Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
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
14 SPA REPORT
Currents Spa at The Cape, A Thompson Hotel
16 ART & CULTURE
Giving Back • San José Art Walk • Spanish Lesson
18 OUTDOOR FUN IN LOS CABOS 20 DISCOVER
Lord of the Wind • Los Cabos' Wild Life: Recognizing Whale Surface Behaviors • The Islands of Loreto go Green
26 LOS CABOS TOP BEACHES
Descriptions and tips about the best beaches in Los Cabos
31 COUPONS 32 OUT & ABOUT
Events • Instaworthy
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Baja has much to offer beyond the popular tourist resorts of Los Cabos. We have dedicated this issue to eco-adventures and outdoor activities so you can learn what this area's natural richness has to offer. Nationally protected biosphere reserves such as the Sierra de la Laguna and the eight-fingered coral reef in Cabo Pulmo, are only a few examples of the options that you can explore in Los Cabos. Read further to discover hidden places such as our natural hot springs, majestic waterfalls, ideal kite surfing conditions and much more.
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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.
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.
SEASONAL FISHING CHART
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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 8
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!
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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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.
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. 10
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
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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CURRENTS SPA The Cape, A Thompson Hotel
Natu re is e ve r at work bu i l d i ng and pu l l i ng d ow n, c re at i ng and d e st roy i ng , ke e pi ng e ve r y t h i ng w h i rl i ng and f l ow i ng , a l l ow i ng no re st but i n rhy t h m i c a l mot i on, chasi ng e ve r y t h i ng i n e nd l e ss s ong out of one b e aut i f u l for m i nto anot he r. â€“ John Muir
CURRENTS SPA is a haven in Los Cabos which takes its name from the open design that allows the currents of nature to flow throughout. The ocean air and breeze immediately welcome you as you walk through the hallway which leads to an open air relaxation area, and the rock formations that embrace this Baja sanctuary cradle your mind and soul into pure relaxation. The raw construction materials and design used throughout the spa give an overall feeling of the outside elements being brought into the indoor facilities. Feel the ocean breeze every time you step in and out of the outdoor relaxation areas that include hot and cold plunge pools with amazing ocean views, a sauna and a steam room. Before your treatment, you can listen to the zen music made especially for this spa, as you sip on some infused tea or water and gaze at a beautiful vertical garden wall, a signature of the Thompson Hotel spas. Ocean-view cabanas are offered for an "al fresco" treatment, which are so close to the ocean that you can listen to the cadence of the waves. The couples treatment room offers an intimate setting with rain showers and a private pool, and the individual treatment room offers a space that allows you to give in to your deepest state of relaxation. The massages are customized for each individual, emphasizing on what each body needs. The lights are completely turned-off and only a small amount of natural light is let in. "The reason for this is to bring back the sensation of being in the womb, allowing us to enter into complete relaxation," says Spa Manager Katia Chavez. The massage therapist then begins your treatment that seems to be synchronized with the flow and currents of nature, just the way your entire experience at this mesmerizing spa will be. *
THE FEEL: Nature embraces you. THE WOW: Location, location, location. Amazing views from every angle of the relaxation areas, including the steam room.
THE HIGHLIGHT: The massage itself. The dark room and the skilled massage therapist allow you to enter into deep and intense relaxation.
