DRIFT SAN JOSE is for youthful independent travelers - filling a niche between boutique and hostel - an alternative to all-inclusive gated resorts and package holidays. Concept is do-it-yourself and social. Basic amenities and services keep rates low
Each room has its own entrance, one queen bed, writing desk, bathroom with hot water and a view into the palm filled courtyard. The style is rustic ranch meets open concept industrial loft, finished with concrete steel and wood. Each room is a little bit different - please note that the photos shown are of an assortment of rooms. Upon arrival you can pick your room depending on availability. All rooms are the same price. Please look for our other listings if you can't find availability on this one. Please note we use AirBNB exclusively and do not take bookings over the phone.
There is a shared kitchen, free wireless internet, fire pit and store. There is also a small lounging area on the roof available for daytime use. Patios are shared and great places to interact with other guests.
There is someone on site to open the gate, give you your keys and help out with any questions you may have.
DRIFT SAN JOSE is conveniently located, one block from the cathedral and main plaza, in the heart of the Historic Art District. San Jose is a traditional Mexican colonial town, but also has a contemporary gallery and restaurant scene. The cobblestone streets are often closed to cars in order to accomodate the many events, such as live music and outdoor dining. Thursday night is the popular Art Walk - and the Saturday morning Organic Market is 5 minutes by foot. The beach is a 20-30 minute walk either through the colorful town, or by way of a jogging trail, that winds through the estuary and bird sanctuary. If you are staying longer than a few days we recommend you rent a car or 4x4 and explore the desert, the East Cape,Todos Santos, Santiago, Cabo Pulmo or Balandra Bay in La Paz. DRIFT SAN JOSE makes a perfect jumping off point for surfing, kitesurfing, hiking, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, stand up paddle etc.
DRIFT is 20 min from the Los Cabos International Airport (airport code SJD) where taxis ($65) and shuttles ($15) are available to get you into San Jose. Once in San Jose, taxis are always available close by in front of the Cathedral. Rental cars cars can be found at the airport or National has an office less than two blocks from DRIFT. If you have a car there is plenty of free parking in close by streets. Bikes can be rented at the entrance to Puerto Los Cabos.
Stu is an incredibly thoughtful, tasteful host. He has created a unique oasis of simple, understated lifestyle and design in San Jose - at his price it is truly a steal! Don't miss his new store with locally made goods...I want one of everything!!
DRIFT is the local launchpad for the Baja adventurer. Simple yet designer, clean but super social, this DIY hotel takes the best parts of a hostel and mashes it together with the beauty of a boutique property. But flatly put, the best part about our stay was the people we met. From London-based tourism junkies to San Francisco tech entrepreneurs, fun people from New York to an eclectic mix of locals from the town. For those thinking about staying at DRIFT, I would highly recommend the use of a rental car for more adventurous destinations and alternative cuisine hotspots. Here is a list of our favorite destinations.
1. Cabo Pulmo. The place to go for diving and snorkeling. The only living reef in North America and apparently one of Jacques Cousteau's favourites. While diving we got a rare once in a lifetime opportunity to get caught up in a tornado of Jackfish!
(website hidden)ñon de la Zorra, otherwise known as Fox Canyon. A great day trip from San Jose, this waterfall oasis is tucked away in the ranching area of Santiago. Multiple cool things to see up in this valley including old hotel Palomar and the honey bee keepers in Agua Caliente.
3. La Ventana. 2.25 hours north of San Jose and the kite boarding capital of the Baja. There is a beach in the north that has natural hot springs - dig yourself a private hot tub where the sand is black. Combine this trip with a stay in La Paz and an island visit to Espíritu Santo.
4. Todos Santos and the west coast surf beaches. If you surf, this is your homeland.
5. Chileno Bay Beach. The place to nap in the sand, snorkel in the shallows and relax. Bring a pack of cerveza, a good book and a mask and snorkel - your beach day is complete.
Top food locales not to be missed in San Jose:
1. Flora's Farm. Like a bit of Napa in the Baja, but damn is the experience amazing both in the food and the ambiance.
2. Marinero Borracho - (Drunken Sailor) in La Playita. Tacos Chinos and the Palmito Quesadilla - rad! Lunch, dinner or after party spot on the weekends.
3. Carnitas Los Michoacanos. Hole-in-the-wall, best all pork spot. Recommended for breakfast.
4. Hotel El Ganzo. Infinity rooftop pool and hot tub. Combine with multiple margaritas.
5. Lolita Cafe. Best coffee in town, great Mexi-American brunch items.
6. El Padrino. More rustic than a hole-in-the-wall, but ceviche to die for.
I am so glad I came across Stu's place in San Jose del Cabo! It is truly a refuge, in a sea of giant resorts that just aren't my style. I much prefer small, more personal hotels and I found that in Drift.
By finding this beautiful spot, I was able to appreciate the quaint, colonial-style of San Jose del Cabo (including great restaurants). We were some of Stu's first guests -- he was friendly, welcoming and I felt right at home. I fell in love with his minimalist, but cozy style. I would go back anytime! I am excited to see what Stu comes up with next.
This is a great way to start or end your Baja California trip!
Drift hotel was the perfect landing spot for travelers like me who appreciate the essence of travel: meeting new people, making friends from different parts of the world, eating local food, sharing stories and staying in places that have a clean sense of design. I only called drift home for one night and hope to call it home again. I loved the experience there and the owner Stu was super, leading me in the right direction for food and fun without quelling my own sense of discovery.
Perfect location for this lovely, clean, comfortable accommodation. Stu (and Clara the dog) are excellent hosts. Would definitely recommend a day fishing with some local fishermen, easy to arrange with staff in Salsitas restaurant across from hotel (along with some excellent margaritas)! Also stroll to the beach via the estuary and finally getting a local bus to the airport which is only 10pesos and really easy!!