GOLFING IN CABO
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Los Cabos & South Baja: This incredible corner of the World 4 Activities: Snorkelling ~ Scuba diving ~ Surfing ~ Fishing & boating ~ Golf 8 Los Cabos Top Beaches: descriptions and tips about the best beaches to visit
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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.
great restaurants and a cooler climate than Cabo San Lucas and San José due to the Pacific’s breezes.
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).
La Paz La Paz is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur and is known for its warm people and beautiful beaches. This authentic Mexican city (as well as the general south Baja region) has been rated as one of the safest in Mexico and still maintains the small town feel that is very welcoming for tourists. La Paz is a departure point for tours and charters to the stunning Espiritu Santo Island as well as whale watching excursions. Stroll down the colorful malecón (boardwalk), walk hundreds of feet in waist high water at Balandra beach or have a fine dining experience; La Paz has a lot to offer.
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.
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. *
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activities SCUBA DIVING & SNORKELLING
This is your chance to experience the underwater life in the Sea of Cortez, also known as the “Aquarium of the World”. Prepare yourself for nature to show off as you swim side by side with colourful schools of fish, eels, rays, octopus, turtles and more. There are a few ways to snorkel in Cabo: book one of the popular snorkel tours, drive to a beach and swim off the shore or charter your own private boat. Tours last around two or three hours and cost around $40.00 dollars per person. If you’re venturing out on your own, stay away from the Pacific side; its strong currents make it very dangerous for any kind of water sports.
SNORKELLING SPOTS Pelican Rock This rock attracts many fish and is just an easy five minute boat ride from the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Lover’s Beach Accessible only by water taxi. Be aware that this is a high boat traffic area and it’s not roped off for swimmers. Santa Maria Cove Santa Maria is a regular destination for snorkel tours. If you choose to drive there, it’s a very easy swim from the shore to the reef. Chileno Bay This bay is also a common destination for snorkelling tours and has a safe roped off area for snorkellers. Cabo Pulmo Cabo Pulmo is a Natural Marine Reserve in the East Cape that offers possibly the best snorkelling in the area. To get to this eight fingered coral reef you have take about a 2 hour drive from San José del Cabo, but it’s well worth it.
SCUBA DIVING DESTINATIONS
Note: travel time is from Cabo San Lucas marina Land’s End Intermediate-Advanced 50’-60’ and just 5 minutes by boat you’re swimming with sea lions and moray eels. Also a sunken boat can be seen in the Falls. Sand Falls Beginners - Advanced 30’-100’ Steep sand banks go down sharply into a canyon filled 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
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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 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
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BOATING & FISHING Calm waters, extraordinary fishing and perfect weather...some would argue that boating is the most popular attraction in Los Cabos. Whether you want to take a cruise to Santa María Bay on a luxury yacht or wake up at the crack of dawn for a fishing adventure, the options to fit your needs are endless.
BOAT RENTALS Private yachts and sailboats There are several charter companies that can accommodate you depending on what you need. What you do on your trip is really up to you, but it will typically consist of a tour around the arch, fishing for a couple of hours and a cruise to any of the beautiful bays for swimming. Most boats have fishing equipment and a knowledgeable crew, but the main difference between renting a yacht and a fishing boat is the cost.
Fishing Boat Rentals You can always fish on a yacht, but cruisers and pangas are more commonly used. Pangas and super-pangas are a more affordable option, but cruisers will fit more people and be more comfortable if the sea is rough. When booking with a fishing boat operator, make sure they include proper safety equipment such as; life jackets, GPS, VHF radio and shark repellent!
There’s a reason why the world’s richest fishing tournament - the Bisbee’s Black &
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
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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 must-see beaches to help you decide which one is your dream beach.
Cabo San Lucas
Along the Corridor Las Viudas
Las Viudas (The Widows) beach is not visible from the road and is possibly the most private beach you will find on this list. What makes it unique are the rock formations that create small pools and coves where you can have a private and peaceful beach day. This beach is swimmable with caution, but if you find your own pool you can avoid the waves. Turn right at Km. 12.5 of the corridor and follow the dirt road down to the beach. There is a sign that reads “Las Viudas” but keep your eyes peeled because the entrance sneaks up on you. You won’t find any services or vendors so bring all your beach essentials with you.
Santa Maria A stunning horseshoe cove with coral coloured sand and an abundant marine life. Boat excursions and private charters often stop here to enjoy the snorkelling and scuba diving that this National Marine Preserve offers. This family friendly beach is relatively secluded, therefore you rarely run into beach vendors. Follow the sign that reads “Santa María” and exit the highway at Km. 13. Follow the dirt road until you reach the parking area. No services and hardly any shade. You can rent umbrellas on the beach, but if you happen to have one bring it anyway. Bring snorkelling gear!
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!
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 mustsee. 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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San Jose del Cabo
Palmilla is known for its family friendly calm waters and mile long stretch of beach. Located within the resort community of Palmilla, you will find yourself surrounded by oceanfront luxury homes, the One&Only Hotel and the world renowned Jack Nicklaus Ocean Nine golf course. Pangas and fishing cruisers are available for charter but you won’t find water sport rentals such as kayaks or jet skis. Take the Palmilla ramp exit at KM 27. Follow the signs and turn into the main beach parking area before the entrance to the One&Only Hotel. Palmilla is popular among local families on the weekends, so arrive early if you want a palapa or bring your own umbrella. No services available.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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Who is the Chef? L o s
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Chef Manuel De Luca As executive chef, Manuel De Luca directs the majority of the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar’s culinary programs, including one of its Five Star Diamond Award-winning restaurants, De Cortez Mezquite Grill. In his gourmet creations he incorporates aspects of French, Japanese, Argentine and Mexican cuisine and is passionate about using the highest quality ingredients. Signature dishes include the Foie Gras served on sweet and spiced toast, accompanied by apple chutney and any of their excellent meat cuts grilled over Mezquite embers. Here is his favourite recipe!
Receta: Bizcocho Genovés de oliva y espárragos trufados
Recipe: Egg in olive oil genoise and truffled asparagus
Para la masa: - 320 gramos de harina - 8 Huevos - 400 mililitros de aceite de oliva - 200 gramos de azúcar - 50 gramos de polvo para hornear - 100 mililitros de leche - Una pizca de sal Mezclar los secos, luego agregar la leche, el aceite de oliva y los huevos. Colocar la mezcla en un molde y hornear durante 18 minutos a 180° Celcius. Una vez fría cortar y hacer un hueco de forma tal que nos quede una especie de taza. Reservar.
