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San Jose del Cabo FAQs

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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 due to tropical cyclones occasionally coming in from the south and bringing very heavy falls but it is some of the most erratic rainfall anywhere in the world and many years pass by without significant falls at all. It enjoys a yearly average climate of 29.53 C (85.15 F).

What’s the best way to get to San Jose del Cabo?

San Jose del Cabo is served by Los Cabos International Airport. Also, Baja California offers the world’s greatest road trip! From North America, by land you can cross the United States border through Tijuana, Tecate or Mexicali. It’s a 24-hour travel by land from Tijuana to the southern tip of the Peninsula. You can rent a car, rent an RV, ride your motorcycle, or take the bus! Three bus companies service La Baja route: Autotransportes de Baja California (ABC), Transportes Aguila, and Tres Estrellas de Oro.

You can also cross the border  to La Baja from mainland Mexico via Ferry and arrive in La Paz, the capital city of Baja California Sur, then drive two hours to San Jose del Cabo.

What kind of transportation is available once I arrive to San Jose del Cabo?

Once arriving in San Jose del Cabo you can rent a car to move around but public transportation includes the bus, taxis and shuttles. Shuttle service cost about US$15 per person. When staying in town, walking through San Jose del Cabo is the most enjoyable mode of transportation.

How expensive is it to travel to San Jose del Cabo?

Ask yourself how much money you want to spend to travel to San Jose del Cabo? The options are many.

For example, San Jose del Cabo is home to the most luxurious resorts like One & Only Palmilla or Ventanas al Paraiso, where you can easily spend a thousand dollars on one dinner (their cava is insane) and where you never have to leave the resort to experience rest or fun; I mean spa, ocean, yoga, organic food, shopping, golf, music, and events, all in one fancy place (of course, you miss the town experience). But you also have the option to stay at a humble hotel and eat in the local restaurants or at seafood taco stands that are delicious and cost next-to-nothing. The beach is free. Then, you have the “in between” where you can stay at a beautiful boutique style hotel or a downtown local hotel and be moderate in your spending. Plus, who can forget the amazing deals you can find through “timeshare” or maybe choosing a vacation rental and enjoying home living in San Jose del Cabo.

If you are traveling by air, your travel expenses will vary depending where you are traveling from, but airfare costs will be less expensive if you choose  not to travel during peak holiday seasons, like spring break.

If you are driving, consider that 1 liter of premium gas is around 10.20 pesos (US$3.85 per gallon).  In Mexico, the price of gasoline does not float like it does in the US and Canada. Price increases are announced months in advance and are scaled in the fractions of a peso. In three years the price of gasoline has risen about 13% in Mexico. There were only two price increases in the 2011 calendar year.

What is the cost of living in San Jose del Cabo?

Los Cabos and Baja are expensive in comparison to mainland Mexico, but still relatively cheap compared to the rest of North America.

The farther away from Los Cabos you go, the lower the prices; a meal that might cost you MXN$400 in Cabo might cost you MXN$350 in La Paz and MXN$300 in Loreto.

A bottle of beer costs MXN$30-45; A cup of coffee runs MXN$15.00-25.00. A smoothie around MXN$40. A downtown burrito around MXN$70. You can have breakfast for MXN$80. A half-day boat tour costs MXN$300-500.  Admission to most national parks is MXN$30-50. You can get for MXN$65 (US$5) a plate of creamy thin chicken and fried eggplant with a mozzarella, tomato, basil salad on top!

What kind of accommodations does San Jose del Cabo have?

San Jose del Cabo is desert surrounded by ocean. As you might imagine, you will find all kinds of accommodations: fancy resorts by the beach, 5 stars hotels at beachfront, artsy downtown hotels, motels, vacations rentals, camping and RV sites, and great evolutionary places where you can find both a shared bunk room and various private bedrooms available and have direct access to the local creative community.

Where’s the best place to stay in my price range?

Choose according to your price range. In San Jose del Cabo, you have all the options.

What local foods should I try in San Jose del Cabo?

San Jose del Cabo is rich in variety. As an international resort town, you can find all types of ethnic international cuisine cooked with local produce and Baja soul. Most restaurants use produce from the region like organic produce and seafood from the Sea of Cortez or the Pacific Ocean. You won’t regret anything you eat. The Julio Special breakfast at Casa Dhalia Gallery Garden Cafe doesn’t get more local and your experience will be magical. A stop for Inae’s natural juices and foods in the heart of downtown is a great light way to keep you energized. Cynthia Fresh organic food is 100% made in SJC.  Seafood and organic greens from the region are a must.

Where do I buy groceries in San Jose del Cabo?

San Jose del Cabo has grown from a small family fisherman town to an internationally-known art scene; however, this Baja town is still small, still family-oriented, still charming, and very blessed with abundance. Its unique scene has invited businessmen to invest in new hotels and new attractions for the world that visits us. Those times when you could only eat fish or use products sold by the only two families that imported from mainland Mexico are over. Now you can find organic produce in the Organic Farmer’s Market every weekend, or buy from the different organic farmers in the region, like La Semilla, Los Verdugo, Flora Farm, Los Tamarindo, Organicos Cesena, rancho San ramon,  Yaretzi, Chay Fine organic produce, Conuco, El Rancho Huerta Verdura, Frutas y Verduras El Chi Chi; you can get artsy fresh bread from  panaderia punta espiritu ;  you can buy local beer at Baja Brewery Company; and more than one Mega Store is available so shopping for culinary ingredients offers a wide range of fun. Places like LA MEGA will meet your needs all in one.

