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Fairways, Greens & Ocean Blue: Golf Tournaments in Los Cabos in 2022

Tue, Oct 12, 2021

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Fishing and golf are the twin pillars of the Los Cabos sporting calendar. As this article is being written, big-game fishing tournament season is in full swing in Cabo San Lucas, with the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, and Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore and Black & Blue tournaments all taking place during the month of October.

We’ll have plenty of coverage and recaps of the million dollar plus payouts in what’s shaping up as an historic stretch of fishing tournaments, but this week we’re going to take a quick look ahead at the upcoming golf tournaments slated to take place in Los Cabos in 2022. It’s never too early, after all, to start planning (and perhaps signing up!) for some of these benchmark destination events.

Los Cabos Pro-Am Golf Tournament – Jan. 9th to 13th, 2022

The Los Cabos Pro-Am, long a fixture on the regional golf calendar, has seen some changes this year…and they’re good! The tournament had been split up into two separate events last year, each on acclaimed local layouts – at Twin Dolphin and Cabo del Sol. This year, the two courses are both included in the same tournament. The action begins with two rounds at the Tom Weiskopf designed Desert Course at Cabo del Sol, and concludes with a final round at Twin Dolphin, a design collaboration by Todd Eckenrode and legendary player and former Masters Champion Fred Couples that premiered in 2018. Teams consist of 5 players – 4 amateurs and one pro – with participants competing in a best ball format over 54 holes for daily and overall prizes (for both teams and pros). Entry fees include luxurious accommodation packages at local resorts.

Cabo Collegiate Golf Tournament – Feb. 27th to Mar. 1st, 2022

This one’s for the youngsters only, but definitely worth watching and cheering for. Arizona State won the 2020 Cabo Collegiate by 8 strokes, besting Texas A&M on the spectacular Tom Fazio designed course at Querencia, one of the most exclusive and acclaimed private courses in Los Cabos. Who’ll win in 2022 (due to travel restrictions, the 2021 tournament was hosted in the U.S.) when the setting shifts to the even more exclusive and acclaimed Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol, a Jack Nicklaus designed masterpiece that has been a staple of world top 100 rankings for over two decades? Too early to guess, but over 15 top teams from U.S. universities will compete in the three round event, including defending champion Oklahoma, Cal and Stanford, Ole Miss and Florida State, as well as former tournament champions Arizona State and Oklahoma State.

Premier Golf Pro-Am Tournament – May 15th to 21st, 2022

Premier Golf specializes in destination golf experiences, and the pro-am tournament they’ve put together in Cabo San Lucas next year checks all the desired boxes. Not only are participating golfers treated to five days of golf (four rounds of tournament play and one practice round), plus a cocktail party and awards ceremony where prizes are announced, the course list they get to enjoy includes amazing layouts at Quivira, Cabo del Sol, Cabo Real and Puerto Los Cabos. Jack Nicklaus’ Pacific Coast masterpiece at Quivira has been lauded with awards since it opened in 2014, and Nicklaus’ course at Puerto Los Cabos is likewise considered one of the very best in Mexico. 1973 Open Championship winner Tom Weiskopf designed the Desert Course at Cabo del Sol, and although sometimes overshadowed by Nicklaus’ nearby Ocean Course, it showcases breathtaking desert, mountain and ocean views. Robert Trent Jones Jr.’ s course at Cabo Real, meanwhile, effectively put Los Cabos on the golf map when TV cameras captured whales breaching near a seaside green during a 1996 PGA Senior Slam event.

For more information about events, activities and villa rentals in Los Cabos, call us TOLL FREE at 1-888-655-4548, visit www.LosCabosVillas.com, or email us at Info@LosCabosVillas.com.

Photo credit:  Nicklaus Design

Upcoming Events Calendar

October

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 10 – 14

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 14 – 17

Top Chef Taco Series at Paradero – Oct. 15 – 16

Bisbee’s Black and Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 19 – 23

November

Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers Rally – Nov. 1 – 13

Day of the Dead – Nov. 1, 2

WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 3 – 6

Life Luxe Los Cabos Jazz Festival – Nov. 4 – 8

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26

Los Cabos Film Festival – Nov. 10 – 17

SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 15 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

Top Chef Taco Series at Paradero – Nov. 26 – 27

December

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Top Chef Taco Series at Paradero – Dec. 9 – 10

El Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Official Start of Whale Watching Season in Los Cabos – Dec. 15

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

Studio 54 New Year’s Eve Party at Casa Dorada – Dec. 31

January 2022

Los Cabos Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Twin Dolphin and Cabo del Sol – Jan. 9 – 13

