve also never been to Mexico. I’m really looking forward to the food post!

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Michelle March 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

wow! that looks amazing. I’ve always wondered about the groupon vacation deals but seeing how well yours turned out I think perhaps I’ll look more carefully :)

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm

OH MY! The colors! Looks like such an amazingly beautiful trip!

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Britt Heilman March 12, 2012 at 8:35 pm

My husband says he knows that sea lion! Apparently that is a daily routine of his :)

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Deborah March 12, 2012 at 10:31 pm

So fun! I could use a tropical vacation right now!

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The Many Thoughts of a Reader March 13, 2012 at 7:26 am

oh my gosh.. i am so jealous.

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Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac March 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

Oh my goodness Jenna!!! It is absolutely breathtaking!! Glad you had a great time, and I can’t wait to read about the food!!

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Magda March 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

A M A Z I N G !!! This looks absolutely wonderful! My dream!
Five day trip for only $200 – I can’t belive and I’m jealous ;)
Happy Anniversary!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 13, 2012 at 11:46 am

Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! I am so jealous!

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pam March 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm

how cool..we just got back from Cozumel on thursday. Had a blast. Love the sun and Mexico.

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Chels R. March 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

What a steal! Sounds like an amazing vacation!! :-)

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Mary Catherine March 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Where is your Jean jacket from? LOVE!

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jenna March 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm

It’s from Madewell! Thank you!

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Jacque March 13, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Great post Jenna! Would love to see more fashion posts:) glad u guys had a great trip away!

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Jill @ 42potatoes March 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Your first picture of the rock arch takes my breath away – my family trip to Cabo two years ago was amazing, and you brought back all those amazing memories. Thank you!

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Molly March 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm

I absolutely love Mexico but I hate how unsafe it has become! Cabo and a few other places are some of the very few that haven’t been completely overrun by the drug cartel. It’s such a beautiful country with an amazing culture and even more amazing people— I just wish it wasn’t so bad there right now!

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jenna March 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm

totally agree!

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The Healthy Apple March 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm

OMG dying at these photos!! Love it; so happy for you.

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Ahn Ei March 16, 2012 at 4:52 am

Love Cabo! Whale watching looks AMAZING!!

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bestpagg March 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm

What amazing pictures, and great blog. Happened across it as we were searching for blog site set up types we liked. We’re in the health niche too and great site. User friendly and the posts are natural. I’ll be returning… Love the pictures of the whales.

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