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BAJA 101 Destinations Useful Information Activities Maps DISCOVER Top Beaches Los Cabos Wildlife INTERVIEW WITH A SURFER LOS CABOS OPEN OF SURF THE BREAKS OF LOS CABOS ART & CULTURE Expat Chronicles: El Perro Loco Baja Voices: Lee Vosburgh Spanish Lesson Pueblo Mágico: Todos Santos The San José del Cabo Art Walk OUT & ABOUT Social Cabo Destino Directory COUPONS Events

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It is said that we all come from the ocean, perhaps this is why after so many years of human evolution we are still naturally drawn to the big blue. For thousands of years we have fed from it, traveled in it, and...played in it. Riding waves for leisure has most likely existed since shortly after humans began swimming in the ocean. Some history references say that first came body surfing and then board surfing. Now, this aquatic sport expands to all corners of the Earth, making it all the way down to the amazing Baja. We might have a vast and rugged desert on this peninsula, but there is no lack of waves to ride. Read along to learn which are the best Los Cabos surf breaks. This month, the Los Cabos Open of Surf takes place, a renowned surf tournament with prestigious international reach. Look for the Destino Magazine stand on the beach during the tournament for some refreshing giveaways! Within the pages of Destino Los Cabos you can find useful information to 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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Los Cabos

(the capes) is located in the southernmost tip of the State of Baja California Sur and consists of four main areas: Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, Todos Santos and the East Cape. La Paz is the Capital of the state. 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

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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

The corridor is the 40 km highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (about a 20 minute drive). Along this road you can find various hotels, luxury ocean front homes, championship golf courses and beautiful views. Have your camera ready and make a roadside stop at the Costa Azul view-point for photo opportunities and a refreshing coco frío (cold coconut).

Todos Santos

Located on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula, Todos Santos is an oasis where artists and surfers flock to enjoy the culture and excellent surf. Home to the famous Hotel California, this charming town offers great restaurants and a cooler climate than Cabo San Lucas and San José due to the breezes coming from the Pacific.

East Cape

People often call it “the old Cabo” because of its pristine beaches and small fishing towns such as Buena Vista and Los Barriles. The East Cape begins just east of San José and extends about 100 miles up the Sea of Cortez coast. Sixty miles outside of San José is the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, 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

La Paz is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur and is known for its warm people and beautiful beaches. This authentic Mexican city (as well as the general south Baja region) has been rated as one of the safest in Mexico and still maintains the small town feel that is very welcoming for tourists. La Paz is a departure point for tours and charters to the stunning Espiritu Santo Island as well as whale watching excursions. Stroll down the colorful malecón (boardwalk), walk hundreds of feet in waist high water at Balandra beach or have a fine dining experience; La Paz has a lot to offer.

Loreto

Loreto offers the best of both worlds for tourists who long to escape to an 'authentic-Mexico' with settings that take you back-in-time along with ocean activities that rival that of any other modern coastal city. In Loreto you'll find historic buildings such as the enchanting Mision de Loreto - a mission-style church that was built in 1697 as well as The Islands of Loreto which boasts Mexico's largest marine preserve where dolphins, seals, turtles and sea lions all play in the sea. For those who are partial to adventures on land; there is hiking, biking, and nature-tours that fill up a camera with pictures of radiant natural settings. Loreto is the perfect place for everyone from honeymooners to large families.


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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 back 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, Mega or Soriana. If you need a quick grab, 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

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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS EMERGENCIES: 066 from a local number ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE: 074 from a local number POLICE DEPARTMENT: - Cabo San Lucas 143-3977 - San José del Cabo 142-0361 FIRE DEPARTMENT: Dial 116 or: - Cabo San Lucas 143-3577 - San José del Cabo 142-2466 HIGHWAY PATROL: 146-0573 TOURIST POLICE: 143-3977 HOSPITALS: Hospiten: - 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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BOATING & FISHING

With calm waters, extraordinary fishing and perfect weather, some may argue that boating is the most popular attraction in Los Cabos. Whether you want to take a cruise to Santa María Bay on a luxury yacht or wake up at the crack of dawn for a fishing adventure, there are endless options to fit your needs.

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BOAT RENTALS Private yachts and sailboats There are several charter companies that can accommodate your needs. What you do on your trip is really up to you, but it will typically consist of a tour of the landmark arch, a few hours of fishing, and a cruise to one of our beautiful bays for a swim. Most boats have fishing equipment and a knowledgeable crew, but the biggest difference between a yacht and a fishing boat rental is the cost. Fishing Boat Rentals You can always fish on a yacht, but cruisers, pangas and super-pangas are a more affordable option. Cruisers accommodate larger groups and are more comfortable when the sea is rough on a windy day.

THE MARINAS Marina Cabo San Lucas The area’s largest commercial marina features 380 slips and accommodates vessels of up to 375 feet. Amenities include 24-hour security, electricity and potable water, a fuel dock, and convenient laundry and shower facilities. Puerto Los Cabos Located in La Playita just north of San José del Cabo is the newest marina in the area with 200 available slips 12

for boats up to 400 feet. Amenities are similar to Marina Cabo San Lucas, though the boatyard’s 150-ton travel lift can accommodate larger vessels.

FISHING There’s a reason why the world’s richest fishing tournament - the Bisbee’s Black & Blue - has taken place in Los Cabos for over thirty years. This part of the world offers abundant sea life and an exceptionally high catch success rate, no matter what your level of fishing experience is. What to Expect Most charters include a fishing license, bait, tackle and equipment. Some also include food and drink or these amenities can be added at an additional cost. It is better to leave early; trips usually begin at 6:00 and 7:00 am and last around 6 hours. Cost will depend on the number of people in your party and the size of the boat you choose to rent. It is customary to leave the crew a gratuity of 15% to 20%. Bait and Tackle Most likely, the boat you charter will include your bait and tackle. If you need your own fresh bait, you may buy it along the Cabo San Lucas Marina or the crew you hire may also stop to buy it from the local fishermen on your way out.

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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


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SNORKELING

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.

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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 A quick five-minute ride from the Cabo San Lucas marina or Medano Beach is all it takes to get to this fish-attracting rock.

Lover’s Beach This popular and uniquely-named beach is accessible only by boat. Be on the look-out, however, as the water is not roped off for swimmers. Santa Maria Bay Snorkel tours regularly visit Santa Maria Bay. If you choose to drive there, it’s an easy swim from the shore to the reef on the right side of the cove. Chileno Bay Snorkelers will find a safe, 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!

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! 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. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

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BAJA 101 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.

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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! 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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SURFING

Baja Sur has been a popular surfing destination since the ‘50s. The East Cape is popular for kite surfing and the Pacific coast has several surf breaks where you will find less crowds. See our Baja Sur map and look for this symbol to locate the surf spots mentioned bellow. SAN PEDRITO Level: Advanced. Direction: Right, left. Location: Pacific side right before arriving to Todos Santos. Have you ever had a dream about flying like Superman or maybe swimming like a dolphin? Dreams can come true in Cabo! The FlyBoard is a device connected and powered by a personal watercraft, which allows propulsion underwater and in the air. Users are connected to the board by wakeboard boots, under which, water pressure provides thrust. A certified trainer controls the power and height and you control all the movement. Available at Medano beach or in the Puerto Los Cabos Marina in San José del Cabo.

STAND UP PADDLING

There is something special about paddling out and finding yourself floating in the ocean with just a paddle and a board. Stand up paddling is a great way to see marine life and to get a great workout and while enjoying nature. At Medano beach you can rent boards in several locations. Certain companies offer paddling lessons and some have yoga classes on the board.

KITE SURFING

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.

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CERRITOS Level: Beginners. Direction: Right, left. Location: Pacific side at Km 65 of the Cabo San Lucas- Todos Santos road. MONUMENTS Level: Advanced . Direction: Left. Location: at Km 6.5 of the Corridor, closer to Cabo San Lucas. EL TULE Level: Advanced . Direction: Right, left. Location: Exit at Km 16.2 at El Tule bridge COSTA AZUL consists of three breaks: The Rock or La Roca Level: Advanced. Direction: Right. Zippers Level: All level. Direction: Right. Acapulquito Level: All levels. Direction: Right. Location: at Km 28.5. Access is below the Costa Azul bridge. LA BOCANA AT THE ESTUARY Level: All levels. Direction: Right, left. Location: San José del Cabo’s main beach, close to the Holiday Inn. SHIPWRECKS Level: Advanced. Direction: Right. Location: East Cape, about 25 Km from San José del Cabo. NINE PALMS Level: All levels. Direction: Long rights. Location: East Cape, about 30 Km from San José del Cabo. SEASONS June through November The summer months are known to be the best as the Southern Hemisphere’s swells send great waves to the Pacific, Cabo San Lucas, San José and the East Cape. December through February East Cape and Costa Azul are on the flatter side. The Pacific can be good this time of year because it’s exposed to the west swell. March through May This is the windy season. Swells are consistent and you’ll run into fewer crowds.


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Medano Beach

If you’re looking for the action, this is where it is. El Médano (as the locals call it) is a 2-mile stretch of hotels, restaurants and bars, right on the sand. It’s a swimmable and 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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Lover's Beach

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

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 palapas. 20

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Travelling west from Cabo San Lucas towards San José, follow the sign which reads “Santa María” and exit the highway at Km. 13. Follow the dirt road until you reach the parking area. Tips: Swim from the shore towards the rocks on the right side of the beach for a great snorkeling experience.

Chileno

Chileno Beach is a very popular location for snorkeling and swimming due to it's calm waters with hardly any waves. You’ll find tide pools at the east end of the beach and beautiful reefs offering excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. Public restrooms and showers are available. 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 and you’ll avoid the mid-day snorkel tours. Bring snorkelling gear!

Palmilla

Palmilla beach is known for its family-friendly calm waters and a mile-long stretch of beach. Located within the resort community of Palmilla, you will find yourself surrounded by oceanfront luxury homes, the One&Only Hotel and the world renowned Jack Nicklaus Ocean Nine golf course. Pangas and fishing cruisers are available for charter, but you won’t find water sport rentals such as kayaks or jet skis. Location: Take the Palmilla ramp exit at Km. 27. Follow the signs and turn into the main beach parking area before the entrance to the One&Only Hotel. Tips: Palmilla is popular among local families on the weekends, so arrive early if you want a palapa, or bring your own umbrella. No services are available here.

Costa Azul

If what you’re looking for is a good surf spot you can find it here without driving out of town. Head over to Zipper’s for a surf session and lunch and beers at the restaurant. To the west of Zippers is Acapulquito beach where the Cabo Surf Hotel and Mike Doyle Surf School are located. You can

find surf shops in the area where you can rent surf and stand-up paddle boards and set up lessons. The surf is bigger during the summer, and in the winter this is a good spot for snorkelling and swimming. Location: Exit into the arroyo at Km. 28 via the Costa Azul Bridge. Tips: Swimming with caution is possible in this area but keep an eye out for surfers.

Cerritos

Cerritos beach is a popular surf spot and swimming here is relatively safe. The scenic 45 minute drive from Cabo San Lucas is well worth the trip as you drive along the pristine Pacific coast. If you want to be active, you can rent a boogie board or surf board or even take a surf lesson with one of the surf schools located on the beach. 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: Since there is no public restaurant or other facilities on the beach come prepared for a with food, drinks and beach gear The ocean currents are strong and the waves can be quite powerful on a big day, so swim with caution.

Balandra

A stunning bay that will take your breath away. You can walk back and forth in the bay in waist high water that is crystal clear with shades of blue turquoise. Follow the shore towards the north-east side and you will find the famous “mushroom rock” as well as other interesting rock formations. Pictures just don’t do it justice. You won’t regret visiting Playa Balandra! Location: About 30 minutes from the boardwalk in La Paz. Simply follow the main drag along the boardwalk, then through Costa Baja Golf Course and continue to wind around the coast and through the mountains until you see the signs for the beach. Tips: No bathroom facilities. There is a truck where you can buy water and snacks, but it is recommended to bring your own in case they are closed. There are palapas, but not a lot. You can rent kayaks and snorkel gear. i

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Los Cabos Wildlife ALL THAT'S FISHY

From Land's End to La Paz M O N T H LY F I S H I N G R E P O R T by Gar y Graham

The joy of swimming with sea lions in La Paz by Cabo Trek

There is nothing better than swimming with sea lions, dolphins and still relaxing on a deserted beach paradise. But that would only get even better in the company of friends, just women on the boat. The purpose of this tour, besides exploring marine life was to encourage the practice of diving/freediving. A group that has emerged in Baja California Sur called Scuba Girls Los Cabos is intended to encourage, support and exchange experiences among women divers and non-divers, but that all have in common the passion for the sea. The adventure started in the city of La Paz, 160 kilometers from Cabo San Lucas, one of the most beautiful tourist sites in Baja California Sur, and gateway to the Sea of ​​Cortez. On the way to the sea lion colony, a big surprise was an encounter with bottlenose dolphins. They are intelligent, sociable, and curious animals and approached the boat providing a magical experience for all on board. Following was a trip to the San Rafaelito islet where there are Californian sea lions and a diversity of marine species such as corals and fish. Definitely snorkeling with these animals is one of the experiences that everyone should live. Sea lions are carnivorous mammals adapted to live in the water and feed mainly on fish. They have playful and docile behavior with divers. It’s common to find them on the surface with the flippers out of the water, this is for thermoregulation of body temperature. The islet belongs to the Protected Area of Balandra ​​ Beach and some rules must be fulfilled for the safety of tourists and for environmental preservation. It’s mandatory to use a life jacket for swimming, to keep a recommended distance of 5 meters from sea lions, and not to touch any animals including sea stars, corals and others. After the incredible experience of swimming with sea lions it was time to relax on Balandra, which is a Natural Protected Area created in 2012 due to its ecological importance with more than 2,500 hectares of area. There is a mangrove system and its an important breeding and feeding area for endangered and endemic species. During the tour good practices were adopted to reduce waste, such as the use of reusable water bottles. With the support of the Zero Waste Los Cabos group, that encourages the reutilization of each and every resource, the experience of that incredible day in La Paz was complete. 22

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This month is one of the favorite months for many regular visitors to Baja Sur. It’s early enough in the developing season to avoid the summer crowds as well as the summer heat and possible storms, yet the fishing season has begun to kick in. Water is warm enough to lure marlin, tuna, roosters and other favorite exotics back to the area. This year, thus far, the descriptive word used by most of the local captains is “normal” for the first time in several years. Sardina, (actually flatiron herring), the small, frisky baitfish that is one of the fundamental cornerstones of a successful fishing trip, have returned to the local inshore waters – from Loreto to the tip of Baja. They are attracting swarms of hungry yellowfin tuna of all sizes, from footballsize to OMG-size exceeding several hundred pounds, as well as many other species to the delight of first-timers along with expert anglers. The tuna are often traveling with porpoise making them easy to spot. The porpoise leap high into the air, and the seabirds – from small terns to huge frigates – follow along, swooping down to the water’s surface to snatch the injured baitfish left behind by the feeding mammals and tuna. Often, anglers hook billfish, dorado or wahoo from the same school providing some exciting surprises. Imagine a striped marlin longer than the angler is tall suddenly appearing in the wake as it snatches one of the lures and greyhounds across the surface! Imagine a wahoo, one of the ten fastest fish in the ocean, fleeing from the boat at 50mph; or a dorado leaping high into the air just a few feet behind the transom with the bright Baja sun glistening gold off its colorful body. And that’s just part of the story. If you prefer to remain in sight of land, there is the inshore that offers some equally exciting sportfishing with more exotic species to entertain you and your family. Most popular, especially for the fly anglers, are roosterfish, often referred to as the Punk Rockers of the sea. With their distinctive rooster comb-like dorsal fins and their gray and white striped bodies, they are tough fighters, but because they taste horrible, they are almost always released. Also, a couple of other critters found in the same neighborhood are jack crevalle, generally referred to as “toro” by locals for their bull-like tenacity. They are not quite as

dramatically colored, but are equally as tough an adversary and are just as terrible tasting. The third fish in this group is the sierra with sharp teeth that will cut through almost any line but wire; however, unlike the other two, their fillets are delicious in ceviche. From Land’s End, Todos Santos to the north on the Pacific side, into the Sea of Cortez all the way up to Loreto, all sorts of unusual, exciting fish can be found lurking in the depths around rocky points and pinnacles scattered along the coastline. A couple of seasonal favorites are yellowtail and there’s always a possibility for a shot at a snook – not too different from those caught in Florida. However, techniques vary by region; here in Baja, many are caught in deeper water mostly using live bait or various artificial lures. When hooked, the trick is to keep enough pressure on to prevent them from cutting the line on the sharp rocks. Anglers who persevere and meet the challenge, experience a catch of a lifetime ... in addition to enjoying some excellent tasting fish. Around the corner, up into the Sea of Cortez outside of Puerto Los Cabos, the Gordo Banks are great hunting grounds for both surface and bottom fish. Including all those mentioned above, there are also grouper, cabrilla, barred pargo, red snapper, yellow snapper, pompano and the prolific triggerfish, always a popular candidate for the ceviche bowl. Another big plus now is that the winter North Wind, that often puts a dampener on the fishing in the Cortez, has mercifully subsided. Good news for the East Cape and Los Arenas areas where yellowfin tuna and striped marlin are the best targets offshore, while inshore dorado, pompano, amberjack, roosterfish, and jacks are keeping clients happy. At La Paz and Loreto, yellowtail, grouper, cabrilla, and pargo are keeping locals and visitors busy while they hope for an early arrival of the popular dorado. Welcome to the wonderful world of Baja sportfishing.

A sunny day, along with fresh-caught yellowfin tuna for Sheila Verduzco and Judith Ruiz, Los Barriles, BCS, aboard Matt Clifton’s El Regalo is a sure sign spring is here.


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by Alex Navarro

and spend the day there...so, that was the first time I actually started to have fun in the ocean and stopped being afraid of it...and it changed my relationship from one of fear to one of love and respect and connection... then one summer I went to L.A. and my uncle Mario taught me to surf...so, he asked me “do you surf?” And I said “no, I boogie board”...and he said, “no, you have to learn how to surf”...so, he took me to many beaches in L.A. (Venice Beach, Manhattan Beach, Malibu, Redondo Beach)...and one day on a very long surfboard...on 1 to 2 feet waves...was the first time that on my own I paddled into a wave...I stood up on the board...and, it was the most pure and loving moment in my life so far haha...it’s hard to explain, but it was very intense for me...it just opened up a whole different level of emotions and perspective and magic...it just started a fire inside of me and that really changed my life...really, in terms of my decisions... in terms of my appreciation...in terms of the people I met... the travels I went on...the decisions regarding my life... everything started to revolve around surfing...my work...I started to work in surfing...then I started going on surf weekends with my friends...maybe 15 surfers...that all lived in Mexico City...so we would just get together and plan surf trips...it became like a brotherhood...and eventually I moved to places where I had a beach...so, it just really took over my life...I don’t see myself not surfing...or not having the surf around me...in whatever form...I really consider it a very important part of my life...something I want to keep exploring...because, that is one thing...the more you know it, the more you want to explore and the more you want to become a better surfer...you know...to improve yourself...it’s really a life journey...I see it more as a life philosophy...I respect very much the competitive aspect of it...I enjoy it as well, but I think the soul part of it really serves as a philosophy of life and keeping in the flow...keeping exploring...being good to each other... respecting...connecting with nature...meditation...fighting your fears...adrenaline!...it really brings together many elements that make it addictive.

How did you get involved with the Los Cabos Open of Surf and being a commentator and beach announcer?

AN:

I asked my good friend Axel Gutierrez if he would like to answer a few questions, for DESTINO LOS CABOS, about surfing in general. He kindly accepted and I would like to share this interview with you because I believe it truly conveys the spirit of surfing and the surfing lifestyle. Axel is a very cool guy and is very involved within the Los Cabos community, and the surfing community all around. He is 33 years old, was born in Mexico City and is currently the Director of the popular Organic Market in San Jose del Cabo, and the commentator and beach announcer for the Los Cabos Open of Surf in past years, and for the contest taking place this month. He is into permaculture and a very passionate surfer. So here is Axel telling us some wonderful things about surfing being a big part of his life. --------AN: Hi Axel! How are you my friend? So nice to talk to you...

so yeah, I just want to chat a little bit about surfing in general and all that is beautiful about surfing...how it motivates us... how it makes us feel good all day after we’ve surfed...so, let’s flow a bit...I have a few questions and let’s see what comes out of all this! So, first question. Why did you start surfing...how did it happen?

AG: Hey Alex! Always a pleasure talking to you bro...thank you so much for doing this and giving me this space...so, my experience with surfing...well, I’m going to tell you a bit of some background information...when I was young I was terrified of the ocean...it was something that I saw very external to me and I saw it more as a threat...something that would harm me…I saw it bigger than me... very powerful...so that happened until I was 8 years old...then I started to lose the fear, and when I was about 12 years old my father bought me a little boogie board and we used to go a lot to Cozumel and go to the other side of the island for the waves

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AG: In 2009, I was working for a marketing agency that had a brand of Swiss watches that sponsored the National surfing event in Puerto Escondido...when I was there I started to meet everyone...all the surf Mexican pros and the commentators...that was my first contact with the Mexican Surfing Federation...with the surf industry in Mexico...and then I was part of the organization making the surf festivals...and we made the National in Mazatlán and other tour stops in Acapulco and Puerto...then I went to Australia to study my masters so I got disconnected a little bit from the industry...and came back in 2013 to Los Cabos with the Los Cabos Open of Surf...now working for the surfing federation...so, I came with them to the event... and I was ready to leave Mexico City...wanting to come back to the coast again after living in Sydney...so when I came here to Los Cabos and I saw that it was a beautiful place, with beautiful people and beautiful waves...it was a very easy decision...it was just flowing very naturally...and of course surfing being part of my life. AN: Tell us a little bit about the Los Cabos Open of Surf. AG: The Los Cabos Open of Surf is in its sixth edition...

it’s the oldest international competition in Mexico...we’re going to have the Women’s QS 6000 and then the Junior Pros...the Junior Pro is all the best in the world under 18, which is a pretty big deal because we’ve had past champions that have made it directly to the world tour... and then of course we have the great concerts.

Tell us something that comes from your heart about surfing.

AN:

AG: That’s a good question...I would say for me it was a

new vision for life...it really changed my life...it changed my way of thinking...it made me travel and meet new people... and just really connect with something I was looking for

without knowing....it just opened up a lifestyle really...it means adventure to me...it means passion, family, respect and connection, it means freedom...it means lessons...and you also have to fight your fears....in surfing your flowing with nature... flowing with the energy...expressed through liquid...in a natural environment...that is surfing...your being stimulated in so many ways and the vision and the feeling and the sensations...and the chemicals inside you...the adrenaline...and everything your body is releasing...so, it has multiple ways of being very stimulant...surfing gives me so much...it has given me friends, work, travel, it has allowed me to meet my heroes as well and it’s great because then you see them as human beings...very focused and talented...you appreciate everything that he or she is and you know we all have to continue with our own personal journey...whatever it is. Surfing really is a way of life...I think. AN: Please tell us something you would like to express about

our surfing community and surfing lifestyle here in Los Cabos.

AG: Well, I think our Baja community, as a surfing community, is a very privileged one because, first of all, we have abundance of waves...we have waves year round...and then you run into everybody...so it’s a family...it’s like finding your tribe...it’s a community that I really love and that I get inspired by and that I respect…and we share the same love for our land which is the Baja coastline...I feel very fortunate to belong to this surfing community and it’s really a family that is growing and I see a beautiful opportunity for everyone...so of course, I want our kids to surf and keep passing on the stoke and love for our land and our coast. AN: What is your favorite beach? AG: Right now, my favorite beach...well, I’m going to have to

say it’s Costa Azul because it’s my home beach and I’m in love with the wave Zippers...I’ve been in beautiful waves in mainland Mexico like Barra de la Cruz, which I love very much...Nexpa, La Ticla, Pascuales...Mexico is just so rich in beautiful amazing waves...yeah, I think those would be my top spots. AN: Are you regular or are you goofy? AG: I’m regular. *(“regular” means surfing with your left foot

forward and “goofy” with the right foot forward.)

