Cabo Shows Off Its Artistic Side
The Gallery District in San Jose del Cabo continues to grow and is fast becoming a cultural hub within a region that is often seen as home to jet-set beach vacations and spring break party sessions.
Set at the far end of the Cabo Corridor, San Jose del Cabo is the quieter cape at the tip of the Baja Peninsula. It is known for boutique hotels, a growing ex-pat community and its eclectic artists.
Studios are springing up regularly, displaying original artwork, including paintings, sculptures, photography and more. The Gallery District is giving a boost to tourism in the historic downtown area of San Jose – and within the city center a number of excellent cafes, shops and bars are opening up alongside the galleries to create a robust cultural experience.
Much of the drive for tourists to head to San Jose del Cabo is its popular weekly Art Walk that begins in late fall and lasts until late spring. Hours for the walk are officially from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, the Art Walk will be an all-day affair, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Over the years, the Art Walk’s popularity has grown and the local government decided to close the main street of Obregon to car traffic in order to accommodate all of the visitors to the district on Thursday evenings. Most of the galleries open their doors on these evenings, offering wine and hosting special events such as bringing in artists or showcasing exhibitions and openings.
With a surge in visitors over the years coming to explore the city center, numerous eclectic restaurants have opened their doors.
Jazmin Restaurant is often recommended and located just outside the arts district on a quiet side street. The establishment is an authentic Mexican experience from the handcrafted décor with bright colors and handmade wooden furniture to its delicious, flavorful cuisine. Throughout the restaurant, guests will find banners and memorabilia dedicated to pancho villa, leader of the Mexican Revolution.
Another unique experience in town is the Baja Brewing company outpost in San Jose del Cabo, located in the heart of the art district. It is Los Cabos’ first microbrewery and offers a restaurant with a menu that the owners describe as "international pub-fare" with original, locally inspired creations.
Many shops showcase the area’s growing farm-to-table movement. Flora Farms, which offers a popular dining experience and cooking class at Flora’s Field Kitchen just outside of San Jose del Cabo has a store in the center of the Gallery District. It offers unique handmade items such as soaps, lotions and beauty products as well as baked goods and fresh local produce. To bring home some of the area’s signature local honey, just down the street is Baja Hot Honey.
Other streets are lined with traditional handicraft stores that are popular throughout the country and feature a variety of locally sourced wares from resident artisans, such as clothing and weaving, and the popular Mexican tchotchkes and clothing that you can find throughout the country. Street vendors weave handmade bracelets and sell other goods in the streets as well on busy evenings in the square.
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