Area Code -- The telephone area code is 624.

Beach Safety -- Before swimming in the open water, check if conditions are safe. Riptides and large waves are common. Médano Beach, close to the marina and town, is the principal beach that's safe for swimming. The ME Cabo resort on Médano Beach has a roped-off swimming area to protect swimmers from personal watercraft and boats. Playa del Amor is also usually safe, but use your best judgment. Colored flags to signal swimming safety aren't generally found in Cabo, and neither are lifeguards, so be aware.

Currency Exchange -- Banks exchange currency during normal business hours, generally Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm. Currency-exchange booths, found throughout Cabo's main tourist areas, aren't as competitive but are more convenient. ATMs are widely available and even more convenient, dispensing pesos -- and in some cases dollars -- at bank exchange rates.

Emergencies & Hospital -- In Cabo, Amerimed (tel. 624/143-9671) is a 24-hour, American-standards clinic with bilingual physicians and emergency air-evacuation services, and it accepts major credit cards. Most of the larger hotels have a doctor on call.

Pharmacy -- A drugstore with a wide selection of toiletries as well as medicine is Farmacia Aramburo, in Plaza Aramburo, on Lázaro Cárdenas at Zaragoza (tel. 624/143-1489). It's open daily from 8am to 10pm and accepts MasterCard and Visa.

Post Office -- The correo (tel. 624/143-0048) is at Lázaro Cárdenas and Francisco Villa, on the highway to San José del Cabo, east of the bar El Squid Roe. It's open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.