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#9977 - 04/13/04 09:03 PM Questions and Comments for Coral Baja
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#48766 - 09/27/12 02:57 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: RK&MK]
bthorman Offline


Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 163
Loc: San Francisco Area
Thank you. I've been reading that it starts March 8th and runs for 11 days. We'll be arriving on the 5th for 7 nights, so we'll have a couple days without the festival going on to get our bearings. We're so looking forward to this trip. Last time we were on a Mexican Riveria cruise we hired a van and went down to CDSJ for a day. We've fallen in love with the area.
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Resorts visited - Windsor, Solvang, Bass Lake, Kihei, Indio, Angels Camp, Clear Lake, Big Bear, Reno, Coral Baja, La Paloma, San Francisco, and South Shore Lake Tahoe.

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#48765 - 09/27/12 12:08 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: bthorman]
RK&MK Offline


Registered: 03/24/10
Posts: 30
The festival is usually mid March with the date varying a few days each year. The Main stage is in the center of town and now they have moved the food booths and rides to a wider road just east of the center of town. (all easy to walk to) Very crowded but a lot of fun to experience. Take a cab, don't drive there. There are loads of cabs waiting to take you back to CB. About $7 US for a van cab. The Main stage is a nightly show, usually with adequate seating, if you get there early in the evening. The volume of the PA will break your ear drums! Bring ear plugs or you will regret it. Otherwise the entertaiment is very Mexican but fun to experience. Been going to it for several years and still enjoy it. One thing to remember is to bring a warm jacket for the evening stage show. It gets very chilly by 10 pm on when you are just sitting there.

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#48735 - 09/22/12 08:25 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: geneski2]
DennisG Offline


Registered: 01/30/12
Posts: 32
Loc: Olympia, WA
Looking forward to connecting with you at the pool bar Gene and MJ. BTW, after chatting with you via email I looked on the WM site and decided to upgrade our room to the PH for a few days during our stay...


Edited by DennisG (09/22/12 08:26 AM)
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#48720 - 09/20/12 10:07 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: DennisG]
geneski2 Offline


Registered: 12/11/04
Posts: 5
Loc: Ontario CA
Dennis, We saw your offer of the notes on Coral Baja resort area and would appreciate a copy. We will visit Oct 4-7, so we also hope the pool renovation is not an issue.

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#48716 - 09/19/12 12:26 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: DennisG]
DennisG Offline


Registered: 01/30/12
Posts: 32
Loc: Olympia, WA
I received an automated call yesterday about the pool deck being resurfaced during my stay in October. Does anyone have any additional information on this? They said it was currently being worked on, the pool is open, but sections are closed.
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#48699 - 09/15/12 06:56 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: Nita]
DennisG Offline


Registered: 01/30/12
Posts: 32
Loc: Olympia, WA
Originally Posted By: Nita
Hi Dennis,
First time on this site. Would like to know what your document is about that everyone is asking for.

Thank you, Nita


Hello Nita, the document is nothing special, just some tips and notes about our visits over the past 10 years to San Jose. Shoot me an email at grantdennis@gmail.com and I'll forward it to you.

Cheers,

Dennis
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#48696 - 09/14/12 01:35 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: DennisG]
bthorman Offline


Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 163
Loc: San Francisco Area
Have you ever been down there when the Festival de San Jose is going on? If so, how were the crowds? We'll be there for part of it in March 2013.
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Resorts visited - Windsor, Solvang, Bass Lake, Kihei, Indio, Angels Camp, Clear Lake, Big Bear, Reno, Coral Baja, La Paloma, San Francisco, and South Shore Lake Tahoe.

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#48688 - 09/12/12 10:52 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: DennisG]
Nita Offline


Registered: 09/12/12
Posts: 1
Hi Dennis,
First time on this site. Would like to know what your document is about that everyone is asking for.

Thank you, Nita

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#48662 - 09/09/12 02:28 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: ZeusNike]
DennisG Offline


Registered: 01/30/12
Posts: 32
Loc: Olympia, WA
Alright everyone. I just sent the updated document from our visit in February this year. Heading back the first week of October for 11 nights. If you didn't get the document (I think I had over 20 folks ask for it) let me know.

Dennis
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#48647 - 09/06/12 07:17 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: bthorman]
DennisG Offline


Registered: 01/30/12
Posts: 32
Loc: Olympia, WA
Originally Posted By: bthorman
Has anyone actually gotten his travel document? I've been looking and haven't seen it.


Hello everyone, sorry it's been a few days since my post. Yes I will send the document, don't worry. I am updating it now and you will have it.

This is such a great resort and there are so many things do to and share...

Dennis
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#48433 - 08/06/12 09:50 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: FrednRox]
ZeusNike Offline


Registered: 01/06/05
Posts: 256
Loc: British Columbia
Looks like you are there by now so know this already but in case anyone else is curious, there are only 2 bedroom units in the back building and you only get one of those if you specifically book a 2 bedroom back building unit. Any other unit puts you in one of the front two buildings facing the beach.

Enjoy!
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#48430 - 08/05/12 09:13 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: ]
CCN Offline


Registered: 08/05/12
Posts: 1
Just returned and it was great. Resort could use some warm water for showers. Cold in the heat is ok but it is still nice to have a little warm water for morning showers. If you are looking for private transportation I recommend "Incredible Locatsion". www.caboincrediblelocations.com. Ask for Pedro. He take cash when you get there. Armondo the driver was great and prices were the best. He offered us transportation for $40 a trip. Big SUV and very comfortable.

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#48373 - 07/29/12 11:33 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: FrednRox]
brokentrail Offline


Registered: 02/09/12
Posts: 3
FrednRox, we didn't get our actual room assigned until we got there last week. They let us choose it. Since it was low-season, the front two buildings weren't even full (the ones with the views) so i'm betting you'll be in one of those for sure.

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#48372 - 07/29/12 11:29 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: ]
brokentrail Offline


Registered: 02/09/12
Posts: 3
We just completed our third stay at Coral Baja, July 20-27, 2012. We hadn't been there in 8 years though, so were anxious to see if we would still be comfortable there. With teens in tow we arrived in our rental car (rented from Dominic, a local, I highly recommend, http://dominicloscabos.com/) to find Coral Baja exactly as we left it; well kept, friendly staff, and perfect for the low-maintenance travelers we are. The activities desk gave us the help we needed through the week, the pool was always clean and welcoming, and the on-site restaurant was not nearly as scary and poor as many of the reviews made it out to be. Our boys (14 and 17) loved the food there and we had a few rounds of guacamole and quesadillas by the pool ourselves. We enjoyed the entertainment there at dinner too. A cover band on Saturday night and the drum/dance group on Monday. So fun! We did venture out to Flora's Field Kitchen on Tuesday night which we HIGHLY recommend--it's ten miles out of San Jose Del Cabo and serves up organic (don't let that scare you, we had free-range fried chicken!) fare and wonderful views. Go!! Oh, I just realized, this review is supposed to be about Coral Baja. Ok, back to that. Having been there before we knew it would be a challenge to make the one bedroom work, but we did it. We were in the deluxe version which afforded us with the all-important extra door to the bathroom so the boys could go in and out without coming through our bedroom. I will say the murphy bed was a bid short. Our 5 foot 10 and 6 foot 1 boys hung off the edges, but they didn't complain. There was a "couch" too and they actually traded off each night on those. Our king bed in the master was surprisingly comfortable and the pillows were average. For as little as we were in the room, it was really perfect. We put the kitchen to full use cooking eggs each morning with tortillas and avocados we picked up at the Mega store on the way in. Of course, the view was fantastic, as most of them are at Coral Baja. We spent lots of time on the deck; and yes, we turned the A/C off when we went out so we didn't have the hot air blowing on us. Stopping at the Mega grocery store on the way into town was the best thing we did, although we did make many trips to the American-owned Mini Super at the top of the hill at the resort. It was there we found real butter...there was none to be found at the Mexican stores (oh it LOOKS like butter, but it's not.) We turned our phones off while we were there (and turned the roaming off too)` but did take a lap top. I never did get the wired internet to work in our room (user error, I'm sure) but I did take the laptop down and easily used the resort Wireless network many times. Their computer room was also great with five desk top computers that were rarely all in use at the same time. Our boys used it a LOT. Overall we were very, very pleased with our stay at Coral Baja. We are easy-going travelers and I will say I lowered my expectations with everything I read before we our trip--unnecessarily so. There is always something going on there (we LOVED Victor who led bingo out by the pool, water aerobics in the morning, pool volleyball in the afternoons and many other activities) but you can also ignore all that and just BE. I kept saying Coral Baja is the perfect place to stay for a week and not go ANYwhere because everything you need is right there--a little grocery store, two restaurants (we loved Sardina's at the top of the hill too), Emerald City Smoothie, Subway, and Domino's...all right there. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have specific questions. Angie from Olympia capricia906@comcast.net

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#48336 - 07/24/12 08:04 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: FrednRox]
jcharles Offline


Registered: 11/17/07
Posts: 170
[b][/b]We had a one bedroom deluxe and had a great view of pool and Sea of Cortez. The only rooms that don't have a view are specified "Back Building" - I think.

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#48314 - 07/23/12 08:59 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: ]
FrednRox Offline


Registered: 05/13/04
Posts: 13
Loc: Bay Area, Cali
We books a 1 Bedroom Deluxe for Aug 4 - 11. Can you tell me if these rooms have a view of the pool. We've stayed there before and I believe we had a 1 BR Deluxe with a view of the pool. But I'm confused with which building these are in.

