San José’s downtown is lovely, with adobe houses and jacaranda trees. Entrepreneurs have converted old homes into stylish restaurants and shops, and the government has enlarged the main plaza. An ambitious multiyear beautification process is underway. A 9-hole golf course and residential community are south of Centro (town center); farther south the ever-expanding Zona Hotelera (hotel zone) faces a long beach on the Sea of Cortez. Despite the development—and weekday traffic jams—San José is peaceful. If you want exciting nightlife and rowdy beaches, stay in Cabo San Lucas. San Jose Del Cabo vacations will bring you great beaches, great flavor, and peaceful surroundings. Plan your trip to San Jose del Cabo and enjoy the Baja area like none other. For San Jose del Cabo beach locations and information on each beach, click here.
In San José del Cabo, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, and mostly cloudy and the winters are comfortable, dry, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 66°F to 88°F and is rarely below 62°F or above 91°F. The hot season lasts for 4.1 months, from June 24 to October 27, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is August 7, with an average high of 88°F and low of 81°F. The cool season lasts for 3.5 months, from December 12 to March 26, with an average daily high temperature below 78°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 66°F and high of 75°F.
Los Cabos International Airport is the closest airport to San Jose del Cabo, and is about 8 miles from San Jose del Cabo. Americans traveling to Mexico must present a valid U.S. passport. Those traveling by sea can present a passport card and valid driver’s license to gain entrance back into the U.S. Permanent legal U.S. residents who hold a I-551 Permanent Resident card are allowed to board flights from Mexico to the U.S. American tourists entering Mexico by plane or traveling farther than the border zone must buy a tourist card. These are also know as an FM-T, and for travelers arriving by air, it’s usually included in the price of the plane ticket. Other travelers can obtain a tourist card from the Mexican border crossings, Mexican tourism offices, the Mexican consulates and most airlines serving Mexico. To find the best prices, go to AirFareWatchDog.com to watch for the best fares to San Jose del Cabo.
Car Rental & Things to Consider
Loss damage waiver (LDW): Also called collision damage waiver (CDW) or LDW/CDW. This is actually not insurance, but the rental agency’s agreement to waive some of the cost of theft or any damage you inflict on the rental vehicle. This one requires some research and some careful thought. If your own auto policy or credit-card insurance benefits cover collision damage, you can pass on LDW/CDW, but keep some caveats in mind. You are responsible to the rental company for any loss or damage to the vehicle no matter what the cause is or who is at fault. You will be detained until money matters are settled, and if you lack liability coverage, your most memorable vacation sight could include the inside of a Mexican jail until you pay off your obligation. Before you decline LDW/CDW, verify that your auto policy or credit card insurance is valid for rentals in Mexico, and that it includes loss of use. To collect on your credit-card insurance, you must use that card when you rent the car and when you pay the final bill. Carry proof of coverage with you, though rental companies don’t always require it. You must also explicitly decline the offered insurance, which is not possible with companies such as Avis or National, which include LDW/CDW in their rates or bundle it with the required liability.
- Make sure a copy of the insurance policy is in the glove box and is up to date.
- If you book online, print out the confirmation and show it when you pick up your car to be sure they don’t try to charge you a higher rate.
- Try to get your rate quoted in pesos. Prices quoted in dollars will be converted to pesos for payment, usually at more than the going exchange rate.
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Restaurants You’ll Want to Try
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$$ La Lupita Taco & Mezcal
HIGHLY recommended by locals. Everything from the decor, to the knowledgeable and super cool staff, to the food is exceptional. The restaurant is bright, colorful, and fun. Their patio is definitely the place to be! Anything you order will be great. This is a cool, off the beaten path great restaurant that the locals love. For more information call 52 624 688 3926, or visit them on Facebook at La Lupita Taco & Mezcal.
$ Las Cazuelas del Don
This place is amazing. Personal service from Alberto and Elizabeth (owners) for everyone in the place. You can really taste the pride and care that goes into every dish. The fact it’s are authentic and the prices are very reasonable, make it a place not to be missed. For more information call 52 624 130 7386, or visit them on Facebook at Las Cazuelas del Don.
$$ Habanero’s Gastro Grill
Habaneros blends the European style bistro with an eclectic “Mexican Fusion” menu all the while keeping things “Baja” Casual. The style of cuisine is a playful blend of local products and ideas fused with the highest quality imported products and international cooking techniques. Enjoy traditional favorites with a twist. What ever you are looking for Habaneros offers a variety of creations to please even the most discriminating palate. For more information call 52, or visit them on the web at Habanero’s Gatro Grill.
