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BAJA 101 Destinations Useful Information Activities Maps Los Cabos Underwater DISCOVER Must Sea Beaches Roadtrip to La Paz: Baja's laid back capital Los Cabos Wildlife FAMILY FUN IN LOS CABOS Spanish Lesson IN THE SPOTLIGHT Wild Canyon Ocean Ecstasy ART & CULTURE Baja Voices: Yvan Mucharraz It's Mango Time! Pueblo Mágico: Todos Santos Giving Back: Enseña por México OUT & ABOUT Social Cabo Destino Directory COUPONS Events

letter from the EDITOR

I have very fond memories of my childhood in Cabo San Lucas. Everything was quite different back then, and the entertainment we had was much simpler. The only grocery store and pharmacy in town was Aramburo. The only paved road was the main one and we would ride everywhere in ATVs. I remember spending long summer days at Chileno or Santa Maria beach; these beaches had no facilities, no palapas, no construction. I feel very lucky that I can remember Cabo that way. Cabo has grown, and although my childhood experiences in Los Cabos were magical, it's nice to have some more options. Now you have a large amount of activities for families with children of all ages. Flip through the pages of this issue to get some ideas! In this issue we also have an article about a roatrip to one of my favorite places in Baja: La Paz. If it isn't doable for you on this trip, make sure you plan to do it on your next visit to Los Cabos. It's worth it! 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.

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.

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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

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

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

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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.

FLYBOARDING

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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LOS CABOS by Laura Tyrrell, PADI IDC Staff instructor and dive guide at Cabo Trek www.cabotrek.com

The Sea of Cortez is a unique and rich ecosystem, home to a plethora of tropical fish families accessible to scuba divers and snorkelers. The bay of Cabo San Lucas and the rocky coast line of the so-called “Corridor” leading all the way up to the San Jose marina, boasts an abundance of these colorful and inquisitive animals right below your boat. It might take you a while to find Nemo in these waters, but in the mean time you can enjoy swimming among other fish such as the huge colorful Bumphead Parrotfish, or try and spot the juvenile Rockmover Wrasse as it disguises itself as a small leaf drifting along in the current. Below are some of the most unique and interesting fish that can be found in our waters.

Porcupine Fish Often the one that everyone wants to inflate! And unfortunately, the one that hangs dried out inflated in souvenir shops all around town. Please don’t encourage this by buying one! Resembling a balloon, this fish blows itself up when threatened so it’s spikes are ready to puncture a predator’s mouth. Another defense mechanism is that they are extremely poisonous when eaten, being 1200 times more poisonous than cyanide. They look very cute with their big eyes but they have been known on several occasions to eat their way out of a predator’s stomach!

King Angel Fish A beautiful bright fish that can be seen among the rocky crevices along the coast. They remain in pairs their whole lives. Sometimes when we are scuba diving they will mistake our bubbles for food and try and swallow the bubbles.

Moorish Idol The Moorish Idol got its name from the Moors of Africa who thought that the fish would bring them happiness. They are very distinctive due to their long dorsal fin.

Mexican Hogfish These fish inhabit shallow rocky reefs and take advantage of eating tiny mollusks that are uncovered by disturbing the sand: as we do with our fins sometimes. They all start out their lives as females and continue as solitary animals, turning into males when the desired social situation arises. Interestingly, (like other members of the wrasse family) at night time they find a small crack in the rocks and settle in for a sleep.

Parrot Fish These are always the most impressive to find. They vary in shape and size but are always brightly colored. These fish gnaw at the rocks and coral with their robust teeth, turning it into fine sand through the digestion process. And there are plenty more, such as butterfly fish, blennies, scorpion fish, sharks if you're lucky, mobula mantas, turtles, eagle rays, sea horses, and octopuses just to name a few. If you ever wondered what if feels like being submerged in an aquarium, here you've got the chance to do so above or under the surface of the Ocean. If you are more adventurous, you could try scuba diving. Even non-certified people have the chance to do so by enrolling in a daily discover course, otherwise even by snorkeling there are plenty of opportunities to see great wildlife... not as close as diving though! Take action, life is out there and it's blooming right at the moment as the waters are starting to warm up. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

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Lover's Beach

Getting there is an adventure in itself, since it is reachable only by boat, kayak or any other water vessel. The easiest way to get there 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. Walk to the other side of the rocks and you’ll find yourself looking at the Pacific Ocean (Divorce Beach). This side is very dangerous for swimming, so swim on Lover’s Beach side only. Location: Land’s End beside the famous arch. Tips: On occasion there are a few vendors who offer beer and water, but you won’t find any other services.

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Imagine floating in a turquoise bay with coral colored sand, snorkelling with colorful fish or walking for hundreds of yards in waist-high water, every beach in Southern Baja offers something unique. Here is a list of the "must sea" beaches to help you decide which is the one for you or just visit them all!

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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Chileno Beach is a very popular location for snorkeling and swimming due to it's calm waters. You’ll find tide pools at the left end of the beach and beautiful reefs offering excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. Public restrooms and showers are available, as well as a handicap ramp that takes you right to the beach. Location: Going from Cabo San Lucas towards San José, follow the signs for Chileno Beach Club near Km. 14 of the main highway. Tips: Snorkelling visibility is often better in the mornings and you’ll avoid the mid-day snorkel tours. Bring snorkelling gear!


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Santa Maria

Santa Maria is a stunning horseshoe cove with coarse coral colored sand and abundant marine life. Boat excursions and private charters often stop here to enjoy the snorkelling and scuba diving that this National Marine Preserve offers. This family-friendly beach is relatively secluded; therefore, you rarely run into beach vendors. However, the beach does have brand new bathrooms and palapas. Location: Travelling west from Cabo San Lucas towards San José, follow the sign which reads “Santa María” and exit the highway at Km. 13. Follow the dirt road until you reach the parking area. Tips: Swim from the shore towards the rocks on the right side of the beach for a great snorkeling experience.

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 and the One&Only Hotel. 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.

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. You can rent a boogie board or surf board or even take a surf lesson. Location: Exit at Km. 66 of the Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos Highway. Watch the markers and look for the signs. Tips: Come prepared with food, drinks and beach gear. The ocean currents are strong and the waves can be quite powerful, 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. Follow the shore towards the northeast side and you will find the famous “mushroom rock.” You won’t regret visiting Playa Balandra! Location: Follow the main drag along the boardwalk, pass Costa Baja Resort 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.

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A Peaceful Easy Feelin’

Road Trip to La Paz: Baja Sur’s laid-back capital Story and photos by: W. Scott Koenig

Clams and michelada at Mariscos El Molinito

Balandra beach

Vacationing in Los Cabos, one may be tempted to do nothing more than decompress poolside with a margarita at arm’s length — and another on the way once that’s gone. Others, however, may want to look beyond the cape’s enticements and explore Baja California Sur further. La Paz, the state capital of 250,000, is the perfect destination for such an expedition. The vibe of this laid-back coastal city is found in its name, which translates as “The Peace”. Not nearly as touristic as Los Cabos, one can find the “real Mexico” in the town’s historic center, its restaurants and in the genial attitude of locals, known fittingly as paceños (peaceful ones).

The vibe of this laid-back coastal city is found in its name, which translates as “The Peace”. Just north of the city on the Pichilingue Peninsula, it’s not unusual to find oneself alone – or nearly so – on a pristine beach with waters so blue and clear, friends back home will enviably mistake social media photos of La Paz’s playas for the Caribbean. For those who seek adventure, the island of Isla Espiritu Santo and its surrounding atolls are an aquatic sportsman’s paradise. Jacques Cousteau himself referred to the waters off Espiritu Santo as the “world’s aquarium”. Finally, there are enough casual and fine dining options here to satisfy even the most particular gastronome. Fresh seafood is the name of the game in La Paz and the catch of the day is on the menu nearly everywhere. 22

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Downtown La Paz

ROAD TRIP!

One can take the bus – Aguila Transport offers roundtrip fare from Los Cabos to La Paz for only $30 – or book seats on a tourist shuttle. But arguably, the BEST way to get around Baja California Sur is via car (this IS the Destino Los Cabos Road Trip issue, after all). By car, scenic routes can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace with stops along the way. Alamo, Budget and most of the major car rental companies are at the La Paz airport and have locations throughout Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Cactus Rent A Car offers an affordable, locally-owned alternative. It’s important to be equipped with the proper amount of Mexican liability insurance to avoid potential onroad hassles. Two routes connect Los Cabos to La Paz: North from Cabo San Lucas on Highway 1 along the coast to Todos Santos, then northeast across the peninsula on Highway 19; or north from San Jose del Cabo on Highway 1, which winds through the peninsula’s interior and along the glittering East Cape.

Itinerary 1: CULTURAL TOUR

Unsuccessfully colonized by Hernán Cortés in the 16th century, La Paz was eventually settled in the 18th and briefly became the capital of all of Baja California in 1829. Much of the town’s history and culture can be absorbed via a leisurely stroll around the town center and malecón. Begin at Plaza Constitución, the city’s zocalo. The town square is dominated by the Misión de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, founded by Jesuit Missionaries in 1720. After browsing books on regional history in the Centro Cultural, head toward the malecón for brunch at quaint Maria California Restaurant — their menu offers traditional Mexican dishes such as chilaquiles and machaca. Escape summer’s blistering midday heat by visiting the Museo de La Ballena (Whale Museum) just down the street. Finish with dinner and a glass of Baja California wine in the elegant courtyard of restaurant Los Tres Virgenes.

Oysters at Mariscos Los Laureles

Itinerary 2: ON THE BEACH

The postcard-perfect coastline along the Pich Peninsula is a mecca for beach goers. Wide sandy and calm, glistening waters tempt during arid L typically warm sunny days. Most visitors start a Balandra, an impossibly aquamarine bay surroun desert hills. Paddle boards and kayaks can be re explore the coves and mangroves in this shallow While stunning, Playa Pichilingue or La Paz’s beach, Playa Tecolote, are vastly more swimmab Balandra. Additionally, both have restaurants an services. Visitors pull up a table in the sand a Pichilingue’s La Luna Bruja restaurant and order b of cold cervezas and fish prepared zarandeado s Playa Tecolote, two restaurants entice — Rest Bar Tecolote and the smaller La Palapa Azul. T for this itinerary is “Swim, eat, repeat.”

Itinerary 3: LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE

For those wanting to channel their Hemingway”, this is the place. Fishermen can charters with local outfitters such as Tail International. For those who prefer to swim wi eat, sea life, the opportunity to snorkel or div docile whale sharks with tour company Baja Expe can be a life-changing experience. An adventurer’s highlight are the islands o of La Paz known collectively by the largest, Isla E Santo. Join a small group of like-minded adventu a single day panga trip to the islands with Espir Baja Tours. After exploring the archipelago and e lunch on a deserted beach, the tour culminates w opportunity to snorkel with a resident sea lion co


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Itinerary 4: GASTRO TOUR

With its location on the Sea of Cortez and proximity to the Pacific, La Paz is one of best places for seafood in Mexico. Local farms supply vegetables, fruit and meat. For a taste, start with a morning jaunt to Mercado Madero. Then visit one of the city’s casual mariscos joints for lunch — locals flock to Mariscos El Molinito on the malecón or Mariscos La Güera north of town. At La Güera, the molcajetes (hardened lava bowls) contain generously portioned morsels of shrimp, octopus, clams and other oceanic delights. There’s also street food in La Paz, with vendors selling chocolate clams, ceviche and fish tacos. The best of the latter is said to be found at Tacos El Estadio near the center. Get there early — when the fresh fish is gone, so is the cart. For dinner, check out the recently opened Tatanka Baja Fish & Steakhouse from Carlos Valdez, formerly of the town’s famous Buffalo Grill. The chef expertly blends ingredients for ceviches and tostadas and serves hearty dishes of grilled fish and beef.

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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

Scuba Girls Los Cabos

by Katia Silva Marine Biologist and Guide at Cabo Trek

Scuba diving has been an increasingly popular sport over the years and is a wonderful option for exploring and getting to know our underwater world. Diving used to be an almost completely male-dominated sport, with over 90% of divers being men. As time went on, the world around us has changed, and today women make up about one-third of all certifications. The truth is that scuba diving is no longer just a “man’s sport” but instead going strong as a sport for women seeking underwater adventures and new experiences. The number of females in the industry has risen significantly (40%). Walk into any dive shop and you will find women’s dive gear, including wetsuits, in a variety of colors and sizes designed specificaly for female clientele. It has taken some time, but now Women are definitely taking a part in the world of scuba diving. Women are gathering to exchange words, tips and advise in person and online from dive communities around the world. With the same goal, the Scuba Girls Los Cabos group was created to support women divers (scuba diving, snorkeling and freediving). To get in touch with them you can visit their Facebook and Instagram profiles. The group was created for those who love the sea (with our without certifications) and to exchange experiences and strengthen women's presence in the world of diving. It is also a way to explore the beauties of Baja California Sur by sharing adventures. Recognizing the female force and the importance that women represent, many dive companies are trying to offer more exclusive and better services for women.

