A Local’s Guide to Los Cabos Shopping
It’s time for a little retail therapy
By Sandra A. Berry
You’re on vacation in a shopper’s paradise. It’s time to treat yourself to a little relaxation and retail therapy. After all, nothing haunts us like the things we don’t buy. Here, in Los Cabos, you’ll have the shopping experience of a lifetime. I hope you left a little extra room in that suitcase of yours.
A delightful way to stay cool in Cabo San Lucas is to venture into the beautiful—and air-conditioned—Puerto Paraíso (www.puertoparaiso.mx) shopping center. I remember when Puerto Paraíso opened; it was like the circus had come to town. Up until that point, Cabo San Lucas had been considered something of a T-shirt town. This new shopping center—with its marble, granite, escalators, elevators, and store windows full of eye candy—changed that. The mega complex also features a movie theater and arcade. Located on the Cabo San Lucas Marina in the heart of the city, Puerto Paraíso at the time of its construction was the most ambitious commercial shopping and entertainment center ever constructed in Southern Baja. It promised to offer tourists and locals a world of entertainment, dining, shopping, and more, including open areas for strolling and relaxing. That promise has held true. Today, after a total overhaul, one can find a plethora of trendy boutiques and internationally recognized brands in the multilevel complex offering clothing, jewelry, art, fine dining, and entertainment.
Looking for beachwear? Puerto Paraíso is the place to go with a number of swimwear shops. Customers come from La Paz and San José del Cabo to purchase swimwear because of the vast options here. The trend for swimwear continues to be mix-and-match separates and tankinis allowing that few women are the same size top and bottom. Tropica Calipso Swimwear owner Margarita Partridge says, “There are now more playful and exciting styles and colors available in all brands for every size and for every woman. Cover-ups are a must in any swimwear shop and very important in giving the customer her complete look.” To stand out from the competition at Puerto Paraíso, Partridge points to her bilingual sales team, who have been fitting customers since 1993.
Two more must-visit swimwear shops are Zingara and Intimissimi. The latter is owned by Cristina López, who hails from Guadalajara. At her store, you’ll find gorgeous lingerie in addition to swimwear.
Puerto Paraíso features a new food court with a mix of Greek, Mexican, and Peruvian food, as well as new retailers like the MacStore and Forever 21. In addition to world-renowned Ruth’s Chris Steak House located in a stunning marina-front location, there are an abundance of eateries to take the edge off a shopping spree. Other shops to check out include Cabo Hats and its Scala collection, Kid’s Paradise for unique children’s wear, Mexico Hand Made for a special remembrance of your trip to Los Cabos, Tommy Bahama for golf accessories and more, a shop for Harley Davidson fans, Happy Land play area for kids, and several outlets for souvenirs such as Casa Tequila. There are also pharmacies, banks, and Häagen Dazs ice cream.
Luxury Avenue (www.luxuryavenue .com) is an upscale shopping center housed within the Puerto Paraíso complex that features brands such as Armani, Bvlgari, Cartier, Tous and the flagship stores Ultra Femme and Ultra Jewels. Longchamp and Tag Heuer join the high-end collection this fall.
Speaking of jewelry, Diamonds International (www.diamondsinternational .com) at Puerto Paraíso offers an enormous selection of fine jewelry and luxury watch brands.
If a new pair of sunshades is on your shopping list, look no further. There are stores galore in Los Cabos with trendy designer brand names such as Chanel.
When you get tired of shopping, sit down…and try on shoes. The perfect place to do this is at Casa Vieja Boutique at the Shoppes at Palmilla (http://lastiendas.com.mx), a specialty boutique shopping center near San José del Cabo. If you haven’t yet heard of San Miguel de Allende shoes, your feet and your budget will be glad you checked it out. Owner Leticia Klein told me to be on the lookout for the “daring” designs of Desigual, a fashion house in Barcelona, Spain. The name means “unequal,” and it’s known for trendy patchwork designs, intense prints, and flamboyant splashes of color. Casa Vieja is the place to receive personal service, not only for clothing and shoes but also for the entire ensemble, including just the right touch of jewelry.
The Shoppes at Palmilla appeal to a well-traveled and sophisticated clientele. Yes, here you can find unique designer clothing and accessories, exclusive timepieces of jewelry, furniture, fine art, and fabulous food choices. But the shopping center also appeals to those seeking an afternoon at an exclusive boutique mall offering an afternoon of relaxed browsing, personal service, and exciting restaurants like Nick-San, Chin’s Chinese restaurant, and Tenangos Mexican Cuisine, to name a few. Here you’ll also find the U.S. Consular Agent office as well as a bank, organic grocery, beauty salon, and real estate and law offices.
Take an afternoon and visit San José del Cabo for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. When I have out-of-town guests, this is where I take them. We go to the main boulevard in downtown San José, where they can walk down one side of the street and back up the other side checking out many unique shops with the trinkets, gems, and jewels that México is known for. One place that is a must-visit is Indira Gems (www.jewelrydesignserscabo.com), a jewelry boutique specializing in one-of-a-kind pieces. It’s located in front of the historical San José Mission Church.
Here’s where you can shop till you drop, and enjoy every moment of it.