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IN THIS ISSUE 8 BAJA 101
Destinations • Maps • Useful Information
14 TOP BEACHES
Descriptions and tips about the best beaches
16 ACTIVITIES 20 LOS CABOS WILD LIFE Cabo San Lucas underwater
22 FAMILY FUN IN LOS CABOS 24 SEA TO SEA
An off road day trip
30 IN THE SPOTLIGHT Simply Divine
32 ART & CULTURE
Los Cabos Humane Society • Los Cabos Non Profits
34 OUT & ABOUT
Social Cabo • Instaworthy • Events
letter from the EDITOR I have very fond memories of my childhood in Cabo San Lucas. Everything was quite different back then, and the entertainment we had was much simpler. The only grocery store and pharmacy in town was Aramburo. The only paved road was the main one and we would ride everywhere in ATVs. I remember spending long summer days at Chileno or Santa Maria beach. The beach had no walkway, no palapas or construction. Then Cabo started growing, and we got exciting things such as a Baskin Robbins and laser tag (which was short lived). The Dairy Queen, still in the same location, also brought some excitement to the town. I feel very lucky that I can remember Cabo that way. Things have changed! Although my childhood experiences in Los Cabos were magical, it's nice to have some more options. Now you have a large amount of activities for families with children of all ages. Flip through the pages of this issue to get some ideas! 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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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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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 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.
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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.
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Cabo San Lucas Underwater by Laura Tyrrell, PADI IDC Staff instructor and dive guide at Cabo Trek www.cabotrek.com
The Sea of Cortez is a unique and rich ecosystem, home to a plethora of tropical fish families accessible to scuba divers and snorkelers. The bay of Cabo San Lucas and the rocky coast line of the so-called “Corridor” leading all the way up to the San Jose marina, boasts an abundance of these colorful and inquisitive animals right below your boat. It might take you a while to find Nemo in these waters, but in the mean time you can enjoy swimming among other fish such as the huge colorful Bumphead Parrotfish, or try and spot the juvenile Rockmover Wrasse as it disguises itself as a small leaf drifting along in the current. Below are some of the most unique and interesting fish that can be found in our waters.
Often the one that everyone wants to inflate! And unfortunately, the one that hangs dried out inflated in souvenir shops all around town. Please don’t encourage this by buying one! Resembling a balloon, this fish blows itself up when threatened so it’s spikes are ready to puncture a predator’s mouth. Another defense mechanism is that they are extremely poisonous when eaten, being 1200 times more poisonous than cyanide. They look very cute with their big eyes but they have been known on several occasions to eat their way out of a predator’s stomach!
King Angel Fish
A beautiful bright fish that can be seen among the rocky crevices along the coast. They remain in pairs their whole lives. Sometimes when we are scuba diving they will mistake our bubbles for food and try and swallow the bubbles.
The Moorish Idol got its name from the Moors of Africa who thought that the fish would bring them happiness. They are very distinctive due to their long dorsal fin.
Mexican Hog fish
These fish inhabit shallow rocky reefs and take advantage of eating tiny mollusks that are uncovered by disturbing the sand: as we do with our fins sometimes. They all start out their lives as females and continue as solitary animals, turning into males when the desired social situation arises. Interestingly, (like other members of the wrasse family) at night time they find a small crack in the rocks and settle in for a sleep.
These are always the most impressive to find. They vary in shape and size but are always brightly colored. These fish gnaw at the rocks and coral with their robust teeth, turning it into fine sand through the digestion process. And there are plenty more, such as butterfly fish, blennies, scorpion fish, sharks if you're lucky, mobula mantas, turtles, eagle rays, sea horses, and octopuses just to name a few. If you ever wondered what if feels like being submerged in an aquarium, here you've got the chance to do so above or under the surface of the Ocean. If you are more adventurous, you could try scuba diving. Even non-certified people have the chance to do so by enrolling in a daily discover course, otherwise even by snorkeling there are plenty of opportunities to see great wildlife... not as close as diving though! Take action, life is out there and it's blooming right at the moment as the waters are starting to warm up. 20
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Cabo San Lucas is known for many things- not the least of which is a haven for college spring breakers and loud, swanky night clubs. But, in spite of her reputation, indeed Cabo is much more than a scantily clad playground for those releasing pressure after midterm exams; It is also a great place for a family vacation- offering the younger kids as many options for play as their ofage counterparts. The beautiful beaches of the Los Cabos area provide a slew of options for families- whether that suggests building beautiful (or otherwise) sand castles, swimming in designated areas, or snorkeling in the shallows. Medano Beach, the stretch of white sand found at the heart of Cabo San Lucas is a burst of enterprise - alive with tourists of all ages, and bustling with souvenir vendors. While a fantastic place for swimming, this beach is not surf friendly, although other exciting water sports are available, such as jetskiing, parasailing, or rocketboarding. Paying attention to advisories about the weather and water conditions is part and parcel for enjoying an afternoon in the sand or sea, and any option is served up with a deluge of sunshine, so be sure to pack the sunscreen.
