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BAJA 101 Destinations Useful Information Activities Spanish Lesson Directory Maps DISCOVER: Must Sea Beaches Los Cabos Wildlife: Humpback Whales on the Way All that's Fishy - Monthly Fishing Report SAN JOSE DEL CABO: from Past to Present CULTURE: Día de Los Muertos: A Soulful Mexican Tradition Giving Back - Helping to Change Children's Lives Giving Back Guide Baja Voices: Blake Harrington DESTINO DIRECTORY OUT & ABOUT: November Events Instaworthy IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Sancho's Social Cabo COUPONS

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Our November issues are usually focused on “Cultural Cabo” because Mexico undeniably has a rich culture, and so does Los Cabos, and during this month we get to celebrate that culture localy with the reopening of the Art Walk in the San Jose Art Gallery District, with the Day of the Dead, and with the Los Cabos Film Festival. In this issue we included an article about the history of Southern Baja and San Jose del Cabo. Read along to learn about San Jose’s past and present (including some pirate stories). In the past few years, the Day of the Dead imagery has seemed to gain popularity in pop-culture, and it feels like you now see catrinas (the dressed-up female skeletons) and calaveritas (the decorated sugar skulls) “everywhere.” With this Mexican tradition spreading wide, I believe it’s important to understand the true meaning of this tradition, therefore more will be understood about the beautiful Mexican culture. Read more about this holiday on page 28 and don’t miss the annual altar contest in San Jose’s main plaza. 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: Enjoy!

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Los Cabos (or “the capes” in Spanish) is located on 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 State Capital. If you take a look at our 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 side. 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?



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 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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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, Banregio, and HSBC. Non-bank ATMs located in the streets or marina 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.

Dollars are accepted almost everywhere but you will usually get your change back in pesos. The exchange rate varies every day, but some places have a set rate posted.


Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards are generally accepted, but you often run into cash only establishments. Always ask beforehand and carry cash just in case. Keep in mind your bank will most likely charge you international transaction fees if you pay with your card.


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, La Comer, Chedraui Selecto or Soriana. Mercado Santa Carmelo or California Ranch Market are good options for specialty foods and dietary restrictions. If you need a quick grab, OXXO stores are reasonably priced convenience stores located all over town.


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


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




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 145-6000 - 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:

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 - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA


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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 Maria 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 many 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.


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 Playa 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.

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 - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA


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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.


Photo courtesy Wild Canyon

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 Driver’s 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 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


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.


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.



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 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.


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.


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. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

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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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


Hotel - Hotel Hospital - Hospital a wiggly line on top of the letter Beach - Playa "n" use the "ny" sound that Store - Tienda you use for the English word Pharmacy - Farmacia canyon. • The double "ll" is pronounced AT A RESTAURANT like "y" in English. Table - Mesa • The letter "h" is always silent. Glass - Vaso • The letter "j" is pronounced Plate - Plato like "h" in English. Fork - Tenedor • If the word has an accent mark Spoon - Cuchara such as "á", that syllable is Knife - Cuchillo stressed. Napkin - Servilleta Can you bring the check? - ¿Puede THE BASICS traer la cuenta? Hello - Hola Goodbye - Adios MEETING SOMEONE NEW Good morning - Buenos días Nice to meet you - Mucho gusto Good afternoon - Buenas tardes What's your name? - ¿Cómo te llamas? Good night - Buenas noches My name is ... - Mi nombre es... Thank you - Gracias Where are you from? - ¿De dónde eres? Please - Por Favor Do you speak English? - ¿Habla Inglés? Sorry - Disculpa I don't understand - No entiendo Here - Aquí There - Allá WORDS and PHRASES Help - Ayuda OF THE MONTH Doctor - Doctor Estuary - Estero Water - Agua Art - Arte Food - Comida Let's take a walk - Vamos por una caminata Money - Dinero Gallery - Galería Cash - Efectivo Glass of wine - Copa de vino Change - Cambio History - Historia Credit card - Tarjeta de crédito Culture - Cultura Tip - Propina • The letter "ñ" - When you see

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 - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA


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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!


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 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 a lot of 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. Chileno Chileno Beach is a very popular location for snorkeling and swimming due to its 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!

DISCOVER 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 snorkeling 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: Traveling 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



HUMPBACK WHALES ON THE WAY by Katia S ilva Marine Bio lo gis t and Guid e at C ab o Tre k

