According to research, Los Cabos is one of the most popular destinations to travel to in February for American tourists.
A recent study confirmed that Americans prefer to spend the second month of the year relaxing on the beaches of Los Cabos, as well as Puerto Vallarta and Cancun, while many also choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the region.
The study highlighted that the region was the top destination for February vacations, with most visitors planning a trip between February 2nd and 13th, suggesting Valentine’s holidays are many people’s focus.
However, Valentine’s Day is not the only reason February is a popular month for tourists to visit. Many tourists plan to visit in February as a post-Christmas break, to spend a week or two in the sun during the coldest months of the year.
Similarly, although February is still high season in Los Cabos, the region’s main influx of tourists comes during November, December and January, either for big celebrations such as Christmas and New Year’s or on holiday to kick off the start of the year.
The benefits of visiting in February are although prices remain relatively high, are that many of the ‘winter break’ visitors have left and there are slightly fewer crowds. Whale-watching season is still in full swing until April, so February can be an ideal time to do a boat trip without hundreds of people.
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Los Cabos generally sees a spike in bookings and visitor numbers of important holiday dates such as Valentine’s, Christmas and Independence Day. For tourists planning to visit on these special days, it can be tricky to secure a reservation without reserving hotels and flights well in advance, particularly due to the high occupancy rates Los Cabos hotels have been experiencing over the past six months.
Already, hotels in Los Cabos are expected to reach at least 70% occupancy over Spring Break, one of the most popular holiday periods for visiting the Mexican destination.
However, average nightly room rates are quickly approaching $500 which has cemented Los Cabos as a luxury holiday destination, meaning not everyone is able to afford a holiday there. Despite this, there are a variety of ways to save money if planning a trip to Los Cabos, such as booking package deals, off-season dates or choosing a property outside of the main tourist zone.
Despite high hotel rates, visiting during slightly off-season periods such as during the week rather than a weekend, and avoiding national holidays, can be beneficial in other areas. Tourists may find slightly reduced rates on Los Cabos’ range of activities and tours, as operators are keen to maintain high numbers.
Before visiting the region, it’s important to consider which area you’re planning to stay in, as there are many differences between Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and the tourist corridor in terms of activities, hotels and restaurants. However, the benefit of considering somewhere new is all three are quickly reachable from each other.
Heading into the remainder of 2023, Los Cabos is expected to have another record-breaking year with officials hoping for an increase of at least 15% from 2022. This is based on both air and cruise visitors, the latter of which has over one hundred ships scheduled to arrive in the region this year.
However, Los Cabos authorities have said they are trying to move away from mass tourism in favour of luxury offerings, and at the moment are leaning into their growing reputation for wellness holidays. Cabo San Lucas and its hotels have some of the best spas in Mexico, not to mention the range of outdoor activities such as surfing, yoga, hiking and fitness retreats available.
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