Surf is Up in Baja! All About Surf in Los Cabos

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Surfing...I have yet to give it a try. Why haven’t I if I live in Cabo and within minutes of more than a dozen surf breaks, you might wonder? I wonder as well. I wonder what the rush of achieving that perfect synchronization of identifying a ridable wave and going for it feels like. I wonder what that feeling of riding a wave is like. I wonder how I will feel when I fall and tumble; I just get up and try again, right? I assume that I'm not alone and that this goes through every first-time surfers’ mind, but I also assume that there must be no feeling like it, the feeling of smoothly riding that perfect wave. Surfing is a big part of the Los Cabos culture, the majority of the locals I know surf, and we're seeing more and more surf tourism every year. Surf communities such as Cerritos are growing at a rapid pace and becoming internationally known. Read along to learn everything you need to know about surfing in Southern Baja, and more! Within the pages of Destino Los Cabos you can find useful information to make the most of your vacation. Our goal is for you to have the best possible experience in Los Cabos. Don't forget that you can find all of our useful information online at: Enjoy!

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Los Cabos (“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. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

“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?


Cabo San Lucas

This tourist friendly town, also just known as “Cabo,” is located on the tip of the Baja California peninsula and is full of entertainment for every age and liking. The Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet at Land’s End, where you can observe the beautiful rock formations and the famous Cabo Arch. In Cabo San Lucas you can find Medano Beach (the liveliest beach in the Los Cabos area), an impressive marina and countless restaurants and bars that keep the town alive day and night.

San José del Cabo

Walking around downtown San José will allow you to experience a traditional Mexican town. You will find yourself surrounded by colorful buildings and quaint cobblestone streets that lead to the town’s picturesque zócalo (main plaza). Over the years, San José has become an artistic and cultural centre with numerous fine art galleries in its downtown art district as well as world-class restaurants. San José has a beautiful beach where you can take a horseback ride to explore the estuary that is home to many different bird species.

The Corridor

The corridor is the 40 km highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (about a 20 minute drive). Along this highway you can find various hotels, luxury ocean front homes, and championship golf courses. Have your camera ready and make a roadside stop at the Costa Azul view-point for photo opportunities and a refreshing coco frío (cold coconut).

Todos Santos

Located on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula, Todos Santos is an oasis where artists and surfers flock to enjoy the culture and excellent surf. Home to the famous Hotel California, this charming town offers great restaurants and a cooler climate than Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo due to the breezes coming from the Pacific.

East Cape

People often call it “the old Cabo” because of its pristine beaches and small fishing towns such as Buena Vista and Los Barriles. The East Cape begins just east of San José and extends about 100 miles up the Sea of Cortez coast. Sixty miles outside of San José is the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, Nationally Protected coral reef that offers outstanding snorkeling and scuba diving. Very popular for fishing and surfing, the East Cape also attracts kite surfers, campers and those who just want to get away from it all.

La Paz

La Paz is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur and is known for its warm people and beautiful beaches. This authentic Mexican city (as well as the general south Baja region) has been rated as one of the safest in Mexico and still maintains the small town feel that is very welcoming for tourists. La Paz is a departure point for tours and charters to the stunning Espiritu Santo Island as well as whale watching excursions. Stroll down the colorful malecón (boardwalk), walk hundreds of feet in waisthighwater at Balandra beach or have a fine dining experience; La Paz has a lot to offer.


Loreto offers the best of both worlds for tourists who long to escape to an 'authentic-Mexico' with settings that take you back-in-time along with ocean activities that rival that of any other modern coastal city. In Loreto you'll find historic buildings such as the enchanting Mision de Loreto - a mission-style church that was built in 1697 as well as The Islands of Loreto which boasts Mexico's largest marine preserve where dolphins, seals, turtles and sea lions all play in the sea. For those who are partial to adventures on land; there is hiking, biking, and nature-tours that fill up a camera with pictures of radiant natural settings. Loreto is the perfect place for everyone from honeymooners to large families.

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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.


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


In Cabo San Lucas, Walmart and Costco are good options and easy to get to. You can always find a taxi outside of these stores. San José has a Walmart, La Comer, Chedraui Selecto or Soriana. Mercado Santa Carmelo or California Ranch Market are good options for specialty foods and dietary restrictions. If you need a quick grab, OXXO stores are reasonably priced convenience stores located all over town.



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




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

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- Cabo San Lucas Hospital 104 3911 - San José del Cabo Clinic 142-3511 Cabo Surgical Center: 172-6030 Hospital H+ Los Cabos: 104-9300

North American Hospitals and Clinics: 142-2770 One World Hospital: - Cabo San Lucas 143-4911 - San José del Cabo 142-5911 - Todos Santos (612) 145-0600

Saint Luke's Hospital: - Cabo San Lucas 143-4911 - San José del Cabo 142-5911 Walk-in Medi Clinic: 130-7011 * For a complete directory of Doctors, hospitals and clinics in Los Cabos, visit:

Air Ambulances: SkyMed International Air Ambulance: (624) 154-4919 Air One Ambulance: (800) 236-8080 U.S. Consulate: 143-3566 Canadian Consulate: 142-4333 Taxi Cabo San Lucas: 143-2221 Taxi San José de Cabo: 142-0401 Immigration: 143-0135 Airlines: Aero Calafia: 130-7822 Aeromexico: 146-5097 Air Canada: 01 (800) 719-2827 (Toll free within Mexico) Alaska Airlines: 146-5166 American Airlines: 146-5302/5303 Continental Airlines: 146-5050 Delta Airlines: 146-5005/146-5217 Interjet: 01 (800)-011-2345 (Toll free within Mexico) Southwest: 01 (800) 435-9792 Spirit Airlines: 1 (800) 772-7117 Sun Wing: 1 (800) 668-4224 Volaris: 01 (800) 7VOLARIS (Toll free within Mexico) US Airways: 146-5380 West Jet: 1 (800) 538-5696 - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

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.


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


the area with 200 available slips for boats up to 400 feet. Amenities are similar to Marina Cabo San Lucas, though the boatyard’s 150-ton travel lift can accommodate larger vessels. FISHING There’s a reason why the world’s richest fishing tournament - the Bisbee’s Black & Blue - has taken place in Los Cabos for over thirty years. This part of the world offers abundant sea life and an exceptionally high catch success rate, no matter what your level of fishing experience is. What to Expect Most charters include a fishing license, bait, tackle and equipment. Some also include food and drink or these amenities can be added at an additional cost. It is better to leave early; trips usually begin at 6:00 and 7:00 am and last around 6 hours. Cost will depend on the number of people in your party and the size of the boat you choose to rent. It is customary to leave the crew a gratuity of 15% to 20%. Bait and Tackle Most likely, the boat you charter will include your bait and tackle. If you need your own fresh bait, you may buy it along the Cabo San Lucas Marina or the crew you hire may also stop to buy it from the local fishermen on your way out.

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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.

Diamante – El Cardonal & Dunes Course Photo courtesy Danzante Bay

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.

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.

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.

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.

TPC Danzante Bay golf course

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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 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.

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.

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.


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.

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. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

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. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

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.

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

KITE SURFING 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.


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

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For a unique vantage point 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.


There are several sites worldwide where large numbers of whale sharks congregate, and the bay of La Paz – located only 1.5 hours from Cabo San Lucas– just happens to be one of them. The whale shark is the largest fish on the planet, measuring from 18' to 40', so as you can imagine the experience of snorkeling with these gentle creatures is a one-of-a-kind experience that you will never forget. Whale shark season in Southern Baja is from October through April. Only go with a professional tour company who is aware of safety and responsible ecoturism guidelines.






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os Cabos has earned the reputation as being the billfish capital of the sportfishing world and the new season is looming off the horizon. Striped marlin, along with the much larger blue and black marlin, plus sailfish and swordfish are all beginning to appear in fish reports of local fleets, although not in the quantity, nor for that matter the quality, that will be common throughout the summer and into fall.

Meanwhile, the waters surrounding Baja Sur offer a dazzling array of species to excite both newcomers and seasoned veterans, meeting the demands of the “size matters” crowd as well as the “whatever bites” gang that only want to see their rod bent. Regardless of which camp you fall in – newcomer or veteran, “size matters” or “whatever bites,” there are plenty of choices to brighten your fishing trip. In Cabo San Lucas, offshore on the Pacific side, big game hunters are finding billfish, plus occasionally some yellowfin tuna approaching 200 pounds mixed in with the smaller fish. All are under roving porpoise schools searching for food. Don’t be startled to have a wahoo bite (easily identified by their lightning speed) when they are hooked. Another possibility is the colorful dorado that startle anglers with airborne

acrobatics. There are quite a few smaller ones that are fun to catch; however, they are too small for a meal, so it is better to let them go free, grow up and catch them another day. Inshore football-sized yellowfin tuna join in with both black and white skipjack as well as bonito, perfect for light tackle (or the more-is-better crowd) and have been a consistent catch. Sierra mackerel which are often incorrectly considered a winter fish are still in the mix and are great fun to catch. Once again, they are the main ingredient of ceviche and saving a couple to take to a local restaurant can make for a pleasant evening meal. Also, yellowtail and Almaco jacks continue to be caught in deeper water where there are pinnacles that provide cover for the baitfish that attract a variety of additional fish as well. Grouper, snapper, pargo, cabrilla, and unnamed others – the best way to identify them is to take a photo with your cell phone and Google them the next time you are online. Already 2019 has produced a remarkable number of huge roosterfish. Anglers using both fly and conventional tackle from the beaches as well as aboard pangas, from Muertos Bay and East Cape to Cabo and up on the Pacific side, have been bringing in some trophy-sized fish. Groups have scored on trophy-sized roosters at Muertos Bay since early spring and reports are filled with consistent catches of roosters, as well as a few other surprises – wahoo, striped marlin, and some nicesized dorado. Farther down the coast at East Cape, there seems to be a similar number of roosters cruising the beaches. While there have been glowing reports of “personal best” roosters for several dedicated anglers, there are also reports of beaches crowded with competing anglers. With the bright Baja sun overhead, East Cape beaches seem almost like flats fishing for permit or giant trevally. Many believe the best time to fish roosters is from mid-morning until mid-afternoon.

Spotting “grandes” betrayed by their shadows on the bottom is sight casting at its finest. Large roosterfish, or in Spanish pez gallo, is the prime beach target on any tackle. They are often oblivious to any offering, which makes even the refusals memorable. Their “takes” demand a checklist of do's and don'ts. Even for the most seasoned anglers, let alone for a novice, this is daunting. Up at La Paz, quite a nice mix of fish was taken this past week with sunny weather and relatively calms seas. Most of the fishing action centered over the inshore reefs and rocks where a surge of different species kept rods bent – and hearts broken – as fish often took frustrated anglers into the rocks. Inshore species ran the gamut, from big cabrilla to several species of pargo, including pargo mulatto (barred pargo); pargo liso (mullet snapper); dog-tooth pargo (dog-tooth snapper) plus red and yellow snapper. Add to that some big pompano; some brutish jack crevalle, common and white bonito and quite a few hawkfish. In the same areas, we lost some big yellowtail that couldn’t be stopped on either iron or bait, plus slow-trolled Rapalas and Yo-Zuris, but those same lures also produced a couple of nice shallow-water wahoo up to about 35 pounds. Dorado action is also picking up with some larger fish taken near Espirito Santo Island where Sargasso weed, which attracts baitfish and consequently more dorado as the waters get warmer, is starting to appear. Up at Loreto, a fleet of boats decided to ditch the usual daily routine of hitting a few 'tails at the close in spots and headed north to Idelfonso Island. It’s a long run, and for that reason, it doesn't get constantly worked over by the Loreto sport boats. Also, in the same area is Almejas Bay and Pulpito with Idelfonso Island a few miles farther out. The "big bite" is still eluding the searchers, but most of the earliest boats are landing a few 25- to 30-pound yellowtail. Almejas was good for pargo and cabrilla with the biggest "snapper" hitting 16 pounds. Still tons of bait and the sun is becoming "summertime brutal!" Bring lots of sunscreen. *


Giant School of Mobula Rays in Los Cabos by Katia Silva, Marine Biologist and Guide at Cabo Trek


comprehensive study of the DNA of the rays that were known as mantas and mobulas (or devil rays), has seen the taxonomic reclassification of mantas into the genus mobula. The primary physical difference between mantas and mobulas is the location of the mouth, which is terminal in mantas, (that is at the front of the body), and subterminal in mobulas (positioned slightly behind the front of the body). However, the specific study concludes that this very distinctive physical difference does not warrant the separation of the genera, as the genetic makeup of the species is otherwise very similar. For this reason, genetic studies are very important to determine the identification of species. According to fossil records it’s believed that mobula rays have been around for around 25 million years. They are closely related to stingrays, although only the spinetail mobula has a stinger at the end of its tail. Every year you can watch an incredible experience snorkeling in Los Cabos. May is the time to see large schools of mobula rays in this area. You don’t need any special certification for snorkeling with them. In one of the most spectacular wildlife performances on Earth, they can be seen swimming close to the surface and leaping from the water.

Another incredible natural phenomenon occurring during the mobula rays season is the constant presence of Orcas in the area. Orcas are positioned at the top of the chain, being apex predators. mobula rays are their prey and sometimes we are so lucky finding both species. These animals can dive to depths of nearly 6,000 feet for around 90 minutes, at speeds of 22km/hour while feeding. This makes them some of the deepest, fastest divers in the ocean. Devil rays are under threat from fishing, boat traffic, habitat decline and pollution at varying levels of concern. In recent years, fishermen have begun targeting mobula rays with modern fishing gear while expanding fishing range and season. The emerging market for dried gill rakers is the primary driver of mobulid fisheries. However, shark population declines also have boosted mobulid fisheries: the rays provide a cheap substitute for shark cartilage used in nutritional supplements. The good news is, the ecotourism with this species is increasing around the world, swimming with these animals is a unique and special experience. Ecotourism has great potential as a conservation strategy, if properly designed and managed, it can provide alternative direct and indirect economic benefits to local economies. *


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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!


