LOS CABOS 101
Destinations Useful Information: How to dial in Los Cabos • Driving Tips • Money & Currency • Important phone numbers Los Cabos Top Beaches: descriptions and tips about the best beaches in Los Cabos. Maps Activities: Fishing and Boating • Snorkelling and Scuba Diving • Golfing • Activities for Families • Adventures
ACTIVITY MAPS SPOTLIGHTS
Enrique Silva • Bill Olvera • Ofelia del Pilar Pérez • Tadd Chapman
COUPONS ART & CULTURE
An Early Arrival for Our Largest Snowbirds • Giving Back: Los Cabos Children Foundation • Holiday Traditions in Mexico
Welcome to Los Cabos! In the first few pages of Destino Magazine you can find useful information that will help you maximize your vacation, such as activities, top beaches to visit, maps, important phone numbers, and more. You can also find all this information online at www.DestinoLosCabos.com. 2015 has been an important year in Los Cabos. After hurricane Odile in September of 2014, great monetary and material losses took place, but our local people never seemed to loose hope. We were all anxiously waiting for the high-season to begin in 2015, and it seems to have come with a big "boom." I'm sure you've noticed all the heavy construction that is happening along the Tourist Corridor, this is the reflection of the millions of dollars that are being invested in new development. The face of Los Cabos will be changing, and you know what they say, change is always good. Needless to say, us locals are very excited for the next few years and we trust that this growth will bring nothing but positive opportunities to all. Los Cabos has a lot to offer during the holidays. Don't miss the decorations in the plaza in downtown San José del Cabo to feel the Mexican holiday spirit. For New Years, you are pretty much guaranteed a celebration wherever it is you go. Fireworks will light-up our beaches as we all gather to welcome 2016. Happy holidays and Happy New Year!
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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. La Paz is the Capital of the state, however, technically it is not part of the municipality of Los Cabos. If you take a look at the Baja Sur map you can see that the highways and towns form a loop. The Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet at the very tip of the peninsula. It's very clear when you're on the Pacific side; the waves are much larger and powerful and the winds are stronger. If you go further north along the Pacific side the climate and beaches are very different than on the Sea of Cortez. It's usually a few degrees cooler, which is very pleasant during the warm summer months. In the Pescadero and Todos Santos area, the sand is dark and fine and the color of the water is deep blue. The sand in Sea of Cortez beaches is coarser and the water is a lighter tone of blue. The beaches in La Paz and the surrounding areas are possibly the most beautiful ones in Baja Sur. The white powdery sand and the waist-high water create a spectacular shade of turquoise, the kind you see in postcards. The mountains meet the desert, the desert meets the ocean. The Sierra de la Laguna is a mountain range that lies at the southern end of the peninsula. Above 800 meters in elevation dry forests transition to pine-oak forests. The main climate of the region is arid to semi-arid, however, there are very fertile areas where local farmers grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, especially on the Pacific side. The aquarium of the world. These are the words that 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. 4
Cabo San Lucas
This tourist friendly town, also just known as “Cabo,” is located on the tip of the Baja California peninsula and is 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. In Cabo San Lucas you can find Medano Beach, the liveliest beach in the Los Cabos area, an impressive marina and countless restaurants and bars that keep the town alive day and night.
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 as well as world-class restaurants. San José has a beautiful beach where you can take a horseback ride to explore the estuary that is home to many different bird species.
The corridor is the 40 km highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (about a 20 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 and a refreshing coco frío (cold coconut).
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 breezes coming from the Pacific.
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.
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.
In Loreto you'll find historic buildings such as the enchanting Mision de Loreto - a mission-style church that was built in 1697. Loreto offers the best of both worlds for tourists who long to escape to an 'authentic-Mexico' with settings that take you backin-time along with ocean activities that rival that of any other modern coastal city. The Islands of Loreto boast Mexico's largest marine preserve where dolphins, seals, turtles and sea lions all play in the sea. For those who are partial to adventures on land; there is hiking, biking, and nature-tours that fill up a camera with pictures of radiant natural settings. Loreto is the perfect place for everyone from honeymooners to large families.
Exchange rates - Dollars are accepted almost everywhere and you will get your change in pesos. The exchange rate varies every day, but some places have a set rate.
Cash or Card? - Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards are generally accepted, but you often run into cash only places. Always ask beforehand and carry cash. Your bank will most likely charge you international transaction fees if you pay with your card.
ATMs - The easiest way to get pesos is to simply withdraw money from an ATM in Los Cabos. Bank ATMs give the daily exchange rate (best possible rate). Examples include Banorte, Bancomer, Santander, Banamex, and HSBC. Non-bank ATMs located in the street will charge 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 and try to get as much cash as possible in one transaction to avoid paying high fees.
Driving - Renting a car will allow you to enjoy the freedom of exploring Los Cabos. Driving in Mexico might be intimidating, 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, which is regular, and Premium. Lleno (pronounced yeno) means full. Major credit cards are accepted. Tipping the gas station attendant around $10.00 pesos is customary. ALTO STOP
CUATRO ALTOS FOUR WAY STOP
NO ESTACIONARSE NO PARKING
Buying groceries - In Cabo San Lucas, Wal-Mart and Costco are good options and easy to get to. You can always find a taxi outside of these stores. San José has a Wal-Mart and Mega. If you just need to grab something quickly, OXXO stores are small, reasonably priced convenient stores located all over town.
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
Spanish lesson: Año Nuevo - New Year ¡Salud! - Cheers! Deseos - Wishes Cena - Dinner Agradecido - Thankful Celebración - Celebration Champaña - Champagne Hielo - Ice The letter "ñ" When you see a wiggly line on top of the letter "n" use the ny sound that you use for the English word canyon. The double "ll" is pronounced like "y" in English.
Verb conjugation: To Celebrate - Celebrar I - Yo celebro You - Tú celebras He - El celebra She - Ella celebra We - Nosotros celebramos You - Ustedes celebran They - Ellos celebran The letter "h" is always silent. The letter "j" is pronounced like "h" in English.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Emergencies: 066 from a local number Roadside Assistance: 074 from a local number 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 Hospital H+ Los Cabos: 104-9300 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 For a complete directory of Doctors, hospitals and clinics in Los Cabos, visit: www.loscabosdoctor.com 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
BAJA 101 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!
Los Cabos' must-see beaches
Cabo San Lucas MEDANO BEACH If you’re looking for the action, here it is. El Médano (as the locals call it) is a 2-mile stretch of hotels, restaurants and bars, right on the sand. It’s a swimmable and familyfriendly 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. Location: In the heart of downtown Cabo San Lucas. The beach is accessible by foot through the east side of the marina or via Avenida del Pescador. Tips: 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. LOVER’S BEACH 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, 6
SANTA MARIA Santa Maria offers a stunning horseshoe cove with coarse coral-colored 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. Location: Travelling west from Cabo San Lucas towards San 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. Tips: Santa Maria has brand new palapas and a wooden walkway. Swim from the shore towards the rocks on the right side of the beach for a great snorkeling experience.
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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. Location: Land’s End beside the famous arch. This beach is accessible only by boat. Tips: 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.
Along the Corridor CHILENO
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. Location: Going from Cabo San Lucas towards San José, follow the signs for Chileno Beach Club near Km. 14 of the main highway. Tips: If you visit Chileno on a weekend,
PALMILLA Palmilla beach is known for its family-friendly calm waters and a mile-long stretch of beach. Located within the resort community of Palmilla, you will find yourself surrounded by oceanfront luxury homes, the One&Only Hotel and the world renowned Jack Nicklaus Ocean Nine golf course. Pangas and fishing cruisers are available for charter, but you won’t find water sport rentals such as kayaks or jet skis. 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. Tips: 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. COSTA AZUL 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. Location: Exit into the arroyo at Km. 28 via the Costa Azul Bridge. Tips: Swimming with caution is possible in this area but keep an eye out for surfers. 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 500slip 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. Location: Follow the signs to La Playita/Puerto Los Cabos from Boulevard Mijares in downtown San José del Cabo (across from the fire department). Tips: You will find new and wellmaintained bathrooms, palapas and fishing charters. There are no food services directly on the beach, but several casual restaurants in the surrounding area.
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, maybe even get a massage on the beach. 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: 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. The ocean currents are strong and the waves can be quite powerful on a big day, so swim with caution.
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activities est marina in the area with 200 available slips 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.
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.
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.
FISHING REPORT All that’s fishy from Lands End to La Paz by Gary Graham
Some also include food and drink or these amenities can be added at an additional cost. It is better to leave early; 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.
Seasonal Fishing Chart
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, 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 new10
Even though it's almost Thanksgiving, sea temps surrounding Baja Sur are remaining in the mid- to low-80s. Pretty shocking if you just flew in from somewhere cold! For the record most of us who spend time here basically prefer "not to do cold." Fishing is not bad as dorado have decided to finally make an appearance. There aren’t many of the larger bulls as there are the 5- to 15-pound variety. If you catch some of the smaller models, please release them and keep fishing until the larger ones come along; if you are patient, this will happen. Yellowfin tuna have been pretty scarce on both the Pacific side and up into the Sea of Cortez. To clarify, Cape Rocks, Lands End or the tip of Baja is the imaginary line for the two great bodies of water. If you are standing on the beach looking across the bay at Cape Rocks, the Sea of Cortez is to your left and the Pacific Ocean is to your right. If size matters, there are more smaller yellowfin, sometimes referred to as "footballs." The much larger ones, several hundred pounds or so, are called "cows" and are much scarcer. The Los Cabos Jackpot Tournament that just ended only produced a handful in the “cow” category. On the other hand, wahoo are still around and at the top of most anglers’ list as the best tasting. Wahoo are usually an early morning biter, though some are caught randomly throughout the day. Roosterfish are not good eating and should be released; however, they are fun to catch and have been hanging out along the surf line on the Pacific side as well as up in the Sea of Cortez. Billfish you ask? Well, there are a few -- mostly striped marlin and a few sails -- several miles off the Lighthouse at Cabo Falso, and more farther offshore . . . bringing me to my spoiler alert. This is the time of year when we have the North Winds both on the Pacific side and up in the Sea of Cortez. Although sporadic, they can make things uncomfortable. If the winds are real strong in the afternoon, consider a half-day trip inshore. However, some days the winds are light and you will want to fish a full day… go for it!
Sport fishing flags commonly seen in Los Cabos Another option this time of year is fishing from the beach as Felipe Valdez demonstrates nicely.
SNORKELLING & SCUBA DIVING
Prepare yourself for an incredible show of nature as you swim side by side with colourful schools of fish, eels, rays, octopus, sea turtles and more. The Sea of Cortez or the “Aquarium of the World” offers many opportunities to experience incredible underwater wildlife.
SCUBA DIVING DESTINATIONS Note: travel time is from the Cabo San Lucas marina. Land’s End Intermediate-Advanced - 50’-60’ Five minutes by boat and you can share the water with sea lions and moray eels, with a sunken boat visible in the Falls. Sand Falls Beginners - Advanced - 30’-100’ Steep sand banks drop sharply into a canyon filled with tropical fish. The canyon runs from the depths of the Cabo San Lucas bay to within 30 feet of the beach. Pelican Rock Beginners - 25’-80’ This large rock attracts many tropical fish and is only five minutes from shore. Neptune’s Finger Advanced - 80’-100’ A spectacular canyon wall dive. Cabeza de Ballena Beginners - 20’-40’ A 25-minute boat ride leads to a dive through large boulders with many fish. Santa María Cave Beginners - 20’-40’ Reachable from the shore or a 35-minute boat ride, the entrance to Santa Maria canyon has a huge variety of fish which feed right from your hand. Chileno Beginners - 30’-70’ This location offers parking, sea turtle sightings, tropical fish, and night dives over a sandy and rocky bottom following a 35-minute boat ride. El Gavilán Intermediate/Advanced - 70’-100’ 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 Japanese fishing boat attracts a large assortment of fish at this beginners’ dive; about 80 minutes from Cabo San Lucas or one hour from La Playita. Gordo Banks Advanced - 110’-120’ - A seamount provides views of marlin, hammerheads, skip jacks and at times huge manta rays; one hour from La Playita. Cabo Pulmo Beginner-Advanced - 30’-100’ A one hour drive east of San José or five minutes by boat and you’ll find the only living coral reef in the Sea of Cortez. SNORKELLING SPOTS Cabo offers several methods for snorkelling. You may drive to a local beach and swim out, book a tour with one of the many popular companies, or charter a private boat. Tours are typically two or three hours. Stay away from the Pacific side of the peninsula; its strong currents make it very dangerous for any kind of water sports. Pelican Rock
A quick five-minute ride from the Cabo San Lucas marina or Medano Beach is all it takes to get to this fish-attracting rock.
Lover’s Beach This popular and uniquely-named beach is accessible only by boat. Be on the look-out, however, as the water is not roped off for swimmers. Santa Maria Bay Snorkel tours regularly visit Santa Maria Bay. If you choose to drive there, it’s an easy swim from the shore to the reef on the right side of the cove. Chileno Bay Snorkelers will find a safe, roped-off area for swimming at this common tour destination. Cabo Pulmo A Natural Marine Reserve in the East Cape, and may offer the best snorkelling in the area. This eightfingered coral reef is about a 2-hour drive from San José del Cabo, but it is well worth it!
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. 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, Par 73, 7,461 yards. (624) 173-9400 www.questrogolf.com Many 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, Par 71, 6,848 yards. (624) 173-9400 www.questrogolf.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, Par 71, 6,966 yards. (624) 173-9400 www.questrogolf.com QUIVIRA GOLF CLUB This Jack Nicklaus designed course that was built atop the Pacific cliffs on 1,850 acres of a planned gated community. The course features huge Sea of Cortez sandy dunes, and rolling desert landscape foothills. The crashing waves below, and rising holes above, are proof that the challenging course is definitely one of the newest marvels in Los Cabos. (624) 142-9973 www.quiviragolfclub.com
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 Baja Sur map 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: Beginners. Direction: Right, 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, 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.
STAND UP PADDLING
There is something special about paddling out and finding yourself floating in the ocean with just a paddle and a board. Stand up paddling is a great way to see marine life and to get a great workout and while enjoying nature. At Medano beach you can rent boards in several locations. Certain companies offer paddling lessons and some have yoga classes on the board. Tips! • Your feet should be parallel, about hipwidth 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, 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.
Photo courtesy Cabo Flyboard
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 kiteboarding school. La Ventana is also a popular spot and is closer to La Paz. There is less wind in Los Barriles than in La Ventana, but the surf is bigger. The best months are January, February, March, October, November, December. Every January the Lord of the Wind tournament takes place in La Ventana.
SHIPWRECKS Level: Advanced. Direction: Right. Location: East Cape, about 25 Km from San José del Cabo. NINE PALMS Level: All levels. Direction: Long rights. Location: East Cape, about 30 Km from San José del Cabo.
Have you ever had a dream about flying like Superman or maybe swimming like a dolphin? Dreams can come true in Cabo! The FlyBoard is a device connected and powered by a personal watercraft, which allows propulsion underwater and in the air. Users are connected to the board by wakeboard boots, under which, water pressure provides thrust. A certified trainer controls the power and height and you control all the movement. Available at Medano beach or in the Puerto Los Cabos Marina in San José del Cabo.
LA BOCANA AT THE ESTUARY Level: All levels. Direction: Right, left. Location: San José del Cabo’s main beach, close to the Holiday Inn.
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.
Visit the Pescadero Skate Park located on km. 64 of HWY 19, in the town of El Pescadero. The park is surrounded by lush gardens. Donations are appreciated for park maintenence.
ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES
Los Cabos is an ideal destination for families with children of all ages.
Los Cabos offers a number of entertainment options for adventure seekers. From guided bicycle tours to high-speed ziplines 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!
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. 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.
Horseback Rides, Nature Walks, and Bird Watching Los Cabos (particularly San José del Cabo) offers a number of horseback excursions for all ages. Saddle up for a sunset guided beach ride, venture up a hidden canyon trail, or just sit back in the shade while experienced horse trainers give the kids lessons in horsemanship – there’s something for everyone! San José also boasts a natural estuary and nature preserve. Enjoy a peaceful, self-guided nature walk to observe some of the lushest landscape in the area. Species of flora and fauna are abundant: dozens of species of cactus, lizards, and birds can be spotted on this solitary walk, just a few minutes from downtown. Cactus-lovers may also want to check out the nearby cactus gardens Wirikuta, offering a large variety of cacti laid out in an artful outdoor setting. Parasailing, Bungee Jumping, and Ziplines Get ready to shout “Geronimo!” as you leap off a platform in one of the most extreme outings! Several local 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!
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. Sol de Mayo Waterfall Cascade Located about an hour and a half away from Los Cabos, the Sol de Mayo Oasis is yet another natural beauty of the Southern Baja California region, and the best time to visit is the month of November, after the September and October rains. The hike leads the adventurous to a majestically beautiful oasis where everyone can swim and even dive into the cool, serene waters. Be sure to pack a lunch, and take plenty of water. There are plenty of signs to guide everyone to this wonderful piece of paradise. After arriving in Santiago, turn right up the little hill towards the town square. The cost is $6 US per person to access the easy hike to the clear-water falls. Humane Society Visit Give your family the opportunity to give back as a dog walker or as a cat petting volunteer at the Los Cabos Humane Society or El Ranchito in San Jose. These loving animals will surely appreciate your time and who knows? Maybe you go back home with a new furry family member! 13
WHALE? monthly whale
watching report by Frankie Grant, Marine Biologist at Cabo Trek
Cool evenings and cloudy mornings characterize fall in Cabo San Lucas, making it an ideal location to escape the cold of northern states. As the seasons change from summer to fall, so do the migrant animals which live throughout the Baja peninsula. The main attractions all have one word in common, whale; whether it be whale shark, grey whale, or the number one attraction, the humpback whale. These massive creatures attract tourists from across the US wanting to witness one of the greatest animal migrations on planet Earth. After a short summer feeding season, the whales leave their summer homes off the coast of Alaska and California and begin the 4,000 mile journey back to Los Cabos and other Pacific breeding locations. By late November, the first groups of females have made their way to the southern tip of Baja to find a tranquil winter home. “I have received reports from fisherman as well as scuba divers seeing the first whales of the season,” says local business owner, Philipp Moser. Now it is just a matter of waiting until the beginning of the whale watching season, December 15th, to hop on a boat and go see these animals in their natural habitat. If you will be in Cabo at the same time as the whales, then whale watching with a reputable company is a must!
In its lifetime – that’s about 40 years – a gray whale
travels a distance that is equivalent to going to the moon and back! Some travel
a round-trip of between 16,000-20,000 km (10,00012,400 miles) every year between their winter calving lagoons in the warm waters of Mexico and their summer feeding grounds in the cold Arctic seas.
Do whales sing?
Gray whales lack vocal cords but do have a voice. They produce sounds by forcing air from their nasal passages into sacs, without exhaling any air.
Whales’ brains sleep one half at the time.
In order to make sure that whales perform the basic functions to breathe, only one half of their brain will sleep at a time. This is the only way that they are able to get the amount of rest that they need and still take care of this function that is necessary for their bodies to survive.
Whales have hair.
Most people don’t think that whales have hair but they do. However, it is very thin and very light so unless you are seeing one up close you wouldn’t think it was there at all.
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
the notewor thy of Los C abos
Chef and Restauranteur
Artist Chef and restaurateur Enrique Silva
began his culinary career as a child in Sonora, Mexico observing and aiding in the preparation of three meals a day for the family of ten. Growing up in his mother's kitchen, Silva learned early on how to use his palate, how to marry flavors and essences, and the basic foundations of traditional northern Mexican cuisine. After graduating from college with a degree in agricultural engineering, Silva journeyed to Los Cabos and the Baja Peninsula where he worked selling premium cuts of beef to local hotels and restaurants, and later was hired on as head waiter at Hotel Palmilla where he met master chef Larry Nicola of Los Angeles in 1990. Nicola infused the eager Silva with his vast knowledge of oils and vinegars, the importance of fresh ingredients and herbs, and the fundamentals of providing guests with top-notch service. Always eager to expand his horizons, Silva journeyed to Girdwood, Alaska in 1994, then reunited with Larry Nicola in Los Angeles in 1995, working as manager of Nicola's LA Nicola, and in 1996 Silva returned to Los Cabos and opened Tequila Restaurant, the first restaurant in the area to devote its menu to organic produce and fusion cuisine, melding Mediterranean, Mexican and Asian flavors. Silva continued his culinary explorations, studying in Thailand, Indonesia, Provence, Paris, Barcelona, Napa Valley, New York, Oaxaca, Puebla, and other spots around the world sampling cuisine and learning new cooking techniques. Silva developed close relationships with local fishermen and organic farmers, began importing his own wines, and eventually starting his own organic farm within a mile of Tequila where he takes advantage of his Agricultural Engineering degree to produce nearly all produce used at Tequila as well as other restaurants in the area. The farm, Huerta Los Tamarindos, is planted with innumerable varieties of herbs, heirloom tomatoes, vegetables and flowers. Huerta Los Tamarindos is also home to a farm-to-table cooking school based out of a restored historic home which opened in 2010; Los Tamarindos Restaurant opened in 2011. Here Silva takes the culinary knowledge he has gained during his gastronomical career and shares it with small groups of students. Silva's style is eclectic, drawing on thebest of many different cooking styles, but it always marries the best of flavors, ingredients and techniques to produce dishes that surprise with their simplicity, bursting with sumptuous and natural flavors. In 2012, in addition to herbs and vegetables, Silva also began harvesting tamarinds, figs, papayas, olives, citrus fruit, guavas and avocados. The cooking school sells handcrafted tomato sauce and soup, sundried tomatoes, mango preserves and more. Silva's expertise and flair has been noted in several major media outlets, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Conde Nast Traveler, Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Bon Appetit, and famed chef Rick Bayless’ television show Mexico One Plate at a Time. Since 2013 Silva has been a consultant for the luxury resort Diamante Cabo San Lucas, which he is helping develop their own crops of organic herbs, vegetables, and 40 different varieties of fruit.
At the age of 7 Bill learned how to draw and paint in the college of Ugarte in the Municiple de San Jose del Cabo. A student of architecture, paintor and sculptor, Olvera's artwork is characterized in Abstract expression. His most recent collection “Vinos” (wines) focuses on vivid colors that connect directly with the emotions of the spectator. You can see the complete collection on his facebook page -BILL OLVERASales: (624) 191 8121
OFELIA DEL PILAR PÉREZ Visual Artist Born in the city of Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, Ofelia studied Visual Arts in the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG) as well as a specialisation in the Cabañas Cultural Centre. Early in her life she was drawn to painting and took classes with renowned Mexican artists, such as Enrique Martínez, Minakata and Sebastian Duarte. Ofelia dabbles in many styles, but her technique and specialty is oil and acrylic painting, with a special love for pastel. She has lived in Los Cabos since 1998 when she moved with her family, and her work has been exhibited in different places such as: Pez Gordo Gallery, La Galería Restaurant, La Golondrina Restaurant and Casa Green. “Strokes that give away delicate feelings, complimented by the use of color. Ofelia combines colors and paint brushes and leaves traces of her soul on the canvas, paper or in the heavens."
TADD CHAMPAN Executive Chef and Restauranteur Executive Chef F. Tadd Chapman hails from Vancouver Island, on the beautiful west coast of Canada, where he began his culinary studies at the age of 15 years. Through high school Tadd work at the Winchelsea House restaurant under Swiss Chef Gerd Voight and graduated with honors while enjoying a class load consisting of 50% culinary classes in Dover Bay Secondary's professional kitchen. After High School Tadd choose the culinary arts program at VIU (Malispina) under Master Chef Hubert Scheck, and Chef Alex Rennie among others, excelling once again graduating at the top of his class. After working for CP Hotels and Resort for a year, Tadd was convinced to come down to Mexico by his father in 1998. Quickly falling in love with Los Cabos and the Mexican Culture, Tadd moved down a month later to open his first of many restaurants, The Tulip Tree in April of 1998. Later opening Habaneros in 2004, Tadd coined the term "Mexican Fusion" cuisine to best describe his imaginative use of local ingredients and concepts with international flavors. Fourteen years and many restaurants later, Chef F. Tadd Chapman and his restaurants (Habanero's Gastro Grill, Don Sanchez) have become an important piece in the Los Cabos dining and social scene, as well as a constant contributor to the community and local charities. Bellow Tadd shares his experience on the Holiday season: "As a chef, I have always prided myself on providing the best food from scratch, and in today’s factory-made world something has to be said about those who take the time to create food from scratch. However, there comes a point when even that isn’t enough and one feels the need to do more. This year, as I reflect back on 38 years, I realize that for many years, I felt that something wasn’t finished, that I wasn’t doing enough, I pondered what I am leaving behind, what my legacy will be and what I am leaving my kids and the world! When growing up in Canada, the holidays always revolved around family gatherings, big feasts and traditional recipes. Whether it was mom cooking a traditional turkey feast with homemade cranberries or my grandma’s apple sour cream cake, all the food had something in common: fresh ingredients and lots of love. Back then we didn’t consider whether or not our ingredients were organic or conventionally grown. Of course, back then it didn’t really matter, as most food still came from the farm. Since then, the fast pace
of our daily lives has left us often reaching for what is quick and convenient, but the holidays give us an opportunity to slow down and give both our meals and our family the time and attention they deserve. When the entire family comes together to celebrate such occasions, the true beauty is found in crowded kitchens and long meaningful conversations around a full table. It’s a time to make up for busy schedules and homes that are thousands of miles apart, and every bite of food deserves to be just as memorable as every inside joke or childhood story. I attempt to get the family together for a home-cooked meal weekly, but the holidays are when favorite recipes take center stage. I dig deep into the family cookbooks and use the freshest ingredients I can get my hands on for that timeless flavor that always feels like home. This holiday season, I invite you to take a little extra time to go that extra mile. Take the whole family to a local organic market to help them gather ingredients, and get little and big hands together to stir up something magical in the kitchen. Nothing returns the love like an empty plate and a full stomach." 19
You love Baja. You love Cabo; and, you understand and recognize how special this region of the world is! So here’s the question for you frequent visitors and residents: How “Cabo” are you?! How many of these activities can you check off the list? Ready, Set, GO!
WALK UNDER “EL ARCO”
by Blake Harrington
One of the rarest sights to see and maybe your most challenging experience on The Cabo Bucket List is walking under the well-known landmark “El Arco” (The Arch). Only when the tide is low enough, every 4-5 years, you can walk through the center of the Arch. Although you’ll see many pictures in magazines with people under the arch, it’s actually not very common. Did you know? – After the September 2014 Hurricane Odile, divers uncovered “The Lundenberg," a shipwreck dating back to 1954 at the sea floor near The Arch.
SWIM WITH THE WHALE SHARKS
An hour and a half north of Cabo lies the capital of the State of Baja California Sur, La Paz. One of the most exhilarating experiences you’ll have in your lifetime is to swim the whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean. Tours to swim with these peaceful giants can be done each winter, and it’s truly a unique experience. Did you know? – With a lifespan of around 70 years, the whale shark species has been in existence for nearly 60 million years.
SEE SAMMY HAGAR LIVE AT CABO WABO
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and former front man of Van Halen, Sammy Hagar opened his Cabo Wabo Cantina in 1990 when Cabo was mostly dirt roads traveled by ATV. At the time, the area was still a small sleepy fishing town, but it caught the attention of “The Red Rocker” who became a frequent visitor and eventually a resident.
Fast-forward 26 years, and the walls of Cabo Wabo Cantina are covered in photos of legendary performers who have graced its stage. Famous musicians include Stevie Wonder, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Slash, Ted Nugent, John Mayer, and many others. Each October, Sammy does a run of live shows for his annual Birthday Bash and invites musicians and celebrities from around the world. You never know who’s going to walk onto the stage! Sammy also frequently makes unannounced appearances at Cabo Wabo throughout the year. Did you know? – Cabo Wabo also has other locations in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, and Los Angeles.
VISIT ESPIRITU SANTO ISLANDS
DRIVE THE ENTIRE EAST CAPE
Imagine turquoise blue water meeting a white sandy beach. Are you in? Welcome to the Islands of Espirtu Santo, just outside the bay of La Paz. Secluded beaches and abundant underwater wildlife await you as you explore stunning coves of natural beauty. The area is protected as part of the Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna – Islas del Golfo de California and it was declared part of a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1995. Both islands are uninhabited. Did you know? – Ensenada Grande beach, on Isla Partida, was voted the most beautiful beach in Mexico and one of the top 12 beaches in the world by Travel Magazine.
DIVING AT CABO PULMO
Are you seeing a trend? So much of what Baja has to offer revolves around the sea. In the Sea of Cortez, at the southeast tip of Baja, lies an underwater paradise in Cabo Pulmo. Revered as the best diving and snorkeling in the Baja, Cabo Pulmo reef is an underwater park with coral reefs and sea life galore. With new roads coming to the area, access will be made easier in coming years. Did you know? – The reef is estimated to be 20,000 years old and is the most northern coral reef in the Eastern Pacific.
Watch the water to see whales breach each year between December and April. Cabo welcomes gray whales and humpback whales as they make their journey from Alaska up to the breeding grounds in the Sea of Cortez to birth their babies. This phenomenon attracts sightseers from around the globe and is a spectacular exhibit of Mother Nature at her best. Tourists can take one of the many whale-watching tours available on a variety of boats, even as simple as a panga, to experience these beautiful creatures up close and personal. Did you know? – Humpback whales can reach up to 16 meters long, and weigh up to 80,000 lbs!
BABY TURTLE RELEASE, OR SEE A MOTHER TURTLE LAY HER EGGS
One of the most naturally beautiful sights one can see in Baja is a mother turtle coming ashore to lay her eggs in the sand. From June through January, Olive Ridley and Leatherback turtles, two of the more common species of sea turtles in the area, lay their eggs in the sand just above the tide. From here, the eggs incubate in their nest for about 2 months. Then, the baby turtles climb out and make the daunting trip to the water. Did you know? – You can help the turtles! There are opportunities to help release these baby turtles into the ocean through local tour companies and conservancies.
Take a quick 40 minute drive north on the Pacific side and you’ll reach the beach town of Cerritos. Accessed by dirt roads and with limited services, Cerritos is a charming retreat for locals when the weather gets a little too hot in Cabo. It is also a favorite surf spot of tourists looking for that Pacific Ocean wave and cooler temperatures. Did you know? – Not only can you surf at Cerritos, you can rent ATVs, ride Horses, browse art galleries in nearby Todos Santos, and of course, go fishing.
Get in your truck or jeep, or rent one, and drive east! With miles and miles of unspoiled beach, great surf breaks, and fantastic snorkeling, the East Cape and its rugged dirt roads and stunning vistas awaits you. Here you can go "off the grid," ditch your cell phone, and be at peace with old Baja. You can stop at the small restaurant La Fortuna for delicious shrimp tacos, or head further east to Cabo Pulmo and stop at Tito’s for great margaritas made by the family that resides on the land. For surfers, well, you’ve heard of it. Great surfing from Shipwrecks, to La Fortuna, to 9 Palms, and more. For the campers, set up anywhere and be at peace with the Sea of Cortez as your front yard. Did you know? – Tourism in the east cape began in 1952 when The Rancho Buena Vista Hotel opened as a fly fishing resort, attracting many visitors, including many A-list Hollywood celebrities.
DRIVE DOWN THE BAJA FROM SAN DIEGO TO CABO
If you’ve done it once, you’ll do it again. The drive takes 2 to 3 days, but why rush? As you zig-zag across the Baja terrain, eventually you are spit out at the natural oasis of Mulege, and greeted by the turquoise blue water of the Sea of Cortez, which you will drive along for most of the remaining trek south. Did you know? – The Baja is the world’s longest peninsula, reaching 806 miles in length. The highway that runs from Tijuana to Los Cabos zig-zags a big mountain range, and is roughly 1045 miles long.
CATCH (AND RELEASE) A MARLIN
Cabo is widely considered the sport fishing capital of the world, and nothing may be more thrilling than catching, and releasing, a marlin off the tip of the Baja. Striper, Blue, or Black, it won’t matter: the battle between man and fish is one that can be lengthy and exhausting, but truly rewarding. You can’t call yourself a “Choyero," a commonly used phrase used to describe locals, unless you’ve caught yourself a marlin. Consider it rite of passage to the beautiful life Baja can provide. Did you know? – The well-known “Bisbee Black & Blue” fishing tournament has been held since 1981. Their biggest year of entries and participants was in 2006, which subsequently lead to a world-record payout of over $4,000,000 US, and remains the biggest payout in sport fishing history.
SANTIAGO WATERFALLS AND HOT SPRINGS
Pack your car with sandwiches, snacks, and drinks and have a picnic at the base of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range. Just 30 minutes north of the airport is one of Baja’s many natural wonders, Canon de la Zorra. Cascada sol de Mayo are waterfalls and hot-springs in the small ranchero town of Santiago. You can also hike up non-marked trails to more pools and waterfalls. Did you know? – The Mexican Federal Government has marked these areas as a reserve dedicated to protecting the environment. 23
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An Early Arrival for Our Largest Snowbirds By Sabrina Lear
While gray whales get most of the attention on the Baja California peninsula, it’s the humpback whale that charms us here in the Cape Region. Each fall, our largest “snowbirds” travel some 5,000 miles from the frigid north to the warm waters of the Mexican Pacific. Grays calve in shallow coastal lagoons, hundreds of miles northwest of Los Cabos. Some do venture south to our waters, but most of the fanfare for Eschrichtius robustus is in the lagoons, open to public whale watching excursions regulated by the Mexican Federal Government. Pacific humpback whales also make a long migration from summer feeding grounds, but unlike shore-loving grays, Megaptera novaeangliae migrate both in the open ocean and along coastlines. Half to two-thirds of humpbacks go to the Hawaiian Islands, the rest southeast to Mexico. All birth their calves in shallow open water. Both grays and humpbacks belong to Mysticeti, one of the three families of balaenopterids, great baleen whales that include the blue, Bryde’s, fin, minke, right, and sei whales. Toothless, these whales filter their food through baleen fringes made of bone that line the upper jaw and act as a large comb. Between the two, it’s the darker, blue to blackish humpback that I find more interesting and engaging. The male is the only whale that sings, which can be heard and felt above the surface. Weaving an intricate tonal composition, his songs can last for several hours and differ from population to population. Both sexes are amazingly acrobatic, bolting into the air while waving their long flippers in dramatic salutes. Each time they surface, I hope for a clear glimpse of their flukes (tails). Each unique fluke pattern is used to identify and monitor worldwide humpback populations with several thousand flukes catalogued to date. During the past decade, Dr. Urmas Kaldveer has collaborated with Dr. Jorge Urban Ramirez of UABCS (Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur) in La Paz. Dr. Kaldveer’s work includes monitoring local humpback fluke patterns, through photo identification, in the East Cape region. The area is the second largest breeding-calving ground in the North Pacific Ocean and home to a rich marine environment. This year humpbacks have arrived ahead of time, so much so that in early November CONAMP (Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Areas) announced that local arrival patterns were almost a month earlier than usual. Whale watching season officially begins December 15, and until then, all vessels are prohibited from approaching. CONAMP’s local representative gave good reason, saying “We must remember that these animals make very long migrations to have their calves or to mate so it is important that we respect them until the official date.” Like other marine species, whales are threatened by pollution, poaching, nets and fishing lines. Entanglement represents one of the most significant threats to whales worldwide. To address the crisis, Mexico created the Whale Disentanglement Network or RABEN (Red de Asistencia a Ballenas Enmalladas). Following the International Whaling Commission’s disentanglement protocol, RABEN trains teams to perform rescues. RABEN’s bilingual website also features federal whale watching regulations. Visit rabenmexico.org. Rescues include the participation of CONAMP, the Mexican Navy, the Port Captain, API (Intregral Port Administration), PROFEPA, (Mexico’s National Commission for the Environment), FONMAR (Marine Resources Protection Fund), whale watching tour operators, marine rescue personnel, biologists and NGOs. If you are on the water and do see an entangled whale or marine species, please contact the Port Captain at (624) 143 0814 or Channel VHF 16. *
The Mexican observance and celebration of Christmas in Los Cabos and all over the country, officially begins on December 3, with the start of a nine day novena in honor of the Virgin Mary and the Virgen de Guadalupe (The Novena is a form of worship consisting of special prayers or services on nine successive days). The Mexican celebration of Christmas continues from that early nine days of prayer and service of December 3 through Tuesday December 16. Exactly nine days before December 25, Christmas Day. The second nine days of mini-fiestas are called Las Posadas, which commemorate Joseph and Mary's pilgrimage to the city of Bethlehem. The nine days also symbolize the nine months of Mary's pregnancy with her son, Jesus Christ. The menu at nearly every Latino home during this period will consist of beef, chicken and sweet corn tamales, honey or syrup-soaked sugar fried buñuelos; which are akin to a very thin flour tortilla sized version of sugary sweet french toast. A favorite of everyone, especially the youngsters. Flaky, brown sugarcoated Churros are another sweet mainstay from the fried dough menu during this Christmas week and two days. Most of these tasty treats are accompanied with Mexican
hot chocolate. Another delectable dish that is part of the gastronomic landscape of ''Las Poasadas'' is pozole (poh-so-leh) which is a hominy based soup that comes with shredded beef, chicken or pork, sprinkled with cabbage strips, onions, red chiles, cilantro and lemon. Mexican piñatas are also a joyous, integral part of the nine day celebration. Every kid loves taking their turn swinging a baseball bat or stick while blindfolded to break the candy filled star shaped piñatas, which then causes the mad scramble by small children and parents to recover the candies that fall from its elevated place, swinging above on a rope. Catholic Christmas Eve mass of course, is celebrated at midnight, as it is in the South America, Europe, the USA and Spain. All of these fun, family festivities end on January 6, when everyone gathers together to share what is known as the Rosca de Reyes or ''Ring of the Kings." The rosca or ''ring'', is an oval shaped sweet bread that contains a few small one inch, white-colored plastic figurines of a baby (Jesus) that symbolizes the epiphany and/ or arrival of the Three Kings/ Reyes Magos, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, for Christ, the newborn son. *
ART & CULTURE
Give yourself to Love A c c o r din g to L o s C ab o s C hil dren’s F o un dati o n, in Mexico, congenital heart defects are the second most common cause of death in children between one and four years old, and the third leading cause of death in children under one year. This charity has made it its mission to promote, fund and monitor programs that have a focus on health for children in Baja California Sur to improve their quality of life. In early 2014, there was a wish from the owners of Cabo Villas Beach Resort & Spa to give back to the people that make Los Cabos a top tourist destination. This wish became a reality with their ONE DOLLAR A DAY PROGRAM: a program that began in April of 2014, through a voluntary $1 dollar a day donation to LCCF included on their guests’ final bill. From day one, the active participation of their staff in explaining Cabo Villas’ commitment to the community was crucial for the success of the program. Today, this program has matured enough to be made available to any business that wishes to participate in changing the world, one child at a time! One hundred percent of contributions go directly to helping severely ill children, and your donation helps nine other local nonprofits focusing on children. By partnerinng in LCCF’s missions, you not only care for your community, you also give your guests an opportunity to give back to the people who warmly welcomed them on their vacation. With your kind donation, you give children in Los Cabos and in all of Baja California Sur an opportunity to live!
SAN JOSE DEL CABO
View art and enjoy a glass of wine as you stroll the enchanting streets of the Gallery District in downtown San Jose del Cabo. End your night with a dining experience at one of the many exquisite restaurants in the area. From the month of November through June, the Art Walk takes place every Thursday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, but the art itself never stops, the galleries are open all day, every day! The ever-growing Gallery District has become in recent years the cultural centre of Los Cabos with many high-end fine art galleries displaying original paintings, sculpture, photography, and jewelry made by local and international contemporary artists. Among these art galleries are shops housing the works by the top folk artists and artisans of Los Cabos and Mexico.
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Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, Baja’s first “million star” resort, revealed this month that has been recognized as Mexico’s Leading Beach Resort by the 22nd annual World Travel Awards, which is the equivalent to the Oscars of the travel industry. The World Travel Awards serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. To celebrate the award, the resort is giving its Facebook fans a chance to experience what makes Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto so special by entering to win a three-night stay at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto. Fans can enter at woobox.com/jon29p, from now through December 4. Within just four short years, the resort has grown from a hidden gem travel experience to a leading resort in its industry – offering a mix of adventure, authentic and personalized Mexican hospitality and service, breathtaking views and unrivaled opportunities for relaxation. In addition to World Travel Award, Travel Weekly magazine recently recognized the Islands of Loreto with a 2015 Silver Magellan Award in the Adventure Destination category. The award is a nod to the resort’s robust outdoor offerings, such as stand-up paddle boarding, glass-bottom kayaking, hiking and mountain biking, and PADIcertified SCUBA diving lessons in the waters that Jacques Cousteau called the Aquarium of the World. The resort is also currently named the 16th best resort in Mexico by Trip Advisor. Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto is a luxury destination resort on the Sea of Cortez, off the eastern coast of the Baja peninsula overlooking Danzante Island (one of five in the region). Flanked by the rugged Sierra de la Giganta range, the Villa del Palmar is the first and only resort to occupy one of the Gulf of California's last virgin coastlines. The resort features 181 new, spacious, beautifully appointed Deluxe Ocean View, one,
two and three bedroom Suites with terraces and stunning ocean and mountain views, three restaurants offering gourmet dining, an attentive English-speaking staff, five swimming pools, a 39,000 square-foot Sabila Spa and Wellness Center, two tennis courts, beautiful beaches, a private beachfront Danzante Bungalow and a mild and warm climate year-round. The 7,400yard Rees Jones-designed Danzante Bay golf course will offer a challenging, yet friendly course that works with the natural beauty and serenity of the surrounding environment. Guests can enjoy PADI-certified SCUBA diving lessons and snorkeling tours in the protected indigo waters that explorer Jacques Cousteau once dubbed the “Aquarium of the World.” Outdoor adventurers can also experience tours of the nearby Coronado, Danzante and Del Carmen Islands atop an inflatable APEX boat, as well as swimming, world-class fishing aboard the “Mad Dash” tournament boat, paddle boarding, kayaking, whale watching and mountain biking. With complimentary shuttle service, guests can explore the historic town at the Islands of Loreto and visit the 1697 mission that made the town famous. The area is also known for its wildlife, including the 900 species of fish off the coast and in an area that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second largest National Marine Park. Hotel perks include a spa and fitness center, massages, salsa dance lessons and movie nights for children. Travelers can take a short flight from LAX on Alaska Airlines or from Calgary, Canada aboard WestJet, Canada’s mostpreferred airline, to the Islands of Loreto. For additional information on events, amenities, or availability call 800.790.4187 or visit http:// www.villadelpalmarloreto.com. Stay up-todate on the latest happenings by finding us on Facebook/villadelpalmarattheislandsofLoretoor Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter as @VilladelPalmarL.
