San Jose Estuary (Estero San José)
Guided birding tours of the San Jose Estuary are available, and bird-watchers might spot Belding’s yellowthroat, least Bell’s vireo, least tern, gray thrasher, Xantus’s hummingbird, Virginia rail, white-faced and white ibis, and yellow-crowned and black-crowned night herons, as well as other migrating waterbird and shorebird species. You can also rent a kayak to navigate the waterways independently. Lucky travelers may see local fishermen returning with the day’s catch or giant turtles wandering along the shores.
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Things to Know Before You Go
The San Jose Estuary doesn’t offer many amenities, so bring food and water if you plan to spend time exploring.
The area is still recovering from storm damage suffered in 2014; some pathways were destroyed.
Wear waterproof shoes to walk along the paths; don't wear flip-flops.
How to Get There
The San Jose Estuary is about a 7-minute drive from San Jose del Cabo’s hotel zone. From the town’s main square, walk toward the bridge to Puerto San Jose (look for Camino Cabo Este); the estuary entrance and the lookout are to the right, just before the ramp leading to the bridge.
When to Get There
The San Jose Estuary, which is free to enter, is open daily from dawn until dusk, and sunset is one of the most popular times to visit. If you’re planning to go birding, the best time to visit is from fall to spring, when the clear skies are ideal for bird-watching. During this time, you might also be able to catch a glimpse of migratory species that are attracted to the warm air.
Mission of San Jose del Cabo Church
Within short walking distance of the estuary, the Mission of San Jose del Cabo Church is located in the heart of San Jose del Cabo’s historic district. This active church, which is dedicated to Jesuit priest Nicolas Tamaral, boasts bright white bell towers and offers daily services, with a Sunday Mass that is presented in both English and Spanish.