Los Cabos

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Los Cabos
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Overview

First sights can be deceiving. On the flight into Los Cabos International Airport, you might notice little more than a dry landscape with low-lying mountains. But within a short drive of the airport, you'll spot the bright blue band of Mexico's shimmering Sea of Cortez. And that's when everything changes. As the memorable drive continues, desert scrub and twisted cactuses give way to palm trees and vibrant pink bugambilia plants.

Soon, you'll see the iconic El Arco (The Arch). This rock formation is where cruise ships anchor and where hundreds of species of fish probe the marine refuge below. Stay at one of the many all-inclusive resorts and you'll find magnificent beaches and the jutting El Arco right in front of you.

From the airport, you'll travel through San Jose del Cabo, a traditional Mexican town. Along the 32-km Los Cabos Corridor, on the way to the more commercial and glitzy town of Cabo San Lucas, your driver may point out the resorts hosting Hollywood stars.

The Los Cabos area is anchored by the San Lucas Harbour. Restaurants, tour operators, indoor malls and facilities circle the marina in an area called The Golden Zone. The marina promenade stretches around luxury yachts, sailboats, fishing boats, water taxis and other vessels. Here, a parade of locals and travellers in bathing suits, shorts and T-shirts stroll. It's a people-watching paradise.

This is the place to bite into a sweet mango, feel the tang of the sea on your face, reach for a beer and smell a fresh lobster taco being prepared at a dockside restaurant. Get ready to join a parade that can rock until dawn at one of Cabo's huge nightclubs, including rock legend Sammy Hagar's landmark Cabo Wabo Cantina.

Maybe you'd prefer to settle the family into a sunset pirate cruise or have a guitar player serenade you during a romantic candlelit dinner? Perhaps you've come for a memorable wedding on the beach?

Whatever kind of holiday you're looking for, regardless of budget, you'll find in Los Cabos. The area includes Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Further out, there's the officially designated Magical Town of Todos Santos, where you might be tempted to check into the Hotel California. Just be forewarned, you may never want to leave.

Los Cabos is a fantastic destination for:

  • golf
  • outdoor adventure
  • nightlife

Destination basics

Los Cabos is typically dry year-round, with average temperatures in the low- to mid-20s C and some 300 days of sunshine yearly. But it's not too dry. There is enough precipitation in the air to help keep the desert cacti, flora and fauna flourishing.

Climate cont

It is a remarkably comfortable heat, though less so during the hottest summer months. A big bonus of visiting the Los Cabos area, particularly in the off or shoulder seasons, is it rarely gets the storms that hit the Pacific coast. During high season, you can still be comfortable at night wearing shorts and a short-sleeve shirt.

Average monthly temperature and average monthly rainfall diagrams for Los Cabos

European missionaries visited Baja's southern tip (now known as Los Cabos) in the 1500s. There they encountered a nomadic tribe of native Indians called the Pericu. Today, you’ll still find Pericu influences along with those of other cultures in the handicrafts and paintings seen in galleries and shops in San Jose del Cabo, Todos Santos and Cabos San Lucas.

There's a bit of pirate history here as well. Pirates once roamed the coast to pick off Spanish galleons, giving Baja a slice of its own pirate lore that lives on. From Cabo San Lucas, you can take a pirate cruise. The early arrival of the Jesuits was another of the many influences in the region that make Los Cabos one of Mexico's most-visited tourist destinations.

Water has always been a part of the culture in Los Cabos, including activities such as snorkelling, diving, surfing, paddle boarding, sailing, Jet Skiing, fishing and kayaking, among others.

One of the more popular snorkelling spots is Playa del Amor at Land's End where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific. Here you might see colourful tropical fish, turtles, sea lions and even manta rays. And the beaches – including Lover's Beach – offer romantic sunrises and sunsets and are quintessential Los Cabos experiences. There are some 20 different major beaches to explore here in total.

Fishing is also alive and well in Cabo. Big-game sport-fishing thrives here, which was one of the main draws when tourism started to take off in the 1990s. Even though tens of thousands of marlin are caught along the coast of Los Cabos each year, most sport fishermen practice a catch-and-release policy.

