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Sponsors Are Rallying Behind the SUP Mexico Championships: Quick Facts and Info

by Meghan Fitzpatrick

Sponsors Are Rallying Behind SUP Mexico Championships!

November 3rd marks the beginning of the 3rd Annual SUP Mexico-Mike Doyle Los Cabos Classic Stand Up Paddle Race & Hennessey’s World Paddle Championships at Palmilla Beach. The two-day event will involve a lot of activities, events and general fun things during the action-packed 3-day championships. Both the community and sponsors are rallying behind the SUP Mexico Championships; the event has all the markings of a huge success.

 

Businesses involved in the event (sponsors, organizers and contributors) include Campamento Tortuguero Don Manuel Orantes (Cabo Tortugas), Yellow Tail, Clase Azul Tequila, Alecran Tequila, Peligroso Tequila, Tecate Beers, Don Sanchez Restaurant, Habaneros Restaurant, Royal Solaris Resort, Baja.com, Alaska Airlines, SUP Mexico, Bliss Events Los Cabos, Hennessey’s, Hobie, Snell Real Estate and Del Mar Development. Obviously, with this many big names involved, the event is not just about stand up paddleboarding – there will be a lot of other things going on! Aside from all of the aforementioned businesses somehow involved in the event, many businesses (local and from much further afield)  will have booths at the event. This will be a great event for the community of Los Cabos, as well as for the SUP community.

Sponsors are rallying behind the SUP Mexico Championships that will benefit sea turtle preservation

Campamento Tortuguero Don Manuel Orantes (Cabo Tortugas) is a charity dedicated to helping Baja’s endangered sea turtles, and the organization that the 3rd Annual SUP Mexico-Mike Doyle Los Cabos Classic Stand Up Paddle Race & Hennessey’s World Paddle Championships will benefit from. The organization helps to protect the turtle eggs before they hatch and then during the “hatch and release” process they help the turtles find their way to the water safely. They hold their turtle releases in a sanctuary next to the San José del Cabo estuary. Campamento Tortuguero is a non-profit organization. Donations, volunteering or sponsoring a turtle are the best ways to help Campamento Tortuguero Don Manuel Orantes. Look forward to a turtle release at the championship!

Yellow Tail, Clase Azul Tequila, Alecran Tequila, Peligroso Tequila and Tecate Beers are all providing drinks for the event; Don Sanchez Restaurant and Habaneros Restaurant will be providing the food. Don Sanchez is also hosting the grand opening and closing ceremonies. The championships are sure to excite any gourmets, culinary enthusiasts and drinkers from all walks of life.

Other highlights and things to look forward to throughout the weekend include bootcamp classes from Cabo local fitness god/guru Modu (http://www.moduvated.com/Moduvatedtobefit/MDVFIT_Home.htm), a local school art and essay competition, a beach concert and what is sure to be a great raffle with some very impressive prizes up for grabs.

The two primary sponsors for the event are Snell Real Estate and Del Mar Development. This will be the third year running that Del Mar Development has sponsored the SUP championships. Both organizations do a tremendous amount of work in the Los Cabos community.   The SUP event organizers are quick to point out that the success of this program will be due to the community, as a whole, and to the many sponsors who have stepped up to the cause.

Quick Facts and info about this year’s SUP Mexico event!

1.  More SUP industry vendors/sponsors present
2.  More Pro’s in attendance
3.  Full Bar (Vodka, Rum & Tequila drinks available)- $50 pesos
4. Larger cash prizes for pro’s ($16,500 usd)
5. Saturday Beach concert by Pura Vida
6. Daily tequila tasting (Peligroso, Clase Azul & Alacran)
7. Fun photo booth on the beach for families to enjoy
8.  Ceviche cooking demonstration by Tadd from Don Sanchez
9.  Presenting sponsor lounge with waiters

Closing ceremonies will be held at the NEW Don Sanchez restaurant. Buffet/Open Bar/DJ/Dancing/Photo Booth. Racers get tickets with their registration. Each sponsor has tickets. General ticket price – $350 pesos.

Want to go to the beach, eat amazing food, and have a wonderful visit to Los Cabos?  Visit Palmilla Beach…and find out more on Baja.com.

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Who is Mike Doyle and What is He Doing in Los Cabos?

by Meghan Fitzpatrick

“Life is like a wave, so why not take a big one and get a long ride all the way to the beach!”  Mike Doyle

Who is Mike Doyle? For the third year, Los Cabos is home to the annual SUP Mexico-Mike Doyle Los Cabos Classic Stand Up Paddle Race. So, who is this guy and what is he doing in Los Cabos?

Mike Doyle circa late 1960's

Mike is a champion surfer and paddler from the 1960’s. Today, Mike is also known for his custom surf and paddleboards and for being the author of his own highly popular story, the autobiography “Morning Glass.”

One of the defining characteristics of Mike Doyle and his surfing style is his attachment to the tradition of ‘The Waterman.’ This term refers to someone who embraces surfing, paddling, rowing, and rough-water swimming as well as possibly being skilled at diving, fishing, spear fishing, tandem surfing, lifeguarding, and handling outrigger canoes. Sort of a ‘renaissance’ approach to surfing.

