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San Jose Del Cabo Vs. Cabo San Lucas

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

San Jose Del Cabo
San Jose Del Cabo


San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas are towns located at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. They are both popular destinations with tourists from across the world and together make up the region known as Los Cabos. They are both excellent destinations for vacations, hence the reason they have millions of tourists flocking to them annually. So, it can be challenging to choose which one of the the two is better for the type of vacation you need. We will look closer at San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas to see the major differences between the two towns and consider the attractions available in each.

San Jose del Cabo

San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas are separated by a tourist corridor. It can be agreed that both provide tourists with an authentic Mexican experience. But San Jose del Cabo is known more for its charming historical center, and not just the beautiful beaches or laid-back atmosphere. This is a great place to stay if you want to escape the crowds and enjoy the surrounding attractions, while feeling like you are experiencing Mexico as you would imagine it.

The main attractions of San Jose del Cabo are the historical sites. It hosts several landmarks and is home to architecturally-stunning colonial-style buildings, as well as the cultural center, San Jose Estuary Nature Reserve, and the mission churches. San Jose del Cabo also has some beautiful beaches. Two examples are Playa del Mijares and Playa del Amor - also known as Lovers' Beach. The beaches offer many great experiences for water sports and swimming, but are also perfect if you just want to soak up some rays. The town also has several luxury resorts for those who would like to reside in opulence while there.

church in san jose del cabo
Church in San Jose Del Cabo

Cabo San Lucas

Like San Jose Del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas has some top range 5 Star resorts and iconic landmarks. However, it is the place to go to if you are looking for vibrant nightlife. It is also a major tourist destination for travelers who want to explore the nearby peaks and many visitors like to go mountain biking while there. You can also view the famous rock formation, known as the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, when you stay here. Cabo San Lucas offers more of an upscale vacation and there is more action and adventure than in San Jose Del Cabo.

the arch of cabo san lucas
The Arch of Cabo San Lucas

The Arch (El Arco, in Spanish) rock formation is located in the southern part of the Baja California Peninsula, and is typically enjoyed by visitors for photo ops and sightseeing tours.

There are several luxurious resorts in Cabo San Lucas, such as Sandos Finisterra and Hacienda Encantada. Additionally, there are many trendy clubs, upmarket restaurants and lively bars to visit. The town is known for its wide variety of nightlife choices. Cabo San Lucas also has swimmable beaches , as well as lots of activities such as ATV riding, deep sea fishing and scuba diving.


Both towns have unique and different things to do and the best part is, you can book a hotel break in one and travel to the other as and when you please. Both are in close proximity to each other. Book a taxi or jump on a bus and be in the other town in about 20 minutes. Choosing which one to stay in depends on your personal preferences and what you love most while on vacation. Cabo San Lucas is, however, best for anyone interested in events and nightlife because of its party atmosphere. For people with families and those wanting a quiet, chilled out place to stay, San Jose del Cabo definitely offers a more laid-back vacation.

View a selection of Resorts in both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, by clicking here.

Victor Mark

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