June 1, 2020
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When they hear “Los Cabos,” many travelers think of the large resorts and rowdy bars of Cabo San Lucas. But there’s another, more seductive side of this part of Baja California: the town of San José del Cabo.
There, you’ll find dramatic seascapes, luxe resorts, art galleries, and beautiful beaches (be aware, however, that steep drop-offs and strong currents make most beaches unsafe for swimming). Best of all, it’s just a two-and-a-half-hour flight from Los Angeles.
Travelers are beginning to catch on. San José del Cabo was the second most popular international destination for American travelers in summer 2022, Allianz Partners research found.1 Want to visit? Here’s the quick guide to the best sights, resorts and restaurants in San José del Cabo.
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Looking for a budget hotel in San José del Cabo? The Hotel Posada Real is a longtime favorite of travelers who want a simple beachfront place to stay. As long as you don’t expect newly remodeled rooms or fast WiFi, this laid-back resort is just right, with hammocks for napping and fresh sea breezes. Choose all-inclusive meals and drinks, or just the drinks-inclusive option.
A popular mid-range stay is the Cabo Azul Resort. While this resort doesn’t offer a lot of fancy amenities, it checks all the important boxes: clean, well-appointed suites, good food and warm hospitality.
If price is no object, check into the One&Only Palmilla. This five-star San José del Cabo resort is famed for its impeccable grounds, excellent food and welcoming staff. It also offers access to one of the few swimmable beaches in the area. Enjoy handcrafted tequila, homemade snacks, and fruit delivered daily to your room. For a uniquely Mexican experience, participate in the temazcal ceremony, an ancient Mayan healing practice taking place in a stone sweat lodge.
Manta serves a meal you won’t soon forget. This fine-dining spot by Chef Enrique Olvera is inspired by the cuisine of the Pacific coast, including Mexico, Peru, Japan and beyond. On the menu, you might find shrimp, scallop and octopus aguachile; fish tempura tacos; or suckling pig cochinita.
Jazmin’s Restaurant, in the artsy downtown area, serves traditional Mexican cuisine (and lots of it). It may be touristy, but that won’t stop you from enjoying the live music, inviting patio, and tamarindo margaritas.
In the mood for a cold cerveza at a beach bar? Buzzard’s Bar and Grill is everything you want it to be. Dance to a local band, drink under a palapa on the beach, and dine by candlelight. The menu is simple American and Mexican fare: tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, burgers, coconut shrimp and a famously large flan.
Ready to get away? Just remember that any time you travel overseas, you need to protect yourself with travel insurance. Find the perfect Allianz Travel Insurance plan for you.