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letter from the EDITOR Spring is always a refreshing season. Families are excited for their vacation and students are getting ready to let loose and forget about school for a week. In Cabo, we wait with excitement for our spring visitors to bring their happy "vacation-mode" energy. Destino Magazine's purpose is for you to have the best vacation experience possible, so in this issue we have shared ideas and activities for a fun Spring Break. There is so much to do and see in Cabo and you can surely find an activity for any type of traveler.
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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March is still a great month for whale watching. It's not that difficult to spot one from the shore this time of year, but taking a tour is always your best bet. I wish you a perfect and much deserved break. Enjoy our beautiful beaches, taste our delicious food, meet our wonderful people and drink our refreshing margaritas!
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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. 8
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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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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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SNORKEL, LUNCH AND SAILING EXCURSION Spring is the perfect time for a nice snorkeling cruise with delicious food and drinks on the newest addition to the Sun Rider flotilla in Cabo, and of course the best crew members. For the ocean lovers, the fun begins aboard the new Luxury Sailing Cat with green solar-powered technology. After your snorkeling adventure, let yourself be treated to a delicious lunch meal with your preferred drink served by a unique and exceptional crew service. SAILING, MARTINIS AND MUSIC Discover the new concept of sailing as you sip a Martini or maybe some Margaritas, Piñas Coladas, Tequila Sunrise, Mojitos or White and Red wine, and try the mouth-watering hors d'oeuvres and great music, as you wait for the sun to set behind the ocean’s horizon aboard this luxury sailing catamaran. See the great rock formations, the iconic arch of Cabo, Lover’s Beach, the sea lion colony as you listen to the sound of the waves while the crew sets sails. SWIMMING WITH WHALE SHARKS This unforgettable adventure combines swimming with these amazing gentle giants and the chance to explore the town of Todos Santos and the state capital, La Paz. Whale Sharks come to the Bay of La Paz every year, it is one of the few places in the planet where you get to be close to them in their natural habitat. ESPIRITU SANTO ISLAND Considered the most beautiful island of the Sea of Cortez, Espiritu Santo island is a true gem. Rich in marine life and turquoise waters its pristine nature will awaken all your senses. You really can’t miss this adventure! SUNSET DINNER CRUISE Sun Rider Sea Tours specializes in turning the ordinary into extraordinary, such as the Sun Rider Cruising Restaurant - the best dining experience in the Sea of Cortez. Watch the sunset and enjoy a delicious Mexican buffet, all while filling your eyes with the spectacular views of Cabo and its world famous landmark, Land’s End, all as the sun sets on the Pacific Ocean. After dinner, enjoy the 360º viewing deck with a dance floor that is yours to take! * firstname.lastname@example.org - MEX (624) 143-2252 - US (619) 354-3090 - www.sunridertours.com
Cabo Flyboard was conceptualized when Canadian Jason Duff and his Mexican wife, Paulina Vela, watched the first video of the Flyboard ever released. It featured inventor Franky Zapata testing a prototype, soaring over the waters of southern France like Iron Man. It seemed as though they were watching the future, and they knew they had seen something special, so they made a gutsy decision to try something new and opened Cabo Flyboard in April 2013. It was one of the earliest rental companies on Earth and the first in México. They had a truly unique product with an even more unique opportunity, and they were able to tailor the business exactly the way they wanted. They never cut corners and everything they use is top notch; 1800cc Yamaha wave runners boasting up to 300 horsepower with special impellers, for the smoothest flight, original Zapata Racing Flyboards, a comfortable pontoon boat, and high-quality, wellmaintained boots, life jackets, and helmets. Everything they use is the best possible for the sport. Their mission is to make sure everyone has a blast and this has kept the customers coming back year after year. Flyboarding is one of the newest and most extreme water sports in the world. The Flyboard is an accessory connected to and powered by a personal water craft, which allows a user to fly and even be propelled underwater. Users are connected to the board by wakeboard boots, under which, through a special 60-foot hose, a personal watercraft provides thrust, and users are able to fly. A certified trainer controls the throttle, and the Flyboarder has full control of movement and direction. Cabo Flyboard's focus on great customer service and safety has allowed the company to achieve its goal of ensuring every customer leaves happy. Its level of service is unmatched and paired with friendly, knowledgeable staff, the unique experience it delivers has earned Cabo Flyboard much praise and prestige in the tourism industry and ranked it as the No. 1 Flyboard company in the world on Tripadvisor.com. Every customer at Cabo Flyboard is treated to professional, first-class, one-on-one, private lessons. If you are still unsure about giving Flyboarding a try, you can stop by Cabo Flyboard’s beach store and office right behind Mango Deck at Médano Beach. Watch some videos and learn more about the experience. Cabo Flyboard guests have ranged in age from 7 years old to 79 years young so far. Minimum weight required is 70 pounds; it goes up to a maximum of 350 pounds. Cabo Flyboard is also an authorized GoPro distributor, and it stocks everything from, GoPro cameras and accessories to Quiksilver gear, sunscreen, beach toys, and anything else for a fun day in the sand. Cabo Flyboard is a small, family-run business; Jason and Paulina tailored this amazing experience for you to have an unforgettable time, and they know details matter. Spectators always ride free, and Cabo Flyboard also offers the most affordable GoPro HD video packages in the area. If you have one, you are more than welcome to bring your own camera. To book a Flyboard experience, you can go online at www.caboflyboard.com, where Cabo Flyboard offers a pre-booking discount. You can also visit its shop at the beach seven days a week, or give them a call at (624) 143-0146. The best way to learn more about Cabo Flyboard is by reading its reviews on TripAdvisor.com; you can also check out its daily feeds on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. *
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WIRIKUTA Cabo's Mystical Night Show Wirikuta is a one-of-a-kind outdoor theatre experience held on Wednesday evenings that is bound to change the way entertainment is done in Los Cabos. This three-hour event includes everything from transportation, a cocktail hour in a Huichol village, a dinner experience with true traditional Mexican cuisine and an night-time show presented in an incredible outdoor theatre. THE STORY The Huichol people are Native Mexicans living in the Sierra Madre Occidental range. The Wirikuta Night Show takes you on a journey through the ancient ritual of finding their sacred plant, the peyote. In a yearly pilgrimage, the Huichol go to Wirikuta to find the peyote as a desire to return to where life originated to heal oneself. Upon arrival to Wirikuta, the hunt begins and the first cactus that is found is shared among everyone. THE SETTING The Wirikuta Night Show takes place atop a stone pyramid situated in a massive cactus garden, beside a jungle and the only fresh water estuary in Los Cabos. From the moment you arrive you feel in touch with nature, which allows you to immerse yourself into the entire experience. The Wirikuta cactus garden is located in Puerto Los Cabos, a 30 minute drive from Cabo San Lucas, and about 5 minutes from San JosĂŠ del Cabo. THE EXPERIENCE As you enter you are greeted by the Shaman and villagers in the Huichol village, where you can watch and learn from artisans as they create their masterpieces. Cocktail hour begins - all drinks are included as part of your experience. Dinner is then offered giving you a variety of dish options, from traditional mole, to pastor tacos, chile relleno, traditional Mexican desserts, and much more. After dinner you're escorted to the theatre area where the magic takes place. Drinks are served as you watch the show from the stadium-style seating that allows a good view from any spot you choose to sit in. The one hour long show stimulates your senses with music, cutting-edge lighting, breathtaking acrobatics and the ancestral dance of the Huichol people blended with the latest in contemporary choreography. Wirikuta is not just a night show, it's an experience. If you enjoy learning about the Mexican culture, dining in a magical setting and watching a good show, then this mystical experience is for you. SHOWTIME: Wednesday nights 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm www.thewirikuta.com 1 (800) 250-1921 (USA & CDN) (624) 131-3131 (MEX Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
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THE PARAISO RESIDENCES Cabo’s Premier Marina-Front Residences The Paraiso Residences, a new private residential development, is being called Cabo’s hottest new address for urban living. The development team behind The Paraiso Residences is bringing something new to Cabo — private residences situated in the heart of the Cabo Marina, located on the top floor of the Puerto Paraiso Mall. Designed to be an extension of its surroundings, these residences are ideal for those looking to own a piece of Cabo that is close to everything. From shopping, dining, or a day at the beach, life at The Paraiso Residences puts residents in the surroundings of Cabo’s liveliest location. The combination of ambiance, location and a surprising price point make The Paraiso Residences quite possibly the best place to live in Cabo. Residences span from contemporary one bedrooms to spacious four bedrooms overlooking the Marina. Each offers modern designer touches, upscale kitchens and private patio areas with spiral staircases leading to private rooftop verandas with hot tubs. Within the confines of The Paraiso Residences, owners and their guests will enjoy an array of resort amenities, including a private Owner’s Club, swimming pools, a fitness center, reserved parking, and a full concierge staff. Residents also have private access elevators which bring them to the Paraiso Plaza where the Marina, restaurants, shops, nightlife and so much more await. The developers, the internationally recognized Grupo FREL, are responsible for the ongoing renovations at the Puerto Paraiso Mall. Their recent efforts have dramatically changed the mall’s appearance to a more modern and sophisticated venue. As they did with the mall, Grupo FREL has introduced another level of luxury to the area with The Paraiso Residences. “Our goal for The Paraiso Residences is to create a modern urban community that will ultimately be recognized as the premier residential destination in Cabo San Lucas. We are thrilled at the response to our Phase 1 launch and look forward to unveiling the many exciting details to come with future Phases,” said Bill Rosengarten, VP Resort Strategies for Land Advisors Resort Solutions. In January, The Paraiso Residences wrapped up a successful Reservation Program which demonstrated the demand for these residences. With the initial launch of 58 residences, Founding Members not only secured their residence, in many cases, they purchased additional residences. Buyers cited the value and investment opportunity as reasons for buying in multiples. 16