Local fishermen still practice their trade in the Los Cabos region, reeling in bountiful catches. Seafood is the main ingredient for local dishes and a key aspect of Los Cabos culture. In Cabo San Lucas, you'll find it everywhere, from award-winning lobster at Lorenzillo's Live Lobster House to delicious fish tacos at Los Claros.

To see bountiful fish among the most beautiful reef, you'll want to visit Cabo Pulmo Beach National Marine Park. Famed marine biologist Jacques Cousteau once called it "the aquarium of the world." But there's no fishing allowed here. The Mexican government declared the area a marine preserve in 1995, marking it as off-limits for fishing.

Near the marina in downtown Cabo San Lucas, you’ll find a new cultural attraction honouring the region's history. The Pabellon Cultural de la Republica (the Cultural Pavilion of the Republic) was part of the 2010 bicentennial marking Mexican Independence. The US$40-million project has since opened its first phase and features an auditorium, a 160-seat theatre, two cinemas and a shopping centre, along with exhibition space.

The Mexican peso is the official currency in Mexico. Canadian debit cards are also widely accepted, but Canadian currency and traveller's cheques are not. Most stores in Mexico do not accept debit though, so making purchases using pesos is usually best.

To exchange your Canadian cash or traveller's cheques, stop by an exchange kiosk, local bank, or the front desk of your hotel. But don't forget your passport – it's required to cash your traveller's cheques. You can also withdraw cash from ATMs found in banks, grocery stores and hotels.

Although American money is widely accepted, regulations are now in place to limit the amount of US dollars both residents and visitors can exchange in Mexico.

By regulation, the maximum visitors can exchange per month is US$1,500. Many financial institutions have imposed additional rules, limiting this amount further to US$300 per transaction.

As for using American money for purchases, local businesses will only accept a maximum of US$100 per transaction; however, there is no limit on the maximum number of transactions per customer. You should also keep in mind that many businesses in Mexico have chosen to forgo accepting US money altogether. The best way to pay is therefore with Mexican pesos or credit card.

If you are new to Cabo San Lucas—or simply Cabo, as it is often known—it will not take you long to get your bearings. Just remember, Cabo is at the very southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, so the water from town is always south. The distinctive sea arches at Land's End are to the southwest. If you see land ahead of you it has to be east or north; check where the water is and you will know for sure. The airport is north of San Jose Del Cabo (which, together with Cabo San Lucas, makes up the area called Los Cabos) and by taking Mexican Hwy 1, you can travel from San Jose to the west and 20 miles to Cabo San Lucas. As the highway enters town it becomes Lazaro Cardenas. This primary street meets Boulevard Marina at the Marina area and ends there, branching into many other streets. The resident population here is only 40,000, so the city is not very large. It is however, confusing. Don't be surprised when addresses have no numbers. Unlike other cities, locations here have only street names. If you stop for directions, ask for place names that are near what you seek, it increases your chances of spotting the place and the locals rarely pay attention to street names. Now that you know how to find your way around, you will want to know what you can do and where you can find the most popular attractions.

Although Cabo is a relatively new vacation scene, having become popular during the last 20-30 years, its reputation as a fun vacation spot is well deserved. There are significant communities that have developed throughout the city, and each is special for different reasons. The Pacific Ocean to the west borders the Playa Solmar, where there are three large resorts of impressive quality. Each of them (Hotel Finisterra, Solmar Suites, Terra Sol Beach Resort) is a community in its own right, but the fine dining options provided are open to the public. Use dinner reservations as an excuse to check out the facilities, even if you are not staying there. To the east of this (and towards downtown) is the Pedregal Hills area. Commonly referred to as "the exclusive community district", this gated community houses many U.S. citizens and offers beautiful views. Pedegral Villas, for example, has 24 exclusive suites in a gorgeous seaside setting.

Downtown
Heading to the east, you will arrive in the downtown area. Split into two sections, one of these, the block adjacent to the marina, is considered the marina district, while the rest is considered downtown. These separate areas within the town center have different characters and attractions despite their proximity. The marina leaves no doubt that this is, and always has been, a fishing village. It is charming, offers more interaction with locals, and provides a more authentic experience of a Mexican city. The downtown area represents an unrivaled tourist center.

Downtown is chock-full of wild bar scenes and restaurants with pizazz and a great partying atmosphere (try the Stop Light Bar & Grill). This district is almost exclusively filled with tourists in places such as Latitude 22+ and Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina. The shops downtown are upscale, with galleries and silver studios like Magic of the Moon and Taxco Silver.

This district has some of the older seafood restaurants like El Shrimp Bucket, which has appealed to locals for many years and provides simple, reasonably priced shrimp meals. A surprise is in store for any tourist if they move several blocks north after walking through the downtown's sparkling streets and exclusive boutiques. The first-world polish is nowhere to be seen and the life here is one of dusty rutted roads and simple shacks held together with baling wire. Pop into one of the tiny mercados (markets) here and experience the friendliness of the people, particularly if you make an earnest attempt at their language.

Medano Beach
East of downtown is the ultra-popular, safe swimming Medano Beach. One of the primary party zones, it offers beachside drinks and dining, constant activity (water sports, horse rides and more), fun in the sun, and some extremely posh resorts. From the informal beachside restaurant The Office to Bella California, this district is a wide mix of people, activities and dining opportunities. Shopping ranges from the constant stream of beach vendors to the high priced gift shops located in the up-market hotels.

The Corridor
The last of the districts, going east on Highway 1, is the Corridor. This is the thoroughfare to San Jose and it spans the 20 miles between the two cities. Growth really began in Cabo when this road was finished in the 1970s. Then, in 1990, the area was opened up to development and the boom of resorts began. A wealth of resorts and golf courses attract those searching to get away from the city commotion and onto the greens that are only steps from your door. With rooms starting at MXN 22.000 a night (plus the restaurant and shopping privileges that accompany them), this area caters mostly to the elite traveler who has little concern for costs. For more penny wise vacationers, the Corridor offers several beautiful beaches with snorkel and diving locations such as the Santa Maria Beach.

Before you are ready to enjoy yourself in this beautiful vacation paradise, however, there are a few warnings. Remember that not all beaches are swim-friendly. Because Land's End marks the division between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, there is a great force of water spewing around this point and into the Cabo area. Double check before you jump in anywhere. Undertow warnings should be posted wherever there is danger. Don't ignore them.

Another warning regards food and water. Remember that not all the water is purified here. “Montezuma's Revenge,” the lighthearted name for stomach illness, is just as prevalent here as it is in the rest of Mexico, so take precautions. Being extra careful never made anyone lose two days in bed while on vacation. Part of the problem comes when food is not prepared with purified water. Remember this when you are tempted to try quick vendor fare along the streets of downtown. In addition, ice in your drinks can be dangerous (unless the water was boiled before it was frozen); and salads, fruit without peels and other items may have been rinsed in unpurified water. A good rule is: if you're not sure, don't ingest it. Bottled water is available in stores around town and most large resorts. It is not insulting to ask at a restaurant or hotel if the water is purified: many will have signs openly stating their policy on water.

With those simple caveats out of the way, it is time to enjoy Cabo San Lucas.

If you poll ten people in downtown Cabo after 8pm and ask why they chose Cabo as a destination, chances are that they will say "to party." Downtown Cabo is certainly the place to be for that; in fact, some might say it is incomparable. The combination of sand, sea and surf seems to make people a little loco, and in this town, drinks flow freely at any hour. The many people who aren't downtown at night though, are vacationing here for other reasons: to relax, golf, fish, sunbathe, dive or snorkel. The mixture of visitors traveling to Los Cabos is changing. It is not just about the nightlife scene anymore.

