Lost Cabos … The Way It Was

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By Robert E. Jackson with Cynthia Nelson.

Lost Cabos … The Way It Was is a trip through the recent history of the Cabo region from the early days, when Cabo was an out-of-the-way fishing village, to the 21st century, when the few small hotels had become wistful memories among the large resorts, timeshares, nightclubs, and golf courses that have taken their place.

Robert “Baja Bob” Jackson not only witnessed Cabo’s transformation; he was part of it. Lost Cabos chronicles the parallel histories of Cabo and the Suites at Palmilla that Jackson built and turned into one of the world’s premier resorts.

A natural storyteller, Jackson spices his tale with accounts of the many people he met, some of them famous, some of them unknown, all characters in their own right. He shares true tales of fake treasure maps, fishing with douche bags, lamb chops that taste like chicken, and climbing trees to view cock fights.

Lost Cabos is also a first-person narration of history. Jackson shares perceptive observations about the challenges and rewards of conducting business in Mexico during the 1960s and 1970s while he recounts his personal achievements turning the Suites into a unique and memorable resort hideaway.

Most of all, Bob Jackson captures the flavor of a time and place that exist no longer. Cabo has been discovered and changed by the world. Jackson witnessed this as only an insider could witness it. In Lost Cabos, he shares his proud accomplishments while he takes a nostalgic glance back at “the way it was.”

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Westin Regina Los Cabos

These photos were taken in May and November 1991 when the construction project was called the  Hotel Conrad Los Cabos. This was later named Westin Regina Los Cabos Resort.

Construction site of the Hotel Conrad Los Cabos, before it was Westin Regina Los CabosAerial photograph taken May 1991 © Joseph A. Tyson
Construction site of the Hotel Conrad Los Cabos, before it was Westin Regina Los CabosAerial photograph taken May 1991 © Joseph A. Tyson

 

Construction site of the Hotel Conrad Los Cabos, before it was Westin Regina Los CabosAerial photograph taken August 1991 © Joseph A. Tyson
Construction site of the Hotel Conrad Los Cabos, before it was Westin Regina Los Cabos. Aerial photograph taken August 1991 © Joseph A. Tyson

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Villa Alfonso’s

Brochure for Villa Alfonso’s, Cabo San Lucas circa 1990Photos taken 1989 - 1990 © Joseph A. Tyson.
Brochure for Villa Alfonso’s, Cabo San Lucas circa 1990Photos taken 1989 – 1990 © Joseph A. Tyson.
Villa Alfonso’s entrance, Cabo San Lucas • Photo taken October 02, 1989 © Joseph A. Tyson
Villa Alfonso’s entrance, Cabo San Lucas • Photo taken October 02, 1989 © Joseph A. Tyson
The swimming pool at Villa Alfonso’s, Cabo San Lucas • Photo taken circa 1989 © Joseph A. Tyson
The swimming pool and garden pation  at Villa Alfonso’s, Cabo San Lucas • Photo taken circa 1989 © Joseph A. Tyson

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Piano bar, May 25, 1990.
Piano bar, May 25, 1990.

This property was sold in 1994. The name of the new location was Casa Rafael’s.

Casa Rafael’s Hotel and Restaurant

Casa Rafael’s was originally a single family home, previously owed by Alfonso Fisher, that had been added onto over the years  and experienced a major renovation from top to bottom when Rafael Arraut purchased the  property.

We call ourselves a “Boutique Hotel.” We have ten rooms, swimming pool, 24 hour security, tropical birds, fish and lush landscaping.  We have a fine dining restaurant, piano bar & cigar room. Romantic dining in the 5-star restaurant. 10 room luxury boutique hotel, Fully air-conditioned. Pool, gym, tropical gardens and fish and lush landscaping. Nightly live dinner music. Piano Bar and Cigar Room
Owned and Operated by Rafael Arraut
Casa Rafael’s closed on March 31, 2011.

Casa Rafael’s Cabo San Lucas • Photo published in Los Cabos Magazine Issue 21 • 2010.

 

One of the dining rooms at Casa Rafael’s Luxury Boutique Hotel and Five-Star Restaurant Photo taken February 36, 2009 © Irela Garcia.
One of the dining rooms at Casa Rafael’s Luxury Boutique Hotel and Five-Star Restaurant
Photo taken February 36, 2009 © Irela Garcia.
Casa Rafael’s Luxury Boutique Hotel and Five-Star Restaurant Photo taken June 2004 © Joseph A. Tyson.
Casa Rafael’s Luxury Boutique Hotel and Five-Star Restaurant
Photo taken June 2004 © Joseph A. Tyson.
Casa Rafael’s Luxury Boutique Hotel and Five-Star Restaurant. Photo taken circa 1995 © Joseph A. Tyson.
Casa Rafael’s Luxury Boutique Hotel and Five-Star Restaurant.
Photo taken circa 1995 © Joseph A. Tyson.

This location was previously know as Villa Alfonso’s and owned by Alfonso Fisher.