Culinary Cabo

A variety of flavors awaits you at the Resort at Pedregal, a five-star hotel with an emphasis on the epicurean.

From arrival, the Resort at Pedregal goes for the dramatic … a chandelier-lit tunnel that makes its way through natural rock on the coast of Cabo. Once the light approaches, so does a hospitable staff ready to welcome you to a unique slice of paradise overlooking the Pacific.

There are many resorts in Cabo with similar appeal: the ocean views, the colorful Baja ambience and thoughtful service. While the Resort at Pedregal succeeds on all those fronts, it’s the addition of a strong culinary scene that makes it a true standout. And it’s not all white tablecloths and perfectly plated dishes. They have that for sure, but there are also plenty of authentic touches for the full edible experience.

Let’s start with my favorite: El Farallon. The ambience alone was enough to sweep me off my huarache loafers. Nestled alongside the rocky hill (same one that required a tunnel to access this prime coastal location), the waves crash just feet below your table—delicately lit by lanterns. Live music wafts in the background as you dine on the fresh catch of the day, proudly displayed on an ice-filled cart and described in detail as you enter the venue.

But before beginning your meal, I suggest stopping at the Champagne Terrace for a tasting with the resort wine director. Our bubbles were thoughtfully paired with various artisan salts for a totally unique experience.

It was nice to enjoy a reprieve from the tequila.

Designed in the style of an authentic Mexican hacienda, Don Manuel´s is the signature restaurant at the Resort at Pedregal. Executive Chef Gustavo Pinet spearheads the eatery, which serves breakfast and dinner daily based on local, organic products grown specifically for the restaurant and prepared using old-world techniques. Live music serenades diners each evening as well.

Lucky guests who book one of the six itineraries in the Beyond the Beach ~ Baja Luxploration program are in for a treat. After a hearty hike, local legend Doña Luz will demonstrate tortilla-making for endless quesadillas, with Rancho El Refugio ecological reserve as the rustic backdrop.

There are plenty of other bucket list-worthy outings to consider, including sunrise stand-up paddleboarding on the Sea of Cortez, day trips to Santiago and Todos Santos for a famous margarita and a private yacht tour exploring Espiritu Santo Island. But the most memorable one for just about everyone is swimming with whale sharks that slowly meander within the Sea of Cortez part of the year. Unlike many of the sharp-toothed species, whale sharks feed on plankton … so no need to worry that you’ll be the main course.