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Letter From The Editor

Dear Friends, Happy New Year! The State of Baja California Sur begins January in full swing and since we’re high on the list of favorites for international travelers, we’re poised for the influx of people and events. Our topography - a contrast of mountains, deserts, and beaches - is beautiful and diverse and, when coupled with the warm hospitality and talent of those living on the peninsula, is unparalleled and unique. At Destino, we are especially excited to bring you news coverage and stories highlighting our incredible land and people in what we believe will be a banner year for all of us. Here’s to health and happiness for all and best wishes for all your dreams coming true in 2022! Blessings, Dana

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Destino Magazine presents the 1st Annual


We asked, and you answered. Thank you to everyone who voted in our annual "Best of Cabo" contest. The feedback was phenomenal. We were pleased to see how many of you came out to support your favorite merchants and professionals we have here in Los Cabos, illustrating that there truly is something for everyone here in our little pocket of paradise. Below, find the winners in each category.







Comal at Chileno Bay Resort & Residence


Rooftop 360

Bar Esquina

Mango Deck

The District


The Official Latitud 22 the Roadhouse

La Lupita

Asi Y Asado

Pez Gato

Cactus Tours

Wild Canyon

Tag Cabo Sportfishing

Cabo Del Sol


Puertos Los Cabos


The Spa at Esperanza

Waldorf Astoria Spa

The Desert Spa, Villas Del Arco

Casa Dorada





Pez Gordo

Frank Arnold

Art Gallery Julian Garcia

Patricia Mendoza Gallery

San Jose Organic Market

The Shoppes at Palmilla Organic Market

El Huerto


Eclectic Array

Sax Corp

Pepita´s Magic of the Moon

Cielo / 1 of a Kind

RESTAURANTS With so many options to choose from, we knew this would be a tough category with many contenders. Here's what you, our dear readers, render as the best of the best in which to dine.

BARS & NIGHTLIFE Cabo is known as a party town and with good reason. Check out the winners in this section and what makes them Must Try places on your list if you want to paint the town red.

LOCAL'S BEST Often off the beaten path are the hidden jewels that are often overlooked that we wanted to spotlight, too. Here are your choices that those "in the know" have kept secret.

ACTIVITIES What's a vacation and wellness capital like Cabo without a plethora of activities of which to choose? People come from all over the world to vacation and live in our little slice of paradise, so it's no surprise that the recipients of most votes for this section are fantastic.

GOLF COURSES With over 18 world-class golf courses attached to celebrated icons of the game like Woods, Norman, Nicklaus, Fazio, and more, Cabo doesn't disappoint followers of the game. Here are your picks for best in the area.

SPAS We take wellness very seriously here in Cabo, and so do you, as demonstrated by this category and their offerings from massages and facials to aromatherapy and mani-pedis. Here's whom you go to when looking for a little R&R.

BEST BEACH Beautiful beaches are synonymous with life in Cabo. From the swimmable to the surfable and everything in between, here are your top contenders in this category.

BEST ART GALLERY Looking for beautiful art pieces is not difficult in Cabo, with the variety of different galleries in the area. Whatever medium or style you prefer, these galleries won't disappoint.

FARMERS MARKET With all our sunshine and enviable climate, there is delicious produce aplenty in Cabo, and because of this, there are several great farmers and organic markets in the area. Here are your recommendations you voted for.

RETAIL STORE What retail store really tickles your fancy with its catalog of merchandise, service, and presentation? Here is what you suggested as the best.


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

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.


This tourist friendly town, also just known as “Cabo,” is located on the tip of the Baja California peninsula and is full of entertainment for every age and liking. The Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet at Land’s End, where you can observe the beautiful rock formations and the famous Cabo Arch. In Cabo San Lucas you can find Medano Beach (the liveliest beach in the Los Cabos area), an impressive marina and countless restaurants and bars that keep the town alive day and night.

San José del Cabo

Walking around downtown San José will allow you to experience a traditional Mexican town. You will find yourself surrounded by colorful buildings and quaint cobblestone streets that lead to the town’s picturesque zócalo (main plaza). Over the years, San José has become an artistic and cultural centre with numerous fine art galleries in its downtown art district as well as world-class restaurants. San José has a beautiful estuary where you can take a horseback ride to explore this natural peserve that is home to many different bird species.

