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Have a Baja Moment! Tickle Your Imagination at O Gallery

Have a Baja Moment! Tickle Your Imagination at O Gallery

O Gallery

October 26, 2013 saw the birth of a new kind of gallery in San Jose del Cabo. O Gallery forms the core of an Art Center that artists Francois Paris and Jon Teschner envision as a special place for artists to congregate and share the ideas and energy that are so essential to the creative process.

Paris and Teschner chose the location for the Art Center carefully – the layout of the building, with ample space between it and the street, is ideal for outdoor music, dance, and artistic performances. On opening night attendees were treated to impressive music and acrobatic displays.

An artist himself, Paris picks the art that is shown. Interestingly, it was never his idea to open a gallery, he’d always intended to focus on his art, working in his home studio in La Choya.

“It still surprises me sometimes when I look around at what I’m doing. It’s exciting…and sometimes a little scary.”

Paris, a native of France, moved to Los Cabos full time in 2009 after spending 27 years in the United States designing high end antique-inspired furniture. Teschner is an Emmy Award-winning animation artist whose large canvas oil paintings appear in collections worldwide. He splits his time between his studio on the East Cape and his home in Los Angeles.

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Opening night at O Gallery in San Jose del Cabo.

While the gallery opened in late October, ultimately there will be a street-side café and studio space where artists will create and teach in a warehouse behind the main gallery. The warehouse will also provide additional space to display art. The café is still in the idea phase – they are seeking a partner who can design a space that will be in line with and promote their creative and artistic vision.

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A glimpse of O Gallery’s interior.

They have created a space that is welcoming to visitors, and, as Paris so aptly puts it, “tickles the imagination.” He wants people to be comfortable and have the opportunity to interact with the artists.

The Artists

Francois and Jon are very pleased to bring the work of Rose Masterpol, an accomplished artist from Los Angeles, to Baja for the first time. Her large abstract oils, often compared with De kooning, Motherwell and Kline, are popular among knowledgeable collectors and celebrities alike. She is excited to be part of the O Gallery collaboration.

O Gallery is also the new home of famed Los Cabos artist Dennis Wentworth Porter. His large oil paintings of Baja landscapes influenced by Sargent, Cezanne, Monet and American abstract expressionists of the 1950s and 60s are instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with the local art scene.

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Teschner, Masterpol, O’Gara, Paris, and Zapata pose in the gallery doorway.

Rose and Dennis will be joined by a select group of artists and craftsmen on a rotating basis. The show will be “ever-evolving, offering beauty and surprises,” according to the gallery’s website. Artists whose works are currently on display include Vicki O’Gara , an American artist who splits her time between her studio in Cabo San Lucas and Sun Valley, Idaho; Victor Gerardo Rendon Salcedo, who’s specialty is linocut engravings; Cynthia Zapata is a sculptor living and working in Mexico City, who’s bronze sculptures often depict the human figure in motion. Furniture displayed in the space is by Francois and Veronica Tancredi. Tancredi uses only recycled lumber in her pieces.

O Gallery is located on Alvaro Obregon in San Jose del Cabo’s historic downtown Art District. They are open from 10:30 – 2 p.m., and again from 5 – 8 p.m. (closed Sundays). You can follow them on Facebook to learn what’s in store for upcoming events. Paris promises some surprises are in store for 2014, including outdoor demonstrations of artists creating their work. So get your imagination “tickled” – check out the creative expressions at O Gallery.

 

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Have a Baja Moment! Find Your Place in Paradise at Casa Calle

Have a Baja Moment! Find Your Place in Paradise at Casa Calle

If you’re looking for a place in paradise to call your own that’s both private and secluded, yet near the heart of the action in San Jose del Cabo, then take a look at Casa Calle.

Perched atop Lido Hill overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Casa Calle is within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, wide sandy beaches, and world-class surfing and golf. Surfers, you’ll be less than a mile from Zippers, Old Man’s and The Rock. Golfers, how ‘bout a round of 18 right around the corner at the Jack Nicklaus designed Club Campestre Golf Course?

Casa Calle

Casa Calle is one of Los Cabos’ most romantic seaside hideaways.

