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Cabo San Lucas vs San Jose del Cabo

Cabo San Lucas vs San Jose del Cabo

Named as one of the best places to visit in 2019, Los Cabos is rapidly becoming Mexico’s leading holiday spot and we can certainly see why!

Perched on the sunny tip of Baja, the weather is hot, the beaches aplenty and there’s two drastically distinct towns to choose from. Sitting either end of its 20-mile coastal corridor you’ll find San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, let’s work out which resort is for you?

Culture vs Clubbing

Culture

San Jose del Cabo

An artsy retreat filled with Spanish colonial architecture, this charming town offers a true taste of local culture. Its historic centre dates all the way back to the early 1500’s, once used as a pirate hideout and stop off point for Spanish sailing vessels laden with treasure  this place has so many stories to tell.

Art admirers will be in their element at the Gallery District which showcases masterpieces from all over the world. Plus if you’re there on a Thursday between November-June you’ll be able to take place in the weekly Art Walk. Here you’ll find traditional Mexican art, local creations and live music performances down its cobble-stoned streets.

Clubbing

Cabo San Lucas

Sipping tequila-fuelled cocktails on the beach or lording the dance floor until the early hours, whatever your definition of nightlife you’ll be happy here. Sports bars, microbreweries, live music and late-night dance clubs pepper the town centre so you definitely won’t be short on choice.

Spend your afternoons kicking back on Medano Beach, working your way through the all-day happy hour cocktails at Mango Deck or absorbing the stunning views of Land’s End at the Office on the Beach bar. Followed by some after dark action at the energetic El Squid Roe three-storey nightclub or rocking complex Cabo Wabo – owned by American rock star Sammy Hagar.

Foodies vs Adventurers

Foodies

San Jose del Cabo

Thanks to its idyllic geographical location, Los Cabos serves up all of the mouth-watering seafood you’d expect. Indulge in Mexican-Veracruz style sea bass, grilled octopus and freshly caught lobster. Of course, these delicious dining options can be found in both towns however, San Jose del Cabo offers something you wouldn’t expect  a farm-to-table scene.

Here, a number of farms use their fruits and veggies to whip up amazing dishes straight from the field to your table. A well-known favourite is Flora Farms  offering 25 acres of organic goodness you can dine in their very own field based restaurant. It’s also home to the traditional Mercado Organico farmers market.

Adventurers

Cabo San Lucas

For those after adventure, Cabo San Lucas has more than enough activities to cater to adrenaline junkies. We’re talking fly-boarding over the brilliantly blue sea, zip-lining high above washed-out canyons and off-roading the Baja California Sur dirt racetracks.

But, the main thing to do here is take a trip to El Arco. Catch a glass-bottom boat from the marina to the dramatic arching stone cliff- Land’s End. This natural wonder provides a perfect photo opportunity, as do the sea lions you’re guaranteed to spot along the way. You’ll need your wetsuits at the ready as this area’s a hot spot for scuba diving too.

Traditional vs Touristy

Traditional

San Jose del Cabo

Discover traditional Mexican charm in the sleepier resort of the two- San Jose del Cabo. By day, head to the main square- Plaza Mijares to explore its laid-back local shopping scene. By night, expect family-run bars, cobbled side-street restaurants and quiet evenings of live Mexican music and bonfire sing-a-longs.

If you want even more peace and quiet, head to the tranquil San Jose Estuary. A place that has long been an important refuge for birds, wildlife and people. With over 200 bird species to encounter, nature lovers will definitely be impressed.

Touristy

Cabo San Lucas

Starting off as nothing but a fishing village, the beautiful beaches and rich marine life have transformed Cabo San Lucas into one of the most popular tourist destinations. Not to mention it’s a favourite of A-list celebs like Jennifer Aniston, George Clooney and Cameron Diaz.

This comes as no surprise with its world-class marina and impressive 5* luxury resorts. And as far as beaches go, they’re up there with some of Mexico’s best. The secluded Lover’s Beach, opposing Divorce Beach and lively Medano Beach all offer something different.

After finding out the difference between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, if you still can’t decide between the two, the good news is you can plonk yourself in the middle on its Tourist Corridor. The miles long desert strip is lined with luxury-spa hotels and championship golf courses, all of which are a stone’s throw away from Mexico’s most stunning shores. Take a look at our Los Cabos holidays.