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At the Cabo Comedy Festival

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


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


Chef Alain Derouin - El Ganzo

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LOS CABOS & SOUTH BAJA by Michelle Monroy

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 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. Cabo San Lucas

Also just known as “Cabo”, is a tourist friendly town located on the tip of the Baja California peninsula that’s full of entertainment for every age and liking. You will find the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meeting at land’s end and the beautiful rock formations that create the famous Cabo arch. Cabo San Lucas has the liveliest beach in the Los Cabos area, an impressive marina and countless restaurants and bars that keep the town alive day and night. The Corridor A 40 Km highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (about a 25 minute drive). Along this road you can find various hotels, luxury ocean front homes, championship golf courses and beautiful views. Have your camera

ready to snap some photos of the beautiful beaches and make a roadside stop at the Cabo Real arroyo for a refreshing coco frío (cold coconut). 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.

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. *

Todos Santos Located on the Pacific Ocean side, Todos Santos is an oasis where artists and surfers flock to enjoy the culture and excellent surf. Home to the famous Hotel California, this charming town offers great restaurants and a cooler climate than Cabo San Lucas and San José due to the Pacific’s breezes. La Paz La Paz is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur and is known for its warm people and beautiful beaches. This authentic Mexican city (as well as the general south 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 | OCTOBER 2013



Los Cabos


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.


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. Neptune’s Finger Advanced - 80’-100’ Spectacular canyon wall dive. Cabeza de Ballena Beginners - 20’-40’ 25 minute boat ride to dive through large boulders with lots of fish.


Santa María Cave Beginners - 20’-40’ - 35 minutes by boat, or dive from the beach. The entrance to Santa Maria canyon has a huge variety of fish who feed right from your hand. Chileno Beginners - 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.

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 Desert Barrels (624) 144-6689 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 | OCTOBER 2013


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.


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 San Lucas, San José and the East Cape. December through February

East Cape and Costa Azul are on the flatter side. The Pacific can be good this time of year because it’s exposed to the west swell.

March through May This is the windy season. Swells are consistent and you’ll run into fewer crowds.

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 Desert Barrels (624) 144-6689

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 | OCTOBER 2013



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

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

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


There’s a reason why the world’s richest fishing tournament - the Bisbee’s Black &


Sport fishing flags commonly seen in Los Cabos:

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

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

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


Aby Charters Office (624) 143-08-31 / Cell (624) 355-39-58 Desert Barrels (624) 144-6689 Dream Maker (624) 143-7266 JC’s Sport Fishing (624) 147-5821 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 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 | OCTOBER 2013


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

Cabo San Lucas Country Club This course was designed by Roy Dye and is conveniently located outside of Cabo San Lucas and is the only one with views of Land’s End. It has more than 80 bunkers and slightly inclined fairways and one of the longest holes in all of Mexico at 610 yards. 18 holes, 7,220 yards, par 72. (624) 143 4654

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

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

Palmilla With 27 holes of Golf, each 9 hole course offers something different. The Ocean, Mountain, and Arroyo courses all boast Jack Nicklaus Design and a fun and challenging layout with canyons and elevation changes. (624) 144-5250 •

Punta Sur Golf - Formerly Mayan Palace Golf This 9 hole course is a friendly course but make sure you hit ‘em straight because throughout the course you are

surrounded by homes and condos in beautiful San José. A fun course for any level of golfer. 9 holes, 3,141 yards, par 35. (624) 142-0900 •

Club Campestre San José Make sure you bring your creativity for the greens at Club Campestre, the newest Jack Nicklaus Design in Los Cabos. Almost every green has 2 or 3 different tiers, so spend some time on the practice green before your round. 18 holes, 7,055 yards, par 71. (624) 173-9300 •

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

Cabo del Sol Ocean Course - A Jack Nicklaus signature course with six ocean front holes (1.5 miles). Known for 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 | OCTOBER 2013



corridor and follow the dirt road down to the beach. There is a sign that reads “Las Viudas” but keep your eyes peeled because the entrance sneaks up on you. You won’t find any services or vendors so bring all your beach essentials with you.


Santa Maria 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.


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.


Getting there 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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Along the Corridor 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

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Lover’s Beach

Las Viudas

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


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

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Balandra Beach in La Paz. Photo by Scott Koenig.


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

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

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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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On the Pacific Cerritos

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.


La Paz Balandra

A stunning bay that will take your breath away. The water level is shallow - you can walk back and forth in the bay and I think it only was about waist high - maybe more. The water is crystal clear with shades of blue turquoise. The sun glistens on the waters surface and make it twinkle. You won’t regret it visiting Playa Balandra! About 30 minutes from the boardwalk in La Paz. Simply follow the main drag along the boardwalk, then through Costa Baja Golf Course and continue to wind around the coast and through the mountains until you see the signs for the beach. No bathroom facilities. There is a truck where you can buy water and snacks, but it is recommended to bring your own in case they are closed. There are palapas, but not a lot. You can rent kayaks and snorkel gear.



Loreto Isla Coronado

A wildlife reserve where visitors may anchor, snorkel, scuba and camp. The panga ride usually includes a cruise around the island where it’s very common to see sea lions, seals and even sea otters. The only swimmable beach on the island has pristine white sand and shallow crystal clear turquoise water, which creates ideal snorkelling conditions. Coronado Island is the ideal place for an adventure or to simply immerse yourself in nature and relax. About 7 miles or 30 minutes (on boat) northeast of Loreto. To get to Coronado Island you must take a boat or a panga. You will find pangas in Loreto’s Marina that you can hire to take you. The best option is to ask your concierge to arrange this for you. There are no services or restaurants on the beach. There are several large palapas with tables and benches and also an eco-restroom. Bring hiking shoes if you plan to explore the area. Bring Snorkelling gear!

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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.

FUN in the SUN 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.

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 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.

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.


Nightclub Sexy atmosphere, cosy indoor cabanas, special champagne cocktails and a spacious dance floor. Ladies night on Thursday. Guest DJs on Fridays. Located inside the ME Hotel by Melia San Lucas. 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. | OCTOBER 2013


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Chef Alain Derouin

Master Chef at Hotel El Ganzo, his culinary art mixes the techniques and flavours of Mexican and French cuisine, using the finest local and sustainable ingredients. Here is his favourite recipe!

Receta: Tiradito de atún

Recipe: Tiradito de atún

100 gr atún fresco 30 gr Jitomate 20 gr Cebolla blanca 10 gr Chile serrano 20 gr Aguacate 20 gr Jícama 20 gr Pepino 10 gr Cilantro fresco 20 gr Jugo de naranja 20 gr Jugo de limón 30 ml Aceite de oliva 30 ml Salsa soya Sal fina al gusto Pimienta blanca molida al gusto

100 gr fresh tuna 30 gr tomato 20 gr white onion 10 gr serrano pepper 20 gr avocado 20 gr jícama 20 gr cucumber 10 gr fresh cilantro 20 gr orange juice 20 gr lime juice 30 ml olive oil 30 ml soy sauce Fine Salt Grounded white pepper

Cortar el atún fresco en cubos de medio centímetro. Cortar todos los demás ingredientes en cubos pequeños. Marinar todo junto con el jugo de naranja, jugo de limón, aceite de oliva y la salsa soya. Sazonar al gusto.

Cut the fresh tuna in 1cm cubes (0.39370 inches) Cut all the other ingredients in small cubes. Marinate it all together with the orange juice, lime juice, olive oil and soy sauce. Ad seasoning to your taste.

HOTEL EL GANZO CULINARY ARTS In his role as head of Hotel El Ganzo’s culinary team, Chef Derouin oversees the new Chef in Residence Program at the property. Celebrated chefs are invited as special guest chefs for a weekend to prepare a four-course dinner paired with wine. Food connoisseurs and guests are able to enjoy the unique dining experience every Saturday starting at 7:00 pm. Chef Derouin himself kick-started the culinary series in August, and upcoming Chefs in Residence are announced throughout the year. Hotel El Ganzo is located at the base of the Puerto Los Cabos marina, in the lighthouse village of La Playita, in San José del Cabo, Mexico, just 20 miles from the Los Cabos International Airport, just steps down from your yacht.* | OCTOBER 2013



THE CABO COMEDY FESTIVAL Where the land ends and the fun begins Cabo



which takes place this October 2nd - 6th, will feature performances by over 60 of the entertainment industry’s top stand-up headliners, panel discussions on the business of comedy, a celebrity golf tournament, which will benefit DIF (a local children’s charity) and official parties at some of the destination’s most popular nightclubs and day clubs such as at the Hard Rock Café, Desperados, Pink Kitty, Cabo Wabo and Nikki Beach. The festival will culminate with an awards ceremony wherein legendary Improv founder Budd Friedman will be honored with the Giant of Comedy Award. You can enjoy Mr. Friedman as a host on the first show of October 3rd, and celebrate him on October 6th when he will receive his award (venue to be announced). Shows will be divided into several categories including headliners, musical variety acts and rising stars. English and Spanish speaking shows are offered, and on Friday October 4th, a series of industry seminars will take place for fans and participating comedians. The winner of the Jack Rollins Breakthrough Talent Competition, comprised of 16 ‘opening act’ level comedians selected from across America, will make his/her stand-up debut on “The Arsenio Hall Show” just days after the festival’s conclusion, airing on October 9, 2013. The 5-day Cabo Comedy Festival, produced by LA-based Zaring Group and Wind Entertainment, will air on NUVOtv’s “Stand Up & Deliver,” the fast-paced entertainment show that features performances by some of the top comics on the current comedy scene. “Stand Up & Deliver: From the Cabo Comedy Festival” will be in Cabo to capture events and performances from the festival, and will ultimately air ten episodes on NUVOtv during the first quarter of 2014. You can purchase daily tickets or a festival badge that includes priority seating and at least 4 shows nightly to choose from, complimentary admission to official pool parties and after parties, among other benefits. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

October 2 - 6

BUDD FRIEDMAN SCHEDULE OF EVENTS > Shows every night (Weds 2nd, Thurs 3rd, Fri 4th & Sat 5th) at 9:00 & 11:00 pm at both Desperados and Hard Rock Café. > Friday at 8:00 pm - Spanish show at Pink Kitty hosted by Televisa star Rene Franco. > FREE shows will be offered for locals on Thursday, Friday & Saturday afternoon - NUVOtv will shoot “Stand Up & Deliver” at Cabo Wabo. > Sunday at 12:00 pm - closing day luncheon featuring presentation of the ‘Jack Rollins Breakthrough Talent’ and ‘Giant of Comedy’ awards (Venue TBD)

PARTIES > Wednesday at 5:00 pm - kick off party at Baja Brewing Company (in Cabo Villas). 12:00 am after party at Knotty Social House > Thursday at 12:00 am - after party at Baja Junkie > Friday at 2:00 pm - pool party at Nikki Beach. 12:00 am after party at Pink Kitty > Saturday at 2:00 pm - pool party (Venue TBD). 12:00 am - after party at Mandala > Sunday at 4:00 pm VIP closing pool party at Bahia Hotel.

At the Cabo Comedy Festival “Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

...And The Giant of Comedy Award goes to… Budd Friedman! (Standing ovation) The man who hit upon the idea that was to become the Improvisation, the father of the Comedy Club, continues to bring stand-up comedy into the hearts and minds of everyone. This legendary businessman, producer and actor, has spent his entire adult life immersed in comedy, he created the concept of the stand-up comedy club, and helped develop such major comedic talents as Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow, Ray Romano, Larry David, Richard Lewis, Bill Maher, Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin and on and on. To celebrate the Improv’s 50th anniversary, EPIX and Comedy Central are producing a one-hour special celebrating this very rare feat. The show will air December 6 for the first time, and it will feature (among others) Jimmy Fallon and Jerry Seinfeld talking together; Richard Lewis and Larry David chatting, arguing and fighting with each other; and interviews with Bill Maher, Jay Leno, Kathy Griffin, the entire Wayans family, Russell Brand and more. This year, the Cabo Comedy Festival is celebrated in his honour. Ladies and Gentlemen... Bud Friedman! Based on your experience, what makes laughter so important? What transformational energy you witness in people when you make them laugh? As has often been said, laughter is the best medicine. And I am living proof of that adage. For fifty years, I have been involved with stand-up comedy at the Improv and it has kept me young, vital and still interested in the art form. I have seen people walk into the Improv over the years, dragging their derrières behind them, and walking out two hours later slapping each other on the back and sharing another laugh or two in recalling what they heard in the showroom. What is the best advise you’ve heard? The best advice I ever heard was spoken to my class at CCNY when General David Sarnoff, founder of NBC, lectured our class and told us to “aim high and avoid mediocrity.”

If a 10 year old came to you, not knowing who you are, how would you respond this question: Who are you? I am a man who has spent his entire adult life immersed in comedy, who created the concept of the stand-up comedy club, and helped develop such major comedic talents as Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow, Ray Romano, Larry David, Richard Lewis, Bill Maher, Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin and on and on… I am happily wed to my muse and partner, Alixandria Friedman, for the past thirty-two and a half years. Together we have four children and five wonderful grandchildren. And the latter part is as important to me as everything that came before that in the form of the Improv… Life is transient, everything changing, we all arise and pass away. How does Budd Friedman want to be remembered? … and that is how I wish to be remembered. How many times have you visited Los Cabos? What makes you love our town? This will be my fourth time to Los Cabos. It is a paradise surrounded by water and it is a place I never tire of visiting with my lovely wife Alixandria. We first came to Cabo when the Twin Dolphins was the only hotel on the peninsula, and we are delighted to see the growth in resorts and still the untouched natural beauty of the area. We hope that this Cabo Comedy Festival will be the first of many, many more to come. Make us laugh, tell us a joke. I leave the joke telling to the professionals … that’s why I’m so successful as a club owner.*


CA L ENDA R OF E V ENT S IN L OS CA BOS ON G OIN G E V E N T S Wednesdays 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm - BIKE RIDE IN SAN JOSÉ. Meet at Plaza del Pescador before 7:30 pm. Bike rentals available at Sportia bike store located in Plaza del Pescador. (624) 130-7159. Wednesdays 7:30 pm. EL GANZO FILM CLUB. Hosted by Art Director Marc Deniro whose credits include Troy, Master and Commander, among others. (624) 1049000. Wednesdays. WINE CLASSES AT GRAND SOLMAR. A weekly class in wine-making at the resort’s La Roca restaurant. Classes are $49.00. For reservations call: (624) 145 7575 Thursdays 5:30 pm. WINE TASTING at DE CORTEZ restaurant in the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar. $35.00 per person. Thursdays 7:30 pm - CINE CLUB EN EL PABELLON CULTURAL. Free movies at the Cabo San Lucas Cultural Pavilion located on the marina. Every other Thursday - LOS CABOS TOMATOES. A ladies social group.

Fridays 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm - ART FEST downtown Cabo San Lucas in Plaza Amelia Wilkes. Saturdays 2:00 pm - EL GANZO POOL PARTIES on rooftop pool with special guest DJs. (624) 104-9000. Sundays 7:00 am to 11:00 am CICLOVÍA CABO SAN LUCAS - The main street of Cabo San Lucas closes access to automobile traffic allowing bikers, skaters walkers and joggers to exercise freely.

UP COMIN G E V E N T S October 2-6 CABO COMEDY FESTIVAL Visit website for more information: October 7, 9, 11 & 13 SAMMY HAGAR’S 23rd ANNUAL BIRTHDAY BASH Venue: Cabo Wabo Cantina October 10 to 13 AWOL - ANOTHER WAY OF LIFE 2013 Venue: Nikki Beach Cabo San Lucas

October 11 & 25, November 8 & 22, December 6 & 20. ARABIAN & ANDALUSIAN NIGHTS Venue: Plaza San Lucas (where Walmart is). October 16 to 20 25th ANNUAL LYNN ROSE CHARITY TOURNAMENT - Benefitting local schools of Los Barriles. Hotel Palmas de Cortez, Los Barriles. October 18 to 20 LOS CABOS OFFSHORE TOURNAMENT (2 fishing days) Venue: Cabo San Lucas Marina, Baja Cantina. For more info see page 11. October 22 to 26 Black & Blue Marlin Tournament (3 fishing days) Cabo San Lucas Marina, Puerto Paraiso Mall. For more information see page 11. October 26 15th ANNUAL PIMP N’ HO COSTUME BALL Venue: Baja Junkie Tickets online: Local ticket delivery: (624) 122 6737. Tickets in San Lucas: Kinky Underwear store.

October 26th O Gallery Grand Opening in the San José Art District. November 13-16 BAJA FILM FESTIVAL December 7, 6:00 to 11:00 pm Los Cabos Humane Society presents the 8th annual DRESSED TO THE K9’S GALA Venue: Villa Marcela, Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas 044 (624) 129-7399

Events and dates are subject to change. Contact us to add your events or live music schedule: contactdestino@gmail. com or call 142-4949/ 105-9700 | OCTOBER 2013


EL GANZO MUSIC Series ... presents By Yeye “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” - Ludwig van Beethoven

Everything in the Universe is vibration. If you understand this principle, you understand the importance of the space and ambiance you choose to spend time in. Los Cabos is a wonderful place, everyone here is fully committed to create an extraordinary moment for you, the traveller, who comes here with a dream of paradise. After all, we are home to some of the favourite resorts and hotels in the world. The new talk of the town has been Hotel El Ganzo Design Boutique, Arts, Live Music, Marina and SPA. The vision? A contemporary castle by the ocean, one could say, where the activities at hand are a sport of leisure, art and wellness. El Ganzo is unique in its concept, they provide you with the exquisite experience of artists and musicians of the times. El Ganzo hotel inspiration is to promote las bellas artes, music, and to serve as a contemporary ‘mecenas’. For an artist a "mecenas" is a dream come true, it is someone who takes care of your every need so you can devote your energy and creativity to your Art. For the community, a "mecenas" represents an era of high cultural and artistic production. The mecenas herself, not only is somebody who enjoys the arts intimately at heart, but also he who chooses to use his wealth to support fine arts with the natural expectation to benefit from this investment through the success of their prodigy. Just think of the Médici family, whose many of their artists are known to this date as the most important representatives of the Renaissance era.

MIDDLE: Door to the Underground Recording Studio BOTTOM: Underground Recording Studio Photos courtesy of El Ganzo

Hotel El Ganzo hosts a cultural program dedicated to the Arts. It is simple trade. The artist is invited to stay at the hotel and be pampered, and the artist in exchange for such hospitality delivers a performance of his or her art which becomes part of El Ganzo's Art collection. Since this edition focuses in Music, we spoke with Mark Rudin, El Ganzo's Music Director,

whose experience as a musician, producer and sound engineer is well directed to coordinate an innovative Music program that translates into El Ganzo Series and El Ganzo Series PRESENTS. The musician in house records at El Ganzo's underground recording studio and also presents a live performance for Los Cabos to enjoy, free of charge. Mark was in the middle of his journey as a singer/songwriter when he was invited to be El Ganzo's music director and studio manager. As a musician with experience in Los Angeles and Nashville, he recognises the great contribution El Ganzo's music program is for Los Cabos Musical scene (where most musicians are devotees to the tourist industry and dedicate their talent to entertain only playing “covers”, paying little attention to their original work) He hopes that the talented artists that visit El Ganzo Hotel from the International, National, and local Music community, inspire the appreciation for musicians original work and its cultural importance. Mark gives example by playing his original music every Thursday at 8:30 PM... Of course, at Hotel El Ganzo. Sooner than later is to be expected a Musical Festival and a CD promoting El Ganzo's Music Collection. Yes, it is scientific fact that we, as everything in the Universe, are vibration and music helps us harmonise with each other. Art is the peaceful path to evolution and freedom, and well freedom, isn’t that why you love it here?*

Celebrating Los Cabos Music By Marilyn Graham

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” - Plato “I cannot imagine a world without music, it is the language of the Gods.” - Marilyn Graham Let’s take time to celebrate music this month. We are so fortunate to have such an abundance of gifted musicians living and working in Los Cabos. Whether you like ja zz , soul , L atin , sal sa , ro ck , p op, oldies , ne w age , symphonic , or mariachi music , Los Cabos now offers it all.

Sammy H agar, American rock vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, continues to be a Los Cabos icon and plays music at Cabo Wabo several times a year. Brian F lynn is also one of our favorite local rock ‘n rollers, has performed with the likes of Sammy Hagar, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, The Marshall Tucker Bank, The Drifters, The Platters, and lots more, and you can find him in various venues, recently at Two for the Road. P ur a Vida performs electric rock to a world beat, music for enjoyment and dancing. You do not want to miss P ulp os en Su Tinta , the new version lead by guitarist David F lores. They play pop and rock but are very versatile and can also perform beautiful “flamingo pop fusion”. David performs with J onathan Orozco on keyboards, Hugo N avarro on bass, Luis Cuell ar on drums, Ger a ld o E scober on percussion and K arl a K a ssaneth on vocals. Vocalist Robert Dudley and his group are always fun, especially if you are interested in oldies but goodies, they often perform at Baja Brewery. If you like jazz standards, soul, Latin or pop, Da line J ones is a singer who you do not want to miss. A powerful beautiful voice, she performs with some of Mexico’s top musicians…the remarkably talented Diego R amirez on piano or keyboard with the fabulous drummer J oaquin G onz a lez . Other groups you do not want to miss: Sha lom with a great guitarist Tito Rodriguez, and Edgar Mendes, a gifted pianist and singer who is talented and fun. The 7 Seas offers lovely full moon jazz concerts. Last time I visited, Ivan O ’ Camp o on keyboards, Howie Clif ton on saxophone and Sergio Hesting on drums performed a great evening of jazz standards. Most of the best jazz musicians have performed here at one time or another. And speaking of jazz venues, you really do not want to miss Two for the Road, the only jazz club in San Lucas, with singer K athy Daniel s and pianist M ontana in the Wyndham Hotel area of Cabo San Lucas, local A-15. If you want to listen to some beautiful vocalists, take note of M arcie Ca stro , Luna It zel , Charlene Mignault. Marcie sings and plays piano, often at the Barceló, or other local venues and weddings, her specialty being Brazilian music. She also knows how to get the party going! You can find Luna Itzel, dressed in her Mexican finest, at the Grand Mayan. Luna Itzel has one of the most beautiful and expressive voices on Mexico’s contemporary music scene. Some really fun guys from Cuba, L os T rillizos, they will have you dancing and smiling and having a great time! Also, Alexey Gonzalez from Cuba, son of one of Los Trillizos, he has the voice, the dance moves and the showmanship to add something special to any musical event. Rosalia de Cuba is a Cuban singer who often performs in the Tropicana in San José del Cabo. All of them perform Cuban, jazz, Latin, salsa and fun dance music…take your pick! If you happen to know anything about Andean music you might enjoy listening to saxophonist Hugo M oreno. He has been playing music since 1978 and has performed in Mexico, the United States, Madrid and Barcelona. He has collaborated with musical groups such as “Llamanka”, “Killiwa”, “Kumara”, and “Bossa Two”. So add that to the variety of music available. Now I know I am forgetting someone very important and also, new groups and individuals out there. But I’ll save them for a feature article next time. And in the meantime, go out there and enjoy our incredible music scene!!!*

LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULES BAR ESQUINA - Starting at 8:00 pm every day; Tuesday, Flamenco Guitars; Wednesday, Soft Rock; Thursday, Solo Acoustic Rock; Friday, Latin Rhythms; Saturday, Soft Rock; Sunday, Bolero Guitar. 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 HOTEL EL GANZO - Tuesdays, Jazz night, 8:00 pm; Thursdays, Mark Rudin, 8:00 pm; Fridays, Chaplin, 8:00 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, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, 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.





Thursdays 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Saturdays 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Peter Bacon on Piano


to Saturday 7:00 pm to Midnight; 624. 143.7759. The only Jazz Club in Cabo San Lucas . Kathy Daniels on Vocals, Martin Daniels on Piano, and Pablo Ceceña on Drums. 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

By Michelle Monroy It’s hard to think about Cabo San Lucas and not think of the multi-platinum musician, songwriter and entrepreneur, Sammy Hagar. Raised in Fontana, California, Hagar had his musical beginnings in San Francisco and the Bay Area in 1967 and continues to constantly tour and play music. With multiple restaurants and bars, spirit brands, platinum albums, hundreds of sold out concert appearances and an autobiography under his belt, he still finds time to visit his beloved Cabo and continues to celebrate his birthday at Cabo Wabo Cantina every October.

A chat with Sammy... Can you tell Destino Magazine readers about your first trip to Baja and what made you fall in love with Cabo? It was the early 80s and Keith Richards had just gotten married in Cabo San Lucas. I saw a picture in a magazine of an infinity pool going off into the beautiful ocean. You could see the turquoise water, golden sand, cactus and palm trees and I said, where is that? I have to go there, that looks like my dream come true place. I decided to visit in October for my birthday and stayed at the Twin Dolphin hotel. After that, I returned every year for my birthday, which turned into the ongoing birthday bash. It was an October thing, the weather was beautiful, the beaches were fantastic and nobody knew who I was, not one person, so I thought, this is a great hideaway for me. That kept me coming back. You are considered an icon of Los Cabos; when you founded Cabo Wabo back in 1990, did you ever imagine the impact it would have on the sleepy fishing town it used to be? No I did not, I had no idea, and it was not my intention to make it into a popular tourist attraction. My intention was to have a place where I could bring my friends and play music and party with them. MTV did that big special of Cabo Wabo’s grand opening with Van Halen; they gave us three million dollars worth of advertising for the three months leading up to the event and people started talking about it. I wrote a song called Cabo Wabo, that said, “go there once, you’ll be there twice.” The ones that would make it down here told other people back home and I think that’s how it happened, it just exploded. A lot of people say that Cabo isn’t what it used to be and I disagree completely. Cabo, even as built up as it is and as commercialized as it’s gotten, is still one of the greatest destinations in the world. It might even be better than it used to be because now you get things that you didn’t get before, like great culinary experiences. With new Cabo Wabo and Sammy’s Rockin’ Bar & Grill locations, Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, and your new album titled Sammy Hagar & Friends launched on September 24th 2013, fans are wondering, what is next? Any new ventures planned? --Laughs-- I think that’s enough for now. Right now I’m committed to promoting all those things. I don’t just start and idea and move on to the next one. I start an idea and then I go out and

“...turquoise water, golden sand, cactus and palm dream come true place” promote it and try to make it successful before I move on to the next thing. I have to get my rum and Sammy’s Rockin’ Beach Bar & Grill up to where Cabo Wabo is before I can jump ship and start another project. The way I promote my spirit brands and restaurants is through my music. I write new music, then I go on tour and play it, I do interviews and I talk about all this. In the long run, it’s all about the music. Hopefully it always will be. What is a regular day in Cabo like for Sammy Hagar? I wake up in the morning, as early as possible, while it’s still cool, I go for a wonderful walk on the beach and swim in the ocean. I come back, have breakfast and coffee outside and just enjoy the beauty of sitting on the beach, I’m telling you, to me, that’s the best seat in the house. I do silly things now and then; I grab my fishing poles and go shore fishing by the rocks. I very seldom catch a fish; I’m a lousy fisherman. Another thing I enjoy is making my own sea salt. When the tide is quiet I take a walk down to the beach to collect some water to make it at home. We actually use my sea salt at the Cabo Wabo restaurant. So, I mess with my salt, I play my guitar for a little bit and I always take a siesta after lunch. In the evenings, I look forward to going to the Cantina (Cabo Wabo) and playing music with the house band or whoever is in town. I have a few tequilas, go to bed, and start all over again. I think that’s the perfect day. => continued

What is your favorite beach in Cabo? I like beaches that have rocks you can climb and tide pools when the tide is low. There’s a beach between Las Ventanas hotel and the old hotel Cabo San Lucas that has some great rocks. The Hilton’s beach is beautiful, but what I really enjoy is the rocky area at the end of that cove. What are your favourite restaurants in Cabo? There are so many great restaurants in Los Cabos, dinning here is at the levels of places like L.A. I really think that the food at Cabo Wabo is underestimated because people think that it’s just a party and rock and roll place, but our restaurant offers fine dining Mexican food. For me it’s perfect because I can call in the afternoon and they will make me anything I want. The Chef and Jorge and all the people involved in the restaurant upstairs are capable of preparing the best food in Cabo. But, I don’t always eat there, so I think for fine dinning you have places like Capella Pedregal that has great high-end food. Niksan has great sushi and I think Chef Larbi at Agua in One&Only Palmilla is one of the best Chefs in Mexico. Flora Farms is great and they are creating a fun drink for me with Sammy’s Beach Rum. My favorite is going to the taco stands off the main drag, you can’t go wrong at those places. The carnitas at Los Michoacanos are the best I’ve ever had. I would eat there every day if I could. After 22 yearly celebrations, 2013 being number 23, what is one of your favorite Birthday Bash moments? I have to say, probably my 60th because, first of all, my mother was still alive and she was there. A lot of friends surprised me and came down without telling me, like Ted Nugent, Toby Keith of course, Chad Smith, and many more. It just seemed like it was a milestone. I don’t think that there’s been one Birthday Bash that isn’t just as great as the one before and I’m looking forward to this year being, once again, the best one ever.*

“In the long run, it’s all about the music” Photography courtesy of Cabo Wabo

Cabo Wabo Cantina opened it’s doors in 1990. There are now four different locations: Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cabo San Lucas.

Hagar at the Cabo Wabo construccion site, many moons ago. | OCTOBER 2013



2013 Black & Blue Schedule

thrill anglers while delighting spectators The event is fun, the marina echoes with laughter each afternoon as anglers try to top fishing tales; tourists are drawn to the scales. < Eager to be a part of the gaiety and to watch the weigh-in and fireworks.

In 2012 the winning team, “Frantic Pace,” earned a remarkable $2,396,800.

Story and photography by Gary Graham

n a town where fishing

tournaments are almost as common as chips and salsa, the Bisbee series does for sportfishing in Cabo what the America’s Cup does for sailing. Held in Cabo San Lucas each October, the two back-to-back events draw eager crowds of curious spectators who gather along the marina walkways to shop, party and be part of the excitement. Music blares, trinkets are thrown to the crowd by staff members atop the scale until a huge fish arrives to be weighed in front of the Puerto Paraiso Entertainment Plaza. Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Charity Tournament, October 18-20 (two fishing days) is a laid-back affair, providing unique camaraderie with a game-fish format (billfish, tuna and dorado.) It attracted 80 teams with 466 anglers competing for $486,590 in cash prizes in 2012 with 100% of the tournament proceeds donated to local charities. Last year’s beneficiaries were the boys at Casa Hogar, a local orphanage receiving a check for $102,810. Big fish and bigger money draw top teams and crews to compete for millions in Bisbee’s Black & Blue


Marlin Tournament, October 2226 (three fishing days.) Last year’s event attracted some 740 anglers aboard 106 boats. The winning team, “Frantic Pace,” earned a remarkable $2,396,800, second only to the 2006’s $3,902,998 to winner “Bad Company,” setting a tournament record as well as the largest amount paid out to a single team in a billfish tournament. Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament was conceived in 1982 by Bob Bisbee while working at Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California, as a sales promotion for his store, Bisbee’s Sportfishing Center. It was an informal competition among friends that attracted a handful of boats with the angler catching the largest black or blue marlin winning $10,000 in prize money. As the small flotilla began its journey from Southern California down the Baja peninsula, Bisbee never dreamed that this friendly competition would grow into a family-run business that would impact the world of big-fish tournaments and still be in existence 33 years later, annually hosting a fleet of boats the size of a small navy in three events, including one at East Cape.

TUESDAY OCTOBER 22 REGISTRATION 2:00pm-6:00pm - Registration and distribution of team bags in front of Puerto Paraiso Mall. 6:00pm-7:00pm - Captains Meeting, Puerto Paraiso Mall. One team member must attend. 7:00pm-9:00pm - Opening Ceremonies begin: Flag Honors with Mexican Naval Escort, Mexican National Anthem, PreColombian New Fire Dance, Lighting of the Tournament Torch, Japanese Taiko Drums, Music by Cabomax. WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY-FRIDAY OCTOBER 23-25 FISHING DAYS 8:00am - Shotgun Start. 8:00am-5:00pm - Tournament Fishing; lines must be out of the water by 5:00pm. 8:00am-9:00pm - Weigh Station is open in front of the Puerto Paraiso Mall, boats inside the harbour entrance by 9:00pm can weigh. SATURDAY OCTOBER 26 AWARDS CELEBRATION 7:00pm-8:30pm - Awards Celebration starts off with cocktails followed by dinner and a big screen presentation of the tournament video. The awards presentation starts after viewing the tournament video followed by music by Cabomax. Open to tournament participants only.

2013 Los Cabos Offshore Schedule Photo courtesy of Captain Dave Lear

Under the direction of Wayne and Trish Bisbee, the business continues to grow. The Bisbee family, boasting three generations, along with a dozen or so staffers and volunteers, keep the event running smoothly – entertaining anglers and spectators from all 50 states, as well as many countries around the world. The Bisbee tournaments continue to draw new teams each year; and teams that have fished the tournaments are eager to return. It’s not just the possibility of the big purse, but the social event, where old friends swap fishing tales and new friends become old friends. The event is fun, the marina echoes with laughter each afternoon as anglers try to top fishing tales; tourists are drawn to the scales, eager to be a part of the festivities and to watch the weigh-in and fireworks. Indeed, Bisbee Tournaments offer the opportunity to experience unique, world class events in an equally unusual setting for both anglers and spectators creating memories that will last a lifetime.*

FRIDAY OCTOBER 18 REGISTRATION 3:00-7:00pm - Registration and distribution of Team Bags at the Baja Cantina Dockside. 6:00-6:30pm - Angler, Capt. and Deckhand Meeting. One team member must attend. 6:30-9:00pm Kick-Off Cocktail Party at the Baja Cantina Dockside. SATURDAY OCTOBER 19 FISHING DAY 1 OF 2 8:00am - Shotgun Start. 8:00am-5:00pm - Tournament Fishing; lines must be out of the water by 5:00pm. 8:00am-8:00pm - Weigh Station is open in front of the Puerto Paraiso Mall. SUNDAY OCTOBER 20


8:00am - Shotgun Start. 8:00am-5:00pm - Tournament Fishing; lines must be out of the water by 5:00pm. 8:00am-7:00pm - Weigh Station is open. NOTE: Weigh Station closes one hour earlier on day two. 8:00-10:30pm - Awards Celebration on the beach at the Baja Cantina Beach Club. Open to tournament participants only. | OCTOBER 2013


ME Cabo ME Cabo is not traditional hospitality service...We have received various national and international awards and what sets us apart from the rest is that we have a casual and fun concept where our guests, guests from other hotels and local residents converge in a festive atmosphere, at our privileged location. ME Cabo is where celebrities, socialites and hedonisticsexy-cosmopolitans vibrate in a lounge environment during the week and party every weekend. ME Cabo is the place to see and be seen! Nikki Beach Club...the sexiest beach club in Cabo...Passion Night Club...exclusivity under the stars!

- Ernesto Luna, General Manager, ME Cabo by Meliá

D I N I N G NIKKI BEACH International cuisine where a great variety of Sushi, Salads, Entrees and Fresh Seafood Specials are prepared passionately with “A Mexican touch”. TEQUILA FUSION Recently incorporated, Tequila Fusion Mexican Restaurant offers the best Tequilas combined with family style tapas, taquitos and specialty margaritas. THE DECK Step out of the sun and catch a breeze at this outdoor grill restaurant where mouth watering dishes are served.

Located on the popular and coveted Medano Beach, this premier Cabo San Lucas resort is well known for being a midweek lounge hotel & a hip-sexycosmopolitan weekend party spot. This adult-oriented resort features contemporary accommodations and VIP services that are sure to exceed expectations. Taking full advantage of it’s privileged location, the ME Cabo’s 151 rooms and suites are arranged in a terraced embrace of free-form lagoon pools and gardens and Bali beds with postcard views of Land’s End and Lovers Beach. For the ultimate VIP experience the hotel offers the service “ME+”. Guests stay in one of the fifty-eight premium accommodations, including suites with private jacuzzis, and are attended by an assigned host that makes it seem like the ME Cabo was designed especially for them. Room service breakfast is included, in addition to a personalised iPod

and access to VIP areas within the hotel. The globally renowned Nikki Beach is located in the ME Cabo and is host to the best parties in Cabo San Lucas, such as the White Party, the famous New Years Celebration, the best theme night events, fashion shows and pool parties. Entertainment ranges from international DJs and interactive dancers to live Cuban music and Jazz. At night The Passion Club takes life with it’s sexy atmosphere, cozy indoor cabanas, special champagne cocktails and guest DJs. Let the YHI SPA awaken your spirit and fill you with energy with soothing aromas and soft mystical music as you relax and enjoy one of the extraordinary treatments. The spa also features a traditional Temazcal ceremony, two HydroMassages and a VicciShower. | OCTOBER 2013



turtle wisdom “To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.” Robert Louis Stevenson Shaka! Hang Loose. These ancient creatures have been on Earth for around 215 million years, they say. As Esopo tales us, it is not the most talented, beautiful, powerful - and certainly not the fastest - but the most persevering and constant who arrives first to the finish line. Granted, life’s finish line is not where everyone wants to end, first. Which is maybe why to observe a turtle has the quality of a healthy teaching. In another tale, Fu Hsi, the first emperor of China (2852–2737 B.C.) reputed to be the inventor of writing, fishing and trapping, is said to have observed a turtle emerging from the Yellow River. Knowing that true wisdom came from the direct and close observation of nature, he had a sudden realization of the significance of eight symbols he saw on the turtle’s back. He saw how the sets of three solid or broken lines, the trigrams, reflected the movement of energy in life on Earth. This knowledge is recorded in one of the oldest books known as the I Ching The book of Changes. Turtles, like us, can live from ten to a hundred years, and as with us, it depends on the quality of life they live. The environment, the predators, the food they eat, are all important factors, but if we were to observe an inner quality as an example of their endurance, without a doubt it is the quality that we identify most with the turtle. Turtles are notoriously slow movers. In a era of speed like ours, many judge a slow mover to be retarded, useless and dorky, but one might ask why is then that, in many cultures, sea turtles are a symbol of wisdom. Time is health, when is well understood as nonlinear. As with everything, it is all about perspective. Speed and impatience are the character of our times, we expect everything to be available at “this moment”, in a google second, and when somebody says “there is no time” empathy flows in the air. Immediate, fast, accelerated, the first world timing that qualifies time as money has made of time, maybe the most valuable resource of the century, as well as the stress generator behind most unbalances in health. Yes, Doctor’s most common advice to the ill is “take rest” “slow down”. Honouring what makes us different and unique, it is fair to say that what is fast for you might be slow for me, and vice versa, so let’s leave it like this: Slow down enough to be present. In wisdom, to be present might represent 100 years of life, not any kind of life, but a healthy life. That, friends, is turtle wisdom. Hang loose Cabo!* Five species of sea turtle are found along Mexico’s Baja California peninsula; a region that provides both nesting habitat and vital feeding grounds for turtles from as far away as Japan and Indonesia. Each year in June, the shores of Los Cabos become the nesting grounds for four different species of endangered sea turtles – Loggerhead, Black, Leatherback and Olive Ridley. Starting in October, all through May, Eco tourism companies such as offer camps for turtle research, providing you with in-country transportation, camping, guides, activities, and most meals. You can plan 7 days of your itinerary to do some sustainable travel and participate in hands-on research of green turtles with members of the Grupo Tortuguero while camping and kayaking in beautiful Magdalena Bay. Peace Science Patience in Spanish is Paciencia. Paciencia = Paz ciencia = La ciencia de la Paz


Beach Asana

Now. Happiness is in the awareness of what is happening now, with the clear understanding that it is always changing. The past, the future, all combinations of the now. Your now is here, in your breath. Your breath and your mind exist hand in hand, as your thoughts change your breath changes, hence if you observe your breath you learn to know yourself better and by breathing consciously you become master of your own mind. Once this happens, you stop being the victim of your own reactiveness to the world around you and start living a life of equanimity and clear intent. You become the master of yourself. Now, find your breath, stretch a little, close your eyes, listen to yourself, honour how you feel, remember your intention, sit still and let the universe catch up with you . It is in the now when your freedom enjoys space, or your space shows how much freedom you enjoy. You are in Los Cabos, here is the beach, here is the sand, here is a coconut tree behind you, here is sunshine, an escape from worldly matters perhaps but from the Self it is impossible to hide. Here is an opportunity to be present, walk on pristine sand, swim in crystal clear ocean waters, watch the sun rise and the sunset with the awareness of how precious it is to be you. Nobody else has the privilege. Do what you must to feel comfortable in your own skin. A great asana to centre yourself is Tree pose, vriksasana, for obvious reasons, there is nothing more rooted than a, a palm tree.

