Cabo San Lucas Information
WHERE ARE YOU?
Los Cabos (the capes), a large municipality spanning the East and West Capes at the tip of the state of Baja California Sur, Mexico, is 900 miles south of San Diego. The Tropic of Cancer crosses the peninsula 50 miles north of Land’s End. The two main tourist areas of Los Cabos are Cabo San Lucas (Cabo), and San Jose del Cabo (San Jose). In the 1950’s, Hollywood celebrities flew down in private planes to fish and hunt at a few exclusive resorts. The two-lane paved highway from Tijuana opened in 1974 and tourists began discovering our secret. The FONATUR, Mexico’s government agency responsible for tourism development, began the infrastructure that enabled Los Cabos to become the resort destination it is today. The area population is approximately 110,000 with over one million visitors a year.
CABO SAN LUCAS CRIME RATE AND SAFETY
Cabo San Lucas is a safe place to travel in Mexico. There is only one main road that goes in and out of Cabo which does not bring any drug related violence to the area. The town of Cabo and surrounding areas is very safe, friendly, and easy going as people live the simple beach life. Twenty-four hour security is provided for the entire property of Villa La Estancia, and the surrounding beach grounds. The neighboring resorts have the same security in place. It’s safe to walk into town from the resort and there is plenty to do within the resort itself.
In the event of an emergency dial 060. Los Cabos has a very low crime rate and is safe, especially when compared to larger, more urban areas in the U.S. and Canada. Do not take valuable to the beach and keep rental cars locked.
Consulary Offices in Cabo San Lucas:
Blvd. Marina Local C-4, Plaza Nautica, Col. Centro
Tel: (52)(624) 143-3566
The increase in violence in recent years has occurred near the U.S. border (Tijuana). Cabo San Lucas is not located near this area as shown on the map below
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CABO SAN LUCAS
Cabo San Lucas is at the tip of the peninsula, where the Sea of Cortes (Gulf of California) and the Pacific Ocean meet. Cabo San Lucas Bay, one of the most beautiful in North America, was once used by pirates to plunder Manila galleons returning from the Philippines. Cabo San Lucas is known for its famous stone arch, called El Arco in Spanish. Famous for world-class sportfishing, annual billfish tournaments award hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes. Other big attractions are water sports, shopping, dining, and vibrant nightlife. The heart of Cabo is its marina; the home of sports fishing fleets, luxury yachts and boats for tours and cruises.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO
Smaller and quieter than Cabo and nineteen miles northeast, San Jose is a colonial oasis founded in 1730 by Jesuit missionaries on the banks of the Rio San Jose. The seat of government for the municipality, San Jose has an appealing downtown of tree-lined streets, a large main plaza, and a picturesque twin-spire church. There’s plenty to do around the area: every type of water and land sport is nearby, or rent a car and explore the East Cape and the Sierra de la Laguna range.
THE TOURIST CORRIDOR
The oceanfront Tourist Corridor separates Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Resort Hotels, endless beaches, and championship golf courses wind along this magnificent coastline.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Average annual rainfall is over 10 inches, most falling in September. The coolest months are December and January. Water temperature, even in the winter, is rarely below 70 degrees F. Average air temperature ranges from 50 to 80 F in the winter to 70 to 100 F in the late summer and fall. The Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula is usually 10 degrees cooler year round than the Sea of Cortes.
The state of Baja California Sur is on Mountain Time.
Both towns have ATMs and American Express offices. The currency is the Mexican Peso. Dollars can be exchanged at booths and at hotels at a slightly lower rate than banks. Banks are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or later, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Some do not exchange travelers checks. Ask before you queue. Shops and restaurants accept dollars but the rate may be lower than exchange booths and banks.
Taxis and car rental agencies are at the airport, major hotels, and in both downtown areas. A valid driver’s license and credit card is required to rent a car. You must be 21 years of age or older. SuburCabos and InterBaja buses run approximately every half hour from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. between Cabo and San Jose, with stops in the Corridor.
English is widely spoken in the tourist areas of Los Cabos, but knowing a few Spanish words like please (por favor) and thank you (gracias) will surely bring a smile.
Tipping is usually 15% of the bill at restaurants and bars. Tip bellboys, taxis, maids, etc., depending on the service. Taking a siesta (afternoon rest) is a Mexican tradition. Some businesses and offices close from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., more so in San Jose, reopening until 7 p.m. or later. In restaurants, it’s considered poor manners to present the check until it’s requested. Ask for “la cuenta, por favor” and your bill will be delivered to you.
Both towns have modern hospitals and good medical and dental facilities. There is a decompression chamber in Cabo San Lucas.
Los Cabos’ water supply is piped from aquifers in the Sierra de La Laguna. All major hotels and restaurants have purified water. When in doubt, ask for bottled water.
Long distance services are at all major hotels. Check rates before placing a call. Internet cafes and cellular phone providers are in both towns. The country code for Mexico is 52. The area code for Los Cabos is 624. Calls within Cabo San Lucas, the Tourist Corridor, and San Jose del Cabo are local calls with seven digit numbers. To make a collect call dial 090 for the bilingual International Operator.
LONG DISTANCE CALLING
To the U.S or Canada: Use the prefix 001, area code and number 001-111-222-3456 For within Mexico outside of Los Cabos Use the prefix 01, the area code and number 01-612-333-4567 For International calls, use the prefix 00, the country code, the area code and number 00-11-222-333-3456 To access US toll free numbers, dial 001-880 and the number: 001-880-555-1212. You will be charged regular long distance rates.
Most cellular phones from the U.S. and Canada may be programmed for local use through Telcel and Telefonica MoviStar, the local carriers. To dial a cellular phone from a land line or another cellular, use the prefix 044-624, then the seven digit cellular number: 044-624-148-9999
The Tourist Corridor is a playground on the edge of the world, where the desert disappears into the sea. A four-lane highway carves through the 18-mile Tourist Corridor connectiong Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Along the way championship golf courses and luxury resorts wind along the stunning coastline with many sandy beaches ideal for a relaxing stroll.