“The Paraiso Residences are special. It’s not every day that those in the market for a second home find something like this. It’s really a best-case buying scenario — great homes in a great location at an exceptional price,” said Tracy Wageman, Director of Sales at The Paraiso Residences. “There are no other properties like this in Cabo. Nothing gets you this close to Marina and the Plaza at such a welcoming price.” With ownership starting in the $300’s (USD), The Paraiso Residences promises to be one of the most unique and limited ownership opportunities in Cabo. If you would like to learn more about The Paraiso Residences and tour the property while in Cabo, visit the Sales Center located on the marina next to Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Additional information about ownership opportunities can be found online at TheParaisoResidences.com or call the sales office at +1 (650) 761–2226. * Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
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The idea of Spring Break in Los Cabos typically conjures images of bright beaches and clubs packed with partying coeds. With miles of beautiful sandy beaches, thumping beach clubs and a thriving nightlife, Cabo does not disappoint in this regard. Yet there are more attractions here which appeal to different types of travelers. Some people are content to spend their vacation lounging poolside, taking in sun and sipping drinks. Others prefer a more exploratory approach, searching for experiences and activities unique to the area, and Los Cabos has many options to offer these people. View Cabo from the air, buzz through an arroyo on a high wire or on wheels, hike the back country on two legs or four – choices are plentiful for the adventure-seeker on spring break. Whether you’d like to spend your vacation walking on the beach or tearing through the desert on an ATV, do pring break in Cabo the elemental way: WATER, LAND, AIR or FIRE!
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Spring break in Los Cabos means there are endless opportunities to enjoy the beautiful waters of the Sea of Cortez. The area offers world-class fishing, and there are dozens of boats available for fishing charters. Jet skis and banana boats are available along Medano Beach for a buzz around the bay or a closer view of the famous arch. Many beaches offer boogie, surf, and stand-up paddle boards for rent, and some beach clubs offer lessons for newcomers. Zipper’s beach in San José is a popular local surf spot, while beginners may find the long surf and soft sand at Cerritos Surf Colony, north of Cabo San Lucas, to be more forgiving. Scuba diving excursions are also a popular draw in Los Cabos. Need to get certified? You can do that, too! Several local companies offer PADI certification courses, designed for visitors who are short on time. Guests can often receive a limited certification and be diving in as little as two days. Real thrill-seekers can try their skills on the flyboard: a fairly new water sport device akin to a wakeboard atop water jets. The power of the jets is controlled by
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memorable experience bonding with your mount. If you are looking for something a little fasterpaced, try an all-terrain vehicle excursion. Local businesses rent various ATVs – four-wheelers, Rhinos, and Xrail buggies – for multi-hour trips guaranteed to leave you dusty and grinning!
Of course, no guide to spring break in Cabo would be complete without a nod to the fiery party crowd. Cabo San Lucas has been known as a party destination for years, and during Spring Break, it more than lives up to its reputation. Libations flow freely every day along Medano Beach, where throngs of coeds, pumping music, and animated emcees hosting adult-themed competitions leave no doubt that Spring Break has come. During the day, Medano Beach is the place to be. Farther up the beach is the ever-popular and raucous Mango Deck, where you can join in drinking, pushup, and even booty-shaking competitions while the crowd cheers you on. Billygan’s, SUR and The Office offer comfortable, quieter spots to sip delicious margaritas and watch people. Blue Marlin Ibiza at the ME Cabo is an excellent spot for some daytime dancing to the beats of EDM. Spend a day visiting these and other happening spots along the beach to find the one that suits you best. Once the sun sets, the party continues in downtown Cabo. With a bar seemingly every few feet along the main drag, there is no shortage of options for nightlife. The nightclubs and bars in Cabo are as various as the people. Do not miss the landmark Cabo Wabo for your classic-rock fix, or try Happy Ending Cantina to challenge your friends to a beer pong match. Mainstays like El Squid Roe and the Giggling Marlin offer rambunctious fun and affordable drinks. Live music can be found most nights throughout Cabo – just follow your ears. If DJs are more to your musical preference, popular nightclubs like Mandala, Nowhere Bar and La Vaquita offer open dance floors and spectacular lighting to drive your dance moves. No matter where you start your night out, be prepared for a bar crawl – most places are within walking distance of one another, and your new favorite spot could be right around the next corner. As if there wasn't enough fun in Cabo, two music festivals will be taking place this March: the Cabo Music Fest and the Apparitions Festival. For more information on these festivals check the Destino Magazine events calendar on page 34. * Everything you need to know about Baja Sur
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 22
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 eight-fingered coral reef is about a 1.5-hour drive from San José del Cabo, but it is well worth it!
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!
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.
