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.

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 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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La Paz Cultural Tour
La Paz Cultural Tour
Start this wonderful tour from your front door, where you will be picked up by your driver/guide. Travel beside the Sea of Cortez, enjoying the flora and fauna along the way, including a panoramic view at Los Barriles. In about 2.5 hours, you will arrive in La Paz, the state capital.
From $95/person
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Bee The Wellness
Bee The Wellness
Designed to drive transformation, Bee The Wellness aspires to level up the human experience in the physical, emotional, and spiritual arenas while facilitating community and connection between other wellness warriors. Their programs, courses, and retreats are built to expand people’s lives through nuanced, personalized whole-food diets, FUNctional fitness, and mindful, fearless living.

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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.

La Osteria
Paseo del Estero (across from La Comer La Cascada Supermarket) in San José del Cabo
624-146-9696

A great atmosphere welcomes you at this wonderful eatery in the historic district of San José del Cabo. The menu features delicious tapas and a good selection of wines. The romantic courtyard setting and live music make this a great choice for a memorable evening of dining.

CUISINE : Mexican Cuisine
COST: $20-$30
Mezquite
At Vidanta Los Cabos, San José del Cabo
(624) 104-9741 in Los Cabos

This stylish eatery offers magnificent views overlooking the Sea of Cortez. With specialties like prime steaks, grilled in a wood-burning oven, El Mezquite highlights a mouthwatering variety of dishes. Enjoy flavorful burgers, delightful salads, or the catch-of-the-day. Guests appreciate the captivating menu and stunning location.

CUISINE : Mexican Cuisine
COST: $20-$30
Mariscos El Torito
Aquiles Serdán Manzana 8 lote 4, San José del Cabo
624.130.3665

Fans of this Mexican seafood restaurant rave about the excellent mariscos. Enjoy vibrant ceviches, grilled shrimp, clams au gratin, lobster, crab tostadas, garlic octopus and so much more. Not a seafood fan? You can also enjoy grilled beef and chicken.

CUISINE : Mexican Cuisine
COST: $20-$30