Luís left Benfica in the 1987 summer and signed for C.S. Marítimo, competing in a further four top division seasons and eventually amassing totals in the competition of 283 games and 28 goals. He retired in June 1992 at the age of 34, after one year with A.D. Ovarense in the second level.
José Luís played four times for Portugal during two years, his debut being on 21 September 1983 against Finland for the UEFA Euro 1984qualifiers, scoring the fourth goal in a 5–0 home win. He was not, however, picked for the final stages in France, with the national team finishing third.