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Sammy Hagar

Letter From The Editor

Dear Readers and Friends: I was pleased to spend some time with Sammy Hagar, our first Los Cabos Ambassador of Tourism. I was impressed by his enthusiasm and desire to preserve and protect our Los Cabos environment. I hope you will enjoy his story as much as I did. I want to thank Los Cabos Municipality, Baja California Sur’s Secretary of Tourism, Economics, and Sustainability, Rosa Maribel Collins Sánchez; Mayor of Los Cabos, Óscar Leggs Castro; and Director of Tourism Donna Jeffries for their work with the foreign community of Los Cabos. It is very exciting to introduce a new format for Destino, one with more articles and information. Our new editor, Adrienne (Adriana) Kenlan, we will be soliciting more articles from you about the interesting culture, people, and places that Baja Sur has to offer. You are invited to contribute to Destino. I look forward to hearing from you. And don’t forget to check our social media. Destino Web Page @ Facebook @ Destino Los Cabos, Instagram @ destinoloscabos YouTube Destino Magazine. Cheers,

__________________ Dana Gimenez Editor-in-Chief @askdanatv

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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

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

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.


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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Although many locals in Los Cabos speak English, they also appreciate it when visitors speak Spanish. Don't be shy and give it a try! PRONUNCIATION RULES • The letter "ñ" - When you see a wave (tilde) on top of the letter "n" use the "ny" sound that you use for the English word canyon. • The double "ll" is pronounced like "y" in English. • The letter "h" is always silent. • The letter "j" is pronounced like "h" in English. • If the word has an accent mark such as "á", that syllable is stressed.

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If the first two months of this year’s inshore action is any indication, March and April fishing should be fantastic here in Cabo San Lucas. The roosterfish, jack crevalle, and sierra have been off the charts, with some trophy-sized roosterfish released in the mid-20-pound range. For many, just watching them darting back and forth with their rooster comb-like dorsals breaking the surface is enough to get the adrenalin pumping. Although all roosterfish are released, keeping a few toothy sierra for a fresh fish dinner is always an option. While fishing around some of the pinnacles found inshore on the Pacific Coast, just a few miles offshore from the Arch and up north to Cabo Falso is another fishing option. Oddly enough, other members of the jack family 'on steroids' are the rockstars of the pinnacles – the yellowtail. They are always looking for a hapless baitfish to eat. The yellowtail is considered pound for pound to be one of the hardest fighting fish found in Baja. Joining them in the same neighborhood are several types of

grouper, pargo, and cabrilla, all very delicious. For you big game enthusiasts, welcome to Nirvana! Over the past few months, the offshore action has been STUNNING. According to Rebecca Ehrenberg, Vice President of Conservation, "During the first month of 2022, our fleet released 2,361 marlin, along with excellent catches of tuna (one that weighed 275 pounds), dorado, and wahoo, in addition to the inshore species caught. And, we expect to have a great spring season!" Not to be outdone, up at Gordo Banks off San Jose del Cabo, the panga fleet has been scoring some nice-sized wahoo, dorado, and excellent grades of yellowfin tuna, with a few exceeding the 100-pound mark. In the East Cape area, there is more windsurfing than fishing as the seasonal north winds do their thing. However, when it backs off for a day or two, there are still a few striped marlin around not too far from shore. Another option are the sierra caught along the shore either from the beach or on the local tin boats.

La Paz has been enduring a stronger and more frequent North wind season. However, it should be in remission by early March. Good news for both locations. Although as the winds recede, sea temp should begin to climb, resulting in more sardina appearing along the shore and attracting schools of gamefish back to both areas. In the meantime, at Loreto, where North winds are also frequent, patience paid off for local anglers biding their time but ready to go the minute the winds stopped. So, they fished frantically during the calm days that often lasted an entire week and were rewarded with some of the best catches of trophy-sized yellowtail (some as large as 30 to 40-pounds), as well as dorado and roosterfish on the surface, plus cabrilla, pinto bass, reds, and yellow snapper. All in all, the momentum demonstrated in the two fisheries, both at the tip of Baja and inside the Sea of Cortez, bodes well for the fishing you might find during your March and April visits. Good luck! Please send me a picture of your catch! EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA


Old Man Of The Sea


ometimes, if you’re persistent enough, you can make things happen that otherwise seemed impossible, but if you don’t have persistence, a bit of beginner’s luck could do the trick. Beep, beep, beep, beep - 5:30 am wake up, eat a quick breakfast, build sandwiches, and pop a sick sea pill on the way out the door. These were the last-minute things my dad and I had to do before heading out on one of our greatest adventures. We rolled up to Médano beach in the time to catch the sunrise, and a display of morning colors poking through the famous Cabo arches. This group of rock formations marks the South most point of the Baja Peninsula and the dividing line between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. It was our plan to pedal ourselves straight out past it into the open sea. We launch our two Hobie cat sea kayaks from the sandy beach, which is typically alive with tourists relaxing on lounge chairs, skimboarding, swimming, or tossing frisbees, as well as beach vendors offering their wares; for a "special price" or occasionally "almost free". This morning, however, was perfectly silent except for a pair of seagulls floating in the lightly rolling waves and the occasional early morning jogger. We paddled our kayaks twenty meters offshore to get past the breaking waves before dropping our pedals through the opening in the bottom of the kayaks. Our first task was to pedal our way over to the marina to purchase live baitfish from local fishermen. We would have to do this alongside the large sportfishing boats that would be taking clients fishing at the same time. The morning preparation had taken longer than expected, and by the time we arrived in the marina, many of the sportfishing boats had already departed, and the bait had been sold. It looked as though our fishing adventure might be over before it started. We pedalled right into the marina in search of a boat with some remaining mackerel. Luckily there was one remaining boat, and they were ecstatic to sell some bait to a couple of


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lunatics in kayaks. They were generous with the amount of mackerel, and before we knew it, we were headed out to the arches arms for a day of fishing. The ocean was calm enough to allow us to go straight through the Cabo arches and out into the Pacific Ocean. We could hear sea lions barking from the rock formations behind us, so we waited a little bit longer before dropping our first live bait into the water to swim "freely" and tow behind us while we slowly paddle our way offshore. Ten minutes later... Zzzzzzing! The line began peeling off my reel as my mackerel tried to escape being eaten by something bigger. The reel was set to free spool, and I had to coach myself to give the fish time to be fully eaten before tightening the drag. Then, slowly I applied pressure with my thumb until nothing. I waited a few more minutes, but still nothing, so I decided to reel my line in and check on my bait. It had been nibbled and killed but not bitten. I assumed a needlefish had killed it before losing interest. I rigged up a fresh mackerel and tossed it in the water; two seconds later, I saw a large shadow chasing my bait. I yanked it straight out of the water instantly In an attempt to save its life. I knew from experience that the shadow was too big to be a fish. It was a pesky sea lion! With my bait out of the water, I waited to see what the lion would do. Well trained in the art of stealing baitfish from fishermen, the sea lion knew it could wait underneath my boat and continue to clean baitfish off my line as I tossed them out. The water was crystal clear, and I could see that menacing shadow of the lion circling below my kayak, waiting. It was too early in the day to be feeding this scoundrel, so I was forced to pedal on without a fish in the water. If I had been in a sportfishing boat, I could have run away, but in my sea kayak, the sea lion had no trouble keeping up. I had to wait until he got bored and left. By the time I had caught up with my dad, he had given up, and I was able to resume fishing. We were headed straight off the point into much deeper water and ended up in the midst of a whale pod with a whale watching boats all around. We could see whales breaching the water for air, doing aerial acrobatics, and beating their giant fins against the water. Magnificent splashes of water were being sent into the air in all directions. We could hear the oohs and awes of the whale watchers and even hear some of the whale facts being listed off by their guides. The highlight of the show was when a whale fully breached the water and performed a 180-corkscrew causing the biggest eruption of water imaginable. We had almost circumvented the scene when one boat decided to break off from the pack. Not realizing that we had fish being towed behind us, he ran over my line and got snagged. I switched my reel to strike mode and turned the drag to the max, but I couldn’t bust off the line. By the time I could finally break free, there was nearly nothing left of my reel. I had been spooled in the worst way possible. With my head slung low, we got ourselves far away from the whale pod and decided to keep fishing with one rod. Dad generously gave it to me as I was headed home to Canada the next day, and this would be my only day of kayak fishing. We agreed to alternate at one-hour intervals. We also switch tactics from slow trolling to sitting still and allowing our bait to dive deeper into the water.

