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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 cacti 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 pedalpowered 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.
EXPLORING THE SIERRA DE LA LAGUNA The Baja Peninsula has a series of mountain ranges that are all part of the Pacific Crest, which includes U.S. National Parks such as Denali and Yosemite. The Sierra La Laguna is the southern most range of the Crest system. This mountain range and natural reserve has seven great canyons with miles of undeveloped land and trails with streams and waterfalls running throughout, offering you a change of scenery from the beach to the mountains. The Sierra de la Laguna can be approached either from the East Cape (Sea of Cortez side) or from the west near Todos Santos (Pacific Ocean side). In the east side there are a few access points into the sierra from some of the beautiful canyons such as Cañón de San Dionísio from Santiago, Cañón San Bernardo from Miraflores, and Cañón San Pablo from Caduaño. There are several companies that run day tours to the popular Sol de Mayo waterfall in Cañon de la Zorra and the hot springs in Santa Rita, both near Santiago, and both with fairly easy 15 minute hikes or less. Be sure to bring cash, pack a lunch, and take plenty of water.
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!
IN THEIR MAGICAL LAGOONS
aja is the main and most attractive destination where people can gather to observe whales up close in Mexico, and in the World. Gray whales migrate farther than any OJO DE LIEBRE whale — or any mammal. Their journey takes them from the Bering Sea down the Pacific Coast of North America, all the way to the isolated lagoons on the Pacific Coast of Baja California and SAN IGNACIO Baja California Sur, Mexico, to enjoy the winter, mate or give birth. The lagoons are safe from hungry orcas and the warm water helps the calves stay warm until they gain blubber. Also, the salty water makes the babies more buoyant, so it is easier for them to nurse. The southward migration starts in early October, when the days grow shorter and northern waters begin to freeze. By December, whales may be seen courting and mating, many on the migration route and some may be already arriving to the lagoons of Mexico. Pregnant females are in a hurry to get there, so they arrive first. Other whales might take their time. A gray whales have a special adaptation called delayed implantation: the embryo does not start developing in the mother’s body until a few months after she becomes pregnant. After mating in the lagoons (or during migration), the newly pregnant female returns to the Arctic feeding waters in the spring. Once back north, she feasts for herself and her unborn baby and migrates south again in fall or winter to the nursery lagoons to give birth. By the time she reaches the warm lagoons, the baby has been developing for 11-12 months and is ready for birth. A female usually has one calf every two years. By March, mother and baby pairs dominate the lagoons and it’s time for males and newly-pregnant females to start their journey north. New mothers are doing “spring training” for the babies so they’ll be ready for their own first migration by swimming against the currents near the mouth of the lagoon, helping them build strength and endurance. In April, most of the adults and older juveniles are heading north while the first northbound whales may already have reached Alaska. In June, the hungry whales are well into the northern waters where they find plenty of food and where they feast and start to gain back weight they lost during migration and breeding/calving season. By the month of August, migration and mating are just weeks away, and whales keep feasting in order to be ready. A 30-ton whale will expend so much energy on the migration to the Baja lagoons that it may lose up to eight tons of its blubber. Little or no whale food is available in the breeding grounds, so this is their time to eat!
TH E L AGOONS OJO DE LIEBRE lagoon, translated as “hare eye lagoon” is found at the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, and it is considered a World Heritage Site. It is here where, year after year, these species gather in a large group. Ojo de Liebre enjoys two observation areas, one near to the lagoon entrance, and the other in the interior. You will find certified boats in the town of Guerrero Negro. To protect the whales, only small boats are authorized to navigate in their waters, and there is only one site for camping. LAGUNA SAN IGNACIO is a splendid sanctuary for the gray whale. Ecotourism activities include trips to meet the whales where they give birth to watch them play joyfully with each other. People are bilingual, and service includes camping and other accommodations. You can enjoy different activities like nature walks, motorbike rides, birding, kayaking, surfing and diving. San Ignacio is also home to the Sierra de San Francisco Cave Paintings, and is a paradise in the middle of the desert. An underground river emerges to the surface of the Earth here, and it forms a lagoon surrounded by reedbeds. BAHÍA MAGDALENA lagoon is only a three-hour car ride from La Paz, on the Pacific side of the Peninsula. The rich marine life in the area attracts whales. Kayaking and birding while you row through the mangroves is a wonderful recreational option. This is a fishermen town, and from January to March, the fishing cooperatives work as tourist guides and organize trips to be closer to the gray whale. Two oceanic currents meet here: the cold Alaskan current, and the current coming from the tropical South. This water encounter generates nutrients in abundance, and provides a happy home to great species. You can explore the dunes, follow coyote tracks, and study birds and insects. Always changing, this is a natural scenery sculpted by the wind. A great way to enjoy the region is to camp on Magdalena Island. In three days, you can explore the dunes, kayak the mangroves, and visit the sea lion colony.
A mother with her calf
Besides the gray whale, you can also meet with the blue, humpback and sperm whale, and occasionally you can have an encounter with the Orca. Of course, this natural habitat is also attractive to a variety of migratory birds, and bird watchers love it here. Your trip can last from one to eight days, or more, depending on your interest. You can choose to include hotel accommodations, boats, or camping, complemented by activities such as kayaking and trekking. Ecologicallyconscious behaviour is the rule: you will only walk through pre-established paths to avoid unnecessary impact on the environment, and only biodegradable materials are used in the area. *
ABOUT GRAY WHALES By Kátia Sylva, Marine Biologist and Guide at CaboTrek
hese majestic and friendly whales travel every year a long distance that covers 12,500 miles. Their presence is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Baja region. Gray Whales are bottom feeders. Unlike all other whales, gray whales skim along the bottom of the ocean on one side of their body. As the whales scoop-up material along the continental shelf they stir up sediments where an abundance of nutrients and proteins have settled. This disturbance is vitally important to the food chain and the health of the ecosystem, because it allows other sea-dwelling creatures to consume the smorgasbord of free-floating food. They feed primarily in the Arctic, although some have been observed feeding during the migration. At one time there were three gray whale populations: a north Atlantic population, now extinct due to overhunting; the Western North Pacific stock, now very depleted also possibly from over-hunting; and the Eastern North Pacific population, the largest surviving population. Hunted to the edge of extinction in the 1850s after the discovery of the calving lagoons and again in the early 1900s with the introduction of floating factories, the gray whale was given full protection in 1947 by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Since that time, the Eastern North Pacific gray whale population has made a remarkable recovery and now
numbers range 27,000 closer to their original population size. By the 1970s, numerous efforts undertook to protect the habitat gray whales frequented. In Baja California, Mexico, the government set aside Latin America’s largest nature preserve (El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve) for a whale sanctuary and to protect the environment from further destruction. During the whale watching season, the vast majority (at least 85%) of the local population switches hats and assumes jobs that support the tourism industry. The financial relief that the whale watching industry brings enables local fishermen to engage in sustainable use of the local environment. Over the past two decades, the industry has grown and diversified, spreading out from the initially targeted lagoons to southern and eastern Baja and the mainland coast. Mexico is now one of the top ten tourism destinations in the world and the high volume of international tourism has helped Mexico to become the most popular whale watching destination outside the United States. *
GRAY WHALE FACTS:
You don’t have to visit the lagoons to see these wonderful creatures. In Los Cabos there are plenty of whale watching tour options, but spotting one can be as easy as looking out your hotel room window, or you can even see them right form the beach. Whale watching season in Baja California Sur begins as early as December and ends in April, with February being the peak month.
In its lifetime – that’s about 40 years – a gray whale travels a distance that is equivalent to going to the moon and back! They usually travel in groups of two or three, at a speed of about three to five miles per hour, and submerge for about five minutes at a time, or for 15 minutes o Do all gray whales migrate? No, some gray whales are found year-round on the coasts of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California. Do whales sing? Gray whales lack vocal cords but do have a voice. They produce sounds by forcing air from their nasal passages into sacks, without exhaling any air. Whales’ brains sleep one half at a time. Only one half of their brain will sleep at a time. This is the only way that they are able to get the amount of rest that they need and still take care of basic functions, such as breathing, that is necessary for their bodies to survive. The gray whale was removed from the endangered species list in 1994 They are from the baleen whale family and reach maturity at about eight or nine years old. Baleen is a filter-feeding system inside their mouths. Newborns can measure five meters long and weigh 1,000 kilograms (2,204 pounds).