Humpback whales have already been on the verge of extinction because of commercial hunting. However, with the hunting ban, the population has slowly grown. This is a great history of successful conservation and whale watching tourism is part of that story. Ecotourism is part of a global trend. It is mainly to respect the whales, in the whale watching, giving space that they need. Therefore, the reproductive season (December to April) is a very important moment because it is when they copulate, breed and educate their calves during the first weeks of their lives. Through the whale watching of humpbacks it is possible to sensitize people in a unique way to the importance of the conservation of the species. If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine how shocking it is to see these giants swimming side by side from the vessel you are on! During the tour, which lasts about 2.5 hours on average, it is possible to watch a spectacle with acrobatic behavior. It is also possible to see mothers closely with their calves, competitive groups (males


trying to mate with females) and more! Of course, every day at sea is different and everything will depend on your luck and Mother Nature. But - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

what is guaranteed is that it will be a unique experience in your life. Ecotourism, if practiced in a responsible way, can bring countless

benefits to the conservation of the oceans. Whale watching is estimated to generate two billion US dollars annually, with 13 million people going whale watching each year in more than 110 countries. Whale watching is a ‘use’ of whales that generates far more money than whaling. Some of the advantages of this type of tourism work are: minimum environmental impact; educational character; income for the places where the tours are made; incentive for the hotel and tourism sector; job vacancies; contribution to scientific research and awareness of the population for sustainable development. Despite the advantages, it is necessary that this type of activity is always on constant monitoring, so that there are no disturbances to the animals, bearing in mind that almost always tourism is made in places of reproduction. The whales in Mexico are protected by law. The practice of whale watching is regulated from SEMARNAT and the norms were established to prevent and curb the intentional molestation of whales in Mexican waters.*



Monthly Fishing Report b y G ar y Graham

While seasonal transitions are dreaded in many parts of the world, here in Baja Sur they are a welcome event. They bring big fish and more fish along with throngs of world-class anglers to take part in the extraordinary game of sportfishing. At the tip of Baja, Los Cabos is now offering an impressive selection of species. Offshore on the “Finger Bank,” 50-miles north on the Pacific side, billfish (striped, black, and blue marlin and sailfish) are so thick that double-digit releases are not uncommon. They offer a remarkable opportunity for anglers to experience the kind of billfishing that will remain etched in their memories for a lifetime. Another giant in both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific now that fall has arrived are yellowfin tuna from football-size all the way up to cow-size beasts that can exceed 300-pounds. They also offer an extraordinary test to both experienced and amateur anglers willing to accept the challenge. Both of the above are targets of tournaments held in Cabo San Lucas that draw thousands of participants this time of year. Even if you are not interested in participating, the weighins are usually open to the public on the malecón. The excitement and spectacle are exciting and the people-watching is great. If you are looking for a little less challenge and a lot more fun, there are plenty of choices. Closer to shore, the smaller yellowfin tuna from 10- to 50pounds are dominating the catches from the tip to La Paz as what some locals are calling the best tuna bite in many years continues. East Cape, Las Arenas and La Paz are producing limits! Wahoo, a skinny fish with a mouthful of teeth, are usually an incidental catch. However, they are showing up in the

catch reports frequently. Usually caught trolling, they are one of the fastest fish in the ocean and they can reach up to 60 miles per hour. Plus, wahoo steaks are considered some of the tastiest by far. Although a few are being caught at Cabo, the likelihood improves farther up in the Sea of Cortez from San Jose all the way north to Muertos Bay inside of Isla Cerralvo. At both East Cape and Muertos Bay, huge dog-tooth snapper (cubera) and pargo up to 50-pounds are being caught in shallow water, along with big mullet snapper (pargo liso) that are normally only around when the cooler water is here in the springtime. There have also been incredible numbers of delicious big pompano and cabrilla. All these fish are excellent table fare that your hotel or favorite restaurant can prepare for you in a variety of ways. Roosterfish weighing from a few pounds up to 50 pounds are being caught and released as well close to shore. In fact, some folks prefer to chase

them on foot from the beaches in front of their hotel or from a more remote beach using a flyrod or spinning gear with lures. There are several companies that offer guided trips ... a great way to spend a morning on local beaches at either East Cape or Cabo San Lucas. While the roosters are the target for many, there are also jack crevalle, the aforementioned pargo and snapper, as well as other odds and ends of fish that can be found in shallow water along the shore. Not to be overlooked is Loreto which, even though this is considered the slow season, is producing eye-popping results for the visiting and local anglers. There are still plenty of smaller dorado with an occasional larger bull showing up. A bit farther offshore there are also yellowfin tuna along with some striped marlin, sailfish and a few blue marlin. Regardless of where you are staying in Baja Sur, now is a prime time for a variety of species that will test your sportfishing prowess as well as to catch for a fresh fish dinner or two.

On a sad note: Baja hotel pioneer Jesus "Chuy" Valdez, 75, died from an apparent heart attack September 22. The entrepreneur, along with his wife and sons, worked hard to build his vision and monument, Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort, considered by many the “Jewel of the East Cape,” with its cascade of rooms spilling down to the beach, along with a fleet of sport fishing cruisers and pangas. A fearless leader in the sportfishing community, he fought valiantly to protect the fisheries in Baja for future generations. Beloved husband to Imelda, father to Esaul, Axel and Felipe, and grandfather to many, Chuy was a legendary hotelier, fishing enthusiast, and an ardent conservationist. Jesus “Chuy” Valdez’s ship of life is not gone. He is but sailing toward a new horizon. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA







PRESENT by Alejandro Navarro

he flight into San José del Cabo is one of the most beautiful experiences. I love looking down and seeing the beautiful land and sea. I try to spot places like Cabo Pulmo bay on the shoreline, and also my home in San José del Cabo and other buildings too. The first time I drove past San José on the way to my destination in Cabo San Lucas, it caught my eye. It looked so peaceful, and the bright blue ocean views from the highway literally took my breathe away. I moved to San José del Cabo one month after that unforgettable day. At this moment, I live in downtown San José and I really love it, so let me list for you some fun facts about enchanting San José del Cabo. And I really hope you visit it during your vacation.