Today, such notions in regards to surfing and paddling are sometimes considered to be old-fashioned and unimportant…yet it is quite possible that it was this approach that separated Mike Doyle from other surfers.  Mike saw the importance of learning and understanding the water, believing that knowledge about the ocean, the tides and even the etiquette of water activities were extremely important.

Mike started surfing when he about 13 years-old. Mesmerized by the older surfers he saw when he was just a tyke, Mike decided at a young age that surfing was for him and he was determined to learn and be the best he could possibly be at the sport. Mike’s surfing career took off when he was voted “Best Surfer” by Surfer magazine in 1965 and 1966. He earned the nickname”Ironman” for his participation in surfing, tandem and paddle races all in the same day and usually winning at least two of three competitions. In 1968, Mike won the coveted Duke Kahanamoku Contest at Sunset Beach, Hawaii and the world surfing title in Peru. He holds the honor of inventing the first snowboard and the soft surfboard.  Today, Mike lives every surfers dream by splitting his time between San Diego and Cabo San Lucas where he surfs and paints scenes of the ocean and the flavor of Baja.  And, he has become wildly successful at another aspect of surfing and boarding.

Today, Mike Doyle custom surfboards are among the best that money can buy. Mike has been studying, designing and crafting surfboards for more than 35 years and is recognized not only for handcrafting individual boards but for designing and producing customized selections for surf shop owners. Mike Doyle surfboards are shipped all around the globe. The company logo states “Working closely with the individual surfer during the ordering process to ensure that we tailor a board to each surfer’s specific needs.” It is this commitment combined with Mike’s extensive experience that make Mike Doyle surfboards so famous within the industry.

It was a natural progression that Mike would come to be involved with the Los Cabos Classic Stand Up Paddle Race. In 2012, after two very successful years, the race will be even bigger and better than ever before. Hennessey’s Stand Up Paddle World Championships has joined forces with the race (The 3rd Annual SUP Mexico-Mike Doyle Los Cabos Classic Stand Up Paddle Race & Hennessey’s World Paddle Championships) for what is sure to be an outstanding event — and with none other than Mike Doyle as the SUP championship ambassador.

Who is Mike Doyle: surfer, author, creator, artist and ambassador of the The 3rd Annual SUP Mexico-Mike Doyle Los Cabos Classic Stand Up Paddle Race & Hennessey’s World Paddle Championships Photo courtesy of Cabo Surf Shop

Who is Mike Doyle and what is he doing in Los Cabos?   To find out more, or for tickets and entry information about this year’s, “3rd Annual SUP Mexico-Mike Doyle Los Cabos Classic Stand Up Paddle Race & Hennessey’s World Paddle Championships” please view the event information here: http://baja.com/cabo-san-lucas/events/hennesseys-world-suppaddle-championships-los-cabos-2012/.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurants, hotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

 

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The 3rd Annual SUP Mexico-Mike Doyle Los Cabos Classic Stand Up Paddle Race & Hennessey’s World Paddle Championships

What:   Top Paddle Board and Stand Up Paddle Board professionals meet to compete at the 3rd Annual SUP Mexico event.

When: Nov. 2-4, 2012

 Where:  Palmilla Beach, Los Cabos, Baja

Who:  Alfredo Salafranca, race director; Kym Kuharski, Bliss Events, organizer.

After the overwhelming success of last year’s Los Cabos Classic SUP Mexico – Mike Doyle Stand Up Paddle Race, this year Hennessey’s World Paddle Championships has joined forces with the event, for what is sure to be an action-packed and very exciting weekend benefiting the  Campamento Tortuguero Don Manuel Orantes (Cabo Tortugas), a turtle monitoring and hatchling release program.  Professionals from around the world have been competing in the Hennessey’s SUP & Paddle Board racing series in order to qualify for the World Paddle Championships.

 

The weekend races will include the Los Cabos Classic races (the regular annual event) that are open to amateurs, the 11-mile Point-to-Point race (P2P), a four-mile course race, and the extremely popular Relay Race, which consists of four people per team, one of whom must be female.  A full schedule of events is available at the SUP event site.

Other events will include the opening ceremonies, a live DJ, a turtle release, a kid’s clinic hosted by SUP pros, a beach concert, food & beverages, tequila tastings, SUP demos, closing ceremonies and the final festivities at the new Don Sanchez Restaurant. The final party will include up to four hours of bar and food service with a photo booth and a live DJ.

Beverages for the weekend will be provided by Yellow Tail, Clase Azul Tequila, Alecran Tequila, Peligroso Tequila and Tecate Beers.  Food will be provided by Don Sanchez Restaurant and Habaneros restaurant (both owned by celebrity chef Tadd Chapman).  Royal Solaris is the hosting hotel for the event and is offering special packages for racers and spectators attending the event.  Alaska Airlines is also offering a special travel rate for the event for people flying between Southern California and Los Cabos.

This promises to be a weekend full of fun with activities to suit all ages and genders, raising money for a worthwhile cause, and in one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, Los Cabos.  For more information, visit Facebook/SUP Mexico, Facebook/SUP Mexico—Los Cabos Classic or read about the event page at Baja.com.

