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BAJA 101: Destinations Useful Information Maps Activities DISCOVER: All that's Fishy - Monthly Fishing Report The Magical Encounter with the Survivors of the Sea Must Sea Beaches TOP 10 REASONS TO MAKE CABO YOUR WEDDING DESTINATION SPA REPORT: OJO DE LIEBRE SPA IN THE SPOTLIGHT FUN ACTIVITIES DURING YOUR CABO WEDDING WEEK CULTURE: Where do the locals eat? Giving Back Guide Giving Back: Understanding and Combatting Cancer in Baja California Sur Spanish Lesson REPRESENTATIVE SOUTHERN BAJA PLANTS OUT & ABOUT: Social Cabo THE LOCAL'S CORNER: Local discounts Destino Directory Events

a note from the

EDITOR

As I've seen Cabo grow at an impressive rate in the past few years I have noticed that Cabo now attracts all types of travelers, but I must say that possibly the most common type of groups I see are wedding parties (and bachelor/bachelorette parties, of course!). Who wouldn't love to get married in romantic Cabo? Who wouldn't love going to a wedding in Cabo? For this reason, one of our favorite issues of the year here at Destino Los Cabos is the April Weddings issue, because we have the opportunity to share the joy by giving you destination wedding tips, ideas for activities to do with your wedding guests, and let's just go ahead and say it, we get to show off our beautiful home in a beautiful way. Read along to see why Cabo makes the ideal wedding destination! 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” 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 the "The Tip of Southern Baja" map on page 12 you can see that the highways and towns form a loop, which you can easily drive in one day. 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 and 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.

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“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. In Southern Baja, however, it's not just about the ocean, in this naturally magical place 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 pine-oak forests, and you can find wild mushrooms, wild horses and deer. Ready to explore?

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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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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.

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.

CASH OR CARD?

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.

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, 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.

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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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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: 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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Local area codes: Los Cabos: (624), Todos Santos and La Paz: (612) - Loreto: (613) To dial to other countries: 00 + country code (1, 2 or 3 digits) + number From a Mexican land line or cell phone: To a Mexican long distance number: 01 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number To a Mexican cell phone number: 3 digit area code + 7 digit number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number From your U.S. cell phone: To a Mexican land line or cell phone: 011 52 + 3 digit area code + number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + number Some U.S. cell phone carriers have arrangements with Mexican carriers and when you travel here your cell phone uses their towers. If this is your case, you will have to dial as if you had a Mexican phone. U.S. TOLL FREE NUMBERS (International rates will apply): To a 1 (800): 00 + 1 + 880 + phone number To a 1 (888): 00 + 1 + 881 + phone number To a 1 (866): 00 + 1 + 883 + phone number To a 1 (877): 00 + 1 + 882 + phone number To a 1 (855): 00 + 1 + 884 + phone number

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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.

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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. 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 Playa just north of San José del Cabo is the newest marina in

SEASONAL FISHING CHART

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 Tide - Marea Captain - Capitán Fish - Pescado Aboard - Abordo Bait - Carnada To fish - Pescar Fishing rod - Caña de pescar To float - Flotar Hook - Anzuelo Wind - Viento

Life preservers - Salvavidas Throttle - Acelerador Anchor - Ancla Bow - Proa Stern - Popa

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From Tiger Woods to Nicklaus and Fazio, many of the big names in golf have designed courses on this unique landscape. Many courses offer a reduced rate later in the day during twilight hours. Appropriate golf attire is required on all courses and club rentals are available. Cabo Del Sol Ocean Course - A Jack Nicklaus signature course with six ocean front holes (1.5 miles). Known for its “3 finest finishing holes in golf” the Ocean Course is said to be one of the most difficult yet beautiful courses in the area. 18 holes, 7,075 yards, par 72. Desert Course – Designed by Tom Weiskopf, this course winds through the desert above the Ocean Course and challenges the golfer with risk vs reward type decision-making. www.cabodelsol.com Cabo Real The newly renovated Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf course is one of the Corridor’s first championship courses and boasts beautiful views of the Sea of Cortez, elevation changes, and has hosted two PGA Senior Slams. www.questrogolf.com Cabo San Lucas Country Club This course was designed by Roy Dye and is conveniently located outside of Cabo San Lucas and is the only one with views of Land’s End. It has more than 80 bunkers and slightly inclined fairways and one of the longest holes in all of Mexico at 610 yards. www.cabocountry.com Club Campestre San José Make sure you bring your creativity for the greens at Club Campestre, the newest Jack Nicklaus Design in Los Cabos. Almost every green has 2 or 3 different tiers, so spend some time on the practice green before your round. 18 holes, Par 71, 6,966 yards. www.questrogolf.com Danzante Bay at the Islands of Loreto ​North of Cabo is Baja’s newest gem and it might just outshine the rest. Just opened in 2016, Rees Jones, the architect and designer of Danzante Bay explains the elevated, island-like 17th hole par 3 “I

have no doubt that number 17 will be one of the best holes in the world”. The course winds you through stunning vistas of the Sea of Cortez, as well as the beautiful mountain range of the Sierra’s. A stunner to say the least and a must-do for the avid golfer. www.danzantebaygolfcourse.com Diamante – El Cardonal & Dunes Course A stunning masterpiece with rolling fairways and challenging greens, El Cardonal can test any golfer. Bring your short game as the golfer can experience undulated greens and encourages risk versus reward decision-making on each hole. Diamante is also home to Davis Love III’s spectacular “Dunes Course,” currently ranking #38 in the top 100 courses in the world according to golf.com. With linksstyle attributes, this challenging design reminds the golfer he’s only competing against himself. The course was designed with the wind in mind and rewards you when going with the wind and challenges you when going against it. www.diamantecabosanlucas.com Palmilla Golf Club With 27 holes of golf, each 9 hole course offers something different. The Ocean, Mountain, and Arroyo courses all boast Jack Nicklaus Design and a fun and challenging layout with canyons and elevation changes. www.palmillagc.com Puerto Los Cabos This 18-hole composite course made up of nine Greg Norman designed and nine Jack Nicklaus designed holes is a favorite among locals and frequent visitors. With both challenging and forgiving holes, the average golfer can get around the course comfortably and enjoy the numerous oceanfront holes and elevated vistas. Not to mention, comfort stations with food and booze every 4-5 holes make the experience fun for all levels of players and all types of groups. www.questrogolf.com Quivira Located on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula and sure to test any level of player, Quivira boasts dramatic cliff-side landscapes and multiple oceanfront golf holes. It’s not uncommon to be playing while whales breach in the Pacific Ocean or fish jump out of the water. The oncourse experience is unique in its multiple comfort stations where players can enjoy tacos, quesadillas, sliders, and of course, a few adult beverages. www.quiviragolfclub.com Vidanta Golf Los Cabos This 9 hole course is a friendly course but make sure you hit ‘em straight because throughout the course you are surrounded by homes and condos in beautiful San José. A fun course for any level of golfer. www.vidantagolf.com

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Buggy Tours, ATV/UTV Rentas, and Biking 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 and taking a riding excursion, or maybe just a beach cruiser and joining a guided bicycle tour of town. 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. Adventure Parks There are several adventure parks in Los Cabos where you and your kids can experience zip-lining, backcountry UTV and 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. Jet Skis, Parasailing, Banana Boats and more Go to Medano Beach for a day full of fun water activities. There are numerous options along the beach, such as jet skis, banana boat cruises, aquatic bikes, SUP rentals, and more! Or try a parasailing trip and gain some altitude to enjoy beautiful views of Cabo while tethered firmly to a speedboat! Water Parks Wild Canyon Adventures has recently opened its brand new water park section, which you can access with your park day pass, a perfect way to spend a full day of fun family activities. Wild Wet Fun Water Park, located about 30 minutes from San José del Cabo, has shallow pools and small slides for young children, water mushrooms and a pirate ship. 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 Releases Every year, from June through December 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 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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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.

