The climate in this southern Baja sport fishing mecca is influenced by its latitude, which is 50 miles south of the Tropic of Cancer and it is near the ocean. It is sunny and dry most of the year, with an average temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
Trade Winds and Weather
In winter, the westerly winds bring cool, dry air from the Pacific to the north and west. In summer, the trade winds shift and carry storms and moisture from the south and east.
Where Two Waters Merge
San Jose is on the Sea of Cortez, 18 miles from where it meets the Pacific. The calmer climate conditions on this side of the peninsula attract fishermen, kayakers and surfers.
Big Storms Bring Big Fish
The churning waters of the summer storm season draw hungry fish that weigh up to 800 pounds. The July to October hurricane season brings major sport fishing tournaments in its wake.
The Gordo Banks Phenomenon
The abrupt climate change at the start of the hot season in May brings the red crab, which migrate toward shore by the billions 5 miles off San Jose, drawing in a multitude of game fish.
Euipment and Lodging
Fishing equipment, boat rentals, deep sea excursions and fishing licenses are all available. Lodging ranges from luxury resorts to camping and RV options on the East Cape.
Article Written By Karen Hursh Graber
A native of New York City, Karen Hursh Graber is a food and travel writer. A graduate of Fordham University, she is a regular contributor to El Restaurante Mexicano magazine and National Geographic Books. A winner of the magazine industry's Folio Award, she divides her time between Puebla, Mexico and Sarasota, Florida.