Nightclubs & Nightlife
If you have arrived for the partying scene, you won't be disappointed. From live rock bands at Cabo Wabo Cantina to crazy beach volleyball games at Sunrise Charlie's to the one-of-a-kind Giggling Marlin, or the “three for the price of one” margarita-zone, known as Rio Grill, you could bar-hop all night long without having to leave the downtown/marina area. There is fun to be had around every corner and even on Medano Beach. This section of swimming beach touts The Office, Mango Deck and the Crazy Lobster as some of its hot spots. And this is just a small sample of what this town has to offer the party animal.

Historical Sights
Most travelers are also interested in exploring some culture when they travel to another country. Cabo, since it is such a young town, has only two historical buildings. The oldest of buildings is the Iglesia de San Lucas, a church from 1730. Interestingly, the church founder, a Spanish missionary, was killed in a disagreement with the locals over their practice of polygamy. The other historical attraction is the lighthouse, El Faro De Cabo Falso, that dates back to 1890. These recent constructions, of course, reflect only the dominant culture of the Spanish. For a nice depiction of native cultures from this area, check out the painted murals in the church turned restaurant, Mi Casa Restaurant & Cantina.

Arts & Culture
If you are interested in demonstrations that will provide some insight into this region and its peoples, tour Cuca's blanket factory and see how blankets have been loomed for centuries here. These gifted artisans are capable of taking your custom design and creating a blanket for you within 24 hours. Or head to the Glass Blowing Factory and be amazed by the skills of the craftsmen as they spin and shape glass into beautiful pieces of art. 

Festivals & Celebrations
Mexicans have long been recognized for their colorful festivals and Cabo's citizens are fond of celebrating. If you happen to be in Cabo during a celebration, you really should attend. It will give you an opportunity to understand Los Cabos and its heritage in a unique way. Some of the most important celebrations are: the Virgin of Guadalupe Celebration on December 12, and the Cabo San Lucas Festival (Festival of the Patron Saint) on October 18. Each of Mexico's cities has patron saints that guide and protect the people of the city. One of the most important saints in Cabo is San Luis, because he protects the fishermen at sea, and the celebration in his name includes much feasting, dancing, parades, local musicians playing in the streets and, of course, drinking. The Virgin of Guadalupe celebration honors the patron saint of Mexico. During these festival days, many of the resorts have begun offering specific cultural nights.

Also, many of the big resorts put on a dinner show or hold a Mexican fiesta night once a week just for vacationers to enjoy. Some of those locations include the Hacienda Beach Resort, the Melia San Lucas and Solmar Suites (all of these on Saturday nights). The fiestas are mini-parties and typically include traditional songs and dances presented in authentic costume and a dinner of traditional dishes. Make sure to ask the chefs or wait staff to identify the dishes you are not familiar with. These fiestas, while not entirely authentic, are a terrific way to experience something of traditional Mexican culture, not to mention food. Meals are enormous, with plenty of choice to justify the steep prices, and a very festive atmosphere. Note that it may be wise to go easy with the free tequila shots that are traditionally offered at these occasions.

Shopping
Shopping is another fun way to spend your day and there are lots of shops to choose from. If you are looking for souvenirs, you can find those everywhere. Whether you buy from a beachside salesman or in a brightly lit shop, there are T-shirts, jewelry, pottery and many other souvenirs of every size and color. Especially worthy of note is the talavera, pottery from Puebla, Mexico of a very high quality, with prices to match and a tradition that dates back centuries. You can find this at the Necri store and several others in Cabo. Necri also carries pewter from Mexico City.

A terrific store for women's clothing is Magic of the Moon. It is filled with hand-sewn clothing made in Cabo and specializes in Cha-Cha-Cha blouses, skirts and bustiers. For fine jewelry go several doors down to Taxco Silver. Carrying a wide selection of high quality silver, they offer many choices including fashionable chokers and bracelets. There are many more to choose from including the Dos Lunas Boutique, El Callejon and El Perico, each carrying fine quality items for a perfect treat for yourself or someone else.

