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: 65%
Wind:  4.61mph
Visibility: 10+ miles
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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.

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 Adventures Tours
Cabo Adventures Tours
Cabo Adventures is Cabo’s premier tour and activity operator. They offer a wide selection of adventure-based tours and excursions with things to do for people of all ages – from swimming with dolphins to zip lines, snorkeling to whale watching, riding camels to scuba diving and more. Their friendly and professional team will ensure a fun-filled experience and an unforgettable way to experience the magic of Los Cabos.
From $59/person
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Baja Outback Land  Adventures
Baja Outback Land Adventures
Blending a passion for the outdoors with a thirst for exploration, Baja Outback offers participants the chance to challenge the desert and beachfront terrain in style, while learning about the surrounding area through specialized tours of southern Baja's hottest sites. These activities are great for groups! Explore historic Todos Santos, head out on a tour of Cabo's highlights, or enjoy the rare opportunity to release baby sea turtles into the sea!
From $75/person
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Animalon by the Sea
Animalon by the Sea
Experience a one-of-a-kind gourmet culinary experience aboard Los Cabos’ first floating restaurant by the acclaimed chef Javier Plascencia. Javier passionately reflects his interpretation of Baja California cuisine using ingredients from the farm, field and sea of the region.
From $135
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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
Blvd. Mijares 27 San José del Cabo
624 142 2444

Don Sanchez is a contemporary Mexican restaurant in Los Cabos focusing on regionally sourced ingredients and organic produce paired with a fine wine selection, as well as all the amazing agave spirits like mezcal, tequila and sotol. The restaurant has been awarded three years in a row as one of the 100 Imperdibles de México - featuring the most recommended experiences in the Mexican Republic.

Don Sanchez sits atop of the culinary tourism restaurant standard in Los Cabos featuring impeccable service and exquisite cuisine created by Chef Edgar Román. What’s more, a remodel has preserved one of the most historic buildings of San José del Cabo and, in turn, created a unique dining environment combining modern luxury with old world Mexican heritage.

Join us in our cava for an exclusive wine pairing or even guided by our chef and sommelier, or at our tequila & mezcal tasting bar. The recently remodeled terrace is a perfect combination of fine dining elegance and Mexican warmth offering space for guests, groups, as well as the perfect intimate setting for couples, friends and families.

Featuring a modern design, and lush gardens, the courtyard is a perfect location for enjoying the ultimate Mexican fine-dining experience. Don Sanchez restaurant in downtown San Jose del Cabo is part of the well-appointed Grupo Edith's in Cabo - the iconic restaurateur group behind Edith´s, Tres Sirenas, The Office and la Pintada in Cabo San Lucas.

CUISINE : Mexican Cuisine
COST: Over $30
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: Over $30
Lugareño at Villa Valentina
Transp. Hwy Km 31.5, San Jose del Cabo
624-142-6612

A combination of a design gallery and a charming courtyard restaurant, Lugareño is a must-visit in San José del Cabo. Adorned with lanterns in the evening, the courtyard is incredibly romantic. Live music and a creative menu set the scene for a great evening. Seafood specialities, oysters, tostadas and more.

CUISINE : Mexican Cuisine
COST: Over $30