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Fast Facts: Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas, located at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, is one of Mexico's leading resort areas. The town, the second largest in Baja California Sur after La Paz, has a population of over 60,000 people.

The mainstay of Cabo's economy is tourism. "Los Cabos" -- the area encompassing Cabo San Lucas, its neighbor San Jose del Cabos, and the area between them (known as the Corridor) -- has mushroomed in popularity since the mid 1980s, attracting both tourists and investors buying second homes.

Cabo enjoys year-round warm and arid weather; average highs in the summer are in the low 90s F (about 34° C), and in the mid-80s F (about 34° C) during the remainder of the year. The town enjoys 350 days of sunshine each year.


Cabo San Lucas map


First Impressions


Inner Harbor
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Cabo San Lucas is a smallish town framed on the west by the dramatic Land's End rock formations, on the north by the arid desert of the Baja peninsula and on the east by mega hotels towering along the Playa El Medano beachfront.

Since your ship will drop anchor just outside the port of Cabo San Lucas, you will be transported to the pier by ship's tender. The trip ashore will take about 10 minutes, and you will be dropped off at the Tender Pier, which is located at the Cabo Marina at the center of Cabo's downtown area.

For all its modernity, the mall and restaurant areas surrounding the marina seem as if they could have been transplanted from Newport, California, as Cabo has more of an "American" feel than all of the other Mexican ports. But as you visit the town, you will indeed find yourself in Mexico.

It's easy to walk around the town and after you've explored the city, taken your excursions or spent a pleasant day on the beach, you can relax with a drink at one of the city's infamous watering holes, or at a bar or restaurant surrounding the Marina.


Time Zone


Cabo San Lucas is on Mountain Time, seven hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time during standard time, or six hours during daylight savings time. In Mexico, daylight savings time begins on the second Sunday of March, and ends on the first Sunday of November.

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Language


Spanish is universally spoken in Cabo San Lucas; all of the restaurant and shop personnel catering to tourists also speak English.


Travel Advisory


Dept of State

The U. S. Department of State has issued this Travel Warning, dated December 24, 2014, to inform U.S. citizens traveling to and living in Mexico about the security situation in Mexico.

"Since 2006, the Mexican government has engaged in an extensive effort to combat transnational criminal organizations (TCOs). The TCOs, meanwhile, have been engaged in a vicious struggle to control drug trafficking routes and other criminal activity...

"There is no evidence that U.S. tourists have been targeted by criminal elements due to their citizenship. Nonetheless, while in Mexico you should be aware of your surroundings at all times and exercise particular caution in unfamiliar areas..."

"Cabo San Lucas and La Paz are major cities/travel destinations in the state of Southern Baja California. Exercise caution in the state capital of La Paz. According to the Department of Interior of Mexico, in 2013 Baja California Sur registered its highest homicide rate since 1997. Many of these homicides occurred in La Paz, where there has been an increase in organized crime-related violence."


Dealing with Money in Cabo San Lucas


Currency



Mexican Peso

The Peso is Mexico's official currency, and uses the "$" sign to denote the peso amount. Each peso is made up of 100 centavos. Bills come in denominations of $20, $50, $100, $200, $500 and $1000 pesos. Coinage comes in denominations of 50 centavos, and $1, $2, $5 and $10 pesos.

Just be aware that larger notes (e.g., $500 Peso notes) are often difficult to change.

The current US Dollar/Mexican Peso exchange rate is as follows:


Banks and ATMs

Banks with ATM machines are found throughout the downtown area of Cabo San Lucas, including the Marina area. Some ATMs dispense US dollars along with Pesos. Bank ATM machines in the city can be found at the following locations:

  • HSBC Mexico: Plaza Bonita, Boulevard Marina; and Plaza Nautica, Boulevard Marina

  • Bancomer: Ave. Lazaro Cardenas between Guerrero and Hidalgo

  • Banamex: Miguel Hidalgo and Lazaro Cardenas, in front of McDonald's

  • Santander Serfin: Ave. Cabo San Lucas at Ave. Lazaro Cardenas; people with Bank of America accounts aren't charged a fee when using Santander.

Cabo San Lucas ATM Map


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See our Cabo San Lucas ATM map for the locations of the above ATMs.


