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Ultimate Baja Playlist: The 5 Best Songs About Cabo San Lucas

Ultimate Baja Playlist: The 5 Best Songs About Cabo San Lucas

Sammy Hagar may have said it best  – “Land’s end, you have to see it/Ain’t no picture ever say it right” – but he’s not the only one to sing the praises of Cabo San Lucas.  The pleasures of life at Land’s End have been lauded by a host of famous musicians, including many of the hottest names on the contemporary country scene.

 

 

Cabo San Lucas by Toby Keith

Perhaps it was the 2003 duet by Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet, It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, that proved country music’s compatibility with sultry sea breezes and golden sand beaches. What’s certain is that Cabo San Lucas has been a big beneficiary of this burgeoning subgenre of “permanent vacation” narratives extolling the simple pleasures of life in tropical latitudes. Oklahoma born singer-songwriter Toby Keith is a master of the form, and one of the biggest proponents of the Cabeño lifestyle in recent years. Stays in Mexico was his first nod to the area, but the baritone ballad Cabo San Lucas, off the 2008 album That Don’t Make Me A Bad Guy, is undoubtedly his best. The song perfectly captures the feeling of drifting down to the southernmost point of the 800 mile long Baja peninsula (and discovering you don’t ever want to leave): I’m leavin’ you this message and if you give a damn/And you wanna call me you know where I am/In Cabo, Cabo San Lucas/Way down in Mexico, way down in Cabo.

 

 

Beer in Mexico by Kenny Chesney

According to the liner notes for his album The Road and the Radio, country music superstar Kenny Chesney wrote Beer in Mexico while vacationing in Cabo, and hanging out with Sammy Hagar during the latter’s annual birthday bash at Cabo Wabo Cantina. The song peaked at 51 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart back in 2007, but has since become a classic of its kind, albeit with a bit of a twist on the standard “permanent vacation” narrative. Rather than being seen as a final destination, Mexico is posited as a sort of sun-soaked limbo: the kind of place where one can escape, regain some much needed perspective, and “Let the warm air melt these blues away.” The narrator, at a crossroads between getting married and settling down, or staying single and free, puts off any ultimate choice with the sensible decision to “Sit right here and have another beer in Mexico.”

 

 

A Lot to Learn About Livin’ by Easton Corbin

Easton Corbin likes to point out that the farming community he comes from in Florida is a long way from the swaying palm trees and bikini-filled beaches of Miami. But the popular country singer – his eponymous debut album featured two #1 hits, A Little More Country Than That and Roll With It – definitely understands the allure of scenic seaside getaway destinations: “Taxi driver took my two bags/He saw me lookin’ at my watch/He said, “You won’t need that here/’Cause time disappears/In paradise there ain’t no clocks.” While the above stanza is a semi-poetic summation of Cabo’s timeless appeal, You Got a Lot to Learn About Livin’s chorus suggests a long-time local explaining the area’s laid-back ethos to a recent arrival. “You got a lot to learn about livin’/It’s a different world down here/Our biggest problem’s decidin’ what fish we’re fryin’/Does it go with tequila or beer?”

 

 

Stays in Mexico by Toby Keith

Las Vegas gets a lot of publicity for promoting the “what happens here, stays here” philosophy, but such sentiments are taken for granted in Cabo San Lucas. The sea and oceanside playground – with its abundance of lively bars and clubs, and surfeit of romantic luxury resorts – has long been a haven for those who want to shake off their inhibitions, do things they’d never dream of back home. “His name was Steve, her name was Gina/They met at a bar called Cabo Wabo Cantina.” So begins Stays in Mexico, Toby Keith’s paean to whirlwind vacation romances. The song ends with the lovers at the airport, ready to return to their separate lives. But neither will ever forget the time ”They walked down to the beach and started drinking again/Jumped into the ocean for a dirty swim/One more margarita they were falling in love/One more is never enough.”

 

 

Cabo Wabo by Van Halen

No celebrity is more closely associated with Cabo San Lucas than Sammy Hagar. The former Montrose and Van Halen frontman famously sang of the town’s charms on the latter’s 1988 album OU812There’s a sleepy town as south of the border/If you go there once, you’ll be there twice/Lots of pretty girls, coming by the dozens/The white sand sure makes a tan look nice – two years before the band opened up a cantina with the same name as the song: Cabo Wabo. Hagar eventually bought out his erstwhile bandmates, and turned the place into one of the area’s most successful clubs. He still shows up for his annual birthday bashes (this year the concerts were moved to Las Vegas in the wake of Hurricane Odile), and to this day, no one evokes (or embodies) the town’s party hearty atmosphere quite like “The Red Rocker.”

 

 

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Los Cabos Rebounding Quickly From Hurricane Odile

Los Cabos Rebounding Quickly From Hurricane Odile

Eleven days after Hurricane Odile made landfall in Los Cabos, it’s much easier to be optimistic about the area’s ability to bounce back quickly from the strongest storm ever to hit the Baja peninsula. Many shops and restaurants are now reopening in Cabo San Lucas, and thanks to determined efforts from Mexican military and resilient residents, the downtown area is beginning to look refreshingly familiar.

