Los Cabos: After the Hurricane

 

Lounges in Pool at Grand Mayan Los Cabos

When we heard the news about Hurricane Odile barreling straight for Los Cabos (Cabo San Lucas & San Jose del Cabo) last September 15th, Scott and I were glued to the T.V., hoping that somehow the hurricane would veer off course. Turns out, Los Cabos took a direct hit. Though our trip in March was initially cancelled, due to ongoing construction, Scott and I wanted to return to Los Cabos to view the damage, view the progress of rebuilding and infuse a bit of support (via fish tacos/margaritas) into the economy. We travel to Los Cabos for a winter getaway each year and didn’t want stop our tradition.

Los Cabos and Grand Mayan Coming back after the hurricane

If I told you that Los Cabos is back to normal after the hurricane, I would be lying. We noticed the shiny new airport the moment we arrived. The glass framed terminal had been shattered in the storm.  But there is still much work to be done. We were surprised that a number of high-end resorts have not even started rebuilding. For more images of the power of Odile here. As our taxi pulled up in front of the Grand Mayan Los Cabos, we were pleased to see that it was still in one piece and looking beautiful. We could see construction projects, mostly cosmetic, happening in the front. Most of the foliage, like palm trees, in the area had a severe shearing or were knocked down.

The Grand Maya is on the comeback from the hurricane

The back of the resort was a different story…

The Grand Mayan reconstruction project on Stylemindchic Lifestyle

I have to laugh, now, as I see this photo. When we arrived, Scott and I were shocked at how much sand had washed up into the resort. As we discovered later, the resort owner decided to do some extra reconstruction (and major upgrades) since repairs were necessary. This sand was not harmed during the hurricane. Despite this section of Grand Mayan being closed, the front pools, restaurant and excellent pool service were all up and running perfectly. I was impressed at how well they separated this part of the resort from the rest.

The Grand Mayan Redecorates in Los Cabos

We were told that the Grand Mayan is taking the opportunity to zhush up the interior of the property since the exterior is getting such a big makeover. I’m seeing mid-century modern, with golden touches, and a beachy vibe. They were working non-stop on the project our entire visit and made some amazing progress. It was actually fun to watch.

Poolside lounging by the sea on Stylemindchic Lifestyle at Grand Mayan Los Cabos

Despite the reconstruction, the Grand Mayan thought of every detail to keep us vacationers in the mood for r & r.

Lounging by the pool Grand Mayan

The sound of the waves drowned out any construction noise for reading by the pool,

Heather Orr Lindstrom Stylemindchic Lifestyle Los Cabos

……or a swim…

The Grand Mayan infinity edge pool in San Jose del Cabo at dusk

or taking a sunset walk on the beach.

Room Service Tray with flower at the Grand Mayan Los Cabos

 Thankfully, room service was up and running for lazy mornings.

Villa Valentina Los Cabos entry way with Mexican light fixtures

Scott and I ventured out in town a couple of times. A new find is the charming Villa Valentina, art and design center (complete with Baja Bistro and bar), in San Jose del Cabo.

Villa Valentina Collage San Jose del Cabo

The food was delicious and the service warm and welcoming. I enjoyed the bold colors and global decorative details that surrounded us on the terrace.

Heather Orr Lindstrom Stylemindchic at Villa Valentina Los Cabos in patio lounge

 Wine Bottle Wall Villa Valentina Los CabosWine bottle wall…there is a purpose for our enjoyment of wine!

Think about it for your next construction project.

#thehousethatwinebuilt

Beauty of Villa Valentina and the courtyard at sunset. Heather Lindstrom of Stylemindchic Lifestyle (travel blogger)

 Scott Lindstrom Art & Wine Walk San Jose del CaboSan Jose del Cabo has a charming and vibrant gallery district. We set out to discover the Art Walk on Thursday night. The talent and panache of this town is a real find. The evening brings out an eclectic mix of locals, tourists, and expats. The galleries will delight you.

 We met this artist, Ivan Guaderrama. His talent and inspiration are a gift here.

We experienced this amazing art installation of his:

Art & Wine Evening San Jose del Cabo

 

The firepit at the Grand Mayan, Los Cabos

Despite a little dust, noise, and less amenities, Scott and I were happy we made our return to Los Cabos for this getaway.

