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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Baja Brewing Company: Craft Beer and a Microbrewery in Baja Sur

 

“Burro is a bold survivor, an independent wanderer, a hard-headed master of his terrain, and the representative ambassador of the Baja.  In homage of this noble beast, the Baja Brewing Company has been established to create great ale beers that match the splendor and majesty of our oh-so-loved Burro.” Baja Brewing Company

 

Baja Brewing Company:  Craft beer and a microbrewery in Baja Sur!  The Baja Brewing Company opened it’s doors in 2007 in San Jose del Cabo, the first microbrewery in the state of Baja California Sur.  The beers and food were a hit from the start and it wasn’t long before they opened a second location…and now there are three.  Just like that old and bold survivor, the Burro, Baja Brewing Company keeps on truckin’ down the road to beer success.

Want a change from Pacifico? Try the Baja Blonde. Prefer Negro Modelo? How about the Oatmeal Stout.  And there are plenty more varieties to try!

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 at Cabos Villas Beach Resort

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.

You don't have to be at the Baja Brewing Company to enjoy a cold one!

Where to taste a Baja brew?  Well, besides anywhere including the beach, your bed, a boat deck, etc., you can just go to the following hot spots to find craft beer and the Baja Brewing Company!

Baja Brewing Company:
Downtown San José del Cabo in the
Historic Art District Ph 624-146-9995


Roof top terrace of Cabo Villas resort
On the beach behind Baja Cantina
Ph 624-143-9199 (ask fo Baja Brewing Company)


Ground floor of Puerto Paraiso mall on the Marina
(next to Ruth’s Chris and Jonny Rocket’s)
Ph 624-144-3805

 

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What’s your favorite Baja brew? Even if you don’t have one yet, you’re bound to find one at Baja Brewing Company!

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Quintessential Quaffs: Signature Cabo Cocktails

by Chris Sands

As a former bartender, I have nothing but respect for a well-crafted cocktail. But the drink-maker’s art goes beyond creative recipes or mere technical skill. The true art lies in creating a drink that personifies the place in which it was born. We can argue all day about whether the martini originated in Martinez, California (I’ve got plenty of free time, and some very strong opinions), but there is little question that the daiquiri will forever be associated with Havana. In that spirit, if you’ll pardon the pun, here are five delicious cocktails that, once tried, will forever remind you of Cabo San Lucas. They are all quintessential quaffs:  signature Cabo cocktails.

Capella Sling, Capella Pedregal

Cabo’s most luxurious resort also boasts one of the area’s better cocktail menus, with some creative tropical quaffs that are perfect for afternoons by the pool. Margarita lovers will want to try the Spicy Mango variation of this popular Mexican cocktail, enlivened by the addition of half a teaspoon of Tajin Chipotle. But remember, you shouldn’t neglect your antioxidants just because you’re on vacation (permanent, in my case). That’s why I prefer the Capella Sling, made with pomegranate-infused tequila, premium vodka, raspberry, grenadine, fresh lime juice, soda, and garnished with an orange wedge. Try one of these tasty treats, and you’ll instantly understand why Capella is one of the world’s most highly rated resorts and why this is a signature Cabo cocktail.

The Capella Sling is one of the Quintessential Quaffs: Signature Cabo Cocktails

The Waborita, Cabo Wabo Cantina

Everybody knows Cabo Wabo. Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar also fronts this famed downtown cantina, known for its live music, lively atmosphere, and impressive array of creative tequila-based cocktails. The Waborita is one of the cantina’s most addictive offerings. The colorful concoction is made with Cabo Wabo tequila, of course, which is poured into a salt-rimmed glass with Damiana, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and a splash of Blue Curacao. Damiana, by the way, is a Baja liqueur known for its qualities as an aphrodisiac. But don’t take my word for it. Try a couple of Waboritas and see for yourself. Here’s the recipe:

     Ingredients:

Directions:  Combine the ingredients in a shaker, with ice.  Shake a few times, strain and pour into a salt-rimmed   margarita or martini glass!
 

 

Guayaba Mojito, Hacienda Cocina y Cantina

Regional Mexican Cuisine is the calling card of Hacienda Cocina y Cantina, the onsite restaurant at Hacienda Beach Club and Residences, and the homegrown flavors extend to the cocktail menu. The restaurant boasts several outstanding margaritas, including a well-built Jamaica Margarita with a splash of syrup made from dried hibiscus flowers. But let’s face it, great margaritas aren’t exactly scarce in Los Cabos. Great mojitos, on the other hand, are a bit harder to find. The traditional Cuban cocktail gets some non-traditional, Cabo-style twists at the Hacienda, and my personal favorite is the Guayaba, made with rum, tropical guava puree, mint, lime, sugar cane syrup, and a splash of soda. Pair it with a Cohiba, then sit back and enjoy the restaurant’s spectacular Land’s End views.

