People who travel to San José del Cabo often don't think of it as its own town—after all, it's one half of "Cabo," or Los Cabos, along with its neighboring town, Cabo San Lucas. Both sit at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez. But San José del Cabo is undoubtedly the more studious of the two siblings, with its art galleries, colorful adobe homes and beautiful jacaranda trees. Cabo San Lucas, on the other hand, is the party-loving wild child. The good news is that when you visit San José del Cabo, you can easily experience a bit of both: San José del Cabo is a sophisticated town where you can stroll, eat and sleep, with easy access to Cabo San Lucas's party zone if you want it.
Things Not to Miss in San José del Cabo
Read Travel + Leisure's San José del Cabo travel guide to plan your trip. Be sure to make time for some of the most popular sights and activities, including:
• Strolling the main square, Plaza Mijares
• Browsing the galleries in the Art District
• The Mission of San José del Cabo church
• Whale-watching tours
When to Go to San José del Cabo
Weather-wise, San José del Cabo travel season lasts all year round. Here are some factors to consider as you plan your trip:
Peak season. In terms of prices and crowds, peak season runs from December until Easter, which includes a number of Spring Break weeks starting in March. Even if you don't like crowds, peak season is worthwhile if you're interested in watching the migrating whales, which pass through the region's waters during that time.
Rainy Season. You'll be more likely to experience rain, or even the occasional hurricane, from July through October, but the prices drop nicely as a reward for your risk. Anglers will want to visit San José del Cabo in October, when there is a huge fishing tournament, Bisbee's Black and Blue.