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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!
By Bonnie Chase, Bliss Events
I believe that everyone would agree that the last 12 months have been bonkers on planet Earth. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, almost half a million couples had to cancel or postpone their weddings in March – May of 2020 in the US alone. After a year of news reports and social posts about what we can’t do in light of the pandemic, we thought it would be uplifting to talk about what we can do, which is get back to planning your wedding! Love birds all around the world still want to have their wedding day, so let’s take a look at all the reasons why Cabo is unquestionably the world’s best wedding destination of today.
Reliable Weather is Perfect for an Outdoor Celebration
The Options are Endless
Experts agree that gathering outdoors is much safer, and Cabo is beautiful outdoors almost year-round. Pandemic aside, one of the most stressful parts of planning your wedding is the concern over potential rain. In Cabo, the weather is wedding-perfect from October through July, with peak months being November through May. The average annual temperature in Cabo is 75.1 °F, and the average rainfall is only around 7.6 inches per year. No need to take risks with an indoor wedding when the views and the weather are so gorgeous outside in the fresh air.
With so many engaged couples rescheduling their weddings from 2020 to 2021, plus the newly engaged couples who are shopping for dates and venues, it’s fair to ask if Cabo can manage the volume. Rest assured, it can! With so many possibilities for where and how to get married in Cabo, you cannot run out of options. Plus, you can give your guests a totally unique experience. Our little town offers couples beautiful, picturesque beaches, romantic historic Mexican architecture, sprawling ranches, five-star resorts and quaint boutique hotels, organic farms, modern rooftops, luxury yachts, and more. Cabo isn’t just a beach destination anymore. Not only are there plenty of venues, but Cabo is home to many world-class photographers, makeup artists, bands, DJs, floral designers, and event planners like us. There are enough wedding pros to support what is shaping up to be a very exciting year of weddings.
Photo by Ana and Jerome
Health and Safety Many countries are protecting their citizens and residents with travel protocols that are meant to keep people safe. The federal and municipal governments, health care organizations, tourism boards, and other associations of Cabo have made it easy for foreign visitors like your destination wedding guests to safely travel to Los Cabos while upholding their travel responsibilities. If your country requires proof of a negative Covid-19 test to return home, you can relax knowing that Cabo has made it extremely easy to take the test, in most cases right at your hotel. The process is fast and safe, and results are in hand in less than one day, sometimes within the hour. These tests are extremely affordable or even free and take only 10 minutes out of your day. Not only can you board your flight back home knowing that you have the required documents in hand, but you can do so knowing that everyone else on your flight is also healthy, and your flight home will be safe and stress-free.
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The price is right We can all agree that financial strain has gone hand-in-hand with the rest of the wackiness that we’ve experienced in the last year. Many people lost jobs, cut costs, reduced hours, and closed doors. With so much uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to be responsible with your wedding budget. Cabo is a luxury wedding destination, but your budget will still go farther here than it will in the US, Canada, European countries, and many other destinations around the world. Not only is the current exchange rate very favorable, especially against the American dollar, but prices, in general, are lower than you would pay at home. While a traveler with an appetite for a high-end luxury meal will have no shortage of options, visitors on a budget can also be very comfortable in Los Cabos. If 2020 left you feeling a little insecure about your savings, you can certainly get more bang for your buck with a destination wedding in Los Cabos. *
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elcome to Baja – where the weather is in its transition period – just right for many, not too cold and not too hot.
LORETO TO LAND’S END
For the anglers in your group, whether on the beach, inshore or offshore fishing, either on the surface or down deep, it is almost a given that they are going to catch something fun, which they can usually have the crew fillet and have it prepared at a local restaurant or back at your hotel.
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For those not interested in going out on a boat to catch fish, shore fishing is an intriguing option. If that sounds appealing,
there are several local guides available who are offering beach trips, and who provide tackle and expertise. The catch possibilities are colorful jacks, cabrilla, grouper, red snapper, roosterfish, sierra and even an occasional dorado, or yellowtail. Also included are opportunities for sun and beach on their half or full days trip.
