San Jose del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas
About a week before our vacation, someone, somewhere asked “where are you going?” I blurted out “Cancun” and my friend – at the same time – said “Cabo”. Houston…we’ve got a problem.
Cancun was my first choice for a seaside destination so I admit I didn’t expect to to love this vacation or Cabo too much…but I did. I loved San Jose del Cabo because it was as much about the breath-taking scenery and amazing food as it was the incredible warmth from the people we met along the way. And our newfound friends indulged my quest for tasty tacos by trekking around in a relentless pursuit of pescado perfection (and carne asada too!)
It all started with a simple order of fish tacos at the Hilton where I was instantly hooked: flaky local fish garnished with salsa and chipotle cream plus a watermelon mint beverage to wash it all down. My version of poolside bliss.
Next up: Asi y Asado located on the main road between San Jose and Cabo (across from Costco.) Asi y Asado features a taco-focused menu with my favorites being the pescado and arrachera topped with a cabbage-y coleslaw, beans, cilantro and avocado sauce. If you go, make sure to order the hibiscus tea!
A stop at Las Guacamayas (San Jose) resulted in tacos al pastor – marinated pork on a vertical rotisserie carved to order – and thin-rolled fried cheese as an appetizer. The food and atmosphere felt authentic and the crowd very non-touristy. A fun way to cap my
Other great places for food include French Riviera and CasaDahlia – both in San Jose as well. French Riviera dishes out a bevy of fine fare which includes delicious chocolate croissants and cheese from…you guessed it…France. Casa Dahlia (within walking distance) serves up art by day and wood-oven pizzas by night in the ultra charming garden courtyard. This is where we met Hector and Lisa who become our vacation mentors and food-finding friends during our stay.
At Hector’s urging we signed up for a Sunset Cruise on the Eco Cat which turned out to be delightful and memorable. We took in the beautiful scenery and open air surrounded by friendly staffers armed with drinks and offering impromptu dance lessons. Cost is about $35USD – a bargain for what you get in return.
All in all I’ve been on my share of trips which were nothing special and those that were stellar in memory. This one takes stellar and wraps it around the earth a few times before landing on spectacular as the top prize. And it all comes back to the amazingly cool, supremely gracious people we met who introduced us to arrachera tacos, hibiscus tea and dancing on deck of the sunset cruise.
So to Hector, Lisa, Tammy and everyone else – muchas gracias!
More to see and do in Cabo and the surrounding area
- Voila – San Jose del Cabo – this is a home decor store + courtyard cafe
- Las Guacamayas – San Jose del Cabo | calle marinos col chamizal, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.Must try: tacos al pastor and the thin rolled fried cheese appetizer.
- La Taquiza- Av. Leona Vicario S/N Col. | Centro Entre Revolucion y Carranza, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Tacos in an open-air venue (Located right next to Paisas which is supposed to be good too – but they were closed when we stopped for lunch.)
- Galeria de ida Victoria – beautiful gallery with great, interesting pieces of art
- Raweli Gallery/Bruce Herman Photography
Just plain fun
- Eco Cat Sunset Cruise – Awesome – fun crew and amazing scenery and a bargain at $35USD (May 2012)
- Pueblo Bonito Rose Resort & Spa. The pro’s: the beach and swimming are close. Also, this is a good place to stay if you want a lively, party-like atmosphere.
- El Encanto (San Jose) – We didn’t stay here but I will next time. Super cute with a great courtyard pool and a small chapel in the back.
- Casa Natalia (San Jose) – We didn’t stay here either but this was heavily recommended by Hector (which tells me it’s great)
Transportation – to and from the airport
- Terramar 1.314.754.8808. Cost: approx. $107USD. Yes, it’s pricey and a taxi is a better bargain. However, if you want a nice, soft landing once you are in the area, this is a good way to go.