Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
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letter from the EDITOR January brings fresh early morning breezes and cooler evenings to Los Cabos. Winter sunrises and sunsets are particularly beautiful and intense in colors. The freshness of the New Year can be felt in the air. Destino Magazine had the pleasure of visiting Cuadra San Francisco, an equestrian school located next to Cabo Real Golf Course, right in the heart of the Los Cabos tourist corridor. We thank Mr. Barrena and Alejandrina for having us. Read along to learn more! "Dive" into this issue to also learn about Land and Sea outdoor activities you can do this month, and read about some of the fabulous Los Cabos Farm-to-table dining options. Within the pages of Destino Los Cabos you can find useful information that will help you make the most of your vacation. 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. Enjoy!
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Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
(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. 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. The mountains meet the desert and 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 pineoak forests. The main climate of the region is arid to semi-arid; however, there are farming areas where the soil is wet, especially on the Pacific side of the Peninsula.
"The aquarium of the world"
is how Jacques Cousteau described 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 the warm shallow waters or ventured down into the cool 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. Ready to explore? 10
destinations 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, Nationally Protected coral reef that offers outstanding snorkelling and scuba diving. Very popular for fishing and surfing, the East Cape also attracts kite surfers, campers and those 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.
useful information 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.
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. 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, Walmart and Costco are good options and easy to get to. You can always find a taxi outside of these stores. San José has a Walmart and Mega. If you need to grab something quickly, OXXO stores are reasonably priced convenient stores located all over town.
HOW DO I DIAL? Local area codes: Los Cabos: (624), Todos Santos and La Paz: (612) - Loreto: (613) 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
CUATRO ALTOS FOUR WAY STOP
NO ESTACIONARSE NO PARKING
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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ADVENTURES by Alex Navarro, Outdoor Adventure Expert
Happy New Year! To begin 2018, I would like to literally dive in right away and mention all the cool and adventurous things you can do in Baja Sur during your visit: Scuba Diving – Again, literally dive in to your vacation adventures, and book a scuba diving trip to any of the amazing sites, with one of the numerous outstanding scuba operators. Maybe go to the incredible reef at Cabo Pulmo National Marine Reserve, or check out the many cool dive sites near the Famous Arch like Neptune’s Finger, Pelican Rock and the Sandfalls. Hiking La Sierra – Plan a day trip or overnight camping and hiking to the Sierra La Laguna mountain range. This is also a National Reserve Park and there are many outfitters online that provide great camping and hiking packages to these pristine mountains. There are some itineraries that include donkeys to carry your supplies, if you plan to do a multiday trip, to the top valley and sleep in the log cabins. Whale Watching – It’s that wonderful time of the year when the whales pass by Cabo, so why not take a short airplane trip to one of these beautiful bays where the whales arrive. Or also take a few hours boat tour past the Arch where you may also sight and observe them. For sure, one of the most majestic activities you can do here. Kite Boarding in La Ventana – One of the world’s top spots for kite surfing is here in Baja. Just south of La Paz, in the East Cape, you can find the famous La Ventana community where this activity is a big part of the lifestyle there. Snorkeling – Such an accessible and super fun thing to do, and Cabo has some fantastic beaches where it is perfect. Some top choices are Chileno Reef, Santa Maria Bay, Pelican Rock and of course Cabo Pulmo. Kayaking – Ocean kayaking is one of my favorite things. I fell in love with Baja when I was doing kayaking tours many years ago. Some of my recommendations would be to do a trip from Medano Bay to Lover’s Beach or from Santa Maria to Chileno Reef or from Cabo Pulmo Bay to La Sirenita Beach. In the first trip you can also check out the Arch and snorkel at Pelican Rock. In the second trip you might spot whales and you can snorkel at both Chileno and Santa Maria. And in the Cabo Pulmo kayaking trip you can snorkel at Sirenita Beach, which is one of my favorite snorkeling spots, and I think you will also really love it.
Surfing – You can’t go home without doing some surfing in Baja. Here in DESTINO Magazine you can find a list of the surf breaks around. All of them are amazing and range in all different types of waves. But for learning to surf, the top beaches are Cerritos Beach in the Pacific Side and Acapulquito Beach in San Jose del Cabo. SUP – Many hotels and adventure outfitters offer stand up paddle board tours or rentals. This is such a great activity to get out in nature in an easy, fun and safe way. Skateboarding – There are two great bowls around I would like to suggest. One is in Pescadero town on the Pacific Side, and the other is on the main highway in downtown San Jose del Cabo. So, if it’s a flat day on the waves, check out these parks. Sailing – Head out from Cabo San Lucas Marina or Puerto Los Cabos Marina and enjoy a wonderful day sail where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. Some stops for snorkeling at Santa Maria Bay or Chileno Reef are the perfect addition to your sailing adventure. Fishing – As you know, the sport fishing here in Cabo is amazing. One of the cool things is you can check out the Arch on your way to fishing. And of course, have a great dinner if you get lucky. Jet Skiing – Checking out the Arch is something that everybody has to do while visiting here. So, renting a jet ski at Medano Bay might be an ideal way to do it and the most fun too. ATV’s – Go off roading into Baja’s canyons and sand trails. Just a few minutes from Cabo San Lucas or San Jose de Cabo are many ATV and buggy operators that run exhilarating tours. All kinds of terrain can be encountered so it is a great way to go into Baja’s wonderful nature. There are also some operators that run Motocross and Enduro trips too. Water Toys – While in Cabo, you for sure have to get in the water. There are many fantastic options now to choose from. One very popular activity is fly boarding. There is also a cool jungle gym island with slides into Medano Bay. Perfect for the family or all your
friends. Zip Lining – For sure one of the best ways to check out Baja’s desert landscapes. There are many operators to choose from, but any of them offer magical and safe adventures. Waterfalls and Hot Springs – Another one of my all-time favorite things to do is to go to Santiago Oasis town, just an hour north from San Jose del Cabo, and drive into the mountains to the famous Fox Canyon waterfalls. There are also relaxing hot springs in the area, just ask a local resident of Santiago the directions. Horseback riding – There are really nice places for horseback riding here, like the beach and desert trails. Parasailing – Checking out the Arch while parasailing has got be one of the coolest ways to do it. I would definitely recommend it. Skydiving – If you are really adventurous, the awesome thing about skydiving here in Cabo is that the contrast you see between the ocean blue water and the desert land while you are falling is beautiful. Fossils and Cave Paintings – Reserve a day tour to Las Casitas or San Dionisio where you can observe fossils and cave paintings. For sure it is a very different thing to do while you are here, but very fun too. Bungee – I’ve never bungeed here in Cabo, but I am looking forward to doing it one of these days. I can just imagine jumping off somewhere in a canyon falling with all this amazing nature around me. Count me in! Camels – Maybe do a Camel tour instead of horseback riding this time. It looks very fun also. Wirikuta Spectacle – On a different and final note, maybe top off your incredible vacation with a Wirikuta show. This is an amazing production in a magical spot where you can experience a beautiful prehispanic dinner show. So get adventurous this year and contact your hotel concierge and they will happily assist you with participating in these amazing activities. Have a safe and fun time, and thanks for visiting Cabo. I wish you a wonderful 2018! *
BOATING & FISHING
With calm waters, extraordinary fishing and perfect weather, some may argue that boating is the most popular attraction in Los Cabos. Whether you want to take a cruise to Santa María Bay on a luxury yacht or wake up at the crack of dawn for a fishing adventure, there are endless options to fit your needs.
