ONTFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 378 posts, RR: 3 Posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1324 times:
Hey guys, I'm going to be heading down to Cabo in June for some fun in the sun. Right now, it looks like I'm flying MX out of LAX and I was just looking for information about SJD. i.e. Are their any good views on approach and if so, what side of the plane would be best for viewing (lets just assume the normal standard ops for direction of landing.) And at the airport itself, what's the customs experience like? Thanks in advance for all your help!
Juventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1314 times:
Tony Romo and Jessica Simpsom flying down with you??? just kidding
When I was down there, we stayed at the Hilton, best Hotel experience I've ever had, and I've been everywhere. great view, but expensive.......Customs line can be a little long, but not bad, nothing compare to Cancun. It took us 15 minutes to get through. As far the sigh, you most definetly want to see El Arco (the Arch) from air. I forgot which side of the airplane. Cab ride from the airport to most beach hotels, 20 minutes, I think it was like $18 USD.
LeftCoaster From Cayman Islands, joined Nov 2007, 76 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1240 times:
I've landed @ SJD twice, once with America West, another with Alaska...and both times, the views were far better (beaches etc.) on the Right side of the plane. (Then taking off, the views were on the left!)
That being said, there's no guarantee that your flight will land the same direction that mine did!
Cabo airport is fairly small and nothin' to write home about, but it was relatively clean and had a few ammenities.
If you're staying in San Jose Del Cabo, then the drive from SJD is only about 10 - 15 mins. If you're in Cabo San Lucas... the drive is quite a bit longer (45 mins or so).
I enjoyed Cabo much more than Puerto Vallarta, and I'm sure you'll have a blast. Make sure - if you're staying in Cabo San Lucas - to make your way to San Jose Del Cabo too. It's got a great old city centre!
ThePinnacleKid From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 692 posts, RR: 8 Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1157 times:
The best view is on departure from SJD... and it is out of the front windows. Just from own personal experience... granted, never seen it from the back so can't tell you right or left.... but, just ask your travel agent for seat 0A or 0B... granted 0A and 0B both have their own sets of duties to perform while you get your pretty views... but well worth it.
TommyBoy From United States of America, joined May 2000, 151 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1141 times:
I've flown from LAX to Cabo 15 times since 1995 and all approaches to SJD have been to the south, in which case there's not much to see on your approach except alot of sage brush (altho there's alot of building going on so things chage quite a bit) but I've never seen the beaches on approach. Two times we did a go around before landing and flew low and slow over the hotels along the corridor and out into the bay. All the departures I've been on have been to the south and most have made a left hand turn, in which case you get a good look at San Jose del Cabo. Just a couple of times did we turn right for a great view of Cabo San Lucas. I've always liked sitting on the left side of the plane going down because you get a good look at the Baja beaches on the Sea of Cortez. And when you get tired of rice and beans I recommend Romeo y Julietta's, a great Italian restaurant at the far end of Cabo San Lucas (ask any taxi driver)...the best ceasar salad in the world!
Ghost77 From Mexico, joined Mar 2000, 5166 posts, RR: 52 Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1130 times:
Usually most of the time in the year runway 16 is in use, that is, you'll be landing in the South... nothing to see on left or right, if on departure 16 on use again, best view might be left, if runway 34 on use... best view probably left again to see the terminal that's all you'll get... SJD is a little isolated airport and its a small city. I was there around 3 weeks ago but landed on 34 got to see all as i was jump seating .
Quoting ONTFlyer (Reply 2): Thanks for the other info though. Anyone know how the surf is that time of year?
Best months are from April thru October in all the Mexican West Coast. But be careful!! I lost some friends in HUX, Huatulco around a year ago and I almost too got caught in ACA last summer.
Ricardo Morales - flyAPM - ¡No es que maneje rapido, solo estoy volando lento!
PacNWJet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 869 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1077 times:
I was there in December 2006. As other posters have commented, if you land to the south there is not much to see, although on approach I did note a fairly large prison on finals. I think it would be fun to point it out to college students on spring break and say something like, "see, that's where you are going to end up after all those tequila shots." There are two terminals at SJD. I arrived at the terminal used by Alaska, Delta, Frontier, United (Ted), and Westjet (I believe most other airlines use the other terminal). Since I arrived on a CRJ and there were no other flights arriving at that hour the line at Immigration was fairly short. However, if two or more planes arrive around the same time one should expect a somewhat longer wait.
My wife and I stayed two nights at a small resort in San Jose del Cabo before boarding our small ship cruise in Cabo San Lucas. As others have noted, the small town of San Jose del Cabo is rather quaint and much mode sedate than Cabo San Lucas which we also checked out before our cruise boarded and found to be very touristy.