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.

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.

Wild Canyon Adventures
Wild Canyon Adventures
Enjoy the thrill of a zip-line tour, sling swinger, bungee jump or moonlight zip with the team of Wild Canyon. Heart-pounding action and beautiful scenery will make this an adventure to remember! Wild Canyon offers one of the longest zip-lines in Baja and an unforgettable gondola-based bungee. You'll also enjoy the striking scenery of the Los Cabos desert.
From $85/person
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Cabo Sails
Cabo Sails
With over 14 years of experience, the team of Cabo Sails will provide you an experience to remember aboard their classic sailing vessels. Cruise to Land's End, to see the iconic rock formations and arch of Cabo San Lucas. Head on a snorkel cruise or hop aboard for a wonderful sunset sail. You'll enjoy beverages and food to complement the stunning views of the Cabo shoreline and seas.
From $350/2-6 Adults
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Tu Enamorado Yachting
Tu Enamorado Yachting
Tu Enamorado Yacht is a beautifully crafted sailboat of unsurpassed quality, comfort and performance. Nothing compares to sailing against the sun and breeze while taking in the scenic view of the Sea of Cortez and magnificent rock formations. Enjoy an exceptional luxury sailing experience aboard this breathtaking vessel as you take in the stunning sights.

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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.

Flora Farms
Las Animas, San Jose del Cabo
624-355-4564

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.

CUISINE : International Cuisine
COST: $20-$30
Rock & Brews
Paseo Malecon San Josť and another location at the Cabo San Lucas Marina
105-2705

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.

CUISINE : International Cuisine
COST: $20-$30
Mi Cocina at Casa Natalia
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.

CUISINE : International Cuisine
COST: $20-$30