I think taking an annual girl’s trip is good for the soul. After spending five days in Cabo San Lucus, Mexico with three of my college sorority sisters I’m convinced that every woman needs this.
We spent time at the pool, the spa, the beach cabana beds reading books, dark restaurants with a lone candle lighting our table, and riding ATVs through the Mexico mountains. We had such a great time on our trip, but more than what we did, we had great conversations. We had a lot of laughs, and we listened to each other. In fact, I think our trip was hugely therapeutic.
I’ll be honest; this vacation didn’t go as perfectly as planned. My perfect Cabo vacation would’ve included full days lounging at the pool working on a glorious golden tan, eating at fancy dinners in the evenings, and hitting up cool little Cabo beach bars at night. Welllllll, it didn’t exactly go that way. It went something like this…
It rained two whole days – hard.
It was merely in the 70s and overcast the other two days.
We rode ATVs through cold rain and muddy mountains for 2 ½ hours. We had to pee outside leaning up against a trig. Twice.
We stayed at an all-inclusive resort – but couldn’t get a damn dinner reservation at any of the restaurants the entire vacation.
The one night we DID have reservations at the steak restaurant – it was closed due to rain.
We ate every meal (but one) at the same exact buffet. I’ve never eaten more onion rings in my life.
We only ate one dinner at an actual restaurant the entire trip.
The aroma that I smelled during my spa facial was sandwich meat. I kept wondering; why do I smell salami right now? Is that some weird Mexican facial lotion? No, I’m sure the girl just ate lunch and didn’t wash her hands before giving my face a rub down.
We had heartbreakingly beautiful weather – on the day we left.
As you can see, we faced some hardships on our Mexican vacation. But despite the weather or the shitty customer service at our resort, we made the best of the situation.
Making it work for us
Since it was cold outside and there was no outdoor hot tub, we improvised. We headed to our room, made a bubble bath (with jets), and we all put our feet in while drinking Tecate Light beer.
Despite the rain, we were determined to lie at the beach. So the four of us shared a covered beach cabana bed and read our books and napped in the rain. Hey, it was peaceful.
We couldn’t get a restaurant reservation at our very own ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT, but the one restaurant we did eat at was memorable enough for all four nights. I had the best beef tenderloin and garlic mashed potatoes that you can even imagine and a salty good margarita to top it off. It seemed like we were the only people in this tiny little alley restaurant, which made it feel like a movie.
We hit the jackpot of music while bar hopping in Cabo one night. It was as if the DJs had borrowed our college CD mixes and played it just for us 29 going on 30 year olds! We danced like it was 2001 all over again.
On our one and only beautiful day at the beach (i.e. the day we went home), we lounged right next to actress Hayley Duff, Hillary Duff’s sister, and her actor boyfriend, Nick Zano. I know, I know, they’re D-list celebs, but nonetheless – celebs! She’s a lot prettier in person, by the way!
And on our last night, we had some crazy, weird, Willy Wonka, candy land experience at a bar called “The Office” in which we sat at a table on the beach and clowns danced around us making us balloon tiaras and about 100 Mexican waiters sang happy birthday to us while giving us machine gun hugs one right after another. In the midst of all of this, we had philosophical conversations about our futures and what we’re most thankful for from our girl’s trip to Cabo – all over three bottles of champagne.
What I was most thankful for? I didn’t even have to think about it. It just spilled out of my mouth as soon as the question was asked and a finger pointed at me to go first. I said; I’m thankful for this trip because right now, I don’t have to be a wife. I don’t have to be a dog mama. I’m not responsible for a house or a job at the moment. Right now I’m just a girl sitting here with my friends on a beach in Mexico sipping champagne with a balloon tiara on my head. And at that moment, life was so sweet.
So we’re back to reality now and I’m a bit sad. I miss those girls! But we’ll always have our rainy girl’s trip in Cabo.
Do you still take girl’s trips as you get older and busier with relationships, kids, jobs, etc.? If so, I’d love to hear how you make it happen!