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Explore the Beauty of San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Welcome to San Jose del Cabo, a captivating city nestled in the enchanting landscapes of southern Baja California Sur, Mexico. Discover the allure of Saint Joseph of the Cape, known for its rich history, natural wonders, and vibrant culture.

Location and Overview

San José del Cabo, often pronounced as [saŋ xoˈse ðel ˈkaβo], is a picturesque city located on the Gulf of California, just 32 kilometers (20 miles) northeast of the renowned Cabo San Lucas. It proudly serves as the seat of Los Cabos Municipality, forming a harmonious duo with Cabo San Lucas, collectively known as Los Cabos.


As of the 2020 Census, the city is home to a thriving community of 136,285 residents.[5] Together with its neighboring counterpart, Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo is a sought-after destination for travelers worldwide, boasting over 900,000 hotel guests in 2011.[6]

Historical Charm

Immerse yourself in history as you visit the Mission San Jose del Cabo, founded in 1730 on the west bank of the meandering Río San José. This river flows into a lush estuary, the largest source of freshwater in southern Baja California Sur. For over two and a half centuries, it has provided essential drinking and irrigation water for the town, initially serving as a vital source for Spanish galleons returning from the Philippines.[7] While the river used to flow above ground, it now flows underground due to anthropogenic changes. A scenic one-kilometer-long sandbar separates the estuary from the breathtaking San José del Cabo Bay, once referred to by early Spanish explorers, including Sebastian Vizcaino, as the Bahía de San Bernabé or Bay of San Bernabé.[9]

Unique Biodiversity

San Jose del Cabo is renowned as one of the two places where the rare and nearly extinct rice rat Oryzomys peninsulae has been discovered, highlighting the city’s unique ecological significance.[10]

Geography and Climate

The city’s stunning geography is complemented by its tropical desert climate, categorized as Köppen BWh. Unlike most regions further north on the Baja California peninsula, San Jose del Cabo receives comparatively more rainfall, often influenced by occasional tropical cyclones from the south. These cyclones can bring heavy downpours, with memorable events such as 340 millimeters (13.4 inches) of rain on the first of September 1998 and 316 millimeters (12.4 inches) on November 3, 1993. Despite this, rainfall remains notably erratic, with some years passing by without significant precipitation.

Enjoy the warm embrace of the sea, where winter sees temperatures as low as 72–73 °F (22–23 °C), while the summer months offer highs of 77–84 °F (25–29 °C).[11]


San José del Cabo 📸 The Cabo Magazine
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San Jose del Cabo invites you to explore its natural wonders, cultural treasures, and warm hospitality. Whether you’re seeking history, adventure, or relaxation, this charming city has something special in store for every traveler. Plan your unforgettable journey to San Jose del Cabo today! The Cabo Magazine is always showing you the best of Baja California Sur

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