Rolling out the Red Carpet: Baja International Film Festival Announces Event Schedule

by Chris Sands

Event Schedule Announced by Baja International Film Festival

Anticipation continues to build for the First Annual Baja International Film Festival, which will be held in Los Cabos from November 14th – 17th. The festival’s organizers, who include Vail Film Festival and Colorado Film Institute co-founders Sean and Scott Cross, hope the inaugural four-day fête will strengthen ties between the U.S. and Mexican film industries, and that the cinematic celebration will become an annual event on the level of the Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Venice, and Sundance Film Festivals.

Event scheduled announced by the Baja International Film Festival at a press conference.

In the last several weeks, organizers have released information on the festival’s advisory board, its hotel and travel partners, the list of films to be screened at the festival, competition categories, cash and prize information, the event schedule, and, most recently, the subjects to be discussed at the filmmaker panel discussions. An announcement has not yet been made of the three finalists in the screenplay competition.

The festival will begin on Wednesday, November 14th, with an activities slate that includes a film screening and an opening night cocktail party. The kick-off events will take place at the new Los Cabos Convention Center, an expansive 75,000 square foot facility built for June’s G-20 summit of world leaders. The convention center is scheduled to host the majority of the festival’s events and screenings, although selected films will also be shown at Puerto Los Cabos, Plaza Mijares in San Jose del Cabo, and the Cultural Pavilion in Cabo San Lucas.

In addition to the opening night excitement, other festival highlights are expected to include Thursday’s Filmmaker Reception at Puerto Los Cabos’ Wirikuta Cactus Garden, the largest cactus garden in the world, and Friday’s Art Walk and L.A. Hotel Cafe Concert featuring singer-songwriter Sara Barreilles, the Grammy award-winning Cary Brothers, popular indie band Harper Blynn, as well as singers Madi Diaz and Holly Conlan.

 

Los Cabos Convention Center will most most of the Baja International Film Festival's events and activities.

Closing night begins early, with a 5 p.m. red carpet event at the Los Cabos Convention Center featuring some of the festival’s celebrity attendees, followed by the festival’s final film, and a post-screening Q & A session. Red carpet festivities will then continue with a walk up to the VIP cocktail reception and subsequent awards ceremony dinner. The guest list at the sit-down dinner will include some of the U.S. and Mexican film industrys’ most acclaimed filmmakers, with awards handed out in several categories, including Feature Films, Short Films, and Documentaries. After dinner and the awards presentations, the festival will conclude by honoring selected actors and directors with achievement awards.

An announcement has also been made about the subjects and schedule for the festival’s panel discussions, which will feature distinguished groups of actors and directors discussing topics relevant to the industry. The panel discussions will be part of Friday’s Film Forum Mexico-USA, and  will primarily touch on challenges associated with investment and funding. The forum is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the Los Cabos Convention Center, with specific issues to include tax incentives, investment mechanisms for producing in the U.S. and Mexico, production costs, locations and facilities in Mexico, distribution in the U.S., and opportunities for Mexican talent in the U.S.

Still pending is information on the winner of the screenplay contest, which is being co-sponsored by Virgin Produced, the film and television division of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.The grand prize winner of the screenplay contest will receive a complimentary stay at a local luxury resort for the duration of the festival, as well as two all-access VIP passes for screenings and events. The winning screenplay will also be given production consideration by Virgin. The submission deadline was October 26th, and information on the top three finalists will be announced via press release during the run-up to the festival.

For more information about the First Annual Baja International Film Festival, visit www.bajainternationalfilmfestival.com, or email info@bajafilmfest.com.

All photos courtesy of the Baja International Film Festival.

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32nd Annual Bisbee’s Black & Blue: Winner Takes Home $2.396 Million

by Chris Sands

Results for the 32nd Annual Bisbee’s Black & Blue and Los Cabos Offshore Tournaments

Billed as “The World’s Richest Fishing Tournament,” the 32nd Annual Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament was held last week, with top honors going to angler Dave Sanchez, who bagged a 465-pound blue marlin off Cabo San Lucas aboard Frantic Pace. Bisbee’s awarded nearly $2.473 million in prizes this year, with almost the entirety going to Sanchez and his team, who earned $2.396 million as the only group to meet the 300 pound qualifying limit. Although this year’s payout fell short of the record $4.165 million awarded in 2006, which included $3.9 million to a single team, Sanchez didn’t seem terribly broken-hearted.

