Category - How Far?
How far is it from the Airport is it to San Jose and Cabo San
- The main airport (SJD) is located approximately 20 minutes
by Car from the Hotel and Condo zone in San Jose if you take the
new toll highway which costs 27 pesos ( about USD $2.70 )
each way. If you decide to save the toll count on a longer trip
through the heavily congested town of San Jose. This route is
especially slow during afternoon rush hour.
past San Jose for a total of 45 minutes to the airport or longer
depending on traffic. Yes, Cabo is growing up now and frequently
has large traffic jams mostly in the afternoon as your approach
the downtown core.
Cabo San Lucas is about another 25-30 minutes
How far is the drive from the San Diego / Tijuana border?
- Many customers have mistakenly thought they could drive down
on a Friday after work and be in Cabo that evening. The truth is
- Cabo San Lucas is about 1000 miles from the San Diego border
on a two lane highway with lots of trucks and poor driving
You should count on 2 days of driving as driving at night time
is especially dangerous. Cows and goats like to congregate on
the warm asphalt after the sun goes down, not to mention there
are no shoulders and no lighting. A jerry can with extra fuel is
advisable as well as there are LONG stretches with no gas
stations ( 6 or more hours of driving ) and no signs to indicate
how long before the next station.
Are the Beaches in Cabo Swimmable?
- This is a question that we get asked all the time which is
always difficult to answer. The tip of the Baja Peninsula is
surrounded by two Oceans - The Pacific Ocean and the Sea of
is Medano Beach which is the main beach in Cabo San
Lucas. This whole area is very swimmable and perfect for
families of all ages. Resorts along here include Villa La
Estancia, Villas del Arco, Villas del Palmar and the
RIU Palace. This is also where the world famous "Office"
restaurant and bar is located.
The Pacific Ocean is on the far West side of the Peninsula and
is where the community of Pedregal is located as is Terra
Sol, Playa Grande, and the Finisterra Hotel. Swimming near the
tip ( Playa Grande and Terra Sol ) is off limits and will have
several signs posted to this effect. A little further down by
Pedregal, it is not recommended to swim here unless you are a
very strong swimmer.
As you round the tip of the Baja - more famously known as Land's
Once you leave the town of Cabo San Lucas you will be headed out
along the "tourist corridor". Along this 20 mile stretch between
Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are some of the most
beautiful beaches around. Most of the beaches face open water
and can be rough depending on the time of year. However,
there are several beaches that are prefect for families and
Chileno Beach is at KM marker 15. There are signs that
indicate where to turn off. This is the beach that most of the
tour boats bring their snorkelers to during the day as there are
lots of reefs with a myriad of sea life to observe. It's also a
fantastic beach to just relax and soak up some sun.
Sundays are NOT recommended though as it's a popular destination
for the locals and their families and it can be quite crowded.
Santa Maria Beach is at the KM12 marker. It's a little
less conspicuous and a bit of a bumpy drive on an unpaved road,
but well worth the effort. The beach here is absolutely perfect
with only a handful of people and the odd boatload of snorkelers.
The only thing missing is a margarita stand.
Palmilla Beach - located at KM27. Take the Palmilla exit
from the highway. This stretch of beach is a protected cove that
is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Snorkel and Dive
equipment can be rented from the dive shop located just before
the hotel grounds. There are also many Pangas ( small fishing
boats ) that can be hired here to take you out for a day of
fishing. A little further down the beach is the area of "La
Caleta" which means "many Coves". A perfect spot for
youngsters to explore.
Is it easy to get a taxi at the Airport?
- Most Definitely! There are always LOTS of Taxi's waiting at
the Airport for tourists when they arrive. The cost is $25-$35
to take a cab from the airport to a hotel or condo in San Jose.
To go to Cabo San Lucas will be about $60 or even as much as $75
all the way into Pedregal. It's always best to agree on a price
BEFORE you get into the taxi.
There are also private shuttles for around $15 - $17 per person
that will take you all the way to Cabo San Lucas as long as you
don't mind stopping at all the different hotels along the way to
drop off other passengers.
Sun Cabo Vacations also provides
private transfers which
are more economical for larger groups.
A word of caution: When exiting the Airport there will be a long
line of booths with many people asking you "where are you going"
or "where are you staying" or "let me help you" - IGNORE THEM
ALL! They are Timeshare Salespeople and will offer free rides in
exchange for a "short - 15 minute tour" of their property. These
are all lies and will easily waste a whole day of your vacation.
Be polite and proceed to the exit. All Shuttles, Drivers, and
Taxis will be just outside the airport terminal doors waiting
Is Los Cabos still a safe destination? I've heard
lots of stories in the news.
- Without a doubt! The citizens of Los Cabos recognize that
the tourists are the lifeblood of the local economy. The locals
in this part of the country are very friendly and will go out of
their way to help you with almost anything you need. There have
been some reported instances up near Tijuana and over on the
mainland, but these are hundreds and hundreds of miles away.
This would be akin to avoiding a trip to Denver, Colorado
because there were reports of riots in Los Angeles. There has
never been a serious incident involving tourists in Los Cabos.
In fact, due to the remote location and isolation from the
mainland - Los Cabos is one of the SAFEST destinations in Mexico
to travel to!
Where can I get Groceries?
- In Cabo San Lucas there are several places to get groceries.
Most notably is the huge Costco ( yes, your U.S. or
Canadian membership card works fine ) which is on your right
hand side just as you arrive into town. Just past the Costco
is the brand new (Nov 2007) Wal-Mart and Sam's Club
which has "almost" everything you could want in a department
store. If you're right downtown, there's still the original
Aramburo grocery store that has been there long before all
the big box stores sprang up and has a great selection of
On the San Jose side there is a large outdoor shopping center
that is home to MEGA Foods. This grocery store is huge
and quite often has a wider variety than the Wal-Mart. You
should be able to find everything at MEGA, but if you
can't there is another huge store a little farther down the
highway into San Jose called Soriana's which is another
huge big-box type store which is used mostly by the locals, but
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