Tree pose:

Find your breath. Every movement corresponds to a breath. Standing tall, shift your weight slightly onto the left foot, keeping the inner foot firm to the floor, and bend your right knee. Reach down with your right hand and clasp your right ankle. Draw your right foot up and place the sole against the inner left thigh; if possible, press the right heel into the inner left groin, toes pointing toward the floor. Rest your hands on the top rim of your pelvis. Make sure the pelvis is in a neutral position, with the top rim parallel to the floor. Lengthen your tailbone toward the floor. Firmly press the right foot sole against the inner thigh and resist with the outer left leg. Press your hands together in prayer position. Gaze softly at a fixed point in front of you, find your balance. Are you breathing? Step back to standing tall with an exhalation and repeat for the same length of time with the legs reversed. | OCTOBER 2013


SPA Ayurveda

Farmer’s Markets

Los Cabos is loved by all travellers for the natural spaces and peaceful ambiance found dedicated to relaxation and healing practices, all inspired to be unique experiences of tranquillity and health. As an International resort destination our region enjoys the wonderful quality of diversity and those dedicated to service you bring their learnings from around the world to best support your desire to heal.

*Fruits, vegetables, organic produce, food, local arts&crafts and music*

Ayurveda is India’s 5,000 year old “Science of Life” and it is an art of living in harmony with nature. Your dosha is your Ayurveda mind and body type. There are three doshas in Ayurveda: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. We each have three of the doshas in our physiology, just different proportions, so your dosha is unique and personal, it is like your fingerprint. You can find your dosha type answering a simple questionnaire like the one offered by Deepak Chopra Centre in this link:

LOS CABOS ORGANIC MARKET in PEDREGAL: Wednesday & Saturdays 8am to 12pm

THE SHOPS AT PALMILLA: Fridays 9am to 1pm

Ask your hotel about their Ayurvedic Spa services, or spend a day in town in San José del Cabo and stop at Mexsun Spa, where you can enjoy an Abyanga-Ayurvedic oil massage which utilizes specific oils and aromatherapy to balance your individual constitution, with the intention to promote healing in the psychological and spiritual aspects of the person. Another option is Shirodara, which involves pouring a steady and rhythmic stream of warm herbal oil over the third eye centre and forehead that activates the Pituitary gland, restoring and adding balance to the nervous and hormonal system. Or, try a Swedana Herbal steam bath, done in a steam box with traditional temazcal herbs, where you immerse yourself in a deeply relaxing and detoxifying full body herbal steam treatment. Ayurvedic consultation- diagnosis to determine your dosha according to traditional ayurvedic principles along specific lifestyle and dietary recommendations will be offered.*

BEAUTY Cleanse Swami Sri Yukestewar teaches us in his book “The Holy Science” that experiment proves that a nonirritating diet natural to the vegetarian is, almost without exception, admirably suited to children’s development, both physical and mental. Their minds, understanding, will, the principal faculties, temper, and general disposition are also properly developed. Grains, fruits, vegetables, pure natural milk and pure water openly exposed to air and sun are the best natural food for man. These are easily assimilated. When unnatural foods that are uncongenial with our system enter the stomach, they are not properly assimilated. Mixed with the blood, they accumulate in the excretory and other organs not properly adapted to them. When they cannot find their way out, they subside in tissue crevices by the law of gravitation; and, being fermented, produce diseases, mental and physical, and ultimately lead to premature death. Extraordinary means such as fasting are usually methods used to cleanse the body from these toxins. One day a week, to drink only water with lemon or a natural juice will make you feel energized and beautiful. The more you get in tune with the disciplines of your body the longer you will be able to endure a healthy fast, but fasting is not necessarily the only way to cleanse, by natural living on a nonirritating diet, such as the one above referred to, men gain a calmness of mind which every psychologist knows is the most favourable to mental activity and to a clear understanding, as well as to a judicial way of thinking. Wouldn’t these qualities make a world full of beautiful people?* | OCTOBER 2013



La Plata Mexicana



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Are you wearing Silver? Silver (AG), is the metal related to the moon. It is a heavy noble metal. Silver is one of the best conductor of thermal and electric energy, therefor it is used a lot in electric and electronic contacts. Silver reflects a 95% of the light it receives and it is the favourite metal of psychics because it promotes clairvoyance and extra-sensorial perception. Silver is said to have many curative qualities, to be refreshing to the skin and protective against negativity. An infinitive of great physical and mystical properties are attributed to this metal, truth is that its history would have other stories to tell if Silver wasn’t appreciated by our taste as a precious metal. Until XVI century, silver was a relatively scarce metal in the “Old World”, with the exception of some exploitations in Spain and Greece. It was until “La Nueva España” found important deposits of silver in cities like Pachuca, Guanajuato o Zacatecas when silver became central to the coffers of the crown. At some point Nueva España was producing such a quantity of silver, it is said that at the beginning of XIX Century coins wedged had a value up to 27 millions pesos. Abundance was such that while Jimmelsfiirt mine in Germany (the most abundant in Sajonia) gave in a common year 10 000 marcs of silver, the richest in Mexico “La Valenciana” gave 360 000. Nueva España’s annual production was 10 times richer than all other mines in Europe. This economic splendour happened mainly because silver was destined to be coins and to serve as money in Nueva España and other countries to which it was exported. Coins were wedged at the Royal House of Money (La Casa de la Moneda), build by the Crown for that sole purpose. Mexican cities (like Guanajuato, Real del Catorce, Zacatecas, Sombrerete, Fresnillo, Guarisamey, Taxco, Bolaños, Real del Monte, Pachuca and Zimapán whose history is deeply related with the mining culture), silversmith craft, commercial routes, the plateros guild, our national history, all are directly affected by the enormous silver exploitation done during the Spanish Colonialism in Mexico. The silversmith’s craft is one of the most significative activities in our history, its extraction as a precious mineral and its importance as an element in the opening of new roads like El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, and even its presence in faraway latitudes through maritime trade, are essential part of the importance silver has in our daily lives today. As you look into the past you can find silver use in liturgical lifestyle, sub aquatic archeology, and its presence is well documented as part of the viceregal gastronomy tasting. Silver is not only important in the art world, but also has played an important role in social and historical aspects such as the organization of the “plateros” guild, silver as a dowry, all which leads us to contemporary silversmith’s craft. Silversmith’s craft (orfebrería) finds an important start in the year of 1880, it was in this period when concrete styles were developed as a response to a nationalist aesthetic with great precolombine accents rooted in aboriginal popular art, styles which ignited an innovative vision in the metallurgical science of beauty