The event is presented by SUP Mexico, Bliss Events Los Cabos, Hennessey’s and Hobie.  Snell Real Estate and Del Mar Development are presenting sponsors and Baja.com is media sponsor.

Where to stay? What to do?  Where to eat?  Find it all at Baja.com.  

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about localrestaurants,hotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

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Simple, Fun Adventure in Baja: Rancho Carisuva

by Yesica Pineda
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.  ~Leonardo DaVinci

Simplicity:  A wonderful gift of life

We live the adventure of life on a planet we call “Tierra:” A planet that travels around the Sun, which travels around the Milky Way Galaxy, and travels (relative to other galaxies) at a speed of about 3,728.23 miles per second. Three thousand seven hundred and twenty eight point twenty three miles every second… there, another 3,728.23 miles traveled…and another 3,728.23 miles just traveled…every second…

So why am I rushing? To get where?

Having this in mind, when I travel I try to experience time in the simplest ways. I relax and pause from the never-ending distractions in my mind. I choose the experience of getting in touch with nature through a unique combination of adventure, contemplation and learning experiences about the abundance of natural wonders — exploring the untouched — in a setting of peace and tranquility.

I recently became aware of simple beauty as it is exemplified at a ranch in Playa Migriño, a pacific beach that is not more than an hour from San Jose del Cabo and close to Cabo San Lucas.  It’s rather secluded.

The ranch is called Rancho Carisuva and it is a typical Baja California ranch with around 43 horses, a freshwater well, farm animals such as goats, chickens, pigs, friendly donkeys and cows, and it even has a traditionally built desert hut. The fun allows you to safely indulge in adventurous, adrenaline-pumping experiences like ATV beach and desert tours, side by side 4×4 safaris, Pacific beach horseback riding, hiking burro and sunset horseback riding tours, all through private trails that run along the desert canyons, virgin pacific beaches, and amazing ocean side cliffs. Wonderful!

I learned that, as an eco-conscious Ranch, Carisuva has a commitment to preserve the natural beauty of its surroundings. They use solar power to meet water and electrical demands. And they do it well…the ranch offers you all necessary facilities to make your visit a cosy excursion.

Besides the adventure, the Ranch offers food, fresh water, a bilingual guide and free time to enjoy the day. Those who would rather just take the time to contemplate will find it a wonderful place for stillness, Baja-style. Transportation? It can be arranged from whichever hotel you might be staying!

Kudos to my friends at Rancho Carisuva! As they put it,  at the end of the day it’s the experience that creates an impression that will last a lifetime. Simple!

What is your idea of Simple  Pleasures in Baja?  Let us know!

Photos Courstesy of Rancho Carisuva

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Coffee in Cabo

By Meghan Fitzpatrick

There are several places of note in Cabo in which to have your daily caffeine fix, but here are some favorites:

The Cabo Coffee Company is one of the primary Cabo coffee suppliers

1) The Cabo Coffee Company – this place has some serious coffee. A local favorite, their tagline, “Death before decaf” is no joke — a cup of coffee from this place will have you wired for hours. That being said, they also brew excellent decaf coffee. Their coffee is also available to buy online if you can’t make it to to their store; it is sold in 3 main varieties: dark (for  US $13.75), medium (for US $13.75), and decaf (for US $14.00). They have no ‘light’ option – it’s all or nothing here.

Cabo Coffee Company also boasts a strong and reliable internet connection – something which is good to know if you’re in the area. They have food too, including large breakfast bagel sandwiches (very filling), cookies, muffins, pastries and pies. If you plan on frequenting the Cabo Coffee Company on a regular basis, make sure you ask about their loyalty program, nine cups of coffee (or tea) earns you one on the house.

All the coffee from Cabo Coffee Company is grown in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Oaxaca, in mainland Mexico. The beans are called Pulma Hidalgo beans and their bold, complex flavor make them some of the most desired coffee beans in the world. Once they are grown, all of the beans are then freshly roasted in Cabo. This means that their coffee is the 100% fresh and of the highest quality you can get your hands on in Mexico. It is no wonder why this place is a local favorite.

2) Cafe Cabo – One of the best, Cafe Cabo has everything you could want from a local coffee place, including excellent value for money. I spent the whole day at Cafe Cabo last week and I had a large latte, a turkey sandwich, a large coffee and a large bottle of water – all for US $6.85 (MX $88). CC also has excellent wifi – I wasn’t knocked offline once the whole day. If you’ve ever needed the internet in Cabo, then you know that finding a reliable, high speed internet connection is no easy feat. Thus far, out of all of the places I’ve been to in Cabo, Cafe Cabo definitely has one of the best internet connections, and it’s free.

The Cafe Cabo offers a variety of breakfast and lunch food items – they have a selection of freshly baked pastries, muffins, cookies, croissants, and also a variety of sandwiches and baguettes to choose from. Since I ate there, they heated my sandwich up for me and added a generous amount of salad to my plate.

Cafe Cabo is open every day except wednesdays, from 7am until 10pm.

3) Starbucks – everyone can recognize Starbucks. Cabo San Lucas is home to one of two Starbucks — the only two in all of Baja Sur. The menu requires no description, as it is the well-known, classic Starbucks food menu with the standard tall, grande, and venti drinks. The prices are given in peseos, but like anywhere in Baja, you can pay in either dollars or pesos.

