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DESTINATIONS Each town or city in Baja California Sur is different and unique. Road trips in Baja are part of the culture and are very easy to do for someone that is just visiting. Below is a brief description of some of the main areas and destinations to visit, but there is much more to see!
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. Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez as “the aquarium of the world.” 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 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, where at above 800 meters in elevation dry forests transition to pine-oak forests and you can find wild mushrooms, wild horses and even deer.
The Baja Peninsula includes two different states: Baja California Norte and Baja California Sur. The Los Cabos municipality is in Baja California Sur and it encompasses the southernmost tip of the peninsula, from Todos Santos, Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, to the East Cape area. La Paz is the State Capital. If you take a look at the “The Tip of Southern Baja” map on page 24 you can see that the highways and towns form a loop, which makes for an ideal road trip. The Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet at the very tip of the peninsula. On the Pacific side the waves are much larger and more powerful than on the Sea of Cortez, the beaches and the sand are different and it’s usually a few degrees cooler, which is very pleasant during the warm summer months. Los Cabos means “the capes” in Spanish.
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 estuary where you can take a horseback ride to explore this natural peserve that is home to many different bird species.
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).
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.
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, a 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 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 waist-highwater at Balandra beach or have a fine dining experience; La Paz has a lot to offer.
Loreto offers the ideal setting for those who long to escape to an “authentic” Mexico. Rich in history, Loreto is known for its historic missions, such as the enchanting Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto, the first Califonia mission that was built in 1697. The spectacular national marine preserve of the Bay of Loreto includes five breathtaking islands and marine life is greatly abundant. For those who are partial to adventures on land, there is plenty of hiking and biking, making Loreto the ultimate eco-tourism destination.
useful information CURRENCY
Dollars are accepted almost everywhere and you will get your change back in pesos. The exchange rate varies every day, but some places have a set rate posted. You can exchange dollars for pesos at the airport, but also a very easy way to get pesos is to simply withdraw money from an ATM. 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 the 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.
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 (877): 00 + 1 + 882 + phone number To a 1 (866): 00 + 1 + 883 + 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. In Mexico the gas station attendants pump the gas for you, so you don’t have to get out of the vehicle. 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. COMMON TRAFFIC SIGNS:
CUATRO ALTOS FOUR WAY STOP
NO ESTACIONARSE NO PARKING
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
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.
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.
SEASONAL FISHING CHART
SURFING Baja Sur has been a popular surfing destination since the ‘50s. The East Cape is popular for kite surfing and the Pacific coast has several surf breaks where you will find less crowds. See our Baja Sur map to locate the surf spots mentioned below.
SPORT FISHING FLAGS COMMONLY SEEN IN LOS CABOS
BOATING AND FISHING TERMS IN SPANISH Captain - Capitán Aboard - Abordo To fish - Pescar To float - Flotar Wind - Viento Tide - Marea Fish - Pescado Bait - Carnada Fishing rod - Caña de pescar Hook - Anzuelo Life preservers - Salvavidas Throttle - Acelerador Anchor - Ancla Bow - Proa Stern - Popa
SAN PEDRITO Level: Advanced. Direction: Right, left. Location: Pacific side right before arriving to Todos Santos. CERRITOS Level: Beginners. Direction: Right, left. Location: Pacific side at Km 65 of the Cabo San Lucas-Todos Santos road. MONUMENTS Level: Advanced. Direction: Left. Location: at Km 6.5 of the Corridor, closer to Cabo San Lucas. EL TULE Level: Advanced. Direction: Right, left. Location: Exit at Km 16.2 at El Tule bridge COSTA AZUL consists of three breaks: The Rock or La Roca Level: Advanced. Direction: Right. Zippers Level: All levels. Direction: Right. Acapulquito Level: All levels. Direction: Right. Location: at Km 28.5. Access is below the Costa Azul bridge. LA BOCANA AT THE ESTUARY Level: All levels. Direction: Right, left. Location: East side of the San José del Cabo’s main beach. SHIPWRECKS Level: Advanced. Direction: Right. Location: East Cape, about 25 Km from San José del Cabo. NINE PALMS Level: All levels. Direction: Long rights. Location: East Cape, about 30 Km from San José del Cabo. SEASONS June through November: The summer months are known to be the best as the Southern Hemisphere’s swells send great waves to the Pacific, Cabo San Lucas, San José and the East Cape. December through February: East Cape and Costa Azul are on the flatter side. The Pacific can be good this time of year because it’s exposed to the west swell. March through May: This is the windy season. Swells are consistent and you’ll run into fewer crowds.