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ART&CULTURE Giving Back Volunteering: The New Year’s Resolution That’s the Easiest to Keep by Sabrina Lear
Each January, many of us find ourselves making New Years resolutions, with the most popular being to lose weight and get healthy, eat better, make more time to exercise, spend less and save more, and to reach out to those less fortunate in our communities. Yet, studies show that by March or April most of us fail to meet our goals in spite of our good intentions. And although “volunteering” comes in at number nine on almost every “Top Ten” list, it’s actually one of the easiest goals to keep. Why? Because giving back makes us feel good. According to Harvard University Medical Editor Edward Edwards, “Ambitious attempts to improve often fail because people try to make too many changes at once or can’t implement the changes they’ve selected.” Volunteering is a conscious choice, and how you choose to give back can last all year if you pair what you’re passionate about with a cause that keeps you inspired. If you’ve always wanted to help seniors, the Club de Abuelos San Miguel is always looking for volunteers and donations that won’t break your bank. If you’re wondering how you can assist children and families while you’re here, Los Cabos has many worthy non-profits that deserve your support. The Los Cabos Children’s Foundation (LCCF) is a dynamic NGO dedicated to improving the health of children in Los Cabos and the Southern Baja peninsula. Visit www.loscaboschildren.org for how you can get involved. If you’re staying in San José, Liga MAC — Mexican, American, Canadian 16
League— has assisted low-income families and individuals through its Zacatal center in San José del Cabo for more than 20 years. See what it’s up to at www.ligamac.com. In Cabo San Lucas, Amigos de Los Niños—adlncabo.org— now in its 25th year, provides medical attention and clinics to local low-income children. Red Autismo—redautismo.org—our local Autism Network, leads the way through its center in San José. Los Niños de Capitán is a daycare center and an important resource helping children living in poverty in Cabo San Lucas. Find out more at www.losninosdelcapitan.com. If animal welfare is your passion, the Los Cabos Humane Society —loscaboshumanesociety.com— serves as our local “Pound,” and is always looking for volunteers and donations. Walk a dog or cuddle a cat at its center just outside of Cabo San Lucas off Hwy. 19. It’s a wonderful way to spend a few hours of quality family time, and who knows? You may head home with a new fourlegged friend. If staying physical is your passion, check out Ciclovia early Sunday mornings in Cabo San Lucas. It’s a chance to get out and mingle with local families while you walk, bike, skateboard or people watch along a stretch of Boulevard L. Cardenas closed to traffic ... a wonderful way to experience the family side of Cabo and make new friends. While Los Cabos is known internationally for its stellar resorts, wonderful weather and generous hospitality, we’re also known for the many repeat visitors who take the time to give back to our community. Here’s to all of you, and to a healthy and very happy 2017!
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. www.artcabo.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: Adventure Aventura Activities Actividades Wind Viento Kite Papalote Ecology Ecología To walk Caminar To swim Nadar To run Correr
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If you want to experience real adventurous tourism, you came to the right spot, Baja has it all! Anything and everything from the truest form of ecotourism to high tech gear activities. If you are leaning more towards an ecotourism experience, you might want to plan a hiking trip up to La Sierra La Laguna. Imagine hiking from nearby Todos Santos up to the valley of the “Reserva de la Biosfera de la Sierra La Laguna” which is a National Reserve Park, and spend a few nights there camping or renting a cabin enjoying the pine forest. You can do this hike with or without assistance of donkeys to carry the load and these trips can be planned through a few Sierra La Laguna outfitters online. A specialized guide or advisor is recommended. Another amazing activity not to be missed while in Baja is scuba diving at Cabo Pulmo reef which is also a National Reserve Park. This place has real world class scuba diving and the area is majestic. Nearby is Los Barriles where you can experience great fishing and also world class kite surfing. But for unreal kite surfing, the spot is La Ventana which is north from Los Barriles and south of La Paz. People from all over the world come here for the By Adrienne Davis awesome winds. 18
If your adventure is of a different type and maybe you are looking for fossils and cave paintings, north of San Jose is the place. Las Casitas is a very special place for fossils where you might even find a huge whale backbone fossil in the middle of the desert. Also you can discover some cave paintings near San Dionisio, which is a stunning canyon near Santiago. Well, if you are near the Oasis town of Santiago, you have to visit and take some high jumps off the huge boulders in the famous waterfall at Fox Canyon. And maybe later check out the next canyon where at Santa Rita ranch you can enjoy dusk in the thermal hot springs, one of my favorite spots in the world. There is a great camping area there as well as rental cabins. For more adrenaline, Baja has many amazing zip lines, there is one nearby Santiago in the town of Miraflores, and by the way there is a very fun waterpark near here in the little town of Caduano. Other great zip lines are at El Tule arroyo in between San Lucas and San Jose and another cool one at Costa Azul canyon. If off-roading is what you are seeking, Cabo and its surrounding areas have numerous options. Everything
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there are so many more things you can do down here like wakeboarding, skateboarding, spearfishing, sky diving, mountain biking and even renting a bike for riding around downtown San Jose, which is also one of my favorite things to do. Other fun things you can do down here is play golf, tennis, do outdoor yoga, and go go-karting with the family. Nightlife and partying is also adventurous and fun, but that is another story. So no doubt Cabo is a real fun place, now all we have to do is decide what fun things to do and in what order because it will probably take a little time to get down the list. Happy 2017 everyone!!!
