A seductive combination of Land’s End settings, tropical weather, and five-star amenities have earned the Los Cabos area a well-deserved reputation for romance, and cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo are among the most popular North American sites for romantic weekend getaways, as well as enduring affirmations and celebrations such as destination weddings, honeymoons, and vow renewal ceremonies.
Couples-centered charms – pampering spas, sunset sails, and the like – are thus year-round attractions, but there is no denying local hotels, restaurants, and activities companies love to ramp up the romance level – and the savings – when Valentine’s Day rolls around. Beachfront lunches become romantic picnics, massages for two are moved from treatment rooms to cliffside aeries, and sailing tours are suddenly supplemented with sparkling wine and songbook standards from live bands.
With that in mind, here are a few of the best Valentine’s Day deals and specials in Los Cabos.
Start with tables in the sand and moonlight playing on the Sea of Cortés, then add Champagne and multicourse tasting menus topped off by decadent desserts, and you’ll have a good idea of the recipe for romance for Valentine’s Day dinners at area eateries. Fortunately, many of the best and most scenically situated local restaurants are also showcasing the most attractive specials.
Daikoku: This February 14 Daikoku invite you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special gift for couples.
Don Sanchez: Don Sanchez is often lauded as the top tasting and tippling spot in San José del Cabo, and chef Tadd Chapman is pulling out all the stops for Valentine’s Day. The special $99 “dinner for two” menu features an exquisite opening salvo – an oyster-Champagne shot amuse-bouche – followed by smoked octopus, raspberry gelée, and arugula salad, and surf and turf for two of filet mignon and grilled pesto shrimp (a butter-poached lobster upgrade is available for an additional $25), with an encore of red velvet cake. For reservations, call (624) 142-2444.
7 Seas Seafood Grille: The signature restaurant at the boutique Cabo Surf Hotel – and a local’s favorite thanks to their memorable full moon jazz dinners – 7 Seas is putting their own special spin on Valentine’s Day, with a sensory feast that includes a la carte options oysters with tabouleh ($11), strawberry arugula salad ($11), pink pepper crusted tuna medallions ($24), black pepper crusted beef tenderloin medallions ($26), and vanilla ice cream and chocolate brownie topped with crispy almond and mango caramel ($9)…plus the romantic saxophone stylings of David Cantoni.
Solomon’s Landing: Chef Brian Solomon’s palate pleasing four-course Valentine’s dinner menu includes pistachio cream soup, pesto Caesar salad, and dark chocolate brownie or mousse d’amour with wild strawberries and reposado tequila …plus a choice of entrée, of course. Price depends on the latter, with mouthwatering options that range from rigatoni pasta ($33) and rack of lamb ($65) to Pacific red lobster tail ($61), pecan encrusted grouper ($45), and Certified Angus New York strip steak ($55). For reservations, call (624) 143-3050.
Sunset da Mona Lisa: As if the spectacular setting weren’t enough – and it is spectacular, with a romantic seaside dining area that looks out over Cabo San Lucas Bay towards the evocatively shaped granitic monuments at Land’s End – Mona Lisa is also offering a delicious five-course, $125 per person prix fixe tasting menu and live music for Valentine’s Day. Two seatings are available, at 5:30 (for sunset lovers) and 8 p.m. Reservations are required.
DINNER + ACTIVITIES
Romantic activities options abound in Los Cabos, from horseback and carriage rides along secluded coasts to dolphin swims, sunset sails and tandem kayak trips. As one might expect, several of the region’s top tour companies are offering special rates and outings for Valentine’s Day.
Cabo Escape: Cabo’s party cruise purveyor non pareil is shifting into romance mode for a special Valentine’s Day dinner excursion. For 15 percent off the regular price, couples can enjoy dinner, dancing, and gorgeous sunset looks at local landmarks like Lover’s Beach and Land’s End.
Sun Rider: Why not spend a romantic afternoon (1:30 to 4 p.m.) with that special someone whale watching aboard the smooth sailing luxury cat Sunrider, AND contribute to a worthy cause. Sun Rider’s Unidos por Diego (United for Diego) cruise of Feb. 14 will donate proceeds from ticket prices – $500 pesos for adults, $250 for children ages 10 and younger – to help out the family of a young man injured in an accident. Lucky passengers, meanwhile, can enjoy homemade Mexican specialty dishes and drinks while keeping their eyes peeled for breaching humpbacks. Tickets are available at select locations around Los Cabos. For more information, click here.