San Jose del Cabo Mexico – with its rich and colorful history dating back to the 1700’s – is the most laid-back community in all of Los Cabos, where an abundance of Mexican charm and hospitality find itself amid great Spanish colonial character.
For hundreds of years, San Jose del Cabo was the only community at the tip of the Baja California peninsula. With its natural freshwater oasis flowing into palm-lined lagoons at the edge of the Sea of Cortez, the area was home to Indian communities and hundreds of species of wildlife before the Spanish colonization. During pre-colonial times, it served as a water stop for Spanish vessels that were heavily laden with treasure, silks and spices from the east.
Today, San Jose del Cabo excursions run the gamut for residents and visitors alike. That’s why we have compiled the 5 best day trips from San Jose del Cabo.
1. Mountain Bike Adventure
Baja California is a narrow peninsula, often less than 50 miles (80 kilometres) wide, but nearly 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometres) long. The peninsula is a jagged finger of mountains and desert poked southward from the U.S. border (alta California) into the Pacific Ocean. Baja was ripped apart from the Mexican mainland by millions of years of geologic violence. The resulting chasm, among the deepest on the planet, was filled by the ocean to form the Sea of Cortez (also known as the Gulf of California).
The region’s geography is a dynamic mix of unspoiled desert landscape, white beaches and dramatic rock outcroppings. Because of this geological anomaly, our Mountain Bike Adventure is a dream Mexican experience and one of the premier Cabo adventure tours operating today. Whether you are an experienced cyclist or a first-time mountain biker, this Mountain Bike Adventure is an enjoyable way to experience the outback of Cabo. Expert guides will set you up on modern, custom-fitted all-terrain bikes, and take you on an enjoyable ride down cactus-lined tracks to a stunning hidden beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
As you ride, guides will teach you about the amazing flora and fauna of the area, showing you ancient cacti and plant life with natural healing properties. Keep an eye out for ospreys, red tail hawks, cara caras, California quails, roadrunners, chipmunks, deer, and foxes, as this secluded area is full of wildlife. In the winter, you may even see humpback whales offshore.
After this stunning ride through a truly unique region of Cabo that very few tourists get a chance to experience, the day will end with a regional Mexican feast and celebratory drink.
2. Sea Lion Swimming Adventure
While visiting Baja California Sur, it is definitely a must to see Espiritu Santo Island. This island found only 1 hour boat ride off the coast of La Paz, is one of the most beautiful in the Sea of Cortez, which was added to the UNESCO world heritage list in 1995.
This island has also been voted to be home to some of the most beautiful beaches of the world. This natural paradise will amaze you with its breathtaking island scenery and rich marine life.The surrounding reefs are home to parrotfish, angelfish, trumpetfish and rainbow wrasse, while many other species pass nearby including sharks, rays, turtles, dolphins, orcas and even whales.
A large sea lion colony resides on Los Islotes, off the north tip of the islands. Espiritu Santo Island also known as Galapagos of the Sea of Cortez for the interaction with the Californian Sea Lions is an activity for the whole family.
Here, you can take your adventure to the next level as you swim and snorkel alongside sea lions in this once-in-a-lifetime experience! You’ll cruise past exquisite beaches and crystal blue coves brimming with marine life before swimming and snorkeling among sea lions and awe-inspiring tropical fish, sea stars, corals and occasionally playful sea lion pups! Afterwards you’ll anchor at a secluded beach paradise and get to treat yourself to a fresh lunch and an unlimited open bar, all while relaxing under the warm Baja sun.
3. Snorkel & Sea Adventure
Discover why the famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau called the waters around Cabo “the world’s aquarium” as you journey beyond the hotel zone to secluded coves and isolated beaches on an Apex high-speed boat ride. On your way out you will stop for an up-close look at Cabo’s famous Land’s End arch and Lover’s Beach, where you can capture a photo of these spectacular natural wonders and spot the resident sea lions as they play in the water and rest on the rocks.
You’ll also get the chance to try your hand at paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling or power-snorkeling (with water scooters) in the clear waters of Cabo’s Pacific Ocean, home to rays, sea turtles and an abundance of tropical fish that live amongst the many colorful coral and rugged rock. Finally, after working up an appetite, you will finish off the adventure with a light snack and drinks.
4. Open Water Diver Certification
If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with an Open Water Diver Certification – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.
To enroll in an Open Water Diver Certification (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required. And where better to do it than Cabo, whose waters are home to some of the best scuba diving anywhere on Earth.
So take a plunge into waters which are home to great visibility and some of the most dazzling displays of soft coral and marine life you’ll ever see.
5. Whale Watching Photo Safari
Of the Cabo facts available to us, the annual migratory whales is the most wondrous. Every winter a collection of Gray, Humpback, Blue and Sperm whales migrate to the warm waters off the Baja Peninsula, where the shallower waters create ample space for them to birth and nurse their calves.
A photo captures a single moment in time, and this specialized excursion is designed to create that very moment when you encounter these majestic whales in the wild. The goal of the Whale Watching Photo Safari is to find the wildlife and enjoy those precious moments when you can sit peacefully and watch the whales and dolphins play, breach, or just hang out.
Conducted on all weather inflatable speed boats to ensure a safe and comfortable ride, the safari is guided by talented marine mammal behavior experts who are passionate about protecting wildlife and the environment. As you follow these magnificent mammals across the ocean, the professional guides’ knowledge and insight will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation for the wildlife that you will encounter during this unforgettable experience – Whale Watching Safari often compares to some of the finest Cabo sailing tours.
Formerly the more commercial of the two Cabos, in the past few years San Jose has become a haven for artists, foodies, and travelers looking for something a little more authentic than the all-inclusive resorts that Cabo is typically known for. Thoughtfully designed accommodations and incredible restaurants have quietly started drawing sophisticated travelers to San Jose. Yes, the main road is still cluttered with resorts and cheesy tourist restaurants, but a short stroll into town takes you to the quaint center square, where colorful shops, galleries, and restaurants populate the streets. It is as lovely as it sounds. San Jose del Cabo’s time is now.