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.

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.

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.

Las Guacamayas
Paseo de los Marinos Col. El Chamizal San Josť del Cabo

This casual taqueria receives consistent rave reviews for the excellent variety of tacos and molcajetes. A bit off the beaten path, you step inside and are surrounded by a colorful and welcoming atmosphere. Feast on tacos al pastor, margaritas, quesadillas, carne asada and so much more. Come see what the fuss is about!

CUISINE : Mexican Cuisine
COST: $10-$20
Drift San Josť
Miguel Hidalgo 613, San Josť del Cabo

Step into the courtyard at Drift and you enter a magical oasis in the heart of historic downtown San Josť del Cabo. Casual gourmet fare is served from a food truck as string lights cast a warm glow in the evening. Aside from the creative food like grilled octupus, cilantro sea bass and pierogies, the cocktail menu with a variety of mezcals is definitely a highlight.

CUISINE : Mexican Cuisine
COST: $10-$20
Cynthia Fresh Organic Restaurant
Plaza Caracol, next to Las Mananitas condos, San Jose del Cabo
624-155-5874 Monday- Saturday-Lunch 11:30am -5pm Dinner 5pm-9pm SUNDAYS CLOSED

The freshest organic local produce and ingredients take center stage at this lovely restaurant with an inviting courtyard. Reasonably priced entrees include salads, pastas and wonderful seafood. Popular with locals and visitors "in the know," this gem gets pretty busy but is definitely worth the visit.

CUISINE : Mexican Cuisine
COST: $10-$20