PICK A BANK - ANY BANK
Although there are not nearly as many different types of banks in Cabo as there are in the U.S., there are at least a handful to choose from. Don't loose too much sleep worrying over which one to visit for your Cabo banking needs. They all provide pretty much the same services and the costs and exchange rates are similar. And they all have long lines for you to wait in.
SORRY - WE'RE OPEN
Banks in Cabo are generally open by 10:00 a.m. and often stay open until 6:00 p.m. The hours of operatation can vary from bank to bank and from branch to branch. See the note below regarding banks being closed for siesta.
NO SHOES, NO SHIRT, NO PESOS
While it might be okay for a customer to walk into a Bank of America in Venice, California in a bathing suit and flip-flops, banks in Cabo expect a bit more formal attire from their customers. Shorts are okay and there is no problem with t-shirts and tennis shoes. But minimizing the amount of bare skin exposed to the other bank customers is always appreciated.
TAKE A NUMBER
Looking for the ultimate frustrating experience? Go to a Cabo bank in a hurry. It won't take long before you start to pull your hair out. Seems like everyone and their hermano has something to do at the local bank, and they all seem to be there the same time you are. Plan accordingly, bring a book and chill. And if the bank has a place to take a number, take one as soon as you get in. Taking a number after you have been there for a half hour only results in pulling out more hair.
TAKE A NAP
The Mexico tradition of closing a business for a short afternoon siesta is still a part of some Cabo banks. If you visit a bank at 2:30 p.m. and see the lights on and a few workers inside, but the doors are locked, go get an ice cream or talk a walk around the plaza (or take your own siesta!). The bank should be open again by 4:00 p.m.
Some Cabo travelers choose to convert at least a part of their funds from U.S. or Canadian dollars into Mexican pesos. This avoids the 'conversion profit' from the various vendors who will gladly take your dollars...for a price. Converting dollars to pesos is a very formal process at a Cabo bank, and the customer is given a receipt showing the exact exchange rate and the conversion amounts.
AUTOMATIC TELLER MACHINES
Each year more and more banks in Cabo offer ATM machines. These machines are usually located in a separate room which can be accessed by an exterior glass door when the bank is closed. Just like anywhere else in the world, all one needs to make a Cabo ATM work is a valid ATM card and a PIN (Personal Identification Number). Jackpots from Cabo ATM machines are paid off in pesos, not dollars. Remember 10-13 pesos is worth approximately 1 US dollar.
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