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Holland America To Expand Mexico Program in 2016-17

New Mexican Riviera Cruises Stop in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta

SEATTLE, March 23, 2016 — Holland America Line is strengthening its presence in Mexico for the 2016-17 season by increasing the number of departures and returning a larger Vista-class ship to the region. From October 2016 through February 2017, the 1,916-guest ms Westerdam will sail a series of 13 seven-day cruises roundtrip from San Diego, California, including two special holiday departures in December.

To kick off the season, the ship will depart from Vancouver, British Columbia, Oct. 18, 2016, on an 11-day itinerary. Boasting sun-kissed skies, golden beaches and azure seas, the Mexican Riviera is an ideal getaway for travelers looking to visit a destination that’s rich in culture, color and cuisine.

“We’re looking forward to the 2016-17 Mexico cruise season, and with increased sailings and a larger ship we’ll have the opportunity to show more of our guests what makes Mexico such a vibrant destination,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Mexico has it all, and with convenient roundtrip San Diego cruises, we know that these itineraries are going to attract a lot of cruisers looking for a unique warm-weather vacation.”

Holland America to Expand Mexico Program

An 11-Day Mexican Riviera Cruise Opens the Season
Departing Oct. 18, ms Westerdam sails from Vancouver to San Diego on an 11-day Mexican Riviera itinerary. The ship visits Santa Barbara, California, before calling at San Diego the first time, then continues on to make calls at the Mexican ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta before returning to San Diego at the end of the voyage. Guests who want to take a seven-day portion can embark Oct. 22 in San Diego following the call at Santa Barbara.

Seven-Day Mexican Riviera Itinerary Sails Roundtrip from San Diego
For the remainder of the season, Westerdam sails a series of 13 seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises where guests will get a great feel for the country and all that it has to offer. Sailing roundtrip from San Diego through Feb. 7, 2017, the itinerary calls at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. Three days at sea allow plenty of time to relax and explore the abundance of amenities offered on board.

Popular Ports Highlight the Itinerary
During the sail into San Diego, guests are treated to scenic cruising past Coronado Island, Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma. Westerdam conveniently docks near downtown, so guests can walk on Coronado Island’s sandy beach, take in the Old Town or have a wild time at the famous San Diego Zoo, time permitting.

At the tip of the Baja California peninsula, Cabo San Lucas is one of Mexico’s most recognizable ports of call thanks to its unique rock arch formation. Whether lounging on a powdery beach, exploring on a four-wheel-drive adventure or taking to the sea in search of a gray whale, guests will find Cabo (as it is affectionately called) offers something for every type of traveler.

Mazatlán, known as the “Pearl of the Pacific,” is where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet, creating an incredible sportfishing environment. It’s also a haven for watersports, historic sites and nature. Locals treat visitors like amigos, making it a coastal city with plenty of allure.

Puerto Vallarta has it all — from gorgeous beaches and activities galore to chic shops and stylish restaurants. The quaint Old Town greets visitors with an enticing mix of red-tiled buildings, cobbled streets and bustling open markets, while eco-adventures show off Mexico’s flora and fauna in this paradise on earth.

‘On Location’ Brings Mexican Culture on Board
Throughout the voyage, “On Location” programming brings Mexico’s local traditions, culinary tastes and cultural experiences to life on board. A mariachi band will perform throughout the voyage, while a barbecue on Lido Deck features authentic Mexican dishes. Guests who want to learn more about the country can attend a destination presentation or head to the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food and Wine magazine, for a cooking demonstration, cooking class or themed mixology class featuring local fare. The main dining room and Lido Market also will showcase the flavors of Mexico.

Sea Days Offer a Variety of Onboard Activities
With an abundance of activities, days at sea can move at a leisurely pace or pick up speed with a packed, fun-filled schedule. Guests can get pampered at Greenhouse Spa; learn how to share cruise photos at a Digital Workshop powered by Windows; enhance their cooking skills at the Culinary Arts Center; lounge by the pool and get lost in a good book; browse the latest news at the Explorations Café powered by The New York Times; indulge in tea time; enhance their knowledge at a lecture; attend a dance class; and much more.

For more information about Holland America Line and Mexico Riviera cruises, consult a travel professional, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.

 

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Platinum Luxury Auctions Announces Upcoming Auction of Cabo San Lucas Mansion

Following on the momentum of a flawless series of auctions – selling three-of-three luxury homes in southern California’s San Diego County – Platinum Luxury Auctions has ventured south of the border into Mexico’s Baja California Sur, with the announcement of a luxury real estate auction planned for April 30, 2016 in Cabo San Lucas. The auction will feature a tri-level mansion located in Cabo’s desirable Pedregal community. Although the residence was recently offered for a price of $10 million, it will now be sold to the highest bidder who meets or exceeds a reserve price of only$5 million.

Although this marks Platinum’s first transaction in Mexico, the firm’s members have closed more than $450 million in non-distressed, luxury real estate auction sales to date, including a number of record-setting sales for properties located outside ofthe United States. The auction sale will be held in cooperation with Snell Real Estate, an Engel and Völkers affiliate serving as the listing brokerage of record. Sales associate Cindy Stanford is representing Snell in the transaction.

Cabo San Lucas Mansion

Villa Searfoss in Cabo San Lucas.

“Although our business has taken us to many luxurious, coastal enclaves, we’re very impressed with the overall Cabo San Lucas marketplace,” stated Trayor Lesnock, Platinum’s founder and president. “While we often find that many of these coastal retreats located outside of the U.S. lack the infrastructure that is needed to make longer-term visits or property ownership attractive, Cabo actually has a robust economic ecosystem that offers nearly all of the everyday creature comforts on which many wealthy individuals rely. This makes Cabo ideal for long-term investors and those who want to own property there.”

The property, named Villa Searfoss by its original and only owner, is perched near the top of one of Pedregal’s tallest hills, allowing for inspiring vistas of the crystal blue skies and Pacific Ocean, in addition to panoramic views of Cabo’s mesmerizing sunsets, which turn the sky into a canvas of rich pinks, oranges, reds, and purples. The elevated location also offers a beautiful, bird’s-eye view of lower Pedregal and its beaches.

