Bar Esquina seen in the Hollywood Reporter

THE BEST PLACES IN CABO

One & Only Palmilla Resort

Los Cabos, where, the Pacific rolls into Sea of Cortez in Mexico, is awash in luxury development, but most of the action in recent years has been in the beachfront Corridor between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. This stretch of world-class resorts  — about a 135-minute flight from Los Angeles — now ranks with Hawaii as an industry sand-and-sun destination, with regular visits by George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, manager Geyer Kosinski, producer Scott Stuber and Leonardo DiCaprio. There’s also a marked sense of safety in contrast to some other parts of Mexico.

Many visitors never go off resort, but there are new spots to explore away from the gated path (You’ll need to either rent a car or take taxis). The high season ends soon, but summers are getting busier, thanks partly to low-season rates up to 40 percent off.

WHERE TO EAT

Few visitors venture east of historic San Jose del Cabo, whose mainstays include haute-Mexican restaurant Don Emiliano’s and taco spot Las Guacamayas (beloved by Mario Batali). But the new Flora’s Field Kitchen (Las Animas Bajas, flora-farms.com) — on an organic farm 10 minutes from town — has lured such fans as Lauren Conrad and Thomas Keller with its family-style dinners. “It has a great farm-to-table menu,” Keller says. Flora’s serves only what is harvested on-site. For live jazz and inventive tapas, head to Deckman‘s (Highway 1, deckmans.com) on the west side of town.

Down the coast in Cabo San Lucas, it’s not just about cerveza-drenched spring break anymore. Check out the extensive Mexican wine list at Doc (Cabo San Lucas Street, docwinebarcabo.com), an intimate Italian restaurant. Two blocks away is acclaimed Nick-San sushi, where the chef serves fish caught on his own boat; Molly Sims loves it. In the Medano Beach area, home to the popular Mexican beach eatery the Office, a new option is Bar Esquina (Avenue el Pescador, bahiacabo.com). One of the best spots to enjoy its short rib and Stilton pizza is the lively 17-seat marble bar.

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