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IN THIS ISSUE 8 BAJA 101
Publisher Owen Perry
Destinations • Maps • Useful Information
14 CABO SAN LUCAS
Editor in Chief Michelle Monroy
An Unparalleled Fishing Wonderland
Art Michelle Monroy
18 ACTIVITIES 22 100 THINGS TO DO IN LOS CABOS
Writers / Contributors / Photographers Alex Navarro Fernando Rodriguez Gary Graham Justine Schock Katia Silva Kelsey Parkinson Michelle Monroy Natasha Aslanian Sabrina Lear
Celebrate Destino's 100th issue
25 IN THE SPOTLIGHT
La Brisa • Los Cabos non-profits
26 TOP BEACHES
Descriptions and tips about the best beaches
Los Cabos Wildlife • The Islands of Loreto • Baja's Wild Side • All That's Fishy
PR and Marketing Manager Justine Schock - Justine@destinoloscabos.com
32 ART & CULTURE
May Celebrations • On the Art Scene • San José Art Walk • Los Cabos Markets • Apparitions Festival
36 OUT & ABOUT
Social Cabo • Events • Instaworthy
letter from the EDITOR There is nothing like being out on a boat on one of those perfect Sea of Cortez days. Whether you're relaxing on a luxury yacht, deep sea fishing in the Pacific Ocean or cruising on a peaceful sailboat, being out on the water never gets old. Cabo San Lucas was once a quiet fishing town that has now evolved into a centre for luxury yachting and renowned fishing tournaments. You can still find the "old Cabo" feel in the East Cape, where local fishermen venture out every morning on their simple pangas. Read along to learn the basics, as well as some history and present facts about fishing in Los Cabos. We are proud to say that this is Destino Magazine's 1ooth Issue! In honor of this special occasion, we're celebrating the Baja, our clients and the Los Cabos community with a list of 100 things to do in Los Cabos. Within the pages of Destino Los Cabos you can find useful information that will help you make the most of your vacation. You’ll find activities, top beaches, events, maps and other important information. Our goal is for you to have the best possible experience in Los Cabos. Don't forget that you can find all of our useful information online at: www.DestinoLosCabos. com. Our website is the most complete guide to Los Cabos that you can find.
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Los Cabos (the capes) is located in the southernmost tip of the State of Baja California Sur and consists of four main areas: Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, Todos Santos and the East Cape. La Paz is the Capital of the state, however, technically it is not part of the municipality of Los Cabos. If you take a look at the Baja Sur map you can see that the highways and towns form a loop. The Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet at the very tip of the peninsula. It's very clear when you're on the Pacific side; the waves are much larger and powerful and the winds are stronger. If you go further north along the Pacific side the climate and beaches are very different than on the Sea of Cortez. It's usually a few degrees cooler, which is very pleasant during the warm summer months. In the Pescadero and Todos Santos area, the sand is dark and fine and the color of the water is deep blue. The sand in Sea of Cortez beaches is coarser and the water is a lighter tone of blue. The beaches in La Paz and the surrounding areas are possibly the most beautiful ones in Baja Sur. The white powdery sand and the waist-high water create a spectacular shade of turquoise, the kind you see in postcards. The mountains meet the desert, the desert meets the ocean. The Sierra de la Laguna is a mountain range that lies at the southern end of the peninsula. Above 800 meters in elevation dry forests transition to pine-oak forests. The main climate of the region is arid to semi-arid, however, there are very fertile areas where local farmers grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, especially on the Pacific side. The aquarium of the world. These are the words that Jacques Cousteau used to describe the Sea of Cortez. It is said that eons ago, back when the Earth and Continents were still taking their shape, the edge of Mexico split from the mainland to form the Gulf of California and the Baja Peninsula. This allowed the Pacific Ocean to rush into the gap and create the Sea of Cortez, or as some call it, Mother Nature’s own fish trap. Hundreds of varieties of fish and mammals found their way into this “trap” and either stayed in its warm shallow waters or ventured down into the cool bottom of the two mile-deep San Andreas Fault. For millenniums, the Colorado River has been dragging its rich minerals and nutrients into the Sea of Cortez, aiding the living species to thrive in these waters. In the months of January through March, Gray whales make their yearly migration from Alaska to give birth to their young in the shallow and warm waters of the Sea of Cortez. 8
Cabo San Lucas
This tourist friendly town, also just known as “Cabo,” is located on the tip of the Baja California peninsula and is full of entertainment for every age and liking. The Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet at Land’s End, where you can observe the beautiful rock formations and the famous Cabo arch. In Cabo San Lucas you can find Medano Beach, the liveliest beach in the Los Cabos area, an impressive marina and countless restaurants and bars that keep the town alive day and night.
San José del Cabo
Walking around downtown San José will allow you to experience a traditional Mexican town. You will find yourself surrounded by colorful buildings and quaint cobblestone streets that lead to the town’s picturesque zócalo (main plaza). Over the years, San José has become an artistic and cultural centre with numerous fine art galleries in its downtown art district as well as world-class restaurants. San José has a beautiful beach where you can take a horseback ride to explore the estuary that is home to many different bird species.
The corridor is the 40 km highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (about a 20 minute drive). Along this road you can find various hotels, luxury ocean front homes, championship golf courses and beautiful views. Have your camera ready and make a roadside stop at the Costa Azul view-point for photo opportunities and a refreshing coco frío (cold coconut).
Located on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula, Todos Santos is an oasis where artists and surfers flock to enjoy the culture and excellent surf. Home to the famous Hotel California, this charming town offers great restaurants and a cooler climate than Cabo San Lucas and San José due to the breezes coming from the Pacific.
People often call it “the old Cabo” because of its pristine beaches and small fishing towns such as Buena Vista and Los Barriles. The East Cape begins just east of San José and extends about 100 miles up the Sea of Cortez coast. Sixty miles outside of San José is the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, an eight fingered coral reef that offers outstanding snorkelling and scuba diving and turtle nesting on the beach. Very popular for fishing and surfing, the East Cape also attracts kite surfers, campers and folks who just want to get away from it all.
La Paz is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur and is known for its warm people and beautiful beaches. This authentic Mexican city (as well as the general south Baja region) has been rated as one of the safest in Mexico and still maintains the small town feel that is very welcoming for tourists. La Paz is a departure point for tours and charters to the stunning Espiritu Santo Island as well as whale watching excursions. Stroll down the colorful malecón (boardwalk), walk hundreds of feet in waist high water at Balandra beach or have a fine dining experience; La Paz has a lot to offer.
Loreto offers the best of both worlds for tourists who long to escape to an 'authentic-Mexico' with settings that take you back-in-time along with ocean activities that rival that of any other modern coastal city. In Loreto you'll find historic buildings such as the enchanting Mision de Loreto - a mission-style church that was built in 1697 as well as The Islands of Loreto which boasts Mexico's largest marine preserve where dolphins, seals, turtles and sea lions all play in the sea. For those who are partial to adventures on land; there is hiking, biking, and nature-tours that fill up a camera with pictures of radiant natural settings. Loreto is the perfect place for everyone from honeymooners to large families.
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CURRENCY EXCHANGE Dollars are accepted almost everywhere and you will get your change in pesos. The exchange rate varies every day, but some places have a set rate.
ATMs - The easiest way to get pesos is to simply withdraw money from an ATM in Los Cabos. Bank ATMs give the daily exchange rate (best possible rate). Examples include Banorte, Bancomer, Santander, Banamex, and HSBC. Non-bank ATMs located in the street will charge higher fees. Some ATMs only give you dollars, some only pesos and some give you the option to withdraw both. Pay close attention to what currency you’re withdrawing and try to get as much cash as possible in one transaction to avoid paying high fees.
CASH OR CARD? Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards are generally accepted, but you often run into cash only places. Always ask beforehand and carry cash. Your bank will most likely charge you international transaction fees if you pay with your card.
GROCERIES - In Cabo San Lucas, Wal-Mart and Costco are good options and easy to get to. You can always find a taxi outside of these stores. San José has a Wal-Mart and Mega. If you just need to grab something quickly, OXXO stores are small, reasonably priced convenient stores located all over town.