It’s quite amazing considering the initial devastation caused by the category 3 hurricane (she was category 4 at one point, but blessedly slowed down a bit before making landfall), which arrived locally on Sunday evening, September 14, with an average wind speed of 125 mph. Odile battered Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo until the wee hours of the morning, and went on to deliver widespread damages throughout many areas of Baja California Sur.

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Hurricane Odile caused widespread damage in Los Cabos. Image: Johnny Corona

The sound of the wind as the storm tore through it very hard to describe, although it’s something no one who heard it will ever forget. The same goes for the sights. By midnight, entire tin roofs were blowing down the middle of Marina Boulevard, mature trees were pulled up by the roots or broken in half, cars were flipped over, glass was blown out everywhere…it was a terrifying spectacle.

And it looked even worse the next day. Returning to downtown Cabo San Lucas to survey the damage, it seemed as if a bomb had gone off. An ambitious filmmaker tasked with portraying the aftermath of a serious natural disaster would be hard pressed to come close to recreating the scene.

Los Cabos Rebounds Quickly From Hurricane Odile

Image: Johnny Corona

Los Cabos Rebounds Quickly From Hurricane Odile

Image: Johnny Corona

But there was little time for local residents to take in the sights. Most were initially concerned with trying to repair the damages to their homes – if indeed they still had any – and adjust to life without any modern conveniences. All of Los Cabos was basically blown back into the 19th century. Buckets of water were filled from cisterns for makeshift showers, or from swimming pools or other sources to flush toilets. Candles were lit. Dinners were shared affairs, with neighbors pitching in supplies.

In retrospect, that is the thing I will remember most about Hurricane Odile: how generous so many people were, and how so many neighborhoods banded together to help and protect each other.

Los Cabos Rebounds Quickly From Hurricane Odile

Cleanup efforts in Cabo San Lucas. Image: Johnny Corona

Given that spirit and the huge amount of progress made with cleanup efforts, it’s easy to be optimistic as high tourist season approaches. Some rapidly approaching events, such as Cabo Comedy Festival and Sammy Hagar’s Birthday Bash, have been, respectively, postponed or cancelled. But Bisbee’s is proceeding with both its annual October fishing tournaments, Los Cabos Offshore and the lucrative Black & Blue, and the 3rd annual Los Cabos International Film Festival will take place as scheduled in early November.

Please feel free to visit.

Los Cabos Rebounds Quickly From Hurricane Odile

Day 6, post Odile: Rainbow over Pedregal. Image: Chris Shuler

All images courtesy of Caboholics.

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Letting it All Hang Out at Land’s End: 5 Great Los Cabos Adventures

Letting it All Hang Out at Land’s End: 5 Great Los Cabos Adventures

One of the best things about Los Cabos is that the area offers an incredible array of activities for all ages and all tastes. If you like relaxing pursuits like golf or sailing, shopping or seaside spa treatments, you’re in luck. There is certainly no shortage of tropical, sun-soaked diversions.

Then again, if your idea of fun isn’t par putts and umbrella-shaded lounge chairs, but exciting excursions and outdoor expeditions, you’re definitely in luck. The region’s incredible geographic diversity—from desert and mountain terrains to the confluence of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean—is perfect for both land and sea based adventures.

Here are five of our summer favorites, guaranteed antidotes to the dog days of August.

Los Cabos Adventures

Looking for summer adventure? Try soaring like a superhero with Cabo Flyboard.

Flyboarding

Flyboarding was invented in 2011 by a French jet ski champion named Franky Zapata (no relation to Emiliano), and if you’ve yet to try this popular new pastime, here’s how it works: you strap yourself into a pair of boots attached to a board, which itself is attached to a jet ski by means of a long hose. The jet ski driver/instructor throttles to generate power through the hose, enabling  you to twist, turn, and levitate up to 35 feet above the water. Cabo Flyboard is the top outfit in Cabo San Lucas, and after a few test runs with their instructors, you’ll be ready to try a few flips and other maneuvers perfect for impressing the bikini and board shorts clad crowds on Medano Beach.

Los Cabos Adventures

Cabo Adventures’ mountain biking tours offer a perfect introduction to the flora and fauna of Baja California Sur.

Mountain Biking

Want a great workout and a perfect introduction to the flora and fauna of Baja California Sur? Try top tour provider Cabo Adventures’ mountain biking excursion through a protected nature preserve 30 miles north of Cabo San Lucas. The desert terrain is challenging, but intrepid participants are rewarded with spectacular scenery, ranging from 50 foot high Cardon cactus to gorgeous Pacific Ocean vistas. Bikes, helmets, gloves and water bottles are all provided, and knowledgeable guides are on hand to point out indigenous wildlife and unique properties of local plant life.  Afterwards, take the gloves off for a traditional Mexican feast, followed by a celebratory tequila tasting.

Los Cabos Adventures

The 6 star ASP sponsored Los Cabos Open of Surf is held each June, but good waves can be found year round.

