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Many say San José del Cabo is Cabo San Lucas' more elegant twin sister. Separated by the Corridor and situated just south of the airport, the city is commonly known as the "Old Town," exuding traditional Mexican charm while also impressing with its luxurious new resorts. If you're seeking respite from the party-laden streets of Cabo, take a ride out to San José where you can stroll around a lovely plaza, tour a beautiful church, feast on the sea's bounty, or shop till you drop.

Take some time to check out the town square known as Plaza Mijares, which contains the town's mission church and town hall, along with several restaurants and charming shops. If you'd like to hit the beach, the nearby Playa Palmilla and Playa Santa Maria offer excellent waters and wildlife for swimmers and snorkelers. San José is also known for its excellent golf courses; travelers particularly recommend the Palmilla Golf Club, which boasts three nine-hole courses. Some of the best restaurants in the region can be found in San José del Cabo as well, so plan to explore the eateries around town.

You'll find San José del Cabo about 20 miles northeast of downtown Cabo San Lucas, and you can either drive or take a taxi to get there. Local buses run between the two towns as well, but the schedules are not followed strictly.

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#1 Land's End (El Arco) Located at the southern end of Cabo San Lucas and sandwiched between Playa del Amor and Playa del Divorcio, these rock formations were created from the rough winds and seas ... Read more » Samantha T. Photography / Getty Images

#2 San Jose del Cabo Many say San José del Cabo is Cabo San Lucas' more elegant twin sister. Separated by the Corridor and situated just south of the airport, the city is commonly known ... Read more » Mitch Diamond / Getty Images

#3 Playa del Amor (Lover's Beach) Located right near the famous Land's End rock formations, Playa del Amor, or Lover's Beach, is one of Cabo's most famous stretches of shoreline. It sits ... Read more » Grey_82 / Getty Images

#4 Chileno Beach Chileno Beach's calm, shallow waters make it the go-to spot for snorkelers. But the real reason travelers love Chileno's cream-colored shore is the lack of noisy bars and ... Read more » Jorge Duarte Estevao / Getty Images

#5 Whale Watching With several species of whales making their way to the area every year, whale watching is extremely popular in Cabo, with many visitors saying it's an absolute must-do activity ... Read more » htrnr / Getty Images

#6 Golf It's hard to choose a golf spot in Los Cabos because the quantity and quality of greens remain among the highest in the world. Club Campestre San Jose and  ... Read more » Courtesy of Cabo del Sol Golf Course

#7 Iglesia de San Lucas and Town Square If you're tired of the beach or if you've had your fill of margaritas, head to the Iglesia de San Lucas (Church of Saint Luke), located a short ... Read more » User10095428_393 / Getty Images

#8 Playa Medano (Medano Beach) Playa Médano is Cabo's most crowded beach, with crystal blue waters and plenty of beachside watering holes attracting hordes of sunbathers. In addition to taking it easy with a ... Read more » Stuart Westmorland / Getty Images

# Santa Maria Beach Read more » ©fitopardo.com / Getty Images

# Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park Read more » RyanCSlimakPhoto / Getty Images

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Home to some of the most unique rock formations in the world, Land's End makes for a great photo op. Samantha T. Photography / Getty Images

Take a ride out to San José del Cabo to escape Cabo San Lucas' party atmosphere and tourist feel.  Mitch Diamond / Getty Images

Playa del Amor is reachable by boat and is a more laid-back stretch of beach than the crowded Playa Médano. Grey_82 / Getty Images

Travelers say Chileno Beach is a prime place to go snorkeling. Jorge Duarte Estevao / Getty Images

With several species of whales making their way to the area every year, whale watching is extremely popular in Cabo, with many visitors saying it's an absolute must-do activity. htrnr / Getty Images

Courtesy of Cabo del Sol Golf Course

The Iglesia de San Lucas Catholic church was originally built in 1730.
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Playa Médano is Cabo's most popular beach and a great place for watersports. Stuart Westmorland / Getty Images

Though Playa Santa Maria is small, it still receives praise from past visitors for its excellent snorkeling conditions. ©fitopardo.com / Getty Images

If you have the room in your itinerary, visitors suggest you make time for a trip to the stunning Cabo Pulmo National Park. RyanCSlimakPhoto / Getty Images

For all-terrain vehicle rides, zip line adventures, camel rides and more, head to Wild Canyon Adventures. Image Source / Getty Images

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