Cabo San Lucas Travel Guide
In 2014, Hurricane Odile destroyed part of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, leaving luxury resorts, restaurants, and villas in Los Cabos bent and broken. Now three years later, Hurricane Odlie's $1.2 billion in damages have all been fixed and are muuuch fancier than before. What was once the ideal getaway for SoCal spraaaang breakers looking to get "Cabo-Wabo-Wasted" is now being boasted about by pickier publications like, Vogue, BAZAAR, and even Gweneth Paltrow's fancy-shmancy Goop gang. What exactly is everyone raving about? See for yourself:
Where to Stay | San José del Cabo
Away from most of the "touristy" things, San José is the quieter part of Los Cabos... but quiet doesn't mean it's boring over in San José. In fact, San José is where SEV would stay on our next trip, nothing against the hotels in Cabo San Lucas and everything against most of the surrounding attractions aside from the beach. Downtown San José is filled with shops, restaurants, and attractions and is where you'll find more culture, color, and local craft here. Not to mention if you're looking to do a little shopping on your trip, this is where you'll want to spend your pesos instead of going to the mall or buying from the gift shops surrounding the marina. Sleep-wise, Hotel El Ganzo, is a cool-contemporary boutique hotel that's covered in original artwork/murals, as it regularly plays host to local artists and musicians in their “artist in residence” program. If a beachfront hotel is what you're looking for, that's not what you'll get at El Ganzo (if you're looking for beachfront, stay at One & Only Palmilla). Instead expect live art installations, great music, a hipster scene, sushi at the swim-up bar, and one massive rendering of a Storm Trooper hovering over the rooftop infinity pool.
Downtown San José Del Cabo
Other recommended places to stay around San José del Cabo:
If you're looking for an affordable, straight-up-out-of-Instagram oasis, the minimalistic, laid-back, and super stylish Drift San José is your answer. The simply designed Airbnb property is a hidden gem -- clean, comfortable, casual, and big on communal conversations over Mezcal and good music. The property is in a prime location for someone looking to explore the San Jose del Cabo Arts District, which means it's walking distance to lots of colorful shops, restaurants, and bars. Stay at this ultra-hip hideaway in historic San José and you won't be disappointed with the modern Baja ranch lifestyle and social scene that you'll come across here.
Drift San José
Where to Stay | Cabo San Lucas
If you're traveling to Los Cabos for beautiful beachfront views, countless cocktails, stress-free decisions, beach parties, and realistically aren't someone who generally goes “off the beaten path” to explore on a tropical vacation, then staying at a resort in Cabo San Lucas is ideal for you. Our favorites? That would be a tie between Chileno Bay Resort & Residences and The Cape, a Thompson Hotel. However, Chileno Bay is a Cabo San Lucas newcomer, so it might have the slight edge above The Cape since the everything at the stylish and swanky luxury resort is brand new and seems to have little-to no kinks they still need to work out. The resort also plays homage to Comal, one of the trendiest restaurants in Los Cabos. If you're looking for more excitement though, The Cape could be the right choice for you. It's a short 10 minute ride to all the popular clubs/bars downtown and the resort itself has a rooftop patio and beer garden that gets pretty lit at night.
Chileno Bay Resort & Residences
Other recommended hotels in and around Cabo San Lucas:
For an adults-only, all inclusive resort (with a super cute and instagramable pool) try the Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa, or check out The Resort at Pedregal, a luxury resort that sits carved into a cliff on the southernmost tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula.
Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa
Eat & Drink | San José del Cabo
**Full disclosure** To dine at the two best restaurants in San José del Cabo you will without a doubt end up taking what feels like, "the road less traveled" to get there. Flora Farm and Acre Baja are two very sweet surprises located off a very bumpy, dry, and desert-like, dirt road in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains. Flora Farm, is a one of a kind Farm to Table restaurant that has everything a true foodie or adventurous spirit would appreciate. The 10-acre organic farm has shops, cottages, a restaurant, bar, grocery store, and massive pond filled with lots of swimming turtles. The restaurant and bar serves up creative cocktails like the infamous, "Farmarita” and dishes prepared with the fresh produce picked right out of the immense gardens on-site. Making a reservation here is a must though, people, because although Flora might seem like Cabo's best kept secret...it's definitely not. Just ask Maroon 5 front-man Adam Levine, who got married here to Victoria Secret Model Behati here. However, if you can't get a reservation at Flora's then you're far from shit-out-of-luck because Acre Baja is right around the corner. Just like Flora Farm, Acre Baja is shockingly lush in contrast to the desert setting surrounding this stunning oasis. Aside from the amazing food (that dare we say was much better than what we ordered at Flora Farms), Acre is an interior designers dream and serious #PropertyPorn. Aside from the restaurant and bar, there's organic gardens, fire pits, ping pong, modern tree houses, a beautiful pool, and a couple of lucky little pigs, goats, and rescue dogs that live on site. Now if you're already making the trek out here, do yourself a favor and don't miss out on either of these places. Both are well worth the bumpy road to get here and $25 cab ride (if you're staying at a resort in Cabo San Lucas). TRY: The Fried Chicken Sandwich at Acre Baja...it's the best chicken sandwich we've ever had in our lives. Seriously.
Eat & Drink | Cabo San Lucas
The beautiful thing about dining in Los Cabos is you get the best of both worlds, traditional Mexican food at small-local chains and fine dining at trendy, foodie hotspots. If you're looking for fine dining and entertainment all under one roof, Edith's will get you the most incredible banana flambé, accompanied by a table side mariachi band. For crispy coconut shrimp and a solid happy hour on the beach, everyone in Los Cabos would tell you that The Office is the place to be, especially if you're looking to eat and drink with your feet in the sand. For a fancy-steakhouse fare and unreal ambiance, El Farallon is as good as it'll ever get...maybe anywhere. The 5-star restaurant is located on the edge of a cliff inside the luxurious Resort at Pedregal and has been commonly referred to as one of the most romantic restaurants in the world.
Other recommended places to eat in Cabo San Lucas:
Comal | $$
Manta | $$$