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letter from the EDITOR
15 Whale Migration
Photo: Philipp Moser
Happy New year from the Destino team! Exciting things are happening for us [and you] in 2015, such as fun events and a brand new website. Stay tuned! This month we invite you to journey to the East Cape for the Lord of the Wind tournament, and all the way to the Pacific Ocean for the magical Todos Santos Music Festival. Maybe see some whales breaching on your way. La Baja never disappoints you. I had the pleasure of chatting with Mr. Peter Buck, founder of the Todos Santos Musical Festival and lead guitarist of the alternative rock band R.E.M. He spoke passionately about the altruist cause behind the Todos Santos Music Festival and showed his excitement for this year's festival. With a great musical line-up and a one-of-a-kind setting, this year's Music Fest must not be missed. See you there!
S I C F E S T IVA
Michelle Monroy Editor in Chief
LOS CABOS 101
3 Los Cabos & South Baja: This incredible corner of the World 4 Useful Information: How to dial in Los Cabos • Driving tips • Money & Currency • Important phone numbers 5 Maps: Baja Peninsula • Baja Sur • San José del Cabo • The Corridor • Cabo San Lucas Activities: Fishing and Boating •Snorkelling and 8 Scuba Diving • Golfing • Activities for Families • Adventures 12 Los Cabos Top Beaches: descriptions and tips about the best beaches in Los Cabos
Events • Live Music Schedules • Cabo's Party Scene The Todos Santos Music Festival Interview with Peter Buck
ART & CULTURE The Todos Santos Art Walk • San José Art Walk
Interview with Peter Buck
Photo: Howard Eckman
Start Again • Yoga • Organic • Fitness The islands of Loreto
Real Estate Q&A • Imagine You Live Here: BAJA ... a peaceful sense of freedom
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LOS CABOS & South Baja
Los Cabos (the capes) is located in the southernmost tip of the State of Baja California Sur and consists of four main areas: Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, Todos Santos and the East Cape. In between you will find smaller towns and points of interest such as Santiago and Miraflores, located inland at the skirts of the Sierra de la Laguna, or Migriño and Pescadero which are located on the Pacific side, in between Cabo San Lucas and Todos Santos THE AQUARIUM OF THE WORLD. These are the words that the Jacques Cousteau used to describe the Sea of Cortez. It is said that eons ago, back when the Earth and Continents were still taking their shape, the edge of Mexico split from the mainland to form the Gulf of California and the Baja Peninsula. This allowed the Pacific Ocean to rush into the gap and create the Sea of Cortez, or as some call it, Mother Nature’s own fish trap. Hundreds of varieties of fish and mammals found their way into this “trap” and either stayed in its warm shallow waters or ventured down into the cool bottom of the two mile-deep San Andreas Fault. For millenniums, the Colorado River has been dragging its rich minerals and nutrients into the Sea of Cortez, aiding the living species to thrive in these waters. In the months of January through March, Gray whales make their yearly migration from Alaska to give birth to their young in the shallow and warm waters of the Sea of Cortez.
THE BAJA SUR LOOP Take a look at the Baja Sur map bellow; you can see that the highways and towns form a loop. Ongoing road improvements and new highway constructions are making road trips quicker and easier every year. The new highway from Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos is impressively well done, making it only a 45 minute drive. Cabo San Lucas Also just known as “Cabo,” is a tourist friendly town located on the tip of the Baja California peninsula that’s full of entertainment for every age and liking. The Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet at Land’s End, where you can observe the beautiful rock formations and the famous Cabo arch. Cabo San Lucas has the liveliest beach in the Los Cabos area, an impressive marina and countless restaurants and bars that keep the town alive day and night. The Corridor The corridor is the 40 km highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (about a 25 minute drive). Along this road you can find various hotels, luxury ocean front homes, championship golf courses and beautiful views. Have your camera ready and make a roadside stop at the Costa Azul view-point for photo opportunities or at the Cabo Real arroyo for a refreshing coco frío (cold coconut). San José del Cabo Walking around downtown San José will allow you to experience a traditional Mexican town. You will find yourself surrounded by colorful buildings and quaint cobblestone streets that lead to the town’s picturesque zócalo (main plaza). Over the years, San José has become an artistic and cultural centre with numerous fine art galleries in its downtown art district. From November through June, the popular Art Walk takes place every Thursday evening where galleries welcome
guests to sip some wine while they view their exhibits; however, the galleries are open year-round. San José del Cabo’s historical downtown also offers world-class restaurants from Mexican gourmet cuisine to authentic Thai food. San José has a beautiful beach where you can take a horseback ride and explore the estuary that is home to many different bird species. East Cape People often call it “the old Cabo” because of its pristine beaches and small fishing towns such as Buena Vista and Los Barriles. The East Cape begins just east of San José and extends about 100 miles up the Sea of Cortez coast. Sixty miles outside of San José is the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, an eight fingered coral reef that offers outstanding snorkelling and scuba diving and turtle nesting on the beach. Very popular for fishing and surfing, the East Cape also attracts kite surfers, campers and folks who just want to get away from it all. Todos Santos Located on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula, Todos Santos is an oasis where artists and surfers flock to enjoy the culture and excellent surf. Home to the famous Hotel California, this charming town offers great restaurants and a cooler climate than Cabo San Lucas and San José due to the Pacific’s breezes. La Paz La Paz is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur and is known for its warm people and beautiful beaches. This authentic Mexican city (as well as the general south Baja region) has been rated as one of the safest in Mexico and still maintains the small town feel that is very welcoming for tourists. La Paz is a departure point for tours and charters to the stunning Espiritu Santo Island as well as whale watching excursions. Stroll down the colorful malecón (boardwalk), walk hundreds of feet in waist high water at Balandra beach or have a fine dining experience; La Paz has a lot to offer. *
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USEFUL INFORMATION Exchange rates - Dollars are accepted almost everywhere and you will most likely get your change back in pesos. The exchange rate varies every day, but some places have a set rate.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
ATMs - The easiest and most cost effective way to get pesos is not to bring dollars and exchange them, but simply to pull pesos out of an ATM after you arrive in Los Cabos. Bank ATMs give the daily exchange rate (best possible rate) with reasonable fees. Examples include Banorte, Santander, Banamex, and HSBC. If you go to a non-bank ATM, you will pay higher fees. Some ATMs only give you dollars, some only pesos and some give you the option to withdraw both. Pay close attention to what currency you’re withdrawing. Try to get as much cash as possible in one transaction to avoid paying high fees. Cash or Card? - Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards are generally accepted, but you often run into cash only places, so always ask beforehand and carry cash. Tipping - Standard tipping rates are about 15%. Buying groceries - San José has two major grocery stores; Wal-Mart and Mega. Mega is a higher-end option with more American products, but is slightly more expensive that Wal-Mart. San Lucas has a Wal-Mart and Costco. If you just need to grab something quickly, OXXO stores are small, reasonably priced convenient stores located all over town. Driving - Renting a car will allow you to enjoy the freedom of exploring Los Cabos. Driving in Mexico might be intimidating to some, but if you just go with the muddled flow, you will realize that there is some organization within the chaos. If you are pulled over by local police for committing a driving infraction, the standard procedure is for them to take your Driver’s License. You will then have to go to the Police Station to pay your ticket and pick-up your license. There are two types of gasoline: Magna or verde (green) which is regular and Premium or roja (red). Lleno (pronounced yeno) means full. Major credit cards are accepted. Tipping the gas station attendant around $10.00 pesos (less than a dollar) is customary. ALTO STOP
CUATRO ALTOS FOUR WAY STOP
ARROYO DRY RIVERBED
NO ESTACIONARSE NO PARKING
TOPE SPEED BUMP
HOW DO I DIAL? The local area code is 624 To dial to other countries: 00 + country code (1, 2 or 3 digits) + number From a Mexican land line or cell phone: To a Mexican long distance number: 01 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number To a Mexican cell phone number: 3 digit area code + 7 digit number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number From your U.S. cell phone: To a Mexican land line or cell phone: 011 52 + 3 digit area code + number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + number Some U.S. cell phone carriers have arrangements with Mexican carriers and when you travel here your cell phone uses their towers. If this is your case, you will have to dial as if you had a Mexican phone. U.S. TOLL FREE NUMBERS (International rates will apply) To a 1 (800): 00 + 1 + 880 + phone number To a 1 (888): 00 + 1 + 881 + phone number To a 1 (877): 00 + 1 + 882 + phone number To a 1 (866): 00 + 1 + 883 + phone number 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
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FISHING REPORT All that’s fishy from Lands End to La Paz by Gary Graham
Seasonal Fishing Chart:
BOATING & FISHING
With calm waters, extraordinary fishing and perfect weather, some may argue that boating is the most popular attraction in Los Cabos. Whether you want to take a cruise to Santa María Bay on a luxury yacht or wake up at the crack of dawn for a fishing adventure, there are endless options to fit your needs. BOAT RENTALS Private yachts and sailboats There are several charter companies that can accommodate your needs. What you do on your trip is really up to you, but it will typically consist of a tour of the landmark arch, a few hours of fishing, and a cruise to one of our beautiful bays for a swim. Most boats have fishing equipment and a knowledgeable crew, but the biggest difference between a yacht and a fishing boat rental is the cost. Fishing Boat Rentals You can always fish on a yacht, but cruisers and pangas and super-pangas are a more affordable option. Cruisers accommodate larger groups and are more comfortable when the sea is rough on a windy day. THE MARINAS Marina Cabo San Lucas, the area’s largest commercial marina, features 380 slips and accommodates vessels of up to 375 feet. Amenities include 24-hour security, electricity and potable water, a fuel dock, and convenient laundry and shower facilities. Puerto Los Cabos, located in La Playita, just north of San José del Cabo is the newest marina in the area with 200 available slips 8
Sport fishing flags commonly seen in Los Cabos:
for boats up to 400 feet. Amenities are similar to Marina Cabo San Lucas, though the boatyard’s 150-ton travel lift can accommodate larger vessels. FISHING There’s a reason why the world’s richest fishing tournament - the Bisbee’s Black & Blue - has taken place in Los Cabos for over thirty years. This part of the world offers abundant sea life and an exceptionally high catch success rate, no matter what your level of fishing experience is. What to Expect Most charters include a fishing license, bait, tackle and equipment.
Some also include food and drink or these amenities can be added at an additional cost. It is better to leave early, and trips usually begin at 6:00 and 7:00 am and last around 6 hours. Cost will depend on the number of people in your party and the size of the boat you choose to rent. It is customary to leave the crew a gratuity of 15% to 20%. Bait and Tackle Most likely, the boat you charter will include your bait and tackle. If you need your own fresh bait, you may buy it along the Cabo San Lucas Marina or the crew you hire may also stop to buy it from the local fishermen on your way out.