HOW DO I DIAL? The local area code is 624 To dial to other countries: 00 + country code (1, 2 or 3 digits) + number From a Mexican land line or cell phone: To a Mexican long distance number: 01 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number To a Mexican cell phone number: 3 digit area code + 7 digit number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number From your U.S. cell phone: To a Mexican land line or cell phone: 011 52 + 3 digit area code + number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + number Some U.S. cell phone carriers have arrangements with Mexican carriers and when you travel here your cell phone uses their towers. If this is your case, you will have to dial as if you had a Mexican phone. U.S. TOLL FREE NUMBERS (International rates will apply): To a 1 (800): 00 + 1 + 880 + phone number To a 1 (888): 00 + 1 + 881 + phone number To a 1 (877): 00 + 1 + 882 + phone number To a 1 (866): 00 + 1 + 883 + phone number DRIVING Renting a car will allow you to enjoy the freedom of exploring Los Cabos. Driving in Mexico might be intimidating, but if you just go with the muddled flow, you will realize that there is some organization within the chaos. If you are pulled over by local police for committing a driving infraction, the standard procedure is for them to take your Driver’s License. You will then have to go to the Police Station to pay your ticket and pick-up your license. There are two types of gasoline: Magna, which is regular, and Premium. Lleno (pronounced ye-no) means full. Major credit cards are accepted. Tipping the gas station attendant around $10.00 pesos is customary. There is a toll road that takes you from the airport to Cabo San Lucas or to the Todos Santos highway. By taking this road you avoid the taxi and shuttle traffic on the main highway. The cost varies from $63.00 to $75.00 pesos, depending on your destination. ALTO STOP
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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS EMERGENCIES: 066 from a local number ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE: 074 from a local number POLICE DEPARTMENT: - Cabo San Lucas 143-3977 - San José del Cabo 142-0361 FIRE DEPARTMENT: Dial 116 or: - Cabo San Lucas 143-3577 - San José del Cabo 142-2466 HIGHWAY PATROL: 146-0573 TOURIST POLICE: 143-3977 HOSPITALS: Amerimed: - Cabo San Lucas 105-8500 - San José del Cabo 105-8550 Baja Medical Response: 144-3434 Blue Medical Net: - Cabo San Lucas Hospital 104 3911 - San José del Cabo Clinic 142-3511 Cabo Surgical Center: 172-6030 Hospital H+ Los Cabos: 104-9300 North American Hospitals and Clinics: 142-2770 One World Hospital: - Cabo San Lucas 143-4911 - San José del Cabo 142-5911 - Todos Santos (612) 145-0600 Saint Luke's Hospital: - Cabo San Lucas 143-4911 - San José del Cabo 142-5911 Walk-in Medi Clinic: 130-7011 * For a complete directory of Doctors, hospitals and clinics in Los Cabos, visit: www.loscabosdoctor.com AIR AMBULANCES: SkyMed International Air Ambulance: (624) 154-4919 Air One Ambulance: (800) 236-8080 U.S. CONSULATE: 143-3566 CANADIAN CONSULATE: 142-4333 TAXI CABO SAN LUCAS: 143-2221 TAXI SAN JOSÉ DE CABO: 142-0401 IMMIGRATION: 143-0135 AIRLINES: Aero Calafia: 130-7822 Aeromexico: 146-5097 Air Canada: 01 (800) 719-2827 (Toll free within Mexico) Alaska Airlines: 146-5166 American Airlines: 146-5302/5303 Continental Airlines: 146-5050 Delta Airlines: 146-5005/146-5217 Interjet: 01 (800)-011-2345 (Toll free within Mexico) Southwest: 01 (800) 435-9792 Spirit Airlines: 1 (800) 772-7117 Sun Wing: 1 (800) 668-4224 Volaris: 01 (800) 7VOLARIS (Toll free within Mexico) US Airways: 146-5380 West Jet: 1 (800) 538-5696
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C A B O S A N LU C AS An u np ara l l ele d f ish ing wonde rl and by G ar y Gra ham
An English theologian wrote, “It is always darkest just before the day dawneth.” Those words were never truer as small pangas dart to and fro at Cabo San Lucas’s thriving IGY Marina. The pangas bounce across the wakes of both modest sport fishing boats and football field-long mega-yachts as they head out to fish the fertile waters of Baja California’s tip. It was difficult to imagine that in 1955, “Cabo” was a cannery town, with no marina and a population of about 400.
That year of 1955 was the darkness before the dawn... That was when Don Luis Bulnes Molleda accepted an assignment to transfer to Cabo to dismantle the Empresas Panado tuna cannery, the only tuna cannery throughout Latin America. Baja writer Gene Kira described Bulnes’ first encounter with a billfish. “One day as he hurried down the cannery's famous wooden pier, he spotted something splashing out in the water. At first he thought it was a bird or a sea lion, but then he realized that it was a large striped marlin, hooked on a hand line held by one of the local boys.” Immediately, Bulnes was transfigured by the grace, power and natural beauty of that magnificent fish. Although he didn't realize it at that time, years later that love motivated him to establish one of Baja California's most important sport fishing resorts and to use its influence and financial resources to create a legal foundation to preserve billfish for future generations. Bulnes realized that “... Between Cabo San Lucas and the Revillagigedo Islands south of us, we have more striped marlin than anywhere in the world. That is unique and irreplaceable. You can build a golf course anywhere, but these marlin are only here!" Bulnes earned the title of Cabo San Lucas’s Father of Sportfishing after he introduced the first sportfishing fleet. He, along with his wife Conchita, built Solmar Hotel and Resort Empire during their more than a half-century career in Cabo San Lucas; it continues to be operated by their children. Today, hundreds of thousands of anglers have made the pilgrimage to experience the phenomenal sportfishing found where the mighty Eastern Pacific Ocean collides with the still mysterious Sea of Cortez. Both seasoned anglers and first-timers can be confused by the before-dawn activity in the Los Cabos harbor; everything from outboard skiffs (pangas) to fully tricked-out big game sportfishers scoot about loading passengers and supplies, clearing with the Port Captain and purchasing licenses and live bait before heading out. If you are one of those anglers planning a trip, you’ll find every size boat available – from those mosquito-like pangas to the fully equipped sportfishers. You can match the size of your boat to the number of people in your party, the distance you want to go, how you want to fish and how much money you are prepared to spend.
Bu lnes e ar ne d t he t it le of C ab o San Luc as’s Fat her of Sp or t f ishing af ter he int ro duce d t he f irst sp or t f ishing f le et.
The first night in Los Cabos invariably includes welcome margaritas. Go easy. There’s absolutely nothing worse than dealing with an embarrassing hangover when fish are crashing around the boat! Checking local weather forecasts and fishing reports the night before you plan to fish is always wise. Don’t forget hats, scarves, boat shoes (jackets, if needed) as well as good quality sun block and “buff” to combat the intense Baja sun.
That ye ar of 1955 was t he d ark ness b efore t he d aw n …
If you are booking at the last minute, use one of the many charter operations in Los Cabos, NOT the independent street vendors hawking on the malecón surrounding the IGY Marina. Be sure to have a clear understanding of what is included in the Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
charter fee – lunch, drinks (beer, soda, water?), fishing licenses, departure and return times along with boat name and location. Check if there are refunds for port closures. Before fishing in Mexican waters, ALL passengers on any fishing boat must have a Mexican Sport Fishing License. This license is valid anywhere in Mexico and may be purchased by day, week, month or year. It is required for surface or underwater fishing but is not required when fishing from shore. Licenses can be purchased online at www.bajasursportfishing.com With so many “fish of a lifetime” to target, deciding what species to aim for can be intimidating. Don’t try to do everything in one day! Choices are inshore and offshore along with surface or bottom fishing. Based on current reports, choose a target fish that is close to the top of your current catch list. If your choice is billfish, larger tuna or dorado, odds are your captain will head offshore. If you prefer roosterfish, jacks, yellowtail, small tuna or bottom fish, chances are you will remain inshore. Few fisheries in the world offer such a rich assortment of sportfishing alternatives. Cabo’s blue and black marlin – possibly exceeding 1,000 pounds – or tuna in the 300-pound range may be the Holy Grail of sportfishing to seasoned anglers, but not necessarily to the first-timer or occasional angler. On the other end of the scale, much smaller by comparison, with their rooster-like dorsal and coloring resembling a punk-rocker headed for a rave, the roosterfish leads the long list of inshore fish that are tough as nails and never fail to excite visitors searching for a unique fishing experience. Captain and crew are on the water every day and are always eager to share their fishing knowledge and advice with you. Listen carefully. Your enjoyment and success is their primary goal. Catch and Release: Mexican Law states, “There is no limit to the practice of ‘catch and release’ as long as the fish that exceeds the bag limit be returned to their environment in good survival condition.” Billfish, shark and roosterfish are definitely in the glamour category and should be released whenever possible. Be sure to advise your crew before you hook up of your intent to release the fish. Don’t overlook the fact that many species are considered excellent table fare. Most restaurants will be delighted to prepare them for your dinner in a variety of tasty ways. The most important advice we can offer is for you to relax and enjoy your day on the water. Everyone in Cabo wants your trip to be a pleasant one and will work to make it successful. All you need to do is follow instructions and stay connected! * 16
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BOATING & FISHING
With calm waters, extraordinary fishing and perfect weather, some may argue that boating is the most popular attraction in Los Cabos. Whether you want to take a cruise to Santa María Bay on a luxury yacht or wake up at the crack of dawn for a fishing adventure, there are endless options to fit your needs.
