Whether you want to lounge around the pool all day, play beach volleyball or explore the area outside of the resort, there’s something to do for everyone at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos. The resort has a gym, tennis court, and three pools to burn off the extra calories, nighttime theatre performances, a teen club, tons of kids activities, and easily accessible transportation for getting to nearby downtown San Jose or the Cabo San Lucas Marina.
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Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Pools
The Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos has three pools, with something for everyone. There’s the massive main pool, where you’ll be hard pressed to find an empty lounger after 8 AM, but which empties out in the afternoon.
There’s an adult pool behind Building 3, which is pretty small and secluded – perfect if you want a quiet place to relax. I couldn’t find a photo of the adult pool when browsing through my phone, but this photo on TripAdvisor is a pretty good representation.
The resort also has a kid’s pool and accompanying club house behind Building 2. The living room of our suite faced the kids pool, so the noise didn’t really bother us.
The kids pool is pretty small and wasn’t really crowded any time I walked by. It certainly looks like a fun place for kids and the fact that it’s behind Building 2 means all the noise is pretty contained. If you’re traveling with kids and want to be close to the kids pool, I’d ask for a room on the first floor of Building 2, for easy access.
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Gym
I brought my running shoes, fully intent on going to the gym every day, but didn’t make it there until the last night. The resort’s gym is located on the fourth floor of the main building, which means during the day it offers a nice unobstructed view of the ocean.
I got there about an hour before closing and it was completely deserted. Nobody was manning the counter, but there were lots of fresh towels and water bottles lying around for those who wanted to work out at that hour.
I’m not a good judge of gym equipment, but it seemed to be sufficient. They had lots of treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, and weights (really, what else is there?).
There’s also an open-air tennis court outside of the gym, and I heard a few people complain that it gets really hot up there during the day. Again, that’s not something I can comment on since I didn’t actually use it.
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Beach
The beach at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, with its white sand set against the blue water and cloudless sky, is incredibly beautiful. I spent the first three days doing nothing but relaxing in a beachfront cabana and eating my weight in tuna tostadas.
The water is pretty turbulent and unsafe to swim in, but that didn’t stop lots of people (including kids) from wandering in. The beach has free cabanas for rent, most of which get snapped up pretty quickly in the morning. There are also a few “premium” cabanas available for $30 – $97 per day, though Hyatt Diamond and Platinum members get 20% off.
There are merchants on the other side of a roped fence, but they’ll leave guests alone and you can simply walk over if you want to buy anything.
Theatre Performances at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
Every evening, there is a performance at Teatro Real. The performers make the rounds at every restaurant, asking patrons to come see the show. On the first two nights, dinner ran so late that we missed the show. When we did check out the performance on the third night, it was a Disney themed production targeted towards kids.
It was loud, the singing was off-key and I only stayed for a few minutes. It’s worth checking out if you have kids, since they seemed to be enjoying it. After this, I didn’t really get a chance to see another show because after dinner I preferred sitting on the terrace outside of the coffee shop and enjoy a nice frappe while reading Bossypants.
Other Activities at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
The resort has a variety of activities scheduled throughout the day. Guests can take Spanish classes, various water sports, yoga, to name a few. Every afternoon there would be kids playing soccer on the lawn while the nearby TeenZ club (located next to Coco Loco) provided entertainment for the moodier demographic. None of this is disruptive to adults (and I’m not exactly the most kid-friendly person to begin with), so both families and those traveling without kids will find activities to partake in around the resort without bothering each other.
Transportation to the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos and Beyond
The Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is a short 20 minute ride from Los Cabos International Airport. A cab ride will cost you around $60 and I’ve heard the drivers will literally take you for a ride, so I didn’t want to deal with that. The four of us arrived on different days, so we simply booked the Transcabo Shuttle for $16 per person. The company had good reviews on Flyertalk and I was ultimately happy with the service and the very comfortable vehicle they provided. Federal law requires tourists to make shuttle reservations at least 24 hours in advance. If you miss this cut-off, you will have to book your ride when you land at the airport. There are lots of shuttle company reps scattered throughout the airport who will arrange a ride for you quickly and they accept cash or credit.
If you don’t make a roundtrip shuttle booking before your trip, local law mandates that you take a taxi from the hotel to the airport. The one-way taxi fare from your hotel to the airport is a flat $25 for up to 4 passengers and then an additional $6 per passenger. If you’re traveling with two or more people, this works out cheaper than a shuttle anyway. There’s a taxi stand near the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, but you can just wait in the lobby and the hotel staff will call one over for you.
When it comes to getting around the area, the best option is to take a bus. Downtown San Jose is about a 5-10 minute bus ride from the resort and you can also walk, as the area leading up to it is pretty much one large strip mall. Look for a yellow school bus with a red stripe outside of the resort (though I think the white stripped bus also stops in downtown). You will need to flag it down, otherwise it will just keep going.
The Cabo San Lucas Marina is about a 30 minute ride and the bus fare is 40 pesos or around $2.25. Be sure to let the driver know you want to go to the Marina, so he can give you a heads up when you get to your destination.
To get to the Cabo San Lucas bus, you’ll need to walk to the nearby Hyatt Place Los Cabos, go up the hill, then cross the highway (it’s not as dangerous as it sounds). There, you’ll see the Cabo San Lucas bus, which I believe makes the rounds every 15 minutes or so. The buses are air conditioned, comfortable, and you’ll be treated to some really nice views if you sit on the driver’s side.
Once at the marina, you can take a water taxi to Lover’s Beach and the famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas. It was pretty overcast most of the boat ride, so I don’t have a good photo of the Arch, but here’s a (heavily filtered) photo of Lover’s Beach I’m especially proud of…
The water taxi guys are real hustlers and they will pounce on you like hyenas on a gazelle. Don’t pay more than $10 roundtrip for a water taxi – one particularly large group talked the water taxi operators down to $8 per person. Also know that there isn’t much to see unless you go on a snorkeling tour. There are a bunch of rocks that are inexplicably passed off as tourist attractions and of course, you can spend the day on the beach if you’re prepared ahead of time.
If the water taxi operator offers to drop you off at the “flea market” – don’t bother. It’s a row of overpriced souvenir shops and upon arrival you will be approached by a guy with a wad of cash, demanding a “docking fee” of $1.50 per person. It’s not much money, but it feels like a shakedown and I for one am not down with that nonsense.
If you’re interested in reading about the restaurants at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, stay tuned for the next installment in this series.
Have you stayed at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos? Do you have any tips or advice for getting around, getting the best room, etc.?
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