Amanda Arnold

Correspondent

  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Amanda Arnold is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent based in Atlanta. Arnold likes to give readers the inside scoop about some of the world’s most gorgeous hotels and tastiest eateries. She has worked at Discovery Communications, where she edited and composed pieces for its many websites, including TLC.com, Discovery.com and Howstuffworks.com. When it comes to her own travels, she’s game for either outdoorsy excursions (kayaking in Grand Teton) or luxury boutique stays (in the French Riviera, please!) — or better yet, one trip that includes a little of both.

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  • On May 16, 2013
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    What are the best Los Cabos food experiences?

    At some point during your stay in Los Cabos, you’re sure to be served fresh salsa, guacamole and ceviche with tortilla chips (most likely at your hotel), so take advantage of the delicious Mexican spoils and dig in. Watermelon juice and chilaquiles are also common Los Cabos breakfast treats that you might not find at home.

    My favorite meal in Los Cabos, though, was the one served at a picnic table in the Baja desert by Cabo Adventures, during its guided Outback & Camel Safari. After taking a nature walk among stately desert cactus plants and riding a camel down a windy, undeveloped beach, we were fed a savory outdoor Mexican meal of rice, beans, chicken, salsa and tortillas — all made the old-fashioned way. While we ate, our guide engaged us in a Tequila tasting, explaining just how to put that salt and lime to proper use.

    Eating fresh fish in Los Cabos it also a good way to experience local flavor — after all, the resort destination is set at the tip of a peninsula surrounded by ocean. When Hotel El Ganzo, which sits directly on a local fishing marina in Puerto Los Cabos, was built, free slips and cutting stations were also constructed to accommodate the area’s local fisherman (rather than drive them away). You can take a trip out to sea with local fishermen to gather your own catch, or simply visit the organic market at the marina on Thursday to buy fresh fish and other fare. Either way, the chef at the hotel is happy to prepare the catch. Or, you can take it to the nearby The Container Restaurant & Bar, a hip spot offering organic food and marina views, which will also prepare fresh catch, we’re told.
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    What are the best things to do in Los Cabos?

    Soaking up the sun by your hotel’s infinity-edge pool is a perfectly acceptable way to spend your time in Los Cabos. But if you need a break from utter relaxation and gorgeous seaside views, enjoy one of the following activities:

    1. Ride a camel on the beach. Cabo Adventures offers a unique Baja Outback excursion that includes a brief camel ride on the beach, a guided nature walk through the desert (you’ll learn that a cactus is 80 percent water and that the area is populated with roadrunners) and a delicious authentic Mexican picnic lunch (rice, beans, chicken, hand-made tortillas and salsa) with a tequila tasting. You won’t soon forget the views from your perch on that camel, by the way — lovely blue sea waves crashing to your right and desert cacti to your left.

    2. Go whale watching. Between December and April, you can board an inflatable speedboat with Cabo Expeditions to search out zodiac whales in the Sea of Cortez. Trust us — the whales are often so close to the boat, you can almost reach out and touch them. If you’re lucky, the beautiful creatures will put on a show by catapulting themselves out of the water.

    3. Swim with whale sharks. Whale sharks are the 30-foot, gentle-giant sharks of the sea — filter-feeders who survive by eating plankton (and not creatures like you). Cabo Expeditions will pick you up from your hotel and take you out on the water, where you’ll hop in and swim alongside these amazing animals.

    4. Visit a sculpture garden. A new peaceful green oasis in the Puerto Los Cabos development features the artwork of three Mexican sculptors, Jose Luis Cuevas, Manual Felguerez and Gabriel Macotel. In fact, Macotel’s work was actually carved from the boulders that were excavated when the Puerto Los Cabos marina was built. The garden is a truly Zen spot where you can relax and take in the uncommonly (for Los Cabos) lush surroundings. 

    5. Stroll the Art Walk. Every Thursday night between the months of October and June, the burgeoning San Jose del Cabo Art District hosts an art walk. Galleries open their doors between 5 and 9 p.m., welcoming in guests for a glass of wine and a peek at the work on display — everything from abstract art to photography by artists from Mexico and beyond.
  • On May 13, 2013
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    What are the best things to do in Los Cabos?