SEASONAL FISHING CHART
Photo courtesy www.WildCanyon.com
BOAT RENTALS Private yachts and sailboats There are several charter companies that can accommodate your needs. What you do on your trip is really up to you, but it will typically consist of a tour of the landmark arch, a few hours of fishing, and a cruise to one of our beautiful bays for a swim. Most boats have fishing equipment and a knowledgeable crew, but the biggest difference between a yacht and a fishing boat rental is the cost. Fishing Boat Rentals You can always fish on a yacht, but cruisers, pangas and super-pangas are a more affordable option. Cruisers accommodate larger groups and are more comfortable when the sea is rough on a windy day. THE MARINAS Marina Cabo San Lucas The area’s largest commercial marina features 380 slips and accommodates vessels of up to 375 feet. Amenities include 24-hour security, electricity and potable water, a fuel dock, and convenient laundry and shower facilities. Puerto Los Cabos Located in La Playita just north of San José del Cabo is the newest marina in the area with 200 available slips 16
for boats up to 400 feet. Amenities are similar to Marina Cabo San Lucas, though the boatyard’s 150-ton travel lift can accommodate larger vessels. FISHING There’s a reason why the world’s richest fishing tournament - the Bisbee’s Black & Blue - has taken place in Los Cabos for over thirty years. This part of the world offers abundant sea life and an exceptionally high catch success rate, no matter what your level of fishing experience is. What to Expect Most charters include a fishing license, bait, tackle and equipment. Some also include food and drink or these amenities can be added at an additional cost. It is better to leave early; trips usually begin at 6:00 and 7:00 am and last around 6 hours. Cost will depend on the number of people in your party and the size of the boat you choose to rent. It is customary to leave the crew a gratuity of 15% to 20%. Bait and Tackle Most likely, the boat you charter will include your bait and tackle. If you need your own fresh bait, you may buy it along the Cabo San Lucas Marina or the crew you hire may also stop to buy it from the local fishermen on your way out.
SPORT FISHING FLAGS COMMONLY SEEN IN LOS CABOS
BOATING AND FISHING TERMS IN SPANISH Captain - Capitán Aboard - Abordo To fish - Pescar To float - Flotar Wind - Viento Tide - Marea Fish - Pescado Bait - Carnada Fishing rod - Caña de pescar Hook - Anzuelo Life preservers - Salvavidas Throttle - Acelerador Anchor - Ancla Bow - Proa Stern - Popa
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.
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!
SNORKELING 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
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!
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, ropedoff 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 eightfingered coral reef is about a 1.5hour drive from San José del Cabo, but it is well worth it!
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 a hidden canyon trail, or just sit back in the shade while experienced horse trainers give the kids lessons in horsemanship – there’s something for everyone! San José also boasts a natural estuary and nature preserve. Enjoy a peaceful, self-guided nature walk to observe some of the lushest landscape in the area. Species of flora and fauna are abundant: dozens of species of cactus, lizards, and birds can be spotted on this solitary walk, just a few minutes from downtown. Cactus-lovers may also want to check out the nearby cactus gardens Wirikuta, offering a large variety of cacti laid out in an artful outdoor setting.
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.
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. Sol de Mayo Waterfall Cascade Located about an hour and a half away from Los Cabos, the Sol de Mayo Oasis is yet another natural beauty of the Southern Baja California region. The hike leads the adventurous to a majestically beautiful oasis where everyone can swim and even dive into the cool, serene waters. Be sure to pack a lunch, and take plenty of water. There are plenty of signs to guide everyone to this wonderful piece of paradise. After arriving in Santiago, turn right up the little hill towards the town square. The cost is $6 US per person to access the easy hike to the clear-water falls.
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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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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 familyfriendly 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.
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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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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 familyfriendly beach is relatively secluded; therefore, you rarely run into beach vendors. However, the beach does have brand new bathrooms and 20 www.DestinoLosCabos.com SANTA M ARI A
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.
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. i Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
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A cowgirl’s surf into the best kept secret in Los Cabos. Destino Magazine loves a good story. So when our editor in chief assigned Cuadra San Francisco as our story, I went to the source. This story is not about horses, but all stories that have horses in them, are already good, wouldn’t you say so? I said yes, I’ll write it. In Los Cabos, Cuadra San Francisco is the only professional equestrian center here at the South end of the Baja California Sur Península, in the country of México, so we can safely say that this ride in the desert is a wild adventure for many. First question pops up. What is there to know about horses? Simple true answers arrive naturally. Here, you can find well trained horses in Trail, Horsemanship, Dressage, Jumping, and Western Pleasure. Horseback riding, between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, offers a variety of private trail rides, where you can enjoy the flora and fauna of the beautiful Baja, and the beach. Experienced guides ensure a wonderful equestrian experience. One to love. Cabo has a world first class school that teaches us how to ride horses, and trains horses how to ride with you. Cuadra San Francisco was established over twenty years ago, by Sr. Francisco J. Barrena, who is an internationally acclaimed horse trainer with over 50 years of experience, and his son Valente F. Barrena. Valente is in charge of the Riding School with horseback, and he will tell you that what sets Cuadra San Francisco apart from the rest, is the amount of experience that both Francisco and Valente have in training horses, which allows them to customize each lesson to the riding level of the individual. Everyone loves a good family story. It is true that people come from all over to take lessons and enjoy private trail rides with well trained horses, at Cuadra San Francisco. Second question pops up: What does being a “well trained” horse mean? A well trained horse, as integrity and integration is what unites our mutual body language, has a language of its own. It is called Equus. We must observe what is normal, so we can identify what could be an abnormal behavior in the horse. We must know our horse. To know behavior in a natural environment, without artificial control, can teach us about what is normal behavior. Then Wellness can be cultivated; in Spanish, we call it “bienestar”, which is one word, but interestingly enough, when you divide the word in two, it becomes Bien Estar, which means To be well. Horses are a symbol of power, so that inspires many to spend time with horses, but to be able to get close to a horse, without mistreating the horse, that is a conscious relationship. Wellbeing in horses evolves so they can behave like horses. They like nature, to live in hierarchy, to walk, the wind, to run, to play, to connect with each other; these are normal behaviors, without the intervention of confinement. Their behavior becomes their language, a code that teaches us about natural communication.
A horse not only neighs. There are 7 types of neighs, and each one means something different. Every sound, gesture, or body position, says something about the horse. Only by realizing their language, we are able to be horse whisperers. Observe your horse. Know your horse. Do no harm to your horse. Equus horse language is determined basically by three types of signs: body posture including head movement, tail movement, and sound. The deeper lesson is in realizing how your horse responds to those who communicate with it? Story story, when Alejandro Magno acquires “Bucéfalo”, Filippo, his father, suggests sacrificing the horse for being wild and untamable. It is said that the conqueror resisted and said: What a horse we would miss! And all just for not having the knowledge, neither the resolution, to handle him!” He was right: tamed, Bucéfalo became the fastest and most resistant horse, that had ever existed. Together they built an empire larger than 20 million square meters. That is what it is said.
Mr. Francisco Barrena riding on the beach in Los Cabos
As in conquest, imposition is not enough. Synergy is needed as Intelligence. Body language and signals become common understanding. Equus language is a sign language that the cowboy learned from the Chickasaw Indian. THE PATH OF THE HORSE It is documented in film, that horses, like friends, respond better to kindness, music and peaceful communication. A natural connection comes from listening, and dancing together. Kindness comes from love, from the gift of feeling safe around you comes wanting to imitate your every move. Synchronicity in the heart and mind, is another way to describe a healthy connection between the two.
