As Los Cabos continues to explode in popularity, the question is arising about whether or not it’s all good or if it’s putting strain on the vacation destination.
Officials are concerned about the infrastructure keeping up with demand, tourists are coming in such large numbers that the city is always crowded, and various infrastructure issues affect how people live, work, and play in Los Cabos.
All of this has an effect on tourism. So here is what travelers need to know about Los Cabos’ unprecedented growth and how it might affect you when you’re visiting.
The Unprecedented Growth Of Los Cabos
Los Cabos is not the quiet, exclusive vacation destination that it used to be.
To be sure, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are still frequented by famous American travelers, but the region is now extremely popular among all kinds of tourists.
It’s so popular that in 2022, the first full year of normalcy following the pandemic, Los Cabos welcomed millions of visitors, representing an increase of over 20 percent compared to 2021.
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Hotel Openings In Los Cabos
A number of new hotels and resorts have popped up in Los Cabos over the last couple of years.
Villa La Valencia Beach Resort & Spa and Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa are two luxury properties that opened in 2022.
And in 2023, even more properties are expected to open, including the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Cabo San Lucas at Cabo Del Sol and the St. Regis Los Cabos Quivira.
Overall in the next two years, more than 1,000 new hotel rooms are expected to be added to the current offerings.
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More Rooms, More Problems
While more hotels and resorts and additional rooms to be rented are great for the tourism industry, it puts even more pressure on an already strained infrastructure.
Public roads are in desperate need of upgrading, there are water supply issues to be dealt with, and public spaces that are getting a lot of traffic are in need of rehabilitation.
As more hotels open and, ultimately, more visitors arrive, these problems can become exacerbated.
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Los Cabos ended 2022 with around 90 percent hotel occupancy and started off the year with only slightly less than that.
Hotels and resorts in some of the most popular areas, like Medano Beach, even saw occupancy rates as high as 100 percent at times.
The average hotel occupancy for 2022 overall was 71 percent, and 2023 is expected to be just as high, if not even higher.
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Los Cabos officials are addressing various issues with the city’s infrastructure.
In fact, in 2022, a $15 million project was launched to address problems with roads, parks, and other public spaces, including main tourist areas.
But the Coordinating Council of Los Cabos has pointed out that more needs to be done, commenting that “The business sector is worried that the number of rooms, investment is growing and with it, the number of people who come to live in Los Cabos is growing,” and that there is a “serious problem of urban planning,” and “a lack of public services.”
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Los Cabos Tourism
Today Los Cabos is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico.
But prior to around 1977, it was not much more than a sleepy fishing village that began to transform as a result of an airport expansion that led to the arrival of flights from foreign countries.
By the nineties, Los Cabos was developing into the popular tourist destination you see today.
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The Future Of Los Cabos
As Los Cabos continues to grow in popularity, more pressure will no doubt be put on the infrastructure of the city, but the problems are already being addressed.
Tourism growth doesn’t seem like it’s slowing down, and tourism officials will likely do what they can to keep up with that demand.
In the future, maybe we’ll see an even better Los Cabos than the vacation destination’s biggest fans ever expected.
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