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IN THIS ISSUE 8 BAJA 101

Destinations • Maps • Useful Information

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Descriptions and tips about the best beaches

18 ACTIVITIES 22 DIVING INTO THE AQUARIUM 24 DISCOVER Loreto - A Timeless Treasure Ex Pat Chronicles - Monumental Uncrowded Beaches of Baja Sur All That's Fishy - Monthly Fishing Report

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Friends for the Conservation of Cabo Pulmo Los Cabos Non Profits It's Turtle Time! San Jose Art District

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Publisher Owen Perry Editor in Chief Michelle Monroy Art Michelle Monroy Writers / Contributors / Photographers Alex Navarro Ami Doss Gary Graham Jacopo Brunetti Justin Porter Biel Justine Schock Laura Tyrrell Michelle Monroy Sabrina Lear PR and Marketing Manager Justine Schock - justine@destinoloscabos.com

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letter from the EDITOR If you love Los Cabos, you most likely love the ocean, a playground that is vast and mysterious. I have never SCUBA dived -on my bucket list- but my imagination allows me to picture what it's like down there. Beautiful without a doubt, but I wonder: what does it feel like to be in that underwater world? Do you know how it feels? Read along to learn more about what Baja's natural aquarium is like. We are also featuring in this issue Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, a meca for divers and snorkelers. The Baja feels proud and fortunate to be home to this incredible coral reef and we should all work together to help conserve it. August in Los Cabos means long hot summer days. Good for us, our backyard is the refreshing ocean! There are numerous water activities all around in case you feel like you need to cool down a bit. 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

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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

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).

Todos Santos

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.

East Cape

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

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

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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MEDANO BEACH

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.

LOVER’S BEACH

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

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

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

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.

COSTA AZUL

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

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!

BALANDRA

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 18

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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 19


FLYBOARDING

SURFING

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.

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This sport is most popular in the East Cape due to the El Norte winds. Playa Norte (the north-east side of the beach) in Los Barriles is said to be the most popular destination and is also the location for a professional kite-boarding school. La Ventana is also a popular spot and is closer to La Paz. There is less wind in Los Barriles than in La Ventana, but the surf is bigger. The best months are January, February, March, October, November, December. Every January, the Lord of the Wind tournament takes place in Los Barriles. 20

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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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A 9-FOOT BULL SHARK APPROACHES ME,

appearing suddenly through an impressive school of cautious snapper who congregate over the wreckage of a cargo boat that went down 30 years ago in a storm. Cruising at a consistent speed, the impressive shark doesn’t make eye contact yet and seems to be heading straight for me and my divers. I stand my ground. At the last minute its electromagnetic senses, possibly those that brought it here in the first place, alert the awesome animal to other beings in its presence, and she turns sharply, almost brushing me with her tail. She disappears. Silhouettes of other bull sharks swim by now and then. Some coming in for a closer look but mainly not bothering the divers who loudly blow bubbles and invade their living space. In the background, a whale is calling a mate and the echoes of a song haunt our dive here in Cabo Pulmo. Scuba diving in Cabo Pulmo National Park is a privilege. A complete fishing ban in 1995, inspired by local fishing families who were noticing rapid decline in stock, led to a 425% increase in fish populations. Huge schools of fish can be found here. Schools much larger than those found at other dive sites in Baja that accommodate as many tourists: the fish are worth more to the local community as scuba diving attractions than they are on a plate in a restaurant. A tornado compiled of thousands of big eye jacks have become the iconic image of the marine park and submersing yourself in this storm of fish makes for an outstanding dive. Cabo Pulmo has been labelled a ‘hope area’ by Dr Sylvia Earle (2016) in the documentary ‘Mission Blue’. Meaning that this is an area where local people are succeeding in becoming actively involved in protecting their aquatic environment. There are eight main dive sites in Cabo Pulmo. To the north are some of the oldest coral reefs in the northern hemisphere: a fringe reef created by drifting coral lave from the deep Pacific Ocean and a crucial reef that provides nutrients to aquatic life further north in the Sea of Cortez. Out of 14 known coral species world-wide, 12 of them live in Cabo Pulmo. To the south, volcanic rock provides the base for soft fan corals and scatterings of large boulders that make for interesting topography throughout the south side. Californian sea lions have a small colony near to the bay of Los Frailes and this marks the southern-most point of the marine park. The shark dive ends on a safety stop drifting north. The curious snapper are now skittish and scared. Out of nowhere a loud boom interrupts the whale song and suddenly the fish become an explosion of torpedoes hurtling away at great speeds: away from the huge amber jack that still goes hungry after missing out this time. He stalks the school one more time.   Cabo Pulmo is not the only place with aquarium-like diving. It’s almost a cliché now to call the Sea of Cortez an aquarium; a quote from Jacques Cousteau back in his day. But we can at least completely see why. Down in Los Cabos, the Sea of

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Cortez meets the Pacific: an ocean 15 times the size of the US, covering 28% of global surface and larger than the total land area on Earth. The meeting of both oceans in the bay of Cabo San Lucas provides divers with enough varied aquatic-life encounters to entertain for days.

