Los Cabos Baja California Sur Mexico

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About Los Cabos

What exactly means “Los Cabos”, “Cabo” or “Cape” as you know is the end of something, “Los” is just an article, so “Los Cabos” means “The Capes”.

Los Cabos encompasses several little towns; San José del Cabo (Main municipality), Cabo San Lucas (Also known as “Cabo”), Cabo del Este (All the little villages on the east side), among others. That’s why the name is “The Capes” instead of just “The Cape”.


The Arch
At Cabo San Lucas there is a famous rock formation called “The Arch”, this place is also well known as the land’s end, the last rocks of the Baja Peninsula, the furthest you can go from the border to the south in the Baja peninsula, 1200 miles away from San Diego and the place where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortes.

There are glass bottom boats to visit these formations, a very comfortable trip on the water. During the trip you will see the sea lion colony and the pelican rocks.

Marine & Coastal Fauna
For fishing, snorkeling or scuba diving lovers, as Jacques Costeau said ones, this is ''the richest sea in the world'', because of its abundance of marine and coastal fauna, for nothing this destination is know as “The marlin capital of the world”. Jacques Costeau made an awesome discovery, a cascading fall of sand on a wall dropping 1,200 feet, definitely a most do for divers.

Go Off-Road
There is no excuse to stay in the road in Los Cabos, there are several activities to do, ATV’s are the most common and popular here, but for those looking for more adrenaline, you should try the Baja Bora Tours or the WideOpen tours, can’t tell you more, you need to see it yourself.

From January to March (The only season) you can enjoy a whale watching tour at several boat options, visit the activities area for cruises. Also between July and November there are turtle release programs, a very satisfactory experience.

Hard to believe for some people but Los Cabos has a very high level of cuisine, you can find international or the traditional Mexican dishes, there were only 60 restaurants registered on the 2008 with the 5 diamonds award in the world, well Cabo has one of them, no need to tell you more except that you most give yourself some time for a dine around. More about Dinearounds

Some people often ask for those places where the locals go, for great fish or shrimp tacos visit “Tacos Rossy” in San José del Cabo, “El Ahorcado” in San José also for great traditional tacos (Not fish), be careful with the little creamy sauces, this little dishes contain a VERY spicy combination so please a few drops will be more than enough to make your tacos tasty without making yourself call the fire station. In Cabo San Lucas I know a little spot around the corner before the “Squid Roe” turn to the right and on the next block you will see a little place in the side with several Mexican dishes for Tacos and fresh fruits water.


Is drinking water safe here?
Most of the hotels have filtered water from the tap, but you may also prefer drinking bottled water, don’t worry about the brands they are all purified and verified by local authorities. Still not sure? Most of the hotels may provide you with imported water like Evian or Perrier for your comfort.

Don’t get upset if you receive pesos back when paying with dollars, you are in Mexico after all and the local currency is the Mexican peso. Exchange money at the bank, hotel, or at an exchange store to get the most of your dollars.

Transportation in Los Cabos
This is one of the most discussed themes, since about 15 years ago there are conflicts between private transportation companies and taxis, this conflict has reached the worst level in the last year, at the point of not allowing the transportation companies transfer guests from the hotels to any spot in town or even the airport. In fewer words you have 2 options:

  1. To reach your hotel you may book for transportation (one way) at any transportation company listed here and for your departure or any activity you consider using a taxi.

    Pros: Private transportation companies have very comfortable units and certified/bilingual guides.

    Cons: Price may increase a little (But it worths the price of comfort)
  2. Rent a car. There are several companies in Cabo, either local or Known brands like Dollar or Thrifty.

    Pros: You have the control of your way, time and there are no conflicts to worry about.

    Cons: You must drive in a defensive mode, especially during weekends and evenings. Cars are so cheap here that anyone can get one and you may figure out the rest.

Tips for drivers:
After reading all these tips, you will probably get scared, but there is nothing to really worry about, I want to be honest with you so these are the tips the companies doesn’t tell you.

  1. Drive in a defensive mode
  2. There are no left turns, only with arrow light where indicated or where you see an exit. If you are not sure, keep moving and follow the traffic.
  3. Right turns are not always continuous on red light; wait for your green light even if someone is pushing you.
  4. Prices on gas stations are in Pesos (About 10 to 1), of you have any troubles find someone bilingual to get help.
  5. In case of coalition, call the car rental company so they can reach the insurance company for you. Do not accept deals or money from anyone on the scene; wait for the car rental agent to arrive.
  6. Lock your car at all the time and don’t leave it on dark streets.
  7. The sides have colors, red means no parking, yellow means Taxis only, Blue means handicapped only.
  8. When going to/from the airport use the toll road; carry bills smaller then 20 usd or 200 pesos for this purpose. If you pay the toll in Pesos you will receive Pesos back, and so on with dollars.
  9. Use your seatbelts all the time.


Have a great stay!


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