Sports & Activities
If you are interested in outdoor entertainment, look to the sea. Choose from water sports like jet-skiing, water skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming and surfing. The 80F/27C ocean temperatures are inviting to all who love water. If you want to be on the water, but not in it, try parasailing, fishing, whale watching, party cruises, dinner cruises and more. Back on dry land, meanwhile, the innumerable golf courses in Cabo are giving the Sea of Cortez a run for its money when it comes to entertainment.

Whatever your reason for choosing Cabo as your destination, the soul of Cabo and the beauty of the area will win you over. This lively city will provide you with unforgettable memories of your days in the sun.

Long a home to sunshine fun, Cabo is gaining respect for a sophisticated new dining scene that has exploded in the area. The Mexican government opened the area to development in 1990, bringing some exceptional restaurants along with the new resorts. Increasing tourism has also led to the opening of many new restaurants downtown, and a greater variety in the Cabo dining experience.

Whatever your dining decisions, the restaurant experience in Cabo promises to be memorable and offers plenty of variation. The combination of flourishing seafood markets, vacation wonderland environment, activities that will leave you famished and an ambiance that is both romantic and stimulating guarantees that you will enjoy Cabo's gastronomical delights.

Downtown
Nearly every place in town offers fresh seafood, and fresh in Cabo means it was still swimming that morning! One popular seafood location in the downtown area is Mariscos Mocambo. Housed in a large palapa, dining is available either indoors or outside. Much loved by those who like seafood but not its typically high price, most meals cost less than MXN85.

It is not surprising that the most successful of older eateries are good, down-home Mexican restaurants. In the downtown area and across from the town square is Mi Casa Restaurant & Cantina, which is a favorite with locals and tourists alike. Originally a church, this is a colorful location with brightly painted walls and a courtyard dining area. Recognized for its traditional dishes, the quality and quantity of its portions are superb. As you wait for your entree, nibble on a poblano pepper filled with seafood or try some tiny tamales. Watch as the house tortillas are pressed and cooked in the courtyard. Candles are lit at each table as daylight wanes. Relax and listen to the four-person mariachi band (Friday to Sunday during the winter season).

Marina
Marina-side, Seafood Mama's is a romantic choice for seafood lovers, and offers a delightful vierafaelw of the Sea of Cortez. Brasil Steakhouse, a newcomer to the dining scene, yet a welcoming and festive downtown location that offers an all-you-can-eat, sit-down dinner. It begins with appetizers of hot chicken wings, soup of the day, three types of salads and other treats. Then, waiters bring grilled meats such as New York steak, BBQ ribs, chicken, fillet mignon and eight other meat choices. The traditional Brazilian drink Caipirinha, is recommended; this is the only spot in Cabo you will find it. The garden-like dining room is decorated with plants and fountains.

Medano
Another seafood location downtown is Peacock's Bar and Restaurant. Since 1989 this back patio dining room has been head-and-shoulders above many of its competitors. Part of its success is due to more than 30 varieties of appetizers. Try the seafood stuffed eggplant (MXN50) or Mexican-style escargots (MXN75). Keep your appetite in check though, because the seared yellow fin tuna (MXN140) or Blackened Cabrilla (MXN150) is on its way. Peacock's also offers duck, leg of lamb, New York steaks and much more.

Savor the salt air along with your margarita at one of the many beachside restaurants such as The Office. Whether the sun is coming up or going down, you can almost always find a bite to eat here. While the food is good, the location right on Medano Beach is outstanding. If you are looking for something more up-market, go to Edith's, just a half-block away. This lovely outdoor patio restaurant has linen-draped tables, a fine wine selection and a view of Land's End. Fresh salsas and tortillas complement the many seafood specials and grilled entrees. While you dine, a live jazz band plays softly in the background. If you are tired of seafood, try the steak seared at the outside mesquite grill (MXN275), or a chicken or pasta entree. If you aren't, (and why should you be?), there are excellent lobster, shrimp and fish dishes also.
 