By the time the marlin had tired, dad had caught up, and we were discussing how we were going to land and then release our 130lb beauty. We settled on bringing our two kayaks side by side, so I could bring the rod across them both, and Dad could grab and release it. Oddly enough, the final catch and release went perfectly without a hitch. Dad removed the hook and pulled the marlin onto his kayak for a couple of quick photos before putting him back in the water and watching him swim away. By the time we regained our composure, our kayaks had drifted a couple of feet apart. We were both in search of a job well done high five, but we were just shy of being able to reach one another. We awkwardly clambered to get the kayaks close enough to seal the deal on our accomplishment. We had actually succeeded in accomplishing one of our greatest fishing goals.

Shortly after, I saw a splash only fifty yards ahead of us. I called to dad, and he had seen it too. We fixated our eyes on the spot, and surely enough, there was another. And then four more! We were totally blown away that out in the open ocean, in two kayaks, we had found a spot where a marlin was free jumping right in front of us. This gave us confidence that we were in the right spot.

Still floating in a stupor of joy, we got dad hooked up on the rod, and we were back to it, trying to get him his own trophy fish. We fished out the rest of the day, but couldn’t hook up on a double header. Although, the wildlife sightings did not slow down. The afternoon was filled with sounds of whales jumping a slap in the fins with a frequency of a drum. We also finished the day with a pod of manta rays swimming directly beneath our kayaks. The five-mile pedal from where the marlin had dropped us back towards shore was a slog, but it was all more than worthwhile. Back onshore, we were surrounded with disbelief as we told the tale of our real life, the "Old Man of The Sea." @samscottyyc

We floated around for a while longer, enjoying the peaceful feeling of drifting freely in the middle of nowhere and soaking up the warm sunshine. I was contemplating taking a nap when I heard it again Zzzzzzing! I grabbed my rod in a frenzy and put my thumb on the line to keep it from over spooling and causing a bird´s nest. Then, I counted to eight slowly in my head before gently moving the reel into strike mode. The rod tensed up a moment and then went slack. I lost it..... I switch back to free spool and immediately felt my line going out again. Same process, but this time I waited ten seconds. A splash could be seen ahead, and the bill of a marlin smacking the water. "ARE YOU SEEING THIS DAD? "HOLY, IT´S ACTUALLY A MARLIN." Then the marlin realized it had been hooked and took off. I pointed my kayak straight towards the marlin to avoid being pulled over sideways, learned how to steer by pointing my rod out the left or right side of the kayak, and began to towed straight out to sea. It could have taken me all the way to Mazatlan for all I care because I was actually hooked up on a marlin. Dad and I shared numerous hearts and hollers back and forth as we exclaimed our excitement and disbelief. Of course, all this time, I am catching a free ride from the marlin, dad is having to pedal to keep up. He was also attempting to raise someone on the phone so that they could share in on the excitement, but like in Canada, the Mexican phone companies don’t let you make calls unless you have paid for minutes. I fought the fish for forty five minutes before getting it close to our kayaks, at which time I had been towed more than a mile and a half from where we first hooked up. It had also jumped multiple times and poked its head out of the water to give us a clear view of the beauty we had hooked upon. This of course always leads to more shouts and exclamations by the two of us.






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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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.




SAMMY HAGAR: A Passion Driven Ambassador Cabo Wabo has been a Los Cabos landmark, with Sammy Hagar its icon, for about 30 years. On January 5, 2022, Sammy was appointed the first Ambassador of Tourism of Los Cabos. He spoke about his life during the following interview.

First of all, Sammy, how did you get into music? I had always wanted to be a rock star. Our family was poor but I loved singing. I started playing guitar when I was 15. I had a paper route, washed dishes, and did yard work to get a good guitar, buy an amplifier and get gas.. It was my passion; everything I do is passion driven. 40

What made you come to Cabo? I saw a picture of palm trees, the ocean and desert; all the things I love, and discovered that it was Cabo. My icon, Keith Richards, got married in Cabo in 1983 and when my wife and I came down, it was love at first sight. There were dirt roads and palapas, almost no hotels or condos, few flights, no telephones or newspapers and very few people. I loved it.

I came for my birthday and during holiday breaks. We stayed at the Twin Dolphin Hotel and I became friends with Jorge Viana, who worked at the desk and later became my partner. We found a site for the future Cabo Wabo.

There was a misunderstanding when I planned measurements for “Cabo Wabo” which included a 300 square foot foundation, and I was shocked when I saw300 square meters (a common problem in communication.) It was huge, and for the first 3 years it was barely occupied. Many people didn’t believe it would ever succeed. It was after the hit song, “Cabo Wabo´ that I made with Van Halen, when the cantina Cabo Wabo finally turned successful. I always go straight forward and never look back. “Right here, right now”. I can’t understand failure. How would anyone quit something before it is successful?

How was your transition to Cabo? How did you get the name “Cabo Wabo”? On one of my trips down to Cabo, I saw a guy with ripped pants and one shoe who was stumbling in the road, bumping into a wire fence. He was obviously “borracho” (drunk) I thought, Look at this guy. He’s doing the “Cabo Wabo”. All that day I thought about how weird it had looked, and decided to build a cantina with that name.

I bought the first condo in Terra Sol in Cabo in 1984. The sleepy town was basically shacks with a few restaurants but I loved the people; they were warm and friendly and I felt at home. I joined the Van Halen band in 1985 and later built a home and Cabo Wabo. I told everyone about the great weather and sea and soon all my friends came too. I even bought the first police car for the comandante to help the town. Ultimately however, the time I spent in Cabo interfered with my relationships back in the US, so the relationship with Van Halen came to an end.

I liked Cabo so much that my whole family stayed for a whole year and my daughters even went to public school. It was the best thing we ever did for our girls. Cabo turned out to be the perfect place to write music I began to think of myself as ½ Irish, ½ Italian and ¾ Mexican!



How do you see your role as the First Los Cabos Tourism Ambassador? I have received other awards in my life, but being awarded Ambassador is something really special and I am very honored. I believe that there is a lot to be done. We must educate the children and their parents about recycling and keeping the towns clean. I hope to be able to do something about reducing pollution, teaching recycling in schools, and enforcing the rules and regulations that will help the area remain beautiful. As our tourism grows, I would like to see more protection of our water, beaches and sea life and greater prevention of overfishing. There will be more demands on our water and roads, so I would like to improve communication with the government officials. During the hurricane, Cabo Wabo supplied food and other necessities to the community. We provided baby formula, rice, beans and tortillas to people in the colonias, and encouraged our fans to bring clothing and linens. As Ambassador I hope to gain even more support for Los Cabos. There is a lot of heart and soul in Los Cabos. I believe if we can dream and imagine it, we can achieve anything.







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Jamaica, Delicious And Good For You are that you have seen two large glass Chances drink jugs sitting on a counter in many Mex-

ican moderately priced restaurants, “taquerias.” One container is full of a milky white rice drink called Horchata, and the other is jamaica, a delicious deep red drink called Jamaica (“Ha mai ca”). If you haven’t tried them, you are in for a treat. Jamaica comes from the hibiscus, a plant with its large, brightly colored red flowers. This wonderful drink is made from an infusion of the hibiscus flowers and has excellent health properties. It tastes a bit like cranberry juice, but it is sweeter when prepared with sugar or a little tart without sweetener. Jamaica is popular in many tropical countries and is commonly found in Mexico. The dried hibiscus can be bought in almost any Mexican Market and is easily prepared. A pitcher of Jamaica in the fridge is just the thing on a hot

day, and it’s properties for your good health add to the benefits. It’s the perfect alternative to soda. Health benefits of this antioxidant-loaded drink are many. Antioxidant enzymes fight the free radicals, which damage body cells. Jamaica may help to reduce body fat levels and aids in weight loss. It contains compounds that are said to fight cancer and diabetes when used over time as a drink. { Note that it should not be taken with the blood pressure medication hydrochlorothiazide in order to prevent an interaction}. It’s good for cleansing the liver and fights bacteria. Jamaica has drug detoxifying properties. Some studies indicate that Jamaica use also increases good cholesterol, HDL, and decreases the “bad” LDL and triglycerides. As they say, “Try it, you’ll like it.” Simple preparation and delicious.

