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IN THIS ISSUE 4 BAJA 101

Destinations Maps Activities: Fishing and Boating • Snorkelling and Scuba Diving • Golfing • Activities for Families • Adventures

Publisher Owen Perry Editor in Chief Michelle Monroy

16 ART & CULTURE

Art Director Michelle Monroy

The Spirit of Giving Back • San José Art Walk Spanish Lesson

18 SABOR A CABO 20 THE CABO BUCKET LIST 22 DISCOVER

Los Cabos' Wild Life: The importance or a whale tail • Cabo's Wild side: History about Baja • The Islands of Loreto

26 CABO PULMO DIVING REPORT 28 LOS CABOS TOP BEACHES

Descriptions and tips about the best beaches in Los Cabos.

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Events • New Years Eve Parties • Spotlight: Sunset Jazz & Wine Cruises

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2016 has been a year of growth in Los Cabos. If you've driven down the tourist corridor lately you have most likely noticed the many new hotels being built at an impressively fast pace, where millions of dollars are being invested in new development. We have also seen the opening of several commercial plazas and shopping centers such as the brand new Koral Center, where you can find a state-of-the-art gym, a business center, a gourmet food market, a spa, clothing stores, and more. The face of Los Cabos is 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 for all. Los Cabos has a lot to offer during the holidays. Don't miss the decorated plaza in downtown San José del Cabo. For New Year’s you are pretty much guaranteed a celebration wherever it is that you go. Fireworks will light-up our beaches as we all gather to welcome 2017. Within the pages of Destino Los Cabos you can find useful information that will help you make the most of your vacation. You’ll find activities, top beaches, events, maps and other important information. Our goal is for you to have the best possible experience in Los Cabos. Don't forget that you can find all of our useful information online at: www.DestinoLosCabos.com. Our website is the most complete guide to Los Cabos that you can find!

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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

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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

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).

Todos Santos

Located on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula, Todos Santos is an oasis where artists and surfers flock to enjoy the culture and excellent surf. Home to the famous Hotel California, this charming town offers great restaurants and a cooler climate than Cabo San Lucas and San José due to the breezes coming from the Pacific.

East Cape

People often call it “the old Cabo” because of its pristine beaches and small fishing towns such as Buena Vista and Los Barriles. The East Cape begins just east of San José and extends about 100 miles up the Sea of Cortez coast. Sixty miles outside of San José is the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, an eight fingered coral reef that offers outstanding snorkelling and scuba diving and turtle nesting on the beach. Very popular for fishing and surfing, the East Cape also attracts kite surfers, campers and folks who just want to get away from it all.

La Paz

La Paz is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur and is known for its warm people and beautiful beaches. This authentic Mexican city (as well as the general south Baja region) has been rated as one of the safest in Mexico and still maintains the small town feel that is very welcoming for tourists. La Paz is a departure point for tours and charters to the stunning Espiritu Santo Island as well as whale watching excursions. Stroll down the colorful malecón (boardwalk), walk hundreds of feet in waist high water at Balandra beach or have a fine dining experience; La Paz has a lot to offer.

Loreto

Loreto offers the best of both worlds for tourists who long to escape to an 'authentic-Mexico' with settings that take you back-in-time along with ocean activities that rival that of any other modern coastal city. In Loreto you'll find historic buildings such as the enchanting Mision de Loreto - a mission-style church that was built in 1697 as well as The Islands of Loreto which boasts 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.


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BOATING & FISHING

With calm waters, extraordinary fishing and perfect weather, some may argue that boating is the most popular attraction in Los Cabos. Whether you want to take a cruise to Santa María Bay on a luxury yacht or wake up at the crack of dawn for a fishing adventure, there are endless options to fit your needs.

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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 newest marina in the area with 200 available slips 10

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for boats up to 400 feet. Amenities are similar to Marina Cabo San Lucas, though the boatyard’s 150-ton travel lift can accommodate larger vessels. FISHING There’s a reason why the world’s richest fishing tournament - the Bisbee’s Black & Blue - has taken place in Los Cabos for over thirty years. This part of the world offers abundant sea life and an exceptionally high catch success rate, no matter what your level of fishing experience is. What to Expect Most charters include a fishing license, bait, tackle and equipment. Some also include food and drink or these amenities can be added at an additional cost. It is better to leave early; trips usually begin at 6:00 and 7:00 am and last around 6 hours. Cost will depend on the number of people in your party and the size of the boat you choose to rent. It is customary to leave the crew a gratuity of 15% to 20%. Bait and Tackle Most likely, the boat you charter will include your bait and tackle. If you need your own fresh bait, you may buy it along the Cabo San Lucas Marina or the crew you hire may also stop to buy it from the local fishermen on your way out.

SPORT FISHING FLAGS COMMONLY SEEN IN LOS CABOS

BOATING AND FISHING TERMS IN SPANISH Captain - Capitán Aboard - Abordo To fish - Pescar To float - Flotar Wind - Viento Tide - Marea Fish - Pescado Bait - Carnada Fishing rod - Caña de pescar Hook - Anzuelo Life preservers - Salvavidas Throttle - Acelerador Anchor - Ancla Bow - Proa Stern - Popa


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!

GOLFING

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

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FLYBOARDING

SURFING

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. 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.

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.

KITE SURFING

This sport is most popular in the East Cape due to the El Norte winds. Playa Norte (the north-east side of the beach) in Los Barriles is said to be the most popular destination and is also the location for a professional kite-boarding school. La Ventana is also a popular spot and is closer to La Paz. There is less wind in Los Barriles than 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 Los Barriles. 12

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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. LA BOCANA AT THE ESTUARY Level: All levels. Direction: Right, left. Location: San José del Cabo’s main beach, close to the Holiday Inn. 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. 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.


ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES Photo courtesy Wild Canyon

Adventure Parks There are several adventure parks in Los Cabos where you and your kids can experience zip-lining, backcountry 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. Parasailing 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!

Buggy, Atv, Or Bike Rentals There are several local companies which offer ATVs, buggies, and other off-road vehicles for trail and beach cruising. Strap on some goggles and hop behind the wheel of one of these off-road racers for an afternoon of fast-paced fun! Vehicles include typical ATVs or enclosed rail buggies or RZR ATVs. Tours are typically three hours, and drivers must be 16 years of age with a valid drivers’ license. If pedal-powered rides are more your speed, look into renting a mountain bike, beach cruiser, or joining a guided bicycle tour of town. Just make sure to wear a helmet! Horseback Rides, Nature Walks, and Bird Watching Los Cabos (particularly San José del Cabo) 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.

Wet Fun Water Park Located about 20 minutes from San José, this water park has shallow pools and small slides for young children, water mushrooms, a pirate ship and a giant bucket that dumps water on the bystanders bellow. For the adrenaline seekers, several fast and large slides stand tall and mighty and offer a great view of the beautiful surrounding mountains. To get there take HWY 1 north from the San José International Airport towards La Paz and East Cape. After about 15 miles, the exit for Caudaño and the water park will be at km 66. Follow this road for a few minutes and you will find the park on your right. Turtle Release Every year, several species of endangered sea turtles nest in the warm sands of Los Cabos. Your family will have the opportunity to help these fragile and tiny creatures make it safely into the sea. Children will learn about the importance of conservation and they will surely enjoy the experience of helping these little friends. 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. 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. Everything you need to know about Baja Sur

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CURRENCY EXCHANGE 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.

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.

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.

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 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 ye-no) means full. Major credit cards are accepted. Tipping the gas station attendant around $10.00 pesos is customary. There is a toll road that takes you from the airport to Cabo San Lucas or to the Todos Santos highway. By taking this road you avoid the taxi and shuttle traffic on the main highway. The cost varies from $63.00 to $75.00 pesos, depending on your destination. ALTO STOP

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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 Saint Luke's Hospital: - Cabo San Lucas 143-4911 - San José del Cabo 142-5911 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 International Air Ambulance: (624) 154-4919 Air One Ambulance: (800) 236-8080 U.S. CONSULATE: 143-3566 CANADIAN CONSULATE: 142-4333 TAXI CABO SAN LUCAS: 143-2221 TAXI SAN JOSÉ DE CABO: 142-0401 IMMIGRATION: 143-0135 AIRLINES: Aero Calafia: 130-7822 Aeromexico: 146-5097 Air Canada: 01 (800) 719-2827 (Toll free within Mexico) Alaska Airlines: 146-5166 American Airlines: 146-5302/5303 Continental Airlines: 146-5050 Delta Airlines: 146-5005/146-5217 Interjet: 01 (800)-011-2345 (Toll free within Mexico) Spirit Airlines: 1 (800) 772-7117 Sun Wing: 1 (800) 668-4224 Volaris: 01 (800) 7VOLARIS (Toll free within Mexico) US Airways: 146-5380 West Jet: 1 (800) 538-5696


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December is a big month for giving back in Los Cabos with popular events to benefit nonprofits in our community. First up, The Shoppes of Palmilla is presenting another fabulous Liga MAC Christmas Fiesta on Tuesday, December 6. Since its founding by a small group of women in 1995, Liga MAC (Mexican American Canadian League) has successfully supported marginalized families in San Jose del Cabo through education, health, and family services. Here in Los Cabos, many impoverished children go without gifts on Christmas Eve (known as "Noche Buena" in Mexico) and MAC's Christmas Fiesta goes a long way to gifting needy kids. Admission to the fiesta is an unwrapped toy for children up to 12 years of age that does not require batteries. Soccer balls, dolls, and stuffed animals are very popular. In the past, generous patrons have donated bikes, which the kids draw for during the annual Christmas party at MAC's Center in San Jose’s Zacatal neighborhood. Come and celebrate the holiday in a festive and fun environment with food and drink, Liga MAC's Children's Choir, and a night celebrating "Navidad." If you can't make the fiesta and wish to donate, reach out to Liga MAC at www.ligamac. org. Liga MAC's Book and Thrift Store in the Chamizal neighborhood of San Jose is open Tuesday and Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Donations are also welcome; for a location map visit Liga MAC A.C. on Facebook. December's big charity event, Sabor a Cabo, is this December 10 at Puerto Los Cabos' Sculpture Garden NE of San Jose and features many of the best restaurants in Los Cabos along with wine, libations and live music. Now in its 11th year, this season's act is Mexico's renowned "Supergroup" Mana; for tickets email ticket@caniracloscabos.com and see the in- depth Sabor a Cabo article on page XX of this month's Destino. Sarahuaro is a local nonprofit dedicated to empowering women in need. By providing practical skills and educa16

