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BAJA 101: Destinations Useful Information Maps Things to Do DISCOVER: All that's Fishy - Monthly Fishing Report The Brave Journey of Gray Whales Must Sea Beaches ADVENTURES IN LA PAZ CULTURE The 2020 Baja California Sur Giving Guide Spanish Lesson CULINARY CABO Road Trip to La Paz: Baja Sur’s laid-back capital EVENTS INSTAWORTHY SOCIAL CABO DESTINO DIRECTORY

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Publisher Owen Perry Editor in Chief Michelle Monroy Art Director Michelle Monroy Graphic Designer Fabiani Mendez Writers / Contributors / Photographers Alex Navarro Diego Urquiza Gary Graham Justine Schock Katia Silva Michelle Monroy Roberto Tironi Photography Scott Koenig

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I’ve had the fortune to have explored La Paz – Baja California Sur’s Capital– and it’s surrounding islands and beaches during the years I’ve lived in Cabo. The ruggedness of the raw desert meeting with the pure Sea of Cortez is a landscape like none-other on Earth. You are in a very unique corner of the World and you are here to see it with your own eyes; you are fortunate as well! If you can’t make it to La Paz this time, be sure to put it on your bucket list; you can take a road trip up there next time you’re in Cabo or maybe your next trip to Baja is to La Paz instead. Read this issue of Destino Los Cabos to learn what it's all about! Within the pages of Destino Los Cabos you can find useful information to make the most of your vacation. Our goal is for you to have the best possible experience in Los Cabos. Don't forget that you can find all of our useful information online at: www.DestinoLosCabos.com. Enjoy!

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Los Cabos (“the capes” in Spanish) is located on the southernmost tip of the State of Baja California Sur and consists of four main areas: Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, Todos Santos and the East Cape. La Paz is the State Capital. If you take a look at the "The Tip of Southern Baja" map on page 12 you can see that the highways and towns form a loop, which you can easily drive in one day. The Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet at the very tip of the peninsula. It's very clear when you're on the Pacific side; the waves are much larger and powerful, and the winds are stronger and the climate and beaches are very different than on the Sea of Cortez side. It's usually a few degrees cooler, which is very pleasant during the warm summer months.

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“The aquarium of the world”

is how Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez. It is said that eons ago, back when the Earth and Continents were still taking their shape, the edge of Mexico split from the mainland to form the Gulf of California and the Baja Peninsula. This allowed the Pacific Ocean to rush into the gap and create the Sea of Cortez, or as some call it, Mother Nature’s own fish trap. Hundreds of varieties of fish and mammals found their way into this "trap" and either stayed in the warm shallow waters or ventured down into the cool two mile-deep San Andreas Fault. For millenniums, the Colorado River has been dragging its rich minerals and nutrients into the Sea of Cortez, aiding the living species to thrive in these waters. In the months of January through March, Gray whales make their yearly migration from Alaska to give birth to their young in the shallow and warm waters of the Sea of Cortez. In Southern Baja, however, it's not just about the ocean, in this naturally magical place the mountains meet the desert and the desert meets the ocean. The Sierra de la Laguna is a mountain range that lies at the southern end of the peninsula. Above 800 meters in elevation dry forests transition to pine-oak forests, and you can find wild mushrooms, wild horses and deer. Ready to explore?

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Cabo San Lucas

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

San José del Cabo

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

The Corridor

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

Todos Santos

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

East Cape

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

La Paz

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

Loreto

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


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

The easiest way to get pesos is to simply withdraw money from an ATM in Los Cabos. Bank ATMs give the daily exchange rate (best possible rate). Examples include Banorte, Bancomer, Santander, Banamex, Banregio, and HSBC. Non-bank ATMs located in the streets or marina will charge higher fees. Some ATMs only give you dollars, some only pesos and some give you the option to withdraw both. Pay close attention to what currency you’re withdrawing and try to get as much cash as possible in one transaction to avoid paying high fees.

CASH OR CARD?

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

GROCERIES

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

HOW DO I DIAL?

