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San Jose Estuary (Estero San José)
San Jose Estuary (Estero San José)

San Jose Estuary (Estero San José)

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619 Reviews
Free admission
Blvd. Antonio Mijares, San José del Cabo, Mexico

The Basics

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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Recent reviews from experiences in Los Cabos

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Wonderful Enthusiastic Walking Tour
Sarah_C, Jun 2021
Historical and Cultural Walking Tour of San José del Cabo
This tour was wonderful! Kristian brings a lot of personality to the history of the town and presents a fascinating overview of how San Jose del Cabo came to be, as well as offering information on the local ecology, food, and modern society. The tour was well run and easily walkable, at no point did any of it feel overwhelming or hard to keep up with. We would definitely recommend this to our friends and may even do it again ourselves next time we are in town.
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Your from a special perspective
Michele_C, May 2021
Historical and Cultural Walking Tour of San José del Cabo
Kristian offered a history from a different perspective than normal, was very prepared and friendly while supporting a great local educational project. A must do with this 7th generation native born person
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Awesome Day Trip
Peter_E, Apr 2021
Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo Sightseeing Combo Tour
This was a complete experience that combined shopping, sightseeing, drinking, eating, and sailing along with a very knowledgeable tour guide giving us historical info every step of the way. Ubaldo was awesome, and due to his excellent service I might actually do the whole thing again next time I’m in Los Cabos!!
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Cabo city tours
martin_k, Apr 2021
Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo Sightseeing Combo Tour
As far a a pleasurable day tour is concerned, we all had a very good time. The driver was friendly and knowledgeable, the length of the tour comfortable and the short glass bottom boat ride was great ( plenty of beautiful fish to see as well as the arch).Our only recommendation was to skip a store tequila tasting and have the lunch in a place all would enjoy near the marina, and or spend time in an art gallery or two. The glass blowing and store was fantastic addition.
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Leisurely Ride For All
mark, Feb 2020
Following the bike lane, discover the main attractions of San José del Cabo
This was a fantastic way to see this wonderful town. Safety was never an issue and Christian's knowledge base was exceptional as a guide for San Jose del Cabo. It was a leisurely ride with pit stops at several key places. Highly recommended!
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Nice evening tour of bustling town center.
jpapasidero, Apr 2021
Historical and Cultural Walking Tour of San José del Cabo
Yes, the tour was very informative and provided good historical insights. Plus, fees help to provide historical context to local youth.
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The tour was a very...
Edwardo_E, Mar 2021
Historical and Cultural Walking Tour of San José del Cabo
The tour was a very insightful experience that really provided historical perspective of San Jose. Kristian was very welcoming and detailed. Absolutely recommend for anyone visiting San Jose.
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Cabo and San Jose tour
Yvette_A, Jan 2021
Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo Sightseeing Combo Tour
I loved my tour with Rene. He was kind and went above and beyond to ensure we were all enjoying our time. He was knowledgeable and made me feel like i was family. I definitely recommend this tour.
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Fantastic
vmansouri, Mar 2021
Historical and Cultural Walking Tour of San José del Cabo
I can’t say enough good things about this tour and about the guide. I highly recommend! Kristian volunteers as a guide to raise funds to help youth in his community.
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90 minutes well spent.
David_G, Feb 2021
Historical and Cultural Walking Tour of San José del Cabo
Kristian was a wonderful tour host and the 90 minutes flew by. We learned a lot. In addition, in the days leading up to the tour, he reached out by text and helped advise us on other things we did this week, saving us time and money. And the fact the proceeds of this tour go to help local school kids is amazing.
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Great tour experience
Lynnette_B, Aug 2020
Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo Sightseeing Combo Tour
Our tour guide was excellent. We had an amazing adventure around the town!!! We didnt get to tour the sea due to a surprise hurricane however we still had an enjoyable time!
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A Must See!!!!!!!
Garry, Nov 2020
Historical and Cultural Walking Tour of San José del Cabo
Kristian was absolutely the best tour guide! He has so much knowledge, passion and love for his country and it truly showed. Very informative and inspirational. And to find out that the tour guides are volunteers and a portion of the proceeds go towards kids’ education was an added bonus. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves history and art. Well worth it!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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