PHOTO: Puerto Paraiso Mall, Los Cabos. (photo via Flickr/Lana)
While some travelers place a premium on culture, culinary experiences and recreation, others put shopping at the top of their “must do” list. Los Cabos is an absolute natural fit, adding to its appeal with shopping that also meshes with its culture, cuisine and recreation.
Throughout its three distinctive areas, you'll find market stalls, craft shops, designer boutiques and gear outposts selling everything from sauces and surfboards to pottery and jewelry.
When purchasing the latter—which you’ll find just about everywhere you look—be sure to check for a .0925 or .0950 and “Mex” or “Mexico” stamp. That assures the piece is created with at least 92.5 percent pure silver.
CABO SAN LUCAS
Once considered “touristy” due to its abundance of knick-knacks, trinkets and souvenirs, Cabo San Lucas elevated its profile with the Marina Golden Zone that features a trio of highbrow options.
1) Puerto Paraiso
The super-sized Puerto Paraiso shopping mall is a fashionista magnet, offering the gamut from international designer stores to shops selling quality Mexican-made silver and leather goods. Count on such familiar names as Tommy Bahama, Kenneth Cole and Hugo Boss.
Entertainment also plays a major role, with Baja Brewing, Ruth’s Chris, Casino Caliente and Cinemex theaters.
2) Luxury Avenue Boutique Mall
Exclusive designer boutiques are also the name of the game at the adjacent Luxury Avenue Boutique Mall. Here, you’ll find Salvatore Ferragamo, Armani, Fendi, Carolina Herrera and Rolex.
Maliparmi is considered one of the most intriguing of its retail options—a highly coveted Italian brand merging tradition with unique global artisanal attitudes.
3) Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa Mall
Overlooking the lively marina, Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa Mall features a variety of popular restaurants plus a traditional Mexican cantina at the Tequila Museum.
4) Plaza Embarcadero Cabo San Lucas
Plaza Embarcadero Cabo San Lucas’ maze of nooks and crannies unfold within an architectural sprinkling of grand patios, fountains, intimate seating areas and esplanades. This is your “go-to spot" for a new look.
Cabo Hats, Cuban cigars and spirits at Vinos y Tequilas, plus scuba excursions or PADI certification at Eagle Divers are all highlights.
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With its collection of luxury resorts stringing along the Sea of Cortez, The Corridor skews toward higher-end retail therapy.
5) The Shoppes at Palmilla
On The Corridor, The Shoppes at Palmilla pleasantly entices those into exclusive jewelry, elaborate accessory collections, unique designer clothing, fine art galleries and home decor.
The latter dazzles at Antigua de Mexico’s showroom brimming with handcrafted European and Spanish-Colonial inspired furnishings.
6) Cabo Surf Shop
Within the Cabo Surf Hotel on Playa Acapulquito, Cabo Surf Shop at Mike Doyle Surf School satiates wave riders with gear and clothing rolling out Ripcurl, Morey, Cobian, Sol Sungard, Sticky Bumps, Techstyles Sportswear, Von Zipper, Hotline, Victorys and Turbi Tunel.
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SAN JOSE DEL CABO
A hotbed of art and culture, San Jose del Cabo takes its retail from traditional to upscale.
7) Gallery District
Tucked behind the historic main square and church, the Gallery District is home to a collection of studios displaying jewelry, photography, original paintings and sculptures created by both local and international artisans.
For a broad visual sampling, Galeria de Ida Victoria features works from 25 emerging and established North America talents.
8) Plaza Artesanos
Between Paseo Misiones and Valerio Gonzales on Boulevard Mijares, Plaza Artesanos is a marketplace-style setting that’s home to a collection of 70-plus vendors selling traditional handmade pieces that include pottery, rugs, opal, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, onyx, silver items and hand-stitched dresses.
9) San Jose del Cabo Art Walk
On Thursday evenings from November to June, the San Jose del Cabo Art Walk finds hundreds of art aficionados strolling along cobblestone streets to peruse art while also chatting with gallery owners.
Count on restaurants getting into the act with spirits and food samples.