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Until very recently horses were tamed with the use of tools and practices that sometimes hurt the animal. A Conscious rider understands that doing no harm to your horse means being aware of the pain your animal endures to serve your commands, and causing no pain, by showing patient, loving, and joyful connection. Observe your horse, listen, honor how you feel, because it is honoring how you feel. Watch the documentary “The path of the Horse”. At Casa San Francisco, Valente is in charge of teaching you about horses, and together with his dad, they teach the horses how to ride with you. Students at Casa San Francisco can study Dressage along with Reining, Western Pleasure and Jumping. As they put it, you can take lessons while on vacation and impress your friends when you return home. Cuadra San Francisco is located in Los Cabos Corridor, in Cabo Real. They open every day, except Sunday. Make sure to ask your concierge to RSVP, and remember it is a “cash only” economy, like in the wild west. Learn more at loscaboshorses.com.
Francisco Barrena with one of the founding horses of the cuadra
The potential, and ideal state, of a horse good for taming, includes temperament. Is he paying attention? Does he desire to work? Is his attitude forward? Does he like peace? What is his expression, his type, his charm? Classic is to say “A horse is worth more than reaches”, perhaps because “in riding a horse, we borrow freedom.” YeeHaw!
Francisco Barrena, Alejandrina Rangel and Valente Barrena
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DOWN on the FARM in Baja California Sur
Farm-to-table restaurants delight with local ingredients, garden dining. by Scott Koenig
A basil-infused sea breeze rustles trees surrounding an outdoor dining room. A salad is tossed with crisp lettuce and vegetables, gathered fresh from the restaurant’s on-site organic garden. Bright orange carrots SNAP when bitten into and burst with revelatory sweetness. The beets are deeply delicious, with a mineral-rich taste of the earth in which they were grown. Giant scallops and still-squirming chocolate clams are sourced from an aquaculture farm north of La Paz — and served raw or grilled over fragrant mesquite wood. A plump chicken with crispy roasted skin was raised free range on a ranch just outside of Santiago. Even the agua fresca is made with guava plucked from a tree just twenty feet from a rustic campestre style kitchen.
This is “farm-to-table” dining in Baja California Sur. Once upon a time in Mexico, all dining was farm-totable — that is, chefs used only fresh, local, and organic ingredients in the creation of every dish they served. Throughout the country, restaurateurs relied wholly on small, nearby farmers, ranchers, and fishermen to procure what was needed on a daily basis. But with the eventual introduction of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, factory farms, and food service companies in the 20th century, restaurants around the globe began to focus less on local sourcing and more on economies of scale. Modern food production and procurement practices helped keep menu offerings consistent and prices competitive. Attitudes began to change in 2001 after chef Jair Tellez opened restaurant Laja in the Valle de Guadalupe — Baja California’s wine country in Ensenada. Inspired by the farm- to-table movement in Northern California, he was one of the first chefs in Mexico to dictate the use of only local ingredients. Laja has since been named one of Latin America’s Top 50 Restaurants, similar concepts have taken seed in the Valle, and Tellez’s culinary proposal has become a primary example of what’s now known widely as Baja California cuisine — Mexican influenced, Mediterranean style dishes created with local ingredients. It was only a matter of time before the trend took root in the southern part of the peninsula. Flora’s Field Kitchen was one of the first in 2012, when the San Jose del Cabo restaurant opened at Flora Farms in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains. After a year of nurturing, Hortaliza Hierabuena sprouted in 2013 at the end of a dirt road in El Pescedero. Baja California chef Javier Plascencia opened Jazamango in 2016, inspired by the surf and Todos Santos’ bohemian vibe.
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All three restaurants offer al fresco dining in garden settings, and menus that may change depending on the daily availability of ingredients. “Our motto is ‘Grow it, plate it, eat it’,” Marcos Ramirez, founder and co-owner of Hortaliza Hierbabuena states. It’s an ideology the staffs at all of these restaurants share.
Flora’s Field Kitchen (San José del Cabo) Located on Flora Farms' 10 acres of lush grounds and organic gardens, Flora’s Field Kitchen makes use of produce, dairy, and proteins grown or raised at the farm. Chef Guillermo Tellez – a protégé of famed restaurateur Charlie Trotter – works closely with the farm’s gardeners and ranchers when designing his menu. Flora’s Field Kitchen’s on-site bakery produces all the restaurant’s bread. Ice cream is churned from their dairy and is very popular on hot Cabo days. Chef Tellez recently built a charcuterie room where he cures hams, porchetta, and bacon made from the farm’s vegetable-fed pigs. The restaurant offers healthy salads, soups, sandwiches, pastas, and roasted and grilled chicken, pork, and fish entrees during lunch and dinner. Their Sunday brunch has become legendary with locals and tourists.
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“Don’t Miss” dishes include the wood-fired arugula pizza, a silky burrata made with mozzarella and stuffed with ricotta from the farm’s dairy, and their perfectly seasoned, smoky, and tender mesquite-roasted chicken.
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Flora Farms also maintains a grocery where customers can purchase produce, dairy, and meats from the farm, a bar with a full-range of fruit and vegetable-infused specialty cocktails, a cooking school, a wellness spa, and artisanal shops that carry everything from local artwork to Baja California wines.
Catch of the Day at Hortaliza Hierbabuena - Photo by Scott Koenig
Flora’s Field Kitchen is open Tue-Sat 9 -11am for break fast, 11-3pm for lunch, and evenings from 5-9:30pm. Sunday brunch is ser ved from 10 -2pm. Address: Carretera Transpeninsular, San José del Cabo, Km. 30, Col. Las Ánimas Bajas, 23407 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico. Phone: 624 142 10 0 0. Website: w w w.flora-farms.com
Hortaliza Hierbabuena (El Pescedero) Restaurant Hortaliza Hierbabuena co-owner Marcos Ramirez had a vision in 2012. “I turned my car down a dirt road looking for beach access to the Pacific Ocean,” he reminisces. “It dead-ended in the basil fields of El Pescedero. I knew immediately that I wanted to build a restaurant here.”
Fresh produce and flowers - Photo courtesy of Flora's Field Kitchen
Hortaliza Hierbabunea’s garden envelops the restaurant’s outdoor dining patio and open- air kitchen and was designed to provide diners with a sense of where their food came from. Ramirez and kitchen manager Humberto Ramos Perez also partner with and buy ingredients from local farmers and ranchers.
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Ramirez observes, “A lot of farmers here are looking to grow more organic produce, and are going back to the old practices. It’s become a (positive) trend, and now more land is being used for farming. And when you have such fresh products, you don’t really have to do too much with them.”
Roasted chicken - Photo courtesy of Hortaliza Hierbabuena
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Hortaliza Hierbabuena’s menu is based on whatever ingredients are available on a daily basis. Standouts are a beet salad with arugula, pumpkin seed, and fresh local cheese, a creamy house-made hummus, a roasted Poblano chile relleno, and the catch of the day — grilled and served in a hearty mole verde atop pico de gallo. Hor taliza Hierbabuena is open WedMon 1-9pm. Address: Highway 19, Km. 62, 23310 El Pescadero, B.C.S., Mexico. Phone: 612 149 2568. Website: w w w. hierbabuenarestaurante.com
Jazamango (Todos Santos) Celebrity chef Javier Plascencia is no stranger to farm-to-table dining. At Finca Altozano – his popular campestre style restaurant in the Valle de Guadalupe – he and chef de cuisine Pedro Peñuelas utilize produce and proteins grown and raised onsite and procured from regional sources.