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Playing and swimming with dolphins is another fun option in Cabo, with two separate facilities providing the activity. Cabo Adventures offers small group sizes in order to allow both comfortability for their guests and the opportunity to develop a personal bond with the dolphins they share the water with. Each of their five available programs begin with an educational experience, taught by knowledgeable mammal specialists, and providing guests with everything they wish to know about the beautiful water creatures, including instruction in using unique hand signals for communication with the intelligent dolphins. The Dolphin Encounter program accepts babies as young as one-year-old, and after a brief but acute introductory period, allows time spent in the shallow seawater pool getting up-close-andpersonal with the friendly personalities. Several other programs offer an array of interaction with the dolphins, ranging from playing to feeding to swimming with them. As well as being a fun adventure, Cabo’s recognizable glass bottom boat The Yellow Submarine is also a cost effective one. An expedition for all ages, this excursion offers kids under five free passage, and ages 5-12 are welcomed at half price. The tour offers underwater views of Cabo’s famous El Arco (The Arch), Neptune’s finger as the large rock juts from the sea, and the fancy-free Sea Lion colony that lives at land’s end. The Captain of The Yellow Submarine shares his expertise of the underwater ecosystem with his guests, as well offering up-close perspectives of the inhabitants of the area, plunging into the sea to locate specific marine life, and sharing his finds with passengers through the windows on the bottom of
the boat. And, even better, if guests wish for an even closer view, snorkel gear is provided for a plunge of their own, as well as a great opportunity for vacation photos through the clear hull of the boat.
Cross the longest wooden pedestrian and ATV hanging bridge in the world at Wild Canyon!
For the adventurous spirit, Wild Canyon is the place, and with a slogan like “Now would be a great time to scream”, they own it. With activities such as camel rides and Animal Kingdom, an area complete with a broad assortment of unique birds and reptiles available to kids of all ages, their larger audience is there to- you guessed it: scream. Single or double monster ziplines, bungee bombs, and a giant swing - each activity skillfully controlled from 300 feet above the canyon floor, are just a few of the options that have their guests heart rates soaring. And, don’t forget a slow walk or - even more exciting, a UTV ride over the longest wooden pedestrian and ATV hanging bridge in the world, at 1082 feet long and nearly 164 feet above the ground at its lowest point. Wild Canyon is located about 40 minutes East of Cabo San Lucas, and transportation to and from any hotel located in the tourist corridor is included with reservations. Be aware that each activity may have restrictions regarding age, weight, and specific health conditions that may be problematic.
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The beaches in La Paz are unbeatable
Paddle over crystal clear water
Submerge yourself into the Sea of Cortez
the yellow submarine
For families ranging in age from 5 to 85, beach-front horseback riding is both an exciting and peaceful outing, allowing for beautiful views of the Baja desert and Pacific Ocean. Cabo San Lucas Tours offers several different expeditions, each highlighting a different perspective of captivating Los Cabo. Keep in mind that riding in the morning or evening is preferable to baking in the hot afternoon sun, and it is advisable to wear long pants for the nearly three hour ride.
For a more peaceful day, a family may consider an excursion cruising the beautiful waters of the Sea of Cortez - just as funfilled, with less the screams, and an activity all ages can enjoy. Island Cat, a large and spacious sailing vessel out of La Paz, offers an outing that includes two meals, an open bar, and an afternoon of play at a remote beach surrounded by clear water seemingly pulled directly from the pages of a travel magazine. A day aboard Island Cat means a day of being pampered by others, as the attentive Crew caters to their guests, continually making sure their needs are met. Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and snorkeling gear is provided, and the high salt content in this particular area of the Sea of Cortez allows guests to easily and comfortably float on the water like a cork in the ocean. Peace, indeed. And, the trip would not be complete without time spent snorkeling with a colony of sea lions, playing with the ever-friendly “dog of the sea” and observing the abundant marine life that resides around the great rock upon which they lazily perch themselves when out of water. Round trip transportation to and from the marina in La Paz, located an hour and half away, is provided at no extra charge, and the return drive to Cabo San Lucas always includes a stop off at the historic Hotel California in Todos Santos. The directory of family fun in Cabo certainly does not end here, with a virtually unending list of surfing and scuba diving options for both the experienced and novice adventurer within. And, in fact, with all of the many opportunities for a great time while in Cabo San Lucas, a family may indeed find that in all of their play, they may just need a vacation from their vacation. But, rest assured, they’ll be as excited as ever for a return trip to do it all over again. *
An Off Road Day Trip by Alex Navarro
IMAGINE YOUR FEET PLAYING ON THE WARM SAND as you watch the sun give its first warm light on a beautiful beach on the East Cape. Then just a few hours later, after an amazing off-road journey through desert and mountain landscapes, feeling the sun on your face as it gives its farewell for the day while chilling on the beach sand of the Pacific side. This is real! It can be done with a 4 x 4 vehicle in a full day and it is what I call the sea to sea off road Baja route. At dawn, begin your adventure in San Jose del Cabo and drive out to the East Cape with a full tank of gasoline. Before, prepare a cooler with water, beverages, snacks and a box lunch. And don’t forget your bathing suit! Drive out of San Jose on the new paved road nearby Puerto Los Cabos for about twenty minutes to the East Cape, passing by the exits for Buzzard’s Restaurant first and then Zach’s Bar and Zacatitos beach community as well, and keep going all the way until the paved road ends where it intersects at the beach dirt coastal road near Shipwrecks beach. Here, take a left going north towards Shipwrecks, a great surf spot. Now you will be off the paved road and going north on this coastal dirt road. The panoramic views of the sea on this road are fantastic. Go for about 30 minutes, passing the surf spot Nine Palms, until you arrive to Vinorama beach. This a great spot for your first rest stop and having some breakfast you prepared or eating at the restaurant inside the cool hotel there. Vinorama is also famous for its wave at Punta Perfecta surf break. Enjoy the sand and sun and maybe get your feet wet as you collect some shells as the sun begins warming the day a little more. From Vinorama take the main dirt road that heads into the desert away from the beach towards the mountains. Precisely, to El Picacho San Lazaro. This dirt road is well known and is called Palo Escopeta. Take in the beautiful desert scenery as the mountain peaks set the back drop. You will be driving towards the Pacific side. Palo Escopeta is a windy road that will end up near the San Jose airport after about a half an hour of passing through a few ranches with many serene cows and goats. You will eventually intersect Highway 1 near the airport just south of the little town of Santa Anita just outside of San Jose del Cabo. Go north on the paved Highway #1 and pass the airport, pass the long bridge and pass Santa Anita. After Santa Anita starts a very straight stretch of highway and on your left-hand side you will see the mountain range and a few exits, also on the left side. First pass the gas company, then the Federal building and then on the next dirt road exit turn left. This is a very straight stretch of dirt road about one mile long that heads into the mountain pass that begins at the bottom of the mountain skirt of El Picacho San Lazaro. For confirmation of being on the correct road, about a half a mile into this dirt road you will see on your right-hand side a cow meat facility. You are now leaving the desert and entering the mountain range called Sierra La Laguna, a protected National Park. The road will begin winding and ascending. Immediately, you will pass a small concrete slab bridge passing over an “arroyo” or river bed. Depending on the time of year and amount of rainfall, the water 24
stream will be running or not. This time of year, the water is trickling down and will be gushing around October after hurricane season. As you drive up the mountain on this magical twisty dirt road, you will pass many Baja ranches and you will notice the flora become a mix of mountain and desert plants with a very tropical vibe, and you will see many coconut palm trees as well. After 10 miles or so you will pass the entrance to El Jardin de los Naranjos, a wonderful Tibetan Buddhist Center, and at this junction the road divides. If you go right you will head towards the water dam, but go straight and keep going towards the Pacific. Here if you wish, open up the front gates of the Buddhist retreat on your left and drive in to the main thatched “palapas” and say hi to the volunteers and caretakers. Always a welcoming vibe and it is a really inspiring spot. Back again on the dirt road through the mountains and towards the Pacific Ocean you will descend slightly and ascend again a few times for the next hour or so as the elevation increases and gets closer to the highest point midway between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. On this route you cannot see both seas from one point, this can be done on a hiking route more North that begins around Santiago and goes to Todos Santos or vice versa. I have heard this view is possible near the main Sierra La Laguna valley on top at about 6000 feet. But that is quite the extreme 3-4 day hiking adventure trip which when I do, I will tell you about it for sure. Ok, so now we are back again on the dirt road on our 4 x 4 going towards the Pacific beaches. Keep driving slowly through all the curves, bends, ups and downs, veering around boulders and rocks. If at any point you feel a bit lost, any rancher along the way will reassure your direction. Plus, there is only one main dirt road for vehicles that crosses through this mountain pass. Once you are at the highest point you will feel the much colder weather and see higher cliffs and steeper mountain sides. The road gets very narrow at points, so drive very slowly through here. You will start sensing the appearance of the Pacific Ocean soon. Crossing the mountains takes about 3 hours and you are probably 2 hours in at this point. Soon you will begin descending and seeing the change of flora again to more tropical and desert. Once you descend into the desert landscapes you will soon cross the popular “El Aguajito” which is an “arroyo” that runs strong sometimes and the locals even collect crawfish right there in the middle of the desert! You are now in the last stretch of the trip. In the area near “El Aguajito”, maybe ask the ranchers which is the road towards Highway 19 or Cerritos Beach. This road will descend and wind down through the desert for about 20-30 minutes to Highway 19. The views, as you can see the Pacific Ocean in front of you from an elevated point, are incredible. Once you hit the highway, lastly, go north or take a right towards Cerritos beach for only a few miles. So you’ve made it from sea to sea, now all you have to do is dip your feet in the water, enjoy the sand on the bottom of your feet, relax, get some good food and a drink at one of the beach restaurants and enjoy the last rays of the day’s sun as it fades away. Nice! *
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Ba ja P a rt 2 : Fi ndi ng Beauty I n T he Badl ands BY JUSTIN PORTER BIEL
I'm driving down a treacherous road
filled with sand banks and large, chalky boulders. Swerving to avoid the rocks, I flip my sunglasses onto my head, peering out the open window. A steady stream of yellow dust kicks up from the tires, encompassing the car and blurring my vision. Squinting, I see more rocks, large and imposing, dropped onto the desert landscape, set within a sea of cacti. Beyond the valley floor, barren hills meet a cloud-speckled sky. I scan the road ahead looking for markers of human civilization. There's nothing. It feels like we've taken a wrong turn because this dirt road is unlike any highway I've ever seen. I proceed cautiously, peering around each corner, unsure of what we'll find. My imagination runs rampant, envisioning all forms of potential danger – the road suddenly dropping off into a deep ravine, a Mad Max gang of hooligans hanging outside an apocalyptic dune buggy on the hunt for petrol, a group of broad-faced Neanderthals holding sharpened bones. Sitting beside me in the passenger seat, my fiancé asks what I'm thinking. I tell her everything in rapid-fire sentence fragments. With each scenario, my voice gets louder, and the words come out faster. At the end I'm breathing hard, staring at her, awaiting a response. "You're crazy," she says. Disregarding the comment, I take another sip of my beer. I drive down the road for another hour and experience a peaceful transition; my mind pulled into a meditative state by the land's inescapable beauty. Becoming in tune with the surroundings, I see traces of life everywhere. Roadrunners dash about in the sands. Vultures with large black wings and wrinkled, pink heads sit on branches. A hare moves quickly across the open land. Hawks soar, flying in the current of the wind. A spikey-tailed lizard jumps from a rock and scurries into the surrounding brush. Even the sky takes on life, with clouds expanding and regrouping in an unpredictable dance of motion. My fiancé and I share a glance of peace, yet angst is hiding under the surface. We could both use a break from the bumpy road. Our water supply is dwindling, and we've been sitting idly for one too many hours. We consider pulling off the road to rest, but that isn't a satisfying option. We are thirsting for shade and cold drinks. Most of all, we need to know we're going in the right direction. Up ahead there's a chain-link fence decorated with dozens of empty beer cans. The aluminum shards reflect brightly in the mid-day sun. There's a large gate and behind it, a random structure made from wood, slats of metal and plastic sheeting. Driving closer, we see more of the property – partially standing campers in a lopsided row, huge rubber tires lying sideways, an artistic arrangement of toilets sitting idly in the sand, many broken down cars. I roll to a stop in front of the main gate. Looking upwards, we make out the words. Coco's Corner. Below, on a smaller sign, it reads. Info Turistica. English spoken. Cold Beer. Café. Camping. Agua. 26
Dust is swirling across the property, rattling the empty cans and all desert wildlife has vanished. Here, Coco's Corner is all that exists, a place in purposeful disarray. "This could be the best...or worst idea ever," I say. I pull in front of the main structure, exit the vehicle, and walk towards the doorway. As I step inside my eyes adjust slowly. However, when the room comes into full view, my mouth drops open. There are hundreds of pairs of women's underwear nailed to the ceiling, dangling inches from my head - all different colors, styles, and sizes, swaying like trophies in the desert wind. On every pair, there are sentimental notes, each made out to the mysterious proprietor named Coco. A single question runs through my mind. Who is this panty-pirate of the desert? On cue, I get my answer. A man is standing across the room. He is barrel-chested and shirtless, with tan skin and a baldhead. He's wearing green cargo shorts, and below the knees, both legs are missing. He is standing on the stumps, which are protected by two worn kneepads. "Bienvenidos," he says. "Cerveza?"
For the next hour, we are guests in Coco's home. We share Pacifico's around a dining room table made from old, industrial cable wheel. He offers a tour of his house, showing us his bar, his kitchen, and his bedroom. He tells us how he built the property from scratch, most of it completely alone, and with the use of only one leg. Outside, we take pictures of his art installations â€“ ingenious and beautiful - and these too are made entirely of recycled materials. We are nothing more than travelers passing by, and yet Coco shares his home kindly and openly. Before we get back on the road, he asks us to sign his guestbook, telling us that this one is the sixth edition. We write down our names and the cities of our birth, feeling like we've just joined some secret club. In his customary fashion, he requests a pair of my fiancĂŠ's underwear in return. For Coco, we are more than happy to oblige. * Location of Story: Coco's Corner is in Baja California on Highway 5, 110KM South of Puerticitos. There is FREE camping for anyone Coco likes, while beer, water, and coffee are for sale. All underwear donations are highly appreciated.
