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January 12, 2015 at 1:52 PM

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

Readers responding to my post-hurricane inspection tour of Los Cabos wanted to know a couple of things: Will the hotel where they have a February reservation really be open by then? Are special discounts being offered to woo travelers back after Hurricane Odile? I heard particular concern from folks with February bookings at the Grand Mayan resort, pictured…

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January 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Ay, yi, yi, the ways Mexico spends its tourism money

I love visiting Mexico. But having seen a fair share of it, I have a “never ceases to amaze me” view of how the government, in a nation with a good share of poor people, invests money to try to please tourists. I’ve long thought there are more pointless monuments and works of abstruse public…

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January 10, 2015 at 3:12 PM

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

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 say, it looked better than some…

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January 8, 2015 at 5:31 AM

Recovering from Odile: Los Cabos hurricane was toughest on locals

Hurricane Odile wandered around the Pacific a bit before suddenly turning its eye on Los Cabos in mid-September, so few thought to evacuate until it was too late. About 30,000 tourists were trapped in the area, some for days. But the storm was even tougher on many of the locals, who went without power and potable…

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January 7, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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

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 us are potentially heading down there in early March.  We don’t have hotel reservations yet. “What’s the general vibe? Is anyone even out on the Medano Beach…

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Comments | More in Hurricanes, Los Cabos hurricane, Los Cabos hurricane recovery, Trip reports | Topics: Cabo San Lucas, Hurricane Odile, Hurricane Odile recovery

January 6, 2015 at 10:51 PM

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

First, to answer the palm-tree question, with a metaphorical nod to Francis Scott Key: I saw by the dawn’s early light Tuesday that plenty of tropical-green fronds continue to wave over Los Cabos. Hurricane Odile didn’t blow them all to Phoenix. But along the roughly 8- or 9-mile stretch of beach where Odile did her damndest,…

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January 5, 2015 at 9:23 PM

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

George and Judy Slemmons, Bellevue retirees who’ve been coming to Cabo for almost 20 years, arrived Monday for their second visit since the September hurricane. To them, the place is “almost all recovered,” an enthusiastic Judy said as they waited at a car-rental counter outside Los Cabos International Airport. But that’s compared to their Nov. 1…

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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

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…

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June 3, 2014 at 9:14 PM

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

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 Head. Not only was there local produce such as papaya and starfruit, there were glorious tropical flowers to take back to the rented…

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