I had been to Cabo San Lucas twice before, and both times I was on a cruise. I think all-in-all, I had spent about 16 hours total in Cabo prior to this trip, which left me with little-to-no knowledge of things to do. We went in to the week with a blank itinerary, which was kind of awesome in a relaxing, vacation-esque type of way.
Thankfully, neither of us wanted to jam-pack our vacation with excursions, so we decided on just one snorkeling booze cruise adventure, which you can read about here. Instead of riding ATVs and zip-lining through the Mexican desert, we did a little bit of exploring and a whole lot of R&R— and I wouldn’t have done it any differently.
We stayed at an all-inclusive resort, Pueblo Bonito, so the majority of the trip we stuck around the hotel and took advantage of the free food and drinks (because, duh), but we were able to make it out just enough for me to compile a list of my top-six favorite places around Cabo. I’m fairly confident you’ll love these places as much as we did.
So, here it goes.
The Mango Deck — This one is a no brainer. You’ve undoubtedly seen this place on your Instagram feed courtesy of college spring breakers. Luckily, we missed the rowdy crowd and were able to enjoy the day with live music, ocean views, and ridiculously cheap buckets of beer.
La Frida — This place is on the pricier side, but it’s worth every penny. It’s an upscale Mexican restaurant located in the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Resort, and it’s some sort of magical mix of Mexico and Game of Thrones vibes. The dress code is resort elegant (I wore this) and the food is impeccable. Go, go, go.
The Office — With its beachfront tables, colorful lanterns and Mexican blankets hanging on the backs of every chair, The Office is total fiesta goals. We went for margaritas after dinner, but I wish I could have seen it during the day— I’m sure it would have been just as dreamy.
The Cabo San Lucas Flea Market — If Mexican blankets, textiles, aztec inspired baskets, sterling-silver jewelry and hand-painted pottery are your jam, this place is a must. Everything is dirt cheap. I suggest bringing an extra carry-on to lug home all of your loot.
Zao Shen — Under normal circumstances, I could eat Mexican food all day, everyday— but even I needed to mix things up after 7 days of bottomless chips and salsa. Zao Shen is like Cabo’s very own PF Changs, and it’s damn good. This one is also located in the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Resort, but it’s worth checking out even if you’re not a guest at the hotel.
The Marina — If you’re anything like us, you’ll need a break from the sunbathing. We took a short five-minute taxi down to the Marina and spent the greater part of the day hopping from cantina to cantina. The beer is cheap and the salsa is to-die-for, no matter where you end up.
One last thing, if you’re eating breakfast in Cabo (it doesn’t matter where), order the banana-crusted french toast. It’s not ideal for a bikini-based trip, but it’s unbelievably good. Just do it.
Is it too soon to start planning my next vacation?