San Jose del Cabo Travel Guide

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San Jose Del Cabo offers you tranquility and old world charm, wonderful gift shops showcasing the art of Mexico, fabulous restaurants, fishing, golf, surfing and all the night time entertainment you seek. The most famous destiny on Mexico, for all peple.

In San Jose del Cabo its located Suites Las Palmas the hotel, at 20 minutes from the Internacional Airport from Los Cabos and at 33 Km. of the infinity of activities that San Lucas offers. For the tourists who want to enjoy the captivation of San José del Cabo , Suites Las Palmas is definitively where you want to be. With a fresh design and a soft Mexican style in clear colors, the agreeable environment will bring him; tranquility in a pleasant stay with a marvellous personalized service. We have service of wireless Internet in the Lobby. In our Plaza you can find a variety of services: Bank, A.T.M., Drugstore, P.O. Box company, Rolls and developing of photos, Center of copied, Plotter and Internet, Restaurant Casita Cabeña , Beauty Saloon, Cofee Store with Bakery, Newspapers and Magazines and Much more.

Cabo San Lucas is a diverse community that attracts a younger crowd seeking adventure and fun. There are night clubs, bars, restaurants, fishing, tours and almost everything to challenge the imagination. Los Cabos is truly a vacation paradise offering world class fishing, golfing, and surfing. Or you can just relax on one of our many pristine white sand beaches. The historic artist colony of Todos Santos is an easy 1 hour drive to the north, along the scenic Pacific ocean.

Spanish galleons first visited Estero San Jose at the mouth of the Rio San Jose to obtain fresh water near the end of their lengthy voyages from the Philippines to Acapulco in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. As pirate raids along the coast between Cabo San Lucas and La Paz became a problem, the need for a permanent Spanish settlement at the tip of the cape became increasingly urgent. The growing unrest among the Guaycura and Pericu Indians south of Loreto also threatened to engulf mission communities to the north. As a result, the Spanish were forced to send armed troops to the Cape region to quell the Indian uprisings in 1723, 1725 and 1729.

In 1730, Jesuit Padre Nicholas Tamaral traveled south from Mission La Purisima and founded Mission San Jose del Cabo on a mesa overlooking the Rio San Jose some 5 km. north of the current town site. Due to the overwhelming presence of mosquitoes at this site, Tamaral soon moved the mission to the mouth of the estuary on a rise flanked by Cerro del Vigia and Cerro de la Cruz.Tamaral and the Pericus got along fine until he pronounced an injunction against Polygamy, a long tradition in Pericu society. After Tamaral punished a Pericu Shaman for violating the anti-polygamy decree, the Indians rebelled and burned both the San Jose and Santiago missions in October of 1734. Tamaral was killed in the attack. Shortly thereafter the Spanish established a presidio, which served the dual purpose of protecting the community from insurgent Indians and the estuary from English pirates.

By 1767, virtually all the Indians in the area had died either of European diseases or in skirmishes with the Spanish. Surviving mission Indians were moved to missions farther north, but San Jose del Cabo remained an important Spanish military outpost until the mid-19th century when the presidio was turned over to Mexican nationals.


During the Mexican American War (1846-48), marines from the U.S. frigate Portsmouth briefly occupied the city. A bloody siege ensued and the Mexicans prevailed under the leadership of Mexican Naval officer Jose Antonio Mijares. Plaza Mijares, San Jose's town Plaza is named to commemorate his victory. As mining in the Cape Region gave out during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, San Jose del Cabo lost population along with the rest of the region. A few farmers and began trickling into the San Jose area in the 30s and in 1940 the church was rebuilt.

San Jose del Cabo remained largely a backwater until the Cape began attracting sportfishers and later the sun-and-sand-set in the '60s and '70s. Since the late 1970s, FONATUR (Foundation Nacional de Fomento del Turismo or National Foundation for Tourism development) has sponsored several tourist development projects along San Jose's shoreline. Fortunately, the developments have done little to change San Jose's Spanish colonial character. Local residents take pride in restoring the towns 18th century architecture and preserving its quiet, laid back ambiance.

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May 28, 2007 change by suiteslaspalmas

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