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January 12, 2015 at 1:52 PM

Los Cabos hurricane postscript: More hotel reopenings set, but where are the discounts?

Hotels on Medano Beach at Cabo San Lucas were among the least affected by Hurricane Odile. Most hotels that remain closed were closer to San Jose del Cabo. (photo by Brian Cantwell / The Seattle Times) Readers responding to my post-hurricane inspection tour of Los Cabos wanted to know a couple of things: Will the hotel where…

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January 10, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Have you ever seen a cell tower disguised as a palm tree?

(photo by Brian Cantwell, The Seattle Times) I’ve seen cell towers disguised as flag poles, and even as a church steeple. But until I was driving the Transpeninsular Highway in Los Cabos, Baja Mexico, this week, I’d never seen one disguised as a (really tall) palm tree. So I took a photo of it. I have to…

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January 8, 2015 at 5:31 AM

Recovering from Odile: Los Cabos hurricane was toughest on locals

When he ‘s not surf casting on the beach at San Jose del Cabo, American “snowbird” Jeff Deller has helped rebuild homes in a hard-hit local barrio. (photo by Brian Cantwell / The Seattle Times) Hurricane Odile wandered around the Pacific a bit before suddenly turning its eye on Los Cabos in mid-September, so few thought…

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January 7, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Bustling Cabo San Lucas is best bet to avoid Los Cabos hurricane damage

In Cabo San Lucas, Medano Beach still has plenty going on, with views of cruise ships and Land’s End. (photo by Brian Cantwell / The Seattle Times) A reader named Joe Durham e-mailed Wednesday morning, worried about an upcoming trip to Los Cabos: “I’ve been following your stories closely on Cabo because a group of six of…

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January 6, 2015 at 10:51 PM

Los Cabos is bouncing back from hurricane, but some devastated hotels remain

The Grand Mayan hotel on the beach at San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, remains a mostly-windowless hulk as hurricane repairs continue. See the “before” picture, below. (photo by Brian Cantwell / The Seattle Times) First, to answer the palm-tree question, with a metaphorical nod to Francis Scott Key: I saw by the dawn’s early light Tuesday…

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January 5, 2015 at 9:23 PM

For visitors, there’s rough side and smooth after Los Cabos hurricane

Freshly plastered walls at Los Cabos International Airport hint at damage, but to international arrivals little remains obvious of the September hurricane that closed the airport for weeks. The worst damage was to the domestic-flight terminal. George and Judy Slemmons, Bellevue retirees who’ve been coming to Cabo for almost 20 years, arrived Monday for their second…

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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 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…

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June 3, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Farmers markets are an every-day thing (almost) on Kauai

A shopper passes a flower stand at the Saturday farmers market at Kauai Community College. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times) A few years ago when I did an article on Waikiki on the Cheap, I discovered the worth-waking-up-early-for Saturday farmers market at the community college parking lot on the road to Diamond…

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May 30, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Here’s a Kauai secret to keep for your next trip

The view into Kauai’s Kalalau Valley often involves waiting for wispy clouds to clear — or you can be in a total whiteout if you time it wrong. (photo by Barbara A. Cantwell) Aloha from Kauai. I’m in Hawaii for a week to do reporting for some future Seattle Times stories, and I already have a Kauai…

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