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 Sol de Mayo Waterfall Cascade a hidden canyon trail, or just sit back Located about an hour and a half in the shade while experienced horse away from Los Cabos, the Sol de Mayo trainers give the kids lessons in horseOasis is yet another natural beauty of manship – there’s something for evethe Southern Baja California region. ryone! San José also boasts a natural The hike leads the adventurous to estuary and nature preserve. Enjoy a a majestically beautiful oasis where peaceful, self-guided nature walk to everyone can swim and even dive into observe some of the lushest landscape the cool, serene waters. Be sure to in the area. Species of flora and fauna pack a lunch, and take plenty of waare abundant: dozens of species of cacter. There are plenty of signs to guide tus, lizards, and birds can be spotted everyone to this wonderful piece of on this solitary walk, just a few minparadise. After arriving in Santiago, utes from downtown. Cactus-lovers turn right up the little hill towards the may also want to check out the nearby town square. The cost is $6 US per cactus gardens Wirikuta, offering a person to access the easy hike to the large variety of cacti laid out in an artclear-water falls. ful outdoor setting. Everything you need to know about Baja Sur 23
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. 24
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.
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DI SC OVER TH E ISL A ND S OF LOR ETO
The Islands of Loreto are known as a place of magic, wonder and unparalleled natural beauty. From its crystal blue waters to the mountains that run behind it, the stories you will tell from here are many. We at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto invite you to join us. Your Story Starts Here. Where are the Islands of Loreto? The Islands of Loreto are located on the eastern side of the Baja Peninsula, formally known as Baja California Sur, only a two-hour flight from Los Angeles. The region boasts 155 miles of coastline, 465 square miles of sea and five islands within a United Nations protected Marine Park also listed as a United Nations Heritage Site which helps maintain the pristine beauty of Loreto. The "Sierra de la La Giganta" mountain range provides the backdrop to Loreto, giving guests unparalleled vistas of both mountains and water found in few other places on earth. What kinds of activities is Loreto known for? Loreto is well known as a recreational, social and sporting paradise. Regional highlights include best sport fishing in all of Mexico, Scuba diving in paradisiacal warm waters , kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, snorkeling, wind surfing and more. Other things to do are golfing at world-class golf courses alongside the Sea of Cortez, hiking, mountain biking and Stadium court tennis and cave painting tours. Where should I visit during my stay in Loreto? MISSIONS Mission San Javier is a testament to the "discovery" of the region, as it was built by explorers and Jesuit priests Juan Maria de Salvatierra and Junipero Serra. Mission of Our Lady of Loreto Concho born in 1697 and exists today as a testament to Loreto's deep-rooted history and spirit. Today, this historic mission also houses a museum where visitors can discover the history of the native people, the acts of the Jesuit missionaries and the colonization of Baja. The church, recently restored with its bell tower rising high above the center of town, is representative of the living history, roots and culture of Loreto. PUERTO ESCONDIDO This port is the gateway to the Sea of Cortez. It is by far the largest natural marine port in Mexico, providing a safe haven for a multitude of boats and yachts of all sizes. ISLAND-HOPPING There are five islands of Loreto: Coronado, Danzante, Del Carmen, Montserrat and Santa Catalina. They provide a wide variety of activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, photo safaris, trekking, flora and fauna and majestic scenery. A $25 Pesos permit fee for access to the Natural Reserve marine park is required to visit any of the Islands of Loreto. 26
Isla Coronado A 30-minute boat ride away, guests will experience a wonderful day of adventure and relaxation in one of the most beautiful islands of Baja California Sur. Coronado is the ideal place for sunbathing on the beach, observing colonies of sea lions and dolphins, snorkeling, and much more. Isla Danzante A Loreto icon, Danzante Island features an amazing array of native plants, choral groups and a wide variety of marine species. It is the home of lovely beaches and a great place to enjoy diving, hiking or just relaxing in the sun on "honeymoon beach". Isla Del Carmen Isla Del Carmen is the largest island in the Sea of Cortez and features amazing salt deposits, breathtaking beaches and caves waiting to be explored. Isla Montserrat Isla Montserrat is the perfect place for wild game viewing and snorkeling and features an abundance of trails for hiking. Isla Santa Catalina Santa Catalina boasts incredible natural beauty, gorgeous scenic views and a rich diversity of fauna. CAVE PAINTINGS Between Loreto and Bahia de Los Angeles lies the Sierra de San Francisco, home to a large collection of paintings, estimated to be 1,000 to 1,500 years old. MUSEUM OF LORETO MISSIONS The Museum of the Missions of Loreto is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The entry price is $43 Pesos per adult. Here you can learn the history of the Jesuit missions in Baja California Sur through pictures, artifacts and legends displayed throughout the six-room museum. ACTIVITIES IN SAN JAVIER Mission San Javier located 32 km north of the majestic Sierra de La Giganta mountains, and features wonderful activities during the journey including swimming in some of the waterfalls and