The Corridor

The corridor is the 40 km highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (about a 20 minute drive). Along this highway you can find various hotels, luxury ocean front homes, and championship golf courses. Have your camera ready and make a roadside stop at the Costa Azul view-point for photo opportunities and a refreshing coco frío (cold coconut).

Todos Santos

Located on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula, Todos Santos is an oasis where artists and surfers flock to enjoy the culture and excellent surf. Home to the famous Hotel California, this charming town offers great restaurants

and a cooler climate than Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo due to the breezes coming from the Pacific.

East Cape

People often call it “the old Cabo” because of its pristine beaches and small fishing towns such as Buena Vista and Los Barriles. The East Cape begins just east of San José and extends about 100 miles up the Sea of Cortez coast. Sixty miles outside of San José is the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, 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

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.



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:





Emergencies: 911 from a local number Roadside Assistance: 074 from a local number Police Department: - Cabo San Lucas 143-3977 - San José del Cabo 142-0361 Fire Department: - Cabo San Lucas 143-3577 - San José del Cabo 142-2466 Highway Patrol: 146-0573 Tourist Police: 143-3977 HOSPITALS: Hospiten: - Cabo San Lucas 145-6000 - San José del Cabo 105-8550 Baja Medical Response: 144-3434 Blue Medical Net: - Cabo San Lucas Hospital 104 3911 - San José del Cabo Clinic 142-3511 Cabo Surgical Center: 172-6030 Hospital H+ Los Cabos: 104-9300 North American Hospitals and Clinics: 142-2770 One World Hospital: - Cabo San Lucas 143-4911 - San José del Cabo 142-5911 - Todos Santos (612) 145-0600 Saint Luke's Hospital: - Cabo San Lucas 143-4911 - San José del Cabo 142-5911 Walk-in Medi Clinic: 130-7011 * For a complete directory of Doctors, hospitals and clinics in Los Cabos, visit:

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





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. 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. 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. BOAT RENTALS Private Charters 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, sailboat 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 10

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.


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.

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-akind. 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.



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

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.

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.

SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO ART WALK The San José del Cabo Art District offers a variety of worldclass 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.



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 decision-making.


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

Campestre, the newest Jack Nicklaus Design in Los Cabos. Almost every green has 2 or 3 different tiers, so spend some time on the practice green before your round. 18 holes, Par 71, 6,966 yards. TPC Danzante Bay Golf Course ​North of Cabo is Baja’s newest gem and it might just outshine the rest. Just opened in 2016, Rees Jones, the architect and designer of Danzante Bay explains the elevated, island-like 17th hole par 3 “I have no doubt that number 17 will be one of the best holes in the world”. The course winds you through stunning vistas of the Sea of Cortez, as well as the beautiful mountain range of the Sierra’s. A stunner to say the least and a must-do for the avid golfer. Diamante – El Cardonal & Dunes Course A stunning masterpiece with rolling fairways and challenging greens, El Cardonal can test any golfer. Bring your short game as the golfer can experience undulated greens and encourages risk versus reward decision-making on each hole. Diamante is also home to Davis Love III’s spectacular “Dunes Course,” currently ranking #38 in the top 100 courses in the world according to With links-style attributes, this challenging design reminds the golfer he’s only competing against himself. The course was designed with the wind in mind and rewards you when going with the wind and challenges you when going against it. Palmilla Golf Club With 27 holes of golf, each 9 hole course offers something different. The Ocean, Mountain, and Arroyo courses all boast Jack Nicklaus Design and a fun and challenging layout with canyons and elevation changes.

Puerto Los Cabos This 18-hole composite course made up of nine Greg Norman designed and nine Jack Nicklaus designed holes is a favorite among locals and frequent visitors. With both challenging and forgiving holes, the average golfer can get around the course comfortably and enjoy the numerous oceanfront holes and elevated vistas. Not to mention, comfort stations with food and booze every 4-5 holes make the experience fun for all levels of players and all types of groups. Quivira Located on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula and sure to test any level of player, Quivira boasts dramatic cliff-side landscapes and multiple oceanfront golf holes. It’s not uncommon to be playing while whales breach in the Pacific Ocean or fish jump out of the water. The on-course experience is unique in its multiple comfort stations where players can enjoy tacos, quesadillas, sliders, and of course, a few adult beverages. Rancho San Lucas A beachfront course designed by world-renowned professional golfer, Greg Norman. Highlighted by its island green, the first of its kind in Cabo, the Norman Design challenges the average golfer to elevation changes, undulating greens, and decision making, all while enjoying breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The multi-themed, ‘least-disturbance’ layout spans three different ecosystems. 7,210-yard, par-72 Vidanta Golf Los Cabos This 9 hole course is a friendly course but make sure you hit ‘em straight because throughout the course you are surrounded by homes and condos in beautiful San José. A fun course for any level of golfer.