Using US Dollars in Cabo San Lucas

As US dollars are widely accepted in Cabo San Lucas, you don't have to change your dollars into pesos. If you're using dollars alone, make sure to bring lots of smaller denominations (ones and fivers) to pay for souvenirs, incidentals and taxi rides.


Weather


Playa Medano
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Cabo's climate is warm and arid throughout the year, with average daytime highs in the 80s F (about 30° C) from November through May, and average summer highs in the 90s F (around 34° C). It's not uncommon for some 100° days during the summer.

Compared to other Mexican ports, Cabo's humidity is relatively low, averaging between 65-70% year-round. Rain is infrequent, with August through October the wettest months. September through November is hurricane season.

The waters of the Sea of Cortez are very warm, with temperatures into the mid-80s F during the summer and cooling off to the low-80s F during the remainder of the year. The Pacific Ocean is about 10° cooler than the Gulf of California.

With 350 days of sunshine each year, no wonder the whales keep coming back!

Average Temperatures

Average Precipitation



Keeping In Touch


Internet Access in Cabo San Lucas

There are a ton of Wi-Fi hotspots to be found in Cabo San Lucas; here's a partial listing:

Wi-Fi Hotspots

  • Cabo Coffee Company offers free Wi-Fi. Cabo Coffee serves both hot and cold coffee beverages, frappes and pastries. Their coffee is 100% organic, grown in Oaxaca, and roasted and packaged in Cabo San Lucas. Located at the corner of Hidalgo & Madero, across from Plaza Amelia Wilkes. Open daily from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.
    Phone: +52 (624) 105-1130

  • Starbucks offers free Wi-Fi, just like in the US and Canada. They're open daily from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. Located on Boulevard Marina, next to the Puerto Paraiso Mall.
    Phone: +52 (624) 687-4823

  • Cabo Bakery offers free Wi-Fi at their bakery and cafe. Open daily from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm. They serve up some delicious pastries; try their empenadas (available on Fridays and Saturdays only). Located at Plaza Pioneros, on Calle Lazaro Cardenas and Av. del Pescador.
    Phone: +52 (624) 143-1880

  • Baja Peppers offers free Wi-Fi in their downtown restaurant and bar. They're located inside the Hotel Mar de Cortez, on Blvd. Lazaro Cardenas y Vicente Guerrero.
    Phone: +52 (624) 105-0339

  • Cabo Cantina offers free Wi-Fi in their downtown restaurant and bar. They're open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located at Local 8B, Plaza Nautica, at the Marina.
    Phone: +52 (624) 143-3210

  • Cafe Cabo offers free Wi-Fi at their coffee house. Located on Av. Lazaro Cardenas, Plaza Cota.
    Phone: +52 (624) 144-4777

  • Cabo Wabo, Sammy Hagar's infamous bar and cantina, offers free Wi-Fi. They're open from 9:00 am to 2:00 am daily. Located on Avenida Vicente Guerrero, about 3 blocks from the Marina.
    Phone: +52 (624) 143-1188

  • Captain Tony's Restaurant and Bar offers free Wi-Fi at their dockside facility. Located at the Tesoro Los Cabos Resort.
    Phone: +52 (624) 143-6797

  • Hacienda Cocina y Cantina offers free Wi-Fi at their very popular beachside restaurant. Located at the Hacienda Beach Club, Calle Gomez Farias.
    Phone: +52 (624) 163-3144

  • Happy Ending Cantina offers free Wi-Fi in their very popular bar and cantina. Located on Boulevard de la Marina 22, midway between Cabo Wabo and the Giggling Marlin in one direction, and the Pink Kitty, Hard Rock Cafe, Mandala's and Squid Roe in the other.
    Phone: +52 (624) 143-0404

  • Rip's Bar offers free Wi-Fi in their bar and grill. Located in the Plaza de los Mariachis, directly in front of Cabo Wabo.

