Cabo San Lucas in Mexico is the perfect getaway for both vacationers and those seeking affordable dental care. With pristine beaches and warm waters surrounded by an interesting landscape of craggy rocks and cacti it is no wonder this particular part of the world is so naturally appealing.
Alongside its close neighbor, San Jose del Cabo, economic growth here has continued since the 1970s. Together, the two are simply referred to as Los Cabos and are linked by the Corredor del Gro (Golden Corridor) – a mix of gated residential communities, exclusive hotels and high-end resorts. This area is particularly geared toward tourists and leisure pursuits, including a golf course and the coral reefs located near Chileno Bay which add to its enduring popularity.
Sunshine practically all year round, a buzzing nightlife and its closeness to the US ensures Cabo San Lucas’s status as a fashionable destination, particularly for North Americans. With the rise in medical and dental travelers visiting Mexico, Cabo San Lucas is in the perfect position to cater for these new tourists. Working with the best in the world, Dental Departures will help you find a dentist in Cabo San Lucas to look after your dental and oral health.
Cabo San Lucas is the third largest city, after La Paz and San José del Cabo, in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Commonly called Cabo, it is located at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean.
Cabo San Lucas, while being in a beautiful part of the world, has been host to international sightseers here for several decades now. Hospitable and friendly, Cabo is welcoming to both its visitors and residents. There is a large and growing community of retirees from the US choosing to make their homes here, and so while some areas in Mexico may seem lacking in modern amenities in comparison with the US, it is not the case here.
Similarly, dental clinics are equipped to the same high standards you would expect in the US – with modern and hygienic facilities and highly-skilled and trained dentists. The increase in patients seeking dentistry overseas has seen competition in Mexico increase as clinics vie for patients. This healthy competition ensures only the best clinics get recommendations and repeat business – so it is in their best interests to ensure they provide the very best service. We work alongside the best dental clinics, confident in our dentists’ abilities to provide an excellent service in all areas of dentistry at an affordable price.
Traveling to Cabo San Lucas from North America is convenient – some flights less than a couple of hours duration – making it a realistic option if you need multiple visits. Even factoring the price of flights and accommodation into your costs, the simple fact is that most dental procedures here are at least 50% less than at home, with some as much as 80% less. Examples of the savings to be made on some typical treatments are shown below:
• Average cost of a single dental crown in the US $1,200, At a dentist in Cabo San Lucas $460• Average cost of root canal, post and crown in the US$2,200, At a dentist in Cabo San Lucas $500• Average cost of dental implant and crown in the US$3,900, At a dentist in Cabo San Lucas $1,600
Choosing the right place to stay in Cabo for your dental treatment shouldn’t be a problem. There are options to suit all tastes and budgets from self-catering apartments and villas to boutique hotels and high-end resorts.
Some of our clinics offer free or discounted hotel rates on some treatment if you have arranged your appointment through Dental Departures. Please ask for further details.
Yes. The latest US travel advisory has no advisory in effect for the whole state of Baja California Sur. Cabo San Lucas is perfectly safe to walk around, even at night. However, as with anywhere else, do use common-sense precautions.
We cannot stress enough that if you choose a good clinic, then yes! Dental Departures will help you find one. We have performed thorough background checks on all of our dentists and clinics to make certain they are up to par. Hygiene standards, equipment, techniques and facilities, as well as dentists’ experience and qualifications are all subject to our verification methods.
This information, along with reviews from our patients of their experiences at our dental clinics, offers an overall picture and a true reflection of the services and standards provided by our individual clinics. We think this gives you a unique perspective, enabling you to choose your dentist with confidence.
Very occasionally, things can go wrong. Even with the best of care and adherence to standard procedures the human body does not always react the way we expect it to. Fortunately, our quality checks ensure only a tiny percentage of our patients (less than 0.1%) have experienced anything untoward. However, when there is a problem, we will work on your behalf to get it resolved. Not only do our patients benefit from the warranties all our clinics provide for both lab works and procedures, but they also have the services of Dental Departures as their patient advocate, and we will do our utmost to get things sorted if something is not right.
No. With a lot of English-speaking visitors and residents in Cabo, English is spoken widely and you will get by quite easily without any Spanish. However, it is always appreciated if you try and speak a few words of the national language, even it is just ‘Hola’ and ‘Gracias’.
Most dental clinics preferred to be paid in US cash. However, personal checks, traveler’s checks and debit/credit cards are accepted by an increasing majority. Check with each clinic as to what payment methods they prefer, and please note that credit card payments are usually subject to a small processing fee (around 3-4%).
