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8 Q&A WITH GARY GRAHAM 16 SOUTHERN BAJA YACHTING: The ultimate “Social Distancing” Haven 20 LEARNING WITH THE SILENCE 22 Must Sea Beaches 26 GOT FISH? Delicious Baja fish and seafood recipes 32 INSTAWORTHY 34 Giving Back: HELPING LOCALLY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: La Comunidad del Maíz, Cabo Missions for Christ, Despensas4Defensas, Heart4Cabo 36 Things to Do 45 Useful Information 46 Baja 101 48 Maps 51 Spanish Lesson 52 Destino Directory

ON THE COVER: Pisces 55’ Chica Mala at Cabo’s Arch




he world has gone through a change, and here at Destino we are adapting by publishing our first digital-only issue of Destino los Cabos. It is eerie to see the empty beaches and the desolated streets of what once was a vivacious Mexican beach town. Families no longer walk the San José del Cabo plaza and hotels sit empty waiting the return of their guests, as if they were waiting to be brought back to life. It has, however, been a pleasure to see how the local community has reacted upon this pandemic. People are united in following the correct protocols and members of the community and organizations have gone out of their way to help those in need at this time. Cabo will be back to normal in no time! In the meantime, we hope our digital issue transports you to CABO, your happy place, from wherever in the world you might be reading this. In this BOATING AND FISHING issue we have included a very fitting article titled “Southern Baja Yachting, The Ultimate Social Distance Haven” that will surely inspire you to join us in Baja sooner than later. Also in this issue, we have the pleasure of featuring a Q&A with Gary Graham, “That Baja Guy,” who tells us all about his early fishing years, some exciting Baja fishing stories, and much more. Don't forget to follow us on social media for more Digital Destino and visit our website for “all things Cabo” @

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r. Gary Graham, "That Baja Guy", is a much-appreciated long-time contributor to Destino Los Cabos, and has been enlightening our readers with his monthly fishing report "All That's Fishy from Loreto to Land's End," along with multiple fishing articles throughout the years. The conservationist and multi-


award winning Photojournalist and Speaker has written two DIY books on saltwater fly-fishing and his articles have been featured in multiple international publications Originally from Southern California, Baja is where he spends most of his time, and he is considered a pioneer for fly fishing for roosters from the beach, and for snook in the esteros in Magdalena Bay. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

Gary turned 80 years young last month. He celebrated and showed his commitment and dedication to his beloved Baja by creating a birthday fundraiser for the Stars & Stripes Children's Foundation, which had to cancel its annual fundraising fishing tournament due to COVID-19. To learn all things fishing, That Baja Guy, is your guy. Follow him on Facebook @thatbajaguy.

At what age did you first start fishing? I began fishing in 1945, when I was five years old on an annual family vacation to Pacific Grove, Calif., where my mother purchased a simple handline with a hook, line, and sinker. She took me to the Monterey Pier, where she instructed me to drop my baited hook between the boards of the pier rather than the edge, which was twenty feet above the water. There I caught my first small sun perch, and each year after that on my vacations to Pacific Grove, my days were spent fishing. From the time I was eight until I was a teenager, I spent my summers with my grandmother and my mother’s brother, Charles, in Berkeley, Calif. Uncle Charlie became my fishing mentor, and so much more. There, I caught 20-, 30-, 40-, and 60-pound bat rays that would remain the largest bat rays I had ever caught in one day. Even though I fished many times with Charlie catching both salt and freshwater species, it was 1956 before that day would be topped. In 1956, Uncle Charles invited me to go with a group of his buddies to San Carlos, Mx, to fish. He and his friends drove a

