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IN THIS ISSUE: 8 8 9 10 14 18 18 19 20 24 26 26 26 27 28 29 30 30 32 32 34 36

BAJA 101: Destinations Useful Information Maps Things to Do DISCOVER: All that's Fishy - Monthly Fishing Report Underwater World Los Cabos Locals’ Favorite Road Trips Must Sea Beaches CULTURE: September: Our Patriot Month Spanish Lesson Giving Back: Restoration of Historic Landmark in El Triunfo, Completed! IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Wide Open Baja THE LOCAL'S CORNER: Local discounts OUT & ABOUT: Culinary Cabo: Top 5 Dishes to Celebrate Mexican Independence Month DESTINO DIRECTORY INSTAWORTHY Social Cabo Events

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The Southern Baja tip is a perfect geographical area to explore not only by sea, but also by land. There are many small towns, beautiful beaches, unique restaurants and historic landmarks to visit, all in the vicinity of the popular Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Us locals enjoy exploring our beloved Baja when we have time off (yes, we do work down here), and we still discover new magical places all the time. For this reason I thought it would be fun for locals to share their favorite road trips with our readers, giving you the inside scoop and useful tips. Read along and have fun exploring! 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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Publisher Owen Perry Editor in Chief Michelle Monroy Art Director Michelle Monroy Graphic Designer Fabiani Mendez Writers / Contributors / Photographers Alex Hugessen Alex Navarro Billy Cowley Diego Urquiza Gary Graham Justine Schock Katia Silva Michelle Monroy Roberto Tironi Scott Koenig

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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: - 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

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GOLF

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 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. 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

TPC Danzante Bay golf course

​ orth of Cabo is Baja’s newest gem and it N 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

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.

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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.

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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.

TURTLE RELEASE

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


BAJA 101 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.

PARASAILING

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.

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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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Black marlin-John Dominc

ALL THAT'S FISHY FROM LORETO TO LAND'S END

Monthly Fishing Report

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Before the Bisbee East Cape Offshore Tournament held in East Cape out of the Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort completely fades into history books, four notable fish in the two-day event should be recognized. Guy Yocum’s “El Suertudo” team landed the only qualifying fish weighing 381 pounds – well over the 300 pound minimum – during the first few hours of the tourney. Astonishingly, that fish earned the team $619,800, a click under $1,677 per pound! Equally unusual was on Day One, the Tuna Jackpot belonged to “Team Snafu.” Felipe Valdez was ahead in the yellowfin tuna division where he dazzled the 65 teams competing with his tuna weighing 58.8 pounds. “Team Snafu” pocketed $18,275. And on Day Two of the Tuna Jackpot Daily, the heaviest yellowfin was caught by Esaul Valdez, “Team Hotel Buenavista.” It weighed 60.8 pounds, besting his brother’s fish by two pounds and winning $31,935. The Brothers Valdez are owners of the host hotel. The fourth most significant fish wasn’t brought to the scale. “Team Sirena,” John Dominc, angler/owner and Michael Hennessy, angler, along with Capt. Gonzalo Castillo and mate Freddy Castillo hooked into a black marlin mid-day on the second day. It turned out to be the only one of the event. They soon had it alongside the boat but weren’t sure it would meet

the qualifying 300-pound minimum. After a great deal of discussion, the crew made the difficult decision and released the healthy fish instead of gambling its life on its size. In Cabo San Lucas, striped marlin have continued to dominate the billfish scene with unseasonable multiple releases being common. There also have been a few larger bull dorado along with the mostly smaller dorado. As the larger blue and black billfish continue to tease with their late arrival, cowsized yellowfin may be preventing them from being center stage just yet as a handful of over 200-pound monsters are being brought to the scales. Another surprise is the continued roosterfish bite from the Pacific side of Land’s End to Muertos Bay which keeps flourishing for both beach and boat anglers willing to put in their time. At East Cape, inside sea temps range from 83- to 86-degrees – with clear, flat water – and highs in the low 90s and clear skies. The best dorado fishing of the season is happening now. Some boats are traveling up to 40 miles south to find schools of fish in the 5- to 20-pound class mixed with some big bulls. Quality yellowfin tuna up to 50-pounds are being taken off Rincon on live caballito and squid. Boats are soaking bait for a couple of hours and picking up one or two. Plenty of striped marlin and quite a few blues are mixed in with a few sailfish – best fishing is off the La Ribera Bank from 3- to 6-miles offshore. Wahoo up to 50 pounds are mixed with dorado 25- to 40-miles south of the hotel and in the same areas as the billfish. Big pargo and Almaco jacks are around now for some exceptional inshore fishing! Good-sized pompano are being taken daily.

Lots of 50-pound roosters are being released. La Paz continues to have sporadic weather and fishing conditions as seasonal weather lags behind the normal expected schedule. There have been some dorado caught, mostly in the 10- to 20-pound class, but coldwater fish like pargo, liso (mullet snapper), amberjack, giant dogtooth snapper, cabrilla, pompano, jack crevalle, and even sierra prevail. Then, not only did 20- to 100-pound tuna show up (most fish lost after long battles on light tackle), out of nowhere came the yellowtail. Old timers can’t remember yellowtail so late in the season. One local observed that in more than 25 years, there have not been yellowtail seen in August; by May, these coldwater fish are long gone! Even in August, it’s more like late May or June fishing. The waters are blue; the days are hot and humid; it feels tropical, and it looks like summer – it feels like summer, but the fishing isn’t summer. It’s more like springtime fishing. Up Loreto way, it is summer and hot according to recent reports. “Catches of 48inch dorado in large numbers” was welcome news for the 145 teams of 550 anglers (including 37 in the Kayak Division) that were winners of the State Sports Fishing Serial Dos Mares, Copa of Champions Calisureños. These tournaments were held throughout Baja Sur over the past year that participated in the recent Grand Final Calisureños Cup 2019, according to Secretary of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Agricultural Development, Andrés Córdova Urrutia. As local Rick Hill observed, “The Grand Finale of our state-sponsored sport fishing tournament was a huge success. I usually focus on the fish that hit the weigh station and the fillet table, but that for me has been overshadowed by the entire event that is wellorganized with live on-stage entertainment and total involvement from many of the local service providers. There were big cash jackpots and fish-related products that included outboard motors and a Toyota truck.” Teams, families, spectators, and kiosks packed the docks’ launch ramp as well as all along the malecon and the public beaches. Dorado and marlin were the most frequent visitors. The huge dorado from last week seemed to move out just before Day One, leaving the 15- to 25-pound class dorado to entertain the hopeful. What an event. Lots of fun. I'll be looking for this event next time it rolls through Loreto! *