Holidays are done and New Year's resolutions for 2015 have been decided. Personal bests are always gratifying and it's important to remember that when fishing, you're just a fish away from a perfect day. In the case of Buzz and Mary Fedorka, East Cape, in early December aboard Dottie B II with Captain Vicente Cosio, one 317-pound yellowfin tuna was just that fish, plus it was a personal best for Buzz! For the big-game set, striped marlin are here in volume, ready to help you greet the New Year with a challenging catch. In addition to cow-sized tuna there are some nice-sized tuna to 25 pounds mixed in and some football-sized underneath the porpoise farther offshore. Throw the little ones back and wait for the dinnersized tuna. Speaking of dinner, the wahoo bite has been one of the best in a decade. Early risers, they are often the first bite of the day so don't be late for the trip. If less travel and more fishing is your goal, there are dorado inshore and even closer to shore, sierra, roosterfish and possibly an early-season yellowtail. Plus another option is bottom fishing for a couple of additional good eating fish, red snapper and grouper.
Terry and Mathew, from Washington, did their part to keep the hot wahoo bite going aboard Tiburon, Pisces Sportfishing, Not only did they catch 8 wahoo (the largest 48 pounds), but also they released 1 striped marlin. No bad days fishing in Cabo!
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LOS CABOS 101 This rocky ledge leads into a canyon where groupers and larger fish are often sighted; 35 minutes by boat. Blow Hole Beginners/Advanced - 30’-70’ 35-minutes from San Lucas, or just 10 minutes from Chileno beach, this dive offers rocky valleys presenting a variety of fish. Las Salinas Beginners - 30’-45’ - A sunken SNORKELLING & Japanese fishing boat attracts a large SCUBA DIVING assortment of fish at this beginners’ Prepare yourself for an incredible dive; about 80 minutes from Cabo San show of nature as you swim side Lucas or one hour from La Playita. by side with colourful schools of Gordo Banks fish, eels, rays, octopus, sea turtles Advanced - 110’-120’ - A and more. The Sea of Cortez or the seamount provides views of “Aquarium of the World” offers many marlin, hammerheads, skip jacks opportunities to experience incredible and at times huge manta rays; underwater wildlife. one hour from La Playita. Cabo Pulmo SCUBA DIVING DESTINATIONS Beginner-Advanced - 30’-100’ Note: travel time is from the Cabo San A one hour drive east of San Lucas marina José or five minutes by boat and Land’s End you’ll find the only living coral Intermediate-Advanced - 50’-60’ reef in the Sea of Cortez. Five minutes by boat and you can share the water with sea lions SNORKELLING SPOTS and moray eels, with a sunken Cabo offers several methods for boat visible in the Falls. snorkelling. You may drive to a local Sand Falls beach and swim out, book a tour with Beginners - Advanced - 30’-100’ one of the many popular companies, Steep sand banks drop sharply into a or charter a private boat. Tours are canyon filled with tropical fish. The typically two or three hours. Stay away canyon runs from the depths of the Cabo San Lucas bay to within 30 feet of from the Pacific side of the peninsula; its strong currents make it very the beach. dangerous for any kind of water sports. Pelican Rock Pelican Rock Beginners - 25’-80’ A quick five-minute ride from the Cabo This large rock attracts many San Lucas marina or Medano Beach is tropical fish and is only five all it takes to get to this fish-attracting minutes from shore. rock. Neptune’s Finger Lover’s Beach Advanced - 80’-100’ This popular and uniquely-named A spectacular canyon wall dive. beach is accessible only by boat. Be on Cabeza de Ballena the look-out, however, as the water is Beginners - 20’-40’ not roped off for swimmers. A 25-minute boat ride leads to a dive through large boulders with many fish. Santa Maria Bay Snorkel tours regularly visit Santa Santa María Cave Maria Bay. If you choose to drive there, Beginners - 20’-40’ it’s an easy swim from the shore to the Reachable from the shore or a reef on the right side of the cove. 35-minute boat ride, the entrance to Santa Maria canyon has a huge variety Chileno Bay of fish which feed right from your hand. Snorkelers will find a safe, roped-off area for swimming at this common tour Chileno destination. Beginners - 30’-70’ Cabo Pulmo This location offers parking, sea turtle A Natural Marine Reserve in the East sightings, tropical fish, and night Cape, and may offer the best snorkelling dives over a sandy and rocky bottom in the area. This eight-fingered coral following a 35-minute boat ride. reef is about a 2-hour drive from San El Gavilán José del Cabo, but it is well worth it! Intermediate/Advanced - 70’-100’
With the desert meeting the Sea of Cortez as a backdrop, there is no doubt why Los Cabos has become a championship golf destination over the years. From Tiger Woods to Nicklaus and Fazio, many of the big names in golf have designed courses on this unique landscape. There are private courses such as Diamante, Querencia and El Dorado where you have to be invited by a member to in order to play. Many public courses offer a reduced rate later in the day during twilight hours. Appropriate golf attire is required on all courses and club rental prices range from $35 to $ 65. CABO DEL SOL Ocean Course - A Jack Nicklaus signature course with six ocean front holes (1.5 miles). Known for its “3 finest finishing holes in golf” the Ocean Course is said to be one of the most difficult yet beautiful courses in the area. 18 holes, 7,075 yards, par 72. Desert Course – Designed by Tom Weiskopf, this course winds through the desert above the Ocean Course and challenges the golfer with risk vs reward type decision-making. 18 holes, 7,049 yards, par 72. (624) 145-8200 - www.cabodelsol.com CABO SAN LUCAS COUNTRY CLUB This course was designed by Roy Dye and is conveniently located outside of Cabo San Lucas and is the only one with views of Land’s End. It has more than 80 bunkers and slightly inclined fairways and one of the longest holes in all of Mexico at 610 yards. 18 holes, 7,220 yards, par 72. (624) 143 4654 - www.cabosanlucascountryclub.com PUERTO LOS CABOS The only composite course in the area with two different 9 hole courses designed by two legends of golf, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman respectively. Oceanfront holes, elevation changes, and incredible vistas make Puerto Los Cabos a unique and special experience for any golfer at any handicap. 18 holes, 6,818 yards, par 73. (624) 173-9300 - www.puertoloscabos.com CABO REAL The newly renovated Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf course is one of the Corridor’s first championship courses and boasts beautiful views of the Sea of Cortez, elevation changes, and has hosted two PGA Senior Slams. 18 holes, 7,037 yards, par 72. (624) 173-9400 ext. 1 - www.caboreal.com PALMILLA With 27 holes of golf, each 9 hole course offers something different. The Ocean, Mountain, and Arroyo courses all boast Jack Nicklaus Design and a fun and challenging layout with canyons and elevation changes. (624) 144-5250 - www.palmillagc.com PUNTA SUR GOLF - FORMERLY MAYAN PALACE GOLF This 9 hole course is a friendly course but make sure you hit ‘em straight because throughout the course you are surrounded by homes and condos in beautiful San José. A fun course for any level of golfer. 9 holes, 3,141 yards, par 35. (624) 142-0900 - www.vidantagolf.com CLUB CAMPESTRE SAN JOSÉ Make sure you bring your creativity for the greens at Club Campestre, the newest Jack Nicklaus Design in Los Cabos. Almost every green has 2 or 3 different tiers, so spend some time on the practice green before your round. 18 holes, 7,055 yards, par 71. (624) 173-9300 - www.clubcampestresanjose.com www.DestinoMagazine.com | JANUARY 2015
LOS CABOS 101 Direction: Right Location: East Cape, about 25 Km from San José del Cabo Nine Palms Level: All levels Direction: Long rights Location: East Cape, about 30 Km from San José del Cabo
Baja Sur has been a popular surfing destination since the ‘50s. The East Cape is popular for kite surfing and the Pacific coast has several surf breaks where you will find less crowds. See our map on page 5 and look for this symbol to locate the surf spots mentioned bellow. San Pedrito Level: Advanced Direction: Right, left Location: Pacific side right before arriving to Todos Santos Cerritos Level: Great for beginners Direction: Right and left Location: Pacific side at Km 65 of the Cabo San Lucas- Todos Santos road Monuments Level: Advanced Direction: Left Location: at Km 6.5 of the Corridor, closer to Cabo San Lucas El Tule Level: Advanced Direction: Right and left Location: Exit at Km 16.2 at El Tule bridge Costa Azul consists of three breaks: The Rock or La Roca Level: Advanced Direction: Right Zippers Level: All level Direction: Right Acapulquito Level: All levels Direction: Right Location: at Km 28.5. Access is below the Costa Azul bridge La Bocana at the estuary Level: All levels Direction: Right and left Location: San José del Cabo’s main beach, close to the Holiday Inn Shipwrecks Level: Advanced 10
SEASONS June through November The summer months are known to be the best as the Southern Hemisphere’s swells send great waves to the Pacific, Cabo San Lucas, San José and the East Cape. December through February East Cape and Costa Azul are on the flatter side. The Pacific can be good this time of year because it’s exposed to the west swell. March through May This is the windy season. Swells are consistent and you’ll run into fewer crowds.
This sport is most popular in the East Cape due to the El Norte winds. Playa Norte (the north-east side of the beach) in Los Barriles is said to be the most popular destination and is also the location for a professional kite-boarding school. La Ventana is also a popular spot and is closer to La Paz. There is less wind in Los Barriles than La Ventana, but the surf is bigger. The best months are January, February, March, October, November, December.
STAND UP PADDLING
There is something special about paddling out and finding yourself floating in the ocean with just your paddle and your board. Stand up paddling is growing to be more popular each year and is available all around Los Cabos. It’s a great way to see marine life, to get a great workout and to enjoy nature. At Médano beach you can rent boards in several locations. Paddle along the rocks of Land’s End to make your way to Lover’s Beach and the Arch. Certain companies offer paddling lessons and some have yoga classes on the board. Tips! • Your feet should be parallel, about hip-width distance apart, centred between the board rails (edges). • Keep toes pointed forward, knees bent and your back straight. Balance with your hips and core. Keep your arms straight and twist from your torso as you paddle. Think of using your torso to paddle rather than your arms; you have more strength in the abdominal muscles than in your arms. Your gaze should be level at the horizon and avoid staring at your feet. • If you’re paddling on the right, your right hand is lower and on the paddle shaft. Your top left hand is on the top of the grip. The elbow (angle) of the paddle faces away from you. • Plant the paddle by pushing the blade all the way under the surface, pull it back to your ankle, then out of the water. To go in a reasonably straight line, paddle about 4 or 5 strokes on one side, then switch to the other. When you switch sides, you’ll reverse hand positions. • When you fall aim yourself to the side so you don’t fall the board.
