What You Should Know
Getting to Cabo
Cabo San Lucas is closer than you think — it's just a short flight from most U.S. international airports. You can make your great escape to the land's end in just a few hours!
Commercial jet service to San José del Cabo International Airport (SJD) is provided by various airlines including Alaska Airlines, Aeroméxico, Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, SunQuest, United Airlines, US Airways, Virgin and WestJet.
There are non-stop flights from San Diego, Los Angeles, Ontario, San Jose (CA), San Francisco, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, and Las Vegas into Los Cabos.
Connecting flights are available from Sacramento, Portland, Detroit, Boston, Newark, New York, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Saint Louis, Miami, Albuquerque, Austin, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto, Canada and many more!
We highly recommend renting a car if you're staying at one of our villas. For alternate ground transportation options while in Cabo, please click here.
For more information on air transportation options, including Private Jet Charters to Cabo, call us today.
Would you like help with your flight planning and monitoring? Cranky Concierge can help you make sure your transportation to and from Cabo goes smoothly.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: A Safe and Beautiful Destination
Situated at the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula over 1,000 miles from the US-Mexico border, Los Cabos is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, stunning desert terrain and the Sea of Cortez. In many ways, Cabo's island-like isolation is a great part of its appeal to safety conscious travelers. The hundreds of thousands of visitors who visit Los Cabos each year experience a very high-level of safety and security as well as warm hospitality and luxurious accommodations. With very low crime rates and tourism as its central industry, Los Cabos is a safe and smart choice for an outstanding Mexico vacation.
In Cabo: Local Towns and Facilities Los Cabos is home to two distinct towns: Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Both are safe, clean, and have modern services like bank machines, good medical facilities, mobile phone providers, and Internet cafes. English is spoken in hotels, and in most stores and restaurants.
Crime is not a big problem in the resort areas of Los Cabos but use common sense and caution, as you would anywhere you travel. Do not leave valuables unattended on the beach. Use ATMs with the same vigilance you would at home. Absolutely avoid narcotics and firearms. If in trouble, ask to contact the U.S. consulate.
Legal Entry and Departure Requirements:
CAUTION - There will be timeshare representatives soliciting you with freebies as you walk past. Unless you are seriously interested or would like to spend at least two hours of your vacation time listening to a salesperson, just walk on by. You'll find car rental desks, taxis and transfer companies right outside the customs area.
For information on documentation and customs requirements, please see the U.S. Department of State's Passport and Travel Initiative websites, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection site.
Canadian Passengers Visit the Canadian Passport Website for more information.
At the Airport After clearing Immigrations and Customs with your baggage, proceed to the airport lobby area.
Departing Cabo After checking out of your accommodations, make sure you head off to the airport with plenty of time to check your luggage and catch your departing flight! Please be sure you have the proper documentation, especially the Mexico Tourist Card.
Useful Phone Numbers: The country code for Mexico is 52. The area code for Los Cabos is 624. Most pay phones accept prepaid cards, which are sold in various denominations at money-exchange booths and many shops. Most Internet cafés offer long-distance calling services.
Most cellular services will allow you to roam in Mexico (charges will apply). If you have a smartphone, be aware that extra data charges may apply while in Mexico. Call your provider before your trip to find out if service is available. ESSV also offers convenient cell phone rentals for your use. Call your ESSV representative to reserve.
Most Internet cafés offer long-distance calling services. Some cell phone providers will allow you to roam while in Mexico. Check with your provider before your trip. All Los Cabos area cell phone numbers are considered long-distance. When dialing a local cell phone number, dial 624, followed by the 7-digit phone number. When dialing a Los Cabos cell phone from the U.S., you must dial 011-52-624, followed by the 7-digit phone number.
Emergency - Any location in Los Cabos: 911
U.S. Corporate Office: 1-831-724-5800
1-800-745-2226 (U.S. or Canada)
Cabo Guest Services: 143-9242
Long Distance Access numbers Los Cabos cell numbers (from Mexico)
624 + number
Los Cabos cell numbers (from U.S.)
011-52-624 + number
Fire Station 143-3577
Red Cross 065 or 143-7869
State Police 143-0296
Municipal Police (Local Police) 060 or 143-3977
Tourist Police 143-3977
Pedregal Main Gate (Security) 143-7117
Address: Transpeninsular Km 6.3, Col. Cabo Bello, Plaza del Rey. Cabo San Lucas BCS. ZC 23455
Tel: 104.3910 Emergency Cell: 104.3911
San José del Cabo
Fire Station 142-2466
Red Cross 065 or 142-0316
State Police 142-4104
Municipal Police (Local Police) 060 or 142-0361
Address: Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 24.5, Fracción C-1 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
American Consulate 143-3566
Canadian Consulate 142-4333
International Operator 090
Domestic Operator 020
AMEX Traveler's Checks 001-866-247-6878
Airlines (Within Mexico)
Airport 146-5111, 146-5113
Air Canada 01-800-719-2827
Alaska Airlines 001-800-252-7522
American Airlines 01-800-904-6000
Continental Airlines 01-800-900-5000
Delta Airlines 01-800-123-4710
Frontier Airlines 001-800-432-1359
United Airlines 01-800-003-0777
Virgin America 001-877-359-8474
Frequently Asked Questions
Top 5 FAQs
Do I need a passport to travel to Cabo?
When will my credit card be charged?
Can CaboVillas.com help me schedule tours and excursions?
Do you supply air travel to Cabo?
Do we need to rent a car?
Los Cabos Activities
I’m traveling with children. Are there any special programs for
kids in Los Cabos?
Can CaboVillas.com help me schedule tours and excursions in Cabo?
What kind of dining options are available?
How’s the golfing in Cabo San Lucas?
What’s the deep-sea fishing like in Cabo?
What's the nightlife like in Los Cabos?
What is the legal drinking age in Mexico?
Are there nude beaches and topless sunbathing in Cabo?
Are the beaches safe for swimming in Cabo San Lucas?
How far from the beach is our resort?
Booking a Vacation
When will I receive my confirmation documents?
When will I receive my travel vouchers?
Why do you need me to sign the credit card authorization
When will my credit card be charged?
Will you call when my second payment is due?
There are eight people in my party. Can we each pay by credit card?
Can I fax you a copy of my signed rental agreement?
What happens if the villa I rented is for sale and gets sold prior to my trip?
What special services does CaboVillas.com offer?
Can you help me plan a wedding in Cabo San Lucas?
Do you offer special Cabo vacation packages?
Transportation to Los Cabos
What is the best way to get from the Los Cabos airport to Cabo San Lucas?
What are the taxi rates in Los Cabos?
What kind of license and insurance are required to drive in Baja?
Do we need to rent a car?
What are the entry requirements for Mexico?
My flight to Cabo is an int’l flight. Do I need to re-confirm my return flight 48 hrs before departure?
Do you supply air travel?
How do you get to Los Cabos?
You can reach Los Cabos by air from most major cities in the United States and Mexico. Flights to Los Cabos International Airport are available through Aeromexico, Aero California, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Continental, Delta, United Airlines, Virgin (beg. November 2010), WestJet and various charter flight companies. From Los Angeles and San Diego, the flight time is approximately two hours.
Cabo San Lucas is accessible by sea though major cruise lines from Los Angeles. By land, you can get to Cabo by Highway 1, which runs the entire length of Baja California from the U.S. border. Greyhound Bus offers service from Los Angeles to Tijuana via San Diego. Autotransportes Aguila Tres Estrellas de Oro travels from Tijuana to La Paz and Cabo San Lucas. From Tijuana, the drive is long (22 hours by car and 30+ hours by bus), and the roads are narrow, so be careful and watch out for the cows!
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Where is Cabo San Lucas?
Do I need to worry about crime in Los Cabos?
What medical services are available?
Is it safe to drink the water in Cabo?
Where do we get groceries?
