San Jose del Cabo
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.
Silver Moon Gallery
Calle Blvd. Antonio Mijares 10, Centro, San José del Cabo
While there are countless galleries and shops in San Jose’s historic arts district, many try to pass off mass-produced baubles as folk art. That is not the case at Silver Moon, where the focus is on spotlighting the wares of independent makers from various regions in Mexico. Here you’ll find natural lambs wool toys made by families in Chiapas, wood sculptures from Oaxaca, and pottery from a tiny village in Chihuahua, to name a few. The owner has a roster of silversmiths on call and will gladly facilitate custom orders.
Alvaro Obregon 15, Centro, San José del Cabo
Come here to stock up on cotton peasant dresses, beaded and silver jewelry, Oaxacan embroidery, and hand-woven rugs—there’s even a traditional loom in the back. Possibly the most special of all is the kids section, where you’ll find the very same peasant dresses, cotton blouses, and straw slippers, but in teeny tiny sizes. Like most shops in the arts district, they do accept credit cards, though we suggest coming with cash to avoid any conversion confusion.
Cuadra San Francisco
Cuadra San Francisco, San Jose del Cabo
Most horseback riding experiences in Cabo take you along the beach, which, while beautiful, makes for incredibly short rides. Cuadra San Francisco (which offers English-style riding) takes visitors along the beaches and also into the desert for a longer, more visually interesting ride. It’s also a full-fledged professional training center, so there are plenty of beautiful horses and skilled riders to watch.
Estero San José
Estero San Jose, San José del Cabo
Estero San José is located in the wetlands where the San José River and the ocean meet, creating a brackish environment that attracts hundreds of species of birds and fish. The protected area offers plenty of hiking trails for observing the wildlife, but you can also do it on horseback or rent a kayak, which gives a different perspective of the herons, egrets, pelicans, and cormorants that make the quiet preserve home. Ask your concierge to arrange.
A two hour drive from Cabo, La Paz is a slightly scruffier city that makes up for it with incredible sea life and a generally chilled out pace of life. Start your day with a big Mexican brunch at Maria California: Chiles rellenos, huevos a la Mexicana, enchiladas, the menu at this café is extensive, and the food delicious. You’ll need the sustenance in order to head out on the water with Baja Outdoor Activities: They organize packed itineraries (that are great for all ages) on the water, from kayaking out to see the nearby mangroves, to snorkeling and swimming with sea lions and whale sharks (if they happen to be in the neighborhood). Otherwise, head further up the coast to Balandra beach, a great little cove with beautiful rock formations, clear, shallow water, and not too many tourists. Back in town, the best restaurant for fish tacos is the Birmarckcito (Alvaro Obregon, between Constitucion and Hidalgo), a no-frills local favorite right on the boardwalk. And, if you’re not driving afterward, head to La Miserable for a deep dive into artisanal mezcals from around the country.…
San José Arts District
Jose Maria Morelos, Centro, San José del Cabo
Nestled behind the historic main square and church, San José’s arts district is definitely the best place to shop for souvenirs and authentic Mexican artwork. While there’s an enormous selection of local art, you’ll also find pieces from nationally known artists and even some international contemporary artists. If you’re in town between November and June, stop by on a Thursday night, when they close the street for a weekly art walk.
Blvd. Tiburón s/n, La Playita, San José del Cabo
Shortly upon arrival at El Ganzo, a whitewashed contemporary boutique hotel overlooking the San Jose Del Cabo Marina, you start to get the feeling you've beat the system: Look out from your room's glass terrace, and there's not a single resort in sight. The airy rooms are outfitted in bold, modern four-poster beds and industrial furniture made especially for the hotel. There's a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the bay with sushi on order, though if you'd prefer a secluded beach, it's just three minutes away via the private boat service provided by the hotel. Hit the spa, the gym, the recording studio, any of the bars and restaurants on site, and you're pretty much set for a full weekend of total seclusion, away from the Cabo crowd.
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