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. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED KNOWABOUT ABOUTSOUTHERN SOUTHERNBAJA BAJA - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TOTO KNOW

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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by Alex Navarro


elcome to Los Cabos, Baja Sur, the perfect place to have fun surfing all types of waves at very different kind of spots, and then go back to the hotel or home with the sweetest memories and most unforgettable times. For example, today I caught a super nice left wave at my home break in San JosĂŠ del Cabo called La Bocana, or also called The Estuary (El Estero). This wave is a river mouth wave, beach break with peaks going both right and left. I have been going there for twenty years and I love it because it feels very exotic as there are not a lot of people at the beach or surfers usually, plus you get all the views of the estuary with all its beautiful birds like geese, ducks, pelicans, ospreys and many many more, and with the Sierra La Laguna mountain range in the backdrop too. After that great session, I went to the Municipal Market in downtown San JosĂŠ for a nutritious breakfast. Inside there is a "loncheria" room with a few loncherias which are like little restaurants. I talk more about the dishes at these loncherias in another little piece I wrote within this issue of DESTINO, so please check it out too. Today I ordered a fish fillet with rice, beans, green salad and tortillas. It was very delicious and the perfect food for easing the hunger after surfing. The waves were awesome because we received a very

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Now, let me keep telling you more about the local surf breaks, surfing in general, and about learning to surf. You can find the location of the surf spots in the maps section and also within the

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activities section of this magazine. But I will review them here, add some other ones, and make a brief comment on them. Starting on the Pacific Ocean side and from northernmost the breaks are: La Pa s tora - it has a sandy beach and rocky point with peaks. There are usually more right waves than lefts. Also, usually the best time is early morning before the wind starts. This beach is in Las Tunas town very near Todos Santos. Definitely not a beginner wave. S a n Ped rito - round rock bottom with mostly rights, but has an awesome steep left with the right direction swell. This wave is near the picturesque and agricultural town of Pescadero. When you arrive, you will get a feel of Hawaiian nature as you pass the tall grass and coconut trees on the narrow corridor on the way to the beach. This is a very uncrowded beach and is an intermediate and advanced wave. Great for camping. Cerrito s B each - this is the perfect spot to learn to surf and take surf lessons. The sand bottom beach offers the ideal wave for beginners and in the outer break the waves peak left and right and also there is the pointbreak which serves a huge right on big days. The surf schools on the beach are all amazing, so your experience is guaranteed no matter who you choose. Cerritos also has amazing food and drink choices too. If you’re staying in Cabo

For a map and detailed descriptions of surf spots go to pages 12 and 18 or visit: and you want to explore the Pacific side, Cerritos is a must. La Cu rva - a little south of Cerritos near the town of Migrino is La Curva. A lot of local surf contests are held there. This is a deep-water right point break with large rocks. Great camping site with very little people and surfers. Great wave but for more advanced surfers. M onu m en ts - on the tip of the Baja Peninsula is Monuments wave. It's straight across from the famous arch. This is an amazing left. It has a reef and rock bottom with many tricky large and small rocks on the entry. This spot is for intermediate and expert surfers. Monuments is one of my favorite waves because I am goofy, which means I ride with my right foot forward on the board, therefore when I am riding a left wave I am facing the wave. Cabo has mostly right waves where a goofy rides a wave with his/her back to the wave. A ca pu lq uito - also called Old Man's, this wave is in an area called Costa Azul, within the town of San José del Cabo. This is the wave where I learned to surf and where Mike Doyle's Surf - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

nice southern swell. Yesterday I was surfing at the same spot and during a lull between sets I overheard a local surfer speaking to two foreign surfers about a great man and surfer named Mike Doyle who passed away peacefully last month. The local surfer knew Mike pretty well and was saying how in his older years, Mike grabbed a boogie board even after surgery and would get in the water. And he would tell his friends "I just can't stop." I met Mike a few times when I first arrived here. I would run surf tours to Acapulquito Beach, also known as Old Man's, and also surfed there in the early mornings and I would see Mike surf that wave. I never got to know him well, but let me tell you a little bit about what I have heard and read about this wonderful man. He was from California where he had an amazing surfing career and moved to San José del Cabo in the 80s to pursue his artistic side and live a more tranquil life. In his younger years he won many important surf contests and was 2nd in the World Sur f Championships. He is in the Sur f Hall of Fame, and he made the first shortboard with Don Hansen and the first softboard with Tom Morry, as well as inventing the monoski for snow and the 100 mile per hour resistant hat for extreme water sports. He established the Mike Doyle Sur f School at Cabo Surf Hotel in 1998, which still runs strong today. Mike was a renowned surfboard shaper and one of the famous stories about him was that he sold Gidget her first surfboard, and that he was also a surfing stunt double actor in the popular movie also called Gidget. Mike also wrote a book and was a great painter and a superb waterman. He won many Paddling Championships and opened an art gallery when he moved to Baja. He was involved in the surf business and his company sells high quality softboards, fiberglass boards and stand up paddleboards (SUP) of which he was an innovator, designer and creator since the beginning. For me, Mike is an inspiration and fantastic example of living life in the waves. Keep hangin' loose Mike in the celestial wave! There is so much more Mike achieved in his life and you can read all about it on the web, as well as finding his book to read. Mike is a great example that surfing and the ocean are wonderful and really make people happy and helps live fun and fulfilling lives.


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School is located. This is a great wave for learning because it has a soft face and is quite long. It breaks mainly right, but has a great left that is shorter but steeper. It has a sandy and rocky reef bottom. This is a very crowded break that can hold a lot of surfers. Most surf schools go here, Cerritos or Pescaditos. La Ro ca - also within the Costa Azul area, just a few yards north from Acapulquito is this very fun and radical wave that breaks both right and left and is a favorite of intermediate and advanced surfers. Very rocky bottom with an easy take off spot next to the main rock. Pe scadito s - right next to La Roca is this very friendly wave that is also popular for learning to surf. It has a nice smooth lip and face for easy take offs and pretty deep water to avoid hitting the bottom. It can break left or right. You can park in the Costa Azul arroyo just 50 yards away. Zippers - also park at the arroyo to go to this wave which is right in front. This is the wave where the Pro locals from San José go. It is a fast and steep right wave with tube potential. It has round rock bottom near the beach. This is an iconic wave of Cabo that has held many Pro contests. La B o ca na – or The Estuary, is on the outskirts of San José and it's a river mouth, sandy bottom with right and left peaks. Maybe I’ll see you there as it is my home break. It’s a pretty long walk from the parking lot. S hi p wreck s - this wave is on the East Cape and is about forty minutes from San José. This spot is very popular for camping, and the wave is very fast. It is a right point break with some rock bottom mostly surfed by experienced surfers.

