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FEB‘10#04

Lifestyle Villas

BAJA ART SCENE ORGANIC MARKETS FAMILY FUN


Welcome to Lifestyle Villas Magazine Welcome to the fourth issue of our bimonthly publication. Here, you’ll find great tips for your Cabo vacation, as well as advice regarding villa rentals and amazing discounts. In this issue, we are encouraging you to explore the cultural side of Los Cabos. If you thought Cabo was just sun, sand and cerveza, with this edition you´ll change your mind. Don’t miss all the great events and cultural activities for the entire family, and check out our specials on page 18 Lifestyle Villas, a division of Lifestyle Management Services, is a carefully handpicked selection of stunning beachfront, ocean & golf view villas and condominiums in Los Cabos’ most prestigious developments. As a locally owned and operated company, we are dedicated professionals with over a decade of experience in providing luxury villa rentals, hospitality, property & lifestyle management services for sophisticated travellers like you who appreciate our attention to detail and personalized service. Enjoy our magazine and we look forward to working with you & providing an unforgettable experience that leaves you longing for your return. Sincerely, Alejandro (Ali) Ordonez & Sheri Ordonez Co-Owners, Managing Partners Lifestyle Villas & Management Services


A Slice of History-Los Cabos and Its Tormented Past Known today as one of Mexico’s fastest growing tourist destinations, Los Cabos is not all beaches, nightlife and golf. In addition to all that, the area also has rich history and a booming cultural scene. And while Cabo San Lucas is the star of Los Cabos’ modern history, in the past, San Jose del Cabo, known as the colonial sister, was the center of happenings. In fact, when Hernan Cortez landed nearby in modern day La Paz in 1535, San Jose was inhabited by the native Pericu. The San Jose Estuary would provide fresh water for Manila galleons returning from the Philippines. Jesuit priests founded Mision San Jose del Cabo de Anuiti in 1730. Not all Pericu were enthusiastic about accepting monogamy or changing their way of life, leading to a 30-year-long uprising throughout the Southern Baja California peninsula.


Moved three times, the mission was destroyed in the 1793 flood, rebuilt at its present location, and heavily damaged in the 1918 hurricane. The final reconstruction was completed in the 1950s. Above the entrance is a tile mural portraying the brutal murder of the mission’s founder, Padre Nicolas Tamaral. San Jose was also the site of a siege during the Mexican-American war of 1848-1851; Boulevard Mijares is named after the Spanish lieutenant killed in the battle. Almost three hundred years later, the downtown, called El Centro still carries the stamp of its colonial past. The focal point is Plaza Mijares, while the hilly side streets’ old homes have been converted into courtyard restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and souvenir shops. Next time you visit San Jose, try to see it through its interesting historic past.


Uncovering Baja Whether you are an avid art collector, an artist yourself or you just appreciate art, In Los Cabos you’ll find countless opportunities to enjoy the works of local and international painters, sculptors and artisans.

San Jose del Cabo San Jose’s historic Art District is a great place to start. Join the Art Walk, a weekly event held by a dozen or so galleries every Thursday from 6-9pm. You’ll be able to view artwork in a variety of media and meet the artists, all while enjoying a glass of wine and a scrumptious appetizer. This event is free of charge and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.

Cabo San Lucas In Cabo San Lucas, in addition to plentiful art galleries, art can be experienced in many other ways. Every full moon, for example, Cerrito del Timbre becomes the site for Noches de Plenilunio, a cultural event with poetry readings, concerts and other inspiring activities. Every Sunday, Plazarte (see page 10 for more details) gathers locals and visitors for a family event full of art performances such as theatre and folkloric dance, as well as photographic expositions, music and arts & crafts sale. For cinema lovers, Amelia Wilkes Plaza is the place to be, where every Sunday Cine Club Lumiere presents the best of international cinema. Admission to all featured events is free.


a Art Scene

Todos Santos About an hour’s drive north of Cabo San Lucas, lies a true bohemian art colony. Todos Santos, designated by the Tourism Secretary of Mexico as Pueblo Magico (magical town) in 2006, draws visitors with its old Mexico charm. The local community keeps its cultural agenda busy with numerous gallery shows, art workshops, festivals and other cultural events. Coming up is Todos Santos Annual Film Festival from March 1-14, 2010.Todos Santos is a must on your cultural quest of Southern Baja.


