Your vegan vacation guide to Cabo San Lucas
Recently I went to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It was sooooo pretty and the food was really on point. There’s no better way to destress than to eat guac with your toes in the sand, so Cabo was a dream come true for me. I got to destress and spend time with my super sweet aunt who will be moving there soon... Which hopefully means I’ll have many more trips to Cabo in my future :)
Where to stay
I had a great time lounging in a villa in Pedregal, which has a private beach and an off the beaten path, non-touristy feel. You can rent villas or homes there and I highly recommend it! But wherever you choose to stay in Cabo, I’m sure it will be great.
Once you get yourself situated, one of the first things you’ll want to do is grab something to eat. Hopefully you’ve brought your walking shoes, because the hills are serious here and you’ll need them to get around comfortably.
Now if you happen to find yourself in a villa, it’s pretty easy to eat vegan in Cabo. You can ask your chef to prepare healthy Mexican vegan meals so you’re not missing out. I highly recommend ordering skinny margaritas with fresh lime and your favorite tequila. And of course, enjoy all the fresh, made to order guacamole your heart desires. Just remember to ask for veggies for dipping instead of chips.
When you’re ready to venture out and try some local cuisine, you absolutely have to try these gems. I’m seriously still dreaming of them:
There are five global locations of OMNIA. Their newest location is in Cabo, which is funny because it’s actually in San Jose. Anyway, when you walk into the OMNIA you’ll immediately feel like you’re walking into the future. You walk through these incredible arches with wide open views of the ocean. Once you’re inside you’ll have a couple of options:
This place is literally on the beach, which means you can dine with your toes in the sand. As I said, Cabo makes dreams come true. The Office happily modifies anything on the menu to your specifications. And if you get veggie fajitas they’re not just bell peppers and onions. They also include carrots, zucchini and broccoli, their tortillas are off the charts delicious and the guacamole is insane.
Warning - try to avoid Rambo if you’re being good because he’s The Office’s tequila master. No joke, he’ll tip your head back and pour tequila down your throat!
You’ll need to make a reservation to get in here. It’s pretty pricey (as in, this place definitely uses US prices) but it’s worth every penny! The ambiance is killer since it’s on the Pacific Ocean and you can hear waves crashing into the walls of the patio as you eat. And since it’s in the Pedregal,it’s got a stunning and super luxurious feel.
I really like the story behind their location. It’s no accident that El Farallon is in the Pedregal. To put this marvelous restaurant and hotel where it is, the owner had to literally drill her own cave through the Pedgregal! I can’t even with that.
Other cool things they offer are live music, a champagne bar with stunning champagnes and a vegetarian menu. For our appetizer we had mixed salad with a lovely vinaigrette and asparagus soup, and for our main course I had a stuffed tomato with quinoa and extra veggies on the side (peppers, mushrooms, beets and carrots).
This place is surprising in the best way. It’s in San Jose which takes about 45 minutes to an hour to get to, and is a fully functional community farm in the middle of the desert. Imagine an oasis and you’ve got Flora Farms.
You approach the farms on a dirt road and the terrain suddenly shifts from sand to palm trees and lush veggies and flowers. The farm is set up like a little community with very posh storefronts selling everything from homemade chocolate bars and jewelry to painted bull skulls. They have a lovely restaurant that’s partially inside a barn and partially outside overlooking the gardens. The menu is seasonal and changes frequently, so you know whenever you go you’ll be dining on the absolute freshest ingredients of the day.
When we went for lunch they featured a variety of fresh local foods. One that stuck out to me was the wheat berries and kale salad with grilled onion, parsley, figs and lemon. They also have pizza, soups (one of which was a warm tomato soup with parmesan and black lentils and olive oil), and sandwiches like the local slow poached tuna with fennel, dill, lemon, sun dried chili and aioli on a ciabatta. And of course they feature their famous handcrafted farm cocktails pretty much any time they’re open.
I had a chilled asparagus soup with toasted almonds and olive oil and a massaged kale salad with thinly sliced beets. One of the most fun things on the menu is their “walk through the garden” appetizer selection of today’s freshly harvested vegetables. If you’re into seasonal produce, you’ve got to try it.
Still hungry for VEgan?
If you have extra time, these restaurants are also vegan friendly and will happily accommodate any special requests:
If you’d rather stay in and cook, California Ranch Market is the perfect place to stock up on vegan goods. Vive Organiko is great too if you have any snack or toiletry needs.
