Located only 25 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas
, San Jose del Cabo is considerably quieter and less tourist-laden than its more famous neighbor. With streets made of cobblestone and many of its original architecture still intact, walking through this town is like taking a time machine back to old Mexico
. Its must-see historical attractions include the charming La Parroquia San Jose Mission, a historic Catholic church founded in 1730 which has become an attractive venue for wedding ceremonies.
Another area where San Jose del Cabo sets itself apart from Cabo San Lucas is its reputation as a hub for the arts. During the second week of March, the town celebrates the Fiestas Patronales, a two-week celebration in honor of its patron saint, San Jose. The city-wide celebrations include art displays, live music, parades, and regional food before finally culminating in the crowning of an event king and queen.
In recent years a plethora of art galleries have sprouted all over the city of San Jose del Cabo. The growing Gallery District in San Jose boasts many high-end galleries displaying some of the finest art in Mexico including paintings, photography, sculptures and more. Many world renowned Mexican artists
exhibit and sell their art in this ever-growing district.
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San Jose del Cabo also boasts an array of beautiful beaches. Although many beaches in the area are not swimmable due to the strong ocean currents, many tourists are drawn here for the scenery, surfing, bird watching, or just laying out on the pristine golden sand.
Another great attraction of San Jose del Cabo is its dining. From traditional Mexican fare to international cuisine, San Jose del Cabo offers dining choices for any palate. Most restaurants take advantage of San Jose del Cabo’s amazing climate, offering outdoor dining so you can take in the sights while enjoying delicious cuisine. Whether you are in the mood for enchiladas and margaritas
or a burger and a beer, you will be able to find it in San Jose del Cabo.
Not far from downtown Cabo is the 2,000 acre resort community known as Puerto Los Cabos. Over the last seven years, many Hollywood celebrities have built luxurious homes inside gated residential neighborhoods in this community. On occasion, visitors will dock their yachts in the unusually- shaped, attractive marina and enjoy a day in San Jose del Cabo. Within that community resides the world class 18 hole golf course built by Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. Golfers from all over the world travel to the area to play on this world-class course. Every hole has spectacular ocean views and elevations changes, making for an unforgettable experience.
Nearby, visitors can admire over a million different species of plants and cactus at the Cactus Botanical Garden. A walk around the garden can take anywhere from half an hour to 45 minutes. Fishermen prefer to spend time in La Playita which is less crowded than Cabo San Lucas and offers some of the most popular catches: Marlin and Tuna.