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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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How Virgin America Aided the Post-Hurricane Evacuation from Cabo San Lucas

September 23, 2014 at 4:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the days following last week's category 3 Hurricane Odile and the destruction of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, both military and commercial jets mustered and pooled resources to rescue a thousands of stranded and weary travelers. Among the airlines to provide free relief flights were United, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Southwest, and Virgin America.

The September 18 relief flight by Virgin America transported pallets stacked with water and food to Cabo and brought back a planeful of trapped tourists. Flying nonstop from Los Cabos to San Francisco, they fared far better than those who ended up with transport only as far as Tijuana. Virgin America has been one of the greatest champions of Cabo travel in the few years since they began flying to SJD, in the winter of 2010.

The plane to fly the mission was N855VA, named "screw it, let's do it" after one of Richard Branson's books. The lucky passengers who made it onboard surely echoed the sentiment, after queuing down airport roads for hours in the sun, waiting for a flight any flight to get them out of there.

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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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Why Hard Rock Cafes are Completely Disappearing from Mexico

August 25, 2014 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's a rite of travel passage, regardless of the merit; everyone just has to have a Hard Rock Cafe t-shirt sporting the name of a desirable vacation destination, from Las Vegas to Nadi, Fiji.

Judging from our own observations at state fairs and gas stations around the USA over the years, it seems like the locations doing the briskest business of selling branded T-shirts are those in Mexico. Nonetheless, a glimpse at the Hard Rock Cafe official locator map reveals that there are none at all, other than a few Hard Rock Hotels (Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Riviera Maya).

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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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Delta Launches First Non-Stop Flight Between JFK and Cabo...Just for a Few Months

July 3, 2014 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

The infamous "drinking dragon" arch of Cabo San Lucas

Given the geographic locations and flight paths, it makes total sense that spring breakers from the east coast party in Cancun and those in the west shake their tailfeathers in Cabo. The same goes for normal people who want to sip margaritas and live the resort life.

But Delta is giving New Yorkers a way to do something different this year with a nonstop flight between JFK and Cabo starting in December, and it will be the only direct flight between the two cities. The interesting caveat here is that the flight will be seasonal and operate only on Saturdays and only from December 20 through June 27, 2015. Sounds like Delta 1) is going to test out the route and 2) rightfully believes that there isn't enough demand to fill a weekly flight during the hot summer months.

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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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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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No Prescriptions Needed at This Airport Pharmacy

Where: Cabo, Mexico
January 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Coming back from a weekend of adventures in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and feeling a little, well, under the weather? Just pop into the new terminal at the Cabo San Lucas International Airport (SJD) and pick up whatever you need from Zithromax to Ibuprofen and even Cialis and Valtrex. And no, you do not need to show a prescription for most of the products.

While we scanned the shelves for some Xanax or Valium (see below, we were hesitant to pick up the 800mg Ibuprofen. It just didn't seem right.

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