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Where to Stay in San Jose del Cabo
Cabo San Lucas itself is fairly small, but not one square foot of its real estate has gone to waste. Towering hotels line the entire shore and extend for some distance into town, but don’t worry; the developers of this area have left plenty of wide, sandy beach for sun-worshippers to enjoy. The centerpiece of Cabo is a crescent-shaped harbor where sporting and luxury yachts bob in the water, and right along the harbor’s edge, a boardwalk provides pedestrian access to restaurants, bars, some of the larger hotels and Puerto Paraiso Mall, Cabo’s biggest shopping destination. Downtown, a short distance from the beach, it’s possible to find some surprisingly cheap hotel deals in Cabo San Lucas. Further west, a newer and still-developing community known as Quivira is expanding its selection of resorts, but this is still technically part of Cabo.
Many more hotels and resorts exist just beyond Cabo, however, on a highway up the peninsula’s eastern coast. This stretch, called The Corridor, is more peaceful than rowdy Cabo and contains resorts with some of the most sprawling grounds and extensive amenities. If you reach the end of The Corridor’s roughly 20 miles, you’ll end up in San Jose del Cabo, another resort-packed town near the airport.
San Jose del Cabo Hotel Tips
By and large, accommodations in Cabo San Lucas, along The Corridor and in San Jose del Cabo consist of enormous beach resorts. Most of these are quite nice, and some of them are stunningly opulent. Those with the fewest frills still tend to offer many major resort amenities, but perhaps lack finer furnishings, gourmet dining and luxurious spas. Across the board, room rates are cheapest in the offseason from May through November.
Smaller budget hotels, B&Bs and rental cottages do exist in all three of these areas, but they’re far outnumbered by the major resort companies. Some of these smaller and cheaper options do not yet allow you to book your room online.
San Jose del Cabo Hotel Recommendations
If you want to stay in Cabo San Lucas proper and are seeking the premier resort experience, ME Cabo is one of your best choices. It is designed around the stretch of beach it faces, with a lagoon-style beachfront swimming pool and a large sundeck lined with oversized beach loungers. Every room and suite is outfitted with bright, stylish décor, and the resort services and atmosphere cater both to those looking to relax and guests seeking a party.
For the convenience of Cabo San Lucas without the all-night party noise in the heart of the action, the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach is your escape on the west side of town. Set on 50 acres with a private beach, this resort offers a large variety of luxury suites, seven options for drinking and dining, a lavish spa and a whimsical landscaped pool area.
Consider Esperanza Resort if you’re looking for something along The Corridor, just a few miles outside of Cabo San Lucas. This exclusive all-suite property is very secluded and gives you a range of upgrades and add-ons to make your vacation perfect. Your luxurious options include furnished villas with their own private pools, poolside stone massages and even butler service.
San Jose del Cabo Transportation
Before departing on your flight to Cabo San Lucas, check with your hotel or resort to find out if they provide any form of transportation to and from the airport. Some of the finer hotels offer complimentary shuttles, and others can arrange shuttle rides for you at a discounted rate. Be sure to specify which airport you’re flying into.
If you’re on your own as far as getting to your hotel from the airport, you have three options: you can buy a ticket for an affordable shuttle ride, opt for a faster but more expensive taxi ride, or rent a car. If you’re planning on exploring the area or are staying along The Corridor, you’ll likely save the most money by renting a vehicle at the airport.
When in Cabo San Lucas, most visitors walk everywhere. It’s small and pedestrian-friendly enough to accommodate it, and Cabo’s expensive cab fares can add up quickly. If you don’t rent a car and plan on staying in The Corridor or San Jose del Cabo, you’ll need to take a taxi each time you want to go to or from Cabo San Lucas.