At the end of January, my husband and I went on our babymoon to San José del Cabo. It was a super last minute trip that we ended up planning over the holidays after everyone around us was telling us to take a vacation before the baby arrives. Cabo had never been on my list of places to visit in Mexico because of how much it has been built for tourists, but when it came time to decide where we wanted to go for our babymoon, we both wanted a beach location. Between being at the end of my second trimester and not wanting to deal with long flights and being on a budget we landed on San José del Cabo. I have to admit that it wasn't a bad choice as we both just needed a place to relax, enjoy the sun and warm weather. Portland is cold and so gloomy this time of the year. We arrived on a Monday late afternoon and returned Friday early afternoon, so we didn't have a lot of time to visit other locations in Baja and focused mainly on relaxing poolside and on the beach. For a quick escape I would definitely consider San José del Cabo again, next time possibly staying in Todos Santos or La Paz.
Hotel El Ganzo - My husband and I stayed at this hotel. I had learned about this hotel a while back and even posted about it on Instagram. It's a super cool hotel that also serves as an artist residency. Throughout all of its public spaces you will come across art and sculptures, that are in constant rotation, created by national and international artists. The hotel also has a hidden recording studio. El Ganzo has a modern, tropical, bohemian vibe while still maintaining its connection to Mexico through it use of handmade textiles, furniture, and many other design details. Our favorite spots were the rooftop infinity pool area, especially at sunset and the small stretch of private beach with its lux cabanas.
Acre - This is another gorgeous hotel that I've been following for a while. If it had been in our budget, we would have loved to have stayed at Acre. I had to visit this hotel during our stay because I really wanted to visit the animal rescue the hotel runs on their property. This place is a true escape from the concrete jungle that Cabo has become. You literally enter a lush jungle landscape when you arrive at the property. The suites are chic tree houses built amongst the hotel's jungle setting. This hotel sits far from the main hotel strip giving it even a more remote feel. Truly a great place to escape.
Mariscos El Toro Güero - Both locals and tourists love this seafood restaurant. The setting is humble, a large palapa-like structure with plastic chairs and tables. The restaurant serves typical Mexican seafood dishes - simple and finger-licking good. We went twice for dinner and both times ordered the Tierra & Mar (Surf & Turf) and Chiles Güeros rellenos de camaron y jurel (banana peppers stuffed with shrimp and mackerel).
Acre - We enjoyed a delicious lunch at the hotel's restaurant - a beautifully lush indoor/outdoor restaurant that uses fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Yumana Kitchen - A newer restaurant in Cabo's culinary scene, Yumana, is most definitely worth the visit, especially if you're looking for a special dining experience and superb service. Yumana's interiors are not what you would expect of a fine dining experience which I really appreciated. The space is gorgeous with its earthy palette and textures and has a relaxed sensibility. The food, drinks and their presentation are the showstoppers. The food is inspired by the Yumanos, an indigenous group that once spanned Baja and Alta California.
Flora Farms - We visited Flora Farms to see the beautiful property and shops. We were told by friends that their ice cream was a must try too. So, we definitely saved some room for that. And, yes, it was delicious. We didn't dine at Flora Farms as reservations are needed and they were completely booked.
Churros in the Square - During San José del Cabo's famous Thursday night Art Walk, we stopped by the famous churros truck situated in the town's main square. Yes, they were good and worth the wait. Be prepared to wait in line.
Pezgallo - A short walk from El Ganzo is this tiny, unassuming coffee shop, run by a young couple, that serves a delicious breakfast and makes great coffee. I highly recommend the pancakes.
Hotel San Cristóbal - This gorgeous hotel is located in Todos Santos, which is a little over an hour's drive from San José del Cabo. Another hotel, which we would have loved to stay at if it were in our budget. We decided to take a day trip to Todos Santos to have lunch here and visit the small town. Worth the drive, both for the food and the scenery. The property is stunning!
*La Lupita Tacos & Mezcal - This restaurant was highly recommended by several people. Sadly, we underestimated its popularity and could not get reservations.
KM33 - A super chic boutique located inside the Viceroy hotel. KM33 curates the most lux Latin American fashion brands. This is a great place if you're looking to treat yourself to really nice resort wear.
Shops at Flora Farms - There are 8 unique shops at Flora Farms. My favorites were Eclectic Array and Anne Sidora. Eclectic Array curates made in Mexico brands. They had great pieces by Mexican designers, Denisse Kuri and Alejandra Raw. At Anne Sidora you can find Mexican apothecary products and an elegant array of curated gift boxes of handmade Mexican products.
Caravane Cabo - A little gem and design aficionado's slice of heaven. This showroom/boutique is located in San José del Cabo's art district and immediately stood out to me. The showroom curates a mix of art, furniture, artisanal homewares and fashion accessories.
México Gourmet - This tiny mezcal shop is located in Todos Santos and worth a stop. Although small in size, the shop carries an incredible array of unique, small batch and artisanal Mexican spirits (Mezcal and Sotol amongst a few others). My husband and I spent a large chunk of time here having a great conversation with the owner. My husband was in heaven, trying some rare mezcales he hadn't heard of before.
Hilo Rojo - Hilo Rojo and its owner Paola De La Rosa, have been following each other on Instagram for a while, so I had to make a stop at her shop in Todos Santos. Her little magical boutique is located in the heart of the town. Paola curates beautifully handcrafted Mexican crafts, home accessories, and fashion pieces.
THINGS TO DO
San José del Cabo is truly a resort destination. The main attraction is its chill factor. Whether that means lounging poolside at your hotel or enjoying the day at the beach and enjoying water activities. There isn't a whole lot in the culture department to see and do. Given more time we would have done a few more day trips and visited La Paz.
San José del Cabo Art Walk - Every Thursday night all the art galleries around the main square in San José del Cabo are open late into the evenings. Everyone comes out. It's a lively and bright atmosphere. You can hear live music spilling out from the restaurants and bars.
Palmilla Beach - This is a beautiful stretch of public beach if you want to venture outside of your hotel's beach area. The water is very calm in this area and there are palapas along the beach. You can also rent kayaks and boats. My husband and I visited this beach for a special maternity photoshoot in the early morning and it was wonderful seeing the sun rise.