On the anniversary of Earth Day, local officials reflected on travel trends that are bringing visitors to the Mexican resort destination community.
Beyond the traditional draws of international tourism to Los Cabos like beaches, whale watching, sportfishing and plenty of poolside relaxing, they recognized the importance of both nature and sustainability as emerging travel trends.
Leader in Sustainability Tourism
When it comes to the traveler values of sustainability and nature in selecting a vacation destination, Los Cabos definitely is one of the worldwide leaders.
Los Cabos has the most beaches in North America that meet the blue flag international standard, meaning that they meet the highest level of environmental, educational, accessibility, and safety standards.
This standard is sought after by sustainability tourists looking for the very best beaches in the world to visit for vacation.
Los Cabos also holds the very prestigious Green Globe designation. This honor recognizes the sustainability performance of tourism providers around the world. There are 44 criteria used to evaluate tourism destinations, and it has been used in travel for more than three decades.
Meanwhile, the hotel industry has also done its part with sustainable practices for visitors to Los Cabos.
For example, sustainable activities to limit single-use bottles, limit water consumption and recycling, and reduce solid waste are all common practices by the resorts and hotels in Los Cabos.
The Nature Advantage in Los Cabos
It’s hard to find a resort destination location with more nature-related opportunities than Los Cabos.
Starting with diving and snorkeling right off the coast, tourists will find plenty of reefs filled with amazing numbers of colorful and fascinating sea life.
Cabo Pulmo, a UNESCO-recognized world heritage site, is just a couple hours away from Los Cabos. Also known as the “aquarium of the world,” it is one of the places in the entire world with an abundance of sea life, including sea turtles, reef sharks, and even elusive hammerhead sharks.
Cabo Pulmo National Park is an off-the-grid location powered by solar energy where travelers can reconnect with nature and truly get away from it all.
To connect with sea life, tourists can swim up close and personal with whale sharks in nearby La Paz. While this opportunity is a bit limited due to the populations of whale sharks that live around La Paz, it is definitely an adventure never to be forgotten.
Getting close to some other gentle giants of the sea, the California Gray Whale is also a popular tourist excursion from both La Paz and Los Cabos.
The two cities are part of the normal migration patterns for these animals, meaning that whale-watching tours are pretty common in the early spring. However, the season was extended for the first time into April this year due to the early effects of an El Niño weather pattern.
If a tourist is looking for nature adventures on land, there are plenty of great hiking trails that lead to dramatic ocean viewpoints all over Los Cabos.
The Two Travel Trends
The Los Cabos Tourism Trust recognized early on that the two travel trends of nature and sustainability tourism, along with wellness, were going to shape the future of travel. This was especially brought on by the recent effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The younger generation of visitors, along with the requirements of the luxury travel segment, have been demanding more accommodations and amenities focused on nature, sustainability and nature.
Los Cabos is uniquely positioned to deliver all three elements of the tourism trend, which is what is causing high demand and levels of visitation for the beach resort destination.
The great news is that travelers looking for all three elements can conveniently find them all in the Los Cabos resort destination area.
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