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WHALE SHARKS IN BAJA by Kรกtia Silva, guide and Marine Biologist at CaboTrek.com, edited by Destino Los Cabos

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magine swimming in the calm waters of the Sea of Cortez and a friendly fish that is as long as a school bus–if not longer–is also swimming just a few feet away from you, making you feel like you're actually swimming together. It's enormous slow moving fins and tail gently navigating it through the water as you swim by its side. During the months of October through April whale sharks visit the Sea of Cortez, so you can have a swimming experience with these breathtaking animals right here in Baja near the city of La Paz, only 1 hour and 45 minutes north of Cabo San Lucas. Let's learn about these immensely interesting creatures:

Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are sharks, not whales. Therefore, they are fish, not mammals. Despite its massive size, whale sharks are the “Gentle Giants” of the ocean and they pose no harm or threat to divers and to humans in general. Unlike their other shark relatives that are meat-eaters, these giants are filter feeders. They are a highly migratory, pelagic species distributed circumglobal in all tropical and warm temperate seas, oceanic and coastal, except in the Mediterranean Sea. The distribution of whale sharks points to the presence of plankton and serves as an indicator of overall ocean and ecosystem health.

Their the ancestry goes back to the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods 245-65 million years ago, when the present groups of sharks began to appear. It was not until 1828 when the first whale shark specimen known to science was discovered off the South African coast. Whale sharks are the largest sharks in the world, truly the biggest fish in the sea. This animal is enormous and reportedly capable of reaching a maximum length of about 18 meters (59 feet), can weigh up to 20 tons and can live to over 100 years. Though they are big, their brains are tiny. As it swims, it sucks water through its gargantuan mouth that can be as wide as 5 feet, then filters out plankton and other microscopic organisms through its gills. They obtain oxygen via their gills, so they have no physiological requirement to swim at the surface - unlike airbreathing whales and dolphins. Their body coloration is distinguished by light vertical and horizontal stripes that form a checkerboard pattern on a dark background, and light spots mark the fins and dark areas of the body. Like human fingerprints, each whale shark has a unique pattern of spots that allows individual sharks to be identified.

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Researchers know very little about whale shark reproduction and life history. Only one pregnant whale shark has ever been physically examined by scientists. This singular shark, caught in a fishery off Taiwan in 1995, carried over 300 pups inside her. That is almost twice as many as any other shark species. They do not know if this is normal. They still do not know how often females produce pups either. Although the whale shark is usually solitary, it is sometimes found in schools of up to hundreds of individuals. These animals are found mainly in the open sea, but they also come near the shore. There are several sites where large numbers of whale sharks aggregate, attracting tourists from all over the world. Most of the sharks present at these sites are juvenile males between four and nine meters in length. La Paz, BCS is one of the few places in the world where with just 20 minutes of navigation it is possible to be side by side these animals. A whale shark monitoring program in La Paz operating since 2003 shows that up to 66% of juveniles have been hit by boats. In collaboration 14

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with the Mexican government, a Code of Conduct was generated for whale shark tour operators. Regulations include staying 10 feet away from the shark’s head, no more than five people should be in the water with one shark at a time, and no touching the animal. All boats are monitored by GPS. Unfortunately, like many other marine species, there are fewer of them every day. We are losing these animals at a

rate which is unprecedented in the history of planet Earth. Whale sharks were listed as endangered in 2016, their survival imperiled by fisheries where they turn up as by-catch, and the demand for shark fins in Asia. Fortunately, a large tourism industry has been developed for viewing whale sharks in the wild. For that reason, and because they are such impressive animals, in most places around the world they are legally protected. The local community in La Paz, researchers, tour operators and authorities have done important work to protect these animals. Supporting ecotourism is one of the ways you can help to save whale sharks, and make sure you choose a responsible tour company to have this incredible experience! *

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ith so many changes and postponed events this year, we are happy to see Bisbee's fishing tournaments return to Los Cabos this October! On October 15-18 we welcome the Bisbee's Los Cabos Offshore Tournament. This tournament awards cash, prizes, and trophies to the top three teams that accumulate the most billfish release points along with daily cash jackpots. Registration will be held on October 15 at API cruise ship pier (this is where the Black and Blue awards banquet has been held the past few years). Fishing days are October 16 and 17, with an awards celebration at Baja Cantina Restaurant on October 18. Then two days after on October 20-24, is the highly anticipated main event: Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Tournament. Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournaments have been taking place in the Los Cabos region of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico for more than 30 years and is dubbed the richest marlin tournament in the world thanks to its multi-million-dollar payouts. Registration and Captain’s meeting takes place on the 20th, with fishing days on the 21st-23rd. The tournament also concludes with an awards celebration at Baja Cantina Restaurant on October 24. For more information, rules and registration, visit www.Bisbees.com.

