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Los Cabos 13 12 - Magic of Mexico
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Todos Santos
Hwy 19
to La Paz
Table of
Contents
Cabo San Lucas
OCAMPO
To Las Flores
OBREGÓN
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8
HIDALGO
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MARQUEZ DE LEÓN
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5
CUAUHTEMOC
COLEGIO MILITAR
BENITO JUAREZ
To La Cachorra
Area Maps
2-3
History & Overview
5-7
Arriving & Departing
8-9
MORELOS
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RANGEL
To Las
Playitas
To La Paz
SPORTS
STADIUM
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ZARAGOZA
Sightseeing10-18
DEGOLLADO
1 Town Square
Hwy 19
to Cabo
San Lucas
OSCAR VERDUGO
2 Misión de Nuestra Señora del Pilar
3 Punta Lobos
Golf & Tennis
19-20
DIONISIA VILLARINO
4 Calle Morelos
5 Calle Juárez
Water Sports, Fishing,
Diving21-24
MUTUALISMO
6 Museo de la Casa de la Cultura
7 Teatro Márquez León
PUNTA ABRE
8 Hotel Guaycura
OJOS
To Pu nta Lo
9 Hotel California
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Spas
1. Pueblo Bonito Pacifica
12. Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa
Resort & Spa
13. Casa Dorada Los Cabos 2. Montecristo Estates Resort & Spa
by Pueblo Bonito
14. Bahía Hotel & Beach Club
3. Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach 15. Quinta del Sol by Solmar
Resort & Spa
16. Cabo Villas Beach Resort & Spa
4. Capella Pedregal Resort and Spa
17.ME Cabo
5. Hotel Finisterra
18. Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos Resort
6. Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort
19. Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort & Spa
7. Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
20. Villa del Arco Beach Resort & Spa
8. The Ridge Luxury Villas 21. Villa La Estancia
at Playa Grande
22. Villa del Palmar 9. Solmar Resort All Inclusive
Beach Resort & Spa
10. Grand Solmar 23. Hotel RIU Santa Fe
Land’s End Resort & Spa
24. Esperanza-An Auberge Resort
11. Hacienda Beach Club
25. Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa
& Residences
26. Los Cabos Golf Resort
27. Hotel RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas
28. Sirena del Mar Welk Resort Cabo
29. Sheraton Hacienda del Mar
Golf & Spa Resort
30. Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos
Golf & Spa Resort
31. Marbella Suites en la Playa
32. Dreams Los Cabos Suites
Golf Resort & Spa
33. Zoëtry Casa del Mar Los Cabos
34. Las Ventanas al Paraíso,
A Rosewood Resort
35. Meliá Cabo Real
36. Hilton Los Cabos
Beach & Golf Resort
37. Secrets Marquis Los Cabos
Shopping, Dining,
Nightlife26-28
38. The Westin Resort & Spa
Los Cabos
39. One&Only Palmilla
40. Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa
Los Cabos
41. Temptation Resort Spa Los Cabos
42. Barceló Los Cabos Palace Deluxe
43. Posada Real Los Cabos
44. Hola Grand Faro
Luxury All Inclusive Resort
45. Best Western Hotel & Suites
Las Palmas
46.Royal Solaris Resort
47. Cabo Azul Resort
48.The Grand Mayan Los Cabos
49.Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos
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CABO
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PLAYA
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EL ARCO
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PUNTA
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PLAYA
FAMILIA
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Puerto Los Cabos
Golf Course
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History &
Overview
This sparkling dual destination is one of the
most precious gems on the Baja. Defined by
its iconic landmark, “El Arco,” (the giant natural
arched rock formation off the tip of the peninsula) Los Cabos has evolved into one of Mexico’s
most prestigious and well known destinations.
Nonetheless, it holds true to its Mexican roots
and the Baja culture that continues to draw visitors from across North America.
Stretching along the southernmost part of the
Baja Peninsula are the desert-by-the-sea resorts
of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.
Known as “The Capes,” or Los Cabos (lows-KAHbows) in Spanish, most of the time it’s simply
referred to as “Cabo.” Geared to inspire, the area’s
unspoiled beauty is a unique combination of striking desert landscape and deep blue sea. Visitors
are surrounded by a dramatic coupling of endless
cactus desert, backed by cinnamon mountains,
and bordered by miles of white sandy beaches,
coves, and rock outcroppings.
But they don’t have to be Earl Lee to get the VIP treatment, they just have to book early. The earlier
your clients book, the more they save – up to 35%. That means free dining at fancy restaurants, free
libations – unlimited, that is – and free water sports and recreation, all set on beautiful stretches of
beach in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica at our luxury all-inclusive resorts. We’re
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Because of its geographic separation and isolation from mainland Mexico, the Los Cabos’ visitor industry developed closer ties to the U.S.
(mostly California) than to the rest of Mexico.
A conspicuous “north-of-the-border” atmosphere and attitude give the area an appealing
cultural duality.
Everyone who visits Los Cabos immediately
feels at home. American products fill store
shelves, dollars are gladly accepted, U.S. and
Canadian license plates abound, and much of
the resort development has been dominated
by North American enterprises. Despite these
foreign trappings, there’s no denying
Los Cabos’ strong Mexico-by-the sea
LO S C A B O S TO H O ST
atmosphere.
G 2 0 SU M M I T I N 2 0 1 2
This is a special ocean/beach resort
that beckons travelers to step away
from the demands of their busy
lives and indulge themselves in
TIME2CABO.
How it all began…..
From plundering pirates and conquistadors, to sport fishing aficionados
and Hollywood’s elite, Los Cabos’
diverse past has played an important
role in the destination’s transformation into the thriving, upscale playground that it is today. The mixture of
many different cultures has left a lasting legacy.
The Los Cabos Convention
& Visitors Bureau announced
that Mexico’s President
Felipe Calderón has officially
selected Los Cabos as the
host city for the 2012 G20
Summit, which will be held in
June 2012.The destination’s
first-class hotel and airport
infrastructure were noted
as two important factors in
the decision.
With 13,000 total rooms
in the destination, Los Cabos
will dedicate 11,000 rooms
to the G20 Summit to accommodate the more than 7,000
attendees, while the Mexican
government will invest more
than $47,000,000 into the
development and promotion
of the Summit.
In the past thirty years, Los Cabos has
grown from a hideaway for savvy fishermen and
yacht owners into one of Mexico’s most popular
resort destinations. Due largely to an impressive
infrastructure, improved roads and air access,
Los Cabos has also been able to attract some
heavy hitters in the resort, golf, and real estate
investment community. Backed by FONATUR
(the government’s agency in charge of new
resort development), Los Cabos has proven
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Los Cabos
H I S TO RY A N D OV E RV I E W c o n t.
itself a top destination for prestigious second homes and
world-class resort developments.
H I S TO RY A N D OV E RV I E W c o n t.
Cabo San Lucas…
CABO SAN LUCAS, at the tip of the peninsula and about 30
km west of San José, is looking better than ever after street and
sidewalk improvements in 2010. With fine restaurants, sophisticated shopping, a slick 300-slip marina, and active nightlife,
Cabo is tops with fishermen, divers, and those wanting to be
close to the action. Near the downtown, Médano Beach is a
heavenly stretch of calm, crystal-clear water and white sand.
Just off shore is El Arco, the area’s signature landmark, and a
protected Marine Reserve portion of Baja’s UNESCO’s World
Heritage Site.
The lay of the land…
Los Cabos is one of Mexico’s largest destinations, spanning the
entire Baja tip and extending north along both the Pacific and Sea
of Cortés coastlines. Each area has its own specific advantages.
Basically there are three areas to consider: San José del Cabo,
Cabo San Lucas, and the 20-mile corridor that links the two.
San José and San Lucas are the anchor towns, and the “Corridor”
is lined with magnificent hotels, championship golf courses, and an
unforgettable stretch of golden sand and azure sea.
Limitless activities….
San José del Cabo…
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Today, with just over 13,000 hotel rooms, upscale residential
developments, and expanding air service, Los Cabos attracts
a broader range of visitors than ever before, and has gone to
great lengths to diversify its offering of activities and attractions. Of course, sportsmen continue to flock to Los Cabos for
world-famous fishing and outstanding diving. However, the
area also draws beach lovers, golfers, honeymooners, families,
and eco-tourists.
San José DEL CABO is a pleasant, inviting city of meandering
streets and lush palm groves, with the alluring pace of a colonial village. Conquistador Hernán Cortés himself visited the area
in 1535, but it was missionary zeal, not conquistadors, that first
brought European civilization to this colorful town. A Jesuit mission was built in 1730 to indoctrinate the Pericu Indians of the
region. San José slowly became a modest center of commerce
for passing ships.
