Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico are favourite vacation destinations for Canadians, with tens of thousands of us heading there each year.
But after Hurricane Odile hit Sunday night, the region is in a state of mayhem and destruction.
Power is still cut off, cell phone service is limited and along with hundreds of thousands of local residents, thousands of tourists are telling nightmare stories.
Ramen Puni of Vancouver says she’s grateful she wasn’t in the prime tourist area when the hurricane hit.
Global News BC1 anchor Jill Krop spoke to her Wednesday as she was waiting to board a plane in the San Diego airport.
Odile slammed into Cabo with 125 mile-per-hour winds, and dumped six months of rain onto the coastal resort in just an hour.
The airport has been heavily damaged and is now under the control of the Mexican military.
The first Sunwing flight out of the region since the storm hit arrived in Vancouver Wednesday night. Flight #578 arrived at YVR at 7:20 p.m. with 185 passengers, plus eight infants on board.
Sunwing will be operating further “emergency repatriation” flights, but all vacation charters on the airline have been cancelled for the rest of the month. All flights from October 1 onwards are currently planned to operate as scheduled.