Welcome to a land of surf and sunshine, a beachy paradise of swaying palms and stretching ocean horizons where your next adventure is never more than a day away. It’s Los Cabos, Mexico, a tiny municipality on the tip of the magnificent Baja California Peninsula, encompassing the sister cities of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, and the 32 km Corridor area between them. Set against the backdrop of the shimmering blue Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean, it’s a place where in the morning you might find yourself sea-kayaking past the famous El Arco, the afternoon laying out on the shore, and the evening taking in a spectacular sunset while sipping cocktails and sampling the best in local cuisine. Your dream vacation will come to life before your very eyes, whether it’s teeing off at world-class seaside golf courses, snorkeling amongst colorful fish, or simply getting in some quality time with your loved ones at your stunning vacation villa with an infinity pool overlooking the ocean.
With so much to do and see, it can be overwhelming to decide where to start planning your vacation—but we’re here to tell you it all starts with your vacation rental! To make things convenient for you, we’ve detailed some of the best places to stay in the Los Cabos area, so you can make an informed decision on where to stay based on what you’d like to do the most, whether it’s scuba diving or hitting up the best beachside cantinas. Here is our guide to the best places to stay in Cabo!
Of course, Cabo San Lucas is first up on the list, as it’s the one of the two main city centers in Los Cabos. When you stay here you can expect to never be far from the action, while still enjoying the best that luxury homes in Cabo have to offer, from beachfront property to cliffside homes with fantastic views of Land’s End and famous arch of Cabo, El Arco. Popular neighborhoods in Cabo include Pedregal, Punta Ballena, and Hacienda. For those who enjoy the feel of an upscale vacation while only being minutes from restaurants and activities, Cabo is a great choice. Sun Cabo offers some of the best places to stay in Cabo San Lucas, so be sure to check them out!
You’ll find there’s always something to do in Cabo, whether it’s getting a massage seaside at The Sand Bar on Playa El Médano or dancing the night away at El Squid Roe, a lively venue with DJs, tacos, beers, and margaritas. Popular activities here include sea-kayaking or taking a boat tour around El Arco, where you might even spot a sea lion or two, and taking a water taxi out to Lover’s Beach, which is only accessible by boat and enjoys calm waters on the Sea of Cortez. You can depart on almost any kind of tour from the city, and golfers will rejoice as there are several esteemed courses nearby, such as Quivira Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and Diamante Golf Club, where you’ll find courses designed by 20-time PGA Tour winner Davis Love III and the famous champion golfer Tiger Woods.
You’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to dining in the city, from upscale seaside steakhouses like Hacienda Cocina y Cantina, to colorfully casual taco joints like La Lupita Taco and Mezcal. If you’d like to sample some of the best the city has to offer, consider embarking on a Cabo food tour with companies like Juan More Taco Tours, AvoCabo Food Tours, and Viator—there's even options like a sunset fajita cruise!
Just at the city limits to the east of Cabo you’ll hit the Corridor, also known as the Tourist Corridor because of its upscale resorts, restaurants, golf clubs, and residential neighborhoods with gorgeous homes primed for the vacation of a lifetime. Here you can indulge in the ultimate relaxation, from treating yourself to local spa treatments to kicking back at your exquisite vacation villa. Enjoy easy access to gorgeous beaches, and a great location that is only a short drive to the action back in Cabo.
The Corridor was designed to offer the finest in Los Cabos relaxation, for both locals and visitors alike. Spend your afternoon at beautiful beaches such as Playa Santa Maria and Playa El Chileno, both of which offer a slower and more relaxed pace than the busy beaches back in town. Here you can grab your own snorkeling gear and adventure at your own pace, or simply bask in the sunshine. The Corridor is also famous for its world-class golf courses, including the Cabo del Sol Golf course, which has their Desert Course, designed by Tim Weiskopf, and the seaside Cove Course, another Jack Nicklaus signature design.
When you stay in the Corridor, you’ll still have plenty of dining choices, from elegant resort restaurants to stand alone spots with amazing food and magnificent views. Stop by Cocina Del Mar at the Esperanza Resort, where you can indulge in some of the best farm-to-table cuisine in the area or dine on fresh local seafood at the nearby Sunset Monalisa at The Cape—both offer fantastic views of the Sea of Cortez and Land’s End. When you stay in the Corridor, the finest in Los Cabos dining is at your fingertips!
At the northeast end of the Tourist Corridor just before San José del Cabo you’ll find Palmilla, a posh area that is home to multiple golf courses, five-star restaurants, and homes that boast a unique combination of desert and ocean views. Here you’ll enjoy a sense of seclusion from the city, while only being a quick drive to the vibrant streets of San José.
Popular pastimes for guests staying in Palmilla include lounging out on exceptionally beautiful beaches, golfing, and local shopping. Playa Palmilla offers gorgeous, striking blue water and even a few free tiki beach umbrellas if you snag a spot early! Those who like to engage in a bit of retail therapy will love paying a visit to the chic and trendy The Shoppes at Palmilla, as well as the Koral Center, both of which also offer local restaurants.
