As Los Cabos recovers from the storms that have taken place throughout the month of September it looks ahead to October and the start of the peak season. Los Cabos’ best season in terms of hotel occupancy, and the number of tourists visiting the region traditionally runs from October until the start of the new year. Currently, the local Hotels’ Association is already reporting that Cabo lodging facilities are 63% booked for the month of October.
For comparison, last year, in October, hotels registered an average occupancy level of 68% throughout the month. According to the projections made by the Hotels’ Association, occupancy rates at Cabo hotels could climb to up to 75% on average throughout the month. The uptick in the number of tourists who may want to visit the region could come through people who arrive in Los Cabos without a reservation. As well as other tourists who are going to be planning their vacation last minute. Lilzy Orcí Fregoso, president of the Hotels’ Association, had this to say about the projections,
“At this point we are 63% booked, but contemplating last minute bookings, and especially the rise in these last minute bookings on days close to the sport fishing tournaments we expect to see the occupancy level rise at least 5 percentage points” Orci Fregoso would go on to say that optimistic projections put occupancy levels at around 75% as we previously mentioned.
Fishing Tournaments May Drive Up Hotel Prices In October
The Hotels Association is betting heavily on sports fishing tournaments being a catalyst that will bring more people to Los Cabos throughout the month of October. At least 3 official tournaments are slated to take place in Los Cabos throughout the month. The Los Cabos Billfish Tournament is going to be held from the 16th to the 20th of October. Right as this tournament is wrapping up, The Bisbee’s Los Cabos Off-Shore event will be starting. This tournament is set to take place from October 20th through the 23rd. Finally, Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament will be held from the 25th through the 29th of October.
Each tournament is essentially aimed at a different “type” of sports fishing enthusiast. Although, many of these avid fishermen from across the globe stay in Los Cabos throughout the fishing tourney season, which actually ends with the Western Outdoor News Cabo Tuna Jackpot from November second to the fifth. Prize money for the October tournaments increases considerably as the month rolls on. For the first tournament, a prize pool of 850 thousand dollars is split amongst the winners. This event also has the lowest entry fee of them all.
The event from the 20th through the 23rd offers about a million dollars in prizes, and the final tournament of the month brings in the high rollers with the most expensive entry fees. Winners of the Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament can expect to see up to 4 million dollars in cash prizes. Naturally, as the month advances, hotel fees tend to increase. It’s not only that more people migrate to the region, but tourists with potentially higher spending power begin to arrive.
Fishing Is Not The Only Thing That Brings People To Los Cabos In October
There are a few things besides fishing that bring tourists to Los Cabos in October. Lilzy Orcí Fregoso talked about the hospitality that tourists receive in Los Cabos and the fact that they can “find what they want” in the region. Another factor that certainly plays a role in attracting tourists to the region is the fact that Cabo weather in October is rather mild for a Mexican beach city.
Temperatures go from highs of 92 to lows of 74 degrees historically in October. Also, storms tend not to bleed over from September to October, and whales start arriving in the region typically by the end of the month. These factors can also contribute to a rise in hotel occupancy rates.