In Cabo San Lucas: If you haven’t arranged for the pre-stocking of your villa, you’ll want to stop for provisions. CHEDRAUI (formerly CCC) and SORIANA are east of Cabo San Lucas on Highway 19. Both large supermarkets offer great quality food items and produce. The WALMART and SAM’S CLUB flank each other close to Km. 2 on the main highway. At the Walmart center, you’ll also find La Europea offering imported wines and cheeses. Located on Paseo del Pescador and Lázaro Cárdenas, CITY CLUB is a large warehouse store offering groceries and bakery items. Sam’s Club and City Club require memberships or a small fee to shop.
In the Corridor: To stock your pantry, you may want to stop in at COSTCO (requires a membership) located at Km. 4.5 on the main highway, with the usual big-box warehouse variety of foods and beverages.
In San Jose del Cabo: When you need to stock up on groceries, hit up the gleaming MEGA superstore, which is just outside of town, across from the entrance to the toll highway on Boulevard Mauricio Castro. SORIANA at Km. 34.5 and a new WalMart on the highway near Avenida Valerio Gonzaléz are also good choices.
Is there internet service in Cabo?
What should I know about phone service in Mexico?
The country code for Mexico is 52. The area code for Los Cabos is 624. For directory assistance in Mexico, call 020. For international assistance, dial 090. For emergencies, dial 066. Most pay phones accept prepaid cards, which are sold in various denominations at money-exchange booths and many shops. All Los Cabos–area cell phone numbers are considered long-distance. When dialing a local cell phone number, dial 044-624, followed by the 7-digit phone number. When dialing a Los Cabos cell phone from the U.S., you must dial 011-52-1-624, followed by the 7-digit phone number.
What is the electrical current compatibility in Mexico?
Are credit cards generally accepted in Mexico?
What should I know about currency?
NOTE: New regulations passed by the Mexican government went into effect on September 14, 2010 tightening the use of American cash dollars (USD) while in Mexico. Businesses may only accept a maximum of $100 USD CASH per transaction, certain businesses may not accept dollars for any purchases, and hotel and exchange booths will only be allowed to exchange $1,500 per month into Mexican Pesos. The use of credit cards, traveler’s checks, Mexican pesos and other foreign currencies are not affected.
Most banks have ATM machines for after-hours cash. Use ATM machines with caution, just as you would at home. Check with your US bank prior to your arrival in Mexico to find out if they have a Mexican affiliate bank you can use while in Cabo. By using the affiliate banks, you can save money on ATM withdrawal fees. Many stand-alone ATMs around Cabo can carry hefty fees and we do not recommend using them.
Travelers checks can be useful, as personal U.S. checks are rarely accepted.
What type of clothing should I pack?
What is the weather like in Los Cabos?
Do I need to speak Spanish in Los Cabos?
In what time zone is Los Cabos located, and does the time change with daylight savings time?
Spanish HelperAlthough English is spoken in much of the resort area of Los Cabos, it's helpful to learn some basic Spanish phrases for your Cabo vacation!
|Good morning||Buenos días|
|Good afternoon||Buenas tardes|
|Good evening/night||Buenas noches|
|How are you?||¿Como está usted?|
|Very well, thank you||Muy bien, gracias|
|See you soon||Hasta luego; Hasta pronto|
|No thank you||No gracias|
|You're welcome||De nada|
|I think so||Creo que sí|
|I don't know||No sé|
|My name is ________||Me llamo _______|
|Sorry||Perdóname, lo siento|
|How long?||¿Cuánto tiempo?|
|Where are you from?||¿De donde es usted?|
|What time is it?||¿Qué hora es?|
|How much does it cost?||¿Cuánto cuesta?|
|What is the price?||¿Cual es el precio?|
|Where is/are ______?||¿Donde está/están ______?|
|Where is the bathroom||¿Donde está el baño?|
|Where is my hotel?||¿Donde está mi hotel?|
|Where's the airport?||¿Donde está el aeropuerto?|
|How far?||¿A qué distancia?|
|Is it very far?||¿Está muy lejos?|
|Can you help me?||¿Usted puede ayudarme?|
|How do you say _____?||¿Como se dice ______ ?|
|When are you going to leave?||¿Cuando va(s) a salir?|
|How old are you?||¿Cuantos años tiene(s)?|
|What is your name?||¿Como se llama?|