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AUGUST FEATURES CONTRIBUTORS

In every issue 3 TRAVEL Los Cabos & South Baja: This incredible corner of the World 4 AcƟviƟes: Snorkelling ~ Scuba diving ~ Surfing ~ Fishing & boa ng ~ Golf 8 Los Cabos Top Beaches: descrip ons and ps about the best beaches to visit

10 ENTERTAINMENT

Music ~ Who is the Chef? ~ Events ~ Cabo’s Party Scene

21 A RT D I ST R I C T

Mexican Amber Art ~ My Experience with Tradi onal Mexico

August 2013 Edi on Publisher

Owen Perry

Editor in Chief

Michelle Monroy

CreaƟve Editor

Yésica Pineda Moreno “Yeye”

Art

Michelle Monroy

Photography

Ricardo Tamaño Jus n Miller Bruce Herman Michelle Monroy Yésica Pineda Moreno

Writers

Yeye Michelle Monroy Marilyn Graham Blake Harrington Bruce Herman

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22 HEALTHY LIVING

16 Cover photo courtesy of Cabo Dolphins

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25 COUPONS 26 MAPS

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LOS CABOS & SOUTH BAJA

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

Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo and the East Cape. In between, along

three main areas:

the coast as well as inland, you will find smaller towns and points of interest such as Santiago and Miraflores.

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 - 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, it is said that 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 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, stories say that 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.

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 - 30’-70’ - 35 minute 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.

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 with tropical fish. A short boat ride from shore, the canyon runs from the depths of the Cabo San Lucas bay to within 30 feet off shore. Pelican Rock Beginners - 25’-80’ Just 5 minute boat trip to this large rock that attracts many tropical fish.

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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

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Neptune’s Finger Advanced - 80’-100’ Spectacular canyon wall dive.

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

Cabeza de Ballena Beginners - 20’-40’ 25 minute boat ride to dive through large boulders with lots of fish.

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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

Puerto Los Cabos Marina

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

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

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

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 its “3 finest finishing holes in golf” the Ocean Course is said to be one of the most difficult yet beautiful courses in the area. 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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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.

Location:

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.

Location: Tips:

Medano Beach by Michelle Monroy

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: Tips:

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.

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MUSIC JUNE’S MUSICAL EVENTS IN LOS CABOS By Marilyn Graham Los Cabos had many exciting musical choices in June! On the 21st, the F iesta de L a Music a L os Ca bos took place in San José del Cabo, in which many new musicians, and some well established ones, performed. The music was enjoyed by many and hopefully this brief success will take the festival to the next level and attract the best musicians in town. On June 22nd a beach party took place at Costa Azul as part of the 2 013 L os Cabos Open of Surf. The musical line-up consisted of S teel P ul se , Red Not Chili P eppers , Ro otsterford Band , L os Músicos de J osé , Tim L ang and the P ost Surf Crew and more. The same weekend was the musical performance of CATS in the Pabellon Cultural de Cabo San Lucas as well as El Rey L eon ( The L ion K ing) the preceding weekend. A Full Moon Dinner Concert under the Super Moon took place with the Howie Clif ton Ja zz Quartet at 7 Seas Restaurant. The month ended beautifully with the 5th A nnual Concert of the L os C a bos Youth Orchestr a at the San José del Cabo zócalo on the 28th and in the outdoor theatre of Cabo San Lucas’ Pabellon Cultural. They began both nights with the children’s orchestra, 20 young students who are part of the sobresalientes or musically gifted students program of Los Cabos. They performed two delightful pieces, ending with Old McDonald. This was followed by the Youth Orchestra’s performance of Carmen Suite No. 1 by Georges Bizet; Danzón No. 2 by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez (my personal evening favorite); Huapango de Moncayo, by another Mexican composer, Jose Pablo Moncayo; an Andrew Lloyd Weber medley; and ending with some Leroy Anderson favorites.

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

The Los Cabos Youth Orchestra is part of a musical program developed by Professor Alfredo Franco, a professional violinist with two degrees in conducting from Conaculta in Guadalajara. The goal of the patronage is to bring free music a l educ ation to children in L os Ca bos , a s well a s to provide an open space for families to en joy free concerts and cl a ssic a l music . They also provide musical instruments to those kids that are interested in learning but don’t have the means to buy one of their own. Currently there are almost 80 students involved, 20 of them in the gifted program. We thank Professor Alfredo Franco, the patronage and all the dedicated students for the lovely performances! To donate, to participate or to simply get involved with the patronage, go to: www.orquestajuvenildeloscabos.org


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Rachael Yamagata

Rachael Yamagata is an American singersongwriter and pianist from Arlington, Virginia. She began her musical career with the band Bumpus before becoming a solo artist and releasing four EP’s and three studio albums. Her songs have appeared on numerous television shows and she has collaborated with Jason Mraz, Rhett Miller, Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams, Toots and the Maytals and Ray Lamontagne. www.rachaelyamagata.com August 17

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These Nashville, Tennessee based artists Jessica Maros and Tyler James recorded their live record in a single day. The 10 song debut album was released this past February 26, 2013. Their sound is a washed out desert landscape steeped in American roots music. www.thebandescondido.com

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CABO’S PARTY SCENE

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

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FUN in the SUN

BOOZE CRUISES

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. Located in Medano beach. 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. 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 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 Medano beach.

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 and open bar. 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 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. 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! 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.

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BARS and NIGHTCLUBS 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. 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! Jungle Martini Outdoor martini bar that also offers many other beachy cocktail concoctions for a guaranteed fun time. Located in Plaza Bonita. Knotty It’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. 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. 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. 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.

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Who is the Chef? grapefruit and vanilla

Geoduck carpaccio Ingredients 1X large geoduck, removed from shell, cleaned Juice from 2 grapefruits 1 Vanilla bean, split length-wise Olive oil Sea beans, cleaned Baguette rustique 1 Shallot, sliced Salt & Pepper Method In a pot of boiling salted water, blanch the geoduck for 20 sec and remove to a bowl of ice water. Remove outside skin and cut the geoduck lengthwise careful not to cut the geoduck in two. Remove any foreign matter in the siphon. Now place the geoduck cut side down on a cutting board and slice thinly like for sashimi.

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For the grapefruit reduction, place juice, shallot, a pinch of salt, and the vanilla bean in a small pot. Reduce by ¾ and strain. Add 2 parts olive oil to one part reduction. Adjust for taste. For the bread chips, slice the baguette at an agle to provide long slices as thin as possible. Brush with good olive oil and bake in a 300f oven until crispy and golden-brown. To plate, divide the geoduck slices evenly between 4 plates. Season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Spoon grapefruit reduction over geoduck slices, some sea beans, and top with a slice of the grilled bread.

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A Chef of Chefs, Chef Drew Deckman’s, originally a fisherman, is owner of Deckman’s in San José del Cabo.His restaurants are known for having great ambiance, good music, friendly staff, but mainly for the tantalizing food which Drew prepares with excellency and the simplicity of a genius. His courses are made with fresh ingredients and his recipes inspired by the local produce of the season.

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COOL O I T I S S U M M E R I N L O S C A B O S and cooling off in the water sounds very appealing to many of us. Kayaking , sur f ing , sailing , snorkelling , jet skis, scuba diving...you name it; Los Cabos offers many options for water activities. The ocean is warm, pools are cool and refreshing, so let’s embrace the heat and have some fun in the wondrous H2O!

SWIM WITH DOLPHINS W ho does n’t love d olp hins? Playfully swimming,

“surfing” on the bow of a boat, performing their usual jumping acrobatics...dolphins always seem to be happy and having a good time. It is said that they are one of the most intelligent creatures in our oceans and are known for a history of p ositively inter ac ting

By visiting one of the dolphin centres you will not only see them; you will meet and make p hy sic al co nt ac t with them, and you will experience a one-on-one connection that will be memorable. You can interact in different ways depending on which type of program you purchase (each place has three to five different options), from hugs and kisses to dancing and singing.

This area of the Baja has a significant population of different dolphin species and porpoises. Stand up paddle boarders have told stories of having them come up to their boards right in Medano Bay. Spotting a dolphin in the wild is a hit or miss, unless you spend a lot of time in the ocean.

C ab o Dolp hins has two locations. The one in Cabo San Lucas is on the Marina in a stateof-the-art facility designed by a famous Mexican architect. Their San José location is brand new and conveniently located in the hotel zone.

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Dolp hin Dis cover y, is located in the beautiful Puerto Los Cabos Marina. The dolphins live and swim in their natural habitat in an ocean cove measuring about 7,000 m2. W H AT TO E XPEC T - When you first arrive you are given a locker to leave all your personal belongings. You are not permitted to bring anything to the pool and observation areas, including cameras or phones. Wearing sunscreen is recommended because you will be outside for about an hour, at the very least, but remember that only bio d e g r ad ea b l e s u ns c r e e n is allowed. Wear your bathing suit and an optional rash guard for extra protection from the sun. Before going in the water, you will learn special hand signals and ways to communicate positive reinforcement to the dolphins. Sw i m mi n g w i t h d o l p hi n s w ill b e a ve r y g r a t i f y i n g a n d j oy f ul e x p e r i e n c e f o r a l l a g e s . Yo u n g c hi l d r e n’s d r e a m s w il l c o m e t r u e a n d a d ul t s w ill b e t o u c h e d by t h e k i n d n a t u r e o f t h e s e w o n d e r f ul c r e a t u r e s .


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D O L PH I N D I S COV ERY

Daily 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm (624) 105-2154 * www.dolphindiscovery.com

Caudaño, Baja California Sur...and a whole lot of fun as well! Wet Fun Water Par k is located in this town that is about 30 minutes north of San José del Cabo. The park’s setting includes bright green garden areas, lush palm trees and colorful slides and pools.

PROGRAMS Dolphin Royal Swim Plus Includes: dolphin song, dorsal tow, free time with the dolphins, handshake, hug - kiss, foot push, peck shake, hand target clock, jumping over bars, rowing in a kayak. Duration: 60 minutes. 15 minutes briefing, 50 minutes in the water and 10 in the kayaks. Minimum age: 4 years old.

Photo courtesy of Cabo Dolphins

Dolphin Swim And Ride Includes: belly ride, handshake, stroke the dolphin, dolphin song, kiss, free time with dolphins, boggie push, peck shake, hand target. Duration: 15 minutes briefing and 40 minutes in the water. Minimum age: 4 years old. Dolphin Encounter Includes: hug, handshake, kiss, dolphin song, hand target. Duration: 15 minutes briefing and 40 minutes in the water. Minimum age: free admission for infants (1-5 years old and 2’ 11’’ – 3’ .2’’ ). * Children must swim with a paying adult as a companion. * Includes round-trip transportation for programs before 3:00 pm.

The park is opens at 10:00 am and closes at 6:00 pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. No outside food and beverages are allowed, but there is great restaurant that offers the basic favorites such as quesadillas, burgers and corn dogs.

C A B O D O L PH I N S

Daily (624) 173-9500 * www.cabodolphins.com PROGRAMS Dolphin Swim Includes: This is the smallest group size available permitting you to form a bond and discover all there is know about dolphins. The dolphins swim around and beneath you during the interactive portion of the program. Duration: approximately 50 minutes. Minimum age: 5 years old. Dolphin Experience Includes: Get to know your new friends up close, with playful hugs and kisses. Take a ride across the pool from one of our dolphin friends. Duration: approximately 40 minutes. Minimum age: 4 years old. Dolphin Encounter Includes: Designed with non-swimmers in mind, this program is an ideal introduction to the anatomy, physiology and history of the ocean’s most inspiring mammals. Duration: approximately 30 minutes. Minimum age: 4 years old. Paying parents may hold children aged 1 to 3 free of charge. Dolphin Kids Includes: specifically for young kids aged 4 to 9 so they can interact and get closer to dolphins than they ever dreamed possible. Duration: approximately 30 minutes. Minimum age: For children ages 4-9 only. Parents may accompany their children to the poolside observation area. Trainer For A Day Includes: enjoy a full day’s work of learning and having fun caring for the dolphins. Duration: 5 hours. Monday through Friday. Minimum age: 12 years old.

The water park offers fun things to do for all ages. There are shallow pools and small slides for young children, water mushrooms, a pirate ship and a giant bucket that continuously refills with water and dumps it on the bystanders bellow. For the adrenaline seekers out there, several fast and large slides stand tall and mighty. They also offer a great view of the beautiful surrounding mountains. Throughout the park there are palapas and areas with tables and chairs to sit and relax.

Photo courtesy of Cabo Dolphins

Get ting t here is eas y. Take HWY 1 north from the San José International Airport towards La Paz and East Cape. Keep going on the 2 lane road for close to 15 miles. The exit for Caudaño and the water park is at km. 66, but the sign for the park is only visible when coming south on the highway. Look for the km. 65 marker, cross the small bridge and turn left where the bus stop benches are. Follow this road for a few minutes and you will find the park on your right. If you are still on HWY 1 and you see the Pemex gas station you are in Miraflores and have gone too far. Backtrack 5 km. and now exit at the bridge to the right. Children 3 to 10 years old admission is $125 pesos and adults is $175 pesos. Children under 3 enter for free. (624) 188-0519, (624) 188-0518

* Children under 10 years must swim with a paying adult as a companion.

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SCUBA DIVING by yeye

Self Contained Underwater Breathing, SCUBA diving requires you use an apparatus to breathe underwater. Yes, scuba divers carry their own source of breathing gas (SCUBA Tank), hence the f r e e d o m t o b r e a t h e is ruled by the same natural laws than life in land is; deep calm breaths will empty your mind of thoughts, the less thinking the more present you are, and being present relaxes you and slows you down enough to appreciate fully this wonderful Universe.

“B a j a C al i f o r ni a S u r has become a very important international SCUBA Diving destination with divers from, not only USA or Canada, but also Asia, Middle East, Western and Eastern Europe and all Latin America and of course Mexico.” - says Ricardo Tamaño, General Manager of Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort who organises tours with transportation, lunch and in water activities, running from C a b o S a n

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Diving is a pretty safe activity with very low accidents rate, fact that relates more to the practice than anything else; when Diver Steve Summers was asked “Aren’t you afraid of sharks?” He said “With all these re-breathers on board there will be lots of space in the trip back!” This shows that character is of a s i m p l e n a t u r e for experienced divers - they love life and enjoy the silence made of underwater sounds, and they share the wisdom that comes from knowing that civilization ends at the waterline, here all enter the food chain and not always at the top. Scuba diving makes the humble, gives perspective and is pure adventure and fun. SCUBA Diving has become o n e o f t h e m o s t p o p ul a r a c t i v i t i e s i n t h e w a t e r in the last 30 years, with

more millions of certified SCUBA Divers around the world. Certification agencies as PADI, SSI, NAUI, CMAS, all part of the World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC) are recognized and accepted in most of the SCUBA Diving destinations such as Los Cabos, and the

Council is dedicated to the worldwide safety of the recreational diving public.

L o s C a b o s coast offers great spots for scuba diving and snorkel. Two of the most popular dives include Cabo Pulmo and Sand Falls. The u n d e r s e a S a n d Fall s were discovered by Jacques Cousteau off the tip of Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, a cascading fall of sand dropping 1,200 feet. A 90 foot deep water dive glimpse of some of the tropical sand larger fish. The National Marine Reserve of C a b o Pul m o in the East Cape shallow water dives display colourful fish on a live coral reef, one of the most incredible Marine Protected Areas around the world, considered one of the top 10 sites to dive.

T I P S: Equalizing: If you’re already in the water and find you can’t equalize, go up a couple of feet at a time (slowly!) pinching your nose and trying to blow air out through your nostrils -GENTLY- as you continuously exhale. Keep ascending slowly while trying to clear. If you can’t do it, or feel pressure and pain in your ears, abort the dive. Never try and tough it out--you will destroy your eardrums, literally. Use a scuba gear bag: BCD, skins, wet-suit, mask/fins/snorkel, spare parts, regulator, camera, keep your equipment stowed away under the seat--NEVER clutter the deck. That is a dead giveaway for a rookie. Assemble and check all of your gear on the way to the site, NOT once you arrive. The idea is to be ready to jump in well before the boat is over the site. Keep your mouth shut and ears opened during the site brief. Conditions change from minute to minute, including current direction and speed, water temperature, and what you might see there. Scuba diving, as well as mostly everything, is better experienced having a good sense of your surroundings at all times, including other people. A w a r e n e s s , organization and a little common sense will get you far, but to succeed the main thing to remember is still most ancient advice: St ay c al m.*

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“Where were we going now, and what was reserved for the future?” -- Jules Verne

The recommended places to scuba dive in CABO PU L M O a r e: EL ISLOTE

South of Cabo Pulmo Bay, it is 18m deep. Colourful, full of reds, violets, oranges and whites.

BRAZOS DEL ARRECIFE

In the middle of the bay, abundant in fauna. Green and golden are the background colours for the tropical fish that swim the reef.

LOS CANTILES

Located at the end of the third bar, it is 18m deep and displays beautiful rock formations. It is close to open sea, you might see shark or giant tuna and mahi mahi between others.

EL BAJO

North of the Cabo Pulmo reef, it is 14m deep. A beautiful dive. Great for night diving. Turtles, lobsters, crabs, octopus, tropical fish and more.

BARCO HUNDIDO “EL COLIMA”

Two kilometres and a half north from the reef, you can find a wrecked tuna boat that sank during a storm in 1939. It is 15m deep and also it is also abundant in fauna.

The recommended places to scuba dive from CABO S A N L U C A S a r e: Land’s End

15m to 18m deep. In just 5 minutes by boat from the Cabo San Lucas Marina you’ll be swimming with sea lions, turtles, octopus, moray eels and many other tropical varieties. Also a sunken boat can be seen in the Falls.

Sand Falls

A short ride from the Cabo San Lucas shore are these steep sand banks that go sharply down from 9m to 40m into a canyon filled with tropical fish.

Pelican Rock

Great for beginners. Located just 5 minutes from Medano Beach or the

Cabo San Kucas Marina, this large rock formation attracts many tropical fish at only 7m deep.

Neptune’s Finger

A spectacular 24m canyon wall rocky substrate covered with hard and soft corals, sea fans, sponges and gorgonians. This dive is best suited for advanced divers.

Cabeza de Ballena

Ideal for beginners, this 6m to 12m dive is a 25 minute boat ride from Cabo San Lucas. Small Nurse Sharks and Guitarfish sometimes inhabit this area.

Santa María Cave

An easy 6m to 12m dive that is ideal for underwater photography. Colorful gorgonians and sea fans line the rock walls where colorful tropical reef fish are in abundance.

Chileno

At 9m to 21m deep you’ll find reef mazes covered in coral trees and surrounded by tropical fish, moray eels, turtles, starfish, sponges and more. A great spot for night dives.