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Underwater world by Katia Silva, Marine Biologist and Guide at Cabo Trek

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Around the world people often look for new and exciting activities. Certain activities may even fall into a category called “life-sports.” This means activities that a person can learn, develop, and perform throughout a lifetime. One such activity is scuba diving, which opens the doorway for adventure and excitement, and with more education this adventure never really ends. Often, when people try something new, they hope it carries them to unique places and allows for interesting experiences. Over 70% of the Earth is covered in water, so the odds are pretty good that scuba diving may allow you go to new places. In Los Cabos there is the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez with some beautiful diving. The marine life is so diverse that on every level of diving, even if you are a beginner, you leave with that feeling of having lived for a few minutes in a surreal world. Scuba diving changes that daily weight on our shoulders. Underwater, divers get the opportunity to experience a near weightless environment where there are no phones, televisions, or office meetings. Instead, divers hear the sounds of moving water, aquatic life, and peace. Many divers view scuba diving as a release from the normal work world. Every time they submerge below the surface, the only thing in the world is the water and the current dive. For this reason, if someone is looking for a new activity or hobby, scuba diving may be the perfect release from the daily grind. Dive the same site 10 times, and you’ll have 10 very different experiences. In Los Cabos one day, you will look in a little cave to see a shy octopus, the next a curious sea lion wants to play with you, or a huge school of mobula rays will cross your path. The sheer amount of wildlife under Los Cabos’ waters is incredible. It’s peaceful, relaxing and exploring things you have never seen in your life before feeling connected with nature. Scuba diving is one of the only sports where there is no competing. All members of the family can scuba dive together. It doesn’t matter how fast you can run or how much weight you can lift, underwater you are all equal. Time spent diving is so relaxing and peaceful that you feel revitalized afterwards and ready to take on your busy work schedule again, but counting the days to come back to Los Cabos. *

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LOS CABOS LOCALs’

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ROAD TRIP #1: EXPLORING THE PACIFIC SIDE

TO D O S SA N TO S P E S C A D E RO - C ER R I TOS Join me as I share some inside tips on how to best enjoy this popular area just up the coast from Cabo San Lucas. We have three main points of interest for this short trip and will start from the furthest away and work our way back to Cabo San Lucas. The “road” portion of this day trip is super easy: Head north from the bull ring (the first intersection coming into Cabo San Lucas), over the bridge then take the right hand turn onto Highway 19, clearly marked “Todos Santos / La Paz”. What once was a narrow meandering road inhabited by families of goats and farm vehicles in no particular hurry to get anywhere, is now four lanes of beautiful divided highway bringing you North never very far away from the Pacific. Highway 19 will be the “artery” for this trip and will treat you with great vistas of the Pacific, rolling hills of cactus, and several small communities huddled in the shade of giant palm trees that pop up where the ground waters from the Sierra De La Laguna bubble to the surface to sustain life. Budget about an hour of driving time to reach Todos Santos. TODOS SANTOS Highway 19 will lead you directly into Todos Santos. Once you are well into town, the road will force a right turn upon you that will direct you straight up the main street and into the centre of activity. After making that right hand turn, find yourself a parking spot on the main street or one of the many smaller side streets. Todos Santos is easily covered by foot so park once and you won’t need your vehicle again till it’s time to go. If you want to be recognized as a local, just refer to town as “Todos” as locals like to keep things on a first name basis. While Todos Santos is small, it is still impossible to do it all in a few hours so focus on the shops and restaurants in and around the two main streets. Be sure to visit the main plaza by the church and the adjoining art district. “Todos” is also great place to

wander around and get a little bit lost so feel free to wing it in this friendly little town. Designated as a Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) by the Mexican government, Todos Santos still has plenty of tourists, but the architecture, people, and vibe are much more relaxed than in the larger resort towns. I NSI DE R S T I P S - The main street is home to the Hotel California. While they have a great gift shop (a bit pricey) and a nice restaurant (also a bit pricey) and I would encourage anyone to visit if they like, don’t do it under the assumption that the Hotel California has anything to do with the Eagles and their album of the same name. Go across the street to Tequila Sunrise, order a Damiana Margarita (a beverage worthy of it’s own article). At this point you better have the designated driver question sorted out as those margaritas will leave you more confused than the Eagles fans across the street. PESCADERO Our second stop is the town of Pescadero and the attentive visitor will take note that, like other settlements in the Baja, it is the life sustaining water that makes this town possible. Surrounded by rich green farms with clusters of giant palms, Pescadero is an oasis in an otherwise arid stretch of road. The name Pescadero literally translates to “Fish Monger” exposing the towns obvious connection to the Pacific Ocean only about a mile away and often visible where the landscape flattens out. “Pesky” - as it is affectionately known to the locals - is light


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CERRITOS The final stop on our trip is Los Cerritos which is a place very close to my heart. It has long been an escape for those looking for a pace less hectic than the resorts to the South. My family bought a small Cerritos casita back in 2012 and it has been our weekend (and whenever we can) getaway ever since. The easiest way to access Cerritos is via the dirt road at Km 65 just south of Pescadero shortly after the lush farms yield the landscape back to the desert. Follow the dirt road until you reach a fence and turn

you can’t miss the giant Palapa to the right about 1 km back from the beach. Under that giant palapa sits all of the goodness that is Shaka’s Delicious Wood Cantina (or simply “Shaka’s”). Grab a seat at the two-level semicircular bar and order a “Shakarita” (if it’s between 4 and 6 pm, a second one will magically appear at no extra cost). Meet a few locals including proprietors Brandon & Edgar, and catch up on the local gossip. If you STILL haven’t eaten, ask them what’s fresh or go for the pad tai which is oddly awesome for something originating under a Mexican palapa. Again, now would be a good time to reevaluate the designated driver situation as Brando is elbows-deep into your next Shakarita. As things wrap up be sure to recognize your designated driver as the true hero of the day and then direct them to continue up the dirt road to the highway and hang a right. If it’s getting dark, please slow down keep an eye out for animals on the road that will eventually deposit you back into the waiting arms of Cabo San Lucas.a

“Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.” – Angela N. Blount

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on attractions and services but what they do, they do well. There are a number of shops, taco stands, and palapa styled bars to quench multiple appetites and be sure to pick up “whatever fruit is in season” from one of the roadside stands. Also, check your fuel level as the Pesky Pemex gas station will be your last opportunity to fill up before heading back to Cabo. IN S ID ER S T I P S - If you have decided that Pescadero is the place for lunch, try one of the Carnitas (braised pork) taco stands along the main drag. If you really want to treat yourself then plan lunch at Hierbabuena (look for their sign at the start of a dirt road just south of the Pemex). This is a true ‘farm to table’ experience in one of the most beautiful settings you will find on your entire trip. Be brave and order a salad even though you may need a botany professor to explain the ingredients to you. If you are there on a Sunday, check out Baja Beans for great coffee, awesome baked goodies, and their Sunday market featuring local artisans.

right to find plenty of parking and a short walk to one of the best beaches in the Baja. The beach at Cerritos really does have something for everyone. Shallow gentle waters where kids can play, small waves close to shore for the beginner surfers and boogie boarders, and a legit surf break for those willing to paddle out. What really sets Cerritos apart is a wide, deep, beach offering endless strolls on nicely packed sand and shallow waters to wade through and sand bars to explore. You will always find a gentle mist coming off the pounding surf, families playing in the gentle wash, all on a long perfect crescent beach. The beach vendors are present but not overbearing and if you are looking for a snack or a massage, both will find you with very little effort on your part. If you forgot your beach chair and umbrella you can count on a friendly local to set you up - for a small fee of course. The Desert Moon (orange building on the hill near where you parked) and Cerritos Surf Town (just down the beach) are a couple of great options offering food and drink with a view of the pounding surf. INSIDERS TIPS - If you still haven’t eaten after all of these suggestions - lucky you because we saved a little treat! Barracuda Cantina is a food truck / palapa bar / taco stand all wrapped into one shady oasis sitting only a block back from the beach. You won’t have the surf to tickle your feet, but the seafood tacos are as good as you will find anywhere and the staff and vibe are Cerritos to the core. By now you’ve had your food, surf, sun and drink but we’re not quite done yet. As you return to the highway

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ROAD TRIP #2:

CAFÉ EL TRIUNFO

AN OLD MINING TOWN

EL TR IUN FO

“The World is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.”

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What is it about road trips that really sets our hearts aglow? Is it the destinations, the new stories, the adventures and unplanned stops along the way, or is it just the ever-changing scenery unfurling in front of windshields? Maybe, it’s a combination of them all. On the tip of the Baja, we are blessed with many fun road trips that check off those boxes, and one of my favorites is the loop to El Triunfo. Founded in the late 1700s, El Triunfo didn’t hit its stride until 1862, when gold and silver were discovered in the area. Quickly gaining international attention, the population boomed to over 10,000, making El Triunfo the largest town in Baja California Sur during this time period. After the mines closed, El Triunfo’s population dwindled, but remnants of the mining boom and the cultural center that once was still remain for the thousands of visitors who make the trip every year. The drive to El Triunfo is just under 2 hours from San José, but it is hardly a boring one. There isn’t another drive in our area that winds you through the desert, along the Sea of Cortez, into our little mountains (the Sierra Lagunas), across the peninsula, and then back down the Pacific, so have your camera at the ready for some great landscape shots. In addition to the scenery, there are several interesting towns and pitstops to enjoy along the way, so make sure to factor in a few extra hours if you are the adventurous type. As you head north, leaving San José with the Sierra Lagunas to your left, the true majesty of this desert ecosystem begins to unfold, so roll down those windows and leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind you. 10 minutes or so outside of the little town of Santa Anita, you will begin to see hand painted signs for pitahaya and guanabana ice-cream (although its more akin to sorbet). This is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth, and my personal favorite is across the street from the Pemex, outside of Miraflores. After the quick sugar rush, the next fan favorite along the drive is the little cultural center on the Tropic of Cancer. Try to take a picture straddling the line that is painted on the concrete, which bisects the building. This represents the demarcation

between the tropics and the subtropics, and it’s almost as cool as taking a picture on the equator, but its right in our backyard; a little reminder of where you are on this big, beautiful planet of ours. Continuing on, you’ll pass the town of Santiago to your left. Santiago is home to the Sol de Mayo waterfalls, which are more than worthy of a separate road trip in their own right. If you do choose to take this detour, be sure to follow all of the signs, and factor in at least another 2 hours. Roughly 30 kilometers further, and you’ll start making your way back to the Sea of Cortez, and into the world-famous fishing town of Los Barriles. If you’re feeling a little hungry for seafood, now would be the time to stop, because this is the last time you’ll be near the water. If you do choose to stop, grab some fresh sashimi and beer at La Playa restaurant. While you’re eating, enjoy the view of the water and take some pictures of the fishing boats during the warmer months, and the kiteboarders during the winter months. From here, its onwards and upwards, as you begin to head west into the foothills of the Sierra Lagunas. Noteworthy stops along the way include: shopping for mangos and the incredible mango jam at the roadside tienda in San Bartolo, and grabbing a quick picture at the overlook before the tiny mountain town of San Antonio.

