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Why Now Is The Best Time To Visit Los Cabos For A More Authentic Experience

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In recent years, Los Cabos has broken all its tourist records, quickly becoming one of the most visited places in Mexico.

This is not surprising given its high safety levels, stunning natural landscapes, and range of luxurious activities. But there is a downside to it. 

As more and more international visitors keep crowding Los Cabos beaches and most popular sites, getting a truly authentic Mexican experience is getting increasingly difficult. 

The arch point at Cabo San Lucas

However, visitors still have a few ways to get a glimpse of the real Mexican lifestyle and fully immerse themselves in this unique culture.

The key is to avoid the high season and choose a time when international tourists decrease and traditional Mexican celebrations are at their peak. As it turned out, that time is right now!

Here are 3 reasons why now is the best time to visit Los Cabos for a more authentic experience:

Marina and Shopping District in Cabo San Lucas

Fewer Americans

According to a report by Los Cabos Tourist Trust (FITURCA), during the first semester of the year, Los Cabos experienced an increase of 17-18% in the arrival of national tourists compared to the same period in 2022.

These numbers keep growing, meaning that more and more Mexicans are now visiting this area.

Los Cabos is currently connected with 14 airports throughout Mexico, with the majority of visitors coming from Guadalajara, Monterrey, Mexico City, and Tijuana.

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People celebrating Independence Day with Mexican flags

American tourists, on the other hand, seem to be decreasing. According to the leader of the local Tourism Company Council, this year Los Cabos has experienced an 8% decrease in the number of American travelers compared to the same period in 2022.

He believes that this drop can be attributed to the lack of proper advertisement of Los Cabos and its surroundings in the USA.

Mexican kids with sombreros

Because of the steady increase of Mexican tourists and decrease of American visitors, Rodrigo Esponda Cascajares, director of FITURCA, believes that this September may become the first month in the history of Los Cabos in which air Mexican travelers will exceed international ones.

In an interview on the issue, he declared: “If this trend continues, the month of September may be the first month in the history of the destination where we have more air visitors arriving nationally than internationally.”

This is why September is now the perfect time to visit Los Cabos for international tourists wanting to enjoy their holidays in the area without having to deal with massive crowds of foreigners.

aerial view of los cabos

The most Mexican of all months 

Another great reason to choose September for your Los Cabos visit is that this month is considered ‘the most Mexican of all months’.

This is because, on the 16th of September 1810, Mexico proclaimed its independence from Spain, an event still celebrated to this day. 

During Independence Day, Los Cabos comes to life with mariachi music echoing in the streets, folkloristic dances, vibrant parades, and the smell of traditional food filling up the air.

people shopping in los cabos

In this period of the year, several restaurants, cafés, and clubs organize events of all sorts to celebrate Mexico’s culinary cuisines, music, and culture, giving international tourists the perfect chance to truly immerse themselves in the authentic Mexican lifestyle.

Lower rates

But authenticity is not the only good reason to visit Los Cabos in September. This month is also unique when it comes to prices.

With the end of the summer, fewer Americans are now traveling to this destination, usually causing a drop in accommodation prices, even though some hotels have said they will keep them steady.

Hotels and Resorts Lining Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

For instance, if during the peak of the 2023 summer, a hotel room cost around $600, a few weeks later, in the middle of August, prices dropped to $500. Many believe that prices will keep decreasing throughout the fall. 

This is also evident from the data gathered by famous accommodation websites, such as Airbnb. While in the last week of October, an Airbnb in Los Cabos costs an average of $677, the price drops to $618 in the last week of September.

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