Frequently Asked Questions about Cabo
Los Cabos is a great place pretty much any time of the year. Located in the state of Baja California SUR it is commonly referred to as Los Cabos however, the region actually is made up of San Jose del Cabo, The Corridor and Cabo San Lucas.The summer months can get really warm and in August and September we do get tropical storms and rain. Other than that there are no logical reasons why you should not come. Still got questions? Maybe we got some answers for you below.
The summer months can get really warm and in August and September we do get tropical storms and rain. Other than that there are no logical reasons why you should not come. Still got questions? Maybe we got some answers for you below.
Q: Where is Cabo located and how do I get there?
A: Cabo San Lucas is located in the state of Baja California Sur, or Southern Baja in Mexico along the Pacific ocean at located at the very bottom. You can travel here by land or plane. There are daily flights from many USA and Canadian airports with many being direct flights. Traveling by car will require to come from the north along the US border and traveling the main highway all the way. If you are going to drive it is an amazing trip and planning is highly recommended as driving direct is about 19 hours and about 1,000 miles from San Diego. Flights from souther California are around 2-1/2 hours.
Q: Is Cabo and San Jose del’ Cabo safe? I’ve seen the news and read stories….
A: Yes, Cabo is probably safer than the area you may be traveling from actually. Contrary to the major news media and the “internet” Baja California Sur is very safe. Read for yourself at the US State Departments’ official release. Here is what they posted about Cabo:
“Baja California Sur (includes Cabo San Lucas and La Paz): Exercise caution in the state capital of La Paz. Baja California Sur continues to experience a high rate of homicides. Many of these homicides have occurred in La Paz, where there have been ongoing public acts of violence between rival criminal organizations..” – December 16th 2016
It is still wise to act in a safe manner. Don’t visit outlying areas at night alone on foot, don’t flash cash and be aware of your surroundings. Stay in a group or with a friend. All the same logical travel advice you would getting traveling to other destinations like Cabo. For high-end clients and those of public notoriety Pure Cabo offers personal security services in Cabo.
Q: What is the weather like year-round in Los Cabos?
A: Beautiful all the time – take a look at the Cabo weather forecast on the right of the page. In the winter expect highs in the 70/80’s from January to April with overnight lows in the 60’s. May-August it starts to get warmer with highs leading into the high 90’s to low 100’s by September with 10-15 degree drops at night. August -September/October is tropical storm season but don’t let that scare you. October – December are in the 70’s with sometimes nights getting in the high 50’s to low 60’s.
Q: What time zone is Cabo San Lucas in?
A: Los Cabos and Baja California Sur are located in the Mountain Time Zone and do apply to daylight savings times.
Q: Do I need to speak Spanish to have a good time in Cabo?
A: No, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del’ Cabo and La Paz are very fluent in English as well. This goes for all resorts, hotels and many restaurants. You’ll be surprised at how good the English is. It helps to know some Spanish but if not we are sure you’ll learn some before you leave!
Q: What is the currency in Mexico?
A: The currency is Pesos and exchange rates vary, however, many places in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del’ Cabo will gladly accept US currency at an even or low exchange rate. Many hotels and banks will do money exchanges for you. We recommend bringing Pesos with you as you will usually get a better exchange rate when ordering money from your bank. Many USA airports will also have cash exchange centers in them as well.
Q: Are there national banks and ATM’s in Cabo and San Jose?
A: Yes, there are a number of banks and ATM’s scattered throughout all tourist areas. Our recommendation is to use the ATM’s inside actual banks and at the marina if need be. You can usually get US dollars or Pesos. Be prepared to pay fees for withdrawal from each bank and provider and foreign transaction fees.
Q: Are credit cards accepts in Cabo and San Jose?
A: Yes, many places accept all major credit cards and not everyone accepts American Express. Remember that many cards will charge a foreign transaction fee; American Express usually will not – check with them first.
Q: Will my cell phone service work in Cabo?
A: Yes and many American providers like AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have unlimited North American calling plans that are very cheap. Call your provider before you go and get a plan. Just about every resort and restaurant has WiFi available for data and chat – use that to avoid a hefty bill. If you need a local phone there are Telcel stores everywhere to buy a phone and get minutes. If you need to rent a local phone contact us.