A little bit of history: The first inhabitants in the area of San José del Cabo were the Pericues from about 3,000 to 11,000 years ago, with some estimates of even 40,000 years ago.


- They had a different language than any other aboriginal people in Mexico. - Skull morphology and recent genetic studies suggest the Pericues are related to ancient populations of southern Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific Rim. - A similar skull configuration is also found at Lagoa Santa in Brazil and in the Patagonia. - They were taller and stronger than the average indigenous Mexican people. - They were divers and had complex marine technology, using wooden rafts and double paddles. - Their diet was fish, shellfish and marine mammals from the Gulf of California and also land foods like deer, small animals, wild seeds, pitaya, agave, and wild plums. - The Pericues smoked tobacco but didn't drink alcohol. - They made wooden arches, stone arrows, nets, spears, harpoons and fishhooks. - They lived in caves and rock shelters. They had fire and made stone and woven palm containers and baskets. - The men were nude and mostly painted, and the women covered their bodies with a skirts and cloaks, and both sexes had long hair.

- Violence, including homicide, went unpunished. - Some practiced monogamy, but most were polygamists. - Wives were slaves and property. - The shaman was a key part of the community. They used herbs, tobacco juice and burning coal to heal the wounded and the sick. - In 1730, Jesuit Padre Nicholas Tamaral founded the Mission in San José del Cabo as there was a need for a permanent Spanish settlement at the tip of the cape because there were many pirates in the area to capture Spanish and French galleons that were traveling from the Philippines to Acapulco. - Padre Tamaral and the Pericues had problems when he pronounced an injunction against Polygamy. And when Tamaral punished a Pericu Shaman for violating the anti-polygamy law, the Pericues rebelled and burned the San José and Santiago missions in October 1734, and Padre Tamaral was killed in the famous rebellion. - That is when San José del Cabo was founded to serve the dual purpose of protecting the people from insurgent Pericues and pirates. - By 1767, all the Pericues had died from European diseases or war with the Spanish. San José del Cabo remained an important Spanish military outpost until the mid-19th century when San José was turned over to Mexico. - There were pirates in San José del Cabo from 1578-1750 approximately. They were English and Dutch that between Cabo San Lucas bay and San José's Estuary were looking for Spanish galleons to loot. - The Manila galleons getting water in Aguada Segura and other boats getting pearls near La Paz were their main victims. - The pirates had good relationships with the Pericues and received food and gifts from them. - Famous pirate Francis Drake was known for inaugurating the "Pirates in San José del Cabo" era. - One of the most successful and famous pirates in San José del Cabo was Thomas Cavendish who was known for assaulting the Spanish galleon Santa Anna where 200 Spaniards lost their lives. He took 122,000 gold pesos, jewels, pearls, spices, wines and ship's supplies, leaving on board more than a million pesos worth of goods.

Today: - Since the 1970's, FONATUR (National Foundation for Tourism Development) has made several tourist development projects along San José del Cabo's shoreline. - San José del Cabo is the administrative head or municipality of Los Cabos County, in Baja California Sur. - Many U.S and Canadian citizens make it their second home or live and work here. - San José offers the freshest fish and seafood, but some traditional foods of the town are machaca burritos which are prepared with shredded beef, onion, tomato and chili peppers wrapped in flour tortilla, queso fresco (fresh cheese) and mango jelly made at local ranches. - The traditional beverages are Damiana Liqueur and Damiana tea. Damiana is a small local bush that has aphrodisiac and stress reliever properties. - San José del Cabo has a big celebration called - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA


Fiestas de Marzo that span for a week because March 19th is Saint Joseph Day. On the morning of the 19th a parade is held in the streets of the Historic District. - The famous San José estuary spans a large area of the city. There are more than 100 species of birds that inhabit the estuary, plus turtles, fish and a few marine mammals. Bird watching is amazing here. - The San José del Cabo town hall is one of San José del Cabo's historical landmarks. The building has San José government offices and the Mayor's office. - San José del Cabo's main square is officially called Plaza Mijares. Jose Antonio Mijares was a Mexican Lieutenant that fought bravely in the Mexican-American war and in a battle in San José del Cabo in 1847. He is considered a Mexican hero. - In the neighboring streets of Plaza Mijares in downtown San José del Cabo, every year from November to June, every Thursday night the famous and magical Art Walk takes place, where the art galleries, bars, restaurants, and shops invite you to have a memorable time. This art district is wonderful! - Just a couple blocks away from downtown is the also famous San José Organic Market which runs from November to May on Saturday mornings. The most amazing foods and things can be found! - Fiesta de la Musica also happens in downtown San José every year in the month of June. Dozens of stages and hundreds of acts put on a unique festival. - San José Jazz Weekend is every February in Plaza del Pescador on the hotel corridor of the town. - Also on the hotel corridor is part of the new bike path (ciclovia) which also runs on the main Transpeninsular highway and parallel to the estuary too. There is a small dirt access to the estuary on part of the path. - The Ironman triathlon takes place in Cabo every year and part of its course runs through San José del Cabo. - San José is a surfing community as well. Locals enjoy riding waves at the numerous surf breaks around. And in the summer San José hosts the Los Cabos Open of Surf which is an official event and takes place in the awesome Zippers wave at Cost Azul beach. So as you can see San José del Cabo is a pretty cool place. Try to come visit if you are in Cabo. Plaza Mijares was just remodeled and turned out beautiful and there are many new shops and restaurants downtown. I hope you enjoy your stay in Cabo and thanks for your time and your visit! *


