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Looking for RCI Cabo San Lucas resorts that are Non- All inclusive

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We are headed to Cabo in a few weeks and will spend part of our time in the Fiesta Americana on an HGVC points booking. This is our first trip to FA and we thought we had hit the jackpot with a non-AI resort but unfortunately they are now making all inclusive mandatory for HGVC as of 2011

We have both HGVC and RCI Platinum points.

While we are there we would like to look at other Cabo resorts that are not all inclusive mandatory and have kitchens. Can anyone give us the names of RCI, non-AI resorts with kitchens in Cabo?
 

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While we are there we would like to look at other Cabo resorts that are not all inclusive mandatory and have kitchens. Can anyone give us the names of RCI, non-AI resorts with kitchens in Cabo?
I believe that all three Pueblo Bonito resorts in Cabo are optional for all-inclusive and all have kitchens.
 

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Playa Grande on Solmar Beach is another optional all-inclusive.

Raintree's Club Regina in the corridor is another one.
 

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Villa del Palmar and Villa del Arco are non-mandatory ai with exchanges but often listed as mandatory with extra vacations.

Portfinio, Tesoro, Playa Grande, Sol Mar, Publo Bonitos and Villa del Palmar are ai non-mandatory. The Fiesta Americana is listed as non-mandatory but I think that is changing soon.

Have you considered looking at the corridor or SJD ?

Bill
 

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I own at Fiesta Americana - I guess that is why AI is optional for us.
 

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Hi terces,

I did a search for Cabo Resorts that are not all inclusive or are all inclusive optional. I have listed what has availability in RCI Points as of this evening.

There are more resorts in Cabo and San Jose del Cabo that you will find in the RCI Directory. Sometimes they show up as available or sometimes they never show up in searches.

Start with a search of the resort directory, narrow it down to the area you want, then check if the resort is , non AI, all inclusive or AI Optional. One resort may have a few codes, so be sure to check all the codes for the “Optional All Inclusive” RCI Resort Code.

https://www.rci.com/resort-directory/landing


Fiesta Americana Vacation Club At Cabo Del Sol (#5239)
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur Mexico (All Inclusive Optional Code)
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Hacienda del Mar Resort (#3622)
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur Mexico
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Marina Fiesta Resort (#2474) (All Inclusive Optional Code)
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur Mexico
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Playa Grande Resort (#4364) (All Inclusive Optional Code)
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur Mexico
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Portofino Resort at Marina View Villas (#5318)
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur Mexico
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Pueblo Bonito Resort At Sunset Beach (#5704)
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur Mexico
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Pueblo Bonito Resort Los Cabos (#2357)
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur Mexico
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Pueblo Bonito Rose Spa & Resort (#4110)
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur Mexico
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Sirena del Mar by Welk Resorts (#WLK8)
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur Mexico
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Tesoro Los Cabos (#2287)
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur Mexico
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Villa del Palmar Cabo San Lucas (#3165)
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur Mexico (All Inclusive Optional)
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We have stayed at Hacienda Del Mar, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, and Playa Grande. All are very nice. The Playa Grande is right in town. You might want to also consider staying up in San Jose Del Cabo. Really nice town! the Cabo Azul, Grand Mayan, and Worldmark Coral Mar are all there. I haven't seen the Coral Mar Resort, but Cabo Azul and the Grand Mayan are both really nice. You might be able to do a direct trade with a Diamond Resorts owner or a Worldmark owner into Cabo Azul / Coral Mar.
 

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We stayed at Grand Mayan a few years ago and enjoyed it, but opted for PBSB last year because, although GM is not AI mandatory, their resort fees are pretty close to the AI fees at other resorts. PBSB was very nice, but a bit expensive on resort if you are not on the AI. Some food and drink are reasonable, but others are stupidly expensive - my wife's margarita at poolside bar came out to about C$20 (US$15ish) for one drink.

Tough decisions though - we enjoyed SJD much more than CSL as destination towns, but I think PBSB was a much nicer resort.
 

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We have stayed at Hacienda Del Mar (2 weeks), Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach (Five weeks), Playa Grande (two weeks) and Grand Mayan (one week).

Playa Grande was the best location and nicest rooms. PBSB was the best resort/amenities and pools, Hacienda Del Mar was isolated with dated rooms (all are renovated now I think) but we still enjoyed it a lot. It was very cute with some nice restaurants and a somewhat swimmable beach.

I go to Mexico for the outdoor space and the balcony area is high on my list. Playa Grande and PBSB give you the best chance of a good balcony and ocean view based on the resort layout. Breakfast every morning watching the boats and whales, happy hour from 4pm til sunset every afternoon and every lunch and supper outside. That’s my Mexico!!!!
 

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Thanks for posting the list. We like Cabo because it is an easy flight from California.

I noticed that Playa Grande is owned by Solmar. How does that compare to Grand Solmar Lands' End which is an II property?

Is Cabo Azul an II property?