Ecotourism is now defined as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education" (TIES, 2015). Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and guests. PRINCIPLES OF ECOTOURISM Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement, participate in and market ecotourism activities should adopt the following ecotourism principles: Minimize physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts. Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect. Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts. Provide direct financial benefits for conservation. Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry. Deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climates. Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities. Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in your community and work in partnership with them to create empowerment.
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B aja's treasures The true winners of the Lord of the Wind are the local community. The towns of Los Barriles, Buena Vista, El Cardonal, and La Ribera, all benefit from this event as it is a fundraiser for the local Club Deportivo, a non-profit organization supporting local youth through sports and the Rotary Club (Club Rotario Cabo Este). The Rotary Club operates the local technology center, supports the local health clinic, manages projects for other charities that want to help in the area but do not have a presence, and provides assistance for urgent needs such as hurricane relief.
JANUARY 17 – 22, 2017, Los Barriles, BCS The battle on the sea begins on January 18th as the Lord of the Wind kicks off its seventh annual Kiteboard competition. With over $20,000 in prize money plus the prestige of being crowned the Lord or Lady of the Wind at stake, many of the world’s best kiteboarders will be going to Los Barriles to put on a display that is nothing short of AWESOME. Whether you’re a kiteboard enthusiast or not, the Lord of the Wind event is a great time! Los Barriles, just 45 minutes north of the Los Cabos International Airport, is a wonderful place to visit, or as many have found, it's the perfect place to call home. Whether the goal is to excite the adrenaline or embrace serenity, Los Barriles and the East Cape has much to offer. The Sea of Cortez is well known as one of the best places in the world for sport fishing, and it's overflowing with wildlife if the goal is to simply observe. Jacques Cousteau got it right when he likened the Sea of Cortez to “the world’s aquarium.” Aquatic activities include: snorkeling, SCUBA and stand-up paddle boarding. On land, the activities include taking a quad out for a ride up an arroyo, riding a horse along the beach or exploring the numerous trails on a mountain bike or on foot. For those wanting to simply embrace serenity, there are many spas and yoga studios to choose from. When the sun sets, the evening options are plentiful! There are a variety of fantastic restaurants and hotels. Whether the desire is to be on the beach, in the town center, or tucked away from it all in a quiet venue, there are plenty of options. 20
And of course there’s kiteboarding! In the winter months the wind picks up and the sky fills with colorful kites pulling riders across the water sometimes at astounding speeds. Other times, the rider will launch themselves into the air and either simply fly for an apparent eternity or perform some gymnastic-like jump / twist / roll / kick / flip trick! Watching this never gets old. Which brings us back to the Lord of the Wind, an event not to be missed. As enjoyable as it is to watch kiteboarders every day, the performances during this competition are amazing.