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SUMMERTIME for Baja’s tip is underscored by both warmer weather and sea temps as the season changes, and outside Cabo, offshore on the Pacific side, the yellowfin tuna await -- ready to give any unsuspecting angler who foolishly grabs that rod for the first time, a fight of his life. The angler often watches in awe as the line rapidly disappears from the spool and the fish hightails it away from the boat, signaling the beginning of a serious game of tug of war between angler and a stubborn tuna. And if the angler survives the test, he will be able to treat many friends with a seafood meal fit for a king. Another summertime offshore favorite lurking in the same waters are the billfish, striped marlin or sailfish and occasionally joined by some of their big brothers, the blue and black marlin that may weigh five or six times more than the stripes or sails. Double-digit scores of released billfish are not unusual now. And the long-awaited dorado also finally make their presence known both offshore and inshore as the water warms. A chosen target for most anglers both for their beautiful color and acrobatic displays but also because they are one of the most delicious fish in the ocean. For those returning from a successful offshore trip seeking just one more challenge may want to visit the grande roosterfish that live in the waters close to shore. Imagine adding to an exciting day and enjoying the exhilaration of releasing an exotic monster roosterfish, one that is often on many angler’s bucket list. For those who prefer to be closer to land while fishing there is a variety of fish to choose from inshore. On the surface roosterfish, jack crevalle, and dorado are likely targets for eager anglers plus even a few sierra might still be around. Another dimension is bottom fishing. Yellowtail, the most popular, is considered one of the toughest of the many different fish prowling the rocky pinnacles found along the coast on both the Pacific and Sea of Cortez near the bottom. Then there are yellow snapper, surgeon fish, sculpin, spotted rose snapper, cabrilla (leopard grouper), huachinango (red snapper), amberjack, barred pargo, pargo

colorado, pompano, roosterfish, cabrilla, and triggerfish, only a few of the 800 species that are found surrounding Baja Sur. To name specific areas for your summertime fishing, the Puerto Los Cabos fleet is finding lots of bait, both sardina and caballito, inshore. On the various banks offshore, more bait including chihuil, skipjack, sardineta and even some mackerel, are attracting yellowfin tuna schools holding fish up to 70-pounds. In this same area, there is good billfish action with a few dorado. At East Cape, the water has warmed up to as high as 83 degrees. It’s calm with an afternoon breeze, making the beginning of summer pleasant. Sardina are also plentiful and are great for chumming up the yellowfin that are traveling with the porpoise a handful of miles off the Lighthouse at Punta Arena. There are also some of the larger dorado, to 45 pounds, to be found here. Schools of roosterfish can be seen chasing sardina and mullet schools close enough to the beach to fish from shore in front of the hotels. At Las Arenas below La Paz the fishing is improving as the water turns from off- color to blue and the quality has been remarkable. Larger roosterfish were running from 30 to 80 pounds; wahoo from 20 to 50 pounds are still around and dorado as well though mostly small, 8 pounders, but there are some nice bulls in the 20- to 30-pound class as well. There are a few 20- to 30-pound tuna. And there are a few nice pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, bonito and even some holdover cold-water species like amberjack and sierra. At La Paz, there’s great action for snapper, several species of pargo and some hefty cabrilla; toss in some occasional tuna, some big roosterfish and some 10- to 25pound dorado and you have the makings of a fun day and even some great fillets for the cooler. Yellowtail is the hot ticket at Loreto, plus cabrilla and grouper are plentiful at San Bruno along with a mixture of a few nicesized dorado. And, the striped marlin are beginning to show farther offshore along with the dorado.

Nineteen-year-old Mia Pettey from Orange County, CA, who came down with her dad, John Pettey, caught and released this monster roosterfish at Las Arenas.


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by Alex Navarro, Ba ja adventure expert

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Scuba diving - book a scuba diving trip to any of the amazing sites with one of the numerous outstanding scuba operators. Maybe go to the incredible reef at Cabo Pulmo National Marine Reserve Park where 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. Or, check out the many cool dive sites near the Famous Arch like Neptune’s Finger, Pelican Rock and the Sandfalls. Much wildlife you may encounter in this trip like many pelicans and seagulls and other beautiful sea birds and also near the arch you will observe the wonderful sea lion colony. Snorkeling - such an accessible and super fun thing to do and Cabo has some fantastic beaches where it is perfect to do it. Some top choices are Chileno Reef, Santa Maria Bay, Pelican Rock and of course Cabo Pulmo and La Sirenita beach. Ocean Kayaking - some of my recommendations would be to do a trip from Medano Bay to Lover’s Beach or from Santa Maria to Chileno Reef or from Cabo Pulmo Bay to La Sirenita Beach. In the first trip you can also check out the Arch and snorkel at Pelican Rock. In the second trip you can snorkel at both Chileno and Santa Maria. And in the Cabo Pulmo kayaking trip you can snorkel at the previously mentioned amazing Sirenita beach. Your concierge will help you book this adventures with the best operators. Surfing - you can’t go home without doing some surfing in Baja. Here within DESTINO Magazine you can find a list of the surf breaks around. All of them are amazing and range in all different types of waves. But for learning to surf, the top beaches are Cerritos beach in the Pacific Side and Acapulquito beach in San Jose del Cabo. Last month we had the popular Los Cabos Open of Surf and it was an amazing event that immersed us in the wonderful surf culture worldwide. Baja is all about surfing, so try to catch some of the great waves down here! SUP - many hotels and adventure outfitters offer stand up paddle board tours or rentals. This is such a great activity to get out in nature in an easy, fun and safe way. Sailing - head out from Cabo San Lucas Marina or Puerto Los Cabos Marina and enjoy a wonderful day sailing where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. Some stops for snorkeling at Santa Maria Bay or Chileno Reef are the perfect addition to your sailing adventure. Fishing - as you know the sport fishing here in Cabo is amazing. One of the cool things is you can check out the Arch on your way fishing. Maybe go out with the whole family or maybe just with the boys. Jet skiing - checking out the Arch is something the family has to do while visiting here. So renting some jet skis at Medano Bay might be the ideal way to do it and the most fun and adventurous too.

