San Jose del Cabo is located on the southern tip of Baja California right next to Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific Ocean. This San Jose del Cabo Travel Guide will outline the most popular activities, restaurants, and locations in San Jose del Cabo so you can make the most out of your vacation. San Jose del Cabo is the epitome of beach locations; you'll enjoy the soft sand, white beaches, and beautiful sunsets at this gorgeous location.

What to Do in San Jose del Cabo

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Whale Watching at Playa Solmar

Obviously the number one attraction near San Jose del Cabo cabins are the beaches full of sand, surf, and lots of fun. The first thing you need to do is determine what activities you want to do on the beach. This will help you decide which beach you should go to. Playa Solmar (which means sun and sea beach in Spanish) is the most popular beach for whale watching and amazing sunsets. If you're hoping to see whales on your San Jose del Cabo vacation, be sure to plan a trip between January and March. You can see many right from the beach or you can go on a whale watching cruise to see the whales close up. Because of the tides and heavy surf, you should not go swimming at this beach.

Swimming and Water Activities at Playa del Amor

At the Playa del Amor, two bodies of water meet — the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortes. You'll be able to see interesting rock formations including Neptune's Finger and The Arch. This is a great place for swimming on the Sea of Cortes side where the water is calmer (which is probably why it's called "Lover's Beach"). The Pacific Ocean side, however, is very rough and has been nicknamed "Divorce Beach" by locals because of how violent the waves can be. The Sea of Cortes side is also great for kayaking, boating, snorkeling, and jet skiing.

Another great beach for families looking to swim is Playa Palmilla, a crescent-shaped beach that protects the water from rough waves. This is also a great beach for snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing.

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Surfing and Beach Fun

If you're planning to surf while on your San Jose del Cabo vacation, then you'll want to head to Playa Costa Azul. This is the most popular surfing beach in San Jose del Cabo. If you're trying out surfing for the first time, you can rent your board from the Costa Azul Surf shop; there are many places that offer surfing lessons as well. Another great beach for relaxing is Playa Hotelera. This is another area that has rough waters, but the beach itself is gorgeous and is a great location for relaxing in the sun, going for a jog, or playing some beach volleyball.

Other Adventures

If you're looking for an amazing adventure on San Jose del Cabo vacations, then check out Baja Outback. They provide many land and water adventures — you're sure to find one that entices you. These tours include hiking waterfalls, nature expeditions to remote villages, bird watching, a turtle release, surfing trips and lessons, and kayaking and snorkeling trips. You'll be led by experienced guides who will teach you about the unique environment found in San Jose del Cabo.

Another adventure company in the area is Desertica Cabo Multi Adventure Park. You'll get your adrenaline pumping with a desert safari, 12 zip lines, a bungee, and a Tarzan swing. High Tide Sea Expeditions offers adventures as well with body boarding and surfing lessons, glass bottom kayak and snorkeling tours, hiking, baja Jeep tours, art walks, and tours of organic markets.

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What to See in San Jose del Cabo

On Calle Cabo San Lucas is La Iglesia de San Lucas (Church of San Lucas). This church was built in 1730 and has a large bell in a stone archway that celebrates when the church was completed in 1746. Another place to visit is El Faro de Cabo Falso (Lighthouse of the False Cape), which was built in 1890 and was used until 1961. Now all that remains is the base; besides exploring its remains, you will also see amazing views high above the water. Below the remains of the lighthouse is a shipwreck to be explored.

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Where to Shop and Eat in San Jose del Cabo

san jose del cabo shoppingOne of the best things about San Jose del Cabo vacations is finding authentic Mexican products created by local artisans. For example, at Necri, you can find local, hand-crafted products including beautifully painted pottery (mayolica); jewelry made of ceramics, pewter and leather; and Mexican pewter products, which have the beauty and durability of silver but won't tarnish like silver.

There are many other locally-owned boutiques and shops that sell locally-produced products you won't find at home. You'll definitely want to leave some time to check out the shops near your San Jose del Cabo cabin or vacation rental.

Dine Out or Stay In

If you decide to eat out on your San Jose del Cabo vacation, be sure to try some of the authentic Mexican restaurants in the area. Casianos is a popular restaurant that offers unique food that many rave about. For a Mexican steakhouse, try Puerta Vieja, which has great views and excellent seafood and steak. For a night out on the town, be sure to check out Mi Cocina at Casa Natalia. For authentic Mexican that is a great value, head on over to Las Guacaymayas. If you want to get outside of Mexican food, Apostolis is a hidden gem that offers wonderful Greek food.

Eating in is also a great choice if you're budget-conscious. At San Jose del Cabo vacation rentals, you'll have a kitchen where you can prepare meals. You can buy local ingredients at the Cabo San Lucas Farmers' Market located at Mar Adentro Spa on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (you'll find a better selection earlier in the day). You can find artisan breads, fruits and vegetables, cheese, eggs, fresh herbs, fish, and more, and much of it is organic. Take the ingredients back to your San Jose del Cabo cabin or beach house and cook your own amazingly delicious meal.

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When to Visit San Jose del Cabo

The best time of year to go on a San Jose del Cabo vacation is mid-October to November and April to mid-May. This area is quite hot and humid in the summer and hurricane season is from June to October, September being the peak. You should avoid this area during this time or you may find your vacation rained out. If you want to experience the culture of Mexico, you might want to plan your trip around November 1–2 when Mexico celebrates Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

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What to Bring to San Jose del Cabo

Sunscreen is the number one thing to bring on a vacation to San Jose del Cabo. No matter the time of year, you'll be close to the sun, so you'll want to apply sunscreen every day before heading out and then throughout the day to protect your skin from UV rays. Of course, you'll want to bring your beach gear as well as sturdy shoes if you plan to hike or go on any adventure trips.

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Local Services in San Jose del Cabo

Because San Jose del Cabo is a resort town, you'll find all the services you need including ATMs and stores where you can purchase anything you forgot to bring on your trip. There are many companies that rent out equipment so you don't need to bring your own surf gear or scuba diving equipment.

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What to Know About San Jose del Cabo

This area is very popular for spring breakers looking to escape the cold. Spring breaks are usually in March and April, so you will likely see more crowds and younger vacationers than other times of year. If you're planning a vacation for your family, you will want to avoid this time of year so that you won't be bombarded with partiers.

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Getting to San Jose del Cabo

Most traveling to San Jose del Cabo will fly (though it's possible to drive). The closest airport is the Los Cabos International Airport, which is only about 8 miles from San Jose del Cabo. From here you can get a car rental that you can use to drive to your San Jose del Cabo cabin or beach house.

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Why San Jose del Cabo vacation rentals?

With San Jose del Cabo vacation rentals, you'll be able to skip the "all-inclusive" resorts and experience real Mexico. At resorts, you'll be tempted to stay at the resort the whole trip — eating at their restaurants and playing on their beaches — and won't get a feel for authentic Mexico. At a vacation rental, you'll get the feel of living like a real local: visiting authentic, local restaurants; seeing art made by local artisans; and going on Mexican adventures. Instead of a boring resort, experience real Mexico with San Jose del Cabo vacation rentals.

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