Casa Calle contains four separate units that can be rented separately or together, so it’s perfect for couples or larger groups. Work on your tan by the pool (shared by all four units) or entertain friends at the poolside bar while you grill up the day’s catch on the barby. After dark, when lights twinkle in the trees and soft light emanates from the pool’s blue water, the patio is transformed into a romantic hideaway, a place to share a cocktail with that special someone before heading out to one of the many fine dining establishments nearby.

As its name implies, Casa del Vista is the top floor unit with private terrace from which you can watch the sun rise over the sea. It has a full kitchen, one bedroom, private bath and sleeps two or three comfortably.

Casa Calle

Sunrise from the terrace at Casa Calle.

Casa del Tranquilo, a studio apartment ideal for the single traveler or a couple, is a more economic option that includes use of the pool area and keeps you close to everything San Jose has to offer.

All four units are air-conditioned and have full kitchens. These rentals include free internet and phone calls to the U.S. and Canada, linens, shared washer/dryer, clothes iron, hair dryer, satellite TV that includes many of your favorite U.S. channels, and a DVD player.

So what are you waiting for? Come and see what Casa Calle and San Jose del Cabo have to offer.

 

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Have a Baja Moment! Go Horseback Riding in Los Cabos with Cuadra San Francisco

Have a Baja Moment! Go Horseback Riding in Los Cabos with Cuadra San Francisco

Horseback riding in Los Cabos

Whether it is a romantic canter along a secluded beach at sunset or traversing a hillside trail, horseback riding is one of Los Cabos’ least publicized pleasures. Why least publicized? Perhaps because there are no major events associated with the activity to attract destination travelers, like Bisbee’s annual marlin fishing tournaments, and no big name sportsmen, like the legendary golf figures who have designed top-ranked courses right here in Baja Sur.

But few places on earth can match Los Cabos when it comes to picturesque locales and diversity of terrains – the mountains descend into desert, and the desert dissolves into the sea – and few people can match the experience of master horseman Francisco Barrena, founder of Cuadra San Francisco and one-time student of the 20th century’s most celebrated horsemen, Portuguese Master Nuno Oliveira.

Horseback riding in Los Cabos

Cuadra San Francisco is the only professional equestrian center in Los Cabos.

Cuadra San Francisco is located in the Tourist Corridor that connects cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, and the stables overseen by Francisco and his son Valente are home to nearly 50 horses that are available for beach and trail rides, dressage, riding lessons, polo lessons, and special events like marriage ceremonies and movie shoots.

Movie shoots come and go, of course, but weddings are big business in Los Cabos. Cuadra San Francisco’s traditional carriages are among the most charming transportation options you’ll find anywhere in Mexico, and the Barrena clan boasts eight of them, all perfectly maintained and driven by riders outfitted in traditional Mexican costume.

Horseback riding in Los Cabos

Cuadra San Francisco’s wedding carriages never go out of style.

Private trail rides – for individuals, couples, or groups — are perhaps the most popular draw at Cuadra San Francisco, and a great family activity. The horses are all perfectly trained, and the guides all speak excellent English. Best of all, each ride is customized, with a choice of terrains, and to a requested tour duration. Visitors may take one or two-hour rides through the desert, traversing hillsides, viewing the Great Thorn Forest, or ambling along gorgeous golden sand beaches that look out over the glittering blue waters of the Sea of Cortez.

Horseback riding in Los Cabos

Los Cabos boasts a diversity of trail riding terrains, from desert and mountains to golden sand beaches.

The Barrena’s School of Equitation, meanwhile, accepts riders of all skill levels, and excels in the fundamentals of classical dressage, a French term that encompasses the highest expression of horsemanship. Francisco and Valente Barrena are well-versed in Alta Escuela (‘High School’ in English), which includes the famed “airs above the ground,” age-old techniques like the majestic Spanish Walk (where the horse lifts each foreleg off the ground in exaggerated movements).

Horseback riding in Los Cabos

Want to learn the Spanish walk? Come to Los Cabos.