Today, the town boasts a population of 120,000 people. It has a
handsome Municipal Palace, broad pedestrian plazas, a fine historic district, lovely tropical estuary, and an interesting array of
shops, boutiques, and art galleries. There is also a wide range of
dining possibilities, from charming courtyard restaurants to more
sophisticated establishments with extensive wine lists and awardwinning chefs. Just up the coast is the Puerto Los Cabos marinagolf-residential development, expanding San Jose’s appeal to
golfers and yachtsmen.
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LOS CABOS HAS A NEW SECRET...
Compared to the bustling streets and roaring nightlife of Cabo
San Lucas, the atmosphere here is subdued. San José has a distinct personality and appeals to more mature visitors who stroll
to popular breakfast spots in the mornings and browse galleries
in the evenings.
The Corridor…
To the west is THE CORRIDOR region, the site of major resort
developments and some of Baja’s most beautiful shoreline. This
zone is where Los Cabos is staking its claim as Mexico’s premier
golf destination with eleven championship courses in operation
and several new courses in the planning stages. The Corridor’s
initial “in the middle of nowhere” atmosphere has changed dramatically, with small shopping centers and restaurants along the
flanks of the 4-lane, 20-mile-long highway that connects the
towns of San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
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To get around the area taxis are plentiful
if somewhat pricey. (The one-way cab fare
between San José and San Lucas runs $40 US.)
arriving & departing
For travelers on a budget SuburCabo and
InterBaja buses are a very convenient way to
get from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo
and the beaches and resorts in the Corridor.
Buses run every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 11:30
p.m. between Cabo San Lucas and Santa Anita
(north of the International Airport), with bus
stops in the Tourist Corridor. Fares are about
$2.10 US each way from town to town; drivers will change small bills. To get off at Tourist
Corridor beaches, tell the driver your beach
when you board.
Los Cabos International Airport (code SJD) is located 8 miles
north of San José del Cabo and 29 miles northeast of Cabo
San Lucas. The SJD airport comprises three facilities: Terminals
1, 2, and 3, which are privately owned and operated by GAP
(Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico). Terminal 1 is home to
Aeromexico, American Airlines, Continental, and US Airways.
Domestic airlines like InterJet and Magnicharter are also here.
Terminal 3 houses Alaska Airlines, Delta, Frontier, United, West
Jet, Air Canada and charter flights. Good shops, restaurants,
bars, and rental car facilities are available in all terminals. As for
Terminal 2, it services privately owned aircraft only.
Why?
1. It’s better to work with a US/
Canadian company in case there
are disputes about the rental.
2. Your clients will get better rates if
you book their car in advance.
3. They’ll get the type of car they
want. (There is more demand
than cars available, and not all
cars in Mexico have air-conditioning or CD players.)
4. You’ll get your commission.
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Los Cabos, at one time relatively unknown outside its primary
West Coast markets of California and the Pacific Northwest,
has quickly become a nationwide hit in the U.S., with air service
available from most major U.S. gateways, as well as nonstops
from YVR and YYC on West Jet and Air Canada and seasonal
charter service. And now Southwest Airlines will offer non-stop
flights from John Wayne Airport through its AirTran Airways
subsidiary, subject to government approval. Note: There is also
a small regional airport on the outskirts of Cabo San Lucas.
Aereocalafia (www.aereocalafia.com.mx) and Aeropacifico
(www.aeropacifico.com) operate small aircraft regional service
to Baja and mainland cities, including new service to the Islands
of Loreto (LTO).
If you plan to explore the area, renting a car
is the best way to do so, since Los Cabos is so
spread out and taxi rates are high. All major car
rental agencies are at the airport and at many
hotels including Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Hertz,
Avis, National, Thrifty and more. It is best to
make reservations for your client in advance.
Once in Cabo San Lucas there are water taxis
between Médano Beach and the nearby marina
(about $2.50 US each way), and Lover’s Beach.
Bikes, ATV’s and mopeds can be rented by the
day or hour in both San José and Cabo San Lucas.
Both cities are easily walked, but most beachfront
hotels may be a 10- 20-minute walk into town.
Discuss this with your clients so they are comfortable accessing San José or San Lucas on foot.
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Getting around
A new toll road ($27 pesos, one way) that meets the main highway at the end of the San José del Cabo hotel zone connects the
two towns to the airport. (Allow approximately 40 minutes driving time between Cabo San Lucas and the airZone 1
port, and 15 minutes from San José del Cabo.)
(San José
The road goes across the desert with the San
del Cabo)
Lazaro mountain range in the background,
Shuttle Rates
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offering spectacular views.
Transportation services available from the
airport include shuttle, taxi, limo and van service. Rates are based on your final destination in the Los Cabos area, which has been
divided into 4 zones (see chart).
Zone 3
(Mid.
Corridor
area)
Zone 4
(Cabo
San Lucas
area)
$13
$15
$17
Taxi Rates
$50
$55
$60
$65
Limo
$65
$70
$85
$100
As for private, direct taxi service, rates range
from $65 to $140 US per trip, according to destination and number of passengers. There are also
buses that offer the same service as the vans.
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(San José
del Cabo
area)
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Sightseeing
TIME 2 EXPLORE
An interesting variety of tours and excursions
await Los Cabos vacationers. Aside from a full
agenda of Los Cabos-area attractions, there are
numerous other sights and things to do throughout southern Baja. Enjoy three UNESCO World
Heritage Sites: ancient cave paintings (outside of
Loreto and San Ignacio); whale-watching in Pacific
lagoons; and diving in Cabo Pulmo National
Marine Park and some 230 Sea of Cortés islands.
There’s also the charming seaside city of La Paz,
the village of Todos Santos, the rugged but
scenic East Cape, and the Sierra de la Laguna
mountains with its outback roads full of adventure
and ecotourism possibilities.
These and other sights are within driving distance
(or a short flight) from either San José or Cabo
San Lucas, and accessible as part of a day or leisurely overnight outing. Choose from escorted
tours (see tour operator list for recommended
operators), or rent a car or jeep and venture out
on your own!
Los Cabos Info
Los Cabos Convention and Visitors
Bureau
www.time2cabo.com
Los Cabos Fulfillment Center,
U.S. Office............ 1 866 LOS CABOS
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San José Del C abo
This very tranquil, tropical, and traditional
village dates back to 1730 when Jesuits came
to indoctrinate the area’s Pericu Indians. It later
became a provisions stop for Spanish galleons
passing between Acapulco and the Philippines.
Throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries, the
Manila fleet, marauding pirates, and fishermen took
refuge in San José, and a prosperous mission settlement grew.
The city sits about a mile back from the sea, and
is separated from the beachfront by a series of
low hills, and a nine-hole golf course. A few steps
in from the sea is the city’s main natural feature, a
large freshwater estuary. The ‘estero’ gives the
city a semi-tropical, almost oasis look –it is, after
all, located 30 minutes away from the Tropic of
Cancer. Mango, avocado, and orange trees flourish in and around the city in defiance of the region’s
stark desert.
Connecting the beach area and the city is
Boulevard Antonio Mijares. It leads to the city
center and the shady Plaza San José, a good
starting point for exploring. Spend a half-day or
so getting to know the city and its friendly residents; visit the historical district and the art galleries zone. San José has some very good shopping
and excellent restaurants, the latter due to the
fact that many hotel chefs have set up shop here,
offering a wide variety of dining options.
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The city’s main Catholic church is the twin-spired Parroquia de San José, facing the
plaza San José, bandstand and shade trees. Jesuit Nicolas Tamaral founded the original mission in 1730, on what is now a small center named La Mision. Mosquitoes from
the nearby estuary forced the padres to move to San José Viejo, north of town. In the
early 20th century, the Parroquia San José finally found its permanent home on the
western side of the plaza, where it dominates the scene as San José’s most important
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icon. A mural above its main entrance depicts the ordeal
Padre Tamaral suffered under the Pericu Indians in retaliation for his opposition to the natives’ polygamous ways.
From this spot streets radiate in grid fashion. One can
find dozens of interesting shops and lovely courtyard restaurants within restored buildings dating to
Colonial days. (By city ordinance, Colonial-era buildings are protected.) Especially noteworthy are buildings along Doblado, Hidalgo, Morelos, and Obregon
streets, many of which house important art galleries,
which brings to mind a fun and increasingly popular
activity: the San José Art Walk. Visitors can mingle with
the artists and chat about their works while sipping a
cool drink, compliments of participating restaurateurs.
