Los Cabos: Destination Overview

Los Cabos: Destination Overview

So you’re visiting Los Cabos, the hottest destination in all of Latin America. Maybe you’ve even invested in a property here. Congratulations. This vibrant Land’s End getaway at the tip of the Baja Peninsula is magical place where the mountains meet the desert and the desert meets the sea. It’s also a safe, family-friendly destination.

The state of Baja California Sur is of course part of Mexico. But it’s also very different from mainland Mexico, a fact often lost on naysayers who lump the two together.

In addition to drinking bottled water only—a must in Mexico-- here’s some useful information for those journeying south of the border. If you have friends or family who are wary of visiting Los Cabos, this destination overview could provide some reassurance.

Location
Los Cabos is located at the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, west of mainland Mexico and just below southern California. The Sea of Cortez borders Los Cabos on the east; the Pacific Ocean is to the west. Los Cabos is approximately 1,000 miles south of San Diego. Unless you’re a road warrior, book a flight (see below).

Geography
The region is a mix of unspoiled desert landscape, golden sand beaches, and dramatic rock outcrops. Mountain peaks rise to 6,000 feet in the interior. El Arco, a distinctive rock arch at Land’s End, is Cabo’s iconic landmark. Formed over the eons by erosive action, El Arco dips into the sea near the place where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez.

The 20-mile Transpeninsular Highway connects Cabo San Lucas, a lively party capital known for its world-class marina, with San Jose del Cabo, a quaint colonial town threaded with narrow cobblestone streets. Situated within the Tourist Corridor between the two towns are numerous resort hotels and public-access beaches.

Arrival / Departure
Los Cabos International Airport (code SJD) receives nearly 3.0 million airline

passengers annually. Air carriers with regularly scheduled service to Los Cabos include Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United and many others. Non-stop flights or convenient connections are available from most major U.S. and Canadian gateways.

Requirements
All travelers between the U.S. and Mexico must present a valid passport. In addition, visitors must carry a Mexican Tourist Permit, which is issued free of charge upon arrival after proof of citizenship is shown. (It may also be provided in advance by an airline or travel agent). This permit must be given back to an immigration official upon departure.

Mexico has no entry requirements. However, travelers re-entering the U.S. must currently provide a negative COVID test within 24 hours of departure. Most resorts, including Pueblo Bonito Resorts, offer the tests on site. Negative test results are presented at the airline check-in counter when departing Los Cabos.

Climate
Situated just below the Tropic of Cancer, Los Cabos enjoys a mild Mediterranean-like climate, its humidity conditions are similar to Palm Springs, Calif. The average annual temperature is 78 degrees F, with 340 days of sunshine per year. Annual rainfall is 6 to 10 inches at sea level, 50 to 60 inches in the mountains. Mild, sunny days with little or no rainfall prevail from November to July. The August to October period brings hotter days, warmer nights and occasional rain showers. Throughout the year, cool sea breezes make Los Cabos a subtropical paradise.

Currency
The Mexican peso is the official currency. Banks are the place to exchange dollars for pesos. ATMs are the best place to withdraw money, generally dispensed in pesos. American dollars are commonly accepted in Los Cabos.

Language
Although English is widely spoken in Los Cabos, locals appreciate it when visitors speak (or even attempt to speak) Spanish. Master a few basic words and phrases before your trip. Don’t be shy, give it a try.

Electricity
120 cycles/60 volts, same as in the United States.

Time
Mountain Standard Time. Los Cabos is one hour ahead of Pacific Standard Time, one hour behind Central Standard Time and two hours behind Eastern Standard Time.

Beaches
From Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo, there are 20 different beaches to explore. The best known are El Médano, the nerve center of Cabo San Lucas; Santa Maria Bay, a protected cove and marine sanctuary; Chileno Bay, known for its good swimming and snorkeling; Palmilla, where the waters are calm and shallow; Costa Azul, a haven for surfers; and Lover’s Beach, accessible only by boat and located near El Arco.
NOTE: Ocean currents can be strong. Visitors are encouraged to read posted signs and seek advice before entering the water.

Dining & Nightlife
Los Cabos has earned a worldwide reputation for its master chefs and diverse cuisine. Among the highlights at Pueblo Bonito Resorts: Peninsula at Pacifica; LaFrida at Sunset Beach; Cibola at Montecristo; Steakhouse Restaurant at the golf clubhouse; Fellini’s at Rose; Cilantro’s at Blanco; and The Market at Quivira, a food hall with a variety of cuisines. Local seafood is highly prized. Baja’s famous fish or shrimp tacos are a must-try. Attire in Los Cabos is resort casual—leave the jackets and ties at home.

Information
For more information about Los Cabos, visit the Los Cabos Tourism Board’s website: https://www.visitloscabos.travel/