The tri-level estate was built to a “commercial-grade” standard, with a structure that is nearly entirely concrete. In total, Villa Searfoss offers more than 17,800 sq. ft. of constructed area, with 11,571 sq. ft. of interior space and more than 5,400 sq. ft. of terraces and balconies. The 788-sq. ft. pool deck includes a fire pit lounge, spa, and an infinity-edge pool that appears to flow right into the Pacific’s waters.

With 10 bedrooms – including a 2,000-sq. ft. master suite and a “junior master” suite on the lower living level – there is plenty of room for large families, friends, or corporate retreats. Two of the guest bedrooms are part of self-contained apartments that can be accessed separately from the main house. Each apartment features a dedicated family room and kitchen, making them ideal for live-in staff or long-term guests. There are 11 full and 1 half baths in total.

Additional features of the residence include a gourmet kitchen and grand salon which open to the vast pool deck, a large entertainment lounge, a covered terrace outfitted with multiple hammocks, and a 4-vehicle garage. The owner also invested in special details such as whole-house water filtration with UV purification, and a custom designed, high-volume plumbing system that insures that high-pressure, heated water flows throughout the estate at all times.

The gated, ocean-side community of Pedregal de Cabo San Lucas (often simply called “Pedregal”) has long been considered one of the finest residential enclaves in the Baja California Sur. While there are a number of condominiums and smaller villas inPedregal, the community is perhaps best known for the unique architecture and design of the very large estates located there. In fact, a number of these properties have been featured in leading publications such as Architectural Digest, Forbes, andDistinctive Homes.

Notable community amenities include a dedicated beach area, stationed guard gate with 24-hour security patrol, 250,000-gallon water desalinization plant, spa/health club, tennis club, children’s playground/park, and a private, bilingual school offering instruction in grades K-12.

For many years, wealthy individuals with part-time (or full-time) residences in the Los Cabos area – which includes both Cabo San Lucas and the San José del Cabo area – have considered the location a best-kept secret. Although located immediately south of the state of California, the Baja California Sur follows Mountain Time, making the area much more appealing for those coming from the middle and eastern United States. Cabo’s perpetually sunny weather is tempered with low humidity and cooling ocean breezes along its coast, making the area’s many outdoor activities enjoyable year-round.

Property previews commence April 7, 2016, and continue daily between the hours of 12:00 and 5:00 p.m. (MDT) until the auction date. Interested parties may contact Platinum Luxury Auctions at 800.913.1596 or visit CaboLuxuryAuction.com.

About Platinum Luxury Auctions
Platinum Luxury Auctions specializes in the non-distressed sale of multimillion-dollar properties within and beyond the United States. The Platinum team has closed more than $450 million in luxury real estate auction sales to date, while consulting on more than $1.5 billion in additional luxury properties worldwide. The firm is responsible for developing the luxury auctionSMmodel for high-priced real estate auctions.

 

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Drai’s Beach to Open in Cabo San Lucas

Las Vegas Impresario Brings Nightlife Brand to Mexico

Known for turning up the heat in Hollywood and Las Vegas, Drai’s, the hottest name in nightlife, is heading south of the border with the launch of the first-ever Drai’s Beach in Mexico. In a partnership between Drai’s Enterprises and Cachet Hotel Group, Drai’s Beach will open at Cachet Corazon Resort in the heart of Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas in April 2016.

Strategically located at the center of one of Cabo’s most alluring destinations, Drai’s Beach will bring the heat that’s turned its outposts in Hollywood and Las Vegas into some of the world’s most illustrious party spots in Mexico, in an all-new format sure to set a new standard in day and nightlife and dining in the Baja.

With sweeping views, luxury cabanas and a commitment to the guest experience that has made Drai’s one of the most talked about nightlife brands in the world, Drai’s Beach will be home to a premier all-day party experience.

Drai's Beach Cabo

“Drai’s Beach represents an entirely new way to enjoy Mexico,” said Drai’s founder Victor Drai.  “We’ll be blending the best of what we do in Vegas and Hollywood – top tier music, concerts and entertainment – with the sophistication of an unmatched beachfront location and a curated food and beverage menu allowing us to create a seamless day-to-night celebration. At Drai’s Beach you’ll be able to live all of what Cabo has to offer in one place.”

Home to miles of crisp, clean waters, Medano Beach is Cabo San Lucas’ premier beach for fun and relaxation. At the heart of it all, Cachet Corazon Resort will complement its easy access to water activities like swimming, parasailing, paddle boarding, wave runners and more, with the world’s first Drai’s Beach. The resort is within walking distance to the Cabo San Lucas Marina, the Puerto Paraiso Mall and multiple nightlife and entertainment venues downtown.

The fully integrated Cachet Corazon Resort will be a Cachet Beach and Cachet Deluxe dual-branded hotel development, scheduled to open in late 2016 and early 2018, respectively and will include multiple restaurants, pool terraces, a beach club and expansive meeting and events spaces.

“We are delighted to partner with the Drai’s team at Cachet Corazon,” said Christopher Erickson, developer of Cabo Villas Beach Resort & Spa and owner and developer of Cachet Corazon. “Their track record in creating amazing venues speaks for itself and we know that Drai’s Beach will raise the bar for day and nightlife, dining and entertainment not only at Cachet Corazon but for Cabo San Lucas.”

Drai’s Beach will offer an upscale day and nightlife experience on par with the most exclusive beachfront venues around the world.  With an additional focus on providing unparalleled food and beverage, Drai’s Beach will offer full-service daytime and twilight fine dining. The Mexican Riviera-inspired menu will feature locally-grown and caught ingredients to showcase sea fare favorites such as fresh sushi, grilled octopus, ceviche and more.

As the evening progresses, state-of-the-art lighting and sound will transform Drai’s Beach into a high-end nightlife oasis allowing partygoers to revel all day and late into the night with tableside VIP services and high-energy music spun by celebrated DJs.

