Travel in Latin America
The overwhelming number of visitors to Los Cabos, the twin communities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, arrive by air at the Los Cabos International Airport. However, there are more exotic ways to visit the Baja Peninsula, including by boat, ferry, luxury bus, or even family car. Some are more challenging and time-consuming than others.
Arrriving by Air
Major U.S. and Mexican airlines fly into SJD, the airport code name for Los Cabos International Airport. Many of them fly direct routes from major U.S. cities. Flights from New York take about four hours while flights from Los Angeles take about two hours.
The 1,000-mile Transpeninsular Highway, Highway 1, from Tijuana on the California-Mexico border to Cabo San Lucas is challenging and even dangerous at times, particularly at night. Flash floods sometimes wash out part of the road, but desert drive is spectacular and there are motels, gasoline stations and campsites along the route.
Two Mexican bus companies, ABC and Tres Estrellas de Oro, operate on Highway 1, carrying travelers in luxury buses, equipped with bathroom and entertainment facilities. The trip takes about 20 hours and buses depart from the Tijuana Terminal Turistico near that city's international airport.
Boats have been dropping anchor in harbors and protected coves at the tip of the peninsula for centuries--including pirates and Spanish traders. Several marinas in Los Cabos offer slips for short or long-term stays.
Two car ferries from mainland Mexico also bring visitors to La Paz on the Baja Peninsula. The Mazatlan ferry takes 17 hours while the newer, faster ferry from Topolobampo takes about five hours.