The Cabo San Lucas Starbucks is located in Plaza Bonita, across from Squid Roe and next to La Trattoria restaurant. It sits right on the main street running through Cabo, Boulevard Paseo de la Marina, so you can’t miss it as you drive into town. The second Starbucks in Los Cabos is in San Jose, next to McDonalds, near the the big Mega store at the roundabout where you turn to drive to the airport, Boulevard Nauricio Castro no. 4650 Col. Both locations have reliable wifi and strong A/C — making them welcome sanctuaries in the summer. For store hours and information you should contact the locations directly as their hours and opening days vary by season.

4) Bar Esquina  - this local hot spot is a great place to have some seriously high quality coffee. They have an excellent menu for breakfast lunch and dinner, in addition to a full bar that is open well into the night. Bar Esquina is the restaurant and bar at the Bahia Hotel and though it gets pretty busy at night, during the day it is a much quieter environment and is a great place to work, have a nice meal and some truly excellent coffee.

Starting at 7am every day, Bar Esquina brews specialty organic Mexican coffee from Chiapas and Oaxaca. This is definitely some of the best and highest quality coffee in Cabo. They also have a delicious and thorough breakfast menu that should not be ignored, menu choices include a breakfast burrito, eggs benedict, pancakes, French toast, omelettes, huevos rancheros, fruit, granola, and more – all for between MX $60 and $85 (US $4.75 – $6.60). Breakfast at Bar Esquina is an experience not to be missed – this is not just a nightspot. Breakfast is served at Bar Esquina from 8am-11:30am, and you can come in anytime between 7am and close (which is late) for some excellent, organic Mexican coffee.

Where is your favorite coffee place in Cabo? If you know of any other great places for coffee please share with us below.

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Cooking and Dining at Cabo’s Maria Corona Restaurant

By Meghan Fitzpatrick

Recently, the Cabo Wine Club invited me to attend one of their renowned cooking lessons, this one being hosted at the Maria Corona restaurant in Cabo San Lucas.

Maria Corona sits on a side street, tucked away behind Boulevard Paseo de la Marina and Lázaro Cárdenas. With a welcoming white and terracotta exterior and a lovely garden bounded by a low wall, the restaurant’s charm and character are evident at first glance. Surprisingly, the eatery is much bigger inside than it appears from the outside; however, even with its high ceilings and spacious floor plan, Maria Corona feels cozy. It is decorated in a traditional Mexican theme complete with hanging lanterns and a woven, palapa-style ceiling. A color scheme of warm red and orange add to the pleasant, friendly atmosphere.

The restaurant itself is part of the Baja Cantina Group in Cabo, a network that also includes the Baja Cantina Marina Restaurant, Baja Cantina Beach Restaurant and the Tiki Bar.  Owner Jorge Gonzalez Sanchez opened Maria Corona  in May, 2009. The restaurant was named for his grandmother Maria Corona, born in 1916, whose recipes have been passed down through the generations. One of the restaurant’s classic recipes is Mole Poblano, ground beef picadillo with almonds, raisins and cumin; the mole is handmade with toasted chiles and almonds, handmade tortillas.  And there are always handmade salsas prepared in a traditional stone molacajete with a tejolote, otherwise known as a mortar and pestle. The entire menu is orchestrated by Executive Chef Javier Galindo.  Chef Galindo complements the menu at the Maria Corona with authentic Mexican fare — tamales, homemade tortillas, tortilla soup, an excellent selection of seafood and high quality meats.  For me, a personal favorite is Maria Corona’s own signature cheese fondue.

Chef Galindo also supervises cooking classes (classes can be booked for groups or individuals) at Maria Corona, teaching things like the history of the ingredients and how to use classic tools in Mexican cooking (like the molcajete and tejolote), as well as preparation.  In our class, that lasted 3-4 hours, we ground up spices, roasted them, cooked cheese fondue, and learned how to crush serrano chiles. We also learned the secrets of making fabulous guacamole.

If you are looking for authentic Mexican food in an establishment where you can dine in style, Maria Corona is definitely the place to go. In addition to its excellent food menu, the restaurant also boasts a large beverage menu. There is an extensive selection of wines, beers, and a full cocktail menu including the restaurant’s signature mango margarita.

The Maria Corona restaurant is open seven days a week from 2 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

The Cabo Wine Club hosts cooking lessons throughout Baja Sur every month. For more information about their cooking lessons or any of their tastings or events, visit their website.

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The Beaches of Los Cabos

By Meghan Fitzpatrick

If you are vacationing in Cabo, chances are at some point on your trip you will go to the beach. Depending on your group and your personal interests, the beaches of Cabo have an endless array of activities available Whether you are looking for relaxation, partying, or just a nice scenic view, the beaches of Cabo have it all.

