San Jose's Estuary and Bird Sanctuary, San Jose del Cabo

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Explore a tropical landscape and extensive marshlands at San Jose's Estuary and Bird Sanctuary, home to one of the region's largest bodies of fresh water. Long a source of drinking water for Spanish missionaries and the local population, the estuary became a protected area thanks to its riotous array of waterfowl and other birds. Pay a visit to the area and you can wander along the network of well-marked hiking paths that traverse the coast. Keep your eyes open for some of the 250 bird species that live and winter in the sanctuary, as well as plant species like fan palms and cattails. Keep in mind that there are few amenities, so bring food and water for longer treks. Put San Jose's Estuary and Bird Sanctuary into our San Jose del Cabo trip itinerary builder tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Yes there has been a lot of damage but the birds are still around. You can view the estuary by the H.I. at the end of the road or you can take the first driveway off the road into the old town (coming...  more »
  • We hike the estuary every visit to San Jose Del Cabo. It was almost fully restored in 2016 then this last hurricane has damaged it immensely. The bird blind is washed away as well as many of the paved...  more »
  • The sanctuary was badly damaged by storms a couple years ago so many walk ways were washed away but there is still look out tower and limited paths were you can see some wildlife  more »

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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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