Surfing

Surfing is a year round pursuit in Baja Sur, although the top spots varying from season to season. Summer is the perfect time to ride the waves off Tourist Corridor beaches like Acapulquito, Monuments and Playa Costa Azul, the latter home to the Zippers surf break that draws the world’s best each June for the 6 star ASP sponsored Los Cabos Open of Surf. Summer and autumn also see excellent waves at East Cape gems like Shipwrecks and Nine Palms, while winter visitors will want to grab their boards and head for Pacific Coast beaches like Los Cerritos, La Pastora, and San Pedrito. Los Cerritos is the most popular place for beginners, with lessons offered by Mario Surf School and High Tide Sea Expeditions (instructor Alan Blyth is the former surf champion of Mexico).

Los Cabos Adventures

A snorkeler explores the fish rich waters of the Sea of Cortez with High Tide Sea Expeditions.

Snorkeling and Diving

From colorful puffer and parrot fish to manta rays, dolphins, sharks and whales, the incredible underwater diversity of the Sea of Cortez—it’s home to over 800 species of marine life—famously led Jacques Cousteau to dub it “the aquarium of the world.” Cabo Pulmo, a protected marine sanctuary with eight fingers of living coral reef, may be Baja Sur’s best known dive destination, but outstanding snorkeling and diving conditions may be found at dozens of Los Cabos sites, most notably Pelican’s Rock, Neptune’s Finger and The Point near Land’s End. Many local boats offer afternoon snorkeling expeditions, including “three bay” tours that showcase the fish rich waters of Cabo San Lucas, Chileno and Santa Maria Bays. 

Los Cabos Adventures

At Baja Buggys, off’-road adventurers must tackle beach, desert and mountain terrains.

Off-Road Racing

The peninsula is famed for punishing off-road races like the Baja 1000, and those keen to experience high-speed runs in rugged conditions will find opportunities aplenty in Los Cabos. Wide Open Cabo offers arrive and drive racing programs, as well as single and multi-day jaunts in authentic, custom made Baja Challenge race cars. Tour highlights include lunch runs from Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos, with memorable pit stops at the legendary Hotel California. Thrill-seekers will also want to buckle their seatbelts for Baja Buggys’ All Terrain Xrail Adventure, an exhilarating  jaunt across disparate terrains that that begins on the beach in Migriño and winds through a 300 year old mountain village.

 

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The Best of Baja: Luxury Vacation Villas in Los Cabos

The Best of Baja: Luxury Vacation Villas in Los Cabos

If you’re one of the privileged few who demand the absolute best in service, style and extravagant surroundings, then forget about five-star hotels…You’re ready to enter the exclusive world of villa rentals in Mexico’s most spectacular setting, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, and lavish Land’s End luxury lodgings overlook the dramatic coastline of Los Cabos at the southernmost tip of the Baja peninsula.

Luxury Villas Collection

Luxury Villa Collections Vacation Rental and Property Management offers an elegant collection of private residences in some of Los Cabos’ most exclusive communities, including three stunning properties near Punta Ballena, an upscale neighborhood in the Tourist Corridor which connects cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Access to world-class golf courses and spas may be arranged through your round the clock concierge, with optional amenities that include private chefs and private transportation services, like a driver to meet you at the Los Cabos International Airport and whisk you away to your seaside aerie.

Villa Victoria

Villa Victoria

Villa Victoria

Boasting a privileged location among the Auberge Private Residences at Esperanza near Punta Ballena, this immaculately appointed 3750 square foot, three bedroom villa sleeps up to eight at rates that belie the luxurious surroundings. Luxurious amenities include spectacular poolside views, temporary membership in the Auberge Private Residences at Esperanza Owners Club and Punta Ballena Beach Club, as well as convenient access to the Spa at Esperanza, which has been ranked the best spa in Mexico by Travel and Lesiure Magazine.

Villa Rendezvous

Villa Rendezvous

Villa Rendezvous

A nearby neighbor of Villa Victoria, the three bedroom penthouse at Villa Rendezvous offers many of the same Auberge Residences amenities: a fully equipped kitchen, luxurious living areas, jetted tubs and marble walk-in showers, and of course gorgeous views of the Sea of Cortez. Feel like a round of golf? You’re a stones throw from Jack Nicklaus’ stunning Cabo del Sol Ocean Course, which has been ranked among the world’s 100 best golf courses. Need a massage? Visit the Spa at Esperanza, or arrange for a visit from a highly-trained masseuse. Villa Rendezvous offers penthouse living at its opulent best.

Villa Las Arenas

Villa Las Arenas

Villa Las Arenas

Las Arenas means “the sands,” and this magnificent four bedroom, 3300 square foot villa is the perfect introduction to life at Land’s End. Watch the sunrise over the Sea of Cortez, or the sun sink into the sea beyond Cabo’s famous Arch, but by all means do so from the comfort of your Infinity pool, jacuzzi, or private, secluded cove. Everything at Villa Las Arenas is top of the line, from the furnishings and appliances to the the marble floors and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors which when opened blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living.

