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BAJA 101 Destinations Useful Information Activities Maps FISHING SOUTHERN BAJA DON LUIS BULNES DISCOVER Top Beaches EXTREME FUN Los Cabos Wildlife ART & CULTURE Pueblo Mágico: Gypsy Canyon Giving Back Baja Voices: Tracy Ehrenberg The San José del Cabo Art Walk In the Spotlight: Cabo Marina Art Expo OUT & ABOUT Social Cabo Public Markets COUPONS Events Destino Directory - Spanish Lesson

letter from the EDITOR I had the fortune of spending ample time in Cabo San Lucas as a child, and when I look back, I remember going on countless fishing day-trips with my family. I recall the excitement of hearing that fishing line make that special sound which signals that a fish has taken a bite. Then follows the anticipation of what kind of fish is on that line...and what size. Los Cabos has so much to offer, thus the reason why we see so many visitors every year, however, I must say that the most magical thing that Baja has to offer is the opportunity to create memories. Every person that has ventured on a Baja fishing trip has a story to tell, stories that will become memories for a lifetime. Read along to learn more about fishing Southern Baja's prolific waters. 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: 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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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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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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FLYBOARDING

SURFING

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

STAND UP PADDLING

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

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. 14

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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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by Gary Graham

Some of the most prolific waters on the planet are found off the coastline surrounding the tip of Baja Sur, from Magdalena Bay on the Pacific side down to Land’s End and around up into the legendary Sea of Cortez to Loreto.

These 500+ miles offer an unusual variety of sportfishing, ranging from offshore billfish to outstanding fishing from the shore with more than 800 species of fish including exotics and everything in-between. (See sidebar.) Loreto, fewer than 235 miles north (as the frigate flies) of Cabo San Lucas, seems like a village in comparison to Cabo or La Paz with its population numbering only 25,000. But Loreto is a 300 year-old-treasure not to be overlooked if you are searching for a glimpse of old Baja. This is a real town with authentic Mexican charm that attracts travelers to its gracious hotels and slowgoing lifestyle. People do not come to Loreto for “night life,” but rather the fishing, and the feel of old Mexico that has been lost in some of the larger cities in Baja. Loreto International Airport offers daily flights from the United States (and beyond); Loreto also has

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a bus depot and excellent tourism services, hotels up to five stars, bed and breakfast inns, restaurants, colorful markets, RV parks and campgrounds, car rentals, recreational services, developments and even its own golf courses. There’s kayaking in the shadow of the rocky coastline and snorkeling or Scuba diving in the largest marine park in Mexico, Bahía de Loreto National Park. The park protects nearly 800 square miles of a pristine marine ecosystem in the central Sea of Cortez, including five large uninhabited islands – Isla Coronado, Isla Carmen, Isla Danzante, Isla Monserrate and Isla Santa Catalan – along with many smaller islets in Loreto Bay. Although dorado and yellowtail were the two species that put the area on the map, the waters off Loreto provide remarkable sportfishing for a variety of others. The sportfishing community here has traditionally been served by one of the largest fleets of pangas in Baja Sur along with a few smaller sportfishers. However, the recent addition of Marina Puerto Escondido with its 100 slips (an additional 70 to be added) plus a boat yard located about a halfhour south of town is already a game changer for local sportfishing. Charter operators can now offer larger sportfishers accommodating more anglers

and traveling farther to explore the prolific waters surrounding Loreto. The results have been astonishing already! In January, there were at least a half-dozen cow-sized tuna, the two largest caught by Jorge Lazo, aboard Jay Yadon’s Cast N Reel a 40-foot Luhrs Express berthed in the new marina. The largest, weighing 424.6 pounds, topped the current IGFA record of 385- pounds, 12-ounces by a click less than 40 pounds. Lazo’s second tuna weighed 319 pounds – a two-day fish total for the weary angler of 743.6 pounds. That news, along with reports of excellent catches of huge blue marlin by larger sportfishers venturing farther offshore, coupled with the completion of the new protected marina, indicate that Loreto’s sportfishing is about to become a more popular alternate destination. La Paz The capital of Baja Sur, with nearly 250,000 inhabitants, has managed to retain much of its old Mexican charm as well. It offers four different modern marina facilities within the city. Shuttles are offered to anglers wishing to experience the wonderful fishing available one hour south at Punta Arena and Muertos Bay. There are also options of fishing on cruisers or pangas for either half- or full-day trips offshore, inshore locally


or around several islands or inshore along the east coast of the Sea of Cortez. If addition to boats, other options are fishing from the beaches a few miles from town. Punta Arena is considered to be one of the best rooster fishing areas in all of Baja. There is an expansive sandy beach extending to the east and west to the lighthouse, accessible by foot or by panga or kayak. Around the point, the shoreline becomes rocky and the several shallow rock reefs offer a variety of fish to target. Pangas are available for fishing offshore and can be on the fish in minutes. There is a 1,000 foot trench that runs between Isla Cerralvo and the shore where all the blue water species migrate to and from the Sea of Cortez. Closer to the island, at the south tip, is a shelf that extends out some three-quarters of a mile.Anglers never know just what they will find under the diving birds there ... and all of this while non-fishing members enjoy the rich heritage of this vibrant city. East Cape/Los Barriles Only 45 minutes from the Los Cabos airport, East Cape offers a multitude of options. With 10 miles of accessible beaches and the 100 Fathom Curve within a few miles of shore, Buena Vista/ Los Barriles is an attractive laid-back destination. Most of the hotels own fleets of sportfishers or outboard-powered pangas fully-equipped for sportfishing, along with portable piers on which guests can board their boats. Here, the 100 Fathom Curve is where the bottom begins its descent – depths exceeding 1,000 feet are within a mile or two from shore. Often, cruisers can be seen from shore battling huge fish. There are a number of anchoring buoys placed by the hotels that attract baitfish which in turn attract the larger fish. Beyond the 100 Fathom Curve, there are more commercial buoys where fish seem to congregate. Farther out, trophy-sized fish hang out, feeding on squid, mackerel, flying fish and sardina. The Sea of Cortez has no waves, so fishing from shore is like fishing a river ... only you can’t see the other bank. Long stretches of sandy beach interspersed with rocky points offer a great variety. Inshore, several rock reefs extend out from the beach. Looking down into the water from those reefs is like looking into an aquarium. Farther south is Puerto Los Cabos, near San Jose del Cabo, where there are charter and private sportfishers plus one of the larger panga fleets. Just 10 miles outside of the marina is the world-famous Gordo Banks, with excellent fishing. The sportfishing and private fleet in Cabo San Lucas has grown to be one of the largest in the world. The area has earned the reputation of being the Billfish Capital of the World, hosting many tournaments annually and drawing thousands of participants competing for staggering sums of money.