Shortly after San Antonio, you will arrive at your destination: El Triunfo. If music strikes your fancy, then the piano museum is a great stop for a taste of what was once the cultural center of southern Baja. For the history buff in the family, the brand-new museum is a must. The museum was recently opened in order to bolster tourism and celebrate the town, and here you’ll enjoy an interactive and immersive experience that chronicles the rich history of the area. At this point hope you’ve saved a little room for a late lunch, because Cafe Triunfo, boasting quite a large brick oven, has great pizza and one of the best pulled pork sandwiches in all of the Baja. Enjoy your meal and a cold beer as you look out at the 47 meter high smokestack, “La Romona.” Built in 1890, and used during the smelting process, La Romona has been rumored to have been built by none other than Gustave Eiffel, of Paris fame. After you’ve had your fun exploring the quiet mining town, you can drive back towards San José, or you can continue along, heading west. Each way is roughly two hours, and if you decide to press on forward, drive until you hit Highway 19. Turn left, making your way towards Todo Santos, the Pacific Ocean, and eventually Cabo San Lucas. If you’re lucky, and time it right, you can catch the sun as it dips below the water; closing the book on another special day in this gorgeous corner of the world. a

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ROAD TRIP #3: AN OFF road day trip

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which when I do, I will tell you about it for sure. We are back again on the dirt road on our 4x4 going towards the Pacific beaches. Keep driving slowly through all the curves, bends, ups and downs, veering around boulders and rocks. If at any point you feel a bit lost, any rancher along the way will reassure your direction. Plus there is only one main dirt road for vehicles that crosses through this mountain pass. Once you are at the highest point you will feel the much colder weather and see higher cliffs and steeper mountain sides. The road gets very narrow at points, so drive very slowly through here. You will start sensing the appearance of the Pacific Ocean soon. Crossing the mountains takes about 3 hours and you are probably 2 hours in at this point. Soon you will begin descending and seeing the change of flora again to more tropical and desert. Once you descend into the desert landscapes you will soon cross the popular “El Aguajito” which is an “arroyo” that runs strong sometimes, and the locals even collect crawfish right there in the middle of the desert! You are now in the last stretch of the trip. In the area near “El Aguajito,” maybe ask the ranchers which is the road towards Highway 19 or Cerritos Beach. This road will descend and wind down through the desert for about 20-30 minutes to Highway 19. The views, as you can see the Pacific Ocean in front of you from an elevated point, are incredible. Once you hit the highway, go north or take a right towards Cerritos beach and you will arrive in a few miles. So you’ve made it from sea to sea, now all you have to do is dip your feet in the water, enjoy the sand on the bottom of your feet, relax, and enjoy the last rays of the days sun as it fades away. What a great trip! To get back to Cabo, just take Highway 19 south for about 40 minutes. I hope you have fun this vacation and if you try this adventurous off-road trip, I am sure you will love it. Final note: this route can also be completed on a mountain bike with a support vehicle, so for the more adventurous and extreme person this can be the perfect challenge. a

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama

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Imagine your feet playing on the warm sand as you watch the sun give its first warm light on a beautiful beach on the East Cape. Then just a few hours later, after an amazing off-road journey through desert and mountain landscapes, feeling the sun on your face as it gives its farewell for the day while chilling on the beach and sand of the Pacific side. This is real! It can be done with a 4 x 4 vehicle in a full day and it is what I call the sea to sea off road Baja route. At dawn, begin your adventure in San José del Cabo and drive out to the East Cape with a full tank of gasoline. Before, prepare a cooler with water, beverages, snacks and a box lunch. And don’t forget your bathing suit! Drive out of San José on the new paved road near Puerto Los Cabos for about twenty minutes to the East Cape, passing by the exits for Buzzard’s Restaurant first, then Zach’s Bar and Zacatitos beach community as well, and keep going all the way until the paved road ends where it intersects at the beach dirt coastal road near Shipwrecks beach. Here, take a left going north towards Shipwrecks, a great surf spot. Now you will be off the paved road and going north on this coastal dirt road. The panoramic views of the sea on this road are fantastic. Go for about 30 minutes, passing the surf spots of La Fortuna and Nine Palms, until you arrive at Vinorama beach. This a great spot for your first rest stop and having the breakfast you have prepared, or eating at the restaurant inside the cool hotel there. Vinorama is also famous for its wave at Punta Perfecta surf break. Enjoy the sand and sun and maybe get your feet wet as you collect some shells as the sun begins warming the day a little more. From Vinorama take the main dirt road that heads into the desert away from the beach towards the mountains. Precisely, to El Picacho San Lazaro. This dirt road is well known and is called Palo Escopeta. Take in the beautiful desert scenery as the mountain peaks set the backdrop. You will be driving towards the Pacific side. Palo Escopeta is a windy road that will end up near the San José airport after about a half an hour

of passing through a few ranches with many serene cows and goats. You will eventually intersect Highway 1 near the airport just south of the little town of Santa Anita just outside of San José del Cabo. Go north on the paved Highway #1 and pass the airport, pass the long bridge, and pass Santa Anita. After Santa Anita starts a very straight stretch of highway and on your left-hand side you will see the mountain range and a few exits, also on the left side. First pass the gas company, then the Federal building and then on the next dirt road exit turn left. This is a very straight stretch of dirt road about one mile long that heads into the mountain pass that begins at the bottom of the mountain skirt of El Picacho San Lazaro. For confirmation of being on the correct road, about a half a mile into this dirt road you will see on your right-hand side a cow meat facility. This is also the entrance road to the Tibetan Buddhist retreat that I will mention briefly below So, you are now leaving the desert and entering the mountain range called Sierra La Laguna, a protected National Park. The road will begin winding and ascending. Immediately you will pass a small concrete slab bridge passing over an “arroyo” or riverbed. Depending on the time of year and amount of rainfall, the water stream will be running or not. This time of year, the water is trickling down and will be gushing around October after hurricane season. As you drive up the mountain on this magical twisty dirt road, you will pass many Baja ranches and you will notice the flora become a mix of mountain and desert plants with a very tropical vibe, and you will see many coconut palm trees as well. After 10 miles or so you will pass the entrance to El Jardin de los Naranjos, a wonderful Tibetan Buddhist Center, and at this junction the road divides. If you go right you will head towards the water dam, but go straight and keep going towards the Pacific. Here if you wish, open up the front gates of the Buddhist retreat on your left and drive in to the main thatched “palapas” and say hi to the volunteers and caretakers. Always a welcoming vibe and it is a really inspiring spot. Back again on the dirt road through the mountains and towards the Pacific Ocean you will descend slightly and ascend again a few times for the next hour or so as the elevation increases and gets closer to the highest point midway between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. On this route you cannot see both seas from one point, this can be done on a hiking route more North that begins around Santiago and goes to Todos Santos or vice versa. I have heard this view is possible near the main Sierra La Laguna valley on top at about 6,000 feet. But that is quite the extreme 3-4 day hiking adventure trip

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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.