FISHY FROM LORETO TO LAND’S END
arm sunny days and cooler evenings combined with a broad array of waterrelated activities is an ideal combination for both the first-timers and the many repeat visitors who arrive in Baja during the winter months. Cabo San Lucas sportfishing thrives on its reputation of being user friendly for all anglers. Inshore, sierra is a favorite that offers the perfect combination of being tough to catch, yet tasty in a fresh fish ceviche that can
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be prepared at your preferred restaurant. Along with sierra, there is the “bucket list” roosterfish, ranging in sizes from WOW to OMG. Dorado is another great eating fish that is a thrill to catch as the gleaming gold and green beauties leap skyward trying to escape. Farther offshore, both striped marlin and yellowfin tuna are often mainstays during these months. The ideal time for Whale Watching in Cabo is from midJanuary to mid- March when humpback, blue, and a few gray whales are often within a few miles outside of Lands’ End rocks. Along the Baja Sur coastline, where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean converge, humpback whales
offer astonishing photo ops with their remarkable leaps that take them almost completely out of the water. Venturing into the Sea of Cortez outside Puerto Los Cabos Marina is where the cow-size (over 200 pounds) yellowfin tuna and the wahoo are often found. The best close-to-shore action is for roosterfish and sierra, using live bait, plus a few dorado and wahoo. With its reputation for fierce north winds this time of year, while discouraging some sport fishers, the East Cape area has gained in popularity with the kiteboarding crowd. However, outdoor devotees have discovered that they can choose one or
the other; on less windy days the dorado, roosterfish, and sierra are often eager to bite, while kiteboarding instructors are always available on windy days to teach sailing fundamentals. In La Paz, in addition to sportfishing, local Government officials are permitting a limited number of visitors to swim with the baby whale sharks in the bay. Only experienced outfitters have been selected, in order not to crowd or harm the mammals, according to Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter Sportfishing. His captains have received permits and they are available to escort folks for a swim. The animals are often in about 10 feet of water – at times there have been
over a dozen of them in shallow water! Farther north in Loreto, huge schools of medium-sized sierra have been slashing anything that hits the water within 30-minutes of the marina. Mixed in with the sierra are similarsized dorado and small roosterfish. By mid-January, visitors will be able to observe some of the largest mammals on earth cavorting in Loreto Bay National Marine Park where the blue whale, often growing to 100-feet long and over 200-tons, spend their winters along with finback whales, dolphins, mantas, and other wild sea life. *
OUTDOOR MARKETS San José Organic Market
Some of the services you can find at the Organic Market of San José are: licensed massages and body work therapies, educational and cultural materials like books and pamphlets, art, designs and artistic creations like original jewelry and clothes, and of course, organic quality products, food and more. @Sanjomo. Los Cabos Organic Market at Pedregal
(Saturday & Wednesdays 7am-12pm) The Cabo San Lucas Organic Farmer’s Market has an amazing variety of fresh produce, seafood, organic chicken, eggs, cheeses, herbs and fruits, along with a selection of prepared foods. www.caboorganicmarket.com Farmer’s Market at the Shoppes at Palmilla
Los Cabos has always been a hotspot for exciting nightlife and over the top events. With new safety precautions in place, high season is in full swing, but some of our favorite events have been slow to return. With ever changing COVID restrictions and event cancelations and rescheduling, we encourage you to visit our website at DestinoLosCabos.com/Cabo-Events/ or our Facebook page
@DestinoMagazine or simply scan the QR code on the following page for the most up-to-date event information as new events are released!
(Fridays 9am-1pm) At the Farmers Market in Palmilla you will find something new and different every week, starting from the vegetables and fruits of the season, all the way to special products like regional wines, traditional Mexican candies, and biodegradable cleaning products. They are proud to say that all of their products whether it is chicken, eggs, seafood, pasta, natural honey, vegetables, fruits and even beauty and spa products are 100 percent organic. @ TheShoppesatPalmilla Los Cabos Farmers Market at Metate
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CASA CRENN AT MONTAGE LOS CABOS
Debuting January 21, 2021! A once-in-a-lifetime exclusive culinary series in partnership with America’s only threeMichelin-starred female chef, Dominique Crenn, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Atelier Crenn, the world-renowned restaurant in San Francisco. Featuring top talent from the culinary world, this exciting epicurean 24
event is hosted in collaboration with French Master Chef Xavier Salomon, Executive Chef at Montage Los Cabos, and Mexican-born Chef Patissier Juan Contreras, to prepare a series of exclusive dinners in one of the resort’s signature Casas. Boasting a sophisticated ten-course menu of Atelier Crenn signature favorites that highlight local Baja producers and flavors, the limited-seating events will provide guests the opportunity to engage in up-close conversation with seasoned Master Chefs accompanied by carefully curated, sommelierselected wines. Casa Crenn guests will be able to commemorate this memorable experience with a signed copy of the menu, as well as autographed Montage aprons. This exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experience has limited availability. For reservations and more information visit bit.ly/CasaCrennMLC or email Casa.Crenn@Montage.com.
