Style Jaunt Cabo

/Style Jaunt Cabo

Style Jaunt Cabo

Style Jaunt Cabo (and win a subscription to FLARE!)

One travel trend I’m totally digging these days is fashion influencers giving the DL on shopping and unique neighbourhoods in cool destinations. Who doesn’t want to escape their hotel and hit up real local hot spots? Trouble is, you can’t always trust the concierge. I’m totally crushing on Transat’s Style Jaunt, a web series produced in collaboration with FLARE magazine. So here I go, channeling my own inner diva to give you guys a stylish peek at Cabo, one of my favourite destinations. 

The Arches Cabo

You can take a boat right up to Cabo’s famed Arches

Sure Cabo is famed for its championship golf courses, uncommon aquatic life and a dizzying array of ocean activities, but it’s also boasts a stylish scene (with a capital S). If that is, you know where to find it. Here’s a look at some of my favourite addresses to suss out on your next visit.

mango margarita

Where to Shop

Leave touristy Cabo San Lucas behind and head down the corridor to San Jose del Cabo. Their historic art district is full of Spanish Colonial character, not to mention quaint shops and galleries featuring the works of Mexico’s leading artists. Expats live for the weekly art tours on Thursday nights. And with works by Mexico’s most famous artists 20% lower here than in the US or Canada who wouldn’t?

Colourful buildings are laced throughout San Jose's art district.

Colourful buildings are laced throughout San Jose’s art district.

For contemporary paintings and sculpture, head to Corsica Gallery for the works of Diego Rivera’s god son, Augustin Castro Lopez. Or snap up some Manuel Feiguerez, Mexico’s most famous abstract painter. Some galleries also offer artisanal tequila tasting. Forewarned is forearmed!

True shopaholics will want to hit up ex-pat fave Artesano’s. You know you can’t leave Mexico without toting home a margarita pitcher, don’t you? This massive boutique bulging with treasures is conveniently situated between San Jose and Cabo San Lucas. It’s here you’ll want to stock up on beautiful glass stemware, pewter platters, colourful handicrafts and other unique souvenir items. (I bought a schwack of pretty Christmas decorations for next to nothing.)

Farmer's market Cabo

Just look at the bounty from Flora Farms! (Photo credit Calgary Herald)

Then there’s Flora Farms. Not only is this the spot where Adam Levine wed his Victoria Secret angel, but it’s a salubrious spot for lunch and you guessed it, shopping! Organic produce is picked fresh daily and you can snap up awesome preserves and crafts from local artisans.

Where to spot a celebrity

Part of the fun of being in Cabo is running into the jet set. Chelsea Handler and her posse of writers and friends are known to dance the night away at Squid Roe in downtown Cabo San Lucas. (I ran into Heather McDonald there on my last trip.) And we all know Courtney Cox and Jen Anniston bed down at The One&Only Palmilla, ranked as the#1 best resort in Mexico by Condé Nast Traveler for several years.

beach front hotel

Cabo Surf Hotel also boasts an amazing seafood restaurant. Even if you’re not staying, swing by 7 Seas Seafood Grille for lunch. (Photo credit: Cabo Surf Hotel)

For more of a funky, boutique feel, try The Cabo Surf Hotel. Reminiscent of a laid-back California beach house, it’s located on one of the top surfing beaches with board rentals available through their surf school. Naturally, this is where pro surfers get married (and my girlfriend Susan!), and recent celebrity guests include Sarah McLachlan and Annie Leibovitz.

fish tank swimming pool

Besides this funky pool, El Ganzo sports a swish private beach. (Photo credit: El Ganzo)

Another hot spot is Hotel El Ganzo. Charlie Sheen made waves when he partied at their 2012 opening with Slash. Ganzo has been quiet of late after getting hit pretty hard by last year’s hurricane, but they’ve just reopened. Creative types flock here because they’ve got a cool artist in residence program (including musicians and videographers) that lets them use the hotel as their canvas. They’ve also got their own recording studio (what hotel offers that?) which ups the hipster factor.

My girlfriend spotted Sammy Hagar and his family at Habanero’s, a totally chill, traditional Mexican restaurant in San Jose. Naturally I made her take me there, and I adored their savoury chilli relenos and carne asada. (Bonus: their wait staff is awesome with kids.)

Big thank you to Air Transat for encouraging me to share my stylish addresses.

About the Author:

I’m a freelance writer with bad hair, a loud mouth and a serious case of wanderlust. Whether it’s luggage, time or just life, I cram as much as possible into small compartments. Warning: Contents may shift during flight. My life is one bumpy ride! Follow me on Twitter or Pinterest.

