Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
IN THIS ISSUE 8 BAJA 101
Destinations • Maps • Useful Information
14 BAJA CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' Local Surfing Tips
16 ACTIVITIES 20 LOS CABOS OPEN OF SURF 22 GET TO KNOW ALANA BLANCHARD 24 DISCOVER
Baja Recipes • Los Cabos Wildlife • All That's Fishy • The Islands of Loreto Fishing and Golf Tournament
28 TOP BEACHES
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30 LOS PERROS SURFISTAS Dog Surf Competition in Cerritos
32 ART & CULTURE
The Rural Interaction Project • Los Cabos Non Profits Los Cabos Markets • San José Art Walk • Ex-pat Chronicles • Spanish Lesson
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letter from the EDITOR Summer is arriving to Los Cabos, along with southern swells and pro-surfers ready to shred at the Los Cabos Open of Surf. The water begins to warm-up and the days get longer, perfect for beach parties and summer BBQs. Destino Los Cabos welcomes this joyful season with a feature story on the Los Cabos Open of Surf. Locals, myself included, are excited to witness the competition and to enjoy the beautiful June days that Cabo has to offer. We had the pleasure of chatting with pro-surfer Alana Blanchard, who will be attending the Los Cabos Open of Surf this year. Needless to say, this year's competition will be very exciting. See you there! 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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Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
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
Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
Baj a Ca l i f o rnia Dre ami n ' By Kate Ne a l
When the Beach Boys famously sang of sundrenched afternoons spent riding waves, followed by late nights of relaxed bonfires on warm California beaches, the underground surfing culture was just beginning to surge into a worldwide social phenomenon. Soon, California was known as much for the swells as for the stars, and, geologically speaking at least, just a hop-skip-and- afew-waves to the South, Baja California Sur was cut from the same turquoise-blue and sandywhite cloth. It was no surprise to see vagabond surfers venturing down the West Coast of Baja Sur after hearing Sailors boasting of their feats when stopped over at the Southernmost tip of the Mexican state in the late 1950s. The years that followed saw small surf camps and colonies popping up and down the coastline, although the region didn’t truly thrive until the 1980’s when a boom of development hit the “Tip”, adopting the slogan “What happens in Cabo, stays in Cabo” long before Las Vegas called it their own. Today, campsites, casitas, and even luxury surf resorts for all levels of experience are an easy find, as modern day wave riders concede that their pioneer fathers really knew their stuff. Cabo San Lucas has the distinction of being at the intersection of two great bodies of water, The Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. It is this convergence that allows year round surfing in the area, with a south swell in from the Sea of Cortez in the spring and summertime, the waters warm and the days long, and the Pacific Ocean bringing in a north swell, landing cold waves on the shorter days of fall and winter. “For the beginner, surfing lessons are bound to save a person a lot of time and possible injuries,” offers local legendary champion surfer Mike Doyle, who, in the 1960s, worked as a stunt double in movies such as Gidget and Once Upon a Wave, while simultaneously holding down consecutive world titles. After all, there is a lot to be said for false confidence when venturing out to ride upon the spine of a very wet beast that you have no immediate control over. Besides, instruction has the innate ability to humble those who may otherwise hold fast to a belief that they can just DO what they want to do, and that is the kind of attitude that can seriously harm a person. Doyle’s school, Mike Doyle’s Surf School, located in Cabo Surf Hotel in San Juan del Cabo offers not only instruction from experienced and welltrained surfers, but a perfect beach on which to practice. Known as Old Man’s, this right pointbreak, with powerless waves and a flat rock and sand bottom, is ideal for beginners.
“And when you’re ready to venture out,” Doyle continues, “Don’t be afraid to ask the locals for advice about rocks or riptides, but be humble and respectful when doing so.” In other words, know your capabilities. It is true, as Tourists we are asking for insider information, looking to crowd their sweetest of spots and expecting them to accommodate to our degree of experience. Being aware of this and adhering to a level of respect for those who actually inhabit the area is a big step in learning the best places to surf in Baja Sur, lest you be directed elsewhere as a result of an arrogant query. Local surf enthusiast Tony Mendoza offers his thoughts on conditions in Los Cabos, by reminding surfers to be alert at all times. “Sometimes conditions can change fast,” He says. “You want to be paying attention to what is going on. A couple of seconds can be the difference between two very different outcomes.” Currently, we are seeing more and more surfers as recreational interest increases, while, geologically speaking, new surf spots don’t just pop up out of nowhere. These factors can lead to overcrowding during high season, often seeing up to 40 people out at a time, creating stress and tension. Again, awareness of not only your own surroundings - where you are and where you intend to ride, but how you may possibly play into the line of another surfer, is key to a safe and fun time. All said, respect and humility are important in every aspect of surfing- from lesson one to actually riding a swell, and everything touched in between, and that fact seems appropriate. The very real possibility of danger, after all, is an omnipresent counterpart to fun in this recreational sport. Solid instruction paired with a respect for other surfers - locals and tourists alike, a strong appreciation for the ocean and the power of her waves, and an innate balance of confidence and humility, will make for a great day of surfing, no matter the skill level. The Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson was quoted once as saying that on the beach you can live in bliss, while just years prior, poet E.E. Cummings said, “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always ourself we find in the sea.” Marrying the two wisdoms - one born of bushy bushy blond hairdos and the other of bohemian rhetoric, truth can be found, and both bliss and self- discovery are at the ready in the white sands and turquoise waters of Baja California Sur. *
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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.
SEASONAL FISHING CHART
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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 16
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 17
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. 18
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.
Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
Los Cabos, Mexico will be hosting another year of the LOS CABOS OPEN OF SURF, an event that is anticipated with excitement, both locally and internationally. The Los Cabos Open of Surf is the largest professional surf event in Latin America. The 2017 Los Cabos Open of Surf is a World Surf League Women's Qualifying Series (QS) 6,000 and Jr. Pro Event for boys and girls under 18 years old. This year, LCOOS is partnering with Alana Blanchard and the Alana Blanchard Foundation. The main event is held at the world-famous Zippers surf spot, located at the Costa Azul bridge in San Jose Del Cabo. Zippers is described as a cobblestone right-hand wave that produces 8 to 10 foot waves during the summer. It is mainly a right point beach break and it breaks best on a solid south swell and medium tide. It has its best shape at 4 to 5 feet, and the bottom is sand over rocks. The take-off is a short, steep fast drop and then it’s a fast lippy wave with a few good sections to hit. The inside is shallow over the rocks with a nice quick barrel section at the beach. The best board to ride is a high-performance short board. Nobody can deny that Los Cabos is a world class destination that attracts surfers from all over.
Photos by Alejandro Fuentevilla
The intention behind the event is simple: To promote the destination of Los Cabos through surfing and it's appealing lifestyle. Today, surfers are personalities whose recognition goes beyond the sea and the waves. They are athletes with great presence in social media and linking surfing to Los Cabos has given the destination an invaluable exposure. - Ulises Torres, Co-creator of the Los Cabos Open of Sur f.
The competitions begin on Tuesday, June 6th at 8:00 am. On Thursday, local band TOTOY will perform a sunset music set at the beach. On Friday, June 9 at 8:00 pm, the LCOOS with host a public event at EL MERKADO with a performance by Willie Nelson's protégée LILY MEOLA and a Dj Set with KEALA KENNELLY. *
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A l a na w a s b o r n i n her ho m e o n th e i s l a n d o f K a u a i o n M a rch 5 th, 1 9 9 0 . She l e a r ned how to s u r f at H a n a l ei Pi er w i th h er f ath er a ro u nd a g e 4 a nd sta r ted c o m p eti n g at a g e 9 , a n d ever s i n c e s h e h a s b een tr avel i ng to su r f p ro f ess i o n a l l y – a n d fo r l ei s u re– at a m a z i n g d esti nati o ns a ro u nd the wo rl d . T h i s yea r, B l a n ch a rd h a s p a r tn ered w i th the Lo s C a b o s O p en o f Su r f, s o th i s Ju n e i n L o s C a b o s d o n ' t m i ss the cha nc e to sp o t her i n th e w ater tea r i n g -i t-u p o r s i m p l y havi ng f u n i n the su n. I n the m ea n ti m e, h ere i s a n exc l u s i ve i nter vi ew w i th Desti no Lo s Ca b o s M a g a z i n e s o yo u c a n g et to k n ow her a l i ttl e b e tt er : Surfing has allowed you to travel the g lobe, what would you say is your f avorite surf break in t he world? W hat's your f avorite surf break in Los Cabos?
Pine Trees at home in Kauai is probably my favorite break there, but one of my favorite waves ever is definitely Zippers. I always have so much fun surfing that wave and it’s hard to beat Cabo as a location to hang out. You g rew up in K auai, one of the most beautiful places in the world, what makes you most proud of your home town?
Kauai is so peaceful and beautiful. Everything there is always so lush and vibrant. I love coming home there after being on the road so much. Being fit is part of a surfers li festyle, how do you train for a competition?
I’ve been more focused lately on creating content around surfing than doing contests, but it’s really important to me to stay fit and healthy. I’m always doing something active to stay fit on the road and at home. I go to the gym, go running and surf all the time. W hat's your f avorite healthy snack before hitting the waves?
I love all kinds of fruit, so usually that’s my snack before hitting the water. W hat can you tell us about your new Foundation?
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I’m really excited about the foundation. We started it to help girls in need in surfing. I was super fortunate to have great sponsors, like Rip Curl helping me to get around to all the crazy places that you need to get to compete in the sport. There are so many talented girls in surfing who don’t have enough sponsorship support to get to the next levels of the sport, so the foundation has been established to help provide for that. I’m really excited to hopefully help some young Mexican surfers to get to the next levels of surfing. W hen you're not in the water, what do you do for fun?
When I’m not surfing, I’m usually cruising with my friends or my boyfriend, working out, relaxing, or cooking a yummy vegan meal. W hat is your f avorite thing about Los Cabos?
I love Los Cabos so much! It’s such a fun place to visit with your friends to have a great time and surf and go out on the town, and also to just come with your family and just chill and relax. The people are also so amazing. Cabo has everything you could want. It’s kind of like the perfect place. * Everything you need to know about Baja Sur Photo by Mark Kronemeyer
B aja's treasures
Baja Recipes by Alex Navarro
THIS ISSUE I AM INSPIRED to write a little bit about some of my favorite foods and recipes of my Baja lifestyle. If you have been reading this column, you now know how much I love Baja and everything about it. A few times I have written about some foods and dishes in general, but this time I would like to share these with some more detail. Let’s imagine a typical day in my life to make this a little more fun. Usually, upon waking up I prepare a beverage like a tea or hot cocoa. The night before or even that same morning I always boil in water a full “piloncillo”, which is a pylon of raw sugar cane molasses. I make the syrup quite watery to make it last a full day and I will use this to sweeten my drinks throughout the day. Put one “piloncillo” in a medium pot with about three or four cups of water and boil until bubbling. The cool thing is that when it is boiling, you can shave off from the top of the boiling bubbles all the little sticks or fibers that might be in the “piloncillo”; they will float to the top and then the foam is easy to remove with a spoon. The other way is to drain the watery syrup through a colander. I have found “piloncillo” to be the best substitute for white sugar and also something great about it is that you can find it in many markets all over U.S.A. too. So as I was saying, in the morning I mix it with organic Mexican powdered cacao and heat it up just like a tea. I don’t use milk, I just boil it with more water instead of milk. It tastes very good and even makes a nice froth just like milk. Some people like to add cinnamon to their hot cocoa, I like it plain because the cinnamon can win over the natural cacao flavor. Which I love! A few hours later I will make a smoothie, but first I have to walk out to the municipal market in downtown San José del Cabo to get my ingredients for this energetic smoothie and the rest of my meals for that day. This market is amazing! They have very fresh produce every day. They have everything from meats, fish, veggies, fruits and the best ranch cheeses, butters and eggs. So I will pick up a few oranges, a banana, some tomatoes, an onion, and spinach at the fruit and veggies stand. I also get some “piloncillo” here to have some to boil at night time as I mentioned before and also a bag of natural corn chips. Then at the fish store, “la pescaderia”, I usually get some “cabrilla” (seabass) for one of my favorite recipes ever. I ask my friend at the fish stand to put it in the grinder and then he gives it to me in a small plastic bag that you will see in a little bit is an important part of the recipe. I then move on to the ranch cheeses stand. Wow! It is heaven on earth. They always have at least three different types of ranch cheeses like “asadero”, “panela”, “oreado” or “cotija”. “Asadero” is kind of like a string cheese, “panela” is like a white fresh cheese, “oreado” is like a white dry cheese, and “cotija” is like a hard dry cheese to crumble or grate on top of dishes. I get “asadero” cheese because it melts great and I love to use it for quesadillas or scrambled eggs. Here I also buy a ranch butter which is absolutely delicious. Finally, on my way out of the municipal market I buy 10 pesos, or whatever change in coins I have, of freshly made corn tortillas. The market opens up early, some stands before 8 a.m. and the market closes at about 3 p.m., but some stands stay open until 5 p.m. So back to the smoothie! Now at home I finally make myself this smoothie which is so easy to make and so good for you. I put in my blender three squeezed oranges, a banana, oatmeal, amaranth, and bee honey, which I forgot to mention I also buy at the market. I have been making and drinking this type of smoothie for a long time,
especially lots and lots of them back around 2002 when I had a little smoothie shop in Plaza Costa Azul with my friend Emilia. For me they are a great way to start the day with lots of energy and a light stomach. By mid morning I am getting hungry for a big hearty breakfast. Easy recipe again, ranch butter in a heated pan, then two or three scrambled eggs with some “asadero” cheese, shredded spinach, diced tomatoes and sea salt. On the side of course, those freshly made corn tortillas. Feeling good after this great breakfast, now I am ready for a full beautiful day until dinner time when my belly is reminding me it is time to eat again. But very important not to forget, and this is when that fishy plastic bag comes into play, is to take out the fish from the fridge at least two or three hours before dinner time and squeeze 3 or 4 limes straight into the plastic bag with the ground fish. I place a colander on the bag’s rim to keep the lime seeds out. I then fold the bag and squeeze thoroughly making the lime juice mix well into the fish. This thorough squeezing of the bag also breaks up the fish more making it more of a fine grind. Put the fish bag back in the fridge and let the lime cook the fish for the next few hours before dinner. Ok, so it’s dinner time, now take out the fish from the fridge and then from the bag, place on the colander and squeeze out all the lime juice, making it as dry as you can. I learned to drain the lime juice this way from a dear Baja friend who everyone loved, Temoc. Then put the fish in a bowl and add some olive oil and sea salt. Mix in freshly diced tomatoes and finely minced onions. Mix more until you have something that looks like a traditional fish salad. Slice and toast some regional artisan bread from one of the local bakeries, (one of my favorite ones is Punta Espiritu bakery) make a sandwich with the fish and now you are ready to enjoy one of my favorite recipes. The cool thing about this dish is that it reminds you of that familiar canned tuna salad sandwich that everyone knows and loves, but we all know canned fish is not so great for you, or the fish, so this is a great way to satisfy that fish salad sandwich craving in a healthy and natural way. If you want to go over the top, you can make some homemade mayonnaise and mix that in the fish salad and it will make it more creamy. I am not an expert on how to make homemade mayo, I’ve tried a few times and have been successful about half the time. What I can tell you is that a basic recipe I know is: one egg, a little garlic, lime juice, sea salt and olive oil. The key is how you blend it to get right consistency, as well as the portions used and the order and way in which you pour them in, like the olive oil. To me this is not so easy. One day I will learn! Let’s say you had a crazy day and forgot to cook the fish in lime ahead of time or don’t feel like dirtying up dishes that day or just want a quick easy dinner. What I do is grab that “asadero” cheese out of the fridge, put it in on the middle of a few tortillas, fold them in half, and put on the “comal” (hot grill); and in a few minutes you have tasty classic quesadillas. Which to me are a tortilla with melted cheese and maybe other ingredients. Some people call folded tortillas without cheese quesadillas, but where I grew up in Mexico City, quesadillas always had cheese in them. I mention this because there is a popular discussion here in Mexico that if quesadillas must have cheese to be called quesadillas? I think so. I hope you enjoyed this article and also maybe someday enjoy the recipes shared here. Oh!, I almost forgot, all throughout the day I make fresh lemonade with the “piloncillo” syrup that I always have ready to use. The lemonade turns out brownish, so maybe we can call it brown lemonade, and the best thing about it besides being delicious and refreshing is that it has no white sugar.*
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T he Isl ands of L ore to Fish ing and G olf Tour nament R e tu r ns T h is Ju ly, w it h up to $10,000 in Pr izes Anglers looking to catch their next big adventure and golf enthusiasts looking to better their par can do so in paradise during the second annual Islands of Loreto Fishing and Golf Tournament hosted by Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, from July 27 to 29. World-class sport fishing for Marlin in the “Aquarium of the World” and a round of golf at Danzante Bay Golf Course’s famed Hole 17 are in store, combining competition on both land and sea. “With nearly a thousand of species of fish in our ‘backyard’ and calm nationally protected waters, it’s no surprise that sport fishing in the Sea of Cortez is the best of the best,” said Owen Perry, co-owner and president of Villa Group. “Combine that with a golf course designed by famous architect Rees Jones that brings together mountain, desert and ocean views, and you have the perfect elements for an exciting weekend of sports.” The nearly 800-square-mile Loreto National Marine Park is a protected World Heritage Site that is home nearly 1,000 species of fish, including Swordfish, Roosterfish, Grouper, Cabrera, Dorado (Mahi Mahi) and many more, making for the ultimate fishing “bucket list.” This year, guests of all fishing levels will have the chance to reel in the tournament’s prized Marlin, which is considered by many game fishermen to be a pinnacle of sport fishing, due to the size, power, and rareness of the species. Anglers who hook Marlin weighing over 200 pounds have the best shot at luring in the ultimate prize. To kick things off, participants can share cocktails with Bisbee’s fishing tournament expert Clicerio Mercado and resident Dazante Bay Golf Pro Danny Garcia at the resort’s welcome reception on Thursday, July 27, where guests can register for the tournament and go over rules of the competition. After a shotgun start, on Friday anglers can take in the pristine beauty of more than 100 miles of coastline as they lure in Marlin to compete for up to $10,000 USD in cash prizes, including two jackpots. The action-packed weekend will wrap up on Saturday with a second day of fishing and a weigh-in at Puerto Escondido, followed by an awards celebration dinner at the resort’s Danzante Bay Golf Course Club House, which boasts stunning panoramic views of the course, resort and indigo waters of the Sea of Cortez. Prior to the fishing festivities, contestants will have an opportunity to play a round of “scramble” golf at the 7,107-yard, par-72 Danzante Bay Golf Course that features an unusual topographic blend of desert, mountain and dunes, with a 250-foot elevation change from start to finish. The course pays homage to how golf originated – at the place where the land meets the sea. Participants will have a chance to tee-off from the jaw-dropping Hole 17, which has been praised as one of the “best in the golf.” Call 877-217-2682 to make a reservation for this special event, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional details are available at www.tournament.danzantebay.com and www.villadelpalmarloreto.com. 25
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling with Sea Lions in Baja California Sur
by Laura Tyrrell, PADI IDC Staff instructor and dive guide at Cabo Trek www.cabotrek.com
Down by the famous arch of Cabo San Lucas there lies a rocky sea lion colony home to a large handful of California sea lions. All are eager to pose for passing boats as they bellow out distinctive barks of territory to one another fighting for precious space on the rock. There is an impressive dive site here. Beneath the surface at 40ft, the colony has 3 sides split into two different oceans: the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez. The northwest side, in the Sea of Cortez, has a sandy bottom and the sea lions often pass by playfully spinning and twisting into the group of excited divers. The southeast side is one wall of a channel going from the Cortez to the Pacific. The channel is a passageway to the other side, usually reserved for more experienced divers who can glide with the rise and fall of a gentle swell through the narrow walls where shadows cast an inviting hue onto the sea bed. This is the best place for a sea lion encounter. The southwest side faces the Pacific Ocean. Here there is a huge shipwreck rumored to have gone down in a storm in the 1950s after losing engine power. In 2014, Hurricane Odile finally uncovered the remaining rusty outlines. Looking up the silhouettes of sea lions resting on the surface can often be seen. The wreck makes for a hauntingly spectacular hunting ground and it is common to encounter them passing by. California Sea Lions are found all the way up the North American coast as far as Alaska. They are one of 5 species of sea lions. Natural predators include Orcas and white sharks. However, IÂ´m sad to report that I have seen more fatal injuries from fishing lines and nets strung tightly around their necks in what must be very painful and slow death. Human impact such as this is a very real threat to individual sea lions along the California coast. That said, sea lions as a population are not endangered and are increasing in number. Mating season is from May to August where the larger males can be particularly territorial and vocal. An average adult male sea lion is 7.5ft and an average female 5.9ft. They differ slightly in coloration where the male is darker and a large adult male will have a slight bump protruding from the head, as well as a thicker neck. They hunt small fish and squid. One of the most spectacular dives here in the bay is when you find yourself amid a cloud of sardines being rounded up and hunted. Sea lions can dive down to 275m (900ft) and can hold their breath for up to 10 minutes. They can travel at speeds up to 7mph using their front flippers to propel and neck and head movements for direction. Sea lions are intelligent animals and many divers have commented how their behavior is not too dissimilar to that of a dog: they are playful in much the same way and occasionally like to nibble at diverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fins similar to how a dog would chew down on your shoe! Their intelligence unfortunately means that they are often found performing in aquatic shows instead of out in the wild where they belong. We are fortunate here in San Lucas to be able to dive among these wild animals in their natural habitat after only a 10 minute boat ride. In Baja California, you have different location options if you're looking for a close interaction with this animal: dive or snorkel with them either in the marine parks of Cabo San Lucas or Cabo Pulmo and/or in La Paz at the beautiful Espiritu Santo Island. *
ALL THAT'S FISHY From Land's End to La Paz Monthly Fishing Report by Gary Graham
