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Surrounded on three sides by water, the Baja Peninsula offers astounding dives filled with pelagic species. The Sea of Cortez is the main focal point of Baja California diving.

 

San José del Cabo

Destination & Adventures

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Undersea World

Famous first as a resort destination and second as a scuba destination, diving in San José del Cabo is easy enough for a true beginner yet offers challenges for even the most expert diver. Beginners will enjoy the protected rocky reefs of San Lucas Bay. Intermediate and advanced divers can head outwards toward the dramatic walls just offshore. These drop to unimaginable depths. Finally, current-heavy submerged pinnacles and deep wrecks located at the join between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean are reserved for the most advanced divers.

Most diving in San José del Cabo takes place with the aid of small speed boats. However, this tourist destination is a great shore diving location as well.  Most of the bay can be accessed from land.

 

Explore The

Undersea World

On the southern end of the Central Pacific Coast, San José del Cabo is a traditional holiday destination with a growing scuba industry. Manta rays can be seen throughout the year, but during the winter months, divers also have the chance of spotting a whale shark or one of the thousands of humpbacks that breed and calve in the area. 

Aside from the fascinating rocky reefs that are protected from heavy currents in the Sea of Cortez and off the coast of Los Cabos, most of the underwater landscapes consist of rocky islands mixed with underwater pinnacles. Some of the less protected islands, such as Revillagigedo Islands and Gordo Banks, are surrounded by raging currents that relegate these sites to advanced divers. Beginners should stick to the protected reefs on the east side of the peninsula.

San José del Cabo Dive Sites

Dive Sites

The bay of Cabo San Lucas encompasses several unique dive sites. The Cabo San Lucas dive sites were protected in 1973 by the President of Mexico and declared the second underwater national marine park after Cozumel. Inside the park it is forbidden to fish, spearfish or collect anything in order to maintain a healthy marine environment. All of the Cabo San Lucas dive sites are within a quick 10 minute boat ride from the marina and the conditions inside the bay are usually calm with no or little currents and a calm surface.

Pelican Rock

The reef starts at 10 ft. on a sandy bottom and gradually slopes to 70 feet before it drops off a deep wall down to 500 feet. One of the famous “Sandfalls” is located at the top of the submarine canyon in about 90 feet of water. This calm protected site teeming with a wide variety of tropical fish and invertebrates and as a result it is some good diving in Los Cabos. You may see large schools of snappers, sea bass, scorpion fish, porcupine and puffer fish. Moray eels and devil rays along with electric and cortez rays and many more call this site home. This dive site is perfect for divers of all levels, night dives and snorkelers alike.

Land’s End

Where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, creating great reef, pinnacle and wall dives. SAND FALLS OF LAND’S END
One of Cabo San Lucas’ premiere dive sites, Land’s End features unique sand falls off the cliffs where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. This dive site is unique because you dive in both the “Sea of Cortez” and the “Pacific Ocean” at the same time. Large schools of barracudas, tunas and baitfish make this an unforgettable dive. The flat rock inside the cove is home to a small colony of California sea lions which dive and play with the divers. The “Nürnberg” shipwreck sits at around 40 feet and was nearly completely covered for many years. Hurricane “Odile” uncovered most of it in 2014 and as a result the shipwreck can be explored by beginners and advanced divers alike. Large schools of cow-nose rays and devil rays (small mantas) can be seen during the summer months.

Neptune’s Finger

This dive sites consists of two coral reefs. A beautiful vertical wall and the biggest sandfall of the Cabo San Lucas Marine Park. The top of the reef is only 15 feet deep and the vertical wall drops down to more than 500 feet. Turtles, groupers, machetes, goatfish and a lot of other tropical fish have made this reef their home. Neptune’s Finger is also a good place to see big fish like manta rays, schooling devil rays, yellowtails and amber jacks. Even Mola Molas (sunfish) have been seen here.

Middle Wall

The middle wall is a vertical drop-off from 75 – 500+ feet. The average depth for this dive is 100 feet. Diving next to the wall without seeing the bottom gives you a sensational feeling of freedom. The rocky cliff face continues to the west until it connects with the sandfalls at Pelican Rock. Enormous groupers and large schools of pigmy mantas as well as sharks and even whale sharks can be seen here.

North Wall

The North Wall is a great dive for beginners as well as for more experienced divers. The rock-covered slope goes from 15 to 70 feet and makes a great home for moray eels, puffer and porcupine fish. Flute fish, scorpionfish, spiny and slipper lobsters also call this place home. During the summer months even seahorses can be seen.