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LOS CABOS 101 ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES
Los Cabos offers entertainment for all ages and is an ideal destination for families. Blown Glass Factory Don’t miss this factory located in Cabo San Lucas where youngsters can watch the highlyskilled artisans perform the art of glass-blowing. Adults can shop for that one (or probably more than one) perfect piece to take home. Make sure you visit the factory before 2:00 pm in order to catch the show. Adventure Parks There are several adventure parks and eco-adventure companies in Los Cabos where you and your kids can experience zip-lining, back-country ATV tours, a camel safari, and more. Zip-lines are appropriate for kids of 8 years and up and be prepared to hike from 5 to 15 minutes from line to line. Most companies include transportation. Ask your concierge to setup your adventure. Swim with Dolphins Los Cabos has a few facilities where you and your kids can swim with trained dolphins. By visiting one of the dolphin centres you and your kids will experience a one-on-one connection that will be memorable. You will learn special hand signals and ways to communicate positive reinforcement to the dolphins. Swimming with dolphins is a very gratifying and joyful experience for people of all ages. Wet Fun Water Park Located about 20 minutes from San José, this water park has shallow pools and small slides for young children, water mushrooms, a pirate ship and a giant bucket that dumps water on the bystanders bellow. For the adrenaline seekers, several fast and large slides stand tall and mighty and offer a great view of the beautiful surrounding mountains. To get there take HWY 1 north from the San José International Airport towards La Paz and East Cape. After about 15 miles, the exit for Caudaño and the water park will be at km 66. Follow this road for a few minutes and you will find the park on your right. Turtle Release Every year, several species of endangered sea turtles nest in the warm sands of Los Cabos. Your family will have the opportunity to help these fragile and tiny creatures make it safely into the sea. Children will learn about the importance of conservation and they will surely enjoy the experience of helping these little friends. Whale Watching Whale watching in Los Cabos is an unforgettable experience for any age. During the months of December through March, it is not hard to find whales breaching just off the shore. Book a private charter or take one of the many whale watching tours available. Horse-back lessons at Cuadra San Francisco This world class equestrian centre was established in 1994 by Francisco J. Barrena M. and is home to about 50 horses. Each one has been trained by professionals to ensure safety and an enjoyable ride. The riding school’s speciality is high level dressage, which is an excellent way to perfect any riding discipline and to become an better rider overall. The staff can accommodate riders of any age and skill level. Cuadra San Francisco is located at km. 19.5 of the main highway between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.
Los Cabos offers a number of entertainment options for adventure seekers. From guided bicycle tours to a sunset horseback ride on the beach or a high-speed zipline across one of the many local canyons, pick an adventure that is right for you and get out there! Buggy, Atv, Or Bike Rentals There are several local companies which offer ATVs, buggies, and other off-road vehicles for trail and beach cruising. Strap on some goggles and hop behind the wheel of one of these off-road racers for an afternoon of fast-paced fun! Vehicles include typical ATVs or enclosed rail buggies or RZR ATVs. Tours are typically three hours, and drivers must be 16 years of age with a valid drivers’ license. If pedal-powered rides are more your speed, look into renting a mountain bike, beach cruiser, or joining a guided bicycle tour of town. Just make sure to wear a helmet! Horseback Rides, Nature Walks, and Bird Watching Los Cabos (particularly San José del Cabo) offer a number of horseback excursions for all ages. Saddle up for a sunset guided beach ride, venture up a hidden canyon trail, or just sit back in the shade while experienced horse trainers give the kids lessons in horsemanship – there’s something for everyone! San José also boasts a natural estuary and nature preserve. Enjoy a peaceful, self-guided nature walk to observe some of the lushest landscape in the area. Species of flora and fauna are abundant: dozens of species of cactus, lizards, and birds can be spotted on this solitary walk, just a few minutes from downtown. Cactuslovers may also want to check out the nearby cactus gardens Wirikuta, offering a large variety of cacti laid out in an artful outdoor setting. Parasailing, Bungee Jumping, and Ziplines Get ready to shout “Geronimo!” as you leap off a platform in one of the most extreme outings! Several local adventure-parks provide bungee jumping packages, and high speed zipline canopy tours are offered in a number of local canyons. If heights over land are not right for you, try a parasailing trip and gain some altitude to enjoy beautiful views of Cabo while tethered firmly to a speedboat!
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Imagine floating in a turquoise bay with pink sand or riding some epic waves: every Baja beach offers something unique. Here is a list of the must-see beaches -- visit them all to decide which one is your dream beach!
Cabo San Lucas
Along the Corridor
If you’re looking for the action, here it is. El Médano (as the locals call it) is a 2-mile stretch of hotels, restaurants and bars, right on the sand. It’s a swimmable and family-friendly beach with endless options for souvenir shopping. Numerous activities and water sports are available. If you want to take a water taxi to Lover’s Beach, this is the best spot to do it. Its stunning view of Land’s End and the vast entertainment options make this beach a must-see.
José, follow the sign which reads “Santa María” and exit the highway at Km. 13. Follow the dirt road until you reach the parking area. Santa Maria provides no services and hardly any shade. You can rent umbrellas on the beach, but if you happen to have one, bring it anyway. Snorkelling gear will help you get the most of this beautiful beach!
San Jose del Cabo
Las Viudas (The Widows) beach is not visible from the road and is possibly the most private beach you will find on this list. What makes it unique are the rock formations which create small pools and coves where you can have a private and peaceful beach day. This beach is swimmable with caution but if you find your own pool you can avoid the waves. Turn right at Km. 12.5 of the corridor and follow the dirt road down to the beach. There is a sign that reads “Las Viudas” but slow down and keep your eyes peeled; the entrance may sneak up on you. You won’t find any services or vendors so bring all your beach essentials with you.
Chileno is a very popular location for snorkelling, swimming or just spending the day under the newly-installed palapas. You’ll find tide pools at the east end of the beach and beautiful reefs offering excellent snorkelling and scuba diving. This is the only beach with public restrooms and it has plenty of palapas for shade. Going from Cabo San Lucas towards San José, follow the signs for Chileno Beach Club near Km. 14 of the main highway. If you visit Chileno on a weekend, make an effort to arrive early; snorkelling visibility is often better in the mornings, you’ll avoid the mid-day snorkel tours and, if you beat the crowds, you’ll be guaranteed a palapa to yourself for much-needed shade. Bring snorkelling gear!
Palmilla beach is known for its family-friendly calm waters and a mile-long stretch of beach. Located within the resort community of Palmilla, you will find yourself surrounded by oceanfront luxury homes, the One&Only Hotel and the world renowned Jack Nicklaus Ocean Nine golf course. Pangas and fishing cruisers are available for charter, but you won’t find water sport rentals such as kayaks or jet skis.
In the heart of downtown Cabo San Lucas. This is accessible by foot through the east side of the marina or via Avenida del Pescador.
Be prepared to be approached by souvenir vendors. If you’re not there for the shopping, just respond with “No, gracias.” Prices don’t vary much from one water sports rental place to another. Visit Lover’s Beach while you’re there.
Getting there is an adventure in itself, due to the fact that it is reachable only by boat or kayak. The easiest way is to take a water taxi from the Cabo San Lucas Marina or Medano Beach. Prices are around $15.00 USD per person. Ask your captain to cruise by the arch and the sea lion rock for some great photo opportunities. Once you arrive, you’ll notice the striking rock formations and caves. Walk to the other side of the rocks and you’ll find yourself looking at the Pacific Ocean; the locals call this Divorce Beach. This side is very dangerous for swimming because of the powerful undertow, so swim on Lover’s Beach only. Land’s End beside the famous arch. This beach is accessible only by boat. There are a couple of vendors who offer beer and water, but you won’t find any other services. A good idea is to spend the day at Medano Beach and take an hour or two to go to Lover’s Beach; this should be time enough to explore this natural wonderland.
Santa Maria offers a stunning horseshoe cove with coralcoloured sand and abundant marine life. Boat excursions and private charters often stop here to enjoy the snorkelling and scuba diving that this National Marine Preserve offers. This family-friendly beach is relatively secluded; therefore, you rarely run into beach vendors. Travelling west from Cabo San Lucas towards San
Location: Take the Palmilla ramp exit at Km. 27. Follow
the signs and turn into the main beach parking area before the entrance to the One&Only Hotel. Palmilla is popular among local families on the weekends, so arrive early if you want a palapa, or bring your own umbrella. No services are available here.
If what you’re looking for is a good surf spot you can find it here without driving out of town. Head over to Zipper’s for a surf session and lunch and beers at the restaurant. To the west of Zippers is Acapulquito beach where the Cabo Surf Hotel and Mike Doyle Surf School are located. You can find surf shops in the area where you can rent surf and stand-up paddle boards and set up lessons. The surf is bigger during the summer, and in the winter this is a good spot for snorkelling and swimming. Exit at Km. 28 via the Costa Azul Bridge. Swimming with caution is possible in this area but keep an eye out for surfers.
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LOS CABOS 101 LA PLAYITA
La Playita (the little beach) is a long stretch of beach where you will often find locals fishing from the shore and families with children enjoying the beach-front playground. On the right end of La Playita you can find a roped-off swimming area just outside the entrance to the beautiful Puerto Los Cabos 500-slip marina. To the left is the natural open beach where you can swim, skim-board and enjoy a peaceful beach day away from the crowds. Follow the signs to La Playita/ Puerto Los Cabos from Boulevard Mijares in downtown San José del Cabo (across from the fire department). You will find new and well-maintained bathrooms, palapas and fishing charters. There are no food services directly on the beach, but several casual restaurants dot the surrounding area.
On the Pacific CERRITOS
Cerritos beach is a popular surf spot and swimming here is relatively safe. The scenic 45-minute drive from Cabo San Lucas is well worth the trip as you drive along the pristine Pacific coast. The Cerritos Beach Club Restaurant is a perfect spot to spend a relaxing day on the beach or, if you want to be active, you can take a surf lesson at Baja Surf Camp or rent surf and boogie boards at the Costa Azul Surf Shop.
Location: This bay lies about 30 minutes
from the boardwalk in La Paz. Simply follow the main drag along the boardwalk, then through Costa Baja Golf Course and continue to wind around the coast and through the mountains until you see the signs for the beach. No bathroom facilities. There is a truck where you can buy water and snacks, but it is recommended to bring your own in case they are closed. There are palapas, but not many. Kayaks and snorkel gear are offered.
A wildlife reserve where visitors may anchor, snorkel, scuba and camp lies on this island. The panga ride usually includes a cruise around the island where it’s very common to see sea lions, seals and even sea otters. The only swimmable beach on the island has pristine white sand and shallow crystal clear turquoise water, which creates ideal snorkelling conditions. Coronado Island is the ideal place for an adventure or to simply immerse yourself in nature and relax.