Keep in mind that new restaurants and hidden local gems pop up all the time. So to stay on top of the best food of the moment, follow my tips in this blog post. If you’re in a pinch, you can always try ordering a fajita with no meat. Skip the tortilla and rice and replace with extra beans and some leafy greens. Enjoy!
And though I stuck to skinny margaritas (“when in Rome…”), I wouldn’t be a Napa girl if I didn’t recommend some cool wine bars for you to check out while you’re there.
Annnnnd I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t give you a coffee recommendation. Interestingly, coffee isn’t grown in Baja California, the state that Cabo’s in. This means that roasters in Cabo need to import from somewhere in order to offer coffee, whether that’s mainland Mexico or anywhere else in the world. I really like Cabo Coffee Company’s solution to this. They import organic beans from a private grower in Oaxaca and then roast the beans daily themselves. You can really taste the difference between these beans and other imported roasts.
Things to do
If you ask me, food and drinks are the highlight of any great vacation. But there should be more to your days than that, so here’s a list of some amazing things to do in Cabo:
1. Scuba dive with Laura at Cabo Private Guide
We did an insane shark dive with her down to a shipwreck called El Vencedor. You can see a really neat short clip of sea life that typically hang out around the shipwreck on YouTube. We were super lucky and saw 11 bull sharks between the 7 - 12 feet long. This was an amazing experience for us, and would be really cool for any diver.
But if you want to take things down a notch she can host a variety of adventures for all skill levels ranging from snorkeling and searching for pretty fish to seeing a whale shark or even seals. She’ll get you covered at unbeatable prices, plus she’s adorable, so you really have nothing to lose.
2. Check out El Arco (The Arch)
This area is so pretty and makes for some incredible photo ops. It’s a great place to spot fish and birds and swim in the prettiest blue-green water you’ve ever seen. People love to visit by boat, snorkel, paddleboard, kayak, or really any way they can get over there. It’s pretty easy to get there so you’ll have your pick! You can even jump off of some of the rocks into the perfectly blue-green water if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. Some people also call it Land’s End because if you go south from this point, you won’t hit land again until you’ve reached Antarctica! So be careful to explore but not go too far
3. Relax on the beach
I really don’t think you can go wrong with any of the beaches here, but if you’re looking for the best of the best, check out Playa el Médano or Lover’s Beach (aka Playa del Amor).
Divorce beach is pretty too as long as you don’t swim there (it’s too rocky to swim safely). And don’t forget any of the beaches here make for a gorgeous run!
4. Treat yourself to a massage
I think most people go to Cabo to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Of course you also have your spring break crowd, but I’m pretty sure you don’t fall into that category :)
So since you’ve gone to relax, why not treat yourself to an incredible massage from Massages at the Sand Bar, where you can actually see the ocean during your massage if you’re somehow able to keep your eyes open?
5. Get your culture on
Did you know there’s a whole Gallery District in Cabo filled to the brim with local and folk art, including tons of high end paintings, sculptures, jewelry and anything else you’d expect to find in 14 major galleries? If you’re into this sort of thing (because why wouldn’t you be), you can catch an Art Walk every Thursday between October and June.
6. Soak in that gorgeous sunset
Don’t miss this! Find yourself a place to watch the view each night and take in all the beauty that Cabo has to offer. Most people prefer to do this from a beach, restaurant, or bar, though any balcony or really anywhere at all with a view will do.
But if you want to know my favorite place, I head straight to the Mona Lisa every night. Their Tattinger Terrace champagne bar is perfect for grabbing a few drinks and watching the sun go down over the iconic arch (El Arco). They also have a Michelin star trained chef serving up Mediterranean style food if you’re feeling hungry.
Some of my other favorite things to do were:
As you can tell, there’s tons of things to eat, drink, see and do in Cabo. It’s easy to fill your days exploring, but keep in mind you’re probably also there to relax. I recommend keeping an easy pace by choosing a few bucket list activities and leaving the rest of your schedule open so you have plenty of down time to soak it all in.
So tell me - have you ever been to Cabo? What were your favorite things to do there?
Special thanks to Talia Chakraborty 💕
Just another girl who is trying to inspire others. Passionate about health and fitness. And a love of coffee and peanut butter.