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Eating every meal in a Los Cabos restaurant can devour your dollars quickly. Most food and liquor is shipped from the mainland or imported from the United States, resulting in higher prices than the rest of Mexico. Many hotel rooms have small refrigerators and coffeemakers, and more and more of the popular time-share units becoming available in Los Cabos are equipped with completely stocked kitchens. By stocking up on groceries you can save your pesos for some of our splurges like Casiano's or El Farallon. Watch out for the prices on imported goods—a box of imported cereal can cost $5 or more. Stick with Mexican brands, or the many U.S. brands that are manufactured in Mexico. (It'll look just like the Kellogg's Corn Flakes box, but it will say "hojuelas de maíz".)

Aramburo. Supermarkets, such as Cabo San Lucas's longtime standby Aramburo and neighborhood markets, sell the basics for quick meals. Aramburo keeps a good stock of items that appeal to Americans. Av. Cárdenas across from Hard Rock Cafe, at Zaragoza, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23401. 624/143–1450.

Soriana. A Mexican supermarket chain that resembles a Walmart superstore, Soriana has terrific prices and a great produce selection, but fewer U.S. brands than at Aramburo. Hwy. 19 just outside Cabo San Lucas, Carretera Todos Santos and Cruajitos Colonia Brisa del Pacifico, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23473. 624/105–1290. www.soriana.com.mx.

Costco. At Costco, members can stock up on inexpensive supplies. Hwy. 1, Km 4.5, just outside Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23401. 624/146–7180. www.costco.com.mx.

Organic & Natural Food Products. With a great selection of beer and wines—more than 450 different labels from Australia, California, Chile, Italy, and Spain—as well as organic and frozen foods, healthy and low-calorie offerings, and cheese, Organic & Natural also has prices that can be even lower than those at Costco. This corner shop carries familiar products and brands from the U.S. Blvd. Marina and Camino del Cerro, at the western end of Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23401. 624/143–1947. Closed Sun.

Mega. Located on Highway 1 at the entrance to San Jose del Cabo (from Cabo San Lucas), this grocery giant has a bakery, pharmacy, and everything from clothing and food to furniture and electronics. Within the complex is also an ATM, food court, dry cleaners, McDonalds, and Starbucks. Paseo de Los Cabos, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur. 800/377–7333.

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