Exit at Km. 66 of the Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos Highway. Watch the markers and look for the signs. Drive about 1.7 miles to the beach area. Tips: Lounge chairs, restrooms, food and drinks are available at The Cerritos Beach Club Restaurant.
About 7 miles or 30 minutes northeast of Loreto by boat. To get to Coronado Island you must take a boat or a panga. You will find pangas in Loreto’s Marina which you can hire. The best option is to ask your concierge to arrange this for you. There are no services or restaurants on the beach, but there are several large palapas with tables and benches and an eco-restroom. Bring hiking shoes if you plan to explore the area. Snorkelling gear is a plus!
Balandra is a stunning bay that will take your breath away. You can walk back and forth in the bay in waist-high, crystal clear water with shades of turquoise blue. Follow the shore towards the north-east side and you will find the famous “mushroom rock” as well as other interesting rock formations. Pictures just don’t do it justice. You won’t regret visiting Playa Balandra!
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events ~ dining ~ music ~ nightlife
January 11 ~ San José del Cabo’s Colors 5K Run - On Sunday January 11 at 9:00 a.m., the City of San José del Cabo will hold a 5K family run to benefit the fight against autism. The 5K run will start and finish at Plaza Pescador and is sponsored by Solamar Resorts, Costco, The Tribuna Newspapers and the Red Autism non-profit organization. Entry fees are $200 pesos for adults and $100 pesos for children under 15 years of age.
By Fernando Rodriguez
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. January 1-6 ~ Cleaning Medano Beach - Everyone is invited to help volunteers to clean Medano Beach of debris to keep this beautiful strip of Cabo San Lucas sand in pristine condition, as nature intended. Concerned citizens and visitors to Los Cabos are asked to meet in front of Baja Cantina/Cabo Villas on the beach at 7:00 a.m. Volunteers will be given trash bags and latex gloves to help maintain the beauty of Medano Beach for everyone to enjoy. This is an annual event that takes place during the cool winter morning months of December, January and February. January 7-11 ~ The 8th Annual Los Cabos Pro-Am Golf Tournament Check in, for this 8th Annual prestigious golf tournament begins on Wednesday January 7 at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Resort, located along the corridor. A welcome reception of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will take place at the hotel's Fiesta Palapa 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening. The first round of golf action begins the following morning, January 8, at 10:00 a.m. on Cabo del Sol's Ocean Course. Friday, January 10, will showcase the competition contested on Cabo del Sol's Desert Course. Each morning will begin with a breakfast buffet at Tomato's restaurant. The field for this event is limited to the first 20 teams who registered and submitted deposits by September 15, 2014. Final rounds will take place Saturday, January 10 and will be followed that evening by the Cocktails and Awards dinner at 6:30 pm in the De Cortez Restaurant terrace. There will be daily team prizes and overall team awards, with prizes open to both professional and amateur players.
January 13 ~ Global Mango Supply Chain Conference - A one-day conference by the International Mango Organization (IMO) to discuss several critical issues affecting the mango industry will take place from 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. in Cabo San Lucas. Founded in 2000, the IMO is dedicated to serving the global mango community by addressing issues pertinent to the mango world at large. The first conference was held in 2000 within the city limits of La Quinta, California. The second such mango global summit was hosted in 2003 by Malaga, Spain. In 2004, the Mango Conference was held at the Fairfield Botanical Garden in Miami, Florida. Guests of this Cabo mango conference will visit local mango groves as part of the young and growing worldwide event.
January 15-18 ~ The 4th Annual Lord of the Wind Showdown - Continuing their mission to create the largest international windsurfing, kiteboarding, and stand-up paddle board event in the world, the Los Barriles East Cape Rotary Club has this year garnered further support from the Baja California Sur Tourism Board and Annex Brands. The four-day ocean side spectacle will once again showcase some of the best kiteboarding and SUPboard athletes in the western hemisphere. Considered by many as the X-Games of the Ocean, the Lords of the Wind Showdown consists of competitive rounds where athletes battle it out on Sea of Cortez waters in windsurfing, kiteboarding and stand-up paddle-boarding before a panel of judges and awestruck fans. Proceeds from the 2013 Showdown helped the East Cape Rotary Club build a Technology Center in Los Barriles. This year's goal is to help initiate a laptop-lending program and create English language courses for the city's underprivileged youth. Awards and prizes for this event have steadily risen from its original $10,000 to this year’s $20,000. The event has enhanced and popularized the multiple categories and varying competitions combining the Sea of Cortez and the Southern Baja California winds provided by good old Mother Nature. For more information and/or to register please contact either one of the following: www.lordofthewindbaja.com www.active.com/los-barriles/water-sports/watersports-races/lord-of-the-wind-2015
January 15-17 ~ Cabo Safari FITAC OffRoad Race - The Federation of InterAmerican Automotive Touring Club has sanctioned and become the main title sponsor for this first annual sixday event taking place from Monday, January 12 through Sunday, January 18. This brand-new Desert Off-Road Racing sporting event is a benefit for the Friends of Old Cabo organization which promotes motorsports racing throughout the wonderful landscape that is Southern Baja California. The actual race will occur from January 15-17 and starts at 7:00 a.m. in UTC-07 Thursday, January 15. www.DestinoMagazine.com | JANUARY 2015
Photo by Howard Eckman
The Todos Santos Music Festival - The Todos Santos Music Festival, created, founded and still spearheaded by REM guitarist Peter Buck returns to the Hotel California for its two-week run beginning January 15. The Music Fest, in partnership with The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, is directing this year's fundraising efforts to aid its citizens in the recovery and reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Odile on September 14. A portion of the Music Festival's proceeds will be made available immediately for the magical city's (Pueblo Mágico) ongoing urgent relief efforts. For ticket information, please visit: www.todossantosmusicfestival.com A bus to Todos Santos will leaving from Cabo Wabo 1.5 hours before every show and tickets can be purchased in the Cabo Wabo store. SCHEDULES AND LINE-UP
Starting in mid-month October, one of the greatest migrations on the planet occurs along the Pacific Coast of North America as the magnificent Pacific Gray Whales migrate from the frozen Arctic, all the way to the isolated lagoons on the Pacific Coast of Baja California, Mexico. Gray whales migrate farther than any whale — or any mammal. Their 18,000-kilometer round trip (11,200 miles) takes them from the Bering Sea down the Pacific Coast of North America to Baja California and back to the Arctic. Pregnant females are in a hurry to get to Mexico, so they arrive first. When January comes, more gray whales arrive in the warm lagoons of the Gulf of California and begin to give birth to their young. By March, mother and baby pairs dominate the lagoons and it’s time for males and newly-pregnant females to start their journey north. New mothers are doing “spring training” for the babies so they’ll be ready for their own first migration; they swim with babies against the currents near the mouth of the lagoon, helping them build strength and endurance. In April, most of the adults and older juveniles are heading north while the first northbound whales may already have reached Alaska. The arctic sea ice has melted and open seas mean huge food supplies are again available, but mothers and babies stay longer in the Mexican lagoons. In Los Cabos, keep your eyes pealed since the whales may travel so close to the coast that people can see them, of course, those who venture for a close encounter will find that it’s quite common for mother whales to bring their babies right up to the boat for a closer look. Book one of the many tour options available in order to take a close look at these gentile giants of the sea.
First week: January 15 - Hotel California @ 7:00 p.m: The Autumn Defense, The Jayhawks, Old 97's January 16-17 - Hotel California @ 7:00 p.m: La Santa Cecilia, The Jayhawks, Old 97's Special Guests: Peter Buck and Kev'n Kinney Second Week: January 21 - Hotel California @ 5:00 p.m: Local Music Showcase January 22-23 -Hotel California @ 7:00 p.m: M. Ward, Dawes, Conner Oburst, Drive By Truckers January 24 - Saturday Free Concert - Town Plaza @ 5:00 p.m: M. Ward, Dawes, Conner Oburst, Drive By Truckers, NorTec Collective, Bostich & Fussible Special Guests: Steve Wynn and Kev'n Kinney Photos by Philipp Moser - www.cabowhaletrek.com
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Los Cabos Outdoor Markets
food, organic produce, art, music and more.
MONDAYS LOS CABOS ORGANIC FARMERS MARKET - 8:00 am -12:00 pm. Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas. TUESDAYS SAL Y MUSICA FESTIVAL 6:00 pm to midnight. A street party that celebrates the city’s passion for music and food. Downtown San José del Cabo.
San José del Cabo Organic Farmer's Market Every Saturday from 9am to 3pm
San José del Cabo's organic farmers market is a serene, park-like, family-themed oasis located near the Estuary where roughly 60 vendors offer everything from homemade Mexican dishes like sopes', tamales, and a variety of fresh fruits (watermelon, cantaloupe, mangos, bananas, tangerines, strawberries) along with an assortment of herbs (basil, dill, mint, lemon grass, cilantro) and locally grown vegetables; (tomatoes, baby lettuce, sweet potatoes, squash) which are sold in bundles priced anywhere from $10-30 pesos which is roughly $1-$3 US dollars no matter what the dollar to peso exchange rate is at any particular day, week or month of the year. There are also local artists selling hand crafted sweaters, scarf’s and clothing better suited for cooler temperatures than the warm to hot, humid weather of Cabo San Lucas. Musical entertainment keeps the festive atmosphere thriving throughout the half day, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, in which visiting shoppers taste test and choose the healthy foods of their preference, including sweet homemade pastries and delicious handmade ice cream. The market even boasts a children’s play area to further emphasize the unique, dynamic spirit of the San José del Cabo small-town community.
The Shops at Palmilla Fridays 9am to 1pm
Every week, The Farmers Market at Palmilla brings you something new and different, from the first vegetables and fruits of the season to special attractions. Regional wines and the number one sommelier in Los Cabos, traditional Mexican candies, and biodegradable cleaning products. 100% organic herbs, vegetables, fruits, fresh chicken, eggs, fish, seafood, wheatgrass, fresh baked bread, pasta, natural honey, and even organic beauty and spa products. Paninis, healthy muffins, cookies, ceviche, Mexican dishes, roasted chicken, coffee, fresh juices, jams, jellies, pesto, dressings, and sauces. Palms, landscaping services, potted herbs, and fine plants to create your own organic garden. Fashion trends, arts, crafts, ceramic, jewelry, books, maps, accessories, and also movies and popcorn!
