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

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

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

Rick Bayless receiving special award. Photo courtesy of WinesFromBaja

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. 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 …

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

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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 …

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

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

by Yesica Pineda Writer Yesica Pineda takes a personal look at  Day of the Dead : D í a de los Muertos.  Celebrate with her.   “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 …

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Hail To The Chef: Habanero’s in San Jose del Cabo

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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 …

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Gaia: Life Awareness in Baja

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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 …

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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. The new-look …

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Perseids Meteor Shower in San Jose del Cabo

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

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. In July and August, the San Jose del Cabo sky offers a sky meteor shower so spectacular that missing …

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Golf in San Jose del Cabo

Puerto los Cabos - Founders section - Photo courtesy of Jacobo Turquie

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. 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 …

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Finding the Perfect Restaurant in San Jose del Cabo

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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. 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, …

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