Food lovers can rejoice upon arrival in Cabo.
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culinary delights range from simple, traditional fare harvested from the
bounty of the sea, to sophisticated, thoughtful dining crafted by
master chefs. There’s a little something for each palate, and
rightfully so: eating in Los Cabos reflects the international influence
on this isolated piece of Mexico.
Nibble your way through Los Cabos and you’ll
encounter surprises along the way. Start in historic San Jose del Cabo,
the quieter, traditional heart of Los Cabos. On a sunny weekend from
October to May, feast your senses at San Jose’s organic market, a short
walk from the city center. Find organic produce, handmade pastries,
breads, pizzas, as well as tacos, quesadillas and more along with music,
crafts and fun. Later, take a stroll through the charming streets and
have your choice of cuisines: hearty Italian, juicy Argentine steaks, or
flavorful Mediterranean and Spanish dishes, even Baja-style hamburgers.
But traditional Mexican favorites reign supreme, as chefs reinvent
classic dishes from mainland Mexico with a distinctive Baja flair.
Fresh shellfish, marlin, tuna, dorado are dressed up and spiced with
unforgettable Mexican flavors. But don’t feel like you need to stop at
the established restaurants, for San Jose has much more to share.
There’s nothing quite like the plaza of San Jose on a
balmy evening, as locals and tourists alike delight in the open, airy
city square. Sample traditional Mexican elotes: fresh corn spiced with
lime, cheese and chile. Stop for a popsicle or scoop of ice cream using
fresh, exotic ingredients: creamy coconut, tangy tamarind, guava or
Mexican vanilla. Try traditional tamales, lovingly prepared using old
family recipes and sold in the middle of the plaza. Check out the San
Jose marina to sample fresh ceviche (made from fish that were probably
swimming in the ocean just a few hours before). Mostly, take time to
slow down and enjoy the flavors, smells and colors that make San Jose
such a special place.
As you travel down the Transpeninsular Highway
(commonly called “the Corridor”) on your way to San Lucas, make a point
to stop at one of the sparkling resorts along the way for what is sure
to be a culinary treat. World-class restaurants are standard fare at
most Los Cabos resorts, and here you’ll find upscale dining with
breathtaking ocean views. Pick a hotel, or a chef, or a cuisine that
makes your heart flutter and you won’t regret your detour. If you’re
starting to feel a little homesick, Americans will find plenty of chain
restaurants from north of the border on the stretch of highway right
outside of San Jose.
Next up, San Lucas: Los Cabo’s party central. Kick
off your shoes and head to the beach, where a 24-hour-party is in full
swing. Restaurants are literally spilling onto the sand, and many offer
American-style breakfasts, traditional Mexican dishes and bar snacks
(along with enough tequila shots to get your groove on). Walk along the
marina and you’ll find seafood and lobster specials, friendly service
and ambiance just a short walk to the party.
But there’s a lot more than meets the eye in San
Lucas. Beyond the beach, you’ll find fine dining options that
masterfully fuse Mexican and international cuisines for an unforgettable
experience. Treat yourself at one of the fine restaurants housed in
the hotels and along the main street in San Lucas. Some restaurants
even have their own fishing boats to make sure that you’re getting the
freshest possible food at your table. One bite and you’ll be hooked,
Travel even further off the beaten path in San Lucas
and you’ll find hidden jewels: homey Italian food, Mexican seafood and
tacos galore. Don’t be scared by humble-looking taco stands: delicious
options abound that keep the locals coming back for more, and you won’t
be disappointed with a plate of fish or arrachera (grilled meat) tacos.
Follow the crowds and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you find.
Round out the peninsula and continue on to Todos
Santos. This stunning stretch of highway takes you along the sea and
into the wild desert. Food along the way is similarly humble yet
beautiful. Fresh fish tacos are available on the road right outside of
Todos Santos, and your grumbling stomach will thank you. Locals claim
that some of the best seafood tacos can be found here, so sample the
local favorites and see what suits you best. Going into Todos Santos,
take your pick of casual yet thoughtful dining: fresh ingredients using
familiar Mexican and international recipes.
As you make your way to La Paz, you’ll notice the
landscape change and become lush, mountainous and green. Enjoy the
sights and stop for a snack at the family-owned stands selling fruits
and handmade pastries. Guavas and mangoes grow in these lush hillsides,
and small family farms offer their bounty along the way to La Paz.
When you reach La Paz, you’ll eventually find
yourself along the malecon, or boardwalk. Take a relaxing walk along
the water and explore the dining options you find along the way. Small
cafes, traditional Mexican restaurants, bars, coffee shops, American
chain restaurants and fine dining: take your pick! Pick up a refreshing
agua de horchata (a sweet, cinnamony rice drink commonly made with
coconut milk here in La Paz) and let your belly guide you.
Whether you’re a vegetarian or a steak aficionado, a
little picky or very adventurous, you’re sure to have a happy stomach
while in Los Cabos. Seafood is reigns supreme, but you can find a
little bit of everything here. Take a bite, chow down, eat out or order
in, whatever you do, buen provecho: enjoy!