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What Travelers Need To Know About Los Cabos Carnival 2023

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This year’s Carnival is a highly anticipated event that takes place in La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur. This fantastic event will be held from February 16th-21st, and always attracts a diverse crowd of travelers from all over the world, as well as local revelers.

The Carnival is a truly spectacular celebration providing local music performances, parades featuring colorful floats and costumes, and traditional Mexican dance performances. The La Paz Carnival is a unique and exciting event that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in music, dance, or cultural traditions, this is definitely an event you won’t want to miss.

What Travelers Need To Know About Los Cabos Carnival 2023

What to Expect at Carnival

The La Paz Carnival is set to kick off with a grand opening parade, which is held during the early afternoon. While the entire carnival is a lively event, the last couple of days is normally the busiest and most energetic. Most of the shows and performances during the carnival take place at night and are located near the coronation ceremony.

Carnival dancers in costume

However, the main events and acts begin at sunset and continue until 2 am each night. These include dancing and live music performances, which start at 6 pm and create an electric atmosphere that lasts until the early hours of the morning. If you want to fully embrace the carnival spirit, make sure to stay until the late-night festivities, when the party really ramps up.

The parades are naturally a big highlight of the event, with colorful floats and costumes showing off a huge variety of themes. As well as traditional Mexican dance performances which are another popular feature of the Carnival, and offer a unique opportunity to experience the country’s rich cultural heritage.

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Carnival dancers in headresses

Travel Tips for Attending the Carnival

If you’re planning to attend the La Paz Carnival, it’s important to make your travel arrangements in advance. The most convenient way to get to La Paz from abroad is by flying into San Jose del Cabo or Cabo San Lucas, which both have regular international flights from major airlines. From there, you can easily reach La Paz by car, taxi, or bus.

Los Cabos Airport

There is no shortage of accommodations available in both Los Cabos and La Paz, including hotels, private villas, and vacation rentals. It’s a good idea to book your accommodation well in advance to ensure that you have a place to stay during the Carnival, February falls in the high season for Los Cabos and can see last-minute prices rise significantly.

Female carnival performer

How To Reach La Paz From Los Cabos

If you already have your vacation booked in Los Cabos and would like to add this fantastic event to your itinerary, there are many transport options available including buses and taxi services, as well as many great car rental opportunities both in Los Cabos and at both airports.

The fastest route to La Paz from Los Cabos is along Highway 19, this is a direct route between both areas and takes around 2 hours by car. This is also a good opportunity to visit the beautiful Todos Santos, which is situated on Highway 19 and makes for a lovely break in the journey.

Los Cabos’ Taxi

How To Enjoy Carnival Safely

To ensure a safe trip to Los Cabos and the La Paz Carnival, it’s important to take some basic but essential precautions, even though this is one of the safest places in Mexico, even safer than many US cities. One of the most important things you can do for your safety is to stay in groups whenever possible. This is important when exploring any city you don’t know well, and especially important at the carnival which has large and excitable crowds.

Tourists Walking In The Cabo San Lucas Marina

As well as staying in groups, it’s also essential to protect your valuables at all times. Keep your passport, phone, and any money hidden and secure, backpacks are great for this as you can hide your valuables deep down at the bottom of the bag where they are difficult to reach, as well as put the backpack on your chest in more crowded areas to better watch your valuables. While Los Cabos is generally a safe destination, it’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and take these simple precautions to protect yourself and your valuables.

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