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Día de Los Muertos



n the past few years, Day of the Dead imagery has seemed to gain popularity in pop-culture, such as the iconic catrinas (female skeletons) and calaveritas (decorated sugar skulls). With the representation of this Mexican tradition spreading wide, it is important to understand the true meaning of this tradition, therefore understanding more about the colorful Mexican culture. This spiritual celebration brings families together, where they join at their loved one’s resting place in the cemetery. The families bring offerings of food and beverage, precious objects, and photos of the deceased. Families gather, sometimes for the entire night, by their loved one’s grave to share food and drinks, play music, and recount stories of their beloved.

Pan de muerto (bread of the dead) is a type of sweet roll traditionally baked during the weeks leading up to the Day of the aDead. It is said that the shapes resembling bones represent the lost one and the ball on top is a tear drop to represent the sorrow. The bones are placed in a circle to represent the circle of life

An example of a Día de los Muertos ofrenda (altar) in which family members place the favorite items of their deceased loved ones. The cempasúchil (sem-pah-soo-cheel) flower is used as a decoration in the Day of the Dead festivities. Its warm and bright color brings life to the commemorative ofrendas.



Giving Back

Helping to Change Children’s Lives by International Community Foundation

One of Los Cabos’ premier nonprofits, Amigos de los Niños (ADLN), has provided medical attention for the children of lowincome families in Baja California Sur since 1991. ADLN’s numerous programs offer life-changing and life-saving care to the most vulnerable in our community. ADLN Free Clinics include, Pediatric Audiology, Pediatric Dentistry, Corrective Surgery for Strabismus, and Pediatric Cardiology. ADLN Free Audiology Clinics, held for the past 25 years, include specialist in Audiology that are able to provide children with free hearing aids. Over the years thousands of children have been provided with life changing hearing aids. ADLN Free Dental Clinics, held for the past 13 years, provide care for 600+ children annually, who otherwise would not receive this attention. ADLN Free Eye Surgery Clinics restore vision and self-esteem to children with strabismus. ADLN Special Cases Program, offers children suffering from severe or chronic illness such as cancer, cerebral palsy or other critical illnesses. ADLN is able to provide travel and medical expenses, medicines, and laboratory testing as needed for these special case children. In recent years ADLN and Partner Organizations are offering Cardiology Clinics that have provided heart surgeries and procedures for 50+ children, often saving these children’s lives. Through all of these amazing resources, ADLN provides children with a chance to live the healthy, thriving life they deserve. It is thanks to generous donors like you that these dreams can be accomplished. If would like to support ADLN’s life-changing efforts, donate today through the following link:


Giving Guide Cabo San Lucas / San José del Cabo

Amigos de Los Niños - 624 144 3195 Baja SAFE, Salud de los Animales y Familias con Educación A.C. The Bomberos Voluntarios (Volunteer Fire Department) Cabo San Lucas: 624 143 3577 San José del Cabo: 624 142 2466. Building Baja's Future - 624 355 4314 Casa Hogar de Cabo San Lucas, A.C. - 624 123 1285 Gala de Danza A.C. Gente Joven Por Un Cambio, A.C. H+ Foundation Fund Liga M.A.C., A.C. (Mexican American Canadian League) - 624 120 1060 Los Cabos Children's Foundation, A.C. - 624 157 3851 Los Cabos Humane Society - 624 129 8346 Los Niños del Capitán, A.C. - 624 173 3807 Mobilize Mankind - 624 129 8223 Red Autismo - 624 166 8186 Sarahuaro - 624 122 4955 Solmar Foundation Fund Vifac BCS - 624 688 5062, 01 800 362 2207

East Cape

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

Todos Santos

The Palapa Society Todos Santos, A.C. Todos Santos Community Fund

La Paz

Centro Mujeres, A.C. Como Vamos La Paz, A.C. Fundación Ayuda Niños La Paz, A.C. (FANLAP) Fundación Cántaro Azul, A.C. Water and environmental solutions La Paz Community fund Pelagios Kakunjá Raíz de Fondo Jardines y Educación, A.C.

Magdalena Bay

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I knew I was taking a leap of faith in the Baja, but I had no idea I would be so handsomely rewarded with experiences to last a lifetime. Baja is my home now. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.

JB: Are you from Los Cabos? If not, what brought you to the area? BH: I am not from Los Cabos, but my wife’s family has a history in the area that


BLAKE HARRINGTON Originally from San Diego, Blake Harrington moved to Los Cabos in 2010 to open the real estate company, REmexico Real Estate ( with his partner, the hotelier and developer, Owen Perry. Harrington consistently ranks as one of the top-producing brokers in Los Cabos and was featured on HGTV’s House Hunter’s International three separate times to represent the Cabo market. A major innovator in the Los Cabos real estate scene, Blake is also a classically trained pianist, he loves nature and the ocean, and is often spotted at Red Rocks in Colorado following his favorite jams bands.


dates back over 40 years. Baja has always been her home, and a place we loved spending time together, so I jumped at the opportunity to move to my life and real estate business to Los Cabos. I moved here over seven years ago and it was the best decision of my life. JB: What does your typical day look like? BH: As anyone in real estate can attest, my schedule changes day by day. Typically I'm in the office in the mornings and out with clients and at appointments during the day. If I'm lucky, I’ll occasionally hit the golf course with clients in the afternoons. JB: Where do most of your clients come from? What do you think it is about Los Cabos that attracts more people every year? BH: The majority of my clients are from Southern California, which is great because I’m a San Diego native. My clients are attracted to the vibe in Cabo, the spectacular homes and the beautiful contrast of desert, mountains and seas. It’s so easy to hop on a plane from SoCal to Los Cabos, and my clients love having a weekend getaway in paradise to share with family and friends. JB: Favorite way to spend time when not working? BH: When I'm not working, my favorite thing to do is take my little boat to Balandra Bay or the island of Espiritu Santo, both of which are fun day trips off the coast of La Paz. There’s nothing better than cruising the turquoise waters in search of deserted white sand beaches with a few close friends. We like to explore, find a place to have a picnic on the water, play card games and listen to good tunes. In my opinion, that's a perfect Baja afternoon. JB: Favorite city in Baja to visit besides Los Cabos? Why? BH: My favorite city in Baja besides Cabo is Loreto. It's a small town on the Sea of Cortez with rich history and authentic Mexican charm. There are dozens of islands off the coast of Loreto, which makes for great ocean activities like diving, snorkeling and boating. JB: What’s one thing about you that everyone knows? BH: I love to travel and explore Baja. I'm happiest when there is no cell reception and I’m cruising down dirt roads on the way to a new adventure. Baja allows residents a chance to do something out of the ordinary every weekend, and I love living here because of that. JB: What would you tell anyone coming to Los Cabos? BH: If you’ve never been to Los Cabos, my biggest suggestion is to GET OUT OF THE RESORT and EXPLORE! Sure, relaxing poolside is enjoyable, but there is so much to see and experience beyond the gates of your hotel. JB: What has living in Los Cabos taught you about life? JV: Los Cabos has taught me more about what’s important in my life. I’ve learned that you must balance hard work with time for exploration and opportunities to connect with nature. I’ve learned a life without long commutes and a traditional 9-5 is way more my speed. When I left San Diego, I knew I was taking a leap of faith in the Baja, but I had no idea I would be so handsomely rewarded with experiences that will last a lifetime. Baja is my home now. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA




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Simply Divine

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NOVEMBER 20 18 EVENTS 1-2 1-2

Día De Los Muertos

Day of the Dead (or in Spanish Día de los Muertos), is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. Unlike other popular celebrations, this multi-day holiday focuses on family and friends gathering to remember and pray for friends and family who have passed away. This meeting is to help support their spiritual journey. Families will go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars with photos, memorabilia and favorite food and beverages of their lost loved ones. Day of the Dead is not recognized as an official public holiday.


Life Luxe Jazz

Life Luxe Jazz will take place on November 1-4 at the Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort in Los Cabos. Featured artists include Boney James, Gregory Porter, Lin Rountree, and many others whose smooth stylings are sure to make these November nights sizzle. Other events during the festival include a sunset jazz cruise with live entertainment, a welcome reception and dance party, and a golf tournament held at the Quivira Golf Club. “Life Luxe Jazz is a premiere luxury cultural experience with jazz as the focal point, bringing people together with common interests in music, culture, and exceptional cuisine with the goal of building bridges across borders.”


Liga MAC Day of the Dead at Don Sanchez Restaurant

Liga MAC presents a live show and dinner party at Don Sanchez Restaurant in downtown San José del Cabo on November 2. All proceeds are donated to Liga MAC. The mission of Liga MAC is to offer “a helping hand” to the low-income families of San José del Cabo to ensure that they are well-nourished and have access to medical care, and to provide children and adults with the opportunity to continue their education.


Día De Los Muertos at Casa Calavera & OMNIA Los Cabos

In celebration of the afterlife, Casa Calavera will be hosting a two-day event on Thursday and Friday, November 1-2 at 8pm where guests will enjoy a traditional family-style dinner with bottomless margaritas and unlimited domestic beers for $950 MXN, along with a live mariachi band. Make your reservations at reservations. OMNIA Los Cabos will also be hosting a special Dia de Los Muertos themed “Feel Good Fridays” on November 2 with special guest DJ Hector. Doors open at 11:30am. Reserve your spot today at


Tours DesAmor with Reik

Enjoy music under the stars with Latin Grammy Award winning Latin Pop Rock band Reik! With over 15 million followers, this uber popular band from Mexicali is sure to rock Cabo with their cool mix of pop rock songs and romantic ballads. The event will be held at Cabo Del Mar on Friday, November 2 at 7pm and will include a live DJ, food and drinks. Visit @Reik on Facebook for more information or for tickets!

