photo of the Puerto Los Cabos Marina in Mexico.

The Puerto Los Cabos Marina. Photo © Vlad Litinov, licensed Creative Commons Attirbution.

Ready for a getaway? Travelers based in the western United States can reach Los Cabos by air in a matter of hours, and there are easy connections from elsewhere in North America as well. Choose a home base in high-energy Cabo San Lucas or sophisticated San José del Cabo (30 minutes apart by car) or in the exclusive atmosphere of the Corridor that connects the two. Once settled, you’ll have white-sand beaches, water sports, restaurants, shops, and galleries all within easy reach of your hotel.

Day 1

Start your first day in Los Cabos on the plaza in downtown San José. Walk to the French Riviera for breakfast. If it’s a Saturday, head to the San José del Cabo Mercado Organico for organic produce; otherwise, pack up a beach bag and walk or drive to Playa California in front of the Zona Hotelera. Spend the morning relaxing at the beach, and later, grab lunch at the Baja Blue Bar and Grille. In the afternoon, return to the plaza to browse the galleries, shops, and restaurant menus in the historic art district (distrito del arte). If it’s Thursday, the galleries will stay open late for the evening Art Walk. When the mood strikes, order a homemade tamale from Tamales Doña Nina on the plaza. Or savor the tastes of “BajaMed” cuisine at one of San José’s stylish restaurants, such as La Panga Antigua, Tequila Restaurant, or Don Sanchez Restaurant. Round off your evening at the Baja Brewing Company, where you can enjoy made-in-Baja brews along with live music.

Day 2

Drive to The Container Bar-Restaurant at the Puerto Los Cabos Marina for brunch. Relax on the beach by the harbor, or walk through the cactus garden in the marina. Later, head back through town to snorkel the rock reefs at Bahía Chileno or Bahía Santa María, looking for green moray eels, spotted eagle rays, and schools of tropical fish; or catch some waves at Playa Costa Azul. Plan for a late lunch at Mi Ensalada I or Mama Mia near the beach. Book a sunset horsebackriding tour along Playa California. Head into Cabo San Lucas for dinner at Hacienda Cocina y Cantina and enjoy the legendary Cabo nightlife at Cabo Wabo or the Passion Club and Lounge at ME Cabo.

Day 3

Head out for a day at sea. You might choose sportfishing from La Playita, surfing at Playa Costa Azul, or scuba diving in the Bahía San Lucas with Manta or Eagle Divers, both based in Cabo San Lucas. If you want to stay on land, browse the many home decor shops in San José or sign up for a massage at one of the luxurious spas at the Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos, Las Ventanas al Paraíso, or Esperanza Resort.

For dinner, head to Flora Farms for a menu of organic dishes, made with produce that is grown right there on the property. Afterward, head to the Tropicana Bar and Grill on Boulevard Mijares for regional Mexican music or the rooftop bar at Shooters Bar & Grill for a livelier scene.

Day 4

On your last full day, soak in the sun at Playa del Amor, where you can book a snorkeling tour around Pelican Rock. Spend the late afternoon browsing the shops in Plaza Bonita and the Puerto Paraíso mall, and head to the rooftop Baja Brewing Company at Cabo Villas for drinks and a sunset view. In the evening, enjoy Argentinian-style grilled steak at Patagonia or shellfish at Maro’s Shrimp House, followed by live jazz at Edith’s before you head out.


Travelers with more than four days could head north along the Gulf coast to explore remote beaches along the East Cape, or north along the Pacific coast to visit the artist colony of Todos Santos and the Baja California Sur state capital of La Paz. For either of these excursions, an overnight stay is recommended.

Excerpted from the Ninth Edition of Moon Los Cabos.