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ROAD TRIPS Los Pueblos de Baja Sur
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Los Cabos & South Baja: This incredible corner of the World Maps: Baja Peninsula • Baja Sur • San José del Cabo • The Corridor • Cabo San Lucas Activities: Snorkelling • Scuba diving • Surfing • Fishing & boating • Golf • Adventures • Activity of the Month: Baja Camping Los Cabos Top Beaches: descriptions and tips about the best beaches in Los Cabos Useful Information: How to dial in Los Cabos • Driving tips • Money & Currency • Important phone numbers
Happening Now • Cabo’s Party Scene • Live Music Schedules • Destino Puzzles
DISCOVER The Islands of Loreto
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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 which are located on the Pacific side, in between Cabo San Lucas and Todos Santos. “The Aquarium of the World,” are the words that the Jacques Cousteau used to describe the Sea of Cortez. It is said that eons ago, back when the Earth and Continents were still taking their shape, the edge of Mexico split from the mainland to form the Gulf of California and the Baja Peninsula. This allowed the Pacific Ocean to rush into the gap and create the Sea of Cortez, or as some call it, Mother Nature’s own fish trap. Hundreds of varieties of fish and mammals found their way into this “trap” and either stayed in its warm shallow waters or ventured down into the cool bottom of the two mile deep San Andreas Fault. For millenniums, the Colorado River has been dragging its rich minerals and nutrients into the Sea of Cortez, aiding the living species to thrive in these waters. In the months of January through March, Gray whales make their yearly migration from Alaska to give birth to their young in the shallow and warms waters of the Sea of Cortez.
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 downtown San José will allow you to experience a traditional Mexican town. 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 galleries welcome
guests to 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. *
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The Los Cabos area boasts a wide variety of things to do -- Get your feet wet with a snorkelling, diving or fishing excursion, or stick to dry land with a round of golf or an ATV tour. Below is a guide to some activities San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas have to offer.
available slips for boats up to 400 feet. Amenities are similar to Marina Cabo San Lucas, though the boatyard’s 150ton travel lift can accommodate larger vessels.
BOATING & FISHING
With calm waters, extraordinary fishing and perfect weather, some may 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, there are endless options to fit your needs. BOAT RENTALS Private yachts and sailboats There are several charter companies that can accommodate your needs. What you do on your trip is really up to you, but it will typically consist of a tour of the landmark arch, a few hours of fishing, and a cruise to one of our beautiful bays for a swim. Most boats have fishing equipment and a knowledgeable crew, but the biggest difference between a yacht and a fishing boat rental is the cost. Fishing Boat Rentals You can always fish on a yacht, but cruisers and pangas and super-pangas are a more affordable option. Cruisers accommodate larger groups and are more comfortable when the sea is rough on a windy day. THE MARINAS Marina Cabo San Lucas, the area’s largest commercial marina, features 380 slips and accommodates vessels of up to 375 feet. Amenities include 24hour security, electricity and potable water, a fuel dock, and convenient laundry and shower facilities. Puerto Los Cabos, located in La Playita, just north of San José del Cabo is the newest marina in the area with 200 8
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FISHING 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. What to Expect Most charters include a fishing license, bait, tackle and equipment. Some also include food and drink or these amenities can be added at an additional cost. It is better to leave early, and trips usually begin at 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. It is customary to leave the crew a gratuity of 15% to 20%. Bait and Tackle Most likely, the boat you charter will include your bait and tackle. If you need your own fresh bait, you may buy it along the Cabo San Lucas Marina or the crew you hire may also stop to buy it from the local fishermen on your way out.
Sport fishing flags commonly seen in Los Cabos:
All that’s fishy from Lands End to La Paz - FISHING REPORT
Captain Jorge of the Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet gets in a laugh over this huge thick-bodied trophy rooster estimated at 60 to 75 pounds caught by first-timer Rob Rost, Boise, Idaho. Photo credit Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter International.
by Gary Graham
As the summer season settles in, most conversations include the word HOT, whether it’s about the weather or the fishing, along with chatter about El Nino and Chubasco’s. The biggest topic of conversation, however, is the fishing. Striped marlin, with enough of the bigger blues and black marlin to keep anglers alert, dominate the offshore from Cabo to Bahia de Palmas, while the other mainstay, yellowfin tuna and dorado have failed to make a strong showing thus far, though they are expected to arrive in numbers following the warm water. Close to shore, the huge roosterfish, in numbers only whispered about in the past, are eating almost anything that gets in their way. Most of these odd creatures with their high dorsal fins resembling a rooster’s comb are released. Other players in the hot fishing game right now are pargo and a continuing unusual wahoo bite that doesn’t want to quit this season! With predictions of a 70% chance of an El Nino occurring later this summer and with a record breaking two Chubasco’s … both Category 4s … already recorded down south, we can expect continued hot weather matched by hot fishing for more species as the summer season develops.
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LOS CABOS 101 This rocky ledge leads into a canyon where groupers and larger fish are often sighted; 35 minutes by boat. Blow Hole Beginners/Advanced - 30’-70’ 35-minutes from San Lucas, or just 10 minutes from Chileno beach, this dive offers rocky valleys presenting a variety of fish. Las Salinas Beginners - 30’-45’ - A sunken SNORKELLING & Japanese fishing boat attracts a large SCUBA DIVING assortment of fish at this beginners’ Prepare yourself for an incredible dive; about 80 minutes from Cabo San show of nature as you swim side Lucas or one hour from La Playita. by side with colourful schools of Gordo Banks fish, eels, rays, octopus, sea turtles Advanced - 110’-120’ - A and more. The Sea of Cortez or the seamount provides views of “Aquarium of the World” offers many marlin, hammerheads, skip jacks opportunities to experience incredible and at times huge manta rays; underwater wildlife. one hour from La Playita. Cabo Pulmo SCUBA DIVING DESTINATIONS Beginner-Advanced - 30’-100’ Note: travel time is from the Cabo San A one hour drive east of San Lucas marina José or five minutes by boat and Land’s End you’ll find the only living coral Intermediate-Advanced - 50’-60’ reef in the Sea of Cortez. Five minutes by boat and you can share the water with sea lions SNORKELLING SPOTS and moray eels, with a sunken Cabo offers several methods for boat visible in the Falls. snorkelling. You may drive to a local Sand Falls beach and swim out, book a tour with Beginners - Advanced - 30’-100’ one of the many popular companies, Steep sand banks drop sharply into a or charter a private boat. Tours are canyon filled with tropical fish. The typically two or three hours. Stay away canyon runs from the depths of the Cabo San Lucas bay to within 30 feet of from the Pacific side of the peninsula; its strong currents make it very the beach. dangerous for any kind of water sports. Pelican Rock Pelican Rock Beginners - 25’-80’ A quick five-minute ride from the Cabo This large rock attracts many San Lucas marina or Medano Beach is tropical fish and is only five all it takes to get to this fish-attracting minutes from shore. rock. Neptune’s Finger Lover’s Beach Advanced - 80’-100’ This popular and uniquely-named A spectacular canyon wall dive. beach is accessible only by boat. Be on Cabeza de Ballena the look-out, however, as the water is Beginners - 20’-40’ not roped off for swimmers. A 25-minute boat ride leads to a dive through large boulders with many fish. Santa Maria Bay Snorkel tours regularly visit Santa Santa María Cave Maria Bay. If you choose to drive there, Beginners - 20’-40’ it’s an easy swim from the shore to the Reachable from the shore or a reef on the right side of the cove. 35-minute boat ride, the entrance to Santa Maria canyon has a huge variety Chileno Bay of fish which feed right from your hand. Snorkelers will find a safe, roped-off area for swimming at this common tour Chileno destination. Beginners - 30’-70’ Cabo Pulmo This location offers parking, sea turtle A Natural Marine Reserve in the East sightings, tropical fish, and night Cape, and may offer the best snorkelling dives over a sandy and rocky bottom in the area. This eight-fingered coral following a 35-minute boat ride. reef is about a 2-hour drive from San El Gavilán José del Cabo, but it is well worth it! Intermediate/Advanced - 70’-100’