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Schooling mobula rays flood the bay by the thousands during the summer months and divers are often caught up in their flight. Resident reef sharks reside at the beginner diver area of Pelican rock: a dive site also home to dramatic, deeper canyons for more advanced dives. Cabo San Lucas is home to the rare ‘sand fall’: a natural phenomenon where the sand shifts in cycles with the ocean’s deep currents. Upwelling’s come and go causing a cascade of sand to fall as water does in a waterfall. All of this can be found at the nearest dive sites to the marina, only five minutes by boat. When conditions allow, the deeper dives of Middle Wall, South Wall and Neptune’s Finger impress. All begin on a shallow sandy bottom gradually sloping down to the top of the canyon wall. The reef here is healthy and undisturbed. Looking out into the blue we see schooling mobula rays, schools of green jacks, bonitos, amber jack and even sea lions hunting their prey. We often see a sting ray or two resting in a sandy cove and it’s always possible to see green/hawksbill turtles and up to five different types of moray eel. For macro enthusiasts, we often spot sea horses, frog fish and a generous scattering of various nudibranchs. Finally, diving at the famous Arch ship wreck is a favorite among guides. The cargo ship ‘Lundenberg’ sank off the coast of Cabo San Lucas in 1954 as it was transporting gypsum plaster from San Marcos Island in the Sea of Cortez near Santa Rosalia. It lay there mainly undisturbed until September 2014, when Category 5 Hurricane Odile hit, uncovering her sandy resting place and unveiling its striking outline. Above the water there is a sea lion colony and it’s normal to see at least one or two in the water, whether at the wreck, in the sandy bottom on the opposite side, or in the channel between the colony and larger pinnacle. Sometimes we are lucky enough to have many with us, playing around like a pack of dogs. During these dives, it’s possible just to kneel down in the sand and watch the display. The Land’s End pinnacle is the most southern tip of Baja California, splitting the Cortez and Pacific oceans. Here, among schools of fish, sea lions, rays, reef sharks and turtles, we can boast diving in two oceans in one dive. As a diver of Baja for a number of years, I am in agreement with Jacques Cousteau: scuba diving here is like diving in an aquarium. The changing of seasons brings different conditions and of course there are months that are nicer than others. But this just keeps us on our toes and makes it all that more interesting to live and work in these waters. September to December makes for the warmest, clearest diving here on the peninsula, but this doesn’t always mean the best. It is the consistency of good diving, no matter how clear, how warm, or how calm that keeps me here. There’s always a sea lion, a school of rays, a passing humpback whale or a 9-meter bull shark nonchalantly heading towards the group for a closer look, and it is this that keeps me diving here. i


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B aja's treasures

Loreto

A T i m e l e ss T r e asu r e A rticle and photos by Gar y Graham

Dating back to 1697 when Jesuit explorer Juan Maria Salvatierr a founded the Mision Nuestr a Señor a de Loreto, the town of Loreto has remained one of Baja's treasures.

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DATING BACK TO 1697 when Jesuit explorer Juan Maria Salvatierra founded the Mision Neustria Señora de Loreto, the town of Loreto has remained one of Baja's treasures. Surrounded by the towering Giganta Sierra Mountains to the west and the shimmering expanse of the Sea of Cortez to the east, they provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities. Loreto’s coastline offers five dramatic islands; Isla Carmen, Isla Coronado, Isla Danzante, Isla Montserrat and Isla Catalina, which are all part of the Loreto National Marine Park. This great 100-mile long stretch of sea that hugs Baja's peninsula in the Sea of Cortez is refuge to a diversity of marine life and home to over 800 species of fish. Is snorkeling your thing? From June to November visibility can reach 100 plus feet and this is an excellent time to explore. It's not uncommon to jump into the open bluewater to snorkel with passing whales while on your way out to a dive site. The Sea of Cortez is known for its schools of dolphins, whale pods, sea turtles and sea lion harems, and of course, there is always the chance of meeting with the giant manta rays, hammerhead sharks and seasonal whale sharks. Brilliantly-colored sea fans, black coral and invertebrate life blankets the rocky structures of the reefs which open up into a rainbow of color. Loreto offers an International Airport which is served daily from California and excellent tourism services -- including hotels, restaurants, RV parks and campgrounds. The parade of fishermen from around the world in search of incredible inshore and offshore fishing begins in June and continues until September. The surrounding islands offer remarkable sportfishing with an abundance of fish, i.e., yellowtail, sailfish, dorado, marlin, tuna and roosterfish. Daily trips can be booked with a variety of companies on everything from open pangas to elaborate sophisticated cruisers at very reasonable prices. Many of the Captains and pangeros are second and third generation fishermen who have been fishing since they were children and possess a remarkable wealth of local knowledge and experience. Even if you are not a fisherman, watching the boats zip into the Marina between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon to unload their catch is always exciting. Kayaking offers the opportunity to explore the desert islands and to view the Sierra Giganta Mountains rising out of the sea with their redhued desert colors set against the azure blue water. Mountain bikes: There are plenty of back roads with beautiful views of the Sea of Cortez where the desert meets the sea. Bike tours may be arranged with several local operations. Of course there are the more traditional activities which include Golf, Tennis, Horseback Riding and the beaches. There are five major


Even if you are not a fisherman, watching the boats zip into the Marina between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon to unload their catch is always exciting.

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beaches located in the Loreto area, all easily accessible to the public ... Nopolo, Tripui, Isla Coronado, Playa Loreto, and Isla del Carmen. Rated first and second by Trip Advisor, a stand-out Loreto Resort and Hotel are: Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto Villa Del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto located approximately 30 miles south of Loreto (a mere 45 minute scenic drive from town) provided a unique setting last year for their first annual Islands of Loreto Fishing & Golf Tournament. This year, from July 27-July 29, the second annual fishing and golf tournament will take place; the two competitions in one will offer $10,000 U.S. dollars in prizes plus a 4-night, 5-day stay in a Deluxe Studio at the Villa del Palmar, a prize valued at over $1,500.00 U.S. Described in their brochure as a luxurious 181-room hotel set on an astounding natural setting along the shore of Danzante Bay, it is part of a 4,447acre resort that features unspoiled beauty. It offers three different restaurants, five swimming pools, a 39,000-square-foot luxury spa, tennis courts, and miles of hiking trails, glass-bottomed kayaks, sport fishing, and a nearly finished Rees Jones-designed golf course— in short, every modern amenity a Baja Tourist could hope for. I was there last year, and am planning on attending again this July. I hope to see you there. "Hotel La Misión" managed by Maria Gámez, General Manager, is a stunning, recently-remodeled, elegant resort with a contemporary European-Mexican Hacienda style which reflects the Old Mission flavor of Loreto and is the perfect place for those who are searching for a unique glimpse of the birthplace of Baja. Overlooking the Malecón, it offers a stunning view of the sparkling Sea of Cortez. Loreto was the first town I visited decades ago when the roads were too rough to travel with my nine-year old son. Having returned again for the umpteenth time last month, I was pleased to hear the enthusiasm from the community leaders about their many plans and efforts and I was able to see the results for myself. If beauty and serenity and a step back in time are on your agenda for a vacation, this is one treasure of Baja you should see for yourself. Loreto never disappoints its visitors. i The plaza offers a variety of locally handmade items for the visiting shopper.