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FLYING IN ERNATIONALLY DURING A PANDEMIC By Justine Schock DISCLAIMER: The following article is the personal experience of our writer on August 13 and September 5, 2020. Every airport, airline, and day of the week will be different, and procedures are subject to change. Travelers should always consult travel restrictions in their country of residence, along with your medical insurance provider to decide if traveling during the pandemic is right for you.

PART 1: LOS CABOS TO SEATTLE WITH LAYOVER IN SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA As a full-time Los Cabos resident, friends and clients frequently ask me what Cabo has been like since COVID-19 forced a lockdown back in March 2020. I am happy to report that overall, I’ve been very impressed by the safety measures Los Cabos has enforced to keep our City as safe as possible for tourists and residents. Visitors can expect to have their temperatures taken and hands sanitized upon entering restaurants and grocery stores, shoe disinfecting mats at the entry of all businesses and resorts, and face masks are currently required city wide (although as with anywhere you go, not everyone follows this rule). Friends who have recently visited from the U.S. have reported much stricter requirements in Los Cabos compared to back home. First let me start by saying that due to my personal health issues, I was very reluctant to 20

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fly. But like many expats, I still have things that need to be taken care of in the U.S. and pushing back my trip was no longer an option. Now that Terminal 2 (our International Terminal) has reopened, arriving at Los Cabos International Airport was a breeze. The airport itself was pretty empty, and travelers were for the most part respecting social distancing rules. Upon entering the airport, I was asked for my travel itinerary and walked through the disinfecting shoe mats. Unticketed passengers were not allowed inside the terminal as of mid-August. Expats who need to visit Immigration prior to check in can temporarily find their “office” at the last ticket counter, instead of at the end of the terminal where it used to be. Check in at the Alaska Airlines counter was a little slower than normal with only 1 customer service agent and a rescue dog in tow (more about that later). But with so few people in line, and arriving early as suggested by the airline, it wasn’t an issue at all. A new simple health questionnaire is required and reviewed by an agent just before you enter security. Unfortunately, most of the food kiosks were closed inside the terminal so I strongly suggest you bring your own snacks. Boarding the plane was also very quick due to the plane being only about a 1/3rd full. Alaska Airlines has limited the number of passengers on board and blocked middle seats through November 30, 2020 making distancing easier, and masks are required for every passenger over 2 years old. In flight food and beverage options have changed...don’t expect a glass of wine, cocktail or any food for purchase right now. Travelers were offered a choice between water, juice or soda, and given a small snack, and flight attendants mostly stayed out of the way.

Once we landed in San Jose, California, I went through Customs and Immigration as usual. Signs were posted everywhere reminding travelers to use facemasks and social distance, and the terminal was fairly quiet too. Sadly, there weren’t many food kiosks open at this airport either so I’m very thankful I brought my own! Last stop...Seattle, Washington. SEATAC International Airport was the busiest of the three, but I was still able to distance myself, pick up my bags and be on my way. For those of you wondering about the rescue dog, I always try to escort a rescue animal when I fly out of Los Cabos. I’ve taken as many as three dogs at one time. The homeless pet population is a big problem in Los Cabos and most Baja rescue organizations adopt dogs and cats to the west coast of the United States and Canada, or beyond. Volunteers, fosters, and flight escorts are always in need! Today’s rescue, a 10lb chihuahua named ‘Tita’ was from Baja Critters, but I’ve also fostered and escorted for Adopta Los Cabos, BAJA Safe and El Ranchito. As a flight escort, the organization does most of the work to make the process as easy as possible for the person flying. They set up the pet reservation with the airline, pay the fee, and meet you at the airport with the animal before the flight. Small animals can fly in cabin, or larger dogs can fly in baggage depending on the type of plane and time of year. Once you reach your destination, another volunteer will be waiting at the baggage claim to retrieve the animal and health paperwork, and then your good deed for the day is done. If you are interested in being a flight escort, join the group “Cabo Pet Escorts” on Facebook for more information!


Overall, my first day of travel was a lot easier and less crowed than I expected and I felt very safe with all the additional procedures in place. Now to enjoy some time in the Emerald City!

