On June 15, Mexico’s Baja California Sur state began a staggered reopening process, welcoming U.S. and other international visitors who arrive via air to swim, lounge, and even glamp in Los Cabos once more. The popular destination applied for and received a Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council, a new global standard of health protocols that encourages tourism locations to open responsibly. Destinations around the world, including Slovenia, Canada’s Okanagan Valley, Madrid, Dubai, and Saint Petersburg are among the growing list of participants working to implement the WTTC’s measures. (Hotels, airlines, and restaurants may also apply.)
“It’s an honor to have our state included in the list of destinations using the Safe Travels stamp,” Baja California Sur governor Carlos Mendoza Davis says. “We are hugely supportive of the global protocols. The health and safety of our travelers is our priority, and the tourism destinations within our state are ready to receive them.”
The Safe Travels designation encourages applicants to consider the well-being of travelers – and staff – from both a practical and thoughtful perspective. For example, the stamp requires applicants provide employees with personal protective equipment, but also advises that destinations consider the sustainability impacts of the recent changes and suggests avoiding single-use products as much as possible. Contactless technologies such as digital menus and online bookings for activities are encouraged, but not mandated.
Using Los Cabos as their base (and one of the eight Virtuoso resorts in the region), visitors can maintain safe distancing while swimming with whale sharks in the Sea of Cortés near La Paz, paddleboarding around famed El Arco, or sunbathing on Lover’s Beach. (The adventurous can even sign up for a camel ride along Rancho San Cristóbal’s shores in the nearby beach town of Los Todos.) For those who want to skip the resorts and head to more remote spaces, travel advisors can work with Virtuoso’s on-site tour connections in Mexico to ensure privacy and amped-up comfort on a high-end glamping expedition in the Baja countryside or at the base of the Sierra de la Laguna mountains. Fresh air, beautiful beaches, and margaritas? Sign us up.
Top photo: The One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos.
This article is sponsored by the Los Cabos Tourism Board. Images courtesy of Los Cabos.