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

Feels Like: 93°F
Humidity: 57%
Wind:  6.35mph
Visibility: 10+ miles
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88° Clear
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77 | 90°F
Mon 3
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Partly Cloudy
75 | 92°F
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75 | 92°F
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75 | 91°F
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75 | 91°F

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.

Baja Outback Water Adventures
Baja Outback Water Adventures
With a passion for the abundant natural riches of Los Cabos, Baja Outback's experienced team takes participants to some of the region's best surfing, snorkeling and kayaking destinations. Learn how to catch a wave with a patient guide. Choose from a range of exciting tours including kayaking, stand up paddle (SUP) and a Cabo Highlights tour combining a glass-bottom boat tour and snorkeling.
From $46/person
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Cabo Mar Catamaran Tour
Cabo Mar Catamaran Tour
Put on your dancing shoes and head out on this great catamaran tour in Cabo! Cabo Mar was built in 2005 and is a 65 foot, double-decker super power catamaran comfortably holding up to 150 passengers. Cruise to Land's End to see the spectacular soaring stone arch that has made Cabo famous. The "Cabo Mar" and its Latin rhythms will have you swaying to the beat, cool cocktail in hand as the sun goes down and the evening stars begin to twinkle above Cabo San Lucas Bay.
From $65/person
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Cabo Sails
Cabo Sails
With over 14 years of experience, the team of Cabo Sails will provide you an experience to remember aboard their classic sailing vessels. Cruise to Land's End, to see the iconic rock formations and arch of Cabo San Lucas. Head on a snorkel cruise or hop aboard for a wonderful sunset sail. You'll enjoy beverages and food to complement the stunning views of the Cabo shoreline and seas.
From $350/2-6 Adults
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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 Cantina
Don Sanchez Cantina
Blvd. Mijares, San José del Cabo

Situated in a breathtaking historic building, Don Sanchez Cantina is the place for a very memorable evening of gourmet dining with exceptional cuisine by celebrated chef Todd Chapman. Enjoy "Contemporary Baja" dining in the elegant dining room or on the scenic hacienda-style courtyard with lush gardens, water fountains and live music. An outstanding wine list has been recognized by Wine Spectator.

Flora Farms
Flora Farms
Las Animas, San José del Cabo

Located off the beaten path, this outstanding restaurant is an experience not to be missed for foodies in search of a unique dining experience. Situated on a working organic farm surrounded by lush palm trees, the farm-to-table cuisine at Flora Farms showcases the freshest local ingredients in season, as well as creative cocktails. There's also a wonderful gift boutique.

Habaneros
Habanero's Grill
Blvd. Mijares, Palza Misiín, San José del Cabo

Boasting an intriguing "Mexican Fusion" menu with creative twists on traditional favorites, this inviting bistro offers fresh salads, local seafood, regional specialties and great burgers.