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Pueblo Bonito resorts in Cabo: Which one is best?

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Sun, sand, sea – and a good dose of luxury.

Not unabashed luxury like at the One & Only Palmilla. Or the glam chic of The Cape, a Thompson Hotel.

But definitely enough comforts to classify as a 5-star resort, at least an upscale one. (And more affordable too.)

We’re talking about the popular and much-loved collection of Pueblo Bonito resorts in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!

The pink hues of the Pueblo Bonito Rose, Cabo, take on a rosier glow at dusk.
The pink hues of the Pueblo Bonito Rose, Cabo, take on a rosier glow at dusk

Pueblo Bonito resorts, Los Cabos

Pueblo Bonito Resorts in Cabo San Lucas

There are four Pueblo Bonito Cabo resorts.

And as frequent visitors to the trendy beach destination at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, we’re often asked: Which is the best Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo?

Beach chairs at the Blanco, one of the Pueblo Bonito Resorts in Cabo
Beach chairs facing the sea at Pueblo Bonito Blanco (the “white” resort)

We’ve now stayed at all four Pueblo Bonito Cabo resorts.

The most recent resort stay was at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa.

We love Pueblo Bonito Resorts!
They sure got the name right for the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach!

Each time we visit Los Cabos, we also usually pop into the two Pueblo Bonito hotels on Medano Beach – just to check them out again (and smell that wonderful scent that perfumes the lobby).

The fourth Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo – the Pacifica (where we’ve also stayed) – is a bit different.

That’s exclusively all-inclusive and for adults only. So we haven’t included it here in these Pueblo Bonito reviews.

For a romantic, couples-only escape, check out the the Pueblo Bonito Pacific all-inclusive resort in Cabo.
For a romantic, couples-only escape, check out the the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica all-inclusive resort in Cabo

Read our review of the very chill Pacifica: Romance and relaxation is on the menu at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica

What’s the best Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo?

As for the other three Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos hotels (Blanco, Rose and Sunset Beach), here are reviews.

You’ll find our pick for the best Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo San Lucas at the end.

Pueblo Bonito resorts
Views of the PB Rose and PB Blanco

All-inclusive option

The Blanco, Rose and Sunset Beach all offer an all-inclusive option.

See details on the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach all-inclusive cost.

Get tips on restaurants, buses, drinking water and more: Read our Los Cabos Travel Guide to an awesome holiday!

1) Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos

White and blue are the colors of the Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos resort.
White and blue are the colors of the Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos resort

Built in 1991, the Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos was the first of the four Pueblo Bonito hotels in Cabo.

Mediterranean-inspired, the gleaming white property is topped with blue tile cupolas.

Dubbed “Blanco” (to distinguish it from the Pueblo Bonito Rose next door), it has 148 ocean-view suites, from studios (Junior suites) to 1-bedroom units (with 1 or 2 bathrooms) to penthouse suites.

Suites:

One-bedroom units come as both:

  • Master suites
  • Luxury suites
Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos one-bedroom suite
The bedroom in a one-bedroom suite at Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos

Master suites are corner units and are larger than Luxury suites.

The bedrooms don’t face the ocean, however (living rooms do though).

Which Blanco suite to book?

If you’re content with a Luxury suite or Junior suite (we had one of these), we like the ones on the second floor with the extra-large, private balconies – which effectively double your indoor/outdoor space.

These are the only balconies in the resort big enough for reclining lounge chairs as well as other patio furniture.

Such pretty rooms this hallway leads to…

All suites are pretty and soothing, however.

They’re decorated with white stucco walls, light blue decorative accents, big live potted palms and kitchen cabinets that are dark blue (for junior and luxury suites) or creamy yellow (for master suites).

A Junior suite at Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos
A Junior suite at Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos

Beautiful cappuccino-colored marble floors are inlaid with white tiles, bordered with blue and yellow tiles in a wave pattern.

The Mediterranean meets Mexico:

 Cool off in this meandering freeform pool at the Hotel Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos
Cool off in this meandering freeform pool at the Hotel Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos

Outside, koi and turtle pools and parakeet cages grace gardens on either side of the resort’s lobby doors opening onto the beach outside.

We think this is supposed to be a pink flamingo, though he (she?) looks more apricot to us

Two “pink” flamingos also reside here in the garden (we were surprised to see they’re apricot-colored, not pink).

Little arched bridges cross over a winding freeform swimming pool.