We stayed twice at Grand Fiesta Americana. Once via RCI and once with HGVC internal trade. Nice resort but the beach is unswimmable and the AI has gotten very expensive. AI is optional though. It is in a gated golf community so if you like to run or walk there are some nice places to safely do this around the golf course.

We are looking forward to trying some new resorts. On our list are the By Hilton Club Timeshares located in a wing of the Hilton Los Cabos which is scheduled to open next year, or one of the above RCI choices. There are many nice resorts in the Cabo SL and SJC areas.
 
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Is Cabo Azul an II property?
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I believe it is. We rented a unit from a Tugger a few years ago & really liked the place. The pool was huge with lots of comfortable lounges. We enjoyed the onsite restaurants & it was within easy walking distance to the town square & other restaurants.
 

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Hello, I'm an owner at Paradisus Los Cabos (formerly Melia LosCabos before hurricane Odile). It is located on the corridor at pretty much the only swimmable beach, which is next to the Hilton. It id AI optional. I was just there a couple weeks ago. I don't know about the 2 bedroom units, but the 1 bedroom units are adjoining hotel rooms. It is possible the 2BDR has kitchen because it is 3 rooms connected. Although the AI is optional, you cannot even purchase as much as a cup of coffee at hotel, so you are almost forced into it. That was not what the agreement was at all 24 years ago when I bought in. It is a lovely resort with great service, nonetheless.
 

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We just returned from a week's stay at Playa Grande. Very nice place. Their AI is optional and not too costly (~$90/day/person). Since PG is next to the town and marina restaurants, we opted to do the AI for 4 days and explore Cabo (and San Jose) for the remainder of our stay. Only (minor) gripe is that you cannot swim at the ocean beach. However, we found a cozy local beach within a 10 minute walk.
 

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Best location on Medano Beach
The one bedrooms have kitchens
Lots of construction for the last few years. I think it might be done by now.
 

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We were in Cabo a few weeks ago and I wouldn't stay anywhere from the Club Cascadas to the Marina. This area is so crowded. The cruise ship passengers can walk down the beach as the new maria malecon extends to the beach. There is a small pond between Club Cascadas and the Villa del Arco which seems to buffer tourists. It seems like the beach in front of the resorts from the marina to Club Cascadas has shrunk and there are way more people trying to use what is left of it.

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Huh? Why has no one mentioned Casa Dorada on Medano Beach? This is probably the nicest resort on Medano Beach (the best/only swimmable beach in Cabo). I have stayed there once and was amazed.... We like the location, (center of Medano Beach), and loved the resort. All rooms have great ocean views... Even thought about trying to buy there, until I found out it is a expensive travel club, not a direct ownership.
 

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Also Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach. It’s located on the pacific so no swimmable beach. The rooms are gorgeous and great pools and restaurants and deli. Located on the hill out of Cabo. Free shuttles into PB resorts in town till 11 pm I think. Cab ride back not that bad if you want to stay late in town
Easier to book than other PB resorts.

i agree about the Casa Dorado on Medano. This is an II resort. Once we got an exchange during Thanksgiving here. It was the 3 bedroom Penthouse. My DIL called it the Mick Jagger Suite. Ocean front deck the width of room. Outdoor hot tub and even your own gas grill is brought in. This was a lucky exchange and don’t expect to see it again
 

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Huh? Why has no one mentioned Casa Dorada on Medano Beach? This is probably the nicest resort on Medano Beach (the best/only swimmable beach in Cabo). I have stayed there once and was amazed.... We like the location, (center of Medano Beach), and loved the resort. All rooms have great ocean views... Even thought about trying to buy there, until I found out it is a expensive travel club, not a direct ownership.
Thanks for the tip. What is the RCI code for this? I just looked and could not find it.
 

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Thanks for the tip. What is the RCI code for this? I just looked and could not find it.
Casa Dorada Medano Beach is II. I believe it is MBE. Great location and nice place but not nearly as nice as Cabo Azul.
 

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Just looked up Casa Dorado on II. Looks like a nice resort. 4 stars in II. Good availability on Getaways and ACs, however it is showing a mandatory AI Fee of about $98/pp which would add $1400 on top of the room cost of the vacation if two travel. So unless this info in II is incorrect or limited to getaways, AI takes this resort out of the running.
 
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Just looked up Casa Dorado on II. Looks like a nice resort. 4 stars in II. Good availability on Getaways and ACs, however it is showing a mandatory AI Fee of about $98/pp which would add $1400 on top of the room cost of the vacation if two travel. So unless this info in II is incorrect or limited to getaways, AI takes this resort out of the running.
Booking at Casa Dorada can be very confusing. There are several resorts (4!) around Los Cabos that are called Casa Dorada. I know people who booked at totally different resorts when they thought they had booked at Casa Dorado at Medano Beach. The Casa Dorada at Medano Beach (II Code: MBE) doesn't require you to purchase the all-inclusive package. The location is outstanding if you want to be in the middle of Medano Beach, where the most popular beach bars and restaurants are located, and you can buy just about anything you want from local vendors - from trinkets to beach activities. If you're looking for a quiet beach getaway, I wouldn't book there. During school vacations especially, it can get crazy!
 
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