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A monthly Baja fishing report by Gary Graham -That Baja Guy

MONSTER FISHING BY FOOT Los Cabos and monster fish have been synonymous for decades. Recognized as one of the top 10 places in the world to land huge billfish along with Volkswagen sized tuna, plus IGFA record breaking dorado, wahoo, and many others. All pursued inshore and offshore aboard everything from trailer boats to tricked out mega sportfishers. Baja beaches primarily known mostly for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing, offer, another option for many anglers is monster fishing by foot from the shore that delivers an equally unique fishing experience providing its own brand of monster fishing. Over the past several decades, fishing tackle manufactures have met the challenge producing and impressive array of fishing equipment specifically for beach fishing. That has revolutionized the local beach fishing here for both locals and visitors alike looking for a fishing adventure that doesn’t require a boat ride.


Wesley Brough,a local fishing guide, was perched 20-feet high on a rock, where he had been since dawn flinging a variety of lures well out beyond the white water of the booming surf. He worked the artificial lure with a slow-twitch all the way to the edge of the foam line by the rocks, and as he paused, a monster fish pounced on the lure in a mere five feet of water. Not sure just how large the beast was, he swung the 12’ rod mightily to set the hook; the huge fish didn’t budge. Then suddenly, it accelerated ripping the line off the reel as it fled toward some submerged rocks. Brough’s years of experience served him well, as he cautiously applied pressure, knowing that leading the fish through the rocks would be dicey. One huge set of waves rolled in and almost propelled the huge fish out of the water. The receding wave exposed the enormous fish, Wesley was stunned by its size. From his elevated perch, he watched another big set of waves roll in and thrust it up on the rocks and he pulled. SNAP, the leader broke right at the lure! Chucking his rod, he leaped off the rock into the water, pouncing on his catch before the next wave washed out to sea and struggled to land what would be his personal best snapper, weighing 61.5-pounds.

Right place, right time at daybreak. A well-placed lure earned Cary Ross, Southern California scored his personal best roosterfish on a recent visit. When young Zach headed out on the beach at daybreak he was keen to catch whatever was willing to bite, maybe a rooster, jack, sierra or one of the snapper and grouper that had been caught recently. However, as it turned out, he hooked into a yellowtail, one of the strongest and most sought-after members of the jack family. A memorable milestone in his young life that I’m sure will be told and retold for years to come.

Felipe Valdez, a member of the Valdez Family that founded the Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort at East Cape is another local that considers the beach as one of his favorite Baja fishing venues. He landed this green barred snapper that are deemed one of the toughest local fish to land from the beach. These colorful critters with their wide body and compact muscles are a challenging to catch on any tackle and are seldom caught on artificial lures. An awesome catch to add to Valdez’s noteworthy Baja catch list.


One last monster to hone the appetite. On the Sea of Cortez side near San José del Cabo where the surf is calmer Nathan Brown -visiting from Silverado, Californiafished several days from shore, and opted for variety instead of size. He used his trusty Shimano surf casting outfit equipped with a Stella spinning reel. During two morning sessions he stayed busy chasing feeding fish up and down the beach, accounting for sierra mackerel, jack crevalle, along with an unusual totoaba.

Early in June Ricardo Reyes Martinez spent the morning prowling a beach on the Pacific Ocean side of Baja Sur, southwest of La Paz, when this monster fish struck. The power and speed of the fish shocked Ricardo as it headed for deep water. “The fish was furious,” He recalled. Twice he tightened the drag as much as he could, terrified that his 30-pound test line would break. As the age-old contest of give and take between angler and determined fish continued, he realized that this was a serious opponent that demanded all the skill he could muster. The minutes flew by and 35-minutes later the huge white seabass that was longer than Ricardo is tall, continued to struggle in the shallow surf at his feet. 10