Western riding is also a specialty. Mexico has produced and continues to produce some of the world’s best horsemen, with a lineage that includes the feats and exploits of 19th century charros and chinacos. Whether Americans know it or not, both cowboys and rodeos originated south of the border, and the Barrena family are part of the living legacy of this proud tradition. Students at Cuadra San Francisco can learn the rudiments of the Mexican style, from the impressive reining stop to rejoneo, the art of fighting a bull from horseback.

Horseback Riding in Los Cabos

Cuadra San Francisco teaches the traditional art of Western riding.

As befits the family atmosphere, children are more than welcome at Cuadra San Francisco. The equestrian center maintains polo club size ponies and saddles for children ages 6 and up, and the staff is happy to teach youngsters the foundational skills needed for a lifetime of riding.

Speaking of ponies, polo lessons are also offered at Cuadra San Francisco. You’ll have to bring teams with you to play, but there are facilities and equipment available to learn or improve your knowledge of the sport of kings. Children and adults may also try their hand at a bit of Robin Hood style archery.

Horseback riding in Los Cabos

Polo anyone?

General Information

How to Book: For reservations, visit the website at www.loscaboshorses.com, call (624) 144-0160, or email cuadrasf@prodigy.net.mx. Cuadra San Francisco is open Monday – Saturday, with trail rides and lessons available from 9 a.m. to noon, and 4 p.m. to sundown.

Where to Go: Cuadra San Francisco is located at marker Km 19.5 on the Tourist Corridor that connects Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. They are located next to Cabo Real Golf Course, across from the Hotel Casa del Mar. A sign is visible on the west side of the highway above to a glorious stretch of bougainvillea.

What to Bring: Long pants, a hat, and a water bottle are highly recommended, as is protective sunscreen. The scenery on trail rides is often quite spectacular, so you may want to bring a camera as well.

Cost: Cuadra San Francisco takes pride in its competitive rates. Contact the office for specific details.

 

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Baja Skinny: Flying into SJD Los Cabos International Airport

Flying into Los Cabos International Airport

Regular visitors to the Los Cabos International Airport in San Jose del Cabo may have noticed the recent addition of a new terminal, as well as other renovations and upgrades. Expansion and upgrades have been ongoing since 2009, and are being overseen by Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, which also operates airports in Tijuana, Mexicali, Hermosillo, Guadalajara, Los Mochis, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, and Morelia. Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifio is a publicly traded company, with 15 percent of its shares owned by Aeropuertos Mexicanos del Pacifico (AMP).

The new terminal (Terminal 2) at Los Cabos International Airport features state-of-the-art monitors posted throughout its air-conditioned check-in and waiting rooms. Vehicle access and traffic to and from the new terminal has been made relatively simple, with a check-point process that eliminates congestion at its lower level. Taxis are now confined to the lower level, while family and friends pick-ups are conveniently accessible on the upper level.

Flying into Los Cabos International Airport

Terminals 1 and 2 are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and construction is currently proceeding on yet another international terminal, which will specialize in high-end private jets whisking Hollywood types down for their weekends in paradise. Ample parking facilities are available at all terminals, and convenient and affordable accommodations are now offered at the newly minted Best Western Hotel, providing a significant upgrade for travelers dealing with flight delays.

”Our daily goal is to make sure guests are satisfied with our services and facilities, especially in those circumstances when they didn’t plan to stay with us,” said Best Western’s General Manager, Ivonne Gutiérrez. “We do our very best to change their negative experiences into positive ones.”

For more information about the Los Cabos International Airport, check out our FAQ section below.

Flying into Los Cabos International Airport

Los Cabos International Airport FAQs

Which airlines fly to Los Cabos?

Interjet, AeroMexico, Magnicharters, United Airlines and Volaris all fly into Terminal 1. Airtran, American Airlines, Alaska, Frontier, Spirit, Virgin and US Air fly into Terminal 2.

Is the airport handicap accessible?

In February of 2005, the Mexican Government confirmed that the airport in Los Cabos had complied with all handicap access standards: four percent of parking spaces are reserved for handicapped people, with proper signs and dimensions; all airport restrooms having modified toilets equipped for people with disabilities; and all walkways are equipped with elevators and ramps that ease movement higher or lower levels.