AN: What have been some of your most memorable surfing experiences? AG: One of them was in 2013 on a trip to Michoacán...it was

pumping waves...the biggest waves I had ever surfed up to that moment...and it was just so beautiful...the color of the ocean... connecting with my bros...and, playing music...I think for me it was the true spirit of a surf trip...just full of adventure...with all this life around you...and you know...as a surf that trip really marked me...like a whole different level! And here in Zippers I had a beautiful session doing full moon night surfing and that for me was also very beautiful...I was with a friend of mine, Jeronimo, who moved to Myanmar and is now a Buddhist monk...I shared that with him...so those two sessions seem to be the strongest in my mind.

AN: One last little dynamic here...I’ll say a word and please

say the first word that comes to mind:

AN: Surfing > AG: Passion AN: Wave > AG: Energy AN: Sand > AG: On my feet! AN: Sun > AG: Intense AN: Surfboard > AG: Good design AN: Beach > AG: Fun Park! AN: And finally! Swell > AG: Anticipation ---------

So that was my interview with my bro Axel Gutierrez, I hope you enjoyed it. For me, it was really a cool experience to do this. It makes me reflect how blessed we are, and how lucky we are to have surfing in our lives. This vacation maybe try out surfing, as you can see you will never regret it. Thanks for reading and for your visit to our amazing Los Cabos. Come back soon! i


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by Justin Porter Biel

Surf fans from around the world descend on Los Cabos this month to watch the Los Cabos Open of Surf. A weeklong event packed with clean waves, sizzling sun, cool music, and late-night parties, it's one reason June in Los Cabos is our favorite time of year. Now in its sixth consecutive year, the Los Cabos Open of Surf is the largest professional surfing contest in Latin America. Hosted by the World Surf League, the event is a favorite of surfing pro's, and a regular stop on the Women’s Qualifying Series. The wave of choice for this year's contest is the world famous Zippers, on Costa Azul beach. A fast, powerful wave that pumps hardest during summer months, Zippers is a right beach break over cobblestones. The pros on the circuit know Zippers for its steep drop, lippy shape, and its hollow curl near the beach. While the best of the surfing world rip in the water, fans attending this free event will kick back for this once a year, Baja surfing experience.

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All for the Love of Q & A with ALANA BLANCHARD by Justin Porter Biel

Alana Blanchard is one of the world's biggest proponents of surfing. A native of Kauai, Alana began surfing at four years old and has been chasing waves ever since. A competitive surfer, model, and swimsuit designer, Alana Blanchard is the ambassador of this years’ Los Cabos Open of Surf. Destino Los Cabos caught up with Alana to talk about her role as event ambassador, the appeal of surfing in Baja and learn more about her philanthropic efforts through the Alana Blanchard Foundation. This is your second year as the ambassador for The Los Cabos Open of Surf. What is about Los Cabos, and this event in particular, that you enjoy the most? I’ve

always loved Cabo. It’s such an amazing place. There are good waves and the people are really nice. I love this event because its one of the most prestigious women’s qualifying events and helps showcase all the top women’s talent.

What's it like to act as the ambassador for the largest pro surfing event in Latin America? What's your favorite part about the role of ambassador? I’m so excited

to be an ambassador for this event! I’ve been coming to Cabo for the last six years, and every year the contest gets better. There are fantastic hotels here, and Los Cabos is a great place to visit overall. But I think the best thing about this event is that I get to represent all the women surfers. Female empowerment is an essential cause in my life, so being the ambassador for the Los Cabos Open of Surf in a real honor.

Destino Los Cabos June issue is all about surf. What is one thing that about surfing

in Baja that has surprised you? I love venturing up or down the coast. There are so many fun places to surf that not everyone knows about yet. One of my favorite waves would have to be Shipwrecks because it’s an adventure to get there and the wave is super fun. What is one thing about travelling in Baja that has surprised you? I’ve been

surprised by how many great waves there are in Baja. I didn't think there would be world-class waves here, but there are tons to choose. Even better, Baja is a calm, uncrowded, tranquil place to surf. The quality of waves in Baja is a bit of a secret. I feel a little guilty talking about it publicly, but more people should really consider Cabo when it comes to destination surf travel.

Outside of being at the contest, how do you spend a typical day in Los Cabos? It’s easy

to relax and surf all day. I also love going on an adventure and finding little waves with no one out. And then, after a big day of surfing, I head to Flora Farms for some yummy dinner and to enjoy the beautiful location. The restaurant is a great place to chill-out and watch the sunset.

You created the Alana Blanchard foundation to help talented female surfers excel in the sport of surfing. Can you tell us more about the foundation? How is the foundation involved in this year’s event? We created the Alana Blanchard Foundation to empower young women

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with talent who didn’t otherwise have the resources to travel for competition and advance their surfing career. At ABF we’re about girl power, and we want to help women thrive in an industry that is mostly dominated by men. We want girls to feel empowered, to be their best, both in and out of the water. At the Los Cabos Open of Surf, we're running another ABF challenge event, and the winner is going to take home a cash prize to put towards the costs of future events to help advance their surfing career.

You created a career by pursuing your passion in the sport of surfing. What has surfing taught you about life? Surfing

has helped me to adapt to all situations. With surfing, you never know what you’re going to get, so you learn to go with the flow. That’s similar to life. In life, we don't know what’s coming our way, but it helps if we can be adaptable.

Is it ever too late to start surfing? What would you tell visitors to Los Cabos looking try surfing for the first time? No, it’s

never too late to start surfing. Surfing is just meant to be fun, so as long as you’re having fun and not taking it too seriously, go for it. Also, don't worry about how good you are and just concentrate on how it makes you feel. You’ll end up progressing that way, and you’ll have a lot more fun.

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OF LOS CABOS by Justin Porter Biel

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aja California del Sur is a surfer’s dream. With access to the Pacific Coast on the west and the Sea of Cortez on the east, the area offers countless miles of pristine coastline and is home to world-class surf breaks.

In Baja, the opportunities to paddle out are plentiful, and there are waves for every skill level. Most breaks are also surprisingly easy to access, with over two-dozen surf spots within a 1.5 hour drive of San Jose Del Cabo International Airport. So whether you’re a surf-veteran looking to go big, or a newbie stoked on catching your first wave, the surf in Baja can satisfy your craving. The month of June is a particularly fun month for surfing. The temperatures are rising, the crowds are dying down, and the southerly swells that keep waves going through the summer months are just starting to crank up. Both on the Pacific coast and the Sea of Cortez, this time of year brings an abundance of waves. At breaks near Los Cabos, you can catch great rides alongside a handful of locals and other surf-seekers from around the world. However, if you're looking for even more solace, head to the East Cape, or take a drive up the Pacific. Paddle out early, and you might have the ocean all to yourself. 28

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For a map and detailed descriptions of surf spots go to pages 14 and 16 or visit: destinoloscabos.com/surfing-and-water-sports

the SURF SPOT BREAKDOWN Got your board? Perfect! Now it’s time to pick a beach, strap on your leash, and paddle out. This breakdown of the local surf spots will guarantee your Baja surf vacation is a success. Surfing Cabo and San Jose If you’re staying in Cabo or San Jose, you don’t have to go far to find clean faces and long rides. Lucky for you, there are over a dozen breaks between Cabo and San Jose alone. Below, we’ve listed a few of the most popular. M onu men ts – A dense, reef bottom left that holds size better than many of the surrounding breaks, Monuments is a fun spot but only recommended for intermediate/experienced surfers. Located just below the Thompson Hotel, Monuments is an iconic wave, one of the closest beaks to Cabo, and offers a rare left break on the Sea of Cortez. O ld M a n's – Located directly in front of Cabo Surf Hotel, Old Man's is a long, smooth right with a forgiving takeoff and suitable for beginner/ intermediate surfers. You can park for free in the lot above Cabo Surf Hotel. If you’re a beginner looking for a lesson, this is the place to head. The Ro ck – A short paddle from Old Man's, The Rock is a quicker, more advanced wave for intermediate/advanced surfers that has a nice section on both the left and right. For best results, take off besides the rock and then get ready for a fast, fun ride. Zi p pers – A world famous break, Zippers is a cornerstone of the Los Cabos surf scene and the location for the Los Cabos Open of Surf. Best for intermediate/advanced surfers, Zippers works best with southern swell during summer months and produces a lippy wave that occasionally barrels near the shore.

