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Owen Perry

Editor in Chief

Michelle Monroy


Los Cabos A wedding Destination Cover photo by Daniel Jireh Wedding planning by Beth Dalton

Creative Editor

Yésica Pineda Moreno “Yeye”


Michelle Monroy

Writers/Contributors Yeye Michelle Monroy Blake Harrington Bonnie Chase Bruce Herman Clara Navarro Kale Cowell Marilyn Graham Michelle Geisler Neysa Quintana Sylvia Ramirez Nava

Contributing Photographers Bruce Herman Daniel Jireh Gabriela Mohar Juan Carlos Tapia Michelle Monroy

contents 4 LOS CABOS 101

Los Cabos & South Baja: This incredible corner of the World 5 Maps 8 Activities: Snorkelling ~ Scuba diving ~ Surfing

~ Fishing & boating ~ Golf 13 Los Cabos Top Beaches: descriptions and tips about the best beaches to visit


Happening Now ~ Cabo’s Party Scene ~ Who is the Chef? ~ Live Music Schedules

24 HEALTHY LIVING Love is Space ~ Organic Yoga ~ Spa ~ Beauty


Artist Profile: Edgar Zamora ~ My Experience With Traditional Mexico ~ The Altruist Corner: Paws n’ Claws Golf Tournament


Real Estate Q&A ~ Design Challenges ~ Imagine you live here ~ RE Listings

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activities ~ top beaches ~ maps

LOS CABOS & South Baja

Los Cabos (the capes) is in the southernmost tip of the State of Baja California Sur and consists of three main areas: Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo and the East Cape. In between you will find smaller towns and points of interest such as Santiago and Miraflores which are located inland at the skirts of the Sierra de la Laguna or Migriño and Pescadero which are located on the Pacific side, in between Cabo San Lucas and Todos Santos. “The Aquarium of the World,” are the words that the Jacques Cousteau used to describe the Sea of Cortez. It is said that eons ago, back when the Earth and Continents were still taking their shape, the edge of Mexico split from the mainland to form the Gulf of California and the Baja Peninsula. This allowed the Pacific Ocean to rush into the gap and create the Sea of Cortez, or as some call it, Mother Nature’s own fish trap. Hundreds of varieties of fish and mammals found their way into this “trap” and either stayed in its warm shallow waters or ventured down into the cool bottom of the two mile deep San Andreas Fault. For millenniums, the Colorado River has been dragging its rich minerals and nutrients into the Sea of Cortez, aiding the living species to thrive in these waters. In the months of January through March, Gray whales make their yearly migration from Alaska to give birth to their young in the shallow and warms waters of the Sea of Cortez.

THE BAJA SUR LOOP If you look at the Baja Sur map you can see that the highways and towns form a loop. There are ongoing road improvements and new highway constructions, so getting from one place to another will only get easier. The new highway from Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos is impressively well done, making it only a 45 minute drive. Cabo San Lucas Also just known as “Cabo,” is a tourist friendly town located on the tip of the Baja California peninsula that’s full of entertainment for every age and liking. You will find the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meeting at Land’s End and the beautiful rock formations that create the famous Cabo arch. Cabo San Lucas has the liveliest beach in the Los Cabos area, an impressive marina and countless restaurants and bars that keep the town alive day and night. The Corridor A 40 km highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (about a 25 minute drive). Along this road you can find various hotels, luxury ocean front homes, championship golf courses and beautiful views. Have your camera ready to snap some photos of the beautiful beaches and make a roadside stop at the Cabo Real arroyo for a refreshing coco frío (cold coconut). San José del Cabo Walking around San José will be more of a traditional Mexican town experience than Cabo San Lucas. You will find yourself surrounded by colorful buildings and quaint cobblestone streets that lead to the town’s picturesque zócalo (main plaza). Over the years, San José has become an artistic and cultural centre with numerous fine art galleries in its downtown art district. From November through June the popular Art Walk takes place every Thursday evening where the galleries welcome guests sip some wine while they view their exhibits, however, the galleries are open year-round. San José del Cabo’s historical downtown also offers world-class restaurants from Mexican gourmet cuisine to authentic Thai food. San José has a beautiful beach where you can take a horseback ride and explore the estuary that is home to many different bird species. East Cape People often call it “the old Cabo” because of its pristine beaches and small fishing towns such as Buena Vista and Los Barriles. The East Cape begins just east of San José and extends about 100 miles up the Sea of Cortez coast. Sixty miles outside of San José is the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, an eight fingered coral reef that offers outstanding snorkelling and scuba diving and turtle nesting on the beach. Very popular for fishing and surfing, the East Cape also attracts kite surfers, campers and folks who just want to get away from it all. Todos Santos Located on the Pacific Ocean side, Todos Santos is an oasis where artists and surfers flock to enjoy the culture and excellent surf. Home to the famous Hotel California, this charming town offers great restaurants and a cooler climate than Cabo San Lucas and San José due to the Pacific’s breezes. La Paz La Paz is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur and is known for its warm people and beautiful beaches. This authentic Mexican city (as well as the general south Baja region) has been rated as one of the safest in Mexico and still maintains the small town feel that is very welcoming for tourists. La Paz is a departure point for tours and charters to the stunning Espiritu Santo Island as well as whale watching excursions. Stroll down the colorful malecón (boardwalk), walk hundreds of feet in waist high water at Balandra beach or have a fine dining experience; La Paz has a lot to offer. *

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activities SCUBA DIVING & SNORKELLING This is your chance to experience the underwater life in the Sea of Cortez.Prepare yourself for nature to show off as you swim side by side with colourful schools of fish, eels, rays, octopus, sea turtles and more. There are a few ways to snorkel in Cabo: book one of the popular snorkel tours, drive to a beach and swim off the shore or charter your own private boat. Tours last around two or three hours and cost around $40.00 dollars per person. If you’re venturing out on your own, stay away from the Pacific side; its strong currents make it very dangerous for any kind of water sports. SNORKELLING: Pelican Rock This rock attracts many fish and is just an easy five minute boat ride from the Cabo San Lucas Marina. You can take a water taxi from the marina or from Medano beach. Lover’s Beach Accessible only by water taxi. Be aware that this is a high boat traffic area and it’s not roped off for swimmers. Santa Maria Bay Santa Maria is a regular destination for snorkel tours. If you choose to drive there, it’s a very easy swim from the shore to the reef on the far right side of the cove. Chileno Bay This bay is also a common destination for snorkelling tours and has a safe roped off area for snorkellers. Cabo Pulmo Cabo Pulmo is a Natural Marine Reserve in the East Cape that offers possibly the best snorkelling in the area. To get to this eight fingered coral reef you have take about a 2 hour drive from San José del Cabo, but it’s well worth it.

SNORKELLING & SCUBA DIVING COMPANIES Adventure Cabo Deep Blue (624) 143-7668 Amigos del Mar (624) 143-0505 Andromeda Divers (624) 143-8232 Cabo Adventures (624) 173-9500 Cabo Expeditions (624) 143-2700 Cabo San Lucas Tours by Johann & Sandra Toll-free from Mexico 01-800-822-4577 Desert Barrels (624) 144-6689 Eagle Divers (624) 143-9286 Manta (624) 144-3871 Nautilus Dive Tech (624) 143-0067 Ocean Riders Toll-free from Mexico 01-800-727-5391 Oceanus (624) 143-3929 Pez Gato (624) 143-3797


There is a variety of things to do in the Los Cabos area. Enjoy the water while snorkelling, surfing or and fishing. Stay dry and play a round of golf or take a hike or an ATV tour. Here is a guide to the main activities in San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.

SCUBA DIVING DESTINATIONS Note: travel time is from Cabo San Lucas marina Land’s End Intermediate-Advanced 50’-60’ and just 5 minutes by boat you’re swimming with sea lions and moray eels. Also a sunken boat can be seen in the Falls. Sand Falls Beginners - Advanced 30’-100’ Steep sand banks go down sharply into a canyon filled with tropical fish. A short boat ride from shore, the canyon runs from the depths of the Cabo San Lucas bay to within 30 feet off shore. Pelican Rock Beginners - 25’-80’ Just 5 minute boat trip to this large rock that attracts many tropical fish. Neptune’s Finger Advanced - 80’-100’ Spectacular canyon wall dive. Cabeza de Ballena Beginners - 20’-40’ 25 minute boat ride to dive through large boulders with lots of fish. Santa María Cave Beginners - 20’-40’ - 35 minutes by boat, or dive from the beach. The entrance to Santa Maria canyon has a huge variety of fish which feed right from your hand. Chileno Beginners - 30’-70’ - 35 minute boat ride and a sandy and rocky bottom. PARKING Lots of turtles sighted here, tropical fish, night dives. El Gavilán Intermediate/Advanced - 70’-100’ - 35 minutes by boat. Rocky ledge leading into a canyon where groupers and larger fish are often sitghed. Blow Hole Beginners/Advanced - 30’-70’ - 35 minute boat ride from San Lucas, or just 10 minutes from Chileno beach. Rocky valleys present a variety of fish. Las Salinas Beginners - 30’-45’ - 1.4 hours by boat from San Lucas, or 1 hour by boat from La Playita. A sunken Japanese fishing boat attracts a large assortment of fish. Gordo Banks Advanced - 110’-120’ - 1 hour boat from La Playita, there is a seamount where you can see marlin, hammerheads, skip jacks and at times huge manta rays. Cabo Pulmo Beginner/Advanced - 30’-100’ - 1 hour drive East of San José on the paved road. 5 minutes by boat you’ll find the only living coral reef in the Sea of Cortez. | APRIL 2014


GOLFING With the desert meeting the Sea of Cortez as a backdrop, there is no doubt why Los Cabos has become a championship golf destination over the years. From Nicklaus to Fazio, many of the big names in golf have designed courses in this unique landscape. There are private courses such as Diamante, Querencia and El Dorado, where you have to be invited to play. For Public courses green fees vary based on the membership status of the golfer, time of day, season and other factors. Many courses also 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 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

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 •

Cabo Real

The newly renovated Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf course is one of the Corridor’s first championship courses and boasts beautiful views of the Sea of Cortez, elevation changes, and has hosted two PGA Senior Slams. 18 holes, 7,037 yards, par 72. (624) 173-9400 ext. 1 •


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 •

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 •

Club Campestre San José

Make sure you bring your creativity for the greens at Club Campestre, the newest Jack Nicklaus Design in Los Cabos. Almost every green has 2 or 3 different tiers, so spend some time on the practice green before your round. 18 holes, 7,055 yards, par 71. (624) 173-9300 •

Puerto Los Cabos

The only composite course in the area with two different 9 hole courses designed by two legends of golf, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman respectively. Oceanfront holes, elevation changes, and incredible vistas make Puerto Los Cabos a unique and special experience for any golfer at any handicap. 18 holes, 6,818 yards, par 73. (624) 173-9300 • | APRIL 2014



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BOATING & FISHING Calm waters, extraordinary fishing and perfect weather...some would 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, the options to fit your needs are endless.

