Most days are a sunny day at Los Cabos on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsular in Mexico. This makes it a perfect place to come to relax on the beach for a few days and to get involved with water sports. There are lots of things to do in this popular destination that ranges from snorkeling to fine dining and mountain biking in the desert and mountains. And it’s a good destination for travelers on any budget. Some people come here in luxury and stay in 5-star resorts or vacation rentals in Los Cabos whereas others are on a tighter budget in the guesthouses and hostels. It doesn’t matter what your budget is, you still need to stay safe and be savvy in this destination. Here are 10 essential tips to make your trip perfect.
1# Don’t Let Your Guard Down Too Much:
This may have a reputation for being one of the safest resorts in Mexico, but it still doesn’t mean that you can wave around your expensive gear. Pickpockets and petty theft are still common and someone is likely to snatch any valuables that you leave on the table. There may not be a high risk of being mugged at gunpoint, but you may have your camera stolen.
2# The Roads in Mexico are Very Different:
Driving is more erratic and less controlled in Mexico compared to the United States. A car may not stop to allow a pedestrian to cross or even show any regards for the safety of others. Sidewalks may be full of holes, which makes it dangerous to walk around. Take caution when you’re out walking and crossing the roads.
3# Don’t Drive in Mexico:
This point is related to the one above. If this is your first time visiting Mexico, then it’s safe to say that it’s probably not the best idea to rent a car. It may seem cheap and give you flexibility but you’re also a risk of being involved in an accident. You should also avoid driving unless you can speak Spanish at a reasonable level.
4# Avoid Drugs:
Cabo has a reputation for being a party capital of the region and it’s not uncommon for hordes of young Americans to come here for a good time. This is all well and good if you behave yourself and don’t get involved in things that you shouldn’t. Drugs are freely available and cheap in Mexico and it may seem like a good idea at the time. But trust me, it isn’t. Drug laws are draconian and police officers tend to be corrupt. Nothing good will come out of buying something from the dodgy character inside the bar.
5# The Pacific Ocean is Dangerous:
It may tempting to go for a dip in the Ocean when you’re relaxing on the beaches along the coast. You may be sat there watching surfers or others in rented boats and want to join them. Before you do, remember that the Pacific Ocean is volatile and has its fair share of riptides and rogue waves. Swimming can be dangerous for even the strongest of swimmers. And, the boats and equipment may not be in the best conditions, which increases your risk even more.
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6# Don’t Get Ripped Off:
This tip is true for most destinations around the world and is particularly true for places in Mexico. When a vendor sees a gringo who can’t speak their language, more likely that not you’re going to get a higher price. This may be difficult to avoid as most prices aren’t fixed. However, you can protect yourself more by knowing what the going rates are and to be aware of the exchange rate. A few words of Spanish will help you along too.
7# The Sun is Your Enemy:
The sun is very hot in Los Cabos and sitting on the beach or being exposed for a short time can give you burns. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook sunscreen and protecting yourself when you first arrive. Always make sure you wear sunscreen. Another important thing to keep hydrated and drink plenty of water, especially if you’ve been sipping beers or cocktails all day.
8# Don’t Drink the Tap Water:
Hygiene in Mexico isn’t at the same level as in the United States or other countries. Drinking tap water can lead to diarrhea and stomach problems. You should drink bottled water and brush your teeth with something that has been purified too. It’s also worth pointing out that not all restaurants and bars use clean water. This can also lead to stomach problems.
9# Expect Vendors to Keep Bothering You:
The vendors want to make money and generally make a huge profit from selling to tourists. You’re no exception. If you don’t want anything, give them a polite no and walk away. Just because they keep following you and keep trying to sell you something, you’re not obliged to buy it.
10# Always Negotiate with a Taxi First:
This is another common sense tip that’s applicable to most countries. In Los Cabos, taxis don’t always use a meter. You should ask before getting inside and agree on a price first. It may seem obvious, but after a few drinks and being sat under the sun all day, it’s easy to forget.
The Takeaway Message:
While Los Cabos is a relatively safe place to visit in Mexico, you still need to protect yourself. After all, your perfect holiday can be ruined in a second by a little bit of carelessness.