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A Hidden Castle in Los Cabos: Sea of Cortez Luxury Get-Away

There is a hidden castle in Los Cabos: A Sea of Cortez luxury get-away!

by Chris Sands

 

A Hidden Castle in Los Cabos: Sea of Cortez Luxury Get-Away

There is a hidden castle in Los Cabos. It’s located just a few minutes outside San Jose del Cabo, and showcases many of the features you would expect in such an exalted structure: heavy wooden gates, stone turrets, archways, and hand-crafted furnishings. It also has a few features you might not expect, like the Infinity pool, elevated Jacuzzi, and spectacular Sea of Cortez views. An artful architectural blend of Moorish castle, Mediterranean villa, and Spanish hacienda, Castillo Escondido is one of the most singularly impressive vacation rentals in all of Baja, an exclusive beachfront property where guests can live like visiting royalty.

At over 4,500 square feet and spread across four levels, Castillo Escondido offers expansive and luxurious accommodations for up to eight adults and two children. The castle’s design is one of its most remarkable features, with ocean views available from all four suites, as well as the gourmet kitchen. Outdoor areas receive plenty of shade courtesy of the Mission tile roofing and the palapa-topped lounge area, while sun seekers can frolic in the pool, relax on one of the chaise lounges, or take a barefoot stroll along the golden sand beach.

 

View from the entrance of the hidden castle in Los Cabos

 

All the suites feature king-sized beds, as well as exquisite decor. The master suite is a study in sensuous pleasures, with a fireplace, private terrace, sybaritic shower area, and a layout so perfectly conceived that guests can occasionally see whales breaching just offshore while still in bed. All the suites have a theme, and the Zen, Safari, and Tropical Suites each have their own flawlessly appointed theme-appropriate decor, as well as their own spectacular ocean views. Each of the suites is situated so as to ensure maximum privacy, and is outfitted with luxurious linens and robes. Private terraces, pampering bath fixtures, and iPod docks are also available in all suites.

From marble columns to travertine floors, everything at Castillo Escondido is first-class. The lavish amenities at this unique East Cape property include a gourmet kitchen with marble countertops, two refrigerators, wine storage, and a Viking stove. The greatroom features an entertainment center anchored by an enormous plasma screen television, and other common areas include the pergola-shaded dining area, the palapa-topped lounge, and a fire-pit set just off the beach, with comfortable booth seating from which to enjoy the tropical nighttime sky, the glimmer of far off stars, and meditative whisper of gently lapping waves.

 

Your suite at the hidden castle in Los Cabos, on the Sea of Cortez

 

Internet access and air-conditioning are provided, as is daily maid service, with concierge services available from onsite property managers Mike Walker and Judy Gibson, who are happy to arrange everything from activities to grocery delivery. The castle is located right on the beach at La Laguna, where golf and other activities, from fishing and horseback riding to sailing and surfing, are mere minutes away.

EXCLUSIVE FOR BOOKINGS THROUGH BAJA.COM!
Baja.com readers who book their stay through Baja.com — this is a fabulous offer!  Castillo Escondido wants to treat you like royalty:  With a booking of a suite through Baja.com at this luxury retreat, Castillo Escondido will provide a private chef to create a sumptuous feast for your booked group.  Attire?  Whatever you want it to be at this castle by the sea.  

Want to discover your own hidden castle in Los Cabos?  Call Baja.com for more information!

 

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Wines from Baja: The Guadalupe Valley Comes to San Jose del Cabo

Wines from Baja: The Guadalupe Valley Comes to San Jose del Cabo

by Chris Sands

Mexico has long been lauded (and occasionally cursed the next morning) for liquid treasures such as beer, tequila, and mezcal, but only recently (thanks to companies like Wines from Baja) have Mexican wines been getting the international recognition they so richly deserve.

