Transportation in Cabo San Lucas can be a bit of a hassle, as taxis are expensive and buses might not go to the destinations you’d like to see. There are buses and shuttles to and from the airport, but if you are planning to visit other towns in the area, such as La Playita or Todos Santos, a Cabo San Lucas car rental may be the most convenient and affordable option for you. If you wish to rent a car in San Jose del Cabo, there are also many options open to you that will allow you to see the Los Cabos attractions with the greatest convenience.
Many well-known international companies offer options for a Los Cabos rental car, including Advantage, Avis, National, Thrifty, Dollar, Budget and Alamo. Several of these companies operate rental car counters at the Los Cabos International Airport. You can usually get a lower price on a Cabo San Lucas car rental if you reserve your rental car before you start your vacation, rather than rent a car after you arrive. Searching the internet before you leave can often help you find discount rates and cheap car rentals in Cabo San Lucas. Many of the large companies such as Budget also operate satellite offices in town, allowing you to rent a car in San Jose del Cabo, the Corridor, or Cabo San Lucas, without having to pick up or drop off your car at the airport. This can be very convenient if you only plan to rent a car for only part of your trip. You can, for example, take the shuttle bus into town, enjoy the beaches and nightclubs within walking distance of your Los Cabos hotel or resort, rent a car in San Jose del Cabo or elsewhere to explore the surrounding area, and then drop it off before taking the shuttle back to the airport.
Some tourists have reported being overcharged for gas at service stations while driving a Los Cabos rental car, so be on the alert for unscrupulous gas attendants and ensure that the counter is set to zero before allowing the attendant to fill your tank; gas should cost approximately what it does in the US. You must be at least 24 years old to get a Los Cabos rental car, with a valid credit card and driver's license. Make sure you buy local car insurance, as your north-of-the-border car insurance may not cover you for your Cabo San Lucas car rental.
For travelers who want to explore the area around Cabo San Lucas in a grittier, more adventurous way, there are many Cabo San Lucas motorcycle rentals available. Most of these rentals come with full safety gear and insurance, as well as a guided tour taking you into the mountains for a look at the beautiful desert landscape of Baja. Cabo BMW Rentals rents BMW motorcycles, and other tour operators rent Harley-Davidsons and other motorcycle brands, as well as ATVs and other vehicles. One popular ride is the Cabo Loop, a 200-mile paved loop that starts in Cabo San Lucas and passes through several neighboring towns including Todos Santos, Los Barriles, and San Jose del Cabo.
Renting a car in Los Cabos can give the traveler freedom to explore neighboring areas and enjoy the beautiful Baja landscape, things that would be difficult to do without your own transportation. Taking the time to explore the beautiful beaches and historic towns at your own pace is an unforgettable part of any trip to Baja California.