3 International Tournament of Paellas In Los Cabos there are many paellas festivals, but not a tournament! In this 1st edition of the International Tournament of Paellas, more than 50 participants will compete for the first place cash prize and the recognition of the community of Los Cabos. A percentage of money collected will be donated in support of local charitable groups. Join the fun on Saturday, November 3 from 1:30pm to 6pm at Plaza Puerto Paraiso on the marina. The public will have the opportunity to interact in the tournament. Visit for more information! - EVERYTHING - EVERYTHING YOUYOU NEEDNEED TO KNOW TO KNOW ABOUT ABOUT SOUTHERN SOUTHERN BAJA BAJA


Cruising for the Critters

All aboard the luxury Tropicat Catamaran for the 2nd annual kick off to Cabo’s social season on Saturday, November 3 from 5pm to 7:30pm! The cruise includes delicious antipasto appetizers and premium open bar leaving from the Cabo San Lucas Marina Gate #4, near the cruise ship pier and the Dolphin Center. Tickets are $50 USD or $900 MXN. Buy tickets online at or at one of their participating ticket locations. Don’t miss the boat!



Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos 2018

On November 4, from 7am to 5pm, Los Cabos will host one of the most important Ironman 70.3 events in the world: The Latin American Triclub Ironman Championship 70.3! All Latin American triathlon clubs are invited to compete in this event, which will have a new, flatter and faster bicycle route. The magnificent landscapes, weather and natural wonders of Los Cabos provide the perfect setting for this competition.



Spazmatics at Koral

Relive the 80's at the Koral Center on Saturday, November 17 at 8pm with a special presentation by The Spazmatics! An energetic band based in California, their show “Back to the 80's” has been presented in venues as important as Universal Studios. This evening will be a pure celebration aimed at anyone who wants to spend a fun night in the musical style of the 80's. This event is sponsored by Boardwalk Productions, Koral Shops, and El Merkado. Tickets can be purchased at or at Koral Concierge.


Cabo Fitness Club Sunset 5k & 10k Run

Cabo Fitness Club invites you to participate in a sunset 5k and 10k run on Sunday, November 18 at 5pm. Participants will run along the sea at dusk and along the Transpeninsular Highway with a panoramic view between the desert and the sea. Children and adults are welcome. The run starts and finishes at Cabo Fitness Club in Cabo San Lucas.

Cabo Cocktail Festival

Cabo Cocktail Festival is the premier cocktail festival in Los Cabos aimed at showcasing hospitality, mixology and raising industry leaders. They will focus on topics that help raise the standard of service and beverages with seminars led by local and international bartenders. The schedule includes an opening party and seminars at Chileno Bay, a cocktail tour of downtown San José del Cabo, and a “Crudo Pool Party” and closing party at Acre!


Los Cabos Tuna JackPot

The 20th Annual Los Cabos Tuna JackPot takes place November 7-10. Tournament Director Pat McDonell explains “This exciting event is staged out of Cabo San Lucas at Land’s End. It is the biggest tuna tournament in Baja and offers a chance to win hundreds of thousands in cash and prizes.” Organizers invite you to come “Fish Hard, Party Harder” during this fun 4-day event!



Los Cabos International Film Festival

The 7th Edition of the Los Cabos International Film Festival returns to Cabo November 7-11 at Cinemex Puerto Paraíso in Cabo San Lucas. Film titles will include Wildlife, American Animals, Widows, and Destroyer. “Los Cabos International Film Festival aims to positively contribute to the growth of global film culture, focusing especially on Mexico, Canada and the United States while supporting their filmmakers.”


Sabor A Cabo Rural

Sabor a Cabo Rural focuses on showing the authentic regional cuisine of Los Cabos in a family friendly atmosphere. The event aims to boost the economy of communities and farms that have preserved the traditions of Baja Sur. Chefs will prepare traditional dishes like birria, barbacoa blanca, talayotes, cabrito asado and more, using 100% local Baja ingredients! This gastronomic event takes place on November 18 at Los Tamarindos in San José del Cabo from noon to 5pm.


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Dressed to the K9’s

Known by local foodies as the “event of the year”, Sabor A Cabo International Food and Wine Festival will take place on Saturday, December 1 at Quivira Los Cabos. The Restaurant Chamber (CANIRAC delegation) of Los Cabos started Sabor A Cabo 12 years ago to help promote local gastronomy. The event includes an impressive display of recipes prepared by more than 50 local restauranteurs paired with the best Mexican brands of wine, tequila and mezcal. This year’s edition will feature a musical performance by guest artist Miguel Bose!

