It has been announced that beaches in Los Cabos will have increased monitoring and cleaning services over the Christmas period to align with the high visitor numbers.
The head of the project, Miguel Flores. Valenzuela is working alongside Zofemat, which takes care of the beaches in Los Cabos, in order to monitor beaches throughout the holiday season, which begins on December 19th and ends on January 6th.
High season has already begun in Los Cabos. However, next Monday, the 19th, will see the start of the holiday vacation season, where tourists come to the region for Christmas, which is expected to increase tourist numbers further.
The Los Cabos Hotel Association has revealed that the estimated hotel occupancy rate for December already stands at around 81%, one of the highest figures they’ve seen this year.
In terms of monitoring, the Zofemat announced that they plan to always have personnel on the beaches at all times. These staff will particularly be on the lookout for littering and increased garbage. It’s expected that a clean-up of the beaches will be needed on December 24th, 25th, 31st, and January 1st, as many people will head to the beaches for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.
However, the personnel will be working in shift patterns to allow them to also enjoy their own Christmas holiday, and Zofemat has called on visitors to try and minimize littering as much as possible and keep safe while on the beaches to help them with their jobs.
Los Cabos Lifeguards
Zofemat has been questioned as to whether Los Cabos currently has enough lifeguards to protect swimmers and visitors to the beaches. Valenzuela commented that, currently, he oversees ten lifeguards, three of which are new. However, he acknowledges that this would “never be enough”.
He said that “In our efforts to coordinate lifeguards within Cabo San Lucas, we have five lifeguards in the Médano area and another five in alternative locations, including Las Viudas, Santa María, and Chileno beaches”.
He concluded by saying that he hopes there will be no accidents or mishaps during the December season or any interruptions to the planned monitoring operation.
This announcement follows the news that there will be stricter rules in place on Los Cabos beaches over the winter months, including enforcing noise limits on certain bars and clubs nearby. Authorities also announced there would be patrols of beaches in the so-called ‘golden zone’ to ensure the safety and security of tourists.
The patrols and beach monitoring will also be implemented to deal with illegal beach sellers, which has been a growing problem in Los Cabos, even following the introduction of licensed uniforms worn by official sellers.
Los Cabos has also introduced heightened security and surveillance for high season, which includes video surveillance at both Médano beach and the Marina
Los Cabos was announced this year as one of the safest destinations to visit in Mexico, but it appears that authorities are keen to hold onto this title as they also announced that the military continues to provide security in Los Cabos on a permanent basis.
Generally, the crime that the military is called to deal with is not focused in tourist areas and does not affect visitors, but they are on the lookout for scams and unlicenced tour operators.
Although tour guides in Los Cabos are now required to have an official certification, there are still some guides who overcharge for services such as boat trips and adventure tours and either flee with the money or provide a poor standard of service.
Particularly during the next few months, when tourists will be keen to take part in whale watching season, it is important that these measures are in place for protection, as without the proper license, guests can often end up in dangerous situations without proper equipment, such as life jackets, GPS phones or any medical training.
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