Beyond is the sparkling blue water of the sea and a roped off area on the beach for the resort’s umbrellas and chairs, lined up cozily side-by-side.

From this restaurant, you have views of the turquoise blue ocean

Location:

We took this photo of Pueblo Bonito Blanco from the Rose section of beach, just as the sun rose, and before guests staked out their beach chairs
We took this photo of Pueblo Bonito Blanco from the Rose section of beach, just as the sun rose, and before guests staked out their beach chairs

The Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos “Blanco” is located right on Medano Beach, one of the best of the few swimmable beaches in Los Cabos.

The Pueblo Bonito Blanco is smack dab on beautiful Medano Beach
The Pueblo Bonito Blanco is smack dab on beautiful Medano Beach

Tip

When looking at Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos reviews, note that for a change of scene, you have free use of the facilities at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach on the Pacific side.

Take the complimentary shuttle bus from the Pueblo Bonito Rose to get there.

Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos Blanco Beach Resort: Check rates and availability here

2) Pueblo Bonito Rose

The Rose’s lobby feels very Romanesque

Marble busts of Roman emperors. Florentine columns. A tall statue of Neptune standing over a blue-tile reflecting pool.

You almost expect toga-clad nobles to be padding about. The Pueblo Bonito Rose Resort & Spa is that Romanesque in feel.

But then, to mix it up a bit, the interior decorators hung Flemish tapestries on the walls of the marble-floor lobby.

Suites:

Looking through into a Junior suite at Pueblo Bonito Rose
Looking through into a Junior suite at Pueblo Bonito Rose

Among the 260 suites are studios (Junior suites) and 1-and 2-bedroom units.

They all have kitchenettes (no ovens), TV’s, balconies and red Mexican tile floors.

Living area of a Pueblo Bonito Rose suite
Living area of a Pueblo Bonito Rose suite

Suites are larger than at the Blanco next door.

And, unlike the Blanco, bedrooms in the 1-bedroom Rose units (Luxury and Master suites) face the ocean and long inner courtyard with pool.

The dining area in a one-bedroom unit at Pueblo Bonito Rose
The dining area in a one-bedroom unit at Pueblo Bonito Rose, Cabo

Pretty in pink:

Pink and rose colors predominate.

There are pink pool and beach chairs, and a pink-hued spa offers massage, facials and other beauty treatments.

Pink chairs under pink umbrellas by the Pueblo Bonito Rose pool
Pink chairs under pink umbrellas by the Pueblo Bonito Rose pool

Fitness buffs have a good gym they can use, especially helpful to work off those extra calories gained from creamy take-out cakes sold in the resort’s deli.

Location:

Outside, fountains and bougainvillea decorate the courtyard of the Pueblo Bonito Rose hotel
Outside, fountains and bougainvillea decorate the courtyard of the Pueblo Bonito Rose hotel

Pueblo Bonito Rose reviews on TripAdvisor and elsewhere usually always point out the prime location of the Rose (and Blanco).

Like the Blanco, the Rose is right on Medano Beach. 

Pueblo Bonito Rose, one of the Pueblo Bonito resorts in Cabo, is right on Medano Beach
From your beach chair, you’re only steps away from the lovely swimming water of Medano Beach

And we especially like that you can walk to town to try out various restaurants for dinner without having to bother with getting a taxi all the time.

Recommended reading: Check out the best Italian restaurants in Cabo San Lucas

Pueblo Bonito Blanco vs Rose?

If you’re trying to decide between Pueblo Bonito Rose vs Blanco, well, that’s a tough (but nice) choice! See which one we like best at the end.

Also read the comments at the bottom of this post – they’re helpful too.

Pueblo Bonito Rose Resort and Spa: Check rates and availability here

3) Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

The grand lobby inside the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort
The grand lobby inside the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort

You enter the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort through a grand marble lobby with chandeliers, 17th and 18th century art, and oversized colonial Mexican furniture.

Suites:

best Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo San Lucas
A Sunset Beach suite

Beyond the lobby, hacienda-style villas cascade down a hillside toward the Pacific Ocean.

They house 635 suites in different sizes, each appointed with kitchenettes, marble baths, cedar woodwork and feather-top beds.

And they’re gorgeous.

Restaurants:

The PB Sunset Beach has six onsite restaurants.

The Mexican-inspired LaFrida is perhaps our favorite dinner restaurant. We had a wonderful evening there, opting for the 5-course tasting menu – truly gourmet! (See the sample menu below.)

