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LOS CABOS & South Baja Los Cabos (the capes) is in the southernmost 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-round. 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. Sixty 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. * | FEBRUARY 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. SNORKELLING: Pelican Rock This rock attracts many fish and is just an easy five minute boat ride from the Cabo San Lucas Marina. You can take a water taxi from the marina or from Medano beach. 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 Bay 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 which feed right from your hand. Chileno Beginners - 30’-70’ - 35 minute boat ride and a sandy and rocky bottom. PARKING Lots of turtles sighted here, tropical fish, night dives. El Gavilán Intermediate/Advanced - 70’-100’ - 35 minutes by boat. Rocky ledge leading into a canyon where groupers and larger fish are often sitghed. Blow Hole Beginners/Advanced - 30’-70’ - 35 minute 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.

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

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

Fishing Boat Rentals

You can always fish on a yacht, but cruisers and pangas are more commonly used. Pangas and super-pangas are a more affordable option, but cruisers will fit more people and 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 has taken place in Los Cabos for over thirty years. This part of the world offers 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:

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

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Cabo Real

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


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

Punta Sur Golf - Formerly Mayan Palace Golf

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

Club Campestre San José

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

Puerto Los Cabos

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

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SURFING, STAND UP PADDLING & KITE SURFING Cabo has been a popular surfing destination since the ‘50s and is a surfer’s paradise. See our map on page 11 and look for this symbol to locate the surf spots.


Level: Advanced Direction: Right, left Location: Pacific side right before arriving to Todos Santos


Level: Great for beginners Direction: Right and left Location: Pacific side at Km 65 of the Cabo San Lucas-Todos Santos road


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


Level: All level Direction: Right


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.

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 | FEBRUARY 2014


LOS CABOS 101 “Las Viudas” but keep your eyes peeled because the entrance sneaks up on you. You won’t find any services or vendors so bring all your beach essentials with you.


Santa Maria A stunning horseshoe cove with coral coloured sand and an abundant marine life. Boat excursions and private charters often stop here to enjoy the snorkelling and scuba diving that this National Marine Preserve offers. This family friendly beach is relatively secluded, therefore you rarely run into beach vendors. Going from Cabo San Lucas towards San José, 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!


Imagine floating in a turquoise bay with pink sand or riding some epic waves, each beach offers something unique. Here is a list of the must-see beaches to help you decide which one is your dream beach.

Cabo San Lucas 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. 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. Walk to the other side of the rocks and you’ll now find yourself looking at the Pacific Ocean; the locals call this Divorce Beach. This side is very dangerous for swimming because of the powerful undertow, so only swim on Lover’s Beach. Land’s End beside the famous arch. Only accessible by boat. There are a couple of vendors that offer beers and water but you won’t find any other services. A good idea is to spend the day at Medano Beach and take an hour or two to go to Lover’s Beach; this should be enough time to explore and enjoy this natural wonderland.

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Along the Corridor Las Viudas

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

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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. Going from Cabo San Lucas towards San José, follow the signs for Chileno Beach Club near Km. 14 of the main highway. If you visit Chileno on a weekend make an effort to arrive early; snorkelling visibility is often better in the mornings, you’ll avoid the mid-day snorkel tours and if you beat the crowds you’ll be guaranteed a palapa for that much needed shade. Bring Snorkelling gear!

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San Jose del Cabo Palmilla

Palmilla is known for its family friendly calm waters and mile long stretch of beach. Located within the resort community of Palmilla, you will find yourself surrounded by oceanfront luxury homes, the One&Only Hotel and the world renowned Jack Nicklaus Ocean Nine golf course. Pangas and fishing cruisers are available for charter but you won’t find water sport rentals such as kayaks or jet skis. Take the Palmilla ramp exit at Km. 27. Follow the signs and turn into the main beach parking area before the entrance to the One&Only Hotel. 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. Exit at Km. 28 via the Costa Azul Bridge. Swimming with caution is possible in this area but keep an eye out for surfers.

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La Playita

La Playita (the little beach) is a long stretch of beach where you will often find locals fishing from the shore and families with children enjoying the beach-front

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

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On the Pacific Cerritos

Cerritos beach is a popular surf spot and swimming is relatively safe. The scenic 45 minute drive from Cabo San Lucas is well worth the trip as you drive along the pristine Pacific coast. The Cerritos Beach Club Restaurant is a perfect spot to spend a relaxing day on the beach or if you want to be active you can take a surf lesson at Baja Surf Camp or rent surf and boogie boards at the Costa Azul Surf Shop. Exit at Km. 66 of the Cabo San Lucas - Todos Santos highway. Watch the markers as there is no sign. Drive about 1.7 miles to the beach area. Lounge chairs, restrooms, food and drinks are available at The Cerritos Beach Club Restaurant.

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La Paz Balandra

A stunning bay that will take your breath away. You can walk back and forth in the bay in waist 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.

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Loreto Isla Coronado

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

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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 12

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 | FEBRUARY 2014



The local area code is 624 From a Mexican land line 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 land line 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. | FEBRUARY 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. There are two types of gasoline: Magna or verde (green) which is regular and Premium or roja (red). Lleno (pronounced yeno) means full. Major credit cards are accepted. Tipping the gas station attendant around $10.00 pesos (less than a dollar) is customary.




Dry riverbed

Speed bump




No parking


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 throughout the Los Cabos area. Some only give you dollars, some only pesos and some give you the option to withdraw both. Pay close attention to what currency you’re withdrawing. Try to get as much cash as possible in one transaction to avoid paying high commissions. Commissions on the street ATMs are higher than going to a bank. | FEBRUARY 2014



events ~ dining ~ music ~ nightlife

what to do for fun?

Los Cabos is a very energetic 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.

Happening Now FEBRUARY 8 El Ganzo Music - Staks O’lee Rock/Pop/Folk 9:00 pm

FEBRUARY 8 Nikki Beach exclusive Diamond Party

This is one glittering celebration with live music, champagne, diamonds and spectacular performances! Enjoy International DJs, live performances and lots of surprises. Dress Code: Black & Gold. 8:00 pm.

