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letter from the EDITOR We're back! Due to hurricane Odile our October edition did not make it to print, but please enjoy this fresh issue in which you will find our usual Los Cabos information, events happening in November, and much more. #CaboStrong, #Unstoppable, #CaboShines, are examples of the words that have inspired the people that love Los Cabos. Cabo is coming back strong. Our community is indeed unstoppable. Southern Baja has been cleansed and polished, and now it shines like new. New is a common theme these days in Baja. New is change. Change is good. The people of Los Cabos have united and it brings me pride to see and know what our community is capable of. Thank you to the Mexican Government, to the Mexican Armed Forces and Police, to the CFE, and to the people of Mexico and all over the world for sending their aid and positive thoughts. We must now spread the word to our friends, have our friends tell their friends...Cabo is back and it will be better than ever. Come on down amigos!


Michelle Monroy Editor in Chief

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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 12 Activities: Fishing and Boating •Snorkelling and Scuba Diving • Golfing • Activities for Families • 14 Adventures 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

Day of the Dead






Happening Now • Live Music Schedules #CABOSTRONG





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Organic • Yoga • Spa • Beauty The Art of Restoration Los Cabos International Film Festival


Loreto, Pueblo Mágico: Must-see Missionary Treasures


Real Estate Q&A • Imagine You Live Here: The GreenGo Solar Project > El Rancho Solar • Destino RE Listings

Publisher Owen Perry Editor in Chief Michelle Monroy Creative Editor Yésica Pineda Moreno “Yeye” Art Michelle Monroy Writers / Contributors Yeye Michelle Monroy Angela Brown Blake Harrington Fernando Rodriguez Gary Graham James Longton Kale Cowell Lulú Pineda Maddie Corona Marilyn Graham Merete Muller Contributing Photographers Ali Lohrman Amadou "Pape" Cisse Blake Harrington Michelle Monroy Gregg M. Erickson Johnny Corona Justin Miller PR and Marketing Director Bonnie Chase - Investment Manager Lance Neiderhaus Editors Contact:

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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. * | NOVEMBER 2014



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.


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







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 4

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 | NOVEMBER 2014




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Fishing Report

All that’s fishy from Lands End to La Paz by Gary Graham

Seasonal Fishing Chart:


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.

There are no tropical depressions or storms on the horizon throughout the entire Eastern Pacific for the first time since June. Finally! The further we distance ourselves from the summer weather, the better the fishing seems to be. Airline flights have resumed and the late October tournaments went off as scheduled. There are high expectations for the remaining tournaments in November and the fishing should be good here in Los Cabos. Marlin action has resumed where it left off … expect shots at blue, black and striped marlin as well as with some sailfish as long as sea temperatures remain high. Prior to the storms, the giant tuna had just begun their annual tease only to disappear until the coast was clear. Now that the sea has settled down,they have begun to return, along with the wahoo that have already arrived which are showing up in the counts daily much to the delight of the uninitiated gourmet searching for a seafood treat. Those small dorado of summer months have grown to adult size and are crowd pleasers for anglers from La Paz to the iconic tip of Baja. Throw in enough yellowfin tuna to provide ample sashimi for even the most discriminating at Happy Hour and you begin to understand why sportfishing is always part of the conversation when Baja is mentioned!

That's a lot of bull…dorado that is. Photo by Mark Rayor, Jen Wren Sportfishing. | NOVEMBER 2014

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - PALMILLA With 27 holes of golf, each 9 hole course offers something different. The Ocean, Mountain, and Arroyo courses all boast Jack Nicklaus Design and a fun and challenging layout with canyons and elevation changes. (624) 144-5250 - PUNTA SUR GOLF - FORMERLY MAYAN PALACE GOLF This 9 hole course is a friendly course but make sure you hit ‘em straight because throughout the course you are surrounded by homes and condos in beautiful San José. A fun course for any level of golfer. 9 holes, 3,141 yards, par 35. (624) 142-0900 - CLUB CAMPESTRE SAN JOSÉ Make sure you bring your creativity for the greens at Club Campestre, the newest Jack Nicklaus Design in Los Cabos. Almost every green has 2 or 3 different tiers, so spend some time on the practice green before your round. 18 holes, 7,055 yards, par 71. (624) 173-9300 - | NOVEMBER 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.


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.


Visit the Pescadero Skate Park located on km. 64 of HWY 19, in the town of El Pescadero. The park is surrounded by lush gardens, and the cost to enter this pro-park is $2.00 USD. | NOVEMBER 2014


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! | NOVEMBER 2014



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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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!

La Paz


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! | NOVEMBER 2014




NOW By Fernando Rodriguez

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.

Día de Los Muertos Day of the Dead November 2 ~ Dia de Los Muertos is Mexico’s national holiday which personifies the celebration by families and friends to remember loved ones who have passed away and commemorate their lives in prayer and party and is most commonly recognized by the painted skulls. Throughout most of the Republic of Mexico, November 1 is a day set aside to honor children and infants, (Día de los Inocentes and Día de los Angelitos), whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2 (“Day of the Dead”). During these 2 to 4 days long festivities, Mexican citizens here and on American soil go to cemeteries, building private altars containing photos, foods and memorabilia of the dearly departed and often times will take to cleaning and decorating the grave-sites with offerings which include orange Mexican marigolds called cempasúchil (An Aztec Nahuatl term for “twenty flowers”). The Department of Culture (Departamento de Cultura in San José del Cabo) first organized and incorporated an Altar Contest in 2009 and an artistic festival for Day of the Dead in San Jose’s main square. “It’s a unique Mexican event that truly captures the spirit of the country,” noted Juan Romero Tatemura Quesada, owner of Cabo Lounge Bar in San Lucas.


November 5-8 ~ Western Outdoor News Tuna Jackpot Tournament - The Yamaha and Western Outdoor News sponsored Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot will take place with many sportsfishing tournament activities in the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Anglers will be fishing to win any of the $150,000 USD in prizes, and $570,000 US Dollars in cash. Scenes from last year’s event are easily found on YouTube. For more information, please visit November 11-15 ~ Los Cabos International Film Festival - The Los Cabos International Film Festival, returns for its 3rd year to Cabo San Lucas. The event will once again feature films from the United States, Mexico and Canada. The 2013 Los Cabos Film Fest celebrated the huge success of talented Mexican comedian, director, producer, actor, and script writing genius, Eugenio Derbez’s bilingual box office hit, ‘’Instructions Not Included’’, which grossed over $44 million dollars. Last year, The Los Cabos Film Festival received 150 film submissions and selected a total of 14 films to compete in the festival. Guests enjoyed films in a variety of languages such as English, Spanish and French. November 17-28 ~ SCORE Baja 1,000 - One of the longest, most storied events in Baja California, Mexico, is the off-road SCORE Baja 1000 race, is celebrating its 46th annual all-terrain endurance run from Ensenada to La Paz. For more information please visit November 20 ~ Revolution Day - During Thanksgiving week in Los Cabos, November 20, is recognized as a National Holiday in Mexico with the traditional closing of banks and government offices. The date celebrates the beginning of the Mexican Revolution of 1910 in which the poorest of people rose up and took arms against the 34 year reign of corruption and subjugation under the rule of Dictator/ President, Porfirio Diaz. In both Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo the day is filled with parades and rodeos. November 27 ~ FUNDRAISER THANKSGIVING DINNER AT DESPERADOS RESTAURANT & CANTINA - $50 USD per person. Half of the proceeds will be donated to benefit people who lost their homes in the Los Cabos area due to Hurricane Odile. 110 seats available, call for reservations. (624) 143-4331, (624) 143-4313 Cell (624) 119-2289.

UPDATES FROM SOME OF DESTINO'S FRIENDS: WILD CANYON Camel Safari, ATV tours and Zip Lines are operating as usual. UNO MAS? Brand new bar was built after Odile. Inaugurate it with a margarita! EL GANZO HOTEL The hotel suffered damages that are estimated to be repaired in approximately 9 months; therefore all events on schedule have been cancelled. The Container restaurant is open and the El Ganzo Beach Club is scheduled to open this month. | NOVEMBER 2014


SAN JOSÉ ORGANIC FARMER’S MARKET: Saturdays 9am to 3pm THE SHOPS AT PALMILLA: Fridays 9am to 1pm LOS CABOS ORGANIC MARKET - PEDREGAL, CABO SAN LUCAS: Wednesday & Saturdays 8am to 12pm

ONGOING EVENTS TUESDAYS TASTE OF TUESDAY - 5:00 pm. Free food and beverage samples in the heart of downtown San José del Cabo. Discover different Chefs and restaurants every week. WEDNESDAYS LOS CABOS ORGANIC FARMERS MARKET - 8:00 am -12:00 pm. Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas. (624) 122.5560 EVENING BIKE RIDE IN SAN JOSÉ 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Meet at Plaza del Pescador before 7:30 pm. Bike rentals available at Sportia bike store located in Plaza del Pescador. (624) 130-7159 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 THURSDAYS SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO ART WALK Every Thursday evening between the months of November and June, the galleries welcome guests to enjoy an evening strolling the neighbourhood, viewing art, sipping wine and dining at San José del Cabo downtown’s exquisite restaurants. The Art Walk happens from 5:00 to 9:00, but the Art itself never stops! The Art District is open all day, every day! CINE CLUB EN EL PABELLON CULTURAL - 7:30 pm. Free movies at the Cabo San Lucas Cultural Pavilion located on the marina.

FRIDAYS 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. SAL Y MUSICA - 6:00 pm to midnight. A street party that celebrates the city’s passion for music and food. Downtown San José del Cabo. 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 SÁBADO DE LOCALES - All locals recieve 15% off at the restaurants in San Joés Historic District. SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO ORGANIC MARKET - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Art & Crafts, food and music. 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. Due to the recent hurricane Odile, some events may be suspended until further notice. We advise that you check with your concierge beforehand.