N ine Pa l m s - about 20 minutes north of Shipwrecks is this magical place with a very long wave mostly ridden by long boarders. It is a right point break wave with reef bottom. The wind picks up in the day very often at this beach, so is it usually better early or late. Pu n ta Per fecta - like its name says, it this is the perfect point. I rode this wave on a great day and I understood why they call it Punta Pefecta. It can have huge peaks that go left and right with very steep and tall faces. There are a few other waves in the East Cape like La For tu na and even Lo s Fraile s breaks on a special swell, but the ones mentioned above are most of the breaks in the area. To finish, I would like to share some thoughts on surfing and surf lessons. I hope this helps motivate you to try surfing if you have never tried it. Plus, the really cool thing about Cabo as I mentioned is that we have great surf instructors and surf schools that offer the best lessons and equipment. My intention here is just to give you some preliminary information so that if you decide to reserve and take a proper surf lesson with an instructor, you will have some fundamental surf concepts already reviewed. Again, the best spots for learning to surf are Cerritos beach on the Pacific Ocean side, and Costa Azul in Cabo (Acapulquito and Pescaditos). Both areas offer a great experience and the best guides and schools. Some general suggestions prior to doing a surf lesson are to get a good night sleep, eat nutritiously and light, stretch or do yoga, and do a few squats, sit ups and pushups. Basically, a surf lesson can be divided into three parts: ocea n en viron men t, theory a nd practice. In ocean environment you learn and go over the environment you will be surfing in. For example, type of surf break, wave and beach, swell and ocean conditions, entry channel to wave break, currents and rip tides, hazards, reefs and rocks, type of bottom, other surfers and their surfboards, and sea life in the area. In theory you

go over your equipment and its parts, and the actual theoretical surf lesson on land where things are explained. And in practice you perform some surfing techniques on land, go in the water with your surf instructor, and try catching waves by doing what has been taught to you. Going a little more in detail, the type of surf break could be a point break, beach break, sand break or a reef break, etc. The wave could be a right wave or left wave, or an A-frame (or peak) that goes both to the right and to the left. The size of the wave is also considered. The conditions could be low, medium or high tide, with tide coming in or going out, with glassy water or choppy water, and no wind or low or high wind, etc. There could be a small swell or a large swell coming from the south or the north or northwest, depending on the time of year, and the weather conditions like storms or hurricanes near and far away. Continuing, the parts of a surfboard are the nose, the tail, the bottom, the top (or deck), the rails, the rocker (which is the curvature of the board), the stringer (which is a wood strip added for stiffness and strength), the fins, the leash, and the traction pad on some surfboards. Depending on your height, weight and fitness, your surf instructor will select the correct board for you. Here you will execute some techniques on land like: paddling technique and positioning on board, pop up and surf stance. Most likely he or she will select you a longboard or foamboard. You will also go over the famous turtle dive which is used to pass a wave that breaks on you when you are using a longboard or foamboard. On the other hand, the duck dive technique to pass waves will be used when surfing on a shortboard as you progress in your skills and abilities. Maybe now is a good time to briefly go over what types of surfboards exist. The main ones are the shortboard also called thruster, the fish, the funboard, the hybrid, the gun, the longboard and foamboard (softboard), which are the ones that are usually used for learning as I have mentioned above. Furthermore, after waxing the top of your surfboard, attaching the leash to your ankle and putting on your surf gear and protection like a rashguard,

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You will learn all of this initially with your surf instructor, but over time you should be able to keep learning to surf by yourself. Surfing is a great challenge and for sure one of the most difficult sports to learn, but the rewards are like no other when you catch a wave. And also the cool thing about surfing is that you can do it with your family members and loved ones. The other really cool thing about surfing is that when you go surf you also get some beach time to hang out and set up an umbrella and enjoy the sand and sea. Make this visit to Cabo perfect and unforgettable by starting to learn how to surf in this magical surf town! And to all the friendly surfers vacationing in our surf town, I wish you epic waves. Thanks for your time and thanks for visiting! And thank you Mike Doyle for your good vibes forever. Surf's up infinitely! * - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

wetsuit, surf cap, sun protector, and even surf booties sometimes; you will then enter the water with your instructor after reading the swell, waves and environmental factors like other surfers, rocks, etc., as also mentioned above. Now you will be guided by him or her and start doing all that you have learned during the lesson like paddling, turtle diving, positioning to catch a wave, catching a wave (take off, drop and drop in), riding a wave (balance/positioning), eventually making turns on a wave, and finally finishing a wave or falling off safely. Many times your instructor will grab your board from the tail when you are paddling to try to catch a wave and give you a precise push and steer you in the proper direction as well, and this is a great help in achieving the take off to catch and stand up on your first wave.

Let’s review some things and add other basic points of a complete surf lesson: General safety: ocean environment. Learn about the beach you will surf and its potential hazards. Wave size, general conditions, type of bottom, currents, riptides, etc. Know everything about your equipment and using it: learn the parts of a surfboard and practice some techniques on land so that you can control your surfboard in the surf. Check the condition of your leash. Paddling technique: how to balance on a surfboard while paddling. Find your proper positioning when you paddle the surfboard from a belly down position. Standing up on a surfboard: proper technique, take off, drop, riding stance, arm position, how to stop the surfboard in a controlled manner, how to dismount off your surfboard and how to fall off safely which is usually landing flat on the water (parallel to the water). Turning the surfboard: how to complete single and multiple turns on the face of the wave from a standing up position by using the rails of the surfboard. Learning the bottom turn. Types of surf breaks: identify the types of surf breaks.

Identifying rideable waves and positioning to catch a wave in the best possible spot and time: learn to read a wave, learn to identify the peak, learn where to position yourself. Some parts of the wave are the peak, the face, the lip, the bottom, the back, the close out, the foam or white wash, the tube or barrel, the line, etc. Waves can be measured in feet or meters, and are usually measured from the back side. Sitting on a surfboard: how to turn the board from a sitting position in order to position yourself to catch a wave. Balance on your surfboard from a sitting position. Paddling out into the line-up: read the surf break, know where to paddle out into the lineup (past the breaking waves), practice techniques for getting through breaking waves like the turtle dive. Know where the entry channel is. Surfing etiquette: be able to identify who has priority, learn the priority system for riding waves, understand what to do when you don’t have priority, learning how to keep yourself and others safe. Being a smart surfer: know your limits and be able to recognize conditions and/or surf breaks that are or are not suitable for your ability level.