LESSON'S LEARNED FROM THE BADLANDS:
1 Just because it's a highway, don't expect a paved road. 2 Beauty is everywhere; you just have to look for it. 3 Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. 4 Never pass Coco's Corner without stopping to say hello. 5 Friendship is the greatest currency of all. A b o u t th e A u t h o r : 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. Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
ALL THAT'S FISHY
From Land's End to La Paz Monthly Fishing Report by Gary Graham
nglers, June in Baja is always a special month, delivering a stunning variety of fish. Many can be longer than you are tall and others will dazzle you, defying you to catch them with their remarkable strength and tenacity. For you Baja veterans, this June was a little different than you expected. Don’t panic ... it’s all good. Just remember, if you came expecting to target a specific species and they aren’t biting, don’t throw your hands up in disgust. If your favorite isn’t on the short list, accept the challenge and go for the ones that are biting. For instance, if you arrived with a yellowtail or snook on your mind, you may have had to work a little harder and spend more time on the water. I know June is supposed to always be a good month for both, and honestly, I could be wrong, but I’m not looking for either of those to put in an appearance anytime soon. On the other hand, if you came for BIG roosterfish, you are in luck! The month began with one of the most epic bites old timers can recall. Fish weighing double digits are not uncommon. And equally uncommon is that they are hungry. You are not limited to one area. The big ones are biting everywhere ... from Chileno to La Arenas to the north in the Sea of Cortez.
Hunter Treviranus, California takes advantage of the epic roosterfish bite to score her personal best which she safely released.
The billfish scene has been sporadic thus far this year with a few little pops here and there where double digit releases in Cabo were in the mix. The only area with any consistency for striped marlin seems to be up at East Cape. They are around in big numbers -- spread all over the area offshore. Tailing fish are grabbing tossed live bait while other stripers are hitting lures. Yellowfin tuna are all over the map, literally. At least one weighing in the mid-200 pound range was caught recently on the Pacific side by the old lighthouse. The smaller variety have been caught drift fishing with sardina, strips of squid or chunks of skipjack ... all worked as has slow-trolled caballito ... no big numbers, but quality fish averaging 30 to 50 pounds. One larger yellowfin weighing over 100 pounds was reportedly taken by a local pangero during a late afternoon trip up at San Jose del Cabo. Wrapping it up, the dorado action is dismal for most with only a few found from La Paz to the tip. Wahoo, on the other hand, seem to be holding their own at Los Arenas with a handful caught on non-windy days. There are at least 800+ additional species in the Sea of Cortez and Baja this is the perfect time for you to begin or add to your species list. *
The Perfect Family Getaway at the islands of Loreto
This summer, families looking for an outstanding vacation can create treasured memories and discover the wonders in Loreto. With exceptional service and a variety of family-focused activities, parents and children can enjoy breathtaking views while bonding over bold outdoor adventures and endless relaxation. “We want families of all sizes to enjoy a luxurious vacation where both adults and children can delight in making memories together through adventure and topnotch hospitality in a magical setting,” said Owen Perry, co-owner and president of Villa Group. Located between the majestic Sierra de la Giganta mountain range and the spectacular coastline of the Sea of Cortez, the resort is perfect for family exploration and adventure, with spectacular views along the way. The package allows families to explore the area’s best land and sea escapades, making for perfect family bonding time. From family kayaking and guided hiking tours, to LED paddleboard tours (for kids aged 12 and up) and biking excursions, families can experience the beauty of the resort’s indigo waters, exquisite nature trails and flourishing sea life together. A highlight of the package includes the opportunity to try a Hooka diving reef tour, the newest diving experience in which four guests at a time are attached to a “Hooka” floating air device that allows them to swim at a shallow depth of 20 feet while being surrounded by plentiful fish and marine life in the Sea of Cortez, otherwise known as the “Aquarium of the World.” The safe and friendly diving experience is available for guests ages 12 and up. For kids younger than 11 years old, families are welcome to exchange the Hooka diving and LED paddleboard tour for the Danzante Island Tour, which allows guests to ride in a 24-foot Apex vessel while they visit an array of Loreto’s secret wonders. The tour’s Naturalist Captain will entertain visitors with stories about the island’s formations, traditions and rich history. In addition, each adult can participate in a free golf clinic hosted by an inhouse head PGA Golf Professional at the resort’s new Danzante Bay Golf Club. The clinic offers a great option for beginners to receive an introduction on golf basics. Designed by Rees Jones, a world-renowned golf architect and “U.S Open Doctor,” the Danzante Bay Golf Club is a true rarity, featuring a mixture of awe-inspiring views and luscious green holes for golfers of all skill levels to enjoy. For families looking to relax, the resort offers family-focused spa experiences exclusive to kids and youth 12 years and younger. Parents and children alike can indulge in soothing massages, as well as facial and beauty salon services in the resort’s luxurious Sabila Spa. When families purchase the Summer Family Gatherings package, they will receive a complimentary $25 coupon per adult to the resort’s world-renowned Spa. Families who choose Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto also get access to the resort’s Kid’s Club, a daycare service for kids ages 5 through 12. As a part of the program, kids can explore the wonders and magnificence of the island’s unique landscape through activities focused on creativity, education and teamwork. Activities include nature walks, sand castle building, Mexican handicraft making, Mexican cooking lessons, shell painting, and much more. * Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