For the dough: - 320 grams flour - 8 Eggs - 400 millilitres olive oil - 200 grams sugar - 50 grams baking powder - 100 millilitres of milk - A pinch of salt Mix the dry ingredients, proceed to add the milk, olive oil and eggs. Place the mixture in a mold and bake for 18 minutes at 180° Celsius. Allow to cool and cut a hole in the center to simulate a cup. Set aside.
Para la ensalada: Limpiar espárragos, blanquearlos y cortar finamente. Preparar una ensalada con brotes de cilantro, mostaza, rúcula y betabel. Agregar perejil, eneldo y cebollin picado. Mezclar la ensalada con los espárragos y aderezar con aceite de trufas y unas gotas de vinagre de sidra. Sal y pimienta recién molida. Realizar un huevo poche o escalfado y reservar sobre un paño húmedo. Al momento de servir: Colocar la ensalada en el interior de la “taza” de masa de genoise. Colocar encima el huevo y decorar con un poco mas de ensalada. Rociar con un poco de aceite de trufa, pimienta de molinillo y servir. Opcional: agregar al plato unas gotas de reducción de vino tinto.
For the salad: Clean asparagus, bleach and finely chop. Prepare a salad with cilantro sprouts, mustard , arugula and beets. Add parsley, dill and chives. Mix salad with asparagus and drizzle with truffle oil and a few drops of cider vinegar. Add salt and freshly ground pepper. Prepare a poached egg and set aside on a damp cloth. To serve: Place the salad inside the genoise “cup.” Place the egg on top and garnish with a more salad. Drizzle with a little truffle oil, ground pepper and serve. Optional: add to plate a few drops of red wine reduction.
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INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LOS CABOS
“May the force be with you.” The Jedi
NOV. 13-16 2013
by yeye May the force be with you! Who does not love George Lucas’s epic Star Wars franchise, which has earned well over $5 billion in worldwide revenue from all six films. It is no secret that the film industry is one important ruler of our consciousness. A powerful pandora box that opens every time a story is enacted before mankind, the film industry is. Movies are to men, what stars are to the Universe, tales of time. Baja International Film Festival had its first edition last year, here in Los Cabos. Tributes applauding the great were given to Edward Norton, Melissa Leo, Diego Luna, Virginia Madsen, Matt Dillon, Nicholas Echevarría, and Michael Apted. Awarded as the best were Los Mejores Temas, NO, El Alcalde, La Revolución de los Alcatraces, First Position, Yuban Yasib, and Luminaris. It was a success. Those who place importance in fame and popularity had the opportunity to mingle with famous actors and filmmakers, well known musicians entertained the evenings, and the travellers visiting Los Cabos joined the celebration in delight, ate our food and tasted our spirits. The parties were fun and anybody that is somebody was present. Los Cabos natural glamour served as perfect scenography for the festival. A success, indeed, but one must agree that what makes this festival important is the real creative energy that unites to promote films that are risky, reflective and inspiring to the international audience. One year later, on November 13th, 2013 Baja International Film Festival presents their second edition. This year, everything is special, they completely renewed the program, and a new team experienced in film is behind the project. Independent film makers, with films that can travel and find an international audience, who are independently funded, are the invitee. The festival showcases Mexican, Canadian and American films and keeps in mind that the European industry is looking to pick up titles for their countries, the programmers and film directors from Europe who are coming are a key element for projects to be internationalized. In 2013 edition, no short films have been accepted, this year documentary and fiction compete against each other equally; though some might consider this controversial, this same rule applies in the Cannes Official selection. The reason? “We live in a time where documentary and fiction genres share many of their film tools. Documentaries are fictionalized, or vice-versa. It is not fair to keep separating them, they are allowed to compete against each other. “ - said Alonso Aguilar-Castillo, the festival director. Here, read it again: documentary and fiction compete against each other, equally. The BIFF 2013 edition offers activities directed to the industry with the intention to make available all the necessary elements to motivate dialogue, reflexion and
analysis between the film industry in Canada, Mexico and United States. BIFF 2013 brings together prominent members of the film industry from these three countries, to assist producers, directors, sales agents, distributors and active members of the film industry, in finding new and better opportunities for the development of their projects. Three discussion panels focused on the use of new technologies and presentations of successful cases in Digital Distribution, Television and New Platforms, and Case Study are presented. A Sales Agent Workshop is open. In Work in Progress Six Mexican films in post-production stage and needing support for their completion, are presented to accredited professionals in the BIFF’s industry area, i.e. producers, distributors, sales agents, service companies, support funds and representatives of national and international festivals. Additionally they compete for both the single cash prize awarded by the Baja International Film Festival, Los Cabos, as well as for the acquisition of rights award offered by Moviecity. Honoring one of the greatest filmmakers of Mexico, the Baja International Film Festival, Los Cabos, created the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund to support seven Mexican feature film projects, fiction or documentary, at development and script stage, as well as two Mexican feature film projects, fiction or documentary in post-production stage. Through their digital video library, the industry participants may access and view the Festival’s Official Selection films on their computers and / or mobile devices. The Baja Film Festival chooses Los Cabos again because they believe it is a place you can’t afford to miss, part of a different reality; a fantastic world. A world where listening to the song of a humpback while watching it is not only imagination, or where diving in black coral reefs might be the day you live to end in style, dropping by the festival and enjoying a hand-picked film program. To help you enjoy your time in Baja, the festival organizers suggest tourist activities such as filming the Sea of Cortez, whose islands have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites, exploring local flavours and pair them with Baja wines, going to a spa, visiting San Jose del Cabo’s Estuary, or going to Cabo Pulmo to visit the coral reefs. BIFF recommends the Frailes Beach, the Biosphere Reserve of Sierra de la Laguna and a road trip to the Miraflores towns. They invite you to not miss the San Francisco mountains a little further out, and also to visit the cave paintings made by early humans that populated the Americas where, if you stay until dusk, you might spot some eagles flying in the sky. Then their advice is to continue on to the oasis of San Ignacio, a Jesuit settlement, and discover its colonial architecture. In short, relax, you are here. The Board at Baja International Film Festival share a powerful knightly round table with the mission to close creative and commercial ties between these three countries
in North America, they believe this process to be determinant in the creation of a shared identity to represent the multicultural universe we enjoy in this continent of abundance, América. Bravo for celebrating and honouring culture! Culture gives us the identity that transcends through space and time, culture is always changing accordingly to the story being told, history in the making, his-story. Indeed, the stories that we tell ourselves and others are what make the world we live in. Remember this when you vote for the winner, in filmmaking there is nothing as important as the correct use of the light.* For more detailed information about the festival please visit: www.bajafilmfest.com.mx
CHARITY GALAS BIFF will donate the revenues from the admissions of each screening to charity institutions of Baja California Sur. The screenings will take place at the Pabellón Cultural Cabo San Lucas outdoor amphitheatre with free access for the general public. PROGRAM Wednesday, November 13 5:00 p.m. - Red Carpet. Opening Gala at Pabellón Cultural Cabo San Lucas. Mexico premiere of Juan Jose Campanella’s “Foosball.” 10:00 p.m. - Opening evening event at SkyPool in Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort. Thursday, November 14 6:00 p.m. - Charity Gala 2 at Pabellón Cultural de la República. “El objeto antes llamado disco.” A documentary about the Mexican rock band Café Tacuba directed by Gregory Allen. 10:00 p.m. - Evening event at Pabellón Cultural Cabo San Lucas. Saturday, November 16 5:00 p.m. - Closing Gala. Charity Gala at Pabellón Cultural Cabo San Lucas. 10:00 p.m. - Evening event at Nikki Beach at Me Cabo by Meliá Entrance fee package for all events and galas: $300 USD.
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CHRISTMAS IN RIO Dressed to the K9’s 2013 By Fernando Rodriguez
Hyped this fall as, ‘’Cabo’s Most Glamorous Event’’, this year’s 8th annual Dressed to the K9’s Charity Fund Raising Event Festivities will take place Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the posh 10,000 square foot ocean front Villa Marcella Estate; nestled within the affluent grounds of Capella at Pedregal. The popular affair continues to benefit the animals and community served by the Los Cabos Humane Society, which does not receive any funding from the Government of Mexico, and is totally dependent on donated monies to keep their services available to Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Everything from the decent shelter they provide to sick and lost animals, to their mobile spray and neuter clinics, pet food, shampoo, medical supplies, and dog and cat bedding, are all provided by money generated from this annual Dressed to the K9’s event. If people cannot attend the event, they are asked to please consider making a donation to their Animal Center or through their website, www.loscaboshumanesociety.com. The LGHS provides a pet adoption program and an educational component in local schools aimed at spreading awareness of the city’s pet and stray animal rescue efforts that requires such a fundraising event to keep this vital non-profit organization afloat and firing on all paws and pistons. This year’s Brazilian food and entertainment festival theme, presented by Tracy Dunlop of Lazy Gourmet Events, will feature executive chef Miguel Leon, Brian Solomon (Solomon’s Landing) and executive chef, Silviano Gerardo Orozco. Guests will sample and savor an amazing selection of South American delicacies from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., that include appetizers of Brazilian kibe of croquettes seasoned with cinnamon and mint, and served with lime and tahini dipping sauce. Shrimp marinated in coco milk and spicy Brazilian pri-pri sauce; grilled and served with mango dipping sauce. Brazilian empanadas, stuffed and baked with imported crab and tender hearts of palm, along with shots of creamy feijao preto soup served with fresh avocado. Appetizers will be followed by an impressive antipasto buffet of delicious imported artesanal cheeses and charcuterie meats, date fig compote, slow roasted tomato bruschetta and peperonata, to imported olives and spiced nuts. The dinner menu, served from 7:00-9:00 p.m., will consist of four types of salad
buffet; hearts of palm salad, exotic tropical fruit salad, Brazilian rice salad, and mango and arugula salad. Accompanying the salad entrees will be Brazilian feijoada stew, Brazilian style jambalaya, Brazilian moqueca; fresh sea bass bell peppers, tomatoes, onions and garlic. The locally famous chefs will also be serving a variety of delicacies all cooked rotisserie style, dramatically skewered on swords; grilled picana--Brazil’s most prized tender cut of beef, grilled linguica sausage, country style beef and pork, grilled catch of the day fish kebabs, grilled Jamaican spicy jerk chicken, barbecue ribs; accompanied by grilled fruits & vegetables, rice and potatoes with assorted dipping sauces and salsas. Desserts, coffee and teas will be available from 8:30-10:00 p.m. The post-dinner night will offer a dazzling parade of musical talent featuring Los Mosquitos Salsa Ensemble, electronic violinist Luciano Pavan, dancer Francisco Rivas, The Divine Roses, singer Noralys Cantero, The Habana Sweet Dancers, DJ Arturo Diaz and the Gimme Shelter Go-Go’s. Special guest will be Carmen Miranda, with MC Robby Z handling all the introductions. With open wine bars, martini bars and tequila bars, plus a fabulous new cocktail by Drew Deckman of Deckman’s Restaurant, guests are invited to put on their best evening attire and dancing shoes, to assist a very great canine and feline cause. Cost to attend this prestigious gala is $125 USD per person. Last year’s event was limited to 200 charitable participants and this year, that number has been extended to 300 attendees. The unforgettable pet lovers milestone takes place from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Ticket purchase locations are available at Tropico Calipso Swimwear in Puerto Paraíso Mall (624) 143-9798 (cash, check, or credit cards), Pepitos Magic on Madero Street, (624) 143-3161 (cash or check), Ed Feinstein Jewelry (624) 143-2559 (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express) and of course, at Los Cabos Humane Society offices by contacting Aida at her cell phone number, (044-624) 129-7399. Limited VIP tickets, with added perks, are also available at $225 USD per person. In San José del Cabo tickets can be purchased at Pepita, Shoppes at Palmilla. For ticket information and delivery, guests can call Margarita Partridge at her cell phone (044-624) 129-7329 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1st. PREPARATION RACE Cabo Fitness Club 2013, presented by RUN CABO Prepare and train for the upcoming 5th International Half Marathon RUN CABO in February 2014 by participating in the 1st. Preparation Race on November 3rd 2013. Imagine running along the coast highway as you watch the sun is rising over the Sea of Cortez; this experience will surely reward you not only physically, but mentally and spiritually as well. Most importantly, this event supports causes like Fundación Bella www.fundacionanabella.org, Building Baja’s Future www.buildingbajasfuture.org and Los Cabos Humane Society www.loscaboshumanesociety.com. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer email email@example.com. Date: Sunday November 3rd, 2013 Starting Time: 6:45 am for 15K 7:00 am for 8K 7:15 am for 5K adults and 5K Children 7:30 am for 5K Walk Distances: Adults: 15K, 8K, 5K Children: 5K Recreational Walk: 5K Routes: 15K starts at Cabo Fitness Club along the coast highway towards San José del Cabo – Returns at Cabo del Sol under pass towards Cabo San Lucas all the way to Plaza Los Cabos Wall Mart – Returns at the Wall Mart Bridge towards the highway to finish line at Cabo Fitness Club. 8K Starts at Cabo Fitness Club along the coast highway towards San José del Cabo- Returns at Punta Ballena bridge towards bridge in front of Country Club & returns towards the finish line at Cabo Fitness Club. 5K run and recreational walks start at Cabo Fitness Club along the coast highway towards San José del Cabo – Returns at Misiones del Cabo Bridge returns towards the finish line at Cabo Fitness Club. Routes to be certified. Start and Finish: Cabo Fitness Club in Cabo San Lucas. Located in Plaza Transpeninsular Local 19 al 22, Carretera. Transpeninsular Km. 4.5 Col. El Tezal. Across from Costco and next to Office Max. For more information visit www.runcabo.com Events and dates are subject to change. Contact us to add your events or live music schedule: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 142-4949/ 105-9700 www.DestinoMagazine.com | NOVEMBER 2013
EVENTS CALENDAR ON G OIN G E V E N T S
≈ Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 pm to 12:00 pm - FESTIVAL SAL Y MÚSICA. In downtown San José del Cabo. ≈ 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. More info: email@example.com (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. www.elganzo.com (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 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm - SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO ART WALK takes place during the months of November - June. Galleries welcome guests to enjoy an evening strolling the neighbourhood, viewing art, sipping wine and dining. www.artcabo.com ≈ 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. firstname.lastname@example.org ≈ 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. www. elganzo.com. (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. ≈ Sundays 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm - FAT LOSS SCIENCE SEMINARS with Robyn Littlewood, Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Expert and Health Journalist. Held in the hospitality suite at Villa del Arco. Call (624) 113-9532 for details.
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≈ November 13-16 - BAJA FILM FESTIVAL www.bajafilmfest.com.mx ≈ November 14-17 - The 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will take place. www.score-international.com ≈ 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. www.dressedtothek-9s.com. tickets@Dressedtothek-9s.com. 044 (624) 129-7399
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. ≈ THE ROAD HOUSE - Thursdays 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Saturdays 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Peter Bacon on Piano
≈ TWO FOR THE ROAD CABO JAZZ SPOT - Monday to Saturday 7:00 pm to Midnight; 624. 143.7759. 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
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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 bootyshaking contests. Great happy hour margaritas and a lively staff. Located in Medano beach. Nikki Beach is known for its white teepees, poolside 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: Allyou 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.
Passion 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.
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musical Stories By Marilyn Graham
Now that fall is here, we all meet again and share stories of our summer’s adventures. Musically, I had a wonderful summer that I will briefly share with you. It began for me with a trip to Colonial Mexico , starting in Guadalajara and traveling by bus to Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende and Queretaro. The colorful and lively city of Guanajuato was a hub of activities even in the summer, like dancing to orchestral music in the zócalo while sipping a cappuccino. Next, San Miguel de Allende, was in the middle of a Jazz Festival, so I had the opportunity to see some great shows in Teatro Peralta and listen to lots of fabulous jazz in a restaurant called Tio Luca’s. You might want to plan to visit this lovely colonial city for the International Jazz & Blues Festival. Last on my travels, but certainly not least, I stayed in Queretaro and was treated to wonderful music. First I began the evening with rock ‘n roll by Pila Seca in Teatro Alameda…lots of fun. My favorite music from my travels, however, was Sunday evening in Queretaro’s zócalo; simply marvelous! Talk about a beautiful Mexican tradition, Banda de Musica de Gobierno del Estado performed Tradicional Serenata Dominical, which included two sets of beautiful traditional Mexican music with a plaza packed full of graceful dancers and many onlookers. Boleros, one mambo, but mostly danzons, beautifully performed by the orchestra and thoroughly enjoyed by the huge crowd of locals and a few tourists like myself.
Next on my summer adventures, I happened to be in Seattle, WA where our very own local Cabo musicians Da line J ones and Diego R amirez were visiting while on their five week F reed om Tour in the US. Daline and Diego kicked off their tour, along with Joaquin Gonzalez, at the Jazz Corner in Hilton Head and sold out the club! Next the Duo continued to venues in Washington D.C., the Big Apple with three performances, then on to Southern California for more shows, Palm Springs, Seattle and ending in the Bay Area with a final performance at Silo’s in downtown Napa Valley. The show in Seattle was spectacular, as usual, and a highlight for me was hearing more original songs from their new CD, “Freedom”. It is an amazing work of art/music and if you haven’t heard their new songs, it’s a must to purchase. Lastly, I ended my summer with the tremendous good luck to be in the same city where K eith Jarret t, American pianist and composer, was performing his 30th Anniversary Concert with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette. Simply one of the most beautiful musical experiences of my life! As the Seattle Times critic, Paul de Barros, wrote better than I could ever put to words: “Tuesday night’s performance by Jarrett and his trio at Benaroya Hall surpassed anything I’ve heard in 40 years by this extraordinary pianist…the notes seem to fall like crystals in a snow globe…sometimes probing intensely, or flying over the keys at top speed, a touch of tender melancholy music followed by some lively romps, simply exquisite, Jarrett’s playing had a clarity and lightness, the egolessness he famously strives for….nothing felt forced-there was little gospelish vamping-and he got in and out of his ideas quickly, as if to say, -Well, there it is. Hope you like it-.” And boy did Seattle like it (¡yo también!). Such a fabulous end to a wonderfully musical summer! We look forward to a new musical season.
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Golfing in Cabo A swingers of the club town by yeye
Photo by Blake Harrington
“Golf is a science, the study of a lifetime, in which you may exhaust yourself but never your subject. It is a contest, a duel, or a melee, calling for courage, skill, strategy and self-control. It is a test of temper, a trial of honour, a revealer of character. It affords a chance to play the man and act the gentleman. It means going into God’s out-of-doors, getting close to nature, fresh air, exercise, a sweeping away of mental cobwebs, genuine recreation of tired tissues. It is a cure for care, and antidote to worry. It includes companionship with friends, social intercourse, opportunities for courtesy, kindliness and generosity to an opponent. It promotes not only physical health but moral force.” D. R. Forgan of the Forgan family who were famous club makers in Scotland since the middle 1800s
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it down on the ball. Keep your head/body down. Keep you left arm straight. Finish with your belt buckle facing target. Make sure your club gets to parallel on the top. Cock your wrists during the back-swing. Bend your knees. Keep your arms connected to your body. These are some Golf swing tips from the best golf teachers in the world. Golf! Yes, what an interesting universe, such a mathematical use of anatomy. A sport in all the sense of the word. It is physical in its foundation, but its mind challenging quality is what makes the golfer. A practice to exercise noble virtue, genuine golf has no place for lying, stealing, intoxication, misconduct or harm. A balanced mind is not only the grace of the player, but its most valuable advantage, you see, golfing inspires and requires clarity of though, a confused mind cannot win. The oldest and perhaps the greatest Golf course in the world, the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, teaches that the basic rule in course design is that the hazards for the drive are on the right side of each hole, and the hazards at the green are on the left or middle left. This means that if you risk the hazards on a drive down the right side, then you are rewarded by an easier approach to the green then the left side driver. This does illustrate that what makes a course so great a challenge is a complex system, a finely tuned balance of risks and rewards that demands strategic planning of your golf shots. You must think ahead and not just hit the ball down the middle all of the time. The golfer is to be able to apply a precise equilibrium of skill, strength, and strategy. Golf course design must provide the opportunities for this to occur by producing a system of hazards and safe areas that can be managed by all golfers. “The Golden Bear”, regarded as the most accomplished professional golfer of all time winning a total of 18 career major championships, while producing 19 second place and 9 third place finishes in them, over a span of 25 years- is most proud that his performance in the 1978 Open (which was also his most emotional to date) the one he considers as the finest four days of tee-to-green golf he had ever produced, was won at St. Andrews, Nicklaus’ favourite place to play golf. Hence, it makes perfect sense why Los Cabos, Mexico is famous for its premier, award-winning golf courses and has become the number one golf destination in Mexico.
QUERENCIA - Tom Fazio´s first project in Mexico was ranked the number one golf course in this Country by Golfweek magazine. It’s 18 holes carve deep arroyos and rest atop arid plateaus with stunning views of the Sea of Cortez. Querencia celebrates nature within the luxuries of a private club with a relaxed atmosphere. A challenging yet playable course that both daunts and delights its players.
Photo Courtesy Querencia
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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.
Photo by Michelle Monroy
BAJA SUR Golf Courses Cabo del Sol Cabo Real Palmilla Punta Sur (Mayan Golf Club) Cabo San Lucas Golf & Country Club Club Campestre Puerto Los Cabos Diamante Cabo San Lucas (Private membership) Querencia (Private membership) El Dorado (Private membership) Chileno Bay (Private membership) Quivira (Winter 2013) Cabo Riviera (La Riviera, East Cape) Bay of Dreams (La Paz) Costa Baja (La Paz) Paraiso del Mar (La Paz) Loreto Bay (Loreto) Montage Los Cabos (2015)
Los Cabos Golf is represented internationally by the Winner of Champions (Tour 2013), golfer Esteban Toledo, who also won first place in the Championship Senior GPA this last September; but golf in Los Cabos started with Jack Nicklaus’ 27 holes of amazing golf and spectacular views at Palmilla beach, recognized as the Grand Dame of Los Cabos golf, the first Jack Nicklaus Signature Design in Latin America. Ten years later, the champion in his latest visit to Cabo, celebrated the renewed economy affluence promoting his 6th and newest Golf Course Design in Los Cabos. In his public interview with newscaster Armando Figaredo he describes his impression of what he has witnessed through out the years in Los Cabos development, like this: “All my friends say I am the man who ruined Cabo (laughs.) Everybody used to come here with some bathing suit, some sandals and 20 bucks, and be able to come to Cabo, now they can’t do that, but we did bring Golf! We brought another element to Cabo, besides the fishing, and the good weather and the beaches, we brought Golf. Golf has been very successful, people love coming here to play Golf and I love being part of it.” Mr. Nicklaus also affirmed that people keep coming to Los Cabos looking for the unique amenities found here and commented “...golfers spend money, they buy places, and enjoy themselves. “ Indeed, golf has attracted, and continues to do so, great investments that enhance Los Cabos’ reputation as a worldclass tourist destination. Today, Los Cabos offers at least 15 internationally active golf courses, and major international tournaments have been organized such as the PGA Senior Slam Tour. Yes, Tiger Woods design is present in Los Cabos. Tom Weiskopf, Davis Love III, Gregory Norman and all those in the Golf World community think that Baja California Sur is a wonderful place to invest and to live in because they get to experience the most oceanfront play while delighting in beautiful natural landscapes that include dunes, beaches, cliffs, narrow canyons and our amazing desert-style vegetation. True, Cabo is a swingers of the club kind of town.*
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.
Photo by Dwight Harrington
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Keeping Loved Ones Alive On The Day Of The Dead
“Día de los Muertos” in Mexico by Cathy Buchanan
When a loved one dies the grief sets in. Thoughts of things we should have said, and things we wish we hadn’t, weigh heavy in our hearts and on our minds. In our pain, moments missed that we could have spent together visit us as frequently, as do moments shared that brought abundant joy. “Día de los Muertos,” or Day of the Dead, observed annually in Mexico on the 1st and 2nd day of November blends pre-Columbian traditions dedicated to the Aztec goddess Mictecacihuatl with the Catholic custom for honoring All Saints and All Souls days. Celebrated as a National holiday, banks and many businesses close to pay tribute to the deceased and to keep ancestral memories alive. On the first two days of November each year, families flock to cemeteries throughout Mexico bearing flowers, photos and favored foods of deceased friends and family members. Graves, tombs and tombstones are decorated with love, as elaborate picnics including favored foods of the dead are laid out. In some regions of Mexico parades take place in the streets, Mariachi music floats through the air and fireworks are ignited. Cemeteries come to life on the Día de los Muertos as children play among the graves and familial memories are recounted. On Día de los Muertos, elaborate altars are built in public places and private homes throughout the country. The commemorative altars are artistically hewn, crafted from native materials and precious keepsake articles, flowers, candles and in Baja California Sur, often a great deal of sand. The traditional Pan de Muertos or “Bread of the Dead” is baked and eaten during this celebration and can be found adorning altars and grave sites. In Los Cabos, the Municipal Palace in San José del Cabo’s historic downtown area places an altar on display, as do many of the art galleries and restaurants in the region. In Cabo San Lucas families build altars in Plaza Amelia Wilkes. At local schools children bring gifts such as food and photos for constructing altars. At the end of the day, parents visit classrooms to view their children’s handiwork. Every culture has it’s own traditions for handling sorrow over loved ones lost. Some mourn in silence and behind closed doors. For some death is a subject that is not discussed in public. Mexico’s Day of the Dead is a two-day celebration of the lives that came before us as a means for holding the family close and for keeping traditions alive. In this country, as in many others around the world, it is a means for showing love and respect. *
Photo by Bruce Herman
A SIMPLE PAN DE MUERTO RECIPE The Cempasúchil (pronounced sempa-soo-cheel) flower is traditionally used as a decoration in the Día de los Muertos festivities. Its warm and bright color brings to life the commemorative ofrendas (altars).
Pan de Muerto is a type of sweet roll traditionally baked during the weeks leading up to the Día de los Muertos. They are topped with pieces that resemble bones and a ball on top. It is said that the bones represent the lost one and the ball on top is a tear drop to represent sorrow bones are placed in a circle to portray the circle of life.
- 500 g flour - 100 g sugar - Pinch of salt - 12 g yeast - 2 tablespoons orange blossom water - 4 eggs - 100 g melted butter To decorate : - 150 g sugar - 60 g butter, melted PREPARATION:
1. - Stir the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Make a crown with that mixture and put the orange blossom water, eggs and melted butter in the centre. Integrate all the ingredients into a soft dough until it doesn’t stick to the surface where you are kneading . 2 . - Cut the dough into 8 portions of 100 g each. Make balls, place them on a greased baking sheet and reserve until doubled in size. 3 . - In the remaining dough portions 45 g separate to form the “bones” and place them on top of each piece in the traditional shape of a cross. Lastly, place a small ball on top. Let it sit for about 15 minutes. 4 . - Bake at 180˚ Celsius for 30 minutes. 5 . - Brush the baked bread with melted butter and sprinkle a generous amount of sugar over it.
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DINORAH DOMÍNGUEZ Un sueño de Luz
My Experience with
Light is the source, is the feeling, it is the sensation and the reflexion of the sacred. Light is the basic elemental energy, fundamental for life as we know it to exist in the Universe. Dinorah Domínguez’s art illuminates spaces with the passion of a revolutionary who delights in enlightening feelings and giving us all a beautiful alternative to avoid darkness. Honouring the essence of her art, we could say she is a romantic warrior that delights in giving others power.
M E X I C O
Dinorah (which in Aramaic the sacred, scribal language of Scriptures, means light) creates lamps, her signature is recognized in the silk paper and natural fibres that she uses in organic and recycled pieces to cover direct light with the intention to create intimacy and invite the Self to a cosy experience of tones. Tu y Yo
En El Fondo Del Mar
In her own words, this artist abandons the daily ordinary activity and surrenders completely to the realm of feelings with the determination to let them flow within the art of illumination. First she follows the form, once in the light, she feels the feeling that will illuminate the experience. Her believe everything has light in it, she gave life to her art in 1994, proposing that all that is needed is to search it and light it, in the same way we need to light feelings and experiences. From a recollection of objects in antiquity markets she exhibit for the first time “Luces del Pasado”. Exhibit that started a series of art shows in Art Galleries in Mexico City and Guadalajara, a journey that would last until 2002, when she entered a period of crisis as a creative of light and stop producing, changing her focus towards the Movie and TV industries, where she learns to appreciate the harmony of form and space. It was Los Cabos, the town that saw her renaissance in 2008, when inspired by the same needs Dinorah collected recycled death nature from the region and combined it with unused objects. Today, it has been 5 years, since Dinorah Dominguez art is exhibit at Casa Dhalia, in San José del Cabo Art District. It is my opinion that to the art lover, experiencing Dinorah Dominguez’s art is like awaking in a dream of light. What is light? - she whispers - It is the moment when you can see where you are, where you are going, and where you come from. *
San José del Cabo
Art Walk Every Thursday evening between the months of November and June, the galleries welcome guests to enjoy an evening strolling the neighbourhood, viewing art, sipping wine and dining at San José del Cabo downtown’s exquisite restaurants. The Art Walk happens from 5:00 to 9:00, but the Art itself never stops! The Art District is open all day, every day!
Tarahumara Indian girls The Tarahumara Indians are a proud, private and quiet people who inhabit the Copper Canyon in Northwestern Mexico. Tarahumaras or Raramuri as they call themselves are Mexico’s second largest Indian group numbering between 50 and 70 thousand. They are known as expert hunters , farmers and runners, Raramuri has been translated to mean runners in their native tongue. They live in caves under overhanging cliffs and in simple wood and stone cabins in the remote canyons of the Sierra Tarahumara, still largely unaffected by modern technologies . By the time I photographed these young girls they had seen me repeatedly for several days and I had bought many of their baskets and some jewellery. They were friendly and open with me and agreed to let me take photos but would NO WAY look into the camera. They believe that the eyes are windows to the soul and that if I took pictures looking into their eyes I would be taking with me some part of there souls. I took a few pictures as well as many of their beautiful and well made baskets which are still, 15 years later, in use in my home today. Raweli Gallery Artist District Ph: 624-121-2651 www.brucehermangallery.com
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Yoga Beach Asana
Walking “Solvitur ambulando” St. Jerome It is solved by walking. Walking clears the mind and gives insight, calming us in the midst of change, and we are always changing. Walking also improves your posture, develops here and now awareness, increase sensory experiences, and can help decrease anxiety and depression by increasing the levels of those feel good endorphins. Walking calibrates your body’s physiological rhythms with the earth’s, which can help improve your sleep and sustain your health. True is that walking gives us life. In Indian cultures walking is a symbol of their search for meaning and guidance, for that matter, existentialism itself promises religious rapture to those who walk the journey. For most of us, a daily walk is an exercise on self alignment, the demands of most urban living like sitting in a chair for long periods or staying “hooked” to our favourite gadget, contradict the very nature of the body. The body’s natural design wants to walk. A morning walk by the beach, a hike in the desert, walking through our towns and cruising their Art walks and marinas, are charming and unique experiences that Los Cabos offers to the traveller. Before golf carts became the easiest way to get around the golf course, most golfers got around by walking. David Fay, former president of the USGA, has written, “We strongly believe that walking is the most enjoyable way to play golf and that the use of carts is detrimental to the game. This negative trend needs to be stopped now before it becomes accepted that riding in a cart is the way to play golf.”
For golfers, walking is a bit more than just a leisurely stroll by the beach. A study done at the Rose Center for Health and Sports Sciences in Denver, CO, concluded that walking nine holes on a hilly course is equivalent to a walk of 2.5 miles, compared to 0.5 miles when using a cart. And that a golfer who walks 36 holes a week is burning around 2,900 calories per week. “Studies have shown that those who burn 2,500 calories a week improve their overall health by lowering their risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.” Golf conservatives assure that when walking the course, the golfer sees more: He or she takes in what lies ahead of them on the hole, has time to consider options and to think about club and shot selection. Adding to it, they remind us that walking a golf course is a good thing to do for the sake of the course itself - it saves wear-and-tear and damage to sensitive areas, which creates a better golfing environment. Henry David Thoreau used to say that an early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. Lao Tzu advised that meandering leads to perfection. Aldous Huxley’s father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing, and Friedrich Nietzsch believed that All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. As you travel through Los Cabos remember Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Scott Mowrer when he wrote that There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast. *
“Existing beyond time, īśvara was also the ideal of the ancients, (in yoga) is represented by the sound of õm. Through repetition its meaning becomes clear, inner observation develops and obstacles fall away.” Patañjali
Now, the teaching of Yoga. Yoga is to still the patterning of consciousness, its practice is the sustained effort to rest in that stillness. A true yogi cultivates discipline, self study, and awareness with the purpose to disarm the causes of suffering; The causes of suffering are not seeing things as they are, our sense of “I”, attachment, aversion, and clinging to life. How do you recognize a true yogi? Against popular misconception, a yogi is not he who is more flexible or stronger. In yoga, nobody cares if you can reach further or if you are able to touch the head to your knees. Yoga does not place importance in what you wear or in the colour of your mat. It is not about how you look, it is about how you feel. A Yogi’s actions, words, and thoughts are never harmful, his speech is noble and truthful, a yogi does not steal, has no sexual misconduct (any harmful action is misconduct), refrains from intoxicants, and a Yogi enjoys freedom from wanting because he understands that not being acquisitive unlocks the real purpose of existence. A yogi or yogini appreciates purity of mind and body; he neutralizes unwholesome thoughts by cultivating wholesome ones, and keeps the body clean with proper diet and cleanliness. The yogi knows these disciplines bring about clarity, happiness, concentration, mastery of the senses, and capacity for selfawareness. A yogi observes his posture, regulates his breath, and directs his concentration to a meditative absorption in order to integrate himself with the Universe. The postures of meditation should embody steadiness and ease. This is what the postures of yoga are, postures of meditation, developed by meditators to keep the body healthy and the mind clear for them to be able to stay longer hours in meditative stillness to see things as they are, with perfect equanimity; To see things as they are and not how I want them to be, I must keep a balanced mind, this means understanding the ultimate law of nature, that nothing is permanent, that we are always changing. That life is transient and all what matters is to become masters of our own mind, for all beings to be happy, and to prepare to receive death peacefully. Where to start? 1. Take a daily silent walk by the beach. 2. Observe your breath, moment by moment. 3. Listen. 3. Always modify your posture to honour how you feel. If you feel pain is a clear signal that you must change what you are doing. 4. Remember your intention. 5. Be your best self, truly. Find real peace, real harmony, real happiness.
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Poco a poco se rompe el coco, you might hear somebody say, giving importance to the virtue of patience. Little by little the coconut breaks, it means. Coconut is one of nature’s most divine gifts, truly. Coconut is a valuable source of both food and medicine.
Here is the main secret. Moisture. The professionals recommend that to restore your skin to good health, you must actively replenish the moisture to the deeper layers, not just cover the skin. Here is another secret. Nutrients. Skin care products work by coating the skin with a layer of oils with the intention to help prevent the loss of moisture already present in your skin, but there is nothing like getting nutrients to the skin cells. Eat fruits and vegetables, really. The more naturally nutritious your diet is, the healthier your skin. Avoid food conservatives, additives, colorants, artificial flavours, refined sugar, and alcohol. Drink water. Please, drink water. You will be amazed how much your skin likes water. A naturally moisturized, intact skin will keep infectious agents out. Learn that skin is the largest human organ and that it plays a vital role in your body’s defence against infection. A holistic approach to Skin Analysis proposes also that a health problem may not just be physical, believing that a mental or spiritual imbalance could be the cause. In traditional Chinese medicine, the face is an indicator of health or disease. By studying skin conditions and changes, we can determine inner imbalances and stressed areas of the body. Because each area of the face is said to relate to an internal body area, disharmony in that internal area will, in turn, lead to a change in the complexion, texture or moisture of the corresponding facial area. Los Cabos Spas are home to some of the best Estheticians. Trained in skin wellness, they help you balance oil and moisture content and achieve a healthy, youthful complexion. If smooth, healthy skin is your goal, receiving a skin healing session can benefit you. In San José del Cabo ask about skin therapist Rene Davis, she is one of our favourites in town.
Farmer’s Markets *Organic produce, food, local arts&crafts and music* SAN JOSE ORGANIC FARMER’S MARKET:
Saturdays 9am to 3pm THE SHOPS AT PALMILLA: Fridays 9am to 1pm LOS CABOS ORGANIC MARKET -PEDREGAL, Cabo San Lucas: Wednesday & Saturdays 8am to 12pm
The health benefits are clearly those of hydration. Its water and its meat produce fluids, promotes urination, and destroy intestinal worms. Drinking coconut water relieves thirst in the most organic of ways. It is great for sunstroke, fever, diabetes and edema. It kills viruses, bacteria and fungi. Expels parasites, provides nutrition and energy. Improves digestion and absorption of nutrients. Dissolves kidney stones and supports tyroid function. The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations.
Beauty Be beautiful ~ Smile
What is beauty? If you ask this question to the next 10 individuals you encounter, it is possible the responses you get will give you an unsatisfactory answer. Why? Because beauty is in the eye of the beholder, isn’t that right? Maybe your question is do you think I am beautiful? But to ask that to others means you already doubt that you are. Those are the times we are living in. We all want to be beautiful, but the concept of real beauty is very much diverse, isn’t it not? Some see it in youth, some see it in the eyes, others see it in weight, while others see it in things that money can buy. The truth is that beautiful people are just beautiful, regardless of what others think of them. We all recognize beauty by intuition right when it is in front of us, sometimes we do not know what it is exactly, but we feel it is beautiful. That is because, as science confirms, we all vibrate at an specific frequency, and irradiate light energy to each other. Beauty has its own frequency, as well. So next time you want others to see you beautiful, don’t worry as much for how much make up you use, or how much muscle you show, just be beautiful. It is quite probable that at the “moment of truth” in any encounter, it won’t matter how you look if you don’t recognize yourself that which makes you beautiful. So, when in doubt, take a deep breath, and tell yourself “I am beautiful”. Guaranteed, a smile will bright up you face. It is timeless, universally, there is nothing more beautiful than a smile. *
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Sher aton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa
Dining: Located in the prestigious community of Cabo Del Sol, The Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort project began in 1995 when the Company Wimberly Allison & Goo created the Hacienda style resort with villa-styled buildings, Spanish courtyards and beautifully lit-up fountains. The design of the property allows you to take a stroll through winding pathways that are surrounded by lush gardens and MexicanMediterranean scenes around every corner. The resort offers luxury accommodations and multiple fine dining options. Whether you’re here for a romantic getaway, a family vacation or soulful retreat, you’ll be able to enjoy activities for all ages, from tequila tastings to Spanish lessons. Resort amenities and features include five different pools, an Adventure Kids Club to keep the young ones entertained, and the luxurious Cactus Spa offers the highest quality treatments such as oxygen facials and hydrotherapy. If Golf is among your interests, you are only steps away from the world renowned Cabo del Sol Golf Courses: the Ocean Course and Desert Course. The Jack Nicklaus signature Ocean Course has 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. Tom Weiskopf’s design for the Desert Course winds through the desert above the Ocean Course and challenges the golfer with risk vs reward type decision-making. After your round you get to relax at the beautiful Cabo del Sol Club house, home of amazing margaritas and delicious food. In an effort to make the resort as environmentally friendly as possible, The Sheraton Hacienda del Mar is lenient with their Environmental Practices that, among other things, protect the pristine beach that the resort is set on. This pristine beach, that is only accessible to Cabo del Sol residents and resort guests, has become a safe haven for nesting sea turtles. With the resort’s support they are protected through conservation and education programs that help ensure they return each year to lay their eggs. Sheraton Hacienda del Mar is the ideal place to feel like you’re back in old traditional Mexico while immersed in the fantastic natural attractions that Los Cabos has to offer.
LAS SIRENAS Light fare with poolside fun. Snacks and beverages are delivered straight to your lounge chair or take a seat at the open-air restaurant. Quesadillas, tacos, hamburgers, salads and more of the typical favourites will hit the spot as you enjoy incredible ocean views. As the sun begins to set, live jazz, blues and R&B music fills the air. DELFINES BAR A swim-up bar that lets the entire family enjoy snacks, sandwiches and frosty beverages. Nothing tastes as refreshing under the warm Mexican sun as a cold beer or a piña colada. Try the ceviche, hamburgers and shrimp quesadilla. TOMATOES RESTAURANT A Mediterranean buffet-style take on breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Brightly striped chairs, tile floors, and dramatic arches create a casual, yet stylish, dining room. BAR LA SUERTE Located opposite to Tomatoes Restaurant, Bar La Suerte’s focus is on tequila. More than 100 brands of tequila and many cocktails such as margaritas and tequila sunrises. The full Tomatoes Restaurant menu is available. GIRASOLES DE LA HACIENDA Enjoy great local Mexican cuisine such as the classic tortilla soup, queso fundido, tamales and more. This two-level space includes a covered terrace, perfect for al fresco meals. Live music available on selected evenings. DE CORTEZ GRILL AND RESTAURANT Spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez and the glow of candlelight create a warm and romantic atmosphere. Enjoy fine wine, fresh seafood and steaks grilled to perfection. Live jazz, blues and R&B music on select nights. You can choose to stay on land with lamb chops and Angus beef or set out to sea with a feast of shrimp, lobster, or crawfish. The crepe trio with nut ice cream is the perfect finish to an unforgettable meal. Reservations are required. PITAHAYAS RESTAURANT A blend of flavors from the Pacific Rim with dishes from the Far East. Pitahayas has a reputation for world-class food in a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere, earning awards for 12 consecutive years. Guests can sample dishes like grilled octopus marinated in yuzu and soy sauce, a fish trilogy with mango papaya relish, and marinated Atlantic salmon with lobster alfredo sauce. The impressive wine cellar, features more than 400 labels from all over the world. Reservations are required.
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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 phoneâ€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€™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
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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Real Estate News By Blake Harrington
AND AWAY WE GO...HIGH SEASON’S RETURN BRINGS OPTIMISM TO THE MARKET. In a resort town like Los Cabos, a constant flow of tourists feeds us new life and new business, but mostly on a seasonal basis. As the real estate community braces for the return of the season, hopes of increased business and sales is real amongst the real estate professionals in the area. With the housing market in the States continuing to show signs of rebound and strengthening, the trickle down effect has started to show in Los Cabos and buyers are out to scoop up the remaining great deals from the last few years. What the market usually expects and sees is an influx of inventory beginning in October/ November, when seller’s have decided to list their property in the peak viewing time to attract those buyers in the market. What is common is to see homes listed in the Fall and sales and pending sales increasing as the new year approaches. This trend continues usually through Spring time and as summer approaches, activity starts to slow. Another factor in our market gaining momentum is that there
HGTV’s hit show “House
Hunters International” aired in September two episodes
has been some exciting news and publicity cast on our market. For starters, there is a bill proposed by the Mexican Government, that has already been approved by one of the legislative branches, that would allow foreigners to buy and hold title to real estate as Fee Simple - title in hand. As many know, the current instrument for foreigners buying real estate within 30 miles of the coastline is called the Fideicomiso. In short, the Fideicomiso is a trust that is backed by a financial institution and allows foreigners all the benefits of property ownership. However, with a potential switch over to Fee Simple, this will make the buying/selling process that much easier and the confidence in the buying public should react positively. With some new developments starting to push dirt around again and build, we as real estate agents and Realtors, all seem to agree that our market is on the rebound and exciting times are ahead of us. Our market is at the point where there are still some great deals to be had at all price ranges, yet some consistent sales numbers seem to show that we are a more healthy and steady market than in years past.*
featuring Los Cabos. The 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.
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.*
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
www.DestinoMagazine.com | NOVEMBER 2013