Los Cabos
Overview

Los Cabos - encompassing Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula - is the de facto weekend getaway for Angelenos, proximity alone making it seem like a year round spring break for famous faces and bikini-clad bodies from La La Land and the paparazzi who stalk them from the private pools to the Los Cabos International Film Festival’s red carpet. It’s where Jennifer Aniston and new hubby Justin Theroux throw yearly fetes for fabulous friends, where Lea Michele learned to surf and apparently the only option for former The Hills/The City ‘stars’ to behave badly at their bachelorettes. Although hard partying Chelsea Handler has closed down the bar (margarita in one hand, cerveza in the other) here many a time, Cabo is not all shot-fueled fun and drinking games - it also packs a serious romance punch with serene sunsets, intimate accommodations, luxurious spas (our pick is Las Ventanas al Paraiso) and the aptly named Playa del Amor or Lover’s Beach, only accessible via water. Consider this - it is where Carrie Bradshaw planned her albeit ill-fated honeymoon with Mr. Big, after all! Many of our favorite couples, from Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson to Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber to Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, spend one-on-one time in its top-notch resorts. Now is Cabo’s moment in the sun (and sand, and sea), so no matter where you’re based, head south of the border to this caliente destination where the beach breeze is soft and the mezcal is strong.

After being hit with a hurricane in late 2014, Los Cabos is back and better than ever, with its visitors being spoilt for choice. The buzziest new opening is Thompson Hotel’s The Cape, featuring the area’s first rooftop bar and dining by star Mexican chef Enrique Olvera. Purists will want to return to the One & Only Palmilla, open after renovations with a Jean-Georges steakhouse and butler service for all guests. The next two years will see new properties from Ritz-Carlton, Starwood, Nobu Hospitality, Encanto and Hard Rock - though the barrage of development has not diminished the biggest draws of Cabo - its dedicated, proud people and wild, natural beauty. Set on the Sea of Cortez, there are loads of ways to absorb the outdoors - astride a horse, on board a Humpback whale watching boat, atop a paddleboard or kayak or from the beach as you release baby sea turtles (awl!). Animal life is truly all around, from the sea lions that crowd the landmark arch rock formation, El Arco, to the mahi mahi, tuna and yellowtail that swarm the deeper waters (fish tacos!). On that note, native Baja cuisine has a local lean which deliciously dances the line between indulgent (giant burritos, gooey queso) and clean (fresh ceviche, melt-in-your-mouth avocados). The farm-to-table style dining trend is typified by Flora’s Farm and Flora’s Field Kitchen, where all ingredients are grown/made on site, as well as Huerta Los Tamarindos, a proponent of sustainable farming with fantastic results.

Cabo is a true ‘throw and go’ destination - fill your bag with your favorite swimsuits and your most versatile resort pieces to take you from a morning swim to a night on the town. Artisan details and bold, bright colors always win in this landscape. For day we’re thinking Agua de Coco bandeau bikinis and Frame denim cut-offs, topped with a Yosuzi straw hat or a Missoni headband. For dinner at the mucho romantico El Farallon, try a Zimmerman wrap top and flare pant paired combo with Aquazzura’s pom pom sandals. Whatever you wear, get ready to dream the day away and dance the night away in this magnificent Mexican mecca for the good life. 

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Indulge

DINING

Cocina del Mar is the onsite restaurant at the stunning Esperanza Resort, Cocina del Mar is all about the ambiance as the restaurant is overlooking a cliff. We definitely recommend this for a special night or a great place to hint for a proposal.  On the outskirts of San Jose del Cabo, you’ll find Flora’s Field Kitchen, a delightful destination located on a ten-acre organic farm. In addition to offering a range of cooking and gardening classes and a small bed and breakfast on site, Flora’s even has a small gourmet grocery window where you can buy fresh bread and peak produce.  Definitely one of the most popular restaurants in town, but very casual… no heals here. Dining at El Farallón is as close to traveling to another planet as you’ll get in Cabo. It is extremely magical and the menu is the day’s local catch is displayed on ice. Simply choose what looks best and the chef will prepare it to taste. Nick-San is the best sushi money can buy and we mean bring that black Amex. Choose the original Cabo San Lucas location or the Palmilla location on the Corridor. Make sure to try the house specialty: Buttery fresh-caught tuna served up with Asian spices and a rice cracker tostada. The Restaurant at Las Ventanas al Paraíso is amazing food with equally as good view.  Everything is so fresh and there is a large variety so you don’t feel that you eating  “Mexican again”. The tableside Caesar provided reason enough to rave, but the rest of my meal at Edith’s, a joyful place with some of the best seafood in town, didn’t disappoint. Settle into a colorful chair in a palapa with a rainbow of blankets at the ready if the air becomes cool while live musicians stroll around you.

