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.