  • Senor Sweets offers free Wi-Fi in their restaurant. For those with a sweet tooth, they've got some excellent desserts. They're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm daily. Located in the Puerto Paraíso Mall.
    Phone: +52 (624) 105-0102

  • Sharky's Mesquite Grill offers free Wi-Fi. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they serve wood-fired pizza and sandwiches, premium coffee and refreshing drinks. Located at Avenida Del Pescador, El Medano Ejidal. Open daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.
    Phone: +52 (624) 143-5513

  • Tiki Bar offers free Wi-Fi at their dockside restaurant and bar. Located on Cabo San Lucas Marina Dock L-M, next to the Baja Cantina, and behind the Tesoro Hotel.
    Phone: +52 (624) 144-4973

  • 12 Tribes offers free Wi-Fi in their upscale restaurant and bar. Located at the Casa Dorada Resort.
    Phone: +52 (624) 163-5712

  • Wamongo offers free Wi-Fi in their restaurant and bar. They're open daily from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. Located on the Marina, inside the Wyndam Los Cabos Resort.
    Phone: +52 (624) 144-4272

Cabo San Lucas Internet Access Map


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See our Cabo San Lucas Internet Access Map for the locations of the above internet access points.


Internet Cafe

Cellular Phone & Data Services

Customers of U.S. wireless carriers can expect the following levels of service in Cabo San Lucas:

Verizon

Cell service: Verizon's CDMA service in the Cabo area is provided by local partner Iusacell.
Data services: Through partner Iusacell, Verizon offers EVDO coverage in the greater Cabo area.
See details on Verizon's cell and data services pricing and coverage maps.

ATT Wireless

Cell service: AT&T's GSM service in the Cabo area is provided by Telcel and Telefonica.
Data services: AT&T offers 3G service in the Cabo area through its partners Telcel and Telefonica.
See details on AT&T's cell and data services coverage maps.

Sprint

Cell service: Sprint's CDMA service in the Cabo area is provided by partner Iusacell, and with partners Telcel and Telefonica when using a quad-band GSM phone.
Data services: Through Iusacel, Sprint offers EVDO coverage in the greater Cabo area. Sprint also offers 3G coverage in Cabo when using a UMTS-capable device with an active SIM card and global plan.
See details on Sprint's cell and data services coverage maps.

T Mobile

Cell service: T-Mobile's GSM service is available in Cabo through its partners Telefonica and Iusacell.
Data services: T-Mobile offers 2G service in the Cabo area through its partners Telefonica and Iusacell.
See details on T-Mobile's cell and data services coverage maps.


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Cabo San Lucas Telephone Information

Travelers with American and Canadian cell phones should be aware that their carriers will add a variety of international roaming charges when their phones are used in Mexico. You can also buy a "Mexico plan" from your carrier; check with your carrier for the precise details.

If you plan on using your cell phone a lot while on your cruise, you may want to consider getting a SIM card for the trip from OneSimCard.com. These SIMs work in over 200 countries, and provide very affordable prepaid talk, text and data plans. Not only will you save a lot of money, but you'll also avoid a big cell bill surprise when you get home.

Country Code: 52

Cabo San Lucas Area Code: 624

Local Phone Numbers have seven digits: XXX-XXXX

Calling Cabo San Lucas from the US or Canada: Dial 011-52-624-XXX-XXXX

Using your US or Canadian cell phone in Cabo San Lucas

To make a call from:

Cabo San Lucas to the US or Canada: Dial 001 (area code) XXX-XXXX

Cabo San Lucas to a US or Canadian cell in Cabo: Dial 001 (area code) XXX-XXXX

Cabo San Lucas to a local Cabo number: Dial 001-52-624-XXX-XXXX

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Local Holidays & Festivals


Look for the following local festivals, holidays and events taking place in Cabo San Lucas in 2017:

  • Ano Nuevo (New Year's Day), Sunday, January 1. National holiday celebrated with dances and fiestas.

  • Dia de los Santos Reyes (Day of the Three Kings), Friday, January 6. A national holiday celebrating the New Testament story of the arrival of the three wise men who each brought a gift to the Christ child. It's the day that children receive gifts as well as shoes full of candy, and people buy a pastry called rosca de reyes.

  • Todos Santos
  • Festival del Arte de Todos Santos (Todos Santos Art Festival), Tuesday, February 21 to Tuesday, February 28. Todo Santos hosts a week-long art festival, including art shows, concerts, handicraft demonstrations and workshops.

  • Dia de la Constitucion (Constitution Day), Sunday, February 5. Public holiday commemorating the signing of the Mexican Constitution of 1917. The day is usually marked by festivals and street celebrations. Since the day falls on a Sunday, Mexicans also get Monday, the 6th, as a day off.

  • Carnaval (Mardis Gras), Wednesday, February 22 to Tuesday, February 28. Carnaval is celebrated exuberantly in Cabo San Lucas, with feasting, drinking, parades and dancing in the streets.

  • Festival of San Jose, Tuesday, March 14 to Sunday, March 19. A festival featuring evening parties and music, followed by carnivals and parades on weekends. Food venues are sprinkled throughout the downtown, and booths carrying items like freshly made tamales and sugared pumpkin candies are available.

  • Birthday of Benito Juarez, Tuesday, March 21. A public holiday celebrating the birthday of Benito Juarez, who rose from humble origins to occupy the Presidency of the Republic in the second half of the 19th century. Since the day falls on a Tuesday, Mexicans get Monday, the 20th, off to observe the holiday.

  • Semana Santa (Holy Week), Monday, April 10 to Sunday, April 16. The week before Easter is filled with celebrations in Cabo, with daily parades, music and staged performances held at the town square. Easter takes place on Sunday the 16th. During Semana Santa, banks are closed on Maundy Thursday, April 13 and Good Friday, April 14.

  • Primero de Mayo (Labor Day), Monday, May 1. A national holiday.

  • Margaritas
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  • Cinco de Mayo, Friday, May 5. A Mexican holiday that commemorates the Battle of Puebla in 1862, when the Mexican army defeated a French force twice its size just south of Mexico City. This holiday is really only celebrated in Mexico (outside of the Gringo bars) in Puebla.

  • Festival of St. James, Tuesday, July 25. Credited with bringing Catholicism to Mexico, St. James the Apostle is described in legend as a magical man who rides a white horse. Look for riders on white horses in the afternoon parades, and re-enacted battlefield skirmishes staged at the town square around dusk.

  • Feast of the Assumption, Tuesday, August 15. This event celebrates the Virgin Mary's ascension into heaven. Morning processions begin the day with musical bands and floats denoting the Virgin Mary's life.

  • Dia de Independencia (Independence Day), Saturday, September 16. Look for the delivery of the "El Grito de Dolores," the official grunt that marks the day.

  • Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day), Thursday, October 12. Dia de la Raza is how Mexico celebrates Columbus Day.

  • Fiesta de Cabo San Lucas, Wednesday, October 18. Expect lots of dancing in the streets, music and specially arranged local events.

  • Mariachis
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  • Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Wednesday, November 1 (which is All Saints's Day) and Thursday, November 2 (which is All Souls' Day). Celebrants build private altars to honor the deceased, using sugar skulls, flowers and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed.

  • Revolution Day, Monday, November 20. A national holiday celebrating the Mexican Revolution of 1910.

  • Fiesta de la Inmaculada (Feast of the Immaculate Conception), Friday, December 8. Marks the beginning of the Christmas celebration season.

  • Dia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe), Tuesday, December 12. Commemorates the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron saint.

  • Las Posadas, Saturday, December 16 to Sunday, December 24. Commemorates the New Testament story of Joseph and Mary's search for shelter in Bethlehem. You'll see candlelight processions as celebrants stop at various nativity scenes.

  • Navidad (Christmas Day), Monday, December 25. A public and religious holiday celebrating the birth of Christ.

  • Vispera de Ano Nuevo (New Year's Eve), Sunday, December 31. It's party time in Cabo San Lucas!

Cruise Port Schedules


Carnival ship
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While Cabo San Lucas remains the most popular port on the classic Mexican Riviera route (Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan), the cruise lines' decision to terminate weekly trips from Los Angeles and San Diego to the Mexican Riviera has made a substantial impact.

In 2017, cruise ship passengers can expect to spend, on average, just under 8½ hours in port in Cabo.

In 2017, Cabo San Lucas is slated to host 358,200 passengers sailing on 178 ships. See our Cabo San Lucas Cruise Ship Schedule - 2017 for further information.


Cruise Lines Making Port


The following cruise lines will make port in Cabo San Lucas in 2017:

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