Cabo San Lucas Organic Farmer's Market
Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays from 8am to 12pm
Located in Pedregal, The Cabo San Lucas Organic Farmer’s Market has an amazing variety of fresh produce, seafood, organic chicken, eggs, cheeses, herbs and fruits, along with a selection of prepared foods, including gluten free baked goods. It’s a happening place
where you can meet up with friends, shop for the best organic foods and purchase arts and crafts.
The Todos Santos Market
Every Friday 9am to 12pm Held downtown in the parking lot just next to the historic Hotel California. Considering its promotion and location, it is sure to get lots of attention and attendance. Being held every Friday morning from 9 am to 12 pm, it’s already becoming a local favorite. With several local shops and businesses getting involved, there is already an interesting array of both arts and crafts and different foods and beverages to either take home or to enjoy right on the spot. For information on participating in the Todos Santos market as a vendor, contact Reed King at email@example.com.
Pescadero Sunday Market Every Sunday from 9am to 12pm
For anyone who loves a good Outdoor Market, The Sunday Market at Baja Beans in Pescadero is not one to miss. This well-established event has become a major staple and attraction for the small town just outside of Todos Santos, and by far one of the biggest ongoing social and economic events in the area. With fresh produce, arts and crafts, and even live music and other performers, the market continues to be huge draw for both tourists and locals.
WEDNESDAYS LOS CABOS ORGANIC FARMERS MARKET - 8:00 am -12:00 pm. Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas. EVENING BIKE RIDE IN SAN JOSÉ - 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Meet at Plaza del Pescador before 7:30 pm. Bike rentals available at Sportia bike store located in Plaza del Pescador. firstname.lastname@example.org (624) 130-7159 EL GANZO FILM CLUB - 7:30 pm. Hosted by Art Director Marc Deniro whose credits include Troy, Master and Commander, among others. www.elganzo.com (624) 104-9000 WINE CLASSES AT GRAND SOLMAR - A weekly class in wine-making at the resort’s La Roca restaurant. Classes are $49.00. For reservations call: (624) 145 7575 BIRDING IN THE SAN JOSÉ ESTUARY - Go 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 email@example.com. THURSDAYS SAL Y MUSICA FESTIVAL 6:00 pm to midnight. A street party that celebrates the city’s passion for music and food. Downtown San José del Cabo. WINE TASTING at DE CORTEZ - 5:30 pm. Restaurant in the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar. $35.00 per person. SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO ART
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CABO SAN LUCAS BAJA BREWERY IN CABO - Fridays, Blackbeard, rock ‘n roll; 8:30 pm; Saturdays, rock ‘n roll. 144-3805. BAJA CANTINA BEACH CLUB - Medano Beach. Daily 7:00-10:00 pm Tel. 143-1111. BAR ESQUINA - 8:00 pm daily, Tuesday, “Mala Rumba”, Flamenco Guitars; Wednesday, “Toy”, Soft Rock; Thursday, “Chaplin” Acoustic Rock; Friday, “Toy” Soft Rock; Saturday, “Toy” Soft Rock; Sunday, “Kimbara” Bolero Guitar. 624.143.1889. CABO LOUNGE BAR – Saturdays, 8:00 pm, Brian Flynn. CABO WABO - Sammy Hagar’s legendary night-club in Cabo San Lucas. Music Monday through Sunday. Tel. 624.143.1188. CORAZON DE ALCACHOFA - Medano area. Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Groove Machin, 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. 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.
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RUTHS CHRIS STEAK HOUSE - Lazaro Cardenas S/N, Centro, Cabo San Lucas. Friday evenings, 7:00 to 10:00 pm Tel. 624.144.3232. TANGA TANGA SPORTS BAR - Fridays, 7:00 pm, Brian Flynn THE OFFICE - Daily 6:309:30 pm. Mondays, Shalom & Tito Rodriguez; Tuesdays, Luna Itzel; Wednesdays, Grand Music with Singer Mary; Thursdays, Fiesta Mexicana & Mariachis; Fridays Pa’ax; Saturdays, Kimbara Fusion; Sundays, Pura Vida. Tel. 143.3464 TWO FOR THE ROAD - Live Jazz Spot. In Wyndham Hotel/Tesoro, Blvd. Marina, Local A-15; Tuesday thru Saturdays, 8:00 pm. Closed Sundays. Montana, keyboard, and vocalist Kathy Daniels. Tel. 143-7759 or 132-2282. 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, Fridays & Saturdays, Tel. 624.146.9995. CORAL BAJA, MAMA MIA'S Restaurant, The Shamans. Tel. 624.142.3939, ext. 730 DON SANCHEZ CANTINA - Fridays karaoke; Saturdays salsa. Tel. 624.142.2444. FLORA’S FARM Tuesdays & Saturdays, The Shamans (rock); Wednesday's, Howie Clifton saxophone; Fridays, a Latin Trio; Sunday Brunch, jazz. Tel. 624.355.4564.
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. ROCK AND BREWS - Plaza del Pescador; Rock n roll. Tel. For Schedule call 624.105.2705. 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 grupo “Voces”; Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays. 624.142.4146 or 624.142.2311 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. Fridays, Jesse Davis rock ‘n roll. 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, 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. For additions or corrections to this schedule, please email email@example.com
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CABO’S PA R T Y
SCENE Many come to Cabo for the beach parties and nightlife. From beach bars and pool parties, to trendy nightclubs and booze cruises, you will always find a party... anytime, anywhere.
FUN in the SUN BILLYGAN’S ISLAND - One of the top three major attractions on Medano Beach, this happy, melodious, fun and simple restaurant is where people go for lunch, beers and cocktails while basking in the warm sun on comfortable lounge chairs. Visit and sample their delicious alcoholic house drink called Billygan's. The restaurant also entertains crowds with special adult drink contests, shows and activities. Billygan’s Island is located at the beach base of Cabo Villas Hotel and Resort. MANGO DECK - The # 1 top party spot and perfect place for those who love a good time. The restaurant/bar offers entertainment all day long and into the night, which includes everything from live music, championship beer drinking, dancing and wet t-shirt contests. Great happy hour margaritas and beer bucket specials are served by a lively staff at their location on the beach in front of and next to Casa Dorado Resort, Medano Beach. NIKKI BEACH - Known for its white teepees, pool-side lounge beds and sexy and stylish pool party scene, Nikki Beach is still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Odile and expects to reopen soon. THE OFFICE - George Clooney, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jennifer Aniston are only a few of the Hollywood jet-setters that adore the Medano Beach locale, blue umbrellas, and eclectic atmosphere of The Office. Coupled with great food and hearty appetizers, The Office is the heart and soul of the people-filled, sight-seeing, bikini-watching, merchant-selling menagerie that is the Medano Beach party strip.
BOOZE CRUISES CABO ESCAPE BOOZE CRUISE - The Cabo Escape Booze Cruise is by far the most crowded, festive, and affordable boat party in all of Cabo San Lucas. During the fall and winter, the best ocean party show in Los Cabos departs daily at 5:00 p.m. and returns to the Wyndham Hotel Marina dock # 3 by 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $45 USD 18
per person which includes chips, salsa, guacamole, dinner and all-you-can-drink cocktails and beer. CABO ESCAPE FLOATING DISCO - This chic late-night disco booze cruise departs at 9:00 p.m. on limited Wednesday and Friday nights, returning to Dock #3 at midnight. The 18-andover festivities feature current hip-hop and electronic music hits. At a price of $45 USD per person, Cabo Escape offers the all-you-can-drink house bar which makes it so popular, as well as a premium cash bar. JUNGLE FLOATING DISCO & CLUB - Cabo visitors looking to get their drink on and party like its 1999 do so aboard the Jungle Cruise Floating Disco and Club which costs just $35 USD and departs at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays only. VIP tables compliment this Medano Bay excursion that includes premium international drinks at an added cost. The all-youcan-drink festivities rage on until 12:30 a.m. with dancing to hip hop and current popular tunes. JUNGLE REGGAE BOOZE CRUISE - The $35 USD-priced Cabo San Lucas Jungle booze cruise on Medano Bay features reggae music and an atmosphere unequal anywhere else in Los Cabos. Always popular with the spring break party crowds, this over-18 tour exits the Marina from Tuesday to Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and returns at 7:30 p.m. The only thing this tour lacks is an included dinner. Enjoy this mad party scene for the serious Rastafarian reggae lover. PEZ GATO - Pez Gato's catamaran is undoubtedly the most recognized small, cozy, intimate booze cruise there is in Cabo San Lucas. The $39 USD per person cost is applicable to all adults, while children ages 5-11 cost only $19.50 and children under 5 are free. The Pez Gato booze cruise is the most unique small party cruise suited for families and couples who desire a close-knit memorable experience that only Pez Gato can offer.
beats of house music mixed by live DJs and even climb into the tree-like dancing cage in the middle of the club. Knotty is located near the corner of Hard Rock Cafe. LA VAQUITA BAR - The newest addition to the nightclub strip in Cabo San Lucas. This multilevel nightclub offers a fun environment with wild and colorful decor and great dance music until the late hours of the night. PINK KITTY - Known for its nightclub bottle service 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 with local culture. The Jungle Bar is located in Plaza de los Mariachis, below Cabo Wabo. THE NOWHERE BAR - A happening open-air bar with dance music that is 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?
BARS and NIGHTCLUBS CABO WABO CANTINA - The one true landmark in the downtown Cabo San Lucas' party strip is the red-rocker Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina. Open since 1990, Cabo Wabo attracts everyone who enjoys 80's funk and soul dance music played by disc jockeys until to the live house bands take the stage and deliver the rock and roll goods in great fashion. CANIBAL BAR - The new kid on the block, located across the street from the back entrance to Cabo Wabo on Vicente Guerrero Street, the Canibal Bar offers a unique, wonderfullypainted mural aspect to their artistic décor, as well as live music or modern club beats. Open until 4:00 a.m. EL SQUID ROE - The most famous and widely-recognized club in Cabo San Lucas is El Squid Roe. The energy and legendary notoriety give credence as to why the place is always jam-packed with people, young and old, bumping and dancing on each of the three floors. They serve great complimentary popcorn, and the attentive staff keeps the drinks and party flowing well into the 4:00 a.m. closing time. 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
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.