All visitors are welcome to join in the Art Walk festivities, which features around 15 galleries. The Art Walk
takes place every Thursday night in San José’s historic art
district, from 5 to 9 pm during the months of November
– May. There is also a San Jose shopping tour every
Tuesday, Novenber – May from 5 to 9pm.
There is now a morning Art Walk as well (Tuesdays
at 9 am), which includes coffee at one of the cafés. You can also
make arrangements through a tour operator for the San José
Shopping & Art Gallery tour, which includes shopping in quaint
boutiques. This activity can be arranged for groups, with a
private wine-tasting menu in one of the galleries. Among the
K i ds ’ St uff
Los Cabos is particularly attractive to families. Many
of the resort properties offer one or more bedrooms
with full kitchens and laundry facilities. These features, coupled with the warmth of the Mexican people, make children especially welcome in Los Cabos.
There are organized programs for children in
many of the larger resort hotels. Here’s a short list of
kid-tested activities and outings:
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REALLY BIG FISH: Head down to the docks at the
marina in Cabo San Lucas around 2 pm, and see the
catch of the day being unloaded.
DOLPHIN SWIM: Enjoy swimming with the family (minimum age, 5 years old) and these fun-loving, gentle creatures at the new facility in Cabo San
Lucas. www.cabodolphins.com
THAR SHE BLOWS!: Los Cabos serves up a number
of whale viewing options, from on-the-water excursions, to shore viewing, to sliding through a whaleshaped slide at the Villas del Palmar resort.
GLASS BOTTOM ENCHANTMENT: Boat tours from
the San Lucas marina depart throughout the day and
unveil the underwater beauty of Bahía San Lucas.
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The trip includes the famous El Arco, Lover’s Beach,
and sealife viewing.
FOSSIL CANYON HIKE: an Indiana Jones-type adventure that allows kids to “discover” fossils and
admire the desert flora and fauna.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: A fabulous family activity
that combines unique adventure elements with the
stunning backdrop of the UNESCO protected Boca
de la Sierra Biosphere Reserve. Fly across wide open
canyons on zip lines; make your way using a commando bridge, a Tarzan swing, and a crazy ladder; do
the ‘climbing walls’, the ‘double cross’ and the ‘rappel lines’ Minimum age: 8 years old. Operated by
Cabo Adventures. www.cabo-adventures.com
WET FUN WATER PARK has parks, pools, slides,
concessions, and more. There are quiet little spots
tucked in around the grounds with sitting areas
where you can just relax while the kids are having the time of their life in a safe environment.
Open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Thursday-Sunday.
Admission: 150 pesos for adults; 100 pesos for kids.
Located just off the main highway at kilometer 66,
between the airport at San José del Cabo and Los
Barriles, in Caduano.
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leading galleries: Dennis Wentworth Porter, Frank Arnold, Ida
Victoria, Galeria Corsica, Old Town, Dona Pitaya, Casa Dahlia,
Casa Don Pablo.
Another San José delight is CactiMundo botanical garden, where
close to 5,000 species of plants from all over the world — many
of which are endemic to the Baja peninsula — can be admired.
Located on Mijares Blvd., one block from the hotel zone.
Mingle with locals and do some shopping while visiting the Saturday
Organic Farmers Market, held weekly
next to the San José Jockey Club
grounds, or try the Farmers Market
held every Friday at the Shoppes at
Palmilla. Organic produce grown
locally is the main attraction, but visitors
can also find an eclectic mix of articles
ranging from artistic to practical.
Note: Visit Flora Farms where an
amazing variety of organically grown
produce can be enjoyed — great tour.
www.flora-farms.com
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Estuary of San José
Just east of downtown is a placid freshwater lagoon where
roving pirates once replenished their water supply. The 125acre estuary is now a game reserve with nearly 200 species of
birds. The San José estuary, designated by UNESCO as a natural reserve, has recently undergone a purifying and refurbishing renovation, with an investment of $80 million pesos
directed towards bringing it back to its initial pristine state.
Visitors may once again explore the estuary’s many fingers
aboard a kayak and admire its feathered residents.
Puerto Los C abos
Just beyond the estuary to the east is La Playita, a once-rustic
fishing enclave where a tall lighthouse offering panoramic views of
San José and the estuary dominated the scene. All this is changing
dramatically with the arrival of Puerto Los Cabos, a 2,000-acre
multi-million-dollar master-planned destination resort, embracing a tropical nature preserve, over three miles of white-sand
beaches, a traditional Baja village, and a new Dolphin Discovery
Aquatic Park.
The picturesque marina is now open and will host over 400
yachts, as well as waterfront restaurants, shops, five-star hotels,
and a deluxe residential area. The Ritz-Carlton Reserve resort is
slated to open here in 2014. Two signature golf courses are being
designed by Greg Norman and by Jack Nicklaus. The first 18
holes are open and present the unique opportunity to play the
Front Nine by Greg Norman and the Back Nine by Jack Nicklaus.
For more information or to reserve a tee time go to www.puertoloscabos.com
The Corridor
Stretching along 20 miles (32 km) of seacoast that link the towns
of San José and Cabos San Lucas, the Corridor is a scenic succession of pristine shore, sheltered coves, and promontories. Several luxury resorts sit along the coast, alongside
Mexico’s finest collection of golf courses and an impressive
collection of new health spas.
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The scene is changing, with shopping and service centers
sprouting along the Corridor. From large chain stores like
Home Depot and Costco (which happens to offer one of the
best views of the Arch and the Cabo San Lucas Bay), to smaller
facilities that harbor shops, gourmet delis and restaurants,
deluxe spas, and other types of services, the Corridor is bustling with activity. Thankfully, since the Los Cabos area is so
spread out, nature prevails and there’s plenty of open space
left. The new star on the Corridor scene is The Shoppes at
Palmilla, (opposite the One&Only Palmilla Resort), a beautiful
shopping center with upscale boutiques and restaurants.
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Reservations 866 311 2226 • Phone 310 453 6212 • www.esperanzaresort.com
Auberge Resorts: Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, California • Auberge Residences at Element 52, Telluride,
Colorado • Auberge Residences at Mammoth, Mammoth Lakes, California • Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley,
California • Encantado, Santa Fe, New Mexico • Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colorado • The Inn at Palmetto Bluff,
South Carolina • Rancho Valencia, Rancho Santa Fe, California • Solage Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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Highway 1 winds through the area, as a four-lane, divided,
and very scenic highway. Numerous dirt road turnoffs head
to nearby beaches (look for blue and white signs). The area’s
beaches are spectacular and almost always deserted.
This is prime surfing and beach-combing territory; two
of the best snorkeling beaches are located in the corridor: Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Bay. However, not all
beaches are suitable for swimming due to a strong undertow. Some beaches get crowded on weekends — Palmilla,
Chileno, Santa Maria.
P
C abo San Luc as
Cabo San Lucas is considered by
many visitors to be the epicenter of
the Los Cabos resort scene. While
San José earns high marks for its
friendly, historic charm, Cabo San
Lucas has grown quickly and undergone many changes in the last 20
years. To some, the city is a curious
and sometimes frenzied mix of bars,
hip nightclubs, chain restaurants,
and designer boutiques. Others
rave about the city’s diverse gourmet dining, abundant shopping,
and familiar American-style vacation diversions.
Undoubtedly there’s more to do in “San Lucas” (as locals
call the city), and there are lots more people out and about
than in its quieter sister city of San José. Its busy marina
draws visitors for boat excursions and to the sport fishing
dock to see the day’s catch. There are also considerably
more dining, shopping, and nightlife options. As for scenery, the San Lucas setting is more dramatic: This is the true
end of the Baja Peninsula and the point where the Pacific
and Sea of Cortés come together.
What you won’t find here are any historic buildings, since
San Lucas only began to develop as a city in the 1970s.
Most attractions are within four or five blocks of the marina.
Several new shopping malls anchor the marina’s east
side, headed by Puerto Paraíso, chock-full of shops and
attractions. The sprawling Wyndham Resort (formerly Plaza
Las Glorias and Costa Real) dominates the rest of the town’s
waterfront. The new Cabo Dolphins Aquatic Park is also
here. Across from the marina, facing a string of deluxe
beachfront resorts is beautiful Médano Beach, Cabo
San Lucas’ swimming beach and a haven for all sorts of
water sports.
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Cabo San Lucas attractions not to
be missed…
X El Arco: The boat ride to El
Arco well worth taking. This naturally
hewn rock formation at land’s end
was carved by centuries of pounding waves and wind. You can either
rent your own skiff in the marina or
at Médano Beach, or head out on an
escorted glass-bottom boat, or take a
romantic sunset cruise.
