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Los Cabos offers many special things this time of year. We are in the peak of our whale season, and I think I can speak for most locals when I say that it never gets old. Spotting a whale in its vast natural habitat is thrilling and it feels like spotting a treasure, although there are so many in our Baja waters that they really are not difficult to find! Keep your eyes peeled and you will most likely be able to catch a spout, a tail or even a breach right from the beach or your hotel room window. Another great thing about being in Los Cabos this time of year is that the surf on the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula can be very good due to the exposure to the west swells, so read along to learn more about the surf spots to visit, along with some info about taking a lesson if you're new and curious about this exhilarating sport. Within the pages of Destino Los Cabos you can find useful information to make the most of your vacation. Our goal is for you to have the best possible experience in Los Cabos. Don't forget that you can find all of our useful information online at: Enjoy!


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There is an instant love for this place where the desert meets the sea. When artist Mark Gabriel moved to Baja Sur, “I had a few misconceptions about the place, and as it turned out, myself as an artist. I knew coming here would inspire a renewal in my painting, and I wanted to dig into the local folklore and find cultural narratives I could translate onto canvas, but I was unaware of the depth of magic I would encounter.” A long-time salvager, Gabriel found himself collecting debris that washed up on beaches around Todos Santos: wood that appeared to come from ruined boats, or bits of someone’s life torn away in a hurricane then returned to shore. “I didn't realize they would be so important to my growth as an artist until I started using them as canvas to paint on.” Gabriel's iconic paintings of whales soon emerged. “These majestic beasts loom large down here; it's impossible not to be drawn into their deep watery world. The whales came to me in dreams, and they were no longer bound by the ocean; they seemed to be flying.” What started as small works on salvaged driftwood blossomed into large-scale paintings, often 4 by 5 or 6 feet. In early 2019 Gabriel joined the impressive roster of artists at Pez Gordo Gallery, and his work graces the homes of collectors in Cabo, as well as internationally. “By allowing myself the freedom to move from the dream whales, to paintings of ranchero musicians and adobe towns folk, and then to the newer works which feature socialites of the glamorous 60’s—70’s jet set age, I realized I'm still exploring the themes of mythological creatures in our modern world.” Gabriel credits his recent success to his new 'Pueblo Magico' home. “I'm surrounded by a supportive network of friends, artists and collaborators. My partner in life, Jessie Wallace, is at the center of my world. Together we're building a studio and gallery that will enable us to grow and continue our love affair with Baja Sur.” It's a love affair and a life set beneath expansive oceanic skies filled with flying whales, while the retro jet set party to the sounds of old world mariachi music, and each scene is imbued by the all-encompassing magic of Baja.

Dream Whales & Spirit Creatures - Series by Mark F. Gabriel ‘Por Encima De La Isla Del Espíritu Santo’ 60x48inch Acrylic, Mixed-Media on Wood Panel La Isla Del Espíritu Santo, Mexico’s 12th largest island can be found in the gulf of California a short boat ride from La Paz. It has been reported that there was a human presence here dating back about 9000 years. Nobody truly knows how long the dream whales have been visiting the area. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA


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

“The aquarium of the world”

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


Cabo San Lucas

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

San José del Cabo

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

The Corridor

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

Todos Santos

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

East Cape

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

La Paz

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


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

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

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


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


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



Renting a car will allow you to enjoy the freedom of exploring Los Cabos. Driving in Mexico might be intimidating, but if you just go with the muddled flow, you will realize that there is some organization within the chaos. If you are pulled over by local police for committing a driving infraction, the standard procedure is for them to take your Driver’s License. You will then have to go to the Police Station to pay your ticket and pick-up your license. There are two types of gasoline: Magna, which is regular, and Premium. Lleno (pronounced ye-no) means full. Major credit cards are accepted. Tipping the gas station attendant around $10.00 pesos is customary. There is a toll road that takes you from the airport to Cabo San Lucas or to the Todos Santos highway. By taking this road you avoid the taxi and shuttle traffic on the main highway. The cost varies from $63.00 to $75.00 pesos, depending on your destination. ALTO STOP




Emergencies: 066 or 911 from a local number Roadside Assistance: 074 from a local number Police Department: - Cabo San Lucas 143-3977 - San José del Cabo 142-0361 Fire Department: - Cabo San Lucas 143-3577 - San José del Cabo 142-2466 Highway Patrol: 146-0573 Tourist Police: 143-3977 HOSPITALS: Hospiten: - Cabo San Lucas 145-6000 - San José del Cabo 105-8550 Baja Medical Response: 144-3434 Blue Medical Net: - Cabo San Lucas Hospital 104 3911 - San José del Cabo Clinic 142-3511 Cabo Surgical Center: 172-6030 Hospital H+ Los Cabos: 104-9300 North American Hospitals and Clinics: 142-2770 One World Hospital: - Cabo San Lucas 143-4911 - San José del Cabo 142-5911 - Todos Santos (612) 145-0600 Saint Luke's Hospital: - Cabo San Lucas 143-4911 - San José del Cabo 142-5911 Walk-in Medi Clinic: 130-7011 * For a complete directory of Doctors, hospitals and clinics in Los Cabos, visit:

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

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



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


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

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


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

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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of the best holes in the world”. The course winds you through stunning vistas of the Sea of Cortez, as well as the beautiful mountain range of the Sierra’s. A stunner to say the least and a must-do for the avid golfer.

Diamante – El Cardonal & Dunes Course Photo courtesy Danzante Bay

From Tiger Woods to Nicklaus and Fazio, many of the big names in golf have designed courses on this unique landscape. Many courses offer a reduced rate later in the day during twilight hours. Appropriate golf attire is required on all courses and club rentals are available.

Cabo Del Sol

Ocean Course - A Jack Nicklaus signature course with six ocean front holes (1.5 miles). Known for its “3 finest finishing holes in golf” the Ocean Course is said to be one of the most difficult yet beautiful courses in the area. 18 holes, 7,075 yards, par 72. Desert Course – Designed by Tom Weiskopf, this course winds through the desert above the Ocean Course and challenges the golfer with risk vs reward type decision-making.

Cabo Real

The newly renovated Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf course is one of the Corridor’s first championship courses and boasts beautiful views of the Sea of Cortez, elevation changes, and has hosted two PGA Senior Slams.

Cabo San Lucas Country Club

This course was designed by Roy Dye and is conveniently located outside of Cabo San Lucas and is the only one with views of Land’s End. It has more than 80 bunkers and slightly inclined fairways and one of the longest holes in all of Mexico at 610 yards.

Club Campestre San José

Make sure you bring your creativity for the greens at Club Campestre, the newest Jack Nicklaus Design in Los Cabos. Almost every green has 2 or 3 different tiers, so spend some time on the practice green before your round. 18 holes, Par 71, 6,966 yards.

TPC Danzante Bay golf course

​ 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 With linksstyle attributes, this challenging design reminds the golfer he’s only competing against himself. The course was designed with the wind in mind and rewards you when going with the wind and challenges you when going against it.