F0r more information and to view the full schedule of events visit: www.lordofthewindbaja.com
This year the Lord of the Wind riders will also be competing for points toward the Mexican Freestyle Championship. The competition starts on Wednesday, January 18th and finishes on Sunday the 22nd. This year’s Boarder Cross / Slalom will feature obstacles that the competitors will jump over during the race. The course is set-up to be similar to the Boarder Cross Kiteboarding event scheduled in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. The evening festivities start on Tuesday the 17th and continue every night thru Sunday the 22nd. Join the festivities on the beach during the day and/or at the restaurants in the evening. There is something for everyone! *
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VI L L A DE L PAL MAR AT T HE I SL A N DS OF LORETO GOES GREEN E c o -Aw are G olf C ours e, S ol ar R o ofs and Gre y water R e c ycling Init i at ives
illa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto's sustainable efforts and environmentally friendly initiatives range from solar panellined roofs to a sophisticated seawater purification system, as well as grey water and regular recycling systems. In addition, the 7,400-yard Rees Jones-designed Danzante Bay golf course, which is slated for a 2016 opening, is taking shape with a number of eco-friendly measures in mind. “Maintaining unspoiled views, crystal clear waters and a rich environment is a vital piece of who we are,” said Owen Perry, owner and president of Villa Group. “We are proud of the many eco-friendly practices we’ve implemented at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto. We are dedicated to doing our part to preserve the area’s natural beauty and cultural history by minimizing our environmental footprint as much as possible.” The Danzante Golf Course is designed to work with the natural beauty and serenity of its surrounding environment. Where possible, plants that must be removed during the construction of the course are being transplanted and relocated throughout the golf course to maintain native landscaping. Those plants that are unable to be transplanted are being used as compost and reintroduced to the area’s soil. In addition, the resort is opting for organic fertilizers instead of hazardous chemicals, as well as maintaining the course with treated water and the use of solar energy for water heating needs, in order to protect the natural environment. The resort’s location within the world’s second largest protected National Marine Park helps limit the size
and power of boats that traverse its waters, keeping pollution from watercraft to a minimum, meanwhile protecting the area’s abundant marine life. Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto has worked closely to preserve indigenous flora and fauna in the region with the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), which is the federal agency responsible for promoting the protection, restoration and conservation of ecosystems, natural resources, environmental goods and services in Mexico. As for other ways in which Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto goes green, its solar-panel-lined roofs collect and store power from the area’s more than 300 sunny days each year, greatly reducing the resort’s energy needs. The resort also uses a seawater purification system that collects and purifies water from the Sea of Cortez for use throughout the hotel. The system mitigated the need to create a 30-mile water pipeline from the town of Loreto to Danzante Bay. In addition, the resort created a greywater recycling program, which helps conserve water and aids irrigation on the property, as well as recycles aluminum, glass and plastic. Other sustainable efforts include the Villa del Palmar at the Island’s of Loreto’s maintenance of its own vegetable and herb garden, which are used in gourmet meals at its three restaurant – The Market Restaurant, Casa Mia and the fine-dining Danzante Restaurant – for a farm-to-table experience. Baja has much to offer beyond the popular destination of Los Cabos. Venture further north on this magical peninsula and discover the untouched natural wonderland of the Islands of Loreto.* 21
LOS CABOS WILDLIFE
Recognizing Whale Surface Behaviors by Marilia Olio, Marine Biologist and guide at Cabo Trek www.cabotrek.com
The easiest way for a marine mammalogist to study whales and dolphins is to divide the research into categories: ACOUSTIC S is the study of the underwater sounds recorded with a hydrophone; DIVING is the study involving animals with tags attached to their body; BEHAVIOUR is defined by actions which can be seen by an observer watching the animals. Humpback whales are one of the best known and easily recognizable of the large whales: known for its frequent acrobatic behaviour and the tendency to occasional approach the vessels. During your whale watching trip in Cabo, these are some behaviours that you could witness: Head slap – it occurs when a whale lunges or leaps its head out of the water, striking the underside of the chin on the surface of the water. This is a behaviour often observed after a breaching sequence. It may be used to communicate, to loosen parasites that may have attached themselves to their skin, or as an aggressive behavior if it’s towards others whales. Peduncle throw – it’s observed when the whale throws the lower portion of its body, including its flukes sideways across the surface 22
