The summer travel season is off to a quick start in Los Cabos with strong demand for hotel rooms as the booking window fills for May visitor reservations.
Strong Visitor Demand For May
With just a few more days left in April, the Mexican Ministry of Tourism is reporting strong travel demand for several popular destinations in the country for the month of May.
Currently, Los Cabos is projected to be the third busiest destination in the country, with nearly 80 percent occupancy expected for the month.
That’s just behind two other popular resort-style destinations – Puerto Vallarta at 84 percent occupancy expected and Cancun at just over 82 percent.
The national average is expected to be just over 63 percent.
For visitors from the United States, there will be a small increase in visitors to Los Cabos for Cinco de Mayo.
This holiday is not much of a big deal for locals but is popular for visitors from the United States that believe it represents Mexican Independence Day (it does not!).
Instead, Cinco de Mayo commemorates The Battle of Puebla against the French in 1862. Mexico’s Independence Day is September 16. That day recognizes independence from Spain.
Meanwhile, the big spike in Los Cabos visitors from the United States is expected for the unofficial start of the summer travel season – Memorial Day weekend.
Why is May So Popular?
There are a number of reasons why May is so popular with visitors to Los Cabos.
The main reason is because school ends for the summer in many places, and families increase their travel to Los Cabos towards the end of the month.
Another reason is that the weather really starts to warm up in Los Cabos, yet it is still pretty comfortable for many travelers. It’s a great time for visitors to lounge on the beach and enjoy the early summer sun.
From an event perspective, the Los Cabos sportfishing season really gets ramped up in May, with more anglers out getting some great catches during the month. It also is the start of the competition season for sportfishing, with large purses on the line for winners.
Also, airfares are still pretty reasonable to Los Cabos in May before the busy summer travel season kicks off in earnest in late May and early June.
While the hurricane season officially kicks off on May 15, traditionally, Los Cabos tends to avoid the early hurricanes that can impact travel to the resort destination later in the summer.
What This Means For May Visitors
Well, if a traveler has not booked their Los Cabos travel reservation yet, they may be in for a bit of a sticker shock.
Overall, fares are higher than a year ago period. This is especially the case for international travel to popular destinations like Los Cabos.
Matching the increase in airfare will also be the increase in hotel room rates in Los Cabos and a limited supply of rooms due to the already 80 percent occupancy rate.
As Los Cabos grows in popularity, the booking window for airfares and accommodations are getting longer. It is now pretty expensive to book a last-minute vacation getaway to Los Cabos.
Traditionally this has not been the case, but the trend has been changing in Los Cabos since the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Travelers should also expect more crowds, early amenity reservations, and traffic in Los Cabos, especially towards the end of May.
They should also anticipate crowded flights and delays at the Los Cabos International Airport for both arrivals and departures, with long lines for immigration and customs.
Despite this, the month of May should be a great time to enjoy the early summer sun in Los Cabos despite a few financial and crowd challenges.
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