Que Pasa in Cabo?

April 13, 2020 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

All Stores in Los Cabos Remain Open

All mega-stores like Walmart, Soriana, City Club, Aurrera, Chedraui and the like remain open, as well as most OXXO’s. Although the Chamber of Commerce and the state and city government have stated that we have enough inventory of groceries, convoys of armed Army, Navy, State and City police are patrolling constantly to prevent vandalism. It happened in 2014 right after Hurricane Odile hit us hard, so it’s better to prevent it than fight it. Do not be scared if you see these convoys, they are here to keep peace and protect us.

 

All hotels in Los Cabos closed now.

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President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ordered all hotels and beaches throughout the country to shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Los Cabos hotel association’s president stated that while 22,000 cancellations have been received, many more – about 70-percent - are just postponing their trips for the summer. The Hotels are currently not taking reservations for any date in April. Cruise lines have announced they are taking reservations for the second half of May, but all subject to change. So far, half of the restaurants are closed but are offering To-Go and Home Delivery services, and UBER Eats is busy delivering too.

 

City Government Postpones Tax Time!

Due to the Coronavirus contingency, the Los Cabos Lady Mayor Armida Castro has announced that property taxes, renewals of business and alcohol permits are postponed until June without extra charge.

Tax inspectors have been told to hold on and not pressure people and businesses for payment.

 

Los Cabos suddenly lost popularity.

Why would that be? Hee, hee. The Los Cabos tourism fund said the number of people using Google and other search engine apps to find out more about our gorgeous tourist destination fell from 1.5 million in February to only 8,500 in March. Bummer. But they will come back, they always do, nobody beats our weather and friendly smiles! Oh, and the Tequila, baby.

 

We're still the best! Ha!

The Travel Insurance Direct company released its list of Best Hotels in the World in 2020, using three data points from 2019 based on popularity to serve as predictions for the future.

The company looks at top-ranked hotels in TripAdvisor, Instagram and how many people search each hotel’s name. The result? Los Cabos' very own Waldorf-Astoria, formerly The Resort at Pedregal, came up as everyone’s favorite, on top of the list.

It is followed by the Tulemar in Costa Rica, La Siesta in Hanoi, the Belvedere in Italy, and the list goes on. Who cares about the rest? Hahaha…

 

In related news.

Golf Digest magazine also revealed the eight best Golf Courses in Mexico and Central America. Los Cabos has four of them on the list! Cabo del Sol, Grand Solmar’s reg Norman course at Rancho San Lucas, the One & Only Palmilla and Quivira Golf Club made it to the top.

 

The Perfect Foursome!

Jazz, Golf, Food and Friends. LIFE LUXE JAZZ presents Jazz on the Green with its Mike Phillips’ Los Cabos Cup 2020, coming to Los Cabos this November 5-9. By day, you’ll play two of the best and most picturesque courses in Mexico. By night, you’ll sit, oceanside, indulging in hand-rolled cigars, premium cocktails, and delicious cuisine, while listening to world-class artists like Jeff Lorber, Spryo Gyra, Maysa, Eric Benet, Marion Meadows, Con Funk Shun, Hiroshima and many more. Go to Lifeluxejazz.com for more tournament information and to register.

 

The Loreto marina remains open.

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And they sent us a list of changes they have instituted at the marina: “All members of the marina team have been given gloves and other PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) products to wear when working until further notice. All members of the marina team are washing their hands properly and frequently, as well as avoiding touching their faces. Staff who are in close contact with guests are wearing gloves and must follow a “no hand-shake" policy where on-site work is needed. We are taking every precaution possible, including extra cleaning at our marina facilities. Our cleaning team has been disinfecting doorknobs and tables regularly. We are promoting keeping a healthy distance with the recommendation of 6-8 feet between people. Marina team members with symptoms (fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing) are staying home. We request that marina clients with symptoms to avoid marina facilities.

The amenities and services currently offered are: All large gatherings at the marina are postponed until further notice. All charters and eco-tourism out of the marina have been suspended until further notice. Pepegina's Pizza is now doing take-out orders only until further notice. The captain's lounge has been temporarily CLOSED until further notice. All other amenities/services remain open and all guests are asked to practice 6-8 feet social distancing: The fuel station, dry storage, launching ramp and travellift, showers and laundry and marina office are open. Yet, all are subject to change.