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EX-PAT CHRONICLES

M ONUME N TAL BY JUSTIN PORTER BIEL

Bobbing in the swell sits a lineup of tan surfers. One catches a big, crumbling wave. Edging down the face, he cuts hard left, barely escaping an explosion of whitewater. Trailing his board, sea froth churns over the turquoise surface.            Past the break, the Cabo coastline looks immaculate – luxury hotels, mansions, white sand beaches, and boats out for a morning sail. The cliffs of Lover’s Beach sit silent and immovable. Beside them, Medano is alive, buzzing with weekend activity, a scattering of blue tents, Jet Ski’s and glass bottomed boats. Birds glide effortlessly in the wind current overhead, and near my foot, a lizard climbs over a hot rock.             The mid-day sun is beating down. My stomach is gurgling and my face is hot. I’m holding a surfboard between sweaty fingers and my legs are shaky and weak.             I’m standing with Mike and Heather, a couple who are visiting from California, and my fiancé Rose. Together, we survey the beautiful coast. But while they are oohing and aahing at the postcard view, I’m looking at one thing only - Monuments.               Catching my gaze, Mike hands me his polarized glasses and tells me to put them on.             “See those rocks under the surface,” he says.             Immediately I see them, all of them, a garden of jagged stone and coral. It’s the type of break where falling the wrong way has serious consequences.             “You’re gonna want to avoid those,” says Mike.             With Mike’s pep talk out of the way, we’re scaling the rocks, moving down towards the beach. I don’t share my hesitation, but in my mind, a silent debate is playing out.             You sure this is a good idea? You’re feeling a little shaky.             The ocean is the cure.               Now we’re off the cliffs walking across the beach. I barely notice the grains of sand burning my toes.             You’ve never surfed a rock break in a swell this big.             Exactly. Here’s my chance.             Applying a final layer of board wax I stare up at the posh hotel overlooking the beach. Guests in shaded cabanas are picking at fresh fruit plates and sipping cocktails; tan, fit bodies situated on different patio levels, seamlessly built into the chalk cliffs above. They are wearing dark sunglasses, looking out over the ocean holding books, magazines and iPads.               Do I have to remind you?             Remind me of what?             I slather a gob of SPF 30 over my face, chest and shoulders.             Sometimes you can be a little, well, overzealous.             That’s one of my best qualities.             There’s a break in the set and without thinking, I’m paddling out into the ocean. I move quickly to keep up with Mike. My shoulders are burning, my heart rate’s rising, and adrenaline surges. I try to find balance, joining the water’s rhythmic flow, but the rocks below look rigid and menacing.             Making it out past the whitewater, I spend a few minutes simply observing. I study the break, trying to get a feel for its patterns. I take note of every nuance, watching the experienced surfers, gathering what tips I can. The whole time, my body stays in motion, rolling up and down, up and down, in the massive swell. Mentally, I’m feeling more confident, but physically, something is off.

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           My gut is cinching into knots. A fury is building in the depths of my stomach. I breathe deeply attempting to calm the nausea, but the growing urge has become unstoppable. Knowing I have only seconds to act, I turn my face away from the beach, watching helplessly as my breakfast becomes fish food over the front of my board. I wash my face with salty water. Looking around, I expect to see a number of laughing faces and fingers pointed, but no one is watching. The surfers are gazing outward toward the horizon. Heather and Rose are doing yoga on the beach. The hotel guests are too far away to notice.             My eyes linger on the sandy shore. The beach is fifty yards away, past head-high waves crashing over a garden of stone.             Time to paddle in.             Nope. Time to surf.             A wave is building. I’m in the perfect spot. My brain shuts off, and suddenly, I’m operating through feel alone - paddling, looking back, committing. I jump up just before the wave crumbles. The takeoff is smooth. The face is open. I cut hard to my backside, feeling water and wind rush past. The rocks are still there, but they are no longer fatal; they’re beautiful.             I’m dancing with the ocean, and nothing else matters.             Completing a smooth, long ride, I cut over the lip and paddle back out. I don’t look back at the beach and I barely notice the other surfers. I’m fixated on a single thought as it dashes upon the hamster wheel of my brain.             Catch another wave. Catch another wave. Catch another wave. i

Article Location: Monuments Surf Break.

Directions to Break: You’ll find this break just east of Cabo San Lucas off Highway 1. Look for a statue or monument at the entrance near the Misiones del Cabo Hotel on the Cabo corridor. The break is located below the hotel’s restaurant, or directly in front of The Cape Hotel. Monuments can offer decent size breaks even when the rest of the area is flat.

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LESSON'S LEARNED FROM SURFING MONUMENTS:

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Going for it can sometimes end in disaster. It also guarantees good stories and fewer regrets.

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If your surfing partner leaves death notes before paddling into particular breaks, you will be forced to either get a new surfing partner, or get good really fast.

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Be warned, surfing the warm, clear water of the Baja is highly addictive.

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For new Baja expats and visitors alike, exploring the ocean is a must!

Abo ut the Author: Leav i ng his hom e st at e of Colorado behind, Just in no w cal l s t he beaches of Baja California hom e. A wri ter and r ecent expat , he is a r esident of Todos Santo s, Mexico.