Cabo Villas

Los Cabos’ most exclusive addresses are found in the hillside enclave of Pedregal, the Cabo San Lucas community that is home to the seasonal residences of billionaires and movie stars. Cabo Villas’ Pedregal rental collection is non pareil, and includes breathtaking properties with sumptuous surroundings and awe-inspiring views of Land’s End, the Sea of Cortez, and the Pacific Ocean. Amenities include personal concierge service from onsite staff; private chefs, butlers and housekeepers; and customized event planning. Private jet charters are also available, of course.

Villa Joya del Mar

Villa Joya del Mar

Villa Joya del Mar

This roomy 3500 square foot, four bedroom villa is awash in elegant accents: classical stone columns, slate and marble floors, tile roofing, unique artwork, granite outcroppings that accentuate the pool and spa areas. Perched high above the Pacific Ocean, the panoramic vistas at Joya del Mar are to die for – during the winter migrating whales are visible as they head to their seasonal breeding grounds – and the expansive terrace is the perfect place for a cocktail party, or a romantic dinner for two.

Villa Marcella

Villa Marcella

Villa Marcella

Villa Marcella has played host to some of Los Cabos’ most elegant soirees, and it is the perfect villa rental for visiting royalty, or at the very least those with regal standards. The 10,000 square foot luxury estate opens directly onto Pedregal Beach, steps from the Pacific Ocean, and features a graceful mixture of amenities old and new: a massive marble fireplace and billiard room; a swimming pool, jacuzzi, and wet bar; state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems; and enough room to entertain up to 200 of your closest friends.

Villa Turquesa

Villa Turquesa

Villa Turquesa

The best of the best. For a mere $3500 per night you can enjoy the height of Land’s End luxury at Villa Turquesa, an incredible property perched 350 feet above the beach. Words like spacious and expansive are inadequate to describe the myriad comforts offered at this sprawling 10,000 square foot, four bedroom ne plus ultra dream estate. The main terrace includes a lap pool with a swim-up bar, and the outdoor dining area can accommodate up to 60 guests. With the addition of the lower lever, Villa Turquesa can be expanded to nine bedrooms, making it the ultimate destination wedding party accommodation option.

 

Planning a trip to Los Cabos? Talk to a travel agent at Baja.com.

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from  Tijuana  to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

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Have a Baja Moment! Go Whale Watching in Los Cabos

Have a Baja Moment! Go Whale Watching in Los Cabos

Whale watching is one of the most popular seasonal activities in Los Cabos. Each year roughly 10,000 whales migrate to the warm waters of Baja Sur to breed, from humpbacks and gray whales to blues, fins, sperms, and orcas. Humpbacks and gray whales are the most commonly sighted cetaceans in the waters off Los Cabos, and humpbacks are the unquestioned stars of most local whale watching tours. The season officially runs from December 15 to April 15, although whales often begin arriving as early as November, and frequently begin the long journey to their summer homes by March. During the winter whale watching season, virtually every seaworthy craft in Los Cabos offers some sort of whale watching excursion, from small pangas to enormous luxury yachts.

Humpbacks make the world’s longest mammalian migration, traveling over 10,000 miles from the Bering Sea to their breeding grounds in Baja Sur. Certainly, they are the most photogenic of whales, indulging in a variety of flamboyant behaviors, including spectacular breaches (lifting their enormous bodies almost completely out of the water), spyhopping (lifting their heads out of the water for a quick look around) and lobtailing (smacking the water with their tail flukes). The best photo opportunities for tourists are typically of humpback whales, but grays are also seen regularly. Grays migrate to their traditional breeding grounds in Magdalena Bay, about 170 miles up the Pacific coast from Cabo San Lucas, and often do a bit of Land’s End sightseeing before leaving for the summer.

Whale Watching in Los Cabos

A breaching humpback is the highlight of any whale watching excursion.

Since the whales were born in Mexico, it’s is commonly joked that they’re Mexican citizens, and certainly the leviathans do enjoy some legal protections, particularly in regards to the approach distance of tour boats. Small, fast boats like Zodiacs are probably the best way to see whales at relatively close range, although visitors prone to mal de mer may prefer a more stable or luxurious ride. There are several fine sailboats and catamarans offering whale watching cruises out of Cabo San Lucas, and these craft are equipped to provide fine food, fine wines and cocktails, and a host of other amenities during their daily cruises.

The top tour options for fast boats, sailboats, and luxury cruisers are listed below:

Whale Watching in Los Cabos

A spyhopping humpback provides a great photo opportunity for guests aboard one of Cabo Adventures’ Apex inflatables.

Cabo Adventures

It should come as no surprise that the area’s premier outdoor adventure company offers some of the most memorable whale watching tours. Cabo Adventures uses inflatable Apex boats, and their experienced captains have the speed and maneuverability to anticipate the movements of whales and get their guests some great photo opportunities. For those who want to get as close as possible, this is the way to go. Bilingual guides are on hand to assist in identifications of whales and other local marine life, and the photo safaris also include hydrophone listening technology.

Whale Watching in Los Cabos

Want to whale watch in style? Charter a sailboat from Cabo Sails.

