Los Cabos, the delightful Mexican resort area and cruise ship port at the tip of the Baja California peninsula, is rebounding quickly from the effects of Hurricane Odile. The storm came ashore September 14, 2014, as a powerful category 3 hurricane; it was the strongest storm to make landfall on the peninsula in more than 45 years.
While Odile temporarily left nearly the entire state of Baja California Sur without power or water, cleanup in Los Cabos began immediately. The small Cabo San Lucas airport had no damage to its runways and was back in operation as soon as the storm passed; the larger San Jose del Cabo International Airport reopened to domestic and international flights on October 3. Most year-round flights from U.S. airports have resumed, and seasonal service from the U.S. is expected to operate as usual beginning this month.
Essential services, including power, water, phone, Internet, sanitation and public transportation have all been restored in Los Cabos. Some hotels and resorts had only minor storm damage: with some fresh paint and carefully cleaned beaches, they are now welcoming visitors. About a dozen resorts with significant structural damage are busy making repairs and have scheduled re-opening dates from December 2014 through April 2015.
Cruise ships retuned to the port of Cabo San Lucas in early October, with shore excursion operators, water taxis, restaurants and souvenir stands ready to welcome and serve the passengers.
Perhaps best of all, the natural wonders of Los Cabos were not damaged by powerful Hurricane Odile. The famous rock formations of Land’s End still rise above the water where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez; the small, rocky islands are still dotted by sea lions basking in the sun. Diving, snorkeling and surfing in and around Los Cabos is as wonderful as ever, and the area’s world-class sport fishing seems to be unaffected by the storm.
If you already have plans to visit Los Cabos this winter, check with your Cruise Holidays personal travel expert to make sure that your resort is ready to welcome you or that your cruise line hasn’t changed the itinerary. If you’d like to make plans to visit, be assured that fun-loving Los Cabos is ready to welcome you, better than ever.