Events and dates listed are subject to change. To list your events please send them to:

Photo: Justin Miller

Farmer’s Markets


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CABO SAN LUCAS BAJA BREWERY IN CABO - Weekends, rock ‘n roll. 624.144.3805. 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 DOC’s WINE BAR Thursdays 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Diego Ramirez on keyboard and Greg Haugesag on flugelhorn. Tel. 624105-1034. EDITHS’S RESTAURANT - Traditional Mexican music every night 6:00-10:00 pm Tel. 143-0801. HOTEL CASCADES Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Daline Jones and Diego Ramirez. JUNGLE BAR - Plaza Mariachis, Cabo. Daily at 9:30 pm, Estrogeno. LATITUDE 22 ROADHOUSE - Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 7:00-10:00 pm, Peter Bacon on piano. Tel. 624.143.1516. PUERTA VIEJA RESTAURANT - Wednedays, Fridays, Saturdays, 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, 7:00 to 10:00 pm Tel. 624.144.3232. TEMPLO THE OFFICE - Daily 6:309:30 pm. The Office reopens its nightly entertainment in October. Please stay tuned for the new schedule. Tel. 143-3464. TWO FOR THE ROAD - Live Jazz Spot. In Wyndham Hotel/Tesoro, Blvd. Marina, Local A-15; Mondays thru Thursdays, 8:00 pm – midnight; Friday & Saturdays, 8:00 pm -1:00 am. Closed Sundays. Montana, keyboard, and vocalist Kathy Daniels. Tel. 143-7759 or 132-2282. SECRETS MARQUIS Karla Kassaneth every evening 11:00 pm-1:00 am. SOLOMON’S LANDING on the marina. Fridays, “Calle Cuatro”. Tel. 624.143.3050. SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO AY AY AY - Tel. 142-0744. Downtown San José. Bar, grill, karaoke with live mariachi. Fridays 11:00 pm Karla Kassaneth. 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. CYNTHIA’S FRESH Tel. 624.155.5874. 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; 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. Mama Mia's - The Shamans. Tel: 624.142.3939 ext. 730 MOLLY’S - 7:00 to 9:45 Plaza Mijares (Hidalgo e/ Doblado y Álvaro Obregón). Singer Jimena Bautista with Alejandro García on Keyboard. Tel. 624-358-7065. SPICY COOPER’S - Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 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. 624.142.3939 THE CONTAINER - Puerto Los Cabos on The Marina. Fridays and Saturdays, rock 7:00 pm 10:00 pm. 624.105.6628 TROPICANA Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays. Mariachis “El Grupo Voces”; Fridays, “The Mustangs” rock and pop. Tel. 624.142.4146 or 624.142.2311 RETRO BURGER BAR - New schedule coming soon. Tel. 624.130.7042. ROCK AND BREWS Plaza del Pescador; Rock n roll. Tel. 624.105.2705. ZIPPERS - Wednesdays and Sundays, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm. Singer Jimena Bautista, Alex Garcia on keyboard, Jesse Andrade on guitar, and Joaquin Gonzalez on drums. Tel. 624.172.6162. 7 SEAS SEAFOOD GRILLE - Full Moon Jazz Concerts. Call for schedule. 624.142.2666. CERRITOS CERRITOS BEACH CLUB - Sundays, 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. | NOVEMBER 2014


A S TRON GER C ABO by Angela Brown

n the night of September 14, 2014, the coastal paradise known as “Los Cabos” lay under prepared and unaware for the double-edged storm that would catch them by surprise. For several long painstaking hours and several even longer weeks which followed, the community was changed forever. Hurricane Odile left the town in total ruins, and its inhabitants scrambling to survive in the wake of the chaos. Fortunately, from the disaster grew a sense of comm“UNITY” in the hearts of neighbors who didn’t know each other, coworkers who never spoke and people that had little in common. Out of the downed power lines, broken glass and rubble that filled the streets, an unstoppable team who did incredible things, emerged. A group led by fitness entrepreneur Modu Seye consisted of people who lost their jobs, students without schools, locals without homes, tourists who came to help and those with everything to give. They took the


town like gangbusters raising money locally and abroad, purchasing food and supplies and delivering dispenses of food and drinking water to the outskirts of San José del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas and Miraflores communities. The team raised over $67,000 USD and brought hope to over 3,500 families in 15 communities. They shared tears, smiles and many long days and nights led only by what they knew needed to be done. They wasted no time, had little experience, and most days had no idea what to expect, but each minute they worked to make great things happen, regardless of the circumstance. Cabo life will never be the same for those who have bonded through this experience, step by step, day by day, and week by week and now in the months as we rebuild our community. We have spent the past months reminded of our priorities, redefining time, restructuring our lives, experiencing things that cannot be put into words and changing in ways that are still so new. Today we can say, Los Cabos is STRONGER because of it.

Modu Seye in El Progreso. Photo by Amadou "Pape" Cisse

Feeding Los Cabos Kids delivering food and supplies. Photo by Johnny Corona.

How can I help? Experienced foundations dedicated to serve people in need identified the most critical necessities that the community members needed to survive in the aftermath days following Hurricane Odile. Now that we have moved past the disaster relief phase, they still are coordinating with local partners to identify the most critical projects in the rebuilding effort, infrastructure, basic housing, and recovery support programs. How can you help? Donate your money, donate your service, or inspire others to help. The funds raised are used to serve the families negatively impacted by Hurricane Odile. Destino advises you to visit all these websites to understand the mission of each foundation in detail, then help them all. Los Cabos loves you. Volunteer Fire Fighters in street cleanup mode. Photo by Johnny Corona.

