The hurricane season in Los Cabos and the rest of the Mexican Pacific officially ended on November 30th, allowing tourists with vacations booked to breathe a little easier knowing they won’t be canceled due to a storm. It was one of the busiest seasons on record for the last 50 years, ranking number 19 out of 50 in regard to tropical cyclonic activity overall. By the end of the season, there were 19 named storms, 10 of which developed into full-blown hurricanes.
Los Cabos Hurricane Season
The busy season got off to an early start this year, too, with the year’s first storm, Agatha, forming as early as May 28th. Although the season does technically begin May 15th, usually the season doesn’t really start ramping up until a couple of months later. September is typically the busiest month in the Pacific hurricane season, based on data recorded over the last 72 years of hurricane seasons.
Not only were there a lot of named storms during the Pacific hurricane season this year and 10 hurricanes, but four of those hurricanes even developed into major hurricanes. Major hurricanes are defined as hurricanes that reach Category 3 or above, meaning maximum sustained winds of 111 mph or more. Furthermore, two of this year’s storms actually crossed over from the Atlantic Ocean and survived to intensify into hurricanes and eventually end up in the Pacific.
Hurricane Bonnie was the 2nd named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, developing off Africa’s coast on June 23rd. On July 1st, it became a tropical storm before moving on to become a hurricane around July 2nd and being upgraded to a Category 3 storm by July 5th. By this time, Bonnie had made it to the Pacific and became the Pacific hurricane season’s 4th named storm, 3rd hurricane, and 1st major hurricane.
Hurricane Julia was the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season that developed out of a tropical wave in the Atlantic Ocean. On October 7th, it officially became a named storm and then began to move south, through the Caribbean and past Venezuela, before becoming a Category 1 hurricane on October 8th. It was downgraded to a tropical storm again by the time it reached the Pacific on October 10th, but it did make it to the 2022 Pacific hurricane season’s list as the 18th tropical storm.
While there were a lot of named storms this year, and even a number of hurricanes, there was minimal damage in Los Cabos during any of these storms. Other areas of Mexico, like Oaxaca, which suffered considerable damage and the loss of at least nine lives during Hurricane Agatha, were hit much harder. Still, Los Cabos authorities were at the ready throughout the 2022 Pacific hurricane season, with emergency plans to protect residents and tourists in place.
While there is little tourists can do about being on vacation and having to deal with going through a storm, other than following safety guidelines, there is a way to protect your investment if your trip is canceled. This is where travel insurance comes in handy. Many people pass on travel insurance, but it’s worth the expense, particularly if you’re traveling to a place that has the kind of weather that could interfere with your trip.
Of course, you have the option of booking your vacation in Los Cabos outside of hurricane season, but summer is one of the best times to visit. The warm temperatures, packed beaches, and never-ending parties are exactly what some visitors to Los Cabos are looking for, and the summer is when you’ll find it.
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