This photo of Cabo is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Quiet, calm, warm, blue skies everyday…the epitome of relaxation is where we want to spend our time and why San Jose del Cabo is the perfect spot for a winter vacation. There really is no place better to spend a few weeks to escape those cold winter months of the year in the northwest US. While there are some outings available, there is ample time for relaxation, warmth, sunbathing and just generally kicking back and taking some time out to recuperate from the holidays.
The older historic town near the popular Cabo San Lucas is the preferred place for me. After the holidays, warmth and sunshine are what draw me to a location to spend time in January. The Baja penisula of Mexico is a sure bet for both good weather and mild temperatures. With highs in the mid 70’s on average, and sunshine almost everyday of the year, one cannot pick a better location than Cabo for the weather. Sunbathing and happy hours abound at nearly every resort. Whether you are looking for time to read, time to write, or just time to unwind from life, the beaches here are long and glorious. One can stroll for several miles up and down the beach. While there are warnings about undertows for swimmers…the beaches stretch for miles and are largely uninhabited. Pack some water and a picnic and go for a walk. Stop when you’re tired and have your picnic meal…then meander back to your resort! The endless walks are definintely a highlight of any beach experience.
While not necessarily known for their spas, San Jose del Cabo has a few worth visiting. From the high end Vidanta Cabos Spa at the newly remodeled and branded Mayan Palace – Vidata Cabos to the small intimate experience at the Tropicana Inn in downtown San Jose del Cabo, you can find relaxing experiences at all levels and price points. Rosie at Seven Zences (In Room111 in the Tropicana Inn) does a fantastic job and their specials are a worthwhile option combining two or more services. They are responsive online and easy to schedule with too! For those who want a drop in experience there are three similar experiences awaiting you on the Paseo Malecon San Jose (Hotel Zone) – all in the same block. For $40 you can get a one hour massage of your choice at any of these locations, all worthwhile.
The Farm to Table experiences in the area have been increasingly better each year. If you are interested in visiting a working farm practicing sustainablilty try Flora Farms. Here, you can schedule a tour of the farm and someone will guide you around the property helping one to understand how and why these practices have been started and are so popular. Not inexpensive, they are still worthy of a visit. They specialize in making cocktails and dinners based on what’s in season and sustainably sourced. You will not be disappointed although your wallet may be a little thinner than many places. For dinner and cocktails, or an overnight stay in a treehouse hotel room, don’t miss Acre. The chef is amazing and the drinks absolutely over the top. Not to mention that the peacocks that roam through the bar are in themselve worth the stop. Again, not inexpensive…the tree house rooms appear to have a view just over the trees. While most are roped off to everyone except the overnight guests, they look very inviting for a cozy romantic stay with an amazing view. Both Acre and Flora Farms offer event services for weddings, anniversaries and parties of all sorts so do check them out if you want some of the best food in the area.
San Jose del Cabo offers a laid back lifestyle while in the area. The best tacos anywhere are found at Claro’s Fish Jr. on Calle Boulevard Antonio Mijares. Try their fish or shrimp tacos with flour tortillas (corn are good as well)…and add those toppings from the bar in the center of the restaurant to your liking…So good! We go there often every time we visit the area. It’s just down the main street from the old historic section. Be prepared to pay cash…you never know if they are accepting VISA or not. You will never have better tacos no matter how far and wide you look!
And speaking of the old historic section – if you visit between November and June don’t miss the Art Walk on Thursday evenings when all the downtown art galleries open late, and street artists and vendors crowd into the square in the center. The food vendors are amazing – be sure to try the tamales! Or for a sit down meal any of the restaurants are excellent choices. There’s the greatest new tequila shop that just opened that’s a couple of blocks off the square where they offer free tequila tastings. They carry literally hundreds of brands of tequila – many of them better than you can purchase anywhere else in the world. Tequila is definitely a highlight of Mexico…so give them a try if you are so inclined!
Did I mention the beautiful sunrises in San Jose del Cabo? It is worth getting up early in the morning…at least 30 minutes before sunrise, to see the variety of colors that appear every single day over the water. Everyday is a different experience – and so quiet and peaceful to be out on the beach or on your deck with a view of that first hint of light in the sky as the earth slowly rotates making the sun appear in the east for a new day. Once it crests the horizon line, it is always amazing just how quickly it appears to rise in the sky. Don’t forget to look for the moon which is frequently still to be seen just before sunrise. Truly amazing views await those who can manage to rise early!
San Jose del Cabo is one of those special places where the tourists have not yet spoiled the authenticy of the town. Since the hurricane a few years ago that wiped out many of the beach resorts on the Sea of Cortez, the place is booming. But for now, there is a special place in San Jose del Cabo for anyone looking for some rest and relaxation from their holiday beach vacation!