I’ve been living in San Jose del Cabo for several months now after a month of living in Todos Santos, and I have completely fallen in love with it here. San Jose del Cabo is the more sophisticated older sister to the rowdy Cabo San Lucas. Who I imagine being a younger brother.
San Jose del Cabo is the seat of the municipal government, so in the main plaza you’ll find a town hall. The plaza is more than that, though. It’s the center of community here in San Jose and where you should come in the evening to enjoy an ice cream or some tamales from the stand that sells them in front of the church.
There’s a mission church here and a history that is quite interesting to learn more about. There is a beautiful long beach where you can see whales breaching just off the shore. Don’t forget, travel to San Jose del Cabo on a yacht charter. See beach of Playa Palmilla or go surfing at Playa Acapulquito always is a great experience!
There is a wonderful organic market on Saturdays, street vendors in the plaza selling delicious cheap eats, food halls where you can enjoy cold craft beers and tacos, and upscale restaurants where you can sip artisanal mezcal alongside food that has been locally sourced and cooked to perfection.
In the downtown area, you’ll find boutique stores run by local designers and artists. There are art galleries, souvenir shops with jewelry, pottery, and textiles that have been sourced from across Mexico. Even if you are spending your week in Cabo San Lucas, you should consider doing your souvenir shopping in SJD.
In general, SJD is more laid back, quieter, and attracts a slightly older crowd, but that’s changing as it has begun getting on the radar of yuppies across North America.
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As a 33-year-old woman who loves great food, beautiful scenery, fun but casual nightlife, and a slower pace (especially when I’m on vacation), I can’t imagine not loving San Jose del Cabo. However, (thankfully) not everyone thinks like me or has the same wants and needs for their vacation to Los Cabos.
San Jose is a little more spread out than Cabo San Lucas. There are great hotels along the beach, but it’s about a 20-minute walk to the downtown area. There are chic and stylish boutique hotels. San Jose del Cabo is best explored with your car or yacht charter
- It’s not the most accessible place if you want to walk everywhere (unless you enjoy walking, in which case it’s actually very easy to walk with excellent sidewalks and safe crossings everywhere).
- The best restaurants in the region are here, and great food is available at every price point.
- There is a sense of community and care that you don’t get in Cabo San Lucas.
- There are great beaches for all types of activities.
- It has a history and culture to learn more about.
- The central plaza is the perfect place to relax after a day out.
- There is a plethora of hotel, resort, and Airbnb options to choose from for every budget.