Dive Sites

CABO PULMO

With multiple dive sites count on seeing schools of fishes, huge green moray eels, boxfish, octopus, ballonfish and sometimes when it’s season, humpackwhales and whalesharks. Located northeast of Cabo San Lucas on the Sea of Cortez, Cabo Pulmo National Park is home to one of only three coral reefs in western North America.

Cabo Pulmo National Park has been deemed the most successful marine park in the western hemisphere. Established in 1995 to protect one of only three coral reefs on the west coast of North America, this national park is currently home to 6,000 marine species. Continual coral growth projects ensure a steady rise in fish levels.

Both beginners and advanced divers are welcome. Beginners remain closer to shore while advanced divers will spend more time in the open ocean where drift dives are more prevalent.

El Cantil is a large reef with sheer walls that drop beyond sight. Here marco-lovers will rejoice in the nooks and crannies where all manner of nudibranchs, shrimps and crabs await. This area requires more than one dive to explore fully.

El Bajo is an amazing reef at advanced depths. In addition to fish of all shapes and sizes, this is where divers occasionally report Whale Sharks, Mobulas and Humpback Whales.

GORDO BANKS

The most specialized dive site is “Gordo Banks”. Sharks at Gordo Banks on a good day can be in their hundreds. Dive features a seamount with a submerged plateau where you’ll find scalloped hammerheads, groupers, mackerels and a variety of rays.

Gordo Banks is located 8-10 miles off-shore from San Jose del Cabo. There are different seamounts, while the top of one is approximately 120 feet, the other is at 180 feet.

This is a unique location where the hammerhead sharks gather in large numbers, but please be aware that the sightings are not guaranteed. Schools of jacks, mackerels, tunas, snapper, groupers, eagle rays, cow-nose rays and mobula ray are also common visitors at this offshore reef. Silky sharks and whale shark may be seen with a bit of luck in the cooler month from April – June.

 The dive conditions at Gordo Banks can be quite challenging, due to the depth, strong currents, visibility and heavy seas. 

Dive Highlights

  • Land’s End  
  • Playa del Amor    
  • Playa Chileno
  • Playa Medando 
  • Playa Hotelera                   
  • Playa  del Divorico
  • Playa Solmar
  • Santa Maria Beach
  • Cabo San Lucas
  • Cabo Pulmo
  • Gordo Banks
  • Corridor
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  • Land’s End  
  • Playa del Amor    
  • Playa Chileno
  • Playa Medando 
  • Playa Hotelera                   
  • Playa  del Divorico
  • Playa Solmar
  • Santa Maria Beach 
  • Cabo San Lucas
  • Cabo Pulmo
  • Gordo Banks
  • Corridor                                                                                                                                                                                         

Corridor Dive Sites

Corridor Dive Sites

Along the 18 mile tourist corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo there are 5 great dive sites. The topography of these sites are very different from the ones at the Cabo San Lucas Marine Park. The boat ride to the sites takes anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes from the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Schools of dolphins and jumping pigmy manta rays are often seen on the way to the dive sites. The Corridor dive sites are also less crowded than the ones in Cabo San Lucas so many people choose to dive here.

Whales Head

This shallow dive site starts in only 5 feet and ends in a sandy bottom at 50 feet. The coral growth is superb and is complemented with large numbers of tropical fish. This spot is also known to be home of a school of spotted eagle rays which are very relaxed and quite often get up close and surround the divers. In addition a wide range of marine life can also be found here including sea turtles, octopus and moray eels. It is sometimes possible to find large schools of pork fish and snappers on the sandy bottom next to the reef. Furthermore you can often enjoy the sound humpback whales singing underwater.

Gavilanes

Between “Santa Maria” and “Chileno” there is a small bay with a beautiful reef in the center. The top of this reef is in only 5-30 feet and covered in coral. This is probably the best coral reef in Los Cabos. Most noteworthy are the lobsters, angelfish, groupers, several types of rays, white tip reef sharks and much more. This dive is suitable for beginners and advanced divers. 

Chileno Bay

This is a lively, protected reef that starts at 100 yards off the shore of “Chileno” beach and extends out into the bay for about a half of a mile or so. The reef ranges between 5 and 60 ft and is covered with sea fans. Sometimes you get to see mantas, large sea bass, sea turtles and nurse sharks. Invertebrates like Starfish, Flower Urchins and Hydroids are also common. It is also a very appealing site to the beginning diver or snorkeler. Here you will experience very shallow and calm waters making it accessible for all types of divers of snorkelers.

