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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.

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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.
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.
Baja Vision Project
Baja Vision Project
Baja Vision Project is the only company in Los Cabos offering corporate group events and activities including professional world-class team building programs for local and tourism clients. Baja Vision Project offers custom designed training programs, vision development, business and incentive team events to promote cooperation, communication and collaboration by engaging in thought-provoking activities.
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Todos Santos Tour
Todos Santos Tour
Enjoy a scenic, one-hour drive up the Pacific Coast to the quaint, intriguing little town of Todos Santos. You'll visit a variety of unique art galleries, colorful boutique shops and outstanding restaurants. Todos Santos has a rich and vibrant history dating to its Spanish mission days and its history as a sugar mill town. This tour is provided through Daytrips, a division of TransCabo Tours.
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Try the exciting new LocoMotion Fiesta Bike and come discover why Todos Santos is known as the Pueblo Magico, or “magical town” of Baja! Pedal to the rhythm of your favorite music with 14 of your new and old friends. Together we’ll explore this special place where organic agriculture, farm-to-table gastronomy, art galleries, and history are all located, in this charming spot nestled between the desert and the ocean.

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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.
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.
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