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 yearround 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! El Huerto Farm to Table Market
Another favorite that launched in 2020 is El Huerto Market in El Tezal complete with vendors, fresh fruits and veggies, music and sit down breakfast at their recently open farm to table restaurant. Every Saturday from 8am to 1pm. www.elhuertorestaurant.com
SOCIAL CABO Craft Brew Fest at El Huerto Farm to Table
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El Huerto Farm to Table Market is the most idyllic and rustic farmers market setting you will find in Cabo San Lucas! What started as a small weekly organic market, transformed into an uber popular sunset event during the hottest months of the summer in 2020. Now, heading into to winter months, El Huerto has transformed their market once again, returning to a Saturday morning organic market concept every Saturday from 8am-1pm. The market takes place in a grassy field alongside their newly opened Farm to Table restaurant featuring skillfully prepared breakfast and dinner. Weekday breakfast reservations are available on OpenTable, with Saturday/Sunday breakfast first come, first serve due to popularity. Dinner reservations are available on OpenTable from Tuesday to Sunday. On Saturday, November 7, 2020 El Huerto held their first ever Craft Brew Fest. The event was similar to their popular organic market, but with the addition of craft beers and wines, and live music under a canopy of twinkling lights. In attendance was Baja Brewing, Todos Santos Brewing, Chureya, Stone Brewing and Demaranima. All COVID safety precautions were in place for guests to enjoy a safe and family-friendly open-air event. El Huerto Market is located in El Tezal on the street to Del Mar School. Visit “El Huerto Farm to Table” on Facebook or Instagram, or www.elhuertorestaurant.com.
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opportunities. The marina is also the main departure point for water taxis to the iconic Arch at Land’s End. The main beach is El Médano which is safe for swimming and full of restaurants and beach clubs. San José del Cabo on the other hand is a very tranquil and traditional Mexican town, but with plenty of large resorts. The San José del Cabo Art Gallery District is a lively area in San José’s historic downtown which has internationally renowned galleries, traditional Mexican art and crafts stores, jewelry stores, restaurants, and more. Also in historic downtown, the main plaza’s church, town hall and large Mexican flag standing tall make you feel like you’re living a true Mexican experience. The beach in San José is mostly dangerous for swimming, although on some days the waves can be on the smaller side. And then there is The Corridor; this highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo has been developed in the past years and new large and luxurious resorts have sprung up. Staying in The Corridor is a good option if you’re planning on enjoying the resort you’re staying at and not planning on leaving much (many of these resorts offer all inclusive stays) and it is also great because you can be in the middle of both destinations (about 15 minutes to each one). Some of the beaches are swimmable but some can be dangerous. YOU ASK - DESTINO ANSWERS
SHOULD I STAY IN CABO SAN LUCAS OR SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO?
That all depends on what you are planning to do on your trip, but at the end of the day it’s only a 25-30 minute drive from San José del Cabo to Cabo San Lucas, so you can easily go from one destination to the other. Cabo San Lucas is a great option for those who want the typical Mexican resort town experience. There are great dining options for every budget, and if you’re here for the party this is where you want to be. One of the main staples of Cabo San Lucas is the beautiful and energetic marina which is lined with restaurants, bars, and shopping
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eñor Mañana has been a fixture of the San José del Cabo landscape for years, and the place and the people behind it are greeting 2021 feeling refreshed, reenergized, and with a renewed sense of purpose. And a new name: the Señor Mañana UnHotel. They are creating a niche in the hospitality industry. Neither a large hotel nor a small hostel, this is a welcoming and down-to-earth place to lay your head, in a comfortable bed, in a clean, private, secure, and peaceful room. Rooms can accommodate two, three, or four people and are decorated with local art. Bedding and pillows are organic cotton and antiallergen. Group rentals can be arranged for family reunions or getaways with friends. This is both a kid-friendly and pet-friendly space. But wait. There is much more to the Señor Mañana UnHotel than your bed and your room. Wake up feeling relaxed and at home. Open the door, step outside. Breathe in the fresh air. You are surrounded by plant life and the sounds of birds, and perhaps the tantalizing scent of coffee from the little café at the entrance to this very Baja space. There are catwalks and staircases
