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Today’s Los Cabos, Mexico City Guide comes to us from Danielle Kehl, director of development for Sandra Espinet Home Couture. In addition to creating her own brand, Danielle has worked in publishing and high-end event styling in Miami and Los Angeles. Today she shares a wonderful guide to Los Cabos, Mexico — the home base for Sandra Espinet Design. From the more than 30 miles of beaches to the incredible lodging, Danielle captures the culture and beauty of this beach city. Thanks, Danielle, for this glimpse into Los Cabos! — Stephanie
Read the full city guide after the jump . . .
Los Cabos, located on the tip of the Baja peninsula, is made up of the beautiful towns of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. They are linked by a corridor and cover 30 miles of beach. With only 120,000 residents in the two towns combined, Los Cabos is quiet yet full of adventure, with surfing, fishing, swimming and some amazing high-end resorts. Charming while maintaining an old town feel, many small businesses do not even post addresses; rather, locals will draw you maps to the places they recommend.
Palmilla Gift Shop — Beautiful resort-wear clothes, candles and sun hats. They carry one of my favorite lines, Mathew Williamson.
La Pinata — Unique artisan gifts and souvenirs, plus pretty gift wrap. Plaza Mijares, Art District, San Jose del Cabo P. 624-146-9728
Pineda Covalin — Considered the Hermes of Mexico, this store carries gorgeous silk clothing, shawls and ties with beautiful prints that are modern interpretations of Mexican textiles. Very unique.
Curios Carmela — One of the oldest Mexican artisan gift shops. Everything from silly tourist mugs to handmade ethnic tablecloths. Blvd. Mijares at Coronado, San Jose del Cabo
Necri — The best place to buy beautiful hand-painted Talavera pots. You can buy from their stock inventory or custom make and order anything you want from their factory.
Nick San — Delicious upscale sushi with a twist. Nick (Japanese) met Angel (Mexican), and they started this beautiful sushi restaurant with traditional sushi cuts mixed with Mexican sauces. A delicious combination.
Tacos Rosy — The ultimate hole-in-the-wall taco joint. Every now and then, we all want to hang out where the locals do, and this is the place! 142-675 Carr. Transpeninsular Km. 29.5 San Jose del Cabo
Flora Farm Restaurant and Organic Market — Gloria Green has lived in Los Cabos for years. She started the first organic market on her farm. Last year, she built a cool restaurant overlooking the orchards and started “Flora’s Farm Restaurant.” Beautiful location, great family-style foods and just a cool spot. Dog friendly.
Salsita’s — Delicious Mexican food and cazuela’s and super friendly service. Calle Obregon, San Jose del Cabo 23400 (kitty-corner from La Pinata)
Sardina Cantina — This is where the expats hang out in San Jose. Great seafood cobb salad and shrimp cocktail, all with a great story told by Mike, who runs the place.
Café Todos Santos — An hour’s drive north of Cabo, you will find the small artist village of Todos Santos. After walking around, you need to stop in Café Todos Santos for a bite. Amazing flautas and a sweet coffee shop attached in a cool ivy-covered spot. Calle Centenario #33, Todos Santos (612) 145-0300
Cynthia’s — Great organic lunch spot with homegrown ingredients and gluten-free pastas and desserts. Zona Hotelera, Plaza Caracol, 23405 San Jose del Cabo
Edith’s — Beachside on Playa Medano, the best lobster in town, fantastic food and service. El Medano beach, Cabo San Lucas (624) 143-080
The Roadrunner (El Correcamino) Bakery and Coffee Shop — Best cinnamon rolls on the planet! It’s a great place to hang out in San Jose. Blvd. Mijares and El Zalate, Km. 29. 5 San Jose del Cabo. Ph: 142-3510
French Riviera Bakery & Bistro — Delicious baked goods and coffee as well as a full food menu. You can also order custom cakes and pastries for a party.