The island in the pool and firebowl at Grand Mayan in Los Cabos

The hurricane left behind significant damage. Many buildings suffered blown out windows, water damage, and in some cases, structural damage. A number of the resorts are not yet open, but most are working feverishly to open as soon as possible. If you are heading to Los Cabos, and I highly recommend that you do, read the reviews to insure that your resort is up and running and to estimate progress on any reconstruction.

Pool at the Grand Mayan Los Cabos on Stylemindchic Lifestyle at sunset

The people of Los Cabos that weathered this storm, like many others, are the true heart of this place. They may be welcoming you to their brightly colored store-front, strumming a tune on the guitar, serving you a fish taco, selling you a piece of paradise, or creating art pieces that will blow your mind. They do this with incredible warmth, big smiles, and a joy of life that is not easy to capture. They’ve kept me coming back for nearly 25 years.

I am happy to report that Los Cabo is on the rebound and just as gorgeous as ever!

For more on our previous visits:

Getaway to Los Cabos, Postcard from Los CabosLos Cabos Getaway Guide and

a Date Night at Flora Farms.

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Bon Voyage!

xx,

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14 comments

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OMG… You have the best and most detailed blog ever. My husband and I want to go to Cabo in early June and looking at this resort but so concerned about the lack of relaxation due to the construction. You make it sound wonderful. Can you please tell me what bldg and/or room number you were in or recomend?

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Hello Kathy, Thanks for the kind comments. I’m so glad to hear you enjoy my travel posts! Los Cabos is beautiful. We especially enjoy staying near San Jose del Cabo or on the corridor. Love the endless beaches. Grand Mayan is making a fast comeback and I’m sure it’s leaps and bounds from when we visited 3 weeks ago. We stayed on the 5th floor, above the construction and with views of the water. I would advise staying out nearer the ocean if possible. When we were there those suites weren’t fully open. Feel free to email me if you need other suggestions as to places to stay. If you want all-inclusive I can get you a great discount at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos, Zoetry or Dreams in the area. Thanks for the comment and keep in touch!
xx, Heather

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Thank you SO much, Heather, for this detailed report on how things are down there. It is amazing to me the number of luxury resorts haven’t reopened. I am happy for you that your favorite resort has recovered well. Your pictures are stunning and make me warn to hop a flight to Mexico NOW! Have a great weekend!! xoxo

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It was interesting to see the progress, and lack of progress in some cases, of rebuilding. it was a little less relaxing but fun to see!
xx

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I need to go there…right now!! I love those chaises in the water. Your photos are magnificent and I can see why your trip was so fabulous. There’s nothing like a relaxing vacation in a beautiful spot!!
xx~Jennifer

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I know you are a fan of this area too! You would love those water chaises ;). xx

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Heather, You are a wonderful spokesperson for Los Cabos :) We’ve been to Cancun, Cozumel, and Puerto Vallarta ~ and felt the similar charm with regards to the scenery. The laid back vibe is a nice change from our busy lives and with temps in the low 40’s here in Seattle this morning, the warm sunshine looks perfect. I’m glad you were able to get away:) xxleslie

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Thank you, Leslie! Hoping you have a little sunshine headed your way today! xx

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Lucky you!! Looks amazing and I need to visit.,,

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You would love it, Naomi! It’s such a sunny change of pace from London. Equally fabulous places! xx

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Way to support! It looks beautiful even with the rebuild efforts. Love the picture of Scott strolling in town.

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I love that photo of Scott myself. It’s hard to capture the feeling of a place at night so I was pleased.
Loved our dinner last night! xx

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Hi Heather,
Your hotel in Los Cabos looked beautiful, it is wonderful to hear that the Grand Mayan is recovering. Resilient people, it must be such a difficult thing to go through, and then to have to deal with the aftermath. Lovely pics, such wonderful images of relaxation and tranquillity. Vacations like this are so needed now and again. Glad you and Scott were able to enjoy your downtime. xx Nancy

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I know you love a sunny getaway as well, Nancy. The damage was worse than we expected but the area is really coming back in most ways. The people of Los Cabos are truly the heart and soul. Thank you for the kind comments my friend.
xx

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