Exhausted, it took several tries for Ricardo to lift the heavy fish for photos while his four excited amigos congratulated him on his magnificent catch. Sometime later, the weight was confirmed at 88-pounds on a certified scale. Then, checking the International Game Fish World Record book, a stunned Ricardo realized that his catch was not only his personal best, but the monster seabass could potentially set a new IGFA Men’s 30lb Line Class World Record. Plus defeat the existing All-Tackle Record of 83-pounds, 12-ounces that has stood for over 67 years! According to Nicholas Haddad, IGFA’s Angler Recognition Coordinator who confirmed the application is currently under review. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

Monsters are in the eye of the beholder. Some are truly huge fish, others may be a personal best, or a new species caught. All memorable moments that will remain in an angler’s memory for a lifetime. Baja beaches are a welcome venue for those craving their own monster that for one reason or another prefer not to leave dry land. * - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA



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by Kรกtia Silva, guide and Marine Biologist at

The Orcas, or Killer Whales, are a cosmopolitan species that inhabits all the oceans of the world, but are most seen in coastal temperate waters and mainly in areas of high productivity. They are the largest member of the Delphinidae family, this means that they are dolphins, not whales. Scientific studies have revealed many different populations with several distinct ecotypes of orcas worldwide. There are three main types of killer whales: Resident, Transient, and Offshore. Each ecotype differs in appearance, diet, habitat, genetics, and behavior. Resident and transient animals can travel 160 km in a period of 24 hours, and the range of movement for some transient orcas in the Northern Pacific extends up to 2,660 km from 14 - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

Alaska to California. At one point two different individuals from Peru were sighted in Mexican waters, one in Magdalena Bay in 1988 and the other in La Paz in 1994. The minimum distance between the Mexican and Peruvian match reached a total of 5,535 km. Killer whales are widely distributed along the Pacific coast of Mexico but they are only occasionally seen in some areas. They are most abundant within 800 km from the shore. Their habitat in Mexican waters is quite variable and the true social structure of orcas that inhabit the Gulf of California is still unclear. There is a group of orcas that has been proposed to be the oldest in the Gulf of California, based on photographic records from 1982 to 1997, and this is the only group that has shown fidelity to an area. During humpback whale season, the migratory season of mobula rays and whale sharks also takes place. Orcas have been sighted in Baja California Sur hunting these species, a typical feeding behavior of transient and offshore orcas which prefer to feed on large marine vertebrates, especially marine mammals. Humpback whale season has ended, but this year encounters with small groups of large males, females and even calves were frequent during whale watching tours in Los Cabos. Future genetic and acoustic studies are needed to determine whether or not these animals belong to a different population of killer whales. Within Mexico, orcas are considered as a special protected species by the Norma Official Mexicana (NOM-059-ECOL/1994). Wildlife tours are always a great and amazing experience! Los Cabos is undoubtedly one of the meccas for those who like wildlife and the next season promises to be even better. * - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA








OF CABO We all know Cabo for the beaches, the resorts, the fishing, the margaritas, the nightlife…but there are other sides of Cabo that any Baja frequenter should explore. Here at Destino our main focus is to showcase our destination and ALL it has to offer, so read along to learn more. 22 - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA



You don’t really think of hot springs and waterfalls when you think of Cabo. The town of Santiago, located northeast of San José del Cabo, is an oasis where you can find hot springs and the Sol de Mayo waterfall, all located in the Cañon de la Zorra (The Fox Canyon). The hike to the waterfall is fairly simple, but keep in mind that to descend to the waterfall you have to go down some steep steps, which lead the adventurous to a majestically beautiful oasis where you can swim and even do some cliff jumping into the cool, serene waters. There is a small fee to access the waterfall, so bring cash with you. DESTINO SUGGESTS: Local residents of Santiago are always willing to help and can give you directions to the hot springs (aguas termales), and there is also signage for the Sol de Mayo waterfall throughout the town. Be sure to pack a lunch, and take plenty of water.


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of one of these off-road racers for an afternoon of fast-paced fun. Vehicles include typical ATVs, enclosed rail buggies or RZR ATVs. Tours are typically three hours and you must have a valid driver’s license. DESTINO SUGGESTS: Check out Wide Open Baja @wideopenexcursions and Wild Canyon Adventures @wildcanyon to choose the type of excursion that best suits you.