A grand hacienda feel:

One of the pools at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Cabo hotel
One of the pools at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Cabo hotel

Just be prepared to walk a lot among the flower gardens, waterfalls, and fountains (or call for a golf buggy ride).

At 50 acres (and with no less than six outdoor pools), the Pueblo Bonito Sunset resort is a big property!

Armonia Spa:

The Armonia Spa at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach
The Armonia Spa at Sunset Beach

For a little pampering, visit the Armonia Spa.

It’s been voted Mexico’s No. 1 “top hotel spa” on Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best List; Condé Nast has also named it one of the top 20 best spas in Mexico and Central America.

Try the hot desert stone massage – 80 minutes of bliss.

Or maybe a couples’ Swedish massage? That got the kinks out for us.

Map of Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach:

See this Google location map of the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa below. You can zoom in for a close-up view.

Location:

Be forewarned that this resort does not front a swimming beach; most Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach reviews will note this.

If you check out the map above, you’ll see that the resort is located on Cabo’s Pacific Ocean side. The waves here can be killer-high and a strong undertow makes swimming deadly most of the time.

But you can take the free Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach shuttle to Medano Beach, in front of the Blanco and Rose resorts, and use their beach facilities. (See below for info on the resort shuttle.)

The Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf and Spa Resort sprawls out on ocean-front property hugging the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula.
The Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf and Spa Resort sprawls out on ocean-front property hugging the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula

Missed our review? Here’s our Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach review – it’s a grand sun-kissed resort!

Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort: Check rates and availability here

Pueblo Bonito resort shuttle

As a guest, you can use the free shuttle, which takes you to other Pueblo Bonito resorts.

From Sunset Beach to Rose:

The shuttle departs:

  • 9:30 am
  • 10:00 am
  • 10:30 am

Then every hour from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm (there’s also a 5:30 pm shuttle).

From Rose to Sunset Beach:

The shuttle leaves every hour, on the half hour, until 10:30 pm (there’s also a 6:00 pm shuttle).

Between Sunset Beach and Pacifica:

A complimentary shuttle leaves every hour.

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Best Pueblo Bonito Resort, Cabo?

We’re torn.

From our Pueblo Bonito Cabo reviews here, you may be tempted to conclude the Sunset Beach is the “nicest.”

And some people do indeed think it is.

The suites are certainly the grandest. And we like the restaurants better at Sunset Beach (especially LaFrida). And you can choose to chill by a different pool for every day of the week (except one).

Still… We think Blanco is the best Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo San Lucas. It’s our personal favorite.

Why?

Pueblo Bonito Resorts in Cabo: We like Blanco the best.
Pueblo Bonito Resorts in Cabo? We like Blanco the best

It’s more intimate.

It has a sweet location on a great swimming beach.

And you can easily walk everywhere, from the beach and pool and back to your room. (If you get to the beach, then discover you’ve forgotten your sunglasses in your room, it’s not a hardship to walk back and retrieve them – no buggy ride needed).

Another plus: You’re close to town, just a short walk away. So you have the flexibility of eating out at local restaurants.

What’s your favorite Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo?

Do you agree with us?

Let us know. You can ask questions and share your views in the Comments section below.

See our reviews of these other Los Cabos hotels!

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Grand Velas | Is Los Cabos Grand Velas the best all-inclusive resort in Cabo?

The Cape | Discover 7 reasons why you’ll love the edgy Cape Cabo, a Thompson Hotel

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Photo credits: 7, 8, 9, 11 to 15, 19 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining photos Pueblo Bonito Resorts


We’ve been fortunate to visit and write about Los Cabos many times, and we’ve reviewed many of the area’s hotels and resorts for various magazines and our blog. At the Blanco and Rose resorts, we paid for our stays. At Sunset Beach and Pacifica, we stayed as media guests. We’ve not been paid by Pueblo Bonito Resorts to write these Pueblo Bonito reviews – and all words and views are our own.


About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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sandy mayen

Monday 26th of July 2021

Hi Janice and George, Since I am a SEAFOOD snob, do you recommend for us to stay at the Non AI resort? We need either 2 rooms or a suite with a separate living room with a couch for my husband to sleep on. I like trying out at different restaurants. Which resort would you advice us to stay? Budget 4 to 5k for 6 nights. The BLANCO room seem to be much nicer compare to others PB resorts. Do BLANCO serve seafood at their restaurants? If the food is good, I don't mind staying at BLANCO. Is there a dress code for men to eat at the restaurants? Restaurants need reservation? Easy to get Taxi to go into town? Covid testing done on the site? Anything else that you would like to advice/share please do so. Than you so much!!

