If you want to start planning your next vacation to Los Cabos, Mexico, but are uncertain about the date, at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Los Cabos we are offering more flexibility, so you can book now and change your travel dates later. For more about the destination, we have included some helpful Los Cabos travel tips below.
Helpful Things You need to know before you go to Visit Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas is an idyllic resort city located at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Cabo San Lucas is rated as one of Mexico’s top 5 tourist destinations, boasting beautiful beaches with striking azure waters and white sand surrounded by desert mountains. The famous landmark ‘El Arco’, the incredible waters that are perfect for scuba diving and watersports, and a wide array of bars and restaurants serving delectable cuisine and impressive cocktails are only a few of the activities that you can enjoy while there.
Cabo San Lucas is a wonderful holiday destination for all types of holidaymakers, whether one is traveling with family, their partner or friends. Below are some helpful things to know If you are considering a trip to Cabo San Lucas.
Is it safe to Travel to Cabo San Lucas?
The Los Cabos Tourism Board states that Cabo San Lucas is safer to travel than ever before, as the public and private sector have invested money into upgrading the security infrastructure, equipment, and personnel. They have intensified and unified their efforts to ensure safety throughout Los Cabos.
Even with a new safety infrastructure in place, like all major cities worldwide, it’s best not to wander too far on your own or late at night. Try to stay within the designated tourist area, downtown Cabo or the marina area, and your hotel resort grounds to avoid any potential problems. Also, ensure that you go on excursions with a legitimate tour guide company.
The difference between Cabo San Lucas and Los Cabos
Cabo, Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas… there are various names being used when referring to this Mexican municipality. The name ‘Los Cabos’ directly translates in English to ‘The Ends’, which is referring to the two towns that make up the municipality that is Los Cabos. These two towns are Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Cabo San Lucas is often shortened to ‘Cabo’ and San Jose del Cabo is usually shortened to ‘San Jose’.
San Jose a 30-minute drive along the picturesque coastline from Cabo. The romantic town of San Jose offers a different experience to the vibrant town of Cabo. it boasts colonial history and offers nostalgia, a step back in time to an older-Mexico, with enchanting cobblestone streets decorated by flags, flowers, and charming buildings. San Jose is home to numerous art galleries, museums, and authentic Mexican restaurants serving delicious cuisines, such as Pozole and Enchiladas.
Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Los Cabos is located in between the two towns, sitting like a gem along the oceanfront. Each town is easily accessible, with Cabo being an 18-minute drive and San Jose being a 21-minute drive from the resort.
The weather and climate
Cabo San Lucas has two main seasons – winter and summer. The climate of Cabo is very dry and doesn’t harbor much humidity. This is because the city is surrounded by desert mountains as opposed to the tropics, unlike other parts of Mexico. Wind from the United States also helps and blows through keeping the humidity at bay.
During the winter (November through to April) it’s pleasantly warm during the day, with temperatures reaching 27°C and above. The evenings are usually cooler as the winter air from the United States blows through, with temperatures dropping to 14°C. It’s rare to experience precipitation during the winter period, with it raining only 1 day on average.
The summer period begins in May and lasts until October. The daytime temperature can reach 35°C and the night time being around 18°C. There is also a ‘rainy season’ during the summer, which usually happens between months August – September. During the rainy season, there is more humidity than usual.
The Mexican Peso is the most commonly used currency throughout Cabo San Lucas and Los Cabos, although the U.S dollar is still widely accepted in many establishments. Numerous banks offer currency exchange during business hours. Major credit cards are accepted in most places.
Entry requirements for Mexico
There are a few entry requirements that any foreigner entering Mexico will have to comply with. Firstly, one must have a valid passport at the time of entry, which also has blank passport pages (for stamping purposes). The currency restriction for entry is USD $10,000 and the currency restriction for exit is also USD $10,000.
A tourist visa will be required at entry if a person is visiting for 180 days or less. This is handed out by flight attendants and can be filled out on the plane while flying to your destination. If you have a valid multiple-entry US visa, you can use it to enter Mexico for up to 180 days without a Mexican Visitor Visa, as long as your US visa is valid during your stay and you do not work while in Mexico.
What is there to do in Cabo?
Found at the tip of Baja California, Cabo San Lucas is where the desert meets the ocean. No matter where you are located in Cabo, you are only a block away from the wonderful Sea of Cortez. There are exciting activities and excursions offered, as well as numerous restaurants, shops, and bars to enjoy! Below are the 6 most popular activities to do while in Cabo:
1) One of the most popular excursions is the whale watching tour, where you can up close and personal with the outstanding Humpback Whale! The best time to see the whales is between December and April.
2) Have you ever been on a jet ski, kayaked or parasailed? You can enjoy all of these activities at the wonderful Medano Beach, which is the main beach in Cabo San Lucas. As well as the beach hosting numerous watersports activities, it is also lined with bars and restaurants, both family-friendly and adult-only, all serving delicious contemporary Mexican cuisine and beverages.
3) Visiting The Arch or ‘El Arco’ is one of the most popular things to do while in Cabo San Lucas. The Arch is a beautiful, famous landmark in Cabo. These natural formations are located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean becomes the Gulf of California. Just along from The Arch is a paradisiacal and dainty beach called Lover’s Beach or ‘Playa del Amor’. Lover’s Beach offers breathtaking views of the bay and The Arch, and is the perfect place to swim in the warm water and sunbathe on the white sand beach.
4) The sunsets in Cabo are renowned for being incredibly beautiful, with the sky filling with strokes of red, orange and pink as the golden sun sets over the calm Sea of Cortez. One popular way of enjoying the sunset is to go on a Sunset Sail. Take a luxury sailboat from the marina and enjoy specialty cocktails, ice-cold beer, and canapés while you watch the sun sink into the horizon. The Sunset Sails also offers wonderful views of the sun setting over Land’s End and Lover’s Beach.
5) Feeling adventurous and ready to create an unforgettable memory? In Cabo, you are offered the opportunity to swim with Whale Sharks! Although these sharks are huge (18-33 feet or 5.5-10m), they are gentle in nature and herbivores. They will calmly swim and dance around you, while you admire their beauty and being, before continuing their journey deeper into the ocean. The best time to see the whale sharks is between November and March. This is an experience that you will never forget!
6) There are numerous water activities you can explore in the Baja Desert while riding a camel in the Outback Camel Safari! The guides will show you the bewitching natural wonders of the Baja desert and show you the best of the unique Baja Californian culture.
Plan your trip and come stay with us at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Los Cabos! We are waiting for you. See you soon!