Hi everybody, Dulci here! I’m a San Francisco based travel writer and photographer documenting my adventures on The Far & Near, a space dedicated to living life well-traveled. In search of sunshine, I recently spent some time in Los Cabos, Mexico and I’m excited to share my recommendations with you! Long considered a surfer’s paradise, Los Cabos is a popular year-round destination, but it’s especially lovely in the winter months when the whales migrate through the Sea of Cortez, visible just off the shoreline. Here’s where to stay, eat and explore in this stunning coastal region…
Where to Stay
There’s a considerable amount of development in this area, which means visitors have their pick of places ranging from super modern to more family-friendly. The Viceroy Los Cabos is located in the Zona Hotelera, a more low-key region of San Jose Del Cabo and is a must for lovers of modern architecture and minimal design. The hotel is set to reopen in spring 2018 with the recent addition of a beach pool, state of the art fitness facility and spa. Tip: This hotel is super close to the airport, so if your visit is short make the most of your time by staying here!
The Cape Thompson (Cabo means Cape in Spanish) has an amazing beachfront location with jaw dropping views of the famous Arch, especially gorgeous during sunset. Grab a drink from the swim-up bar and watch the surfers as the sun dips into the Pacific. As a bonus, The Cape boasts the only rooftop bar in Cabo, with incredible 360-degree views.
The Esperanza Hotel is a luxe option popular with couples and honeymooners. The service here is top notch and guests can enjoy complimentary fitness classes or lounge by one of their many pools on the property. The decor is contemporary and warm with natural driftwood and candle-lit lanterns throughout.
Where to Eat
Cocina Del Mar boasts a gorgeous cliffside location, perfect for sunset dining. The food here is exceptional, but the view is even better.
Manta is great for modern Mexican. Tip: arrive early for a pre-dinner drink at the rooftop bar; the only one in Cabo.
Flora Farms is destination dining set away from the tourist crowds, deep in the Baja desert. Getting here is a commitment, but the famous “Farmarita” (a margarita made with freshly pressed carrot juice and dried chilies) makes the drive worth it. Reservations are a must. Down the road, Acre Baja also offers up farm-to-table Mexican and an impressive Mezcal list.
What to Do
Cooking classes are a great way to get a taste for the local flavor. Los Tamarindos is a working organic farm offering immersive cooking classes.
Getting out on the water is a must; book a sunset sail or fishing charter. Come between December and April for whale watching. Surf lessons and snorkeling are also available and highly recommended!
Skip the touristy shops in the port area of Cabo and head straight for La Coyota. This former hacienda turned shop is brimming with treasures like hand woven textiles from Oaxaca and traditional regional pottery. Leave room in your suitcase for souvenirs!
Here’s what you’ll need to pack…
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