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22 Amazing Things To Do In San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico in 2024

Los Cabos is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Latin America. The west coast of Mexico is an oasis of tranquility, known for its fabulous resorts, vast sandy beaches and azure ocean. If you’re planning a vacation to San José del Cabo and need ideas on what to include in your itinerary, you’ve found the right guide!I’m going to tell you about all the best things to do in San Jose del Cabo, from golf to hiking. Whether your perfect vacation includes relaxing on a beach or rappelling down a mountain, you’ll find plenty of ways to keep yourself busy in Mexico.

Prioritize the activities that seem the most fun to you to fully enjoy your vacation in Los Cabos. And keep in mind that some of these experiences are seasonal (whale watching) and will only be available if you are in Los Cabos at a specific time. Now let’s check out all the best things to do in San Jose del Cabo!

Best of San Jose del Cabo Quick Guide

  • Must Visit: Plaza Mijares, Art District, El Arco, Palmilla Beach, Lovers Beach, Mision San Jose del Cabo
  • Where To Stay: Flora Farms, Marisol Hotel Boutique, Secrets Puerto Los Cabos
  • Fun To Do: Zip-line Park, ATV Rides, Surfing, Snorkelling, Horseback rides
  • Day Trips: Cabo San Lucas (Lands End), Todos Santos, Espiritu Santo Island
  • Must-Try Foods: Enchiladas, Tamales, Guacamole, Tacos

Best Things To Do In San Jose Del Cabo

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Beachfront restaurant

Sandy beaches, delicious food, and exciting adventures are my usual Mexico resort experiences. Whether I want to relax on the beach all day or I want to do something crazy and step out of my comfort zone, I’m never disappointed.

San Jose del Cabo is no exception. The city’s attractions include everything from luxurious five-star resorts to cooking classes with local chefs and countless other options.

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Gallery District

Gift shops, local crafts, and art galleries are must-sees in San Jose del Cabo’s gallery district. Located in the alleys behind the city’s main square, the gallery district is known for its traditional Mexican charm and intriguing artwork.

On Thursday evenings, the streets of Cabo’s gallery district close to vehicles, allowing locals and tourists to flock there. The event is known locally as Art Walk and was created by local officials who wanted all visitors to San Jose del Cabo to experience more of the city’s tradition and culture.

Visit the San Jose Del Cabo Arts District to discover and support local Baja California Sur artists and purchase unique souvenirs to take home.

Practical Information: San José Art Walk takes place every Thursday from 5 PM to 9 PM between November and June.

2. Visit Misión San José del Cabo

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Misio?n San José del Cabo

Every city has a main religious building that is special to all residents, and in this Mexican city it is the Misión San José del Cabo. The City Mission Church lines Mijares Square in the center, so it’s an attraction that you literally can’t miss if you’re just walking around downtown San Jose.

The church is pretty from the outside but the inside is a bit disappointing. There is some artwork inside and the stained glass windows are notable, but it’s not a place you’ll spend more than 10 minutes if you’re not religious. Visit Mijares Square at night to see the church lit up in bright colors.

Practical information: La Mision San Jose del Cabo is open every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free entry.

3. See The Iconic Arch of Cabo San Lucas

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Iconic Arch of Cabo San Lucas

The Arch of Cabo San Lucas is the most famous natural monument on the Baja Peninsula. But it’s in Cabo San Lucas, and to visit from San Jose you’ll need to arrange a guided tour or take an Uber. Is it worth it? Absolutely yes, if you are fascinated by nature.

Head to Lands End in Cabo San Lucas to see the iconic arch. Towering rocks form the backdrop to the entire sandy beach and create a spectacular scene. It is also called Lands End because it is the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula. If you followed a straight line downward, you wouldn’t touch earth until you reached the South Pole.

Guided tours are best for visiting the Arch from San Jose del Cabo. Hotel pickup is included, and top tours include glass-bottom boat tours and snorkeling. And of course, you can’t book a trip to Mexico without free tequila!

Practical information: Expect to pay around $100-150 for an organized excursion to the Cabo San Lucas arch from San José.

4. ATV Rides on The Beach

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo ATV Rides on the Beach

Most of the Baja Peninsula is desert terrain, best explored by mountain bike. Arrange an ATV tour and you’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken to a dune-filled beach where you can ride around on your ATV for hours.

It was the most fun I had in Los Cabos and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Single and double mountain bikes are available, so you can ride however you like. All participants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license to operate an ATV. Even kids are welcome to participate on dual mountain bikes!

You will receive all protective equipment and instructions on how to ride an ATV, in case it is your first time. Most of these tours take you to areas of the peninsula accessible only to off-road vehicles and are an exciting way to explore Baja California Sur.

