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BAJA 101 Destinations Useful Information Activities Maps THE LEGEND OF BAJA CALIFORNIA CUISINE DISCOVER Must Sea Beaches Los Cabos Wildlife: Hanging with Sea Lions Surf lessons in September Pueblo Mágico: Exploring the Pueblo with Black Sheep Motorsports CULTURE Expat Chronicles: One Year in Baja Giving Back: Reducing Food Waste Baja Voices: Seth Vazquez Cuevas IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Global Altruism Foundation OUT & ABOUT Social Cabo Spanish Lesson Directory COUPONS Events Instaworthy

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September is Mexico's month. We celebrate the anniversary of our independence from Spain on September 15th (contrary to the belief that our Independence day is on May 5th - "Cinco de Mayo"). September is also the month in which restaurants offer the delicious chile en nogada, a sweeter version of the classic chile relleno. Be sure to try one while you're visiting, I recommend the one they have at Tropicana Inn in San José del Cabo. We invite you to celebrate with us by embracing this wonderful culture; try some new food, learn some new words in Spanish, talk to the locals and do something you've never done. ¡Viva México! 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?

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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 highway you can find various hotels, luxury ocean front homes, and championship golf courses. 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 del Cabo 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 snorkeling 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 waisthighwater 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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usef ul inf ormat ion 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 (866): 00 + 1 + 883 + phone number To a 1 (888): 00 + 1 + 881 + phone number To a 1 (855): 00 + 1 + 884 + phone number To a 1 (877): 00 + 1 + 882 + 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 or 911 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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THINGS TO DO 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.

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

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SNORKELING

Prepare yourself for an incredible show of nature as you swim side by side with colorful 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 snorkeling. 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 snorkeling 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 Jet Ski 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 you feel the need for speed, but also want to cool down, renting jet skis is a perfect option. Rent them at any place along Medano Beach and cruise around the bay! 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 cactus gardens at 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 below. 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 below. 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 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 levels. 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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Baja California SuR By W. Scott Koenig

Chocolate clams (Almejas Chocolatas) can be found throughout the Sea of Cortez

Tales of Tradition from Coastal Mexico and Beyond

This year from August 17-19, the Conservatory for Gastronomic Culture in México (CCGM) presented the sixth annual World Forum on Mexican Cuisine (FMGM) in Long Beach, California. In past years, the conference was hosted in Mexico but is being held in the US this year to recognize the culinary relationship between the two countries. The FMGM is designed to highlight and celebrate the traditional cuisine of Mexico’s various regions and help gain support for their listing as UNESCO “Intangible Cultural Heritage Assets” — a lofty yet achievable goal (the cuisine of Michoácan has already been granted status).

Some say if you haven't had a fish taco you haven't been to Baja

Naturally, central Mexican regions with centuries-old pre-Hispanic and Spanish influences are well represented at the FMGM by chefs, traditional cocineras (female cooks), exhibitors, vendors and “Slow Food” producers. Regions such as Oaxaca, Michoácan and the State of Mexico and their traditional, often preHispanic staples such as mole, uchepos (a tamal of sweet corn from Michoacan) and tlayudas (a large tortilla covered in lard, refried beans, quesillo and various meats from Oaxaca) are widely on display and available to sample from the cocineras every day of the FMGM during lunch. But Mexico’s coastal regions – from where much of the cuisine in Baja California Sur is derived — are also represented at the culinary conference. An exhibitor from the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz offers a sample of organic olives – which the Spanish introduced to the region – used in the preparation of the famous dish huachinango a la Veracruzana (red snapper baked with olives, garlic, tomatoes, onions and jalepeños). A cook demonstrates how to grill a flank steak from the state of Sonora, where ranchers

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and producers mirror the cuts and practices of US beef producers just across the border. Representatives from the state of Sinaloa demonstrate the art of making aguachile (shrimp “cooked” in citrus with the addition of chilis), a technique derived from Asian immigrants who arrived on the Pacific coast in the 20th century. Over time, coastal Mexican food traditions made their way to Baja California Sur. The Spanish were the initial influence in the region when Jesuit missionaries arrived in the southern peninsula in the 17th century and introduced agriculture and livestock. Their food traditions blended with those of the indigenous farmers, often of preHispanic heritage, forming the basis for many of the ingredients still in use today including seafood, cheese, corn, beans, squash, tomatoes and chilis. Influences from Sinaloa and Sonora: Mexican coastal cuisine is rich in history and informed by immigrant culture and tastes steeped in the evolution of the land and seas – the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez – from which its ingredients are borne. “In the 1930’s, the economies of Sonora and Sinaloa boomed when their agriculture changed from artisanal to becoming a truly modern activity,” according to Carlos Valdez, chef and owner of Tatanka Baja Fish & Steakhouse in La Paz and Buffalo Grill in Puebla. Valdez continues, “During this time, dams were being built to irrigate those vast lands, and people from Spain, Yugoslavia, Germany, Italy, Japan, China and the US were emigrating to these areas of Mexico to avoid any confrontation with WWII, thereby contributing to the culinary landscape. That mixture of cultures comingled with the traditional cuisine of northern Mexico and a new style of cooking was born.” “At that time, Baja California was considered distant, rural and somewhat