Atvs - go off roading with your loved ones into Baja’s canyons and sand trails. Just a few minutes from Cabo San Lucas or San Jose de Cabo are many Atv and buggy operators that run the most exhilarating tours. All kinds of terrain can be encountered so it is a great way to go into Baja’s wonderful nature. There are also some operators that run Motocross and Enduro trips too. Zip lining - for sure also one of the best ways to check out Baja’s desert landscapes. There are many operators to choose from, but any of them offer magical and safe adventures. The kids will love it! Waterfalls and hot springs - one of my all time favorite things to do also, is to go to Santiago Oasis town just an hour north from San Jose del Cabo and drive into the mountains to the famous Fox Canyon waterfalls. There are also relaxing hot springs in the area, so just ask a local resident of Santiago the directions. I always try to take my family and friends there when they visit. Horseback riding - there are really nice places for horseback riding here, like the beach and desert trails. This will be an unforgettable activity you can do with your couple or the whole family too. Parasailing - checking out the Arch while parasailing has got be one of the coolest ways to do it. I would definitely recommend it. There are also tandem rides so you can go up with a family member. Skydiving - if your family is really adventurous, the awesome thing about skydiving here in Cabo is that the contrast you see between the ocean blue water and the desert land while you are falling is beautiful. Bungee - I’ve never bungeed here in Cabo, but I am looking forward to do it one of these days. I can just imagine jumping off somewhere in a canyon falling with all this amazing nature around me. This vacation is the perfect time to do it and Cabo’s landscapes will make it even more unforgettable for your beautiful family. Jeep tour - hire one of the cool adventure companies that run these fantastic tours and take the whole family. 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, and the wildlife and plants of the area. Water slide park - just south of Santiago town and Miraflores town in the little town of Caduaño is a cool water park called Wet Fun. Here also within DESTINO Magazine in the activities section you will find more information and directions. For sure an extremely fun plan all the family can partake in. Wirikuta Spectacle - on a different note, maybe top off your incredible vacation with a Wirikuta show. This is an amazing production in a magical spot where you can experience a beautiful Pre-hispanic dinner show spectacle perfect for all the family. Typical Mexican Market - of course you can’t go home without some family shopping. A great place to check out is the outdoor Mercado Tipico every Saturday morning in La Jolla Shopping Center in San Jose del Cabo, where for sure you will find the perfect souvenir and gift to take back home. Make this summer vacation the most memorable one and get out in the sun to have some fun with all the family. We are very grateful for your visit and wish you a great time and to come back soon.


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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 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?

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 Fun - Diversión Adventure - Aventura To swim - Nadar To laugh - Reir Seafood - Mariscos To eat - Comer To drive - Manejar Trip - Viaje Family - Familia Beach - Playa To play - Jugar

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: WILD CANYON Adventures

The best souvenir one can have are all the memories of the adventures done in Los Cabos. And even better yet, adventures on your bucket list that you can now check off saying “I did it and I loved it!”. Wild Canyon Adventures, without a doubt, is the best open-air adventure park that you will find in Baja. It offers a wide range of tours and discounts to visitors and the best is that everything is in the same place and all are welcomed whether you come alone, with your partner, friends, or family. Wild Canyon is found between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas at the top of the Tule Canyon. It is easily accessible being located about 30 minutes from either city. On the way to the canyon, you will be amazed by the desert's flora and fauna. Right before arriving to our location, there is a spectacular lookout where you will be able to appreciate the beauty of the desert and beach uniting. Once you are at the park you will notice all you can do there: from trying our challenging Monster Ziplines that are more than 2 miles long with majestic views of our natural oasis, to jumping or swinging more than 100 meters from our crystal-floored hanging platform. Find your way through the desert driving ATV’s and UTV’s at top speeds where you will have a pit stop at the beach and on the way back you will cross over a fabulous hanging bridge that is more than 1,088 feet long, making it the longest bridge of its kind in Mexico. You can also have a blast riding one of their camels through the bottom of a canyon. Play and learn about these amazing desert creatures in a natural and fun atmosphere. It is up to you to decide what you choose to do first. Wild Canyon has a new attraction prepared for all our visitors called that Great Fandango. It is an unique experience that will make you feel like you are in the Old West while you go horse back riding. So come and put on your leather chaps and cowboy hat and get this adventure started with an “ay caramba!” On this tour, you can choose between two different options: the beginner or the advanced tour. Each tour has it’s unique magic and adventure of its own. On the beginner’s tour, guests ride a horse through the Tule’s landing on a special path that will take you to see the desert’s flora and fauna up close. While riding you will learn about horses and ancestral sounds from southern Baja California. On the advanced tour guests are able ride a horse down in to a natural oasis. You will be astounded by the beautiful landscape and it’s even more incredible when you discover the Pericue village, where you will learn about this native culture. You will be taken away by their rhythm and beats and you will visit the native caves where you will see the fascinating cave paintings. When coming back from this adventure, you're invited you to go on a tour through the Animal Sanctuary, where you will meet a diverse range of rescued animals that will be waiting to meet and be with you. Our macaws, parakeets, iguanas, turtles, and even crocodiles will make your visit an incredible one. Something that Wild Canyon wants to make sure of is that you don’t miss out on any second of the day. So no worries about wondering how to keep all these memories, they have professional photographers that are capturing every moment of those special memories for you. What about something to eat? This particular tour includes appetizers, drinks, refreshing margaritas, beers, and delicious burgers at the Lion’s Den restaurant. If you aren’t really up for an adventure, Wild Canyon invites you to a refreshing day out on the seas on the Pursuit of Cortez tour. Guests can choose the snorkel or sunset adventure where you will be taken you on a special tour along the San Jose del Cabo coast. This experience is perfect being this is the only tour that allows you to avoid all the tourist-busy waters. You will be able to enjoy the tranquility here and relax completely from the get-go. The snorkel tour is ideal for the whole family. The SAETA boat will take you to Palmilla beach where kids can swim with thousands of fish near the coastal 28

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reefs, guests can sunbathe on the inflatable rafts, or you can go paddle boarding. Lunch is included where you can enjoy a magnificently tasty meal of your choice and an open bar during your tour. While heading back you can learn how to sail with the captain. The sunset tour can be the perfect option to have a romantic getaway away with your partner. Travel the Sea of Cortez in the afternoon and admire the beautiful sunset over the horizon. Enjoy open bar and an exquisite cold meats and cheese platter. Each tour has a pre-set scheduled time that allows you to easily plan your whole day in Los Cabos. Wild Canyon is always finding new ways for guests to have fun, and this is why this year they are planning on building on to the park, including new installations unique to its kind here in Baja California Sur. December 2018 is going to surprise all with a new attraction so incredible that you won’t ever want to leave our park! During your Los Cabos visit, don’t miss out on the opportunity of having an incredible day out at Wild Canyon. See for yourself all the attractions they have to offer. If you would like to visit this amazing park, check out their social media sites or webpage and you will see they offer the greatest tours! Check out their ad on page 2 of this issue of Destino Magazine for a great promo and book online at www.wildcanyon.mx/destinomagazine.


