The road between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo is connected by a twenty-mile stretch of stunning beaches known as the Tourist Corridor, part of which is the San Jose Corridor.
Unlike the vibrant and bustling Cabo San Lucas Corridor, the San Jose Corridor has a more tranquil vibe. Secluded beachfront communities like those of Costa Azul and Palmilla enjoy some of the best, most pristine beaches in the world, as well as ready access to the nightlife, dining, and shopping of nearby towns.
The peaceful and quiet San Jose Corridor hosts some of the most luxurious resorts and residential communities in Cabo — secluded, exclusive, yet just minutes away from all the activities Los Cabos has to offer.
From private villas to spectacular beachfront resorts, the San Jose Corridor offers comfort, luxurious amenities, and easy access to golf and the beaches. Its many notable communities — including those of Palmilla, Espiritu del Mar, Querencia, and Villas del Mar — present a wealth of residential ownership opportunities, and more are being developed.
The world-famous white-sand beaches of the San Jose Corridor include Palmilla, Chileno Bay, and Playa Santa Maria, revered for their pristine condition. Swimming, snorkeling, diving, fishing, sailing, and kayaking are all popular. Palmilla, a mixture of private and public beaches, offers swimming in a cove and scenic walks. Many regard it as the best area for swimming in Los Cabos, and it hosts the swimming portion of the annual Ironman Los Cabos.
Thanks to its water quality, safety, and services, the popular Playa Chileno has been consistently cited for excellence by the Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification. You can easily charter a boat here for fishing and other purposes. And Playa Santa María features a teeming marine sanctuary that is great for diving and snorkeling.
Most of the excellent dining destinations in San Jose Corridor are on the premises of hotels like One&Only Palmilla and Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, usually with gorgeous seaside views. The cuisine varies from traditional Mexican to European and Asian fusions and features farm-to-table and fresh local seafood.
Among the dining options at Hacienda Del Mar, Pitahayas Restaurant stands out for its high-end fusion of Mexican and Asian flavors and its raw bar. The luxurious One&Only Palmilla also has a variety of restaurants; these include its signature restaurant, SEARED, a steakhouse headed by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten that showcases custom cuts in a glass-walled curing room. Zipper’s Bar & Grill on Playa Costa Azul, a popular hangout for surfers and others, is famous for its burgers and barbecued ribs.
Although the San Jose Corridor is not known for its nightlife, all resorts and hotels here have on-site bars and lounges. If you want to hit the dance floor, Cabo San Lucas is the place to be.
As is true everywhere in Los Cabos, golf is also a major attraction in the San Jose Corridor. With spectacular designs of the grounds and spectacular views of the sea, the courses here are a golfer’s dream. One standout is the Jack Nicklaus-designed Palmilla Golf Club, a 27-hole course with amazing views. For more suggestions, see our guide to our favorite golfing destinations in the Los Cabos area.
The historic downtown of San Jose del Cabo is a good place to shop for high-quality crafts, art, jewelry, and souvenirs. You can also patronize any of the shopping malls in Cabo San Lucas.
At least a mile long, Playa Costa Azul graces the southwestern edge of San Jose del Cabo along the Transpeninsular Highway. Playa Costa Azul features several beach breaks for different skill levels and a seaside hangout, Zipper’s, offering burgers and beer. Every June, the World Surf League hosts its annual Los Cabos Open of Surf here. The waves are calmer in winter, making possible snorkeling and even swimming.