“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
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-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 exterior entrance facing a palm filled 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 travelers on the rooftop deck, hang out on shared patios or by the evening fire.
-Keeping it simple - with a rustic ranch meets industrial loft style - minimal design using lots of concrete and steel.
-Special occasions - bring a group of up to 16 friends - book the entire place!
-Advertised room price includes tax! We are a registered business.
-No children, 18 years plus.
-Minimum stay may be in effect during holiday periods. Listing availability opens three months in advance. Each room is a little bit different and allocated upon arrival - listing number does not coordinate to room number. You can not reserve a specific room. We do not have rooms with two beds.
-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.
-Free wireless internet (high speed fiber optic)
-Guest kitchen with complimentary coffee
-Self-serve snacks and cold beverages
-Free street parking, limited on-site parking
-Snorkel gear, yoga mats and bikes
-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 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 do not have a formal reception or concierge, and do not plan transportation or tours. Once you have your keys you are on your own to come and go as you please. Mid-stay room cleaning is available upon request. Fresh towels always available just ask any one of our staff.
Drift San Jose is located in the heart of San Jose del Cabo's Art District, only one block from the cathedral and main plaza. San Jose is a traditional Mexican colonial town - with a contemporary gallery, live music and food scene. Famous for the Thursday night Art Walk and Saturday morning Organic Farmers Market. We are central to the best restaurants, bars, shops, galleries and cafes. A nearby trail follows the estuary and bird sanctuary, ending at the beach approx 20 minutes away.
We are perfectly situated for real Baja adventure. Explore the desert, mountains, ranches and miles of beautiful empty beaches. Popular day trips include the East Cape for surfing (30 min), Santiago for hiking, hot springs and waterfall (45 min) Todos Santos for surfing and great organic food scene (60 min), Cabo Pulmo for world class diving (90 min), Las Ventanas for kite surfing (2 hours) or La Paz to visit the spectacular 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 special arrangements must be made beforehand 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.
-No one under 18 years.
-No smoking in rooms.
-Maximum two people per room.
-Only registered guests on property.
We were greeted at the gate by Angel, who was warm and friendly and who gave us a complete tour. We were immediately made to feel welcome and at home. Drift is in a corner of the historic art district. The neighborhood is full of art galleries, fantastic restaurants, and friendly people. Walking and riding the bikes were enough transportation to see the whole town.
Drift was everything I thought it would be. And somehow even better. Stu's gorgeous oasis in San Jose is the perfect jumping off point in Baja for solo travelers, groups of friends, or really, anyone who appreciates a space that is thoughtfully and simply designed, gorgeous, with a focus on being communal. (Yet still private enough to relax and find solitude.) Easy to get to, yet hard to find in the best way possible. Angel (who greeted us and helped us throughout our stay) put a smile on our faces every time we saw him -- especially when he had Churros in hand to share. Stu was always around to share local tips and a laugh. The other travelers staying at Drift were so easy to get along with. San Jose is really charming. I miss Clara (the dog) already and we made some friends to keep in touch with. I'm already trying to figure out when I can make my return trip.
We have nothing but great things to say about Drift and the all the staff members. The place is an oasis for explorers and San Jose del Cabo is a fantastic location for people looking to explore authentic Mexico without feeling overwhelmed by tourists like in Cabo San Lucas. Try and stay at least three days; the location is perfect for day trips and there is so much to do in the town itself. One to two days really is not enough to explore all this area has to offer.
Having the kitchen stocked with fresh oranges for juicing and fresh ground coffee beans made morning so pleasant. It was so wonderful connecting with other like minded individuals in the morning and planning the day with the map on the wall. I'm already missing my freshly squeezed OJ. It was great being able to just help ourselves when we wanted.
Sunsets on the rooftop and pre-dinner chat by the fire are a must. The staff was incredibly helpful and warm in their interactions. It was very evident that our experience was important to them. Stu also hosted an Amazing Tequila/Mescal Tasting for the guest and I highly recommend for you to inquire about it.
Can't wait to come back again.
Perfect place to stay in San José! The staff is wonderful, friendly and welcoming. The spaces are atractive, simple, functional and comfortable. Thanks for a great way to start out Baja trip!
First of all, I traveled by myself (early 30s female) and Drift was perfect. Everything about this place was amazing, from the surprise hot chocolate in the morning to my new best friend Clara the dog to the decor. It's super quiet (although I could hear music from a nearby bar each night...but it was actually really nice) but right next to everything in San Jose. And the staff is the absolute best. Stu and his service rocked, and everyone who worked there was super personable and related super well to the type of person who wanted to stay at Drift. Finally, Stu has an awesome reputation in town. I really liked everyone who stayed at Drift too - I got a little stressed out when I went down to the resort area and saw all the supertourists...the Drift and downtown San Jose crowd was a lot more chill. I'd totally come back.
Un gran lugar para hospedarse en San José del Cabo, la ubicación es buena, la atención es excelente, las habitaciones son muy practicas, tiene información básica de los alrededores, es una excelente opción para no gastar de mas en hospedaje.
My husband and I had a wonderful week-long stay at Drift. We were completely comfortable and felt like we were truly coming home after our adventures each day. We met great people also staying there and appreciated Stu and Angel and the rest of the staff's care and attention. The blackboard map in the kitchen with suggestions for restaurants and day trips was super helpful. And we will never forget the desert dog, Clara!! She is pure love and beauty.
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DRIFT is inspired by the idea of independent travel - an alternative to package tourism and all-inclusive resorts. It is for real travelers - 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.
Our staff includes Angel - our check in host, Benito our gardener and Leo the housekeeper.
We have a total of 8 listings at Drift San Jose - all in the same building - if you can't find the dates you are looking for please try another listing. We also have one listing dedicated to renting all 8 rooms for bookings of up to 16 people.