$ El Botete
This place has amazing and VERY fresh seafood dishes. Great food at a great price. Homemade flour tortillas, chips and salsas are very good. The portions are large and they don’t skimp on the seafood. Don’t be dissuaded by its strip mall location. For more information call 52 624 142 2870, or visit them on Yelp at El Botete.
$$$ Flora’s Field Kitchen
Amazing time. Just beautiful! Way off the beaten path but so worth it ! Outdoor dining. Cute shops . The setting, the atmosphere, the breeze, the live music. The drinks menu unsurpassed for this area. Visit this unique restaurant for a fabulous experience. It is recommended to make reservations in advance and get there early, as it is so much more than just a restaurant. For more information call 52 624 355 4564, or visit them on the web at Flora’s Field Kitchen.
Bars & Nightlife
The District mx Eat + Drink is the only premium quality sports and entertainment eatery and lounge in San Jose Del Cabo. Our eye catching décor features a style that boldly juxtaposes the raw and edgy vibe of the industrial trend but with all the creature comforts, relax or take in the best in audio visual entertainment in the Baja. For more information call 52 624 688 6818, or visit them on the web at District MX.
Rock & Brew
Rock & Brews rocks Baja California with its weekly live music scene showcasing local bands, flat screens throughout playing some of the greatest moments in rock history, and an energetic nightlife. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy Rock & Brews’ quality American comfort food and locally-inspired fare for lunch and dinner along with a full bar with an impressive international and craft beer selection. The restaurant pays tribute to rock & roll with an array of rock-inspired art including a “great wall of rock” and Rock & Brews Los Cabos’ signature flying pink pig – an homage to Pink Floyd’s iconic porker – covered in lyrics from The Wall. For more information call 52 624 105-2705, or visit them on the web at Rock & Brew.
Beautiful space with amazing views. Tapas with a variety of tequila and drinks to choose from. Great ambiance and super attentive and friendly staff. There’s no way you won’t enjoy this place. For more information visit them on Yelp at Azul.
T’s Beach Bar & Grill
Excellent Beach Bar. Great food and a fun atmosphere. Right on the beach with views from Punta Gorda to Palmilla. Has that beach/sports bar ambiance. For more information call 52 624 189 4587, or visit them on Facebook at T’s Beach Bar & Grill.
El Perlado Mezcalería
Great little mezcaleria right in the middle of the art district in San Jose del Cabo. The space itself is comfortable and inviting with a real homey feel to it. It’s not just another crowded noisy bar. They have about 20 different varieties of mezcal behind the bar for you to try. Great service and friendly people. For more information call 52 624 130 7077, or visit them on Facebook at El Perlado Mezcalería.
Things to Do
Hydro Fly Board
San Jose del Cabo flyboard service is an outdoor activity suitable for all ages and abilities, from complete beginners to those who have tried it before and wish to master the surfing jetpack. You will not believe how much fun it is! Private, personal and professional hydro flight lessons inside the exclusive and uncrowded marina at Puerto Los Cabos are designed to have an exciting jet pack experience. Your trainer will take you step by step to learn how easy it really is to use a flyboard and surf the sky in paradise! For more information call 52 1 624 191 7316, or visit them on the web at Hydro Fly Board.
Lands End Tours
Their City Tours are the perfect way to discover Los Cabos and its surroundings in a small group with a personable tour guide, while a photographer will capture your experience in beautiful photos for free! For more information call 52 624 123 4962, or visit them on the web at Lands End Tours.
Angeles Fleet is a local company based in Los Cabos and specializing in touristic interest and activities. They include deep sea fishing, sight seeing boat tours, and snorkeling expeditions & tours. For more information call 52 624 197 0854, or visit them on the web at Angeles Fleet.