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BOAT RENTALS Private yachts and sailboats There are several charter companies that can accommodate your needs. What you do on your trip is really up to you, but it will typically consist of a tour of the landmark arch, a few hours of fishing, and a cruise to one of our beautiful bays for a swim. Most boats have fishing equipment and a knowledgeable crew, but the biggest difference between a yacht and a fishing boat rental is the cost. Fishing Boat Rentals You can always fish on a yacht, but cruisers, pangas and super-pangas are a more affordable option. Cruisers accommodate larger groups and are more comfortable when the sea is rough on a windy day. THE MARINAS Marina Cabo San Lucas The area’s largest commercial marina features 380 slips and accommodates vessels of up to 375 feet. Amenities include 24-hour security, electricity and potable water, a fuel dock, and convenient laundry and shower facilities. Puerto Los Cabos Located in La Playita just north of San José del Cabo is the newest marina in the area with 200 available slips 18
for boats up to 400 feet. Amenities are similar to Marina Cabo San Lucas, though the boatyard’s 150-ton travel lift can accommodate larger vessels. FISHING There’s a reason why the world’s richest fishing tournament - the Bisbee’s Black & Blue - has taken place in Los Cabos for over thirty years. This part of the world offers abundant sea life and an exceptionally high catch success rate, no matter what your level of fishing experience is. What to Expect Most charters include a fishing license, bait, tackle and equipment. Some also include food and drink or these amenities can be added at an additional cost. It is better to leave early; trips usually begin at 6:00 and 7:00 am and last around 6 hours. Cost will depend on the number of people in your party and the size of the boat you choose to rent. It is customary to leave the crew a gratuity of 15% to 20%. Bait and Tackle Most likely, the boat you charter will include your bait and tackle. If you need your own fresh bait, you may buy it along the Cabo San Lucas Marina or the crew you hire may also stop to buy it from the local fishermen on your way out.
SPORT FISHING FLAGS COMMONLY SEEN IN LOS CABOS
BOATING AND FISHING TERMS IN SPANISH Captain - Capitán Aboard - Abordo To fish - Pescar To float - Flotar Wind - Viento Tide - Marea Fish - Pescado Bait - Carnada Fishing rod - Caña de pescar Hook - Anzuelo Life preservers - Salvavidas Throttle - Acelerador Anchor - Ancla Bow - Proa Stern - Popa
SNORKELLING & SCUBA DIVING
Prepare yourself for an incredible show of nature as you swim side by side with colourful schools of fish, eels, rays, octopus, sea turtles and more. The Sea of Cortez or the “Aquarium of the World” offers many opportunities to experience incredible underwater wildlife.
SCUBA DIVING DESTINATIONS Note: travel time is from the Cabo San Lucas marina. Land’s End Intermediate-Advanced - 50’-60’ Five minutes by boat and you can share the water with sea lions and moray eels, with a sunken boat visible in the Falls. Sand Falls Beginners - Advanced - 30’-100’ Steep sand banks drop sharply into a canyon filled with tropical fish. The canyon runs from the depths of the Cabo San Lucas bay to within 30 feet of the beach. Pelican Rock Beginners - 25’-80’ This large rock attracts many tropical fish and is only five minutes from shore. Neptune’s Finger Advanced - 80’-100’ A spectacular canyon wall dive. Cabeza de Ballena Beginners - 20’-40’ A 25-minute boat ride leads to a dive through large boulders with many fish. Santa María Cave Beginners - 20’-40’ Reachable from the shore or a 35-minute boat ride, the entrance to Santa Maria canyon has a huge variety of fish which feed right from your hand. Chileno Beginners - 30’-70’ This location offers parking, sea turtle sightings, tropical fish, and night dives over a sandy and rocky bottom following a 35-minute boat ride. El Gavilán Intermediate/Advanced - 70’-100’ This rocky ledge leads into a canyon where groupers and larger fish are often sighted; 35 minutes by boat.
Blow Hole Beginners/Advanced - 30’-70’ 35-minutes from San Lucas, or just 10 minutes from Chileno beach, this dive offers rocky valleys presenting a variety of fish. Las Salinas Beginners - 30’-45’ - A sunken Japanese fishing boat attracts a large assortment of fish at this beginners’ dive; about 80 minutes from Cabo San Lucas or one hour from La Playita. Gordo Banks Advanced - 110’-120’ - A seamount provides views of marlin, hammerheads, skip jacks and at times huge manta rays; one hour from La Playita. Cabo Pulmo Beginner-Advanced - 30’-100’ A one hour drive east of San José or five minutes by boat and you’ll find the only living coral reef in the Sea of Cortez. SNORKELLING SPOTS Cabo offers several methods for snorkelling. You may drive to a local beach and swim out, book a tour with one of the many popular companies, or charter a private boat. Tours are typically two or three hours. Stay away from the Pacific side of the peninsula; its strong currents make it very dangerous for any kind of water sports. Pelican Rock
A quick five-minute ride from the Cabo San Lucas marina or Medano Beach is all it takes to get to this fish-attracting rock.
Lover’s Beach This popular and uniquely-named beach is accessible only by boat. Be on the look-out, however, as the water is not roped off for swimmers. Santa Maria Bay Snorkel tours regularly visit Santa Maria Bay. If you choose to drive there, it’s an easy swim from the shore to the reef on the right side of the cove. Chileno Bay Snorkelers will find a safe, roped-off area for swimming at this common tour destination. Cabo Pulmo A Natural Marine Reserve in the East Cape, and may offer the best snorkelling in the area. This eight-fingered coral reef is about a 1.5-hour drive from San José del Cabo, but it is well worth it!
ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES Photo courtesy Wild Canyon
Adventure Parks There are several adventure parks in Los Cabos where you and your kids can experience zip-lining, backcountry ATV tours, a camel safari, and more. Zip-lines are appropriate for kids of 8 years and up and be prepared to hike from 5 to 15 minutes from line to line. Most companies include transportation. Parasailing If heights over land are not right for you, try a parasailing trip and gain some altitude to enjoy beautiful views of Cabo while tethered firmly to a speedboat!
Buggy, Atv, Or Bike Rentals There are several local companies which offer ATVs, buggies, and other off-road vehicles for trail and beach cruising. Strap on some goggles and hop behind the wheel of one of these off-road racers for an afternoon of fast-paced fun! Vehicles include typical ATVs or enclosed rail buggies or RZR ATVs. Tours are typically three hours, and drivers must be 16 years of age with a valid drivers’ license. If pedal-powered rides are more your speed, look into renting a mountain bike, beach cruiser, or joining a guided bicycle tour of town. Just make sure to wear a helmet!
Wet Fun Water Park Located about 20 minutes from San José, this water park has shallow pools and small slides for young children, water mushrooms, a pirate ship and a giant bucket that dumps water on the bystanders bellow. For the adrenaline seekers, several fast and large slides stand tall and mighty and offer a great view of the beautiful surrounding mountains. To get there take HWY 1 north from the San José International Airport towards La Paz and East Cape. After about 15 miles, the exit for Caudaño and the water park will be at km 66. Follow this road for a few minutes and you will find the park on your right. Turtle Release Every year, several species of endangered sea turtles nest in the warm sands of Los Cabos. Your family will have the opportunity to help these fragile and tiny creatures make it safely into the sea. Children will learn about the importance of conservation and they will surely enjoy the experience of helping these little friends.
