San José del Cabo

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San José del Cabo
Downtown San José del Cabo (2012)
Downtown San José del Cabo (2012)
San José del Cabo is located in Baja California Sur
San José del Cabo
San José del Cabo
Location in Baja California Sur
Coordinates: 23°03′41″N 109°42′29″W / 23.06139°N 109.70806°W / 23.06139; -109.70806Coordinates: 23°03′41″N 109°42′29″W / 23.06139°N 109.70806°W / 23.06139; -109.70806
Country  Mexico
State Baja California Sur
Municipality Los Cabos
Elevation 45 m (148 ft)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 69,788
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)

The city of San José del Cabo is located in Baja California Sur, Mexico and is the seat of the municipality of Los Cabos at the south end of the Baja California peninsula. In the 2010 census, it had a population of 69,788.[1] Together with neighboring Cabo San Lucas, it forms a major tourist destination for travelers, with over 900,000 hotel guests in 2011.[2] The two cities are served by Los Cabos International Airport.

The Mission San José del Cabo was founded in 1730; the nearby Río San José was useful to the Spanish as a source of fresh water for galleons traveling to and from the Philippines.[3]

San José del Cabo is one of two places where the rare and possibly extinct rice rat Oryzomys peninsulae has been found.[4]

Climate[edit]

San José del Cabo, like almost all of Baja California, has an arid climate (Köppen BWh) although it does receive more rainfall than most areas further north due to tropical cyclones occasionally coming in from the south and bringing very heavy falls such as 340 millimetres (13.4 in) on the first of September 1998 and 316 millimetres (12.4 in) on 3 November 1993. Overall, however, rainfall is some of the most erratic anywhere in the world due to this influence, and many years pass by without significant falls at all.

The sea experiences lows of 72–73 °F (22–23 °C) in winter, and highs of 77–84 °F (25–29 °C) during the summer months.[5]

Average Sea Temperature
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
73 °F

23 °C

72 °F

22 °C

72 °F

22 °C

72 °F

22 °C

73 °F

23 °C

75 °F

24 °C

81 °F

27 °C

84 °F

29 °C

84 °F

29 °C

84 °F

29 °C

81 °F

27 °C

77 °F

25 °C

Climate data for San José del Cabo
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 37.0
(98.6)
38.0
(100.4)
39.0
(102.2)
39.0
(102.2)
40.0
(104)
48.0
(118.4)
49.0
(120.2)
42.0
(107.6)
42.0
(107.6)
41.0
(105.8)
40.0
(104)
39.0
(102.2)
49.0
(120.2)
Average high °C (°F) 25.8
(78.4)
26.4
(79.5)
27.4
(81.3)
29.1
(84.4)
30.9
(87.6)
32.6
(90.7)
33.8
(92.8)
33.9
(93)
33.4
(92.1)
32.3
(90.1)
30.1
(86.2)
26.9
(80.4)
30.2
(86.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) 18.9
(66)
19.2
(66.6)
20.1
(68.2)
21.9
(71.4)
24.0
(75.2)
26.5
(79.7)
28.5
(83.3)
28.9
(84)
28.2
(82.8)
26.2
(79.2)
23.2
(73.8)
20.2
(68.4)
23.8
(74.8)
Average low °C (°F) 12.0
(53.6)
12.0
(53.6)
12.8
(55)
14.8
(58.6)
17.1
(62.8)
20.5
(68.9)
23.3
(73.9)
23.8
(74.8)
23.0
(73.4)
20.1
(68.2)
16.3
(61.3)
13.4
(56.1)
17.4
(63.3)
Record low °C (°F) 1.5
(34.7)
5.0
(41)
5.0
(41)
6.0
(42.8)
10.0
(50)
11.0
(51.8)
11.5
(52.7)
11.0
(51.8)
11.0
(51.8)
11.0
(51.8)
9.5
(49.1)
6.0
(42.8)
1.5
(34.7)
Rainfall mm (inches) 13.1
(0.516)
5.3
(0.209)
1.3
(0.051)
1.0
(0.039)
0.3
(0.012)
0.9
(0.035)
20.5
(0.807)
53.6
(2.11)
112.5
(4.429)
42.9
(1.689)
25.2
(0.992)
11.4
(0.449)
288.0
(11.339)
Avg. rainy days 1.4 0.6 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.1 1.4 3.0 3.9 2.0 0.8 1.1 14.6
Source: Servicio Meteorológico National[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "San Jose del Cabo". Censo de Población y Vivienda 2010 (in Spanish). INEGI. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ranking of World Tourism" (in Spanish). Consejo de Promoción Turística de México. 2011. p. 2. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica, Second edition, 1778, Edinburgh, page 1580. Scan of page can be found at http://www.hyzercreek.com/britannica.htm
  4. ^ Carleton, M.D. and Arroyo-Cabrales, J. 2009. Review of the Oryzomys couesi complex (Rodentia: Cricetidae: Sigmodontinae) in Western Mexico. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 331:94–127.
  5. ^ http://www.myweather2.com/City-Town/Mexico/San-Jose-Del-Cabo/climate-profile.aspx?month=12
  6. ^ "Normales climatológicas 1951-2010. Estado: Baja California Sur. Estacion: San Jose del Cabo" (in Spanish). Servicio Meteorológico Nacional. Retrieved January 17, 2013.