I just thought I would share with you something I found out this morning. As you may be aware, the Government can change things at the last moment, and the often do. I was standing in line this morning to get the licenses we needed for today and suddenly found that overnight the price had gone up. Yesterday a daily license was $175 pesos, or $16 U.S. if paying in dollars. This morning I was first told by the boss here that the cost was now $187 pesos and when I questions that he changed it to $183 pesos. As the license was being printed out he changed again (as I was digging in my wallet) and said, no, it was $181 pesos. I looked at the license after it was printed (and before I paid) and it was $179 pesos. I asked how much in dollars and was told it was now $17 U.S. for a daily license if I wanted to pay in dollars. So it appears that if you want to pay in dollars, the exchange rate is 10.52 X 1. You are better off going to the ATM at one of the banks and paying with pesos, at least then you can get a better exchange rate (by 20%). I guess these guys need to make some extra money for having to go and exchange the dollars to pesos! I didn’t ask what the cost was for weekly, monthly and yearly licenses was. I did go on-line to see if this was a legitimate change and found that the governments site for the sale of licenses was
“BY THE TIME PERMITS SECTION LINE IS NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO MAINTAIN OUR SYSTEMS, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SERVICE will reestablish. OFFER AN APOLOGY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.”
If you are going to be fishing here in Cabo, check out this website before you come down, it might be back up, and it can save you money and time by pre-paying and printing out your own license (and you can buy it in advance)!