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Los Cabos Useful Information

Find the answers to all your questions about getting around at Los Cabos.

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TIME ZONE: Cabo San Lucas, the Los Cabos area and all of the state of Baja California Sur are located in the Mountain Standard Time zone (GMT -7), same time zone as Denver and Edmonton.

CURRENCY: Mexican peso is the legal currency. However, American dollars are widely used and accepted in most establishments. We recommend you be aware of the exchange rate.

MONEY EXCHANGE: The easiest and cheapest way to exchange money is to use your debit card in the ATM to withdraw pesos. Be aware of the exchange rate option some ATMs offer upon withdrawal. Exchange houses and hotels usually offer higher rates.

TAXIS: The towns and surrounding areas are divided into defined zones. if you are staying in a hotel, fares will be posted by the lobby. If you flag a cab on the street, ALWAYS agree on the cost beforehand.  To get from one town to the other, you can expect to pay between $50 and $60. Red and yellow taxi vans operate in San José del Cabo; blue and green vans work Cabo San Lucas. They are available 25/7 and always at hand. Uber service is also available now but will not pick you up in federal-sanctioned areas such as the airport.

BUSES: A system of urban buses carry you from one town to the other and along the hotel corridor. The trip between towns will take around an hour and will cost $2 to $3 USD, depending on the exchange rate.

DRINKING WATER: Los Cabos’ water is known for its purity. However, the quality of the water tested at the source varies greatly from what comes out of the tap at the other end. We strongly suggest you buy bottled water, available all over town.

TIPPING: In general, you may tip 10 – 20% in restaurants and bars. Please also try to tip those who bag your groceries or help load your car. Don’t forget to tip your maid, bell boy, masseuse, the band, the entertainment. And by all means, tip more if you want, it will be very much appreciated.

GETTING AROUND: In many places around Los Cabos area there are paths for bikes and pedestrians. Please be respectful of these designations.

EXPORTING PETS: If you are an animal lover and fall for a dog or cat while in town, know that bringing them home with you is an easy and inexpensive process. You only need a certificate of health from a local vet and check with your airline for additional requirements.

PHONE CALLS: Mexico has recently adopted the 10-digit system for all local, long distance, and toll-free numbers, either land or mobile lines. If you bring your mobile phone from home, check with your provider about services available in Mexico, or consider getting a Mexican SIM card. Most domestic carriers will give you unlimited calls to Mexico, US and Canada for as little as $200 pesos per month, plus some data included.


US & Canada: Dial 001 + Area Code + Number

Other countries: Dial 00 + Country Code + Area Code + Number


To make a call to Mexico from abroad, just dial the country code + the 10-digit number.



Immigration department

624 143 0135

American consulate – 24/7

624 143 3566

Canadian consulate – 24/7

624 142 4333

Baja California Sur Tourism Office

624 143 0993

Consumer protection

624 143 2277


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