Schools of fish swim by as you lounge on your float on the Sea of Cortez in the Islands of Loreto. Through the raft you glance through the transparent sea water at the vibrant reefs that house an underwater spectacle of marine life. Above the water, you take in the natural beauty of Loreto's islands; and wonder whether to order the fresh Chocolate Clams or the catch-of-theday at dinner. The historic town of Loreto is a place where you'll find historic buildings dotted with bright green plant life, exotic flowers bursting out of the concrete in fresh-fish taco stands, and the enchanting Mision de Loreto- a mission-style church that was built in 1697. A burst of excitement has taken over the Baja-beauty of the Islands of Loreto. Travelers are discovering that this well-maintained village offers the best of both worlds for tourists who long to escape to an 'authenticMexico' with settings that take you back-in-time along with ocean activities that rival that of any other modern coastal city. For one, the Islands of Loreto boast Mexico's largest marine preserve where dolphins, seals, turtles and sea lions all play in the sea. The underwater animal life alone rivals that of any world class aquarium. And for those who are partial to adventures on land; there is hiking, biking, and nature-tours that fill up a camera with pictures of radiant natural settings. But, not everyone is seeking an extreme-sports vacation, or even a vacation that includes anything other than relaxing. And that's why the Islands of Loreto is also perfect for you. Because in between the incredible sunrises and colorful sunsets, you can spend your day napping, eating, spa-going, shopping or doing a lot of nada- aka: 'do-nothing,' Indeed, the term 'nada' is best enjoyed within the islands of Loreto; in fact, this island-paradise beckons even the most leisure-happy of tourists. Perhaps it's because each island offers its very own flair. Regardless, the Islands of Loreto is a destination for every age with every whim.
by Erin and Andrew Wheelwright / La Bohemia Baja Hotel Pequeño www.labohemiabaja.com
December in Mexico is filled with Celebrations. For us lucky folks in Todos Santos, we are celebrating the new cool breeze in the air in the mornings and evenings — a welcome transition from the summer heat. Note to self: Pack a sweater. The whales have begun to arrive to spawn and breach in our midst. The leatherback turtle season has started up again with baby turtles hatching on the beaches. Check out IndiGo Adventures and Campamento Tortuguero on Facebook. Our newly-paved roads and wide sidewalks are lending their final touches to a new downtown look, and after Thanksgiving the houses start to light up with festive lights, decorated statues of Virgin of Guadalupe, baby Jesus and Christmas trees. To start off this December in Todos Santos, La Bohemia Baja Hotel Pequeño will be holding a Grand Bazaar which will be filled with music, gifts from local hand-picked designers, food and drink. This will be held every Saturday in the month of December from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., with happy hour to follow. A 15% portion of everything sold will be donated to Hogar Del Niño! You'll also get the chance to hang with the actors after seeing their play “Slice of Life" at Hotel Casa Tota from December 3 - 5. Doors open 6:00 p.m. with tickets on sale for $15 US. Seating is limited and tickets can be purchased at the hotel. A Wine & Nibble Mingle will be hosted after the show on closing night. For an additional $20, enjoy a special preshow dinner. On December 4 at 5 p.m., Todos Santos is introducing Graham Macintosh, the author of various books who is also famous for walking the entire Baja peninsula over the course of two years. He will lead a talk about his new book “Explorando
El Espiritu De Baja California,” which should include anecdotes and interesting stories gathered over 30 years of discovering Baja. Located in El Centro Cultural. And don’t forget LIVE MUSIC on December 12, with “Tour de Baja California Sur” at La Esquina Cafe Todos Santos starting around 7 p.m.! Five great bands will be playing, the food will be great and the beer will be flowing! On December 18 at the Teatro Marquez de Leon in Todos Santos is a multimedia production of THE LITTLE PRINCE IN BAJA by the Film School and the Todos Santos Film Festival. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets can be found by emailing Sylvia Perel at angieones@gmail. com. To join the Holiday spirit and to help our street and sidewalk reconstruction, you can help Reforest Downtown Todos Santos! Trees will make the town more pedestrian-friendly, keep buildings cool, improve air quality, and help prevent erosion during floods. Donations and actual trees can be dropped off at: Amerimex Real Estate office, Que Rico Market or La Esquina Cafe. In the spirit of celebration, Hogar del Niño, located in Todos Santos, is a community-supported nonprofit home that cares for abused and orphaned children. They are holding their 5th annual fundraising dinner at Rancho Pescadero on Wednesday, December 16 which is $100 US per person. Information for tickets and the event can be found on their website at www. hogardelnino-baja.org To make a tax deductible donation, go to: http:// padrinoproject.com/?page_id=366 In the end, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and we will see you in Todos Santos again next year! *
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Life is transient. Be happy. These are Baja holy-days. Family, tradition, friendliness, hope and renewal, all are celebrated a little closer to the heart. Memories of the Earth rekindle our taste for meaningful natural experiences, to inspire our quest for wisdom, when as humanity, we wonder. Who are you, who am I? Why are we here? Who is God? Transcending what we see as reality, we allow ourselves to welcome the mysteries of the unknown, and for a while we choose to believe in magic. Celebration is medicine for the body, mind, and soul integration. To be joyful, to be merry, and to be cheerful is to be healthy. Baja Living is Healthy Living. May your holy-days make you and the world happy.
Giving is perhaps the one time in the human experience of life when we learn about ourselves through the emotion of gratitude. In the new millennium, it is not enough to criticize what we perceive essentially as unnecessary pleasures of vice, such as unconscious consumerism, which as we all know produces garbage and destroys the planet. Now, it is a mark of wisdom and good character to find meaning in what we do and goodness in why we do it. The journey of a product, its beginning, its usefulness, and its end matter, if we are to be Eco-friendly with the Earth. December is the month when the act of giving is culturally celebrated, giving each one of us the opportunity to transform the world through the choices we make when giving a gift. If you find no reason why this matters, just remember this wise advice: we receive what we give. Perhaps then, the attitude in giving this year could be blessed with the desire to help each other, support our local businesses, cultivate the art of homemade craft, enchant each other with poetry, and cherish life through long walks with our loved ones. We suggest an Earthly effort to honour nature and grow a plant at home. For those who don't have a garden, look for Suculentísima in Los Cabos. Their ideas fuse botanical ideas with Eco-design, with the intention to give life to homes within a city, and turn what is gray into green. Their plants can live 100 years and do not need so much water, as they naturally store this element in their leaves. Our gift to you is a piece of Baja, as a souvenir. 30
There are a wide variety of ways to help oneself out of a negative state. For the purposes of this article we are going to focus on the more natural approach of fitness. The word fitness, for some of us, can be a depressor in and of itself. Your mind automatically jumps to long days in a crowded gym, sweating it out with some overstimulated trainer yelling in your ear. Sure, that scenario is fitness for some people. However “fitness” is so much more than that, encompassing a vast world you may have never associated with the word. Fitness, simply put, is about getting up and moving. Doing something that involves your body in motion. Now, when I put it that way, I’m sure you can think of a few “fitness” things you would enjoy that don’t involve lifting a dumbbell. When I think fitness, I think wellness. And when I think wellness, I think balance. And when I think balance, I think happiness. It’s not an easy road, though. When we’re depressed, it can be very debilitating. Often times depression makes it hard to leave the house or even get out of bed. All of which makes the first step the biggest, and also the most difficult. But you have to find a way to take that step and break the cycle. It doesn’t have to be forcing yourself to jump out of bed and run three miles. It could simply be taking the dog for a walk around the neighborhood. The trick is not to make your initial goals unattainable, because that will always give you an excuse not to take the first step. There have been countless studies done over the past several years that show the positive affects fitness can have on depression. Improved self-esteem is a key component of physical activity. When you exercise your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain. This interaction triggers a positive feeling in the body similar to that of morphine. Endorphins are the body’s natural “feel good” drugs. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as euphoric. That feeling, known as a “runner’s high” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life. However, to reiterate, you don’t have to start out training so hard that you’re dripping endorphins. Simply try to find something that gets you moving, that you also enjoy doing. The rest will take care of itself.
Joy -A "para-gram"
Even if life gave you at one time everything you wanted -- wealth, power, friends -- after a while you would again become dissatisfied and need something more. But there is one thing that can never become stale to you: joy itself. Happiness that is delightfully varied, though its essence is changeless, is the inner experience that everyone is seeking. Lasting, ever-new joy. Find this joy within, and you will find it in everything without. In joy, you will tap the reservoir of perennial, unending bliss. Be happy.
Holiday Stress-buster List
By Isabelle Gagnon/Health Couch Turning your attention from yourself and placing it on helping others not only helps you forget about your own issues, but it’s the most fulfilling act of all. Be grateful for all you have and be hopeful for all that is to come. Make a list of all the good things that have happened to you so far, and all the good things you’ve accomplished for yourself and for others. Take care of your health, your most valuable possession. Eat cleanly, as it affects the way you feel; indulge in your favorites with moderation. Burn the excess by keeping up with your exercise program and really catch up on your sleep. A healthy body and mind are a sure way to boost your serotonin levels (the happy hormone), and to fire up a more positive energy and attitude with which to start the New Year. THE SINGLE BEST WAY TO PREVENT OVEREATING on Holy Days is to have a healthy and filling breakfast that morning, to ensure you do not arrive ravenously hungry and minimize the likelihood of eating everything in sight. A FAVORITE: Two poached eggs with steamed spinach, grilled mushrooms and tomatoes, and a slice of wholegrain toast with a smear of avocado. EAT WHAT YOU LIKE Take a small plate and fill it with healthy options you will enjoy, along with one or two truly decadent items... And stop at that one plate. Non-starchy vegetables like broccoli, carrot, asparagus and green salads are low in calories and will fill you up with great nutrition. Keep your main protein, such as turkey, to a quarter of the plate and choose skin-free options. To jazz it up, add a smear of cranberry sauce or teaspoon of gravy. Have a merry, healthy and safe Holidays filled with the most important nourishment of all... love.
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Magic by Dane Posey
Real Estate questions asked by you, answered by local real estate expert Blake Harrington, of REmexico Real Estate Group
What is the closing process when purchasing a home in Los Cabos?
