The popular adjacent vacation destinations of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo – known collectively as “Los Cabos” – have recovered from the effects of Hurricane Odile,which reached the coast in mid-Sept. of this year. Now,this stunning Pacific Coast gem is bracing itself for a different kind of storm – one that involves record numbers of international visitors… And a whole lotta cash!
“Since the major tourism infrastructure,including roads,was not damaged during Hurricane Odile,help and aid was able to arrive very quickly following the storm,” Eduardo Segura told Travel Pulse in a recent interview. “Because of the quick response,the destination – just one month after the storm – was able to host the annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament and the Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournament.”
By December Seguro expects more than 10,000 of Cabo’s 14,000 rooms to be up and running,which is just in time for high season to hit full swing. In the meanwhile,ongoing recovery efforts are continuing unabated while day-to-day life returned to normal very quickly after the storm passed. In addition,Segura pointed out that the only event to be rescheduled was the Cabo Comedy Festival,which was postponed until Feb.,but the Los Cabos International Film Festival,the VIP Summit for key Los Cabos travel partners and the Sabor a Cabo Food & Wine Festival all went off as planned without a hitch despite the storm.
“All of the restaurants and attractions are up and running,” Segura shared. “The destination’s golf courses sustained minor damage.”
Of the region’s 12 major golf courses,9 are already open and the remaining three will reportedly open this month,with Palmilla Golf Course continuing to make additional upgrades and renovations until sometime next March.
“The big news is that in December we’ll be welcoming two high-profile newcomers to the Los Cabos golf scene – Quivira Golf Club,designed by Jack Nicklaus,and El Cardonal,located at Diamante,which will be Tiger Woods’ first completed 18-hole course,” added Segura. “The courses are slated to open on Dec. 4 and 16,respectively.”
The Los Cabos International Airport is also nearing its full capacity and is currently accepting 35 domestic and international flights daily. According to Segura,all of the terminals will be back to 100 percent capacity by Dec.,if not sooner.
New hotel development in Cabo San Lucas is still underway as well,with several hotels planning to open in the near future,adding at least 1,900 more rooms to the destination. This will include a Ritz-Carlton Reserve,a JW Marriott,the Thompson Cabo San Lucas and a Park Hyatt.,along with Hard Rock and Le Blanc,which have also announced plans to build here within the next year or two.
“We’ve been hearing from many travelers and agents who have been here post-Odile that you can’t even tell a storm passed through,” Segura shared. “The destination is as beautiful as ever. Los Cabos is back and better than ever – it’s unstoppable.”