Rick Bayless receiving special award. Photo courtesy of WinesFromBaja

Thanks to consistently high quality wines from Guadalupe Valley (Valle de Guadalupe) , and the unflagging promotional efforts of proponents like Wines from Baja, a direct import company formed in 2010 by Roberto Tame and Marvin Nahmias, Mexican wine is seeing more widespread interest and attention. An article on the Mexican wine revolution was recently published in Wine Enthusiast, and Baja’s best bottles have been featured in Saveur and other top food and beverage oriented magazines. Celebrity chef Rick Bayless has also proved to be a major advocate. Host of the long-running PBS show Mexico One Plate at a Time, author of Mexican Everyday, and winner of the Aztec Eagle, the highest award given to foreigners by the Mexican government, Bayless has been vocal in his belief that Guadalupe Valley is producing world-class wines.

Home to the oldest wine growing culture in North America, Mexico’s top wine producers are mainly found in Baja California’s Valle de Guadalupe, near Ensenada in northern Baja. The hillsides of the Guadalupe Valley benefit from warm temperatures throughout the growing season, as well as the cooling coastal breezes enjoyed by so many of the West Coast’s top wine regions, and the valley’s benchmark producers are known for distinctive wines that reflect the valley’s unique terroir. Typically, Guadalupe Valley wines showcase international grape varietals like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Syrah, Zinfandel, Grenache, Cabernet Franc and Nebbiolo. Today, with nearly 100 wineries and cavas in the area, and even a small wine school — La Escuelita — started by wine guru Hugo D’Acosta, the Guadalupe Valley is gaining international acclaim.

 

Wines from Baja has recently stepped up promotion in Los Cabos with stands at the San Jose del Cabo International Airport.

 

Wines from Baja has recently stepped up promotion in Los Cabos with stands at the San Jose del Cabo International Airport, and the Cruise Ship Terminal in Cabo San Lucas, where visitors to the area are now welcomed with a taste of one Guadalupe Valley’s finest wines. During my recent visit to the stand at the Cruise Ship Service Center, the taster of choice was Monte Xanic‘s 2011 Chenin Colombard blend, a mineral-driven stunner boasting lovely tropical fruit notes, and a perfect antidote to the midday heat.

 

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San Jose del Cabo Art Walk: 2012-2013 Season Kicks Off

San Jose del Cabo Art Walk:  2012-2013 Season Kicks Off

by Yesica Pineda

2012 is the year when all awareness seems to be focused on our Mayan calendar. For those of you who wonder why, the Mayan calendar, which is the most exact calendar of all calendars known to humanity, starts a new cycle December 21st, 2012. Scholars and scientists, wizards and shamans are observing our cosmic alignments very closely in hope that all interpretations the present know about a new cycle in time is only but a doorway to a deeper awareness and a enlightened collective consciousness.

I thought this a perfect introduction, for it is said that Mayans, in their highest golden era of evolution (that means when their culture was the most peaceful and harmonious) honored a simple formula to everyday life: Energy + Time = Art.

In San Jose del Cabo, we honor this principle with great enthusiasm with our famous San Jose del Cabo Art Walk.  Walking in itself is an art of living; now imagine combining this with viewing art, sipping wine and dining at the fabulous neighborhood restaurants.

San Jose del Cabo is a charming town at Baja California Peninsula land’s end where a romantic renaissance movement defining San Jose del Cabo as an artsy town where time and space stop and merge has blossomed.

San Jose del Cabo Art Walk Kicks off! Photo courtesy of Prisma Lara

All galleries open their doors to visitors, inviting tourists and locals to mix in a relaxed and creative atmosphere.

Galleries like The Los Cabos Amber Gallery, where you can find one-of-a-kind jewelry and sculptures made from 22-25 million-year-old, 100 percent natural, untreated Chiapas Mexican amber; authentic Mexican artesanias; Mexican Folk Art; award-winning Mexican and international artists; paintings, sculptures, photography and prints. Galleries where you can interact with original art (life castings), admire genuine pottery and ceramic art, Mata Ortiz pottery, Zimbabwe’s sculptors, enjoy contemporary Mexican artists known nationally and internationally in important collections and museums; and places where to find Blacksmith Art and Restoration. Casa Dahlia is having 6 shows over the season highlighting the latest work by our own artists such as Antonio Farina, Antonio Viveros, Patricia Larsen, Luis Espiridion, Dinorah Dominguez, Leah Porter, and Sondra Richardson.

