Page 1 | JUNE 2014


2 | JUNE 2014

Publisher Owen Perry Editor in Chief Michelle Monroy Creative Editor Yésica Pineda Moreno “Yeye” Art Michelle Monroy Writers / Contributors Yeye Michelle Monroy Blake Harrington Bonnie Chase Bruce Herman Fernando Rodriguez Gary Graham James Longton Kale Cowell Marilyn Graham Nikki Goth Itoi Robin Clements Wendy Rains Contributing Photographers Blake Harrington Bruce Herman Dwight Harrington Michelle Monroy Investment Manager Lance Niederhaus

contents 4 5 8

12 14


SURF - A 6-Star Splash Los Cabos Open of Surf Cover photo by Bruce Herman

Editors Contact:




Los Cabos & South Baja: This incredible corner of the World Maps: Baja Peninsula • Baja Sur • San José del Cabo • The Corridor • Cabo San Lucas Activities: Snorkelling • Scuba diving • Surfing • Fishing & boating • Golf • Adventures • Activity of the Month: Surf Lessons for everyone Los Cabos Top Beaches: descriptions and tips about the best beaches in Los Cabos Useful Information: How to dial in Los Cabos • Driving tips • Money & Currency • Important phone numbers


Happening Now • Cabo’s Party Scene • Live Music Schedules • Destino Puzzles • Who is the Chef? - Deborah Swanson, Cabo Gluten Free Bakery


Organic • Yoga • Spa • Beauty



29 30


Artist Profile: Tatiana Gaxiola • My Experience With Traditional Mexico • Giving Back: Bring a thing

Real Estate Q&A • Design Challenges: Add a little surf to your turf! • Imagine you live here • RE Listings

Next advertising reservation closing date for our JULY issue: JUNE 8th Próxima fecha de cierre para reservarde espacios publicitarios en la edición de JULIO: 8 de JUNIO For advertising rates and placement, please contact: (624) 105-9700 / (624) 142-4949 DESTINO GROUP SA de CV

Los Cabos, BCS Ph (011 52) (624) 142-4949/105-9700 ISSUE 66 JUNE 2014 Printed in USA. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the publisher. © 2014 Destino Group SA de CV Numero 66 JUNIO 2014 Todos los derechos reservados por Destino Group. Prohibida la reprodución total o parcial del contenido sin previa autorización por escrito de los editores. © 2014 Destino Group SA de CV DESTINO GROUP welcomes all written and photographic material. We cannot guarantee return. Rights to publish unsolicited material are retained for 12 months. Circulation throughout Southern Baja. For more information on distribution visit: Imported by: Comercializadora Californiana, S de R.L de C.V.


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 downtown San José will allow you to experience a traditional Mexican town. You will find yourself surrounded by colorful buildings and quaint cobblestone streets that lead to the town’s picturesque zócalo (main plaza). Over the years, San José has become an artistic and cultural centre with numerous fine art galleries in its downtown art district. From November through June, the popular Art Walk takes place every Thursday evening where galleries welcome


guests to 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. * | JUNE 2014

LOS CABOS 101 | JUNE 2014



6 | JUNE 2014

LOS CABOS 101 | JUNE 2014




The Los Cabos area boasts a wide variety of things to do -- Get your feet wet with a snorkelling, diving or fishing excursion, or stick to dry land with a round of golf or an ATV tour. Below is a guide to some activities San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas have to offer.

available slips for boats up to 400 feet. Amenities are similar to Marina Cabo San Lucas, though the boatyard’s 150ton travel lift can accommodate larger vessels.


With calm waters, extraordinary fishing and perfect weather, some may argue that boating is the most popular attraction in Los Cabos. Whether you want to take a cruise to Santa María Bay on a luxury yacht or wake up at the crack of dawn for a fishing adventure, there are endless options to fit your needs. BOAT RENTALS Private yachts and sailboats There are several charter companies that can accommodate your needs. What you do on your trip is really up to you, but it will typically consist of a tour of the landmark arch, a few hours of fishing, and a cruise to one of our beautiful bays for a swim. Most boats have fishing equipment and a knowledgeable crew, but the biggest difference between a yacht and a fishing boat rental is the cost. Fishing Boat Rentals You can always fish on a yacht, but cruisers and pangas and super-pangas are a more affordable option. Cruisers accommodate larger groups and are more comfortable when the sea is rough on a windy day. THE MARINAS Marina Cabo San Lucas, the area’s largest commercial marina, features 380 slips and accommodates vessels of up to 375 feet. Amenities include 24hour security, electricity and potable water, a fuel dock, and convenient laundry and shower facilities. Puerto Los Cabos, located in La Playita, just north of San José del Cabo is the newest marina in the area with 200 8

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

Seasonal Fishing Chart:

Sport fishing flags commonly seen in Los Cabos:

All that’s fishy from Lands End to La Paz

It’s the first of the month and the expectations of fish coming to play are rampant. From La Paz to the “tip” there are just enough promising signs to titillate eager anglers. While striped marlin continue to cavort up into the Sea of Cortez, the big news is the recent appearance of the much larger blue and black marlin that may push the scale above the 1,000-pound mark. Although nothing that large has been spotted yet, the 500-pound blue caught and another larger fish reportedly lost, only confirms the summer season is on its way. Although sketchy, rumors of the return of yellowfin tuna are encouraging. Then there are the dorado…a perennial favorite that have begun to show up in small schools all along the east coast of the lower Baja peninsula…a sure prediction of things to come. Closer to shore, the ever-popular roosterfish, with their colorful costume and unusual dorsal fin earning them their name, are considered to be the rock stars of the beach. The largest of these are being caught in the East Cape area around Los Barriles. Add to all of these a mishmash of other species such as jack cravelle, pargo, cabrilla, and grouper and you get a sense of why Baja waters are a favorite for anglers from afar.

Pierre Dreyer, Durban, South Africa, traveled many miles to catch and release a trophy-sized roosterfish. Photo by Team JenWren. | JUNE 2014

LOS CABOS 101 This rocky ledge leads into a canyon where groupers and larger fish are often sighted; 35 minutes by boat. Blow Hole Beginners/Advanced - 30’-70’ 35-minutes from San Lucas, or just 10 minutes from Chileno beach, this dive offers rocky valleys presenting a variety of fish. Las Salinas Beginners - 30’-45’ - A sunken SNORKELLING & Japanese fishing boat attracts a large SCUBA DIVING assortment of fish at this beginners’ Prepare yourself for an incredible dive; about 80 minutes from Cabo San show of nature as you swim side Lucas or one hour from La Playita. by side with colourful schools of Gordo Banks fish, eels, rays, octopus, sea turtles Advanced - 110’-120’ - A and more. The Sea of Cortez or the seamount provides views of “Aquarium of the World” offers many marlin, hammerheads, skip jacks opportunities to experience incredible and at times huge manta rays; underwater wildlife. one hour from La Playita. Cabo Pulmo SCUBA DIVING DESTINATIONS Beginner-Advanced - 30’-100’ Note: travel time is from the Cabo San A one hour drive east of San Lucas marina José or five minutes by boat and Land’s End you’ll find the only living coral Intermediate-Advanced - 50’-60’ reef in the Sea of Cortez. Five minutes by boat and you can share the water with sea lions SNORKELLING SPOTS and moray eels, with a sunken Cabo offers several methods for boat visible in the Falls. snorkelling. You may drive to a local Sand Falls beach and swim out, book a tour with Beginners - Advanced - 30’-100’ one of the many popular companies, Steep sand banks drop sharply into a or charter a private boat. Tours are canyon filled with tropical fish. The typically two or three hours. Stay away canyon runs from the depths of the Cabo San Lucas bay to within 30 feet of from the Pacific side of the peninsula; its strong currents make it very the beach. dangerous for any kind of water sports. Pelican Rock Pelican Rock Beginners - 25’-80’ A quick five-minute ride from the Cabo This large rock attracts many San Lucas marina or Medano Beach is tropical fish and is only five all it takes to get to this fish-attracting minutes from shore. rock. Neptune’s Finger Lover’s Beach Advanced - 80’-100’ This popular and uniquely-named A spectacular canyon wall dive. beach is accessible only by boat. Be on Cabeza de Ballena the look-out, however, as the water is Beginners - 20’-40’ not roped off for swimmers. A 25-minute boat ride leads to a dive through large boulders with many fish. Santa Maria Bay Snorkel tours regularly visit Santa Santa María Cave Maria Bay. If you choose to drive there, Beginners - 20’-40’ it’s an easy swim from the shore to the Reachable from the shore or a reef on the right side of the cove. 35-minute boat ride, the entrance to Santa Maria canyon has a huge variety Chileno Bay of fish which feed right from your hand. Snorkelers will find a safe, roped-off area for swimming at this common tour Chileno destination. Beginners - 30’-70’ Cabo Pulmo This location offers parking, sea turtle A Natural Marine Reserve in the East sightings, tropical fish, and night Cape, and may offer the best snorkelling dives over a sandy and rocky bottom in the area. This eight-fingered coral following a 35-minute boat ride. reef is about a 2-hour drive from San El Gavilán José del Cabo, but it is well worth it! Intermediate/Advanced - 70’-100’


