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How to Spend 1 Day in San José del Cabo

How to Spend 1 Day in San José del Cabo

The laid-back half of the two resort towns that make up Los Cabos—the other is Cabo San Lucas—San José del Cabo blends beautiful beaches with great food, shopping, and dining. With one day in San José del Cabo, combine saltwater exploring with a colorful introduction to  local culture. Here’s how to make the most of your time.

 

Morning: Head for the Water

Dip your toes in the Sea of Cortez for a salty introduction to San José del Cabo’s gorgeous coastline, which goes from surf beaches to whale habitat. Options for exploring from San José del Cabo include surf lessons, whale-watching cruises, snorkeling trips, flyboarding, scuba diving, and more. If you’re hoping to spend time beneath the surface and you’re not a certified scuba diver, you can even join a beginner-friendly scuba trip that’s designed to get you in the water without days of classroom time.

Afternoon: Culture or Cuisine

Cabo San Lucas has the parties, but San José del Cabo keeps up with a vibrant art scene, diverse dining culture, and some of the best shopping around. Spend the afternoon exploring the town’s shopping options, which include upscale boutiques, elegant jewelry shops, and handmade-craft shops, while galleries feature work by both local and international artists. Alternatively, if you’re craving a delicious introduction to the superfresh cuisine of Baja California Sur—which places locally caught seafood front and center—check out a few local restaurants, take a foodie tour of downtown, or sign up for a cooking class. Classes can be a great opportunity to learn the building blocks of local foods, and you’ll finish with recipes that you can reproduce at home.

Night: Sunset Cruising

Catch sunset light as you set sail for an evening boat trip from San José del Cabo, sipping a tropical drink and watching the sun dip over Baja California. Since many sunset cruises include snacks or even a full dinner, it’s a fun start to the evening that saves you a second restaurant booking; choose between options such as laid-back sailing trips and party cruises fueled by dances and drinking.

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Los Cabos Luxury Sailing, Snorkel and Lunch Cruise

Los Cabos Luxury Sailing, Snorkel and Lunch Cruise

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Sail across the shimmering seas of the Cabo coast on a luxury snorkel and lunch cruise from Los Cabos. Soak up the Mexican sunshine on board a yacht, sipping cocktails or sparkling wine from the open bar. Snorkel in the ocean to discover troves of tropical fish and coral reefs before feasting upon a lunch of international specialties. Personalized attention from your guide is guaranteed on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 20 people.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.00
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Los Cabos Reef Snorkeling Cruise

Los Cabos Reef Snorkeling Cruise

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Experience Cabo San Lucas’ wild[life] side on this family‐friendly snorkeling cruise! Sail upon the crystal waters of Chileno Bay with expert guides who offer insight about the surrounding area. At the diving location, don your snorkeling gear and hop into the water to spot brilliantly colored coral and tropical fish. Maybe even see a passing whale pod! Your trip includes an open bar and a sumptuous lunch.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.99
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$49.99
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Los Cabos Deluxe Shopping and City Tour

Los Cabos Deluxe Shopping and City Tour

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Los Cabos is a shopper's delight and there's no better way to discover this amazing city than a deluxe tour with time for shopping built right in. Learn about Cabos past, present and culture as you visit a traditional glass blowing factory, peruse fine selections of handcrafted ceramics and silver, and even stop for a tequila tasting. The tour concludes with a complimentary lunch at a local restaurant where you can show off your newly made purchases.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.99
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Los Cabos Sunset Dinner Cruise

Los Cabos Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Admire the Los Cabos' sunset from the water on this lively dinner cruise. This excursion takes you out on the Pacific, where you’ll catch views of sun‐swept beaches, local wildlife, and striking rock formations. Unwind, dance and play games with family and friends—new and old—as you experience another piece of paradise. Indulge in delicious local cuisine at the Mexican buffet and a domestic open bar.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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Organic Cooking Class in San Jose del Cabo

Organic Cooking Class in San Jose del Cabo

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Tour an organic farm and learn traditional Mexican cooking from one of Cabo San Lucas’s top chefs on this half-day culinary experience. After a convenient hotel pickup, tour the historic 17-acre Los Tamarindos estate with an organic farmer. Collect produce, learn about organic agriculture, and prepare for a hands-on half-day intensive with chef Enrique Silva. Then, feast on the delicious lunch that you have helped prepare.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$169.00
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Private Luxury Sailing Cruise in Los Cabos with Lunch and Open Bar

Private Luxury Sailing Cruise in Los Cabos with Lunch and Open Bar

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Cruise the Sea of Cortez aboard your own private sailboat from Cabo San Lucas. Book a 45-foot (13.7-meter) sailboat for up to 12 people, or opt for a 50-foot (15.24-meter) boat that accommodates your private group of up to 15. See the scenic Sea of Cortez coast, snorkel in a secluded bay, or just enjoy the sun on deck as the crew serves up a gourmet lunch and drinks from the open bar. This half-day cruise includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Cabo San Lucas.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,399.00
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Hydro JetPack (flyboard) for Kids & Beginners

Hydro JetPack (flyboard) for Kids & Beginners

Learn the thrilling sport of flyboarding during your Baja California vacation with this 1-hour experience in San Jose del Cabo. Start with a 30-minute lesson followed by 30 minutes of flyboard practice, working with an experienced instructor inside the marina where you are protected from wind, waves, and other boats. Family and friends are welcome to watch at no extra cost.
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  • 1 hour
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$199.00
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BEGINNERS SURF LESSON in Los Cabos

BEGINNERS SURF LESSON in Los Cabos

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Try surfing for the first time without getting intimidated by more experienced surfers. This surfing class for beginners along Baja's Southern Coast near Los Cabos is the perfect introduction to the sport. An instructor gives you a lesson on land, and you can practice your skills until you feel confident to hit the water. Then, afterward, you get 1-on-1, useful feedback from your instructor. This Los Cabos surfing class includes snacks and beverages, too.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$80.00
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Discover Scuba (First Time Divers)

Discover Scuba (First Time Divers)

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Explore the underwater world of Cabo San Lucas on this half-day scuba diving adventure. Perfect for the beginner, the dive includes a tutorial and safety briefing, and two open water dives—one in a shallow, sandy-bottom water and another with a maximum depth of 40 feet. Experience what the legendary marine conservationist and explorer Jacques Cousteau called “the world’s aquarium”— and enjoy complimentary photos of your dive. 
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.00
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