Cabo Sails

Cabo San Lucas offers great sailing outside its protected bay, and there is no more elegant way to whale watch than with sails up and Champagne flutes in hand. Cabo Sails is the top sailboat charter operation in the area, with 28′ to 44′ food cruisers, and expert captains and bilingual crew knowledgeable in both whales and sails. See all the local landmarks en route, enjoy delicious appetizers and fruit and vegetable platters, sip fine wines or premium cocktails, and settle in for an unforgettable whale watching experience.

Whale Watching in Los Cabos

Looking for comfort and a smooth ride? The triple-decker catamaran Caborey is the top option.

Caborey

If you’re used to traveling in high style, it’s hard to beat the Caborey experience. This enormous triple-decked catamaran offers the best dinner cruises in Baja – lavish five course meals and Las Vegas style floorshows – and their whale watching tours provide such a smooth, easy ride that even the most landlubbery of guests will be able to enjoy the magnificent sights, which not only include leviathans of the deep, but Land’s End and Lover’s Beach. Whale watching tours are offered three days a week during the season, and feature a delicious breakfast buffet and an open bar with over 50 types of tropical drinks.

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Planning a trip to Los Cabos? Talk to a travel agent at Baja.com.

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from  Tijuana  to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

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Cabo San Lucas’ Hidden Beach: Playa Coral Negro

Cabo San Lucas’ Hidden Beach: Playa Coral Negro

There is a beach in Cabo San Lucas that goes by many names – Playa Coral Negro, Cannery Beach, and Old Peoples’ Beach, to name just a few – yet seems to be little known by any of them. Playa Coral Negro is the name I have heard most often, although Playa Escondida, the name of neighboring sands in the collective group of so-called Cannery Beaches, is perhaps more accurate: Hidden Beach. Hidden in plain sight.

Playa Coral Negro

The sands of Playa Coral Negro slope gently away from the old Cannery.

I have never seen this beach mentioned in guidebooks or articles about Los Cabos, although it has more tradition than most, and is often thronged with people on weekends. The sandy stretch offers safe swimming and good snorkeling, enjoys a privileged location between the Cabo San Lucas Marina and Lover’s Beach, and looks out across the restaurants and resorts that line Playa El Medano.

Why isn’t Playa Coral Negro better known, or written about in travel guides and round-ups of the best local beaches? Perhaps because it is the traditional Mexican beach–the one that hasn’t been given over to tourists. There aren’t a lot of white faces to be seen here, particularly on weekends, and the beach lacks the amenities associated with the more popular seaside tourist haunts.

Every Sunday, Playa Coral Negro draws huge crowds of Choyeros (the name comes from the cholla cactus, and is used to describe natives of Baja Sur), with umbrella-shaded vendors selling food and drinks, and families sitting together near the shore. A wooden deck winds around the walls of the old cannery, and serves as a sort of makeshift pathway from the vendor carts to the rocks rimming the far side of the beach.

If you look out toward the rocks guarding Lover’s Beach on a Sunday afternoon, you’ll see enterprising youths carefully climbing around them, making a fairly difficult if not very dangerous traverse past the remaining Cannery Beaches to Playa del Amor. There is a reason guidebooks often claim that Lover’s Beach is only accessible by boat or water-based transportation. Local officials don’t want tourists hurting themselves. But this climb is something of a rite of passage for many who live here, and falling into the calm waters of the bay isn’t the worst thing that could happen (unless you’re run over by a rogue wave runner).

Playa Coral Negro

A lifeguard stand and some palapa-topped umbrellas are all the amenities you’ll find at Coral Negro Beach. Playa Grande is seen in the background.

For many years, the cannery was the center of commerce in Cabo San Lucas. In fact, as recently as fifty years ago – when the population numbered about 300 people – it was about the town’s only industry. Playa Coral Negro was the town’s most important beach. Visitors may notice that the entrances to two of Cabo’s earliest hotels, Finisterra and Solmar Suites, are only  a hundred yards or so from Coral Negro beach. The early developments moved incrementally inland, slowly edging away – both commercially and geographically – from the old cannery and its beach.

Nowadays, the cannery is in ruins, and the beach is virtually deserted for most of every week. Still, it’s a pretty place, and a strategic spot to watch all the boats motor in and out of the bay. It’s within easy walking distance of Pedregal and the Marina, and well worth a visit for those who like hidden treasures.

 

Planning a trip to Los Cabos? Talk to a travel agent at Baja.com.

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from  Tijuana  to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

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Baja Skinny: A Local Answers Frequently Asked Questions About Cabo San Lucas

Baja Skinny: A Local Answers Frequently Asked Questions About Cabo San Lucas

Frequently Asked Questions About Cabo San Lucas

A view of Cabo San Lucas from Land’s End. Image: Camilla Fuchs

Los Cabos is one of North America’s top resort destinations, and anyone who has spent even a few hours in Cabo San Lucas can rattle off the names of top local attractions like Cabo Wabo, The Arch, and Lover’s Beach. Despite the area’s popularity with Americans and Canadians, however, and familiar sights like English language signs and sports bars showing the latest football and hockey games, tourists should always be aware that they’re not in Kansas (or Calgary) anymore! This is Mexico, and many things that you take for granted back home may be done a bit differently south of the border.

