Combined we’ve spent the greater part of a year on the Mexican Baja of California. We love it for so many reasons: we speak a bit of Spanish, its close by and easy to work remote from, and it’s so damn beautiful. You’ve probably been to Cabo San Lucas and your memories of that trip probably include a drunken night a Squid Row (no judgment) or a crowded sunset cruise to “the arc” accompanied bad food, cheesy music and a bunch of other Americans, but we invite you rethink the Baja…
In the short time since Hurricane Odile we’ve seen the beginnings of a renaissance in Cabo San Lucas, and The Baja as a whole. A growing foodie scene, a creative coffee culture and an artisan oasis are quickly emerging to make Baja California so much more than just a beachy destination.
Our recent trip to The Baja was spent searching for The Best of The Baja. We hit up a few of our old favorites to add to this list, but we also branched out and tried a lot of new and exciting things that that baja has to offer. While most of our time was spent in Cabo San Lucas, this list includes a lot of amazing gems that are totally worth the drive up the super highway.
We urge you to get back to the baja before the prices increase, as they’re bound to with this revitalization of The Baja. As we write this, the US dollar is super strong and it’s the ideal time to get the most for your money in Mexico.
We present to you: The Best of The Baja:
FineDining: (entrees approx. $25 USD)
Flora Farms (San Jose Del Cabo): A dining experience you’ll never forget. Flora Farms is overwhelmingly deserving of the title: Best of The Baja. Situated on 25 acres of breathtaking farmland located off a dirt road in San Jose Del Cabo. Surrounded by palm trees the mountains, this farm to fork oasis is anything but mundane. Flora Farms grows and or hand makes 95% of everything they serve in their restaurant and their attention to culinary detail makes this place a foodie heaven. Reservations recommended. Show up early to wander their well-kept grounds and local shops near by.
Sunset De Mona Lisa (Cabo San Lucas): A short drive toward San Jose Del Cabo from Cabo San Lucas you’ll find this incredible multilevel restaurant situated cliff side above the crashing ocean. As the name would suggest, this is the BEST place to watch the sunset in all of the Baja. Reservations recommended, but if you can’t solidify a table at sunset, you can head to their champagne and oyster bar attached.
Midrange Restaurant: (Entrees approx. $15 USD)
Las Guacamayas (Cabo San Lucas): The BEST Molcajete on the Baja. Molcajete is a large volcanic stone bowl filled with meats or seafood, avocado, cheese and vegetables all covered in a hot bubbling flavorful Mexican sauce. It’s one of our favorite things to eat in Mexico and Guacamayas makes the best! We love their seafood molcajete because it’s enough for two people to share, reasonably priced and stuffed with delicious fresh seafood. They also serve a tasty and stiff margarita.
Honorably Mention: Amber’s Market (Cabo San Lucas): Finally, a great big salad and pressed juicer. Amber’s Market is located in the Medano Hotel Shopping Plaza and offers amazing salads, juices, healthy sandwiches on gluten free bread and the conjoining bar offers incredible alcoholic concoctions. We’re so excited to see health conscious food making an appearance in Cabo.
Derek Sushi (Todos Santos)
Quick and Cheap: (Entrees approx. $7)
Tacos Guss (Cabo San Lucas): This is a total hole in the wall, which we love. They have 10 different kinds of tacos, and we’ve eaten every single one. They’re cheap, fast and open super late for those late night (drunken) cravings.
LOVEleigh Designs (Pescadero): Okay, so there are tons of cool shops up and down the baja, but seriously none more breathtaking than this one. AND the proceeds go to a women’s collective in Cabo San Lucas: Sanahuaro. The angel of an owner, Morgan Leigh (IG @loveleighdesigns) has dedicated her life to giving back. She hand makes these breathtaking and functional pieces for a cause and her passion shines through her work. But you don’t have to fly all the way to Mexico for these beauties because her online shop has them all too!
Medano (Cabo San Lucas): Brand new hotel and surrounding shops. Awesome location, and totally reasonably priced. We booked this hotel for less then $100 USD a night. It included free made to order breakfast from the incredible restaurant on the resort (Ten Con Ten). The rooms we’re beautiful and modern, pool was sunny and loungers were comfy. It’s about a 3 min walk to the Medano Beach, Mango Deck and all the famous restaurants, however its a bit closer to the main road so walking into downtown is easy and quick. This might be our go-to Cabo hotel from here on out!
Vida Sol (Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort): This place is so breathtaking and unique and located in Cabo Pulmo National Park. It’s really in the middle of nowhere and you must take a dirt road to arrive there, but when you get there… WOW. It’s right on the beach and so modern and stunning. See our full write up here.
Ramuri (Cabo San Lucas): From the people who brought you famed restaurants The Office and Edith’s, this restaurant and brewery does not disappoint
Coffee: Baja Beans Coffee (Pescadero): For years, it’s been unbelievably hard to get a great cup of coffee on the Baja. The Mexican’s love their sugary coffee and they loved it blended with whipped cream on top. Baja Beans has finally brought the art of coffee to the Baja.
The Saloon (Cabo San Lucas)
Adela (Cabo San Lucas Marina)
Cabo Pulmo National Park (60 miles North of Cabo)
Saturday San Jose
Sunday Baja Beans Sunday Market1