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Christmas in Cabo!

Cabo San Lucas | Baja Mexico | Christmas | Resort | Hacienda Del Mar | Sheraton Grand Los Cabos | wheelchair accessible
The Murphy Clan in Cabo

While many people fully embrace “the holiday spirit,” my children and I do not. So rather than feeling Grinch-like this Christmas season, our gift to each other – and ourselves – was to spend a week at my daughter’s timeshare in Cabo San Lucas. 

It was the perfect way for us to celebrate Christmas!

And it gave me an opportunity to check wheelchair accessibility so that Carrieanna can join us on a future trip.

Hacienda Del Mar

There were six of us, and we had two adjacent apartment-style room which made it easy for us to plan outings, prepare and share food, and just “hang out” without being in each other’s space too much.

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Upstairs bedroom, Room 831, at Hacienda Del Mar, Cabo San Lucas.

The spacious bedrooms were upstairs, and neither of the bathrooms were handicap accessible.

I inquired at the front desk to see if Hacienda Del Mar has accessible rooms. I was shown a “wheelchair accessible” suite – the doorways are wide and there is plenty of space for the wheelchair to roll within the suite. However, there is a 6-inch step-over lip to get into the shower, and there were no grab bars in the toilet area. Definitely not a fully-accessible room, and there are none on-site that are.

Sheraton Grand Los Cabos

Cabo San Lucas | Baja Mexico | Christmas | Resort | Hacienda Del Mar | Sheraton Grand Los Cabos | wheelchair accessible
Entrance to Sheraton Grand Los Cabos | Hacienda Del Mar, Cabo San Lucas

The Hacienda Del Mar is the timeshare side of the property that includes the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, so I strolled to that side of the property and inquired at the hotel’s front desk.

I was delighted to find that the hotel does have three fully-accessible rooms. The front desk was kind enough to arrange for me to enter, inspect and photograph one of the rooms.

Cabo San Lucas | Baja Mexico | Christmas | Resort | Hacienda Del Mar | Sheraton Grand Los Cabos | wheelchair accessible
Roll-in shower at Sheraton Grand Los Cabos
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Wheelchair-accessible bathroom at Sheraton Grand Los Cabos
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Accessible vanity at Sheraton Grand Los Cabos.
Cabo San Lucas | Baja Mexico | Christmas | Resort | Hacienda Del Mar | Sheraton Grand Los Cabos | wheelchair accessible | bedroom suite
Wheelchair-accessible bedroom, with balcony, at Sheraton Grand Los Cabos.

How I Spent My Christmas Vacation

Our agenda for the week included LOTS of relaxation, time spent by the pool, adult beverages and local food!

Cabo San Lucas | Baja Mexico | Christmas | Resort | Hacienda Del Mar | Sheraton Grand Los Cabos | beach | pool
Should we lounge by the pool, or lounge on the beach? Decisions, decisions!
Cabo San Lucas | Baja Mexico | Christmas | Resort | Hacienda Del Mar | Sheraton Grand Los Cabos | mimosa | bloody mary
Cheers to starting our day with bottomless mimosas and spicy Bloody Marys!
Cabo San Lucas | Baja Mexico | Christmas | Resort | Hacienda Del Mar | Sheraton Grand Los Cabos | Senor Frog's | Mexican food
So much delicious food!

We also included a whale-watching excursion in a glass bottom boat, where we not only saw the brightly-colored fish in the bay, but also witnessed two humpback whales swimming directly under the boat!

Cabo San Lucas | Baja Mexico | Christmas | Resort | glass bottom boat
Finding Nemo in Cabo San Lucas!
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Tail of a whale near a fishing boat!
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Humpback whale swimming under our glass bottom boat!

The Thursday evening art walk and tequila tasting gave us an opportunity to explore nearby San José del Cabo.

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Strolling into the shopping area at San José del Cabo.
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Tequila tasting during the art walk in San José del Cabo.
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Cobblestones and curb cuts made San José del Cabo somewhat wheelchair accessible.

And, of course, we all loved the local cuisine!

Cabo San Lucas | Baja Mexico | Christmas | Resort | Hacienda Del Mar | Sheraton Grand Los Cabos | local cuisine
Senor Frog’s in Cabo

My granddaughter, Jennifer, has a medical condition that requires her to avoid gluten, and she was very grateful to find many gluten-free options. We also went to Costco upon our arrival and stocked up on food that she could eat (as well as liquor and snacks),

Cabo San Lucas | Baja Mexico | Christmas | Resort | Hacienda Del Mar | Sheraton Grand Los Cabos | local cuisine
We had lots of fun, and plenty to eat and drink, at Senor Frog’s on Cabo’s waterfront!

The Resort Property

I found many wheelchair-accessible ramps on the Hacienda Del Mar | Sheraton Grand property, although sometimes the brick and stone walkways were uneven and would require attentive maneuvering.

Cabo San Lucas | Baja Mexico | Christmas | Resort | Hacienda Del Mar | Sheraton Grand Los Cabos | wheelchair accessible
Accessible ramp to one of the on-site restaurants and bar.
Cabo San Lucas | Baja Mexico | Christmas | Resort | Hacienda Del Mar | Sheraton Grand Los Cabos | wheelchair accessible
Accessible route to the pool
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Ramp leading to one of the pools.
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Hotel personnel maintained the grounds beautifully! (This early-morning photo demonstrates the size of the space where a wheelchair could roll.)

There was also a small accessible restroom near one of the pools and the sports bar.

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An accessible restroom near pool and spa area.

Accessibility

In addition to the wheelchair-accessible rooms at the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, much of the resort property is accessible, including many of the on-site restaurants.

Cabo San Lucas | Baja Mexico | Christmas | Resort | Hacienda Del Mar | Sheraton Grand Los Cabos
Morning view from our balcony.

Because I did not make the transportation arrangements I have no personal information about accessible vans, taxis or rental cars. However, I contacted my friends at Travel by Divine, who mentioned Transcabo, a private transportation and shuttle company in Cabo San Lucas.

(All Photos: ©2017 Jeri Murphy Photography – formerly known as ImagesByRJM)

By Jeri Murphy

Traveler, photographer, wedding officiant, blogger. Mother, friend, explorer ... that's just a little about me!

6 replies on “Christmas in Cabo!”

Hello, Margaret.
I did not see a pool hoist at this property, and the beach was not level enough for a sea wheelchair. I am told there are fully-accessible properties in Cabo San Lucas and I have inquired with Grand Velos Los Cabos to see if they have a pool hoist. I have not yet heard back from them. I will keep you posted.
Lovely blog, by the way.
Warmest regards,
Jeri

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Ha ha!
We didn’t encounter Santa while we were in Cabo. It being so close to Christmas Day, perhaps he was busy in the North Pole, and planning for his own tropical vacation after the holidays!

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My pleasure! And yes, I’m confident she would enjoy Cabo, with its warmth and vibrant color and very friendly people!

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