Practical information: ATV tours in Los Cabos start at around $75, with no entrance fees to natural parks.  

5. Hike To Cerro De Las Chivas

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Hike to Cerro De Las Chivas

Cerro De Las Chivas is a hilltop observation deck in San José del Cabo. The trailhead is just off the main road in the Mauricio Castro neighborhood and it only takes about 20 minutes to climb the hill.

It’s a popular spot for its scenic views, especially among people feeling a little adventurous in Los Cabos. It’s a great way to spend an hour, get some exercise, and enjoy panoramic views of the city and Pacific Ocean, all in one quick excursion.

Practical information: The Cerro De La Chivas observation platform is accessible at any time and free of charge.

6. Day Trip to Espiritu Santo Island

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Espiritu Santo Island

The island of Espiritu Santo is a place with fascinating landscapes. The island is a national park located near La Paz. It is best visited on sailing tours from Los Cabos, as the island can only be visited by boat.

It has spectacular rock formations and many kilometers of sandy beaches. One thing to note is that there is virtually no shade on the island, so be sure to at least bring a hat. Camping on the island is allowed and is the only way to spend more than a few hours here.

Practical: Plan a boat cruise to Isla Espiritu Santo with local operators as there are no commercial ferries to the island.

7. Play Golf

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Golf Course

Resort vacations and golf go hand in hand, so it’s no surprise that San Jose del Cabo has some excellent golf courses. If you like to play golf, Los Cabos is the ideal destination.

Puerto Los Cabos is one of the city’s best golf resorts with three different courses designed by the pioneers of the sport. And most holes offer panoramic ocean views, so try not to get distracted.

Practical information: Prices for golf courses in Puerto Los Cabos range from $165 to $600.

8. Lounge At Your Resort

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Resort

There’s nothing wrong with taking an entire day for yourself, especially when you’re on vacation. Spend a day relaxing at your resort making the most of your reservation and discovering all the different amenities the resort has to offer. Maybe pretend you’re at White Lotus for a day, but without all the drama.

Staying at the resort is the best option if you like swimming, as most of the beaches in Los Cabos are not swimmable. And those get crowded quickly, so chances are you won’t be able to find shade from the sun if you’re not there early in the morning. Sit by the pool, sip cocktails all day and devour a good book, you’re on vacation and you deserve it.

Practical information: Resorts in San Jose del Cabo do not offer access to swimming beaches. Swimming in the pool is the safest option.

9. Attend a Cooking Class

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Cooking Class

Mexican food is high on my list of preferences and I love cooking, so this activity was my dream. There are several cooking classes available in San Jose del Cabo, but the best by far is Chef Fransico’s. Book the cooking class with local market visit and you will spend the day with a very friendly and incredibly talented chef.

Chef Francisco can teach you how to make tamales, enchiladas, carnitas and many other Mexican dishes. And whatever the main course, Fransico will always teach you how to make margaritas and guacamole correctly. Tequila tastings are also part of the cooking class and make the experience even more fun.

Practical info: Book the cooking class and market visit with Chef Francisco for around $130 per person. The meeting point is at the entrance of the market.

10. Ride A Horse On The Beach

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Horseback on the Beach

Horseback riding on the beach is popular in Los Cabos and is a great way to feel like a movie star for a few moments. Bonanza Horse Riding is a local operator in San Jose del Cabo that offers horseback riding around the city. Even beginners in horse riding are welcome to join the tours.

Bonanza Horse Riding is a family owned business. All their horses are well cared for, fed the best diet and very well trained. The guide is friendly and knowledgeable and will make riding a breeze, even for those with no previous experience.

Practical information: The one-hour walk takes place on the beach of the Costa Azul. The two-hour trip also includes a ride through the San José Estuary.

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Blown Glass Factory

Baja Blown Glass Factory is a local boutique glass manufacturing business in San Jose del Cabo. Here you will find unique items made by locals and there is everything from kitchen utensils to works of art that you can hang on the walls.

What I like most about this place is that they can make you anything you want in glass, right before your eyes. In addition to unique local souvenirs, you’ll be able to watch a glassmaker at work, an experience usually reserved for museums.

Since this is a shop and not a museum, there is no entrance fee. Anyone can browse the items for sale and chat with the glassmakers to learn more about their art.

Pro Tip: If you order something custom, you won’t be able to take it home the same day because it needs time to cool.

Practical information: The Baja Blown Glass Factory store is open from 9am to 6pm.

12. Hang Out at Plaza Mijares

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Plaza Mijares

Baja Blown Glass Factory is a local glass manufacturing company in San Jose del Cabo. Here you’ll find unique items made by locals and there’s everything from kitchen utensils to artwork to hang on the walls.