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.

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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, roped-off 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 eight-fingered coral reef is about a 1.5-hour drive from San José del Cabo, but it is well worth it!

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.

PARASAILING

For a unique vantage pount of Cabo San Lucas try a parasailing trip and gain some altitude to enjoy beautiful views while tethered firmly to a speedboat. Trips last around 15 minutes. You can find this activity on Medano beach.

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Every year, from June through December 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.

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. 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: East side of the San José del Cabo’s main beach. 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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Sierra is a popular ingredient for ceviche often served as an appetizer in many local restaurants.

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B y T hat Baja Guy - Gar y Graham Local and visiting anglers alike are discovering how dazzling billfishing can be here in Cabo San Lucas. There are still double-digit “catch and releases” for those willing to travel at least 50 miles up the Pacific Coast to the Finger Bank. However, although the numbers of billfish seen are astonishing, they are matched by the fuel bill when the boat returns to the Marina. For those who may be a bit more frugal and willing to catch only a couple, they will find enough just outside the harbor a few miles from the Lighthouse out to the Golden Gate and San Jamie Bank. There inshore and offshore action can be only a mile or two apart. It’s not uncommon for one boat to be hooking billfish while another boat in near the shoreline, is catching roosterfish, jack crevalle, skipjack or even sierra, a popular ingredient for ceviche often served as an appetizer in many local restaurants. Another option are the dorado, located only a few miles farther offshore; then even farther out some yellowfin tuna can be found traveling with the bottlenose porpoise. It’s also a great time to spot

some of the gray or blue whales. The seasonal migration has turned the corner following the schools of bait up into the Sea of Cortez. Stripers are reported being spotted off Palmilla and Punta Gorda and as far east as the Gordo Banks. The fleets are reporting solid counts averaging one to two fish per day, with a few boats still reporting multiple fish for their anglers. The dorado counts have been a bit spotty, but the wahoo counts have been up. Yellowfin tuna numbers were also down a bit, perhaps because of fewer boats targeting the tuna as they were almost 30 to 35 miles out. The wahoo were spotted from west of the Lighthouse to the east off Palmilla. Inshore fishing has improved with nice catches of schools of skipjack, along with the sierra and jacks showing from Solmar to El Arco. Roosterfish have had a good showing in the surf from Solmar around the point to the Lighthouse, as well as in the Palmilla area. Yellowtail are also showing up in the most recent counts. The panga fleet at Puertos Los Cabos had some great action just outside the marina jetty where the sardina has been schooling. The sardina were attracting schools of sierra, jack crevalle, and even roosterfish along the beach stretches. Hopefully, these baitfish will remain in the region for the coming months. Other bait options were caballito, chihuil, ballyhoo and slabs of squid. Local pangas were venturing offshore at the Gordo Banks to the Iman Bank, and some were traveling as far north as Vinorama. The most common catch has been the Eastern Pacific bonito and red snapper (mostly smaller fish, but all good eating), striking on yo-yo jigs and various bait. Some red crabs were starting to be seen at times drifting to the surface which could develop into something if they remain. Occasional amberjack or leopard grouper were highlighting the bottom action but with no yellowtail reported. Offshore yellowfin tuna have become very scarce recently with only a very few hooked, and only a handful caught. Those fish that were weighed in were in the 30- to 70-pound class range. However,

recently a few tuna have been spotted feeding on the surface on the Gordo Banks as well as on the Iman Bank. Dorado scattered after the inshore water changed to an off-colored green; a few anglers were lucky enough to find a handful of 15-pound dorado, however. The striped marlin in this area were also very scattered, though every day there were a few seen. Bait schools are more spread out, so the marlin seem not to be congregating on any hot spot. With the climate continuing to warm up as the spring season approaches, we should start to see more gamefish appearing on local grounds. At East Cape, they are shaking off remnants of cooler and rainy weather as the dreaded north winds howl. There are hints of an early spring. However, with only a few boats out fishing, it makes it difficult to get an idea on the action. So, aside from an excellent snapper bite while bottom fishing on the high spots off Buena Vista, there have been some breezing yellowtail spotted, and the sierra and jack continue to make the beach scene interesting for small boaters. Working up the coast, both Muertos and La Ventana have had "hit- or-miss" fishing. The windsurfers and kiteboarders had fun with the continuing winds, but even on the few fishable days, the anglers who went out found it to be slow, even though they did catch some fish. However, there are some quality fish around that seem like they're just waiting to bust loose as winter pulls away. The coming month looks promising. Early, there were some strong winds, but then they have been dropping back quite a bit. That will hopefully kick the fish up again. Up at Loreto, thirty or more boats were fishing in one area, and all were catching yellowtail averaging 20 pounds. Boiling bait, firecrackers and cabrilla were working the surface with the bigger boys down closer to the rocks. All of the boats were hooking the bigger fish but getting them up off the bottom was almost impossible! The yellowtail bite was closer than many of the traditional spots. La Cholla consists of a string of boulders stretching from Coronado’s southern tip to the northwest corner of Carmen. The bloom of blue whales that recently showed up is still thrilling many boatloads of visitors, making this busy season a success! Big yellowtail and big whales make March a “best month” for Loreto. April conditions are a promise to anglers that there will be an early beginning to the Baja Sur fishing season which as usual will offer a few surprises. *


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Whale watching is the human activity of encountering whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. The species originally responsible for the development of whale watching was the gray whale. They have a hump and a ridge of sharp bumps along their backs, instead of a dorsal fin. They are a type of baleen whale, which means they filter food from the water through special bristly structures in their mouths. Gray whales stay close to shore and feed in shallow water. They travel 10,000-12,000 miles round trip every year between their winter calving lagoons in the warm waters of Mexico and their summer feeding grounds in the cold Arctic seas. Gray whales are often covered with parasites and other organisms that make their snouts and backs look like a crusty ocean rock. An encounter with a friendly whale is a remarkable experience in Baja California Sur. In many cases a calf visit a tourist skiff with its mother. Tourists pet o rub the whales, and in many cases the whales rub against or lifts the skiff partially out of the water. The presence of one friendly may attract others, so at times tourist skiffs are surrounded by up to twenty curious animals. Althought researchers have noted both gray whale food resources and feeding behavior in the lagoons in Mexico and along the coastal migratory corridor, these areas are not important to the nutritional needs of the population. These whales were once the target of extensive hunting, and by early in the 20th century they were in serious danger of extinction. Nearly hunted to extinction in the past, these gentle giants have made a dramatic comeback. Friendly and engaging, they are often intrigued with humans, swimming right up to our open boats. We may see mothers "showing off" their babies, and our small groups can frequently interact with them at close range. The whales entertain us with breaching and spy- hopping, and we sometimes observe mating behavior as well. When you come with us to Mexico to see them, you'll be forever spoiled for whale watching, because it doesn't get any better than this! Today gray whales are protected by international law, and their numbers have grown. The Eastern North Pacific gray whale population was removed from the endangered species list. Nature enthusiasts shouldn't miss the opportunity to see the majestic gray whale in its natural habitat, off the coast of Mexico.*

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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!

