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.
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.
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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.
Las Animas, San Jose del Cabo
Enjoy wonderful cuisine using farm-fresh ingredients harvested onsite at this wonderful and unique restaurant located on an organic farm in the Las Animas area outside of San Josť del Cabo. Fresh-baked breads are made each morning, with wonderful baguettes, ciabatta, sourdough, focaccia and whole wheat breads. Meats are sourced from Flora Farmsí 150-acre ranch. Wood-burning ovens fire up wonderful pizzas. Seasonal menus evolve with the freshest crops. Enjoy lush salads, beef carpaccio, homemade soups, pastas and more.
Paseo Malecon San Josť and another location at the Cabo San Lucas Marina
Rock & Brews, partly owned by Gene Simmons of the legendary rock band KISS, has landed on the Los Cabos scene with a fun-backed restaurant/bar offering great beer, wings, burgers, pizza and more. Guests can also enjoy fish and chips, authentic Chicago-style hotdogs and chili in this casual eatery. In addition, live music performances make this a new hotspot in San Josť del Cabo.
Boulevard Mijares No. 4 , San Jose del Cabo
For reservations, call: 142-5100
Fabulous European boutique hotel off San Jose del Cabo's main square with an intimate courtyard dining room, catering to adults with an Euro-Mexican menu featuring fresh creations from Owner-Chef Loic Tenoux. Small, romantic well-stocked bar, excellent ambience and cuisine. Open daily 6 - 11 pm.