Tropic of Cancer Music Series in Todos Santos – Jan. 12 – 16

February 2022

Carnaval in La Paz – Feb. 26 – Mar. 1

Cabo Collegiate Golf Tournament at Querencia – Feb. 27 – Mar. 1

March 2022

Fiestas Tradicionales in San Jose del Cabo – Dates Not Yet Announced

April 2022

Semana Santa – Apr. 10 – 17

May 2022

Cinco de Mayo – May 5

Dia de la Madre – May 10

Warren Hill’s Los Cabos Jazz Festival – May 15 – 18

Premier Golf Pro-Am Tournament – May 15 – 21

 


High Season Happenings: October Events in Los Cabos

Thu, Oct 07, 2021

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October is the traditional kick-off for high tourist season in Los Cabos, and thus not surprisingly, one of the best months for special events. Big-money marlin fishing tournaments are the stars in this regard, as October sees the return of three highly anticipated tournaments, two of which annually top the million-dollar mark in prize money. The third, Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, is popular and well-respected as well, and certainly no slouch in terms of prize pools, as last year’s payouts totaled nearly three-quarters of a million-dollars. The spotlight shines brightest, however, on Bisbee’s two October fishing tournaments: the Los Cabos Offshore and the Black & Blue, which together offered over six million dollars in prize money in 2020. Even bigger things are expected in 2021.

Here’s a look at these and other event highlights in Los Cabos this October.

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Art Walk may be the premier weekly cultural event in San Jose del Cabo, but Viva La Plaza holds that distinction in Cabo San Lucas. Held each Friday evening from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Land’s End city’s principal plaza – Plaza Amelia Wilkes – this weekly showcase lures visitors with regional paintings and handicrafts, artfully arrayed around the recently renovated square’s charming central gazebo. Live music and traditional Mexican dance are also big draws, as are food stalls featuring tasty Mexican favorites.

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – October 10th to 14th

Just as September is El Mes de la Patria, the “the country’s month,” in Mexico, October is the month of the fishing tournament in Cabo San Lucas. Bisbee’s two cash-rich tournaments–the Los Cabos Offshore and Black & Blue–get most of the publicity, but the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament also sends out a siren call to big-game fishermen eager for big-money prizes and jackpots. The biggest moment of last year’s tournament, literally, was when angler Hugo Pino aboard the Stella June bagged a whopping 593 lb. black marlin. That catch still wasn’t good enough to win the title on total points, an honor that went to team El Suertudo, who caught both qualifying blue and black marlin (over 300 lbs. minimum) to help the team take a home a check for a cool $344,700 dollars, their second consecutive win in the tournament. Total payouts in 2020 at the LCBT hit $742,500, and a cool million is not out of the question in 2021. Base entry is $5000 per team, or 25,000 all-in, across-the-board for all jackpots and prizes.

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – October 14th to 17th

Commonly known as “Little Bisbee’s,” to differentiate it from the “Big Bisbee’s” Black & Blue marlin fishing tournament that also takes place each October in Los Cabos, the Los Cabos Offshore dates back to 2002, and is considered a more laid-back, charity focused endeavor than the Black & Blue. Cash prizes are awarded to the teams with the three biggest qualifying fish in the game and billfish categories at the LCO, and large amounts of fish/meals are always donated to local families in need.

Base entry for teams is $1,500 U.S., with $22,500 necessary for “across the board” entry in all jackpots and challenges. In 2020, the Los Cabos Offshore topped the million-dollar mark for the second year in a row, with prize pools and jackpots totaling $1,457,000 for the 128 participating teams.

Top Chef Taco Series at Paradero – October 15th to 16th

The Taco Series of monthly events is a collaboration between Chef Eduardo Rios of Paradero Todos Santos and four visiting chefs from acclaimed restaurants in Mexico City, Tulum, Veracruz, and Culiacan. The chefs will draw on their own culinary backgrounds to create tacos that reflect the authentic flavors of Todos Santos.

During events, a total of six inventive tacos will be served, half of which will be the creation of the visiting chef. Chef Rios will create the remaining three tacos, plus dessert. The visiting chefs will put their own distinctive spin on the tacos using fresh, seasonal produce from Paradero’s own organic garden. As Todos Santos is renowned for its seafood, guests can expect creative takes on classic Baja fish tacos, ceviche tostadas, and other regional specialties.

Tacos are made from scratch and cooked in a traditional Oaxacan clay oven, while meat and fish are sizzled in a wood fired Josper oven and in a hibachi grill over binchotan charcoal. The October guest chef is Ezequiel Hernandez of Campobaja, a Mexico City based restaurant inspired by the fishing culture of Baja. Event prices start at $85 (beverages excluded).