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

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. 14

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.


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. 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

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 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.

This popular and uniquely-named beach is accessible only by boat. Be on the look-out, however, as the water is not roped off for swimmers. Santa Maria Bay Snorkel tours regularly visit Santa Maria Bay. If you choose to drive there, it’s an easy swim from the shore to the reef on the right side of the cove. Chileno Bay Snorkelers will find a safe, roped-off area for swimming at this common tour destination. 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!






Southern Baja 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 “The Tip of Baja California Sur” map on page 24 to locate the surf spots mentioned below.

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.

BREAKS 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.





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Happy New Year! And Welcome to Baja! According to AccuWeather, both January and February will be warm and extremely dry, with sea temperatures averaging in the low 70s – ideal for fishing here in Cabo San Lucas. Warm offshore currents from the Sea of Cortez converge with the waters of the Pacific Ocean, attracting huge schools of sardine and other baitfish, which in turn attract striped, blue, and black marlin, underscoring why Cabo is considered the "Marlin Capital of the World." The large number and variety of bait also draw yellowfin tuna, dorado, and wahoo to the area. For those preferring to remain closer to shore, roosterfish (release), sierra mackerel, white bonito, dorado, and small yellowfin tuna are another option. In addition, there is a long list of bottom fish around, candidates for a feast for the chef at your favorite local restaurant or hotel dining room to prepare for you.


Not only are January and February exciting months for sportfishing, but they are also the best two months in the middle of whale watching season throughout Baja Sur from Loreto, Magdalena Bay to Cabo San Lucas! In the Los Cabos area, expect to see humpback and gray whales most often females with their the Cabo area, but much rarer, the Orcas (also known as killer whales), blue whales, and fin whales are also around. These marine mammals do not stay in the area; they usually migrate through looking for food. Sperm whales can also be seen offshore in Cabo waters. At San Jose del Cabo, Gordo Banks (a sea mountain 110 feet below the surface) is a mere 10 miles from shore. There, you can expect to catch billfish, yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo, yellowtail, jack crevalle, pargo, and grouper aboard the large pangas from the Gordo Banks Fleet located close to the entrance to the harbor and marina. And, of course, they offer whale watching trips this time of year, as well. Seasonal north winds have a definite impact on the sportfishing activity in the East Cape area, including La Ribera, Los Barriles, and Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay, where conditions are often more suitable for kiteboarding. However, locals with their tin boats usually enjoy an early morning window fishing close to shore for jacks, sierra mackerel, and bottom fish around the many rocky points before the winds arrive mid-morning. The sportfishing activity is limited to La Paz Bay or Isla Espirito Santo in the La Paz area, where fishing is primarily for bottom and reef fish. However, another option is swimming with whale sharks in La Paz Bay or a day trip up to Magdalena Bay to observe the gray whales and their newborn calves. At Loreto, the north winds may be in the forecast, so the best spot to hit bottom fish would be San Bruno Reef and Candeleros, both north of Coronado Island. Sierra mackerel may still be along the beaches. In addition, to the coastline heading north has been productive for a few fish. The winter months also offer whale watching for humpback, grey, blue, and orcas. If you're hoping to spot whales breaching, the gleaming surface of the Sea of Cortez is an ideal place to be. The whales arrive in December and stay in Loreto until March to soak up the pleasant weather and warm sea temperatures. All spring long, the weather in Loreto is ideal for long afternoons on the golf course, snorkeling adventures on the islands, and hikes through the mountains. Baja Sur's springlike winter months offer plenty of sportfishing opportunities along with the chance to observe up close and personal some of the largest mammals found on earth. ENJOY!!!



BAL ANDR A La Paz’s Best Kept Treasure By: Ruth Ramirez


his past month of November, Balandra beach received an award for being the best beach in Mexico, and this has increased the popularity of one of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see. Balandra is located just 35 minutes from downtown La Paz. Locals know that you have to get there very early to make the most of your visit to Balandra. This is because it is a Protected Natural Area and access is limited to 450 people. This will remain in place as long as the municipality of La Paz stays in “Green” on the COVID-19 Health Alert System. A color-coded alert system that the government of BCS has implemented to safeguard the health and well-being of locals and visitors alike. If the Alert System goes back to “Yellow” Balandra, and all other beaches, can only have 50% of the maximum allowed capacity.

A few local tips about visiting Balandra: • There are no hotels or restaurants, at Balandra, visitors carry their coolers or backpacks with food and drinks. • On the way to the beach you will find access to several hiking trails. • A short hike along the beach takes you to the famous "Balandra mushroom", which is OK to photograph and definitely not OK to climb on. • Make sure to wear oil-free sunscreen. This will keep you from hurting the delicate ecosystem in the area. • Drag your feet when you enter the water, as you could find small stingrays buried in the sand, this is a way to warn them of your presence, they will feel the vibration and flee immediately. • Make sure to take your snorkeling equipment, you will be surprised by the wonders that you will see inches from the surface. • Leave no garbage or any trace that you were there. And remember all the small pebbles, rocks, shells etc., belong to the beach. Take photos and memories with you, leave the shells and sand behind.

After a day at the beach go back to the Malecón – the way locals refer to the Boardwalk – and quench your thirst with a traditional “Vaso Loco”. This crazy drink is a tasty blend of tomato and clam juice, with or without beer and a mix of lime juice, salt, chili powder, Worcestershire, soy sauce, and lots of ice… believe me; it is delicious! If the hike and the sun made you hungry you must try the traditional battered fish tacos, known as “capeados”. If you feel like having something fresh, try the shrimp or fish ceviche tostadas, you'll love them. Now that you have replenished your strength it’s time to visit other points of interest. A few meters from the boardwalk you will find the Art Museum, on the corner of Madero / Independencia and 5 de Mayo. The museum has recently undergone a complete renovation, with fully inclusive facilities, ramps, an elevator, and some of the most Instagramable spots in La Paz. I recommend you make your reservation at https://www., or via WhatsApp to +52.612.288.28.13. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 7pm. The museum is offering a fully immersive experience by Lois Patiño, that is like diving into the sea and floating without moving. You can also admire the "Claroscuro" exhibition by Javier Marín, a talented Mexican sculptor from Michoacán, his work is simply put, something different, you'll see. After the Museum visit Casa Parra, to the left of the Cathedral of Our Lady of La Paz, there you can admire traditional indigenous Mexican art from different parts of the country, and on your right is Indigo Gallery, by Carlos César Díaz, a local artist whose art will make you fall in love. La Paz is a city to walk and wander, a place to ride a bike and sip good coffee as you watch the peaceful sea. It’s a place to enjoy at your own pace and unwind. There are many more special places that I would love to tell you about, but we will leave that for another time.






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!




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! 26




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. 28




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

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PLAYA Santa Maria


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




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




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. 36




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.





hen it comes to traveling to Baja and looking for activities to enjoy during your visit, it has become customary to learn and inquire about sustainable and eco-friendly activities. In this interview, Oscar Ortiz talks to Destino Magazine about what Sustainable Tourism represents for him, and shares his very unique relationship with the whales that come, every year, to mate and give birth in the waters that bathe the coasts of Baja California Sur. In addition to being a resident of Los Cabos for more than 20 years, Oscar is a successful businessman and has found a lifestyle that revolves around his passion for the ocean and the natural beauty of the Baja peninsula. He is a committed advocate of what he prefers to call “ethical traveling” and hands-on promoting of how to discover the unexpected and breathtaking beauty of the Baja, while impacting the area as little as possible. Oscar is known locally for his whale concerts and the extraordinary whale photographs he captures season after season – both illustrative of the special bond he has with these amazing marine mammals. For our interview, we met by the sea, in a simple setting of desert juxtaposed by the Sea of Cortez. The weather was just beginning to change and we sat outside enjoying the cool breeze and the expansiveness of the landscape. Destino Magazine (DM): What is sustainable tourism? Oscar Ortiz (OO): “Sustainable tourism are activities that take place in protected areas, or areas that have very particular ecosystem characteristics. These activities are not just about the visitors’ interactions with the environment, but also about the relationship that the visitors develop with the environment. Usually, this relationship is based on a sense of responsibility and an intention to find an ethical way to interact with the entire ecosystem that we are visiting.” After answering this question Oscar ponders a minute and adds, “Ethical traveling is doing what is right when no one is watching. “ He waits until the next question to let the relevance of this seemingly simple comment sink in. DM: How would you define ethical or sustainable tourism in practical terms? OO: “It’s all about respect. First, it is about being respectful by reducing the negative impact on both the environment and the community that