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SIMPLY DIVINE Where your Cabo house becomes home
It's a familiar story; American couple visits Cabo for the first time and from the very first second, they fall in love with Cabo San Lucas, El Arco, Land's End, the weather and of course, the people here. Such is our story as well. My name is Rob Hendrix. My wife, Diane, and I first visited Cabo in 1999. Neither of us will ever forget throwing open the curtains of our hotel room on the 7th floor of Villa Del Palmar and seeing the Arch, the turquoise blue waters of Medano Bay and a huge cruise ship. It was like a postcard, almost too beautiful and perfect to be true! We made a promise to ourselves on that day, that very moment in fact, to make Cabo our home some day. This day has come. We are the owners of Simply Divine Cabo, a new store quite unlike anything we have seen in all of our visits to Cabo. We will be featuring a wonderful variety of stylish women's clothing, intriguing jewelry items and most importantly, home decor' items. The scope and variety of home decor' pieces will be amazing and constantly growing and expanding as we import more and more into Cabo. We will have centerpieces, wreaths, arrangements etc made from the highest quality artificial flowers so they are maintenance free and will last many years! We will have an amazing array of potted artificial house plants for those who have a home here but do not necessarily live in Cabo year round, again, not low maintenance but actually no maintenance! And we will be happy to custom make these same items to your particular tastes and decorating scheme. In addition, we do Christmas. And do we do Christmas! Wreaths large and small; up to six feet in diameter! Christmas trees up to nine feet tall! Gorgeous Holiday centerpieces too! All stunningly beautiful, all artificial and all low maintenance and easy to store. We are beyond thrilled to be here and to have the unbelievable good fortune to see our dreams come true. *
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ART&CULTURE GIVING BACK:
Walk a Dog or Make a Kitty Purr
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by Fer nando R o dr i gue z
Me et Ana Mar i a , one of t he many d og s avai l abl e for adopt ion at t he LC HS
''From the beginning'', their websites explains, ''Board of Directors had known that the solution to the homeless animal population had to be a widespread spay and neuter campaign. Their first step in making the program a success required a plan to educate the citizens of Cabo''. The number of unwanted animals born on the streets of Los Cabos has greatly decreased since the efforts of the LC Humane Society went into action a little more than two decades ago. The LCHS is also currently continuing their work with the eight partner rescue groups in the U.S. and Canada that have helped successfully relocate many of the animals in the Society's care. In addition, both the local and tourist adoptions numbers continue to increase, as more and more families are welcoming home a new Mexican pet from Los Cabos. An average of twenty dogs and six cats are finding happy, loving families every month. The Humane Society's Spay and Neuter program consists of scheduled appointments that can be made by phone with Evaristo Castro at (624) 129-8346 and in Spanish with Cecilia Montano (624) 151-6046. Sterilizations are conducted every week at various location clinics throughout the impoverished neighborhoods in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose de Cabo. The spay/neuter surgery requires a donation of at least $100 pesos from low income families. On any given day, Los Cabos Mexican, American and Canadian ex-pat residents often turn to the Humane Society when searching for their lost dog, puppy, cat or kitten;
hoping someone has turned their pet as lost and found. They are given advice and offered resources by the attentive, caring, LCHS staff as to what increased measures they can take in hopes of finding their missing small canine/feline family member. The LCHS long term goal is to have a new, more efficient facility that can better serve the growing needs of the Los Cabos community, which itself, has a population and new development that is growing every new year.
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To donate funds or help volunteer contact their Bilingual phone number (624) 129-8346 or for Spanish (624) 1516064. The general office number is (624) 143-3947. The volunteer email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff member Rhonda Turner mentioned the LCHS need for volunteers to assist in any one of the following events; The Sunday morning Ciclovia information booth, the Finisterra Resort white dinner party, and at any and all clinics and community awareness efforts. The LCHS offices are located on Highway 1; about a half mile north of the Soriana and Sendero shopping mall. More LCHS volunteer and general center email information includes: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Comments, suggestions and/or complaints can be sent via email to their Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dog walkers and cat cuddlers are always needed and are very welcome. Whether you're here on vacation or a local, you can make a difference by volunteering with LCHS!