What are the baggage limits?

Baggage limits may vary with individual airlines, but most carriers allow 60-70 pounds. For flights between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, baggage is measured by pieces, limiting the number of bags by volume. Everyone is advised to contact their respective airlines or travel agency to be as well informed regarding baggage policy limits, and the potential for additional fees.

Flying into Los Cabos International Airport

What should I do if I lose my luggage?

For any issues regarding lost, damaged, or delayed luggage, visit your airline’s ticket counter.

Where can I find food in the airport?

Restaurant options in Terminal 1 include Subway, Yogurlicious, Burger King, Starbucks, Boston Hot Dogs, Domino’s Pizza, and Corona Bar. Fewer eateries may be found in Terminal 2, but hungry travelers will be happy to note the presence of Sbarro and Subway, as well as the Corner Bar.

Are taxis available?

Taxis are available around the clock at both terminals. Drivers set prices according to the zone your hotel is located in, so expect to pay substantially more for trips to Cabo San Lucas. Shuttle services are also available, and are typically a more affordable choice than taxis. Rental cars are yet another transportation option.

Where can I find updated flight information?

Flight information for Los Cabos International Airport, including arrival and departure updates, may be viewed here.

 

Traveling to Los Cabos? Talk to a travel agent at Baja.com.

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

Photos courtesy of Fernando Rodriguez and Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico.

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Have a Baja Moment! Get Hooked on Stand Up Paddle Board Fishing

Have a Baja Moment! Get Hooked on Stand Up Paddle Board Fishing

Hooked on Stand Up Paddle Board Fishing

Annie Doyle fishes the Sea of Cortez from her stand up paddle board.

There’s a saying that “If you can stand up, you can SUP.” Its ease has made stand up paddle boarding, aka SUPing skyrocket in popularity over the past decade, with an unprecedented number of people taking to the water with paddle in hand. The great thing about SUP boarding is that you can do it on any body of water, but the Sea of Cortez is an ideal place to partake of this fun sport because it offers waves for those whom seek them, or flat calm waters for those who’d rather cover some ground. Touring and racing SUP boards are typically larger and more stable than the thinner surf SUP boards, resembling in many ways a hybrid between a longboard and a kayak. Touring on a SUP is a great way to see the coastline, head out to visit the humpback whales (don’t get too close!), or to view abundant sea life passing beneath as you stand perched high above the water’s surface. The truly adventurous know that SUPing is also a great way to troll for fish.

Hooked on Stand Up Paddle Board Fishing

Breakfast anyone?

If you live anywhere near El Mirador in Los Cabos’ Tourist Corridor, you’ve undoubtedly seen Annie Doyle coming back from her morning SUP fishing session with her catch tied to the front of her board. Annie is so passionate about fishing from her SUP that she heads out long before the sun rises, dawning a headlamp so she can be seen by the panga fishermen. Unless the waves are pumping, she’s out there every day putting in her miles and hooking fish. She came up with the idea of fishing from her SUP when she noticed how abundant the fish were as she put in long miles training for the annual Mike Doyle Los Cabos Classic Stand Up Paddle Race (she did her husband proud by placing in the top three for the last three years running, beaten only by professional SUP racers). She now looks forward to the long paddles and the great breakfast of fresh fish tacos afterwards!

Annie’s turned fishing from a SUP into an art form and catches a LOT of fish: snapper, sea bass, sierra, roosterfish, rock fish, you name it. She follows the K.I.S.S principle: no pole, just a hand line wrapped around a piece of foam tubing with all the tools she needs stored in a fanny pack. This is the key to getting out on the flats without losing all your gear or hooking yourself as you get out past the shorebreak.

Hooked on Stand Up Paddle Board Fishing

Ready to fish.

Here’s her setup: she uses about 30 feet of kiteboarding line. Parachute line can be substituted, but it must be non-stretch line. Using a Palomar knot she attaches 20 feet of 50 to 80 pound monofilament to the kiting line. A black swivel is attached to a 60 pound steel leader. For her lure she prefers a 5 ¾ inch jointed Rapala, which gets better action at low speeds. She wraps the whole shebang onto a 5 inch piece of foam tubing (a pool noodle or stiff pipe insulation) and ties it to a two foot line tied to a stick-on leash plug near the nose of her board. This is also where she ties the fish once they are caught and killed.