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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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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.

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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eptember is our Patriot month and every year we have many festivities during the month including the iconic “Grito de la Independencia” (Cry of Dolores) which I will talk about a little later in this article, and which is proclaimed on the evening of the 15th of September (one day before the actual date of the original Grito on September 16th) of every year at many main plazas all over Mexico by Municipal Presidents and on the main plaza of Mexico City (“El Zocalo”) by our national President to commemorate and celebrate our independence from Spain. The Grito marks the beginning of our Independence War from the Spaniard Crown rule of about 300 years in the year of 1810, and was proclaimed in the city of Guanajuato by Priest Miguel Hidalgo on September 16th. After a long process of political and social conflict, the opportunity was right at that time because in Europe, a weakened Spain had lost the crown to the French and Napoleon Bonaparte had placed his brother on the Spanish throne. The Mexican War of Independence ended up being an armed conflict that lasted from 1810 to 1821, it had different phases and took place in many regions of Mexico (New Spain). On the day of the Grito Priest Miguel Hidalgo and the insurgents took in arms in the town of Dolores which started the Hidalgo Revolt that began the armed insurgency. It spread from the Bajío region north of Mexico City to the Pacific and Gulf Coasts. After 10 years of war the insurgents formed an alliance under the Plan of Iguala and forged the Army of the Three Guarantees. The momentum of independence saw the collapse of the royal Spanish government in Mexico and the Treaty of Cordoba ended the war in 1821. The Three Guarantees were: the set-up of a Constitutional monarchy and Mexican Independence, the presence of the Catholic religion as only religion, and social equality for all people. Eventually, in 1821 the signing of the Treaty of Cordoba recognized Mexico as an independent nation and gave equal

rights to the people. Many great insurgent leaders took action all over New Spain during the insurgency like Morelos, Guerrero and Allende. At first the insurgents won many battles and took many cities, but lost coming into Mexico City, and in 1811 Hidalgo was captured and executed. José María Morelos and Lopez Rayón took over the leadership of the movement. In 1815, Morelos was captured and executed and Vicente Guerrero and Guadalupe Victoria became the leaders. In 1817, Francisco Xavier Mina, Mier y Terán and Vicente Guerrero kept the movement going. Then in 1821, Agustín de Iturbide and Guerrero proclaimed the mentioned Plan de Iguala (Three Guarantees), and in August of 1821, Juan de O’Donojú of Spain first signed and then Mexico signed the Treaty of Cordoba. And finally, on September of 1821, The Three Gurantees army ("El ejercito Trigarante") makes its triumphal entrance into Mexico City and a newly proclaimed independent Mexico (September 27, 1821). That day Mexico became the Mexican Empire and in 1823 we became a federal republic like we are today. This is a very basic and brief explanation of the Independence of Mexico from Spain, the full history is very extensive, exciting and filled with unbelievable stories. I truly recommend reading some books about it as there are many wonderful books about this event of our past. Today Mexico celebrates its heritage with pride. We love having colorful festivities, so for sure try to go to the main plazas in Cabo San Lucas or San José del Cabo if you are here on September 15th and experience El Grito. You will find the streets and plazas decorated in green, white, and red, the colors of our flag, and full of happy people. For sure try some Mexican dishes and enjoy the fireworks that make it a blast for the whole family. Also, on the next day, the actual date of September 16th, there are commemorative parades during the morning in the downtown streets of San José del Cabo, towns all throughout Mexico, and in Mexico City around the "Zocalo" as well, where the main national parade is held. Have a great time during your vacation. Viva Mexico! *

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AT A RESTAURANT Table - Mesa Glass - Vaso Plate - Plato Fork - Tenedor Spoon - Cuchara Knife - Cuchillo Napkin - Servilleta Can you bring the check? - ¿Puede traer la cuenta? MEETING SOMEONE NEW Nice to meet you - Mucho gusto What's your name? - ¿Cómo te llamas? My name is... - Mi nombre es... Where are you from? - ¿De dónde eres? Do you speak English? - ¿Habla Inglés? I don't understand - No entiendo

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Independence - Independencia History - Historia Let's go! - ¡Vamos! GETTING AROUND To drive - Conducir Where is...? - ¿Dónde está...? Car - Carro My hotel is... - Mi hotel es... Please take me to... - Por favor Seat belt - Cinturón de seguridad Check oil level - Revisar el nivel del aceite lléveme a ... Check antifreeze level - revisar el nivel How much is this? - ¿Cuánto del anticongelante cuesta esto? Where is an ATM? - ¿Dónde hay Gasoline - Gasolina Breaks - Frenos un cajero automático? Tire - Llanta Telephone - Teléfono Tire shop - Llantera Do you have WIFI? - ¿Tiene Maps - Mapas WIFI? Highway - Carretera I want to buy a... - Quiero Road - Camino comprar un/una... Trip - Viaje Fun - Diversión PLACES Day - Día Bathrooms - Baños Night - Noche Restaurant - Restaurante Hotel - Hotel Hospital - Hospital Beach - Playa Store - Tienda Pharmacy - Farmacia


