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September 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Los Cabos airport closed until Oct. 8 after hurricane; most hotels still shut

The main entrance to the airport at Los Cabos was heavily damaged by Hurricane Odile. It's shown here on Sept. 17; the airport is closed to commercial flights until approximately Oct. 8.  (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

The main entrance to the airport at Los Cabos where terminals were  damaged by Hurricane Odile.  It’s shown here on Sept. 17; the airport is closed to commercial flights until approximately Oct. 8 while it’s being repaired. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

The airport in hurricane-slammed Los Cabos, Mexico, won’t reopen for commercial flights until approximately Oct. 8.

Authorities are repairing the terminals and using the airport for only relief and military flights until then, according to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and a local newspaper,  Tribuna de Los Cabos,  which has regular updates on reconstruction in the Mexican resort.

Hurricane Odile slammed into Los Cabos, the very popular resort area at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, on the night of Sept. 14, causing extensive damage to hotels, destroying homes and infrastructure (power and water is still being restored in some areas). Approximately 30,000 tourists were evacuated in the five days following the hurricane, including by Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and other U.S. carriers and the Mexican military.

Alaska has extended no-penalty ticket changes (as have other airlines)  well into the fall for passengers who had booked Los Cabos flights before the hurricane.

Some resorts in Los Cabos, which includes the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo plus the miles-long oceanfront strip of luxury resorts between them, were heavily damaged. Other hotels had mostly cosmetic damage.

Here is an estimate from the Elite Traveler website of the damage and estimated reopening dates for some Los Cabos hotels:

Cabo Azul – December
Cabo Pulmo Resort – Minimal damage. Operational.
Cabo Villas – Minimal damage. September 27
Capella Pedregal – October 1
Casa Dorada – October 9
Club Cascadas – October 15
Club Regina – October 31
Dreams Los Cabos – October 15
East Cape Resorts – Very minor damage, fully operational.
Esperanza – October 13

People salvage what they can in a poor neighborhood of Los Cabos on Sept. 15 after homes were destroyed by  Hurricane Odile. (Victor R. Caivano photo / AP)

People salvage what they can in a poor neighborhood of Los Cabos on Sept. 15 after homes were destroyed by Hurricane Odile. (Victor R. Caivano photo / AP)

Fiesta Americana Los Cabos – November 15 for a big group, then November 23 for individual reservations.
Finisterra – Tentative date of October 1.
Grand Mayan Los Cabos – Closed for approximately 2 months.
Grand Solmar – October 22
Hacienda Beach Club – October 15
Hacienda del Mar – October 31
Hacienda Encantada – October 15
Hilton Los Cabos – Still Assessing. Significant damage.
Hotel Los Pescadores – Estimate October 1
Hyatt Place – October 17
Hyatt Ziva – October 17
Los Barrilles – Fully operational.
Los Cabos Golf Resort – Closed for 2 weeks for clean-up.
Marina Fiesta – October 15
ME Cabo – October 16
Melia Real – October 15
One & Only Palmilla – October 15
Playa Grande – October 22
Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos – October 1
Pueblo Bonito Montecristo Estates – October 1
Pueblo Bonito Rose – October 1
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica – October 1
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach – October 1
Quinta del Sol – October 22
Rancho Leonoro – Fully operational.
Riu Palace – Unofficially saying they expect to be open in 2 weeks.
Riu Santa Fe – No assessment yet.
Royal Decameron – October 17
Royal Solaris – October 10
Secrets Marquis – October 15
Secrets Puerto Los Cabos – October 15
Sheraton – Closed until at least October 31
Solmar – October 22
Villa del Arco – October 1
Villa del Palmar – October 1
Villa La Estancia – October 1
Westin – Closed until at least October 31
Worldmark Coral Baja – January 31
Wyndham – October 1
Zoetry – October 15

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