X Lover’s Beach: The excursion to
Lover’s Beach (Playa del Amor) is fun.
This remote although increasingly
crowded cove offers an ideal picnic spot with its calm waters, excellent
snorkeling, and towering stone cliffs.
Note: Avoid weekends if you want to
relax in solitude.
X Fabrica de Vidrio: See artisans
at work at the small glass blowing
factory that produces beautiful
hand-blown items.
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X Fishing Fleet Docks: Wander to the marina
in the afternoon to see the fishing boats return.
There’s also a sprawling open-air market selling
handicrafts and clothing.
whale watching
Each year in early autumn, one of nature’s
most delightful signs of seasonal change occurs
— the migration of hundreds of whales from
the frigid waters of the Arctic to the warm, calm
waters surrounding the Baja Peninsula. And,
from December to March, there is no better place to view such a spectacular event than
Los Cabos. Ideal climate, shallow waters, salinity and abundant marine life make the bays and
lagoons north of Los Cabos the perfect place
for whales to birth and rear their young. The
female whales, impregnated the year before,
arrive first. The males and younger whales come
soon thereafter. The primary breeding areas
are Magdalena, Vizcaino and Reforma Bays and
Ojo de Libre, Guerrero Negro and San Ignacio
Lagoons. It is in these tranquil, warm waters that
the females give birth to and nurse their
young calves, teach them to swim and prepare
them for the long journey back to the frigid
waters in the north.
Los Cabos Environmental Diversity Brings
Desert, Mountains, Ocean, and Beaches
Together at “Land’s End”
The perfect escape where mountains,
desert and sea all meet and mingle in
ideal balance would not exist today
if it weren’t for the forces of nature.
Baja California would be part of mainland Mexico, and Cabo San Lucas, San
José del Cabo. and the 20-mile Tourist
Corridor in between would be part
of Mazatlán, the bustling port and
more sedate city on the other side of
the Sea of Cortés. In fact, even the
Sea of Cortés (also called the Gulf of
California) wouldn’t exist.
According to scientists, it was geological evolution that formed Baja
California and the Sea of Cortés some
six million years ago. Movement of the
Pacific and North America plates ripped
a strip of land from the continental
mainland; the Pacific plate then slid
200 miles northward, smashing what
would become Baja California into the
mainland and opening up the Sea of
Cortés. It was these natural forces
that set the stage for the beginnings
of Los Cabos.
Scientists also claim that the two
main sources of usable energy that
power life and its systems—the sun
and the radioactive decay of elements
within the Earth—are more clearly
defined on Baja and in the Sea of
Cortés than anywhere on Earth. This
phenomenon has created an incredible
diversity of plant, animal, and sea life,
befitting a vacation paradise.
Eco-adventure has become a
major industry in Los Cabos thanks
to its extraordinary biodiversity and
natural beauty. The range of activities
is seemingly limitless. Visitors can
enjoy hiking or biking the rugged
desert landscape while water enthusiasts can spend time kayaking, sport
fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving or
whale watching.
The six-month, roundtrip sojourn is the longest trip made by any animal in the world.
Migrating whales travel half the year and rest the
other half. Scientific studies have shown that 90
percent of the migrating whales travel south to
the waters off Los Cabos, while the remaining 10
percent make their way to the waters off Korea.
If you want to really get whale friendly, fly
Aereo Calafia (www.aereocalafia.com.mx) to
Magdalena Bay. Tour includes early morning
pick-up at your hotel, a flight of 1 hour 15 minutes from the Cabo San Lucas Airport on a panoramic high-wing Cessna, 4 hours of whalewatching on a panga, snacks and drinks, a gourmet seafood lunch at a local restaurant, return
and drop off at your hotel in the afternoon. This
tour operates only during whale season: January,
February, and March. Cost is $400 U.S. per
adult; $365 U.S. per child. (Travel agent commission of 10% is paid. Price subject to change.)
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Ecologic al Adventures
Southern Baja’s uniquely diverse environment offers an abundance of options for those who
enjoy exploring locations off the beaten path. With its confluence of two oceans, cacti-studded mountains, vast deserts, miles of deserted beaches, rugged back roads, post-colonial mining
towns, and one of North America’s most pristine ecosystems, the region provides scenic splendor and adventures
galore for visitors who choose to venture away from the
typical tourist attractions along the coast.
These less obvious treasures, many located right around
the corner from Los Cabos’ bustling luxury beach resorts,
can be easily explored in trips lasting from a few hours to
a full week. Activities include ATV tours, camel rides,
horseback riding, camping facilities, rock climbing,
nature excursions with a bilingual guide. mountain
biking, and even the thrill of driving a Baja 1000 prototype racecar!
TIME2PLAY
Los Cabos long ago earned a reputation among
savvy sportsmen for its deep-sea fishing. Today,
the resort has caught the attention of golfers,
thanks to one of the finest collections of golf
courses anywhere outside of the U.S. But wetting a line and sinking a birdie putt are only two
of many outdoor pursuits offered in Los Cabos.
Eco -A dv e ntu re T r av e l
& S outh e rn B a j a
Tou r O p e r ato r s
Baja Discovery
Tours and treks traversing the entire
peninsula including bird watching,
whale watching including kayaking
with whales, island explorations,
cave paintings and more. Tel: 800829-2252 | www.bajadiscovery.com
Baja Expeditions
The world’s leader in eco-adventures to Baja, and the oldest and
largest adventure travel expedition
operator in Baja California. Excellent
coastal and island kayaking tours,
diving, whale-watching, and naturalist tours. Tel: 800-843-6967 |
www.bajaex.com
Baja Outback by Terramar
Guided Hummer H2 tours full of
incredible experiences.Tel. 624-1429200 | www.bajaoutback.com
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Cabo Adventures
Zip lines through wide open canyons with the stunning backdrop of
UNESCO protected Boca de Sierra
Biosphere Reserve. Expert guides.
Tel: 624 173-9500, U.S.: 866 3935255 | www.cabo-adventures.com
Mountain Travel-Sobek
Spend 7 days with expert guides
learning to kayak. Snorkeling and
camping on Espiritu Santo Island.
Tel: 888-831-7526 | www.mtsobek.
com | [email protected]
Natural Habitat Adventures
Small group nature expeditions and
whale watching in the San Ignacio
Lagoon. Tel: 800-543-8917 |
www.nathab.com
OARS
Eight- and nine-day trips sea kayaking, camping, and whale-watching.
Tel: 800-346-6277 | www.oars.com
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Paddling South
Sea kayaking, mountain bike tours,
pack trips in Sierra de la Giganta
(Loreto area), and sailing adventures. Tel: 800-398-6200 |
www.tourbaja.com
Thompson Family Adventures:
Family tours starting in Todos
Santos, just northwest of Cabo San
Lucas, and continuing to La Paz.
For all ages these tours include hiking, palm trees, cactus-covered
canyons, and sparkling waterfalls.
Get ready to hang ten on the
waves of one of Baja’s most legendary surfing beaches, and then
on to La Paz for a kayaking adventure. www.familyadventures.com
Wide Open Baja
Experience the thrill in the driver’s
seat on a Chenowith racer along
Baja’s rugged backcountry. Tel. 1434170 | www.wideopenbaja.com
Also see www.time2cabo.com
under What to Do.
GOLF:
The Golf C apital
Of L atin Americ a
Professional golfers are leaving a
mark on Los Cabos’ golf courses. Hall of Fame and
PGA professional Jack Nicklaus designed his first golf
course in Los Cabos in 1992, the Palmilla Golf Club.
Since then, Greg Norman, Tom Weiskopf, Tom Fazio,
Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the Dye brothers, and Davis
Love III have designed courses in Los Cabos; and Phil
Mickelson has announced his arrival in the destination’s golf course scene in the near future.
Los Cabos delivers one of Mexico’s most complete assortments of recreation and outdoor
activities. The area has an ideal combination of
natural and man-made attributes: year-round
sunshine, a scenic and mostly untouched coastline lapped by both
the Pacific and the
Sea of Cortés, abundant resorts offering
modern facilities, and
numerous sports operators with the latest in
leisure activities.
With an expanded array of premium courses to
add to its long list of attractions, Los Cabos has
become one of the world’s favorite golf destinations.
Following is an overview of the renowned courses of
Los Cabos.
