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25 Facts about Cabo San Lucas
Whether you are a seasoned visitor, or you have just begun your Cabo vacation tradition, you're bound to learn something new from list below! Los Cabos is a wonderful and interesting place to visit, with lots to do and much to learn about the area. We have put together a list of useful, interesting and fun facts for your enjoyment. Be sure to peruse the list before your next visit to Cabo!
1. Los Cabos is a popular destination, largely due to the fact that the weather is wonderful almost year-round. Average summer temperatures range between 70 and 100°F, and average winter temperatures range between 50 and 80°F. With a year-round average temperature of about 78°F, and around 350 of sun, any month is a great month to visit Cabo!
2. Cabo's rainy season occurs during July through September, but average annual rainfall only amounts to approximately 7-10 inches.
3. Los Cabos is made up of 3 areas: Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, and the Corridor. Cabo San Lucas is to the west and San Jose del Cabo is to the east, with the Corridor making up the 20 miles or so between the two.
4. Los Cabos is in the Mountain Standard Time Zone.
5. In Spanish, "Los Cabos" means "The Capes." "Cabo San Lucas" translates to "Cape St. Luke," and "San Jose del Cabo" translates to "St. Joseph of the Cape."
6. El Arco and the Arch refer to the arch-shaped rock formation that makes up a part of the larger Land's End rock formation, also known as El Finisterra. The Arch famously juts out into the ocean as the extreme southern tip of Baja California, and marks the spot where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. The Land's End outcrop is a popular tourist attraction and includes the Arch, as mentioned above, as well as the Window to the Pacific and Lover's Beach.
7. There is a phenomenon that occurs every few years in which a beach is visible around the El Arco. Sometimes it is even possible to walk under the arch when this occurs. The event is caused by the tides and is very hard to predict, although there are various theories postulating that the phenomenon occurs every 7 years, every 4 years, etc. The most recent photos of the beach's appearance around the arch are from 1989 and 2008.
8. There is a popular dive spot that features an underwater sand waterfall, where sands cascade down into a 1,200 foot canyon below. The dive spot is for advanced divers only, and was first discovered by Jacques Cousteau during his adventures in Baja.
9. Jacques Costeau once called the Sea of Cortez "The Aquarium of the World," and it is not hard to guess why. The waters near Cabo are teeming with fascinating marine life, including sea lions, dolphins, sea turtles, schools of large fish, beautiful corals, sea urchins and more! The destination truly offers amazing snorkeling, kayaking and boating experiences.
10. Cabo San Lucas has been called the Striped Marlin Capital of the World, and it is rumored that more striped marlin have been caught in Cabo than anywhere else in the world. Cabo is also home to the Bisbee's Black and Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament-the world's richest fishing tournament, which is held every October and offers a $3 million prize to the winner. Bisbee's Offshore Tournaments also hosts other fishing tournaments in the area.
11. From mid-November to the end of March, Cabo San Lucas offers fantastic opportunities for whale watching. The most sightings occur during January through March, however, when the humpback and gray whales follow their migration path and from Alaska back to the warm waters of Baja California Sur.
12. The most popular beach in Cabo is Medano Beach (Playa El Médano). In addition to sunbathers, tourists will find plenty of beach vendors, activity rentals and popular beach restaurants such as The Office and the Mango Deck.
13. The ocean can be unsafe for swimming at some Los Cabos beaches. Check ahead to see if the beach that you will be visiting is swimmable. The Pacific Ocean has a strong undertow that has caused many accidents in the past, so some beaches have been zoned as unsafe for swimming. Safe swimming areas include (but are not limited to): Medano Beach, Chileno Beach, Santa Maria Bay and Playa Palmilla. Even on these beaches, be sure to pay attention to the safety flags; red means danger.
14. For those who like to surf, Cabo San Lucas offers diversity in location, break direction, level of difficulty and beautiful coastal scenery. Places like Zippers, Monuments, and El Tule are great for the more advanced surfer, whereas Playa Acapulquito is a perfect spot for a beginner.
15. It is safe to drink the water in most places in Cabo. Our hotels, and most restaurants and bars downtown, have filtered water systems. If you are worried about the water, you may order bottled water ("Una botella de agua, por favor").
16. If you are looking for some exciting nightlife, downtown Cabo San Lucas is the place for you. Many restaurants are open until midnight or even 2 am, and most clubs and bars are open until 3 or 4 am. Tourists enjoy lively bars like El Squid Roe, swanky clubs like Pink Kitty, or fun small venues that provide a great place to sit and enjoy cervezas and cocktails. There are a few bars and clubs in San Jose del Cabo, but the majority of them are in Cabo San Lucas.
17. The legal drinking age in Los Cabos is 18.
18. Cabo Wabo Cantina, the well-known bar owned by Sammy Hagar of Van Halen, is located in downtown Cabo. Hagar plays at the club every year for his "Birthday Bash," and other bands perform live throughout the year. If you visit, don't forget to try the Cabo Wabo tequila!
19. The majority of the bars and clubs downtown feature a Ladies' Night, offering specials which waive the cover charge for ladies, or allow them to drink for free cocktails until midnight.
20. Using US dollars is not a problem when traveling to Cabo as most places will accept both dollars and pesos. However, please note that when using US dollars, you will most likely receive change in pesos.
21. Most restaurants take all major credit cards (except Discover). However, if you would like to use cash, there are many ATMs in Cabo. Our resorts will also have an ATM. Please note that most ATMs will only dispense in Pesos.
22. Cultural tip: It is considered rude by Mexican nationals to throw your credit card on the table instead of handing it directly to your waiter or bartender.
23. Most of the people who work in the tourist industry in Cabo speak English. You will discover that it is easy to find English-speaking tour guides, hotel managers, servers and even doctors. However, attempting to speak a little Spanish will go a long way, and many people will appreciate it. Some great phrases to use on your vacation are: "hola" (hello), "por favor" (please), "gracias" (thank you), and "de nada" (you're welcome). Vendors will often approach in an attempt to sell their wares. If you are not interested, a kind "no gracias" is the appropriate phrase.
24. If you hire a taxi, be sure to agree on how much before you get in. Our resorts have set rates for travel to certain locations and our bell staff will help you arrange that rate with the taxi driver. Keep those rates in mind as you return back to the hotel.
25. The Los Cabos International Aiport (SJD) is about 45 minutes from Cabo San Lucas (about 25 miles). To book your transportation, you may call our Reservations Department at 1-800-990-8250 (US) or 1-855-478-2811 (Canada), or by booking online at: https://airporttransportation.pueblobonito.com.
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