BOAT RENTALS Private yachts and sailboats There are several charter companies that can accommodate you depending on what you need. What you do on your trip is really up to you, but it will typically consist of a tour around the arch, fishing for a couple of hours and a cruise to any of the beautiful bays for swimming. Most boats have fishing equipment and a knowledgeable crew, but the main difference between renting a yacht and a fishing boat is the cost.

Fishing Boat Rentals

You can always fish on a yacht, but cruisers and pangas are more commonly used. Pangas and super-pangas are a more affordable option, but cruisers will fit more people and will be more comfortable if the sea is rough on a windy day.


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, Cabo won’t disappoint you.

What to Expect It’s recommended to make a reservation at least one day before. Most charters include a fishing license, bait, tackle and equipment. Some also include food and drink or can be added at an additional cost. The earlier you leave the better; trips usually begin around 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. 15% to 20% of your charter cost is a customary tip for the crew.

Bait and Tackle Most likely, the boat you charter will include your bait and tackle. If you need your own fresh bait you can buy it along the Cabo San Lucas Marina or the crew you hire can also stop to buy it from the local fishermen on your way out.

Sport fishing flags commonly seen in Los Cabos:

Cabo San Lucas Marina


Aby Charters Office (624) 143-08-31 / Cell (624) 355-39-58 Dream Maker (624) 143-7266 JC’s Sport Fishing (624) 147-5821 Minerva’s (624) 143-1282 / 143-2766 Paradise Sport Fishing (624) 143-1033 Picante Sport Fishing (624) 143-2474 Pisces Fleet Sport Fishing (624) 143-1288 / 143-9488 / 143-8388 Rafael’s Sport Fishing Fleet (624) 143-0018 RedRum Sport Fishing (624) 172-0085 Salvador’s Sport Fishing Charters USA : (406) 980-1588 Silverados Sport Fishing (624) 147-0594 Solmar Sport Fishing Fleet (624) 143-0646 / 143-4542 Sushi Time (624) 147-5162 Top Anglers Sport Fishing (624) 122-1643 | APRIL 2014



SURFING, STAND UP PADDLING & KITE SURFING Cabo has been a popular surfing destination since the ‘50s and is a surfer’s paradise. See our map on page 11 and look for this symbol to locate the surf spots.


Level: Advanced Direction: Right, left Location: Pacific side right before arriving to Todos Santos


Level: Great for beginners Direction: Right and left Location: Pacific side at Km 65 of the Cabo San Lucas-Todos Santos road


Level: Advanced Direction: Left Location: at Km 6.5 of the Corridor, closer to Cabo San Lucas

El Tule

Level: Advanced Direction: Right and left Location: Exit at Km 16.2 at the El Tule bridge Costa Azul consists of three breaks:

The Rock or La Roca Level: Advanced Direction: Right


Level: All level Direction: Right


Level: All levels Direction: Right Location: at Km 28.5. Access is below the Costa Azul bridge

La Bocana at the estuary

Level: All levels Direction: Right and left Location: San José del Cabo’s main beach, close to the Presidente Hotel 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



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.


There is something special about paddling out and finding yourself floating in the ocean with just your paddle and your board. Stand up paddling is growing to be more popular each year and is available all around Los Cabos. It’s a great way to see marine life, get a great workout in and enjoy nature. In Médano beach you can rent boards in several locations and paddle along the rocks of Land’s End to make your way to Lover’s Beach and The Arch. Companies like Cabo SUP and SUP Mexico offer not only paddling lessons but also a fantastic yoga class on the board while floating in the water. Tips! • Your feet should be parallel, about hip-width distance apart, centred between the board rails (edges). • Keep toes pointed forward, knees bent and your back straight. • Balance with your hips and core. Keep your arms straight and twist from your torso as you paddle. Think of using your torso to paddle rather than your arms. You have more strength in those abdominal muscles than in your arms. • Your gaze should be level at the horizon. Avoid staring at your feet. • If you’re paddling on the right, your right hand is lower and on the paddle shaft. Your top left hand is on the top of the grip. The elbow (angle) of the paddle faces away from you. • Plant the paddle by pushing the blade all the way under the surface, pull it back to your ankle, then out of the water. To go in a reasonably straight line, paddle about 4 or 5 strokes on one side, then switch to the other. When you switch sides, you’ll reverse hand positions. • When you fall aim yourself to the side, so that you fall into the water and not onto the board. Falling onto the board can cause an injury.


This sport is popular mainly in the East Cape due to the El Norte winds. Playa Norte (northeast side of the beach) in Los Barriles is said to be the most popular destination and is also the location for a professional kiteboarding school. La Ventana is also a popular spot and is closer to La Paz. There is less wind in Los Barriles than La Ventana, but the surf is bigger. The best months are January, February, March, October, November, December.

For surf and SUP gear, board rentals and lessons: Baja Waterman Surf Central (624) 172-6110 Cabo SUP (624) 191 3467 Cabo Surf Shop and Mike Doyle Surf School (624) 172-6188 Costa Azul Surf Shop (San José and Cerritos) (624) 142-2771 Desert Barrels (624) 144-6689 ExotiKite Kiteboarding (624) 145-0064 | Mario Surf School (Pescadero) (612) 142-6156 Punta del Cabo Surfshop (624)105-24-29 SUP Mexico (624) 172-6046 Surf Si Puedes (624) 130 7872 Zippers Surf Shop & Rentals (624) 172-6162

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LOS CABOS 101 “Las Viudas” but keep your eyes peeled because the entrance sneaks up on you. You won’t find any services or vendors so bring all your beach essentials with you.


Santa Maria A stunning horseshoe cove with coral coloured sand and an 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. Going from Cabo San Lucas towards San José, follow the sign that reads “Santa María” and exit the highway at Km. 13. Follow the dirt road until you reach the parking area. No services and hardly any shade. You can rent umbrellas on the beach, but if you happen to have one bring it anyway. Bring snorkelling gear!


Imagine floating in a turquoise bay with pink sand 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 your dream beach.

Cabo San Lucas Medano Beach

This is where the action 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. All water sports and activities are available. If you want to take a water taxi to Lover’s Beach, this is the spot to do it. Its stunning view of land’s end and the vast entertainment options makes it a must-see. In the heart of downtown Cabo San Lucas. You can walk through the east side of the marina or access it via Avenida del Pescador street. Get prepared to be approached by souvenir vendors. If you’re not there for the shopping, the only thing you can do is say “No Gracias.” Prices don’t vary too much from one water sports rental place to another. Make a trip to Lover’s Beach while you’re there.

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Lover’s Beach

Getting there is an adventure in itself due to the fact that it’s only reachable 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 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 now 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 only swim on Lover’s Beach. Land’s End beside the famous arch. Only accessible by boat. There are a couple of vendors that offer beers 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 enough time to explore and enjoy this natural wonderland.

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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. Turn right at Km. 12.5 of the corridor and follow the dirt road down to the beach. There is a sign that reads




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 for excellent snorkelling and scuba diving. This is the only beach with public rest rooms and it has plenty of palapas for shade. Going from Cabo San Lucas towards San José, follow the signs for Chileno Beach Club near Km. 14 of the main highway. If you visit Chileno on a weekend make an effort to arrive early; snorkelling visibility is often better in the mornings, you’ll avoid the mid-day snorkel tours and if you beat the crowds you’ll be guaranteed a palapa for that much needed shade. Bring Snorkelling gear!

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San Jose del Cabo Palmilla

Palmilla is known for its family friendly calm waters and 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. Take the Palmilla ramp exit at Km. 27. Follow the signs and turn into the main beach parking area before the entrance to the One&Only Hotel. Palmilla is popular among local families on the weekends, so arrive early if you want a palapa or bring your own umbrella. No services available.

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Costa Azul If what you’re looking for is a good surf spot that doesn’t require driving out of town... this is it. 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 Cabo Surf Hotel and Mike Doyle Surf School are located. You can find surf shops in the area where you can rent surf and SUP boards and set up lessons. The surf is bigger during the summer and in the winter it’s a good spot for snorkelling and swimming. Exit at Km. 28 via the Costa Azul Bridge. Swimming with caution is possible in this area but keep an eye out for surfers.

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La Playita

La Playita (the little beach) is a long stretch of beach where you will often find locals fishing from the shore and families with children enjoying the beach-front

playground. On the right end of La Playita you will find a roped-off swimming area just outside the beautiful Puerto Los Cabos 500 slip marina entrance. To the left is the natural open beach where you can swim, skim-board and enjoy a peaceful beach day away from the crowds. Follow the signs to La Playita/Puerto Los Cabos form Boulevard Mijares in downtown San José del Cabo (across from the fire department). You will find new and well maintained bathrooms, palapas and fishing charters. There are no food services directly on the beach, but there are several casual restaurants in the surrounding area.

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On the Pacific Cerritos

Cerritos beach is a popular surf spot and swimming is relatively safe. The scenic 45 minute drive from Cabo San Lucas is well worth the trip as you drive along the pristine Pacific coast. The Cerritos Beach Club Restaurant is a perfect spot to spend a relaxing day on the beach or if you want to be active you can take a surf lesson at Baja Surf Camp or rent surf and boogie boards at the Costa Azul Surf Shop. Exit at Km. 66 of the Cabo San Lucas - Todos Santos highway. Watch the markers as there is no sign. Drive about 1.7 miles to the beach area. Lounge chairs, restrooms, food and drinks are available at The Cerritos Beach Club Restaurant.

