San Jose del Cabo offers visitors some of Mexico’s most dramatic scenery and natural surroundings with a clear blue sky, giant cacti in exotic shapes, abundant marine life, the calm waters of the Cortes Sea which magnifies the fantastic colors at sunset, the burnt desert earth that is home to many deer and last but not least, the unique coloring of the pitahayas.
San Jose is the oldest town in the Los Cabos area and its provincial flavor still remains in its cobbled streets and squares and also in the spontaneity of the locals.
A walk through the town gives you the chance to discover its enchanting nooks and crannies, transformed into arts and crafts shops or restaurants with interior courtyards full of plants, with a cuisine to satisfy even the most demanding palate.
The San Jose Mission is in the heart of the town and is one of the most attractive and best preserved missions of northern Mexico. In the surrounding area, many luxury house estates, golf courses and seaside hotels have been developed, making San José del Cabo an excellent family tourist destination.
San Jose is rich in tradition and culture and in the past formed the backdrop of many important historical events. In addition, its hotel area has many excellent facilities for you to enjoy: golf, fishing, surfing, snorkeling, cycling and more.
You can enjoy excellent vegetarian meals, beauty treatment in the local Spas and marvel at the San Jose Bay, an oasis between the beach and the desert and which has been made a protected area, ideal for bird watching.
San Jose del Cabo is part of the region known as Los Cabos that also includes Cabo Este (La Paz), San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. All three are in the Baja California Sur Peninsula which, according to the oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, has the world’s most beautiful and richest marine environment.
San Jose is at 23 degrees, 04 minutes latitude north and 109 degrees, 43 minutes longitude west. It is 183 kilometers from La Paz and 33 kilometers from Cabo San Lucas and the Cabos covers an area of 1,312 hectares and its current population is around 50 thousand. It has the fastest growing population in Mexico.
The ancient and local culture has been portrayed in cave paintings and petroglyphs. Years later, the area was inhabited by the legendary Pericúes, “clean in body and soul”.
These people were the strongest and most graceful of the three semi-nomadic tribes that lived in the Peninsula, although they were also a slothful and quarrelsome people. Also, they also had to live in a very inhospitable climate with long droughts and storms. These difficult conditions not only impeded the progress of their culture but also contributed to the loss of their ancestors legacy.
This old shelter the port was originally called “Añutí” and subsequently sailors named it “Agua Segura” (safe water). In the XVI century, the Spanish Sebastian Vizcaino, named the area “San Bernabe”, and it was only in 1730 that this beautiful and historic city was officially founded.
The town was named San Jose by the Jesuit missionary and missionary builder, Nicolas Tamaral in honor of Don Jose de la Fuente Peña, the Marquis of Villafuente who made a large donation to the Mission. The suffix “del Cabo” was added to distinguish it from San Jose de Comundú and because it was close to Cabo San Lucas (San Lucas Bay).
Location from the Airport
The San Jose del Cabo international airport is 10 minutes from the city on the Trans-Peninsular Highway, kilometer 43.5, Fraccionamiento Las Veredas. Tel. number: (114) 6-5111
San Jose del Cabo is at GMT -05.00 hours. In Mexico the Schedule of Summer of the rest of the countries of the world is applied on a par, thus advances to the clock one hour between the months of April and October, although by this occasion the hour movement will become of May to September.
The official currency is Peso. Being a tourist destiny, in San jose many hotels, restaurants and other lenders of services receive dollars to the type of change of the date in which the service is lent.
The region of San Jose del Cabo has a hot, semi-humid climate and receives a prevailing sea breeze from the south west, in addition to winds from the west and the south in spring, from the south and south west in the summer, from the north east in the autumn and from north and north east in the winter. There is heavy rainfall in September, up to 320 mm and there is some cyclonic activity.