Where to Stay in Cabo San Lucas Like a Local

The Towers at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica stand proudly above the beach
The Towers at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica stand proudly above the beach | Courtesy of the Towers / Expedia
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27 November 2020

Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas, on the tip of the Baja California Peninsula, is a beach paradise. Many tourists come just to sink into the sands, play the world-class golf courses and party in the downtown district. But it’s so much more than that, and you can find a more authentic experience by choosing your accommodation wisely. It might be out of the tourist hub, family-run or serving Baja cuisine as standard. In Cabo San Lucas, local is best.

Casa Bella

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Away from the hubbub of Cabo, this authentic Mexican gem sits by Land’s End and enjoys all the natural splendor that brings. The hacienda-style hotel is set in lush tropical gardens and entering them feels like walking into a secret garden. Find private seating as you explore among swaying palms and potted ferns and push through trailing bougainvillea. The warmth of the genuine Mexican welcome is echoed in the surroundings, with terracotta walls, patterned tiling and richly colored fabrics against dark wooden beds and desks in the rooms.
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The Bungalows

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Tucked in a residential area away from the crowds, the Bungalows gives a more authentic Cabo San Lucas experience than most. Oozing with charm and character, all rooms have large hammocks which sets the laid-back vibe for the whole place, an atmosphere made even more delightful by the happy and helpful local staff. The Mexican touch is extended to excellent breakfasts, with piles of exotic fruit served alongside breakfast burritos smothered in delicious bean sauce, and freshly squeezed juices.
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Los Patios Hotel

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This family-friendly three-star hotel embraces Mexico’s love of bright colors. The walls, furniture and soft furnishings are a citrus riot of oranges, lemons and limes. The USP at Los Patios is the staff’s commitment to sharing and promoting local culture, so ask them lots of questions about local life. The facilities are clean and simple in this budget-friendly option.
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  • Welk Resorts Sirena del Mar

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    Good old-fashioned hospitality and entertainment has guests returning time and again to the luxurious Sirena del Mar. The setting is a major part of the attraction, too. Perched high on the cliffs close to Cabo San Lucas, this 7-acre (3ha) complex makes the most of the region’s outstanding natural assets. The famous El Arco rock formation rises up from the aquamarine Sea of Cortez and can be seen from many of the villas. Guests wake to the sounds of the waves and can watch whales from the comfort of their room (the season is between December and March.) For a magical at-one-with-nature moment, head to the little private cove for a dip at dawn.
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    The Towers at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica

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    The Towers at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica stand proudly above the beach, with 47 luxurious adults-only guest rooms and suites, all with private terraces. Contemporary Mexican decor using natural woods and subtle shades creates a Zen-like zone. The two accommodation towers have a sky bridge for guests to access tower number three. The true local magic here happens in the VIP lounge and Peninsula Restaurant. Dishes are an edible fingerprint of the local area and culture, using traditional recipes and region-specific ingredients.
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    El Encanto All-Inclusive Resort at Hacienda Encantada

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    At the El Encanto, guests looking for a touch of ancestral wisdom can head to the spa for a bespoke holistic healing journey. Using native flowers and traditional recipes, it’s possible to get wrapped with seaweed, massaged with Mayan herbs and exfoliated with tequila in one heady afternoon. A fresh Baja aesthetic continues in the villas and suites, each showcasing traditional artwork and pottery, locally crafted stonework, carved wooden features and Spanish archways. The result is warm, inviting spaces with an authentic feel.
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    These recommendations were updated on November 27, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.