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La Paz Balandra

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

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Loreto Isla Coronado

A wildlife reserve where visitors may anchor, snorkel, scuba and camp. The panga ride usually includes a cruise around the island where it’s very common to see sea lions, seals and even sea otters. The only swimmable beach on the island has pristine white sand and shallow crystal clear turquoise water, which creates ideal snorkelling conditions. Coronado Island is the ideal place for an adventure or to simply immerse yourself in nature and relax. About 7 miles or 30 minutes (on boat) northeast of Loreto. 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 eco-restroom. Bring hiking shoes if you plan to explore the area. Bring Snorkelling gear!

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Useful INFORMATION HOW DO I DIAL? The local area code is 624 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 To dial to other countries: 00 + country code (1, 2 or 3 digits) + number DRIVING Renting a car will allow you to enjoy the freedom of exploring Los Cabos without depending on taxis. Driving in Mexico might be intimidating to some, but if you just go with the muddled flow, you will realize that there is some organization within the chaos. If you are pulled over by local police for committing a driving infraction, the standard procedure is for them to take your Driver’s License. You will then have to go to the Police Station to pay your ticket and pick-up your license. There are two types of gasoline: Magna or verde (green) which is regular and Premium or roja (red). Lleno (pronounced yeno) means full. Major credit cards are accepted. Tipping the gas station attendant around $10.00 pesos (less than a dollar) is customary. ALTO






No parking


Dry riverbed

Speed bump

MONEY AND CURRENCY Exchange rates - Dollars are accepted almost everywhere and you will most likely get your change back in pesos. The exchange rate varies every day, but some places have a set rate of $12.00 pesos to $1.00 dollar.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS Emergencies: 066 - (equivalent to 911) Police Department: Cabo San Lucas 143-3977 San José del Cabo 142-0361 Fire Department – Dial 116 or: Cabo San Lucas 143-3577 San José del Cabo 142-2466 Highway Patrol: 146-0573 Tourist Police: 143-3977 Hospitals: Amerimed: Cabo San Lucas 105-8550 San José del Cabo 105-85-50 Los Barriles: 141-0797 Baja Medical Response: 144-3434 Blue Medical Net: Cabo San Lucas Hospital 104 3911 San José del Cabo Clinic 142-3511 Cabo Surgical Center: 172-6030 North American Hospitals and Clinics: 142-2770 Walk-in Medi Clinic: 130-7011 Air Ambulances: Skymed Air Ambulance: (866) 805-9624 Air One Ambulance: (800) 236-8080 U.S. Consulate: 143-3566 Canadian Consulate: 142-4333 Taxi Cabo San Lucas: 143-2221 Taxi San José de Cabo: 142-0401 Immigration: 143-0135 Airlines: Aero Calafia 130-7822 Aeromexico 146-5097 Air Canada 01 (800) 719-2827 (Toll free within Mexico) Alaska Airlines 146-5166 American Airlines 146-5302/5303 Continental Airlines 146-5050 Delta Airlines 146-5005/146-5217 Interjet 01 (800)-011-2345 (Toll free within Mexico) Spirit Airlines 1 (800) 772-7117 Sun Wing 1 (800) 668-4224 Volaris 01 (800) 7VOLARIS (Toll free within Mexico) US Airways 146-5380 West Jet 1 (800) 538-5696

Cash or Card? - Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards are generally accepted but you often run into cash only places, especially at restaurants, so always or ask before you order and carry cash. ATMs - There are many ATMs throughout the Los Cabos area. Some only give you dollars, some only pesos and some give you the option to withdraw both. Pay close attention to what currency you’re withdrawing. Try to get as much cash as possible in one transaction to avoid paying high commissions. Commissions on the street ATMs are higher than going to a bank.

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events ~ dining ~ music ~ nightlife

LOS CABOS is an energetic place. San José del Cabo buzzes with culture and tradition

while Cabo San Lucas alerts your senses with bright lights and sounds of a good time coming from every direction. Sporting events, fishing tournaments, conventions, concerts, charity galas, parties and festivals, are examples of the many events that take place year-round.



APRIL 5 ~ BRAZIL PARTY - Nikki Beach -

Samba! Eat, drink, dance and celebrate like you’re in Rio de Janeiro. Featuring Brazilian dancers and a Capoeira show and 2-for-1 Caipiriña specials. From 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Reserve Online: For table and bottle reservations: call 52 624 145.7800 or e-mail:


tournament benefiting the Los Cabos Humane Society. Golf: Palmilla Golf Club. Dinner: The Westin Resort. Golf ticket: $375 US, includes golf, cocktails and dinner. More info: Event Chairperson: Linda Aven (624) 172-6349/l.aven@shaw. ca. Dinner only tickets: $125 US. Contact Margarita Partridge (624) 129-7399/

APRIL 19 ~ PA’AX REUNION JAZZ CONCERT - Save the date for a Pa’ax Reunion Jazz Concert at Plaza

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Pescador. It will feature three enormously talented local musicians, Diego Ramirez on keyboard, Tito Rodriguez on bass guitar, and Joaquin Gonzalez on drums. They will play much of their own original music as well as other favorites.

APRIL 20~ EXTRA LARGE - 7 SEAS SEAFOOD GRILL at Cabo Surf Hotel - 7:00 pm. From Santa

Cruz, CA, Extra Large will perform a hip blend of Funk and Rock that is uniquely “Santa Cruz” and irresistibly danceable! For reservations and more info: 624.142.2666


• Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 8:00 am -12:00 pm. Los Cabos Organic Farmers Market. In Pedregal. • Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 pm to 12:00 pm - FESTIVAL SAL Y MÚSICA. In downtown San José del Cabo. • Wednesdays 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm - BIKE RIDE IN SAN JOSÉ. Meet at Plaza del Pescador before 7:30 pm. Bike rentals available at Sportia bike store located in Plaza del Pescador. More info: (624) 130-7159 • Wednesdays 7:30 pm - EL GANZO FILM CLUB. Hosted by Art Director Marc Deniro whose credits include

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Troy, Master and Commander, among others. (624) 104-9000 Wednesdays - WINE CLASSES AT GRAND SOLMAR. A weekly class in wine-making at the resort’s La Roca restaurant. Classes are $49.00. For reservations call: (624) 145 7575 Thursdays 5:30 pm - WINE TASTING at DE CORTEZ restaurant in the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar. $35.00 per person. Thursdays 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm - SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO ART WALK takes place during the months of November - June. Galleries welcome guests to enjoy an evening strolling the neighbourhood, viewing art, sipping wine and dining. Thursdays 7:30 pm - CINE CLUB EN EL PABELLON CULTURAL. Free movies at the Cabo San Lucas Cultural Pavilion located on the marina. Fridays 12:00 pm until sunset - NIKKI BEACH IN THE HOUSE. Sushi 2x1 from 1pm to 2pm Resident DJS: Antonio Flores. For table and bottle reservations: call 52 624 145.7800 or e-mail: Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm - Palmilla Farmers Market. At the Shops at Palmilla. Fridays 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm - ART FEST downtown Cabo San Lucas in Plaza Amelia Wilkes. Saturdays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm- San José del Cabo organic market. Art & Crafts, food, music, and a good time. Saturdays 12:00 pm to sunset - Soleil @ NIKKI BEACH. The Sexiest party in Cabo, set against the backdrop of swaying palms and the glistening Sea of Cortez. Resident DJs: Sam Koen + Antonio Flores Saturdays 2:00 pm - EL GANZO POOL PARTIES on rooftop pool with special guest DJs. www.elganzo. com. (624) 104-9000. Sundays 7:00 am to 11:00 am - CICLOVÍA CABO SAN LUCAS - The main street of Cabo San Lucas closes access to automobile traffic allowing bikers, skaters walkers and joggers to exercise freely. Sundays 12:00 am to sunset - AMAZING SUNDAYS @ NIKKI BEACH. Delight your palate with our exquisite Sunday Brunch and amuse your senses with live special performances. Sundays 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm - FAT LOSS SCIENCE SEMINARS with Robyn Littlewood, Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Expert and Health Journalist. Held in the hospitality suite at Villa del Arco. Call (624) 113-9532 for details.


Hungry for some fun? This brand new spot

in downtown Cabo will satisfy your appetite. The innovative concept and design of Canibal Bar includes amazing urban art on the walls, an open air night club, a glow in the dark bar and two VIP sections. Their grand opening on March 22nd featured Caroline D’Amore, one of the many renowned International Djs and live bands that are scheduled to perform at Canibal Bar. This place has brought an exciting and different concept to Cabo and you can find it right across from Cabo Wabo. Free valet parking is available.

For more info: #eatmecabo

Events and dates listed are subject to change. Check with your concierge or call the listed phone numbers.

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There is no denying that many come to Cabo for the beach parties and the nightlife. From trendy nightclubs to booze cruises, you will always find a party... anytime, anywhere.

FUN in the SUN

BILLYGAN’S ISLAND - A fun beach club and restaurant where you can go for lunch and soak up the sun in their lounge chairs and beach mats. Don’t miss their house drink called Billygan’s Special and their daily contests and shows. Located in Medano beach. MANGO DECK - The perfect place for those wanting to let loose in Cabo. They have entertainment all day and night, from live music to beer drinking, dancing and wet t-shirt contests. Great happy hour margaritas and a lively staff. Located in Medano beach. NIKKI BEACH - Known for its white teepees, poolside lounge beds and sexy and stylish pool party scene. As the sun sets, resident DJs get the crowd going with beats of dance and house music. Located in the Hotel ME Cabo on Medano Beach. THE OFFICE - is located of Medano beach and is the perfect place to spend the day sipping on your choice of beach drink, swimming in the ocean, souvenir shopping and people watching. The Office has great food and is family friendly.