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UNCROWDED

BEACHES of BAJA SUR

by Alex Navarro

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One of the great things about Los Cabos and Baja Sur is that you can find uncrowded beaches where you can enjoy sunbathing and even surfing and snorkeling in many of them. Starting in the Todos Santos area, one great option is to head out to La Pastora beach. Going to this beach is a great experience because you have to go through the magical town of Todos Santos. Refer to the Baja Sur map at the beginning of this issue for more clear and detailed directions. Driving through “Todos”, as many locals call this town, is really nice because the streets and buildings are quite beautiful. It is very historic, sporty, cultural and artistic, besides being abundant in organic farming. Also, on your way through, you may stop for a delicious breakfast at any of the numerous cafeterias and restaurants that offer the freshest ingredients in their traditional recipes and new culinary creations as well. Ask anyone in town the way to La Pastora beach as it is very well known. On your way out of town, you will drive next to some of the mango groves before entering the community of Las Tunas. Drive north on that road for about four or five miles until reaching La Pastora beach. This is a great surf point too. It breaks left and right. There are many palm trees and beautiful river rocks on this on this beach and if you stay until sunset, you will be even more amazed by this spot. Before talking about other cool beaches, I would like to recommend a few basic things to take on these beach outings. Firstly, all the spots I will tell you about do not require a 4 x 4 vehicle to access them, any rental vehicle will do fine. So maybe pack a cooler with a picnic, unless you plan to make all your meals at local establishments or beach clubs along your day trip. If not, just a cooler with some snacks like diced fruit, dried fruits, nuts, potato chips, cold beverages and water is all you need. A very basic picnic idea is to buy some corn tostadas, some avocados, tomatoes and fresh ranch cheese at any local market and just with a knife and spoon prepare yourself a great lunch. Have some napkins and a trash bag too. Take all the usual things like a hat, camera, umbrella, beach chairs, towels, and beach toys like a kite, frisbee, football or soccer balls, etc. To make it a super relaxing outing, take some of those inflatable beach lounges that are very popular these days. To hydrate your skin and protect from the sun, pure coconut oil is a wonderful choice. No need to mention surfboards and the whole surf kit if that is the plan. Finally, have a working phone for sure and some reading material perhaps. Continuing just south of Todos Santos are a couple of great solitary beaches. The first one is called Las Palmas and you can find it on km 57 off Highway 19 on the map. This is a palm tree oasis and is famous for a few wild horses that live there. Maybe you’ll see them in the sand or in the dirt trails through the palm trees. This is a very uncrowded beach and the water conditions are usually strong, like powerful rip currents and waves. So be very cautious when getting your feet wet. It breaks sometimes but is recommended only for experienced surfers. Two kilometers south on km 59 on the map, you will find one of my favorite beaches that I have told you about before, and it is San Pedrito beach. This beach is fantastic for surfing, breaking both right and left. There is a river rock bottom with a little estuary close by. It has a very nice vibe and a few local residents of the beautiful homes are there always enjoying the sand and sea. Of course, Cerritos beach must be mentioned here even though it is one of the most popular beaches around. But one of the good things about Cerritos is that even if it has people, you can feel spaced out and set up far from other camps. Furthermore, if you go there for sunrise and early morning beach time you will find it quite uncrowded, especially during the work week. Cerritos is on km 65 just south of San Pedrito beach and nearby Pescadero town. This is an amazing beach for the family and for surfing. It has a right point break, and many beach break peaks that go left and right. Then, all the way south to the tip of the Baja Peninsula, in the Los Cabos area, there are a few options to get some beach time with little crowds. A classic choice is to take a sunrise water taxi out to Lover’s beach from the Cabo San Lucas marina or Medano beach. An astonishing beach as you can snorkel in the Sea of Cortez side, and also walk on the sand through the rock formations to the Pacific Ocean side called Divorce beach. By mid-morning this beach will receive many visitors as it is one of the most popular beaches of Baja.


Another uncrowded beach, especially on workweek days, right in the middle of Los Cabos is El Tule beach on km 15.5 off Highway 1. It is a very wide-open beach which is the end of a dry river bed or “arroyo”. I recommend setting your beach camp at either end of the beach. On the north end, you will find some nice rock formations that will provide shade part of the day. This is a surf break with a river rock bottom and breaks mostly right but also left. As always, if you are not a surfer or avid waterman always be cautious, at all the beaches mentioned in this article, of water conditions and don’t get in the ocean unless you feel comfortable and the conditions are within your limits. But nevertheless, even if you are just walking near the shoreline or just dipping your toes in the water, be observant and aware of riptides and strong waves, as they are sometimes sudden and quick and may surprise you. Respect is the key word and fun is inevitable when this is your approach. A few miles north on km 19.5 at the site of the Hilton hotel, you can have access to one of my favorite beaches. The hotel will let you have access through the side road and you can park nearby. I love this beach because it is quite extensive, and even though the hotel buildings are there, the amount of people on the beach is not large and are scattered throughout. But I love it especially because it has a little bay occurring from the boulder swell protection barrier. It is a great spot for swimming and floating effortlessly in the ebb and flow. Now, on to an all-time classic for everyone - Palmilla beach. Located on km 27 of Highway 1, this is a very popular beach. The great thing is that you can set up your camp far down the beach and feel some privacy. Workweek days are the best days there and for sure on weekends it will be crowded. Palmilla beach is nice for snorkeling, SUP, swimming and family fun. Maybe you are there when the fishermen come back and buy a delicious fish from them for your dinner later that day. Right in San Jose del Cabo, just north of Palmilla, you can access a beach right in the hotel zone that is usually uncrowded. It is a great option if you are staying in San Jose and want to spend some time in a beach nearby with a lot of space to play and hang out. The access is the side road next to the Mayan Palace hotel in the Paseo Malecon Blvd. and there is parking available. No surf breaks and no swimming here this time of year. In the winter, it can be very calm and perfect for swimming. Last but not least, there is a spot with a nice wide beach very close to the big store called La Comer in San Jose. The access is right across from the Honda dealership on the main highway. You enter through a dirt road that is on the side of a nice beach club which you will easily see. I have fond memories of this beach because my son was born twelve years ago in a little beach house right there! So there you have a few options to do a fun beach outing a little bit out of the norm. There are many more cool beaches to explore and in future issues I’ll tell you about those. There are some great spots in the East Cape and more north into the Sea of Cortez towards Los Frailes and Cabo Pulmo and then on to La Ribera and Los Barriles and up to La Paz and more! i

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ALL THAT'S FISHY From Land's End to La Paz

Monthly Fishing Report by Gary Graham

With many reaching into the double-digits along with a few reported to be near IGFA’s All Tackle Record, taken by Abe Sackheim -- a 114-pound monster caught in 1960 at La Paz.