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If you have ever driven between La Paz and Todos Santos, or Los Cabos and La Paz, you may have seen signs for El Triunfo, a historic mining town in the mountains near Santiago. Even from a distance you can spot the town’s iconic 47-foot tall smokestack, fondly known as “La Ramona”, which was long-abandoned and in disrepair, at-risk of further degradation and harm to the community, particularly during Baja’s hurricane season. That is, until 2015 when the International Community Foundation (ICF) and local nonprofit Corredor Histórico CAREM, A.C. partnered to restore this symbol of the region’s history. Over the course of three years, ICF and CAREM worked with the local community including the ejido, and state and municipal authorities; earned the approval of INAH - the federal agency for history and archaeology; and construction companies specialized in historical restorations to make this project a reality. The underlying goal was to create a safer and healthier public space for local community members, reducing the risk of collapse/loss, and contribute to the cultural and economic revival of El Triunfo by supporting the rise of cultural and historical tourism. As of June 2018, the restoration has been complete and educational signs situated around the chimney explain the historical significance and impacts of the smokestack and the mining industry to the greater Baja California Region. Coupled with the nearby Mining Museum, the El Triunfo Piano Museum, and the future Museum of the Cowboy, a visit to the town is an unexpected educational experience for any traveler in Baja. Throw in a bite at one of the famed local restaurants or cafes, and the opportunity to go mountain biking, ride ATVs, or horseback ride through the nearby hills and you’ve got a destination that is sure to pique the interest of everyone in your group! Although the restoration is done, the fundraising and long-term economic development plans are still underway. CAREM and the local authorities are continuing to develop a sustainable management plan for the La Ramona site, including waste management, construction of bathrooms and security lighting. Additionally, ICF and CAREM are partners in events such as the annual Gastro/Vino events that have brought attention (and hundreds of people!) to El Triunfo over the past few years. Events like these are intended to raise funds for local nonprofits like CAREM who are committed to the economic development of the region through cultural and educational tourism. If you would like to be part of this lasting legacy in Baja California Sur, there are several ways to contribute to the CAREM-La Ramona Fund at ICF, through online donations, checks and deposits. Just follow this link or contact eliza@icfdn.org to learn more. And the next time you’re in town, make a point to celebrate the spirit of rich Mexican Heritage during a day trip to El Triunfo! *

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

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Wide Open experience pushes the envelope of an adventure based vacation. Much more than a simple racing school or guided low-speed tour, their exclusive open-wheel tour cars provide guests with the performance and safety of a modern desert racer, but are comfortable enough for anyone to drive. Seasoned guides lead you through the entire journey. It’s your turn to Drive! Picture this: You’re behind the wheel of a $100,000+ purpose-built off-road racecar driving at 70 mph over some of the most challenging yet exciting terrain in North America. Suddenly, a small ridge is approaching fast and you feel a rush of adrenaline as you hit the throttle and lift off, soaring through the air like a professional Baja racer. As you revel in the incredible gravity-defying moment, you peer over the front of the open-wheeled buggy to see the ground rapidly approaching. You’re committed now; there’s no time to ponder the landing. For those in the racing world, this view of Baja is a common experience, though it never gets old. Wide Open has been leading tours of Baja from the seats of their Baja Challenge cars since 1997. And Wide Open Baja tours aren’t a run of the mill convoy type tour, nor are they for the faint of heart. After a brief orientation course, tour guests get behind the wheel of their own Baja Challenge car and tour the Baja Peninsula at speeds with which they are comfortable. Want to drive Baja at 70+ mph? Do it. Not comfortable at that kind of speed? That’s fine, too. At Wide Open every tour is led by an experienced guide who knows the terrain, knows the vehicles and knows when to stop and let tour members catch up. Whether you have a few hours or a few days, Wide Open Baja has a tour to fit your needs with two destination options. *


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any outside Mexico mistakenly believe Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexico’s independence from Spain. It’s a good excuse to drink a copious number of margaritas every year on May 5th, but Mexican Independence Day is actually observed on September 16th. The day after insurgent Miguel Hidalgo made his grito (cry) for patriotism in 1810 in the city of Dolores — igniting a rebellion that would last a decade before Mexican forces declared victory and the country its sovereignty. Cinco de Mayo is an observance of the Mexican army’s defeat of the French during the Battle of Puebla, which took place on that date in 1862. But while the two conflicts couldn’t be more different, or separated by time, they have the city of Puebla in common. Both as a battleground site and as the birthplace of some of Mexico’s most beloved culinary traditions — including its most popular during independence season, the chile en nogada. Families celebrate Mexican independence with fiestas, civil ceremonies, parades, fireworks and plenty of great food. In addition to chiles en nogada, a variety of other dishes are also enjoyed during the holiday season. These include tacos de bistek (steak tacos), tres leches cake, guacamole and the following list of five favorites — certain to make you cry out for independence from anything less delectable!

When military commander Augustin de Iturbide visited Puebla in 1821 – just after Mexican independence – he was greeted with a feast fit for a war hero. Nuns from the city’s Santa Monica convent created a special dish just for the future emperor of Mexico, the chile en nogada. A Poblano chili is stuffed with picadillo – a mixture of ground pork and/or beef, apples, pears, peaches and aromatics – bathed in a sweet, creamy walnut-based sauce and then topped with pomegranates and parsley. The green parsley and chili, the white sauce and the red pomegranates represent the colors of Mexico’s flag. You can find chiles en nogada at Mi Casa @MiCasaRestaurantLosCabos, La Guadalupana @LaGuadalupanaDeLosCabos and Los Deseos @LosDeseosRestaurante.

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Pozole

Pozole has an even longer heritage than chiles en nogada. This rich soup of hominy, pork, shredded cabbage, chilis, onion, garlic, radishes, avocado and salsa or limes dates back to the Aztecs and other Mesoamerican peoples. The comingling of pork and hominy – made from dried maíz (corn) – had significance in these cultures as they believed that the gods created humans from masa (cornmeal). Pozole is a goto tradition for Mexican Independence Day and ubiquitous throughout a number of other national holidays. For the most authentic pozole in Baja California Sur, check out Maria Jimenez @MariaJimenezCabo, Brody’s (located in the Delegación food court in Cabo San Lucas) and Cenaduria Mary Chuy @CenaduriaMariChuy.

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Birria de Borrego

Birria is a spicy stew of slowcooked meat with chilies, onion, garlic and spices in a broth of tomatoes and vinegar from the Mexican state of Jalisco. Though it was first made with chivo (goat meåat), as birria began a migration across the country, other proteins such as beef and borrego (mutton) were substituted, depending on regional availability and preference. One reason for its popularity during Mexican holidays is birria de borrego’s reputation as a hangover cure — it’s the perfect remedy the morning after late-night Independence Day revelry. After a night out in the clubs of Los Cabos, cure your hangover with a bowl of birria at Birriería Los Montaño @BirriaLosMontano, Birriearía Mary Chuy and Tacos Jimmy’s @BirriaYTacosJimmys.


