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: 77°F
Humidity: 78%
Wind:  10.61mph
Visibility: 10+ miles
CURRENTLY
Partly Cloudy
76° Partly Cloudy
Wed 17
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
79 | 88°F
rain 11%
Thu 18
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
79 | 90°F
Fri 19
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
77 | 90°F
Sat 20
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
77 | 88°F
rain 12%
Sun 21
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
76 | 86°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.

Cabo Sailing
Cabo Sailing
The expert team of Cabo Sailing welcomes you to experience the magical waters of the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean with a variety of incredible sailing experiences including daytime sails, snorkeling tours, sunset cruises, whale watching and overnight charters the Los Cabos area. Feel the wind in your hair as you sail the high seas and enjoy sights of the rugged Los Cabos landscape from the water.
From $65/person
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Cabo Legend
Cabo Legend
A 100’ twin masted brig wooden sailing ship, the spectacular Cabo Legend sails the high seas around Los Cabos in unforgettable style with pirate-themed cruises! A mighty ship with plenty of deck space to eat, drink and be merry. Gather on the deck with friends and family, with lots of space to keep watch for pirates and enjoy the fresh salt air and warm sunshine.

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Cabo Adventures Tours
Cabo Adventures Tours
Cabo Adventures is Cabo’s premier tour and activity operator. They offer a wide selection of adventure-based tours and excursions with things to do for people of all ages – from swimming with dolphins to zip lines, snorkeling to whale watching, riding camels to scuba diving and more. Their friendly and professional team will ensure a fun-filled experience and an unforgettable way to experience the magic of Los Cabos.
From $59/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.