When Plascencia’s partners in Jazamango asked if he’d like to open something similar in Todos Santos, it was a no-brainer. He shares, “I’d traveled to the region on surf trips, and visited the town many times. I fell in love with it because I really like the laid-back, bohemian vibe.”
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Chef Plascencia says that 100% of the restaurant’s proteins and 90% of its overall ingredients are sourced locally. The menu features garden salads, small plates, tacos, pastas, and hearty family-style entrees. Jazamango also carries wines from Baja California. Menu highlights include fire-roasted rabbit with risotto and sweet corn, pressed lechón (suckling pig) with garden vegetables, grilled chocolate clams with pasta and fermented bean sauce, and a scrumptious raw callo de hacha (jumbo sea scallops) with just a kiss of sea salt to allow the bivalve’s flavor to shine through. “The farms down here are small and familyowned,” chef Plascencia concludes. “They put a lot of pride into what they grow. It’s only a matter of time before this region gets more attention and more farm-to-table style restaurants open.” Jazamango is open Tue-Sun 1-9pm. Address: Calle Naranjos esquina Jardín, Las Huer tas Tres Santos, 2330 0 Todos Santos B.C.S., Mexico. Phone 612 688 1501. Website: w w w.tressantosbaja.com i
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SWIMMING WITH SHARKS BY JUSTIN PORTER BIEL It’s poorly fitted to my face and the lower half is filled with water. Sand and plankton churn upward from the seafloor, the debris turning the sea hazy and slightly brown. I swim toward the waving hand of Francesca, arriving at the back of the group and peer forward between floating bodies, wagging arms, kicking legs and fins. Suddenly, a shape begins to emerge. Some behemoth lies directly ahead, resting in the murky water. White spots and lines expand across a vast black mass, a beautiful, natural pattern developing before my eyes. I spot two dorsal fins, and further down, the most massive tail fin I’ve ever seen is resting upon the ocean floor, flapping in the sand. I can see him now. We are face-to-face. A tremendous white-ringed mouth is opening and closing, sucking plankton and water in big slow breaths. The motion of the jaws creates a suction that pulls my body towards the gaping hole. I kick back to readjust and then glance at the rest of our group. I see wide eyes under each mask, and as whole, we appear insignificant beside the magnificent creature. I am arms length away from the largest known fish in the world, and the moment brings a sense of reverence and awe. We spend the entirety of our allotted time with our whale shark, observing his feeding patterns, each one of us joined to his movements like a pack of oversized remoras. We snorkel in a circular, crisscrossing flow, along with three other groups trailing their underwater giants. "There are four sharks," says Francesca, her head splashing above the surface of the water, “wait, here comes another.” I see the new arrival. The tiger-patterned fish is coming my way. The shark is swimming alone, the length of his charcoal body sturdy and sleek and beautiful. With our whale shark to my left, and the new arrival approaching on my right, I’m stuck between them and have nowhere to go. Unsure of what to do, I follow Francesca and pull my limbs inward, allowing my body to sink just as the new shark passes. The shark's open mouth, which is big enough to swallow me, drifts right beside my face. Next comes an inquisitive eye, the sharks black iris hovering within a smoke-colored circle. The fish locks onto me with his gaze, and I can only guess how we appear - over-anxious and tense, our human bodies flailing, poorly designed for the underwater world. He notices us, but only briefly, and then moves past. We are merely an annoyance to this gentle giant’s morning routine. When our time is up, we swim back to the boat where Captain Salvador greets us. He takes our fins and masks, looking down on us from above, his face covered in wrinkles under a low drawn, withered hat. When he turns the boat back to La Paz, each member of our group is smiling, including Francesca. On the way back she spots another whale shark off the bow. “This one’s not feeding,” Francesca says, “you guys ready to swim.” 28
It takes less than a minute. We are geared up and back in the water. Beside this shark the water is more transparent, unclouded by plankton, fins, andwaving cameras. The giant glides quickly underwater, and we swim hard to keep up. For ten minutes I merely observe, floating beside the animal. I become lost in the creature's magnificence, but also, the beauty of the world we both call home. i
Ex-Pat Chronicle – Lesson's Learned From 1. Whale sharks are not whales; they are filter feeding carpet sharks. 2. Whale sharks are the largest living nonmammalian vertebrate. 3. The largest whale shark ever recorded was over 40 feet long and weighed over 45,000 lbs. 4. Whale sharks are believed to live up to 70 years. 5. Whale sharks feed exclusively on plankton and are not known to pose threats to humans. Article Location: La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico About the Author:
Leaving his home state of Colorado behind, Justin now calls the beaches of Baja California home. A writer and new expat, he is a resident of Todos Santos, Mexico.
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A HUMPBACK WHALE FROM BAJA CALIFORNIA TO BRITISH COLUMBIA by Mar i l i a Ol i o, Mar ine Biolog ist and guid e at C ab o Trek
Humpback whales are a migrating species which move between feeding areas in high latitudes and breeding grounds in low latitudes. They are identified as individuals by the underside of their flukes, or tails. The distinct coloration, shape, and scarring pattern of the fluke’s underside is as unique as a human fingerprint, allowing scientists to distinguish individuals using pictures they have taken of their flukes. Baja California is considered a migratory destination and a transit area for humpbacks on their way back to their feeding areas from Revillagigedo Archipelago and the continental coast of Mexico. Last season, Cabo Trek started a photo-identification project off the coast of Cabo San Lucas. Our catalog has more than 600 individual whales. To improve larger existing fluke identification catalogs from the entire west coast of North America, we share our pictures with Happywhale (www.happywhale.com), which is a program that tracks individual whales throughout the world’s oceans and in turn shares this information with the scientific community. Humpback whale data was also collected from Campbell River Whale Watching’s vessels off central Vancouver Island, British Columbia, during the summer. This data was also shared with Happywhale and with the Marine Education & Research Society (MERS) based in Port McNeill. MERS is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to promoting conservation and understanding of marine ecosystems through scientific research, environmental education, and marine wildlife response. Their efforts include cataloging humpbacks off northeastern Vancouver Island, with data going back into the 1980s. Here in Cabo San Lucas we give each whale we spot an ID – CTHW (for Cabo Trek Humpback Whale) along with their respective number. Humpback whales sighted in British Columbia receive a different ID and number. The combined efforts of these groups and people allows connections to be made of whales between feeding grounds and breeding grounds. “Pepper” is one of the humpback whales matched from both areas. Here is some information about this whale: 1. The first known sighting was in British Columbia near Comox on August 3, 2016. 2. The whale was then already an adult (source MERS). Data contribution was by Peter Hamilton. BCYuk2016#10 is the official ID for MERS catalog. 3. The nickname “Pepper” was given by MERS for the many small white spots on the whale’s fluke. 4. The first known sighting in Cabo San Lucas was on February 15, 2017. 5. CTHW#453 is the ID for Cabo Trek Humpback Whale Research Project. 6. Re-sighted by Campbell River Whale Watching on July 12, 2017. 7. Connection made from the feeding ground to breeding ground as a result of Happywhale. 8. HW-MN0510090 is the ID for Happywhale. 9. Documented 19 times in its feeding grounds. 10. Documented 2 times in its breeding grounds. It is our intention to raise awareness regarding best whale watching practices and to contribute to understanding of the dynamics of the northeastern Pacific humpback whale population. We wish to aid the conservation of humpback whales and the ocean. i
ALL THAT'S FISHY From Land's End to La Paz Mont h ly F ishi ng R e p or t by G ar y Gra ham
