San Jose del Cabo is a great city for travelers who want to get out of the jet-set party scene of Cabo San Lucas and explore a more authentic side of Mexico featuring a great cuisine, a charming old town, and plenty of beautiful nature. The town is 250 years older than neighboring Cabo, and has remained true to its past as well as less crowded with tourists.
After you have booked one of the cheap San Jose del Cabo hotels, make sure you hit the following must-see sights and must-do activities in this beautiful Mexican town.
1. Stroll Through San Jose del Cabo Main Square
San Jose del Cabo is a quiet town overall, but you will get a great glimpse into local life with a walk through the town’s main square in the evening. Check out the town’s past by admiring the row of statues of past presidents in the square and then watching some local dances that often take place here at night. Grab a bite at one of the local food carts set up in the area. If you are lucky, you will get to do the famous Art Walk that takes place every Thursday night between November and June and allows visitors to sip wine and admire the town’s many art galleries during an evening stroll.
2. Visit the Iglesia San Jose
Undoubtedly one of the most stunning and historic buildings in the town, the Iglesia San Jose serves as a center of the community and faces the beautiful main square. The building was reconstructed after a hurricane in 1918, but still has some of the original façade and walls from the original mission in 1730. Check out the mosaic honoring the church’s founder, Jesuit Priest Nicolas Tamaral.
3. Surf at Costa Azul
If you want to try your hand at watersports, head to Costa Azul, one of the best stretches of beach for surfing in all of Baja California. The beach mostly attracts locals and surfers, so if you want an authentic beach experience without too many tourists around this is the place to go. Check out Zippers for surfing, and if you want to rent equipment make sure you book in advance.
4. Explore Estero San Jose
Get even closer to nature at the Estero San Jose, a wildlife sanctuary that holds plenty of bird species as well as a small tropical area that differs from the surrounding desert environment.
5. Eat at Mi Cocina
The top-ranked restaurant Mi Cocina inside the Casa Natalia hotel offers a menu that combines Mexican and European flavors into delicious meals. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time, otherwise you may have to grab a drink at the hotel’s trendy martini bar while waiting for a seat at this gourmet restaurant.
Leave the tourist crowds behind at Cabo San Lucas to explore a more authentic side of Baja California at the historic San Jose del Cabo, and with the activities listed in this guide you are sure to have an unforgettable experience!
Photo by Logan Henry