Oh, Mexico, how I miss you. My husband and I decided to take our slightly belated honeymoon in Cabo, and we couldn’t be happier with our experience there. We went in mid-February, and the weather was absolutely perfect! Of course, being on the coast makes the weather pretty perfect most of the time, but it was great to leave the chill of northern California for a week in the Mexican sand and sun. As we come into the summer vacation months, I wanted to recommend a few places and activities should you be planning a trip to Cabo.
Number 1: Stay in San Jose del Cabo
I can not stress this recommendation enough, especially if you are the type of person who prefers a quieter, more local experience over the intense tourist traps. San Jose is a short drive from the more popular Cabo San Lucas, but is definitely worth the trip. We were able to find an amazing spot through Airbnb that honestly made our trip. Our host, Kim, was fantastic. She was on the grounds, but always gave us our privacy. The studio apartment was clean and had the most amazing view. We could watch the sun rise and set from our porch each day. Absolutely beautiful. To top that off, there is basically a private beach just steps away from the property. Also steps away from our casita was a tasty and extremely convenient restaurant. The Buzzard’s Bar & Grill menu was fairly small but always fresh and worth the trip, especially for the fresh chips and guacamole. It was almost as good as ours (wink, wink…).
The town of San Jose is also very beautiful. Thursday nights offer the community a chance to experience local artistry through the regular Art Walk. Incredible art galleries open their doors, local artists fill the streets, and immediately you are met with a sense of belonging. Night falls and music fills the air, and it is an absolute joy to walk around and take in all the sights and sounds of San Jose.
Number 2: Visit Flora Farm in San Jose
So, wow. Words really fail me when trying to describe the beauty of Flora Farm. It really is a lush oasis right in the middle of the desert. A self-sustaining, organic farm, Flora Farm offers a luxurious experience for its guests. You should definitely go early and take a tour of the farm to learn about how it operates and sustains the absolutely incredible restaurant on its grounds. If you go at the right time, you could even sign up for a cooking class. We didn’t get to take part in this particular activity while we were there, but when we make a plan to go back, the cooking classes are the first thing on my list. Oh, and make sure to order the pork chop. A pork chop may not sound particularly mouth-watering, but trust me, this one is worth every penny.
Number 3: Visit Cabo San Lucas
Yes, you should go experience the spot everyone thinks of when you say Cabo. San Lucas is filled with resorts and other major chain restaurants like Hard Rock Cafe and Senor Frogs and such. These spots aren’t really my cup of tea, but San Lucas also offers boat tours to see the famous El Arco – a must see. Take one of the many boat tours that are offered right out of the marina and sail around the gorgeous rock arch. I don’t have a specific guide to recommend because there are so many to choose from in the marina. Have your tour guide drop you off at Lover’s Beach for a couple hours and relax. Be prepared to bail out the front of your boat for this because they drive right up on the sand and tell you to jump. It is a little daunting at first, but there are several people around to help you. You will get wet, so don’t wear your cute shorts that don’t dry easily. Not like I did that or anything… While Lover’s Beach is very pretty and you can go snorkeling if you choose, I actually preferred Divorce Beach on the other side. Going to Divorce Beach on your honeymoon seems like a terrible idea, but since you aren’t really supposed to swim on that side of the island, there are less people to wade your way through. If it’s the right time of year, hop back on a boat for a whale watching tour. So much fun!
After a day spent in San Lucas, stop in to eat at Asi y Asado for dinner on your way back to San Jose. This spot was by far the best taco place we ate at the entire time. Yes, it is featured on the Cabo episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives. Guy got it right this time with this spot. Order the Vampiro with pork and chorizo and top it with a decadent pineapple salsa. Order a Mexican coke and enjoy! If you’re like us, order a few extra tortillas for the drive home. You just spent all day lying on the beach. You’re due a few extra calories, right?
Number 4: Visit Todos Santos
If you have the time, take a drive up the coast to the historical town of Todos Santos. While people still speak English, you begin to dive into local Mexico here. I definitely recommend taking a walking tour of the city. It doesn’t take very long and you get the opportunity to learn about the history of the town, which is very interesting. Todos Santos, or “All Saints,” features beautiful architecture. Historical buildings and homes which are preserved by city demand. Artists are around every corner, and a different saint dons almost every door post. You can also stop in for refreshments at the Hotel California. Such a lovely place. (Sorry, couldn’t help myself…)
Enjoy your stay in Los Cabos!