Deckmans at Havanas — Jazz bar with live music, the best mojitos in town, and one of the oldest bars in San Jose del Cabo, just above the surf break of Costa Azul. And during season, famous guitarists, such as Todd Clouser, play for the crowd and give the place great atmosphere.
Bar Esquina — What do two gringos do when they move to Cabo? Open the coolest pizzeria and bar in town! Moroccan hanging lanterns cast beautiful light inside, and a lovely pergola roof covers the outside patio. A great place to eat, and an even better place to be seen.
The Container — Just got off your yacht and want a drink? The rustic and casual outdoor bar in Puerto Los Cabos is just that place. Huge margaritas, good guacamole and a great view of the marina.
Nowhere Bar — Probably the coolest place in Cabo. It’s a must-stop and the gathering spot for all in the know. It’s one of the oldest bars on the marina in Cabo and is still regarded as the best place to start your evening. From here, you can walk to the nightclubs after a few tequilas.
Since Los Cabos is a desert and is not attached to the mainland, flowers are flown in weekly from Mexico City or San Diego. There isn’t too much to choose from, and if you are getting married here, keep in mind that shipping flowers in is a large expense. Usually, wedding coordinators handle flowers this reason.
The two destinations mentioned below are within walking distance from each other.
Cacti Mundo — A cactus garden with local and international species of cacti, including some endangered species thriving in their natural environment.
San Jose’s Estuary and Bird Sanctuary — Stroll the walking trail to see local plants and do a little bird watching. Situated alongside the beach. Paseo San Jose, San Jose del Cabo 23400
Cabo Surf Hotel — Best location for a budget hotel. Also the best place in town to watch surfers, as the beach in front of the hotel has a lovely break. The restaurant at the hotel is very cute. Playa Acapulquito Km 28 | Palmilla Bay, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
Rancho Pescadero Hotel — About 45 minutes north of Cabo in the surf town of Pescadero is a great destination hotel hidden behind a basil farm. The intimate oceanfront boutique hotel has a great restaurant and an even better bar!
Palmilla Hotel — One of the prettiest and oldest hotels in Los Cabos, the Palmilla recently had a 82 million dollar renovation after it was purchased by the One & Only hotel group. It is the most secluded and exclusive hotel in town with a Jean George restaurant and the amazing Agua bar. It’s the place for the rich as well as for celebs. Super fab! Carr Transpeninsular, San Jose Del Cabo, 23400 Mexico 001-800-364-0291
Capella Hotel — The newly built Capella hotel is located at the end of Cabo San Lucas and has its own private beach on the Pacific side. Two great restaurants and a kid pool make this a great retreat away from the crowds yet still close enough into the Cabo nightlife.
Museums, Cultural Interest Spots
Pez Gordo Art Gallery — A fun gallery of local artists located in the Shops at Palmilla.
Casa Dahlia Art Gallery — Contemporary art gallery in a historic house in old San Jose.
Frank Arnold Gallery — Witness the emotional paintings of Frank Arnold.
Santa Maria Beach — A gorgeous horseshoe-shaped cove perfect for swimming. Carr Transpeninsular Km. 12 almost to Cabo San Lucas
The Arch, also known as Lover’s Beach — Have you seen the Enrique Iglesias video where he goes to Cabo? He flies right over the Arch! Every four years, the tide changes and a beach surfaces so you can walk underneath. You can catch a water taxi that will take you there in the marina. Cabo San Lucas, where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet.
East Cape — Miles of untouched beach and gorgeous turquoise water, where the hardcore surfers go to surf and kitesurf because of the direction of the wind and waves. You can find tiny solar-powered bars, a taco stand and peace and quiet. Super cool.
About an hour via dirt road northeast of San Jose, 20 KM. from La Paz
Palmilla Beach — Another beautiful cove beach good for swimming and calm enough for paddle boarding.
Medano Beach — Where all the beach bars, like Nikki Beach in the Melia Hotel, are located. See and be seen, party, jet ski, eat and drink.