Some of the most prolific waters on the planet are found off the coastline surrounding the tip of Baja Sur, from Magdalena Bay on the Pacific side down to Land’s End and around up into the legendary Sea of Cortez to Loreto.

LEFT: Close to Isla Cerralvo, at the south tip, is a shelf that extends out some threequarters of a mile. Anglers never know just what they will find under the diving birds there. RIGHT: The largest, weighing 424.6 pounds, topped the current IGFA record of 385- pounds, 12-ounces by a click less than 40 pounds.

The recent addition of Marina Puerto Escondido with its 100 slips (an additional 70 to be added) plus a boat yard located about a half-hour south of town is already a game changer for local sportfishing.

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On the Pacific side there are a series of sea mounts jutting from the ocean’s floor to 150 feet below the surface – the “Finger Bank,” the “Golden Gate Bank,” and the “San Jaime Bank.” These banks throughout the year offer incomparable challenges for both novice and hardcore anglers to catch and release billfish in double- as well as occasionally in triple-digit sizes. There are world-record-sized yellowfin tuna and wahoo as well. Inshore, while smaller by offshore standards, the catch list is fascinating and unusual. On the Pacific side, 131 miles long Magdalena Bay is equal in size to San Francisco Bay. It is created by five barrier islands and possesses countless miles of mangrove-lined channels filled with a remarkable assortment of sportfish to pursue. Offshore, the nutrient-rich Pacific currents sweep in and down the coast in the fall, attracting pelagics of every description feeding on vast schools of forage fish. Billfish, wahoo, tuna, and dorado join with the whales, seals, sharks and porpoise to gorge themselves before continuing their travels up and down the west coast of Baja. It’s hard to imagine a place in the world where as many different species can be seen at one time. Marlin schools race from bait-ball to bait-ball, devouring every single bait – a spectacle that draws big game anglers from around the world. The Magdalena Bay esteros stretch for miles and are like nothing else in Baja. They provide cover for an astonishing list of fish to target. Fishing trips may be arranged in both Puerto San Carlos and Lopez Mateos. i

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Marlin Needlefish Palometa Amarilla Pargo Pompano Red Snapper Resident Rockfish Roosterfish Sailfish Saltwater Catfish Seabass Sierra Skipjack Snook Spotted Bay Bass Striped Marlin Surfperch Triggerfish Tuna Wahoo White Sea Bass Yellowfin Tuna

Don Luis Bulnes Molleda

Cabo San Lucas’ Father of Sportfishing by Gary Graham

Mid-afternoon, March 29, 2018, a dedication was held to unveil a bronze statue of Don Luis Bulnes Molleda on the Malecón overlooking the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Bulnes, originally from Ribadesella, Spain, died in 2011; not only is he acknowledged to be one of the five Baja Pioneros, but he is also considered to be Cabo San Lucas’ Father of Sportfishing among his many other accomplishments. His daughter, Maria “Charo” Bulnes noted that he “had left a remarkable dynasty that will continue to be a positive influence on the area for generations to come.” His son, Francisco “Paco” Bulnes Malo shared memories of his father, recalling what a wonderful mentor and teacher he had been, adding how much he appreciated the time he had with his father which prepared him to confront the day-to-day responsibilities required by Solmar as it continues to expand. He was certain that his father would have been pleased to know that a monument had been erected on his behalf.” By 1970, Don Luis Bulnes had concluded that dorado and marlin had to be protected to attract future anglers to the Los Cabos area, and made certain these species were recognized in the FONMAR Fisheries Development Law. His epic work toward the preservation of the area’s billfish resource was acknowledged some 10 years ago when Bulnes received the Billfish Foundation’s most prestigious award for his conservation work in Mexico. “Today, based on his efforts and those he inspired in others, Cabo remains the epicenter of striped marlin fishing in the eastern Pacific," observed Ellen Peel, Billfish Foundation president. Don Luis Bulnes made Cabo San Lucas a better place for its people, and he helped make it a paradise for tourists and anglers from around the world. It’s fitting that a monument now stands on the Malecón to honor this man among men. i


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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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SANTA M ARI A

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. 24

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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 is a very popular location for snorkelling, swimming or just spending the day under the newly-installed palapas. You’ll find tide pools at the east end of the beach and beautiful reefs offering excellent snorkelling and scuba diving. Public restrooms are available and there are plenty of palapas for shade. Location: Going from Cabo San Lucas towards San José, follow the signs for Chileno Beach Club near Km. 14 of the main highway. Tips: If you visit Chileno on a weekend, make an effort to arrive early; snorkelling visibility is often better in the mornings, you’ll avoid the mid-day snorkel tours and, if you beat the crowds, you’ll be guaranteed a palapa to yourself for some much-needed shade. Bring snorkelling gear!

Palmilla

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

Costa Azul

If what you’re looking for is a good surf spot you can find it here without driving out of town. Head over to Zipper’s for a surf session and lunch and beers at the

restaurant. To the west of Zippers is Acapulquito beach where the Cabo Surf Hotel and Mike Doyle Surf School are located. You can find surf shops in the area where you can rent surf and stand-up paddle boards and set up lessons. The surf is bigger during the summer, and in the winter this is a good spot for snorkelling and swimming. Location: Exit into the arroyo at Km. 28 via the Costa Azul Bridge. Tips: Swimming with caution is possible in this area but keep an eye out for surfers.

