Visit San Jose del Cabo: The Mission and More

Rich with history and culture, the sister city to Cabo San Lucas offers visitors a beautiful glimpse into the region's past.
San Jose del Cabo

Visit San Jose del Cabo: The Mission and More

Searching for a low key excursion from Cabo San Lucas? Look just 20 miles east to downtown San Jose del Cabo. Rich with history and culture, the sister city to Cabo San Lucas offers visitors a beautiful glimpse into the region’s past. A more traditional Mexican town, San Jose features cobblestone streets, quaint boutiques, small restaurants and unique art galleries. And, when it comes to San Jose del Cabo, all roads lead to the town’s main square and famous mission church.

Rising from the center of the square is the original Jesuit mission founded by Padre Nicholas Tamaral. Built in 1730, the Mission San Jose del Cabo remains a popular place of faith and worship in Los Cabos. While the mission was reconstructed after the hurricane of 1918, the city was able to preserve much of the original structure and beauty. As you walk up the steps to the mission, you’ll often hear organs playing and bells tolling. Services and weddings are still held year-round in the mission. As you walk in, take a moment to view the mural above the main entrance. This painting depicts the suffering of Padre Tamaral due to of his opposition to the Pericu Indians’ polygamous practices.

Around the main square, check out the small boutiques full of gifts for friends and family back home. There is a must-try popsicle shop just nearby — a delicious way to cool down on those warm Cabo days.

Find Your Cabo in San Jose!