Aspen & Beyond
Anyone who knows us knows that we spend a lot of time in Cabo. We’ve both been visiting the Baja Coast with our families for years. Its where my kids learned to surf. It’s a quick trip from Aspen, the weather is always perfect, the people are wonderful, and the tacos are good.
It’s our go-to spring break spot. Laura’s home away from home is Las Ventanas. Spring break is her time for some rest and relaxation and there is no better place than Las Ventanas. I stay at the Cabo Surf Hotel with my family. My husband and son like morning sessions at La Roca and my daughter and I prefer Old Man’s when it’s not too crowded. There are lots of people in the water over spring break and a whole lot of lessons. Staying at Cabo Surf allows us to paddle out when the crowds are gone. Plus we love the French toast, tacos mixtos and view at 7 Seas restaurant.
When in Cabo, a trip to Flora Farms is a must. We never miss Tuesday Fried Chicken night and really love lunch there. Also don’t forget to visit the bakery and get a few things to go. I recommend the chocolate eclairs and carrot cake cupcakes. Some of our other favorite dining spots include Tamarindos Farm-to-Table, Lumbre, Los Tres Gallos in San Jose for authentic Mexican and a little hole in the wall place called Barrio de Tango. If you’re looking to explore the area, a much improved highway makes day trips to the funky town of Todos Santos and the surf beach Cerritos an easy jaunt.
Our most favorite time to visit is the summer when the waves are big and the water is warm. This is when we head to the East Cape and the Sea of Cortez. It’s about a 45-minute drive from San Jose del Cabo.
The East Cape has been a local’s secret for a long time but like everything that is good, it’s starting to be discovered. More people are visiting but it is still a very special place. There isn’t much here…yet. We usually go for the day or rent one of the few houses close to a surf break. On our last visit we stayed at The White Lodge, a new eco-luxury resort consisting of 10 rooms. While we can’t divulge all the secret surf breaks without the risk of being kick out of the lineup, we can tell you to go see Alex and the boys at Costa Azul surf shop. They recently opened a new location at Santa Elena and Nine Palms where you can rent boards, grab something to eat and even rent out rooms.
Food like everything is limited on the East Cape but Zai sushi is some of the best sushi you will ever eat. The restaurant at The White Lodge is also excellent. The menu is healthy Baja-Mediterranean cuisine with many of the ingredients locally sourced.
If surfing isn’t your thing Cabo Pulmo National Park, a UNESCO-protected coral reef, offers amazing diving and snorkeling. Cabo Pulmo is about 45 minutes up the road from Nine Palms. We’ve heard the fishing is good too, but we’ve yet to leave the waves!