which took Mexican design to reach an international level of recognition, even in the world of art decó. It is the curators’s opinion, it has been the silversmith skill and the love for tradition the foundation to our modern day production in series, which is based in a constant search for a language associated to what is contemporary, the combination of materials and the effort made to generate the author stamp and simultaneously be competitive with the global market. Silver has been there through viceroyalty, has observed international tendencies during the Modernism, has been part of globalization embracing new technology that helped silversmith’s craft turn towards Industrial design, giving the artist the opportunity to produce in series and even export their creations. USA is home to some of the most important collections of Mexican Silver design. Early in 1931, USA Embassador to Mexico Dwight Morrow remarked to architect and writer William Spratling (Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles) who had moved to Mexico in 1929, “What a pity, Bill, that of all the thousands of tons of silver sent back from Taxco to the old world over the centuries, that none of this ever stayed here nor was utilized to create an industry or economy for Taxco.” Taxco had been the site of silver mines for centuries, but had never been considered a location where jewellery and objects of silver were designed and made. Subsequently, Spratling hired an experienced goldsmith from Iguala who moved to Taxco and created silver jewellery of Spratling’s design. These earliest designs were based on preColumbian motifs as well as simple themes utilizing rope borders, strap designs and other such basic ideas. New silversmiths were trained through an apprentice system which Spratling established early in the formation of his shop. Those who showed promise worked under the direction of maestros. Over time many of these artisans opened shops of their own – all with Spratling’s support. Most of the men trained at Las Delicias taller who later opened their own shops, such as Antonio Pineda (1919-2009), became very successful designers. During the Second World War, department stores in United States were unable to import merchandise from Europe, and many retail stores purchased luxury goods in Mexico. The craft, the skill and the diversity of the techniques used by the silversmiths has been preserved throughout time, transmitted from generation to generation. Casas plateras such as Tane, whose production has been fundamental to spread the Mexican legacy of silver design, all great exponents respected nationally and internationally who influenced and gestated its trajectory - from workshops such as Platería Mayers, Victor´s, Plata Villa, Los Castillo y Los Ballesteros, to great founding authors of modern Silversmith design, such as Antonio Pineda, Salvador Vaca Terán y William Spratling, are to be remembered in the history of Silver as a living example of the Mexican Silver inspiration.

François Paris is a French Artist from Paris living in San José del Cabo. His art is described as having no plan or premeditation, himself as a free spirit that allows him to let go following the impulse of creation, enjoying the element of surprise. His exhibitors define his universe as a pleasure for the eyes and a wink at your imagination. Francois has had a varied career as a furniture designer, sculptor and painter , and he’s been creating art for locals-in-theknow ever since he has been in Los Cabos. Art is culture, an it is maybe because an artist has no choice but to evolve as its consequence, or maybe because the popular applause is not to be ignored, that Francois has partner with Emmy Award winner artist Jon Teschner (whose work in the fine arts appears in collections worldwide) to open an Art Center with the idea to create a platform for local and international artists of all levels to learn, educate, entertain and sell their work.

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offers a charming terrace to relax and enjoy light refreshments, but it is its intimate artistic ambiance which the traveler and art lover is invited to experience in contemplation of the paintings of well known artists such as Dennis Wentworth Porter. This October 26th, don’t miss the Grand Opening of a new and different type of Fine Art Gallery in


San Jose del Cabo. Gallery is located at 1-A Alvaro Obregón, the main street running through the heart of the San Jose del Cabo Arts District. Congratulations!

Simply put, are you wearing Silver? Is it Mexican? Take a guess.* | OCTOBER 2013


Learn about our distribution and view our media kit and editorial calendar on our brand new website:


NEW COUPON SECTION Contact our advertising department to learn about the benefits of our coupons. For advertising information and rates, please contact: (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 | OCTOBER 2013



The local area code is 624 From a Mexican landline or cell phone...

To a Mexican long distance number: 01 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number To a Mexican cell phone number: 3 digit area code + 7 digit number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number U.S. TOLL FREE NUMBERS (International rates will apply)

To a 1 (800): 00 + 1 + 880 + phone number To a 1 (888): 00 + 1 + 881 + phone number To a 1 (877): 00 + 1 + 882 + phone number To a 1 (866): 00 + 1 + 883 + phone number To dial to other countries: 00 + country code (1, 2 or 3 digits) + phone number From your U.S. cell phoneâ&#x20AC;Ś

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 donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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



Dry riverbed

Speed bump




No parking


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

Money and Currency

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

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


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Los Cabos Real Estate News Real Estate FAQs by Blake Harrington

HGTV’s hit show “House Hunters International” aired in September two episodes featuring Los Cabos.


ur beautiful community of Los Cabos was put on a worldwide spotlight last month as HGTV’s hit television series “House Hunters International” aired two episodes that were recently filmed in Cabo. Every so often, Cabo gets big international press exposure and this is another event that impressed viewers around the globe. House Hunters International is a 30 minute reality show that takes the viewer through the experience of buying or renting a home abroad. With mostly American contributors, the program shows both the joys and obstacles that can arise from a move to another country, directly from the perspective of real people. The viewers get a chance to see different parts of the world while being educated on the Real Estate conditions and pricing in the area. House Hunters International has been a big hit since its inception.

Here in Cabo, the two episodes featured local Realtor/Agent Blake Harrington, also Managing Partner of REmexico Real Estate Group. “This is a great opportunity for Los Cabos to be seen on a worldwide media platform like HGTV. Cabo is especially beautiful and attracts all types of Real Estate investors”, Blake explains. “These episodes cast a spotlight on our region and gave viewers a real-life look into the Cabo lifestyle and our Real Estate market. It’s very exciting for everyone!“ The first episode featured Bonnie Chase and Kale Cowell. This young couple is making the move to Cabo from Phoenix and looking for that perfect paradise getaway that can also serve as a full time residence for them and their two dogs. As the episode progressed, you really got a chance to learn about who they are and what they are really looking for in a home in Los Cabos. The second episode featured Antonio and Paris Buchanan. Successful entrepreneurs with a variety of different businesses, the Buchanans love to travel and fell in love with Cabo on their first visit. The episode showed their search for a vacation home to purchase and how their desire to accommodate their big family plays into their selection of the perfect home.

A common question buyers have 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. | OCTOBER 2013



Cabo San Lucas Live Music Scene Cabo Comedy Festival: Interview with Comedy Legend Budd Friedman


Cabo San Lucas Live Music Scene Cabo Comedy Festival: Interview with Comedy Legend Budd Friedman