Los Cabos is one of the most popular tourist destinations on Mexico’s Pacific coast, and in the country as a whole. The area consists of two special towns, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Each one has its own identity and charm. Cabo San Lucas is where most tourists stay and is a vibrant, fully developed party town. San Jose del Cabo has more of a small-town lifestyle. Come meet this place with a laid-back setting and a less touristy feel.
Sightseeing in San Jose del Cabo
San Jose del Cabo offers long sandy beaches, impressive blue seas, and crashing waves. This makes it an almost surreal place to rest and unwind. A major plus point of this town is that you can actually see Cabo whales from the beach. The atmosphere has less activity and it’s a wonderful place to just stroll around in the evening.
San Jose del Cabo is home to a wide variety of eateries and numerous art galleries. While every Thursday night, you can find yourself in the art district at the famous Art Walk. Here you’ll see tourists and locals alike admiring the art and exploring the streets. You’ll be able to enjoy live music and relaxing places to enjoy a drink in the town. It’s a peaceful place to enjoy a chilled-out, laid-back vacation.
Nowadays, in the city center, you can find the real beauty of Mexican towns set around the main square. Plaza Mijares is located in the historic district. It is a gorgeous traditional square with a kiosk, fountains, the City Hall building, and an open-air theater.
The little streets of the central area house dozens of art galleries, jewelry shops with exclusive designs, handicraft stores, and upscale restaurants and bars.
Things to Do in San Jose del Cabo
Even though many of the top regional attractions are in Cabo San Lucas, all are within easy reach of San Jose. Explore Land’s End, the marina and other attractions during a day trip to Cabo.
The San Jose del Cabo Church stands across from Plaza Mijares. This iconic building has been standing there since the 1940s. It was finally built after many mishaps affected or destroyed the previous churches all the way back to the first mission in 1730.
The cobblestone-streets, beautiful church, traditional plaza, and wonderful murals of the City Hall telling its story, make San Jose del Cabo a magical place to try some of the awesome tours and excursions in Los Cabos!
Encounter San Jose del Cabo with a City Tour
There are lots of tours available for exploring San Jose del Cabo. One of the top ones is the Los Cabos Encounter Tour, which takes you around top sites of the two resorts. In San Jose del Cabo in particular, you’ll visit the city’s main square and the wetlands of the estuary. This allows you to admire the culture and abundant wildlife. Find out about the Jesuits, pirates and indigenous people of the past as you explore the heart of San Jose del Cabo.
Later on, you’ll visit Cabo San Lucas, including the old lighthouse, a tequila store, and a glassblowing factory. You’ll then head to the marina for a trip on a glass-bottomed boat to the iconic Land’s End Arch and the local sea lion colony. It’s a wonderful way to spend an unforgettable day in Los Cabos.
Swim with San Jose del Cabo Dolphins
Something else you can try in Los Cabos is a dolphin swim in San Jose. This tour gives you 40 minutes in the water with these playful marine mammals. Enjoy fun behaviors like a handshake, kiss and hug, as well as the thrilling fin ride. Zip along the surface of the water as you’re pulled along effortlessly by the surprisingly strong dolphin. A memorable experience for the whole family!
Tee Off at San Jose del Cabo Golf Courses
A final recommendation is a fabulous round of golf at the 550-acre Club Campestre Golf Course in San Jose del Cabo. This magnificent 18-hole course was designed by Jack Nicklaus. Even more, it offers stunning views of the Sea of Cortez, along with a breathtaking mountain backdrop. The golf club is located in a residential community featuring a private beach club with excellent services. Club Campestre has a pro shop, a driving range, and a full-service clubhouse, making it ideal for a day’s golf.
Come to Los Cabos for a Great Vacation
San Jose del Cabo has all you need for a peaceful escapade on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Situated within reach of party center Cabo San Lucas, it allows you to enjoy all the region has to offer in a laid-back setting. Featuring a stunning mountain backdrop, wonderful views, and a rich cultural past, San Jose del Cabo is a truly breathtaking place for an unforgettable vacation. Contact Amstar to book and experience some of the most thrilling excursions Vallarta has in store for you!
—This is an update of the original June 2013 post.