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San Jose Del Cabo Destination Guide

San Jose Del Cabo – decades have passed since this charming coastal village started attracting vacationers to its sandy beaches, bountiful waters, and laidback atmosphere. Yet, little has changed over the years.

The village buildings continue to sport the Spanish colonial look; life is going on at the same pace as it was 60 years ago; and the beaches and watersports are as good. There is just a little bit of commercialization in the form of scuba diving schools, deep-sea fishing charters, and myriad of shops selling a variety of goods in a successful effort to enhance your vacation experience.

Sights and attractions in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California:

San Jose del Cabo is not just a tourist outpost for beach lovers and watersports enthusiasts. While the beaches are undoubtedly spectacular, the inland is even more so. Magnificent historical and architectural landmarks restored and maintained in their original state clamor for your attention with the area’s natural attractions. Some of the attractions that you will enjoy visiting during your stay in our San Jose del Cabo condo include:

  1. San Jose's Estuary and Bird Sanctuary
  2. Sea Turtle Camp
  3. Plaza Mijares
  4. Parroquia San José church
  5. Todos Santos
  6. Beaches
    • La Playita
    • Costa Azul
    • Playa Hotelera
    • Estero de San Jose

Recreational Activities in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California:

For decades, San Jose del Cabo has been attracting watersport enthusiasts to its spectacular beaches and the clear waters of the Gulf of California bordering it. As home to one of the most unique marine and terrestrial environments, this region in Baja California offers you the ideal opportunity to enjoy a date with nature - be it by diving to the depths of the ocean to visit your underwater neighbors or by just saying ‘hi’ through snorkeling. Fishing enthusiasts will find a wealth of fishing opportunities and can embark on a sports fishing expedition or deep sea fishing cruise to try their luck with the marine life.

Those who prefer to stay dry and on firm ground can enjoy activities such as golf, horse back riding, hiking, bird watching, and wildlife viewing. There are numerous places you can enjoy these recreational activities, some of the most popular are:

  1. San Jose's Estuary and Bird Sanctuary:
  2. There is no other place than San Jose's Estuary and Bird Sanctuary for bird watching. Kayaking can be enjoyed as well.
  3. Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park:
  4. The Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is another wonderful place to view the colorful birds of Mexico. Other activities that can be enjoyed here include kayaking, scuba diving, and even whale watching.

  5. Pueblo La Playa (La Playita)
  6. Home to some of the best Los Cabos sports fishing, La Playita offers some great moments for fishing enthusiasts as well as for those new to the sport. You can enjoy surf fishing from the beaches along La Playita and even board the Panga fleet - the local fishing fleet to have great fun on the water and reel-in trophy fishes.

  7. Gordo Banks
  8. Gordo Banks is another great place for enjoying watersports such as fishing and scuba diving. Located in the fishing village of La Playita, just minutes away from San Jose Del Cabo, Gordo Banks is the perfect place for vacationers with a fascination for marine life. See the fishes in their natural environment by enjoying scuba diving or charter a boat and have fun fishing!

Golfing in San Jose Del Cabo:

San Jose Del Cabo is a true recreational paradise with some kind of outdoor recreational activity for everyone. Golfing enthusiasts will not be disappointed by San Jose Del Cabo, which offers avid golfers challenging courses to practice their tees and improve their handicap. Some of the most popular golf courses in the city include:

  1. Mayan Palace Golf Los Cabos
  2. Palmilla Ocean Nine Golf course, Palmilla Golf Club

Festivals & Events in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California:

Apart from being a recreational paradise, San Jose del Cabo is a very lively and vibrant city, with many festivals and events held throughout the year. These festivals reflect the city’s rich historical culture and the natives’ great love for life and life’s smallest pleasures. Many of our guests love to include at least one of these festivals while planning their stay in our San Jose del Cabo condo and add a little more spice to their Mexican getaway. Some of the important festivals and events celebrated in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California include:

  1. Fiesta Festival de San José – March 8th – 19th
  2. Holy Week - Easter
  3. Día de la Independencia – mid-September
  4. Día de la Raza (Also known as Columbus Day or Native American Day) - October
  5. Día de Navidad (Christmas festivities) –December

Dining and Nightlife in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California:

With its origins in Spanish as well as pre-Columbian cultures and a history of over 500 years, Mexican cuisine has evolved to make its mark and cast its spell worldwide. Experience Mexican dining at its best at San Jose del Cabo, which apart from having some of the best chefs, boasts some great establishments with the perfect ambiance and fantastic location.

