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1. Drift San Jose

Part boutique hotel with low-key staff, part refined youth hostel, this immaculate property, located in the heart of San José’s old town and adorned with cow skulls, gives a contemporary nod to Baja’s ranchero culture. The eight minimalist rooms open onto a central courtyard with a fire pit and a square swimming pool. Sidle up to the cement-cube mezcal tasting bar for a selection of small-batch offerings served in tiny enamel cups. In the boutique, the hotel’s design-minded owner sells stylized traditional blankets, felt backpacks and barro negro (black clay pottery) created by Mexico’s young emerging artists.
Miguel Hidalgo 613, Centro, San José del Cabo, driftsanjose.com

Drift San Jose

Photo: Rafael Gamo, @bajacowboy


2. La Lupita

At this relaxed, festive restaurant – with live music from local group Top Cats every Saturday – France-trained chef Pia Quintana honours and reinterprets Mexico’s culinary traditions. Chapulines (grasshoppers) are served with pumpkinseed pesto, while the costra al pastor, a marinated pork taco with a cheese crust, will make you forget about tortillas. Wash it down with a Peyote, a stupefying IPA from nearby microbrewery Baja Brewing.
Calle José María Morelos, Centro, San José del Cabo, 624-688-3926


3. Rancho Carisuva

After coaxing a donkey to help transport provisions – a few Coronas, say, and some nibbles – and accompanied by a guide, walk among agaves and giant cardón cacti in bloom. As you make your way from a subtropical landscape to coastal cliffs, keep an eye out for brush rabbits on the ground, and western meadowlarks perched on cacti. (Don’t forget to reward your donkey with a bite of your nut bar when you reach the summit.)
Playa Migriño, Libertad, Cabo San Lucas, 624-105-1046, ranchocarisuva.com


4. Flora Farm

With its ice cream cart, lit-up palm trees and labyrinthine vegetable garden, Flora Farms is a locavore’s fun fair. All the produce on the kitchen menu is grown on the farm, including the heirloom carrots for the Farmarita, a margarita with carrot juice. Take a seat in the open-air dining room for housemade burrata with tapenade and steaming sourdough bread. Before you leave, stock up on marinades from Flora Grocery.
Carretera Transpeninsular San José del Cabo, Km 30, Col. Las Ánimas Bajas, 624-355-4564, flora-farms.com


5. Cabo Adventures

“Fish have a sweet tooth,” explains our guide as we kick our flippers in Santa Maria Bay, handing us each a cookie: Rainbow-hued gluttons gather around the impromptu dessert bar. Dive toward the rocky, coral-covered sea floor to watch the parrotfish and trumpetfish up close. On the way back to land, as the Zodiac passes El Arco (where the Pacific meets the gulf), listen for barking sea lions.
Blvd. Paseo de la Marina, Lote 7-A, Cabo San Lucas, 888-526-2238, cabo-adventures.com


3 spots to get your snack on

At Asi & Asado, follow the slogan Barriga llena, corazón contento (full belly, happy heart), and order your grilled octopus tacos with horchata, a rice-milk drink with vanilla and cinnamon.
Carretera Transpeninsular, km 3.8, El Tezal, Cabo San Lucas, 624-105-9500

Sprinkle chunks of coconut with lime, chili, Valentina sauce and salt at Cocos Frios, a food truck parked at the belvedere near Cabo Surf Hotel. Word of advice: Don’t skimp on the garnishes.
Carretera Transpeninsular, km 28, san josé del cabo

Fresh and crispy, the fish and shrimp tacos at El Marinero Borracho, a bamboo beach bar decorated with hanging pufferfish, are best enjoyed standing up, looking out at the harbour.
Blvd. Tiburón (and Delfín), San José del Cabo, 624-105-6464

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GETAWAY     LOS CABOS     MEXICO     SUN DESTINATIONS    

Comments… or add another

Jennifer Ramsay

Monday, March 7th 2016 12:12
Thanks! Very Timely! Just booked a small apartment in centre town Cabo San Lucas yesterday. Now all I need is a cheap flight! That is a hint for you, Air Canada. Gracias
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