Puerto
Los Cabos
Marina & Golf
Club
Campestre San José del Cabo
Golf
Punta
Sur
Querencia
Golf
Golf Club
Los Cabos Region Golf Courses
Cabo
Diamente
Cabo San Lucas
Country Club
Cabo San
9 Lucas
Pa
ci
Quivira
Los Cabos
fic
Oc
ea
n
Ca bo de l Sol
Cabo del Sol
Desert
Chileno
Bay Club
Cabo
Real
Palmilla
El Dorado
Cabo del Sol
Ocean
P u nta P a m illa
Ba hía Chile no
El A rc o
P u nta Ca be z a
de Ba lle na
or
of C
Sea
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Water Sports
Beaches and Swimming
Los C abos Area Golf Courses
C O N TAC T
CIT Y/
A RE A
PA R
YA RD S
R AT I N G
SLO PE
A RC H I T E C T
C O U R SE
T Y PE
Cabo del Sol Desert
145-8200 | www.cabodelsol.com
Corridor
72
7097
74.3
144
Tom Weiskopf
Resort
Cabo del Sol Ocean
145-8200 | www.cabodelsol.com
Corridor
72
7103
74.5
147
Jack Nicklaus
Resort
Cabo Real
144-0040 | www.caboreal.com
Corridor
71
7037
74.1
140
Robert Trent
Jones, Jr.
Resort
Club Campestre San
José
172-6502
www.questrogolf.com
San José
del Cabo
71
7055
73.5
137
Nicklaus Design
SemiPrivate
Cabo San Lucas CC
143-4653 | www.golfincabo.com
Cabo San
Lucas
72
7220
75.4
138
Roy Dye
Resort
El Dorado Golf &
Beach Club
163-2600 | 877-795-8727 | www.
eldorado golfandbeachclub.com
Corridor
72
7152
74.4
143
Jack Nicklaus
Private
Palmilla Golf Club
144-5250 | www.palmillagc.com
Corridor
72/39-hole
6969/
7036/
6771
74.3
74.4
74.8
144
146
145
Jack Nicklaus
Resort
Punta Sur Golf
142-0905 | www.golfbaja.com/
mayan-palace-golf-los-cabos.htm
San José
del Cabo
35
3153
68.2
M. Schjetnaen &
Cary Bickler
Resort
Querencia Golf Club
145-6600
www.loscabosquerencia.com
Corridor
72
7070
74.5
147
Tom Fazio
Private
-
Jack Nicklaus/
Greg Norman
PRO PERT Y
Puerto Los Cabos
105-6440 | www.questrogolf.com
Puerto
Los Cabos
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Courts abound in San José, the Corridor, and
Cabo San Lucas. Here’s a breakdown.
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T h e C o rri d o r
Casa del Mar....................................... 4 lighted courts
Dreams Los Cabos............................ 2 lighted courts
Fiesta Americana............................... 2 lighted courts
Hilton Los Cabos............................... 2 lighted courts
One&Only Palmilla........................... 5 lighted courts
Sheraton Hacienda del Mar........... 5 lighted courts
Westin Los Cabos.............................. 2 lighted courts
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In SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO the Playa Palmilla offers
calm waters and excellent snorkeling. Surfers
flock to Playa Costa Azul for Hawaii-like breakers, as well as to Acapulquito..
Along THE CORRIDOR are Buenos Aires (site of
the El Dorado golf course) and adjacent Playa
Bledito, a marvelous arc of white sand and blue
water with open ocean conditions. Spectacular
Chileno Bay and nearby Santa Maria Bay are
two lovely coves ideal for sunbathing, swimming,
and snorkeling. Chileno features complete water
sports equipment rentals. Lovely Playa Barco
Varado (“Ship Wreck Beach”) sits adjacent to the
Cabo del Sol Golf Course and the rusting hull of
a doomed Japanese freighter.
In CABO SAN LUCAS there’s Playa Médano.
It begins at the mouth of the marina and slopes
to the east for about two miles. Calm conditions
make this Los Cabos’ main playground,
offering complete water sports equipment
rentals, crystal-clear water, and numerous
seaside restaurants.
Tennis
S an José D e l C abo
Hola Grand Faro Los Cabos............ 2 lighted courts
Posada Real......................................... 2 courts
Holiday Inn Resort............................ 1 lighted court
Royal Solaris........................................ 2 lighted courts
Barceló Los Cabos............................. 1 lighted court
Grand Mayan...................................... 2 lighted courts
Resort
From San José to San Lucas the shoreline is dotted with quiet coves, long secluded stretches
of coastline, and unbelievable rock formations.
Crystal-blue water and desert sandy beaches
create an alluring duo of natural beauty. There
are nearly twenty distinct beaches to explore,
all accessible to the public. Most lack facilities
but, instead, offer seclusion and quiet. Shade
can be hard to find. Keep in mind that some
of the area’s beaches may be hazardous for
swimming due to strong undertows and openocean surf. Here’s a summary of the most popular swimming beaches…
Water Sports
Operators: To book
cruise, kayak, boat,
snorkeling or whale
watching tours contact
your preferred U.S./
Canadian tour operator. Your clients can
also book once they
arrive using the tour
desk or travel agency
located in their hotel.
In addition to the
Cabo Dolphins facility in Cabo San Lucas
there is now the
Dolphin Discovery
center at Puerto Los Cabos (www.cabodolphins.
com, tel. 888-303-2653, www.dolphindiscovery.
com.mx, tel. 866-393-5158).
For more information on water sports operators
go to www.Time2Cabo.com, click on
What to Do, then Water Sports.
Beach Savvy: Since ocean conditions can
vary greatly depending on your hotel selection (some have open-ocean, while others offer
calmer bay settings), it’s a good idea to discuss
this with clients. Generally, hotels in San José
del Cabo have ocean conditions unsuitable
for swimming and most water sports (due to
strong currents). The Corridor features unsheltered beaches plus many bays, jetties and coves
that may have sheltered conditions that allow
safe ocean swimming. In Cabo San Lucas conditions are ideal along Playa Médano (Cabo’s main
C abo S an Lucas
Capella Pedregal............................... 2 courts
Hotel Finisterra.................................. 2 lighted courts
Hotel Hacienda.................................. 2 lighted courts
ME Cabo............................................... 2 lighted courts
Playa Grande....................................... 2 lighted courts
Pueblo Bonito Pacífica..................... 1 lighted court
Pueblo Bonito Rosé.......................... 2 lighted courts
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach......... 2 lighted courts
Solmar Suites...................................... 2 courts
Villa del Palmar.................................. 2 lighted courts
Villa La Estancia................................. 2 lighted courts
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Next are the mid-range vessels. Ranging from 35
to 42 feet in length, they are usually newer boats
with carpeted salons, a stateroom or two, kitchen
and air conditioning, as well as TV, DVD, and stereo plus other extras such as GPS systems and Fish
Finders. Costs range from $900 to $1,700 U.S. per
day for up to six anglers, though often a few more
people can be added for an extra charge.
beach) but unsafe for
swimming along the Pacific
shore (Playa Solmar).
Sport Fishing
In the fishing world, Los Cabos
ranks in the top five destinations on the planet, while
being firmly entrenched as the
number-one location in the
world to catch striped marlin. Media attention is focused
every October by the top fishing tournament in the world,
Bisbee’s Black and Blue. In 2011 the total purse was $2.1 million with
a record 409-pound marlin taking the prize.
The Black and Blue is not the only competition; the Los Cabos
Billfish Tournament and Tuna Tournament are all held within
three weeks of the main event, and the IGFA World Offshore
Championship is held in May. These events attract anglers from as
far afield as Finland, Papua New Guinea, Angola, Italy, and Australia,
to name but a few, as well as dozens of teams from the United
States and Mexico.
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What makes Los Cabos fishing different from that of other destinations is the extraordinary catch success rate, the proximity of
the fishing grounds, and the huge selection of vessels. A stroll
around the marina will give an inkling, even to the uninitiated, that
the reason it is jam-packed with boats, ranging from simple day
cruisers to multimillion-dollar sport fishing yachts, is the incredible fishing in these waters. When compared to other destinations,
the odds of catching a large game fish are extremely high. Figures
show that the boats catch fish in Los Cabos 70 to 100 percent of
the time.
JAN
FEB
MAR
A PR
M AY
JUN
JUL
AU G
SEP
OCT
N OV
DE C
Cabrilla
Dorado
Grouper
Caravelle
Blue Marlin
Stripe Marlin
Black Marlin
Roosterfish
Sailfish
Sierra
Snapper
Wahoo
Yellowfin Tuna
Yellowtail
Whereas in other places it can
take many hours to reach a good
fishing spot, in Los Cabos you
could be hooked up to a marlin 10 minutes after leaving the
harbor. On a usual day trip,
the farthest a boat will travel is
25 miles — and often fish are
caught within a couple of miles
from the shore. At other times,
when searching for large yellow
fin tuna, boats will venture as far
as 40 miles offshore. The boats
available for charter can be split
into four groups.