The beautiful Medano Beach

Medano Beach

Without question, Cabo’s most popular beach is Medano Beach.  Medano offers up a little bit of something for everyone. A fun place to go in the afternoon, if you’re looking for more of a rowdy, party time on the beach, is the famous Mango Deck. Mango Deck is a large bar on Medano Beach with a stage in the front. The team working at Mango Deck ensures that everyone present has a blast – shots are constantly flowing, drinks are always 2 for 1, and nearly every hour there are wet t-shirt competitions, booty shaking competitions, and the dance crew jumps on stage to show the crowd some serious moves. The music at Mango Deck is loud and the only agenda is fun. Billygan’s Beach Club is another fun establishment on the beach with loud music and good times to be had by all.

If you are seeking something a little more sophisticated, you can stroll next door to the famous Nikki Beach for more good music, dancing, cabanas, and their pool bar. The Office (owned by the same people who own Edith’s Restaurant), is right next door to Nikki Beach and has excellent margaritas and a hearty menu. Another, less noisy, option is the Medano Beach Club, a classy establishment with an excellent menu and fantastic views of the famous Medano Beach.

For the more active, surfing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, and jet skiing are three activity options available that do not require reservations. Generally, you can just walk to the beach and rent a board from one of the many activity vendors on the beach.  Medano Beach is a great place for SUP and jetsking because it is surrounded by rocks on one side, enclosing it like a bay, so there are very few (if any) waves. At the end of the rocks enclosing Medano Beach is the famous El Arco, Cabo’s one and only Arch. A great workout is to SUP to the Arch and back.

If you are a first time visitor to the beaches of Los Cabos, venturing out to Lover’s Beach, or Playa del Amor, is a must. Lover’s Beach is home to the famous El Arco, which sits at the end of the rocks enclosing Medano Beach.. A great workout is to SUP to the Arch and back. It is also the place where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet – making it a very romantic spot. Lover’s Beach is located on the Sea of Cortez side of the rocks, and the arch is the official marker for Land’s End.

On the other side of the arch, a short walk from Lover’s Beach, is the comically named Divorce Beach. This beach is a pummelled by the rough, crashing waves of the Pacific and, unlike Lover’s Beach, is not at all suitable for swimming. Divorce Beach experiences rip tides, strong currents and big crashing waves that can actually knock you over should you choose to attempt even a brave walk along its shores. Lover’s Beach is definitely the safer of the two beaches.  There are no vendors or services of any kind available on Lover’s Beach or Divorce Beach and you can only get to them via boat – either a private boat, water taxi or one of the glass bottom boats from Medano Beach or in the Cabo San Lucas Marina, but they should not be missed.

Pedregal Beach

Pedregal Beach sits at the base of the Pedregal hill, on the Pacific side of the peninsula. This beach is open to both Pedregal residents and visitors, though its secluded location affords it a lot of privacy.
The Pedregal is one of Cabo San Lucas’ most exclusive real estate developments. It has gated entrances, with one main entrance. Access to Pedregal Beach is via the main entrance of the Pedregal real estate development.

Playa Solmar

Playa Solmar is on the Pacific side of the peninsula, running from Land’s End to Pedregal Beach. Like Divorce Beach, Playa Solmar is not a good beach for swimming. Rip tides, undertow and large waves are characteristic of Playa Solmar, so don’t plan on swimming if you visit this beach. Famous for its sunsets and whale watching, Playa Solmar is definitely more of a walking beach. During whale watching season, don’t forget your binoculars and definitely try to remember a camera when you visit this beautiful stretch of beach.

Playa Solmar is also the home of a number or resorts, making it an ideal location at which to stop and enjoy a meal or a drink and to watch the sunset. To get to Playa Solmar, you can go through any of the resorts situated along the beach, which include Solmar Suites and TerraSol Beach Resort.

The Corridor

The majority of the beaches along the 20-mile Los Cabos Corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo are not suitable for swimming. Most have too steep of a shore line and are less than ideal for snorkelers. There are only three beaches along the corridor that are acceptable for swimming: Playa Chileno, Playa Santa Maria, and Tule Beach.

Playa Chileno

Playa Chileno is located along the corridor around the kilometer 14 marker. Protected for snorkeling and swimming, this beach is very popular for tourists and is also the only beach along the Corridor that has bathrooms. It tends to get very busy on the weekends, especially during high tourist season, so if you want to avoid the crowds you may prefer to go during the week.

Popular activities at Playa Chileno include snorkeling, diving, kayaking, SUP, swimming and spear fishing — Chileno is not known for surfing, as it has very few waves. There is a large reef near the beach that makes it ideal for snorkelers, and snorkeling tours frequent the beach daily. On the beach itself there are both umbrellas available for rental and palapas built into the beach. There is also a palm grove nearby should you want additional shade. Chileno is a particularly flat beach, which makes it great for long walks or runners/joggers in the morning and evening. Vendors are also scattered around the beach selling a large variety of food, drinks and trinkets.

Playa Santa Maria

Playa Santa Maria is located at kilometer 13 on the Corridor. One of the reasons this beach is protected for snorkelling and swimming is because of the masses of marine wildlife that can be found here. The waters of Playa Santa Maria lie between two naturally occurring bluffs, allowing for an abundance of wildlife to make this beach home. As a result of all the marine life here, snorkelers frequent Playa Santa Maria, both by boat and via the shore. This is also a popular beach for families as there are not many waves, making it ideal for swimming.