“I’m really starting to like this offshore fishing,” said a jovial Sanchez, whose largest catch prior to the tournament was a largemouth bass he reeled in near his home in Kansas City, Missouri. “We had a lot of fun, it was a great team effort and I’m just glad we ran across that fish. We found one, caught it, and as luck would have it that was all it took.”

 

32nd Annual Bisbee's Black & Blue

The huge prize money, as always, was a major lure, attracting top big-game fishermen from more than a dozen countries to the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, an area known for its superb marlin fishing. More than 740 anglers aboard 106 boats competed in the 2012 event. Entrants had to put up $63,100 to enter in all jackpot levels, including $10,000 daily. The Frantic Pace team swept the major categories this year, taking home Top Tournament, Top Jackpot, and Top Captain. This year’s Black and Blue was presented by Cabo Riviera Marina and Golf Resort, and major sponsors included the Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort, Baja Cantina, Montauk Tackle Company and David Wirth

A few days earlier, Bisbee’s held their other major October tournament, the Los Cabos Offshore, affectionately known as “Little Bisbee’s.” Although Little Bisbee’s doesn’t feature feature the enormous prize money of the Black and Blue, it got plenty of attention this year, donating the entirety of the tournament proceeds to charity for the first time. A check for over $102,000 was presented to Casa Hogar, a local orphanage, and all future LCO events are expected to adopt the same charitable format.

 

Frantic Pace at the 32nd Annual Bisbee's Black & Blue

“Thank all of you for making this possible,” said Wayne Bisbee, the tournament’s director, speaking to anglers at the awards banquet. “You caught some really nice fish, released a bunch more and helped make things brighter for some boys who really need a boost. This week, the Los Cabos Offshore Charity Tournament grew up in a big and special way.”

Sea Angel is blessed with a winner.

A total of 466 anglers on 80 teams competed for the LCO’s nearly half a million in cash prizes, with nearly three-quarters of the boats entering across the board. The biggest prize went to Chupacabra, a 64′ Hatteras helmed by Capt Jesse Scarborough, with Roy Oliver and his team of anglers awarded $206,973 for sweeping the Day One Marlin Jackpots and the 1st Place Marlin with a 583-pound blue. Sneak Attack, a 65 American Custom Yacht skippered by Capt. Sammy Talbert, earned $189,837 for weighing the second largest fish and garnering all of the Day Two Marlin Jackpots, with angler Darin Antin bringing in the team’s 565-pound blue.

In other Bisbee’s news, the schedule for next year’s events has already been announced. The East Cape Offshore Tournament will kick things off, and is slated for July 23-27. The Los Cabos Offshore Tournament, also known as Little Bisbee’s, will be held October 18-20, with the Black and Blue Marlin Tournament to follow on October 22-26. For more information, visit www.bisbees.com, or email wayne@bisbees.com.

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

by Meghan Fitzpatrick

Sponsors Are Rallying Behind SUP Mexico Championships!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Baja International Film Festival Announces Hotel and Travel Partners

by Chris Sands

The organizers of the Baja International Film Festival have announced their hotel and travel partners for the inaugural event, which will be held in Los Cabos from November 14th through the 17th. This release, following on the heels of the recent announcement of the festival’s advisory board, fills out the roster of industry leaders and local partners supporting the eagerly anticipated destination event, which is being billed as the “Cannes of Latin America.”

The First Annual Baja International Film Festival is being spearheaded by co-founders Sean and Scott Cross, who also started the Vail Film Festival and the Colorado Film Institute, and will feature four days of screenings, presentations, panel discussions, award ceremonies, and other galas and receptions. The slate of films for the festival has not yet been released , but it is expected that up to 70 films will be picked, of which an estimated 30 will be feature length.

Baja International Film Festival will feature walks down the red carpet

 

Festival guests will be welcomed at some of the area’s top luxury hotels, including the boutique Hotel El Ganzo on the Marina at Puerto Los Cabos; Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Deluxe, Holiday Inn Los Cabos, and Hola Grand Faro on San Jose del Cabo’s Playa Hotelera; and the Tourist Corridor resorts One & Only Palmilla, Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos, Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Zoetry Casa del Mar, Dreams Los Cabos, and Hilton Los Cabos.

Guests will also have access to first-class services from the festival’s travel partners, with Grupo Aeroportuario assisting with air travel, Easy Cell Rentals with local cell phone rentals, Transcabo with local ground transportation, and Baja.com with general travel needs.

For additional information on the Baja International Film Festival, visit www.bajainternationalfilmfestival.com.

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Plan the perfect trip

1 day

Cabo San Lucas is a jewel with many facets, but cruise ship passengers and other short-term visitors will find it is possible to learn a great deal about the city in the course of a single day. The following sample itinerary offers some suggestions for abbreviated visits to our seaside paradise.

Morning

The main square, Plaza Amelia Wilkes, provides a perfect starting point for the day’s activities. Not only is the square bordered by Cabo Coffee Company, a haven for those seeking a little morning caffeination, but also by two of Cabo’s most historically significant landmarks. The Catholic church, Iglesia Catolica de San Lucas, was originally built in 1730, and in addition to being the center of local religious life, is by far the oldest building in the city. The natural history museum, Museo Cabo San Lucas, is one of the cultural centers, and features exhibits focusing on the original inhabitants of the area, the region’s piratical history, and the abundant marine life found in the Sea of Cortez. Both buildings are open to the public, and have no admission fee.


By local acclamation, the best breakfasts in Cabo are found at Mama’s Royal Cafe. Located half a block from the main square, this popular eatery combines a charming courtyard dining area with a menu of Mexican and American favorites, and a huge selection of homemade salsas. Their specialty is a decadent Pan Francaise stuffed with cream cheese, topped with berries, and flambeed in orange liqueur. But don’t worry. You can burn off the calories with a morning constitutional along the Malecon. This broad avenue hugs the Marina, and provides a glimpse into the seagoing history of San Lucas. Stroll past pangas, pirate ships, and private yachts, or enjoy a bit of shopping at Puerto Paraiso Mall and the high-end boutiques of Luxury Avenue.

Afternoon

Cabo’s best known beach is called Playa El Medano. This two mile stretch of golden sand is rimmed by luxury resorts, and is also populated with a succession of palapa-shaded restaurants and cantinas. Medano Beach is ground zero during the Spring Break months, when students from the U.S., Canada, and mainland Mexico congregate there for fun in the Baja sun, but draws crowds year round for its combination of safe swimming conditions and congenial oceanfront atmosphere. Mango Deck and The Office are the most popular restaurants on the beach, and both offer privileged vantage points from which to enjoy a cold cerveza or a lunch platter featuring fresh local seafood selections.

After lunch, head over to JT Water Sports. This water-based rentals company is a great place to pick up a kayak or waver runner for a trip out to Lover’s Beach. If Medano is the bikini-clad center of Cabo’s beach culture, Playa del Amor is a scenic and lightly used outpost. Situated near the rock formations at Land’s End, Lover’s can only be reached by water (unless you’re a rock climber), and is a great place for swimming, snorkeling, or a romantic afternoon picnic.

Evening

El Arco, or the Arch, is the signature landmark of Cabo San Lucas. This unique granite rock formation was used as a navigational aid during the days of the Manila Galleon Trade, but is perhaps better known as the gateway between the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean. The best time to see the Arch is at sunset, when the sky is an explosion of purple and orange, and golden light plays upon the waves as the sun sinks just beyond the horizon.

The luxury catamaran Caborey offers excellent sunset dinner cruises, with photo opportunities of Land’s End and El Arco, a fine dining menu that includes steak and lobster, and a postprandial floor show featuring traditional Latin American singing and dancing. After docking, head to another famous landmark: Cabo Wabo Cantina. Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar‘s bar has been a fixture of the local nightlife scene for over twenty years, and boasts the best live music anywhere in the city. A shot or two of their fine tequila is also recommended, and is an appropriate way to toast your day in paradise.

3 days

Need a long weekend away from the cares and worries of the workaday world? Not only does Cabo San Lucas offer plenty of sun and sand, but a host of relaxing resort activities, from fishing and golf to surfing and soothing spa treatments. Three days is more than enough time to refresh mind, body, and spirit while sampling the playful pursuits and dining delights of this premier Mexican vacation destination.

Day One

One of the oldest hotels in Cabo San Lucas, Mar de Cortez offers a central location within easy walking distance of the Marina and Medano Beach, as well as excellent value accommodation. The property’s charms extend to the superb on-site restaurant, Baja Peppers. Start your weekend in paradise with eggs benedicts and mimosas, then work off any lingering jet lag with a scenic walk along Medano Beach. This two mile stretch is home to seaside restaurants and luxury resorts, and offers water-based activities such as swimming, kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing, and stand up paddle surfing. Hungry again? Expand your beach horizons with lunch at ME Cabo Hotel’s Nikki Beach. This hip poolside hot spot is a perfect place for an afternoon snack.

The tall ship Sunderland sails near Land’s End. Image: Sunderland

The tall ship Sunderland sails near Land’s End. Image: Sunderland

Later, enjoy spectacular views of Lover’s Beach and Land’s End with a sunset cruise aboard one of the last of the tall ships, the topsail schooner Sunderland. Built in 1885, the boat and her salty crew evoke the piratical history of San Lucas, albeit with tropical cocktails available to forestall any cutlass fencing. Afterwards, visit one of the city’s fine dining fixtures. Edith’s has been a popular dinner destination for decades, with delicious seafood and Mexican-accented menu selections from their mesquite grill. Finish your first evening with a trip to Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina, home of the best live music in Los Cabos. Dance the night away with classic rock and roll, as well as a few samples of the house tequila.

Day Two

If you’re still feeling the effects of that last margarita at Cabo Wabo, chilaquiles at Lolita’s are certainly indicated. This traditional Mexican specialty is renowned as a cure-all, and Lolita’s makes the best in all of Los Cabos. Once you’ve settled your mind, take care of your body at Casa Dorada’s Saltwater Spa. The pampering full-service spa at this Medano Beach resort features curative treatments utilizing the mineral rich waters of the Sea of Cortez. The local waters are also known for yielding an abundance of fresh and delicious seafood, so walk down the beach to Mango Deck for a combination platter. The restaurant is particularly popular during the Spring Break months, but is a great barefoot dining spot year round, and is an wonderful place to people watch and see the waves washing over the sand.

Golfing Legend Jack Nicklaus has designed many of the area’s best courses, but his greatest achievement locally is the spectacular layout at Cabo del Sol. Like Nicklaus’ favorite course, Pebble Beach, Cabo del Sol has holes hugging the sea, but only in Cabo can you see whales breaching as you line up a putt. After signing you scorecard, dress for dinner at Alcaravea Gourmet. Chef Enrique Gerrard’s Mediterranean-themed restaurant has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the city’s top fine dining destinations. Beloved by locals, reservations are a must at this European-style downtown eatery. Follow your delicious dinner with drinks at El Squid Roe, AKA party central. Along with Cabo Wabo, Squid Roe is one of the signature stops on the local nightlife circuit.

Day Three

Begin your final day at Mama’s Royal Cafe, makers of Baja’s best breakfast. Have a second helping of the Pan Francaise, you’ll need the energy for a day on the water with JC’s Sportfishing. Cabo San Lucas owes its rise as a resort destination to many factors, but the first hotels, built in the 1950s, were specifically built to cater to big-game fishermen enamored with the high concentration of marlin and sailfish in the Sea of Cortez. Don’t leave town without trying your luck, and if you hook anything, Chef Brian Solomon will be glad to cook it for dinner. His restaurant Solomon’s Landing specializes in seafood, and boasts an excellent waterfront location near the Wyndham Hotel. Check out the luxury yachts in the Marina as you enjoy a selection of appetizers from their on-site sushi bar, then finish your evening with craft beers at Baja Brewing Company. Baja’s only microbrewery has three locations, but the most impressive is their rooftop aerie at Cabo Villas. Sip a Peyote IPA as you admire the moonlight views of Medano Beach, Cabo San Lucas Bay and Land’s End, and try not to think about returning to reality in the morning.

1 week

There is always the danger, when spending a week or more in Cabo San Lucas, that you will become jaded by the seemingly infinite parade of lobster dinners, wine tastings, spa treatments, championship golf courses, and breathtaking sunset views of the Sea of Cortez. That is why it is best to limit all vacations here to five days. It allows for a keener appreciation of the pleasures offered by this unique resort destination.

Day One

Welcome to paradise! The first thing to do is kick off your shoes and enjoy a little barefoot dining on Medano Beach. The Office is one of the most popular restaurants on the beach, not only for their excellent seafood, but because of the intense satisfaction that comes from telling someone you are at the office while sipping a margarita through a straw. After these obligatory calls to friends and family, turn your phone off. You’re in Cabo now. Take a postprandial perambulation over to Amigos del Mar for your snorkel/scuba trip to Pelican Rock, Sand Falls, or other top sites in Cabo San Lucas Bay. The abundance of marine life here is staggering, and whether you swim through schools of manta rays and sea lions, or find yourself staring down a shark or two, this is an unforgettable experience. When you’re breathing fresh air again, head back to your luxury resort, Capella Pedregal, for a quick nap before dinner. Sunset da Mona Lisa is located in the tourist corridor between the Cape cities, and looks back over the bay you’ve just explored, with stunning views of Land’s End and The Arch. Explore the seafood-centric menu, and ask sommelier Sabrina Sanchez to walk you through the wine list while you watch the sun set over the Sea of Cortez.

Day Two

The best breads and pastries in the city are found at The Cabo Bakery. Stop by early morning for fresh cinnamon rolls and coffee, or a salted brezel roll before your tee time at the Country Club. The Cabo San Lucas Country Club features one of the oldest courses in the area, and Roy Dye’s design provides a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. But don’t worry. Your three putts won’t seem as tragic when set against a magnificent Land’s End backdrop. After reliving a few highlights over drinks at the Double Eagle, it’s time for dinner at Maca Restaurante. This outstanding new eatery features a Spanish-influenced menu, an excellent selection of European wines, and a heady old-world atmosphere, from the beautiful old 1950s bullfighting posters to the  gourmet hams and prosciuttos available for purchase.

Day Three

You’re on vacation, so sleep in. You’ve earned the rest. For lunch, walk over to Baja Brewing Company. Baja’s only microbrewery has three locations in Los Cabos, but the most spectacular is on the rooftop terrace at Cabo Villas, overlooking Medano Beach, Cabo San Lucas Bay, and Land’s End. Try a flight of their draft beers while sharing one of their delicious gourmet pizzas. Afterwards, head up the coast for an off-road, all-terrain adventure with Baja Buggys. Race across the beach at Migriño, through canyons and arroyos, and visit the traditional village of Candelaria, home of the mountain potters. After returning to San Lucas, dinner is at DOC Wine Bar. Named for an Italian wine appellation classification, this superb restaurant is situated across the main square, Plaza Amelia Wilkes, and features an exquisite selection of Italian food and wine. When you have finished your plates of tiramasu, a moonlit walk along the Malecon is highly recommended.

Day Four

You’re staying at one of the world’s best boutique resorts, so take a little time to enjoy your  luxurious surroundings, from the wow-factor entrance (Mexico’s longest private tunnel), to the stunning ocean vistas. Breakfast is at Capella’s own Don Manuel’s, which features an open kitchen and the richest, most decadent comfort food you’ve ever tasted. Afterwards, explore the on-site Auriga Spa, which offers a full range of massages and therapies, as well as signature treatments based on the phases of the moon. After your hot stone massage, it’s time for the Sunset Jazz and Wine Cruise aboard the luxury catamaran Tropicat. Yes, it’s a tough life. Struggle through more scenic views of Lover’s Beach and Land’s End, and try not to curse your yacht captain when you spill a drop of your chardonnay. Dinner is back at the hotel. It’s al fresco at El Farallon, owner of the most privileged dining location in all of Los Cabos. Enjoy market-style seafood while perched on a cliff above the Pacific Ocean. Somebody has to do it.

Day Five

It’s hard to overdo decadence. Not if you’re doing it right. Sleep in again before lunching at Los Cabos Winery. Make arrangements to have a case of wine shipped home, so you can sip a bit of Cabernet during the evening hours, and pretend it is not six degrees outside. Afterwards, walk over to Cabo Dolphins and tell them you want to get in a pool with a porpoise. The dolphins are a delight, playful and intelligent, and will give you rides around the pool as you hang on to either a dorsal fin or two pectoral fins. They’ll also do a few flips and other tricks, just to show off. Finally, your last supper is at Los Tres Gallos, the finest purveyor of traditional Mexican cuisine in all of Los Cabos. Pair your chicken moles with bottles of Pellegrino. You’ll need to stay fresh for tequila shots and live music at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina. Dance until dawn. We’re not expecting you back for at least a week.

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Get to know Cabo San Lucas

Once the domain of European pirates and Mexican fishermen, in modern times Cabo San Lucas and the greater Los Cabos Corridor have evolved into a full-scale tourist destination. The infrastructure includes luxury resorts, beachfront vacation rentals, world-class golf courses, sportfishing charters, scuba diving operations, trendy clubs, fine dining, and even a glitzy, three-story shopping mall. Travelers can choose relaxation or adventure, browse handicraft markets or fine art galleries, and eat street food or five-star cuisine. The challenge is choosing from among the options and planning the trip that works best for you.

Located at the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas is situated along the Bay of San Lucas, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. A famed rock arch marks Finisterra, or Land’s End. A long, sandy and swimmable beach along the bay attracts snowbirds from the United States and Canada, families on holiday, and water enthusiasts of all kinds. Cruise ships also anchor in the bay and send visitors to shore by the thousands.

History

They had never seen men such as these, carrying thunder-throwing harquebusses and bucklers, armored with breastplates, greaves, gorgets, and heavy steel helmets.

The Pericu Indians lived in and around Cabo San Lucas for nearly 10,000 years before their first contact with European explorers. They were considered part of the Guaycura peoples, nomadic hunting and gathering tribes that roamed throughout Baja California Sur. Recent DNA evidence has suggested  the Pericues and Guaycuras originally migrated from the Pacific Rim, and were among the New World’s first colonizers.

They were “tall, straight, and well-formed,” according to George Shelvocke, who visited the area in the early 18th century, and whose writings and drawings provide much of our knowledge about the daily life of the Pericues. We know that they were one of the few coastal tribes to possess watercraft of any sophistication, and they were undoubtedly the first, if certainly not the last, to take advantage of the abundance of  fish, shellfish, and other marine life teeming in the waters off Los Cabos.

An 18th century drawing of two Pericu women by George Shelvocke, an English privateer.

An 18th century drawing of two Pericu women by George Shelvocke, an English privateer.

 

Hernando Cortez, whose name would later be given to these waters, was the acknowledged Spanish discoverer of Lower California in 1534, although Fortun Jimenez had set foot on the peninsula a year earlier. The Spanish colonization of Mexico was underway, and soon to become linked to imperialist designs in other parts of the world via the lucrative Manila Galleon trade, which began in earnest in the late 16th century.

This trade route extended from Luzon in the Philippines to Acapulco on Mexico’s Pacific coast, with plundered silver and gold headed one way, and silks and spices the other. The galleons used The Arch, the rock formation at Land’s End, as a navigational aid, and would put into Cabo San Lucas Bay for repairs, taking on fresh water at San Jose del Cabo before continuing on to Acapulco, where the goods were taken off and carried overland, bound for Spain. The presence of these treasure laden galleons had a magnetic effect on English and Dutch pirates, who were soon cruising the coast, lying in wait for Spanish ships.

Illustrating an engagement between a Spanish galleon and Dutch privateers

llustrating an engagement between a Spanish galleon and Dutch privateers

Sir Francis Drake himself was sailing the waters off San Lucas by 1578, and the English privateers scored their greatest victory in 1587, when Thomas Cavendish and crew sacked the reputedly invincible Santa Ana, seizing a fortune in gold and other valuable goods. Legend had it that freebooting privateers like Cavendish hid their treasure in coves and inlets up and down the coast, and locals have been looking for these stores of buried booty ever since.

The presence of English and Dutch privateers was a source of continual consternation to the Spanish, who decided to found a permanent settlement in the Capes region before the idea occurred to their European competitors, who had been accorded a friendly reception by the Pericues. The Spanish were not as well received, and sent in troops to quell Indian uprisings throughout the 1720s.

The first Jesuit mission was founded at San Jose del Cabo in 1730, with conversion efforts spearheaded by Nicolas Tamaral. Tamaral was ultimately unsuccessful, and was killed during an uprising in 1734, instigated by the punishment of Pericu shaman who had violated the Jesuits ban on polygamy. This rebellion turned out to be the last hurrah of the Pericues, who were extinct, at least as a culture, by 1768. As was the case with most North American Indians, the Pericues contact with European “civilizers” had led to widespread disease and devastation.

An engraving of Thomas Cavendish, who sacked the Santa Ana off the coast of Cabo San Lucas in 1587.

An engraving of Thomas Cavendish, who sacked the Santa Ana off the coast of Cabo San Lucas in 1587.

 

Evidence suggests Cabo San Lucas was sparsely populated throughout the 19th and early 20th century. The Pericues and the Jesuits were both long gone. So too was the Manila Galleon trade, and the pirates who preyed on it. Mexico had declared independence from Spain, and what settlement that remained was of little consequence, and far removed from the days of sea battles and spirited insurrections.

San Lucas did not begin growing again until after the first world war, when a tuna cannery operation arrived, and unwittingly participated in Cabo’s slow yet inexorable rise as an international tourist destination. As with the Pericu Indians, it was all about the fish

Places of Interest

El Arco/Land’s End

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

Iglesia Catolica de San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas is not known for its architectural monuments. The city does not boast a rich colonial legacy, and there are few buildings of any historical consequence, certainly nothing to compare with sister city San Jose del Cabo’s lovely colonial-style cathedral Misión de San José del Cabo Anuiti, or her 19th century City Hall with its murals depicting important events in the area’s development. However, the city does have a few notable buildings: the old cannery, the Casa de la Cultura, and, most importantly, the Iglesia Catolica de San Lucas.

 

A view of the church from Cabo’s main square, Plaza Amelia Wilkes.

Originally built in 1730,  Iglesia de San Lucas dates to the earliest period of the Jesuit missions in Baja California Sur, when missionaries like Padre Nicolas Tamaral were seeking to convert the native inhabitants of the area, the Pericu Indians. Tamaral wasn’t terribly successful in his conversion efforts. The natives unceremoniously killed him in 1734, apparently unwilling to accept his ban against polygamy. But despite Tamaral’s untimely end, the Catholic churches in both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are testaments to the priest’s deep devotion and single-minded sense of purpose.

The Jesuits were gone from Baja by 1768, and the Pericues were culturally extinct not long afterward. The church, however, has stood the test of time, and remains the best attended house of worship in the city. It has a place of honor near the main square, Plaza Amelia Wilkes, and perhaps more than other tourist attraction in Cabo San Lucas, offers a window into the religious and cultural life of the city’s inhabitants. Mexico remains a very Catholic country, and the church is the headquarters for the local parish.

The Iglesia de San Lucas is open to visitors on a daily basis, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with masses held every Saturday (7 p.m.) and Sunday (8:30 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m.). The noon mass on Sunday is performed in both English and Spanish. In addition to services, the church also plays an important role during festivals and religious holidays. The Iglesia is alternatively known as the Santuario de Guadalupe, and the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe, held annually on December 12th, is an event of significant cultural importance locally, and indeed throughout Mexico.

General Information

Where To Go - Iglesia Catolica de San Lucas is on Calle Cabo San Lucas, between Emiliano Zapata and Francisco Madero. It sits just off Cabo’s main square, Plaza Amelia Wilkes.

What to Bring - A healthy sense of respect, particularly in matters of dress. Casual clothing items such as t-shirts, shorts, and sandals are not considered appropriate.

Cost - The church is open to visitors daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no admission fee.

Contact Information - For additional information, contact the church at (624) 143-2666.

Playa Coral Negro

There is a beach in Cabo San Lucas that goes by many names - Playa Coral Negro, Playa Escondida, Cannery Beach, Playa El Balcon, 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 is perhaps more accurate: Hidden Beach. Hidden in plain sight.

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.

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

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 beach 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 towards the rocks rimming the far side of the beach.

If you look out towards 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 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).

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.

Medano Beach Center for Sun, Seafood, and Party Scene

It is the center of the city’s beach scene, a long stretch of golden sand that rims Cabo San Lucas Bay, and is lined with luxury resorts featuring Land’s End views. Medano Beach is ground zero during the Spring Break months in Cabo, when college students throng cantinas like Mango Deck and The Office, but the area remains busy year round, and even during the dog days of summer is a vast sandy expanse of umbrella-shaded lounge chairs and canopied sunbeds, bikinis and beach towels.

Medano Beach and Cabo San Lucas Bay. Image: Villa del Arco

Despite its reputation for Spring Break craziness, Medano Beach is also a popular gathering spot for families, and offers calm waters and safe swimming conditions, as well as plenty of fun activities choices. Although most of the fishing, sailing, and whale watching charters are based in the Marina neighborhood, Medano Beach is the best place in Cabo to find kayaks, jet skis, and other water-based rentals. Snorkel equipment is also available, as are stand up paddle surfboard rentals and lessons, and adventurous sorts can take parasailing trips on the bay, or fly high over the beach in a motorized hang glider. Water taxis often idle just offshore, and round trip tours to Land’s End and Lover’s Beach can easily be arranged.

Many large resorts border Medano Beach, with hotel guests treated to palapa-shaded swimming pools, easy beach access, and myriad onsite dining options. The beach is is also home to numerous cafes and cantinas, most with menus featuring American-style burgers and comfort food, as well as an array of fresh local seafood platters and combinations. Mango Deck and The Office are the most perennially popular of these seaside hangouts, although The Nikki Beach Club at ME Cabo Resort & Hotel remains the top stop for the hip set, with DJs spinning poolside, and a festive party atmosphere that continues well into the night.

