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Port of Call Purchases: 10 Convenient Shopping Options for Cruise Ship Visitors



Cruise ship visitors to Cabo San Lucas will find plenty of shopping options. Not only is the cruise ship terminal conveniently located within easy walking distance of the Marina and downtown tourist districts - both neighborhoods that showcase a high concentration of shops, galleries and boutiques - but local merchants recognize that these port of call visits are very important to their livelihoods, and go out of their way to help tourists by answering questions and providing guided tours of their places of business.

Cabo San Lucas has a surfeit of certain types of shops, particularly pharmacies and cigar and jewelry stores. It's hard to walk a block without finding at least one example of each. Flea market style outdoor shops are also common, and can be found on the Marina and along the downtown shopping corridor. The most convenient shopping options for visitors, however, are larger malls like Plaza Bonita, Puerto Paraíso and Luxury Avenue. All three are centrally located on the Marina, and provide easy access to a variety of goods and services, from pharmacies, restaurants and coffee shops to resort clothing shops and swimwear and sunglasses boutiques.

For those in need of cameras, batteries and memory cards, OXXO stores may also be found on virtually every block. OXXO is a sort of Mexican version of 7-11, so these ubiquitous stores are likewise perfect places to pick up water, soft drinks and sunblock. A duty free Liverpool store is also convenient to the Marina, at Plaza Bonita, and offers quality brands for cameras and computers.


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Zingara is one of the best women's resort wear boutiques in Los Cabos, with a large selection of swimwear, dresses, cover-ups, shoes, and accessories such as hats and handbags. Zingara sources only fine Italian fabrics, and each seasonal swim and beachwear collection is based on a blend of bold patterns and the best available materials. From hats and flats to tunics, dresses, skirts, shorts and pareos, this is one of the signature shops for women's resort-style fashions. Zingara even has its own jewelry collection, with bracelets, earrings and necklaces that are perfect for sun-drenched days on Playa El Médano or Lover's Beach.

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The prices may be a lot higher here than at other local groceries, but that's because California Ranch Market is the premier local provider of organic foods and high-end specialty items. This is the mecca for vegetarians and health-conscious visitors to Los Cabos, and it also carries kosher and gluten free items, as well as U.S. snack brands that are hard to find elsewhere. The original location, formerly known as Tutto Bene, occupies a corner spot near the entrance to Pedregal. A second location has recently opened at Las Tiendas de Palmilla (The Shoppes at Palmilla). Delivery is available to many area locations.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: California Ranch Market is the best organic food shop in Cabo San Lucas, and also makes healthy sandwiches and smoothies.

Chris's expert tip: Cabo's top bakery sources their daily breads to only two area markets, and this is one of them. For the freshest offerings, stop in between 10 and 11 a.m.

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What's the essence of the Los Cabos style? Puerto Paraíso Mall based boutique Cabo Style is the place to find out. From swimsuits and flip flops to shirts, sunglasses and upscale tropical fashions, Cabo Style has all the gear you'll need to hit the local beaches, dine at the coolest seaside restaurants, and party at the most popular late night bars and clubs. Need white linen trousers or a pair of Quicksilver shades? No worries. And unlike other local clothing shops, which primarily cater to women, Cabo Style has excellent options for the entire family, including souvenir t-shirts for kids.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: This is an essential boutique for those seeking to master the signature Cabo Style.

Chris's expert tip: Cabo Style has a great selection of flip flops and sandals.

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Mexican department store chain Liverpool also operates duty free shops in select resort destinations, including one in Cabo San Lucas at Plaza Bonita. The first level of the store showcases a wide variety of fragrances, make-up and skin care products; many from name brands like Estée Lauder, Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani. The second level is a bit more diverse, with resort focused items like swimwear and sunglasses, as well as resort clothing, luggage, shoes, watches, cameras, computers and video games. Cruise ship passengers will find the store a convenient shopping spot, since it's located just off the marina boardwalk.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Liverpool is the best duty free shop in Cabo San Lucas.

Local Expert tip: The store is open daily from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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Hats are a major fashion accessory in Los Cabos, where the sun shines over 350 days a year. And whether it's a hip Panama for guys, or a floppy beach for the gals, Cabo Hats is the area's go-to spot for tropical headwear. The company specializes in fashionable sun protection, from baseball caps to the latest beach and boating styles for men, women and children. All hats and fashions are part of the Scala collection, produced by the U.S. based brand Dorfman Pacific, and hat materials include raffia, seagrass, panama and crocheted cotton. Straw and canvas hand bags and accessories are also available.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Cabo Hats is the premier purveyor of quality headwear in Los Cabos.