Sandy

Julie

Thursday 24th of June 2021

Is there evening entertainment (shows) at all the resorts?

Janice and George

Friday 25th of June 2021

Hi Julie, Not really. We certainly don't recall there being evening entertainment at the PB resorts :-). There may be a Mexican theme dinner and the bars at PB Sunset Beach (which is a bigger resort) may have musical entertainment. But for night-time entertainment, your best bet would be to head into downtown Cabo San Lucas, where the bars and clubs are located. You'd have to check, though, what's re-opened. El Squid Roe is open. So is Cabo Wabo. Also Crush. Probably other clubs too :-). Hope this helps!

Jaclyn

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

Hi there! Super helpful article ! Going to Blanco in October. Just wondering how to find out what beer they have available for the all-inclusive package. We went last year and stayed at Sandos Finisterra, and I got tired of the gross Tecate after about the second day. ?? And do they have mini-fridges stocked in the rooms for all-inclusive customers? Thanks in advance.

Janice and George

Thursday 4th of March 2021

Hi Jaclyn,

Glad you found our article "super helpful" -- thanks!

As for the type of beer, we believe they do have American beer like Bud and Coors. The specific Mexican beer seems to change. Perhaps call the resort and ask?

And, yes, all rooms have fridges, whether you choose the all-inclusive package or not. So you can buy your own preferred beer in town or at the deli, if need be, and stock your fridge with it :-)

Bobbo

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

Nice reviews. Looks like the Blanco is just what we’re looking for, however it doesn’t look like it’s adults only. Oh we’re not cranky old curmudgeons... we love our grandchildren and kids in general, but when we go on vacation we prefer to be around big people only. The resort looks too good to pass on though. Could you just give some general comments on the preponderance of kiddies? I guess common sense says if we go during times when kids are in school it would be better for us. Any other comments?

Janice and George

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

Thx for the kind words on our blog post reviews!

Blanco is a good choice :-). It's a family-friendly resort, but the children seemed mostly well-behaved. We don't recall screaming kids running about :-). But you know kids. Give them a pool and they'll swim, splash about and generally make enough happy noises that you might find it hard to doze off by the pool.

Younger children and families prefer to hang out around the pool. Adults seem to prefer lazing about on the beach chairs. But then, groups of adults can also be "noisy" chatting and laughing. The quietest times are early morning and then later in the afternoon.

For an "adults-only pool," you can take the free shuttle to PB Sunset Beach for some quiet pool time.

The best advice? As you deduced, go when it's not holiday time. The Christmas and Easter holidays, along with school spring breaks in March, naturally attract many families. You'll find mostly couples (and the occasional family with a baby or toddlers) during non-holiday times. And generally, the place will be less busy. We've gone in late October, for example, and it was soooo pleasant (just enough people to add life, but few enough that you could always snag a prime beach chair any time of the day). Plus the water in October is lovely and warm for swimming, snorkeling and diving then.

Hope this helps!

Blanca B

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

I am so excited to be traveling to Cabo next year! I was wondering if early January would be too cold to enjoy the beach/pool or any boating activities during our visit here. Also I was reading some reviews and heard the food was not so great at the PB rose? What was your opinion on the food while you stayed there?

Janice and George

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

Hi Blanca,

The pools are heated, so no worries about swimming in them.

The weather in January is typically mid-70s to low-80s F — sunny and dry. You might get some cooler days. We’ve known grey days where we needed a sweater. Then again, you might get some hot days, where all you want to do is hang by the pool and beach. Do bring a sweater and long pants for the evenings, as it can get chilly at night in January.

We’ve also swum in the ocean in January. But we’re Canadians :-). You’ll feel more like swimming in the sea from late-morning to about 1:00 pm when the sun is the hottest and the breeze hasn’t picked up. Plenty of people go swimming in January, so don’t worry too much about this.

The food at Rose? We usually like to go out for dinner to different restaurants. If you’re not on an all-inclusive plan, mix it up and try different places. If on the plan, you have lots of options to eat at Blanco and Sunset Beach.

Enjoy your trip! (And stay safe…)