fter a long dry spell in the billfish category, the marlin have finally arrived . . . underscored by the returning Sportfishers and pangas parading down the channel into the Cabo San Lucas Marina with multiple blue flags flying, each signifying a billfish caught, most accompanied by a red flag attesting to its release. Whether it’s your first or your fiftieth, catching a huge billfish is always exciting; techniques vary depending on the behavior of the fish so either trolling large lures or trolling live bait ranging from small mackerel to 15-pound tuna works. It has been said that the waters surrounding the tip of Baja hold more striped marlin than anywhere in the world which attracts one of the largest sportfishing fleets here in Cabo. Not as thick are the dorado and wahoo which frequent these waters now. But all of these species will dazzle visiting anglers. Wahoo with their rocket-speed runs will rip several hundred yards of line off a reel faster than it can be spoken. They are hard fighters that will humble the most skilled angler as will dorado with their astonishing leaps three times their length with their colorful golden hues earning them their name. The good news is that both species of fish are “gourmet fare” at the table. However, fishing inside close to shore is also extraordinary at present. On the surface, roosterfish, considered by many to be the punk rockers of the ocean, along with jack crevalle, dubbed
“toro” (bull) by local anglers because they pull so hard, are present in large numbers and yellowfin tuna are here now, ranging from football-size to 20-pounds to “OMG” (over 100 pounds). They can be caught trolling or with live or dead baitfish. For the smarties wanting to double their pleasure with a tasty meal, the pinnacles and rock cropping found surrounding Baja’s tip are home to an impressive list of good eating fish with odd sounding names. Cabrilla, grouper, huachinango and amberjack are all possibilities, as well as a late season yellowtail that may just happen along. Another option for those of you who would just as soon stay on dry land is fishing from shore for roosterfish, jacks, sierra, pompano and triggerfish. All the beaches between the hotels and restaurants are fair game for anglers. However, stick to the beaches extending up toward San Jose and beyond. Warning: Stay away from the beaches on the Pacific side. The shore breaks are dangerous and should be avoided. There are several Tackle Stores that will either rent or sell you the appropriate tackle to fish from shore and the good news is you don’t need a Mexican fishing license for fishing from shore. The charter boats usually provide conventional tackle, but most do not supply fly equipment . . . always ask if you are a fly angler. You will need Mexican fishing licenses for every passenger on the boat whether they fish or not. *
Another option for those of you who would just as soon stay on dry land is fishing from shore for roosterfish, jacks, sierra, pompano and triggerfish.
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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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The Dog Surf Comp Cerritos was off to a good start 4 years ago when the uber-famous Tillman (the surfing and skateboarding bulldog) decided to grace us with his presence competing against local dogs and winning first place. Every year since then his brother, Sully, another pro-surfer has been charging the waves in this event to raise money for local dog rescue in El Pescadero. Lots of excitement in last year's contest as local shredder Cala (sponsored by the Todos Santos Surf Shop) took 1st place, and another local champion, Pirata (sponsored by Baja Zen), won the price for best wave after she rode one of the longest rides ever seen ridden at Playa Los Cerritos.
The community really comes together for this event and most businesses in the area take a part in sponsoring. All proceeds go to helping local dogs in need. This year will be the 4th Annual and it will be held again at Playa Los Cerritos on Sunday, June 25th, 2017 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. If you would like to be a sponsor or enter a dog in the contest, please contact email@example.com 612-142-5038 www.dogsurfcompcerritos.com @Dog_Surf_Comp_Cerritos Check out: vimeo.com/172266445 to see a short video of last year's contest.
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NONPROFITS IN LOS CABOS Compiled by Sabrina Lear
Amigos de Los Niños (Friends of the Children) 624 144 3195 | www.adlncabo.org Facebook: Amigos de los Niños de Cabo San Lucas, A.C. The Bomberos Voluntarios (Volunteer Fire Department) 624 143 3577 | Facebook: Cuerpo de Bomberos de Cabo San Lucas SJD Volunteer Fire Department 624 142 2466 | Facebook: H. Cuerpo de Bomberos Voluntarios de San Jose Del Cabo Building Baja's Future 624 355 4314 www.buildingbajasfuture.org Facebook: buildingbajasfuture Casa Hogar de Cabo San Lucas 624 123 1285 www.casahogarcabo.com Facebook: Casa Hogar de Cabo San Lucas A.C. Gente Joven Por Un Cambio (Young People for Change) www.gentejovenac.org Facebook: Gente Joven Por Un Cambio A.C.
Back in 2009, artist Santiago Martinez Bringas lived and worked at El Refugio, a traditional ranch in San Dionisio in the foothills of the Sierra La Laguna. Impressed by ranch life, and upon receiving the Gallery Acquisition prize in the Bienal Sudcalifornia de Artes Visuales for his ranch-inspired sculpture, it became Martinez’s mission to help preserve the ranch community and its customs through sustainable tourism directed at artists. The Rural Interaction Project is an independent, not-for-profit artist residency program. Created and led by Martinez, the third edition invites artists of any discipline to three nights and four days at one of four participating ranches. This June will include Rancho Los Naranjos in collaboration with the International Dzogchen Community of Tsegyalgar West, and Rancho El Parralito, sponsored by Wendy Rudell. In June and July temporary residencies will be held at Rancho San Francisco, sponsored by Fundacion Guayagui AC, and at Sierra La Trinidad. Participants are provided with meals, lodging, lectures, and workshops, among other daily activities. The residency period may also be extended upon agreement with the community and the project leader. The Rural Interaction Project offers a first-hand experience of the ecological and social culture of the ranch communities of Baja California Sur, in or close to the Sierra La Laguna UNESCO-protected biosphere. It also aims to assist in the preservation of the land through the promotion of responsible activities such as hiking, bird watching, organic farming and camping, which these communities offer. Selected participants must donate a minimum of two works of art to the project, which will form part of an itinerant exhibition, with a final show and auction. Funds raised through the auction and sales of the bilingual catalogue, Formulato, containing all donated works, will be used for the project's continuation. Five internationally-acclaimed Performance artists will attend including San Francisco-based Violeta Luna, Mexico City-based Hortesia Ramírez, Katia Tirado, Guadalajara native Sara Raca, and the San Jose del Cabobased typewriter poet Dawn X. Spectre (aka Alba Monroy). In addition, from Durango, the marvelous vocalist, Reyna Valenzuela will attend with her creative team, photographer/videographers Gabriel Torrecillas and Erick Sandoval. Space is available for seven women and seven men participants. The last day for submissions is June 29, 2017 at midnight. To submit an application for the temporary residence please fill out the Call for Entries form found at www.ruralinteraction.com. For more information, call or text 624 154 3576 or 624 110 7389. 32
Liga M.A.C. (Mexican Canadian American League) 624 120 1060 | www.ligamac.org Facebook: Liga MAC A.C. Los Cabos Children's Foundation 624 157 3851 www.loscaboschildren.org Facebook: Los Cabos Children's Foundation A.C. Los Cabos Humane Society 624 129 8346 loscaboshumanesociety.com Facebook: Los Cabos Humane Society Los Niños del Capitán (The Captain's Children) 624 173 3807 www.losninosdelcapitan.com Facebook: Los Niños del Capitán, A. C. Mobilize Mankind 624 129 8223 www.mobilizemankind.org Facebook: Mobilize Mankind Red Autismo (Autism Network) 624 166 8186 www.redautismo.org Facebook: Red Autismo Foundation Sarahuaro 624 122 4955 | www.sarahuaro.org Facebook: Sarahuaro, A.C.
