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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.

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“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.

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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.

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.

Photos courtesy of Sara Richardson and Baja Babysitting.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Co. Honey Beer Video Blog from Sam Perches on Vimeo.

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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

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

Ready for a trip to Los Cabos?  Check out our new School’s Out promotion, featuring great deals for two of the area’s premier hotels, Hotel El Ganzo in San Jose del Cabo, and Bahia Hotel & Beach Club in Cabo San Lucas. Better book now, the promotion ends on July 31st. 

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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A Seasonal Sports Guide for Los Cabos

For snowbirds traveling from the frozen north, Cabo San Lucas may seem like the land of perpetual sunshine. And while it’s true that the area never sees snow or sleet or hail, there are definitely seasonal variations here.   Okay, so there aren’t many spring showers, and the leaves don’t change spectacular colors in the fall. But sometimes we have to wear windbreakers, and there are even days when we have to festoon our margaritas with tiny umbrellas to keep them safe from tropical storms.

If you’re looking for proof-positive that life in Cabo has its ups and downs climatically, look no farther than our favorite sports. Although conditions for golf, fishing, and other active pursuits are generally good year round, each has its ideal season.

Preparing for the Lord of the Wind? Kiteboarding is definitely one for the sports guide for Los Cabos.

Winter

Winter is when the El Norte winds blow down the Sea of Cortez, and Baja Sur boasts world class conditions for windsurfing and kiteboarding. Every January, aficionados of these water sports flock to the small East Cape community of Los Barriles for the annual Lord of the Wind contest, seeking everlasting glory and the ultimate ride. This isn’t the best season for board surfing (although the Pacific Coast sees some excellent days), but sailors will enjoy the brisk breezes that blow outside of Cabo San Lucas Bay.

However, let’s face facts. The most popular winter sport in Cabo isn’t really a sport at all. You don’t have to be in shape, and if you are athletic enough to get in and out of a kayak, panga, high-speed inflatable, or catamaran, you can participate in the annual whale watching rites. From mid-December through Mid-March, these leviathans of the deep – humpbacks and grays, primarily – make their annual migration to breed in the waters off Baja Sur, and getting close enough for a great photo does have elements of competition.

The Davis Love III designed Diamante Dunes is one of three Los Cabos courses to be ranked among the world’s 100 best.

Spring

The annual influx of Mexican, American, and Canadian students during Spring Break and Semana Santa makes this a great season for mixologists and cultural anthropologists, but hardly ideal for some of our other favorite pastimes. Nonetheless, this is my favorite time of year for the grand old game of golf. Los Cabos has a number of great courses to include in the sports guide for Los Cabos, courtesy of design efforts by major champions like Nicklaus, Norman, Player, and Love (a second Diamante layout by Tiger Woods is also in the offing), and this is the perfect time to see visiting golfers in all their plus four plumage. Bargain hunting duffers may prefer the fall, when rates drop, but the weather is often so hot and stifling that it is hard to summon enough energy to kick your tee shots out of the rough, and sandbag gullible types by heartily overstating your handicap. Spring is ideal, in my opinion. The winter winds have abated, the greens have softened, and beverage service is at its most attentive.

Surf’s up on Acapulquito Beach, just outside the Cabo Surf Hotel.

Summer

Sure it’s hot, but autumn is hotter, and rates in summer drop for just about everything, starting at the end of May.  Summer is a good time for camping, whether on the coast, or at altitude in the Sierra de la Laguna, the mountain range that forms the spine of Baja California Sur. You can even take the easy way out and stop at one of the many campgrounds found in the Cabo area, where you’re treated to luxuries like electricity and hot water. But for pure sporting pleasure, summer is for surfing. This is the best and busiest season, with good waves on the East Cape, as well as the in the Los Cabos area and off the Pacific Coast. There are several good surf shops in the area, companies like High Tide offer lessons at Costa Azul, and there is even a boutique resort – the Cabo Surf Hotel on Acapulquito Beach – that caters to hipsters in high-end board shorts. The area is also home to several current and former professional surfers. For apres-sea action, head to Faraway in downtown Cabo San Lucas for Thai food, tropical cocktails, and surf-friendly ambience courtesy of the ownership group of former pros.

Fishing is tops in the sports guide for Los Cabos! Last year’s winning team at Bisbee’s Black and Blue.

