Excellent alternatives exist for those seeking to avoid the sprawling all-inclusive resorts that dominate the Los Cabos coastline, most notably some of the smaller boutique hotels now open in Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, and along the Tourist Corridor that connects the cape cities.
The 96-room Resort at Pedregal has been one of Cabo San Lucas' benchmark properties since it opened in 2008, with a magnificent setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean, stylishly appointed accommodations, and a host of world-class amenities, ranging from a pampering spa to spectacular cliffside dining.
The Médano Beach adjacent Bahía Hotel and Beach Club is also a popular option for discerning travelers. Best known locally for its superb restaurant, Bar Esquina, the 81-room resort also boasts a hip lobby art gallery, an expansive pool area with swim-up palapa bar, take-out coffee service, and easy access to water-based activities rentals.
Casa Natalia is the best boutique hotel in San José del Cabo. The intimate lodging is set near the city's historic Art District, and each of its 19 rooms are decorated with local artwork. Its onsite restaurant, Mi Cocina, is among the best in Los Cabos, and the central location offers close proximity to shopping and sightseeing. In fact, many of the premier downtown attractions – the main plaza, city hall, and the old Catholic church – are located within one block of the hotel.