PART 2: SEATTLE TO LOS CABOS WITH LAYOVER IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Flying back to Cabo San Lucas was a lot busier than my flights just a few weeks before. Of course I traveled through LAX on a Saturday which is typically a very busy day and active airport for Mexico travel. Some areas in the airport like the boarding and security line made it impossible to social distance, but with everyone required to wear masks, I still felt comfortable. There was a different health questionnaire to fill out, but otherwise the process was the same. Once landing in Cabo, I noticed a sense of calm once again. I made it through Immigration, baggage claim, and Customs in less than 20 minutes (despite getting the dreaded Customs red light that so many of us expats know all too well)! All in all, I am no longer nervous to travel during the pandemic and found the whole experience to be very painless and stress free. I hope this article will give some of you who have been reluctant to travel to Cabo a little piece of mind. Los Cabos is open and ready to welcome you back for a safe and fun vacation, with personal attention and service like you’ve never experienced before! ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Justine is a Real Estate Agent and Marketing Director for REmexico Real Estate and Destino Los Cabos Magazine. She has been a full time Los Cabos resident for almost 5 years. Follow her adventures on Facebook or Instagram @LosCabosLiving 22

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

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s the sportfishing community of Baja Sur ventures into the fall fishing season, stories of family outings framed by the great outdoors caught my attention. Local families who had been here for generations, along with those who migrated here to earn their living sportfishing, were eager to share their love of the sport of fishing with their young offspring. When Stephen Jansen, a 6-foot, 3-inch tall, gangling Hollander traveled to Los Angeles in 1994, he succumbed to the siren’s call of a brand of fishing that he had read about but that could not be experienced in his homeland, and when he experienced fishing in Cabo, he was hooked. “My initial goal was to catch a marlin,” he confessed recently with a boyish grin. “The captain hooked three and let me reel them in,” he added with a chuckle. By his own account, he wasn’t disappointed. “I fell in love with Baja,” Jansen confessed, “the ability to fish in shorts for giant fish – something I could never do back home.” Jansen, local fishing guide and owner of Jansen’s Tackle, posted a video of a recent outing of his wife Monica, and 4-year-old Cody in their outboard skiff just outside of Lands’ End where Cody hooked and caught his first dorado with his proud father coaching him and Monica capturing the moment on her cell phone.

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“Cody is our only kid. We have been taking him to the beach since he was 6-months-old." Cody's first dorado

Jansen proudly commented, “Cody is our only kid. We have been taking him to the beach since he was 6-months-old. It's been so much fun to teach him the basics of fishing and watch as he has learned to enjoy the sport.” He continued, “Kids these days are obsessed with tablets, phones, and video games. Technology is good for them, but by taking him outdoors at a young age, my goal has been to show him that life on the water is way better than on the couch.”


The recent dorado run has been a boon for local families seeking “fishing firsts.” Local businessman Marco Ehrenberg had a similar story several weeks ago while fishing with his daughter Rebecca and his grandson, fouryear-old Mischa. Twenty-seven years ago, his daughter, Rebecca, and her brother Glenn, along with Godfather, Carlos Narro and their grandfather Peter Ehrenberg, founder of the 42-year-old Pisces Sportfishing, took a similar trip aboard the “La Brisa,” a Pisces Fleet boat where Mischa’s mother Rebecca caught her first dorado at the same age as Mischa. Lightning struck a second time when Mischa caught his first dorado, although Mischa added a few touches of his own to the “Family Tradition.” He was suited up in his Spiderman outfit, plus he caught a much larger fish than his mother had way back when. “Sportfishing is a tradition that we proudly have passed on over the years – learning and creating memories that have been shared within the family and friends,” Marco mused.

Then and now- mother and son showing-off their first dorado catch.

In keeping with the kids’ theme, Fonmar is planning to resume the popular youth clinics of 2019 later this year or at the latest in early 2021. Before the Pandemic in 2020, 578 kids attended the clinics in 11 communities throughout Baja Sur. These clinics were conducted by Fonmar in conjunction with fishing tournaments in each area in partnership with the Stars and Stripes Charity, International Gamefish Association, and Sportfishing Association of California.

