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The Drive to Cabo San Lucas

This is one of the most gorgeous drives in North America though it isn't for the faint of heart. If you drive Baja, take your time and be extremely cautious. The road can be treachorous. Drive slow and you will experience a fabulous display of beauty.


Most of the Baja Peninsula is desolate. With the exception of a few scattered towns, there is really not much along this 1,000 mile expanse except for mountains, desert and sparse vegetation.

There aren't many gas stations, open one's at least, so its critical to fill your car up whenever you see a gas station as you may not come accross another gas station for 100's of miles.

It's advisable to have some pesos with you on the drive down. Most places will take dollars, however you will get hurt on the exchange rate.

It is advisable to carry a gas can, with gas in it and even more than 1 spare tire and a bunch of water.

At the border make sure you get a tourist card from a customs or immigration agent. All you need to tell them is your travel plan. Also make sure you get car insurance. There are a number of places where you can buy insurance prior to crossing the border. This is really important.

During the daytime hours, the roads are patrolled by the Green Angels who will help with gas and minor repairs.

By U.S. standards these roads are very narrow. Most of the road down from San Diego is 2 lanes; 1 in each direction. There is no center divider and often times no painted line. Driving can be challenging as large trucks and buses will pass in the opposite direction.

Do not drive at night or you may run into cows and other animals sitting in the middle of the land.

It is a long drive. The narrow land,set in-between the Pacific and Cortez Sea, is mostly arid and desert. Cactus plants and flowering agave grow right at the rim of the road and back into the land for quite a distance and the few solitary towns along either coast that are inhabited are nothing more than lean-to housing and huts.

The rest stops along the highway are simple one room stores with a few scattered tables and large, old-fashioned glass vitrines displaying modern-day edible items for purchase.

The road can be great, but in other places can be downright dangerous. Wildlife here do not have any road sense, they just wander at will - no fences. Also miles of road without a shoulder, so, should you have to stop for any reason it's best to find someplace where you can get off the highway. It is also wise to top up the gas tank every chance you get as maybe the next gas station will be dry.

For emergencies, the highway is patrolled by the "Green Angels" but only during the daylight hours. They carry certain spare parts, so if anyone has problems, just stay put, they will show up eventually. Always carry Mexican car insurance, obtainable at agencies close to the border crossings. Failure to do so, if you have an accident, could result in time spent sampling the hospitality of one of Mexico's jails.

A great spot to stop midway between Cabo San Lucas and Tijuana is San Ignacio. San Ignacio is about a 10 hour drive from Cabo San Lucas and a 10 hour drive from Tijuana. A terrific place to stay is the Ignacio Springs B&B.

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