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In the Cabo Zone

NICK-SAN
(Japanese) Plaza de la Danza, near KFC, Cabo San Lucas; 011-52-624-143-4484. $$$
Here on the main party circuit of Cabo San Lucas is some of the freshest sushi you'll find anywhere. Owner Angel Carbajal owns two boats and is out fishing at the crack of dawn nearly every day, targeting tuna, yellowtail and many other fish to serve at night.

PITAHAYAS
(Mexican-Fusion) Cabo del Sol at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar; 011-52-624-145-8000. $$$
Dining under a soaring thatched-roof palapa overlooking two miles of pristine beach would alone make Pitahayas worth a visit, but the Thai- influenced Mexican cuisine is also sublime. For coffee and cigars after dinner, move to the Cava de Santiago, a beautiful wine cellar stocked with 6,000 bottles of wine, cognac and ports, and Cuban cigars.

THE RUSTY PUTTER BAR & GRILLE
(Eclectic) Plaza Los Cabos, San José del Cabo; 011-52-624-142-4546. $$
Good food, cold drinks and an eighteen-hole miniature golf course make this a great spot to spend your evening. American Mike Pouéy has built a huge menu with fresh seafood and Mexican and American treats, and the bar overlooks the putting course.

TEQUILA RESTORANTE
(Mexican) Manuel Doblado, between Mijares and Hidalgo, San José del Cabo; 011-52-624-142-1155. $$$
Behind the unassuming façade in old San José del Cabo, you'll find a stunning outdoor courtyard with dozens of lanterns and candles hanging from exotic tropical trees. The meals are memorable, the margaritas are primo and there's a properly stocked tequila and cigar bar.

ZIPPERS ON THE BEACH
(Grub) km 28.5, Carretera Transpeninsular, near Palmilla. $
Located on Costa Azul, the prime surfing beach, this is a great daytime hangout with good Mexican food and the best burgers in Cabo. You can also rent surfboards from Zippers's shop, just up the hill.

LOS CABOS ACCOMMODATIONS
Though there are dozens of resorts in Los Cabos, the prime spots are located along the corridor conveniently close to the best golf. You'll need a cab or a rental car to get to town, or you may simply choose never to leave your hotel property (except to swing the sticks, of course).

ESPERANZA
km 3.5, Carretera Transpeninsular; 011-52-624-145-6400, 866-311-2226. Suites: $350­$925. Villas: $2,000­$5,000.
Scheduled to open in early 2002, this resort and residence club was created by Auberge Resorts (the same company responsible for Auberge de Soleil in Napa). Three miles outside of Cabo San Lucas, the fifty-six-suite luxury hotel is nestled on the bluffs at Punta Ballena (Whale Point) and overlooks two private coves on the Sea of Cortez. It will offer concierge access to all area public golf, a full-service spa and a secluded beach. The smallest rooms will be a capacious 950 square feet.

FIESTA AMERICANA GRAND LOS CABOS
km 10.3, Carretera Transpeninsular; 011-52-624-145-6200, 800-343-7821. Rooms: $152­$327. Suites: $384­$3,360.
With a beautiful cliff- and ocean-side location overlooking the Ocean course at Cabo del Sol and Shipwreck Beach, the new Fiesta Americana offers the best value in Los Cabos. The luxurious rooms overlook the hotel pools and the beach and sea. Prime accommodations are in the sixty-eight private concierge villas, which have a separate pool, though it's hard to beat slipping into the ocean in the small, sandy coves that are protected from the waves by heavy rock outcrops.

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