Horseback Rides, Nature Walks, and Bird Watching Los Cabos (particularly San José del Cabo) offers a number of horseback excursions for all ages. Saddle up for a sunset guided beach ride, venture up Sol de Mayo Waterfall Cascade a hidden canyon trail, or just sit back Located about an hour and a half in the shade while experienced horse away from Los Cabos, the Sol de Mayo trainers give the kids lessons in horseOasis is yet another natural beauty of manship – there’s something for evethe Southern Baja California region. ryone! San José also boasts a natural The hike leads the adventurous to estuary and nature preserve. Enjoy a a majestically beautiful oasis where peaceful, self-guided nature walk to everyone can swim and even dive into observe some of the lushest landscape the cool, serene waters. Be sure to in the area. Species of flora and fauna pack a lunch, and take plenty of waare abundant: dozens of species of cacter. There are plenty of signs to guide tus, lizards, and birds can be spotted everyone to this wonderful piece of on this solitary walk, just a few minparadise. After arriving in Santiago, utes from downtown. Cactus-lovers turn right up the little hill towards the may also want to check out the nearby town square. The cost is $6 US per cactus gardens Wirikuta, offering a person to access the easy hike to the large variety of cacti laid out in an artclear-water falls. ful outdoor setting. Everything you need to know about Baja Sur 19
Baja Sur has been a popular surfing destination since the ‘50s. The East Cape is popular for kite surfing and the Pacific coast has several surf breaks where you will find less crowds. See our Baja Sur map and look for this symbol to locate the surf spots mentioned bellow. SAN PEDRITO Level: Advanced. Direction: Right, left. Location: Pacific side right before arriving to Todos Santos. Have you ever had a dream about flying like Superman or maybe swimming like a dolphin? Dreams can come true in Cabo! The FlyBoard is a device connected and powered by a personal watercraft, which allows propulsion underwater and in the air. Users are connected to the board by wakeboard boots, under which, water pressure provides thrust. A certified trainer controls the power and height and you control all the movement. Available at Medano beach or in the Puerto Los Cabos Marina in San José del Cabo.
STAND UP PADDLING
There is something special about paddling out and finding yourself floating in the ocean with just a paddle and a board. Stand up paddling is a great way to see marine life and to get a great workout and while enjoying nature. At Medano beach you can rent boards in several locations. Certain companies offer paddling lessons and some have yoga classes on the board.
This sport is most popular in the East Cape due to the El Norte winds. Playa Norte (the north-east side of the beach) in Los Barriles is said to be the most popular destination and is also the location for a professional kite-boarding school. La Ventana is also a popular spot and is closer to La Paz. There is less wind in Los Barriles than in La Ventana, but the surf is bigger. The best months are January, February, March, October, November, December. Every January, the Lord of the Wind tournament takes place in Los Barriles. 20
CERRITOS Level: Beginners. Direction: Right, left. Location: Pacific side at Km 65 of the Cabo San Lucas- Todos Santos road. MONUMENTS Level: Advanced . Direction: Left. Location: at Km 6.5 of the Corridor, closer to Cabo San Lucas. EL TULE Level: Advanced . Direction: Right, left. Location: Exit at Km 16.2 at El Tule bridge COSTA AZUL consists of three breaks: The Rock or La Roca Level: Advanced. Direction: Right. Zippers Level: All level. Direction: Right. Acapulquito Level: All levels. Direction: Right. Location: at Km 28.5. Access is below the Costa Azul bridge. LA BOCANA AT THE ESTUARY Level: All levels. Direction: Right, left. Location: San José del Cabo’s main beach, close to the Holiday Inn. SHIPWRECKS Level: Advanced. Direction: Right. Location: East Cape, about 25 Km from San José del Cabo. NINE PALMS Level: All levels. Direction: Long rights. Location: East Cape, about 30 Km from San José del Cabo. SEASONS June through November The summer months are known to be the best as the Southern Hemisphere’s swells send great waves to the Pacific, Cabo San Lucas, San José and the East Cape. December through February East Cape and Costa Azul are on the flatter side. The Pacific can be good this time of year because it’s exposed to the west swell. March through May This is the windy season. Swells are consistent and you’ll run into fewer crowds.
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La Brisa Mariscos & Bar is a restaurant created to give the local people a place with the characteristics of a first class restaurant, with an incomparable quality in seafood products looking for the best fish and seafood available. We realized for some time that there was no place in Cabo that offered good service, good food, good drinks and a unique and first-class atmosphere like the one we have created. Another thing we saw is that all seafood in Mexico are related to Sinaloa band music; That was another stereotype that we wanted to break as it creates a very good and healthy atmosphere. The cuisine is a mix of styles from neighboring states such as Sinaloa, Baja California, our Baja California Sur and Asian cuisine touches as we combine techniques and ingredients, with this blend we have achieved a truly unique and unparalleled touch. In our bar we offer craft beer, we offer labels of almost all the republic and we have proudly the best selection of artisan beer in Cabo San Lucas. We have designed unique drinks ranging from shots and mojitos to martinis; We also have a variety of wines that fit perfectly with the flavors of our cuisine. La Brisa Mariscos & Bar is the restaurant that you must visit when you are in Cabo and you want the real seafood experience!
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Imagine floating in a turquoise bay with pink sand, snorkelling with colorful fish or walking for hundreds of yards in waist-high water, every beach in South Baja offers something unique. Here is a list of the must-see beaches to help you decide which is the one for you or just visit them all!
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If you’re looking for the action, this is where it is. El Médano (as the locals call it) is a 2-mile stretch of hotels, restaurants and bars, right on the sand. It’s a swimmable and family-friendly beach with endless options for souvenir shopping. Numerous activities and water sports are available. If you want to take a water taxi to Lover’s Beach, this is the best spot to do it. Its stunning view of Land’s End and the vast entertainment options make this beach a must-see. Location: In the heart of downtown Cabo San Lucas. The beach is accessible by foot through the east side of the marina or via Avenida del Pescador. Tips: Be prepared to be approached by souvenir vendors. If you’re not there for the shopping, just respond with “No gracias.” Water sports are available such as jet skis, parasailing, flyboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and more. Visit Lover’s Beach while you’re there.
Getting there is an adventure in itself, due to the fact that it is reachable only by boat, kayak or stand up paddle board. The easiest way is to take a water taxi from the Cabo San Lucas Marina or Medano Beach. Your captain will cruise by the arch and the sea lion rock for some great photo opportunities. Once you arrive, you’ll notice the striking rock formations and caves. Walk to the other side of the rocks and you’ll find yourself looking at the Pacific Ocean; the locals call this Divorce Beach. This side is very dangerous for swimming because of the powerful undertow, so swim on Lover’s Beach only. Location: Land’s End beside the famous arch. This beach is accessible only by boat. Tips: There are a couple of vendors who offer beer and water, but you won’t find any other services. An hour or two should be enough time to explore this natural wonderland.
Santa Maria is a stunning horseshoe cove with coarse coral-colored sand and abundant marine life. Boat excursions and private charters often stop here to enjoy the snorkelling and scuba diving that this National Marine Preserve offers. This family-friendly beach is relatively secluded; therefore, you rarely run into beach vendors. However, the beach does have brand new bathrooms and palapas. Location: Travelling west from Cabo San Lucas towards San José, follow the sign which reads “Santa María” and exit the highway at Km. 13. Follow the dirt road until you reach the parking area. Tips: Swim from the shore towards the rocks on the right side of the beach for a great snorkeling experience.
Chileno is a very popular location for snorkelling, swimming or just spending the day under the newly-installed palapas. You’ll find tide pools at the east end of the beach and beautiful reefs offering excellent snorkelling and scuba diving. Public restrooms are available and there are plenty of palapas for shade. Location: Going from Cabo San Lucas towards San José, follow the signs for Chileno Beach Club near Km. 14 of the main highway. Tips: If you visit Chileno on a weekend, make an effort to arrive early; snorkelling visibility is often better in the mornings, you’ll avoid the mid-day snorkel tours and, if you beat the crowds, you’ll be guaranteed a palapa to yourself for some much-needed shade. Bring snorkelling gear!
