San José del Cabo

#2 in Best Things To Do in Cabo San Lucas
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Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Beaches, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.6

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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 of the southern Baja Peninsula. Sea lions frequent the area (especially along the Los Frailes rock formation), and Land's End remains excellent for couples looking for a romantic spot to see the sunset.

Recent travelers said this area is particularly picturesque (making for great photo ops) and the best way to see it is from one of the water taxis or boat tours (some even offer glass-bottom boats so you can check out the sea life as well). Some do note some setbacks to the area, though. For one, there are very few vendors or facilities, but that also makes it an ideal place for peace and quiet. Travelers especially warn against swimming on the Pacific Ocean side of Land's End, as the surf can get very rough, pulling swimmers away from shore and out toward the ocean.

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