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JULY FEATURES

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In every issue 3 TRAVEL

Los Cabos & South Baja: This incredible corner of the World 4 Activities: Snorkelling ~ Scuba diving ~ Surfing ~ Fishing & boating ~ Golf 8 Los Cabos Top Beaches: descriptions and tips about the best beaches to visit

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Gabriel Macoleta ~ My Experience with Traditional Mexico

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July 2013 Edition Publisher

Owen Perry

Editor in Chief

Michelle Monroy

Creative Editor

Yésica Pineda Moreno “Yeye”

Art

14 HEALTHY LIVING

Michelle Monroy

20 ENTERTAINMENT

Scott Koeing Gary Graham Danny Matthews Justin Miller Bruce Herman Michelle Monroy Yésica Pineda Moreno

The Tropic of Cancer ~ Organic ~ Yoga ~ Spa ~ Beauty Music ~ Who is the Chef? ~ Events ~ Cabo’s Party Scene

24 MAPS 25 COUPONS

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CONTRIBUTORS

31 REAL ESTATE

Owning Real Estate in Los Cabos

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Writers

W. Scott Koenig Gary Graham Yeye Michelle Monroy Blake Harrington Bruce Herman

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LOS CABOS

By Michelle Monroy

This corner of the world will create a lifetime of memories. Los Cabos (the capes) is in the southern most tip of the State of Baja California Sur and consists of three main areas: Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo and the East Cape. In between, along the coast as well as inland, you will find smaller towns and points of interest.

The Baja Sur Loop 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 from Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos is impressively well done, making it only 45 minutes away.

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).

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.

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

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.

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 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 and surfing, the East Cape also attracts kite surfers and folks who just want to get away from it all.

A BIT OF HISTORY Mother Nature’s own fish trap - 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 fish varieties and mammals found their way into this “trap” and either stayed in its warm shallow waters or ventured down into the cool bottom of the 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. Fast forwarding to the 1730s, Nicholas Tamaral, a Spanish Padre, was sent to where San José del Cabo now stands to found a Catholic Mission. Baja didn’t welcome him as well as it did the marine species; the mission was burned and the padre was killed by the Pericú Indians, the native inhabitants of this area. San José went on to become a commercial trade centre in the 1800s and many of the buildings you now see as stores, galleries and restaurants were built during these years. In the early 1900s a group of fishermen made their way down and built their palapas on Medano Beach beside a fresh water lagoon near the present Club Cascadas. Not long after, word around the World spread and fishing villages and hunting lodges were built to accommodate Baja’s explorers.


TRAVEL

Los Cabos

activities SCUBA DIVING & SNORKELLING

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.

SNORKELLING 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 snorkelling tours and has a safe roped off area for snorkellers. 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.

SCUBA DIVING DESTINATIONS

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.

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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’ 1 hour drive East of San José on the paved road. 5 minutes by boat you’ll find the only living coral reef in the Sea of Cortez.

SNORKELLING & SCUBA DIVING COMPANIES Adventure Cabo Deep Blue

(624) 143-7668

Amigos del Mar (624) 143-0505 Andromeda Divers (624) 143-8232 Cabo Adventures (624) 173-9500 Cabo Expeditions (624) 143-2700 Cabo San Lucas Tours by Johann & Sandra Toll-free from Mexico

01-800-822-4577

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

01-800-727-5391

Oceanus (624) 143-3929 Pez Gato (624) 143-3797

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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.

MAIN SURF SPOTS

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

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: 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 Zippers Surf Shop & Rentals (624) 172-6162

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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!

FISHING

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.

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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:

CHARTER COMPANIES

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

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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 www.cabosanlucascountryclub.com

TRAVEL 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 • www.vidantagolf.com

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

Cabo Real The newly renovated Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf course is one of the Corridor’s first championship courses and boasts beautiful views of the Sea of Cortez, elevation changes, and has hosted two PGA Senior Slams. 18 holes, 7,037 yards, par 72. (624) 173-9400 ext. 1 • www.caboreal.com

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 • www.palmillagc.com

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

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 • www.clubcampestresanjose.com

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 • www.puertoloscabos.com

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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TRAVEL

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.

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 Lover’s Beach while you’re there.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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, 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!

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Palmilla

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.

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 just outside the beautiful Puerto Los Cabos 500 slip marina entrance. To the left 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.

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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.

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27. Follow the signs and turn into the main beach parking area before the entrance to the One&Only Hotel.

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Santa Maria

Costa Azul

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Location: Take the Palmilla ramp exit at KM 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.

A stunning horseshoe cove with coral coloured sand and an abundant marine life. Boat excursions and private charters often

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.

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

La Playita at sunset by Michelle Monroy

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Photo by Gary Graham

E a s t Cape

Bisbee

The 2013 East Cape Offshore Tournament will take place from Tuesday, July 23 through Saturday, July 27 (3 fishing days) by Gary Graham E AC H J U LY, s e a s o n e d ve t e r a n s f ill e d w i t h a s e n s e of r e t u r ni n g h o m e t u r n of f M ex 1 o n to a d u s t y r o a d to t h e H ote l B u e na V i s t a B e a c h R e s o r t t h a t s p ill s d o w n t h e hill s i d e to t h e w hi te s a n d y b e a c h ove r l o o k i n g t h e s hi m m e r i n g S e a of C o r te z, w h e r e t h ey a r e j o i n e d by n e w c o m e r s s e e k i n g a d ve n t u r e to t hi s e a s t s i d e of t h e B aja C ali f o r nia S u r Pe ni n s ul a f o r t h e Bi s b e e’s B l a c k & B l u e To u r n a m e n t .

into November. Many are held in Los Cabos drawing both large crowds of spectators along with teams literally from the four corners of the planet.

THE FIRST EVENT, an idea that Bob Bisbee had in 1982, was basically an informal competition among friends in Cabo San Lucas attracting only handful of boats. The rules were simple: the largest black or blue marlin caught won the $10,000 in prize money.

ALTHOUGH NOT PRODUCING any qualifying billfish in last year’s event, five teams underscored the tournament’s diversity sharing in nearly $125,000 by catching dolphin and tuna and releasing the most billfish. Local favorite, Shaun Speer’s team, Awesome, established a new tournament record with a 262-pound yellowfin tuna on the final day.

BISBEE’S BLACK & BLUE Tournaments have grown to three – Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore (ECO) in Buenavista which takes place each July, the Los Cabos Offshore Charity Tournament and the Black & Blue Marlin Tournament, both of which take place every October in Cabo San Lucas. BISBEE’S ECO LAUNCHED in 2000 is the first of the BIG FISH - BIG MONEY tournaments on the calendar that offers events all the way

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ECO OFFERS A unique camaraderie among teams and guests that is hard to replicate. All activities are held on the hotel’s grounds surrounded by lush tropical landscaping overlooking the Sea; registration, team meetings and buffets, shotgun starts, daily weigh-ins, informal parties, finally ending with a unique awards banquet on the beach as the Baja sun disappears behind the peninsula.

PARTICIPATING BOATS HAVE a choice of mooring off the Hotel Buena Vista Resort or docking at the Cabo Riviera Marina which is now opened. Both facilities offer fuel, water and supplies. “THE ECO’S POPULARITY continues to grow and could easily pass the million-dollar mark in prizes this year,” observed Director Wayne Bisbee. “This venue is the perfect introduction to tournament fishing for newcomers. It is wrapped in the Baja charm offered by Buena Vista Beach Resort, in addition to producing some impressive catches.”

Ending with a unique awards banquet on the beach as the Baja sun disappears behind the peninsula.

Photo by Gary Graham

Local favorite, THE ECO IS presented by Cabo Riviera, the Shaun Speer’s new golf and marina community just down team, Awesome, established a the coast and since its inception has been new tournament hosted by the Hotel Buena Vista Resort, record with owned by the Valdez family. The ECO is a a 262-pound team event with friendly, yet enthusiastic yellowfin tuna on the final day. competition. Boats target billfish, tuna and dolphin during three days on the water. Photo by Danny Matthews

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art district

in San José

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

G A B R I E L M A C O L ET A

my EXPERIENCE with TRADITIONAL MEXICO

by yeye

La pura buena onda, Tapatío because he was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Gabriel Macotela reminds me of that sublime and “underground” creative human dimension that only a Mexican artist knows of. Described by those who know him as a noble and loving human being, Gabriel Macotela shows to be guapachero when music is playing, profoundly simple in his painting and drawings, and wisely powerful in his sculpture. Through his art Gabriel honours a spirit of simplicity within the social and political complexities in which México lives in, and the spaces in which an artist experiences the world he recreates in his art. Lover of the cosmopolitan culture, when he compares México City with other big cities in the world he has lived in, he uses the word bellísima, and admires our Mexican ways to live happy, through it all. Gabriel Macotela’s generation was called La Generación Joven (the young generation), he was born in the 50’s. A generation of artists who learned to use the hands, a craft endangered to be lost within the drawing art of today whose artists are students of technology. When Gabriel is not creating art, he is dedicated to teach art workshops around the country. A firm believer in justice, whenever he is given the opportunity, he speaks openly of what he observes from his privileged role in society and invites others to live a poetic life, that inspires. Called a Master, his foundation as a musician and as an artist is in grand education and discipline, and though his curriculum of awards is admired by all, still he projects the sense of humour of those who have learned and practiced all the rules, hence his freedom to break them with grandiosity and humbleness.

Art Walk

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

Los Cabos is host to one of his biggest sculptures besides La Mujer Chimenea. Baja California Sur land’s end in San José del Cabo, at the lighthouse village La Playita is marked by a cross made of bronze by Gabriel Macotela, La Cruz. The site had been always significant, here there used to be a small cross that people venerated and where peregrinations took place. The years had passed on it and Architects and developers decided to do something there that would represent its importance in a monumental way. Today, La Cruz can be seen from all parts of San José del Cabo, and Puerto Los Cabos hopes to keep the sacredness it represents to its people by constructing a building in the style of missionary architecture, including a church and a rest area with a restaurant from where you will be able to observe the ocean, the entire marina and its artsy park. The cross is one of the most representative works of development in the new marina Puerto Los Cabos. Gabriel Macotela, celebrates 35 years as a painter since his first exhibit at Casa de Lago, UNAM. Etching, graphic art, drawing, sculpture, painting, ceramic, are his mediums as he questions what we choose to call reality. You can find Gabriel Macotela’s art in Corsica Gallery, in San José’s art district. Cheers

by Bruce Herman

Photo by Bruce Herman

HUICHOL SHAMAN or MARAKAME The Huichol Indians found in the Sierra Madre of west central Mexico display a reverent and symbiotic relationship with the natural world in their famous artistic work with beads, yarn and the designs on their clothing. They believe that a universal life force KUPURI

flows through all of

Nature’s creations and that all souls are linked. Through their artistic creations, daily work and simple lifestyle they demonstrate the belief that we are supposed to be good and careful stewards of nature and the land. They believe that when we destroy nature we are also destroying the best part of our own beings. We have much to learn from them.

When I photographed this Huichol

Shaman he had just arrived for some local festivities

after WALKING

from his own

village some 20 miles away. He was fresh, happy, and friendly, and I felt privileged to have spent some time with him.

Raweli Gallery Artist District Ph: 624-121-2651 www.brucehermangallery.com

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Sea of Cortez by yeye

“Certainly, Travel is more than the seeing of sights, it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” Miriam Beard

Photos by Bruce Herman

Constantly changing, full of life and natural wonder, the Golf of California in the Pacific Ocean is thought to be around five million years old. The widest variety of life found anywhere on Earth, is here. In these waters a sperm whale, the biggest predator with the largest brain in the world, who also sounds the loudest call made by any creature on the planet, can dive up to depths of over 2,000 meters. Internationally known by travelers and contemporary explorers as the “Aquarium of the World”, there are many references to varied names used by a large number of historical figures who visited this region during its exploration. “California” (which refers to the peninsula with the same name), “Calafia” (in reference to a mythical Queen of the exploits of “The Sergas de Esplandián“), “Sea of Anian” (in reference to a mythical “ Strait of Anian“) “Island of Pearls” (a very popular name for many great pearl producing areas), and “Sea of Seas” (using as a reference the name of “Puerto de Puertos” or ”Port of Ports” given to the Bay of Guaymas by Francisco de Ulloa in 1539), are few that specifically point to certain areas within the Gulf of California and do not make reference to this waters as a Gulf.

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A document written by the Jesuit priest Miguel Venegas, originally written in 1739, entitled “News of the California and their temporal and spiritual conquest to the present time” in volume 1, records the following reference to this geographical area in general: “The old discoverers called it “Vermillion Sea” and “Red Sea” because of the similarity of its figure and some color or appearance of its waters… they named it also “Sea of Cortez” in gracing the commitment with which the Conqueror of the Mexican Empire sought to advance through the glories of his conquests”.

discoveries of dangerous dives only to be attempted by experienced dive teams, are what have enchanted legendary adventurers, such as Jacques Cousteau, into the natural wonders of this marine life kingdom. In a week-long cruise you can combine the rich wildlife, wilderness and local culture of Baja as you discover the Sea of Cortez. Baja Sur enjoys International airports at the embarkation ports of Loreto, La Paz and San José del Cabo. A wonderful journey awaits

The Sea of Cortez tells stories of adventure, exploration, and conquest like the Spaniard conquistador Hernán Cortez discovering Pearls in its waters in his third expedition to Las Californias, and these gems conquering Europe. For some time Mexican Pearls had a superior value to all the wealth produced in New Spain and the Sea of Cortez provided for 380 years. It is said that California was a mythical island in Spanish folklore. When the Spaniards came across what is now California they thought it was an island due to the San Francisco bay and connecting rivers (the bay was quite larger than it is now). They named the land after the fabled island. In early maps California was even pictured as an island before they realized it was part of the mainland. Today, Nearly 900 species of fish and the widest variety of whales and dolphins swim here, and a shallow dive or snorkel, good for all levels of diver, is one of the great attractions for the tourist to the waters of the Sea of Cortez; nonetheless the thrilling

Santo is one of the most beautiful islands in the Sea of Cortez, its rugged cliffs and coves carved deeply into the coastline are not to be missed, you can examine the island’s volcanic landscapes on a kayak excursion and go beach combing or take a hike along the rocky coast, keeping your eye out for brown pelicans, gulls, wandering tattlers, great blue herons, and boobies. Gather for a barbecue around a campfire on the beach and lay on your back to see a sky of stars. Hike Cousteau’s Isla Cerralvo, along red rock cliffs, and to the lost Mission of Dolores, and then disembark in San José del Cabo to walk one of the most artsy towns in Baja Sur and enjoy our gourmet traditional Mexican cuisine. From here, navigate North along the coast, dive in Cabo Pulmo National Park’s living coral reef, disembark in centuries-old La Paz, the city of pearls, to have a close and personal experience of the city of peace, then keep navigating North to stop at Bahía Agua Verde before arriving back in Loreto. All this in 8 days, Wow. Yacht cruising in Baja is a delight and this trip is suited for all age adventurers and is perfect for the entire family.

you from either one of them, so the best place to begin is to start where you are, and follow the currents. Let’s say you embark in Loreto, don’t forget to enjoy the Islands at the Marine National Park before you navigate South. Great fun stops are Isla Carmen and Isla Montserrat. You can explore pristine, uninhabited islands such as Isla San José or Isla Santa Catalina; Los Islotes gives you a great opportunity to snorkel and swim among sea lions. Espíritu

History repeats itself, story is story, and men keep coming to Baja enchanted by its beauty. Contemporary explorers dream dreams of adventure and modern conquistadores keep their expeditions constant to a land of natural wonders that offer a refuge from the demands of a world always in progress. Regardless where you are from, when traveling through the Sea of Cortez, the soul always feels at home. Here, Nature makes sense of a philosopher’s wise advice “A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”

Photo by Michelle Monroy

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Tropic of Cancer and the summer solstice Life is transient. We live in a Universe of suns, stars, black holes, comets, meteors, galaxies, moons and planets, air, water, fire, earth and ether. Always changing. The realization of these gives us perspective. When we travel, we see a world full of contrast, stories and histories of distant lands, adventures, and re-discoveries are told. The ancient practice of identifying the seasons and locations of cosmic significance which give us a sensation of whereabouts within time and space, is a wise teaching to understand. Now, in the midst of an era known as the Galactic Alignment, to know about the Universe is to honour centuries of knowledge about our journey as a human race. Located at 23.5 degrees North and 23.5 degrees South of the Equator, this area of Planet Earth (between those two lines) is known as the “Tropics.” This area experiences no dramatic change in season because the sun is consistently high in the sky throughout the year. People living North of the Tropic of Cancer and South of the Tropic of Capricorn experience dramatic seasonal climate changes, based on the earth’s tilt, and the subsequent angle of the sun. When it’s summer North of the Tropic of Cancer, it’s winter South of the Tropic of Capricorn. And vice versa. The Tropic of Cancer crosses our peninsula only 50 miles north of Land’s End, making of Los Cabos the only truly tropical region in Baja. The Tropic of Cancer marks the northern border of the Tropics region, because it’s the most northerly point at which the sun can appear to be overhead at its zenith. This event occurs once per year, at the time of the June solstice, when the Northern Hemisphere is tilted toward the Sun to its maximum extent. It currently (Year 2013) lies at 23° 26′ 15.143″ north of the Equator. On June 21st, when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer at noon, it is not visible from below the Antarctic Circle, and we call this event the summer solstice. The tropics determine the extremes of Sun’s path at the summer and winter solstices. The summer solstice Sun rises in the North East and sets in the North West during the summer solstice. There are four conjunctions of the Sun with the Galactic Equator in a Platonic Year (one full precession cycle) that make up the four World Ages of the ancients. During the summer solstice the Sun aligns with the crossing of the ecliptic and the Milky Way in between Taurus and Gemini. The sun now resides near the Pleiades and the Galactic Anti-Centre. When sun enters the Tropic of Cancer, days become long and night becomes shorter. There are also many mythical associations with the summer solstice, not the least of which concerns the seasonal life of the sun. The Maya called the Milky Way the Wakah Chan during summer sunrise ‘the raised up sky’ and it was represented as the World Tree. Ancient tales say that from this day the doors of Heaven are opened and so it is proper to celebrate the auspicious occasion. Yes, what is not to be celebrated about sunshine!*

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SPA art of massage the electricity of touch

Los Cabos offers an infinite

spectrum of choices when it comes to massage. Our Spa culture is well educated and the relaxing ambiance you’ll find in any one of them will provide you with a once of a kind experience of beauty that will only make your travels more harmonious. Now, whether you choose to receive a massage or give it, recognizing it as an art can be a matter of heart awareness. Science has demonstrated that the heart ’s electromagnetic field (ECG) can be measured anywhere on the surface of the body and also several feet away from the body. When individuals touch or are in proximity, one person’s electrocardiogram (ECG) signal is registered in the other person’s electroencephalogram (EEG) and elsewhere on the other person’s body. Similar experiments also showed the registration of one individual’s cardiac signal in another’s EEG recording when two people sat quietly opposite one another. Touch power to heal is honoured in all cultures through the art of massage. Massage can be used to help reduce pain, anxiety, depression and aggressive behaviour; also to promote immune function and healing, to lower heart rate and blood pressure, and improve air flow in asthmatics. Massage therapy, facilitates weight gain in pre-term infants, enhances attentiveness, and alleviates depressive symptoms. A healing touch can do the miles when your loved ones are in need of joy. Touch is never trivial once we know that our encounter with each other is always heart to heart.

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YOGA

ORGANIC

Beach Asana

ECO SUMMER

B R E A T H E This is Ocean oxygen. Also, the deeper your breath the less thoughts you think per minute. When we travel, time seems to accelerate at moments. To be present as we adventure through an unknown land is easier than we think. The novelty of ever y thing around us awakens the child we are and our experience of life lets loose. When we have no tight schedules and formats to follow, we feel free. One of the greatest gif t of Yoga is the master y it gives us of ourselves and our freedom. See, in this practice the best teacher is within. Then, do not worr y about having the right clothes, the right mat, or about being flexible enough, or strong enough, or young enough when you think about doing Yoga. Yoga is a state of mind; the strength, the flexibility, the cleansing of toxins, the improvement of health, are all a result of the practice. Success in Yoga is never measured by how far you can reach or how long you can hold a pose, but by how happy you are as you are doing a pose...well, isn’t that true of life as well? B E A C H A S A N A then is any pose you take, comfor tably, that challenges you to consciously breathe freely, as you focus your attention on your breath to empty your mind of negativity...at the beach. NAMASTE

photo by Justin Miller®

Children are our strongest link into an organic lifestyle. Their innocent curiosity about everything around them make them the most organic beings in this world. They smile at every discovery of life and teach us all about simplicity and natural living on a daily basis, moment by moment.

Farmer’s Markets

*Fruits, vegetables, organic produce, food, local arts&crafts and music* THE SHOPS AT PALMILLA: Fridays 9am to 1pm SAN JOSE ORGANIC FARMER’S MARKET: Saturdays 9am to 3pm LOS CABOS ORGANIC MARKET: Wednesday & Saturdays 8am to 12pm PUERTO LOS CABOS Thursday 9am to 3pm

Los Cabos offers great children summer workshops for international studies related to the land in several of the organic farms active in our region. Your kids learn how to cultivate a garden, cook and prepare natural foods, while living a summer time full of music, dance, art, play, water and fun time with friends. Places like Raíces y Brazos, Flora Farm, Los Tamarindos, and San José Organic Farmer’s Market are beautiful opportunities to make of your vacation a wonderful experience in touch with creative energy, source of inspiration to care for our planet. Whether you visit us with your kids for a whole summer, or take a couple of cooking classes in the middle of you holiday week, or simply visit the market on a morning walk, allow yourself to forget what you already know and live as if this was your first day on Earth. In Cabo, YOU are organic.

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BAJA SUR ROAD TRIPS: where By W. Scott Koenig

My flirtation with Mexico and Baja began nearly 20 years ago when I took my first, brief road trip with friends to Rosarito Beach after having just located to San Diego from the Midwest. Mexico and I became passionately entangled after a two-week trip in 2003 that included a week in San Miguel de Allende and time in Mexico City. I’ve been deeply committed ever since and spend 80% of my time off somewhere in Mexico (and I’m sorry about that other 20%, Amor!). As a gringo traveler in Mexico (www.AGringoInMexico.com), I’ve had the good fortune to have seen lot of places, but had not yet made it to Baja Sur (having been only as far south as Loreto). I blocked two weeks off on my calendar last November and booked it, wanting to rent a car once we arrived at the San José del Cabo airport so we could immerse ourselves in the “Real Baja”. We found that a road trip around the Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz loop is a rewarding, fairly easy and fulfilling way to explore and enjoy the beauty and culture of Baja Sur on your own time and terms.

PART 1: BEFORE YOU GO Whether you’ve already driven your vehicle from the US border or are renting a car upon arrival in Baja Sur, arm yourself with Mexican liability insurance in addition to coverage your current carrier may provide. This helps avoid entanglements with the authorities or being held after an incident, taking valuable time away from your vacation. It’s affordable and easily purchased through web sites like MexicanInsurance.com. If you plan on sticking to the main roads, a 2WD vehicle will suffice and is an affordable option if booked in advance through any of the online travel sites. However, if you want to explore the more remote areas of Baja Sur such as secluded Todos Santos beaches, the remote areas of the Pichilingue Peninsula, or Cabo Pulmo, you may want to consider renting a 4WD vehicle. Though the cost is more, this is a great way to take a turn off the beaten path. Avoid driving at night in Baja. The major highways in Baja Sur are well developed, yet there are areas (especially along the East Cape) where there may be little or no berm or other road hazards such as the occasional stray cow. Being cautious and keeping your eyes on the road while letting your passengers enjoy the view is your safest bet.

Songwriter Neil Young once sang of driving to a place “…where the pavement turns to sand.” Referring to the metaphorical and natural California ideal, he could just have easily been singing about the roads and impossibly natural beauty of Baja Sur.


the pavement meets the sand PART 2: TODOS SANTOS

PART 3: LOS CABOS

PART 5: LA PAZ

In Todos Santos, we stayed at the sprawling Casa Bentley, run by ex-pat Bob Bentley who moved to Todos Santos years ago to begin building Casa Bentley in the style of a Portuguese castle.

Having a car in Cabo affords the opportunity to take day trips and discover the natural, relaxed Baja beach lifestyle along the corridor on Highway 1. Our favorite beach was Playa Chileno. Located halfway between San Joséand Cabo San Lucas, calm Chileno Bay is swimmable and has a natural rock reef at one end full of colorful fish. Snorkelling conditions are ideal here and we were always able to find an open palapa. There is a bathroom, but no food or drink vendors, so it’s best to stop by the market and pick up your lunch and refreshments first. Dumping ice in a plastic bag with our drinks kept them cold all day…Baja Cooler.

Rolling into La Paz after a week of exploring the tranquil and less populated environs of Todos Santos and Los Cabos was jarring at first. The city of approximately 250,000 is bustling with activity as well as traffic. In the center of town, stop signs seemed to be more of a suggestion than a rule, but we eventually got into the ebb and flow of the local patterns.

We found the town to be full of similar colorful characters. Artists have been drawn to Todos Santos for the last few decades for it’s light, beautiful orchards, empty beaches, cool summers and Mexican charm. You can park the car and easily spend a few days walking through the city’s compact center enjoying its food, music, art galleries, friendly local population and calming ambience.

The town of San José was one of the highlights of the road trip. The centro is full of excellent restaurants, art galleries, shops and tequila parlors as well as an old mission and colorful colonial architecture. South of town at the end of Mijares Boulevard, the San José del Cabo Estuary is a great place to take a nature walk.

PART 4: EL TRIUNFO AND THE EAST CAPE After leaving our hotel in San José del Cabo, we drove north on Highway 1 toward La Paz. About an hour outside of town we pulled up to a restaurant called Los Comprades, a fairly large establishment in the middle of nowhere with terrific views of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range to the west. We lunched on excellent burritos and our five year old enjoyed climbing on the big playground. Highway 1 hugs the eastern foothills of the Sierra de la Lagunas and curves back to the coast around the ex-pat settlement of Los Barilles and the scenic East Cape. We’d arrived after a particularly rainy season, and the usually arid landscape was awash in verdant greens with splashes of pink, red and purple bougainvillea. It’s thrilling to round the bend on a mountain road and come face to face with a stunning view of the emerald Sea of Cortez in your windshield.

Our rental came in handy for trips up the nearby Pichilingue Peninsula to the stunningly gorgeous Playas Balandra (nearly deserted and breathtakingly beautiful) and Tecolote (offering a view of Isla Espiritu Santo to the north, where I would snorkel with a sea lion colony later in the week).

Mushroom Rock - Balandra Beach - La Paz

Surfers know of the legendary breaks off the coast near Todos Santos, but as we were rolling with a couple of kindergartenage kiddos, we needed a mellow swimming beach. We were pointed in the direction of “Playa Las Palmas” and arrived there in our 4WD Jeep Liberty via a sandy dirt road and through a welcoming farmer’s open gate. There were only a handful of visitors on the expansive beach, the sun was warm and the water conditions were perfect. Todos Santos is designated as a “Pueblo Magico” in Baja by the Mexican government. After spending a few days in this small, welcoming and authentic town, it was easy to see why.

Worth visiting on this leg of the trip are the Spanish Colonial towns of Miraflores and Santiago, as well as the former gold mining towns of San Antonio and El Triunfo closer to La Paz on Highway 1. Once the largest city in Baja Sur, El Triunfo became a center for gold mining in the mid 1800′s and a quaint, working Spanish Colonial town grew up around the industry. There’s a tall brick-smelting chimneystack on the edge of the town that was designed by Gustav Eiffel. I chatted briefly with an American ex-pat on the sidewalk who seemed to be involved in the restoration of a hacienda style restaurant. He indicated that a group of wealthy developers had recently arrived, and that the town was going to be transformed into a tourist center. We felt as if we were seeing something at the end of it’s lifespan as an authentic piece of Mexican history, though time, as always, will tell the tale south of the border.

Photography courtesy of W. Scott Koenig


ROAD TRIP

the EAST CAPE SCENIC drive By Michelle Monroy

Photos by Dwight Harrington

THE REMOTENESS OF THE E A S T C A P E is possibly the main appeal of the area. You feel so far away from the nearby L o s C ab o s resorts that many locals go there on the weekends as a getaway. T h e E as t C ap e area is considered to start from the town of L a Pl ay i t a – where Puerto L o s C ab o s now is – to L o s B ar r i l e s . HWY 1 is a two lane paved road that will take you from S an J o s é d e l C ab o to L o s B ar r i l e s and B u e na V i s t a . The scenic unpaved road follows the Sea of Cortez and ends just after L as B ar r a c as , just south of L a Ri b e r a and north of C ab o Pulm o. If you are heading to Cabo Pulmo or Los Frailes, you are better off taking HWY 1 from San José del Cabo and heading south.

set up camp and kick back and enjoy. There are also some great surf breaks along the way if that is your interest, such as S hi pw r e c k s and Ni n e Palms . If you make it all the way up to C ab o Pulm o, you have reached the home of a living, eight fingered, coral reef where, needless to say, snorkeling and diving are fantastic. Cabo Pulmo is 16 miles south of La Ribera, where you will finally reach the paved road that will take you back to San José if you head south, or to La Paz if you head north.

B U M P Y R E W A R D S ~ This rugged area will surely make you feel submerged in the real Baja, s o b e p r e p ar e d fo r an a d ve ntur e! The aproximetley 50 mile scenic coast road is quite bumpy and dusty, but after every turn it will reward you with stunning views of beautiful pristine beaches. If a hurricane or tropical storm has visited the area be sure to ask the locals about the road conditions. Although you do run into very friendly fellow explorers that are always willing to help, make sure you bring a spare tire just in case. The beach options are endless, so find the one that calls your name and stop for a quick swim or

Restaurant/bar Tito’s in the town of Cabo Pulmo Photo by Michelle Monroy

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ROAD TRIP

driving to LORETO

Photo Courtesy of Villa Del Palmar Loreto

T h e d r i v e f r o m C a b o S a n L u c a s t o L o r e t o is 509.5 km and takes about six hours, give or take, depending on road conditions and your driving pace. The shoulders may seem a little narrow at first but you’ll get used to it. The quickest way is to go north towards To d o s S anto s from C ab o S an L u c as all the way to La Paz on the brand new four lane HWY 19. The longer route is taking HWY 1 that runs from San José del Cabo through the charming towns of Miraflores and Santiago to Los Barriles (East Cape). HWY 1 is two lanes all the way winding over mountain roads,

Photo by Bruce Herman

so you should add at least an extra hour for that route. HWY 19 and HWY 1 join up about 20 miles south of La Paz at the “Y” in San Pedro. Once you pass La Paz, follow HWY 1 to C iu d a d C o n si tu tu c i ó n and to C iu d a d In su r ge nte s , where you finally veer right towards the Sea of Cortez. If you don’t have the time for a Loreto road trip on this vacation, you can always plan your next trip and simply fly down on one of the daily Alaska Air flights departing from LAX.

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MUSIC

T H E

S H A M A N S

Don’t miss this talented trio of San José del Cabo locals as they rock out to the classics at Flora Farms on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULES 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 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 FARMS - Tuesdays, The Shamans; Thursdays, Robert Drake; Friday, Marcie Castro; Saturdays, The Shamans; Sunday Brunch, Marcie Castro; 624.355.4564 H RESTAURANT - Saturdays 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Hugo “saxo” Moreno; Saxophone; 624-105-2974 JUNGLE BAR - Daily at 9:30 pm, Estrógeno. THE ROAD HOUSE - Thursdays 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Saturdays 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Peter Bacon on Piano

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 ZIPPER’S - Fridays, E.C Davis; Wednesdays & Sundays, Hot Steel; 624.172.6162 7 SEAS SEAFOOD GRILLE - Full Moon Jazz Concerts; Call for schedule 624.142.2666

Contact us to add your live music schedule to our list: contactdestino@gmail.com or call 142-4949/ 105-9700

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CABO’S PARTY SCENE 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.

BOOZE CRUISES

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.

BARS and NIGHTCLUBS

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.

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Who is the Chef?

L o s C a b o s l o v e s CHEF CASIANO REYES

Spontaneous Cuisine (or Cocina Espontánea in Spanish.) Owner of Casianos Restaurants in San José del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas and Riviera Nayarit. Enjoy one of his favourite recipes!

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Atún Glaseado de Merlot y Habanero

Glazed Tuna with Merlot and Habanero

8 oz de Atún Aleta Azul 8 oz de Glaceado de Merlot 3 oz de Frijoles Vaqueros 2 oz de Espinacas Soteadas con Ajo

8 oz Tuna Blue Fin 8 oz Merlot Glaze 3 oz Vaquero Beans 2 oz Sauteed Spinach with Garlic

P r o c e d i m i e n to: Cocinar el atun en la parrilla, Durante la cocción ir glaceando el atún constantemente hasta dar el término. Servir con frijoles vaqueros y espinacas soteadas.

P r o c e d u r e: Place the tuna in a grill and cook in medium-high heat. and during the cooking process glaze the tuna until desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat. Serve with Vaquero Beans and Sauteed Spinach.

Frijoles Vaqueros ½ lb de frijol pinto 100 grs de tocino 10 gr de ajo 100 grs de cebolla blanca 100 grs tomate ½ mazo de cilantro P r o c e d i m i e n to: Cocinar los frijoles pintos con cebolla , ajo y sal hasta que estén bien cocidos. Sotear todos los ingredientes ya picados en cubos pequeños con aceite de olivo. Incorporar a los frijoles y dejar cocinar por 20 minutos más.

Vaquero Beans ½ lb Frijol Pinto (Beans) 100 grs Bacon 10 gr Garlic 100 grs White Onion 100 grs Tomato ½ mazo Cilantro P r o c e d u r e: Cook the beans with the onion, garlic and salt until they are well done. Chop in squares all the other ingredients and sautéed them with olive oil. Incorporate them to the beans and cook for 20 more minutes.

Glaseado de Merlot 3 kg de hueso de ternera ½ kg de cebolla blanca 1 pz de ajo ½ pz de apio 1 pz de chile habanero 1 rama de canela 3 lt de Merlot 60 grs de azúcar 10 grs de pimienta

Merlot Glaze 3 kg Calf Bone ½ kg White Onion 1 pz Garlic ½ pz Celery 1 pz Habanero Pepper 1 Cinnamon stick 3 lt Merlot 60 grs Sugar 10 grs Pepper

P r o c e d i m i e n to: Hornear los huesos hasta que doren. Sotear todos los demás ingredientes hasta que tengan un color oscuro sin quemarse. Incorporar los huesos y el vino Merlot y dejar cocinando a fuego lento con 3 litros de agua por 12 horas y que reduzca un 70%. Quedara una consistencia de glaceado.

P r o c e d u r e: Bake the bones until they gild. Sautee all other ingredients until they have a dark color without burning. Incorporate the bones and the Merlot wine low heat with 3 liters of water during 12 hours until it reduces a 70%. The final consistency will be a glaze.

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JULY 4 > 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION @ NIKKI BEACH at 12:00 pm

EVENTS

J U LY 2 013

JULY 10-13> CAPELLA PEDREGAL’S FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL: Wednesday, July 10 - wine and cheese tasting. Thursday, July 11 - cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, gourmet beach BBQ. Friday, July 12 - cooking demonstrations, wine tasting. Saturday, July 13 - tequila seminar, grand finale dinner, after party with the chefs. JULY 23 -27 > EAST CAPE BISSBEE’S JULY 24 -28 > CABO SUMMER BASH RIU SANTA FE at 11:00 am WINE TASTING at DE CORTEZ restaurant in the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar > Every Thursday at 5:30 pm $35.00 per person. WINE WEDNESDAYS AT GRAND SOLMAR > a weekly class in winemaking at the resort’s La Roca restaurant. Classes are $49.00. For reservations call: (624) 145 7575

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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS Emergencies: (equivalent to 911) – 066 Police Department: Cabo San Lucas 143-3977 San José del Cabo 142-0361 Fire Department – Dial 116 or: Cabo San Lucas 143-3577 San José del Cabo 142-2466 Highway Patrol: 146-0573 Tourist Police: 143-3977 Hospitals: Amerimed: Cabo San Lucas 105-8550 San José del Cabo 105-85-50

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Los Barriles: 141-0797 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 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 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) 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

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HOW DO I DIAL FROM MEXICO?

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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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

TOPE

ALTO

Dry riverbed

Speed bump

Stop

NO ESTACIONARSE

ESTACIONAMIENTO

No parking

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.

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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 www.CaboRealEstate.com.

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.


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