Palmilla Golf Club

With 27 holes of golf, each 9 hole course offers something different. The Ocean, Mountain, and Arroyo courses all boast Jack Nicklaus Design and a fun and challenging layout with canyons and elevation changes.

Puerto Los Cabos

This 18-hole composite course made up of nine Greg Norman designed and nine Jack Nicklaus designed holes is a favorite among locals and frequent visitors. With both challenging and forgiving holes, the average golfer can get around the course comfortably and enjoy the numerous oceanfront holes and elevated vistas. Not to mention, comfort stations with food and booze every 4-5 holes make the experience fun for all levels of players and all types of groups.


Located on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula and sure to test any level of player, Quivira boasts dramatic cliff-side landscapes and multiple oceanfront golf holes. It’s not uncommon to be playing while whales breach in the Pacific Ocean or fish jump out of the water. The oncourse experience is unique in its multiple comfort stations where players can enjoy tacos, quesadillas, sliders, and of course, a few adult beverages.

Vidanta Golf Los Cabos

This 9 hole course is a friendly course but make sure you hit ‘em straight because throughout the course you are surrounded by homes and condos in beautiful San José. A fun course for any level of golfer. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

Buggy Tours, ATV/UTV Rentas, and Biking There are several local companies which offer ATVs, buggies, and other off-road vehicles for trail and beach cruising. Strap on some goggles and hop behind the wheel of one of these off-road racers for an afternoon of fast-paced fun! Vehicles include typical ATVs or enclosed rail buggies or RZR ATVs. Tours are typically three hours, and drivers must be 16 years of age with a valid Driver’s License. If pedal-powered rides are more your speed, look into renting a mountain bike and taking a riding excursion, or maybe just a beach cruiser and joining a guided bicycle tour of town. Horseback Rides, Nature Walks, and Bird Watching Los Cabos (particularly San José del Cabo) offers a number of horseback excursions for all ages. Saddle up for a sunset guided beach ride, venture up a hidden canyon trail, or just sit back in the shade while experienced horse trainers give the kids lessons in horsemanship – there’s something for everyone! San José also boasts a natural estuary and nature preserve. Enjoy a peaceful, self-guided nature walk to observe some of the lushest landscape in the area. Species of flora and fauna are abundant: dozens of species of cactus, lizards, and birds can be spotted on this solitary walk, just a few minutes from downtown. Adventure Parks There are several adventure parks in Los Cabos where you and your kids can experience zip-lining, backcountry UTV and ATV tours, a camel safari, and more. Zip-lines are

appropriate for kids of 8 years and up and be prepared to hike from 5 to 15 minutes from line to line. Most companies include transportation. Jet Skis, Parasailing, Banana Boats and more Go to Medano Beach for a day full of fun water activities. There are numerous options along the beach, such as jet skis, banana boat cruises, aquatic bikes, SUP rentals, and more! Or try a parasailing trip and gain some altitude to enjoy beautiful views of Cabo while tethered firmly to a speedboat! Water Parks Wild Canyon Adventures has recently opened its brand new water park section, which you can access with your park day pass, a perfect way to spend a full day of fun family activities. Wild Wet Fun Water Park, located about 30 minutes from San José del Cabo, has shallow pools and small slides for young children, water mushrooms and a pirate ship. For the adrenaline seekers, several fast and large slides stand tall and mighty and offer a great view of the beautiful surrounding mountains. To get there take HWY 1 north from the San José International Airport towards La Paz and East Cape. After about 15 miles, the exit for Caudaño and the water park will be at KM 66. Follow this road for a few minutes and you will find the park on your right. Turtle Releases Every year, from June through December several species of endangered sea turtles nest in the warm sands of Los Cabos. Your family will have the opportunity to help these fragile and tiny creatures make it safely into the sea. Children will learn about the importance of conservation and they will surely enjoy the experience of helping these little friends. Sol de Mayo Waterfall Located about an hour and a half away from Los Cabos, the Sol de Mayo Oasis is yet another natural beauty of the Southern Baja California region. The hike leads the adventurous to a majestically beautiful oasis where everyone can swim and even dive into the cool, serene waters. Be sure to pack a lunch, and take plenty of water. There are plenty of signs to guide everyone to this wonderful piece of paradise. After arriving in Santiago, turn right up the little hill towards the town square. The cost is $6 US per person to access the easy hike to the clear-water falls.


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Prepare yourself for an incredible show of nature as you swim side by side with colorful schools of fish, eels, rays, octopus, sea turtles and more. The Sea of Cortez or the “Aquarium of the World” offers many opportunities to experience incredible underwater wildlife. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

Baja Sur has been a popular surfing destination since the ‘50s. The East Cape is popular for kite surfing and the Pacific coast has several surf breaks where you will find less crowds. See our Baja Sur map to locate the surf spots mentioned below.


SAN PEDRITO Level: Advanced. Direction: Right, left. Location: Pacific side right before arriving to Todos Santos. CERRITOS Level: Beginners. Direction: Right, left. Location: Pacific side at Km 65 of the Cabo San Lucas-Todos Santos road. MONUMENTS Level: Advanced. Direction: Left. Location: at Km 6.5 of the Corridor, closer to Cabo San Lucas. EL TULE Level: Advanced. Direction: Right, left. Location: Exit at Km 16.2 at El Tule bridge COSTA AZUL consists of three breaks: The Rock or La Roca Level: Advanced. Direction: Right. Zippers Level: All levels. Direction: Right. Acapulquito Level: All levels. Direction: Right. Location: at Km 28.5. Access is below the Costa Azul bridge. LA BOCANA AT THE ESTUARY Level: All levels. Direction: Right, left. Location: East side of the San José del Cabo’s main beach. SHIPWRECKS Level: Advanced. Direction: Right. Location: East Cape, about 25 Km from San José del Cabo. NINE PALMS Level: All levels. Direction: Long rights. Location: East Cape, about 30 Km from San José del Cabo. SEASONS June through November: The summer months are known to be the best as the Southern Hemisphere’s swells send great waves to the Pacific, Cabo San Lucas, San José and the East Cape. December through February: East Cape and Costa Azul are on the flatter side. The Pacific can be good this time of year because it’s exposed to the west swell. March through May: This is the windy season. Swells are consistent and you’ll run into fewer crowds.

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

KITE SURFING SNORKELING SPOTS Cabo offers several methods for snorkeling. You may drive to a local beach and swim out, book a tour with one of the many popular companies, or charter a private boat. Tours are typically two or three hours. Stay away from the Pacific side of the peninsula; its strong currents make it very dangerous for any kind of water sports. Pelican Rock A quick five-minute ride from the Cabo San Lucas marina or Medano Beach is all it takes to get to this fish-attracting rock. Lover’s Beach

This popular and uniquely-named beach is accessible only by boat. Be on the look-out, however, as the water is not roped off for swimmers. Santa Maria Bay Snorkel tours regularly visit Santa Maria Bay. If you choose to drive there, it’s an easy swim from the shore to the reef on the right side of the cove. Chileno Bay Snorkelers will find a safe, roped-off area for swimming at this common tour destination. Cabo Pulmo A Natural Marine Reserve in the East Cape, and may offer the best snorkeling in the area. This eight-fingered coral reef is about a 1.5-hour drive from San José del Cabo, but it is well worth it!