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he bay is hundreds of yards wide and calm like a sea-filled lake. Sandy dunes rise above the water’s edge and black rocks and coral lay beneath. A dirt road runs along the tip of the dunes connecting one point to the next. Driving this road in the early morning, stillness swallows the place. You hear the whispers of nature, a trickle of water, the pull of rocks, dragging and clacking as they’re sucked out and washed back onshore. I drive slowly, feeling there is no need to rush. The surf report says 2-3 feet. It’s still surfing, but I can’t help feeling a bit cheated. Moments later I pull up to our camp, a small patch of rust-colored dirt above third point. I get out of the car and look out. A series of images play in my mind, loops of the videos I’ve been watching over the past year. Each memory is exactly the same. World-class waves rolling in from third point, a perfectly shaped face that peels and flows for over a hundred yards of surfing bliss. Looking at the sheer size of a single cove, the idea of connecting these points is nearly impossible to imagine. But in perfect conditions, it happens, and on these days a skilled surfer can ride for minutes on a single wave, traveling over a kilometer in distance. The right wave at Scorpion Bay is the wave of a lifetime, as close as a surfer



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gets to heaven on earth. Unfortunately, today is not that day. “Heads up,” says Paul. “Here come some nuggets.” A miniature set is coming in from the point. The waves are extended rights that begin to break halfway across the bay. There’s only one problem. The waves are two feet tall. The bay is empty except for a single surfer, my friend’s daughter, Tessa. Sighting the set, she begins paddling on the inside. Tessa works for the wave, head down and arms splashing. “Stay with it,” yells her father. “Stay with it.” Tessa pops up and begins gliding across the face. The wave is slow, but it holds longer than any I've ever seen, this tiny wave carrying her fifty yards or more. As she turns to paddle back out, the ecstatic cheers of her father echo over the sea. Suddenly, I've never been more excited about riding a two-foot wave. Now I’m rushing to apply sunscreen, slipping on my rash guard and hustling to join Tessa at the break. I catch one wave, then another, and another. By the time our entire group makes it into the water, a silly smile is glued to my face. There are six of us surfing third point, experts and beginners side-by-side. We take turns as the sets roll in and yell out, “party wave,” with the appearance of every three-footer. It’s surfing for the joy of surfing, without ego or competition, and it locks you into the moment, grounds you in a way that can only occur in the waves. The rest of the day progresses perfectly. We surf. Relax at camp and watch others surf. Join in the cheers. Eat a snack. Surf. Talk with friends as the day passes. Switch boards. Surf. Forget about time. Make new friends. Surf. I have any concept of time, but the tide is now high and the waves are close to the rocks. Still, Paul and I can’t seem to stop surfing. “I just need one more,” says Paul. “Yeah,” I say, “One more.” *




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Giving Guide

Cabo San Lucas / San José del Cabo

Photo by Richard Jackson


by International Community Foundation

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The beautiful Baja Peninsula is not only home to many prospering communities but also a flourishing marine life. These thriving communities have been successful due to the essential efforts done by many local organizations to protect and conserve the biodiversity of Baja. The ten Baja Waterkeepers are part of those groups doing the amazing work to ensure the right to safe and clean water in the beautiful communities of Baja that we call home. The Baja Waterkeepers Fund at the International Community Foundation (ICF) supports the regional collaborative of these ten Waterkeepers fighting for clean water and healthy communities. Collectively the Baja Waterkeepers are conducting monthly monitoring programs on over 75 coastal sites for bacteria and pollutants that pose public health risks. The results are published immediately on Swim Guide (https:// - an app that provides real-time water quality information on the beaches you are visiting. The Waterkeepers are ensuring you stay informed that

your favorites beaches are safe for swimming for your family and friends. Additionally, the Waterkeepers are building resilience in their communities by leading environmental education workshops, beach cleanups, youth leadership programs, conducing illegal fishing surveillance and leading efforts to restore and protect watershed ecosystems. Their work is countless and extremely vital for our thriving Baja communities. Most recently, their work was effective in collaborating with their local partners in passing the single-use plastic ban in Baja California Sur. Now, they are diligently working to implement this ban by educating their community (businesses, hotels, schools, restaurants, etc.) to focus on changing their plastic use and moving towards a more environmentally conscious choice. Strengthening their work helps shape future environmental policy and behavior in this incredibly biologically diverse region. You can be a part of the solution when you donate to the Baja Waterkeepers Fund (https://donate.icfdn. org/npo/waterkeepers-baja-californias). For more information on the Baja Waterkeepers contact Angelica Leyva,

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WHERE DO THE LOCALS EAT? Photo courtesy of Pozolería Doña Soco


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! 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.

Pozoleria Doña Soco by Jake Snook

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 Let's go surfing - Vamos a surfear Good waves - Buenas olas Catch a wave - Tomar una ola Board - Tabla Wax - Cera Sea - Mar Ocean - Océano Cape - Cabo - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

Approximately 5 miles north of Puerto Paraiso mall, amongst the dirt roads of the locals housing, a sand-floored palapa with cast iron gates is home to one of the most traditional and savory dishes that the people of the area indulge upon. Pozole, a traditional Mexican stew that is frequently served as a celebratory dish, is made from scratch every Thursday and Saturday from 2pm until 10pm at this little “hole-in-the-wall” that will soon become a weekly event worth looking forward to. Pozoleria Doña Socco has a 4.9/5 star rating on trip advisor and word of mouth had brought the attention enough for us to go see for ourselves. Seeing as the kitchen is led by Señora Socco herself, nothing but the freshest ingredients are put into the two types of pozole that are able to be ordered. If you don’t like soup, don’t go; the only thing that this place serves is green and white broth, poured over marinated pork meat, and topped with everything you can think of. The difference in the colors of soup is solely a preference of flavor, and are equally delicious in their own way. Green pozole offers a bit more of a robust and spicy flavor as it includes ingredients like tomatillos, cilantro and even jalapeños in some cases. Whereas white pozole, a bit milder than the green, is more natural meat-broth flavor, and comes from Guerrero, Mexico which just south of Mexico City. Both feature large hominy kernels; a corn-like ingredient that provides both body and flavor to the dish. Pickled radishes, avocado chunks, raw onion, cilantro, shredded lettuce, flautas (cheese filled deep-fried tortillas) roasted peppers, pork rinds, panela cheese, lime juice and tostadas are all acceptable condiments for either dish. Flavor to your liking and dive in with a napkin near. The staple white-plastic outdoor tables and chairs line the sand as bowl after bowl comes tearing out of the kitchen on these two special evenings every week. Tables filled with eight or more people are not an uncommon sight as families gather around to share great food, cold coca colas and the happenings of the week since they last met. With a home-like atmosphere and nothing but smiles and laughter around, this is a spot that continuously surprises the people who are willing to take a trip into the area that the local people of Cabo San Lucas inhabit. This ladies entrepreneurship is another perfect example that a passion for good food can bring crowds of every shape, size and color, as long as the food is “that” good. Find out more about Pozole Doña Socco on TripAdvisor or hop on their Facebook to check-in and let friends and family know where you’re dining. We here at Destino want to remind you that good food is best shared with great company; go see what this spot has to offer. Happy eating! *

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n Saturday, March 23rd, the Werbalowskys of Santa Cruz de Los Zacatitos, hosted a fun and informative evening for their East Cape neighbors to learn more about the International Community Foundation (ICF) and local non-profit organizations making positive environmental changes to our beloved Baja, Sea of Cortez backyard, and the neighboring Pacific Ocean. Anne McEnany, ICF President and CEO, presented the work of various local non-profit partner organizations focused on high priority coastal sites in Baja California Sur that are proactively making an impact. The evening’s highlight was a panel of “Surf Legends” sharing their wisdom, experiences, and love of the Ocean! The Legendary panel included: Mickey Muñoz, Gerry Lopez,

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Steve Sorensen, Nacho Felix Cota, Jericho Poppler, Renny Yater, Jeff King (also representing the legendary Mike Doyle who could not attend) and Tom McCrae. A silent auction offered signed editions of books and photos generously donated by several of the Legends in attendance (plus others who could not attend). Proceeds from the auction, wine and beer sales, and individual donations, all contributed to the funds raised to benefit the nonprofit organizations The event exceeded the fundraising goal, which will support local organizations, including Amigos para la Conservacion de Cabo Pulmo (ACCP), Pelagios Kakunja, Baja Coastal Institute, Pronatura Noroeste, Sociedad de Historia Natural de Niparaja, Centro de Derechos Ambiental (CEMDA), Defensa Ambiental de Noreste (DAN). *

To further support these groups and contribute to protecting local marine and coastal environments, you can contribute to the East Cape Strategic Action Fund.