Drai’s Beach at Cachet Corazon Resort is one of two international projects under the Drai’s Enterprises and Cachet Hotel Group joint venture project slated to open over the next several months, signaling the start of the continued growth of these global brands.

Guests can book the Drai’s Stay and Play package for a three-night stay in a deluxe one-bedroom ocean view suite at Cabo Villas Beach Resort & Spa. The package includes use of SpaRitual, personalized in-room amenities, selection of either a Baja ATV-wave runner experience or Swedish massage, daily breakfast and round trip airport transportation. The package is available throughOctober 15, 2016. To make a reservation, click here or visit DraisBeachCabo.com.

About Drai’s Enterprises

Drai’s Enterprises owns and operates three exclusive Las Vegas nightlife venues in Las Vegas – Drai’s Beach Club – Nightclub/Drai’s Afterhours/Indigo Lounge. Drai’s nightlife venues are strategically located across from Caesars Palace and The Bellagio, at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Flamingo Blvd. on the rooftop and below ground of Caesars Entertainment’s 188-room and suite hotel The Cromwell and the classic Bally’s Hotel/Casino. The company was founded by Victor Drai and is owned and controlled by Drai and Partner and CEO Michael Gruber. Drai’s Enterprises has numerous nightlife projects under development in and around the world, including Drai’s Beach in Cabo San Lucas, Drai’s Noir at Cachet Boutique in Shanghai, a project in development at the Trump Vancouver and more. For more information, visit www.draislv.com and follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Cachet Hotel Group

Cachet Hotel Group (CHG) is a Hong Kong-based hotel and residential branding and management company. CHG’s mission is to be the most innovative and socially responsible hospitality company in Asia. With numerous projects under development, CHG is focused on establishing properties in Greater China, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and the Americas. For more information, please go to www.cachethotelgroup.com.

 

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All-Inclusive Package Features Unlimited Golf at Spectacular Quivira Golf Club

Private villa, world-class golf, personal chef, and more await at Pueblo Bonito’s Montecristo Estates

Avid golfers who want to savor the luxury of a private villa with friends and family while teeing it up to their heart’s content at Quivira Golf Club, the dazzling world-class course at Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, can take advantage of an exclusive new package.

Designed for sophisticated travelers who demand the best, the ‘Ultimate Golf Package’ is a four-night, five-day experience offering plush, spacious accommodations at a Montecristo Estates villa, each with a private infinity pool, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi, maid and butler service. The richly furnished, beautifully appointed villas, set within an exclusive gated resort community, are designed in a Spanish Colonial revival style and feature panoramic ocean views. The Montecristo Unlimited Golf Package includes food and beverage at on-property restaurants and convenient shuttle access and transfers to the restaurants, bars and facilities of all four Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas in Los Cabos.

Quivira Golf Club

All-inclusive plans include golf at Quivira, and luxury villa accommdations at Pueblo Bonito’s Montecristo Estates.

For golfers, the cornerstone of the program is unlimited play at Quivira Golf Club, a spectacular Jack Nicklaus-designed layout opened to acclaim in 2014. The 7,139-yard, par-72 course commences at sea level, scales sheer cliffs high above the foaming surf, meanders through massive dunes, rambles through desert foothills, and returns players to the thatched-roof clubhouse on the beach at the finish. With a view of the sea from every hole, Quivira has more oceanfront exposure than any other course in Los Cabos.

Other components included in the ‘Ultimate Golf Package’ are:

  • Private transportation to and from the airport
  • In-villa golfer’s massage (one per person per stay, four total)
  • Use of private beach bed for one day
  • Food and beverage included in the all-inclusive program
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Private romantic dinner on the beach
  • Sunset sail to El Arco at Land’s End
  • Tasting dinner with wine pairing at La Frida at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, the AAA Four Diamond dining establishment dedicated to famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo
  • Personal grilling chef (one night at Villa)
  • Tequila tasting hosted by a personal “Tequilatender” with custom-curated tequilas and appetizing tapas
  • Exclusive selection of Cuban cigars with cordials (one night)
  • Concierge desk with multilingual staff
  • Private tune-up session with a staff golf professional (one per stay, two persons)
  • Unlimited use of Quivira’s oceanfront practice facilities
  • All taxes and gratuities

The package price of $17,750 is for four people, with activities as specified.

Quivira Golf Club

The Jack Nicklaus designed Quivira Golf Club is one of the world’s most spectacular courses.

Montecristo Estates features 2,800-square-foot, ocean-view villas with three spacious bedrooms (king and queen configurations), each with its own bathroom, dining room, living room with fireplace, full kitchen with appliances, spacious TV room with flat-screen TVs, and additional half bath for guests. There’s also a laundry room. Bedroom amenities include walk-in closets, pillow top mattresses, and Egyptian cotton linens. Bathroom amenities include dual-sink vanities and jetted bathtubs. Villas accommodate up to eight adults, plus an additional two with the sofa bed. The villas are non-smoking. Montecristo Estates also has its own clubhouse with a sports bar, fitness center, community pool and luxury spa. Price per additional person for the ‘Ultimate Golf Package’ is $3,200.

For reservations or further information access the web site at www.pueblobonito.com/resorts/montecristo-estates/unlimited-golf-packageor call 1-800-990-8250 to customize a visit.

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About Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas

Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas has eight award-winning resorts in two destinations, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlán, all offering luxury all-inclusive options. Each of the properties has its own personality, design and ambiance, yet all share the same high level of impeccable quality and distinguished atmosphere. In Cabo San Lucas, the adults-only Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort is the ideal setting for a romantic getaway, while Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort ,with its large, all ocean-view suites, is perfect for families.  Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort & Spa and Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos, both located on El Médano beach, have the best to offer vacationers looking to be right in the middle of all the Cabo action. In Mazatlán, the elegant jewel Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a private beach, while the charming Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán, is located in the famous Golden Zone. Both resorts are great for family vacations and romantic getaways. For more information visit www.pueblobonito.com, find us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/pueblobonitoresort and follow us on Twitter @PuebloBonito.

 

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PGA Champions Tour Star Esteban Toledo Picks His Favorite Cabo Golf Holes

Golf ambassador’s selections are a highlight reel of spectacular challenges

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Feb. 29, 2016) – Esteban Toledo, a multiple winner on the PGA Champions Tour and the official golf ambassador for the Los Cabos Tourism Board, is very familiar with Cabo’s fantastic array of courses. “As a touring professional, I’ve been privileged to play all the top courses throughout North America,” said Toledo, who won a Champions Tour event at Pebble Beach last year. “For beauty, challenge and variety, the golf courses in Los Cabos are in a class of their own.”

Asked to pick his favorite holes in Los Cabos, Toledo, who donates 10% of his winnings to the Esteban Toledo Family Foundation Home, an orphanage he founded in his hometown of Mexicali, came up with a scintillating front nine. Comprised of three par 3’s, three par 4’s and three 5’s, each hole showcases Cabo’s unique mountain-desert-ocean ecosystem.

“Not only does each hole present a compelling challenge, but taken together, I can’t think of a more scenic collection of golf holes anywhere in the world,” Toledo said. Yardages are listed from the back (championship) markers, though each hole has multiple sets of forward tees that give handicap players an appropriate test—and a fighting chance.

Cabo del Sol (Ocean Course – No. 17) – Par 3 – 178 yards

One of the most dazzling par 3’s in the world. From the back set of markers, tee shots are played over a sandy cove to a perched green set atop a granite shelf fronted by scalloped bunkers, with the ocean crashing into the rocks on the right. The green is sizable but exposed to onshore breezes.

Quivira No. 13 – Par 3 – 148 yards

A truly spectacular par 3. The tiny green at this breathtaking short hole crowns a massive pinnacle of granite that rises 150 feet from the foaming surf. There is a bail-out area to the left of the putting surface, but this hole requires a solid short-iron shot over a gaping abyss to the smallest target on the course.

Favorite Cabo Golf Holes

The spectacular 13th hole at the Jack Nicklaus designed Quivira Golf Club in Cabo San Lucas.

Puerto Los Cabos (Marina –  No. 15) – Par 3 – 216 yards

Set on a bluff directly above the Sea of Cortes, this solid par 3 on the Marina Course at Puerto Los Cabos is one of the toughest one-shotters in town from the back tees. The subtly contoured green, flanked by bunkers, is half-hidden among the windswept dunes and can be very elusive.

Palmilla (Mountain – No. 5) –  Par 4 –  401 yards

From a hilltop platform, the tee shot at this dramatic par 4 is a forced carry over a deep arroyo to a long, sinuous fairway that looks like a green island floating in the blue sky. The approach shot is played to a sunken green fronted by a dry river bed and defended by a pair of deep sand pits. It’s the No. 1 handicap hole, and deserves to be.

Cabo del Sol (Desert – No. 18) – Par 4 – 427 yards

At this picturesque closing hole, with the Sea of Cortes on the horizon, a meandering creek tumbles along the left side of fairway before crossing in front of the putting surface and spilling into a lake that guards the right side of the green. Based on pin placement, the large, undulating green can be very tricky.

Cabo Real – No. 14 – Par 4 – 454 yards

With a fairway that tiptoes along the rim of a steep canyon and a green set beside a precipice at the layout’s highest point (460 feet above sea level), this challenging par 4, like most of the holes on Cabo Real’s back nine, is chiseled into desert foothills below rugged mountain peaks. A very firm test.

Club Campestre –  No. 7 – Par 5 – 541 yards

Tumbling down rolling foothills in the Sierra del la Laguna Mountains, Campestre’s signature hole is the risk-reward par 5 seventh, a Z-shaped double-dogleg that plays to a well-bunkered peninsula green that juts into a pond. This hole can be played boldly or conservatively but never easily.

Cabo San Lucas Country Club –  No. 7 – Par 5 – 610 yards

This club’s parkland-style layout, the only golf course in Los Cabos with a view of the iconic sea arch at Land’s End, boasts the double-dogleg par-5 seventh, which swings around a lake and stretches to 610 yards from the back tees. It ranks among the longest and most challenging holes in all of Mexico.

Diamante (Dunes – No. 17) – Par 5 – 588 yards

This sturdy par 5 is a true three-shot hole that heads inland from the sea and usually plays downwind. Players must hit their tee shots over a broad arroyo to find a preferred landing area. An accurate lay-up is followed by a lofted approach shot to a shelf-like green perched 50 feet above the fairway.

 

About Los Cabos:

Situated at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos is home to award-winning hotels, resorts, championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas and world-class sport fishing. With a unique landscape of dramatic desert and dazzling beaches, Los Cabos is an exotic escape within easy reach of most U.S. and Canadian cities. For more information, images and videos from Los Cabos, visit www.visitloscabos.travel, follow us on Twitter@LOSCABOSTOURISM and visit us on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

 

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The Cape: A Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas to Host an Exclusive Surfing Retreat

Los Cabos’ newest luxury boutique hotel celebrates its unparalleled location on popular surfing spot Monuments Beach with niche package, available May 19-22, 2016

(LOS ANGELES; February 23, 2016) – The Cape, a Thompson Hotel is partnering with new adventure travel production company MANSA VIDA—founded by pro-surfers Rob Machado and Tim Curran—to host a surfing-inspired retreat,exploring the sport, music, and art of surf culture. Led by surfing industry veterans, including Curran, friend and fellow pro-surfer Damien Hobgood, iconic surf photographer Tom Servais (and with potential special guests ranging from Rob Machado to musicians and athletes from the MANSA VIDA network), the immersive, three-night retreat will celebrate all things surf culture. Taking place May 19-22, 2016, the multi-day experience includes overnight stays at the new luxury resort; a hands-on surf workshop with the pros; a live acoustic performance by Curran held on the hotel’s rooftop (the onlyrooftop lounge in Cabo San Lucas); screenings of cult surf films (followed by Q&A sessions with the pros); and an informative surf photography viewing and discussion with Tom Servais (previously senior staff photographer for SURFER Magazine).