NIGHTLIFE IN SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO 11:11 DISCO ROOM - San José’s newest night club is an exclusive venue located in Plaza el Pescador which 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 at the corner of Plaza del Pescador. The place offers live rock music with flat screen televisions playing some of the greatest moments in rock history. Rock & Brews is a restaurant offering great food and an energetic nightlife. The venue pays tribute to rock & roll with walls covered with rock-inspired art. 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 sports contest on their flat-screens. Shooters is a popular place with local residents. www.DestinoMagazine.com | JANUARY 2015
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C F E S T IVA I S U
by James Longton
The 2014 town square show Photo: Howard Eckman
This year marks the 4th anniversary of the Todos Santos Music Festival and with the
continued growth and a longer list of performers than ever before, it is guaranteed
to be the biggest and most exciting event yet. The festival has become a coveted destination for an eclectic group of musicians and music enthusiasts from all over the world, and will be taking place on January 16-18 and January 22-25. With its picturesque setting, collaborative performances, and philanthropic spirit, the festival celebrates the deep cultural roots of the town of Todos Santos by mixing music industry legends and local artists to raise funds for local charities such as The Palapa Society of Todos Santos. Because it follows so closely on the heels of Hurricane Odile, this year’s festival proceeds will focus on benefitting The Palapa Society’s Hurricane Relief Fund for all those who suffered from the devastation of the epic storm. “The needs in Todos Santos in the wake of Hurricane Odile are overwhelming,” said festival creator Peter Buck, co-founder and lead guitarist of alternative rock band R.E.M. “Thanks to the cooperation of The Palapa Society and Hotel California, we will donate all of the profits from the 2015 festival to help people in Todos Santos reconstruct their lives, homes and businesses. We also hope that the festival’s return in January will serve as a symbol of the town’s resilience and ability to bounce back from this terrible tragedy.” It was January of 2012 when Buck’s vision was first brought to life with the help of Vaso Loco LLC and the legendary Hotel California. Buck had owned a house in Todos Santos for upwards of five years and began asking amongst friends how he could help benefit local children and help provide for their education. Buck has a long history of promoting this kind of effort, and he wished to continue his philanthropic efforts in his new home. It was no surprise when it was suggested that he should work with The Palapa Society. “He first contacted us in November of 2011 saying that he wanted to do a music festival,” said Palapa Society Vice President and member of the festival committee Donna Viglione. “He said that he could have many of his friends come down and play, and that all the money raised would go support The Palapa. This was really something, because we were still really struggling for funds at that point.” 20
“So we started meeting with Peter right away,” continued Viglione, “And almost immediately the Hotel California said that this could be the venue. It was incredible – the spirit of the way everybody came together to make the festival happen – and immediately there was huge excitement. Amazingly, we all made it a reality only ninety days later!” Today the festival continues to be inspired by the vibrant artistic spirit of Todos Santos itself, successfully working to add music to the long list of artistic endeavors hosted in this Pueblo Mágico of Baja California Sur, Mexico. The Todos Santos Music Festival has also been very successful in raising The Palapa Society’s profile, which it certainly needed, and helping to develop what has become a highly regarded and respected operation in the special little town. “By having this funding each year from the festival to rely on, The Palapa Society has been given the ability to expand its programs and reach out to a lot more students with scholarships, educational opportunities, and medical assistance,” said Viglione. “It’s been a wonderful collaboration and we are very happy to be a part of it. We all work very hard during the festival and all it takes to make it happen. It truly is extremely rewarding.” Since the inception of The Palapa Society in 2003, the basic goal of this multi-cultural, non-profit Mexican Civil Association remains the same: optimizing opportunities for local children and their families. By working with various community entities and through the efforts of many dedicated volunteers, The Palapa continues to be quite successful in achieving their mission. Now in their tenth year, improved financial health has allowed them to broaden the levels of educational and medical support provided, and
Peter Buck visiting the Palapa Society
Donations were used to build a library for the children
Photo: Howard Eckman
has put the group in a position to expand their development to include environmental and cultural programs that further involve and benefit the children of the community. “We consider children to be the most precious resource of all, and we are constantly working to improve the quality of their lives,” says Viglione. “We believe the secret to the future of this pueblo, and the promise for a better world, resides in the education and welfare of our children.”
A CHAT WITH PETER BUCK by Michelle Monroy
Originally established to make a difference by bringing together various artists to raise funds for many important local charities, the 2014 Music Festival raised $62,000 which was distributed to several of the town’s most invaluable organizations. While the Festival has grown steadily over the last few years, a big part of the magic of the event is just how accessible it has been kept for everyone. “It’s been a little daunting watching it grow,” said Viglione. “We’re wondering how much bigger it can possibly get. With the reserved seating already sold out for each night at the hotel, and The Town Plaza getting just about as full as it can get on the closing night, the festival is about at the capacity of what the venues can support.” If you missed out on this year’s reserved seats, don’t worry. General admission tickets will still be available at the door. Access to shows at the hotel is just $50.00 Pesos, and, of course, the final night’s performance in the historic downtown plaza is free for all! “That’s part of what makes it such a unique experience,” says Viglione, “that these world-class musicians are so close and accessible. I think that’s part of what the musicians really like about it, too: that intimacy. As big as it’s gotten, it still has such a relaxed and intimate feel. They appear to be having just as much fun as all the people who come to hear the music!”
What could be better than “ playing music every night, in one of
the most beautiful places on earth, with some of the most talented people on earth? Raising money for children, doing it all for an amazing cause, that’s what is better. –Peter Buck. Sept 8th, 2012.
Overview of the 2015 Festival Schedule Weekend 1 (January 15-17) The Autumn Defense (January 15th only), Alt-country pioneers Old 97’s and The Jayhawks, and the 2014 Grammy Award-winning Latin quartet La Santa Cecilia who will play the 16-17th. Weekend 2 (January 21-24) January 21: Local Music Showcase January 22-24: The singer-songwriter and former Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst; indie Californian folk-rock band Dawes; famed indie-folk artist M. Ward; revered storytellers and root rockers Drive-By Truckers; and Mexico’s critically acclaimed genrebending ensemble Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible who will join the lineup on the final night of the festival. This year’s festival will also welcome back special guest performers including: Peter Buck’s solo project; Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur; acclaimed musician and songwriter Chuck Prophet; former Dream Syndicate bandleader Steve Wynn; and vocalist-guitarist Kevn Kinney of Drivin’ N Cryin’. For more information on the details of the Festival Schedule, visit www.todossantosmusicfestival.com/lineup. And to learn more about the nature and accomplishments of The Palapa Society, visit their home site at www.palapasociety.com. *
For the first few years I paid for everybody's expenses myself and all the revenue from the tickets went to the charities. At first, it was just the Palapa Society and then it also went to various other charities that are in town. This year a lot of the money is going to hurricane rebuilding reliefs. I always believed that you should try to do something for the town you live in and pay back your debts in a way. I'm very happy to be involved with these great organizations and to meet all the people that are behind them and that do all the work. How did you first become involved with the Palapa Society? Our friends had mentioned the Palapa Society, and I have a lot of Mexican friends whose kids don't get the same opportunities that my kids had because of the education system. The Palapa Society does a great job bridging these kids from the local schools into the colleges. It was a shame that kids couldn't reach the potential they wanted to. There weren’t a lot of options in some ways and the Palapa Society offers a great alternative and resource for kids and parents, as well.
Photo: Howard Eckman
Most people that visit Baja end-up falling in love with it… How did it happen for you? My wife had been going [to the Baja] for years and her grandparents had been going to Todos Santos since 1985. We started going 7 or 8 years ago and I ended up buying a house. I’ve always loved Mexico. I have a great time down there, and I really like the small-town aspect of Todos Santos. What's a perfect day in Todos Santos for you? I usually get up and take a long walk, go to the beach and go for a swim. There are tons of great restaurants to choose from. I know a lot of people in town, so I just wander around and talk to them. I have a few guitars in my home, so I tend to write a lot and work. It's kind of like being retired, except I still work. You play a lot of different instruments. Do you have a favorite one? I'm probably best at guitar, I like playing mandolin and I enjoy playing bass, but I'm not particularly great at those. Whenever I do recording sessions with people I play guitar, so I guess that's my main instrument. How did the idea of the Music Festival come up? What inspired you to develop it? Partly, it was just selfish. I wanted to play music in a warm weather situation in January. The feeling emerged as “Well, if we're going to do this, let's make money for local charities.”
What can we expect for this year's Festival? Most musicians in the line-up are friends and acquaintances. We have two great Mexican bands like La Santa Cecilia and NorTec Collective. The idea is to keep it fairly spontaneous with people playing with each other and backing each other up. It's not meant to be a professional lasers-smoke-bomb-type show; it's homier. The shows at the Hotel California are very much low-key and fun and then for the town square shows everyone comes out and it's a great celebration. Do you have any favorite moments of the past years? I remember the first one very well because we didn’t know what to expect and a lot of people showed up. Last year Steve Wynn, who played at all four shows, will tell you that his highlight was playing with John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin. It's always been about the interaction of the people in the bands, the audience, the charities, everyone working together. For me it's a way to reach out in a way that I maybe don't do in my personal life. Anything else you would like to tell Destino Magazine readers about the TS Music Festival? I'm very excited; we have a great musical lineup. There will be a lot of people that have never been there and everyone is telling me that they’re super excited. I think it's going to be a very special year. *
ART & CULTURE TODOS SANTOS ART WALK By James Longton
One of the cultural aspects to recover most quickly here in Todos Santos after the destruction of Hurricane Odile has been the historical Artist Community, continuing to attract tourists and art enthusiasts from all over the world. Most of the well-established galleries are once again open and functioning stronger than ever, and several new galleries have emerged for the holiday season. And now we’ve even seen the birth of the new ‘Camanita de Arte’ Art Walk. The event takes place on the first Friday of every month from 4pm to 7pm, and has already grown to include 15 participating galleries. The tour also gives people the opportunity to explore some of the culinary excellence of this little Pueblo Magico. Attendants can kick off their Art Walk experience with a glass or taste of local Baja Wines at La Bodega de Todos Santos, located right in the middle of the downtown art scene. They’ll get the chance to learn about Mexico's emerging wine industry and begin their walk on the right foot, with vino in hand. Art Walk attendees can also wrap up their evening with one of the many renowned dining options available, including The Todos Santos Inn, Casa Bonita, the legendary Hotel California, Tequila Sunrises, and the new La Taverna Dominique tucked quaintly in the garden atmosphere behind the recently opened Galleria Ezra Katz. “We want to do it original and bigger each time,” says Cedric Volon, event founder and owner of Galeria La Sonrisa de la Muerte. “We want people from all over Baja to know about the art community in Todos Santos and to come visit the galleries for this special event!” Other participating galleries are Galeria Gabo, Gallery 365, Casa Catalina y Galeria, Nomad Chic, GaIeria Indigo, Galeria Benito Ortega, Mixtica, Galeria La Coronela, AR Galeria, Galeria de Todos Santos, Galeria N.E. Hayles, and Galeria Victoria. So come pick up a map of the Art Walk and take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy the cool cultural scene that has helped to maintain Todos Santos as one of Mexico’s Pueblo Magicos for so many years. * 22
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Reconstruction Grants The Los Cabos art scene continues to organize Music and Art Benefit events to support the reconstruction of the most devastated areas around Los Cabos. Reconstruction Grants are being given directly to individuals, families, and communities who experienced severe losses in Hurricane Odile. Applications for support are being accepted by the Grassroots Global Development Foundation, an international grant-making foundation that provides financial and strategic support to locally-led, community-based organizations who are serving women and children impacted by poverty. Applications are processed through approved community-based organizations working with the Cabo Hurricane Fund, served by Fundación Sarahuero and Hotel El Ganzo, Patrons of the Arts and leaders of positive change through the higher education of children and youth. GGDF has partnered with Provivah Foundation and Conavi to complete housing projects. Learn more about the project at www.cabohurricanefund.com
ART DISTRICT MAP AND GALLERIES:
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Art Festival ‘Todos Santos’ February 4-11th
The Todos Santos Art Festival is a large annual event that showcases the work of a vast array of local artists. Visitors browse custom jewellery, paintings and other unique items.