leading to the common areas: a large open-air palapa, a place for gathering together, having breakfast, and the occasional event; a smaller palapa lounge with comfy sofas, a center table, even a desk; gardens with hammocks for a little R&D (redefined here as reading and dozing). On the ground floor, you’ll find the communal kitchen, laundry facilities, and the patio, good for a cookout on the grill. And the café. The café at the entrance may be small, but it has a big heart. Using locally sourced produce, so local that you can pluck a mango, guava, or banana as you walk by the trees in the garden, it offers fruit plates, juices and smoothies in the mornings. Heartier breakfasts are also available. In the afternoon, enjoy a light meal, like a baguette sandwich accompanied by a cold beer. Right outside, there are bistro-style tables and chairs shaded by the trees. To minimize the use of disposable containers, the café does not offer take-out. But they will be happy to fill up your travel mug. Reconnecting with the Planet and Ourselves Ecological awareness has always been essential here, and with its new energy the Señor Mañana UnHotel has made it a focus, emphasizing personal and spiritual
growth, physical and emotional wellbeing, mindfulness, a social conscience, caring for our planet. The tipping point for this rethinking of the space came from both global and personal places. Cinthya and Hernán recently celebrated twenty years of making this a home away from home for visitors, and it seemed like the right time to reflect on how they could make a larger difference. The Earth’s environment has been in flux for its entire existence. No news there. But humanity and our technology have brought such changes to a dizzying pace. Grand initiatives are all well and good, but more personal and local projects such as the Señor Mañana UnHotel are the foundation for true evolution. Everything here is aimed at moving toward a kinder, cleaner, and healthier world, to ensure the present and future wellbeing of its inhabitants. Some of the measures designed to minimize environmental impact include composting, participation in the government recycling program Yo Reciclo, and the use of eco-friendly cleaning products. Reducing waste is a priority, of course, but unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced them to replace the refillable glass water bottles in the rooms with plastic ones, just for now.
Redefining Recreation Your hosts, Hernán and Cinthya, recognize that many guests prefer to spend their time enjoying the area rather than researching options. So, they have done the research for you, recommending only reliable local businesses offering tours and activities that don’t leave a big footprint on the environment. Or simply pointing you in the direction of the closest beach, where the only footprints will be the ones you leave in the sand. To get to that beach, it’s a short walk to the estuary pathway, where the slow-moving river has created a lush environment in the middle of a desert. You may find yourself slowing down too, to take in the verdant plant life. It is also a birdwatcher’s paradise. Your hosts can recommend the best beaches for swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, standup paddle boarding, or surfing. Board rentals are readily available, as are classes for beginners. Don’t forget to watch for whales. The UnHotel is minutes from the bike path for a leisurely evening pedal past the shops, restaurants, and bars of the hotel district. Across the bridge over the estuary, it’s a short jaunt to the sleepier village of La Playita. Or a longer ride along the hilly paved road past beautiful mountain vistas to reach the dirt roads and beaches of the East Cape. Just steps from the UnHotel, the central plaza is perfect for an evening stroll or simply sitting on a bench, eating ice-cream as you take in the ambience. Listening to the municipal palace bell sound the hour. The clock isn’t always right, but this a place to quit looking at clocks, put away the watches, and unwind. On Thursday evenings, the plaza becomes the hub for the Art Walk, creating a vibrant atmosphere with live music and local artists showing their work. Galleries on adjoining streets throw open their doors to welcome the public, whether to browse or to buy. It’s a short walk to the Saturday Organic Market, where artisans offer crafts, clothing, jewelry, baked goods, and other products. Food stands serve healthy fare for
every taste, including plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. The spreading branches of a large tree provide shade for live performances by local musicians, yoga, and dance classes. Back to Basics Baja California Sur is a beautiful and inviting place where the desert meets the sea. Breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, long pristine beaches. Plant life, wildlife, marine life like no other. Multiple ecosystems coexisting on a narrow peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California. It’s so inviting that thoughtless and uncaring development and the massive influx of tourism are endangering this beauty: closing off beaches, lowering water tables, shrinking natural habitats for animals and plants, polluting the seas. This is a fragile environment needing protection and care. The Señor Mañana UnHotel is committed to it. They seek an evolution and a revolution in travel. In essence, they always have. Now they are putting these goals at the forefront. I know this, because a dozen years ago, it was my first home in Baja California Sur, and I believe in what they are doing. Contact:
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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&#x20AC;&#x201C;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll avoid the mid-day snorkel tours. Bring snorkeling gear and shade!
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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!
PLAYA PALMILLA SAN JOSĂ&#x2030; 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.
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1 Frank Arnold Gallery 2 Tienda 17
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