Santa Maria is in a relatively secluded location and is a long walk from the highway, giving its beach-goers a lot of privacy. However, this beach has very little shade and no services, so come prepared.

Sunset at Tule

El Tule Beach

Playa Tule is a very popular beach for locals. It sits at the end of an arroyo (dry river bed) at the km 16.2 marker. To get to the beach you need to drive under the Puente Los Tules (Los Tules Bridge). During the hot summer months it is not unusual to see Tule’s beach-goers hiding in the shade under Puente Los Tules. Because Playa Tule is in an arroyo, the ground is very soft and breaks apart easily. It is important that whatever vehicle you take down to Playa Tule is equipped for driving on the soft, dried arroyo–4 wheel drive is highly recommended.

El Tule may appear to be good for swimming, however it has a few risks people should be wary of. Firstly, there are many large rocks under the water’s surface which are not easy to see, an obvious hazard for swimmers. A strong break also comes in from both sides of the beach because of the low lying shape of the arroyo, which also accounts for the large quantities of driftwood that wash ashore onto this beach. The driftwood and the shape of the arroyo make El Tule a very popular place for bonfires. It is not at all uncommon to drive by at sunset and see people crowded around bonfires along the beach. This beach is a fun local hangout, but make sure you come prepared with the right vehicle and be aware that there are no services.

Shipwreck Beach

Shipwreck Beach is named after the Japanese fishing boat that sunk off shore and washed onto this beach in the 1960s. The boat sat there for many years, but has recently been removed. Shipwreck or no, this is a very popular beach because of its proximity to several large resorts and the Jack Nicklaus golf course, in addition to having a very well-known swell, making it popular with surfers.

Located off of Kilometer 11 on the highway, the beach is not close to the highway so be prepared to drive after you get off. Once at the beach, be aware that while swimming is possible, it is not recommended. There are a lot of rocks and some fairly strong currents on this beach.

Monuments Beach

Monuments Beach is located just off of the Kilometer 5 marker on the highway, beneath the famous Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant and at the very end of the Tourist Corridor (closest to Cabo San Lucas). This beach is not one that is usually frequented by tourists unless they are visiting Sunset Da Mona Lisa. Among locals, however, this beach is very popular as it is considered to be an expert surf spot. Known for its challenging point break, this beach is not for weak swimmers or beginner surfers.

If you want to swim at Monuments Beach you can enjoy the pools of Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant, which look out onto the beach. If you are lucky and the conditions are good then you sometimes snorkel and swim at Monuments Beach, but certainly not every day. The beach itself is ideal for sunbathing and exploring.

Playa Las Viudas (Widow’s Beach–Formerly Twin Dolphin Beach)

This beach is a popular beach for people looking for maximum privacy. Due to the beach’s countless coves and inlets, there are many places where you can sun yourself without anyone else seeing. Scattered with volcanic rock formations, this is also a beautiful beach with seemingly endless photo opportunities.

Originally named Twin Dolphin Beach because of its juxtaposition to the Twin Dolphin Hotel, this beach is now referred to as Playa Las Viudas, or Widows Beach, as the Twin Dolphin Hotel was closed in 2006. Access this beach from the 11.5 Kilometer marker on the main highway of the Corridor. There are no services on Playa Las Viudas, so come prepared and bring everything you need. As beautiful as this beach is, it is not recommended for swimming given the large number of rock formations and the strong tides and waves.

Playa Bledito Beach (Tequila Cove Beach or Playa Cabo Real)

Tequila Cove Beach is located near the Hilton and Meliá Cabo Real hotels on the Corridor at Kilometer 19.5. This beach is great for swimming and a number of water sport rentals are available. Playa Bledito is a long, flat, vast stretch of sand with no rocks in sight, making it an excellent beach for running, long walks, horseback riding or even just building a sand castle. Because this is such a long beach that backs onto several resorts, it has a few different names but all refer to the same beach–Playa Bledito, Tequila Cove Beach or Playa Cabo Real will all get you to the same spot.

This is a popular beach due to its close proximity to the surrounding resorts of the Hilton, Meliá Cabo Real, and the world famous Las Ventanas al Paraiso resort. Despite the luxurious resorts surrounding Tequila Cove, you do not have to be staying in one of them to use this beach. Playa Bledito offers its visitors bathrooms, restaurants, great swimming, an abundance of sea life, water sport equipment rentals and close proximity to some of the finest resorts in the world.

Westin

Playa Westin is located at Kilometer 23.25 on the tourist corridor. It is very close to Cabo San Lucas and sits between the Westin Regina Resort and Playa Buenos Aires. This beach has no services and is scattered with volcanic rock formations. The waves at Playa Westin make it a dangerous for swimming but the rock formations make it beautiful to walk along and take pictures of. A golf course runs along the majority of this beach, so if you are looking for privacy, this is not the beach for you.

Palmilla

The Palmilla Beach is an excellent beach for tourists, though it is a little off the beaten track. This beach is very private and secluded – access to this beach is only through the Palmilla Resort itself, however this privacy and seclusion is one of the things that makes Palmilla Beach such a great beach. Palmilla Beach is in a cove, so there are very few, if any, waves, making this beach very popular for jet skiing, snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming.

