Warm, windswept days on the beach and enchanting starlit evenings characterize San José del Cabo, Baja California’s southern seaside retreat.
The guidebooks often describe San José del Cabo as the laid-back, quiet alternative to Cabo San Lucas, but this is an up-and-coming destination with a heart and soul all of its own. Located by the white sand beaches of Baja California’s southerly tip, San José del Cabo offers travelers endless coastline, dolphin experiences and a bar and restaurant scene that serves up the best burgers in Cabo. To inspire your trip to Baja California Sur, here are the best things to do in San José del Cabo, Mexico.
Arroyo Seco is Spanish for “dry stream” and, given the dry, almost desert-like climate of Baja California Sur, it’s no surprise that this is the name of one of the area’s major rivers. The Arroyo Seco is a long, dry riverbed in the winter months and when there’s no water you can take a stroll along its length or hire an ATV for an off-road adventure. In the wet summer season, the Arroyo Seco very much becomes a river, bringing the desert to life as flash floods sweep through, so keep an eye on the forecast.
Set amongst the slight hills that rise above Playa Hotelera, the Fonatur district is one of San José del Cabo’s most sought-after areas. Officially named Campo de Golf Fonatur, this is the place to stay if you’re in town for a round of golf. Check into a luxury apartment, then book a game at the 18-hole Club Campestre golf course. The course leads down to the beach, where you can relax post-game with a cold beer and sea views at the private beach club.
If you’re searching for a secluded beach in Baja California Sur, then drive for an hour over to the west coast, where close to the town of Todos Santos you’ll find Playa Las Palmas. Also known as Playa San Pedro, this small stretch of sand is located at the end of a rough dirt track. The white sand is lined with palm trees – which is why it’s usually called Playa Las Palmas – and the rocky outcrops protect the water here from the worst of the Pacific waves. Playa Las Palmas is far removed from the beach resorts of Cabo, so enjoy the serenity, but don’t forget to take your own beers and tacos.
Enjoy an aquatic experience like no other with a dolphin encounter at Cabo Dolphins in San José del Cabo. Get up close with Pacific bottlenose dolphins by signing up for a swim session in the water – there are “encounters” tailored for both kids and adults. Budding dolphin trainers can even spend the day learning how the trainers care for and look after the dolphins at the center. Cabo Dolphins isn’t just a tourist attraction either, as the center focuses on the rehabilitation of injured dolphins as well as training them up.