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. 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
Cold drips of condensation trickled down my wrist and off of my elbow by the time I snapped out of my trance. Staring into the waves of the Pacific crashing on the rocks below me at the poolside bar on the Hacienda Cerritos patio, I felt a twinge of pain at the tip of my tongue. How long had I been trying to dislodge a partial leaf of basil from between my central and lateral incisor? Why did I know what those teeth are called? In improvisation, especially when performing a Harold, you take a one word suggestion from the audience, like “magic." From that, a group game occurs, exploring wherever that word takes the players. Beats are formed and the game is on. This month, my one player group game took me very much to renewal, discovery, and truth, which align closely with the aims of Destino. I had stopped to celebrate my “Bajanniversary” and reflect on all of the positive moments and happy accidents that I had experienced since permanently moving to Los Cabos. I tend to accompany these life achievements with a treat that awakens the senses. The fresh basil margarita the bartender prepared accomplished that sufficiently. Since I do not truly celebrate, other than commercially, any of the traditions celebrated in December, I find their values in the spirituality of self discovery. Three years prior, I was sitting in a corporate office lunchroom flipping through the TV channels hoping the daylight savings adjustment didn’t cause me to miss Maury Povich. As I waited to hear the familiar “ding” notifying me that the contents of my Lean Cuisine were ready for consumption, a commercial played in the background. An urban millennial with a backwards hat pleaded, “You are sitting there, watching TV, and your life is passing you by. Pick up the phone and call us, you could be a dental hygienist in as little as nine months.” I turned around to see the microwave counter still had 1 minute and 37 seconds before the lowcarb chemical pudding would need its plastic film removed. Reaching for my cell phone I Googled, “dental hygenist” to check the job description. What type of rofession taps the daytime TV crowd with claims of a 9-month turnaround? Before my self-righteous question could be answered, a chart of the human mouth popped up with an interactive tooth quiz. By the time I made it to the molars my, fettucine alfredo had exploded, causing the company lunchroom to smell like a burnt rubber ball and mushroom stew for three days. Another thing I learned as an improviser very early on is to play to the top of your intelligence. Always show and don’t tell. The intention to identify with something we feel but haven’t told anyone helps us to realize that the current reality could be completely different with a “Yes, and...” outlook. Tied in with the imagination, it can only highlight a lifestyle achievable to those with good intentions. Festivities can sometimes remind us the heart has never been more full or the bank account more empty, or that everything in the journey can be taken away. Hence, we feel unsure how sharing our reality with others would spread much holiday cheer. I say, let’s cheerfully laugh together. With the impetus of this month, we all feel happy to change, and we are friendly to all that can give us a little direction. Another two weeks of PB&J sandwiches and televised paternity tests passed before I realized that the millennial in the backwards hat was talking to me. He wasn't telling me to enroll in their dental program, but that I wasn’t being true to myself. I put in my notice, prepaid my insurance premiums, packed my car, and drove the Baja to Land’s End. For years I had imagined living in Los Cabos and now it had been manifested. A smile that spread ear to ear knowing that this would be a one-way trip was only broken far past the border at KM 14 when I hit a pothole and bit my lip with my right cuspid. In the time that has passed since that day, I can attest that magic is quite real. It is a magic to which I never want to learn the secret and hope the universe conspires to make happen again and again. Living in the Baja has changed my life for the better. It has taught me to be completely present and to approach each day with the wonder of a child. Every choice that I had made in my life had led me to this moment of reflection in Cerritos. The crashing waves formed a rainbow hiding behind a sheet of mist as I enjoyed my last sip. Fragrant basil is an all-time top-3 type herb to be stuck in your teeth. What had been annoying me subconsciously was now a happy accident that reminded me of a life lived by choice. My final choice that day was to use the floss I received from my potential student package after calling Everest. Magic. Dane Posey is an AMPI/MLS Broker Associate with REmexico Real Estate Group and has a passion for all things Los Cabos. Email him: Dane@CaboRealEstate.com, Tweet him @poseknowscabo, or connect on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DanePoseyCNE
T he Holiday Spirit of Home
by Mangala Magda M./ Bohostella Interior Designer
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Isn’t i t l ovel y w h en ever y thin g all aro un d us sp ar k l e s? When the world is covered in shimmer of holiday festivities, we can’t help it but spread the joyful cheer all around us. The long winter holidays invite us to kick back from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and instead slow down and enjoy the company of our loved ones. It’s the perfect time to cook, bake, and be merry! This holiday season I would like to invite you to gather with your children and loved ones and together make your own holiday decorations for the house. There are plenty of DYI (do it yourself) projects that you can engage in, from making paper or wood snowflake ornaments (think stars with glitter), garlands, or even a centerpiece for the holiday table. As always, look to nature for cues – not all of us have snow during winter, but with each new season nature does change in a subtle way. Instead of the traditional evergreen, try a homemade wreath of succulents and decorate it with candles and your favorite ornaments of the past. I personally like to look for driftwood on my favorite beach. I bring it home, clean it and paint it in white using low VOC non-toxic paint. After it dries, I place it in a favorite vase and layer it, first using white string lights and then placing ornaments on its branches. Think of it as an alternative, eco-friendly way to have a Christmas tree in your home. Another wonderful idea is to hang two or thee bells on ribbons and hang them on the inside of your front door knob. That way each visitor jingles his or her way into your home! Whatever way you choose to celebrate this season, be sure to include your family in the decorating process, it will make your time together that more special. Wishing you all a holiday filled with peace, joy, and magic! *
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Terrasol 201 Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas $299,000 • 2 Bed/2 Bath Condo MLS# 15-1668 You are looking to buy in Cabo because you want to be in Cabo. You want to walk to the Marina but still have beachfront access. Terrasol 201 is priced specifically with you in mind. 1746 Sq. Ft. Two bedrooms and two baths make it a desirable vacation home and rental property in one of Cabo's most sought after addresses. Wake up in the morning to sweet breads and coffee as you watch the fishermen set course for the day. Community swimming pool steps to the Ocean with restaurant/ poolbar loved by residents and guests.
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EVENTS By Fernando Rodriguez
SABOR A CABO Los Cabos Culinary Festival December 2-5
The 10th Annual Los Cabos "Sabor a Cabo" Culinary International Festival returns this autumn, beginning Wednesday, December 2 and ending Saturday, December 5. The gourmet delicacy offerings of local and international chefs will benefit the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation, as well as the Cabo San Lucas Fire Station. The Southern Baja California event will once again showcase top chefs and guest food experts from the western hemisphere, as well featuring highly innovative selections of food and wine along with live entertainment. Alfonso Vazquez Olivas, President of Sabor a Cabo, emphasized that this year’s festival will have the theme of “Simmering: A tribute to Mexican roots,” in which the traditional cuisine and wines of Baja California Sur will be highlighted. “With so many great culinary offerings in Los Cabos, we are pleased to support the 10th edition of this wonderful event," said Los Cabos Tourism Board Managing Director Ruben Reachi. “Sabor a Cabo is one of many annual events that tourists and locals alike look forward to year after year.” The culinary festival schedule of events begins December 2, with the Sabor a Cabo Beer Fest that will take place at Plaza El Pescador in San Jose del Cabo’s Hotel Zone at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, December 3 is the San Jose del Cabo Art Walk & Wine tour, which also starts at 5:00 p.m. The main event of the culinary festival is the Saturday, December 5 "Evening Under of the Stars," which takes place at Chileno Bay and will feature tasty morsels from nearly 40 restaurants, highlighted by a live concert by singer-songwriter Lila Downs. The cost of pre-sale tickets start at $120 per person. For tickets please call (624) 143-3944 or visit www.saboracabo.mx and/or email email@example.com.
Dressed to the K9’s Cabo Humane Society Fundraiser Thursday, December 10
The 10th Annual Los Cabos Humane Society holiday charity gala event, which benefits the needy and homeless cats and dogs of Los Cabos, will take place this year at the elegant Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Resort. Considered "The Most Glamorous Event of the Year," the Dressed to the K9 festivities start at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 11:30 p.m. The evening will consist of a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, live entertainment, dancing, silent auction and raffle, as well as the traditionally popular costumes and masquerade. All-inclusive tickets are priced at $135 USD per person and VIP tickets are available at $275 per guest. For tickets and complete event details please visit www.dressedtotheK-9s.com. More information about the Los Cabos Humane Society is available at their website: www. humanesocietycabo.com. 36
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Annual Liga MAC Christmas Fiesta December 12th
The 7th Annual Liga MAC Christmas Fiesta takes place Tuesday night, December 10 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Shoppes Palmilla. The Liga MAC Angels Choir will be performing while volunteers will serve wine donated by El Wine Shop, along with homemade desserts and appetizers. The event is open to the public. Cost of admission is an unwrapped toy for children ages 1 to 12 (please, no toys that require batteries). The donated gifts received will be sorted, wrapped and delivered on Christmas Eve to more than 400 children of families in Liga MAC’s “Despensa,” or Basic Needs program. This annual San Jose del Cabo tradition is sponsored by the generous merchants of the Shoppes at Palmilla, who have donated items for the traditional raffle and will open their doors open for great holiday shopping, serving a tremendously needed cause. The Shoppes at Palmilla offer original works of art, clothing, home furnishings, accessories, baked goods, and gift certificates for fine dining and more. Celebrating 16 years of service to the community of San Jose del Cabo, Liga MAC is a legally registered Mexican charity in San Jose del Cabo comprised of Mexicans, Americans and Canadians aiding low-income families by providing basic needs, medical assistance and educational support to families in need. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe December 12
This yearly celebration is a national display of Catholic tradition and Mexican culture that fills San Jose del Cabo and San Lucas with street fairs, fireworks and processions following mass at both historical Catholic Churches in each city. In San Jose del Cabo, the event will take place in the central plaza, while in San Lucas the festivities will be at Amelia Wilkes Plaza, located at Miguel Hidalgo and Cabo San Lucas Boulevard. On this date, Catholics from across Mexico and other countries pay pilgrimage to the day that it is believed a man named Juan Diego encountered the Virgin Mary twice in Mexico City, on December 9 and December 12 in 1531. According to this centuries-old legend, Mary told Juan to ask the bishop to build a church on Tepeyac Hill. The bishop however, needed proof of Juan’s encounter and asked for a miracle. Juan returned to the hill to see roses in a spot where there was previously cactus. When Juan Diego returned, he presented the red ros-
es to the archbishop that also revealed an image on his cloak of the Lady of Guadalupe. According to the story of the Lady of Guadalupe, Mary spoke in the Nahuatl language when she appeared to Diego. It is said that millions of indigenous people in Mexico were converted to Catholicism as a result of her appearance and miracle.The bishop was convinced of the miracle and built a church in honor of the event. Our Lady of Guadalupe Day is not a federal public holiday Mexico, but it is a religious festival that is exceedingly popular. It is an optional holiday for some workers and a holiday for banks and other financial sector organizations. The day Juan Diego encountered the Virgin Mary is considered a turning point in Mexican history, when native inhabitants finally converted from their Aztec religious beliefs to Christianity.