of the water. It’s a very energetic and aggressive display and it usually take place as part of the mating activities as a warning signal to others or bash other whales during competition. Tail slap – usually in the vertical position, whales raise their tail out of the water and slapping them forcefully against the surface. This is a behaviour repeat over and over and may be used to communicate or a warning to others in the vicinity. Breach – breaching is defined when the whale takes more than 40% of the body out of the water. The purpose of this behaviour is still unknown. It may be to communicate with other whales nearby, dislodge parasites from their skin, stun prey, stretching or simply for fun. Spyhop – it is described when the whale stands vertically and raises its head clear of the water. They may then slowly turn to look around, then drop back down in the water. Pectoral slap – during the pec slap, a whale will lie on their side or back, rise one or both pectoral fins clear of the water and slap them on the water surface. This is another behaviour that can be displayed repetitively. Fluke – the tail of the whale appears out of the water in an upward arch and slowly rolls underwater. The entire ventral surface is seen and is often the best way to identify a humpback whale. *
ALL THAT'S FISHY From Land's End to La Paz
Monthly Fishing Report by Gary Graham
OW! 2016 is almost gone and 2017 looms ahead. In the rear view mirror there are some epic yellowfin tuna catches, as well as wahoo and even blue marlin for a lot of smiling anglers. Personal bests were common for many of them in a number of different categories while others participated in some of the best small blue marlin fishing the Baja locals have seen...but that’s enough of that. I never have been much for dwelling in the past! The immediate future looks and sounds promising, even with the recent water and air temperature dropping. The billfish crowd is abuzz with all the recent striped marlin that arrived on the various banks on the Pacific side. One, two, three and in some cases double- digit catches and releases are common as one of the best December striper bites in a while continues into the New Year. If you are looking for something for the freezer or even better, dinner at one of the many local restaurants with their skilled chefs eager to strut their stuff, there are a number of choices. Wahoo that have never gone away is a preferred choice for the table; many believe their steaks are even better than swordfish. Other dining favorites are dorado which is great grilled or deep fried and
wrapped in a fresh warm tortilla; this is a local Baja favorite that can’t be beat! Another equally tasty favorite is the yellowfin tuna prepared in a variety of ways. For the hardcore it can be sushi or sashimi directly from hook to table. Some temper their taste trying to walk that fine line of seared on the outside and raw in the middle with a little soy and wasabi added. Another favorite fishing option in Baja is to fish close to shore around some of the rocky reefs and pinnacles that are home to a long list of popular fish to target. Yellowtail usually show up this time of year, joining some of the resident snapper, grouper, cabrilla and pargo that seem to live there most of the year. If you are a novice angler, or some members of your group are, you have come to the right place at the right time to catch and learn a lot, and with a little luck you can go home as a “sort of” seasoned angler. For the old salt who has “been there done that” many times, there are plenty of species for your bucket list or maybe even a “personal best catch” swimming around Baja’s tip -daring you to try to catch’em. Regardless of your fishing skills, Happy New Year and tight lines to you all! *
Go kids. Give them a special present...make them smile with the largest fish they have ever caught!
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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 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 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.
Along the Corridor 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.
here to enjoy the snorkelling and scuba diving that this National Marine Preserve offers. This familyfriendly 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.
San Jose del Cabo
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.
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. 26
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 offers a stunning horseshoe cove with coarse coral-colored sand and abundant marine life. Boat excursions and private charters often stop
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.
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 standup 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.
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.
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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2017 By Fernando Rodriguez
BREATHLESS RESORT & SPA NEW YEAR'S DAY PARTY One of Cabo San Lucas' newest hotels, The Breathless Resort,
located at the southern end of the Marina, is holding their firstever New Year's Day Party, "Recover, Reconnect and Rekindle'' on January 1, 2017. The New Year's Day event features live music by the Sugar Shake Band and DJ Superlover entertainment. For more information or to RSVP please call (624) 104-9500.
