About this listing
“Emblematic of youthful, independent properties with hip, social spaces. SoHo loft meets Baja ranchero style” Travel + Leisure.
“Renegade…think the Ace minus the mob scene and high prices” Remodelista
“Stylishly minimalist" says New York Times
-Independent travel - Drift San Jose is an alternative to big resorts and package holidays. No expensive services and amenities here - just the essentials - leaving your free to explore the Baja on your own terms.
-Back-to-basics - each one of our eight rooms has its own entrance facing the pool and courtyard, one queen bed, with 100% raw cotton fitted sheet and duvet (flat sheet on request), quality mattress, writing desk, lockbox, bathroom with hot water and shower, towels and soap.
-Do-it-yourself - make your own coffee in our guest kitchen, enjoy a self-serve beverage poolside.
-Social spaces - meet other guests by the evening fire, on the rooftop deck or the bar.
-Special occasions - bring a group of up to 16 friends - book the entire place!
-Free wireless internet (high speed fiber optic)
-Guest kitchen with complimentary coffee
-Self-serve snacks and cold beverages
-Free street parking, limited non-guaranteed on-site parking
-Self-serve rooftop laundry ($5 USD per load)
-Air conditioning option ($15 USD per day - sometimes needed July thru Sept)
-Easily make your own changes to your reservation directly thru Airbnb
Interaction with Guests
Someone on staff will be on site between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM to open the gate, give you your keys, show you how everything works and give a few recommendations for places to eat or things to do and see. We usually have someone on staff during the day to help out, but we do not have a formal reception or concierge to assist with tours, transportation and bookings. Once you have your keys you are on your own to come and go as you please.
-San Jose is a traditional colonial Mexican town with lively bars, great food and a contemporary gallery scene.
-We are located downtown, in the Art District, one block from the cathedral and main plaza.
-We are central to the Thursday night Art Walk and minutes from the Saturday morning Organic Farmers Market.
-We are a 20 minute walk to the beach.
-San Jose makes the perfect base to explore the best of Southern Baja. Popular day trips include...
-East Cape for surfing, the pristine desert and miles of empty beaches (30 min)
-The ranch town of Santiago for hiking the Sierra de la Laguna mountains, hot springs and waterfalls (45 min)
-Todos Santos and Pescadero on the Pacific for shopping, surfing and organic food scene (45 min)
-Cabo Pulmo and the Sea of Cortez for world class diving (90 min)
-La Paz to visit the Balandra Bay or Isla Espiritu Santo for kayaking or swimming with whale sharks (2 hours)
-Popular nearby beaches accessible by taxi, car or bus are the beach at Ganzo Beach Club (5 min), La Playita (10 min), Costa Azul for surfing (15 min), Palmilla for swimming or SUP (15 min), Chileno for swimming or snorkeling (20 min), Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas (30 min).
-San Jose del Cabo is in the municipality of Los Cabos, 20 minutes south of Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) and 30 minutes East of the city of Cabo San Lucas.
-TAXIS can always be found downtown, usually in the main plaza, in front of the Cathedral, 1.5 block from Drift. From the airport there are both Taxis (approx $65) and shuttles (approx $15 per person) available to bring you downtown San Jose. Return fare back to the airport by taxi is approximately $20.
-RENTAL CARS can be found at the airport or or various rental agencies in San Jose. We recommend our guests rent a car or 4x4 if they want to explore the many beaches and sites outside of downtown San Jose. We like National Rental Car (office located two blocks from Drift) and have asked them to offer our guests a special all-in package rate including taxes and insurance if they mention they are staying at Drift. This rate depends on type of car and time of year and we cannot guarantee this rate or offer any other information in regards to renting a car.
-BUSES many of our guests have great luck getting around by the many different buses in and around San Jose. We do not have specific or detailed information, schedules or routes for the buses.
Other Things to Note
-CHECK-IN IS BETWEEN 2:00 PM AND 6:00 PM. If you plan to arrive after 6:00 PM you must make special arrangements BEFORE your arrival date by email. If not, there may be no one scheduled on-site to unlock the gate and your reservation will be considered a no show. We CANNOT accommodate check-in before 2:00 PM or past 10:00 PM.
