If you'd hoped to go to Cabo this winter, you still can: recovery efforts are well underway following Hurricane Odile's hit to the area.
Power was knocked out, damage was widespread and thousands of tourists were evacuated in the days immediately following the storm's Sept. 14 visit to Cabo San Lucas in the Baja peninsula. But in the days since, hardy and resilient residents – with massive support from Mexican military and federal police – have made incredible progress in Cabo's recovery, cleaning streets and providing the basic services needed to restore a semblance of normalcy. More than a week after Hurricane Odile swept through Cabo San Lucas, signs of recovery are visible throughout the popular resort destination — Photo courtesy of Chris Shuler
It is work with a purpose. Damages of the magnitude suffered by Cabo San Lucas cannot be repaired overnight, but high season is approaching, and locals want to salvage as much of it as possible.
Special Events Update
Some events early in October – most notably Cabo Comedy Festival and Sammy Hagar's annual Birthday Bash – have been postponed or moved to alternate locations. But Bisbee's Los Cabos Offshore and Black and Blue (The latter is the world's richest fishing tournament, with multimillion dollar payouts.) are still scheduled to take place during the latter half of October.
The Los Cabos International Film Festival is still expected to showcase its usual mix of red carpet festivities and international premieres in November, and the Caboholics, a group dedicated to extolling the virtues of their favorite place on earth, are expecting a record turnout for their annual convention in February.
Best of all, shops and restaurants are now reopening on a daily basis, and most major hotels are expected to reopen by Wednesday, Oct. 15. It's good news for the many vacationers and seasonal visitors who love Los Cabos: beachgoers, big-game fishermen, cruise ship passengers, golf and spa aficionados, honeymooners and destination wedding parties, Hollywood stars who jet down on weekends for luxury accommodations and amenities and, of course, the paparazzi who stalk them for candid swimsuit photos.
September is the height of the slow season in Cabo San Lucas, a month that brings hot and humid weather, as well as much of the annual rainfall in an area that boasts over 330 days of sunshine per year.
The rains are typically a product of tropical cyclones that form off the Pacific Coast of Central America or mainland Mexico and then go spinning in a north-northwesterly direction, missing landfall but providing enough rainfall to turn the local hillsides green.
But sometimes the storms don't miss. Hurricane Odile was the strongest storm ever to hit the Baja peninsula, a category three hurricane with winds of approximately 125 miles per hour when it made landfall near Cabo San Lucas on Sunday evening, Sept. 14.
Cabo back to business soon
Cabo San Lucas is bouncing back fast, and the long-term forecast is the same as it's always been: sunny.