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Pueblo Bonito Resorts in Cabo: Which One is Best?

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

Not the glam chic of The Cape, a Thompson Hotel. Or unabashed all-inclusive luxury like at the Grand Velas Los Cabos.

But definitely enough comforts to classify almost 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

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?

Blue beach chairs overlooking the sea 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.

A brilliant orange-red sunset at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort
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.

Orange umbrellas decorate the pool at the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica
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 our reviews.

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

The pink-colored Rose resort and white Bonito resort on Medano Beach
Views of the PB Rose and PB Blanco

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

Luxury suites are 750 sq. ft. in size. Master suites are corner units, and they’re a little 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.

White-washed hallway at Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos
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.

Pink flamingo at Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos
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.

Blue chairs and tables with white linens at a Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos restaurant overlooking the ocean
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 swimmable beaches in Los Cabos.

Go for a dip in the sea, then sip lime margaritas, pina coladas and other popular beach drinks under the shade of an umbrella on the sand.

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.

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

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

2) Pueblo Bonito Rose

Chandeliers, marble floors and bronze statues decorate the lobby of the 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, Cabo
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. 

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.

The gold sand of Medano Beach, lined by white umbrellas and pink loungers at Pueblo Bonito Rose
From your beach chair at the PB Rose, you’re only steps away from the lovely swimming water of Medano Beach

Pueblo Bonito Rose Resort and Spa: Check rates and availability

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.

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, decorated with chandeliers, oversized colonial Mexican furniture and 17th and 18th century art.

Suites

A suite at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort
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.

Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach restaurants

The PB Sunset Beach has seven onsite full-service restaurants plus additional bars and lounges:

  • The Market: Casual
  • La Frida: Gourmet Mexican – $30 surcharge p.p.
  • Zao Shen: Asian-fusion
  • Tazuna: Japanese and sushi
  • The Bistro: International, 24 hours a day
  • La Nao: International and festive theme nights
  • Quivira Steakhouse: Steak and seafood – $35 surcharge p.p.

The Mexican-inspired LaFrida is perhaps our favorite dinner restaurant.

Mexican food fact: Don’t think just tacos and burritos. Mexican food can be very complex and creative at a fine dining establishment.

We had a wonderful evening at LaFrida, opting for the 5-course tasting menu – truly gourmet! (See the sample menu below.)

LaFrida menu

A grand hacienda feel

Orange umbrellas around 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 lobby at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach
The Armonia Spa at Pueblo Bonito 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.)

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

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

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

Pueblo Bonito resort shuttle

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

Shuttle from Sunset Beach to Rose

The shuttle departs:

  • 9:30 am
  • 10:00 am
  • 10:30 am

It then goes every hour from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Later in the afternoon, there’s also an extra 5:30 pm shuttle.

Shuttle from Rose to Sunset Beach

The shuttle leaves every hour, on the half hour, until 10:30 pm. There’s also an extra 6:00 pm shuttle.

Shuttle between Sunset Beach and Pacifica

A complimentary shuttle leaves every hour.

All-inclusive Pueblo Bonito resort option

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

For details of the different all-inclusive packages, see our post on the Pueblo Bonito all-inclusive cost for Sunset Beach.

Pueblo Bonito restaurants

As a guest at the Pueblo Bonito Blanco, Rose or Sunset Beach, you can dine around at any of their restaurants.

If you’re on an all-inclusive plan, some restaurants have an additional surcharge.

You won’t lack for choice when it comes to dining at Pueblo Bonito!

No surcharge restaurants

  • Cilantro’s (PB Los Cabos): Seafood and international
  • Las Palomas (PB Los Cabos): Mexican and international
  • Mare Nostrum (PB Rose): Festive theme nights with live music
  • Sunsets & Sushi Bar (PB Rose): Sushi
  • The Grill (PB Rose): Grill and BBQ
  • The Market (Sunset Beach): Casual
  • La Nao (PB Sunset Beach): International and festive theme nights
  • The Bistro (PB Sunset Beach): International, 24 hours a day
  • Zao Shen (PB Sunset Beach): Asian-fusion
  • Tazuna (PB Sunset Beach): Japanese and sushi

Surcharge restaurants

  • Fellini’s Ristorante (PB Rose): Italian – $20 surcharge p.p.
  • La Frida (PB Sunset Beach): Gourmet Mexican – $30 surcharge p.p.
  • Quivira Steakhouse (PB Sunset Beach): Steak and seafood – $35 surcharge p.p.

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?

Peek-a-boo view of Land's End from the Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos
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.

How to get from the airport? Check out the cheapest and best Cabo airport transportation options

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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El Ganzo: Hotel El Ganzo is an oasis of creative cool.

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

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Pueblo Bonito Resorts in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Photo credits: 6, 7, 8, 10 to 14, 18 © 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

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

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Mary Lou

Saturday 29th of July 2023

Thank you for your reviews.