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Queso Fundido Unlike

chilis en nogada, with its origins in central Mexico, queso fundido was first melted in the north. Ironically, this Mexican Independence Day favorite – a sort of cheese fondue – was made possible by the Spanish, who introduced dairy cattle to Mexico after the 16th century invasion. Cheesemaking began in earnest in the country in the 1800s and queso fundido was born shortly thereafter. A semi-soft cheese known as queso asadero is typically used for this communal dish, often eaten as a late supper. It’s served flambéed in a cast iron cazuela with chorizo (spicy sausage), tomato, onion, chilis and spices. You can dip your tortilla in melty queso at Los Tres Gallos @lostresgallos, Maria Corona @MariaCoronaCabo, Metate @MetateCabo.

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Pork Tamales

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The tamal appears in recorded history as early as 5000 BCE. As Aztec, Mayan and Incan cultures grew and began traveling to fight distant battles, the need arose for a ready-to-eat meal that wouldn’t perish during long journeys. Thus, the tamal was born — a thick portion of nixtamalized masa eaten plain or with chilis, meat, vegetables or a variety of other fillings. Tamales are wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves and commonly steamed or heated on a comal (preHispanic griddle). Tamales can take several days to prepare, so they’re usually made and devoured only on special occasions, including Mexican Independence Day. In Los Cabos, you can unwrap a tamal at Pedregal Organic Market (Wednesday’s and Saturday’s) @CaboOrganicMarket, El Rincón de Cabo @ElRincónDeCabo, Flora Farms @Flora.Farm.Cabo *

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District MX Eat + Drink 3 Year Anniversary – District MX Eat + Drink celebrated their 3-year anniversary on July 13 with complimentary champagne and fireworks, and musical entertainment by resident DJ Danny Romo along with Sax Player Benji Cascoli. District MX is a great place to watch your favorite sports game or UFC fight with a fantastic happy hour every day from 4pm to 6pm offering 25% off your entire bill! Their menu features a variety of mouthwatering dishes including wings, sliders, salads, steaks, pastas, Thai green and vegetarian red curries, tuna tartare, and Canadian favorites like poutine, District Caesars, and ribs; all designed with fresh produce from Baja provided by local suppliers. You can tell that Executive Chef Kris Kabush from Vancouver, Canada really cares about everything that comes out of his kitchen. He has even created a test menu with items like Tempura Sushi Roll, a Buddha Bowl, and Szechuan Salmon Rice Bowl. However, this writer especially loves the District Burger on a gluten free bun with their delicious sweet potato fries. District MX also offers a variety of local, international, and Kraft beer along with signature cocktails, and advertises the “coldest beer in town.” The atmosphere at District MX feels like an upscale sports bar and lounge with inviting booths, VIP areas, and outdoor patio seating. Stop by next time you are in San José del Cabo…you won’t be disappointed! @TheDistrictMX

Cachet Beach Club hosted a Dog Dayz of Summer event benefiting El Ranchito, a no kill temporary home for dogs in San José del Cabo, on Saturday, July 13. The event was sponsored by Cachet Beach Club, Cabo Wine Club, Villa Vista, Wicked Pizza, and Cabo Artisan Soap Company, who all helped collect donations for the animal rescue. Raffle prizes and giveaways included homemade dog treats for all pups, a tumbler, t-shirt and gift certificate from Sancho’s, a sailing tour for two people from Cabo Sailing, custom rings by George Landrum II, gift certificates from Cabo Cantina and Wicked Pizza, fabulous handmade lotion, soaps and lip balm from Cabo Artisan Soap Company, Woofs brand healthy jerky treats, a locally handcrafted dog feeding station from The Pet Nanny Cabo, backpacks of free swag for the first 25 people, and more! More than $800 USD was raised in raffle tickets alone, plus 20% of all consumption from the event was donated to El Ranchito to help with their much-needed building expansion. The event was a great way to relax and spend a fun day at Medano Beach while supporting a worthy cause. @CachetBeachClub @ElRanchitoCabo


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Abeirto Los Cabos – 2019 was another great year for Abierto Los Cabos (AKA the Los Cabos Tennis Open), but in the end, only 3 competitors could take home the coveted tennis ball trophy. Romain Arneodo (Monaco) and Hugo Nys (Monaco) were crowned ATC doubles champions against Dominic Inglot (United Kingdom) and Austin Krajicek (United States) in the first match of the finals. Arneodo and Nys took home a total of $43,120 in prize money and 250 ATP points that will go towards their rankings. Then in the singles category, Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) defeated Taylor Fritz (United States) to win his first title this season, along with a check for $131,430 and 250 ATP points. This 4th edition tournament played out the week of July 29 through August 3 at the Cabo del Mar tennis courts in Cabo San Lucas. Along with the weeklong tennis matches, Abierto Los Cabos hosted a series of posh parties and Cabo-centric photo opportunities throughout the week. This year’s closing celebration was held on Saturday, August 3 at Solaz Resort Los Cabos and was well attended by players and special guests. Congratulations players…we’ll see you next year in Los Cabos! @AbiertoLosCabos Photos by Diego Urquiza Productions

Cabo Sailing Sunset Cruise – Cabo Sailing offers a variety of private and shared snorkeling tours, intimate sunset cruises and professional whale watching excursions for 8-20 guests aboard their fleet of luxurious sailing yachts, ranging from 30 to 42 feet. Destino Los Cabos had the opportunity to set sail on a sunset cruise with Cabo Sailing in early August. We were welcomed by friendly staff, a selection of delicious snacks including chips and salsa, cheeses, crackers, cold meats and olives, and an unlimited open bar with alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. Our shared sunset sailing cruise was 2 hours long, or they also offer a 3-hour option for private sailing cruises. The evening began cruising along Land's End, past the Famous Cabo Arch, and Lover's Beach for photos and sightseeing. Next the sailboat traveled over the Pacific Ocean side where they raised the sails and we experienced some smooth, no motor sailing and views of Cabo’s beautiful beaches before watching another spectacular Cabo sunset and heading back to the marina. Trips depart daily from dock "F" (near Lorenzillo's restaurant) at the IGY Marina in downtown Cabo San Lucas. Inquire with Cabo Sailing for pricing and special on-line promotions. @CaboSailing

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Dine-In Movie Night at Casa Calavera

Join Casa Calavera for a night of delicious food, refreshing cocktails, and a double-feature movie on the beach! With “feet-in-the-sand” vibes and a beachfront view, enjoy the sunset over the ocean with your friends and family as you spend the night watching family-friendly films. September’s double feature will be Back to the Future 1 and 2. Tickets costs $700 MXN for adults or $300 MXN for children under 12 years old and includes snack bar and movie viewing. Stay tuned for a new double feature every month! For more information call (624) 104-9744 or visit www.CasaCalavera.com.

