Source: Official Baja California Sur State Communication
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Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and the Los Cabos area will open to tourists in June, 2020.
Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and the Los Cabos area are closed to tourism through June, 2020 in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). No official opening date has yet been announced, however hotels, restaurants, tours and attractions are preparing to reopen to tourists in June, 2020. The exact date is yet to be determined, but is expected to be in mid-June.
Currently the entire area is implementing strict sanitary and health protocols in order to provide guests with as safe and secure of an environment as possible.
There is never a charge to change your dates, and if for any reason your trip is delayed or cancelled due to COVID-19, you can cancel your tours and excursions free of charge. There is no risk to book with us.
Most businesses including hotels will be closed until mid-June, so we advise to plan your visit sometime after that for the best experience.
After having been closed due to COVID-19 prevention measures, the businesses will love to welcome you as soon as possible after reopening in June. Certainly your tourist dollars are incredibly important to the community right now. However, like everywhere, the reopening will be gradual, so if visiting in June, things will likely be quieter than usual and not all the amenities you're used to may be available.
But there are some Outstanding Hotel and Flight Deals to be had right now that might not be there later on so it is well worth your consideration and surely the locals in Cabo will be so happy to see you.
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What is Happening in Cabo Regarding...
Airports & Ports —
The airport is open and receiving flights daily. Anti-COVID sanitary protocols are in place at the airport, and health officials are conducting passenger screenings.
Currently you can get to Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) with the following Airlines:
Alaska Airlines: via Los Angeles (LAX)
American Airlines: via Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), or Phoenix (PHX)
Delta/AeroMexico: via Mexico City (MEX)
VivaAerobus: via Mexico City (MEX)
Volaris: via Tijuana (TIJ), Guadalajara (GDL), or Mexico City (MEX).
Several airlines expect to be resuming service shortly and are already accepting bookings:
What about fishing? Currently is allowed for local fishermen fishing for their own families. Marinas and ports are expected to start reopening to the public on June 15th or shortly thereafter. This includes personal watersports, boating and marine activities.
Airfare - Deals | Due to the low demand in flights, airlines are running some amazing deals right now to try to entice demand back up, while at the same time offering flexible change and cancellation policies. This makes now an excellent time to book, no matter when you plan to travel.
Most Los Cabos hotels will start accepting guests again on June 15th, 2020 or shortly thereafter. However due to limited demand, there are some hotels that are opting to open later. Check Los Cabos Hotel Reopening Dates after COVID-19:
Hotels - Deals | If you are planning a trip to Cabo San Lucas in the near future, hotels are offering some really amazing deals that are normally hard to find: discounts up to 50%, no cancellation fees, no rescheduling charges, make your reservation with a 25% payment, and more. Check them out:
Restaurants and bars in Cabo are currently operating for take-out and delivery only. They are putting into place strict health protocols for the safety of employees and guests, and expect to reopen table service on June 15th or shortly thereafter.
Restaurants will be limited to 4 people per 10 square meters, and all restaurants must be certified by the health authorities as meeting the new protocols prior to reopening.
All activities must be certified by the health authorities as meeting the new anti-COVID protocols prior to reopening, and expect to do so on time.
We are open 7 days a week to assist you, and are currently accepting bookings for all activities and transportation for June travel dates and beyond.
Cruise Ships —
While the cruise ship port of Cabo San Lucas will be reopened in June, cruise ship season in Cabo is already over, and even on normal years we only see a weekly visit from Carnival until September with an occasional visit from another cruise line like Oceania Insignia. For this reason we shouldn't really see that much difference in the cruise passenger traffic during the relatively cruise-free summer season. However there are some changes due to COVID-19 and restrictions by the CDC in the US:
Carnival Panorama's weekly visits have been postponed until September 5th.
Oceania Insignia is still scheduled to visit on July 8th.
All other cruises are still on schedule to resume on schedule in September as normal.
Cruises Lines - Deals | Due to the COVID-19 situation and decreased demand, cruise lines have launched several promotions for the end of 2020 and 2021 that you be of your convenience.
Q: Is there Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Cabo San Lucas?
A: While infection rates are low compared to most areas in the US, nowhere in the world is completely free of COVID-19. In an area with a population of 287,000 Cabo currently has 31 active cases of COVID-19 that are in quarantine or being treated. 251 people have recovered, and 11 people have died since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to the health department statistics. Click here to see the Official Goverment Stats.
Q: Is it safe to visit Los Cabos right now with the Coronavirus?
A: While nowhere is completely free of coronavirus in this day and age, infection rates are low compared to the US, and all businesses must be certified by the health authorities as having met strict health protocols before being allowed to reopen. Cabo is taking your health and safety very seriously.
Q: Will I need to wear a mask while I'm in Cabo? Or on the airplane?
A: Masks will not be required in Cabo due to enforcement of social distancing guidelines and strict sanitizing protocols. However, masks and gloves will be worn by some workers including people handling food, for example, in order to keep you as safe and healthy as possible.
You may be asked to wear a mask on the airplane due to individual airline regulations, but you won't be asked to wear one while you are in Cabo. You will want to Buy a Mask to bring with you in case of airports or other special circumstances though.
Q: Will there be hand sanitizer available?
A: Yes, all businesses are required to provide hand sanitizer and you will have it in your hotel room. However, we still recommend you bring your own to use along the way, which you can buy online from shops like Sustainable Travel Store, ZSkin or Germproof.
Q: Are there other things I should think to bring with me?
A: Other than the usual things like a hat, sunglasses, swimwear, Biodegradable Sunscreen or After-Sun Lotion, you may want to consider boosting your immune system with a product like Airborne or Germ-Proof or with Vitamins, but as long as you bring hand sanitizer you should have all the precautions you need.
If you will be doing water activities we always recommend to bring a rash guard or wet-shirt to protect you from the sun and protect the environment, and you may wish to bring your own snorkeling gear, though it will be provided for you fully sanitized on our tours if you don't.
Q: Is the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) Open?
A: Yes. It is open to international and domestic flights. However non-essential businesses remain closed through May so we recommend to wait until June for your vacation plans.
Q: I'm arriving in June. Are your airport transfers running?
A: Yes. However only Private Transfers are available right now and you will need to book them at least 24 hours in advance so that we can prepare them for your arrival. We will resume normal services on June 15th or shortly thereafter, so you can still book your shuttle for that time.
Q: Does the US have travel restrictions for international travel?
A: Not to Mexico. Airlines have been flying between the US and Mexico continuously. However, due to low demand, many routes have been temporarily dropped by the airlines.
There is a restriction on land border crossings through June 22nd but this does not affect air travel.
Q: Are hotels in Cabo San Lucas and the Los Cabos area open right now?
A: Yes, some of them. Hotels are allowed to open to a maximum capacity of 15% but only for essential business travel. You would need to call these hotels to arrange a stay, since travel agencies and online bookings are not allowed until after June 15th, when most hotels will reopen for tourists with full services.
Q: Are villas and vacation rentals in open in Cabo?
A: Villas, Air B&B, vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts are operating under the same protocols as hotels. They must also be certified by the health authorities to be complying with the health protocols, and then they can open on June 15th or shortly thereafter. Right now, most of them are closed since they are tourist accommodations and there are no tourists right now. But they will be ready and waiting for you in June.
Q: Will all the facilities at my hotel be available like normal? Will the bars and restaurants and spa be open?
A: Yes. All expected services and facilities will be available at all hotels. Expanded health protocols will be in place for the safety and health of both you and the hotel employees, but you will be able to enjoy your hotel in the way you would expect.
Q: Won't it be crowded at my hotel? I'm worried about social distancing.
A: No. Hotels will be opening only to partial capacity in order to preserve social distancing, and by nature most hotels in Cabo are relatively small and most of the area is quite spread out.
Q: Are you open?
A: Yes. We are working remotely and ready to serve you 7 days a week Monday to Friday from 8:00 Am to 5:00 PM (MDT) and Saturday to Sunday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (MDT) with any questions you have. We are accepting bookings for all our activities for travel dates in June and onward.
Q: Will all your tours and activities be running when I arrive?
A: Yes. We expect all tours and activities to resume June 15th or shortly thereafter, including fishing and water activities. However due to reduced volume, we strongly recommend to book well in advance of your tour date because if there are already bookings, then we can know there will be enough people to run that tour.
If everyone waits until the last minute, then it may be difficult for the tour operators to run some tours just because they didn't prepare staff and equipment since they thought they didn't have bookings that day.
Some tours that normally operate on a shared basis may be offered only on a private basis if demand isn't there, but most likely everything will be available, we just ask that you be flexible and patient in consideration of the situation.
Q: Will I be able to go snorkeling or go on a boat tour while I'm in Cabo?
A: Yes. All tours will be running as normal starting in June, just with less people on the tours than in other times, which is actually pretty nice
Q: Are golf courses in Cabo San Lucas open?
A: They will be open when you arrive in June.
Q: Can I cancel and get a refund if I can't visit due to Coronavirus?
A: Yes. We hope you will be able to change your date, in which case this is always free of charge. If not, then yes if COVID-19 disrupts your vacation plans you can cancel and receive a refund.
Q: Will I be able to bring a group or plan an event in Cabo this summer?
A: Yes. Cabo has special protocols in place to be able to accommodate groups and events such as weddings, including group tours and activities. Our Groups Team is here 7 days a week to advise you and help you set up your event. Even if you're not visiting this summer, you can still start planning to have that dream destination event in Cabo that you've been wishing for.
Q: Will the Bisbee's Fishing Tournament still be held?
A: Yes. The Bisbee's is still on. Better start practicing, the fishing will be extra great this summer after two months of no fishing! See our Fishing Trips.
Q: Are restaurants and bars open in Cabo San Lucas?
A: When you arrive in June, all the restaurants, bars, and shops will be open for your enjoyment, in full compliance with the new safety and hygiene protocols including social distancing.
Any questions we didn't answer? Contact Us and we're happy to help make this a great vacation experience for you in Cabo.
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