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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 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 early 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 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.

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.

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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.

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exico continues to be the number one destination for American destination weddings every year, and it’s no coincidence. This paradise is close to home, easy on the wallet, and offers something for everyone. Los Cabos couldn’t be a more magical place to tie the knot, nestled in a tiny corner of the world, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez in a little slice of paradise that combines endless stretches of picturesque beaches with miles of untouched desert landscape. There’s a lengthy list of reasons why Los Cabos has thousands of engaged couples heading south of the border each year to say, “I do!”, but here are 10 of our favorites!

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but it will still be your biggest wedding day fear. All the planning, the beautiful centerpieces, printed menus and programs, and let’s not forget the hours of hair and makeup. The last thing you want to think about is moving your dream wedding indoors at the last minute to escape the rain. But we have good news – Los Cabos is warm and sunny almost all year long. You can count on predictably beautiful weather at least nine months out of the year. The hot and rainy season in Cabo is in the months of August and September, which are also the months when tropical storms are a possibility. Steer away from those pages of the calendar and your wedding day will surely be a beautiful one.

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Weddings in Los Cabos can certainly range in price, but whether your budget is $5,000 or $100,000, you’re sure to get more bang for your buck with a Cabo wedding than

C’mon, who hasn’t heard of Cabo? This amazing destination offers gorgeous beaches, grand resorts, breath-taking sunsets, world-class cuisine, fishing, relaxation, adventure, culture, non-stop parties, the ocean, and nearly year-round sunshine. Cabo actually does have something for everyone. Our charming little Land’s End is easy to get to, safe, and loads of fun, which is why it’s also the most returned to vacation destination. Visitors love it so much that they continue to come back again and again. Don’t expect to hear any complaints when you tell your friends and family that you’re having your wedding in Cabo!

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one in your own home town. With the breathtaking backdrops that this magical place has to offer, there’s no need for excessive décor. Also, destination weddings tend to go hand-in-hand with a smaller guest list, and fewer mouths to feed means less spending. This brings us to our next topic – The Guest List!

up with guests. You’ll already have spent hours of fun, quality time together on the days leading up to your wedding. Destination weddings tend to be more like family reunions, except that they combine two families. And isn’t the point of a wedding to join two families together?

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Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the most beautiful days of your life, and certainly among the most memorable. Why not celebrate it in one of the most stunning settings that the world has to offer? Maybe you want to incorporate a little Mexican flare, a bit of fairytale sparkle, some rustic elegance, or some bold and colorful charm. Whatever you decide on will be surrounded by stretches gorgeous sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, crystal blue waters, warm ocean breezes, the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean, and moon rising over the Sea of Cortez. The landscape of this incredible place is almost unbelievable. Los Cabos is has no shortage of breathtaking views; the perfect setting for your wedding day.

A trip to Cabo will require travel, several days out of town, and hotel stays. This gives you the perfect opportunity to cut down on what usually starts out as an unmanageable guest list. We call it “The C List”. It’s the list of people you don’t necessarily want to invite, but you think they might be expecting an invitation, so you feel a strange obligation to include them. Not to worry, when your neighbor across the street learns that your wedding is in Los Cabos, any prior expectation for an invitation will quickly diminish. You can always throw a casual postwedding party when you get back home. While a Cabo wedding will definitely offer you some control with who you want to invite, it certainly won’t limit you. The event venues in Los Cabos can accommodate anything from a romantic, private 2 person elopement to a grand event with a thousand guests. You choose!

After six months to a year or more of planning, most couples feel like the day of the wedding is over in a blink, no matter how good you are at savoring the moment. With a destination wedding, you have 3 or more days of fun with your guests. Of course, your actual wedding day will be the pièce de résistance, but you can also give you guest another full day or more of memories. Show your loved ones how much you appreciate them by planning a fun event like a welcome party, rehearsal dinner, pool day, or group excursion. A dinner cruise or sunset cruise is a great way to show your guests the famed Arch of Cabo while sailing around the bay. As soon as you settle on a Los Cabos destination wedding, you can say goodbye to the age-old ritual of spending half of your wedding reception walking around to every table to catch

SAFETY

One of our favorite things about Cabo is that the biggest safety concern should be a severe sun burn. Many Americans have concerns about traveling to Mexico, but Los Cabos is among the very safest of tourist destinations. You can rest assured that you’ll be bringing your wedding guests somewhere safe. While in town, you should exercise the same safety practices that you would at home, or in any other town. For example, don’t accept drinks from strangers, use the buddy system when out at night, especially when drinking, don’t leave your drink unattended, and don’t carry large amounts of cash on you. Aside from these general safety standards of travel, Cabo is a place that you can feel safe and secure. That said, with the many activities like boating, jet skiing, diving, paddle boarding, surfing, and fly boarding available, it’s strongly advised to be extra careful of you and others while in the water. Even swimming in certain places can be dangerous. Ask a local where the best swim spots are before you hop in. And definitely, definitely apply sunblock!

Los Cabos is among the most sought-after destinations for weddings in the world, in part because connectivity from the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe is decidedly efficient. Travel from anywhere is relatively easy and well-priced, particularly from North America. Every major international airline now has flights to Los Cabos, including new-to-the-scene Southwest Airlines, offering direct flights from several major cities. Travelers from the western United States have always had it easy with short, 2-hour jaunts down the Baja, but now you can find direct flights originating from the Midwest and the East Coast, making a trip to Cabo as easy as domestic travel. To boot, the current exchange rate from dollars to pesos is nothing short of remarkable, making your Cabo visit more affordable than ever. Let’s face it, Mexico has never found itself on the list of most expensive places to visit.

A VARIETY OF OPTIONS

One of the big appeals to a Cabo wedding is the sheer endless variety. From quaint boutique hotels that give guests a feeling of Old Mexico to the meticulously designed five-diamond resorts for the high-end affair, Cabo can give you exactly what you want. This charming little town can accommodate the simple bride whose only requirement is to have her toes in the sand, as well as the discerning bride with specific ideas in mind. And let’s not forget the creative do-it-yourself bride who wants to put her own special touch on her special day. Feeling a little country? Cabo has several renowned organic farm-to-table restaurants with a rustic, down-home atmosphere. Want to say your vows at sea? The Cabo San Lucas marina is one of the biggest and highly populate in the world. Take your pick from hundreds of beautiful boats. Cabo even offers services for avid scuba divers to get married under the sea! Los Cabos has become such a desirable wedding destination that it offers world class photographers, musicians, stylists, award winning chefs, and more. Whether you prefer a band or a DJ, Jazz or Mariachi, Authentic Mexican or Italian cuisine – you name it; Cabo has it!

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Los Cabos boasts a plethora of qualified and experienced event planners who exist to make your wedding planning experience stressfree and easy. These talented coordinators know the ropes, can make calls on your behalf, negotiate rates, suggest creative ideas, and help you avoid unnecessary hurdles. In almost every case, your wedding planner will save you far more than he or she will charge for planning services. What could be more enjoyable that to have every detail of your weekend handled before you even arrive – airport shuttles, dinner reservations, spa treatments, activities, and of course, the wedding! Your planner’s top priority is to keep you under your budget, and that should be the first thing you discuss together. Give yourself the best wedding gift possible when you decide to tie the knot in Cabo – find a planner who you like and let go of any worrying and stress. This is supposed to be one of the happiest times of your life; enjoy it! *

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The iconic Ojo de Liebre lagoon located in Guerrero Negro, about 11 hours north of Cabo San Lucas, is an inviting sanctuary for a wide variety of sea life, including grey whales, which migrate thousands of miles every year to mate, give birth and relax in its revitalizing waters. Inspired by this lagoon of natural opulence, this spa has created its own version of this sanctuary. At Ojo de Liebre Spa you will find a fabled selection of ingredients and treatments curated specially to offer a transcendent experience to your mind, body and soul. T he f e e l: An Organic Baja Sanctuary. The clean and modern architectural lines, in combination with natural textures such as rich wood and stone on the floors, walls and ceilings, submerge you into this relaxing organic sanctuary. Ojo de Liebre Spa is all about the elements, from their service menu which is divided into Earth Experiences, Ocean Experiences, Energy Experiences, and Wind Experiences, to their wet areas with impressively sized pools. T h e e x p e r i e n ce : When you first arrive you are greeted with a welcome drink made with cucumber, aloe and citrus, and you're given a tour of the facilities. As you enter the wet areas the warmth of the vast room embraces you, immediately inviting you to enter into relaxation. The round therapeutic Himalayan salt room sits in the middle in between

the two pools. The feeling of the salt floor on your feet gives you a sense of grounding, meanwhile the light entering through the salt walls soothes you into tranquility. Make sure you arrive with enough time before your treatment so you can enjoy the many other amenities that the wet areas have to offer, such as jet massaging beds inside the pools, several water pressure features, a sauna and steam room, hot and cold jacuzzis, an outdoor sun room, and thermal beds where you can lay and get lost in the reflections of light on the walls and ceiling that bounce off the water. The treatment: Velo de Novia (Bridal Veil) - The goal of this treatment is to leave you glowing for the BIG DAY. It begins with an energy cleansing ritual and a feet exfoliation with Himalayan salt, rose petals and jasmine, then followed by a full body exfoliation made of organic coconut, rose petals and sea salt. The mix is sprinkled on your body with a Lomi Lomi technique, and the feeling of the granules falling on your skin is incredibly soothing. After the exfoliation, you're covered in a warm body wrap and are given an Ayurvedic face massage and after a scalp massage with amethyst oil. You are then invited rinse off in the in-room shower, followed by a massage – which incorporates hot stones – given with a shea butter, coconut and cucumber mask. The therapist recommends that you leave the mask on until the next day so your skin is soft and radiant on your wedding day. Therapist: Juliana García.


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in the spotlight: Bonnie Chase Owner Bliss Events

Like most expats who live and work in Mexico, Bonnie moved to Cabo and fell in love with it. With a background in event-driven marketing, she began working almost exclusively on events with an emphasis on weddings and becoming the premiere Cabo Wedding Planner. While she proudly employs a team of event planners, she personally cultivates and maintains a relationship with every client. Bonnie is a true visionary with a love for innovation and an extremely creative approach to designing events. Her extraordinary attention to detail not only results in flawless event design, but exceptional budget management. With years of combined experience and dynamic skills, the Bliss team has the resources to overcome any challenge, solve any problem, and recommend the very best services that Cabo has to offer, all while making sure that your wedding or special event is absolutely perfect.

What do Lady Gaga, George Clooney, world famous wedding planners Mindy Weiss and Colin Cowie all have in common? They’re among the many VIPs who have had the chance to work with the multitalented Los Cabos Wedding & Event Planner Arianna Ocampo. Not many people have the experience, patience, and discretion required to handle VIP weddings and events, especially in a resort destination where venue staffing can change frequently. With nearly six hundred events under her belt in thirteen years, this gal has earned her chops as a "planificadora extraordinaria," or extraordinary planner! Recently, Arianna joined the powerhouse wedding planning, design, and decor company, Del Cabo Weddings. "Few event and wedding planning companies have the capabilities of Del Cabo. With multiple warehouses brimming with the largest Baja decor selection south of San Diego, Del Cabo is truly the one-stop shop for all of Los Cabos," says Arianna. "I thrive leading a powerful team and love to have in-house resources that include professional planners, designers, tech staff, architects, landscapers, and carpenters," she admits. Arianna especially appreciates the "wedding perfect" capabilities of Del Cabo's custom fabricators who can build bespoke, custom designed and built furniture, soft goods such as curtains, pillows, linens, or even customize existing decor to client specs. The team of wedding planners at Del Cabo Weddings are also professionally trained in all wedding disciplines including Jewish, Roman Catholic, Green, Same-Sex, or that of any region or religion in all of South Asia. Arianna will tell you Del Cabo wedding planners are not simply order-takers - they commit to understanding and focusing on the individual requirements and wishes of each couple. Says Arianna, "Del Cabo is also such an integral part of the Los Cabos vendor community that every wedding or event they do is seamless. If any problem arises, it can be easily solved with their knowledge of and relationship with every property and venue in all of Los Cabos." One of her favorite Del Cabo weddings was that of Influencer Lauryn Evarts, creator of the wildly popular blog "The Skinny Confidential." Lauryn had specific and slightly out of the ordinary design and decor ideas, explains Arianna. No other wedding design, planning, and decor company could have come close to not only pulling this wedding off but taking it to a whole different level the way Del Cabo did. Imagine the contrast of bubble gum pink against Goth black, and on a beach. Lauryn, her husband Michael and even their guests are still talking about the stunning, dramatic style and vibe that was achieved. Arianna also appreciates the fact that people are the heartbeat of Del Cabo. She loves that they are a vital part of the Community, and are the largest sponsor of local charitable, sports and arts events in the region. She loves that Del Cabo clients are always surprised at the extraordinary caring and versatility of the team. "What I can tell you is this - our highly skilled, custom wedding planning team all possess one overriding, critical skill” claims Arianna. “They all understand and translate each couples' vision, no matter how unusual, into a magical and perfect reality." That, dear friends, is what wedding design is all about… *

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About Bliss Events ​Bliss Events is a full-service wedding and event planning company that began in Los Cabos, Mexico, one of the world’s most visited destinations for weddings. Los Cabos is host to countless breathtaking resorts, beaches, villas, restaurants, and other locations, that it’s impossible not to imagine the endless possibilities for weddings and events. In the years since its inception, Bliss Events has expanded its services, and has planned and executed extraordinary weddings and events in the United States and other parts of Mexico. The Bliss Events team is incredibly passionate about their work. The mission is simple – to provide exemplary service, to be a partner through every step of the planning process, and when the big day comes, to deliver the event you’ve always dreamed of. *

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Are you considering getting married in Cabo? Or perhaps you’re already here for your wedding week! If so, you’ll want to show your family and wedding party a good time. Everything is wonderful here and there are so many things you can do in Cabo that will make your wedding vacation even more memorable and amazing!