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fter two dismal weeks of fishing here in Baja Sur caused by a cold, offcolor current that commonly occurs in June, sweeping down the Pacific side and up into the Sea of Cortez, slowing the fishing dramatically. How fast can conditions change? Late on the afternoon of July 2nd a cryptic text from Gricelda Smokehouse flashes on my screen, “WHAM! Big tuna now!” followed by “250-pounds.” Before I could respond another text flashes, “Another larger one is here!” By the end the day, Scott and Noel Wise, from Houston, Texas, had weighed in a 250-pound yellowfin tuna and Bruce and Brook Paul, from San José, Calif., had caught a 280-pound yellowfin tuna on the boat, "DR. PESCADO", 26 miles up the Pacific side with Captain Jaime ... great news for arriving anglers. Hopefully, in addition to the striped marlin catches picking back up, the larger blue and black marlin, along with the sailfish, will begin to bite as the summer sea temps climb.

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Inshore, confounding reason, the bite continued for some of the largest roosterfish seen consistently in years with many reaching into the double-digits. A few were reported to be near IGFA’s (International Game Fish Association’s) All Tackle Record taken by Abe Sackheim – a 114-pound monster caught in 1960 at La Paz. There were also some good-sized jack crevalle reported along with skipjack and late season sierra. Confirming that the sudden improvement in the fishing was not just a Cabo phenomenon, John Ireland, at East Cape’s Rancho Leonero, confirmed that the yellowfin bite kicked back the same day as the large tuna were caught in Cabo. “Lots of fish in the warmer water. Limits for most boats.” Ireland declared in a text. This is consistent with the reports coming from Puerto Los Cabos where it seems that conditions are also slowly returning to normal as they were in early June. While the billfishing seemed to be lagging somewhat, the local fleet is finding good bottom fishing with yo-yo type lures for red snapper along with a few amberjack. The snapper, or huachinango, were found mainly on the San Luis Bank early in the day and these excellent-eating fish averaged 4 to 10 pounds. A few amberjack were reported in the same area weighing from 10 to 30 pounds. There were some quality-sized yellowfin tuna hooked on the grounds from Iman to San Luis by anglers drift-fishing or slow-trolling various bait; one yellowfin weighing close to 100 pounds was landed mid-week, along with a few tuna in the 40- to 70-pound range. A few smaller football-sized tuna were also hooked on yo-yo lures or trolled hoochies. While still not plentiful, there are more dorado being caught throughout the region. With a two fish limit, the wise angler releases the smaller ones that are the norm and are holding out for the larger bulls that eventually show up and can weigh 20 to 40 pounds. Another popular target is the wahoo that are seldom targeted. In addition to being excellent table fare, they are aggressive and eat the same bait and lures as many of the other inshore fish found along the coast in both the Pacific and Sea of Cortez. A word of caution: these toothy critters are renowned for biting through regular monofilament or fluorocarbon leaders, so be sure to use a short, wire bite tippet. Be thankful you missed the past few weeks and funky currents. July should be a great month for a little sportfishing and a nice way to cool off as midday summer temperatures climb. i

By the end of the day, Scott and Noel Wise, from Houston, Texas, had weighed in a 250-pound yellowfin tuna and Bruce and Brook Paul, from San José, Calif., had caught a 280-pounder, slamming the door on two weeks of slow fishing.

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abo Pulmo is a national marine park and coastal community located near the south-eastern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, in the Municipality of Los Cabos, Baja California Sur.

The reefs at Cabo Pulmo National Park are estimated to be 20,000 years old, and have long been considered a treasure of the Baja California Peninsula. However, these precious ecosystems face many threats – largely related to the rapid development in the region since the late 20th century, when Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo became booming tourism destinations. Today, the tourism industry is the state’s main employer, attracting well over 2 million visitors to BCS annually. In the early 1990’s, after decades of overfishing, the reefs off of Cabo Pulmo were no longer the colorful fish-filled playgrounds they once were. The Autonomous University of Baja California Sur (UABCS) led an effort to educate the community about the issues and proposed solutions, resulting in a successful locally-led initiative to secure protected status for the reef and surrounding marine area. In 1995, Mexico's Federal Government officially established Cabo Pulmo National Park (PNCP), a Marine Protected Area (MPA) covering 27.5 square miles of the Cabo Pulmo reef. At its founding, Cabo Pulmo National Park had an impressive 35% of its area designated as off-limits to any form of fishing. After determined action by local families, the no-fishing area of the park was expanded to 100%. In 2005 the park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in 2008 it became a Ramsar International Wetlands site. Today, after nearly 22 years of protection, every native species of fish has returned to Cabo Pulmo’s reefs, from small herbivores to mid-sized carnivores, to top predators. Predatory sharks, massive rays, humpback whales, sea turtles and ospreys are among the many species that rely on Cabo Pulmo for feeding, habitat and long-term survival. Amigos para la Conservacion de Cabo Pulmo (ACCP) or, “Friends for the Conservation of Cabo Pulmo”, is a local community non-profit organization founded in 2003 to preserve the Cabo Pulmo National Park (PNCP) and the well-being of communities in the Eastern Cape Region through conservation, community development, and communication strategies. ACCP’s program activities include water quality monitoring, environmental education, managing the local recycling program, reef restoration and monitoring sea turtles, including five of the world’s seven endangered species who use the PNCP reef as a refuge. The protected status of PNCP, coupled with ACCP’s efforts to empower the community to enforce and protect the reserve, have been wildly successful; fishing catches just outside the park have increased, and the sustainable approach to tourism in the region is generating higher-paying jobs for the community. Residents continue to enforce the park regulations, clean the beaches, and protect important species. However, as tourism in the region continues to grow, there are new threats and impacts on the reefs and marine species, as well as the people who govern and live in these communities. If you wish to support the important conservation work that ACCP is leading to mitigate these threats in Cabo Pulmo, you can make a U.S. tax-deductible donation to the ACCP Fund at the International Community Foundation (ICF). www.icfdn.org /www.cabopulmoamigos.org. Now grab your snorkel or scuba gear, hit the road, and explore the crystal clear waters of Cabo Pulmo National Park! i


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Giving Guide List provided by Sabrina Lear and the International Community Foundation