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Pre & Après

Surf Food in cabo

by Alex Navarro


urf's up everyone! The surf season is full on as we speak and we are going to need some great nutritious food to fuel up, and some more great and delicious food afterwards to recover and sooth our hungry bellies. Here are some of my suggestions and favorite foods for before and after surfing that you can find here in Cabo. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA



For me, what works best to feel energetic and light for a short one hour surf session is hibiscus (flor de jamaica) water with chia seeds, and sweetened with piloncillo (raw sugar cane molasses that are sold in hard pilon form) syrup. I drink a large glass before a session, and it tastes great too. When I'm going for a longer session, I like to eat oatmeal with flax seeds, chia seeds, pecans, raisins, banana or other fruits, nuts and bee honey. Smoothies are also ideal as a surf food. You can make them orange juice based or with almond or rice milk, etc. I like them basic, because with too many different ingredients or fruits they can take some extra energy and time digesting. One of my favorite simple smoothies is orange juice or fresh almond milk, pecans, banana, chia seeds, a few flakes of raw oatmeal and amaranth. It is very creamy, crunchy and delicious.


Here is where the options become almost limitless. After surfing you can be very hungry, so nice big hearty meals are a great choice to satisfy your hunger. Before you eat, stop to hydrate at a coco frío (cold coconut) stand. There is one in the Costa Azul look out, another one near Cabo Real and another one at the bridge before Walmart in Cabo San Lucas (going towards downtown Cabo). I love going to the Municipal Market because you can find so many dishes all made with the freshest ingredients, and they also serve you big and full plates for a good price. It is my go-to stop daily after a surf session. Some great finds there are the fresh ranch cheeses and the natural sea salt too. Here is a list and brief description of many of those great dishes that are perfect after surfing and you can find there or at most Mexican restaurants in Cabo too: Caldo de res ó de pollo - chicken or beef broth served in a big soup bowl with many vegetables, a lot of chicken or beef, and sometimes rice and tortillas on the side. It can be spicy or not and is served really hot. Pozole - a very traditional Mexican dish, pozole is a thick soup made with pork broth and large corn kernels called hominy in English and cacahuacintle in Spanish. There are three types: white, red or green. If it's white, it means the broth is not spiced, red if spiced with red spices, peppers or salsa, and green if spiced with green spices, peppers or salsa. Afterwards, you can add any of the following: shredded lettuce, shredded cabbage, ground oregano, ground chili peppers, diced onion, sliced radish, lime juice, avocado, pork rinds and shredded cheese. It is usually

accompanied with bean and cheese tostadas. Sopa de tortilla - it is usually made with chicken and tomato broth. It has fried corn tortilla chips or strips, and you can add any toppings like cream, avocado, crushed peppers, lime juice and cubed white fresh cheese. Sometimes it is made with vegetable broth and also called sopa Azteca. Sopa de mariscos - a very nutritious spicy soup made and filled with the broth and meat of local seafood like fish, octopus, sea snail, shrimp, clams and scallops. Order a side of rice and you are set for a good day after surfing. Chiles rellenos - these are the very famous Mexican stuffed peppers which are usually filled with beans and fresh cheese, coated in battered egg whites, deep fried and covered in red tomato salsa. Served with white rice usually. Fajitas de res, pollo ó camaron - beef, chicken or shrimp fajitas. World renowned but you have to try them in Cabo. Ask for a side of locally made fresh flour tortillas. Sopes de pollo, res ó chorizo - sopes are similar to tortillas but are much thicker and have a pinched rim all around to contain the ingredients, which are pureed refried black beans, chicken, beef or chorizo sausage, shredded lettuce, crumbled fresh cheese, avocado, salsa and sliced red onions. You have to try them! Bisteck ranchero - this is a very traditional stew of northern Mexico. It is spicy beef stew made with tomato sauce and vegetables like potatoes, green beans, onions, and bell peppers. It is served with corn tortillas. A favorite for stuffing a flour tortilla burrito also. Costilla de puerco - this dish is very similar to the one above, but with pork ribs instead of beef. Very delicious too. Pollo con mole - the famous mole sauce varies from type to type, like the mole Poblano, the mole negro, verde and Pipian. Moles can have up to 20-30 different ingredients. Some of them are all types of ground peppers, ground nuts like almonds peanuts and pine nuts, ground tortillas, chocolate, fruits, ground dried fruits, chicken broth and much more, like all types of spices like clove, hoja santa (Piper Auritum), cumin and cinnamon. The word mole comes from the Nahuatl word "molli". This dish is made with a piece or more of chicken bathed in mole sauce and accompanied by rice. The Pipian sauce is commonly made with ground squash seeds. Enchiladas verdes ó rojas - the also world-famous enchiladas are a must in Cabo and especially after a tiring surf session. These are rolled up fried tortillas stuffed with shredded chicken breast (sometimes made with leg and thigh) and covered in red or green spicy sauces. Usually served with a side of beans and rice. Enmoladas - just like enchiladas but with mole sauce instead. A very delicious breakfast. Flautas de pollo - also fried rolled up tortillas filled with shredded chicken breast, but with no sauce topping. Instead it is topped with a lot of shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, cream and avocado. Served with rice and red salsa on the side. Tacos dorados - the same as flautas de pollo but with shredded beef instead. Tostadas de res ó pollo - this is my go-to food at least once a week. Fried and hardened corn tortillas smothered in beans and topped with shredded beef or chicken, shredded lettuce, crumbled fresh cheese, avocado, cream, and red or green salsa, or Mexican salsa which is diced tomato, diced onion and diced Serrano pepper. Milanesa de res ó pollo - a great option too for a big meal with a lot of protein are these dishes which are breaded beef and breaded chicken served with green salad, rice and sometime French fries, and a side of tortillas too. Taco de camarón empanizado - the traditional breaded shrimp taco. A guarantee if you love shrimp. Carne asada - Here in Cabo we get great beef from the regional cows, so I always recommend getting a classic carne asada (grilled beef). Usually thinly sliced steak served with beans, rice and guacamole, tortillas and cebollitas asadas, which are grilled cambray onions. Filete de pescado (empanizado, mojo de ajo, a la plancha) - Also a weekly go-to plate is the breaded fish plate (filete de pescado empanizado) after surfing. Al mojo de ajo is fried with garlic and a la plancha is just cooked on the grill with no spices. *




