We have rent a regular car, comparable to a longer Ford Fiesta with Avis. If you ask me, I would recommend a bigger and higer 4X4 car, at least a small jeep. Petrol cost are increasing there also but still very cheap (in comparison to European Standard) and dirt roads are very frequent. We went everywhere with our regular car, except for the Mission of S. Javier, but nevertheless, I would have preferred to have an higher car for all vacation.
when i first decided to cycle down the baja peninsula i was a bit worried about the traffic, but it showed out to be no problem at all.
most of the roads have a shoulder and even if the traffic can seem a bit wild at times, the mexican drivers are used to soft trafficants by the side of the road and i never had any close encounters with cars in southern baja.
the landscape is totally amazing and i found that cycling the southern part of baja is some of the best cycling i have ever done anywhere around the world.
from la paz you have ferry connections to mazatlan in mainland mexico.
the ferry is a modern car ferry with restaurant, bar, cabins and most other things that almost turns a ferry ride in to a cruise.
the schedule changes depending on the season so make sure to check their website before going.
try dollar-rent-a-car on the net
check with your credit car company to seeif any kind of insurance is covered.
my b/f did not buy any extra insurance.
of course we drove safely LOL
smooth procedure to get the car when we arrived in the airport, no troubles
smooth procedure to return the car, though we needed to drive back a bit to get the gas tank filled after finding out that there is no gas station in the airport
travelocity also gives good rate~
During my stay in Baja, I travelled in buses, rented a bicycle and rented a car. The roads are a bit too dusty and hilly to enjoy cycling on. The buses are not that cheap and unfortunately, the bus stations are usually situated on the outskirts of town, so once you reach your destination, you must take another bus or taxi to get into town. The buses also do not access the out of the way places that you may wish to visit.
I would have to recommend that renting a vehicle is by far the most convenient option. It is much cheaper to rent in a larger city like La Paz than a smaller town like Loreto.
Although taxis and buses are plentiful, we found it easier to use a rental car. The road between the airport and Cabo San Lucas was excellent. Parking is a problem in Cabo San Lucas but we always found free parking behind the Casino Real Restaurant near the Marina.
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