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: 88°F
Humidity: 78%
Wind:  9.75mph
Visibility: 10+ miles
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82° Humid
Mon 21
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77 | 91°F
rain 55%
Tue 22
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Clear
76 | 93°F
Wed 23
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78 | 93°F
Thu 24
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79 | 95°F
Fri 25
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78 | 95°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.

The Love Shack Cruises
The Love Shack Cruises
"The Love Shack" is a 72-foot Bluewater multifunctional yacht. Love Shack Cruises is proud to take you on a journey to the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, taking private charter cruises to a whole new level. With a comprehensive list of activities, an upscale venue, and a professional and experienced staff, we will make your next cruise the highlight of your visit, on the most affordable, family oriented, luxury yacht in Cabo San Lucas.

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Cabo Expeditions - Sea Tours
Cabo Expeditions - Sea Tours
Exciting tours led by the professional team of Cabo Expeditions offer a perfect mix of fun, learning, challenge and safety on the awe-inspiring waters of Los Cabos. Tours include whale watching, Sea of Cortez island expeditions, swimming with whale sharks, scuba and more. With a focus on fun and education, these are some of the leading and best-loved eco-tours in all of Los Cabos. Cabo Expeditions has been recognized for their commitment to conservation efforts and their excellent customer service.
From $50/person
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Outdoor Adventures
Outdoor Adventures
The Outdoor Adventure is the perfect tour for visitors seeking fun, excitement and soaring thrills! This tour takes you on a series of thrilling canyon "flights" on zip-lines. You will also enjoy a 90-foot rappel. Take in the striking desert scenery as you zip along on an exhilarating ride! The experienced guides of Cabo Adventures will be there every wild whoosh of the way!
From $95/person
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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.