S C U B A D I V I N G i n t h e I S L A N D S L O R E TO I s l a D e l C ar me n, I s l a C o r o nad o, Isla Danz ante, Isla Mo nt s e r r at a n d I s la S a nt a C at ali na. For the past ten years, these islands have been protected within the L o r e to N a t io nal M ar i n e park to prevent over-fishing. The islands are a dramatic sight from the peninsula’s coastline, they are all unique in their terrain and flora, and their underwater life is a natural masterpiece. These five islands (as well as some other smaller islets) are home to about 800 species of fish and a large diversity of marine life such as dolphins, turtles, sea lion colonies, seasonal whale sharks, giant manta rays, among others. The 6 foot Humboldt Squid migrates to the shallower waters in the late summer and fall to mate and lay their eggs. Sea fans and coral reef systems paint the ocean’s rocky bottoms with brilliant colors and also several wreck sites can be explored. Ask your hotel concierge about excursions to the Islands of Loreto or plan your next trip by flying down on one of the daily Alaska Air flights.

El Gavilán

A 35 minute boat ride from Cabo San Lucas. The rocky ledge leads into a canyon where groupers and larger fish are often sited. A 21m to 30m dive.

Blow Hole

This site gets its name from a small blow hole on the shore. Located 35 minute from Cabo San Lucas, or just 10 minutes from Chileno beach. This 12m to 3Om dive is a wall covered in gorgonians and small nurse sharks and guitarfish sometimes inhabit the area.

Las Salinas

9m to 13m and 1 1/2 hours by boat from Cabo San Lucas or 1 hour by boat from La Playita. A sunken Japanese fishing boat attracts a large assortment of fish. Great for beginners.

GORDO BANKS

Suited more for advanced diver. Located eight miles off the coast (about 1 hour boat ride) of San José del Cabo. This seamount is 33m to 39m’ under the surface and is home to large amounts of skip jacks, hammerheads, bull sharks, whale sharks and at times huge manta rays.

You are invited to explore and find your own favourite places. The best diving seasons are summer and fall, when water is not as cold and visibility is at its best. Dive responsibly. RESPECT LIFE.

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Cabo Pulmo by yeye

Tranquil and remote. In 2005, Unesco declared 244 islands and coastal areas in the Sea of Cortez, a World Heritage Site. Cabo Pulmo is on the southeastern tip of the Baja Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet.

THE L ARGEST CORAL REEF IN THE GULF OF CALIFORNIA

Cabo Pulmo is one of the only three living coral reefs in North America and it is the only coral reef in the eastern Pacific, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Its natural resources are divinity in all directions. Mexican, blue, green and peaceful, this village sustains itself and inspires all who settle here to honour life with a simple lifestyle. The town has around 250 residents, all living off the grid. Solar power and generators provide electricity. Water comes from a well or is trucked in. The local grocery store, a couple of dive shops and a few palapa style restaurants regularly open and are the commercial spots in the area. Travellers come here to dive into the clear transparent water characteristic of a healthy reef, to see manta rays or the occasional whale shark, brightly coloured fish, turtles, moray eels, pelagic game fish like tuna and marlin. Estimated to be twenty five thousand years old, Cabo Pulmo reef is formed by four coral barriers in parallel direction and it is around 4 kilometres long. It offers 60 to 70 feet of visibility all the time, and it is common to see the bottom from the surface.

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listen or play music, sunset. Living rhythms to the sound of Nature. The surrounding bay shelters the reef and keeps the water temperatures consistently between 70 and 85 degrees until the end of October, balancing the environment for coral growth. In Cabo Pulmo you’ll meet friendly people, eat good food, drink cold beer, and witness one of the world’s most beautiful natural aquariums just offshore; life at Cabo Pulmo National Marine park is protected from hunting, still those who love fishing are allowed to catch big fish like cabrilla, dorado and grouper just outside its boundaries.

In 1995 the Mexican government made Cabo Pulmo a national marine park, banning fishing. Between 1999 and 2009, the fish population grew by 463 percent, the biggest such increase ever measured in any marine reserve in the world.

This secret paradise is accessible only via a dirt road that runs along the southeastern shore of the peninsula. You can drive from Cabo San Lucas (2 hours) or from San José del Cabo (1:30 hs) with any type of car. Take Mexico 1 toward the East Cape, you’ll come into pueblo Miraflores, followed by Santiago and its nearby hot springs. Keep going on into La Ribera and the junction with the road to Cabo Pulmo. The last 16 miles are unpaved roads.

Eco-tourism and sustainable development keep Cabo Pulmo a place of simplicities. Sunrise, walk by the beach, kayak, snorkel, dive, hike, swim, mountain bike, meditate, drink a beer, friendly converse,

Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is a 27.5-square-mile ecosystem with at least 226 fish species. Scuba diving here is the romance of those who look for underwater adventure.