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#48312 - 07/23/12 08:43 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: ]
roesle5 Offline


Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 3
Coral Baja is a well kept and comfortable resort. Join in the water exercises and meet new people. It's a very fun workout! The grounds are pretty and the units (we've always had 2-BR when we were there)nicely decorated. Walk to Zippers for good food and beer. Mama Mia's is a bit iffy. Brunch was awful; Karaoke nite was fun, but the food was not recommendable.

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#48284 - 07/16/12 04:16 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: jcharles]
ZeusNike Offline


Registered: 01/06/05
Posts: 256
Loc: British Columbia
It total agreement with above. There is a very nice swimming beach a few minutes walk south of the resort - usually almost no people on the beach there either which is nice. We are not huge fans of Cabo San Lucas, busier, hotter, and more touristy than San Jose in our opinion. We will go in at least once or twice per trip for nighlife or an activity but would prefer to head to San Jose del Cabo. The town is charming and has some fabulous restaurants (and Shooters Bar - $1 beers and they show Canucks hockey games!). San Jose is not a bad walk from the Coral Baja if you are into walking - maybe half an hour or so depending on how quickly you walk. You can also walk along the beach to Presidente then head up and walk along the estuary to town - a very nice walk. Cabs are cheap from the CB to San Jose as well, was around $7 as I recall in March - not positive as we always use Pesos so depends on the exchange rate. We do occasionally rent a car but would prefer not. Might want a margarita or a beer or something! Love the Coral Baja - it is our home away from home!
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#48256 - 07/10/12 09:08 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: sbasar]
jcharles Offline


Registered: 11/17/07
Posts: 170
[b][/b]Actually there is a great swimming beach within walking distance of the resort. There is a public bus stop right across the road from the resort. We rode the bus into Cabo. To be truthful we enjoyed San Jose better than Cabo, so we loved the location of our resort. Personally, I would not want to do much driving - although many have written that it isn't any problem - I'd rather leave the driving to the locals. All tours come right to the resort to pick you up, Taxi's for the close trips, and the bus for the long trips - stress free and cheaper. Have a great trip!

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#48254 - 07/10/12 04:58 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: boomthd]
Pstreet1 Offline


Registered: 04/01/04
Posts: 224
You will always save money if you rent using on-line sources while you are still in the U.S. The mandatory 3rd party liability insurance should be about $10.00 a day; you should question anything more than that. Avis includes the mandatory 3rd party liability insurance in the rate they quote you. Avis will also accept Mastercard/Visa credit card insurance on the vehicle itself. They will, however, place a hold on your credit card for $1500 or $2000. The hold goes away within about a week after you get home. We book with a rate that will be o.k. with us; then we check every few days until we go. Car rental rates change at least 4 times a day, so continued checking may well get you a better rate that you can book and cancel the first one.

We use the insurance you can get added to your American Express card. You call them and add it. It covers the vehicle, medical insurance for an accident, theft of personal articles, etc. for $17.00 to $25.00 (the actual amount depends on the state you live in) for the entire length of the rental up to, I think, 75 days. And.....drum roll.....it's primary insurance, so your own insurance company will not be billed/notified. (The insurance that is included free with an American Express card has lower limits and is not primary.)

If you want the car rental to be free or very close to it, you can submit to a timeshare tour and specify before saying that you'll go that you want the car rental covered in full--if you go first thing in the morning, you'll get a free breakfast, too. (If you decide to do that, don't let the timeshare resort be in charge of your transportation; they have been known to refuse to call a cab for people trying to leave.)

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#48251 - 07/10/12 08:58 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: Jandm292]
boomthd Offline


Registered: 03/14/12
Posts: 4
It too 20 minutes to drive to Cabo and was super easy to get there and back. Straight shot from the the resort to Cabo. Free parking once you down there. Car rentals are cheap until you have to buy the mandatory liability insurance. We rented a 4 door car for 7 days and paid $200. A trip by taxi will cost you $25 each way. It was nice to have the freedom to go where you wanted when you wanted. There were days the car just sat in the parking lot because the tour or activity we planned picked us up from the hotel. I don't know what a daily rate would run to rent a car. Taxis are everywhere and you won't have an issue finding one if you want to go that route. There were always 4-5 sitting outside the resort waiting to give you a ride and they are all over in Cabo.

