Drift San Jose Est. 2014

San José del Cabo, Mexico

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A hip alternative location for independent spirits.
Baja ranch style with industrial finishes. A Food Cart and Mezcal bar makes this event space unique in Los Cabos.
The Lowdown
Bar / Club / Lounge
Boutique Hotel
Birthday Party
Group Getaway
LGBT Weddings
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

Eight room hotel centrally located in San Jose del Cabo's Art District. Event space with bar and food cart patio.
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?


Additional Charges

Additional charges for Food and Beverage, Taxes and Rooms.


Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event


Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Outdoors Only
Designated Smoking Areas Only

DRIFT SAN JOSÉ  - In the heart of historic San José del Cabo, steps away the main plaza, cafes, bars and burgeoning foodie scene, perfectly situated to explore the adventure and culture of Baja California Sur. Designed for independent travelers who value adventure and culture over all-inclusive package holidays Drift San José provides a social atmosphere and simple living, hotel guests make their own coffee, enjoy self-serve beverages poolside, meet other guests by the evening fire or relax on the rooftop deck. Inspired by modern Baja ranch-life, rooms have basic amenities, rustic concrete finishes, open concept showers and industrial style windows opening into a palm filled courtyard. The onsite shop features products by up and coming contemporary Mexican designers. The Mezcal Tasting Bar features more than 15 varieties of artisanal mezcal sourced from independent producers, Mexican Micro Beers and Baja Wines. Thursday and Saturday’s are legendary for the underground style Food Cart / Beer Garden events open to the public, attracting a young hip crowd of both locals and travelers. Try the Mexican infused comfort food classics such as Tuna Tartar Tacos, Arrachera Grilled Cheese or Cilantro Sea Bass Sausages. Adults only. Located on Hidalgo, between Oregon and Comfort in the Art District.

  • Street Parking
  • Wifi
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:

Drift San Jose is located in the Art District, in the historic downtown of San José del Cabo, in the municipality of Los Cabos, in the state of Baja California Sur, Mexico, one block from the main plaza, 20 minutes from the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). It is a perfect base for exploring the many recreation and cultural amenities, such as nearby galleries and organic markets; surfing the miles of empty beaches in the East Cape; kite surfing in La Ventana; exploring ranch towns such as Santiago; hiking to hot springs or waterfalls in the Sierra de la Laguna mountains; diving the world famous Cabo Pulmo; swimming with the whale sharks in La Paz, or visiting Isla Espiritu Santo, considered the “Galapagos” of Mexico.

Extra Perks:

DESIGN SHOP AT DRIFT SAN JOSE - contemporary design from up-and-coming, independent designers. For example, Mexico City’s Salvador Compañ designs high quality travel bags under the name Lordag and Sondag. Lagos del Mundo creates basic objects inspired by traditional and primitive artefacts and tools - putting emphasis on simple shapes and quality of the materials. Protototipo have brought new life to the leather making industry of Guadalajara, providing a modern twist to traditional leather goods, hand sewn by local craftsmen.

Awards & Notables

“Renegade…think the Ace minus the mob scene and high prices.” Remodelista

“It’s just the spot for independent, cool types who don't require a mini bar or the usual all-inclusive frills.” VanMag

Design Sponge “…my new dream destination in San Jose del Cabo.” 

Travel + Leisure “Emblematic of the boom in youthful, independent properties with hip, social spaces. Think SoHo loft meets Baja ranchero style.”

10 Unbelievable Hotels by Camille Styles “...in utter awe of it’s pure hipness”

New York Times - 52 Places to Go in 2015 “stylishly minimalist”

Travel and Leisure’s Most Important Travel Trends of 2015 “appeals to independent millennials” 

"eight wonderfully minimalist rooms” ElleDecor

Drift... is much more original than the average beach retreat... it’s got personality and style.” Condé Nast Traveller - Favorite Hotels Under £150 


Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:

FOOD CART AT DRIFT SAN JOSE - a favorite meeting place for both locals and travelers, event space, music venue, film screenings - house specials include Baja Style Smoked Marlin Baked Macaroni, Arrachera Grilled Cheese on Guacomole and Tomato Chipotle Chutney and Cilantro Sea Bass Sausages on Potatoes. Artisan Beers.

Bars & Lounges:

MEZCAL TASTING BAR AT DRIFT SAN JOSÉ - with more than 15 varieties of Agaves our limited edition artisanal mezcals are sourced from independent producers, who hand make their Mezcal in traditional ways using age old family recipes. Served in the Oaxacan tradition with slices of orange and Sal de Gusano, a smoky mix of sea salt, chile and crushed gusano worm.


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Drift, a venue for the Independent Traveler
Cortnie Fausner
No. 8797
Drift San Jose
San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur
Hotel / Resort / Spa
Baja Ranch meets Minimal Industrial
Baja Desert
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner
Drift, a venue for the Independent Traveler
Drift, a venue for the Independent Traveler
Drift, a venue for the Independent Traveler

The Report

Calling all culture vultures! Raise your hand if you want to host a gathering at a venue where the mantra is "we keep costs down so travelers can spend their money on more adventurous or cultural pursuits". We do, we do!

Stu Waddell, the design genius behind said mantra and new hotspot Drift, has a resume chock full of experience in the travel and resort world. Early this year he realized his dream when he opened the rustic ranch doors of Drift.  Stu saw the magic in the traditional Colonial town of San Jose Del Cabo. He fell in love with the historic downtown art district, replete with charming galleries, live music and a delicious foodie scene. He decided he would open Drift, the first location in the Historic Art District, and the prototype for a series of hotels that fill a niche between boutique and youth hostel. The concept is to cater to the independent traveler and is inspired by the idea of “traveling without a destination”. Drift is designed to promote social interaction with a pared down, do-it-yourself atmosphere. The rooms are minimalistic with design accents inspired by industrial urban lofts and Baja ranch architecture.

We fell in love with how much Stu emphatically embraces the community culture of San Jose Del Cabo, the locals and the magic of gathering together. Something that can get lost in today's online world. When we chatted with this passionate and caring entrepreneur we immediately knew that his concept and gem of a property embodies the spirit of the ideal gathering destination. Not just because of it's beauty, but also for it's manifesto and what it stands for. 

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: Fly into San Jose Del Cabo's wilder sister - Los Cabos International Airport( SJD)

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