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 probiotic-rich 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.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO
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!
Musical Tuesdays Enjoy traditional Mexican music and complimentary drinks at participating venues. Starts at 6:30 pm every Tuesday.
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The J our ney To Ba ja P a r t 1: B e a c h Campi ng By J us tin Po rter Biel
It’s 4:00 AM
in the morning. I’m half-awake under a star filled sky on a deserted beach. The only noise is the smooth, rhythmic flow of the ocean. The water, although soothing, sounds close...a bit too close. “The tide is coming in.” Rose, my fiancé, is sleeping beside me in our tent. It’s the third time she’s said those words and there’s a certainty in her tone. Agitated, I pull myself up, unzip the tent flap, and stare out into the blackness. I can sense the water strongly, but I can’t see it. I feel the ocean surging forward, and then drawing back again. I hear grains of sand and shells tumbling together near the waters unseen, foamy edge. I try to gauge the encroaching tide and its distance from our campsite – it’s still 15 feet away, maybe 10. I think we are going to be safe, but there’s no way to be sure. I try to reassure Rose, offering an opinion based purely on my superfluous male confidence. “There’s no possible way the water will come this high. We’re fine my love.” I lay back into the comfort of my sleeping bag, hoping I’ve calmed her fears while still grappling with my own. Suddenly, I realize two things - I’m very far from home, and like usual, I have no idea what I’m talking about. At this moment, under an immaculate, star filled sky, were halfway through the biggest road trip of our lives; at the start of an adventure we’ve been planning (or, at least talking about) for the better part of a year – becoming expatriates and moving to Todos Santos, Mexico. So far the trip has been smooth sailing, but fear is starting to creep in. It’s gnawing through my self-assured façade. It’s only our first night in Baja, and already I’m learning things the hard way.
I pretend to sleep for another ten minutes, listening attentively as the tide rises and falls. I look up into the perfect night sky, a huge, beautiful milky way beside a silver, cratered moon, and wonder at the gravitational forces that will soon cause the ocean to engulf our campsite. The true correlation of these cosmic forces escapes me, but more importantly, the tide is not stopping. I come to a hard conclusion - it’s time to swallow my pride and act. Otherwise, in the next few minutes, we’ll be taking an unwanted dip. What follows is a whirlwind of chaotic, spastic action. I search for headlamps in the pitch black, digging through our tent for a full two minute before finding them. I stagger across the pristine, white sand beach in boxer shorts – a tall, skinny figure studying lines of shells, seaweed, and trash, the markers identifying where past tides have come and gone. Luckily, most are below our campsite, but a foreboding few, are not. I make a game call and we pick up the tent, re-staking it as close to the sand cliffs behind us as possible. I head to our vehicle, a silver FJ Cruiser, and manage to pull it up beside the tent, but only after getting it partially stuck in a windblown track of deep, moonlit sand. Awakening the following morning, it was quiet and hot. The tide had drawn back fifty feet, exposing a flat basin of rock and sand. Calm water rippled between the stones and out past the tidewaters, birds plunged headfirst into the Sea of Cortez.
Abo ut the Author: Leaving his home state of Colorado behind, Justin now calls the beaches of Baja California home. A writer and recent expat, he is a resident of Todos Santos, Mexico.
Justin’s Lessons for Beach Camping:
Don’t set up your camp in the dark after you’ve been drinking margaritas.
If you choose to break rule one, check tide lines prior to pitching tent.
In almost all cases, listen to your fiancé. She’s probably a lot smarter than you.
Driving on the beaches of Baja is awesome. However, getting your car onto the beach does not guarantee getting it off.
Beach camping under the Baja stars is an unbeatable experience. Whenever possible, forget the paid options and find your own private spot.
