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A Snowbird Experiment

November 24th, 2011 at 06:13 am


Now that we permanently live in a colder-in-the-winter part of the country, the snowbird lifestyle is gaining appeal. On Saturday dh and I will leave for three weeks in warm and sunny Cabo San Lucas. We'll stay in a one-bedroom condo at the Hacienda Encantada, a resort that sits on a point with great views of the arch and the Sea of Cortez.

Some snowbirds we know flee the cold for 3-6 months. Our relatively short trip to Cabo is an experiment of sorts... I guess you could call us "semi-snowbirds"... but the point is we're getting away from the Idaho cold to see how we like this area for extended winter getaways. We'll explore future options such as renting an apartment or a house. Cabo is home to large numbers of retired Americans and Canadians, so it must be a good place to spend the winter.

I reserved a "studio suite" with timeshare points from last year, trading a week in Lake Tahoe for three in Cabo. The unit has a full kitchen so we can eat meals in whenever we want and shopping will be easy with a Walmart and a Costco within a 10-minute drive. Resort amenities include laundry facilities, free parking, and free wifi. And although the resort offers an “all inclusive” option for meals/drinks, it is not worth it to us. We tend to eat healthier by cooking our own meals and dining out occasionally. My budget for these 3 weeks is $3,000+-.

So far, the costs are:
RT airfare for two: $1084
$154 per week Exchange Fee: $462
Car rental @$183 a week: $549
Food and gas: ~$500 (est.)
Excursions/misc.: ~$500 (est.)

We've never been to this resort, so I hope it lives up to our expectations based on the website and Trip Advisor. If we like it, we may decide to go back every winter for 3-4 weeks or longer.

4 Responses to “A Snowbird Experiment”

  1. Amber Says:

    Have a safe and fun trip Smile

  2. Jerry Says:

    It sounds like a great time, and I hope it leads to a nice break from the winter. I actually prefer having 4 seasons, but in the dead of winter it can be nice to get away to a warm locale for a little while for a little insurance of some natural vitamin D! Enjoy...
    Jerry

  3. Grace Says:

    OK, Annelise--when I grow up, I officially want to be you! Do I have to learn to speak Spanish first? (That may be a deal-breaker).

  4. Retired Syd Says:

    I would love an update on this pot--how was Cabo and did you enjoy your resort? (And pictures please!)

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