Nick Moran, Kahului, Hawaii, on a recent visit to East Cape hooked and caught this feisty wahoo while kiteboarding and dragging a lure behind.
For newcomers or seasoned anglers, the choices are limitless. The largest fleet of sportfishing boats for hire in all of Baja is at your service in Cabo and San Jose. They range from an open
outboard powered skiff (if you have a small group), to huge sport fishers that offer all the creature comforts you could imagine. Offshore there are billfish ranging from sailfish to giant blue and black marlin weighing hundreds of pounds, along with yellowfin tuna ranging from small to monster size and wahoo. Up inside the Sea of Cortez from La Ribera past Los Barriles to Los Muertos Bay there are miles of beaches to explore on ATV’s, with or without a fishing guide. ATVs can be rented by the hour or day.
Weather is usually mild, although north winds are always a consideration in March, diminishing in April. Frankly, the half-day beach and inshore trips are your best choices; save the full-day offshore trips for billfish and tuna on calm days. As north winds settle down in La Paz, the inshore at Bahia Los Muertos will be the hot spot for the same species list as Cabo San Lucas. During April, there may be dorado, sailfish and striped marlin, plus early arriving yellowfin tuna in the lee of Cerralvo Island. For those not interested in the hour-long van ride to Muertos, La Paz Bay and the few surrounding islands should provide good fishing.
March in the Loreto area offers some Humpback whales and fin whales inside the Loreto Bay National Marine Park feeding on krill. In addition to good yellowtail action in deep water, anglers can expect to find smaller roosterfish as well as cabrilla, grouper and other rockfish around the local nearby scenic islands. Keep an eye out for the Desert Bighorn Sheep that cavort along the ridges on Carmen Island. *
by Michelle Monroy and Ali Lohrman
hroughout our life, there are places that we go to, places that we visit, that make an impact on us. When thinking back on them, not only do we remember what the place looked like, or the aromas that were in the air, but we also remember the way it made us feel. Something special about these places stands out, be it the location, the design and architecture, or the vibe that the place holds. Rukhsana’s Wellness Heavenly Retreat is such a place. Ali Lohrman and I had the pleasure of being invited to experience a stay at Rukhsana’s, and we are confident when we say that this is a Baja gem. I believe that we are fortunate to have this in Los Cabos. Rukhsana Khan, the founder of this wellness centre, studied at the Chopra Centre for Well Being in Carlsbad, CA, and is a certified Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor and an accredited
Ayurvedic Body Therapist and Counsellor. Rukhsana’s path has led her to Los Cabos to share her holistic and Ayurvedic knowledge with us. In the morning and evenings we had the pleasure of spending about an hour in the meditation room with Rukhsana. We learned about meditation techniques and the benefits meditation provides, and we spent time just conversing about life’s beauty in general. Rukhsana’s tranquil demeanor and spirit seep into your own, making the meditation practice a blissful experience. The wellness centre is situated on the top of a hill with stunning 360º views of the ocean and the desert and is surrounded by the tranquility of nature. Rukhsana’s Retreat is family-run by Rukhsana, her husband Arshad Khan, and their daughter Sameena Khan, which brings a feeling of care and warmth that makes you feel at home. Having been previously in the business of industrial cooking, the Khans place special attention to the delicious meals that are offered throughout your stay, from egg casseroles to vegan Indian cuisine, the food at Rukhsana’s is definitely one of the highlights. The original building purchased by Rukhsana and her husband included a round palapa, which was unfortunately lost during hurricane Odile in 2015. When Rukhsana saw the round structure she immediately knew they would purchase the property. “The reason my mom loved the space was because it wasn’t shaped like a box. We tend to be confined to a box in our modern day-to-day activities, but if you look at nature, everything is circular. So my mom loved that the space had movement and flow to help reconnect with nature, as we are just an extension of nature,” said Sameena. The grounds