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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EAT PLAY BREATHLESS HOTEL DAY PASS – For the ultimate all-inclusive day time party in Cabo, Breathless Day Pass cannot be beat! Breathless is a chic and ultra-contemporary adults only hotel that opened in late 2015. The hotel itself has 169 luxurious guest suites and offers many unique guest packages including my personal favorite, the “Untying The Knot Package,” complete with a trash the memory ceremony (breaking a piñata with your exes face on it), a party cake, group photo shoot and more ($599usd for up to 6 people). But you don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy the fun at Breathless! For $1,990mxn or roughly $105usd (2x1 with Los Cabos Passport Card or $1,490mxn for locals with ID), you can purchase a pass which includes a day at the pool with unlimited top shelf cocktails and all you can eat breakfast, lunch and snacks. Choose from the breakfast and lunch buffet, order nachos, burgers and more by the pool, or sit down and dine at their beachfront restaurant. Other day pass benefits include a live pool DJ, foam parties, free Wi-Fi, valet parking and access to Medano beach. Massage treatments can be requested for an additional fee. The pass can be purchased at the hotel and is good from 9a.m. to sunset. While week days tend to be more chill, weekends are a nonstop party! BreathlessResorts.com/cabo-san-lucas @BreathlessCaboSanLucas
ALETA SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL AT CACHET BEACH HOTEL – The Grand Opening for Aleta Seafood Bar & Grill was held on Saturday, April 29th with over 400 guests in attendance. I was blown away by the elaborate multi-level affair which included endless seafood, sushi, ceviche, delectable meats and cheeses, a tower of elegant deserts and refreshing cocktails and wine paired with live music and entertainers. Aleta has something for everyone including fresh caught seafood prepared however you like; fire-grilled, steamed or fried. They also have a sushi and raw bar, distinctively prepared Mexican dishes, tacos, steaks and more! Executive Chef Edgar Roman explains: “Our concept is based on respect for the ingredient. Looking to exalt their elements and properties…We seek the sustainability of both the regional ingredients and the local economy, because we fervently believe that if you get your environment to flourish, it will make yours grow.” Aleta’s Facebook page describes the atmosphere perfectly: “With a striking beachside view and laid-back vibe, Aleta Seafood Bar & Grill is the perfect spot for chilling out and savoring the flavors of Cabo!” Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch from 7a.m. to 11p.m. Locals don’t forget to mention your 20% discount for BCS residents! @ALETASeafoodBarandGrill
CRUSH NIGHTSPOT – Crush Nightspot is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. From delicious drinks and bottle service to go-go dancers, live drummers, dynamic lighting and some of the best local and guest DJ’s in town, Crush is not just a night club, it’s an experience! “Our staff is here to give the best service possible and to make the clients’ experience great” says Managing Operator & Entertainment Director Ricky J. Weekly specials include: Mezcal Mondays – 2x$150mxn Mezcal Zignum, Tequila Tuesdays – 2x1 Herradura, Whiskey Wednesday – $70mxn Jack Daniels, Locals Go Loco Thursday – Buy one bottle, get 50% off your second, Glow Fridays – Free glow gear and $2,000mxn Grey Goose bottles, Mash Up Saturdays – Live DJ vs. Drummer and Moet & Chandon for $2,000mxn, and Industry Night Sunday – 2x$80mxn Corona and Pacifico. Crush plays a great selection of music including hip hop, dance, EDM, Reggaeton and party music. Girls are invited to dance on the clear custom made stage above the main bar; “We want people to come have fun and get wild, I want girls to get up on the bar and dance and have fun” says Crush Owner Kevin Dennis. Coming soon in 2017, Crush will be the first club in Cabo to offer a new “Video Mapping Graffiti Projection Wall Mural.” Located on the corner of Plaza Bonita in the heart of Cabo. CrushNightspot.com @CrushNightspot
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RELAX THE SPA AT PEDREGAL – High above the winding cobblestone roads of Pedregal you will find the most charming boutique spa you will ever see, with sweeping panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The spa pedicure (with peach bellini) was the absolute BEST I’ve found in Cabo! Pedicures were followed by a dip in the lap pool and relaxing in the warm Cabo sunshine. Massages range from $45usd to $375usd for the ultimate romantic sunset couple’s massage together with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Skin treatments include the jet lag facial, body scrub, full body sculpt and more. Ask about other special services including bridal hair and make-up, party packages, and daily, weekly or monthly gym memberships. Vinyasa flow yoga classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8:15a.m. or try yin yoga at sunset (5:45p.m.) each Friday. Yoga classes are $15usd per person (ask about special discount for locals). The Spa provides free shuttle service to and from your Pedregal villa or invilla treatments for only $10usd extra/service. Open Monday through Friday 7:30a.m. to 5p.m., Saturday 9a.m. to 4p.m. and Sunday 9a.m. to 3p.m. After hour appointments available with 24-hour notice. Don’t forget to check out the boutique shopping area on your way out which includes many must have jewelry pieces, candles, bags, swimsuits and more! TheSpaAtPedregal.com @thespaatpedregal
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SHOP HÉCTOR ESTRADA ART GALLERY – If you are looking for a stunning one of a kind art piece for you home, look no further than Héctor Estrada Art Gallery in downtown Cabo! Upon entering the gallery, you will find room after room filled with large vibrant paintings and unique sculptural pieces, all available for purchase. Estrada’s incredible works of art can also be found around town including Art & Sushi restaurant and the new Fat Tuna restaurant next to Squid Roe. The owner’s son and fellow talented artist Héctor Estrada Jr. explains: “His work is alive, because of that it can be indefinably contemplated by the successive generation of men.” Acrylic and oil painting classes are held upstairs at the gallery every Tuesday and Saturday from 4p.m. to 6p.m. “It’s an open painting workshop, where you can express your ideas using your own ways to do it but [at] all times with the help of the artist” describes Estrada Jr. Classes cost $100usd per month. You can find the gallery at the bottom of the road to Sunset (Calle Lázaro Cárdenas) across from Jo’s Garden Pizza. Look for the red house. Open daily from 9a.m. to 7p.m. HectorEstradaArtGallery.com @hectorestradagallery
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EVENTSJUNE 2017 by Fernando Rodriguez
DÍA DE LA MARINA (MEXICAN NAVY DAY)
Mexico's Navy Day celebration, is very similar to the pageantry and pride of the Armed Forces festivities and remembrance that is observed annually on Memorial Day and the 4th of July. Mexico's Naval parade's and fireworks highlight the national civic holiday that is dedicated to the June 1, 1917 date in history when Captain Don Rafael H. Izaguirre Castanyares led an exclusively native born crew of Mexicans aboard the ship "Tabasco" from the port of Veracruz. On this day, in all Mexican harbors, the country honors the sailors that have lost their lives while on duty, not only in battle, but in all activities related to the sea. The June 1st national Mexican government holiday is observed throughout the Republic of Mexico, but is limited in that employees are not entitled to a day off with pay nor able to work for time and a half. While recognized throughout the country, Mexico's Navy Day, is especially celebrated in port cities and towns like Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, Veracruz, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and the Southern Baja California Peninsula. Part of the festivities include a show of the Navy vessels fleet, helicopters, volleyball beach tournaments, fishing competitions, gallant Naval ceremonies, parades of serious and dignified Navy men and women, carnival rides; and of course, the much anticipated fireworks show. Mexico's Navy Day and its festivities have been known to last at least three days.
