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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Detox and Unwind in Los Cabos

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5. Oddball Day

Bike and relax by the giant stone works in the sculpture garden at Puerto Los Cabos.  

Take a break from spa time and perfecting your downward dog to explore downtown San Jose del Cabo’s art district. Start your tour at Casa Dahlia, a café-cum-gallery that pairs contemporary art, including abstract paintings by co-owner Leah Porter, with French-press organic coffee and homemade pastries in a tranquil garden setting. The spot also hosts weekly movie nights, with wood-fired pizza, flan, and classic flicks (about $23; café is open Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; movie nights are Wed.–Fri., 7–9 p.m.). Around the corner, take in graphic works by Victor Mora, Lucille Wong, and Joao Rodríguez at Patricia Mendoza’s museum-quality gallery, and Frank Arnold’s abstract expressionist paintings and sculptures (which have been compared to the works of Gorky and De Kooning) at his eponymous studio. For Mexican folk art and custom jewelry, try Silver Moon, and find handcrafted, hand-painted ceramics at Mata Ortiz. If it’s open, swing by the organic market on the edge of town (Saturdays, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.) for an agua fresca, and all-natural soaps and sun balms by Todos Santos–based Heartsease. Take a breather amid fruit trees and billowing white drapes at Chef Enrique Silva’s (of Huerto Los Tamarindos) Tequila Restaurant for lunch, where simply prepared fresh seafood is the focus (think sautéed octopus and clams); while you’re waiting for your food, inhale the fragrant rosemary, lemongrass, and basil in the chef’s own herb garden. Post-lunch, make the five-minute drive just outside town to Puerto Los Cabos, a sprawling mixed-use development positioning itself as a more sophisticated alternative to Cabo San Lucas. Just to the right of the entrance, stop at the Wirikuta Botanical Desert Garden, where you can wander through orderly rows of bonsai bougainvillea and cacti, or take in the view from the pergolas. Continue past Wirikuta to the adjacent Sculpture Garden, which features the massive stone sculptures of Guadalajara-born artist Gabriel Macotela and Manuel Felguérez’s abstract geometric works. Rent a bike back at the entrance to the botanical garden ($20 for a half day) to poke around the marina (there’s a 3.2-mile path) before heading down the road for dinner at El Marinero Borracho (a.k.a. the Drunken Sailor), for shrimp-stuffed falafel tacos with beet hummus and tabbouleh, or Baja-style ceviche. End your day at El Ganzo, where the hotel’s musicians-in-residence play on Saturdays (upcoming performers include Grammy winner Natalia Lafourcade and American folk-singer Lissie) or local acts Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Published on Jan 16, 2014 as a web exclusive.

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