Cabo San Lucas / San José Del Cabo

Amigos de Los Niños (Friends of the Children) www.adlncabo.org - 624 144 3195 Baja SAFE, Salud de los Animales y Familias con Educación A.C. www.bajasafe.com The Bomberos Voluntarios (Volunteer Fire Department) Cabo San Lucas: 624 143 3577 - San José del Cabo: 624 142 2466. Building Baja's Future www.buildingbajasfuture.org - 624 355 4314 Casa Hogar de Cabo San Lucas, A.C. www.casahogarcabo.com - 624 123 1285 Gala de Danza A.C. www.galadedanza.com Gente Joven Por Un Cambio, A.C. www.gentejovenac.org H+ Foundation Fund www.donatricfdn.org Liga M.A.C., A.C. (Mexican American Canadian League) www.ligamac.org - 624 120 1060 Los Cabos Children's Foundation, A.C. www.loscaboschildren.org - 624 157 3851 Los Cabos Humane Society www.loscaboshumanesociety.com - 624 129 8346 Los Niños del Capitán, A.C. www.losninosdelcapitan.com - 624 173 3807 Mobilize Mankind www.mobilizemankind.org - 624 129 8223 Red Autismo www.redautismo.org - 624 166 8186 Sarahuaro www.sarahuaro.org - 624 122 4955 Solmar Foundation Fund www.solmarfoundation.com

East Cape

Amigos para la Conservacion de Cabo Pulmo, A.C. (ACCP) www.cabopulmoamigos.com East Cape Community Urgent Care Clinic, A.C. www.eastcapemedical.com East Cape Guild www.eastcapeguild.com

Todos Santos

The Palapa Society Todos Santos, A.C. www.palapasociety.org Todos Santos Community Fund www.donate.icfdn.org

La Paz

Centro Mujeres, A.C. www.centromujeres.org Como Vamos La Paz, A.C. www.comovamoslapaz.com Fundación Ayuda Niños La Paz, A.C. (FANLAP) www.lapazninos.org Fundación Cántaro Azul, A.C. www.cantaroazul.com - Water and environmental solutions. La Paz Community fund www.donateicfdn.org Pelagios Kakunjá www.Pelagioskakunja.org Raíz de Fondo Jardines y Educación, A.C. www.raizdefondo.org

Magdalena Bay

Vigilantes de Bahía Magdalena, A.C. Facebook: @vigilantes.bahiamagdalena

Loreto

Eco-Alianza de Loreto, A.C. www.ecoalianzaloreto.org

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IT'S TURTLE TIME It’s a magical time for nature in Los Cabos. Sea turtles migrate the world's oceans and have come to our shores to lay their eggs for millions of years. Seven species of sea turtles nest on the Baja Peninsula, with the smallest, the Olive Ridley (known as “golfina” in Spanish) nesting here June through December. Golfina feed on shrimp, jellyfish, snails and algae, and can grow to 26 inches long, weighing up to 100 pounds. The largest sea turtle, the Laud, or leatherback, is critically endangered and nests on our beaches from November through February, though they’re rare. Leatherbacks grow up to 70 inches long and can weigh up to a ton. The earth’s fastest reptile, its favors jellyfish, and it will dive a kilometer deep in search of food. Both golfinas and leatherbacks suffer the effects of long lines, fishing nets, coastal development, pollution and poaching. Realizing the need to protect endangered sea turtle populations, our local government created the Los Cabos Municipal Sea Turtle Network in 2001 to work with the resort community in coordination with federal authorities. Network participants—mostly hotel security staff—are trained to recognize nesting activity and monitor the beaches during the season. Nests are then moved to a nearby nursery for protection with most hatchlings returned to their natal beach for release. Results have been impressive, significantly increasing golfina survival rates. Golfina nests average 100 or so eggs that incubate within 45 to 65 days. So where do they nest? Well, just about anywhere along the coast, from remote strands of sand to bustling Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas. Females give birth mostly at night and return to the sea hours later. In the wild, it’s up to each hatchling to crawl out of its nest and make its way to the sea, often a deadly journey. And for those that do make it a host of threatening realities wait: on average, only one in 1,000 hatchlings will reach maturity. That’s a very good reason why it’s critical to stay off the beach with ATVs and vehicles. Both cause deep grooves from tire tracks making it difficult for the tiny hatchlings to reach the sea. Light pollution from resorts and developments is another disorienting threat, causing hatchlings to head off in the wrong direction. Apart from the municipally coordinated network, local nonprofits are also making a difference. ASUPMATOMA (Association for the Protection of the Environment and the Marine Turtle in Southern Baja) has led the way for over two decades at Rancho San Cristóbal on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas. The vast ranch also offers nature tours and activities to help fund its sea turtle and environmental education programs and needs volunteers during golfina season. For more information call (624) 143 0269, cell (624) 122 0777 or email asupmatoma@hotmail.com Also on the Pacific side, nonprofit Ecoplan is located at Km. 105 on Migriño Beach at Rancho Carisuva. For releases or to volunteer visit ecoplanac.org or call (624) 143 9451. If you’re staying at a beachfront resort and want to participate in a sea turtle release, check daily with your Concierge. There’s no set schedule; once eggs begin to hatch the release is held near sunset the same day. You may also find yourself on any given beach close to sunset and come across a release by chance. If you’re in San José del Cabo, the Municipal Sea Turtle Network’s Campamento Tortuguero Don Manuel Orantes, located next to the estuary, is always a good bet for releases. Wherever you happen to be, it is an awe-inspiring experience not to be missed. i 34

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SAN JOSE DEL CABO ART DISTRICT

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.

Musical Tuesdays

Enjoy traditional Mexican music and complimentary drinks at participating venues. Starts at 6:30 pm every Tuesday.