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Foodies – you’ve come to the right place. Mi Cocina’s upscale menu is enticing and is definitely one of the more creative stand out options. Chef’s Loic’s classic dishes -- such as Paris on your Plate and Chicken with Chocolate – need we say more? Mi Casa is an authentic Mexican restaurant that has become a landmark in the heart of Cabo San Lucas and is still a great option for traditional Mexican food & a fun, outdoor ambiance. The amazing views at The Cape’s sophisticated signature restaurant, Manta, may meet their match in chef Enrique Olvera’s dynamic exhibition-style kitchen. Having run Mexico City’s Pujol, the chef is a culinary innovator with a deft hand for forward-thinking Mexican cuisine. Hacienda Cocina y Cantina, the signature restaurant at the Hacienda Beach Club & Residences at Medano Beach, merges traditional Mexican architecture with casual beachfront dining. Perched on the most beautiful quarter-mile of beach and overlooking the iconic rock formations of Land's End, Hacienda features the ever-popular "tables in the sand”. At least once during your visit to Los Cabos, you should visit The Office, the original breakfast spot on Médano Beach's sandy shore. The Office screams "tourist-trap," bedecked with tiki torches and colorful rainbow tablecloths, but it's all in good fun! 

NIGHTLIFE

While Cabo does have a decent amount of nightlife it’s the type that brings you back to your fraternity/sorority days when all you did was shots…shots….shots…shots. Well that’s what goes on at the Giggling Marlin! Then there is Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina where you can have a beer and sing to a live band playing all the oldies that just make you want to get up and dance. The Office, which is one of our favorites as it is right on the beach so we can drink with our feet in the sand and has some of the best margaritas in town (Thursday nights are the best nights). All of these bars are super low key so it would be very fitting to keep on your frayed jean shorts from the day and put on an oversized linen white shirt and jeweled Marni sandals and you will be comfortable and chic! If you want to want to take it to the next level head to the Pink Kitty (yes that’s the name… we are not lying) Cabos only “table service” establishment so for a bday or bachelorette party this is your place. And luckily there is a new classy rooftop bar, the rooftop lounge at The Cape hotel, actually it’s the only one in town, but that is only one of the many reason why all the cool kids are flocking there to hangout. It just opened in December but it already has had Samantha Ronson DJing and loads of celebrities running around in their Lisa Ferandez Dresses. They also have the first beer garden perfect for afternoon drinks and of course when you want a break from tequila… does that ever happen?

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Explore

Many people come to Los Cabos for vacation to enjoy the sun, the sea and the margaritas (and obvi the great gauc and chips!). But if you decide to get off your lounge chair, there are tons of activities to do including surfing the area’s renowned breaks and hitting the ocean for a day of fishing for marlin and tuna. Other activities include desert hiking, paddle boarding, surfing, zip lining and four wheeling – and of course, golf! With Cabo del Sol and Palmilla Golf Club (you can see the Sea of Cortez from every tee), Cabo is one of the best vacation spots for golf lovers! 

SHOP

Where to Shop

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In the middle of a seaside marina stands Luxury Avenue, a shopping destination that holds some of the best designers and brands from around the world. Stores include lux options like Burberry, Fendi, Cartier and Salvatore Ferragamo as well as a concept store that includes numerous designers not seen anywhere else in the area. For gifts Flora Farms Santo Cabo store is a must-visit for the brand's avocado soap and rose lotion. Then we suggest dropping the hubs off at the golf course and head to the One & Only Palmilla for lunch by the sea and an afternoon shopping at Neo Boutique, which is the hotels’ “gift shop” and by gift shop we mean tons of gifts for YOU. This shop is so good that you could arrive in Cabo with nothing but what you’re wearing on the plane, and head here to deck yourself from top to bottom with amazing items for the entire trip. In addition to highly lust-worthy labels such as Matthew Williamson, Stella McCartney, Christian Louboutin, and Missoni, but also unique arts and crafts pieces and Mexican hand embroidered linens to take home as gifts.

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