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The Swimsetter Guide: Baja California Sur

The Swimsetter Guide: Baja California Sur
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Cabo gets a bad rap. Often referred to as “the Cancun of the west” it is seen as a spring break destination to drink your heart out and make some questionable life choices.

I’m here to show you a different view- a chic and off-the-bearen path itinerary from a swimsetter perspective. Follow me while I shop and explore the best of what Cabo and the surrounding Baja California Sur has to offer in search of one-of-a-kind artisan products and experiences. 


Best All-Inclusive Resort San Jose Del Cabo:

Hyatt Ziva 
Hyatt properties never disappoint. This property is gorgeous and perfectly positioned to explore downtown San Jose del Cabo and the upcoming surf towns surrounding the area. With daily activities like tequila tastings, fresh ahi tostadas at your beckon call and three over-sized pools to lounge the day away, this all-suite property will make it very difficult to ever leave. 

Hyatt Viva, Los Cabos


Best All-Inclusive Resort Cabo San Lucas:

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica
Whether you enjoy playing golf, sunning your bum, or getting the best massage of your life- this luxurious property tucked away from the rest of the touristy rif-raf on the Cabo San Lucas side is your perfect hideaway. Healthy all-inslusive breakfast options chalk full pressed juices, smoothies and fresh local fare.

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, Cabo San Lucas

Best Boutique Hotel:

Casa Natalia

Located in the heart of downtown San Jose del Cabo, this intimate 18-room retreat is worth a visit, even if you aren't staying there (this time). Known for is brightly painted architecture and infamous Mi Cocina margaritas and Baja Oyster Bar. Escape the heat of the day, and nestle up to shaded half moon bar.
Eat- Oysters and the salmon carpaccio spoons for a decadent treat
Drink- A margarita..(duh) possibly with mezcal (yuh) 

Casa Natalia, San Jose del Cabo


Party in the streets on a Thursday:

San Jose del Cabo Art Walk

Every Thursday night the colorful and artsy downtown of San Jose del Cabo closes its street to traffic and the town comes to life with live music, gallery exhibits, and curated artisan designs. A “must do” on Thursday for locals and tourist alike.

Downtown San José del Cabo


Souvenir-worthy brewery:

Baja Brewing
Located in Downtown San Jose del Cabo’s walking streets, this brewery is a good idea any time of day, especially during their happy hour from 3pm-6pm. Grab a beer flight and listen to the lone mariachi strum his guitar table side, then brown bag it at the gift shop and take your favorite beer (and other cool merch) to-go! One of the best perks of the delicious brewery!
Drink: Baja Razz- a light, not too sweet raspberry Ale
Eat: Sea of Cortes Shrimp- fire grilled shrimp with a savory pesto aioli

Baja Brewing, San José del Cabo


Most Romantic Restaurant:

Flora Farms
This “too good to be true” farm-to-table compound is located on the very outskirts of town. Don’t worry if you feel a little lost trying to get there down a long, dirt, windy road. That is all part of the elusive allure. Once you arrive you will be over-whelmed by the manicured beauty of the property and designer sundries shops. The twinkling light restaurant will enchant you so much, you may even be tempted to return the next morning for a fractional ownership tour (don’t) or one of their signature bloody marys (do).

Flora Farms, San José del Cabo


Touristy activity you must do anyway:

Tropicat Catamaran Cruise to The Arch

If you can't afford to book your own private yacht for the day (me neither) then definitely seek out the friendly crew of Topicat Catamaran Cruises to take you on an all-inclusive sunset sail to Lands End and the famous arch. Much classier then the neighboring booze cruises- enjoy live jazz, premium drinks and a bountiful spread of snacks while you check out the tranquil lovers beach (you can also kayak to here if you feel extra motivated), turbulent divorce beach and hopefully a super colorful sunset over Cabo!

Tropicat Catamaran Crusies, Cabo San Lucas


Best Daytrip:

Todos Santos

The town of Todos Santos or "All Saints" is already being referred to as the Next Tulum. Hip bars, restaurants and condos are all in the works as a result of an influx of American and European investments, but until then you can still taste your way through town with street taco vendors every few feet and gently haggle your way into some unique artisan products. Perhaps a hammock or two? I was very interested to find during my stay that many of the shops and businesses are women owned! Viva la girl power! 

Best Women-run, Swimsetter approved outposts: 

Casa Catalina y Galeria
Casa Catalina y Galeria, Todos Santos

Nomad Chic
Nomad Chic, Todos Santos


Best place to spend your last day:

La Mision at Hacienda Cerritos

Originally designed to be the dream home of an Oregon architect, this Spanish mission inspired villa became open to the public after the recession as a glamorous cliff-side resort. Over-looking the surf breaks of Cerritos beach, guests and locals alike are welcome to spend the day dining at the La Mission restaurant and if you meet the $40 per person minimum, admiring the view from white cabanas or floating in the lagoon style pool. An easy choice to make- especially since when everything we dined on was as mouth-watering as the view. 

La Mision at Hacienda, Cerritos Beach





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