Can I drink the water?

San Jose del Cabo is a desert. Water here is not abundant but it is pure. Still, the systems that distribute the water have an imperfect infrastructure and your body might not like it. Water comes from surrounding mountains, filtered through natural sand beds. Many resorts desalinate and purify their own water on property.  Most places offer purified water, but if you are not sure it is purified, drink bottled water.

What are the most popular activities in San Jose del Cabo?

San Jose del Cabo was founded in the 1700s, so looking at the town in itself is a wonderful activity. Downtown is filled with stores and restaurants. The historic district in San Jose del Cabo is where cultural happenings take place and its Art District is one-of-a-kind.

San Jose del Cabo is also beach to the Sea of Cortez, where surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving are at the top of the activities list, and the new Puerto Los Cabos Marina offers boating and fishing. Eco tours can take you see the natural beauties of the region, like the Cactus Museum or the Natural Estero.

San Jose del Cabo is loved for its wellness culture. Spa days are popular and evolutionary workshops that focus on well being take place throughout the year. Yoga and meditation are practiced joyfully.

How do I get in touch with local outfitters and tour guides?

In our town, we are well aware of your visit and all providers are ready to serve you. Your hotel will connect you with the tour guide of your choice, or there will always be a local up for the task. Here, at, you can find a complete guide to all providers in the region and organize your visit in advance.

When is the best time to go fishing / scuba diving / surfing / kayaking / kiteboarding in San Jose del Cabo?

San Jose del Cabo offers plenty of snorkeling, fishing, and scuba diving year round. The numerous species to choose from include three species of marlin, tuna, dorado, wahoo, yellowtail, just to name a few. With its 360 sunny days a year, any day in San Jose del Cabo is a good one for kayaking.

Wide open public beaches are naturally formed during rainy seasons where water runs off from the mountains into the Cortez Sea. They make the best free camping and kiteboarding. During the winters in Baja you can count on experiencing “El Norte,” a very strong wind that comes hundreds of miles down the Baja coast. When a cold high pressure dominates over the four corners region of the US and a hot low pressure is centered just south of the Baja Peninsula, the wind can blow 25+ for days on end. But even when there is no El Norte present, you can always drive to La Ventana, blessed by the wind.

Will my cell phone work in San Jose del Cabo?

There is local cellular service in all of the San Jose del Cabo. Several US cellular services will allow you to roam in México. Only GSM and 3G cell phones will work in most of parts (AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile), but they may need to be activated for extended roaming service. Call your provider and ask about your options.Cellular phone rental is available at the airport, and even easier and cheaper is to use is one of the many low priced local cellular promotions that include a phone and a pre-set amount of time (you can add more time by way of prepaid card, if needed, and you can use it again on every trip.)

How do I make a local phone call? International?

To make a local phone call to a landline from San Jose del Cabo, just dial the seven-digit number.

To call locally to local cell phones (within the same area code), dial 044 + area code + telephone number.

To call Mexico outside of Los Cabos, dial 01 + area code + phone number.

To make an international call from Mexico, dial the access code (001 for the U.S. and Canada; 00 for the rest of the world) + country code (52) + area code (624) + phone number.

For example: 001-52-624-143-3334 .

Is there internet access in San Jose del Cabo?

Many hotels have broadband Internet or Wi-Fi in guest rooms or public areas. You’ll also find Internet cafés. In San Jose, look for the office supply store across from the town plaza. Almost all hotels and many restaurants in San Jose del Cabo now offer wireless access points for customer use.

Is it safe to travel in San Jose del Cabo?

Yes, it is safe to travel in San Jose del Cabo. You will most likely feel safer than you do in your hometown.

What if I have an emergency?

If you have an emergency, make sure to reach out. San Jose del Cabo is a family town. People will be glad to assist.

  • Police: 066 (Emergencies, traffic, fire etc.)
  • Traffic Police: 142-3748
  • Municipal Police: 142-0361
  • Fire Dept: 068 or 142-2466
  • Ambulance: 066 – 142-0316 (Red Cross)
  • Federal Highway Police: 146-0573
  • Consumer Affairs (Profeco): La Paz 01 (612) 122-8088

How do I reach Consulates?

  • American Consulate: Cabo San Lucas: 143-3566
  • Canadian Consulate: San Jose del Cabo: 142-4333
  • Australian Consulate: Mexico City – 01 (55) 5531-5225
  • German Consulate: Mexico City – 01(55) 5283-2200
  • English Consulate: Mexico City – 01 (55) 5207-2089
  • Spanish Consulate: Mexico City – 01 (55) 5282-2974

Will my ATM card work at banks in San Jose del Cabo?

Yes, although not all ATMs dispense US dollars.

Will businesses accept my credit card in San Jose del Cabo?

All major credit cards (except Discover) are widely accepted.  American Express cards can be used but are not as widely accepted here as in other countries. In most smaller stores or restaurants, it is best to ask beforehand, as not every business accepts credit cards

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