I recently took a trip down to Cabo Mexico for a couple of reasons, a much-needed getaway for my birthday, to disconnect and recharge from all the craziness happening in the state, and discover new types of food. You are probably wondering how is it like traveling during a pandemic? Well, let’s just say it wasn’t as bad as it seems. My flight was super comfortable, shoutout to Delta airlines for making everything smooth, easy, and safe. I knew this trip was going to be great as soon as we landed and I got a nice margarita right outside the airport while waiting for my car service to arrive. If you are going down to Cabo San Lucas, there are a few options from the airport. Rent a car, take the shared vans for roughly $15+ OR get a car service all to yourself for about $60+. I would recommend getting a car service so you can enjoy your margarita on the go.
Let’s get to the good stuff and the reason why you decided to read this guide. Here are my recommendations on where you should stay, activities to do and the most important places you should eat. Getting around is super cheap, Uber will cost you roughly $4 per ride probably cheaper depending on where you are going.
Where to stay:
Airbnb. I stayed outside of downtown Cabo at a gated resident called Santa Carmela which is approximately 10 minutes from downtown. This very stylish studio space is in a great location that’s not far from downtown Cabo. You also have some great restaurants nearby. The beach and pool are walking distances away. I will recommend this if you are looking for a place for yourself or with a significant other.
Places to Eat:
- SUR Beach House. I recommend going to SUR Beach House during the day time. This is where you want to be if you are looking for a nice location to relax beachside, have some drinks, food, and get your Instagram photo-op (lol). Make sure you make a reservation before you go and secure outdoor seating on the beach. They check your temperature before you enter, you also walk through this machine that sanitizes you down completely, talk about safety first.
2. La Lupita – Taco & Mezcal. I really like this place. Their tacos are delicious, tasty and the best part affordable. I came here for lunch hungry and left super happy with a big smile on my face. I had a 3-course meal (appetizer, 3 Tacos, beer, and dessert) all for $28 + tips. You can’t ask for anything better. This location is actually up the street from SUR Beach house so you can stop here first and then enjoy a beach day after.
What should you try here: Fried Oyster, Drunken Barbacoa Tacos (Lamb), Chipotle Shrimp Tacos, Braised Pork Tacos)
3. Toro Latin Kitchen & Bar. Hands down my FAVORITE restaurant. Everything about this place is phenomenal! Yes, I’m giving this restaurant high praise. The food, staff, ambience, music, literally everything was good. I don’t know if there’s one thing I could complain about. I was really impressed by the quality of food my first night, that I decided to come here two nights in a row. The bartenders were super cool, very easy to talk to while I enjoyed my dinner. I also had the chance to meet and talk with Chef Carlos, who’s the lead in house chef which made the overall experience incredible. I also appreciate how they support the local farmers and businesses by sourcing mostly everything locally.
What should you try here: Lomo Saltado Empanada, Short Rib Tacos, Chicken Thigh Cusco Style, and Caramel Cheese Cake.
4. Puerta Vieja. Grab dinner at Puerta Vieja during the sunset hour. You’ll have a beautiful view of downtown Cabo, the famous Arch of Cabo, while you enjoy a delicious meal. The menu has a lot of good options to select from. I had the Octopus tartar as an appetizer and Puerta Vieja combo with Ribeye steak and Shrimp served with veggies and mashed potatoes. Both dish were absolutely delicious, the bite into the steak alone left me speechless because it was that good. Overall a good quality restaurant with good prices.
5. Bar Esquina. I was recommended by two friends to check out Bar Esquina on my last night in Cabo and let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed. I recommend trying their Tuna tartar and braised short rib pizza.
Things to do:
- Massage at Eden Spas – Affordable spa with great service.
- Sailing with Cabo Sailing – The crew members are super cool, we had a great time, your ticket comes with an open bar and lunch.
I recommend traveling with a portable sanitary kit and a mask. You can find this on Amazon or Target. Everywhere you go in Cabo they check your temperature, sanitize your hands, and even your shoes before you enter the building. Be smart yourself and keep the same rules in mind, wash your hands, wear your mask when needed, and keep your distance.
Overall, I hope with the following recommendations that I put together, you’ll enjoy the city of Cabo San Lucas just as much I did. Go with an open mind and create a new experience. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. Follow me on Instagram at @Tayoscreation.