Unofficially founded in 1991, the Los Cabos Humane Society became a legally registered non-profit organization of Mexico in 1995, and has been serving the Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo communities ever since. It was in 1997 that the Victor Hugo Cesena family donated the Animal Center the land. Construction of the current facility was incredibly financed solely by donations from local residents and tourists. Funding for the volunteer driven Humane Society's annual operating costs is raised through the non-profit's two major money generating annual events; the Paws and Claws golf tournament in April and the Dressed to the K-9's November holiday charity dinner and dance extravaganza, dubbed "The Most Glamorous Event of the Year." 100% of event ticket purchases and contributions help provide for the Humane Society's spray and neuter services, animal adoption rates, and lower the number of animal euthanasia frequencies. ''We receive no government support. From our annual fundraiser, we give dogs and cats a second chance at life,'' said organizer Barbara Cooperman. The annual Paw N' Claws Golf Tournament & Dinner fundraising event was first created ten years ago to further assist the tireless work the staff at LCHS does in addressing the many needs and services of the Los Cabos pet community. While the LCHS Center does have a few paid staff members, the rest of the work (pet adoption, neutering) is accomplished by hard-working volunteers. The open golf tournament is hosted by The One and Only Palmilla Resort.
Me e t Mi l ko, one of t he many c at s av ai l able for a d opt i on at t he LCHS
Missing your best buddy? Head out to the Los Cabos Humane Society for some morning or afternoon dog walking or visit the cattery anytime. With clean and safe trails it's the perfect (and free) family activity. Located off Highway 19 heading out of Cabo San Lucas, get directions from the bilingual cell phone at (044) 624 129 8346. Donations of pet food, collars, leashes, bedding, kitty litter and cleaning supplies are welcome. The LCHS also needs volunteers, financial assistance, pet foster parents and air transportation to the US and Canada for adopted pets.
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NONPROFITS IN LOS CABOS Compiled by Sabrina Lear
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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. 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
View art 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. The galleries are open all day, every day!
Enjoy traditional Mexican music and complimentary drinks at participating venues. Starts at 6:30 pm every Tuesday.
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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.
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OUT&ABOUT No b o d y k now s how t o par t y qui t e l i k e L os Cabos d o e s ! F r om sm al l i nt i m at e get - t oget her s, t o th e l a r gest sur f com pet i t i on i n L at i n Am er i ca, C a b o p r ovi des t he per fect back dr op for e l a b o r at e upscal e event s. T her e have been m any n o te wo r t hy event s over t he l ast coupl e m ont hs, b u t h e re a few of m y favor i t es: b y J u s ti n e S c hock, your guide to the Cabo Socia l S ce n e
ME by MELIA WHITE PARTY ME Cabo hotel held their annual White Party on May 20th at Blue Marlin Ibiza Poolside Beach Club. The White Party has become the one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated parties of the year for many Cabo locals. The Blue Marlin Ibiza pool is transformed with moody pink and purple lighting and seating for 1,000+ attendees. Guests dressed in all white posed for pictures and danced the night away to music by resident DJ's Dumont & Wagener and Jáuregui, followed by special guest DJ Roger Sanchez. Sanchez began his DJ set with a dramatic light and fireworks show for which the crowd went wild! Other entertainment included a lively drumming performance and beautiful dancing girls dripping in glitter and fringe. If you couldn’t make it this year, don’t forget to mark your calendar for May 2018….you won’t want to miss it! @ExperienceMeCabo @BlueMarlinIbizaLosCabos
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LOS CABOS OPEN OF SURF The 2017 Los Cabos Open of Surf (LCOOS) was a World Surf League Women's Qualifying Series 6,000 and Jr. Pro Event for boys and girls under 18 years old. The main event was held June 6-11 at the world-famous Zippers surf spot, located near the Costa Azul bridge in San Jose Del Cabo. The plentiful waves made for an exciting week of surfing that ended one day earlier than expected. Brazilian professional surfer Silvana Lima finally took home the Women’s QS title along with a check for $10,000 USD after three consecutive years in the finals. The Jr. Pro Men’s and Women’s prizes went to Che Allan and Summer Macedo respectively. This year, LCOOS partnered with Alana Blanchard and the Alana Blanchard Foundation to support talented young girls who may not otherwise have the financial means to get to the next levels in surfing. The 2017 Alana Blanchard Foundation Challenge Specialty Heat winner and check for $2,500 USD was awarded to Dimity Stoyle. In contrast to previous years, there was not a large concert on the beach. Instead, El Merkado hosted an official LCOOS music event featuring rising singer and Willie Nelson protégé Lily Meola, along with DJ and professional surfer Keala Kennelly, and special host Chris Cote. There were also several other smaller shows throughout the week including a performance by local band Totoy on Thursday night. Destino Los Cabos was a proud sponsor of the 2017 Los Cabos Open of Surf! @LosCabosOpenOfSurf @WSL