CABO ESCAPE BOOZE CRUISE - The name says it all, booze while you cruise at sunset and bring your dancing shoes. Departs daily at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Nov-Mar); Dock #3 Cabo San Lucas Marina. Cost: US $45.00 per person. Includes: chips, salsas, guacamole and veggie dips and open bar. CABO ESCAPE FLOATING DISCO - For the late nighters. Dance to current hip-hop and electronic hits. 18 years old and up only. Departs Wednesdays and Fridays 9:00 pm to 12:00 am; Dock #3 Cabo San Lucas Marina. Cost: US $45.00 per person. Includes premium open bar. JUNGLE FLOATING DISCO & CLUB - is the one and only late night floating night club with optional open bar or bottle service, VIP tables and STAR lounge. Departs Friday and Saturday from 9:30 pm to 12:30 pm. Cost: $35 usd per person. 18 years old and up. Includes: premium international open bar, dancing to current hits, hip-hop and electronic music. JUNGLE REGGAE BOOZE CRUISE - The ultimate Cabo San Lucas wild booze cruise. If you’re here for the famous Cabo spring break, this is the tour for you. Departs: Tuesday through Sunday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (winter) or 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (summer). Cost: $35 usd per person. 18 years old and up only. Includes: All-you can drink booze, dancing, reggae and party music. No dinner included, make sure you eat before the tour! PEZ GATO - Dance, drink and play on a catamaran at sunset. Children are welcome! Cost: $39 usd per person and includes national bar. Ages 5-11 are half price and under 5 are free.


CABO WABO CANTINA - A Cabo San Lucas landmark that has been owned by the famous rock star Sammy Hagar since it’s opening in 1990. You are guaranteed some amazing live rock music with their talented house band and if you’re lucky you might even see Sammy or any other big name artist hop on stage on any given night. CANIBAL BAR - A brand new spot that offers indoor and outdoor areas with special attention to the decor. Open late. Lounge while you listen to live music or to dance or dance to famous DJs. Located on Vicente Guerrero, across from Cabo Wabo. EL SQUID ROE - You can feel the high energy the moment you walk into this three story night club and restaurant. It’s very well known for its lively staff that not only serve you, but will entertain you all night long. GIGGLIN’ MARLIN - Just a fisherman’s bar in the beginning, this Cabo landmark is now a seafood restaurant that becomes a lively night club once the sun sets. The large image outside of a man hanging upside down next to a “giggling marlin” is hard to miss. One of the traditions of this bar is to hang brave souls upside down while they do a tequila shot! KNOTTY’S - unique decor and ambiance was designed by world renowned Davis Krumins. Dance to the beats of house music mixed by live DJ’s and even climb into the tree-like dancing cage in the middle of the club. MANDALA - When you’re waking the main street of Cabo, you will surely notice Mandala’s striking entrance and sleek Asian decor. If you are looking for the stylish nightclub scene and great dance music, this is where you want to be. PASSION NIGHTCLUB - Sexy atmosphere, cosy indoor cabanas, special champagne cocktails and a spacious dance floor. Ladies night on Thursday. Guest DJs on Fridays. Located inside the ME Hotel by Melia San Lucas. PINK KITTY - Known for its club scene and cosmopolitan style atmosphere, Pink Kitty is a popular spot for dance and house music. They often feature famous DJs that fire up the crowd on the dance floor until 4:00 am. The Jungle Bar Casual bar for good tunes, live music every night and local culture. Located in Plaza de los Mariachis, bellow Cabo Wabo. THE NOWHERE BAR - A happening open-air bar with dance music and dance floor that’s located right on the beautiful Cabo marina. Known for its popular Tuesday lady’s night, Nowhere Bar is a hot place for celebrity sightings and has an excellent staff and service. Visit during the day for a refreshing happy hour beer or at night for a fun and stylish party scene.


BAJA BREWERY - Cabo San Lucas location: Thursdays Pajaros Negros (rock), Fridays Las Vivas (Latin) 8:30 pm; Saturdays rock ‘n roll with Bryan Flynn. 624.144-3805. San José location: Thursdays after Art Walk, rock n roll with Bryan Flynn; Fridays The 80’s (Mexican music); Saturdays Tienes Fuego. 624.146-9995. BAR ESQUINA - Daily 8:00 pm every day; Tuesday, Flamenco Guitars; Wednesday, Soft Rock; Thursday, Solo Acoustic Rock; Friday, Latin Rhythms; Saturday, Soft Rock; Sunday, Bolero Guitar. 624.143.1889 CABO WABO - Tuesday to Friday, 7:15 pm, Cabo Uno acoustic rock patio set; Tuesday to Sunday 10:30 pm Cabo Uno electric rock set; Mondays, 7:15 Estrógeno patio set, 10:30 electric set; 624.143.1188 CERRITOS BEACH CLUB - Bryan Flynn Saturday afternoons, Daline Jones and Diego Ramirez every Sunday, 2:00-5:00 pm; 624.129.6315 DESPERADOS - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm; Guitarist Roberto Fiallo; Saturdays, 10:30 pm to 2:00 am; Rock Band La Flaka; 624.143.4313 DOC’S WINE BAR - Thursdays 7:00 to 10:00 pm Diego Ramirez on keyboard and Greg Haugesag on flugelhorn. Tel. 624-105-1034. DON SANCHEZ CANTINA - Monday, Howie Clifton on saxophone; Tuesdays through Saturdays, guitar; 624.142.2444 EDITHS’S RESTAURANT - Daily 6:00 to 10:00 pm, traditional Mexican music 624.143-0801. HOTEL CASCADAS - Daily 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Daline Jones & Diego Ramirez. HOTEL EL GANZO - Tuesdays, Jazz night, 8:00 pm; Wednesdays, Guitar Virtuoso Robert Fiallo 8:00 pm; Thursdays, Mark Rudin, 8:00 pm; Fridays, Chaplin, 8:00 pm; Sunday Brunch, 9:00 am; 624.104.9000 FLORA FARMS - Tuesday, The Shamans (Rock); Wednesday, Robert Drake on guitar; Thursday, Howie Clifton saxophone; Friday, Robert Drake on guitar; Saturdays, The Shamans (Rock); Sunday Brunch, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Marcie Castro; Sunday Evening, Robert Drake on guitar; 624.355.4564 H RESTAURANT - Saturdays 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Hugo “saxo” Moreno; Saxophone; 624-105-2974 JAZZ TAPAS BAR. Plaza del Pescador, Local 8. Saturdays 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Marcie Castro. 624.130.7267. JUNGLE BAR - Daily at 9:30 pm, Estrógeno. THE CONTAINER - Puerto Los Cabos on the marina. Tuesdays, Pulpa En Su Tinta. 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm; RAMURI BREWERY - Saturdays Pulpos en Su Tinta THE OFFICE - Daily 6:30 - 9:30 pm; Mondays Shalom & Tito Rodriguez, Tuesdays Luna Itzel, Wednesdays Pulpos en Su Tinta, Thursdays Fiesta Mexicana & Mariachis, Fridays The Daline Jones Group, Saturdays Kimbara Fusion, Sundays Pura Vida. THE ROAD HOUSE - Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Peter Bacon on Piano; 624.143.1516 TROPICANA, Cuban music. Mariachis. Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 pm to 1:00 am. 624.142.4146 or 624.142.2311. TWO FOR THE ROAD - LIVE JAZZ - In Wyndham Hotel/ Tesoro, Blvd. Marina, Local A-15, Tuesday through Sunday, 7:00 pm midnight. Montana, keyboard, and vocalist Kathy Daniels. Tel. 143-5111. VOILÁ BISTRO - Thursdays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Hugo “saxo” Moreno; Saxophone; 624-130-7569 ZIPPER’S - Wednesdays & Sundays, Hot Steele; Fridays, E.C Davis; 624.172.6162 | APRIL 2014



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Who is the Chef?

By Bonnie Chase

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Enjoy Edgar’s favorite recipe!

Chef Ed g ar Rom á n

Photos courtesy of Mi Casa

This month in ‘Who is the Chef?’ we venture to the charming local benchmark of authentic Mexican cuisine, restaurant Mi Casa. For over 20 years, Mi Casa has offered visitors tasty Mexican dishes in a unique atmosphere, with locations in the San José art district and in downtown Cabo San Lucas. Since 1990, countless patrons have enjoyed a one-of-a-kind experience at Mi Casa, under the guidance of Executive Chef Edgar Román. Edgar Román began his career in the kitchen more than 20 years ago with his graduation from the Iberoamericana University, alongside two of his most important mentors – Wolenmilch Antoine and Bernard Brunnele. Before landing at Mi Casa, Edgar worked for a number of prominent employers including the General Motors Distributors’ Association, National Railways of Mexico, the Orraca Restaurant Group, and the Encinos Golf Club. Throughout his career, Edgar has had the pleasure of serving his culinary creations to a number of national and international celebrities and politicians. Chef Edgar has not only had a distinguished professional career, but also donates his time and efforts to nonprofit and charity organizations. He is a member of the French Culinary Academy, the Baja California Sur Vatel Club, and a founding member of the Chefs to the Rescue Foundation. As such, Edgar is routinely invited to participate in local culinary charity events supporting worthy causes and often acts as an Ambassador of Chefs to the Rescue. The focus of Mi Casa restaurant under Chef Edgar’s watchful eye is to expose tourists to real Mexican culture and cuisine by creating unique and imaginative variations on traditional dishes. Mi Casa offers a number of recipes from across the nation including chiles en nogada, a variety of mole dishes, and a large selection of vegetarian and vegan items. Mi Casa’s tradition includes not only great food and great service, but also a distinctive ambiance with live music and art from all over Mexico decorating the restaurant. In short, Mi Casa and Chef Edgar Román invite guests to taste, feel, and live a unique Mexican experience from the moment they arrive.

R I B S W I T H PAS I L L A C H I L E a n d TAM AR I N D S AUC E INGREDIENTS: • • • • • • • • •

1.6 kg Pork ribs 2.000 Lt pasilla-tamarind sauce 0.050 kg Salt 0.010 kg Pepper 0.050kg Big leaf oregano 0.200 Lt White cane vinegar Cilantro mashed potatoes Refried beans Guacamole


24 hours before cooking, place ribs in a brine prepared with sea salt, rosemary, big leaf oregano, coarse pepper and white cane vinegar. • Salt and pepper ribs and roast on a grill or griddle. • Place in a pan lined with banana leaf and greased with butter. Cover with sauce and bake at 150ºC (300ºF) for approximately 6 hours. Ribs are done when the meat comes off the bone. • Serve with cilantro mashed potatoes, refried beans, and guacamole. ¡Disfrute la receta favorita de Edgar!

C O S T I L L AS AD O B O D E PAS I L L A y TAM AR I N D O INGREDIENTES: • • • • • • • • •

Costilla cargada de cerdo 1.6 kg Salsa pasilla tamarindo 2.000 Lt Sal 0.050 kg Pimienta 0.010 kg Oregano de hoja grande 0.050 kg Vinagre bco de caña 0.200 Lt Pure de papa al cilantro Frijoles refritos Guacamole


• Colocar las costilals en una salmuera 24 hrs antes de cocinarlas, preparada con sal de mar romero, oregano de hoja grande, vinagre blanco de caña y pimienta gorda. • Salpimentar las costillas y asarlas en la parrilla o plancha. • Colocar en un cazo forrado con hoja de plátano y engrasado con manteca. Cubrir con la salsa y hornear a 150ºC durante 6hrs horas aprox. El punto, es cuando las costillas estan desprendiendose del hueso. • Servir con pure de papa al cilantro, frijoles refritos, y guacamole. | APRIL 2014



Los Cabos

A wedding destination

Photo by Gabriela Mohar/Wedding by Sunset Planners

Love. The love you take, is equal to the love you make ~ writes Sir Paul McCartney. Guinness World Records describes McCartney as the “most successful composer and recording artist of all time.” He writes about love. He was married 30 years to the woman he loved, and when asked about their time together this was his answer: “We had a lot of fun together . . just the nature of how we are, our favourite thing really is to just hang, to have fun.” Love, love, love. When talking about your wedding, a great place to start is at the very foundation of a happy marriage, love. Because getting married is not the same as being married, one must ask: Why am I getting married? How is this wedding going to make us happy? What is the essential element that can help me and my partner stay inspired about this weeding for the rest of our lives? True is that when your intentions are pure and the love is real, the one answer these three questions will have in common is.. Los Cabos. Once you know, you know. We are happy for you and here is our gift. Destino has invited a successful Bridal Stylist and a professional Cabo wedding planner to write about their experience and give you advice. Forever happiness!

10 Tips for Planning your Destination Wedding in Los Cabos by Bonnie Chase / Bliss Events


very year, thousands of couples tie the knot in Los Cabos, which is fast becoming one of the world’s most desirable destination wedding locations. Cabo offers beautiful weather, gorgeous beaches, grand resorts, breath-taking sunsets, world-class cuisine, and is much easier to get to than many other destinations. While the obvious advantages of a Cabo wedding have many couples interested, the idea of planning a wedding in another country can be a little overwhelming. Not to worry, help is on the way! We asked a dozen newlywed couples to share their advice for planning a Los Cabos wedding and this is what they had to say:

SET A BUDGET It’s easy to get carried away with check writing and end up spending far more on your wedding than you intended. Set a budget first and work backward from there. Each time you confirm a new vendor or service, add it into your budget so you can track your spending and stay on track. One of the many wonderful things about getting married in Cabo is that no matter how simple the wedding, it will always be

beautiful. Don’t break the bank – set your budget and stick with it!

GET HELP Planning a wedding is hard enough, but planning a wedding across international borders is even harder. You’re going to need someone who knows the ropes, who can make calls on your behalf, negotiate rates, suggest creative ideas, and help you avoid unnecessary hurdles. In almost every case, your wedding planner will save you far more than he or she will charge for planning services. Your planner’s top priority is going to be to keep you under your budget, so that should be the first thing you discuss together. You’re probably going to spend six months to a year exchanging phone calls and emails with your planner, so it’s a good idea to choose someone you like and with whom you feel comfortable. Your planner will help you with every step of the process, so make finding him or her the first thing you do. PLAN AHEAD Planning a wedding takes time. The earlier you start planning, the more options you’ll have. In a destination as sought-after as Cabo,

DESTINO DIARIES locations and vendors get booked early. You also have to think about your guests. Etiquette says you should give guests at least 6 months notice for a destination wedding, and you’ll need at least that much time for planning.

BE PATIENT Most things in Cabo don’t

operate at the same fast-paced tempo as the US or Canada. It’s not uncommon for email responses to take days instead of hours. Don’t mistake the laid-back pace of vendors for incompetence. The experienced wedding professionals in Los Cabos provide wedding services to thousands of happy couples a year collectively, and they will not disappoint you.

NEGOTIATE Just like everywhere, wedding

services are always negotiable. Sometimes vendors will offer a discount if they’ve already had a cancellation on your date, if your wedding is on a non-Saturday or if it’s going to take place in low season. Vendors and service providers might not always be willing or able to lower their prices, but it doesn’t hurt to ask!

ASK QUESTIONS Policies, procedures, systems, laws, and just about everything else is going to be different in Cabo than where you’re from. Be sure to ask about anything that isn’t clear, especially when it comes to contracts for your hotel, venue, and vendors. Your wedding is going to be one of the most important days of your life, so don’t take any chances with guessing. TAKE CARE OF YOUR GUESTS Your loved ones

are going to a lot of effort to celebrate this important day with you. Show them how much you appreciate them by planning a fun event like a welcome party or a rehearsal dinner in the days surrounding the wedding. A dinner cruise or sunset cruise is a great way to show your guests the famed Arch of Cabo while sailing around the bay. If budget is a concern, you can host something as simple as a beach or pool day. You’re also going to want to make things as easy as possible for your guests, but you won’t have time to be a personal concierge. Setting up a wedding website is a great way to offer guests a one-stop resource for making arrangements. You can include links for booking hotels, airport shuttles, activities, and more. You can answer important questions and offer suggestions for fun things to do in Cabo. Many couples provide their guests with welcome bags when they arrive at the host hotel. Fill them with snacks, water, a map of the area, sun block, or anything else they might make use of during their trip.

KNOW THE LAWS It’s important to understand

the requirements for getting married in a foreign country. Here in Cabo, to have a legal wedding ceremony, it must be performed by a Spanish-speaking judge with an English translator, and the vows – which are provided by the state – cannot be changed. You’re also required to provide your passport, driver’s license, and blood test results (which you will have done here in Cabo the week of the wedding). Most destination couples prefer to get legally married at the courthouse in the US or Canada before coming to Cabo for the wedding. This way you can skip all the legal requirements of a Mexican wedding, and exercise some creative liberties. If your Cabo wedding isn’t a legal ceremony, it’s sometimes fun to have a loved one officiate, and he or she doesn’t even need to be an ordained minister.

DRESS ACCORDINGLY Most months of the year Cabo is warm, and sometimes humid. It’s important to keep that in mind when shopping for a dress. If you’re having a summer wedding, you should probably skip the big puffy ball gown and choose something a little lighter. Many grooms leave the suit jackets at home and get married in linen pants and a simple buttondown. Your groomsmen will thank you for not making them sweat through your big day in a full suit or a tuxedo. Keep the sandy ceremony site in mind when shoeshopping, too. Stilettos have no business on the beach. Flip flops or bare feet are certainly acceptable, but if tall shoes are a must, go with wedges. The Cabo climate will also affect your hair. If it’s a particularly windy or humid day, an updo will hold up much longer than wearing your hair down. On a really breezy day, you might even want to forego the veil, which could just blow into your face throughout the ceremony. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF Hydrate! Not only is

Cabo probably warmer and more humid that your home city, but the margaritas are likely to be flowing during the days leading up to your wedding. Combined with the sun and some potential late nights, these factors can take a toll on you. Unless you want to look and feel like a zombie at your wedding, take care of yourself. Drink plenty of water, enjoy a salad or two, and get full nights of sleep leading up to the big day. *

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The Importance of Bridal Styling and Wedding Photos

By Neysa Quintana / Blanc On-Location Bridal Salon - Cabo


our photos are one of the most important parts of your wedding day (other than all of the love and meaningful things, of course). Even if you’re on a tight budget, a good photographer and Makeup Artist / Hairstylist will make it appear like you spent a million bucks. So when it comes to choosing vendors for your wedding, the most important ones to choose and book quickly are your wedding coordinator, photographer, and stylist team. Photographers and styling teams get booked months, a year, or even more in advance. A good wedding coordinator will help you find the best team for your needs and budget. It is important to consider weather conditions when helping the bride choose the right look for her big day; they can affect the styling of the bride and bridal party. Depending on the time of the year and location of the wedding; the two main factors that can be problematic are wind and heat. Preparing their skin with the best products according to their skin type and finishing it properly ensures that their make up will last all night. Everyone’s skin is different. Knowing this, and understanding how to use the right products is key to creating a flawless look that will photograph well. Finding a stylist who understands each person’s unique style through proper consultation is key. There are many factors that go into creating the perfect bridal look. A good stylist will listen to your ideas and envision how they can perfect it. They will also have the eye to understand if the look is cohesive. A stylist can see if there is balance within the overall structure of the hair, make up, jewelry, and gown. It can take months of preparation with the bride to create the final look and a personalized approach to bridal styling will make a difference. Keep in mind that doing make up for film and photography is much different than how you apply your make up on a daily basis. It is recommended that your bridal party and family members who will appear in your photos get their hair and make up done professionally so they all photograph well. Although a wedding is about the union of two people, it is also a monumental day for those who have been part of your life. Therefore, taking care to ensure that your loved ones look their best in your wedding photos will pay off year after year. LOVE - My mother always tells me that, “a beautiful heart can bring things into your life that all the money in the world couldn’t obtain.” The energy that you have on your wedding day is what your guests will remember. They won’t remember if your flower arrangement didn’t match the color scheme or if you stumbled over your words because you were nervous. Have fun and take the time to enjoy every second with the people that you care about. Because in the end, that is the ultimate goal of having a wedding. *

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by yeye Light on Yoga


“To win a battle, a general surveys the terrain and the enemy and plans counter-measures. In a similar way the Yogi plans the conquest of the Self.” B.K.S. Iyengar “During the practice of asanas (postures), it is the body alone which should be active while the brain should remain passive, watchful and alert. If they are done with the brain, then you will not be able to see your own mistakes.” If you ask me, this advice can be applied to everything we do. All our actions require us to engage in a posture, and yoga is a state of mind. About the mind, Mr. Iyengar teaches us that “as water takes the shape of its container, the mind when it contemplates an object is transformed into the shape of that object.” This is an interesting idea. Choose what you think, in other words.

