Mario Surf School
23301 Cerritos Beach, Todos Santos
The instructors at this Todos Santos-based surf school have a low-key yet effective approach to teaching. They set up shop daily at Los Cerritos beach where the waves are tame and the conditions perfect for first-timers who want to learn the basics along with supervised practice for those with a little more experience. Day-long guided surf excursions to off-the-radar beaches and stand-up paddleboarding tours are also available.
La Pastora Break
While there's a sign marking the entrance to Pastora, the series of breaks on the outskirts of Todos Santos, compared to more prominent Los Cerritos and Las Palmas on the Pacific side, is not the easiest to find so ask a local for driving directions. Once you do get here, enjoy a nearly empty beach, meaning never fighting for your turn in the lineup (there are no lifeguards on duty, so buddy up!). For board and wetsuit rentals reach out to Mario Surf School.
Benito Juarez 1717-3 (Plaza 1717), San José del Cabo
This little coffee spot in downtown San Jose looks like it might be more at home in Brooklyn than Mexico—the modern interior features minimal wooden stools and a gleaming white espresso machine. The patio is set up with scattered tables that are great for chatting with locals while snacking on a panini or breakfast sandwich (which are always made fresh). Ask about the smoothies.
Baja Roasting Company
Carretera 19, KM 63, Todos Santos
Geographically speaking, this now famous cafe is actually in the desert near Pescasdero, about 45 minutes from Cabo, making it a great spot to pull over for an iced latte on the way to Todos Santos—just know that the incredibly chill outdoor patio is kind of hard to leave. As good as the ambiance is, it's the beans, which the Canadian expat owners source from a family farm in Puebla and roast in a massive Probat, that make a simple cup of coffee here into an experience. Make sure to grab a bag of beans for the road.
California Ranch Market
Blvd. Paseo de la Marina, Marina, Cabo San Lucas
This amazing grocery store offers organic, vegan, and even kosher groceries in a surprisingly wide variety, making it an essential resource if you’re cooking or staying in town for a while. You can use their website to order grocery delivery straight to your door.
Plaza Caracol on Paseo Malecon, San José del Cabo
When you’ve spent a few too many meals indulging in tequila and refried beans, head to Cynthia’s for fresh, vegetable-heavy salads and light fish dishes. It’s also an especially good choice for vegetarians and vegans, who sometimes have a hard time finding dishes they can eat on Mexican menus. The seabass and guacamole are both must-orders, and there’s a lovely market on the side if you’d like to do some cooking of your own.
Alvaro Obregon, Centro, San José del Cabo
We first stumbled upon Santo Cabo’s hand-poured activated charcoal and eucalyptus-scented soaps while browsing the shops at Flora's Farm. Turns out, their newly opened freestanding shop near the Cabo San Lucas marina is home to more than just these organic, locally-sourced, hand-poured soaps. For example, there’s a range of baby products, avocado massage oil, calendula face balm, and something called sand soap, which calls on Baja Sur sand as a powerful exfoliation agent.
Alvaro Obregon, Centro, San José del Cabo
This is where you go to invest in museum-quality handmade silver, handcrafted pottery, and to see the broadest display of traditional Huichol beaded sculptures. During high season, the owners bring in Artists to demonstrate how these colorful, large-scale pieces come together.
Calle Blvd. Antonio Mijares (with Coronado), Centro, San José del Cabo
Think of Curios Carmela in downtown San Jose del Cabo is as a souvenir shop on steroids. Upon walking in, don’t let the sight of kitschy shot glasses, pun-y t-shirts, and oversized sombreros discourage you. Dig a little deeper and you’ll also find piles of traditional Mexican fabrics, toys, craftsman-made pottery, and so much more at super wallet-friendly prices.
Calle Blvd. Antonio Mijares, San José del Cabo
Stop by any day of the week and it’s likely you’ll find Eduardo himself manning the floor at his cavernous showroom-slash-workshop. The pieces are made predominantly of silver and incorporate Mexican, Italian, and French coins (a Sanchez signature) into the designs. While undeniably statement making, the rings, bracelets, and cuffs are not at all gaudy—a great option if you want to come home with one great piece of silver jewelry.
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