Meetings in Mexico – Los Cabos

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Los Cabos, Mexico’s latest up-and-coming meetings destination, lies at the tip of the thousand-mile-long Baja peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. Groups select from 13,000 hotel rooms based in three distinct areas: lively Cabo San Lucas at the southwestern tip, sleepy San José del Cabo to the northeast, and the 20-mile stretch of resort-studded coast that lies between.

A recent surge in renovations, expansions, and developments has raised the region’s meetings profile substantially. Along with the growing choice for resort-centered conferences and incentives came Los Cabos International Convention Center, built by the federal government at a cost of US$100 million and fueled by more than 1,000 solar panels. The 2012 G-20 Summit put Los Cabos firmly on the world’s meetings map when its 7,000 attendees convened at the center last June.

Still a mecca for big-game sport fishing, as it was in the days of Ernest Hemingway and John Wayne, Los Cabos also features golf as a headline attraction. Eleven courses designed by names like Nicklaus, Fazio, Norman, Dye, Weiskopf, and Mickelson fulfill the bucket lists of enthusiasts from around the world. Visitors also come for out-of-this-world pampering at the spas, of course, not to mention everything from hiking, zip-lining, and ATV adventures on land to snorkeling, diving, surfing, and kayaking in the legendary waters.

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Art of the Ancients
Only a Green Globe–certified outfitter like Ecoturismo Kuyimá can take groups to see some of the planet’s largest and best-protected cave paintings in the mountains of Baja. Little publicized (for their own protection), the prehistoric murals are so magnificent and abundant that UNESCO declared the whole mountain range a world heritage site. Options for groups include everything from eight-hour day trips to ten-day expeditions.

Tales of the Sea
The tour operator Cabo Adventures offers to organize just about any kind of corporate event aboard its fleet of luxury yachts, from board meetings to sunset cocktails to team-building programs. Groups enlisting the company for custom day sails often see whales from December to April and dolphins year-round while exploring the coast’s hidden coves and beaches.

Party Town
Cabo San Lucas means just one thing for some 20-somethings—and those eager to prove there’s life after 30: party! The rock clubs Cabo Wabo, Squid Roe, and Giggling Marlin ruled the after hours in the ‘80s and still do—now joined by the Hard Rock Café, Body Shot Night Club, Mambo Café, Nikki Beach, Zoo Bar & Dance, and many more. A local VIP concierge service, Los Cabos in Style, will supply a van, designated driver, and friendly guide to show the way.

Colonial Connections
Groups in search of Old Mexico find just what they’re after in San José del Cabo, which basks in more than 300 years of history at the northeast corner of Los Cabos. The city’s main square, Plaza Mijares, dates from the days of the Spanish padres. Shaded by ancient trees, it offers the perfect place for groups to meet between visits to the Mission of San José del Cabo Anuití, City Hall, Casa de la Cultura, Maritime Museum, shops, and restaurants that line its borders.

Giving Back
The Groups & Incentives division of Terramar, a leading destination management company in Los Cabos, helps groups connect to a wide variety of local projects in need of volunteers. Examples include pitching in on school and orphanage rejuvenation and support for a local bookmobile and reading centers in low-income neighborhoods.

 

Annette Burden

Annette Burden

Annette Burden has written and edited for Elite Meetings International since 2007. In addition to writing on travel for other publications, she founded and edited Meeting Traveler, Resorts & Great Hotels, and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazines.

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