We reserved round trip transportation from the airport to our hotel in Cabo San Lucas through Jesus Omar Escobedo Crespo with Cabo Valet Travel & East Wings. The initial communication from the US was perfect. They contacted us via phone and email with arrangements. We were greeted at the airport and taken to our hotel. The driver requested payment in full which had to be cash only, no credit cards were accepted, when we arrived at our hotel. We were told that we would be picked up from our hotel for our return trip to the airport at 9:45 am the day of our departure. We waited for 25 minutes and no one showed up. We had our hotel call all the telephone numbers we were given and no one answered. In the end we had to take a taxi.
Since then, we have called and emailed everyday with absolutely no communication as if they fell of the face of the earth!!! Next time we will take a taxi or a shuttle through the hotel.
We hired Translobo Company for our transportation needs to and from the Los Cobos Airport and to Mona Lisa Restaurant. Arturo Sanchez, our driver and general manager, was fantastic. We also had the opportunity to meet Omar, one of his staff drivers. The service was great and the operators are very fun people, however, very professional. They helped make our first trip to Cabo very memorable.
Since we were a group of 4 and with only 3 1/2 days to see the 2 Cabos, we decided to use the taxis. We were surprised that all taxis are vans. We were told that the fare was good for up to 4 people, so that reinforced our decision. We asked the concierge what the fare would be and then asked the bellhop outside their opinion, and the bellhop always gave a lower number. We made sure to confirm the fare with the taxi driver as well - another discovery was that we always asked for the fare in pesos (after they told us in USD) and turned out we'd save a considerable amount by paying in pesos (exchange rate was about 13-14 pesos for the dollar).
I wish I could remember the fares fr our hotel to the 2 towns, but our group found them to be quite reasonable (the peso amount)
The one I do remember was Playa Chileno to San Jose being about 300 pesos.
We heard that we would need to book our airport transportation in advance in order to not be "gypped". So we asked concierge and they said that there are no shuttles and that we'd just need to take a taxi. The ride ended up being 600 pesos to the airport (about $11 a person). I suppose our being a good size group of people, and not much back and forth between our hotel and the towns made taxis the better transportation option.
Trying to decide on a Taxi, Shuttle, or Private Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cabo San Lucas?
I had the hardest time choosing myself! But I'm glad I took another travelers advice and went with private transportation. She had recommended Translobo and I'm glad she had. Their service was exceptional, and affordable. It was way worth a few extra bucks to use them over the $22 per person shuttle service.
What to expect:
We arrived at the airport around 7:30 PM grabbed our luggage and went out front to the right (to the sign that said "Group Exit"). Outside we found a nicely dressed man holding a sign with our name on it. He introduced himself as Omar and took our luggage to his very pristine Suburban. Inside he had it nicely air-conditioned and offered us a nice cold beer! He asked us what kind of music we liked and we were off. He was a very good driver and spoke perfect English. The ride was very enjoyable.
Once we arrived at the hotel, Omar's boss Arturo met us out front. He was also dressed very nice and wanted to introduce himself and make sure we had had a nice ride over (Very professional). All and all it was a great experience!
On the drive back to the airport the following Friday he pulled over to show us a beautiful view and offered to take a last picture of us in Cabo, which was very thoughtful.
Notes: Once you are dropped off by the driver be expected to pay upfront for your way back. This threw me off and made me a bit nervous, I like to pay for services when rendered. But just as promised, Omar arrived the following Friday at 4:30 to take us back to the airport : )
Good Luck! Hope my experience helps you make your decision.
Hola fellow Mexician vacationers.
My family and I just got back from our third trip to Baja Sur. This trip we wanted to see more of the real mexico. Not just Cabo san Lucas and the pool boy at our all inclusive. My husband spend a week trying to get transportation figured out. We wanted to visit La Paz for a few day and then spend one day in Todo Santos. The rental car prices where very high(almost $700 for a week) We found a sevice called Safe Ride in Baja Sur. Safe ride took care of everything for us. they picked us up at our hotel and drove us to La paz. The driver spoke perfect english and had a few movies in the car for the kids. This made the three hours in the car fly by. A few days later we had Safe Ride take us on a day trip to Todo Santos. For both La Paz and Todo Santos our driver had great advise on places to eat, things to see and also the tourist traps to avoid if possible.
If you need airport transport Safe Ride in Baja Sur is a great company to contact and made our vacation great for more then just a great transport but also a nice tour of Todo Santos.
Five dollars will get you a two passenger bicycle ride around the town of Cabo San Lucas. It is sometimes better than walking in the heat of the day. You can get a bike driver on any street, by hailing. Get the price before you go to the destination you choose. A fun way to see the town.
Once we were in our condo, we either walked to the marina along the beach, took the water taxi, or a regular taxi. We were told upfront at the condo what fees were and they never varied once, always the same price. By the way, love the taxis in Cabo, they are vans, so can take up to 7 people I think so if you are a larger group, very economical.
We used a shuttle service to get to our condo from the airport and to return us to the airport at the end of our vacation, TRANSPACIFICO. I made all the arrangements on line. Process was very quick, very easy, very reliable. And they stopped at a grocery store on the way to our condo so we could pick up supplies.
Our cost for the rountrip was $150 total for 4 people. They have air conditioned Suburbans. They also offer a shuttle service where they go to all the hotels, so the milk run scenario.
Hotel / airport transfer - people in the airport will bombard you. If you have transfers already arranged your ride/bus will be outside so ignore the dudes inside the airport.
If you dont have transfers arranged, then bargain with anyone. They charge per person.
Its about a 40 minute drive
The taxi services are very good. We were told that they charged per person for the service, however, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that it was much cheaper. Be sure to check the rates at hotel prior to leaving.
It's better to pre-arrange airport transfers with your hotel. There are many people vying for your business once you land--don't take those rides. We arranged for our hotel to pick us up at the airport, and it cost $34 per person for the trip to the hotel and back to the airport at the conclusion of our stay. You pay this up front when they pick you up, but don't worry because they give you a voucher so there is a record of your payment.
Most people have noted that taxis in Cabo are expensive. Instead, check out the hotel shuttles. Most hotels provide shuttles free of charge. Some just go to other hotels, but if the destination hotel is close to town, you can walk. We did this and didn't have to pay for any taxis.
so i've been trekking around Cabo for a few days by foot, by taxi getting pretty familiar with the place and the one day that i don't ask the cost before getting into the cab is the day that the driver wants to charge me QUADRUPLE!!
i didn't pay...he called the cops...and a nice mexican boy came and helped me out...i'm not sure exactly what happened but the cab driver left.
moral of the story.....ask first!!