Surfing the East Cape If you're looking for a more remote surf scene, head straight to the East Cape. The East Cape offers a number of remote surf spots, connected by a series of bumpy dirt roads. Best with a large southern swell, when the East Cape is firing you'll be blessed with an unbeatable Baja surfing experience. Sure, you have to work a bit harder to get there, but surfing the East Cape is well worth the effort. You can surf breaks like Nine Palms by day and be back to Cabo by nightfall. If you're looking for a weekend surf experience, you can camp overnight on the beaches or grab a hotel room at Vida Soul, an eco-hotel catering to the surfer crowd. S hi p w reck s – About an hours drive from Cabo, Shipwrecks is the first significant break on the East Cape. It's a fast right off a point break that is best for intermediate/advanced short boarders. N ine Pa l m s – Fifteen minutes past Ship Wrecks, Nine Palms offers a longer wave and even a chance for a rare barrel in the midsection. A great wave for the intermediate/advanced surfer, Nine Palms is best in the morning and afternoons when the wind and crowds are low.

Surfing the Pacific If you're still looking for more surf, then it's time to hit the Pacific breaks, where both beginner and advanced surfers can catch good rides. Also, the charming communities of Pescadero and Todos Santos offer a more relaxing vibe than the hustle and bustle of Los Cabos, which can be a nice change of pace. Cerrito s – The most popular beach on the Pacific side, Cerritos is a sand bottom break that is good for all levels. If you a beginner, rent a board and have some fun on the inside waves off the edge of the point. For more advanced surfers, the outside point break provides a fun, charging right. There are also other peaks that present both lefts and rights as you head farther down the beach. S a n Ped rito – This wave is a big right point break that can hold big swells under the right conditions. San Pedrito is a rock-bottom break for the intermediate/advanced surfer. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

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EL PERRO LOCO by Justin Porter Biel

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hen we spotted the dog, he was frozen like a statue in the middle of the dirt road, holding his ground like a sentry. His sleek, gargantuan body a black mass of muscle and bristled hair dusted in dirt. As we approached, the dog stared at us with those unflinching eyes. Neither one of us spoke, but my fiancé and I were thinking the same thing. Should we continue, or turn back? Past the dog laid green shrubbery at the base of tan dunes, and over a mound of sand awaited the Pacific coastline we’d driven thirty hours to reach. I looked at my woman, my pride suddenly on the line, and I decided to stand my ground. It was now or never. So I walked forward; sure that I was headed for a puncture wound from the canine’s sturdy jaws. At first, the dog didn't move; he just eyed my approach with deadly attention. Then, like a gun from a chamber, he shot forward, all those muscles working at once, his lips pulled back, his yellow canines exposed in the mid-day heat. While the dog charged forward at tremendous speed, my brain offered one repetitive thought. Run you, idiot, run! I saw myself turning to flee, flying by my love at top speed, clouds of dust pounding up from my feet. “Run!” I would say, “Go, babe! He’s coming.” But no, I could not flee. That was insane. I had to stand by and protect my love. I had to show this dog that we were not intimidated. And if I ran, I would appear even more like prey. So there I stood, biting my lip, ready to test my strength, man against beast on a deserted beachside road. I walked towards him, hands in front of my body, braced for the oncoming attack. Then to my horror, the dog jumped, his body flying through the air like a torpedo locked on its target. We collided, and his weight knocked me backward. I collapsed in the dirt. The animal’s hoof-like paws crushed into my chest. I fought to push his head back, but he surged closer, snapping jaws only inches from my face. I was losing to the canine, but I was still in the fight. When he reached my face, I thought it was over, but something strange occurred. The dog didn’t bite. Instead, he rubbed his massive skull against mine, bashing our heads together in some animalistic greeting. His paws pounded down, holding me while he got a better shot at licking my face. I dodged the tongue the best I could, but the purple slug eventually found its way in. He went after my mouth, then my ears, and finished with a long lick up the side of my head. When I got to my feet, my hair was moussed in the opposite direction, and I had paw prints the size of a mountain lions etched upon my shirt. It was my first day in Mexico. I had met the neighborhood alpha dog. And apparently, I had a rambunctious new friend. 30

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We walked closer to the dunes, my fiancé gripping my hand tentatively as the dog circled, clouds of dust rising around us like a stampede. Then he jumped at me again with his paws outstretched. But this time, I caught him under the front legs, pushed, and it was he who fell back into the dirt. “Perro loco,” I said, “Tranquillo.” Afterwards, with Perro Loco as our guide, my fiancé and I crossed the dunes and sat by the beach. It was our first time seeing the massive, churning break, and it left a profound impact knowing this place was our new home. Our new friend Perro Loco refused to leave our side for the remainder of the day. So while we sat in the sand, watching the sunset, the animal climbed upon me, and kicked sand on our towels, and did his best to keep his weight squarely upon my body. After the beach he followed us back to the palapa where we lived, ignoring every attempt we made to shoo him away. He waited outside our house for hours and then finally wandered off sometime near dusk. We never found out whose dog Perro Loco was, or if he had a home at all. Sure, Perro Loco was a bit of a menace, but there was also a beauty in the way he lived – un-caged, wild, and free. Much like the country of Mexico, Perro Loco eventually accepted us. But first, he had to test us – just to see if we had what it takes. i

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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BORN AND RAISED IN MANHASSET LONG ISLAND, NY, Lee was the last of six children raised by Dr. and Mrs. Lee F. Vosburgh. After graduation from U Mass Amherst, Lee spent three years in the resort business before returning home to begin a career in fixed income on Wall Street. After 25+ years in the securities industry, he and his wife Meredith assembled a group of investors from New York and acquired the Bahia Hotel in Cabo San Lucas in 2007. By 2010 they had repositioned the hotel and built Bar Esquina as Cabo’s first true boutique urban style hotel. In 2016, they repositioned another historic property and opened the SUR Beach House as an extension of the hotel. Lee and his wife Meredith are both very passionate about Cabo and its future as one of the world's top destinations. by Justin Porter Biel

Lee Vosburgh

Are you from Los Cabos? If not, what brought you to the area? I am from Manhasset, Long Island, NY, and have a home in Montauk, Long Island, NY. In 2005, while surfing in Cabo, I was introduced to the Bahia Hotel and learned that the owner had just listed the property for sale. Immediately I saw potential in the hotel, and after working for two years to find investors, we were able to acquire the hotel in 2007. What does your typical day look like? I live on the property and get up early every day. First stop is Bar Esquina café for a latte and green juice. Next is a stop at the front desk for an update on arrival, departures, and review of yesterday's performance. Next stop is off to the SUR Beach House and the opening of CABO SUP, our water sports company by 7 am. After getting things going, I try to get a workout in with my wife Meredith and then we have breakfast together, usually at Sur Beach House. Then it's off to meetings and the office. We have a tremendous staff that makes my job of interacting and hosting hotels guests very satisfying and enjoyable. Generally, Meredith and I try to have an early dinner together at SUR or Esquina. Afterward, I oversee and host the evening at Esquina and SUR. On many nights we are invited to incredible events around town, and enjoy attending these events and meeting more of the Los Cabos community. What stands out about the beaches in Los Cabos? The Pacific Ocean and Cabo are entirely different from the east coast where I grew up. The landscape here is beautiful, and the backdrop of the mountains from on the water is incredible. The diversity of the marine life and warm, year-round temperature of the ocean make every day a beach day. The unique rock formations and depth of the water close to shore make it one of the most unique aquatic experiences on the planet. Favorite thing about the culinary scene: My favorite thing is the diversity and uniqueness of the culinary scene in Cabo. The experiences range from very casual to very high end. With the best organic produce and the freshest fish grown and caught locally, there are lots of fantastic dining options. When we first got here 11 years ago, there were very few options for food, which is why we created Esquina. We built a place where we wanted to hang out and served the type of food we wanted to eat. The restaurant attracted the sort of hotel guests we wanted. But today in Cabo, there are lots of places to eat, and a much more diversified and exciting culinary experience. Favorite way to spend a day in Los Cabos? I start my off days the same as any other day. Coffee and a green juice at Esquina café then down to SUR. Next, it would be off to the East Cape or Pacific to go surfing with my wife Meredith and our black Labrador Bahia. If we are on the Pacific side after surfing or exploring, we have long lunch at a local restaurant and visit with friends in the afternoon. We also like to explore and source materials and ideas for the hotel wherever we go. To end the day I play a round of golf with friends, and then meet up later at SUR to end the night with a cigar at the bonfire. Do you believe in chasing dreams? Why? Yes, or I would not be living here. I always wanted to be in the resort business since I studied it in college. Now I am. Risk has its rewards. We are thrilled with our lifestyle and the relationships we have formed here in Cabo.