Santa Maria

SCHOOLING RAYS OF SANTA MARIA
To the east of Cabo San Lucas, Santa Maria is a shallow bay with healthy corals. Schooling rays pass through and you might spot a Banded Guitarfish. This site starts on the southern side of the protected Santa Maria bay in only 10 feet and gradually drops down to 45 feet. The shallow reef is teeming with marine life like surgeon and angelfish, porcupine fish, pufferfish, groupers and hogfish. Also Snappers, moorish idols, nudibranches, flatworms and several species of rays have made this site their home. In general there is no current but sometimes divers feel the surge from the waves.

The Blow Hole

This spectacular site which got its name from a small blowhole in the cliffs nearby. Massive boulders and crevices form the reef of this spectacular and also exciting dive. Many types of rays, turtles, schools of jacks, puffer fish and groupers are common inhabitants here. There is also a small wall on the northern side which drops from 50 to 100+ feet. This dive is suitable for beginners and professionals.

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Activities & Adventures

Explore Your Adventure Destination

Your vacation in San José del Cabo is sure to consist of plenty of fun and excitement, but how about adding a touch of adventure as well? For those who can’t shake that adrenaline bug, consider booking exciting excursions, such as zip-lining, setting sail on a catamaran cruise or snorkeling and diving, to make the most out of your adventure destination.

Sun and Sand

Beach, Swimming & Sunbathing

Beaches

As well as its own stunning white sand beaches, San Jose del Cabo’s Chileno Beach has calm, shallow waters making it the go-to spot for swimming and snorkelers.

Swimming

Take a Swim On Lover’s Beach. Connected on its own little island along Land’s End. Lover’s Beach looks into the bay, and is a beautifully calm piece of water – perfect for swimming.

Sunbathing

Fine remote beaches exist along the shoreline between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. These include Barco Varado, Chileno, Palmilla, Santa María and Vista del Arco Beaches.

Romance

Weddings, Honeymoons & More 

Weddings

Celebrate your romance with a destination wedding in San José del Cabo. Romantic weddings on a golden sand beach, rich sunsets and one of the most beautiful bays in the world are the perfect backdrop for your destination wedding.

Bachelor/ette

Your bachelorette/bachelor party can be the most fun you’ve had in years! With a bit of planning  beforehand, San José del Cabo is the perfect spot to plan such an adventure.

Honeymoon

Your honeymoon is sure to consist of plenty of romance, and San José del Cabo is the honeymoon destination. From quiet privacy to all out partying, San José del Cabo has something for every honeymooner.

Renewal of Vows

A rededication to your marriage is an exciting thing – you can do it as often as you like. With vow renewals (or reaffirmations) you have the opportunity to have the ceremony you’ve always wanted.

On the Sea

SUP, Sea Kayak & Sailing

SUP

Paddle boarding is undoubtedly a great way to get in contact with the marine environment of the Sea of Cortez. Easy to learn and a great way to have fun in San José del Cabo.

Sea Kayaking

Your kayaking adventure, exploring and paddling in the beautiful seas around San José del Cabo. Discover hidden coves, secret beaches and uninhabited islands. Take in the seals, whales and many other sea critters.

Sailing

Sea breezes and  the most beautiful beaches in the world. San José del Cabo is the perfect exotic location for sailing and learning to sail. Bask in the sun and enjoy the unbelievable sunsets.

In the Sea

Snorkel & Scuba Diving

Snorkel

San José del Cabo’s warm waters and rocky reefs are home to a variety of tropical fish. Small coral formations and sea fans paint the sea floor. Whale sharks and humpbacks will make an occasional appearance.

Scuba

A premier holiday destination with an established scuba industry. Underwater adventures and shallow depth great for beginners to deep dives with pelagics and fun drift dives to experience. There is an underwater experience for every level.

Fishing the Sea

Deep Sea, Shore & Lake

Fishing

San José del Cabo is considered one of the best big game fishing destinations in the Pacific. The Pacific Coast of Southern Baja, where it meets the Sea of Cortez is an ideal environment for most big game fish and there are found in abundance.

Deep Sea

Big attraction for anglers heading to San José del Cabo is unquestionably saltwater fishing. Thanks to her fantastic deep waters surrounding the coastlines, sport fishing after big game species is incredibly popular,

Shore

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Family

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Golf by the Sea

Golfing Experiences

Golf

San José del Cabo is a vibrant and exciting destination for golfers. There are numerous excellent and world class eighteen hole courses, and a number of nine hole golf courses. Whatever your golfing desires, San José del Cabo has a course for you.