Photo courtesy of Prisma Lara

The Art Walk is starting one week early, October 25, but the big festivities will begin November 1 for Dia de los Muertos. As in the past years, each gallery will have altars and decorations, and live music and dancing in the street in conjunction with the town’s celebration which includes more of the same. Despite the construction happening on Morelos Street, we plan to carry on as usual. As a side note, they promise us to complete the construction the end of January. November 1st is something you don’t want to miss if you are to get closer to mystic Mexican culture.

The San Jose del Cabo Art Walk is a beautiful celebration of the simple art of living. Moment by moment, breath by breath…artist by artist,  fill your heart with enthusiasm for the beauty of things. Elevate your state of mind with the rewarding joy that creativity gives to the admirer.  Why not stay a few days and walk the town?

November through June, from 5:00 to 9:00, every Thursday.

Have you been to previous Art Walks in San Jose del Cabo?  What was your favorite part?  And where are you going to stay or dine if your go this year?  Let us know!

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Day of the Dead: Día de los Muertos, a Personal View

by Yesica Pineda

Writer Yesica Pineda takes a personal look at Day of the DeadDía de los Muertos.  Celebrate with her.

 

Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead. A poignant time of celebration.

“Rest in Peace.” How would you like to be celebrated once you are dead? Personally, I want people to be happy when they think of me. Maybe because I myself grew up in a family that celebrates the death with joy, or maybe because, as a Mexican girl, I identify with a way of living that honors death as a way to remember how to honor life. After all, Mexico is known around the world for its beautiful celebrations on November 1-2, Day of the Dead:  Día de los Muertos. It is tradition to create an altar where our Dead’s favorite food and drinks are placed, with the idea that the dead will come and celebrate with the living. During this time, Mexico is filled with multidimensional energy — a unity that is represented through art and music and some pageantry. San Jose del Cabo is no exception:  Festivals and art exhibits color the town.

This year our authentic Art District launches the Art Walk with this festivities. Each gallery will have altars and decorations, live music and dancing in the street in conjunction with the town’s celebration which presents Día de Muertos Festival. One of my favorite Mexican traditions related to the Day of the Dead is what we know as “calaveras.” The calaveras are laconic epitaphs written in verse and dedicated to friends and others only on the Day of the Dead. What makes them such a great tradition is once a year, everybody is free to express what they think about each other without fear, because everyone expects it to be a truthful and humorous observation. Because people don’t find it easy to speak their minds about each other, the calaveras are considered a type of brave literature. It dates back to the XIX century. The writer must see death with a good sense of humor, write it in verse (octaves or tenths), the rest is freestyle. Here is my calavera for this year! To my father:

Este poeta y trovador

valiente siempre y soñador

esta vez por ser valiente

se quedó soñando en muerte.

A traditional altar for Día de los Muertos: Day of the Dead

Where do you want to stay in San Jose del Cabo to experience authentic celebrations?
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Hail To The Chef: Habanero’s in San Jose del Cabo

by Chris Sands

Tadd Chapman’s Habanero’s in San Jose del Cabo features spicy offerings from one of San Jose del Cabo’s most seasoned culinary craftsmen.

 

 

Since its opening in 2004, Habanero’s Gastro Grill & Tequila Bar has been one of the brighter stars in San Jose del Cabo’s fine dining firmament, offering an intimate, casually upscale bistro environment, and first-class cuisine courtesy of celebrity chef Tadd Chapman. Chapman is one of Los Cabos’ most noted restaurateurs. He’s opened several restaurants in the downtown area, and is currently helming the major renovation of another local dining treasure, Don Sanchez Cantina Restaurante. Habanero’s can’t compete with the new Don Sanchez in terms of square footage, but the restaurant has many endearing charms.