23 Comments

  1. Janna 02.11.2015 at 08:30 - Reply

    Thank you so much for this valuable information
    Leaving to Cabo in 2 weeks. I forwarded the info
    to our travel buds that we are meeting there!
    Perfecto
    J

    • Jody 02.11.2015 at 08:56 - Reply

      Hope you have a wonderful trip. Where are you staying?

  2. Michelle 02.11.2015 at 08:47 - Reply

    Wish you were giving away a trip to Cabo (never been) but I’ll take a Flair subscription!

    • Jody 02.11.2015 at 08:56 - Reply

      Someday soon I hope to be giving away travel! Check back often to see.

  3. Christine Francoeur 02.11.2015 at 10:00 - Reply

    Oh boy this is really making me want to go to CABO!

    Haven’t been but I love the outlet shopping in Palm Springs. I know it’s not exactly a local kidna influence, but it is super fun. : )

    • Jody 02.11.2015 at 21:00 - Reply

      Outlets can be fun!

  4. Christine Francoeur 02.11.2015 at 10:01 - Reply

    You’re making me want to go to CABO! Nice! Favourite shopping spot in Palm Springs is the huge Outlet. I know it’s not exactly the local flair you’re searching for it’s pretty awesome.

  5. Amy Whitley 02.11.2015 at 11:27 - Reply

    Despite living on the west coast of the US, I have yet to get to Cabo. I think we’ve visited just about every other tourist mecca of Mexico! Need to remedy this!

    • Jody 02.11.2015 at 21:00 - Reply

      Yes, you do!

  6. Katie Baird 02.11.2015 at 20:38 - Reply

    Beautiful pictures and great coverage. Makes me wish I were heading to Cabo this winter!

  7. Leigh 03.11.2015 at 11:04 - Reply

    One of our neighbours hints at us using her beautiful house in Cabo – though a trip would likely be in the off-season. Now for shopping – you’ve got me on that one. Does Holt Renfrew in Calgary count? or Live Out There for the latest in hip outdoor apparel?

    • Jody 04.11.2015 at 09:33 - Reply

      Everything counts! And you should definitely take your neighbour up on the Cabo offer.

  8. Miranda Post 03.11.2015 at 15:51 - Reply

    My fave place to shop: Bree Street in Cape Town, South Africa. Uber cool indie shops like Skinny la Minx or SAM (South African Market) and great restaurants like Lucky’s Fish’n’Chips and Hard Pressed Cafe. I’ve yet to go to Cabo, but Mexico City has some great spots too. And, yes, I would love a subscription to Flare. Thanks Jody!

    • Jody 04.11.2015 at 09:33 - Reply

      Amazing! I only spent a day in Cape Town, but am keen to head back. These will be on my list, especially Lucky’s!

  9. Lauri 04.11.2015 at 08:01 - Reply

    Favorite places to stay… Casa Dorada, Resort at Pedregal (saw Adam Levine and Julianna Ramsic there), and budget friendly Bahia. Favorite places to eat… El Farallon for romance, Gordo Lele for hole in the wall tacos. Shopping is all over town, good silver is at Bling Bling.

    • Jody 04.11.2015 at 09:32 - Reply

      Nice one! Thanks, Lauri, I’ll have to check these addresses out.

  10. Deborah 04.11.2015 at 10:01 - Reply

    Headed to Cabo again in January (been 6 times) and can’t wait. Love to stay at Grand Solmar or Playa Grande because we can walk to the marina area downtown to party and shop. There are so many wonderful local places to eat that we never do all inclusive and it’s save money too. We like to ask the bell boys and maids, etc. where to eat and they are always spot on. This is our favorite vaca spot. We’ve seen Sammy, Vin Diesel, and Toby Keith.

    • Jody 04.11.2015 at 10:07 - Reply

      Impressive celebrity sightings! Thanks so much for sharing your tips. I’ll have to check out Grand Solmar and Playa Grande.

  11. JessieV 05.11.2015 at 10:12 - Reply

    Oh that crazy pool! I’d love to swim there.

  12. Sharron 07.11.2015 at 06:38 - Reply

    Playa Grande

  13. Janet M 07.11.2015 at 10:58 - Reply

    I haven’t been to Cabo but there is a wonderful leather shop on a side street near Piazza della Signoria where I found a superb leather jacket.

    • Jody 08.11.2015 at 08:48 - Reply

      Nice! Where’s Piazza della Signoria?

  14. Garnet Leib 07.11.2015 at 14:26 - Reply

    Love Cabo

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