At the southern tip of Baja California’s southern peninsula, San José del Cabo — with its pristine beaches and a low-key central plaza — is considered a calmer alternative to party-centric Cabo San Lucas.
Over the last decade, it’s become a hot spot for snowbirds and sun-seekers come fall and winter. But San José del Cabo still has plenty to offer travelers during its off season, which extends from June to September.
While temps rise to the high 80s — along with the chance of thunderstorms — airfare and hotel rates drop.
According to Kayak.com, a round-trip flight from New York to San José del Cabo’s airport in June is $464, compared to $520 in December. What’s more, a five-star hotel during the summer is typically $250 per night, about $100 less than in peak season.
And thanks to a rise in new shops, hotels and nightlife venues, there’s never been a better time to visit the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Here are tips for any visit, rain or shine.
Where to go
Stay cool in San José del Cabo’s charming art district, which features a slew of shops as well as Misión de San José del Cabo Añuití, a Jesuit church that dates back to the 17th century. Behind the church, on Thursday evenings, the town hosts a weekly art walk, which features local dancers, pop-up shops by area artisans and al fresco dining.
Where to eat
Pick a cozy restaurant on a cloudy day. Try some Baja-grown cuisine at Flora Farms, a staple in the area since opening in 1996. Fruits and veggies are cultivated and served from nearby farms. Favorite dishes include gramigna, macaroni mixed with pork sausage and swiss chard, and le paysan, a sandwich with smoked turkey, brie and apple chutney. Don’t miss Flora’s supersized bloody Mary, heaping with pickled local vegetables (left).
Where to party
Rain or shine, DJs like Zedd spin at new club Omnia.Vidanta and Hakkasan Group
Cabo San Lucas is shedding its sleepy reputation thanks to a slew of nightclub openings. In February, hospitality group Hakkasan opened an outpost of Vegas-based Omnia at a newly renovated hotel, the Grand Mayan Vidanta Los Cabos. While Omnia in Vegas is a megaclub, this version is more intimate. Cabanas and treehouse-style bungalows surround a pool filled with pretty young things. DJs like Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris and Zedd have recently played there, while Kaskade is slated to perform soon. Starting from just $20 a ticket, it’s a bargain.
Where to stay
You can’t go wrong with the Grand Mayan Vidanta Los Cabos (from $650). The hotel, which has 154 rooms with balconies, sleek furniture and Jacuzzi tubs, got a multimillion-dollar facelift earlier this year. It now boasts an epic infinity pool overlooking the Pacific to attract millennial travelers. Staffers serve champagne upon arrival. Cheers!
Source: NY Times