Hooked on Stand Up Paddle Board Fishing

Annie shows off her fishing equipment.

Hooked on Stand Up Paddle Board Fishing

Displaying the day’s catch.

Once she’s out of the shorebreak, she unwinds the line from the foam tubing and loops it around the paddle handle using a slip knot. And then she’s off. The lure really gets some good swimming action on the recovery part of the stroke and that’s also when she usually hooks a fish. When she hooks one, she throws the paddle to the side of the board and starts pulling the line in on the same side the paddle is on, maintaining tension in the line. At this point, she says you might want to get on your knees or sit down. Once the fish is up to the rail of the board, grab it, thumb in its gills, and hold it down onto the deck of the board to contain it. Now it’s time to take your knife to the back of it’s head. Only when it’s dead should you pull out the hooks with the pliers you’ve got in your pack. Throw the hook into the water away from yourself asap. Once the fish is well and truly dead, tie the fish to the leash plug by passing the line from the mouth through the gill. Now it’s time to get back to fishing! Annie recommends wearing biking gloves to avoid getting line burns when you’re fighting the fish – sierra in particular can put up an incredible fight, making landing one that much sweeter. They sure taste good in ceviche!

Hooked on Stand Up Paddle Board Fishing

Another good sierra.

Are you hooked and looking for some SUPing or fishing adventures? Several businesses in Los Cabos rent SUP boards, lead tours and provide lessons, including High Tide Sea Expeditions, Cabo SUP at the Bahia Hotel and Beach Club and Cabo Adventures. Get out there and experience the thrill of landing tonight’s dinner from a SUP board.

 

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Secluded San Jose Hideaway Posada Chabela Offers Sun, Sea, Surf and Sand

Secluded San Jose Hideaway Posada Chabela Offers Sun, Sea, Surf and Sand

It’s hard to imagine a better setting than the one enjoyed by Posada Chabela, a charming bed and breakfast that’s nestled amidst bright tropical foliage, and overlooks Los Cabos’ best restaurant and San Jose del Cabo’s best surfing beach, as well as the glittering blue waters of the Sea of Cortez.

San Jose Hideaway Offers Sun, Sea, Surf and Sand

Posada Chabela is a secluded seaside hideaway overlooking Playa Costa Azul in San Jose del Cabo.

The close proximity of Deckman’s at Havana, perhaps the best restaurant in Baja California Sur, and Playa Costa Azul, the beach that drew the world’s best surfers to San Jose earlier this summer for the six-star Los Cabos Open of Surf tournament, should be more than enough to recommend this secluded cliffside hideaway, but the boutique lodging also offers tasteful accommodations,  personal service, and warm tropical atmosphere at very affordable rates.

San Jose Hideaway Offers Sun, Sea, Surf and Sand

The intimate B&B showcases vibrant colors and a warm tropical atmosphere.

Posada Chabela seemingly provides the perfect showcase for the exquisite taste and design talents of innkeeper Rose Ann Dolores Russo Solazzo, who was born in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and has been involved in the hotel business from a very young age. Each of the B&B’s four casitas are individually decorated, and feature boutique accents ranging from Mexican red brick ceilings to rustic French doors. The chic casitas also boast private patios with hammocks, and these gently swaying recliners are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the intoxicating combination of coastal breezes and splendid ocean views.

San Jose Hideaway Offers Sun, Sea, Surf and Sand

The poolside area at Posada Chabela is perfect for sunning, swimming, and al fresco dining.

In addition to the comfortable accommodations, amenities abound at Posada Chabela, from continental breakfasts every morning to afternoon gatherings with tea, sherry, and the innkeeper’s “presentation du jour.” All guests have access to the communal kitchen, and the private poolside area is perfect for sunning, reading, and salt water filtered swimming. The B&B is also conveniently close to the beach, and is a short drive away from downtown San Jose del Cabo, an area that boasts first-class shopping and dining, as well as the city’s historic Art District.

San Jose Hideaway Offers Sun, Sea, Surf and Sand

Lush, colorful foliage provides a perfect complement to Posada Chabela’s tasteful accommodations and appointments.

Given its privileged location and upscale accommodations, Posada Chabela offers surprisingly affordable rates – two of the casitas are available for under $80 U.S. per night – and weekly rates are available. As a bonus, mention Baja.com when booking six nights and you’ll enjoy the seventh night free. Pets are welcome with advance notice.

 

Planning a visit to Los Cabos? Talk to a travel agent at Baja.com!

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

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Voila! Fine Food Amidst San Jose del Cabo’s Fine Arts District

Voila! Fine Food Amidst San Jose del Cabo’s Fine Arts District

Chef Roberto Valle’s Voila Bistro serves some of the most remarkable food in San Jose del Cabo, and does it from a casually elegant setting in the heart of the city’s historic Art District. Housed amidst the remnants of an 1860s hacienda, Voila showcases a seamless blend of indoor and outdoor dining spaces, including the intimate, air-conditioned “Cyclone Room,” and an expansive patio highlighted by tropical palm trees, live jazz, and a chic bar area sheltered by a lovely palo de arco pergola. The Plaza Paulina digs provide the perfect atmosphere in which to sample Valle’s self-styled Haute Mexican cuisine, which invigorates traditional favorites with French and Asian accents.

Voila! Fine Food Amidst San Jose del Cabo's Fine Arts District

The bar at Voila is set beneath a distinctive palo de arco pergola.

A restaurateur for over 25 years, Chef Roberto trained at the prestigious Cordon Bleu in Paris, and established his reputation locally as Executive Chef at the Q Restaurant and Bar in the exclusive community of Querencia. Voila brings all of Valle’s expertise and experience into play, as the chef and his bicultural staff create culinary magic using only the freshest local ingredients. Lunch and dinner are served seven days a week at Voila, and the restaurant maintains some of the most generous “happy hour” hours in Los Cabos, not to mention an excellent selection of hand-crafted martinis and other specialty cocktails.

Voila is justifiably famous for its lobster burritos, but all of the midday meal options are superb, including familiar French favorites like Croque Monsieur and Quiche Lorraine. Start with a traditional Caesar or Santa Fe Salad – a Southwestern specialty made with blackened chicken breast, corn, black beans, queso fresco, and chipotle mayonnaise -  or dive straight into classic Mexican dishes showcasing the signature Voila twist, including Rolled Crab Taquitos, Quesadillas with Poblano Peppers, and the delicious Seafood Enchiladas with Guajillo Salsa. The Voila Burger is perhaps the best in all of Los Cabos, and features Angus beef artfully topped with Roquefort dressing and Serrano ham.

Voila! Fine Food Amidst San Jose del Cabo's Fine Arts District

Chef Roberto Valle’s menus at Voila feature Haute Mexican cuisine with French and Asian accents.

Despite its lunch hour charms, the ultimate Voila experience consists of dinner and dessert, preferably as the sun is setting and soft light suffuses San Jose del Cabo’s colonial-style Distrito del Arte. This glorious sensory experience is enhanced by tastes of Vol au Vent of Roasted Duck in Five Pepper and Rose Petal Sauce and Grandma’s Vegetable Soup, but reaches its pinnacle with exquisite entrees such as the Braised Cornish Hen in a pomegranate demi-glace, and the Pistachio and Macadamia Crusted Sea bass. For dessert, sample deliciously decadent options like the Chocolate Tart with pecans, walnut crustillant, and creme anglaise, or the Cranberry Cheesecake Tart with blueberry coulis.

Voila offers “happy hour” specials from 12 – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with two for one deals on beers and cocktails. Bartenders are happy to shake up happy hour creations from the restaurant’s new cocktail menu, which includes the signature Voila Martini, made with vodka, peach liqueur, Cointreau, and cranberry juice. It’s a cross between a Cosmopolitan and Sex on the Beach, and a perfect way to liven up the afternoon hours between art gallery visits. Live jazz is performed on Friday evenings courtesy of local lights Diego Ramirez and Luciano Callado, and the final Friday of each month features a guest appearance by Ramirez’s frequent collaborator, the incomparable Daline Jones.

