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1 City 5 Ways: San Jose del Cabo

Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club

Photo by Michael Seidl.

Once sleepy and overlooked, the artists’ enclave of San José del Cabo, Mexico, has undergone a facelift since being ravaged in 2014 by Hurricane Odile. There’s the commercialization of Puerto Los Cabos’ marina and new hotels—boutique and chain—opening around Los Cabos with frequency, while al fresco restaurants and organic farms cater to an ecoconscious crowd of foodies who care about their food’s origin. Even nearby Cabo San Lucas, often associated with vacation debauchery, has entered a blissful state with bespoke properties upping the ante. There hasn’t been a better time to visit, and you’re sure to come away pleased with the upgrades.


HIPSTER

Coffee Lab        
Coffee Lab.         

Where to Stay: Hotel El Ganzo
This funky property, which recently underwent a head-to-toe renovation, boasts a recording studio, an artists-in-residence program and a view of Puerto Los Cabos’ growing marina. Artwork is displayed throughout and live music is featured on the rooftop, where a pool awaits for lounging. 

Breakfast: Coffee Lab
Start the day strong with brew and a breakfast sandwich at this laid-back coffee shop. If you sleep in, no worries; the salads and smoothies are equally worthy of the trip. 

Morning: Surfing at Zippers
Greet the day with world-class breaks at Costa Azul Beach (Zippers Beach), home to the World Surf League’s Los Cabos Open of Surf. Rent boards from Costa Azul Surf Shop or watch the riders while noshing on tacos at Zippers Bar & Grill. 

Afternoon: ATV Tour
Home of the Baja 500 and 1000 races, Los Cabos’ offroading is competitive sport. Experience the varied terrain on an ATV tour, where riders cruise through beaches, canyons and mountains just like the pros. 

Dinner: Tacos Rossy
With a laid-back vibe and hefty menu, this affordable San José spot is the locals’ choice. Seafood varieties such as smoked marlin and octopus are favorites. Beware of the hot salsas!

 

FOODIE

Los Cabos Organic Farmers Market        
Los Cabos Organic Farmers Market. Photo by Brett Gundlock.        

Where to Stay: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel
The Cape’s sleek design, meticulous detailing, oversized guest rooms, killer bar program, sunset-perfect rooftop and restaurant Manta, by Enrique Olvera, has reset the bar on hospitality in Cabo San Lucas. 

Morning: Los Cabos Organic Farmers Market
Buy local! Located at the Penny Lane Cafe in Pedregal, you’ll find a rainbow of produce, from avocados to arugula, as well as Mexican delicacies such as tamales, flautas and other goodies. 

Lunch: Así y Asado
Great tacos can be hard to come by, but this roadside joint yields consistent, delicious eats. The Vampiro tacos with grilled shrimp, chorizo or steak pair perfectly with the hibiscus agua fresca. 

Afternoon: Los Tamarindos
Spend the afternoon at this 17-acre working farm committed to sustainability. All the produce is grown on the property, and while chef Enrique Silva’s seasonal menu shines, so do the cooking classes. Book early! 

Dinner: Flora Farms
The original San José farm concept has blossomed over the past 20 years. From meat to bread to vegetables, everything is produced on-site or nearby. The pork chop and carrot farmarita, menu mainstays, are musts. 

 

ZEN SEEKER

Chileno Bay Resort & Residences        
Chileno Bay Resort & Residences. Photo by Brett Gundlock.        

Where to Stay: Chileno Bay Resort & Residences
This new Auberge property is an oasis of soothing earth and sea tones, with an infinity pool, two restaurants, spacious villas and a spa offering ancient ritual-based therapies. 

Morning: Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club
With nine holes designed by Jack Nicklaus and nine by Greg Norman, this course overlooking the Sea of Cortez has challenging terrain, but tacos between holes helps. 

Afternoon: San José Estuary
Encompassing 2,000-plus acres, this wildlife refuge is home to bird species such as hawks, herons, egrets and cormorants, and it’s a quiet escape from the beach bustle. Explore by foot or horseback and pack binoculars!

Early Evening: Sunset Cocktails
San José has plenty of stunning sunsets. But for the quintessential view, head to The Cape’s Rooftop for handcrafted cocktails and a long sunset simmer over Cabo’s most treasured landmark, El Arco. 

Dinner: El Farallon
Head to The Resort at Pedregal’s catch-driven restaurant postsunset. The dramatic location, carved into bluffs abutting the ocean, provides a steady soundtrack of waves, while the moon and stars cast mesmerizing light on deceptively simple plates.  

 

DESIGN / ART AFICIONADO

San Jose del Cabo Art Walk        
San Jose del Cabo Art Walk.         

Where to Stay: Mar Adentro
At this pristine, white-hot property, light bounces off the atrium’s reflecting pool and rooms are tricked out with the latest technology, massive balconies and heavenly rain showers. 

Morning: Wirikuta Desert Botanical Garden
This garden is home to more than 1,500 varieties of cacti. Honoring the customs of Mexico’s indigenous people, the jigsaw of plants, pyramids and sculptures is an ode to the world’s natural beauty. 

Brunch: Lugareño Cocina
Art happens on the plate at this spot, which opens the day with fluffy huevos rancheros and closes with silky moles and regional specialties. Additional emphasis is placed on Mexican spirits such as mescals and Baja wines.

Evening: San José del Cabo Art Walk
Every Thursday evening from November to June, galleries along San José’s backstreets open their doors to promote artists from Baja and beyond. Silvermoon Gallery is one of the best. 

Dinner/Drinks: Acre
San José’s latest organic farm restaurant is a sexy space with communal tables, a dimly lit cocktail bar and décor made from recycled local materials. Don’t miss the leche de tigre ceviche, made with watermelon. 

 

WATER LOVER / ADVENTURER

One&Only Palmilla        
One&Only Palmilla. Photo by Nickolas Sargent.         

Where to Stay: One&Only Palmilla
With one of the area’s few swimmable beaches, Palmilla’s 173 rooms, suites and villas are tucked beyond tropical garden paths. Touches include a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant and a luxurious spa. 

Morning: Gordo Banks Pangas
Sport fishing is a regional pastime, and plenty of outfits make day trips to hook tuna, snapper, marlin, sailfish and mackerel. For all levels of anglers, six-hour guided charters begin at $250 and include equipment.

Full Day: Cabo Pulmo Marine Park
Described by Jacques Cousteau as the “aquarium of the world,” a living coral reef teeming with marine life awaits. Grab a kayak, paddleboard or snorkel and discover turtles, eels, sharks, rays and sea lions. 

Afternoon: Whale Watching
From December through April, San José is a whale watcher’s wonderland. From 2 to 4 p.m. daily, you can sail the open water and witness these majestic beasts frolicking in their habitat.  

Dinner: Nick-San
Chef Ángel Carbajal excites diners with his sushi stylings, and the restaurant’s two locations serve inventive à la carte rolls and sashimi plates. Our advice? Opt for a chef’s tasting and sit back to enjoy. 

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