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What's the best advice you've ever received? Did you take it? It was from my father who said, “I don’t care if you are a doctor or a plumber, but do the best you can in whatever you decide.” I have tried to follow that advice, and I think it has lead to where I am today. What are you reading right now? The Big Short, by Michael Lewis. It's a great story that brings me back to my days on Wall Street. What new skills are you interested in learning? Kiteboarding. What has living in Los Cabos taught you about life? Life is all about the relationships. We are very fortunate to come in contact with all kinds of people from across the globe, which has brought a whole new circle of friends who have enriched our lives. We have also learned a tremendous amount from the Mexican people and their culture. They are a lot less materialistic society. They don’t value people based solely on their economic status. They are also very traditional people whom we have tried to respect in the repositioning of two historic locations, where we’ve done our best to keep much of the original design and concepts. Opportunity is always there in life, but you have to work hard and be patient. If you do that and treat people well, good things will happen.

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SPANISH LESSON Although many locals in Los Cabos speak English, they also appreciate it when visitors speak Spanish. Don't be shy and give it a try! What does DESTINO mean? DESTINATION or DESTINY

PRONUNCIATION RULES

• The letter "ñ" - When you see a wiggly line on top of the letter "n" use the "ny" sound that you use for the English word canyon. • The double "ll" is pronounced like "y" in English. • The letter "h" is always silent. • The letter "j" is pronounced like "h" in English. • If the word has an accent mark such as "á", that syllable is stressed.

THE BASICS

Hello - Hola Goodbye - Adios Good morning - Buenos días Good afternoon - Buenas tardes Good evening/night - Buenas noches Thank you - Gracias Please - Por Favor Sorry - Disculpa Here - Aquí There - Allá Help - Ayuda Doctor - Doctor Water - Agua Food - Comida Money - Dinero Cash - Efectivo Change - Cambio Credit card - Tarjeta de crédito Tip - Propina

GETTING AROUND

Where is ...? - ¿Dónde está ...? My hotel is ... - Mi hotel es ... Please take me to ... - Por favor lléveme a ... How much is this? - ¿Cuánto cuesta esto? Where is an ATM? - ¿Dónde hay un cajero automático? Telephone - Teléfono Do you have WIFI? - ¿Tiene WIFI?

PLACES

Bathrooms - Baños Restaurant - Restaurante Hotel - Hotel Hospital - Hospital Beach - Playa Store - Tienda Pharmacy - Farmacia

AT A RESTAURANT

Table - Mesa Glass - Vaso Plate - Plato Fork - Tenedor Spoon - Cuchara Knife - Cuchillo Napkin - Servilleta Can you bring the check? - ¿Puede traer la cuenta?

MEETING SOMEONE NEW

Nice to meet you - Mucho gusto What's your name? - ¿Cómo te llamas? My name is ... - Mi nombre es... Where are you from? - ¿De dónde eres? Do you speak English? - ¿Habla Inglés? I don't understand - No entiendo

WORDS and PHRASES OF THE MONTH

I want to surf - Yo quiero surfear Good waves - Buenas olas Good vibes - Buenas vibras Competition - Competencia Board - Tabla Wax - Cera Sun - Sol Sand - Arena Towel - Toalla Beach - Playa

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P U E B LO M ÁGICO: Todos S antos 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.

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Mario Surf School: The Best on the BeacH by Justin Porter Biel

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he sun is setting over Playa Los Cerritos, and Mario is the only surfer left in the water. Visible from the sand, his body is a black silhouette bobbing up and down with the incoming swell. He floats dangerously close to the point, the sky behind him alive with brushstrokes of magenta, orange, and violet mixing and blurring like a watercolor. A wave builds, and Mario edges closer to the rocks – arms paddling, body sleek and fishlike in the neoprene suit – and then in a fluid, effortless motion, he’s charging down the face in a low, crouched position. He gains momentum, cuts a line across the water, and then kicks a sharp turn at the top. He cuts two more turns, spraying water across the face and then pops over the lip as the wave closes out. But Mario doesn't head to shore. Instead, he swims back out. “Looks like I’ll be here a while,” says Mario’s girlfriend, seated beside my wife and I on the beach. “How many hours has he been out there?” I say. The blond, sun-kissed woman shakes her head and giggles. “Honestly, I’ve lost count.” A tent with the logo Mario’s Surf School sits behind us on the beach. Beside the tent are a row of surfboards and a group of young instructors. The surfers seem relaxed, talking and laughing as another day at the beach comes to an end. They haul the boards to a nearby truck, closing up the surf school while Mario gets one last wave. # Mario didn’t grow up in Todos Santos, but like many who have spent time on Baja’s Pacific side, the ocean eventually drew him back. Originally from Mexico City, 34

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Mario’s family moved to La Paz when he was twelve, and by the time he was sixteen, Mario had caught the surfing bug. “When I lived in La Paz,” said Mario, “my dream was to have a house in Todos Santos and be close to the surf." And with each weekend trip, leaving the calm waters of the Gulf behind in search of waves, Mario's dream only grew stronger. When he finished college Mario came back to Todos Santos with aspirations to make surfing not only part of his life but also part of his career. “I was giving surf lessons all day at Cerritos Surf Shack and bartending all night at the Sand Bar in Pescadero,” said Mario. “I did this for about six years until I decided to start my own business.” Mario’s Surf School officially opened in 2008, and Mario has been sharing the joy of surfing ever since. The premier surfing outfit on Cerritos Beach, Mario Surf School, is known for their talented instructors, tested surfing technique, and high-quality service. For beginners looking to catch their first wave, there is nowhere better to get a lesson than at Cerritos beach with Mario Surf School. “It is the best beach for teaching,” said Mario, “it has a great beginner wave and a soft sand bottom.” With the weather heating up, and the summer swells rolling in, stop by Cerritos beach for a lesson with Mario and his team. Be sure to tell them Destino Los Cabos sent you. Mario’s Surf School is located in the Todos Santos/ Pescadero area of Baja California Sur, Mexico, on the Pacific side of the Baja peninsula, 45-min drive north of Cabo San Lucas and a 45-min drive south of La Paz. To find Mario’s Surf School online visit: mariosurfschool.com

Enjoy complimentary wine and art every Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm from November to June. View art as you stroll the enchanting streets of the Gallery District in downtown San José del Cabo. Later, end your evening with a dining experience at one of the many exquisite restaurants in the area.