Dental clinics here will not usually be able to bill your insurance company directly. However, you may be eligible to claim for your treatment costs upon your return home. Before you book an appointment contact your insurance provider to see if they will reimburse you for out-of-network care. If they do, you will need to find out from them what forms or documents you will need to bring with you for completion by your dentist here.
Anytime is a good time to visit Cabo San Lucas for your dental treatment as it is lucky enough to be blessed with near-perfect weather all year round. With more than 350 days sunshine and an arid climate, the average year-round temperature is 78F.
During the high tourist season from October to April, daytime temperatures range between 74F and 84F, cooling down to around 65F at night. The low tourist season from May to September may see temperatures reach around 100F in August and September. However, the cooling breezes from the Pacific Ocean may make it feel a little less.
Some of the hotels and shopping malls are wheelchair-friendly, and getting from one area of town to another simple enough in a taxi. However, some of the tourist areas are cobblestones, with steps up to the shops, making if difficult in a wheelchair, although not impossible if you have someone with you.
We are always happy to help all our patients gain access to the right dentist. If you have any requirements or foresee any difficulties please don’t hesitate to speak to us – we will do our utmost to accommodate you and get you seen by one of our great dentists.
Aside from timeshare salesmen trying to entice you to go to a presentation with offers of money or discounted activities, Cabo is a safe and established destination for tourists. Unless you are in the market for a timeshare, a simple but firm ‘no gracias’ should be sufficient to rid yourself of these annoyances.
Both good and bad dental clinics operate here, as they do anywhere else in the world. This is why it is important to find an established clinic with good facilities, and why our hand-selected clinics will help you in this process. Your health and safety regarding all aspects of your care are paramount and our screening processes will help you ensure your care is as safe as can be.
While local anesthetic which numbs pain is used widely full sedation, which is offered as standard in the US and Canada, it is not freely available in Mexico. Full sedation is a specialist service provided by some clinics and requires a licensed anesthesiologist. Please contact us about clinics who offer this service, which costs an additional $400-$600. For patients suffering with anxiety, Valium will also need to be requested before your visit.
For vacationers and dental tourists alike, Cabo San Lucas provides everything you need for your enjoyment and convenience.
From beaches and water sports by day to a lively nightlife featuring numerous bars, restaurants and discotheques. However, this is not the limit of its offerings. Away from the beaches there are plenty of sights for tourists to enjoy. Historic landmarks, including the remains of the Old Lighthouse (El Faro Viejo), and the Church of San Lucas (Iglesia de San Lucas) are worth visiting alongside Cabo’s museums and galleries.
The natural terrain, including the coastline ending in the iconic rock archway ‘El Arco’, makes for some interesting and photogenic backdrops. Some of the nearby towns, including La Candelaria, about 20 miles north of Cabo, offer amazing views and a lush landscape, and Todos Santos, 40 miles north, has successfully managed to maintain a village feel with over 4000 residents. Closer inspection reveals stylish boutiques, impressive restaurants and inspiring art galleries as well as its own historic buildings such as the old mills (trapiches).
Along with the colonial splendour of San José del Cabo there is much more to see and explore around Cabo, should visitors have the time and energy.
Most people tend to fly to Cabo San Lucas for their dental treatment, although it is reasonably straightforward to drive down the peninsula from San Diego-Tijuana or Calexico-Mexicali along the Carr Fed 1/Mexico 1.
It is now a mandatory requirement in Mexico that ALL drivers have at least third party insurance. This will usually have to be arranged separately from your US car insurance, but can be bought easily online for around $10 a day).
The nearest airport is Cabo San Lucas International Airport (CSL) and it receives daily flights from throughout the world, including the US and Canada.
• Cabo San Lucas Airport: 5 miles, 15 minutes• La Paz, Mexico: 100 miles, 2 hours• Hermosillo, Mexico: 552 miles, 12 hours• Tijuana, Mexico: 1000 miles, 19 hours• Tuscson, Arizona: 795 miles, 17 hours (inc. ferry crossing)• Los Angeles, California: 1,159, 20 hours• Las Vegas, Nevada: 1,200, 23 hours (inc. ferry crossing)
If you decide to drive to Mexico for your dental treatment remember to check the hours of operation of the border crossing you choose. Some border crossings (such as Calexico-Mexicali) have two entrances, so be sure to find out all the information you require before you travel. Also remember that you will need a valid passport or passport card for re-entry into the US.
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