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January 5, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Has Los Cabos recovered from its hurricane? We’re on the way to find out


Tourists sit on the concrete stairs in the service area of a resort after the designated area for shelter was destroyed by winds in Los Cabos, Mexico, on Sept. 15, 2014. (AP photo by Victor R. Caivano)

Tourists sit on concrete stairs in the service area of a resort after the designated area for shelter was destroyed by winds in Los Cabos, Mexico, on Sept. 15, 2014. (AP photo)

If you’re a regular visitor to Mexico’s Baja peninsula, you likely heard plenty about Hurricane Odile, which roared ashore at Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo with winds up to 125 mph last September.

What some say was the strongest hurricane ever to score a bulls-eye on the area known as Los Cabos, it injured hundreds, flattened homes and tore the roof off Terminal 1 in the modern Los Cabos International Airport. Of 30,000 tourists who weathered the storm, some cowered in hotel stairwells. Many waited days for evacuation from the region. Power and water systems went down for weeks. The airport closed to incoming flights for most of a month. Even the local Costco experienced a long-term shutdown because of storm damage and rampant looting.

Some hotels escaped major damage. Others reopened in October and November, but a number remain busy with repairs and renovations and don’t plan to welcome guests back until summer.

An aerial view of the damages casued by Hurricane Odile at Los Cabos International Airport in September. (Mexican government photo)

An aerial view of damages wrought by Hurricane Odile at Los Cabos International Airport in September. (Mexican government photo)

So if you’re a regular Baja visitor, should you go this winter or spring? Skip 2015? If you do go, what should you expect?

I’m flying to Baja today to try to answer those questions for Seattle Times readers. I’ll stay at two of the Los Cabos beach resorts that were closed until November, tour other hotels, take a lot of photos. I’ll get the lay of the land — do any palm trees have fronds? — and report back here in the next couple days.

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