DISCOVER outbreaks of water, and watching the production of (and eating!) goat cheese and delicious guava paste. Once in San Javier, guests can admire the gothic architecture of the first colonial Jesuit Mission in Baja California Sur, and visit a 300-year-old olive tree that still bears fruit today. CONCEPTION BAY TOUR Featuring the most well-known and photographed beaches in the region, visitors will see the beaches of El Requeson, distinguished by a thin strip of land that stretches from the mainland to two small islands; Coyote, with its famed palm tree in the center of the semi-circular beach; as well as El Burro, Santispac and more. What is there to do in downtown Loreto? Many visitors enjoy the Paseo Salvatierra, a street filled with markets and souvenir shops, where tourists can find several locally-made items from the Baja, clothing, accessories and both casual and more formal restaurants. The street leads to the city's boardwalk and along the way is Loreto Mission, the Mission Museum and the newly renovated town plaza. The Islands of Loreto Nightlife At the end of the day, you can unwind with a margarita, beer or just a lemonade at one of the Islands of Loreto's local bars. Recount your fishing stories or your hole in one, relaxed under a palapa with friends, enjoying the beautiful sunset. If you want more options you can always go to downtown Loreto. Most of the nightlife takes place near the malecon area where you can find lots of locals and you'll be able to absorb the sights, smells, and sounds of a place untouched by time. After all, the town's official slogan is "300 Years Old and Still Undiscovered." *
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by Alex Navarro, Baja Adventure Expert A really cool adventure is to check out a cave right on the beach on the Pacific side about 40 minutes from Cabo. During whale watching season, this is the perfect spot to observe whales pass by and sometimes breaching.; now is the perfect time as the whale season has a month or so left. This spot is on Highway 19 right before the town of Elias Calles if you are going from Cabo San Lucas, or if you are coming from Todos Santos towards San Lucas, it is located at the end of the straight highway stretch in the town of Elias Calles. The directions here are described from Todos Santos to San Lucas since the cave is on that side of the highway, in other words, the beach side, not the mountain side. Just a few meters before the first left curve begins at the south end of the town, you want to come off the highway onto the side dirt road, and on your right hand side you will see a large hilly mound which is the cave. Then drive towards it on the perpendicular dirt road towards 28
the ocean and park your car when you arrive to the fence at the beginning of the hill. There you can either walk to the top of the hill and get a wonderful panoramic view of the ocean, or you can walk to the left of the mound, descend to the beach, then walk around the hill and go towards the entrance of the little cave. Check the water line on the sand and you will notice if it is possible to cross the beach and get to the door of the cave, or if it is high or medium tide and it is not possible and also not recommended to try to reach the entrance. Have a lot of precaution here. If you are lucky to get there at low tide you will notice the beach completely clear and the water line very low. Maybe check the tide charts on that day to make sure you arrive when you can enter the cave. If not, the top of the hill which is the shell of the cave, makes for amazing sightseeing and a photo opportunity as well, and also maybe whales! *
ALL THAT'S FISHY From Land's End to La Paz Monthly Fishing Report by Gary Graham
illfish fade from center stage as March comes into view and it is fitting to color the month “yellow” to match the two popular species we can expect to be part of the upcoming fishing scene. The smaller yellowfin tuna are within sight of Cape Rocks and they are an easy and popular target for both newcomers and seasoned anglers, offering a “fish fix” without straying too far from the marina. These hungry, tough-fighting critters will streak for the horizon or dive to the depths providing fight and excitement as the angler struggles to bring them in. Then there will be mayhem in the cockpit as they charge the boat, snapping up bait with reckless abandon. An equally formidable catch, the yellowtail is usually caught near the bottom foraging for food. One of the stronger members of the jack family, pound-for- pound, they give a good accounting for themselves, leaving the victor exhausted and filled with a sense of accomplishment after the catch. Another likely candidate for sportfishing as well as for eating pleasure are sierra mackerel, often described as feisty; they put on a show slicing and dicing the bait used to chum them up to surface. For the lookers, not the doers, this is a great month to go on a whale-watching cruise to get up close and personal with some of the largest creatures in the ocean. There are still some of the BIG yellowfin (and some of the smaller models, as
well) inside the Sea of Cortez out from San Jose del Cabo, plus some small dorado, roosterfish, sierra, yellowtail and a bevy of bottom fish to satisfy the folks fishing for a fresh fish dinner. Up at East Cape sea temps are 68 degrees with calm seas. Cool mornings and evenings, with highs in the low-80s, but the best news? This is the first year of “normal spring weather” in the past three years for the area. Yellowtail are up to 35 pounds in 250 feet of water, with skipjack to 10 pounds for those of you who are looking to hear your reels scream, get your rods bent and get your winter kinks out of your back. For those who enjoy fishing from the beach, the sierra are plentiful and within casting distance. Farther north at La Paz, poor weather with wind and rain have kept all but the die- hard anglers in town huddling around a cold beer or margarita. Those determined to fish were confined mostly to inshore, eliminating the yellowtail over at the south end of Cerralvo Island. That being said, slow trolling off the rocky areas of Punta Perico and just outside the point at Bahia de los Muertos using Rapalas produced yellow snapper, jack crevalle and barred pargo, and just off the drop-off, there were some bonito reported. Encouragingly, roosterfish have been spotted off the Arenas Lighthouse area, however the fish were moving too fast to catch. All in all, March is shaping up to be a promising start for a great 2017. Tight lines to you all!