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#48249 - 07/09/12 10:44 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: Jandm292]
sbasar Offline


Registered: 12/15/08
Posts: 1
Loc: idaho
This resort is very nice. You can't swim there, you need to go to Cabo. Cabo is about a 20-25 minute bus ride and does not cost much. Rental cars are more there than in the U.S. If I had a choice to do it again, I would try to exchange with Interval and get a resort in Cabo. Also, in Cabo San Lucas you really do not need to exchange your money because they take US dollars and you get more for your buck from vendors trying to sell you stuff by just using US dollars. However, the Worldmark resort is nice and you can walk about 20 minutes to grocery store and taxi back with groceries. If you plan on doing activities, I would recommend not preplanning much. We listened to one sales pitch, the vendor to contact is at the big grocery store near the resort. The pitch was easy and they didn't get offended with us not buying and in return my wife and I did the swim with dolphins, zip-line, and 1 hr. spa just for listening to this one.
So all in all, I would recommend trying to exchange in Cabo. However, if you can't it is still fine at our resort. Don't book activities till you get down there and try to work all your activities by negotiating them by listening to a sales pitch. Otherwise, you can bargain deals much better down there than over the phone. Everything is negotiable down there. Hope this helps. Shannon

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#48248 - 07/09/12 09:40 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: boomthd]
Jandm292 Offline


Registered: 07/09/12
Posts: 1
Hi there. Just curious how long it took to travel to Cabo San Lucas from the resort? We are trying to figure out if it is better to get the car rental or not? Is there not enough to do near the hotel? Are car rental prices the same as in America or are they cheaper? Is it convenient to do it daily when needed or would you do the whole week? Thanks for your help:)

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#48234 - 07/08/12 05:18 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: Aundoj]
bthorman Offline


Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 163
Loc: San Francisco Area
Can you post whether or not you get the document? I requested it over a month ago and have never seen it.
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Resorts visited - Windsor, Solvang, Bass Lake, Kihei, Indio, Angels Camp, Clear Lake, Big Bear, Reno, Coral Baja, La Paloma, San Francisco, and South Shore Lake Tahoe.

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#48230 - 07/08/12 09:53 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: DennisG]
Aundoj Offline


Registered: 07/08/12
Posts: 1
Loc: Missouri
Dennis

Would you please send me your travel document. We are planning on going to WM Cabo in October. Thanks

Email address is jcarver@avr2.org. Thanks

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#48212 - 07/06/12 12:05 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: ]
barbd63 Offline


Registered: 05/11/12
Posts: 1
I have heard that there is horseback riding very close to the resort. Is this true? Can you tell me the cost and if we can book through the resort? Thank you!

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#48136 - 06/30/12 08:06 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: ]
boomthd Offline


Registered: 03/14/12
Posts: 4
We just got home from 7 days at Coral Baja. Great resort and no complaints. The resort was always clean and the grounds well kept.

We rented a car and traveled back and forth to Cabo San Lucas several times. We never had any problems traveling. There doesn't seem to be any traffic laws in Mexico or least no one enforced the traffic laws. Police presence was very high in Cabo. Everywhere you looked there was a police car, police motorcycle, or one standing on the corner. We were never bothered by one and occasionally they would stop traffic to help you cross the street. It seems as if the locals around Cabo realize how important tourism is to the community and how much money it brings in that they all leave you alone and don't bother you. After the first shock of how poor the country was and how scary it may appear I was very comfortable walking through town at night. The only "harassment" you get is by people trying to sell you stuff. Time share people are all over the place offering you free excursions or cash.

We booked several excursions before we left home. It seems you can book cheaper down there as everyone is offering discounts and buy one get one free. We zip lined with Wild Canyon Adventures. Fantastic! We booked a snorkel trip out of Cabo and payed a high price only to find out we drive past the 2 snorkel beaches to get to the boat to bring us back. Both beaches are right off the highway and Worldmark rents snorkel gear for a substantially lower price.

Shopping the flee markets is an experience in its own. If you find something you like but you can't get the price where you want it don't worry there is always someone else that will have it and will sell it to you for what you want to pay. Don't try to shop when the cruise ship is there. Prices are quite a bit higher.

All in all Cabo is a great place to visit and I'm sure we will go back. Don't let the thought of unsafe Mexico deter you. Cabo is safe and there are plenty of tourists.

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#47877 - 05/25/12 07:49 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: avg]
luvthesun Offline


Registered: 07/18/07
Posts: 18
Loc: Washington
The one bedroom deluxe is larger and has two entrances to the bathroom. The only way to enter the bathroom in one bedroom is through the bedroom itself.
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#47872 - 05/24/12 11:54 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: bthorman]
rozettaw57 Offline


Registered: 09/12/07
Posts: 3
Loc: Washington
No and I've asked several times

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#47838 - 05/19/12 06:42 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Coral Baja [Re: Ladyshay]
K.mitcham Offline


Registered: 05/19/12
Posts: 1
I have been there once before and I will be going again the first week of July, alone. The first time I went, we pre-arranged a taxi /SUV to drive us to the resort. Now that I am comfortable, I will rent a car and I know that there will be plenty to do by myself. I certainly wouldn't walk around the streets at night alone, but the boardwalk is fine.
KT

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