At the tip of Baja California Sur, Los Cabos is approximately 1,000 miles south of San Diego and just south of the Tropic of Cancer. Los Cabos refers to the town of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, stretching east toward La Paz and north to Todos Santos.
Subtropical desert. During the summer, highs can reach 90° F with sporadic showers. Winter evenings may drop to 60° F with daytime highs near 80° F.
Major hotels and restaurants have purified water. Water comes from the surrounding mountains and is filtered through natural sand beds. Many resorts desalinate and purify their own water on the property.
Los Cabos is on Mountain Time (MT), which is one hour later than Pacific Time.
120 volts/60 hertz Electrical outlets are the same as those used in the U.S
BANKS AND CURRENCY:
The official unit of currency is the Mexican peso (MXN), though the U.S. dollar is widely accepted in Los Cabos. All major Mexican national banks are represented here and are usually open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many locations have ATMs that accept US bank cards the same way they do in the U.S., although transaction fees may be higher (around $3). ATMs dispense Mexican pesos. You can exchange dollars for pesos at the airport, hotel or at any bank. Banks usually have the best rates.
App uses social media for cash transfers
An alliance between the Mexican bank Banorte and Facebook has streamlined the process of sending money transfers, even for people who do not have a bank account.
First-time users of PePer have to link their Facebook and WhatsApp accounts with the app, as well as their bank accounts, after which they can transfer funds to people on their contact lists.
Gone are the days when one had to type in long strings of bank account numbers. By simply adding friends on PePer, transfers of up to 7,000 pesos per day (US $365) and up to 16,000 pesos per month ($834) can be done from the palm of one’s hand.
Bank account movements can be readily consulted through the app, and users also have the option to chat with each other through it.
Available for iOS and Android devices, PePer can also be used to open a Banorte bank account, although having one is not a requisite to use the app.
To receive money, users who do not have a bank account are sent a code they must enter at a Banorte ATM in order to retrieve their cash.
U.S. Consular Agency
Carr Transpeninsular, Km. 27.5
The Shoppes at Palmilla, Local B221,
San José del Cabo Tel: (624) 143-3566
E-mail: ConAgency Los Cabos@state gov
Consular Agency of Canada
Carr. Transpeninsular, Km. 0.5
Plaza San Lucas, Local 82
Col. El ezal, Cabo San Lucas
Tel: (624) 142-4333 Toll-free: (800) 706-2900
Dialing the U.S.: To call the U.S. from your U.S. phone dial 00 + 1 + area code + telephone number.
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS:
To call the police, dial 911 from either a cell phone or a landline.
- Federal Highway Patrol (624) 122-5735/(624) 125-3584
- Cabo San Lucas Fire Department (624) 143-3577
- San José del Cabo Fire Department (624) 142-2466
- Military Hospital (624) 122-3488
- Red Cross (624) 143-3300 Airport (624) 122-1486
Hospital H+ (624) 104-9300
The Los Cabos international Airport (SJD), located just 20 minutes north of San José del Cabo welcomes domestic, international and private or charter flights.
You need a valid passport to be allowed into Mexico. When traveling abroad, all passengers must pass through customs and immigration. Once you have passed through immigration, collect your luggage and proceed to customs. Here passengers push a button on a traffic light of sorts; if the light turns red, your luggage has been chosen for inspection.
After passing through the customs and immigration area, you may be greeted by time-share sales people eager to get your attention. Cab drivers and pre-arranged transportation providers will be waiting outside the building.
Unless you’ve arranged pickup by your hotel, yellow and white mini shuttles are your best option, as they’re less expensive than taxis. They won’t depart unless they’re full, so you may have to wait a few minutes.
There is also a smaller, less frequented airport, the Cabo San Lucas International Airport (CSL), which welcomes mostly private aircraft. It is located just 10 minutes away from downtown Cabo San Lucas.
This airport receives more than 200 flights each week. At press time, the following airlines offered flights to Los Cabos: Aeroméxico, Air Canada, AirTran, AirTransat, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, CanJet, Delta, Frontier, Interjet, Spirit, Sun Country, Sunwing, United Airlines, US Airways, Virgin America, VivaAerobus, Volaris and WestJet.
There are also nonstop flights or convenient connections to Los Cabos available from many cities in the U.S., including Atlanta; Charlotte; Chicago; Dallas/ Fort Worth; Denver; Detroit; Houston; Kansas City, Mo.; Minneapolis; Newark; Phoenix; Salt Lake City and Seattle. From California, there are flights and connections available from Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose. From Canada, there are flights available from Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.
CAR RENTAL TIPS
Minimum age to rent is 24. Driver’s license and major credit card are required. Mileage is free. Rent from an agency with multiple locations so help is close by if needed Gas prices are about the same as in the U.S. Return rental car with the fuel tank at the same level as you received it to avoid high refueling charges. Your own insurance company may not cover you in Mexico, so expect to pay $17 to $22 per day for local Insurance coverage.
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