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PLAY MAVILA LAUNCH PARTY AT LUXURY AVENUE –

DRINK FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS –

On Friday, April 27, Destino Los Cabos partnered with OMNIA Los Cabos for one of their first “Feel Good Fridays.” The day was a mix of heart pumping music by resident DJ flight and local DJ Daniel Romo, lounging by the crystalclear pool with valued Destino clients, and enjoying tropical coco drinks created especially for our event. Destino and friends got the chance to experience one of OMNIA’s swanky 2-story VIP bungalows with private infinity plunge pool and extraordinary views of the Sea of Cortez. The Los Cabos location is OMNIA’s first Dayclub in Mexico, which opened earlier this year inside the Vidanta Los Cabos Resort in San Jose del Cabo. OMNIA is part of the Hakkasan International brand with popular day and nightclubs throughout the world. This new OMNIA location boasts a central pool, large palapa bar, pool side daybeds, private cabanas, and two 2-story VIP bungalows which have become a favorite of celebrities and large groups. OMNIA Los Cabos invites you to make every Friday a good one and join them each week for great music by local DJ talent, specials for Cabo locals, and relaxed local reservation minimums. @OMNIALosCabos

Photo courtesy Mavila at Quivira

Mavila is the newest addition to the Quivira Los Cabos family, a luxury master planned community located on the Pacific Ocean about 10 minutes outside of Cabo. Mavila welcomed local real estate agents, clients, and friends to Cabo’s Luxury Avenue on Thursday, May 3 for a presentation about their exciting new real estate offerings. Drinks, appetizers and cocktails were served to the lively sounds of local Spanish string duo, CaboStrings. @MavilaatQuivira

Photos by Patty Guevara

SHOP HOME DÉCOR PARTIES BY SIMPLY DIVINE CABO

– Simply Divine is a home store in Cabo San Lucas that offers a wide selection of home décor, jewelry, accessories, factory direct artificial plants and more! On Tuesday, April 24 they launched a new concept for Cabo; in home design parties where they bring a display of items from their store and a catalog for guests to order from, along with special incentives for the hostess. For more information or to host a home décor party of your very own, visit www.simplydivinecabo.com. @SimplyDivineCabo 36

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EAT CULINARY AWARDS LOS CABOS

– The first ever Culinary Awards was held at the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar on Wednesday, April 25. The ceremony celebrated all the biggest and best names in Los Cabos gastronomy and concluded with a reception, red carpet and cocktail gala for attendees. Ten culinary categories were voted and awarded by a jury of 41, while the remaining five categories were selected through an on-line public voting campaign that began in January. Over 9,000 people voted for the people’s choice categories. Sabor a Cabo A.C. was also recognized for their tremendous achievements in the Los Cabos culinary world for the last 12 years. Out of the 104 restaurants registered, here are the winners: Jury Awards

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR IN A HOTEL Comal | Chileno Bay Resorts & Residences RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR IN THE CITY Toro Latin Kitchen & Bar by Richard Sandoval CHEF OF THE YEAR Yvan Mucharraz | Comal (Chileno Bay Resorts & Residences) NEW RESTAURANT Comal | Chileno Bay Resorts & Residences RISING NEW CHEF Anand Singh | Árbol (Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort) BAR OF THE YEAR The Rooftop | The Cape, a Thompson Hotel BARTENDER OF THE YEAR Osvaldo Vázquez | Comal (Chileno Bay Resorts & Residences) CULINARY PROPOSAL Comal | Chileno Bay Resorts & Residences SWEET – DESSERT PROPOSAL Toro Latin Kitchen & Bar by Richard Sandoval WINE SELECTION Seared by One&Only Palmilla | One&Only Palmilla

CUISINE OF THE SUN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL – The Villa

Group’s collection of luxury resorts in Cabo San Lucas (Villa del Palmar, Villa del Arco, and Villa La Estancia) held their first edition of Cuisine of the Sun from April 24-27. The event featured a line-up of internationally acclaimed chefs and Food Network stars including Susie Jimenez, Chris Kyler, Tregaye Fraser and Rahm Fama. Even some of the Villa Group’s own talented restaurant chefs got in on the action with Chef Gulio Lupori (Bella California), Chef Jorge Salas (El Patron), Chef Remby Rubio (Neptune), Chef Tanya Diaz (Tomatillos), and Chef Candelario Leon (La Casona). Guest of the festival were invited to enjoy cooking classes, chef demonstrations, dinner parties and more! The celebrity chefs took turns preparing a variety of dishes poolside including ceviche, traditional guacamole, and grilled fish tacos with handmade tortillas. Day two and three included exciting cooking competitions that paired chefs vs. hotel guests. Each day finished with a 4- or 5-course meal paired with wines from Mexico, Italy, and Napa Valley. The festival concluded with a closing ceremony on the beach with fashion show, live music and mouthwatering cuisine from participating chefs. Stay tuned for the second edition of Cuisine of the Sun…you won’t want to miss it! @VilladelPalmarBeachResortSpaCaboSanLucas

People’s Choice Awards CULINARY EXPERIENCE: LOCATED IN A HOTEL IN CABO El Farallón | The Resort at Pedregal CULINARY EXPERIENCE: LOCATED IN CABO Sunset Monalisa CULINARY EXPERIENCE: LOCATED ON THE TOURIST CORRIDOR Pitahayas | Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar CULINARY EXPERIENCE: LOCATED IN A HOTEL IN SAN JOSE DEL CABO Café des Artistes | JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa CULINARY EXPERIENCE: LOCATED IN SAN JOSE DEL CABO Flora’s Field Kitchen @CulinaryAwardsLosCabos

Do you know a business that should be featured? Contact: Justine@DestinoLosCabos.com

DESTINO SOCIAL: @DestinoMagazine

@DestinoLosCabos #DestinoLosCabos

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DESTINO DIRECTORY ADVENTURE Arco Fishing Charters

MX +52 (624) 240 1168 arcocharters@gmail.com arcocharters.com

Buccaneer Queen

MX +52 (624) 144 4217/18

Cabo Flyboard

caboflyboard.com MX +52 (624) 143-0146

Pez Gato Cruises

MX +52 (624) 143 3797 pezgato.com

Running Tours Los Cabos MX +52 (624) 122 4553 hello@runningtours.com runningtoursloscabos.com

Sea Cabo Activities

Office MX +52 (624) 143 2227 Cell MX +52 (624) 159 8517 info@seacaboactivities.com

Sun Rider Tours

sunridertours.com MX +52 (624) 143-2252

Wild Canyon

wildcanyon.com.mx.destinomagazine

ART Cabo San Lucas Marina Art Expo luceroangel28@hotmail.com

Frank Arnold Art

MX +52 (624) 142 4422 US +1 (559) 301 1148 FrankArnoldArt.com

ENTERTAINMENT Cabo Wabo

cabowabocantina.com

Destino Magazine Los Cabos

+52 (624) 105 9700 / 142 4949 advertising@destinoloscabos.com contact@destinoloscabos.com destinoloscabos.com

Omnia Day Club omnialoscabos.com Wirikuta thewirikuta.com +52 (624) 131 3131

XPat Radio

xpatradio.mx

GOLF Danzante Bay at the Islands of Loreto danzantebay.com US +1 (844) 622 0799

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HOME Baja Sur Property Management Company www.bajasurpm.com Office MX +52 (624) 144 3331 / 1443332 Cell MX +52 (624) 122 4560 US +1 (602) 445 3914

Columbia Export Group Cabo San Lucas

MX +52 (624) 173 0033/1730015 US +1 (619) 710 1863 Ext. 302/306

Simply Divine

+52 (624) 131 3553 simplydivinecabo.com

Desperados - Tex Mex/Mexican

MX +52 (624) 165 7770 / 143 4331 desperadoscabos@hotmail.com desperdoscabo.letseast.at Herringbone - Fresh Southern California Coastal Cuisine infused with seaside whimsy. herringboneeats.com +52 (624) 104 9741 US +1 (702) 588 5610 La Dolce - Italian Cabo San Lucas (624) 143 4122 San Jose del Cabo (624) 142 6621 restaurantladolce.com

REAL ESTATE

Tienda 17

Baja Sur Property Management Company

HOTELS

www.bajasurpm.com Office MX +52 (624) 144 3331 / 1443332 Cell MX +52 (624) 122 4560 US +1 (602) 445 3914

+52 (624) 105 2323/142 2121 tienda17@hotmail.com

Cachet Beach Hotel

www.cachetbeachcabo.com MX +52 (624) 105 1794

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa a the Islands of Loreto US +1 (800) 838 2662 reservaciones.vdpl@vgloreto.com villadelpalmrloreto.com