you are visiting. This brings us to the second aspect which is showing respect for the local culture and being congruent with the actual environmental reality of the place. For example, if you are visiting a desert region, be mindful of how you use water, and try to avoid wasting something that is a scarce resource. Like water in a desert area. The third aspect of ethical or sustainable tourism is reciprocity. This means that when you visit, you are aware of your responsibility when you share your photographs and experiences with your friends and the rest of the world. The place that you visit is giving you something, whether it’s the opportunity to see something unique and beautiful or to learn something you didn’t know about a particular ecosystem or community. How are you going to share that? How is what you share going to impact the environment?” After sharing these thoughts, Oscar closes his eyes in remembrance, a tinge of sadness evident in his voice before adding, “Nowadays, some people commit true crimes against nature and the local community just to take a photo to post to their social network.” He remembers visiting a remote area where little-known cave paintings and petroglyphs tell a story bathed in history only to find that much to his chagrin, someone had spray-painted the rocks displaying the ancient petroglyphs and tagged them on on the Internet which drew the attention of social media influencers to Balandra’s mushroom, ultimately causing the collapse of the iconic rock. Oscar continues, “The fourth principle of genuine eco-friendly tourism is all about the money. Where is the money going? Is the income that the activity produces helping to maintain and preserve the environment? Do the tour operators guarantee the safety and well-being of both the environment and the community? Here the responsibility lies in both the tour operator and the client. It is easy to be fooled by companies that ‘green-wash’ their marketing, but a responsible tourist will verify that the activity delivers on what it promises, before making their decision. If you are traveling, take these aspects into consideration, in order to travel in a more sustainable and ethical way. You are doing your share to help maintain the wonders of the place you visit for future generations.” Oscar turns to the ocean and seems lost in thought. The businessman-turned-advocate becomes quiet and takes a moment to watch

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the deep blue ocean glimmer in the sun. As if on cue, a whale exhales in the distance and Oscar smiles. He is known among the locals as a sort of whale whisperer, and this sets the stage for the next question. DM: How does this style of Ethical Tourism translate to Whale Watching? OO: “This has to do with using tour operators who follow the guidelines established in the Official Mexican Norm NOM-131, which was implemented by Mexico’s Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) to define the proper way to watch whales in a responsible and low impact manner. Both the tour operators and the tourists must be aware of these guidelines and avoid hurting the sea mammals, especially when it comes to how to approach and observe them. Unfortunately, there are service providers who seem to be harassing the whales rather than watching them respectfully. This is where tourists need to understand that having whales surrounded by fast approaching boats is close to abuse.” “The most incredible thing when you whale watch in a more respectful way, is these amazing mammals seem to react favorably, and the whale watching experience turns into something magical. To me, it is very important to express this because it is a way to give a human voice to the whales who are an incredible resource. After all, they make the livelihood of many tour operators possible, and often don’t get the respect they deserve. The whales that come to this area are here mating and giving birth to their calves. They are also conducting complex interactions between the mothers, the babies and the groups of older and single, male and female whales. All these behaviors are important for the continued conservation of these amazing marine mammals and a single boat cutting across the water and separating a mother from her calf can really hurt the order of things - the delicate balance that we are privileged to enjoy - between the natural migratory cycle of whales and our opportunities to watch them.” Oscar Ortiz came to Baja California Sur looking for work and success and over the last 23 years he discovered his true passion for the sea. Being in touch with the beauty of the ocean and this amazing land is how he found true happiness. DM: How did you become so passionate about whales?

OO: “The first time I saw whales and had a chance to look into their eyes, I felt an almost indescribable bond with them, one that can only be described as a connection of the soul. For me, the humpback whales that visit this area every year are a constant reminder of how life begins with a breath that turns into a cry and ends with a final breath that takes us into eternal silence. More importantly, they remind me of how between the first and last breath, we must try to be like the whales and remember to sing and dance, and bond with the other incredible and beautiful living beings that share this world with us. We have to live with the curiosity to learn about other living beings in this world. In my case, it’s the whales and when I learned about them, I couldn’t help but fall in love. I admire them and will do everything I can to protect them.” Besides his work offering unique experiences of the natural wealth of Baja, he is also a gifted photographer with an uncanny ability to catch the indomitable beauty of the landscapes of this area. DM: What is your secret to always capture incredible moments with your lens? OO: “Photography started as a hobby for me and to me, it is almost like meditation, because when you are looking for the photograph that you want to capture, you focus on the present moment. You capture a moment in life through the lens. My photos are a way to share the amazing wealth and beauty of this land with others and, hopefully, help people fall in love with nature and touch them in a way that makes them want to protect this planet a little more.” To punctuate the moment dramatically, another whale exhales, as if the ocean itself is taking a breath and again, Oscar is transported to the place he loves dearly. He has gone to the ocean, to the whales, and all the other amazing creatures that he follows closely every day to watch and protect.

Oscar Ortiz is a diver, explorer, ocean lover, whale whisperer, nature advocate, private guide. Follow him on IG @oscar.ortizg


A Slow Food Exploration of

TODOS SANTOS With Chef Aurelien Legay



rom the sky you can spot an oasis in the heart of the desert that covers the southern part of the Baja California peninsula. Located between the capital city of La Paz and Cabo San Lucas lies the magical town of Todos Santos. Todos Santos was the first town to receive the “Pueblo Magico” (magical town) distinction in Baja California Sur, a designation bestowed by the Mexican government’s Secretary of Tourism to towns throughout the country that offer visitors extraordinary experiences due to their natural beauty, cultural diversity, local traditions, interesting folklore, historical relevance, unique cuisine, expansive arts and crafts scene, and incredible hospitality. Todos Santos is a place where the term “organic'' is more of a lifestyle than a label. Everywhere you look, the local community’s deep respect for nature is evident in great care taken to maintain the town’s rich history and traditions. Small shops and restaurants abound and organic farmers take care of the land and export the bountiful crops.

can dream of in which to create exceptional cuisine. If you want to see your own organic produce delight come to life, make sure to stop by Agricole Cooperativa where you can satisfy all your fresh produce cravings. Todos Santos is magical indeed, an enchanting place where you can unwind and stop and smell the fresh produce. It’s a utopia of nature where the natural breeze of the oasis invites you to explore and discover the enchantment of this magical town. Chef Aurelien Legeay is a big proponent of sharing French culture in Mexico and all over the world and enjoys sharing his knowledge, techniques and experiences with all those willing to learn. There are only eleven French Master Chefs in Mexico and Chef Legeay is the sole recipient of this title in Todos Santos with just four hundred chefs in the world belonging to this distinguished association of the members selected based on their trajectory and experience.

At the center of this venerable jewel in the desert, stands a ranch aptly named “Rancho Corazón” - “corazón” is the Spanish word for “heart”. In this untarnished haven, the ranch subsists with natural irrigation from underground - a great example of what Todos Santos offers visitors - a wealth of nature that has been enhanced by only building in areas where spaces are available. Allowing the construction to, slowly and gently, shape the character of the place. Life in Todos Santos happenss at a different pace with an unwritten rule that rushing things is verboten. Locals know that nature adheres to its own clock to produce such amazing wonders and they are fine with waiting for things to be just right. Another important part of the local culture is embracing the different seasons and cycles, which is why the menu you see in winter at your favorite Todos Santos restaurant will most likely change in spring or summer. A quick exploration of the gastronomic scene in Todos Santos proves that there is something for every palate, and that finding fresh ingredients is de rigueur for both customers and restaurants. In the center of town, Dum stands out as a spot that takes their belief in seasonal food and respecting what nature provides to the next level with a tasting menu based on fresh ingredients. The menu changes weekly, as if a sort of slow-food philosophy takes over the chef's kitchen for the selection of each and every one of the products that the chef uses in the creation of his dishes. In fact, the norm for the menu is that seventy percent of the ingredients of each dish are locally produced by small merchants, growers and farmers of the neighboring ranches. Chef Aurelien Legeay says that this approach to his kitchen makes sustainability part of the lifestyle of all the members of the community of Todos Santos. If you want to experience fresh seafood, make sure to stop at Punta Lobos, where you can enjoy the show that the fishermen offer when arriving at the shore with spectacular fish caught that day. A spectacle worth catching, they have a fascinating way of beaching their boats that one must experience when visiting Todos Santos. There is a plethora of organic produce growers in the area. This demanding, delicate and special trade, which requires great dedication, is illustrated in Todos Santos, where producers harvest seemingly any vegetable that a chef