Palmilla beach is known for its family-friendly calm waters and a mile-long stretch of beach. Located within the resort community of Palmilla, you will find yourself surrounded by oceanfront luxury homes, the One&Only Hotel and the world renowned Jack Nicklaus Ocean Nine golf course. Pangas and
fishing cruisers are available for charter, but you won’t find water sport rentals such as kayaks or jet skis. Location: Take the Palmilla ramp exit at Km. 27. Follow the signs and turn into the main beach parking area before the entrance to the One&Only Hotel. Tips: Palmilla is popular among local families on the weekends, so arrive early if you want a palapa, or bring your own umbrella. No services are available here.
If what you’re looking for is a good surf spot you can find it here without driving out of town. Head over to Zipper’s for a surf session and lunch and beers at the restaurant. To the west of Zippers is Acapulquito beach where the Cabo Surf Hotel and Mike Doyle Surf School are located. You can find surf shops in the area where you can rent surf and stand-up paddle boards and set up lessons. The surf is bigger during the summer, and in the winter this is a good spot for snorkelling and swimming. Location: Exit into the arroyo at Km. 28 via the Costa Azul Bridge. Tips: Swimming with caution is possible in this area but keep an eye out for surfers.
Cerritos beach is a popular surf spot and swimming here is relatively safe. The scenic 45-minute drive from Cabo San Lucas is well worth the trip as you drive along the pristine Pacific coast. The Cerritos Beach Club Restaurant is a perfect spot to spend a relaxing day, maybe even get a massage on the beach. If you want to be active, you can take a surf lesson at Baja Surf Camp or rent surf and boogie boards at the Costa Azul Surf Shop. Location: Exit at Km. 66 of the Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos Highway. Watch the markers and look for the signs. Drive about 1.7 miles to the beach area. Tips: Lounge chairs, restrooms, food and drinks are available at The Cerritos Beach Club Restaurant. The ocean currents are strong and the waves can be quite powerful on a big day, so swim with caution.
LOS ARBOLITOS - Cabo Pulmo
Cabo Pulmo is a Natural Marine Reserve in the East Cape, and may offer the best snorkelling in the area. This eight-fingered coral reef is about a 1.5 hour drive from San José del Cabo, but it is well worth it. Location: Take Highway 1 towards Los Barriles. Exit towards La Ribera and continue south towards Cabo Pulmo. Pass the small town of Cabo Pulmo and in about 4 km you will find a gate on your right to access Los Arbolitos, this is where you pay the access fee. Tips: There is a small $30.00 pesos fee to access this beach which will allow you to use a fresh water shower and bathrooms. Palapas are available, as well as kayaking equipment rentals. Bring cash!
A stunning bay that will take your breath away. You can walk back and forth in the bay in waist high water that is crystal clear with shades of blue turquoise. Follow the shore towards the north-east side and you will find the famous “mushroom rock” as well as other interesting rock formations. Pictures just don’t do it justice. You won’t regret visiting Playa Balandra! Location: About 30 minutes from the boardwalk in La Paz. Simply follow the main drag along the boardwalk, then through Costa Baja Golf Course and continue to wind around the coast and through the mountains until you see the signs for the beach. Tips: No bathroom facilities. There is a truck where you can buy water and snacks, but it is recommended to bring your own in case they are closed. There are palapas, but not a lot. You can rent kayaks and snorkel gear.
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Los Arbolitos Beach by Alex Navarro, Baja Adventure Expert
This vacation get out to the east coast or what is called the East Cape, where you can experience beautiful and mystical outings. One of my favorite little adventures is at Los Arbolitos beach, at the south end of Cabo Pulmo bay. To arrive to Los Arbolitos or “Little Trees” in English, contract a tour operator or drive out of Los Cabos on Highway 1 towards La Ribera town. First you will pass the airport out of San Jose, then pass Miraflores and Santiago, and after about an hour you will come to La Ribera, which is a fishing town on the Sea of Cortez. This is just south of Los Barriles. At La Ribera take the road to Cabo Pulmo. The drive from there is about a half hour or more depending on conditions and speed, and also because the last stretch of road before Cabo Pulmo is a dirt road. Upon arriving to Cabo Pulmo you might want to stop to stretch and maybe get some provision for your outing, unless you packed a cooler before you departed Los Cabos. There, maybe also get some directions to Los Arbolitos. Furthermore, from Cabo Pulmo town, keep driving south on the dirt road towards Los Frailes bay and towards the end of Cabo Pulmo bay. After ten or fifteen minutes you will notice the bay begins to end as you can see it on your left hand side as you drive. Once the bay is ending and some hills begin ascending on your left hand side, keep an eye also on your left hand side for a dirt road the turns in towards the bay to Los Arbolitos Beach. You should see a sign there, but if not you can ask a local or rancher in the area. If you arrive to Los Frailes bay, you have passed the Los Arbolitos exit. Once at the Los Arbolitos road, drive a couple minutes to the beach. This is Arbolitos beach, there you will find some facilities like palapa umbrellas, bathrooms and trash cans. Here you can park and set up a beach camp in one of the palapas and enjoy the calm beach. Snorkeling is good here if the wind is down. But the real adventure here is to do a short hike from Los Arbolitos to La Sirenita beach, which is at the farthest and southernmost point of Cabo Pulmo bay. The hike goes next to the bay coast and is quite short. It can be done in less than half an hour while enjoying the spectacular views. The hike is pretty much flat and no climbing is required. If you plan to do this part of the outing, bring a back pack, bag cooler and maybe a beach umbrella. Once you arrive at La Sirenita you will find the most magical snorkeling spot, surrounded by astonishing rock formations and beautiful scenery. The plan here is to set up a temporary beach camp here and enjoy this wonderful beach snorkeling. La Sirenita is one of my favorite spots in Baja. If Los Arbolitos is windy, La Sirenita beach can usually still be calm because it is protected at the end of the bay by rock formations and hills. I recommend doing this outing early, maybe leaving Los Cabos at 7 or 8 am to arrive at Los Arbolitos by 10 am to avoid stronger winds later in the day. Although you might get a perfect day with no winds at all. As always, it is recommended to pack up well before sunset at La Sirenita if you are driving back the same day. On the other hand, if you wish to camp in the area, which is a great spot if you love camping, then no worries on packing up early, just keep enjoying! The drive back is also amazing as you get the sunset on the mountain skyline to your right as you go back towards Los Cabos. Have a great time everyone and don’t forget to take your snorkeling gear, if not you can rent one in Cabo Pulmo town or buy one at many Cabo stores before you begin your adventure.
