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Los Cabos...Something for everyone!

At the southern tip of Baja California, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, lies the dramatic landscape and magnificent beaches of Los Cabos. Made up of three resort areas -- Cabo San Lucas, Cabos Sun Coast and San Jose del Cabo-- Los Cabos has something for everyone. A sportsman's paradise, Los Cabos offers a variety of fabulous watersports, championship golf, world-class fishing, hiking and great scuba diving. The natural wonder at Lands End, the famous El Arco (The Arch), is only one of the intriguing rock formations created by the powers of the sea. It is home to seals, sea lions and many species of fish that bask in the sun and the waters of the two oceans. Of course, the beaches of Los Cabos are wonderful and offer quiet and solitude for those who want it, or watersports and smiling people for those who have something more active in mind. Discover the charm and history of the relaxed atmosphere found in the San Jose del Cabo area, or spend exciting times and lively nights in Cabo San Lucas.


What to Know Before You Go

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.

Tourist Information Offices

  • New York (212) 606-9012
  • Chicago (312) 565-2786
  • Houston (713) 880-8772
  • Los Angeles (310) 203-8191 or 203-8316
  • Miami (305) 443-9160
  • Washington, D.C. (202) 728-1758

Consulate of Mexico
Laredo, TX (512) 723-0990 or 723-6360.

National Language:  Spanish
English is widely spoken and understood.

Currency:  Nuevo peso.
Dollars may be exchanged for nuevo pesos at the front desk of many hotels, local banks and currency exchange bureaus. Travelers checks and most major credit cards are accepted.

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)

Voltage: Same as U.S. (110 volts, 60 cycles AC).

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.


General Information

   About the Resort Areas - Comprised of three areas, Cabo San Lucas, Cabos Sun Coast and San Jose del Cabo, Los Cabos has been called Mexico's Palm Springs. Cabo San Lucas is a modern resort town with plenty of great shopping, a wide variety of restaurants, and nightlife activities that include music, dancing, discos and more. Of course, nature has made this area awesome to behold, with spectacular beaches, incredible seal and whale watching and the intriguing rock formations. Cabos Sun Coast, set between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, is a 22-mile stretch of pristine beaches and ever-changing views of breathtaking seascapes, and mountain and desert panoramas. Always a favorite of international travelers, Cabos Sun Coast is an area of unsurpassed privacy and dramatic natural beauty. San Jose del Cabo is a traditional colonial town with a rich Mexican heritage, charming cafes and restaurants, and a relaxed, casual spirit. Its main boulevard is lined with pastel-colored buildings and picturesque shops where you can find everything from native handicrafts to lovely resortwear.

The average yearly temperature is 80 degrees and there are 350 sunny days a year.

Sports and Activities
The beautiful beaches of Los Cabos welcome swimming, snorkeling, sunning and just about every type of watersport. Horseback riding, tennis, kayaking or biking are inviting ways to explore the area. Los Cabos is the marlin capital of the world, so if you like deep-sea fishing, this is the place to be! For the golf enthusiast, there are several fantastic courses, including the Palmilla Resorts 27-hole course designed by Jack Nicklaus and the Melia Cabo Real Resorts championship Robert Trent Jones course.

Crafts, pottery, glassware, silver, traditional Mexican clothing, baskets, handwoven rugs and local art can be found in the quaint shops of both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

The downtown area of Cabo San Lucas offers a variety of restaurants to suit any taste. The marina view at Salsitas goes well with its tasty Mexican specialties. For an Italian meal, try some of the delicious pasta dishes at Romeo & Juliet or El Galeon. The seafood lover cannot afford to miss out on the worlds best shrimp, found only at The Shrimp Factory.

The local hot spots keep the nights alive in Cabo San Lucas. Such favorites as Rio Grill, the popular Giggling Martin and Squid Roe offer plenty of fun and a lively, festive atmosphere. Cabo Wabo, a terrific club and cafe made famous by the rock group, Van Halen, is a good place for a quick bite and some fun souvenirs. In San Jose del Cabo try the Tropicana for international cuisine in a casual setting or Pepes for delicious seafood and a great view.

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!

Optional Excursions and Activities

Lands End
Take some extra time to explore the famous Arch and the beautiful beaches (including Lovers Beach!) surrounding it.

Whale Watching
There are few places in the world where you can see, touch and study the earth's largest living mammals -- gray, blue and sperm whales -- in such abundance. Heart stopping glimpses of these friendly, majestic mammals make lifelong memories!

Deep-Sea Fishing
Over 850 species of fish can be found in the waters of Los Cabos, and because of a catch and release program, there is plenty for everyone! Try your luck for striped marlin, sailfish, wahoo, dorado and yellow fin, while the antics of the sea lions, dolphins and whales keep you entertained and delighted.

There are several fantastic golf courses in Los Cabos. In addition to those mentioned in the Sports and Activities section above, The Los Cabos Country Club offers spectacular ocean views to go with its nine challenging holes. Playing golf in Los Cabos is like playing golf in paradise!

Helpful Books

Due South Los Cabos
(Ulysses Due South)
by Stephane Marceau - June 1999


*Requirements for US Citizens