ABy Roberto Voyage to the Past, A Voyage into Adventure. Padilla Translation/Adaptation: C Velo Back in the 17th century, a beautiful community was founded on the shores of the Vermillion Sea, now known as the Sea of Cortez. The community that we now know as Loreto was established as part of a Jesuit mission, driven by the ambition of the Spanish Crown to expand into what promised to be a rich territory, and expand, they did. However, it was the beauty of the Sierra de La Giganta, the legacy of the native Guaycuras, and Cochimies people, and the beautiful natural setting, that would turn this community into the first capital of the Californias. This means that that long before the separation of the territories between Mexico and the United States - there was only one Territory called California. Did you know that the Sea of Cortez or Gulf of California was called Vermillion Sea because the first Spanish sailors saw a particular reddish color in the water, which reminded them of the bright scarlet pigment called vermillion? The name is registered in the “Sudcaliforniano” Dictionary as dating back to 1539, when Captain Francisco de Ulloa named the extension of the Pacific Sea that turns into a gulf and bathes the shores of the Baja peninsula and the northern Mexican Pacific as “Mar Bermejo’ which translates into Vermillion Sea. It wasn’t until much later that the name of “Sea of Cortez” became more commonly used, even though it was the first name of the Gulf of California, as it was Hernán Cortez himself, Mexico’s Conquistador, who coined the name when he landed in Santa Cruz back in 1533, but the name didn’t become popular until well after this death.

More than 300 years ago, all travelers landed in Loreto by sea before venturing into the rest of the peninsula. Nowadays it is more common for visitors to arrive in Los Cabos and then explore the wondrous areas in the rest of the Baja. When you travel along the Transpeninsular Highway from Los Cabos to Loreto, right where the Sierra de La Giganta looms its rugged mountains towards the Sea of Cortez, you glimpse a specular view that will take your breath away. A landscape that resembles a Japanese watercolor unfolds in front of you, as you climb up into the Sierra. Once you reach approximately 2,600 feet in altitude and realize that you will descend to sea level in less than five minutes to reach the coast, the drive becomes a real adrenaline rush!

it is full of canyons with streams, oases and cave paintings, home of the bighorn sheep and many other species. Once in Loreto, you can always find a local tourist guide to explore Tabor Canyon and experience some of this the incredible biodiversity. Another incredible option is to visit the cave paintings known as “Las Pintadas”, which experts have dated as being 7,000 years old. While these caves are easily accessible, you must visit them with the help of a local expert. The bonus of it being that as you venture into the mountains your guide will share wonderful stories of the Jesuit missionaries and the famous road that extended throughout the Old Californias, the “Camino Real” that started in Loreto, back in the 17th century.

Your next stop is just a few miles away, the Danzante Bay resort development welcomes you with an amazing view of the bay and its natural lagoons. Once at sea level, you will not cease to be surprised, as you follow the shore for close to 25 miles where you will find two small fishing villages, Puerto Escondido and Juncalito, where you can enjoy delicious food and relax from the drive. As you approach Loreto, you must make a mandatory stop at "El Mirador", which means the lookout point, where you can admire the majesty of the “Bahía and Islas de Loreto” National Park. Throughout this drive, you will continue to be mesmerized by the beauty of the Sierra de La Giganta, as the height and ruggedness of the mountains is an unexpected and beautiful surprise. Within those mountains, there is a natural diversity that will amaze you,

The Islands of Loreto are beautiful but also hold great importance to Conservationists as they represent one of the richest marine life habitats in Mexico, a paradise for divers who come from all over the world to marvel at all the species and diversity of the wildlife inhabiting these waters and shorelines. One of these islands is Isla Coronado, which is the easiest to access, and where you can experience a great day exploring this idyllic paradise. Loreto and its surrounding areas are steeped with more than three centuries of history and the work that Mother Nature has done for millennia. Ancient humans painted caves in the area 7,000 years ago. Now it’s your turn to witness its wonders, listen to its stories and make your own memories.