Affordability is one Habanero’s signal assets. Food this good is seldom available at such generous prices, but Chapman is committed to maintaining his local following, and the combination of superior quality and budgetary value has attracted a lot of loyalty. The breakfast menu will appeal to even the most frugal visitors, with a selection of Mexican and American favorites offered at extremely affordable prices. Enjoy bagels and breakfast burritos, build your own omelet, or live it up with one of the delicious Eggs Benedict options. For a real treat, try the French Toast stuffed with black forest ham and cheese in a cinnamon egg batter, and topped with butter and syrup. Pair the french toast with a mimosa, and you’ve found one of the better ways to begin a day.

Tadd Chapman's Habanero's in San Jose del Cabo features specialties like sliders

Habanero’s also benefits from a lack of pretension. The restaurant has a friendly, informal atmosphere, and Chapman doesn’t attempt to show off with exotic ingredients and baroque presentations. He’s confident enough in his considerable abilities to dispense with such frivolities, and the lunch menu provides a perfect example of his casual yet precise approach to culinary excellence, a comfort food feast that features fine dining twists on favorites like tacos, fajitas, and hamburgers. Highlights include the sublime Chipotle Tequila BBQ Baby Back Ribs, served with French fries and Caesar salad, and the Mexican Combo platter. The latter will satisfy the heartiest of appetites, and showcases an assortment of traditional delicacies such as cheese and epazote chile rellenos, red enchiladas, grilled flank steak, prickly pear cactus, black beans, and poblano rice.

Restaurants rarely establish their reputations on breakfast and lunch dishes, however. Dinner is the star maker, and Habanero’s shines brightest after the sun goes down. Chapman specializes in “Mexican Fusion,” but the menu features enough variety to please all palates. Steak lovers will thrill to the superb Filet Mignon, a prime cut of Sonoran beef with port and portabella au jus, garlic mashed potatoes, and fresh seasonal vegetables. Couples can share the Surf and Turf for Two, in which a broiled lobster is added to keep the filet company. Temporarily, anyway.  And fish aficionados will appreciate the Blackened Ahi Tuna with papaya and pineapple salsa. In fact, the tuna dishes here all all terrific, including delicious appetizers like Ginger Ahi Tuna Ceviche and Habanero’s signature Spicy Tuna Sushizza.

Habanero's in San Jose del Cabo adds a twist to Ahi ceviche

In addition to his culinary capabilities, Chapman is also an oenophile, and the wine list reflects the chef’s love of the grape, offering a rich array of internationally representative selections from the U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Spain, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand. Baja’s Guadalupe Valley is particularly well represented, with bottles from some of the best wineries in the country’s best wine region. You can even order a glass of aged port to accompany your Cajeta Butterscotch Flan, one of many decadent pleasures on the dessert menu. Offerings from the onsite bar are also available, from cocktail specialties like mojitos and margaritas to single malt scotch and premium tequilas. Habanero’s tequila selection is immense, by the way, and adventurous sorts can sample a few liquid treasures from premium producers of this traditional Mexican liquor. It’s a fitting way to end an evening at one of Los Cabos’ most consistently satisfying restaurants.

General Information:
Habanero’s in San Jose del Cabo is located on Boulevard Mijares, and is open for breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served nightly from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m., and reservations are recommended. For more information, call (624) 142-2626, or visit their website at www.habanerosgastrogrill.com

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All photos courtesy of Habanero’s Gastro Grill and Tequila Bar.