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tion for women—many whom are single parents— Sarahuaro assists in creating strong, independent families. Sarahuaro-sponsored children also receive a healthy meal on school days. Sarahuaro's creative women are known for their beautiful cloth dolls made from recycled fabrics along with lovely handicrafts that make unique gifts. Find them from 9am through 3pm at the Sarahuaro booth inside the Saturday Mercado Organico at Huerta Maria, behind the Art District in San Jose del Cabo (visit www.sanjomo.com for a location map). For other locations, to volunteer or donate, visit sarahuaro. org. Also present at the Saturday market are the Los Cabos Humane Society (LCHS) and Liga MAC booths. The Shoppes at Palmilla (Km. 27) holds its farmers market from 9am through 1pm each Friday with organic products and produce, local arts and crafts and booths featuring Liga MAC and the LCHS. Browse the stalls and mingle with locals; it's a wonderful way to enjoy the "Slow" side of Los Cabos in an upscale setting.

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!

In Cabo San Lucas, the place to be each Wednesday and Saturday mornings is the Los Cabos Organic Market at the back entrance to Pedregal. The LCHS’s Margarita Partridge’s sunny smile greets patrons at the entrance. Her table is laden with gifts for pets, both canine and feline. Inside you’ll find fabulous organic fare, from fresh fruit and veggies to crafts, jewelry and decadent freshly prepared edibles. Shopping our markets supports our community and keeps profits in local hands.

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.

December is a reminder that for many Los Cabos families, a simple gift under the tree is not always possible. Let’s truly embrace the spirit of the holiday and shop with our hearts. For more information on how you can help email sanjoseinfo@gmail.com.

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Although many locals in Los Cabos speak English, they also appreciate it when visitors speak Spanish. Don't be shy and give it a try! PRONUNCIATION RULES • 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. • The letter "h" is always silent. • The letter "j" is pronounced like "h" in English. • If the word has an accent mark such as "á", that syllable is stressed. THE BASICS Hello - Hola Goodbye - Adios Good morning - Buenos días Good afternoon - Buenas tardes Good evening/night - Buenas noches Thank you - Gracias Please - Por Favor Sorry - Disculpa Here - Aquí There - Allá Help - Ayuda Doctor - Doctor Water - Agua Food - Comida Money - Dinero Cash - Efectivo Change - Cambio Credit card - Tarjeta de crédito Tip - Propina GETTING AROUND Where is ...? - ¿Dónde está ...? My hotel is ... - Mi hotel es ... Please take me to ... - Por favor lléveme a ... How much is this? - ¿Cuánto cuesta esto? Where is an ATM? - ¿Dónde hay un cajero automático? Telephone - Teléfono Do you have WIFI? - ¿Tiene WIFI?

PLACES Bathrooms - Baños Restaurant - Restaurante Hotel - Hotel Hospital - Hospital Beach - Playa Store - Tienda Pharmacy - Farmacia AT A RESTAURANT Table - Mesa Glass - Vaso Plate - Plato Fork - Tenedor Spoon - Cuchara Knife - Cuchillo Napkin - Servilleta Can you bring the check? - ¿Puede traer la cuenta? MEETING SOMEONE NEW Nice to meet you - Mucho gusto What's your name? - ¿Cómo te llamas? My name is ... - Mi nombre es... Where are you from? - ¿De dónde eres? Do you speak English? - ¿Habla Inglés? I don't understand - No entiendo WORDS OF THE MONTH: New Year Año Nuevo Resolutions Resoluciones Dinner Cena Champagne Champaña Fireworks Fuegos artificiales Midnight Media noche Wine Vino December Diciembre


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very year since it began in 2005, the Sabor a Cabo Culinary Festival, has steadily evolved and grown to this year's eleventh annual Los Cabos edition; that will feature the world-famous Mexican Rock & Roll band, MANÁ as the headlining music act. In 2014, it was the Rock & Roll group La Ley, who performed to an enthusiastic jam-packed crowd, while in 2015, Grammy award-winning singer Lila Downs took center stage. “Sabor a Cabo, thanks the governor's support, and that of our the mayor, in bringing a group of this magnitude to our event,” said Rodrigo Cabeza de Vaca, president of CANIRAC Los Cabos. Ruben Reachi, director of the Tourism Board of Los Cabos acknowledged that much of the event's success has been the culmination of a yearlong effort to continue growing in magnitude and international acclaim. “CANIRAC, (which is the Los Cabos Restaurants and Bars Association) gives appreciative thanks to those committed people of Los Cabos who make this special event possible,” said Reachi. The food and wine festival taking place from December 4-10, 2016 features Los Cabos chefs Rodrigo Cabeza de Vaca from La Galeria, Ángel Carbajal from Nick-San, Jesús Castro from Edith’s and The Office, and Paolo de la Corte from Sunset da Mona Lisa. Over 50 chefs from around the world are participating at Sabor a Cabo as well as Baja California wineries, from as far as the Guadalupe del Valle in Ensenada and as close as La Paz. Sabor a Cabo is a gourmet culinary extravaganza that rivals the best of the best in fine cuisine. 18

