If you’ve never been to Los Cabos before, you may have some questions about the difference between Cabo San Lucas & San Jose del Cabo. Or maybe you just want to know which of these towns will make for a better vacation spot. This article will answer both of those questions and several more.
I have been living in this region of Mexico for many months now, and I’ve made it my job to get to know as much as I possibly can about Los Cabos, Todos Santos, La Paz, and even all the way up to Loreto. It’s the perfect place to spend a night, exploring the crystalline waters at the pacific coast. The luxury yacht rental is equipped with all the amenities that you can need.
What is Los Cabos?
Cabo in Spanish, means Cape (like Cape Cod or Cape Canaveral). Los Cabos means the capes, of which there are several at the tip of the state of Baja California Sur. However, when we refer to Los Cabos in general, we are talking about a specific region of the state of Baja California Sur.
Los Cabos is the name of a municipality or county in the state of Baja California Sur. Inside this county, there are many cities and towns including San Jose del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, Cabo Pulmo, and Santiago, just to name a few.
Where is Los Cabos?
Los Cabos is at the very southern tip of the state of Baja California Sur. There are two states in the Baja Peninsula, Baja California, where you find cities like Ensenada and Tijuana, and the state of Baja, where you find Todos Santos, La Paz, and CSL.
Into the state of Baja California Sur further, we can see that Los Cabos is actually quite a large municipality and encompasses a large part of the southern area of the state. To the southwest, you have CSL. Cabo San Lucas is the furthest south you can get.
You have to head east along the Tourist Corridor Highway to get to SJD. Most of the beaches in CSL face the Pacific Ocean, while the beaches around SJC face the Sea of Cortez (also referred to as the Gulf of California).
Difference Between Cabo San Lucas & San Jose del Cabo
In fact, both cities have their merits. It depends hugely on what sort of vacation you want to take (or what sort of lifestyle you’re looking for if you plan to move to Mexico).
Distance Between San Jose del Cabo & Cabo San Lucas
Whichever city you choose to have your vacation, getting between the two is actually very easy. They are 30 minutes away from each other if you take the free tourist corridor road. If you opt for the toll road, it’s even quicker.
You can take a taxi between the two for about $20-30 USD (which I do not recommend, this is more expensive). You can sometimes get an Uber between the two for about $15-20 USD. This is also somewhat expensive since you will then have to pay the same to get back to whichever town you started in. The most affordable way to get between the two Cabos is to take a rental car. Yacht Rentals has many options available for all budgets, when and where you want.
How to Get to Los Cabos
Whether you decide to book a place in CSL or SJD, there’s really only one airport option. It’s officially called the Los Cabos International Airport. The airport code is SJD. It is also sometimes referred to as San Jose del Cabo Airport (because that is where it is located). Confusingly, when you are at the airport, you will likely see it called CSL on the arrival and departure boards.
However, there is also a smaller airport located in CSL, which is mostly reserved for private charters (Jeff Besos’ plane lands here). This airport is called the Cabo San Lucas International Airport and is being considered for future growth plans in the city.