Voila! Fine Food Amidst San Jose del Cabo's Fine Arts District

Voila offers intimate dining for up to 35 guests in its air-conditioned Cyclone Room.

In addition to superb onsite dining at Voila Bistro, Chef Roberto and his staff are also the area’s premier providers of catering services. In fact, the full name of the operation is Voila Bistro and Catering. From wedding rehearsals and receptions to private dinners and cooking classes, Voila is one of the best event planning resources in Los Cabos. The restaurant’s dining spaces can accommodate several hundred guests, and Voila also offers villa and gourmet home delivery services. After all, who wants to cook on vacation? Choose from five individually crafted menus showcasing the finest local ingredients, and while you’re at it, order a few waiters as well. The service staff is consistently excellent, just like everything else that bears the Voila imprimatur.

Planning a visit to Los Cabos? Talk to a travel agent at Baja.com!

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

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Have a Baja Moment! Surfing the Supermoon in Cabo

Have a Baja Moment! Surfing the Supermoon in Cabo

Surfing the Supermoon in Cacbo

Let’s dawn patrol tomorrow morning,” I told my son Daniel, 15, as we watched sets pound Zippers and The Rock as the sun set behind us and the supermoon rose over the ocean.

We were in San Jose del Cabo at the southern tip of Baja California to attend a wedding during the same weekend as the Los Cabos Open of Surf. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) contest meant lineups throughout southern Baja were full of talented surfers.

Surfing the Supermoon in Cabo

Since surfers party hard in Cabo, most aren’t awake at the crack of dawn. So dawn patrolling was our only way to escape the aggressive crowds.

The next day Daniel and I slipped into the ocean at 5:30 in the morning. We could see sets hitting the reefs. With the supermoon illuminating the lineup, I spotted many rocks sticking out of the water I wish I hadn’t been able to see.

Unfortunately we didn’t realize that the super high tide the night before was followed by a very low tide the following morning. As we navigated the boils and rocks in the lineup, our dawn patrol was looking more and more like a bad idea.

Surfing the Supermoon in Cabo

After we reached the outside Daniel quickly caught a head-high wave. He kicked out at the last minute to avoid an inside exposed rock.

“It’s pretty sketchy out here,” said Daniel, who wasn’t happy about being woken up so early.

“But think of all the street cred you’ll have by being able to tell everyone about your low-tide nighttime session at the Rock in overhead waves,” I replied.

Surfing the Supermoon in Cabo

Matt Banting in action.

Daniel wasn’t convinced.

After we both caught a few set waves he said, “It is way too shallow out here. Let’s paddle down to Zippers.”

Zippers, once a Trestles-like wave that is still the epicenter of the Cabo surf scene, has been vastly reduced in scope due to the loss of sand from its once large beach.

Surfing the Supermoon in Cabo

Garrett Parkes somewhere in southern Baja.

Adjacent development projects with their intrusive seawalls and what many surfers believe is the loss of sand from the San Jose Estuary due to the presence of a marina there, has turned what was the Queen of the Cabo Coast into a hit or miss wave at best.

As we paddled south the sun began to emerge in the eastern sky along with dreaded southeasterly winds. After catching a few bumpy rights and saying hello to shark researcher and La Jolla surfer David “Dovi’ Kacev and his friends (also there for the wedding), we paddled in.

Surfing the Supermoon in Cabo

That’s me – my sons are coaching me on how to get more vertical – at this point I’m a work in progress.

Daniel returned to our condo and promptly fell asleep.

Later that morning the wind died and The Rock fired. And pretty much everyone stayed away due to wind and the fact that they had apparently partied until dawn.

So Daniel and I paddled out and caught tons of waves with almost no crowd. We finally scored in San Jose.

Up until the wedding, we had spent a few days out on the East Cape, sampling a variety of no-name spots that are rarely surfed but offered up clean, fun waves.

Surfing the Supermoon in Cabo

Siesta time for burros in Baja.