exotic.” Valdez explains. “When people from southern Sonora saw the potential for agriculture in the Valley of Santo Domingo, a real immigration of Sonorenses and Sinaloenses occurred and they brought their traditional gastronomic cultures with them. Northern Mexican dishes combined with European influence, the fishermen’s kitchen and a sprinkle of Asian touches that would create a new style — Southern Baja California cuisine.” Examples of the influences from Mexico’s Pacific coast can be found at restaurants such as Valdez’s Tatanka in La Paz where the menu ranges from delicate tiraditos (thinly-sliced fish “cooked” in citrus) to hearty grilled steaks of Sonoran beef. When he’s in town, the chef enjoys local seafood joint Mc-Fishers for fish tacos, ceviches and tostadas. Mexico’s most famous chef, Enrique Olvera from Mexico City’s famed Pujol, recently opened Manta in Cabo San Lucas, where he designed the menu to reflect the tradition of the country’s Pacific coast with those of his native central Mexico — and added a pinch of Asian and Peruvian for good measure. Think black miso fish tacos, organic chicken with a side of Peruvian aji amarillo salsa or a mushroom tamal bathed in mole Amarillo with bok choy. At restaurant CARBÓNCABRÓN in Cabo San Lucas, Sonoran-born chef Poncho Cadena and his staff prepare grilled specialties for diners seated in a room sectioned off by walls of oak and mesquite logs, eventually used in the kitchen’s open-fire grill. Cuisine from the Gulf of Mexico: While Sinaloa and Sonora are the primary influences on cooks throughout southern Baja California, the cuisine of the Mexico’s Gulf Coast is also present in many of the region’s seafood dishes. Any mariscos restaurant worth its weight in seafood will have fish prepared in the style of Veracruz on its menu. According to culinary website LaMesa. com, “The Gulf Region, particularly the port city of Veracruz, plays on the lightness and freshness of seafood; shellfish and delicate, white fish with peppery herbs and sweet fruits. The cuisine native to this region uses the seafood’s natural richness and marries it with chili sauces and snaps of mango. Veracruz was established by the Spanish in 1519, and the cuisine developed as a blending of indigenous, French,

Spanish, African and Indian cultures.” “The indigenous people cultivated corn, squash and rice for centuries along with the natural treasures of the land (vanilla, seafood). Afro-Caribbean influence is found in the zesty flavors of citrus and nuts. The Spanish brought spices and flavors that Americans think of as Mexican (sweet potatoes, plantains), along with herbs like cilantro, parsley and thyme. The seafood that comes from the Gulf of Mexico includes shrimp, oysters, red snapper, conch, and octopus, and an array of white fish.” †

A traditional cocinera checks her mole at the FMGM

Examples of dishes from Mexico’s Gulf Coast can be found at Mariscos el Jarocho in Cabo San Lucas, whose cooks specialize in preparing food al estilo de Veracruz. Northern and Baja California wine country cuisine: The most modern influence on the dining scene in Baja California Sur occurred as recently as the early 2000’s — when the local wine country cuisine that took root in northern California in the 80’s and 90’s caught on in Baja California’s wine country, the Valle de Guadalupe. Often referred to as farm-to-table dining, these new cuisines dictate the use of only the freshest, most local ingredients available. When wine country cuisine made the jump across the southern border into Mexico, chefs began experimenting with recipes that combined decidedly Mexican, Asian and most notably, Mediterranean influences. Today, there are at least half a dozen restaurants practicing farm-to-table restaurants in Baja California Sur. These include Hortaliza Hierbabuena in el Pescedero, celebrity chef Javier Plascencia’s Jazamango in Todos Santos and the popular Flora’s Field Kitchen and Restaurante Los Tamarindos in San Jose del Cabo. In La Paz, Las Tres Virgenes takes it a step further as chef Jesus Chávez – whose previous experience included managing Plascencia’s kitchen at Casa Plascencia in Tijuana – was directly involved the rise of Baja California cuisine to the north. *

Scallops with granny smith apples and avocado puree at MANTA

† SOURCE: www.lamesa.com: Gulf of Mexico Coastal Cuisine EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA The dining room at CARBÓNCARBÓN

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Lovers' 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.

Medano

Imagine floating in a turquoise bay with coral colored sand, snorkeling 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: Snorkeling visibility is often better in the mornings and you’ll avoid the mid-day snorkel tours. Bring snorkeling 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 in La Paz (the State's Capital) 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 north-east side and you will find the famous “mushroom rock.” You won’t regret visiting Playa Balandra! Location: A two hour drive from Cabo San Lucas. Once you're in La Paz, 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. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

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Hanging out with Sea LionS in Baja California by Katia Silva Marine Biologist and Guide at Cabo Trek California sea lions live in shallow waters of the eastern North Pacific Ocean in the coastal waters and on beaches, docks, buoys, and jetties. They are playful, intelligent, and very vocal (sounding like barking dogs). Like all marine mammals, they are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). Their population has been increasing since at least 1975, after protections were put in place under the MMPA. Adult females and juveniles are slender-bodied and are blonde to tan in color. Adult males are generally larger than females and are mostly dark brown to black in color. Pups are dark brown at birth and weigh about 16 pounds. When pups are 4 to 5 months old, they molt their dark brown coats for light brown or silver coats. California sea lions have broad front flippers and long, narrow snouts. Subadult and adult males have pronounced forehead crests crowned with tufts of blonde or lighter hair. California sea lions have visible ear flaps, and three to five claws on their hind flippers. They feed mainly offshore in coastal areas and eat a variety of prey—such as squid, anchovies, mackerel, rockfish, and sardines—found in upwelling areas. They also may take fish from commercial fishing gear, sport fishing lines, and fish passage facilities at dams and rivers. They are very social on land and in the water, but during the breeding season the males aggressively defend their territories and females fight other females to protect their pups. California sea lion males bark like dogs to communicate with other males and females. Females and pups communicate using vocalizations that are unique to the female and pup. Each pup and female has a unique scent that also identifies them. A female can locate her pup among hundreds of others by her pup’s vocalization. When she finds her pup, she smells it as a final check. One common behavior called “rafting” is when they hold their flippers above the water for a long time, motionless, to rest and regulate their body temperature. Especially in the next months when the temperature of the water starts to get warmer. Feeding or trying to feed them is harmful and illegal, because it changes their natural behaviors and makes them less wary of people and vessels. The opportunity to swim, snorkel and dive with sea lions in La Paz and Cabo San Lucas is unique and amazing! More than 400 sea lions call the Sea of Cortez home. You’ll find playful animals on most dives in the area.* 24

