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letter from the EDITOR September in Mexico is Mes de La Patria, Patriotism month. There is no denying that Mexicans enjoy fiestas, so naturally, our Independence Day celebration consists of two consecutive days (the 15th and 16th) of delicious food, parties, fireworks and parades. Growing up in Mexico City I always looked forward to September, especially the food. When dining out in Los Cabos, look or ask for the chile en nogada. Many restaurants offer this traditional, and delicious, dish during this month only. Join us in the celebration and take the opportunity to learn about Mexico’s culture and traditions! ¡Viva México!
A SUBTLE SOPHISTICATED LAYERED VIEW OF ITS BEAUTIFUL, RICH AND UNIQUE CULTURE
The Teachings of the Mexican Pearl
Michelle Monroy Editor in Chief
5 Los Cabos & South Baja: This incredible corner of the World 8 Maps: Baja Peninsula • Baja Sur • San José del Cabo • The Corridor • Cabo San Lucas Activities: Fishing and Boating •Snorkelling and Scuba Diving • Golfing • Activities for Families • 12 Adventures 14 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
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Mexico: a subtle sophisticated layered view of its beautiful, rich and unique culture The Jesuit Missions Museum in Loreto Organic • Yoga • Spa • Beauty Artist Profile: Mexico Surrealista Asupmatoma - Protecting Baja’s marine turtles
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LOS CABOS & South Baja
Los Cabos (the capes) is located in the southernmost tip of the State of Baja California Sur and consists of four main areas: Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, Todos Santos and the East Cape. In between you will find smaller towns and points of interest such as Santiago and Miraflores, 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. These 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 warm waters of the Sea of Cortez.
THE BAJA SUR LOOP Take a look at the Baja Sur map bellow; you can see that the highways and towns form a loop. Ongoing road improvements and new highway constructions are making road trips quicker and easier every year. 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. The Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet at Land’s End, where you can observe the beautiful rock formations and 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 The corridor is the 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 and make a roadside stop at the Costa Azul view-point for photo opportunities or 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 of the peninsula, 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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All that’s fishy from Lands End to La Paz by Gary Graham
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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 24-hour 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 available slips 8
Sport fishing flags commonly seen in Los Cabos:
for boats up to 400 feet. Amenities are similar to Marina Cabo San Lucas, though the boatyard’s 150-ton travel lift can accommodate larger vessels. 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.
Chubascos – defined as a violent squall with thunder and lightning – have continued to move out into the mid-Pacific, but the weather cells have also sporadically pounded the tip and traveled up into the Sea of Cortez. Although seldom lasting more than a day, they briefly deliver torrential rains, leaving flooding and strong wind damage in their paths; on the plus side, they also leave a lush, green landscape. All of which has had an impact on local fishing. The water rushing out to sea from the arroyos has taken plenty of floating debris with it, providing wonderful cover for a record number of small dorado lurking beneath the flotsam. On the billfish side, the Bisbee East Cape Offshore threeday tournament had only one 300-pound qualifying blue marlin for the 61 teams fishing. On the surface it sounds pretty dismal until a closer look at the catch log reveals good numbers of releases of blues under the required weight; and, of course, striped marlin and sailfish that don’t count in the event. Yellowfin tuna, also impacted by the runoff, have moved much farther offshore with the exception of a small school below Los Frailes that has refused to leave. Enough doom and gloom! On the positive side, more forage fish seem to be moving into the area followed by hungry predators…from billfish to roosterfish. And all those small dorado which have been released will grow so fast some will be this coming month’s keepers. September should be a hot month. Hopefully, the fishing will follow the lead!
Here is a 62 pound dorado caught aboard “No Doubt” at Rancho Leonero, a real keeper!
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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 where you have to be invited by a member to in order 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 | SEPTEMBER 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 5 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 offers entertainment for all ages and is an ideal destination for families. Blown Glass Factory Don’t miss this factory located in Cabo San Lucas where youngsters can watch the highlyskilled artisans perform the art of glass-blowing. Adults can shop for that one (or probably more than one) perfect piece to take home. Make sure you visit the factory before 2:00 pm in order to catch the show. Adventure Parks There are several adventure parks and eco-adventure companies in Los Cabos where you and your kids can experience zip-lining, back-country ATV tours, a camel safari, and more. Zip-lines are appropriate for kids of 8 years and up and be prepared to hike from 5 to 15 minutes from line to line. Most companies include transportation. Ask your concierge to setup your adventure. Swim with Dolphins Los Cabos has a few facilities where you and your kids can swim with trained dolphins. By visiting one of the dolphin centres you and your kids will experience a one-on-one connection that will be memorable. You will learn special hand signals and ways to communicate positive reinforcement to the dolphins. Swimming with dolphins is a very gratifying and joyful experience for people of all ages. Wet Fun Water Park Located about 20 minutes from San José, this water park has shallow pools and small slides for young children, water mushrooms, a pirate ship and a giant bucket that dumps water on the bystanders bellow. For the adrenaline seekers, several fast and large slides stand tall and mighty and offer a great view of the beautiful surrounding mountains. To get there take HWY 1 north from the San José International Airport towards La Paz and East Cape. After about 15 miles, the exit for Caudaño and the water park will be at km 66. Follow this road for a few minutes and you will find the park on your right. Turtle Release Every year, several species of endangered sea turtles nest in the warm sands of Los Cabos. Your family will have the opportunity to help these fragile and tiny creatures make it safely into the sea. Children will learn about the importance of conservation and they will surely enjoy the experience of helping these little friends. Whale Watching Whale watching in Los Cabos is an unforgettable experience for any age. During the months of December through March, it is not hard to find whales breaching just off the shore. Book a private charter or take one of the many whale watching tours available. Horse-back lessons at Cuadra San Francisco This world class equestrian centre was established in 1994 by Francisco J. Barrena M. and is home to about 50 horses. Each one has been trained by professionals to ensure safety and an enjoyable ride. The riding school’s speciality is high level dressage, which is an excellent way to perfect any riding discipline and to become an better rider overall. The staff can accommodate riders of any age and skill level. Cuadra San Francisco is located at km. 19.5 of the main highway between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.
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. Cactuslovers 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 adventure-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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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
Along the Corridor
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.
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
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!
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 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.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
ATMs - The easiest and most cost effective way to get pesos is not to bring dollars and exchange them, but simply to pull pesos out of an ATM after you arrive in Los Cabos. Bank ATMs give the daily exchange rate (best possible rate) with reasonable fees. Examples include Banorte, Santander, Banamex, and HSBC. If you go to a non-bank ATM, you will pay higher fees. 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 fees. 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. Tipping - Standard tipping rates are about 15%. Buying groceries - San José has two major grocery stores; Wal-Mart and Mega. Mega is a higher-end option with more American products, but is slightly more expensive that Wal-Mart. San Lucas has a Wal-Mart and Costco. If you just need to grab something quickly, OXXO stores are small, reasonably priced convenient stores located all over town. 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
NO ESTACIONARSE NO PARKING
TOPE SPEED BUMP
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 14
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
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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 / James Longton
Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, and Cancun in recognizing and celebrating their horsemen dressed in beautifully decorated jackets, along with the equally colourfully-dressed women who will parade through town. Festivities begin at 10:00 am and take place all day in honour of a traditional part of Mexican culture that includes bullfights, calf roping, Mexican food and dancing. September 15 ~ El Grito de Dolores (The Cry of Dolores) - The War of Independence in Mexico officially began on Saturday, September 15, 1810 when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest, rang the church bell in the City of Dolores, Guanajuato, and cried out to the townspeople to take up arms and rise in rebellion against the Spanish Crown, which had ruled Mexico since the days the Conquest of the Aztec Nation by Hernan Cortes on August 23, 1521.
September 14 ~ Charro Day - The Day of the Charro is celebrated on September 14, which throughout history has always been overshadowed by the fiestas, fireworks, speeches, and all-night celebrations of Mexico’s September 16 Independence Day. In Mexico, a Charro is a not only a cowboy but a gentleman: a horse-riding cavalier skilled in rope twirling, calf-throwing, and gallant horse-trotting maneuvers. Being a Charro is a tradition that is passed from one generation to the next. A young girl or woman Charro is known in Spanish as an Escaramuza. ‘’Charreadas’’ are very similar to American rodeos north of the border, except that while cowboys in the USA are paid for their rope-and-riding performances, Charros in Mexico do it as a respectful honour to the sport. San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas have joined major cities like Guadalajara, Mexico City, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas,
The day before Mexican Independence Day, Los Cabos celebrates El Grito de Dolores with an emphatic re-enactment speech commemorating ‘’El Grito/Cry of Dolores’’ before the revelry and festivities begin. In San Lucas, the celebration takes place at the Deportivo Municipal, which is the huge sports complex at the intersection of Highway 19 to Todos Santos. The annual fireworks and live music performances begin at 10:00 pm and continue into the wee hours of the night, with food and beer vendors available on site. In San José del Cabo, the identical celebration takes place in the downtown central plaza in front of the historic Catholic Church.
September 16 ~ Mexican Independence Day - Mexico’s Independence Day is September 16, and is a federal holiday observed nationwide. In both Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, there will be a parade, a colourful procession of carnival floats followed by speeches, mariachi performers, and other live bands and musical entertainment. In San Jose del Cabo, there will also be a rodeo and bullfights at the rodeo ring located in front of the city’s fire department. While many tourists might be under the impression when visiting that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day, the truth is that May the 5th is just another day in Mexico, while September 16th is recognized and celebrated in every village, small town, and big city in this wonderful country. And, since it actually starts with El Grito de Dolores the night before, Mexican Independence Day is actually a two-day, two-night affair. Celebrate in Todos Santos - by James Longton The occasion holds huge custom and tradition in Todos Santos, beginning with a parade in the afternoon starting at the cultural center, travelling through downtown along Calle Militar, and ending at the town stadium where the colorful celebration continues into the night. The event includes live music, dancing, art displays, local food and wine vendors, and an historical reenactment of Father Hidalgo ringing the bell of his little church in the early hours of September 16th, 1810, calling everyone to fight for liberty. The community will also celebrate El Grito de Dolores (“Cry of Dolores”), which was uttered from the small town of Dolores near Guanajuato , marking the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence and lasting 10 years. Since October 1825, the anniversary of the event continues to be valued and celebrated as Mexican Independence Day. So come explore the quaint town of Todos Santos and join in the fun and history!
September 13 ~ Mexican Independence at Nikki Beach - Celebrate the Mexican Independence with tequila, sexy dancers, musicians and delicious cuisine. A portion of the day’s proceeds will go to the Global Charity Trust that works towards increasing awareness and raising funds for thousands of nonprofit organizations. Event hours: from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information: www.theglobalparty.com/venues/nikkibeach-cabo-san-lucas. For table and bottle reservations: call 52 (624) 145.7800 or e-mail: email@example.com
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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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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. 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 night-club 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, 7:00-10:00 pm; Guitarist Roberto Fiallo; 624.143.4313 EDITHS’S RESTAURANT. Traditional Mexican music every night 6:0010:00 pm Tel. 143-0801.
