san josé del cabo, mexico

I’ve been to Los Cabos, Mexico prior to this trip; however, I spent my time in Cabo San Lucas in the midst of all the fun, yet, often overwhelming chaos of beachfront bars, international cuisine, and overpriced touristy stores. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an absolute blast and I’m sure I will go back to Cabo San Lucas plenty of times in the future. Honestly, prior to planning this trip, albeit only two weeks before we left, I had no idea that “Los Cabos,” or “Cabo” as many people know it, was made up of two major cities, not just the Cabo everyone thinks of for spring break destinations. It consists of both Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.

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This trip, Joe and I were looking for something a bit more peaceful, quiet, and relaxing. One of our friends suggested San Jose del Cabo, and we were easily sold, as it’s a relatively quick and inexpensive trip from SFO with plenty of direct flights. We stayed in the Zona Hotelera district, which is a strip of resorts directly on the beach. All of these resorts have the all-inclusive option. Joe and I decided to just do the all-inclusive beverages since we’re foodies and love to venture out and explore the different restaurants and local joints when we travel.

The beaches in this area are absolutely amazing and groomed to perfection. With the white sand and turquoise water in sight, its surprisingly rare to find that it looks very deserted since many of the visitors stay up on the private beach areas belonging to their respective resort. The currents are stronger in San José, so you won’t find as many swimmers, but there are plenty of beaches around that are suitable for swimming and surfing. We had a blast body surfing on the beach directly in front of our resort. Most of the resorts also have awesome swim up bars, outdoor restaurants, and beach side massages.