Xtabentun Flaming Coffee Cocktail, Lorenzillo’s Live Lobster House

After you’ve tucked into the langosta at this popular live lobster house, remove your bib and try one of the restaurant’s flaming coffee cocktails. These caffeinated postprandials are available with a variety of premium liquors, including Sauza’s Tres Generaciones triple-distilled tequila and Jameson’s Irish Whiskey. But given that this is a big year for followers of the Mayan calendar, I recommend trying the D’Aristi Xtabentun. This delicious Yucatan liqueur is made from rum, anise, and fermented honey, and provides an excellent base for the restaurant’s signature cocktail. The liqueur is heated and poured into a sugar rimmed glass, then topped with coffee, whipped cream, and cinnamon. If the world does end on December 21st, you’ll want to have a couple of these in your system.

 

Flaming coffee, anyone? Quintessential Quaffs: Signature Cabo Cocktails

Cabo Fire, Cabo Lounge

I know what you’re thinking: “What if I love flaming drinks, but it’s too late for coffee?”

Good question. Rips’ Bar may have the town’s coolest drink (and the preparation of their colorful rainbow shots has to be seen to be believed), but Cabo Lounge has the hottest. The Lounge is beloved amongst locals for its $1 food menu and free internet access, but owner and bartender Juan Tatemura’s most popular contribution to local culture is the Cabo Fire shot. Juan’s creation is a combination of Smirnoff vodka and banana liqueur mixed with a flaming shot of Cointreau, and served with an apple slice and cinnamon powder. Don’t forget to blow out the flame before drinking. Liquor-induced lip injuries aren’t covered by most major insurance providers.

General Information:

Capella Pedregal – 1 Camino del Mar, (624) 163-4300

Cabo Wabo – Calle Guerrero, between Madero and Lazaro Cardenas, (624) 143-1188

Hacienda Cocina y Cantina – Calle Gomez Farias, (624) 163-3144

Lorenzillo’s – Boulevard Lazaro Cardenas. (624) 105-0214

Cabo Lounge – Marina Boulevard, (624) 116-2238

Want to try some of those Quintessential Quaffs:  Signature Cabo Cocktails?  Fine out more about Cabo San Lucas Hotels, Cabo San Lucas Restaurants, and more.

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Inaugural Los Cabos Open Golf Tournament Set to Tee off at Puerto Los Cabos and Palmilla Golf Club

Los Cabos Open Golf Tournament

by Chris Sands

Local golfers are working on their waggles, and smoothing out the kinks in their putting strokes.  The Open is coming to Los Cabos.  No, not the US Open. Not the British Open. The Los Cabos Open Golf Tournament. If Bobby Jones were alive, he’d be shoving his plus fours in a steamer trunk, because the inaugural event is for amateurs only. The golf tournament will be held from October 4th through the 6th, with rounds scheduled at Puerto Los Cabos and Palmilla Golf Club. Winning the Los Cabos Open may not guarantee the golfing immortality enjoyed by course designers Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, but it’s a good start.

Inaugural Los Cabos Open Golf Tournament Set to Tee off at Puerto Los Cabos

The Los Cabos Open Golf tournament will be comprised of 36 holes of stroke play on two of Los Cabos’ most celebrated courses, with players being grouped by handicap into three separate categories. Category A is reserved for players with handicaps ranging from scratch to 10, Category B for bogey golfers in the 11 to 18 range, and Category C for high handicappers whose number is between 19 and 36.  Although each player is responsible for his own handicap, the tournament committee reserves the right to adjust the handicaps of sandbaggers, even if the sandbagger’s playing partners have already thrown him in a water hazard.

The opening round to be held October 5th at Puerto Los Cabos, with the first group teeing off at 8:30 a.m. The course is a collaborative effort between Norman and Nicklaus. The Great White Shark designed the front nine Mission Course, the Golden Bear the back nine Ocean course. Eventually, each designer will expand his nine hole layout into a full loop, but for now, golfers can check out the contrasting design styles of these living legends. Prizes will available on several of the holes. Closest to the hole on the par 3 6th gets a free car, so participating golfers will want to tighten up their iron play. All they have to do is hold the green after a hundred foot drop from an elevated tee box, and they can drive home in a new Jetta.