How to make Jamaica ice tea. Start with two cups of fresh hibiscus flowers, soft and pliable., but dried is usually found in markets. Add to 2 quarts of cold water. Boil and immediately reduce the heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool /When flowers sink to the bottom of the pot, the Jamaica concentrate is ready. Strain the mixture. Pour into a glass container. Combine 1/2 of the concentrate with ½ to 1 cup of sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Store your pitcher of Jamaica tea in a glass pitcher in the refrigerator. Serve cold or with ice. ENJOY! Jamaica is also as a FUSION ALCOHOL DRINK by mixing mezcal and Jamaica with a bit of Tajin and cilantro. Delicious!






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The Gringos Have Landed! M

exico has a long history of invasion by foreigners, among others the British, Spanish, and the French. All left their influence on the Mexican culture, but perhaps none more than the “Gringo” arrival into Baja California, which is especially apparent in Cabo San Lucas. What, or who is a Gringo? There are many different explanations. At the end of the 18th century, the Spanish used the word “Griego” which came from the Greek word meaning foreigner. It is possible that this was later introduced to the “new world” as boatloads of Spaniards fought their way into Mexico. It was also the name that Mexicans called the American soldiers during the Mexican-American War of 18461848. As the soldiers marched, they sang an old ballad, “Green Grow The Bushes, Oh”, which was altered to “Gringo”, the Mexican term for the foreigners. Another possible explanation for the term “Gringo” comes from the time American soldiers wore green uniforms as they formed a 10,000 expeditionary force trying to hunt Pancho Villa. He was the Mexican revolutionary leader in the early 1900s who fought for land reform and the poor. The Americans were unsuccessful in capturing Pancho Villa. The rallying cry of the Mexicans against the invaders was “Green, Go Home.” This evolved into “Gringo”, a derogatory term standing for any North American foreigner. Language constantly evolves and meanings change. During the 1970s, North Americans living along the Mexican-American border and tourists arriving in Mexico began using the term for themselves, at first shocking the Mexicans and then slowly making “Gringo” an acceptable, common term. There are also less familiar meanings for Gringo. One refers to the gibberish of people who could not speak Spanish. “Gringuita” is used today as a warm term for a foreign girl.

Baja California, the neighbor of the southern United States, has witnessed the numbers of American visitors increasing from the handfuls of fishermen in the early days who were willing to risk driving on unpaved roads providing minimal services, to those like John Wayne, lucky enough to arrive in their private planes. Today, thousands of Gringos arrive daily by air, sea, and modern highway. The effect on the Mexican culture is noticeable throughout Baja, especially in Los Cabos,. Where once it was difficult to obtain fresh produce in order to make a tasty salad, or basic tools for repairs, American chains like Costco, and Home Depot have captured the market. They led the way for the Mexican “Super Mercado” in Los Cabos. Finally, Walmart, with seemingly anything a Gringo could need or want. Once, the entrepreneur Mexican sold tacos on the street, three for $1. Today, the Mom and Pop Mexican restaurants with their tasty authentic Mexican food must compete with Subway, Carl’s Jr., and Burger King. Will Taco Bell be arriving soon too? Beautiful, spacious condos are popping up like mushrooms after the rain, far out of the price range for the average Mexican but far below the price range that Gringos pay Stateside. The once empty beaches are lined with resorts that cater to the foreigners, blasting American music, showcasing bodybuilders, and sex appeal. Yet one can still find solitude on breathtaking beaches with their soft white sand and magnificent waves. They still exist all over Baja Sur but out of town. Unfortunately, they are too distant for the average Mexican family to enjoy, who content themselves with umbrellas and coolers on the local sands. Gringos in Los Cabos come in all shapes and sizes, from the rich and famous to the wandering backpacker. It’s not unusual to see famous movie stars and multimillionaires walking around in town, relaxing in their anonymity and flip flops.