With the desert meeting the Sea of Cortez as a backdrop, there is no doubt why Los Cabos has become a championship golf destination over the years. From Tiger Woods to Nicklaus and Fazio, many of the big names in golf have designed courses on this unique landscape. There are private courses such as Diamante, Querencia and El Dorado be invited by a member to play. Many public courses offer a reduced rate later in the day during twilight hours. Appropriate golf attire is required on all courses and club rental prices range from $35 to $ 65. CABO DEL SOL Ocean Course - A Jack Nicklaus signature course with six ocean front holes (1.5 miles). Known for its “3 finest finishing holes in golf” the Ocean Course is said to be one of the most difficult yet beautiful courses in the area. 18 holes, 7,075 yards, par 72. Desert Course – Designed by Tom Weiskopf, this course winds through the desert above the Ocean Course and challenges the golfer with risk vs reward type decision-making. 18 holes, 7,049 yards, par 72. (624) 145-8200 - 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 - 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 - 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 - PALMILLA With 27 holes of golf, each 9 hole course offers something different. The Ocean, Mountain, and Arroyo courses all boast Jack Nicklaus Design and a fun and challenging layout with canyons and elevation changes. (624) 144-5250 - 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 - | JUNE 2014


LOS CABOS 101 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


Baja Sur has been a popular surfing destination since the ‘50s. The East Cape is popular for kite surfing and the Pacific coast has several surf breaks where you will find less crowds. See our map on page 11 and look for this symbol to locate the surf spots mentioned bellow. San Pedrito Level: Advanced Direction: Right, left Location: Pacific side right before arriving to Todos Santos Cerritos Level: Great for beginners Direction: Right and left Location: Pacific side at Km 65 of the Cabo San Lucas- Todos Santos road Monuments Level: Advanced Direction: Left Location: at Km 6.5 of the Corridor, closer to Cabo San Lucas El Tule Level: Advanced Direction: Right and left Location: Exit at Km 16.2 at El Tule bridge Costa Azul consists of three breaks: The Rock or La Roca Level: Advanced Direction: Right Zippers Level: All level Direction: Right Acapulquito Level: All levels Direction: Right Location: at Km 28.5. Access is below the Costa Azul bridge La Bocana at the estuary Level: All levels Direction: Right and left Location: San José del Cabo’s main beach, close to the Holiday Inn Shipwrecks Level: Advanced 10

SEASONS June through November The summer months are known to be the best as the Southern Hemisphere’s swells send great waves to the Pacific, Cabo San Lucas, San José and the East Cape. December through February East Cape and Costa Azul are on the flatter side. The Pacific can be good this time of year because it’s exposed to the west swell. March through May This is the windy season. Swells are consistent and you’ll run into fewer crowds.


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


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, to get a great workout and to enjoy nature. At Médano beach you can rent boards in several locations. Paddle along the rocks of Land’s End to make your way to Lover’s Beach and the Arch. Certain companies offer paddling lessons and some have yoga classes on the board. 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 the abdominal muscles than in your arms. Your gaze should be level at the horizon and avoid staring at your feet. • If you’re paddling on the right, your right hand is lower and on the paddle shaft. Your top left hand is on the top of the grip. The elbow (angle) of the paddle faces away from you. • Plant the paddle by pushing the blade all the way under the surface, pull it back to your ankle, then out of the water. To go in a reasonably straight line, paddle about 4 or 5 strokes on one side, then switch to the other. When you switch sides, you’ll reverse hand positions. • When you fall aim yourself to the side so you don’t fall the board.


Visit the Pescadero Skate Park located on km. 64 of HWY 19, in the town of El Pescadero. The park is surrounded by lush gardens, and the cost to enter this pro-park is $2.00 USD. | JUNE 2014



Surf lessons ADVENTURE

Los Cabos offers a number of entertainment options for adventure seekers. From guided bicycle tours to a sunset horseback ride on the beach or a high-speed zipline across one of the many local canyons, pick an adventure that is right for you and get out there! Buggy, Atv, Or Bike Rentals There are several local companies which offer ATVs, buggies, and other off-road vehicles for trail and beach cruising. Strap on some goggles and hop behind the wheel of one of these off-road racers for an afternoon of fast-paced fun! Vehicles include typical ATVs or enclosed rail buggies or RZR ATVs. Tours are typically three hours, and drivers must be 16 years of age with a valid drivers’ license. If pedal-powered rides are more your speed, look into renting a mountain bike, beach cruiser, or joining a guided bicycle tour of town. Just make sure to wear a helmet! Horseback Rides, Nature Walks, and Bird Watching

Los Cabos (particularly San José del Cabo) offer a number of horseback excursions for all ages. Saddle up for a sunset guided beach ride, venture up a hidden canyon trail, or just sit back in the shade while experienced horse trainers give the kids lessons in horsemanship – there’s something for everyone! San José also boasts a natural estuary and nature preserve. Enjoy a peaceful, self-guided nature walk to observe some of the lushest landscape in the area. Species of flora and fauna are abundant: dozens of species of cactus, lizards, and birds can be spotted on this solitary walk, just a few minutes from downtown. Cactus-lovers may also want to check out the nearby cactus gardens Wirikuta, offering a large variety of cacti laid out in an artful outdoor setting. Parasailing, Bungee Jumping, and Ziplines Get ready to shout “Geronimo!” as you leap off a platform in one of the most extreme outings! Several local eco-parks provide bungee jumping packages, and high speed zipline canopy tours are offered in a number of local canyons. If heights over land are not right for you, try a parasailing trip and gain some altitude to enjoy beautiful views of Cabo while tethered firmly to a speedboat!

for everyone Los Cabos is a surf town. Children, young and old, want to surf. It is the adventurers who do it. If you need a reason to surf, we can give you many. Los Cabos beaches invite professionals and beginners just the same. Here in Cabo, everyone wants to help you surf. Lessons are offered by many sport companies and services abound. Surfing is for everyone.

What to expect when you are learning how to surf? The best way to live an adventure, is to not have any expectations. Listen, ask questions, it does no matter if they sound simple and obvious, to you this is your first time and asking questions is how you build confidence when dealing with the unknown. If you want to successfully surf a wave, your mind must be at ease. Once your mind is empty of doubts, then go through the motion of what the body needs to know when surfing. That means practicing in land what you will be doing in the ocean. This will allow your body to catch up with what your mind has understood so far. Once your mind and body are in sync, and the knowledge you received from the expert becomes a natural flow, you are ready to go in. It is customary for the instructor to choose your first wave (and the next one, until you get it) and explain to you the qualities you are looking for while deciding which wave to ride. They will then help ride it...they literally give you a little push and get you on the wave. Just go through the motions you already practiced, keep your mind at ease, and feel it. Companies like Lucan Surf 6 Beach Camp offer a full day of beach fun and surf lessons at Cerritos beach. Their services include a beach camp set-up with XL umbrellas, chairs and a cooler with ice ready for you to fill with your favorite refreshments. You can choose one of their three packages: 1. Beach camp only; 2. Beach camp, boogie and/or surf boards and rash guard and spring suit; 3. Beach camp, boards, rash guard, spring suit and surf lesson. All you have to do is get there! Have your concierge help you with your reservation and transportation or rent a car for the day and also make a trip up to Todos Santos, which is only about 15 minutes from Cerritos beach. Make sure to call for a reservation: (612) 102 3196. If you want to stay local, Costa Azul Surf Shop (624) 142-2771 or Mike Doyle Surf School (624) 172-6188 are good options in the Zippers/Acapulquito beach area and are located only minutes away from 3 surf spots ranging from beginners to pros. Get to know the ocean, the main teacher of us all. The best lessons are learned through your own experience. Find out the basics by taking a class, and enjoy a surfing day with a surfer you trust. Surfing is all about trust. Trusting your instructor, trusting the tides, trusting your fellow surfers, trusting yourself. | JUNE 2014



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 or visit them all!

Cabo San Lucas

Along the Corridor

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.



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

Location: Tips:


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!

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!


San Jose del Cabo PALMILLA

Palmilla beach 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.



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.



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 this natural wonderland.

Location: Tips:




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,



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.



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.

Location: Tips: | JUNE 2014


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.

Location: Tips:

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.


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.




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 ecorestroom. Bring hiking shoes if you plan to explore the area. Bring Snorkelling gear!

Location: Tips:


Exit at Km. 66 of the Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos highway. Watch the markers and look for the signs. Drive about 1.7 miles to the beach area. Lounge chairs, restrooms, food and drinks are available at The Cerritos Beach Club Restaurant.


