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Seasons/ Weather/Climate/Water Conditions
The Baja Sur has an annual rainfall of approximately 6 inches, which creates a nearly perfect dry tropical climate. Average air temperatures in the Baja Sur range from the mid 70's in the Winter to the mid 90's in the Summer.
Light and casual clothing is suggested, however some restaurants and nightclubs may impose a dress code, therefore, you may want to call ahead. Temperatures at night tend to cool off, so it is always a good idea to pack a light cover up any time of the year.
Average water temperatures range from 70F to 84F, and water visibility ranging from 60 to 100 ft +.
Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) at San Jose del Cabo. The Los Cabos airport is located eight miles north of San Jose del Cabo and twenty-nine miles northeast of Cabo San Lucas. Non-stop flights are available to Los Cabos from San Diego, Los Angeles, Ontario, San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, and Las Vegas.
La Paz Gen De Leon Airport (LAP) - The La Paz airport is about eight miles from the center of the city. Non-stop flights are available to La Paz from Seattle and Los Angeles, Tijuana, Phoenix, and Tucson.
The following airlines provide service to and from the Baja Sur:
Taxis are available at the airport, as well as some rental car companies.
The following rental car companies are available in Baja Sur area: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Dollar, and National.
U.S. diver's licenses are valid in the Baja, however U.S. auto insurance is not valid anywhere in Mexico; therefore it is strongly recommended that you purchase Mexican auto insurance when renting a car. The insurance is inexpensive, and can be purchased for a day, week or month; all you need is a copy of your current vehicle registration and a valid driver's license. Having this insurance will help avoid detention in Mexico incase of an automobile accident.
For detailed information on traveling in Mexico, please refer to the publication Tips for Travelers to Mexico, available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips_mexico.html.
Entry and Exit Requirements
Beginning December 31, 2005, the United States will require a valid passport or other secure/accepted documents (Border Crossing Card, SENTRI, NEXUS or FAST cards) for re-entry of either U.S. Citizens, or legitimate foreign visitors/nationals. For more information and any updates on these new regulations visit http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html.
Non-Mexican citizens must fill out a tourist card upon entering the country, which costs about $20.00 (U.S.) and can be obtained at any Mexican consulate, Embassies, border crossings, automobile clubs. When flying into the Baja on a stay over seven days this fee is generally included in the cost of the airline ticket. The tourist cards are valid for 90 - 180 days and it is not a working permit.
For further information concerning entry and visa requirements, travelers may contact the Embassy of Mexico at 1911 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006, telephone (202) 736-1000, Internet site: http://portal.sre.gob.mx/usa/, or any Mexican consulate in the United States.
For your convenience, there are ATMs located in most tourist areas through the Baja; do note that the ATMs will only dispense pesos. U.S. Dollars can be spent throughout the Baja, however be prepared to receive change in pesos. The most commonly accepted credit cards are American Express, MasterCard, and Visa.
A non-immigrant tax of US$20 is charged per person, and is usually included in the price of your airline ticket.
There are public payphones located throughout the Baja, which are capable of making international and national long distance calls, however, a prepaid mexican phone card is required to make a call. The phone cards can be purchased from many small shops with $ 20, $ 50 or $100 Pesos calling time.
If you plan on using your cell phone while traveling, check with your provider to find out if your phone works in the Baja, and whether you have international calling included in your plan.
In the event of a medical emergency, La Paz and Cabo San Lucas have several hospitals and health clinics available in the cities.
For your safety, there is a hyperbaric chamber located at:
The drinking water in Mexico is not palatable, therefore, it is suggested that you order bottled water, even when eating at restaurants. It is also recommended to use caution when purchasing food from street vendors.
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