Getting to Baja Sur
Our vacation rentals are located approximately 900 miles
south of the Mexican/U.S. border. You can fly into one of the two
nearby airports of La Paz or San Jose del Cabo or
you can drive via the paved Trans peninsular Highway
Getting There By Plane
The closest airports that serve our rentals are in La Paz (LAP) and San
Jose del Cabo (SJD). Los Barriles is located about 1 hour north of the
San Jose del Cabo airport and 2 hours southeast of the La Paz airport.
La Ventana/EL Sargento is located about 45 minutes east of the La Paz
airport and 3 hours north of the San Jose del Cabo airport. San Jose
del Cabo offers more direct, flexible and usually cheaper flights and
is better choice if you are going to Los Barriles. La Paz is much
closer to La Ventana/El Sargento, so if you are going to this area and
can get a flight, La Paz is a good choice.
Please try to arrive at the airport in time to drive to your
destination before dark.
FLYING INTO LA PAZ AIRPORT
ALASKA and a few Mexican airlines fly from the
United States into La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur (South) .
For driving directions from the La Paz airport, see Getting to Ventana/Sargento .
FLYING INTO SAN JOSE DEL CABO AIRPORT -
CONTINENTAL, UNITED, ALASKA, AMERICAN and AEROMEXICO are just a few of
the airlines that serve San Jose Del Cabo. See Getting to Los Barriles for driving
directions from the San Jose del Cabo airport.
Car rentals are available from Hertz, Avis, Budget, Alamo, etc. You can
negotiate directly with an agent at the airport or you can have an
agent reserve a car for you from the states. During peak travel times
it may be a good idea to reserve your car in advance.
We don't recommend you take a taxi - a rental car is more convenient
for you once you arrive. If you do take a taxi AGREE UPON A PRICE
BEFORE YOU GET IN THE TAXI. The drive to Los Barriles is
approximately 1 hour and could cost over $100 USD. The drive to
Ventana/El Sargento is approximately 3 hours. Prices over the past few
years have averaged $220 for up to 3 passengers and $300 for 4-10
passengers or more. Be sure to tell your driver you are going to La
near Los Planes. There is another city with a similar name near San
Jose del Cabo that is not the correct destination. Having a copy
of the Baja map and using it to discuss destinations is a good idea.
Getting There By Car
Driving through Baja can be fun and exciting. Baja is a rugged
and beautiful peninsula. There are many interesting stops along the
Baja route including colonial missions, ancient cave paintings and
spectacular vistas and bays. A Baja travel/guide book is a must if you
want to really enjoy the trip. I will list three of my favorite books.
These books will provide details on getting ready for the trip, what to
bring, immigration and customs, where to stay and eat, and what to see
and do on your trip down the Baja peninsula.
Best Places Baja - published 2003- best of the latest books
Edited By: Lori Makabe
The Magnificent Peninsula - published 1996 - older, but
still one of the best
By: Jack Williams
Published by: H.J. Williams Publications
Baja Handbook - published 1998
By: Joe Cummings
Moon Travel Handbooks
The directions are fairly simple. Get on the Trans peninsular
Highway (Highway 1) and go south. You will drive approximately 920
miles to one of our locations. This highway is paved and the Mexican
government has established a patrol along the route of bilingual
mechanics in case tourists need assistance. The Angeles Verdes (green
angels) travel in green and white trucks. Their service is free
gasoline and oil are at a cost. You are welcome to tip them if you
choose. If you are in a hurry you can make the
drive to our area in about 20 hours from the US/Mexico Border. This
equates to two hard days of driving (don't drive at night). The first
day you cross the border early, clear immigration and drive to Guerrero
Negro. The second day of driving will get you to Los Barriles/La
Ventana/El Sargento by dark. A more relaxed way is to take 3 or more
days and enjoy the wonderful Baja Peninsula.The above books provide all
the information that you will need.
To drive in Baja you need a valid US or Canadian driver's license or an
international driving permit. A car permit is not required in
Baja. A permit is required on mainland Mexico.
All US and Canadian citizens crossing the border for more than 72 hours
or going further south than Ensenada must carry valid "tourist
cards". Don't even think about not getting one. Not worth
the hassle if you are caught. You need a valid Passport to get
your tourist card and to get back into the U.S.
Your American insurance is not valid in Mexico and it is recommended
that you purchase Mexican auto insurance for your stay. This can be
done at the U.S. border or in advance. To purchase insurance in advance
can click here Mexican
ROAD CONDITIONS/MILITARY CHECKPOINTS
Highway 1, the Trans peninsular Highway, is paved and typically safe.
There may be sections that are under repair, but detours are normally
marked well. Be aware that cars and trucks in Mexico use their left
direction turn blinker to signal when it is safe for you to pass them
as well as to signal when they are turning left. If a vehicle in
the on coming lane has his emergency blinkers on, that is a signal that
there is a hazard ahead.
Watch for cows and speed bumps on all roads and drive slowly
through towns and cities. The speed bumps are sometimes marked
with a sign saying TOPE or REDUCTOR. Sometimes they are not
marked at all and hard to see. Drive defensely.
There are police and military roadblocks throughout the
peninsula. This is said to control drugs and weapons. The Mexicans will
ask if you are carrying drugs or weapons, do a cursory inspection and
let you pass. Although we have never had any type of problem with these
checkpoints, it is always a good idea to supervise any search, and you
may wish to discretely lock the front of your car while they are
searching the back. If there are 2 of you traveling, one should
aways stay in the car while the other one shows the inspectors around
the vehicle. This is very important in a motor home.
Gas is normally available at most cities along the route. All
commercial gas stations in Mexico are state owned and are called
gas stations have been caught charging for more than they pump and
making “mistakes” on your change so be aware of the cost, how much you
hand the attendant and the change received. We have made it a
policy to get out of the car before they start pumping to make sure the
pump is reset to zero. Sometimes they forget and good luck
arguing with them.
Tipping of the attendant who pumps your gas and the boy who
washes your windows is customary.
AAA of Southern California publishes the best road map we have found
for Baja, which is free for members of AAA.
If you are bringing your pet to Mexico it is advisable to carry an
international health certificate, which is obtainable from any
US Consulate (624) 143-3566
Canadian Consulate (624) 142-4333
Immigration (624) 143-4001
Lost or Stolen Cards:
Master card: 01-8000-021-2345
American Express: (624)143-5866