In addition to the large all-inclusive beachfront resorts that stretch along the coastline from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo, the area is also home to a number of boutique hotels that offer unique and intimate accommodations. Visitors who wish to avoid the homogeneity of the large chain hotels may find that these more personalized and less conventional lodgings provide a welcome change of pace/place.
Cabo Surf Hotel - Located at Playa Acapulquito, also known as “Old Man’s” and one of Baja’s best surfing beaches, this little 22 room hotel combines a beautiful seaside setting with casually elegant surroundings, an on-site surf shop and one of the best restaurants in San Jose del Cabo (7 Seas Seafood Grille), to provide one of the most relaxed vacation experiences imaginable. All of the rooms face the ocean, so unless you have some objection to palm trees, sand, and the Sea of Cortez, there are no bad views. The local surf season runs from March through November, so make your reservations accordingly.
Casa Bella – Originally a private home, this charming little hacienda-style bed and breakfast is located just off the Plaza Amelia Wilkes in downtown Cabo San Lucas. Casa Bella features 11 warmly furnished rooms and a gorgeous courtyard setting, with stone fountains, painted tiles, a rose garden, gazebo, and small swimming pool shaded beneath stands of mature palm trees. There is small dining area, as well as a library and gaming area that is a perfect place for the family to relax after a long day on the local beaches.
Casa Natalia - An oasis in the heart of San Jose del Cabo’s art district, this small, European-style boutique hotel boasts striking contemporary architecture, and is set amidst a secluded enclave of palm trees, waterfalls, and tropical flowers. There are fourteen deluxe guest rooms and two spa suites, with all rooms individually decorated with local artwork, and feature sliding glass doors that open onto private shaded terraces. Recline on a hammock underneath a canopy of bamboo and bougainvillea, or enjoy the full breakfasts delivered daily to your terrace. The on-site restaurant Mi Cocina, helmed by Chef Loïc Tenoux, fuses Mexican and European cuisines.
Los Milagros – Relax amidst the scents of bougainvillea and jasmine and experience the wonders of this downtown bed and breakfast. The rooms are individually decorated in contemporary Mexican style, and each room as its own unique name and personality. WiFi and cable are standard amenities, but with its quaint touches and exquisite appointments, its beautiful colonial courtyard, complete with stone fountain, gardens, and sun terrace, Los Milagros has managed a perfect fusion of contemporary chic and charming, old-world atmosphere.
Blarney Castle Inn – This little eight suite inn accomplishes the rare trick off being just off the beaten track while being within easy walking distance of downtown Cabo San Lucas, the Marina, and Medano Beach, all with a gorgeous hilltop location that offers spectacular views of both the city and the bay. All of the suites feature fully equipped kitchens, private patio decks, and separate living and dining areas. On-site dining is also available at Brennan’s Bar and Grill.