I am beginning to plan a 70th birthday celebration for myself and a girlfriend's husband. His birthday is in May and mine in July. We are thinking of June 1-8, 2024. It should be a LARGE group going when we make the announcement.

Do you think PB Rose is our best all-inclusive choice?

It doesn't have to be a PB resort. I just want easy access to downtown Cabo and possibly the beach (swimmable isn't mandatory).

I value your thoughts and comments.

Janice and George

Sunday 6th of August 2023

It sounds like a fun event you're planning!

For easy access to downtown Cabo San Lucas, you can't beat staying on Medano Beach (for example, at a resort like the PB Rose).

You could also look at Corazon Cabo. It's also on Medano Beach but closer in, so it's a shorter walk into town. You can get an AI option there too. Because it's closer in, it will be a bit buzzier (bars are closer). But June isn't busy like in high season, so you shouldn't be bothered by this - and the resort has very nice accommodations.

Other close-to-downtown-Cabo resorts with AI options suitable for more mature guests (we're assuming you don't want to be with the 20- and 30-somethings?) include Grand Solmar and Playa Grande over on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas. But you definitely can't swim at the beach there.

Our suggestion? In June, it will be hot and the ocean temperature will be delightful, so you're probably going to love swimming in the sea (which a Medano Beach resort offers). Narrow your choice down to a Medano Beach resort.

Bottom line: We think the PB Rose is a great choice :-).

Aimi Datz

Friday 27th of January 2023

Wow, you guys are amazing! Great info, and so thorough. Impressive article. We have stayed at Dreams for years, but my kids are now in high school, and I want to be near downtown for our next trip in the spring. Which of the Pueblo Bonito hotels do you recommend for teenagers? We are also going with another family, so the resort with the largest room is also important for us! Thanks so much. Aimi

Janice and George

Wednesday 1st of February 2023

Thanks for the kind words! The PB Sunset Beach has the biggest suites (and the newest ones). It's also a bigger resort with more restaurant and pool choices. So it's the better choice for teens if you're going to mostly stay put at the resort. But it's not really walking distance to downtown Cabo. It's close though. (You can take an Uber or taxi.) If you decide to stay on Medano Beach, then we'd say go with PB Rose (it's got more going on than PB Blanco, e.g., the cafe/deli). If you stay at the Rose, the kids (er, teens!) can easily walk into town. And they can swim at the beach and do beach stuff like rent jet skis.

Karen LaVelle

Friday 20th of January 2023

So glad to read what you wrote about the Blanco Resort in Los Cabos. We will be staying there in February. It will be our first time in Cabo, and we're looking forward to this trip!

Nancy

Tuesday 21st of March 2023

@Janice and George, we are planning our 4th trip in May and staying at Blanco this time. Thanks for the reviews!

Janice and George

Friday 20th of January 2023

Have a great vacation! It will be hard not to :-).

LaSay

Thursday 19th of January 2023

Thank you for the comparisons of the PB resorts in Cabo. I'm now excited to visit them all during our stay at the Rose this upcoming August. I hope this isn't a question that I missed already, but are there reservations required at all the restaurants at the resorts? The last few resorts (not PB) that I went to in Mexico didn't have mandatory restaurant reservations. Thank you in advance.

Janice and George

Friday 20th of January 2023

No, you don't have to make reservations at all the restaurants. But if you want to be sure you can get in, and at a particular time, it's best to make reservations. August should be a less busy time (though 2023 started off super busy in Cabo, and resorts had very little availability until the end of March -- "revenge travel"). So you shouldn't have difficulty getting into the restaurants you want.

Tiffany

Thursday 14th of July 2022

Your articles are great! We are traveling with 3 generations, including a 2 year old. I can't decide if the swimmable beach or the most on-property restaurants is the best option for us. My initial thought was Sunset Beach for convenience but I am really drawn to the swimmable beach. Are the beach chairs reserved in advance or first come, first served? Any insight you have is much appreciated!

Brenda

Wednesday 7th of December 2022

@Janice and George, Keep in mind that for a two-year old the water has a drop off, unless you walk to the beach area closer to town.

Janice and George

Wednesday 20th of July 2022

Tough choice! Beach chairs are first-come, first-served. So if the beach is important to you and you're traveling at a popular or high-season time, you might want to go with the Rose or Blanco, as you'll be able to snag beach chairs more easily in the morning than if you're at Sunset Beach -- and if you're staying right there, you can use them too spontaneously when people start to clear out mid-afternoon. Also keep in mind that if you're at Rose or Blanco, you have their restaurants right next door. Plus, if you're not doing the all-inclusive, there are several other restaurants really close to both Rose and Blanco, e.g., Cascades Grill. You don't even have to walk into Cabo town for other restaurants. It might also be easier to keep track of everyone (and there'll be less walking from your room to the pool/beach) if you stay at a smaller property like Rose or Blanco. Hope this helps a little with your decision-making!