Since 2022, nightclubs and bars in Los Cabos have reported huge reductions in sales numbers, with some establishments down 30%.
This big change in spending habits from travelers has impacted business owners heavily, and they are now looking towards evolving their offering to better attract travelers in Los Cabos back to their establishments.
Details on what exactly this evolution will be are hard to come by, although good guesses would be drink promotions and a more varied entertainment offering.
With that being said, travelers aren’t opting to have a dry vacation and an early night. Instead, their focus has turned to the awesome in-resort bar, nightclub, and entertainment venues.
The following are the top reasons travelers are choosing resort nightlife instead of heading downtown.
A Matter Of Cost
The first and biggest factor in travelers choosing to stay in-resort for their entertainment needs is cost.
Prices in Los Cabos have been rising steadily over the past year, hitting many travelers’ budgets harder than expected when first planning to visit the destination.
Accommodation, flights, transport, insurance, and even simple joys like street tacos are all more expensive than 12 months ago.
Thankfully, Los Cabos is home to a wealth of all-inclusive vacation package options, which help to keep budgets under control when visiting. Unfortunately for local businesses, this means the option of drinking on the house in the resort bars and nightclubs is too good of a deal to pass up.
Additionally, when you add in the busy entertainment schedules many resorts offer, with a different show or theme sometimes laid on each night of the week, it’s easy to see why businesses downtown are struggling to pull travelers away.
Convenience Is Key
It isn’t all about cost when it comes to explaining the rising popularity of staying in-resort for entertainment.
For many travelers, the convenience of being able to sample a mostly responsible amount of tequila and cocktails and then amble to the elevator and straight into bed is a level of convenience too good to pass up on vacation.
While Los Cabos is generally very good for transport, with a huge number of taxi and ride-hailing app drivers on call 24/7, it can’t compare with the convenience offered in-resort.
Luxury is the calling card of Los Cabos; the destination is famed the world over for its top-tier resorts that offer a vacation experience that could make the British Royal family blush.
And it isn’t just in the décor and service that this luxury extends; many of Los Cabos’ resorts offer truly spectacular nightlife options, ranging from black-tie cocktail bars to casinos.
In fact, across the destination, there is a resort for every traveler’s taste, which is no doubt an aspect of why Los Cabos continues to grow at such a fast rate as a destination.
That isn’t to say that luxury can’t be found downtown in Cabo San Lucas or San Jose Del Cabo, but there aren’t many establishments that can compete with the destination’s resorts on this metric.
Safety & Security
While Los Cabos is a safe destination for travelers, like any big tourism hotspot, it has its fair share of crime.
Furthermore, it’s no secret that late at night, when travelers have had their fill of drinks, is one of the most opportunistic moments petty criminals can make their move.
That’s a worry that melts into the background when making use of resort nightlife. Across Los Cabos resorts, there is a very high standard of security upheld, with on-site security guards patrolling at all times, as well as extensive security cameras and security gates/fencing.
All of this put together offers up a super safe and secure atmosphere where travelers can truly relax and switch off.
Downtown Is Still Worth Experiencing
While there are some very strong reasons to make use of in-resort entertainment and nightlife options, travelers should still experience the downtown offerings at least once or twice during their vacation.
If even just for a few hours, the atmosphere and experiences on offer can trump many of the points made above, especially for travelers searching for a more wild and loose nightlife experience.
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