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Known for its sea lion colony and schools of tropical fish, it is the green turtle one important endangered species that find refuge in Cabo Pulmo. Local restaurants offer tasty traditional Mexican food, great fish, shrimp tacos and cold beer. El Caballero and Tito’s seem to be favourites, but remember you are in México; most likely food will be delicious everywhere. On the edge of the reef, this village on the Tropic of Cancer lies just 60 miles from Los Cabos. Cabo Pulmo bay is an fantastic place for snorkellers and beginning divers with much of the reef accessible from shore. The more advanced and experienced divers, with most dives between 30-70 feet, get to swim in an extraordinary dimension here on Earth. Underwater love. Pulmo in Esperanto and Latin means Lung, and Cabo means Cape, besides literally translating as Lung Cape, for those travelling troubadours in a journey towards the Self Cabo Pulmo with no doubt invites them to breathe free and sing Argentinian Alejandro Lerner’s classic...y todo a pulmón... todo a pulmón.*

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Mexican Amber Art: A Natural time capsule by yeye

The enchanting beauty of the land and the properties that keep it healthy are inspiration to humans. As travellers through the Universe, our green planet Earth is home to many stories we have told each other to preserve its wisdom and help future generations recognize the cycles of growth and decline, with the hope that evolution naturally enlightens our consciousness until ultimate truth finds us.

with insect inclusions to the University of California. Blom owned a large house in San Cristobal de las Casas (Chiapas) that functioned as a cultural and artistic centre with rooms for visitors. From here, scientists set off for Simojovel in a jeep with Blom as leader of the expedition. In this expedition stratigraphic mapping was undertaken and Amber with inclusions was obtained (also a new species of stingless bee was discovered.)

Mexican Amber is one of those beautiful qualities

Resin first hardens into a substance called copal and chunks of copal get buried in soil and sediments. Over

of nature that have existed through out time with an specific function, to protect from disease and the attacks from wood insects. Amber is fossilized resin with antiseptic properties that once exuded from the bark of an ancient long extinct tree. As it exuded as stalactites dripping down the trunk of the tree, the resin entombed flora and fauna, hence this amber with inclusions is a natural capsule capturing a moment in time from millions of years ago.

Story story, the Spanish conquistadores tell of Motēcuhzōma Xōcoyōtzin, huey tlatoani to the Mexicas between 1502 - 1520 (an Aztec Emperor), stirring his chocolate with an amber spoon. The immediate thought when we hear Emperor is “Oh, he did it for luxury”, but the wisdom in natural ancient medicinal knowledge suggests to the deeper observer that, if amber has antiseptic qualities to it and the object made of it was a spoon, he probably did it to protect himself from bacteria when he ate. What do you think? In the 1950’s PD Hurd Jr and a group of scientists gathered the most significant collection of Mexican amber, now at the University of California Museum of Berkeley, but Mexican amber became known to the modern world through Frans Blom, an archaeologist and authority on Mayan culture. When Blom, an ex oil surveyor became aware of amber deposits in the Simojovel area of Chiapas, he sent samples

millions of years copal hardens into amber. Any insects or other inclusions that were stuck in the resin are perfectly preserved. Interesting is to notice that copal is still used by a number of indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America as an incense during sweat lodge ceremonies. Modern shamans use it as ceremonial burn. The mysticism that we give to all which we do not understand may sometimes confuse medicine with magic and many consider its healing properties are of divine nature. Only when we think of how simply divine life in itself is, we can think of it as magical in the most romantic of forms, true is that this resin has natural antiseptic qualities.

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in fine hand picked 22-25 million year old Chiapas amber, combined with a daring exploitation of design, he has created a one of a kind collection of sculptures, collector perfume bottles and exquisite jewellery. The Los Cabos Amber Gallery exhibits his most exquisite pieces.

I do? ” I said

favourite pig.” The pig screamed, the rancher smiled, and I got this really fun shot which we later named “Preferred Pig."

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

Mexican amber is natural art, blessed be the earthlings who use amber.

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YOGA B E A C H

The quality of light in Baja Sur “People follow the brightest path.” Distance in space is measured in light speed, anything travelling faster speaks of electromagnetic principles and subatomic particles; as we understand it we are now here, now there, and everywhere at the same time. We are a solar system. Light is our number one nutrient and has been called the medicine of the future. Through your senses, your body reacts to everything around you, and you either get nourished or drained by the energy that surrounds you. We think of energy as the strength and vitality required for sustained physical, mental or spiritual activity. Light, both natural and artificial lighting - greatly influences the qualit y of your energy. Sunshine, as a source of Vitamin D, has regulatory roles in calcium metabolism (which is vital for normal functioning of the nervous system, as well as for bone growth and maintenance of bone density), immunity, cell proliferation, insulin secretion, and blood pressure. An excessive seclusion from the sun can lead to deficiency, you can obtain adequate amounts through diet, but hey, you are in Los Cabos, sunshine is what we are all about! Dr. John Ott, a pioneer light researcher, used the term “mal illumination” to describe sunlight deficiency and the harmful effects of fluorescent lighting on human’s behaviour, learning abilities and overall health. Excessive levels of artificial light produce annoyance and can adversely affect health, and too little light is associated with depression. These detrimental effects may depend on the spectrum as well as the overall brightness level of light. Ott’s experiments led him to believe that only a full spectrum of natural light (including natural amounts of infra-red and ultra-violet) could promote full health in plants, animals and humans.