La Paz


A stunning bay that will take your breath away. You can walk back and forth in the bay in waist high water that is crystal clear with shades of blue turquoise. Follow the shore towards the north-east side and you will find the famous “mushroom rock” as well as other interesting rock formations. Pictures just don’t do it justice. You won’t regret visiting Playa Balandra! | JUNE 2014



Useful INFORMATION HOW DO I DIAL? The local area code is 624 To dial to other countries: 00 + country code (1, 2 or 3 digits) + number From a Mexican land line or cell phone: To a Mexican long distance number: 01 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number To a Mexican cell phone number: 3 digit area code + 7 digit number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number From your U.S. cell phone: To a Mexican land line or cell phone: 011 52 + 3 digit area code + number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + number Some U.S. cell phone carriers have arrangements with Mexican carriers and when you travel here your cell phone uses their towers. If this is your case, you will have to dial as if you had a Mexican phone. U.S. TOLL FREE NUMBERS (International rates will apply) To a 1 (800): 00 + 1 + 880 + phone number To a 1 (888): 00 + 1 + 881 + phone number To a 1 (877): 00 + 1 + 882 + phone number To a 1 (866): 00 + 1 + 883 + phone number

DRIVING Renting a car will allow you to enjoy the freedom of exploring Los Cabos. Driving in Mexico might be intimidating 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 STOP







No parking



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 105-8500 - San José del Cabo 105-8550 Baja Medical Response: 144-3434 Blue Medical Net: - Cabo San Lucas Hospital 104 3911 - San José del Cabo Clinic 142-3511 Cabo Surgical Center: 172-6030 North American Hospitals and Clinics: 142-2770 One World Hospital: - Cabo San Lucas 143-4911 - San José del Cabo 142-5911 - Todos Santos: (612) 145-0600 Walk-in Medi Clinic: 130-7011 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 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. Cash or Card? - Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards are generally accepted, but you often run into cash only places, so always ask beforehand and carry cash. ATMs - Some ATMs only give you dollars, some only pesos and some give you the option to withdraw both. Pay close attention to what currency you’re withdrawing. 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. | JUNE 2014



















22 25

28 33 37











47 49












24 27




52 58















ACROSS 1 Play with your fingers 6 Beach blanket? 10 No hair apparent 14 Caribbean surf spot 15 Kind of pot or pigeon 16 Headlight? 17 Soothing succulents 18 Latest thing 19 Nautical centerpiece 20 With 52 Across, surfer’s wear 21 Printer’s primary color 23 Dentist’s directive 24 Model in a bottle 25 Surf Music pioneers ‘Jan and ____’ 27 European surf spot 29 Herman’s band of 1962 32 How great minds think 33 Like ‘The Endless Summer’ 34 Debtor’s letters 36 Demographic lauded in a 1965 hit 40 Needle point? 41 Bachelor’s quarters 42 Popular painkiller 43 Dangerous wave 46 It comes from the heart 47 End of the world? 48 Chips off the old block

49 Ocean liner? 52 See 20 Across 53 Code word 56 “Climactic” intro 57 Indonesian surf spot 59 Beast of burden 61 Walk wearily 62 Prepare for publication 63 Put away, in a way 64 Hunt and peck 65 Staff symbol 66 Southern sound DOWN 1 Robert of ‘Jaws’ 2 Tall story 3 Mob scene 4 Salt Lake native 5 Monkey business 6 Remnant 7 Country crooner Jackson 8 Find fault 9 Turn blue, maybe 10 Two-piece suit 11 Surf spot in Yemen 12 Bruce and Spike 13 ‘King of the Surf Guitar’ Dick 22 Yang’s partner 23 Aries animal 24 Sushi bar potable

25 Where heros are made 26 Ms. Bombeck 27 Editorial view 28 Sorter’s stacks 29 Delhi tongue 30 Spare things 31 Complete a crossword 32 Blackjack half 33 Bowling round 35 Employ 37 October birthstone 38 What competitive surfers throw down 39 Trials and tribulations 44 Advantageous aspect 45 Commandment word 46 Maui mouthful 48 Posh accommodations 49 Hook or Cook, briefly 50 Word of exclusivity 51 At the peak 52 Skirt feature 53 Facts and figures 54 Grace period? 55 “Hang ___” 57 It’s big in London 58 ‘Much ___ About Nothing’ 60 Jurisprudence Solution on page 33 | JUNE 2014



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.


NOW By Fernando Rodriguez and Marilyn Graham

JUNE 1 ~ NAVY CELEBRATIONS DAY - Mexico is one of eighteen countries that celebrates Navy Day every first day of June. The first Día de la Marina, Navy Day, was celebrated in 1942. It is popular along the Baja California Peninsula and Los Cabos and other port cities in Mexico. The celebrations include parades and carnivals that will all take place in Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo and La Paz. JUNE 3 ~ CASA NATALIA MEDITERRANEAN CHILL OUT - Casa Natalia Hotel presents their annual Mediterranean Chill Out party that takes place from 8:00 pm-1:00 am in San José del Cabo’s main square. Live music by the band, Pura Vida, will be accompanied afterwards by DJ Felly Soulfurious. Cost is event is $350 pesos. Dress code is casual chic, and seating is limited. Reservations can be made by calling Veronica at (624) 157-7661 or via email at Entry fee includes appetizers, the main dinner entree’ served from 8:00-11:00 pm, and dessert. Dinner and appetizers provided by Mi Cocina. Special room rates are also available. JUNE 7-11 ~ TENNIS INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT LOS CABOS - While very little is known of the Los Cabos Tennis International Tournament held at the Fonatur Golf Course in San José del Cabo; the marquee clay court event does not attract the top Pro Tennis Players from around the world who participate in the Wimbledon Tournament, U.S., French, or Australian Opens, but does involve local Southern and Northern Baja California Mexican tennis stars. JUNE 15-16 ~ BACS Billfish Invitational - The BACS Billfish Tournament is one of the qualifying sports fishing events towards the highly prestigious Rolex Championship Tournament. The BACS Billfish Tourney had its humble origins in Los Barriles of the East Cape Region, but has become the first major fishing event that is now based around Medano Beach and the Cabo San Lucas Marina.

JUNE 16 - 22 ~ LOS CABOS OPEN OF SURF - This very popular multi-day surf festival, held at Zippers, Costa Azul, in San José del Cabo, is one of the biggest events of its kind in that brings together some of the world’s best surfers in a competition that is sprinkled with live music; this makes for a really good, fun-filled time. This year, The Los Cabos Open of Surf, has announced the addition of an ASP 6-Star Women’s event. Surfing professionals from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Hawaii, Chile, France, England, Japan, Portugal, New Zealand, and Peru were in attendance last year, competing through elimination rounds of 23 heats that included over 143 athletes from 16 countries.

Photos courtesy of Boardwalk Producciones

JUNE 18 ~ CABO YACHT PARTY ABOARD THE CABO REY - The 7th Annual Cabo Yacht Party benefiting the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation, is an intoxicating evening where guests enjoy a late night cruise aboard the luxurious Cabo Rey Yacht. The festivities begin with a 9:00 pm boarding time and continues into the night until 1:00 am. The $50 USD donation entitles all guests to free international drinks all night long. The $100 USD donation includes the same unlimited drinks, a dinner catered by one of Cabo San Lucas’ most popular chefs, and one bottle of premium champagne. JUNE 18 ~ U.S. OPEN CHALLENGE - Two person teams compete through the beautiful and somewhat challenging, Club Campestre Golf Course in San José del Cabo. This quite affordable golf tournament is open to all players. One of the two person members must be a member or summer cardholder of Club Campestre. Entry cost is only $400 pesos or about $35 USD. Applicable green fees apply only to participating guests. June 19 ~ FATHER’S DAY - Father’s Day in Mexico is not a federal Mexican holiday but definitely a national day of observance. What differentiates Father’s Day in Mexico from Mother’s Day and Dia de los Niños, is that it occurs during the June Solstice which ushers in the start of summer. In Los Cabos, many resorts and restaurants offer dinner specials to commemorate the event as well. June 19-22 ~ DANCE WORKSHOP at EL GANZO - The San Francisco Bay Guardian ranked this workshop as one of the 20 best educational experiences in 2014, coming to Hotel El Ganzo. Internationally renowned dance instructor and choreographer

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



Tika Morgan will host Samba & Reggaeton fusion classes. For more information: June 20 ~ FIESTA DE LA MÚSICA - In 2013, The San José del Cabo Fiesta la de Música saw its audience grow to 10,000 people; in which organizers of the summer’s most popular event, incredibly presented 160 live bands. A rise in both categories after 7,000 locals and tourists safely partied to a then-record 60 bands in 2012. When the SJDC event started in 2009, there were 300 people listening to 14 bands. The music festival begins at 5:00 pm and is a free event that celebrates music in all its different styles. It is a memorable event that happens simultaneously worldwide in 120 countries that include Paris Italy, Rio de Janiero Brazil, Dublin Ireland, Madrid Spain, Quebec Canada, New York New York, Denver Colorado, South Africa, Australia, Paraguay, and India. In Mexico, the boisterous music festivities also take place in Guadalajara, Mexico City, and San Luis, Potosi. JUNE 23 ~ LAS ARENAS SPEARFISHING MEET in the EAST CAPE - One of the newest additions to the world of sportsfishing competition in Los Cabos is the Spearfishing Meet held in Los Barriles. Hotel Buena Vista is hosting this growing popular event. JUNE 23-26 ~ ANNUAL STARS AND STRIPES FISHING AND GOLF TOURNAMENT - This tremendously successful event, which has raised millions of dollars, was first started in 1996. Proceeds from the Annual Stars and Stripes Tourney benefit the Big Brothers/Big Sisters children’s programs in both the United States of America’s Southern California and Los Cabos. | JUNE 2014



• Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 8:00 am -12:00 pm. Los Cabos Organic Farmers Market. In Pedregal. • 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 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 • Wednesday and Saturdays - BIRDING IN THE SAN JOSÉ ESTUARY. Go bird-watching in the beautiful San José estuary with a guided tour. Includes binoculars and scopes. Reservations required. For more information and reservations call (625) 144-3539 or email • 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: • Fridays 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 at rooftop pool with special guest DJs. (624) 104-9000. • Sundays 7:00 am to 11:00 am - CICLOVÍA CABO SAN LUCAS - The main street of Cabo San Lucas closes 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.


By Bonnie Chase

This year’s Los Cabos Open of Surf announced the addition of an ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) 6-Star Women’s Qualification Series event. This marks the first ever Women’s ASP 6 Star event in Mexico, and the first combined Men’s and Women’s 6 Star Competition in North America. Paired with the famed Zipper’s Beach Break, the historic and exciting addition of the Women’s 6 Star Competition has attracted the attention of world-class surfers like Anastasia Ashely. The women will compete for $40,000 in cash prize money and a chance to qualify for other competitions. June 17 – 23 will be an exciting time for Cabo locals who will have the chance to see history be made as we host international phenoms of Surf, as well as some up-and-comings from Mexico, Central, and South America. The week will also include food and drink, beach concerts, DJs, fashion shows, and other entertainment. | JUNE 2014





Many come to Cabo for the beach parties and nightlife. From beach bars and pool parties, to trendy nightclubs and 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, pool-side 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 - located on Medano beach, it 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 - 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: US $35 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: US $39 per person and includes national bar. Ages 5-11 are half price and under 5 are free.


CABO WABO CANTINA that has been owned b Hagar since it’s openin some amazing live ro house band and if you Sammy or any other b any given night. CANIBAL BAR - A bran and outdoor areas with and wall art. Open lat live music or dance to Vicente Guerrero, acro EL SQUID ROE - You moment you walk into restaurant. It’s very we not only serve you, b long. GIGGLIN’ MARLIN - J beginning, this Cabo restaurant that becom sun sets. The large im upside down next to miss. One of the tradit souls upside down whi KNOTTY - The unique d was designed by wo Dance to the beats of and even climb into th middle of the club. MANDALA - When yo of Cabo, you will sur entrance and sleek As for the stylish nightclu this is where you want PASSION NIGHTCLUB cabanas, special cham dance floor. Ladies’ n on Fridays. Located i San Lucas. | JUNE 2014


A - A Cabo San Lucas landmark by the famous rock star Sammy ng in 1990. You are guaranteed ock music with their talented u’re lucky you might even see big name artist hop on stage on

nd-new spot that offers in-door h special attention to the decor te. Lounge while you listen to famous DJs’ beats. Located on oss from Cabo Wabo. can feel the high energy the o this three-story night club and ell known for its lively staff that but will entertain you all night

Just a fisherman’s bar in the landmark is now a seafood mes a lively night club once the mage outside of a man hanging a “giggling marlin” is hard to tions of this bar is to hang brave ile they do a tequila shot! decor and ambiance of this club orld-renowned Davis Krumins. house music mixed by live DJs he tree-like dancing cage in the

ou’re walking the main street rely notice Mandala’s striking sian decor. If you are looking ub scene and great dance music, t to be. - Sexy atmosphere, cozy indoor mpagne cocktails and a spacious night on Thursday. Guest DJs inside the ME Hotel by Melia

ENTERTAINMENT 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 who 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 ladies’ 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.


11:11 Disco Room - San José’s newest night club. An exclusive venue located in Plaza el Pescador that offers a hip and fresh concept for the Los Cabos’ electronic music scene. Rock & Brews - The founding partners, which include members of the band KISS, opened their first international location of Rock & Brews in March 2013 in San José del Cabo. It is located in Plaza del Pescador and offers live rock music, flat screens throughout playing some of the greatest moments in rock history, great food and an energetic nightlife. The venue pays tribute to rock & roll with walls covered with rockinspired art. Privé at Nick San Palmilla - Sleek, chic and seductive. Located in the Shops of Palmilla, this high-end nightclub has brought a new and exciting vibe to San José’s nightlife. Dance under the stars to the beats of famous DJs. Shooters - This fun and casual bar located on a terrace in the downtown area is ideal for enjoying a beer or your favorite beverage while watching the latest hits or a game on their flat-screens. A popular place for local residents.


BAJA BREWERY IN CABO Thursdays, Pajaros Negros (rock), Fridays, Las Vivas (Latin) 8:30 pm; Saturdays, rock ‘n roll with Brian Flynn. 144-3805. BAJA CANTINA BEACH CLUB. Medano Beach. Daily 7:00-10:00 pm Tel. 143-1111. BAR ESQUINA - 8:00 pm daily, Tuesday, “Mala Rumba”, Flamenco Guitars; Wednesday, “Toy”, Soft Rock; Thursday, “Chaplin” Acoustic Rock; Friday, “Toy” Soft Rock; Saturday, “Toy” Soft Rock; Sunday, “Kimbara” Bolero Guitar. 624.143.1889. CABO WABO - Sammy Hagar’s legendary night-club in Cabo San Lucas. Tuesday to Friday, 7:15 pm, Cabo Uno acoustic rock; Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 pm Cabo Uno electric rock. Tel. 624-1431188. CERVECERIA RAMURI Fridays, “Pura Vida” Latin music and rock; Saturdays “Lluvia Musicale” 80’s music. Tel. 624-105-0163. CORAZON DE ALCACHOFA - Medano area. Tuesday and Thursday evenings, GROOVE MASHIN, featuring Ivan Ocampo on keyboard, Sebastian Dimarco on bass, Sergio Hesting on drums, Howie Clifton on saxophone, and featuring singer Jimena Bautista on Tuesday. Jazz, standards. Tel. 624.143.4041. DESPERADOS - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00-10:00 pm; Guitarist Roberto Fiallo; 624.143.4313 DOC’S WINE BAR - Thursdays, 7:00-10:00 pm Diego Ramirez on keyboard and Greg Haugesag on flugelhorn. Tel. 624-105-1034. EDITHS’S RESTAURANT. Traditional Mexican music every night 6:0010:00 pm Tel. 143-0801. HOTEL CASCADAS - Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 pm. Daline Jones & Diego Ramirez. LATITUDE 22 ROADHOUSE - Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 7:00-10:00 pm, Peter Bacon on piano. Tel. 624.143.1516. PUERTA VIEJA RESTAURANT - Fridays, 7:00-9:00 pm, Cuban Night with Rosalia de Cuba. Tel. 624.104.3334. RUTHS CHRIS STEAK HOUSE, Lazaro Cardenas S/N, Centro, Cabo San Lucas. Friday evenings, Goove Mashin, featuring Hector Ojeda, Sebastian Dimarco on bass, Sergio Hesting on drums, and Howie Clifton on saxophone. Tel. 624.144.3232. THE OFFICE - Daily 6:30-9:30 pm. Mondays, Shalom & Tito Rodriguez; Tuesdays, Luna Itzel, Wednesdays Pulpo en Su Tinta; Thursdays, Fiesta Mexicana

by Marilyn Graham

& Mariachis; Fridays, The Daline Jones Group with Daline Jones, Diego Ramirez & Joaquin Gonzalez; Saturdays, Kimbara Fusion, Sundays Pura Vida. TWO FOR THE ROAD - Live Jazz Spot. In Wyndham Hotel/Tesoro, Blvd. Marina, Local A-15; Mondays thru Thursdays, 8:00-midnight; Friday & Saturdays, 8:00 pm-1:00 am. Closed Sundays. Montana, keyboard, and vocalist Kathy Daniels. Tel. 143-7759 or 624-132-2282. SECRETS MARQUIS - Karla Kassaneth every evening 11:00 pm-1:00 am.


