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BAJA 101: Destinations Useful Information Things to Do Maps DISCOVER: Eye to Eye with a Giant All that's Fishy - Monthly Fishing Report DESTINO DIRECTORY Must Sea Beaches WHY WE LOVE GETTING MARRIED IN CABO ART & CULTURE: Giving Back: Casa Hogar, Sarahuaro Foundation Southern Baja Giving Guide Sarahuaro Foundation Spanish Lesson SIGHTSEEING & SOUVENIRS IN SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO EVENTS SOCIAL CABO INSTAWORTHY



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As I've seen Cabo grow at an impressive rate in the past years I have noticed that Baja now attracts all types of travelers, but I must say that possibly the most common groups I see here are wedding parties (and bachelor/bachelorette parties, of course!). Who wouldn't love to get married in romantic Cabo? Who wouldn't love going to a wedding in Cabo? For this reason, one of our favorite issues of the year here at Destino Los Cabos is the April Weddings issue, because we have the opportunity to share the joy by giving you destination wedding tips, and let's just go ahead and say it, we get to show off our beautiful home in a beautiful way. Read along to see why Cabo makes the ideal wedding destination! Within the pages of Destino Los Cabos you can find useful information to make the most of your vacation. Our goal is for you to have the best possible experience in Los Cabos. Don't forget that you can find all of our useful information online at: Enjoy!


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

“The aquarium of the world”

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


Cabo San Lucas

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

San José del Cabo

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

The Corridor

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

Todos Santos

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

East Cape

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

La Paz

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


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

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

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


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


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



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




Emergencies: 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.


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


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A EYE TO EYE WITH A GIANT by Angelika Ludwiczak Lopez Mateos is a small fishing town of barely 2,000 inhabitants, located on the calm and shallow waters of Magdalena Bay. It is also a place where real magic happens every year, when thousands of gray whales come here to mate and give birth to their babies. A unique spectacle, which we, as humans, are able to admire. But it wasn't always this way. During the 18th and 19th century, people saw whales as monsters living in the dark abyss of the ocean, creatures that were nothing more than a source of fat. Whale oil lit up our houses and played a huge role in the industrial revolution. But it also brought these animals to the edge of extinction. In the waters of Magdalena Bay, fisherman used to call gray whales ‘devilfish’ because of their aggressive behavior when hunted. Back in the day they attacked and sunk many ships, trying to protect their calves from whaler harpoons. With intense whaling over years, people led them to a brink of extinction. But when commercial whaling was officially banned in 1986, the remaining few hundred gray whales that survived could finally find some peace. Since then, their numbers have been constantly rising, totaling over 20,000 individuals in the east side of Pacific right now. And most of them still visit Magdalena Bay every year and seem to have left the past behind. Right now, this bay has become a sanctuary that offers one of the most amazing experiences ever - being eye to eye with beautiful, gentle giants. When we enter the bay, we see dozens of spouts on all sides, it looks like the water is boiling - I count at least 23 whales within eye reach and it feels so beautiful that I can't stop the tears. These whales are not only no longer aggressive towards people, but also show particular interest in interacting with us. Gray whales tend to be very interested in the above the water world and have an amazing behavior called spy hopping. They seek contact with people, approaching boats so close that we can touch them. And they seem to like being touched, staying longer on the surface while being pet, and leave disappointed when no contact is made. At one point we got a whale shower – a huge animal surfaces so close that its breath touches my face. What can I say...I got blown by a whale! *


