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

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Humidity: 61%
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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 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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Cabo Adventures - Sea Tours
Cabo Adventures - Sea Tours
Offering exciting power snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving and whale watching tours in Los Cabos, Cabo Adventures is one of the area's most popular activity providers. Hop aboard for an unforgettable day experiencing the amazing sea life and scenery of the Sea of Cortez accompanied by friendly and informative guides. Cabo Adventures also offers classic sailing experiences for day or sunset cruises. To really get the adrenaline going, try the one-of-a-kind flyboard.
From $75/person
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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.
From $57/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.

Habanero’s Grill
Blvd. Antonio Mijares. Plaza Misión Int. 4, 23400 San José del Cabo

Headed up by Chef F. Tadd Chapman, Habaneros Gastro Grill and Tequila Bar blends the atmosphere of a European style bistro with a “Mexican Fusion” menu. Enjoy creative salads, fresh seafood, Mexican specialties and some of the best burgers around.

CUISINE : Mexican Cuisine
COST: $20-$30
Acre
Rincon De Las Animas, Calle Camino Real S/N Animas Bajas
624.171.8226

Located just outside of San José del Cabo, Acre is home to a 25-acre organic farm and restaurant showcasing exceptional farm-to-table cuisine in a uniquely stylish setting. Enjoy delectable pastas, fresh salads, upscale comfort food and gourmet local seafood served alongside creative cocktails. Surrounded by lush palms, this stunning setting offers a wonderful experience.

CUISINE : Mexican Cuisine
COST: $20-$30
Zac’s Bar & Grill - East Cape
Located in Zacatitos on the East Cape, about 20 minutes from San Jose del Cabo

Zac’s is a charming East Cape restaurant for casual dining and features a full-service bar, lunch and dinner menus with varied offerings including salads, sandwiches, gourmet pizza, chicken, steak dinners and nightly specials. Enjoy major sporting events on the big-screen TV. The restaurant-bar is open throughout the year with the exception of September.

CUISINE : Mexican Cuisine
COST: $20-$30