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OCEAN ECSTASY Private Luxury Yatch

“We sweat and cry salt water, so we know that the ocean is really in blood" — Teresia Teaiwa

Introducing Ocean Ecstasy: a luxury sailboat, mimosas, appetizers, the ocean breeze and the freedom that you feel while you're sailing. Those feelings are part of what you will experience as soon as you step aboard. After being the owner's home for 13 years, the Titan is ready to be part of your life by making your experiences aboard memorable. Titan is a beautiful luxury French sailboat that has journeyed all the way to the French Polynesia and back, and has been an intrepid competitor at the Bisbee’s fishing tournaments, being the first sailboat to compete. Now is the time to share all her beauty with you and your loved ones. With so many attractions and activities in Baja, Ocean Ecstasy is proud to be able to offer you an original option that fits your interests and needs. A free sailor spirit doesn’t go well with limitations, for that reason at Ocean Ecstasy the concept is “you build your own Experience.” You decide how much time you want to spend aboard, you choose what would you like to drink or eat, and the most important, what to do with the time you are aboard. You have the freedom to make your sailing dreams come true. Titan is a 57’ sailboat with fine wood interiors, a full kitchen, master rooms and a saloon. On deck, the cockpit is designed for you to relax while she navigates, and at the bow you can find a very cozy sun-bed to work on your tan. Professional fishing gear is available if you feel like fishing, and for the adventurous ones they have paddle boards and the latest full-faced masks for snorkeling. Isn’t Titan a dream? Los Cabos has two seasons, from December to May you can enjoy all the highlights of the many bays, and due to hurricane season from June to November, the boat is moved to La Paz, where you can relax with the laid back vibes of the City and be amazed by the beauty of its islands. So, what are you waiting for? Hop aboard and sail away on your own Ocean Ecstasy experience! For more information visit www.oceanecstasy-luxuryachts.com, email contact@oceanecstasy- luxuryachts.com, or call from Mexico +52 (624) 127-3128 or from USA +1 (424) 625-1445

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CULTURE Are you from Los Cabos? If not, what brought you to the area? I was born in Mexico City, but the biodiversity, the organic farms and the fresh products that the region offers captivated me and brought me to Baja. What did you first know you wanted to become a chef? I studied different careers before the kitchen found me. I was in naval school for two years, and I also studied to be an Actuary. Neither of those careers felt right, so I continued looking at other options. During that time I found myself with my mother, helping her to decide what to eat, watching how she cooked and visiting the Mercados. I wanted to learn more, so I went to a cooking school. The first time I entered the kitchen everything just made sense.

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What is unique about the food you’ve developed for COMAL, the restaurant at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences? It’s a kitchen about Latin American culture. Latinos are fun, happy, full of culture and life. We want to reflect that culture, that life, and also showcase the diversity of our local ingredients. The restaurant is all about sharing the fun of Latino culture through great dishes and style. What is your favorite thing about the culinary scene in Los Cabos? I like the commitment to organic and local products. It’s also great to be able to support local fishers and engage respectfully with the environment. We are very considerate about where we source ingredients and I feel that is very admirable. I believe that Los Cabos is without a doubt the best tourist destination in Mexico and also showcases some of the best Mexican cuisines. What does your typical workday look like? I usually start at 8:30 AM and I never know what time it will end. But even with the long hours, I love what I do, so it doesn't really feel like work. Each day I have many responsibilities such as checking the food and product quality, working with suppliers, working on new dishes, finding new food trends, and reviewing the daily menu. I also need to review the mise en place with the chefs to be ready to execute on our daily plan. How do you like to spend your free time in Los Cabos? I like to read, to rest, and I enjoy the sunrises and sunsets of Baja. However, I also like to go off-roading, and I'm in the process of learning to dive. Another thing I enjoy is exploring the other culinary experiences in Los Cabos. What's the best advice you've ever received? Did you take it? "Be free and do what you like." It sounds simple, but it’s a powerful message. I do things for love, from a place of desire, and I try to give the best of myself in every situation. The rest comes naturally. Out of all the countries you've visited, which one has the most unique culinary scene? I absolutely love the culinary offerings in Mexico. From one Mexican city to the next, there are so many great culinary options. The United States also has an excellent culinary scene because of the cultural diversity and wide range of restaurants. While traveling in Europe, I was very impressed with Italy, Spain, and France.

Yvan Mucharraz MUCHARRAZ, who is fluent in three languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish), began cooking in the kitchen with his mom at the age of 15. Mucharraz attended culinary school in Mexico City and then began his career at La Bombilla under Chefs Yuri de Gortari and Edmundo Escamilla. Mucharraz honed skills in Mexican gastronomy and recipe development, showcasing his cuisine at conferences and festivals around the world in partnership with Mexican embassies. Mucharraz then worked under the famed Chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry, followed by a stint at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon under Chef Joel Robuchon. Mucharraz returned to Mexico inspired to use authentic Mexican ingredients with fresh new techniques. Mucharraz’s most recent posts were as Executive Chef at Esperanza and The Resort at Pedregal, Los Cabos. Today, Yvan Mucharraz brings his unique style of cooking, passion for regional Mexican ingredients to his role as Executive Chef at Chileno & Residences. 30Bay Resort EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

How do you spend a night on the town in Los Cabos? I like to share good conversation with friends and family. Like all good Chilango’s, I really like a good Taco too. I don’t drink a lot of alcohol, so fresh water, food and company are what I enjoy. What do you do to decompress? I exercise a lot. I’m usually in the gym by 6 AM. Even if I leave the restaurant late, I make sure to exercise in the mornings. Exercise makes me feel great, but it also helps to keep me focused. You’re cooking a meal for your closest friends and family. What would you make and why? Since I cook for a living, I prefer not to at home. But if friends and family came to the restaurant, I would work with seasonal, organic ingredients and cook what I felt most inspired by at the moment. It would all be family style, and I'd probably make some fresh Latin food like ceviches, tiraditos, with citrus and spicy flavors, using ingredients like cilantro, radish, and cucumbers. The best moments between family and friends happen in the house over meals, everyone working together, and I think I’d want it to be like that.

