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Los Cabos (the capes) is in the southern most tip of the State of Baja California Sur and consists of six main areas: La Paz, Todos Santos, Cabo San Lucas, the Corridor, San José del Cabo and the East Cape. If you look at the Baja Sur map you can see that the highways and towns form a loop. There are ongoing road improvements and new highway constructions, so getting from one place to another will only get easier. The new highway to Todos Santos is impressively well done, making it only 45 minutes away from Cabo San Lucas.

Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas, also just known as “Cabo”, is a tourist friendly town located on the tip of the Baja California peninsula that’s full of entertainment for every age and liking. You will find the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meeting at land’s end and the beautiful rock formations that create the famous Cabo arch. Cabo San Lucas has the liveliest beach in the Los Cabos area, an impressive marina and countless restaurants and bars that keep the town alive day and night.

The Corridor

A 40 Km highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (about a 25 minute drive). Along this road you can find various hotels, luxury ocean front homes, championship golf courses and beautiful views. Have your camera ready to snap some photos of the beautiful beaches and make a roadside stop at the Cabo Real arroyo for a refreshing coco frío (cold coconut).

This incredible corner of the world will create a lifetime of memories By Michelle Monroy

San José del Cabo

Walking around San José will be more of a traditional Mexican town experience than Cabo San Lucas. 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. From November through June the popular “Art Walk” takes place every Thursday evening where the galleries welcome guests to view their exhibits, sip wine and dine at one of the five star restaurants. San José has a beautiful beach where you can take a horseback ride and explore the estuary that is home to many different bird species.

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 high water at Balandra beach or have a fine dining experience; La Paz has a lot to offer.

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. 60 miles outside of San José is the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, an eight fingered coral reef that offers outstanding snorkelling and scuba diving. Very popular for fishing, the East Cape also attracts kite surfers and folks who just want to get away from it all.

Todos Santos

Located on the Pacific Ocean side, 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 due to the Pacific’s breezes.

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 | MAY 2013


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Los Cabos

activities By Michelle Monroy


This is your chance to experience the underwater life in the Sea of Cortez, also known as the “Aquarium of the World”. Prepare yourself for nature to show off as you swim side by side with colourful schools of fish, eels, rays, octopus, turtles and more. There are a few ways to snorkel in Cabo: book one of the popular snorkel tours, drive to a beach and swim off the shore or charter your own private boat. Tours last around two or three hours and cost around $40.00 dollars per person. If you’re venturing out on your own, stay away from the Pacific side; its strong currents make it very dangerous for any kind of water sports.

SNORKELING SPOTS Pelican Rock This rock attracts many fish and is just an easy five minute boat ride from the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Lover’s Beach Accessible only by water taxi. Be aware that this is a high boat traffic area and it’s not roped off for swimmers. Santa Maria Cove Santa Maria is a regular destination for snorkel tours. If you choose to drive there, it’s a very easy swim from the shore to the reef. Chileno Bay This bay is also a common destination for snorkeling tours and has a safe roped off area for snorkelers. Cabo Pulmo Cabo Pulmo is a Natural Marine Reserve in the East Cape that offers possibly the best snorkelling in the area. To get to this eight fingered coral reef you have take about a 2 hour drive from San José del Cabo, but it’s well worth it.


Note: travel time is from Cabo San Lucas marina Land’s End Intermediate-Advanced 50’-60’ and just 5 minutes by boat you’re swimming with sea lions and moray eels. Also a sunken boat can be seen in the Falls. Sand Falls Beginners - Advanced 30’-100’ Steep sand banks go down sharply into a canyon filled wit tropical fish. A short boat ride from shore, the canyon runs from the depths of Cabo San Lucas bay to within 30 feet of shore, making the Bay one of the deepest in the world. Pelican Rock Beginners - 25’-80’ Just 5 minute boat trip to this large rock that attracts many tropical fish. Neptune’s Finger Advanced - 80’-100’ Spectacular canyon wall dive. Cabeza de Ballena Beginners - 20’-40’ 25 minute boat ride to dive through large boulders with lots of fish.

Santa María Cave Beginners - 20’-40’ 35 minutes by boat, or dive from the beach. The entrance to Santa Maria canyon has a huge variety of fish who feed right from your hand. Chileno Beginners - 20’-40’ 35 minutes boat ride and a sandy and rocky bottom. PARKING Lots of turtles sited here, tropical fish, night dives. El Gavilán Intermediate/Advanced - 70’-100’ 35 minutes boat time. Rocky ledge leading into a canyon where groupers and larger fish are often sited. Blow Hole Beginners/Advanced - 30’-70’ 35 minutes boat ride from San Lucas, or just 10 minutes from Chileno beach. Rocky valleys present a variety of fish. Las Salinas Beginners - 30’-45’ 1.4 hours by boat from San Lucas, or 1 hour by boat from La Playita. A sunken Japanese fishing boat attracts a large assortment of fish. Gordo Banks Advanced - 110’-120’ 1 hour boat from La Playita, there is a seamount where you can see marlin, hammerheads, skip jacks and at times huge manta rays. Cabo Pulmo Beginner/Advanced - 30’-100’ 2 hour drive East of San José then 5 minutes by boat you’ll find the only living coral reef in the Sea of Cortez.


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Eagle Divers (624) 143-9286 Manta (624) 144-3871 Nautilus Dive Tech (624) 143-0067 Ocean Riders Toll-free from Mexico


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GOLFING With the desert meeting the Sea of Cortez as a backdrop, there is no doubt why Los Cabos has become a championship golf destination over the years. From Nicklaus to Fazio, many of the big names in golf have designed courses in this unique landscape. Green fees vary based on the membership status of the golfer, time of day, season of the year and other factors. Many courses also offer a reduced rate later in the day during twilight hours. Appropriate golf attire is required on all courses and club rental prices range from $35 to $ 65.

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. 18 holes, 7,220 yards, par 72. (624) 143 4654

golfer with risk vs reward type decision-making. 18 holes, 7,049 yards, par 72. (624) 145-8200 •

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. 18 holes, 7,037 yards, par 72. (624) 173-9400 ext. 1 •

Palmilla 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. (624) 144-5250 •

Punta Sur Golf - Formerly Mayan Palace Golf 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. 9 holes, 3,141 yards, par 35. (624) 142-0900 •

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, 7,055 yards, par 71. (624) 173-9300 •

Puerto Los Cabos The only ‘composite’ course in the area with two different 9 hole courses designed by two legends of golf, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman respectively. Oceanfront holes, elevation changes, and incredible vistas make Puerto Los Cabos a unique and special experience for any golfer at any handicap. 18 holes, 6,818 yards, par 73. (624) 173-9300 •

Cabo del Sol Ocean Course - A Jack Nicklaus signature course with six ocean front holes (1.5 miles). Known for it’s “3 finest finishing holes in golf” the Ocean Course is said to be one of the most difficult yet beautiful courses in the area. 18 holes, 7,075 yards, par 72. Desert Course – Designed by Tom Weiskopf, this course winds through the desert above the Ocean Course and challenges the

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BOATING & FISHING Calm waters, extraordinary fishing and perfect weather... some would argue that boating is the most popular attraction in Los Cabos. Whether you want to take a cruise to Santa María Bay on a luxury yacht or wake up at the crack of dawn for a fishing adventure, the options to fit your needs are endless.

BOAT RENTALS Private yachts and sailboats There are several charter companies that can accommodate you depending on what you need. What you do on your trip is really up to you, but it will typically consist of a tour around the arch, fishing for a couple of hours and a cruise to any of the beautiful bays for swimming. Most boats have fishing equipment and a knowledgeable crew, but the main difference between renting a yacht and a fishing boat is the cost.

Fishing Boat Rentals You can always fish on a yacht, but cruisers and pangas are more commonly used. Pangas and Super Pangas are a more affordable option, but cruisers will fit more people and be more comfortable if the sea is rough. When booking with a fishing boat operator, make sure they include proper safety equipment such as; life jackets, GPS, VHF radio and shark repellent!


There’s a reason why the world’s richest fishing tournament - the Bisbee’s Black & Blue - takes place in Los Cabos for over thirty years. This part of the world offers an abundant sea life and an exceptionally high catch success rate. No matter what your level of fishing experience is, Cabo won’t disappoint you.


What to Expect It’s recommended to make a reservation at least one day before. Most charters include a fishing license, bait, tackle and equipment. Some also include food and drink or can be added at an additional cost. The earlier you leave the better; trips usually begin around 6:00 and 7:00 am and last around 6 hours. Cost will depend on the number of people in your party and the size of the boat you choose to rent. 15% to 20% of your charter cost is a customary tip for the crew.

Bait and Tackle Most likely, the boat you charter will include your bait and tackle. If you need your own fresh bait you can buy it along the Cabo San Lucas Marina or the crew you hire can also stop to buy it from the local fishermen on your way out.

Sport fishing flags commonly seen in Los Cabos:


Dream Maker (624) 143-7266 JC’s Sport Fishing (624) 147-5821 Marlin Masters Sport Fishing (624) 144-4481 Minerva’s (624) 143-1282 / 143-2766 Paradise Sport Fishing (624) 143-1033 Picante Sport Fishing (624) 143-2474 Pisces Fleet Sport Fishing (624) 143-1288 / 143-9488 / 143-8388 Portus Sport Fishing (624) 104-3775 / 355-4561 Rafael’s Sport Fishing Fleet (624) 143-0018 RedRum Sport Fishing (624) 172-0085 Salvador’s Sport Fishing Charters USA : (406) 980-1588 Silverados Sport Fishing (624) 147-0594 Solmar Sport Fishing Fleet (624) 143-0646 / 143-4542 Sushi Time (624) 147-5162 Top Anglers Sport Fishing (624) 122-1643 | May 2013

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SURFING Cabo has been a popular surfing destination since the ‘50s, but with its enormous growth and the quick and daily flights coming in from California, it has now become a surfer’s paradise.

SURF 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 and 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.

SURF SHOPS For surf gear, board rentals and lessons:


San Pedrito • Level: Advanced • Direction:

Right, left Location: Pacific side right before arriving to Todos Santos Cerritos • Level: Great for beginners • Direction: Right and 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 and left • Location: Exit at Km 16.2 at the El Tule bridge Costa Azul is made of three spots: The Rock or La Roca • Level: Advanced • Direction: Right Zippers • Level: All level • 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 and lef • Location: San José del Cabo’s main beach, close to the Presidente Hotel 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

Baja Waterman Surf Central (624) 172-6110 Cabo Surf Shop and Mike Doyle Surf School (624) 172-6188 Costa Azul Surf Shop (San José and Cerritos) (624) 142-2771 SUP Mexico (624) 172-6046 Punta del Cabo Surfshop (624)105-24-29 Mario Surf School (Pescadero) (612) 142-6156

Don't miss out on

this incredible experience. April - September




Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley (KISS), along with cofounding

partners restaurateur & hotelier Michael Zislis and concert promoter Dave Furano, have teamed up with Los Cabos’ restaurateurs Jessica Moreira, Rodrigo Cabeza De Vaca and Sergio Martinez for the opening of the first international location of

Rock & Brews Los Cabos. The two day invitation-only grand opening welcomed about 400 KISS fans, local VIP’s and Music Industry notables. This new concert and rock theme dining concept is set to be a latenight spot with craft beers, live music and a DJ spinning tunes, every night.

Rock & Brews Los Cabos is located in Plaza del Pescador, at Paseo Malecón in San José del Cabo. For more information visit

LIVE MUSIC in LOS CABOS Cabo Wabo - Tuesday to Friday, 7:15 pm, Cabo Uno acoustic rock patio

set; Tuesday to Sunday 10:30 pm Cabo Uno electric rock set; Mondays, 7:15 Estrógeno patio set, 10:30 electric set; 624.143.1188 Cerritos Beach Club

Sunday, 2:00-5:00; 624.143.4850 Desperados - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm; Saturdays, 9:00 pm to 12:00 pm; Spanish guitar; 624. 143.4313 Jungle Bar - Daily at 9:30 pm, Estrógeno. Don Sanchez Cantina - Tuesdays through Saturdays, Cuban jazz band & salsa; Monday, Howie Clifton on saxophone; 624.142.2444 El Ganzo - Thursdays, Mark Rudin, 7:15 pm; Fridays, Chaplin, 7:30 pm; Sunday Brunch, 9:00 am; 624.104.9000 Flora Farm

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Friday and Sunday Brunch, Jazz Duo: Nahuel Bailo, piano and David Cantoni, saxophone; 624.355.4564 H Restaurant - Saturdays 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Hugo “saxo” Moreno; Saxophone; 624-105-2974 Two For The Road Cabo Jazz Spot - Monday to Saturday 7:00 pm to Midnight; 624. 143.7759 Voilá Bistro - Thursdays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Hugo “saxo” Moreno; Saxophone; 624-130-7569 Zippers - Fridays, E.C Davis; Wednesdays & Sundays, Hot Steel; 624.172.6162 7 Seas Seafood Grille - Full Moon Jazz Concerts; Call for 624.142.2666

Contact us to add your live music to our schedule: or call 142-4949/ 105-9700

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Who is the Chef? Los Tadd



Mignon with Rosemary port Demi Glace - 4 guests loves Filet For the Demi Glace

owner of Don Sánchez, The Retro Burger Bar and Habaneros. Instead of having you read about his awards and his original fusion creations as a Chef and Restauranteur in San José del Cabo, here is Tadd’s favorite recipe. Enjoy!

You can find some good Demi Glace products in the grocery store, but nothing compares to making your own base for this sauce. As well there are different ways of arriving at a great Demi Glace, I find that this route is the simplest. The main part of this sauce is a reduced beef stock, seasoned with some fresh herbs and vegetables.