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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Situated in one of the largest and pristine deserts in Mexico, Rancho “Tierra Sagrada” is located 40 km north of Cabo San Lucas, hidden away from bustling resorts and close to charming pueblitos like Cerritos and Todos Santos. Home to a wide diversity of native flora and fauna and a nesting ground for some endangered species such as the leatherback sea turtle, Rancho Tierra Sagrada hosts an untamed coastal desert and is a sanctuary for Cabo Adventures' Dromedary and Bactrian camel family. Tierra Sagrada - "The Sacred Land" - was named by prior habitants as a result of the energetic vortexes found at the location. Rancho Tierra Sagrada by Cabo Adventures accommodates six different adventures that enable you to see, enjoy, and explore Baja's untouched natural beauty. A lineup of nature-inspired tours loaded with eco-educational exciting challenges and unique opportunities which are all part of the exclusively designed activities on offer. Discover the Baja Outback on a Polaris RZR UTV, ride along a virgin beach and cacti lined trails on a mountain bike or electric bike, experience a calming beachside camel ride, try Tequila tasting, or choose an educational nature walk where you’ll learn all about the flora and fauna unique to this region. At Cabo Adventures, sustainability, conservation, and support to neighboring communities are some of our highest priorities. With our program, Inspiring Change, we are proud to be one of the leading companies in social & environmental responsibility in Mexico, for this reason we have created 4 new projects at Tierra Sagrada in order to create awareness of sustainability and conservation and make a positive impact for our people and our planet. PRECIOUS PLASTIC Introducing the first “hands-on” recycling plant exclusive to Tierra Sagrada by Cabo Adventures. This offers an interactive interactive plastic recycling experience for our guests by repurposing garbage into beautiful, functional pieces. OH, SHEET! We have created a fun, ecological, and original alternative for wood-based paper products. Oh, Sheet! is the first sustainable paper plant in the region where our guests get to participate in the process of elaborating paper made out of camel dung to diminish deforestation and forest degradation. KAKAO Discover all the secrets of the delicious artisanal chocolate! Explore the fascinating cacao's rich history, its origin, use, benefits, and its journey from the ancient Mexican culture to its current form. LA GRANJITA A fun, educational experience for people of all ages where you get to interact with our cute farm animals and learn about the way they live, what they eat, and how they are cared for.

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With calm waters, extraordinary fishing and perfect weather, some may argue that boating is the most popular attraction in Los Cabos. Whether you want to take a cruise to Santa Maria Bay on a luxury yacht or wake up at the crack of dawn for a fishing adventure, there are endless options to fit your needs.

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BOAT RENTALS Private yachts and sailboats There are many charter companies that can accommodate your needs. What you do on your trip is really up to you, but it will typically consist of a tour of the landmark arch, a few hours of fishing, and a cruise to one of our beautiful bays for a swim. Most boats have fishing equipment and a knowledgeable crew, but the biggest difference between a yacht and a fishing boat rental is the cost. Fishing Boat Rentals You can always fish on a yacht, but cruisers, pangas and super-pangas are a more affordable option. Cruisers accommodate larger groups and are more comfortable when the sea is rough on a windy day. THE MARINAS Marina Cabo San Lucas The area’s largest commercial marina features 380 slips and accommodates vessels of up to 375 feet. Amenities include 24-hour security, electricity and potable water, a fuel dock, and convenient laundry and shower facilities. Puerto Los Cabos

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

SEASONAL FISHING CHART

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

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

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

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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.

SWIMMING WITH WHALE SHARKS

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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DISCOVER The largest fish of the Los Cabos Big Game Charter Boat Classic was a 330-pound yellowfin tuna caught by Cam Renaud from British Columbia aboard Cabo Playa.

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

Monthly Fishing Report

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The Los Cabos Big Game Charter Boat Classic, an angler event sponsored by Los Cabos Tourism Board, guaranteed $40,000 plus in cash purse prizes. According to tournament director Dan Jacobs, “They had over 450 registered anglers from throughout the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia fish on more than 100 charter boats from San Jose and Cabo. The anglers stayed at some 60 properties in Cabo during the week. It's great to see the anglers, families, and friends booking the charter boats and resorts so that they can experience a big game tournament without any entry fees required.” The largest fish of the event was a 330-pound yellowfin tuna caught by Cam Renaud from British Columbia aboard Cabo Playa. Happy New Year to the anglers who arrived in Baja Sur for their first fishing trip in a brand new year! No point reviewing all the fantastic fishing we had in 2019. Like last month’s holidays – all of that is old news as we peer into the future of 2020. Welcome to our alternative sportfishing universe with a variety of fishing challenges, ranging from first-timers to seasoned veterans offering memorable catches of billfish, tuna, wahoo, and roosterfish, that will become some of those “memorable moments” to be cherished for a lifetime. Offshore on the Pacific side, the full spectrum of species seems to be in play. For the billfish “junkies,” there are still a few sailfish along with the larger blue marlin on the hunt from Cabo Falso to the outer banks farther north. Don’t be surprised if your group stumbles into numbers of striped marlin frantically chasing the fleeing baitfish on the surface eager to inhale those big lures that are being trolled off the stern. Then there are the yellowfin tuna ranging in sizes from football to several hundred pounds lurking beneath the giant schools of frolicking porpoise looking for an easy meal. The wahoo, one of the faster saltwater fish capable of speeds nearing 50-mph are still in the neighborhood and adding to the excitement. For those who prefer to stay closer to shore, there

are the exotic, strange-looking roosterfish, joined by colorful dorado, as well as the hard-fighting jack crevalle. Don’t be surprised if there are a few sierra with a mouthful of teeth in the mix. Heading up into the Sea of Cortez at Puerto Los Cabos, the yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and dorado are scattered on the Gordo Banks, Cardon, La Fortuna, and off Punta Gorda. Live bait is working best, especially the chihuil when available; they are like candy for wahoo. The Gordo Banks are producing yellowfin tuna over 200-pounds, with even larger fish lost in the area. Strips of squid, small skipjack, chihuil, and caballito have also been working. Dorado are mixed in as well, but are scattered. It sounds as though there was some roosterfish action farther offshore while trolling for dorado and wahoo – nice-sized fish to 30 pounds. Also, a couple of yellowtail, one was an impressive 38-pounds, and there was a 70-pound Almaco jack, taken while chunk fishing for tuna on the Gordo Banks. Billfish are limited off San Jose del Cabo, a scattering of striped marlin and a couple of small blues. Up at East Cape, seasonal north winds are dominating the fishing. In between blows, there are still dorado just 10 miles offshore near the series of shark buoys. In the same area, there are both striped and blue marlin, sailfish, and even an occasional spearfish. “The water is still warm, and the fish are still biting,” volunteered one local captain. Up at Las Arenas on the south side of Cerralvo Island near La Paz, anglers have found a few giant

