Ask a Los Cabos Expert: Meet Rafael Arroyo, Travelocity’s Pacific Mexico Market Manager
Editor’s Note: Periodically, we’ll be featuring a Q&A with our resident destination experts at Travelocity, the Travelocity market managers. Market managers are locals to their destination and experts on everything and anything related to tourism in their markets. Please welcome them to The Window Seat.
Rafael Arroyo is the Travelocity market manager for Pacific Mexico. He has been with Travelocity for five years and has the pleasure of negotiating deals in great destinations like Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos. He is always looking to discover new places to enjoy the best local cuisine and has been known to coordinate his business trips around a gourmet festival!
TWS: If you had to pick just one thing that makes Los Cabos special, what is it and why?
RA: Los Cabos is two destinations in one. Most people are familiar with Cabo San Lucas which is the most upbeat of the two offering the best nightlife until the early hours any day of the Week. San Jose del Cabo on the other hand is quieter and more relaxed offering gallery tours, great shopping and dining and the local flavor you expect to find in a Mexican destination.
TWS: For someone who is visiting Cabo for the first time, what are the can’t-miss attractions / experiences and what could they skip if they have limited time?
RA: Los Cabos is the best golf destination in Mexico. World-ranked courses designed by the top names and the settings are spectacular with the desert and ocean views. Fishing is a close second with Cabo being the host of the Bisbee fishing tournament with the richest purse in the world. If visiting in the winter (November-April) definitely I would recommend a whale watching tour. Cabo Expeditions and Cabo Adventures offer the best options.
TWS: What’s the best time of year to visit Cabo to get a deal? Pros and cons of visiting at that time of year?
RA: Los Cabos offers great weather year round and It doesn’t really rain much like in other destinations, so chances are you will always enjoy great weather. It can be a little hotter in August/September but that’s when hotel have their lowest rates of the year.
TWS: What’s the secret to getting a deal at Cabo San Lucas resorts?
RA: The best option to save is buying vacation packages including air and hotel where clients will find the lowest rates available. In addition most hotels offer upgrades to higher categories with upgraded amenities for a reasonable price.
TWS: Tell us your number-one favorite restaurant in Los Cabos and what menu item a visitor has to try.
RA: Lots of great dining options in both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. If you are looking for a dining experience offering the best local seafood I definitely recommend Nick-San. For something more casual in San Jose del Cabo Tacos Rosy. Offering all kinds of tacos, scallop, shrimp, fish, etc. It has been a favorite of tourist and locals alike for more than 20 years.
TWS: What’s a secret the locals know but tourists don’t?
RA:Tourists tend to stay within the resort areas and don’t venture much out of Los Cabos but there is lots more to see. Local rarely stay in town and usually head north of San Jose del Cabo where they have a chance to enjoy uncrowded beaches offering a chance to relax and enjoy the best of the Sea of Cortez. La Paz and Todos Santos are also favorite places for a nice weekend getaway and both are less than two hours from Los Cabos.
TWS: Do you know the Roaming Gnome personally? What is his favorite thing about your destination?
RA: Yes of course. Our roaming gnome had a chance to go fishing and I was told he had a hard a time reeling in the huge tuna he caught. He was amazed at how big the humpback whales are, although anything is bigger than him!
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