This sport is most popular in the East Cape due to the El Norte winds. Playa Norte (the north-east side of the beach) in Los Barriles is said to be the most popular destination and is also the location for a professional kite-boarding school. La Ventana is also a popular spot and is closer to La Paz. There is less wind in Los Barriles than in La Ventana, but the surf is bigger. The best months are January, February, March, October, November, December. Every January, the Lord of the Wind tournament takes place in Los Barriles.


Every year, from June through December several species of endangered sea turtles nest in the warm sands of Los Cabos. Your family will have the opportunity

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


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


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Whale Facts: By Alex Navarro

We are in the peak months of the whale season here in Baja, so to honor these majestic creatures I want to share with you some general facts about whales:


by Carlos Pérez, Biologist at Cabo Trek

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Over the past two decades, ecotourism has been valued as a fast-growing industry worldwide, observing this phenomenon in regions and entities with natural resources at hand, for controlled exposure to the general public in a low invasive manner. In addition to offering a recreational alternative to those who practice it and direct and indirect benefits to the communities where they are located, it fosters and creates social and economic incentives through its conservation. If we focus this type of tourism to the marine environment, several reports cite a spill of up to $ 50 billion in expenses, including activities such as diving, shark, whale and bird watching, as well as tours on kayaks, paddle and sport fishing in its capture and release modality. In particular, whale watching in Baja California Sur has become a strong tourist product; the increase of national and foreign visitors, in addition to local families, who during the sighting season travel to various sites of this state to enjoy this natural spectacle, generates an important economic spill to these localities. Furthermore, some of these activities are tied with educational and research programs with several governmental and private institutions, in order to conduct data gathering and publish research results; playing a bridge role between scientific findings and dissemination of knowledge towards the general public. Mexico lodges transiently or with established populations about 40% of the known species of cetaceans in the world; and the registration in our state of them, is approximately 30%. From this total, some of the most emblematic species are grey and humpback whales; every year, they migrate to Californian seas and low coasts for reproductive and birthing purposes. Some sites considered sanctuaries for these animals are Guerrero Negro and the San Ignacio Lagoon; both belonging to the Vizcaíno biosphere reserve; Puerto San Carlos in Magdalena Bay and the protected area of ​​flora and fauna of Cabo San Lucas in Los Cabos municipality. So if you find yourself close to these places and you are interested in witnessing an impressive natural show, do not hesitate and schedule a tour with one of the local operators in the area; just make sure it meets the legal requirements and licenses for this type of activity. In addition to witnessing the majesty of these giants, you will surely take back with you a great experience and a little knowledge about the subject, go ahead, dare and live it! *

• Whales belong to the order Cetacea, which includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. • The word whale comes from the Old English word whael. • Whales live in all of the Earth’s oceans. • The closest living relative to whales is the hippopotamus. They diverged about 40 million years ago. • Whales are either toothed (Odontoceti) or have baleen (Mysticeti). A baleen is a comb-like fringe on the upper jaw of the whale used to filter food. Toothed whales feed mostly on fish, squid, other whales and marine mammals, and baleen whales mostly on plankton, small fish and crustaceans. • Whales are mammals, they produce milk, are warm blooded, have lungs for breathing and some even have small hairs. • Whales have a blowhole which they use to breathe, baleen whales have two, and toothed whales have one. • They have flippers and have tail fins called flukes that they use to propel themselves through the water. Most species of whales have a dorsal fin on their back. • The sperm whale is the largest toothed predator on Earth. The famous book Moby Dick tells the story of a Sperm whale and a fisherman. • The Blue whale, a baleen whale, is the largest whale of all. The Blue whale is the largest animal to have ever lived on Earth. • The life spans of whales can be from 25 to 110 years, but some Bowhead whales live over 200 years. • A blue whale can weigh over 150,000 kilograms and be more than 25 meters in length. • Gestation period in whales can be from nine to 18 months and the calf can stay with the mother for up to one year or more. • Males usually mate with multiple females every year, but females only mate every two to three years. • Calves are regularly born in the spring and summer months. • The heart of a Blue whale can weigh as much as 350 kilograms or be the size of a small car. • Some whales like the Beaked whale and Sperm whale can dive two to three kilometers deep for up to two hours or more. • The blubber in whales serves as an energy reserve and insulation. • Most whales, especially baleen whales, migrate long distances from their cold-water feeding


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grounds to warm-water breeding grounds each year. The longest confirmed migration is made by the Humpback whales that feed in the Antarctic waters and swim north to breed off Colombia and Panama. Some whales can travel as fast as 20 knots per hour. Whales can jump high, or breach, out of the water. Whales also thrust their tails out of the water and slap the water's surface. They also communicate with each other using lyrical sounds and these sounds can be heard for many miles. The most complex songs and beautiful songs that include recognizable sequences of squeaks, grunts, and other sounds are from the male Humpback whales. Whales are known to teach, learn, cooperate, scheme, and grieve. It is thought that whales sleep with one half of their brain resting while the other half keeps them from drowning and aware of predators.

So that is a bit of general information about whales, but here in BAJA we are lucky to receive the beautiful Gray whales each year, therefore I would like to list some cool facts about them:

Now is the perfect time to observe these beautiful animals of the sea. Their loving energy will make your vacation unforgettable and leave you with beautiful memories to last a lifetime. *


Monthly Fishing Report B y T h at B a j a G u y - G ar y G r ah am

The waters off Cabo San Lucas are producing dorado from 12 to 30 pounds. Tuna fishing remains good – with average fish range from 20 to 50 pounds with a few over 100-pounds. One caught by Steve Hammerschmidt, Huntington Beach, weighed 365 pounds. Billfish were taken, mostly striped marlin, using ballyhoo and live/dead mackerel as bait. One blue marlin, taping 400 pounds, hit on a purple/black/red lure and was released, plus a spearfish weighing 90 pounds was a rare catch for the area. Wahoo, along with roosterfish, a few jack, and bonito, were the best bet inshore. Puerto Los Cabos: The seasonal run of pelagic crab, drifting to the surface in masses were scooped up in nets for bait for red snapper (huachinango) averaging from 2 to 5 pounds to 15 pounds. The best close-to-shore action, from Santa Maria to La Fortuna, were dorado to 15 pounds. Roosterfish and sierra, using caballito or ballyhoo, were also being taken. Average catches consisted of a few dorado and a couple of small wahoo. Yellowfin action was slow on local grounds ranging from 10 to about 80 pounds. Jaime Bank, outside of Cabo San Lucas, was producing cow-sized tuna. There was a lack of billfish activity, although more mackerel are moving in the direction of San Jose del Cabo, which should attract the striped marlin. Some are there but are scattered. “The water is still warm, and the fish are still biting,” one local captain observed. The waters off East Cape are shared by windsurfers and anglers this time of year, and some thrive in the north winds, while others despise them. Offshore, there are a few dorado, small yellowfin tuna, and a striped marlin or two

Plus, one weighing in at 365-pounds caught by Steve Hammerschmidt, Huntington Beach.

for the lucky anglers. Inshore, its sierra and an occasional jack or rockfish around the rocky points dotting the coastline. The climate affects the ability to fish in La Paz. It’s been hard to put any boats out, and there aren’t that many folks wanting to fish anyway. They understandably get discouraged when they see the winds. Best to hang out and drink a margarita by the pool! The better fishing may be tucked in close to shore, especially in areas where you can find some protection from the north wind and waves. Most of the fish are inshore species – cabrilla, snapper, triggerfish, pargo, jack crevalle, and sierra – all fun and good eating. When the wind backs off, there’s still some10- to 15-pound dorado around plus some good action on 5-pound bonito. The larger issue has been finding live bait that might result in lures being the productive way to catch fish. Loreto’s Coronado Island was the place when the wind permitted, where yellowtail to 25 pounds were hitting the decks. The other fish were pargo and cabrilla doing a limited show. Dorado are still working bait schools found on the southern end, according to scuba divers. * - EVERYTHING YOU NEED BAJA - EVERYTHING YOU NEEDTO TOKNOW KNOWABOUT ABOUTSOUTHERN SOUTHERN BAJA

• They migrate to Baja every year and their round-trip journey can be from 15,000-20,000 kilometers. And it takes them from five to eight weeks to reach the breeding sites. • There are two groups of Pacific Gray whales, the east and west groups. • The Gray whale spends a few months in the lagoons of Baja. Some spots are San Ignacio lagoon, Ojo de Liebre and Magdalena Bay. The migration begins around October and finishes about April. They choose these sites due to their warm and calm waters. • They usually travel in groups of two or three, at a speed of about three to five miles per hour, and submerge for about five minutes at a time, or for 15 minutes or longer to feed. • Gray whales can be 15 meters long and weigh 35 tons. • They are baleen whales and reach maturity at about eight or nine years old. And the females give birth to one calf about every two years. • Newborns can be five meters long and weigh 1000 kilograms. • Gray whales visit Baja every year to give birth.




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. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

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!


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

Cerritos Cerritos Beach is a popular surf spot and swimming here is relatively safe. The scenic 45 minute drive from Cabo San Lucas is well worth the trip as you drive along the pristine Pacific coast. You can rent a boogie board or surf board or even take a surf lesson. Location: Exit at KM 66 of the Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos Highway. Watch the markers and look for the signs. Tips: Come prepared with food, drinks and beach gear. The ocean currents are strong and the waves can be quite powerful, so swim with caution.

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by Alex Navarro

The Pacific Vibe I remember the first time I headed out to the Pacific side about 22 years ago when I arrived in Baja. I took a bus trip from Cabo San Lucas to the town of Todos Santos, and right after we left and we entered the Baja desert I was amazed by the all extensive carpet of Cardon cactus that I saw. To me, the Pacific side has a special vibe for many great reasons. The mix of the Pacific beaches and the desert landscape with the Sierra la Laguna that rises very close to the coast of the Pacific Ocean, makes it for a very wonderful experience. The area from the town of Elias Calles to Todos Santos (a 30 mile range aprox.), is considered a micro climate due to the special conditions that exist from the breeze and humidity of the Pacific Ocean and the mountain range that acts as a container

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for this semi-permanent mist that makes it fantastic for the organic agriculture industry in the zone. You will find the most amazing farm-to-table restaurants in the Pacific towns, which are Cerritos, Pescadero, San Pedrito, Todos Santos and Las Tunas. The people are very cool and friendly, the community has a lot of surfers, farmers, fishermen, musicians, chefs and all kinds of artists from all over Mexico and the world. It's a very charming place to visit. All the restaurants are great and there are fabulous boutique hotels too. To me, the must places to visit are Cerritos Beach and downtown Todos Santos, and of course if you happen to be a skater, the Pescadero Skate park is an awesome spot to go. Plus if the surf is down, this place saves the day for all surfers.

Main sur f breaks on the Pacific

Taking a Sur f Lesson

La Pastora - it has a sandy beach and rocky

Baja Sur has great surf instructors and surf schools that offer the best lessons and equipment. Some general suggestions prior to doing a surf lesson are to get a good night sleep, eat nutritiously and light, stretch or do yoga, and do a few squats, sit ups and push ups. I am "goofy" which means I ride with my right foot forward and therefore face the face of the wave when it's going left. If you surf with your left foot forward that is called a "regular" surfer. Basically, a surf lesson can be divided into three parts: ocean environment, theory and practice. In ocean environment you learn and go over the environment you will be surfing in. For example, type of surf break, wave and beach, swell and ocean conditions, entry channel to wave break, currents and rip tides, hazards, reefs and rocks, type of bottom, other surfers and their surfboards, and sea life in the area. In the theory part of the lesson you go over your equipment and its parts, and the actual theoretical surf lesson on land where things are explained. And in the practice part of the lesson, you perform some surfing techniques on land with board on the sand, then go in the water with your surf instructor, and try catching waves by doing what has been explained as you are assisted by your instructor. During a surf lesson you will go over the following points: General safety: ocean environment. Learn about the beach you will surf and its potential hazards. Wave size, general conditions, type of bottom, currents, riptides, etc. Know everything about your equipment and using it: learn the parts of a surfboard and practice some techniques on land so that you can control your surfboard in the surf. Check the condition of your leash.

point with peaks. There are usually more right waves than lefts. Also, usually the best time is early morning before the wind starts. This beach is in Las Tunas town very near Todos Santos, which is about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas. This is not a beginner wave.

San Pedrito - round rock bottom break with mostly rights, but has a steep left tool. This wave is near the picturesque and agricultural town of Pescadero. When you arrive you will get a feel of Pacific island nature as you pass the tall grasses and coconut trees on the narrow corridor on the way to the beach. This is a very uncrowded beach and is an intermediate and advanced wave. It is a great spot for camping.

Cerritos Beach - this is the perfect spot to take surf lessons. The sand bottom beach offers the ideal wave for beginners and in the outer break the waves peak left and right, and also there is the pointbreak which has a large right on big days. The surf schools on the beach are all amazing so your experience is guaranteed no matter who you choose.

La Cur va - a little south of Cerritos near the town of Migrino is La Curva. A lot of local surf contests are held there. This is a deep water right pointbreak with large rocks. Great camping site with very little people and surfers. Great wave, but for more advanced surfers. Monuments - I would like to include this break on the list because it is located on the tip of the Baja Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez blend. It's straight across from the famous arch and it is an amazing left. It has a reef and rock bottom with many tricky large and small rocks on the entry. This spot is for intermediate and expert surfers. Monuments is one of my favorite waves because

Paddling technique: how to balance on a surfboard while paddling. Find your proper positioning when you paddle the surfboard from a belly down position. Standing up on a surfboard: proper technique, take off, drop, riding stance, arm position, how to stop the surfboard in a controlled manner, how to dismount off your surfboard and how to fall off safely which is usually landing flat on the water (parallel to the water). Turning the surfboard: how to complete single and multiple turns on the face of the wave from a standing up position by using the rails of the surfboard. Learning the Bottom turn. Types of surf breaks: identify the types of surf breaks. Identifying ridable waves and positioning to catch a wave in the best possible spot and time: learn to read a wave, learn to identify the peak, learn where to position yourself. Some parts of the wave are the peak, the face, the lip, the bottom, the back, the close out, the foam or white wash, the tube or barrel, the line, the doggy door, etc. Waves can be measured in feet or meters and are usually measured from the back side. Sitting on a surfboard: how to turn the board from a sitting position in order to position yourself to catch a wave. Balance on your surfboard from a sitting position. Paddling out into the line-up: read the surf break, know where to paddle out into the lineup (past the breaking waves), practice techniques for getting through breaking waves like the turtle dive. Know where the entry channel is. Surfing etiquette: be able to identify who has priority, learn the priority system for riding waves, understand what to do when you don’t have priority,

Scorpion Bay - i t is considered an iconic wave of the Pacific. This wave breaks about 300 miles north of Cabo in the small fishing village of San Juanico, and its is said to be the second longest wave on earth. When a big swell arrives and the conditions are perfect, the waves break at four points and rides can last well over a minute. Small days are great for beginner surfers too.

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learning how to keep yourself and others safe. Being a smart surfer: know your limits and be able to recognize conditions and/or surf breaks that are or are not suitable for your ability level.

Excellent surfer Juan "Paisa" Ramos, brother of awesome surfer Carlos Ramos, told me the following on behalf of both of them: "One of the most beautiful things about the Pacific Ocean is its fresh breeze, its perfect waves, its warm people and its warm life. I remember growing up in the Pacific coast and getting my food from fishing and my fruits from the orchard. One of my favorite things its the winter waves. I also love its white sand beaches and tubular waves. When we were kids, my brother Carlos won a couple national championships and I was considered one of the best as well. We opened a surf school in Cerritos called CRT about 8 years ago and I am a lifeguard in Cerritos too, having trained in Huntington Beach California. In the past 15 years we have represented Baja Sur in many national contests. One of the coolest things about the Pacific is that we have waves all year. And don't forget that the first surfboard that we had when we first arrived in Baja, which Carlos won his first state tournament and was a big part of our surf beginnings here, was given to us by you Alex, ha ha !" Check out Carlos and Paisa in Cerritos and contact them in advance if you wish at their website

of her awesome surf experiences: "I've had many great surf experiences in the Pacific side, and for sure one of my best surfing sessions has been at San Pedrito. We camped there and before surfing, looking at the sky, stars, campfire, and listening to the waves was amazing. Being by the fire was great and then I woke up with the sunrise, I saw the sun come out which was amazing and the sky was pink, orange and yellow colors, and I got up with the sun and then caught some very fun waves. They were maybe 3-5 foot. I surfed all day, and I saw a lot of people and friends as well. And that was a great experience. Another great experience was at La Curva. I was also camping and after surfing I climbed up the mountain that's beside the beach, and the sun was setting and the moon was coming up. So, in front of me looking at the ocean the sun is setting, and behind me a huge full moon was coming out from the mountains, super bright! I thought: wow! And then, as I start to look out into the ocean, I see whales starting to breach. It was a mother whale and her calf. She was teaching her baby how to breach. I felt very moved by everything that I was seeing. Nature and its beauty. It was a very magical moment and there were beautiful flowers around me. I am very grateful for that experience. Lastly, I had another super fun experience at Cerritos. The waves were about 7 feet and I was catching lots of waves, feeling all the adrenaline, super happy, super stoked. I caught some good ones! I love surfing the Pacific, it has a different energy, the waves are a bit more powerful, and it's also great that when you surf the Pacific this time of year you get to see the whales and dolphins, and sometimes you can even hear the whales. If you go underwater you'll hear them sing, it's truly beautiful! I love it."

My good friend Kiara Spinelli also shared with us some

See you in the waves! Have fun in the Pacific side! *

To conclude I would like to share some interviews about the Pacific side surfing experience from some good friends that are surfers here in Baja, to inspire us to go catch some waves this season in the Pacific Ocean.

Photo: Diane Edwards Location: Cerritos Surfer: Carlos Ramos

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You are overlooking the ocean shoreline off the Baja California peninsula. A spectacular view of crystal blue waters lies ahead of you. Your toes sink in the sand while you wait for the next panga to take you offshore. You then board a boat of local operators who have learned to live in harmony with their environment: sustainable fish during the summer and guide tours in the winter. You’re about to come into close-proximity with a 40-foot, 40-ton cetacean that has traveled over 5000 miles to get here. You are in one of the most special places on Earth-- a Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the last places on earth where gray whales can give birth and raise their young. You’re about to live the Laguna San Ignacio experience. Gray whales migrate approximately 12,000 roundtrip- miles annually during the months of January, February and March from Alaska, in order to reach these peaceful waters. These

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Giving Guide

Cabo San Lucas / San José del Cabo

Amigos de Los Niños - 624 144 3195 Baja SAFE, Salud de los Animales y Familias con Educación A.C. The Bomberos Voluntarios (Volunteer Fire Department) Cabo San Lucas: 624 143 3577 San José del Cabo: 624 142 2466. Building Baja's Future - 624 355 4314 Casa Hogar de Cabo San Lucas, A.C. - 624 123 1285 Danza que da Esperanza - 624 151 5424 Gala de Danza A.C. Gente Joven Por Un Cambio, A.C. H+ Foundation Fund Liga M.A.C., A.C. (Mexican American Canadian League) - 624 120 1060 Los Cabos Children's Foundation, A.C. - 624 157 3851

Los Cabos Humane Society - 624 129 8346 Los Niños del Capitán, A.C. - 624 173 3807 Mobilize Mankind - 624 129 8223 Red Autismo - 624 166 8186 Sarahuaro - 624 122 4955 Solmar Foundation Fund Vifac BCS - 624 688 5062, 01 800 362 2207

East Cape

Amigos para la Conservacion de Cabo Pulmo, A.C. (ACCP) East Cape Community Urgent Care Clinic, A.C. East Cape Guild Amigos De Los Alumnos -310.594.3483, 011 52 612 114 0198

Todos Santos

ECO-RRREVOLUCIÓN, A.C. - (+521) 612 139 4789 The Palapa Society Todos Santos, A.C. Todos Santos Community Fund

whales have traveled here for many years, but they haven’t always had an amicable relationship with humans. In the past, gray whales, like many other whale species, were hunted for their blubber, bones, and meat. These whales would fiercely defend their young and lash out to fishers when hunted. This behavior earned them the nickname of “Devil Fish” by many locals. One fateful day in 1972, a group of fishermen lead by Don Pachico, a local fisherman with deep roots in the Laguna San Ignacio community, encountered a pod of whales. Don Pachico, against everything he was told while growing up by his fishing elders, reached out and touched the whale. The whale seemed to enjoy the encounter and hung out next to their boat while Don Pachico pet it. Thanks to that fateful encounter, gray whales know to come to Laguna San Ignacio, because there, interaction with humans is not only safe but welcomed. Many visitors report whales seeking attention by coming up to the boats and even pushing their calves to the surface to show their young ones to humans.

