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contents 4 LOS CABOS 101

Los Cabos & South Baja: This incredible corner of the World 5 Activities: Snorkelling ~ Scuba diving

~ Surfing ~ Fishing & boating ~ Golf 9 Los Cabos Top Beaches: descriptions and tips about the best beaches to visit

11 Maps




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

24 HEALTHY LIVING Live Simply ~ Organic Yoga ~ Spa ~ Beauty


UNHU men and the ART OF STONE


Market Update ~ Imagine You Live Here ~ Design Challenges ~ RE Listings

Cover Photo: Cascada Sol de Mayo Courtesy of High Tide Expeditions

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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 you will find smaller towns and points of interest such as Santiago and Miraflores which are located inland at the skirts of the Sierra de la Laguna or Migriño and Pescadero on the Pacific side, in between Cabo San Lucas and Todos Santos.

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 a 45 minute drive. Cabo San Lucas Also just known as “Cabo,” is a tourist friendly town located on the tip of the Baja California peninsula that’s full of entertainment for every age and liking. You will find the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meeting at land’s end and the beautiful rock formations that create the famous Cabo arch. Cabo San Lucas has the liveliest beach in the Los Cabos area, an impressive marina and countless restaurants and bars that keep the town alive day and night. The Corridor A 40 Km highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (about a 25 minute drive). Along this road you can find various hotels, luxury ocean front homes, championship golf courses and beautiful views. Have your camera ready to snap some photos of the beautiful beaches and make a roadside stop at the Cabo Real arroyo for a refreshing coco frío (cold coconut). San José del Cabo Walking around San José will be more of a traditional Mexican town experience than Cabo San Lucas. You will find yourself surrounded by colorful buildings and quaint cobblestone streets that lead to the town’s picturesque zócalo (main plaza). Over the years, San José has become an artistic and cultural centre with numerous fine art galleries in its downtown art district. From November through June the popular Art Walk takes place every Thursday evening where the galleries welcome guests sip some wine while they view their exhibits, however, the galleries are open year-roun. San José del Cabo’s historical downtown also offers world-class restaurants from Mexican gourmet cuisine to authentic Thai food. 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 and turtle nesting on the beach. Very popular for fishing and surfing, the East Cape also attracts kite surfers, campers and folks who just want to get away from it all. Todos Santos Located on the Pacific Ocean side, Todos Santos is an oasis where artists and surfers flock to enjoy the culture and excellent surf. Home to the famous Hotel California, this charming town offers great restaurants and a cooler climate than Cabo San Lucas and San José due to the Pacific’s breezes. La Paz La Paz is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur and is known for its warm people and beautiful beaches. This authentic Mexican city (as well as the general south Baja region) has been rated as one of the safest in Mexico and still maintains the small town feel that is very welcoming for tourists. La Paz is a departure point for tours 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. * | JANUARY 2014


LOS CABOS 101 There is a variety of things to do in the Los Cabos area. Enjoy the water while snorkelling and fishing or stay dry and play a round of golf or take an ATV tour. Here is a guide to the main activities in San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.

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, sea 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. See our map on page 11 and look for this symbol to find these spots. 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 on the far right side of the cove. 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 | JANUARY 2014



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 will be more comfortable if the sea is rough on a windy day.


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

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

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

Sport fishing flags commonly seen in Los Cabos:


Aby Charters Office (624) 143-08-31 / Cell (624) 355-39-58 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

Cabo San Lucas Marina

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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. There are private courses such as Diamante, Querencia and El Dorado, where you have to be invited to play. For Public courses green fees vary based on the membership status of the golfer, time of day, season 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

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

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

spend some time on the practice green before your round. 18 holes, 7,055 yards, par 71. (624) 173-9300 •

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

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

Punta Sur Golf - Formerly Mayan Palace Golf This 9 hole course is a friendly course but make sure you hit ‘em straight because throughout the course you are surrounded by homes and condos in beautiful San José. A fun course for any level of golfer. 9 holes, 3,141 yards, par 35. (624) 142-0900 •

Club Campestre San José Make sure you bring your creativity for the greens at Club Campestre, the newest Jack Nicklaus Design in Los Cabos. Almost every green has 2 or 3 different tiers, so

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SURFING, STAND UP PADDLING & KITE SURFING Cabo has been a popular surfing destination since the ‘50s, but with its rapid growth and the quick and daily flights coming in from California, it has now become a surfer’s paradise. See our map on page 11 and look for this symbol to locate the 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 consists of three breaks: 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 left • 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


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.


There is something special about paddling out and finding yourself floating in the ocean with just your paddle and your board. Stand up paddling is growing to be more popular each year and is available all around Los Cabos. It’s a great way to see marine life, get a great workout in and enjoy nature. In Médano beach you can rent boards in several locations and paddle along the rocks of Land’s End to make your way to Lover’s Beach and The Arch. Companies like Cabo SUP and SUP Mexico offer not only paddling lessons but also a fantastic yoga class on the board while floating in the water. Tips! • Your feet should be parallel, about hip-width distance apart, centred between the board rails (edges). • Keep toes pointed forward, knees bent and your back straight. • Balance with your hips and core. Keep your arms straight and twist from your torso as you paddle. Think of using your torso to paddle rather than your arms. You have more strength in those abdominal muscles than in your arms. • Your gaze should be level at the horizon. Avoid staring at your feet. • If you’re paddling on the right, your right hand is lower and on the paddle shaft. Your top left hand is on the top of the grip. The elbow (angle) of the paddle faces away from you. • Plant the paddle by pushing the blade all the way under the surface, pull it back to your ankle, then out of the water. To go in a reasonably straight line, paddle about 4 or 5 strokes on one side, then switch to the other. When you switch sides, you’ll reverse hand positions. • When you fall aim yourself to the side, so that you fall into the water and not onto the board. Falling onto the board can cause an injury.


This sport is popular mainly in the East Cape due to the El Norte winds. Playa Norte (northeast side of the beach) in Los Barriles is said to be the most popular destination and is also the location for a professional kiteboarding school. La Ventana is also a popular spot and is closer to La Paz. There is less wind in Los Barriles than La Ventana, but the surf is bigger. The best months are January, February, March, October, November, December. Look for El Norte winds, a thermal wind building early in the morning and keeping up all day long.


For surf and SUP gear, board rentals and lessons: Baja Waterman Surf Central (624) 172-6110 Cabo SUP (624) 191 3467 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 ExotiKite Kiteboarding (624) 145-0064 | Mario Surf School (Pescadero) (612) 142-6156 Punta del Cabo Surfshop (624)105-24-29 SUP Mexico (624) 172-6046 Surf Si Puedes (624) 130 7872 Zippers Surf Shop & Rentals (624) 172-6162

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

Cabo San Lucas Medano Beach

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

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Lover’s Beach

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

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Along the Corridor

San Jose del Cabo

Las Viudas


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

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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!

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.

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

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

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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

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

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A stunning bay that will take your breath away. You can walk back and forth in the bay in waste high water that is crystal clear with shades of blue turquoise. Follow the shore towards the north-east side and you will find the famous “mushroom rock” as well as other interesting rock formations. 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.



Isla Coronado

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.




On the Pacific Cerritos

La Paz

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

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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 | JANUARY 2014



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

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

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

To a Mexican landline or cell phone: 011 52 + 3 digit area code + phone number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + phone number If you don’t have an international plan, be careful with internet data usage, calls and text messages; international charges can get very high. Some U.S. cell phone carriers have arrangements with Mexican carriers and when you travel here your cell phone uses their towers. If this is your case, you will have to dial as if you had a Mexican phone. | JANUARY 2014



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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: 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.




Dry riverbed

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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 or ask before you order and carry cash. 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. | JANUARY 2014



events ~ dining ~ music ~ nightlife

Live Music By Marilyn Graham

Local Favorites, Norma Sánchez & Howie Clifton of Sexto Sentido When I first came to Mexico, I thought I would have to leave my love of live music and jazz in Seattle, and that I would have to be satisfied with the recorded music I brought with me. (Bye Bye great jazz radio station KPLU of Seattle, except for boxes of recordings). Yet very early on my husband and I discovered a local couple, Howie and N orma , who formed the nucleus of Sex to Sentid o , a group who performed beautiful and eclectic music throughout the local community. And ever since that time Sexto Sentido, alias Norma, Howie and group, have continued to play music that has added to the quality of our lives in Los Cabos. They are a tight trio with a fun repertory of music and a local favourite of many! Norma Sánchez is the lead singer in Sexto Sentido (as well as percussionist) and together with husband Howie Clifton, they have given us the gift of live music long before the current wave of music hit Baja. They now perform a wide variety of Latin, Mexican, Brazilian and Cuban music along with jazz from the USA, music from the Caribbean and in general, salsa and fun dance music. Howie Clifton is the group leader, playing saxophones, keyboards and also singing backup vocals as well as arranging for the group. Norma Sánchez was born in Mexico City but moved as a young girl to Mazatlán and then Mexicali, where she graduated from preparatory school. Norma then returned to Mexico City to the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), where she received her degree in Psychology. She married, had children and also began an interesting career as a teacher, then a newsperson and finally as a musician. Howie Clifton, originally from New York, was the director of an eleven piece salsa band call “Son Ilimitado” (meaning unlimited music), when Norma met him in Morelia Michoacán, and they began to perform Latin jazz and salsa. The group Sexto Sentido - sixth sense - was born shortly after they met and before their move to San Miguel de Allende, then to Puerta Vallarta, and finally in 1994 to Los Cabos. Sexto Sentido began performing in Coral Baja’s Mama Mia’s Restaurant when they first arrived, and from there they spread their wings and have played in all the important music venues of Los Cabos. I interviewed Howie a long while ago about Sexto Sentido and found it interesting what he had to say about their group. “Sexto Sentido has congregated the musical techniques and cultural styles of diverse musicians with widely varying formations and personal histories to forge a common inspiration and a multifaceted performing energy. The long-term proposal of the group…is to cut across a wide array of music, rhythms, and performing techniques in our continent and thusly celebrate the intriguing energies and intentions of our popular cultures through music. Popular signifies the Latin use of música popular – meaning


simply: the musics of the people. Sexto Sentido is thoroughly engrossed in the authentic exposition and performance of new world musics and rhythms including el bolero, el son Cubano and cha cha cha, el merengue Dominicano, la plena Puertorriqueña, jazz and blues, Latin jazz fusions, la cumbia, ballenato, and salsa de Colombia, and samba, bossa nova and reggae from Brazil, along with Mexican huapangos and Latin jazz numbers specially arranged for this group.” Sexto Sentido has been through several lives since those early days. Many outstanding musicians have played along with Howie Clifton and Norma Sánchez. Julio de la Cruz of Cuba, Luciano Callado of Brazil, Pedro Pablo of Chili, Javier Oren of Texas, Sebastian Dimarco of Argentina, Sergio Hesting of Mexico, and Diego Ramírez of Mexico. Diego has played with Sexto Sentido previously and this year he is again performing with Sexto Sentido. You can find Howie, Norma and Diego playing every Saturday evening from 9 : 0 0 -12 : 0 0 at Ja zz Ta pa s , P l a z a P esc a dero in San J osé del Ca bo. Currently you can find Howie Clifton performing throughout Los Cabos. Monday he plays solo at D on Sanchez in San José del Cabo, Tuesdays he is part of a quartet playing at Cor a zón de A lc achofa Restaur ant in Cabo San Lucas, Thursdays he again plays solo at F lor a’s Farm, Fridays you can find him at Ruth’s Chris S te a k House in Cabo San Lucas with a quartet, and again Saturdays Sexto Sentido plays at Ja zz Ta pa s, Howie, Norma and Diego Ramírez on keyboard. Also very often you can find Sexto Sentido performing for the F ull M o on Concerts at 7 Se a s Restaur ant in Cabo Surf Hotel. Drop in one of these venues and you are sure to enjoy the music of local favorites, Howie, Norma and Sexto Sentido!

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 - Bryan Flynn Saturday afternoons, Daline Jones and Diego Ramirez every Sunday, 2:00-5:00 pm; 624.129.6315 ≈ 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 ≈ HOTEL CASCADAS - Daline Jones & Diego Ramirez; Tuesdays 6:30-9:30 pm ≈ 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

Contact us to add your venue’s live music schedule: or call 142-4949/ 105-9700 | JANUARY 2014



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. | JANUARY 2014



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Chef Cynthia Fresh Cynthia’s Food is mainly Fresh and Organic. She prepares everything every single day ( salsas, dressings, soups, breads, all the preps) and tries to do everything homemade and from scratch. She uses organic not only because it is healthier, but it is also tastier. Cynthia is a food lover and for her it is all about fresh and great flavour. In her restaurant, at Lunch time you will find salads, wraps, sandwiches, paninis, burgers and of course their famous fries! At Dinner she serves great entrees such as steaks, chicken, fresh fish, pastas and her well known raviolis. All Dinner Entrees include house garden salad and homemade focaccia. Cynthia loves any expression of Art and supports this by having local musicians playing at the restaurant. She invites you to check Jose Cue Expo (watercolor & acrilic) this December 14th at the restaurant from 6 to 9 pm. Restaurant Hours are Monday through Saturday from 11:30am to 9:00pm, Sundays is closed. Cynthia Restaurant is Located at Plaza Caracol behind Mega & the Hyatt Place. Enjoy her favourite recipe!

Receta: Mini Empanadas Caprese. Ideal para eventos formales o casuales. Ingredientes: * Una pequeña caja de tomates cherry orgánicos * Una barra de queso de cabra * Hojas de albahaca orgánica (fresco) * Hierbas frescas picadas (romero, tomillo, orégano) * Masa de hojaldre ( 1 lb) * Un huevo fresco granja * 1 barra de mantequilla

Recipe: Mini Caprese Empanadas (Pastries). Great for formal or casual events Ingredients: * A small box of organic cherry tomatoes * One goat cheese bar * Organic basil leaves (fresh) * Fresh chopped herbs (rosemary; thyme, oregano) * Puff pastry dough (1 lb) * One fresh farm egg * 1 bar of real butter

Preparación: 1. Hacer bolitas de queso de cabra con las manos y rodarlas sobre una cama de hierbas frescas picadas . 2. Expanda su masa de hojaldre agregando suficiente harina para evitar trozos pegajosos. Cortar en círculos del tamaño de la palma de su mano. 3. Poner en el centro de cada círculo una bola de queso de cabra, un tomate cherry partido por la mitad y una hoja de albahaca. Repetir en cada círculo de masa. 4. Coloque huevo batido en la orilla del círculo y cierrelos con un tenedor. 5. Derrita la barra de mantequilla y cubra una bandeja para hornear. 6. Coloque las empanadas en la bandeja y utilice el resto de la mantequilla para cubrirlas. 7. Hornee solamente de 10 a 15 minutos y sirva caliente.

Preparation: 1. Make small goat cheese balls with your hands and role them over a bed of your fresh chopped herbs. 2. Extend your puff pastry dough adding enough flour to avoid sticky pieces. Cut it in circles as big as the palm of your hand. 3. Put in the middle of each circle a little ball of your herb goat cheese, a cherry tomato cut in half and a leaf of basil. Repeat this on every pastry circle. 4. Close each pastry circle by spreading some of the egg (beaten) just on the shore of your circle and close them using a fork. 5. Melt the butter bar in a bowl, spread some on a baking tray. 6. Put the stuffed pastries on the tray and use the rest of the butter for the top of each pastry. 7. Bake only 10 to 15 minutes and serve warm. | JANUARY 2014



what to do for fun?

Los Cabos is a high energy place. San José del Cabo buzzes with culture and tradition while Cabo San Lucas alerts your senses with bright lights and sounds of a good time coming from every direction. Sporting events, fishing tournaments, conventions, concerts, charity galas, parties and film festivals are a few examples of the many year-round events that take place in Los Cabos. No matter what your interests are or what your age is, having fun in Los Cabos is a guarantee.


Happening Now THE LORD OF THE WIND SHOWDOWN by Fernando Rodriguez

The 2014 Lord of the Wind Showdown kicks off its 4th annual event on Saturday, January 23-26 in Los Barriles; showcasing an addition of new categories to their aqua related competitions, which could easily be quantified as the X-Games of the ocean. The Showdown consists of competitive rounds where athletes battle it out on Sea of Cortez waters in windsurfing, kiteboarding and stand up paddle board. In its 4th year, the event further solidify’s itself as an adrenalin driven spectacle to rival other Southern Baja California thrill-seeking events. As it stands now, The Lord of the Wind is the largest International kiteboarding, windsurfing and stand up paddle board event in Mexico. The Rotary Club of Los Barriles is the astute organization responsible for this ever growing community event. With major support from the Baja California Sur tourism board, Annex brands and others, this four day event will again showcase some of the world’s best windsurfing/kiteboarding competitors. Sign-in and late registration will be followed by the tamale cook off and skipper’s meeting. January 23rd is the first day of competition with races to be determined. January 24th’s racing to be determined as weather permits, with a reggae party to follow. On January 25th, the racing

continues. January 26th will be the stand up paddle board race, kite flying contest and on water racing capped of by the Mexican fiesta awards festivities. Competitor fees are $70 USD prior to January 1, 2014 and $75 US thereafter. Included in Kite and windsurf fees is one ticket to the Sunday fiesta. Proceeds will again be used for ongoing and new Los Barriles Rotary Club projects. For more information visit: or To date, the event has enhanced and popularized the multiple categories and varying competitions combining the | JANUARY 2014

ENTERTAINMENT Sea of Cortez and the Baja California Sur winds provided by good old, Mother Nature.


Event Details Date: Thursday, January 23 to Sunday, January 26, 2014 Time: 3:00 pm. Location: Los Barriles, East Cape, B.C.S. México. Cost: Registration will be held at the Rotary Club Technology Center at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

Barceló Grand Faro operated by Barceló Hotels & Resorts hosted the 1st. Intercontinental Karate DO Championship which culminated on December 1st 2013. Young athletes gathered to represent countries such as Argentina, Spain, Turkey, Russia, U.S.A. and of course, Mexico.


Los Cabos Ongoing Events

“The miracle isn’t that I finished, the miracle is that I had the courage to start.” John Bingham.

On February 9th, 2014, Los Cabos will host the Los Cabos Half Marathon with more than 1500 runners. The half marathon organized by RunCabo offers 21.6 km of history and natural beauty in an incredible route, which includes San José del Cabo´s historical downtown, its hotel row and the astonishing Puerto Los Cabos Marina. The Los Cabos Half Marathon is an event with a cause in which a percentage of registration fees will be donated to certain Foundations. The 21K route was designed to see most of the main touristic attractions of San José del Cabo, like the main square in downtown, Paseo San José (hotel row) and the Puerto Los Cabos Marina. It starts at the main square Plaza Mijares continuing through Blvd. Mijares which leads you to Paseo San José. The route continues to Puerto Los Cabos, going across the marina and the town of La Playita. It then comes back through the same route, and goes to Blvd. Centenario close to the San José Estuary to come back to the finish line at the main square. The 5K route is designed to enjoy a family atmosphere, going across San José del Cabo´s historical downtown, and Paseo San José (hotel row). This route is totally flat. The race starts at the main square Plaza Mijares continuing to the main Blvd. Mijares which leads you to Paseo San José. Then, it comes back through the same route, on Paseo San José and finishes at the main square. To guarantee the quality and seriousness of the event, the routes will be certified by a chartered surveyor from the AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) and supported by the Sports Municipal Authority of Los Cabos. The event will start at 6:00 am and we will have the staring gunshot at 7:00 am. Monetary awards for 1st places and trophies and gifts for 2nd and 3rd places will be given. Event Details Date: February 9, 2014. Location: San José del Cabo, B.C.S. México. Start time: Registration 6:00 am, starting gunshot at 7:00 am. Start and finish line: Plaza Mijares, Historical Downtown, San José del Cabo. Registration fee: $40.00 USD for 21K, $25.00 USD for 5K For more information visit: or call 105-9471

The Barceló Los Cabos Grand Faro facilities received more than 600 people; among those who attended were athlete delegations, representatives of the national sport, as well as officials of the Municipal Government. According to the Mexican Federation of Karate , at the conclusion of the championship Mexico was awarded with a total of 23 medals: 3 gold, 5 silver and 15 bronze.

THE FRED DUCKETT CHALLENGE GOLF TOURNAMENT The only annual fundraiser put on by the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation each year will take place in March 2014 to raise the funds needed to carry out their programs that treat local children from low income families who have cancer, as well as those who were born with congenital heart defects. The tournament will take place on two of Los Cabos’ most beautiful, top-ranked championship courses: Querencia and Palmilla on the weekend of March 20-22, 2014. For more information about the LCCF, or to register online for the Fred Duckett Challenge, visit: or call Brenda in the U.S. at: (605) 275-6305 or E-mail at: by Feb. 1st, 2014.

≈ 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: (624) 130-7159 ≈ Wednesdays 7:30 pm - EL GANZO FILM CLUB. Hosted by Art Director Marc Deniro whose credits include Troy, Master and Commander, among others. (624) 104-9000 ≈ 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. ≈ Thursdays 7:30 pm - CINE CLUB EN EL PABELLON CULTURAL. Free movies at the Cabo San Lucas Cultural Pavilion located on the marina. ≈ Every other Thursday - LOS CABOS TOMATOES. A ladies social group. ≈ Fridays 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm - ART FEST downtown Cabo San Lucas in Plaza Amelia Wilkes. ≈ Saturdays 2:00 pm - EL GANZO POOL PARTIES on rooftop pool with special guest DJs. (624) 104-9000. ≈ Sundays 7:00 am to 11:00 am - CICLOVÍA CABO SAN LUCAS - The main street of Cabo San Lucas closes access to automobile traffic allowing bikers, skaters walkers and joggers to exercise freely. ≈ 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.

Send the Destino Editors your press releases and events information. Destino is a monthly magazine that is ideal for announcing upcoming events. Contact us to add your events schedule: or call 142-4949 Events and dates listed are subject to change, we recommend you check with your concierge or call the numbers listed above. | JANUARY 2014


ECO Advent “Live simply that others may simply live.” - Mohandas K. Gandhi Protected Areas Conservation: The National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) requires that all visitors to federally protected lands and waters purchase a park pass. For visitors on group expeditions, you will receive a Conservation Passport for $25. This passport was created to raise funds for the continued protection of the shorelines, inlets, and beaches that make this area so extraordinary to visit. The passport allows you to visit Mexico’s Protected Areas as many times as you wish for an entire year. For visitors on day trips, the daily fee of $10 per person is required to enter federally protected areas.

The respected philosopher Plato, founder of the first institution of higher learning in the Western world, believed that “this world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence...a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related.” Twenty four Centuries later, American author, conservationist and activist, Terry Tempest Williams, states in front of the Senate Subcommittee on Forest & Public Lands Management that “Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from. To be whole. To be complete.” True is that when you find yourself before natural beauty, such as the beauty you see here, a sense of awe vibrates through your whole body and a realization happens. In a Baja moment all the possibilities of a natural lifestyle awaken in you a spirit of adventure, inviting you to experience activities such as kayaking, whale watching, eco-camping, sailing, or wildlife cruising, paddling or surfing, hiking or swimming, all which make Baja Sur a world’s favourite eco-adventure. Wonderful habitats such as Isla Espíritu Santo and Laguna San Ignacio give you the chance to connect with the natural world in unique ways. For a relaxing vacation, you can eco-camp and watch the whales, or paddle on a coastal kayaking expedition. Also, plenty of opportunities are available to participate in ongoing conservation research studies with local wildlife and marine biologists and naturalist. Baja connoisseurs such as our oldest and most environmentally responsible adventure travel expedition operator, Baja Expeditions, will make your eco travel worthwhile. For those who prefer to stay closer to town, the option to have a Cabo adventure team guide you, is a very good idea. High Tide Sea Expeditions is a passionate lover of adventure travel and eco-tourism, you can learn to surf, paddle, snorkel, visit beautiful secret beaches, hike our desert canyons, or take a guided tour through our Sacred Geometry Eco-park Wirikuta. For the more contemplative adventurers, you will want to visit places such as Rancho Carisuva, an eco-adventure company based in Playa Migriño just 8 miles north of Cabo San Lucas. Carisuva Ranch is a typical Baja Californian ranch with 43 horses, a fresh water well, farm animals like goats, chickens, friendly donkeys and cows as well and a traditionally built desert hut (Baja California Style), where you get to enjoy a sunset horseback riding, or a fun hiking burro, all through private trails that run along the desert lunges, virgin pacific beaches, and amazing ocean side cliffs. If your timing is in synch with planetary cycles, you and your kids could enjoy their full moon horse back adventure and listen to an astronomy lover talk about our constellations and the wonders of our Cosmos! Eco is short for ecology, the science of studying the earth, the environment. The prefix eco- means environment or habitat. Eco friendly refers to goods, services, processes or people deemed to do minimal harm to the environment. To allow the local families who care about our ecology to serve you is the most eco friendly way to experience any land you visit, but we understand also those who enjoy adventure as a more personal experience and choose to explore the territory without help. For you, the thermal Springs offer a great relaxing and therapeutic outdoor spa experience. El Chorro is a thermal hot spring near the small village of Agua Caliente. It is nestled in the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, a biosphere set aside and protected by the Mexican government. Here, warm water bubbles up from beneath the ground as cool water drizzles down the sides of the mountains. Other springs are close by and you get to swim and hike. There is a 20 pesos entrance fee per person. Make sure to bring snacks, maps and water. Another nature’s hot tub adventure is at the Santa Rita Hot Spring, close to the small village of San Jorge. Drive to Agua Caliente and look for a sign directing you to the small village of San Jorge which is about 15 minutes north. After


Cascada Sol de Mayo by Yeye | JANUARY 2014


ECO ADVENTURES Jeep Tour - Photo courtesy of High Tide Expeditions

by Alex Stream

Some advice, solutions, remedies or precautions that may help you during your vacation if you happen to experience one of those unexpected little happy accidents during your holiday. OK…here we go.

by yeye

you cross the Agua Caliente and San Jorge arroyos, proceed up a hill which takes you into the village of San Jorge. Continue on until you come to a left hand turn in the road which will take you to the Santa Rita Hot Spring located in Canyon San Jorge. A member of the local Ejido will take your entrance fee. A rock climb will take you to a small pool of warm water. The tranquil setting of the Santa Rita Hot Spring will give you a sense of retreat in nature bliss. Cascada Sol de Mayo is a beautiful Ecological Ranch . A family hiking experience that ends in a refreshing fresh water cascade rendezvous. They also have cabins where you can spend the night, a small eco zoo display and a rustic restaurant where to enjoy the local family cuisine where guests applaud the lobster tacos. This is a lovely place about 9 km outside of the charming small town of Santiago in the foothills of the Sierra Laguna. From Santiago to the entrance it’s a 20 minute drive on dirt roads. It’s a short hike to view the waterfall from high above. You can continue toward the right to other lakes and a much longer hike or take the steps in the boulders which allow you to hike down to the palms surrounding the base of the waterfall. May your Eco-adventure be full of joy, full of happiness, full of harmony.*


Kayak Tour - Photo courtesy of High Tide Expeditions

1. For sun burns, my advice is good old aloe (sábila). Ask any local resident where you may find a sábila plant, which grow all over Baja. Cut a piece and apply the pulp right on your skin. This is very relieving and very effective in treating the sun burn. Just Magic! 2. If the waves look big and are crashing strong on the beach, walk far from the shoreline, especially if you are not a good swimmer. 3. If you are going to be doing something adventurous by yourself , make sure you tell somebody your plans. 4. For spider bites, some natural honey on the wound works great. If the reaction to the bite gets too inflamed or hurts too much go to a doctor or hospital. 5. For scorpion stings see a doctor, for rattle snakes go straight to a hospital, and for mosquito bites, just smile and maybe just feel good about feeding a little creature. I hope these tips are helpful and wish you a safe and unforgettable Baja vacation.


Sol de Mayo Hike by Justin Miller

Wirikuta by Justin Miller

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LIVE Simply To be sophisticated has always been one of the most popular wishes. It is in the definition of the concept of sophistication where genuine simplicity arises as the most elemental quality of true luxury. Adorning the self has played a key role in the evolution of culture, and civilization after civilization has given meaning to our acquisitive craving for material things, as the main characteristic to define who we are. Still, it is natural beauty what keeps transcending as the extraordinaire, and those who understand with clarity that less is more are the ones who keep influencing entire eras and who are remembered in time as the greatest leaders of humanity. Albert Einstein used to say about simplicity that “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” He also said that to him “possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury - have always been contemptible.” He believed that “a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.” One of the world’s greatest novelists, Count Leo Tolstoy, said “there is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth;” and leading transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau, when discussing that our life is frittered away by detail, advised “simplify, simplify.” One of the most admired minds in history, Leonardo Da Vinci, was convinced that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” and master Lao Tzu’s teachings include to embrace simplicity and have few desires. The East Cape in Baja Sur presents an almost virgin territory where options to live close to nature and away from the consumer demanding buzz give you the opportunity to reflect about what simplicity really is. Communities such as Laguna Hills, Zacatitos, or Cabo Pulmo are perfect examples of how sustainability principles can be applied to real live and make of simple living a life of comfort, honouring nature as the muse of inspiration for a peaceful lifestyle full of adventure. Jesus, Buddha, Mahoma, Socrates, Babaji, all admired for their greatness, accentuated the importance of a simple life in observation of the Self as one of the most successful tools to achieve real happiness. What is simple to others might not be what simple means to you, but we can all agree that what is simple to you is what really matters, if you are to lead the world towards greatness. Live simply.*

Yoga ~ Sun Salutation Sunshine in Los Cabos is a given. Here, almost every day of the year, at least 350, are expected to have the most shinny rays of our Solar System. The sun is to us the energy of life, our planet Earth rotates around it. Sri Yukteswar Giri, student of Lahiri Mahasaya and teacher of Paramahansa Yogananda (the latter brought yoga to the West) teaches us that “we learn from Oriental astronomy that the sun, with its planets and their moons take some star for its dual and revolves round it in about 24,000 years of our earth- a celestial phenomenon which causes the backward movement of the equinoctial points around the zodiac. The sun also has another motion by which it revolves round a grand center called Vishnunabhi, which is the seat of the creative power, Brahma, the universal magnetism. Brahma regulates dharma, the mental virtue of the internal world. When the sun in its revolution round its dual comes to the place nearest to this grand center, the seat of Brahma (an event which takes place when the Autumnal Equinox comes to the first point of Aries), dharma, the mental virtue, becomes so much developed that man can easily comprehend all, even the mysteries of Spirit. After 12,000 years, when the sun goes to the place in its orbit which is farthest from Brahma, the grand center (an event which takes place when the Autumnal Equinox is on the first point of Libra), dharma, the mental virtue, comes to such a reduced state that man cannot grasp anything beyond the gross material creation. Again, in the same manner, when the sun in its course of revolution begins to advance toward the place nearest to the grand center, dharma, the mental virtue, begins to develop; this growth is gradually completed in another 12,000 years. Each of these periods of 12,000 years brings a complete change, both externally in the material world, and internally in the intellectual or electric world, and is called one of the Daiva Yugas or Electric Couple. Thus, in a period of 24,000 years, the sun completes the revolution around its dual and finishes one electric cycle consisting of 12,000 years in an ascending arc and 12,000 years in a descending arc. Development of dharma, the mental virtue, is but gradual and is divided into four different stages in a period of 12,000 years. Kali Yuga: The human intellect cannot comprehend anything beyond the gross material of this ever-changing creation, the external world. Dwapara Yuga: The human intellect can then comprehend the fine matters or electricities and their attributes which are the creating principles of the external world. Treta Yuga: The human intellect becomes able to comprehend the divine magnetism, the source of all electrical forces on which the creation depends for its existence. Satya Yuga: The human intellect can comprehend all, even God the Spirit beyond this visible world.” We are in 314 Dwapara (A.D. 2014), the next Treta Yuga will start in A.D. 4099. Whether you do Surya Namaskara as your Beach Asana, or simply like to meditate at sunrise and sunset, a salutation to the sun is a yogi’s way of honouring the most adventurous human journey...Life.*

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Beauty ~ Inner glow

Organic ~ Coffee

Meditation is the practice of beautiful. It keeps you young, peaceful, healthy and develops in you a sense of harmony that only a reflection of the Universe in each of us can bring. The several techniques used for meditation are all great tools to calm the mind and clear it from agitation, some use mantra, some use visualization, some use prayer, some use imagination, some use music and dance, some use a nice walk, and they all work to some benefit. It is Vipassana meditation, the technique taught by the Buddha, the one technique that works at the root level of the mind, not only calming the mind but also purifying it from negativity, allowing the meditator to free himself from ignorance, craving and aversion, the causes of human suffering. It is true that stress and negative feelings and thoughts can make our actions and our words harmful. Vipassana meditation observes the breath and body sensations to free the mind from negativity, it is not sectarian since the breath is universal; its practice is not a religious practice but an exercise of the mind. It works on everyone because the defilements that affect us are the same for everyone: it is not Christian anger, or Buddhist anger, or Muslim anger, or Catholic anger; Anger is anger and it affects us all in the same harmful ways, no religion involved. When we focus our mind to observe our breath to purify the mind at the root level, we see things as they are, and they are impermanent. When we understand clearly that everything is always changing, and we observe it without attaching or rejecting the moment we are in, we give ourselves the opportunity to feel real happiness, real peace, real harmony. Through the practice of meditation, we develop an inner glow, we harmonize and empower the magnetism in us that attracts all that we think. It is simple, when we feel happy, we are beautiful. This is true not because I say so, or the great teachers have said so, but because you experience it yourself.*

Mexico is a coffee growing country, in fact is one of the largest coffee-producing countries in the world, and the largest producer of organic coffee, close to half a million small farmers and their families rely on the crop for their economic survival. The model and success of Mexican Coffee co-operatives and civic organization has laid the groundwork for some of the most compelling social movements in the world. Almost the whole world has tasted organic fair trade coffee from Chiapas, Oaxaca or Veracruz.

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Spa ~ Mexican Papaya Papaya is wonderful. Did you know that Papaya is one of the healthiest fruits you can eat? Did you know that you can dry out papaya seeds and use them as a healthier, better tasting pepper? Papaya is also a great meat tenderizer. There is many health related issues why to consume papaya, but the one that makes papaya popular in spas around the world is its rich content in vitamins C and E and the papain and bromelain protein dissolving enzymes found naturally in it. Papaya gently exfoliate and helps smooth the skin, and it is a natural facial ingredient. Los Cabos is awarded around the world for its first class spa service. Most likely all spas will have papaya treatments available for you. Papaya is always found in Mexico, since Mexico is a papaya grower. Papaya originates from South Mexico and Mid-America.

Still, according to Kevin Knox, author of the book Coffee Basics, travelling around Mexico, you’re most likely to be served instant coffee. Next up the quality ladder is strong drip coffee often made from darkly-roasted beans not deemed fit for export. The dark roast disguises defects, and these coffees are often “finished” by dumping sugar into the roaster at the end of the roast cycle, resulting in an agreeable burnt caramel sweetness. Served with hot milk, this is much better than a typical American diner brew. Harder to find but well worth seeking out (and even more worth making at home) is café de olla, “coffee of the pot,” brewed with the raw brown sugar called piloncillo and laced with stick cinnamon. It is delicious and the best use of most Mexican coffee.

Los Cabos loves good organic coffee and you will find great beans at our

organic farmers’ market, or at Cuesta Rey Shop by Mega, but we are also proud to be home to great baristas who take pride in educating coffee drinkers, and promote the culture of coffee, by providing quality beans to our region. Such is the case of Hesed at Baja Beans, located on km 64 on highway 19- about 45 minutes north of downtown Cabo San Lucas. Hesed will tell you that a good cup of coffee is more than just the jolt of caffeine. There is a lot of culture and science to it, you can learn about the world and about a country through coffee. You can taste the history behind the finished product, from the moment the ground is prepared for the seed to, the growing, harvesting and processing of the beans, to the roasting and blending, and, finally, to the exquisite moment of extraction from a precise grind. The aroma of coffee is probably everyone’s best memory of friendship and family. When you meet Hesed, tell him Destino Magazine loves Baja Beans.*

Café de Olla

You need: • An open pot, preferably earthenware • 1 liter (quart) of water • 60-70 grams (about 2 ounces, or one blade grinder’s worth) of coarselyground (10 seconds in a blade grinder) coffee, ideally medium to dark roasted Mexican Oaxaca or Chiapas Spa Papaya Home Tips: • 1 4-to-5 inch stick of cinnamon, broken into two or three pieces (in * Use the peel against your skin and cleanse your face with it. Mexico the mild Ceylonese variety is used) * Peel, de-seed and cut up your fresh papaya, and mash it until a smooth, paste type • Piloncillo to taste (This is raw brown Mexican sugar, deeper and more consistency. You can then apply it to face and neck and leave on for 10 -15 minutes. It complex in flavour than commercial brown sugar. It comes in various dries fairly quick. Rinse first with warm water then finish with a refreshing cool splash. sized pieces, with the average size being a bit smaller than a golf ball. Try You can use a soft wash cloth to take this off or just rinse. dissolving one of these in the water with the cinnamon before adding the * Mix papaya in blender with warmed honey and oatmeal, leave on 10 -15 minutes and coffee and add more to taste. The finished brew should be from mildly to then rinse. quite sweet). * Mash or blend ripened papaya and add Bring the water to a boil. SAN JOSÉ ORGANIC FARMER’S MARKET: honey and yogurt. Add the cinnamon and sugar, stirring or Saturdays 9am to 3pm * To lighten and brighten skin you can whisking to dissolve the latter and tasting add some lemon juice. Though papaya THE SHOPS AT PALMILLA: for sweetness. itself is a natural lightener. *Organic Fridays 9am to 1pm Add the coffee. * To calm, hydrate, nourish and refresh LOS CABOS ORGANIC MARKET produce, food, Bring to a boil twice, strain through a fine add homemade rosewater. -PEDREGAL, CABO SAN LUCAS: mesh strainer and serve, with warm milk or local arts&crafts half-and-half. Wednesday & Saturdays 8am to 12pm

Farmer’s Markets and music* | JANUARY 2014



My Experience with


UNHU men and the ART OF STONE by yeye

“There is a widespread assumption today that art must necessarily be international.... But against this trend one finds isolated pockets of resistance, which suggest that good art can (and perhaps must) be a local affair – the product of a particular place and culture.” Roy Guthrie Rock lovers see in rocks what day dreamers see in the clouds, alive forms that mirror the consciousness of the observer. It takes an artist to shape its form in reflection of its inner beauty and transform a stone, which in itself is already a naturally perfect piece of art, into a transcendental signature art design. It takes a village. Stone sculpture is an ar t for which the African nation of Zimbabwe is well known around the world, and Shona Artists are recognized worldwide as the best stone sculptors. The Shona believe that there is an impersonal, omnipotent or principal Creator, called Muwari, Musikavanhu, or a Spirit which creates good and bad. They believe the God Ammon in its union with the earth produced water or Nommo and each succeeding generation of Nommo was a twin or double. Nommo gave everflowing water and thus life to the earth. A succession of Nommo were born and the eighth (Lebe) used water to form the vapor or breath from which speech comes, the man. The verb and water are also the basis of all spiritual and religious force. Perhaps their greatest value lies in the moral effect of both on the individual and on the group or society. Each plays its part, serving ultimately to produce a

good man, one whom the Shona says has Unhu—a man of good behaviour, respectful to others, pleasant and honest. The Shona art of stone is practiced using only hammer, chisel, rasp and finally, varying grades of wet and dry sandpaper. After carving the rough shape of their creation, the sculptor then uses a file to work the shape smoother. Once the piece is sanded to their satisfaction, they will then heat up the sculpture with either a wood fire or a propane blowtorch and apply a clear wax such as Beeswax or a floor polish. As the stone cools, it absorbs the wax through the surface, seals the stone and gives it a clear waterproof finish that brings out the natural colour of the stone. There is no artificial colouring used whatsoever. Once the stone has cooled, the sculptor uses a soft-cloth to buff it to bring out the shine. The ar tist’s spontaneit y and confidence in his skills are key elements in the creative process of a master piece. A high degree of integrit y, never copying and still working entirely by hand, unrestric ted by ex ternally-imposed ideas of what his “ar t” should be, a genuine Shona ar tist vows to the believe that ‘nothing which exists naturally is inanimate’, ever y thing has a spirit and life of its own. May all be blessed with Unhu.*

The diver

Mujer Coras This photo was taken in a tiny lost village in the mountains east of Tepic in the western state of Nayarit. The local population is made up of both Huichol and Coras and she was of the Coras peoples. I saw her outside her house and asked if I could take her picture. She didn’t answer that, but instead asked if I would like to drink some tea, I accepted her kind offer and we went into her small house where she had hot water ready, and then asked what I take with my tea. I told her I’d liked Honey -Miel de abejas- if she had some. Oh! She exclaimed, ran out and came back a minute later with a clay pot of dark honey with lots of honey comb and a few dead bees for good measure. I’ve seen this before so got a spoonful without bees and enjoyed the strong herb tea. Her small humble home was a workshop much like mine, and she told me she made and repaired clothes for the local people. I asked again If I could take her picture. Oh no, she said, it’s a mess in here, but then looked at me and asked me to tell her exactly why I wanted to photograph her. I looked her in the eye and said simply because I think you are beautiful. Ha! She exclaimed and threw back a hand in a gesture of dismissal, you should have come here 30 years ago! We had a laugh and she agreed I could take a picture outside near the door. When we finished I thanked her, gave her some money for having been my model , and took my leave. Across the street some local men greeted me and said, so we saw you photographed María. Yes, I said, she was very nice. One of them said, you should have seen her 30 years ago! Raweli Gallery Artist District 624-121-2651 |

Witness Bonjisi is one of Los


featured Shona ar tists. His st yle is unique and creative and his sculptures can be found in private collec tions and galleries around the world. Witness Bonjisi says he bases the subjec t mat ter on his intuitive sense using the shape of the stone as his guide thus enabling him to create his works of ar t through his vivid imagination. To purchase his ar t visit Muvezi Art Galler y in San José Ar t Distric t, Muvezi works with 200 ar tists in Zimbabwe, you can visit them at


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! | JANUARY 2014


TODOS SANTOS MUSIC FESTIVAL The Todos Santos Music Festival, created, founded and still spearheaded by REM guitarist, Peter Buck, takes place this January, 2014 over a two week period; From January 16-18 and the following week, January 22-25. The Todos Santos Music Fest is celebrating its third year with added local charities that will benefit once again from some talented musicians coming together in this once tiny, soft whisper of a village. In 2006 the Government of Mexico designated Todos Santos as one of the country’s magical cities. Pueblo Magico is a distinction of utmost economic importance and one that has accelerated the town’s growth and recognition. This national honour has only been given to 30 cities in the Republic of Mexico. The Music Fest will once again take place in what is best known as a sub-tropical oasis overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A small city of cobblestone streets, colonial architecture and home to the famous Hotel California, which remains one of the two major hosts of the international mix of music. The Hotel California is undoubtedly, this coastal oasis’ most famous restaurant and bar, located a short 40 minute drive along the Pacific from Cabo San Lucas. Initially founded as a Mission in 1724, Todos Santos has undergone a radical change from its sugar cane producing origins; becoming a haven for artists, craftsman, travelers, surfers and musicians. The city’s warm climate and friendly hospitality are cause for the much welcomed Music Festival’s charity fundraising efforts that helped The Palapa Society last year with $70,000 US Dollars. The Palapa Society of Todos Santos was founded in 2003, and is a multicultural, non-profit Mexican Civil Association. The Society’s offices are home to the Todos Santos Bilingual Library, the Children’s Library and Reading Room; where after-school English programs and adult language classes are held. Other programs include English classes, swimming safety, college scholarships, and medical expense assistance. Peter Buck’s solo project is the main attraction again this year. Other bands that will perform include The Minus 5, The Dream Syndicate, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Mexico’s rising pop band, Torreblanca, Twin Tones, Sonida Gallo Negro, and Ed Kowalczyk, (Former lead singer of Live). “One of the things I like about Todos Santos is it’s a place where people like to do things. I just got an amazing vibe about the town. Every street I walk down, I like. I like the people, and being from Seattle, I like the weather. I don’t ever want to be cold again. I come down here to recharge. The beaches are great, I

swim. We love snorkeling. Anything that has to do with being out in the sun is nice. Sometimes it can be just to sit out by the pool and drink a beer,” said Peter Buck when discussing his passion for this once sleepy fishing village, adding that. “One of the things I’m trying to do with the Todos Santos Music Festival, as well as raise money for education, is to kind of bring together young Mexican bands, my friends who are generally a little bit older and maybe some young American bands, and try to introduce it so that the whole town can appreciate what’s going on.” Peter Buck and The Todos Santos Music Festival, have added seven new charities this year to their cause; starting with Hogar del Niño, Escuela Pacifica, Albergue Escolar, DIF Municipal, ProPlayas A.C., Amigos de los Animales de Todos Santos (Friends of the Animals of TS), and the local Todos Santos volunteer fire department. From education to fire rescue, all proceeds from the third annual music festival benefits these vital local charities. “It’s just a town I really like,’’ added Buck. ‘’Dirt roads, donkeys in the street; there’s one stoplight that I accidentally blow through every single time I hit it. But it’s got a cool art community; it’s got a good little scene. I got involved in the community, which is something I’ve tried to do since a teenager, and I want to play music there. So I kind figured out a way to do both.’’

By Fernando Rodriguez

the $40,000 bill it cost to hold the extravaganza was covered by Buck himself, while this years 2nd annual version will be underwritten by corporate sponsors of Mexico. “This event was so much fun last year. Good music, friends, great weather,” said Donna Mattson of Silverton, Oregon. “A great event. Last year’s shows were magic!’’ added Mike Brozda, a USC student from California, while Amelia Doyle also commented, “Probably the coolest event of 2013! I encourage everyone to take this chance to see the beauty of Todos Santos; listen to the great music of everyone involved, and get a chance to help out a charity that truly gives a damn and makes a difference.”

Hotel California Schedule January 16-17 - Peter Buck January 18 - The Minus 5 January 22 - Local Music Showcase January 23-24 - Ed Kowalczyk, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Dream Syndicate Town Plaza Schedule January 25 - Drivin’ N Cryin’, Dream Syndicate, Ed Kowalczyk, Twin Tones, Sonido Gallo Negro, Torreblanca

Admission to the Festival is free except for concerts happening at the Hotel California where tickets are priced at $15-$75 USD. A fee that includes a complimentary buffet, beer and margaritas. The only way to guarantee entrance at the Hotel California is to purchase VIP seats. Additional ticket information about this exciting event is available at: and, or by calling the Hotel California: (011 52) 612-145-0525. “I want to keep it kind of loose and spontaneous and fun, not super professional,’’ said Buck. “When we played at the hotel, which is a smaller venue, it’s more like playing a high school dance, which I enjoy. And then there will be two bigger events--one at the town square--which will be a couple thousand people.” The famed REM musician owns a home in Todos Santos and launched the first Music Fest as a way for him to give back to a community which has endeared itself to him. At the very first event, | JANUARY 2014




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IMAGINE you live here

by Michelle Geisler Anderson/Dream Homes of Cabo

Beyond the Bridge San José del Cabo’s bridge towards La Playita and Puer to los Cabos has become a “landmark ” when describing the sor t of wonder world that is developing large sec tions of San José East. The bridge connec ts the ar tistic downtown area of San José del Cabo to the adventures of fishing, sur f, of f-road, and world-class golf that continue to become unveiled. Development has remained progressive on the eastern side of Los Cabos’ Municipalit y.

In what seems to be just a blink of the eye, 2013 is behind us and now our fresh start to 2014 has begun! Just like any new start to a new year, there are some things we can all expect…Gym memberships will spike, resolutions will be short-lived, and for us in Cabo, new homes will come on the market. In our seasonal market here in Los Cabos, it is common that Listing Brokers suggest to their clients to bring their new listing active during our high season when the majority of the buyers are in town looking to purchase. Thus, January has brought new listings and new inventory to our market, which is very exciting for buyers. While most of the new inventory and new listings are re-sales, something we are seeing more of is that developers seem to be adjusting to the market and offering more of a variety products at different prices. For example, some of the exclusive private clubs and residential communities have now released new condos and townhomes at more attractive pricing, rather than just $2 Million dollar and up homes as they did in the past. This is great for our market because while many of our clients see the strong future in Los Cabos and Mexico, some wish to start more conservative and invest as the years go on. Being able to offer listings at all different pricing levels is a great service to the buyers we work with at our brokerage. When we first consult with an active buyer, we encourage them to dig into the market statistics and learn about our market and see at what level they feel comfortable investing. Educating our clients on the new inventory, developer offerings, and the different price ranges and amenities that come with them, allows our buyers to purchase with absolute confidence. Our team of agents are heavily involved in the community, attend all open houses and developer events, and are full time Realtors who monitor the movement and sales in our market on a daily basis. This type of commitment is what our clients expect from us, as they should. In 2014, our company and it’s partners and affiliates see a bright future in our market. We have nothing but confidence in “The Baja” and just as we encourage our clients, we are heavily invested in the area and have even opened an office in Loreto to account for the demand in the area. We are truly excited about what the future brings and proud to be a part of it. From all of us at REmexico Real Estate Group, Wishing you and yours a healthy and prosperous 2014!


Puerto Los Cabos Marina | Photo by Dwight Harrington The first notable experience crossing the bridge is the view over the San José Estuary. This natural preserve is a sunlit, palm tree oasis, alive with all types of wildlife watching, kayaking and trails. The bridge’s journey also lends views up along the green golf knolls and hillside peaks where an iron cross sculpture created by artist Gabriel Macotela, designates the helm of the Puerto Los Cabos Marina. The cross is a symbol that offers a welcoming to new and returning boaters and majestically lights the marina in the evening. Arriving to the other side, another monument of a fisherman stands tall establishing the entrance of Puerto Los Cabos. The monumental fisherman proudly raises his big catch of the day in representation of the village fishermen who live and work among the marina in the little town called La Playita. This authentic fishing village offers the freshest fish market at the entrance of the harbor. Pangas come in early to sell their catch mainly to local restaurants, private chefs and locals or visitors who can get there early. The experience here centers around marina views of gently rocking pangas and swaying yachts. Drive through this neighborhood’s dusty streets to experience the no-worries lifestyle and to create your story of the little fishing village. This neighborly resort carries on across the next 2000 acres with the development of Puerto Los Cabos’ luxury planned resort community of residences. The Marina development is a boutique destination filled with the pleasures of nature and Mexican sophistication. Today a Leonora Carrington art walk decorates the marina

sidewalk and acknowledges a selection of artists and their visuals pieces for admiring. It is a perfect place to take a stroll or bicycle ride and to capture your own photos of the developments happening in real estate. El Ganzo is the first boutique hotel resort accommodating visitors to the marina and golf resort. Other tourist activities and services are becoming available along the marina and already generate a day-to-night life for residents and tourists. Further along the road, and beyond the residential security gates, is the popularly referenced Puerto Los Cabos Golf Course. Testimonials about this course and its game are sighted on many golf pages as “a quality golf course,” “an enjoyable experience,” and “playable throughout the year.” The Puerto Los Cabos golf club has public play rates and offer private club memberships to owners. Development of a second course will complete Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus’ composite collaboration, at which time homeowners will enjoy more private club amenities. Looking closely, this residential community of custom homes and lots has grown quickly and has substantially added to the overall growth of San José East. While home sites in this area are constructing, development parcels are being planned. Already established hotel developers, like Secrets and the JW Marriot, have invested in the Puerto Los Cabos Marina and Resort to be the first to meet the demands for hotel rooms, spas and other amenities welcomed in this seemingly fast developing neighborhood. If you do not know the East Cape; well, this is just where the opportunities begin. | JANUARY 2014


design challenges an expert help with anything about living here By Wendy Rains Architectural/Interior Designer Editor of Building In Baja Magazine

When I moved to Baja 12 years ago. Things were done so differently. As third generation in my field, in addition to all the years of construction behind me, nothing prepared me for building my first two homes at the same time. The biggest lesson was not to take even the most basic thing for granted as one would in the US or Canada. Some people prefer to be part of each and every micro decision, while others are completely comfortable turning everything over to someone they trust to stick to the budget, pay the bills, confident they can just show up when it’s finished. So where is a designer’s value? If so much of what we’ve been used to doing is no longer expected of us, why hire us? Answer: Designers turn dreams into realities. We have the wherewithal to avoid mistakes and save our clients money. We see it all through from top to bottom, paying attention to every little detail, from building materials and finishes, down to the soaps placed in the bathrooms.


Whether designing a home or hotel, construction here still comes with unknown challenges even an experienced foreign designer couldn’t possibly imagine. We empower you to make smart decisions when building a home, a business, and a life here in Baja Don’t Assume Appliance Specs Are Accurate! Sometimes factory provided measurements of appliances such as dishwashers and trash compactors have varied once the item is on site and ready to install. One little millimeter off can cause a mountain of aggravation to make something fit…after the fact…especially if you are planning to use poured concrete countertops. Pulido finished concrete can be beautiful and is so often used for countertops and appliance sidewalls. So, when purchasing appliances that are not in stock or deliverable immediately, it is critical for your contractor to have that item on site prior to pouring. Have a design dilemma or question about living the good life in Baja? Ask Wendy Rains is an Internationally noted Architectural Designer. She currently makes her home in Todos Santos and has published the magazine, Building In Baja, and was Editor of Baja Tips Weekly. She hosts the radio program TS Weekend With Wendy on Cabo Miil fm 96.3 every Saturday at 3pm. | JANUARY 2014




Cabo San Lucas - Pedregal • MLS# 13-1863


3 BR • 3 FULL BA Views, views, views! Casa Arequipa, located in the prestigious community of Pedregal, is an exceptional value offering views to both Medano Beach & The Pacific ocean. You simply will not find a home with better views & location at this price. A very clean 3 bedroom, 3 bath home, plus a fully equipped, detached casita, 2 car garage & 2 carports. Priced to sell fast at $695,000. Don’t wait to see this one as it will soon be sold!

Dean DeValerio CELL: 624.121.1213 FROM USA & CANADA: 858.200.4979 FROM MEXICO: 624.191.3462

CASA UNO Corridor • Cresta del Mar • $875,000 MLS# 13-361

5 BR • 5 FULL BA • 1 HALF BA A Brand NEW custom built contemporary GREEN HOME/ESTATE in Cresta del Mar with Ocean Views. No detail spared. Built with ICF(Insulated Concrete Forms) for thermal and acoustic insulation & LED bulbs all around both in interior and exterior with a Solar panel which runs all the exterior lights. There is simply nothing available in Los Cabo at this price that can compare to Casa Uno.

FROM USA & CANADA 858.200.4979 FROM MEXICO 624.191.3462

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Home site lots to build • Ocean View & Fairway Lots Starting at $125,000 USD

Investing in the best lot for your building project is the key to securing views, creating privacy and completing your dream home. Puerto los Cabos is a Marina and Golf Community where nearly every home has breathtaking views. Residential dues and administration are affordable in price and well maintained. Residents have private amenities including Golf and Beach Club Memberships. Puerto los Cabos is a youthful and social community awaiting the character of your lifestyle to the mix! Michelle Geisler Anderson LOCAL CELL: (011-52-1) 624-157-1775 US/CAN: (908) 864-0530

REALTORS: advertise your listings with Destino Magazine. Best exposure to potential clients assured. Our informative content and quality editorial along with our excellent distribution logistics makes Destino the best magazine to partner with. (624) 105-9700 / (624) 142-4949

CASA ESCARPA Cabo Colorado • $3,375,000 MLS# 12-494

5 BR • 5 FULL BA •1 HALF BA Prestigious local architects, Monroy Arquitectos, designed this 6,600+ Sq. Ft. luxury estate into the escarpa red rock in 2010. Panoramic ocean views matched with sleek clean lines blend traditional and contemporary on a site that can not be duplicated. Sit down anywhere in this luxury estate and have the Sea of Cortez in your lap. Custom woodwork in every room and imported marble flooring and hardwood flooring throughout. No details spared. This property is only for the discerning buyer who truly recognizes and

appreciates top quality and luxury living at its best. Virtual Tour:

USA & CANADA 858.200.4979 MEXICO 624.191.3462 | JANUARY 2014



Villa 3403

Villa La Estancia • $385,000 • MLS# 10-1754 This 1/8 share villa offers 6 weeks of carefree ownership in a spectacular 5 star luxury resort. Enjoy 3Bd, 4Ba, spacious living and stunning views from the villa and the terrace itself. Resort offers full service amenities galore, including world-class spa, fine restaurants, expansive pool, 24 hour room service, concierge and a truly spectacular setting right on the one and only Medano Beach!

Mx: 624 143-8121 U.S.:619-683-7883 Toll Free: 1-877-499-1901

Villa 3504

Villa La Estancia • $462,000 • MLS# 12-824 This 1/4 share villa offers 3 months of fabulous views, 5 star luxury, right on Medano Beach!!! This beautiful and spacious, 2 bedroom, 3 bath Villa is a perfect family vacation retreat. Fully furnished and turn key. Would be a great vacation rental or investment property. Own a quarter share at Villa La Estancia and enjoy fabulous amenities, 7 restaurants, full concierge staff, stunning grounds, sparkling pools, and too many luxury

perks to lists!

Mx: 624 143-8121 U.S.:619-683-7883 Toll Free: 1-877-499-1901

Penthouse 2804 Villa La Estancia • $4,180,000 • MLS# 10-978

This unbelievable full ownership penthouse has a 180 degree view of Cabo San Lucas bay! This penthouse perched above everything else in phase II, has commanding views, of city, mountains, ocean, Land’s has it all. Private jacuzzi and 5 star living at it’s BEST!

Mx: 624 143-8121 U.S.:619-683-7883 Toll Free: 1-877-499-1901

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Pedregal • Cabo San Lucas • $7,450,000 MLS# 13-1095

7 BR • 8.5 BA The Ultimate in Luxury Cabo Living, This dramatic cliff-side mansion is truly a one-of-a-kind offering. Graced with elegance in design and appointment, while complemented with a natural setting that is second to none. Enjoy the exclusivity and convenience of El Pedregal and live in a way most dream of in this 7BR/8BA 20,000 sq. ft. luxury residence. Set on a cliff and boasting views of both the Pacific and Sea of Cortez, nothing compares to this. Simply jaw-dropping, the attention to detail and craftsmanship is evident with abundant use of highest quality stone. A must see in person to appreciate.

FROM USA & CANADA 858.200.4979 FROM MEXICO 624.191.3462 | JANUARY 2014


January 2014 - Eco Adventures  
January 2014 - Eco Adventures