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San José del Cabo

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Location

City located in southern Baja California Sur state, Mexico. It is the seat of Los Cabos Municipality lying at a shallow bay 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Cabo San Lucas on the Gulf of California.

History

In early 1530s, the first expeditions to explore this area were carried out by Hernan Cortés. Therefore, this small town holds adventurous stories since it also once was used as a pirate hideout.

Population

The city has a population of 93,069. San José del Cabo together with Cabo San Lucas are known as Los Cabos. Together they form a metropolitan area of 305,983 inhabitants.

Education

There are both private and public higher level schools, with the highest recognition being the World University of the private sector and the Technological Institute of Higher Studies of Los Cabos (ITES) as public.

Transportation

Los Cabos has two airports: Los Cabos International Airport located in San José del Cabo that serves the San José del Cabo area and Cabo San Lucas.

And the Cabo San Lucas International Aerodrome located in Cabo San Lucas, which serves as the base for a regional airline, has air taxi service and services for general aviation.

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In a paradise where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, there is something for everyone. offers an abundance of Mexican charm and hospitality with its Spanish colonial character. The beautiful area of ​​the historic center, with pedestrian zones and the relaxed lifestyle are the things that happen in the city.

What to do

San Jose del Cabo is brimming with sublime yet adventurous activities, eye-catching attractions and exciting things to do. Showcasing historic architecture and colorful buildings in the art district downtown, an art walk through the streets – held every Thursday from November to June and the historic downtown streets of most towns are lined with local art boutiques and trendy coffee shops. If you hit it right, you can even partake in some traditional Mexican festivals such as Day of the Dead celebrations or grab a bite to eat at Sabor a Cabo, or more commonly known as Restaurant Week. Outside of the towns, golden beaches attract surfers from around the world to sample the tasty waves along the coast, usually topped off with a walk to the bars for a celebratory beverage, sampling a Baja brewery or whooping it up in the nightlife.

Restaurants

Local farm-to-table cuisine is a staple among the restaurants in San José del Cabo. Check any dining guide on the map and you will find some of the best places to eat that will satisfy a wide array of tastes. Go for tacos and seafood at Don Sanchez in the heart of downtown. Adjacent to the farm. Other restaurants in the area can be found right on the beach where you can eat with a view of the Sea of Cortez, and still others are near the city’s legendary Gallery Arts District.

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Nightlife

Although lacking the boisterous nightlife scene, San José del Cabo does offer after dark attractions, most notably at Plaza del Pescador, a shopping mall and entertainment area across from the Playa Hotelera. Clubs like: 11:11 Nightclub, El Perlado, Iguana Bar and Grill, La Casa del Vino de Baja California, La Reserva Rock & Beer Bar, Los Amigos Smoke Shop and Cigar Bar.

Art Walk

The San Jose del Cabo Art Walk is a popular weekly event held every Thursday evening from 5pm to 9pm between the months of November and June. This event was established, promoted, and organized by the Gallery District Association in the hopes of drawing art lovers and tourists away from the Main Square (Plaza Mijares) and into our color-filled back streets located behind the church.

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Estuary

Protected estuary and wildlife preserve. The San José del Cabo Estuary, located in the southern end of Baja California Sur is a freshwater wetland of great importance for migratory and shorebirds due to the scarcity of bodies of water in the Baja California Peninsula

Auniti Catholic Church

The Mission San Jose del Cabo Añuití, or Iglesia Católica San José del Cabo, was the southernmost of the missions Jesuit established during the colonial period of the history of Mexico in the territory of the Old California – corresponding to the state of Baja California Sur.

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Palmilla Golf Courses

Experience Troon Golf at Palmilla Golf Club, the first Jack Nicklaus Signature Course design in Latin America, boasting three 9-hole courses: the Mountain, the Ocean, and the Arroyo. Pick two of them for an 18-hole round with spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez on every hole. The day at Palmilla Golf Course includes greens fee, golf cart, access to the practice range and bottled water.

Plaza del Pescadero

Plaza del Pescador is a mall in front of the hotel strip in San Jose del Cabo, just a few steps from the Sea of Cortez, and a short walk away from Historical Downtown. Its location and great variety of restaurants, stores and activities are great.

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Wild Wet Fun Water Park

Wet Fun Water Aquatic Park, or Parque Acuatico Wet Fun, is located in the rural town of Caduaño, between the San José del Cabo International Airport and the town of Santiago. There are green garden areas, shaded relaxation areas, with tables and chairs.

Beaches

Costa Azul Beach:

Capital of the summer surf scene, Costa Azul is the mecca for those seeking beers, burgers, and tasty waves. Zipper’s Restaurant is the seaside hangout supreme, while the offshore Zippers is an expert-level, right-hand reef break. Two other breaks, the beginner-friendly Middle and the more difficult La Roca also draw local and visiting surfers. Sun and sand are also in great supply, and this is one of the best walking beaches in Los Cabos.

Hotel Beach:

This mile long beach expanse runs from the south side of the San Jose del Cabo estuary next to the Presidente InterContinental All Inclusive Los Cabos Resort ending at the Las Mananitas condo resort development on the south.

Palmilla Beach:

Those seeking calm waters, a family friendly area and a mile-long stretch of beach are welcome to Playa Palmilla or Palmilla Beach where you will be surrounded by oceanfront luxury homes, the world-famous One & Only Hotel resort and the world renowned Jack Nicklaus Ocean Nine golf course. On weekends, arrive early if you want a palapa or bring your own umbrella for shade.

Playa del Tesoro:

Beginning at the East end of the Playa Hotelera (Hotel Beach) in San Jose del Cabo, one will find the famed estuary of San Jose del Cabo. The freshwater lagoon has over three hundred and fifty species of wildlife and lush vegetation. Fed by underground aquifers, the river and lagoon are one of the few oases in the otherwise nearly desolate lower Baja peninsula.

Additional services
Healthcare

In addition to Mexico’s state sponsored healthcare provided via the country’s national health service, good quality healthcare services offered through private clinics with US -standard healthcare services. The privately-run out patient clinics available locally are ideal for day-to-day ailments, sprains, broken bones and other health matters which would normally be diagnosed and treated by a General Practitioner of medicine.

Auto Insurance

When you drive your car to Mexico, travel with complete peace of mind, by being properly insured. Although your U.S./Canadian car insurance policy may be comprehensive, and might also extend some limited damage coverage in Mexico, you will still need to purchase a policy that is legally valid in Mexico.

Better Quality of Life

Economic and political ties alone will not attract retirees and others to live in a foreign land; beyond the underlying strengths of the Baja region, Los Cabos offers its residents a super quality of life, with services and amenities to support a comfortable way of living.

Banks

Most have English-speaking personnel and most have branches throughout the community, including San Jose del Cabo,Cabo San Lucas and Todos Santos. You can find any type of service you are looking for to satisfy your banking needs. Most have ATMs throughout the area. Please note that all funds from ATMs are in Mexican pesos.