    Soaking up the sun by your hotel’s infinity-edge pool is a perfectly acceptable way to spend your time in Los Cabos. But if you bore of utter relaxation and gorgeous seaside views, enjoy one of the following activities:

    1. Ride a camel on the beach. Cabo Adventures offers a unique Baja Outback excursion that includes a brief camel ride on the beach, a guided nature walk through the desert (you’ll learn that a cactus is 80 percent water and that the area is populated by roadrunners) and a delicious authentic Mexican picnic lunch (rice, beans, chicken, hand-made tortillas and salsa) with a tequila tasting. You won’t soon forget the views from your perch on that camel, by the way — lovely blue sea waves crashing to your right and desert cacti to your left.

    2. Go whale watching. Between December and April, you can board an inflatable speedboat with Cabo Expeditions to search out zodiac whales in the Sea of Cortez. Trust us — the whales are often so close to the boat, you can almost reach out and touch them. If you’re lucky, the beautiful creatures will put on a show by catapulting themselves out of the water.

    3. Swim with whale sharks. Whale sharks are the 30-foot, gentle-giant sharks of the sea — filter-feeders who survive by eating plankton (and not creatures like you). Cabo Expeditions will pick you up from your hotel and take you out on the water, where you’ll hop in and swim alongside these amazing animals.

    4. Visit a sculpture garden. A new peaceful green oasis in the Puerto Los Cabos development features the artwork of three Mexican sculptors, Jose Luis Cuevas, Manual Felguerez and Gabriel Macotel. In fact, Macotel’s work was actually carved from the boulders that were excavated when the Puerto Los Cabos marina was built. The garden is a truly Zen spot where you can relax and take in the uncommonly (for Los Cabos) lush surroundings. 

    5. Stroll the Art Walk. Every Thursday night between the months of October and June, the burgeoning San Jose del Cabo Art District hosts an art walk. Galleries open their doors between 5 and 9 p.m., welcoming in guests for a glass of wine and a peek at the work on display — everything from abstract art to photography by artists from Mexico and beyond.
  • On May 10, 2013
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    What are the best things to do in Los Cabos?

    Soaking up the sun by your hotel’s infinity-edge pool is a perfectly acceptable way to spend your time in Los Cabos. But if you bore of utter relaxation and gorgeous seaside views, enjoy one of the following activities:

    1. Ride a camel on the beach. Cabo Adventures offers a unique Baja Outback excursion that includes a brief camel ride on the beach, a guided nature walk through the desert (you’ll learn that a cactus is 80 percent water and that the area is populated by roadrunners) and a delicious authentic Mexican picnic lunch (rice, beans, chicken, hand-made tortillas and salsa) with a tequila tasting. You won’t soon forget the views from your perch on that camel, by the way — lovely blue sea waves crashing to your right and desert cacti to your left.

    2. Go whale watching. Between December and April, you can board an inflatable speedboat with Cabo Expeditions to search out zodiac whales in the Sea of Cortez. Trust us — the whales are often so close to the boat, you can almost reach out and touch them. If you’re lucky, the beautiful creatures will put on a show by catapulting themselves out of the water.

    3. Swim with whale sharks. Whale sharks are the 30-foot, gentle-giant sharks of the sea — filter-feeders who survive by eating plankton (and not creatures like you). Cabo Expeditions will pick you up from your hotel and take you out on the water, where you’ll hop in and swim alongside these amazing animals.

    4. Visit a sculpture garden. A new peaceful green oasis in the Puerto Los Cabos development features the artwork of three Mexican sculptors, Jose Luis Cuevas, Manual Felguerez and Gabriel Macotel. In fact, Macotel’s work was actually carved from the boulders that were excavated when the Puerto Los Cabos marina was built. The garden is a truly Zen spot to relax and take in the uncommonly (for Los Cabos) lush surroundings. 

    5. Stroll the Art Walk. Every Thursday night between the months of October and June, the burgeoning San Jose del Cabo Art District hosts an art walk. Galleries open their doors between 5 and 9 p.m., welcoming in guests for a glass of wine and a peek at the work on display — everything from abstract art to photography by artists from Mexico and beyond.
  • On May 8, 2013
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    What is the most romantic spot at The Setai, Miami Beach?

