The 10 Best Things to Do in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

October 19, 2017 Flossie Demartino

With its 18th-century Spanish colonial architecture and laid-back local scene, San Jose del Cabo provides a low-key Baja Peninsula counterpart to fun-loving Cabo San Lucas 20 miles south. Scuba dive and kayak in Cabo Pulmo Marine Park, home to the Sea of Cortez's only hard coral reef and the wreck of the fishing boat Colima. Visit the 200 bird species that live in the tranquil San Jose's Estuary and Bird Sanctuary. Sunbathers will fall in love with Playa Palmilla, one of Mexico's best beaches.
Restaurants in San Jose del Cabo

1. Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)

Highway 1 Km 24, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico +52 1 624 358 3333
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
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4.5 based on 340 reviews

Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)

Beautiful white sand beach with calm, sheltered waters perfect for diving and snorkeling.

Reviewed By Amanda D - Boise, Idaho

This is a really great beach for playing in sand and swimming. The water is fairly calm and warm so it makes for good swimming. There are also some rocks that provide good exploring. The beach area was really damaged a couple years ago by a hurricane, but it has been restored and made even better with amenities added. This beach is popular with local families.

2. Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve

Hwy 1 Km 31, Cabo Pulmo 23400, Mexico +52 624 168 2232
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 375 reviews

Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve

A sanctuary to the only living coral reef on the western side of the continent.

Reviewed By Northern G

This place is definitely worth the drive out to see it. There are several different Beaches for snorkelling and diving. You can do both guided and independent tours - although the Beaches are not well marked so stop in at the information centre when you arrive to get specific kilometre location information.

Calle Comonfort 1137, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico +52 624 142 4422
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 71 reviews

Frank Arnold Gallery

Reviewed By Jean K - San Diego, California

“The Frank Arnold Gallery is located at the northern most point of the district with what Fodors’ Travel Intelligence describes as, “arguably the best gallery space in town”. The Historic Art District of San Jose del Cabo has grown to become the second largest of its kind in Mexico. This centuries old Mission town has been transformed into the jewel of Los Cabos, with galleries and restaurants reviving vintage homes and storefronts. The annual art season from November through June continues to attract international attention with weekly “art walk” Thursday nights.”

4. La Mision de San Ignacio

El Centro, San Ignacio, Mexico
Excellent
53%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
9%
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4.5 based on 72 reviews

La Mision de San Ignacio

Reviewed By lldekker - San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

This Mission was founded in 1728 and is located on the main plaza. It has some interesting ornamentation on its roof. Its cut-stone design is also a unique feature. Although pretty Spartan inside, it exudes a warm welcoming feeling. The beautiful gold leaf painted altar frame with a central statue of San Ignacio contains seven paintings of saints surrounding him. The cactus garden next to the church with native Baja species is worth a walk through. So is a visit the INAH office located in the old wine cellar of the church. If you want to visit the rock paintings in the Mountains surrounding San Ignacio, that is where you will get your permit.

Calle Alvaro Obregon # 20 | Col. Centro, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico +52 624 122 4865
Excellent
85%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
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5 based on 135 reviews

Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery

Reviewed By Bill N - Omaha, Nebraska

We spent the day wandering around the art district of San Juan del Cabo. Our absolute favorite gallery was this one. The beautiful combination of color, imagery and technology left us inspired by Ivan's creations.
The beautiful Christian themes in many of the pieces were very touching to us. Of course, we had to take a small painting home.
Don't miss this gallery.

6. San Jose del Cabo Church

Miguel Hidalgo, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico +52 624 142 0064
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 759 reviews

San Jose del Cabo Church

Reviewed By BeJeTravelers - Centennial, Colorado

This church is a must see. Very historic, beautiful. Read the history before entering the church. Right on the central plaza.

7. Costa Azul

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Excellent
70%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 111 reviews

Costa Azul

Reviewed By losinginla - California

Beautiful beach, but primarily for surfers. There is a Surfing school here to where you can sign up for lessons. You can rent chairs and an umbrella here to for a reasonable price. However, this is not really a beach for swimming. Parking is limited.

8. San Jose del Cabo main square

Miguel Hidalgo and Zaragoza, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico 01526241425997
Excellent
48%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
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4 based on 1 reviews

San Jose del Cabo main square

Reviewed By _ppr1959 - Chicago, Illinois

Great place to eat home made tamles from the venters and just people watch...weekend are great .......get the see the locates

9. Santa Maria Beach

Hwy 1 Km 11 | or Hotel Twin Dolphin Parking Area, Cabo San Lucas 23410, Mexico
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
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1%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Santa Maria Beach

A pristine white sand beach offering spectacular snorkeling.

Reviewed By Linda Y - Frisco, Texas

Located near Km 11 on the Transpeninsular/Main Highway (aka the Tourist Corridor), this horseshoe-shaped beach was my favorite in Cabo. There’s plenty of parking with clean restrooms and showers. A boardwalk leads from the parking area to the beach (just enough of a walk that you won’t want to forget anything in the car). The beach itself evokes the Wow Factor! Flanked by natural rock formations, the water was clear and ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Try to beat the snorkel cruises that arrive by mid-day. We didn’t find them a nuisance although they dropped a lot of snorkelers into the water. How sad that new construction is continuing on this previously undeveloped beach. Really was it necessary to build this close to a protected bay and marine sanctuary? Santa Maria Beach is a must-do when you’re in Cabo.

10. Flora Farm

San Jose del Cabo | Animas Bajas, 23407, Mexico +52 624 142 1000
Excellent
79%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 523 reviews

Flora Farm

Reviewed By ljtraveler_11 - Lake Jackson, Texas

A large group of us went to the Wednesday cooking class at Flora Farms. My hubby and I had previously taken a class here and knew our friends would find this to be a lot of fun. The farm itself is worth a visit - a real oasis in the desert. It is phenomenal to see what grows here and it was impressive to see how this establishment has grown over the past few years.
Our class included preparation of chicken tamales (best we've ever eaten!), a tomatillo salsa, a hibiscus cream sauce for the tamales, guacamole and Caesar salad dressing. We also were treated to their signature Farmarita and a tour of their grounds, bakery, etc.
The class was fun and the instruction was clear. Everyone gets to participate and you get a copy of all the recipes. Best of all, you get to eat the results of your labors for lunch. We loved seeing and learning their techniques. Can't wait to try the recipes at home. Second experience was even more fun than our first visit.

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