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 Tiger Woods to Nicklaus and Fazio, many of the big names in golf have designed courses on this unique landscape. There are private courses such as Diamante, Querencia and El Dorado be invited by a member to play. Many public courses 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 DEL SOL Ocean Course - A Jack Nicklaus signature course with six ocean front holes (1.5 miles). Known for its “3 finest finishing holes in golf” the Ocean Course is said to be one of the most difficult yet beautiful courses in the area. 18 holes, 7,075 yards, par 72. Desert Course – Designed by Tom Weiskopf, this course winds through the desert above the Ocean Course and challenges the golfer with risk vs reward type decision-making. 18 holes, 7,049 yards, par 72. (624) 145-8200 - www.cabodelsol.com CABO SAN LUCAS COUNTRY CLUB This course was designed by Roy Dye and is conveniently located outside of Cabo San Lucas and is the only one with views of Land’s End. It has more than 80 bunkers and slightly inclined fairways and one of the longest holes in all of Mexico at 610 yards. 18 holes, 7,220 yards, par 72. (624) 143 4654 - www.cabosanlucascountryclub.com PUERTO LOS CABOS The only composite course in the area with two different 9 hole courses designed by two legends of golf, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman respectively. Oceanfront holes, elevation changes, and incredible vistas make Puerto Los Cabos a unique and special experience for any golfer at any handicap. 18 holes, 6,818 yards, par 73. (624) 173-9300 - www.puertoloscabos.com CABO REAL The newly renovated Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf course is one of the Corridor’s first championship courses and boasts beautiful views of the Sea of Cortez, elevation changes, and has hosted two PGA Senior Slams. 18 holes, 7,037 yards, par 72. (624) 173-9400 ext. 1 - www.caboreal.com PALMILLA With 27 holes of golf, each 9 hole course offers something different. The Ocean, Mountain, and Arroyo courses all boast Jack Nicklaus Design and a fun and challenging layout with canyons and elevation changes. (624) 144-5250 - www.palmillagc.com PUNTA SUR GOLF - FORMERLY MAYAN PALACE GOLF This 9 hole course is a friendly course but make sure you hit ‘em straight because throughout the course you are surrounded by homes and condos in beautiful San José. A fun course for any level of golfer. 9 holes, 3,141 yards, par 35. (624) 142-0900 - www.vidantagolf.com CLUB CAMPESTRE SAN JOSÉ Make sure you bring your creativity for the greens at Club Campestre, the newest Jack Nicklaus Design in Los Cabos. Almost every green has 2 or 3 different tiers, so spend some time on the practice green before your round. 18 holes, 7,055 yards, par 71. (624) 173-9300 - www.clubcampestresanjose.com www.DestinoMagazine.com | JULY 2014
LOS CABOS 101 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
Baja Sur has been a popular surfing destination since the ‘50s. The East Cape is popular for kite surfing and the Pacific coast has several surf breaks where you will find less crowds. See our map on page 11 and look for this symbol to locate the surf spots mentioned bellow. San Pedrito Level: Advanced Direction: Right, left Location: Pacific side right before arriving to Todos Santos Cerritos Level: Great for beginners Direction: Right and left Location: Pacific side at Km 65 of the Cabo San Lucas- Todos Santos road Monuments Level: Advanced Direction: Left Location: at Km 6.5 of the Corridor, closer to Cabo San Lucas El Tule Level: Advanced Direction: Right and left Location: Exit at Km 16.2 at El Tule bridge Costa Azul consists of three breaks: The Rock or La Roca Level: Advanced Direction: Right Zippers Level: All level Direction: Right Acapulquito Level: All levels Direction: Right Location: at Km 28.5. Access is below the Costa Azul bridge La Bocana at the estuary Level: All levels Direction: Right and left Location: San José del Cabo’s main beach, close to the Holiday Inn Shipwrecks Level: Advanced 10
SEASONS June through November The summer months are known to be the best as the Southern Hemisphere’s swells send great waves to the Pacific, Cabo San Lucas, San José and the East Cape. December through February East Cape and Costa Azul are on the flatter side. The Pacific can be good this time of year because it’s exposed to the west swell. March through May This is the windy season. Swells are consistent and you’ll run into fewer crowds.
This sport is most popular in the East Cape due to the El Norte winds. Playa Norte (the north-east side of the beach) in Los Barriles is said to be the most popular destination and is also the location for a professional kite-boarding 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.
STAND UP PADDLING
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, to get a great workout and to enjoy nature. At Médano beach you can rent boards in several locations. Paddle along the rocks of Land’s End to make your way to Lover’s Beach and the Arch. Certain companies offer paddling lessons and some have yoga classes on the board. 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 the abdominal muscles than in your arms. Your gaze should be level at the horizon and 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 you don’t fall the board.
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LOS CABOS 101 ADVENTURE
Los Cabos offers a number of entertainment options for adventure seekers. From guided bicycle tours to a sunset horseback ride on the beach or a high-speed zipline across one of the many local canyons, pick an adventure that is right for you and get out there! Buggy, Atv, Or Bike Rentals There are several local companies which offer ATVs, buggies, and other off-road vehicles for trail and beach cruising. Strap on some goggles and hop behind the wheel of one of these off-road racers for an afternoon of fast-paced fun! Vehicles include typical ATVs or enclosed rail buggies or RZR ATVs. Tours are typically three hours, and drivers must be 16 years of age with a valid drivers’ license. If pedal-powered rides are more your speed, look into renting a mountain bike, beach cruiser, or joining a guided bicycle tour of town. Just make sure to wear a helmet! Horseback Rides, Nature Walks, and Bird Watching Los Cabos (particularly San José del Cabo) offer a number of horseback excursions for all ages. Saddle up for a sunset guided beach ride, venture up a hidden canyon trail, or just sit back in the shade while experienced horse trainers give the kids lessons in horsemanship – there’s something for everyone! San José also boasts a natural estuary and nature preserve. Enjoy a peaceful, self-guided nature walk to observe some of the lushest landscape in the area. Species of flora and fauna are abundant: dozens of species of cactus, lizards, and birds can be spotted on this solitary walk, just a few minutes from downtown. Cactus-lovers may also want to check out the nearby cactus gardens Wirikuta, offering a large variety of cacti laid out in an artful outdoor setting. Parasailing, Bungee Jumping, and Ziplines Get ready to shout “Geronimo!” as you leap off a platform in one of the most extreme outings! Several local eco-parks provide bungee jumping packages, and high speed zipline canopy tours are offered in a number of local canyons. If heights over land are not right for you, try a parasailing trip and gain some altitude to enjoy beautiful views of Cabo while tethered firmly to a speedboat!
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THE BEST PLACES TO PITCH A TENT OR PARK YOUR RIG
By Nikki Goth Itoi / author of MoonLosCabos
There are hundreds of places to pitch a tent along the Baja Peninsula, ranging from isolated fish camps and high-sierra campsites to bigrig RV parks. Fees range from $5 USD for a tent campsite to $35 USD or more for RV spots with full hook-ups and access to recreational facilities. Many of these campgrounds feature some of the best views you’ll find on the peninsula. But you’ll have to venture beyond the Los Cabos corridor to find these hidden gems. East Cape The East Cape region, which begins just outside of San José del Cabo and runs north along the Gulf Coast, offers dozens of secluded beaches for self-sufficient camping (no facilities). A small fee may be collected by the local fishing cooperative for visitors who camp overnight at Bahía Los Frailes, while the snorkelling is calm on the north side of the bay on days when the wind gusts from the north. The next village north of Los Frailes, Cabo Pulmo, has plenty of open space at either end of the protected marine park, which lies in a shallow bay. Snorkel or paddle a coral reef that comes up almost to the shore. It’s a short walk to a few shops and eateries in the fishing village. Continuing north up the Gulf Coast, the East Cape RV resort in Los Barriles accommodates larger rigs with limited and full hook-up sites. Bathrooms are modern and clean, and wireless internet is available. Playa Norte RV Park is another good option, especially if you are travelling with pets that will enjoy a long run on the open beach or in the arroyo next to the park. If you don’t need modern amenities, choose free primitive camping on the beach north of these two parks. Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve Experienced backpackers will want to head for the mountains to summit Picacho de la Laguna, the highest peak in the Sierra de la Laguna Range. Most hikers start on the west side, near Todos Santos, and camp overnight at the oak meadow known as La Laguna. This is a 24-kilometer round-trip hike and a guide is recommended. Contact Todos
Santos Eco Adventures for information. The route is more difficult from the eastern approach. Inquire at the Palomar Restaurant-Bar in Santiago to arrange for a guide. Near La Paz At La Ventana Campground, kite surfers huddle tent-to-tent, bracing themselves against “El Norte,” the north wind. About 50 campsites lie right on the beach and within walking distance to food and services along Bahía La Ventana, southeast of La Paz. Facilities include toilets and cold showers. Primitive camping is available on Isla Espíritu Santo, but you must get a permit at the local SEMARNAT office before you go. Pets and campfires are prohibited on the protected island. Bring your own purified water. Todos Santos A remote stretch of beaches north of Todos Santos offers prime camping for surfers and others who want to enjoy the wildlife and cool breezes along the Pacific Coast. There are no facilities in this area. Packing Its best to bring most of your gear from home. Headlamps are essential for any trip to Baja, as is a first aid kit. Pack a UV flashlight to watch for scorpions at night. Bring a sun hat, layers of clothing for chilly nights, sunscreen, water shoes, and sports equipment. Don’t forget the basics: tent, sleeping bag, camping stove, and water purification system. Straps for attaching gear to the roof of your vehicle may also come in handy.
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Imagine floating in a turquoise bay with pink sand or riding some epic waves: every Baja beach offers something unique. Here is a list of the must-see beaches -- visit them all to decide which one is your dream beach!
Cabo San Lucas MEDANO BEACH
If you’re looking for the action, here it 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. Numerous activities and water sports are available. If you want to take a water taxi to Lover’s Beach, this is the best spot to do it. Its stunning view of Land’s End and the vast entertainment options make this beach a must-see.