Catch Fish Cabo
Why Catch Fish with Catch Fish Cabo? Well, Los Cabos is rated by Sport Fishing Magazine as one of the best spots to fish in the world. and with the locals growing up fishing in these waters you know you’re with a crew that can give you the fishing experience you want! Many tourists that come into Los Cabos end up staying in San Jose Del Cabo and think they have to go all the way out to Cabo San Lucas to go fishing, without realizing that Catch Fish Cabo offers fishing charters, snorkeling, whale watching, a relaxing day on the water, and much more right out of the Puerto Los Cabos Marina. For more information call 52 624 217 2206, or visit them on the web at Catch Fish Cabo.
Baja Outback Day Tours
Southern Baja’s uniquely diverse environment offers an abundance of options for those who enjoy exploring locations well off the beaten path. Baja Outback provides the ultimate access to unique activities and locations. For more information call 52 624 142-9215, or visit them on the web at Baja Outback Day Tours.
Top San Jose Del Cabo Hotels
Baja Point Resort Villas – Best Value
This property is a 7-minute walk from the beach. Baja Point Resort Villas is set on the Gulf of California Beach and 10 minutes’ drive from San José del Cabo. It features 3 swimming pools, spa, gym and an open-air restaurant. Guests at Baja Point Resort Villas can enjoy at the on-site restaurant international cuisine and the pool bar. Among these amenities, this hotel features a business centre, an extensive garden, sun deck and a sea-side terrace with a mini pool. All guests have free access to Hotel Westin and Raintree Club Regina’s pool, gym and restaurant, as well special prices for food and beverages. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Baja Point Resort Villas.
One & Only Pamilla – Top Hotel
This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. This oceanfront hotel features spa treatments in 13 private villas. A 27-hole golf course and rooms with views of the Pacific Ocean or the Sea of Cortez are available. This hotel ranked among the top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World. Dining options at Palmilla One & Only include ‘Mexiterranean’ and Euro Asian cuisines along with fresh sushi. Tequila tastings are also available at Agua and the resort features over 1,500 international wines. Guests can relax in the 2 outdoor pools or play a game of tennis. One & Only Palmilla in San Jose Del Cabo has a private beach access and a state-of-the-art gym. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit One & Only Pamilla.
Cabo Surf Hotel
This property is a 10-minute walk from the beach. Only a 10 minutes’ drive from central San Jose del Cabo, this hotel is in one of the most popular surfing beaches of the region. It also has spa facilities, outdoor pool and hot tub. The 7 Seas Restaurant serves Mexican and Mediterranean dishes and operates from 7 am until 10 pm hours. Within one mile from Cabo Surf, guests will be able to find other food options, which include an Asian-style and salad restaurants. Popular activities that can be performed at Cabo Surf are diving, windsurfing and surfing. The front desk staff may also help the guests with popular sightseeing options. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Cabo Surf Hotel.
Casa Del Mar Golf Resort & Spa
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Featuring luxurious suites with ocean views, Casa Del Mar Los Cabos has a beautiful beachfront setting 6.2 miles outside San José del Cabo. It features an outdoor pool, a spa and a restaurant. Casa Del Mar offers gourmet dining options prepared with organic produce. Overlooking the beach, the hotel spa offers a range of treatments, and features a sauna, steam room and hot tub. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Casa Del Mar Golf Resort & Spa.
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton – Best Value
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Los Cabos offers accommodations in San José del Cabo. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Bike rental is available at this hotel and the area is popular for golfing and snorkeling. The hotel also provides car rental. San Jose Estuary is 5 miles from Hampton Inn & Suites Los Cabos, and Puerto Los Cabos is 7 miles from the property. Los Cabos Airport is 11 miles away. This property is rated for the best value in San José del Cabo. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton.
Grand Velas Los Cabos – All Inclusive – Forbes Top Hotel
This property is a 12-minute walk from the beach. Located in San José del Cabo in the Baja California Sur Region. Grand Velas Los Cabos – All Inclusive features 3 infinity pools and a private beach area. The resort has a Luxury Wellness Spa and hot tub. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. You will find a 24-hour front desk and shops at the property. Guests can enjoy a drink at the all-inclusive premium bar or a variety of dishes in one of the 5 specialty restaurants, including French, Mexican, Italian and seafood. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Grand Velas Los Cabos.