Cerritos

Cerritos beach is a popular surf spot and swimming here is relatively safe. The scenic 45 minute drive from Cabo San Lucas is well worth the trip as you drive along the pristine Pacific coast. 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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by Alex Navarro, Adventure Expert

One sure thing about Cabo is that if you are looking for extreme adventures and extremely good times, you will find them! Here I will list my top choices for extreme fun in Los Cabos. KAYAKING TO THE FAMOUS ARCH: The cool thing about this activity is that it’s an all-in-one adventure because you get a great workout, and at the same time you visit one of Cabo’s must-see landmarks. The sightseeing is awesome as you paddle in Medano bay and head out towards the arch while in the horizon you can gaze at where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. Wildlife you may encounter in this trip includes many pelicans and seagulls and other beautiful sea birds. And if you decide to also snorkel on this adventure, you will be treated to an abundance of tropical fish at spots like Pelican Rock. Also, near the arch you will observe the sea lion colony. SCUBA DIVING IN CABO PULMO: When visiting Baja Sur, you must really consider making a day tour to this Marine National Park where the scuba diving and snorkeling is superb. There are many different sites at the various coral reef fingers for all kinds of experiences. The snorkeling is wonderful at La Sirenita beach at the south end of Cabo Pulmo bay too. SNORKELING LOS FRAILES BAY: I have to mention Los Frailes also, because it is a snorkeling spot that is off the beaten path and it is where I have had some of the most magical snorkeling sessions. It is just south of Cabo Pulmo a few miles. The cool spot to snorkel is at the north end of the bay. HIKING CAJON DE YENEKA: Just south of Miraflores is a beautiful canyon where you will find many little waterfalls as you hike and boulder upstream. The canyon is astonishing with its very high walls. To go here, hire an adventure operator with your concierge and enjoy this amazing adventure. JEEP TOUR THROUGH THE DESERT AND RANCHES: You can also hire one of the cool adventure companies that run these fantastic tours. Experience the beauty of Baja when you drive through the mystical desert trails and arrive at traditional ranches where you can see and taste the ranch life. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the ranches and learn many things about the lifestyle, wildlife and plants of the area. CAMPING IN CABO: Another extreme adventure is taking a camping trip to either the mountains or the beach. Baja is the perfect place for camping and it is a classic pastime here. There are many quiet beaches up the East Cape where you will find the perfect camping spot, and in the mountain side, the popular Sierra La Laguna National Park is the place to go. There are many great spots near the town of Santiago where you will find waterfalls and hot springs near the camp sites. BUNGEE JUMPING: No question, one of the most extreme activities one 26

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can do. I’ve done it once in my life and it was incredible. This vacation is the perfect time to do it and Cabo’s landscapes will make it even more unforgettable. SKATING THE RADICAL PESCADERO SKATE BOWL: Now with a great skate school within the park, this bowl is the perfect place to get extreme skating its renowned steep and fast speed walls. The park also has other areas for practicing street tricks and a mini U too. It is a great spot for a picnic with the family. WATER SLIDE PARK: Also just south of Miraflores in Caduaño town there is a cool water park called Wet Fun. Here within DESTINO Magazine in the activities section you will find more information and directions. For sure an extreme plan all the family can partake in. EXTREME FUN IN CABO: This of course is not an adventure in nature, but for sure can be extremely fun times. Walking around the Cabo marina in the daytime enjoying a wonderful lunch dock side and then later in the evening doing the classic club and bar hopping on the legendary Cabo strip will guarantee you some extreme fun definitely. EXTREME COMFORT OVERNIGHT SURF TRIP: How about booking a room at one of Cerritos’ nice beach hotels and do some surfing at one of the best beaches for surfing. This place is perfect for learning to surf and enjoying the sunset also. Great spots for yoga too in the area, and delicious organic restaurants all around will make this escapade blissful. SURFING MONUMENTS SURF BREAK: Next issue I will talk all about surfing, but in this edition, I cannot leave it out as one of the most extreme and fun things to do in Cabo is to surf Monuments. A very radical left wave with a very rocky bottom, this surf break is known for epic sessions. One of my best waves of my life was there. As you can guess, I am a goofy foot and love lefts! SPORT FISHING WITH FRIENDS: How more extreme can you get than by going to the middle of the sea with your best buddies and a bunch of beers! CLASSIC EXTREME ADVENTURES: Finally, I would like to mention the alltime favorite activities that are also must do’s when visiting Cabo. Like renting wave runners, trying out flyboarding, kite surfing and stand up paddle boarding, which can be peaceful but will most definitely take you to extreme spots on the coastline. Cabo also offers fantastic skydiving and parasailing, and there are cool adventure parks that have ziplines, swings and ATV/UTV tours. But if you are more inclined to stay in your hotel, ask about any fitness classes because in Cabo we have a great fitness community with the best instructors that offer innumerable types of extreme workouts and training sessions. I can’t promise these workouts will be extremely fun, but definitely will get you pumped for your well-deserved extreme partying that night.

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Photo courtesy Wild Canyon Adventures

Photo by Gary Graham

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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 G a r y G ra ha m

As we transition from winter to spring (temps average 66° in March), the operative word is “experimentation.” If you are a seasoned angler, try to step out of your comfort zone; this is a great time to add a species or two to your catch list. The novice angler should ask the captain what species is biting and go for it! The number of choices is dazzling in our local waters from the usual catch to the exotic – the unusual. Striped marlin is at the top of the list recently as many boats have been scoring multiple releases on a regular basis. TIP: Look out over the IGY Marina. Those blue pennants fluttering from boat outriggers in the afternoon breeze signify a marlin taken, and if accompanied by red ones, it indicates a successful release of the fish. That tells the story. Another common sight is the white flags that attest to the catch of yellowfin tuna. What they don’t reveal is the size. They are being caught from the tip all the way up to La Paz with some in the 50-pound class – that’s a lot of sashimi! Although others are not quite so large, they are still ample for a fresh fish feast prepared at one of the many restaurants offering that service. And though it hasn’t happened often, there were several tuna caught on the Pacific side from shore with spinning equipment by two local anglers. Though they have been scarce this year, the yellow flag is flown for dorado catches; however, with sea temps beginning to climb, there may be more and more of those fluttering in the wind. One final flag, used to proclaim the catch of wahoo, is orange. Catching a wahoo is a real feat since they are rated by marine biologists as the fourth fastestswimming fish in the ocean, often reaching speeds just a click below 47mph. They earn high marks as one of the best eating fish caught in saltwater as well. All the above species are usually caught on or near the surface, but another option now is fishing down deeper in the water column where an entirely different group of catchable fish hang out. The list includes: yellowtail, yellow snapper, red snapper, cabrilla, pargo liso, pargo perro, and barred pargo. They all live in a hostile environment and have earned a much-deserved reputation of being tough fighters that don’t give up easily. Often unaware, anglers are sure they have snagged a big rock in the beginning of the battle that may last awhile. Up into the Sea of Cortez, the dreaded North Winds are a fact of life during 28