Sammie Solomon joined her Dad, Brian Solomon of Solomon’s landing, for a sunny sierra day recently.
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Imagine floating in a turquoise bay with pink sand, snorkelling with colorful fish or walking for hundreds of yards in waist-high water, every beach in South Baja offers something unique. Here is a list of the must-see beaches to help you decide which is the one for you or just visit them all!
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If you’re looking for the action, this is where 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. 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.” Water sports are available such as jet skis, parasailing, flyboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and more. 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, kayak or stand up paddle board. The easiest way is to take a water taxi from the Cabo San Lucas Marina or Medano Beach. Your captain will 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. An hour or two should be enough time to explore this natural wonderland.
Santa Maria is a stunning horseshoe cove with coarse coral-colored sand and abundant marine life. Boat excursions and private charters often stop here to enjoy the snorkelling and scuba diving that this National Marine Preserve offers. This family-friendly beach is relatively secluded; therefore, you rarely run into beach vendors. 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.
Chileno is a very popular location for snorkelling, swimming or just spending the day under the newly-installed palapas. You’ll find tide pools at the east end of the beach and beautiful reefs offering excellent snorkelling and scuba diving. Public restrooms are available and there are 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 some much-needed shade. Bring snorkelling gear!
Palmilla beach is known for its family-friendly calm waters and a mile-long stretch of beach. Located within the resort community of Palmilla, you will find yourself surrounded by oceanfront luxury homes, the One&Only Hotel and the world renowned Jack Nicklaus Ocean Nine golf course. Pangas and
fishing cruisers are available for charter, but you won’t find water sport rentals such as kayaks or jet skis. 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 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.
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.
LOS ARBOLITOS - Cabo Pulmo
Cabo Pulmo is a Natural Marine Reserve in the East Cape, and may offer the best snorkelling in the area. This eight-fingered coral reef is about a 1.5 hour drive from San José del Cabo, but it is well worth it. Location: Take Highway 1 towards Los Barriles. Exit towards La Ribera and continue south towards Cabo Pulmo. Pass the small town of Cabo Pulmo and in about 4 km you will find a gate on your right to access Los Arbolitos, this is where you pay the access fee. Tips: There is a small $30.00 pesos fee to access this beach which will allow you to use a fresh water shower and bathrooms. Palapas are available, as well as kayaking equipment rentals. Bring cash!
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.
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ART&CULTURE Circuito Cultur al Marina Cabo San Lucas
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By Sabrina Lear
The weeks leading up to “Josefinos” honoring their patron saint, San José (St. Joseph), on March 19 draws thousands of locals and visitors to the downtown area. This year’s theme is “The Tradition of Our People.” San José is known for its centuries-old architecture and rich history. In 1730, Jesuit Padre Nicolas Tamaral established a Jesuit Mission near the fresh water estuary, later used as a provisioning point for Spain's Manila Galleon route. In the Mexican- American War of 1846-1848, U.S. Marines occupied San José for two months. During the siege, a cannonball killed local hero, Spanish Lt. Antonio Míjares. In memory, San José's central plaza and main boulevard bear his name. The festival begins a week earlier with the traditional Cabalgata, a procession of riders on horseback led by the Los Cabos Mayor, which travels from outlying ranches to the Lienzo Charro (rodeo grounds). The crowning of the Festival Queen follows in the evening at Plaza Míjares, with a colorful folkloric ballet and live music. From Plaza Míjares, where local arts and crafts and regional foods are available, the boulevard closes for two blocks and is packed with booths featuring food, drink and souvenirs. Alive with the colors, flavors and rhythms of the best of México, downtown San José's inviting galleries, boutiques and excellent restaurants make exploring the adjacent streets a pleasure. As well as other sporting and cultural events downtown during the week, make time to visit the Lienzo Charro on Boulevard Mijares, across from the foot of Valerio Gonzalez Street, for ongoing rodeo performances and exhibitions. Out at the sports field at the corner of Highway #1 and Zaragoza, popular nationally renowned musical acts perform on weekend nights. Each town in Mexico, no matter its size, celebrates its patron saint (Cabo San Lucas’ is October 18). Fiestas Tradicionales in San José is fun and family friendly, giving visitors a glimpse into a beloved Mexican tradition not to be missed. * 32
Held along Cabo’s marina each Saturday evening, Circuito Cultural (Cultural Circuit) features activities and exhibits from local artists along with live music and dance performances. A lively and festive event, you’ll also find workshops for children and tequila tastings from the many fine restaurants lining the marina. The workshops teach painting, sculpture and arts and crafts, and begin at 5 pm. Take in dance and performing arts from 6 pm on the stage at Plaza Marlin, in front of the Cultural Pavilion, and at Puerto Paraiso at the opposite end of the marina. The Cultural Circuit is a free, fun night out and on through July 2. For a weekly calendar of events and activities visit the Circuito Cultural Marina Cabo San Lucas Facebook page.