Hole #8 at Palmilla Golf Club will present challenges at the Los Cabos Open Golf Tournament

The action shifts to Palmilla Golf Club on October 6th, with the first golfers going off at 7 a.m. Jack Nicklaus, the godfather of golf in Los Cabos, also designed Palmilla, and the championship-level course has been ranked among the 100 best in the world. Palmilla consists of Mountain, Arroyo, and Ocean nines, but for a little consistency, only the Ocean and Mountain layouts will be used for the tournament. Prizes include another new Volkswagen model, a Movado watch collection, and a three night stay for two at the fabulous Sheraton Hacienda del Mar. Courtesy food and beverages will be available for participants at both Palmilla and Puerto Los Cabos.
A welcoming cocktail reception is scheduled for the evening of October 4th at Sheraton’s Pitahayas Restaurant, with festivities to begin at 7 p.m. The closing awards dinner will also be held at Pitahayas, and in addition to the restaurant’s excellent Pacific Rim cuisine, will include prizes, awards, raffles, and live music courtesy of Cabomax and The Twins. Sponsors for the inaugural event include Sheraton, Puerto Los Cabos, Palmilla, Telmex, Avaya, Cuervo Tradicional, Cabo Faces, Bisbee’s, Volkswagen, and Diamonds International. For more information, visit www.loscabosopen.com.

Don’t forget!  The Inaugural Los Cabos Open Golf Touranment is Set to Tee off at Puerto Los Cabos and Palmilla Golf Club…make your plans now!

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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/.

 

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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.  

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Sea Turtle Season in Los Cabos

by Chris Sands

Most visitors to Los Cabos know about whale watching season, the period from December through March when gray and humpback whales make their annual migration to breeding grounds off the coast of Baja California. Although its been considerably less publicized, the Capes region also has a sea turtle season, with two of the eight extant sea turtle species nesting on local beaches from June through February. The turtles aren’t nearly as photogenic as the whales, but which is more satisfying: watching a brief but spectacular breaching by a humpback, or participating in a hands-on program to save area sea turtles from extinction?

Mature Olive Ridley females nesting on the beach. Photo by Claudio Giovenzana

Los Cabos isn’t the only nesting ground for Olive Ridley and Leatherback turtles, but female sea turtles generally return to the beach where they themselves were born. They’re sentimental that way. These two species represent both ends of the sea turtle spectrum. Olive Ridleys are the smallest sea turtle, and average about 100 pounds at maturity. Leatherbacks, on the other hand are the largest of the sea turtles, and may be up to 70 inches long, and weigh as much as a ton. A bit of trivia: Leatherbacks are the fastest reptiles on earth (in the water, of course), and one of the deepest divers as well, able to submerge to depths of more than 4,000 feet. Olive Ridley females nest in Los Cabos from June through December, Leatherback females from November through February.

Once sea turtles mature, they have very few predators, but the hatching process is fraught with danger. After a two month incubation process, hatchlings claw their way out of the nest and instinctively edge their way towards the sea. Unfortunately, many are eaten by birds and crabs before they reach the water, and those that do often fall prey to ocean predators or fishing nets. Increasing resort development is also a major problem, as the lighting from hotels and housing developments disorients the fledgling sea turtles, and often leads them in the wrong direction.  As such, hatchling nursery programs have become hugely important in improving sea turtle survival rates, and there are two very good ones in Los Cabos.

Leatherback turtle swimming Photo courtesy of NOAA Fisheries

Turtle monitoring and hatchling release are two of the preservation touchstones at Campamento Tortuguero Don Manuel Orantes, a government sanctioned operation headquartered on a beach near the San José del Cabo wildlife estuary. Large-scale sea turtle preservation efforts are also being made at the 2000 acre San Cristobal Nature Preserve, which extends over several Pacific-side beaches north of Cabo San Lucas. The nature preserve is run by Rene Pinal and his non-profit group ASUPMATOMA (Association for the Protection of the Environment and the Marine Turtle in Southern Baja).

Although increasing development has been a contributing factor in the endangerment of sea turtles, eco-conscious businesses are participating in protection efforts. Guests staying at the Hilton Los Cabos from August through November may sign up for the Sea Turtle Protection Program, and assist with the releasing of baby Olive Ridley sea turtles. Tour groups such as Cabo Outfitters are offering similar programs, generally in conjunction with long-time sea turtle advocates like ASUPMATOMA and Campamento Tortuguero Don Manuel Orantes. Proceeds from the upcoming 3rd Annual SUP Mexico-Mike Doyle Los Cabos Classic Stand UP Paddle Race & Hennessey’s World Paddle Championships, which will take place on Palmilla Beach from November 2nd through the 4th, will help benefit sea turtle conservation and preservation at Don Manuel Orantes.

It’s Sea Turtle Season in Los Cabos.  Ever experienced the joy of watching hatchlings take off to sea?  You can.  Travel to Cabo with Baja.com!       

 

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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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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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Los Cabos as an LGBT Vacation Destination

By Meghan Fitzpatrick

Think Los Cabos is only good for fishing and partying? Think again. Los Cabos is a community that welcomes everyone and is of growing interest as a holiday and wedding destination for lesbians, gays, bis and transgenders alike. The LGBT scene in Los Cabos is not outwardly apparent, but the two main towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are widely accepting and tolerant of all kinds of visitors, making the region an ideal LGBT holiday and wedding destination. Cabo San Lucas has the busy marina district and abundant nightlife. Should you prefer a quieter day in Los Cabos, away from a lot of the hustle and bustle of the tourists, San Jose del Cabo is a great option. Located about 20 miles away from Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo is known for its art galleries and exceptional restaurants. Don’t miss the weekly Art Walk every Thursday evening.

