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: 91°F
Humidity: 77%
Wind:  6.15mph
Visibility: 10+ miles
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83° Humid
Sat 24
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79 | 86°F
rain 28%
Sun 25
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81 | 92°F
Mon 26
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79 | 90°F
Tue 27
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77 | 90°F
rain 12%
Wed 28
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79 | 89°F
rain 16%

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.

High Tide Land Tours
High Tide Land Tours
Experience some of Baja's most dramatic natural sights on a Jeep excursion, partake in an art walk or cultural tour with the friendly, experienced team of High Tide Los Cabos. Stroll the historic streets of charming San Josť del Cabo, take in views of the majestic desert scenery and ocean views in the East Cape, or visit one of Baja Sur's seasonal natural waterfalls.
From $65/person
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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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Cuadra San Francisco Horseback Rides
Cuadra San Francisco Horseback Rides
Offering the best horseback riding in all of Cabo, Cuadra has 5 employees and a stable of 48 well-cared-for horses, which use Western saddles. Each rider receives personal attention in horse selection (according to experience), as well as a brief lesson before leaving with a radio-equipped guide. Choose from one- or two-hour trail rides.
From $60/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.