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 which create small pools and coves where you can have a private and peaceful beach day. This beach is swimmable with caution but if you find your own pool you can avoid the waves. Turn right at Km. 12.5 of the corridor and follow the dirt road down to the beach. There is a sign that reads “Las Viudas” but slow down and keep your eyes peeled; the entrance may sneak up on you. You won’t find any services or vendors so bring all your beach essentials with you.
Chileno is 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 offering excellent snorkelling and scuba diving. This is the only beach with public restrooms 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 to yourself for much-needed shade. Bring snorkelling gear!
José, follow the sign which reads “Santa María” and exit the highway at Km. 13. Follow the dirt road until you reach the parking area. Santa Maria provides no services and hardly any shade. You can rent umbrellas on the beach, but if you happen to have one, bring it anyway. Snorkelling gear will help you get the most of this beautiful beach!
San Jose del Cabo PALMILLA
Palmilla beach is known for its family-friendly calm waters and a 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.
In the heart of downtown Cabo San Lucas. This is accessible by foot through the east side of the marina or via Avenida del Pescador.
Be prepared to be approached by souvenir vendors. If you’re not there for the shopping, just respond with “No, gracias.” Prices don’t vary much from one water sports rental place to another. Visit Lover’s Beach while you’re there.
Getting there is an adventure in itself, due to the fact that it is reachable only 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 USD 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 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 swim on Lover’s Beach only. Land’s End beside the famous arch. This beach is accessible only by boat. There are a couple of vendors who offer beer 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 time enough to explore this natural wonderland.
Santa Maria offers a stunning horseshoe cove with coralcoloured sand and 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. Travelling west from Cabo San Lucas towards San
Location: 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 are available here.
If what you’re looking for is a good surf spot you can find it here without driving out of town. 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 the Cabo Surf Hotel and Mike Doyle Surf School are located. You can find surf shops in the area where you can rent surf and stand-up paddle boards and set up lessons. The surf is bigger during the summer, and in the winter this is 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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LOS CABOS 101 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 can find a roped-off swimming area just outside the entrance to the beautiful Puerto Los Cabos 500-slip marina. 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 from 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 several casual restaurants dot the surrounding area.
On the Pacific CERRITOS
Cerritos beach is a popular surf spot and swimming here 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.
Location: This bay lies 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 many. Kayaks and snorkel gear are offered.
A wildlife reserve where visitors may anchor, snorkel, scuba and camp lies on this island. 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.
Exit at Km. 66 of the Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos Highway. Watch the markers and look for the signs. Drive about 1.7 miles to the beach area. Tips: Lounge chairs, restrooms, food and drinks are available at The Cerritos Beach Club Restaurant.
About 7 miles or 30 minutes northeast of Loreto by boat. To get to Coronado Island you must take a boat or a panga. You will find pangas in Loreto’s Marina which you can hire. The best option is to ask your concierge to arrange this for you. There are no services or restaurants on the beach, but there are several large palapas with tables and benches and an eco-restroom. Bring hiking shoes if you plan to explore the area. Snorkelling gear is a plus!
Balandra is a stunning bay that will take your breath away. You can walk back and forth in the bay in waist-high, crystal clear water with shades of turquoise blue. Follow the shore towards the north-east side and you will find the famous “mushroom rock” as well as other interesting rock formations. Pictures just don’t do it justice. You won’t regret visiting Playa Balandra!
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LOS CABOS 101
Useful INFORMATION HOW DO I DIAL? The local area code is 624 To dial to other countries: 00 + country code (1, 2 or 3 digits) + number 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 From your U.S. cell phone: To a Mexican land line or cell phone: 011 52 + 3 digit area code + number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + number 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. 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
DRIVING Renting a car will allow you to enjoy the freedom of exploring Los Cabos. Driving in Mexico might be intimidating to some, but if you just go with the muddled flow, you will realize that there is some organization within the chaos. If you are pulled over by local police for committing a driving infraction, the standard procedure is for them to take your Driver’s License. You will then have to go to the Police Station to pay your ticket and pick-up your license. 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. ALTO STOP
CUATRO ALTOS FOUR WAY STOP
ARROYO DRY RIVERBED
TOPE SPEED BUMP
IMPORTANT NUMBERS Emergencies: 066 - (equivalent to 911) 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 105-8500 - San José del Cabo 105-8550 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 One World Hospital: - Cabo San Lucas 143-4911 - San José del Cabo 142-5911 - Todos Santos: (612) 145-0600 Walk-in Medi Clinic: 130-7011 Air Ambulances: Skymed Air Ambulance: (866) 805-9624 Air One Ambulance: (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 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. Cash or Card? - Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards are generally accepted, but you often run into cash only places, so always ask beforehand and carry cash. ATMs - Some ATMs 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. www.DestinoMagazine.com | JULY 2014
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events ~ dining ~ music ~ nightlife
LOS CABOS is an 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 festivals, are examples of the many events that take place year-round.
NOW By Fernando Rodriguez
CELEBRATE 4th of JULY !!!
Baja Brewing Company will be celebrating their 3rd Anniversary, 4th of July Weekend Bash atop the Cabo Villas Resort. The festivities begin at 8:00 pm and end at 1:00 am, when the dazzling fireworks display that lights up Medano Beach has reached its climactic finish. Reservations are highly recommended. The restaurant-bar will once again feature live music. Even though the 4th of July is an American holiday, many of the Medano Beach resorts hold fireworks displays for their tourist guests. ‘’The celebration at Pueblo Bonito Blanco was fabulous,’’ said California visitor, Tony Rubino. ‘’It was $28 US Dollars per adult and that included drinks, a fabulous buffet, and a really fun band with dancing that went on for hours. It was one of the most fun and affordable nights I’ve had in a long time.’’ Another restaurant-bar, Nikki Beach, will again hold their annual Independence Day pool party that takes place from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The event is traditionally led by the music and sounds of popular deejays, spinning tunes that keep the no admission party going until the Medano Beach fireworks display starts around 8:00 p.m. El Farallon Restaurant at Capella also hosts their own 4th of July festivities that includes a BBQ dinner. The menu at Farallon includes a variety of dishes from the US and Mexico. The restaurant will have a cold station featuring watermelon, salads and cold slaw, as well as a hot station with tacos, burgers, shrimp, hot dogs and ribs. A dessert station will also be available to further add sweetness to the sumptuous Independence Day evening with a palate of strawberry shortcake, brownies and lemon meringue pie. Cost to El Farallon’s 4th of July celebration is $55.00 US per person with prices subject to an 11% tax and 15% service charge. The Pink Kitty Nightclub also celebrates 4th of July with a 2X1 (two for one) evening on every drink available at their plush air-conditioned bar, and of course, like always, there is no cover charge.
July 5 ~ BEACH CLEAN-UP - Volunteers, both local and tourist alike, are invited to help with the annual Medano Beach clean-up. Organizers ask everyone to meet in front of Baja Cantina at 7:00 am to assist in keeping this wonderful beach in vacation paradise looking beautiful. JULY 9-10 ~ A-MAZE IN CABO RACE - This event lasts an average of three to our hours from orientation to celebration and costs $59 USD. Price includes water, all fees and materials required; with snacks and drinks at the finish of what takes place from 7:30-10:30 pm. A-maze In Cabo Race is suggested for ages 7+. Reservations are recommended to secure a place on this wild and zany contest event. There is an additional drinking event called the Amazing Cabo Bar Crawl. The Race challenge begins on the Marina or in Downtown Cabo, where participants are given clues to solve which takes them to a secret destination and the next, puzzling clue. The excitement ends with a night of eating, drinking, and an awards ceremony. Other later dates are also available on July 1617 and July 23-24. For more information, please visit the website; www.amazeincaborace.com JULY 9-13 ~ CAPELLA PEDREGAL’S FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL - This festival consists of four days in the relaxed elegance and opulence of the spectacular resort nestled in the Pacific Ocean natural cliffs and boulder. Limited to 120 guests, festival party goers will enjoy internationally recognized chefs and master sommeliers. Other activities during the three day extravaganza include cooking demonstrations, a tequila seminar, wine tastings, and a beach barbecue featuring chef specialities, that end with a five-course dinner with each course individually prepared by a different chef and a celebratory after-parties.
