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Los Cabos Airport Is The Third Busiest In Mexico For International Tourists This Year 

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It’s no secret that Cabo has skyrocketed in popularity over the last year and that the vacation destination is extremely popular among foreign tourists, especially American tourists.  But it may be a surprise to know that Los Cabos Airport is now the third busiest in Mexico for international tourists this year.  Cancun Airport received the most international tourists so far this year, and Mexico City is in second place, followed by Los Cabos International Airport.   

Los Cabos International Airport with cars and an Alamo van parked out front.

Los Cabos In Third Place

Between the three very busy airports alone, more than 12 million foreign tourists arrived in the country between the months of January and October of this year.  Each airport served the following number of passengers from foreign destinations in just the first 10 months of 2022: 

  • Cancun International Airport – 7.7 million passengers  
  • Mexico City International Airport- 3.4 million passengers 
  • Los Cabos International Airport – 1.7 million passengers  
Delta Plane in Cabo waiting on the tarmac, with people and airport vehicles around.

Los Cabos Airport

In the case of Los Cabos, the number of international tourists who passed through the airport between January and October represents an increase of 30.8 percent compared to 2021.  Los Cabos is actually two different cities, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, that make up one very popular vacation destination that is often simply referred to as “Cabo.”  Los Cabos International Airport is located in San Jose del Cabo, about a 40-minute drive from Cabo San Lucas.  

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Aerial View of San Jose del Cabo coastline with water, sand, and buildings below.

San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas may only be a mere 20 or so miles away from each other, but the atmosphere in each is very different.  In Cabo San Lucas, it’s busier. The marina is always filled with boats and people walking around, there’s a more active nightlife, and water activities are very popular.  In San Jose del Cabo, there is more of an old-town feel, with charming streets lined with authentic Mexican restaurants and shops and a smaller marina. 

Multiple Planes in Cabo on the tarmac waiting to take -off on a sunny day.

Each place has enough to offer to keep tourists busy without having to go to the other but to get the full Los Cabos experience, a trip to both is a must.  Since they’re so close, it’s easy to stay in one place and take a day trip to the other by rental car, cab, or bus.  Another option is to break the vacation up into two separate mini-vacations, one in Cabo San Lucas and one in San Jose del Cabo. Here are a few things to do in each while visiting each:

Los Cabos Airport Terminal with people walking around and a glimpse of the duty-free store in the background.

Cabo San Lucas 

In Cabo San Lucas, there is more energy and activity going on pretty much all the time, so you’ll never be left with nothing to do.  The most popular things to do in Cabo San Lucas include: 

  • Taking a boat tour. 
  • Visiting the Arch of Cabo San Lucas.   
  • Enjoying the nightlife, clubs, and bars downtown. 
  • Going shopping on Luxury Avenue by the marina. 
  • Dining at one of the open-air restaurants in Cabo. 
  • Spending a day sunbathing on one of the beaches. 
Beautiful view of Cabo San Lucas marina, beach, buildings, and sea with mountains in the background.

San Jose del Cabo 

In San Jose del Cabo, the atmosphere is much more laid-back and will inspire the desire to immerse yourself in Mexican culture.  The most popular things to do in San Jose del Cabo include:  

  • Visiting the historic district. 
  • Dining on authentic Mexican cuisine. 
  • Taking a stroll through Plaza Mijares.   
  • Going to the nearby San Jose Estuary. 
  • Touring the art galleries that feature local artists. 
  • Spending a day taking in the views at the beach. 
Aerial View of San Jose Del Cabo City Center with view of buildings and people and a backdrop of mountains.

There is a reason for 1.7 million foreign tourists have visited Los Cabos this year and for why it is growing so quickly in popularity.  In addition to having plenty to do, there is also no shortage of luxury all-inclusive resorts either.  And with direct flights from over 20 U.S. cities, it’s easy to get to Cabo too.

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