First, there are Pangas, which are
open skiffs of around 22 feet in
length, have an outboard motor,
no cabin or bathroom, but usually provide some type of shade.
These are for a maximum of
three anglers plus a guide.
Cruisers are the most common fishing vessels in Los Cabos.
These belong to the longtime
sport fishing outfits of the area,
many having been in business
more than 20 years with the
same boats and crews, so experience is definitely high up on
the list of what they have to offer.
These boats range in size from
28 to 35 feet and have a cabin,
bathroom, shade, fighting chair
and fly bridge from which the
crew can spot fish.
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At the top of the line are vessels in the 50- to
80-foot range — usually new, modern boats
boasting every luxury imaginable, from DirecTV
and wet bar to onboard chefs and staff catering
to your every whim. These beauties vary greatly
both in amenities and price, so if this is the ticket
for you, a little research ahead of time is in order.
Prices range from $2,000 to $5,000 U.S. per day,
and the number of guests is usually six to 12,
depending on the outfit, with extra guests often
allowed for an additional fee.
The decisive factor in the health of Los Cabos’
fishing is a strong commitment by locals to releasing marlin and sailfish. Though you are allowed to
keep one of these species per boat, anglers are
strongly encouraged to release these fish, which
are considered second-rate eating fish at best.
More and more anglers are conscious of the fact
that we need to take care of our oceans; by doing
this, a good, long-term contribution is made. Try
fishing in Los Cabos — you’ll be hooked.
For a list of annual fishing tournaments, please
refer to the Calendar of Events at
www.time2cabo.com. There are dozens of
outfitters to host your complete fishing vacation.
Be sure to pre-book your client using the best
fleets and earn your commission! Go to
www.time2cabo.com, click on What to Do and
select Fishing.
Scuba & Snorkeling
Jacques Cousteau was so impressed with the
bounty of marine life found in the Sea of Cortés
along the southern coast of the Baja Peninsula
that he referred to these waters as “The World’s
Aquarium.” In fact, the entire Sea of Cortés
and its over 230 islands have been declared a
UNESCO World Heritage Site. Three major
ocean currents — the California current, Panama
current, and North Equatorial Countercurrent
— collide here and bring with them abundant
plankton. Bounteous amounts of this staple of
marine life support a diversity of fish and marine
mammals that is unmatched anywhere else in
the world.
Diving visibility near Land’s End ranges from 30
to 50 feet in winter months and to over 100 feet
from April through October. Sites located along
the rock walls are great for beginners. At depths
of 20-25 feet, schools of Mexican goatfish, angelfish, parrotfish, and spotted boxfish as well as
puffers, eels, and lobsters are plentiful. Rays, turtles, white tip reef sharks, and, of course, playful
sea lions are known to join divers here.
Just north of San José del Cabo is Gordo Banks, a
sea mount located 28 miles from shore. Its summit
lies 110 feet below the surface and is populated
with hammerhead and whale sharks, big game
fish, and mantas. The best time of year to dive this
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More advanced divers will want to explore some
of the canyons found in the Bay of Cabo San
Lucas, one of the deepest bays in the hemisphere.
The Abyss is a popular canyon site with steep
granite walls and ledges about 100 feet below the
surface of the water. The Sand Falls, a 90-foot
dive, starts at Pelican Rock and drops down a
remarkable 1200 feet.
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Guided snorkeling trips can be arranged at most hotels
and include transportation, diving gear, and lunch.
Los C abos &
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Di v e Sp e cialists
Amigos del Mar
U.S. - 513 898-0547
Local - 624-143-0505
www.amigosdelmar.com
Baja Expeditions
800-843-6967
www.bajaex.com
Cabo Scuba Dive
888-557-3330
www.caboscubadive.com
Sunshine Dive & Charter
Local - 624-157-5281
www.divecabo.com
Manta Diving
877-287-1120
www.caboscuba.com
surfing
San José del Cabo and the Corridor have some fine
surfing areas. Head to Acapulquito Beach and Playa
Costa Azul near Punta Palmilla just outside San José.
Along the Corridor, prime surfing is at Playa Barco
Varado and Playa Cabo Bello.
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away by Los Cabos’ balmy breezes, brilliant
blue waters, and majestic scenery, a visit
to one of its opulent spas will surely take
your body and mind on an unforgettable
journey to another dimension and into the
lap of luxury. Here, a trip to a spa is much
more than an affair with a conventional
treatment — it’s an escape in itself. Los
Cabos’ spas move well beyond the basics,
with specialty treatments inspired by
ancient recipes, rituals, and settings against
a backdrop of pure natural beauty and
bliss, ranging from lavish extravagance to
Zen modernism.
Secrets Marquis Los Cabos
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norm here, as are healing hydrotherapy
rituals, masterful massage techniques and
blissful aromatherapy treatments, many of
which are a harmonious integration of old
and new. The latest technologies blend
with tried-and-true ancient herbal concoctions to deliver an experience that
translates into healthy indulgence, leaving
you absolutely relaxed, completely satiated, and entirely rejuvenated… in mind,
body, and spirit. See our Los Cabos Spa
chart on the next page for contact information and details. Beautifully written
descriptions of Los Cabos’ top spas can
also be found at www.experienceloscabos.com/spas.
Vista Azul Suites & Spa
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The Westin Los Cabos
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Still further north along the coast, La Paz, the
capital of Baja California Sur, offers spectacular diving at Espiritu Santo. Often referred
to as “The Galapagos of the North,” Espiritu Santo is
the habitat of 235 species of plants, 271 of fish, 32
of reptiles, 98 of birds and 31 of marine mammals
(eleven species are unique to the islands). At the
northern end of Espiritu Santo is the celebrated dive
site at Los Islotes Rock, best known for its resident sea
lion colony.
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Cabo Pulmo Marine Park is a scenic 2-hour drive
from Cabo San Lucas and is home to the northern-most living coral reef in the Western
Hemisphere. The colorful reef attracts schools
of rays and turtles and tropical fish, including
pork fish, puffers, angelfish, grunt, snappers,
and much more. Diving is usually shallow in
this region, making it a prime choice for both
beginners and those more advanced.
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November.
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Los Cabos
Shopping
Did you think you were going to come to Mexico
and leave empty-handed? Guess again. Los
Cabos’ range of shopping options and locales
— lofty boutiques, duty-free emporiums, brandname stores and more — are sure to have you
hunting every minute you’re not on or in the
water. From indigenous pottery to uncommon
jewelry, Los Cabos has a little something for each
type of shopper.
It’s interesting to note that American goods
are more commonly available here than in other
Mexican resorts, particularly at the supermarkets where the shelves are stocked with familiar
American products. Most shops are open from
9am to late evening except during the hot summer days when a siesta from 2-4pm is a must!
You’ll also save thanks to the region’s lower
sales tax (11% versus 16% at mainland Mexico
resorts). Here’s a quick look at each city’s shopping scene.
San José Del Cabo
Downtown San José has become a favorite
among an interesting group of artists that have
made their home in this charming town. Enjoy
the popular Art Walks held Thursday evenings
from 5 to 7 pm, and Tuesday mornings from
9-11 am. (high season only.)
The Corridor
Shopping in the Corridor is now available through
small centers flanking the four-lane highway—
plus a couple of warehouse giants like Home
Depot, Costco, Sam’s Club, and Wal Mart.
Don’t be surprised at the various luxury car
agencies found along the way!
Noteworthy is state-of-the-art The Shoppes
at Palmilla, a high-end shopping center
located on the opposite side of the road of
the One&Only Palmilla resort. A spectacular
terrace with a singing fountain and a lovely view
of the Sea of Cortés and of the Palmilla develop-
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ment is the signature landmark of the
Shoppes. Visitors
enjoy strolling along
the spacious hallways and popping
in and out of beautifully appointed
shops, restaurants,
and services.
For fine home furnishings there’s Antigua de
Mexico, Casa Paulina and La Ceiba. For ladies
apparel visit Casa Vieja and Pepita.If it’s art you’re
looking for, stop by Pez Gordo art gallery.
More interesting shops along The Corridor: a Blown
Glass Factory, L’Occitane (at Plaza del Rey) and
Artesanos, a huge gallery featuring Mexican rustic
furniture, ceramics, and other decorative items.
Cabo San Lucas
Los Cabos’ improved shopping scene has now
reached other Mexican resorts’ standards. Its once
vacant streets are today lined with dozens of shops,
from open-air bazaars to fine designer boutiques
to souvenir shops. Dominating the scene is Puerto
Paraíso Mall, a huge complex featuring beautiful
marble floors, wrought iron fixtures and sweeping
views of the Sea of Cortés and the marina.
Adjacent to Puerto Paraíso and facing the marina
lies Luxury Avenue, recently inaugurated, where
visitors will find prestigious brands.
Then there’s Plaza Bonita, also facing the marina,
housing shops, many popular restaurants, and
one of Mexico’s largest department store chains,
Liverpool
Other small shopping centers along Los Cabos’
main drag are Plaza de la Danza, Plaza del Mar,
Plaza del Sol, Plaza Náutica. Don’t miss the Blown
Glass Factory or Ed Feinstein, a Los Cabos staple
in fine jewelry (at Capella Pedregal).
Looking for arts? Visit Westworth Porter Gallery
to find works by this impressionist artist turned
local. Visits to his studio by appointment (call
142-3141).
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San José del Cabo
While Cabo San Lucas offers the greatest number of restaurants and nightlife, the Corridor
and San José del Cabo also mix it up with a bouquet of flavors
When driving from Cabo San Lucas to San José
del Cabo, you’ll pass by a number of award-winning restaurants that deserve a visit. Gourmands
are well aware that this stretch of highway hides
more than surfer-friendly beaches and swanky
hotels; some of Baja California Sur’s best dining
takes place here. For mouth-watering descriptions of Los Cabo’s finest dining, go to www.
experienceloscabos.com/dining.
In general, dining tends to be on the expensive
side (compared to some other Mexico destinations), since nearly everything has to be brought
into the region -except, of course, seafood.
Many establishments feature prime American
beef and fresh imported produce.
There are, however, some good value-priced
meals, as competition has brought down prices.
Los Cabos is also one of Mexico’s best beach
resorts for inexpensive and delicious taco
stands. Buen Provecho!
For more go to www.time2cabo.com and click
What2Do, then select Dining.
Baan Thai: a traditional favorite. San Jose’s Historic
district.
Baja Brewing Company: popular micro-brewery that
also serves great snacks. Historic district.
Casiano’s: former Las Ventanas chef features his innovative concept called ‘spontaneous cuisine’ in a minimalist
setting. At Plaza del Mar.
El Chilar: Creative and delicious Mexican nouvelle cuisine. On Benito Juarez St.
“H” Restaurant: One of the best for fine dining. Menu
inspired by American nouvelle cuisine. Historic district.
(Opening soon in Cabo San Lucas as well.)
La Panga Antigua: Mexican nouvelle cuisine
within a courtyard setting.Historic district. (Also
in Cabo San Lucas.)
Mi Cocina: Enjoy gourmet cuisine in a delightful
romantic setting surrounded by palm trees and
flaming torches. At Casa Natalia.
Morgan’s: International dishes served in an
eclectic setting. Doblado St., historic district.
Tequila Restaurant: Mediterranean cuisine with
Mexican and Asian Influences. Doblado St., historic district.
If you’re looking for lighter fare, visit La Dolce for
great pizza and pastas, Voila for fine appetizers,
French Riviera Bakery & Bistro for coffee and
pastries. All located in downtown San José.
Now, should you happen to be a taco lover,
Rossy’s seafood tacos are a must! On Hwy 1
The Corridor
There are great restaurants along the Los Cabos
Corridor! The Shoppes at Palmilla center houses three
excellent ones: Nick San (also in Cabo San Lucas),
Manuel’s, and Chaiya Thai Kitchen. Others are
located in hotels. The following is a list of some (from
north to south):
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B e e r B a r s B ig in Los C abos
Try: Baja Brewing Co. in San José del Cabo, the area’s first microbrewery,
Market by Jean Georges: Famous
B Lounge at Casa Dorada (Médano Beach), or Pub de la Chapu, near the
for his Spice Market restaurant in
New York City, wonderful and unique
cruise ship dock in Cabo San Lucas.
creations served under an impressive
chandelier. At One&Only Palmilla.
Los Arrecifes: spectacular terrace
set on a cliff overlooking the ocean.
Nick San: exquisite Japanese cuisine
room. At Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach.
Westin resort.
with a slight Mexican twist. A staple in 12 Tribes: Its menu is inspired by
Canto del Mar: Award-winning
Los Cabos. On the main drag. (Also
cuisines from the regions to which
chef Thierry Dufour, serves six-course on the Corridor.)
the Twelve Tribes of Israel emigrated.
tasting menus every night in an intiPeacocks: restaurateur Gunter
At Casa Dorada resort on Médano
mate setting. At Secrets Marquis
Richter’s first link in his Los Cabos
Beach.
Los Cabos.
chain. Excellent Latino and
The Restaurant: Mediterranean
Mediterranean cuisine in a tropical
cuisine with a Mexican flair, impresgarden patio. By Marina Sol condos.
sive wine cellar that can be used as a
Romeo & Julieta Ristorante: casual
private dining room. Las Ventanas al
Italian food in a lovely hideaway. Next
Paraiso Resort.
to Pedregal entrance.
Las Marias: Mexican food served in
In San José DEL CABO you
a romantic setting. Hacienda
For fun and snacks, go to the
may head to Deckman’s at
Encantada Resort.
Giggling Marlin, Squid Roe (both
Havana to enjoy their hot jazz
Peninsula by Night: A new concept on the main drag), and Mango Deck
and cool nights (great food
in fine dining in an ‘al fresco’ setting
(on Medano Beach.)
created by Fiesta Americana Grand.
too!) or to Tropicana, which
Pitahayas: Five-star diamond
Marina & Plaza Bonita zones: features live Cuban groups and
award winning restaurant spe- Lorenzillo’s Live Lobster House:
super salsa. For lots of fun, go to
cializing in Pacific Rim cuisine
Fine lobster to your fancy! Try their
Baja Brewing Company in the
served under an impressive
new Oyster Bar. At the CSL marina.
palapa. At Hacienda del Mar.
historic district, or sip martinis at
Ole! Ole!: great place for Spanish
In Cabo del Sol.
tapas and people watching. On the
Red Martini Bar (hotel zone).
Cabo del Sol Clubhouse:
marina at Plaza Bonita.
Their Sunday brunch has
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse: superb
In CABO SAN LUCAS, nightbecome a favorite among
steak experience with a wonderful
life is hopping at a handful of
locals.
view of the CSL marina.
El Restaurante: With three
Señor Sweets Bistro: Need new
new clubs and bars. For danclevels of terraces cascading
energy? Indulge in decadent pastries ing there is Cabo Wabo,
down to the Sea of Cortés, this
and gelatos while taking in the CSL
Squid Roe, or Passion at the
Mediterranean-style restaurant is
marina’s lively atmosphere.
ME Cabo Resort’s sizzling-hot
one of Cabo’s favorites. Excellent cuisine, impressive views. Esperanza
If you’re in the mood for a cold beer
nightclub on Medano Beach.
Auberge Resort
or great margaritas, stop by the Baja Stay on the beach and grab
Brewing Company (overlooking
a cold one at Casa Dorada’s
Medano Beach) or Baja Cantina at
new B Lounge (“where everythe marina.
time 2 dance
Cabo San Lucas
Here are some of the finest restaurants in CSL hotels:
Don Manuel’s: Enjoy fine dining at
Capella’s signature restaurant featurEdith’s: Owner-chef Edith is the recip- ing dishes flavored with local organic
produce in a setting reminiscent of a
ient of many awards for her talents at
combining the cuisine of Baja with that Mexican hacienda. At Capella
Pedregal.
of Guerrero, her native state. Her
Fellini’s: This 4-diamond award resplace has become a Cabo landmark.
taurant features fine Italian cuisine,
On the hill off Medano Beach.
El Galeon: prime setting across from lovely piano music, and spectacular
the marina. Lovely piano music, tradi- ocean view. At Pueblo Bonito Rose.
Hacienda Cocina & Cantina: Enjoy
tional Italian, Spanish, and American
beachfront dining and a casually elemenu. Close to Pedregal entrance.
Mi Casa: colorful Mexican restaurant gant experience in this new striking
beach club. The menu offers Mexican
in a courtyard setting. Watch fresh
specialties with innovative twists. At
tortillas being made. Off the downHacienda Beach Club & Residences.
town square.