The Cape A Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas

Located directly along Monuments Beach—a world-renowned surfer’s destination—and near Cabo San Lucas and the southernmost tip of the Baja California Sur Peninsula, The Cape is the first Mexico property from the sophisticated lifestyle brand Thompson Hotels and a natural partner for the surf pros, who often vacation in Los Cabos to hit its famed breaks. Both champion surfers, retreat co-leader Hobgood is a ten-year-plus veteran of the World Championship Tour known for his penchant for tackling high-risk surf, while Curran is also an established singer/songwriter having opened for the Foo Fighters, among other celebrated artists. Servais is revered as one of the most prolific and talented surf photographers, having worked in the industry for 25-plus years.

“We were inspired to host a retreat like this after (fellow MANSA VIDA founder) Rob and I went on a surfing trip through Mexico. We were surfing, playing music, and surrounded by this amazing and talented group of photography and film professionals,” says MANSA VIDA co-founder Curran. “We want to offer folks the chance to explore surf culture just like the world’s top surfers do. And The Cape, with its surf-inspired vibe and incredible location right on Monuments Beach, is the perfect place to do it.”

The Cape A Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas

The Cape + MANSA VIDA Surf Retreat Package Includes:   

  • Three Nights at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel– room options vary; can include but not limited to:

o   The Surfer Villa – a three-bedroom, two-story luxury villa with a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art kitchen; gaming room with pool table; expansive, private outdoor patio with a plunge pool and barbecue; and sauna

o   Deluxe King Room – featuring a private balcony with hanging daybed; bespoke mid-century, Latin                            American-inspired furnishings; free-standing, copper-leafed tub and rain shower

  • Surfing Workshop with Curran and Hobgood– guests will hit the waves side-by-side with Curran and Hobgood, where they can test out the pros’ surfboards and experience hands-on coaching; pending surf conditions and open to surfers of all levels
  • Film Screenings on The Rooftop– cult surf films will be screened at the sixth-story rooftop lounge overlooking the Sea of Cortez and downtown Cabos San Lucas; followed by Q&A session with the pros discussing the art and craftsmanship of this niche genre
  • Photography Exhibit with Tom Servais – led by the renowned surf photographer, guests will view a collection of iconic surf images taken by Servais over the last few decades; followed by a Q&A session with Servais on capturing the culture and action of the sport
  • Live Acoustic Concert on The Rooftop – led by singer/songwriter Curran, guests will enjoy a live acoustic show at the hotel’s rooftop lounge
  • Daily Morning Yoga – often a fundamental part of surf culture, each day will begin with beachside yoga classes led by a resident teacher
  • Daily Breakfast– hosted breakfast at the resort’s casual beach-house inspired restaurant Ledge, complete with ocean views and fresh local produce
  • Surf SWAG– guests will receive assorted sporting gear from the pros’ sponsors
  • Roundtrip Airport Transfer – from San Jose del Cabo airport

The Cape A Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas

Available for booking now, “The Cape + MANSA VIDA Surf Retreat” package is in limited supply and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Packages start at $3,981 for three nights (in a double occupancy room; single traveler rates are available for $2,921 for three nights). An optional five-night package (in a double occupancy room is available for $5,920). Posted rates do not include tax and resort fees; pricing can be adjusted to accommodate larger groups. To book this experience, please call The Cape directly at 877.793.8527. More information is available at thompsonhotels.com/the-cape.

About The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel debuted June 26, 2015, and is located in the Cabo San Lucas region of Baja California Sur, Mexico, situated along one of the most desirable stretches of white sand in Los Cabos: the world renowned surfers’ paradise known as Monuments Beach. The all-new luxury hotel features 161 guestrooms, all with unobstructed views of the Sea of Cortez and the destination’s famed icon, The Arch—a stunning natural phenomenon of granite carved into an arch by centuries of wind and sea exposure.

The Cape is the first Thompson hotel to open in Mexico and it effortlessly blends the upscale urban aesthetic synonymous with the brand with a distinct 1960s Baja-meets-Southern California vibe. Guests enjoy two pools, including an infinity pool with swim-up bar and another built within a natural rock formation found on property; a six-story-high rooftop lounge and garden with unmatched views of the city and sea—the only rooftop bar in Cabo San Lucas; an intimate spa and fitness center with a private outdoor cabana for treatments with an ocean view; and a diverse array of chef-driven food and beverage destinations. One-, two-, and three-bedroom Suites or Villas are available, including four, two-story Penthouse Suites with private rooftops and plunge pools and the premier Surfer Villa—a two-story luxury suite ideal for a luxe vacation, private event, or intimate wedding. Every guestroom on property offers unobstructed ocean views, as well as outdoor terraces—many boasting hanging daybeds for enjoying the picturesque surroundings. Room rates start at $599 per night. To reserve, guests may visit thompsonhotels.com/the-cape. The resort is located at Carr. Federal Libre Transpeninsular Km. 5, Misiones del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., 23455. Follow The Cape on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

About Thompson Hotels

Founded in 2001, Thompson Hotels is an international hospitality company that offers sophisticated luxury to its discerning clientele. The Thompson portfolio of lifestyle hotels includes the newly opened Thompson Playa del Carmen in Riviera Maya, Mexico and the recently opened The Cape in Los Cabos, Mexico; Gild Hall and Smyth in New York City; Thompson Chicago; Thompson Toronto; Belgraves in London; and Thompson Miami Beach. Thompson Hotels also has multiple new projects in development, including The Beekman in Lower Manhattan, Thompson Nashville, and Thompson Seattle. Thompson Hotels is a Commune Hotels & Resorts brand. Follow @ThompsonHotels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for news and updates. For more information, please visitwww.thompsonhotels.com.