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Gaia: Life Awareness in Baja

By Yesica Pineda

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.  — Lao Tzu

Gaia in Greek mythology was the mother of all. We used it to call to the Earth. So in the present, when we see the name Gaia, we think of our mother Earth–She,who provides our life needs. Which is exactly what Gaia, the store and workshop, offers to us, right here in San Jose del Cabo.  Gaia:  Life Awareness in Baja…

Gaia ~ Store and Workshop ~ is a Baja land experience; one that awakens us to a real-earth consciousness.  It is a food store which makes available healthy and organic sustainable foods that are not genetically modified and are created without chemicals or additives.  This is clean and living food like nuts, seeds, grains, spices, alternative flours, vinegars, oils, alternative pastas, breads, crackers, fresh goat milk, yogurt, and cheese, soy yogurt, agave syrup, honey, stevia, turbinado sugar, seed crackers, sprouted cereals, seed and nut milks, fresh  juices, fresh vegetables in season, a natural personal care line, and so forth.  They are the things that are really needed to sustain and nurture.

Located at the Montessori school, Educarte,  in San Jose del Cabo, this space hosts community workshops in the afternoons and evening, that focus on sustainability and permaculture,  healthy, vegan and raw nutrition,  and holistic wellness.

“I realized how passionate I was to be able to share shifts in nutrition, permaculture and  sustainability awareness. Helpful skills so that we can all be healthy and autonomous in our care for the planet, lives, food choices,” says Kim Clapham, the owner.

How to Get There: Gaia ~ Store and Workshop ~  address is PADRE MANUEL GARCIA 1339 COL: MAURICIO CASTRO C.P. 23443 SAN JOSE DEL CABO, BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR.

What to expect at Gaia: An organic food store and a Urban Garden that offers workshops that teach how to cultivate food in your own home and how to prepare and cook healthy dishes.

Have you been to Gaia?  What did you think?  Share your comments and experiences with us below.

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Tadd Chapman’s Don Sanchez: Signature San Jose del Cabo Restaurant Gets a Major Makeover

by Chris Sands

Since moving to Los Cabos fourteen years ago, chef and restaurateur Tadd Chapman has been one of key figures in San Jose del Cabo’s ever-evolving dining scene, responsible for signature fine dining spots like Habanero’s Gastro Grill and Tequila Bar, and Don Sanchez Cantina Restaurante. Chapman is currently making another ambitious move, undertaking a sweeping renovation of the extensive space situated below the current incarnation of Don Sanchez. The upgraded version of this popular dinner destination will include a wine bar, tapas lounge, outdoor grill, and an expansive palapa-shaded courtyard dining area complete with live entertainment and a stage-front dance floor.

A three-dimensional illustration of the soon-to-be-completed courtyard dining area at Don Sanchez.

The new-look Don Sanchez will be a sensory pleasure palace that conjures the halcyon days of supper clubs and cafe society, when an evening out wasn’t just about a meal, but an experience. From a sweeping spiral staircase, perfect for dramatic courtyard entrances, to stone Cantera-tiled floors that harken back to Mexico’s colonial past, the harmonized, detail-oriented design elements will provide the restaurant with a classic, yet thoroughly contemporary atmosphere.

Chapman specializes in “Baja Contemporary” cuisine, therefore it is not at all surprising that the restaurant will feature not only a superb selection of steaks and local seafood delicacies – all accented with traditional Mexican ingredients –  but a small-plate tapas lounge situated above the courtyard dining area. Dinner will, of course, be the main focus at Don Sanchez…but this atmospheric and wine-friendly eatery will also be perfectly conducive to extended lunching. Live music will be a staple here, as well.  Among other performers, there will be the eight-piece Cuban orchestra currently performing at Don Sanchez, that attempts to draw guests onto the dance floor.

An oenophile’s paradise: The exposed cellar and wine bar that will greet visitors to Don Sanchez.

A devoted wine lover, Chapman is committed to outfitting the upgraded Don Sanchez with a state-of-the-art wine bar and exposed cellar area, stocked with a large and well-balanced selection of bottles from producers around the world.  Don Sanchez will feature affordable prices and offer modest corkage fees. Sommeliers will be on hand to assist guests with wine selections, and if you fall in love with your dinner wine, or want some Champagne to share back at the suite, carry-out sales are permissible until 11 p.m.. Premium tequila selections will also be available.

