In Mexico, on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, the municipality of Los Cabos is located and consists of four main areas:
East Cape Natural, Rustic, Isolated
Time is meaningless in this area where fishermen go to catch their limit, hang out and tell stories
San Jose del Cabo Traditional, Picturesque, Original
Centered by a Plaza and Cathedral, offering visitors the quiet charm of colonial Mexico It is the county seat of Los Cabos, and Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) is located here.
Tourist Corridor Sophisticated, Exclusive, Discerning
The most outstanding hotels and golf courses are held along a 30-mile long beach strip.
Cabo San Lucas Upbeat, Exciting, Vibrant
Blessed with great beaches for playing all kinds of water sports, marlin sportfishing, the Marina and dazzling nightlife!
Getting to Los Cabos
Cabo San Lucas is closer than you think—just a short flight from most U.S. international airports. You can make your great escape to the land's end in just a few hours!
Commercial jet service to San José del Cabo International Airport (SJD) is provided by Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, United, Northwest, Frontier, America West, Mexicana, Aero Mexico and Aero California airlines.
There are non-stop flights from San Diego, Los Angeles, Ontario, San Jose (CA), San Francisco, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, and Las Vegas into Los Cabos.
Connecting flights are available from Sacramento, Portland, Detroit, Boston, Newark, New York, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Saint Louis, Miami, Albuquerque, Austin, Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.
Charming is the word most often used when someone is asked to describe San Jose del Cabo. The old buildings of the historic center, the overwhelming presence of the Parroquia San José church along with the inviting atmosphere of the main plaza, all share in the responsibility for this very appropriate description of the city, San Jose del Cabo instills a sense of old Mexican charm into the harsh desert landscape and beautiful coastline that surround the city. Old customs and traditions prevail here and time seems to be nothing more than a symbol of the modern world...a symbol that is very easily ignored by many of the locals and visitors alike.
San Jose del Cabo was officially founded as a mission in 1730. The first expeditions to explore the area were carried out by Cortés, as early as 1535. The rich and colorful history of San Jose del Cabo includes pirates, Jesuit missionaries and Indian uprisings. Stories of the colorful past have been handed down over generations and can be heard, even today, coming from the lips of the locals in the town square.
San Jose del Cabo is the county seat of Los Cabos and therefore the city bustles with the daily business of local government and the stress placed upon the city by the incredible popularity and growth of the area. The hustle and bustle just seems to fade into the background more easily here than in other busy cities.
San Jose del Cabo is a city of neat and clean residential neighborhoods, some new and some that are very old. The newer neighborhoods seem to be spreading out to the north and west of the historic center. The very first golf course in southern Baja is located here and although the municipal course offers but nine holes, it is still a lot of fun and very affordable. There are many nice homes built around the golf course, which is near the beach in an expanding area of the city. The 40,000 residents enjoy a comfortable and healthy lifestyle. There are jobs here for anyone who wants to work and the zero unemployment factor results in a high quality lifestyle, with very little crime.
A beautiful protected estuary covers a large area on the southeast edge of the city. Over 100 species of birds inhabit the estuary along with a variety of turtles, fish and some pretty exotic marine mammals. Bird watching can be incredible and is easily accomplished from many different angles. ATV and Kayak tours are also of the estuary area are available. The easiest way to get to the estuary is to go the the far east end of the hotel zone, near the Hotel Presidente, there you will find a viewing area by the Italian restaurant. There are also horses and ATV's available to rent nearby.
Big changes on the horizon...a long rumored marina will actually start taking shape within the next few months. This time it is more than a rumor, the developers are well known, have deep pockets and a track record of success. This project, known as Puerto Los Cabos, will encompass much more than just the 535 slip marina. The master plan calls for a whole new resort community along the shores of the Sea of Cortez, where the village of La Playita is now located. The new community will integrate the existing village and will include the marina complex, mission/museum, ecological/culture park, luxury residences, fishing, and two championship golf courses. The residential area and golf courses will cover the foothills that lie directly to the east of La Playita and also includes a section of beachfront lots. A special part of the marina will be set aside for the current Panga Fleet and the plan is to include restaurants, shopping and hotels. We will keep updating the progress of this mega project that will certainly be changing the character of the whole San Jose del Cabo area, hopefully for the better.
