What is the legal drinking age in Mexico?
The legal drinking age in Mexico is 18 years of age.
What currency is used?
The peso is the currency used in Mexico and Los Cabos. US dollars are accepted but you will get a better exchange rate at currency exchange booths than at the various stores and restaurants. Your best bet is to use an ATM to withdraw pesos, as the exchange rate is based on that offered in Mexico City.
Where's the Best place for people-watching?
Downtown strip - several blocks, bars where many young people are looking and showing. The best beach for people watching is Medano.
What is the Voltage?
120 Volts, 60 cycles AC. Europeans who bring electrical equipment need to use a converter compatible with the North American system.
How much should I tip?
The average tip is 15%. You can tip in dollars or mexican pesos. Avoid giving dollar coins, since local employees will not be able to use or change them.
What do I need to drive in Baja?
You do not need any special permits to drive in Los Cabos. It is critical though to get Mexican insurance before crossing the border, as your U.S. insurance is not valid in Mexico.
How much do Taxis cost?
Cabo has some of the most expensive taxis in the world. Taxis are available from the airport and at most locations. From the airport the collective taxi (a small 9 passenger van) will cost approximately $12.00 per person to Cabo San Lucas. The collective taxis and buses will make several stops on the way from the airport to your hotel. Getting back to the airport from Cabo will cost about $45 to $60 for a private taxi.
Most hotels offer shuttle service for a reduced rate.
What are Mexico's Entry Requirements?
A U.S. passport valid for at least six months or a birth certificate with a raised seal accompanied by a photo I.D is required. Foreign citizens should check with appropriate consulates.
If you are driving stop at the border and inquire as to the location of the immigration office and get your Tourist Card there, there is an immigration officer now stationed at the check point just south of Guerrero Negro. If you cannot obtain a Tourist Card from anyone during your trip, stop in La Paz or Cabo upon arrival, to obtain your visa.
Flying Time: About seven hours when flying from the Northeastern U.S.
Time Difference: Two hours behind EST, late October to early April. (Mountain Time US and Canada)
Transportation: Taxis are your best bet. Rates are usually published in the hotels. Check with the bellmen or the front desk for information, and confirm the rate with the taxi driver before getting underway. If you prefer to drive, you can rent a car in Los Cabos for about $60 to $75 per day.
Water - Can I drink the water?
The water supply for all of Los Cabos is spring fed ground water. The water here is very pure, but be careful. The pipes used for distribution of the water supply and other factors can lead to contamination. Although many people drink the water directly from the tap, it is not recommended. Anywhere in the world a change in drinking water can cause stomach distress. We recommend that you drink only bottled or purified water. All of the major hotels purify their water or serve purified water. If there is any doubt in your mind, do not hesitate to ask about the source of water in any establishment. There should always be someone nearby who speaks English and will be able to translate for you. If your still in doubt, ask for bottled water. "Agua Purificada" is what you want.
What is Los Cabos?
Los Cabos is the municipality which includes the cites of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, and located in the state of Baja California Sur.
Where is Los Cabos?
Los Cabos is located in the state of Baja California Sur at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula.
Where is Cabo San Lucas?
Cabo San Lucas is located at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula in the State of Baja California Sur. Cabo is approximately 1,000 miles south of San Diego, California, 10 degrees below the Tropic of Cancer at a latitude of approximately 22 degrees. Cabo is approximately 20 miles southwest of the Los Cabos International Airport.
What is the weather like in Los Cabos?
The average year-round temperature is 78F. During the high tourist season, October to April, the temperature is typically 80F during the day and cools to the 60ís at night. In the low season, May to September, the temperature will go up to 100+F during the day and stay in the upper 70's and low 80's in the evening. The average year-round water temperature in the Sea of Cortez is 75F. The climate is arid with over 300 days of sunshine, with some reports of over 350 days. Average annual rainfall is 5-10 inches(12.7-25.4cm), most with occurring during the months of September and October. Check out the current weather using our weather links page.
How do you get to Los Cabos?
Los Cabos is accessible by air from most major cities in the United States and Mexico by Aeromexico, Aero California, Alaska Airlines, America West, Continental, Mexicana Airlines, United Airlines, and various charter flights flying into the Los Cabos International Airport. From Los Angeles and San Diego, the flying time is approximately 2 hours. Cabo San Lucas is accessible by sea via Carnival Cruises from Los Angeles and other major cruise lines. By land, Cabo is accessible via Highway 1, which runs the entire length of Baja California from the US border. There is Greyhound Bus service from Los Angeles to Tijuana via San Diego and then by Autotransportes Aguila Tres Estrellas de Oro from Tijuana to La Paz and then on to Cabo San Lucas or by various other tour bus operators. From Tijuana, the drive is long (22 hours by car and 30+ hours by bus). The roads are narrow, so be careful and watch out for the cows!
What to wear and bring
Casual resortwear for the day; light jacket or sweater for the evening. Bring shorts, sundresses, cotton skirts, blouses and slacks. Bathing suits, cover-ups, sandals and sneakers are a must, as are film, sunscreen and a good hat! Don't forget binoculars for whale watching!