My wife and I made our first trip to Cabo San Lucas during the week of the 4th of July, 2018. A popular holiday destination down in the Baja peninsula of Mexico, Cabo San Lucas makes for a relaxing beach getaway. Over the course of a week, we had a great time sampling what this resort town had to offer, while also learning a thing or two about traveling through Mexico, which is what I primarily would like to share in this post.
We flew Southwest from San Jose, California to Cabo with a layover in San Diego. It was noon on a very hot day when we touched down in Cabo. Having read about the public transportation bus ‘Ruta Del Desierto’ that takes you from the airport to the city of Cabo San Lucas, I was interested in making that my mode of transportation. This is an excellent option if you’re looking to save some money while getting to travel like the locals do it. The downside however is that you’ll end up walking a bit to get to the bus stop from your airport terminal, and then again to your destination hotel once you get off the bus, dragging your baggage all the while. With the bus making frequent stops along the way, it also takes a while to get to Cabo from the airport. In hindsight, I’d say the hassle and additional time spent isn’t worth the money saved. I opted for private transportation on my way back to the airport.
For those interested in taking this route, here’s some helpful information.
Ruta Del Desierto
If I’m not wrong, most flights into Cabo arrive at Terminal 1. Out of the airport, you walk to Terminal 2 which is where you get on the Ruta. It takes about 15 minutes and you’ll be on the sidewalk of the open roads. It can get uncomfortable if you find yourself lugging your baggage in the middle of a hot day.
The bus shelter is right outside terminal 2. You don’t need to get inside the terminal. Once you get to the bus shelter, you should find the ticketing person you’ll purchase ride tickets from.
I was aware of the extremely poor currency exchange rates that you’re offered at airports. US banks aren’t a great option either. I had wanted to put off getting Mexican pesos until I got to downtown Cabo, where you’ll get far better exchange rates. So we flew into Mexico without any Mexican currency.
Hoping I could buy the tickets for Ruta with US dollars, we walked to the ticketing guy and were glad to learn that they accepted US dollars.
As of July 2018, one way ticket price from the airport to downtown Cabo costs $5 per person. This is a steal when you contrast this with private transportation costing upward of $50. You however pay the price in terms of having to walk a bit and taking longer to get to your hotel.
There’s a bus that shows up at the stop every 15 minutes. The ride is air-conditioned and is truly a blessing after your little excursion to the stop in the desert heat.
After an hour of riding The Corridor, (the highway that connects the three landmarks – Los Cabos airport and the cities of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas) we got down at the route’s final destination – Puerto Paraiso. We then again walked the final mile to our resort, perspiring under the afternoon sun. I had had enough of the hassle and was repenting making my wife endure the ordeal. We both were certain this wouldn’t be our mode of transport back to the airport.
It took me a while to realize that taxis in Cabo aren’t your typical little sedans. No! Cabo’s taxis are these humongous green/blue minivans that you can either hail for an individual ride or make it a shared ride if you’re in no hurry and looking to save some money.