As distinctive as its accommodations and dining options, Los Cabos delivers with one shopping adventure after another, Shopping in Cabo has everything from hot sauce to couture in a tapestry of crafts shops, posh resort boutiques and designer-laden malls.
Once overlooked for its Mexican-themed knickknacks, Cabo San Lucas fashioned itself into a respectable retail destination, starting with the opening of the Puerto Paraíso Entertainment Plaza. Flanking the marina, this outsized venue features gurgling waterfalls, inlaid mosaic flooring and open areas for relaxing.
Fashionistas flock here for the impressive roster of international brands — Adolfo Domínguez, Nautica, Kenneth Cole and Lacoste — as well as the national vendors like Fiesta Mexicana, Pineda Covalín and 100% Mexico, which cater to those seeking high-quality, Mexican-made goods, artisan crafts and silver.
At the end of Puerto Paraíso, the adjacent Luxury Avenue Boutique Mall is where exclusive designers like Rolex, Cartier, Tous, CH Carolina Herrera and Salvatore Ferragamoare have set up shop for shopping in Cabo. The Malíparmi boutique there reflects the Italian brand’s new concept store: a destination where customers are welcomed with a sense of constantly-renewed creativity and originality. More than just a brand, it reflects an entire world of designers who blend style with eloquent concepts.
If you are looking to pick up a few items without picking up the tax, stop by the Liverpool Duty Free shop, which is also at the marina. It carries all kinds of items, from clothing, accessories and cosmetics to electronics.
On The Corridor, The Shoppes at Palmilla is a venue that unites sophisticated global fashions and fine dining with an upscale casual attitude. Visitors can peruse fine art galleries full of works from the region’s most renowned artists, exclusive jewelry stores and fashionable home furnishing purveyors as easily as they can pick up designer clothing from some of the world’s finest collections. A day’s shopping spree can be celebrated by indulging in executive chef and owner Angel Carbajal’s culinary artistry at Nick-San. This perennial favorite serves up a creative and innovative fusion of Japanese cuisine with traditional Mexican ingredients in a laid-back setting. Celebrity sightings often enhance the experience at this Los Cabos staple while shopping in Cabo.
The Treasure Hunter
Those on the jewelry trail are regularly rewarded with handcrafted baubles, gleaming adornments and luminous wearables made of semi-precious stones, glass and Mexico’s widely recognized silver. When purchasing the latter and shopping in Cabo, check for a .0925 or .0950 along with the “Mex” or “Mexico” stamp on the back of each piece to assure that it’s created of at least 92.5 percent pure silver.
If you’re on the hunt for home decor, brace yourself for sheer delight. It’s Mexico, so you can find everything from wrought iron designs, blown glass and hand-painted Talavera pottery to decorative lamps with hand-carved bases. The design world unfolds with everything from hand-woven tapestries to rustic pine dining tables that reflect the country’s festive spirit.
If you feel it’s about time you add an authentic splash of style to your home, but can’t seem to put your finger on exactly what you want, Antigua de Mexico presents an elegant collection of meticulously handcrafted Spanish-Colonial and European inspired furnishings at its beautiful Shoppes at Palmilla showroom. Interior design consultants are there to help you customize pieces so they can complement your home’s existing décor — or to skew it in a bold new direction.
Plaza Embarcadero is one of those exceptional venues where you can stroll from one beautiful shop to the next and stumble upon a string of delightful surprises along the way. Situated on the Marina Cabo San Lucas, the three-story building and mall complex is comprised of eateries and retail spaces that line palmed esplanades, grand patios, intimate seating areas and eye-catching fountains.
Tenants there include Eagle Divers, which arranges scuba diving excursions and PADI certification classes; Cabo Hats, where you can top your personal style off with the Scala Collection; and the sophisticated Puros, Vinos y Tequilas, which further appeals with its Cuban cigar selection.
In San José del Cabo, treasure hunters flock to the Gallery District that’s tucked behind the historic main square and church. High-end studios display original paintings, sculptures, photography and jewelry created by local and international artisans. Among these is the Galería de Ida Victoria, which represents an eclectic collection from 25 established and emerging North America talents.
For an artistic immersion, stroll the hamlet’s cobblestone streets between November and June for the San José del Cabo Art Walk on Thursday evenings. Aficionados can ogle at all kinds of artwork displayed by a dozen-plus galleries, as restaurants add to the ambience with food samples and libations.
On San José del Cabo’s Boulevard Mijares, between Valerio Gonzales and Paseo Misiones, the Plaza Artesanos marketplace boasts some 75 vendors selling such traditional Mexican handmade pieces as textiles, pottery, ceramics, rugs, jewelry, onyx, opal, hand-stitched dresses and silver.
In the historic district’s Plaza Paulina Interior Design Firm, Paulina Gutierrez continues to beautify surroundings with the same refined style, artistry, design sensibilities and commitment to personalized service she has displayed since 1989. If you’re preparing to leave Los Cabos and are not certain of when you’ll return, the firm specializes in long distance service that provides clients with detailed communications from project concept to completion.