About Making Friends in Cabo… “Don’t move to Mexico,” they said, “You are a widow, and as interesting as you think you are, you are actually old. And, you don’t know a soul in Cabo. You don’t even drink and Cabo is a drinking mecca. Are you crazy?” But the ocean was beckoning, and I did know some folks from coming to Church here and of course my lovely realtor. So, this intrepid 75-year-old widow bought a condo on the beach in San Jose and ran away from home! I must admit that I actually did pay attention to the warnings. I steeled myself for some lonely days and brought a ton of books to read. Don’t ask me how much reading I’ve done. Let’s just say that I’ve been so busy with my squad, posse, gang, whatever you call it, that I really haven’t had much time to read. About the third day I was here, enjoying perfectly floating in the perfectly heated pool on a perfectly wonderful weather day…I mused to one of my new neighbors. “Everything would be perfect if only there was a pool boy to bring me a virgin pina colada.” At which point Roger flings himself out of his lounger, dashes to his condo and comes back with an (of course!) perfect virgin pina colada or VPC as I call it, made with frozen pineapple and other delicious delights. Now Roger has a hat which says, “Bobbie’s Pool Boy” and often brings a drink to me at the pool wearing said hat. And that is how the friendships began. Soon after Roger, I met Steve and Tracy, gourmet cooks, started bringing me the most amazing meals three times a week and provided the group with corn hole and horseshoes games. Joe who is piqued that I haven’t mentioned him yet in one of these articles is the person who actually knows it all. No kidding. He knows all about the building, Mexican law, restaurants, ATM machines, shopping places, gossip, money. Everything. One caveat though, only a third of what he says is true because he likes to watch everyone (me) fall for something he has said in all seriousness. Lynn, Roger’s wife is so gorgeous that you might hate her excepting that she is sweet, smart, and fun to be with. Aggie, Joe’s wife, is a fabulous decorator and I’ve copied almost everything she has in her condo, she’s fun too.


Well, everyone is fun. Duff and Lynn are so interesting. Lynn laughs at all my stories and Duff brings me my chair at the wall with well- timed insults and a grin. Living full time in Cabo has shown me that it is easier to make friends than you would think. It has also proven that a lot of the preconceived social barriers seems to disappear down here. While my list of friends and their names is certainly different from yours. I know that you too will end up with a great group around you. But before I close this column, let me tell you a little more about my gang and how amazing they are. You may be surprised to hear that I went for lunch to a restaurant on the beach with wonderful Suzanne and Mike, I was sure I’d never be invited anywhere since there is just me and no one likes an uneven table, but that hasn’t seemed to bother anyone. Paulina, Jesse, and I play dominoes. I beat Jesse the first time we played and really rubbed it in, but haven’t won since, as he now keeps reminding me. Viv and Tim and Elaine and Lenny wave from their balconies when I go to the pool. Ben and Kim are young and fascinating. They add to the diversity and the mix of great people. Joe Bob is a kick, sarcastic and funny. A great new couple from Idaho, Anne and Ed just moved in and immediately became part of our amazing group at the wall! The Wall. We all seem to gravitate to the wall around the pool where we sit during “Happy Hour” and visit. That hour often turns into two as we all share our daily Cabo adventures and misadventures. This is where I get most of my information about Mexico. So, making friends turned out to be the best thing about moving to Cabo. For my part, what I bring to the group is the fact that I educate everyone on how best to use Amazon USA and Amazon Mexico. Which I will share with you in the future.

Bobbie Coray



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PRIVATE & EXCLUSIVE BEACHFRONT OWNERSHIP LOCATION Where Cabo´s famous Landmark “El Arco at Land´s End”, unite the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortes you will find Villa La Estancia, a pristine beachfront property within close walking distance to Cabos beach activities, Marina, downtown shopping, culinary options, as well as the popular Cabo Wabo cantina and other night life entertainment. Villa La Estancia is close to all that Cabo offers, yet a quiet distance away for exclusivity, privacy and comfort. SERVICE & AMENITIES Created to offer a private residence with full luxury Resort amenities, giving you the pride of Real Estate ownership along with complete specialized and upscale services. INVESTMENT Of course worth mentioning is the exceptional rental programs offered to Owners who enjoy their property for personal enjoyment as well as investment profits.

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