Golfing

Whether you are looking for a championship course, a golf resort or a quick nine holes, you are definitely going to find what you are looking for in San José del Cabo.

On Land

Horses, Hiking, Biking, ATV

Camel Safari

Explore the Baja Desert from the back of a camel. Expert guides on your safari will show you the best of the unique Baja Californian culture and the beautiful natural wonders of the Baja desert.

Hiking & Biking

Mountain bike and hiking tours led by local guides—a great choice for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Ride and hike along scenic trails through forested areas, river beds and desert terrain.

Off Road

Rugged mountain terrain and hidden treasures create the perfect setting for an off-road  adventure. Drive your own ATV through landscapes full of surprises and exciting new adventures.

Lifestyle

Live the Lifestyle

Living

Looking for Lifestyle Options? When considering San José del Cabo as a place to live or retire, the knowledge we share will help you to create a plan, and we’ll connect you with useful lifestyle services and property choices.

Retire

Many consider San José del Cabo for their retirement home. With recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and a modern infrastructure, stable electrical grid and high-speed internet.

Lifestyle

Variety of lifestyles from resorts, condos and other full-time housing—it’s a perfect place for those seeking an “always on vacation” lifestyle. San José del Cabo has everything you need and more, affordability, healthcare, safety, culture and cuisine.

Real Estate

Finding the Right Investment

Real Estate

Opportunities exist for real estate investment in San José del Cabo. From beachfront and ocean view houses, condos, apartments and vacant lots, there is something for every investor.

Beach Houses

Set up villas, apartments, and other residential units in the vicinity of a stunning ocean, pristine beaches, and picturesque lagoons. The attractiveness of San José del Cabo has always been a magnet that attracts buyers and tenants at any time of the year.

Culture

Experience the Culture

Culture

Whale Watching
The Sea of Cortez is one of the best places in this part of the world to get up close and personal with a mighty humpback whale from December to April each year.

Culture

The  Zócalo is a must-see for travelers interested in exploring local Mexican culture and nightlife. The city’s main square houses the city’s government buildings and several popular and affordable local restaurants.

Culture

Cabo Pulmo

Aquarium of the World, Cabo Pulmo is home to over 300 different species of fish, and is an incredible place to try your hand at playing mermaid for a day and exploring the beautiful sea life.

Cuisine

Enjoy the Food & Drink 

Food & Drink

San José del Cabo is well known for its varieties of regional and national food and drink. From street tacos to exquisite culinary delights, paired with regional wine, beer and tequila with long histories and international reputations.

Fine Wine

The cultivation of wine began over 500 years ago with Hernan Cortes. Today the wine production in Mexico is gaining importance nationally and internationally. In Mexico, there are seven main estates where wine production is carried out.

Beer

Beer in Mexico has a long history. From Mesoamerican times and the arrival of the Spanish, European style beer was introduced and Mexicans have been brewing beer for centuries and is one of the world’s top beer-producing countries.

Tequila

Tequila is a regional distilled alcoholic drink made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 65 km northwest of Guadalajara, and in the Jaliscan Highlands of the central western Mexican state of Jalisco.

Where to Stay

Find the Right Resort

Resorts

San José del Cabo resorts are perennial favorites among globetrotters. With a variety of beach options, rich heritage and fantastic food, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a place that’s got more to offer within such easy reach of most travelers.

Resorts

With her gorgeous beaches and upscale resorts, San José del Cabo is the perfect vacation destination for those looking for relaxing fun in the sun. Soak in the sunshine, go for a tequila tasting, spa treatment or fill your day with outdoor adventures.

Famous first as a resort destination and second as a scuba destination, diving in San José del Cabo is easy enough for a true beginner yet offers challenges for even the most expert diver.

 

 

Beginners will enjoy the protected rocky reefs of San Lucas Bay. Intermediate and advanced divers can head outwards toward the dramatic walls just offshore. These drop to unimaginable depths.

 

 

Next current-heavy submerged pinnacles and deep wrecks located at the join between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean are reserved for the most advanced divers.

 

 

Finally divers of all levels can experience the coral reefs of the Corridor and Cabo Pulmo and swim in the "World's Aquarium"

 

 

Special Trips, Tours & Events: San José del Cabo

Taste of Mexico 

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Romance

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Activities

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