Planning is the first thing and the most important of all the tasks a travel blogger need to do before heading out there. When deciding on a destination, it is important to consider many things regarding the comings and goings of the trip. One of the destinations I was able to go and see in 2016 was Los Cabos. When I was making my plans for this trip, I did not realize there were so many things to consider. Here are some things I learned during my trip to Los Cabos that every traveler should think about.
There are direct flights to Los Cabos – There are direct flight from the US to Los Cabos. The direct flights are primarily coming from San Francisco, San Jose (CA), Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Calgary, Portland, Seattle Anchorage, Dallas Love Field, Houston Hobby, Salt Lake City, Vancouver just to name a few. With these gateways, there are many flights to choose from for connecting flights.
The airport is just outside the town of San Jose del Cabo – driving from the airport to either San Jose del Cabo or Cabo San Lucas is about 20 minutes on good traffic. The commute will take the visitor to Los Cabos in time for happy hour.
You can get to Los Cabos by cruise ship – This is another way to get to Los Cabos. The cruise ships often docks by the marina by Cabo San Lucas letting passengers of. The down side to this is cruise ships often only allow passengers a few hours to roam around town so plan your trips wisely.
There are two major town in Los Cabos – Cabo San Lucas where all the cruise ships dock and the main marina is (the locals simply call this town San Lucas), and the other is San Jose del Cabo (known to locals simply as San Jose) where the old Jesuit mission was once situated were this area was first established.
You need to keep your custom declaration from with you – you will be ask to complete a customs declaration form before landing in San Jose del Cabo airport. Once you land, the custom official will collect a portion of that form and give you the remainder of it. You need to keep the remainder of the form as the customs agent will need to see it before your boarding pass could be issued for your return flight. The gate agent will be collecting this as you board the plane for your flight back home.
There are tolls in the roads from the airport to Los Cabos – if you are renting a car, by ready to pay for tolls when heading from the airport to Los Cabos. They accept both US dollar and Mexican pesos but they only accept them in cash.
The main highway between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo is Highway 1 – This highway actually goes as far north of Tijuana. It has two lanes in most parts of it between the two towns. The trip between the two towns is about 20 minutes and there is sometimes traffic.
The larger resorts are located in Highway 1 – Large hotels and resorts such as Hilton, Dreams, Hyatt and Riu are located in the Highway 1 corrider between San Lucas and San Jose. If you plan to stay at this location you will need a taxi or a rental car to get around.
Los Cabos is famous for sportsfishing – if Los Cabos has a national sport, it would be sportsfishing. If you come to Los Cabos for this sole purpose, you can rent a boat here that would include a skipper to help you out. You will also need to get a fishing license before going to the waters.
There is a difference between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo – These two towns though considered as twins are so different from each other. San Jose del Cabo is where the historic landmarks of Los Cabos are located and is often more relax, quiet and reserve. While Cabo San Lucas is more active, lively and has the ritziest address in town (ever heard of the Pedregal). If you want to party all night in Los Cabos, stay in Cabo San Lucas. San Jose del Cabo is for quiet nights.
There are 18 different missions in the Los Cabos area – I only got to see three during my visit – San Sebastian Mission in Cabo San Lucas, Mission de San Jose del Cabo Anuiti and Our Lady of the Pillar Church in Todos Santos. All missions were first established by Jesuit priests for the first 70 years, then the Franciscans moved in and stayed for centuries. The Franciscans are the same ones who established the Spanish missions in California.
There is an estuary in San Jose del Cabo – according to local history, the native first settled around what is now called the estuary in San Jose del Cabo. The water that you see here comes from the mountains and flows to the Pacific Ocean.
They have Costco and Walmart at Los Cabos – I saw at least two of each – one in San Lucas and the other in San Jose. They also have other supermarkets here such as La Comer and OXXO – there version of 7-11.
They accept US dollars for payments – This is one good thing for us Americans. There is no need to exchange currencies when going to this part of Mexico. However, most merchants will only accept small bills and some can only give you Mexican pesos back as change. Most merchants always prefer cash.
Todos Santos is only an hour away – for a more quieter and small town feel, I recommend spending some time in the small town of Todos Santos. This small quiet town is just an hour away from Los Cabos through its main thoroughfare Highway 1 northbound.