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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 Not to be outdone by the weather in the U.S., we here in Baja Sur are suffering from one of our own hottest summers in recent memory; this gives us one more good reason to spend as much time as possible on the water, even though the fishing currently is more about quality than quantity. Simply stated, it’s “bucket list time!” At Loreto there was a head-turning 302-pound yellowfin tuna caught recently, one of the largest so far this summer. Add to that the other monster tuna taken this year off Loreto weighing up to 424.6 pounds, and it’s enough to convince you that’s the place to go tuna-shopping. The striped marlin, dorado and some leftover winter yellowtail are around for the taking as well. Inshore, around the many islands in the area, there has been excellent roosterfish action. And bottom fishing for cabrilla and grouper along with other rockfish has been outstanding. The La Paz and Los Arenas areas are in full summertime mode as yellowfin tuna to over 100 pounds are frequently intimidating unsuspecting anglers. Again, it has been one of the best roosterfish seasons in years, plus the return of dorado that have been MIA in the previous few years have added to the excitement of the anglers. From La Paz to the tip of Baja, wahoo have come alive this month. While not the jumbo variety, they are nice-sized and hungry; their steaks are a top contender for almost everyone’s dinner plate. The huge pargo is another remarkable trophy fish that has been a frequent visitor to the scales at the hotels in the East Cape area. With most of them weighing more than 50 pounds, in addition to being tough fire-engine red fighters, they are one of the best-eating bottom fish in Baja! The big gamefish tournaments have already begun and huge blue and black marlin are the primary targets. August kicked off with the first of the Bisbee series, the East Cape Offshore (ECO). The remaining two Bisbee’s as well as other events will be held in October in Los Cabos. The ECO held in East Cape’s Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort, where billfish over 300 pounds is the minimum weight, has kicked off with a bang! The largest in the Billfish Category on the first day was a 538-pound black marlin and in the Gamefish Category, the largest dorado was an impressive 50.5-pounds -- one of the largest dorado taken this season in the area. Rounding out the top

catches for the event so far was a 102-pound yellowfin tuna. At Puerto Los Cabos, the beaches on both sides of the entrance jetty have been producing jack crevalle and roosterfish for surfcasters, as well as the prized black or white snook that often put on a show in this area. Offshore, the banks are loaded with bait, which in turn is attracting yellowfin tuna from football-size to several hundred pounds. Adding to the excitement is the seasonal arrival of black and blue marlin that usually hang around until November. With the water temps continuing to climb into the mid80s, it is a safe bet that more sailfish will arrive soon. There already have been some released on both the Sea of Cortez side as well as the Pacific side. Staying closer to shore, from Cape Rocks to Cabo Falso, smaller pangas are finding plenty of skipjack, small tuna and dorado to add to the roosterfish and jack crevalle weighing up to 50 pounds. Not to be ignored is the excellent bottom fishing action at pinnacles up above Cabo Falso producing snapper, grouper and a few cabrilla. This is always a great way to have a super-fresh fish dinner prepared at your hotel or at the restaurants in town. Now’s your chance to add to your personal catch list! Boats, Captains and fish – they are all waiting for you...*

With most of them weighing more than 50 pounds, in addition to being tough fire- engine red fighters, they are one of the best-eating bottom fish in Baja!

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by Alex Navarro, Los Cabos Adventure Expert

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elcome to Los Cabos! We are very happy that you are visiting here in this wonderful month of September and hope you have a very memorable vacation. To start, let me tell you that I am having an amazing time this month because this time of year we have many Mexican festivities and great waves, and most importantly because my son is living with me for the next 3 months or so. He is thirteen and we got him a surfboard for his birthday, and therefore I am beginning to teach him how to surf. So I thought it would be a cool idea to share with you in this page the basic structure of a surf lesson and other fundamental things about beginning to surf. I also hope this article helps motivate you to try surfing if you have never tried it. Plus, the really cool thing about Cabo is that we have great surf instructors and surf schools that offer the best lessons and equipment. My intention here is just to give you some preliminary information so that if you decide to reserve and take a proper surf lesson with an instructor, you will have some fundamental surf concepts already reviewed. By the way, the best spots for learning to surf are Cerritos beach on the Pacific Ocean side and Costa Azul in Cabo. Both areas offer a great experience and the best guides and schools. Some general suggestions prior to doing a surf lesson are to get a good night sleep, eat nutritiously and light, stretch or do yoga, and do a few squats and push ups. A surf lesson can be divided into three parts: oce an environment, theory and practice. In an ocean environment you learn and go over the environment you will be surfing in. For example, type of surf break, wave and beach, swell and ocean conditions, entry channel to wave break, currents and rip tides, hazards, reefs and rocks, other surfers and their surfboards, and sea life in the area. In theory you go over your equipment and its parts, and the actual theoretical surf lesson on land where things are explained. And in practice you perform some surfing techniques on land, go in the water with your surf instructor, and try catching waves by doing what has been taught to you.

Going a little more in detail, the type of surf break could be a point break, beach break, sand break or a reef break, etc. The wave could be a right wave or left wave, or A-frame (or peak) goes both to the right and to the left. The size of the wave is also considered. The conditions could be low, medium or high tide, with tide coming in or going out, with glassy water or choppy water and no wind or low or high wind, etc. There could be a small swell or a large swell coming from the south or the north or northwest, depending on the time of year and the weather conditions like storms or hurricanes near or far away. Continuing, the parts of a surfboard are the nose, the tail, the bottom, the top (or deck), the rails, the rocker

