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: 92°F
Humidity: 58%
Wind:  5.75mph
Visibility: 10+ miles
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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.

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 Dolphins
Cabo Dolphins
Guests of all ages can enjoy a rare opportunity to swim and play with beautiful Pacific Bottlenose dolphins while visiting Cabo San Lucas. With two locations (one alongside the Cabo San Lucas Marina and the other in San José del Cabo), Cabo Dolphins offers fun and educational programs where participants can get up close with these intelligent creatures while learning about their unique physiology and conversation concerns.
From $109/person
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Elements of Baja Private Tours
Elements of Baja Private Tours
Embark on your customized, one-of-a-kind excursion led by a professional private tour guide. With your experience completely customized for you and your group, you'll discover some of Baja's top hidden secrets and unique, authentic cultural sights. Choose nature expeditions, kayaking, whale watching, shamanic ceremonies, snorkeling, ancient petroglyphs, hot springs, and more. Exceptional eco-tours are personalized for you.

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Amigos Cabos Moto Rent
Amigos Cabos Moto Rent
Come and experience a great adventure and the thrill of riding an ATV through the stunning desert environment, one of the most popular activities in Los Cabos, Mexico! On this guided expedition you will enjoy the beauty of nature as you drive through the rugged desert terrain, past the mountains and through dry creeks. Feel the breeze and hear the waves of the Pacific Ocean as you traverse a huge trail of dry arroyos. It is an exciting experience you will never forget!

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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.

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: $10-$20
Agave Handcrafted Kitchen
NE corner of Calle José María Morelos & Álvaro Obregón Gallery District, San Jose Del Cabo
011.52.624.123.2167 From the States [email protected]

Chef Guillermo J Gómez has joined forces with AGAVE group to create AGAVE Handcrafted Kitchen. Set on a rooftop overlooking the Gallery District in San José del Cabo, the restaurant offers artisanal farm-to-table cuisine fired in a custom wood oven. With memories of the Mediterranean, a strong passion for Mexican cooking, and a love for Baja culture, the Chef creates soulful cuisine using sustainably sourced seafood and organic products from local farms.

CUISINE : Mexican Cuisine
COST: $10-$20
Las Guacamayas
Paseo de los Marinos Col. El Chamizal San José del Cabo

This casual taqueria receives consistent rave reviews for the excellent variety of tacos and molcajetes. A bit off the beaten path, you step inside and are surrounded by a colorful and welcoming atmosphere. Feast on tacos al pastor, margaritas, quesadillas, carne asada and so much more. Come see what the fuss is about!

CUISINE : Mexican Cuisine
COST: $10-$20