Last year when we embarked on our amazing Disney Cruise, we made sure that we had planned to take in all that we could. One of the excursions we decided on was the Cabo Beach Break and we wanted to share our experience and thoughts on this port adventure.
I have nothing but nearly all positive things to say about our experience on our Disney Cruise. It truly was an unforgettable vacation and one we are already looking to repeat. However, one of the parts that we were not super happy about was the limited excursion options for parents with little children.
Our daughter was only 4 at the time of the cruise and the port adventure options that were offered on the Halloween on the High Seas cruise to Baja were pretty limited. We looked at the age requirements for the port adventures and 4 was too young to do a bunch of the excursions in both Cabo and Ensenada. Luckily, Disney offered the Cabo Beach Break which offered a bus ride to the beach, and drinks with a light lunch and little ones were welcome.
The price was a bit inflated with each adult being $66.00 and kids costing $46.00 each as well, but for Disney, that is to be expected. It is important to note that we signed up the minute that port adventures opened for sign ups and it filled up quickly. I would be ready to book your dining experiences, port adventures and ticketed character interactions on the day that everything opens.
Cabo Beach Break Experience
In Cabo you take a tender boat off the ship to the docks and then board the bus to get to the beach. The bus ride is somewhat guided, with the tour guide giving you some information about the city and then dropping you off at a restaurant/bar on the beach and handing you your food and drink tickets for that restaurant. The “resort” is not super nice, the staff was great but is it literally a cabana type bar squeezed in on the beach with a roped in area with some seats and tables and a small access to the beach. You can see the rope in the photo above that separates our area from other restaurants. It is a very small space and there are not many places for families to spread out their stuff.
The beach is not some relaxing place where you can lay out a towel and take in the rays. The restaurants are right up on the ocean and it is maybe a 10 ft space from the rope areas to the water. People are walking up and down (and selling stuff which can be annoying) and there is not much space to play unless you are in the water…which was an entirely different experience. The waves are brutal, there is NO lifeguards on duty and boats are coming in and out ALL around you. Twice my husband and I had to help people out of the water and keep them from drowning and the amount of upset parents from our cruise that could not take their kids into the water was pretty much 100%…except us.
We were literally the only people prepared for the beach with more than a towel and swimsuit. I had purchased beach toys and made sure that we had our life vests/beach floats with us along with goggles. I highly suggest that you bring ALL of those items because your littles need something to do and if you want to get in the water, you absolutely need to have safety vests and something to protect their eyes from the salt water to avoid melt downs and prepare for the massive undertow and waves. Also the beach toys were awesome and so many parents there with us were thankful we had them because it kept all the littles very entertained.
Our Opinion on the Experience
Cabo was incredibly beautiful with the most pristine blue waters I have ever seen. The people were all extremely nice and helpful and we did have a very nice experience there. I think our experience was dependent on us being very prepared for the day. We agreed that had we not had the floaties, goggles and beach toys that our kids would not have done well.
The resort was a disappointment. It was small, not super clean (which with Disney you just expect) and the bathrooms/changing areas were not more than 2 stalls and they had a bucket to rinse off your feet. The food was alright. Our kids ordered cheeseburgers and fries and ate them, while the husband and I went with traditional Mexican food and were pretty disappointed with the lack of flavor and spice (Colorado has incredibly good authentic Mexican food, so our standards were high). The beach was not really what we were expecting from our own experiences vacationing in Mexico and I was so incredibly glad that I made room in our suitcases for the toys, goggles and floaties.
Would we do it again? Probably not. It was not the “break” we were looking for and I think most families would be able to have more of a relaxing experience staying on the ship by the pools. Did we enjoy it? We did, but again we were prepared which made it easier. Also the husband and I had traveled to Mexico several times so we did not feel like the solicitation on the beach to purchase items or through the market on the dock was as annoying as other guests around us found it to be. I would not say that the experience was worth the cost, but it was worth the experience and that is what life is all about.