JULY 11-12 ~ THE TWO CABOS BIKE RACE - The Two Cabos Bike Race, which runs through the town square of San José del Cabo, where it starts, traverses the 28 Kilometer Transpeninsular Highway 1 all the way down to the Cabo San Lucas bull ring at the entrance of town; where it ends. Preregistration for this semi-rigorous, spectator friendly event takes place Friday July 11 in the town square of SJDC and the cost is a very affordable $10 USD. The early morning Saturday start, helps local and visiting bike riding enthusiasts, avoid the brunt of the summer July heat of Los Cabos. Two lanes of the highway are closed for the Two Cabos Bike Race, that is an adventurous, memorable tour of sorts, recommended for its spectacular views by USA Today. July 18-19 ~ GALA DE DANZA MEXICO - After a spectacular debut last year, the Gala de Danza Mexico returns to the Cultural Pavillion of Cabo San Lucas for another two evenings that will showcase 15 of the most renowned international dancers, who will take the stage and once again dazzle Baja Califonia audiences, starving for such world class dancing entertainment. The events begin at 5:00 p.m. each night and general admission tickets can be purchased at $50 USD per evening. “Rarely are people given the opportunity to see artists of this caliber together on one stage; and not just here in Los Cabos, but anywhere in the world,” said organizer Christina Lyon, who is presenting this second annual event in association with Danza Tellez. For more information: (624)174-2985 / (624)188-3113 or visit www.galadedanza.com
JULY 19 ~ CHAMPAGNE WORLD TOUR PART II - NIKKI BEACH - From Miami to St. Tropez and now... Cabo San Lucas This luxurious event is set to impress! Pop the cork and toast to a perfect afternoon for lovers of champagne and Nikki-style fun in the Sun. From 12:00-8:00 pm. Reserve online: https://champagnetour2014part2.eventbrite.com For table and bottle reservations: call (624) 145.7800 or e-mail: email@example.com JULY 19 ~ ANNUAL DORADO SHOOT OUT - EAST CAPE The Van Wormer Resorts located in Los Barriles is home once again to this year’s 10th Annual Dorado Shoot Out. The contest is considered the largest fishing tournament in Southern Baja
Events and dates listed are subject to change. Check with your concierge or call the listed phone numbers. Send your events to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ENTERTAINMENT with an average turnout of about 130 teams each year. What makes this event so popular is the low entry fee that is in turn contrasted by the big pay out. This year’s entry free of $500 per team offers the winning teams a chance to waltz away with a brand new, fully loaded, 4×4 pickup truck. This year’s tournament also offers optional side jackpots of $200, $300, $500 and $1,000. Last year’s winning jackpots reached over $80,000 U.S. dollars in cash. For reservations for the Dorado Shootout, please visit www.doradoshootout.com JULY 22-25 ~ EAST CAPE BIG GAME BLOWOUT Sponsored by the Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort and Western Outdoors News, the East Cape Big Game Blowout will again renew their 18th Annual tantalizing angler competition that offers $20,000 in prizes. The camaraderie and decades-long friendships among the fishermen who make this summer
ONGOING EVENTS MONDAYS LOS CABOS ORGANIC FARMERS MARKET - 8:00 am -12:00 pm. Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas. TUESDAYS SAL Y MUSICA FESTIVAL - 6:00 pm to midnight. A street party that celebrates the city’s passion for music and food. Downtown San José del Cabo. WEDNESDAYS LOS CABOS ORGANIC FARMERS MARKET - 8:00 am -12:00 pm. Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas. EVENING BIKE RIDE IN SAN JOSÉ - 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Meet at Plaza del Pescador before 7:30 pm. Bike rentals available at Sportia bike store located in Plaza del Pescador. email@example.com (624) 130-7159 EL GANZO FILM CLUB - 7:30 pm. Hosted by Art Director Marc Deniro whose credits include Troy, Master and Commander, among others. www.elganzo.com (624) 104-9000 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 BIRDING IN THE SAN JOSÉ ESTUARY - Go birdwatching in the beautiful San José estuary with a guided tour. Includes binoculars and scopes. Reservations required. For more information and reservations call (625) 144-3539 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. THURSDAYS SAL Y MUSICA FESTIVAL - 6:00 pm to midnight. A street party that celebrates the city’s passion for music and food. Downtown San José del Cabo. WINE TASTING at DE CORTEZ - 5:30 pm. Restaurant in the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar. $35.00 per person. CINE CLUB EN EL PABELLON CULTURAL - 7:30 pm. Free movies at the Cabo San Lucas Cultural Pavilion located on the marina. SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO ART WALK - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Takes place during the months of November to June. Galleries welcome guests to enjoy an evening strolling the neighbourhood, viewing art. Galleries
voyage year in and year out, is the foundation of this event’s long-lasting popularity. For information please call (800)752-3555. JULY 25 ~ FESTIVAL OF ST. JAMES - A parade in San José del Cabo kicks off the Festival of St. James which commemorates the Apostle James, who is credited with bringing Catholicism to Mexico, albeit, via his spreading of the gospel in Spain. The festivities include a re-enactment of battlefield skirmishes that take place and are staged at the town square at the foot of the historic SJDC Catholic Church, in the heart of Art Gallery row. After the 2:00 pm parade of costumed men on white horses, local shops close for the remainder of the day to also indulge in the crowded street fair of music, and entertainment throughout the central area. are open year round. www.artcabo.com FRIDAYS NIKKI BEACH IN THE HOUSE - 12:00 pm until sunset. Sushi 2x1 from 1pm to 2pm Resident DJS: Antonio Flores. For table and bottle reservations: call 52 624 145.7800 or e-mail: email@example.com PALMILLA FARMERS MARKET - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. At the Shops at Palmilla. ART FEST - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Downtown Cabo San Lucas in Plaza Amelia Wilkes. SATURDAYS LOS CABOS ORGANIC FARMERS MARKET - 8:00 am -12:00 pm. Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas. BIRDING IN THE SAN JOSÉ ESTUARY - Go bird-watching in the beautiful San José estuary with a guided tour. Includes binoculars and scopes. Reservations required. For more information and reservations call (625) 144-3539 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO ORGANIC MARKET - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Art & Crafts, food and music. SOLEIL @ NIKKI BEACH - 12:00 pm to sunset. The sexiest party in Cabo, set against the backdrop of swaying palms and the glistening Sea of Cortez. Resident DJs: Sam Koen + Antonio Flores. For table and bottle reservations: call 52 624 145.7800 or e-mail: email@example.com EL GANZO POOL PARTIES - 2:00 pm. At the rooftop pool with special guest DJs. www.elganzo.com. (624) 104-9000. CICLOVÍA CABO SAN LUCAS - Sundays 7:00 am to 11:00 am. The main street of Cabo San Lucas closes to automobile traffic allowing bikers, skaters, walkers and joggers to exercise freely. SUNDAYS AMAZING SUNDAYS @ NIKKI BEACH - 12:00 am to sunset. Delight your palate with our exquisite Sunday Brunch and amuse your senses with live special performances. FAT LOSS SCIENCE SEMINARS - Sundays 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. With Robyn Littlewood, Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Expert and Health Journalist. Held in the hospitality suite at Villa del Arco. Call (624) 113-9532 for details.
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CABO’S PARTY SCENE
Many come to Cabo for the beach parties and nightlife. From beach bars and pool parties, to trendy nightclubs and booze cruises, you will always find a party... anytime, anywhere.
FUN in the SUN
BILLYGAN’S ISLAND - 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. Located in Medano beach. MANGO DECK - The perfect place for those wanting to let loose in Cabo. They have entertainment all day and night, from live music to beer drinking, dancing and wet t-shirt contests. Great happy hour margaritas and a lively staff. Located in Medano beach. NIKKI BEACH - Known for its white teepees, pool-side lounge beds and sexy and stylish pool party scene. As the sun sets, resident DJs get the crowd going with beats of dance and house music. Located in the Hotel ME Cabo on Medano Beach. THE OFFICE - located on Medano beach, it is the perfect place to spend the day sipping on your choice of beach drink, swimming in the ocean, souvenir shopping and people-watching. The Office has great food and is family friendly.
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 - 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: US $35 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 - 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: US $39 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 landmark that 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. CANIBAL BAR - A brand-new spot that offers in-door and outdoor areas with special attention to the decor and wall art. Open late.
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LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULES CABO SAN LUCAS
BAJA BREWERY IN CABO - Thursdays, Pajaros Negros (rock), Fridays, Las Vivas (Latin) 8:30 pm; Saturdays, rock ‘n roll with Brian Flynn. 144-3805. BAJA CANTINA BEACH CLUB. Medano Beach. Daily 7:00-10:00 pm Tel. 143-1111. BAR ESQUINA - 8:00 pm daily, Tuesday, “Mala Rumba”, Flamenco Guitars; Wednesday, “Toy”, Soft Rock; Thursday, “Chaplin” Acoustic Rock; Friday, “Toy” Soft Rock; Saturday, “Toy” Soft Rock; Sunday, “Kimbara” Bolero Guitar. 624.143.1889. CABO WABO - Sammy Hagar’s legendary nightclub in Cabo San Lucas. Tuesday to Friday, 7:15 pm, Cabo Uno acoustic rock; Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 pm Cabo Uno electric rock. Tel. 624-143-1188. CERVECERIA RAMURI - Fridays, “Pura Vida” Latin music and rock; Saturdays “Lluvia Musicale” 80’s music. Tel. 624-105-0163. CORAZON DE ALCACHOFA - Medano area. Tuesday and Thursday evenings, GROOVE MASHIN, featuring Ivan Ocampo on keyboard, Sebastian Dimarco on bass, Sergio Hesting on drums, Howie Clifton on saxophone, and featuring singer Jimena Bautista on Tuesday. Jazz, standards. Tel. 624.143.4041. DESPERADOS - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:0010:00 pm; Guitarist Roberto Fiallo; 624.143.4313 DOC’S WINE BAR - Thursdays, 7:00-10:00 pm Diego Ramirez on keyboard and Greg Haugesag on flugelhorn. Tel. 624-105-1034. EDITHS’S RESTAURANT. Traditional Mexican music every night 6:00-10:00 pm Tel. 1430801. HOTEL CASCADAS - Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 pm. Daline Jones & Diego Ramirez. LATITUDE 22 ROADHOUSE Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 7:00-10:00 pm, Peter Bacon on piano. Tel. 624.143.1516. PUERTA VIEJA RESTAURANT Fridays, 7:00-9:00 pm, Cuban Night with Rosalia de Cuba. Tel. 624.104.3334. RUTHS CHRIS STEAK HOUSE, Lazaro Cardenas S/N, Centro, Cabo San Lucas. Friday evenings, Goove Mashin, featuring Hector Ojeda, Sebastian Dimarco on bass, Sergio Hesting on drums, and Howie Clifton on saxophone. Tel. 624.144.3232. THE OFFICE - Daily 6:30-9:30 pm. Mondays, Shalom & Tito Rodriguez; Tuesdays, Luna Itzel, Wednesdays Pulpo en Su Tinta; Thursdays, Fiesta Mexicana & Mariachis; Fridays, The Daline Jones Group with Daline Jones, Diego Ramirez & Joaquin Gonzalez; Saturdays, Kimbara Fusion, Sundays Pura Vida. TWO FOR THE ROAD - Live Jazz Spot. In Wyndham Hotel/Tesoro, Blvd. Marina, Local A-15; Mondays thru Thursdays, 8:00-midnight; Friday &
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Saturdays, 8:00 pm-1:00 am. Closed Sundays. Montana, keyboard, and vocalist Kathy Daniels. Tel. 143-7759 or 624-132-2282. SECRETS MARQUIS - Karla Kassaneth every evening 11:00 pm-1:00 am.