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.
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collection includes perfume bottles, jewelry and sculptures. Arte Julian García - Julian García’s paintings and metal sculptures. Also featuring national and international art exhibitions. Casa Dahlia - Baja’s top contemporary artists. Casa Don Pablo - Custom ironwork, original Mexican art, Talavera, woodcarvings, fine silver, and local historic photographs. El Armario - Authentic Mexican folk art from many different regions around Mexico. El Lunario - Fine Art Gallery. Frank Arnold Gallery - Working in oil on canvas and cast bronze from his studio and gallery in San José del Cabo. Galería Corsica - This gallery specializes in figurative and abstract paintings and sculptures. Galería de Ida Victoria - Fine art by local and international artists featuring paintings, sculpture, photography and limited edition prints. Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery Contemporary art with the use of
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different materials such as glass work and metal. La Dolce Art Gallery - Modern paintings that embrace colour, texture and self-expression. La Sacristía - Pottery, ceramics and silver jewellery. Mata Ortiz Gallery - Pottery molded and hand painted with different strokes and colors characteristic of the archaeological region of Paquime, Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua.. Muvezi - Sculptures of Shona Artists from Zimbabwe who are recognized as the world’s finest stone sculptors. O Gallery - A gallery that embraces a diversity of style from select artists and craftsmen. The show is ever-evolving, offering beauty and surprises. Patricia Mendoza Gallery - Mexico’s top contemporary artists such as, Lucille Wong, Javier Guadarrama, Eric Perez and Joao Rodriguez, among others. Old Town Gallery - Eight world renowned artists that uniquely capture the color, culture, and light quality of Baja.
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ACROSS 1 Music festival schedule space 5 Surfer's surface 10 Inquire 13 Strung out on caffeine 15 Red River city 16 Place to be pampered 17 Concert venue 18 Accumulate debt 19 Sermon subject 20 Bill Wyman or John Entwistle 22 Warm-up acts 24 Time in NY 25 Have a bawl 26 Opera solo 27 What the nose knows 30 Double-reed instrument 32 Charlie of 'The Stones' 33 Band's admirer 34 Alka-Seltzer sound 35 Kangaroo pocket 36 Where Gregg Allman felt tied? 42 Band follower? 43 Canal of song 44 Guitar pioneer ___ Paul 45 Station identification? 48 Guitar neck feature 49 "You____ what you sow" 50 Deck quartet
51 'Roundabout' rockers 52 FBI kin 54 Joe Walsh 'At the _______' 56 Hyne of 'The Pretenders' 60 Minuscule amount 61 Playful poke 63 Japanese port city 64 Needle point? 65 Spirited stallion 66 When pigs fly 67 Like Prince's corvette 68 It might make a crowd 69 Put in stitches
28 Morse code bit 29 The loneliest number? 31 Dizzy Gillespie’s jazz, for short 32 Hopefully it’s not minimum 34 Rocker Collins or Lesh 35 Secret spiller 37 Dieter's concern 38 Wrath 39 Bullfight cheer 40 Red or Dead 41 Recipe amt. 45 Stevie Wonder DOWN '______ Blaster' 1 Mop the deck 46 What you might buy at 2 Old Italian bread? 45 ACROSS 3 Rock groups? 47 Like a hippy's curtain 4 More nervous 48 Legendary guitar maker 5 Chat partner 49 Poker ploys 6 Made tracks 51 It's wasted on 7 Concert closer the young 8 Comedic Sales 53 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by 9 One for the road? '____ Butterfly' 10 Say it's so 55 Scholarly org. 11 Séance visitor 56 Formally surrender 12 All they are is ‘Dust in the Wind’ 57 Computer command 14 Speaker's platform 58 Put a spin on 21 Like an unemotional performer 59 Story thread? 23 Civil rights org. since 1909 62 "___ whiz!" 25 Some of the fuzz 27 Frequently, to Shakespeare www.DestinoMagazine.com | JANUARY 2015
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“Continuity of practice is the key to success.” S.N. Goenkaji
Take a deep breath and relax yourself into your body. Inhale... and... exhale. Inhale.... and... exhale. Deep breath, free breath. Observe how you feel. Keep breathing. Why do I do what I do?
La Baja is one of Earth’s peaceful places, an ideal land in which to practice awareness and conscious evolution – the mark of a healthy lifestyle. Nature’s harmonious beauty is magnetic and many dedicated health practitioners from around the world choose Mexico’s Baja Peninsula as their natural retreat to rest, rejuvenate, clear the mind, and awaken the consciousness. Regardless of where we are, it is only when we develop discernment from concentrating the mind that we will be able to understand consciousness. Once we make up our mind to do something good, we must focus and persevere until we succeed and feel happy. That sort of thinking is our own real consciousness. Whichever activity you may practice, vow to be a non violent, honest and truthful person, to keep a clear and sober mind, and to harm no one; by focusing on breathing, observing body sensations, finding stillness in everything we do makes any activity a meditation. To see things as they are, this is true wisdom. When your mind wanders in thought, making it difficult to focus its concentration (an essential quality needed to achieve true insight and cultivate a peaceful mind) don’t worry – be kind to yourself and realize that each moment is just what it is – let it go without judgement; smile, come back to your breath, come back to your sensations, and... Start again... Start again... Just like a Happy New Year. May your journey be peaceful. A Baja way of life.
Place your intention in your attention. That which we pay attention to grows and manifests; that which we ignore diminishes and dies. Align your spine, relax your shoulders, soften your gaze and find stillness in whatever you are doing at this very moment. Focus your mind by observing your breath. Is it deep? Is it shallow? Has it stopped? Control your desire to make a judgement about yourself or the other. When thoughts arise, observe them, then come back to observing your breath. Here is where life speaks to you. Release your desire to control what is happening. Allow life’s natural flow to show you the consequences of your actions. Your task is only to observe the sensations that arise in your body and how they affect your breath. You will be amazed at how much wisdom and self-knowledge you get by doing only this. This is how we learn. Why do I do what I do? To ‘know thyself’ is the advice of the Sages. To live a life of morality, to do no harm, to be truthful, honest, peaceful, clear, and to cultivate a clean healthy body and mind form the foundation needed for the mind to be able to fully concentrate. The right kind of concentration allows for the right kind of wisdom: to see things as they are, to succeed in freeing ourselves from suffering and purifying the mind from negativity – this is meditation. The quality of my yoga practice is not measured by how I can reach my head to my knees, or by how long I can stay in a pose, but by how happy and peaceful I feel while I am doing whatever it is that I am doing. This is the goal of a Yoga practice. To be happy. Are you? Namaste. *
Incense - Sacred Plant Helpers When the tomb of Tutankhamun was found, they made an amazing discovery. In the Valley of the Kings at Thebes, archaeologists found huge quantities of oils, perfumes, and – you guessed it – incense around his mummified body. Religious documents prove that they considered the scents to be divine grace. Trading in incense materials comprised a major part of commerce along the Silk Road and other trade routes, one notably called the Incense Route. For many of the early years before Christ, frankincense was actually worth more than silver and gold’s value. Frankincense is now more commonly known because it was one of the gifts brought to baby Jesus in celebration of his birth. The three Wise men brought three gifts: Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. The gifts of gold and frankincense were considered “fit for a King.” The myrrh, which is bittersweet, symbolized the new Messiah’s fate. Incense use also has many sacred traditions that are still present today. The Native Americans are just one example of the many traditional cultures still using incense as part of their rituals, especially purification ceremonies. They have used their smudging techniques for thousands of years. Smudging is the name given to the sacred smoke bowl blessing. This bowl consists of various herbs and resins. In the aspect of Smudging, the aromatic combinations of these materials are used to cleanse any negative energy, to heal the sick, to bless the masses, and to attract positive forces to the area. Each of the various elements has a specific energy that is related or tied to it. These herbs and plants are also known as “Sacred Plant Helpers”. Incense is used for a variety of purposes, including the ceremonies of all the main religions, to overcome bad smells, repel insects, spirituality, aromatherapy, meditation, and for simple pleasure. The aromatic smell that burning incense releases stimulates the olfactory nerves. This stimulation is able to produce effects of various states such as physical, emotional, and psychological, based on the fragrance. Hence Aromatherapy. With the correctly scented incense, you can actually use its healing powers to reduce and calm anxiety, stress, and fear, to alleviate insomnia, and to accelerate healing. You can also help stimulate and renew energy, cleanse the atmosphere, and prepare for meditation and prayer. A variety of materials have been used in making incense, but historically there has been a preference for using locally available ingredients. Very Organic. * Courtesy of Nature’s Garden
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Fitness To stay fit literally means to have the ability to conduct oneself in physically demanding situations; to function effectively in emergencies; to display superior body composition and aptitude in matters of strength, cardiovascular capacity, power expression, reaction time, speed, agility, flexibility; to evince generally superior health and resistance to injury and disease. All these are factors relative to each individual natural constitution. Ancient health disciplines and modern science confirm that our wellness and cellular function are measured by what we eat, our thoughts and beliefs, and our particular environment. What we assume to be true about health and wellness is relative to each individual perception of reality. Then, it is safe to say that a fitness discipline – whatever it may be – which empowers people to take full responsibility of their own health is a successful fitness practice. The goal is simply to live a healthier life. When choosing your fitness routine, ask yourself: Do I feel happy, peaceful, and free from pain? Whatever you are doing, if you observe your sensations while breathing freely, and make moment-by-moment decisions based on how you feel, rest assured you will stay fit.