A S A N A

Yoga by the beach is one of fun activities Los Cabos has to offer. Weather you choose a private instructor or choose to practice by your own, a true yogi understands the ultimate natural law of change. Change can be a challenging state of mind specially when we travel. People, food, places are unfamiliar and for some of us that might be enough to unsettle our own energy. The best advice in such situations is to be still for as long as you can handle, and to focus on your breath, observing how it flows, as it is, not as you want it. Observing your breath will help you understand how you are feeling as life changes around you. Observe it right now, you will notice if it is fast and short you probably are thinking too much and your muscles are stressed. As soon as you breathe

Full-spectrum light is light that covers the electromagnetic spectrum from infrared to near-ultraviolet, or all wavelengths that are useful to plant or animal life; in particular, sunlight is considered full spectrum, even though the solar spectral distribution reaching Earth changes with time of day, latitude, and atmospheric conditions. Baja Sur is privileged when it comes to solar spectral distribution. Sunshine is one main reason International travellers choose our paradise to rejuvenate. Los Cabos for example, offers around 300 days of sunlight in one year, we are located only miles south from the Tropic of Cancer, at the summer solstice the sun shines directly above us at its zenith, summer days aren’t more summer anywhere else. Travellers, film makers, photographers, health advocates, the young and the old, all love Baja Sur because of the quality of light. True Dumbledore, “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Be happy, be you, be light.

ORGANIC Gardening >

Many of our travellers fall in love with our region and decide that having a home here is their best option, something so easy to do in Los Cabos. Do not be surprised if you end up buying a Ranch or farm instead, it happens a lot. Here, the land itself calls for its nurturing and the interest to grow a garden sparks in the heart of the settlers. Everywhere home is, growing your own garden can be the perfect solution against the high cost of organic produce, also to decrease the amount of pesticides you and your family consume, and to help protect the environment from overloading with toxic chemicals, are healthier choices. According to the experts organic gardening isn’t just about what you don’t do, it’s about trying to foster a more holistic, natural ecosystem. Here are 9 tips from gardener and New York Times published author Leslie Land: 1. Prepare the Soil. Nutrients are as important for the land as they are for all beings. 2. Use Good Compost. A properly maintained compost pile shouldn’t smell. But if it does add more dry carbon material (leaves, straw, or sawdust) and turn it more frequently.

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3. Choose the Right Plants. Choose plants that will be well adjusted to each spot, in terms of light, moisture, drainage and soil quality. 4. Plant Crops in Wide Beds. Grouping reduces weeding and water waste, and helps you target compost and nutrients. 5. Proper Watering. The best time to water plants is usually in the morning. If you water in the evening plants stay damp over night, making them more likely to be damaged by fungal and bacterial diseases. 6. Weeding. It gets you outside in the fresh air and your garden needs it. 7. Protect Plants Without Toxic Pesticides. If your plants are being assaulted by pests, it may be a sign of other problems, make sure they are getting enough light, nutrients and moisture. 8. Harvesting. In general, it’s best to cut produce off with a sharp knife or scissors, versus ripping with your fingers, which can cause more damage to plant tissue. 9. Clean up. Most healthy or expired plants can actually be left in place over winter. You’ll provide some food and habitat for birds and other wildlife, and plant cover can help protect your soil from eroding.

deeply and freely, your shoulders will relax and your mind will empty from worries. What happens is that by observing your breath you are forced to be present, there is no thing more present than the breath. You will see clearly that whatever you are stressing about is either a thing of the past, or an anticipation of the future, which steals you from the experience you are having at this very moment. Life, after all, is made of moments, one by one. For some of us to focus our attention is not an easy task and that is when yoga poses come handy. Regardless of the pose you practice the teaching is happiness. Whatever you do, make sure you are breathing free. Every time you notice you are distracted or in pain, make sure you come back to being breathing free. If you are unhappy and can’t breathe freely, change what you are doing... go to the beach.

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SPA Music and Tone for healing The proper ties of sound have been explored for ages. Sacred text refers to sound as the creative power of the Universe. Ancient cultures used it to move matter and it is no secret that modern conflicted countries use it as a weapon to alter mind and energy.

Farmer’s Markets *Fruits, vegetables, organic produce, food, local arts&crafts and music* THE SHOPS AT PALMILLA: Fridays 9am to 1pm LOS CABOS ORGANIC MARKET: Wednesday & Saturdays 8am to 12pm

It is recorded that Gregorian chants and solfeggio frequencies were used to tune the vibration of the listener to specific vibrations to promote harmony. Buddhist Monks study sound as a sacred practice and use bowls to work with energy. In China, the Emperor used to choose a frequency for his Empire period and instruments will tune to that of ficial frequency; the intention was to tune their people to the principles of that frequency. The believe that power ful knowledge is stored in these teachings has inspired musicians around the world to study sound, vibration and its specific ef fects in the human mind, body and spirit; and scientist use it as medicinal therapy. Music is surely the most common sound. We all play a favourite song that makes us feel better, or energizes our morning. Music makes the people get together and cer tainly people will gather with people that listen to the same style of music, they will dress the same, use same hairstyles, an imitate the ways of dancing. Music Therapy is a welcomed medicine in hospitals. Eras and centuries, cultures and countries are identified by the music people hear. What you listen to will directly af fect your mood, your health and your stillness. Tone is comprised of a frequency required to balance your energy and keep your body, mind and spirit in per fect harmony. In the present, 528hz tuning is used to repair DNA. A good Spa will make sure you feel relaxed, and will choose tones and music that promote healing. Silence?... It is golden.