 

Spring Break crowds congregate at Mango Deck. Image: Mango Deck

Where to Go:

Me Cabo Hotel:  Nikki Beach Club and the Passion Lounge are the hippest hangouts on the beach. Medano Beach, (624) 145-7800, www.me-cabo.com.

Mango Deck: Spring Break headquarters. Medano Beach, (624) 143-6767, www.mangodeckcabo.com

The Office: Home of the Fiesta Mexicana. Medano Beach, (624) 143-3464, www.theofficeonthebeach.com.

Baja Cantina: Hosts the best Ladies’ Night on the beach, Saturday nights at 9 p.m.

Medano Beach, 143-1591, www.bajacantina.com.mx.

Tio Water Sports: One of the top stops for kayaks, jet skis, and other water-based rentals.

Medano Beach, (624) 143-3399, www.tiosports.com.

Puerto Paraiso Shopping Mall

It is the city’s signature structure, and an essential landmark for visitors, who will never be lost as long as they orient themselves to the colonial-style tower, which is not only visible along the entire stretch of the marina boardwalk, but throughout the downtown tourist district.

Puerto Paraiso is the most ambitious and important of all the commercial spaces in Cabo San Lucas, an enormous shopping center with two distinct faces. The first, its sleek lines suggesting a bell curve, looks out upon the city streets and the long stretch of bars and clubs along Lazaro Cardenas. The second, the inward arching face, its features guarded by swaying palms and a cascading fountain, peers out over the pleasure craft crowding the marina’s succession of numbered docks.

The mall itself is a mixture of shopping and dining, air-conditioned emporiums and open-air terraces, as well as an outdoor entertainment plaza that occupies a privileged corner of the Malecon. Along with the ultra-premium boutiques of Luxury Avenue, this portion of the boardwalk is known as the Marina Golden Zone, and is considered the most prestigious and sought after stretch of retail space in all of Los Cabos.

Puerto Paraiso’s signature tower foregrounded by palm trees and the cascading waterfalls of the marina-side fountain.

The indoor shopping area features stores catering to virtually every vacation need, from resort clothing and hats to swimwear and sunglasses. Popular local boutiques like Cabo Style and Tropica Calipso have shops at Puerto Paraiso, and there are plenty of well-known chain stores represented, including Tommy Bahama, Hugo Boss, Kenneth Cole, and Lacoste.

Several of the city’s best restaurants, such as Senor Sweets and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, are located at Puerto Paraiso, with terrace seating a popular option for people watchers, sun worshipers, and those who want to watch the fishing boats bringing in the day’s catch. Beer lovers may want to sample the draft selections at Baja Brewing Company, while burger aficionados keep cool by the soda fountain at Johnny Rockets.

In addition to fashionable boutiques and an array of excellent restaurant options, the mall offers an eclectic mix of goods and services, ranging from coffee and ice cream shops to jewelry stores and art galleries. Visitors can enjoy movies in either English or Spanish at the 10-screen cinema, or get a bet down on the latest sporting event at the onsite casino.

There truly is something for everyone at this expansive shopping complex, which reaches across three levels, with over 50,000 square feet of commercial sprawl. The marina-side entertainment plaza even hosts activities and events, from concerts and wine tastings to larger  gatherings like the annual Cabo Marine Show, which showcases all the latest maritime gadgets and nautical toys.

Where To Go - Puerto Paraiso is on Av. Lazaro Cardenas, across from Leona Vicario. The shopping center is also accessible from the Cabo San Lucas Marina. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., although individual store hours may vary.

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

Baja Brewing Company at Cabos Villas Beach Resort

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

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

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

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


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


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

 

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Quintessential Quaffs: Signature Cabo Cocktails

by Chris Sands

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

Capella Sling, Capella Pedregal

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

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

The Waborita, Cabo Wabo Cantina

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

     Ingredients:

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

 

Guayaba Mojito, Hacienda Cocina y Cantina

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

Xtabentun Flaming Coffee Cocktail, Lorenzillo’s Live Lobster House

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

 

Flaming coffee, anyone? Quintessential Quaffs: Signature Cabo Cocktails

Cabo Fire, Cabo Lounge

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

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

General Information:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Los Cabos Open Golf Tournament

by Chris Sands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Meghan Fitzpatrick

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

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

Mike Doyle circa late 1960's

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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