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Season of the Humpback Whales by Katia Silva, Marine Biologist and guide at Cabo Trek www.cabotrek.com
For marine mammals like humpback whales, baseline data needs to be collected over large areas and multiple areas to be useful. Until recently, this was prohibitively costly and time consuming; however, scientists are finding increasingly efficient, low-cost methods to collect large amounts of data. Cetaceans such as whales and dolphins were considered a motivator for many people to engage with citizen science projects and a way to connect humans to nature and potentially bridge the gap between science and the public. Every whale is unique. Observe the natural marks such as the pigmentation, coloration and the shape of the fluke and the dorsal fin. Notice also the presence of deformities or scars. Photo-identification has been used since the 1930â€™s on a number of species including elephants, gorillas, seals, giraffes and leopards. It is used today by researchers around the world. It facilitates the monitoring of movements, social organization, and behavior of whales, as well as estimating their abundance. Every hour spent at sea with whales translates into several of hours of work analyzing data. Photos are carefully analyzed, compared to those of several individuals and finally matched according to a series of rigorous criteria. With time, the technique has evolved; rolls of black-and-white film have been abandoned in favor of the digital photos used today. Such photos, reworked or processed by computer, are far quicker in revealing the identities of these giants! In just this season Cabo Trek identified 482 whales and their catalogue now has 639 individual whales. All this information was collected by doing 3 tours per day every week since the start of the season (December 15th). The pictures of the flukes were shared with a large online database called Happywhale, an important tool for citizen scientists to help in whale conservation, and throughout this season made it possible to know some curiosities about the whales that come to Cabo San Lucas: CTHW#189: This whale was sighted in California on December 6th, 2016 and the same whale was sighted in Cabo San Lucas on December 19th, 2017. It is the fastest migration know so far. CTHW#315: This whale has been sighted since 1990. It is the oldest whale sighted from the catalogue. CTHW#536: This whale tried to intervene when a pod of a killer whales attacked a baby gray whale. CTHW#519: The most sighted (21 times) whale since 2009. CTHW#458 CTHW#496 CTHW#579: These whales were sighted in Alaska. 30
ALL THAT'S FISHY From Land's End to La Paz Monthly Fishing Report by Gary Graham
AHOO! Sounds like the cheer of an excited sports fan in appreciation of a well-played point. However, here in Baja that’s not the case . . . “wahoo” is one of our best-kept secrets. Seldom targeted by most casual visiting anglers, it is an incidental catch that once it is encountered it can often become an obsession. It is considered one of the fastest and best eating fish in the sea with a speed that clocks in at 50 mph. The largest one ever caught was in July of 2005 here in Cabo by Sarah Hayward weighing in at 184 pounds; and more recently, what may be a fish of a lifetime was the 97-pound monster wahoo taken by Gordon and Sherry Fawcett visiting from Victoria, BC, fishing out of Rancho Leonero Resort at East Cape. In addition, the handful caught weighing just shy of 100 pounds as the month of April arrived were certainly a welcome sweetener for an already blossoming spring inshore bite. Summer-like conditions spell short rides and more inshore fishing time in Cabo San Lucas. Roosterfish, jack crevalle and skipjack, along with a few dorado and sierra mackerel feeding on the surface, are providing remarkable selfies of visitors with the stunning rugged Baja coastline dotted by luxury hotels for a backdrop to send home as a promise of the beginning of a great fishing season, although the offshore
is still struggling to get up to speed with only a few billfish being found on the outer banks. Off of Puerto Los Cabos there have been a few larger wahoo caught adding fuel to the “wahoo fever.” There has also been an excellent red snapper bite as red crab, one of their favorite food sources, appeared on the bank a few miles offshore. East Cape season has just gotten underway and reports of billfish, tuna and sierra have begun to dominate the species list along with some yellowtail and amberjack on the bank in front of La Ribera Marina. Farther up the coast at Muertos Bay and Isla Cerralvo 15- to 40-pound yellowfin tuna are a tease that may or may not be there each day. There you may also find snapper, pargo and some nicer cabrilla over the rocky areas, along with bonito, jack crevalle and even a few sierra . . . plus there has been some earlyseason roosterfish hooked running in the 15- to 40-pound range. And up at La Paz, added to the ongoing yellowtail bite, there have already been a few dorado taken. Sea temps have been slowly inching up and the North Winds have been subsiding, both signs that April should continue to be a breakout month for the growing number of visitors and anglers expected now through the rest of the summer. *
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Celebrations abound in México throughout the year with May one of my favorite months for wonderful weather and an eclectic array of commemorations. Beginning with Labor Day, a national holiday, on May 1, the lead up sees school children practicing parade marching complete with flags, the school band and lots of enthusiasm. Take note that banks, schools, and government offices are all closed, while many families take advantage of the long weekend to head to the beach. Expect to see wooden or metal crosses on the tops of unfinished buildings and homes throughout Los Cabos on May 3 to commemorate Día del Albañil (Construction Workers' Day). Dating back to colonial times, it’s not an official day off work, yet still celebrated as a feast day and there’s usually a special meal served at lunchtime on many worksites. In the US, Cinco de Mayo, May 5, is often confused with Mexican Independence Day (it’s not) and celebrates Mexican culture, food and traditions. While it's commemorated in Puebla, where the battle won against French invaders took place in 1862, in the rest of México it's not considered a major celebration. But if you’re up for a party, some local bars catering to tourists will likely offer Cinco de Mayo specials on beer and tequila shots. Mothers are highly revered in México and unlike the US and Canada, May 10 is always their special day. While not an official holiday, for some families it often starts with a morning serenade of Las Mañanitas, a traditional tune sung for birthdays and other important occasions. Others may visit their mothers the night of May 9 for family time. May 10 is a very busy date for restaurants with many families treating mom to a fine meal and showering her with gifts and flowers. (If you’re planning lunch or dinner out, reservations are highly suggested.) Be sure to say “Feliz Día de la Madre” if you’re here in Cabo on this date! On May 15, Teachers Day or Día del Maestro celebrates teachers and professors and classes are usually suspended. The day before, or after, it’s customary for students to bring a small gift or favorite food to show appreciation. Longtime educators may also be honored by the Department of Education and student alumni in a ceremony presided over by the Municipal President of Los Cabos. *
Thursday Art Walk
View art and enjoy a glass of wine as you stroll the enchanting streets of the Gallery District in downtown San Jose del Cabo. End your night with a dining experience at one of the many exquisite restaurants in the area. From the month of November through June, the Art Walk takes place every Thursday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, but the art itself never stops, the galleries are open all day, every day!
ON THE ARTS SCENE If you happen to be marina side at Puerto Paraiso, don’t miss the fine art inside the entrance to Luxury Avenue. You’ll find ongoing showings of Mexican and Latin American artists and photographers along with abstract expressionist Yandi Monardo’s fine art gallery. The current exhibition features acclaimed artist and sculptor, Álvaro Blancarte, who “For more than six decades ... has been mining the topography of Baja California and defining the artistic landscape of this region.” - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Also showing are Hector Herrera’s celebrated seascapes in oil and acrylic.
Enjoy traditional Mexican music and complimentary drinks at participating venues. Starts at 6:30 pm every Tuesday.
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Although many locals in Los Cabos speak English, they also appreciate it when visitors speak Spanish. Don't be shy and give it a try! PRONUNCIATION RULES
• The letter "ñ" - When you see a wiggly line on top of the letter "n" use the "ny" sound that you use for the English word canyon. • The double "ll" is pronounced like "y" in English. • The letter "h" is always silent. • The letter "j" is pronounced like "h" in English. • If the word has an accent mark such as "á", that syllable is stressed.
Hello - Hola Goodbye - Adios Good morning - Buenos días Good afternoon - Buenas tardes Good evening/night - Buenas noches Thank you - Gracias Please - Por Favor Sorry - Disculpa Here - Aquí There - Allá Help - Ayuda Doctor - Doctor Water - Agua Food - Comida Money - Dinero Cash - Efectivo Change - Cambio Credit card - Tarjeta de crédito Tip - Propina
Where is ...? - ¿Dónde está ...? My hotel is ... - Mi hotel es ... Please take me to ... - Por favor lléveme a ... How much is this? - ¿Cuánto cuesta esto? Where is an ATM? - ¿Dónde hay un cajero automático? Telephone - Teléfono Do you have WIFI? - ¿Tiene WIFI?
Bathrooms - Baños Restaurant - Restaurante Hotel - Hotel Hospital - Hospital Beach - Playa Store - Tienda Pharmacy - Farmacia
AT A RESTAURANT
Table - Mesa Glass - Vaso Plate - Plato Fork - Tenedor Spoon - Cuchara Knife - Cuchillo Napkin - Servilleta Can you bring the check? - ¿Puede traer la cuenta?
Nice to meet you - Mucho gusto What's your name? - ¿Cómo te llamas? My name is ... - Mi nombre es... Where are you from? - ¿De dónde eres? Do you speak English? - ¿Habla Inglés? I don't understand - No entiendo
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Saturdays 9 am to 3 pm through May The largest market in Los Cabos, San José del Cabo’s organic farmers’ market is held behind downtown at the verdant “Huerta María” (Maria’s Farm). The many vendors offer locally grown fresh produce and fruit, herbs, and delicious homemade Mexican foods like sopes, and tamales as well as vegetarian and vegan offerings. Farm fresh eggs, yogurt, artesanal ice cream, baked goods, cheeses, chicken, beef and pork are also on hand along with juices, sauces, organic coffee and local honey. Artists’ booths brim with crafts, clothing, art, photography and jewelry, plus a well-stocked bookstall specializing in Baja and Mexican themes. Live music, workshops, yoga, massage and holistic services, and fun activities for kids make this market appealing to all ages and tastes. The festive atmosphere lasts throughout the day but plan to arrive early for the best selection. Be sure to stop by the non-profit Los Cabos Humane Society and Liga MAC booths for gifts, cards and calendars. If you’re looking to mingle with the local community, this is the place to be Saturdays in San José. For a map, contact info and market slideshow visit www.sanjomo.com
Cabo San Lucas Organic Farmer's Market at Penny Lane in Pedregal Wednesdays and Saturdays 7:30 am to 1 pm Open year round, the Cabo San Lucas Organic Farmer’s Market is a very popular local spot to meet up with friends. Shop for fine organic produce, prepared foods and delicious baked goods (ask for their gluten-free items), and enjoy healthy breakfasts and fresh juices. You’ll find seafood, organic chicken, eggs, cheeses, herbs and fruits, and a range of to go items, including probioticrich kimchi and tepache. This cozy market features a selection of lovely arts and crafts, a Humane Society table on Saturdays, and a menu of health and wellness services. The Penny Lane Café with Chef Maria Amore is open Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 3 pm featuring vegetarian and vegan foods and specialty items. Located at the back end of Pedregal on Camino del Colegio, visit The Los Cabos Organic Market at Pedregal on Facebook for more information.
