If you want to experience both Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, a car is the best way to travel. Car rentals can be found at most hotels, the airport and downtown. Note that your own insurance company may not cover you in Mexico so expect to pay a small charge for local insurance coverage. Be wary that gas stations overcharge tourists.
Taxis operating in the Tourist Corridor, between the two towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, are more expensive than other resorts. A 35-minute trip between the two will cost on average AU$50. To avoid being overcharged, ask to see a printed price table or negotiate a price beforehand for longer trips. Short trips within towns are generally inexpensive.
There are two bus services, SuburCabos and InterBaja, which run between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Prices typically start from seven pesos and can reach 25 pesos from either town. Other buses run within the towns, preferred by locals, which can be hailed down as there are no marked stops. Most buses are air conditioned.
Autobuses Aguila and Autobuses del Pacifico are the two main bus lines that service the Baja peninsula. With several daily departures to and from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas, this lengthy ride is suited for those who want to experience more of Mexico and with extra time on their hands. Prices are also steep, almost as much as some flights from the US border.
The Mexican peso is used in Los Cabos. However, US dollars are also widely accepted. All major credit cards are accepted in Mexico, predominantly VISA and MasterCard. ATMs can be found in most towns and currency can be exchanged in hotels and banks. It is recommended to use pesos during your stay, but tips will be appreciated in one dollar bills.
Los Cabos enjoys a year-round average temperature of 25°C. October to April marks the high tourist season with milder temperatures whereas the low season from May to September will see temperatures soar to over 38°C. With over 300 days of sunshine and sea temperatures of 24°C, Los Cabos is perfect for that feel-good dose of vitamin D.
During your stay in Los Cabos, never drink water from a tap. Drink from sealed bottles in restaurants and hotels to avoid the risk of a dodgy stomach. Don't hesitate to ask for a glass of purified water, "agua purificada" or bottled water, “botella de agua” wherever you have your meals. Many resorts purify their water onsite.
The official language of Mexico is Spanish. However, in heavy tourist areas, such as Los Cabos, many locals speak fluent English. Most restaurants, taxis, shops and tourist operators will understand English due to the constant influx of visitors, but if you do know a few Spanish phrases it will certainly go a long way with the locals.
Flight from Sydney to Los Angeles with Qantas before moving on to Los Cabos. Total flight time will be around 17 hours, 30 minutes.
It takes around 18 hours total flight time from Melbourne to Los Cabos. Take a flight with Virgin to Los Angeles and then take a second flight to Los Cabos.
Flying out of Perth to Los Cabos you will have two stopovers, in Sydney and Los Angeles, with Virgin Australia. Total time in the air will be around 22 hours.
English-speaking taxi drivers are always on hand to meet passengers at the airport. Taxis are clearly marked outside of the terminal so don't fall into the trap of following reps with a clipboard from inside the airport. Timeshare sales reps often pose as taxi drivers, so be wary of them to avoid getting sucked into a tour.
Avoid the delay of waiting for a crowded shuttle bus and book a private transfer in advance to take you to your hotel. With bilingual chauffeurs, your journey is made easy. No stop offs, no sharing and no waiting around for other passengers. If you have a larger budget, this is the pain-free way to travel.
If you book your hotel with Mexperience, you have the option of a transfer arranged by your resort included in the price of your holiday. This is good for those who don't like to leave everything until the last minute, meaning you can start your holiday off worry-free and concentrate on the more important things like the nearest cocktail.
From Mexico's main tourist destinations there is the option to ride to your hotel in a van. This may not sound the most glamorous option but the ride is comfortable nonetheless and you will pay a fraction of the price charged for a taxi. Note that the journey will take longer while other passengers are dropped off.
Discover the history and natural beauty of Baja with a guided hike through the canyons. Follow paths traversed by indigenous tribes hundreds of years ago. Take a dip in the springs and waterfalls and examine fossils from incredible rock formations. With several photographic opportunities, marvel at this unique biosphere, taking in its wildlife, history and culture.
For those who love adventure and thrills, tackle Baja's sand dunes, deserts and beaches with a four-wheel all-terrain-vehicle. With no limits to where you can ride, discover Los Cabos the fun way and prepare to get dusty! Ride in the morning to beat the heat or late afternoon in the winter months to catch the sunset over the beach.