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“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ― Dr. Seuss

Everyone falls in love, sooner of later. The real finding is to recognize love in all places, to see love in every person we meet, to feel love for every living thing we come to encounter and to be loved in all experiences that life brings to us. Love is everywhere and, yes, it is also in the air. Love is felt in the subatomic particles in the space around us; one can “feel the love” whenever it is felt by the people in the room. A pleasant sensation vibrates through our entire body, when we feel it ourselves. This vibration, like all vibrations, waves through space either resonating or clashing with other subatomic particles. Love can be inspiring, and love does heal. At the biological level, scientists say that when we fall in love it seems like our brain doesn’t work in the usual way. We get sweaty palms, breathing heavily or feel breathless, we can’t think clearly, and it feels like we have butterflies in our stomach. Nevertheless, this feeling is wonderful. It can be triggered by something as simple as the meeting of eyes, touching of hands, listening to music or reading a book. Chemists explain that it is the little molecule phenylethylamine (PEA) which is the natural chemical that causes to high experience lovers high. Specific chemical substances are studied in the context of their roles in producing human experiences and behaviors that are associated with love. According to neuroscience, the long-term attachment felt after the initial “in love” passionate phase of a relationship is related to oxytocin, a chemical released after orgasm. Think about this when wondering how to keep your partner committed to the ever after. The great spiritual masters such as Jesus or Buddha teach that love is the path to real happiness. Love is the very foundation of their most important teaching: to love thyself and to love others. They insist that to be truly happy, we must love. The truth is that love is necessary to live in peace and harmony in this Universe. Love is always changing, it is impermanent, it arises and passes away, then arises and passes away, moment by moment, breath by breath. The wisest thing we can do when we feel love is to observe it as it is, not as we want it to be to honour ourselves and how we feel, to remain equanimous and aware through the experience, and to learn to be still when we’re looking for clarity. The ultimate realization about love happens when we ask ourselves how to love so that it benefits others. Sooner or later, we learn that Love is space. *


As far as measuring progress in your yoga practice, Yogi master B.K.S. Iyengar tells us that “the signs of progress on the path of Yoga are health, a sense of physical lightness, steadiness, clearness of countenance and a beautiful voice, sweetness of odour of the body and freedom from craving. A yogi has a balanced, serene and tranquil mind. He/she is the very symbol of humility.” I’ve certainly learned through my own practice that what measures whether I am practicing correctly or not, is not how far I can reach, or if my head can touch my knees, but how good I feel while I am trying to reach further or how happy I am while trying to be more flexible. This sounds like life, doesn’t it? Yoga practice isn’t about getting somewhere, being someone or having more. A yoga practice is about awakening awareness of the Self, for the benefit of others. It is a practice of Self observation, of meditation, of love and compassion. It is about using the body wisely, so it does not become atrophied with time, and training the mind to be clear and peaceful in the midst of change. It is about loving ourselves, so we can love others in the most healthy way possible. The goal of a yoga practice is to find balance, and I like to think that to find anything it must be lost in the first place. Therefore, if you are one of those who think that you cannot practice yoga because you are not flexible, strong or you don’t have good balance, think again. Really, all of these qualities are a bi-product of the practice itself, to start doing yoga all you need is a lack of equilibrium, to be out of balance, to feel some chaos within. You, who thinks that you don’t need a yoga practice because your balance is perfect and that unlike others, everything about you is supreme, think one more time, because this only tells you that it is you who needs it the most. Tadasana - Basic standing pose Start at the beginning. Take a deep inhale, deep exhale. Every movement corresponds to one breath. It is essential to master the art of standing correctly. People do not pay attention when they stand... owing to our faulty method of standing and not distributing the body wight evenly on the feet, we acquire specific deformities which hamper spinal elasticity. When standing correctly, one feels light in body and the mind acquires agility. On the contrary, when we don’t pay attention to the correct method of standing, we soon feel fatigued and the mind becomes dull. Techique 1. Stand erect with the feet together, the heels and big toes touching each other. Rest the heads of the metatarsals on the floor and stretch all the toes on the floor. (Even if the feet are kept apart, it is better to keep the heel and toe in a line parallel to the median plan and not at an angle.) 2. Tighten the knees and pull the knee-caps up, contract the hips and pull up the muscles at the back of the thighs. 3. Keep the stomach in, chest forward, spine stretched up and the neck straight. 4. Do not bear the wight of the body either on the heels or the toes, but distribute it evenly on them both. 5. Ideally in Tadasana the arms are stretched out over the head, but for the sake of convenience, one can place them by the side of the thighs. Namaste. * | APRIL 2014

HEALTHY LIVING Fascia ~ a tissue that connects and protects the body from head to toe! by Sylvia Ramirez Nava, Certified Structural Integrator of the

Rolfing Method, Massage Therapist

Lately physicians, certain kinds of health care practitioners, and some devoted sports people are talking about fascia and its implications for better health. Well, let me tell you about fascia and its amazing qualities, which, for the majority of people, are still unknown! Fascia is a kind of connective tissue responsible for keeping our body flexible, fluid, and connected. Its implications to one’s health are enormous. It is in charge of giving muscle its shape, and has neurological as well as metabolic functions. Its role is to stabilize and protect. A pioneer in the research of fascia Ph.D. Ida Rolf named it “the organ of support,” back in the 1950s, due to its fascinating 3D design web-like within the body interconnecting and creating a supportive system that holds us together. Superficial fascia is located just below the skin, and deeper layers surround every muscle, bone, organ, and nerve all the way down to the cellular level, forming what is called the myosfascial system. For an example of how fascia looks inside of your body, imagine an orange: the outer white fiber covering the whole orange is like the skin, then each slice is compartmentalized by more white fiber holding its juice. That’s how the each muscle and each muscle group is wrapped by it inside of the body allowing movement among muscles and avoiding friction. In its natural and healthy state, fascia is flexible and malleable. It allows muscles and bones to move freely, and lets fluids flow through the body easily. Bad posture, repetitive movements, and trauma can cause fascia to dehydrate and shorten, pulling the body out of alignment. Its elastic fibers can lose resilience, and glue together developing adhesions, causing restrictions in the way we move and compromising many of the physiological systems. Some Facts: • Our bodies are composed of 80% percent water. Most of it is stored in our soft tissues. As we age the level of hydration stored in tissues diminishes over 60%. • Fascia can be reshaped. Its plasticity is due to its composition. It responds to heat and mechanical pressure, and literally melts from a more dense “gel” state to a more fluid “sol” state. • When the fascia’s complex 3D web connections around the body develop restrictions in one area, this can create tension in distant areas. For example, you could have stiffness in your hips, and this fascial tension could be transmitted to your knee or foot. This explains why some people may have pain that appears unrelated to their original injury. • Lack of flexibility, limited range of motion, stiffness, compressed joints and other signals of what normally is considered aging can be caused by displaced fascia and adhesions. • Fascia holds bones and muscles in place, rather than the original belief that bones hold muscles in place. Some tips to keep fascia flexible: • When exercising and lifting weights, be sure to include a good selection of stretches that will help with lactic acid removal and elongate bulky muscles. • When sitting in front of a computer for a long time, stand up frequently and stretch. Have a good base of support to keep your hips from collapsing, and to breathe more fully. • Get regular rest and relaxation when possible. Chronic muscle tension can be hard to let go. When muscles are chronically tense, the nervous system sends messages to them to remain active and alert, even when you want to relax, causing fascia to dehydrate and get stiff. • Look for a qualified therapist who is well trained in myofascial work, and that knows how to track down the sources of pain and stiffness in the body. Releasing fascia requires experience, knowledge of its layers, and a properly guided touch.

“Well, now If little by little you stop loving me I shall stop loving you Little by little If suddenly you forget me Do not look for me For I shall already have forgotten you If you think it long and mad the wind of banners that passes through my life And you decide to leave me at the shore of the heart where I have roots R emember That on that day, at that hour, I shall lift my arms And my roots will set off to seek another land ”

- Pablo Neruda, Selected Poems

~ Meat In this new era, one can not speak about meat without the conversation wandering about all spiritual implications. Many spiritual practices consider killing bad karma, a sin, a violation of the sacred law that advises to do no harm. In tandem with the times, today it is more our worry about having a healthy body, which has made us think about the consequences of eating meat. Either way, awareness seems to be the middle ground. Free will entitles us to choose as the Self decides best, and we can only hope that our choices benefit all sentient beings. For those who aren’t vegetarian or vegan, or those who are in the business of meat, here are just a few things to ponder: Organically-raised animals are not fed antibiotics, artificial hormones, or the bovine growth hormone, otherwise known as rbGH. Their meat is not filled with toxins, chemicals, and drugs. They also do not eat genetically modified foods, and cannot have their genes modified. Factory-farm cows are fed a grain-based diet to fatten them up quicker. They also end up eating feed with animal by-products, or ground-up animal parts. Studies show that grass-fed beef contains more nutritional value. Organic meat comes from organic farms that take care of animals in a humane and ethical manner. Factory-farm animals live in feedlots that prevent normal growth and development. Some animals are unable to move more than a few feet their entire lives. Organically-raised animals, on the other hand, get to experience the outdoors (you know, like animals should), grazing on grass and wandering freely on the farm. In Los Cabos, our main source of meat usually is marine. Eating “the catch of the day” can’t get more organic. If you are a lover of the barbecue grill, El Vaca Loca restaurant in La Playita will grill it for you and will offer you a most traditional taco experience. At the very least, here you find organic eggs and most of their spices and veggies come from their own garden. *

