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Places of Interest
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
San Jose del Cabo Art Galleries
Mix colonial history with a modern creative sensibility, then bring Mexican and American artists together, and you get San Jose’s Historic Art District: narrow streets lined with mixed-media galleries housed in restored colonial homes. Artists here work in gemstones, glass, canvas, clay, photography, and more. Weekly Art Walks on Thursday evenings turn into a full-blown festival during the high season, with music, dancing, food, and plenty of fine art on display. Find art galleries in the San Jose del Cabo directory.
Explore Beaches Near San Jose del Cabo
Most of the beach action in San Jose del Cabo takes place on the long, sandy Playa California that fronts the town’s hotel zone. The undertow here tends to be strong, so swimming is not advised. Better to stroll the beach and save the swimming for the pool.
La Playita has a play structure for kids, as well as a roped-off swimming area on one side of the new harbor channel. The adjoining village, Pueblo La Playa, has several restaurants, a few places to stay, and a full-service marina that’s large enough to handle luxury yachts.
San Jose del Cabo Boating
The Puerto Los Cabos marina at La Playita is competing with Cabo San Lucas for the yachting crowd. Boats up to 100 feet long can dock in the new marina, and it has a separate area reserved for panga fishing boats. Fish cleaning stations are a nice amenity. The hillside Container restaurant draws a crowd for outdoor dining with a view. Find boating services in the San Jose del Cabo activities directory.
Day-Trips from San Jose del Cabo
- East Cape
The East Cape region begins north of San Jose del Cabo and extends to the towns of Buena Vista and Los Barriles on the Sea of Cortez. Enjoy sensational sportfishing, diving, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and hiking in these quiet coastal villages. View the East Cape Guide.
- Sierra de La Laguna
The mountains of southern Baja invite exploration during hot summer months. Head to the small agricultural community of Santiago for access to Cañon de la Zorra—a 60-foot waterfall, where you can take a dip and put your head under a 90-degree waterfall. A mask and snorkel add to the fun, especially when you see what looks like gold dust at the bottom of the pool.
Turn west off Mexico 1 to enter the town of Santiago. Just before the Pemex gas station, take a right away from the town. Follow the signs to the Ecological Center. If you get confused, just ask for directions. It’s approximately six miles to the main gate (where there is a small entrance fee) and a one-mile drive thereafter. At the end of the road, park your car (in the shade) and walk eight minutes to get the falls.
- Cabo San Lucas
Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Sea of Cortez to the east, with the towering La Laguna mountains a scenic backdrop, Cabo San Lucas and the whole Los Cabos area is known as a premier destination for outdoor sports and recreation, as well as vibrant nightlife. Fish, golf, snorkel, cruise, surf, explore, or spend a lazy day at the beach. From San José del Cabo, take the Transpeninsular Highway west for about 30 minutes. View the Cabo San Lucas Guide.
Find a San Jose del Cabo Eco Tour
From San Jose del Cabo, you can access a number of eco tour destinations, such as mountain waterfalls, sea turtle conservation projects, and the Estero San Jose (great for birdwatching). Search the San Jose del Cabo activities directory for guides and organized eco-tours.
Plan a Family Activity in San Jose del Cabo
San Jose has lots of kid-friendly lodging and casual dining options, where you can relax and enjoy the laid-back Baja vibe. Families enjoy a long list of outdoor activities, including playing at the beach, horseback riding, surfing, and snorkeling. Or, simply lounge beside the pool at your hotel, and explore the plaza in the evening. Find more family activities in the San Jose del Cabo activities directory.
Golf in San Jose del Cabo
San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas offer a wealth of activities, from water sports to shopping to nightlife to outdoor adventures. Somewhere in such a flurry of activity, it can be refreshing to take a step back from the excitement and just spend a day golfing on the green.
Golf getaways can be a perfect vacation, and there is no place in the world like Baja to get your game on. With their world class facilities and breathtaking natural backdrops, golfing in Cabo can be a serene experience for the pros and the neophytes, alike. Never golfed before? Fear not; the selection of courses is varied and there is something to fit every taste, will a little Baja flavor, of course.
- San Jose del Cabo is landscape to 4 Jack Nicklaus signature Golf Courses. Jack Nicklaus‘ achievements in Golf are legendary. Besides his 18 professional major championships as a player, for four straight years (2004-’07) Golf Inc. magazine ranked Jack Nicklaus as “The Most Powerful Person in Golf,” for his impact on the industry through his course design work, marketing and licensing business, and involvement on a national level with various charitable causes. Nicklaus was honored at the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In the golf design world, his signature style is focused on enhancing the natural environment, and creating courses that are both challenging and enjoyable for players of all levels.
- Club Campestre San Jose is located in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, overlooking the Sea of Cortez. It is a spectacular 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course, with breathtaking landscapes of the ocean, mountains and the desert, a Social and Beach Club and jogging trails.
- Palmilla Golf Club is Jack Nicklaus’ first Latin America design and is recognized as the Grand Dame of golf in Los Cabos. The course of 6,900 yards and 18 holes is divided into the Arroyo Nine, the Mountain Nine and the Ocean Nine. The Ocean Course actually flows to the ocean as you play on the beaches of the Sea of Cortez. It enjoys five sets of staggered tee boxes, stunning fairways, four lakes and deep shifts in elevation. It has been rated as one of the top 100 in the world by Great Golf Resorts of the World. Palmilla Golf Club has hosted the 1997 PGA Senior TOUR, Senior Slam with Hale Irwin defeating Jack Nicklaus, Ray Floyd and Gil Morgan. It was the host of the 2007 Audi World Cup Finals, the biggest amateur event in the World. What’s the best hole at Palmilla? Check out the video!
- Puerto Los Cabos was designed by Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. It features two spectacular signature golf courses: 9 holes from Jack Nicklaus and 9 holes from Greg Norman. Open for play in 2008, Puerto Los Cabos is a resort destination, five minutes from San José’s historic downtown with its art galleries, fine restaurants and shopping.
- El Dorado Golf Course – Jack Nicklaus’ Signature El Dorado Golf Club is the third Nicklaus designed course in Los Cabos. There are six oceanfront holes by the Sea of Cortes and the remaining 12 holes carved out in two pristine canyons with beautiful trees, cactus and rock formations. It has four lakes, where six holes come into play — some of the finest in the world. El Dorado will be remembered for drives from elevated tees, along with the short par-3 17th, where waves crash into the picturesque green setting.
San Jose del Cabo Horseback Riding
A group ride along the beach is a great way to experience Playa California. A few tour operators usually have horses available. You can ride from the estuary all the way to Zippers surf break and back. Find guides in the San Jose del Cabo activities directory.
San Jose del Cabo Nightlife
San Jose del Cabo doesn’t have the abundance of sports bars and dance clubs that keep the party rolling in Cabo San Lucas; however there are a few dependable venues, where local expats gather to listen to live jazz, Cuban music, or order a micro-brew. Search the San Jose del Cabo activities directory or the San Jose del Cabo restaurant listings for information
San Jose del Cabo Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
Most of the local dive operators are based out of Cabo San Lucas for easier access to the dive sites in the Bay of San Lucas. Another option is the East Cape, where there are several shops in the village of Cabo Pulmo.
Two beaches on the corridor offer protected waters for snorkeling: Playa Chileno and Playa Santa Maria. Search the San Jose del Cabo activities directory for operators.
San Jose del Cabo Shopping
San Jose has some of the best shopping in all of Baja. Fire opals, silver jewelry, leatherworks, fine art, and home furnishings are a few examples of souvenirs you might want to bring home. Most of the nicest gift shops are within a few blocks from the plaza. Sol Dorado has one of the broadest collections of artesanias on display, with helpful information on where in Mexico the craft was made. To load up on groceries and supplies, head to the Mega supermarket complex on the west side of town. Find more information in the San Jose del Cabo directory.
Book a San Jose del Cabo Sportfishing Charter
Anglers head to the marina at La Playita to depart for a day of fishing along the East Cape or in waters where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. Most guides offer day-long panga trips, including lunch. Live bait and licenses cost extra. There are some cruisers operating out of San Jose, with more options in Cabo San Lucas. Search the San Jose del Cabo activities directory for information.
Surfing in San Jose del Cabo
Most surfers have a kind of peace attached to their walk–some kind of “Zen” energy that clears their eyes as well as their conversations, especially right after they come out of the ocean.
As a traveler surfer, whenever you decide to venture into any beach around the world for the first time, it is important to choose the right beach, go at the right time of year, know the etiquette, take a lesson if you are a beginner and get the right equipment; however, these aren’t the only things to pay careful attention to.
There are several ways to enjoy yoga om San Jose del Cabo. A variety of places offer yoga and you can find out more in the community pages of Baja.com. You can also take classes at one of the high-end resorts like Palmilla and Ventanas al Paraiso.