Things to do in San Jose Del Cabo

San Jose Del Cabo Town Center
San Jose Del Cabo Town Center

Things to do in San Jose Del Cabo include everything from lazing on secluded beaches to battling to bring a fighting marlin onboard your fishing boat – and just about everything in between. Just driving the coastal road between San Jose del Cabo and its more famous sister city of Cabo San Lucas can provide a day filled with magnificent sea views. Bring a picnic lunch, and stop at the beach that most appeals to you.

San Jose del Cabo Shopping

San Jose del Cabo Shopping
San Jose del Cabo Shopping

Shopping is one of the things to do in San Jose Del Cabo that can also be combined with sightseeing, and the best place to do your shopping is around the Historic District, including around the main square and cathedral. In this area, you will primarily find smaller specialty boutiques offering everything from traditional Mexican souvenirs to high fashion clothing and accessories. You will also find some modern shopping center a little outside of town. The Shoppes at Palmilla even has a full service spa.

Los Cabos Art Galleries

Once you’ve finished shopping for the more traditional souvenirs and handcrafts of Mexico, one of the things to do in San Jose Del Cabo is browse the city’s art galleries. There are dozens of world class galleries that offer art from metal sculptures to the works of legends like Picasso and Miro. Behind the main square, you’ll find the Art District de San Jose, featuring a number of unique galleries showcasing the works of Mexican and international artisans, painters, and sculptors. You can find representational art as well as abstract expressionist art

Dining & Nightlife

San Jose del Cabo Restaurants
San Jose del Cabo Restaurants

The city is known for its many fine dining establishments. A good number of these are distributed strategically near the shopping areas, allowing you to refresh yourself in between purchases. By all means, try the restaurants in your hotels; many of them have excellent options. But do venture out to try other great places. There are beautiful seaside restaurants, charming small cafes in the historic district – and everything from cheap eats and steak houses to familiar names from the United States like the Hard Rock Café. Seafood plays an important role in the cuisine of the Baja Peninsula, so be sure to sample some. The nightlife here is tamer than it is in neighboring Cabo San Lucas, which is known for its partying atmosphere. However, things to do in San Jose del Cabo after hours are plentiful. There are supper clubs and martini bars with live music and dancing, sports bars, and microbreweries.

Sport Fishing

Deep sea sport fishing is one of the things to do in San Jose Del Cabo that draws visitors from around the world. This area is where the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez meet the Pacific, creating an environment filled with rich nutrition that draws the fish avid anglers are seeking. One of the largest charter fishing fleets in all of Mexico is based here, and the most notable species are marlin, dorado, wahoo, tuna, and sailfish. If you’re not one to catch the creatures of the sea, many of the fishing boats are also available for whale watching – from December through April. Look for orcas, blue, sperm, humpback, and sperm whales.

Scuba Diving, Snorkeling & Other Water Sports

There is plenty of fun to be had in the water, as well. There is a sea adventure company that provides opportunities to swim with dolphins. For scuba adventures, head to the world famous “sandfalls” discovered by undersea legend Jacques Cousteau. There are dive sites suitable for beginners and experts alike, and snorkeling off beaches is suitable for most all skills. There is also good surfing on several of the beaches that benefit from the southern swells.

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