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On Sunday afternoon, December 4th, guests will enjoy a nature outing at the orchard Los Tamarindos; a farm-style area where participants will learn everything about growing organic products and, ultimately, enjoy a cooking class and sample the succulent dishes of this unique restaurant. On December 6th, the Sculpture Garden at the Botanical Park Wirikuta, will host chefs Dieter Koschina, Federico Zanellato, Roberto Alcocer, Najat Kaanache, Thierry Blouet and Eduardo Osuna. Genaro Ruiz, Secretary of State Tourism, stressed that "The festival has become a benchmark of excellence of gastronomy and quality of services offered in Los Cabos." At the Friday, October 14th press conference held at San Jose del Cabo's Rock N Brew Restaurant Cantina, it was announced that attendees will be able to sample dishes from the 50 participating restaurants, as well as wines, cocktails, mezcal and tequila from top Mexican brands. Mexican microbreweries are also on the schedule of this 11th Sabor a Cabo event that is expecting three thousand lovers of delicious, mouthwatering cuisine and fine wine. Two years ago, the Sabor a Cabo Culinary Festival was held in postThanksgiving late November. The 11th annual food and wine event is still preceded by the BeerFest activities that occur two weeks prior on the Cabo San Lucas Marina at Puerto Paraiso, November 18-20. The amount of participating restaurants has risen from 30 dining establishments two years ago to 50 this year.


“Sabor a Cabo offers guests, visitors and residents alike an opportunity to experience the very best in gastronomy and wine offered anywhere in all of Mexico. They truly enjoy the Sabor a Cabo due to their great appreciation for great food and wine along with co-existence of quality,” noted Carmen Carbajal, of CANIRAC Los Cabos. The memorable cuisine will be supplemented once again by the exquisite wine from the valley's of Mexico known as Coahuila Parras, St. Thomas, San Rafael and the “Napa Valley of Mexico” Valle de Guadalupe. “Our destination has a rich and booming culinary scene that many people are still discovering. Events such as Sabor a Cabo highlight these offerings and provide us with a platform to position the unique products, sustainable brands and delicious flavors available in this particular region of Mexico.” said Eduardo Segura, Managing Director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board. In 2014, an unprecedented Sabor a Cabo arrival was a one-star Michelin chef recipient from Tokyo, Japan. That same year, Dieter Koschina, owner and chef of Vilajoya Restaurant in Portugal was awarded a 3rd level Michelin Star and #22 best of the world ranking. Awarded his first Michelin star in 1995, Koschina's guiding culinary philosophy of “First the flavour, then the presentation,” is a continuing testament of what the, “reaching world-wide status and prestige” event, is truly all about. The cost for a ticket to the main Saturday, December 10th gala held at the Sculpture Garden of Puerto Los Cabos will be $200 U.S. dollars general admission, $350 to see MANÁ and a limited seating 48 VIP tables at a price of $500 per chair. Ninety percent of all proceeds will benefit the Los Cabos Children's Foundation as well as the Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo Fire Departments and the Red Cross. Tickets are limited and the growing event is usually sold out. For more information please call (624) 143-3944 or Email: caniracloscabos@gmail. com and/or visit www.saboracabo.mx *

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WALK UNDER “EL ARCO”

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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 visitors and residents: How “Cabo” are you?! How many of these activities can you check off the list? Ready, Set, GO!

An hour and a half north of Cabo lie of the State of Baja California Sur, of the most exhilarating experiences in your lifetime is to swim the whale largest fish in the ocean. Tours to swim peaceful giants can be done each win truly a unique experience.

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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 Hollywood.

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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.

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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.

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.

WHALE WATCHING

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

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.

subsequently lead to a world-record payout of over $4,000,000 US, and remains the biggest payout in sport fishing history.

DRIVE THE ENTIRE EAST CAPE

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.

SANTIAGO WATERFALLS AND HOT SPRINGS

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.

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 wellknown “Bisbee Black & Blue” fishing tournament has been held since 1981. Their biggest year of entries and participants was in 2006, which

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. Everything you need to know about Baja Sur

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LOS CABOS WILDLIFE

The importance of a Whale Tail

by Philipp Moser - Naturalist and guide at www.cabotrek.com

This year, Cabo Trek will start with a Humpback Whale Photo Identification research program in which Humpback Whales and other marine mammals are identified by the unique marks and patters of coloration on their tail. When a good photo is taken, researchers and scientists around the world are able to compare catalogues and locate known animals during their long migrations. So why is such research so important? Well the reasons are multiple: • It contributes to a better understanding of the distribution, abundance and dynamics of the Humpback Whales that migrate through the Baja California Sur region. • It raises awareness about responsible whale watching and ecotourism practices. It will help educate the local community of boat operators, tour guides, residents and tourists, about the local marine fauna with the intent of promoting lasting changes toward preserving and conserving a healthy marine ecology. This research will be conducted on the field for the entire 2016-2017 whale watching season, starting December 15th through the April 15th. The goal is to locate, photo-identify and record songs of Humpback Whales and collect as much data as possible, such as position, time and particularities. A record of other marine mammals in the area will be kept including dolphins and other species of whales such as the Gray, Blue, Fin, Pilot, Sperm, Bryde's and Killer whales. Fluke identification photos will primarily help to build a data base of the individual Humpback Whales that visit the Cabo San Lucas area and in further instance leading to the collaboration with other organizations in Mexico as well as in the U.S. to improve larger existing fluke identification catalogues. Data collected will help the region to become acknowledged as a mariner mammal site, which will increase further resources to study and protect the whales. It will also help identify potential sensitive regions for Humpback Whales and it will contribute to the scientific community's understanding of the Northeastern Pacific Humpback Whale population. The whales are on their way to Cabo, so are the tourists, both are here to have a good time: so don't forget to join a reputable whale watching company that respects the environment and the animals. *

