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Cabo San Lucas

Travel Guide North America Mexico Baja California Sur Cabo San Lucas

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Introduction

Marina in Cabo San Lucas

Marina in Cabo San Lucas

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Cabo San Lucas is a city at the southern tip of the Baja California region in Mexico. It is located Baja California Sur state and has about 60,000 inhabitants. It has become a popular tourist destination, with high-end resorts, but also still has something to offer for travellers with a smaller budget. It is not the most charming town to the say the least, but there are dozens of activities and going inland you will discover some great desert landscapes.

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Sights and Activities

  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Parasailing and kite-sailing
  • Horseback riding
  • Exploring the inland region with cacti, birds and nice towns
  • Whale spotting during the wintermonths
  • Nightlife and beaches
  • Church of San Lucas
  • Casa de la Cultura
  • Land's End

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Events and Festivals

Day of the Dead

Although the Day of the Dead is also celebrated in many Latin American countries except Mexico (and also in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa), the Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is most intensily celebrated in Mexciowhere where it is equal to a National Holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Although it is about the Dead, it is also a celebration where eating and partying both are common as well.

  • Largest Marlin Tournament in the world

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Weather

Cabo San Lucas has an arid climate with just around 250mm of rain falling a year, mostly in September and October. Summers last from May to September when temperatures average around 30-35 °C during the day with some days hitting over 40 °C. Nights are warm, well above 20 °C and sometimes nights don't drop below 28 °C. Winters are far more pleasant with days of around 25 °C between December and March, nights averaging 16-18 °C.

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Getting There

By Plane

Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) is the sixth largest airport in Mexico and mainly has flights within Mexico and to the United States and Canada. Most airlines from these countries serve Cabo San Lucas, and destinations include Mexico City, Guadalajara, Mazatlan, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana, San Diego, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Denver, Las Vegas, Detroit, Phoenix and Edmonton.

By Boat

Cabo San Lucas' port is frequently visited by cruiseships.

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Getting Around

By Car

Taxi's and rental cars are widely available to explore the city and its surroundings.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Cabo Inn20 de Noviembre St.Hostel94
El Nido at Hacienda EscondidaBlvd. Miguel Angel Herrera y Callejon El DoradoGuesthouse91
Hotel Santa FeZaragoza S/N Col.CentroHotel81
Norman Diego's The Mexican InnSeptembre 16th AbasoloHotel90
Seven Crown HotelLazaro Cardenas y 16 de Sept., Col. CentroHotel84
Hotel Bahia Los CabosPaseo el Pescador s/n El MedanoHotel-
Quinta del Sol by SolmarBlvd Lazaro Cardenas, Col Centro, Cabo San Lucas,HOTEL-
El Ameyal Hotel & Wellness CenterTourist Corridor Km 3.5 - Col. El TezalHOTEL-
Bahia Hotel & Beach ClubAv. El Pescador s/n BCS, MexicoHOTEL-
Cabo Paraiso Condo HotelMiguel Herrera @ Libertad 23450HOTEL-
Bajas Cactus Hotel & HostelAv. Cabo San Lucas s/n esq. 5 de MayoHOTEL90
The Riptide Surf-HostelCorredor turistico km.29.5Hostel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafe's are widely available and you generally can find one in the direct vicinity. Sometimes photocopy stores or photo processing stores will double as an internet cafe with a couple of computers. Look for signs reading "Acceso a Internet" or "Cibernautica" or "Cibercafe". Charges range from approx. US$1 an hour to US$3 an hour, depending on the location.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Phone cards can be purchased anywhere and are needed for the majority of public phones. To call any number outside your region you have to dial 01 then followed by the area code. If calling a cellphone from a normal phone start with with 044. If calling cellphone to cellphone just dial the 10-digit number. To make an international call dial 00 followed by the country code then the local number. To call to Mexico, also dial 00 (most of the times) followed by the national code 52.

Post

The Mexican postal service is operated by Correos de México. The post service in Mexico is pretty good although not very cheap. It is reliable regarding the sending of postcards, but it takes at least a week to send it to other countries (US/Canada), more so if you send it to Europe or Australia. For packages it is better to use international services like FedEx or UPS. If you are sending a package internationally with the Mexican postal service, take the package OPEN to the post office, they may want to inspect it. Seal it up at the post office. Post offices typically open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 1:00pm Saturday. You will find post offices (Oficina de Correos) is almost any town or city in Mexico. To buy stamps it is best to go to the post office, although you can also get them at stamp machines, located outside the post offices, at bus stations, airports and some commercial establishments.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 22.9004487
  • Longitude: -109.9286929

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