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DESTINO LOS CABOS VIP COCKTAIL PARTY Photos by Jose Manuel Bustamante and Patty Guevara
Destino Los Cabos and Baja Home Magazine partnered with the Los Cabos Open of Surf for their second annual invite only VIP cocktail party at Costa Azul beach. The surf themed party was well attended by Destino clients, advertisers, pro surfers and other influential business owners and leaders in the Los Cabos community. Special guest DJ Chelsea Leyland got the crowd pumped with an exclusive beach house music set. Guests sampled a sea of scrumptious appetizers provided by several El Merkado vendors including Pan Di Bacco, Lateral, Cabo BBQ and La Carreta. The event wouldnâ€™t have been possible without help from our wonderful sponsors and partners. A special thank you to Del Cabo Event Design for providing furniture and accessories, to La Brisa Mariscos and Bar for serving tasty cocktails and beer and Santo Mezquila for providing their new tequila/mezcal blend created by Sammy Hagar and Adam Levine. Also, a big shout-out to the LCOOS crew for doing a lot of the heavy lifting and cleanup! Charity organizations Red Autismo and Surfers Healing were also in attendance providing information about their therapy programs and surf camps for autistic children. If you would like to learn more or donate to these worthy causes, please visit: redautismo.org and surfershealing.org. @DestinoLosCabos
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EVENTSJULY2017 by Fernando Rodriguez
July 31 - LOS CABOS OPEN August 5 TENNIS TOURNAMENT photo source abiertoloscabos.com
18 OF 4TH JULY!!! Many restaurants and night clubs have special celebrations for the red, white and blue holiday, but the largest spectacle of them all are the fireworks on Medano Beach. Watch them from your hotel room, from a cozy spot on the beach or from a roof top restaurant!
13th ANNUAL EL DORADO SHOOTOUT
The Mifel Los Cabos Open Tennis Tournament presented by Cinemex takes place from July 31st to August 5th, as part of the The Association of Tennis Professionals ATP Tour. Feliciano Lรณpez of Spain will return this year, currently ranked 36th in the world and a finalist of last year's inaugural professional tennis competition. The Los Cabos Open will again be played at the Delmar International School in Cabo del Mar. As part of The ATP World Tour 250 series, the event offers more than $700,000 USD in prizes. While defending 2016 champion Karlovic of Coatia will not return to pursue a second title, other top pro players include Tomas Berdych (Czechoslovakia), Sam Querry and Frances Tafoe (USA), Feliciano Lรณpez and Fernado Verdasco of Spain, Nicolus Mahut (France), Karen Khachanov (Russia), and Thanasi Kokkonakkis from Australia. Tickets can be purchased at Koral Plaza in San Jose del Cabo, Cabo Del Mar in Cabo San Lucas, online through Ticketmaster and at the box office on the day of the event. Tickets for the Los Cabos Open start at $390 MXN or roughly $22 USD per seat. The silver, gold and platinum zones, can be obtained at a price between $4,705 - $8,900 MXN; or roughly $261 - $494 USD. For more information, please visit abiertoloscabos.com or call (624) 131 5005 or (624) 105 9357.
The Van Wormer Resorts located in Los Barriles on the East Cape will again host their 13th Annual Dorado Shoot Out. Touted as the largest tournament in Southern Baja which has continually averaged a turnout of 125-130 teams. What makes this event that was established in 2005, so popular is the low entry fee along with a big pay out. This year's entry fee is $500 per team and the winning team will walk away with a brand new, fully loaded, 4x4 pickup truck. The tournament also offers optional side jackpots of $200, $300, $500 and $1,000. Last years jackpots reached over $80,000 in cash. The rules are simple, catch the heaviest dorado on July 15, 2017 and you win the truck. There will also be great prizes for 2nd and 3rd place as well as for the largest tuna and largest wahoo caught that day. The beauty of this one day tournament format is that anyone can win. After the tournament, Palmas De Cortez will host the award ceremony that features Dinner, Music and over $20,000 in raffle items for each and every ticket holder. *Text Reference: doradoshootout.com
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THE SEÑORITAS BLUE WATER CLASSIC
Circuito Cultural Marina Cabo San Lucas
Baja Fishing Adventures is proud to present the 1st Annual “Señoritas Blue Water Classic” an all Women’s Team Tournament, in the beautiful East Cape Region of Los Cabos, Baja Mexico, consisting of a threeday competition. The tournament has been founded specifically and exclusively for all women’s teams. A competition which recognizes that more women are out at sea; successfully angling and sportfishing than ever before. The tournament will feature a cash pay-out for the biggest Marlin, as well as Daily Jackpots for Marlin, Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo and Catch & Release. The 1012 team tournament competition will be covered live as it develops on the Señoritas Blue Water Classic Facebook Page. For tournament information & registration, please visit bajafishingadv.com and click on the Senoritas BWC Tab, email firstname.lastname@example.org . *Text Reference: www.evensi.com
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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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