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BAJA BREWING COMPANY Downtown San José del Cabo, Thursdays, after Art Walk, rock n roll with Brian Flynn; Fridays, The 80’s (Mexican music); Saturdays, Tienes Fuego. Tel. 624.146.9995. DON SANCHEZ CANTINA - Monday Howie Clifton on saxophone; Tuesdays and Sundays, guitarist Chris. Tel. 624.142.2444. FLORA’S FARM - Tuesdays & Saturdays, The Shamans (rock); Thursdays and Sunday Brunch, Howie Clifton saxophone; Wednesdays, sometimes salsa; Fridays, a Latin Trio. Tel. 624.355.4564. H RESTAURANT - Fridays, 7:00 - 10:00 pm, Hugo “saxo” Moreno, saxophone. Saturdays and sometimes Thursdays, Ruben Martin, guitar, saxophone, flute. Tel. 624.105.2974. HOTEL EL GANZO - Thursdays, Mark Rudin, 8:00 pm; Fridays Chaplin 8:00 pm; Sunday Brunch 9:00 am, Trova Music. Tel. 624.104.9000. JAZZ TAPAS BAR. Plaza del Pescador; Mondays and Fridays, Marcie Castro. Tel. 624.130.7267. SYRIACCUS BAR - Tuesdays 10:30 pm -1:00 am. PA’AX Jazz Trio with Diego Ramírez on keyboard, Tito Rodriguez on bass guitar and Joaquin González on drums. 624-142-3939 TROPICANA - Downtown San José del Cabo, various performers and dance music, often Cuban music. Mariachis el grupo “Voces” on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Fridays, “The Mustangs”, rock and pop. Tel. 624.142.4146 or 624.142.2311 RETRO BURGER BAR - Fridays, 10:00 pm. Los Pulpos en Su Tinta. Tel. 624.130.7042. ROCK AND BREWS. Plaza del Pescador; Rock n roll. Tel. 624.105.2705. ZIPPER’S - On the beach. Wednesdays and Sundays, The Jimena Bautiste Group; Fridays, E.C.Davis. Tel. 624.172.6162. 7 SEAS SEAFOOD GRILLE Full Moon Jazz Concerts. Call for schedule. 624.142.2666. THE CONTAINER - Puerto Los Cabos on The Marina. Fridays, rock 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Saturdays, different guests. (624) 105.6628
CERRITOS BEACH CLUB - Saturdays, afternoons Brian Flynn; Sundays, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Daline Jones and Diego Ramirez.
Schedules change frequently; we suggest you call the venue to verify.
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The Islands of Loreto For adventure-seekers and nature-lovers, The Islands of Loreto offer an unknown paradise where visitors can encounter resident seabirds, sea lions, massive rock formations and white sand dunes where you can camp out, swim, sunbathe and just enjoy the dramatic surroundings.
This Island is located 7 miles northeast of the coast of the town of Loreto. It is a wildlife reserve where visitors may anchor, scuba and snorkel. On Coronado Island you can find sea dahlias, various species of cactus, wild cucumber and house-leek. You can also find bird colonies that nest on the island such as pelicans, gulls, petrels and sea ducks that can be spotted in the nearby waters. Itâ€™s very common to see sea lions, seals, elephant seals and sea otters. Only a short 30 minute ride, Coronado Island is the ideal place for an adventure or for relaxation; sunbathe on the semiarid beach, observe colonies of sea lions and dolphins, snorkel and simply immerse yourself in nature.
Isla Del Carmen
A 45 minute ride in a panga boat from the Loretoâ€™s main dock, Isla Del Carmen is the largest island of the Sea of Cortez that consists of 15,000 protected hectares and is only accessible with a guide. This allows you to experience a strong coexistence with nature along with complete privacy and freedom. The history of Carmen Island revolves mainly around the salt deposits located on the north end of the island which are called Bahia Salinas. The Isla del Carmen salt industry ceased operations in 1984.
Photo Courtesy of Villa Del Palmar Loreto
Isla Danzante is a Loreto icon that is home to many endemic plants, coral reefs and a wide variety of marine species. Its lovely and small beaches are a great place to enjoy diving, hiking or just relaxing under the sun at Honeymoon Beach.
Located approximately 3 hours from Loreto, Montserrat Island is the perfect place for snorkeling and trail hiking. Constituted by volcanic rock, the island measures 4.35 miles long in direction North-South and 3 miles east-west. On the north side there are two islets called Las Galeras where copper veins have been discovered.
Isla Santa Catalana
A great extension of land and sea where you will find biznagas (local cactus species) of up to 16 feet tall, incredible natural beauty and a rich diversity of fauna. *
These 5 islands around Loreto are an excellent choice for a variety of activities and should not be missed. To book an excursion to one of these fantastic islands ask your hotel concierge.
Photo Courtesy of Villa Del Palmar Loreto
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53 Head lines? 55 Off road necessity 62 Frond bearing flora 63 Runway walker 64 Soprano solo 65 Wax or string 66 Wicked ways 67 Keats or Yeats 68 Way to stand by 69 Fishing gear 70 Means justifier? DOWN 1 Salty State 2 Sushi chaser 3 Radiate 4 Bad impressions? 5 Pen pal? 6 Continental currency 7 Book for the road 8 Type of Fender or Scholar 9 Baja beach destination 10 It’s a long story 11 One side of the force 12 Bullfight cheer 14 Like the drive down Hwy 1 20 Heavenly headwear 21 Asian nation, for short 24 Part of 24 ACROSS
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Los Pueblos de Baja Sur
We so on le a r ne d t h at wh i le C ab o a nd ou r new home of To dos S a ntos a re lovely, t here is so much more to B aja S u r. T h is is a l a nd where deser t a nd o c e a n v ist a s a re dot te d w it h i nterest i ng pueblos a nd c it ies, deser te d b e aches, a nd even mou nt a i ns a nd lush pa l m oa ses. We’ ve ba rely sc r atche d t he su r fac e, but wh at we’ ve e x plore d so fa r h a s b e en a n i ntox ic at i ng c ombi n at ion of r ug ge d n at u r a l b e aut y a nd wa r m, i nterest i ng c u lt u re. T he b est way to t a ke i n a l l t h at B aja S u r h a s to of fer is to sp end at le a st a c ouple of we eks on t he op en road, a l low i ng ro om i n you r it i ner a r y for su r pr ises a nd detou r s. L et t hese pueblos of B aja S u r ser ve a s t he a nchor s to you r road t r ip advent u re.
By Casey Cline
husband Jim Mulege and I came to Todos Santos on our honeymoon two years ago, we had no idea it would Loreto be a life-changing trip. We’d already visited many beautiful places together and had discussed the possibility of becoming “digital nomads,” living and working abroad, but nowhere felt quite right until we came to Baja. La Paz Something about the dramatic desert between the El Triunfo ocean and the sea, the huge Todos Santos Los starry skies, and the lucid, Barriles magical light drew us in. Todos Miraflores Santos offered the perfect backdrop for a new adventure, San José and so a year later we sold Cabo San Lucas our house in Denver, packed our bags and moved our lives to Baja.