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the winter months, but they begin to weaken as the season changes with fewer windy periods. The good news this year is that there seems to be many more sardina available from the tip, along the coast all the way up to La Paz and beyond according to local reports ... a good omen for improving inshore fishing throughout the area. Outside of Puerto Los Cabos at San Jose del Cabo as well as East Cape, yellowfin tuna and billfish are at the top of the catch list, along with improving inshore action for jack crevalle, pompano and some smaller roosterfish being caught close to shore fishing from both cruisers and pangas. Anglers can still expect to catch a few sierra mackerel, much improved this year, though their numbers will wind down as sea temps rise. A word of caution: they have sharp teeth, so wire leaders or long-shank hooks are a must. Muertos Bay and La Paz are enjoying the early spring as well. Sardina have already begun appearing along the shore, and it’s evident that the waters are changing. With a bit of transition going on, both warm- and coldwater fish are occupying the same water space! There are some dorado, tuna and billfish around. Normally, they aren’t seen this early. The coldwater species that are still around – cabrilla, snapper and sierra – were caught recently as well as several species of pargo (dog-tooth/cubera snapper and barred pargo), the usual jack crevalle and lots of bonito. i

Mitch Chavira of San Diego caught this fat cabrilla to hit the jig just off Espirito Santo Island north of La Paz.


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THE SEASON

by Ma r i l i a O l i o, M a r i ne B i o l o g i st and gui de at Ca bo Trek

Whale watching in Cabo San Lucas is one of the most exciting attractions during the winter in Baja California. The activity is focused mostly on humpback whales, but there are many other species in the area such as grey whales, blue whales, bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins and even orcas sometimes. However, humpback whales steal the show during the whaling season. Humpbacks are known for their frequent acrobatic behavior and their occasional tendency to approach vessels. Male humpback whales sing to attract the female in the winter. In addition, breaching, blowing, spyhopping, fluking and/or slapping head, tail and pectoral fins in the water are behaviors usually sighted every day in our tours. January and February are good months to spot humpback whales in Cabo, even though this season they were already here since November. Males usually remain in the area for a longer period attempting to obtain repeated mating. Their “aggressive” behavior when competing for females is often witnessed through aerial activities. Females with their calves are also regularly sighted during February and March. Apparently, the 2016/2017 season offered a very “romantic” environment for the whales mating and this season we witnessed many more mother/calf pairs in the area compared to last year. The whale watching season officially starts on December 15 and ends on April 15. Cabo Trek had been in the water 95% of this time, with 3 trips almost every single day. It is our intention to raise awareness regarding best whale watching practices and to contribute to understanding the dynamics of the Northeastern Pacific humpback whale population in order to improve the conservation plan for humpback whales and the ocean. We offer educational and comprehensive whale watching tours with marine biologist guides who explain everything about the whales, and also conduct a photo-identification project. Humpback whales are identified as individuals by the underside of their flukes, or tails. The distinct coloration, shape, and scarring pattern of the flukes’ underside are as unique as a human fingerprint, allowing scientists to distinguish individuals using the pictures they have taken of their flukes. We have in our ID catalog almost 1,300 different humpback whales and more than 200 matches in different places in the North Pacific Ocean. The humpback whale 2017/2018 season is over. By now, the gentle giants are either in their final destination on the coast of California (where most of our matches are from), or on their way to higher latitudes in Canada and Alaska. Enjoy your time in Baja while you are here and be a Cabo Trek guest next season. i EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

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P U E BLO MÁG I CO

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.

GYPSY CANYON

Andy and Erin Wheelwright have always shared a love for travel and adventure. They enjoy discovering unique, authentic experiences. And during one road trip from Northern Chile to the Southern tip of Argentina, Erin and Andy started making plans. Also during that trip, a realization dawned on them – they were not going to be a 9-to-5, white picket fence, suit and tie kind of couple. “We wanted to have a different life,” said Andy, “We wanted to have a family and raise our kids with different languages and cultures.” On that trip, Erin and Andy drove a lot, but they dreamed even more, specifically about the kind of life they wanted to live. The journey also helped spark a vision for the future. Travel had impacted them profoundly, and they wanted to share this gift with others. They wanted to use their hard-learned travel secrets to curate memorable experiences. They wanted to live a full, satisfying family life, but one that was a bit different than the typical American Dream. Eight years later, the Wheelwrights have achieved their vision. Today, Erin and Andy call the Pueblo Magico of Todos Santos home. They are raising bi-lingual children on the beaches of Baja, and to make a living, they own and operate two hotels. The first hotel, La Bohemia, is a design focused boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Todos Santos. Their newest creation, Gypsy Canyon, is a unique glamping hotel where guests can “experience the beauty and serenity of sleeping outdoors without sacrificing comfort and luxury.” Inspired by the Wheelwright’s story, Destino writer Justin Biel caught up with Andy to learn about life in Todos Santos, and get the inside scoop on Gypsy Canyon. Out of all the places in the world, why did you choose to settle down in Todos Santos? I like the freedom, the beauty, and the wildness. This area of the Baja is still a frontier. It comes with interesting history, wonderful locals, an abundance of water and a canopy of green palms smack dab in the middle of a desert. I’m drawn to the mountains and the water. I also like the brick architecture, the artistic vibe, and the fact that most things are closed on Sunday. In Todos Santos, the town is small enough to recognize everyone. What was the inspiration to start Gypsy Canyon? Our inspiration was to put people in touch with nature, but we also wanted to provide a comfortable experience. At Gypsy Canyon, you're totally immersed in nature, but you also have access to comfortable beds, hot showers, bathrooms and a large open kitchen. Where is the property located? Gypsy Canyon Baja is located approximately 4.5 miles north from downtown Todos Santos, just past the beautiful, La Pastora beach. What’s it like spending the night in one of your glamping tents? We have a total of eight tents, and they are built above platforms. Each tent is large, 16’ in diameter, and