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 6:309:30 pm. Mondays, Shalom & Tito Rodriguez; Tuesdays, Luna Itzel, Wednesdays Pulpo en Su Tinta; Thursdays, Fiesta Mexicana & Mariachis; Saturdays, Kimbara Fusion, Sundays Pura Vida. TWO FOR THE ROAD - Live Jazz Spot. In Wyndham Hotel/Tesoro, Blvd. Marina, Local A-15; Tuesday thru Saturdays, 8:00 pm. Montana, keyboard, and vocalist Kathy Daniels. Tel. 143.7759 or 132.2282. SECRETS MARQUIS Karla Kassaneth every evening 11:00 pm-1:00 am. SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO 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. SPICY COOPER’S - Thursdays, Pulpos en Su Tinta with David Flores. Located at Morelos #15, in Downtown San José. Tel. 624.142.0739. 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 THE CONTAINER - Puerto Los Cabos on The Marina. Fridays, rock 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Saturdays, Monique on saxophone and Diego Ramirez on keyboard. 624.105.6628 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, 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. CERRITOS CERRITOS BEACH CLUB - Saturdays, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Daline Jones and Diego Ramirez. TODOS SANTOS Hotel Guaycura Restaurant - Fridays, country music, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Saturdays, jazz, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Tel. 612.175.0800 EAST CAPE THE CROSSROADS Country Club Located 22 miles on camino de la costa pasing Punta perfecta on Vinorama. Tel. 624.157.9542 VIDASOUL Ecofocused Hotel located at 1000 Camino Cabo Este, Boca de la Vinorama. Beach shows with local legends, such as Pura Vida and Kilometro Band, and U.S. acts like Tim Lang and Portland’s Bolt Upright. Tel. 624.142.1659.
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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. Lounge while you listen to live music or dance to famous DJs’ beats. Located on Vicente Guerrero, across from Cabo Wabo. EL SQUID ROE - You can feel the high energy the moment you walk
into this three-story night club and restaurant. It’s very well known for its lively staff that not only serve you, but will entertain you all night long. GIGGLIN’ MARLIN - Just a fisherman’s bar in the beginning, this Cabo landmark is now a seafood restaurant that becomes a lively night club once the sun sets. The large image outside of a man hanging upside down next to a “giggling marlin” is hard to miss. One of the traditions of this bar is to hang brave souls upside down while they do a tequila shot! KNOTTY - The unique decor and ambiance of this club was designed by world-renowned Davis Krumins. Dance to the beats of house music mixed by live DJs and even climb into the tree-like dancing cage in the middle of the club. MANDALA - When you’re walking the main street of Cabo, you will surely notice Mandala’s striking entrance and sleek Asian decor. If you are looking for the stylish nightclub scene and great dance music, this is where you want to be. PASSION NIGHTCLUB - Sexy atmosphere, cozy indoor cabanas, special champagne cocktails and a spacious dance floor. Ladies’ night on Thursday. Guest DJs on Fridays. Located inside the ME Hotel by Melia San Lucas. PINK KITTY - Known for its club scene and cosmopolitan style atmosphere, Pink Kitty is a popular spot for dance and house music. They often feature famous DJs who fire up the crowd on the dance floor until 4:00 am. THE JUNGLE BAR - Casual bar for good tunes, live music every night and local culture. Located in Plaza de los Mariachis, bellow Cabo Wabo. THE NOWHERE BAR - A happening open-air bar with dance music and dance floor that’s located right on the beautiful Cabo marina. Known for its popular Tuesday ladies’ night, Nowhere Bar is a hot place for celebrity sightings and has an excellent staff and service. Visit during the day for a refreshing happy hour beer or at night for a fun and stylish party scene. UNO MAS? - This casual little palapa bar speaks for itself. Known for their fresh fruit drinks and the damn cold beer, you may stop for just one, but you will find yourself asking for Uno Mas! Located in Downtown Cabo San Lucas in Plaza Del Sol.
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11:11 DISCO ROOM - San José’s newest night club. An exclusive venue located in Plaza el Pescador that offers a hip and fresh concept for the Los Cabos’ electronic music scene. ROCK & BREWS - The founding partners, which include members of the band KISS, opened their first international location of Rock & Brews in March 2013 in San José del Cabo. It is located in Plaza del Pescador and offers live rock music, flat screens throughout playing some of the greatest moments in rock history, great food and an energetic nightlife. The venue pays tribute to rock & roll with walls covered with rock-inspired art. PRIVÉ AT NICK SAN PALMILLA - Sleek, chic and seductive. Located in the Shops of Palmilla, this high-end nightclub has brought a new and exciting vibe to San José’s nightlife. Dance under the stars to the beats of famous DJs. SHOOTERS - This fun and casual bar located on a second floor terrace overlooks San José’s downtown area and is ideal for enjoying a beer or your favorite beverage while watching the latest hits or a game on their flat-screens. A popular place for local residents. www.DestinoMagazine.com | SEPTEMBER 2014
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ACROSS 1 Fast breaker 5 Palindromic title 10 Animal house 13 Sushi bar quaff 14 One way to stand 15 Cylindrical storage structure 16 Metric measure 17 Rapids transit 18 Roulette bet 19 Slippery sushi 21 Los Cabos culinary staple 23 Restful resort 26 Facial flinch 28 Some sisters 29 Pacific food fish 32 Tango moves 33 Draft picks 34 Settle a debt 36 Decade long power struggle 43 Shows oxidation 44 Simplicity 45 Pirate’s plunder 47 Mount for the god Neptune 50 Head lights? 52 Regret 53 Expire 54 Shore thing 58 Give it a go
60 Sugar serving 61 Boxer’s stat 63 Mobile prefix 67 High pair 68 Sine or cosine 69 What the humbled eat 70 Chess pieces 71 Whaling weapon 72 Support for a proposal? DOWN 1 Chinese menu letters 2 Ring bearer 3 Alias abbr. 4 Margarita garnish 5 ‘The Old man and the Sea’ catch 6 Pie ___ mode 7 Flip one’s lid? 8 Start to freeze? 9 Military meal 10 Backless sofas 11 Chosen few 12 Tots taboos 15 Frame 20 SJD guess 22 Port-au-Prince place 23 Internet annoyance 24 Not too bright
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A SUBTLE SOPHISTICATED LAYERED VIEW OF ITS BEAUTIFUL, RICH AND UNIQUE CULTURE by Marilyn Graham
MEXICO. Year after year, the layers of its sophistication are revealed. Subtle and always full of beautiful surprises, the country unfolds, revealing its rich and unique culture. In summer, a visit to Querétaro, in the midst of Colonial Mexico, can end in the zócalo on a Sunday afternoon after a friend’s rock n’ roll concert. The “zocalo”, or main plaza, is always the heart and soul of a Mexican city and a good place to begin. Packed with local people dressed to the 9’s, an Orchestra performs from the gazebo, beautiful Mexican danzones (a favorite No. 2 by Marquez), lovely boleros and fun popular music, the zócalo is filled with elegant dancers and tons of local onlookers. It is simply the most charming way imaginable to spend a Sunday afternoon, out with friendly people listening to beautiful traditional music, dancing and eating yummy street food. After many years of living in Mexico, how symbolic that whole moment can be. Mexico in a nutshell: how sincerely one can come to appreciate the beautiful people, traditions, culture and lifestyle that Mexico affords. What can you experience as a tourist on your first visit to Mexico? Spring break: crossing the border, an adventurous train ride to Mazatlan as 20
it stops at every cactus along the route, finally crashing on the beach, hooking up with college friends, drinking virgin margaritas and eating buckets of shrimp every night at The Shrimp Bucket, and partying. We come looking for a party, a “fiesta”, and discover a new land. By friends’ recommendations, it could be a place like the old modern Twin Dolphins -- what was an elegant boutique hotel on the beach with gourmet food and lovely service. It can be a beautiful beach vacation without in-depth discovery about Mexico. It can be a place for you to unwind - beaches without telephones and TVs. And it can be only the beginning. There are no beaches more beautiful than those of Baja California Sur -- that is the allure. However, some want the culture! Some of us in Los Cabos have waited a few years for culture to begin to be imported from mainland Mexico, and have had to travel to the mainland to begin our explorations. Because Baja is still a frontier, discoveries can move along slowly at first. The country is beautiful though, so beautiful you keep returning. The typical tourist’s first impressions of Mexico are perhaps sunshine, tacos, tequila, Tecate, Pacifico, beaches, surf-
ing, beach vendors, discos, Latino based music blaring out of shops, and maybe some mariachi music, looking for the heralded and ultimate fiesta. Having been programmed from home about a stereotypical Mexico found on the border, you might not at first see the sophistication of Mexico. When in Mexico, explore. You can drive the Peninsula annually to experience and witness the natural beauty of Baja. You can visit Guadalajara, the capital and largest city in the state of Jalisco, “the 20th largest city in Latin America”, to get some real Mexican culture! You will immediately love this city, especially if you are an urban person, and not so much a beach lover. You can travel inexpensively and can purchase many exquisite and beautiful Mexican arts and crafts. Fall in love with Mexico’s art and folk art, when you discover Tlaquepaque, Tonala, and their offerings - paintings, wall hangings, textiles, sculptures, furniture, hand blown glass items, tiles, and pottery -- it is heaven. Huichol art and beadwork, which expresses such deep spiritual beliefs, the amazing Mata Ortiz pottery, weavings, carpets, alebrijes and black pottery from Oaxaca, Pineda Covalin textiles, and street art, just to name a few: each area of Mexico adds
to that appreciation. Guadalajara is certainly a cultural center. You can also enjoy fine Mexican dining as well as Mariachis. It is considered to be the home of the Mariachis! So even those who are jazz nuts can warm up to and appreciate this musical form first hand at the Plaza de Los Mariachis. Elegant costumes and talented musicians perform with their hearts and souls and sing “I love you Mexico!” You can also go to the Ballet Folklórico and witness the lovely dance culture with all its colourful traditions. It can also be a discovery about the subtleties of Mexican cuisine, a mix of pre-Hispanic and Spanish influences like the rest of Mexico, with each region specialising in their own flavours and techniques. You will return to Guadalajara many times while visiting other West Coast cities, such as Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Acapulco and Huatulco. They are all beautiful resort cities in their own rights, each with something unique and special to offer. If you want to know the heart and soul, visit Mexico City to view and experience a subtle sophisticated layering of Mexican culture. Learn much more about Indigenous, PreHispanic Mexico with new adventures and travels when you
visit the ruins outside of Mexico City: Teotihuacán and the ruins behind Mexico City’s Cathedral. Drive south to Oaxaca, Monte Alban and Mitla and visit the incredibly beautiful and advanced Mayan culture and pyramids in southeastern Mexico: Palenque, Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Tulum in the States of Palenque, Yucatan and Quintana Roo (all so fun to pronounce!). Slowly, you can discover a Mexico of layers, the very old Indigenous Mexico, the Spanish Colonial Mexico and the Modern Mexico. Of course, the Spanish Mexico is ever-present in the Spanish language and in the Catholic religion of the cathedrals of mainland Mexico. More adventures to Colonial Mexico display the elegant cathedrals built by the Spanish in Mexico City, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Querétero, and other colonial regions. When visiting this region you will, sometimes, feel as if you are in Europe, but always with a distinctly charming and Mexican feel. Poco a poco, (little by little) you’ll see Mexico in a new light. Take a long vacation in Mexico City to explore all there is to see -- to study the city, if you will. Each day, venture out to one of the metropolis’s new places that you have always wanted to visit. Go to the Museum of Anthropology, one of the favourite museums of all world travels, which offers a wonderful historical summary of Mexico and is a perfect place to begin. Artists must see the Palacio de Bellas Artes and its famous murals: Museo Rufino Tamayo; Museo Nacional de Arte; and Museo de Arte Moderno, the new Museo Soumaya. One is able to see Mexico’s finest modern artists from Diego Rivera and the muralists Jose Clemente Orozco, Roberto Montenegro, David Alfaro Siqueiros; to surrealist Frida
Kahlo. Visit the famous Basilica Guadalupe on your way to the ruins, Teotihuacan. Visit San Angel for the Saturday art market around Plaza San Jacinto, then visit Diego Rivera’s studio after a delicious lunch at San Angel Inn, followed by the neighbourhood of Coyoacan to see the zocalo, market, church and visit Casa Frida Kahlo. Another day, visit the lovely Xochimilco in the southern part of the city, known for its beautiful canals and decorated trajinera boats. Make a day trip to Cuernavaca, “City of Eternal Spring” and to the quaint “silver” city Taxco. On your last day you can visit Centro Historico district and Bellas Artes, with another fabulous Mexican meal at Café Tacuba. Evenings are always jazzy at the famous Zinco’s Jazz Club, or at neighbouring hotels such as El Presidente. There is so much to discover in Mexico City! You will love every moment. The longer you stay in Mexico, the more you will learn about Mexico, and its many distinguished poets, writers, painters, actors, film directors and representatives of the arts. Purchase a book about Luis Barragán and simply fall in love with his statement style of architecture and interior design -- so modern, colorful and representative of the Modern Era of Mexico. UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, is the home of three of Mexico’s Nobel Laureates: Alfonso Garcia Robles, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1982; Mario Molino, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1995; and author and poet, Octavio Paz. Let’s not overlook the many fabulous festivals celebrated throughout Mexico, such as the Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato every October celebrating the arts. One cannot overlook the music of Mexico: it is far too beautiful and important! From classical music to boleros, jazz,
mariachis, pop, Latin fusion and other forms, Mexico has a distinct musical voice in the world: Silvestre Revueltas, violinist and composer of the famous “Sensemaya” and “La Noche de los Maya”; Arturo Marquez, and other classical composers Carlos Chávez, Jose Pablo Moncayo, Mario Lavista; and don’t forget Armando Manzanero (a Mexican musician and composer of Maya descent, widely considered the premier Mexican romantic composer of the post-war era and one of the most successful composers in Latin America); and a whole new generation of talented musicians, such as Luis Miguel “El Sol de Mexico”, Grammy-winner Julieta Venegas, and Eugenio Toussaint, composer and pianist. It can take several years to learn the incredibly beautiful musical traditions of Mexico, owing in large part to the delightful education you can receive from our fabulous musicians in Los Cabos. So through Mexican music, we celebrate the variety of the deep, rich cultural layers expressed in Mexico. Mexico provides us all with a lovely lifestyle and you will be extremely grateful for your experience living and travelling throughout the country. But, most of all, you will be grateful for your friendships! They are the real teachers, Mexican family and friends. They open windows, doors and worlds of understanding. They will show you the life of the children of Mexico, the life of their families, the local traditions, the hopes and dreams of the people, and the real heart and soul of Mexico! On September 15th, the nation will celebrate their country with “El Grito” on the Eve of Independence Day -- celebrate!*
Chichén Itzá by Marilyn Graham
The Cathedral in Mexico City by Marilyn Graham
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Loreto, Baja California Sur
THE JESUIT MISSIONS MUSEUM IN LORETO BY YEYE
The remote land of beautiful Baja Sur is still mostly a natural sanctuary. Loreto is a charming Mexican bay town that thrives among paradisiacal islands, surrounded by the richest aquatic wonders found on this Earth; a world heritage and a protected national marine park, Loreto offers a rich experience in natural luxury that only can be entertained by a resort town of the new world , a natural lifestyle consciousness. A simple Mexican desert town by the legendary Sea of Cortez, it is also quite natural that its history be told by those travellers who came to discover it. THE LORETO MUSEUM, in addition to its collection of paintings, arms and household goods, offers a sample of the artisan crafts of the region. Displays include items such as saddlers, horsehair halters, typical clothing of the southern California rancher called “Cuera”, made of cowhide and finished with a hide or palm hat, shoes and saddle bag -- some of the last examples of the design brought by the original settlers to Baja California. Major pieces in the museum include the carvings of the Christ of the Sarcophagus, the Virgin and Saint Joseph, and the Jesus sculpted in the 18th century, a beautiful work of polychrome and embossed wood. Liturgical objects, made in gold and bronze, speak riches. The work of Jesuit missionaries is recreated with graphics and biographies, showing their ethnographic and scientific observations of the peninsula; the introduction of plants useful to man, such as grapevines, dates, olives, other fruits and garden vegetables. The collection also includes the advanced technologies of the time, such as the sugar mill, the noria (a water wheel with buckets
NEW FLIGHTS TO LORETO As of April 15, 2015, WestJet will offer weekly nonstop service from Calgary International Airport (YYC) to Loreto (LTO). “Loreto, Mexico may be one of the best places you’ve never heard of,” says Chris Avery, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “Visitors can enjoy everything from sport fishing and kayaking to eco-tourism adventures.” “We have more flights and more seats to the places Canadians want to go,” said Avery. Fly down to Baja next year and discover beautiful Loreto!
