San Jose del Cabo
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.
One & Only Palmilla
Carretera Transpeninsular Km 7.5, Centro, San José del Cabo
If the words Cabo San Lucas conjure visions of Sammy Hagar doing tequila shots, let the words One & Only Palmilla replace them with dreams of tropical paradise. Originally built in 1956 as a fifteen room luxury escape for the President of Mexico, it's been transformed over the years into a 115-room resort with lush gardens, a pristine beachfront, and top notch service, food, spa, and amenities (think welcome tequila and pillow menus for everyone; personalized robes and an iPhone to communicate directly with the butler when you check into a villa). They experienced extensive damage from Hurricane Odile, but are open and thriving once again.
Carretera Transpeninsular Km 19.5, San José del Cabo
The crown jewel of the Rosewood resort family, Las Ventanas is situated between the historic town of San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. The limestone suites are outfitted with original artwork, wood-burning fireplaces, and ample outdoor space. Up the romance quotient by consulting the appropriately named Department of Romance—a group of specialists dedicated to infusing your holiday with extra special touches (couples massages, elaborate moonlit dinners). At the spa, guests adhere to a four elements-themed treatment menu: grounding Earth, nurturing Water, balancing Fire, and energizing Air.
Huerta Los Tamarindos
Calle Lás Ánimas s/n, Animas Bajas, San José del Cabo
The garden restaurant at Los Tamarindos is the epitome of farm-to-table dining in that you can literally see the farm that supplied your meal from your table. Minutes from central San Jose del Cabo, this 17-acre working farm is 100% committed to spreading the gospel of sustainable farming techniques, so make sure to sign up for a walking tour before settling in for one of Chef Enrique Silva’s excellent seasonal meals. And don’t leave without popping into the gift shop for traditional Oaxacan textiles and silks or artisan-made clay and tin products. Better yet, take it one step further and sign up for a cooking class. If you’re brave, buy a few jars of habañeros and black mole from the tiny organic market.
Calle Manuel Doblado, Centro, San José del Cabo
There's Baja cuisine, and then there’s Baja Mediterranean cuisine, which splices traditional Mexican ingredients (lots of local fish and veggies) with Mediterranean grilling techniques and liberal use of olive oil. Tequila—set up inside a traditional adobe house with a beautiful tree-shrouded patio—is particularly well equipped for Baja-med cooking, being that the kitchen is supplied with produce from its own certified organic farm and just-caught seafood from local fishermen. As the name suggests, the margaritas here are top notch, as is the extensive wine selection. There’s also a walk-in humidor, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Blvd. Mijares S/N Edificio Eclipse Int 3, San José del Cabo
The official designation for Chef Tadd Chapman’s brand of elevated regional comfort food is "Baja Contemporary"—and it couldn't be more spot-on: Dishes like duck ravioli, chile Wellington, and coconut milk ceviche are prepped using fish sourced from a neighboring fishing town and humanely raised, hormone-free meats from a local farmer. A year ago, they took over Sanchez Organico farm and turned it into the main source for the restaurant's produce, resulting in a rich veggie-centric offering of hibiscus flautas, jicama sashimi, beet mole, and more. The outdoor courtyard—complete with twinkly lights and colorful furniture—is an idyllic spot for working your way through the wine list to a soundtrack of live jazz.
La Lupita Tacos & Mezcal
Calle José María Morelos, Centro, San José del Cabo
The patio at this San José taco joint feels a lot like a backyard party—rustic mismatched furniture, the smell of sizzling tortillas, seemingly endless supplies of cold cervezas, and a live band that goes on as soon as the sun sets. The small-but-mighty menu has something for purists and adventurous types alike. For the former we suggest the classic Baja fish tacos and a side of guacamole; the latter will go nuts for the duck tacos and the grasshopper appetizer. The other specialty here is local Mezcal, which you can consume in shot form or mixed into craft cocktails (the mojitos are the best, but trust us, go slow).
Flora’s Farm & Flora’s Field Kitchen
Carretera Transpeninsular San José del Cabo Km. 30, Col. Las Ánimas Bajas, San José del Cabo
This island of tranquility is located in San Jose del Cabo, about 40 minutes outside of Cabo. Lined with homey vegetable and flower beds and mowed green lawns, everything you’ll eat at the on-site restaurant, Flora’s Field Kitchen, is grown either on this property or at the larger farm a few miles away—that’s everything from the house-made sausages, to the jams, to the toast, to the veggie-laden Bloody Marys, to the grapefruit danishes. Meanwhile, the pristine restaurant setting—a modern farmhouse—looks like it was lifted straight out of East Hampton. There's also an old timey ice cream cart small grocery store on property, stocked with just-plucked produce, sweets, and jars of the addictive house granola. Flora Farms has been around for about 20 years, slowly but surely adding more bells and whistles—among them, exclusive cottages and a private beach club—to its organic, all-American paradise.
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