San Jose del Cabo & Surrounding Area of Los Cabos
Los Cabos (the capes) is anchored by the sister cities of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. The twenty mile highway that connects them, the tourist corridor, offers magnificent hotels, excellent restaurants, many championship Cabo golf courses, and the most gorgeous beaches in Mexico.
Exploring Nature in San Jose del Cabo
Whale watching in Los Cabos during December thru March you can admire one of the most beautiful natural phenomena to occur on Mexico's coast: the courtship, mating and birth process of the gray whale. The Cabo Rey, as well as others, offer dining and whale watching cruises touring Land's End, Lover's Beach, and El Arco to view these magnificent creatures. Don't forget your camera!
From June thru December sea turtles nest and hatch in Los Cabos. Several hotels, including the Hotel Presidente down the street from our condo and by the San Jose estuary, participate in the turtle release program. In order to protect the species, as nests are found along the beach they are transferred to a holding area for safety. They are then safely released on the beaches of the Sea of Cortez after hatching. Contact the Hotel Presidente for dates and times to watch this event.
Bahia Santa Maria is a horse-shoe shaped bay and is a Protected Marine Sanctuary. It is a great beach for snorkeling and swimming with schools of brightly colored marine life. (There are no facilities and little shade, morning is the best time to visit.) Many boats have snorkeling tours to Bahia Santa Maria as well as Playa Bahia Chileno.
Year-round the San Jose Estuary and Bird Sanctuary is home to many native and migratory birds. The most scenic times to visit are at sunrise and sunset.
Restaurants in San Jose del Cabo
Restaurants in San Jose del Cabo are plentiful, from casual taco stands to elegant French restaurants.
Downtown, The Tropicana Restaurant offers Mexican favorites with strolling Mariachi singers thru dinner on Friday & Saturday nights. On Blvd Mijares. Tel 142-4147
El Chilar’s Restaurant has an ever-changing menu of creative Nuevo Mexican dishes that has never failed to please us and an extensive selection of wines & tequilas. On Benito Juarez & Morelus, near Telmex. Tel 142-2544
Rusty Putter Bar & Grill is the local sports bar for casual dining with a fabulous view of the ocean & relaxing atmosphere under a beautiful palapa. Behind the Mega Market. Miniature golf on the premises.
Dante's is a very casual sports bar & very inexpensive. Good food & good portions. On Pescadora across from The Hangman's Restaurant (very good we hear but bring your own wine, etc).
See our travel page for an area map with locations.
San Jose del Cabo and Los Cabos Area Beaches
Playa Bahia Chileno, located on Hwy 1 at Km 14.5, is a great family beach for swimming, snorkeling and diving. It has shade palms, facilities, and services. For surfing, Playa Costa Azul and Playa Acapulquito are the beaches to head to. Located at Km 28.5, here you will also find Zipper’s Restaurant and a convenience store.
Cabo Golf Courses
Although our condo is located on the Mayan Palace Golf course, there are also championship Cabo golf courses close by such as Palmilla Golf Club, Cabo Real Golf Club and at Cabo del Sol, the Ocean or Desert Course. Booking in advance is advised.
Puerto Los Cabos
The largest marina to be built in Mexico, is located just minutes from downtown San Jose del Cabo. Phase 1 of the marina (100 slips) and 9 holes of golf designed by Jack Nicklaus is expected to be open by mid 2008.