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So let me point out some great adventure ideas for soon-to-be married couple or newlyweds and their families and friends:

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Sailing - Head out from Cabo San Lucas Marina or Puerto Los Cabos Marina and enjoy a wonderful day sailing where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. Some stops for snorkeling at Santa Maria Bay or Chileno Reef will be the perfect addition to your sailing adventure. Fishing - As you know, the fishing here in Cabo is amazing. One of the cool things about fishing trips is that you can check out the famous Cabo Arch on your way. This activity has got to be one of the best for a few reasons. First, you get to go out deep into nature in the beautiful ocean waters while enjoying a wonderful time with your loved ones on a nice boat and having some refreshing beverages and delicious food. And by the end of the day you have probably caught a fish to have some fresh sashimi or a great fish plate for diner. Atvs - Go off roading into Baja’s canyons and sand trails. Just a few minutes from Cabo San Lucas or San Jose de Cabo are many Atv and buggy opera-

tors that run the most exhilarating tours. All kinds of terrain can be encountered so it is a great way to go into Baja’s wonderful nature with your fiancé, family and friends. Jet skiing - Checking out the Arch is something that everybody has to do while visiting Cabo. So renting a jet ski at Medano Bay might be your ideal way to do it, and the most fun too. Zip lining is surely also one of the best ways to check out Baja’s desert landscapes. There are many operators to choose from that offer magical and safe adventures. Snorkeling has got to be one of the all time favorite activities to refresh from the hot sun and sand, and have fun with family and friends. I highly recommend you try it out. We have some amazing snorkeling spots with many species of tropical colorful fish and fascinating coral formations. Some top sites are Neptune's finger in Cabo San Lucas, Santa Maria bay and Chileno reef in the Cabo corridor, and La Sirenita beach in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park. If you are into scuba diving, that may be for sure the ultimate way to enjoy Cabo´s seas and have a fun time with you’re future husband or wife. Waterfalls and hot springs - Santiago Oasis town is just an hour north from San Jose del Cabo and the famous Fox Canyon waterfalls are just 20 minutes from there. There are also relaxing hot springs in the area, so just ask a local resident of Santiago for directions. This is the perfect outing to do something very different during this special time in Cabo. Sunrise at the Estuary - A wonderful experience

for couples is to visit the San Jose del Cabo estuary to see the sunrise and walk the beach all the way to the mouth of the estuary. The sea will be to your right and the estuary to your left as you face the rising sun. The estuary has a series of mystical calm water channels that are flanked by tall palm trees, and the early morning flight of the birds makes this place a true paradise. Pelicans, ducks, geese, ospreys and many other bird species can be seen enjoying their habitat. Horseback riding - Also great for couples. There are really nice places for horseback riding here, like the beach and desert trails. Sunset boat - There are many options to choose from, some have great dining and drinking, and others offer wonderful night shows and themed performances. But the most amazing thing is that you go past the famous arch which is very beautiful and unforgettable. This is the perfect activity to make your wedding vacation absolutely memorable, especially this time of year in which you might see the last grey whales that are heading north on their way back home. So those are some fun ideas to have an adventurous time during your very special stay in Cabo, but finally I would like to deeply recommend you try to visit the popular Art Walk on Thursdays and the Organic Market on Saturdays, both in San Jose del Cabo; as they are very special events and a great way to spend quality time with your loved ones. Have a wonderful time and Congratulations! *


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WHERE DO THE LOCALS EAT? Photo courtesy of The Hangman Surf & Tacos

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The Hangman Surf & Tacos aka El Ahorcado

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by Jake Snook

The ever-famous concept of a protein source that is transported by a tortilla has stood ground as the dominant cultural food staple of the Mexican nation since time began. As you can probably imagine, as locals, we know where to go when it comes to getting the best tacos (for the best price) in town. Starting at 6pm, El Ahorcado is pumping out live music, hot tacos and cold pineapple mix drinks, causing them to quickly become a local’s favorite, since 2013. Trekking from Cabo San Lucas deep into San Jose Del Cabo via highway is more than worth it for this culinary experience. Off of the main highway, near Walmart, a metal framed structure with a hanging man illuminated by a decorative stoplight lets you know you’re in the right place. Upon arrival, you’re greeted by the warm smell of the kitchen and live acoustic music

accompanies the friendly atmosphere. Seats are taken on wooden backed benches at family-sized tables, where fresh salsas and spiced vegetable toppings line the lumber from end to end as they wait for their entrée dates to arrive. Homemade bean soup is a great precursor as you tour the standard issue menu. It’s pretty simple; every taco can be a quesadilla, but not all quesadillas can be tacos. Any questions that arise can be directed to Julio, our go-to waiter who can explain all aspects of the menu on cue. From grilled steak to poblano peppers & corn (rajas), everything that’s coming from the kitchen in a corn or flour tortilla is nothing but a blend of freshness, seasoning and atmosphere. With old barn equipment, metal signs and miscellaneous knickknacks littering the walls and ceiling as decor, dull scenery is the last thing you need to worry when dining at The Hangman. Guitar chords and bongo drums lightly cover the murmur of the crowd as waiters rush from the kitchen every minute to flip tables as fast as they can. Our groups never fail to start a competition of whom can withstand the most habanero salsa as we wait to place our order. With signature drinks to suppress the heat, handcrafted pineapple and strawberry sparkling sodas are a refreshing addition when salt and spice are the stars of the show. Our favorite cocktail, The Ahorcado (convenient enough?) is either a mezcal or tequila over ice, mixed with simple syrup, soda water, and freshly grilled pineapple. Served with a long spoon to provide aid in reaching the crushed Pina on the floor of the cup will have you ordering round 2 as you fish through the ice for the last one. As per our most recent trip to The Hangman Surf and Tacos, a new menu favorite took gold. One queso fundido cheese plate, topped with any choice of 3 different taco stuffers, provided enough “quesadillas” for two people to be completely content if they were to share it as a meal. Corn tortillas, the Hispanic specialty, were the preference of the crowd as we enjoy melted cheese with flank steak, chorizo, peppers, mushrooms, pork and artichoke melted in. Clean, fun, authentic and completely affordable. Everything a local wants when it comes to a spot we hope never gets too big. Find out more on Facebook or look up reviews on TripAdvisor. We here at Destino want to remind you that good food is best shared with great company; go see what you think of the newest spot. Happy eating! *

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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

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GIVING BACK What does DESTINO mean? DESTINATION or DESTINY

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!