Healthy Living January Events
La Alianza Eco Retreat in the small town of Pescadero, near Todos Santos, is hosting the event Baja California Sacred Passage from January 8th to 19th, offering Nature Meditation, Source Awareness Training and a supported 7-day nature solo. Enjoy views of Pacific sunsets, star-filled night skies, and see migrating whales – all while you learn about Shamanic, Taoist, and Himalayan practices and how to reach a deep state of relaxation. Also this January, Todos Santos Writers Workshop TSWW program will take place Monday, January 26 through Friday, January 30. The Todos Santos Writers Workshop at Casa Dracula is led by a team of creative writers, editors, graphic designers and publishing experts dedicated to inspiring and furthering the art of the written word. The Todos Santos Writers Workshop partners with local businesses, educational institutions and organizations to support the community.
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The Islands of Loreto For adventure-seekers and nature-lovers, The Islands of Loreto offer an unknown paradise where visitors can encounter resident seabirds, sea lions, massive rock formations and white sand dunes where you can camp out, swim, sunbathe and just enjoy the dramatic surroundings.
NEW FLIGHTS TO LORETO As of April 15, 2015, WestJet will offer weekly non-stop service from Calgary International Airport (YYC) to Loreto (LTO). “Loreto, Mexico may be one of the best places you’ve never heard of,” says Chris Avery, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “Visitors can enjoy everything from sport fishing and kayaking to eco-tourism adventures.”
New route details provided by WestJet airlines: Route: Calgary-Loreto Frequency: Weekly Departing: 9 am Arriving: 12:55 pm Effective: Feb. 14, 2015
“We have more flights and more seats to the places Canadians want to go,” said Avery.
Route: Loreto-Calgary Frequency: Weekly Departing: 1:50 pm Arriving: 5:56 pm Effective: Feb. 14, 2015
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CORONADO ISLAND This Island is located 7 miles northeast of the coast of the town of Loreto. It is a wildlife reserve where visitors may anchor, scuba and snorkel. On Coronado Island you can find sea dahlias, various species of cactus, wild cucumber and house-leek. You can also find bird colonies that nest on the island such as pelicans, gulls, petrels and sea ducks that can be spotted in the nearby waters. It’s very common to see sea lions, seals, elephant seals and sea otters. Only a short 30 minute ride, Coronado Island is the ideal place for an adventure or for relaxation; sunbathe on the semiarid beach, observe colonies of sea lions and dolphins, snorkel and simply immerse yourself in nature.
ISLA DEL CARMEN A 45 minute ride in a panga boat from the Loreto’s main dock, Isla Del Carmen is the largest island of the Sea of Cortez that consists of 15,000 protected hectares and is only accessible with a guide. This allows you to experience a strong coexistence with nature along with complete privacy and freedom. The history of Carmen Island revolves mainly around the salt deposits
located on the north end of the island which are called Bahia Salinas. The Isla del Carmen salt industry ceased operations in 1984.
ISLA DANZANTE Isla Danzante is a Loreto icon that is home to many endemic plants, coral reefs and a wide variety of marine species. Its lovely and small beaches are a great place to enjoy diving, hiking or just relaxing under the sun at Honeymoon Beach.
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MONTSERRAT ISLAND Located approximately 3 hours from Loreto, Montserrat Island is the perfect place for snorkeling and trail hiking. Constituted by volcanic rock, the island measures 4.35 miles long in direction North-South and 3 miles east-west. On the north side there are two islets called Las Galeras where copper veins have been discovered.
ISLA SANTA CATALANA A great extension of land and sea where you will find biznagas (local cactus species) of up to 16 feet tall, incredible natural beauty and a rich diversity of fauna. *
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What is the closing process when purchasing a home in Los Cabos?
At REmexico Real Estate, we understand that this process may be a bit confusing. However, that is why we are here! We take pride in our knowledge of the process and in assisting our clients through the closing process smoothly. Send us your Los Cabos real estate questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org 28
RMC GOES GLOBAL AND LAUNCHES NEW OFFICE IN LOS CABOS, MEXICO Aspen, Colorado – The largest privately owned destination management company in the United States is expanding its reach into Mexico with the opening of a new office in Los Cabos. The RMC (Resorts, Mountains, Cities) Los Cabos branch will be led by the highly sought-after talents of three tourism industry veterans.
Real Estate questions asked by you, answered by local real estate expert Blake Harrington, of REmexico Real Estate Group
There are thousands of Americans, Canadians, and/or Ex-Pats that reside in Los Cabos full time in their deeded full ownership property. The process of closing a deal on your next Baja dream home has continually improved over the years. While each transaction has its own characteristics, here's how it works in most cases and with our buyers at REmexico Real Estate Group.... Deposits: Once the buyer and seller have come to an agreement on price and terms in writing, we categorize the property as "Pending" and/or "Under Contract". The initial deposit is usually between 5-10% of the purchase price, or as had been written and agreed upon in the Offer to Purchase submitted by the buyer, and delivered to an escrow account within 5-7 days of acceptance. Escrow: There are two commonly used escrow holders in Cabo. Stewart Title and Fidelity both have representatives locally and provide services for safe transfers of purchase or proceed funds for both buyer and seller. Each company, respectively, hold accounts in United States and Mexico so the principals/clients can determine which account best suits their needs. Our clients find piece of mind in using these well-respected escrow companies when purchasing a home and we do work hand in hand with the escrow companies on the closings of each deal. Title and Closing Time Frames: As we've discussed before in the Destino Magazine Q&A, the two instruments to hold title depend on your citizenship and status within Mexico. 1. For nationals of Mexico, they may use traditional title with "Escritura". This process is a quicker process where titles can be drawn up in as little as 30 days and closing thereafter. 2. For foreigners, the "Fideicomiso" takes a bit longer to draw up within the banks. So, this makes the closing process more of a 60-90 day process, with most closings happening around the 90th day. Notary and Closing: Once all paperwork, titles are ready for transfer, the buyers and sellers meet with their broker and attorney with a local notary to finalize the deal. At this point, funds are released and all legal documentation transfers are completed.
“When I started off 15 years ago, the word entrepreneur didn’t exist. People were told to become lawyers, to become doctors, the idea of rolling up your sleeves and creating things, it was seen slightly as a dirty word. The truth is, what entrepreneurs are doing is making the world a better place. I mean, you are only going to succeed as an entrepreneur if you create something that makes people’s lives better. I think that being an entrepreneur is a pretty damn good thing.” -- Sir Richard Branson When Spanish explorers first arrived in Mexico in 1519, an estimated 10 million Indian inhabitants were already here. They had an organized social structure – a true civilization – that was over 3,000 years old. This civilization was a force that the Spanish quickly realized couldn’t be swept aside. So, the Spanish built their colonial empire upon the existing Indian culture. This is the reason that native Mexico’s past wasn’t erased. Instead, the Indian culture merged with Spain’s. The result is that there are over 20 million Native Mexicans, speaking nearly 60 languages and dialects. And they are all descendants of these ancient civilizations. Find the opportunity to talk to a native, and you will learn a simple truth: many come to Los Cabos with new ideas, new projects, new concepts, and with the vision and ambition to make a dream come true. The entrepreneur that succeeds at this without changing the dream’s integrity is he who has a clear understanding of its unbreakable paradisiacal nature. Those who don’t understand its spirit are flushed by natural selection, which seems to always strive for balance. Baja is a way of life. Once you live it, you love it. Feeling free is what true luxury means in Los Cabos, and nothing gives you a better sensation of freedom than a simple way of life. Exquisite food, good friends, outdoor experiences, fun and exciting sports, a peaceful sense of time and space, starry skies, clean sand, pristine oceans, pure sunshine, and chic commodities in fashion are all available in our international resort destination town.
“We are thrilled with our team in Los Cabos and with this latest office for RMC,” said RMC’s owner/CEO, Shawn Thomson-Palermo. “I have been spending a great deal of time in Cabo for the last 30 years and we are excited to provide this very special destination to our long-standing clients,” she added. The addition of the Los Cabos office means RMC will be able to serve clients in 10 locations, spanning across resorts, mountains and cities. RMC is currently booking groups into 2017 and is entrusted with the management of many Fortune 500 companies’ meetings and events, as well as boutique getaways. They seamlessly manage each group’s transportation, activities, event planning, meeting support and team building. Allowing each guest and group to choose their unique activities and ensuring guests never get the same experience twice.
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DESTINO REAL ESTATE LISTINGS.
HOME VILLA LA ROCA Pedregal • Cabo San Lucas • $7,450,000 MLS# 13-1095
7 BR • 8.5 BA The Ultimate in Luxury Cabo Living, This dramatic cliff-side mansion is truly a one-of-a-kind offering. Graced with elegance in design and appointment, while complemented with a natural setting that is second to none. Enjoy the exclusivity and convenience of El Pedregal and live in a way most dream of in this 7BR/8BA 20,000 sq. ft. luxury residence. Set on a cliff and boasting views of both the Pacific and Sea of Cortez, nothing compares to this. Simply jaw-dropping, the attention to detail and craftsmanship is evident with abundant use of highest quality stone. A must see in person to appreciate.
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FROM USA & CANADA 858.200.4979 FROM MEXICO 624.191.3462 www.CaboRealEstate.com
VILLA EXTRAVAGANZZA - PRICE REDUCTION! - Open house Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cabo Corridor • $399,500 • 4 BR • MLS# 14-323 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 email@example.com www.landsendrealty.com
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Stay a day, a week or a lifetime Offering Full & Fractional Oceanfront Ownership on Medano Beach. Breathtaking beauty and personal pampering await you at Villa La Estancia. From your private view of Land’s End to full service ultra resort style amenities. A rewarding personal and financial lifestyle choice. See for yourself why a high percentage of owners purchase more.
Amenities Galore From fine dining at our restaurants, to having your own private chef prepare your catch of the day in the comfort of your villa. A rejuvenating massage on your private veranda, on the sands of Medano Beach or at our award winning Desert Spa. Sip your favorite beverage at our dual swim up bars, while soaking in the Cabo rays. Feel the stress cascading off as you view whales breeching at Land’s End from one of our five ocean view hot tubs. Spa and workout facility, 24/7 platinum concierge service, 24/7 security and assigned underground parking. Market and deli, Doctors office, private tennis courts, Wifi, successful rental/reservation program for owners and much more. A family friendly resort that is close to town and activities, yet private, quiet and secluded.
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Luxury Villas: Two Bedroom Three full baths – Sleeps 8 Three bedroom Four full baths – Sleeps 10 Two and Three Bedrooms Eighth Share / Six weeks Low $200,000 – High $300,000 Two and Three Bedrooms Quarter Share / Three months Low $300,000 – High $700,000 Full Ownership and Penthouses $1.3 million - $3.8 million
2 Bedroom Villa Average total Sq. Ft.: 2100
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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 www.CaboRealEstate.com
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.
Local cell: (624) 161-2618 From USA: (310) 753-8898 Dane@caborealestate.com www.CaboRealEstate.com
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