By A.D. Kenlan

The Cabo Marina is filled to the brim with beautiful million dollar yachts, usually owned by foreigners, that sit most of the year cared for by local deckhands waiting for great Bisbee marlin tournaments. These mega yachts are in stark contrast to the small local fishing pangas, or simple rowboat-style boats with motors, that go out every day in all weather, returning with their catch to the restaurants. The fresh seafood offered in the Los Cabos restaurants is unparalleled. It can even be found in the smallest local eateries at a fraction of the cost. During Spring Break, Cabo changes from a peaceful, relatively quiet town to a world famous location whose beachfront is filled with raucous, unrestrained Spring Breakers. Gringos walk around town holding beer bottles, and girls in tiny, weeny bikinis enter local shops barefoot. They feel unleashed from the restraints of their hometowns where dress codes are observed, and open beer cans in the street are prohibited. They fill the beach bar/restaurants and exhibit themselves during eye-popping provocative “games” while special waiters shove tequila down unsuspecting throats. In the desire to encourage foreign visitors, Mexicans with their lenient spirit often turn a “blind eye” to the Gringo antics, except for the Mexican parental concern about the influence on their young. On the other hand, Gringos have presented opportunities for Mexicans for more jobs, new businesses, work with Americans, English conversation, modern clothing and lifestyles, increased salaries, improved infrastructure, and increased trade. It’s impossible to miss the effects and changes that the Gringo has made on the Mexican people and its environment. Yes….. The Gringo has landed with a big footprint.



“NO” IS NOT A M here are many Mexicans who speak English very well, thus Americans often don't realize that there are major differences between the two cultures. x McDonald's and Walmart are seen in lots of Mexican towns, but that doesn't mean that Mexicans think the same way that North Americans think. It can be very helpful to note some of the important differences in order to avoid misunderstandings. Let's start with the term "Americans." Mexicans may be a little offended when they hear the term used for people from the United States. After all, Mexico is in the Americas too. "North American" is the acceptable designation for someone from the United States or Canada. Gringo, which used to be derogatory, but is now commonly used, is the term used for any foreigner. Cultural differences are important. The following are only some of the crucial ones, and understanding them will increase your chance of having an easier transition. The Mexican concept of time is completely different from that of the foreigner. The frequently used "Mañana" means tomorrow, but whether it is really tomorrow, or next week, or even never, is open to interpretation. "Two o'clock" to a service provider can mean 1:00, 5:00, or in a couple of days. I once made an agreement with an electrician to come at 3 on Wednesday.. It was Monday, so I assumed the day and time were clear. Never assume! Wednesday came, but no electrician. The following week, my doorbell rang, and there stood the electrician, pleasant as could be, ready for work! Directions can be difficult to follow. Mexicans are gracious, kind, friendly people who are always willing to help. Thus, if you ask for directions, it is rare that they will say they don't know, but will do their best to explain the way, even if the instructions are vague and incorrect. Street signs seem to be an unnecessary luxury and asking for a specific address can be an exercise in futility. Cheers for the GPS. Invitations. If you invite a Mexican to a party or an event, he or she will smile, nod, perhaps say "si", knowing full well that they can't come. It's not that they


want to mislead, they simply do not want to disappoint you. If a gringo is invited to an event, Mexicans will not take offense if you do the same. Actually they are happy with your good intentions. A Six-pack, pastry, or a nice fruit plate, or a bottle of good tequila is more appreciated gift to the host or hostess than a good bottle of wine. Don't come on time. I once had a Thanksgiving "Mixer" dinner and invited my Mexican and American friends. Everyone was supposed to come at 3:00. Of course, the Americans showed up at 3, and after waiting for a "respectable" time, we hit the turkey. At 5:00, they were ready to leave but as they opened the gate, there stood the Mexicans, ready to enjoy the special occasion! So we had round two and I learned an important lesson. Mexicans like to arrive about 2 hours after the start time; never "on time". It's a good idea to modify your invitation time if you expect an intercultural event. As for the end of the event, everyone knows Mexicans love to party. Mexican parties only begin around 11 pm and can go all night, music blaring until the wee hours of the morning. Now when I invite my Mexican friends I tell them before they come what time I expect it to end. It's not the Mexican way, but I am forgiven as I'm a Gringa and a little older. The word "No" is considered rude or ungracious, as is criticism. It is extremely rare to hear a Mexican say "no" or "I don't know". Perhaps it is their fear of appearing ignorant, or rude, but getting a straight answer can be a challenge and a little frustrating. Mexicans will never criticize you. Your terrible Spanish will be appreciated and may even serve to form a bond. Mexicans try very hard to speak English in order to help and communicate with the foreigners Do you realize that English is their second or third language while most Americans speak only one foreign language, English. It's nice to thank them or compliment them for their English. When speaking with a Mexican, it is important to speak slowly and avoid complicated words or slang. A lot of misunderstanding occurs when Mexicans say "You can't". Unfortunately, they do not pronounce the t at the end, so one never knows if it is "can" or "cannot". Always verify whether something is permissible by asking "Did you say can or can not" to avoid potentially serious errors.

MEXICAN WORD Business in Mexico (Negocios) differs significantly from the way it is conducted in North America. There are notable differences with business philosophy, ethics, social etiquette, and values. Of course, these are generalizations and there are many exceptions. The importance of business to Americans is foremost. When meeting a person in the States, one usually shakes hands and is more formal than Mexicans. Business is ranked above family and social for many Americans, and the first question is often, "What do you do?". Americans believe that "My word is my bond" and a handshake deal should be binding. Americans tend to be more trusting than Mexicans. Americans are frank and open, whereas Mexicans are reserved and it may be difficult to know what they really think. Agreements in Mexico are more "fluid", and subject to change. It seems that Americans are quick to sue and often rely on the courts to settle disputes, whereas Mexicans usually don't put a lot of faith in their lawyers to settle differences. As Abraham Lincoln said, "…Avoid litigation at all cost". In Mexico, however, the family is the most important in his life. It's surprising how often distant relatives are still in contact. Grown children usually remain at home with their parents until they marry. Friends and social life follow in importance to the family, and business comes last. Although this hierarchy is changing and slowly going the way of the wide brimmed Mexican sombrero, however, the cultural differences are quite apparent. Social etiquette in business is extremely important and quite different from the North American style. Introductions are with the first name, usually not "Mr" or" Mrs." Hugs and pats on the back are normal for men, and a kiss on the cheek is always given to friends and considered proper and normal. In America, one uses "Dr." when addressing a medical doctor. In Mexico, informality is a way of life, and the use of the first name is common. The term of respect is Licenciado for an attorney or professional, or Maestra for a teacher. During my early days in Cabo, I rushed into an office and told the secretaries I needed something done right away. I couldn't understand why they looked at me in a very unfriendly way. Later I learned that it is very rude to leap into business demands without first inquiring about their family, health and spending some time with other small talk before getting serious.

conversation is concluded between employees is par for the course. Interruptions are common while attempting to talk or conduct business with an employee, and these must be taken in stride. Impatience will get you nowhere in Mexico. The American who loses his temper will not receive service. The Mexican will act as if he or she cannot understand anything, even if they speak perfect English! Soon I learned that business comes after social greetings and small talk, which could last a long while. Once, I invited a group of Mexican doctors to an expensive business lunch to finalize a medical equipment deal, finally finished, and I thought it was time to "get down to business." Instead, as I began to take out the papers to sign, the Mexicans invited an entire band of Mariachis over to the table with their trumpets, guitars, singers, and drums. The noise was deafening and obviously meant as a distraction. At the end of the performance, my clients excused themselves and left smiling, obviously avoiding the decision. Finally, expect that it will take at least three trips to any office to resolve an issue. Mexicans love their paper authorization stamps and being in a position of "authority." Shouting, demanding, impatience or rudeness are unacceptable in Mexico and will get you nowhere. A smile can be worth its weight in gold. Even with the traffic police! ***************** Mexico is a beautiful country, full of cultured, intelligent, kind people. Remember that we are guests in their country and try to appreciate their rich culture and the efforts that they make to welcome us. Above all, respect their way of life and be happy. Enjoy the Mexican sun and fun and….Viva Mexico!

Arienne/Adriana Kenlan started coming to Mexico in the 70’s. She was the former host of Life in Los Cabos on Cabo Mil, Project Health Medical Director, is a professional English Marketing instructor at the California Conexion, and a Business Coach. She can be reached at

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