Autumn

In many regards, Cabo owes its existence as a resort destination to the area’s superb big-game sportfishing. This is one of the best places on the globe to catch enormous blue, black, and striped marlin, as well as sailfish and tuna, and autumn is the best time to try your luck. The world’s richest fishing tournament, Bisbee’s Black and Blue, is held in October, and for the price of a midsized sedan, you can join in the chase for one of their million dollar jackpots.

This is also the best time of year for snorkeling and diving, with peak water temperature and visibility. There are great sites in San Lucas, Santa Maria, and Chileno Bays, as well as East Cape sites like Cabo Pulmo, home of both the the most spectacular living coral reef in the Western Hemisphere, and the highest concentration of marine life of any site in the Sea of Cortez. And although it lacks the romance of whale watching, sea turtle season also draws plenty of dedicated adherents, philanthropic types who like to help these fledgling critters navigate their perilous journey from seaside nests to the sea itself.

What is your favorite sport in Cabo San Lucas? Let us know, and maybe we’ll include it in the seasonal sports guide for Los Cabos!

 

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 restaurantshotels 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 

 

 

 

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Dressed to the K9′s Gala a Howling Success: Proceeds to Benefit Los Cabos Humane Society.

Proceeds from the 7th annual K-9′s gala event are going to the Los Cabos Humane Society

by Chris Sands

Los Cabos Humane Society benefits from the Dressed to the K9's gala event

Los Cabos loves its parties, and in Cabo San Lucas, the biggest and most elaborate galas are often those staged on behalf of local charities. That was certainly the case with the Los Cabos Humane Society’s 7th Annual Dressed to the K-9′s benefit, held Saturday, December 8th at Villa Marcella in Pedregal.

Dressed to the K-9′s has become a staple of the local social calendar, and kicked off the holiday season in splendid fashion, with many full and part-time residents of the area on hand to support the mission of the LCHS. The Humane Society receives no government support, so the annual fundraiser is crucial to their budget, with ticket sales and silent auction proceeds primarily going towards spay and neuter efforts. The event is also a great excuse for fancy dress and festive fun, with food, drinks, dancing, and live music.

Steve Apple headlined at the Los Cabos Humane Society event.

 

Apple & Co. may have been the headliners, the the stars of the event, as always, were the community members that donated their time, efforts, and services on behalf of the LCHS. Event chair Mark Poelvoorde and his co-chairs Elizabeth Schoell and Maye Cortinas oversaw the close to 50 volunteers who pitched in with this year’s gala. Local chefs Casiano Reyes and Denis Gabriel, of Casiano and Denni’s Catering, respectively, provided the gourmet feast. Chef and restaurateur Drew Deckman created the delicious welcoming cocktail, with shaking done courtesy of Martini Jungle. Yahwe Garcia of Del Cabo Events was responsible for the villa’s interior design and holiday decor, and staging and lighting was done by Ambar Productions.

“This year’s gala, our biggest and most elaborate, wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless efforts of dozens of volunteers, working as a team to make the event a success,” said LCHS President Aida Trujillo.

Poelvoorde agreed: “So many volunteers, donors and sponsors, committed to helping the animals and communities of Los Cabos is incredibly moving. Their contribution is truly the heart of all our fundraisers.”

Auction donations to the Los Cabos Human Society gala included a red Fender stratocaster guitar used by Sammy Hagar.

 

Tickets were $125 per person, and were sold out this year, with a record turnout of 300 attendees on hand to support the local pet population. Like last year, the gala was held at Villa Marcella, a spectacular beachfront vacation getaway in the gated Pedregal community. The spacious 10,000 square foot villa was decked out festive holiday fashion, and guests enjoyed plenty of food and drink, fabulous entertainment, dancing under the stars, and even a fireworks display. And why not? There’s nothing wrong with a good party on behalf of a great cause.  In spite of the huge success of this event, organizers note, though, that the Los Cabos Humane Society needs help throughout the year.

Los Cabos Humane Society helps K9's and kitties, too.

 

Local businesses were also very generous, and provided a terrific slate of goods and services for the silent auction, including custom jewelry, shopping sprees, golf outings at five championship-level courses, big-game fishing trips, cooking classes, five-star dinners, and accommodations at some of the area’s most luxurious hotels and resorts. But perhaps the most sought after item was the autographed guitar from Sammy Hagar. The former Van Halen frontman and Cabo Wabo founder donated a gorgeous Dakota Red Fender Stratocaster, along with other signed memorabilia.

 

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.

All photos courtesy of Dressed to the K-9’s.

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