s April sashays in, anglers visiting Cabo’s offshore should be pleased with the volume of striped marlin congregating off Cabo Falso – the banks farther offshore. Throw in an improving yellowfin tuna bite, and hope of a dorado resurgence as sea temps warm, plus, the tantalizing possibility of an early big blue marlin to start the spring season off right. Inshore, roosterfish, sierra, yellowtail, and perhaps even a snook or two in the mix should keep the half-day crowd smiling. Heading up into the Sea of Cortez, the local fleets at Puerto Los Cabos have concentrated at Palmilla Point to Cardon, La Fortuna, and the Iman area for yellowfin tuna. Recently at La Fortuna, while drift fishing with squid or using live caballito, a 114-pound yellowfin tuna was landed, as well as additional tuna weighing over 70 pounds, though the average yellowfin was more like 20 to 30 pounds. Off the various rocky high spots, there were increased numbers of leopard grouper, Almaco jacks, and various snapper, although the action varied from day to day. Anglers were using yo-yo jigs, as well as any available bait. We also saw a golden- phase leopard grouper, a rare species. The Almaco jack averaged around 10 to 20 pounds, although a couple were over 50 pounds. There were more triggerfish than any other bottom species, A few dorado are being caught near shore mid-morning averaging about 10 pounds. There were also a few wahoo caught. Along the beaches, roosterfish were more active early in the morning on most days, along with a sprinkling of sierra and jack crevalle. East Cape The billfish, dorado, and yellowfin tuna are the best bet offshore at East Cape as the north winds finally begin to subside. Inshore the sierra is still kicking up a fuss chasing baitfish up and down the beaches. Plus, there have already been a few yellowtail caught on the high spots outside of the La Ribera Marina. Adding to the excitement were reports of one group fishing from shore at the Las Arenas Lighthouse that scored dorado, sierra, and yellowfin from shore. After playing peekaboo between periods of the North Winds at both Muertos Bay and La Paz, the dorado have become more consistent. While not huge, there are some (a few) up to 15 pounds in the mix, allowing anglers to check the fresh-fish box on their wish list. Also, added to the list are some yellowtail as well as big jack crevalle, bonito, barred pargo and cabrilla. At Loreto, where the blue whales have been stealing the show, the seasonal yellowtail bite is taking away their thunder as they make their arrival known on some high spots around the local islands. Schools of 20-pound yellowtail have been spotted slashing and slurping down 12-inch needlefish. In between the surface action, anglers are catching some yellowtail mixed in with the grouper and cabrilla on the bottom. *

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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. - 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 TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

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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estination weddings are now making up 26% of the weddings around the world each year. Couples love spending a whole weekend with their guests, saving money, rolling the honeymoon into the wedding, and many other advantages. As destination weddings increase, many couples find themselves taking the plunge here in Los Cabos. Year after year, Cabo appears on the top 10 list of the Best Wedding Destinations in the world, and here’s why:

THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS The landscape for weddings is constantly growing and changing, and couples are after more than the traditional ceremony and reception. Modern couples are looking for creativity and authenticity. With so many options for where and how to get married in Cabo, couples can give their guests a totally unique experience. Our little town offers couples beautiful picturesque beaches, romantic historic Mexican architecture, sprawling ranches, five-star resorts and quaint boutique hotels, organic farms, modern rooftops, luxury yachts, and more. Cabo isn’t just a beach destination anymore. Not only are there endless options for venues, but Cabo is home to world-class photographers, makeup artists, bands, DJs, floral

SAFETY Cabo remains one of the safest wedding destinations in Mexico and around the world. Tourism is the only major industry in Cabo, so as a community, protecting visitors is our top priority. In recent years, the development of a 5-point security plan included increased police presence; improved communications between hotels, resorts and law enforcement; more security cameras; and a new $9-million-dollar regional emergency response center. As a result, crime in Los Cabos decreased by 90%. Not only is a low crime rate attractive, Los Cabos offers exceptional medical facilities with world-class doctors and surgeons and state-of-the-art equipment. We hope that no one ever needs to take advantage of these facilities, but wedding guests can rest assured that if the worst happens, that they will receive the care they need. With all of these security measures in places, couples don’t have to worry about inviting their loved ones to Cabo. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

THE WEATHER IS RELIABLE One of the most nerve-wracking parts of planning your wedding is the concern over potential rain. In Cabo, the weather is wedding-perfect from October through July, with peak months being November through May. The average annual temperature in Cabo is 75.1 °F, and the average rainfall is only around 7.6 inches per year. With rare, manageable surprises from time to time, the weather in Cabo is consistently sunny and dry 10 months out of the year. Planning your destination wedding in Los Cabos means that you can worry about having fun, and not about possible rain.

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THE PRICE IS RIGHT While Cabo is one of the more luxury, and therefore more expensive destinations in Mexico, your wedding budget will still go farther than it will in the US, Canada, European countries, and many other destinations. Not only is the current exchange rate very favorable, especially against the American dollar, but prices, in general, are lower than you are probably paying at home. While a traveler with an appetite for a high-end luxury meal will have no shortage of options, visitors on a budget can also be very comfortable in Los Cabos. We have planned and executed events all over North America, and one of our favorite things about Mexico is how much more our clients can do with their budgets than they can in other places, without sacrificing quality.


TRAVEL IS EASY Travel to Los Cabos has never been easier. Currently, over 40 destinations in North America alone are offering direct flights to Los Cabos, and new destinations are being added all the time. The Los Cabos Tourism Board focuses on-going effort to adding non-stop flights from new places, making travel to los Cabos as easy and affordable as possible. In addition to easy flights, the international airport in Los Cabos is a 15-minute drive to San Jose del Cabo, and 35 minutes to Cabo San Lucas. Possibly the easiest thing about traveling to Los Cabos is that most people don’t need to apply for a tourist visa ahead of time. The airline and immigration officials issue them to you before you arrive in Los Cabos. Not only is travel to Cabo getting easier all the time, now that Uber has appeared on the scene, getting around town is a breeze, too. Consistently beautiful weather, safety, ease of access, variety, the many local world- class wedding vendors, and breath-taking views are only some of the reasons for the growing traffic in Los Cabos. It’s hard not to imagine getting married when standing in the warm golden sand looking out over the blue and green waters of the Sea of Cortez, and gazing at the iconic Arch of Cabo surrounded by the red and purple skies of a Baja Sunset. Throw in hundreds of first-class accommodations, varieties of gorgeous venues, world-renowned golf and deep-sea fishing, countless spas, and more activities than you can imagine, and you’ve got yourself a wedding destination that makes the list! *

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he International Community Foundation (ICF) holds and manages a fund with Casa Hogar de Cabo San Lucas A.C., which is an organization located in Cabo San Lucas. Founded in 1991, Casa Hogar’s mission is to provide a home and care for vulnerable children between 4-18 years old and give them the love, affection and support they need while teaching the youth important values and giving them the opportunity to have professional studies that will prepare them for a successful future. Casa Hogar works with young boys and girls to surpass poverty, abusive family environments, and gender-based violence. The people in this organization are committed and work hard to restore violated rights and to provide the youth with the necessary tools to break the stereotypes, break the cycles of violence and become strong agents of change in their own communities. Furthermore, Casa Hogar strives to Educate and Elevate: Educate in academics, life, skills, moral values, religious values, and social values. Elevate to levels beyond the norms of society. The Casa Hogar team is currently working on a project known as, “Elevate Lives of Vulnerable Children in Mexico.” Started in 2019, this project focuses on delivering better opportunities to 40 children. The key components that will drive change include continued trades training and a social worker. As a solution to the social issues that the youth face, Casa Hogar’s teen residents participate in a 12-week trades-training course in which they learn the basic concepts of electrical circuits and the skills required to use a soldering iron. Plumbing training for the youth is yet to come! Through donations, this organization will continue to teach trades throughout the year and the following years. Casa Hogar hopes to open the trades-center to the youth of the local community to extend its reach and positive impact. Hiring a new social worker will further strengthen the team to provide career guidance and support in finding employment and scholarship opportunities to Casa Hogar’s youth. All in all, the “Elevate Lives of Vulnerable Children in Mexico” project will invest their time and assets into 40 children and teens every year that will help develop them into productive, hardworking citizens, responsible partners, and exemplar parents. This will ultimately provide a path out of poverty, improve the talent pool of the Cabo San Lucas community, and foster a positive example for new arrivals to the Casa Hogar Center. For more information, contact ICF’s Marketing and Development Manager, Leticia Martinez at *

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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.


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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 Wedding - Boda Happiness - Felicidad Ceremony - Ceremonia Bride - Novia Groom - Novio Wife - Esposa Husband - Esposo

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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 - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

ince 2005, Sarahuaro Foundation has served the impoverished women and children of Los Cabos. Each month, more than 6000 meals are served to over 350 children who may not have any other food that day. Each month, 20 different educational programs are conducted for over 100 women. Just outside the affluent city of Cabo San Lucas, there are thousands living in huts - many with no running water, raw sewage and spliced electric lines. They struggle daily with the challenges of limited money, food, school, health care and law enforcement. Most are third and fourth generation native to the Baja, but hundreds are flocking to the area seeking work resulting from the massive tourist expansion. Here, where the minimum wage is $102.68 pesos or about US$5.50 per day, the purchase of purified drinking water takes two days wages per week for an average family. The women of these “colonias” are destined to follow statistically documented, culturally ingrained patterns of abuse, malnutrition, undereducation, emotional ill-being and poor physical health and, without proactive intervention, will perpetuate these patterns by handing them down to their children. Their children are hungry every day - a hunger that binds them to poverty. Sarahuaro believes that education is the key to elevating them from poverty and supports education through two separate but interrelated programs: • La Cocina de Los Niños or, The Children’s Kitchen, and • Centro de Desarrollo Para Mujeres or Center for the Development of Women The Children’s Kitchen feeds children while they are in school, so they can be more successful in school. The Center for the Development of Women provides no-cost life-skills education and workforce training - skills that prepare women to mentally, physically and financially empower themselves and their families. Your donation will help. Raising strong children, one mother at a time. *

THE BASICS Cash - Efectivo Change - Cambio Closed - Cerrado Credit card - Tarjeta de crédito Doctor - Doctor Food - Comida Goodbye - Adios Good morning - Buenos días Good afternoon - Buenas tardes Good night - Buenas noches Hello - Hola Help - Ayuda Here - Aquí Money - Dinero Open - Abierto Please - Por favor Sorry - Disculpe Thank you - Gracias There - Allá Tip - Propina Water - Agua


SIGHTSEEING AND SOUVENIRS in San José del Cabo by Alex Navarro


have been living in San José del Cabo for a little over two decades now because it is a very pretty and charming town. There are so many things to do. You have the beach and a great downtown too. There are all types of happenings going on all the time; like fairs, festivals and sport competitions. Today I want to tell you about a few of my favorite things to do and see in San José and all the wonderful souvenirs and gifts you can discover that might be perfect to take back home. One of the coolest things about San José is its beautiful bike path that circles part of the town. This is a very fun way to go sightseeing because it passes very close to downtown, the beach and the estuary, as well as all the main hotel and shopping areas. The path runs from the firefighter station close to downtown, then parallel to the estuary, then next to the hotel corridor and beaches, and then passes close to the big convenience stores where the route ends close to the main highway near the Punta Sur golf course. You can go back the same way as it's a two-way bike path with a painted divider in the middle. Downtown San José is a beautiful town to walk. You can see and do many nice things. The downtown church is in the beautiful plaza that has a kiosk, a classic clock tower, and a huge Mexican flag. Every Tuesday and Thursday evenings the streets are closed off to cars so that pedestrians can enjoy the streets. This is when the famous Art Walk takes place. The shopping is amazing and the restaurants too. You can find all varieties of food, culture and art. The art galleries are incredible and for sure you will find the perfect piece for your home. Also, the Municipal Market of San José del Cabo is one of my favorite places. I go shopping here almost every day to get the most fresh local produce and meats. I love the fish stand and the ranch cheese store which also has regional eggs. You will find all types of fruits and veggies, and anything you can imagine. There is a store in the corner called “Viva Mexico” where you can find almost any traditional Mexican souvenir, like the iconic mariachi sombrero, the Zapata sombrero or even the revolucionario sombrero. Also, all kinds of ceramic mugs and tortilla holders called tortilleros that are made of woven palm leaves.


They have traditional women dresses from Michoacan and Puebla, guayaberas (men’s shirts from the state of Tabasco), the very popular Virgin of Guadalupe pewter sculptures, and thick cotton bedspreads from Tlaxcala, blown glass from Guadalajara and small carved pieces made form palo fierro wood. Plus, many other things like clay pottery, traditional Mexican toys like the matraca and the balero, and the traditional volcanic rock bowl called molcajete, used to make roasted Mexican salsa. So check out this little market to really get into the Mexican vibe. The other perfect place to have a great time and find the perfect souvenir for you or your loved ones is the San José Organic Market which takes place on Saturday mornings. This is the last full month the market takes place because it ends in May, so try to go have a nice time outdoors in this magical field. Let me tell you many things you can find in the market. They have paintings in many formats and styles from artists from all over the world, and all kinds of fossils and stones. There are a couple stands that have the colorful Huichol art and Macrame crafts, the oldest type of knot technique. There is a stand that sells natural ginger ale and also stands that sell kombucha and wheat grass shots. They also have traditional Mexican candies like the famous alegría–which means happiness–made of amaranth and bee honey, medicinal plants, all types of natural handmade soaps and oils, and organic produce. The food in the market is delicious and they have all kinds of options, so for sure I recommend planning to eat there. One of the cool things about the market is that there are live shows, bands and musicians playing through the day, and many activities for kids like face and finger painting and bouncy toys. There are massage stations and tai chi and yoga sessions available for everyone too. As you can imagine, it is a very fun environment for the whole family and friends. So maybe check it out one Saturday this vacation. San José del Cabo is waiting for you! This vacation come visit our beautiful town, I’m sure you will have a great time and go back home with some fond memories and many souvenirs! *



bout five years ago, right before a trip abroad, Ricke Herbert got his hands on his first DSLR camera. As he traveled, he snapped pictures of everything and anything; of people, landscapes, and wildlife. When he got back home and downloaded his images it was clear to everyone that photography was in his blood. Born in Mexico, Ricke moved to the US after graduating from college and began a career in business administration. Still, he was drawn to photography. He was so passionate about it, he could be found waking at sunrise on frigid mornings to capture landscapes, or outdoors late at night capturing the Milky Way. Family and friends began asking for headshots, wedding sessions, maternity portraits, and real estate photos, which allowed him to practice a wide range of photographic styles. He has attended classes, seminars, workshops and has received mentoring from world-renowned photographers. He's won multiple awards, and has published in magazines and featured on popular wedding blogs. Instead of following the latest trend, Herbert tailors and customizes his approach to capture the true essence of each moment, each person, each detail. He can create a light and airy collection as easily as a dramatic and stylistic collection. “It’s really up to the client and what their vision is, if they are not thrilled I haven’t done my job. I want my clients to be transported back to the same emotions they felt at the moment of the shoot every time they look at their photos. Working closely with my clients allows me to get to know them on a personal level. I provide professional guidance through the entire process so that my clients feel comfortable and free in front of the camera.” Ricke is, and always will be, an adventurer at heart. Taking photos of people in harmony with their environment is something that deeply intrigues him. What he loves most about photographing in Baja is the raw natural beauty and diverse settings. In one day it’s possible take photos in a tropical palm grove surrounded by flowers and next in the middle of rocky, arid desert. He loves to take his clients to “secret” local spots that spark his imagination, while providing an excellent opportunity to enjoy the local area and culture. “I like to provide an out-of-the-box experience that is fun and easy. And of course, deliver absolutely stunning and distinctive images!”





2020 Night Run ‘n’ Rock Half Marathon

The Night Run ‘n’ Rock Half Marathon will take place on Saturday, April 4 at 7pm with the start and finishline at the start of the Malecón in La Paz. Participants can choose from distances of 5K, 10K or 21K. Live rock bands will be distributed throughout the race making for an exciting run! The cost to enter is $500 MXN for the 5K & 10K, or $600 MXN for the 21K. Sign up in La Paz at Vélo Citti, in San José del Cabo at Tienda Triferrari or Cabo Sport, or in Cabo San Lucas at Creando. Find out more at www.timermexico. com/eventos or @RunAtNight on Facebook!



Paws n' Claws Open Golf Tournament


Dumbo Gets Mad Live at Flora Farms

The Los Cabos Humane Society’s 14th Annual Paws and Claws golf tournament returns to Palmilla Golf Club on Sunday, April 5. Enjoy a continental breakfast buffet at 8am, then play 18 holes on the Arroyo/Mountain Course with shotgun scramble starting at 9am. There will also be an ‘After Golf Fiesta’ from 2-6pm at Don Sanchez Restaurant in San José, with live music, silent auction, raffles and more. Golf and Fiesta tickets cost $350 USD ($6,300 MXN) or Fiesta only tickets cost $100 USD ($1,800 MXN). Tickets are available at: Pez Gordo Gallery, Mailboxes Cabo, San José Organic Market, and the Palmilla and Pedregal Markets.

