Unless you are a sailor with a sizable vessel and some time on your hands, or operate a big power boat with even bigger fuel tanks, your options are air or highway. The highway is surprising for its ease, beauty and variety, and air is, well, air, and faster than all other options.
Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) is the funnel. Flights come from the western US and Canada, and increasingly from the Midwest and the east coast. Direct flights come from Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, LA and San Diego – and also from Vancouver and Calgary in the west, from Phoenix, Dallas and Houston, and seasonally there are some direct flights from Denver, Minneapolis, Newark, and one of our competitors for the winter tourism dollar, Miami. Flight times run two and a half to three and a half hours for all but the most distant connections. Of course every other location in the US and Canada is accessible via one of the “hubs,” such as Houston, Phoenix, LA and Seattle. No matter your point of origin (and whether your flight is smooth as glass or subject to one of the glitches one encounters in flying), our shuttle service will be here to meet you and make sure your transit from airport to your hotel or home is smooth.
For the adventuresome, Highway One beckons. Just get on it and go south. Crossing the border at Tijuana (or nearby Ojai mesa, or a little to the east at Tecate, crossings with much lighter traffic and wait times), you have about 1100 miles of well-kept highway ahead of you. Most but not all of it is two-lane and in places the shoulders are narrow, but traffic is generally light, you can maintain high speed, and it can be driven in two long days. Not pushing as hard, you might choose to just run several hours south through agricultural towns, then hop over a mountainous stretch to El Rosario and hole up for the night. Beyond, a few hours takes you to Catavina, a few more to Guerrero Negro (last Pacific-side touch for the highway, site of the biggest sea-salt production facility in the world), halfway down the peninsula, at the border between the states of Baja California and Baja California Sur. By the way, gas up. There is no fixed Pemex station between El Rosario and Guerrero Negro, though “jerry can Harry” is often at the roadside at Catavina, with cans of gas in the back of is pickup.
Another couple of hours eastward from Guerrero Negro toward the Sea of Cortez takes you to San Ignacio, and an hour beyond that to Santa Rosalia, followed by stops and sights along the Sea of Cortez including Mulege (say moo-la-HAY), Conception Bay, and Loreto — the original “capital of the Californias” when Spanish-owned Mexico included almost the whole west coast of North America, and the site of the very first of the chain of missions built by the Jesuits and other Catholic orders. It’s about two hours from there to Constitucion, another two to La Paz, and a final two to Cabo San Lucas.
Along the route you will encounter an agricultural bonanza along the Pacific shoreline, twisting mountain curves, seemingly endless desert landscapes with plants designed by Dr. Seuss, a stretch of fifty miles of boulders the size of buses, vegetation not seen anywhere else, spectacular bays and inlets along the Sea of Cortez, whales (in season, the first months of the year) between Todos Santos and Cabo San Lucas, and a dearth of gas stations but a wealth of friendly people and adventures. The drive itself is safe, and an adventure – but of course if you do it you won’t need our shuttle service, so don’t.