About MANSA VIDA

Pro surfers Tim Curran and Rob Machado are the founders of MANSA VIDA, an adventure travel production company that offers exclusive “day-in-the-life”-inspired adventures to destinations around the globe, in tandem with pro athletes and artists. Trips range from surfing the world’s best breaks with pro surfers to capturing photos in Patagonia with the industry’s best photographers, always with the unique selling point that guests will travel right alongside the pros they admire. Partners range from pro surfers, skateboarders, and snowboarders, to Grammy-award winning musicians and cinematographers—all from within Curran and Machado’s personal network of friends and professionals. Packages range from $1,000-50,000 pending personality and package. Both champion surfers, Machado is a Surfer Hall of Fame inductee and has been named one of SURFER Magazine’s “Top Ten Most Popular Surfers” in its annual Surfer Poll since 1996, while Curran is also an established singer/songwriter having opened for the Foo Fighters, among other celebrated artists. Curran is considered one of the pioneers of surfing’s late 1990s “Aerial Revolution” and was a regular on the World Tour of Surfing and a champion at several international events, including in Chiba Japan and Lacanau France.

 

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Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Debuts Three New Restaurants

Themed dining options expand range of choices for resort guests in Los Cabos 

Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort, an all-inclusive luxury resort perched on a private coastal bluff high above the Sea of Cortez at the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, has opened a trio of new restaurants that have greatly expanded the range of dining choices available to guests.

Known for its spacious, all ocean-view suites, and family-friendly atmosphere, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach is destined to become one of the culinary stars of Cabo San Lucas, a destination already famous for its exceptional cuisine.

Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

Tazuna, a new “sunsets-and-sushi” indoor-outdoor restaurant.

Because few destinations anywhere in the world can consistently deliver sushi-grade seafood like Los Cabos, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach has opened Tazuna, a new “sunsets-and-sushi” indoor-outdoor restaurant that is receiving rave reviews. Tazuna conjures the serenity of a Japanese garden, with the accent on simplicity. The menu at Tazuna is traditional, with a few inspired Mexican versions of Japanese classics.

La Taqueria is a casual, taco-themed eatery with an open-display kitchen and al fresco seating on a lovely terrace.  The range of tacos available at La Taqueria is exceptional, with offerings in pork, seafood, and beef, as well as lamb and vegetarian. At Burger Fest, guests craving new takes on this All-American staple will be more than delighted by the wide variety of selections, including nine distinctive Angus-beef burgers, and creative inventions using Chilanga (pork marinated in pastor-style adobe), grouper fillet, shrimp, and tuna steak.

In addition to these three newcomers, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach welcomes guests (adults only) for dinner at LaFrida Restaurant, which earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for excellence in cuisine. This elegant candlelit dining room offers indoor and outdoor seating with panoramic ocean views.

Zao Shen, named for the god of the kitchen in Asian culture, offers delicious Chinese and Asian-fusion cuisine. Many of the dishes are prepared in a wok; all are served family-style, to be shared around the table.

Situated in a beautiful glass and marble pavilion and open for breakfast and dinner, La Nao offers ocean-view dining with indoor and shaded terrace seating. Known for its spectacular sunset views, La Nao’s festive theme nights include Seafood Night, Mexican Food Night, and more.

The Bistro, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach’s casual family-style dining room, offers an extensive menu of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night choices. It’s the first 24-hour restaurant opened in Cabo San Lucas.

Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach also operates five aquabars and grills throughout the property, making it easy for guests to enjoy a quick bite while enjoying the array of recreational activities.

With these new additions, the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort will offer its guests a total of 12 restaurants and seven bars on property, in addition to nine restaurants and five bars at sister properties Pueblo Bonito Rose and Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos, which are part of the resorts’ all-inclusive dining program.

For more information about Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts, visit www.pueblobonito.com.

About Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas

Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas has eight award-winning resorts in two destinations, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlán, all offering luxury all-inclusive options. Each of the properties has its own personality, design and ambiance, yet all share the same high level of impeccable quality and distinguished atmosphere. In Cabo San Lucas, the adults-only Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort is the ideal setting for a romantic getaway, while Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort ,with its large, all ocean-view suites, is perfect for families.  Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort & Spa and Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos, both located on El Médano beach, have the best to offer vacationers looking to be right in the middle of all the Cabo action. In Mazatlán, the elegant jewel Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a private beach, while the charming Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán, is located in the famous Golden Zone. Both resorts are great for family vacations and romantic getaways. For more information visitwww.pueblobonito.com, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pueblobonitoresort and follow us on Twitter @PuebloBonito.

 

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Three Los Cabos Golf Courses Voted to Golf Digest’s “World 100 Greatest” List

Diamante (Dunes), Cabo del Sol (Ocean) and Querencia crack magazine’s exclusive roster

LOS CABOS, Mexico (Jan. 22, 2016) Three spectacular courses in Los Cabos, Mexico’s premier golf destination, have been selected by Golf Digest’spanelists for the second biennial edition of the publication’s “World 100 Greatest Golf Courses” roster.

“The trend is clear: Seaside venues bring out the best in golf architecture,” said Ron Whitten, Golf Digest’s Senior Editor / Architecture. “The trio of Mexican courses on the World 100 are right on an ocean.” He added that while precious few seaside settings are available to designers in the United States, “elsewhere on Planet Earth, ocean waves lap up against some of the most gorgeous layouts ever seen.”

That includes the three acclaimed courses in Los Cabos – Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and the connecting 20-mile seaside corridor – featured on the 2016-2017 list.

Los Cabos Golf Courses

The spectacular links style Dunes Course at Diamante has been ranked as one of the best in the world by both Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine.

Diamante (Dunes) moved up three spots and now sits at No. 52 on Golf Digest’s elite roster. “Mexico’s first true links (was) fashioned by Davis Love III and his design team along the Pacific Ocean from a fantastic set of white sand dunes, huge portions of which are without vegetation and seem like enormous snow drifts,” Golf Digest’s digital edition reported. “Holes hug the flowing terrain with little artificiality. Two holes on the back nine…but have been replaced by new 12th and 13th holes on the beach. So now the entire second nine is adjacent to the ocean, amidst the tallest dunes. How unique is this course? No other links in the world has cactus.”

The Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol, the venue generally credited with putting Los Cabos on the international golf map, is ranked No. 70 on the list. “When Jack Nicklaus first saw this Baja Peninsula site, what can best be described as Scottsdale-meets-the-Sea of Cortez, he told reporters, `This is my chance to design a Pebble Beach,’ the report stated. “He took full advantage of that chance, routing an exciting 18 that plays from highlands of desert cacti, over dry washes and down to the sea on both nines. When the layout opened in 1994, Nicklaus said it had the three finest finishing holes in golf. That might still be true 22 years later, given that the greens at 16, 17 and 18 are all perched atop rocks above the crashing surf of Whale Bay.”

Ranked No. 98, Querencia, like Cabo del Sol, is a newcomer on the World 100 list. “Located several miles up the road from Cabo del Sol and adjacent to the Jack Nicklaus-designed Palmilla Golf Club, this Tom Fazio design opened in 2000,” Golf Digest reported. “The routing wanders the rugged high desert plateau on the outward nine, toward the Sea of Cortez, hopscotching a dramatic canyon on the par-3 eighth. Other holes have humpbacked fairways and greens tucked beneath huge rock outcroppings.”

Los Cabos Golf Courses

The Jack Nicklaus designed Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol is currently rated the 70th best course in the world by Golf Digest. Photo courtesy of Nicklaus.com.

Jorge Carrera, CEO of Querencia, said, “This important achievement is the recognition of a job well done by many, starting with Tom Fazio and his team during the design and construction process. Being voted onto this list is a great honor for Querencia and fantastic news for Los Cabos. The 100 Greatest ranking is an acknowledgement of the great things we have to offer as a club, a community and as a world-class destination.”

According to Greg Tallman, director of golf at Cabo del Sol, “The inclusion of three courses on Golf Digest’s recent World 100 Greatest list reinforces just how special Los Cabos is as a golf destination. I cannot think of another warm-weather destination that compares when it comes not only to top level golf, as represented by these three outstanding layouts, but an additional 10 or so excellent golf facilities, all awash in warm sunshine. The simple truth is, nothing compares.”

In addition to the World 100 Greatest feature, Golf Digest also produced “The Best Courses in 206 Countries” as part of its Planet Golf report. Not surprisingly, Los Cabos dominates the Mexico entry. Seven of the top 11 spots on the 15-course roster, selected from a total of 220 facilities, are located in Los Cabos, the hemisphere’s most celebrated golf getaway. Diamante (Dunes), Cabo del Sol (Ocean), Querenica and Quivira command the four top slots on the list, respectively, followed by El Dorado (No. 7), Chileno Bay (No. 9) and Diamante – El Cardonal (No. 11).

 

 

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Pan-Pacific Mix – Fusion Cuisines Enliven Los Cabos Dining Scene

The most important peninsular culinary movement of the past few decades is Baja Med, a fusion of fresh local organic ingredients and Mediterranean accents that has since achieved a measure of international acclaim, and is currently being celebrated in the Roberto Najera directed documentary Baja Taste.

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Nick-San was the first restaurant in Los Cabos to fuse Japanese cuisine with Mexican ingredients and accents.

El Taller in Tijuana is considered ground zero for the this fusion – the restaurant’s chef, Miguel Angel Guerrero, has since trademarked the name – but in its broad strokes the Baja Med movement was an outgrowth of many talented chefs creating a recognizable regional cuisine at restaurants in Tijuana, Ensenada, Rosarito and the Valle de Guadalupe.

The principles of Baja Med also proved influential in Baja California Sur, specifically in Los Cabos, which enjoys many of the same natural advantages: notably, high-quality seafood and organic produce that can be sourced from within a few miles of their ultimate destination.

In recent years, however, some of the best restaurants in cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo have been increasingly moving away from Baja Med fusions to a more pan-Pacific approach, incorporating flavors, ingredients and cooking techniques from countries as diverse as Japan, Peru and Mexico.

The philosophy behind this sort of fusion is rather simple, at least according to Enrique Olvera, whose restaurant Manta recently opened at The Cape – A Thompson Hotel: “We’re playing around with Peruvian and Japanese flavors because a sashimi, a tiradito and a Mexican ceviche all share a common language.”

fusion cuisine Los Cabos

Chefs Mariano Takinami of Templo (left) and Enrique Olvera of Manta (right) have helped to popularize Pacific Rim fusions in Los Cabos. Photo courtesy of Templo.

Here’s a look at a few of the most important local practitioners and places to sample this evolving approach to Pacific Rim fusion cuisine.

Angel Carbajal and Masayuki Niikura, Nick-San

Chefs Carbajal and Niikura pioneered fusion cuisine in Los Cabos when they opened Nick-San in 1994. The original concept of Japanese cuisine with Mexican ingredients has evolved over the years to a more integrated fusion, evident in signature dishes like the sashimi serranito with 4 oz. of fresh catch of the day in a serrano chile sauce topped with thin slices of pepper, and the lobster curry in sesame sauce with shiitake mushrooms, chives and habanero chile pepper. This fusion has proven so popular over the years that there are now six Nick-San’s across Mexico, with a clothing line generating additional revenue. There are two locations in Los Cabos: the original at Plaza de la Danza in downtown Cabo San Lucas, and another at the upscale Shoppes at Palmilla near San Jose del Cabo.

Enrique Olvera, Manta

Olvera made his name at Pujol, a Mexico City based restaurant that’s annually ranked as one of the best in the world, but the chef has also been in news recently with the opening of Manta, a restaurant in the Los Cabos tourist corridor that boasts spectacular views of Land’s End. Manta, which premiered in June 2015, specializes in Pacific Rim fusion cuisine, with Japanese and Peruvian accents added to regionally sourced seafood and traditional Mexican ingredients. Olvera’s fascination with Mexican street food – “I love the precision of fine dining, and I love the power of street food. The flavor of it. The soul of it.” – so evident at Pujol, is likewise represented in Manta’s rotating menu concept, in which 15 to 18 of the restaurant’s 30 dishes are available on a nightly basis. So too is the chef’s humor, attention to detail, and ability to generate surprising flavor combinations.

fusion cuisine Los Cabos

Nobu Matsuhisa pioneered Japanese – Peruvian cuisine in the 1970s.