¡VIVA La Plaza! A New Cultur al Event at Plaza Amelia Wilkes Fridays from 4 pm Created to strengthen local traditions, Viva La Plaza takes place each Friday from 4 pm at Plaza Amelia Wilkes in Cabo San Lucas. Featuring products from around the municipality, it showcases food, crafts and cultural activities to benefit the producers and artisans of the region. Plan to arrive early and visit the excellent Cabo San Lucas History Museum on site, a fascinating glimpse into early life in the Cape Region. The plaza was named for Amelia Wilkes Ceseña, "Nana Melucha" (1907-1989), a beloved teacher, nurse, community leader and only woman to date to head the Cabo San Lucas Subdelegacion (Township). Find the plaza two blocks up Miguel Hidalgo Street from Marina Boulevard.
Thursday Art Walk
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 highend 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.
Enjoy traditional Mexican music and complimentary drinks at participating venues. Starts at 6:30 pm every Tuesday.
EAT | SHOP | PLAY www.artcabo.com
ART & CULTURE
By Fernando Rodriguez
G A L A d e DANZ A
For everyone visiting Los Cabos, the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful forty minute road trip along the picturesque Pacific Ocean coast highway to Todos Santos, will not end with just a tour of the Hotel California, but will include the rare chance to view short and full length movies that are the showcase of the Todos Santos Film Festival's 14th annual edition. Todos Santos Film Festival Director, Sylvia Perel, said, ''This fantastic festival brings together a terrific selection of feature films, documentaries and shorts from across Mexico and Latin America that many folks would otherwise never have the opportunity to see. Many wellknown film directors attend to present their films and lead audience discussions. It’s a truly great event.'' Perel is also director of the San Francisco Latino Film Festival and the Latino Festival of Redwood City, California. Diego Luna will be this year's festival big name attraction. Luna will be joined by Kuno Becker, who will present his intense and well-received film ''1985'' whose story covers the tragedy of the September, 19, 1985, Mexico City earthquake. www.todossantoscine.org - Facebook: @FestivalCineTodosSantos
This year marks Gala de Danza’s 5-Year Anniversary and one of our most spectacular programs to date. On March 4th, 2017, Gala de Danza will present extraordinary artistry in a beautiful place at Mar Adentro Hotel on a custom built stage just for the occasion. A Grupo Encanto luxury hotel, nominated for Mexico & Central America’s Leading New Hotel 2016, Mar Adentro is the only one of its kind. Designed by the vision and creativity of renowned Mexican architect Miguel Ángel Aragonés, Mar Adentro will host Gala de Danza guest artists on a stage that joins the horizon of the hotel’s stunning mirror pools and the Sea of Cortez. Guests will be able to witness the show from the comfort of their hotel suites and VIP water lounges over the pools. Certainly one of the most innovative experiences for any performance venue around the world brought to life by two visionaries Founder and Artistic Director of Gala de Danza, Christina Lyon and Architect Miguel Ángel Aragonés of Mar Adentro. (624) 104-9999 - www.galadedanza.com
11-12 The first international Cabo Music Fest will take place at a beautiful garden in the heart of San Jose del Cabo, surrounded by nature's beauty, tropical palm trees providing natural shade and with a beautiful refuge in every corner. Neighboring the venue is a beautiful lake filled with exotic flowers and a variety of extravagant trees. The line-up includes Galantis, Deorro, R3HAB and many more. Brace yourselves for the best spring break party of your life. Facebook: @CABOmusicFest - www.CaboMusicFest.com
17 ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATIONS
Both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with as much as any restaurant and bar in America; as Irish menu items, Irish drinks and green beer will be on hand and readily available. In San Lucas, Cabo Blue has traditionally hosted some great St. Patty's Day parties, as does Baja Brewing Company (on the 6th floor of Cabo Villa and at the Puerto Paraiso Mall), Cabo Cantina, Tanga Tanga, Cabo Wabo, Solomon's Landing, Squid Roe, Hooliganz Corner Bar, Squid Roe, Beso Bar, Rips, Baja Cantina, and Pink Kitty. In San Jose DC, look for a great time at Rock 'N Brews, Wing's Army, Baja Brewing Company, and every local bar in the historic central plaza area, including the prestigious and classy Tropicana Restaurant and Bar. Los Cabos visitors can also expect their respective resorts and hotels to offer a St. Patrick's Day of their own. The Road House/Lattitude 22 Restaurant and Pub, which is located a few hundred feet from Costco, will once again offer their traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage afternoon luncheon that has become a local and tourist favorite. And of course, Medano Beach gets party crazy with fun-filled green-themed festivities at the world famous Mango Deck, Billygan's and The Office. The corned beef and cabbage $250 peso dinner special is also available at both San Lucas and SJDC Baja Brewing Company locations.
