After more than two years stuck close to home, Los Cabos, Mexico is calling again, and there’s a new generation of restaurants, bars, and resorts just waiting to welcome us back.
From the playful shores of Cabo San Lucas to the cobblestone streets of Old San Jose del Cabo, here’s what’s new in Cabo in the face of the pandemic.
Where to stay: Corazón, Cabo San Lucas
Corazón Cabo suites have their own private hot tub on the balcony.
(Courtesy of Corazon Cabo Resort & Spa)
Corazon Cabo Resort & Spa
The brand new Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa, in the heart of Medano Beach, is the pinnacle of luxury in Cabo. Inside, the Guggenheim-esque tower is dotted with 200 artisanal, desert-and-beach-style rooms and suites. Many come with expansive balconies overlooking the Sea of Cortez and the granite cliffs of Land’s End, a view those in suites can savor from their own private hot tubs.
Outside, a forest of lounge chairs and cabanas surround an infinity pool on the upper deck, with a blue-and-white tiled bar at its edge. On the lower deck, you can swim up to the bar in a second pool, next to the resort’s tranquil and transformative spa, Sparitual. Where the sea meets the sand, sun worshipers sip icy cocktails at Corazón Beach Club and dip into the waters of Cabo San Lucas’ only swimmable beach.
Resort restaurants: Aleta, an open-air gourmet restaurant adjacent to the beach; Rooftop 360, a sleek ninth-floor restaurant and bar with panoramic views and an inviting infinity pool; and the Beach Club – specializing in ultra-fresh locally harvested seafood and more, deliciously prepared by celebrity Executive Chef Eric de Maeyer. Dishes like grilled octopus, sushi and sashimi, and mezcal creme brulee adorn every menu, and if you catch a fish, they’ll cook it for dinner.
A modern Mexican restaurant, Azure Cabo, will open soon on the ground floor of the hotel near the Draque Mojito Bar, which muddles and stirs several twists of the classic cocktail to sip on the eclectically sophisticated patio. And as if that weren’t enough, the resort is also home to Cabo’s only microbrewery, Baja Brewing Co, which offers stunning views, bar-friendly fare, and live music.
// Av. Pescadores S/N, Medano Beach (Cabo San Lucas), corazoncabo.com
New restaurants in San Jose Del Cabo
Chef Javier Placencia at Sémillon in Puerto Raiz.
Baja-born, James Beard-appointed Chef Javier Placencia has cultivated his new project, Puerto Raiz, on 13 acres of former farmland in San Jose del Cabo. When complete, the lush garden sanctuary will house two restaurants, supply all of its produce and some of its lamb and goat meat, and distill its spirits in outdoor copper pots. Sémillon, an a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner, opened in February with casual sustainable dishes like fresh local fish and tacos with homemade tortillas. Animalone, a gourmet option with a tasting menu, will follow on its heels.
// Lot 100, Centro (San Jose del Cabo), puertoraiz.com
As the name suggests, this patio in downtown San Jose del Cabo is a lush, warmly lit garden that feels tucked away from the bustle of the city streets outside. Jardin Secreto specializes in wood-fired pizzas (think pork belly with caramelized onions and shrimp with ham), as well as a variety of local meats and seafood, as well as craft cocktails. On Thursday nights, they pull out all the stops with a festive roast pig; on Sundays, a boozy brunch is served with live music.
// Jose Maria Morelos s/n, Gallery District (San Jose del Cabo), facebook.com/urbancuisinegarden
Where to get drinks in Cabo now
Rooftop 360 in Cabo San Lucas.
(Courtesy of Corazon Cabo Resort & Spa)
This ninth-floor rooftop resto-bar at the new Corazón Cabo Resort deserves a mention on its own. Views from Rooftop 360 stretch for miles over the town of Cabo San Lucas on one side and to the cliffs of Land’s End on the other. But that’s only part of the draw. After dark, when the DJ kicks in, the macrame-curtained bar whips up handcrafted cocktails made from fresh fruits and herbs, and bites like ceviche and nigiri for waves of stylish revelers and elegant.
// Av Pescadores S/N, 9th Floor, Medano Beach (Cabo San Lucas), corazoncabo.com/rooftop-360
Mezcal Bar @ Drift
The open-air bar at the new Drift Hotel in San Jose del Cabo’s gallery district is a Mecca for mezcal. They will lovingly mix it into a cocktail, guide you through a tasting or hand you a drink directly. The atmosphere heats up on Thursday nights from 8-11 p.m., when Drift hosts its weekly party with live music and authentic Baja tacos.
// Miguel Hidalgo 613, Galleries District (San Jose del Cabo), drifthotels.co
Water Adventures in Cabo San Lucas
Flyboard with Cabolectric
Watersports meet future technology at the first sustainability cabolectric operating out of Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas. Glide across the water on a remote-controlled electric hydrofoil surfboard or take to the air on a flyboard, a daredevil contraption that propels you upward in a steady jet. In April, they will add a third device to their stable, an eFoil Manta5 electric water bike for pedaling through crashing waves. Experiences include instruction and start at $150.
// Avenue Pescador 1 (Cabo San Lucas), cabolectric.com