Relax and savor every meal of yours with delight as the fusion of fresh ingredients, spices, and exotic herbs take hold of your senses! With no rush hours and the best service, you will never feel rushed and will be able to linger over a good bottle of wine.

You can dine at fine dining establishments such as Voilá Bistro and Mi Cocina - two of the most popular restaurants in San Jose Del Cabo. Featuring a menu that artistically combines Mexican with Asian and French cuisines; a seamless indoor-outdoor dining experience; a location in the remnants of a mid 19th century hacienda; and live entertainment including Jazz, the Voilá Bistro has won the hearts of many vacationers as well as residents. Mi Cocina, on the other hand, features a menu of mouth-watering Mexican delicacies and a palapa bar offering an excellent and varied selection of wines, scotches, and tequilas that will delight even the most demanding connoisseurs.

Other popular dining establishments in the San Jose Del Cabo region include the Twin Dolphin, La Dolce, El Chilar, Baan Thai, and Tequila Restaurante, which is especially popular for its great outdoor dining.

Nightlife in San Jose Del Cabo is pretty tame in comparison with its sister city Cabo San Lucas, which is the Las Vegas of Mexico. In San Jose del Cabo, nightlife starts with witnessing the spectacular sunsets and ends with enjoying drinks in the pubs and bars. One popular dining and nightlife establishment is the Iguana Bar & Grill, an open-air bar and restaurant, where you can enjoy your favorite drinks under a star-strewn sky. Sports buffs can catch the action of their favorite sport at Tropicana to the accompaniment of similar buffs and their favorite drinks. For more excitement, plan a visit to Cabo San Lucas or the Tourist Corridor between the two cities.

Shopping in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California:

As you vacation in San Jose del Cabo, you will be sorely tempted by the artistic displays of merchandise in the city’s many boutiques, specialty stores, art galleries, and other shops. Give in to your heart’s desire and indulge yourself with some extravagant shopping. You can shop for some unique jewelry at SAX; pick up some great folk art pieces at Necri; and even buy gifts for your near and dear ones back home at Mejicanismo, a popular gift shop offering everything from sterling silver porcelain to embroidered linens and local artifacts. Cigar buffs should not miss a chance to indulge themselves at the Los Amigos Smoke Shop & Cigar Bar, where you can enjoy domestic as well as imported cigars and shop for a wide variety of smoking accessories. There are many fashionable boutiques as well for those seeking a change in their wardrobe.

Best time to visit San Jose del Cabo, Baja California:

As the summers can be a little hot, most visitors prefer to visit this part of Mexico in winters. If you are looking for discounts in your lodgings and fewer tourists, then the best time to visit San Jose Del Cabo would be in the summers.

Commuting to and from San Jose del Cabo, Baja California:

San Jose del Cabo in Baja California Sur, Mexico can be accessed easily, irrespective of your mode of transport. You can fly in to the Los Cabos International Airport, which serves both San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas and is serviced by international airlines such as American Airlines, Aeroméxico, US Airways, Continental, Alaska Airlines, Frontier, Delta, United Airlines, and Mexicana. Regional airlines include Aereo Calafia.

From the airport, you can take a cab, rent a car, or catch the shuttle to our San Jose Del Cabo condo. You can also consult the El Zalate Beachfront Resort's concierge for private transportation from and to the airport.

You can also take the bus or drive to San Jose Del Cabo, which is well connected to the United States' southern border through Highway1 and then Highway 19. Another alternative, especially if you are coming from Mexico's mainland is to take the ferry across the Sea of Cortez.

Commuting within San Jose Del Cabo and the Baja California region is best done by renting a car as taking a taxi can cost you more.

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