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

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PLAYA DEL AMOR AN UNFORGETTABLE UNIQUE LOCATION Known to visitors as Lover's Beach, this beautiful staple of Cabo San Lucas is only reachable 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 from Medano Beach. The trip to Lover's Beach usually includes a cruise by the famous arch rock formation and then you’re dropped-off at the beach. Your same panga captain will pick you up once you're done exploring. This is a perfect place to sit back and observe the dramatic Land's End rock formations, including the pointy Neptune's Finger, which is an excellent dive spot. You can walk to the other side of the rocks and you’ll find yourself looking at the Pacific Ocean; this beach is called Divorce Beach and it’s very dangerous for swimming, so swim on Lover’s Beach side only. It is exhilarating to know that you are on the very tip of the Baja California peninsula, where on your right side you have the Sea of Cortez and on the left is the Pacific Ocean, both meeting right before your own eyes. Location: Land’s End beside the famous Cabo San Lucas arch. Tips: You won’t find any services. If you walk along the Marina or Medano Beach it is almost a guarantee that you’ll be offered a water taxi trip to the arch and Lover’s Beach. Bring snorkel gear! DestinoLosCabos.com - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

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PLAYA EL MÉDANO ULTIMATE FUN IN THE SUN If you're looking for the action, this is where it is. Medano Beach is a 2-mile stretch of hotels, restaurants and beach clubs, right on the sand. Whether you're with your family, on a romantic getaway or on a bachelorette trip, there is a place for every taste. Medano is a swimmable and family-friendly beach with endless options for souvenir shopping. Numerous activities and water sports are available, such as jet skis, parasailing, flyboarding, stand-up paddling, and more. If you want to take a water taxi to Lover’s Beach and the famous Cabo arch, make a day out of it: head to Medano, have some breakfast or lunch and head out on an adventure to Lover's Beach. The stunning view of Land’s End and the vast entertainment options make this beach a must-see. Médano means “sand dune.” 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.” Visit Lover’s Beach while you’re there. 28


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PLAYA EL CHILENO

SNORKELING AT ITS BEST Chileno Beach is a very popular location for locals to spend their weekends–and weekdays too...ah, the Cabo life. This is a great beach for swimming due to its calm waters, and its beautiful reefs offer excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. Walk to the left end of the beach and you'll find tide pools and some less crowded areas, as well as the impressive Chileno Bay Beach Club which is only accessible to members. Newly built public restrooms and showers are available, as well as a handicap ramp that takes you right to the beach. Location: Follow the signs for PLAYA EL CHILENO near Km. 14 of HWY 1. Tips: Snorkeling visibility is often better in the early mornings and you’ll avoid the mid-day snorkel tours. Bring snorkeling gear and shade! 30


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PLAYA Santa Maria AN IDYLLIC COVE Santa Maria Beach is a stunning horseshoe cove with unique 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, so if you're panning on snorkeling we recommend that you arrive early to beat the tour boats. At the right end of the beach you will find the private Maravilla Beach Club, which is only accessible to members. There are no gear rentals or refreshments for sale, however, the beach does have brand new restrooms, showers and changing rooms. Palapas are available for some much needed shade, so arrive early in order to get one before they are all taken. Location: Follow the signs which read PLAYA SANTA MARIA and exit at Km. 13 of HWY 1. Follow the dirt road until you reach the parking area. Tips: Swim from the shore towards the rocks on the right or left side of the beach for a great snorkeling experience. Bring snorkeling gear! 32


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PLAYA PALMILLA SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO'S GEM Palmilla Beach is known for its family friendly calm waters and mile-long stretch of beach. Located within the resort community of Palmilla, you will find yourself surrounded by oceanfront luxury homes and the exclusive One&Only Hotel. Pangas and fishing cruisers are available for charter, but you won't find water sport rentals such as kayaks or jet skis. From the main parking area you can go left or right; the beach area on the left is roped off with buoys for safe swimming, and the area on the left is a bit more uncrowded and has tide pools and rocks that you can explore. Both sides are equally stunning and you can see beautiful and colorful fish literally right off the shore. Location: Take the PALMILLA ramp exit at km. 27 and turn into the residential community (towards the ocean). You will wind down the beautiful palm tree lined street until you arrive to the beach entrance located on the left side, in front of the Del Mar community gate. If you reach the One&Only Hotel you have gone too far. Tips: Palmilla Beach is popular among local families on the weekends, so arrive early if you want a palapa. Restrooms and showers are available. Bring snorkeling gear! 34