Get ready to take a trip with Italian psychedelic pop project Dumbo Gets Mad live in concert on Monday, April 6 at 7pm. Amongst the fields and flowers of Flora Farms Mango Grove, for the first time ever in Mexico, they will lead you on an experimental sonic journey with vintage sounds and pop melodies. With local favorites Shamans opening, and Dr. Pretzel ending the night with a vinyl DJ set, it’s sure to be an evening you won’t want to miss. Tickets at


Enjoy the best beer festival in the state of Baja California Sur with 50 participating breweries! Local restaurants, live music from 12 bands, and more will come together for a lively one day only event on Saturday, April 4, from noon to 11pm at Plaza del Pueblo in Todos Santos. Visit for tickets.

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Chefs X Los Cabos 2020


Carrera Amazonas Sarahuaro 2020

Pitahayas Restaurant at the Sheraton Grand Hacienda del Mar will host Chefs X Los Cabos 2020 along with the Rotary Club of Cabo San Lucas, on Saturday, April 4 from 12pm-5pm. Thirty-seven of the destinations most popular chefs will unite their talents for a good cause! This event supports the Community Center with the theme "Give to Receive." Tickets are $1,050 MXN for regular, or $1,500 MXN for VIP, and are available at Gymboree or Cabo Hats. For more information visit @ChefsPorLosCabos on Facebook.

The Carrera Amazonas Sarahuaro race takes place on Sunday, April 5 at 7:30am in downtown Cabo in front of Pan di Bacco. Categories include 3K and 5K and awards will be given to the first 3 runners in each category (male and female). They are requesting donations of at least $350 MXN for adults and $300 MXN for children, and 100% of donations will benefit the Sarahuaro A.C. Foundation. For more information contact Pamela Ávila at (624) 122-2460 or email

Evening of Art & Tequila 8 An featuring Mark Gabriel

REmexico Real Estate invites you to an exciting evening of Art & Tequila at their downtown Cabo office located in Plaza Bonita on Wednesday, April 8. The second in a series of Art & Tequila events planned throughout the year, in April they will feature works of art from artist Mark Gabriel from Galeria Militar in Todos Santos. 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 the artist at and


Latin House Party

Come and dance to Latin electronic rhythms with Dimitri Kota and DJ Ragde with the best beach view in Todos Santos at El Faro Beach Club and Spa on Saturday, April 11 from 5pm to 11pm. Don’t miss this festive night accompanied by the best drinks and cocktails! Visit @ElFaroBeachClubandSpa on Facebook for more details.


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Easter Egg Dye & Sunday

On Thursday, April 9, bring your kiddos and dye Easter Eggs benefiting Fundacion Tres Deseos. Guests are asked to bring at least 1 dozen already hard boiled eggs and be prepared to decorate with paint and supplies provided by Sancho’s. The eggs will be used for the community egg hunt on Saturday by Plaza Nautica, and there will also be a raffle with all proceeds going to the foundation. Then on Sunday, join Sancho’s for Sunday Funday Easter style with 2x1 Bloodys, Champagne, & Mimosas 9am-1pm, biscuits and sausage gravy, 2x1 Sweet Tea Vodka and Sangria, Domestic Beer for $35 MXN, and live music by Victor Cosio from 1pm-4pm. Visit @SanchosCabo on Facebook or call (624) 143-8089.

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Easter Events in Todos

Cabos 2020

Come and taste the best tacos in Cabo at the 4th edition of Taco Fest Los Cabos on Medano Beach in front of Casa Dorada Hotel Resort, on Saturday, April 25, from 6pm to midnight. The entry fee includes unlimited tacos while supplies last. Enjoy spectacular, panoramic views of the Land’s End Arch and Cabo San Lucas Bay along with the tastiest tacos in the Baja! More information at @ElRinconCulinario on Facebook.

26 Pet Race Los Cabos

The second edition of the Pet Race Los Cabos takes place on Sunday, April 26. Participants can choose a 1.5K, 2.5K, or 6K race. Pups with a valid health letter or vaccination card are welcome and will be colored coded in the following categories: green = pet friendly, blue = service pet (to help the owner), white = sick or nervous pets, or red = aggressive pet. Visit for more info!

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Cabos 2020

Enjoy 3 nights of non-stop music at the new Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos. The lineup will include music by Blackstreet featuring Teddy Riley & Dave Hollister, Ledisi, Kirk Franklin, Raheem Devaughn, Eric Roberson, Kem, Gerald Albright and more to come. All-inclusive vacation packages on sale now at www.SolfestLosCabos. com.

ONGOING EVENTS EVERY DAY: Omnia Dayclub Los Cabos Doors Open at 11:00 am. MONDAYS: Stargazing/Astronomy programs Reservation in advance is required. (624)129-8701 TUESDAYS: Mariachi Night 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Plaza del Pescador Taco Tuesdays at Casa Calavera - Vidanta Los Cabos All you can eat tacos $450 pesos. All day. Buy one get one margaritas and beers. Live music 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Xplora El Tezal Organic and Local Market 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - @XploraJardin (624) 147-9128 WEDNESDAYS: Tequila Tastings at Casa Calavera - Vidanta Los Cabos Each Wednesday from 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm, watch the sun set over the Sea of Cortez and enjoy a variety of hand-picked tequilas - www. THURSDAYS: San José del Cabo Art Walk 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Stargazing/Astronomy programs Reservation in advance is required (624)129-8701 FRIDAYS: Casa Amigos Reggae Nights 8:00 pm - 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 San José del Cabo Organic Market 9:00 am to 3:00 pm The Los Cabos Organic Market at Pedregal 7:30 am - 12:00 pm 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!




International Workers

Labor Day, also known as International Workers Day or May Day, is always celebrated in Mexico on May 1. Banks, schools, government offices and many businesses throughout Mexico close to recognize this national holiday. This day celebrates workers’ rights and gives locals a well-deserved day off.



Los Cabos Firehill Trail Race Marathon

Los Cabos Firehill Trail Race, the traditional and fun trail racing event in Baja Sur is back and begins this May with its first date of 2020. If you are an experienced trail or just starting to venture into this discipline, Los Cabos Firehill Trail Race is for you. This first race occurs on Sunday, May 3 at 6am with the start and finishline at Costa Azul stream in San José del Cabo. Participants can choose between an 8K, 15K, or 42K race in 3 different categories: free, master or veteran. Tickets are available while supplies last at The Bike Shop, at Vélo Citti in La Paz, or online at FirehillMarathon (with additional service charge).



Dos Mares 500 2020 Race

Dos Mares 500 was created in late April 1994, founded by Dr. Ramón Tomas Murillo Espinoza together with the support of La Paz A.C. Automobile Club, and has become one of the best cataloged off-road races in Mexico. Dos Mares 500 combines all types of terrains and offers spectacular views of Baja California Sur, traveling from the Gulf of Baja California to the Pacific Ocean. Spectators and drivers alike should expect tons of adrenaline and excitement during this 3-day race. Don’t miss it! Visit @DosMares500 on Facebook for more information. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED KNOWABOUT ABOUTSOUTHERN SOUTHERNBAJA BAJA - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TOTO KNOW

If you are in Todos Santos for Easter, visit Guaycura on Sunday, April 12 for their Easter breakfast bar from 9am-11am, and egg hunt, and arts & crafts workshop from 11am-1pm with your day pass at El Faro Beach Club & Spa. For reservations call (612) 175-0800 or email In San José, enjoy a special Easter Brunch at Flora's Field Kitchen and traditional farm egg hunt every hour (11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm) and face painting! The cost is $95 USD per person + tax or $35 USD for children up to 12 years old. Or stop by on the 11th with a basket, some hard-boiled eggs and your little ones, for a day of egg decorating with supplies provided by Flora Farms. The cost is $25 USD or $500 MXN per child, and $5 USD per parent joining the kids for lunch, plus cash bar. For reservations, please contact Danielle at Last but not least, One&Only Palmilla will be hosting an Easter Brunch celebration on April 12 from 11am-3pm with a buffet of authentic regional dishes, classic Easter favorites, and an array of delectable dessert specialties and live entertainment. Brunch packages range from $70 USD to $150 USD for adults, $35 USD for kids 6-12, and kids under 6 are free. For reservations call (624) 146-7000 or email


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Sancho’s Mardi Gras Celebration

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!