As Don Sanchez transitions to its new location, the current upstairs dining area will also undergo a transformation, becoming a sports bar and comfort-food restaurant known as Retro. The revamped Retro will boast a new design and decor evoking the popular culture of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, complete with vintage arcade games like Pac-Man. Retro will be a great place to enjoy burgers and beers, and the perfect spot to catch up on all the latest American, Canadian, and Mexican sporting events.

For visitors to San Jose del Cabo, Don Sanchez is located on Boulevard Mijares, a short walk from City Hall and the town square. The renovations are scheduled to be completed by October 15th, with a series of open houses slated to accompany the the opening of the expanded wining and dining facilities. The upstairs changeover to Retro will occur during late October and early November.  For information and updates on upcoming events, visit the restaurant’s website, their Facebook page, or call (624) 142-2444.

Imagining the classical features and colorful accents of the completed courtyard patio area.

 

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All photos courtesy of Don Sanchez Cantina Restaurante.

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Perseids Meteor Shower in San Jose del Cabo

by Yesica Pineda

One thing about the sky is that it is free to be seen by everyone, from everywhere. Its wonderful tones of light, in vast and dynamic ranges, seem to reflect the mood changes of our planet — it makes ‘sky sighting’ one  of the most magical past-times possible.  For me, in its constant flow of change, the sky reflects who we are. And, I have never met anyone who does not like the sky. That’s why the coming weeks are so exciting.

The Perseid meteor shower will peak Aug. 12. Photo courtesy of Milky Way Scientists

In July and August, the San Jose del Cabo sky offers a sky meteor shower so spectacular that missing it really would be a regrettable choice. (For me, it would be like missing an opportunity for contemplation of the Self and the realization of life on Earth.)

Meteor showers are annual events, during which more shooting stars than usual can be seen over a period of several nights.  During this spectacle, meteors seem to radiate from a particular point in the sky.  The showers happen when earth, in its orbit around the sun, moves through dust particles that are called the ‘meteoroid stream’.

During the Perseids meteor shower this year, you might be able to see meteors any time from July 23 – August 22, but the phenomenon will most likely peak from August 10-13.  The San Jose del Cabo coastline offers a privileged view to those who choose to  look up. The sky is open, clear and free from city lights.  Be advised that the Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, with up to 60 meteors per hour. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Perseus but the meteors appear in all parts of the sky.

Meteors are typically best after midnight (look to the northeast) but in 2012, with the moon rising into the predawn sky, you might want to watch in late evening as well. Try early mornings, for less moonlight. It’ll also be a beautiful early morning scene with the moon on those mornings near to the bright planets Venus and Jupiter in the eastern predawn sky.

Here is San Jose del Cabo moon calendar for those days:

August 10
Sunrise: 6:54 a.m.
Sunset: 7:56 p.m.
Moonrise: 12:54 a.m.
Moonset: 2:29 p.m.

August 11
Sunrise: 6:55 a.m.
Sunset: 7:55 p.m.
Moonrise: 1:38 a.m.
Moonset: 3:19 p.m.

August 12
Sunrise: 6:55 a.m.
Sunset: 7:54 p.m.
Moonrise: 2:25 a.m.
Moonset: 4:08 p.m.

August 13
Sunrise: 6:56 a.m.
Sunset: 7:54 p.m.
Moonrise: 3:16 a.m.
Moonset: 4:56 p.m.

Five Perfect Meteor-Shower Watching Scenarios:

  1. Camp that weekend at your beach of choice  on your way to the East Cape way
  2. Enjoy dinner at one of our beach front restaurants like 7 Seas, Mama Mia, Agua, Zipper’s and whenever you are ready step into the sand, lay down and look up.
  3. Bring your favorite Baja wine, or your local beer, prepare some ceviche or your appetizer of choice, and light a bonfire at your beach of preference a long San Jose del Cabo’s coastline.
  4. Take a silent walk by the ocean (perhaps hand in hand with a loved one), and await a sparky meteor trail.
  5. Stay at a villa with Ocean view,turn off the lights, play some relaxing music, and sit by the terraza to enjoy the show.

