Eat, Sleep, Shops & Services

"Los Barriles has the most amenities of the smaller cities on the East Cape, with Internet cafés, restaurants and gift shops." -- Fodor's

For a small town, Los Barriles is chock full of tasty restaurants, great shops, a wonderful gallery, and a full range of lodging. The town also has fully-stocked grocery stores, multiple pharmacies, gas stations, banks, and an affordable and reputable Western Medical Clinic. Most of the cafes, taco stands, shops and hotels are all centrally located and the entire town is perfect for walking around. 

Local food is outstanding, specializing in everything from fresh, locally-caught fish and homemade Mexican speciality dishes to American fare.

Restaurant row is on a street called 20 Noviembre -  but don't limit yourself to just the main road. Otherwise, you'd miss local treasures such as Maria's Cafe, which might not find if you just cruised the paved road. And you won't want to miss Caleb's bakery and Cafe (and our favorite gallery -- Galeria Los Angels) which is also tucked off the beaten path.

The bright yellow Plaza to the left of the Los Barriles fountain -- and immediately as you enter town -- is home to great shops such as the Baja Beach Co., and the Road Runner Cafe. The strip of shops on the right of the main road into town is home to Copper River Designs Jewelry - sandwiched next to the banks.

It's worth it to simply take a few hours and walk the entire town. People are unbelievable friendly. Prices are very fair, the food ranges from good to astonishing and the whole Los Barriles scene makes you feel at home right away. Quads are one of the main modes of transportation, folks are relaxed and happy. From the expat, sunkissed Northerns who make their home here in Los Barriles, to the local Mexicans -- the vibe is easy going and about as low on the stress richter scale as you can get.

Los Barriles sits smack on the Sea of Cortez. But when you're not out swimming, fishing, kiteboarding, or taking a seaside walk, wander around the town.  Money Magazine named Los Barriles as one of the 10 best places to retire -- in the world! 

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Here are some of our favorites:



Maria’s Restaurant

Extensive menu of American & Mexican favorites. Everything from Chicken Cordon Bleu, made from scratch, to delcious fresh fish, beef, pork and chicken tacos and fajitas. Once you've eaten at Maria's, it's tempting to keep going back time after time. We had to force ourselves to try other restaurants -- some of which we liked very much. But we'll always return to Maria's for her fresh, home-style meals.

Address: On the dirt road up toward the cemetery.


Apostolis Restaurant

Greek food and authentic Italian pizzas with fresh seafood dishes as well. Wine list.
Address: Careterra Mexico #1 Across from the entrance to Los Barriles


Deli Café

Breakfast & Lunch. Mexican accent. Sandwiches and light breakfasts.

Deli-type luncheon sandwiches, with selection of potato salad or others,  smoothies and iced coffees. Cheesecakes,  croissants and pane coi-santi bread from El Triunfo.
Wireless internet.

Address: Plaza Gaviotas near the top of town
Open: Mon-Fri from 7:30am-4:00pm
Sat from 8am-3pm


Roadrunner Café

Breakfast, Lunch & Espresso

American & Mexican food

Everything from homemade ice cream, burgers and deli sandwhiches to bagels & baguettes and handmade dark chocolates. Breakfast and lunch.  Ice cream & malts. Baked goods. Coffee,  Frappacinos & smoothies.

Wireless Internet

Address: Plaza del Pueblo, #5.
Cell: 044 (624) 156-2820,

Charlie’s Chocolates

Charlie Hampton just opened his shop in December, where he handmakes his  divine chocolates and takes special orders.

Artisian dark, milk and white chocolate filled with carmel, nuts, and delicious fillings. Outstanding and only 5 pesos each. Go in and savor a few chocolates while Charlie tells you his incredible story of how he came to be the town's unlikely chocolatier. The quick version is Charlie  was a professional window washer in the states when he fell more than five stories. He nearly died and spent the next 6 and 1/2 years laying in bed --  recovering from his injuries. Now that he's healed, he did what many of us hope to do -- start a new life in Los Barriles, where the weather is flawless, the cost of living is affordable and every day is another day in paradise.

Address: Calle Los Barriles next to Quad Man
Open: Mon-Sat 8am to 8pm; Sun 9am-6pm


Bay View Restaurant Bar & Grill

(In the Hotel Palmas de Cortez)

(624) 141-0839


El Barrilito Restaurante & Bar

Lunch & Dinner. Full Bar.

“You catch it, We cook it.”
An outstanding seafood restaurant with an incredible selection of ceviche. We loved sitting outdoors. Great margaritas. Wonderful service.

Address: at far north end of 20th Noviembre, at the curve
Open:for lunch and dinner: 12am to 10pm daily

(624) 121 5856


Tio Pablo’s Restauant and Bar

Steaks, Salads, Pizza's, Mexican specialties, Burgers, Salad Bar. Full Bar.

Wireless internet.

Address: main street, across from Palmas de Cortez
624 141 0330
Open: Lunch and dinner: Sun-Monday: 11am to 10pm; Fri-Sat: 11am to 12pm


Caleb’s Café

it's hard to beat Calebs's -- where you can sit on the second-story patio and look out over the Sea of Cortez. The restaurant is beautifully designed, exquisite architecture, hand-painted tiles, beautiful and vibrant colors. When you're not oohhing and aahing over the building itself and the view of the sea, try the coffees, incredible baked goods, especially the zucchini bread, and the American specialities.

Breakfast & Lunch, American & Mexican menu. Fresh baked breads, cookies and sweet rolls. Espresso and Frappacinos.

Address: Located on a side dirt road near the top of a hillside in Los Barriles.
Don't forget to go downstairs to the Galeria Los Angeles with Sara De la Vos Original art.



