Traveling to Los Cabos, Mexico, for your destination wedding, honeymoon, anniversary trip, or bachelor/bachelorette party?! As you are planning your trip, you are probably wondering: “what are my transportation options & what are the best ways for getting around Cabo San Lucas & San José del Cabo? Rich & Kitch®, your Los Cabos travel experts, are here to answer your questions!
AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
When it comes to booking transportation to & from the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), Rich & Kitch highly recommend booking a private ride with Vivo Luxury Services (aka VIVOLX). While we do have a partnership with them & can offer you a discount when you book with code: KITCHENSINKIT, we partnered with VIVOLX since they truly are amazing to work with!
From their professionalism, credibility, trustworthiness, & timeliness to name a few, it’s easy to trust VIVOLX to get you to & from the Los Cabos International Airport. VIVOLX offers luxurious SUVs & vans that include nice amenities (like built-in cell phone chargers & bottled water), too!
In terms of what to expect when you book transportation with VIVOLX, when you arrive at the Los Cabos airport, your driver will be waiting for you in a designated spot holding a sign with your name on it. When it's time to leave your resort or private villa, your driver will arrive at your location to get you to the airport safely & on time. VIVOLX service is truly top-notch & even better with a discount using code: KITCHENSINKIT
If you are having your destination wedding in Cabo, & need a ride for you & your guests to get to your unique destination wedding venue or rehearsal dinner restaurant, VIVOLX offers these services, too! Please contact us here if you’d like us to connect you with VIVOLX to discuss these services for your destination wedding! If you choose to contact VIVOLX on your own, please mention that @kitchensinkit sent you!
Depending on the resort you book your stay with, the resort may offer you a discount on a ride from the airport using a shared shuttle bus service. While this could save you a little money & it isn’t a bad option, it could take you longer to get to your resort from the airport since the shared shuttle might stop at a few different resorts before dropping you off at yours. We’ve taken a shared shuttle bus before, but think that no time should be wasted during your trip to Los Cabos, so this is not our preferred method of airport transportation.
Another transportation option to get you from the airport to your hotel is to grab a taxi when you land. We have done this before, but it costs almost as much as booking a private ride ahead of time, so you might as well just book your private ride with VIVOLX using code KITCHENSINKIT & you will be more comfortable & arrive at your resort/villa in style vs. pulling up in a taxi.
Lastly, if you are up for some Cabo adventures, you can rent a car, but we don’t recommend renting a car from the airport. We’ve rented cars from the airport before, but we’ve found that they try to nickel & dime you when you return the car. They do this by pointing out scratches you probably didn’t cause, but maybe didn’t at look closely enough when you first rented the car, so the rental car company didn’t mark them down. It can be stressful to spend your time arguing with the rental car people before rushing around the airport to catch your flight home, which is why we don’t recommend renting a car from the airport. Some resorts offer rental car services on-site, or there are rental car options downtown. Recently we had a great experience with National rental car downtown! Other things to note about renting a car is that it is a time-consuming process, expensive since they require specific auto insurance, & it can be a little tricky to drive around Mexico. However, if you plan on staying in Los Cabos for more than 1 week, we do think it is worth renting a car so you can explore all that Los Cabos has to offer!
GETTING AROUND LOS CABOS
Now that we’ve touched on a few transportation options to get you to & from the Los Cabos International Airport, these options can also be used for getting around Los Cabos. While you can hire a driver through VIVOLX or rent a car, the easiest way to get around Cabo (if you are staying at a resort) is to request a taxi from your resort’s bellhop. Most resorts have taxis waiting nearby, so it is very easy for the bellhop to signal for one. When you are exploring downtown Cabo San Lucas & you are ready to return to your resort, it is easy to grab a taxi, too, as they wait in designated spots around the city. (P.S. Cabo taxis are road-soda friendly - cheers!)
If you are staying at a private villa or Airbnb, Uber is a great option to consider for getting around Los Cabos, too. Ubers are extremely cheap in Mexico (our cheapest Uber ride was less than $2 (where a taxi ride would have been $20 since taxi prices are determined by zone) so make sure to leave a cash tip since your Uber driver deserves it! From our experience taking Ubers in Cabo, most drivers only speak Spanish, so make sure you have the Google Translate app downloaded on your phone if you don’t speak any Spanish.
Beyond taking rides around Los Cabos, it is also safe to walk around on the streets and/or the beach. While bad things can happen anywhere, Cabo is the safest place in Mexico that we’ve traveled to. Los Cabos is located on the tip of the Baja California Peninsula making it a little more difficult to get to and there is an established police presence to protect Los Cabos. Cabo also thrives on tourism, which makes it Cabo's top priority to keep tourists safe. Richie & I love running through the city & on Medano Beach, so please don’t be scared to explore Cabo on foot!
While traveling by boat isn’t the recommended way for getting around Cabo, we highly recommend that you book some sort of boat excursion during your trip since experiencing Cabo from the water is the best!!! Here are 2 Rich & Kitch favorites:
Cabo Sailing Ocean Adventures: Chartering a private mini yacht HAS to be one of our favorite Cabo excursions. Your charter starts with a ride by the famous Cabo arch, followed by an hour-long cruise to Santa María Bay for snorkeling. If you will be in Cabo between the months of December to April, you may be lucky enough to see whales, too! The snorkeling in Santa María Bay has lots of fish & some of the prettiest turquoise water, but if snorkeling isn't your thing, you can enjoy sunbathing on the boat. After snorkeling, you'll be served a lunch of sandwiches, fruit, quesadillas, chips, salsa, & guac. There's a 3-hour open bar during the excursion, too! Cabo Sailing offers a variety of private yacht & sailboat charters, as well as shared tours, so you can book whichever option works best for your group!
Tropicat: The Tropicat (operated by Pez Gato Cabo) holds a special place in Rich & Kitch's hearts since this was the first sunset sail we ever took in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. It’s a relaxing 2-hour wine & jazz tour with an open bar, heavy appetizers, & good vibes. It’s a smooth sail since it’s on a large catamaran boat & tickets are affordable!
READY TO GET AROUND LOS CABOS WITH EASE?!
Now that you know your transportation options along with Rich & Kitch’s tips for getting around Los Cabos, Mexico, we can’t wait for you to have the best trip ever!