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GOLFING 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
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
Adventure Parks Experience zip-lining, back-country UTV and ATV tours, a camel safari, and more. Zip-lines are appropriate for kids 8 years and up and be prepared to hike from 5 to 15 minutes from line to line. Most companies include transportation.
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 where you can 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 and birds can be spotted on this solitary walk, just a few minutes from downtown.
OFF-ROADING 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! 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.
WATER ACTIVITIES in medano beach 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 water park section which you can access with your park day pass, a perfect way to spend a full day of fun family activities. Wild Wet Fun Water Park, located about 30 minutes from San José del Cabo, has shallow pools and small slides for young children, and for adrenaline seekers they have
several fast and large slides standing tall and mighty that 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, take the exit for Caudaño at KM 66. Follow this road for a few minutes and you will find the park on your right.
KITESURFING This sport is most popular in the East Cape due to the El Norte winds. Playa Norte (the north-east side of the beach) in Los Barriles is known to be the most popular destination. 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. Both locations have kite surfing schools and equipment rentals. The best months are October, November, December, January, February and March.
Sol de Mayo Waterfall Located about an hour and a half away from Los Cabos, the Rancho Sol de Mayo area 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 cliff dive into the cool, serene waters. Be sure to pack a lunch, and take plenty of water. There are many signs to guide you to this wonderful piece of paradise. Bring cash as there is an entry fee to access the easy hike to the waterfalls.
Prepare yourself for an incredible show of nature as you swim side by side colorful schools of fish, eels, rays, octopi, sea turtles and more. The Sea of Cortez or the “Aquarium of the World” offers many opportunities to experience incredible underwater wildlife. 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 and they often include a tour of Land’s End, lunch, and time for snorkeling in one of the bays. Stay away from the Pacific side of the peninsula; its strong currents make it very dangerous for any kind of water sports.
SEASONAL ACTIVITIES WHALE WATCHING During the winter, Mexico is not only a great place for people to escape the cold weather, but it is also excellent for whale watching. Every year, the intrepid gray whale migrates south to the Baja waters to mate and give birth. Blue and humpback whales also visit us making Baja California Sur one of the best world destinations to see whales. The whale watching season is considered to begin in December and ends in April (although it is not uncommon to see some early arrivals or some stragglers), with February being the peak month for sighting whales.
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.
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 feet, so as you can imagine the experience of snorkeling with these gentle creatures is one-of-a-kind. 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.
SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO ART WALK The San José del Cabo Art District offers a variety of world-class galleries which are open year round; however, from the months of November through June the San José del Cabo Art Walk takes place every Thursday evening from 5 to 9 pm. Walking the enchanting streets and plaza of downtown San José is an ideal way to experience the local culture while viewing art from local and international artists.
FARMERS MARKETS Farmers markets have become very popular in the past few years in Los Cabos and there are now many options to choose from. Some of these markets include: SANJOMO (San José Organic Maket), The Shoppes at Palmilla Farmer’s Market, The Cabo San Lucas Organic Farmer’s Market in Pedregal, El Huerto Farm to Table, Xplora and The Farmers Market at Metate. Schedules and seasons of each market vary so visit their websites or Facebook pages beforehand.
POPULAR SNORKELING SPOTS: Pelican Rock A quick five-minute ride from the Cabo San Lucas marina or Medano Beach is all it takes to get to this fish-attracting rock. Lover’s Beach This popular and uniquely-named beach is accessible only by boat. Be on the lookout, 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. Palmilla Beach This beautiful beach has a very friendly reef that is just off the shore, making it an effortless snorkeling experience. 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!
Perhaps you donâ€™t live in Baja, but you can still experience the evident wellness that this place has to offer.
by Michelle Monroy
os Cabos is not an island, but at times it feels like one. Not only because of the paradisiac beaches, the tropical weather, or the fact that we are on the tip of a peninsula, but mostly because of the “island culture” that is tangible throughout the area. Islands are often self sustainable; we use as much of our local resources as we can and the land and the ocean are the livelihood for many, creating a sense of care and pride for our home. Part of the local culture is to take care of the environment and the health of our oceans. Along with this nature-loving lifestyle, comes a culture of self-care, because enjoying the natural wonderland that Southern Baja offers is not only physically healthy, but it is healthy for the mind and soul. Los Cabos is a very special place to live well. You can do everything outdoors. Being outdoors and exercising releases endorphins, giving you what is often called a “nature high,” in the times we’re living we are fortunate to be where we are and be able to enjoy the outdoors. It doesn’t get any fresher than the Sea of Cortez and Pacific ocean breezes. Ecotourism is constantly growing in Baja, and with ecotourism comes responsibility and awareness, which has thankfully led to the implementation of protective environmental programs and activities in nature. FOR THE ACTIVE BODIES there are numerous options that will get you moving while enjoying the natural beauty of Los Cabos. The months of November and December are excellent weather-wise, the temperature is pleasantly warm during the day and the ocean water is not too cold yet. On land, hiking and biking are widely available. Cabo’s landscape has so many hills and dirt roads making it an ideal setting for hiking and biking trails. Some examples of popular hikes are the Mt. Solmar at Land’s End, which offers an incredible
view of Cabo San Lucas and Medano Bay, and the antenna hill hike which also offers amazing views and is popular for both biking and hiking. There is also the estuary, which is a flat and easy path that winds through the natural bird sanctuary that is situated right in the heart of San José del Cabo. The resort or community where you are staying might also have their own trails to explore. If you are more of the intrepid type, all of the towns and cities in Southern Baja basically sit on the skirts of the Sierra de La Laguna where there is much to explore, such as waterfalls, hot springs, and many hiking options. Hiking up to the Sierra’s peak is a trip that takes a few days and requires planning ahead of time, so perhaps talk to a local guide while you’re here and plan your adventure for next year! During the months of November and December a few sporting events take place in Southern Baja, such as the Don Diablo Trails Run, the Baja Challenge
MTB 100K and the Baja Traverse 140K, to mention a few. You can find more information about this in our EVENTS section. Now for the water; Baja’s vast and beautiful backyard. Kitesurfing season begins in November and Southern Baja offers a few good spots to practice this sport, primarily in the East Cape area, where kitesurfing schools such as Exotikite (located in La Ventana) are ready to receive novices or experienced surfers that just want to refresh their skills. Surfing is of course a must if that’s in your interest; November marks the end of the summer-good-waves season, so in December you might want to explore more of the Pacific side since it’s exposed to the west swell. Other water sports to try are stand up paddling, kayaking, and even flyboarding or a jet pack, which are all available in Medano Beach. Another way that Baja Californian’s live well is by the FOOD that they consume.
As it is commonly known, this area of the World is greatly abundant in fish and seafood, which make very healthy and clean food options. What is not as commonly known is the fact that in the midst of the Los Cabos desert landscape, there are also areas with fertile soil where produce is farmed, making it easy to have locally grown vegetables and fruit on your plate every day. There are a few companies that buy from local farmers and deliver the produce right to your doorstep, and many restaurants pride themselves in offering locally sourced ingredients in their menus. The popularity of farm to table restaurants is ever-growing, and in the past few years several farmer’s markets have opened their doors throughout Los Cabos and Southern Baja. Finally, there is the growing WELLNESS CULTURE. Los Cabos is known to be an energetic place where calmness
A sunset view from the “antennas hill,” a popular hike among locals.
of the spirit can be obtained. The yoga community in Los Cabos is quite large and classes are widely available. Locally made organic and natural beauty and self-care products are available at specialty markets and also at farmers markets. Luxury resorts have brought a variety of world-class spas to the area, which all have uniquely stunning designs and excellent treatments, making it exciting when it comes to choosing what spa to visit, or which treatment to take depending on what you are seeking for. Medical spas are also very popular, which offer a variety of treatments done by trained professionals.