18 FATHER'S DAY Father’s Day - El Dia del Padre - in Mexico is celebrated on a more festive scale than what guests and visitor's to Cabo are accustomed to in the USA or Canada. They not only honor father's on the third Sunday of June every year, but also celebrate and honor grandfathers, uncles, big brothers, and other important male figures in the country of Mexico. Of course, food is an important aspect in the celebration of Father’s Day. For breakfast, there is an enormous meal prepared that includes all of a respective Dad’s favorite dishes. Every restaurant in Los Cabos, including those located at hotels and resorts along the corridor and in SJDC and San Lucas offer a traditional Father's Day dinner special. Incredibly, there is even a very small list of random resorts that even offer a free round of golf on Father's Day.
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LOS CABOS OPEN OF SURF
Zippers at Costa Azul in San José del Cabo will again host The Los Cabos Open of Surf; which begins on Tuesday, June 6th at 8:00 am and is considered one of Mexico’s biggest surf festivals; bringing together some of the world’s best surfers to the Los Cabos competition. The multi-day event also features music at the new noteworthy culinary venue El Merkado; which makes for a thrilling, fun-filled six days. Surfing professionals return from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Hawaii, Chile, France, England, Japan, Portugal, New Zealand, and Peru. Last year, Griffin Colapinto won the Los Cabos Jr. Contest with last-minute air. Ripping through a stacked field, the Californian earned a massive win on his last wave of the final. The Junior Men's Semifinals were decided during improved surfing conditions at Zippers. Nolan Rapoza (USA), Cole Houshmand (USA), and Eithan Osborne (USA) battled for the 2016 event win and were the top four finishers. "That was such an insane final with the waves coming in perfectly and I'm so excited to win this event," Colapinto said. "Seeing Nolan get that 8.23 for his big air I was just thinking if one comes through like that I'll have to throw something even bigger.'' For more information please visit: www.loscabosopenofsurf.com
The 9th Annual San José del Cabo Fiesta de La Musica returns this summer on Saturday, June 17th. Three years ago, the music festival saw their audience grow to 10,000 people; in which organizers of the summer's most popular event, incredibly presented 160 live bands. A rise in both categories after the 7,000 locals and tourists, who were in attendance for a then-record 60 bands in 2012. When the music festivities first started in 2009, there were only 300 people listening to 14 bands. The entirely free music festival kicks off at 6:00p.m.; celebrating music from a multitude of different genres and styles that range from rock, blues, banda, ranchero, jazz, reggae, hip-hop, alternative, punk and mainstream pop. The continually growing memorable event happens every summer simultaneously with 120 other countries on the planet; which include Paris Italy, Rio de Janiero Brazil, Dublin Ireland, Madrid Spain, Quebec Canada, New York, Denver Colorado, South Africa, Australia, Paraguay, and India. In Mexico, besides Los Cabos, the boisterous music festivities also take place in Guadalajara, Mexico City, and San Luis, Potosi. The impressive lineup of diverse musicians and bands will be playing in the heart of historic downtown San José del Cabo. It has become the can't miss event of the year, featuring such local artists as the Val Garcia Band, Pani-Hari, The Brian Flynn Band, and a litany of other bands from the Baja California Region. The festival ends at 2:00a.m. For more information please visit: www.fiestadelamusicaloscabos.net
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21ST ANNUAL STARS & STRIPES FISHING TOURNAMENT
Circuito Cultural Marina Cabo San Lucas
This year's 2017 honorary charities of the 21st Annual Stars & Stripes Fishing and Golf Tournament are, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Miracles For Kids from Tustin and Santa Monica, CA, The Orangewood Foundation, Home Aid of Orange County, Tilly's Life Center, Building Baja's Future and San Diego's South Bay Community Services. ''We're very proud to support and partner with some of the most deserving and worthwhile nonprofit organizations, all of which are dedicated to improving the lives of young people and their families,'' noted tournament founder Dick Gebhard. Adding that, ''As a Stars & Stripes beneficiary, charities not only receive much-needed financial assistance – which they can use to expand their programs – but they are also able to increase public awareness about their cause and mission through the S&S network.'' The popular two decades long event is really more of a fishing, golf, and music festival. This world-class charity fundraiser, combines spectacular deep sea fishing and golf on Mexico’s finest courses and sparkling Sea of Cortez waters. The Stars & Stripes Tournament has raised and donated more than $23 million to worthy youth charities over the course of its 21-year history that began in 1997. On Wednesday, June 21st, Kenny Loggins will perform an exclusive VIP concert at 6:00p.m. A Dia de Los Muertos pool party at the Hilton Beach Resort on the Los Cabos corridor is scheduled for Day One of registration festivities. The fishing and golf competition begins Friday, June 23 and the tournament fundraising event concludes with a ''Rock Star Collective'' performance featuring Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship and Kelly Hanson from Foreigner. For more information and to reserve tickets, please visit: www.starsandstripestournament.com
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. Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
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