Baja’s Best Browsing – Shopping in Cabo San Lucas
When one thinks of shopping in Cabo San Lucas, the immediate image is probably of a generic Mexican souvenir shop, the sort of place where vacationers stock up on sombreros or t-shirts with clever, locally-themed slogans.
Those kind of souvenir shops do still exist, particularly on the “cruise ship circuit” around the Cabo San Lucas Marina boardwalk promenade. But don’t let the touristy hustle and bustle fool you. The Los Cabos shopping scene as a whole offers much more than curios and trinkets, and indeed has grown increasingly sophisticated over the past two decades.
Nowadays, residents and visitors alike can browse in a diverse range of shops and shopping centers, the former ranging from custom clothing and swimsuit boutiques to art galleries, jewelry stores, furniture outlets, organic and specialty grocery stores, luxury boutiques boasting name brands like Chanel and Dior, and outlets of popular multipurpose U.S. chain stores like Walmart, Costco and City Club.
The Best Malls & Shopping Centers
(Photo Credit Luxury Avenue Puerto Paraiso)
Who doesn’t love a good mall, the kind of place where you can shop, eat, see a movie, then shop some more? Puerto Paraíso on the Cabo San Lucas Marina has long been the signature local shopping center, with all of the above attractions plus access to the adjacent Luxury Avenue, home to a host of iconic upscale purveyors of clothing and accessories.
The Shoppes at Palmilla, located just outside San José del Cabo, also draws discerning shoppers with a retail directory that includes custom furniture and décor, arts and crafts galleries, fine food, and other boutique attractions. The large mall at Patio Los Cabos, meanwhile, is a favorite of Cabo San Lucas residents, as is Plaza San Lucas, the latter home to Walmart and other popular retail stores.
(Photo Credit Puerto Paraiso courtesy of Solmar Hotels & Resorts)
The Best Arts & Crafts Galleries
The best shopping in Los Cabos may well be found in San José del Cabo’s historic Distrito del Arte, where cobblestone studded streets are framed by an eclectic variety of galleries showcasing regional artists, as well as handmade pottery and custom jewelry from artisans around México.
This charming and colorful shopping district features the best examples of sought-after commodities like Talavera and Mata Ortiz pottery, Taxco silver and Mexican fire opals, not to mention paintings, sculpture, photography, printmaking and other fine arts.
For a real treat, stop by on Thursdays between 5 and 9 p.m. during high tourist season (November through June), when a weekly Art Walk event welcomes residents and visitors to browse the various gallery exhibitions, and to chat with gallery owners and notable local artists.
The Best Groceries & Specialty Shops
A few decades ago the grocery offerings in Los Cabos were so limited that residents often drove to La Paz once a week to stock up. That’s not an issue anymore. If anything, there are almost too many options. In addition to Walmart, Costco and City Club–all of which have well-stocked grocery departments–there are local outlets of large Mexican supermarket chains like Soriana, LaComer (large stores in each of the cape cities, plus a specialty Fresko supermarket–Fresko Palmilla–with a focus on fresh produce and baked goods) and Chedraui (including an impressive new upgraded Chedraui Selecto store in San José del Cabo, with another coming soon in Cabo San Lucas), as well as weekly organic markets in both of the cape cities.
Not just grocery and sundries, but specialty shops of all kinds can now be found, from wine shops and cigar stores with walk-in humidors to custom clothing and beachwear boutiques for women like Pepita’s Magic of the Moon.
Fact is, you don’t have to walk very far in today’s Los Cabos to find something worth buying. Or even walk at all, since Walmart and many other local stores now offer delivery service.
See? We told you the Los Cabos shopping scene had grown a little more sophisticated.
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