Information & Facts
The coastal resorts of Baja are hot and humid in summer, and can
be cold and windy in winter, with most rainfall concentrated in
September. Summer temperatures are about 85ºF (30ºC) along the
coast and 110ºF (43ºC) inland, with winter temperatures dropping to
48ºF (9ºC). The southern Cape is warm all year round with hot
summers and mild winters averaging 70 - 80ºF (21 - 27ºC).
There is an efficient bus system that covers the distance
between Tijuana and Los Cabos in 24 hours on the Trans-peninsula
highway, stopping at towns along the way. Car and passenger ferry
services connect Baja to the Mexican mainland and there are
airports at Tijuana and near Los Cabos. Car rental companies can be
found in the larger cities and at airports, although the
Trans-peninsula highway is narrow and routinely travelled by
trucks. Within the towns there are plenty of taxis and collectivos
(shared taxi vans) for hire.
Spanish is the official language in Mexico. Some English
is spoken in tourist regions.
Mexican currency is the New Peso (MXN) divided into 100
centavos. Credit cards are widely accepted, particularly Visa,
MasterCard and American Express. Travellers cheques are generally
accepted, but cannot be cashed on Sundays. ATMs are available in
most cities and towns and are the most convenient way to get money,
but for safety reasons they should only be used during business
hours. Although most businesses will accept foreign currency it is
best to use pesos. Foreign currency can be exchanged at one of many
casas de cambio(exchange houses), which have longer hours
and offer a quicker service than the banks.