Few can equal Los Cabos’ appeal as a meetings and incentives destination, which is only enhanced by its reputation for great service, plus upgraded technical infrastructure and excellent road infrastructure.
What’s collectively known as Los Cabos is made up of three areas: San José del Cabo, the 20-mile-long (32 km) Corridor and Cabo San Lucas.
Highs in warm season average above 91ºF (33ºC) with occasional rains August through October. The winter season has an average daily high temperature below 82º (28ºC) with cool nights.
Los Cabos has great potential for the mining of metallic and non-metallic products, leading it to occupy the first place in the national production of gypsum and sea salt.
Over two-dozen airlines fly into Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) and there are many direct international flights from US and Canadian cities, including Southern California, Seattle, Oakland, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Houston, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and New York City.
After Odile, many of the resort area’s top hotels underwent extensive renovations, plus there are additional openings expected within the next couple of years.
In Cabo San Lucas, for example, The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas (formerly Capella Pedregal Hotel, Cabo San Lucas) reopened with 84 rooms and suites and is an excellent option for C-suite executive meetings, retreats and incentives, with its modern meeting rooms with a view, expert catering services and all the top-drawer amenities worthy of its many awards and five-Diamond accolades.
Larger events will find ample space at the all-suite, 4-Diamond 280-room Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa, spread out over eight acres, with 12,801 ft² (1,189 m²) of meeting space divided among five rooms. The newer, trendy 156-room Me Cabo can host up to 2,500 people, while the 161-room The Cape, A Thompson Hotel, offers high-end boutique meeting space in mid-century modern surroundings.
Also recent: the adults-only Breathless Cabo San Lucas on popular (and swimmable!) Medano Beach in the heart of Cabo San Lucas, with 169 all-inclusive luxury contemporary suites and a rotating calendar of chic party nights to help attendees blow off some steam after meetings and events in its facilities, which can accommodate groups of up to 290 people as well as four additional meeting rooms in front of the main ballroom; and the Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa, which finished its third and final phase of construction in mid-2016. The addition of a new building, a sports bar, a deli café, new lobby, fitness center, cliff side spa and more–not to mention its many awards—will put it squarely on your agenda for meetings minutes away from El Arco and Land’s End.
Planners looking for a large all-inclusive option will want to check out the 642-suite Three-Diamond Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas, with two conference centers with a total of 3,444 ft² (320 m²) and 1,612.80 ft² (150 m²), respectively.
In San José del Cabo, the all-inclusive 591-suite Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos features 35,000 ft² (325.16 m²) of meeting space, including the Grand Theatre. The upscale Puerto Los Cabos master planned gated community (think private marina and an 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, with nine additional holes planned for the future, all just seven miles from Los Cabos International Airport), offers excellent options for planners.
Here, the JW Marriott Los Cabos, with 299 beachfront guest rooms and suites, as well as the destination’s largest event space, totaling 38,395 ft² (3,567 m²) with 20 event rooms and 8 breakout rooms, also boasts the 45-room Griffin Club boutique hotel, which includes a small venue space, a private beach and pool, butler and chef services, private spa areas, a movie theater and more. The adults-only Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort offers 500 spacious, oversized suites and over 16,000 ft² (1,486 m²) of flexible meeting and function space.
The beaches along The Corridor are stunning, as is the array of hotels (and golf courses) that line it. A-list and celebrity-sightings are not uncommon in resorts such as Casa del Mar, Las Ventanas al Paraíso and Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, which has 2,000 ft² (186 m²) of indoor and outdoor oceanfront venues for intimate gatherings of up to 150 people.
Like its neighbors, it specializes in executive meetings, corporate retreats, large dinners and private events, as well as one-of-a-kind team building activities such as guided tequila and cooking classes, plus adventures including sea turtle releases, sportfishing, swimming with whale sharks, private yacht excursions and more.
In the Cabo del Sol master planned community with its world-renowned Ocean Course and Desert Course, the four-Diamond Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa, has 249 guest rooms and suites with ocean views, 15,000 ft² (1,393 m²) of meeting space, a 10,648-sq.-ft. (990 m²) ballroom, 9 breakout rooms, open air meeting area and opulent suites for VIP entertaining, not to mention the SOMMAWineSPA, the only one of its kind in Mexico.
Also in Cabo del Sol, the 4-Diamond Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort is a hacienda-style property with a total of 270 guest rooms and suites plus 18,000 ft² (1,672 m²) of meeting space and excellent outdoor venues.
New and reopening properties this year include the iconic Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos, which has been undergoing an extensive multi-million dollar renovation to transform it into an all villa resort, changing its 243 rooms to 147 luxury villas. The redesign includes all public and recreational areas and the addition of new restaurants and bars along with The Spa, by Westin, and will be ready to welcome guests as of press time.
The extraordinary Grand Velas Los Cabos, which broke ground in early 2016 and opened its doors in December of that same year, is welcoming groups and conventions as of March 2017 to its 16,370 ft² (1,521 m²) Convention Center. It has 304 ample luxury suites, five fine dining restaurants and an all-inclusive format that follows the award-winning example of the other successful Velas properties.
Other new accommodations for 2017 include a 196-room Park Hyatt; the all-inclusive adults-only 250-room Le Blanc Spa Resort; The VieVage Los Cabos, an Auberge Resort, which will be located within the Chileno Bay development, nine miles from Cabo San Lucas; the Mar Adentro by Encanto, a 160-room luxury property in San Jose del Cabo with meeting space for up to 80 top-level attendees; a new gem for Starwood’s Luxury Collection, the Solaz, with 131 guest rooms and suites and more than 9,900 ft² (920 m²) of state-of-the-art event space (opening August 1); and a Montage resort with 174 rooms. The destination is also looking forward to the 200-room Nobu hotel, the first-ever Nobu property in Mexico, scheduled to open later this year.
The stunning landscape and quaint towns of Baja lend themselves to some spectacular outdoor venues for events and incentive travel, including the square in San José del Cabo, the Cabo San Lucas Marina and the Cultural Pavilion of the Republic, Medano Beach and the San Carlos Canyon, among others.
Here the “to-do” list also runs the gamut, from the quite sedate (sumptuous spa treatments come to mind) to the most extreme (diving with whale sharks). Cabo San Lucas revels in its boisterous nature, with trendy hotels, lots of clubs, restaurants and excellent shopping that have made this the go-to place for those not in the mood for a contemplative vacation. One of the area’s best beaches—and one of the only swimmable beaches in Cabo—, Playa Medano, is practically in the center of town, but, the hottest stop in San Lucas is its marina, one of the world’s top yachting, sport fishing and mega-yacht facilities. A favorite option for planners is a cruise aboard the Caborey, a 144’ catamaran specially outfitted for dinners, shows and parties for up to 600 guests as it sails past the stunning coastline; they also host whale watching tours and snorkeling tours.