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they are outfitted with everything you need – a queen cool gel mattress with memory foam, bed frames, side tables, rugs, a chair, towels and even alpaca blankets. Are there food and drinks available at Gypsy Canyon? Yes, there are tons of options for food and drink. Depending on your accommodation package, you can get breakfast included or have meals scheduled throughout the day. We also have local chefs cook for groups, and we even have international chefs sometimes. We recommend ending the night with Gypsy Canyon’s Mexican crepes – they’re delicious. We have specialty drinks like the Mexcalicious and the Paloma. Of course, we also make a mean Margarita. What makes Gypsy Canyon different than other hotels and lodging options in the area? Gypsy Canyon is an experience. When you stay at the property, you are staying totally outdoors. There is no light pollution, so the stars in the Baja sky look amazing. There’s just something rejuvenating about spending a night in nature, with close friends, around the flames of a campfire. It makes for a very enjoyable experience. Good food, good drink and a good night of sleep is what we aim to provide. What kind of vibe does Gypsy Canyon have? Gypsy Canyon is a thrill at the end of a dirt road – bohemian chic - hippie living in style. What kind of person do you think will enjoy staying at Gypsy Canyon? Adventure seekers will love Gypsy Canyon, but so will couples that want to camp while still being comfortable. With nice beds and a stylish, fun decor, you get a taste of camping along with personal space and loads of comfort. It’s also a really safe environment, so it’s great for solo travelers. Most of all, Gypsy Canyon provides an experience that is truly different. . Is Gypsy Canyon a good place for individuals to stay? Or, is the concept geared towards larger groups? We accept individual reservations, but we are also working a lot with larger groups, such as retreats and weddings. Are glamping setup is also totally portable, so we create Gypsy Canyon pop-up hotels anyplace, anytime. What kind of adventures can you offer to guests staying at Gypsy Canyon? There are so many options. We can do everything from ATV rides, horseback riding, boat rides, whale watching, massages, surfing, and the list goes on... What is your ultimate vision for Gypsy Canyon? We see our glamping tents being offered to guests as amazing pop-up experiences on the most beautiful properties in the world. If you can dream it, Gypsy Canyon can put up tents and make your dream a reality. Our glamping setup if fun, beautiful, and portable ... we let nature do the rest. In the meantime, come stay a few nights at Gypsy Canyon Baja and get back to what really matters – the smell of coffee in the crisp morning air, the sound of silence, a sense of being one with the world, and as always, a great nights sleep. To learn more about Gypsy Canyon, or make a reservation, please visit: www.gypsycanyonbaja.com i


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Giving Guide Cabo San Lucas / San José del Cabo

Method to prevent dengue launched in Baja California Sur

by International Community Foundation

Hurricane season in Baja California Sur (Eastern Pacific) officially begins on May 15th and along with the rain come the mosquitos and the threat of dengue and other serious diseases. Dengue poses a significant health burden to residents and visitors alike in Baja California Sur, Mexico. During 2013 and 2014, the state experienced a dengue epidemic, with up to 4,472 confirmed cases. For that period, La Paz recorded the highest numbers of confirmed cases in Mexico. Recently a long-lasting method to prevent dengue was launched in Baja California Sur. The World Mosquito Program (WMP), led by Monash University, Australia, in partnership with Baja California Sur health authorities and the federal government,announced in March that the program will be rolled-out to communities in La Paz later this year. With funding from the Candeo Fund of Christy Walton through the International Community Foundation (ICF), La Paz will be the first city in Mexico to implement WMP’s sustainable intervention. This innovative method uses naturally-occurring bacteria called Wolbachia to reduce the ability of mosquitoes to transmit viruses between people. Established in 2011, WMP is currently operating in 11 countries, and is set to expand to 20 countries by 2020.

Once mosquitoes with Wolbachia are released in La Paz, they breed with wild mosquitoes until over time the majority of mosquitoes carry Wolbachia, helping to provide the community long-lasting protection from harmful diseases such as dengue, Zika and Chikungunya. This natural and effective intervention has proven safe for humans and the environment. WMP’s Director of Government Relations for the Americas, Dr. Jorge Osorio, said that WMP was delighted to be working with Baja California Sur Health authorities in La Paz. “We are very pleased to be able to roll-out our cost-effective, self-sustaining Wolbachia method to communities in La Paz, which builds on our success in Medellin, Colombia and Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro to reduce the threat and impact of mosquito-borne virus outbreaks in Latin America. “Our approach strengthens the resilience of communities like La Paz against emerging regional and global health security threats such as the Zika virus,” Osorio said. ICF is proud to be a partner in launching the WMP to help reduce these mosquito-borne health care threats in the BCS region. To learn more, contact ICF’s Senior Program Officer, Health, Alana Ortez: alana@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

East Cape

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

Todos Santos

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

La Paz

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

Magdalena Bay

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

Loreto

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

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ORIGINALLY FROM ENGL AND, Tracy Ehrenberg is the owner of Pisces Sportfishing. Started in La Paz back in 1978 with a single 28-foot boat, today Pisces Sportfishing is one of the largest and most respected charter fleets in Mexico. Recognized worldwide by both fishermen and conservationists alike, Tracy handles many aspects of the Pisces Sportfishing business such as staffing, client relations, business development, marketing, and sales. Read along for a Q&A with Tracy:

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TRACY EHRENBERG ...one of my greatest joys is seeing the desert bloom after the rain. The Oceans are more than just something beautiful to admire; they are what we make our living from, and they provide sustenance for so many families.

