Coastal Luxury Getaway to Los Cabos

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  • Mexico

  • Cabo

  • All-Inclusive Travel

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Babymoons

  • Boutique Travel

  • Couples Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Coastal

  • Foodie

  • Outdoors

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Curator’s statement

Los Cabos is located at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula where the mountains meet the desert and sea. From stunning views to ocean activities and a lively food scene, this area of Mexico offers something for everyone. Cabo San Lucas is both busy and crowded, with a well-established restaurant and bar scene and a starting point for many ocean and land activities. San Jose del Cabo has a more local vibe, also with good restaurants, and is closer to the even more quiet Eastern Cape, known for great fishing and marine reserve Cabo Pulmo. North of Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific side, you'll find the quaint and artistic town of Todos Santos. It's easy to explore one region or all three on your trip to Los Cabos.

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Where to stay in Los Cabos

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Nobu Hotel Los Cabos

A new addition to the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, with a winning mix of Japanese minimalism and Mexican craft heritage, plus knockout cuisine.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Montage Los Cabos

Beachfront resort with breezy rooms near the Desert Park Natural Reserve.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

Located on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. This five-star Waldorf embodies luxury through their pristine beaches, beachfront suites, curated journeys, natural spa and culinary bliss.

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  • $150 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Things to do in Los Cabos

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Where do we start? Cabo offers it all! Here are some of my favorite things to do in Cabo:

  • Golf at many of the stunning courses dotting the coast where you can play holes fronting the ocean, desert or mountains.

  • Zipline through the desert.

  • Head to Medano Beach where you’ll be bombarded with locals trying to sell you local crafts and snacks (which is an experience in itself!), but where you can hop on a panga boat for a short ride to the arch, rent a jet ski or paddleboard. And of course, the nightlife downtown is always hopping into the early morning hours.

  • Drive to Los Cerritos beach and try some surf lessons. Sailing, fishing, ATV and hiking tours are all available in Cabo.

  • Doing a Cabo Pulmo tour is a must if snorkeling or kayaking in a pristine and protected marine reserve and having lunch in a local restaurant sounds like a perfect day.

  • Todos Santos is worth the one-hour drive from Cabo San Lucas and is a place you can walk around and enjoy local crafts and art, step into iconic Hotel California and try the great local restaurants and cafés.

  • If you are staying at one of the resorts recommended in this guide, you may not even want to leave the resort as they are so lovely or expansive that relaxing by the pools, doing a spa day, ordering room service and dining at the hotel restaurants will be just what you need to relax and recharge before returning to reality.

Places to eat & drink in Los Cabos

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Breakfast in Los Cabos

In San Jose, I love Coffee Lab for a chill vibe, a great Americano, quick breakfast options and outdoor seating under the trees. Cafe de Lolita serves up some amazing breakfasts in a lovely courtyard if you feel like lingering and savoring a bit.

In Cabo San Lucas, try Jarro, a small local restaurant that serves up traditional Mexican breakfasts, fresh fruit juices, smoothies and coffees.

Honestly, if you are staying in a luxury resort, indulge, get up late and enjoy the beautiful breakfasts and views they offer. Whether you are staying at the Waldorf Astoria in Cabo or elsewhere, you can head to Don Manuel. This eatery inside the hotel does a very good buffet incorporating made-to-order traditional and modern Mexican dishes like huevos rancheros and chilaquiles made with hand-pressed tortillas and served in hacienda-style earthenware. Enjoy breakfast and fresh juices with a view of the pool and beaches in this private area of Cabo that is entered through a gate and tunnel. All the luxury resorts in this area of Mexico offer unique and beautiful breakfasts in gorgeous settings.

In Todos Santos, you’ll want to get to Taller 17 early before they run out of their fresh, right-out-of-the-oven pastries, scones and fruit pies. Perfect with a good cup of coffee, Mexican hot chocolate with cinnamon or homemade kombucha.

Lunch in Los Cabos

Stop by Agricole Cooperativa on your way to Todos Santos to pick up lunch from the organic market and bakery and don’t forget the strawberries with cream to enjoy on the outside picnic tables.

Outpost has a covered patio with overhead chandeliers, a dining room and a rooftop terrace which is a fun vibe for lunch when you are wandering the marina and downtown Cabo San Lucas.

For a late lunch, one of my favorite taco street stalls is Taqueria El Gran Pastor in Cabo San Lucas, which opens at 2pm. Expect a wait for the best mouth-watering tacos and since there aren’t any tables or chairs, you’ll be eating standing up or sitting on the curb maybe next to a guy cutting limes on the bed of his pickup truck when he’s not taking orders at this cash-only place.

Another great taco place I love is Tacqueria Rossy in San Jose, which has amazing fish, shrimp and steak tacos and pina coladas. Then, walk across the street to pick up some homemade ice cream at Michoacana - the coconut ice cream bars are so delicious!

El Merkado is a hip and trendy food hall located between San Jose and Cabo San Lucas which offers lots of options and reasonable prices and is a great stop to pick up some lunch or snacks for your beach day.

Dinner in Los Cabos

For jaw-dropping views, head to the Sunset Monalisa (you’ll need reservations) for dinner. Or, head to Jazz on the Rocks above the Sunset Monalisa for live jazz, innovative cocktails and a gastropub-inspired menu, including steaks and wood-fired pizzas.

Flora Farms is a bit of a drive past San Jose into the hills of the Sierra de Laguna Mountains, but is so worth it for the freshest farm-to-table food, the 25-acre working farm, shops and maybe even a visit to the spa.

Acre, near Flora Farms, is a modern take on farm-to-table, including a restaurant, bar, treehouses, working farm and animals.

The original Las Guacamayas in San Jose has you dining outdoors in a courtyard under trees and lights for traditional molcajete (stone bowls), al pastor tacos, beer and margaritas.

Manta at The Cape highlights the cuisine of chef Enrique Olvera of 3 Michelin Starred Pujol in Mexico City, considered one of the world’s best restaurants. Expect beautifully plated, elevated and fresh Modern Mexican dishes and dramatic views of the Land’s End rock formations through floor-to-ceiling windows.

In Todos Santos, Noah serves up fresh caught sushi rolls and bowls on the rooftop of a small building. Jazamango is great for interesting and seasonal cocktails, fresh pastas, tostadas and a varied menu in an open air, elegant but relaxed setting.

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