Getting Around Cabo San Lucas
The best way to get around Cabo San Lucas is on foot or by car. Sites are clustered within the downtown area, though some vacationers opt for a ride on the scenic water taxi to get from the downtown marina to the best beaches. The only trouble is that you can't walk between the Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo; you'll need to drive yourself or take a taxi along the Corridor. Just don't venture too far off the beaten path – there have been reports of car thefts in outlying areas. Car rental agencies have set up camp in Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), which sits roughly 30 miles northeast of Cabo San Lucas and 7 miles north of San José del Cabo.
Taxi rides from the airport to Cabo San Lucas can be pricey. Check with your hotel to see if they offer a shuttle service, or consider prebooking with an independent company. You may have to share the ride with other passengers, but you'll save a bundle. Past travelers provided favorable reviews for Cabo Shuttle Services, All Ways Cabo Transportation and Airport Baja Transfers.
Activities within Cabo San Lucas and
San José del Cabo
are tightly concentrated in downtown areas, so you can easily explore both towns on foot. However, if you want to reach attractions further afield, you'll want a rental car.
The fastest and most economical way to explore all Los Cabos has to offer is to rent a car. But you should be cautious when driving anywhere beyond the tourist areas; highway robberies have been known to occur. You'll find rental agencies in the downtown area as well as inside the airport.
Don't take taxis if you can help it. They're widely available throughout Los Cabos, and rates are negotiable but always on the high side. The one-way fare between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo is roughly $60; cabs from the Corridor to either town start at around $15, and it costs upward of $70 to get from the airport to any of the hotel areas in Cabo San Lucas.
Water taxis cluster near the downtown marina, ready to take cruise ship passengers and others to Cabo's popular beaches like
Playa del Amor
(located near the iconic
rock formation) or
. These taxis aren't metered, but rates are usually affordable. Previous travelers have paid around $10 one-way. Always negotiate the price with the water cabbies before accepting the ride.
Los Cabos is a popular launch pad for daytrips. You can take a bus (from a terminal about a 10-minute drive from Cabo San Lucas) to outer towns like Todos Santos and La Paz.
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