of the property are stunning. A walking meditation labyrinth, a salt water pool, an Ayurvedic spa, and a pathway carved through the lush garden of bougainvilleas and trees are only a few of the spaces that allow you to enjoy time to listen to yourself and connect your mind, body and soul. “Every retreat is different,” Sameena mentioned during our dinner conversation. This made sense to me, as every individual is different. We all experience life’s events in our own unique way, so we would like to share Ali’s own personal experience at the retreat: From the moment we arrived at Rukhsana’s Wellness Heavenly Retreat I could feel the calming energy take over my mind and body. From Sameena and Rukhsana’s warm greeting, to the delicious interactive color-changing welcome tea made with butterfly pea flowers from their garden, I
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immediately knew that the next 24 hours would be one for the books. After we checked-in, Sameena showed us to our rooms which overlooked the beautiful garden and the beaches in the distance. My room was the Sunrise room, and as promised, the sunrise view the next morning was remarkable. The room was spacious with large windows and glass sliding doors to access the private terrace that allowed the natural lighting to pour in. Sameena continued to show us around leading us downstairs to the library where they offered a wide variety of books such as The Upanishads and The Bhagavad Gita (sacred Hindu texts), Think and Grow Rich, and books by Dr. Wayne Dyer (my personal favorite), just to name a few. After visiting the library we were led to the meditation room where we met twice a day to learn about meditation and to practice mantra meditation with Rukhsana. This was my favorite hour at the retreat. Listening to Rukhsana talk about the power of the mind and the benefits of meditation reminded me that we do not have to search for the answers we seek outside of us, rather within. Outside of the meditation room was a beautiful pool area and fire pit. Sameena shared with us that in certain retreats they would ask their guests to write down something that was bothering them or a negative thought that they were experiencing, and at the end of their retreat they would have a burning ceremony for it. All of these practices resonated with me and where I was in my personal journey, and I was so captivated by it all. The gardens were beautiful. So lush and abundant. We were able to enjoy Ayurvedic spa treatments towards the end of our stay. Rukhsana makes the oils used in the treatments herself by infusing them with herbs that they grow in the garden; mainly clove, lemongrass and cinnamon. She also adds a few more, but those are her secret. The walking path around the compound is exactly 1 mile long, perfect for an evening or morning stroll to connect with Mother Nature. Towards the evening, after meditation and yoga we were called to dinner where we sat on the outdoor patio overlooking Cabo’s beautiful El Tule Beach. Rukhsana’s husband was in charge of the meals, and I have to say it was some of the most delicious vegan dishes I have ever eaten! Such a treat. Curry, crisp salads, soups, fruit from the garden, stews and desserts were all enjoyed together. Meal time was a beautiful time to connect. After dinner we received an Ayurvedic consultation where we found out what type of dosha we are and how to eat and take self care accordingly. As our day came to an end, I took another walk around the garden taking it all in. So tranquil and peaceful. If you are looking for a home away from home, whether that be to reconnect with your spirituality, relax and recharge or learn new culture or meditation, Rukhsana’s Heavenly Wellness Retreat is a MUST. Rukhsana’s Wellness Heavenly Retreat hosts a number of retreats and workshops throughout the year, as well as all inclusive nightly stays, day passes or you can simply just visit their Ayurvedic spa. *
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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
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WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO VISIT LOS CABOS?
