San José del Cabo Travel Guide

San José del Cabo’s authentic Mexican atmosphere is a charming counterpoint to the non-stop action of sister city Cabo San Lucas. Just 20 miles away from Cabo at the other end of the Tourist Corridor, you’ll find a historic town of courtyard restaurants, charming architecture, boutiques, and a beautiful church facing the traditional town square. San José’s pace is slower than that of its bustling sister city—perfect for honeymooners and those seeking a more traditional Mexican getaway. The first community in Los Cabos, San José was once the home to the local Pericú tribe, a stop for Spanish galleons and a hiding spot for pirates.

Accommodations range from graceful private villas overlooking the Sea of Cortez to breathtaking resorts lining the warm beaches. Many resorts are located along the beachfront just south of downtown. Great for relaxing and beachcombing, the beaches in the area are not recommended for swimming. At the end of the Hotel Zone, you’ll find the Estero San José, a beautiful palm-lined estuary rich in native bird life. This verdant natural oasis is a striking contrast to the dramatic desert scenery of Los Cabos.

Downtown, San José has become renowned for its fine dining establishments. Many restaurants are housed in historic buildings with romantic courtyards. Downtown, you can also explore the many delightful boutiques featuring handicrafts, clothing and jewelry. A thriving art district is home to a number of exciting galleries, showcasing the works of Mexican and international artists in a variety of media. On Thursday evenings from November to June, the Art Walk is a great way to experience the many galleries of San José del Cabo, many of which keep their doors open late for this special weekly event that also features specials at many local restaurants.

Just outside of San José del Cabo, Puerto Los Cabos is one of the area’s fastest rising stars. This area is home to chic boutique-style hotels, a few great eateries, luxury villa rentals and a world-class marina. The pace is laid-back and relaxing - perfect for visitors looking for an alternative to the bustle of Cabo San Lucas.

Los Cabos Weather

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Visibility: 10+ miles
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Resorts in San José del Cabo, Mexico

Breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortez and warm beaches welcome visitors to San José del Cabo, where a variety of beautiful resorts line the sunny sands. Treat yourself to an exceptional vacation getaway with luxury amenities.

Top Activities in Los Cabos

You'll find plenty of exciting activities in San José del Cabo, Mexico. From exploring the art galleries and boutiques of historic downtown San José, to sailing, snorkeling, kayaking fishing and golf, there's fun for every type of visitor in Los Cabos.

Nautilus Live-Aboard Diving
Nautilus Live-Aboard Diving
Nautilus offers a world-class live-aboard scuba diving experience with comfort and safety in mind. Boasting cruises to some of the best diving spots in Baja Sur, the professional team of Nautilus Explorers will ensure an magnificent diving experience. Whether you choose to visit the majestic manta rays of Socorro Island (“the Galapagos Islands of Mexico”) or the spectacular sharks of Guadalupe Island, you will enjoy an unforgettable adventure at sea.

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ATV Tour
ATV Tour
Explore spectacular ocean side cliffs, lush desert ranges and canyon trails as you ride your personal 450 Honda all-terrain vehicle. Hop on and follow your guide for a glimpse into Baja’s rugged terrain where along your ride, you will see soaring cacti towering over the trail, glimpses of wildlife, native desert flora and incredible views of the unforgettable Los Cabos landscape.
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Buccaneer Queen Tall Ship Cruises
Buccaneer Queen Tall Ship Cruises
The Buccaneer Queen, a famous 96-foot tall ship that has appeared in movies and TV commercials, sails the waters around Cabo San Lucas in epic style. The authentic Buccaneer Queen offers snorkeling tours, sunset cruises, private charters and whale watching trips (Jan-March). You can enjoy the thrill of a pirate show aboard this breathtaking ship as you cruise along the stunning coastline of Los Cabos.

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Fishing Charters in Los Cabos

The seas of Los Cabos offer truly legendary sport fishing where the waters of the Pacific Ocean meet the vibrant Sea of Cortez. World-famous for marlin fishing, anglers can also catch dorado (mahi-mahi), tuna, roosterfish, wahoo and much more. If you love fishing, don't miss the opportunity to charter a boat with our expert captains and crews for an unforgettable experience.

Our Top Restaurant Picks

San José del Cabo is home to an exciting variety of gourmet restaurants lining the picturesque historic downtown streets with everything from traditional Mexican cuisine to international fare. Nearby, exceptional farm-to-table restaurants are receiving rave reviews for exciting dining on working organic farms.

Don Sanchez
Blvd. Mijares 27 San José del Cabo
624 142 2444

Don Sanchez is a contemporary Mexican restaurant in Los Cabos focusing on regionally sourced ingredients and organic produce paired with a fine wine selection, as well as all the amazing agave spirits like mezcal, tequila and sotol. The restaurant has been awarded three years in a row as one of the 100 Imperdibles de México - featuring the most recommended experiences in the Mexican Republic.

Don Sanchez sits atop of the culinary tourism restaurant standard in Los Cabos featuring impeccable service and exquisite cuisine created by Chef Edgar Román. What’s more, a remodel has preserved one of the most historic buildings of San José del Cabo and, in turn, created a unique dining environment combining modern luxury with old world Mexican heritage.

Join us in our cava for an exclusive wine pairing or even guided by our chef and sommelier, or at our tequila & mezcal tasting bar. The recently remodeled terrace is a perfect combination of fine dining elegance and Mexican warmth offering space for guests, groups, as well as the perfect intimate setting for couples, friends and families.

Featuring a modern design, and lush gardens, the courtyard is a perfect location for enjoying the ultimate Mexican fine-dining experience. Don Sanchez restaurant in downtown San Jose del Cabo is part of the well-appointed Grupo Edith's in Cabo - the iconic restaurateur group behind Edith´s, Tres Sirenas, The Office and la Pintada in Cabo San Lucas.

CUISINE : Mexican Cuisine
COST: Over $30
The Container Restaurant & Bar
Puerto Los Cabos Marina
624 105-6628

Enjoy the beautiful marina-side setting at this fun bar/restaurant in the up-and-coming luxury development of Puerto Los Cabos. Fresh ceviche, live music, burgers and Mexican favorites are just a few of the highlights.

CUISINE : Mexican Cuisine
COST: Over $30
Lugareño at Villa Valentina
Transp. Hwy Km 31.5, San Jose del Cabo
624-142-6612

A combination of a design gallery and a charming courtyard restaurant, Lugareño is a must-visit in San José del Cabo. Adorned with lanterns in the evening, the courtyard is incredibly romantic. Live music and a creative menu set the scene for a great evening. Seafood specialities, oysters, tostadas and more.

CUISINE : Mexican Cuisine
COST: Over $30