yellowfin tuna plus a shot at wahoo early mornings before the winds pick up. Same story in La Paz – the best bet is either to fish only in the early mornings before the telltale wind line appears to the north or, try to fish the calm days in between the windy days. Most of the fishing is inshore for jack crevalle, snapper, and cabrilla, although some larger pargo were reportedly lost. Bonito schools can either be problematic or a lot of fun, depending on your point of view. There are still some small schools of dorado running around with most fish in the 10- to 15-pound class. When winds are down, there’s some excellent action with bait on light tackle for some better grade of tuna in the 40- to 80-pound range that can be fierce battles on smaller line that gets them to bite. Rapalas, like the darker, deep-runners, also picked up some wahoo. Loreto’s wintertime yellows play “hide and seek” on different high spots both north and south of town and around the islands. There are fewer fish at each of the dozen popular spots. The 25-pound yellowtail are a rare addition to the pinto bass, orange snapper, and the few grouper and cabrilla that are deep enough to ignore the wind. If it's not a hot bite, expect to see more boats searching the many rock piles for next week’s “go-to” yellowtail action. *


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LOS CABOS WILDLIFE

The brave journey of gray whales to mexican waters by Katia Silva, Marine Biologist and Guide at Cabo Trek

Every winter, hundreds of Pacific gray whales return to their traditional breeding and birthing grounds in sheltered Magdalena Bay on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Their migration from Alaska's Bering Sea to the warm waters of Baja's Pacific lagoons is the longest mammal migration on Earth. Nearly hunted to extinction in the past, these gentle giants have made a dramatic comeback. Friendly and engaging, they are often intrigued with humans, swimming right up to our open boats. After 8 years the young gray whales will reach sexual maturity and can begin mating and reproducing. Calves can swim as soon as they are born, can double their weight in about three months, and double their length in about two years. A female will give birth only once in two years, usually to a single calf after a 12-month gestation period. Most gray whales are born in the lagoons of Baja California, and as with all cetaceans, the young are born underwater and are able to swim immediately. The calves depend on a diet of rich milk for at least six months. They are weaned the following summer at seven to eight months, though young whales will often stay with their mothers for an additional one or two years. In terms of lifespan, a healthy gray whale is estimated to an average lifespan of 50 – 70 years. Gray whales prefer to stay close to shore. As a result, they are one of the more recognizable whale species. They are bottom feeders and hunt for their prey by swimming to the bottom of the ocean, turning on their side, and scooping up sediment from the sea floor. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared last season’s whale die-off an “unusual mortality event,” a designation that triggers greater scrutiny and allocation of more resources to determine the cause. Many have little body fat, leading experts to suspect the die-off is caused by declining food sources in the dramatically warming waters of the northern Bering Sea and Chukchi Sea off Alaska. International bans on commercial whaling in the 1930s and ’40s helped the species recover. With the population again recovered, there are now about 27,000 North Pacific grays, which is close to their historic population. We are hoping that the whales will come back healthy this year and come to visit us in Mexican waters to give birth to their adorable playful babies. *

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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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ADVENTURES IN LA PAZ

by Alex Navarro

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a Paz is the capital city of Baja California Sur and it is located 81 kilometers (50 miles) north of the town of Todos Santos and 202 kilometers (126 miles) north of Cabo San Lucas. The history of La Paz is very vast but one interesting fact is that the first European to arrive in La Paz was Spaniard Fortún Ximénes in 1533 and that he thought that he had found an island. La Paz is a bay on the Sea of Cortez, also called the Gulf of California. In 2005, UNESCO declared 244 islands and protected areas of the Sea of Cortez a World Heritage Site. There are hundreds of species of fish, including the gracious whale shark, and more than 25 species of marine mammals, like playful dolphins in this sea. It is a breeding ground for sea lions, marine turtles, and whales; there are approximately 9 whale species, 22 dolphin species, and 5 turtle species. It is also home to 30% of the world’s marine mammals, and 39% of the world’s fish species. Plus about 4,848 species of macroinvertebrates and 626 forms of macro algae are also found here. The Sea of Cortez has about 900 islands, providing nesting and habitats for hundreds of resident and migratory birds, and most of the islands are uninhabited. The Sea of Cortez was called the World’s Aquarium by the famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau.

