San José del Cabo is often overshadowed by its Capes neighbor Cabo San Lucas in regards to press coverage, but the city certainly doesn’t need to take a back seat in terms of fine dining, fine beaches, and excellent hotel and resort options. In fact, the best of San José’s accommodations offer a pitch perfect mix of elegantly appointed rooms and suites, first-class amenities and on-site dining, as well as the area’s signature and spectacular Sea of Cortés views.
Playa Hotelera, or Hotel Beach, begins just west of the San Jose Estuary with a mile long expanse of golden sand beach that is home to many of the larger all-inclusive resorts such as Cabo Azul, Grand Mayan, Barcelo Palace Deluxe, Royal Solaris, and Hola Grand Faro. With its stunning architecture and artfully appointed villas, Cabo Azul is one of the crown jewels of Playa Hotelera. The resort is particularly popular for weddings and renewal of vow ceremonies, thanks in large part to their beautiful five-story open-air chapel, and excellent reception areas.
Image: Cabo Azul
Playa Acapulquito, also known as Old Man’s Beach, lies farther west than Playa Hotelera, and is known both for its excellent surfing and its even more remarkable surf-themed lodging, Cabo Surf Hotel. This intimate 22-room boutique resort seamlessly blends high end villas with surfer chic appointments, and some of the best and most romantic dining available anywhere in Los Cabos courtesy of 7 Seas Seafood Grille. The Cabo Surf Shop will take care of your board rentals after breakfast.
Punta Palmilla, or Palmilla Point, is located at the southwestern corner of San José’s bay, and is home to perhaps the most famous of all Los Cabos resorts, One & Only Palmilla. This iconic hotel has changed a lot since the 1950s, when Hollywood stars would fly down for a chance at bagging over-sized marlin and sailfish. Sixty years later, the Hollywood stars fly down for oceanfront suites, pampering spa services, and golf at one of the world’s top ranked courses, Palmilla Golf Club.