BAJA BREWING COMPANY Downtown San José del Cabo, Thursdays, after Art Walk, rock n roll with Brian Flynn; Fridays, The 80’s (Mexican music); Saturdays, Tienes Fuego. Tel. 624.146.9995. DON SANCHEZ CANTINA Monday Howie Clifton on saxophone; Tuesdays and Sundays, guitarist Chris. Tel. 624.142.2444. FLORA’S FARM - Tuesdays & Saturdays, The Shamans (rock); Thursdays and Sunday Brunch, Howie Clifton saxophone; Wednesdays, sometimes salsa; Fridays, a Latin Trio. Tel. 624.355.4564. H RESTAURANT - Fridays, 7:00 10:00 pm, Hugo “saxo” Moreno, saxophone. Saturdays and sometimes Thursdays, Ruben Martin, guitar, saxophone, flute. Tel. 624.105.2974. HOTEL EL GANZO - Thursdays, Mark Rudin, 8:00 pm; Fridays Chaplin 8:00 pm; Sunday Brunch 9:00 am, Trova Music. Tel. 624.104.9000. JAZZ TAPAS BAR. Plaza del Pescador; Mondays and Fridays, Marcie Castro. Tel. 624.130.7267. TROPICANA - Downtown San José del Cabo, various performers and dance music, often Cuban music. Mariachis el grupo “Voces” on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Fridays, “The Mustangs”, rock and pop. Tel. 624.142.4146 or 624.142.2311 RETRO BURGER BAR - Fridays, 10:00 pm. Los Pulpos en Su Tinta. Tel. 624.130.7042. ROCK AND BREWS. Plaza del Pescador; Rock n roll. Tel. 624.105.2705. ZIPPER’S - On the beach. Wednesdays and Sundays, The Jimena Bautiste Group; Fridays, E.C.Davis. Tel. 624.172.6162. 7 SEAS SEAFOOD GRILLE Full Moon Jazz Concerts. Call for schedule. 624.142.2666. THE CONTAINER - Puerto Los Cabos on The Marina. Tuesdays, Pulpa En Su Tinta 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Saturdays, Memo Cuepa.


CERRITOS BEACH CLUB Saturdays, afternoons Brian Flynn; Sundays, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Daline Jones and Diego Ramirez.

Schedules change frequently; we suggest you call the venue to verify. | JUNE 2014



Who is the Chef?

By Bonnie Chase

L o s

C a b o s

l o v e s

Debor a h S wan son

Enjoy Deborah’s favorite recipe!

Enjoy Deborah’s favorite recipe!

G l u t e n F re e Avoca d o C h ocol a t e Mou s s e

M o u sse S i n G l u te n d e Ag u a c a te y C h o c o l a te

Avocados give this luscious dessert its creamy, rich texture. We love to ask people “what do you think is in this recipe”? It is fun to hear the answers, no one expects the answer to be Avocados! The key to this recipe is to use avocados that are neither under ripe or over ripe, both of these have a very strong avocado flavor.

Los aguacates le dan su cremosa textura a este delicioso postre. Nos encanta preguntar a la gente “¿De qué piensa que esté hecho este mousse?“ Es divertido escuchar las respuestas. ¡Nadie espera que la respuesta sea aguacates! La clave de esta receta es no utilizar aguacates que estén demasiado maduros ó que no estén del todo maduros, ya que ambos tienen un sabor a aguacate muy fuerte.


Deborah Swanson, a San José del Cabo local, has made living a gluten free lifestyle absolutely delicious! Deborah was a fourth generation baker who grew up to the sweet smell of fresh baked bread, cookies, and pastries. Imagine her disappointment when she, like so many others, had been diagnosed with Celiac Disease – a disease namely categorized by a severe reaction to gluten. Not only is a gluten-free diet medically necessary for Celiac patients, but is also believed to cause behavioral improvements in autistic children. Living a life without gluten isn’t easy, which is why Deborah Swanson made it her mission to find a way for gluten intolerant people to enjoy eating breads, pizza, tortillas, muffins, and other baked goods. Today, Deborah is the president of the only gluten-free bakery in Los Cabos, and provides her customers with a full line of over 50 healthy and delicious, gluten-free choices. Options include 10 different sandwich breads (almond, hazelnut, coconut, oatmeal, nuts & seeds, etc.) mango pineapple loaf, apple pie, coconut banana bread, banana blueberry bread, cinnamon swirl, almond poppy seed, lemon poppy seed and pumpkin pineapple, brownies, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, and scones, and a local favorite - the famed “Nothing But Goodness Carrot Cake”. Deborah and her team also welcome special orders for people who aren’t able to consume dairy, soy, nuts, sugar, or eggs. For special requests like these they ask for four days advanced notice. They are now offering gourmet coffees and smoothies, indoor and outdoor seating, free WIFI, and are open from 9AM to 4PM Tuesday through Sunday each week.

• • • • • • • •

3 – 4 Avocados (equals 2 cups mashed) ¼ cup PLUS 3 tablespoons raw agave nectar ¼ cup PLUS 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 3 tablespoons raw almond butter 1 teaspoon lemon juice A pinch of ground cinnamon A pinch of nutmeg ½ teaspoon of flavoring of your choice (cherry, orange, almond, hazelnut or coffee)


Puree all ingredients in food processor or blender for 3 to 4 minutes until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides of bowl occasionally. Transfer to bowls, top with your choice of shaved chocolate, strawberries, raspberries, sliced almonds or cinnamon and serve immediately or refrigerate to use later in the same day.

INGREDIENTES: • • • • • • • •

3-4 aguacates (igual a 2 tazas de puré) ¼ taza más 3 cucharadas de miel de agave crudo ¼ taza de polvo más 2 cucharadas de cacao 3 cucharadas de mantequilla de almendra cruda 1 cucharadita de jugo de limón Una pizca de canela en polvo Una pizca de nuez moscada ½ cucharadita de saborizante de su elección (cereza, naranja, almendra, avellana ó café)


Haga un puré con todos los ingredientes en un procesador de alimentos ó licuadora. Licúe de 3 a 4 minutos hasta que esté suave y cremoso. Raspe los lados del tazón de vez en cuando. Sirva y coloque encima fresas, frambuesas, almendras ó canela. Consumir inmediatamente ó refrigerar para más tarde.


20 | JUNE 2014 | JUNE 2014



a 6-STAR splash *

Riding on power by yeye

Around the world, across the globe, there is the ocean that connect us. The surf that many follow as they follow the Self. There is something unattainable in a surfer’s conversation, an inexplicable sensation of their personal encounter with nature. Who are you? Why are you here? Do you understand how you got where you are? Is this the life you want to live? Here comes another ride. As meditation, surfing can be seen as waves of stillness. A wave will ride you as you ride her, in a flow that challenges your balance and equanimity, it will enlighten you with the laws of nature, the ultimate truth of an ever changing Universe. It will show you that clarity is the journey ahead, it will change any vision you hold as absolute about your final destination, just to teach you that here you are, and that nothing travels faster than the speed of your own energy. By the ocean that washes all your fears in one transient timeless space, you are reminded that we are all surfers of a cosmic wave. This is why you surf, because after all has been said and done, the one thing that feels just right, is your own experience.


“The desire that guides me in all I do is the desire to harness the forces of nature to the service of mankind.”

Nikola Tesla The surfer soul surely desires one thing - to surf increasingly bigger waves. After experiencing good surf trips, like Teahupo’o, Indonesia, the Maldives, the Tunnels in Kauai, and realizing how well you can surf, the North Shore in winter might be what you are after. So you get your act together, get support from sponsors, focus on where the big wave scene seems to be heading and paddle, because towing might not be enough to impress. Surfing is gnarly, dude. There is nothing like it. Some cities are run by pure hydroelectric power, and you are riding on it. The whole idea of wipe out comes into view as well, when you…wipe out. Some waves are gentle; the big waves, are just power. Mexico’s Zippers at Costa Azul, is described as a cobblestone right-hand wave that produces 8 to 10 foot waves during the summer. It is mainly a right point beach break and it breaks best on a solid south swell and medium tide. It has its best shape at 4 to 5 feet, and the bottom is sand over boulders. The take-off is a short, steep fast drop and then it’s a fast “lippy” wave with a few good sections to hit! The inside is shallow over the rocks with a nice quick barrel section at the beach. The best board to ride is your favourite high-performance short board. The easiest way to paddle out is from the inside beach break through the channel. On a big day sit way outside! Be careful, the connoisseurs advise...if you wipe out on the take-off you will end up on the rocks! The best spot to bust air is on the second section towards the middle as the wave picks up speed. Why are you here this June? Los Cabos Open Surf 6-Star ASP in June is a chance to rack up points on ASP’s dream tour and grab a ticket to the World Championship tour. Nobody can deny that Los Cabos is a world class destination that attracts surfers from all over. After all, world champion Mike Doyle did choose our surf as a favourite place on Earth! An ASP Star event is a lower level of competition compared to an ASP Prime event, with their importance indicated by the number of stars they are assigned: more stars means better competition and prize money. ASP World Tour and ASP Women’s World Tour surfers accumulate points from each ASP Star event in which they compete, which counts towards their ASP World Ranking. Accumulated points are valid for 12 months from the final date of the scheduled event in which they were earned. ASP World Ranking determines the promotion or relegation of surfers. | JUNE 2014

