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Why More Tourists Are Skipping Out On Los Cabos Nightlife

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The summer travel season is about to start in earnest in Los Cabos, and with it, the flocking of family travelers heading to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf before classes resume in the Fall.

Despite the coming influx of travelers to one of Mexico’s most popular beach resort travel destinations, business owners are pessimistic about the upcoming tourist season.

More and more travelers appear to be skipping the nightlife attractions in Los Cabos.

Cabo San Lucas Downtown View

Fewer Tourists in the Centro

According to a recent published report on the issue, the winter travel season that closed out 2023 was a complete washout for the nightclubs and bars in the centro of Cabo San Lucas.

Numbers from the business owners association showed that fewer tourists enjoyed the nightlife in the area in the last quarter of 2023 when sales dropped 20 percent.

Marina Cabo San Lucas Mexico Pacific Ocean. Created 08.28.23

The number of travelers heading to enjoy nightlife in the centro of Cabo San Lucas did not improve in the first quarter of 2024. In fact, it got even worse.

Published reports state that the sales for the Cabo San Lucas nightlife businesses in the centro fell 33 percent in the first quarter of 2024, year-over-year.

That has business owners concerned about the summer season when more families are in town instead of nightlife visitors.

Tourists Walking Around the Marina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Redesigning Cabo San Lucas Centro

Business owners claim that tourists are avoiding the center of Cabo San Lucas because it needs a better image.

They claim that a remodel and revisioning of the area is needed in order to keep travelers heading to the centro to enjoy the best nightlife Los Cabos has to offer.

Shopping street in Cabo San Lucas

“This remodeling is needed. If we do not go back a little to last year we will suffer a drop in sales ranging from 30 to 33 percent,” said the new head of the Los Cabos Business Association Gustavo Laborde in a published story on the issue. “Right now sales are falling more, we understand that there are factors around the world such as wars, the decline in the dollar and elections. Despite this, we need the centro of Cabo San Lucas to have a nice image to attract more tourism.”

Laborde has announced that his focus will be improve and renew the image of the centro of Cabo San Lucas to improve and enhance the nightlife experience for travelers to one of the top tourist destinations in the entire country.

Restaurant Cabo San Lucas Mexico Pacific Ocean.

Next Steps To Improve Tourist Experience

The business owners in the centro of Cabo San Lucas have presented a remodeling project for the nightlife district to officials at the State of Baja California Sur Secretariat of Tourism and Economy for review and consideration.

While the business owners claim that time is of the essence to improve the experience travelers enjoy in Los Cabos with a renovation of the Cabo San Lucas centro nightlife area, no guideline has been provided for review and potential approval of the plans.

Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at Night

Business owners hope the plans can be approved and work considerably underway in time for the peak fall and winter holiday visitor travel periods.

What Tourists Need to Know

Efforts are underway to improve the tourist nightlife experience in Los Cabos and travelers may need to contend with some construction inconveniences once the plans get approved and the renovations get started.

Small Colorful Cabo Sign at Cabo San Lucas Marina

The good news is that business owners in the centro of Cabo San Lucas are aware of the concern tourists have about the general image of the area and are working collaboratively with other government agencies to improve the nightlife travelers experience on their vacation getaway.

Do you think the centro of Cabo San Lucas is a destination location in Los Cabos for nightlife? What suggestions would you like to share with business owners to improve the tourist experience in the area? Post your comments and ideas in the comments section below.

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Friday 24th of May 2024

Hopefully you pass these comments on to all the businesses before its too late! They are all saying the one thing and it's not about image its prices. Everything is way too expensive from souvenirs to drinks to restaurants.

John Barnett

Thursday 23rd of May 2024

High prices, loud music and most of the resorts have extremely high prices for everything so most of their guests are choosing AI and then they are reluctant to spend their money elsewhere.


Thursday 23rd of May 2024

The massive price increase is turning people away. I have been a snowbird resident in San Jose for 12 years. We rarely go out for dinner and drinks anymore because it is too costly. We can purchase a bottle of vodka for the same price as one drink at some restaurants and bars


Wednesday 22nd of May 2024

I can't believe I read all the comments focusing on prices and kids selling but no one points out the obvious... Cabo San Lucas is the raunchy proliferation of strip clubs, dark discotheque of load music and other institutions for drunkenness and drugs. I've been doing CSL for 30yrs and it was much more fun when Giggling Marlin or Cabo Wabo was as seedy as it got. CSL need only look to San Jose art walk for a better image. CSL has the seeds with many more fine dining and luxury hotels and homes, but the downward spiral toward filthy establishments and away from family-safe sidewalks is sad to see.


Tuesday 21st of May 2024

I have lived in Cabo downtown area for a few years now. The prices may be an issue for tourists, but the inflation from the US has hit Mexico. It is affecting the Mexican locals harder than the tourists. The Mexicans are struggling from being paid Mexican wages but being forced to pay US prices for goods and groceries. The downtown area does not need a facelift, it needs a purge of bad actors. The increase in the narcos offering their services every few feet is something on the authorities/miltary can fix this definite turnoff for tourists. The local police are also part of the problem. They prey on tourists in rental cars for anything they get from them. They only enforce parking and other bogus charges when they see an opportunity to make some pocket money. Downtown has slowly become more of a string of pharmacies and massage parlors. The outrageous rent that businesses are being forced to pay is one of the most deterring factors for new businesses coming in. I have personally experienced this when helping outside investors that want to come and do business in Cabo. The facelift needed, is in the local government to reign in the narcos and police. The corruption at all levels is not helping the image of Cabo. It has now become a Sunny Town for Shady People. Still love it here, and hoping for a change soon.