Over time, San Jose del Cabo has developed into a unique destination. And as you begin to explore this part of the world, you’ll find a richly varied culture bursting with color. There’s more here than meets the eye, but experiencing Baja culture for those who take the plunge is worth every moment.
And of the remaining San Jose del Cabo excursions on offer, nature lovers will immediately be inclined to enjoy the Wildlife Estuary, which is home to the largest body of freshwater in southern Baja. For more than 250 years it has furnished drinking and irrigation water for the town. It has long been an important refuge for birds, other wildlife, and people. In 1994 it was designated a State Ecological Reserve. Today, the 2,880 acre (1,165 hectare) reserve is surrounded by agricultural lands, and many tourist developments, which pose challenging threats and obstacles to the estuary’s conservation and making it even more important to the region’s birds.
The downtown area boasts great lookout points for whale watching, as well as historic architecture, such as the 18th century Mision de San Jose del Cabo Anuiti, and the 19th century City Hall, whose courtyard features murals depicting Baja life in previous eras.
Elsewhere, aficionados of fine art and fine dining can explore the historic art district, with its chic galleries and upscale restaurants.
However, if you find yourself in San Jose del Cabo around Mexico’s Independence Day, get ready for fireworks, colorful banners and an all-night party that concludes in a spectacular bonfire. For the first-time visitor, it’s a great introduction to Mexican culture and the exuberant art of celebration in Baja California.