One of the oldest settlements in Baja, Loreto offers visitors a stunning setting between the Sea of Cortez and the Sierra de la Giganta mountains, fascinating history, and incredible marine life. The town itself features tree-lined walkways and shops, cosy restaurants, cobblestone streets, and a wide malecón where you can walk along the sea and enjoy a frozen treat from a local paleteria. Posada de las
Flores, a romantic hacienda-style hotel in the center of town, would be a perfect place to rest for a night or two before moving on. Just outside of town, you can take a scenic mountain drive to the very well-preserved Mission San Javier. The mission guides will explain the history of the settlement, and both the mission itself and the backdrop are gorgeous to look at and photograph. If you’d rather spend your free time in the sea, book an island tour by boat. Islands such as Dazante and Catalina offer uncrowded white sand beaches
and crystal-clear turquoise water. You may even see dolphins and whales frolicking near your boat, like we did on our recent visit. A half hour outside of town right on a tranquil bay, with easy access to the islands, Villa del Palmar is another great hotel option.
Santa R osalia
A few hours north of Loreto lies one of the most unique pueblos in all of Baja. A former copper mining town with French origins, Santa Rosalia is a seaside town unlike any other. French-inspired architecture, an unusual old church made of stamped steel plates, and mining relics will give you plenty to look at it and take photos of if you spend a few hours here. On a longer visit, you can use Santa Rosalia as a base for exploring the region’s historic rock art and cave paintings. Santa Rosalia is also close to the town of Mulegé, a lushly green oasis town located at the mouth of a wide river. On a road trip you can combine Santa Rosalía and Mulegé and spend anywhere from a few days to a few months exploring just this area alone.
Despite gorgeous geography, what are arguably some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and a sophisticated restaurant and nightlife scene, La Paz has somehow managed to remain unspoiled and unpretentious. This city of around 200,000 people has a lot to offer visitors while still retaining the feel of a “real” Mexican town where people raise families and work. Located about 45 minutes north of Todos Santos on the Sea of Cortez side, La Paz
DESTINO DIARIES an ultra-chic yet serene place to stay at a reasonable rate. While in town, be sure to stop by Playa Las Palmas, a unique beach that involves a bumpy drive and a walk through a scenic palm grove, often visited by local horses. Have a cocktail at the rooftop bar at Hotel Guaycura and then enjoy a memorable dinner with romantic ambience at La Casita.
is an appealing option for those travellers looking for a vibrant city with a much different feel from Los Cabos. The malecón area is one of the best spots for people watching in Baja Sur. This is especially true on Friday and Saturday nights when families, young couples in love, and tourists alike gather to stroll along the boardwalk and visit with each other. Beaches like Balandra and El Tecolote are surreal in their beauty, with lunar white sand and sparkling, shallow water to splash around in or kayak. While in La Paz, be sure to enjoy chocolate clams, a local delicacy named after their chocolate brown shells. For a luxurious stay, check out Costa Baja Resort and Spa, a five star resort with insane Sea of Cortex views. If you’re more into the quirky backpacker scene, snag an affordable room at Hotel Yeneka, which is part hostel, part museum, and conveniently located in the center of town.
Our new home of Todos Santos may be tiny, but it has a lot to offer. Located just about halfway between Los Cabos and La Paz on the Pacific side of the peninsula, Todos Santos is a convenient spot to spend a few days on your road trip before continuing in either direction. Full of artists, surfers, and other free spirits, Todos Santos is best known for being packed with quality art galleries and restaurants, and its proximity to uncrowded, dramatically beautiful beaches. One of Mexico’s “pueblo magicos,” Todos Santos offers a unique charm that must be experienced in person to be truly understood. If you decide to stay in Todos Santos for a night or longer, The Hotelito is
The former mining town of El Triunfo is located in the mountain back country between Todos Santos and the East Cape. While small and quiet, El Triunfo has a surprising amount of charm. It’s hard to believe that such a sparsely inhabited village was once a silver boom town and cultural center with a large population, but if you look closely you can see the remnants of this history. From a tall smokestack designed by none other than Gustave Eiffel, to a world-famous piano museum, little El Triunfo is full of surprises. Be sure to stop in for gourmet wood-fired pizza and a glass of wine at Caffe El Triunfo.
Continuing through the back country heading toward San Jose del Cabo, you’ll encounter the village of Miraflores. This authentic, untouristy town feels off the beaten path, yet is conveniently located only half an hour from Cabo. The small plaza, church and tranquil streets are very picturesque. Miraflores enjoys a subtropical climate, allowing lush trees, flowers and organic farms to thrive.
Halfway between La Paz and Cabo on the Sea of Cortez side of the peninsula, the pueblo of Los Barriles makes a great headquarters for exploring the East Cape region. Los Barriles is a small village, but there are enough good restaurants, taquerias and local markets to keep you well-fed on even an extended visit. Los Barriles has a small but lively population of local Mexicans and expats, and quiet, off-the-grid charm. Most impressively,
Los Barriles is right on the Sea of Cortez, with the vast beauty of “the world’s aquarium” right at your front door. Deep sea fishing, snorkelling and diving in Cabo Pulmo, a large living coral reef and marine park offer once in a lifetime adventures.
As a world-renowned tourist destination, Los Cabos needs no introduction. After your rustic road trip adventures, it will feel great to relax at one of the many beautiful ocean-front resorts Cabo is famous for. San José del Cabo may surprise you with its old Mexico beauty, Thursday night art walks, organic farmers markets and farm-to-table restaurants. Cabo San Lucas is full of energy and style, boasting worldclass restaurants, beautiful snorkelling beaches like Chileno, a pulsing nightlife, a posh marina area, and the famous rock formation known as El Arco. In addition to the many phenomenal seafood offerings of the marina area, Cabo offers some unexpected gourmet delights. Dinner at the intimate El Matador Restaurant, owned by a genuine former matador who loves to provide guests with personal attention, never disappoints. Huerta Los Tamarindos and Flora Farms are two organic farm-to-table restaurants, both offering exceptionally fresh and delicious cuisine in lovely outdoor settings. There are countless nice hotels to choose from in Los Cabos, but my personal favourites are the artsy-chic Hotel El Ganzo, charming and affordable Tropicana Inn, and European-owned Casa Natalia.
From unique, off-thebeaten-path towns your friends back home have never heard of, to an abundance of marine wildlife, to the sophisticated cosmopolitan offerings of Los Cabos, Baja has it all. Simply book a flight to Cabo, La Paz or Loreto, grab a trusty rental car (or four-wheel drive truck), a map, and your sense of adventure. Time to hit the highway and make some Baja memories. *
On the ROAD again... Ancestral healing “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” – Anatole France
ith the road beneath you, a journey paces you down your path and pulses a beat which echoes within, giving you a reason to live under the stars. To be on the road is something we all need once in a while -- to find familiar places in far away lands, to reflect on that which connects us through universal values, to rest from the squares and the spirals of mind we impose on ourselves after staying put in one same place for a while. A 360-degree open-aired swirl can allow one to breathe freely, to meditate, to laugh and wonder -- to heal. Our ancestors loved to journey through the land, believing that longer distances inspire more truth, a search for the divine and a cleansing path towards spiritual balance. Whatever I look for and wherever I go, I always find myself. Profound and life-altering, road trips are always transformational. They bring us closer to the Earth, and being closer to the Earth is being closer to our nature. On the road, we encounter mysteries, rediscover that which scares us, which makes us brave, which inspires us and gives us courage to detach from that which does not serve us any longer. Baja is sacred land for road-trippers. It is as wise as the desert can get, offering many secret paradises and vortexes where ancient and futuristic energies meet. A magnetic land beyond doubt, Baja will do for any serious road-tripper. The natives are pleased to see you, eager to hear your stories and willing to befriend you on your journey. While traversing Baja by land, rest assured that ancestral healing is taking place in you. Stop and breathe, for when you can’t still yourself inside your own universe, it is time to be. On the road again. * A ROAD TRIP healing stop Carretera Todos Santos Km 107 Pacífico, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur Cabo Temazcal in Los Cabos Mexico provides Mexican and Native American healing earth rituals. Mission: To promote health and healing both of the body and of the mind. Description: A Temazcal is a traditional steam bath that has been used for both healing and ritual purposes in Mexico. The name Temazcal (or Temazcalli) comes from the Nahuatl language and means “bathing house.” The term actually comes from two Nahuatl words, “temas” or “temaz” which means bath, and “calli,” which is the word for house.
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The traveller yogi
“The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson
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To see things as they are is what yogis call “insight.” Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art of Living. To the yogi, travelling is done through stillness. Stillness allows one to travel through the cosmos without, which is a mere reflection of the cosmos within. Stars, rivers, trees, and human beings are made of the same elements and share the flux of sub-atomic particles which create the reality we see. Through stillness, the yogi travels the mind to master it, and to train it to see clearly for, to see things as they are, one must accept that things are not always as one wants them to be and still be happy. Travelling, the yogi observes the Self through the breath and the feeling of sensations. Whether the yogi is walking, standing, sitting or lying down, awareness of the present is what determines how successful his yoga practice will be. The more aware one is the more equanimity is achieved. The yogi understands that he who is unaware is bound to lose balance of the mind and lose control through reactive behaviour. Instead, the yogi stays awake through whatever experiences arise from his travels, always observing his breath, because that is what stillness is. Friendly, with no judgment, without expectation and seeing things as they are, a yogi travels in stillness, master of his own mind -- a mind full of good will, love, compassion, harmony, and peace. A true yogi travels full of happiness.