Located at Kilometer 27, Palmilla Beach is very close to San Jose del Cabo and has some of the best swimming conditions in Los Cabos. Its protected waters also make it a great place for water taxis to await customers and for fisherman to fish and bring their boats in. In addition to being a great beach for swimming and water activities, Playa Palmillia is also an excellent beach for sunbathing and relaxing due to its long stretches of sandy beach and the comfort of the food and services available at the nearby Palmilla Resort.

Costa Azul

Playa Costa Azul, or Blue Coast Beach, is located at Kilometer 29. This beach has just about everything a beach goer needs for a good day at the beach – long stretches of sand; a great beach for swimming, snorkelling and other water activities; restrooms; multiple surf breaks catering to intermediate and advanced surfers; a surf camp; cabanas you can rent for the day; a restaurant and even stores. If you come to Playa Costa Azul you can easily pass a full day at this busy beach in total comfort.

Playa Buenos Aires (Good Air Beach)

Playa Buenos Aires, or Good Air Beach, is several miles long and is well known for both its beauty and for being particularly hard to find. This beach has no marked sign and is accessible from multiple parts of the highway — you can reach it from Kilometer 22 or Kilometer 24 on the highway, and then drive down the arroyo from the old highway. Playa Buenos Aires runs into Playa Cabo Real and is part of a long network of beaches. Although this is a beautiful beach, it is not a beach for swimming and it offers nothing in the way of services, vendors, food or equipment rentals. You should ensure you bring everything with you if you plan to visit this beach.

Acapulquito Beach (Old Man’s Beach)

Accessible from Kilometer 28, Acapulquito Beach, or Old Man’s Beach, is a small beach and a popular surf spot for locals. While it can be a good beach for swimming, its popularity with the surfers makes it difficult to swim, as you will need to watch for surfers the whole time. This beach has a few services nearby, including surfboard rentals, a nearby restaurant and a few shops.

What’s your favorite Cabo beach? Share with us below!

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Baja Brewing Company: Baja Sur’s One and Only Microbrewery

By Meghan Fitzpatrick

The Baja Brewing Company is Baja Sur’s only microbrewery, but with seven staple beers and an assortment of seasonal draft offerings, you are guaranteed to find something you like.  Want a change from Pacifico? Try the Baja Blonde. Prefer Negro Modelo? How about the Oatmeal Stout. They have more than enough choices to suit any beer-drinking palate.

Inside the brewery

With three locations, or cantinas, in Los Cabos–just off the plaza in downtown San Jose del Cabo,  above Cabo Villas on the rooftop, and on the marina in Cabo San Lucas–Baja Brewing has become a favorite hangout among locals and tourists alike. It doesn’t take long to get to know the friendly faces of the staff and the regular patrons who come by to take advantage of the daily happy hour specials.

Baja Brewing Company opened its first brewery in San Jose del Cabo in 2007, among the historic art galleries of the colonial town. In 2009, the company expanded to a second facility in Cabo San Lucas–the Cabo Villas Rooftop location– and in 2011 they opened a third location in Cabo San Lucas on the Marina. They also brew their beer at a production brewery in Mexicali.

The beer selection varies, featuring seasonal beers, a pale ale, and even a raspberry lager. New recipes are always in the works. The company now distributes its beer up and down the peninsula, as well as across the globe — in fact, a company in Australia recently discovered the delicious flavors of Baja Brewing Company’s beers. Look for it on menus from Loreto to Sydney.

The founders

Jordan Gardenshire and his father, Charlie Gardenshire, Rob Kelly, and David Hatfield–four lovers of beer and Baja–together created the Baja Brewing Company.

Jordan’s love affair with brewing beer started in his college days in Colorado when he started experimenting with different ways to home brew from inside his apartment. It wasn’t long before Jordan was became an accredited brewer and member of the American Brewers Guild. In addition to his brewing expertise, Jordan also acquired a considerable amount of business expertise managing and and running a franchise business in Boulder, Colorado. His combined brewing and business expertise made him a perfect founding partner of Baja Brewing Company.

After Jordan started his work on Baja Brewing in Los Cabos, it wasn’t long before his father, Charlie, wanted in on some of the action and fun his son was having in Baja. Charlie moved to Los Cabos about a year after Jordan to help his son get the ball rolling with Baja Brewing. Charlie joined the Baja Brewing Company team with an impressive resume, boasting an extensive background in both marketing and international tourism.

The next person to want in on the Baja Brewing action was Rob Kelly. Rob joined the Baja Brewing team with experience in restaurant design and management. Like Jordan, Rob joined the team after having lived in Boulder, Colorado for many years. In Boulder Rob managed a very successful restaurant and bar–one of the most popular college bars in Boulder. After visiting Los Cabos, Rob was excited to start a restaurant and bar with the great food and atmosphere he knew in Boulder.

Lastly (but certainly not least), David Hatfield joined the Baja Brewing team in Los Cabos. After having lived in Cabo for many years managing a fishing fleet, David found himself with itchy feet and seeking new challenges. David joined the Baja Brewing crew and the rest is history–together the four of them founded the Baja Brewing Company.

Where to taste a Baja brew

San Jose del Cabo - The San Jose del Cabo location for Baja Brewing Company is located at Morelos 1227, San José del Cabo, BCS, México and is open seven days a week from noon until late at night.