FEBRUARY 9 5th Annual TODOS SANTOS Studio Tour By Doug West

Part of the esteemed designation of “Pueblo Magico” in the charming ocean village of Todos Santos is the large number of artists living there who have working studios throughout the town. Collectors and the public often marvel at gallery art, but they rarely have an opportunity to actually visit studios and talk directly with the artists in their working environment. The fifth annual Todos Santos Studio Tour, is scheduled for Sunday February 9th, 2014, from 10am – 5pm. The Tour is self guided and after registering and paying an admission/donation of $150 pesos you will be given a studio map and an identification bracelet. An added bonus is the Tour also guides you through many of the hidden neighborhoods of our magical Pueblo. Proceeds from the Tour are administered through the Palapa Society, A.C., a non-profit charity, and help children in Todos Santos with art education by providing art supplies and training. For more visit their website at The Tour this year has 38 artists registered including the addition of eight new studios never open in previous years. It promises to be a unique and rewarding experience. Participating artists have been working hard to present new and exciting creations to share. You can view a diverse assortment of work from silversmithing to sculpture, photography to painting, ceramics to mural making, and including such mediums as ceramic, mosaics, encaustic, oil and acrylics, pastels and lathe wood turning. Also it is fascinating to see the many ways artists carve out places to work, from a garage or a palm covered palapa in their yard, to a formal traditional studio space, all serve to enable the process of making art. This is the signature event for the majority of artists who form the core of the Todos Santos art colony. Some of these artists were born here, while others settled in our small village because of its charming historic and cultural atmosphere, its pure light, and the beauty of a tropical setting bounded by the ocean and the surrounding desert. The Tour is an opportunity to view a wide spectrum how artists interpret living here, and melds their experiences into their unique artistic creations. For further information please visit the Artists of Todos Santos website at



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. 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

FEBRUARY 15 El Ganzo Music Jumbo Rock/Pop 9:00 pm

FEBRUARY 22 Nikki Beach

Hollywood Stars

“There’s no business like show business”… or so they say. Hollywood luxury, glitz and glamour lands in Cabo. 12:00 pm.

FEBRUARY 20-28 Todos Santos Film Festival 2014

Enjoy great films, including features, documentaries, shorts and animation. These award-winning internationally acclaimed films offer the very best of Mexican, Latin American and Spanish filmmaking.

Ongoing Events ≈ 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. | FEBRUARY 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 dancing 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. The Office The perfect place to spend the day sipping on your choice of beach drink, swimming in the ocean, trinket shopping, people watching...and more people watching. The Office has great food and is more family friendly compared to other spots on Medano beach.

BOOZE CRUISES Cabo Escape Booze Cruise The name says it all, booze while you cruise at sunset and bring your dancing shoes. Departs daily at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Nov-Mar); Dock #3 Cabo San Lucas Marina. Cost: US $45.00 per person. Includes: chips, salsas, guacamole and veggie dips and open bar. Cabo Escape Floating Disco For the late nighters! Dance to current hip-hop and electronic hits. 18 years old and up only. Departs Wednesdays and Fridays 9:00 pm to 12:00 am; Dock #3 Cabo San Lucas Marina. Cost: US $45.00 per person. Includes premium open bar. Jungle Floating Disco & Club is the one and only late night floating night club with optional open bar or bottle service, VIP tables and STAR lounge. Departs Friday and Saturday from 9:30 pm to 12:30 pm. Cost: $35 usd per person. 18 years old and up. Includes: premium international open bar, dancing to current hits, hip-hop and electronic music. Jungle Reggae Booze Cruise is the ultimate Cabo San Lucas wild booze cruise. If you’re here for the famous Cabo spring break, this is the tour for you. Departs: Tuesday through Sunday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (winter) or 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (summer). Cost: $35 usd per person. 18 years old and up only. Includes: All-you can drink booze, dancing, reggae and party music. No dinner included, make sure you eat before the tour! Pez Gato Dance, drink and play on a catamaran at

sunset. Children are welcome! Cost: $39 usd per person and includes national bar. Ages 5-11 are half price and under 5 are free.

BARS and NIGHTCLUBS Cabo Wabo Cantina A Cabo San Lucas icon, Cabo Wabo has been owned by the famous rock star Sammy Hagar since it’s opening in 1990. You are guaranteed some amazing live rock music with their talented house band and if you’re lucky you might even see Sammy or any other big name artist hop on stage on any given night. El Squid Roe You can feel the high energy the moment you walk into this three story night club and restaurant. It’s very well known for its lively staff that not only serve you, but will entertain you all night long. Gigglin’ Marlin Just a fisherman’s bar in the beginning, this Cabo landmark is now a seafood restaurant that becomes a lively night club once the sun sets. The large image outside of a man hanging upside down next to a “giggling marlin” is hard to miss. One of the traditions of this bar is to hang brave souls upside down while they do a tequila shot! Jungle Martini Outdoor martini bar that also offers many other beachy cocktail concoctions for a guaranteed fun time. Located in Plaza Bonita. Knotty It’s unique decor and ambiance was designed by world renowned Davis Krumins. Dance to the beats of house music mixed by live DJ’s and even climb into the tree-like dancing cage in the middle of the club. Mandala When you’re waking the main street of Cabo, you will surely notice Mandala’s striking entrance and sleek Asian decor. If you are looking for the stylish nightclub scene and great dance music, this is where you want to be.

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. | FEBRUARY 2014



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live music By Marilyn Graham


Sponsored by the Gadsden family, the February festival in San José del Cabo will take place Valentine’s weekend, February 14 and 15, 2014. It will again showcase the best in local talent. Last year’s festival featured Tito Rodríguez, Edgar Mendez, Álvaro Ordoñez, Manuel Tellez, Memo Ruiz, Diego Ramírez, Daline Jones, Joaquin González and several other fine musicians. Many of these same musicians will again perform so save this date for a special VALENTINE’S WEEKEND at Plaza del Pescador!

10th Anniversary of Liga MAC’s Jazz Festival Features Mavis Staples Save the date! M arch 14 , 2 014 , a F riday. Liga MAC will pull out all the stops for their 10th Anniversary of Jazz Fest, when they celebrate with cocktails, a fancy sit down dinner on the beach and a fabulous show featuring M avis S ta ples , the well known American rhythm and blues, soul and gospel singer. Jazz Fest will again take place at the gorgeous Hilton Los Cabos Hotel from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm and you don’t want to miss this event. It will be a fabulous and fun opportunity to help the kids in our community with your purchase of a ticket. Specific ticket information is available at Do you think the Liga MAC volunteers that first started the Jazz Festival believed that they were at the forefront of creating CH A N G E ? They did! Some of these same volunteers have continued their efforts throughout the past 10 years and are still at the forefront of one of the

most successful events in Los Cabos. Jazz Fest profits enable the organization to expand their already hugely successful programs in education, medical assistance and a basic needs program. The headliner, Grammy award winner Mavis Staples, began her musical career in Chicago as an entertainer singing in the church and occasionally performing on the radio. When she graduated from high school, The Staple Singers went on the road led by the family patriarch, Roebuck “Pops” Staples on guitar and including the voices of Mavis and her three sisters. They evolved from gospel roots to become enormously popular spiritual and musical voices of the Civil Rights Movement, inspired by Pops’ close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr. They continued to evolve and include contemporary pop hits in their repertoire. The Staple Singers hit the Top 40 eight times between 1971 and 1975, including two No. 1 singles, “I’ll Take You There” and “Let’s Do It Again”. Since that time Ms. Staples has had a varied and interesting career, one of several albums a 1996 release “Spirituals & Gospels: A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson.” She also contributed to a Verve release honoring the great Ray Charles. Mavis Staples was nominated for a Grammy in 2003 for her duet with friend Bob Dylan, “Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals” for their duet, “Gotta Change My Way Of Thinking”. Among many other career events, Mavis performed at the 33rd Kennedy Center Honors, singing in tribute to Sir Paul McCartney. And finally in 2011 Mavis Staples won her first Grammy award in the category of Best Americana Album for “You Are Not Alone”. That same year she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and another honorary doctorate award in 2012 from Columbia College Chicago. Visit to purchase tickets and for reservations.

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


Tuesdays through Saturdays, Cuban jazz band & salsa; Monday, Howie Clifton on saxophone; 624.142.2444 HOTEL EL GANZO - Tuesdays, Jazz night, 8:00 pm; Wednesdays, Guitar Virtuoso Robert Fiallo 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


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 | FEBRUARY 2014



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Who is the Chef? L o s

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Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day is supposed to be one of the most romantic days of the year, so why not spend it dining at the most romantic restaurant? Here are our top choices for the best restaurants to fall in love with on Valentine’s Day:

San José del Cabo: Voi la Bi stro

If a gourmet meal that looks like a work of art is what turns you on, Voila Bistro is a must for Valentine’s Day. Nestled in the heart of the San José Historic Art District, Voila Bistro The restaurant and menu were designed with love by owner and award-winning Chef, Robert Valle. 624 130 7569

Vi lla Valenti na

Stepping through the gates of this unique San José destination is like walking back in time to a courtyard adorned with rustic furniture, fountains, art, ornately hand-carved décor, ocean views, and stained glass. Not only is Villa Valentina a charming place to enjoy a candle-lit dinner and drinks, it also hosts art classes, gallery openings, and more. 624 142 6611

M organ’s Cella r

Cabo San Lucas: Su ns e t d a Mo n a L is a

Combined with the most magical Land’s End views in all of los Cabos, the gourmet Italian cuisine and enticing wine selection make Sunset da Mona Lisa a sought after Valentine’s Day spot. Sweeping seascapes are a welcome backdrop for dining and canoodling on the day of love. 624 145 8166

There’s a reason that Morgan’s Cellar was voted best restaurant in San José for several consecutive years. This down-town eatery boasts a breezy courtyard with a center grill, used to cook fish and steak to perfection, and winds downstairs to the wine cellar for which it’s named. Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to visit this simple and elegant restaurant and bar. 624 142 3825

La G o l o n d rin a

This open air restaurant is enveloped by the winding branches of an enormous banyan tree, draped with twinkling lights and rustic lanterns. This romantic restaurant is known for large portions of lobster, fish, steak, and more, and their famous bananas flambé is sure to ignite sparks between you and your loved one. 624 143 3705

Voila Bistro

El Farallón

El F a r a l l ón

If dining seaside and watching the sunset over the spanning Pacific Ocean is what you desire for Valentine’s Day, then El Farallón is the restaurant for you. This fine-dining, yet somewhat casual establishment is tucked into the rocky cliffs of Capela Pedregal, and offers guests a charming, old-fashion fish market like atmosphere. 624 163 4300

La Golondrina

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by yeye

“The whale myths that all people are told portray the creation of the whole universe, parts thereof and the past, present and the future. Beyond lending a sense of spirituality and cosmic order within the aboriginal world, these ancient beliefs convey genuine ecological insights into the working of nature. Stories of the Dreamtime travels of the whale reveal a sophisticated grasp of whale ecology. Maps of the whale’s journeys, breathing life and form into the landscape as he went, correspond with uncanny precision to maps of the preferred habitats of the whale that have recently been painstakingly assembled by detailed aerial and ground based scientific study.” People of the Whale

Photography by Bruce Herman

ne must wonder if the whale heart is so big only to pump blood through a massive animal, or also to feel the biggest love for us, human fellows. Los Cabos whale season is one of the attractions that invite travellers around the globe to spend some time here, and February is the peak season to see whales in the Baja lagoons. During whale season, all you need is an ocean view and taste for patient contemplation, or as belief has it, a blessing from good fortune. In Baja you will see a Whale, breathing or jumping in all its grandiosity. If you don’t own your yacht, there are 2.5 hour tours leaving from the Marina in Cabo San Lucas three times per day dedicated to the whales. One of the great migrations on the planet occurs along the Pacific Coast of North America as the magnificent Pacific Gray Whales migrate from the frozen Arctic, all the way to the isolated lagoons on the Pacific Coast of Baja California, Mexico. Gray whales migrate farther than any whale — or any mammal. Their 18,000-kilometer round trip (11,200 miles) takes them from the Bering Sea down the Pacific Coast of North America to Baja California and back to the Arctic. The whales may travel so close to the coast that people can see them, of course, those who venture for a close encounter will find that it’s quite common for mother whales to bring their babies right up to the boat for a closer look. Babies play together and they swim close to the tourist boats. There, again, one must wonder about the Universe and who we are in relation to each other, don’t you think? Where is the Whale? In February, more babies are being born, and courting and mating continue. Late arrivals are completing their southward migration, but their southward migration starts in early October, when the days grow shorter and northern waters begin to freeze. By December, whales may be seen courting and mating, many are on the migration route, some may be arriving in the lagoons of Mexico. Pregnant females are in a hurry to get to Mexico, so they arrive first. Other whales might take their time getting there. When January comes, more gray whales arrive in the warm lagoons of Mexico and begin to give birth to their young. Whales continue the courting and mating along the migration route and in the lagoons. By March, mother and baby pairs dominate the lagoons and it’s time for males and newly-pregnant females to start their journey north. New mothers are doing “spring training” for the babies so they’ll be ready for their own first migration and they swim with babies against the currents near the mouth of the lagoon, helping them build strength and endurance. In April, most of the adults and older juveniles are heading north while the first northbound whales may already have reached Alaska. The arctic sea ice has melted and open seas mean huge food supplies are again available, but mothers and babies stay longer in the Mexican lagoons. The babies need time to build up strength, as well as blubber for energy and warmth when they reach colder waters. In May, most of the mothers have started the long journey north with their babies. They travel close to the coast where waters are shallower. They stop often to nurse and rest. Meanwhile, most hungry older whales are completing their long migration north to their summer feeding grounds. In June the hungry whales are well into

the northern waters where they find plenty of food and where they feast and start to gain back weight they lost during migration and breeding/calving season. A few whales stop out along the Oregon and Washington Coast and stay all winter, but most whales keep going to the cold, food-filled waters off Alaska and Siberia and many mothers and babies complete their journey north. By July the arctic waters are teeming with food for the hungry whales, feeding and fattening is a whale’s main goal. With ice melting further north, whales can now reach the northern limits of their feeding grounds in the Bering and Chuckchi Seas. Baby whales will nurse for six to eight months, but mothers teach them to scoop up and eat tiny amphipod off the ocean floor. By the month of August, migration and mating are just weeks away, and whales keep feasting in order to be ready. They must gain blubber enough to sustain them during the months ahead. A 30-ton whale will expend so much energy on the migration to the Baja lagoons that it may lose up to eight tons of its blubber. Little or no whale food is available in the breeding grounds, so this is their time to eat! The whales feast on the arctic feeding grounds from about June through September or October, and the cycle starts again. Whales are revered in places like Alaska, Canada, Peru, New Zealand, as creatures of spiritual wisdom, and their history is closely connected with their culture, but it is here, in the Sea of Cortez, where the Gray whale have gathered in Ojo de Liebre and the inlets of Bahía Magdalena for centuries to mate, calve, and relax. Like us, most marine animals rely on sound for survival and depend on unique adaptations that enable them to communicate, protect themselves, locate food, and navigate underwater. Animals change the rate of sound production and the structure of the sounds to send different messages. Communication over long distances is usually associated with reproduction, territoriality, and maintenance of group structure. Communication over short distances is used in social interactions involving aggression, individual identification, and to maintain mother-offspring contact. Most marine mammals use sound to regain contact when members of a group are separated. Similar to sonar systems on navy ships, some whales use sound to detect, localize, and characterize objects, including obstacles and other whales. By emitting clicks, or short pulses of sound, these marine mammals can listen for echoes and detect objects underwater. Some whales and dolphins use sound to locate food. They send out pulsed sounds of high intensity and frequency that are reflected back when they strike a target. This echo helps the dolphin or whale identify the size and shape of an object, the direction in which the object is moving and enables them to estimate how far away the object is. Echolocation is a very sophisticated way of locating prey and can even be used to find prey that is hidden in the sand. For them, as for us, listening is of key importance to maintain peace and balance in their world. Whales have long captured the imaginations of people around the world, who have hunted, revered, and passionately protected them. According to science, the ancestors of whales lived on land. Once whales adapted to the water about 50 million years ago, they diversified and came to inhabit the world’s oceans. Almost 80 species are alive today. How do skeletons of the whales that lived on land compare to those that were fully aquatic? In aquatic whales, hind limbs are smaller or absent, nostrils move towards top of head, forelimbs evolve into flippers, vertebrae in tail flatten. Today, whales are identified

By Kale Cowell

Each winter, schools of the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, return to the Sea of Cortez. These massive sharks pose no threat to humans – they are filter feeders, which suck in enormous amounts of plankton and small fish as food. Some of the most popular attractions in nearby La Paz are boat tours on which guests have the opportunity to observe and swim with these beautiful creatures.

either as Mysticeti (these ones have baleen), and the Odontoceti whale who have teeth. Mysticeti tend to be larger, have two blowholes instead of one, and emit lowfrequency sounds than the higher frequency produced by odontocetes. In addition to sight, whales rely on the ability to produce and perceive different sounds in order to navigate, find food, and communicate. The whale finds its prey through echolocation, the process of emitting sound waves and listening to the echoes to locate food and avoid obstacles. Different whale species make a variety of sounds, ranging from throaty rumbles and melodious phrases to squeaks, whistles, clicks, and buzzes. What are some causes of whale stranding? Parasites, pollution, disease, disorientation, accidents with boats, entanglements with fishing gear. Weakened whales may swim into shallow water where it is easier to breathe. How have humans responded? They have tried to rescue whales, collected meat and bones, taken samples for scientific research. How have behaviours and attitudes towards hunting whales changed over time? Beached whales were passively gathered; development of commercial whaling reduced some populations to brink of extinction, a global whale conservation movement has emerged. The lives of many people around the world have been inextricably linked with whales. Whaling traditions in America are seen through artefacts such as a the whale oil lamp, a log book from the New England whaling ship William Rotch that describes two whaling voyages in the 1830s -one across the Pacific Ocean and another to the South Atlantic- or an early edition of Moby Dick. Whale imagery is incorporated into architecture and body art, and whale bone weapons and ornaments are prized. In the Americas, native people have long utilized and honoured whales, relying upon their meat for food, bone for tools and building material, and oil for fuel — and upon the majestic animals themselves as source of spiritual inspiration. One must wonder.*

Recently, I was fortunate enough to join a group of six on a tour to swim with these gentle giants. We chose Club Cantamar, which operates out of the Pichilingue Marina just north of La Paz. Their rates are reasonable, at roughly $50 US per person for a 3.5 hour tour including snorkel gear and sodas.

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The tour began 8:30 am with 20-30 minute boat ride from Pichilingue to the whale shark feeding grounds. Within a few minutes of reaching the turquoise blue water, we eyed telltale fins breaking the surface. Soon we could see a dark, spotted hulk sliding through the water. At nearly 10 meters in length and with an aggressively pointed tail and dorsal fins, there was no doubt that this was a whale shark! The shark swam slowly, and many of us were eager – though a bit nervous – to dive in to see the beast up-close. The captain, however, urged us to be patient. He suggested that we wait to find a shark which was stationary to avoid exhausting ourselves. We spotted several other sharks swimming lazily around the boat and each time the captain asked us to wait. We were soon rewarded for our patience, as we came across two of the giant fish hovering below the surface. The crew quickly situated us with fins and snorkel gear, and we slipped into the water. It was colder than expected and for a moment I wished I had rented a wetsuit, but that thought passed quickly as I approached the enormous fish. They were easily four meters long, hanging almost vertically with their tails descending. Their enormous mouths opened and closed, gulping huge quantities of plankton-clouded water. Though we knew they were not dangerous, it was unnerving to be so close to such gigantic creatures. We had been asked by the crew not to hang on to or touch the whale sharks, and we were careful not to interfere as we swam around them, continually impressed by their size and beautifully patterned skin. Soon we climbed back aboard the boat, each of us smiling. We enjoyed sodas while spying several more sharks on the ride back to the marina. The encounter with the whale sharks was one of the most incredible and gratifying adventures we’d ever experienced, and I know I will never forget it. I can’t wait to go back next year!


My Experience with

Leovigildo Martinez


Magical Realist artist by yeye

Oaxaca, Mexico, a state in southern Mexico known for its richly ar tistic traditions, has seventeen dif ferent indigenous minorities, many of whom speak languages other than Spanish. This remarkable array of cultures and folklore provide the major theme in Mar tinez’s works. Fiestas, folk customs and even the tex tiles of the region find their way into Mar tinez’s paintings, contributing to what the ar tist describes as “ figurative magic”. Leovigildo, born in 1959 in Oaxaca, Mexico, is considered a member of the “Oaxacan School” magical realist style. Apart from numerous exhibits in Mexico he has also exhibited in California and New York. Leovigildo is the illustrator of three children’s books of Oaxacan folk tales: 25 Mixtec Cats, Uncle Snake and The Moon Was at a Fiesta (Tambourine Books). He studied art in Oaxaca at both the Centro de Educación Artístico de Oaxaca and the Taller de Artes Plásticas Rufino Tamayo.

This artist’s public collections are found at the Latinamerican Art Museum a Punta del Este, Uruguay, as well as in The Mexican art Museum of Chicago. When your travels take you to Santa Fé, New Mexico, visit Cafe Pasquals galler y to find his ar t. To find him here in Los Cabos, visit Veryka Gallery in the heart of historic downtown in San José del Cabo. You will learn that Veryka means “royal eagle” (aguila real) in the Huichol tongue Wixarika. This Mexican Folk Art Gallery is a great start to your artistic journey, where you can see master pieces and the best of orignial signed art from all over our country. Leovigildo Martínez art grounds me in an unhurried feeling of familiarity with the essential quality of reality, when you take time to observe it moment by moment, it is always magic.*

Michoacán Church This Day of the Dead image was shot in Morelia the beautiful capitol city of the state of Michoacán, in central west Mexico. The people you see are from the strong and proud Purepachecka tribe who hold strongly to their tribal identity and traditions. The altar is a classic representation of a Day of the Dead offerendum adorned with food flowers and candles in hopes of attracting souls of those who have passed on back for a visit. In this case, they are honouring a famous Dr. Quiroga, who had once many years ago helped the tribe survive a deadly epidemic of influenza. His oil painted portrait is part of the altar. Today altars are often adorned with photos of those who have passed on. The baskets near the women would contain food , drink and other items representing things that he might have liked during his life. There is also the town of Quiroga near lake Pátzquaro named in honour of the good Doctor who helped these people so long ago.

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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!

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2nd Annual

ART & CULTURE For seven days from Sunday February 2, 2014 to Sunday February 9, 2014, the magical city of Todos Santos will present their 2nd Annual Mask Project. A fundraising art and cultural event to help raise money to support the many children who are residents of Hogar del Niño; a small orphanage where they receive the love and care they so desperately need. In Spanish, ‘’Hogar’’ means home, as in Home of the Kids.

‘’Last year’s Mask Project, was the highly successful Skull Project,’’ said Nancy Serfas, the events organizer and founder. ‘’I was moved to begin fundraising for the children at Hogar del Nino after becoming by Fernando Rodriguez involved with a group of Americans who were providing good, nutritious lunches for them once a week. There were 25 kids and 8 caretakers living at the Hogar/Home and very little money to support them. They are totally dependent on outside donations. Our first two events were food and wine dinners which were sold out. Each time since then, we have raised enough money to support the orphanage for about a month.’’ ‘’Last year I was trying to think of some way to raise money that would be different and fun and the idea of decorating cow skulls popped into my head,’’ added Nancy, ‘’Rounding up 30 skulls was a challenge

that my husband and I spent weeks getting them clean enough to use. I passed them out to Todos Santos’ most well known artists (Michael Cope, Eric Ochoa, Doug West, Jill Logan, Gloria Ruenitz, and many more). We had a total of 45 skulls and the results were amazing. They hung at Galeria de Todos Santos for a week and were sold by silent auction. I was hoping to average $100.00 per skull but we made $11,000.00 U.S. dollars. Unbelievable!’’ ‘’Topping last year’s fundraising amount is going to be tough,’’ speculates Nancy, ‘’but the project this year is masks. Anyone who wants to participate and donate a mask is encouraged to contact me. We need to have the masks by February 1. They will again hang at Galeria de Todos Santos and be sold by silent auction. There are currently 27 children in the loving care of Hogar del Nino.’’ Masks must be hand made out of paper, plaster, ceramic gourds, wood, flotsam, jetsam, etc. Paper mache’ forms were available at the end of November for $50 pesos, which is less than $4 US dollars. For more information, please contact and/or visit the orphanage’s website, The masks will be on display at the Galeria de Todos Santos during the Festival de Arte, February 2 to February 9 and will be rewarded to the highest bidder at the gala finale on February 10, 2014. *

in San José Del Cabo

Local Charity Provides Education, Medical and Basic Needs Assistance Article and photos by Cathy Buchanan

A young girl with her first new bicycle; a preteen opening a purse to find barrettes and bracelets; a small boy unwrapping a big box of Lego. The smiles on children’s faces on Christmas Eve at the Centro de Apoyo Liga MAC touched hearts with the spirit of giving. The annual Christmas Posada marks the culmination of the Liga MAC holiday series of four events. First, at the Christmas Fiesta in the Shoppes at Palmilla, attendees donate toys for children up to 12 years of age. The Fiesta is followed by a day of sorting gifts into appropriate age and probable gender groups and next comes a day of gift-wrapping. Finally, on Christmas Eve, Santa distributes gifts, in a posada complete with piñatas and candy. “It’s rewarding to see the satisfaction in the faces of parents as they watch the their children unwrap beautiful gifts,” says Liga MAC Executive Director Elva Haro. “The Posada at the Centro brings some ease to the pressure of the Season.” Recipients of donated gifts are children of families Liga MAC has helped during the year thorough the Despensa or Basic Needs program. In this program, San José del Cabo residents facing severe financial difficulty are carefully screened to establish need. Families enter the program for a three-month cycle intended as a bridge for achieving financial stability. Vouchers for food at local supermarkets are delivered twice monthly and recipients also receive counsel and tools for living from local professionals. Planning for the annual series of four holiday events begins in early November. Sponsors including the Shoppes at Palmilla, El Wine Shop, Hilton Los Cabos, Oxten, DalMar Music Studio, ITSA, Palabra de Vida, and choir director Miguel Escobosa are enlisted. Donated items for raffle are collected, home-made appetizers are baked and the Christmas tree is set up before guests begin to arrive, arms laden with toys for donation.