LOVERBOY, SAMMY HAGAR AT CABO WABO CANTINA Sammy Hagar announced at his redrocker website on September 26,
2016, that his world-famous Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico would hold the first concert of 2017 featuring the popular 1980's super band Loverboy; on the first Friday of the new year, January 6, 2017 at 9:00 pm. In a youtube video, Hagar has encouraged his fans to dress in their favorite crop tops, spandex, shoulder pads and acid washed wear from the decade as they rock-out to 80's list of hits from both Loverboy and the enthusiastic host, Sammy Hagar. Tickets went on sale beginning Monday, October 3 at 12:00 noon, and there may still be some available at the $55 price. The Loverboy band was formed in Calgary in 1980 and is comprised of vocalist Mike Reno, guitarist Paul Dean, keyboardist Doug Johnson, drummer Matthew Frenette and bassist Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve (who replaced original bassist Scott Smith after a tragic boating accident in 2000 claimed his life.) The group's 1980 eponymous debut featured the rock singles "Turn Me Loose" and "The Kid Is Hot Tonite," collectively propelling the release to gold status in both the band's native Canada and the United States. It was the anthemic "Working for the Weekend" (from 1981's Get Lucky) however which truly delivered Loverboy megarock attention, earning the group a staggering eight Juno Awards by the end of the year, the most received by a single group or individual to this day. For more information please visit: Loverboyband.com 32
DAY OF THE THREE KINGS (DIA DE LOS REYES)
There is a long tradition in Mexico of having children receive presents from the three "Reyes Magos" or ''Three Kings'' on the night of January 5th (Epiphany Eve) or the morning of January 6. The Three Kings festivities in Mexico include families getting together to share ring shaped sweet bread called "Rosca de Reyes" with a small white figurine inside of baby Jesus. Whoever gets the figurine is supposed to organize and host the family celebration for the scheduled Candalaria feast of February the 2nd. El Dia de Los Reyes, honors the historic events of King Herod after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, when the three wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." When King Herod heard this, he was frightened and called together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet.'' Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Herod then sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage." When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and opening their treasure chests, offered the child gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another path.
THE 9TH ANNUAL LOS CABOS PRO-AM GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Cabo del Sol 9th Annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament begins on Monday, January 16 at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Resort, located along the corridor. An opening night welcome cocktail & hors d’oeuvres reception party ushers in the 9th prestigious tournament that kicks off the following day at 10:00 am. On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, tournament play begins with a 6:30 am – 10:00 am Breakfast Buffet at Tomatoes Restaurant then kicks off with a first round Tee Time of 10:00 am on Cabo del Sol’s Ocean Course. The Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol is Ranked in the Top 100 golf courses of the in the World and the #1 Ranked course in the Carribean & Mexico. On Wednesday, tournament contestants will hit the The Desert Course (1 Round), which is the #6 Ranked course in Mexico. Thursday's activity is highlighted by the 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Cocktails & Awards Dinner at the De Cortez Restaurant Terrace. “I have played the Cabo event 5 times and it has been great fun. The event is run very well, the camaraderie amongst the other players is always fun, the courses are terrific, weather always spectacular, and my wife has enjoyed the trip immensely.” said Stan Smith, a Wimbledon & US Open Tennis Champion and golf enthusiast. For more information please contact Barry Fleming at email email@example.com or call (843) 384-5342.
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THE TODOS SANTOS TROPIC OF CANCER MUSIC SERIES
A total of nineteen talented musicians will perform at the Inaugural Todos Santos Tropic of Cancer Music Series, that begins on Thursday, January 12, 2017. The charity concert will benefit the Palapa Society of Todos Santos and takes place at the historic and legendary, Hotel California. With a musical sound that ranges Bossa Nova to American Blues to Afro-Cuban styles, 2014 Grammy award recipient (Best Latin Rock) La Santa Cecilia is one of the premiere acts that will perform, along with Nashville-based folk singer Langhorne Slim. Langhorne Slim has developed a reputation for a gut punching live act, receiving high praise from Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and more. The New Yorker painted him as having, “Leadbelly’s gift for storytelling, and Dylan’s ability to captivate crowds.” East Los Angeles Chicano folk legends Las Cafeteras, will bring their high energy to the festival. Also performing will be Kentucky-born singer-songwriter Joan Osborne; who sings and writes with an obvious wealth of knowledge and love for the American Country, Blues, and R&B tradition. Besides leading a decorated solo career, Osborne has taken the stage and backed The Dixie Chicks, and The Dead, along with Phil Lesh and Friends among others. Comprised of Wilco members John Stirratt and Pat Sansone, The Autumn Defense, is another act that will electrify the Todos Santos Music Fest crowds. Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, The psychedelic Nashville wizards, The JAG have a live act unlike any other in the U.S. and is yet another group not to miss this January, 2017. Also from Nashville, TN, Becca Mancari, writes songs about the tranquility of human connection in the vein of Lucinda Williams and Bob Dylan. She’s an open-hearted singer who’s voice can be trusted. Tickets begin at $25 U.S. dollars.