When you’re looking to dine out in Palmilla, restaurants such as Seared and Auga may catch your eye, both at the One & Only Palmilla. Offering an array of acclaimed restaurants that serve up everything from authentic Mexican classics to ocean-fresh cuisine, you can’t go wrong with making a reservation for either lunch or dinner—don't forget to request the ocean view! If you’re in the mood for a little Asian fusion, try Chin’s at The Shoppes at Palmilla, and finish off your evening with a European style coffee and Italian pastry at Cream Café.
Next up the coast is San José del Cabo, a bustling center of entertainment, dining, culture, and shopping. Here you can embark on sailing tours, go on a historical walking tour of city, and dine out at charming courtyard restaurants. Vacation villas here are no less luxurious than their more remote counterparts, and you’ll enjoy having a multitude of activities right at your fingertips. It’s a great area for those looking to sample all the best the region has to offer, from natural beauty to cuisine to local culture.
You can access almost any tour you’d like to take in Cabo, from glass-bottomed boat excursions to thrilling activities like ziplining at Canopy Costa Azul. If you’d like to adventure the local terrain, you can hike trails like Cerro de Las Chivas, or go for a raucous afternoon of tequila tasting at Cuervo’s House. If you’d just like to get out to local beaches, you’ll find local hotspots such as Costa Azul and Playa Las Palmas, where you can get in a bit of seaside dining with your beachy afternoon.
San José del Cabo offers no shortage in terrific restaurants, from classy eateries offering the finest cuts of steak and seafood, to casual restaurants right near the beach. For on-the-sand-dining try Mama Mia, which offers an array of Mexican favorites like traditional slow roasted pork brisket tacos, to catches that come straight from the Sea of Cortez. For more authentic flavors, try Tequila Restaurante, located in the heart of town with a charming courtyard that will make you feel like you’ve been transported to a jungle paradise.
Just past San José del Cabo over the local San José Estuary, you’ll find the development of Puerto Los Cabos, offering luxurious neighborhoods, local resorts, and a stunning golf course. Here you can relax at your lavish vacation villa, taking a break to lay out at the beach or explore local restaurants. Puerto Los Cabos has all you’d expect from an upscale Los Cabos development, and as a bonus is within easy reach of the excitement of San José. Check out some of our best places to stay in Cabo featured in the area!
Besides unwinding at your ritzy vacation rental, you’ll find much to explore in Puerto Los Cabos, from watching the boats at the local marina to ordering a spa treatment direct to your vacation villa. The Puerto Los Cabos Golf Course offers golfers a local chance to hit the greens and offers unbeatable ocean views. Nature lovers will adore a visit to the San José Estero, the estuary of oceanside wetlands where you can explore their biking and hiking trails.
Offering an array of local restaurants ranging from casual to elegant, you’ll find you have an array of dining choices in this area. Stop by El Marinero Borracho for a seafood meal with a marina view or grab a quick bite from El Tibu Hot Dogs. If you head a bit north, you’ll find Flora Farms, where you can make a brunch reservation for a farm-to-table experience.
Just past Puerto Los Cabos you’ll come across East Cape, a low-key area of unmatched beauty where you can immerse yourself in a more isolated feel while being only a drive away from the city. Here you can indulge in the ultimate relaxation, with days spent at pristine beaches and swimming at your lavish vacation villa. This area is popular with those seeking a bit of a remotely rustic feel, while never sacrificing on the luxury you’ve come to expect from a Los Cabos getaway.
From hitting the summer surf at East Cape Beach to embarking on a local fishing charter, you’ll find much to do in and around this area. If you favor a bit of a thrill sign up for a kiteboarding excursion with ExotiKite or take the afternoon to do some shopping in San José. For a one-of-a-kind activity, make the 2-hour trip north to Cabo Pulmo Marine Sanctuary, where you can have a scuba diving experience unlike any other that Baja offers!
As East Cape offers the highlight of a more low-key and remote vibe, you might find yourself heading to San José for a more in-depth culinary selection, however there are still a few restaurants to be enjoyed in East Cape. Stop by Zac's Bar & Grill just off the highway for a menu that offers everything from Mexican classics to pasta and pizza or journey a bit further north to find spots such as Shade La Fortuna, boasting seaside views and a Mexican American menu with free Wi-Fi.
As one of the premier vacation rental agencies in Los Cabos, making your vacation absolutely flawless is exactly what we do, from assisting you in selecting the perfect rental to our luxurious concierge services. From our luxury Los Cabos vacation villas to our five-star service, we go above and beyond to ensure you have the vacation of a lifetime. Contact us to discuss reserving one of the best places to stay in Cabo San Lucas or any of the surrounding areas today!