    Villa Captiva, a vacation rental in San Jose del Cabo

 

 

 

 

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Golf in San Jose del Cabo

By Yesica Pineda

San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas offer a wealth of activities, from water sports to shopping to nightlife to outdoor adventures.  Somewhere in such a flurry of activity, it can be refreshing to take a step back from the excitement and just spend a day golfing on the green.

El Dorado Golf Course

Golf getaways can be a perfect vacation, and there is no place in the world like Baja to get your game on.  With their world class facilities and breathtaking natural backdrops, golfing in Cabo can be a serene experience for the pros and the neophytes, alike. Never golfed before?  Fear not; the selection of courses is varied and there is something to fit every taste, will a little Baja flavor, of course.

Golf Courses in SJC

San Jose del Cabo, in Baja California Sur, Mexico is landscape to 4 Jack Nicklaus signature Golf Courses.  Jack Nicklaus‘ achievements in Golf are legendary. Besides his 18 professional major  championships as a player, for four straight years (2004-’07) Golf Inc. magazine ranked Jack  Nicklaus as “The Most Powerful Person in Golf,” for his impact on the industry through his course design work, marketing and licensing business, and involvement on a national level with various charitable causes. Nicklaus was honored at the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In the golf design world, his signature style is focused on enhancing the natural environment, and creating courses that are both challenging and enjoyable for players of all levels.

Club Campestre San Jose is located in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, overlooking the Sea of Cortez. It is a spectacular 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course, with breathtaking landscapes of the ocean, mountains and the desert, a Social and Beach Club and jogging trails.

Palmilla Golf Club is Jack Nicklaus’ first Latin America design and is recognized as the Grand Dame of golf in Los Cabos. The course of 6,900 yards and 18 holes is divided into the Arroyo Nine, the Mountain Nine and the Ocean Nine. The Ocean Course actually flows to the ocean as you play on the beaches of the Sea of Cortez. It enjoys five sets of staggered tee boxes, stunning fairways, four lakes and deep shifts in elevation. It has been rated as one of the top 100 in the world by Great Golf Resorts of the World. Palmilla Golf Club has hosted the 1997 PGA Senior TOUR, Senior Slam with Hale Irwin defeating Jack Nicklaus, Ray Floyd and Gil Morgan. It was the host of the 2007 Audi World Cup Finals, the biggest amateur event in the World.  What’s the best hole at Palmilla?  Check out the video!

Puerto Los Cabos was designed by Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. It features two spectacular signature golf courses: 9 holes from Jack Nicklaus and 9 holes from Greg Norman. Open for play in 2008, Puerto Los Cabos is a resort destination, five minutes from San José’s historic downtown with its art galleries, fine restaurants and shopping.

Jack Nicklaus’ Signature El Dorado Golf Club is the third Nicklaus designed course in Los Cabos. There are six oceanfront holes by the Sea of Cortes and the remaining 12 holes carved out in two pristine canyons with beautiful trees, cactus and rock formations. It has four lakes, where six holes come into play — some of the finest in the world. El Dorado will be remembered for drives from elevated tees, along with the short par-3 17th, where waves crash into the picturesque green setting.

Palmilla Golf Course

Golf Etiquette

The game of golf should be played in the correct spirit.  Here are the 10 crucial rules that you don’t want to forget when you hit the course.

1. Show consideration to other players.

2. Play at a good pace and be ready to invite faster moving groups to play through.

3. Take care of the course by smoothing bunkers, replacing divots and repairing ball marks on the greens.

Before starting your round you are advised to:

4. Read the Local Rules on the scorecard and the notice board

5. Put an identification mark on your ball; many golfers play the same brand of ball and if you can’t identify your ball, it is considered lost

6. Count your clubs; you are allowed a maximum of 14 clubs

During the round:

7. Don’t ask for advice from anyone except your partner (i.e., a player on your side) or your caddies; don’t give advice to anyone except your partner; you may ask for information on the rules, distances and the position of hazards, the flagstick, etc.