CABO RELIEF: Help conserve and protect endangered fish and wildlife around the world. Through conservation efforts, Bisbee’s Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund conserves, restores, and manages fish, wildlife and their associated habitats through science, education, and technology. donate/CaboRelief CABO RELIEF FUND: The Cabo Relief Fund donations are being managed through Holding Hands Charities, a not-for-profit, registered 501 (c) 3 registered charity. 100% of all proceeds will go to those in need due to hurricane Odile in Cabo San Lucas. CABO SAN LUCAS COLONIES RELIEF: Over the years a group of friends have had the opportunity to help the people in Cabo San Lucas by delivering food, clothes, and medical supplies to the Colonies of Cabo.

“The night Hurricane Odile hit Los Cabos was the scariest night of my life. I really had doubts that we’d survive the night. Windows blew out and crashed all around our condo, but ours was untouched. When daylight came and I could see the damage throughout the city, well ... I can’t even describe what I felt. It was destroyed. To my amazement, within a week, the city was cleaned up, many areas had power, the roads were cleared, and stores were opened. Absolutely amazing. Everyone stepped up. The government and the people worked together to get the job done and what they did is beyond comprehension.” Says Maddie Corona, admin and creator of the popular Facebook group Caboholics Support Group. “I spent quite a bit of time with the Feeding Los Cabos Kids organization. I felt my efforts and donations that came from our group of Caboholics would make bigger impact on a smaller organization. Many of our group members flew down despite the airline issues just to be part of the rebuilding. Some jumped in their cars and drove down even before they new what the road conditions were.”

CABO STRONG: We must unite our strengths and efforts to help rebuild and restore Cabo San Lucas. There is so much to be done. Your donation will support our ongoing relief aid to those is need. We thank you for your contribution! - Search for “Cabo Strong” CASA HOGAR: Mission: To show a path to success for the young boys in need in Baja California Sur. Dedicated to providing active care and personal well being to as many boys as the building accommodates. Preparing boys to be with a new family or previous family while building future productive citizens by giving sustenance, leadership and life skills by example is the mandate of Casa Hogar.

Modu Seye's team unloading the dispenses. Photo by Amadou "Pape" Cisse

CHF CABO HURRICANE FUND: The Cabo Hurricane Fund is being led by the Sarahuaro Community Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 organization in the US. Sarahuaro has a long history of working in the Los Cabos area, and is partnering with local leaders to determine a strategic plan of immediate community support. Sarahuaro will be providing 100% of the funds raised to local Mexican AC’s who are able to serve the most needy families impacted by Hurricane Odile. It is important in times like these that we collaborate together and share the same vision…. rebuilding a beautiful community!

CORAZÓN: Corazón helps families whose commitment for a better life is strong enough to be willing to help their neighbors. Corazón works as their advocate in their quest for improvement. The bargain is simple: you help your community by helping your neighbors and we will help you. We provide scholarships and uniforms for their children, better housing for their family, medical care, support, job training and classes in adult education. Corazón is the security net they never had. EL RANCHITO: El Ranchito is home to a few very lucky dogs who had a life of unimaginable mistreatment, neglect, abuse, injury, or illness. All of these dogs require extensive medical care, long term treatments, pain management, social rehabilitation, and an enormous amount of love and attention. - (624) 129 0932 - (624) 158 04 22 FEEDING LOS CABOS KIDS: An Interdenominational Ministry that exists to share God’s love and provide food to hungry children. We partner with a local Mexican Pastors and their wives to help them oversee and prepare healthy meals for the children in their local Colonia. The goal is to feed the children both physically and spiritually. GREEN-GO SOLAR PROJECT - DIY recycled solar panels: Teaching residents of rural Baja how to build affordable solar panels from recycled material since 2010. Mission: to enable people to improve their own lives by providing hands-on training and material to create their own solar electricity.

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: The Baja California Disaster Relief Fund responds to community-based needs arising from disasters that impact areas throughout the Baja California peninsula. This fund is currently dedicated to supporting relief and rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Odile. LIGA MAC: LIGA MAC offers “a helping hand” to the low income families and individuals of San José del Cabo to ensure that they are well-nourished, have access to medical care, and to provide children and adults with the opportunity to continue their education. LOS CABOS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION: Mission: Provide medical, educational and humanitarian assistance to the children, their families and supportive organizations of the Los Cabos area.

MODU SEYE GROUP: SOLMAR FOUNDATION: Mission: To dignify the most needy and help them achieve a better life through community programs and the activities of the Solmar Foundation. The focus is on women and children living in poverty. WAVES FOR WATER: Goal: to take existing solutions in the form of portable water filters into countries that need them. Options range from ceramic filters that can be transported by one person, to larger filters that can provide clean water to an entire village. YACHTAID GLOBAL: YachtAid Global is dedicated to delivering humanitarian, developmental and conservation aid onboard yachts to isolated as well as underprivileged coastal communities worldwide. In times of natural disasters, YachtAid Global has the ability to mobilize and shift resources quickly to provide disaster relief in ways that others have not explored. EMPLOYEE RELIEF FUNDS CABO TENDERS: CASA DEL MAR PHASE II: ESPERANZA, AN AUBERGE RESORT: FLORA FARM: MANGO DECK: ONE & ONLY PALMILLA: THE BUNGALOWS HOTEL VITAL BALANCE CHIROPRACTIC WELK RESORTS: WICKED PIZZA:

LOS CABOS HUMANE SOCIETY: Donations for repairs to the adoption centre and to rebuild certain areas of the centre that have been destroyed or severely damaged. Donations are also being used to resupply lost medicines, supplies and pet food. Staff is going out into the neighborhoods that were hit the hardest from Hurricane Odile to c​ ontinue their Spay/Neuter clinics​, and to supply pet food to owners who have lost everything and can't feed their animals.

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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.



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.


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. | NOVEMBER 2014


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ACROSS 1 Wake maker 5 It’s sold in bars 9 Dermatology diagnosis 13 Trademark Cabo attraction 14 Realtor’s listing 15 It’s fit to be tied 16 Bubbly barroom beverage 17 Some saxes or singers 18 Rain in Spain 19 Say it’s so 21 Place for free spirits 23 NCAA affiliate 24 Encouraging word 25 Funny fellow 28 Affectionate term 31 Desert flora 36 Commotion 37 Prepares margaritas, perhaps 40 Tender ender 41 Colorful cocktails 44 Lacking slack 45 A little flat? 46 Election day abbr. 47 Forty winks 49 Catch sight of 50 Inclined 51 Life imitator, often

54 Go for the gold? 56 Hot stuff 60 Puts into office 64 Chip dip, for short 65 Board or beer adjective 67 Piglet’s pal 68 Lake or canal 69 Test type 70 In addition 71 Come together 72 Take five 73 Survive DOWN 1 With 32 Down, ‘Arabian Nights’ hero 2 Rock group? 3 High cards 4 Lost deliberately 5 The sun in San Sebastian 6 In the know 7 Take in or take on 8 Puzzling problem 9 Grumpy crustacean? 10 Downward dog discipline 11 Boot attachment 12 Oolong or Pekoe 14 Hoots and hollers 20 Torah authority

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“Chaos is good news.” Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche During Hurricane Odile, you may have lost your home, lost your job, or lost your mind! Perhaps you are one of the lucky ones: your home still standing, broken doors and windows already repaired, the eternal sand inside your home finally cleaned, and your basic necessities have not gone unmet a single day. Or maybe you were just living the Cabo Dream, when it all happened. Disaster is an experience unique to each one of us. Still, when a community feels fear, a collective realization about life and death happens, beginning a journey with no other destination than renewal and trust. Chaos is good news. Those here during Hurricane Odile suffered the misadventure of experiencing a category 3-4 hurricane for several hours. The witnessing of God’s roar and the tormented spirits that swirl in hurricaneforce winds and rain during such a natural disaster is not to be wished upon anyone. Thankfully, at the end of it all, Los Cabos considers itself privileged. A sacred cleanse has happened. We were poked by La Muerte, Baja Style.Even if only for a second, everyone understood clearly the meaning of living. Life is transient. We all die someday. The only certainty we have is that everything changes. You change, I change, we change, together or apart, but we all change. Who are you helping? Who is helping you? Are you honouring how you feel? What are your sensations telling you? Do you accept change easily? Who do you love? Who loves you? What is happiness? Who are your friends? Maybe the most shared question is: Who do you trust? Chaos is good news.

Trust this, “What has allowed humanity to survive is our adaptability, which is rooted in society -- the communication and exchange between individuals. As a species, our ability to adapt is totally based on doing what we humans do most successfully: create social harmony through our relationships. What has given us the upper hand in nature is our ability to organize and work together by observing, listening, compromising, caring, and responding appropriately. We express thought, communicate, and take care of one another. Our species’ intelligence and flexibility have carried us this far in time. In this light, it is human nature to be in harmony with one another and the environment, and our survival depends on it.” Meditation masters advise that chaos is good news because “when things seem very bad, there is a big opportunity for something good to take place. It is only through looking at what is going wrong that we will find out how to do things right. Recognizing chaos is actually the pivot point for touching our goodness, for it is not only an ultimate principle, without beginning or end, it is also a relative principle that works through the laws of nature. Basic goodness could be the foundation of an enlightened society.“

“The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky, are also on the faces of people going by, I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do, they’re really saying I love you. And I say to myself...” what a wonderful whirl. *



Mettā: Maitri: unconditional friendship May beings be free from animosity, free from oppression, free from trouble, and may they look after themselves with ease!

We are constantly looking all over the place for something to make us feel good about ourselves; to feel at home with our own mind and our own body. Some of us run, some of us walk, some of us go to church, some of us diet, but this is why mostly everyone practices yoga: to make friends with ourselves. Unconditional acceptance of one self is very hard to come by. It is more common that we disapprove of ourselves. Mettā in Pali, Maitri in sanskrit, unconditional friendship, in English are about making friends with oneself, instead of thinking that love is going to come from the outside. It is not only the basis of compassion; it is the seed of happiness and wellbeing. It is what makes us feel glad to be alive. Where does it come from? This is a revolutionary teaching. It has to do with our relationship with difficulty and pain. In human life a certain amount of pain is inevitable; we grow old, we dye, we lose people and animals we love, or we fall and our body hurts. There is a lot of discomfort in life. The fundamental teaching is not to struggle against the pain in our life, but to cultivate benevolence towards oneself, then one’s loved ones, friends, teachers, strangers, enemies, and finally towards all sentient beings.


