While on your Cabo vacation, simple tips are very useful to make your stay even more enjoyable. We at Cabo Homes and Villas want to give you the following recommendations to help reduce the possible stress of traveling to a foreign Country
Climate: Subtropical desert. During the summer, highs can be in the 90s F with occasional showers. Winter evenings may drop to the 60s, with daytime highs near 80.
If you're flying to Los Cabos by private aircraft, just be aware all flight crew and passengers will be required to clear customs and immigration with the proper I.D. and forms upon arrival.
Language: Spanish is the official language, but English is widely spoken by those employed in tourism.
Commercial Air Lines: The Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) is serviced from a large number of gateways throughout North America, Canada and Mexico. For specific flight information, departure and arrival times, just visit their individual websites or contact your travel consultant.
Health and Medical Services
SkyMed International 14 3 1212 Emergency air ambulance
Amerimed Hospital 10 5 8500 and CSL 14 3 9670 24hr bilingual service
Medical Services: When you or a loved one gets sick or hurt on vacation, you want the best medical care possible. Amerimed has modern facilities, bilingual staff, physicians available 24-7, hospitalization services including ICU, complete X-ray department with CT-scans, MRI services, complete lab and pharmacy services. You can call directly: 105-8500 in San Jose del Cabo or 143-9670 in Cabo San Lucas.
Drinking water: Inside the unit, tap water is safe for cooking and brushing your teeth; we recommend drinking only bottled water or water from the refrigerator water dispenser. Most restaurants in Mexico have purified water including the ice.
Telecommunications: International calls from Mexico can be costly. International calls from the rental units are not allowed unless that unit has Vonage line. Cellular phone roaming service is available for some companies; please check with your local provider if you will have service here. You can buy calling cards at pharmacies or supermarkets. All properties have internet wireless service.
Land Travel: Los Cabos is located approximately 1000 miles south of San Diego, CA at the Tip of Baja and can be comfortably driven in 3 - 4 days. Along the way, there are a number of towns and villages offering a variety of accommodations, not to mention long stretches of white, sandy beaches and spectacular views.
Seafaring: For seafarers who will be arriving from the west coast of the U.S. and Canada, there is a number of large and small marinas that can provide food, fuel and shelter along the way. The voyage is considered a downhill trip, meaning you'll be running with the current. Going home, however, it will be uphill. Once here in Los Cabos, there are guest slips available for a fee in the Marina of Puerto Los Cabos in San Jose and also the Marina in Cabo San Lucas.
Clearing Customs in Mexico: American, Canadian and citizens from all other countries require a valid passport to enter into Mexico. Children under eighteen will require notarized permission from any parent or guardian not traveling with the child.
Before landing, you will be provided a tourist form, FM-T, which you must fill in and present at Customs. You need to keep that form, as you will need it when leaving the country.
Renting a car: In order to rent a car, you must have a valid driver's license, to be 21 years or older and leave a deposit with a credit card. There are Pemex gas stations all throughout the area. Mexico has a government-funded highway patrol, the Ángeles Verdes or Green Angels; these are green trucks that patrol the major highways twice a day and provide emergency service. The service is free, but you will be charged if supplies are needed. To rent a car call our Concierge services, and we will help with this process or you can go online with the different rental companies and check for specific promotions.
Money & Currency Exchange: The official currency used in Los Cabos and Mexico is the Mexican Peso. All services and merchandise prices are published in pesos unless otherwise stated. Most businesses accept American Dollars, and the exchange rate could be slightly different from the banks. Any change will be in pesos. You can exchange money at Scotia Bank and Santander Bank; they are open weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm. You will need your passport, and they will change no more than $300 USD per person per day.
Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted. The exchange rate applied to your account corresponds to the purchase date. Some businesses will charge a 3% to 7% additional fee depending on the company that issued your card.
Public transportation and taxis: Taxis are available 24 hours a day. They are located at all major hotels, downtown and at the airport. Ask for the fare before accepting the ride. To call a taxi, call your Concierge or the security gate and ask for assistance. There are public buses that run as shuttles along the highway between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. These are very economical, between 8 and 30 pesos a ride, depending on the distance, and they run approximately every 15 minutes from 6:00am to 11:00pm.
Los Cabos Emergency Numbers
066 is the equivalent to 911 in USA for police/ fire/ red cross
Local Police: 143 0-057
State Police: 142 41-04
Fire Station: 142 24-66
Cabo San Lucas
Aeromexico: 146 5097 - Volaris: 01 800 122 8000 -
Alaska: 146 5101 -
American: 146 5303 -
Continental: 146 5040
Delta Airlines: 146 5005 -
US Airways: 01 800 428 4322 -
Air Canada: 01 800 719 2827 -
America West: 142 2882
United Airlines: 01 800 864 8331 - Frontier Airlines: 01800 432 1359 -
Airport: 146 51 11