As a courtesy for visitors or potential visitors to our Land’s End paradise, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Cabo San Lucas.

Will my cell phone work in Cabo San Lucas?

When visitors arrive in Cabo, they will find that their American (and Canadian) cell phones function in Los Cabos as easily as they do in their native countries, albeit with more expensive international roaming or international text charges. It’s best to make arrangements with your specific cell phone carriers about adding international  calls or texts during your stay in Baja. Cell phone signals are pretty consistent in Cabo and it is well worth getting a Mexico plan through your carrier. Long distance calls average $1 U.S. per minute, and the minutes add up rather quickly when you’re talking to friends and family back home about your stay in Los Cabos.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cabo San Lucas

A view of the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Image: Wyndham Los Cabos

How do I make a local phone call? International?

Making local calls can be done from your hotel or resort by simply dialing the phone number of any restaurant or business using Los Cabos’ (624) area code, unless one is trying to reach a local Mexican cell phone number. If that is the case, you need to dial 044, which indicates that you’re calling a Mexican cell phone, followed by the (624) area code and 7 digit number. In order to make an international call back to the USA or Canada, you need to dial (001) first, then follow that up with the appropriate regional area code and phone number.

Is there internet access in Cabo San Lucas?

There is plenty of internet access throughout Los Cabos. Some hotels and resorts offer complimentary Wi-Fi, while others will charge $10-12 U.S. per day. Many other hotels and resorts have a free Wi-Fi location somewhere on their premises. Some specific places in Cabo that offer free Wi-Fi are fast food restaurants (Burger King and McDonald’s) and coffee houses (Starbuck’s, Cabo Coffee  Company, and Cabo Bakery), as well as most bars and restaurants along the Marina and in the downtown area (Baja Peppers, Cabo Lounge, Cabo Blue, Solomon’s Landing, Cabo Cantina, Mango Deck, and Baja Brewing Company). The air-conditioned Puerto Paraiso Mall at the Marina is one area that has been designated by the local government as a free Wi-Fi zone.

What if I have an emergency?

There are many clinics open in Los Cabos that readily accept American and Canadian health insurance, although many do require cash payments. There are also local doctors who will make emergency ”house” calls to any resorts or hotel for a fee. First aid is available at every hotel and resort, and there are several Mexican hospitals in the downtown area (Ameri-Med, Blue Medical Net, and Catholic Hospital). SkyMed is a private insurance company that specializes in evacuating injured visitors back to their country of origin in the event of a medical emergency.

The Bi-national Emergency Medical Care Committee (BEMCC) helps Americans get out of Mexico as fast as possible, sometimes within hours for people with serious medical emergencies. Their U.S. (San Diego area) phone number with bilingual operators is (619) 425-5080.

Frequently asked questions about Cabo San Lucas

Los Cabos boasts a number of top ranked golf courses. Image: Diamante

How do I reach the police? Fire department? Consulates?

Visitors can contact the police and fire department by dialing 066, which is Mexico’s equivalent of calling 911. Unlike 911, however, the operators who answer will not speak English. Local officials in Los Cabos have opened a special district attorneys’ branch (Ministerio Publico) in the Puerto Paraiso Mall dedicated to handling reported crimes against tourists such as automobile accidents in rental cars, stolen purses or credit cards, and bribe attempts  by local police. The office’s English speaking staff is available from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and their phone number is (624) 355-8662.

The  American Consulate offices have moved from the Marina in Cabo San Lucas to the Shoppes at Palmilla in San Jose del Cabo. Their office hours are from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and their office number is (624) 143-3566. The Consulate may also be reached by email by contacting Consular Agent Benjamin Krueger at usconsulcabo@yahoo.com.

The Canadian Consulate Offices are located near Costco, and can be reached at (624) 142-4333, or via email at lcabo@international.gc.ca

What do I do if I need medical care?

There are many medical care specialists in Los Cabos -  including dermatologists, dentists, chiropractors, plastic surgeons, psychotherapists, and pediatricians – and most are listed online.

Pharmacies often have a doctor onsite that can diagnose and prescribe any medications needed.

Will my ATM card work at banks in Cabo San Lucas?

There are ATM cash machines located virtually everywhere in San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, with currency available in pesos or dollars (both of which are happily accepted in Cabo). In addition to the local fee, you may also be charged a fee by your bank at home. Speaking of banks, all of the major ones in Los Cabos have onsite ATMs, including Banorte, Bancomer, Banamex, Santander, Scotia Bank, and HSBC.

Frequently asked questions about Cabo San Lucas

A camel tour along the shores of the Pacific Ocean north of Cabo San Lucas. Image: Cabo Adventures

Will businesses accept my credit card in Cabo San Lucas?

Most places in Los Cabos accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit and debit cards, although smaller businesses may only accept cash. Discover credit cards are still not honored in Mexico.

How do I get Mexican pesos?