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By Alex Navarro LOS CABOS IS MANGO HEAVEN! And the mango season is upon us, being July and August the strongest months. We are blessed as every summer there is an abundance of mangos here, so while you are visiting try to get some mangos for yourself and enjoy this amazing fruit. Let me share some great information on mangos. There are over 400 varieties of mango trees on Earth, and estimates of over one thousand if you add all the hybridization varieties. The mango is classified as a juicy stone fruit and belongs to the genus Mangifera Indica which are mainly tropical fruit trees. This genus belongs to the family of flowering plants Anacardiaceae. The mango is indigenous to India where it has been part of their diet for over 4000 years. It is related to the pistachio, cashew and plum trees. The origin of the word Mango comes from its Sanskrit name which is am, which in turn means provisions, and later there was an adaptation of the Tamil name for the mango fruit, mang-kay. Furthermore, in 1498 during the spice trade between Portugal and Kerala in Malaysia, the English word for mango originated from the Malaysian word mānna or manga. The mango first spread from India all through Asia and the far east and then arrived in Acapulco, Mexico in 1775 when the Spanish galleons sailed their trade routes from the Philippines. After arriving in the Pacific coast of Mexico, it arrived one hundred years later in the Gulf of Mexico coast at the port of Veracruz coming from the British Antilles. The mango has been called the king of fruits for many reasons. It accounts

for over 35% of the worldwide tropical fruit consumption, the tree can grow over 35 meters tall, bear fruit in 4 years, and keep producing for as long as 50 years or more. There are also mango trees that can be 300 to 400 years old and some specimens still bear fruit. Every summer mango trees bear fruit, but some varieties give double crops. It is also the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines and the national tree of Bangladesh. It is said that the Mughal emperor Akbar planted over 100,000 thousand mango trees in Darbhanga, India. The goddess Ambika is always depicted sitting under a mango tree as well as the deity Ganesha is represented with a ripe mango in its hand, symbolizing the potential of attaining perfection. As I mentioned, here in Baja we are blessed to have an abundance of mangos in the summertime. Some varieties include Kent, Ataulfo also known as Manila. We also have mango Manzano, Criollo, Machete, Papayo and the outstanding Tempranero de Mayo which is ready early season. I like to eat them straight from the tree, but there are many recipes that can be made from mangos. Here in Cabo some of them are: mango turnovers or ‘’empanadas”, mango daiquiris or margaritas, mango ceviche, mango jam, mango smoothies, mango ice cream or popsicles, coconut shrimp with mango sauce, and many others. So make sure you try to get some mangos this vacation and of course if you can find some dehydrated mangos, they will make the perfect souvenir snack to take home or enjoy on the plane flight back. Enjoy!

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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.

The Secret MTB Trails of Todos Santos by Justin Porter Biel

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aised near the collegiate peaks in Colorado, I come from a community of mountain bikers. During my childhood riding a mountain bike was like skiing or hiking, it was just something you do. So when I moved to Baja in the summer of 2017, I brought my mountain bike along for the ride. I ended up settling in the Pueblo Magico of Todos Santos, and initially, I was looking forward to spending my free time at the beach instead of the mountains. The first few months in Baja, mountain biking remained an afterthought. The bike was only a mode of transportation; it’s off-road tires perfect for traveling the dirt, bumpy roads from the palapa where I lived to downtown Todos Santos and back. But as weeks turned to months, I began to have a craving to ride my bike. I mean, really ride – to pedal until my lungs burned, to dip and weave on single track, to explore my new desert surroundings atop an aluminum frame, shocks, and two wheels. Just as the cravings became unbearable, I also began to notice signs of a biking community around town; a sole rider on a full-suspension, a bike shop near an unexplored edge of town, a group of guys wearing team kits and cycling shoes grabbing coffee. Maybe I hadn’t been looking before, but now I was seeing all the signs. There looked to be a dedicated group of mountain bikers in Todos Santos, and they seemed to be having a lot of fun. So I went in search of reliable info on the local mountain biking scene. The first clues I got were from Dave Thompson, a life-long cyclist and bike shop owner from Arizona who has been coming to Baja for the last decade. Dave’s also the owner of Over The Edge, the local bike shop in Todos Santos that rents out the best 32

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mountain bikes in town. I will forever be grateful to Dave, for he was the first- person to open my eyes to the beautiful system of easily accessible trails that weave in and around Todos Santos. Armed with a few tips from Dave and a renewed excitement to ride, I began my exploration of the Todos Santos mountain biking scene. What I found utterly exceeded my expectations. Around Todos Santos, bikers will experience miles of lightly ridden single track matched to a variety of skill levels. The terrain ranges from cliffside ridge rides along the Pacific to rolling hills East of town, both of which offer gorgeous views of coastline, Todos Santos, and the Sierra Laguna Mountains. On the Tres Santos property alone, riders have access to thirty miles of single track that pass over dunes and through fields of massive Cardon cactuses. Though Tres Santos remains a topic of heated debate in the local community, the trail system they’ve built is surely a gift to visiting bikers and die-hard, local riding community. Instead of only spending time in town or at the beach, Mountain bikers coming to Todos Santos can (and should) spend a few days enjoying the local biking trails and community. To get started, check out the website for Dave Thompson’s “Over The Edge” bike shop. There are eight local trails listed, one of which is appropriately called "Dave's Trail." And if I had to guess, I would bet there are more trails to discover in this evolving, little known bike mecca of the Baja. For the best bike rentals in town or advice on the local trail system, stop by “Over The Edge” to talk with Dave and his stellar team. otesports.com/locations/todos-santos


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LOS CABOS

Giving Guide Cabo San Lucas / San José del Cabo

ENSEÑA POR MÉXICO A Ray of Hope for Quality Education by International Community Foundation

