Fodor's Expert Review El Delfin Blanco
Pueblo La Playita, end of Calle Delfins, near the lighthouse, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur 23400, México See on Map
Offering the culture and charm of Mexico, this is an affordable alternative for independent travelers who don't want all the hoopla of a highly developed, all-inclusive-style resort. The no-frills accomodations are bright, clean, and airy, and you can fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves. Swedish owner, Osa, offers a beautiful spread of homemade Swedish pancakes with mango chutney and fresh juice for less than $5. She is a great source of local information. The emphasis at El Delfin Blanco is on natural beauty, which is abundant, and the sweet community of people, travelers, and residents who congregate here. It's a short stroll to La Playita beach, which seldom has more than a few fishermen on it. Despite claims by other guidebooks and online reviews, tents and RVs are not allowed on the premises.
Casitas are clean and comfortable, with colorful Mexican accents and basic amenities like refrigerators, coffee makers, and air-conditioning.
Bed types vary by lodging: Casita 1 is outfitted with a queen-sized bed; Cabaña 2 owns two doubles; Casita 3 has a king; Casita 4 a single and double; and roomy Casita 5 boasts two queens and a futon, and is capable of accommodating up to five guests.
Like the rooms, bathrooms have few frills, showcasing sink, mirror, toilet, and shower. Two-toned wall tiles, and mosaic tiled shower floors add a splash of color.
There is no on-site restaurant, but guests can enjoy breakfasts from the owner, or cook or grill up their own feast, with outdoor seating available at several tables grouped around the colonial style fountain.
Shuttles are available to and from the airport, and buses offer cheap, quick service to downtown San José del Cabo. Rental cars are recommended for more ambitious regional explorations. Ask at the hotel about special rates.
El Marinero Borracho, or “The Drunken Sailor” (3-minutes to Calle Cabrilla), is a great stop for fresh local seafood, and a locals’ favorite. Newer hotels at nearby Puerto Los Cabos like JW Mariott, Secrets and El Ganzo offer more upscale dining choices.
Drop by T’s Beach Bar & Grill (3-minutes to Calle Mantarraya) for ice-cold Coronas, snacks, and seaside ambiance.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The luxurious and sprawling Puerto Los Cabos development has come to dominate what was once a small fishing community on the shores of La Playita. “The White Dolphin” is a reminder of what the area was like 30 years ago, simpler times when beach walking, swimming, fishing and fresh local seafood were the major attractions.