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THE I SL AN D S OF LOR ETO

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chools 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-the-day 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 Bajabeauty 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 'authentic-Mexico' 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 leisurehappy 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. *

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Learn About

BAJA'S WILD SIDE by Alex Navarro – Eco-tourism expert

Some History About the Baja Peninsula The name California existed before the discovery of America and was used by Europeans to describe a mythical or fictitious island of pure paradise. The word Calafia likely came from Khalifa , an Arabic word meaning religious state leader, and the Spanish word California meant “Land of the Leader.” Part of the legend says that a powerful black woman queen named Calafia ruled over the island of California. She is said to have been an Amazon, a strong women of great size and the most beautiful and courageous. There were no men in this kingdom and it was said to be the most powerful of the earth at the time. All their weapons were made of gold because it was the only metal available in the land. She is said to have had an amazing fleet. These stories are written in the book “Las Sergas de Esplandian” by the Spanish writer Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo in 1521. The first humans arrived to the peninsula about 14,000 years ago using the Pacific Ocean coastal routes. They were nomads and three main tribal groups are completely defined from this pre-hispanic era. The Cochimies in the north, the Guaycuras in the middle of the peninsula, and the Pericues in the south. As well as the Yumano and other indigenous families like the Kumiai, Cucapa, Paipai, Kiliwa, Cahilla and Akula. Most of these groups lived in family ranches of about 250 individuals. The peninsula holds two states from Mexico, Baja California which became a state in 1952 and Baja California Sur which became a state of the Mexican Republic in 1974. Before, they were known as The North Territory of Baja California and The South Territory of Baja California. Hernan Cortez is considered as the conqueror of the peninsula, which was thought of as an island, but the first European to set foot was Fortun Jimenez arriving on the “Concepcion” ship in 1534. When Cortez arrived he thought he had found the island of the mythical Queen Calafia. It is estimated that at the time of the first contact between Europeans and Aboriginals the population was 40,000 – 50,000. The peninsula has approximately 3000 km. of coastline, not including all its surrounding islands, which add another 1500 km. It is approximately 1200 km. long and from 45 to 250 km. wide. Its highest point is the Devil’s Peak at 3096 m. The first mission in Baja, Our Lady of Loreto which still exists, was established in 1697 by the jesuit Juan Ma. Salvatierra, by license of the Virrey Don Jose Sarmiento y Valladares. Today, Baja is still a paradise. Full of wonderful places to visit and history to discover. And as always, and not a myth, there are amazing modern women warriors among us still today. Not forgetting, all us great guys too! 24

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ALL THAT'S FISHY From Land's End to La Paz

Monthly Fishing Report by Gary Graham

ONE MONSTER, caught in another tournament by Chucky Van Wormer, son of Baja pioneers, Robert (Bobby) and ‘Cha Cha’ Van Wormer, was only two-pounds short of the mystical 300-pound mark.

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ven though our fall is fading, our average temperature of 62 to 84 degrees feels mighty pleasant and more like summer to many of our visitors. Sportfishing seems also to be following that same trend. If you take a few moments to look around Cabo’s Harbor and Marina at the fleet of Sportfishers and pangas of every description, it’s clear that they represent “a field of dreams” for visiting anglers seeking their individual brand of excitement. Recently there was a FREE entry tournament for all anglers/participants fishing on a Los Cabos charter boat on November 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2016 -the Los Cabos Big Game Charter Boat Classic -- sponsored by the Los Cabos Tourism Board. For many tourists, billfish -- striped marlin, blue marlin and black marlin as well as sailfish and swordfish -- provide an irresistible challenge. Although size matters, the spectacular sight of their acrobatics as they gracefully leap about in the water will remain etched in an angler’s mind for a lifetime. Equally exciting are the yellowfin tuna that frequent the waters surrounding Baja’s tip. One monster, caught in another tournament by

Chucky Van Wormer, son of Baja pioneers, Robert (Bobby) and ‘Cha Cha’ Van Wormer, was only two-pounds short of the mystical 300-pound mark. However, there are plenty of smaller ones beginning at 10-pounds to practice on before the big ones arrive. Another November favorite are the wahoo -- slim and sleek speedsters known for their white meat. Local restaurants will dazzle you with their preparation of the wahoo steaks. Inshore fishing is always a welcome choice; the shorter trips won’t take up the full day. Leaving early at 7 a.m. and returning before noon, the trips usually require less traveling and allow more fishing time. Oddly enough, the possibilities are not unlike the longer all-day trips. It is not unusual to find billfish, dorado or yellowfin tuna during these inshore trips, though the fish may be smaller than those caught farther offshore. However, the number of options for other fish is increased. On the surface, white and black skipjack tuna, bonito, sierra mackerel, roosterfish and jack crevalle (all strong fighters) are fun to catch. All should be released with the exception of the white skipjack and sierra mackerel which are good eating. Fishing the bottom on rocky points or pinnacles can be equally productive. Pargo, red snapper, cabrilla, grouper, amberjack and yellowtail are all likely possibilities over the next few months. Baja’s diverse fishery is not one of those one-size-fits all kind of fishery. Instead, it offers many nuances and an extraordinary list of species that are fun to catch on a variety of different tackles, from heavy to spinning, as well as fly tackle for those who are looking for even more of a challenge. Tight lines to you all! * Everything you need to know about Baja Sur

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Cabo Pulmo National Park

By Pep e Mur r iret a

This summer the conditions were very unusual. We experienced cold water until August with temperatures from 66°F to 77°F and some strong currents from the north that made it easier to scuba the coral reefs. Lots of sea life was spotted such as huge schools of big eye jacks, manta rays, green eels, hundreds of schooling leopard groupers, and the visibility was 100 ft+. We have been using a 3mm wet suit, just because of the thermocline and the Sea of Cortez has been like a lake. Diveing and snorkeling sites in Cabo pulmo are about a 5 minute by boat, so if you get there by 9:00 a.m. you return by 1:00 p.m, right in time for lunch for some fish tacos, sea food chile rellenos, pizza, and much more. 26

It takes about 1:45 minutes driving from Cabo San Lucas down the Hwy 1 towards the airport, past Miraflores and Santiago and you and then weer right towards La Rivera. From there its about 17 kms, the last 7 kms being a dirt road but very accessible with no need for 4X4 . When you least expect it you are in the small village of Cabo Pulmo where there is only 150 people population, a town supplied by solar power and propane gas for refrigeration and cooking. Don’t expect to see a Mc Donalds around there, so be prepared for an adventure and be ready to experience the true Baja! For reservations lodging and Activities: cabopulmonationalpark@gmail.com or call us at 01152-1(624 141-8655).


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Imagine floating in a turquoise bay with pink sand, snorkelling with a whale shark or riding some epic waves, each beach offers something unique. Here is a list of the must-see beaches to help you decide which one is for you or just visit them all!

Cabo San Lucas Along the Corridor If you’re looking for the action, here it is. El Médano (as the locals call it) is a 2-mile stretch of hotels, restaurants and bars, right on the sand. It’s a swimmable and family-friendly beach with endless options for souvenir shopping. Numerous activities and water sports are available. If you want to take a water taxi to Lover’s Beach, this is the best spot to do it. Its stunning view of Land’s End and the vast entertainment options make this beach a must-see.

LAS VIUDAS

Las Viudas (The Widows) beach is not visible from the road and is possibly the most private beach you will find on this list. What makes it unique are the rock formations that create small pools and coves where you can have a private and peaceful beach day. This beach is swimmable with caution, but if you find your own pool you can avoid the waves. Location: Turn right at Km. 12.5 of the corridor and follow the dirt road down to the beach. There is a sign that reads “Las Viudas” but keep your eyes peeled; the entrance sneaks up on you. Tips: You won’t find any services or vendors so bring all your beach essentials with you.

tional Marine Preserve offers. This family-friendly beach is relatively secluded; therefore, you rarely run into beach vendors. However, the beach does have brand new bathrooms and palapas. 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: Swim from the shore towards the rocks on the right side of the beach for a great snorkeling experience.

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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, 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. 28

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Chileno is a very popular location for snorkelling, swimming or just spending the day under the newlyinstalled 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, 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!

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 Na-

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.

On the Pacific CERRITOS

Cerritos beach is a popular surf spot and swimming here is relatively safe. The scenic 45-minute drive from Cabo San Lucas is well worth the trip as you drive along the pristine Pacific coast. The Cerritos Beach Club Restaurant is a perfect spot to spend a relaxing day, 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.

La Paz

BALANDRA

A stunning bay that will take your breath away. You can walk back and forth in the bay in waist high water that is crystal clear with shades of blue turquoise. Follow the shore towards the north-east side and you will find the famous “mushroom rock” as well as other interesting rock formations. Pictures just don’t do it justice. You won’t regret visiting Playa Balandra! Location: About 30 minutes from the boardwalk in La Paz. Simply follow the main drag along the boardwalk, then through Costa Baja Golf Course and continue to wind around the coast and through the mountains until you see the signs for the beach. Tips: No bathroom facilities. There is a truck where you can buy water and snacks, but it is recommended to bring your own in case they are closed. There are palapas, but not a lot. You can rent kayaks and snorkel gear.

Loreto

ISLA CORONADO

A wildlife reserve where visitors may anchor, snorkel, scuba and camp. The panga ride usually includes a cruise around the island where it’s very common to see sea lions, seals and even sea otters. The only swimmable beach on the island has pristine white sand and shallow crystal clear turquoise water, which creates ideal snorkelling conditions. Coronado Island is the ideal place for an adventure or to simply immerse yourself in nature and relax. Location: About 7 miles or 30 minutes (on boat) northeast of Loreto. Tips: To get to Coronado Island you must take a boat or a panga. You will find pangas in Loreto’s Marina that you can hire to take you. The best option is to ask your concierge to arrange this for you. There are no services or restaurants on the beach. There are several large palapas with tables and benches and also an ecorestroom. Bring hiking shoes if you plan to explore the area. Bring Snorkelling gear!

