The Laid Back City That Was Born of Pirates and Spanish Galleons

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San Jose del Cabo is a place steeped in history. Dating back to the 1700s, this resort city in Baja California Sur is one of the top places to visit in the area, and is known as much for its art and cultural scene as it is for its beautiful beaches and gorgeous sunsets. 

While its sister city, Cabo San Lucas is known more for its nightlife and party lifestyle, San Jose del Cabo is the more laid-back energy meant for rest, relaxation, and a prime place for creativity to flourish. 

For years, this community was the only one that existed in the area of the peninsula. Before the times of colonization, the area was home to hundreds of different species of wildlife and a thriving Indigenous community who lived off the land. The freshwater that flows into lagoons at the base of the Sea of Cortez, allowed tribes to thrive. It wasn’t until the 1700s that the Jesuits colonized the area, building both a mission and a fort. 

Read more: La Villita, a Neighborhood That Shaped San Antonio’s History

San Jose del Cabo’s current situation

In the present time, San Jose del Cabo is known for its seasonal Art Walk, which takes place between November and June. Every Thursday, people roam the streets, from art gallery to art gallery, taking in works from renowned artists and up-and-comers simultaneously. The art walk is just one of the many reasons that San Jose del Cabo is special.

With a history of pirates, stolen galleons, and general mayhem, the history of San Jose del Cabo during the times of colonization is one of lore. Taking a walking tour of the area gives you the chance to learn more about the fantastical tales that led to the establishment of the city we know today. 

San Jose del Cabo is often thought of as a hidden gem in Mexico. 

Plan your visit to this city

  • Location: Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Virtually enjoy it here. 

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By Liv Styler

Olivia Monahan Chicana journalist, editor, educator, and organizer in Sacramento whose sole focus is to shed light on stories on our most impacted and marginalized communities, but even more importantly, for those stories to humanize those normally left out. She is an Ida B Wells Investigative Journalism Fellow 2022 Finalist, a member of the Parenting Journalists Society, and has bylines in The Courier, The Sacramento Bee, The Americano, Submerge Magazine among others.