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.
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Top Vacation Rentals in San José del Cabo, Mexico
Planning your getaway in San José del Cabo is easy with a variety of stunning beachfront vacation rentals ideal for a family getaway or special celebration in Los Cabos. Vacation rentals offer exceptional comfort, value and privacy.
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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.
Stunning Ocean Views at this Stylish Beachfront Escape
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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.
Blvd. Antonio Mijares. Plaza Misión Int. 4, 23400 San José del Cabo
Headed up by Chef F. Tadd Chapman, Habaneros Gastro Grill and Tequila Bar blends the atmosphere of a European style bistro with a “Mexican Fusion” menu. Enjoy creative salads, fresh seafood, Mexican specialties and some of the best burgers around.
Rincon De Las Animas, Calle Camino Real S/N Animas Bajas
Located just outside of San José del Cabo, Acre is home to a 25-acre organic farm and restaurant showcasing exceptional farm-to-table cuisine in a uniquely stylish setting. Enjoy delectable pastas, fresh salads, upscale comfort food and gourmet local seafood served alongside creative cocktails. Surrounded by lush palms, this stunning setting offers a wonderful experience.
Located in Zacatitos on the East Cape, about 20 minutes from San Jose del Cabo
Zac’s is a charming East Cape restaurant for casual dining and features a full-service bar, lunch and dinner menus with varied offerings including salads, sandwiches, gourmet pizza, chicken, steak dinners and nightly specials. Enjoy major sporting events on the big-screen TV. The restaurant-bar is open throughout the year with the exception of September.