Originally it was a fishermen village, located in the bay of San Jose, between the Cerro de en medio and the Cerro of cala Higuelra. Rests of old houses are still conserved.
Butnowadays this small population has replaced its fishing activity for a maintained and coherent tourist development with aesthetic and the forms of the surroundings ; that´s why it has become the tourist center of the Park.
From San Jose it is possible to arrive tohte best beaches: Genoveses and Mónsul. It is without no doubt the more important touristical center in Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park.