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THE BASICS Cash - Efectivo Change - Cambio Closed - Cerrado Credit card - Tarjeta de crédito Doctor - Doctor Food - Comida Goodbye - Adios Good morning - Buenos días Good afternoon - Buenas tardes Good night - Buenas noches Hello - Hola Help - Ayuda Here - Aquí Money - Dinero Open - Abierto Please - Por favor Sorry - Disculpe Thank you - Gracias There - Allá Tip - Propina Water - Agua 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? I want to buy a... - Quiero comprar un/una... PLACES Bathrooms - Baños Restaurant - Restaurante Hotel - Hotel Hospital - Hospital Beach - Playa Store - Tienda Pharmacy - Farmacia

AT A RESTAURANT Table - Mesa Glass - Vaso Plate - Plato Fork - Tenedor Spoon - Cuchara Knife - Cuchillo Napkin - Servilleta Can you bring the check? - ¿Puede traer la cuenta? MEETING SOMEONE NEW Nice to meet you - Mucho gusto What's your name? - ¿Cómo te llamas? My name is... - Mi nombre es... Where are you from? - ¿De dónde eres? Do you speak English? - ¿Habla Inglés? I don't understand - No entiendo WORDS and PHRASES OF THE MONTH Marriage - Matrimonio Wedding - Boda Bride - Novia Groom - Novio Dress - Vestido Flowers - Flores Lets make a toast - Vamos a brindar First dance - Primer baile

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What causes cancer? How do we improve our chances of catching it early and treating it successfully? These are questions that every country is trying to answer. Especially in Mexico where malignant tumors are the third leading cause of death, resulting over 84,000 deaths in 2017. The International Community Foundation (ICF) has been working to improve cancer treatment in Baja California Sur (BCS) for nearly a decade. In 2007, ICF invited representatives from the St. Jude International Outreach Program to explore the development and implementation of a much-needed Pediatric Oncology ward at the public hospital in La Paz. Since that initial visit, a partnership was formed with St. Jude, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, UCSD, and several local organizations, and ICF has granted approximately $200,000 to support staff training and needed resources to provide the highest quality of care and services for these young patients and their families. In recent years, local partner organizations in BCS have shared their alarm over official statistics and anecdotal evidence of extremely high cancer rates in the state. But as they dug deeper, they realized what was missing – data. After a few years of research and planning, ICF and local partners, including La Paz-based organization Center for Renewable Energy and Environmental Quality (CERCA) and fellow- funder Los Cabos Children’s Foundation, launched a population-based cancer registry, in order to collect demographic, diagnostic, and treatment information. On January 14, 2019, the BCS Cancer Registry, A.C., now an official Mexican nonprofit organization, signed a collaborative agreement with the state’s Secretary of Health, beginning a formal relationship to ensure consistent access to medical records and the ability to inform public health activities and policy. With high quality data on the size and nature of the cancer problem in the state, medical officials and policymakers can take needed actions to improve early detection and treatment, increase prevention efforts, and study possible causes of cancer in the region. ICF is proud of its role as financial supporter, technical advisor, and thought partner for this important new effort and we look forward to learning more about how to combat cancer in Baja California Sur. To learn more or to support this work directly, contact Alana Ortez, Senior Health Program Officer: alana@icfdn.org *

PRONUNCIATION RULES • The letter "ñ" - When you see a wave (tilde) 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.

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REPRESENTATIVE SOUTHERN BAJA PLANTS by Alex Navarro

Hello! Welcome to beautiful Baja Sur, a perfect blend of land and sea. This majestic peninsula is a paradise for nature lovers, so I would like to tell you a little bit about some of most representative plants of Baja Sur. Here they are: Pitaya Dulce (Organ Pipe Cactus) - This very easy to spot cactus is famous for its red, spiny fruits which taste delicious, some say similar to a watermelon. It has many (5-35 aprox.) medium sized branches with about 1 inch spines. The flowers are white tipped with light purple and bloom around June. The fruit ripens at the end of summer, and centuries ago this time of year for the natives was a time of euphoria and no hunger, versus other times of the year that were dificult for these tribes due to little food. Today you can find ice cream and other sweets made from pitaya dulce.

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Damiana - This is a legendary shrub that grows in rocky hills and granite ridges of Baja Sur. Its flowers bloom from January to June and are yellow/orange, and its fruit tastes a bit like a fig. It has medicinal and aphrodisiac properties, as a diuretic for diabetes or as a sexual stimulant. It is usually taken in tea form and there is a popular sweet liquor made from Damiana too.

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Palma Cocotera (Coconut Palm) - This palm along with the Date Palm are the two most common in Baja Sur. The northern limit where they occur is Mulegé Town and are vast at other spots like the estuaries of San Jose, San Pedrito, La Paz and Loreto. The seeds (coconuts) have rich milk inside them and the shell pulp is also consumed. The leaves are used for construction of roofs called "palapas". There are many food trucks in Cabo that sell coconuts on the side of the road, where they give you the milk to drink and also the pulp to eat and you can add salt, chile and lime. Cardón (Elephant Cactus) - This is the large abundant cactus you typically see in the Baja Sur desert. It can reach heights of over 60 feet and be older than 200 years old. Some trunks can be 5 o 6 feet wide. They have a green stem with spines, that cover its woody skeleton, which performs the function of photosynthesis as they have no leaves. From the trunk many lateral branches come out and they have shallow and extensive roots to absorb superficial water from rains. They conserve a lot of water in their stem to survive long periods of time without water. The Cardón’s flowers are white and bloom around May, and its fruit has a succulent pulp which can be green or red, with many black seeds. The Cardón is the home and provider for many animals and insects such as bats, birds, squirrels, iguanas, bees, moths and butterflies. You can sometimes see the holes of woodpeckers and the nests of hawks on them. It is very similar to the Saguaro cactus of Arizona, but it is usually larger, has more branches, and the branches diverge from the lower part of the trunk.

Torote (Elephant Tree) - It can be a 7 foot shrub or an over 25 ft. tall tree. Its resin has a very aromatic smell. There are red and white Torotes and they have very thick trunks and branches. The outer branches are much thinner and the outer layer of bark is peeled off in thin curls of. The small fruits are a favorite of birds, its bark is used for dyeing by locals and the twigs are used for stomach pain tea. Palo de Arco (Trumpet Bush) - It grows very long branches and twigs with yellow trumpet shaped flowers that bloom after the rain. It is usually found on sandy valleys and dry river beds (arroyos). The branches and twigs are bendable and used to make many things like fences, pergolas, furniture and baskets. They are also grown to make natural barriers like fences or walls. It is one of the most colorful plants of the Baja Sur. Choya (Cholla Brincadora) - These are very spiny trees and shrubs that have fleshy spineless fruits. They were called brincadora (jumping) because small sections of the branches detach very easy as their method of reproduction. You can often see them stuck in faces and bodies of cows and donkeys. They have green/red flowers that bloom around May. A person from Baja Sur is called a "choyero". Biznaga (Barrel Cactus) - These can be some of the biggest cacti in the Baja desert. They dont’t have branches but sometimes grow in bunches and branch off at the base. They have very fierce spines, that is why their genus name is ferocactus. Their flowers can be different colors like red, orange, yellow or purple and the fruit is like a berry with thick skin. They are used to make things like biznaga sweet candy (Dulce de biznaga), and were used by indigenous people to cook by removing the pulp and inserting hot stones inside like a pot or oven, as well as using the spines like needles for tattooing. The stem can be eaten for survival purposes due to its high water content. Zalate (Desert Rock fig tree/ wild fig tree) - This is one of the most extreme and beautiful tree in Baja Sur. A seed can grow from a tiny crack on the side of a rocky cliff, and its roots visibly wrap the rock surface making it an amazing tree to observe. The trunks can be massive being several yards wide sometimes, and their thick white branches are smooth with scaly bark and beautiful green leaves. The tiny pear shaped fruits (wild figs/higos silvestres) are not very edible to humans, but many birds and mammals eat them. Thanks a lot for reading Destino Los Cabos and for visiting Cabo. Enjoy your vacation and when you’re out there in nature see which of these plants you can find and observe! * For more in depth information on Baja's flora and medicinal plants reach out to my good friend and herbalist Leopoldo Ladron de Guevara at leopoldoelpolo@gmail.com


