The Out-of-Towners – LCM 50 Winter 2019

The Out-of-Towners

Los Cabos is home to a robust expat community.

Here’s where we take our guests

By Sandra A. Berry

I love when guests visit me in Los Cabos. It gives me a chance to organize a tour of what is new—or old—depending on whether my friends have visited before. And organized it is. I prepare an itinerary for the days they are here, so as not to repeat activities from previous or future visits. That doesn’t mean I’m inflexible, but it’s a plan so that we know what we’re doing on any particular day. And, there is always Plan B in case of rain.

For each visit, there is something on the water, and one of my favorite outings is the wine and jazz cruise on Tropicat (www.tropicatcabo.com). What a great way to see the shoreline and watch a magnificent sunset. Taking on some additional water activities depends on the crowd. My daughter can’t get enough of swimming with dolphins. I’m sure her next visit will include one of the Cabo Flyboard (www.caboflyboard.com) activities. Snorkeling at Chileno Beach, either from shore or from a tour boat, is always a highlight.

With many different and exciting restaurants available, food is a big item on the list of activities. To give my guests a real taste of México, Campestre (www.restaurantcampestreloscabos.com) is a must with its abundant offerings of authentic Mexican food and flavors.  I tell my guests that I take them only to the best places, and Así y Asado (www.asiyasado.com) is high on the list for tacos. For a taste of living on the beach, breakfast at The Office on Médano Beach (www.theofficeonthebeach.com)  fills the bill, with a dip in one of the best swimmable beaches in Los Cabos. Sometimes my guests are surprised at the various ethnic eateries that dot the restaurant scene. From Japanese at Nicksan (www.nicksan.com) and Daikoku (www.daikoku.com.mex), Italian at Romeo & Julieta (www.restauranromeoyjulieta.com), Chinese at Chin’s (www.chinscabo.com), to Namaste India (www.namasteindiacabo.com) , I can always satisfy their taste buds. For good, old American-style, the funky Roadhouse (www.latno2baddays.com) is available, full of marine memorabilia and interesting ex-pats.

Upping the scale for dining, a night at Pitahayas (www.pitahayas.com) or La Deriva (www.laderivarestaurant.com) lets them know they are special and deserve to dine in style, perhaps starting with cocktails on the rooftop  of The Cape, a Thompson Hotel (www.thompsonhotels.com), then dinner around the corner at Sunset MonaLisa (www.sunsetmonalisa.com).

If this is a first-time visit, taking a glass-bottom boat to Lover’s Beach is the best way for a close-up view of the arch at Land’s End. If Sunday is within the schedule, a trip to Cerrito’s Beach to catch some surf waves is a great exercise, perhaps driving farther to Todos Santos to take in the magical town.

If time allows—and I always ask they allow at least a week to get a sense of what Los Cabos is all about—a jaunt up to Cabo Pulmo for the absolute epitome of snorkeling and diving.  A little farther to La Paz offers swimming with whale sharks or a boat trip to Espíritu Santo.

On Thursday evenings during  November-May, the Art Walk beckons in  San José del Cabo; artists are in residence, the streets are closed to vehicles and many restaurants welcome art aficionados. The Ida Victoria Gallery is not to be missed, nor are the fine sculptures and paintings of world-renowned artist, Frank Arnold.

One of my friends has a good approach: She takes her guests to lunch at the legendary Cabo Wabo (www.cabowabocantina.com), including a tour of the premises, so that if they wish to take  in the nightlife, they know where to go.

There’s incredible shopping in Los Cabos:  Luxury Avenue (www.luxuryavenue.com) astounds visitors with its upscale boutiques; The Shoppes at Palmilla (www.theshoppesatpalmilla.com.mx) with its trendy shops and restaurants is another option. Sometimes just taking in a movie at Puerto Paraiso (www.puertoparaiso.mx), kicking up your feet in the Premier Salon in the Cinemex Theater (https://cinemex.com/premium), is a great way to relax after a day of shopping.

There’s so much to see and do that a week is not really enough to do Los Cabos justice. My farewell bid is to come back soon and often.