Head into the heart of the deserts that surround Los Cabos. Travel through canyons towards the Sierra Mountains and enjoy a scenic ride along the beach with a newfound friend. During the winter months, keep your eyes peeled for sightings of whales along the shore. With a traditional Mexican lunch and a taste of 'Mexican water', aka tequila, you may need that camel ride home!
Learn the basics of scuba diving at the dolphin centre before putting your skills to the test in a secluded cove. For confident divers, head out to the Sea of Cortez to swim with an abundance of sea life. Described by Jacques Cousteau as 'the world's aquarium', the Sea of Cortez is among the top places in the world to dive.
One of the best dining experiences in Los Cabos, Mi Cocina serves creative Mexican-Continental cuisine with an excellent selection of wine and premium tequilas. Try the Provençal-style shrimp served with risotto, roasted tomato, basil and cilantro fish consommé, saving room for their famous chocolate fondant. With a romantic al fresco setting, an evening at Mi Cocina will not disappoint.
Reach the end of a half-hour drive on a desert road to get to this beachside gem. With freshly caught fish on the menu, watch the sun go down over the water's edge. Choose from scallops, shrimp and snapper in garlic sauce or encrusted in fresh coconut, or try the popular mixed seafood wrap, washed down with a frosted margarita.
A stone's throw from the border, the influential Mision 19 takes advantage of its location with a menu sourced from markets and growers from San Diego to Valle de Guadalupe. With inventive and exciting cuisine including duck kebabs dusted with licorice powder and guava, and risotto topped with salted cactus, you will never have a boring meal.
Specialising in nouvelle Mexican cuisine, leading the Baja-Med culinary revolution, Manzanilla is led by chef Benito Molina. Renowned for its freshly caught seafood, smoked oysters and Sonoran beef, soak up the trendy atmosphere with a locally produced bottle of wine. Try the Manila clams in a bacon broth tinged with saffron, or the baby abulón seared on a hot rock.
For dancing all night head to El Squid Roe nightclub, where the local Mexicans roll in after 1am to shake their hips until the sun comes up. With table dancing, this place isn't for the timid. Serving good food and drinks, relax earlier in the evening over salsa and chips before the music starts pumping.
If you fancy getting away from the tourist trap, this local hangout is low-key and full of character. A more adult atmosphere that is great for pre-dinner drinks. If you fancy a night off from the clubbing scene or want to warm up before, Valhalla's margaritas are the way to go.
Loud and at the heart of the Los Cabos social scene, Jungle Martini is all about blasting music and neon lights. Quick service, a fun atmosphere and reasonably priced drinks, this is a good place to stop off for a few drinks before moving on to the other bars and clubs.
Targetted at an older crowd away from the clubbing scene, this live jazz spot is a welcome break from the all-night boozing and partying. For before and after dinner cocktails, Two for the Road boasts an intimate atmosphere and live entertainment, hosted by its two down-to-earth owners, Kathy and Marty.
Home to Baja Sur's largest coral reef, snorkel or scuba dive to discover a colourful world of marine life and shipwrecks beneath crystal waters. Lobsters, eels, rays, parrotfish, angelfish and pufferfish are only a handful of the sea life that you'll encounter. With water temperatures almost as warm as the human body, the sensation of feeling suspended in this unique environment is surreal. If all that water is making you thirsty, take a stroll up the beach to Tito's for a fish taco and chilled beer.
Discover the historic museums of La Paz and the oldest cathedral in Baja, built in the 18th century. Find authentic Mexican handcrafts, heading to Todos Santos to see local artists and their creations of contemporary and Mexican rustic art. A day for the whole family, not just those with a keen eye for architecture or art. La Paz captures the feeling of 'old Baja' with small town charm and grace.
Known by the locals as the 'ruta del vino' (wine route), this area boasts around 50 wine producing houses from small family vineyards to large factories with restaurants, ranches and boutiques. Enjoy a day of discovering the region's finest wines and hire a mountain bike to explore the okra and green landscape. Discover the Arroyo de Guadalupe, a waterfall over 30m high and the thermal waters of San Antonio Nécua where you can drift off. A strenuous day!
Thousands of whales make their migrations between December and April, swimming over 10,000 km to mate and give birth in Baja's waters. Take a day tour from Scammon's Lagoon, San Ignacio Lagoon or Magdalena Bay. If you're lucky enough, mothers and their calves will often approach the boats. Whether you venture out in a kayak, catamaran or zodiac, the awe-inspiring sight of a whale hitting the water is unforgettable.
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