Healthy solutions to stay in tune with one’s body and mind By health artist and Certified Structural Integration Practitioner Sylvia Ramírez
Set aside electronics often ( t.v., cell phones, tablets) Breathe Take time to enjoy nature Choose healthy food options. Our food gives us the fuel and mood of life. Bad food -- bad living Start your morning with light stretches to allow your body to wake up naturally Choose green tea instead of coffee or energy drinks if you need an extra boost Many people talk about their inability to relax and be calm. Even if they don’t express that verbally, one can tell that they are not at ease in their bodymind connection. Signs of unrest include a yellowish colour in the eyes and dark circles underneath, rapid breathing when speaking as if being chased. Lack of rest has become a top issue in today’s society. Difficulties falling asleep can be due to stimulants, often cycled with sedatives to aid in falling asleep. Some have had psychiatric help which includes prescribed drugs to keep them tranquil and functioning “normally.” But some people remain unaware and are unable to discover why mysterious illnesses show up and sometimes takes control over their lives. This keeps them from enjoying life as they want. Fear is their unknown enemy. In the spiritual and professional work I have done in the past, I have learned to understand that fear could be the main stressor in one’s life on a very unconscious level. Fear is a natural response to the need for survival. When a person feels threatened, the body gets ready to run away or fight as an autonomic response from the nervous system. Stress hormones are pumped in to the main bloodstream, muscles tense, the heart beats faster, and breathing becomes rapid. As this process repeats itself, it becomes deeply embedded into the body’s structure. People may adjust and remain alert and in constant tension without noticing. The chronically tense muscles and the fast breathing once needed to “survive” become fixed in the system. Rest well. When your body tells you to rest, it’s needed even more (there is always going to be a party or friends around to keep you from resting). Make your own decisions. Get qualified body work to overcome patterns of tension. Stay in touch with your feelings, let the sensation that generates unfold in your body. Let tears fall from your eyes. Allow big laughs to inundate a busy room. Express with words or hugs your appreciation to others. Be yourself -remember that everyone else is already taken!
In Mexico, more than 50% of cheese production is considered artisanal. As with wine, you can recognize cheese by its region of origin, which is usually reflected in the name of the cheese: Cotija de Michoacán, Bola de Ocosingo de Chiapas, Poro de Balancán de Tabasco, Queso Fresco and Cocido de Sonora, Queso Crema de Chiapas, Queso Chihuahua. Cheese production is an art, no doubt. Most artisanal Mexican cheeses are organic and fair trade is also promoted. Cheese production, throughout its long history, has been within ranches and small pueblos. Chemistry and biotechnology labs have studied cheeses’ flavours and typical aromas associated with specific lactic acid bacteria (BAL) which have been identified to molecular degrees. It has been found that some BAL strains produce bioactive composts, such as anti-hypertensives and antioxidants, all promoters of health. Lactic acid bacteria constitute a vast group of benign microorganisms. They are found in great quantities in nature and in our digestive system. Mostly known for their role in fermenting dairy products, they are also used in baked vegetables, pickling, bakery wine, and to curate fish and meat. Their properties contribute to preserving and improving health -- one of the reasons lactic acid bacteria has been used to ferment and create food culture for at least 4 millennia. Artisanal Mexican cheeses are prepared without chemical additives and they are usually found in gourmet stores and organic markets. Of course, a cultural experience is always better suited for the traveller, and some ranches give a guided tour. Los Cabos International culinary trends honour the use of Mexican artisanal cheeses and celebrate their influence through exclusive ‘tasting’ parties, lead by famous world-class chefs. They offer a world of pleasures and luxurious surrender, indeed. Enjoy.
*Organic produce, food, local arts&crafts and music*
SAN JOSÉ ORGANIC FARMER’S MARKET: Saturdays 9am to 3pm THE SHOPS AT PALMILLA: Fridays 9am to 1pm LOS CABOS ORGANIC MARKET -PEDREGAL, CABO SAN LUCAS: Wednesday & Saturdays 8am to 12pm
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ART & CULTURE
denyse klette By yeye
“The harder you work, the luckier you are.” Art agent
When one crosses paths with a talented spirit who is successful in making her art a happy way of life for 33 years, what else is there to do but to observe, listen, and learn? Somehow, in their spark we may be able to ignite our own creativity and discover how to succeed in making a cheerful lifestyle and our own art. Denyse Klette took a moment of her precious time to make a canvas for Destino, and as happens when an artist is inspired, the artwork, done in a transient moment, will be always a moment worthwhile. “When I was 8 (Grade 4) I came home from school and told my dad that I was going to be an artist. I really didn’t need to go to school anymore -- they should just put me into an art school instead, so that I could just dedicate my time to learning art. I reasoned with him that this way I would be way ahead of everyone else, since I already knew what I wanted to be. Obviously my dad kept me in school, but my life plan never changed. I knew that I would always be an artist and for the past 33 years it has been how I make a living. With that being said, I pride myself on being a mother, a grandmother, a wife and a mentor to other artists. I enjoy the entrepreneurial side of making a living as an artist as well; marketing and developing my art to the point of having it turn into an entertainment property has been exciting. I don’t think that there is anything more satisfying than to hold an award-winning book in your hand that features your creations, or seeing a TV show based on your art.
For 15 years, I painted very formal portraits of people -- from families, children, businesspeople, even political leaders. Though it was a very good way to make a living, I never really had inner satisfaction when I completed them. It was very much a job that I enjoyed, but not a love. Over the last 10 years, I have had the freedom to paint what is in my heart, and I can’t wait to get into my studio to paint each day. My art now has my sense of humour and whimsy. I paint with bold and bright colours and always with the aim to make the viewer smile. What is my favourite colour? Oh, it changes every day, but blue seems to come back quite often.” Denyse Klette art is found at The Old Town Gallery, in San José. She describes her travels to Los Cabos saying “... the week just flew by but I did get to experience what it would be like to live here for the winter and create in the warmth of a tropical sun, and it was wonderful. The colours are so different and I even found that my colour palette changed with the hues around me. Vibrant and rich yet, with the changing of the sun’s path, it softened to the most beautiful pastel shades. My artist soul fell in love…Maui who? It was really tough to leave the dry 30C˚ heat to come home to yet another stormy day of -30C˚. It was like we never left. I left a big part of me there…my first two originals to hang in a tropical gallery, the curiosity to check into the availability of a winter home and, of course, the purchasing of a really cool sombrero!”
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ART & CULTURE
THE GOOD NEWS Baja speaks a Universal Language Susan Ledoux and Satchel Gleason had many stories to share about their recent road trip through Baja from Colorado to Los Cabos. Still, when asked about which of their stories they would remember as good news, this is the one story shared. “We were on Highway 1, in the middle of the mountain desert. The road was a single lane with many, many big trucks, flying back and forth from Cabo to San Diego. We could feel the big, fast-moving trucks passing by us on the narrow road, which was sometimes scary. Suddenly, we hit a deep pothole in the road, and two tires on the right side blew simultaneously… Boom-boom! Just like that! We managed to go a short distance, looking for a safe place to change the tires. On one donut spare tire and one rim, we were forced to drive for at least 2 or 3 miles before getting to a police station. That was a frightening part, with buses driving fast… we were stressed and frightened by the time we reached the station. The two officers there were amazingly kind, helpful, and light-hearted, though there was no phone. They went out of their way to help and they didn’t stop until we got the problem solved. We didn’t speak the same language, but we were able to communicate, teasing and laughing. I wanted to cry, but my son, Satchel, is always calm in situations like this one. One of the officers drove him to a place offering tires, but the first attempt failed when they didn’t have any in the correct dimensions. The officers didn’t abandon us in the effort. They tried again, went further, and came back until it was fixed. We made it all the way to Cabo!” “You want good news?” asks Susan. “I was worried about the car, the trucks, the road... but I was never frightened of the people. There was never a single person of whom we asked questions who wasn’t joyful about seeing us and who didn’t kindly offer to help, even when we couldn’t communicate in the same language. One person even drew us a map, and people didn’t stop until they were able to help us.” Destino is happy to report that Baja speaks the Universal Language: Kindness and Generosity. Now that is good news.
GIVING BACK “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Maya Angelou Rotary Club: “Service above Self” Rotary International is the world’s first Service Club Organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary Club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio. You can gather with the club in Los Cabos every Thursday at 8:00 AM at Hotel Playa Grande, Salon Brigantine, in Cabo San Lucas. Club service, vocational service, community service, international service, and new generations service -- these 5 avenues are all opportunities to give that which can only be given by those who understand the wisdom of right action: service above self.