Traditionally, meditation on benevolence, or metta, is considered a good way to calm down a distraught mind and an antidote to anger. Someone who has cultivated benevolence will not be easily angered and can quickly quell anger that arises by being more caring, more loving, and more likely to love unconditionally. Recent psychological studies suggest that benevolence meditation may impact health and well-being. One study done at Stanford University suggests that a short, 7-minute practice of benevolence meditation can increase social connectedness. Benevolence meditation has also been shown to reduce pain and anger in people with chronic lower back pain. Other studies showed substantial differences in the magnitude of gamma waves as well as gamma synchronization, particularly during meditative sessions, and directly afterwards. Compassion meditation has been shown to lower the participants reaction to inflammation and distress, both of which are associated with, “major depression, heart disease and diabetes,” in response to stressors, a change that was dependent on the amount of time spent practicing, with practitioners who spent more time meditating having correspondingly more significant changes in their brains. Be still, and feel...May all beings be happy. *

Cilantro: the natural water purifier “When the filter in a water purification pitcher needs to be changed, they could go outside, gather a handful of cilantro or some other plant, and presto, there’s a new filter ready to purify the water.” Douglas Schauer, Ph.D.

Media press releases reported that cilantro is being hailed for its potential as a “biosorbent” that can remove lead and other toxic heavy metals from contaminated water. The plant is easily grown both at home and in the wild, making it readily available for countries afflicted by a contaminated water supply. According to Douglas Schauer, Ph.D. and his Mexican colleagues the key to the plant’s success lies in the architecture of its outer cellular walls, which makes cilantro ideal for absorbing toxic metals such as lead. Results from small-scale experiments carried out in Mexico support Schauer’s research and suggest that cilantro is more effective at water purification than conventional methods. A handful of cilantro will nearly cleanse a pitcher full of highly contaminated water of its lead content. Schauer says ground-up cilantro can be inserted into a tube into which water is passed through. The cilantro allows the water to trickle out but absorbs metals, leaving cleaner drinking water. Dried cilantro can also be placed into tea bags that are placed in a pitcher of water for a few minutes to suck out the heavy metals. * | NOVEMBER 2014 | NOVEMBER 2014



THE ART OF RESTORATION By Architect Lulú Pineda


“Being still does not mean don’t move. It means move in peace.”

To restore a piece of art is a delicate job and it requires preparation. In the Art world, this process is about preservation and success in returning the artwork its originality. To carefully examine the piece of art before intervention is necessary in order to preserve its original characteristics. If the piece suffers humidity or any other damage, the restoration process will consist of restoring beauty exactly as it was at the moment of its creation. The restorer must mainly know the materials used to create the master piece; the treatment chosen for restoration depends on it. If this fact is ignored, the results can be devastating. Each part of the whole process must be a necessity for the artwork, meaning there is no room for preventive restoration: nothing needs to be done that it is not necessary. It is recommended that materials be totally reversible and most importantly that the age of the artwork be respected, because its part of history. You must not forget that the restorer is only responsible for preserving the piece, not for the original artwork. Originality must always be a priority.

Tips to maintain your Art collection at home in good conditions:

1. Allow air circulation while avoiding having the art piece stuck to the wall; a wall’s humidity can damage it. 2. Never clean a painting with a humid cloth. 3. Avoid exposing the piece to the sun with the intention to dry it if it has been damaged by bad weather. 4. Do not have candles close to the art piece -- smoke can cause damage -- and do not project light directly onto a painting. 5. It is possible to augment air circulation using fans, but they must blow in an opposite direction to the piece of art. An art piece can suffer deep damage if it is not handled appropriately when it is wet. That is why it is recommended to include an expert in restoration during your rescue process -- to help you save the art piece from disaster. A qualified gallery will counsel its clients about the importance of highintegrity restoration and time-tested conservation methods. Correct restoration is not simply a process but truly an art form. Discuss your particular requirements, from providing necessary restoration to maximize resale value, or to restore and preserve works of museum quality. By experimenting with virtually every conceivable combination of water-soluble, reversible and pH-neutral materials, a Restoration artist has developed superior restoration and conservation techniques. The experience working on museum-quality collections allows him or her to employ these same techniques to smaller, less demanding projects while maintaining the same integrity of results.*


A popular weekly event, The Art Walk happens every Thursday evening between the months of November and June, the galleries welcome guests to enjoy an evening strolling by the neighborhood, viewing art, sipping wine and dining at the artsy neighborhood restaurants. Galleries are open from 5pm-9pm special events such as “artist in attendance” or openings of new work will enchant you. November has magical Day of the Death art happenings you don’t want to miss.


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. | NOVEMBER 2014



The story of how I became a filmmaker starts with a film festival. My friend Christopher and I had decided to work on a documentary together. He’d attended a year of film school many years before, and as a writer I knew how to craft a good story. But neither of us had produced or directed a feature film before. When it came to the business of getting a film funded, seen and distributed, we figured we would jump in and learn along the way. Living in Colorado, far from the industry hubs, I only knew one person who’d been involved with making a film. Of all the advice he gave us, there was one piece in particular that we took to heart. He told us about an upcoming film festival in a small town. Even though it attracted high-profile directors, the festival was known for being community-focussed and friendly. He told us that if we were serious about making this film, we absolutely had to attend. The world’s first major film festival was held in Venice in 1932. A European trend at first, the idea of the film fest spread to the Americas in the 1957 when the San Francisco International Film Festival rolled out its red carpets. It was followed soon after by the Telluride Film Festival in 1975 and the Guadalajara Film Festival in Mexico City in 1986. Following this tradition, each November the Los Cabos International Film Festival attracts hundreds of filmmakers, actors, cinephiles and industry bigwigs from across Mexico, the US and around the world. Even though today’s film festivals are sometimes studded with more stars than in decades past, film festivals are still a celebration of all things independent. And they’re necessary. For the many directors who roll their cameras without the backing of a major studio, the main way to get their films seen and picked up by an agent or distributor is to premiere it at a festival. And likewise, for major players in the industry, a festival is the place to discover new talent. In Baja, this November you might spot distributors and investors scouring their festival schedules, listening in on festival buzz and trying to figure out who and what will be the next big thing. Film festivals aren’t just for industry insiders. They wouldn’t exist without their audiences, the thousands of genuine film lovers who just can’t wait to see these stories illuminated across the screen. Many smaller, regional film festivals across the

world are crucial to bringing independent film to communities that might otherwise not have access to them. Festivals feature a different kind of work than the movies we find at the megaplex. Thoughtful, often unafraid to take on controversial issues, sometimes peppered with zany humor or defined by artful camera work, they’re often made by bright young directors and stars who aren’t yet known. Most importantly, film festivals are creative incubators. They’re the places where filmmakers meet each other, where they receive feedback from their audiences. It’s where producers encounter new ideas and talent, and where directors begin to think about different ways to use their cameras. It’s the place where new projects are born. You can feel it in the atmosphere and everyone gets to participate. At an independent film festival, it’s possible to be one of the first to see a new actor hold a dark theatre with his or her presence, to meet a director with a distinct vision of the world. Whether through documentary or fiction film, audiences find themselves considering issues and communities they’d never before understood. The Los Cabos International Film Festival takes this one step further, featuring Work in Progress blocks where filmmakers present scenes or rough cuts of their films to prospective funders, giving a rare inside glimpse into a story in the midst of being formed. Directors explain their vision and working progress, and sometimes the challenges they’ve faced during production. But the best discoveries at a film festival aren’t always projected on a big screen or scheduled into the program. Almost five years after that initial pizza lunch, I’ve attended 30 film festivals as both a filmmaker and audience member. And my biggest piece of advice, no matter who you are or what you’re hoping to get out of the experience is: Talk to everyone. Sure, it’s helpful to read up on the festival program in advance and know which films are your absolute Must-Sees. But be sure to leave a little room in your schedule for the unexpected. There’s nothing as satisfying as ducking into a random theatre at the last moment and walking out two hours later steeped in a world that you’d never known existed otherwise. This is the true magic of film. * | NOVEMBER 2014



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Interior of Misión San Francisco Javier with Christmas decorations Photo by Gregg M. Erickson

Denominated in 2012 as a Pueblo Mágico, Magical Town, Loreto, Baja California Sur is one of the most amazing tourist destinations of Mexico. It offers nature and culture in an ideal space that flatters and surprises visitors. Loreto was the centre of Jesuit and Spanish culture of this desert region of Mexico. You will find notable examples of mission architecture in Loreto and the surrounding area due to the long journey of evangelization and civil settlement of Baja and Alta California. In addition to its historical significance, Loreto offers visitors stunning natural landscapes, islands with a diversity of endemic flora and fauna. Underwater life in Loreto is rich in contrasts, from whale watching to diving in its National Marine Park.

Historical missionary sites to visit: Mission of Our Lady of Loreto Founded by Father Juan Maria de Salvatierra on October 25, 1697, this jewel of the Jesuit missionary architecture of Northwest Mexico retains its original architecture. In this missionary church's richly decorated altar lies a replica of Our Lady of Loreto. The title Our Lady of Loreto refers to the Holy House of Loreto, Italy, the house in which Mary was born, and where the Annunciation occurred, and to an ancient statue of Our Lady which is found in this house. Tradition says that a band of angels scooped up the little house from the Holy Land, and transported it first to Tersato, Dalmatia in 1291, then Recanati, Italy in 1294, and finally to Loreto, Italy, where it has been for centuries. It was this flight that led to her patronage of people involved in aviation, and the long life of the house that has led to the patronage of builders, construction workers, etc. The Jesuit Missions Museum Next to the Mission of Our Lady of Loreto, is the Museum of the Jesuit Missions. Which has a collection of religious art, weapons, tools and other items of everyday life that the Ignacianos priests used to consolidate the process of evangelization, in the XVII and XVIII centuries. Mission of San Francisco Javier Nestled in the majestic Sierra La Giganta 30 km from Loreto, another missionary treasure is located: the Mission San Francisco Javier. Its gold leaf altar preserves missionary optics of that time and it's considered to be the best preserved missionary temple. When you take a tour to this mussion you will also have the opportunity to see the ancient cave painting art of the peninsula in the “Cuevas Pintas” and “Pingüica.” 26

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Q: What are the next steps for local real estate after Odile?


