12 Tips for Surviving Summer in Cabo

Summer is in full swing here in Los Cabos and I’d be lying if I said it isn’t HOT!  Temperatures can range from the upper 80s to mid-90s, with humidity making it feel 10-15◦F hotter some days!  Here are a few of the good, the bad & ugly truths about living in or visiting Cabo this time of year:

  • Summer is technically our “low season”; many expats return home or travel during the summer months to escape the heat, while tourists usually prefer booking in the winter months when their weather at home is cold and dreary. However, as a real estate agent here in Cabo, I’ve never been busier! Los Cabos is booming with construction and tourism! Cabo experienced a 9% increase in air passengers during the first 6 months of the year and is expecting 3,000 new hotel rooms by the end of 2017. We are even getting a new international airport.
  • This is also our “hurricane season”, but don’t let that discourage you from visiting. Devastating hurricanes rarely make landfall like Hurricane Odile did back in 2014. Storms, when the happen, usually only last a day or so before things dry up, and everything is back to business as usual. Originally from Seattle, I am used to non-stop rain for days or even WEEKS at a time. Rain in Cabo always makes me laugh…pouring for an hour or two, flooding the streets, and then clearing up before it’s time for your next meal.
  • Everyone who enters an air-conditioned room does so with a loud “Ahhhhhhh!” I have never been so appreciative of A/C!
  • Even the water supply is warm – I haven’t used the hot water knob in my shower for over a month and the “cold” water from our faucet is luke warm (yet still feels amazing).
  • I lose weight – Summer always makes me crave salads, fresh fruit, and healthy snacks not prepared on the stove. This summer “diet” usually results in me losing 5-10lbs. Hello beach body!
  • I often take a shower only to walk outside and feel like I have taken another (in sweat!). A few weeks ago, I came home from a long day of touring homes and my boyfriend asks, “what’s that white stuff on the back of your shirt?”.  Hmmm I thought…did I brush up against something at a construction site? Then once I took it off I realized, it was salt from the BUCKETS of water I had sweated throughout the day.
  • The dog refuses to go outside. Yeah…no thanks mom!
  • I haven’t worn my long hair down since June. Nope. Just don’t do it. You will look like a drowned poodle if you do.
  • Black clothing is your friend – when trying to look professional in this heat, black is the only color that hides dreaded sweat marks! Now I know most experts recommend loose light-colored clothes, and natural fabrics such as linen or cotton, BUT I am confident those experts have not had to tour multiple homes in the hot Cabo sun!
  • Our pool is finally being used. Since moving into our new home in February, we have only seen a handful of people use our community pool each month. Now the pool is booming with kids and adults trying to stay cool.
  • FANTASTIC service – fewer people in town means restaurant and hotel employees are willing to go above and beyond to make a good tip this time of year. Travel in August or September and be treated like royalty!

 

And finally, my 12 TIPS FOR SURVIVING SUMMER IN CABO:

  1. Don’t leave anything in your car! This includes pets, kids and any important electronics. The temperature inside your car can rise to 120◦F or more within minutes and can kill whatever is inside.
  2. Be prepared – even though hurricanes rarely occur, it is better to be safe than sorry! Don’t wait until the last minute to stock up on emergency supplies. The Red Cross (redcross.org) or National Hurricane Center (nhc.noaa.gov) have useful information and checklists to help you prepare.
  3. Keep your blinds and windows closed tightly during the day, then open them in the evening to cool down your home.
  4. Don’t use the stove – the stove will heat up your home and make your A/C unit work overtime. Instead opt for salads, fresh fruits and veggies, pre-cooked rotisserie chicken or meats, or browse Pinterest for some quick and easy microwave recipes.
  5. HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!!! I am a big water drinker anyway, but this time of year I usually drink twice or 3x the recommended daily amount of 2 liters per day.
  6. Don’t overexert yourself – heat exhaustion is real, especially when mixed with a few shots of tequila. Take it easy and don’t participate in strenuous outdoor activities in the midday heat if you can avoid it.
  7. Get out of the house – Puerto Paraiso Mall, Cinemex and Cinépolis Movie Theaters, Walmart, Starbucks and many local restaurants such as Fat Tuna, District, Koi Sushi, Common Table, Romeo y Julieta, Bajo La Luna, Puerta Vieja or Alcaravea all have air-conditioning.
  8. Only take pets for walks before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m., and even then, try to stick to grassy or dirt areas. Asphalt is HOT on the sensitive pads of their feet and can cause painful burns.
  9. ALWAYS USE SUNSCREEN – Cabo heat is intense. We are closer to the equator than the U.S. or Canada and it is easy to get burned. You don’t want to be “that one guy” in every vacation photo who looks like a tomato, let alone the damage and premature aging to your skin.
  10. Invest in mosquito protection – I am a mosquito magnet, so at our house we use Off spray, mosquito repellent wall plugins, citronella candles, mosquito bracelets and even mosquito repellent floor mopping liquid (look for it at Costco). Even then, I still get bit sometimes. Mosquitos can carry some pretty nasty viruses, so why leave yourself vulnerable if you don’t have to?
  11. Refrigerate everything – Ok maybe not everything, but fruits, veggies, chocolates, wine, batteries, some medications, aloe, etc. can all be refrigerated to prolong shelf life during extreme heat.
  12. And last but certainly not least, STAY OUT OF THE STREETS when it rains!!! I always cringe when I see tourists running through the flooded streets of downtown Cabo in flip flops. If you can’t figure out why…ask a local! 😉*

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