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San Jose del Cabo has a particularly colorful history, shaped by padres and pirates, explorers and expats. A freshwater estuary that empties into the Bay of San Jose lured the earliest Spanish explorers to the cape area. Jesuit Padre Tamaral established the first mission settlement in 1730. A few years later, he was killed in an uprising of the indigenous population. After the Jesuits left, the mission at San Jose continued to operate under the Dominicans and became a strategic Spanish military encampment. A century later, during the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848, a small group of U.S. marines briefly occupied the town under President Polk,Read More

San Jose del Cabo History

San Jose del Cabo History, as with many others, is one of natural native riches and forced conquest of land.  Baja California Sur was originally home to Pericu, Guaycura and Monqui native Indians. There are several dozen Pericu skulls kept by the Regional Museum of La Paz in Baja California Sur in Mexico and the National Museum of Anthropology and History in Mexico City that suggest they were relatives to other populations of the Pacific and Indian Ocean areas. Pericu-Guaycura-Monqui group consisted of around an estimate of 4,000 persons in 1734 and 400 in 1772–a reduction that implies that they lived isolated from the outside world for a long time beforeRead More

Places of Interest

A walk through the Downtown Plaza will offer a beautiful view of centuries-old architecture and history.  During your walk you will find the Church San José del Cabo Anuiti Mission, founded in 1733 and followed by a journey of Spanish history. As you walk and relax, you will find yourself in a diverse world of culture and craft, art and cuisine, and many souvenirs will encourage you to learn more about the daily life of “Choyeros” (people native from San Jose del Cabo). Of course, you will find the foreign touch–all those entrepreneurs who come to visit San Jose delRead More

Plan the Perfect Trip

Sample Itineraries If you are at a resort, you can probably spend all your time getting pampered in their paradise with no need to go anywhere, but you would be missing out on the great town of San Jose del Cabo. Here are a couple of experiences you should not miss: If any of your days is a weekend, start your morning at the Organic Farmer’s market. If one of your days happens to be a Thursday, experience the Art Walk. If you travel during the San Jose Fiestas, go downtown and experience the fair. Eat at least once inRead More

San Jose del Cabo FAQs

Where is San Jose del Cabo located in Baja? The city of San Jose del Cabo is located at the south end of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. This peninsula is where the desert meets the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.  San Jose del Cabo is linked by a 20-mile strip nicknamed the “Tourist Corridor” to Cabo San Lucas, and they are known collectively as Los Cabos. What is the weather like in San Jose del Cabo? San Jose del Cabo enjoys 360 days of sunshine a year and its climate is an arid, rich desert landscape. It does receive more rainfall than most areas further north dueRead More

San Jose del Cabo has a particularly colorful history, shaped by padres and pirates, explorers and expats. A freshwater estuary that empties into the Bay of San Jose lured the earliest Spanish explorers to the cape area. Jesuit Padre Tamaral established the first mission settlement in 1730. A few years later, he was killed in an uprising of the indigenous population. After the Jesuits left, the mission at San Jose continued to operate under the Dominicans and became a strategic Spanish military encampment.

A century later, during the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848, a small group of U.S. marines briefly occupied the town under President Polk, before the Treaty of Hidalgo was signed. The treaty did not give Baja California to the U.S., as was expected, and the marines withdrew.

Mining and agriculture influenced the next period in San Jose history. The first sportfishing tourists discovered the town in the 1960s, and development began in earnest with the completion of the Transpeninsular Highway in 1973.

Today, San Jose del Cabo is part of the Los Cabos tourist corridor, a region designated for development and funding by the Mexican national government. The scene for visitors is much more authentic, quieter, and less touristy than what you’ll find in Cabo San Lucas; however, with each new season, development takes a few steps forward and more businesses open to meet traveler needs.