This nature trail runs along the estuary of the local river and is a bird sanctuary. it also very conveniently links the beach hotels on the Malecon with the Downtown district. All told its about a 1 1/2 mile walk.
The mission was founded in 1730 by Father Nicholas Tamaral, as part of Spain's first attempt to start colonizing its northern territories to prevent incursions by other European powers. The modern structure was built in 1932 and sits on the main square in San jose
If you want to go fishing and enjoy a variety of fish to catch, go to San Jose del Cabo instead of Cabo San Lucas. It is uncrowded and away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist town Cabo. It is also cheaper and they generally do not fish the Pacific side which is usually more rough. They almost always fish the Gordo Banks. This high spot in the Sea of Cortez has everything you might want to catch.
Depending on the time of year, whale watching is guaranteed amazement around Cabo. We were there in January, which is prime time for humpback whales. We had a group of about 10 people and hired a Baja Expeditions to take us out.
It cost about $70 per person, which I thought was way too much. We had just a small boat, not much more than a dinghy, which I was surprised at. HOWEVER - we saw a lot of whales and it was a great experience.
The small boat was probably better for getting close to the whales, but the boat didn't seem to fit the $70 cost. The guide also knew exactly where to go and was knowledgeable on the whales and other wildlife.
Cacti Mundo is a small botanical park on the outskirts of San Jose del Cabo that features thousands of cactus species from all over the world. I don't particularly like cacti but there were many unique, interesting, and beautiful specimens. There is also a small gift shop on the grounds, but there isn't too much to buy except maybe some snacks. Since it's so small, I would say you could see the whole place in 30 minutes or so.
Really more of a water taxi than a tour - we went to the main beach at Cabo San Lucas and grabbed a boat ride with the first guy that harassed us. It was $10 a person - and the best $10 I may have ever spent.
The glass bottom boat took the 8 of us out toward a reef where we could see lots of fish, then out to the famous arc at the very tip of the Baja peninsula. We also saw a variety of birds and even sea lions!
The boat dropped us off at the beach, where we hung out on our own, on this very uncrowded and beautiful beach for almost 2 hours, then they picked us up and brought us back.
The beach straddles the peninsula - the bay on one say, and the very rough ocean on the other. It had great rock formations and there was hardly anyone there.
There are quite a few scuba diving and snorkeling options in the Cabo area. You can easily find a tour right in San Jose or Cabo San Lucas, however the best diving can be found in Cabo Pulmo. This is a short 30-45 minute drive from San Jose Cabo. There are two main dive companies in Cabo Pulmo.
The winds are very strong in January time frame and most dive companies cancel trips during this time. The visibility is too low during this time.
Visit the central square in San Jose Cabo. This is a small park-like area with a few shops and the most wonderful tamales I have ever eaten! A woman sets up a table every night with coolers full of tamales. They are amazingly delicious and very inexpensive!
Got up at dawn the last day and took a walk along the beach. I suddenly realized that the beach in front of me was moving. Dozens of little black creatures were struggling in and out of cavernous foot prints desperately trying to make their way to the soothing sea.
I stood and watched in astonsihment, my mouth agape. More and more of the little turtles were breaking through the sand barrier of their nest and attempting the urgent journey. But what a journey. These guys are small. A dozen or so fit in a person's hand. This sand is extremely course and malleable. The footprints left by people and dogs are gargantulan as compared to the little turtles. They would slip into a footprint, get turned over on their back, right themselves, crawl up the side of the print only to be confronted by more and more footprints. It was exhausting work. But they made it. They are relentless.
This was an overwhelming experience and probably made the whole trip worthwhile, especially since it was an unexpected occurance that I only got to see because I dragged myself out of bed early in the morning for the purpose of seeing what there was to see.
Went deep sea fishing for the first time in my life. Trying for that elusive blue marlin. The middle-aged man and the sea. That sort of thing. I was underwhlemed by the experience.
The guides did all the work. Set the lines, lures, drove the big boat, handled the bait. We sat around waiting for a bite. And sat and sat and sat. Minutes turned into hours, hours turned into days, days turned into epochs. You get the idea. Eventually we came upon a school of dolphin fish, also know as dorado and mahi-mahi. Caught a bunch of those and then headed back to the marina.
The highlight of the day was turning the bend past the rock formations and entering the harbor. All of a sudden dozens of pelicans were lined up in a pelican patrol behind our boat. The guides tossed the big birds our remaining bait which was gobbled hungrily. Yet even this experience leaves me cold upon reflection--pelicans should not be reduced to scavengers like the common sea gull. A pelican should be proud and catch its own dang dinner.
What you defenitely want to do when you come to San Jose is visiting the local beaches. But, unless you are some kind of golf pro or mission fanatic I assume it was your intention anyway. Just catch a bus or drive to Costa Azul or Playa de Palmilla. very nice beaches with clean and fine sand, blue water and, that's the bad thing - very strong currents and a wild surf. Swimming is not only very dangerous but very difficult and therefore you should stay out of the wild sea. The current is so strong that even when you walk into the water only knee-high it will suck you in and makes it very very difficult for you to get out aigain. I know because was fighting against the surf for quite some time before I reaches safe land.
Much more an authentic Mexican town than its noiser neighbor Cabo, San Jose has a nice downtown with art districts, restaurants and shops.
There are the most beautiful beaches between the two Cabos. The sand is golden and waves can be big, but spectacular. There are few sun umbrella and the opportunity to buy something to eat/drink.
Make sure you bring something to drink with you or buy it at the entrance gate. It is a long walk when it is real hot. Walk up on top of the hill for the view. Unbelievable.........
Mike and I took a glass bottom boat ride to see the land's end. It is a beautiful arch carved out by the ocean. It is where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean.