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Bienvenido! Where To Eat, Stay & Play In Cabo, Mexico

22 March 2018

A couple of weeks ago, we gave you the lowdown on Tulum – and now, we’re going cross-country to Cabo. A celeb hotspot, the desert-meets-ocean playground sits pretty on Mexico’s Baja California coast, and it’s a little slice of heaven. The sun shines 350 days a year, and both spring breakers and straight-up chillers love its bohemian vibe.

Los Cabos is 30km long, with Cabo San Lucas on one end and the quieter San Jose del Cabo on the other. This is your guide to Cabo San Lucas, the beachy, booming town you probs recognise from Instagram!

EAT

From street food stands that’ll cook your burrito just the way you like it, to restaurants that’ll make you feel fancy AF, here’s where to satisfy your cravings in Cabo.

El Gran Pastor. This teeny-tiny stand keeps it simple with tacos and guacamole. The juicy, marinated fish tacos are our fave, but they have meat and veg options too.

The Office. A classic Cabo cantina, The Office is cheesy – there’s a guy in a sombrero walking around giving tequila shots – but that’s why we like it. Bury your feet in the sand, and order fajitas, ceviche, and a margarita the size of your head.

Mi Casa. With its bright blue walls, murals, and Day of the Dead decorations, this place is muy auténtico, and a rowdy good time. Nab a seat in the candle-lit courtyard, and feast on Mexican delights and wines.

Edith’s. A foodie fave, this thatched-roof restaurant is famous for its fresh seafood and veggie-centric dishes. Finish off with the flaming coffee, or pretend it’s your birthday so you get a free shot.

Tacos Gardenias. Ask the locals about their top taco joint, and they’ll point you to this one. The mom-and-pop operation whips up the best prawn tacos and grilled cactus (yep, really!).

Los Riscos. Overlooking the beach, this restaurant is gorgeous, and the plates are just as pretty. There are the usual Mexican delights, plus grilled meats and mushroom risotto.

Pitahayas. What do you get when you combine Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean and Filipino cuisines? Pitahayas, a cute eatery that sits under a Mexican palapa – an airy room with a roof made of palm leaves.

Tequila Restaurant. As you can probably guess, the margaritas here will blow your mind, but the Mexican-meets-Mediterranean food is pretty good, too.

Los Tres Gallos. Send this link to your bf – this lush courtyard is one of the most romantic restaurants in town. The food is as fresh as it gets (seriously, there’s no freezer), and the tres leches cake is made for sharing.

Manta. Chef Enrique Olvera is a big deal in Cabo, and his restaurant buzzes every night. Perched right on the water, it’s all Mexican- Japanese fusion: think miso fish tacos and grilled avocados.

El Farallon. If you’re in the mood to splash some cash, book a table at El Farallon. The restaurant is carved into cliffs (#dramatic), and with lanterns, live music, and a menu that changes daily, it’s one-of-a-kind.

Nick-San. Eaten your weight in tacos? Switch it up with sushi. At this eatery, the owner, Angel, whips up the most delish tuna sashimi.

DRINK

As a Spring Break destination, Cabo has plenty of places to rage – but if you want a more chilled-out night, the bar scene has that covered, too.

El Squid Roe. Let’s start with the wildest, shall we? This four-storey club is loose, and anything goes. Waiters roam around pouring Jell-O shots down patron’s throats, stopping only to dance on tables. Stay until sunrise once, then never go back.

Giggling Marlin. Thanks to a nightly two-for-one drinks special (from 11pm-1am), this club is packed every night. The dancefloor goes NUTS.

Cabo Wabo. If you’ve always dreamt of being hoisted upside and fed tequila shots, make your way to Cabo Wabo. With multiple bars and stages, the people-watching is next-level.

Pink Kitty. For a swankier scene, put on your Showpo party dress and head here. The pink-lit bar has cosy couches, but don’t be surprised if you’re sprayed with confetti.

Nowhere Bar. Gotta love a happy hour special! On the marina, this bar is the perfect place for pre-dinner drinks, though the d-floor turns up later on.

Jungle Reggae Booze Cruise. For $50USD, you’ll get unlimited drinks as you cruise around the Mexican Riviera to an insane reggae soundtrack. Oh, and if you’re getting married on the cruise, it’s free. OBVIOUSLY.

The Cape Rooftop. At the Cape Hotel, this chic rooftop bar has panoramic ocean views, a lush beer garden, and a celebrity DJ on the decks every Saturday. Time your visit with sunset, and stay all night.

Bar Esquina. A slice of Morocco in Mexico, Bar Esquina’s outdoor terrace is the place to be on a balmy night. There’s a killer cocktail menu and live music, but if you’re still nursing a hangover, it’s not too rowdy.

The Glass Box. Move over, tequila – mescal is back. Think of it as tequila’s smokier cousin, and you can sip on it all night at this stunning bar, which juts out over the sea.

PLAY

While no-one will bat an eye if you rise and shine every day with mimosas, these are the best ways to fill those long, summery Cabo days.

Lovers Beach. Accessible only by boat, this hidden cove is picture-perfect, with wave-washed rocks, Listerine-blue waters, and romantic vibe.

Divorce Beach. Just around the corner, you’ll find this cheekily-named stretch of sand. Soak up the sun at Lovers Beach, then head here later in the day – the sunset is unreal.

Snorkelling in the Sea of Cortez. This sparkling sea is pretty much an open-air aquarium – dip your head below and you’ll spot everything from sea turtles to schools of rainbow fish.

El Arco. These rocks are Cabo’s most famous natural sight, and they’re a must-visit. Jump a glass-bottomed boat so you can watch the sea lions swimming below as you make your way over.

Surfing at Monuments Beach. If you’re a seasoned surfer, you’ll love the swell at Monuments Beach. If you’re not, we wouldn’t blame you for going to perv.

Horseback riding on the beach. To rack up the Insta likes, hop on a horse and cruise Cabo’s coastline. There are one- and two-hour rides, as well as amazing sunset rides.

Zip lining in the canyon. For an adrenaline rush, soar in the sky on some of Mexico’s highest and fastest zip lines. The canyon below is lush, but it might take a few trips to fully appreciate it…

Beach yoga. Because you’re #blessed, balance out your holiday with a yoga class on or near the beach. Look at Esperanza, Capella Pedregal, Casa Dorado, or Pueblo Bonita for ‘Boga’ (pilates/yoga).

Stand-up paddleboarding. Cabo’s most swimmable beach, Medano Beach, is perfect for a SUP sesh. Head to Bahia Hotel & Beach Club to rent a board or take a lesson.

Dolphin watching. The waters off the coast of Cabo are brimming with dolphins, and you can go on a boat tour or get wet and shadow a dolphin trainer for a day.

Shopping. Near the marina, the Puerto Paraiso mall is packed with jewellery, artisan craft and clothing shops, while Luxury Avenue is lined with designer labels. Outside, the Plaza Bonita is a great flea market. The price is never fixed, so haggle your heart out!

STAY

Cabo’s hotel scene has something to suit everyone. There are luxury resorts, but if you’re still screening sugar daddies, book a breezy beach retreat or all-inclusive resort. From luxe to less, these are our picks.

Words by Katia Iervasi.