. Liga MAC is a legally formed charitable organization providing education, medical and basic needs assistance to more than 2000 families in San Jose del Cabo. To learn more go to or write | FEBRUARY 2014



whale WISDOM

The world is sound

“ A person does not hear sound only through the ears; he hears sound through every pore of his body. It permeates the entire being, and according to its particular influence either slows or quickens the rhythm of the blood circulation; it either wakens or soothes the nervous system. It arouses a person to greater passions or it calms him by bringing him peace. According to the sound and its influence a certain effect is produced. Sound becomes visible in the form of radiance. This shows that the same energy which goes into the form of sound before being visible is absorbed by the physical body. In that way the physical body recuperates and becomes charged with new magnetism.” ― Hazrat Inayat Khan Many cultures’ tradition teach the belief that the Universe came to be by the omnipotent power of the WORD. The frequency of sound. The harmony of music. The electro-magnetism of energy. Sound vibrations have a tremendous influence over human functionality as sound touches and influences our emotions like no other source of input or expression. Science and research have focused their experiments to establish that virtually everything on Earth vibrates, that the planet itself vibrates and it is known as true that sound exists as electromagnetic vibrations. NASA has specially designed instruments on board the Voyager and other probes, which have picked up and recorded these vibrations, all within the range of human hearing (20-20,000 cycles per second). From an original CD: JUPITER NASA-VOYAGER SPACE SOUNDS (1990) BRAIN/MIND Research we can hear a fascinating recording of Jupiter sounds (electromagnetic “voices”) by NASA-Voyager. The complex interactions of charged electromagnetic particles from the solar wind , planetary magnetosphere etc. create vibration “soundscapes”. If you haven’t heard these, please do. A beautiful thing to experience. Motion is manifested in everything within the Universe – nothing is at rest – everything moves, vibrates, spins and circles. This motion generates frequencies, which then generate sound. Whether we hear it, everything has a sound, a vibration all its own. The velocity (frequency) of the movement determines the specific sound. All organisms on this planet use vibration, a.k.a. energy, as the primary means of communication. Experts in this field insist that because all organisms are made out of atoms and molecules, you and I and every living thing are radiating energy, vibes. The human body is 90 percent waterthe perfect medium for carrying sound, and we are constantly being vibrated, on a cellular level, by heard and unheard sound frequencies. Sound is a nutrient for the nervous system. The auditory mechanism is a mega-portal to the brain and sonic tools empower health, learning and productivity. People worldwide-including Sufis, Hindus, Native Americans, and Catholic monks- have long relied on sound to heal, and while their practices differ the principle is the same. The belief is that there is “a tendency toward harmony in nature. Consider the example of two metronomes in the same room beating at different rhythms. Eventually, of their own accord, they will begin to beat in synchrony with each other.” Pythagoras said it around 400 BC, “each celestial body, in fact each and every atom, produces a particular sound on account of its movement, its rhythm or vibration. All these sounds and vibrations form a universal harmony in which each element, while having its own function and character, contributes to the whole.” Pythagoras was credited as being the first person to prescribe harmonic frequencies and music to treat human conditions. He invented instruments and with the use of sound and vibration he was able to bring an individual’s attention to the awareness of their Divine Nature in order to facilitate the healing process. His concept of “The Divine” referred to the observable & measurable fact that there is Absolute Order pervasive throughout the entire Universe (everywhere-all the time) and that this Order has Intelligence. He has been described as a man who knew remarkable things and who was above all famous for having left behind him a way of life. One of his most important discoveries was that the harmonic musical intervals could be expressed by perfect numerical ratios, a finding that led him to the realization that all sensible phenomena follow the pattern of number. Pythagoras used various intervals of harmonic ratios as a “medicine” for diseases of the body, mind & soul.


Do whales sing?

Gray whales lack vocal cords but do have a voice. They produce sounds by forcing air from their nasal passages into sacs, without exhaling any air.

Today it is confirmed by professionals that it works due to the law of physics. Resonance, entrainment, and brain wave synchronization are phenomena that enable the process to occur naturally and effortlessly. Imagine lying on top of a massive cello with hundreds of strings. Every string is precisely tuned to exact frequencies that generate infinite ranges of exquisite harmonic overtones. These Emanations unfold like audible fractals. The frequencies turn off the “disquieting mind” aligning your mind, body & spirit to the higher order of harmonics. Its healing effects occur on the deepest levels of our being. The strings are played from underneath like a cosmic harp. By sustaining it long enough, YOU sync up with the harmonic frequencies. It’s simply a law of physics and since your entire body is physically connected to the resonant sound chamber of the instrument you not only hear them, but you actually feel these harmonic frequencies throughout your entire body. There are many factors that influence if and how much a sound source affects us. How loud the source is and what frequencies it transmits. The potential impact of loud sound may prevent us from hearing other important sounds, this is called masking. Sound might also cause us to change our behaviour. Scientists use data on the way in which the subject react to similar sounds and sound levels to estimate how much the sound might affect his behaviour. Responses to different sounds vary dramatically, from no response at all, to minor, momentary reactions, to profound changes in behaviour. Exposure to very loud sounds can cause temporary or permanent hearing damage, just as is the case for teenagers who go to too many rock concerts without wearing earplugs. Finally, it is possible for sound levels to be so high that they cause direct physical injury. Explosions can cause injury to the inner ear, for example, an sound is used as a weapon of destruction in war countries. Whales, as well as dolphins, seals, Oceanographers and submariners, all working or living in the ocean use sound to sense their surroundings, to communicate, and to navigate. If you think about it, all of us in land do as well. Sound is an important element to our evolution and survival, and sound defines the listener whether she is aware of it or not. Whale wisdom...When you sail out to sea in the early morning to convince a whale to let you touch her, try it. Sing, chant and wait. Vibrate your friendly loving frequency, use the electromagnetic power of your sound. Echolocation works. The world is sound.*

HEALTHY LIVING Clarity of Mind “It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

According to scientific research, every time you meditate, you open up the frontal lobe of your brain, where the pineal gland exists. This part of the brain is responsible for the release of oxytocin, melatonin and serotonin, the neurotransmitters behind our feelings of joy, the happiness chemicals. Each meditation session activates this part of the brain, which results in heightened states of bliss, love and clarity. So what happens when we drink alcohol? It severs the connection from the frontal lobe of the brain to the rear lobe of the brain, which directs our primal instincts of survival and procreation. In effect, it shuts down the activity of the pineal gland (considered to be the third eye and the gateway to mystical experiences, such as enlightenment), drinking alcohol impairs our ability to think clearly and intuitively. It also erodes the production of serotonin and oxytocin, which is why the day after drinking alcohol we feel depressed. To have a clear mind means no confusion. Confusion stresses us and creates anxiety, and certainly decisions that arise from a confused mind, cause more confusion. When there is no clarity of mind our relationship with our Self, and others, falls into conflict as we see how our words and actions disappoint our desire to live a fulfilling life. Maybe the most dangerous symptom of an unclear mind is the dreadful feeling of others against I, and that I must be someone who I am not to be liked by others, or even worse I surrender my happiness to the mercy of what others do with it, and I convince myself that others have to change in order for me to be happy. Self importance takes over, suddenly it is all about me and I forget why it is that I am here, in this Universe, which in fact is probably the same reason why others are here, in this Universe. Why am I doing what I am doing? If no clear answer comes to this question, I must clear my mind. Or like Einstein said, “if you can’t explain it to a 10 year old, you do not understand it yourself.” For those who choose the path of yoga know that the first teaching behind the practice is to “know thyself”. Yoga is a practice of self observation, a practice of equanimity and awareness. The benefit? A clear peaceful mind. So, I detox. I remember. When I don’t know what to do, I do nothing until my mind is clear. I stay still, observe and listen.*

~ how do I feel? “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ― Confucius

“Let’s be less dominated by how we look and more dominated by how we feel. Let’s be less dominated by our ego and more dominated by our wisdom.” Famous Master Yogi Bryan Kest tells us that the goal is wellness, not flexibility or strength or aesthetics. He shows us how in the Western culture we are raised in, we have been taught we need to get somewhere. You know, get thin, get young looking, get pretty, get strong, get shapely, get flexible, get rich, get respected, etc. Of course, we bring that attitude into our habits, always trying to meet goals and force our bodies here and there. Rarely ever honouring what our body is telling us in its succinct language of sensation until it is too late and we irritate or injure something. Thousands of people around the world follow his advice on a daily basis, when he says that there is no healing if you are not honouring what you are feeling. “The healthier my relationship with myself becomes, believe it or not, the healthier my relationships with the people in my life becomes.” Healthy being the key idea here. Think about it, after all, it does not serve me to think I am beautiful, if I do not feel beautiful. Based on this observation, maybe our beauty tip of this month can be that when you don’t feel beautiful, first define what being beautiful means to you, then observe your sensations and ask yourself, how do I feel? Remember your intention and one breath at a time, one issue at a time, one relationship at a time, moment by moment, realign your definition so you can bring into equilibrium the unbalances of your body and mind, until your inner voice answers your question saying...beautiful!

5 Best Foods for Clear Skin by Neysa Your wedding is right around the corner and your skin is freaking out. Try not to change up your routine by using any harsh products that will offset the PH of your skin. Remember to drink lots of water, calm your nerves and try these 5 power foods to help clear up your skin: Walnuts: These are loaded with natural fatty acids and minerals and can make your skin soft and will even out your complexion. You’ll only need a handful a few times a week to get results. Remember when eating nuts… don’t over-do it. You just need a few. Greek Yogurt: I like to use unsweetened and then add honey and lemon or cinnamon so that its not too sweet, but suit yourself. Either way greek yogurt has TONS of protein, calcium, and essential vitamins. Yogurt will prevent future wrinkles and give your skin a healthy glow. Dark Chocolate: NOT milk chocolate…. I know I prefer milk chocolate too. But have you tried the almonds that are dusted in dark chocolate? They are made in heaven, and the perfect treat for when your craving something really bad. Cocoa holds hydrating nutrients and is loaded with antioxidants which will make your skin brighter and clearer. Believe it or not!! Who knew chocolate could be good for you? Remember that quantity is key here. That’s why dark chocolate works well for me. I don’t need to eat the whole thing to satisfy a craving and its actually great for my skin. (3-4 squares of 70% Cacao chocolate for best results) Kale: Packed full with vitamin C and iron, kale is a super food which helps prevent skin damage and irritation. It can calm redness and inflammation and is loaded with antioxidants which keep the elasticity in your skin. It’s also super for your eyesight so you can keep sharp laser vision and also great for weight loss. I personally don’t like kale, BUT I found out that you don’t even taste it if you mix it in your vanilla protein shake in the morning. I like to add some natural peanut butter and coconut oil so it tastes pretty darn good. Berries: All berries are rich in vitamins and antioxidants that combat free radicals and make your skin glow. They also have nutrients that prevent breakouts. Fruit smoothies ( with fresh berries) are the way to go.

La Alacena Viva ~ Local Orgánico Saludable is opening at Villa Valentina in San José del Cabo. What does that mean? If you are looking for your RAWdelicious snacks, vegetarian treats, organic produce and power foods like heartfelt raw chocolate, you must visit Kim. Los Cabos does offer excellent organic produce in most of the restaurants, but it is certainly a cause of celebration to have a place where you not only find healthy food, but also healthy ideas. A passion for the holistic, premaculture, and the sustainability movement inspires this space to recreate a lifestyle and a way of living that supports the family best. Gaia organic farm’s intention is also to offer you a wellness retreat space where you can pause to take a breath. Workshops on Permaculture, natural living shifts, diet, food prep, home gardens, are offered. A Heart Opener Smoothie by the Raw Food sisters (Chia, chlorella, and maca are all found at La Alacena Viva) - 1 handful spinach - 3 bananas - 3 dates - 1-2 cup blackberries - 1-2 cup cherries - 1 tbl chia seeds (soaked overnight) - 1 tsp chlorella - 1 tsp maca

*Neysa Owner / Hairstylist / Make-up Artist Blanc Bridal Salon, Los Cabos, Mexico www.

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A NEW YEAR BRINGS NEW INVENTORY FOR BUYERS 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 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.

Jim Olson has spent a lifetime refining his skills. He genuinely enjoys learning about people and other cultures. He is a good listener and he is extremely committed to creating the best work possible. He knows it takes a lot of perseverance and tenacity to achieve it, and he loves what he does. Mr. Olson is optimistic, and he feels that with effort and collaboration we can do almost anything. He thinks about the future a lot, he believes that imagining what might happen helps to inform what can happen. In his opinion, living a healthy lifestyle enables him to put his full energies into what he does. For those who wonder, these are the qualities that make him a successful architect. Architect Jim Olson is the founding partner of Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects. He is noted for his explorations of the aesthetic interplay of art, nature and architecture, and the relationship between light and space for over forty years. Published worldwide, his work is also the focus of three monographs: Jim Olson Houses; Art + Architecture: The Ebsworth Collection and Residence; and most recently, Jim Olson: Art in Architecture. Though best known for houses, often for art collectors, Olson has designed museums, religious spaces and commercial buildings. His current work can be found on three continents, and in addition to residences includes a botanical garden visitor center, an art museum, and the JW Marriott Puerto Los Cabos. In terms of residential design in particular (especially among art collectors), Jim is world class. He is sought out for his work by clients across the globe. He is probably best described as the connoisseur’s architect of choice. Simplicity at its best, Jim Olson’s architecture is elegant and beautiful, and is his idea that buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people, and that inspiring surroundings have a positive effect on people’s lives, why we talked to him hoping his expertise inspires YOU.* What is your observation about how best to build or choose buildings that can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people here in Los Cabos, and what are the challenges of such design? First we look at the climate and the landscape. How does the sun and the wind and the ocean air affect life in Los Cabos? What local building traditions have stood the test of time? What local building materials are the most durable? What materials fit into the environment best? What plant materials thrive best in this environment? What are the most important reasons that people have made their homes in Los Cabos? What is the spirit and background of the local culture? Why do visitors come to Los Cabos? If we answer all these questions and create buildings and environments that put them all together in a respectful way we will create a place that, with integrity, brings people, culture and nature together. Describe the positive effects that inspiring surrounds have on people’s lives, as you have experienced it. People who eat healthy food, get plenty of exercise and have a balanced, positive outlook on life tend to flourish and lead happier lives. Our environment is really our extension of our bodies and minds. Harmony and beauty make us feel uplifted and positive. We humans are creatures of nature. We are enriched by being close to nature, sunlight, views and vistas, plants and birds, and so on. We are naturally inspired by tall mountains, vast oceans and beautiful sunsets. Architecture designed to help us focus our attention on these things inspires us and makes us feel a true love of life. What is your opinion about Sacred Geometry? I have great respect for classical proportions, including the golden section. These proportions are generally based on the ideal human figure. You can find these same proportions throughout nature. I don’t know why, but people are intuitively attracted to these proportions and they help to define how we perceive beauty. How would you answer a 10 year old who does not know who you are, when he asks you this question: Who are you and how would you like to be remembered? I have spent my entire life searching for beauty in the world. When I find it, I try to frame it with my architecture so that others will see the beauty too. I would like to be remembered as an architect who taught people to pause and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us every moment of our lives. I would like to be the architect who helped people see the world through the eyes of the artist within them.