Cabo Fitness Club Half Marathon 10K Sunday, November 15
After moving the Cabo Fitness Club Half Marathon and 10K start and finish location to San Jose del Cabo the last two years, the popular long distance running event returns to its origins and will take place at the Cabo San Lucas venue, directly across the four lane highway from Costco. The Half Marathon race is the first grueling 13.1-mile competition of the day, starting at 6:45 a.m. The 6.2 mile 10K immediately follows at 7:00 a.m. The children’s 3K fun race takes off at 7:15 a.m. and the 3K walk is the last event of the day, starting at 7:30 a.m. Pre-registration costs are $350 pesos for the Half Marathon, which is roughly $21 US. The 10K is priced a bit lower at $300 pesos ($18 USD) and the other races are offered at slightly lower price. Participants can also register online at www.cabofitnessclub.com or directly through fitness centers located in San Jose del Cabo or Cabo San Lucas. On Saturday December 14, all registered athletes can pick up their bib numbers and commemorative t-shirts at the fitness club’s CSL parking lot between the hours of 12 p.m. And 6:00 pm. The top 3 in each race receive cash awards and medals, along with randomly chosen raffle prizes awarded to lucky finisher recipients.
The Christmas Posadas December 16 - 24
From Monday, December 16 until Tuesday, Christmas Eve December 24, the country of Mexico and Baja California Sur region of Los Cabos celebrate nine days of candlelit processions. The Posadas are an important part of Mexican Christmas celebrations. The word
posada means "inn" or "shelter" in Spanish, and this tradition re-enacts Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Posadas are held in Mexico on each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas. The celebration begins with a procession in which the participants hold candles and sing Christmas carols. There are always individuals who dress up and play the parts of Mary and Joseph, leading the way.
Bilingual Christmas Services in Los Cabos December 24
The Cabo San Lucas Catholic Church, built in 1730, is the main Catholic place of worship year-round in Cabo. The church will offer bilingual masses on Christmas Eve at 8:00 p.m. and Christmas Day at 12:00 p.m. The church is located at Cabo San Lucas Boulevard & Francisco Madero, across the street from Plaza Amelia Wilkes. In San José del Cabo, the historic Catholic Mission Church, which is found at the main plaza, will offer masses on Christmas Day at 10:00 a.m. in English. A part of the Christmas tradition in Mexico are the savory treats that are a nationwide favorite known as buñuelos: crispy fried flour tortillas soaked in honey or brown sugar. Other Mexican staples of the
Christmas celebrations are tamales and "atole" or "champurrado," which is a thick and savory chocolate drink.
New Year’s Eve
CABO SAN LUCAS ORGANIC FARMER'S MARKET IN PEDREGAL - 8 am to 12 pm. The Cabo San Lucas Organic Farmer’s Market is open all year long. Here you can meet up with friends, shop for the best organic foods, and make your appointments for the coming week for the various services. Seafood, organic chicken, eggs, cheeses, herbs and fruits, along with a selection arts and crafts make for a wholesome organic experience. Fresh Organic Vegetables, bakery items, and breakfast at Pedregal, it can’t get better than that. Ask about their Gluten Free baked goods.
Thursday, December 31
For anyone who has never experienced New Year’s Eve in Cabo, the place to be is Medano Beach, where the fireworks explode hundreds of feet overhead and then trickle down onto the spectacular atmosphere of the small bay and all its soft sandy terrain. Of course, every resort, restaurant and nightclub in both San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo will offer New Year’s Eve party packages of their own. The last day of the old year and the ushering in of the New Year atmosphere at Medano Beach is electric, fun and unforgettable. Every year, the Mango Deck Cantina and restaurant provides a live entertainment party that everyone can enjoy and listen to from their place on the beach. New Year’s Eve booze cruises are also available for every party-goer in Cabo for the holidays.
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.
EVENING BIKE RIDE IN SAN JOSÉ - 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Meet at Plaza del Pescador before 7:30 pm. Bike rentals available at Sportia bike store located in Plaza del Pescador. email@example.com (624) 130-7159. CABO SAN LUCAS ORGANIC FARMER'S MARKET IN PEDREGAL - 8 am to 12 pm. The Cabo San Lucas Organic Farmer’s Market is open all year long. Here you can meet up with friends, shop for the best organic foods, and make your appointments for the coming week for the various services. Seafood, organic chicken, eggs, cheeses, herbs
ENTERTAINMENT and fruits, along with a selection arts and crafts make for a wholesome organic experience. Fresh Organic Vegetables, bakery items, and breakfast at Pedregal, it can’t get better than that. Ask about their Gluten Free baked goods.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO ART WALK - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo, which has long been considered a unique and pleasant treasure, begins Thursday, November 6. Visitors to this cultural event stroll at their own leisure and pace, checking out some of the pleasantly breathtaking art that is on showcase. The few streets of historic-looking structures around the city's main downtown plaza at the feet of the Catholic Church is the setting for the Art Walk. All of the high-end fine art galleries, displaying original and varying styles of paintings, pottery, sculptures, photography, prints, silver and jewelry by local, national and international contemporary artists open their doors with complimentary sampling of wine, tequila, hors d'oeuvres, and delectable Mexican treats all within a four block radius. For more information and a map, please visit www.artcabo.com. SAL Y MUSICA FESTIVAL - 6:00 pm to midnight. A street party that celebrates the city’s passion for music and food. Downtown San José del Cabo. WINE TASTING at DE CORTEZ - 5:30 pm. Restaurant in the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar. $35.00 per person. CINE CLUB EN EL PABELLON CULTURAL - 7:30 pm. Free movies at the Cabo San Lucas Cultural Pavilion located on the marina.
CABO SAN LUCAS ORGANIC FARMER'S MARKET IN PEDREGAL - 8 am to 12 pm. The Cabo San Lucas Organic Farmer’s Market is open all year long. Here you can meet up with friends, shop for the best organic foods, and make your appointments for the coming week for the various services. Seafood, organic chicken, eggs, cheeses, herbs and fruits, along with a selection arts and crafts make for a wholesome organic experience. Fresh Organic Vegetables, bakery items, and breakfast at Pedregal, it can’t get better than that. Ask about their Gluten Free baked goods. PALMILLA FARMERS MARKET - 9am to 1pm. At The Farmers Market at Palmilla you not only support local organic producers and artisans from Cabo but also learn all the benefits that they have for your health such as fresh cut 38
greens among others. 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! ART FEST - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Downtown Cabo San Lucas in Plaza Amelia Wilkes. FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH - TODOS SANTOS ART WALK - From 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Enjoy the cool cultural scene that has helped to maintain Todos Santos as one of Mexico’s Pueblo Magicos for so many years.
CICLOVÍA CABO SAN LUCAS - Sundays 7:00 am to 11:00 am. The main street of Cabo San Lucas closes to automobile traffic allowing bikers, skaters, walkers and joggers to exercise freely. CULTURAL CIRCUIT, CABO SAN LUCAS MARINA - Saturdays from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The Cultural Circuit takes place every Saturday afternoon and ends in the evening. Booths featuring art exhibits, workshops, and music stages can be found arranged along the Marina behind the Tesoro/Wyndham Hotel. While a greater part of the Cultural Circuit showcases paintings and sculptures of local artists, the Circuit also offers free wine and tequila tastings, cultural workshops, live music, folkloric dancing and, of course, fine food at some of the city’s signature Marina dining spots. SAN JOSE DEL CABO'S ORGANIC FARMERS MARKET - Saturdays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. A serene, park-like, family-themed oasis located near the estuary, where roughly 60 vendors offer everything from homemade Mexican dishes like sopes, and tamales, to a variety of fresh fruits, an assortment of herbs, and locally grown vegetables. These are sold in bundles priced anywhere from $10 - 30 pesos, which is roughly $1 - $3 US dollars. There are also local artisans selling handcrafted sweaters, scarves and clothing better suited for cooler temperatures than the warm, humid weather of Cabo San Lucas. Musical entertainment keeps the festive atmosphere thriving, while visiting shoppers taste-test and choose the healthy foods of their preference, including sweet homemade pastries and delicious handmade ice cream.
LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULES by Marilyn Graham
CABO SAN LUCAS Mondays
CABO WABO - Sammy Hagar’s legendary night-club. Music Monday through Sunday. 624.143.1188. CLUB CASCADAS- 6:30 – 9:30 pm, saxophonist Wilbur, Italian food. 624.143.1882 or 143.0307. DE CORTEZ GRILL & RESTAURANT, Sheraton Hacienda del Mar. 6:30-9:30 pm. Daryl Currie, jazz. 624.145.8000. DESPERADOS - 6:30-9:30 pm. Guitarist Cuervo, 624.143.4313 EDITHS’S RESTAURANT - Traditional Mexican music every night 6:00-10:00 pm Tel. 143.0801. JUNGLE BAR - 9:30 pm. Estrogeno, Rock. LA ESQUINA – 8:00-11:00 pm Totoy Soft Rock 143.1889 MARIA CORONA – 7:30-10:00 PM, Trio Los Principes. 143.1111. PUEBLO BONITO SUNSET – Diego Ramirez on piano nightly. PUERTA VIEJA RESTAURANT - pianist Jose Antonio. 7:00 pm. Tel. 624-104-3334. THE OFFICE – 6:30 – 9:30 pm, Shalom Jazz Band. Tel. 624.143.3464
BAR ESQUINA - 8:00 pm. “Mala Rumba”, Flamenco Guitars. 624.143.1889. CABO WABO - Sammy Hagar’s legendary night-club. Music Monday through Sunday. 624.143.1188. CLUB CASCADAS - 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Daline Jones & Diego Ramirez, 624.143.1882 or 143.0307. DESPERADOS - 6:30-9:30 pm. Guitarist Cuervo, 624.143.4313 DE CORTEZ GRILL & RESTAURANT, Sheraton Hacienda del Mar. 6:30-9:30 pm. Daryl Currie, jazz. 624.145.8000. EDITHS’S RESTAURANT - Traditional Mexican music every night 6:00-10:00 pm Tel. 624.143.0801. MARIA CORONA – 7:30-10:00 PM, Trio Los Principes. 143.1111. PUERTA VIEJA RESTAURANT - pianist Jose Antonio. 7:00 pm. Tel. 624-104-3334. THE OFFICE - 6:30-9:30 pm. Luna Itzel. Tel. 624.143.3464 TWO FOR THE ROAD - 8:00 pm. Live Jazz Spot. Montana, keyboard, and vocalist Kathy Daniels. Wyndham Hotel. Local A-15. Closed Sundays and Mondays. 624.143.7759 or 624.132.2282.
BAJA CANTINA BEACH CLUB - Medano Beach. Noche Mexicana. 624.143.1111. BAR ESQUINA - 8:00 pm. “Totoy”, Soft Rock. 624.143.1889. CABO WABO - Sammy Hagar’s legendary night-club. Music Monday through Sunday. 624.143.1188. CLUB CASCADAS- 6:30-9:30pm, Trio Chacon, jazz & romantic music. 624.143.1882 or 143.0307. COMMON TABLE – 7:00 – 10:00 pm, Wioletta Regney on violin, 143.5114. DE CORTEZ GRILL & RESTAURANT, Sheraton Hacienda del Mar. 6:30-9:30 pm. Daryl Currie, jazz. 624.145.8000 DESPERADOS - 6:30-9:30 pm. Guitarist Cuervo, 624.143.4313 EDITHS’S RESTAURANT - Traditional Mexican music every night 6:00-10:00 pm Tel. 624.143.0801. MARIA CORONA – 7:30-10 PM. Trio Los Principes. 143.1111.