Locally grown produce at El Huerto Farm to Table Market
The Himalayan salt room at Ojo de Liebre Spa at Solaz Los Cabos
What does it mean to “be well” these days? With all the attention that has been brought to us lately regarding our health, people are certainly more aware of it. In Baja we believe that you can LIVE WELL by being active outdoors and enjoying nature, by eating local and clean food and by nurturing your body and soul with some self-care. Sometimes it’s as simple as that. *
IN THE SPOTLIGHT MINDFUL MORNINGS WITH THE SOUND OF WAVES WITH
Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher Meditation | Breathing Techniques | Vinyasa &
GABY DE LA ROSA
Yoga Classes | Yoga Retreats | Yoga in a Yacht Tour | New and Full Moon Ceremonies | Harmonyum Healing Therapy | Naam Lifestyle Certification
Hatha Yoga | Yoga for Golfers | Retreats
What can you do in 60 minutes? Maybe you can cook a delicious dessert, do a bank transaction, check your child’s homework, or watch a couple of episodes of your favorite TV series. But what if you could maximize your day with an enjoyable yoga session and give yourself a well-deserved dose of nourishment for your soul? What if you could spend 60 minutes to reset yourself? It’s only 4% of your day. A mindful moment only for you, even if you do yoga with your family. A time for breathing, balancing your chakras, energizing, living and feeling your progress with intention and discipline. You’ll be the energy that you want to attract. We are in a peculiar moment of our lives. All your duties are together in the same space: your family, your job, your child’s school, your gym... and it seems to be a hard task just to have a calm moment for yourself, or even only for them. Stress has already settled-in at many homes, and sometimes it’s the grumpiest guest. Pamper your physical and mental health with a lovely but intense yoga session where you don’t need to be perfect, but just “to be” is enough. @bajamoonyoga.oficial @bajamoonyoga Ask for yoga locations or schedule your private sessions at (624) 191 1843
As a yoga instructor for more than 10 years, Gaby de la Rosa found the practice of Yoga healing for her mind, emotions and body. She has realized that health is the most precious thing for the human being. She believes that everyone deserves the luxury of physical, spiritual and mental health, and this has been the key to following the desires of her heart. She specializes in Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga, Sukshma Vyayama Yoga and Shakti Naam Yoga, which was developed by Dr. Joseph Levry, her spiritual guide for over 9 years and a constant in the transformation in her actions, thoughts, and body. One of her greatest achievements was to motivate Dr. Levry to carry out 4 consecutive yearly retreats in Los Cabos with more than 400 students from around the world, transforming the lives of many human beings. Her trainings and certifications are in Naam Yoga I, II, III, Harmonyum Healing, Power Yoga, Naam Therapy, and Restorative Yoga and has organized yoga, meditation and Kabbalah retreats from 2015 to 2019 in Los Cabos and La Ventana. Gaby has actively participated in retreats from 2008 to 2019 in places such as Tulum, Los Cabos, Jerusalem, Playa del Carmen, South Africa, Cape Town, and Sun City. At the annual Doterra Convention in 2018 She had the opportunity to present products focused on Yoga, and in 2019 she instructed a yoga class. @gabydelarosa0 www.GabydelaRosa.com (624) 108 1417
The iconic start of the Bisbee’s Offshore Tournament
n mid-March, the world began to bob and weave around its bout with the “virus” – Covid-19 or coronavirus. Taking draconian measures to combat the threat in mid-June, the Baja Government officials closed everything, including all sportfishing except for those anglers who were fishing for food. This action devastated the local sportfishing industry. One silver lining among the clouds was the fishery thrived from the lessened pressure that the usual large number of fishermen caused. After reopening the sportfishing to all, the numbers, and sizes of the different species, from billfish to bottom fish, have been remarkable, and visiting anglers have returned to capitalize on the phenomena. The Bisbee Family East Cape Offshore
FISHY FROM LORETO TO LAND’S END by That Baja Guy - Gary Graham
Kurt and Beth Hamann in Loreto, BCS
held shortly after the reopening of sportfishing in early August set a record for the largest number of teams in their 20-year history! The winning 704-pound black was the largest ever weighed in, both of which underscores the eagerness of teams to participate and validates the size of the fish being caught. In the weeks leading up to the beginning of the robust tournament season in midOctober, fishing for offshore species dazzled the slowly growing number of anglers from around the world who are finding their way back to Baja. Double-digit and even a few triple-digit scores of dorado both caught and released have been a common recurrence, depending on the number of local fleet boats venturing off the Baja coastline from Cabo to Loreto. Marina Puerto Escondido, which is owned by the Hamann family, is the newest full-service marina on the east coast of the Baja Peninsula near Loreto. The Hamann family and friends departed from that marina recently and had a day to remember! They were rewarded with an unusual catch of a seldom-seen blue marlin that weighed 377-pounds, the first blue that was taken in September, and the first-ever to be weighed at MPE. Meanwhile in Los Cabos, cow-sized yellowfin tuna showed a bit earlier than normal much to the delight of the arriving anglers. The official tournament season got off
to a great start with the Los Cabos Billfish that took place October 1115 with 49 teams participating. Top honors went to the Stella June with their 593 pound black marlin, the largest marlin of the event caught on Day 3. Stella June also captured the largest yellowfin tuna weighing 236-pounds. The Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Marlin Tournament shattered both attendance records and the total payout amount. The two-day event awarded eight of the 127 participating teams with its 769 anglers from around the world $1,457,000, breaking the enviable MILLION-DOLLAR mark for the second year in a row throughout its 20-year history. The ongoing Pandemic affected all activities including the Registration and the Weigh Station which were both moved to the API Cruise Ship Pier. A link to the Captains’ Meeting video was sent to every team member, every captain, and every crew member, containing all the information in both English and Spanish that would have been covered live at past events. Protocol required that face masks be worn and social distancing of six feet of spacing between every person was to be in place throughout the tournament. Only the angler and their catches could come to the scale, eliminating team photos. Award checks and trophies were passed out to the eight winning teams at Baja Cantina. The Bisbee’s Tournament,
Black & Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament
celebrated its 40th anniversary and took place October 20-24th. The Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot runs from November 4 through the 7. The 2019 tournament attracted 154 teams and paid out $1.01 million to eight teams, including two teams that won over $300,000. For more information visit loscabostunajackpot.com. The Los Cabos Big Game Charter
is the only free angler-entry tournament in Los Cabos with $40,000 in cash plus prizes up for grabs. It runs from November 17-20. Anglers must register and receive a confirmation on the official tournament website or on-site on Nov. 17 at either Marina Fundadores at Fisherman’s Landing Restaurant in Cabo San Lucas, from 5 to 7 p.m. or at Puerto Los Cabos Palapas in San José del Cabo, from 3 to 5 p.m. *
IN THE SPOTLIGHT PEZ GATO
At Pez Gato their guests’ safety is their number one priority! In order to guarantee the safety of their clients, employees, and the Los Cabos community, they have resumed sailing again following all the hygiene regulations issued by the authorities. You will feel secure while exploring the Cabo San Lucas Bay with them. The staff will be wearing a face mask and offering antibacterial gel before and during the tour. Pez Gato is also very pleased to say that they’ve received the “Safe Travels” stamp by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Pez Gato is happy to have you back! Learn more about their safety guidelines at www.pezgato.com, where you can also download them as a PDF document. Book today! (624) 143 3797
W WHALES A R E SAVING T H E PLANET by Kátia Sylva, Guide and Marine Biologist at Cabo Trek
hales travel enormous distances between the tropics and poles, following migratory routes as they feed and breed in different areas. These ocean giants fertilize the ocean with their waste as they travel, providing nutrients at remote destinations that would otherwise be nutrient poor. When whales die, their huge bodies sink to the bottom of the ocean and perform another surprising climate management service: their carcasses store a vast amount of carbon, which provides food and habitat for deep sea species. Dozens, if not hundreds, of species rely upon these whales. This deep ocean carbon storage removes carbon from the atmosphere produced by humans and also helps prevent the impacts of climate change. In addition, the great whales bring nutrients up from the ocean floor during their lifetime when they dive and surface, which helps even more phytoplankton to grow and absorb carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. In Baja, Humpback Whales steal the show during the whale watching season. Despite being one of four separate breeding grounds in the North Pacific, Baja is a popular destination for Humpbacks all year. Humpback whales also frequent Baja during the winter months for mating and nursing. They are known for their frequent acrobatic behaviour and their occasional tendency to approach vessels. Male humpback whales sing to attract the female in the winter. All whales in a given population sing essentially the same song. They also coordinate changes to their song over time, however, there is little information about this practice. Males usually remain in the area for a longer period attempting to obtain repeated mating. Humpback Whales are a species of Baleen Whale. This means they have