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TRADITIONAL MEXICO By Photographer Bruce Herman SAND PAINTINGS OAXACA ‘The Day of the Dead’ is probably the most important celebration of the year in Oaxaca. Officially, the holiday runs from October 31st until November 2nd, but preparations start many days or even weeks in advance. Peoples of the numerous different local indigenous groups believe that the spirits of the departed will return to visit friends and families, to eat, drink, and participate in the festivities. Sand painting has become a popular and important part of the celebrations for the very artisticallyinclined people of the Oaxaca region. The paintings are created using colored powders and stencils to shape the sand into traditional flower decorations. A nighttime visit to the cemeteries lit by * AMBER GALLERY SAN JOSÉ ART DISTRICT Alvaro Obregón 18 b Tel: 624-105-2332 www.brucehermangallery.com 624-143-4793 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Surf Spots Attract Real Estate Investors
by Michelle Geisler Anderson/Dream Homes of Cabo
allow you to wake up and see the surf break right from your own bed or living room, which ultimately is the best surf report!
Real Estate questions asked by you, answered by local real estate expert Blake Harrington, of REmexico Real Estate Group
San José’s Estuary offers a rare A-frame wave named La Bocana (river mouth). It’s often at its best after a storm or depending on the swell late in the summer. It’s a short walk from the beachfront condominiums of Viva, Mar Adentro, Tortuga Bay and Las Mañanitas, or towards the east of the Estuary’s break you can experience living in beach and hillside bungalows in La Playita, which are a great investment for both surfer and fishing enthusiasts.
Q: What does a Seasonal Market mean for buyers and sellers?
Summer is now upon us in Los Cabos! Of course this means warmer temperatures, maybe a bit of rain, and for real estate, a bit of a slow market. That doesn’t mean that our market comes to a complete halt. In fact, this summer, we are expecting quite a bit of business. Our advice to buyers is that there are still great deals to be had in the marketplace and getting a deal done in the summer may work strongly to their advantage. Why? Because when our high season returns in October, there may be a recovery underway and those motivated sellers may be less. Sellers are usually a bit more motivated in the summer as they see less tours because of the low season. Summer may be that perfect time to capitalize on a great deal. For sellers, we advise them according to their specific and unique situation. If they are highly motivated to sell their home, we suggest offering bonuses to brokers if they bring a qualified buyer. Another strategy is to do consistent open houses with catering, ice cold drinks and refreshments. This has been successful in creating more interest in a listing during summer. For some sellers, while still interested in selling, they prefer that we withdraw their property from the market and take a few months off before re-listing in the fall. This keeps “Days on Market” down and gives the sellers a chance to make any repairs or cosmetic upgrades that may help the house sell in the high season.
ome of the most attractive real estate investments in coastal resort towns are ocean front properties. Not only does Los Cabos offer affordable properties along the coast when compared to other North American coasts, but some of these properties are located right on Mexico’s most popular surf breaks. In the summer, when typically the rental and travel season is lowest, the southern swells bring some great waves specifically to San José and the East Cape, making these locations more desirable for real estate investment and consistent rental income properties. Several of San José’s most popular surf breaks are located along Costa Azul beach. Most of the coastal properties in this area are ocean front condominiums ranging from $175,000 US and can go up to $1,500,000 US. Many of these properties
Just 6 miles down the coast from the estuary (11 miles driving) is Shipwrecks, one of the East Cape’s most popular surf breaks. Known to have a greater swell than Costa Azul, this south facing right-hand point break is named after an actual 1980s shipwreck. The bay offers consistent waves from April through October and has a few different sections for surfing, with options for all board lengths. Real estate investment options in the East Cape today are self-sustainable homes and land options. Homes in the Zacatitos and Punta Perfecta communities range from an average of two to six bedroom compounds from $160,000 US to $1,600,000 US. The allure of East Cape real estate today, especially the Zacatitos and Punta Perfecta communities, is the serenity of living off the grid with the convenience of being just a few miles drive into town. Finished homes impressively continue to develop further east and towards the north. With today’s technologies, more investors are considering the opportunity to buy beach front properties to build their own dream home, or they are negotiating larger parcels for the development of future resort communities.
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East Cape living. Photo by Michelle Monroy.
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REAL ESTATE an expert’s help with building in Baja
By guest expert Landscape Architect Gonzalo Elizarraras / fabrikG
Architect Gonzalo Elizarraras dedicates his time to develop bioclimatic, bioregional and regenerative architecture in Baja Sur. Traveller nomad, in love with the ocean, and well studied in Barcelona, he chose Los Cabos to found, together with Karla Llorens, his Company fabrikG. Also founder of CAPALab, a lab dedicated to ideas about urban planning and regeneration, his practice is based on the architecture of the region. Local and natural, his architecture is dedicated to people and life and you will always find vernacular traditions from all over the world within his design. His passion honors research, creativity, experimentation and origin. Architect Gonzalo Elizarraras made a stop in Destino to talk about Los Cabos’ building and design challenges. Stone quarries, sand and earth, are with no doubt the main raw materials in our region and have been used in construction for hundreds of years. Local materials are a better match to the environment and leave less carbon footprint. Palapas and leather work also endure, as well as woods like palo de arco, palo fierro, mesquite and palo chino. These local woods are very strong, durable, and weather and pest resistant. In the Baja Peninsula, there are not many forested areas that can supply wood, and our climate does not allow for fast regeneration of these materials; many have been exploited and are now under protection. The most abundant regional materials are dirt and sand; these can be mixed together and compacted to build walls. Not only are these walls made from local and resourceful materials, they are also thermal. The sustainability of the materials used in the construction of a home depends on whatever factors affect the building, such as being in front of the ocean. For example, it is not recommended to build blacksmith railings; they will erode with the wind and oxidase due to the water and the salt.
In my opinion, the design that best serves as a bridge between nature, culture and people is very simple: Reduce, reuse and regenerate. Re-generative architecture uses permaculture principles. Permaculture is a technique born in Australia that mostly gives and doesn’t take. A group of architects from the USA studied permaculture before defining their movement as regenerative, they even call themselves “recovered architects.” This design philosophy integrates place, space, material, the user (who is going to live there) and sustainability. Our intention is to give. A building has to adapt to the place where it will exist, its topography, its geology, its hydrology, etc. To re-use waste, we use grey water first to fill the WC and then we treat the water used for irrigation.
Design in paper. Many clients arrive with a napkin, asking for a professional quote based on their drawing on it. Maybe their drawing is really good, and maybe some understand more than others about design, but I always advice my clients to develop their ideas in paper, it will be less expensive to fix it in the computer, and less expensive to make executive decisions based on the definition of details, than once you are in the construction site. Of course, that does not eliminate the possibility that when you are slab casting the client will think of something new and change the design on the spot. Flexibility is a must!
All Baja elements are inspiration to use Biomimicry, a new science that studies nature’s models and then uses these designs and processes to solve human problems. For example, one element that we constantly imitate is the organic net of diamonds in the skeleton of the choyas (the fruit that grows on local cactus); we study the structure and then apply it in the design. There is no limit in imagination.
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VILLA LA ROCA
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 www.CaboRealEstate.com
VILLA EXTRAVAGANZZA - PRICE REDUCTION! - Open house Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cabo Corridor • $399,500 • 4 BR • MLS# 14-323 3 Master bedrooms all with own en-suite. 4th bedroom and with full bath is a separate studio with kitchenette. Recent upgrades in 2013. New palapa bar and patio. Kitchen remodeled w/ granite counters, new cabinets and new appliances. New propane tank and all new fans. New paint inside and out. Window treatments throughout. Pebble tech salt water pool. Located in a beach-side gated community with a snorkel swim beach just steps away.
Julie Garnier Lands End Realty 52 (624) 157-9419 email@example.com www.landsendrealty.com
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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 and deli, Doctors office, private tennis courts, Wifi, successful rental/reservation program for owners and much more. A family friendly resort that is close to town and activities, yet private, quiet and secluded.
Life has its moments, make yours memorable. Luxury Villas:
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
2 Bedroom Villa
Average total Sq. Ft.: 2100
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REAL ESTATE LAS TERRAZAS 4 - SAN JOSÉ CORRIDOR $475,000
3 BR • 3 BA • MLS# 14-720 Beautiful ocean views from this top floor penthouse at Las Terrazas in Cabo Colorado. Enjoy a great location with amenities galore including BBQ area, Pool, and walking paths to the beach. This would make a great full time or part time residence as well as the opportunity for rental income.
PALMILLA OASIS Lot 33
San José del Cabo · Palmilla · $450,000 · MLS# 14-629
300K off original sales price! Build your dream home in the fabled Palmilla Oasis. Included is 100k worth of fully approved designs by Interior Designer Lori Rapport to construct a stunning Spanish hacienda style home! Enjoy the benefits of Palmilla ownership including Club 96, and the Jack Nicklaus golf course.
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ART DISTRICT HISTORIC BUILDING #3 San José del Cabo Art District • $425,000 MLS# 14-68
ONLY HISTORIC BUILDING FOR SALE IN SAN JOSÉ. In the heart of the art district. This building is the third and last registered building in the district only surpassed by the church and Municipal building. Built in 1947 this property exudes the heart and soul of historic San José del Cabo.
Jason Pryde Dane Posey
Local cell: (624) 161-2618 From USA: (310) 753-8898 Dane@caborealestate.com www.CaboRealEstate.com
From U.S. or Canada: (925) 963-0389 Local cell: (624) 137-7322 Jason@caborealestate.com www.CaboRealEstate.com
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