If you live in the UK, Cabo may have been a bit too far for you in the past. Now, thanks to direct flights from TUI, sunny Cabo seems a lot closer!

Cabo is a Mexican holiday destination that has gained a reputation in recent years for being a favorite of A-list celebrities such as George Clooney and Nicole Kidman. Perfect for US vacationers, as flights are only a few hours, and even Australian tourists, who only have one short stop in LA on their journey, Cabo as a holiday destination is only growing in popularity year over year.

Sadly, however, until very recently, UK tourists have been left out of the loop and could find getting to Cabo San Lucas to be a struggle. Having to travel up to 35 hours to get to their destination with multiple stops and layovers, Cabo simply hasn’t been an option for many. However, holiday brand TUI has just created the first-ever direct UK flights to Cabo for their Winter 2019/Summer 2020 holiday packages! This slashes the cost of flights and cuts travel time in half or even by two thirds in some cases, meaning that Cabo’s doors are now very much open to UK travelers.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at why you should visit Cabo, and also how to get there!

Why You Should Visit Cabo

Cabo is a stunning coastal holiday destination boasting over 300 days of sunshine and warm temperatures year-round, making it great for a summer holiday or winter getaway. It is friendly to all ages, with child-friendly activities, action and adventure, and more sedate events for older tourists as well. It is an affordable place to visit with a lot of one-of-a-kind activities to offer as well as friendly and helpful locals.

The number one activity in Cabo is definitely whale watching, with Cabo’s waters visited each year by a variety of whale species who come to have their calves. There are many great whale watching tours available, where visitors can experience the majestic whales close up.

Aside from whale watching, Cabo is also well-known for its other water-based activities, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and cruising. Snorkeling and scuba diving allow you to get up close and personal with Cabo’s abundant marine life, while cruising allows you to take in the area’s stunning vistas and coastal formations.

The Flight Break Down

We’ve picked 3 of the UK’s top travel hubs — London, Manchester, and Glasgow — and have broken down some typical airports, airlines, times, stops, and costs below.

Location Airport Airline Time Taken Stops Approximate Costs(Round Trip)
Manchester Manchester Airport British Airways/Finnair, Iberia 29hr 20 mins 2: Heathrow Airport, Dallas Fort Worth Airport (Overnight Layover) £967
London London Heathrow Virgin Atlantic/Aeromexico 17hr 5 mins 1: Mexico City Airport (2hrs 40 mins) £637
Glasgow Glasgow Airport British Airways/Finnair, Iberia 34hr 36 mins 2: Heathrow Airport, Los Angeles Airport (Overnight Layover) £785

As you can see, getting to Cabo from the UK can be quite an arduous journey for Brits. The best option by far is traveling from London, and luckily there are a variety of budget coach services such as Megabus or train services which can help you get to Heathrow. However, while overall this may reduce a stop and some travel time, there is still the expense of your chosen mode of transport to consider, too.

A common tactic for many tourists intending to stay 2 weeks or more is to break their journey into two trips, staying for a night or two in their layover destination. In the chart above, this option would work great for those traveling from Glasgow, a few of us would turn our noses up at a night or two in LA!

Either way, for some, traveling to Cabo from the UK can be seen as a time sink, which is sadly why many British tourists have been put off experiencing the wonders that Cabo has to offer… until now.

Tui’s New Direct Flights

Location Airport Airline Time Taken Stops Costs (RoundTrip)
London London Gatwick TUIi Airways 12hr 10 mins 0 £357

As you can see, TUI’s new direct flights are a complete game-changer for UK tourists, opening up a whole new holiday location to those who previously could only have dreamed of visiting Cabo. The cost of flights is just a third of the average price of flights, and the time has been cut in half with no changeovers.

This makes traveling to Cabo far more accessible for families with young children, those who experience anxiety with flying, or those with health conditions which prevent them from staying in one position for too long or suffer from pain or fatigue. In fact, at just 12 hours, the flight to Cabo is the perfect amount of time for a meal, a movie, and a good snooze!