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1st timer to San Jose del Cabo

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1st timer to San Jose del Cabo

We are looking at coming to San Jose in early April. We have been all over Mexico but not there and want to try some place different. We like the Royal de Cameron in PV and the new one in San Jose looks interesting as we like the smaller resorts. (no high rises) It also looks very affordable. There were some complaints about noise from the disco. Does anyone know of areas we should request to avoid that at night? We have never driven in Mexico but that area looks like it would be fairly safe to drive around. Any comments/suggestions about renting a car and driving? Thanks for any help.

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1. Re: 1st timer to San Jose del Cabo

The disco goes a couple of nights late I can hear it across the road in my condo.

Yes driving would be a good option Cabo is a 25 minute drive, Todos Santos is about 1.5 hours away.

There are two places you need to be careful of driving at the Mega a roundabout affair and in front of the place you are looking to stay at a strange intersection that you give way to oncoming traffic.

In general driving is fairly easy here, one tip when a car stops on the road and has four way flashers going do not pass him or if they turn the four ways on and slow right down. That is the signal to allow people to cross the road at crosswalks.

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2. Re: 1st timer to San Jose del Cabo

Hi camschell:

You are really going to enjoy the area and the town of San Jose. We always get a car for a day or two and find it very easy to drive in the area. We typically find a car isn't needed for the entire trip, however, as the town of San Jose is within walking distance from your hotel.

As MinelabE suggests, a day trip to Cabo would be fun, and you could stop on the way back at Chileno Bay for a little snorkeling if you have your equipment with you.

A day trip to Todos Santos would also be fun. Alternatively, you might want to venture out to Flora's Farm for lunch one day. It is in the rural area to the north east of San Jose.

You will find car rental kiosks near your hotel on Hotel road, Cactus is in town, and Alamo is a little further up the highway.

We usually take a shared shuttle into town from the airport, and then a cab back. Doing it that way, your total round trip for 2 will be approximately $55.

Edited: 12:24 pm, January 19, 2014
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3. Re: 1st timer to San Jose del Cabo

Thank you for your suggestions. Is there enough to do for 10 or 12 days? We love the beach but need to go out and about every few days especially when the ocean isn't swimable.

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I usually spend 3 weeks a year in Cabo. There is plenty to do considering the neat nearby towns. And the hundreds of restaurants provide a never ending menu of wonderful food and drink.

While the ocean in front of your resort is not safe there are a lot of places to go with a vehicle to swim. The nearby Palmilla beach is nice. They have a couple of safe beaches at the Marina in San Jose which is only a few minutes away. Chileno bay and Santa Maria Bay on the corridor are great for snorkeling and swimming. The Hilton cove at the Hilton resort is another place to swim. Free parking there and walk right thru the hotel. You can buy drinks and food at the hilton.

You can find the Waterfall in the town of San Jose, Its a few miles away and swim in the pond below it.

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5. Re: 1st timer to San Jose del Cabo

Great suggestions Rocky. Other things to do...

Art Walk on Thursday evenings

Glass blowing factory

Wandering through small boutiques and the Artisan's mall on the walk into town

The Cactus Gardens in the Marina area

The Estuary for bird watching

Golfing....everywhere

Fishing

Riding horses on the beach

Farmers Market every Saturday Morning - great atmosphere with lots of local arts and crafts and often live music

Trips into Cabo for all the typical "active" adventures in the marina area - glass bottom goat, catamaran cruise, dinner cruise, water taxi out to the arch, ski-do, para-sailing.

Also, there are lots of adventures through tour companies that take you out into the desert including Sierra Buggies (we did that once and it was fun), zip lining, camel riding, the Equestrian Centre was a highlight for a friend of ours.

If you are the adventurous sort, then driving up to Cabo Pulmo is an option (it involves some off road so you need to ensure your rental company will allow it). There is a marine park there for good snorkeling and scuba diving.

Not sure if there is whale watching at that time of year. They come in Nov./Dec. Perhaps they are on their way back by then?

There is a great little cooking school Casa Del Coroles that includes a tour to local markets.

You can take rescue dogs for a walk at the Cabo Humane Society (be warned though...often this results in adoption!) :-)

Walking the beach for hours is a favorite past time of ours.

And...well...lots of other stuff.

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