One step inside Casa Maria and you know you’ve crossed the threshold into someplace magical. While the store specializes in tin mirrors from the State of Guanajuato, fine black pottery from Oaxaca, rugs and wall Hangings from the Oaxaca's Zapotec weavers, the real prize is the hundreds of Day of the Dead figurines in all sizes, shapes and price ranges.
For those unfamiliar with Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico which honors family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars to pay tribute to the deceased, as well as the use of skull-like masks and figurines often decorated as well-dressed skeletons. Some people believe that possessing Day of the Dead items can bring good luck. We all came home with skeleton figurines, which are now prominently displayed in our living rooms and family rooms. Whether or not these bring us luck remains to be seen. Stay tuned.
Next door to Casa Maria is the Zen-Mar Gallery, which specializes in pre-Columbian masks, as well as figurines, wall hangings and other captivating items of Mexican folk-art. Both stores are friendly, helpful and a truly spectacular folk art find.
Cardenas between Matamoros and Ocampo
Cardenas between Matamoros and Ocampo
What to buy: Day of the Dead figurines.
What to pay: Varies based on size and detail
The Puerto Paraiso Mall offers great shops with clothes, shoes, sportswear etc...
Also restaurants are here available. My wife told me you can do good deals here, but I do not know. I am not a shopping freak and do not like malls...
Shopping in Cabo is okay. Nothing to write home about. Get out and walk the town. That is the only way to find some good deals. The malls at the Marine are very nice. A little pricey, but nice. Most of your souvenirs will probably come from Hard Rock, Cabo Wabo, etc.
OK for those of you that are members of Costco, you can use your membership at the Costco in Cabo San Lucas. It was helpful, as we were there a week, and we bought food and liquor there and enjoyed it at our rental apartment. You can also get beach towels and other things. Good prices, and great selection.
This shop was neat to visit because it had a lot of unique things to but. We walked in and there was this man making a thing from beads and it is all done by hand. In the picture, all those things on the wall are done by hand and each bead is put on individually....very hard work.
Due the commercial ties with Cuba you find lots of shops selling Cuban cigars in Mexico. Also in Cabo you will find them a lot. Due the trade embargo between America and Cuba is it more easy and safe for American tourists to buy them here. However, Cabo is not the cheapest place in Mexico. If you travel to other places in Mexico I am sure you find them cheaper...
This shop offers you a wide range of the Huichol Indians arts. Those Indians (living in the dessert of Real de Catorce) make really beautiful things and from the moment we came inside, we knew we were going to buy here.
Also, the boss was helping us to get all discounts we wanted for activities in Cabo. Maybe he did because we told him to spend our US$ 50 discount in this shop. The only thing we had to do was going to a timeshare presentation. But the discounts were worth it...
Like everywhere, you find in Cabo san Lucas also lots of knickknack shops. It's nice to buy some presents for your friends and families who were staying behind. T-shirts, hats and Tequila glasses the most favorites...
Remember what I told you in my tourist traps tip. All foods are very expensive in Cabo san Lucas. The super market on this picture is the cheapest in town, but the normal prices you find in Soriana...
B&B's has a great selection of silver jewelry. I've shopped there twice and they always have a 50% off sale. The prices are as good if not better than any of the other stores. The clerk will give you a little basket to hold your selections - of course he wants you to fill it up!
What to buy: Silver rings, bracelets, and necklaces with semi precious stones are the best buys. If you want to purchase more than one item, ask for an additional discount. There are many small inexpensive silver items that make great gifts to take home.
I found the Mexican Opals and Amber beautiful and they are mined in Mexico and you can be sure "getting the real thing".
What to pay: Items sell from $3 to $500.
There are plenty of small local stores lining the streets in Cabo. You can find good deals here on clothes and jewelry, and the cigar stores are very popular with a wide selection of Cubans and other good cigars. Take a look around, but also remember if you see something sold in the stores that is sold on the beach, compare the prices first. You may be able to get it cheaper on the beach.
Puerto Paraiso Mall is the nicest mall in Cabo, and one of the nicest malls I have been to. Marble floors and fountains are found inside. There are all kinds of shops here, including clothing, sunglasses, decorations, art, jewelry, and others.
Some nice restaurants, including Ruth's Chris, and a couple of night spots are located here, along with a movie theatre. The third floor has entertainment, such as a bowling alley, movie theatre, and arcade, with a few restaurants.
Wild Coyote, a bar based on "Coyote Ugly" was located here but has shut down.
There are lots of great stores in this mall. Good name brands that we have here in Canada but it's cheaper in Mexico if I do say so for myself.
Plaza Bonita is a mall in Cabo with a few decent shops. It is not as nice as Puerto Paraiso. A few restaurants are located here, and it is located right on the marina.