baleen plates for filtering food from the water rather than teeth. An adult Humpback Whale measures around 16 meters in length and can weigh approximately 40,000 kg. These animals are also known as conscious breathers. This means they actively decide when to take a breath, unlike humans who are involuntary breathers. Cetaceans can “shut down” one side of their brain at a time, resting at the surface, while the other half of the brain is alert to keep them breathing. They will rest for just a few hours at a time and switch between the two sides of their brain. Researchers believe that these animals have their own culture. They share values and behaviors passed from generation to generation – something that is often thought to be an exclusive human trait. But researchers have discovered evidence of culture in many cetacean species, ranging from complex social structures and communication, to learned behaviors. There are many examples, such as the humpback whale songs and the bottlenose dolphins using sea sponges as foraging tools. The world’s whales are at risk, impacting their ability to help us tackle climate change. Although commercial whaling has been officially banned since 1986, more than 1,000 whales a year are still killed for commercial purposes, and they are also at risk from ship strikes, fishing nets and plastic pollution. In good news, as the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down international shipping and has kept cruise ships docked, scientists are finding measurably less noise in the ocean, which could provide momentary relief for whales and other marine mammals that are highly sensitive to noise. * Whale watching season begins as early as mid-December and ends in April, with February being the peak month.
Outdoor markets have taken off this year, providing guests a safe and distanced outdoor experience with fresh foods, and usually live music and entertainment. Along with our returning favorites this year, including San José Organic Market (Saturdays 9am-3pm), Los
Cabos Organic Market at Pedregal
(Saturday & Wednesdays 7am12pm), Xplora Market in El Tezal (Tuesdays 8:30am- 1:30pm), and the
Farmer’s Market at the Shoppes at Palmilla (Fridays 9am-1pm),
several new market experiences have emerged this year:
Los Cabos has always been a hotspot for exciting nightlife and events. With new safety precautions in place, high season is in full swing and some of our favorite events are starting to return. October brought Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament (with a record 128 boats, up from the 114 record last year) and Bisbee’s Black & Blue, which is an exciting time for both tourists and locals as it signals the start of our busy season in Cabo. If you are looking for something fun to do this month, check out our event suggestions, or visit DestinoLosCabos.com/Cabo-Events or our Facebook page @
DestinoMagazine for the most up to date event information as new Reto Baja MTB 100K
events are released!
Photo courtesy Reto Baja
Día de los muertos
Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which takes place on November 2nd, is a celebration of loved ones who are no longer with us. Families create an altar at the grave site with photos of the deceased and offerings of their favorite food, beverages and precious objects. Each altar is unique in its own way based on each family’s beliefs and celebrations, but traditionally it can include cempasúchil (sem-pah-soocheel) flowers, veladoras (candles), religious artifacts, incense, and the traditional pan de muerto (bread of the dead). Families gather by their loved one’s grave to share food and drinks, play music, and recount stories of their beloved. The celebration is not only to honor the departed, but also to call forth their spirits to visit those left behind. The food and drink offerings are meant to entice the spirits, and the music, flowers, incense, and stories to please them and to bring them joy. 26
Los Cabos Farmers Market at Metate – The Farmers Market at Metate
will invite only the best restaurants and high-quality vendors for its new colorful Mexican style market concept every Thursday through Sunday from 5pm-11pm. This sunset market will be reminiscent of a “tianguis” (a traditional open-air market in Mexico) mixed with the farmers markets we are used to today. This year-round market promises nightly music including 80’s and 90’s sounds on Thursdays, a mariachi and DJ on Fridays, a DJ on Saturdays, and live acoustical guitar on Sundays. Visit @FarmersMarketCSL on Facebook or @FarmersMarketCabo on Instagram for more information!