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PLAYA LOS CERRITOS SOMETHING DIFFERENT Switch it up by exploring the Pacific Ocean side of the Baja California Peninsula. Cerritos Beach offers a different landscape than the Cabo San Lucas and San JosĂŠ del Cabo beaches. The climate is usually a few degrees cooler, the sand is finer and darker in color, and the ocean might remind you more of a Southern California beach. It's a popular surf spot and swimming here is safe due to the shallow water near the shore, although it is very important to watch for currents that often form. You can rent a boogie board or surf board and even take a surf lesson as there are a few surf schools on the beach. The charming Hacienda Cerritos Hotel perched on the northern point makes for a very enchanting Mexican landscape. The scenic 45 minute drive along the pristine Pacific coast is well worth the trip. Location: Head north on HWY 19 from Cabo San Lucas towards Todos Santos and exit at km. 66. 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. Visit the charming town of Todos Santos before or after your Cerritos beach day. 36


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PLAYA BALANDRA

THE DEFINITION OF A BAJA PARADISE Balandra Beach is a stunning bay in La Paz (the State's Capital) that will take your breath away. The white powder-like sand and shallow water create dreamy turquoise and aqua colors that delight the eye as far as you can see. It is a kayaker's paradise; not only can you cruise to the reefs across the bay for an unforgettable snorkeling experience, but you can also explore the mangroves on the left side of the bay. The water is very shallow in most of the bay, so you can also simply walk around and explore by foot. If you follow the shore towards the north-east (left) you will find the famous “mushroom rock.” You won’t regret visiting Playa Balandra! Location: About two hours from Cabo San Lucas. We recommend entering it into your phone or car's GPS and it should guide you straight there. Tips: There are no bathroom facilities, but there are palapas for shade . There usually is a truck there where you can buy water and snacks, but it is recommended to bring your own in case they are closed. Try to shuffle your feet in the sand while in the water because many stingrays call this bay their home (lucky guys!) and the shuffling will send them away. 38


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IN LOS CABOS BOATING & FISHING

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. 48

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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. 50

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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.

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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. www.cabodelsol.com 52

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Cabo Real The newly renovated Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf course is one of the Corridor’s first championship courses and boasts beautiful views of the Sea of Cortez, elevation changes, and has hosted two PGA Senior Slams. www.questrogolf.com Cabo San Lucas Country Club This course was designed by Roy Dye and is conveniently located outside of Cabo San Lucas and is the only one with views of Land’s End. It has more than 80 bunkers and slightly inclined fairways and one of the longest holes in all of Mexico at 610 yards. www.cabocountry.com Club Campestre San José Make sure you bring your creativity for the greens at Club Campestre, the newest Jack Nicklaus Design in


Los Cabos. Almost every green has 2 or 3 different tiers, so spend some time on the practice green before your round. 18 holes, Par 71, 6,966 yards. www.questrogolf.com TPC Danzante Bay Golf Course ​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. www.danzantebaygolfcourse.com 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 golf.com. 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. www.diamantecabosanlucas.com Palmilla Golf Club With 27 holes of golf, each 9 hole course offers something different. The Ocean, Mountain, and Arroyo courses all boast Jack Nicklaus Design and a fun and challenging layout with canyons and elevation changes. www.palmillagc.com

Puerto Los Cabos This 18-hole composite course made up of nine Greg Norman designed and nine Jack Nicklaus designed holes is a favorite among locals and frequent visitors. With both challenging and forgiving holes, the average golfer can get around the course comfortably and enjoy the numerous oceanfront holes and elevated vistas. Not to mention, comfort stations with food and booze every 4-5 holes make the experience fun for all levels of players and all types of groups. www.questrogolf.com Quivira Located on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula and sure to test any level of player, Quivira boasts dramatic cliff-side landscapes and multiple oceanfront golf holes. It’s not uncommon to be playing while whales breach in the Pacific Ocean or fish jump out of the water. The on-course experience is unique in its multiple comfort stations where players can enjoy tacos, quesadillas, sliders, and of course, a few adult beverages. www.quiviragolfclub.com 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 www.ranchosanlucas.com/golf Vidanta Golf Los Cabos This 9 hole course is a friendly course but make sure you hit ‘em straight because throughout the course you are surrounded by homes and condos in beautiful San José. A fun course for any level of golfer. www.vidantagolf.com

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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.

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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. DestinoLosCabos.com - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

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

“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

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.


CURRENCY EXCHANGE

ATMS

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

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

CASH OR CARD?

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

GROCERIES

In Cabo San Lucas, Walmart and Costco are good options and easy to get to. 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.

HOW DO I DIAL?

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

DRIVING

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

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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: www.loscabosdoctor.com

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

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TODOS SANTOS What does DESTINO mean? DESTINATION or DESTINY

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 Whale Shark - Tiburón ballena Let's go fishing - Vamos a pescar

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

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