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Salsa and Salsa – Salsa and Salsa is the #1 cooking and dance tour in Mexico

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

From musical concerts, to brand new residential resort communities, to restaurant and hotel Grand Openings, Cabo always has something fresh and exciting to see, eat, and experience!

and is a really great way to spend an afternoon with the whole family. Located at Sunset MonaLisa restaurant, Salsa and Salsa’s dancing chefs guide you through 3 hours of salsa and guacamole making, followed by salsa dancing lessons with panoramic views of the famous Cabo arch in the background. We started our day learning how to make a basic yet tasty margarita. Mini chefs were offered virgin margaritas or jamaica (a non-alcoholic tea made from hibiscus). Next up was classic roasted red salsa that we mixed up in a molcajete. All the ingredients are roasted and prepared before you arrive making it easy to follow along. Red salsa was followed by salsa verde, pico de gallo (aka salsa Mexicana), tropical salsa with pineapple, guacamole, and dessert salsa, all accompanied by bottomless margaritas served by resident Sunset MonaLisa “Intoxicologists”. After we successfully completed our salsas and snacks, staff cleared the dance floor for an introductory salsa dancing lesson. For those who may forget the recipes after a few too many margaritas, not to worry, each guest is provided all the recipes at the end of the day. The regular price is $89 USD per adult. Ask about special discounts for large groups and special occasions! @SalsaAndSalsa

Fat Tuesday Party at Sancho’s – One of Sancho’s biggest and best

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parties of the year is their Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras party! This year Fat Tuesday fell on March 5, and Sancho’s pulled out all the stops for a day full of excess and purple, green, and yellow themed celebrations. Food and drink specials included Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Crawfish and Shrimp Etouffee, King Cake and Abita beer, accompanied by festive masks and Mardi Gras beads. Fat Tuesday is traditionally a day to indulge in rich and fatty foods before the ritual fasting of lent, and Sancho’s twist on New Orleans favorites did not disappoint! Zydeco music and videos and limitededition Sancho’s Mardi Gras shirts were an extra special way to celebrate Fat Tuesday in Cabo. Sancho’s is centrally located on the Cabo San Lucas marina and open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. @SanchosCabo

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Women! Cocktails, Food & Sweets – On Friday, March 8, women in Los Cabos celebrated International Women’s Day at “Women!, Cocktails, Foods & Sweets” at Metate Cabo. The first edition of this successful and well attended event included 25 local female chefs, pastry chefs, mixologists and bartenders preparing tasty cocktails, imaginative food and mouthwatering sweets. In addition to painters, a jewelry maker and a henna artist, 10 Cabo influencers were also invited to serve up a special cocktail to raise money for Paulina Garciglia Mercado, a local woman who was burned in a terrible accident. I was honored to represent Destino Los Cabos at this event, alongside the other talented local businesswomen who are committed to supporting and promoting Los Cabos. The theme of the night was “Empowered Women, empower women!” and we can’t wait to see what the next edition has in store. @AllAccessCabo @MetateCabo


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OMNIA Los Cabos Anniversary Weekend – Spring Break 2019 was bigger

and better than ever this year! In addition to a jammed packed lineup of some of the world’s best DJ’s, OMNIA Los Cabos also celebrated their 1-year anniversary weekend featuring sold out performances by Kaskade & MAKJ over the weekend of March 9-10. Other exciting OMNIA Spring Break performances included DJ Vice, Gryffin, Loud Luxury, Chantel Jeffries, NGHTMRE, CRANKDAT, RL Grime, DJ Flight, BAAUER, Matoma, Oliver Heldens, Party Favor, Sam Feldt, and DJ Shift! OMNIA offers VIP villas and oceanfront cabanas with private plunge pools for guests who demand privacy and excellence. The combination of today’s top DJ talent, bottle service, champagne showers, and breathtaking natural surroundings make OMNIA one of the top destinations for daytime entertainment. @OMNIALosCabos

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Havana Nights at Nick-San – Nick-San restaurant in Palmilla hosts a Havana Nights themed dinner every Saturday night during high season. For only $700 MXN (roughly $37 USD), guests enjoy a delightful 4-course dinner, a glass of wine, and lively entertainment featuring Cuban singer Rosalia De Cuba, accompanied by a live band, and 7 Latin dancers in a variety of dazzling beaded and ruffled costumes. I lost count of the number of costume changes, but each new ensemble was more elaborate than the last. Rosalia shined with her rendition Camila Cabello’s “Havana” and many other fan favorite songs. The food at Nick-San never disappoints, and the night I had the opportunity to visit was no different. The 4-course dinner featured an amuse bouche of fresh salmon, an appetizer of Kani Kama Salad, a main course choice of Chicken Miso Yaki or Fish Curry, and a dessert of Green Tea flavored Crème Brûlée. @NicksanRestaurant

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Buccaneer Queen

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Pez Gato Cruises

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

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Koral Shops

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Tienda 17

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Cachet Beach Hotel

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George's Restaurant

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REmexico Real Estate

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La Ventana Challenge 2019

The La Ventana Challenge is the first triathlon of its kind. Participants compete in 3 different sports, Mountain Biking, Kiteboarding, and Stand Up Paddleboarding. The event will be held at ChiloChill Glamping Resort & KiteSchool located in La Ventana, Baja California Sur. The race is set up as a 3-part relay with 3 competitors on each team. La Ventana Challenge is planning a lot of other surprise activities, as well as good music and a lively after party! Find more info at @ChiloChillBaja on Facebook!

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Gala de Danza

Gala de Danza recruits the most renowned dancers from across the globe to share the stage in Cabo San Lucas. The beautiful production created by Artistic Director and Founder Christina Lyon, transforms Viceroy Los Cabos into a global amphitheater with a wide array of musical and dance talents. Their website explains, “Gala de Danza is the heart of culture and art in Los Cabos, México. Since the summer of 2013, Gala de Danza has brought together artists from around the world to help enrich the lives of young dancers and the community. Dancers, choreographers and musicians from 20 different countries, have shared their talents in Los Cabos.” Tickets and VIP packages can be purchased at www.GalaDeDanza.com/tickets.

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Chefs X Los Cabos 2019

Cachet Beach Club will host Chefs X Los Cabos 2019, an exciting gastronomic event on Saturday, April 6 from 7pm10pm. The most recognized chefs in the region will come together for a cause, to help the community and share the skills they are most passionate about. Tickets are $950 MXN per person and are available at Gymboree or Cabo Hats. For more information visit Chefs Por Los Cabos on Facebook.

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The Cabo Dance Challenge comes to the Cabo Cultural Pavilion on Saturday, April 6th. Dancers and dance groups from all over Baja California Sur will compete in dance styles like freestyle, teens, and soloists. Tickets are available at Green Apple Studio for $100 MXN. Visit @CaboDanceChallenge on Facebook for more information!