Primer Mercado Local / First Farmer’s Market in Todos Santos
– Come support local farmers and craftsmen from Todos Santos and surrounding areas at their first farmers market of the season on Wednesday, November 4 at 9am at La Esquina Todos Santos. Stay tuned for future dates. @LaEsquinaTS Two other favorites that launched in 2020 will be returning later this year with a new schedule. El Huerto Market in El Tezal (www.elhuertorestaurant.com) and El Mercadito at Plaza Novva (c/o Spoon Food on Facebook). Follow their pages and stay tuned for more information about their winter relaunch dates.
4-7 – Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot 2020 The 22nd Anniversary Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot is scheduled for November 4-7 out of the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Fishermen will enjoy two days of competition with 9 tuna, wahoo, and dorado jackpots! www.LosCabosTunaJackpot.com or @LosCabostTunaJackpot on Facebook. 11-19 – Los Cabos Film Festival With the current global crisis this year, the Los Cabos International Film Festival decided to create a special online festival that seeks to ignite dialogue about the ways in which we relate, inhabit and create in a shared world, with a commitment to return to Los Cabos in 2021. #LosCabos9 will focus on seven carefully curated and outstanding films from Mexico, United States and Canada as their only competitive selection this year. www.CabosFilmFestival.com
13 – Trailer Trash Bash 2 at Sancho’s The Second Annual Trailer Trash Bash is back! Save the date and check @SanchosCabo on Facebook for more details to come. This lighthearted event will include fun and games alongside Sancho’s famous food and drink specials. 21 – Recorrido Por Los Ranchos del Sur This event will take you through the true flavors of Baja Sur with live music to enjoy at Restaurant Doña Pame in Miraflores. Your ticket includes wood-fired ribs, roast suckling pig, beef, lamb, fish, clams, bean empanadas and more, by Chef Luis Gabriel Cota Montaño and Chef Héctor Palacios Estrada. Cocktails, beer, and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets cost $750 MXN. Reservations at (612) 157-9959 or (624) 145-2260. 22 – Don Diablo Trail Run The Don Diablo Trail run is a
challenging 35KM cross country race along a narrow path that crosses the Sierra Cacahilas mountain range in La Paz. It begins in El Cajoncito, a few kilometers from La Paz and ends at the Agua Caliente beach in El Sargento. In addition to the annual 35KM race, this year they created the Ultra 54KM race that includes an ascent to the Picacho de Cieneguitas at 978 meters above sea level! DonDiabloTrailRun.com or @DonDiabloTrailRun on Facebook. 29 – Baja Challenge MTB 100K in El Triunfo The Baja 100KM Challenge is an endurance mountain biking race in El Triunfo, an old mining town located one hour from La Paz. For this 6th edition, participants have the option of a 100KM, 74KM, 24KM or a Team Baja Challenge (2 relays) of 25k and 24k. The race is open to all levels of mountain bikers from beginner to expert,
however beginners are recommended to join the 24KM. The race starts at 7:30am on Sunday, November 29. www.retobajamtb.com
8 – Baja Traverse Ultra Trail 140K The Baja Traverse Ultra Trail 140K is a fully supported, 3 stage, coast to coast run in one of the most beautiful, pristine, rugged and isolated areas in Baja California Sur. Starting at the Sea of Cortez at Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, the route progresses through different systems of desert and sierra ecosystems, over the highest mountain range in southern Baja – the Biosphere Reserve Sierra La Laguna National Park – and continues downhill with stunning views through cactus and desert to the charming coastal town of Todos Santos. www.BajaTraverse.com 10 – Santa Paws at Sancho’s Visit Sancho’s on Thursday, December 10 from 12pm to 6pm for their annual Santa Paws event benefiting El Ranchito Animal Rescue. Enjoy delicious food and drink specials and prizes sponsored by Tito’s Vodka. @SanchosCabo 3-4 – Songwriters in Paradise Songwriters in Paradise (SIP Cabo) returns for their 4th season on December 3rd and 4th. With the current climate of the world due to the pandemic, this event will be even more of an intimate experience than previous years. Featuring select songwriters such as Patrick Davis & Lauren Jenkins, performing a couple of nights at the Bahia Hotel & Beach House, SUR Beach House Los Cabos, and Bar Esquina Los Cabos! For more information and reservations, visit: www.BahiaCabo.com/Sip-Cabo.