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Discovery and Conquest a collection of arms and tools of the ephoc
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attached) and the carpenter bench. In the first rooms one can admire antique arms and maps of the region pertaining to the period of exploration. Completing the collection is a globe of the earth made of wood and metal which shows the conception of the world in those times. A travel through time: the Loreto Museum offers the adventurer a journey through the minds of those explorers and settlers who dared to write a tale for Baja, with their history of discovery and conquest. *
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DISCOVER Celebrate Mexicoâ€™s Independence month with traditional flavors: ALMEJAS CHOCOLATAS TATEMADAS This style of cooking clams is dated back to prehispanic times and is a traditional dish of Loreto due to the abundance of Chocolata clams in the area. The clams are placed on the ground over a bed of stones and then covered with branches of a desert plant that grows near the coast called romerillo. These branches are then lit on fire to grill the clams. Watching the cooking process is an experience, so on your next visit to Loreto ask for one of the local families that have been doing this for generations. If you want to test your clam grilling skills on your own, follow these steps (with caution!): INGREDIENTS Chocolata clams Romerillo branches Flour tortillas Pico de Gallo Mustard dressing - 1 cup of mustard, 1/2 squeezed lime, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt to taste. PREPARATION Form a gravel base on the ground. Place the live clams in the gravel with their opening facing down. Add more gravel until half of the clam is covered. Place abundant romerillo branches on top and light them on fire on the opposite side of the direction the wind is blowing; this is recommended to favour slow cooking. Leave the fire going for approximately 40 minutes. Carefully remove the clam and consume it right away with the mustard dressing, flour tortillas and pico de gallo.
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The teachings of the Mexican Pearls To observe nature as a model for an enlightened humanity is an ancient practice, an art of living, a peaceful way of life. These are the teachings of the Mexican pearls. Pearls are considered a symbol of purity and gentility. Unlike gemstones produced deep inside the Earth, pearls are created by living creatures called mollusks. Mollusks commonly have a soft, unsegmented body and a hard exterior shell. Contrary to popular belief, pearls hardly ever result from the intrusion of a grain of sand into an oyster’s shell. Instead, a pearl forms when an irritant such as a wayward food particle becomes trapped in the mollusk. The animal senses the object and coats it with layers of aragonite and conchiolin. These two materials are the same substances the animal uses to build its shell. Teaching: We are earthling living beings who can be soft in the inside and hard on the exterior, but all we produce is made by the same universal elements that make us. It is never the intrusion of something external what makes us create something beautiful, it is something we sense within.
Finding a valuable pearl requires as much divine synchronicity as skill. And in their quest for both pearls and mother-of-pearl, people have sometimes taken extraordinary measures. People have for thousands of years created substitutes for the real thing. Teaching: Finding the best in you is a divine quest and requires skill. Don’t waste your time creating a substitute for the real thing. Be real, be extraordinary. One of the most distinctive features of a nacreous pearl is the way it seems to glow from within. This property, known as “luster,” gives pearls their unusual beauty. Luster results from the reflection of light rays not only off the surface of the pearl, but also off the concentric inner layers of nacre. The layers of nacre act like tiny prisms, refracting light so that it appears as all the colours of the rainbow. Teaching: Glow from within, we are mirrors to each other, shine a rainbow to those who look at themselves in you. Because a pearl is the product of a biological process, its surface often shows minor imperfections. Furthermore, when a mollusk secretes the microscopic layers that make up a pearl, each layer does not always encircle the entire pearl. These uneven layers create additional irregularities on the surface. As a result, it is easy to distinguish a real pearl from an artificial one by rubbing it gently across your teeth: a real pearl will feel gritty and an artificial pearl will feel smooth and slippery. Teaching: Naturally we are meant to show imperfection. It is easy to distinguish a real person from a fake one. A real one is everything but perfect. Pearls come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. And although most people think of pearls as round, the truth is that irregularly shaped pearls are more common in nature, while perfectly spherical pearls are extremely rare. A pearl’s size and shape depend on the species of mollusk that produced the pearl, how long it took to form, the size and shape of the nucleus and where the pearl formed inside the animal. Teaching: We are meant to be different from one another -- people’s perception of you will vary depending upon who they think you are. Your size and shape depends on who raised you, your experiences, and the environment you are in. You are who you choose to be. May we all choose to be like Mexican pearls... pure and gentile.*
pearls are the rarest pearls in the World.
Mosquito Repellent “Men stand in their own shadow and wonder why is dark.” Zen Proverb
Truth lasts a hundred years. Mexicans say it never dies. Mexican children who are thought to speak truthfully learn that those who lie are mainly lying to themselves, and that lying serves no one. When we lie, we are denying ourselves the opportunity to experience reality as it is. To the yogi, to see things as they are is to be enlightened. To experience this kind of wisdom, a yogi practices meditation. To have a successful meditation practice, the yogi must practice Satya: truthfulness. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the eightfold path is called ashtanga, which literally means “eight limbs” (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. The first limb, yama, deals with one’s ethical standards and sense of integrity, focusing on our behaviour and how we conduct ourselves in life. Satya: truthfulness is one of the essential yamas to be practised, if you are to succeed in becoming the master of your own mind. To lie seems to be an acceptable social interaction. People have found a comfortable way to exist, teaching that it is better to lie and avoid conflict than to speak the truth and hurt somebody’s feelings. Mothers lie to the their children, friends lie to their friends, lovers lie to their lovers, people lie to people. We call it a “white lie.” Naturally, we don’t believe in anyone’s truthfulness. Trust is the deepest issue at the foundation of all our society’s disorders. A yogi understands that the universe is ruled by natural laws. Every time we lie, a natural law is broken and the balance of the Universe is lost, resulting in chaos. We are the Universe. Be truthful. What is truthfulness? Truthfulness is when what we think, what we say, and what we do are the same. To be truthful means to think, say, and do only that which is true. When in doubt, be silent. Mahatma Gandhi once said “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.”