El Corredor
Heading out of the city and down the Cabo Corridor toward San Jose gives you the option of some of the more recent additions to the restaurant scene. The only businesses along this route are the hotels and their respective restaurants. Down the Corridor about six miles (ten kilometers) farther is a well-known favorite, Pitahayas, part of the Hacienda Del Mar hotel that also offers beachside dining. It boasts an underground wine cellar and a mix of native spices used in its Pacific Rim-style cuisine. Reservations and formal dress are strongly encouraged at this fine dining venue. A less formal experience with an equally impressive view can be had at the cliff-top Villa Serena.

Cabo San Lucas


State: Baja California Sur


Country: Mexico


Cabo San Lucas by the Numbers

Population: 68,463
Elevation: 20 meters / 70 feet
Average Annual Precipitation: 22.1 centimeters / 8.8 inches
Average January Temperature: 18°C / 64°F
Average July Temperature: 29°C / 84°F


Quick Facts

Electricity: 110-120 volts AC, US-style two-pin plugs are standard

Time Zone: GMT-7 (GMT-6 daylight saving time/ Mountain Time (MST)

Country Dialing Code: +52

Area Code: 624


Did You Know?

Cabo San Lucas was the main staging area for pirates during the late 1500s, who feasted on Spanish galleons heavy with gold.

It is believed that Cabo San Lucas has been inhabited by humans for approximately 14,000 years.


Orientation

Cabo San Lucas is located on the very southern tip of Baja California Sur, between the Gulf of California and the Pacific Ocean. It is located about 1287.5 kilometers (800 miles) south of San Diego, California.

If you love beaches and water sports, Los Cabos is the place to be. Los Cabos (which means "The Capes" in English) is located at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula in the state of Baja California Sur. In addition to the mix of sun, sand and surf, Los Cabos offers the bonus of a backcountry desert for adventure travellers. In just one day, you can snorkel, surf and drive past fields of thorny cactuses.

At night, you can visit the more sedate town of San Jose del Cabo. It rests on a fresh water estuary formed by a river that flows beneath the mountains. There, you can explore art galleries and restaurants.

The narrow Baja California peninsula is nearly 1,609 km long. The Sea of Cortez is an arm of the Pacific Ocean that rests between Baja and mainland Mexico, offering many opportunities for water activities. In total, there is more than 805 km of coastline along the Sea of Cortez side and almost 1,448 km on the Pacific side.

Before Cabo San Lucas was known as the tourist town it is today, the beaches were inhabited by a nomadic Guaycura Amerindian group called Pericu. The Pericú were hunters and gatherers; the shores around Cabo made it easy to live off of shellfish, small game and wild plants. There is also evidence that they were skilled weavers and potters as well.

The Cabo coastline remained untouched by European explorers until 1542, when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Spaniard, made the first contact with the Pericu people while exploring the waters of the Pacific for the Spanish monarchy. The Spanish forces remained because of the threat of English pirates in the area. The harbor at Cabo San Lucas continued to be used by pirates until the mid-18th Century as a hiding place after attacks on Manila Galleons (you can see a ship similar to these in the harbor). The pirates also enjoyed the many coves and inlets, perfect places for stashing loot. After pirating became a thing of the past, the port was mostly ignored because of the lack of fresh water available there.

More activity came to the harbor at the end of the 19th Century. Baja-californianos began exporting bark from the local palo blanco tree, to be processed and used in leather tanning. This made Cabo San Lucas a main shipping port. With the increase of nautical traffic, the Faro Viejo lighthouse was built in 1890 by port authorities at the nearby Cabo Falso.

The abundance of tuna in Cabo was discovered in the early 20th Century, and in 1917 an American tuna cannery was moved from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas to take advantage of this new resource. This brought a new population that continued to grow even as the native population dwindled. By the 1930s, a small fishing village had developed to supply the cannery. The harbor was then occupied by about 400 people, all of whom were involved in the canning industry. This remained the driving force of the local economy until 1941, when a hurricane destroyed a large part of the factory. The damage was devastating and Cabo San Lucas was all but abandoned during World War II, when Japanese submarines patrolled the coast.