While we rebuild our homes, re-open our businesses, and help our neighbors, I think it’s important that we see a positive side; we are #CaboStrong! The stories I continue to hear of our community bonding together in a time of need and coming to the aid of anyone who needs it, is another reminder of why we are proud to be a part of this special place we call home. The next steps after Odile are to help our existing clients and listings by sharing our network of contractors who are happy to assist and assure that all properties are restored to their best condition possible. It's important to advertise and market our listings, in the most professional manner, to the largest worldwide audience through our marketing partners and affiliates. Now we get back to work, we get back to business, and continue to assist our clients in their Real Estate needs in Baja. We all get back to doing what we do best! There are some exciting things on the horizon for REmexico Real Estate Group, such as our new website - As technology improves, so do we. We proudly introduce the newest resource for our clients and community to make use of. Our new site is loaded with valuable content both real estate and community related. We invite you to please take a look. It still has that new website smell! *

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“In today’s world there are many reasons to go solar. Whether one is motivated by geopolitical, environmental, financial or societal concerns, solar power can help accomplish our individual and collective goals. Technological advancements have made it an affordable and reliable source of energy in any environment. Consider the long-run viability of solar power: What do you think will happen first: the oil runs dry; or the sun stops shining? Freeing ourselves from the dependency on fossil fuels is more important than ever. Adding solar power to a home or business not only lessens our dependence on oil, coal, and natural gas but it also sets an example of stewardship in our environment.” Jack Watson CEO at NYPV LCC Imagine you live here, in Los Cabos, and that Hurricane Odile not only blew your mind, it also left you and the whole town without electricity. For at least a week, you were left with no water, no lights at night, and -- oh my! -- no gadgets?! You are left with no internet, no computer, no phone... nothing that needs electricity to function! You might ask you self, how is it possible that I am in Baja, where the sun shines no less than 360 days a year, and no leaders are investing in solar power? We have an answer for you. You are your own leader, and solar power is available to everyone, as long as the sun shines. Don't know where to start? Solar cells are expensive? You don’t know anything about alternative energy and how the sun creates power to generate electricity? Write this down... The Green-Go Solar Project. Solar panels and electric gear of all types can be prohibitively expensive. Many residents in remote areas live their day-today lives without access to electricity due to the combined logistics and cost of acquiring solar panels. The Green-Go Solar Project is a team of engineers, programmers, construction managers, craftsmen, enthusiasts, and friends dedicated to teach residents of rural Baja, Mexico how to build affordable solar panels from recycled material since 2010. Their mission is to enable people to improve their own lives by providing handson training and material to create their own solar electricity. Their workshop students build working solar panels with cosmetically rejected (but functional) solar cells that they acquire from the waste stream of the solar industry. They use frame building material that is either recycled/repurposed or is locally available and affordable. This enables them to create hand-made solar panels at a fraction of the cost of a similar panel created in a factory. Students leave with a basic understanding of solar theory and solar panel construction so

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FROM USA & CANADA 858.200.4979 FROM MEXICO 624.191.3462

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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.

Julie Garnier Lands End Realty 52 (624) 157-9419 | NOVEMBER 2014



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

Amenities Galore From fine dining at our restaurants, to having your own private chef prepare your catch of the day in the comfort of your villa. A rejuvenating massage on your private veranda, on the sands of Medano Beach or at our award winning Desert Spa. Sip your favorite beverage at our dual swim up bars, while soaking in the Cabo rays. Feel the stress cascading off as you view whales breeching at Land’s End from one of our five ocean view hot tubs. Spa and workout facility, 24/7 platinum concierge service, 24/7 security and assigned underground parking. Market and deli, Doctors office, private tennis courts, Wifi, successful rental/reservation program for owners and much more. A family friendly resort that is close to town and activities, yet private, quiet and secluded.

Life has its moments, make yours memorable.

Luxury Villas: Two Bedroom Three full baths – Sleeps 8 Three bedroom Four full baths – Sleeps 10 Two and Three Bedrooms Eighth Share / Six weeks Low $200,000 – High $300,000 Two and Three Bedrooms Quarter Share / Three months Low $300,000 – High $700,000 Full Ownership and Penthouses $1.3 million - $3.8 million

2 Bedroom Villa Average total Sq. Ft.: 2100


Mx: 624 143-8121 U.S.:619-683-7883 Toll Free: 1-877-499-1901 | NOVEMBER 2014


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.

USA & CANADA 858.200.4979 MEXICO 624.191.3462

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.

Dane Posey

Local cell: (624) 161-2618 From USA: (310) 753-8898

Jason Pryde

From U.S. or Canada: (925) 963-0389 Local cell: (624) 137-7322 | NOVEMBER 2014


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Los Cabos after hurricane Odile


Los Cabos after hurricane Odile