THE FAME OF MEXICAN PEARLS dates The fame of Mexican pearls dates to the XVI Century, when the “black pearls” of the Gulf of California had earned the title of “Queen of Gems, Gem of Queens”, since so many of them adorned the crowns of European Kings and Queens, as well as their clothing, necks, hands and ears. At that time, the city of La Paz, today the Capital of Baja California Sur, became the black pearl center of the world. Before Black-lipped Pearl Oysters were first cultured for pearls in French Polynesia in the last century, most of the black pearls seen in Western countries -- including many of the larger pearls worn during the European Renaissance -- came from La Paz in Baja California. Later, the Pearl Oyster farm in the Island of “Espíritu Santo” (near the City of La Paz), was considered to be the first true commercial pearl farm in the world, and scientists from France and the United States visited and documented its operation (Leon Diguet of the Museum d’ Histoire Naturelle, Paris, and the Charles Townsend of the Museum of Natural History, NYC). Recent pearl culturing ventures in the Gulf of California are now returning New World black pearls to the market, since the Gulf of California’s
Did you know that in touristic destinations, such as Cancún and Playa del Carmen in the Mexican Riviera Maya, it is forbidden to use chemical mosquito repellent, in order to avoid contaminating the water in natural areas, such as beaches, cenotes (underground sweet water caves), mangrove swamps, etc? Very Eco! Baja mosquitoes are known for making the Catholic missionaries move their San José del Cabo Mission inland. They bite, it burns, and during some seasons, they might carry Dengue fever, which is not fun. As with everything else in life, people have different reactions to mosquito bites, some don’t even feel them, and some have allergic reactions that become the core of important lifestyle choices. Los Cabos, a Mexican élite resort town, is in the vanguard of everything organic. You should have no problem finding an Organic Mosquito repellent. For example Repelenatura, with 100% naturalmade organic ingredients produced by following the ancient technique of flower extraction, was created by a mother with the desire to protect her children who respond better to natural products than chemicals. Chemicals not only have an unpleasant aroma, they are absorbed by the skin and can cause detrimental systemic effects, like skin disease. Once again, it is proven that Organic is a better choice. Repelenatura also offers other mothers the possibility to have their own organic business by representing this product. Bye bye mosquitoes, thank you Repelenatura.
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ART & CULTURE México Surrealista by yeye
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“I don’t know why I came here. Mexico is the most surrealist country in the world”. André Breton, founder of Surrealism Exotic characters and landscapes, a madly delirious way to express a unlimited reality, an important influence in history: the Surrealist Art movement could be a vortex in space where poetry, politics, romance, altered states of mind, liberal ideals of freedom, primitive passions, and selfconcerned transcendental journeys of consciousness touching the magical and the occult merge in a fast-speed-slow-paced time, swirled by its own auto-psychoanalysis, and its egocentric desire to be unique. Surrealism seems to be a walk on the wild side, bordering the unknown dimensions of the mind; or, as the founder of Surrealism André Breton describes it in his Surrealist manifesto, “pure psychic automatism”. In 1938, Breton accepted a cultural commission from the French government to travel to Mexico. At a conference at the National Autonomous University of Mexico about surrealism, Breton stated after getting lost in Mexico City (as no one was waiting for him at the airport) “I don’t know why I came here. Mexico is the most surrealist country in the world.” However, visiting Mexico provided the opportunity to meet Leon Trotsky. Breton and other surrealists travelled via a long boat ride from Patzcuaro to the town of Erongaricuaro. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo were among the visitors to this hidden community of intellectuals and artists. Together, Breton and Trotsky wrote a manifesto Pour un art révolutionnaire indépendent (published under the names of Breton and Diego Rivera) calling for “complete freedom of art,” which was becoming increasingly difficult with the world situation of the time. In Los Cabos you get to experience Surrealism at its best: you can take a walk on the wild side and visit Puerto Los Cabos Marina where you can enjoy an enchanting outdoors Art walk by Leonora Carrington, an important surrealist painter and member of André Breton Surrealist ring since 1937. Born in England in 1917, forced by the war and insane love to lose her mind, she endured a mental asylum and its violent treatment before moving to México in 1943, where she lived most of her adult life. She died in México City in 2011 as one of the last surviving participants in the Surrealist movement of the 1930s. A retrospective of her work, containing fifty-five pieces, was held at the Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno in Mexico City. In Carrington’s view, she was more than just a muse or intermediary, she was an artist in her own right, who “through her intimate relationship with the childhood worlds of fantasy and magic is capable of creative transformation through mental rather than sexual power.” Reference: LEONORA by Elena Poniatowska Editorial Planeta Mexicana
GIVING BACK ASUPMATOMA In the last 17 years, Asupmatoma, an association dedicated to protect the environment and the Marine Turtle, has collected more than 7,000 turtle nets and has helped more than 560,000 little turtles become free. With the mission to promote environmental awareness through direct experience, Asupmatoma, A.C. offers a series of workshops for all ages, to awaken the community of Baja to the importance of caring for our environment. When you donate money or time here, you are supporting a diversity of educational programs such as “Environmental education workshops” for kids, and the “Program to protect and liberate the marine turtle” -- all educational and fun. All participants can camp in their ranch and have a fun experience while learning. For information write to them at email@example.com.
j Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery a Amber Art - The finest Chiapas Contemporary art with the use of amber collection includes different materials such as glass perfume bottles, jewelry and work and metal. sculptures. b Arte Julian García - Julian García’s k La Dolce Art Gallery - Modern paintings that embrace colour, paintings and metal sculptures. texture and self-expression. Also featuring national and l La Sacristía - Pottery, ceramics and international art exhibitions. silver jewellery. c Casa Dahlia - Baja’s top m Mata Ortiz Gallery - Pottery contemporary artists. molded and hand painted with d Casa Don Pablo - Custom different strokes and colors ironwork, original Mexican characteristic of the archaeological art, Talavera, woodcarvings, region of Paquime, Mata Ortiz, fine silver, and local historic Chihuahua.. photographs. n Muvezi - Sculptures of Shona e El Armario - Authentic Mexican Artists from Zimbabwe who are folk art from many different recognized as the world’s finest regions around Mexico. stone sculptors. f El Lunario Fine Art Gallery. o O Gallery - A gallery that embraces g Frank Arnold Gallery - Working a diversity of style from select in oil on canvas and cast bronze artists and craftsmen. The show is from his studio and gallery in San ever-evolving, offering beauty and José del Cabo. surprises. h Galería Corsica - This gallery p Patricia Mendoza Gallery specializes in figurative and Mexico’s top contemporary artists abstract paintings and sculptures. such as, Lucille Wong, Javier i Galería de Ida Victoria - Fine art Guadarrama, Eric Perez and Joao by local and international artists Rodriguez, among others. featuring paintings, sculpture, q Old Town Gallery - Eight world photography and limited renowned artists that uniquely edition prints. capture the color, culture, and light quality of Baja.
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I M A G I N E you live here I Am Not In K ansas (Malibu) Anymore by Wendy Rains
Real Estate questions asked by you, answered by local real estate expert Blake Harrington, of REmexico Real Estate Group
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.
Many of us are consciously raised not to notice differences between ourselves and others because it is considered impolite. Still, after years of growing up not acknowledging someone’s race, ethnicity, or sexual preference, you might find yourself living in a Mexican pueblo where everywhere you turn and nearly everyone you speak to, work with, hire, or make friends with, are very different from you. We’re not the same and ignoring the differences doesn’t work. Embracing them does! Just like Americans, Mexicans are a very diverse people, depending on where they are born and raised. For instance, border town folks are completely different from those in Mexico City, who some refer to as Chilangos. When it comes to Baja Sur, and Todos Santos in particular, it’s a whole other story in itself. The people of this pueblo have been isolated without roads connecting them to the rest of the peninsula until relatively recently, and thus have unique ways of doing and looking at things. Different beliefs, expectations, dialect, and social conduct distinguish locals from much of the rest of their country. Todos Santos is a town of farmers and fishermen, and to its residents, La Paz was the “big city” and it took two days on horseback to get there. Being an American businesswoman my entire adult life, it was normal to me to shake hands when meeting someone. At first, it was a bit unnerving when, upon being introduced to a complete stranger, they’d immediately kiss and hug me! Our sense of “social distance” is really different. As explained by cultural analyst, Ned Crouch in Americans & Mexicans: Cracking the Cultural Code, the three main factors that differentiate Mexicans and Americans are sense of time, sense of space, and language. Time to us is fixed and measurable. We complete tasks according to deadlines. Mexicans view time as flexible with no absolute measurements. Friday is just a day of the week that happens every week! Mexican people love to connect and be part of a group, which is an exercise in trust. Inviting you into a group means that a Mexican trusts you. In Mexican families, it’s more common to have shared toys, bedrooms, and pretty much everything else while growing up. As a result, they don’t seem to have that same sense of or desire for privacy as those of us who have always had our own everything. I love that Mexicans put family first and their work second. Mexicans also place a great deal of importance on titles. Anyone who is a professional, such as an attorney, is addressed formally as Licenciado, or Ingeniero followed by their name. If you earned a PhD in college, no matter what subject, you are automatically Doctor from that point. Your degree becomes part of your name. When workers on a job site would refer to me as Architecta, I learned it was really a sign of respect for my education and experience.
With our market showing signs of improvement, we expect a sizzling summer! *
I celebrate Mexican ingenuity and resourcefulness all the time. I love all the holidays and fiestas. I love ranchero music. I love Mexican food and spices, I love Mexican comedy, I love all the colors, I love the goats, horses and cows that cross the road before me, I love hearing roosters crow in the background, I love that just asking a stranger for directions might end up with an invitation to join his family for dinner. I love my life here and hope to spend the rest of it celebrating our differences!
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≈ Please note that these observations and statements are strictly from my own experiences as an expat throughout my efforts to integrate into my adopted community of Todos Santos. I love this town and its people, and anything that may appear stereotypical is unintentional... unless it isn’t. *
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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.
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Cabo Corridor • $399,500 • 4 BR • MLS# 14-323 GREAT beach vacation rental. 3 Master bedrooms all with own en-suite. 4th bedroom 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.
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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.
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CASA QUACCIA - PLAYA TORTUGA, EAST CAPE $4,900,000 • 7 BR • 8 1/2 BA • MLS# 13-1942 For those looking for the ULTIMATE LUXURY retreat, here you go. A SPECTACULAR BEACHFRONT setting in Playa Tortuga in East Cape with all modern conveniences, yet completely self sustainable with solar power. The setting is second to none as the house rests on a view point looking East with endless beach and ocean views. Private patios, terraces, and guest houses allow for great entertaining for events and family. Don’t miss this chance to purchase one of the most coveted views and sites in the Baja region.
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PALMILLA OASIS Lot 33 San José del Cabo • Palmilla • $450,000 • MLS# 14-629
ART DISTRICT HISTORIC BUILDING #3 San José del Cabo Art District • $425,000 • MLS# 14-68
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.
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.
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