‘Tis the season…for whales breaching, bird watching, kite surfing, and much more in Los Cabos!
As the cold weather begins to set in throughout the US and Canada, the climate in Los Cabos could not be more inviting during the winter months. In addition to near perfect weather, the destination offers a long list of activities and events to enjoy in the month of December.
Holiday Plans in Los Cabos
Looking for the perfect Christmas or New Year’s Eve destination? Look no further than Los Cabos. The holiday season is a wonderful time to experience Cabo at its best. The hotels and resorts are beautifully decorated and the towns are vibrant with themed events and festivities. If you are planning a trip to Los Cabos during the Christmas holiday, be sure to check with your hotel or resort about what special events are taking place during your vacation.
Fast forward to New Year’s Eve, the biggest party of the year in Los Cabos. Nearly every club, lounge and bar offers a fabulous event that travelers can enjoy and ring in the New Year – from Cabo Wabo to Passions and everywhere in between. Not to be missed are amazing fireworks above Medano Beach in downtown Cabo San Lucas.
Natural Delights in Los Cabos
Each year in December, one of mother nature’s most delightful signs of seasonal change occurs – the migration of hundreds of whales from the frigid waters of the arctic to the warm, calm waters surrounding the Baja Peninsula. And from now through March, there is no better place to view such a spectacular event than the beaches of Los Cabos. There are several ways to observe these magnificent cetaceans in their natural habitat. Many local tour companies offer whale-watching trips aboard all-weather inflatable speedboats, ensuring a comfortable and education ride while travelers learn about and experience these amazing creatures up close and personal.
This month is also prime bird watching season in Los Cabos. Birders and leisure travelers alike will enjoy the tranquil setting and beautiful scenery of Estero San Jose (San Jose del Cabo Estuary) where over 250 species of birds can be found and are protected by Mexican law.
Cultural Sights to Discover in Los Cabos
For water lovers, December is a great time to travel to the tip of the Baja Peninsula. This month kicks off the surfing season along the Pacific Coast of Cabo. A popular spot for surfers is Cerritos Beach, located near Todos Santos, where surfers can enjoy world-class surfing conditions, great restaurants and on Sundays, live music. On the other side of the Peninsula, along Los Cabos’ East Cape region, travelers can enjoy kite surfing in areas such as San Pedrito, La Ventana and Los Barriles, which is also home to the annual Lord of Wind competition, a 5-day kiteboarding and SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) event.
Looking for some “art therapy” on your next trip to Los Cabos? Every Thursday evening from now through June, San Jose del Cabo hosts an Art Walk where art galleries welcome guests to enjoy an evening stroll through the neighborhood while exploring a series of events including wine tastings, dinner and “meet and greets” with the artists. Galleries are open to the public year-round and feature work from acclaimed painters and sculptors including Sergio Garval, Luis Filcer, Jorge Marin and Mario Martin del Campo.
Another weekly event in San Jose del Cabo is the Organic Farmer’s Market, which takes place every Saturday from 9am to 3pm at La Huerta Maria in downtown San Jose del Cabo from November to May. Learn more about the market here.
Los Cabos is thrilled to host the following events in the upcoming months – be sure to mark your calendar for your next visit:
Lord of the Wind Competition: January 15 – 18
Todos Santos Music Festival: January 15 – 17, 21 – 24
Cabo Comedy Festival: February 4 – 8
Los Cabos Half Marathon: February 9
Todos Santos Art Festival: February 5 – 14
San Jose Jazz Weekend: February 13 – 14
XV Rally National HOG Los Cabos – Loreto Harley Davidson: February 25 – March 1
Los Cabos is happy to announce several new international routes to the destination, launching in December 2014 and early 2015. Later this month, on December 20, Delta Airlines will launch a nonstop flight to Los Cabos from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on Saturdays. Another exciting flight option from the East Coast expected to launch in early 2015 is a nonstop flight from Washington DC (IAD) to Los Cabos via United Airlines.
The Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) is currently accepting 20-40 flights daily from both the domestic and international markets.
Many of the beaches throughout Los Cabos actually benefitted from Hurricane Odile, which passed through in September. Some beaches – such as Palmilla and the beaches along the Corridor in San Jose del Cabo (from the Holiday Inn to Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos) – are wider and more spacious post-Odile. Also, the water around Los Cabos has been noticeably bluer, a common occurrence following a storm and cooling water temperatures.
It is important to note that Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach, located next to the Arch) is not yet accessible to travelers but can be enjoyed by boat or snorkeling/scuba diving in the area. Divers will be happy to hear that Hurricane Odile also unearthed two sunken ships to the ocean floor – one located near the Arch and the other in the East Cape—adding a new thrill to the already amazing diving conditions in Los Cabos.
Hotels & Resorts Update
More and more hotels and resorts throughout Los Cabos continue to open their doors every week. Below please find an official list of hotel openings in the destination:
Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos
Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa Los Cabos
Me By Meliá Cabo
Esperanza An Auberge Resort
The Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
Cabo Azul Resort & Spa (Javier’s Restaurant is open and operational)
Hyatt Place Los Cabos
Meliá Cabo Real
The destination’s golf courses sustained only minor damage and are bouncing back quickly. Below is a list of the courses that are currently open as well as the future openings scheduled for 2015:
Cabo del Sol – Ocean & Desert Course
Club Campestre San José
Cabo San Lucas Country Club
Puerto Los Cabos
Palmilla – March 15
Two high-profile newcomers, Quivira Golf Club (designed by Jack Nicklaus) and Diamante El Cardonal (Tiger Woods’ first completed 18-hole course), opened in December. These two new venues will bring the destination’s total course count to 14, qualifying Los Cabos as Mexico’s golf capital.
Are you ready to experience the #Unstoppable Los Cabos? Then head to your travel agent and request a GOGO Vacations‘ package today!
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