After the war, leisure travel became a popular activity and Cabo was rediscovered as a game-fish paradise. Word of mouth brought a sport-fishing craze to the cape in the 1950s and 1960s and Cabo became a hot spot for catching prize-winning marlin and other swordfish. During this time, the small village grew in size to about 1500 residents (not including the many seasonal fishermen that were brought in by plane or boat to fish the cape). The slow but steady pace of growth changed in 1973 when the Transpeninsular Highway was completed. This new link by land between the United States and Cabo San Lucas brought even more traffic to the area. The city soon became a popular destination for people traveling by car and recreational vehicle, in addition to those who already came by boat or plane.

Nowadays, the small fishing village has become a bustling tourist attraction. Cabo San Lucas has increased its numbers and now boasts a population of almost 25,000. The majority of people who call this place home make their living from the tourist industry and most of them are recent arrivals seeking work. Many small shops and boutiques line the streets with souvenirs and handcrafted Cabo clothing. Tour guides are ready to show off the spectacular coastline (and the sights under the water too). Affordable boating adventures and tours await those ready to take to the waves and are a sign that Cabo is no longer an exclusive yacht club just for the upper class sports fishermen.

Great fishing is not the only activity that brings people to the southernmost tip of the Baja peninsula. First class golfing attracts sportsmen of a different kind, while the beaches bring legions of sunbathers each year. Scuba diving is also a popular draw for visitors; the beautiful waters are great for watching exotic, colorful marine life.

Despite deep roots in the past, so richly displayed at the Museo de las Californias, Cabo San Lucas has a distinctly modern feel. It is far enough away from home to be a great getaway, without feeling too foreign. American dollars (and other foreign currency) are widely accepted here, as are most major credit cards.

Looking to get around in Cabo? You're in luck! The Los Cabos region offers many public and private transportation methods. Or, call WestJet Vacations to book your excursions in advance and we'll arrange transportation for you.

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Public Transit in Los Cabos

The main bus terminal in Los Cabos is a short 10-minute drive west of Cabo San Lucas. From the terminal, you can catch air conditioned buses (many with restrooms on board) to Todos Santos and La Paz. Buses to other destinations are also available but less frequent. If you're looking to explore other regions on the cheap, bus fare is only US$4 per person and you can pay in pesos or US dollars.

Cabo by Car

The Los Cabos region offers a wealth of rental car companies perfect for the tourist who likes to go off the beaten path and explore attractions on their own. Most paved and dirt roads intersect with the main highway, the Carretera Transpeninsular or Hwy 1. This makes Los Cabos easier to navigate than many other regions of Mexico. Just avoid high speeds and never drive at night. The road is narrow and has no streetlights. It's also worth mapping out gas stations for refueling, especially in the more rural regions where stations can be fairly spread out.

If you're planning to off-road, four-wheel drive will come in handy (check your rental agreement to make sure you're insured for backcountry exploration). For city streets, any car will do. Just hop in and stop by Los Cabos' many magazine-worthy attractions.

Taxis in Los Cabos

As with most tourist destinations in Mexico, it seems there are always taxis driving around Los Cabos, even in the most remote of areas. But fares are some of the most expensive here across the whole country.

Although illegal cabs are less of an in issue in Los Cabos, guests should still exercise caution when taking taxis. All government-authorized cabs have licence plates beginning with the letter A or B and you can easily identify these taxis by the plate number stamped on the side of the car.

Consulting with your hotel's concierge before travel can also be helpful in determining the best rate.

Airport Information

During the flight into Aeropuerto Internacional de San José del Cabo, you’ll receive two forms to fill out. One is your Customs Declaration Form. The other is your Multiple Migratory Form for Foreigners or FMM for short. One Customs Declaration Form needs to be filled out per family while each guest must complete an FMM.

In Mexico, there is a tourism tax of US$20 per person. For your convenience, when you fly WestJet, this tax is included in the price of your airfare.

Arrival

Upon arrival in Cancun, you'll be guided to the immigration hall where visitors will form a line to meet with a Mexican immigration officer. This officer will ask you for your passport and your FMM and may also ask you a few questions as to the purpose of your trip, how long you will be staying and if this is your first time in Mexico. The officer will then stamp the FMM and return a portion of it to you.