Los Cabos has ideal weather and during every season you can find different activities and attractions. Here is a breakdown of what it’s like year-round in Los Cabos:
October marks the beginning of the “high season” in Los Cabos, which means that tourism kicks back-up after the hot and slower summer months. The weather is still warm and it’s the last month of hurricane season, so tropical storms and humid weather are possible. October is also known for Sammy Hagar’s infamous birthday bash at Cabo Wabo, which has been taking place yearly for over two decades, as well as the world-renowned Bisbee’s Fishing Tournaments. November is a favorite weather-wise: the weather is ideal; warm but not hot, and the ocean water is still nice and warm. Seasonal happenings start back up, such as the San José del Cabo Art walk and organic markets. Several sporting events take place, from marathons to biking races, the weather is ideal for outdoor high endurance activities. Los Cabos is an excellent place to spend the holiday season if you need a break from the cold; even though the weather is still warm through December (although it begins to cool off in the evenings) the holiday spirit can be felt everywhere. With the new year comes new weather; January marks the beginning of the “windy season” as we welcome the northern winds, and the weather and water temps cool down. The Pacific welcomes swells from the west, so surfers flock over to the western coastline and kite
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and wind surfers head over to the East Cape to take advantage of the northerly winds. February is the peak month of whale watching season and it’s also the time of year to swim with whale sharks (whale shark season starts as early as October and continues through April). In March and April Cabo hosts spring breakers and Medano Beach turns into a fun beach party and people watching is at its best. The days are beautiful as the spring weather arrives, and the nights are energetic with the youth that flocks the bars and nightclubs. In May, the northern winds subside and the weather climbs up a few degrees, so the conditions are ideal for boating and fishing. June is another weather-favorite month; the warm temperatures and the surfable southern swells that arrive on the eastern coasts bring that feel of Baja summer vibes. June also marks the beginning of hurricane season, so it is not uncommon to experience storms this early in the summer. June is also the last month before the seasonal markets and the San José Art Walk shut down for the summer. As the summer months go on, the temperatures rise and the Los Cabos “off-season” arrives and continues through September, the hottest month of the year, and some businesses even close their doors for the season. Tourism slows down but the hot summer weather makes for ideal conditions to enjoy the refreshing and beautiful ocean; from jet skiing, parasailing and stand up paddle boarding, to snorkeling and scuba diving, pretty much any water activities you can think of can be enjoyed in Los Cabos. *
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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 weekends–and weekdays too...ah, the Cabo life. This is a great beach for swimming due to its calm waters, and its beautiful reefs offer excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. Walk to the left end of the beach and you'll find tide pools and some less crowded areas, as well as the impressive Chileno Bay Beach Club which is only accessible to members. Newly built public restrooms and showers are available, as well as a handicap ramp that takes you right to the beach. Location: Follow the signs for PLAYA EL CHILENO near Km. 14 of HWY 1. Tips: Snorkeling visibility is often better in the early mornings and you’ll avoid the mid-day snorkel tours. Bring snorkeling gear and shade!
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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 JOSÉ DEL CABO'S GEM Palmilla Beach is known for its family friendly calm waters and mile-long stretch of beach. Located within the resort community of Palmilla, you will find yourself surrounded by oceanfront luxury homes and the exclusive One&Only Hotel. Pangas and fishing cruisers are available for charter, but you won't find water sport rentals such as kayaks or jet skis. From the main parking area you can go left or right; the beach area on the left is roped off with buoys for safe swimming, and the area on the left is a bit more uncrowded and has tide pools and rocks that you can explore. Both sides are equally stunning and you can see beautiful and colorful fish literally right off the shore. Location: Take the PALMILLA ramp exit at km. 27 and turn into the residential community (towards the ocean). You will wind down the beautiful palm tree lined street until you arrive to the beach entrance located on the left side, in front of the Del Mar community gate. If you reach the One&Only Hotel you have gone too far. Tips: Palmilla Beach is popular among local families on the weekends, so arrive early if you want a palapa. Restrooms and showers are available. Bring snorkeling gear!
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 José 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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INVESTING IN LOS CABOS by Rick Parks, firstname.lastname@example.org
Investing in property in Los Cabos is the beginning of a dream for many foreigners wishing to establish a financial base in Mexico for their retirement. It is a great idea that has the potential to produce an income while you sit on your own terrace, drinking your cerveza and enjoying the warm ocean breezes coming off the Sea of Cortez. That being said, there are some things to consider as you begin to look for an investment property in Los Cabos.
