Frequently Asked Questions about Cabo San Lucas

Frequently Asked Questions about Cabo

At All About Cabo we get all kinds of questions about Cabo San Lucas and Los Cabos via our Forum, Facebook Page and Twitter.

While many of them are unique and personal, some times we get the same question over and over. When that happens, we add it to our Frequently Asked Questions below.  

We will be adding to the list of questions anytime we think it is necessary.

If you think there's a question that should be on this page, please don't hesitate to contact us

Where is Cabo San Lucas on a Map?

Cabo San Lucas is located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula which stretches down the Pacific side of Mexico. You can see more maps of Cabo on our Cabo Maps page. 

What is the difference between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo?

Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are two separate towns at the bottom of the Baja Peninsula. San Jose del Cabo is an older, more traditional Mexican town while Cabo San Lucas (frequently called "Cabo") is much more of a tourist destination. The two towns are about 45 minutes apart. 

Where do you fly into for Cabo San Lucas?

If you are flying in from the United States or Canada, you are most likely flying into the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). The airport is located north of San Jose del Cabo and is approximately 45 minutes from the hotels in Cabo San Lucas.

How much are flights to Cabo San Lucas?

Flights to Cabo depend on the departure location, airlines and time you are traveling. If you are traveling from the US or Canada, anything from $350 - $1,500 is normal. If you are flying from Europe or Australia, your prices will be much higher. 

When is it cheapest to fly to Cabo San Lucas?

This depends again on your travel plans. The bottom line is that its cheaper to fly to Cabo when fewer people are traveling. Here are some tips on how to find cheap flights to Cabo.

Can you drink the water in Cabo San Lucas?

Almost all of the resorts and restaurants in Cabo San Lucas have purified water. If you are going off the beaten path, don't be afraid to ask. If you doubt the safety of the water, ask for bottled water. A simple "una botella de agua, por favor" or "Auga Purificado" will do. 

Can you swim in the ocean in Cabo San Lucas?

While you may hear many warnings about swimming in Cabo, there are beaches that you can get into the water. In Cabo San Lucas, Medano Beach is by far the most popular beach for swimming as the Pacific Side of Cabo is very dangerous. Along the Corridor, there are several other beaches such as Playa Palmilla, Chileno Beach and Bahia Santa Maria are good. The main beach in San Jose del Cabo along the Hotel Zone is not swimmable.

Can you use your debit Card in Cabo San Lucas? Credit Card?

All major credit cards (except Discover) are widely accepted. In restaurants, it is best to ask before ordering, not every business accepts credit cards. All of the banks will give cash advances and most have ATM machines at their locations.

What should I do if I have an emergency in Cabo?

Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo both have hospitals that cater towards tourists and ex-pats. Amerimed Hospitals offer 24/7 emergency care. Make sure have you

Can you get access to beach clubs in Cabo if you aren't staying at a hotel?

Yes, many hotels with beach facilities offer day passes. It's best to call the hotel ahead of time for rates. 

Can I get married in Cabo? Is it valid?

It is important to know that a symbolic and a legal wedding. A legal wedding requires a lot of time, paperwork and a translator if you do not speak Spanish. While your marriage will be valid in the United States and Canada, it may be an extra hassle. Many people choose to have a symbolic wedding in Cabo and file the paper work at home.  If you want more information about getting married in Cabo, check our Cabo weddings page.

When can you fish for Marlin in Cabo?

You can fish for marlin year round in Cabo San Lucas, however August - October is the best time to head out. 

Where do cruise ships dock in Cabo San Lucas?

Cruise Ships in Cabo do not "dock;" instead they are tendered. This means that the ship anchors off shore and a smaller boat will take you to Cabo. These boats drop cruise passengers off on the western side of the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Here you can meet your excursion, grab a taxi or simply walk along the marina. 

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