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San Jose del Cabo

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Underdeveloped and unexplored for most of its history, San Jose del Cabo emerged as a major tourist destination in the 1970s, when a growing number of sun-and-sand visitors discovered the area's appealing beaches. A holiday in San Jose del Cabo remains a sea-oriented affair, with plenty of chances to swim, sail, fish, or simply kick back on the warm sand with a cold cocktail in hand. The town features a charming downtown, with adobe houses and restored 19th-century buildings housing hip restaurants and well-stocked shops. Despite its proximity to rowdy Cabo San Lucas, quaint San Jose remains a peaceful place ideal for relaxing vacations. To find out how to plan a trip to Mexico, use our trip itinerary maker.
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Hidden gems in San Jose del Cabo

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Beach
Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Art Gallery
Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Landmark
Plaza Mijares
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Waves and Caves
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from San Jose del Cabo

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Geologic Formation
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas Cabo San Lucas
4.8
Duration: 6 hours
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours Cabo San Lucas
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Marina
Medano Beach Cabo San Lucas
3.8
Duration: 6 hours
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Swim with Dolphins
Swim with Dolphins Cabo San Lucas
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Popular things to do in San Jose del Cabo

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Spa / Wellness
Spas & Wellness
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Church
Parroquia San Jose
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Shopping in San Jose del Cabo

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Indira Gems
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Duration: 4 hours
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Jonathan Sanchez Jewelry
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Eclectic Array Flora Farms
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Eclectic Array San Jose
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in San Jose del Cabo

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Casa Dahlia Gallery
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Art Gallery
Frank Arnold Gallery
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Art Gallery
Tanya Talamante
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Art Gallery
Enrique Bascon, Galeria de Arte
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Kid-friendly things to do in San Jose del Cabo

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Beach
Costa Azul
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Swim with Dolphins
Swim with Dolphins
3.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Beach
Playa Acapulquito
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
La Playita
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Lesson / Workshop
Spanish In Cabo
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours Cabo San Lucas
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Chileno Beach Cabo San Lucas
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
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Playa del Amor Cabo San Lucas
4.4
Duration: 6 hours

Where to stay in San Jose del Cabo

If you're after sun, sand, and surf, head straight for Zona Hotelera, the shorefront district brimming with large hotels, expansive beach resorts, and the occasional humble "posada" (inn). For a more genuine atmosphere and proximity to the town's charming historical center, as well as views over the nearby estuary, look for a boutique hotel or posada within the town itself, just back from the coast. If you want to split the difference, check out the selection of private rentals lying between the beach and the township.
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