Flights to Los Cabos are gaining strength and frequency as Americans opt to put Mexico on their 2021 vacation list.
JetBlue now services San José del Cabo’s Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), one of several airlines boosting lift to the vacation capital of the Baja. For Jetblue, the first roundtrip flights between the popular Mexican destination and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) started at the end of June, as did the first flight roundtrip flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Cabos. JetBlue’s Los Cabos service from the East and West Coasts now operates daily.
“JetBlue’s new direct routes to Los Cabos are evidence of the destination’s resilience and loyalty from our American travelers, which make up for 80 percent of all international travelers. The LAX and JFK routes will further help Los Cabos to be more competitive in these markets and offer non-stop accommodations to leisure and corporate travelers looking for a one-of-a-kind travel experience,” said Rodrigo Esponda, Managing Director of Los Cabos Tourism Board.
Located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos is actually a place of two destinations: Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo – both major tourist spots and among the most popular such locations in Mexico. San Jose del Cabo offers a laid-back vibe and thriving arts scene with boutique shops, while Cabo San Lucas features a more bustling pace with a large number of restaurants and bars and a party scene to match. Los Cabos is home to award-winning resorts, private villas and culinary offerings considered some of the finest available anywhere. A growing list of championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas, world-renowned sport fishing tournaments and a variety of activities including scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding and many more vacation “musts” make Los Cabos much more than a beach destination.
Meanwhile, Spirit Airlines is now expanding into international service with daily flights between Los Angeles International Airport and Los Cabos International Airport and American Airlines added new Saturday service into Los Cabos from Austin, Texas.
While borders open slowly during this vulnerable time that has people scratching heads as they make plans, Americans can continue to fly to Los Cabos with relative ease. Travelers must carry a passport, and must complete a health declaration form. However, there are no testing or quarantine requirements to hamper travel into Mexico. There will be health screening protocols upon arrival — temperature checks, and some additional health questionnaires at arrival location may be possible if staying in a hotel or resort.
But preceding their return to the United States, a negative COVID-19 will be necessary. The test must be taken within the three calendar days of departure to gain re-entry into the U.S. Many venues are offering convenient on-site COVID-19 testing desks where guests can schedule this protocol upon checking-in to ensure a smooth return.
Because of new variants spreading fast in a variety of spots in the U.S. and Mexico, the CDC advises that indoor mask-wearing and social distancing practices remain in place, even for those who have been fully vaccinated, with a measure of quarantining and self-monitoring for symptoms in the days following a return from a Los Cabos vacation.