What I like most about this place is that they can make you anything you want in a glass, right in front of you. In addition to unique local souvenirs, you’ll be able to watch a glassmaker at work, an experience usually reserved for museums.

Since this is a shop and not a museum, there is no entrance fee. Anyone can browse the items for sale and chat with the glassmakers to learn more about their art.

Tip: If you order something personalized, you won’t be able to take it home the same day because it needs time to cool.

Practical information: The Baja Blown Glass Factory store is open from 9am to 6pm.

13. A Day At A Beach Club

San Jose del Cabo is a destination for a relaxing holiday and the beach clubs prove it. Spend a day at a beach club to enjoy pure hedonism and ultimate relaxation. Relax on a canopied beach lounger and enjoy the ocean view, while waiters bring drinks and snacks directly to you.

El Ganzo de Playa is one of the best in the city. It’s located on a small swimming beach in San Jose, one of few in the city. The place doesn’t accept reservations, so if you arrive early in the morning, finding a seat shouldn’t be a problem.

Practical information: El Ganzo de Playa Beach Club offers a day pass for 1,000 Mexican pesos (about $59), with $800 credited towards drinks and snacks.

14. Zip-line Rides & Rappelling

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Ziplining

Costa Azul is a popular adventure sports operator in San Jose del Cabo. The company offers zipline rides, guided rappelling down a mountain, and the chance to cross a moving suspension bridge. If this all sounds like fun, Costa Azul should be one of your first stops in San Jose del Cabo.

What I really like about the Costa Azul is that they will pick you up at your hotel and take you to their location in the natural park, just 10 minutes from downtown San Jose del Cabo. And all participants will receive a shot of tequila after completing the adventure, Mexican style!

Practical information: Costa Azul charges $99 for access to all its activities, hotel transfers, lockers and free drinks (water and tequila). Participants must pay an additional $15 for park entry.

15. Whale Watching from Cabo San Lucas

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Whale Watching

The whale watching season in Los Cabos runs from November to April. This is one of the best things to do in the area, especially if you want to fill your day with fun and exciting activities.

Book a whale watching tour to spend an afternoon observing the majestic mammals from a boat. It’s a wonderful experience, especially if you have a friendly guide who is eager to tell you everything he knows about whales.

Insider tip: Avoid open bar tours, as they’re more about daytime drinking than whale watching.

Practical information: Whale watching tours generally cost between $100 and $150 per person.

16. Dine at a Farm-To-Table Restaurant

San Jose del Cabo has a few farm-to-table restaurants that offer an authentic Mexican dining experience. The most popular places are Flora’s Field Kitchen and Tamarindos, both located in the Ánimas Bajas neighborhood.

Flora’s Field Kitchen is part of a large property that includes parking, shops, a farm, 10 private villas and a community space. This is the perfect place if you want to stay in a luxury private residence in Los Cabos and enjoy fresh breakfast items every day.

Tamarindos is an upscale restaurant serving traditional Mexican cuisine. All dishes are prepared with products grown on the restaurant’s own farm, so everything is fresh and delicious.

Practical information: Book a table in a restaurant online or by phone.

17. Swim in the Ocean at Palmilla Beach

Things to do in San Jose del Cabo Palmilla Beach SUP

Not all beaches in San Jose del Cabo are swimmable due to strong currents and large waves. Palmilla Beach is a sandy beach suitable for swimming, located a short bus (or Uber) ride from downtown San Jose.

Come here to spend a relaxing day on the beach and swimming. The ocean is calm enough even for stand up paddling, which is quite rare in this part of the Baja California peninsula. Head to the beach early in the morning to rent deckchairs and umbrellas and spend the whole day having fun on the beach.

Insider tip: You can’t buy food or drinks on the beach, so bring your own.

Practical information: The Ruta del Desierto bus can take you to Palmilla Beach from downtown San Jose del Cabo.

18. Head To Todos Santos For a Day

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Todos Santos

Located just an hour from San Jose del Cabo on the west coast of Mexico, Todos Santos is a charming town. It is home to numerous art galleries, making it very popular with artists, and there is also a local history museum in the cultural center.

The beaches of Todos Santos are ideal for surfing thanks to the large waves. These aren’t exactly swimmable beaches, but you can still relax a bit in the sun and watch the surfers. Unless you are allergic to the sun; in this case it will be necessary to cover up and stay as far away from the beach as possible.

Stroll around the charming town and browse the local shops to discover unique handicrafts. Todos Santos also has a Hotel California, which made me stop in my tracks and burst into song in the middle of the street!

Practical: Todos Santos is an hour and 10 minutes from San Jose del Cabo by taxi and Uber.

