Baja Peninsula
Cabo San Lucas & San Jose


ATV and Bike Rentals
Fun for the whole family, no matter what your age! We highly recommend Sergio's rentals or The Old Lighthouse Tours both located in Cabo San Lucas. In San Jose, the El Presidente hotel has ATV rentals as well.


Banks/Currency Exchange
Los Cabos banks open at 8:30 a.m. Foreign banking, i.e. currency exchanges, must be done before 11:30 a.m. Most bank machines operate in English and Spanish and will give you cash on your Visa or Mastercard. You can use your ATM card for cash at BanOro in San Jose and Banamex in Cabo. Most stores will exchange US dollars and a few will take Canadian...your change will be in Pesos. It is usually more convenient to change money at a Baja money exchange, but the banks have the best exchange rates.


Beaches
Beaches are beautiful but can be very dangerous, so be careful and NEVER turn your back on the surf! The safest beach in San Jose is at the West end of the bay near the Palmilla. The best swimming and snorkeling beaches are Chileno and Santa Maria, which are located in the corridor between San Jose and Cabo. Snorkeling and scuba diving equipment can be rented at Chileno beach or surf shops located along the highway. Snorkeling with all the different colored fish is incredible and a must do! Access to these beaches is just off the corridor, you can take the bus for a few Pesos, take a cab, or, if you've rented a car you can drive there.


Car Rentals
Car Rentals are expensive in Mexico but a car gives you the freedom to explore the area and discover many things which are otherwise difficult to find. We recommend that you rent a car for at least one week of your time while in Los Cabos.


Fishing
Fishing in this part of the world is exciting and very rewarding. Most boats leave at approx. 6:00 a.m. You will need to take your own lunch and refreshments. You can book a boat in town or you can go down to the Playita in the morning and book one there.


Golf
Golf has become a very important tourist activity in Los Cabos. There are currently 5 playable golf courses with challenges for all levels of golfers. The nine hole Fonatur Course is reasonably priced at $18.00 for nine holes and challenging to play. The Jack Nicklaus Palmilla course is beautiful. Cabo del Sol, also a Nicklaus course, was host to the 1995 Masters Grand Slam and is definitely considered a world class course. The Cabo Real Course is spectacular with gorgeous views at every hole. Try the new Cabo San Lucas Golf And Country Club.


Hospitals
If you need immediate medical attention, go to the emergency department of one of the two hospitals in San Jose or to the one in Cabo San Lucas.


Laundry
There is a laundry room at your disposal in the adjoining tower building.


Markets
The Mini Super which is located in the Los Cabos Mall has a great variety of items and carries many imported items that are hard to find in other stores. A new 24 hour market called Trader Dick's has opened on the highway, in front of Coral Baja. They even have Cappuccino to go and many imported items including Bagels. The new Aramburo's market on the highway, has the most complete selection of items, but you will require a vehicle to get there. The open air vegetable markets along the side of the highway are also good and remember to pick up a sack of oranges on your way into town from the Airport.


Nightspots
Nightspots in San Jose are Bones, beside the Presidente Hotel, the Iguana (good music & dancing), Tropicana and Eclipse in downtown San Jose. Zippers is good on Friday nights. In Cabo San Lucas try the Rio Grill, Giggling Marlin, Cabo Wabo, El Squid Roe, or the new Hard Rock Cafe. If you like Jazz, try's Edith's near the Bahia Hotel.


Pharmacies (Farmacia)
If you have "Montezuma's Revenge" try Floratil or Imodium. If this doesn't work, call a doctor.


Restaurants
In San Jose: Damianas is a must, but should be saved for later in the trip otherwise everything else seems anti-climactic! Zippers has large portions of food, and the ribs are great. The Tropicana has good food and live music at night. Call Pizza Fiesta for the best pizza in town, their # is 21816 and they deliver. DaGiorgio's has 2 locations, both with great Italian food, but the view from the location in Cabo is spectacular.

In Cabo San Lucas: Romeo and Julietta's has great Italian food at a good price. The Giggling Marlin is a fun place to go, for or after dinner, it's always a party. Pepe's, located near Palmilla beach is crazy and has good food, watch out for "Tequilla Breaks". Carlos and Charlies is a lively atmosphere with good food. For a good brunch buffet try Melia Cabo Real located in the corridor, or the Fiesta Inn. Both have huge selections at reasonable prices.


Shopping
Shopping is fun and there are many things to purchase. Barter with the beach vendors for anything from silver to clothes. There are merchants everywhere selling silver, but remember to check for the '925' stamp on it to prove it is real. Both Cabo and San Jose are full of shops selling anything you can imagine, and try the Glass Factory in Cabo for some neat gifts or souvenirs. Along the Corridor between the 17th and 18th km. is an artisan's market where you can find handmade items from all over Mexico.


Side Trips
Todos Santos (approx. 1-1/2 hrs. from San Jose) is very quaint and artsy. Visit the church and wander around town. La Paz is approx. 2-1/2 hrs. drive from San Jose but remember that stores close at 1:00 p.m. so leave early. It is dangerous to drive at night because of the cattle on the road. Buena Vista (45 min. west of San Jose ) is a "must" if you enjoy windsailing.


Taco Stands
A very common question is "can I eat at the Taco Stands?" Well we do and the food is always good. Rossy's taco stand across from the traffic light in San Jose is great! Los Tacos next door has great scallop tacos and are also licensed. Indios serves wonderful stuffed potatoes, bean soup and tacos. If you're a hotdog fan try the bacon wrapped hotdogs loaded with everything.


Telephones
There are "larga distancia" locations where you can place calls using your credit card. You can also buy Mexican phone cards at the Money Exchange next to the Tropicana. To reach a Canada direct operator call 95-800-010-1990. Calls between San Jose and Cabo San Lucas need to be prefixed with 91-114.


Tourist Information
There is a tourist information center in downtown San Jose near the fountains.


Transportation
The most economical form of transportation is the bus service which runs from San Jose to Cabo San Lucas and La Paz. The bus depot is near the highway on Valerio Gonzoles street but you can catch the bus at any bus stop on the highway. Have small change with you in Pesos as they won't make change for dollars or large bills.


Water
Though the water in San Jose is better than in most of Mexico and many parts of the world, you are here for a vacation so why take a chance. If you put the water jug out on the patio on any week day with 10 pesos a new bottle will be dropped off.

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