La Paz

ABRAPALABRA, A.C. - 612 1-08-98-20 Centro Mujeres, A.C. Como Vamos La Paz, A.C. Fundación Ayuda Niños La Paz, A.C. (FANLAP) Grupo Tortuguero De Las Californias, A.C. 01-800-CAGUAMA(2248262) - (612) 146-3553 Fundación Cántaro Azul, A.C. Water and environmental solutions La Paz Community fund Noroeste Sustentable (NOS) - (612) 128-4862 Pelagios Kakunjá Raíz de Fondo Jardines y Educación, A.C. Red De Observadores Ciudadanos (ROC) - Tel. (612) 122-77-96 Cel. (612) 102-3294

Magdalena Bay

Vigilantes de Bahía Magdalena, A.C. Facebook: @vigilantes.bahiamagdalena

The Laguna San Ignacio community has one of the best whale-watching management practices. They manage the number of boats and the amount of time they spend near the whales in order to prevent them from feeling stress. They also work with scientific researchers; help monitor the lagoon’s conservation and provide environmental education to their youth. However, none of this would’ve been possible if not for the strong partnership between residents and non-profits who helped establish critically needed area-protections. The International Community Foundation in partnership with the Laguna San Ignacio Conservation Alliance helped secure the permanent protection of over 340,000 acres of gray whale and adjacent habitat. Laguna San Ignacio is truly a very special place, a place where humans and whales continue to forge special bonds that will last a lifetime. For more information about the San Ignacio Lagoon Whale Conservation Fund contact Paloma Aguirre, Senior Program Officer Environment,


Sociedad De Historia Natural Niparajá, A.C. Eco-Alianza de Loreto, A.C. Outpost Montessori

Laguna San Ignacio / Sea of Cortez

San Ignacio Whale Conservation Fund Baja California Disaster Relief Fund Baja Stewardship Fund Baja Regional Waterkeeper Fund

Sea of Cortez

Comunidad Y Biodiversidad, A.C. (COBI) The Friends Of Wild Baja Fund Pronatura Noroeste, A.C. +33 6 80 61 09 36 Defensa Ambiental Del Noroeste, A.C. (DAN)



Although many locals in Los Cabos speak English, they also appreciate it when visitors speak Spanish. Don't be shy and give it a try! PRONUNCIATION RULES • The letter "ñ" - When you see a wave (tilde) on top of the letter "n" use the "ny" sound that you use for the English word canyon. • The double "ll" is pronounced like "y" in English. • The letter "h" is always silent. • The letter "j" is pronounced like "h" in English. • If the word has an accent mark such as "á", that syllable is stressed. AT A RESTAURANT Comida - Food Breakfast - Desayuno Lunch - Comida Dinner - Cena Table - Mesa Glass - Vaso Plate - Plato Fork - Tenedor Spoon - Cuchara Knife - Cuchillo Napkin - Servilleta Can you bring the check? - ¿Puede traer la cuenta?

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 I love to surf - Me encanta surfear Let's go see the whales - Vamos a ver las ballenas Whales - Ballenas Cruise - Crucero Nature - Naturaleza

PLACES Bathrooms - Baños Restaurant - Restaurante Hotel - Hotel Hospital - Hospital Beach - Playa Store - Tienda Pharmacy - Farmacia

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


and the Artist Plaza Frank Arnold welcomes thousands of visitors each year to the Historic Gallery District of San Jose del Cabo. Visitors to the gallery and working studio of the internationally celebrated abstract artist can stroll this sculpture garden across from Frank Arnold Gallery upon arrival to the district. The growing display of Arnold’s sculptures and the open space for special events begins with polished limestone walls and steps rising from the cobblestone avenue to an elevated plaza lined in bougainvillea and cut volcanic stone walls. Dramatic lighting compliments the sculptures and landscape as hundreds of visitors tour the space during the weekly art openings during the season. The center piece is a heroic scale bronze sculpture entitled Alma de Cabo, Soul of Cabo, created by Arnold as a tribute to the people of San Jose, following the recovery from Hurricane Odile which decimated much of the region in 2014. The Frank Arnold Gallery displays the original oil paintings and sculptures by Arnold. Visitors may tour the attached working studio with paintings in progress as well as his personal living space in the attached home. He divides his time between Cabo and his sculpture space in Mexico City. Arnold has exhibited his unique and expressive abstract-figurative style in multiple galleries and museums and is in numerous collections, worldwide. In addition to oil paintings and bronze sculpture, Arnold has produced two books, the first of which, “Frank Arnold Speaks” is a bilingual, English and Spanish biography covering his upbringing by adoptive parents, and the impact his experiences have on his artwork. His second book, “Your Creative Imagination Unlocked,” is a collaborative effort with noted depth psychologist, Dr. Jim Manganiello. It includes an exploration of his own creative process and several observations and hypotheses by Manganiello with regard to Arnold’s work as well as that of other noted abstract artists, Cy Twombly, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and Banksy. This book delves into the deeper mind and how art can be a path to rediscovery of your creative imagination. Many of Arnold’s works may be viewed at - EVERYTHING YOU NEED KNOWABOUT ABOUTSOUTHERN SOUTHERNBAJA BAJA - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TOTO KNOW

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Super Bowl Sunday at Casa Calavera

Kick-off your Sunday with the Big Game on February 2 at Casa Calavera in San José del Cabo! Cheer on your favorite team with a taco in one hand and a cerveza in the other. Enjoy buckets of beer and a special football inspired menu starting at 4pm. Make your reservation today at before tables fill up!



Participate in this magical fundraiser to benefit Liga MAC A.C. students and their families on Thursday, February 6, at 6:30pm at Club Campestre Beach Club. Enjoy a performance by Danza Tellez and Danza Que Da Esperanza and indulge in contemporary Mexican cuisine prepared by some of San José del Cabo’s top chefs! Tickets are available at Pez Gordo Gallery or Liga MAC for $3,000 MXN or $150 USD.

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7-9 Todos Santos Open Studio Tour

Don’t miss the 11th Annual Todos Santos Open Studio Tour on February 7-9! Each February, a community of artists opens the doors to their studios, inviting you to explore down rambling dirt roads and discover what’s hidden behind their walls. The experience of visiting an artist’s studio is completely different from viewing the artist’s work in the formal setting of a gallery. It’s a chance to connect more intimately with the artist, ask questions, discuss observations, and see his or her tools of the trade. The weekend starts with the Wine & Cheese Sneak Peek on Friday, February 7 at 6:00pm (tickets $150 MXN). Self-guided open studio tours take place on February 8-9 from 10am to 4pm (tickets $300 MXN). The weekend concludes with the sold-out Evening of Music with John Paul Jones, Miguel Ochoa and Friends at La Esquina.

