Northern Beaches to Visit Instead of the Hamptons

While the cobblestone streets of old Nantuket are undeniably charming and the party scene in the Hamptons is nonpareil, there are other locales not far from these classic Northeastern beach spots with ample appeal but without the large crowds and high price tags.

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Luxury Outpost Hilton Los Cabos
Rebuilt Luxury Outpost Hilton Los Cabos

Rebuilt Luxury Outpost Hilton Los Cabos

In the middle of the two towns that make up Los Cabos – the more touristy and rowdier Cabo San Lucas, and the sleepier San Jose del Cabo – lies beachfront resort Hilton Los Cabos. Devastated by Hurricane Odile in 2014, Hilton Los Cabos reopened less than a year later – it was the only hotel in the region that retained its entire staff through the rebuilding process while helping 36 employees rebuild their own homes. The multi-million dollar transformation includes reimagined restaurant concepts, including a swim-up bar, a subzero tequila and mezcal bar and a 9,700-square feet holistic spa and movement studio. Be forewarned, with all 375 rooms having ocean views and balconies, two breathtaking infinity pools and one of the only swimmable beaches in Los Cabos, you may find you never want to leave the property during your vacation.

 

Don’t Miss: Enjoy complimentary poolside popsicles hand delivered by a concierge who can also fix sunglasses, hand out ice-cold towels and provide anything else you might need to not leave your sundrenched bliss.

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Desert Farm-to-Table Flora Field Kitchen

Desert Farm-to-Table Flora Field Kitchen

When you think of Mexican beach towns, farm-to-table dining might not be the first thing that comes to mind. While Cabo might be more known for sea and sand, this tip of the Baja Peninsula also has deep farming roots. One of the best places to see (and taste) this is Flora Farm, a 10-acre organic farm off the tourist trail in the foothills of the Sierra de La Laguna Mountains. Flora Farm grows fresh heirloom vegetables and humanely raises livestock for Flora Field Kitchen, its alfresco family-style dining experience that features homemade ingredients—everything comes directly from the farm from the meat to the fresh-baked bread. After you feast on the generous portions order another Farmarita, Flora Farm's heirloom carrot version of a margarita, while you enjoy the nightly live music from the restaurant’s cozy communal tables.

 

Don’t Miss: Work up an appetite with cooking and gardening classes or a 30-minute field tour, where you might get a chance to peak inside one of the farm’s sought-after “culinary cottages.”

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Whale Watching Off Baja Peninsula

Whale Watching Off Baja Peninsula

A trip to Cabo isn’t complete without getting a glimpse of one of nature’s most extraordinary creatures in their natural habitat. The Baja Peninsula is one of the best places in the world to see humpback whales during their migration from the frigid waters of the Artic to the warm waters surrounding Baja. From December to March, there is no better place to catch these gigantic grey whales in action than Los Cabos.

 

Don’t Miss: Cabo Adventures offers a Whale Watching Photo Safari on an inflatable speed boat that allows for close-up interaction, includes marine mammals experts and a professional photographer on board to show you how to take the best photos of the whales at play.

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Sky High Adventures at Wild Canyon

Sky High Adventures at Wild Canyon

There’s more to do in Cabo than basking on the beach, so don’t miss a chance to explore the striking dessert landscapes in this region. Get a bird’s-eye view of the desert walking along one of the world’s longest wooden suspension bridges at Wild Canyon. Or for more of an adrenaline rush, take an ATV through the canyon’s rugged terrain and back across the 1,083-foot long bridge or soar above the palm trees on the eight-line zip line course.

 

Don’t Miss:  For a unique nightlife option, fly under the stars with Wild Canyon’s “Moon Zipping” tour that lets couples or friends zipline in tandem straight through the sunset and the desert night sky.

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Courtesy of Wild Canyon  

Gallery District’s Art-Filled Streets

Gallery District’s Art-Filled Streets

If you’re looking for a dose of culture versus another evening of beachside margaritas (although, some nights those work just fine), head to the Gallery District of historic San Jose del Cabo. This growing art scene celebrating Mexican art has become the cultural cornerstone of Cabo in recent years. You won’t see your typical generic touristy art here; the Gallery District’s charming cobblestone streets are filled with high-end fine art painting, sculpture, photography and folk art that attract international art communities and sell for a pretty peso, too.

