The East Cape describes a roughly 70-mile coastal arc from San José del Cabo to Los Barriles. Beloved by “Old Baja” heads for its dirt roads and off-the-grid communities, the East Cape is also home to many fine resorts and restaurants, which cater to those drawn by the region’s beautiful beaches and world-class fishing, diving, surfing and windsports.
Buzzards Bar and Grill is one of the first restaurants of note on the road from Puerto Los Cabos to La Ribera, and savvy travelers will want to tank up for the drive ahead with fish tacos and coconut shrimp in pina colada dipping sauce. After journeying on to Cabo Pulmo to explore the living coral reef in the offshore marine sanctuary, Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort’s Coral Reef Restaurant is the de rigeur post-dive dining spot, serving up generous portions of Mexican specialties like burritos and enchiladas.
Los Barriles is the de facto capital of the East Cape, and boasts many of the region’s best restaurants. Roadrunner Cafe and Bakery is perhaps the town’ most versatile eatery: Not only does it offer wonderful baked goods and breakfast specialties, but also diner style specialties like burgers and shakes, and popular live music showcases on Wednesday evenings.
Tio Pablo’s, meanwhile, is a popular Los Barriles based pit stop for pizzas, steaks and televised sporting events; and El Viejo is the best taquería along the coast that stretches from San José del Cabo to La Paz.