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…Within a week after you return from your vacation in Cabo, you are already checking out the airfare and hotels / timeshares available for your next trip…Each time you vacation in Cabo the addiction grows. The desire for your next "fix" is much stronger than it was after your first trip.” 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!


Los Cabos Half Marathon

The Los Cabos Half Marathon is a 21K race that starts and finishes at Plaza Mijares in Historical Downtown San José del Cabo, on February 9 at 7am. The half marathon takes runners into Puerto Los Cabos, across the marina and town of Playita, then back the same route close to the San José Estuary and on to the finish line in the main square. Mostly flat, the route includes two short slopes which are a challenge, even for the most experienced runner. It is definitely one the of the most scenic race routes in Mexico displaying the history and natural beauty of the area.


PAWDI GRAS at Sancho’s

Join Sancho’s for a Mardi Gras themed fundraiser benefiting El Ranchito Animal Shelter. El Ranchito volunteers will be present with adoptable dogs and collecting donations. There will be a donation box to fill with pet food, shampoo, medicine, toys, collars, leashes, etc. They will have a raffle and silent auction and 100% of proceeds will go directly to El Ranchito. Enjoy 2x1 hurricane rum drinks, shrimp etouffee, and homemade tamales (with 100% of tamale sales going to El Ranchito as well).

12 Los Barriles Artist Studio Tour

Take the opportunity on February 12, from 10am-4pm to visit the studios of 15 of different artists whom reside in the Los Barriles area. And to make it even better, many of the homes will showcase the works of more than one artist! Art varies from fabric, jewelry, bead or soft goods medium, oil and watercolor paintings, ceramic and pottery, and wood or rocks, just to name a few. Parking is provided at each studio, and many of the studios are within walking distance of each other. Get tickets and map at Baja Properties in Los Barriles from 9:30am to 1pm on February 12 or the drive through ticket booth in town. Tickets are only $5 USD or $100 MXN. The Studio Tour is one of the major fundraisers of the Asociación de Artes del Mar Cortez, an official Mexican Non-Profit corporation that provides art and school supplies, art programs, Saturday art, and financially supports sports programs for East Cape Children. Visit or email



Bikers Week Los Cabos & Festival de Rock

Bikers Week returns to Cabo for another year with rides in La Paz, Todos Santos, San José del Cabo and Cabo. The schedule of events includes a welcome ride from La Paz Pichilingue to Tecolote Beach and neighboring Balandra Beach, a pool party and special night ride along the La Paz Malecon on Thursday February 13. On Friday the bikers head to the magical town of Todos Santos then on to Cabo for a rowdy night out. Enjoy a boat tour on Saturday followed by the main party “Festival de Rock” at Plaza San Lucas on Saturday night with amazing rock bands playing the best rock music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, great food, free kids area, craft and regular beer, full service bar, biker apparel, and more. This year’s event will honor Jorge Garrido, a long time Cabo local and businessman who died in a tragic motorcycle accident in late 2019. Jorge was an avid biker and had been heavily involved with Baja Riders and Bikers Week for many years. Visit or email


Valentine’s Day LGBT+ Cruise by Pez Gato

Love is in the air! Join Pez Gato Amazing Adventures for a fun and festive Valentine's Day LGBT+ cruise experience. Dance to the hits of today and yesterday while enjoying an unlimited domestic bar. For more information and reservations, please contact (624) 143-3797 or visit


San Jose Jazz Weekend

The 8th Annual San José Jazz Weekend kicks off on Friday, February 14 at Plaza del Pescador. The objective of this yearly event is to promote art and culture in San José del Cabo and contribute to the development and promotion of the town and its surroundings. The idea is to gather talented jazz musicians to perform live in a series of concerts held throughout the 2-day event as well as offer a selection of delicious gastronomic options. Performers include: D.T.J. Project (Fusion Jazz), Arturo Ramírez Jazz Trío (Contemporary Jazz), CubaMex (Fusion Jazz), Fonzeca Caja de Pandora (Blues Jazz), Funky Town (Jazz Funk), Sergio Hesting Project (Brazilian Jazz), Pitha Jazz (Contemporary Jazz) and a non-Jazz Quartet.


EsperanzArte 5th Edition

At the 5th annual EsperanzARTE event, Cabo’s finest chefs unite within a five-star 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 begins at 7pm inside Las Estrellas restaurant and the cost is $1,100 MXN for residents of Los Cabos with Official ID or $95 USD regular price. Purchase tickets online at Experiences/Esperanzarte


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Symphonic Rock Evolution

Symphonic Rock Evolution will be playing in La Paz, BCS on February 14 at Teatro de la Ciudad. This concert is the premier for the CanaMex Tour 2020 and is part of a cultural exchange between Canada and Mexico, featuring Mexican & Canadian musicians performing together for live concert events in both countries. This dynamic rock band is led by saxophonist/vocalist and musical director Ken Hartfield and includes live string and brass sections, a rock rhythm section, percussion and 6 lead vocalists. Also appearing as guest artists are Grammy Award Trumpet Player Terry Townson; Damiana Conde, Finalist in Mexico’s The Voice, with Las Conde; Flautist Karen Lynne Deal; and Flamenco Guitarist Jesus Gallo. Tickets cost $200 MXN per person. For ticket and information visit


An Evening of Art & Tequila with REmexico Real Estate featuring Hector Olvera

REmexico Real Estate brings you an exciting evening of Art & Tequila at their downtown Cabo San Lucas office located in Plaza Bonita on Wednesday, February 19. The first in a series of Art & Tequila events planned throughout the year, this month they will feature works of art from local artist Hector Olvera. Stop in any time between 5pm-7:30pm and enjoy a complimentary flight of tequila and ask any real estate or Cabo related questions you may have, while viewing incredible works of art! The artist will also be available to answer questions and all art pieces will be available for purchase. Network with local REmexico Real Estate agents and other members of the community at this fun one night only event! Learn more about the real estate company and artist at and - EVERYTHING YOU NEED KNOWABOUT ABOUTSOUTHERN SOUTHERNBAJA BAJA - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TOTO KNOW

Cabo Cocktail Festival is the premier cocktail festival in Los Cabos aimed at showcasing hospitality, mixology and raising industry leaders. They will focus on topics that help raise the standard of service and beverages with seminars led by local and international bartenders. The theme of this second year is promoting environmentally health conscious drinking. The schedule includes an opening party at Villa Valentina, a closing party at La Terminal, and more!

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Carnaval La Paz

Baja California Sur’s capital city of La Paz pulls out all the stops for their annual Carnaval celebration. This year the theme is “Fiesta de los Dioses” or “Celebration of the Gods.” As the largest Carnival festival on the Baja peninsula, this family-friendly Mardi Gras themed event includes elaborate costumes, food, games, and cultural events along with extravagant parades with floats during the last three nights of the event. Visit @CarnavalLaPazBCS on Facebook for more info!


