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A Journey Into Paradise

Dine Like a Local in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

04 July, 2016

Any real foodie knows that the best experiences in a new city come with finding the places where locals prefer to eat, and Cabo San Lucas is no exception! Located at the tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, the area collectively known as Los Cabos is actually made up of two small towns – Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo – which are connected by an area known as “The Corridor,” a modern highway that runs between the two towns. 

Cabo San Lucas is a major whale watching destination and the area is also home to a variety of amazing world-class golf courses, including the Palmilla Golf Club, which was the first course designed by Jack Nicklaus in Latin America, and the entire region is popular among A-list jetsetters like Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Aniston, George Clooney and more, who happen to have owned homes in the area. Although Cabo is perhaps most popular for its breathtaking views where the desert meets the sea, the culinary scene here is also something to talk about.

While in town,also be sure to check out these 5 Lesser-Known Attractions in Cabo for even more off-the-beaten-path experiences!

Breakfast

One of the don’t-miss local places to enjoy an amazing breakfast is definitely Villa Serena in Cabo San Lucas. The restaurant has amazing views and is also the ideal place to enjoy some traditional Mexican breakfast fare, such as steak ranchero, chilaquiles poblanos (fried tortilla strips with peppers) and palomilla (steak) with chile. We also recommend trying the green chilaquiles and the sweet bread with chocolate and raisins,which is simply divine! Or, if a quick breakfast is in order and you need to coffee up, try The Cabo Coffee Company for a nice cuppa with a bagel.

Lunch

Head over to El Toro Guero in San Jose del Cabo for some shrimp aguachile when lunch rolls around. A popular dish all up and down Mexico’s Pacific coast, aguachile is made up of raw shrimp prepared with onion, lemon juice and fresh chiles. Think ceviche, Peruvian style! The restaurant is casual and family-friendly, so don’t be afraid to stop in after a morning on the beach. But don’t be fooled by the thatched roof and beach-shack appearance – this place has amazing seafood at very reasonable prices. Hint: Try the shrimp platter, which has shrimp prepared in a wide variety of ways, including with mango, butterflied, spicy and fried. Or, if you have the time, consider taking a day trip to Todos Santos, one of Mexico’s specially-designated “Magic Towns” that is full of art galleries and excellent restaurants. We like Café Santa Fe for their caprese salad and lobster ravioli.

Dinner

As you can probably imagine, Cabo San Lucas is home to an overwhelming array of dinner options, including pretty much every type of cuisine you can imagine. Sushi lovers will adore Nick San in Cabo and its counterpart, Koi Sushi which is – get this – located in the local Walmart food court! Still, it is operated by world-class chefs from Nik San, which is the area’s original Japanese restaurant and has now expanded to include a location in Mexico City. We recommend the sashimi serranito, which is a tuna sashimi prepared with ponzu sauce and green chile, as well as the spicy roll with either crab or tuna. The Diego roll is also very good, but the real treat is the catch of the day, which always changes and is prepared accordingly. 

When are you coming to Cabo San Lucas for a visit?

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