WOW! As we watch 2017 fade in the rearview mirror, there is no doubt that the season that wouldn’t quit will be remembered fondly by almost all the many anglers who traveled thousands of miles to enjoy what it offered. However, the end of one year means the beginning of the next, and January’s prospects seem pretty exciting. There are still some big blues lurking about for those looking for a billfish fix. Last month double-digit striped marlin actually drove some hard-core billfish anglers to beg the Captains and crews to leave billfish to find fish (other fish that is)! While the seasonal North Winds are a threat up in parts of the Sea of Cortez, on the calm days the dorado are still crowd pleasers from La Paz all the way to Land’s End, even though many are on the small side. If you release them, you can catch as many as you would like while you wait for that one trophy fish to bite. Yellowfin tuna in January? You betcha! Anything from the football variety up to 12-pounds, plus a few monsters weighing in at couple of hundred pounds that pull like a freight train. Another tough customer that hasn’t taken a powder yet are wahoo known for three things: speed, teeth and best of all, being one of the tastiest table fish when the fresh steaks are cooked at a local restaurant of your choice. About good-eating fish, your options are varied ... and they can be a lot of fun to fight. Up and down the Baja Coast on both the Pacific and Sea of Cortez sides, there are many pinnacles (think underwater mountains) that are the home to many species ... both excellent eating as well as some of the toughest customers to catch. Colorful red snapper and the toothy pargo are a couple of the most sought after by local anglers. As well as leopard grouper, cabrilla and ... I almost forgot -- yellowtail and amberjack. They are also hard fighters and equally tasty and they also hang out around the same areas part of the time. Many of the high spots are right along the shoreline and are well-known to most local Captains who are quite willing to accommodate your request to bottom fish. For those of you who are just looking for a good time and don’t want to venture far offshore, roosterfish, although not good to eat, are a popular target that are exciting to see and catch. They earned their name from their distinctive dorsal fin that looks very much like a rooster’s comb. They come in all sizes from small to upwards of 100 pounds Other fun-to-catch fish include Jack crevalle with their distinctive spot on their gill plate, known for their strength and tough fights they are nicknamed “El Toro” (the bull). The list goes on and on. Ladyfish leap the moment they are hooked and look like a small tarpon; skipjack, both black and white, put on a good show ... just be sure to throw back the black and eat only the white ones; the odd-looking needlefish; and finally, the triggerfish, which are often used for ceviche. Although many visitors come to Baja in search of trophies, an equal number come for the thrill of it all, searching for the excitement of catching strange and exotic creatures of the sea. One final tip: if you plan to fish in January, it is the beginning of whale season when a laundry list of the huge creatures frolic well within sight of land, and often boats will charter for whale watching only. i Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
The “Baja Divide” A Bi ke pac ke r' s Dream Come Tr ue By J u st i n Por te r Bi e l
It’s true what they say about riding a bike - you never forget - and whether on pavement or gravel or dirt, it’s always a great experience. And although most of us know how to ride a bike, it’s not our primary form of transportation. Then, there are people like Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox. They are a bit, well...different. As bikepackers, Carman and Wilcox share a passion for bikes that surpasses what the rest of us can understand. For them, biking’s not a hobby - it’s a lifestyle. Bikepackers see the world from the seat of a bicycle, covering distances that seem more suited to cars or planes. Armed with nothing but the gear they can carry, lots of physical endurance, and most of all, a grand vision, they plan and complete long biking routes around the globe. Strong-willed and called to adventure, they show the rest of us what’s possible on two-wheels. A few years ago, Carman and Wilcox, both world-class bikepackers, came up with a plan for their next big adventure. Their goal – research, ride and document an off- pavement bikepacking route that spanned Baja California. In spring of 2016 they accomplished this goal and named the route the "Baja Divide." A behemoth journey by most people’s standards, the Baja Divide is a 1,700-mile off-pavement route that goes from San Diego, CA, U.S.A to San José Del Cabo, BCS, MX. In terms of Baja adventures, the Baja Divide bikekpacking route is undoubtedly one of the toughest, and probably one of the most rewarding. Although it's not recommended for novices, Carman and Wilcox have developed an incredible online resource for intermediate and experienced riders looking to follow in their footsteps.
Nearly a year after finalizing the route, Destino writer Justin Biel caught up with Carman, to learn more about the Baja Divide. Here’s the scoop: For those of you excited about tackling the route, Carman assures me it's not merely a grueling endeavor. During the planning and riding phase, Carman kept
the enjoyment of future riders in mind. “I wanted the trails to be relatively pleasant,” said Carman. Of course, he knew the route was long, and he also had to be smart about offering access points for food and water in the most remote stretches. “I had to keep asking myself,” said Carman, “would I send my friends here?” After much planning and a bit of trial and error, the route has Carman’s seal of approval. Other riders have also jumped at the chance to ride the Baja from border to border. “To date,” said Carman, “the Baja Divide has been ridden by somewhere between 200-300 riders.” Carman chose Baja to develop his first major bikepacking route for a variety of reasons. In regards to geography, Carman liked the ease with which bikepackers could access the route. "It's quite easy to get to San Diego," said Carman, "and the border crossing into Mexico is easy." The climate of the route was also an enticing feature, especially to riders like Carman who are sidelined by inclement riding conditions during the winter months. But most of all, Carman wanted to share his love for Baja and Mexican culture. “We’re getting people across the border,” said Carman, “and when they get there, they always have a great experience.” For riders brave enough to take on the Baja Divide, here’s what to expect. “In general,” said Carman, “be prepared for lots of long, remote dirt roads that crisscross from coast to coast, hot days, cool nights under star-filled sky’s, laidback community, challenging riding, and lots of interesting geographies." As you might have guessed, biking is Carman’s number one passion. So when he's not traveling the world, peddling from country to country, Carman works at a bike shop saving money for his next big adventure. Go figure. i To check out more details on the Baja Divide route, please visit: bajadivide.com
H I DD EN G EMS by Gabriel Arcoleo
Over the last 10 years I have hiked, biked, and ridden hundreds of trails, beaches and ravines in Baja California while searching for new experiences in unspoken locations. I love sharing those experiences in the hope that others will venture out, find their own, and fall in love with the land as I have. With so many great outdoor activities in Baja California I would be remiss to focus on any one location, so I have created a Top five list.
Cam i no de l Ci e l o
or road to heaven is a hiking trail located on the crest of The Lands’ End and boosts some of the most spectacular views of both the sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. The trailhead is on what’s known as Sunset Hill and finding it is part of the experience. The trail is safe and generally hiked during the morning and afternoon hours.
Bal and ra Beac h
is not the local’s hideaway it once was, but I still consider it one of my favorite places to visit in Baja California. Balandra Beach has some of the clearest water you will ever swim in due to the white sand floor of the bay. An occasional sea turtle or pod of dolphin’s swim through the bay and elicit surreal experiences. Do not forget your camera, swimming and snorkeling at Balandra is straight out of National Geographic and unforgettable.
Tecol ote Beac h
is located in La Paz just north of Balandra Beach. An amazing stretch of land with islands just off shore that frame your view of the Sea of Cortez. Tecolote offers great shore fishing, dining, and music that goes well into the early mornings on Friday and Saturday nights.