1953 Oldsmobile towing a 16’ Wizard Outboard. It was on that trip that I caught my first sailfish, the largest fish I had ever caught at that time. “That Baja Guy,” where did the name come from? Over the years I have become involved in different aspects of Baja – fishing, photography, travel, marketing hotels, coowner of a fly fishing guide service, charities, etc. Often when introduced the person introducing me would begin with one or the other activity, adding one or two more descriptions before hesitating, trying to remember everything else, I’m involved in. At that point, one of us would volunteer: “I’m That Baja Guy” or “He’s That Baja Guy,” After awhile, “That Baja Guy” stuck...” You’ve seen Baja go through many changes throughout the years, can you tell us about your first trip down the peninsula and what was it like back then? My first drive down Mex 1 shortly after it opened in 1973 with two friends was in a Dodge van with no frills – just a couple

My first drive down Mex 1 shortly after it opened in 1973 with two friends was in a Dodge van with no frills – just a couple of bucket seats and a mattress. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA


of bucket seats and a mattress. We drove the entire distance from the border to the tip. Our first stop was “Mama Espinoza’s” in El Rosario. After an afternoon filled with lobster tacos and margaritas, we spent the first night on a deserted beach near Punta Baja. The narrow two-lane road dictated our speed, and we took our time exploring the unfamiliar spots in the road, villages, and towns – camping on and fishing the deserted beaches at Scammon's Lagoon, Conception Bay, and Bahia Escondido below Loreto. By then we were ready for the luxury of a hot shower and we treated ourselves to a one-night stay at “Rancho Buena Vista Hotel,” where we met then owner, “Chuck Walters.” We continued down Mex 1 and visited Cabo San Lucas where only a few streets were paved. A ferry from the mainland visited Cabo on a scheduled basis then, but that was long before the inner harbor Marina was developed. We ended setting up camp at “Grey Rock” just north of town. From there we leisurely worked our way back up the peninsula stopping ‘here and there’ for photo ops. You must have some great fishing stories from all these years traveling to Baja, can you share one of your favorites? Gene Kira, author of “Baja Catch” and the “Unforgettable Sea of Cortez” was a good friend and a frequent 10

house guest at “Rancho Deluxe,” our home for 18 years on the beach in the East Cape area. Baja on the Fly guided six “backto-back” billfish trips off the coast of Magdalena Bay. Despite all Kira’s travels and writing about Baja, he had never seen the billfish pile up that occurs in October/November each year. When thousands of striped marlin and other gamefish congregate in huge schools to feed on sardine and mackerel in the Mag Bay waters, the area is remote enough that only a limited number of larger boats with ample fuel, along with a small local fleet have the staying capability to fish for an extended stay. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

Included on that adventure with me was another friend and fly-fishing guide from England, Ray Barker Smith, and a couple of additional guides. We met the boat at the Puerto San Carlos pier in the afternoon and headed out to Belcher’s Cove where we caught live mackerel to use for teasing the fish in close enough range to cast artificial flies to them. The following morning, we headed out the Entrada at dawn. As soon as it was light enough to see, both the Captain and deckhand in the tower spotted a huge flock of frigate birds diving and feeding on a bait school half the size of a football field.

As we grew closer, we could see the telltale sickle-shaped tails and raised dorsal of countless billfish frantically feeding on the fleeing sardine. Ray Barker hooked the first one on fly, and Kira followed with one of his own as it greyhounded toward the horizon. For several hours the boat only moved to follow a hooked fish while the feeding frenzy continued. Honestly, I can’t remember who caught what or how many throughout the rest of the day. That night at dinner while safely anchored in Santa Maria Bay, Kira was in a daze; he could not even remember how many marlin HE had hooked. Over the next three days, the action continued; it remained wide open with many more billfish seen

than most anglers might see in a lifetime. Every time that I’ve spoken with Kira since that time, our conversations begin with, “I still can’t believe how many billfish we saw on that trip!!!” What is your favorite place or town in Baja and why? Magdalena Bay, with its stunning, rugged desert landscape shaping a unique backdrop for hundreds of miles of mangrovelined channels attracts an overwhelming collection of wildlife unduplicated anywhere else in Baja. As large as San Francisco Bay, this 131-mile bay is protected

by five barrier islands along the west coast of Baja, and it has remained an enigma, tantalizing and bewildering even the most seasoned Baja traveler. The bay’s location and inaccessibility have allowed it to remain one of those places in Baja that time has virtually left behind. And the area around López Mateos would be my favorite, close to the mouth of the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by thousands of esteros. What is your favorite fish to eat? Ceviche made with almost any raw fish and seafood marinated in citrus juice. It is one of the most popular ways to serve fish in Baja and my favorite. * - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA





Photos courtesy of Pisces Sportf ishing and Yachts

The Ultimate “Social Distance” Haven

Written by Rebecca Ehrenberg, Pisces Sportfishing and Yachts


his year has brought quite a few twists and turns and with the surprise of the COVID- 19 Pandemic, we’ve all been in isolation for at least a month, no matter where you are in the world. Many have been left looking back to better days, or regretting the loss of their vacation plans, but more and more people are looking to the future with even grander travel plans. Because it’s times like


these that really get you thinking and appreciating life. I think the world collectively has stopped to see how big our need for the outside natural world is to us. When every man made thing or place or social interaction is taken away, it is nature that can bring us joy and life and peace. There is no place in the world, in my opinion, that can bring you back to your roots, renew and - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

revive you more than Baja and the Sea of Cortez. There is something about this terrain, described by John Steinbeck as “ferocious with life” that simply touches your core. And as we come to terms with the realization that this Pandemic has undoubtedly changed the world and the future of how we do day to day life and plan our time off, life at sea has never had more appeal. Exclusive yacht charters or

fishing ventures are an incredible way to enjoy nature while still maintaining social distance. And Baja Sur, the least inhabited state in all of Mexico, with a density of only 10 inhabitants for every half a mile (compared to 64 people per half mile at the national level) is a truly unique destination in times like these. Yachts or fishing vessels are hygienic, self-contained and controlled environments that can offer extremely limited contact with other people. On a luxury liveaboard charter on a yacht, your contact will be limited to the crew only, many of which live onboard the yacht itself and therefore have limited contact with the “outside” world. And in a destination like Baja where the itinerary consists mainly of visiting un-inhabited islands or fishing in the open ocean, it has an advantage over other more populated, typical boating destinations like the Caribbean, France, Italy, the East Coast of the USA or even other areas in Mexico. Not only this, but liveaboard yacht charters in the Sea of Cortez and/or on the Pacific for specialized fishing charters, are more economical than in other areas of the world. Plus, you have the added value of having three international airports close to many of the favorite cruising areas: San José del Cabo, La Paz and Loreto. You could depart Los

Angeles and be onboard your private yacht or fishing vessel within 2 hours or so! Some of the best boating destinations for the tip of the Baja Peninsula include Cabo San Lucas of course, which although more popular, still has quite a few hidden gems to discover. And if time or budget is a factor, a charter based out of Cabo may just be the perfect fit. The famous Cabo Arch is a must see; the Pacific Ocean, just minutes away is one of the best fishing grounds in the world and offers some of the most spectacular sunsets. Nearby beaches like Santa María and Chileno offer amazing snorkeling, and even if only onboard for one night, the option of

sleeping under the stars and seeing the city lights at Médano Bay is a wonder in itself. For those travelers with more time on their hands, a visit a few hours up the Coast leads you to Cabo Pulmo, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park. Amazing snorkeling and scuba diving or even fishing outside the park near Los Frailes are all must do’s. Just 2 hours North of Cabo by car is the capital city of Southern Baja, La Paz, which has a laidback atmosphere and still holds some of that old Baja charm. The beaches nearby are some of the most beautiful in the world (take Balandra for example). The Islands - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA


of Espiritu Santo and Partida have crystal clear, turquoise waters and white sand beaches. The diversity of marine and bird life here is unparalleled. Then there is Isla San Francisco or “Hook Island”, a small charming land with a few natural salt flats. Just “next door” is Isla San José, which has a complex mangrove system that is enchanting to explore via kayak, stand up paddle board or snorkeling. If you venture even further up the coast, less than a hundred miles South of Loreto, you will find beautiful areas like Agua Verde, on the mainland of the Baja, which means “green water” (and wow does it live up to its namesake). Some of the most popular Islands in-between there and Loreto include Carmen Island, Santa Catalina Island, Danzante Island or “Honeymoon Cove” and Coronado Island. Each is unique

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and incomparable to the other. Danzante is made of volcanic rock and has many endemic bird species. The beautiful texture and color of its terrain set across the backdrop of the Sierra La Giganta mountain range makes for some of the most amazing sunrises and sunsets ever; with the land seemingly changing colors along with the sun. The rarely- visited island of Santa Catalina has giant biznaga cactus which are not found anywhere else - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

in the world. Some have grown up to 3 meters tall! Not only this, but this is the home of the “rattleless rattle snake”, yes thats a thing (this may be one of the reasons it’s so rarely visited of course). Coronado Island is closest to Loreto and boasts white sand, sea lions and other abundant marine life. For the fishermen at heart, any of these areas (of course those not protected or national marine parks) are great for fishing or even trolling along the way between each destination. The waters of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific along from Cabo San Lucas, are some of the richest in the world for prized big-game fish. Incredibly diverse species are caught here: Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna and others like Roosterfish, Yellowtail, Sierra Mackerel or Snapper. World record fish have been landed in

these waters, for example the world record Yellowfin Tuna caught in 2012, which weighed in at 427 pounds. A few years earlier, the all-tackle world record Wahoo was landed by a female angler in Cabo as well, weighing in at 184 pounds! Both records are yet to be shattered. And for those that are informed on Cabo’s history, you will know that the city only had its beginnings about 50 years ago, with fishing at its core. The once sleepy village has grown and transformed since then, but the impact of the ocean and nature surrounding it has not diminished. Cabo locals are proud to support “catch and release” of Marlin and other Billfish, and are considered pioneers in Mexico for their conservation efforts. Pisces Sportfishing and Yachts for example, a fishing and yachting fleet based in Cabo going on 43 years now, provides all of their anglers with tags. These tags can be placed on their released Billfish and tracked online for scientific

studies and conservation efforts; all while promoting safe-handling and in-water releases of the fish. Fishermen are moving more each day towards releasing fish like the Striped Marlin that so abound in this area. Recently the fishing world has been turned upside down with the discovery of the explosively productive area of the Finger Bank (only 51 nautical miles North from Cabo on the Pacific) and Magdalena Bay, about 6 hours north by car. Marlin releases have numbered in the hundreds for one boat over the span of only a few days.

These liveaboard fishing ventures are somewhat new to the boating scene here in Baja but are quickly becoming some of the most popular and sought after experiences in the world. The Baja yachting experience is also, truly, bar-none. And just think, with COVID-19 keeping us all at home, and the marine life undisturbed, can you imagine what will await us once we’re back on the water again? Whether it is to cruise or to fish, or both, it is increasingly clear that finding our way back to ourselves and acknowledging what is most important is one of the biggest blessings and takeaways from this life-changing moment in time. When every man made thing or place or social interaction is taken away, it is nature that can bring us joy and life and peace. * - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA


By Katya Silva, Marine Biologist and Guide at Cabo Trek

The global COVID-19 pandemic gives us all a pause about what the future holds. Our focus and attention are on all those hurt by this terrible disease. But this is also a time of deep reflection about society and the world we’ll inhabit when this is over. It is also a moment to reflect on the prospects for the ocean, one of the planet’s fundamental life-support systems, making it vital to human health and well-being. The reduction in ship traffic in the ocean has been compared as a giant human experiment and has had scientists racing to find out the effect this has had on marine life. The world has faced a moment of truth. Cetacean researchers have an opportunity to listen and that opportunity will not be available again in this lifetime. There is a generation of marine animals that has known a quiet ocean. Many studies show that in areas with intense boat traffic whales call less and ship noise was associated with chronic stress in whales. On the other hand, illicit fishing is likely to increase as well. A less secure ocean will be less wellmanaged and less able to provide sustainable fishing resources in the long term. A reduction in operational ocean science could under20

mine stock assessments and management regimes even in currently sustainable fisheries. The blue economy, including both those who work at sea and those whose livelihoods depend on it, present a unique challenge to address during and after the Covid-19 pandemic. While evidence of a recovery in marine life is still anecdotal, increases in the presence of mammals such as killer whales, dolphins and seals have been recorded in areas where they hadn’t been seen in decades. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

The noise and the activity on the water has diminished. These animals have a culture that is passed through generations and the young ones are probably feeling curious about areas that were part of their territory decades ago. The recovery of diversity and numbers in fish is a slow process and a full recovery of marine protected areas can take decades. Nature is taking a breath from human activities. We are part of the natural world and we depend on it. It is time to rethink our habits and choices. Everyone can make an impact every single day. * - 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! 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. 24

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 mustsee. 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. Photo by Roberto Tironi @monsters_nd_candies

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! 25

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 familyfriendly 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.


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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. 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.

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.

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


Embrace your inner Chef and prepare your favorite fish and seafood with these delcious BAJA recipes:


PULPO A LAS BRASAS Courtesy of Georges restaurant at La Marina Inn

INGREDIENTS: 180 gr white fish fillet 1 filleted guajillo chili 2 sliced garlic cloves 1/4 small white onion, chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil White wine splash (to taste) Salt and Pepper PREPARATION: In a frying pan add the olive oil. When hot add the onion, garlic and guajillo chili. Wait a few minutes until garlic is cooked and add the fish fillet. Once the fish is browned (3 or 4 minutes) add the salt and pepper and turn it over. Try not to burn the ingredients when adding the white wine.

INGREDIENTS: 200 grs Boiled Octupus Tentacles Adobo de guajillo (guajillo, agua, sal) 150 grs Guajillo Salsa (Guajillo Chili, water & salt) 1 slice of grilled Pineapple 150 grs Guacamole 50 grs pureed beets with butter 150 grs sliced bell peppers 150 grs Green pepper Limón 1 lemon 1 gr Cumin 2 Garlic Cloves Dash of sugar Salt & Pepper PREPARATION: Step 1: Prepare the octopus Preheat the oven to 200°. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the olive oil. Add half of the octopus and cook over moderately high heat, turning, until lightly browned all over, 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining octopus.

Serve on the plate with the juice and all the ingredients on the fish. Garnish: White rice, carrots and sautéed broccoli. Accompany with a very cold beer!


Step 2 : Add the garlic to the casserole and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add the pimentón and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Carefully add the sherry and bring to a boil. Return the octopus to the casserole, cover and braise in the oven until very tender. Let the octopus cool completely in the liquid. Step 3: Meanwhile, make the sauce In a medium saucepan, toast the chiles over moderate heat, turning, until fragrant and pliable, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand until the chiles are softened, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. With the machine on, gradually add a little water, salt, garlic, cumin and season the octopus with sauce. Grill bell and green peppers in olive oil, lemon and sugar Beet Puree- Boil beets and blend with a little water and butter Serve octupus on pineapple, decorate with remaining ingredients and serve with guacamole and beet puree! - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA









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La comunidad del maíz

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By International Community Foundation - Sergio G. Haro, Translated by Cynthia Durán


his year, the world has been invaded by a threat that does not come from an alien culture or supernatural beings. Our planet faces a pandemic that continues to infect, kill and cause harm in so many ways 36

that it appears to be a mythological creature. One of its lethal weapons is the economic damage it has done to the entire world’s population, bringing scarcity and hunger. Thousands of people have lost their jobs in Los Cabos and a large number of businesses were - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

forced to close. Faced with this formidable enemy, one who can be named COVID-19, heroes have emerged just as extraordinary and not from books or movies but where the true heroes are: among ordinary people, among people who do not currently have any jobs or are uncertain if their businesses will reopen. Among men, women, youth and the elderly. Among that mix that makes our community. All united by this land in which they were born or adopted but which we all call home: Los Cabos. Every day we celebrate doctors, nurses and first responders, who risk their lives to save those who are suffering from the coronavirus and whom the International Community Foundation (ICF) supports through grants it is giving to different organizations (to date, it has awarded more than a million dollars in grants to local nonprofits for food security, medical supplies, and hygiene products to local community members for its COVID-19 response). There are other heroes who also risk their lives and suffer from this battle every day: a team of superheroes that walks the streets of Los Cabos carrying pantry bags to distribute. Just as in Tolkien’s imagination, a group of different races come together to perform a feat that seemed impossible, the ICF team has joined hundreds of people who belong to social organizations, employees and entrepreneurs, elements of the armed forces and law enforcement, and citizens in general which have helped form as epic alliance: the BCS Community Alliance. Overcoming their own fears of being infected, these men and women travel

dusty roads day by day, wearing mouthguards and gloves as shields and pantries as lances and swords. There are no military banners and there is no flag for this alliance other than that of fraternity and solidarity. There are smiles even with their mouths covered that help create satisfaction in the soul of knowing that hundreds of Mexican mothers and fathers will

be able to bring food to the table of their families. Therefore, they carry out this work without regret. But even when this alliance becomes powerful, it also requires a huge supply and they need your help. To make a contribution, please visit: and


CABO MISSIONS FOR CHRIST Cabo Missions for Christ has been running a Covid-19 Feeding program since March 23 and has delivered around 400 despensas to those in need each week. They are operational year-round, but it's times like these where it is extremely important to come together as a community and take care of each other. They are so thankful for all the people that have already come together to help those in need. If you would like to help continue this feeding program, donations can be dropped off at Mailboxes Cabo in Plaza Pioneers, or monetary donations can be sent through their website CaboMissions. For more information about the organization, you can visit their Facebook page for daily updates:

DESPENsas4DEFENSAS The goal with Despensas for Defensas is to stay ahead of the curve in Los Cabos and prevent the possibly of this global crisis turning into a desperate situation for people who have been out of work for too long and families who literally live day by day. They invite you to create your own despensas (bag of essential survival items) that they will deliver to local families in need. Visit www. for a list of items that can be included. All despensas can be dropped off at Sancho Panza restaurant (w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / S a n c h o P a n z a C a b o)

HEART4CABO Heart4Cabo was created as a supportgroup for people related to Cabo that need prayer or have any immediate or special upcoming needs. They believe it's important to collectively work together as one large heart, especially during thing time of Coronavirus when so many families are without work and in need. Support Heart4Cabo through any of these methods: Venmo (no fees) - Heart4Cabo, Paypal through donation link at, or reoccurring or one time donation at

(donations are tax deductible through a 501C3 if desired).

between 10am-3pm daily except for Sunday. They are also looking for volunteers to help safely distribute the despensas to the community. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA



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. 38 - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

Fishing Boat Rentals You can always fish on a yacht, but cruisers, pangas and super-pangas are a more affordable option. Cruisers accommodate larger groups and are more comfortable when the sea is rough on a windy day. THE MARINAS Marina Cabo San Lucas The area’s largest commercial marina features 380 slips and accommodates vessels of up to 375 feet. Amenities include 24-hour security, electricity and potable water, a fuel dock, and convenient laundry and shower facilities. Puerto Los Cabos Located in La Playa just north of San José del Cabo is the newest marina in the area with 200 available slips for boats up to 400 feet. Amenities are similar to Marina Cabo San Lucas, though the boatyard’s 150-ton travel lift can accommodate larger vessels. FISHING There’s a reason why the world’s richest fishing tournament - the Bisbee’s Black & Blue - has

taken place in Los Cabos for over thirty years. This part of the world offers abundant sea life and an exceptionally high catch success rate, no matter what your level of fishing experience is. What to Expect Most charters include a fishing license, bait, tackle and equipment. Some also include food and drink or these amenities can be added at an additional cost. It is better to leave early; trips usually begin at 6:00 and 7:00 am and last around 6 hours. Cost will depend on the number of people in your party and the size of the boat you choose to rent. It is customary to leave the crew a gratuity of 15% to 20%. Bait and Tackle Most likely, the boat you charter will include your bait and tackle. If you need your own fresh bait, you may buy it along the Cabo San Lucas Marina or the crew you hire may also stop to buy it from the local fishermen on your way out.

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BOATING AND FISHING TERMS IN SPANISH Captain - Capitán Aboard - Abordo To fish - Pescar To float - Flotar Wind - Viento Tide - Marea Fish - Pescado Bait - Carnada Fishing rod - Caña de pescar Hook - Anzuelo Life preservers - Salvavidas Throttle - Acelerador Anchor - Ancla Bow - Proa Stern - Popa - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA


ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES 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 a brand new water park, Wagoona Splash Island, 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 short hike to the clear-water falls.

Wagoona Splash Island - Photo Courtesy Wild Canyon - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA


Photo Courtesy TPC Danzante Bay

GOLF 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. 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 decisionmaking. 42 - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

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 ​North of Cabo is Baja’s newest gem and it 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 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 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 links-style 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. Quivira Located on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula and sure to test any level of player, Quivira boasts dramatic cliff-side landscapes and multiple oceanfront golf holes. It’s not uncommon to be playing while whales breach in the Pacific Ocean or fish jump out of the water. The on-course experience is unique in its multiple comfort stations where players can enjoy tacos, quesadillas, sliders, and of course, a few adult beverages. Rancho San Lucas A beachfront course designed by world-renowned professional golfer, Greg Norman. Highlighted by its island green, the first of its kind in Cabo, the Norman Design challenges the average golfer to elevation changes, undulating greens, and decision making, all while enjoying breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The multi-themed, ‘least-disturbance’ layout spans three different ecosystems. 7,210-yard, par-72 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


surfing 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 LucasTodos 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. 44 - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

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.

snorkeling & SCUBA DIVING 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. 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 fishattracting 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! - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA


stand up paddling 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 This sport is most popular in the East Cape due to the El Norte winds. Playa Norte (the northeast 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 and October, November, December.


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

SWIMMING WITH WHALE SHARKS There are several sites worldwide where large numbers of whale sharks congregate, and the bay of La Paz –located only 1.5 hours from Cabo San Lucas– just happens to be one of them. The whale shark is the largest fish on the planet, measuring from 18' to 40', so as you can imagine the experience of snorkeling with these gentle creatures is a oneof-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. - 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.

“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.


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Cabo San Lucas

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

San José del Cabo

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

The Corridor

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

Todos Santos

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

East Cape

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

La Paz

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


Loreto 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.



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. San José has a Walmart, La Comer, Chedraui Selecto or Soriana. Mercado Santa Carmela 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.


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


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




IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS 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


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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. 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

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 Home - Hogar House - Casa Family - Familia Positivity - Positividad United - Unidos Patience - Paciencia Change - Cambio

MEETING SOMEONE NEW Nice to meet you - Mucho gusto What’s your name? - ¿Cómo te llamas? My name is... - Mi nombre es... Where are you from? - ¿De dónde eres? Do you speak English? - ¿Habla Inglés? I don’t understand - No entiendo

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