Chris's expert tip: Cabo hats has five locations in Los Cabos, including three in Cabo San Lucas.

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Plaza Bonita

Despite sharing the Marina with larger malls like Puerto Paraíso and Luxury Avenue, Plaza Bonita is a popular stop for tourists, and one of the area's best outdoor shopping plazas. American standards like Starbucks and Burger King are consistent draws, but the plaza also hosts arts and crafts galleries, jewelry stores, and clothing boutiques, as well as numerous noteworthy bars and restaurants. The local Starbucks has a huge patio area, perfect for catching up on your vacation correspondence, and Nowhere Bar is one of the town's best happy hour hangouts. Longer-term visitors may want to look into renting one of the onsite condos.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Plaza Bonita is one of the best shopping plazas in Cabo San Lucas.

Chris's expert tip: The plaza is home to Starbucks and Burger King franchises.

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As the closest plaza to the cruise ship terminal, Plaza Gali is sort of a microcosm of the larger Cabo San Lucas shopping experience. All the types of shops one can expect to find downtown - jewelry stores, arts and crafts purveyors, pharmacies, sunglasses boutiques, duty free shops - are found here first. Tourist-oriented food and drink options too are on hand, including a Starbucks coffee kiosk, and a Señor Frog's bar and grill. Activities can also be arranged, most notably at Manta, one of the area's premier dive shops. There is even an OXXO (a Mexican convenience store similar to 7-11 in the U.S.), where one can grab cold drinks and snacks.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Plaza Gali is the closest shopping plaza to the cruise ship terminal.

Chris's expert tip: Fiesta Mexicana is one of the best souvenir stops in town.

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Luxury Avenue is a high-end, boutique mall situated next to Puerto Paraíso on the Cabo San Lucas Marina. The mall is accessible from Puerto Paraíso, but it is much more fun to walk the red carpet that is frequently used to guide the chosen few from the marina boardwalk up the stairs to Cabo's most prestigious address. Luxury Avenue is located in the heart of what is referred to as the Marina Golden Zone, and it is certainly the area's most expensive shopping center. If you need to pick up a trendy Fendi Bag or the latest fashions from Salvatore Ferragamo, this is the place to go. Luxury Avenue is home to chic boutiques from around the world, including Chopard, Cartier, Montblanc, Ultrafemme and Ultrajewels. There is another Luxury Avenue location in Cancún.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Luxury Avenue is the most upscale shopping center in Los Cabos.

Chris's expert tip: Boutiques are accessible from the interior of Puerto Paraiso.

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Magic of the Moon is Los Cabos' best designer boutique, with ladies' fashions since 1991. Owner and designer Pepita Nelson offers original custom creations, ranging from beachwear and lingerie to skirts, slacks, formal dresses and everything in between. Designs are available in all sizes and for all ages. Matching designs for mothers and daughters are available, as is virtually everything else under the Baja sun. But it isn't just the clothing that is customized. So is the shopping experience, with each visitor walked through a series of questions, colors, fittings until they have something completely unique, and perfectly tailored to their complexion and personality.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Owner Pepita Nelson is the best women's clothing designer in Los Cabos.

Chris's expert tip: Designs can be realized in as little as three days. Yet another reason Magic of the Moon is a mandatory stop for style-conscious vacationers.

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Cabo San Lucas' large Marina-based mall is a multi-level complex with an excellent variety of shops, boutiques and galleries. General services and sundries are also available, including an onsite pharmacy and a bank. Puerto Paraíso hosts many fine arts and crafts galleries offering handmade goods from México and beyond, and there are a large number of clothing boutiques featuring the latest swimwear and resort style clothing. Dining options are noteworthy, with upscale American chain Ruth's Chris Steak House, and top local restaurants like Señor Sweets and Baja Brewing Company. A food court was also recently opened on the mezzanine level. Entertainment options include a 10-theater cinema. Individual business hours vary.

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Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is co-founder of CaboVivo, co-writer of Fodor's Los Cabos travel guidebook, and a contributor to 10Best at USA Today, as well as other websites and publications. His specialty is...  More About Chris

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