Los Pastor beach or Lost Pasture is found
just north of Todos Santos and is one of the least known surfable beaches on the Pacific side. Todos Santos is and has been a surfer’s paradise for years. The area has several geographical points that create great ocean breaks for advantages surfers. Pastor is grand in every way and seldom has a crowd which makes for quaint private experiences.
Sol de Mayo Wa te r fal l
is one of my favorite spots that is off the beaten path and has little to no tourists. The waterfall is just west of the town of Santiago - once you get to town there is quite a drive down a dirt road- and then a little hike to the waterfall. It’s not a large waterfall but the lagoon is beautiful and the water color hues from clear to green with small fish swimming throughout. It is a great daytime excursion, be sure to stop in Santiago and enjoy the local ambiance. i
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PUEBLO MÁGIC O
A “Pueblo Mágico” is a designation appointed by the Mexican Government to a region of Mexico known for its natural beauty, cultural riches, and historical relevance.
LOS CABOS RESORTS s p o t l i g h t By Gabriel Arcoleo
The Tropic Of Cancer Music Series By Justin Porter Biel
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A DOSE OF GREAT MUSIC, GREAT PEOPLE, AND A SLOWER PACE OF LIFE? If so, it’s time to pack your bags, wave goodbye to the Cabo tourist corridor, and take a cruise up the Pacific coast. After an hour’s drive filled with pristine ocean views and rolling green hills, you’ll drop into a lush seaside region, an oasis in the desert marked by organic farms and palm forests. Drive a bit farther, and you’ll come to a historic town with cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, and a view of the ocean. If you make it this far, then welcome... you’ve arrived in Todos Santos. A designated “Pueblo Magico,” Todos Santos is known as a haven for artists and holds many festivals each year. But this January, the community of Todos Santos will be more alive than ever, as the Tropic of Cancer Concert Series comes to town. The music festival, which takes place January 11-21, gathers “local and national touring musical acts for two weekends of music, love, and art.” A creation of musician and part-time Todos Santos resident Joe Firstman, the Tropic of Cancer Concert Series will bring talented musicians from Mexico and the U.S., offering nightly shows spread across a half-dozen venues. The festival will be hosted by Firstman’s band, The Cordovas, with the remaining lineup hand-picked by Firstman himself. “We like to get very personal with the musicians we invite,” said Firstman. “These people are all my friends.” The lineup features La Santa Cecilia, Bostich + Fussible of Nortec Collective, Joan Osborne, Denise Carlos of Las Cafeteras, La Victoria, the Autumn Defense, and many more. A handful of local musicians from Todos Santos will also be playing during the two-week event. "The local guys keep the music scene going in Todos all year,” said Firstman, “they deserve to play.” Spanning genres such as rock and roll, folk, Latin, electronic, reggae, and others, the festival will have something for everyone. With tickets ranging from as low as $20 for individual shows, and only $90 for a full-access pass, the Tropic of Cancer Music Series features impressive artists at an unbeatable price. The man behind the festival, Firstman is a multiinstrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and bandleader. Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, he has spent much of his adult life in Los Angeles, CA, and has owned a house in Todos Santos since 2006. Talking with Firstman, there’s an unmistakable passion beneath his laid-back surfer drawl, and in minutes, his inspiration for the festival becomes crystal clear. Obviously its driven by his passion for music. But on a deeper level, the festival is the result of Firstman’s admiration for the people and community of Todos Santos, his home away from home. Firstman knows that Todos Santos is a special place, and like many residents, he feels privileged to be a part of the tight-knit community. So when it came to designing the festival, Firstman said he “took cues his from friends in the local community.” “We had to make sure,” said Firstman, “that everyone in town was going to benefit.” To that end, the Tropic of Cancer Concert Series is intended to be an allinclusive, community event, with tickets sales going to support the bomberos, Todos Santos’ local fire department. Even as an accomplished, professional musician, Firstman comes off as humble and open. He’s what you hope all rock stars can be – cool, un-jaded, and highly obsessed with sharing art with the world. But when discussing the festival, and what it could mean to the Todos Santos community, Firstman’s confidence and excitement becomes palpable. Over the phone I hear a sense of purpose in the man's voice, and its clear the festival is about more than just music. "I really feel like we’re doing something important,” said Firstman. Joe Firstman and his band, The Cordovas, will host the Tropic Of Cancer Concert Series in Todos Santos, BCS, MX from January 11-21. i
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Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar
With so many great resorts in Baja California, its hard to believe anyone can sift through them all in locating the one that best fits your interests and family’s needs. After 15 years of hotel hopping in Baja California I hope my experience and insight can sort out the matrix and offer you new ideas and experiences that delight the senses. The Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar was built in 1999 on the west side of the corridor near Cabo San Lucas. The Sheraton is grand in ever way. On scale, the Sheraton is as large as any resort in Baja California. With 6 restaurants, 2 of which are 5-star, four pools, a kids water park, tennis courts, and a mile long beach the Sheraton is a small town to itself. Upon first seeing the hotel you are struck by its combination of Spanish and Mexican architecture with a massive courtyard lined with stores and even an authentic Mexican church. The entrance to the resort is as good as it gets in Baja California. A large Spanish style arch frames an open inner courtyard with views of the ocean as it’s backdrop. This was always one of those places my wife and I said, we must visit one day, and quickly became “this is the place we call home when in Cabo.” Much of the current staff has been employed for years, and were retained to rebuild the resort after hurricane Odell devastated the coast line. The facilities are 5-star quality and boast some of the most impressive land management and land scaping projects in Cabo. The resort has several buildings across the 45-acre property and gave each room a uniquely tropical feel and view from the terrace. This is truly one of the best family resorts in Cabo. A safe and secure resort that gives its guests the freedom to explore. Timid international travelers, this is your place! The variety of dinning options and activities within the resort means you never have to leave the facility. The rooms are large and offer plenty of space to relax and enjoy extended vacations. With two world class golf courses that wrap around each side of the property the Sheraton offers some of the most amazing views of Cabo and the Sea Of Cortez. This location is truly one of Sheraton’s gems and they could not have placed it in a more beautiful spot. i
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Giving Guide Cabo San Lucas / San José Del Cabo
Cabo Pulmo Vivo Coalition Protecting Natural Beauty! by International Community Foundation When visiting Cabo Pulmo, one is amazed when swimming in crystal clear waters, snorkeling in the breathtaking coral reefs and diving next to endless populations of friendly rays, whale sharks, and sea turtles. The beauty of Cabo Pulmo is thanks to over 22 years of collaborative efforts to protect and conserve this region. Cabo Pulmo was decreed a National Park in 1995, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 2005 and finally a Ramsar International Wetlands site in 2008. Because of these efforts Cabo Pulmo has the largest coral reef in the Gulf of California, estimated to be 20,000 years old. Tourists come from all over the world to dive in the reef and are amazed by the flourishing marine population. The protected status of this region has empowered the community to protect and take pride in the beauty of their home. However, this precious space faces threats due to rapid developments in the surrounding region. Since the late 20th century, Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo became booming tourism destinations and today attract well over 2 million visitors annually. The rapid increase in tourism has led to new threats and impacts on the reefs and marine species, as well as the people who live in these communities. Residents enforce the park regulations, clean the beaches, and do everything they can to protect the ecosystem, nevertheless more work needs to be done as plans have been presented to construct megaprojects consisting of over 30,000 hotel rooms. In response to these threats, the Cabo Pulmo Vivo Coalition was formed. Made up of local organizations, citizens, academics, researchers, and members of the community. This coalition has made it their collaborative mission to protect the natural and cultural heritage of Cabo Pulmo by focusing on the sustainable development of the region. The coalition wants to maintain the beauty of the region, work to advance environmental conservation, and increase public awareness and participation in land use decisions. This skilled and respected team strengthens the management of the National Park, promotes effective leadership within the community, maintains legal actions to prevent the authorization of new projects, and brings awareness to the benefits of protecting Cabo Pulmo. Maintaining the stunning beauty of this region and preventing exploitation of the home of the local inhabitants, including its marine dwellers, is vital to keeping the region thriving and welcoming to conscientious visitors, like you. If you would like to contribute to the important conservation work of Cabo Pulmo, you can make a tax-deductible donation to the East Cape Strategic Action Fund at the International Community Foundation. www.icfdn.org i
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 Vifac BCS www.vifac.org - 624 688 5062, 01 800 362 2207
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
The Palapa Society Todos Santos, A.C. www.palapasociety.org Todos Santos Community Fund www.donate.icfdn.org
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
Vigilantes de Bahía Magdalena, A.C. Facebook: @vigilantes.bahiamagdalena
Eco-Alianza de Loreto, A.C. www.ecoalianzaloreto.org
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BAJA VOICES BY JUSTIN PORTER BIEL LEON ROBLES JOSEF was born in Guadalajara, Mexico into an outdoor-oriented family, and since he was a kid he loved sports. He started skateboarding and then picked-up mountain biking, rock climbing, skydiving, hang gliding and surfing. He started his own business at 22 years old, and by age 24 he already had 100 employees. Leon built many extreme attractions at parks and zoos, worked in the entertainment industry with networks such as Televisa and ESPN, and from there he did many sports events like the Reef Classic Surfing Tournaments. After building his first eco-adventure park called TAPALPA EKO PARK, he moved to Cabo where the venture to build Wild Canyon Adventures began; a year-long challenge that resulted in the most popular adventure park in the area. Here's a brief Q&A with the man himself:
I’m a very passionate person. I love being successful doing what I truly love. I feel blessed to have my wife as a partner, two beautiful kids, and many friends, and to keep living the dream in Cabo, proving to myself that if you do things right with love and professionalism, good things will happen as a result. 36
How long have you lived in Los Cabos? Eleven years. What inspires you most about life in the Baja? The outdoors, the desert, the waves, the ocean, the people and the nice organic life that we live here in Baja. What do you do for fun? Work on my park, surf, sail and be a father of twins. What do you do to decompress? I love to camp and surf. What is your favorite beach and why? Misiones because it's very close to my home and has great waves everyday with the view of the arch. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Did you take it? To be humble, work hard, believe in yourself and pursue your dreams. I like it and I do it every day. What emotion are you feeling right now? I’m very happy to tell my story, and to have this amazing opportunity to build my dream. What are you currently reading? Watching? I love to watch EL SOCIO, it’s a business program on the History Channel. What has living in Los Cabos taught you about life? To pursue your goals, to survive the unknown, and to always be ready to start again after the storm. What would you tell anyone coming to Los Cabos? It's an amazing place on this earth that is full of marine life, many activities, lovely beaches and awesome people. Come and explore!!!
SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO
ART DISTRICT View art as you stroll the enchanting streets of the Gallery District in downtown San Jose del Cabo. Later end your evening with a dining experience at one of the many exquisite restaurants in the area.
Enjoy traditional Mexican music and complimentary drinks at participating venues. Starts at 6:30 pm every Tuesday.
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SABOR A CABO – Known by local foodies as the “event of the year”, Sabor A Cabo held their annual International food and wine festival on Saturday, December 9. The event was held at Quivira Los Cabos, a resort community on the Pacific Ocean side of the Baja peninsula, just north of downtown Cabo San Lucas. There were more than 50 participating restaurants this year split up into zones of similar cuisine. As always, there was an extensive assortment of wines, tequilas and mezcals, along with traditional cocktails. The event concluded with an exciting performance by musical legends Earth, Wind and Fire, who got fans both young and old on their feet singing and dancing! Their website explains, “From the very beginning, the primary goal has been to support local charities in which all proceeds from Sabor A Cabo have been donated to organizations working within this area for over 12 years.” Proceeds from this year’s event will go to local fire fighters and the Red Cross. SaborACabo.com @SaborACaboOficial @EarthWindAndFire
Photo by Susy at Wild Canyon
WILD CANYON ADVENTURE PARK – Calling all adrenaline junkies, if you haven’t been to Wild Canyon Adventure park, it’s time to add it to your Cabo bucket list! I had the opportunity to visit the park and ride the Monster Ziplines last month. On that particular day, guides Agustin, Gus, Gene, Chris and Miguel helped us make our way through the canyon with all the education, safety consciousness, and fun that I have come to expect from Wild Canyon staff. There are eight lines in total that crisscross back and forth over the deep canyon, including one shorter practice line. Some lines are designed for single riders, while the others are for 2- 3 people at a time. If ziplines aren’t your thing, they also have a giant swing, ATVs, bungee jumping, camel rides, an Animal Sanctuary and more. The Animal Sanctuary recently received a new family member named Priscila, a giant 14-year-old desert turtle. Repeat park goers take note, the old entrance under El Tule bridge was washed away during Tropical Storm Lidia. There is now a new entrance across from the Dreams Resort (look for the Cocos Frios). When your day of adventure is over, don’t forget to stop by the Lion’s Den Restaurant to pick up a copy of Destino Magazine and enjoy the incredible views of the Canyon, with a refreshing cocktail or any of their delicious food options. @WildCanyon
BLANC BLOWOUT & BEAUTY SALON GRAND OPENING – Although they have been open for a while, Blanc Blowout & Beauty Salon officially celebrated their grand opening on Monday, December 11. Owner Neysa Quintana McCaleb created the salon along with successful sister company Blanc Bridal Salon, which specializes in on location bridal hair and makeup services. The new Blanc Blowout & Beauty Salon offers services including hair color, haircuts for both men and women, blowouts and hairstyling of all kinds, professional makeup for any occasion, manicures and pedicures, and custom spray tanning with contouring. Open daily from 9:00am - 7:00pm. Closed Sunday. Call for an appointment with one of their three awesome stylists; Jessie Moore, Anna Cruise or Jenna Bender. (624) 131-3457 @BlancSalonCabo 38
DRESSED TO THE K-9’s – The Los Cabos Humane Society celebrated their 12th annual “Dressed to the K-9’s” party on Friday, December 8 around the De Cortez Pool Deck at the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, Hacienda Del Mar Resort. This year’s theme was a “Christmas in White Party” which invited guests to wear stunning white suits and party dresses. The event included a cocktail reception followed by a dinner buffet with elaborate food stations created by the De Cortez Restaurant, and live musical performances by Dueto Canelo and local rock band Totoy. Thanks to ticket sales, silent auction and the raffle, the LCHS raised around $40,000usd which will be used to pay the salaries of their hard-working staff and for local spay and neuter programs. Recent education efforts have been very successful, resulting in a 500% increase in local adoptions in the last 3 months! The LCHS has been around for 25 years and has helped countless homeless animals in and around Los Cabos. Stay tuned for more exciting fundraisers, including their annual Paws and Claws event this April. Visit www.loscaboshumanesociety.com for more information and on how to donate, adopt, and volunteer! @LosCabosHumaneSociety
VICTORIA’S SECRET GRAND OPENING – The first Victoria's Secret location in Los Cabos opened at Luxury Avenue Mall on Thursday, November 30. A long line of customers anxiously waited to get their first glimpse of this iconic pink and black storefront. The Cabo store is smaller than what many are accustomed to in the United States, and carries a selection of panties, bags and scents. Sorry ladies...no bras or athletic apparel. Don’t forget to stop by to welcome this new business and pick up a few sexy gifts just in time for Valentine’s Day! @VictoriasSecret
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Lovers Beach Cabo San Lucas Mexico
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LIGA MAC CHRISTMAS FIESTA – Liga MAC A.C. celebrated their Christmas Fiesta on Tuesday, December 5, at the Shoppes at Palmilla. Fiesta attendees were invited to bring toys and school supplies for the children Liga MAC has helped throughout 2017, via their Basic Needs and Medical Aid programs. Over 400 toys were received and distributed by Santa Claus later in the month at an invite only Posada party. Executive Director Elva Haro explains Liga MAC’s mission “helping the low-income families and individuals of San Jose del Cabo to ensure that they are well-nourished, have access to medical care, and to provide children and adults with the opportunity to continue their education.” Visit www.ligamac.org for more information and ways you can help! @LigaMacAC
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BREATHLESS RESORT & SPA NEW YEAR’S DAY PARTY
One of Cabo San Lucas’ quickly growing hotspots, is throwing a New Year’s Day Party, “Recover, Reconnect and Rekindle” on January 1, 2017. The New Year’s Day event features DJ Miguel Migs and live music by the Sugar Shake Band, unlimited premium drinks with alcohol or without, breakfast, lunch and snacks, and valet parking among other things. The Breathless Resort is located at the southern end of the Marina. For more information or to RSVP, please call (624) 104-9500.
DIA DE LOS REYES MAGOS
Day of the 3 Wise Men, or to be literal 3 Kings Day, is an old tradition us Mexicans grow up with and is celebrated on behalf of the 3 kings that brought gifts to baby Jesus in order to pay their respect and worship him. The 3 kings travelled the orient one on a camel, the other on an elephant, and one on a horse. They came from diverse parts of the world, carrying gifts for the newborn, some made of gold because he was a King, others of myrrh because he was a male, and some incense for he was God. So, on that special day kids will receive gifts to celebrate. Families and friends join together to cut the “Rosca de Reyes,” a king ́s cake pastry. The bread is shaped in the form of a wreath or crown and usually has candied fruit on top and a figurine of a baby baked inside. It's often simply called "rosca." Usually each person cuts their own slice and the one who gets a piece of rosca with the baby figurine is expected to host a party on Día de la Candelaria, which is celebrated on February 2. On that day, the traditional food is tamales. Nowadays you can get your own rosca at any local baker shop, Soriana, Comerical Mexicana, Walmart or Costco. We also love to accompany a good slice of “rosca” with some hot chocolate.
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CULTURAL CIRCUIT 4TH SEASON
The Cultural Circuit is a place where local artists can expose their works of art or artistic talents. Using the beautiful stage of the marina of Cabo San Lucas, artists, musicians, writers, dancers and more can express themselves in a family friendly ambience. You can also get information on free artistic workshops for painting, drawing and 40
sculpting among others. For more information please visit: www.circuitoculturalcabo.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY FUNDAY BRUNCH
Hosted every Sunday by COMAL at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences. Complete with live music, crafted brunch cocktails and free flowing Rose wine along with complimentary access to Pescaditos Kids Club. (ages 4-12). $72 per adult. $36 per child under 12. Tax and service included. For more information or reservations contact COMAL Restaurant at (624) 194-9751 or COMAL.email@example.com
TROPIC OF CANCER CONCERT SERIES
Hosted by the rock n’ roll band Cordovas, this charity concert will benefit the "Bomberos" of Todos Santos. The series gathers local and national touring musical acts for two weekends of music, love, and art in the small Baja town of Todos Santos, Mexico. Your Tropic of Cancer Concert experience is completely customizable. You can enjoy discounts by choosing multiple days packages, or mix and match your tickets if you are interested in individual days, thanks to the fact that this year the Tropic of Cancer Concert Series has broadened their ticket options making it easy to not only enjoy the musical experience, but allowing you to immerse yourself in an expanded VIP experience with guided yoga as well. All attendees purchasing tickets online will have the option of upgrading to a VIP experience, which will be available during all Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights of the festival. If you are interested in upgrading to a VIP package experience we recommend you reserve them as early as possible, since last year they sold out extremely fast due to the limited number of VIP Packages available. All yoga packages are all-inclusive (lodging, meals, transportation and general admission to the festival). This year the Tropic of Cancer Series has partnered itself with Yandara, a beautiful oceanside yoga institute located just down the road from Todos Santos. For more information or to buy your tickets please visit: www.tropicofcancerconcertseries.mx
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FLOR ES SER, SACRED FEMININE RETREAT Hosted by
Botanica Wellness Glamping and more! If after New Year’s you need a detox from all the partying, or simply want to reconnect with nature and yourself, this retreat is for you with a sweat lodge, organic vegan food, chanting and dancing activities. Starting at 10am on the 14th, and finishing at 5pm on the 16th. Costs vary anywhere from $350usd to $650usd depending on the number of nights and activities you choose. For more information visit: Botanica Wellness Glamping and More on Facebook @BotanicaByKitzia, or call (624) 147-1086
10 TH ANNUAL LOS CABOS PRO-AM GOLF TOURNAMENT
Cabo del Sol’s acclaimed ocean and desert course impressed its designer Jack Nicklaus so much and other pro and amateur golfers around the world, that it is no surprise the 10th annual golf tournament is taking place there. Sheraton ́s Hacienda del Mar property will once again host all participants in this year’s spectacular Los Cabos Pro-Am. For more information or to request a printed invitation, please contact: Barry Fleming barry@proamevents. com or call (843) 384-5342
LOS CABOS MOUNTAIN MARATHON
Conquer the Mountain - If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get healthier, challenge yourself, move more, or just to do new and exciting things, this is the event to get you on track! Cabo Sport invites you to overcome a new challenge and enjoy the first mountain marathon in Los Cabos. An impressive and imposing tour that you will love. Distances of 42K and 20K. For more information call: (624) 688-6755
ONGOING EVENTS Mondays: Stargazing /Astronomy programs. Reservation in advance is required. firstname.lastname@example.org (624)1298701 Wednesdays: The Wirikuta Show www.thewirikuta.com Thursdays: Stargazing /Astronomy programs Reservation in advance is required. email@example.com (624)1298701 San Jose del Cabo Art Walk 5:00 pm Fridays: Farmer’s Market at the Shoppes at Palmilla 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - www.facebook. com/TheShoppesPalmilla
Saturdays: San José del Cabo Organic Market 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - sanjomo.org La Kermés at Wirikuta 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm The Los Cabos Organic Market at Pedregal 7:30 am - 12:00 pm - www. facebook.com/caboorganicmarket Bird walks at San Jose Estuary Reservation in advance is required. firstname.lastname@example.org (624)151-1565 Sundays: Ciclovia Recreativa Cabo From 7:00 - 11:00 am a section of the main street in Cabo San Lucas closes for bikers and skaters. Great for kids!
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