At one spot we spent the afternoon sharing waves with Garrett Parkes and Matt Banting, two Australian pros in town for the Cabo Open.

“We’ve never even surfed out here on the East Cape before,” said Garrett.

For two hours Daniel shared rippable 2-4’ rights with traveling Aussie pros who gave Daniel a clinic in modern surfing. What more could a grom ask for?

Daniel was elated.

“Those guys really know how to ride these waves,” he said.

Indeed they did.

Daniel

Daniel

 

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Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

Seeking the ultimate romantic vacation getaway?

The secret is out. For those seeking the ultimate romantic vacation getaway, with secluded beaches, sumptuous spas, and tons of pampering amenities, it’s hard to top Secrets Marquis Los Cabos, a luxurious all-inclusive resort situated in the Tourist Corridor, the gorgeous 20 mile stretch of coastline that connects cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

Set between desert and sea, and nestled between two championship level golf courses, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos offers unlimited luxury.

Nestled between two championship level golf courses, the area’s benchmark adults only resort features deluxe accommodations overlooking golden sands and the Sea of Cortez, as well as the ultimate Cabo combination: privacy with convenient access to the shopping and nightlife of the neighboring cities.

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Secrets Marquis boasts 235 elegant suites with king-sized beds and furnished balconies.

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos promises “unlimited luxury,” and delivers by offering a flawlessly maintained property with a privileged seaside location, and a friendly staff trained to exceed every expectation. The resort boasts 235 elegant suites with king-sized beds and furnished balconies, perfect for chilled champagne cocktails and spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez. Pampering amenities include three pools – two of which are infinity pools – a pristine private beach, an onsite spa, first-class food and drink, a fitness center and golf desk, daily activities and entertainment, and 24 hour room and concierge service.

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Gorgeous poolside views are par for the course at Secrets Marquis Los Cabos.

Dining and drinks are included in the all-inclusive packages, and guests at Secrets Marquis Los Cabos enjoy a wide variety of international specialties, from fresh local seafood and traditional Mexican favorites to more exotic fare such as Pan-Asian cuisine. Coffee, pastries, and grilled favorites are among other tasty treats offered at the resort’s half-dozen onsite restaurants, and unlimited premium drinks are also part of the packages, from ice cold beers and fine wines to tropical umbrella garnished cocktails.

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

At Secrets Marquis, romance is the specialty of the house.

Although many guests spend the majority of their stay enjoying luxurious suites, infinity pools, and tropical seaside breezes, Secrets also offers a full slate of activities and entertainment, from golf and spa services to snorkeling and diving adventures, tequila and wine tastings to elegant cocktail and fun-filled theme parties, not to mention movie nights under the stars and live performances. Football and volleyball games are often organized on the beach, and onsite classes offer everything from cooking and Spanish lessons to aerobics and yoga.

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

The resort is a popular spot for destination weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries, and renewal of vows ceremonies.

Secrets’ specialty of the house is romance, and the resort offers customized wedding, honeymoon, renewal of vows, and anniversary packages. In addition to assistance from the onsite wedding coordinator, these romantic packages include pampering touches like breakfasts in bed, special couples massages and other spa treatments, bottles of sparkling wine, dinners for two, and floral arrangements. Given the spectacular setting, the resort is a popular location for destination weddings, and can accommodate high guest counts, as well as more intimate gatherings. Special events spaces and services are also available for visiting executives and other business travelers.

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Special events are a little more special with sunset views of the Sea of Cortez.

During the past year, Secrets Marquis has been honored with some of the world’s most prestigious travel awards and ratings, and was included on Travel and Leisure’s list of the world’s best hotels, and U.S News & World Reports’s list of the best Mexican hotels. The luxury resort has also received the AAA Four Diamond Award for 2013, a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, and has been recognized as an RCI Gold Crown Resort. Additionally, Secrets Marquis is a proud member of the Leading Hotels of the World, and the property has been Rainforest Alliance Verified, signalling an ongoing commitment to reducing environmental impact.

 

Planning a visit to Los Cabos? Talk to a travel agent at Baja.com!

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurants, hotels, vacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

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