DESTINO DIARIES A competition requires surfers to display commitment and a degree of difficulty, innovative and progressive manoeuvres, combination of major manoeuvres, variety of manoeuvres, speed, power and flow. These elements may be weighted differently from day to day and event to event, depending upon on the surfing conditions and the type of breaking wave at each event location. This criteria is different from long boarding competitions. All of this is focused on creating some type of consistency that can be seen throughout the many different events. Surfers are scored on a scale of 0.1 to 10.0. These scores are broken up into increments of one-tenth. The following scale can be used in order to relate descriptions with the score: 0–1.9 = Poor 2.0–3.9 = Fair 4.0–5.9 = Average 6.0–7.9 = Good

A surfer who has already taken off or obtained possession of a wave maintains this position until the end of the ride. If another surfer takes off on the inside of this surfer, then this person does not obtain priority, and is considered to be “snaking.” If this surfer does not hurt the other surfers ride then both people can be scored. If the judges determine that the “snaking” did interfere, then the person will be penalized. Interference penalties are called by the judges and must have a majority to be declared an actual penalty. Interference is shown by triangles on the score cards in different ways depending on when or where in the heat they were made. If three or more waves are being scored, then one wave will be dropped off of the score card. If only the top two waves are being scored, then 50% of the second-best scored wave will be taken off. If a surfer has more than one penalty, then 50% of the best wave’s score will be taken off as well. The surfer who has been interfered with will be allowed an additional wave to their maximum, as long as it is within the time limit. If a surfer interferes more than twice in a heat, they must leave the competition area. Surfing. There is nothing like it. May Cabo waves begin and end in a perfect cycle of balance and bring you happiness. Let’s hope your desire to harness the forces of nature is applied to the service of mankind. Why are you here? Who are you? Do you understand how you got where you are? Is this the life you want live? Here comes another ride. * References: | Association of Surfing Professionals Wikipedia

8.0–10.0 = Excellent

There are many rules on the water which revolve around the idea of right of way. A surfer has right-of -way if he or she is closer to the area where the wave is breaking. This is more commonly referred to as having the “inside position”. If another surfer takes off in front of the surfer who has the inside position, then interference will be called and penalties will be enacted. In most circumstances, it does not matter who stood up first but who has the inside position. A surfer can also be found guilty of interference if he or she catches more than the maximum number of waves in a heat, and if this takes away from the other competitors ability to catch waves. A competitor is also not allowed to interfere with another competitor’s paddling and manoeuvring for a wave. The rules of right-of-way vary slightly with the type of break. Point breaks will always have a consistent direction of the inside; that is, the person further up the line will have right-of-away. In a single peak situation where there is both a left and a right, two people are able to be on the wave at the same time provided that one goes left, one goes right; and that neither crosses the path of the other. If this does happen, then the surfer who stood up first will get the right-of-way. On a multi- peaked wave where the wave eventually comes together, both peaks can be surfed until the surfers meet. When they do, the surfer who stood up first has right-a-way and the other must manoeuvre to get off of the wave without interrupting the other surfer.

Los Cabos Open of Surf 2013 | Photos Courtesy of Boardwalk Producciones

In a one-on-one competition, priority can be declared by the Head Judge. Once the person with priority has paddled for a wave, priority is then turned over to the next person until that surfer does the same. The person with second priority can paddle for waves as long as it does not interfere with the other surfer who will lose their priority only if he or she catches a wave. | JUNE 2014



by yeye

A Healthy Stoke

by Robin Clements Local Breath Trainer, Surfer and Massage Therapist at



“ Water is the most yielding of elements and the mightiest of eroding forces” Lao Tzu

by Ph o t o


i gh


r Ha


As surfers, we find peace in a force that is constantly changing. The Ocean may surprise you, or frighten you and will definitely challenge you, but it is always there for you. You can feel like the whole world is against you, like everything is going to come falling in and all you have to do is go for a swim in the ocean and you will feel different. Whether you are just in the learning stages or you have been surfing for most of your life, it only takes one wave to completely shift your whole state of being.

Some say surfers are the most incredible athletes on the planet. It definitely improves cardiovascular fitness, bringing more oxygen and life force energy through our bodies, and strengthens the whole back, shoulders and core, but our relation to surfing and health is a personal matter. It can be something you try once in a while, or it can become your healthiest addiction ever! Surfing is an art of self expression that slowly polishes our edges and softens our gaze. Beyond the simple stoke that we share in these small playful waves on this desert peninsula there something deeper that happens for a surfer in their


“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” Lao Tzu

Yoga is an ancient discipline that evolved as a practice of meditation to clear the mind. In yoga, the goal is to “become enlightened.” To the awakened yogi “enlightened” means to see things as they are. To realize the truth about our own nature and find real peace, real harmony and real happiness. Through effort, self observation and meditation technique, the yogi is able to achieve a state of wisdom that allows him to see clearly and understand the ultimate law of nature. This law is that everything in va a N lar a the universe is vibration, and that its quality is that of impermanence, Man dala ar t by C everything is always changing. Through dedicated practice, a yogi can experience the nature of being human, at the subatomic level, he can realize that we are beings made of subatomic particles and that our cellular, biological, and chemical behaviours are a result of how our mind reacts to our experiences. This in turn sculpt sour psychology (or pathology, for that matter.) A true yogi realizes that we are governed by the same natural laws that govern the Universe because we are all made of the same elements. We are electromagnetic beings, therefor our mental properties are electromagnetic. We transmit energy, and attract it. To realize the nature of mind is to realize the nature of all things. rro

There is a beautiful quote that states: “I think what messes us up the most is that we all have this perfect picture in our minds of how things are supposed to be.” The author is unknown, but it is still beautiful advice. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; what is beautiful to you might be different from what is beautiful to me, but what is beautiful to you is what is important if you are to feel beautiful. In your meditation, ask yourself what makes you feel naturally beautiful, and make healthy choices that will help you align yourself with that which you think as beautiful. Dr. Bruce Lipton’s New biology confirms through its well researched science that it is the environment we live in, which influences how our cells function and how our DNA information organizes. Whenever you want to feel beautiful, make a conscious effort to surround yourself with thebeauty you wish to experience. Tell me who you hang with, and I will tell you who you are. Choose beautiful friendships, those that make you feel beautiful. Love a beautiful partner, one who makes you feel beautiful. Go to beautiful places, those which make you feel beautiful. Beautiful is the free will to define what being beautiful means. That is real beauty. Nani ‘Oe Nani*

Getting through the toughest of times, we develop awareness of self and of the world in which we live. All surfers are forced to deal with human nature and bump into the human ego at times, but surfing is personal. It can make you strong and gentle, patient and wise, respectful and giving, and it can put you right in your place of self doubt and check you on your present physical fitness. No one else is going to paddle out there for you and so the surf can bring out your best. You may also have days where you have never been more disappointed in your self because you just can’t get it together. Then, you will have many days when you have never been so high! *


Beauty “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleonor Roosevelt

own personal way and in their own time. The simplest actions in our lives can be the most profound and healing. Surfers are a unique breed. The ability to watch how waves break differently at higher and lower tides and the patience to sit and wait for the right moment to charge may help teach us to understand how different events shape our lives, even the ones at lower tide when things aren’t flowing exactly how we planned. Surfing teaches us how to be in the present moment, how to enjoy things just as they are. Sure not every day is perfect, but as long as we get wet, we get a few rides and we are laughing, isn’t this the way life ought to be? Surfing will challenge you to give everything you have to experience what you see as possible.

An authentic yoga practice will always lead you towards the teacher within that inner voice that intuitively channels that which you need to understand about yourself in order to be wiser, make better decisions, and learn how to serve humanity best. Eventually the yogi sees clearly that serving others, is the healthiest way to learn who we are. Yoga, regardless which style, before any body work, will start by directing your attention to your breath, to focus your mind, to help you observe clearly how you feel about what you are doing, and to become aware of your sensations. Once you have awareness about how you feel, you can practice being equanimous through it all. This is your experience: you decide what you make of it. Conscious breathing helps one to realize the nature of the mind. A focused mind is a balanced mind, a calmed mind free of judgment, free of expectation, free of negativity. A calmed mind means a healthy mind; a healthy mind means a healthy body. To remain equanimous and aware, through all circumstances - that is yoga. | JUNE 2014




By Nikki Goth Itoi

A Week at the Baja Surf Camp for Women, by Wendy Rains

Worried that a visit to Los Cabos will derail your efforts to eat healthy? Fear not. There’s so much more to taste than tacos and cervezas. Seek out farmers markets, natural food stores, and farm-to-table experiences to turn your vacation into a memorable culinary adventure.

