Road traffic is truly a part of everyday life in Los Cabos. Roads in the area are in constant need of repair and upgrade. Then, there are the roundabout headaches and traffic accidents that cause delays.
That’s not even discussing the recent headaches for the 60,000 vehicles using the Transpeninsular Highway every day.
However, Baja California Sur Association of Timeshare Developers Leader Javier Olivares says the traffic does not have a very serious impact on the tourism industry in Los Cabos.
Traffic is Normal for Travelers
According to published reports, Olivares acknowledged that traffic does have an impact on tourists to the beach resort destination, but it is not a serious impact. He claims that travelers are already used to experiencing traffic when on vacation to different locations.
He added the impact on locals is worse and has become an urgent issue for the municipality of Los Cabos to address.
That’s the opposite of what the General Director of Los Cabos Tourism Trust (FITURCA), Rodrigo Esponda Cascajares, recently told Diario El Independiente. He mentioned that traffic is the number one concern of visitors to Los Cabos. He even has the traveler exit surveys to show it.
Where’s the Disconnect?
So, the question is, where is the disconnect between the Los Cabos Tourism Trust, which is the tourism agency for the beach resort destination, and the local Association of Timeshare Developers?
Olivares may be pointing to the Los Cabos Tourism Trust report that shows in general, nearly 70 percent of all Los Cabos visitors are generally satisfied with their vacation and rated their trip “more than expected”.
Regardless, the two definitely agree that there is an impact on tourism from the traffic in Los Cabos, although the two disagree as to the importance of the issue. Olivares does agree that the issue needs to be resolved quickly before it becomes an even bigger issue with tourists.
Traffic Issues in Los Cabos
Traffic is definitely an issue in Los Cabos, and it’s a result of the community growing faster than the level of infrastructure to support it. There have been so many issues with traffic and the roadway that even the Mexican National Guard has been called out to resolve issues on the Fonatur roundabout.
To resolve the most pressing issue, the Association of Timeshare Developers recommends starting with roadways where obstacles in the way cause large delays for locals and tourists.
Especially the Transpeninsular Highway, where solutions are needed to avoid backups on the busy roadway. The highway is a key artery between the Los Cabos International Airport and the tourist zone in Los Cabos. It definitely has an important impact on travelers’ perception of the area.
Tips for Travelers
According to the Coordinating Council of Los Cabos, the town essentially doubles in size every seven to eight years with a growth percentage of nearly 250 percent. Growth at that level requires a healthy infrastructure budget, especially when it comes to public works projects such as roadways.
The roadways have not been able to keep up with the growth of the area, let alone the rapid growth of tourism and the increase in tropical weather, which destroys the current roadway.
Because of this, travelers can expect roadway, construction, and traffic issues that are going to continue to plague them for many years to come.
Business chambers and other local business owner groups have requested that the road issue be addressed, whether it is a significant issue with tourists or yet to become one, which soon will become even more important.
Regardless, everyone can agree, travelers and locals, that a solution needs to be found that can provide relief for everyone involved.
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