ME Cabo Hotel and Nikki Beach, both sit on Medano Beach

A Wide Range of Places to Stay

Visitors have many choices when it comes to accommodations in Cabo. From renting a seaside villa to staying in a full-scale resort or hotel , there is an ideal accommodation for every kind of traveler. Enjoy the luxury, quality, exceptional service and how it caters to each individual guest. Anywhere in Los Cabos that you may choose to stay, your privacy can be assured.

In San Jose Del Cabo, Posada Chabela is a small boutique hotel that is also known for being especially LGBT friendly. Posada Chabela was opened in 2006 as “a place in the sun for everyone.” Rose Ann, the owner, is well-known for her amazing hospitality. The hotel sits on top of a hill overlooking the ocean, and on a beach that is a known and popular surf spot, Costa Azul. Aside from its proximity to the surf and the privacy it offers, the hotel is preferred by the LGBT crowd because it offers popular commitment ceremonies. For more information or to contact Posada Chabela please visit http://baja.com/san-jose-del-cabo/hotels/posada-chabela-bed-breakfast/, or contact Baja.com to book at 855-BAJA-411 or info@baja.com.

The famous ME Cabo, home of the notoriously trendy Nikki Beach, is a well-known gay friendly establishment in Cabo. Located in Cabo San Lucas, the hotel sits on Medano Beach, right in the middle of all the action. ME is also the home of Passion Lounge, one of Cabo’s most renowned nightclubs known for frequently hosting some of the world’s best DJ’s and some of Cabo’s biggest parties, including the Annual Pimp n’ Ho Party. If you stay at the ME you can expect a gay-friendly destination guide awaiting you in your room, in addition to an ‘adult’ film rental service.

A Vibrant Nightlife

In Cabo San Lucas, you may not find an abundance of gay bars per say, but the clubs and bars in Cabo welcome everyone warmly. Among the most friendly establishments is a well-known hotel and “Supper Club” called Scoop which was opened by the editor of the Gringo Gazette (a local English-language newspaper), Carrie Duncan, and her partner David Flores. Scoop is located in downtown Cabo San Lucas, on Leona Vicario St. The club boasts a large stage, dance floor, three bars, a private dining room ,and a conference room with a 60-person capacity for private events. On Friday and Saturday nights Scoop’s nightclub turns into a gay club from 12am until 4am. The hotel itself is a fairly luxurious place to stay, comprised of 8 unique rooms, each equipped with their own private bathrooms with marble bathtubs. For more information or to make reservations at Scoop, please visit http://baja.com/cabo-san-lucas/hotels/scoop-hotel-supper-club/  or contact Baja.com to book at 855-BAJA-411 or info@baja.com.

The most famous gay club in Cabo San Lucas is called Rainbow Bar. More than a decade old, this club has changed locations several times in Cabo. Rainbow Bar caters to a predominantly gay clientele, and is known for their disco-like interior with bright lights, a dancefloor and lots of mirrors. They play a mix of Mexican and English music, and they have a variety of cocktails on their menu. Be sure to check up on the hours of Rainbow Bar before you go as it may be closed during the off season (July-September). In season, Rainbow Bar is open from 4pm until late daily. To contact Rainbow Bar please call (624) 143 1455.

So Many Beautiful Places to Say “I Do”

Los Cabos is one of the number one wedding destinations in the world. In fact, Baja is one of the world’s ultimate wedding destinations. It’s easy to understand why: this is one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world, and the weather is just about guaranteed to be perfect year-round. Same-sex marriage is growing more and more widely accepted in Mexico. On August 10th, 2010 Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that all 31 Mexican states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in Mexico City. Individual territories do not have to recognize same-sex marriages. Currently Baja Sur does not recognize the legality of same-sex marriages performed in Baja Sur, but they are required to recognize same-sex unions that were performed in Mexcio City. Commitment ceremonies are still a very popular choice for same-sex couples throughout Baja Sur, especially in beautiful Los Cabos.

Cabo is secluded and yet still easily accessible from Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). There are countless white sand beaches, hundreds of beautiful resorts, and an endless array of scenic places to hold a commitment ceremony. Whatever kind of event you want, the professional wedding planners in Cabo can arrange it for you. Businesses in Cabo are friendly to everyone who walks through their doors. Cabo is a destination where all who come can enjoy sun, fun, beautiful scenery, and an all around good time. From an endless array of water-related activities, to fabulous food, and a hopping nightlife, the Los Cabos region has it all.

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