Baja Beans Organic Market, Pescadero
Sundays 8 am to 1pm Baja Beans Roasting Company and Café’s Organic and Artisan Market features a welcoming family atmosphere with live music from local bands in the small community of Pescadero, five miles south of Todos Santos. The market brings together producers from the region featuring a great variety of fresh produce and prepared food including fruit jams, chile jellies, fresh farm eggs and cheese, art and handcrafts and locally produced organic cleaning chemicals. The Café is open daily from 8 am through 4 pm with excellent coffee drinks and delicious baked goods. 34
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San José del Cabo Organic Market at Huerta María
A few weeks ago, I attended an amazing musical festival called Apparitions. It was held at a very beautiful beach on the Pacific coast called San Pedrito’s. It was a fantastic experience! Great music and a great vibe! I was especially happy to be accompanied by a wonderful friend, meeting good friends there, making new friendships, as well as being back to this mystical beach where I used to live a few years ago. Being there reminded me how blessed we are to be free to journey around this astonishing peninsula. Everything about it is great. Starting from the friendly people who inhabit it, to all the joyful foreigners who visit it, to its majestic nature and all it has to offer; from food and drink, to unimaginable and memorable adventures outdoors. For example, at the festival people were enjoying tasty foods like hummus on artisan bread, fish ceviche on corn tostadas and fresh tuna burgers with organic greens. The scenery was celestial, a soothing combination of mountain, desert and sea. Unparalleled! Close to the beach, a musical stage was set up where groovy bands of many genres played their hearts out. Farther away, towards the mountain and desert landscapes, DJs filled the dance floor with the dancing free souls that attended. There were beautiful decoration details all around including a very powerful and calming pyramid sanctuary. Also, some cultural conferences were held, as well as yoga sessions. Camping areas were designated and atv rentals were available to satisfy your wild adventure cravings. Of course, during the daytime, a dip on the refreshing ocean was a must and a little beach walk too. I remember that when I lived there I used to jog on the beach and arrive to the mountain side nearby to where the festival is held now. To me it was a dream come true to have been invited to share a DJ set at this incredible festival that was been held at a place that had given me so much in the past, in particular the opportunity to start finding myself and my truths. Furthermore, being up on the stage presenting my set seemed so surreal but at the same time so real, and the vibe that transitioned me from surrealness to realness was that of gratefulness. When I set myself in that thankfulness attitude, it seems to bring me to the present and enjoy the moment as it is lived. With no further expectations or past regrets. Maybe the Baja is a reminder for gratefulness or even a catalyzer for it. All I really know is the more you experience the Baja, the more one seems to tune into their true self. I’ve seen it with my friends as well as with our kind visitors and tourist. Something always seems to shift a bit after your first time here and it repeats every time people return, continuing to provide peace to the soul and vibrancy for the body and mind. I see it also in the locals that fully enjoy their lives here and give their time with all their best energy and effort to do their jobs and occupations. So thank you Baja and thank you also to all who visit us! And finally, a big shout-out for gratefulness to the people of Baja and all its paradisiacal nature for taking us lovingly in. *
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EAT Acre Restaurant and Cocktail Bar– Acre was the home of the 12th Annual Los Cabos Humane Society's Annual PAWS 'N CLAWS Open Golf Tournament & BBQ on April 1st. Acre sits on 25 acres of farmland including a restaurant, event area, and 12 soon to be built tree-houses scheduled to open winter 2017. Tree house accommodations overlook the natural farm landscape and will rent from $200USD/night. Acre specializes in fresh, sustainable, global cuisine with an innovative design. Located just 10 minutes from downtown San Jose Del Cabo. @AcreBaja
DRINK Cheese & Wine Festival – The 5th Edition Cheese and Wine Festival was held on March 25th at the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda Del Mar. More than 700 people attended the event which included live music by Gramusik, eye catching décor and an incredible selection of wine, cheeses, fresh breads, and cured meats. Guests were invited to sample over 100 wine labels from all over the world. All proceeds went to the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation. @SheratonLosCabosCabo Cabo Blue Bar – Cabo Blue’s 6 Year Anniversary Party is on Saturday May 6th. Cabo Blue is an open-air bar and restaurant with a casual atmosphere, fantastic food and drink specials, and live music every night. Watch your favorite sports games on their 13 flat screen TV’s, play DJ for the day with their interactive music app or test your brain in their weekly trivia and bingo games. Children are welcome until 10:30pm. Don’t forget to try the signature Cabo Blue Fish Bowl featuring a ½ gallon mixture of gin, vodka, tequila, rum, triple sec, lime, sugar, blue curacao and Swedish fish!Daily specials and events can be found on their Facebook page. @cabobluebarandgrill 36
PLAY Wild Canyon Adventures – Whether you are a nature lover or adventure seeker, Wild Canyon has something for everyone. For the adrenaline junkies, zip line across a canyon, bungee or swing from glass bottom gondola suspended 300 feet above the ground, or ATV across the largest wooden hanging bridge in the world! Families with younger children will enjoy camel rides through El Tule Canyon and exploring the Animal Sanctuary which includes exotic birds, reptiles, and even a crocodile! When your adventures are done, enjoy a drink or grab some lunch at the Lion’s Den Restaurant. Photos of your day can be previewed at the restaurant and are available for purchase. My tip: Don’t forget to feed the love birds! It is a great way to get up close and personal with these beautiful rainbow colored creatures. @wildcanyon
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RELAX Crystal Blue Healing and Teaching – Crystal Blue Healing specializes in rehabilitative therapy for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing. Crystal Blue Healing provides a wide selection of services in a peaceful home setting including reflexology, reiki, cupping, flower remedies, and vibration therapy. Owner Wendy Doman uses multiple techniques during her sessions to ensure the ultimate holistic healing experience. Turn right at Los Patios hotel and follow to the top of the hill. @cr ystalbluewendydoman
SHOP Ultrajewels – The grand opening celebration for Ultrajewels’ new Cabo San Lucas marina location was held on March 16th. Utlrajewels boasts the widest fine watchmaking brands portfolio in Latin America with several locations in Cancún, Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel and Los Cabos. If bling is more your thing, Ultrajewels carries many fine jewelry brands including Bvlgari, Cartier, Chopad, Mikimoto, and Messika. If you are looking for the perfect accessory, stop by Ultrajewels next time you are in town. Located on Boulevard Marina, Esquina Malecón, next to Lorenzillo'sRestaurant. @ultrajewelsmarina
LIVE Duara – Destino recently attended an open house for Duara Los Cabos, the newest innovative housing choice in Cabo.Duara will offer the perfect combination of space design, lifestyle and accessibility. Currently under construction, Duara will feature 60 ocean view villas, 84 two- and three-bedroom condos, a club house, pool, gym, events hall, playground, fire pit and on-site deli. Model homes will be completed summer 2017. Condo starting at $177,000USD. Villas starting at $237,000USD. @DuaraLosCabos
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EVENTSMAY 2017 CINCO 01 5 de MAYO by Fernando Rodriguez
Labor Day in Mexico is celebrated every May 1st. El Dia del Trabajo is a national, federal public holiday in Mexico, in which banks, schools, government offices and many businesses are closed. The holiday's origin dates back to the nineteenth century, where the need for Mexican workers to have more humane and fair work conditions became the national focal point during the June 1906, Cananea Strike.