THE SCHEDULE FOR THE TWO WEEKENDS EXTRAVAGANZA IS AS FOLLOWS: Thursday, January 12 @ La Esquina Restaurant At Sunset (5:30 pm) Langhorne Slim, Pat Sansone, Joe Firstman, Matt Haeck Becca Mancari, Daniel Donato, Lane Carney, Tom Freund 10:45 pm @ La Morena Cantina Lane Carney, Daniel Donato Friday, January 13 @ The Hotel California 6:00 Becca Mancari 6:40 Matt Haeck 7:30 Jane Carney/Daniel Donato 8:30 The Autumn Defense 9:30 Langhorne Slim 10:30 Las Cafeteras 11:30 @ La Morena Restaurant & Bar 11:30 Cordovas 12:00 Tom Freund 12:30 The Jag Saturday, January 14 @ The Hotel California 6:00 Jane Carney/Daniel Donato 6:40 Tom Freund 7:30 The Autumn Defense 8:30 The Jag 9:30 Las Cafeteras 10:30 Langhorne Slim 11:30 @ La Morena Bar 11:30 Matt Haeck & Amigos 12:30 Cordovas
Tuesday, January 17 Venue TBA Sunset (5:30) Joan Osborne, Becca Mancari Thursday, January 19 @ La Esquina Restaurant Sunset (5:30) Steve Poltz, Joe Firstman, Lost Beach, Matt Haeck, Tom Freund, Tim Easton, Lucca Soria 10:45 pm @ La Morena Tunnel Vision Friday, January 20 @ The Hotel California 6:00 Tim Easton 6:40 Matt Haeck 7:35 Steve Poltz 8:30 Lost Beach 9:30 The Jag 10:30 Tunnel Vision Saturday, January 21 @ The Hotel California 6:00 Los Tolines 6:40 Tim Easton, Matt Haeck, Tom Freund 7:40 Steve Poltz 8:30 The Jag 9:30 Cordovas 10:30 La Santa Cecilia 11:30 pm @ La Morena 11:30 Lost Beach 12:30 Tunnel Vision Sunday, January 22 @ Casa Tota Hotel Street Party 5:00 pm Tunnel Vision, Lost Beach, Cordovas, Tim Easton
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THE 7TH ANNUAL LORD OF THE WIND SHOWDOWN
Continuing their mission to create the largest international Windsurfing, Kiteboarding, and Stand-Up Paddle Board event in the world, the Los Barriles East Cape Rotary Club has once again, garnered further support from the Baja California Sur Tourism Board, to accomplish their lofty goal. The four day ocean side spectacle will once again showcase some of the best Kiteboarding and SUP board athletes in the western hemisphere. The 2016 Lord and Lady of the Wind – Julien Kerneur and Cynthia “Cynbad” Brown, successfully defended their 2015 Lord and Lady titles. Considered by many as the X Games of the ocean, the Lords of the Wind Showdown consists of competitive rounds where athletes battle it out on Sea of Cortez waters in windsurfing, kiteboarding and stand up paddle board, before a panel of judges and awestruck fans. Proceeds from the 2013 Showdown helped the East Cape Rotary Club build a Technology Center in Los Barriles. This year's goal is to help initiate a lap top lending program and create English language courses for the city's underprivileged youth. Awards and prizes for this event have steadily risen from its original $10,000 to this years $20,000 in cash. This year, Prize Money Laws in Mexico now require a copy of each person’s passport to receive their prize money. Only 7% taxes will be deducted from prize winnings. Contestants have been asked to email a copy of their passport to firstname.lastname@example.org. or enter the Event Trailer and have their passports scanned. The event has enhanced and popularized the multiple categories and varying competitions combining the Sea of Cortez and the Southern Baja California winds provided by good old, Mother Nature. Competitors will vie for prizes in the categories of Kite Foil Course Racing, Slalom Racing/Boarder Cross, Freestyle – strap and non-strap divisions, Big Air – foil and twin-tip divisions for professionals. While the Open category consists of Slalom Racing/Boarder Cross, and the Big Air – twin-tip division. For more information and/or to register please contact either one of the following: www.lordofthewindbaja.com or www.active.com/los-barriles
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