San Jose del Cabo
Surf in Cabo
Surfincabo, San José del Cabo
These guys will set up everything from professional coaching sessions, to beginner lessons, to guided stand-up paddle board tours, to gear rentals if you’re going at it alone, but their real claim to fame are the week-long Scorpion Bay surf camps. Designed to accommodate groups of advanced surfers, these trips include lodgings, some meals, and super knowledgeable guides.
Old Man’s Break
Cabo Surf Hotel, San Jose del Cabo
Along with Zippers and The Rock, this mellow break—particularly well suited for longboarders and beginners—sits on the beautiful Costa Azul. Conveniently, the paddle-out point is on the beach in front of Cabo Surf Hotel where you can rent gear and sign up for lessons at the Mike Doyle 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.
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.
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.