Wow Factor! 5 Spectacular Restaurant Views in Baja California Sur
Although the most famous restaurant vantages in Baja California Sur are those that provide majestic views of the granite rock formations at Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, winning combinations of fine food and gorgeous views can be found throughout the peninsula’s southernmost state.
Here are five of our favorites:
Sunset da Mona Lisa, Tourist Corridor, Los Cabos
This is the gold standard. Often ranked as one of the most romantic restaurants in the world, Sunset da Mona Lisa offers Italian specialties and fresh local seafood dishes (from their own fishing boats, no less), a newly minted Taittinger Terrace Champagne and oyster bar, and of course sublime views of the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas Bay, and Land’s End. Proposals are so common here that wedding coordinators are on standby, ever ready to help plan and stage the ultimate destination wedding. Any meal at Mona Lisa is memorable, but for the maximum experience, synchronize your dinner reservation with the sunset.
Los Olivos, Hotel La Mision, Loreto
The first capital of the Californias, Loreto, retains a rich tapestry of tradition, as well as a gorgeous location framed by the Sierra La Giganta mountains and the Sea of Cortez. To start your day right in Loreto, ask to be seated on the terrace of Los Olivos at Hotel La Mision, and enjoy breakfast as the sun rises over Coronado Island. Dinner isn’t so bad either, with the seaside vistas backed up by fresh local seafood and delicious Mexican specialty dishes. Perennial highlights include the ceviche trio, the taco salad, and a superb seafood risotto made from local clams and bay scallops.
El Farallon, The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas
This one-of-a-kind restaurant resides at the ultra-luxurious The Resort at Pedregal, and is perched cliffside above crashing Pacific Ocean waves in the most exclusive neighborhood in Cabo San Lucas. El Farallon is famed for pairing breathtaking views with romantic atmosphere – including a Champagne terrace – but also serves up generous helpings of market style seafood. Choose your custom catch of sea bass, red snapper, striped bass, shrimp, tuna, dorado, clams or lobster, and the chef will cook it up for you with all the fixings. El Farallon is also one of the sites showcased during the resort’s annual Food and Wine Festival, the 4th annual edition of which is scheduled for July 15 – 19, 2015.
Palapa Azul, Playa El Tecolote, La Paz
The beaches of La Paz – the capital city of Baja Sur since it became a state in 1974 – are incredibly beautiful, and also serve as sites for some of the area’s best barefoot dining. Playa El Tecolote is triply blessed, since it’s home to soft sand, the eclectic offerings of Palapa Azul, and incredible views centered around uninhabited offshore island Espiritu Santo. The restaurant is easy to spot, since it’s the only one around housed in a hollowed out boat. Grab a table beachside, order up a bucket of ice cold beer, and sample local specialties like chocolate clams and marlin en escabeche while enjoying the spectacular surroundings.
Haciena Cocina y Cantina, Hacienda Beach Club & Residences, Cabo San Lucas
Hacienda Beach Club & Residences (formerly Hotel Hacienda) occupies the most valuable piece of real estate in Cabo San Lucas. Set at the foot of Medano Beach – the two mile stretch of golden sand that serves as the city’s seaside social center – the hotel was originally opened by pioneering developer Rod Rodriguez in the early 1960s, but has since been completely rebuilt, fusing old-world elegance with contemporary appointments and amenities. The enduring appeal of onsite restaurant Hacienda Cocina y Cantina owes as much to the amazing views of Land’s End and Bahia San Lucas as it does to the menu of Mexican cuisine created by celebrity chef Andrea Blanco, and the signature eatery is perpetually in demand as a site for weddings, receptions and renewal of vows ceremonies.
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