San Jose del Cabo offers a great vacation experience for the entire family. San Jose is easy to get to and once you are here you instantly forget the rat race back home and ease into a special pace, a much slower pace. Be careful, this is something that could easily become habit forming. Activities abound for all ages, golf, surfing, water sports, boating, fishing, ATV's, horseback riding, shopping and numerous other activities are all here, just waiting for you. Relaxation seems to come naturally her but if "party till you drop" is the mood of the evening, you can always go to Cabo San Lucas.
San Jose del Cabo Beaches
San Jose del Cabo is laid out much different than most beach resorts. The downtown area is actually about a mile away from the beach. What most would consider the main beach, in the hotel zone, is really not that popular and not all that safe for swimming much of the year. Costa Azul, an area of resort condos, is probably the most popular beach in San Jose del Cabo. The very west end of this long stretch of beach is home to San Jose's popular surfing breaks. To the east of San Jose is La Playita, the popular starting point for the areas panga fleet. To the east of La Playita lie miles and miles of deserted beaches, in an area known as the East Cape. This stretch of the shoreline of the Sea of Cortez is getting more popular yearly and for good reason. The dirt road that lingers along this stretch of beach is famous for being in terrible shape, although the government has been promising to pave it for years. A trip along the East Cape can be a rewarding experience, it can also be a bit rough on your tailbone. There are also many quiet beaches and coves located in the Corridor between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
Cabo San Lucas, where the sea, sun and desert join to cast an air of mystery and romance over all who visit. Cabo was once a tranquil fishing village and, in times long ago, a hangout for pirates. Although no longer the fishing village of old, and not many of the old pirates are seen around town any more, the magic of Cabo remains.
Cabo is still small and charming by any standards, with a population of under 40,000. And with the number of activities available to the visitor, you could easily imagine that you are in a giant amusement park. Golf has become a major factor in the Cabo San Lucas equation, with five championship courses complete and more on the way, Los Cabos has quietly become the golf capital of México.
Cabo has come of age. Located at the southernmost tip of the magnificent Baja peninsula, Cabo has been blessed with what many describe as the perfect climate. Average year-round temperature is 78 degrees, it is a little cooler in the winter and a bit warmer in the summer. For years Cabo was the remote playground reserved solely for private yacht owners. They flocked here to be near "Marlin Alley", as the waters around Cabo have often been described. The name is well deserved, as Cabo San Lucas is the undisputed billfish capital of the world.
But Cabo is far from remote these days, and the attraction of this magical spot is no longer limited to marlin fishing. Cabo can be, many different things to people. Cabo San Lucas has become known as a perfect vacation spot for the entire family. Cabo can be as quiet, romantic and relaxing as any secret hideaway. It can also be as lively as anyone can possibly imagine. If your wish is to enjoy a quiet candlelight dinner, "muy romantico", beside the shimmering sea for just the two of you, we have some of the most romantic dining spots on the face of the earth. If golf, water sports, boating, fishing, ATV's, horseback riding and numerous other activities are what you seek, they're all here, waiting for you. If "party till you drop" is the mood of the evening, Cabo has got it for you, big time!
Cabo San Lucas Beaches
We've got the beaches! From the main beach at Playa Medano, one of the great people watching spots in the world, to quiet Playa del Amor (Lover's Beach) a short boat ride away. There are the countless quiet coves, where you'll most likely find no other footprints in the sand. Miles and miles of deserted beaches, on both the Pacific coast and the shoreline of the Sea of Cortez, make for an unbelievable vacation area; the kind beach lovers dream of. Snorkeling at either of the beautiful bays of Santa Maria or Chileno seems to be the very reason snorkeling was invented.