Q: What is the legal drinking age in Mexico?
A: The legal drinking is 18 years old and many laws regarding intoxication and driving are similar to that of the USA. It goes without saying that drinking and driving any motorized vehicle is illegal as well.
Q: Is the water safe in Mexico?
A: In Cabo the water is purified and provided from aquifers in the Sierra de La Laguna range. Most hotels and resorts have their own purification systems on site. There is bottled water at every store pretty much and we recommend to drink that to ease your mind.
Q: What medical faculties and hospital does Baja Sur have?
A: Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del’ Cabo and La Paz all have major hospitals and many are modern facilities. If you are in need of medical assistance or a Dr. you can readily find one locally. The entire region as has emergency services and ambulances. All three towns also have many dentists and other specialists. Pharmacies and access to suitable medication are also in population. Some things to consider are travel medical insurance policies before you come for the duration of your stay. Many US policies do not cover expenses billed; they’ll be out of pocket for you and then you get reimbursed from your provider. They are usually super cheap and a solid piece of mind too.
Q: Is there a US and Canadian consulate in Baja Sur?
A: Yes there are both. The US consulate has two and the first is Tiendas de Palmilla, Carretera Transpeninsular Km 27.5, the second is San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, C.P. 23406 and the phone is (624) 143-3566. The Canadian consulate is #9 Plaza Jose Green (Banamex), Boulevard Mijares, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico, (624) 142-4333.
Q: Is there public transportation and taxis in and around Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del’ Cabo?
A: Yes, there are both. From the SJD airport, there are a number of shuttle services or private transportation services that you can render. Pre-made arraignments are recommended for the best pricing. Taxis are readily available in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo 24/7/365.
Q: Can I drive a car in Cabo / Baja Sur?
A: Yes if you are a legal driver with a license in the USA or Canada or other recognized country. Many car rental agencies will provide specific details on requirements. Just be careful on where and when you drive. While many laws are the same the roads can be fast on turns, shoulders are not the same or non-existent and other drivers, well let’s just say the locals will be more dominant and aggressive than you.
Q: Is there American and non-traditional food in Cabo?
A: Yes, you’ll find some of the best seafood (caught hours earlier) then you’ve ever eaten. Of course traditional Mexican foods, American high-end like Ruth’s Chris to simple burgers like Johnny Rockets and pub food. Sushi, Italian, kosher and vegetarian or vegan even are all in Cabo.
Q: Can I get married in Cabo?
A: Yes and we can help plan the entire event including the fireworks to celebrate! Contact us online or by phone to learn more about the entire process and how simple and affordable it can be.
Q: What is the best time of the year to fish in Cabo?
A: All year long. Cabo is considered the marlin capital of the world and home to the world famous Bisbees Black and Blue tournament in October every year. There are many types of charters you can go on depending on your budget and needs. Average prices are from $350 USD on up to $5,000 plus. All depends on how many people, boat size, half or full day and amenities.
No, you do not need any experience and many of our boats will have English speaking staff. We’ll provide the licenses, the bait, tackle, food, drinks and handle all the work – even hook the fish, you just need to reel it in.
Can you eat the fish? Yes, it can be cleaned on the boat or at the dock and taken to a local restaurant to be eaten that day. Can it be taken home? Yes, we can have it processed and even smoked, freeze/vacuum wrapped and shipped to your home. Can you get a trophy fish in Cabo? Yes, and it an also be mounted too (replica fiberglass).
Fishing is a big deal down here and definitely an experience that you should consider on your trip. Yes, we can help you choose the right boat and time, contact Pure Cabo.
Q: Is Cabo a good place to golf and if yes, do I need to bring my clubs?
A: Yes, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and the surrounding area is host to some of the top golf courses in the world – yes you read that right, in the world. There are public and private courses and we can help to arrange your tee time, provide transportation and club rental as well.
Q: Is Cabo a great place whale watching?
A: That is correct. The best time to see them is from late December to February. There are many whale watching tours to go on and we can help your group get on the best one.
Q: Is Cabo just a party town or will I be able to relax?
A: Cabo can be any kind of town you want it to be. Sunshine 365, some of the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever seen, great resorts, awesome food and tons of things to do. You can party or take it easy and reconnect – Cabo provides you access to do it all.