I stand with my feet firmly planted on the beach, eyes trained on the sea in front of me, and my heart is beating fast…somewhere between excitement and outright fear. There they are….waves. The time has come, and having made the decision, I no longer have a choice but to pick up my board, get in the water and start paddling. “Go for it, Wendy! Connect with your inner Gidget!” keeps ringing in my ears.

A roundup of organic eats in Los Cabos and beyond

Here are a few of our favourite ways to eat organic in Los Cabos:

Fa r


Farm-to-table dining Just outside San José del Cabo, Flora Farms and Huerta Los Tamarindos have evolved over the past decade into something of a culinary attraction with all-organic vegetables, a small farm stand, and a wildly popular restaurants. Try a beet or carrot margarita for a healthy twist. At Deckman’s near Playa Costa Azul, chef Drew Deckman a prepares local, sustainable cuisine lor at F a t i C ar r o t mar g ar that you can pair with made-inBaja wines. He spent a decade working with master chefs in Europe before moving to Baja to open his own restaurant, and he is the local BCS representative for the international Slow Food movement. The food here is fresh, creative, and sometimes downright unusual. Don’t be deceived by the understated setting at Patagonia in Cabo San Lucas. This eatery serves some of the best grilled steaks around. The beef is grass-fed and other ingredients are organic and fresh. Buy your own On Saturdays during the high season, the Mercado Orgánico in San José del Cabo is a weekly celebration of healthy living. Other options to buy direct from local growers include a Friday morning farmers market at the Shops at Palmilla and a twice-weekly market in the Pedregal development of Cabo San Lucas (Wednesday and Saturday mornings). Along the corridor near Punta Ballena, the Santa Carmela Super Market & Deli is a gem for natural and organic foods. Stop here for local fruits and veggies, organic dairy, and gluten free foods. Enjoying the East Cape? Every Wednesday from 8am to 11am, the market offers you fresh organic produce and art. Farther a field At Rancho Pescadero near Todos Santos, Chef Rodrigo Bueno crafts a menu that features ingredients grown in the resort’s on-site organic gardens. If you go, be sure to sign up for one of his cooking classes. In Todos Santos, Pura Vida is a natural foods store and café that sells local organic eggs, soy milk, Sprouted brand breads, desert honey, and herbal teas. You can order sandwiches and other light fare to eat on the patio, or buy supplies to cook in your own casita. On the other side of town, La Esquina is a coffeehouse that also serves smoothies, tea, sandwiches, soups, and the like. On Wednesday mornings, La Esquina hosts a farmers where you can pick up organic produce and artisan cheese. If you venture as far as La Paz, stop in to visit Sabores de Mexico with owner and chef Chiara Abente. She is a leader of the organic food scene in Mexico, and she runs a small shop and cafe where you can find treasures like squid ink pasta, chipotle sea salt harvested from San Juan de Los Planes, and local jams and honey from San Antonio. Pick up a picnic order to go or enjoy a freshly made gluten-free pizza outside on the patio.

Connecting with your inner Gidget

Two years ago I joined a week-long “Surfari”, a surf camp for women and found myself staring at big Baja waves. What?! I’m now 66 years old, grew up along the California coastline, and spent my life around surfers. But I never really understood what makes surfers surf. I was about to find out. The night before we were to have our first lesson, I met the other women for a welcome dinner at the legendary Hotel California. My Surfari mates consisted of Amee, 40, and Paige and Cathy Ann, both 49 years old. I tried not to dwell on how much older I was. They had probably never even heard of Gidget. After a yoga session the next morning to limber up our bodies (and calm our nerves) we headed out to Los Cerritos beach for our first surfing session. We donned wet suits and rash guards and were each designated a surfboard on the sand to learn the basics in three or four steps, depending on each gal’s strength and flexibility. I had some confusion deciding whether I was to be a “goofy–foot” (left-foot lead), but finally determined it felt more comfortable to let my right foot dominate - it would be the one placed behind in the “steering” position. We practiced and practiced, hands gripping the boards just right, springing to our feet, turning to the side, getting into position and…surfing! (OK, so it took a few tries to “spring”) Well, it was only on the sand so far, but it gave us confidence to get the moves down on land first. Surf instructors often claim that they can get any one to ride a wave in the first hour of lesson. My 64 year old, fearful body has pitted against the instructor vaunted surf instruction skills. We both won! The instructor guided me out into the waves, picked just the right moment to push my board in the right direction and I did it! I stood up and rode that wave all the way into shore! And I wasn’t alone: the crew had helped all the gals in our group get up on their first try and we were all giddy with the excitement of success. This was just what I needed to feel more passion, more excitement, more fun. Nothing can compare to that feeling of “breaking free” when you go for and achieve something you previously thought was out of reach. It is empowering. If you’re a woman of any age and are looking to expand your range of experience and bond with other like-minded people, this is the ticket! I will never look at a wave the same way, and I can’t wait to hang ten, feel totally groovy and know that all is totally bitchin’ in the world once again!

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 | JUNE 2014



by yeye

Tatiana Gaxiola

AUREA KOREALYS: Yo soy el que soy When asked about how she would answer a 10 year old boy’s question “Who are you?” Tatiana says: “This question may seem really easy to respond. One can believe to really know who one is, but I believe that what we really know about who we are actually concepts and labels imprinted on us by our education, our surroundings, and the people who have created our persona (ego), making us identify ourselves with those instead of our true Self. Then, for me the only answer can be: I AM. I am quite sure the child will not be satisfied by this answer. Even for me, it is difficult to assimilate because all the programs recorded in ourselves make it more difficult to exist in our purest essence.”

A s a woman of many truths, Tatiana’s art is not only an intention, but the need to communicate

her essential Self and a revealing internal connexion that allows self-discovery. Everything she creates shows imaginary contradicting landscapes, from this and other worlds. Constant geometries, organic rhythms and a very energetic chromatic language are the elements that determine her technique. Through paint, she communicates what is natural to her.

Tatiana Gaxiola is “Tana”, a visual artist from Sinaloa. She is an independent artist. Besides exhibiting her work, she paints portraits by assignment. Her portraits combine realist portraits inside fantastic landscapes, making them the protagonist of their own tale, which allows the observer to deepen into the essence and energy of the one who is being portrayed. You can find her art in Los Cabos at O Gallery, in downtown San José del Cabo. To see her latest exhibit AUREA KOREALYS: Yo soy el que soy visit: www.tatianaga.wix. com/tana

From a very young age, Tatiana has felt an immense passion for drawing and colours. She was always colouring. She never thought about studying art and when she was preparing for college, she chose industrial engineering. At the same time, she enrolled herself in painting classes. Her art teacher motivated her to study fine arts and told her about the Complutense University in Madrid. She was accepted in the University’s fine arts program from 2000 to 2005. She has never stopped creating art since then. Tatiana Gaxiola believes that we are universal beings working from a physical body but part of a greater universal consciousness. Awareness about the infinity of life and the Universe, helps us enter superior dimensions of creativity and to operate as ONE with the eternal mind. When artistic work is done in this cosmic language, consciousness expands and activates the mind into a visual medium of communication. This transcends the written and spoken word, and operates through the living word that comes from the essential Self, allowing us, in turn, to experience purity, healing and spiritual transformation.


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!

26 | JUNE 2014



Trash is Not Trash

Los Cabos’ awareness about recycling wants to grow. Education and programs are offered to anyone interested in participating or simply in learning more about what recycling is. For example, every Saturday from 1 to 3 pm at local 26, 27, 28 in Plaza San Lucas, Yo Reciclo offers free workshops for children age 8 and older to discover the artistic and practical uses of everything that we think of as trash. Also, every Tuesday in San José, you can find a Thrifty Car rental vehicle which collects recycling material in different parts of town. Those interested in having this vehicle visit their location directly have only to organize 15 neighbours to recycle, and get in contact with the group at Terra Blue Foundation also continues the effort to recycle with successful results, such as the first shipment to Mexicali of a truck load of glass for processing. Make sure to stay tuned with their evolution, and support their cause by assisting to their events and helping them expand and improve their processing centre in order to continue recycling glass. You can find info about them at Desert Barrel The Surf Spot, behind Mega.

Bring a Thing

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Ghandi

The beauty of our resort towns hardly allows one to see beyond the dream we are here to live. For example, statistics show that 50.6 million Mexicans can’t afford basic needs such as health, education, food and shelter, and women and children are living in poverty. The Solmar Foundation invites you to a heart-warming excursion that offers you an inside peek into the charitable community of Los Cabos, making a true difference in the lives of many less-fortunate. This weekly tour happens every Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 11 am, leaving from Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa, and is FREE of charge. For those savvy travellers, The Solmar Foundation suggests you can also bring items needed by schools, orphanages and other charity organizations, such as school supplies, toys, colouring books, stickers and gently used clothes for woman and babies. Your gift can be left at the hotel office to be distributed, and if you are staying in another hotel, simply ask your concierge to help you make arrangements.

My Experience with

TRADITIONAL MEXICO By Photographer Bruce Herman

I had often seen these burros, led by older men and burdened with heavy large plastic jugs filled with water all around the small mountain town of Naolinco in eastern Mexico, and wondered what it was about. Then I remembered having seen them before at the bottom of a canyon near a small river below the entrance to the town. The burrows were resting, drinking from the river, and eating the tall grass; the men hanging about smoking, reading newspapers, and filling the large jugs. Then, up the hill to town they went, banging on doors, unloading the jugs at certain houses and coming back out with empty jugs. I was perplexed, as it was obvious that there was plenty of good running water in the town, evidenced by the many nice running public fountains and running water in my local hotel. Finally I asked someone and was told that the better homes in town used only the river water for the washing of bed sheets, towels and under clothes, since it was much softer water and better suited to that purpose. I was also told that having the burros parked outside your house was a bit of a status indicator that shows you can afford the softer water. Then someone told me the shameful story of one of the men who had recently been caught filling his jugs from one of the city fountains early in the morning, and thus being shamed, he was no longer trusted was forced to the lower position of cutting and selling firewood. I asked if he would soon be forgiven and was told “yes, this is Mexico, sooner or later all things can be forgiven.” *

AMBER GALLERY SAN JOSÉ ART DISTRICT - Alvaro Obregón 18 b across from restaurant Mi Casa. Tel: 624-105-2332 | 624-143-4793 | | JUNE 2014


28 | JUNE 2014

COUPONS Solution for puzzle on page 15

***REAL ESTATE SECTION REALTORS: advertise your listings with us. Best exposure to potential clients assured. ***COUPONS Contact our advertising department to learn about the benefits of our coupons. For information and rates contact: (624) 105-9700 / (624) 142-4949 You can find our media kit on: FOLLOW US!

/DestinoMagazine | JUNE 2014



design challenges

an expert’s help with building in Los Cabos

Add A Little Surf To Your Turf!

by Wendy Rains / Architectural Designer at

Real Estate questions asked by you, answered by local real estate expert Blake Harrington, of REmexico Real Estate Group Q: What does a Seasonal Market mean for buyers and sellers? Summer is now upon us in Los Cabos! Of course this means warmer temperatures, maybe a bit of rain, and for real estate, a bit of a slow market. That doesn’t mean that our market comes to a complete halt. In fact, this summer, we are expecting quite a bit of business. Our advice to buyers is that there are still great deals to be had in the marketplace and getting a deal done in the summer may work strongly to their advantage. Why? Because when our high season returns in October, there may be a recovery underway and those motivated sellers may be less. Sellers are usually a bit more motivated in the summer as they see less tours because of the low season. Summer may be that perfect time to capitalize on a great deal. For sellers, we advise them according to their specific and unique situation. If they are highly motivated to sell their home, we suggest offering bonuses to brokers if they bring a qualified buyer. Another strategy is to do consistent open houses with catering, ice cold drinks and refreshments. This has been successful in creating more interest in a listing during summer. For some sellers, while still interested in selling, they prefer that we withdraw their property from the market and take a few months off before re-listing in the fall. This keeps “Days on Market” down and gives the sellers a chance to make any repairs or cosmetic upgrades that may help the house sell in the high season. With our market showing signs of improvement, we expect a sizzling summer! * Send us your Los Cabos real estate questions to: 30

Surf Style is enjoying resurgence in the design world. Why, you ask? Who knows…maybe it’s because aging baby boomers who were surfing teens in the 60s are waxing nostalgic instead of their boards. Or maybe it’s just a natural phenomenon, as it happened the first time around, now to the new wave of surfers just discovering it. For whatever reason trends tend to ebb and flow, the evolution of the surfing lifestyle has impacted everything from architecture, interior design and fashion, to music and literature, and even expressions we use. When you think of “Surf Style”, what comes to your mind? There’s a huge sub culture of surf-oriented design out there, ranging from architecture and interior decorating to clothing and accessories and even how people speak. Surf culture and style has infused all of our lives, especially those of us who grew up in the 60s. It’s reflected in our music…surf rock, surf pop… Crazy dances such as the Stomp, the Frug, and the Watusi were all inspired by surfing. Current artists like our Todos Santos’s own Surf Punk artist, Tim Lang, are riding the new wave of surf music. Surf wear style is a casual way of dressing, with many surf-related brand names also supplying board shorts, wet suits, surfboards, leashes, as well as other hardware. Surf fashion uses fleecy fabrics, Indonesian textiles, and Ikat weaving and dyeing techniques. Films from classics like Beach Blanket Bingo, Gidget, and Endless Summer, to Big Wednesday, Point Break, Liquid Time and Blue Crush and Mavericks, have depicted the evolution of surfing culture. There are at least five annual Surf Film Festivals throughout the world. There are twelve surfing magazines published internationally. As sociologist Marvin Scott observed, “Courage, competition, democracy, creativity, group loyalty and support, are all demonstrated in the sport and social patterns associated with surfing. The degree to which the value system at the higher levels of the surfing subculture differ from the general community’s value system, reflects surfing’s role as an instrument of deviance and social change. In the surfing subculture young men and women put their identity, their status, and occasionally their lives on the line as they demonstrate their moral character.” Whether professional, gypsy, or hard-core….one cannot deny being influenced in some way by the style or the culture of the fascinating surfing lifestyle. On that note, whether you’re a moondoggie, banker, housewife, artist or politician, if you’d like to incorporate a bit of surf to your turf, here are some simple ways to ride the current wave.

Photo by Michelle Monroy | JUNE 2014

REAL ESTATE Having its roots in ancient Polynesia, surf style starts there. After Hawaii became a state in 1959, there was a big wave of Polynesian influence infusing everything around us. Think Don the Beachcomber or Trader Vic’s with a little Gilligan’s Island thrown in. Adding touches of carved wood pieces made from rosewood, sandalwood and mahogany epitomize the Polynesian influence. Rattan furniture used indoors or out is a fast way to be on trend, especially if upholstered in big flowery prints. Bamboo has evolved as a fantastic resource for everything from flooring, furniture and cabinets, to fabrics. Use neutral shades of bone, brown and taupe. Grass cloth wall coverings are very trendy again and an easy way to bring in natural textures as background. Sisal has replaced carpeting in many homes, and is available in an array of styles, weaves, and colors. Throwing some Ikat woven pillows around gives an instant island feel to any room. Some fun “do it yourself” projects could be to glue some shells around a lampshade, or fill a glass ashtray with sand. Paint a few geckos on a wall. Hang some shark’s teeth from your curtain tiebacks instead of around your neck. The idea is to create whimsical touches, without getting too corny. You don’t have to be a skateboarder, paddle boarder, or kite surfer to find delightful ways to add some surfer dash to your décor. It’s a bitchen thing to jump on board and give your turf a bit of surf, dude! Your groovy friends, your kids (or grand kids) will think you’re totally rad. *

Image source:

Image source: | JUNE 2014



VILLA EXTRAVAGANZZA - PRICE REDUCTION! - Open house Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cabo Corridor • $399,500 • 4 BR • MLS# 14-323 3 Master bedrooms all with own en-suite. 4th bedroom and with full bath is a separate studio with kitchenette. Recent upgrades in 2013. New palapa bar and patio. Kitchen remodeled w/ granite counters, new cabinets and new appliances. New propane tank and all new fans. New paint inside and out. Window treatments throughout. Pebble tech salt water pool. Located in a beach-side gated community with a snorkel swim beach just steps away.

Julie Garnier Lands End Realty 52 (624) 157-9419


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 32 | JUNE 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 | JUNE 2014




3 BR • 3 BA • MLS# 14-720 Beautiful ocean views from this top floor penthouse at Las Terrazas in Cabo Colorado. Enjoy a great location with amenities galore including BBQ area, Pool, and walking paths to the beach. This would make a great full time or part time residence as well as the opportunity for rental income.


San José del Cabo · Palmilla · $450,000 · MLS# 14-629

300K off original sales price! Build your dream home in the fabled Palmilla Oasis. Included is 100k worth of fully approved designs by Interior Designer Lori Rapport to construct a stunning Spanish hacienda style home! Enjoy the benefits of Palmilla ownership including Club 96, and the Jack Nicklaus golf course.

USA & CANADA 858.200.4979 MEXICO 624.191.3462

ART DISTRICT HISTORIC BUILDING #3 San José del Cabo Art District • $425,000 MLS# 14-68

ONLY HISTORIC BUILDING FOR SALE IN SAN JOSÉ. In the heart of the art district. 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 Dane Posey

Local cell: (624) 161-2618 From USA: (310) 753-8898


From U.S. or Canada: (925) 963-0389 Local cell: (624) 137-7322 | JUNE 2014 | JUNE 2014


SURF - A 6-star splash  

Los Cabos Open of Surf 2014

SURF - A 6-star splash  

Los Cabos Open of Surf 2014