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Relief From Joint Pain Stem cells! Easy peasy! Don’t have surgery, get a quick, easy stem cell treatment

If you’re suffering from joint pain, an injury, osteoarthritis, or other degenerative and painful joint conditions, you may be a good candidate for a stem cell implant. If you have failed other treatment options including rest, medications, injections and physical therapy, you may be reluctant to try invasive surgery that’s risky and can take months of recovery time. But the recent advances in stem cell therapy, and its growing use to treat painful joint conditions, has become a popular alternative to invasive surgery. People who may benefit from stem cell therapy include those suffering from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, spinal injuries, type 1 diabetes, erectile dysfunction, heart disease, stroke, burns and surprisingly, many other conditions. CryoVida is one of the leading stem cells clinics in Mexico, providing human stem cells for clinical and commercial applications worldwide, and offering the most advanced nonsurgical stem cell therapies available. CryoVida has recently developed the stem cell implant which activates the body’s own stem cells to give relief of painful conditions. The implant, containing 39 million cells, is injected into the fatty tissue of the abdomen, with a tiny needle that goes just under the skin. The implant slowly release cells and nutrients to activate the body’s own stem cells. The release of these cells and nutrients stimulate the body’s stem cells and help relieve pain caused by conditions such as arthritis of the joints and enhances the healing process. And, here’s a bonus: This treatment is known to boost libido for many individuals. The stem cell implant is not the complete treatment of arthritic conditions of the joints however may provide relief for several months, and when used with physiotherapy can help relieve the pain caused by osteoarthritis, fracture or sprain recovery, tendon rupture, low back pain, spinal surgery, and joint afflictions and replacements. The implant can also be used for preventive care and maintenance of good health. The cost is $495 US and is a 20 minute outpatient procedure. If you’re a visitor to Cabo why not try this new stem cell therapy currently not available in USA and Canada and the procedure can be done same day. Ask also about the latest advances in stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, facial rejuvenation and many other conditions. More information: www.saintlukeshospitals.com/stem-cell-therapy.php

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OUT&ABOUT Cabo is an exciting playground for not just humans, but for our f urry friends too! This month I will be sharing some of my favorite dog friendly restaurants, bars, beaches and rescues, with help from my fur baby R oxy. by Just i ne S c h o c k , y o u r g u i d e t o t h e Cabo Social Scene

EAT WICKED PIZZA – Both Wicked Pizza locations have an incredible program to "make a PAWSitive difference." Every Monday and Tuesday, Wicked donates $1 for every small pizza, $2 for every medium and $3 for every large to a local animal rescue. Proceeds from Monday go to Los Cabos Humane Society while Tuesday goes to El Ranchito. @Wickedpizza Wicked isn't the only place that welcomes well-behaved pets. In Cabo, you can visit Cabo Cantina, Sancho's, Fisherman's Landing, Mint Jungle/Amber's Market, Sandbar, Tanga Tanga, Jungle Bar or Blue Thai. In San Jose, try CJ's NY Deli, El Rinconcito, Acre or Flora Farms.

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Roxy at Mango Deck

MANGO DECK CABO– When many people think of Mango Deck, they think of beer drinking and crazy contests. But believe it or not, Mango is one of Roxy’s favorite places to visit! Roxy and I have been Mango regulars for many years; we even have our own sign on the Mango wall of fame. Mango has a "dog friendly" area on the north side of the beach. Roxy has been known to hop up on a lounge chair and relax for hours. She absolutely loves all the attention she receives from staff and people passing by. And when the day is done, and we are too tired to walk back up the hill, Mango provides a golf cart to your car (upon request). Roxy thoroughly enjoys riding in the cart with her ears flapping in the wind. @MangoDeckCabo

LIVE REMEXICO REAL ESTATE (Cabo, San Jose & Cabo Corridor) – If you are a dog lover interested in finding your dream home in Cabo, REmexico Real Estate office has an open-door policy for you and your pooch. Feel free to stop by any time to learn more about home ownership in Mexico. If you are lucky, you may catch Shooter at the REmexico Doyle Gallery location, while Roxy sometimes makes appearances at the downtown Cabo office. Dog kisses and tail wags are always FREE! CaboRealEstate.com @RealEstateCabo 36

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PLAY DOG SURF COMP CERRITOS – We had a fantastic time at Dog Surf Comp Cerritos this year! The winner for the second year in a row went to Cala, while Sully (or "SoSo" as his parents called him) and Pirata tied for 2nd place. Although there were standouts, all the dogs were considered winners and were happy to raise money for Pescy Dogs Rescue. Each participant had their own unique style; Cala, the one blue eyed beauty from San Jose and Haole, a yellow lab from Ventura, CA preferred to shred on all fours, while Sully made backwards takeoffs and 360's look easy. Cerritos resident Pirata showed no fear, starting the furthest from the beach and catching long rides to shore in a down low position. This approach earned Pirata the 2017 "Tillman Award" for the best wave. Destino Los Cabos was a proud sponsor of the 2017 Dog Surf Comp Cerritos! @DogSurfCompCerritos


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BEACHES Roxy LOVES Medano Beach, but if Medano isn͛t your style, Costa Azul, Cerritos, La Playita and Sheraton beach all allow dogs. TIP- Always remember to bring a water dish, towel for wet paws, and umbrella to avoid overheating.