Important: Keep your FMM with you in a safe place at all times during your trip. Mexican authorities can ask you to present this form at any time and you will need this document when you depart the country.

After passing through immigration, you'll pick up your bags and proceed to customs. A customs agent will ask you for your Customs Declaration Form and ask you to press a button on a traffic light-looking device. A green light means you get to pass through without inspection, while a red light means your baggage will be inspected. Should you get the red light, you'll need to open your baggage and the Customs Officer will perform a quick inspection.

Once you depart customs, you'll see representatives from transfer companies, tour operators and timeshare sellers in the corridor soliciting business. If you've purchased transfers to and from your hotel with WestJet Vacations, please continue through until you’re outside the airport terminal. There, you will be greeted by a friendly Terra Mar Airport Transfers representative holding a WestJet Vacations sign.

Once you've found the Terra Mar rep, identify yourself as a WestJet Vacations guest and you'll be on your way.

Hop on board the shuttle and you'll be at your destination in no time. San José del Cabo is just 13 kms down the road, with Cabo San Lucas just under 50 kms away.

Departure

When departing Los Cabos, you'll need to provide officials with your signed FMM card. Lost FMMs can be replaced at the airport or at the immigration office before you check-in for your return flight. However, there is a fee to obtain a replacement card. If you have some wait time before your flight, check out the airport's duty free shops and variety of restaurants.

Vaccinations

Be sure your routine vaccinations are up to date. Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, typhoid and tetanus are commonly recommended. The Public Health Agency of Canada also recommends that all travellers to Mexico get vaccinated for the H1N1 flu virus before leaving Canada.

Mexico uses the North American standard plug, however some properties have only two-pronged receptacles in the room rather than three-pronged receptacles.

Los Cabos' mix of desert, ocean and low-lying mountains makes it different than most other Mexican destinations. It provides a perfect combination for laid-back lounging or for full-on fun adventures. Another one-two punch for visitors is the vastly different personalities of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, each with its own charms.

Between them is The Corridor with its fine beaches, five-star hotels and resorts, and golf courses galore. For you, this all translates into plenty of variety. You may prefer the more laid-back and authentically Mexican experience of San Jose del Cabo, with a population of 60,000 and historical buildings, or the American-influenced but high-octane vibe of Cabo San Lucas, home to 80,000.

San Jose has a traditional town square and central plaza that links streets lined with art galleries, restaurants and cafes. In Cabo San Lucas, the marina is the hub of the action, where boats throng during the day and revellers check out the many bars and clubs at night. The marina is always buzzing with families, romantic couples, adventurers and foodies.

The towns are linked by The Corridor Highway, separated by a 20-minute drive. It's not uncommon to spend a few days in Cabo San Lucas to experience the nightlife, then head to San Jose del Cabo for an evening of art galleries or high-end restaurants. Many enjoy soaking up the local atmosphere in the town’s spacious plaza in the shelter of the imposing Mission of San Jose del Cabo church.

The Thursday Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo (November to June) is a highlight. On those nights, you'll see girls practising folk dances while musicians stroll the streets. Food cart vendors prepare cups of spicy food and art gallery owners offer free drinks. Artists paint and travellers weave in and out of the open-air art spaces.

Add ocean sports like marlin fishing and snorkelling to desert activities such as backcountry Hummer tours, rural ranches and even camel rides, and you’ve got a potent mix of adventures. You can easily dip into at least one, even during a short holiday.

Los Cabos' popularity continues to soar, drawing more than 30,000 visitors monthly and at least 150 flights a week. Eye-popping, high-end properties along The Corridor include Las Ventanas al Paraiso and Marquis Los Cabos, both of which offer butlers, oceanfront pools and spas, semi-private beaches, haute cuisine and an enviable degree of privacy. But you'll find a wide range of accommodations to suit every taste, whether it's in San Jose del Cabo, The Corridor or Cabo San Lucas.

During the flight into Aeropuerto Internacional de San José del Cabo, you'll receive two forms to fill out.

The Mexican peso is the official currency in Mexico.

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