Over the years, Los Cabos has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a world-class tourist destination. There are still small, isolated beaches for the escapist, but there is now a vast network of resorts, spas, golf courses, adventure outfitters, restaurants and nightclubs for travelers who want a dynamic vacation that includes a little bit of everything.
Though it seems an extension of California’s Baja peninsula, it is still another country, so there are special considerations for entering and getting around Mexico. We’ve got all the most essential Los Cabos vacation information you need right here, whether you need Cabos San Lucas information specifically or details on navigating the hottest travel spots in Los Cabos at large.
If you plan to drive to Los Cabos, you won’t need a Visa, but you will need Mexican auto insurance. You’ll also need a passport or a birth certificate and driver’s license to pass between the two countries. Your car is subject to inspection at the border, so be sure you are not bringing more than two cartons of cigarettes, 3 liters of alcohol, or 50 cigars. Two domestic pets may travel with you, as long as you present current rabies vaccination records. American money is accepted just about everywhere in Mexico, but you may be charged slightly more as a tourist, so it is wise to bring some pesos with you.
Like California, Mexico offers favorable year-round weather. The average air temperature ranges from lows of 69 in January, to highs of 85 in July. Even at night, temperatures rarely dip below 55 degrees. There is a slight chance of hurricanes in the summer and temperatures often soar into the nineties. Compared to other parts of Mexico, Cabo is more enjoyable at high temperatures due to Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean breezes. If you want to avoid rain, try to avoid travel during wetter months like August and September. Experts say June is the “sweet spot” in traveling to Los Cabos for comfortable weather and great travel deals, without the crowds.
The romantic atmosphere is one of the major reasons people travel to Cabo San Lucas. We recommend you balance your Honeymoon in Cabo with a mix of planned and spontaneous activities. Beaches with snorkeling, swimming and whale watching opportunities are a good start. Be sure to water-taxi over to Playa Del Amor (“Lover’s Beach”) for some of the nicest sunbathing sand and views of the blue sea. In addition to the beach, your trip may include world-class shopping or handmade gifts from roadside stands, fine dining or budget tacos, history tours or adventurous wildlife viewing. Cabo can be lively or laid-back, depending on what you decide to do.
Cabo is one of the popular Mexican destinations for Spring Break with nightlife for people over 18, as well as fun adventure activities like zip-lining, surfing, swimming with the dolphins, whale watching, boating, and mountain biking. The best way to experience Spring Break is to scour the ample list of house and condo rentals for the ideal accommodation to enjoy with a large group of friends. Popular spots for Cabo Spring Breakers include Playa el Medano, Playa Santa Maria, Playa Palmilla, and Monuments Beach.
View a map of Los Cabos – the whole Southern tip of Baja, California – including the town of Cabo San Lucas. When looking up Los Cabos vacation information, keep in mind you’ll be getting details on the three developed municipalities it includes: San Jose Del Cabo (where the big international airport is), Cabo San Lucas (where a smaller airport is), and the East Cape. If you’re flying into the Los Cabos International Airport, you can take a shuttle 29 miles north to Cabo San Lucas or 8 miles south to San Jose del Cabo. There is also a small airport right in Cabo San Lucas.
Travel to Cabo the fastest by flying into one of two airports: Cabo San Lucas International Airport or Los Cabos International Airport. Most people book through Los Cabos International (SJD), one of the 10 busiest airports in Mexico. American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, United, Virgin America and US Airways can all get you there. By comparison, Cabo San Lucas airport is a small airfield specializing in private jets and shuttles. To fly into Los Cabos, you’ll need a U.S. passport in addition to a visitor’s card called an FMM. Learn more about flying into Cabo, Mexico.
If you arrive by air, you’ll likely hop a taxi or shuttle van to your accommodations. Places like Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are easily explored on foot. However, if you want to travel between popular Los Cabos attractions, you may want to rent a car and travel the 20 miles of four-lane highway known as “The Corridor,” which is filled with excellent stops for sunbathing, dining, or golfing. Buses are another way to get around, albeit a slower way to travel unless you’re taking an express bus.
Some travelers decide they’d rather rent a car than rely on shuttles, taxis and buses around Los Cabos. Renting a car is an excellent way to explore at your own pace and see all the area has to offer. For the best deals on car rental, Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo offer lower prices than the many rental agencies surrounding the airport. Don’t forget to factor the mandatory Mexican Liability Insurance into the cost.
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