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If you have a chance to take some day trips, it is recommended that you rent a car. Most of the major car rental firms are well represented in México. There are also localized independent operators in most cities. Make sure you know what you are getting in the way of insurance coverage when renting a car. Some credit card companies automatically cover you when you rent a car, but this insurance is not always valid in México. Check with your credit card company prior to leaving, if you plan to rent a car in México.

You will need your U.S. driver’s license, which is valid in México, and a major credit card. Many companies also have minimum age limits for rentals in México. Always remember you are driving in a different country! It’s always best to check into local laws prior to getting behind the wheel, but if that’s not possible, be sure you’re alert when you get behind the wheel.

Driving the highways in Los Cabos is vastly different than you probably experience at home. Here, left turns are done from the far right arterial lanes. Also, you must wait for your specific light to turn from that far lane. When the main light turns green here, it is for thru traffic only; not left turns. You must wait for the left turn arrow. Once your light turns green, be very defensive and cautious as you begin moving, especially if you’re making a left turn. Frequently, visitors who don’t understand the traffic flow, and, yes, many locals, will simply blow on through the intersection. Seeing vehicles obviously attempting a left turn in accidents on the carreterra is very common.

Since car rental fees booked after your arrival can be quite expensive, here are some links to book your rental ahead of time, and helpful local contact information.

When you arrive at the airport, there are three options for transportation: 1) taxi, 2) shuttle or 3) time share presentation.

 

  • Taking a taxi is the quickest way to get you where you’re going, but also the most expensive. They typically run around $75-100USD. But if you are a large group, it is the most efficient and economical. Many people look to share a taxi.
  • You can take a shuttle for half that price per couple. This is the cheaper option, but be warned that the shuttle will stop at as many hotels as there are passengers on board. On the other hand, if this is your first time in Cabo, it is a great way to see some other hotels.
  • When you come through customs, you are likely to hear a bunch of people shouting at you and waving papers and signs. These people are there to offer you an invitation to a time share presentation. This will require you giving up a morning of your vacation to hear a sales pitch, but it can also be quite lucrative. You can get your taxi paid for to your hotel, and usually a number of other free activities thrown in during your visit. Don’t be afraid to bargain!

To research what’s available locally, check the links to the left in addition to these local vendor sites for helpful information:

Important Local Phone numbers-consulate,hospital,airport,etc.
Local Hotels- Links to reservations assistance based on pricing
Los Cabos Photo Tours – Self-guided online tours of Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, local beaches and the Baja Highway. Information, thumbnail pages and lots of captioned photos.
Los Cabos Guide – Online version of the popular local tourist magazine. Comprehensive information about the area, including hotels, golf, arts, eats, beaches, business directory.
A Brief History of The Lower Baja Peninsula – Historical facts and speculation. From A History of Lower California by Pablo L. Martinez.
Travlang – Spanish for Travelers – Handy words and phrases with audio. Choose your own language.
Baja Life Online – Los Cabos – Tourist information and travel links.
Baja Life Calendar of Events – Baja events, including many in Los Cabos.
Baja Travel Guidebook – Los Cabos – Also links for other Baja destinations.
Cabo Gringo Pages – Telephone and business directory.
Carlos Fiesta’s Cabo Expo – “A little Fiesta on every page.”
Gringo Gazette – Local English language newspaper.
The Living Earth Satellite Image – Los Cabos from outer space.
Fodor travel guides – Los Cabos – Hotels, restaurants, shopping.
LosCabosDirectory.com – Information in English and Spanish.
Auto Mexican Service – Emergency roadside assistance and international towing service designed specifically for Americans and Canadians.

If you’re looking for a local hotel or business location, we hope you’ll find this map helpful: