Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Ultimate Guide To A Day Of Food & Fun In Los Cabos


By Jenni Reichert
Baja Baby Gear

If you've never been to Los Cabos before, it's hard to decide on where to go, what to do or which
restaurants to try. More recently, Los Cabos is trending as one of the top gastronomical destinations in Mexico because of its amazing farm-to-table food dining concepts, huge variety in dining options and a dedication to community farming sustainability.

So, if you're on a short trip to Los Cabos, here is a deep dive into one very full day. We'll go through an one-day itinerary of where to go, where to eat and what to do. If you have a little more than one day to spare, you could spread this itinerary out over two days.

The wonderful thing about a short visit to Los Cabos is - it's a small place, therefore you can cover a
significant amount of ground in a short space of time. Both two main towns of San Jose del Cabo and
Cabo San Lucas can easily be explored in one day alone. 23 miles of stunning coastline separate the two towns, so hop in an inexpensive Uber, rent a car or grab a cab and start your adventure!
We encourage you to dive in and explore the best of what Los Cabos has to offer.



Beach-Front Breakfast – Time Spent: 7.30am – 10am
First stop, breakfast at Sur Beach Club. The beach club has a very relaxed boho chic ambience. If you’ve got a rental car, you can easily valet park right at the entrance to the club, where you’ll be greeted by friendly staff and a million-dollar view of the famous Los Cabos Arches.

You can start your day there at Sur as early as 7:30am. Order up eggs benedict or a mouth-watering acai bowl and do a little bit of people-watching as you dine. Then, take advantage of the calm waters of Medano Bay and go for a early standup paddle session. Paddleboards can be rented from Sur Beach Club directly. For those seeking a slower approach to the day, pop in next door to the Sand Bar and enjoy a beach-front massage. Imagine relaxing on a massage table while listening to the waves and the ambient beats of the Sand Bar. This experience is quite the way to start your day.

Cabo San Lucas Stroll – 10am – 10.45am
Once you're done with your morning on Medano beach, take a short wander around
the town of Cabo San Lucas. It's always nice to see local ceramics, art and clothing on display. Don’t
forget to take a lap around the Marina, where all shapes and sizes of fishing and sailboats are on
glorious display.



World-Class Snorkeling At Chileno Bay – 10.45pm – 12.30pm
Head north, friends! Chileno Bay is only a 10 minute drive from Cabo San Lucas, and oh what
a beautiful drive it is. Take in the sights and see some new beautiful resorts as you travel the highway.
Upon arrival to Chileno Bay, rent some snorkel gear from vendors in the car park and get ready to
explore what’s affectionately known as ‘The World’s Aquarium’. Once you’ve seen a sufficient amount of wildlife, pull up a towel (in lieu of a chair!) and drink in that spectacular Sea of Cortez view.



Time To Dine (With A View!) – 12.30-pm – 2.30pm
Head North yet again and go to 7 Seas for lunch. Restaurant 7 Seas is located inside Cabo Surf Hotel, which is a local favorite spot to watch some surfers practice their skills. A palapa thatched roof provides total shade for this open-air restaurant, so your only responsibility while there is enjoying some traditional Mexican dishes made from fresh seafood while enjoying the view.



Colonial San Jose del Cabo – 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Drive another five minutes north of 7 Seas and take a walk around the colonial pueblo of San Jose del
Cabo. Artisanal wares are to be admired everywhere, and the vast majority of art galleries in Los Cabos are to be found in San Jose. San Jose del Cabo is relaxing, sleepy town with a central plaza where you can explore and truly feel like you've seen a real piece of Mexico.

For golf aficionados, a good place to visit in San Jose del Cabo might be the putting greens at Campestre Golf Course. You don't even have to be a serious golfer to enjoy putting some balls or trying your luck at the driving range for an hour while you're taking in the majestic views of the greens and the ocean.



A Spectacular Sunset – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
After a fun-filled day, it’s time to return to Cabo San Lucas. Follow the highway back down to The Cape Hotel, which is, approximately, 20 minutes from San Jose del Cabo, head upstairs to the rooftop terrace of The Cape. Occasionally, there may be a private event happening on The Terrace, so perhaps a phone call ahead of time to check would be prudent.

Order your favorite ice-cold beverage, enjoy some live music, and watch one of the most
spectacular sunsets that you'll probably ever see in your lifetime.



Dinner Options – 7.30pm – end of the night
For those who enjoy fine dining, simply go one floor down and enjoy a magnificent
night at Manta restaurant. With floor to ceiling glass walls, the ambiance matches the food quality.
For those seeking a more relaxed environment, venture back into downtown Cabo and enjoy a
mouthwatering meal at La Lupita Tacos, where they have a smorgasbord of gourmet tacos.
Everything from the traditional Pastor taco to the gringo tacos, to my personal favorite - Cheese Crust
Pastor, where the tortilla is made from cheese.

The short rib tacos, or chipotle shrimp tacos are also a big hits for our family. This is true authentic
Mexican dining at its very best, and (IMHO) a visit to Los Cabos wouldn't be complete without a
visit to La Lupita Tacos.


-Restaurants

Sur Beach House
Playa El Medano, Cabo San Lucas
+52 (624) 143-1890
 
7 Seas Seafood Grill at Cabo Surf Hotel
Playa Acapulquito, Corridor
US: (858) 964-5117
Mexico: +52 (624) 142-2676
 
The Rooftop Bar at The Cape Hotel
Mexico: +52 (624) 163-0000
Cabo San Lucas

La Lupita Tacos
Acuario, Av. del Pescador
+52 (624) 172-0398
Cabo San Lucas

-Activities

Club Campestre San Jose Golf Course
Mexico: (624) 173-9400
San Jose del Cabo

-Baby & Family Rentals

Baja Baby Gear
#1 Baby Gear Rentals In Mexico
Leave Your Baby Weight At Home


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Editor's Note: Jenni Reichert is the owner and Baja Baby Gear and also writes about Los Cabos and southern Baja for us from time to time.

Monday, August 19, 2019

2019 Mexico International Volleyball Tournament Championship Games in Photos

The 2019 #MexVolleyball tournament in Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico was another great time as usual. Almost 200 men's teams and over 100 women's team competed for the championship. If you play volleyball at almost any level and can hang with the parties during the weekend, this  tourney is for you!

Congrats to winners Kevin Malak & Evan Gebert and Alisha Bettinson & Lauren Bosse!

2019 Women's Championship Game







2019 Men's Championship Game









Interested in playing #MexVolleyball in 2020, check out their website at http://mexvolleyball.com/

Don't for get to get your Mexican auto insurance, it's mandatory. Here's a list of companies: http://www.mexonline.com/insurance.htm


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Monday, July 22, 2019

Dorado, Pargo Kick it up a Notch



From our friend Jonathan Roldan
La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 14-21, 2019

It’s finally feeling more like summer-time with both the weather (hot); the waters (warmer and bluer) and the fishing (almost there!).  We still had some flurries of crazy winds, but overall, it’s seemingly more typical overall.  It’s just that it seems like this fishing season, it’s taking it’s sweet time getting up to speed.

Dorado AND pargo?  One is decidedly a warm water fish.  The latter is a cold water fish! And catching them the same day?  Sometimes in the same spot?  Crazy!
Surely, the dorado are the best indication since these are the hallmark of our warmer months.  We’ve had them on-and-off with out La Paz fishing fleets, but strangely, it’s not been quite so good with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet until about a week or so ago when the dorado seemed to have finally got into the game.



This past week, some boats were limiting on the dorado by mid-morning with most fish in the 10-25 pound class.  Catches were rounded out with bonito, skipjack, jack crevalle, and rockfish like cabrilla and snapper.  Or, in a few cases, the folks just figured they had a good day and came back to shore early to have lunch and lay by the pool or beach!  Either way, a good day.

However, just a note that there must still be some cold water around and lingering wisps of springtime insofar as we’re still hanging some big dog-tooth and mullet snapper that normally, we stop seeing about April and are usually spawning in schools during the springtime.  It’s rare to have them this deep into the summer.  But, anglers were still catching them or at least hooking these powerful fish and getting broken off in the rocks.

No wahoo to speak of this week.  We had a few tuna hooked up, but lost and billfish as well.  Most folks were concentrating on the easier dorado bite.  Only a few roosterfish as well, but again, that’s probably a function of the fact that the dorado are taking over everyone’s focus.

It’s feeling really tropical lately.  Humidity is way up and some sporadic brief rainshowers, especially, in the afternoons are not uncommon . Time to get the trashbag and cut out some holes for your arms and head!

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Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International


Website: http://www.mexonline.com/tailhunter-international.htm

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Antonio & the Desert Hawks Fire and Rescue

El Rosario, Baja California
Story & photos from Ted Donovan
 

Antonio Munoz in central Baja California is really doing great work between El Rosario and Guerrero Negro with The Desert Hawks (Halcones del Desierto). 

Myself, Antonio & driver Michael Emery


While on the Baja XL race in late January we were lucky enough to catch Antonio at his Pemex station. I was not only happy to see an old friend but to also get an update on what he is doing with the organization. On top of that we introduced him to the organizers of the race who may want to sponsor the Desert Hawks in 2021.

There literally are no emergency services between San Quintin and Guerrero Negro - a 225 mile stretch that takes over 4 hours to drive at a minimum. No ambulances, hospitals or fire services. If you get in an accident you may be on your own no matter how serious. Your best hope if you have cel coverage (probably not), a satellite phone or a car comes by and assists you.

This is where the volunteer Desert Hawks are trying to fill the void. He has had locals from El Rosario trained in fire rescue, EMT and search and rescue (including himself). They will send an ambulance to assist you and take you to the closest hospital in either San Quintin or Guerrero Negro. 


Think about that. This volunteer organization will drive hundreds of miles to rescue you and hundreds of miles back to a hospital, The state government will or can not provide this service. 

If you have ever driven central Baja California you know both how beautiful, desolate and possibly dangerous it can be. The roads are barely wide enough for cars driving in both directions, animals (cows, horse, etc) on or next to the road (never drive at night), sleepy or possibly drunk drivers and massive trucks moving cargo north and south every day, all day.

I donated to the cause while at his Pemex station in El Rosario (he also owns the Baja Cactus Motel next door - Highly recommended but currently being remodeled) and I think every Baja traveler should donate whenever they are traveling Baja. If you contact Antonio you can see how to donate to this non-profit.




Not only one of the nicest people you'll meet in Baja, but he is doing something truly incredible.


Emergency Number in Baja: (616) 103-0262

U.S. Website: http://www.makeacommitment.org/


Email Antonio at info@bajacactus.com or info@halconesdeldesierto.org for more details.

They also have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HalconesdelDesierto/



Some of the vehicles Desert Hawks has amassed

Antonio holding an image of the future emergency station across the street

Antonio discussing Desert Hawks with the "Doctoras Peligrosas" medical team that follows the race.








Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Photo Log: Baja California Highway 5 Update - February 2019

Here's a quick update of the road conditions of Baja California Highway 5 from Laguna Chapala north to Puertecitos. The storms of Fall 2019 have done some major damage to the area but the locals always figure a way around obstacles.

Remember, this is driving north from Laguna Chapala (at the Highway 1 intersection) to Coco's Corner then to Bahia San Luis Gonzaga and then one to Puertecitos (south of San Felipe).

Some sections have rough washboard and rock slides. Others have highway and road ways missing, some marked some not, that you need to go around. And then there are a number of bridges out.

Please use extreme caution when driving this section. It's doable but slow.

Photos taken on February 3rd, 2019.


Here is the stickered sign at the turn off of "Highway 5"


The first couple hundred yards off of Highway 1 is paved, but that's fool's gold as the road is rough with washboard and rock slides to follow.

Car-sized boulders have fallen off the cliffsides.


Coco's Corner sign and construction equipment.

Long washboard section just before you turn north to Coco's Corner.

Coco's Corner - Stop in, say hi to Coco, sign his book and buy a cerveza.

The road is so rough in some spots that the locals have already made their own side roads in the soft sand.

The bridges south of Gonzaga Bay are intact.

This is not a copy of the photo above, it's another section north of Coco's with rock slides.

Finally! Pavement just south of Bahia San Luis Gonzaga.

Army checkpoint just north of Gonzaga Bay and Papa Fernandez'.

Soon after you will begin to see cones marking small areas of missing road. This is nothing compared to what's coming your way.

Water is amazing and destructive as you can see in the arroyo that completely destroyed the embankments of this bridge. Unfortunately this type of contruction will never route the water properly.

With large sections of roadway and bridges out, the locals have made their own roads as in the past. Even detours large trucks can access.

A closer shot of the damage that large rain storms can do.

Completely missing sections of highway looking south.
Cross section of highway completely gone.
Cones warn of a portion of a missing bridge. In some sections there are no cones, just tires or debris piles. Be cautious.



The largest span we came across is falling apart. Do not drive on it, follow the locals around these damaged bridges.


Another shot looking south of the same bridge from the detour.


Cones, tires and debris all mark damaged highway. Beware, it's difficult to see at night.


Thank you to Baja Bound Insurance Services for making this trip possible.