Useful Information when in Los Cabos
- BEFORE YOU GO
- CALLING IN MEXICO
- SPANISH LESSON
Currency – Dollars are accepted almost everywhere and you will get your change back in pesos. The exchange rate varies every day, but some places have a set rate posted. You can exchange dollars for pesos at the airport, but also a very easy way to get pesos is to simply withdraw money from an ATM. Bank ATMs give the daily exchange rate (best possible rate). Examples include Banorte, Bancomer, Santander, Banamex, Banregio and HSBC. Non-bank ATMs located in the streets or the marina will charge higher fees. Some ATMs only give you dollars, some only pesos and some give you the option to withdraw both. Pay close attention to what currency you’re withdrawing and try to get as much cash as possible in one transaction to avoid paying high fees.
Cash or Card? – Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards are generally accepted, but you often run into cash only establishments. Always ask beforehand and carry cash just in case. Keep in mind your bank will most likely charge you international transaction fees if you pay with your card.
Driving – Renting a car will allow you to enjoy the freedom of exploring Los Cabos. Driving in Mexico might be intimidating, but if you just go with the muddled flow, you will realize that there is some organization within the chaos. If you are pulled over by local police for committing a driving infraction, the standard procedure is for them to take your Driver’s License. You will then have to go to the Police Station to pay your ticket and pick-up your license.
In Mexico the gas station attendants pump the gas for you, so you don’t have to get out of the vehicle. There are two types of gasoline: Magna, which is regular, and Premium. Lleno (pronounced ye-no) means full. Major credit cards are accepted. Tipping the gas station attendant around $10.00 pesos is customary. There is a toll road that takes you from the airport to Cabo San Lucas or to the Todos Santos highway; by taking this road you avoid the taxi and shuttle traffic on the main highway.
How do I dial?
Local area codes: Los Cabos: (624), Todos Santos and La Paz: (612) - Loreto: (613)
To dial to other countries: 00 + country code (1, 2 or 3 digits) + number
From a Mexican land line or cell phone:
To a Mexican long distance number: 01 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number
To a Mexican cell phone number: 3 digit area code + 7 digit number
To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number
From your U.S. cell phone:
To a Mexican land line or cell phone: 011 52 + 3 digit area code + number
To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + number
Some U.S. cell phone carriers have arrangements with Mexican carriers and when you travel here your cell phone uses their towers. If this is your case, you will have to dial as if you had a Mexican phone.
U.S. TOLL FREE NUMBERS (International rates will apply):
To a 1 (800): 00 + 1 + 880 + phone number
To a 1 (888): 00 + 1 + 881 + phone number
To a 1 (877): 00 + 1 + 882 + phone number
To a 1 (866): 00 + 1 + 883 + phone number
To a 1 (855): 00 + 1 + 884 + phone number
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Emergencies: 066 or 911 from a local number
Roadside Assistance: 074 from a local number
- Cabo San Lucas 143-3977
- San José del Cabo 142-0361
Fire Department: Dial 116 or:
- Cabo San Lucas 143-3577
- San José del Cabo 142-2466
Highway Patrol: 146-0573
Tourist Police: 143-3977
- Cabo San Lucas 145-6000
- San José del Cabo 105-8550
Baja Medical Response: 144-3434
Blue Medical Net:
- Cabo San Lucas Hospital 104 3911
- San José del Cabo Clinic 142-3511
Cabo Surgical Center: 172-6030
Hospital H+ Los Cabos: 104-9300
North American Hospitals and Clinics: 142-2770
One World Hospital:
- Cabo San Lucas 143-4911
- San José del Cabo 142-5911
- Todos Santos (612) 145-0600
Saint Luke's Hospital:
- Cabo San Lucas 143-4911
- San José del Cabo 142-5911
Walk-in Medi Clinic: 130-7011
* For a complete directory of Doctors, hospitals and clinics in Los Cabos, visit: www.loscabosdoctor.com
SkyMed International Air Ambulance: (624) 154-4919
Air One Ambulance: (800) 236-8080
U.S. Consulate: 143-3566
Canadian Consulate: 142-4333
Taxi Cabo San Lucas: 143-2221
Taxi San José de Cabo: 142-0401
Aero Calafia: 130-7822
Air Canada: 01 (800) 719-2827 (Toll free within Mexico)
Alaska Airlines: 146-5166
American Airlines: 146-5302/5303
Continental Airlines: 146-5050
Delta Airlines: 146-5005/146-5217
Interjet: 01 (800)-011-2345 (Toll free within Mexico)
Southwest: 01 (800) 435-9792
Spirit Airlines: 1 (800) 772-7117
Sun Wing: 1 (800) 668-4224
Volaris: 01 (800) 7VOLARIS (Toll free within Mexico)
US Airways: 146-5380
West Jet: 1 (800) 538-5696
Although most locals in Los Cabos speak English, they also appreciate it when visitors try to speak Spanish. Give it a try!
The letter “ñ”
When you see a wiggly line on top of the letter “n” use the “ny” sound that you use for the English word canyon.
The double “ll”is pronounced like “y” in English.
The letter “h”is always silent.
The letter “j”is pronounced like “h” in English.
If the word has an accent mark such as “á”, that syllable is stressed.
Hello – Hola
Goodbye – Adios
Good morning – Buenos días
Good afternoon – Buenas tardes
Good evening/night – Buenas noches
Thank you – Gracias
Please – Por Favor
Sorry – Disculpa
Here – Aquí
There – Allá
Help – Ayuda
Water – Agua
Food – Comida
Money – Dinero
Cash – Efectivo
Change – Cambio
Credit card – Tarjeta de crédito
Tip – Propina
Where is …? – ¿Dónde está …?
My hotel is … – Mi hotel es …
Please take me to … – Por favor
lléveme a …
How much is this? – ¿Cuánto cuesta esto?
Where is an ATM? – ¿Dónde hay un cajero automático?
Telephone – Teléfono
Do you have WIFI? – ¿Tiene WIFI?
Bathrooms – Baños
Restaurant – Restaurante
Hotel – Hotel
Beach – Playa
Store – Tienda
Pharmacy – Farmacia
AT A RESTAURANT
Table – Mesa
Glass – Vaso
Plate – Plato
Fork – Tenedor
Spoon – Cuchara
Knife – Cuchillo
Napkin – Servilleta
Can you bring the check? – ¿Puede traer la cuenta?
MEETING SOMEONE NEW
Nice to meet you – Mucho gusto
What’s your name? – ¿Cómo te llamas?
My name is … – Mi nombre es…
Where are you from? – ¿De dónde eres?
Do you speak English? – ¿Habla Inglés?
I don’t understand – No entiendo
BOATING AND FISHING TERMS IN SPANISH
Captain – Capitán
Aboard – Abordo
To fish – Pescar
To float – Flotar
Wind – Viento
Tide – Marea
Fish – Pescado
Bait – Carnada
Fishing rod – Caña de pescar
Hook – Anzuelo
Life preservers – Salvavidas
Throttle – Acelerador
Anchor – Ancla
Bow – Proa
Stern – Popa
Tel: (624) 105.9700 | 142.4949
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