Summer Movie Nights at the Farm

Flora Farms will be hosting a series of summer kid friendly movie nights every Wednesday from 8:30pm to 10:30pm. On September 4, enjoy Stuart Little, a movie about a couple who adopt a sweet little mouse named Stuart who subsequently battles with his feline housemates. Then on September 11, catch Little Giants, a comedy film in which brothers from a small town in Ohio coach rival pee-wee football teams. September 18 will screen Oliver & Company, a Walt Disney classic about a homeless kitten who joins a gang of dogs to survive the streets of New York City. Finally, September 25 will bring another Disney favorite, The Lion King, about a young lion who becomes king after the death of his father. Complimentary popcorn, water and lemonade are provided free of charge, and pizzas, salads, cotton candy and raspados (shaved ice) will be available for purchase. There is no entry fee, but you need to make reservations in advance by emailing reservations@flora-farms.com.

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Mexican Charro Day

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

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El Grito de Dolores

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

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Fight Night & El Grito at Casa Calavera

Just next door from OMNIA Los Cabos, Casa Calavera, an authentic Mexican beachside dining restaurant will be hosting a Mexican Independence Day celebration of their own. Casa Calavera will be viewing the big fight on Saturday, September 14, as part of their El Grito weekend celebration! Seating is complimentary, and drink specials and menu items will be available to purchase. Then, on Sunday the 15th, Casa Calavera will be featuring a live band, family style Baja cuisine, and a Paloma & Margarita open bar. Make your reservations online at CasaCalavera.com.

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Piñata Fiesta Feel Good Friday

Join OMNIA Los Cabos for a day of high energy dance music, refreshing cocktails and a whole lot of Piñata Fiesta fun to kick of Independence Day weekend! Lounge on one of OMNIA’s plush daybeds, enjoy delicious food from the adjoining Casa Calavera restaurant, or take a dip in their crystal-clear pool…it will be a day you won’t forget! OMNIA Los Cabos invites you to make every Friday a good one and join them each week for great music by local DJ talent and specials for Cabo locals. Doors open at 11:30am. For the guestlist and VIP cabanas, visit OMNIALosCabos.com.


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Independence Day Parties with Mariana BO and DJ Flight at OMNIA Los Cabos

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Party the weekend away and celebrate El Grito and Mexican Independence Day at OMNIA Los Cabos on Saturday, September 14 with resident DJ, DJ Flight. Then on Sunday, September 15 enjoy headlining act Mariana BO, a Latin America DJ, classically trained violinist, and music producer. BO is the first Mexican to appear the prestigious list of Top 100 DJ’s in the world by DJ MAG and is well known for her live mixes of electronic music, violin and percussion instruments. She has worked with several of the industry’s most highly regarded artists, including Tiësto, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, and Steve Aoki. During the week, OMNIA is the perfect destination for an upscale, relaxed getaway, but on the weekend the venue becomes a high-energy, DJ-centric affair featuring some of the world’s most in-demand turntable artists. Get ready to celebrate El Grito all weekend long at OMNIA Los Cabos! Doors open at 11:30am. For the guestlist and VIP cabanas, visit OMNIALosCabos.com.

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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. bajastargazing@gmail.com (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. All day. 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

Mexican Independence Day

Contrary to popular belief, May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) is not Mexico's Independence Day. The actual date of Mexico’s Independence is September 16. Independence Day is one of the most celebrated national holidays in Mexico and is commemorated with colorful parades, traditional food, lively music, marching bands, fireworks and fiestas decorated in red, white and green. Here in Cabo, you will find almost every bar, restaurant, and resort in town doing something festive to honor this special day including an explosive firework show on Medano Beach!

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Baja Sur Parrillero Festival

The BBQ’s are heating up and chefs are finding their best recipes because the Baja Sur Parrillero Festival is coming to La Paz on Saturday, October 5 from 2pm to 1am. The event will include participating restaurants, artisanal beers, a parrillero competition, and live music! This is a family friendly event with a special area for children. General admission passes cost $100 MXN, or you can purchase VIP passes which include a special VIP menu by participating restaurants, 2 beers from Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma group and 1 craft beer for $350 MXN. Parking available at Giro Sushi in La Paz. Visit @FestivalParrilleroBCS on Facebook for more information!

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Baby Sea Turtle Rescue

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

THURSDAYS: 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 bajastargazing@gmail.com (624)129-8701 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 José Estuary Reservation in advance is required birdingloscabos@gmail.com Live music at Captain Tony's 7:30 pm La Biznaga Classic Rock Band (624) 143.6797 - captaintonys@piscisgroupcabo.com - @restaurantcaptaintonys The Los Cabos Organic Market at Pedregal 7:30 am - 12:00 pm www.facebook.com/caboorganicmarket The Shoppes at Palmilla Bootcamp and Yoga by Cabo Yoga & Fitness 8:00 am - 9:00 am www.TheShoppesAtPalmilla.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! Retro Karaoke at Aleta Seafood and Steakhouse 7:00 pm - 9 pm Every Sunday is live Karaoke with the Juliet Rock Band at Aleta Seafood and Steakhouse! Take advantage of your 20% exclusive discount for B.C.S. locals and sing the best hits of the 70's to the 90's.

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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.casacalavera.com

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