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Were you born in Cabo? If not, what brought you to the area? I was born in Brighton, England. I was working in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, when I met Marco, the first Mexican I had ever met. He proposed to me five days later, and I accepted. Marco's brother had a small fishing business in Cabo that he had asked him to take over, so we came to town. That was 34 years ago. What does your typical day look like? I get up early, sometime between 5 and 6 am. The first order of the day is a cup of British tea, then its prayer and meditation time. I check the report from the dock, respond to any urgent emails or calls then head to the stable to ride my horse, before leaving for the office on the marina. The day flies by as I handle clients, captains, staff, negotiations, contracts, planning, marketing and anything else that comes up. I head home between 5 and 6 pm for some R&R or head out to dinner with Marco somewhere in town, usually Captain Tony’s, which is conveniently right next-door. Do you prefer the deserts of Baja or the oceans? Tough question because I love them both – the desert around our home in the morning is spectacular with so much bird life; we even have a great horned owl that visits every morning to bathe in our pool – the plants are amazing too. I have learned to love the desert, after coming from the lush greenness of England, it was a dramatic change in the beginning, everything looked barren; now one of my greatest joys is seeing the desert bloom after the rain. The Oceans are more than just something beautiful to admire; they are what we make our living from, and they provide sustenance for so many families. What’s the biggest fish you’ve personally caught? What kind of fish was it? The biggest fish I have ever caught was an approximate 300 pound blue marlin, which was released. What's your go-to day-trip in Los Cabos? Easy, a day out on one of our Pisces Luxury Yachts, usually Contessa or Chica Mala; there is nothing like it – getting away from it all out on the ocean, the stress rolls off your shoulders as you cruise on an incredible yacht, with first class staff, and an onboard chef. I love getting the VIP treatment while watching whales play, catching a fish, or paddle boarding. What are the must-see locations in Los Cabos? Medano Beach, El Arco, the marina, the hot springs at Santiago, Todos Santos, Santa Maria beach, Chileno beach, Cabo Pulmo, and some of the luxury hotels such as Palmilla, Las Ventanas, and the Resort at Pedregal. Also, I enjoy the Art District of San Jose. Favorite way to spend a night on the town? Dinner and wine with good friends, then maybe swing by Bar Esquina or Captain Tony's to dance on Thursday night. Best of the best is to anchor off Hacienda on Medano Beach and have dinner under the stars aboard a yacht, then crank up the music and dance on the decks. Favorite way to decompress after a long night Wind down with a cup of mint tea or a Sambuca depending on my mood, and then hit the sack. Best place to view the stars over Baja? Out at sea. Favorite thing about the Baja lifestyle? Everything – great people, incredible nature, short commute to work, and the opportunities it gave me.

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ART WALK

in the Gallery District www.artcabo.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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in the SPOTLIGHT:

CABO SAN LUCAS MARINA ART EXPO

Every Friday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm a group of local artists glamorize the Cabo San Lucas marina. With the support of the Director of API, Mr. Hector Montano, local artists give cultural life to the marina. In this art exposition you will find paintings with a variety of techniques, photography of our beautiful Cabo, and digital art embellished with the flavor of our region. Each artist is carefully selected by the Group Director, and artist, Lucero del Angel, with the intention to have extraordinary art at every Friday's exhibition. The tourist/visitor can be sure to find local art for different tastes and of great quality. You can be certain that the artists of this art exposition are quality local professionals. Where there is culture there is Art, and where there is art there is culture. Come and see for yourself and visit this art walk. It's a must to do in your visit to Cabo San Lucas.

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by Just i ne Sch o c k , y o u r g u i d e t o t h e Cabo Social Scene

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THE ART WALK IN THE SAN JOSE GALLERY DISTRICT – Every Thursday from 5:00-9:00pm from November to June, tourists and locals alike flock to downtown San Jose to experience the art, culture and colors of the Art Walk in the San Jose Gallery District. Art galleries open their doors and allow guests to view and purchase impressive one of a kind works of art from talented local artists. Some of the galleries and real estate offices in the area even offer complimentary drinks during the Art Walk. Last month I visited my coworker at the REmexico Real Estate Gallery, located on Calle Jose Maria Morelos, one block behind the Catholic church. Interested in Los Cabos Real Estate? Thursday night is a fantastic time to stop by, enjoy a glass of wine and get your questions answered by a real estate professional. Just outside REmexico at around 6:30pm, the streets fill with Mexican dancers in brightly colored costumes who perform traditional choreographed dances to a crowd of captivated onlookers. After the show I wandered down the street, stopping into a few galleries and shops, until I ended up at Frank Arnold Art Gallery. Upon entering the gallery, I was warmly greeted with a shot of tequila (don’t mind if I do) while I studied the stunning cast bronze sculptures and striking bold paintings lining the expansive gallery space. The gallery is a unique building with many nooks and crannies to explore and be inspired. If you haven’t visited yet, I highly recommend adding the Art Walk and the Frank Arnold Art Gallery to your Cabo "must do" list! @GalleryDistrictSJC @FrankArnoldArt

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HERRINGBONE LOS CABOS – The new Herringbone Los Cabos offers a "Fish Meats Field" California coastal cuisine concept at the new Vidanta Resort in San Jose del Cabo. Herringbone is brought to you by the Hakkasan Group, who are known for their unparalleled luxury nightlife offerings and unique dining experiences throughout the world. The Los Cabos Herringbone is the fifth location to open, with other restaurants in La Jolla, Santa Monica, Waikiki, and Las Vegas. Last month Herringbone debuted their new endless Sunday brunch and my coworker Ali and I had the opportunity to try it out. The all you can eat Sunday Brunch includes a raw bar featuring a daily selection of locally caught seafood and shellfish, a farm table with freshly picked and seasonally inspired local fruits, vegetables, and salads, a juice bar with made to order, freshly squeezed fruit juices, and specialties from the kitchen including chilaquiles, spicy shrimp tacos, omelets, french toast and more. Brunch is accompanied by bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Micheladas. Executive Chef Alex Branch was kind enough to sit down and tell us a little about his vision for Sunday Brunch. Branch explained how he wants Herringbone to become part of the community and offer a place where locals can come relax and enjoy fresh organic dishes in a laid-back atmosphere. His vision is clearly becoming a reality as we spent the perfect Sunday afternoon listening to live music, enjoying wonderful food and cocktails and relaxing with a cool ocean breeze from the Sea of Cortez. For more information regarding Herringbone Los Cabos, please visit: www.omniaclubs.com/los-cabos. @HerringboneLosCabos


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Congratulations to our Destino Los Cabos Spring Photo Contest Winners!