The Los Cabos Humane Society presents “Dressed to the K9’s” on Saturday, December 1 at the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos. Glitter and glam is this year’s theme and guests are invited to dress to impress to kick off the Christmas season in style! The event includes a raffle and silent auction, an all-inclusive cocktail reception and gourmet dinner, martini bar, live music and dancing. - EVERYTHING - EVERYTHING YOUYOU NEED NEED TOTO KNOW KNOW ABOUT ABOUTSOUTHERN SOUTHERNBAJA BAJA

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Liga MAC Christmas Fiesta at The Shoppes at Palmilla

Liga MAC’s annual Christmas Fiesta will be held on Tuesday, December 4 at The Shoppes at Palmilla. The event is open to the public. The only requirement for attendance is the donation of an unwrapped toy that does not require batteries. The Christmas Fiesta is followed by a Christmas Posada later in the month where the gifts are distributed, brightening the holiday season for low-income families in Liga MAC programs.


Women Awakening 2018

Women Awakening 2018 is a uniquely unifying weekend of interactive experiences, movement practices and ceremonies in Todos Santos. This year’s theme is “Creating the Magic”. The event will include workshops such as Shine Your Light, Your Magical Voice, Birth and Death, Creating Magic Through the Power of Words, The Magic of Failure, Walking in Beauty, The Magic of Love, The Art of Intimacy and more!


Destino Los Cabos Holiday 5k & 8k Fun Run

Destino Los Cabos and Running Tours Los Cabos present a Holiday Fun Run benefiting the children of Los Niños del Capitán! Los Niños del Capitán provides daycare/school to children living in poverty in a safe and loving environment, as well as a social and educational foundation that will assist the children to become useful, self-assured individuals. Destino Los Cabos invites you to participate in our 5k or 8k run departing from Plaza Bonita in downtown Cabos San Lucas on Sunday, December 16. In lieu of an entry fee, participants are requested to bring an unwrapped toy (not requiring batteries) or cash donations for Los Niños del Capitán. Refreshments will be offered. Register by emailing:


EVENTS EVERY DAY: Omnia Dayclub Los Cabos Doors Open at 11:00 am. 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. (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: 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. The Wirikuta Show (624) 131-3131 THURSDAYS: Art Walk at the San Jose del Cabo Art District 5:00 pm. Explore the streets and art galleries of San Jose del Cabo's historic downtown. 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. Stargazing /Astronomy programs Reservation in advance is required. (624)129-8701 FRIDAYS: Farmer’s Market at the Shoppes at Palmilla 9:00 am -1:00 pm Feel Good Fridays at Omnia Dayclub Doors open at 11:00 am. SATURDAYS: La Kermés at Wirikuta 1:00 pm-8:00 pm (624) 131-3131 The Los Cabos Organic Market at Pedregal 7:30 am -12:00 pm Bird walks at San Jose Estuary Reservation in advance is required. (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.


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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: SANCHO'S HAVE YOU BEEN TO SANCHO’S? WHERE IS SANCHO’S? WHAT IS SANCHO’S? Sancho’s is a Sports Bar & Grill, and overall lively little place located on the Cabo San Lucas Marina between docks K & L. The idea of Sancho’s came from the two owners who happen to be two gals from Texas with a passion for sports, music, tacos, tequila and Jägermeister. They both fell in love with Cabo San Lucas and Baja California Sur, and eventually decided to go all in and open a bar of their own. It wasn’t a completely random idea; they actually have experience to make both sides of the business work. Margo has been slinging drinks and managing bars for the last 15 years, the last 5 being here in Cabo San Lucas. Coco got plenty of restaurant and bar experience in college before moving into business accounting, which she has been doing for the last 12 years. Sancho’s is known for a few things. First and foremost, Sancho’s is a bar. The drinks are strong, the beer is cold, the music is on point, and the only thing allowed on TV is sports and music videos. They have great drink specials every day of the week, and a special $1 shot of churro flavored tequila when you check-in on Facebook. Sancho’s has food too. The most popular item on the menu is THE PINK TACO. Yes, it is truly a hot pink, double decker taco with their special seasoned ground beef, refried beans, lettuce, and nacho cheese. The Pink Taco was even voted as The People’s Choice Favorite Taco at this year’s Taco Fest. It is a must try! The next thing Sancho’s is getting a lot of attention for is their Saturday Cajun Shrimp Boils. Being from Southeast

Texas, Margo and Coco have been influenced by some of the Cajun food and flavors from Louisiana. Every Saturday, Sancho’s prepares the Cajun Shrimp Boil, which consists of a pound of Cajun boiled, peel and eat shrimp, two pieces of corn, two potatoes, two pieces of Texas sausage, rice, drawn butter and a special pink sauce. It’s served from 10am until 10pm, unless it’s sold out. Reservations are suggested for Saturdays from October through April. Sancho’s just celebrated their 2 Year Anniversary in October. In two short years, they have gone from six food menu items to over 50 food items, including breakfast too. They even have occasional food specials of Sloppy Joes, Gumbo, Frito Chili Pies, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Shrimp Etouffee and others throughout the year. Sancho’s is becoming one of the favorite stops for both locals and tourists. Stop by, grab a drink, have a pink taco (watch out for the hot sauce), and enjoy one of the best views on the marina! - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA



by Justine Schock, your guide to the Los Cabos Social Scene

BAJA SUMMER FEST 2018 – On Sunday, September 30, three of Cabo’s most beloved local bars came together for this once a year event at Jungle Bar Pescadero! Jungle Bar Cabo, Cabo Blue Bar and Sancho’s brought bartenders and cooks from their downtown Cabo locations for a day of live music, yummy food, cold drinks, cool merchandise and good vibes! La Flaka Band, Jenelle Aubade, Blues Band MX and Liiroi Douglass all performed during this one day musical lineup. Vendor booths included Cabo Skulls, Ayla Jewelry, Jewelry by In Lak’ech Yoga, Meg San Fellipo, Cabo Premier Real Estate, Julie Overman and Shaka’s. Sancho’s served up their famous Pink Tacos and Baja Fish Tacos, while Cabo Blue Bar grilled up tasty burgers and hot dogs. @SanchosCabo @CaboBlueBarAndGrill @JungleBarCabo @JunglePescadero

SKULLS & SKILLETS BRUNCH AT CASA CALAVERA – Casa Calavera Los Cabos launched their new Skulls & Skillets brunch last month and we could NOT wait to try it! From 10am to 3pm every Sunday, enjoy bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marias for only $450 MXN along with delicious brunch dishes created by Executive Chef Alex Branch. The new brunch menu serves up a fresh spin on traditional Mexican dishes like Chilaquiles in red or green sauce, Huevos Rancheros, Avocado Toast, Enfrijoladas (Mexican sausage, bean sauce, sour cream and cheese), Tecolotes (toasted bread topped with chilaquiles, melted cheese and refried beans), sweets and much more! Skulls & Skillets brunch was designed to kick off the week with a calendar of events for everyone including: Mezcal Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Wednesday Loteria Night (also known as Mexican Bingo), Thursday Salsa Night, and Friday/Saturday “Mi Casa es Su Casa” featuring sundown food and beverages specials. Casa Calavera is a beachside restaurant featuring traditional Mexican calavera art and an authentic Día de los Muertos theme. Open seven days a week inside Vidanta Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo. Make your reservation today at casacalavera. com/reservations. @CasaCalaveraLosCabos


Photos By Brooke Stevens. Courtesy of SIP CABO


SONGWRITERS IN PARADISE – The 2nd Annual Songwriters in Paradise (also known as SIP CABO) came to Cabo on October 3-6. Patrick Davis, the founder of SIP CABO explained, "Our 2nd Annual Songwriters in Paradise Cabo at The Bahia Hotel, SUR Beach House & Bar Esquina was an incredible success with 13 world class songwriters, 100's of music fans & 4 nights of music at 3 incredible locations! Every one of us cannot wait to get back for SIP CABO in October of 2019!! The outpouring of support SIP CABO received from both the locals, the expats and the tourists was really extraordinary. The crowds this year were double what they were last year & I see no reason to think we will not have even larger crowds next year." The event included nightly shows by big name songwriters and recording artists including Kristian Bush, Lauren Jenkins, Mark Bryan, Wyatt Durrette, Patrick Davis, Kylie Rae Harris, Tyler Reeve, Johnny Bulford, Channing Wilson, Django Walker, Heidi Raye, and Levi Lowry. "All the songwriters of SIP CABO love coming to Cabo...the restaurants are incredible, the beaches are pristine & the water is truly is paradise.” Dates for 2019 will be announced in the coming weeks so stay tuned and get ready to book your trip early. Destino Los Cabos was a proud sponsor of SIP Cabo! @SongsInParadise

FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS BROUGHT TO YOU BY DESTINO – Destino Los Cabos hosted the first “Feel Good Fridays” of the season at OMNIA Los Cabos day club in San José del Cabo! On Friday, October 5, guests joined Destino for a day of non-stop party music and never-ending cocktails with music by guest DJ Audio1. Feel Good Fridays is OMNIA’s laid back start to the weekend, which regularly features sold out Saturday performances by in demand DJ’s from around the globe. With plush daybeds, private cabanas and inviting pools, OMNIA is an awesome place to spend a day in paradise! OMNIA Los Cabos invites you to make every Friday a good one and join them each week for great music by local DJ talent and specials for Cabo locals. @OMNIALosCabos - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA


WORLD CARE 2018 – World Care 2018 by the Global Altruism Foundation featured performances by rising music star Ciera MacKenzie and songwriter Cody Webb, with a special performance by multi-platinum guitarist Kenny Olson. The event took place on November 5-7 at the Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos. Other World Care 2018 events included yoga classes by Gaby de la Rosa, an art experience by Yandi Monardo, food by Executive Chef Gerardo Rivera and music mashups by Ricky J and local drummer Giuseppe Spargo. The Global Altruism Foundation website explains “Our objective is to focus our means, abilities and actions in a deliberate manner to create the best charitable outcome. Each of our charitable initiatives will be based on an individual altruistic due diligence process to create the most effective positive impact…Our focus is to support medical or educational needs, give relief during times of a natural disaster and boost general human and animal welfare.” For more information on Global Altruism visit @GlobalAltruism

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