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72 Hours in Los Cabos

Head to the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Sur, where celeb-friendly resorts meet a growing arts community and an organic farm welcomes diners to taste what the desert has to offer.

Wind your way through the narrow Calle Obregon, the centre of San José del Cabo’s arts district, during the weekly arts walk. The event, which runs between November and June, showcases a mix of contemporary and traditional works ranging from Ivan Guaderrama’s bright, Impressionistic paintings to the collection of Mata Ortiz coiled pots at Paquimé Gallery. The 15 participating galleries also offer tequila tastings and live jazz.

An infinity-edge hot tub at Esperanza ResortAn infinity-edge hot tub at Esperanza Resort

Before calling it a night, stop by the San José outpost of Las Guacamayas, a casual taco bar with a tree-speckled courtyard, and dig into the al pastor stone bowl: slow-cooked, marinated pork shoulder topped with grilled onions, cactus, avocado and queso fresco. A short taxi ride takes you to Esperanza Resort, a low-key property made up of casitas (little houses) set back from the highway by a walking path lined with towering palm trees and cacti. For a panoramic view of the Sea of Cortez, book a top-floor palapa room, whose vaulted thatched ceilings are handmade from dried palm leaves. Bonus: Upper-floor rooms each include a blue-tiled, infinity-edge hot tub on the private terrace.


Fresh produce at Flora FarmsFresh produce grows in the middle of the desert at Flora Farms.

Pick up tips on how to handle jalapenos from chef Victor (a.k.a. Tío) during a group cooking lesson at Flora Farms. (We’re now expert salsa makers.) This green oasis in the middle of the desert is the brainchild of two California ex-pats, Gloria and Patrick Greene. They started growing pesticide-free fruit, herbs and vegetables – everything from kale and tomatoes to lavender – in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna over 10 years ago. Today the garden supplies ingredients for the property’s restaurant (rumoured to be one of George Clooney’s favourite Cabo eateries), while its nearby ranch provides the organic meats. Before tucking into dishes like ash-roasted beet carpaccio and radish ravioli, saddle up to the Farm bar for a Farmarita, made with heirloom carrot juice and reposado tequila. Cooking classes include a farm tour, lunch and cocktail.

Don’t leave San José without a visit to the coolest new property in Los Cabos, Hotel El Ganzo, where weekend parties take place around the illuminated rooftop infinity pool. Live music sessions, featuring both American and Mexican acts, are bringing some serious music cred to the area. (Cisco Adler makes an appearance in January.) Day passes are available for non-guests.


El Arco rock formationEl Arco rock formation (Photo: Los Cabos Tourism Board)

Hop on a glass-bottom water taxi from the marina (don’t forget the snorkel gear) and head out early, when the water is at its calmest, to El Arco. This granite archway at the edge of the Baja California peninsula juts out from the ocean and acts as a passageway from the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific Ocean. With any luck, you’ll meet Pancho, Cabo’s mischievous sea lion, best known for hopping aboard boats and stealing catch right from the fisherman’s hands. Get dropped off at Lover’s Beach, a sandy sanctuary of crystal-clear waters, perfect for spotting colonies of coral and iridescent parrotfish.

A tasting at Tequila TownA tasting at Tequila Town (Photo: Nicolas Lebel)

Once back on land, head to Cabo’s Tequila Town to taste rare and extra-old artisanal varieties, like the Tequila Real de Pénjamo, aged for 15 months in oak barrels. Come sunset, reserve a spot by the crashing waves of the Pacific at Capella Pedregal’s al fresco, cliffside restaurant, El Farallón. Dinner is a table d’hôte of soup (think cucumber gazpacho), a trio of tapas-style appetizers (we loved the shrimp ceviche in a tangy tomato sauce) and fresh, locally caught butter-grilled fish.



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Heather Mallory

Monday, January 6th 2014 15:33
Sounds like lots of variety, which is what most tourists enjoy! Great idea about the cooking classes. Have they printed a cookbook from foods grown on their farm?

Wendy Southgate

Monday, January 6th 2014 15:53
I lived in San Jose for two years and I've been to all of these places mentioned. The market is definately a must visit for any food enthusiasts. Try a day trip in a rental car up Hwy 1 to Todos Santos where Hotel California is. Stop in Pescadore at Ruby's Sandbar Restaurant for lunch or dinner. Amazing home cooked food (under new ownership). There is a blue eyed, blonde 8 year old little Mexican girl who loves to be challenged to a game of pool. Beware!!! She is very good!!!


Tuesday, January 7th 2014 18:21
Looks fabulous - just wish I could fly direct from Vancouver.


Tuesday, January 7th 2014 23:17
This trip sounds positively lovely... I have only been to Mexico once, Puerto Vallarta, and it was truly amazing.
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