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San Jose del Cabo’s Cemetery in Photos

I have long been fascinated with cemeteries of all persuasions. But none of my many visits to the peaceful and sombre graveyards of Canada and the U.S. prepared me for what I’d encounter in Mexico, where life within the cemetery walls is nearly as vibrant and colourful as it is outside.

The Cemetery in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico

San Jose del Cabo’s historic cemetery lies near the estuary, at the corner of Boulevard Antonio Mujeres and Paseo Malecon in the Zona Hotelera across from the Grand Mayan Los Cabos resort. A tall beige wall and giant stands of ornamental grasses separate it from the busy street, concealing what’s behind. In fact, on my first visit to San Jose, I didn’t even realize it was there – I assumed it was a golf course or something! Now, it’s one of my favourite spots to visit and photograph in Los Cabos. Inside, it’s tightly packed, with crypts and monuments of all shapes, sizes, and colours, festooned with artificial flowers, personal objects, and – at the time of my visit, in January – decorations left over from the Christmas holiday. You can infer so much about the people who are laid to rest here – were they a football fan, like the man whose crypt bears his club’s colours? Or a little girl who loved the colour pink, spending eternity under a fuschia roof? And then there was the crypt with the latest Star Wars toys piled on top. These modern grave markers stand side by side with crumbling monuments from the earliest days of this colonial city.

Photos of the San Jose del Cabo Cemetery

I hope you enjoy these snaps of the San Jose del Cabo cemetery. If you find yourself in Los Cabos, stop in and visit – it’s beautiful.

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Comments

  • Rueben
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    If our graveyards looked like this I would probably be finding more reasons to visit new ones.

    November 7, 2016

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