La Paz has amazing sunsets and a calm ambiance, and it has a very pretty Malecón (boardwalk) with many sculptures, benches and food spots. From Cabo the easiest way to La Paz is to take Highway 1 to Todos Santos, then go around Todos Santos via the bypass road and then continue on to La Paz. It is under 2 hours driving from Cabo. As you can see and imagine La Paz is the perfect place for adventures, so please let me present to you some cool trips and activities from three great adventure companies that are good friends of us here at DESTINO. I think they are great choices for you to choose to have an unforgettable experience in La Paz. These outfitters are Cabo Adventures, Wild Canyon and Baja Cat:

CABO ADVENTURES (cabo-adventures.com) Private Sea of Cortez Adventure - step aboard their exclusive and private yacht for relaxation and pampering by an attentive crew as you take in captivating views of Cabo that will leave you breathless. You’ll cruise out toward the Espiritu Santo Island in the Sea of Cortez where you will have the opportunity to splash and


snorkel alongside sea lions. What makes this private Sea of Cortez adventure one of a kind are the sea lions. The rocky Los Islotes islands, which are located at the northern end of the Espiritu Santos islands, are home to numerous sea lions. These creatures, now accustomed to the comings and goings of people, spend their time basking in the sun, splashing in the water and, of course, barking their unique hellos. If you’re lucky, some of these curious mammals will make their way over to the yacht to get a closer look at you (whether you’re on the boat or snorkeling), and in the process, you’ll have a chance to say hello right back. Private tours are perfect if you want an intimate trip with a close group of friends, family or maybe a group from work. Perhaps you’re planning your holiday to celebrate a special milestone, like a birthday or an anniversary, or maybe you want to propose to that special someone in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Their friendly and multilingual staff show you how to use the snorkeling equipment they provide and mix the perfect drink for you too. Your day will include: a light snack on the way to La Paz, a light breakfast, a deli style lunch buffet, open bar after snorkel activities, snorkel equipment, towels, professional bilingual guides, round trip transportation in an air-conditioned van from your hotel in Cabo San Lucas or San José del Cabo. Restrictions: minimum age of 8 years old, previous snorkeling experience recommended, guests with respiratory problems, limited mobility and expectant mothers may not participate. What to bring: swimsuit, hat, biodegradable sunscreen, non-slip shoes, change of clothes, light jacket or sweater. Sea of Cortez Wildlife & Snorkeling Adventure - on this tour you will enjoy a relaxing and scenic cruise on a luxury catamaran while witnessing gorgeous views of beaches, crystal coves, and marine wildlife. Swim and snorkel with expert guides

Cabo Adventures Sea of Cortez Wildlife & Snorkeling Adventure


amid tropical fish, corals and more as you explore the Sea of Cortez. Also relax in the warm sun at a beach paradise, Isla Partida, with access to an unlimited open bar. On this snorkeling tour adventure, you’ll have the chance of close encounters with dolphins, schools of exotic fish, sea lions, manta rays, and whales among other breathtaking undersea creatures. Discover some of the most extraordinary and remote wonders of the world in this tour. You can also enjoy this amazing experience in your own private group. Your day will include all the same things as the previous tour and the restrictions and what to bring items are also the same. Whale Shark Snorkeling from Cabo to La Paz - There are a few experiences in the world that match swimming alongside the largest fish in the ocean. The tour stretches from Cabo to La Paz and starts on land, where you’ll get an intimate introduction to the Baja landscape on your way to the sea. Experience a scenic drive to La Paz and receive a back-door tour of Baja California Sur on this ecological adventure. Once you’ve arrived at the water, the expert tour guides will brief you on everything you need to know about whale sharks in La Paz. After that, you’ll take a short boat ride to the areas where these magnificent animals are found, and you’ll get a chance to go snorkeling with them and other marine animals. Jump in and snorkel beside these massive yet peaceful fish, and witness the enormity and beauty that nature has to offer. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for dolphins, rays, whales, and other exciting sea life. Whale Shark season officially begins in October. A whale shark tour allows you to be up close to one of these majestic animals which is an experience you will remember for the rest of your life. You’ll learn a lot during your swim with these creatures, which it should be noted are sharks, not whales. Your day will include: snorkel equipment, wetsuit, towels, bottled water, light breakfast, full "Baja style" lunch, fresh juices

and flavored waters, professional bilingual guides, round trip transportation in an air-conditioned van from Los Cabos to La Paz. Restrictions: minimum age of 8 years old, fairly vigorous swimming required, previous snorkeling experience recommended, per maritime regulations life jackets must be worn at all times, guests with respiratory problems, limited mobility, neck or back problems and expectant mothers may not participate. What to bring: same as all previous tours. This tour is also available for private trips.

WILD CANYON (wildcanyon.com.mx) Wild Bay Beach Day - relax in their private beach club, play in the sand, and go paddle boarding, kayaking, or snorkeling. Climb their hillside on their beautiful walking paths and watch the sunset from above. This is the perfect beach club spot. Wild Bay Sea lion Snorkel and Relax at Sea of Cortez - explore the sea getting up close and personal with the flora and fauna that La Paz has to offer you. Take a boat to where you can snorkel with some friendly sea lions. During this adventure enjoy a delicious Baja-style lunch that is prepared locally. Enjoy the beach club and all the beach toys and gear like in the previous activity too. Wild Bay Espiritu Santo Island Explorer - go to Espiritu Santo Island and feel the smooth sand in your toes. Swim in the refreshing and relaxing crystal clear blue waters. During this adventure also enjoy a delicious Baja-style lunch. Espiritu Santo Island is a majestic landscape that you should not miss out during your visit to Baja. Its calm environment will leave you totally captivated with its magic that you will not want to leave.


Wild Bay Whale Shark Adventure - go out on a boat where you can snorkel and get close to the wonderful whale shark. This is an experience that you cannot miss out on either. Travel to new places and swim in the calm waters on this amazing tour. Wild Canyon is also renowned for their fantastic adventure park right between San Lucas and San José in Los Cabos. It is perfect place for kids and adults of all ages.

BAJA CAT (bajacat.com) Charter tours - Baja Cat private charters are ALL INCLUSIVE, meaning everything is provided for exploring, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, cruising, beachcombing, etc. Scuba is also available (*there is an additional cost for scuba diving.) The crew are experienced, educated, and professional people. Baja Cat is a charter sailing catamaran that has comfortable cushions where you can feel the fresh breeze, and enjoy the comfort and relaxation as you’re served cold drinks or cocktails and cruise the calm waters of the World’s Aquarium. Don’t be surprised if a pod of dolphins tags along, or large Mobula rays flap out of the water and try to fly. You’ll also snorkel with sea lions and tropical fish, or maybe experience the gigantic whale shark. Later in the day you may be exploring a deserted beach, or snorkeling along a coral reef to watch the thousands of colorful fish darting here and there. Or, perhaps you’d rather just lay-out on a deserted beach. There are lots of options, and you’ll have time to try them all. Some people like to take a paddle board, or a two-person kayak, and move in close to mangrove swamps where there are beautiful aquatic birds everywhere. Top quality food is prepared on board and available throughout the charter period, right along with an open

bar and a variety of soft drinks, snacks, and beer. A marine biologist serves as hostess and snorkel assistant. Private bathrooms, with fresh water showers, along with laundered towels soaps and shampoos are also on hand. An additional dive boat is always in attendance to get you up close and personal with sea life, or into that special cove you want to explore. There are half-day, full-day and overnight charters. It includes: a Chef on board, local farm fresh vegetables and fruits brought daily, two meals, snacks, bottled water, soft drinks and beer, open bar, fresh water showers, private bathrooms, freshly laundered towels, new snorkel equipment, snorkel life vests, wetsuits, quality ground transportation. Also 2 paddle boards, 2 kayaks, inside air conditioning, swim steps and a stainless ladder for easy access to the water, built-in trampolines for laying-out over the water, ice and purified water, beach towels, and a full galley-kitchen. Wave runners are also available on a rental basis. I hope this list of activities from these cool companies gives you some fun ideas to maybe explore La Paz this vacation. I am sure you will have a memorable time! So check out their websites for all the extra details and information, and to perhaps book your next adventure.

*Credits to Cabo Adventures, Wild Canyon and Baja Cat for tour texts taken from their websites and promotional material, and then edited for this publication.

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CULTURE

GIVING BACK THE SOUTHERN BAJA

Giving Guide

Cabo San Lucas / San José del Cabo

by International Community Foundation

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The International Community Foundation (ICF) is an international nonprofit organization, which seeks to inspire international charitable giving by U.S. donors, particularly those with an interest in Northwest Mexico, to strengthen civil society and promote sustainable communities.

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Due to the persistent challenges of poverty, corruption, migratory populations and overall lack of access to basic resources, it is very important for ICF to call on our committed donor community to support these needs with flexible and responsive funding. Knowing that together we can create meaningful change, ICF has provided many grants to organizations in Baja California Sur which reflect our collective efforts to help improve the daily lives of people from urban to rural areas. We are thrilled to announce our new 2020 Baja California Sur Giving Guide! In this Giving Guide, ICF provides a list of organizations in BCS that have been assessed by our due diligence and program teams. Within this region, these organizations represent the “best of the best” – providing quality education and healthcare to populations in need; preserving and promoting the diverse cultural heritage of Mexico; and protecting Mexico’s unique marine and terrestrial areas. As we are, you will be impressed by the dedication and impact of these organizations in Baja California Sur! Within BCS, ICF has Friends of Funds located in the following areas: Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, East Cape (including Cabo Pulmo), La Paz, Loreto, Laguna San Ignacio, and Sea of Cortez. There are organizations like Amigos de los Niños, which provides quality medical care for children with no option or healthcare provider. The Palapa Society of Todos Santos develops and administers scholarships and educational programs for the benefit of local children and their families. Furthermore, efforts to protect the environment are strongly present. Comunidad y Biodiversidad (COBI), for example, promotes policy and legislative reform that supports responsible fishing and helps fisherman improve their practices. We are always amazed by our partners’ commitment to work together to create long lasting, positive impacts in vulnerable communities. ICF also takes the moment to thank those who have supported our mission. Please check out our new Baja California Sur Giving Guide 2020 and join us in creating meaningful change in this region today by donating to the organizations that focus on areas you are passionate about! Please view the BCS Giving Guide at this link or go to www.icfdn.org and search Reports & Guides. For additional information contact Lety Martinez at lety@icfdn.org *

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

East Cape

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

Todos Santos

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

WORDS and PHRASES OF THE MONTH Happy New Year - Feliz Año Nuevo Let's go on an adventure - Vamos a una aventura Whale shark - Tiburón ballena Whales - Ballenas Cruise - Crucero Island - Isla Nature - Naturaleza

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OUT&ABOUT After browsing books on regional history in the Centro Cultural, head toward the malecón for brunch at quaint Maria California Restaurant — their menu offers traditional Mexican dishes such as chilaquiles and machaca. Escape summer’s blistering midday heat by visiting the Museo de La Ballena (Whale Museum) just down the street. Finish with dinner and a glass of Baja California wine in the elegant courtyard of restaurant Los Tres Virgenes.

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Road Trip to La Paz: Baja Sur’s laid-back capital

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Vacationing in Los Cabos, one may be tempted to do nothing more than decompress poolside with a margarita at arm’s length — and another on the way once that’s gone. Others, however, may want to look beyond the cape’s enticements and explore Baja California Sur further. La Paz, the state capital of 250,000, is the perfect destination for such an expedition. The vibe of this laid-back coastal city is found in its name, which translates as “The Peace”. Not nearly as touristic as Los Cabos, one can find the “real Mexico” in the town’s historic center, its restaurants and in the genial attitude of locals, known fittingly as paceños (peaceful ones). Just north of the city on the Pichilingue Peninsula, it’s not unusual to find oneself alone – or nearly so – on a pristine beach with waters so blue and clear, friends back home will enviably mistake social media photos of La Paz’s playas for the Caribbean. For those who seek adventure, the island of Isla Espiritu Santo and its surrounding atolls are an aquatic sportsman’s paradise. Jacques Cousteau himself referred to the waters off Espiritu Santo as the “world’s aquarium”. Finally, there are enough casual and fine dining options here to satisfy even the most particular gastronome. Fresh seafood is the name of the game in La Paz and the catch of the day is on the menu nearly everywhere.

Itinerary 1: CULTURAL TOUR Unsuccessfully colonized by Hernán Cortés in the 16th century, La Paz was eventually settled in the 18th and briefly became the capital of all of Baja California in 1829. Much of the town’s history and culture can be absorbed via a leisurely stroll around the town center and malecón. Begin at Plaza Constitución, the city’s zocalo. The town square is dominated by the Misión de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, founded by Jesuit Missionaries in 1720.

The postcard-perfect coastline along the Pichilingue Peninsula is a mecca for beach goers. Wide sandy banks and calm, glistening waters tempt during arid La Paz’s typically warm sunny days. Most visitors start at Playa Balandra, an impossibly aquamarine bay surrounded by desert hills. Paddle boards and kayaks can be rented to explore the coves and mangroves in this shallow bay. While stunning, Playa Pichilingue or La Paz’s largest beach, Playa Tecolote, are vastly more swimmable than Balandra. Additionally, both have restaurants and other services. Visitors pull up a table in the sand at Playa Pichilingue’s La Luna Bruja restaurant and order buckets of cold cervezas and fish prepared zarandeado style. At Playa Tecolote, two restaurants entice — Restaurant Bar Tecolote and the smaller La Palapa Azul. The drill for this itinerary is “Swim, eat, repeat.”

Itinerary 3: LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE For those wanting to channel their “inner Hemingway”, this is the place. Fishermen can book charters with local outfitters such as Tailhunter International. For those who prefer to swim with, not eat, sea life, the opportunity to snorkel or dive with docile whale sharks with tour company Baja Expeditions can be a life-changing experience. An adventurer’s highlight are the islands offshore of La Paz known collectively by the largest, Isla Espiritu Santo. Join a small group of like-minded adventurers on a single day panga trip to the islands with Espiritu and Baja Tours. After exploring the archipelago and enjoying lunch on a deserted beach, the tour culminates with an opportunity to snorkel with a resident sea lion colony.

Itinerary 4: GASTRO TOUR With its location on the Sea of Cortez and proximity to the Pacific, La Paz is one of the best places for seafood in Mexico. Local farms supply vegetables, fruit and meat. For a taste, start with a morning jaunt to Mercado Madero. Then visit one of the city’s casual mariscos joints for lunch — locals flock to Mariscos El Molinito on the malecón or Mariscos La Güera north of town. At La Güera, the molcajetes (hardened lava bowls) contain generously portioned morsels of shrimp, octopus, clams and other oceanic delights. There’s also street food in La Paz, with vendors selling chocolate clams, ceviche and fish tacos. The best of the latter is said to be found at Tacos El Estadio near the center. Get there early — when the fresh fish is gone, so is the cart. For dinner, check out the recently opened Tatanka Baja Fish & Steakhouse from Carlos Valdez, formerly of the town’s famous Buffalo Grill. The chef expertly blends ingredients for ceviches and tostadas and serves hearty dishes of grilled fish and beef. *


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An evening overflowing with entertainment, full dinner, dessert, live auction and raffle. How far down the rabbit hole can they go with creative costumes, mad hatter moments, and donor delight as they raise funds to help the women and children of Sarahuaro? Alice herself states that “Sometimes I believe in as many as 6 impossible things before breakfast,” and here they are, set for a full evening of intrigue and impact! Join Sarahuaro for an unusual fundraising event with resort chic attire or themed costumes if you prefer on January 4, from 6-10pm at Montage Los Cabos at Santa Maria Bay.

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Go for a spin on Viceroy’s synthetic ice skating rink while enjoying the Christmas tree, traditional caroling, delicious food, refreshments and more. Visit any time between December 16 to January 15 from 11:00am-3pm or 5:00pm-9pm. www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/los-cabos

4 Phenom at OMNIA Los Cabos

OMNIA is the hottest day club in Los Cabos featuring some of the world’s most in demand DJ’s. Experience Phenom on Saturday, January 4. Doors open at 11am. For the guestlist and tables, visit Omnia.ws/OMLCcalendar.

15-19 Tropic of Cancer Concert Series

Experience 5 days of music in beautiful Todos Santos on January 15-19! “Hosted by the rock n’ roll band Cordovas, the series gathers local and nationally touring musical acts for a weekend of music, love, and art in the small Baja town with proceeds aiding the legendary "Bomberos" of the local fire department.” This year’s lineup includes: Holy Spirits, Elizabeth Cook, From Nortec Collective, The Charities, Cruz Contreras, Radio Free Honduras, SUSTO, Pepe Mogt & Ramon Amezcua, Joan Osborne, Tim Bluhm, Anthony da Costa, Brian Wright, Sally Jaye, Cordovas, La Victoria, Steve Poltz, Lily Arbor, Mexican Weirdohs, Los Tolines, Ashbolt y Amigos, Daniel Donato, Uncle Son, Royal Johnson, Ted Russell Kamp, Dayna Bee, Young Mister, Chris Paulson, Katrina & Wyatt, DJ Dimitri Kota, Zoë & The Mischief, Jenelle Aubade, Divier, Todos Santos The Band, and many many more! www.tropicofcancerconcertseries.mx


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Sangha Yoga Fest 2020 3rd Edition

The 3rd Sangha Yoga Festival returns on January 10-12 at Cuatro Vientos in Todos Santos. More than 20 different bilingual classes and workshops will be offered, along with local shopping, food and most of all - an amazing calming and enlightening atmosphere in a lush oasis in the middle of the desert. The festival will include Meditation, Ayurveda, Acro, Massage, Dharma, Ashtanga, Kirtans, Pranayama, Mandala art, and much more! Register for an all access 3-day package or for a drop in class. Three magic days doing yoga, eating Mexican food, meditating and escaping to nature. Visit @SanghaYogaFest on Facebook for more information or SanghaYogaFest.wixsite.com.

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Dress to the K9s 2020 at ACRE

Start 2020 on the right foot by participating in one of the most fun 5K’s in Los Cabos! The colorful event will benefit Red Autismo AC. Groups of 5 people 5 years and older cost $1,600 pesos until January 12. Individual tickets are $420 pesos until January 12 and $450 pesos after. Purchase your tickets in Cabo San Lucas at Progym Fitness Center Plaza Patio Los Cabos (Formerly Trail), River Salad Restaurant on Camino al Faro Viejo Esquina Aztecas, or in San José del Cabo at Koral Concierge on Transpeninsular Highway KM24.5, Gloria's Jewelry on Boulevard Mijares in front of Don Sanchez or Tienda La Joya Soriana Guaymitas. Kits will be delivered at Las Palmas Park (Next to La Mega in San José del Cabo on Saturday, January 18 from 10am to 5pm. @CarreraConColores

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The Los Cabos Humane Society presents “Dressed to the K9’s” on Thursday, January 23rd at ACRE in San José del Cabo. James Bond 007 is this year’s theme and guests are invited to dress to impress to kick off the fresh new year in style! The event typically includes a raffle and silent auction, gourmet dinner, live music and more. Stay tuned for more details at www.LosCabosHumaneSociety.com.

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ONGOING EVENTS 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

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Join OMNIA Los Cabos as Shadowman takes over the party on Saturday, January 25. OMNIA Los Cabos features premier ocean views, VIP cabanas, two-story villas, and DJ talent to keep the party going all day long. Doors open at 11am. For guestlist, VIP tables and more information visit Omnia.ws/OMLCcalendar.

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Annual Steve Dodson Memorial Charity

In loving memory of Steve Dodson, a golf professional, mentor, friend, father, husband and golf teacher, Cabo San Lucas Country Club will hold the 1st Annual Steve Dodson Memorial Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, January 25 starting at 10am. The tournament will benefit Los Cabos Children's Foundation. For more information call (624) 143-4653 or email info@cslcountryclub.com.

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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

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9th Annual Caboholics Convention

Each year, Caboholics flock to Cabo to spend a week catching up with old friends, enjoying activities and giving back to the community and local businesses. How do you know if you’re a Caboholic? Their website explains “Most people become aware there is a problem soon after their first trip to Cabo. Upon returning home, they may find it difficult to focus on work, even when they try not to think about Cabo, thoughts and images continue to fill their mind. The Caboholics organize several affordable events throughout the week of the convention including a meet & greet, pool party, boat cruises, bar crawl, cocktail tastings, a ride through town on a fire truck and more! @Caboholics

Trail Run El Sargento 2020

This race with a cause will support youth sports training in the community of El Sargento. Categories include: 5K (Recreational Walk) for $300 pesos, 7K for $400 pesos, 7K x 4 (Mixed Relays) for $1,200 pesos per team, 11K for $400 pesos, or 21K for $450 pesos. The best time for the men's and women's branch of the 21K, and the best time in the 7K X 4 Mixed Relay category will obtain registration and free accommodation for the Duke City Marathon that will be held on October 18, 2020 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Kits will be delivered on Saturday, January 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Sportvision Store, located in La Paz. www.CarrerasMexico.com

FEBRUARY EsperanzArte 5th Edition At the 5th annual EsperanzARTE event, Cabo’s finest chefs unite within a fivestar resort and align with a hand-selected collection of Mexican artists to take you on a sensory journey, unlike anything you’ve experienced before at one of the most celebrated destinations in Los Cabos Esperanza Resort. The event was rescheduled from November 2019 to Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 7pm.

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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 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 Viva la Plaza 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm An evening of entertainment, live music, art, and a market with locally made products at plaza Amelia Wilkes in downtown Cabo San Lucas. 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 Retro Karaoke at Aleta Seafood and Steakhouse 7:00 pm - 9:00 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. 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 Every Saturday at 8:00 am for a weekly FREE work out (30-minute HIIT - 30-minute yoga flow) with Jessie and Erin. www.TheShoppesAtPalmilla.com SUNDAYS: Sunday Biking in Downtown 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!


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Los Cabos International Film Festival

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The 8th Edition of the Los Cabos International Film Festival took place on November 13-17 with over $6,000,000 pesos in prize money awarded to the winners. This year the festival featured voices of fabulous women in cinema, highlighting the impact of women in the film industry, using the tagline and hashtag “Mujeres Fantásticas.” This 8th Edition included two days of red carpet galas featuring the films The Irishman and Jojo Rabbit with many stars in attendance including fan favorites Robert De Niro, Yalitza Aparicio, and Eiza González. During the closing ceremony, four very special awards were presented. The tribute to Excellence in Cinematography was awarded to Ellen Kuras, Mexican director Tatiana Huezo and American director Ira Sachs both received Spotlight awards, and the International Star Award went to Eiza González for her contribution to the visibility of Latin talent in the global film industry.

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Other recipients of Los Cabos International Film Festival 2019 awards included: The Twentieth Century by Matthew Rankin, La Paloma y el Lobo by Carlos Lenin, Observar Las Aves by Andrea Martínez Crowther, Temporada de Huracanes by Elisa Miller, Todos los Incendios by Mauricio Calderón Rico, Masa Madre by Mercedes Córdova, Aventurología by Ricardo Castro, Mi Interior es Una de Las Cosas Más Hermosas y Extrañas del Mundo by Nicolasa Ruiz, Dioses de México by Helmut Dosantos, Cosas Que No Hacemos by Bruno Santamaría Razo, Flora y Fauna by Nicolás Pereda, and Preciosísima Sangre produced by Nicole Maynard. Amira Ortiz also received recognition for the third time. The winning films were screened free of charge at Cinemex Puerto as part of LCIFF’s commitment to generating community in Los Cabos. @CabosFilmFestival


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Direct from Nashville at Cachet Beach CLUB Cachet Beach Club at Cabo Villas Beach Resort and Cachet Beach Hotel Los Cabos brought Blazing and Sony Recording Artists Brother Trouble and Hannah Dasher to Cabo San Lucas on December 8 for their “Direct From Nashville” country music concert on the beach! Brother Trouble is a country music duo with brothers Mark Sutton and Jason Sutton. Living in Nashville, Tennessee, the brothers are regular performers at Nashville hot spot Wildhorse Saloon. They are also past winners of Kenny Chesney's "Next Big Star" and have even opened for Kenney Chesney on tour. Their unique sound and enjoyable lyrics had guests on their feet dancing the night away. Hannah Dasher is a Nashville transplant from Georgia, currently signed to Sony/ATV Nashville and working on her debut album, Heavy. According to her biography: “Hannah recently celebrated her first songwriting cut on Brad Paisley's new Love and War album. The track entitled, "Go To Bed Early”, also features Hannah on background vocals.” Her spunky personality and amazing vocals were a welcome addition to the fun Country evening under the stars. Cachet’s special one-night only BBQ menu including burgers, chili dogs, chicken wings, and New York Steak along with Cachet Beach Club’s wide selection of tasty signature cocktails and spirits, including some Southern inspired Bourbon cocktails. @CachetBeachClub @CaboVillasBeachResort @CachetBeachCabo

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