Located at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, Los Cabos is known for its breathtaking landscape, full of shimmering waters, rugged mountains and golden sands. But its stunning scenery is just an added bonus for meeting and event planners, who know that amidst the awe-inspiring views and ruby sunsets await top-notch modern meeting facilities. In fact, Los Cabos as a whole has been experiencing a recent surge of construction, leading to new luxury resorts, residential properties, restaurants and unique meeting venues.
Among the brand-new options are the new Cabo Azul Resort & Spa, which boasts 148 villas on beachfront property, the 656-suite Barceló Los Cabos Palace Deluxe, offering over just 1,120 square meters of meeting space, and the posh 66-room Capella Pedregal Hotel, an intimate retreat just steps away from downtown Cabo San Lucas. Meanwhile, plans are underway for The Ritz-Carlton Los Cabos, Quivira, a 200-room oceanfront resort. Set to open in 2011, the sprawling property will boast a fully-equipped business center, over 740 square meters of ballroom space, three meeting rooms and a boardroom, not to mention a 1,672-square-meter spa, boutique shops and several dining options.
Leading the way in existing Los Cabos convention facilities are top meeting hotels such as the Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos. Located in Cabo San Lucas, this 249-room resort boasts a total of nine indoor meeting rooms for events of up to 1,110 guests, as well as four open-air meeting areas spread across its landscaped grounds. Meanwhile, in Cabo del Sol, the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort features 270 rooms, over 1,600 square meters of indoor space and three outdoor meeting areas accommodating events of 100 to 300 guests.
Of course no conference in Los Cabos is complete without giving attendees a chance to get out and experience the scenery. Luckily, a number of eco tour groups, sightseeing boats and excursion specialists are on hand to host groups of all types and sizes. Set sail on the 44-meter-long, triple deck catamaran known as Caborey, which can accommodate everything from casino parties to awards ceremonies for up to 600 guests. Plan the ultimate team bonding experience with Baja Wild, whose top-ranked tours range from snorkeling visits to Cabo Pulmo Marine Park to hiking trips among the waterfalls of Sierra La Laguna. Planners can also kick things up a notch as only Los Cabos can by hosting a lively night of dinner at dancing at restaurants such as Mi Casa, Local Eight and La Panga Antigua, which can even add tequila tastings to the night's agenda.
This laidback Los Cabos lifestyle is easily accessible, making events in the region a stress free experience from start to finish. The San Jose del Cabo International Airport serves approximately three million passengers each year thanks to non-stop and easy connection flights from the continental United States and Canada. Once landed, guests find driving easy thanks to the four-lane Corridor highway, which has been recently improved with more safety features. At the same time, taxi cabs serve the entire region 24 hours a day.
The economy of Los Cabos used to rely heavily on fishing, but recently it has changed directions toward tourism. Sport fishing and golf, though, remain key attractions of this coastal region.