Cabo San Lucas Travel Guide

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A Snorkeling Adventure Goes Terribly Wrong in Cabo

March 13, 2015 at 3:45 PM | by | ()

A freak accident happened the other day in the otherwise idyllic Cabo San Lucas when a Canadian tourist died after the boat she was on was hit by a breaching grey whale. The woman was tossed into the water by the hit, and rescued by her fellow passengers. They attempted CPR but the woman died later from her injuries at the hospital. Two other people on the boat were injured as well.

The incident happened as the boat was returning from a Snorkel and Sea excursion run by Cabo Adventures. We've actually done this excursion that the woman was on and it is by no means a dangerous one.

After getting fitted for snorkel gear at the Dolphin Center in the marina, the trip takes the snorkelers on a high-speed Apex boat ride around the famous Arch in Cabo while detailing the history of the area and the marine life. Everyone is required to wear life vests while on the boat.

After a short ride, the boat drops anchor in a relatively enclosed spot for snorkeling (the ocean off the beach in Cabo is too rough for swimming or snorkeling) where people can snorkel, paddle board and kayak for over an hour. Then it's back to the marina.

Dolphins and whales are highlighted as an "attraction" for the excursion but not always guaranteed. Unfortunately, this surprise sighting ended in a terribly tragic way.

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What Travelers Should Expect During Reopening of Los Cabos' Damaged Airport

October 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | ()

The main airport for Mexico's Cabo San Lucas may have only reopened to commercial flights last week, but it's already welcoming back planeload after planeload of tourists eager to get their sunburns started after damage from Hurricane Odile effectively shut down travel to the bottom of the Baja Peninsula in September.

To show that the destinations is quickly bouncing back, the tourism board is now advocating use of the hashtag "#UnstoppableCabo" on social media, as well as constantly providing recovery news on their Facebook page.

One of the most recent updates involves some important information for travelers who have flights to or from Los Cabos International Airport in the coming weeks:

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Los Cabos International Airport is Back in Business, Welcoming Flights Despite Hurricane Damage

October 9, 2014 at 11:14 AM | by | ()

Some shocking news out of Mexico this week and, for a change, it's extraordinarily positive.

Not only has Los Cabos International Airport met their estimated airport reopening date following damage from Hurricane Odile, but they're now welcoming flights on a nearly normal schedule.

As we stated September 25, the main airport for the Cabo San Lucas resort area set a reopening for October 8 at the earliest. That was yesterday, and the day indeed saw commercial flights back to business as usual, albeit with limited terminal facilities.

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Los Cabos Airport Releases Newest Estimated Reopening Date

September 25, 2014 at 12:10 PM | by | ()

First it was September 22, then September 26, and now the estimated re-opening date for Los Cabos International Airport is October 8 at the earliest. This news comes direct from the airport's operator, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico.

The delay isn't surprising considering the damage to both terminals at the airport, not to mention the personal property destruction suffered by employees whose homes or entire neighborhoods were beaten by Hurricane Odile.

Airlines are extending their travel waivers accordingly, but please check with all travel providers involved in your plans to discuss options.

If you're just back from Mexico or holding reservations for an upcoming trip, stay up to date with our recent stories on developments in Cabo:

· How Virgin America Aided the Post-Hurrican Evacuation
· Photos of the destructions and relief efforts around Los Cabos
· Cabo's "Plan of Action" for reopening and other relief efforts

[Photo: Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico]

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Photos: Relief Efforts and Hurricane Destruction at Cabo San Lucas' Airport

September 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM | by | ()

With recent news that it may still be another week before commercial flights resume at Los Cabos International Airport, travelers are undoubtedly concerned for travel plans to Mexico's Baja Peninsula.

All flights have now stopped to the airport, including relief flights now that foreign tourists have been successfully evacuated and repair efforts must begin.

For a sense of what Cabo San Lucas is up against when it comes to cleaning up the airport and making it ready again to welcome sun-seeking travelers, we've combed Instagram for photos from those who made it out within the last few days:

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New Details on the Reopening Date for Cabo San Lucas' Hurricane-Damaged Airport

September 22, 2014 at 8:03 AM | by | ()

Los Cabos' battered airport is seen behind the wingtip of an Alaska Airlines relief flight

UPDATE, 9.24.14: The airport is now scheduled to reopen on October 8. That could change but we'll keep you updated if we hear otherwise.

The fallout from Hurricane Odile continues, now one week after the category 3 storm lashed the Baja Peninsula and stranded nearly 40,000 tourists. Although relief flights operated by governments and even by airlines have been successful in evacuating the stranded, the major airport for the region—Los Cabos International Airport (SJD)—remains closed to regularly scheduled service and, as of Friday, the Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics suspended relief operations in order to begin airport repairs.

The latest word on a reopening date for SJD comes from the airport's operator, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, who are now planning to welcome limited flights no earlier than September 26. The danger lies not in the actual flying to/from or landing at the airport since the runways and taxiways themselves were not damaged. It's the airport buildings serving passengers—Terminal 1 with a collapsed roof and Terminal 2 with structural damage, both a general mess—which delay the resumption of flights.

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When Will Cabo San Lucas' Hurricane-Damaged Airport Reopen?

September 18, 2014 at 9:23 AM | by | ()

When Hurricane Odile hit Mexico's Baja Peninsula on Monday, the resort destination of Cabo San Lucas quickly became hell instead of a holiday for travelers. Storm damage was so great that parts of the region lacked electricity, running water, cell phone service, and even transportation. Major roads, neighborhoods and tourists sites were all hugely hurt; in fact, hotels may not reopen for another month. The situation wouldn't be so bad, however, if Los Cabos International Airport weren't also so horribly battered.

The FAA announced that both Los Cabos and General Manuel Marquez De Leon International in La Paz will be closed for at least a week, which leaves the earliest resumption of flights at next Tuesday, September 23.

Airlines have canceled flights accordingly and issued travel waivers for free flight changes or refunds. Virgin America's alert notes they have canceled through September 22 and travelers booked to Los Cabos from now through September 30 are eligible for a flight change to another date, or to another Virgin America destination (may we suggest Palm Springs?).

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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Celebrate One Year of Dating in Cabo

December 8, 2011 at 4:15 PM | by | ()

Most teens mark a one year anniversary with a burger at McDonald's and a movie, but when your Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, you do things a little differently.

Considering an average date night for the young couple has included renting out the Staples Center, it's no surprise they are spending their one year anniversary of dating at a posh resort in Cabo.

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Kobe Will Brave Swine Flu for Cabo Vacation

June 15, 2009 at 2:52 PM | by | ()

Kobe Bryant just won the NBA finals but he isn’t going to Disney World; he’s going to Cabo. "That's all I want to see," Kobe said after the game, "I want to see a beach, some waves, maybe a surfboard."

Bryant had 30 points, six rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots in last night’s game against the Orlando Magic, helping the LA Lakers win 99-86. He took a little something home for himself too—his first Finals MVP trophy.

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'Vom'd The First Night' :: Mayercraft 2 is a Success

March 30, 2009 at 11:11 AM | by | ()

Unfortunately, we didn't manage to finagle our way onto the Mayercraft Carrier II, the much talked about celebrity cruise involving and inspired by singer John Mayer and his most passionate fans. But while the boat's still out at sea until tomorrow, reports are trickling back to land, despite onboard tweeters being slapped with roaming charges.

The trip so far, according to John: There were toasts, ill-advised songwriting sessions and collegiate cliché-forming and all of it was very busy. Mayer may or may not be headed to bed right now after "DJing" with iTunes till 7AM.

The trip so far, according to other tweeters:
· "Vom'd the first night. Success!" --urka21
· "Yoga, swim, lay out, water slide, live bands --- life is good on Mayercraft" - hotasmiah13
· "I woke up on the balcony of a room on cruise ship...funny thing is I don't have a balcony in my room." -JayTayLIVE
· "Soft serve ice cream is 4 decks up! Have to keep moving chair for perfect tan..." --MjBubbles
· "Mayercraft tip: Don't fall asleep on top of the TV remote. My back's aching and I accidentally ordered "Horton Hears a Who" on demand." --carlmayer, John's brother, who apparently prefers towel animals to tour dates?

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New Year, New Razor?

January 2, 2009 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

George Clooney's Mustache, it seems, wasn't invited along on a New Year's trip to Cabo, where Clooney himself met up with Cindy Crawford, her husband Rande Gerber and, somehow, Kid Rock. Lest our facial hair fanaticism be squelched, the pugnacious hick-hopper had his ratty 'stache in full effect. (Somehow, Kid Rock's look just isn't the same Clooney's.)

Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox were also in Cabo for the New Year, alongside David Arquette, who packed his own mustache. We're still waiting to see if the freshly shaven Clooney will keep his face fuzz-free in 2009--or if he was just trying to avoid looking like C-listers on New Year's Eve.

Related Stories:
· George Gets Heated at White Sands [Jaunted]
· There's No George Clooney Here, But... [Jaunted]

[Photo: PopSugar]

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"Hills" Mom Gives Pratt-Montag Marriage Six Months

December 4, 2008 at 3:45 PM | by | ()

This week in the Pratt-Montag household: Heidi's miffed mother, Darlene Egelhoff, told US Weekly she's "devastated" about not being included in wedding plans and predicts the match will not last longer than six months.

Back in season 3, it was to her house in Crested Butte, Colorado that Heidi fled and Spencer chased her. More recently, Egelhoff had lunch with Spencer where she called him "very controlling and manipulative" to his face, but that didn't really deter him. (Does anything?) So, she was never really on Team Spencer. Heidi shot back, saying she found it "extremely disappointing" for her mom to suggest Spencer manipulated her into getting hitched.

Meanwhile, the tabloid's competitors are claiming that the marriage may not ever be official in the States. In Touch claims the wedding was a sham, staged to fulfill a contract with US to provide a certain number of cover-worthy exclusives, and that a Mexican waiting-period law would make an impulsive on-the-beach wedding impossible. Wedding site The Knot gives a laundry list of documents that need to be taken to the consulate in the case of a legal wedding, including birth certificates and blood tests and X-rays performed in the country, and suggests brides allow "two to four days" to get all their paperwork in order. But knowing Spencer as we do, he could just be devious enough to plan all that out without our notice...

Thank goodness the entire dog-and-pony show will be featured on "The Hills"' fifth season.

Related Stories:
· Heidi's Mom: I Give Her Marriage Six Months [US Magazine]
· Back In Season 3: Mama Montag's Premiere [Jaunted]
· The Hills Travel: What Up, Shady Guy? [Jaunted]
· This Week In Tabloids: Britney's Deadly Diet, Heidi's Hoax, Mary-Kate Knocked Up [Jezebel]
· Marriage Requirements for Mexico [The Knot]
· Celeb Travel coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: US]