the edge of the sparkling blue Sea of Cortez, 35 miles North of
Los Cabos International airport and 70 miles Southeast of La
Paz, Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort is in the East Cape Area,
one of the pioneer region in travel in Baja.
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
of January 23rd, 2007 the only acceptable document to travel to
Mexico is a passport. The airlines
will provide you with the form for a Tourist Card, which you will
fill out on the airplane and show when you go through customs
at your entry point in Mexico. This Tourist Card is good for six
months. Minors under the age of 18—who are not traveling
with both parents—will need a notarized affidavit from the
missing parent (s) giving permission for them to travel to Mexico.
The airlines can help you with this.
The easiest way to get to Hotel Buena Vista is by air. It’s
only a short two-hour flight from San Diego, Los Angeles or Phoenix
to Los Cabos, and the Los Cabos International Airport is only 35
miles away from us. Because it’s a major resort destination,
Los Cabos airport (SJD) offers
the largest number of international flights. We also offer pick up
from La Paz airport even though it is an hour extra drive, but
it sometimes a better option, especially during Los Cabos high
season. La Paz International Airport is 70 miles northwest of
airlines provide daily service to Los Cabos / La Paz:
From: Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose,
San Diego and Portland
From:Phoenix, Oakland, Las Vegas and San Diego.
From: Tijuana and Los Angeles
From: San Diego and Ontario, CA
From: Houston and Newark, NJ
From: Tijuana and Los Angeles
From: Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Sacramento
From: Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles
From: Los Angeles and San Francisco
From: Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Cincinnati
From: Denver, San Francisco and San Jose
From: Los Angeles
From: San Francisco, Denver and Chicago
Once you arrive at either airport, the driver of one of our
three Tres Hermanos vans will personally meet you. Look for the
man with the Hotel Buena Vista sign. Your name will be on it.
He’ll help you with your luggage and you’ll be on
Make sure you let us know whether you’ll be flying into
Los Cabos or La Paz and what your flight number and arrival time
In case you’re
thirsty after your flight, let your driver know and he’ll
stop at a store near the airport where you can buy water, soda,
beer and snacks. Forty-five minutes later (or an hour and half
if you fly into La Paz), you’ll be checking into the hotel!
CAR RENTALS AND DRIVING DIRECTION FROM NEAR BY AIRPORTS
You can arrange
to rent a car at the Los Cabos or La Paz International Airports.
All major US car rental companies have outlets at these airports,
but their prices are generally better when you make advance
reservations. You can also rent a car for a day or two at Hotel
Buena Vista, delivery charge will apply.
Driving directions from Los Cabos Airport
toward Highway 1, and follow the bridge over the road and take
the turn to the north, which says, “La Paz.” You will drive
about 45 to 50 minutes, most of it inland. When you see the Sea
of Cortez on your right, you are almost here! Note the kilometer
markers. Hotel Buena Vista is at Km 105, right before the tall,
thin concrete monument on top of the largest hill around. You
will see the sign on the right and follow it through our welcome
arch to the hotel lobby.
Driving directions from La Paz Airport
you are driving down from La Paz, you also take Highway 1. Just
as you leave the airport, about 5 miles, you will go right (left
will take you away from town and toward Tijuana). You need to
follow the sign that say Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo.
You must not leave highway way. About 25 miles South there will
be a sign to Cabo San Lucas and Todos Santos, do not turn there,
that is the Pacific side highway, you must stay on the same road
you are going. You will go El Triunfo, San Antonio and latter
San Bartolo, after this last town you will drive about 20 more
minutes and you will arrive to Los Barriles. Another five
minutes and you will see the big flag poll, continue on a miles
and be ready to turn left toward the ocean. Kilometer 105 is
where we are. Follow the dirt road and you will see the welcome
arch to our resort.
HERE BY CAR FROM THE BORDER & DRIVING TIPS
and Other Legal Entry Requirements
Since you will be traveling almost the entire 1000-mile length
of Mexico’s Highway 1, which stretches from Tijuana to Cabo
San Lucas, you will need to purchase a Tourist Card. This card
costs approximately $22 and is good for six months. In addition
to a Tourist Card, if you are traveling south by car, RV, bus,
cruise ship, or airplane, U.S. citizens are required to have a
photo ID and a certified copy of your birth certificate or a passport.
When you drive,
you are responsible for getting your own Tourist Card. Any consulate
of Mexico, the Mexican tourism offices, some travel agencies and
Discover Baja Travel Club in San Diego can issue this card. You
can reach Discover Baja at 1-800-727-BAJA or
If you don’t
have time to pick one up before you cross the border, you can
stop in just south of the border in Tijuana to get a Tourist Card.
In Ensenada, pick up a Tourist Card at the Migración—Immigration
Office at the port. It’s right on your way into town on
the left-hand side of the road, across from the shipyard. Afterward,
you will have to go to a local bank and pay your fee.
As of September
14, 2001, citizens of certain specified Middle Eastern countries
must apply for permission to enter Mexico at least six to eight
weeks ahead of time. These people should contact the Mexican Consulate
nearest them for more information.
Buy inexpensive Mexican car insurance at one of the drive-through
agencies in San Ysidro before you cross the border at Tijuana.
All you need is a copy of your current vehicle registration and
valid driver’s license. Some U.S. car rental companies allow
you to drive their cars into Mexico, provided you purchase insurance
beforehand. If you’re planning to spend more than 10 days
in Mexico, it’s cheaper to buy a year’s policy. An
online search will yield many companies that provide insurance.
Also … make sure your policy includes legal coverage, in
the event of an accident. Please, don’t cross the border
without Mexican car insurance.
It is nearly 1000 miles from Tijuana to Buena Vista. If you are
driving straight through, allow yourself at least two days. It’s
not advisable to drive at night, as the road is narrow and without
a shoulder in many places.
Get a cell
phone that works in Mexico before you start out. Keep on the lookout
for the green vans you’ll see from time to time. They’re
called the Green Angels and they offer free roadside assistance
to stranded motorists.
SERVICES & MAPS
Barriles & Buena Vista Services
The towns of Buena Vista and Los Barriles are side-by-side and
only five minutes apart. You can take a taxi or rent a car to
into Los Barriles, where you can buy food, beverages and visit
a doctor or pharmacy if necessary. There are also several good
restaurants nearby. Stop in at the reception desk and we’ll
show you where to go to get what you need!
Cabos Area Services
Since Los Cabos (the area comprised of the towns of San Jose del
Cabo to the north and Cabo San Lucas to the south—with the
corridor known as the Los Cabos Corridor in between) is a large
resort, anything that can’t be found locally is less than
an hour away. In addition to hotels, golf courses, shopping, restaurants,
nightclubs and an array of tourist attractions, Los Cabos has
modern medical facilities. Please visit the reception desk to
find out more information about what’s available in Los
Cabos when you are here.
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