East Cape Smokehouse Restaurant

Get your Own Fish Smoked

Lunch & Dinner. Full Bar

Hamburgers & lots of appetizers. Great fries. TV sports bar. This is Los Barriles Central -- the place to come to find out everything happening in town, get your own fish smoked, have a burger and wash it down with a cold beer.

Address: 20 Noviembre, middle of town
Open: lunch & dinner: 11am to 10pm daily


Comprestre Triny’s

Mexican Food & Sea Food. Full Bar.

Great atmosphere with a beautiful outdoor patio. Tables are decorated with brightly-colored Mexican cloth and romantically lit with tiny lanterns. A bit more expensive, but worth it for a special meal.

Address: 20 de Noviembre
(624) 124-8067


El Viejo Restaurant

Breakfast & Lunch

Dare we say it? These could be our favorite tacos in town. Very well priced and an extrensive selection of tasty salsas and side condiments.

Address:20 de Noviembre
Open: Mon-to Sat: 8am to 3pm


Otra Vez

Dinner and late lunch. Beer & wine.

Italian food, steaks and seafood Italian oven/BBQ area outside. Thin-crust Italian pizzas.

Address: North end of 20 Noviembre
Open: Dinner and late lunch: 3pm to 10pm daily


Los Barriles lodging ranges from a place to park your R.V. to more swanky resort-type hotels -- and everything in between. Some of the area hotels - such as the Hotel Buena Vista helped put Los Barriles on the map. 

Hotels Palmas de Cortez and Playa del Sol (both in Los Barriles) and Punta Colorada, (about half an hour south)

Hotel Palmas de Cortez

Often described as the lodging gem of Los Barriles, Palmas is situated just a few steps from the Sea of Cortez. This first-class resort offers full amenities for anglers and vactioners.

Martin Verdugo Beach Resort

There are many part-time residents, and repeat visitors to Los Barriles who have been coming to Martin's for decades. This resort has a bit of everything -- for a variety of different budgets including an R.V. area, tent set ups, motel rooms, and a beautiful beach resort has a  lies on the Sea of Cortez.

Hotel Los Pescadores The hotel, is located just north of Los Barriles. A place that people can still get away, without the hassle of a big city resort.

Los Barriles Hotel

“We are located in the quaint little town of Los Barriles just 45 minutes north of the San Jose Del Cabo Airport and only 90 minute drive from the glitter, glamour and nightlife of Cabo San Lucas.”

East Cape RV Resort “The East Cape RV Resort, the ‘pearl’ of Baja’s RV parks, is located in the beautiful East Cape region of the Sea of Cortez. Situated in between Cabo San Lucas and La Paz in romantic southern Baja, the East Cape RV Resort is tucked into the heart of the friendly and renowned village of Los Barriles.” Awesome sportfishing, as part of the East Cape RV Resort

Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort

Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort offers variety for the perfect vacation. Mediterranean style bungalows with private patios, hammocks, and morning coffee offer relaxed luxury.


“What can I say about Los Barriles?  It is simply breath taking!  I walked through town to do some shopping and it was so quiet.  The proprietors will even give you a quick Spanish lesson while you visit their shops.  We are investing in property here in the Vista del Cortez Community. This is a place where families gather and hearts connect.  Los Barriles, Mi Casa away from Mi Casa!”

Brenda Storrs – Cook
Manteca, CA
Vista del Cortez property owner

Los Barriles is a Real Town That Has What You Need

There are 12 restaurants, 15 fresh fish & taco stands, two pizza parlors, sports bars, wine bars, karaoke clubs. There are two churches, two laundry mats and three auto repair facilities. Los Barriles also has two kiteboarding schools and a windsurfing school.

Chapitos Supermarcado
This one of the town's full-service grocery stores -  with a fully-equipped pharmacy, produce section, meat counter, office supplies, clothing, beer & wine and spirits. You name it. It's here. Everything you may need - from grind-it-yourself coffee beans, or fresh papayas --  to fresh tortillas, sunscreen, aspirin and maple syrup.

Salon de Cortez -- facials, hair, massage, pedicure/manicure. The works. Located at Hotel Palmas de Cortez

Internet & Coffee shop.


AmeriMed in Los Barriles: Affordable, Western Healthcare

AmeriMed in Los Barriles is a satellite clinic of the AmeriMed hospitals in San Jose del Cabo (50 minutes away) and Cabo San Lucus (about an hour 1/2 away). The full-service clinic in Los Barriles has been around for years and has a great track record. AmeriMed provides full medical services based upon U.S. standards of health care with a full range of emergency and routine services, plus a pharmacy. The Los Barriles AmeriMed Clinic operates EMT and ambulance service and is staffed with bilingual, in-house physicians. Nurses provide total quality care, supported by the latest in technology.  Los Barriles has an AmeriMed clinic. AmeriMed operates in various parts of touristic Mexico, and include a hospital in both San Jose (50 minutes away) and one in Cabo San Lucas to the south.

"Top quality health clinics and hospitals, like AmeriMed, are aimed to serve sophisticated tourists in the area.  These hospitals and clinics offer medical treatment that resemble those offered in developed countries.  Regular procedures could be up to 50 percent lower and the cost of more complicated procedures could be reduced by as much as 80 percent."

--Harvard Business School, 2008

Tony's Souvenirs

Baja Beach Co.
One of our favorite stores for Mexican Folk Art, wonderful guide books, jewelry and more.

Baja Beach Co.

Galleria de Los Angeles
the most incredible Los Barriles art gallery -- Galeria Los Angeles with Sara de La Vos original art. It's tucked right under Caleb's Restaurant. When you're done buying beautiful Mexican Folk Art and original paintings - go upstairs and try Caleb's world famous breakfasts and yummy zucchini bread.

Galleria de Los Angeles

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