It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that a trip to Los Cabos revolves around time spent on the beach and under the sun. While there’s ample opportunity to plenty of both, a trip this direction can also include cultural encounters that bring guests and locals face to face in the name of fun and enjoyment. Los Cabos as a whole is made up of Cabo San Lucas and a 20-mile stretch that connects it to San Jose del Cabo. It’s in San Jose del Cabo that visitors to Los Cabos find a plethora of history and architecture waiting. While Cabo San Lucas is undeniably an oasis of music, tourism and tasty stops along the way, San Jose del Cabo caters to those looking for a more traditional experience in Mexico and brings to life a story that reaches back to the 1700s. While all of San Jose del Cabo is worth experiencing, the heart of the area belongs to the San Jose del Cabo main square formally known as Plaza Mijares but commonly referred to as the Plaza.
Make the Most of the Plaza
Touring the Plaza of San Jose del Cabo main square is best done on foot. This area encompasses a number of intriguing stops and sights but is also small enough to be tackled without needing a vehicle. The architecture all along the main square is Colonial proving both intricate and meaningful to the area’s history. Those interested in this architectural story will want to start with a stop at Town Hall which was finished in 1930 and includes a clock tower stretching towards the sky. Once you step inside, feel free to browse the colorful murals that depict the history of San Jose del Cabo in great detail.
The west side of the main square features one of the most recognizable landmarks in the area known as the San Jose del Cabo Church and Mission. Visitors are free to tour the church or even attend a service which is held regularly at 7:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Beyond the rich history this main square possesses, visitors will also find it dotted with delicious restaurants and shops that are worth taking a look at or trying. Take picture or pick up that perfect souvenir to commemorate your amazing trip to San Jose del Cabo. This is one of the best Cabo tourist attractions!
San Jose del Cabo Main Square
As part of the area known as Los Cabos, San Jose del Cabo is the city known for its tranquil, artsy atmosphere while further south Cabo San Lucas offers a more bustling social scene. Located twenty miles north of Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo offers all of Cabo’s best with top notch beaches, renowned golf courses, posh neighborhoods, and easy access to a host of water activities. To top it off, San Jose del Cabo’s downtown area features colonial style architecture that adds a distinct charm. A charming historic district, eclectic art galleries, and an array of dining options provide a welcome respite from the beach in San Jose del Cabo. Start your tour of San Jose del Cabo in the charming Plaza Mijares, also known as the San Jose del Cabo Main Square.
Experience Old World Charm in San Jose del Cabo
A large, open cobblestone area lined with towering palms characterizes the space that makes up the San Jose del Cabo Main Square. On the west side of the square lies Iglesia San José (Saint Joseph Church), in addition to a bandstand, outdoor amphitheater, towering palms, and the Palacio Municipal (city hall). On the outskirts of the square and along the surrounding streets you will find restaurants, art galleries, jewelry stores, and shops. A variety of cultural events frequently take place on the square’s bandstand and outdoor amphitheater, making this an entertainment spot to keep on the radar.
Browse Locally Made Art in the San Jose del Cabo Main Square
On Thursday nights, the area comes alive for the weekly Art Walk. Though the local art galleries are open for browsing on other days as well, Thursday nights are an especially opportunistic time to browse. Local artists and vendors with other locally made items are present with their wares on hand, providing the perfect opportunity for picking up something to bring home as a reminder of your Cabo getaway. Food vendors and live music make this a great spot to spend the evening. A variety of other restaurants are also located around the square offering both indoor and outdoor seating.
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