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Cabo San Lucas did not use to develop fast from the very beginning of its foundation, but later it grew into an amazing spot for sport fishermen and tourists who wanted to explore other parts of Mexico.
Cabo is the destination for travelers who are looking for outdoor adventure. San Jose has old Mexico charm and some shining new resorts with many bars and nightclubs. When in Cabo San Lucas, tourists can enjoy perfect resorts, try professional golf courses and various outdoor activities.
There are some areas, like Land’s End, the tip of the peninsula, where the beaches are not safe for swimming due to the currents.
Warnings & Dangers in Cabo San Lucas
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Cabo San Lucas has a medium crime level and pickpocketing and telephonic extortion are frequent criminal acts happening in crowded areas of the city. Drug-related violence becomes more often in Cabo San Lucas and the Mexican government makes a lot of effort to stop the crime and protect major tourist destinations from thieves and other criminals.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
When it comes to transportation in Cabo San Lucas, there have been reports of people being robbed by the unlicensed taxis. Also, taxis are not metered, so always negotiate the price before the ride. There are many car rental agencies where you can rent a car, but it is not advisable to drive there, due to aggressive drivers and traffic jams. The public transport is not safe, since theft on buses is common and buses have also been hijacked in conflict areas.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
There is a high risk of pickpocketing in Cabo San Lucas, so make sure that your valuables are in the safe place. The risk is especially high for foreigners, because thieves usually target them regarding the fact that they have either money or expensive items with them. If there is a safe in your resort, put the passport and bigger amount of money there, and only take the necessary things with you.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
Some of the natural hazards in Cabo San Lucas are hurricanes between July and September, earthquakes and volcanoes, so if any of these happen, tourists need to follow the advice of authorities.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
Virtual kidnapping is very common, so it is advisable not to share any personal information while in Cabo San Lucas. Also, criminals tend to kidnap people who wear expensive jewelry or watches and who show off with their latest gadgets. Their aim is to take money from your credit cards, so victims are forced to withdraw money and then they are released. In case this happens to you, do not resist in order not to be hurt.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Cabos San Lucas is not a place where terrorist might attack, but it can never be said for sure. Although, Mexico does not report recent attacks, you should always be watchful.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
Be watchful of people who offer you help, since they might ask money for that. Tourists should be very careful when renting skis or water vehicles and never leave their food and drinks unattended in bars and restaurants.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Women can feel free of trouble in Cabo San Lucas, but only if they are attentive and alert. There have been reports of sexual harassment in bars and nightclubs and assaults when traveling on public transport. Females should take care even in areas close to hotels, especially after dark.
So... How Safe Is Cabo San Lucas Really?
Cabo San Lucas is a tourist destination very popular with foreigners especially due to the fact that Thus, Cabo has been largely free of the drug-related violence unlike many other holiday destinations. Tourists can feel trouble free while in the safest parts of Cabo, such as Avenida Lazaro Cardenas, Boulevard Paseo de La Marina, and Paseo de La Marina.
It is very well known that Cabo’s water and beaches are stunningly beautiful, but bear in mind that they are also extremely dangerous, due to the riptides and strong waves. There have been reports of some shooting in Cabo, but the threat of terrorism is very low. Tourists only need to monitor local advice, remain vigilant as they would do anywhere in the world and follow the advice of the local authorities in case of emergencies.
- Visas - During your stay in Mexico, you need to have a valid passport with you and whether you will need a visa or not, depends on the country you are coming form. All the entry requirements can be found on websites on the Internet.
- Currency - Mexico is not considered an expensive country and the official currency is the Mexican Peso. It has to offer accommodation for not so rich tourists, as well as for those who want to spend more money on their vacation. You can exchange US dollar traveler’s cheques and notes into local currency and credit cards are widely accepted for payment.
- Weather - Mexico,as well as Cabo San Lucas, are mostly visited form December to April, while the peak season in Cabo is between October and March. Rain is rare and humidity is low, except in the late summer. Cabo is a paradise for suffers. The only climate issue is that Cabo is prone to hurricanes.
- Airports - When coming to Cabo San Luca, tourists can use the regional airport, Los Cabos International Airport, which is located outside of San Jose del Cabo. Another major Mexican airports can also be used.
- Travel Insurance - Even though you might consider that a travel insurance policy is not necessary for you, if you are in good health condition, it is better to reconsider that, since accidents and medical problems can never be predicted.