San Jose lies between Batangas City and Lipa; it a common stopover for travellers between Jose P. Laurel Highway, the major route between those locations until the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR Tollway) bypassed it. The town has many poultry farms, producing most eggs and chickens sold in Manila, so, it is nicknamed the "Egg Basket of the Philippines".
The town lies along the Jose P. Laurel Highway between Lipa and Batangas City, and there is frequent jeepney service from either cities, with cheap fares of ₱10 for the first 4 kilometers and an additional ₱2.50 per added kilometer. Southbound provincial buses bound for Batangas City stop at numerous points in San Jose at passenger's request.
The Southern Tagalog Arterial Road does not directly serve San Jose, but you can either exit at Lipa Exit or Ibaan Exit. Travel through Lipa Exit is far the most suggested, as the route via Ibaan Exit runs through forest, not best to travel through at night.
The Philippine National Railways' line to Batangas City passes through the municipal boundaries, but it is abandoned (there are many houses, as well as high voltage line poles lining its right-of-way), with only a few remnants left. There was also a railway station near the Poblacion, but it no longer exists. The railway line is scheduled to be reconstructed as early as 2019 or 2020, but there is no clear timeline for construction yet (see the Batangas City article).
Tricycles are the common transport mode through the town and surrounding area composing the larger municipality; most corners of town are reachable by tricycle.
- 1 Giant egg marker, Jose P. Laurel Highway, Banaybanay 1 (Near San Jose District Hospital). Welcome monument showcasing the town's egg production industry.
- 2 Saint Joseph the Patriarch Church. Baroque-styled church in the middle of town, dedicated to its patron saint and forming the Spanish-era Poblacion.
The town is not much frequently visited, but if you want to see the local economy, you can arrange visits to many egg and poultry farms around the rural areas of the town.
San Jose holds a local festival in April 25, dedicated to the town's founding and its patron saint, St. Joseph the Patriarch (San Jose Patriarca).
- 1 Lando and Lorie's Banay-banay Eatery, Jose P. Laurel Highway, Banay-banay 2.0, ☏ . Popular roadside eatery serving inexpensive lutong bahay. From ₱75.
- 2 Sarap Ala-eh!, Jose P. Laurel Highway, Palanca, ☏ . 24/7. Cheap Batangueño dishes, such as lomi and crispy pata, as well as cultural experience through Batangas Tagalog words.
- 3 Corcolon Lomi House, Pinagtung-ulan, ☏ . 6:00-20:00. Inland food destination visited for its cheap bowl of lomi. From ₱75.
- 1 Valentino's Resort and Spa, Pinagtung-ulan. Mediterranean-themed resort not far from Mount Maculot.
- Villa Rozaida Events and Resort, Jose P. Laurel Highway, Aguila. From ₱2800.
Cuenca just lies to the northwest; you can arrange treks to Mount Maculot, which provides wide views of the province. Tricycles can bring you to town.
|Routes through San Jose|
|Lipa ←||N S||→ Batangas City → END|
|Lipa ←||E W||→ Cuenca → Taal|