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you live here

by Michelle Geisler Anderson

Keeping Watch

Enjoy unforgettable whale watching views from home Legend says that whale-sightings from your property is a sign of good fortune and blessings to the home. Surrounded by everything you love and in company you cherish, a visit from a whale at home is as welcoming as the return of snowbird neighbors. Like us, these whales visit and raise their calves along our safe shores and warm waters. They play, rest and make reunions, every year returning to Los Cabos. Los Cabos has an abundance of properties and neighborhoods that lend view to the whale. Custom homes and various home site lots are available in the Pedregal Community of Cabo San Lucas. These spectacular properties perch over the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California. These views are quite notable as some orient over the Bay of Cabo San Lucas, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Residents are keeping watch from hillside homes and beachfront terraces as the whales descend from their long Alaskan journey. Migrating past Land’s End into the warm Sea of Cortez the whales can be seen from single and multi-family residences, villas, condominiums, fractional properties and Esperanza, an Auberge Resort and Spa, which are found within the 174 acres behind the gates of Punta Ballena (translated as Whales Point). The Esperanza hotel and the beach club for the Punta Ballena residences are located on reaching seaside points that allow you to get even closer to the secluded coves and the breeching whales that visit this part of rugged coastline. There are plenty of hide-a-ways spots where our whales share vacation time. The Bay of Santa María is not only a go-to-spot for snorkeling, but it is also a place to spot whales taking a break in its serene bay. Owners of the new

residential community, Maravilla (currently building along the highway), will enjoy unforgettable whale watching views from their home site lots and villas. Everybody is watching the Bay of Chileno since pods of whales and their calves often pass through. Auberge Resorts, the management company of the sophisticated Esperanza hotel located in Punta Ballena, is beginning to develop a parcel of land within Chileno Bay. Once the Solage Hotel & Resort breaks ground it will offer Resort and Residential experiences to owners and guests. Further along the Sea of Cortez, in the area of Punta Palmilla, is a 1,000 acre golf community of custom homes, condominiums, townhouses, and the exclusive community of Villas del Mar. Situated behind a guard-gated entry adjacent to the One&Only Palmilla, Villas Del Mar offers a variety of ownership options ranging from oceanfront villas to mountainside casitas. Villas Del Mar’s private resident beach club, Club Ninety Six, secures some of the most coveted real estate for a whale watching adventure. Many other residential communities built along the Bay of San José achieve views of the coastline right from their homes and condominiums and can become your next sought after whale watching destination.

Whale watching is like watching the Real Estate market. To spot something good, you have to be keeping watch. The trick to enjoying any ocean view is always to be “keeping watch” for the whale. In the same way, it is important to be “keeping watch” so you can discover a home where your location is about being one with nature.* | FEBRUARY 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.

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Stay a day, a week or a lifetime Offering Full & Fractional Oceanfront Ownership on Medano Beach. Breathtaking beauty and personal pampering await you at Villa La Estancia. From your private view of Land’s End to full service ultra resort style amenities. A rewarding personal and financial lifestyle choice. See for yourself why a high percentage of owners purchase more.

Amenities Galore From fine dining at our restaurants, to having your own private chef prepare your catch of the day in the comfort of your villa. A rejuvenating massage on your private veranda, on the sands of Medano Beach or at our Award Winning Desert Spa. Sip your favorite beverage at our dual swim up bars, while soaking in the Cabo rays. Feel the stress cascading off as you view whales breeching at Land’s End from one of our five ocean view hot tubs. Spa and Workout facility, 24/7 Platinum Concierge Service, 24/7 Security and Assigned underground parking. Market, Deli, Doctors Office, Private tennis courts, Wifi, successful rental/reservation program for owners and much more Close to town and Activities, yet private quiet and secluded.

Life has its moments, make yours memorable. Two Bedroom Three full baths – Sleeps 8 Three bedroom Four full baths – Sleeps 10 Two and Three Bedrooms Eighth Share / Six weeks Low $200,000 – High $300,000 Two and Three Bedrooms Quarter Share / Three months Low $300,000 – High $700,000 Full Ownership and Penthouses $1.3 million - $3.8 million Mx: 624 143-8121 U.S.:619-683-7883 Toll Free: 1-877-499-1901

2 Bedroom Villa

Average total Sq. Ft.: 2100 | FEBRUARY 2014



San Jose del Cabo · Palmilla · 4 BR · 4 ½ BA · $1,950,000 · MLS# 13-1543

Single story ocean view home with exceptional privacy. Two master bedrooms designed for privacy on each side of the home. Central courtyard lends access to two additional guest suites, complete with kitchenette. High ceilings, open kitchen with stainless steel gas appliances, double copper sink and island bar. Pocket doors open interior living into large outdoor space, big pool, Jacuzzi, fire pit, and BBQ!

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Michelle Geisler Anderson LOCAL CELL: (011-52-1) 624-157-1775 · US/CAN: (908) 864-0530 Michelle@DreamHomesOfCabo.comwww. (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 | FEBRUARY 2014



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 | FEBRUARY 2014


February 2014 - Whale Season  

They're Back! The Gray Whale migration to Baja Sur

February 2014 - Whale Season  

They're Back! The Gray Whale migration to Baja Sur