All ATMs in Baja California offer peso or dollar options when selecting the type of currency desired. Bright red and yellow colored Oxxo convenience stores, Mexico’s version of 7-11, are located on almost every block, offer current money exchange rates, and will accept up to $50 U.S.  in return for change in Mexican pesos. Exchange rates vary daily, and are posted in big letters on signs in their store windows.

Can I pay in U.S. dollars?

Everyone in Los Cabos will accept American dollars, but not Canadian currency. Coins like quarters, nickels, and dimes are also not accepted. Because all taxis will quote fares in dollars it is almost better to pay them in U.S. currency in order to avoid haggling over the exchange rate. Exchange rates will vary at different bars, restaurants, and shops, with most of them set at 12 pesos to the dollar. Others charge 11.5, 11, or an even 10 pesos exchange to the dollar. The best way to needlessly lose money to exchange rates is simply to pay in the currency advertised. If a bar is offering two beers for $3, pay in dollars. If a t-shirt is selling for 100 pesos, pay in pesos.

 

Planning a trip to Los Cabos? Talk to a travel agent at Baja.com.

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from  Tijuana  to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

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The Best of Baja: Top Vacation Rentals in Los Cabos

The Best of Baja: Top Vacation Rentals in Los Cabos

Justifiably lauded for its superb selection of seaside luxury resorts, Los Cabos also possesses a wealth of quality vacation rental options, including some remarkable homes and villas that offer all of the gorgeous vistas, sumptuous surroundings, and high-end amenities typical of the region’s best hotels, but with a lot more privacy, and frequently with better value.

From the golden sand beaches of San Jose del Cabo to the hillside heights of Cabo San Lucas, the area’s top vacation rentals are an excellent accommodation option for couples, families, and larger groups, and provide picturesque settings for family reunions and romantic getaways, as well as special events such as weddings, anniversary celebrations, and renewal of vows ceremonies.

 

Planning a trip to Los Cabos? Talk to a travel agent at Baja.com.

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

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Have a Baja Moment! Sample the Suds at Baja Brewing Company

Have a Baja Moment! Sample the Suds at Baja Brewing Company

While Baja California Norte rides the crest of a craft brew boom, with a steady stream of first-class beers flowing from the taps of Tijuana and its northern neighbors, in the southern part of the peninsula the suds scene is a bit simpler. There’s Baja Brewing Company, and then there’s everybody else.

Baja Sur’s first microbrewery continues to be the standard bearer (or beerer) for Los Cabos and environs, providing pure thirst-quenching pleasure with numerous draft and bottled brew selections, not to mention several scenic locations and tons of tasty menu options. But just as there are four elements, four seasons, and four suits in a deck of cards, the recipe for Baja Brewing Company’s ongoing popularity can be summed up in four basic ingredients: water, yeast, barley, and hops.

Baja Brewing Company

Baja Brewing Company offers an excellent selection of bottled and draft beers.

Baja Brewing Company opened their first location in San Jose del Cabo’s historic Art District in 2007, and in the six years since has added two sites in Cabo San Lucas: a rooftop aerie at Cabo Villas overlooking Medano Beach, and a Marina-side restaurant nestled between Puerto Paraiso shopping mall and the high-end boutiques of Luxury Avenue. This steady growth is no accident. From its inception, BBC has been a beacon for visiting beer lovers and foodies seeking palate pleasers and picturesque surroundings.

Baja Brewing Company offers a six-pack of bottled treasures – Cabotella, Baja Blond, Baja Razz, Baja Red, Baja Black, and Baja Stout – as well as a heady selection of on beers on tap. Seasonal brews shuffle the draft deck from time to time, but consistent crowd favorites include a lovely Belgian-style Witbier; a dark, chocolatey Escorpion Negro Schwarzbier; a rich, creamy Oatmeal Stout; and a Peyote Pale Ale that will satisfy the most discerning of Northern California hopsters.

Baja Brewing Company

Stunning Land’s End views are among the many delights on tap at Baja Brewing Company’s rooftop location at Cabo Villas.

Menu options at Baja Brewing Company range from casual fare and mesquite fired gourmet pizzas to fine dining selections. Savory starters include Champagne Corn Bisque and Seared Ahi Tuna Salad, and seafood lovers will also want to sample salty delights such as the Sauteed Red Snapper and Crusted Sea Bass. Burgers and pub-style standards like Fish and Chips and Shepherd’s Pie are excellent options for lunchtime visitors, while dinner guests may prefer to try signature dishes like the Sizzling Arrachera Skewers and Coffee Dusted Filet Mignon. Leave room for dessert, if you can. The New York Cheesecake with Seasonal Fruit is a wonderful way to cap your meal.

Over the years, I’ve developed some standard pairing options. I always match the Basil Blue Cheese Burger Feel with a pint of Peyote Pale Ale, and it’s hard to beat the superb combination of Coffee Dusted Filet Mignon and Escorpion Negro, a German-style Schwarzbier. What’s a good option for children and teetotalers, you ask? Good question. I recommend a plate of Chicken Fingers or Chipotle Chicken Wings and a glass of homemade root beer. Feel free to find your own favorites, of course. I suggest a not-so-rigorous series of trial and error tastings.