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(which is the curvature of the board), the stringer (which is a wood strip added for stiffness and strength), the fins, the leash and the traction pad on some surfboards. Depending on your height, weight and fitness, your surf instructor will select the correct board for you where you will execute some techniques on land like: paddling technique and positioning on board, pop up and surf stance. Most likely he or she will select you a longboard or foamboard. You will also go over the famous turtle dive which is used to pass a wave that breaks on you when you are using a longboard or foamboard. On the other hand, the duck dive technique to pass waves will be used when surfing on a shortboard as you progress in your skills and abilities. Maybe now is a good time to briefly go over what types of surfboards exist. The main ones are the shortboard also called thruster, the fish, the funboard, the hybrid, the gun, and the longboard and foamboard which are the ones that are usually used for learning as I have mentioned above. Furthermore, after waxing the top of your surfboard, attaching the leash to your ankle and putting on your surf gear and protection like a rash guard, wetsuit, surf cap, sun protector, and even surf booties sometimes; you will then enter the water with your instructor after reading the swell, waves and environmental factors like other surfers, rocks, etc., as also mentioned above. Now you will be guided by him or her and start doing all that you have learned during the lesson like paddling, turtle diving, positioning to catch a wave, catching a wave, riding a wave, eventually making turns on a wave and finally finishing a wave or falling off safely. Many times your instructor will grab your board from the tail when you are paddling to try to catch a wave and give you a precise push and steer you in the proper direction as well. This is a great help in achieving to catch and standing up on your first wave. Lets review some things and add other basic points of a complete surf lesson: • General safety: ocean environment. Learn about the beach you will surf and its potential hazards. Wave size, general conditions, etc. • Know everything about your equipment and using it: learn the parts of a surfboard and practice some techniques on land so that you can control your surfboard in the surf. • Paddling technique: how to balance on a surfboard while paddling. Find your proper positioning when you paddle the surfboard from a belly down position. • Standing up on a surfboard: proper technique, riding stance, arm position, how to stop the surfboard in a controlled manner, how to dismount off your surfboard and how to fall off safely which is usually landing flat on the water (parallel to the water). • Turning the surfboard: how to complete single and multiple turns on the face of the wave from a standing up position by using the rails of the surfboard. • Types of surf breaks: identify the types of surf breaks. • Identifying rideable waves and positioning to catch a wave in the best possible spot and time: learn to read a wave, learn to identify the peak, learn where

to position yourself. Some parts of the wave are the peak, the face, the bottom, the front, the back, the close out, the foam or white wash, the tube and the line. Waves can be measured in feet or meters and are usually measured from the back side. • Sitting on a surfboard: how to turn the board from a sitting position in order to position yourself to catch a wave. Balance on your surfboard from a sitting position. • Paddling out into the line-up: read the surf break, know where to paddle out into the lineup Surfing etiquette: be able to identify who has priority, learn the priority system for riding waves, understand what to do when you don’t have priority, learning how to keep yourself and others safe. • Being a smart surfer: know your limits and be able to recognize conditions and/or surf breaks that are or are not suitable for your ability level. All of this you will learn initially with your surf instructor, but over time you should be able to keep learning to surf by yourself. Surfing is a great challenge and for sure one of the most difficult sports to learn, but the rewards are like no other when you catch a wave. And also, the cool thing about surfing is that you can do it with your family members and loved ones. I feel blessed to be spending time teaching my son how to surf and he is having a blast too. The other really cool thing about surfing is that when you go surf you also get some beach time to hang out and set up an umbrella, and enjoy the sand and sea. Make this visit to Cabo perfect and unforgettable by starting to learn how to surf in this magical surf town, and also taking in all the Mexican festivities that we celebrate every year during September. Maybe also try some traditional meals and dishes of Mexico. Some of my favorites are: chiles en nogada (stuffed peppers with ground beef and diced fruits covered with a pecan sauce, and topped with fresh granada fruit), pollo con mole (chicken with sweet and spicy nut sauce), huevos a la Mexicana (scrambled eggs with green chile peppers, usually serrano pepper, diced white onions, and diced tomato), this being the three colors of the Mexican flag (green, white and red) accompanied with corn tortillas, huevos rancheros (two fried eggs, sunny side up, on top of two fried corn tortillas, all bathed in green or red salsa), ceviche (fish cured in lime with diced vegetables on a corn tostada or corn chips), tacos (all type of tacos from fish to shrimp to beef and pork), tequila with lime and salt, Mezcal with orange slices and worm salt, agua de jamaica (hibiscus water) and agua the horchata (rice water). All right! Enjoy! See you in the waves! And VIVA MEXICO!*


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P U E B LO M ÁG I CO : To d o s S a ntos 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.

With Black Sheep Motorsports

Photo courtesy www.blacksheepmotorsports.com.mx

by Justin Porter Biel

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et on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific, the Pueblo Magico of Todos Santos is the perfect place for travelers who want to get off the beaten path. It’s what Cabo used to be – a quiet town on the tip of the Baja Peninsula that feels lost in time. It’s a region where large rolling hills, desert vistas, and Cardon cactuses still outnumber hotels ten to one. That sense of wildness is what makes Todos Santos unique, and travelers who come here are usually the kind seeking a bit of adventure. The landscape around Todos Santos is rugged and vast. A series of dirt roads crisscross the region from the beaches sandy shores to the foothills outside town, all the way to the base of Sierra Laguna Mountains. For most visitors, much of Todos Santos’ appeal lies in exploring natural the landscape and raw beauty in the surrounding desert. But the area to explore is huge, and the trails to get there are rugged, and even if you had a vehicle that was desert ready, how would you know where to go? Lucky for you, local tour operator Black Sheep Motorsports has solved these problems and more. Started by Todos Santos resident Ryan Gay, Black Sheep Motorsports offers UTV and ATV rentals for anyone looking for a one-of-a-kind off-road Baja adventure. Sure, there are other ATV rental services in Baja, but Black Sheep Motorsports has created something unique. Black Sheep offers self-guided tours with the top of the line UTV and ATV off- road machines, taking adventure seekers to a part of Baja most tourists never get to see. Offering two-seat and four-seat models, helmets, and emergency communication equipment, Black Sheep Motorsports offer everything you need, including a GPS system that tracks your progress on pre-mapped trails. Black Sheep Motorsports offers four single day tours, and each option is different. On the "Dam Tour," travelers will explore local desert surroundings,

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passing cactuses that are over 100 years old, and end at a dam with phenomenal views. For the more adventurous, the “Waterfall Tour” includes a four-wheel section through the Sierra’s followed by a two-hour hike to a waterfall. The “El Triunfo Tour” leads you to an old mining town, a historic site that is home to a smokestack built by Gustave Eiffel. Last but not least, the “Los Naranjos Tour” is a five-hour tour all about exploring terrain paired with phenomenal views. Before recommending a trail, Gay likes to speak with each client personally to understand their needs, as each tour offers a different experience. For example, the waterfall tour is excellent for people looking to get break up the drive with some exercise, while the El Triunfo tour is good for families because there's a break for lunch and historical sites to visit along the way. But when driving and adrenaline is the primary objective, the "Los Naranjos Tour" is the only way to go. “The Los Naranjos tour has the most terrain changes coupled with the best views,” said Gay. “You really get to feel what these cars are capable of through this trail.” If one day screaming down the dirt roads of Baja isn't enough, check out Black Sheep's five days, four-nights guided trip on the Southern Baja Loop. It’s a close as you can get to the Baja 500, and a sure way to make friends and family jealous. Travel is about exploration, about pushing the limits and experiencing something new. No one in Baja understands this better than Black Sheep Motorsports. Do you hear that? It’s the road calling. Now all you need is the right set of wheels. *


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O NE YEA R IN by Justin Porter Biel

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hat does one year in Baja look like?

It looks like three different houses. The brick-walled structure with the palapa roof that stayed cool even in summer, the apartment beside the cemetery with the colorful headstones, the house near the Poblano chili farm with the five dogs. It looks like suitcases packed and unpacked, your items hidden inside other people’s closets, homes that were cozy, but only yours for a time. It looks like travelling light, your office consisting of a notebook and a computer inside a worn leather bag. It looks like a new world. Like a colonial town in the desert built around a brick plaza and a yellow Catholic church. Like walking on cobblestone streets holding onto a Rose, passing pastel-colored buildings draped in Bougainvillea. It looks like pescaderia’s with barrel-chested owners, carneceria’s with hanging beef, restaurants in palm orchards with fruit slices in their drinks. It looks like tacos de pulpo, camarones, carne e pollo, ceviches, tamale’s, margaritas e mescal. It looks like hot sands, spotted woodpeckers nesting in Cardon cactuses and miles of emptiness. It looks life on a rogue peninsula, a dagger of land splitting oceans and seas. It looks like adventure. Beaches, dirt roads, cliff sides, waterfalls, whale sharks, flying rays, countless waves. A car permanently filled with sand and windows tinted by dirt. A two-man tent under the stars staked beside the glow of a fire. It looks like bioluminescence exploding under your feet, surfboards stacked on the sands of an eastern cape, a coffee-skinned woman swimming beneath a waterfall. It looks like a new normal. Nights with a shaman. Energy work. Chewing sacred leaves. Tobacco smoke rising from the volcanic coals of a temescal. A man chanting indigenous tones. The sight and sounds of roosters in the morning, a break in the distance, a pack of dogs in the night. It looks like words on a page painting smiles, laughter and tears. It looks like slowing down, whether you like it or not, the temperature of always summer lulling you into bouts of contemplation. It looks like your life’s timeline stretching out over the sea, like thousands of images, there and gone in the green flash of a setting sun. It looks like that perfect day; like standing inside a mint green chapel, looking across at a woman wearing a veil. A 1950’s Spanish church, open windows, perched on a hill above the Sea of Cortez. It looks like a time without time, on a coastline without limits. Faces seated in pews, listening to the sanctity of vows. It looks like a moment I’ll never forget. An image frozen in time. It looks like a kiss. It looks like all of us gathered at the oceans edge, a line of people holding hands. New faces, old faces, a beautiful human collage. It looks like a year has gone by and life will never be the same. It looks like new life too. A baby girl on blanket of soft, moonlit clouds. *

About the Author: Leaving his home state of Colorado behind, Justin now calls the beaches of Baja California home. A writer and new expat, he is a resident of Todos Santos, Mexico.

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Giving Back

Reducing food waste and feeding the people who need it most!

by International Community Foundation In a region known for some of the finest culinary experiences in Mexico and organic farms specializing in growing and exporting fresh produce, many local Baja California Sur (BCS) residents struggle to put fresh and healthy food on their family’s kitchen table. Fresh food is available in many local markets but due to the lack of financial resources, nutritional education, and possibly transportation, many families and individuals cannot take advantage of this availability. In 2013, the International Community Foundation (ICF) and several local organizations formed a working group to research the state of food insecurity in Baja California Sur (BCS). This effort led to the formation of the Southern Baja Food Security Alliance (SBFSA); a vibrant alliance of diverse actors (from public, private, academic, and nonprofit sectors) working together to identify strategies to provide healthy and fresh food to lowincome and at-risk families in the urban and rural communities in the region. That same year ICF worked with local BCS partners to survey 600 families living in at-risk communities in southern Baja, finding that approximately half of the respondents reported that on a weekly basis their families lacked sufficient access to fresh food. Furthermore, according to a survey conducted in 2015 by the Mexican Secretariat of Social Development (SEDESOL), 37% of all food produced in Mexico is wasted. The reality of food insecurity and food waste is costly to the environment, the economy, and the health of the most at-risk communities in BCS. Which is why this year, ICF launched a food rescue pilot project in La Paz, BCS; salvaging crops that are left to rot or are disposed of because they don’t meet export standards but are still healthy and edible. The project, coordinated by the local nonprofit Raíz de Fondo, has created a critical connection between local food producers and consumers through the establishment of community food rescue and distribution teams who make fresh food available to hot meal kitchens, shelters, and food basket programs. A huge thank you and recognition for the generosity of local farms who donated over 5,400 tons of fresh food and the many volunteers who delivered that produce to 616 children, youth, and elderly; the most vulnerable members of the local community. Raiz de Fondo is now working to identify additional food producers, volunteers, and beneficiary groups to expand the reach of this program throughout the 2018-2019 growing season. * If you are interested in learning more and supporting this initiative, please contact ICF’s Senior Program Officer, Health and Human Services: Alana Ortez (alana@icfdn.org).

LOS CABOS

Giving Guide Cabo San Lucas / San José del Cabo

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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ial Featuring interesting and inflmueunntity people of the Los Cabos com by Justin Porter Biel

SETH VAZQUEZ CUEVAS A serial entrepreneur, Seth Vazquez has opened many businesses including Cabo San Lucas’ famous Jungle Bar, Cabo Blue, Martini Jungle, Jungle Bar La Paz, The Beach and Rockstone. In 2014, Vasquez opened a restaurant, Jungle Pescadero, and a year later opened Mint Jungle and Ambers Market, successful health food concept stores. Vazquez is also the vice president of the Association Empresarios del Centro, which is in charge of security and aesthetic improvements of downtown Cabo San Lucas. Happily married, Vasquez in an avid triathlete, environmental activist and defender of animals. 34

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Creating a business isn’t as hard as people think. If you imagine something in your mind and truly desire it in your heart, then I believe you have 100% chance of making it happen. JB: Are you originally from Los Cabos? If not, when did you move to Baja Sur? SV: I am originally from Mexico City. I came to Cabo San Lucas 25 years ago with the idea of living near the sea. JB: As an entrepreneur with multiple businesses, what does your typical day look like? SV: I wake up every morning at 6:00 A.M. to walk my dogs, swim, bike or hike. After breakfast I check on the businesses and have meetings with the managers. I get home early to plan dinner with my wife either at home or out somewhere. JB: What is your business philosophy? SV: Everybody should be happy doing his or her job. If someone doesn’t want to work 1 or 2 days or a week, they should have the opportunity to take time off. Always make customers feel at home, be friends with them, ask questions, learn from them, and teach them something about Mexico. JB: What it your favorite thing about the nightlife scene in Los Cabos? SV: Cabo is so small you can walk from one bar to another and find variety in the music and crowds. But most importantly it is a very safe place. JB: Favorite way to spend a day in Los Cabos? SV: I like to visit the beach to swim, watch the sunrise or sunset, scuba dive, kayak on the bay, hike, or go for a mountain bike ride. JB: Favorite way to spend a night in Los Cabos? SV: I love to go out, enjoy dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, walk along the Marina and then stop for a glass of wine downtown. JB: What's the best advice you've ever received? Did you take it? SV: Be happy, be open, don’t waste your time, and find joy in what you do. Don’t worry about the future and don’t regret the past because it doesn’t exist. Live today!! JB: What have you learned after 25 years of starting businesses? SV: Creating a business isn’t as hard as people think. If you imagine something in your mind and truly desire it in your heart, then I believe you have 100% chance of making it happen. JB: What are you reading right now? SV: I’m currently reading a very good book called Ética Para Amador. The book is about a man who is writing for his son, Amador, explaining about his views on life. JB: What has living in Los Cabos taught you about life? SV: Living in Cabo has taught me to be in touch with nature and fall in love with the ocean. Los Cabos has also taught me that it’s important to take time. It’s hard to believe I used to live in the biggest city in the world, surrounded by grey buildings, and never had time for anything.


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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Global Altruism Foundation, host of World Care 2018 Q&A with Founders, Berry & Meredith Laws

WHAT LED YOU TO CREATE THE GLOBAL ALTRUISM FOUNDATION? We’ve been incredibly fortunate to be able to travel extensively together, living and sharing our lives with so many people of all different cultures, particularly in Mexico. After seeing firsthand the tremendous consequences of natural disasters and the plight of so many, we felt compelled to create a platform to benefit disadvantaged communities around the world. WHY IS GLOBAL ALTRUISM FOUNDATION DIFFERENT? Often people will give to charities only to find out later the funds were used in a different or even deceptive manner, spent on lavish trips, non-essential costs, or paid toward salaries. At GAF, through strategic cost-minimizing partnerships and having zero salaried employees, we strive to donate the maximum amount possible to each charitable endeavor. WHY CABO SAN LUCAS? Having personally seen the terrific devastation and tremendous resilience of the people of Cabo San Lucas in the wake of Hurricane Odile, hosting our inaugural World Care event at The Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos was a natural fit, representative of the work we hope to do through these events. We have supported the Posadas Foundation for the last several years and this is a place and people with whom we feel most comfortable and at home. WHAT TYPE OF OPPORTUNITIES CAN ONE EXPECT FROM THE EVENT? We’re thrilled for the wide range of diverse and unforgettable experiences World Care 2018 will offer, including a Yoga Retreat with the beautiful Gaby de La Rosa, a Golf Tournament at Cabo del Sol, an Art Experience by the talented Yandi Monardo, a Food and Wine Extravaganza in the accomplished culinary hands of Executive Chef Gerardo Rivera, a beach concert with Nashville recording artist Ciera MacKenzie, and much more. * See our Destino full page ad on page 19. * For more information and different ticket options visit: www.globalaltruismfoundation.com Global Altruism Foundation is a registered, private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tickets to the World Care 2018 are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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SAMMY HAGAR AT CABO WABO CANTINA

– For those who don’t know him, Sammy Hagar is an American rock vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and musician who catapulted to fame as a member of Van Halen in the 80’s and 90’s. Sammy is also a successful entrepreneur who founded the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand and restaurant chain as well as his latest boozy endeavor as co-founder of Santo Mezquila with pop star Adam Levine. Aside from his yearly weeklong birthday bash in October, Sammy Hagar occasionally shocks fans with a surprise performance at his original Cabo Wabo Cantina location in Cabo San Lucas. On July 27 we were lucky enough to catch one of these intimate performances during which Sammy played alongside his talented house band Cabo Uno. @CaboWaboCantinaCSL

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COOKING AND GIVING EL TRIUNFO – On Saturday, July 14, 11 chefs and 5 mixologists from Los Cabos, Todos Santos and Buenavista came together for a great cause at Cabañas El Triunfo in the historic mining town of El Triunfo. This beautiful event was to raise funds and support for beloved local pianist Christian Schleifer and his wife Jan. The event included a concert by young pianist Jorge Espinosa and harp solo by Arpa Regino "Rex" Payán, leading up to the culminating moment as master Christian Schleifer played the piano with that passion and strength he is known for. Participating chefs included Alex Branch (Herringbone Los Cabos), Abraham A. Tamez (Metate), Alberto Collarte (Grand Solmar), Alejandro Torres (The Dining Revolution of Baja California), Belen Cortez (Sigma Foodservice), Cesar Enciso (Le Blanc Spa Resort), Cesar Pita (XO from Chihuahua), Christian Ricci (Solmar Resort), Dahli De La Peña (Hotel Buenavista), Ibrahim Amaya (Jazamango) and Yvan Mucharraz (COMAL). Master mixologists included Osvaldo Vazquez (COMAL), Danielle Tatarin (Acre Baja), Jorge Ochoa (Jardín Alquimia), Jesus Marquez (Dalton Gin Bar) and Alberto Munguia (Metate). Cabañas El Triunfo was the perfect setting for this magical night of food, cocktails, and an outpouring of love and live music under the stars. @ElTriunfoCabanas LOS CABOS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL COCKTAIL – The Los Cabos International

Film Festival kicked off their 2018 season with an invite only cocktail event for press, sponsors, allies, and the festival organizing committee on Thursday, August 9 at Casa del Mar Golf Resort & Spa. The event included live music, passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in Casa del Mar’s courtyard with views out to the Sea of Cortez. Mark your calendar and save the date for the Los Cabos International Film Festival’s main event on November 7-11! @CabosFilmFestival


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THOMAS JACK AT OMNIA LOS CABOS – On Saturday, July 28 Australian DJ, record producer and musician Thomas Jack played front and center for a packed crowd at the OMNIA Los Cabos Day Club in San Jose del Cabo. With over 300k followers on Soundcloud, Jack is known for the "tropical house" subgenre, and first coined the term in 2013. Jack was a welcome addition to OMNIA’s upscale beach vibe in this trendy oceanfront venue. @OmniaLosCabos

MIFEL ABIERTO DE TENIS LOS CABOS – The 3rd edition of the Mifel Abierto de Tenis Los Cabos, was held on July 30-August 4 at the Cabo del Mar tennis courts in Cabo San Lucas. Fabio Fognini from Italy became the new Abierto Los Cabos champion after defeating Argentine favorite Juan Martín del Potro. In the doubles category, Mexican Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela and Salvadoran Marcelo Arévalo took home the trophy after defeating American Taylor Fritz and Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in a historic finish. This was the first time since 1995 that a Mexican player won an ATP tournament, and the first time in history that a Salvadoran player won an ATP professional tournament. Along with the weeklong tennis matches, Abierto Los Cabos hosted several decadent parties and Cabo-centric photo opportunities throughout the week. Events included a Player’s Party at De Cortez at the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda Del Mar, a daytime pool party at Solaz, and a Black and White Party at The Rooftop at the Cape. This year’s closing party was held on Saturday, August 4 at Pitahayas restaurant at the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda Del Mar and was well attended by players and special guests. @AbiertoLosCabos

Photos by OMNIA

ACRE SUMMER POOL PARTY – What started as staff wanting to bring some excitement to their hot summer days, ended up as sultry pool party in the middle of a desert oasis known as Acre on July 29. Jam Sessions, Luzy Dj Music, Maximus and Patricio Hegewish provided the music for this cool daytime event. In addition to Acre’s irresistible restaurant menu and poolside tacos, guests we able to purchase food and cocktails from vendors Chula Vegan Café, Las Animas Botica, Cali Kombucha, and Baja Beans Coffee. @AcreBaja

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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

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

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ADVENTURE Arco Fishing Charters

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

Buccaneer Queen

MX +52 (624) 144 4217/18

Cabo Flyboard

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

Pez Gato Cruises

MX +52 (624) 143 3797 pezgato.com

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

Sun Rider Tours

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

Wild Canyon

WORDS and PHRASES OF THE MONTH Kitchen - Cocina Traditional - Tradicional Delicious - Delicioso Ingredients - Ingredientes To celebrate - Celebrar Explore - Explorar To eat - Comer

GETTING AROUND

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

PLACES

Bathrooms - Baños Restaurant - Restaurante 38

DESTINO DIRECTORY

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Office MX +52 (624) 144 3331 / 144 3332 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

Koral Shops

(624) 122 3840 info@koralshops.com www.koralshops.com

Simply Divine

+52 (624) 131 3553 simplydivinecabo.com

Tienda 17

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

HOTELS Cachet Beach Hotel

wildcanyon.com.mx.destinomagazine

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

ART

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa a the Islands of Loreto

Frank Arnold Art

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

ENTERTAINMENT Cabo Wabo

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Cachet Beach Hotel

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

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

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

HOME Baja Sur Property Management Company www.bajasurpm.com

US +1 (800) 838 2662 reservaciones.vdpl@vgloreto.com villadelpalmrloreto.com

NON-PROFITS

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

Facebook: @sanchoscabo +52 (624) 143 8089

REAL ESTATE 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

www.globalaltruismfoundation.com

Danzante Bay at the Islands of Loreto

International Community Foundation

Ladera San Jose

Global Altruism Foundation

www.icdfn.org

SHOPPING Beach Blu

US +1 (844) 622 0799 danzantbay.com +52 (624) 130 7037 info@ladera.mx ladera.mx

REmexico Real Estate

Cabo Wabo

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

Columbia Export Group

The Paraiso Residences

Frank Arnold Art

Windermere Real Estate

Koral Shops

TRANSPORTATION

MX +52 (624) 688-6729 cabowabocantina.com Cabo San Lucas MX +52 (624) 173 0033/1730015 US +1 (619) 710 1863 Ext. 302/306 MX +52 (624) 142 4422 US (559) 301 1148 FrankArnoldArt.com (624) 122 3840 info@koralshops.com www.koralshops.com

I.O. Domani

+52 (624) 688-6720

MX +52 (624) 144 3231 US +1 (650) 761 2226 www.theparaisoresidences.com MX +52 (624) 131 3330 US +1 Toll Free (855) 877 2226 www.windermereloscabos.com

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


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SEPTEMBER20 18 EVENTS 1

LABOR DAY PARTY AT OMNIA LOS CABOS

There is no better place to celebrate United States Labor Day in Mexico, than with our friends at OMNIA Los Cabos Day Club! Take advantage of the long holiday weekend while partying to music by Las Vegas native DJ Karma and Hakkasan resident DJ Flight on Saturday, September 1. OMNIA is the hottest new day club in Los Cabos featuring some of the world’s most in demand DJ’s. Doors open at 11am. For tickets, VIP tables and more information visit www.ticketmaster.com.mx or omniaclubs.com/los-cabos.

