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5 Tips for Traveling to Los Cabos

Updated: Jan 19

5 Tips for Traveling to Los Cabos

Make the most of your trip to Los Cabos by getting ready with these 5 useful tips you need to know before you travel!

If you are planning to travel to this beautiful destination, this guide is for you. Our travel experts at Ozeanity Experiences give you 5 travel tips everyone should know, from when to travel to Los Cabos to swim with Whale Sharks, to the smartest way to manage your money during your Los Cabos vacation. Read on for more information and book your Activities today with the leaders in adventure tourism in Los Cabos!

5 Tips for Traveling to Los Cabos

1. You Must Know Where You Want to Stay (There are Several Cabos in Los Cabos)

The first thing all travelers should know when visiting Cabo is that there are, in fact, two Cabos. The "two Cabos" are sister cities located 35 minutes from each other, each with its own characteristics, cultures and things to do.

The best known is Cabo San Lucas, where the Famous Arch is located at. The resort town located at the southern tip of Baja California. It is full of hotels and has a lively marina, full of shops and restaurants.

5 Tips for Traveling to Los Cabos

Northeast of Cabo San Lucas is San José del Cabo, the municipal seat of the Municipality of Los Cabos and where the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) is located. It is the oldest and most residential city in the region. Unlike Cabo San Lucas, which is full of hotels, resorts, and tourist attractions, San José del Cabo has older buildings, more residential districts, and several points of cultural interest such as its famous art district or its iconic church, located in the Zócalo of the city better known as Plaza Mijares.

San Jose Del Cabo

Although lodging can be found in both cities in Los Cabos as well as in the tourist corridor that connects both cities and that houses many prestigious hotels, we recommend that you establish which one best suits your itinerary before booking.

2. You must plan when to travel (especially if you want to see whales or do seasonal activities)

In addition to where to book, knowing when to book is important for any trip to Baja California. Factors involved in choosing the perfect time to travel include price, weather, and other environmental considerations. The most popular time to travel to Cabo is during the winter and early spring, although this is also when prices are at their highest. Due to the combination of two factors, our visitors from the United States and Canada want to get away from the intense cold in some regions. And the second, because (in our opinion) it is the most beautiful time of the year, to visit this beautiful destination, it is the whale season. The Amazing Whale Watching season runs from mid-December to mid-April.

Los Cabos is usually more busy (and hotter) during the summer months. Fall is when there are fewer people and lower prices, but there is also a higher chance of rain.

If whales aren't your goal and you're looking for low prices and great weather, we recommend timing your visit in May or June, after the crowds and before the heat.

You have probably already heard about the incredible experience of swimming with wild sea lions in the beautiful Espiritu Santo Island, in the middle of the Sea of ​​Cortez. If you are interested in visiting this majestic area, you should plan your trip between September and May, since as part of the conservation policies to protect the colony of sea lions in the Espiritu Santo area (La Paz), the local authorities have restricted the possibility of swimming with sea lions during June, July and August. Book your adventure to The Sea of ​​Cortez and discover why Jacques Cousteau called this place the "largest aquarium in the world."

Snorkel with Sea Lions in Baja

From mid-October to April, the experience you cannot miss is swimming with Whale Sharks. Take an excursion to La Paz, put on your snorkel gear and swim alongside the largest shark in the ocean, the majestic whale shark.

Be sure to book your Swimming with the Whale Shark Experience early because it usually sells out very quickly.

3. Prepare For Water and Sun

As a coastal city near the equator, Cabo has warm waters and sunlight to spare. Both can cause difficulties for travelers who do not come prepared.

Knowing how to swim is essential for any visit to Cabo as there are beaches with particularly strong currents. Listening to the lifeguards' directions and staying out of dangerous waters will help keep you safe during beach visits. Check the tide and weather report before you go swimming, and always pay attention to signs posted near the beach. Do not miss this list of The Most Popular Beaches in Los Cabos.

Be sure to pack a wide range sunscreen (50+ SPF) and clothing designed for outdoor excursions. Make sure your sunscreen is waterproof; otherwise it will be practically useless on the beach, and if it is 100% biodegradable, the unique Marine life will thank you.

4. Manage Your Money Well

Los Cabos is a preferred destination primarily for American travelers, so you will find that most activities and restaurants are priced in USD, which can be expensive for Mexican travelers, so it is important that you are very aware of the type exchange.

An important point is that transportation (mainly taxis) is expensive in Los Cabos, especially if you must travel between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, there is the Uber service, but there are hotels that do not allow their drivers to enter to pick up passengers, likewise, this service is not available at Los Cabos International Airport (SJD).

If your hotel is in Cabo San Lucas, there are two options: ask if your hotel has a free or low-cost shuttle service, or find out about the bus service called the Desert Drive, which will take you to Cabo San Lucas for a lower price than a taxi would (although you should also expect it to take longer to reach your destination). Depending on the type of trip you are going to make, you can consider renting a car, in this way you can move more freely and explore the wonders of Baja such as Balandra, Jewel of the Sea of ​​Cortez.

Beautiful Balandra Beach

As a general rule, try not to carry a lot of cash with you, during the holidays it is common to get distracted and end up losing money or spending more without realizing it. It's a good idea to bring a credit or debit card, but keep in mind that there are many places that do not accept them, so you should always have a little cash with you.

USD are accepted pretty much everywhere, but make sure the exchange rate is fair.

5. Don't Forget Your ID

You'll need it to check into your hotel, for some activities like diving excursions (along with your PADI credential), and to access nightclubs and other attractions, and if you want to exchange money, you´ll be asked to show your passport.

Bring your passport and drivers license, and make sure they stay with you, you have no idea how many people, lose their passport.

Scuba Diving in Cabo

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