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While the existing architecture in Cabo San Lucas dates primarily from the 20th century, 20 miles down the road in the much older sister city of San Jose del Cabo, authentic Spanish colonial-era buildings take visitors back in time. Built between 1850 and the 1930s, on foundations dating back to the mid to late 1700s, many of these historic homes in the compact downtown have been converted to lovely shops, galleries and courtyard restaurants.
Historic San Jose del Cabo is the place to see the old buildings of the area. The Iglesia de San Jose, across from Plaza Mijares, was built on the foundation of the third and final location of Mision San Jose del Cabo de Anuiti, which was finished in 1799 and destroyed in the hurricane of 1918. The rebuilding was completed in the late 1940s, and retains the mission style architecture used in the original construction, with twin bell towers replacing the original single tower. The shops and restaurants surrounding the area add to the charm and ambience of historic San Jose del Cabo, founded by Jesuit priest Nicolas Tamaral in 1730 on the banks of the Rio San Jose.
In Cabo San Lucas, Iglesia de Cabo San Lucas, on Av. Cabo San Lucas near the main plaza, is a 20th century structure built with Spanish Colonial architectural influences. Up the street, the Mi Casa restaurant is housed in one of Cabo San Lucas' oldest buildings, dating to the turn of the 20th century. Few original homes of this period are still standing, largely due to hurricanes. The site of the La Golondrina restaurant, on Paseo del Pescadores, was originally a trading post. It and the Mi Casa building are thought to be the oldest remaining structures in Cabo San Lucas.
The hotels of Cabo San Lucas are also notable for their architectural beauty, often being updated and outdoing one another to be the best building the area. The Fiesta American Grand Los Cabos is a hotel worth checking out for its architectural beauty. Photos of this gorgeous hotel are available at http://www.expedia.com/pub/agent.dll?... but nothing beats checking it out for yourself. Other hotels which are worth the time it takes to stop and see them include: