CABO Tourist Guide

Everything you need to know

Before your travel.

Cabo is the perfect mixture of rocky desert landscapes, gorgeous beaches, and a broad range of activities for all ages such as Snorkeling, Golf, Eco-tours, nightlife, and gastronomy, making it one of the best destinations of the world. Cabo San Lucas and San Jose, have been grown as one and quickly become the most important tourist destination in México, receiving 2.5 millions or tourists in 2017 and 142,835 visitors just in January 2018.


Located on the southern tip of the Baja California Sur Peninsula is a mountainous desert location that separate the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California better known as the Sea of Cortez, named by Jack Cousteau as the largest aquarium in the world. For being one of the five most diverse ecosystems on the planet. This contrast of desert and sea makes a magical place that enchants all its visitors with its unparalleled beauty, and that also offers numerous activities to its visitors.


With a desert, semi-tropical environment, Los Cabos enjoys an ideal climate, clear skies, and sunny days. The average temperature ranges from 19°C to 26.7°C (50°F to 80°F) from November to April and from 21°C to 35°C (70°F to 95°F) from May to October. The average annual rainfall is 12.7 to 24 cm (5 to 10 inches), with most of the precipitation occurring in September. The coldest months are December and January. Even in winter, the water temperature rarely drops below 21°C (70°F), maintaining an average temperature of 23.8°C (75°F).

Entry requirements and procedures

Customs Form and Visa: It's common to receive a customs form and a tourist visa form (FMM - Forma Migratoria Múltiple) on the flight or at the airport before landing in Mexico. You may be required to fill out the information on these forms.

Visa and Passport: Upon arrival at a Mexican airport like Los Cabos International Airport, you will go through immigration. You should present your passport along with the visa form (FMM). Other documents that can serve as proof of citizenship include a certified birth certificate, voter ID, naturalization papers, or a citizenship certificate.

For Return Flight: It's advisable to keep a copy of your visa (FMM) with you during your stay in Mexico, as you may need it when checking in for your return flight to the United States. Read more about the digital FMM

Traveling with Children: If parents are traveling alone with children, there may be requirements for providing a notarized letter of consent from the absent parent to leave and return to the country of origin. This requirement is in place to prevent child abduction. Be sure to check the specific requirements for traveling with minors. Tips For Traveling with Kids to Cabo.

Customs Declaration: After clearing immigration, you will retrieve your luggage and proceed to customs to present your declaration. You are expected to declare any items you are bringing into Mexico, and customs officials may inspect your luggage.

Traffic Light System: The mention of a "traffic light" system where you press a button and the displayed light determines whether your luggage will be inspected is not uncommon. However, the specific procedures and systems may vary by airport.

No Visa Requirement: For short tourist stays (up to 180 days), US citizens do not need a visa to enter Mexico.

cabo beach in San jose del Cabo


Once you land at San José airport, it will take you approximately 15 minutes to claim your luggage and 20 minutes to reach San José downtown or 45 minutes to get to Cabo San Lucas. If you come with transport from the airport to your hotel included you do not have to worry about anything, you have to follow the instructions given to you at the time of booking, and you will be at your hotel as soon as possible. If on the other hand, if the vacation package you purchased does not include transportation, you can take a taxi directly from the airport to take you to your destination, or take the bus that leaves from the airport and travels the road to Cabo San Lucas.

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In Cabo

The arch

Natural Wonders of Los Cabos

  • Land's end, The arch: One of the most iconic landmarks, El Arco, is a natural rock formation that stands majestically at the point where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. A boat trip to this spot offers a unique opportunity to witness sea lions basking in the sun and a panoramic view of the ocean's vast expanse. Read more about the Arch in Cabo San Lucas
  • Whale Watching Adventures: From December to April, the waters around Los Cabos become a playground for migrating whales. Visitors can book a tour and witness the majestic humpback and gray whales breaching and playing in their natural habitat. Know more about whales in los Cabos.
  • San jose Estuary: A beautiful natural reserve area in the heart of San Jose del Cabo. Home of hundred of migratory birds. Read more about San Jose del Cabo Estuary

Outdoor Activities and Adentures

  • Waters Sports: From snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters to surfing the waves at Zippers Beach, water enthusiasts have a plethora of options. Paddleboarding, jet-skiing, and parasailing are also popular activities that offer a unique perspective of the coastline.
  • Desert Exploration: The Baja desert landscape provides a stark contrast to the blue waters. Guided ATV tours or horseback rides through the dunes and cacti-filled terrains offer a different kind of adventure.
  • Golfing in Paradise: Los Cabos boasts some of the world's most picturesque golf courses. With the ocean as a backdrop, golfers can enjoy a round surrounded by breathtaking views and challenging terrains.

Cultural and Historial Experiences

  • San Jose del Cabo's Art District: A stroll through the cobblestone streets of San José del Cabo's Art District reveals a vibrant arts scene. Galleries showcase local and international artists, and on Thursday evenings, the district comes alive with an art walk, where visitors can meet artists and enjoy live music. Read more about the Art walk in San Jose del Cabo
  • Mission of San Jose del Cabo: Established in the 18th century, this mission church stands as a testament to the region's colonial history. Its intricate architecture and serene ambiance make it a must-visit.

The Nightlife and Culinary Scene

  • Gurmet Dining: Los Cabos offers a culinary journey, from traditional Mexican fare to international gourmet dishes. Seafood lovers can indulge in the freshest catches, while those looking for authentic flavors can explore local taquerias.
  • Night Clubs and Bars: As the sun sets, Los Cabos transforms into a nightlife hub. From the pulsating beats of nightclubs to the laid-back vibes of beach bars, there's a venue for every mood.

restauarnt at los cabos facing the arch - the office bar restaurant
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