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WHERE CAN I FIND SPECIALTY FOODS AND ITEMS FOR PEOPLE WITH DIETARY RESTRICTIONS?
Finding these items in a foreign country can be a little daunting. Thankfully, Los Cabos has many great options! 1. Santa Carmela Market- (Mercado Santa Carmela) this market stocks one of the largest selections of specialty foods in Cabo. Everything from gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, and a wide variety of local and imported items that you cannot find anywhere else. Beer and wine, fresh fruits and veggies, organic food, health and body care and specialty
drinks such as Kombucha. Visit them on the Cabo corridor near Home Depot. MercadoStaCarmela.com 2. California Ranch Market- California Ranch Market is the other go-to store for people with food restrictions or special diets. With two convenient locations (downtown Cabo and the Shoppes at Palmilla in San JosĂŠ), this store also offers gift certificates and home delivery services for their customers. Vegan, Keto, gluten free, sugar free, skin care, produce, and more, as well as a large assortment of imported foods! We especially love their seasonal and holiday offerings. California Ranch is very active on social media, regularly posting new items available for purchase. Find them @CaliforniaRanchMarket on Facebook. 3. Grocery Stores- many of the big box stores like Walmart, Soriana, La Comer/Mega, Fresko and others have started to catch on in recent years and now carry a small selection of gluten free, sugar free and/or dairy free items as well as imported Asian food items and some American favorites (think pumpkin at Thanksgiving and cranberry sauce at Christmas). 4. Organic Markets- Another great way to find specialty food items is to chat with the vendors at any of Caboâ€™s wonderful Organic Markets. Often times, these vendors are able to make special orders for you and bring them the following week.
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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!
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!
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 familyfriendly 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.
PLAYA EL CHILENO
SNORKELING AT ITS BEST Chileno Beach is a very popular location for locals to spend their weekendsâ€“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 youâ€™ll avoid the mid-day snorkel tours. Bring snorkeling gear and shade!
Photo by Roberto Tironi @monsters_nd_candies
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!
PLAYA PALMILLA SAN JOSĂ‰ 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!
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.
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.
the TIP of Southern BAJA
Cabo San Lucas
1 Cabo Wabo Cantina 3
2 REmexico Real Estate 3 Sancho's
San JosÃ© del Cabo
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1 Frank Arnold Gallery 2 Tienda 17
The Corridor GOLF COURSES
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Cabo San Lucas Counrty Club Cabo del Sol Cabo Real Chileno Bay *private club Club Campestre Diamante *private club El Dorado *private club One & Only Palmilla Golf Club Puerto Los Cabos Punta Sur Querencia *private club Quivira Rancho San Lucas Twin Dolphin *private club
Acapulquito Km 28 Chileno Km 14.5 Costa Azul Km 28 Divorce Beach El Tule Km 15.5 Estuary Beach La Playita Las Viudas Km 12.5 Lover's Beach Medano Beach Monuments Km 5 Palmilla Km 27 Santa Maria Km 13
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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.
CABO SAN LUCAS MARINA DOCKS
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 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... PLACES Bathrooms - Baños Restaurant - Restaurante
Hotel - Hotel Hospital - Hospital Beach - Playa Store - Tienda Pharmacy - Farmacia 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? 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