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There is no shortage of sick, injured and homeless animals in the Baja. The good news is, there are several hard-working organizations making a difference every day and many ways you can help! The following rescues desperately need donations, supplies and volunteers: LOS CABOS HUMANE SOCIETY (Cabo San Lucas)– The Los Cabos Humane Society has served the Cabo community since 1991. Read more about LCHS in our July issue of Destino Magazine at: destinoloscabos.com/los-cabos-humane-society/ @LosCabosHumaneSociety CABO CRITTERS ANIMAL RESCUE (Cabo San Lucas) – Cabo Critters strives to rehabilitate and find homes for very sick and abused dogs and cats, mamas and bottle babies."We love when people choose to sponsor a specific animal(s) to help us quickly get them what they need to recover and be on their way to their forever family," explained Carlea Staehnke. Cash donations are urgently needed, especially in the slower summer months, along with cat/dog food, blankets, towels, sheets, fans for the summer, veterinary help, medications, formula, baby bottles, adult diapers and kennels. Donations can be dropped off at Peludogs Canine Estética or call for local pick up at (624) 192-2057. Donate via Paypal: modehumane@hotmail.com @Cabocritters ALMA HUMANITARIA (Los Barriles)– ALMA Humanitaria, founded in 2003, is dedicated to the welfare of domestic animals in Los Barriles and surrounding areas. ALMA is a non-profit organization funded solely by private contributions. Because they do not have a traditional shelter, ALMA relies on a network of foster families to provide animals a safe and loving environment until they are adopted into a "furever" home. ALMA is always looking for new foster homes, even if on a short-term basis. Their website describes,"Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience as we watch our pets heal, gain confidence and thrive." almahumanitaria.org @almahumanitaria PESKY DOGS (El Pescadero) – Pesky Dogs provides around the clock care, shelter, and love for needy dogs in and around El Pescadero. Their annual doggie surf event raises money for much needed medical care and supplies. Pescy dogs Facebook page explains "It's our wish to provide refuge for sick and abandoned dogs, provide a space for public sharing, lost and found pups and networking for the adoptions of [these] amazing mutts........and........many many happy tails!!" pescydogs.org @PescyDogs EL RANCHITO (San Jose Del Cabo) – El Ranchito is a no-kill facility that cares for sick, injured and abused animals in San Jose. Relying solely on donations, their website explains how you can "make a monthly pledge and be a Fairy Dog Mother or Fairy Dog Father. These dogs could not be given a second chance without your help...We are always in need of dog food, treats, medications, shampoos, cleaning supplies, bleach, soap, towels, sanitizing hand cleaner, paper towels, etc." El Ranchito has a small and dedicated group of volunteers that make a BIG difference in the lives of homeless pets. Donations can be made at Pelu Dogs, The Caboholic Store, or by visiting elranchitocabo.com.@elranchitocabo BAJA S.A.F.E. (San Jose Del Cabo) – Baja S.A.F.E. was founded by Isabelle Ann Tiberghien in 2007. Isabelle works tirelessly in the barrios of San Jose providing vaccinations and food as well as educating locals on the importance of sterilization, and how to properly care for domestic pets. Their FB page mission is to educate the "families who have dogs and do not know how to take care of them...It takes lots of time and many trips to visit these areas but once you have a family who understands, their friends and families start to understand too...Some can afford it, but others cannot but still love their dogs and cats. We need to help them." Baja S.A.F.E. depends entirely on generous donations and an annual fundraising gala. They adopt not only to Baja residents, but also ship to the U.S. and Canada. bajasafe.com @bajasafe 37


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EVENTSAUGUST2017 by Ami Doss

July 31 August 5 ATP LOS CABOS TENNIS OPEN

East Cape Fishing Tournaments 1-5 BISBEE’S EAST CAPE OFFSHORE TOURNAMENT Bisbee’s generation of fishing tournaments have been a staple in the Baja Peninsula for over 30 years. Bob Bisbee created the world famous Black & Blue Marlin Tournament in 1981, with six teams vying for a $10,000 USD purse. Today, the tournament in Cabo San Lucas boasts more than 150 teams shooting for millions of dollars in prize money. The largest payout to date was in 2006 to the tune of $4,165,960 USD. This remains to be the largest payout in sport fishing history. In 2000, the East Cape Offshore Tournament in Buenavista was born. Buenavista is located on the east coast of the Baja California Sur peninsula. Unlike its predecessor, this tournament includes dorado and tuna as well as marlin. The Bisbee’s East Cape is described as ‘Cabo fishing as it used to be’ because of its laid back nature. Due to the popularity of this tournament’s format, a third event was created in 2002---the Los Cabos Offshore Tournament. This takes place just days before the Black & Blue and has earned the nickname ‘Little Bisbee’s’. It has developed into a social event where competitive fishermen get to relax and swap stories before the pressure of the ‘Big Show’ begins. The Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Tournament is the first of the Bisbee’s series of tournaments and will kick off in Buenavista August 2-5, with registration taking place August 1. For full information regarding tournament dates and info, please visit: bisbees.com.

11-15 BIG FISH ROUNDUP BY CASS TOURS If you want to catch the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) on tour, this is your chance. The Los Cabos Open will bring international men’s tennis professionals together in one of North America’s most popular tourist destinations. This will be the second year for the hard court tournament, with Ivo Karlovic taking home the inaugural title in 2016. The tournament is presented by Cinemex and will have a financial commitment of almost $800,000 USD, making it one of the highest in its category in the Americas Region. The tournament takes place on the courts of Cabo del Mar, inside the premises of Delmar International School. The venue includes a 3,500 seat stadium, 4 additional match courts, food and beverage establishments and shops and commercial area. For more information regarding scheduled events and tickets, please visit: abiertoloscabos.com/en/faq. 40

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The 14th annual Big Fish Roundup in conjunction with Cass Tours will be held in Los Barriles at Hotel Palmas de Cortez from August 11-15. No International Game Fish Association rules loom over this event, just good ole’ fishing fun with only your rod and reel. Please visit: casstours.com, call 800593-6510 or email casstours@gmail.com for more information.

26 EAST CAPE GOLD CUP WAHOO JACKPOT TOURNAMENT

If you are looking for a fishing tournament in August, the East Cape is the place to be! The first annual East Cape Gold Cup Wahoo Jackpot Tournament is a one-day tournament in search of the largest wahoo, dorado and tuna. The entry fee is $350 USD per team. That includes dinner at the awards ceremony, a shirt and a hat. The awards dinner will be held at Hotel Palmas De Cortez at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 26. The winner of the largest wahoo caught that day will win a Volkswagen Golf plus an estimated $15,000 USD in cash. To find out more details about the other cash and prizes being sought after, please visit: vanwormerresorts.com/tournaments-page/130/gold-cup-wahoojackpot. You can also contact Kit McNear at: sportfishingkit@cox.net or call 877-777-8862.


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Los Cabos Summer Dive Fiesta The Summer Dive Fiesta has been held the past three years in picturesque Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park. The event is just as the name alludes to a week-long party for scuba divers of all skill levels to enjoy the sun, terrific diving locations, treasure hunts, evening events, beach parties and more. The pristine beaches of Cabo Pulmo are surrounded by the contrasting undeveloped desert and breathtaking mountains. This designated National Marine Park in the Sea of Cortez is home to one of only three living reefs, and the only hard coral reef in North America. This East Cape jewel is located just 60 miles north of Los Cabos and offers unparalleled biodiversity in its protected waters.

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The Catholic Church adopted this date as a Holy Day of Obligation to commemorate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. August 15 was chosen to celebrate the belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary into Heaven following her death. Processions will begin in the morning (around 10 a.m.) with floats and musical bands celebrating the Virgin Mary’s life. Locals and tourists typically line the streets to celebrate with parade participants.

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