SHOPPING Beach Blu

MX +52 (624) 688-6729

Cabo Wabo

cabowabocantina.com

Columbia Export Group

Cabo San Lucas MX +52 (624) 173 0033/1730015 US +1 (619) 710 1863 Ext. 302/306

Frank Arnold Art

MX +52 (624) 142 4422 US (559) 301 1148 FrankArnoldArt.com

I.O. Domani +52 (624) 688-6720

Danzante Bay at the Islands of Loreto US +1 (844) 622 0799 danzantbay.com

REmexico Real Estate

US +1 (619) 600 5559 info@caborealestate.com caborealestate.com

The Paraiso Residences MX +52 (624) 144 3231 US +1 (650) 761 2226

SPAS/FITNESS Cabo Fitness Club

MX +52 (624) 105 9600 / 105 2009 cabofitnessclub.com

TRANSPORTATION Impala Cabo Transportation MX +52 (624) 173 1476 info@impalacabo.com impalacabo.com

iodomani.com The Velvet Box

Jewels and Gems Boutique MX +52 (624) 105-1315

RESTAURANTS Cabo Wabo - Mexican cabowabocantina.com Casa Calavera - Mexican casacalavera.com MX +52 (624) 104 9744 US +1 (702) 588 5613

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JUNE20 18 EVENTS 1

MEXICO NAVY DAY

Every June 1st, Mexico celebrates Navy Day, also know as Día de la Marina. While recognized throughout the country in honor of sailors who have lost their lives, Navy Day is especially celebrated in port cities and towns such as Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, Veracruz, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and the Southern Baja California peninsula. Expect to see an impressive show of Navy vessels, helicopters, parades, carnival rides, fishing competitions, and of course, the muchanticipated fireworks show!

extravagant costumes and lively music. There are five show times to choose from, Friday, June 1 at 8:00pm, Saturday, June 2 at 6:00pm or 8:30pm or Sunday June 3 at 1:30pm or 5:00pm, all at the Cultural Pavilion in Cabo. General seating is $200 pesos. Tickets can be purchased at Circulo Infantil Gloriela or Henry López Studio. For more information call (624) 108-3308.

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COMEDY NIGHTS AT CABO WABO CANTINA

Cabo Wabo Cantina presents Comedy Nights featuring George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, and D.L. Hughley! Join Cabo Wabo Friday June 1 or Saturday June 2, from 8pm-10:30pm and experience fun and laughs from three of the worlds most talented comedy performers. Tickets are on sale at the Cabo Wabo store in downtown Cabo. For more information email webmaster@cabowabocantina.com.

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LION KING THE MUSICAL

Enjoy the magic of the Lion King (El Rey León) as performed by the students of Henry López Studio. This event is fun for the whole family with

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beach chairs and umbrellas and come spend the day with us watching spectacular surfing with your toes in the sand. Food and drinks will be available for purchase provided by El Merkado, as well as surf merchandise and more! Parking is located at Costa Azul bridge. For more information please visit www.loscabosopenofsurf.com. Destino Los Cabos is a proud sponsor for the Los Cabos Open of Surf!

LE CROOKED & DJ POLITIK AT OMNIA

Party the day away at OMNIA Los Cabos Day Club with DJ sets by musical artists Le Crooked and DJ Politik. During the week, OMNIA is the perfect destination for an upscale, relaxed getaway, but on weekend the venue becomes a high-energy, DJ-centric affair featuring some of the world’s most in-demand turntable artists. This month Las Vegas DJ Le Crooked will be in town spinning Saturday, June 9 starting at 11am followed by Los Angeles native DJ Politik on Saturday, June 30 at 11am. For tickets and information visit www.ticketmaster.com.mx or omniaclubs.com/los-cabos.

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PASSION: DANCE + THEATER

Experience this 2-part presentation of dance and theater at the Cabo San Lucas Cultural Pavilion on Tuesday, June 12, from 6pm-9:30pm. Euridice Dance Center presents: Pasión: Danza + Teatro, benefiting Red Autismo A.C. The first show begins at 6pm with a special presentation featuring children with autism. The second show starts at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased at Euridice Dance Center on Adolfo López Mateos street in Cabo San Lucas or Tienda 17 on Boulevard Centenario in San Jose del Cabo. Visit www.facebook.com/ redautismo for more information.

LOS CABOS OPEN OF SURF

The Los Cabos Open of Surf returns to Zippers at Costa Azul beach on Monday June 11 through Sunday June 17. The Los Cabos Open of Surf is the premiere professional surfing event in Mexico, bringing you the best in lifestyle, surfing, music and entertainment. The competition is a WSL Women’s QS6000, as well as a WSL Men’s and Women’s Pro Junior Event with some of the world’s best surfers in each category. Grab your

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LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES AT THE KORAL CENTER

Get your tickets now for the Official Los Cabos Open of Surf Music Event featuring Latin Grammy award winning band: Los Amigos


OUT & ABOUT Invisibles! The event will be held on Friday, June 15 at 8pm at the Koral Center and El Merkado. Los Amigos Invisibles (Spanish for "The Invisible Friends") are a Venezuelan band that play a blend of disco, acid jazz and funk mixed with Latin rhythms. Tickets can be purchased at the Koral Concierge office or at koralconcierge. ecwid.com. For more information contact info@ koralconcierge.com or call (624) 104-0127.

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FATHER’S DAY

Father’s Day (Día del Padre) in Mexico is always celebrated on the third Sunday of June. Not only do we honor great dads on this day, but also grandfathers, uncles, big brothers, and other important male figures too. In Los Cabos, expect to see Father’s Day dinner and drink specials at many resorts, restaurants and bars throughout town.

Big Sisters of Orange County, but now has expanded to include seven children's charities based in Southern California and Mexico. Their website explains, “This world-class charity fundraiser, held yearly in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, combines spectacular deep-sea fishing and golfing on Mexico's finest courses with beautiful accommodations and top-notch musical entertainment. The hugely popular event has raised and donated more than $26 million to worthy youth charities over the course of its 21-year history. More than just a fundraiser, Stars & Stripes creates lasting memories for the organizations it assists, as well as those participating in the event each year.” The festivities kick off on Wednesday, June 27th, with an exclusive VIP concert by Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles at 6:00p.m. For more information and schedule of events, please visit www.starsandstripestournament.com.

ONGOING EVENTS

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FIESTA DE LA MUSICA

The 10th Annual Fiesta de La Musica (Los Cabos Music Festival) returns to Los Cabos this summer. The festival will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in the Historic Center of San José del Cabo from 6:00pm until 2:00am. The festival will welcome more than 100 musical groups from different genres including electronic, rock, pop, Latin rhythms and much more. Launched in France in 1982, the Music Festival has become a global event held in more than 120 countries and 450 cities that attracts millions of participants across the globe. For the 10th anniversary, the Festival is expecting more than 25,000 attendees. Be part of the most important musical event in Baja California Sur! For more information please visit www.fiestadelamusicaloscabos.net.

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22ND ANNUAL STARS & STRIPES FISHING & GOLF TOURNAMENT

Don’t miss the 22nd Annual Stars & Stripes Fishing and Golf Tournament from Thursday June 28 to Sunday July 1. This tournament was originally created to honor the Big Brothers

MONDAYS: Stargazing /Astronomy programs. Reservation in advance is required. bajastargazing@gmail.com (624)129-8701 TUESDAYS: Mariachi Night At Plaza del Pescador 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Taco Tuesdays at Casa Calavera - Vidanta Los Cabos All you can eat tacos $450 pesos. Starts at 5:00 pm. Buy one get one margaritas and beers. Live music 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. WEDNESDAYS: The Wirikuta Show www.thewirikuta.com THURSDAYS: Stargazing /Astronomy programs Reservation in advance is required. bajastargazing@gmail.com (624)129-8701 San Jose del Cabo Art Walk 5:00 pm FRIDAYS: Art Expo on the Cabo San Lucas Marina 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Farmer’s Market at the Shoppes at Palmilla 9:00 am - 1:00 pm www.facebook.com/TheShoppesPalmilla Feel Good Fridays at Omnia Dayclub Doors open at 11:00 am. SATURDAYS: 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. birdingloscabos@gmail.com (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! EVERY DAY: Omnia Dayclub Los Cabos Doors Open at 11:00 am.

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