BEAUTY JUIC ING The beauty benefits of juicing are many. Toxins get cleanse from the body, your skin gets shinier, your eyes get clear, your hair stops aging and your energy levels are high; but maybe what juice lovers like the most is the beautiful state of mind drinking juice gives you. Natural sugars, minerals and vitamins do wonders to the mind. Obsessive thinking calms down, boredom disappears, patience improves and you start enjoying clarity. Juicing rocks! Glow Bio juice has everything you need and it tastes delicioso! 1 apple 1 pear 1 banana 1/2 lemon/lime Some lettuce Some spinach 3 branches of celery www.DestinoMagazine.com | AUGUST 2013

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Hotel Profiles

Las Ventanas al Par aíso To define luxury in a world full of contrast like ours is a task for the wise and not the powerful. Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer, described it as being simple, “Luxury is the ultimate simplicity” - he said. He is remembered by all as a genius.

DINNING THE RE STAUR ANT The new “locally sourced, nationally inspired” menu is both sophisticated and authentic. Executive Chef Fabrice Guisset and Executive Sous Chef Gustavo Pinet respect Mexico’s culinary traditions and support local farming. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Inside dining for warm days or outside tables, each one with a view of the Sea of Cortez.

L A CAVA For a private dining experience, visit this 3,200-bottle wine room that is available by special arrangement and choose a menu especially tailored for you. On Friday and Saturday evenings, LA CAVA offers degustation dinners for up to 14 guests that showcase Baja’s unique flavors paired with the perfect wine.

THE SE A GRILL Choose from Mexican tapas, a variety of seafood and shellfish options or something grilled in their ”Cocina del Fuego” where all dishes are cooked on wood-burning grills and a wood-burning brick and clay oven. Set by the refreshing water, THE SEA GRILL is open for lunch and dinner every day.

TEQUIL A, CE VICHE & SUSHI BAR

Worldly connoisseurs examined over 300 hotels in the whole country to choose only 10 that represent the best of Mexico. One of Los Cabos favourites has been named the #1 hotel in Mexico for 2013 by U.S. News & World Report for its dedication to creating special, personalized moments for its guests and for its luxurious amenities like private beach cabanas and signature spa treatments. Owner, Ty Warner, who accumulated his fortune designing toys, thought of a world of personalized service, innovative amenities and romantic ambiance; a space where the environment itself would inspire all to observe and appreciate life in a unique simple style, enjoying elegance and the most extensive array of ultra-luxury one could ever desire. As Ty Warner himself explains, his vision is to give you and I an exclusive opportunity to experience life the way it should be and so rarely is. Las Ventanas al Paraíso are exactly that, a window to paradise.

During the day this bar offers a wide selection of innovative ceviches that change according to the seasonal fish and seafood. While tasting one (or more) of the 50 different tequilas available, also learn about the history and process of creating tequila. At night, the ceviche bar transforms into a sushi bar that combines Japanese and Mexican flavors and offers not only tequila, but also Japanese beers and sake. Apart from their signature restaurants, Las Ventanas offers various cul ina r y p rog rams such as the ultimate romantic dining experiences to progressive degustation dinners. 624.144.2800 - lasventanas@rosewoodhotels.com Km 19.5 ctra. Transpeninsular, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur 23400, México

Rising along a picturesque white sand beach, this beautiful resort evokes a centuries-old sense of tradition in its architecture and its panoramic views make the most divine interior designs. The ambiance of 71 Suites and 18 Private Residences can’t be more intimate. You’ll enjoy a worldclass spa whose all services featured reflect the location’s culture and natural environment, and a loving cuisine to romance your senses. Las Ventanas al Paraíso are ... a window to paradise.

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NEW COUPON SECTION! Next advertising closing date: AUGUST 8th

SPECIAL SUMMER ADVERTISING RATES For advertising rates and placement, please contact: destinoadvertising@gmail.com (624) 105-9700 / (624) 142-4949


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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS IN LOS CABOS 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

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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With

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weather beautiful

beaches, stunning sunsets, and attractive lifestyle, you are now considering a more permanent

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Cabos. You are not alone! In the past 10 years, thousands

OWNING REAL ESTATE IN LOS CABOS by Blake Harrington

of residents in Cabo have migrated from the United States and Canada making this place 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. Blake Harrington is a licensed CA Realtor and the Managing Partner of REmexico Real Estate Group with offices in Cabo San Lucas, San José, and Loreto.


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