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CABO ESCAPE BY WILD CABO TOURS – The Cabo Escape is part of Wild Cabo Tours fleet of boats which also includes the Cabo Wave, Cabo Legend, Buccaneer Queen Pirate Ship and Tu Enamorado luxury yacht. Cabo Escape is known for their contagiously fun snorkel booze cruise, sunset fajita cruise and the more family friendly breakfast snorkel and whale watching tours. Last month, on a windy Saturday afternoon, we set sail on a packed snorkel tour and as usual, the Cabo Escape did not disappoint! The cruise began with a non-alcoholic welcome drink followed by an explanation of safety procedures by the boat MC. MC Bryan has a special talent for making sure all guests have a fantastic time, while still ensuring the safety of everyone on board. Those who want to snorkel are split up into two groups: beginners (those who want to leisurely swim and stay close to the boat) and advanced (those with a lot of swimming stamina and tolerance for the cold ocean water). The third group (myself included) can opt to stay on the boat drinking and relaxing in the hot Cabo sun, while the others must wait until after getting out of the water to start drinking alcohol. When snorkeling is done and equipment is returned to the crew, guests enjoy a delicious buffet of chicken, pastor and asada tacos accompanied by rice, beans, salsas and guacamole. That’s when the real party gets started with dance music, tequila shots, and crazy contests. That day, our boat was host to a bachelor party, a large birthday group and a couple celebrating their anniversary. They all duked it out in a hilarious dance contest with the winner awarded by crowd applause. Visit our friends at Wild Cabo Tours for more information and reservations. @CaboEscapeTours @WildCaboTours

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MERCADO ORGÁNICO DE SAN JOSÉ:

PUBLIC MARKETS ORGANIC PRODUCE ARTISAN PRODUCTS FOOD MARKETS ART & CRAFTS

This is the fifteenth season of the San José Mercado Orgánico (SANJOMO)! The official start of this season's market took place on November 4, 2017 at “La Huerta Maria” (located directly in front of the Jockey Club / road to Las Animas) near downtown San José Del Cabo. The market opens from 9am to 3pm. The San José Del Cabo Organic Market looks to promote and create a multicultural market by providing a space for the sale of locally grown organic products, prepared food, arts and crafts, as well as a forum of educational activities for the community. They emphasize and promote the importance of ecological and sustainable packaging, recycling and producer/buyer awareness, which not only informs, but also improves the quality of life for our community. Some of the services you can find at the Organic Market of San José are: licensed massages and body work therapies, educational and cultural materials like books and pamphlets, art, designs and artistic creations like original jewelry and clothes. And of course, organic quality products, food and more. For more information email: info@sanjomo.com or visit: www.sanjomo.com.

FARMERS MARKET IN PALMILLA

At the Farmers Market in Palmilla you will find something new and different every week, starting from the vegetables and fruits of the season, all the way to special products like regional wines, traditional Mexican candies, and biodegradable cleaning products. They are proud to say that all of their products whether it is chicken, eggs, seafood, pasta, natural honey, vegetables, fruits and even beauty and spa products are 100 percent organic. So, if you are looking to find a healthy and completely safe market that has a variety of products, this is a good option. Some more of the offerings you can find at the Farmers Market in Palmilla are: paninis, cookies and healthy muffins, a variety of Mexican style dishes, roasted organic chicken, fresh juices, coffee, jams and jellies. They also have a variety of plants, palms, landscaping, potted herbs, and fine herbs to help you start out your own little organic heaven. As well for all of you eco-conscious fashionistas, they have a selection of jewelry, accessories, arts and crafts and more. For more information email: info@theshoppes.com.mx.

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herbs and fruits, along with a selection of prepared foods. It’s the place to be on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 8:00am to noon, where you can meet up with friends and shop for some of the best organic foods in Cabo San Lucas. They also have a little breakfast café called Penny Lane Café, perfect for getting together with your friends and family and just enjoying the view. Some more of the products you can find at the Organic Farmer’s Market in Pedregal are: fresh organic vegetables, bakery items, breakfast at Penny Lane Café, breads, cookies, lasagna, sauces and more! For more information visit: www.caboorganicmarket.com.

EL MERKADO

El Merkado in San José Del Cabo is a modern and innovative food procurement and distribution concept, a heavenly destination for any foodie here in Los Cabos. It was inspired by the great marketplaces of Europe, a trendy and variety full option that provides a great experience of dining in a place with some of the freshest ingredients of the highest quality. El Merkado was designed as a gathering option for friends and family. Some of the products you can find at El Merkado are: artisanal pizzas, fresh pasta, greek food, freshly pressed juices and salads, ultra fresh seafood and sushi, baked goods, meat, wine, fruit and vegetables, seafood and more. For a quality dining experience you can either pick up and go, go grocery and product shopping, or stay and enjoy your evening in restaurants like La Central, Pan di Bacco, The Office, Akira Sushi & Sashimi, -12◦C Gelato, Cabo BBQ, Cha Cha Cha Jugos y Ensaladas, Carbón Cabrón, Gyaros, El Pancake House, La Carreta, La Osteria, and more! For more information you can visit: elmerkado.mx.

MERCADO MUNICIPAL DE SAN JOSÉ

If you are looking to find where the locals go to get either their fruits and vegetables, seafood and other food products, or just where to have a real authentic Mexican meal, this is the place to go. The Mercado Municipal de San José (or Municipal Market of San José) is where most of the true locals go to shop for local products. Whether it is fresh fish and seafood you are looking for, or fresh fruit and vegetables, or authentic artisanal products, you will find a selection of hundred percent Mexican made products as well as the famous "Loncherias" (little breakfast and lunch places) where you can enjoy the old style Mexican flavor that reminds you of a home cooked meal by your Mexican abuelita (grandma), if you had one. So next time you are feeling a little adventurous and want to taste some old traditional cooking, now you know where to go! They are open every day from 7:00am to 5:00pm.


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MAY2018 EVENTS

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LABOR DAY

Labor Day, also known as International Workers Day or May Day, is always celebrated in Mexico on May 1. Banks, schools, government offices and many businesses throughout Mexico close to recognize this national holiday. This day celebrates workers’ rights and gives locals a well-deserved day off.

CINCO DE MAYO

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo honors the defeat of the French army during the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Unlike the United States, the day is not widely observed in Mexico (except for certain regions of Puebla). However, here in Cabo we always find a reason to celebrate. You can expect to find festive "Cinco de Drinko" parties and excellent margarita and tequila specials all over town!