TACO FEST – The 3rd edition of Taco Fest Los Cabos took place at Casa Dorada Los Cabos

Resort on Saturday, April 27 showcasing all the tastiest tacos in the area! The entry fee of $600 MXN included unlimited tacos and beverages courtesy of event sponsors. The choices of tacos were endless, featuring gourmet, ultra-creative, and classic street tacos from restaurants all over Los Cabos. There were different preparations of pork, beef, octopus, and fish on flour, corn and cheese tortillas, and so much more! Last year’s winner Sancho’s was back with their famous pink taco too. This year, Taquería El Compirri took the first-place spot with their delicious “Tacompirri de Lengua” (beef tounge) tacos. For anyone who hasn’t been to Taco Fest, it’s time to mark your calendar for April 25, 2020. I’m adding this event to my list of top events of the year! @TacoFestLosCabos

From musical concerts and food festivals, to restaurant and hotel Grand Openings and over-the-top parties and activities, Cabo always has something new and exciting to see, eat, and experience! by Justine Schock, your guide to the Los Cabos Social Scene


del Mole Todos Santos (Mole Festival) took place on April 26th in the downtown public square of Todos Santos. Mole is a traditional Mexican sauce that generally consists of ingredients like nuts, seeds, chili peppers, black pepper, cinnamon, cumin and/or chocolate. It is usually served over poultry or used for making tamales and enchilada dishes. Event vendors proudly prepared and served a wide variety of mole tacos and small bites in the colorful town plaza, along with live music and traditional Mexican dance performances. On May 5, a small meeting was held at the Nuestra Señora Del Pilar Parish, where Festival organizers presented the $80,000 pesos raised during the event that will be used to help the elderly population of Todos Santos. @MoleTodosSantos


WINNER! TACO TUESDAY BATTLE AT CASA CALAVERA – On April 23rd, Casa Calavera Los Cabos hosted a special edition of Taco Tuesday benefiting Gente Joven por un Cambio. Two passionate Cabo locals, Dana Leuenberger and Onagh Ash, battled it out to see who could create the best taco! Dana from Los Cabos Home created the "Chubby Choyero” taco with shrimp wrapped in bacon with Damiana sauce, while Onagh, the President and Founder of Gente Joven por un Cambio, created a "Barbacoa" lamb taco with poblano puree and onions. In the end, Onagh prevailed and proceeds from the 150 special edition tacos sold was donated to Gente Joven por un Cambio. “Gente Joven por un Cambio is a unique youth development program in Mexico inspiring the next generation to solve problems, create visionary change, and realize their full potential.” @GenteJovenPorUnCambio

Photos courtesy of All Access Cabo


CULINARY AWARDS LOS CABOS – The 2nd edition of Culinary Awards Los Cabos was held at Grand Velas Los Cabos on April 25. The ceremony was created to celebrate all the biggest and best names in the Los Cabos culinary scene. Thirteen categories were voted and awarded by a jury, while the remaining ten categories were selected through an on-line public voting campaign. I was honored and delighted to be asked to present the award for Culinary Experience on the Tourist Corridor alongside my Destino coworker and friend Ali Lohrman. Cabo Wabo Cantina was also recognized for their outstanding culinary achievements and received the special prize of the night, the Culinary Achievement award. Out of the 121 registered restaurants, the winners are: Jury Awards

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR IN A HOTEL | Seared (One&Only Palmilla) RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR IN THE CITY | Nick San RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR IN TODOS SANTOS – PESCADERO | Jazamango CHEF OF THE YEAR | Thierry Blouet - Café des Artistes Los Cabos (JW Marriott Los Cabos) RISING NEW CHEF | Maximiliano Ríos - Toro NEW RESTAURANT | Mako (Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort) CONSOLIDATED RESTAURANT | El Farallon (The Resort at Pedregal) CULINARY CONCEPT | Cocina de Autor (Grand Velas Los Cabos) SWEET – DESSERT PROPOSAL | Seared (One&Only Palmilla) BAR OF THE YEAR | Flora's Field Kitchen BARTENDER OF THE YEAR | José Antonio Cebrero - Flora's Field Kitchen WINE SELECTION | Café des Artistes Los Cabos (JW Marriott Los Cabos) EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE | Café des Artistes Los Cabos (JW Marriott Los Cabos)

People’s Choice Awards CULINARY EXPERIENCE: CABO | Sur Beach House CULINARY EXPERIENCE: IN A HOTEL IN CABO | Hacienda Cocina y Cantina (Hacienda Beach Club and Residences) CULINARY EXPERIENCE: TOURIST CORRIDOR | Manta (The Cape, a Thompson Hotel) CULINARY EXPERIENCE: SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO | La Lupita [Taco & Mezcal] - San José del Cabo CULINARY EXPERIENCE: IN A HOTEL IN SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO | Casa Calavera (Vidanta Los Cabos) CULINARY EXPERIENCE: TODOS SANTOS – PESCADERO | El Mirador Ocean View Restaurant CASUAL RESTAURANT | Origen OPTION FOR BREAKFAST | Casasola Café & Brunch OPTION FOR LUNCH | Il Forno EXPERIENCE IN A BAR | The Rooftop (The Cape, a Thompson Hotel)



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Pazifica Fest The 3rd edition of Pazifica Fest is coming to

Playa El Coromuel in La Paz on Saturday, June 1 at 5pm. With more than 1000 attendees in 2018, this one-day musical event with national and international talent includes performances by División Minúscula, Señor Kino, Napoleón Domínguez, Outsiders LPZ, JAüZZ, Classic Version, and Corner DJs. Visit @PazificaFest on Facebook for more info!


6th Annual Pelagic Triple crown of Fishing Tournament

Mark your calendars, gather your friends & family, and kick-off your summer on June 6-8 with some fun in the sun and competitive fishing in Cabo San Lucas. The 6th Annual Pelagic Triple Crown of Fishing Tournament offers well over $350,000 in cash prizes! Target Species include Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Dorado, and Wahoo. www.

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Dinner on the Beach at Casa Calavera



On June 1st at 7:30pm, join Casa Calavera for the first of many dinners on the beach where they will feature 5 delicious courses paired with Clase Azul Tequila for $1,500 MXN (~$80 USD)! To reserve your seat, email The menu will be released soon on Casa Calavera’s Facebook page. Space is limited so book today!

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created to benefit the Los Cabos Rotary Club Scholarship Program. Fifteen hotels will compete to win the title of best paella of the year in Los Cabos. The event will feature live music in a family friendly environment. Tickets cost $750 MXN and will include samples of each paella as well as two glasses of wine. For more information call (624) 144-3622 or email

9 Trail Run 16 Day Las “Hamacas”

The second Las Hamacas Trail Run will take place in La Paz on Sunday, June 9 at 7:00am. The 3k, 8k, 16k trail run by Waikuris will benefit Corazón de Niño and celebrate "Global Running Day." The entry fee is $350 MXN or people with special disabilities and children 6-12 years are $300 MXN. Visit for information and registration!