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Kick off Mexico’s Independence Day weekend at OMNIA Los Cabos on Saturday, September 15 with Latin America DJ, classically trained violinist, and music producer Mariana Bo! Mariana Bo is the first Mexican to appear the prestigious list of Top 100 DJ’s in the world by DJ MAG, currently ranked number 84. She is well known for her live mixes of electronic music, violin and percussion instruments. This is an event you won’t want to miss! Doors open at 11am. For tickets, VIP tables and more information visit www.ticketmaster.com.mx or omniaclubs.com/ los-cabos.

JUEGOS NACIONALES DE SURF LOS CABOS

EL GRITO DE DOLORES

The Juegos Nacionales de Surf Los Cabos 2018 (or National Surfing Games Los Cabos) will take place on Saturday September 1 from 7:00am to 9:00pm. The event will be held at Zippers Playa Costa Azul in San Jose del Cabo. We will post more information on our Destino Los Cabos Facebook page as it becomes available.

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DÍA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA

Día de Nuestra Señora is a local holiday that celebrates the first mission and Spanish town in Baja California. A Jesuit priest named Juan María de Salvatierra established the first mission in what is now the City of Loreto on October 25, 1697. The locals in Loreto celebrate this day with a variety of religious and cultural events.

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MEXICAN CHARRO DAY

Established in 1934, Mexican Charro day, or Día del Charro, is celebrated in Mexico on September 14. Often overshadowed by Mexico Independence Day on September 16, this day recognizes those who practice the art of charrería. Throughout most major cities in Mexico, you will find these traditionally trained cowboys (known as Charros) parading through town dressed in elaborate suits, while the women charros (known as Escaramuzas) wear vibrantly colored dresses.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY PARTY WITH MARIANA BO AT OMNIA LOS CABOS

El Grito de Dolores (or Cry of Dolores) was the battle cry of Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in the early morning hours of September 15, 1810, in what is now the City of Dolores Hidalgo in the State of Guanajuato. Hidalgo’s cry to his townspeople to rise up against the Spanish became the cry of Independence for the whole country. Each year on September 15, the President of Mexico re-enacts this famous cry from the balcony of the National Palace in Mexico City and rings the same bell that Hidalgo rang in 1810 (which has since moved to the National Palace), shouting “Viva México! Viva la Independencia! Vivan los héroes!” Los Cabos City Officials re-enact their own version of the cry at 11pm on September 15 followed by celebrations late into the night.

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MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY

Although many foreigners believe Mexico Independence Day falls on “Cinco de Mayo” or May 5, the actual date of Mexico’s Independence is September 16. Independence Day is perhaps the most celebrated national holiday in Mexico commemorated with colorful parades, traditional food, lively music, marching bands, fireworks and fiestas decorated in red, white and green. Here in Los Cabos, you will find almost every bar, restaurant and resort in town doing something festive to honor this

special day including a firework show on Medano Beach!

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BAJA SUMMER FEST 2018

Three of Cabo’s beloved local bars are coming together for this once a year event on Sunday, September 30 from noon to 9pm at Jungle Bar Pescadero! Jungle Bar Cabo, Cabo Blue Bar and Sancho’s will be bringing bartenders and cooks from their downtown Cabo locations for a day full of live music, yummy food, cold drinks, and good vibes! La Flaka Band, Jenelle Aubade, Blues Band MX and Liiroi Douglass have all joined the exciting one day musical lineup. Wrist bands and transportation schedule from Cabo will be coming soon. Visit the BAJA Summer FEST 2018 event on Facebook for more information.

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BABY SEA TURTLE RESCUE

Every year from late August to early December, sea turtles (or “tortugas” in Spanish) arrive to lay their eggs on the shores of Baja California from as far away as Japan and Indonesia. Five out of seven of the world’s endangered sea turtle species inhabit our beloved Baja peninsula, a region that provides both a nesting habitat and essential feeding grounds for these turtles. Local groups like Asupmatoma A.C, Tortugueros Las Playitas A.C., Grupo Tortuguero de Todos Santos A.C., SEE Turtles and others have formed to protect our local sea turtle population and educate the public about the dangers of fishing and poaching. These groups also assist along with Federal and local police and volunteers to protect turtle eggs from human poachers and potentially harmful beach activities such as ATV’s and horseback riding. Many organizations allow tourists to participate in releasing baby turtles into the ocean in exchange for desperately needed donations to help future conservations efforts. If you have the chance to volunteer or donate, it will be an experience you and your family will never forget!


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ONGOING EVENTS EVERY DAY: Omnia Dayclub Los Cabos Doors Open at 11:00 am. www.omniaclubs.com/los-cabos 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. www.herringboneeats.com/locations/los-cabos

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. www.casacalavera.com WEDNESDAYS: Tequila Tastings at Casa Calavera Vidanta Los Cabos Each Wednesday from 12:00 pm-9:00 pm, watch the sun set over the Sea of Cortez and enjoy a variety of hand-picked tequilas. www.casacalavera.com The Wirikuta Show www.thewirikuta.com (624) 131-3131 THURSDAYS: Live Music at Herringbone Los Cabos 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Enjoy the groovy tunes from Totoy Band while taking in the views of the ocean.

@salvador.mora.js Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur

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Stargazing /Astronomy programs Reservation in advance is required. bajastargazing@gmail.com (624)129-8701 FRIDAYS: Farmer’s Market at the Shoppes at Palmilla 9:00 am -1:00 pm www.facebook.com/TheShoppesPalmilla Feel Good Fridays at Omnia Dayclub Doors open at 11:00 am. SATURDAYS: La Kermés at Wirikuta 1:00 pm-8:00 pm www.thewirikuta.com (624) 131-3131 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 10:00 am -3:00 pm. An all-you-can-eat brunch with live action stations, signature brunch dishes and live music for $750 MXN (tax and service charge included). Enhance your brunch experience with rosé or mimosas for $200 MXN. www.herringboneeats.com/locations/los-cabos

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The Legend of Baja California Sur Cuisine  

PLUS: Surf Lessons in September • One Year Living in Baja • Hanging out with Sea Lions

The Legend of Baja California Sur Cuisine  

PLUS: Surf Lessons in September • One Year Living in Baja • Hanging out with Sea Lions