8. Don’t play any practice shots during play of a hole

9. Don’t use any artificial devices or unusual equipment, unless specifically authorized by Local Rule

Last, but never least:

10. Revel in the beauty of the course and the fun of the game.

What’s your favorite course in Cabo?  Let us know where the best games you’ve played have been!  

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Finding the Perfect Restaurant in San Jose del Cabo

by Yesica Pineda

Perfection is always relative to the eye of the beholder; it is interdependent with the moment at hand, and the moment at hand is always changing.

Chef Tadd Chapman's Chicken Voodoo

Thus, let us just say that perfection is recognized by a sensation of happiness. Also, in Mexico we have an adage that says: Estomago lleno, corazon contento. This translates as: in a full stomach, a happy heart.

Restaurants in San Jose del Cabo are as international as the world; your experience can go from the most native taste at El Mercado de San Jose to your international cuisine of preference: Mexican, Thai, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, American. Nonetheless, what makes San Jose del Cabo culinary culture a gourmet experience is the use of local ingredients and concepts with international flavors.

Our locally renowned Chef F. Tadd Chapman has coined the term “Mexican Fusion” Cuisine to best describe this mix. In 2010 Tadd was voted “Best Chef in Los Cabos” by the general public in the Cabo Social “Best of Cabo Awards.” In summer of 2012, the prestigious Mexico Traveller Magazine featured Tadd along with 2 others as the top Celebrity chefs of Mexico. Canadian Chef F. Tadd Chapman and his restaurants, Habaneros Gastro Grill and Don Sanchez, have become important pieces in the Los Cabos dining and social scene. When in San Jose, I make sure to always eat at his restaurants at least once.

To help you in your quest for the perfect Restaurant, he has provided us with an excellent description of our gastronomic tradition in Los Cabos:

Los Cabos, Mexico is well recognized in the world for its rich gastronomic tradition that offers a great variety of dishes and beverages prepared with innumerable ingredients. The taste, aroma and texture of these ingredients can charm even the most demanding palate and thus turns Los Cabos into one of the most important destinations in the North American Hemisphere offering eclectic international cuisines.

The Mexican cuisine has drawn from its pre-Hispanic origin various culinary techniques, which are still in use to this day at a variety of restaurants in the Los Cabos area. When the conquerors came and founded the Spanish Colony in Mexico, the native ingredients and techniques fused with the ones from the Old World, Asia and Africa. This gave birth to various exquisite dishes that currently represent traditional Mexican cuisine like mole, chiles en nogada, pozole and a whole range of salsas, beverages and desserts.

Many of the ingredients that are nowadays widely used all over the world were initially “domesticated” in Mexico during the pre-Hispanic era. These gifts that Mexico has given to the rest of the world include corn, Quinoa, different kinds of chilies and vanilla, which gives taste and perfume for many sweet and salty dishes. What should not be excluded from the list either is the tomato, which originally came from Mexico and has become appreciated most world cuisines.

Like all arts, the culinary art is developing continuously in Los Cabos. During the past years, a variety of chefs locally have experimented with different techniques and ingredients from other parts of the world and have managed to fuse them with the Mexican flavors. The result of this is a unique trip of savors and sensations in the world of Mexican contemporary cuisine that can be enjoyed in various recognized restaurants all over the destination. In these restaurants the never-ending creativity of the chefs and their unique flavors season the original dishes, which are capable of satisfying and surprising even the most demanding palate.

In Chef Tadd Chapman’s own words: “The best food, or best dish is in the eye of the consumer, because what is great for one my not be so good for the next. I have always tried to work with foods that my guests can understand and recognize all the while presenting it in a new and interesting form while still appealing to a wide range of diners. For the most part, I tend to stay away from the ‘shock and awe’ cuisine of un-natural foods.”

Good luck in your quest! Certainly, we at Baja.com would love to hear about your experience of the perfect restaurant.

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