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he numbers clearly reflect the educational dilemma in Mexico: 40% of the population does not complete a basic education, and of the 31 million students currently enrolled in required education, approximately 5,000 students drop out of school every day. In fact, out of the 34 Organizations for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member states, Mexico recently ranked 34th when it came to education. This is unacceptable. But even for those students who remain in school, the quality of their education is a major concern. The government’s financial commitment to education in Mexico is low, with only 0.8% of the GDP going towards early childhood social investments. This leads to overcrowded classrooms and lack of textbooks, underpaid and unequipped teachers. The end result is lower quality of education, and learning outcomes. For example, only 40% of students who achieve a bachelor’s degree in Mexico have a level of reading comprehension that allows them to adequately understand and retain the content they are reading, and express relevant opinions or ideas. Despite these conditions, many civil society organizations and influential private and philanthropic players in Mexico are committed to improving access and quality of education for students of all ages. There are rays of hope for reform, thanks to organizations like Enseña Por México, 34

who are stepping up to change the education system from the inside. Enseña Por México’s mission is to empower young adults to improve educational outcomes in schools and become socially-conscious leaders in their future careers. As of 2018, they’ve managed to reach 60,000 students across Mexico with their methodology which embeds highly-trained teachers into low performing schools across 8 different states of Mexico. Currently 50 teachers are wrapping up their second year at 30 schools in La Paz, right here in Baja California Sur, benefitting over 7,500 students! As a member of Teach For All — a global network that strives to improve access to quality education — Enseña Por México trains and supports leaders in the education system. Like its prestigious and proven U.S. counterpart, Teach for America, the goal is to train young leaders who commit to two years of teaching in a low performing school. Unlike the typical public school teacher, Enseña Por México teachers use a one-to-one methodology, which encourages self-learning and soft skills development, bringing about a holistic transformation in the students in both their academic and social lives. The young leaders that Enseña Por México selects and trains are called PEMs, or “Teaching Professionals for Mexico”. These PEMs complete a rigorous leadership

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training while serving two years as teachers in underserved primary and secondary schools, and leading community-driven service activities alongside their students. The methodology emphasizes spending time with individual students, listening and responding to their needs, and real-world application, instead of the typical memorization and lecturing. To Enseña Por México and its PEMs, successful students are those who not only perform well academically, but those who also engage with their community, improve study habits and demonstrate improvements in their behavior and personal lives. Ultimately, Enseña Por México strives to foster a transformation that is personal, social, and educational for every student — and every teacher! Enseña Por México’s committed teachers can’t transform the educational system without the support of generous donors. In 2018, the International Community Foundation (ICF) and our donors are currently supporting Enseña Por México in La Paz and are working to expand the program to Los Cabos and the San DiegoTijuana border region. To learn more about how to support these efforts please contact Program officer, Eliza Brennan: eliza@icfdn. org or US Tel: 619-336-2250.

Amigos de Los Niños 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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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 Jr. winner Kirra Pinkerton

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LOS CABOS OPEN OF SURF OFFICAL MUSIC EVENT

– El Merkado and the Koral Center hosted the official Los Cabos Open of Surf musical event on Friday, June 15, featuring the exciting return of Latin Grammy award winning band: Los Amigos Invisibles! 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. Band members Julio Briceño (a.k.a. "Chulius"), José Rafael Torres (a.k.a. "Catire"), and Juan Manuel Roura (a.k.a. "Mamel" or "Mamulo") rocked the house with fan favorite songs including the popular hit " "Mentiras." @koralcenter @elmerkadocabo

LOS CABOS OPEN OF SURF COMPETION – The 2018 Los Cabos Open of Surf (LCOOS) was a World Surf League Women's Qualifying Series 6,000 and Jr. Pro Event for boys and girls under 18 years old. The main event was held June 11-17 at the world-famous Zippers surf spot in San Jose Del Cabo. This year's contest was extra eventful with the arrival of Tropical Storm Bud bringing huge swells and rain to a state that rarely sees storms this early in the season. Surfing was temporarily suspended on Wednesday afternoon due to unsafe surf conditions and resumed again Friday after the storm had passed. Caroline Marks, the youngest surfer ever to qualify for the women's championship tour made history this year taking home the WSL Women's 6000 title and check for $10,000USD. Caroline battled it out in the finals against Kauai born Tatiana Weston-Webb who walked away with 2nd place. The Jr. Pro Men and Women's top spots went to Crosby Colapinto and Kirra Pinkerton, both from San Clemente, California. Zoë McDougall from North Shore, Oahu was the 2018 Alana Blanchard Foundation Challenge winner. Alana Blanchard also returned to the competition this year after taking a year off to give birth to her new baby boy named Banks. Destino Los Cabos was a proud sponsor of the 2018 Los Cabos Open of Surf! @loscabosopenofsurf

Jr. Winner Crosby Colapinto. Photo by @Marvillela.

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VICEROY LOS CABOS HOTEL PARTY TACO TUESDAYS AT CASA CALAVERA

– Taco Tuesday just got more exciting thanks to Casa Calavera developed by the Hakkasan Group. Every Tuesday starting at 5:00pm, enjoy all you can eat tacos for $450MX, plus buy one get one free national beers and margaritas. They also have live music from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. My coworker Ali and I got the chance to experience Taco Tuesday in one of the best seats in the house, overlooking the Sea of Cortez. We sampled most of the 15 taco options on theirspecial Taco Tuesday menu along with their eight specialty margarita flavors. Although everything we tasted was top notch, our favorite picks were the Costra de Arrachera (flank steak, crispy cheese, salsa verde) and the Costilla BBQ (pulled bbq ribs, caramelized red onion), along with the Ginger Beet or Juicy Margarita. Casa Calavera is a beachside restaurant featuring traditional Mexican calavera art and an authentic Día de los Muertos theme. Their website explains the concept for the restaurant, "Inspired by the seasons and prepared based on deep-rooted family traditions & techniques, Casa Calavera creatively combines authentic Mexican cooking techniques, recipes, and ingredients with a contemporary, innovative and sophisticated twist, highlighting the true melting pot of México that is Baja." Casa Calavera is open 11:00am to 11:00pm, seven days a week inside Vidanta Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo. @casacalaveraloscabos

– The new Viceroy Los Cabos (formally Mar Adentro) opened its doors for a private press cocktail event on Thursday, June 4 following their official grand opening on May 23. I was invited to tour the newly remodeled and rebranded property, originally designed by renowned Mexican architect Miguel Ángel Aragonés. Guests will notice a new lobby, the addition of a pool and bar just steps from the beach, as well as the expansion and remodeling of its spa and fitness center. Two of the four on-site restaurants will also be renovated including a swanky rooftop restaurant/bar to be completed this fall. The beachfront property houses 194 rooms situated in a series of buildings connected by elevated walkways and surrounded by water. Resort amenities include a movie theater for movie screenings, versatile meeting spaces, as well as vibrant restaurants and bars. Viceroy Los Cabos recently won Luxury Travel Advisor's "Most Instagrammable Hotel" contest thanks to Instagram-worthy photos spots like the restaurant Nidito (which means "Little Nest") overlooking the infinity beach pool. Viceroy Los Cabos joins the Viceroy Icon Collection of properties including hotels and resorts in Beverly Hills, Chicago, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Riviera Maya, Snowmass and St. Lucia, with several more properties coming soon. @viceroyloscabos

