Los Cabos and La Paz are the two main travel destinations located within the state of Baja California Sur. The two spots offer a different travel experience. Los Cabos is usually viewed as a haven for foreign tourists since the region is home to multiple high-end resorts and world-renowned nightlife in spots like the Cabo Wabo cantina. La Paz, on the other hand, caters more to national travelers and foreign travelers looking for a more laid-back and authentic vibe.
Cabo San Lucas is located 97 miles from La Paz, while San Jose del Cabo is around 116 miles away. That’s the first thing that you’re going to want to account for when making this trip. If you want to visit both “Cabos” as well as La Paz, you better be ready to spend some considerable time on the road. You’ll have to decide whether it makes sense to rent a car or travel the areas via local buses or private transport.
Renting A Car On Your Trip To Los Cabos
If you’re keen to explore Baja California Sur, it may make perfect sense to rent a car to get to all of the different spots that the region has to offer. Just going from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo is a 30-minute drive. With a rental car, you’ll be able to head out whenever you’d like to any of the nearby destinations.
According to the famous travel site Kayak, renting a car in Los Cabos for a week costs around 237 dollars which comes out to about 34 dollars a day. That may be a bit of a generous estimate since car rental companies tend to have different clauses in their policies. Even with add-on fees, you may want to take into account that a single ride in a cab from San Jose del Cabo to Cabo San Lucas can cost as much as 40 dollars.
Renting A Car Allows You To Enjoy Multiple Destinations
If you’re going to rent a car and you want to head out to La Paz, make sure that your rental plan includes an unlimited miles clause. That way, you won’t have to worry about any extra fees in that department. The benefit of taking a rental car out to La Paz is that you’ll be able to make stops along the way. Todos Santos beach is right on the road that leads from Los Cabos to La Paz.
Also, you could drive all the way to Balandra beach, which is north of La Paz. Be careful with mapping out your route to Balandra Beach. There are multiple streets named Balandra near La Paz. You could arrive at a college facility near the city center and not one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet.
A trip from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz by car should take right around 2 hours. If you’re coming from San Jose del Cabo, you can add around 30 minutes to that total. Since the best way to get to La Paz is on the same road, you have to drive to Cabo San Lucas first.
Taking A Bus From Los Cabos To La Paz
The only other viable option for people who don’t want to drive or hire private transport is to take a bus from Los Cabos to La Paz. There are essentially two main bus lines that offer this trip. They are the ABC bus company and the Aguila company. ABC has their route from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz priced right around 20 dollars. Aguila covers the same route for around 17 or 18 dollars, depending on the exchange rate. The buses take off from a terminal that’s located a few blocks from the Cabo San Lucas Marina. They can arrive at a spot that’s literally right next to the “Malecon” or main district in La Paz.
Both lines also offer trips from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo, with ABC pricing their route at 3 dollars and El Aguila at about 2.50. There are buses literally every hour from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo. This can help you avoid renting a car or paying hefty taxi fees while in the region. All of these bus fees presented here are for one-way tickets.
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