Farmer’s Markets

*Organic produce, food, local arts&crafts and music*

SAN JOSÉ ORGANIC FARMER’S MARKET: Saturdays 9am to 3pm THE SHOPS AT PALMILLA: Fridays 9am to 1pm LOS CABOS ORGANIC MARKET -PEDREGAL, CABO SAN LUCAS: Wednesday & Saturdays 8am to 12pm | APRIL 2014



E DG A R Z A MOR A a f un c t ion a l a r t is t ic s en s e by yeye

Scenery, layout, private assigments, galleries and shows: Edgar Zamora is all about art in function. Inspired by his academic formation in plastic arts at the Arts National Center, Edgar feels the need to transform different materials in order to give them an artistic sense that is also often functional. Twenty years of experience in diverse creative plastic and design disciplines give Edgar a dimension of possibility in which to play and experiment with combinations of the elements which he uses to express his artwork. He enjoys traditional materials such as oils, acrylics, tempera, graphite, pastels, charcoal, Chinese ink, etc. He is most interested in mixing these traditional elements with more industrial materials such as iron, glass, wood, automotive finishes, and fiber glass. Clarity is the intention behind his return to figurative art, and Edgar strives to express his vision of contrast and opposites which the world, and life itself, show us every moment. He wishes to capture them, work with them to find equilibrium, and to offer the observer an experience of reflection and awareness. “I firmly believe that the main task in this life is to show ourselves to the world from the inside, to seize what is at hand, to leave an imprint of our fast existence through this life. When this type of artwork touches the fiber of the observer, whoever he or she is, I believe it benefits the world in some way. Its content [is] mainly of reflection about the great contrasts and inequality which describe humanity since its beginning, a look through time, what we were and who we are -- all of this benefits the world,” says artist Edgar Zamora. He also uses recycled materials, further benefitting il mundi. Embodying the life of a creative spirit, Edgar has journeyed through life, experimenting with things, forms, and trades, always evolving. In his experiences, he has found in himself, many times, the artist. In his own words “as it turns out to be, it is what I do best.” *

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Every Thursday evening between the months of November and June, the galleries welcome guests to enjoy an evening strolling the neighbourhood, viewing art, sipping wine and dining at San José del Cabo downtown’s exquisite restaurants. The Art Walk happens from 5:00 to 9:00, but the Art itself never stops! The Art District is open all day, every day!

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My Experience with

TRADITIONAL MEXICO By Photographer Bruce Herman


If you love Mexico but have not yet been to Oaxaca, you should GO! Located in Southeastern Mexico, this rugged, mountainous, and incredibly ethnically diverse state (there are 16 recognized different ethnic indigenous groups here) is a must visit for Mexican cultural visitors. This photo was taken in the beautiful “ Centro Histórico “ of the capitol Oaxaca City, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. I was walking with my French daughter, who was a teenager at the time, an art major at school in Paris, and spoke 5 languages. I commented to her on the good composition of this great old house and the cobblestone streets, but told her I was put off by the modern cars parked in the scene. Minutes later, she was knocking on doors and telling the locals in her charmingly French-accented Spanish “Hola, My father is a photo artist and would like to take a picture without the cars.” The nice and artistically-inclined Oaxacans came out and looked at us like we might be nuts, but started moving the cars. The afternoon turned into a balmy evening, some heavy rain clouds rolled in, and I was able to get this wonderful photo thanks to my daughter Chiara and the friendly people of Oaxaca. I recently got to print a very large copy of this { 3 ft by 5 ft } on special photo canvass to decorate a room in the home of my friends Lynda and Bob Bizanz in Querencia. We hung the big print on the wall and it looks spectacular. Printing on the canvass gives the photo depth and a painted quality that seems to create its own light. Come by and see us on Thursday night at the Art Walk right in the center of the San José Art District; and don’t forget to visit Oaxaca! Raweli Gallery Artist District | 624-121-2651 |

THE ALTRUIST CORNER THE GOOD NEWS For those who love the sky, Cetus

Los Cabos Astronomical Association is a group of astronomy lovers who gather every month to enjoy the stars and talk about the Universe. If you are thinking about having a cool event, why not have them come to you with their telescopes, and experience one of the most ancient ways of having fun: looking at the stars! Star light, star bright, first start I see tonight... For more info: Tel: (624) 160-6667

PAWS ’N CLAWS - The 9th Annual Los Cabos Humane Society Open Golf Tournament & Dinner Golfing at one of the best courses and travel destination in the world is, in itself, enough inspiration to travel to Los Cabos. Who does not have among their favorite moments teeing off a hole, which plays downhill to a green that sits high above the beach? At Palmilla, Jack Nicklaus’ Grand Dame, most of the approaches require good shot placement or a tough chip, bunker shot or long putt will be the result. If your ball striking and iron play isn’t your best, you can find many green side bunkers. Does this sound like nonsense to you? That is OK, because The Paws ‘n Claws Open Golf Tournament is not about how you play, but about why you play! When playing the Paws ‘n Claws Open Golf Tournament, you are helping raise funds for the Los Cabos Humane Society, a dedicated group of people who work tirelessly to save abandoned and mistreated cats and dogs in the Los Cabos area. Wether pro or amateur, you will have a good time on the golf course; and let’s not forget the fancy dinner. Helping the world get better doesn’t get better than this! Sunday April 6, Phone: (624)129-8346 / (624)151-6046 / | APRIL 2014


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design challenges

an expert’s help with anything about living here

Invited Guest Civil Engineer & MBA Iban Garcia-Sanjuan, Developer Alegranza, CEO CABO Sanctuary, S.R.L. de C.V.

Questions asked by you, answered by local real estate expert Blake Harrington, of REmexico Real Estate Group

Q: What are the true costs of owning a vacation home in Los Cabos and maintaining the property? A: A very common and good question for those of our clients considering purchasing a vacation home in Cabo. The monthly and annual costs can vary on HOA/Maintenance fees, or CFE Zone (Local Electric) and services at your property specifically. However, what we like to suggest to our buyers is getting into a rental program so that your new vacation home actually provides a source of income. The rental market is strong in Southern Baja and has been for some time. Joining a rental program and management service can help in a variety of ways. You can rent on a daily/weekly/monthly basis to qualified renters and turn your home into an investment property, not just a vacation property. This also assures that the property will always be looked after, kept in good condition, and managed properly which will save you money on deferred maintenance in the long run. Another great part about owning a Vacation home in Mexico is that property taxes are considerably lower than in the States. Of course this is always subject to changing laws and can depend on the property, area of Los Cabos, and development, but on average, property taxes are less than in the States. There are annual fees to be considered when purchasing your home. Fideicomiso trust fees are usually in the ballpark of $450 per year. This will depend on which bank holds the trust and which year your FIdeicomiso was established. With affordable annual costs and the option of renting your home, I think its a great time to invest in Los Cabos for now and the future. We are seeing great opportunities for buyers to still capitalize on great deals and new inventory to the market. And most important to remember, when you purchase real estate in Cabo, you are buying a quality of life we are incredibly lucky to live. Send us your Los Cabos real estate questions to:


The Design of structures such as Alegranza involves an in-depth understanding of structural analysis, an understanding that only a talented Civil Engineer can master with excellence. Civil Engineer & MBA Iban García-Sanjuan, Alegranza’s developer and CEO of CABO Sanctuary Real Estate, took a moment to share with all of us the extraordinary...his experience. What is your opinion about Alegranza Design, what is the story behind its architectural concept?

The conceptualizing of Alegranza followed the purest style in product design consultancy. First, we applied a primordial premise that establishes the consultancy philosophy known as “Six-Sigma”, which establishes as an essential step when launching a product of service, the task to “Know your client.” Once its definition is clear, the second premise is “Voice of the Customer” (listen to your client.) In today’s practices, we tend to believe that we know more than our clients about their tastes. Six-Sigma tries to avoid to assume without asking that our clients will like an apartment with certain qualities of our choice and in many instances we are mistaken. In Alegranza’s case, the architect we hired, Carlos Herrera (the same who built the successful hotel Ventanas al Paraíso), very well known and very good at what he does, was amazed when we gave him a document with the “Product Requirements.” In more than 200 pages, the conclusive results from a poll directed to our potential buyers and their Real Estate brokers. In this document we defined the types of apartments, sizes, finish types, and here we emphasised the aspects of design to which the architect had to pay special attention, such as the views, and the kitchen and bathrooms distribution and appearance. In short, we asked the architect to do his best of what he really knows best, which is to work with volumes, aesthetics and spaces, under very strict product requirements oriented to the needs of our potential buyer. Which qualities determine a successful collaboration between developer and architect?

As I just illustrated, I believe it is very important that each part plays its specific role. The developer must contribute with much more than just a business with cash flow. He needs to know very clearly the characteristics of the product that he is going to sell. It is as if a toy factory would hire an engineer to design their toys. What is appropriate is for the factory to have their own experts, and even observe how “children play” to define the characteristics that the toys should have, then give them to the engineers so they can resolve how to

best design them, so they can also have an attractive aesthetic. Still, the concept of the product has to start from the developer, who has to deeply surround the architect with the information about how his potential client behaves: his tastes, his habit patterns, his preferences, even his way of life. During this whole process, communication between architect and developer, especially his sales team, is vital. What are the factors that determined the design of space and the common areas? A great part of the product characteristics were the result of the

consultancy study that we, as developers, did before starting the architectural design. We already knew how many apartments were going to be built, how many of each type, the bedroom sizes, the maximum and minimum dimensions of bathrooms and kitchens, finish types, and also the importance of certain determinant aspects of our clients, such as their privacy, views, security, and service level. We re-designed some things and transformed them according to our growing knowledge of our clients’ needs. An example is the incorporation of a restaurant, a bar & grill, the concierge office, or the different service areas that originally we hadn’t contemplated. From your perspective as a developer in Los Cabos, which is the order of priorities to follow during the design of a product such as Alegranza? First, is to have a good “thermometer” of what is happening in the real estate market,

starting with a good market study, a benchmark of the available inventory, sales that are closing. This way you will define better the type of client you want to target. Second, to identify the type of product that this client requires. My experience tells me that even if there are detours, the location, the views and the amenities are factors to be considered between the first preferential characteristics of the product. Third, would be the type of product (apartments vs. family homes, townhouses, etc.), dimension, distribution, and qualities. What profile characteristics did you take in consideration when you chose your design and architectural team? We opened a contest between several architects, all of them Mexican, because we thought that the product we

wanted to sell had to have a clear National accent. Another common element between them was that they all had designed beach products. All of them had years of experience. Finally, we selected Carlos Herrera, a great architect famous in México for his design of the most beautiful beach mansions in places like Huatulco, Los Cabos, Acapulco, etc. We thought it to be an excellent combination and a challenge, to have an architect used to great spaces and luxury build apartments with some space restrictions. The result was a success, as much in design and innovation as it was commercial.