Both Mexico and the United States celebrate Father’s Day (Día del Padre) on the third Sunday in June. Celebrate and honor dad, as well as grandfathers, uncles, big brothers, and other important male figures at one of the many resorts, restaurants and bars around town. Many establishments will have Father’s Day food and drink specials to celebrate the day!


Henrry Lopez Studio presents the Greatest Showman The Musical, on June 7 at 8pm, June 8 at 6pm and 8:30pm, and June 9 at 1:30pm and 5pm at the Cultural Pavilion in downtown Cabo San Lucas. The Greatest Showman The Musical was inspired by the magical life of circus owner, showman and entrepreneur P.T. Barnum, founder of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. For more information and tickets, please call (624) 358-6111 or visit @HenrryLopez.Estudio on Facebook!

Heroes Fest 2019

Heroes Fest is a family friendly musical event with food, drinks and live music on Saturday, June 15 at 3pm in Plaza San Lucas parking lot. The main goal of this project is to help fund the cost of the American VISA’s to young burn patients to fly to California to continue their medical care by the Heroes to the Rescue Foundation and help with the reintegration of burn patients who have had a long stay in the hospital and have not been able to have a continuous education. Suggested donation to attend the event is $150 MXN. Visit @HeroesToTheRescue on Facebook for more information about the event and cause.


Los Cabos

Open of Surf Re-Imagined After six incredible years of the Los Cabos Open Of Surf, Boardwalk Productions and the Los Cabos

Tourism Board decided to take a one-year break from the traditional Women’s QS and Pro Jr. events in order to create and celebrate the unique surf culture in Cabo with a one-weekend surf, fashion, food, and music festival, to be held exclusively at The Cape and Monuments Beach. On June 21-23, The Cape will host the 2019 Los Cabos Open of Surf, a weekend of prestigious, invitation only surf competition, swimsuit/summer fashion shows, live and EMD musical sets, art, cuisine, and so much more. With world class surfers, and an eclectic group of international professionals competing for the first ever, The Los Cabos Open of Surf Cape Trophy, surf fans will get a never-before-seen up close and personal and immersive look at high level surfing from the stunning viewpoint of The Cape. In addition to the surfing events and meet-and-greets with some of the World’s best surfers, The Cape will host nightly swimsuit and summer season fashion shows presenting an eclectic mix of designers as well as spotlighting some of the world’s leading swimsuit models.



Fiesta de la Musica


“La Fête de la Musique” started in France in 1982 as an initiative of the government to celebrate music and its performers and is now currently celebrated in more than 120 countries and 700 cities around the world as "The International Day of Music.” Fiesta de la Musica (The Los Cabos Music Festival) is the largest in Mexico and is considered one of the most anticipated cultural events by locals and tourists featuring all genres and levels of musical experience from beginner to professional. The 11th year of Fiesta de la Musica, organized by Promotora Cultural Vivarte AC, with the support of the XIII Los Cabos City Council, will be held on Saturday, June 22 in San José del Cabo with special guest performer Celso Piña and his Ronda Bogotá star musician. The free event has become a national and international platform for musical talent in the region and has grown into an iconic event and tradition in Los Cabos during every summer solstice. Destino Los Cabos is a proud sponsor of Fiesta de la Musica! For more information and schedule of performers visit or @FiestaDeLaMusicaLC on Facebook!

EVERY DAY: Omnia Dayclub Los Cabos Doors Open at 11:00 am. - www.omniaclubs. com/los-cabos MONDAYS: Stargazing/Astronomy programs Reservation in advance is required. (624)129-8701 TUESDAYS: 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 - 9:00 pm. www.casacalavera. com Xplora El Tezal Organic and Local Market 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - @XploraJardin - (624) 147-9128


WEDNESDAYS: Live music at Captain Tony's 7:30 pm Live Mariachi (624) 143.6797 - captaintonys@piscisgroupcabo. com - @restaurantcaptaintonys 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.

Let’s Get Physical at OMNIA

23 Race Serial 2019 27-30 Los Cabos Firehill Trail

The best trail race series in Baja California Sur is back! The second of 4 races in 2019 will take place in La Paz on June 23, followed by Night Fest on August 10, and Koral Canyon on October 27. This 8K and 16K race takes place on Sunday, June 23 at 7:15am with the start and finishline at MTB track "El Manglar" in La Paz. Participants will be broken into 3 different age categories and the cost is $400 MXN-$650 MXN. Registration is open until June 19 at Cabo Sport in San José del Cabo, Vélo Citti in La Paz, or online at (with additional service charge). Contact or (624) 688-6755 for more information.

Stars & Stripes Tournament

The 23rd Annual Stars & Stripes Fishing and Golf Tournament will be held from Thursday June 27 to Sunday June 30. Their website explains, “The Stars & Stripes beneficiaries receive much-needed financial assistance which they can use to expand their programs. Team registration fees pay for all costs of the event. When you make a donation to Stars & Stripes, proceeds are used to match dollars raised by the beneficiary charities, allowing the money they raise to increase and create more impact.” The always well attended event has raised and donated more than $29 million to worthy youth charities over the course of its 22-year history. For more information and schedule of events, please visit

FRIDAYS: Live music at Captain Tony's 7:30 pm Live Medium Rock Band (624) 143.6797 - captaintonys@piscisgroupcabo. com - @restaurantcaptaintonys Feel Good Fridays at Omnia Dayclub Doors open at 11:00 am SATURDAYS: Bird walks at San Jose Estuary Reservation in advance is required Live music at Captain Tony's 7:30 pm La Biznaga Classic Rock Band (624) 143.6797 - captaintonys@piscisgroupcabo. com - @restaurantcaptaintonys San Jose Organic Market 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - (624) 142 0948 The Los Cabos Organic Market at Pedregal 7:30 am -12:00 pm - caboorganicmarket The Shoppes at Palmilla Bootcamp and Yoga by Cabo Yoga & Fitness 8:00 am - 9:00 am 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! - EVERYTHING YOU NEED KNOWABOUT ABOUTSOUTHERN SOUTHERNBAJA BAJA - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TOTO KNOW

Enjoy OMNIA’s all-new, 80's inspired Feel Good Fridays experience! Break out your best 80's themed swimwear and join OMNIA Los Cabos Dayclub for Feel Good Fridays on June 28th. Their website explains, “Every Friday, the daytime party kickstarts the weekend, allowing guests to soak up the Baja rays while enjoying a getaway with special industry pricing, DJs, and much more. The vibe at Feel Good Fridays pays homage to the classic Southern California surf scene, creating the same relaxed and fun atmosphere at our daytime club in San José del Cabo.” Doors open at 11:30AM. Visit for guestlist and VIP tables.

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 Captain Tony's 7:30 pm Pura Vida Beat Band (624) 143.6797 - captaintonys@piscisgroupcabo. com - @restaurantcaptaintonys Stargazing/Astronomy programs Reservation in advance is required (624)129-8701

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