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ANNUAL LIGA MAC CHRISTMAS FIESTA The 8th Annual Liga MAC Christmas Fiesta takes place Saturdayy

night, December 4th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Shoppes Palmilla. The Liga MAC Angels Choir will be performing while the Liga MAC volunteers will be serving 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 please). The toys are given to low-income families assisted by LIGA MAC when Santa visits our Centro de Apoyo at El Zacatal for our Christmas Posada Day. 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 at 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 info@ligamac.com. 30

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2016 LOS CABOS CULINARY FESTIVAL SABOR A CABO

The 11th Annual Los Cabos ''Sabor a Cabo'' Culinary International Festival returns to its late autumn time date of Saturday, December 10. The gourmet delicacy offerings of local and international chefs will benefit the Los Cabos Children's Foundation as well as the Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo Fire Departments. The Southern Baja California event will once again showcase top chefs and guest food experts from the western hemisphere, as well featuring incredibly highly innovative selections of food and wine as well as live entertainment. The event will be held at the Sculpture Gardens in Puerto Los Cabos and ticket sales begin next week, so even the prices are not known for the festival, but as always proceeds with the ticket sales will be to support fire departments and SJC CSL. The attractive setting is for the biggest culinary food festival not just in Baja California, but in all of Mexico. ''Sabor a Cabo, is the perfect storm,'' said Gianmarco Vela, of CANIRAC, the restaurant and bars association of Los Cabos representing 600 local dining and drinking establishments, ''the flames of good music, good wine, and good friends and of course, great food.'' Chef Guillermo Gomez and his team from Cocina del Mar at Esperanza Resort are ready to delight the 2016 star filled crowd with their delicious seafood menu. ''The food, the culture, the history, is so rich here,'' commented Gene Simmons of the Rock & Roll band KISS last year. Sharing his excitement and glee with MANA musician Alex Gonzalez, who added, ''you know what, independent of the ocean and nature, the people here are wonderful.'' Past music guests who have performed to joyous crowd have been the popular Mexican group La Ley and in 2015, Lila Downs. For tickets please call 624-143944 or visit www.saboracabo.mx and/ or email info@loscabos.mx.

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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 roses 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 that of Christianity.


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THE CHRISTMAS POSADAS

From Monday December 16 until Tuesday, Christmas Eve December 24, the country of Mexico and Baja California Sur Region of Los Cabos celebrate the 9 days of candlelit processions that continue until the day before Christmas. 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.

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BILINGUAL CHRISTMAS SERVICES IN LOS CABOS ,

The Cabo San Lucas Catholic Church, built in 1730, is the main Catholic place of worship year round in Cabo. For Christmas, the church will offer bilingual masses on 12/24 Christmas Eve at 8:00 pm and 12/25 Christmas Day at 12:00 noon. The church is located at Cabo San Lucas Boulevard & Francisco Madero, across the street from Plaza Amelia Wilkes. In San JosĂŠ del Cabo, the historic Catholic Mission Church, which is found at the main plaza, will offer masses on the 25th at 10:00 am in English. A part of the Christmas tradition in Mexico are the savory treats that are a nationwide favorite known as buĂąuelos; which are crispy fried flour tortillas soaked in honey, or brown sugar. Other Mexican staples of the Christmas celebrations south of the border are tamales and ''atole'' or ''champurrado'', which is a thick hot and savory chocolate drink.

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NEW YEAR'S EVE

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 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.

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DESPERADOS RESTAURANT & CANTINA Welcome 2017 along with blues legend Jonny Lang. Tickets for just the show cost $100.00 US, $140.00 for dinner, well drinks and show are $140.00 and $170.00 US for VIP seating, dinner, premium drinks and of course, a great music show! Info: desperadoscabos@hotmail.com (624) 143-4313/143-4331

CABO WABO CANTINA NEW YEAR’S BASH Rock in the new year at the legendary Cabo Wabo Cantina with the amazingly talented house band Cabo Uno.m and who knows, maybe even Sammy Hagar will show-up for the celebration! Info: webmaster@cabowabocantina.com

DJ ROOFTOP PART Y AT THE CAPE Join the most stylish party this NYE at Cabos San Lucas' newest luxury resorts. As 2016’s last sunset makes its way into the night, celebrate six stories above the ocean waves, with Cabo’s most commanding views at your feet and warm sea breezes quickening to the pulse of our world-class guest DJ JASON BENTLEY. This unforgettable evening starts with sunset on The Rooftop at 6pm and keeps the energy flowing until 4am. Celebrate with a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. Exclusive Manta Lounge and Rooftop Cabana packages are available. Info: www.thompsonhotels.com/new-years-eve-cape

NEW YEAR’S EVE PART Y AT BREATHLESS Featuring Sugar Shake Band and Superlover Dj By Suara label. Pary starts at 6:00 PM and will keep you dancing until 2:00 AM. Dress to impress in your best purple cocktail attire! Info: chiefconcierge.brcsl@breathlessresorts.com or call (624) 104-9500 to obtain passes

WATCH THE MEDANO BEACH FIREWORKS ON A CRUISE Let the countdown begin aboard the Cabo Mar New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise! Dance under the Stars to the live sounds of the Val Garcia Band, Cabo's hottest young stars. The 3-1/2 hour Party includes our all you can eat Taco Buffet, an Unlimited International Bar and Party Favors. Celebrate 2017 watching the Fireworks from Medano Beach, while anchored on the Bay. Cost: $75.00. 9:30pm to 1:00am, boarding begins at 9:00pm. Another option is to ring in 2017 aboard the Tropicat, Cabo's most luxurious catamaran. Dance under the stars as you experience the spectacular Medano Beach fireworks show. Feast on the specially prepared appetizers and an unlimited full international bar. Cost: $75.00. Duration: 3 hours- 10:00pm to 1:00am, boarding at 9:30pm. Info: reservations@pezgato.com - (624) 143-9747 32