Baja Brewing Company

In addition to making great beer, Baja Brewing Company also offers some of the finest food in Los Cabos.

Each of Baja Brewing Company’s sites boasts specific charms. The original San Jose del Cabo location is a wonderful spot to pop in for a cold draft beer between art gallery visits, and the warm furnishings and cozy booths of the Marina restaurant make it a great place to sample a flight of draft beers and check out the latest sporting events, or simply to enjoy fine food in air-conditioned comfort. But my personal favorite remains the rooftop location at Cabo Villas. The elevated deck overlooks Medano Beach and Land’s End, and this is a perfect spot for sunset drinks or an outdoor lunch or dinner. If the tropical breezes start to bite (a phenomenon generally confined to the month of January), ask for a Mexican blanket and relax by the fire pit with an oatmeal stout. It works every time.

 

Planning a trip to Los Cabos? Talk to a travel agent at Baja.com.

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

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Baja Babysitting: The Ultimate Vacation Enhancement For the Whole Family

Baja Babysitting: The Ultimate Vacation Enhancement for the Whole Family

Romantic and family-friendly vacations aren’t mutually exclusive, but it’s a tough tandem to pull off. You need a lot of help, particularly in regards to safe, secure, and stimulating child care. Let’s face it.  If you’re not confident in your child care options, it’ll be hard to relax while you’re taking barefoot walks along pristine beaches, setting sail for adventures beyond Land’s End, and sharing candlelit dinners from a cliffside table overlooking the glittering blue waters of the Sea of Cortez.

Baja Babysitting

Need an extra set of hands during your Los Cabos vacation? Call Baja Babysitting, the area’s premier provider of child care services.

In Los Cabos, the solution is Baja Babysitting, a professional service that specializes in caring for the babies and children of English speaking tourists. No need to worry about language barriers or miscommunications. At Baja Babysitting, all the sitters are fluent in English, if they are not American or Canadian themselves. There are a lot of little touches like this that set Baja Babysitting apart from the local competition. The company strives to impart maximum confidence, and will even provide you with a local phone, so you can call the children at any time to check in and see how they’re getting along. Upon booking, parents also receive a profile of their child’s sitter, which includes her photo, biography, experience, and references with contact information.  In the unlikely event of an emergency, all sitters are trained in CPR and first aid.

Baja Babysitting

Don’t worry, parents. While you’re off enjoying time a little “us” time, the kids will also be having a little fun in the sun.

Founded in 2010, Baja Babysitting was the brainchild of Ohio native Gillian Busch, who moved to Los Cabos after getting her degree in Exercise Physiology. Now, after only two and a half years of having the company up and running, Gillian and her girls have taken care of the children of over 200 families. A large part this immediate success was the team’s commitment to going above and beyond to help make life easier for visiting parents. Baja Babysitting is happy to work in both homes and hotels, and to provide an extra set of hands at family activities and events. Want to enjoy a vacation day at the beach without any stress? Need some assistance at your party or destination wedding? Call up Baja Babysitting.

Baja Babysitting

Need an extra set of hands for your day at the beach?

Their motto is “Take care of yourselves, while we take care of the kids.” It’s no idle boast. The team at Baja Babysitting is available around the clock, 24/7. Heck, the girls even travel with their own swimsuits, and are always ready to jump in the pool to entertain the kids. Porque no? The kids are on vacation, too. Why shouldn’t they enjoy themselves? The beauty of Baja Babysitting is that the staff loves their work. They all have extensive child care experience prior to working for Baja Babysitting, and genuinely enjoy spending time with children. For them, sitting  is about more than simple supervision.  It’s also about having an interactive relationship and keeping kids mentally and physically engaged. After all, it’s not just parents who want to have a little fun in the Baja sun.

Baja Babysitting

“Take care of yourselves, while we take care of the kids.”

If you don’t want to travel with toys and unwieldy baby-related accessories – and really, who does? – Baja Babysitting has an excellent relationship with Baja Baby Gear, another terrific family-friendly company in Los Cabos. For assistance setting up rentals for boosters, strollers, car seats, cribs, and other baby essentials, remember your key vacation refrain: call up Baja Babysitting.

The sooner you memorize the refrain, the sooner you’ll be holding hands on Lover’s Beach, or sipping margaritas at Cabo Wabo.

Baja Babysitting

For the ultimate vacation enhancement, call Gillian and the girls at Baja Babysitting.

For more information about Baja Babysitting, visit www.bajababysitting.com, call toll-free at 1-800-443-1744, locally at (624) 109-7750, or email bajababysitting@gmail.com

Ready for a trip to Los Cabos?  Check out our new Have a Baja Moment! promotion, featuring great Summer deals for three of the area’s premier hotels: Hotel El Ganzo in San Jose del Cabo, Bahia Hotel & Beach Club in Cabo San Lucas, and the chic oceanfront resort Rancho Pescadero. Don’t wait too long! Offers expire soon.

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Photos courtesy of Sara Richardson and Baja Babysitting.

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