How to Get to and Around Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Flights, Cars, Boats


Getting to Baja California from Mexico is easy for anyone who lives in Southern California like me, where nonstop flights are plentiful. As a travel writer living on the beach right next to Los Angeles International Airport, the most complicated part of travel is when I arrive at Los Cabos International Airport and have to figure out my transportation. to the part of the region that I am visiting. first. I generally like to stay at two different places on my trips, which last anywhere from four days to a week or more.

I like having a car, so I usually rent one when I land. But sometimes I want to leave the driving to someone else and book a transfer to my first hotel or just walk out of the airport and get a taxi waiting in the queue. The airport is not very big and is very manageable for first-time visitors.

Getting to Los Cabos: Los Cabos International Airport

Los Cabos International Airport

Los Cabos International is your primary choice for flying in the area.

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Los Cabos International Airport is my favorite airport in the area, and flights to it are plentiful from various parts of the US, Canada, and other Mexican cities, with around 550 a week from around 40 destinations, many nonstop. US carriers Delta, American, United, Alaska Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest and Spirit fly nonstop to the airport, so airfares are often reasonably priced due to the level of competition. High season (October to April) means higher prices on most carriers.

Visitors from more distant countries can find good connections via major US cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Dallas, as well as Mexican hubs in Mexico City, Tijuana and Guadalajara.

Driving isn’t really an option from the US border unless you’re inclined to be in the car for 1,000 miles, which is the distance between Tijuana and Los Cabos. Getting across the Sea of ​​Cortez by car is possible from the Mexican state of Sinaloa by taking an eight-hour ferry from Topolobampo, but the car and ferry routes are for the more adventurous. Driving from the US border is not recommended, as much of the journey is through the empty desert past small dusty towns with few services, such as hotels and restaurants, to find.

Getting around Los Cabos and Baja California Sur

Cars in Cabo san Lucas, Mexico

Cars are your best option for traveling in the region.

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Car rental

Before arriving at the airport, decide how you plan to get around during your stay. Renting a car allows complete freedom to move around, and if you drive a stick shift, you’ll save hundreds of dollars on rental. There are many car rental companies at the airport, including major players National, Alamo, Hertz, Avis, Budget and Thrifty, as well as Sixt, Ace, Firefly and local companies.

Prices are generally comparable between different companies, but it is important to book in advance, especially in high season. I like to stick with the better known companies like Avis, Alamo, Hertz, and Budget because they’re less likely to run out of cars and leave me to my own devices.

Car services

Leave the driving to others if you plan to stay at a resort along the Tourist Corridor, in Cabo San Lucas, or beyond Cabo Town on the Pacific side of Baja California Sur tip, for once until you arrive at your hotel (expect to spend $60-$75 for a car/taxi service from the airport), most adventure/tour companies will pick you up there and drop you off. Taxis are also plentiful in Los Cabos, especially in Cabo San Lucas. Trips to the airport take 30 to 45 minutes, depending on where your hotel is located.

If La Paz is going to be your home base, expect a 2.5 hour drive north from the airport. There are private car services, taxis and shuttle services to get you there, but a rental car will allow you to explore along the way, which I recommend. The two routes to get to La Paz are both interesting and each route takes about the same amount of time. Crossing Los Barriles on the eastern side of the peninsula is wilder and more scenic, while the journey west takes you through Todos Santos, one of Mexico’s Pueblos Mágicos, or Magic Towns. Just make sure you have a vehicle big enough to hold both your luggage and your snorkeling/fishing gear.

Once in La Paz, the best ways to get around are on foot, by rental car, or by taxi. Again, the adventure/excursion companies will arrange transportation to and from your hotel on the days you travel with them.

See Insider’s Complete Guide to Visiting Cabo San Lucas and Baja California Sur, Mexico.


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