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LOS CABOS MUSIC SCENE by Marylin Graham

A new season, a new year, time to get plugged into the latest music scene of Los Cabos. Whether you like jazz, rock, Latin, salsa, flamingo, pop, soul music, the symphony or a choir, there is something for you. You just have to know where to look. Jazz can be found in Cabo San Lucas in many venues but here are some of my favorites. Two for the Road (Hotel Tesoro), with Kathy Daniels and Montana is a cozy bar usually featuring singers performing the American Songbook, maybe Corey Prentice or an out of town guest. Another great jazz venue is Cabo Wine and Jazz where you will often discover spontaneous jam sessions by the areas’s best musicians! Club Cascadas, a beautiful venue on the beach, offers jazz, pop and romantic music with different performers nightly. I am fond of Tuesdays at Cascadas with Daline Jones and Diego Ramirez, Cabo’s famous Duet. (Although you can catch them at Cerritos Beach Sunday afternoons in a fun outdoor venue. Or listen to Diego Ramirez jazz piano at the Hilton.) Also don’t miss the Mexican Fiesta with Luna Itzel on Fridays at Cascadas. The Office on Cabo’s beach also offers a variety of the area’s best musicians, including Shalom Jazz Band. Other Cabo venues: Puerta Vieja features piano, salsa and Cuban music. Latitude 22 Roadhouse is home to a fun weekend show by Peter Bacon. Hopefully Nikki Beach will continue with live jazz this year. And give Common Table, Solomon’s Landing, Ramuri or Maria Corona a try. Or treat yourself to the Mango Deck on Tuesdays to hear a new group, the Tribu Jazz Quintet, Juan Carlos Madariaga on piano, Raul Herrera on drums, Adrian Grand on guitar, Hugo Navarro on bass and Arturo Ramirez on violin. Jazz in San Jose del Cabo can be found in L’Osteria, Flora’s Farm, JWMarriott, Samba Restaurant in the Grand Mayan, and other places, like Syriaccus Bar and possibly Jazz Tapas Bar. Rock ‘n Roll’s headquarters in Los Cabos is still Cabo Wabo, Sammy Hagar’s legendary night-club. While Rock ‘n Brews in San Jose del Cabo, founded by Kiss members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, features comfort food, sports TV and rock ‘n roll. And there is always the Tropicana in San Jose for music and mariachis. On another note, Brian Flynn! Wherever he is playing, maybe at La Palapa, you will find rocking fun times. I also enjoy Esquina Bar with Totoy. You might visit Cabo Blue, where you could find country or rock. Or perhaps you can stop at the Jungle Bar or Desperados. Another fairly new addition to the nightlife scene in Cabo is Rockstone Tavern and Eatery. Baja Brewery, both in Cabo and San Jose, features rock/pop. And you can always find music on the beach at Zippers, San Jose. Last but not least, watch for holiday announcements regarding the Los Cabo Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Polyphonic Choir of Los Cabos performances. Local charities also provide occasional music events throughout the year that are announced locally, like LigaMAC and their coming 20th Anniversary celebration in March 2017. So stay tuned for hopefully a year full of great music, all our favorites as well as exciting new surprises! * Everything you need to know about Baja Sur

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Cabo San Lucas has certainly seen its share of changes over the years. Growing from a small sleepy fishing village to one of today's most vibrant world class destinations, Cabo's choices of boating tours has also grown. In 1985, the Pez Gato I, a Hawaiian style catamaran, was brought to these sunny shores, as the dream of a California fireman, Paul Murphy. She was the very first Sunset Cruise in Cabo. In the beginning, there weren't many tourists and the ones that were here, were offered trips on the Pez Gato, directly on the beach, in front of where the Office Restaurant now sits. A lot has changed since then, but the Pez Gato Company is still Cabo's leader for boat cruises. In 2006, recognizing that the returning clientele was becoming more sophisticated, the Tropicat, an elegant 65 Ě catamaran was added to the fleet and The Jazz & Wine Tour was born. This luxurious and unique cruise caters to those guests who appreciate being on the water while listening to smooth jazz, sipping wine and enjoying exquisitely prepared appetizers. The Tropicat proudly boats an international bar with 6 different wine selections from around the world and a menu that is rotated seasonally to showcase the flavors of Baja. Currently, the menu features a variety of cheeses and cured meats, fresh vegetables, tropical fruits, fresh sea bass ceviche, spicy crab dip and other local offerings. The real star of this tour is beauty of the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez coastline. Sailing under an incredible pink and orange sunset, sitting back, relaxing, meeting new friends and appreciating nature at its finest is what makes the Jazz and Wine Cruise consistently one of the most sought after activities. The Tropicat is also available for private charters (birthday celebrations, wedding rehearsal cruises, bachelorette/bachelor parties, corporate groups and much more). On her other vessels, the Pez Gato Company offers daily Whale Watching Tours (in season), Snorkeling Tours to Santa Maria Bay, the Cabo Mar Fiesta Dinner Cruise, and the Pez Gato Party Cruise (Cabo's First and Original). Cost for The Jazz & Wine Tour : $75.00usd per adults, $37.50 per child 5 to 11 years. Duration: 2 hours - Departs 5:00 pm daily Reservations can be made by calling 143- 3797 (from Cabo) or 619-446-6339 (from the US) or you can book directly at www.pezgato.com.

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