Designer Purse Auction

Calling all shopaholics! Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Designer Purse Auction benefiting Feeding Los Cabos Kids on Saturday, February 22 from 5pm-8pm at Bajo La Luna restaurant in downtown Cabo San Lucas. Many new and gently used designer purses will be up for silent bid. Enjoy happy hour prices until 7pm. Tickets cost $25 USD or $500 MXN and include a welcome drink and sampling of tasty appetizers. Also enjoy 20% off your dinner for this night only! For information contact Patty DeCamp at +1 (253) 205-6858 or WhatsApp (624) 115-3746. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA BAJA - EVERYTHING YOU NEED KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN


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Join Sancho’s for one of their biggest and best parties of the year! Their Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras party starts at 11am on Tuesday, March 25 and is all about excess and celebrating with friends! So, pull out your masks, beads, sequins, and purple, green and gold and indulge in all the flavors of Mardi Gras! Food and drink specials include 2x1 Hurricanes, Shrimp Po’ Boys, Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Boudain Balls and Bread Pudding w/Bourbon Sauce. There will also be zydeco music, limited edition Sancho’s Mardi Gras shirts, and a whole lot of beads!! SanchosCabo

VALENTINE'S DAY Georges at La Marina Inn: Special set menu, a la carte and live music. USA: (626) 548 2681 - MEX: (624) 142 4166

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DJ Elekt at OMNIA Los Cabos

Party the day away at OMNIA Los Cabos Day Club with DJ Elekt! 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. Doors open at 11:30am. For guestlist and VIP tables visit

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Mascota Fest

Join Rotaract for the first Mascota Fest (Pet Fest) in Cabo San Lucas, a festival where we celebrate all the service and love provided by our beloved pets. They will start the day with a parade from Puerto Paraíso and will finish at the CSL Delegation, where they will have workshops for professional dog trainers, speeches, sterilization campaigns, as well as food, music and much more! RotaractCSLdelMar.

Fat Tuesday / Mardi Gras at Sancho’s

Anniversary Weekend at OMNIA Los Cabos

Celebrate OMNIA Los Cabos' Two Year Anniversary Weekend and kick off Cabo Spring Break with Tiësto, Mark Eteson, Cutswell and more! View the full line up of Spring Break artists, and reserve tickets and tables online at Cabo2ndAnniversary.



Festival Sabores de Baja 2020

Save the date for Festival Sabores de Baja 2020 (or Baja Flavor Festival) on March 8 from 12pm-5pm at Restaurant Doña Pame in Miraflores, Baja California Sur. This organic food festival was created to promote local cuisine and Baja traditions. More information will be coming soon at www.

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Cabo’s 5th Annual Santa Pub Crawl So many Cabo locals look forward to Cabo’s Annual Santa Pub Crawl every year! Organized by the owners of Sancho’s, pub crawlers are invited to bar hop in 30-minute increments all over downtown Cabo wearing red and green outfits, Santa hats, and festive accessories. This year’s 5th anniversary pub crawl started at Cabo Blue Bar, followed by Hooliganz Corner Bar, Jungle Bar, Uno Mas? (where the traditional yearly group photo is always taken), Blind Boar Cabo, Cabo Cantina, Wicked Breakfast Pizza Bar, and Tanga Tanga Sports Bar. The final stop of the day is always Sancho’s for a Christmas party, drink specials, delicious food, and live music. @SanchosCabo

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

A Night in Wonderland benefiting the Sarahuaro Foundation Following the success of their magic themed fundraising event in 2019, Montage Los Cabos, Eclectic Array, and All Access Cabo came together to create an enchanting Night in Wonderland overflowing with entertainment, dinner, dessert, live auction and raffle, benefiting the women and children of the Sarahuaro Foundation via Los Cabos Children’s Foundation. Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and other fantasy characters posed for photos and delighted attendees with skits, juggling, and more at Montage Los Cabos on Saturday, January 4. The event raised an astonishing $80,000 USD for the Sarahuaro Foundation and will surely make a huge difference in the lives of the women and children the Foundation serves. Some of the larger auction items included a Northern Dream Yacht excursion on a Superfish 130 foot fishing boat with 27 fishing rods, sea doos, kayaks, paddle pools, jacuzzi, and more (valued at $10,000 USD); a 3-night, 4-day stay at Montage Los Cabos including dinner and spa (valued at $4,000 USD); and a Twin Dolphin Golf package for 2 including dinner at Cocina del Mar at Esperanza for 4 people and a bottle of wine (valued at $2,400 USD). Emmy Award winning TV host, award-winning writer and radio host in the Seattle market, and self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Charity Auctioneer” John Curley was the auctioneer for the evening, enticing bidders to battle for auction items and thoroughly entertaining the crowd with his lightning fast auction. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for next year! @Fundacion.Sarahuaro

Photo by Uncas Castillo via All Access Cabo



2nd Annual Destino Los Cabos Holiday Fun Run benefiting Los Cabos Children’s Foundation Destino Los Cabos and Running Tours Los Cabos in partnership with Ciclovia Recreativa Cabo proudly presented our 2nd Annual Holiday Fun Run benefiting the children of Los Cabos Children's Foundation (LCCF) on Sunday, December 15. Runners were invited to run or walk in our fun and festive 3k, 5k or 8k route departing from Plaza Bonita in downtown Cabo. In lieu of an entry fee, participants were asked to bring an unwrapped toy or cash donation for LCCF. LCCF’s mission is to promote, fund, monitor and advance programs that have a focus on health for children in Baja California Sur. The event surpassed all expectations, tripling the number of participants from the previous year and raising almost $15,000 pesos for Los Cabos Children's Foundation, along with 2 appliance sized boxes packed full of toys that were distributed to families in need at the conclusion of the event. The first 200 participants received a commemorative santa hat and medal, while the first 3 runners in each category received additional prizes. One of the highlights of the day was the free bicycle raffle of 4 brand new bicycles with helmets for children participating in the race, plus 2 additional bikes for LCFF courtesy of The Cape, a Thompson Hotel.

Photos by Diego Urquiza Productions and Jamie Llaca Drone Photography

An extra special thank you to our incredible partners, sponsors and volunteers! This event would not have been possible without the help of: Running Tours Los Cabos Ciclovia Recreativa Cabo Los Cabos Children's Foundation A.C. Pezgato Amazing Adventures Pisces Sportfishing Fleet & Pisces Yachts DJ Daniel Romo Diego Urquiza Productions Jaime Llaca Drone Photography The Cape, a Thompson Hotel All Access Cabo by Bea Dairy Queen Los Cabos @DestinoLosCabos @RunningToursLosCabos @LosCabosChildren

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Eclectic Array hosted their annual Santa Paws event benefiting local dog rescues on December 13 at their Cabo San Lucas store and December 14 at their San José store. People and well-behaved pets were invited to have their photos taken with Santa in exchange for donating pet food, toys, bedding, towels, cleaning supplies, etc. Eclectic Array sells beautifully handcrafted apparel, accessories, jewelry, dog collars and leashes, home decor and more, with a mission of “embracing artisans to create unique handmade products, connecting artisans with consumers and transforming lives across Mexico.” Well-loved store mascot Sparrow was in attendance to accept donations and mingle with guests and even posed for a few photos. All donations were divided among local pet rescues in need. @MyEclecticArray

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