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

October 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comment (1)


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 | Comments (0)

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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Will Mexico's New Airport Be Most Expensive in the Americas?

Where: Mexico
September 10, 2014 at 6:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

We can’t guarantee that this will be the biggest and baddest airport in all of the Americas, but at a minimum it’s certainly shaping up to be the most expensive.

Details were announced last week, as Mexico City is looking to bump up their operational capacity when it comes to all things airport. More planes and people comes at a cost, and that price tag will be around $9.2 billion when all said and done. Once up and running you can expect six runways to ease takeoff and landings, and around 120 million passengers could pass through the terminals each and every year.

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Cancun's Mindblowing Underwater Museum is Open to Visitors

Where: Cancun, Mexico
July 31, 2014 at 4:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

In 2009 we told you about a neat little conservation scheme that Mexico had brainstormed to preserve the country's coral reefs. The reefs around Cancun were getting overrun by tourists, and so the government wanted to give those tourists something different but still shiny to play with instead. In this case the folks in charge of Mexico travel decided to build the world's largest underwater museum, and to fill it with precious sculptures. It would give divers a brand new thing to explore. Clever clever.

Fast forward half a decade, and CNN just did a full-blown photo spread on the now-completed Museo Subacuático de Arte. The museum's collection is filled with among other things sculptures by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. The article explains that the cement was covered with a particular kind of material that boosts coral growth, with the aim being that the art of providing a skeleton for a brand new coral reef.

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AeroMexico Will Start Sending Some 787s Across the Atlantic to London

Where: Mexico
April 18, 2014 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

AeroMexico has had some 787s hanging out in their hangar for a little bit of time, and now they’re using them for some new options. The carrier sees the need for a little more demand on one route across the pond, so a Boeing 787-8 is coming to the rescue.

The planes are on their way to three weekly round-trip flights between Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Benito Juárez Internacional and London Heathrow Airport beginning this month, and it will remain that way throughout the summer. This will boost back and forth capacity by like 70 seats per flight, as the 787s replace some 767s on the Atlantic crossing.

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Wanna Help Haul a Flock of Flamingos?

Where: Mexico
April 16, 2014 at 3:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Occidental Grand Xcaret, located next to the eco-archeological Xcaret Park in Riviera Maya, Mexico, is giving guests two unique ways to get a hands-on conservation experience.

Option 1: an opportunity to get up and close and personal with the hotel's Flamingo Flock as a trainer. Every day hotel guests can help park trainers carry the flamingos one-by-one into a public area during their "walk around times" in the morning and afternoon. Talk about getting "hands on" with the local wildlife!

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Travel Contest Alert: A Family-Size Giveaway for a 'Rio 2' Getaway

Where: Mexico
April 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

To celebrate the release of Rio 2, Liberty Travel is giving away a 5-night Mexican getaway for a family of five.

The lucky winners will receive airfare and 5 nights at the Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

To enter, just "like" Liberty Travel's Facebook Page and fill out the form with your contact information. The contest is open through April 26, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. EST at which time a winner be selected by random drawing.

Rio 2 opens nationwide today.

[Photo: IMDb]

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Street Food Friday: Fried Lobster in Puerto Nuevo, Baja California

February 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties from around the world. Last week, it was Laksa, Kolok Mee, and Satay in Kuching. This week, we head south of the border to Puerto Nuevo in Baja California to see what's cooking.

Tacos and tamales are clearly the first thing that comes to mind concerning street food in Mexico, which is why it is somewhat refreshing to see a town doing something different. The self-described “Lobster Capital of Baja,” Puerto Nuevo sits been Ensenada and Rosarito, about 90 minutes from San Diego in Baja California. You can definitely get a taco in town, but what the tourists come for is the fried lobster.

Yes, fried lobster. Just when you think something can’t get any better, someone throws it in a vat of fat to find out. The shell is kept on and the entire lobster is pan-fried in lard to keep the meat moist, which is the key aspect and major difference between good and bad restaurants serving the dish. Rice and beans come on the side.

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