What type of rental do you want? When I am approached by a buyer looking for a rental investment, one of my first questions is always, “what type of rental do you want this to be – a vacation rental or long-term rental?” The answer to this question allows me to target the areas in which we should be looking. Vacation rentals tend to be properties closer to the action and/or the beach. They are in complexes and buildings that are primarily short-term rental based and offer certain amenities that appeal to the rental market. They will demand more on a cost per night basis, but the overall operational costs will be higher as you must consider utilities, property management, rental management and maintenance. Long-term rentals tend to be more in the suburbs
and offer more of a “home” feeling that provides you an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and be part of a community. They generally rent for less and the utilities are paid by the renter above and beyond the base rental. Can an investment be in both categories? Absolutely, but knowing what type of rental investment you want will make your real estate agents’ life a lot easier. What are the costs involved? With any property you purchase in Los Cabos you will be responsible for the base costs which includes property tax, Fideicomiso (if applicable), closing costs (one time cost at closing) and the homeowner’s association fee (if applicable). With a vacation rental you will also have the cost of the utilities, property management (if needed) and possibly rental management. Property management is generally a flat fee that you pay for someone to watch over your home and take care of any maintenance issues, pay the bills and ensure that the home remains well maintained. A rental management company generally charges a percentage (upwards of 30%) of the rental income and overseas the marketing, customer management and taxation on your rental property. In long-term rentals the renter is generally responsible for the utilities. You may also choose to use a property management service but understand that rental marketing is done a little different with the rental agents taking up to one month’s rent on a 12-month lease.
Where do I begin? As with any real estate purchase you should enlist the services of a professional real estate agent. Even if you are buying from a developer who is offering a “rental plan,” having an agent by your side will provide you with a level of experience that is invaluable. There is no cost involved with having an agent assist you in the buying process. Take advantage of their expertise and knowledge. Once you have a professional on your side then you can begin to search for the type of property that works best for you. There is no cookie cutter solution to investing in Los Cabos. Rely on your instinct, the advice of your real estate agent and find something that you know will work for you. You are one step closer to sitting on that terrace, enjoying those warm breezes and living the lifestyle that you have worked so hard for. I wish you the best of luck. *
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$799,000 • 3 Beds 2 Baths • 2,507.08 SF • MLS#20-1461 Classic Cabo only 3 rows from the beach! Enjoy ultimate Cabo lifestyle in this ''Beach House'' in Costa Brava. Walk a few steps from your front door to the secure gate that grants you access to one of Cabo's most pristine and private beaches. This single level 3BR/2BA home boasts panoramic ocean views, outdoor dining and entertaining areas, and an over-sized heated pool! Also a great rental history for those looking for an investment property. A MUST SEE to appreciate!
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Located in the quiet residential community of Cabo Bello, just 6 mins from downtown Cabo, Casa Santa Fe features 2 fully furnished units each with their own separate entrance. This home is an EXCELLENT INVESTMENT property, with 6 beds/6.5 baths, 24/7 security, lovely arch & ocean views, and tons of possibilities for future construction! Cabo Bello semi-private swimmable and snorkel friendly beach is only a 10-minute walk. The public bus stops just outside the development, ideal for renters who don’t want to rent a car.
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Beachfront living in Casa del Mar, Phase 1! Take advantage of stunning vistas of the white sand from your 2BR/2BA 3rd level condo in Casa del Mar. Fully furnished, this property sleeps 6 comfortably and enjoys access to resort amenities for you and your guests to use. With a perfectly sited balcony, complete with SPA, you can have your evening glass of wine while enjoying spectacular sunsets after playing golf at Cabo Real or spending the day in the sun on the beautiful beach directly in front of the unit.
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