One of Sancho’s biggest and best parties of the year is their Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras party! This year Fat Tuesday came early on February 25, but that didn’t stop the owners of Sancho’s from packing the house for their annual purple, green, and yellow themed celebration. In addition to their unique and mouthwatering daily menu options, this years “Sancheaux’s” Mardi Gras specials included 2x1 Hurricanes, Crawfish and Shrimp Etouffee in a bread bowl, Shrimp and Catfish Po’ Boys, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings, “Slap Yo Mama” Fish Sandwiches, Butterflied Shrimp, Boudain Balls, and Cajun Corndogs. Partygoers and staff sported colorful limited-edition Sancho’s t-shirts, festive masks, and Mardi Gras beads all day long. And who wouldn’t love sipping 2x1 Hurricanes with a view of the Cabo San Lucas Marina? @SanchosCabo

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

EsperanzArte at Las Estrellas at Esperanza Resort The 5th annual EsperanzARTE event was held on Saturday, February 15 at Las Estrellas restaurant at the famed Esperanza Resort. Cabo’s finest chefs united within the five-star resort along with a hand-selected collection of Mexican artists for a night unlike any other in Cabo. The event promotes gastronomy, art, music, and fine wine, tequila, and mezcal, and is on my personal top 5 list of favorite events in Los Cabos! Each food station was sponsored by a different restaurant in the area and every bite seemed even better than the last, as we wandered through the venue that thoughtfully distributed food and beverage stations around a large glistening pool. Guests had the opportunity to sample everything from pizza, tacos, mole, fish dishes, pasta, vegan offerings, and more while listening to a live band, taking photos with vibrant stilt performers, and enjoying phenomenal art from various local artists. @LasEstrellasEsperanza @EsperanzaResort - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

Designer Purse Auction benefiting Los Cabos Children’s Foundation


The 2nd Annual Designer Purse Auction benefiting Feeding Los Cabos Kids was held on Saturday, February 22 from 5pm-8pm at Bajo La Luna restaurant in downtown Cabo San Lucas. Tons of new and gently used designer purses were sprinkled around Bajo La Luna’s lounge area where ladies were able to wander around and place their silent bids. Ticket holders also enjoyed happy hour prices until 7pm, 20% off their bill for those who chose to stay for dinner, and a welcome drink and sampling of tasty appetizers. Thanks to the help of many hardworking volunteers, the event raised almost $6,000 USD for Feeding Los Cabos Kids with 60 purses sold! The money is used to feed children in some of Cabo’s poorest neighborhoods throughout the year. For more information on how you can help, visit @LosCabosChildren @BajoLaLunaRestaurant

Photos by Diego Urquiza Productions


Rancho San Lucas Grand Opening On February 20, Rancho San Lucas celebrated the grand opening of their 834-acre master-planned community, and gave VIP guests an exclusive look at all their new offerings including unparalleled residential real estate starting from $650,000 USD for the Villas at Rancho San Lucas, up to nearly $7 million USD for the luxury oceanfront estate homes at Norman Estates. The community also features a world class 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman, a ranchero-style Golf Club, Grand Solmar Resorts and Spa, and many fantastic dining options. The event started with a cocktail reception on the lawn outside the clubhouse, with views of the rolling desert foothills and Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. Guests were entertained by mariachi musicians as well as a live band while enjoying handcrafted cocktails and delicious bites that incorporated fresh seafood, ceviche, duck and more. When it came time for the ribbon cutting ceremony, both former professional golfer and Signature Course visionary Greg Norman, along with Francisco “Paco” Bulnes, the owner and C.E.O. of the Solmar Group, gave heartfelt speeches. Guests were then invited to stay for dinner and a very special surprise performance by Journey, the famous American Rock band from the 70’s and 80’s! @RanchoSanLucasResort - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA Photos Courtesy of Rancho San Lucas



An Evening of Art & Tequila at REmexico Real Estate - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

REmexico Real Estate opened their doors to the public for an evening of Art & Tequila at their downtown Cabo San Lucas office located in Plaza Bonita on February 19. The first in a series of Art & Tequila events they have planned throughout the year, in February they featured works of art from local artist Hector Olvera. Tourists and locals alike were invited to stop in any time between 5pm-7:30pm to enjoy a complimentary flight of tequila and mezcal and ask any real estate or Los Cabos related questions they had on their mind while viewing incredible works of art! Hector Olvera was also available to answer questions and all showcased art pieces were available for purchase. Network with local REmexico Real Estate agents and other members of the community at their next one night only Art & Tequila event featuring Mark Gabriel from Galeria Militar in Todos Santos on Wednesday, April 8. Learn more about the real estate company and artist at and ArteOlveraHector. @REmexicoLosCabos @ArteDeOlvera


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