19. Lovers Beach and Divorce Beach

things to do in San Jose Del Cabo Divorce Beach

Lovers Beach and Divorce Beach are the two sandy beaches at Lands End in Cabo San Lucas. Most tour operators combine trips to the beaches with visits to El Arco, Lands End and even whale watching tours in the area.

The two beaches are connected but have different names in reference to their accessibility. At Lovers Beach the ocean is calm and you can swim. But at Divorce Beach the sea is rough and tumultuous, hence the name. Sometimes it’s not even possible to get to Divorce Beach because the sand is too hot.

Practical information: Lovers Beach and Divorce Beach are only accessible via boat excursions from the Cabo San Lucas marina.

20. Walking Tour of Cabo San Lucas Town

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Walking Tour of Cabo San Lucas

I have included a few different activities that take place in Cabo San Lucas or are only accessible from this Cabo. It is therefore normal to take the time to take a guided tour of the city, especially if you are in Los Cabos for the first time.

The atmosphere is different from San Jose del Cabo, which has old buildings and a lively downtown. The main attractions of Cabo San Lucas are located near the marina, so you don’t need to stray too far from the residential areas. The town has a natural history museum with a fascinating exhibition on the archaeological and geological history of the peninsula.

Keen hikers should pack a pair of trekking poles and head straight to the mountain. Solmar, for epic views of the ocean and Lands End cliffs.

Practical information: Cabo San Lucas is about half an hour from San Jose del Cabo, accessible by taxi, Uber and local bus.

21. Go Snorkelling

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Snorkeling

The coral reefs of Los Cabos are home to abundant marine life, essential for a good scuba diving or snorkeling experience. Chileno Beach and Pelican Rock are some of the most popular diving destinations because they are not easily accessible and are home to abundant marine life.

Some operators also offer open bar snorkeling tours, which include a trip to Lands End in Cabo San Lucas. Don’t worry, the drinks won’t start flowing until everyone has finished diving.

Practical Info: Snorkeling tours in Los Cabos can cost anywhere from $65 to $150+.

22. Try Surfing

Things to do In San Jose Del Cabo Surfing

The beaches in San Jose del Cabo may not be ideal for swimming, but they are perfect for surfing. The big waves are a dream for anyone with experience on a surfboard, while the smaller waves are the perfect opportunity to try surfing for the first time.

Surfing lessons and excursions are available at the beaches in downtown San Jose del Cabo. However, more experienced surfers will probably want to plan a trip to East Cape or Todos Santos, as the beaches in these cities have legendary waves.

Practical information: Surf lessons are available at Zipper’s on the Costa Azul beach.

Where To Stay in San Jose del Cabo

Where to Stay Resort

With so many excellent resorts, deciding where to stay in San Jose del Cabo is a difficult task. Which location is best for you depends largely on your budget and whether you want to stay at an all-inclusive resort. Here are some of the best hotels in San Jose del Cabo for every budget:

Tips and Information For Visiting San Jose Del Cabo

Tips and Information Land's End

Best Time To Visit

The high season in Cabo is December to April. Cabo is a popular spring break destination, so crowds are heaviest in late March and early April. If you want to avoid the crowds and have fun in Cabo, I recommend planning a trip in May, June, October, or November.

Don’t travel to Cabo in July or August as it is incredibly hot. Plus, summer is hurricane season in Cabo, and while the city rarely gets hit, it’s best to be safe. Most activities in San Jose del Cabo take place outside and it’s no fun when the temperature is consistently above 30 degrees.

Getting There

San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas are both served by Los Cabos International Airport. At the airport you can take a shared shuttle to your resort. San Jose del Cabo is much closer to the airport than Cabo San Lucas, so it shouldn’t take too long even if your resort is one of the last to arrive.

It is also possible to arrange private shuttles and transfers, but this must be done a few days before your arrival. Taking Uber from the airport to the hotel is not an option as Uber is banned at the airport. However, you can take an Uber from the hotel to the airport and we recommend it.

Getting Around

Uber is the best way to get around San Jose del Cabo. It is significantly cheaper than the local taxi service and much faster than the buses. Of course there are local buses, which are by far the cheapest option, but they are incredibly slow and not always the safest.

Uber is very affordable in Mexico and is generally the best option for getting around quickly. However, you should always make sure that your driver ends the journey after you arrive at your destination. This way they can’t charge you more than the agreed price, which has been known to happen.

How Much Time Do You Need

You’ll need at least 3-4 days to experience Los Cabos, and probably even more if you want to take a few days to just relax by the pool. But to see just the top sights in Los Cabos and explore a little more of the peninsula, four days is the ideal amount of time.

I recommend planning a week-long vacation so you can spend as much time as you want exploring and adventuring, but also relaxing by the pool and taking advantage of the free resort services.

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