LaFrida: Chef Antonio de Livier
Mocambo: One of the best seafood
eateries, favorite among both tourists applies Mexico’s bounties to achieve
culinary excellence. The setting is a
and locals. On Leona Vicario St.
beautiful Mexican1920s-style dining
Here’s a list of some of the best restaurants in Cabo San Lucas’ downtown and surrounding areas:
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one wants to B”) or at Pub de
la Chapu, Los Cabos’ first Irish
Pub, by the cruise ships’ dock. If
you like jazz, try Sancho Panza
at Tesoro Wyndham. Nowhere
Bar at Plaza Bonita continues to
be the most popular spot for
meeting people. For a different experience, board the new
and deluxe Caborey Dinner
Cruiser for cabaret-style entertainment and fine dining.
For more options go to www.
time2cabo.com.
Lodging
Perhaps no other vacation destination has as
broad a collection of gorgeous, chic, and popular hotels as Los Cabos. The very names of the
resorts and inns are immediately associated with
luxury, charm, and comfort. Los Cabos stands
alone in the quality of accommodations it offers
guests, and there’s plenty to choose from across
our 13,000 rooms. Whether your taste runs
toward the intimate, exclusive, glitzy, or glamorous, there’s a hotel perfectly suited for you. In
fact, the lodging in Los Cabos is so exceptional
that it’s one of the prime reasons so many visitors
are drawn here.
Accommodations tend to be clustered in three
distinct geographical areas. One of these is the
winsome Spanish colonial town of San José del
Cabo, which offers something out of the ordinary both in ambience and accommodations.
The classic Old World feel of charismatic Mexico
is immediately evident in the high-end boutique
inn Casa Natalia. Mexican touches are used
throughout, offset by a fashionable décor of
clean, contemporary lines. Suites Las Palmas also
offers incomparable value and traditional style
in a prime location.
Stunning ocean views, sun-kissed golden
beaches, and endless blue skies are the norm
at such hotels as Holiday Inn Resort (formerly
Presidente InterContinental), Crowne Plaza,
and Barceló Los Cabos. And there’s an endless array of activities at such popular hotels as
Royal Solaris and Posada Real, from swimming
and horseback riding to simply kicking
back and sipping a frosty margarita. And,
really, would it be a vacation without a
little pampering? Go ahead and indulge
yourself at the spas of lovely Cabo Azul
or Temptation resorts.
The next major grouping of hotels sits in
what’s called The Corridor — that spectacular stretch of real estate sprawling
between San José del Cabo to the east
and Cabo San Lucas to the west. Ultra
sophisticated, these pleasure palaces are
on the forefront of lavish fantasy hotels.
The list of choices is long and tantalizing. Perhaps the most difficult
aspect of a holiday in Los Cabos
is deciding where to stay.
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A new 653,400 square foot, $100 mil-
Hotels like One&Only Palmilla, Las
lion Convention Center, designed to
Ventanas al Paraíso, and Esperanza
accommodate over 6,000 people, is
under development. The municipality
cater to the most discerning
of Los Cabos endowed a 15-acre tract
guests, with fabulous extravaof land which is located alongside a
gances such as exquisitely decoprivate golf community and boasts
rated rooms and suites outfitted
magnificent views. The Convention
with stunning artwork, the latest in
Center will be designated a “green”
facility, and will be designed with
marble bathrooms, and outdoor
energy efficiency in mind and will be
sitting areas that allow guests to
equipped with solar panels.
soak up those amazing views. Live
out your dreams at the sophisticated and architecturally dramatic
Secrets Marquis Los Cabos, Meliá Cabo Real, or
Fiesta Americana Grand. Where else would you
find beautifully landscaped grounds with palm
trees and cactus? And let’s not forget the endless
opportunities for fine dining on fresh gourmet
fare in stylish restaurants at all hotels.
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P ro p e rty
Pools seemingly as large as the Sea
of Cortés itself define the lavish
hotels in The Corridor. The Hilton
Los Cabos, Zoëtry Resort (formerly Casa del Mar), and Dreams
Los Cabos will have you wearing
your swimsuit all day. Other good
choices in this area include The
Westin Los Cabos, Marbella Suites
en la Playa, and Sheraton Hacienda
del Mar.
Hotel choices in Los Cabos are plentiful.
You might just want to visit often
to sample the variety!
A third main area for accommodations is Cabo San Lucas. Hot,
cool, exciting, and vibrant, this
town is where the action is. It,
too, has a slew of hotels to satisfy anyone’s whim — from those
who crave nonstop excitement to
guests preferring to people-watch
from a lounge chair cooled by
ocean breezes.
Hotels like Villa del Palmar, Villa la
Estancia, Villa del Arco, Riu Palace,
ME Cabo, Casa Dorada, and Pueblo
Bonito Rosé place guests right in
the heart of it all: just a stone’s throw
away from a lineup of fun-filled restaurants serving up great Mexican
favorites and a party atmosphere.
First arrivals to a new lodging area
stretching north along the Pacific
coastline are three Pueblo Bonito
properties: the Sunset Beach, the
Montecristo Estates, and the Pacifica
Holistic Retreat. North of the Pacifica property, ground has been
broken for the construction of Quivira, an ambitious development that will comprise two more championship courses by Jack
Nicklaus, as well as Jack’s first golfing residential community in
Mexico. The Ritz Carlton and the Ritz Carlton Villas will also
be built in Quivira.
Magic is all around here. Visitors can be lulled into a hypnotic
state by the splendor of the rhythmic waves at Solmar Suites and
Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa. And soft illumination
turns Playa Grande’s pools and grounds into a fantasyland at night.
A dip in the hot tub at Cabovillas provides the perfect vantage
point to watch an early morning sunrise or a cruise ship anchored
in the distance. How about ordering a frozen tropical cocktail at
the swim-up bar at Finisterra?
The Los Cabos marina offers plenty to see and do, from restaurants and shops to charter fishing companies. Good places to
stay include Marina Fiesta and Wyndham Cabo San Lucas.
City hotels like Villa La Paloma, Santa Fe, and Hotel Bahía are super
convenient for those on the go. Golfers will enjoy Los Cabos Golf
Resort, while guests staying at Marbella Suites will surely appreciate their own full kitchen. At Los Patios, guests feel right at home
in the cozy atmosphere, and those at Vistazul Suites can unwind
at the brand-new holistic spa and fitness center. For a different
approach, try laid-back Buena Vista on the East Cape with lovely
bungalows in a breathtaking setting.
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Bahía Hotel & Beach Club
Barceló Los Cabos Palace Deluxe
Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa Los Cabos
Best Western Hotel & Suites Las Palmas
Cabo Azul Resort
Cabo Villas Beach Resort & Spa
Capella Pedregal Resort and Spa
Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa
Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa
Esperanza-An Auberge Resort
Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf
& Spa Resort
The Grand Mayan Los Cabos
Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa
Guaycura Boutique Hotel & Spa
Hacienda Beach Club & Residences
Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa
Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
Hola Grand Faro Luxury All Inclusive Resort
Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos
Hotel California
Hotel Finisterra
Hotel RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas
Hotel RIU Santa Fe
Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort
Los Cabos Golf Resort
Marbella Suites en la Playa
Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa
ME Cabo
Meliá Cabo Real All Inclusive
Montecristo Estates by Pueblo Bonito
One&Only Palmilla
Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
Posada Real Los Cabos
Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos All Suites Resort
Pueblo Bonito Pacífica Resort & Spa
Pueblo Bonito Rosé All Suites Resort & Spa
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa
Quinta del Sol by Solmar
The Ridge Luxury Villas at Playa Grande
Royal Solaris Resort
Secrets Marquis Los Cabos
Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort
Sirena del Mar Welk Resort Cabo
Solmar Resort All Inclusive
Temptation Resort Spa Los Cabos
Villa del Arco Beach Resort & Spa
Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa
Villa La Estancia
The Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos
Wyndham Cabo San Lucas
Zoëtry Casa del Mar Los Cabos
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81
619
97
50
143
142
66
156
308
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Cabo San Lucas
San José del Cabo
San José del Cabo
San José del Cabo
San José del Cabo
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas
The Corridor
The Corridor
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249
The Corridor
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165
San José del Cabo
119
14
109
150
375
333
390
11
283
642
902
71
74
40
155
151
305
122
173
260
148
148
154
260
588
72
98
382
237
270
76
146
149
217
463
304
Cabo San Lucas
Todos Santos
Cabo San Lucas
The Corridor
The Corridor
San José del Cabo
San José del Cabo
Todos Santos
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas
The Corridor
Cabo San Lucas
The Corridor
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas
The Corridor
Cabo San Lucas
The Corridor
Cabo San Lucas
San José del Cabo
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas
San José del Cabo
The Corridor
The Corridor
The Corridor
Cabo San Lucas
San José del Cabo
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas
243
286
42
The Corridor
Cabo San Lucas
The Corridor
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