Mariano Takinami, Templo

That Templo, which opened in 2014, has one of the most innovative fusion concepts in Los Cabos is almost completely attributable to the heritage and well-traveled career of co-owner and executive chef Mariano Takinami. Born to a Japanese father and Argentine mother, and married to a Brazilian, Takinami has taken his family influences and forged them with work experiences in Peru and Mexico (like Olvera, Takinami loves Mexican street food) to create a diverse and consistently satisfying dining experience. Menu options range from Peruvian style quinoa risotto featuring octopus, sausage and piquillo pepper emulsion to a wok seared flank steak á la Szechuan with carrot, celery and bean paste. The chef likes referring to his restaurant as a “grill, wok and bar,” with the latter serving up signature cocktails and a wide array of wine pairing options.

Nobu Matsuhisa, Nobu Los Cabos

The local fusion scene will get a bit more interesting in 2017 with the arrival of Nobu Los Cabos, a 200-room beachfront resort and restaurant from the hospitality company owned by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro, and film producer Meir Teper. Matsuhisa is of course the progenitor of Japanese – Peruvian fusion cuisine, which he developed out of necessity while working in his Lima restaurant Matsuei in the early 1970s. Nobu Los Cabos will be the first hotel of its kind in Mexico, although a Nobu restaurant opened in Mexico City in 2009, and has already added a bit of national spice to the brand’s fusion recipe in offerings like yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño. Whether the Los Cabos based Nobu pioneers additional fusions utilizing Japanese, Mexican and Peruvian cuisines remains to be seen, but the restaurant should be a popular addition to a dining scene focused on taking Pacific Rim fusion cuisine to new and interesting places.

 

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Tranquilo Scores Again, Wins Record $2.51 Million Payout in the 2015 Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament

It takes confidence to bet when the stakes are so high. Yet that’s exactly what Team Tranquilo did this past week during the 35th edition of the Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament. The first-time crew from Costa Rica parlayed a hot streak with a hunch and the move paid off in record fashion.Tranquilo earned $2,511,462, the second-highest single team payout in Black and Blue history, with a blue marlin weighing 327 pounds. That fish was good for third place overall, sweeping all but one optional jackpots on the first day. Michael Moretti was the angler, with Captain Victor Julio Lopez at the helm of the 57-foot Spencer. The overall purse this year was more than $3.5 million.

Bisbee's Black and Blue Marlin Tournament“This is the best third-place finish ever. It really means a lot, coming from Costa Rica with the boat and the team,” Moretti explains. “The competition here is the best in the world. It’s a different style than what we’re used to, but it’s very tough. The whole experience has been top notch and we’re already making plans to fish the Black & Blue again next year.”

Moretti & Company are coming off a first-place win in the Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament earlier this month. A 399-pound black marlin then earnedTranquilo $460,200, another tournament record, for a combined payout of $2,971,662 for the two tournaments. The team caught a Pacific slam consisting of a black and blue marlin, a striped marlin and sailfish during the contests. The winning marlin were both fooled by the same green/black plunger lure.

The international flavor of 2015 continued with a Canadian contingent from Thunder Bay, Ontario. Team Catching A Buzz, led by angler Tyler Squier, caught the heaviest fish of the week. The 500-pound blue marlin, Squier’s largest, earned the buddy team a check for $356,225. The awards included first-place team and jackpot, first-place captain and crew and the $1,000 daily for Day Three. Carlos Dominguez guided the team to the victory aboard the charter boat Rondinella.

Bisbee's Black and Blue Marlin Tournament

Five More Minutes, another buddy team from Texas, is taking home $156,937 after landing a 356-pound blue marlin on the first day of fishing. The team won second-place honors and the $1,000 Daily with that catch. Jave Abaroa was the skipper of Whata Journey.

In the tight release division, Team Nice Ride came out on top after releasing two blue marlin. Those efforts earned Capt. Tyson Valli and the team a $76,295 payout.  Fantasma, with Maricio Wenges at the wheel, took second-place honors with two blues released. Fantasma earned $26,392 based on time.Predator, led by Capt. Morgan North, came in third place with a single blue, good for a check totaling $14,662. Only blue and black marlin are eligible in the release division, which is sponsored by Costa.

One-hundred and twenty-one teams competed in the 35th edition of the Black and Blue, the richest tournament in sport fishing. A total of 945 anglers fished hard for three days and caught 44 blue marlin and one black. Teams had to contend with a noticeable absence of baitfish due to the warmer El Niño conditions. Squid were prevalent in certain areas, however, and all three qualifying marlin were caught on lures. The minimum size in the weight division is 300 pounds.

“Congratulations to all our winners,” said Tournament Director Wayne Bisbee right before the customary fireworks show at the conclusion of Saturday’sawards banquet. “Thank you for joining us for our 35th edition, and thanks to all our wonderful sponsors for making this possible. It’s been another one for the history books, and my family and I look forward to welcoming everyone back again next year. Bueños noche and safe travels home.”

The Black and Blue is the last of three tournaments in the Bisbee’s Baja big game series. It is the richest sport-fishing tournament in the world with more than $72 million in prize money awarded in its 35-year history. The 2016 B&B will be held October 25-29 in Cabo San Lucas. Major sponsors include the Tesoro Resort Los Cabos, Pelagic High Performance Offshore Gear, Baja Cantina, Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort, Costa, Los Cabos Tourism Board, Oil Boom USA, Sevenstar Yacht Transport, David Wirth, National Car Rental, American Fishing Wire/Hi-Seas and the Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund.

 

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