    At night, The Setai, Miami Beach’s dark and sultry Asian-style courtyard at The Bar & Courtyard serves as the perfect spot for a romantic date. A glimmering rectangular man-made pond in the center of the area features several square seating areas — each surrounded by water on three sides — that extend out into the pond and look as if they’re floating (they reminded me of lily pads). These lovely areas are lined with gray-padded benches adorned with matching pillows where couples can cozy up and order an Asian-inspired cocktail from the menu (try the Chili Passion Martini with chili-infused vodka, passion fruit-infused rum, ginger syrup and chili flakes). A modest illuminated fountain in the center of the pool fills the area with the soothing sound of trickling water; palm trees planted in square pots throughout the pond rustle in the breeze; and, large candles on dark wood pedestals lining the wall of the courtyard cast a soothing glow. The scene is definitely set for romance.
  • On May 7, 2013
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    Where are the best places to stay in Los Cabos?

    Los Cabos is spilling over with luxury accommodations and jovial customer service, so you’re sure to enjoy your stay in this Baja Peninsula paradise no matter where you bunk. But here are four hotels that should definitely make your short list:

    1. Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort. Even the beach cabanas at pristine Las Ventanas al Paraiso are the epitome of pampering — each one with its own private plunge pool and Jacuzzi, and an attentive butler to supply you with Evian spray, sunscreen, cocktails and delicious snacks. The property’s one- and two-bedroom spacious spa suites, with exquisite limestone floors, plush white furnishings and marble bathrooms, offer a spa treatment room with a terrace, a steam room and a sauna. One- and three-bedroom villas step things up with private infinity-edge pools, patios, walk-in closets and adobe fireplaces. And to make matters even more thoughtful, this luxe resort has a dedicated Department of Romance. (Need a love message-in-a-bottle delivered to your companion on the beach? The Department of Romance can help.) When it comes to dining, the hotel’s outdoor Tequila, Ceviche & Sushi Bar looks like a delicious spot for a more casual meal — I’d love to devour a Mexican Roll, made with lobster, avocado, onion and grilled corn.

    2. One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos Resort. Widely known as one of the most exclusive hotels in Los Cabos, One&Only Palmilla offers oceanfront and beachfront guest rooms with 24-hour butler service and verandas that feature daybeds and telescopes for whale watching. The toniest of guests, however, will reserve Villa Cortez, a lavish, four-bedroom, hacienda-style abode with its own private beach and 10,000 square feet of living space. The private infinity-edge pool, private screening room and poolside fire pit certainly don’t hurt the villa, either.

    3. Esperanza, An Auberge Resort. Besides the gorgeously landscaped property, awe-inspiring ocean views and spacious casitas with infinity-edge hot tubs, Esperanza pleases its guests with a plethora of activities sure to keep them well fed and entertained. Each night of the week brings a themed dining event — a Mexican fiesta featuring regional foods on the oceanfront patio on Thursday; burgers and milkshakes at La Palapa, the hotel grill, on Saturday; Argentinean barbecue on Wednesday. Try candlelit yoga on Thursday night or sunrise yoga on Saturday, take a morning painting class with a local artist and professor, or enjoy an educational tequila tasting. There’s something for everyone to do at this luxury Los Cabos resort. 

    4. Hotel El Ganzo. Los Cabos accommodations are largely of the vast-resort variety, but the new Hotel El Ganzo, set on a local fishing marina in the Puerto Los Cabos development, offers an art- and music-focused boutique atmosphere you likely won’t find anywhere else. The airy lobby features one-of-a-kind art by the hotel’s artists-in-residence, long communal dining tables that invite guests to mingle over meals, and a small stage for intimate performances by the hotel’s musicians-in-residence and other special guests. Dialing up the hip factor, there’s a door in the lobby floor that leads to a “secret” sound studio where visiting musicians record “El Ganzo Sessions” for Internet consumption. Don’t miss the hotel’s rooftop infinity-edge pool and sushi restaurant/bar with uniquely beautiful views of the fishing marina and the desert coast.
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