In your opinion, what is the importance that Interior Design has in the task of influencing the senses? Which elements of design did you use to inspire the lifestyle in Alegranza, and which design qualities harmonize Alegranza with Los Cabos? Today, competition is ferocious, innovation is a

determinant factor. One must look for designs that offer more than the functional optimization of the spaces. In today’s awareness, we must plead to satisfy our senses. Alegranza’s slogan is “Designed for the senses”. Through the impressive views from above, 180 degrees to San José Bay from the mystic Punta Gorda, all the way to the emblematic Palmilla, going through the fresh Estuary, the owners at Alegranza enjoy beautiful sunrises from every one of the bedrooms in the development. Touch is another sense that we have tried to stimulate, using noble materials: Brazilian granite, marble from Durango, solid alder in closets, railings made of Canadian wood, natural- | APRIL 2014

REAL ESTATE coloured walls, and fine, smooth and clean flats. This gives a sensation of simplicity and elegance at the same time. The natural breeze that is created through the units due to the design and the distribution of the big windows allows us to avoid the use of air conditioning practically all year. The silence, the tranquillity, and the privacy are very particular attributes. Even when there are 95 apartments, thanks to its constructive structure and that of the buildings, our guests can enjoy their units in total harmony and community.


Always serve carefully the orientation of your house, views, and windows in relation to sunrise and sunset. Windows and doors in the house’s transverse axis (North-South) can help lower your expenses in air conditioning, because of the air circulation created by the marine breeze. It is very important to cover with shades, pergolas, or any other type of roofing to avoid direct sunlight hitting the windows, which function as the sun-heat radiators. At last, and this is one of the weakest building characteristics in BAJA, waterproofing. Due to the intense summer heat and to the winter cold, waterproofing materials, even if they are the best, always deteriorate under such extreme conditions. To minimize this impact, especially vulnerable in flat roofs (without tile), it is very important to accent the drainage slops with slops above a 5%, and to have multidimensional drainage exits. You must avoid at all costs to generate water stagnation. In Cabo, rain is not frequent, and we tend to forget about hurricanes. These bring a much bigger quantity of water than normal rain in other places.


you live here

by Michelle Geisler Anderson/Dream Homes of Cabo

The dream starts with YES

Do you yearn for a life of more simple living? The concept of imagining yourself living here is quite similar to how many of your relationships may have started. If you didn’t start those by saying “yes” to a first date, how would you have ever known what you did/didn’t admire in a partner? And how would you have ever reached the dream of a beautiful wedding and happy marriage? Imagining the possibility of living here is just the start of your dream. Don’t hold yourself back from learning about the magic and life in Los Cabos. Talk to those who live here. Some of us have dreamed of working for ourselves and have realized those opportunities consulting, starting our own business or bridging the gap by delivering advanced products, services and technologies to the local Los Cabos market. Some of us have experienced unexpected thrills with changing our careers and get into a new business. But all in all, it never ceases to amaze us how living and/or working in Los Cabos requires much less of a personal sacrifice to ourselves, our families, our time management and our health. In the terms of the less stressful work culture here, that isn’t something that “defines” people in Los Cabos. Get started by paying some interest to the real estate sections of magazines or browse real estate websites. Introduce yourself to a reputable real estate agency - and all you have to do is be genuine with your curiosities. They are not going to force you to make an investment if you are simply not ready or prepared financially; and, they will respect you for being honest as you explore the options and begin your research. Asking questions or saying “yes” gives you an idea of the variety of types of properties that are out there! Taking a real estate tour or visiting open houses is an even better opportunity to get a real perspective of where you are regarding reaching your dream. Taking the opportunity to tour or learn about real estate, visiting again the one or two in which you could imagine yourself living, is the beginning of preparing yourself for the realization of the dream. It’s the same as falling in starts with “yes.” Driving around with a professional Realtor allows you to become more acquainted with the variety of residential neighborhoods which can help you determine what you do or do not want from your future investment. It is okay if your plan to purchase may not be for another three to five years. This is a process, much like how your relationship started when you first said “yes.” You had to go on a few dates before you thought you had the “right one.” Then you kept returning to him/her and seeing that one more often. Eventually when the time was right, or when you had prepared yourself appropriately, you knew when to say “Yes, I Do!” | APRIL 2014



ART DISTRICT HISTORIC BUILDING #3 - $525,000 San José del Cabo Art District • $525,000 MLS# 14-68

ONLY HISTORIC BUILDING FOR SALE IN SAN JOSÉ. This Historical commercial building in the heart of San Jose’s famous art district is a one of a kind opportunity. Currently occupied by “H” restaurant, it is perfectly situated in the heart of the district and has many possibilities. This building is the third and last registered building in the district only surpassed by the Church and Municipal building. Built in 1947 this property exudes the heart and soul of historic San José del Cabo. Jason Pryde at or from the U.S. or Canada 925-963-0389 from Mexico 624-137-7322 32

USA & CANADA 858.200.4979 MEXICO 624.191.3462 | APRIL 2014




Single story home, built in 2008, located on the 6th fairway of Palmilla’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Open floor plan with spacious bedroom suites and personal patio indulgences. Fourth guest suite with private entrance within interior courtyard. Plans to add an additional guest suite available. Large BBQ kitchenette, relaxing shaded and open terraces, heated pool & jacuzzi. Low maintenance home.

Largest View for the Most Reasonable price. No other property with as much ocean views; from Palmilla to the East Cape’s Punta Gorda. Located on the hilltop above San José beach and the beautiful natural estuary preserve. Walking distance to Historical Downtown, shopping and entertainment. Built in 2008, Alegranza is a newer luxury resort with impressive amenities and profitable rental incomes. Open floor plan with spacious master suites and shaded outdoor living areas. Interior upgraded from the original finishes. Easy to show. Motivated seller negotiating all offers.

San Jose del Cabo · Palmilla · 4 BR · 4 BA · $1,450,000 · MLS# 14-309

Michelle Geisler Anderson LOCAL CELL: (011-52-1) 624-157-1775 · US/CAN: (908) 864-0530

San Jose del Cabo · Alegranza · 3 BR · 3 BA · $518,000 · MLS# 14-414

Michelle Geisler Anderson LOCAL CELL: (011-52-1) 624-157-1775 US/CAN: (908) 864-0530

CASA BESOS Hermitage • $775,000

3 BR • 3 BA One of Cabo’s most exciting new gated communities, Hermitage boasts sweeping ocean views of the Sea of Cortez and Lands End. This unique offering is move-in ready, already built, and fully furnished. Don’t wait for your new home to be built, come home to Hermitage and Casa Besos. Upgraded features throughout include granite counters, custom cabinetry, and a top row location with the best views in the community.

USA & CANADA 858.200.4979 MEXICO 624.191.3462 | APRIL 2014



Stay a day, a week or a lifetime

Offering Full & Fractional Oceanfront Ownership on Medano Beach. Breathtaking beauty and personal pampering await you at Villa La Estancia. From your private view of Land’s End to full service ultra resort style amenities. A rewarding personal and financial lifestyle choice. See for yourself why a high percentage of owners purchase more.

Amenities Galore From fine dining at our restaurants, to having your own private chef prepare your catch of the day in the comfort of your villa. A rejuvenating massage on your private veranda, on the sands of Medano Beach or at our award winning Desert Spa. Sip your favorite beverage at our dual swim up bars, while soaking in the Cabo rays. Feel the stress cascading off as you view whales breeching at Land’s End from one of our five ocean view hot tubs. Spa and workout facility, 24/7 platinum concierge service, 24/7 security and assigned underground parking. Market and deli, Doctors office, private tennis courts, Wifi, successful rental/reservation program for owners and much more. A family friendly resort that is close to town and activities, yet private, quiet and secluded.

Life has its moments, make yours memorable. Luxury Villas:

Two Bedroom Three full baths – Sleeps 8 Three bedroom Four full baths – Sleeps 10 Two and Three Bedrooms Eighth Share / Six weeks Low $200,000 – High $300,000 Two and Three Bedrooms Quarter Share / Three months Low $300,000 – High $700,000 Full Ownership and Penthouses $1.3 million - $3.8 million

2 Bedroom Villa

Average total Sq. Ft.: 2100


Mx: 624 143-8121 U.S.:619-683-7883 Toll Free: 1-877-499-1901 | APRIL 2014



Pedregal • Cabo San Lucas • $7,450,000 MLS# 13-1095

7 BR • 8.5 BA The Ultimate in Luxury Cabo Living, This dramatic cliff-side mansion is truly a one-of-a-kind offering. Graced with elegance in design and appointment, while complemented with a natural setting that is second to none. Enjoy the exclusivity and convenience of El Pedregal and live in a way most dream of in this 7BR/8BA 20,000 sq. ft. luxury residence. Set on a cliff and boasting views of both the Pacific and Sea of Cortez, nothing compares to this. Simply jaw-dropping, the attention to detail and craftsmanship is evident with abundant use of highest quality stone. A must see in person to appreciate.

FROM USA & CANADA 858.200.4979 FROM MEXICO 624.191.3462 | APRIL 2014


Destino April 2014 - Los Cabos, a Wedding Destination  
Destino April 2014 - Los Cabos, a Wedding Destination