Wild Canyon Adventures is the perfect place for a day FULL of fun, where you can experience ziplining, back-country UTV and ATV tours, bungee jumping, a camel safari, a water park and more, and the best thing is that everything is in the same place. Wild Canyon is located between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas at the top of the Tule Canyon. It is easily accessible being located about 30 minutes from either city. On the way to the canyon, you will be amazed by the desert’s flora and fauna. Right before arriving, there is a spectacular lookout where you will be able to appreciate the beauty of the desert and beach uniting. Wild Canyon Adventures has a brand-new water park, Wagoona Splash Island, which you can access with your park day pass. DESTINO SUGGESTS: Plan to spend a full day at the park and choose one of their Combo packages to enjoy a few of their activities while you’re there. 24 - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

Photo courtesy Wild Canyon Adventures

Photo courtesy Wild Canyon Adventures


San José boasts a natural estuary and nature preserve where you can go horseback riding or you can also simply enjoy a peaceful, self-guided nature walk to observe some of the lushest landscape in the area. Flora and fauna are abundant: dozens of species of cactus, wild horses, cows, lizards, and birds can be spotted, all just a few minutes from downtown San José. DESTINO SUGGESTS: The perfect time to go is at sunrise. There are a few watch towers and you can go into the palm groves or walk on the beach side. We recommend the beach side first at sunrise and then go inside the palm trees near the parking lot afterwards. A good place to park to explore the estuary is near the Holiday Inn Hotel. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA




Consuming local and healthy food in Los Cabos could not be easier and is widely available. We have the vast ocean as our backyard, and it can’t get more local than the fish and seafood that comes fresh out of the water every day. Also, among the desert landscape you see in Los Cabos there are many areas with fertile soil in which local farmers grow produce. There are a few companies that deliver this organic, locally grown produce right to your doorstep, such as Baja Farm Fresh @bajafarmfresh and Cabo Organic Box @caboorganic. Another very popular trend growing (literally) in Los Cabos are farm-to-table restaurants, such as the internationally renowned Flora Farms @Flora.Farm.Cabo and the charming Hierbabuena @hortalizahierbabuena, among others. DESTINO SUGGESTS: Take a fun day trip to Pescadero (located right before Todos Santos), drive around the pretty farms which are near the beach and stop-in for breakfast or lunch at Hierbabuena Restaurant.


Photo courtesy Hierbabuena

Photo courtesy Flora Farms


You can also go shopping for your own organic produce and food, as well for other local products such as cosmetics, soaps, clothing, jewelry and more. There are several fun outdoor markets to choose from. In Cabo San Lucas there’s the brand new El Huerto Farm to Table Market located in the neighborhood of El Tezal (near Costco) on the road to Delmar International School and the tennis courts. This market, which takes place on Saturdays from 8 am to 12 pm, opened in June 2020 and is the most idyllic and rustic farmers market setting you will find in Cabo San Lucas, complete with a large parking area and an oversized shade structure. Some of the products available at El Huerto Farm to Table Market are fresh fruits and vegetables, artisanal bread, honey, granola, meat, chicken, eggs, cheese, vinaigrettes, salsas, desserts, pies, tortillas, kombucha, coffee, succulents and plants, soaps, gifts, grab and go lunch and dinner items and more! As you wander the property you will encounter charming farm touches like a scarecrow, vintage tractor and farm equipment, distressed stone and brick structures, and meandering paths throughout the property. They even have live music on Saturday mornings to make the market a truly unique experience. Take a photo next to the neatly lined rows of growing fruits and veggies…it’s a fun and interactive way to see where your market produce is coming from! Stay tuned for the opening of their on-site - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA


Farm to Table Restaurant this fall, and children’s animal petting zoo coming soon! For more information you can visit @ElHuertoFarmtoTableRestaurant on Facebook or Instagram. In San José del Cabo is the very popular San José Mercado Orgánico (SANJOMO), which has been around since 2002. The market is located at La Huerta Maria near downtown and opens from 9 am to 3 pm. The San José Del Cabo Organic Market looks to promote and create a multicultural market by providing a space for the sale of locally grown organic products, prepared food, arts and crafts, as well as a forum of educational activities for the community. Besides organic produce, bread, honey, beauty and health products, you can also find licensed massages and body work therapies, art and original artistic creations like jewelry and clothes. Go hungry as there are plenty of food options to choose from. Facebook: @sanjomo, Instagram @mercado.orgánico.sanjosé. DESTINO SUGGESTS: Spend the day in San José! Start early at the SANJOMO market, go for a walk in the San José estuary and have a picnic on the beach with food you buy at the market, and end the day in historical downtown San José and the Art District.


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This famous factory is a very entertaining, interesting, and fun place to visit. You can find many accessories, gifts, home decorations like vases, kitchen items, tableware, glassware and more, all made of artisan hand blow glass. They have over 25 years of experience and you can watch the artisans in action blowing the glass, which is a fascinating and mesmerizing technique. There's a shop on-site and custom orders are welcome. The Glass Factory is located in Cabo San Lucas on the bypass road to Todos Santos and employs over 30 artisans who produce almost 500 one-of-akind pieces a day. DESTINO SUGGESTS: Tap into your creative side and design a custom piece to take home as a memorable souvenir.


It doesn’t get more charming than the Historic Art District with its cobble stone streets that are framed by world-class art galleries, stores, and delicious restaurants. This is definitely the best place to shop for authentic Mexican crafts and original artwork. Many people make strolling the Art District their pre-dinner activity. There are many restaurants in the area to choose from and in the main plaza there are several traditional Mexican food carts and stands (the tamales are highly recommended!). In the main



downtown zócalo (plaza) is called Plaza Mijares many local artists display their work. This is a beautiful area with many benches and trees where you see a lot of families wearing big smiles. The tall flagpole with a large Mexican flag stands proud in the square, and you can also find a clock tower (the municipal building) and statues of some important men of Baja California Sur, including Manuel Mijares who was a war hero and from whom the plaza gets its name. DESTINO SUGGESTS: Get there before sunset so you can experience it during the day time and night time. Plan ahead and make a reservation at the restaurant of your choice because it gets busy!



Just a few blocks from the Art District is the wonderful Municipal Market, where during the hours of 7 am to 5 pm you can have a true Mexican shopping experience. The Mercado Municipal de San José is where many of the locals go to shop for their everyday products. You will find many amazing things, like fresh seafood and fish, vegetables, ranch cheeses, fresh tortillas, local bee honey, sea salt, ranch meats, poultry and regional organic eggs. There is also a little store called Viva Mexico where you will find any traditional Mexican item you can imagine. You will find a selection of 100% Mexican made products as well as the famous loncherías (little breakfast and lunch places) where you can enjoy the traditional Mexican flavor that reminds you of a home cooked meal by a Mexican abuelita (grandma). DESTINO SUGGESTS: Bring your own shopping bags, cash and go hungry so you can try the delicious lonchería food. * - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA









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Imagine floating in a turquoise bay with coral colored sand, snorkeling with colorful fish or walking for hundreds of yards in waist-high water, every beach in Southern Baja offers something unique. Here is a list of the "must sea" beaches to help you decide which is the one for you or just visit them all! 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. 40

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!


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



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. 44 - 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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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. 46 - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

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. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA


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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. 48 - 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


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!

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

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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 Let's go on an adventure - Vamos a una aventura Let's go to the estuary - Vamos al estuario Eating healthy - Comiendo sano Vegetables - Vegetales Market - Mercado Fruit - Fruta

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

PLACES Bathrooms - Baños Restaurant - Restaurante Hotel - Hotel Hospital - Hospital Beach - Playa Store - Tienda Pharmacy - Farmacia - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA