For my mom and stepfather's 70th birthdays this year, Mom's three girls and their families took them on a week-long vacation to Mexico. We've never traveled like this as a group before (there were 14 of us!) and we had a BLAST. We stayed in between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (closer to the latter) in an amazing villa that had room for all of us and then some.
Here are some highlights from our trip:
Our villa contact greeted us with margaritas and chips and salsa - great way to start a vacation!
The view from our villa - we were one row off the ocean
The pool and hot tub were huge hits - a great deal of time was spent here every day
It made such a nice place to play and relax, and Sean's swimming really improved during the week (his favorite was doing "Hammonballs" from "The Sandlot" [ video here ] - it's supposed to be more cannonball shaped)
Some of the aforementioned relaxing...
We celebrated Father's Day Mexican-style with all our awesome dads
This was the private beach behind our villa - not great for swimming, but a fun place to play in the surf, take a walk, or look for shells (which Claire loved)
Oh, and beach soccer, of course...
I spent much of the time taking pictures, which is something I truly enjoy
Our newly 4-year-old boy (love this shot)
Our villa was near "One & Only Palmilla," so we spent a day at Playa Palmilla - it was almost entirely just us and a few locals, which was awesome
There were two roped-off swimming areas and the surf was relatively gentle - we were all a bit toasty by the end of the day, even with lots of sunscreen
Sean's favorite game was running from the surf
Claire liked to let it come up and get her wet and enjoyed burying herself in the sand
Sean tried boogie boarding with Daddy but wasn't a big fan
Claire tried a different approach with her cousins, but also wasn't a big fan
La familia Forman en la playa
Both kids enjoyed getting to know their cousins better, and they picked up a few app tips while they were at it
Claire floating and chilling in the pool
Our second local beach was Playa Chileno, which is where all the surf/scuba/kayak expeditions come - we didn't spend as much time there (it was HOT!!), but a pirate ship came by that Sean thought was REALLY cool
Since we were all together, we took family pictures on the beach behind our house (not too bad for an auto-timed shot)
Us with Nana and Grandpa Joe
Nana and Grandpa with all the grandkids, ages 4-19
Mom and the sisters
Just the sisters
My niece was so excited that we would have braces on at the same time - she got hers on about a week before, I hopefully will have mine off by the end of the year
Just the grandkids - so cute! The had such a fun time together...
A rare shot of just the two of us
Sunset on our private beach
We had to spend one touristy day in Cabo San Lucas - this is looking back at the Médano Beach from our tour boat at Land's End - it was a zoo! We staked a claim at Billygan's and stayed there much of the day (yellow umbrellas)
Our glass-bottomed boat tour to see the famous arch
Sean enjoying the boat tour with Uncle Scott
The arch! The waves were too choppy for us to land on Lover's Beach (apparently right next to Divorce Beach)
There were tons of sea lions near the arch, known locally as "sea wolves" (lobos del mar)
The kids bought bracelets with their names on them from a beach vendor who made them on the spot (impressive!)
For our final day in Cabo we did a dolphin swim - we weren't allowed to take pictures and it was super expensive to buy any, but it was an amazing experience petting and riding Metzli, an 8-year-old female dolphin
Para el 70ª cumpleaños de mi mama y mi padrastro, viajamos de Los Cabos, México por una semana. Hubo 14 de nosotros – las familias de las hijas de mi mamá. Nunca hemos viajados en un grupo antes, y pasamos un tiempo maravilloso. Nos quedamos entre de Cabo San Lucas y San José del Cabo (más cerca del segundo) en un villa increíble que tenía espacio por todos nosotros y más.
Pasamos mucho tiempo en la piscina, el jacuzzi, y en las playas. Visitamos el Arco y incluso nadamos con los delfines.
¡Fueron unas vacaciones perfecto!