Night Run ‘n’ Rock Half Marathon

The Night Run ‘n’ Rock Half Marathon will take place on Saturday, April 6, at 7pm with the start and finishline at Marquez de León y Abasolo at the start of the Malecón in La Paz. Participants can choose from distances of 5K, 10K or 21K. Live rock bands will be distributed throughout the race making for an exciting run! The cost to enter is $450 MXN for the 5K & 10K, or $550 MXN for the 21K. Sign up in La Paz at Vélo Citti, Dinamic Publicidad or Thunders Bikes, in San José del Cabo at Tienda Triferrari or Thunder Bikes, or in Cabo San Lucas at Thunder Bikes. Find out more at www.timermexico.com!

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Jazz Fest Todos Santos

Jazz Fest Todos Santos will feature Electrik Sax Proyect, Baja Latin Jazz Ensamble, JazSur, and Terry Townson Quartet on Saturday, April 13 from 5pm to 11pm at Gallo Azul Pizza Bar. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $250 MXN at Gallo Azul, or for $350 MXN at the door. The event will benefit Mar Libre, a local environmental group that cleans reefs and mangroves and does school presentations education children about the harmful effects of marine debris. Visit Jazz Fest Todos Santos on Facebook for more information!

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Cabo Spring Splash

The Cabo Spring Splash takes place on Sunday, April 14 at 7:30pm aboard Big Mike Sea Adventures private charter boat. Special molecular drinks will be provided by Arturo Brown with music by Djjaz Ramz, Dj Tavo & special guests! Sponsors include Jagermeister, Boost, Appleton Estate, Skyy Vodka, Aperol Spritz and Grand Marnier. Open bar and great music will make for an excellent night. Tickets at CaboSpringSplash.eventbrite.com.

Sarahuaro A.C. Race

The 1st Annual Sarahuaro A.C. race, in collaboration with Sorority Mexico and Ciclovía of Cabo San Lucas, takes place on Sunday, April 7 at 7:30am in downtown Cabo San Lucas in front of Pan di Bacco. Categories include 3K female, 3K male, 5K female and 5K male. All finalists will receive medals, and the first 3 places in each category will also receive trophies. Register at Koral Concierge for $200 MXN. 100% of donations will benefit the Sarahuaro A.C. Foundation. For more information contact Pamela Ávila at (624) 122-2460 or pamelasupyoga@gmail.com.


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Warren Hill's Los Cabos Jazz Festival 2019

After creating what is arguably one the most exceptional music destination events south of the border with his sold-out Cancun Jazz Festival, Warren Hill adds another not-to-bemissed music getaway at the new Hard Rock Hotel in Cabo San Lucas! Performers include Boney James, Jeffrey Osborne, Lalah Hathaway, West Coast Jam featuring Richard Elliot, Petere White and DW3, Jonathan Butler, Rick Braun, Damien Escobar, Warren Hill, Sax to the Max featuring Michael Lington, Vincent Ingala, and Paul Taylor, Marc Antoine, Paul Brown, Jessy J, Althea Rene and Jeanette Harris. Visit LosCabosJazz.com.

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

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Taco Fest Los Cabos 2019

Come and taste the best tacos in Cabo at the 3rd edition of Taco Fest Los Cabos on Medano Beach in front of Casa Dorada Hotel Resort, on Saturday, April 27, from 6pm to midnight. The entry fee is $600 MXN and includes unlimited tacos while supplies last. Enjoy spectacular, panoramic views of the Land’s End Arch and Cabo San Lucas Bay along with the tastiest tacos in the Baja! More information at Rincon.Culinario@CasaDorada.com.

Blues Fest Todos Santos Brian Flynn and Blues Band MX along with at least

5 other national and international Blues Bands will perform in Blues Fest Todos Santos on Saturday, April 27 from 5pm to 11:30pm as a fundraiser for the Todos Santos Volunteer Firefighters (Bomberos Todos Santos). Tickets are available at Gallo Azul Pizza, Pacifica Fish Market, and Barracudas Cantina in Cerritos. Visit Blues Fest Todos Santos on Facebook for more information!

UPCOMING MAY EVENTS: MAY

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International Workers Day

Banks, schools, government offices and many businesses throughout Mexico close to recognize this national holiday. This day celebrates workers’ rights and gives locals a well-deserved day off.

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Dos Mares 500 2019 Race

Dos Mares 500 combines all types of terrains and offers spectacular views of Baja California Sur. Spectators and drivers alike should expect tons of adrenaline and excitement during this 3-day race. Don’t miss it! Visit www.dosmares500.com.mx for more information.

Watch talented swimming contestants compete on Saturday, April 27 in the 6th edition of the Los Cabos Open Water Challenge with distances of 2K, 7K and 14K. The 2K and 14K will depart from Palmilla Beach in San José del Cabo, while the 7K will start in Puerto Los Cabos at El Ganzo Hotel. This year the competition will pay homage to Jaime Lomelín Gavaldón, the most competitive Mexican in the history of Open Water Challenges. Resister at Koral Concierge to compete in the beautiful Sea of Cortez or at www.masnatacion.com. More information at www.loscabosopenwater.com.

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Los Cabos Firehill Trail Race Series 2019

The best trail race series in Baja California Sur is back! The first of 4 races in 2019 will take place at Costa Azul on April 28, followed by The Mangrove in La Paz on June 23, Night Fest on August 10, and Koral Canyon on October 27. This first race occurs on Sunday, April 28 at 7:15am with the start and finishline at Costa Azul in San José del Cabo. Participants can choose between a 10K or 15K race in 3 different categories: free, master or veteran. Tickets are available through April 26 at Cabo Sport in San José del Cabo, Vélo Citti in La Paz, or online at www.cabosport.mx/firehill (with additional service charge).

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Mexico Argentina Cup

The international rhythm dance convention, known as the Mexico Argentina Cup provides an artistic platform where children, adolescents and adults can share their passion for dance. For more information email maibeanoe@hotmail.com or visit www.copamexicodanza.com.

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Cinco de Mayo

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

MONDAYS: Stargazing/Astronomy programs Reservation in advance is required. bajastargazing@gmail. com (624)129-8701 TUESDAYS: Xplora El Tezal Organic and Local Market 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - @XploraJardin - (624) 147-9128 Mariachi Night 6:00 pm -9:00 pm at Plaza del Pescador 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 Chin’s Cabo Wednesday Night Bingo Party Call for details: (624) 144 6060 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 www.herringboneeats.com/locations/los-cabos 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.TheShoppesAtPalmilla.com Feel Good Fridays at Omnia Dayclub Doors open at 11:00 am SATURDAYS: The Shoppes at Palmilla Bootcamp and Yoga by Cabo Yoga & Fitness 8:30 am - 9:30 am www.TheShoppesAtPalmilla.com La Marina Inn Saturday Afternoon Sessions 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (624) 142 4166 - www.LaMarinaInn.com 2x1 Mojitos and Margaritas and Live Music San Jose Organic Market 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - www.sanjomo.com (624) 142 0948 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 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. www.herringboneeats.com/locations/los-cabos

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Los Cabos Open Water Challenge

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

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