Beef Stock

Ingredients: 3 kg. Veal or Beef Bones 2 tbsp. tomato paste 2 cups chopped onions 1 cup chopped carrots 1 cup chopped celery 1 head of garlic 4 bay leaves 1 bottle red wine (I like a Merlot for cooking) 8 liters water Fresh Herbs (bouquet garni) -thyme and rosemary are good choices here 10 Black Peppercorns (I don’t add any salt here as this sauce will be reduced greatly, salt can be added at the end) Method: • Preheat oven to 425 F • Roast bones in a roasting pan for approx. 1 ½ hours until golden brown, make sure not to burn the bones • In a large stock pot heat about 1 cup of the beef fat that came off the bone and Sauté vegetables starting with the onion for about 3 minutes • Add the celery and carrots and

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Sauté for another 5 minutes stirring constantly Add Garlic and cook for another 5-10 minutes until vegetables are golden brown, be very careful not to burn anything as burnt = bitter Add Tomato paste and bay leaf and cook for another 2-3 minutes Deglaze the pot with 2/3 of the Red Wine, scraping the bottom of the bottom with a wooden spoon. Deglaze roasting pan with the rest of the red wine and add it to the stock pot Add Beef Bones to the pot (discard fat) and water Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 3 ½ hours Add Fresh herbs and simmer for 30 minutes more. Cool and stain through a china cap (tip* place in fridge, when cold you can take the fat off the top) Save the fat for later use (yield approx. 1 gallon)

Rosemary Port Demi Glace Sauce

2 tbsp beef fat 1 Cup Shallots ½ cup carrot ½ cup Celery 2 Portabella mushrooms 1 cup Port 1 cup Red Wine 2 liters beef stock Rosemary Thyme Bay Leaf Method: • In a large saucepan add 2 tbsp beef fat and heat at medium – high heat

• Sauté shallots, Celery, Carrot and mushrooms until onion is transparent and carrots start to brown, stirring constantly to avoid burning • Deglaze with red wine and port • Add Brown stock and reduce till sauce begins to coat the back of your spoon. • Add Herbs and reduce at low heat for another 15minutes (approx.) • Remove from heat when liquid coats the back of a spoon easily • Allow to cool and spoon excess fat off the top • Yield approx. 2-3 cups

Pommes Frit

Ingredients: 2 Russet Potatos (washed / skin on) 1 tbsp. Fresh Rosemary (finely chopped) ½ tsp. Sea Salt ½ tsp. Pepper Canola oil for frying Method: • Cut Potatoes with a mandolin or very sharp knife into pieces the size of a toothpick or match (julienne) • Store in cold water until used • Heat oil in deep fat fryer until 350 F • Drain potatoes and fry until crispy and golden • Remove from fryer and place in a bowl lined with paper towels and allow excess fat to drain off • Toss with rosemary, salt and pepper

Swiss Chards

Ingredients: 4 cups Fresh Swiss Chards (or spinach) chopped and deveined ¼ cup Shallots (fine dice) 2 tbsp. Butter or avocado oil Salt and pepper to taste

Method: • Heat butter in a low-sided non-stick saucepan • Sauté shallots until transparent • Add Swiss chards and sauté until they begin to soften (1-2 minutes) • Add salt and pepper to taste

For the Filet

Ingredients: 4 x Center Cut Filet (250 grams each) ¼ cup x Olive Oil 1 tbsp x Ground Black Pepper 1 tbsp x Sea Salt Method: • Preheat Grill / BBQ for at least 20 minutes prior to cooking • Right before cooking coat with olive oil and rub with salt and cracked pepper • Grill at high heat rotating every 2 minutes to mark all sides of the steak and to cook evenly • Remove from grill and medium rare and allow to rest at room temperature for a few minutes (if juices begin to come out on there own the steak is medium)

To serve:

• Place ¼ of the cooked Swiss chards in the center of a white plate • Carefully spoon demi glace around the Swiss chards • Place one filet over each bundle of chards • With your hand place a small a bunch of rosemary potatoes over each filet, doing your best to balance the potatoes on top of the filet • Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary if desired.

¡Buen Provecho! | MAY 2013


Los Cabos Events

M AY 2 0 1 3 Cabo Marine Show

May 1st to May 4th - Representatives from the nautical industry, luxury marinas, hotels and resorts, luxury yacht brokers and many other local vendors will gather in Cabo San Lucas for the 4th annual show. Approximately 4,000 attendees are expected at this four-day event that will take place on the Cabo San Lucas Marina in front of the Wyndham Hotel. Don’t forget to visit the Destino Magazine booth!

2013 Surf Summit

May 15, 2013 to May 18, at the Melia Cabo Real Hotel. This annual event brings together local and international manufacturers, marketing executives and retailers for the industry’s conference, which includes networking events, seminars and lectures. The goal of the four-day, three-night Surf Summit is to learn, share ideas, network and help shape the future of the surf industry.

White Party, Nikki Beach Cabo

May 24, from 7pm till late, ME Cabo Hotel - Celebrate the Nikki Beach 8 year anniversary at the most anticipated party of the year. Dress code: Strictly White. Reserve online:

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CABO’S PARTY SCENE By Michelle Monroy

There is no denying that many come to Cabo for the beach parties and nightlife. From trendy nightclubs to booze cruises, you will always find a party... anytime, anywhere.

FUN in the SUN

Mango Deck is the ultimate representation of

spring break in Cabo. They have entertainment all day and night, from live music to beer drinking and booty-shaking contests. Great happy hour margaritas and a lively staff. Located in Medano beach. Sky Pool 180° view of the Cabo San Lucas Marina? Check. Contemporary electronic music with live DJ’s? Check. Drinks, pool and classy ambience? Check! Sky Pool is the only pool party located right on the marina in the Wyndham Hotel in Cabo San Lucas. The Office The perfect place to spend the day sipping on your choice of beach drink, swimming in the ocean, trinket shopping, people watching...and more people watching. The Office has great food and is more family friendly compared to other spots on Médano beach. Nikki Beach is known for its white teepees, pool-side lounge beds and sexy and stylish pool party scene. As the sun sets, resident DJs get the crowd going with beats of dance and house music. Located in the Hotel ME Cabo on Médano Beach. Billygan’s Island is a fun beach club and restaurant where you can go for lunch and soak up the sun in their lounge chairs and beach mats. Don’t miss their house drink called Billygan’s Special and their daily contests and shows that will surely keep you entertained.


Cabo Escape Booze Cruise The name says it all, booze while you cruise at sunset and bring your dancing shoes. Departs daily at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Nov-Mar); Dock #3 Cabo San Lucas Marina. Cost: US $45.00 per person. Includes: chips, salsas, guacamole and veggie dips; open bar. Pez Gato Dance, drink and play on a catamaran at sunset. Children are welcome! Cost: $39 usd per person and includes national bar. Ages 5-11 are half price and under 5 are free. Cabo Escape Floating Disco For the late nighters! Dance to current hip-hop and electronic hits. 18 years old and up only. Departs Wednesdays and Fridays 9:00 pm to 12:00 am; Dock #3 Cabo San Lucas Marina. Cost: US $45.00 per person. Includes premium open bar. Jungle Reggae Booze Cruise is the ultimate Cabo San Lucas wild booze cruise. If you’re here for the famous Cabo spring break, this is the tour for you. Departs: Tuesday through Sunday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (winter) or 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (summer). Cost: $35 usd per person. 18 years old and up only. Includes: All-you can drink booze, dancing, reggae and party music. No dinner included, make sure you eat before the tour!

Jungle Floating Disco & Club is

the one and only late night floating night club with optional open bar or bottle service, VIP tables and STAR lounge. Departs Friday and Saturday from 9:30 pm to 12:30 pm. Cost: $35 usd per person. 18 years old and up. Includes: premium international open bar, dancing to current hits, hip-hop and electronic music.


Mandala When you’re waking the main street

of Cabo, you will surely notice Mandala’s striking entrance and sleek Asian decor. If you are looking for the stylish nightclub scene and great dance music, this is where you want to be. El Squid Roe You can feel the high energy the moment you walk into this three story night club and restaurant. It’s very well known for its lively staff that not only serve you, but will entertain you all night long. Gigglin’ Marlin Just a fisherman’s bar in the beginning, this Cabo landmark is now a seafood restaurant that becomes a lively night club once the sun sets. The large image outside of a man hanging upside down next to a “giggling marlin” is hard to miss. One of the traditions of this bar is to hang brave souls upside down while they do a tequila shot! The Nowhere Bar A happening open-air bar with dance music and dance floor that’s located right on the beautiful Cabo marina. Known for its popular Tuesday lady’s night, Nowhere Bar is a hot place for celebrity sightings and has an excellent staff and service. Visit during the day for a refreshing happy hour beer or at night for a fun and stylish party scene. Cabo Wabo Cantina A Cabo San Lucas icon, Cabo Wabo has been owned by the famous rock star Sammy Hagar since it’s opening in 1990. You are guaranteed some amazing live rock music with their talented house band and if you’re lucky you might even see Sammy or any other big name artist hop on stage on any given night. Pink Kitty Known for its club scene and cosmopolitan style atmosphere. Pink Kitty is a popular spot for dance and house music. They often feature famous DJs that fire up the crowd on the dance floor until 4:00 am. The Jungle Bar Casual bar for good tunes, live music every night and local culture. Located in Plaza de los Mariachis, bellow Cabo Wabo. Jungle Martini Outdoor martini bar that also offers many other beachy cocktail concoctions for a guaranteed fun time. Located in Plaza Bonita. Knotty This new hot-spot’s unique decor and ambiance was designed by world renowned Davis Krumins. Dance to the beats of house music mixed by live DJ’s and even climb into the tree-like dancing cage in the middle of the club. | MAY 2013



by yeye

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” Henry David Thoreau

Photo by Bruce Herman

LOS CABOS’ natural world of fishing has

no beginning and no end, and its history is told one fisherman at a time. Still, if the inception of a dream was to be done in this world created by illusions, fishing can be the one common ground where we all look for peace. We go fishing to catch fish, to experience the rush of adrenaline when our catch rises to the surface, grabs the bait, and the line goes taut, but fishing can do much more than just satisfy an instinct. Fishing connects us to nature, to other and to the Divine. Fishing takes us away from the pressures and stresses of everyday life. Fishing gives us a different perspective on our place within the natural world.

Waters of the Sea of Cortez are abundant in sea life, hidden coves, beaches and islands but, really, who deserves all honor and praise is


fi s h .

All year-round, travelers from all over the world come to catch marlin, tuna, sailfish, wahoo, dorado (also known as dolphinfish or mahi mahi), and dozens of other game fish species, such as red snapper, yellowtail, sierra, jack crevalle, rooster-fish, groupers, and many, many more. Usually centered on the month of May, the fisherman can witness the spectacular “rising of the red crabs,” when pelagic red crabs, also called “tuna crabs” or langostillas, rise to the surface of the sea and are swarmed by every type of game fish imaginable, even including offshore roosterfish at times.

Fishing seasons vary according to the swings

of oceanic influences coming from the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez sides, but generally the offshore season for striped marlin peaks from December through June and the warmer water dorado, sailfish, blue marlin, and black marlin peaks from June through November. Yellowfin tuna flurries can come during any month of the

year, but for best numbers and size try during the warmer water months from April through November. Inshore fishing seasons for cooler water sierra and yellowtail peak about March through June. Roosterfish, other jacks, pompanos, cabrilla, and the various snapper species peak from about April through July. Inshore snook and offshore wahoo are incidental catches at San José del Cabo, but the best chances generally come during the warmer months of July through November.

Los Cabos famous fishing spots such

as Golden Gate and Jaime Banks, between 22 and 24 NM Northwest of Cabo San Lucas are great waters for Marlin, with Dorado swimming not too far to the South. The Gordo Banks ~ located just off the coast of San José Del Cabo, 22 miles northeast of the Cabo San Lucas marina ~ is one of the best fishing spots for anglers in all of Baja California Sur and they are great for fishing during the months of April to November. Farther northeast up the Sea of Cortez is Vinorama Canyon, another

great fishing spot for Yellowtail fishing in the beginning of the year, Dorado in the second half, and Tuna and Reef fishing year around. Almost in between the San Lucas and San José marinas, about 20-25 miles out, is the 1150 bank, a great spot for marlin and tuna fishing. A favorite amongst local anglers, in between the 1150 Bank and Gordo Banks, about 9 miles off the coast of Santa María Beach is the Santa María Canyon where Dorado, billfish, and Tuna are abundant. To catch Roosterfish, Pargo, Snapper, Wahoo, Marlin, and Tuna try La Fortuna Bank, Destiladera Bank, San Luis Bank and Iman Bank, north east of the Gordo Banks. Iman Bank is a very consistent fishing hole for Tuna, Amberjack, Wahoo, Dorado, and Bonito. Teams of pangueros at the village of La Playita, offer an excellent way to experience artisanal fishing as it was once practiced all along Mexico’s 10,000-kilometer coastline.

Winds are an important matter. In the Sea of Cortez prevailing afternoon southerly winds blow at 10 to 20 knots; frequent summer southerly winds blow at 10 to 40 knots; and hurricane winds blow at 75+ knots. Our National Marine Reserve protects the waters against fishing and spearing around harbor, and as our collective consciousness about the value of life awakens as part of our evolution as an intelligent species, sports such as catch & release offer a richer reward. Hunting has always been a major interest of the nobility, and practices such as fishing are best kept from those who are not gentlemen, since their immoderation in angling might utterly destroy it. Oh, yeah, and how to ignore this one...Thou shall not kill.

May 25th, 2013 Fishing Tournament CARDONAL Black & Blue Marlin “pollas” for Dorado & Tuna El Cardonal, B.C.S.

Estilos de Pesca

in Los Cabos Rods, reels and fishing lines all have rates and are geared for specific fish. Choosing your fishing gear depends on two things, your budget and the type of fish you are after. Be it in a yacht, in a charter boat, in a panga, or by the shore, knowing the difference between the different types of fishing will also assist when purchasing your fishing gear. The types of fishing available in Los Cabos, literally suit all anglers.

Photo by Bruce Herman

Fly Fishing is usually done in shallow clear waters of as little as 1 foot deep. Light graphite rods and boats modified for low water levels are used. Given the fact that the continental talus descends abruptly in this area of the Pacific, fly fishing in Los Cabos can be done in the Surf.

Spinning or Light Tackle can be done

in waters with an average depth of 9 feet or less or farther off shore. Very resistant graphite or polycarbonate rods are required. Reels contain up to 300 yards of line and one may need every foot. This type of fishing can be done from the beach or from pangas.

Bottom fishing is usually done in deep waters with the boat anchored and is a good way for beginners to have a good time. An extra weight is added to the hook so it descends rapidly. Cabo del Este is also a good option for this type of fishing. Deep Sea requires a sturdier and more specialized equipment, including fish finding devices. Different resistance and flexibility of rods are used, along with a larger amount of line. The lures used are the biggest among all types of fishing styles and they are displayed on multiple hooks so they look like a school of fish. Oftentimes real bait is used instead of lures. There are two types of deep sea fishing available, and varies depending on species desired and the location:

Trolling consists of keeping the boat at constant speed of around 6 knots and the lures are fairly shallow. Bottom Fishing is as described above, and lures or baits may be as much as 200 feet deep. | MAY 2013


By Michelle Monroy

Medano Beach

This is where the action is. El Médano (as the locals call it) is a 2 mile stretch of hotels, restaurants and bars right on the sand. It’s a swimmable and family friendly beach with endless options for souvenir shopping. All water sports and activities are available. If you want to take a water taxi to Lover’s Beach, this is the spot to do it. Its stunning view of land’s end and the vast entertainment options makes it a must-see. In the heart of downtown Cabo San Lucas. You can walk through the east side of the marina or access it via Avenida del Pescador street. Get prepared to be approached by souvenir vendors. If you’re not there for the shopping, the only thing you can do is say “No Gracias”. • Prices don’t vary too much from one water sports rental place to another; just talk to someone and break out those negotiation skills. • Make a trip to Lovers Beach while you’re there.

Location: Tips:

Lover’s Beach

Getting to here is an adventure in itself due to the fact that it’s only reachable by boat or kayak. The easiest way is to take a water taxi from the Cabo San Lucas Marina or Medano Beach. Prices are around $15.00 per person. Ask your captain to cruise by the arch and the sea lion rock for some great photo opportunities. Once you arrive you’ll notice the striking rock formations and caves that you will instantly want to go explore. Walk to the other side of the rocks and you’ll now find yourself looking at the Pacific Ocean; the locals call this Divorce Beach. This side is very dangerous for swimming because of the powerful undertow, so only swim on Lover’s Beach. Land’s End beside the famous arch. Only accessible by boat. There are a couple of vendors that offer beers and water but you won’t find any other services. • A good idea is to spend the day at Medano Beach and take an hour or two to go to Lover’s Beach; this should be enough time to explore and enjoy this natural wonderland.

Location: Tips:


Las Viudas

Las Viudas (The Widows) beach is not visible from the road and is possibly the most private beach you will find on this list. What makes it unique are the rock formations that create small pools and coves where you can have a private and peaceful beach day. This beach is swimmable with caution, but if you find your own pool you can avoid the waves. Turn right at Km. 12.5 of the corridor and follow the dirt road down to the beach. There is a sign that reads “Las Viudas” but keep your eyes peeled because the entrance sneaks up on you. You won’t find any services or vendors so bring all your beach essentials with you.



Santa Maria

A stunning horseshoe cove with coral coloured sand and an abundant marine life. Boat excursions and private charters often stop here to enjoy the snorkelling and scuba diving that this National Marine Preserve offers. This family friendly beach is relatively secluded, therefore you rarely run into beach vendors. Follow the sign that reads “Santa María” and exit the highway at Km. 13. Follow the dirt road until you reach the parking area. No services and hardly any shade. You can rent umbrellas on the beach, but if you happen to have one bring it anyway. • Bring snorkelling gear!

Location: Tips:

Chileno A very popular location for snorkelling, swimming or just spending the day under the newly installed palapas. You’ll find tide pools at the east end of the beach and beautiful reefs for excellent snorkelling and scuba diving. This is the only beach with public rest rooms and it has plenty of palapas for shade. Follow the signs for Chileno Beach Club near Km. 14 of the main highway. If you visit Chileno on a weekend make an effort to arrive early; snorkelling visibility is often better in the mornings,

Location: Tips:

Most people come to Los Cabos for a beach vacation and this area happens to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. From floating in a turquoise bay with pink sand to riding some epic waves, each one offers something unique. Here is a list of the mustsee beaches to help you decide which one is your dream beach.

you’ll avoid the mid-day snorkel tours and if you beat the crowds you’ll be guaranteed a palapa for that much needed shade. • Bring Snorkelling gear!


just outside the beautiful Puerto Los Cabos 500 slip marina entrance. To the left is the is the natural open beach where you can swim, skim-board and enjoy a peaceful beach day away from the crowds. Follow the signs to La Playita/ Puerto Los Cabos form Boulevard Mijares in downtown San José del Cabo (across from the fire department). You will find new and well maintained bathrooms, palapas and fishing charters. • There are no food services directly on the beach, but there are several casual restaurants in the surrounding area.


Palmilla 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, the One&Only Hotel and the world renowned Jack Nicklaus Ocean Nine golf course. Pangas and fishing cruisers are available for charter but you won’t find water sport rentals such as kayaks or jet skis.


Take the Palmilla ramp exit at KM 27. Follow the signs and turn into the main beach parking area before the entrance to the One&Only Hotel.


Palmilla is popular among local families on the weekends, so arrive early if you want a palapa or bring your own umbrella. • No services available.

Costa Azul

If what you’re looking for is a good surf spot that doesn’t require driving out of town... this is it. Head over to Zipper’s for a surf session and lunch and beers at the restaurant. To the west of Zippers is Acapulquito beach where Cabo Surf Hotel and Mike Doyle Surf School are located. You can find surf shops in the area where you can rent surf and SUP boards and set up lessons. The surf is bigger during the summer and in the winter it’s a good spot for snorkelling and swimming. Exit at Km. 28 via the Costa Azul Bridge. Swimming with caution is possible in this area but keep an eye out for surfers.


Cerrit os

Cerritos beach is a popular surf spot and swimming is relatively safe. The scenic 45 minute drive from Cabo San Lucas is well worth the trip as you drive along the pristine Pacific coast. The Cerritos Beach Club Restaurant is a perfect spot to spend a relaxing day on the beach or if you want to be active you can take a surf lesson at Baja Surf Camp or rent surf and boogie boards at the Costa Azul Surf Shop.


Exit at Km. 66 of the Cabo San Lucas - Todos Santos highway. Watch the markers as there is no sign. Drive about 1.7 miles to the beach area. Lounge chairs, restrooms, food and drinks are available at The Cerritos Beach Club Restaurant.


Location: Tips:

La Playita

La Playita (the little beach) is a long stretch of beach where you will often find locals fishing from the shore and families with children enjoying the beach-front playground. On the right end of La Playita you will find a roped-off swimming area | May 2013


National Marine Park

Photo courtesy of Erendira Valle ~ Film Director of Azul Intangible

Coronado Island


By yeye

to the tourist, a guarded secret

It was explorer Jacques Cousteau who

to those who travel, just 250 miles north

named this area the biggest aquarium of

of Cabo San Lucas, you will find a

the world, and it was also this adventurer

town of Copper. The first Capital of the Californias under Jesuit education, today a touristic jewel town, quite Loreto has

“people protect what they love.” Loreto Marine Park gives who said

us many reasons to love the islands of

its future invested in the rich sustainable

Loreto hoping that sooner or later we

development of a peaceful place on Earth.

won’t need to be regulated in order to take


National Marine Park

reminds us about the value of the simple things, simplicity after all is the ultimate luxury. May you find time for this enlightening travel adventure. Write us about Loreto to

initiative in caring for our environment.

People’s awareness through






The fishing community seems to be on


board with conservation efforts. There


is a growing sustainability ethic and

expanded public participation - has the

realization that conservation needs to be

goal of protecting the region’s fragile

done for a sustainable future. Concepts

ecosystems and promoting sustainable,

such as new urbanism and million star







resort & spa are key foundation to the

of the flora, fauna and residents of the

development of this land untouched,

Loreto region. Loreto National Marine

and its design for humans rather than for

Park is the largest protected marine

automobiles makes a future of the past.

park in the world and it is landscape to






natural Island

universe. sail


These of









snorkel Catamaran cruise, kayak Island

different species of mammals, 75% of



all mammals that swim the coasts of


Mexico meet here. Imagine, blue whales,








happy hour Catamaran cruise, Island


hopping Nature watch, sunset sail and

plankton, magnificent frigate birds, blue

BBQ, and hiking Nature walk to Tabor,

footed boobies brown pelicans, angel

give to our experience of the Sea of

fish, parrot fish, sierra, dorado, rainbow

Cortez the opportunity to reflect in the


importance of the preservation of life.

starfish, sea urchins, fan coral, killer







whales, mantarrays, and sea lions, and Coronado,





hundreds of fish and bird species that



use the area’s mangrove estuaries as



home to endemic species

hatcheries and rooks. Flowering plants,






Catalina These






are key to the conservation of their

of ash and breccia, faults, uplifts and

ecosystems, thus they now are part of

intrusions, are the earth that adorns it.

the Loreto National Marine Park, which

Mountains meet the Ocean and blue

on July 14, 2005, was inscribed to the

is the bluest here. We are talking about

United Nation’s list of protected areas.

W o n d e r l a n d . | MAY 2013


art district


by Bruce Herman

noche de muertos in Michoacán

g al l e rie s ~ e v e nt s ~ d i nni n g

It was important, they told me that the many candles must burn all ‘nite to guide the souls on their journey back to the waiting families and friends in the cemeteries for Day Of The Dead. In the day time the bright cempasúlchil flowers do the same job. I was told that each candle represented a different soul. In the morning, while talking with a woman after her all ‘nite vigil next to her fathers grave, I questioned that it seemed there were far more candles than there were grave markers. “Oh - she said - well, we take care also for THE LOST SOULS.” A bit taken aback, I asked who were the lost souls. She thought for a moment then answered, “well if a family had died out , or left the area, but still had people buried here, then those would be lost souls , or for example if God Forbid you were to die here, and had no family and no one came for you, we would bury you here, and then there would be a candle for you as well.” !!

Alejandrina Calderoni

~ Se me acaba el tiempo ~

Envuelta en el tiempo

By yeye

“When I am in front of a canvas, I have no secrets, I paint them all. I love painting stories and then let people imagine theirs. Every painting I create hides a story. I am thankful to have found such a free language to communicate. Every feeling is valid, I can express anger or the most pure and strongest love. Painting is incredible.” Regia de hueso colorado (which means she is from Monterrey to the bone!), Alejandrina Calderoni, honors her choyera spirit by living in this paradise, she speaks of her family as her complete foundation and mentions her roots as one heroin mother -flamenco dancer, cuisine lover, orquids gardener and sculpture artist- who as all strong women dedicates live to her children, she speaks of a father who is “a teddy bear” and describes her brother as a “barrel of laughs”. To her the most inspiring element is her motherhood, the miracle of life. Juan Pa and Andrés, twelve and five, are her pure joy. When I see Alejandrina’s paintings I remember that Art can be made to express the ugly or the beautiful, the calm or the turbulent. Still, sublime artists always give energy to others through their art. Ultimately, we cannot judge who is the greatest artist, but only contemplate the pure power is given in the benefit of others. ~ Raweli Gallery ~ Artist District ~ Ph: 624-121-2651

Art Walk

Thursday Nights 6:00 to 9:00 ~ November to June

Synergy: The new money

by yeye

“The accumulation of relevant knowledge, combined with the quantities of major recyclable resources that have already been extracted from the earth, have attained a critical level, such that competition for necessities is not necessary anymore. Cooperation has become the optimum survival strategy. “ In our April’s edition I dedicated this space to an open conversation about the concept of Synergy, and its principles of cooperative interactions found everywhere in Nature. When used in a business environment, Synergy means that teamwork will produce an overall better result than if each person within the group were working toward the same goal individually. For to be able to cover the basic needs within a family it is key to see clearly how important it is to be vigilant about the energy we place into the traditional concept of money. After all, economy concepts such as trade succeed through time. The international banking crisis, that insists in shaping our realities, belongs to the bank institution and not to the people of the world. Our treasure is realizing our freedom to create the world we choose to live in, moment by moment. This intention resonates with those in the same frequency and we got the opportunity to keep the conversation going in May’s dialogue with Seth Romans - Owner of a Mexico-based sales, marketing, public relations, media, advertising and consulting firm with Preferred Partners based in Los Angeles, Hollywood and New York, who is located in Los Cabos. You guessed it, his company’s name is Synergy. Why did you name your company Synergy? Seth: I studied Creative Writing and English Literature in college and just always loved the word “Synergy” in particular. Once living in Los Cabos, 11 years ago, I began to write locally for magazines,


businesses, DMCs, etc., and I began to meet more and more people. I had this idea that “so and so should meet so and so because they would compliment each other in business by creating a ‘Synergy’”. In 2005, I came up with the business plan for the company which needed a name that represented my philosophy in life and “Synergy” was the only word that came to mind. The word itself is a very old, philosophical way of life and was very influential in China some 2,000 years ago. What I didn’t realize is that everyone would remember it and now clients joke that we need to “Synergize It!” or things like other words, make it a hell of a lot better! If you were to give 5 steps to follow towards a successful synergy, which ones would those be? Seth: 1) Do what you love, period. If you do not do what you love, you’ll always be chasing an empty dream. “Doing” is the most important part of “do what you love.” Don’t talk about it, just do it! 2) Build Relationships 3)

Be Persistent 4) Have Vision 5) Deliver other words, do what you say you are going to do and fulfill the promise. What is the universal value you consider of most importance to the evolution of a synergistic society? Seth: I believe that our society is now “synergistic” due to the INTERNET and social media today. These tools have brought us closer together and allow us to more easily share the diversity of our individually unique backgrounds, culture, education and life experience. As technology continues to grow exponentially, we can connect instantly within a millisecond with someone halfway around the world. This is truly fascinating. This is what “Synergy” meant to me from the beginning. We connect people. Where do we go from here...anyONE else? Do you have a Synergy story to tell? | May 2013

by yeye

A sailor’s joys are as simple as a child’s. Bernard Moitessier

Air. One of the purest essential elements of existence. We call it aire in México. Its fundamental importance to life can be seen in words such as aspire, inspire, and spirit, all derived from the Latin spirare. Water is another essential element, a conductor of electricity when running becomes a great conductor of energy. A sailor then aspires to inspire the spirit to conduct its electric energy. A one on one fun encounter with natural laws that put to the test our state of mind and humbles our ego, Sailing does not exist without balance, it is exactly its balancing effect what we all love about its sport.

Ancient belief

dating as far back as late 5th century BC, link air with intelligence and soul (psyche), and refer to it as an intermediate in mobility, sharpness, and ability that penetrate waters. Its minuscule components are so smooth that one can barely feel them in the wind. Thus, the sail.

Sails are primarily used on water as a propulsion system for air.

Sails propel in one of two ways. When we are going in the direction of the wind, the sails may be set merely to trap the air as it flows by. The other way sails propel occurs is when we are traveling across or into the wind, by redirecting the wind coming in from the side towards the rear. In a boat, the aerodynamic rules that observe velocity, pressure, density and temperature change depending on your sloop. Fore-and-aft sails can be switched from one side of the boat to the other in order to provide propulsion as the sailboat changes direction relative to the wind. Gybing and tacking are the meditation of a sailor. A sailor’s experience in beating, combined with the ancient art of draft, can be the tao to a perfect state of samadhi. Based on the scientific truth which proves humans are made of the same elements as the entire Universe is made of, true is that to know the elements is to know the Self. Always contemplating

freedom, the sailor’s breath becomes the one and only important focus for a surrender of control must occur to navigate smoothly the forces of nature. In sailing there is no space for time but in the present, otherwise you end up gone with the wind.

Latitude 22° 52’ - 23° 41’,

Los Cabos loves you. The

best times to cruise the Sea of Cortez are the spring and fall. While there can be spells of cool and cold air temperatures as early as November, the water temperature normally stays quite warm as late as early December. After that, the water temperature cools rapidly and dramatically, and you will need a wet suit to swim from La Paz north until March or April.

The best sailing in México

is north of Cabo Corrientes: in the Sea of Cortez, in Banderas Bay (Puerto Vallarta area), and in the “crossing zone” between Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. South of Cabo Corrientes — the Gold Coast (Costa Alegre) and south to Zihuatanejo -— has very light wind and it tends to run parallel to the coast, making it either right on the nose or dead astern as you sail between those anchorages.

The boat, the gear, the skipper and crew, insurance, identification, documents and licenses, charts and cruising guides, are all important as you prepare for sailing. The procedure for clearing into your first port of entry in México is to visit the port captain to get papers clearing your boat into the country. Then you visit immigration to get a tourist card/visa for each member of your crew. Finally, you visit aduana to get your boat’s 10-Year Temporary Import Permit. Remember, Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at better not be ‘three sheets in the wind’ before departure. Photograph by Camilla Fuchs courtesy of CaboSailing ®

In order to sail in México you have to be willing to tack, to sail dead downwind and to sail at 2 or 3 knots. Romping sailboat rides in 15-knot winds on flat seas are not common, but they can be found. One of the best ways to do that kind of sailing is to day sail. Favorite places for

day sailing have been Manzanillo Bay (south end of the Costa Alegre (Gold Coast)), Loreto Bay

between Isla Carmen and the Baja peninsula north of La Paz in the Sea of Cortez, Acapulco Bay, and the Bahías de Huatulco. Banderas Bay (Puerto Vallarta) is reportedly another good spot. In any of these places you will likely be the only boat out day sailing. In México, you can anchor in 15 to 25 feet of water almost everywhere, and sailors put out 120’ of chain regardless of the depth because there is usually plenty of swinging room. When a Sea of Cortez Norther or Westerly blows more chain is let out, often as much as 250’. Mexican Ports of • Ensenada • Cabo San Lucas • La Paz • Cedros • San Carlos • Loreto • Santa Rosalia

Entry in Baja are: | MAY 2013



A man of wisdom delights in water.-- Confucius Row, row, row your...kayak... gently down the...sea... merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream... specially in Baja. In Los Cabos, anybody can rent a kayak and paddle away to move across water, no competition and no hunting required, but only to engage in short paddles with a return to the starting point (or “put-in”), or to enjoy an expedition covering many miles and days.

At least 4,000 years old, the Inuit word “kayak” means “man’s boat” or “hunter’s boat”, and native kayaks were a personal craft, each built by the man who used it—with assistance from his wife, who sewed the skins. Nothing has changed much, really. Maybe the outfits. Oh, well, also hunting nowadays is mainly a recreational sport and we call it ‘Kayak fishing.’ Wait a minute, we are talking about kayaks, not hunting. Actually...we are talking about healthy living.

From Rob Roy to Polo, slalom, whitewater, surf, touring/expedition, light touring/day tripping, sprint/racing and general recreation, kayaks are classified by their use. Besides the benefits of the exercise, what makes them really healthy is...Water.

Powerful, mysterious, natural, Water plays a vital role in all aspects of our lives. As an element of sustenance, cleansing, initiation, healing, gaining wisdom, and enchantment, our consciousness always finds ways to connect to the sacredness of Water. Scientifically, Water is what we call a super-conductor, meaning it conducts electricity which is a property of energy.

We also know that Water molecules are directly influenced by our thoughts ~ this makes totally sense, remember Water conducts electricity and thoughts are of electrical nature. Imagine, if your thoughts affect your body (which has a water content as high as 75%) healing it, or poisoning it depending on the quality of your thoughts, then how much our thoughts are affected by a bigger mass of Water like the ocean? Maybe, that is why, when we are by lots of natural Water, our mind gets clear and pure joy quites the repetitive unnecessary thoughts we think everyday. Add to that salt, which is a crystal that absorbs negative energy...and voilá...

Row, row, row your...kayak...gently down the...sea...

Organic Eat Healthier

By Chef Pia Quintana Author of MEXICO SANO

Paz y Puente ® Photo courtesy of Pia Quintana

I like to think about food as the gas we give our body, depending of the gas we give our body is how we will function on that day. In the long term, our health also reflects what we have eaten through out life, food has everything to do with our moods, our state of being and our wellbeing. We all love eating, cooking is a beautiful way to spend your time, but as time goes, people make less and less for home cooking and fast&easy has become our way of doing things, including eating. To start making changes in our lifestyle is my advice as a Chef, we must take care of how we feed our source of energy. As we embrace subtle changes, little by little we will enjoy our body’s thankfulness. I recommend eating local produce according to season (it is a well known fact that the cost of gasoline in bringing products from other parts of the world is high and very polluting.) Look for the less processed and for natural foods. To use our awareness and read the labels is key, if a product advertises as “natural” does not necessarily mean that it is. Many of these products are full of chemicals and charged with refined sugar like corn syrup high in fructose, which is added to processed food, soda and even granola bars, so yes, it is important to read labels and know what you are choosing to eat. Simple ways to start feeling better: • Use sea salt and herbs instead of chicken broth in cubes. Sodium causes us to retain water (and cellulite loves it). • Use brown sugar, bee honey, agave honey or Svevia, instead of white sugar, highly processed sugar. • Drink natural water and avoid sodas and drinks with refined sugar. Water help us to eliminate toxins and cleanses our organism. • Eat whole flour instead of white flour. • Use real butter or olive oil instead of margarine. • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! We live in a privileged town, walking one hour a day can change your day.

Farmer’s Markets

*Fruits, vegetables, organic produce, food, local arts&crafts and music* The Shoppes at Palmilla - Fridays 9am to 1pm

San José del Cabo Organic Farmer’s Market - Saturdays 9am to 3pm Los Cabos Organic Farmer’s - Wednesday & Saturdays 8am to 12pm Puerto Los Cabos - Thursday 9am to 3pm

Photo courtesy of Cabo Expeditions

20 | May 2013

Paddle Yoga

Spa Design

Water boards are fun props. You can ski on them, surf, paddle, and take a great playa photo next to one. Paddle boards are so awesome that now they are popularly used in Los Cabos as a yoga mat.

Design is such an essential element in everything we do. The design of space is the environment which creates reality for anyone who comes into it.

As it happens with all trends, creative people find ways to use tradition in contemporary ways in order to make the best out of its potential. Paddle Yoga is no different. The paddlers,who through experience learned that a yogi’s body is a healthier stronger body, decided to combine these two awesome practices in the same activity. This way you can clear your mind by water, practice your balance and focus, strengthen your core, cleanse your blood from toxins, enhance your organ cellular function, and breathe pure air while having fun in your board. As with any activity, our success is not measure by what we are able to do with our bodies, but by how happy we are as we are doing it. Be present, without expectations or judgments, followed by a thankful prayer wishing all beings to be happy, paddle yoga!

Here are three qualities for optimum Spa Design: • Sense of Space. Spa lovers want to retreat and relax. Whatever the style and healing tradition a Spa offers, we want intimacy. • A sublime recreation of natural experiences through the use of the basic elements. Air, water, fire, earth, ether, in perfect isolation of each other will resonate with their corresponding meridians in the body, and the we will respond in contrast, balancing the state of mind. Colors, sound, temperature, light, organic furniture, they all are manifestations of the natural elements. • People’s energy must resonate in harmony with the peaceful ambiance of space. People, as everything else in the Universe, are made of sub-atomic particles (kalapas) which, though invisible to the eye, vibrate in different frequencies. People are electro-magnetic beings, meaning we transmit and attract energy. The intention behind any true healer is to be of service to others. Any other intention is a distortion of the Ego and will play a role in the Spa design. Ask yourself the question: Why am I here?

Paddle Yoga Classes are offered in the ocean or the pools of your resort. Produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times, Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower runs annually from April 19 to May 28. In 2013, it 2 0 1 3 peaks on the night of May 4 and the morning of the May 5. An above average Celestial shower, it is capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Most of the activity is seen in the E v e n t s Southern Hemisphere but in the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. Meteors radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky. The second quarter moon will block out some of the less bright meteors this year but you should still be able to see quite a few good ones if you are patient. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. New Moon rises May 10. Directly between the Earth and the Sun, the moon will not be visible from Earth. This is the best time of the month to observe galaxies and star clusters. Also, we will experience an Annular Solar Eclipse. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun. This results in a ring of light around the darkened Moon. The Sun’s corona is not visible during an annular eclipse. The path of the eclipse will begin in western Australia and move east across the central Pacific Ocean. Our Full Moon will happen May 25. The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Flower Moon because this was the time of year when spring flowers appeared in abundance. This moon has also been known as the Full Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon. This moon will also display a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow, or penumbra. During this type of eclipse the Moon will darken slightly but not completely. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, South America, western Europe, and western Africa. In May 28 a Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter takes place. Conjunctions are rare events where two or more objects will appear extremely close together in the night sky. The two bright planets will be within 1 degree of each other in the evening sky. The planet Mercury will also be visible nearby. Look to the west near sunset. | MAY 2013


Maps The distance from San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas is 1031 miles through 2 States, Baja California Norte and Baja California Sur, surrounded to the east by the Sea of CortĂŠz and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS Emergencies: (equivalent to 911) – 066 Police Department: Cabo San Lucas 143-3977 San Jose del Cabo 142-0361 Fire Department – Dial 116 or: Cabo San Lucas 143-3577 San Jose del Cabo 142-2466 Highway Patrol: 146-0573 Tourist Police: 143-3977 Hospitals: Amerimed: Cabo San Lucas 105-8550 San Jose del Cabo 105-85-50 Los Barriles: 141-0797 Baja Medical Response: 144-3434 Blue Medical Net: Cabo San Lucas Hospital 104 3911 San Jose del Cabo Clinic 142-3511 Cabo Surgical Center: 172-6030 North American Hospitals and Clinics: 142-2770 Walk-in Medi Clinic: 130-7011 Air Ambulances: Skymed Air Ambulance: 001 (866) 805-9624 Air One Ambulance: 1 (800) 236-8080 U.S. Consulate: 143-3566 Canadian Consulate: 142-4333 Taxi Cabo San Lucas: 143-2221 Taxi San Jose de Cabo: 1420401 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) 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 | MAY 2013


Useful Tips Driving

Renting a car will let you enjoy the freedom of exploring the Los Cabos area without having to depend on taxis. Driving in Mexico might be intimidating to some, but if you just go with the muddled flow, you will realize that there actually is some organization within the chaos. Here are some tips if you’re behind the wheel: Road Signage - Most signs are self explanatory, but here are a few that might need interpretation: ARROYO



Dry riverbed

Speed bump




No parking


Gas stations - There are two types of gasoline: Magna or verde (green) which is regular and Premium or roja (red). Lleno means full. Tipping the attendant around $10.00 pesos (less than a dollar) is customary.


Money and Currency

Exchange rates - Dollars are accepted almost everywhere and you will most likely get your change back in pesos. The exchange rate varies every day, but some places have a set rate of $12.00 pesos to $1.00 dollar. Cash or Card? - Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards are generally accepted but you often run into cash only places, especially at restaurants, so always carry cash or ask before.

ATMs - There are many ATMs all over Cabo. Some only give you dollars, some only pesos and some give you the option of pesos or dollars in one. Pay close attention to what currency you’re withdrawing. Try to get as much cash as possible in one transaction to avoid paying more commissions. Commissions on the street ATMs are higher than going to a bank’s ATM. | May 2013 | MAY 2013



The local area code is 624 From a Mexican landline 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 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 dial to other countries: 00 + country code (1, 2 or 3 digits) + phone number From your U.S. cell phone‌

To a Mexican landline or cell phone: 011 52 + 3 digit area code + phone number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + phone number If you don’t have an international plan, be careful with internet data usage, calls and text messages; international charges can get very high. 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.

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YES YOU CAN Owning Real Estate in Los Cabos

by Blake Harrington

You’ve been to Cabo a few times and with our perfect weather year-around, beautiful beaches, stunning sunsets, and attractive lifestyle, you are now considering a more permanent move to Cabo. You are not alone! In the past 10 years, thousands of residents in Cabo have migrated from the United States and Canada making Los Cabos their home. Owning Real Estate is entirely possible and many foreign investors/buyers have come to the market to pick up on great deals in stable, safe Baja Sur. The basics for foreign investment revolves around the method of purchase available for foreigners, a bank trust called the “Fideicomiso”. The Mexican government realized they needed to make foreign investment available in Mexico and passed the Foreign Investment Act of 1993. Since the Mexican Constitution prohibits foreigners from owning property within 60 miles of the U.S. border, or within 30 miles off the coastline (as Los Cabos is), a secure form of holding title was needed and created with the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994. The “Fideicomiso” is a trust, just like an estate trust in the

U.S., which gives the Purchaser all rights of ownership and is the legal equivalent of Deeded Property, as we refer to it in the States. In order to obtain rights of ownership, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City issues a permit to the Mexican bank of the buyer’s choice, which allows the bank to act as “Purchaser” of the property. Simply put, the bank acts as the “Trustee” for the trust and the Purchaser is the “Beneficiary” of the trust. The trust is not an asset of the bank - the banks only act as the Trustee to hold the trust. Just like living wills and estate trusts in the U.S., the Mexican bank, or Trustee, takes instruction only from the Beneficiary of the trust. The Beneficiary has the right to use, occupy, lease/ rent and possess the property, including the right to build and improve the property as well. The Beneficiary may also sell the property by transferring the rights to another individual. The term of the trust is 50 years, but the trust can be renewed for additional periods of 50 years indefinitely, thus allowing long term control over the property. Another question that is popular is about financing for foreigners. Mortgages are currently available to Mexicans with many of the major national Mexican banks, and the loans are done in pesos. However, currently there is little to no availability for traditional financing through American banking institutions. Some hard money lenders are available, but interest rates can easily be in the double digits. What many buyers are exploring now is “seller financing”. In some cases, seller’s offer financing on their property with specific terms that depend on down-payment, interest rate, and length of financing. This is becoming a more popular trend in Cabo, but it is only offered on a case by case basis and depends entirely on the seller’s willingness to finance a buyer and required terms.

The housing market steadily improving over the last 18 months, 2013 shows great promise. I believe we are looking at exciting times to come in Cabo Real Estate as there are new developments building again and great pricing on quality properties all over. Our brokerage has seen a greater number of buyers in the market now compared to in the last few years and market times for listings are starting to decrease, showing a stronger, healthier market.

If you have any questions about Cabo Real Estate, REmexico takes pride in explaining the process of home ownership in Cabo and will gladly step you through the process. You can educate yourself on our market, search all listings in the area, and stay up to date on community news and events at

Blake Harrington is a licensed CA Realtor and the Managing Partner of REmexico Real Estate Group with offices in Cabo San Lucas, San Jose, and Loreto. | MAY 2013


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