LOS BARRILES ART FESTIVAL The 24th Annual Los Barriles
Festival de Artes, will be held at the picturesque "Hotel Palmas de Cortez" from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, on Sunday March 19, 2017. This popular event sponsored by the Asociación de Artes on the East Cape, is known as the premier showcase for local artists who display and sell their original art. Funds from the Festival de Artes go towards supporting the community activities of the Asociación de Artes which include: Arts and education supplies for fourteen East Cape schools, sponsorship and participation in the Los Barriles "Cursos de Verano" summer vacation program, Local Artist Studio tours, and the Saturday Arts & Crafts classes at the DIF offices for the local children from the area's impoverished neighborhoods. Founded in February, 1992, by a small group of residents from the East Cape Region of Southern Baja California, the organizing committee's purpose for creating this two and a half decade event was to give local artists an opportunity to show and sell their original work and to raise money to support art programs in their local schools. For more information please contact: email@example.com www.eastcapearts.com/festival
SAN JOSE DEL CABO FESTIVAL TRADICIONAL The 8 day long San Jose del Cabo Festival, celebrated
in honor of the city's patron saint San José (St. Joseph), begins on Sunday March 19 at 6:00 p.m. and will continue every evening until Wednesday, March 29. The free admission gala event kicks off with live music, held at the plaza in the heart of downtown. Carnivals and parades will be held during the two weekends of the event, which year after year, has been a tremendously huge and popular success; always drawing a good, boisterous crowd. The various food booths situated throughout the central downtown area, will be serving up everything from fresh, warm tamales, to corn on the cob (with or without buttered, powdered chili), tacos, enchiladas, an assortment of sweets, and sugared pumpkin candies. The Festival is an annual familyoriented affair, which is one of the biggest street parties the city puts on every mid-March. The popular local event will also feature its annual rodeo that is part of the eight day celebration, which takes place at the corral, across the street from the city's fire department on the main street from the hotel zone into town. San Jose del Cabo's historic charm lies in the quaint, narrow streets, and colonial buildings that comprise the city's intriguing art district; featuring exquisite ancient houses turned into pleasantly colored galleries, studios, tiny shops and really cool and scrumptious restaurants; some of them with courtyards converted to pleasant seating areas. The ''Festival Tradicional'' de SJDC is an event both locals and visitors look forward to attending every year.
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THE TODOS SANTOS ANNUAL 5K/10K RUN
The Palapa Society of Todos Santos presents the much anticipated return of their Annual Todos Santos Carreras (Race) 5K/10K Run. The 7th version of this harmoniously healthy event will start and finishes in the Central Plaza of the little Pueblo Magico/Magical City. The Romex 10K begins at 9:00 am and La Esquina 5K Run/Walk starts 15-minutes later at 9:15 am. Race Day registration is available at 7:30 am and all participants must register to enter. The race is rain or shine. All registered runners will be timed with an RFID chip system and at different points of the races, there will be live music and spectators, encouraging contestants with support. The awards ceremony at the end of both races will also take place at the Todos Santos downtown central plaza. The TS 5K/10K has been canceled the past two years, due to Hurricane Odile in 2015 and then the months-long resurfacing of the town's streets and sidewalks (2016). The first race was held in 2009. The 5K (3.1 Mile) Race will wind through the streets of the little tiny town of Todos Santos, while the 10K follows the same route until the course turns south towards Punta Lobos on a dirt road. Volunteers will be available along the way to guide, support and help all participants. The Society of La Palapa de Todos Santos, A.C. is a Mexican nonprofit organization that offers educational opportunities for young people from Todos Santos and El Pescadero. The organization offers a wide range of programs, including English language classes for children and adults, art workshops, summer courses, environmental workshops, and scholarships for high school and university students. In August 2017, the organization will inaugurate the La Palapa Educational Center, which will include a junior high and high school endorsed by the SEP; Mexico's governing body of education. All funds raised by their 5K/10K family event will be used in support of all current and future. Both races cost a donation of $10 USD or $ 200 Mexican Pesos. Pre-race registration will be held on Thursday and Friday March 23 -24 at Cafelix from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Early online registration is available at www.palapasociety.org.
Apparitions Festival is a mind-blowing experience of nonstop EDM in a stunning natural location. Dance on the white sands of a beautiful virgin beach by day, and immerse yourself in the visuals of the mountain stage at night, with groovy bass-lines and pulsing beats transporting you to new musical dimensions. The music runs non-stop for four days, alternating local and international talent. Art expositions, workshops, Mexican cuisine, and ecotourism activities are some of the many choices you will have while enjoying your stay at Apparitions Festival. One day pass: $950.00 MX Other multi-day packages available. www.apparitionsfestival.com
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