 

Don’t Miss: From October to June don’t miss Art Walk, when studios and galleries stay open late on Thursday nights and entice art lovers to browse and buy with free drinks, snacks, and live music from 5-9 p.m.

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Rebuilt Luxury Outpost Hilton Los Cabos

Rebuilt Luxury Outpost Hilton Los Cabos

In the middle of the two towns that make up Los Cabos – the more touristy and rowdier Cabo San Lucas, and the sleepier San Jose del Cabo – lies beachfront resort Hilton Los Cabos. Devastated by Hurricane Odile in 2014, Hilton Los Cabos reopened less than a year later – it was the only hotel in the region that retained its entire staff through the rebuilding process while helping 36 employees rebuild their own homes. The multi-million dollar transformation includes reimagined restaurant concepts, including a swim-up bar, a subzero tequila and mezcal bar and a 9,700-square feet holistic spa and movement studio. Be forewarned, with all 375 rooms having ocean views and balconies, two breathtaking infinity pools and one of the only swimmable beaches in Los Cabos, you may find you never want to leave the property during your vacation.

 

Don’t Miss: Enjoy complimentary poolside popsicles hand delivered by a concierge who can also fix sunglasses, hand out ice-cold towels and provide anything else you might need to not leave your sundrenched bliss.

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Alex Aristei  

Desert Farm-to-Table Flora Field Kitchen

Desert Farm-to-Table Flora Field Kitchen

When you think of Mexican beach towns, farm-to-table dining might not be the first thing that comes to mind. While Cabo might be more known for sea and sand, this tip of the Baja Peninsula also has deep farming roots. One of the best places to see (and taste) this is Flora Farm, a 10-acre organic farm off the tourist trail in the foothills of the Sierra de La Laguna Mountains. Flora Farm grows fresh heirloom vegetables and humanely raises livestock for Flora Field Kitchen, its alfresco family-style dining experience that features homemade ingredients—everything comes directly from the farm from the meat to the fresh-baked bread. After you feast on the generous portions order another Farmarita, Flora Farm's heirloom carrot version of a margarita, while you enjoy the nightly live music from the restaurant’s cozy communal tables.

 

Don’t Miss: Work up an appetite with cooking and gardening classes or a 30-minute field tour, where you might get a chance to peak inside one of the farm’s sought-after “culinary cottages.”

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Courtesy of Flora Farms  

Whale Watching Off Baja Peninsula

Whale Watching Off Baja Peninsula

A trip to Cabo isn’t complete without getting a glimpse of one of nature’s most extraordinary creatures in their natural habitat. The Baja Peninsula is one of the best places in the world to see humpback whales during their migration from the frigid waters of the Artic to the warm waters surrounding Baja. From December to March, there is no better place to catch these gigantic grey whales in action than Los Cabos.

 

Don’t Miss: Cabo Adventures offers a Whale Watching Photo Safari on an inflatable speed boat that allows for close-up interaction, includes marine mammals experts and a professional photographer on board to show you how to take the best photos of the whales at play.

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htrnr  

Sky High Adventures at Wild Canyon

Sky High Adventures at Wild Canyon

There’s more to do in Cabo than basking on the beach, so don’t miss a chance to explore the striking dessert landscapes in this region. Get a bird’s-eye view of the desert walking along one of the world’s longest wooden suspension bridges at Wild Canyon. Or for more of an adrenaline rush, take an ATV through the canyon’s rugged terrain and back across the 1,083-foot long bridge or soar above the palm trees on the eight-line zip line course.

 

Don’t Miss:  For a unique nightlife option, fly under the stars with Wild Canyon’s “Moon Zipping” tour that lets couples or friends zipline in tandem straight through the sunset and the desert night sky.

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Courtesy of Wild Canyon  

Gallery District’s Art-Filled Streets

Gallery District’s Art-Filled Streets

If you’re looking for a dose of culture versus another evening of beachside margaritas (although, some nights those work just fine), head to the Gallery District of historic San Jose del Cabo. This growing art scene celebrating Mexican art has become the cultural cornerstone of Cabo in recent years. You won’t see your typical generic touristy art here; the Gallery District’s charming cobblestone streets are filled with high-end fine art painting, sculpture, photography and folk art that attract international art communities and sell for a pretty peso, too.

 

Don’t Miss: From October to June don’t miss Art Walk, when studios and galleries stay open late on Thursday nights and entice art lovers to browse and buy with free drinks, snacks, and live music from 5-9 p.m.

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