At their GastroVino Baja Food & Wine Festival, the City of Todos Santos is scheduled to feature the best selection of Mexican wines and the most distinguished gastronomically respected chefs in Southern Baja California. The entire weekend is dedicated to catering and sharing this wonderful experience and the delectable flavors and colors of Todos Santos. Additionally, The GastroVino festival's commitment to social causes and community improvement will receive yet another boost from the GastroVino silent auction, where entrepreneurs and artists donate their work or products to support different institutions like El Internado (boarding school), Bomberos (Fire Department), and DIF. Last year the festival raised over $8,000 USD. Since 2012, the popular event has raised $32,500 USD. The festival's White Ball takes place at the Hotel California from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 pm on Friday and the dress code is white, black and gold. Tickets are on sale for $90 USD ($1,600 pesos). On Saturday, May 6th, a $20 USD/$400 pesos limited space wine-tasting afternoon event takes place at Jazamango Restaurant from 12:00 1:00 p.m. That same evening, a GastroTour beginning at La Bodega de Todos Santos, then around a variety of restaurants in downtown Todos Santos, will take place from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. for $25 USD ($450 pesos). Music from the winner of LA VOZ MĂ‰XICO: Samantha Rae and FĂĄbula Danza will provide entertainment on GastroVino's last day. For more information and tickets visit: gastrovino.mx/fest, Facebook @www.gastrovino.mx, or call Perla Garnica (612) 176-1910 or Jorge Monteverde (612) 217-9228.
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DAY DRINKIN' LIVE VIDEO LAUNCH PARTY Rising country music star, Kyle Jennings is hosting a special Cinco de Mayo LIVE video broadcast from Cabo San Lucas on Friday May 5th, that is being hyped as a Cinco Drinko event. The live video broadcast will highlight the song "Day Drinkin'", which is the second single and music video from the album "American Vinyl" from Dark Horse Records. Although primarily recognized as a country artist, Jennings music is quite diverse. His infusion of blues, folk, rock, and country have provided him a great platform in which to tell his small town stories and affection for the American way of life that has become his signature sound. For event location, information and tickets, visit: www.kylejenningsmusic.com or facebook.com/kylejennings13
Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Los Cabos are limited to special events that are hyped up and promoted at most hotels and bars that recognize American and Canadian expectations of seeing the Holiday observed in sunny Baja California Sur. The day commemorates the Republic of Mexico defeating the French army in the battle of Puebla in 1862, not the Mexican independence day, as some may believe. The date is a National holiday on which banks and public government offices are closed.
Mother's Day is a national holiday in Mexico and is honored and celebrated at the many Cabo San Lucas resorts and restaurants. While it is always celebrated in the United States as the second Sunday of each May, Mexico officially always recognizes the special occasion and federal holiday on May 10th.
The extremely popular ME by Melia White Party, returns for another historical year. The party at Blue Marlin Ibiza Bar starts at 8:00 p.m. and doesn't end until 4:00 a.m. It is one of the most anticipated celebrations of the year for many of Cabo locals. A fashion and social hub for a discerning local and international clientele, the annual festivities pulse with a distinctive vibe that hints of Ibiza and a bit of New York, accentuated by the lavish beach club, noteworthy cuisine and bars that offer signature cocktails based on Tequila and Mezcal. The party's historical collection of superlative live music performances also includes fireworks. It is highly recommended to purchase tickets early and make reservations as soon as possible. For more information call (624) 122-2001, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit bluemarlinibizaloscabos.com. ME by Melia is located at Playa El Medano S/N, 23410 Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, next to Pueblo Bonito Blanco and Casa Dorado.
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MEXICO-ARGENTINA RHYTHM AEROBIC OPEN DANCE CUP The Cabo San Lucas Cultural Pavilion, El Pabellón Cultural de La Republica, is where dancing enthusiasts will be in attendance at the Open Championship of Aerobic, Dance and Rhythm Cup, featuring dance professionals from Mexico and Argentina. The event will be judged before a group of international judges. The event is from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Aside from the performing art, break dance, ballet and rhythm competition, workshops will also be on the evening's itinerary of scheduled events. Argentina dance professor and organizer, Maibea Noe, noted that the competitive festivities are ''joining two world's of dance passion and dreams''. Maibea's 25 years of experience includes a 2007 stop in Cabo, teaching dance classes at elementary and junior high schools in the area. Dance category competitions will consist of Gym Jazz, Dance Jazz, Contemporary, Spanish Flamenco, Tahitian, Polynesian, Yoga, Acrobatic, Pilates, Choreography and Tap Dance. Urban Rhythm competitions will occur in Hip Hop, Reggaeton, Cardio Funk, Dance Hall and Pop. Latin Rhythm will be judged in Salsa, Merengue, Cha-Cha-Cha, Cumbia and Zumba. Others will be in Free Dance, Broadway, Tango, and Argentina Folk. The visibly intoxicating competition is an event not to be missed.
This year's 20th Annual Surf Summit will be held at the Marquis Resort, located on the Los Cabos corridor. The gathering of surf industry professionals and enthusiasts dates back to the 1970s. The surf industry’s annual leadership conference is a four-day, three-night summit where industry pro's share ideas, network and help shape the future of the surf industry. Past Surf Summit guest speakers have included such notable names as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Ken Schmidt, former director of communications for Harley-Davidson, Tony Hawk, skate legend and entrepreneur, Eddie Brown, Nike sports marketing, John Moore, former Starbucks marketing guru, Gonzalo Perez, MTV Network youth market research, Bill Walton, Jean-Michel Cousteau, world renowned ocean explorer and Merrill Hoge, former NFL star, ESPN analyst, and cancer survivor.
CABO CLASICO SKIMBOARD COMPETITION
25-28 The 12th Annual Cabo Clasico Skimboard Competition, which first began in 2008, returns to Costa Azul this year. Skimboarding is a sport similar to surfing, the difference being that the board is smaller and has no fins, and it is done at the water's edge. Last year, Teddy Vlasis came in second, Bill Bryan third and Tule fourth in the PRO Division; while the Amateur level was dominated by champion Dojo López and second place Yahir Valencia, third place Eddie Rivera and Brandon Benson in fourth. This year Solmar Hotels & Resorts is hosting the contest, offering participants and guests special Cabo Clasico promotional discounted rates. For more information, please visit the event's Facebook page @thecaboclasico.
DAY WEEKEND A select group of Los Cabos Hotel and Resorts will be hosting Memorial Day weekend parties that include barbecues, beach volleyball and drink specials. Nearly every other Resort/Hotel in the Los Cabos Region is accustomed to receiving the thousands of party goers that descend on Cabo for a Memorial Day Weekend party gone wild vacation for the ages.
Circuito Cultural Marina Cabo San Lucas Saturdays 5 to 10 pm Held along Cabo’s marina each Saturday evening, Circuito Cultural (Cultural Circuit) features activities and exhibits from local artists along with live music and dance performances. A lively and festive event, you’ll also find workshops for children and tequila tastings from the many fine restaurants lining the marina. The workshops teach painting, sculpture and arts and crafts, and begin at 5 pm. Take in dance and performing arts from 6 pm on the stage at Plaza Marlin, in front of the Cultural Pavilion, and at Puerto Paraiso at the opposite end of the marina. The Cultural Circuit is a free, fun night out and on through July 2. For a weekly calendar of events and activities visit the Circuito Cultural Marina Cabo San Lucas Facebook page.
¡VIVA LA PLAZA! A New Cultural Event at Plaza Amelia Wilkes Fridays from 4 pm Created to strengthen local traditions, Viva La Plaza takes place each Friday from 4 pm at Plaza Amelia Wilkes in Cabo San Lucas. Featuring products from around the municipality, it showcases food, crafts and cultural activities to benefit the producers and artisans of the region. Plan to arrive early and visit the excellent Cabo San Lucas History Museum on site, a fascinating glimpse into early life in the Cape Region. The plaza was named for Amelia Wilkes Ceseña, "Nana Melucha" (19071989), a beloved teacher, nurse, community leader and only woman to date to head the Cabo San Lucas Subdelegacion (Township). Find the plaza two blocks up Miguel Hidalgo Street from Marina Boulevard.
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