Tabasco doesn't get the same publicity as Mango Deck and The Office, but this is one of the most popular places to hang out on Médano Beach, with a sun deck boasting terrific views of Land's End and the local seaside scene, and a menu featuring unpretentious fare like omelets and burgers, as well as fresh local seafood served up in ceviches and shrimp cocktails. All the beachside tables are shaded by umbrellas during the day, and there are also plenty of ice-cooled beverages available for those looking to beat the Baja heat. Water-based rentals and activities can also be arranged at Tabasco's, from wave runners to parasailing trips.
Recommended for Beach Restaurants because: Tabasco is one of the top comfort food stops on Médano Beach.
Chris's expert tip: Want some inner peace? Try the Buddha burger with portobello mushrooms.
One of the longest-running of all the Playa El Médano based beach bars – 22 years and counting - The Sand Bar survived Hurricane Odile in 2014 and emerged better and stronger than ever following extensive renovations. It remains a benchmark beach hang, right up there with Mango Deck and neighboring SUR among must-visit beachfront cantinas in Cabo San Lucas. Start your day at the beach with cocktails and fresh ceviche, the latter among several available menu items featuring fresh and delicious local seafood. Like many bars on Médano Beach, The Sand Bar also offers water-based rentals, including kayaks, wave runners and stand up paddle boards. The coolest and certainly the most relaxing of all the amenities, however, are the rooftop massages. Enjoy fresh sea breezes, fantastic views of Land's End, and a stress-relieving 60 or 90-minute massage.
Recommended for Beach Restaurants because: Few beach bars in Los Cabos offer better fresh local seafood than The Sand Bar.
Chris's expert tip: Massages are available daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Ready for a not so tough day at The Office? This palapa-topped bar and restaurant is packed all-day, every day, and boasts both a full bar and a large array of menu items, from breakfast omelets to seafood and steaks. It's a bit pricey, but not only are patrons served up fine food and drink in a beautiful beachfront setting, they also enjoy festive entertainment and colorful atmosphere. Live music is showcased nightly, but the best time to visit is on Thursday evenings between 7:30 and 9 p.m., when The Office hosts its Gran Fiesta Mexicana featuring pre-Colombian folk dancing, waiters' shows, audience participation, piñatas, candy for children, free tequila shooters and other treats.
Choose among al fresco dining on the terraza, open air indoor dining or the ever popular "tables in the sand" at this romantic restaurant at Playa El Médano based luxury lodging Hacienda Beach Club and Residences. The views are jaw-dropping regardless, a panoramic vista that stretches from the iconic granite monuments at Land's End to the boats cruising Cabo San Lucas Bay and the expansive golden beach with its two-mile sweep of restaurants and resorts. Tasting highlights include creative mezcal and tequila focused cocktails and a menu rich in traditional Mexican fare and fresh local seafood. A surf and turf trio featuring chile relleno, arrachera (skirt steak) and shrimp enchilada is among the best dinner entrées, although couples may prefer one of the "shared" dinner-for-two options. For dessert, try the house churros served with chocolate and caramel sauces.
Every day feels like Spring Break at Mango Deck. Looking for a place with bikini contests? Sex position contests? Banana eating contests? A mustachioed Pancho Villa lookalike named Big Johnson who carries holsters filled with tequila bottles, and crisscrossed bandoliers packed with shot glasses? Check, check, check and check. Order a bucket of ice cold Coronas and settle in for a memorable visit at Cabo's most iconic beachfront party spot. Heck, you can even rent a wave runner here, although most are content to work on their tans, with occasional "beer ballast" from the full restaurant menu. The fare is mostly Mexican, but the kitchen dishes up everything from pastas and fresh local seafood to bbq, burgers and other typical pub grub.
Playa El Tecolote can't top Balandra for sheer beauty, but it's hands down the best beach in the La Paz area for barefoot seaside drinking and dining. Palapa Azul is its foremost treasure, and quite easy to find: Just follow the malecón out of town until you dead-end in a parking lot at Km 25 in front of the big hollowed out boat. The bar and restaurant's unique structure is part of its charm, of course, but the fresh local seafood is the real attraction. For the ultimate Palapa Azul experience, grab a table near the shoreline, order a bucket of ice cold Pacíficos, and feast on chocolate clams and marlin en escabeche while enjoying incredible views of Isla Espíritu Santo.
Recommended for Beach Restaurants because: Palapa Azul is the best beachfront restaurant in La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur.
Chris's expert tip: Try the chocolate clams or the marlin en escabeche.
Beloved by locals and tourists alike for its laid-back beachfront atmosphere, Zipper's offers excellent cantina fare and easy access to some of the area's best surf breaks. Set on Costa Azul Beach - site of the annual WSL sponsored Los Cabos Open of Surf - this is the kind of place where you can enjoy a delicious Angus beef cheeseburger or a rack of BBQ ribs while watching the waves, and wave riders, roll in. Hamburgers are a big draw here, but Zipper's does everything well, including deli sandwiches and Mexican comfort food fare. Lunch is the best time to catch the beach scene, but combo dinners at sunset while kicking back with beers or a bottle of wine isn't too bad either. Satellite televisions show all the big games.
Recommended for Beach Restaurants because: Zipper's is the best beachfront restaurant in San José del Cabo.
Chris's expert tip: Zipper's is one of the few local places to carry Victoria, México's finest beer.
Baja California Sur's first brewery has three locations - the original in San José del Cabo, a rooftop aerie on the ninth floor of Cachet Beach Club, and an air-conditioned oasis overlooking the Cabo San Lucas Marina - all of which have proved exceedingly popular with tourists and locals alike. Fine food is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with menu options ranging from hamburgers and gourmet pizzas to filet mignon and other high-end entrées. The beers are excellent, either in a bottle or on tap, and you can order flights of the draft beer for a sudsy overview of their offerings. If you can only visit one of their locations, check out the rooftop brew pub at Cachet, which offers gorgeous views of Playa El Médano and the spectacular granite monuments at Land's End.
Recommended for Beach Restaurants because: This is the best brew pub and comfort food stop on Playa El Médano in Cabo San Lucas.
Chris's expert tip: Try their bacon blue cheese burger with basil paired with their Peyote IPA, or their coffee-dusted filet mignon with the Escorpion Negro.
A gorgeous palapa-shaded setting and beautiful views of the incoming surf from the Sea of Cortés distinguish the signature eatery at the boutique Cabo Surf Hotel on Acapulquito Beach. As you might expect of a seaside restaurant, fresh seafood is the focus, although 7 Seas also showcases some traditional Mexican dishes, as well as a large selection of delicious desserts. Highlights include the chocolate clams, sea-farm raised totoaba, braised baby rack of lamb and rich gourmet Mexican coffees from the highlands of Chiapas and Oaxaca. Notable events include memorable full moon dinners pairing specially designed menus with live jazz.
Recommended for Beach Restaurants because: 7 Seas is one of the top beachfront dining options in San José del Cabo.
Chris's expert tip: 7 Seas events include full moon dinners with special tasting menus and live jazz.
This newly opened beach club premiered on Playa El Médano in July 2016, taking over the site formerly occupied by Moxitos. Although technically an offshoot of Bar Esquina, the popular bar and eatery at the nearby Bahia Hotel and Beach Club, SUR is a destination drinking and dining spot in its own right thanks to its creative cocktails and superb seafood focused fare, plus an atmosphere that manages to be both fashionably chic and barefoot casual. This is the premier brunch spot on Médano Beach, as well as a mecca for morning yoga and convivial sunset celebrations. It's also the top stop for water bikes and stand up paddle boarding rentals.