Unexpected Cultural Gems at Los Cabos’ Organic Markets

In sync with the growing ecological awareness of our community, organic and farmer’s markets are becoming very popular around Los Cabos. At these weekly events you may expect to find fresh organic fruits and vegetables from local farms, delicious food and drink, baked goods and preserves. But what makes these organic markets even more enticing is that, in addition to food for the body, they also offer food for the soul such as original art, jewelry, arts and crafts, and Baja books just to name some. While vacationing in Los Cabos, visit an organic market for an authentic cultural experience. Your best options are: SAN JOSE DEL CABO ORGANIC MARKET: Saturdays from 9am-3pm San Jose Organic Market is the largest in the state. Set in picturesque rural farmland just a few minutes outside of San Jose, the market is a non-profit multicultural social gathering place for the Los Cabos community.


There are dining and rest areas and a play area for children at HUERTA MARIA, across the street from the Tropicana Jockey Club, in San Jose del Cabo, on the road to Las Animas. To reach HUERTA MARIA, enter from the San Jose Arroyo and follow the signs to the parking area. FARMER’S MARKET AT THE SHOPPES AT PALMILLA: Fridays from 9am-1pm Expect to find fresh organic produce, fish and seafood from local fishermen as well as arts, crafts, clothing, home accents, books, furniture and treats for the palate. CABO SAN LUCAS FARMER’S MARKET: Saturdays and Wednesdays from 8am-12 noon Find organic chickens, eggs, arugula, herbs, tomatoes, fruit, citrus, etc. at reasonable prices. At Mar Adentro spa across from the Colegio del Camino at the base of the rear entrance to Pedregal off the Sunset road. Visit early for best selection! Enjoy the quest for a piece of Baja!


Calendar of Events February 28, 2010 10am-3pm: 16TH ANNUAL TODOS SANTOS HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR, Todos Santos March 1-14, 2010: TODOS SANTOS 2010 FILM FESTIVAL, Todos Santos March 6-8, 2010: 4th ANNUAL FRED DUCKETT CHALLENGE, San Jose del Cabo Hosted by Vince Gill and Amy Grant, this weekend-long event is a golf tournament and fundraiser for the benefit of Los Cabos Children’s Foundation. Entertainment by Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers. For more info, visit www.loscaboschildren.org March 21, 2010 3-8pm: THE 6TH ANNUAL LIGA MAC JAZZFEST, San Jose del Cabo This fundraising event will feature an entire afternoon of great music and a delicious Mexican buffet in a beautiful setting of the Tropicana Jockey Club. Liga MAC is a non-profit organization made up f Mexican, American and Canadian members, helping low-income families in crisis in San Jose del Cabo by providing basic needs, medical aid and educational support. For more info, visit www.ligamac.com


Ongoing Events SAN JOSE ART WALK: Every Thursday 5-9pm (read more about this event on page 5) MEXICAN FIESTA - last Saturday of every month-4-8pm Musical entertainment, special booths with tequila tasting, arts and crafts, fine art galleries, and other activities at the San Jose City Hall Plaza in downtown San Jose. PLAZARTE- Every Sunday 6-10pm San Jose del Cabo, Plaza Mijares Cabo San Lucas, Plaza Leon Cota Collins Family entertainment by local artists and performers. Dance, music, clowns, painting workshops for kids and lots of fun for the entire family. If you’re looking for an authentic local experience, this is it.


Family Fun with a Twist There’s a family-friendly side to Los Cabos you probably didn’t even know about. I addition to great water and land activities, such as swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, whale watching, or horseback riding, you will also find a variety of fun cultural activities for the entire family. Take your family on a fun and culturally enriching day trip to the historic town of Candelaria or the art colony of Todos Santos. Mingle with the locals at one of the community events to experience Cabo from a different perspective. Check out our calendar of events on page 11.


Performing Arts While the impressive project for a cultural pavilion at the Cabo San Lucas Marina is still on the drawing board, there are other great venues hosting ongoing cultural events. The City Theater in San Jose del Cabo regularly presents dance performances, concerts, movie screenings for children and even Broadway shows! Casa de la Cultura (Cultural Center) in downtown San Jose also offers a busy performance schedule featuring local, national and international artists. There, you can attend a flamenco show, an original play or an evening of poetry. Admission for most events is free.

Museums The Museum of Natural History in Cabo San Lucas located on the Amelia Wilkes Plaza is yet another fascinating place sometimes overlooked by locals and tourists. The museum is open during the week from 10 am to 7pm, Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and Sundays only in the afternoon. Admission is free. Just recently a new non-profit organization established the Cabo Kidz Museo whose goals are to plan, design, construct and operate an interactive bilingual children’s museum in Los Cabos. During the planning and construction phases, Cabo Kidz Museo is offering bilingual workshops, trips and events that are fun, educational and stimulating. Contact them for current events at cabokidsmuseo@yahoo.com.


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Lifestyle Villas Magazine Feb. 2010