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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

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

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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

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

Beach Blu

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Columbia Export Group

MX +52 (624) 131 3330 US +1 Toll Free (855) 877 2226 www.windermereloscabos.com

Frank Arnold Art

SPAS/FITNESS

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

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Cabo Wabo

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

MX +52 (624) 144 3231 US +1 (650) 761 2226 www.theparaisoresidences.com

Windermere Real Estate

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

Cabo Fitness Club

+52 (624) 688-6720

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I.O. Domani

iodomani.com The Velvet Box

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

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

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

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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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

Every year on the 4th of July, Los Cabos helps its large community of American tourists and ex-pats celebrate United States’ Independence Day with a mesmerizing firework show on Medano Beach. You can also find red, white and blue themed parties all over town. If you happen to be in Cabo San Lucas on the 4th, head on down to the beach at sunset or find yourself a table at one the many rooftop bars or beach restaurants near Medano Beach and enjoy the show!

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RETO TRAVIS MTB 2018

The 6th edition of Reto Travis MTB, the State Mountain Biking Championship, will be held in La Paz, Baja California Sur on Sunday, July 8, from 7:00am to 1:00pm, brought to you by Travis Bike. This year there will be a girls and boys category for children ages 2-4 years. Registration is free and there will be educational prizes for the participants. Don’t miss this fun event the whole family can enjoy! @ciclismotravisbike

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14TH ANNUAL DORADO SHOOT OUT

The 14th annual East Cape Dorado Shoot Out will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Van Wormer Resorts in Los Barriles. This is one of the largest fishing tournaments in Baja California Sur with an average turnout of 130 teams each year. This year the contest will be giving away more than $200,000USD in cash and prices and the winning team will walk away with a brand new 2018 4x4 Volkswagen Amarok truck. Registration starts at Palmas De Cortez on July 19 through 20 from 4:00pm8:00pm. Teams can also register in La Paz on July 10 at BajaMark Fishing Tackle Shop in La Paz, or on July 12 at Puerto Los Cabos in San Jose Del Cabo from 6:00pm-8:00pm. All teams must check in and register at one of the above locations to participate in this year’s tournament. If you've never participated in a fishing tournament, this is a great one to start with. Low entry fee, big prizes and a very straight forward format. Catch a dorado, weigh a dorado, have a beer. For more information call (877) 777-8862 or visit vanwormerresorts.com. @vanwormerresorts

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MANGO FESTIVAL TODOS SANTOS

Started in 2007, the Todos Santos Mango Festivalhas been a long time favorite for locals and families visiting the Baja. This year’s festival will return to Todos Santos on July 28 through 31.If you think you know a thing or two about Mangos, think again. Mangos are abundant inBaja California Sur and the festival celebrates this delicious

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fruit with a variety of mouthwatering dishes to sample including Mangate, a dessert typical of the region. Destino Los Cabos will post more information about the event on our Facebook page @DestinoMagazine as it becomes available.

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MIFEL ABIERTO DE TENIS LOS CABOS

The 3rd edition of the Mifel Abierto de Tenis Los Cabos, also known as the Mifel Los Cabos Open of Tennis presented by Cinemax, will be held on July 30 through August 4, at the Cabo del Mar tennis courts in Cabo San Lucas. The tournament is an ATP250 with 28 participating singles players and 16 doubles. Previous winners include Croatian Ivo Karlovic and American Sam Querrey. Ticket prices range from $390MX to $8,900MX for a 6-day platinum package. Visit abiertoloscabos.com for more information and tickets! Tickets can also be purchased in person at Cabo del Mar or Koral Concierge in San Jose del Cabo. @AbiertoLosCabos


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BISBEE’S EAST CAPE OFFSHORE TOURNAMENT

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EVENTS MONDAY - FRIDAY: Oyster Hour at Herringbone Los Cabos Take in the seaside views and ocean breeze each weekday from 5:00 -7:00 pm as you dip into $2 oysters and clams paired with small bite and cocktail specials. 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

The Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Fishing Tournament returns on Wednesday August 1 through Friday August 3 outside Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort in Los Barriles. The shotgun start happens at 7:00am each day and fishing lines must be out of the water by 4:00pm. The weigh station viewing area is open daily on the beach in front of Hotel Buena Vista. Registration begins on Tuesday, July 31, with the distribution of team bags, a Captain’s meeting, and kick-off cocktail party. The tournament concludes with an awards ceremony from 7:00pm to 9:00pm on Saturday, August 4. July 31 is also the last day to enter the tournament. This year the Bisbee family is sadly mourning the loss of Bob Bisbee, who passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 14th in Dallas, Texas. A statement from the Bisbee family explains "Bob was born on March 6, 1933 in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. He moved to California in 1958 where he met and married his wife of 58 years, Aina, in 1960. Orange County was his home for the following decades where much of this time he could always be found at his fuel dock and tackle store on Balboa Island in Newport Harbor. In the mid-60s, this SoCal fishing and boating connection led him to many personal and business ventures in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, which became his favorite place on earth. It is also where he created and maintained the majority of his life-long and numerous friendships. Bob is best known and respected for founding the Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament in Cabo San Lucas, now in its 38th year." For more information visit www.bisbees.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.

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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! Endless Sunday Brunch at Herringbone Los Cabos Indulge from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm in seaside views and live music as you dine on delectable dishes including daily offerings inspired by locally caught seafood and shellfish from the raw bar, a variety of local seasonal fruit and vegetable plates from the farm table, and a selection of delicious tapas style dishes from the kitchen. EVERY DAY: Omnia Dayclub Los Cabos Doors Open at 11:00 am.

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ROADTRIP TO LA PAZ - Southern Baja's Laid Back Capital  

Family Fun in Los Cabos: Zip lines, ATV's, Parasailing, and more! It's MANGO time!

ROADTRIP TO LA PAZ - Southern Baja's Laid Back Capital  

Family Fun in Los Cabos: Zip lines, ATV's, Parasailing, and more! It's MANGO time!

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