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MEXICO ARGENTINA CUP

The international rhythm dance convention, known as the Mexico Argentina Cup, starts at 2pm on Saturday, May 5, at the Cultural Pavilion in Cabo San Lucas. On Sunday, the dance and rhythm competition will begin at 2pm featuring dances in Polynesian, hip hop, Arabian, jazz, reggaetón, salsa, and more! For more information WhatsApp +52 (624) 108-2781 or +52 (261) 507-8014 or visit: www.facebook.com/CMAmaibea.

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MOTHER'S DAY

While our friends in the United States celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May, here in Mexico we always celebrate on May 10. Many hotels and restaurants around Los Cabos will commemorate this very important and sacred day with fun events and food and drink specials to thank all our wonderful moms, both local and here on vacation.

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GASTROVINO BAJA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

This 3-part Todos Santos food and wine festival kicks off the weekend with a blind tasting contest at La Casita from 12pm-1pm on Saturday, May 19. Challengers will sample 9 different wines before the top 3 winners battle it out for a prize. Next up is the GastroTour on May 19 from 6pm-9pm, departing from Hotel California. The volunteer guided GastroTour will lead you to the best restaurants in town, during which chefs and wine makers will welcome you to try a selection of wine with food pairings, followed by an afterparty with live music at Hotel California from 9pm-11pm. The mouthwatering main

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event starts on Sunday, May 20 from 2pm-6pm in the Todos Santos Plaza. Sample amazing wines from all over Mexico and the Baja California Peninsula, mixed with the wonderful and authentic gastronomy of Todos Santos. In addition to food and wine there will be live music, shows, art, and a silent charity auction. You won’t want to miss it! For tickets and information visit: www.festivalgastrovino.com/#boletos.

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CABO CLASICO SKIMBOARD CONTEST

The Cabo Clasico International Skimboard Contest brings the best Men Pro/AM and Women Pro skimboarders to Solmar Beach in Los Cabos for 4 days of skim contests and awards. The event is advertised as "The best waves and the best riders all gathered in the most epic place for skimboarding." For more information visit: www.facebook.com/thecaboclasico/.

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COLOR RUN NIGHT EDITION

The Solmar Foundation presents Carrera Con Colores, also known as the Color Run Night Edition on Saturday, May 26 from 8pm10pm. This fun and colorful race will benefit Red Autismo and Fundacion Nunca Dejes De Volar. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/www.redautismo.org.

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ME WHITE PARTY

Blue Marlin Ibiza Los Cabos at the ME Cabo Hotel brings back Paul Oakenfold for one of the most anticipated parties of the year! ME’s Annual White Party always brings out the who’s who of Cabo for a night of incredible music and lavish entertainment. Doors open at 9pm. Dress code is strictly all white. Must be 18 years or older. For VIP packages and reservations email: bmi-reservation@melia.com.

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Cosplay is coming to Cabo on May 26 from noon to 8pm at the Cabo San Lucas Cultural Pavilion. Presale tickets can be purchased at Comicx Restaurant in Cabo San Lucas or AniGamers in San Jose. The event will include a prop making workshop, Dungeons & Dragons workshop, a cosplay catwalk, karaoke, food, music and more! For more information visit: www.facebook.com/ cabocon. www.facebook.com/ElRinconCulinario or call (624) 163-5764.

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KASKADE & GTA AT OMNIA

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at OMNIA Los Cabos Day Club with high energy DJ sets by musical artists Kaskade and GTA. Electronic music duo GTA (aka Good Times Ahead) will kick the party off Saturday, May 26, followed by Kaskade, a Grammy nominated DJ and two-time winner of America's Best DJ Award on Sunday, May 27. For tickets and information visit: www.ticketmaster.com.mx or omniaclubs.com/los-cabos.

ONGOING EVENTS 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 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: 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. 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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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

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The Drip Spa +52 (624) 144 3460 connect@thedripspa.com.mx thedripspa.com.mx

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ART GALLERIES Frank Arnold Art +52 (624) 142 4422 US (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

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Columbia Export Group Cabo San Lucas (624) 173 0033/1730015 La Paz (612) 123 2324/123 2325 US (619) 710 1863 Ext. 302/306 Simply Divine +52 (624) 131 3553 simplydivinecabo.com Tienda 17 +52 (624) 105 2323/142 2121 tienda17@hotmail.com

Cabo Wabo - Mexican cabowabocantina.com Desperados - Tex Mex/Mexican +52 (624) 165 7770/143 4331 desperadoscabos@hotmail.com desperdoscabo.letseast.at La Dolce - Italian Cabo San Lucas (624) 143 4122 San Jose del Cabo (624) 142 6621 restaurantladolce.com

HOTELS

Danzante Bay at the Islands of Loreto US (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/Canada (650) 761-2226

Cachet Beach Hotel +52 (624) 105 1794 Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa a the Islands of Loreto US (800) 838 2662 reservaciones.vdpl@vgloreto.com villadelpalmrloreto.com

SHOPPING Beach Blu +52 (624) 688-6729 Cabo Wabo cabowabocantina.com Columbia Export Group Cabo San Lucas (624) 173 0033/1730015 La Paz (612) 123 2324/123 2325 US (619) 710 1863 Ext. 302/306 Frank Arnold Art +52 (624) 142 4422 US (559) 301 1148 FrankArnoldArt.com I.O. Domani +52 (624) 688-6720 iodomani.com The Velvet Box Jewels and Gems Boutique +52 (624) 105-1315

REAL ESTATE

SPAS/FITNESS Cabo Fitness Club +52 (624) 105 9600/105 2009 cabofitnessclub.com The Drip Spa +52 (624) 144 3460 connect@thedripspa.com.mx thedripspa.com.mx

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

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

• 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 OF THE MONTH Fish - Pez or Pescado To fish - Pescar Boat - Barco Bait - Carnada Hook - Anzuelo Captain - Capitán Wind - Viento Bird - Pájaro Anchor - Ancla Aboard - Abordo Bow - Proa Stern - Popa


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FISHING SOUTHERN BAJA  

Extreme Fun! • Gypsy Canyon: a glamping experience in Todos Santos

FISHING SOUTHERN BAJA  

Extreme Fun! • Gypsy Canyon: a glamping experience in Todos Santos