Despite being directly hit by Hurricane Odile on Sept. 14, Los Cabos, Mexico, which includes Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, is back.
San José del Cabo International Airport was temporarily closed after the storm; it did not suffer any infrastructure damage, but did suffer damage to the terminals and control tower. It reopened on October 3, five days ahead of schedule.
Ruben Reachi, minister of tourism for the state of Baja California Sur, where Los Cabos is located, said that the local association of hotels issued forecasts showing that, of the 12,000 rooms in inventory, 5,103 would be open by Oct. 15. The number would move up to 6,500 by Nov. 1; 7, 225 by Nov. 15; and fully operational by Dec. 20.
"The news that has encouraged us the most is that the investments are not going to stop in Los Cabos; rather, hoteliers and owners who may have considered hotel renovations in 2015 are taking this as an opportunity to handle any remodeling now," explained Renato Mendonça, president of the Los Cabos Hotel Association. "This will not only allow Los Cabos time to recover but several of our hotels will now be upgraded in terms of facilities, landscaping, and services. This will further solidify Los Cabos' position as one of the top international and national tourist destinations."
Among the hotels that have reported heavy damage include the Fiesta Americana Los Cabos. That hotel will not be accepting groups until Nov. 15. The Grand Mayan Los Cabos has significant damage and will be closed until Nov. 23.
The Category 3 storm made a direct hit on this popular tourist destination on Sept. 14, bringing 125 MPH winds and six hours of rain.
For a complete list of hotel openings, go to www.cabosanlucastours.net/Hurricane_Odile/