In addition to the brewery located at the San José, there is also a full restaurant and bar, as well as a stage for live music performances–they feature live music from 10pm onwards on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Their menu includes classic pub fare like burgers and fries or fish-n-chips, and other mains like sea bass, filet mignon, shrimp or pasta dishes. All three Baja Brewing locations have what is arguably the best pizza in Los Cabos. Their dough is made with a secret ingredient – beer, and topped with barley. Try it at any of the three locations and see what you think.

Cabo Villas  - The Cabo Villas cantina is located on the rooftop of the Cabo Villas Resort at Callejon del Pescador S/N, El Medano Ejidal, Cabo San Lucas, BCS, México. Overlooking Medano Beach, it has one of the best views in all of Cabo and has been the host to countless wedding receptions as a result. The menu here is basically the same as the San Jose del Cabo cantina; Friday Prime Rib night is a popular affair. Live music plays on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Cabo Villas BBC is open daily from 8 a.m. until 1 a.m. with Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m.

Marina  - The newest of the three Baja Brewery locations is situated right in the heart of the Puerto Paraiso shopping mall, across from La Europea and Ruth’s Chris, look for the big donkey statue if you are coming from the Marina. Menu specials vary slightly from the company’s other two locations. The Baja Brewing Company’s Marina location is open daily from 8 a.m. until 1 a.m., and has live music Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

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The Best Value Hotels in Cabo

By Meghan Fitzpatrick

Cabo San Lucas is a town with no shortage of hotels and resorts. Your choices seem endless, from some of the most luxurious hotels in the world to some definitely questionable establishments. Most people coming to Cabo are staying in one place for the duration of their trip, and they have decided upon their lodging prior to their arrival. However, for those just passing through Cabo, or simply in need of a room at the last minute, the following hotels are options that might be available without  reservations, even for late night arivals.  The added advantage is that most are budget-friendly.

The beach by Marbella Suites

1) Marbella Suites. This hotel is possibly the best value hotel in all of Los Cabos. It is extremely affordable and, for the price, you get a lot. As the name suggests, these are not rooms, they are suites. Thus, every room has a kitchen and living area to accompany it. The hotel has a very welcoming reception area – an open air lobby with polished white stone floors and comfy couches and chairs. The best thing about the open air lobby is that you can immediately see the ocean. The hotel sits on the south side of Highway Mexico 1, built into the side of the cliffs and hills overlooking the ocean, on the eastern Sea of Cortez side of the Baja Peninsula.

I have stayed in Marbella Suites often. The staff are friendly and accommodating, the suites are clean, and their restaurant serves above average food at a very good price. I am really pleased with what I get every time I stay here. Guest comfort is important at this pleasant hotel, where guests are literally welcomed individually via a written message on the ‘Welcome Board’ outside of the restaurant.

Finally, a special note about the beach and pool at Marbella Suites.  The pool is large, complete with a fountain and shallow area for kids. Pool-side there is a fantastic full bar in addition to a ping pong table and some comfortable lounge chairs. The beautiful beach is right next to the pool, near volcanic rock formations.   Waves crash over the rocks along the shore, making for some beautiful pictures. It’s not a swimming beach, but it’s definitely a nice beach for relaxing and enjoying a cocktail.

The suites at Marbella Suites vary in price, but even during peak season, it is not more than US$100 a night – and it’s worth every penny.

2) Hotel Mar de Cortez. This hotel is another little hidden gem in Cabo San Lucas. In terms of its location, if you are looking for a central location, you cannot beat it.  Situated on Avenida Lázaro Cardenas, this hotel is just a short distance from all of the clubs (Pink Kitty, Mandala, Squid Roe and Baja Junkie way).  That makes it handy if just in case, for whatever reason, you decide to spend the night in this immediate vicinity.

The hotel itself is clean and offers all of the basic conveniences that any traveler could need.  In addition, there is a large swimming pool in a hotel’s courtyard. The best thing about this hotel though is definitely the restaurant, Baja Peppers. Baja Peppers offers great food at very affordable prices. They have hearty breakfasts for an average of approximately US$3, excellent tacos, healthy-sized sandwiches, and a full dinner menu. They also boast a very ample wine list with a generous variety of wines to choose from.

A room at the Hotel Mar de Cortez is around US$50 per night – definitely a bargain.

3) The Cabo Inn Hotel. The Cabo Inn Hotel is said to be one of the most economical places in town. The location is great and very convenient — just off of the marina and right behind the clubs.   It is a good alternative if the night has been long and you don’t feel like driving or leaving the area.  All rooms have basic amenities and private bathrooms, and the hotel offers free wifi, a library, gym and more.  Additionally,  the rates at this hotel are not matched anywhere else in Cabo. A single room starts at US$39 nightly, and a 6-person room is available for US$120 per night. There is also a Palapa room with a hot tub available for US$120.

Cabo has it all, from the most spectacular resorts in the world, to some of the best bargains in the Baja. These hotels will all give you the most bang for your buck, and they have all come highly recommended by Cabo locals.

Do you know of any other hidden Cabo bargains? Let us know where you lodge when you’re on a budget.

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