PUERTA VIEJA RESTAURANT - Rosalia de Cuba. Y pianist Fernando Lopez. 7:00 pm. Tel. 624-1043334. THE OFFICE - 6:30-9:30 pm. GraMusik Band. 624.143.3464 TWO FOR THE ROAD - 8:00 pm. Live Jazz Spot. Montana, keyboard, and vocalist Kathy Daniels. Wyndham Hotel. Local A-15. Closed Sundays and Mondays. 624.143.7759 or 624.132.2282.
BAR ESQUINA - 8:00 pm. “Chaplin” Acoustic Rock. 624.143.1889. BAJA BREWERY , Cabo Villas 7:30-10:30 pm, Déjà vu, classic rock, Call 143-9199 to confirm. CABO WABO - Sammy Hagar’s legendary night-club. Music Monday through Sunday. 624.143.1188. CLUB CASCADAS- 6:30-9:30pm. Pianist Francisco. Tel.624.143.1882 or 143.0307. COMMON TABLE – 7:00-10:00 pm, live music, 143.5114. DE CORTEZ GRILL & RESTAURANT, Sheraton Hacienda del Mar. 6:30-9:30 pm. Daryl Currie, jazz. 624.145.8000. EDITHS’S RESTAURANT - Traditional Mexican music every night 6:00-10:00 pm 624.143.0801. LATITUDE 22 ROADHOUSE - 7:00-10:00 pm. Peter Bacon Show. 624.143.1516. MARIA CORONA – 7:30-10:00 pm. Trio Los Principes. 143.1111. PUERTA VIEJA RESTAURANT - pianist Jose Antonio. 7:00 pm. Tel. 624-104-3334. PUNTA BALLENA – 8:00-10:00 pm, Totoy. THE OFFICE - 6:30-9:30 pm. Fiesta Mexicana. 624.143.3464 TWO FOR THE ROAD - 8:00 pm. Live Jazz Spot. Montana, keyboard, and vocalist Kathy Daniels. Wyndham Hotel. Local A-15. Closed Sundays and Mondays. 624.143.7759 or 624.132.2282.
BAR ESQUINA - 8:00 pm. “Totoy” Soft Rock. 624.143.1889. CABO WABO - Sammy Hagar’s legendary night-club. Music Monday through Sunday. 624.143.1188. CLUB CASCADAS – 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Luna Itzel, Mexican Fiesta. 624.143.1882 or 143.0307. COMMON TABLE 7:00-10:00 pm. DJ. 143-5114. EDITHS’S RESTAURANT - Traditional Mexican music every night 6:00-10:00 pm 624.143.0801. LATITUDE 22 ROADHOUSE - 7:00-10:00 pm. Peter Bacon show 624.143.1516. MARIA CORONA – 7:30-10:00 pm, Trio Los Principes. 143.1111. PUERTA VIEJA RESTAURANT - 7:00-9:00 pm. Cuban Band. 624.104.3334. RUTHS CHRIS STEAK HOUSE - 7:00 to 10:00 pm. 624.144.3232. TANGA TANGA SPORTS BAR - 7:00 pm. THE OFFICE - 6:30-9:30 pm. Live Fusion. 624.143.3464 TWO FOR THE ROAD - 8:00 pm. Live Jazz Spot. Montana, keyboard, and vocalist Kathy Daniels. Wyndham Hotel. Local A-15. Closed Sundays and Mondays. 624.143.7759 or 624.132.2282.
BAJA BREWERY ROOFTOP CABO – 8:00 – 11:00, Blackbird, rock. 624.143.9199. CABO MARINA - "La Silla Turca." 624.144-3805. BAR ESQUINA - 8:00 pm. Saturday, “Totoy” Soft Rock. 624.143.1889. CABO LOUNGE BAR – 8:00 pm. CABO WABO - Sammy Hagar’s legendary night-club. Music Monday through Sunday. 624.143.1188. CLUB CASCADAS- 6:30-9:30pm, pianist Wellington, 624.143.1882 or 143.0307. COMMON TABLE – 7:00-10:00 pm, Guitarist Chaplin, 143-5114.
EDITHS’S RESTAURANT - Traditional Mexican music every night 6:00-10:00 pm 624.143.0801. HOTEL FIESTA AMERICANA – 7:00 – 9:00 624-1456200. LA PALAPA RESTAURANT – 7:00 – 10:00 PM. LATITUDE 22 ROADHOUSE - 7:00-10:00 pm. Peter Bacon Show 624.143.1516. MARIA CORONA-7:30-10:00 pm, Trio Los Principes. 143.1111. PUERTA VIEJA RESTAURANT - 7:00-9:00 pm. Cuban Band. 624.104.3334. THE OFFICE - 6:30-9:30 pm. Kimbara. 624.143.3464 . TWO FOR THE ROAD - 8pm. Live Jazz Spot. Montana, keyboard, vocalist Kathy Daniels. Wyndham Hotel. Local A-15. 624.143.7759
BAR ESQUINA - 8:00 pm. Sunday, “Kimbara” Bolero guitar. 624.143.1889. CLUB CASCADAS- 6:30-9:30pm, Trio Chacon, jazz & romantic music. 624.143.1882 or 143.0307. DESPERADOS - 6:30-9:30 pm. Guitarist Cuervo, 624.143.4313 EDITHS’S RESTAURANT - Traditional Mexican music every night 6:00-10:00 pm 624.143.0801. MARIA CORONA-7:30-10:00 pm. Trio Los Principes. 143.1111. PUERTA VIEJA RESTAURANT - Rosalia de Cuba y pianist Fernando Lopez. 7:00 pm. Tel. 624.1043334. THE OFFICE - 6:30-9:30 pm. Pura Vida. Tel. 624.143.3464
SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO Mondays
DON SANCHEZ CANTINA – Howie - 624.142.2444. ZIPPERS – call 624.172.6162 for schedule.
CASA NATALIA - 624.142.5100 to check for music. DON SANCHEZ CANTINA – Jonathan 624.142.2444. FLORA’S FARM - "The Shamans", Classic Rock. 624.355.4564. JW MARRIOTT IN PUERTO LOS CABOS, Cafe des Artistes, Poly Herrera on piano. - 7:15-10:00 pm. ZIPPERS –call 624.172.6162.
CUBAN CIGAR SHOP – after 10:00 pm, Karla Kassaneth. DON SANCHEZ CANTINA – Beto - 624.142.2444. FLORA’S FARM - "Howie Clifton", Saxophone. 624.355.4564. JW MARRIOTT IN PUERTO LOS CABOS, Cafe des Artistes, Poly Herrera on piano. - 7:15-10:00 pm. L’OSTERIA – 7:00 pm David Flores, Tel. 146-9696. NICKSAN GARDEN PALMILLA- Rosalia de Cuba. 7:30 – 10:30 PM. ZIPPERS – call 624.172.6162.
AY AY AY – 7:00-10:00 pm, Mexican music & karaoke bar. 142-0744 or 142-0234. DON SANCHEZ CANTINA – Jonathan 624.142.2444. FLORA’S FARM - Todos Santos jazz band. 624.355.4564. EL ESPONTANEO - Randy Leach on guitar - 7:00 10:00 pm. FRENCH RIVIERA BAKERY & CAFÉ - 7:00 -9:00 pm. Karla Kassaneth. 624.142.3350. JW MARRIOTT IN PUERTO LOS CABOS, Cafe des Artistes, Poly Herrera on piano. - 7:15-10:00 pm. L’OSTERIA –7:00 pm , rock band Julieta, Tel. 146.9696. MOLLY’S – 6:30 pm during Art Walk, Jessie , 624.142.0744. SYRIACCUS BAR - 624.142.3939. ZIPPERS – call 624.172.6162.
AY AY AY - 7:00-10:00 Salsa, & karaoke bar. 1420744. Or 142-0234. BAJA BREWING COMPANY - Downtown San José del Cabo. 624.146.9995. DON SANCHEZ CANTINA – Coronado - 624.142.2444. FLORA’S FARM - Monique vocals and Daryl Currie on guitar. 624.355.4564. FRENCH RIVIERA BAKERY & CAFÉ - 7:00 -9:00 pm. Karla Kassaneth. 624.142.3350. JAZZ TAPAS BAR - 624.130.7257. Call for schedule. JW MARRIOTT IN PUERTO LOS CABOS, Cafe des Artistes, Poly Herrera on piano. - 7:15-10:00 pm. H RESTAURANT - 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Hugo “saxo” Moreno, Saxophone. 624.105.2974. L’OSTERIA - 11:30 pm, " Rock Band. Naco Pop. Tel. 624.146.9696. TROPICANA – Mariachis 7:00-10:00 pm. 624-1424146 or 624-142-2311. ZIPPERS – call 624.172.6162.
AY AY AY – 7:00-10:00 pm, Mariachis & karaoke bar. 142-0744 or 142-0234. BAJA BREWING COMPANY - Downtown San José del Cabo. 624.146.9995. DON SANCHEZ CANTINA – Felix Coronado then Vinyl featuring Monique Mendoca - 624.142.2444. FLORA’S FARM - "The Shamans" Classic Rock. 624.355.4564. H RESTAURANT - 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Ruben Martin, guitar, saxophone, flute. 624.105.2974. JAZZ TAPAS BAR - 624.130.7257. JW MARRIOTT IN PUERTO LOS CABOS, Cafe des Artistes, Poly Herrera on piano. - 7:15-10:00 pm. L’OSTERIA – 11:30 pm, Naco Pop. 624-146-9696. SHOOTERS SPORTS BAR –Tel. 146.9900. TROPICANA - 624.142.4146 or 624.142.2311. ZIPPERS – call 624.172.6162.
DON SANCHEZ CANTINA – Violeta (Violin) 624.142.2444. JW MARRIOTT IN PUERTO LOS CABOS, Cafe des Artistes, Poly Herrera on piano. - 7:15-10:00 pm. FLORA’S FARM – Brunch 10:00-2:00 pm, T’s Jazz Band from Todos Santos, 624.355.4564. 7 SEAS SEAFOOD GRILLE - Full Moon Jazz Concerts. Call for schedule. 624.142.2666. ZIPPERS – guitarist Jessie. 624.172.6162. CERRITOS CERRITOS BEACH CLUB - Sundays, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Daline Jones and Diego Ramirez. Tel. 624.129.6315. TODOS SANTOS Hotel Guaycura Restaurant – live music. Tel. 612.175.0800
CERRITOS BEACH CLUB - Sundays, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Daline Jones and Diego Ramirez. No live music August 30. Tel. 624.129.6315.
HOTEL GUAYCURA RESTAURANT – live music. Tel. 612.175.0800
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 firstname.lastname@example.org