- If you don’t see the availability you are looking for please check one of our other listings.
-Minimum stay fluctuates depending on time of year. Booking availability opens three months in advance.
-Each room is a little bit different and allocated, depending on availability, when you arrive - we cannot reserve specific rooms. Listing number does not coordinate to room number. We do not have rooms with two beds or cots. Max two people per room.
-We do not accept walk-ins, or take bookings or inquiries by phone or email, AirBNB handles all bookings, change of dates, financial transactions and manages the cancellation and refund policy.
-We do not offer discounts or accept long term rentals.
-Groups please see our listing dedicated to booking the entire hotel, this listing opens 6 months in advance of booking date.
-Advertised room price includes tax.
-No one under 18 years, no pets, only registered guests on property.
I can't say enough good things about this place. Drift's staff, owner, ambiance are all unmatched in my travels and stays with AirBNB. The atmosphere is very laid back and because the hotel is setup for interaction between the residents, my friend and I were able to establish new friendships with several other guests.
Lets not forget Clara who is an absolutely precious dog that roamed the facility. Sweetheart that little girl.
Again, loved it, great place to stay, everything was wonderful, communication was lighting quick and directions for everything from eating, site seeing to surfing was great.
Thanks again guys, I'll be back soon!
Excellent place to be and expend great time at the pool with some beers. Nice beds and shower too, very clean.
OMG, I LOVED this place! Not only was the staff super helpful and friendly, but the place was lovely. It has a great location, a great communal kitchen, and the designed is ideal.
I'm coming back soon, no doubt. As soon as I get another chance.
My group of 5 ladies had an amazing week staying at Drift. Loved the laid-back atmosphere - the staff was always around to offer help or ask if we needed anything, but we never felt like we couldn't kick back and relax in the common areas like we would at a vacation home. The dip pool is heaven. It was also great to meet the other guests - Stu's living/spatial concept has fostered a great sense of community. SJD is a sleepy town during the day, but really comes alive at night with lots of live music shows in the restaurants and town plaza near Drift!
Really fantastic experience. The location couldn't better since it's really in the heart of the historic art district. Restaurants and bars are walkable and the location is perfect for exploring surf spots along the coast. Staff is very friendly and helpful and other travelers were all super nice. Will definitely come back.
I stayed for 6 nights, on arrival was met by the owner Stu, all the staff are extremely friendly, chilled out and helpful. Loved the building design and set up, everything is very clean and well-maintained, cool breezes blow through the upstairs rooms/areas. The café/restaurant suggestions were perfect and only 3-5mins walk from the hotel. There’s a small outside bar onsite with excellent selections of artesian Mescul and high-end Tequila. The oranges/juicer, yoga mats and beach towels were a nice touch, with plenty of space on the balconies for stretching or relaxing.
This is a very chilled out place to stay, however on Thursday – Saturday nights local restaurants/bars within the same block have live bands playing load music until 1-2pm, this didn’t bother me too much, but if you were planning on an early nights sleep, this could be difficult. The rest of the time Drift is quite as, would definitely stay again.
We had the absolute best time at Drift! We were welcomed by Mauricio who was so warm, friendly and showed us around the property. Our room was amazing - very clean, loved the design, open concrete and exposed brick and piping. The rain shower was to die for! As for the property, the rooftop has a perfect view for sunrise/sunset and also close enough to the neighborhood restaurants to catch some live music as well. The kitchen is also the cutest, with chalkboard walls (maps of the town, places to see), as well as coffee and fresh oranges to make juice in the morning. Really really recommend Drift! We will be back!
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About the Host, Staff At Drift
DRIFT is inspired by the idea of independent travel - an alternative to package tourism and all-inclusive resorts. Our guests prefer a basic do-it-yourself and social atmosphere over expensive luxury amenities and services. Money saved on accommodation can instead be spent on real adventure! We like using Airbnb as our booking engine because it attracts guests who are open to new concepts and experiences in hospitality.