Only 'superficial' damage in Los Cabos

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LOS CABOS, Mexico -- The Los Cabos Tourism Board said some resorts sustained "superficial" damage from Hurricane Marty, which hit Sept. 22 as a category 2 storm, and is advising hotel guests heading to the destination to check with their travel agents or call their hotels directly.

As of Sept. 23, the Los Cabos Airport was fully operational after approximately 24 hours of limited service. The tourism board said all flights are on schedule and roads are passable from the airport to Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, although the road to La Paz is accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicles.

Electricity has returned to most parts of Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and the corridor, but only about 20% of phone service is operational. The majority of hotels operate on generators.

Some hotels are offering limited services at such facilities as restaurants and spas, and are facing limited drinking water supplies because half of the wells that provide them with water are under review, the tourism board said. The destination's eight golf courses reported no serious damage.

Some hotels, including the Westin Regina and Sheraton Hacienda, are waiving cancellation fees for travel this week, and others are expected to follow suit.

The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression early Sept. 24 and was expected to break up later in the day.

To contact reporter Jorge Sidron, send e-mail to [email protected].

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