Unlike its more tourist-oriented neighbour Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo is a city of sophisticated charms, and it retains a great deal of Spanish colonial character. From the Thursday night Art Walk tour that provides vacationers with an excellent introduction to the many downtown galleries, to outdoor pursuits that take advantage of the area's natural beauty San José del Cabo has it all. Nature lovers will enjoy the Wildlife Estuary, and aficionados of fine art and fine dining can explore the historic art district, with its chic galleries and upscale restaurants. In addition to its many eclectic art galleries, the city is also rich in traditional Mexican arts and crafts. Plaza Artesanos, situated near San José del Cabo's historic district, is home to over 75 vendors selling bags, blankets, ceramics, and other handmade creations from some of the country's premier craftsmen. San Jose del Cabo is home to many excellent late-night options, from beachfront standouts like Zipper's to salsa dancing at Deckman's and other local supper clubs. Perhaps the most famous of the city's offerings is the original incarnation of Baja's only microbrewery, Baja Brewing Company. Visitors can sample their superb array of craft beers, which include bottled treasures like Cabotella, and seasonal drafts such as Escorpion Negro.
San Jose del Cabo has many great activities options. The zipline tours by Canopy Costa Azul Xtreme combine scenic views with hair-raising thrills, as visiting adventurers take in spectacular ocean views while racing high above the canyon floor. Walks along the Wildlife Estuary are also popular, particularly with bird watchers and those interested in the local flora and fauna.
Playa Hotelera, or Hotel Beach, is rimmed with many of San José del Cabo's all-inclusive resorts, but in addition to its many luxurious lodgings with spectacular Sea of Cortez views and private beach access, the city also has many boutique hotels and value-oriented accommodations. Barcelo Palace Deluxe is one of the best of the large seaside resorts, with lush appointments and high-end amenities. Some of the area's most incredible fine dining restaurants are located on-site at intimate and upscale boutique hotels such as Mi Cocina at Casa Natalia, and 7 Seas Seafood Grille at Cabo Surf Hotel.