Bisbee’s Black and Blue Fishing Tournament – October 19th to 23rd

Oft billed as “The World’s Richest Fishing Tournament,” thanks to its million dollar payouts, this marlin fishing tournament originally premiered in 1981, and remains to this day the highest profile annual event in Los Cabos. Base entry for this millionaire maker is $5,000 U.S. per team, and requires a $71,500 U.S. outlay across all categories, jackpots and challenges. Prizes are awarded for the top five catches of black and blue marlin, assuming they meet the minimum standards (300 lbs.).

A robust 127 teams comprising 883 fishermen and women competed in the Black and Blue in 2020, as the B&B smashed its own record with $4,649,350 in total prize money. That bested the former mark, set in 2006, of $4,165,960; which for well over a decade had been the largest payout in sport fishing history.

For more information about events, activities and villa rentals in Los Cabos, call us TOLL FREE at 1-888-655-4548, visit www.LosCabosVillas.com, or email us at Info@LosCabosVillas.com.

Photo credit:  Bisbee’s Offshore Fishing Tournaments

Upcoming Events Calendar

October

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 10 – 14

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 14 – 17

Top Chef Taco Series at Paradero – Oct. 15 – 16

Bisbee’s Black and Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 19 – 23

November

Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers Rally – Nov. 1 – 13

Day of the Dead – Nov. 1, 2

WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 3 – 6

Life Luxe Los Cabos Jazz Festival – Nov. 4 – 8

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26

Los Cabos Film Festival – Nov. 10 – 17

SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 15 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

Top Chef Taco Series at Paradero – Nov. 26 – 27

December

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Top Chef Taco Series at Paradero – Dec. 9 – 10

El Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

Studio 54 New Year’s Eve Party at Casa Dorada – Dec. 31

January 2022

Los Cabos Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Twin Dolphin and Cabo del Sol – Jan. 9 – 13

May 2022

Warren Hill’s Los Cabos Jazz Festival – May 15 – 18

 

 

 


Art, Culture & Cabo: Previewing the 2021-2022 Art Walk Season in San Jose del Cabo

Tue, Sep 28, 2021

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There’s not a lot of seasonal variation when it comes to weather in Los Cabos. The sun shines year-round and just about every day is a great day to go to the beach. But the gorgeous beaches are far from the only attractions, and when it comes to some of the other best things to do in cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, timing and seasonal variation do come into play.

If you’ve long dreamed of going whale watching in Los Cabos, for example, there is a very specific time of year (mid-December through mid-March) when your chance of seeing, and even getting quite close, to these leviathans is at its peak. There’s also a peak surfing season, a peak diving season, a peak fishing season (ever wonder why all the big marlin fishing tournaments are held August through October?), and so on. Heck, there’s even a peak season for culture in Los Cabos, although luckily for art lovers, it spans nearly half of every year.

Yes, we’re talking about Art Walk Season in San Jose del Cabo, the region’s most enduring and anticipated cultural celebration, held every Thursday night, 5 pm to 9pm, during high tourist season, November through June, in the heart of the city’s historic Gallery District. A sidelong glance at the calendar cues us that this beloved event is close to returning, and in fact will return for a new season in a little more than a month.

But truthfully, one doesn’t need to circle any dates on the calendar to remember the return of Art Walk, as its return is always linked with that of another great Mexican event, Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

Mexico observes many holidays, but none quite so visually distinctive and emotionally resonant as El Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead). This holiday to honor deceased family and friends dates back to the time of the Aztecs–who dedicated a festival to Mictecacihuatl, queen of the underworld, each August–but now takes place contemporaneously with the Catholic observance of Allhallowtide.

Traditionally, it is thought that the souls of children return on November 1st, and the souls of adults on November 2nd. Families will often build ofrendas (altars) in their homes, welcoming back the spirits of the departed with some of their favorite food and drinks, as well as special holiday themed items like cempasuchil flowers (Aztec marigolds), calaveras de azucar (candy skulls), and a sweet bread called pan de muerto.

Because the return of Art Walk is also contemporaneous with Day of the Dead, and because the striking visual component of the holiday dovetails with the aesthetic sensibilities of the artists and gallery owners in San Jose del Cabo’s Gallery District, these two events have always been linked in the minds of Cabeños (Los Cabos residents). In fact, many of the city’s gallery owners traditionally exhibit their own public ofrendas as artworks in conjunction with the holiday and the return of Art Walk.

Ironically, given the timing, downtown San Jose del Cabo is never livelier nor more beautiful than during Art Walk. Perhaps this is because Art Walk is, at heart, a celebration of San Jose del Cabo itself. The city comes alive in a new way on Thursdays during Art Walk season, with wandering musicians and mariachi bands among those walking the cobblestone streets of the historic Gallery District, while the entire downtown area is decorated in a festive whirl of lights.

The Gallery District, home to dozens of art galleries and studios, is the center of Art Walk, and remains the primary focus, as gallery owners and artists stay open late to interact with visitors. But the entire downtown area of the city is aglow. Plaza Mijares becomes an outdoor gallery for street artists and crafts people, with their wares laid out for all to see. The magnificent old Catholic church, Parroquia San Jose, is open for those who want to visit a more traditional altar than the Day of the Dead ofrendas at local galleries. City Hall, with its colorful courtyard murals depicting great moments in local and national history, also beckons those on an informal walking tour of the heart of the city.

For this reason and others, Art Walk is among the most popular romantic activities for visiting couples, blending art and music, fine food and wine. This is an evening for walking and holding hands, for sharing new sights and sounds, each unique and each singularly emblematic of the magic of San Jose del Cabo.

Naturally, the Art District and city center are also home to some of the finest drinking and dining establishments in Los Cabos. One must stop for first-time visitors to Art Walk is at Los Tres Gallos, a long-time favorite in Cabo San Lucas that just recently opened a second location in the heart of the Gallery District. The San Jose restaurant is built around three entwined huanacaxtle trees, a design element so astounding and delightful that it fits perfectly with the artistic sensibilities of Thursday night Art Walks.

Nearby Baja Brewing Company, meanwhile, has grown so much over the past decade that its beers are now available in nearly a dozen U.S. states. But the original Gallery District location remains the best place to try the sudsy treasures from Baja California Sur’s first brewery…and still its best.

These are only two of the most popular stops, of course. There are many more, just as there are a wide array of galleries, arts and crafts boutiques and jewelry stores; from those showcasing traditional Mata Ortiz pottery and Huichol animal figures to paintings and sculptures from some of the best contemporary artists.

There is a lot of great art here, as well as arts and crafts, and custom jewelry. But mostly, there’s just a lot of life; which is why it’s always exciting to see this cultural celebration return, even though the return happens contemporaneously with a signature celebration of all those loved ones who have passed, Day of the Dead.

For more information about events, activities and villa rentals in Los Cabos, call us TOLL FREE at 1-888-655-4548, visit www.LosCabosVillas.com, or email us at Info@LosCabosVillas.com.

Photo credit:  Gallery District San Jose del Cabo

Upcoming Events Calendar

September

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Sep. 3, 10, 17, 24

Mexico Independence Day – Sep. 16

Top Chef Taco Series at Paradero – Sep. 17 – 18

October

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 10 – 14

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 14 – 17

Top Chef Taco Series at Paradero – Oct. 15 – 16

Bisbee’s Black and Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 19 – 23

November

Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers Rally – Nov. 1 – 13

Day of the Dead – Nov. 1, 2

WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 3 – 6

Life Luxe Los Cabos Jazz Festival – Nov. 4 – 8

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26

Los Cabos Film Festival – Nov. 10 – 17

SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 15 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

Top Chef Taco Series at Paradero – Nov. 26 – 27

December

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Top Chef Taco Series at Paradero – Dec. 9 – 10

El Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

Studio 54 New Year’s Eve Party at Casa Dorada – Dec. 31

January 2022

Los Cabos Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Twin Dolphin and Cabo del Sol – Jan. 9 – 13

May 2022

Warren Hill’s Los Cabos Jazz Festival – May 15 – 18

 

 

 


Fish All Day, Party All Night (And Maybe Win Lots of Money!): Three Great Reasons to Enter the 2021 Los Cabos Billfish Tournament

Tue, Sep 21, 2021

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Who doesn’t like winning? Answer: nobody that we know.

We can guarantee Team El Suertudo likes it after taking home the biggest checks ($117,350 in 2019, $344,700 in 2020) during each of the last two Los Cabos Billfish Tournaments.

Despite the impressive prize pools (49 teams competed for $$742,500 in 2020), the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament is always going to be a bit overshadowed when it comes to fishing tournaments in Cabo San Lucas. After all, it takes place in October, when Bisbee’s hosts its even more lucrative Black and Blue and Los Cabos Offshore Tournaments (the two combined to offer over six million dollars in prize money last year).

But the LCBT doesn’t need to have the biggest name or offer the biggest prize pools to distinguish itself. That has never been its recipe for success.

The recipe for success for the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament is simple. Have fun fishing, and when the fishing is done, keep on having fun.

Or, as the organizer like to put it: “Fish all day, party all night!”

The fishing and fun will once again be on full display again for the 2021 edition of the tournament, which is scheduled to take place October 10th through the 14th (three days of fishing on the 11th, 12th and 13th, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time following shotgun starts from both the Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Los Cabos marinas).

Also on display…an estimated three-quarters of a million dollars or more in prize money.

Base entry for the first of Cabo San Lucas’ iconic October fishing tournaments (the LCBT sets the stage for Bisbee’s events to follow) is $5,000 per team (up to six anglers), or $25,000 “all-in” to cover all the daily and optional jackpots.

Here’s how it works. All fishing must be done within a 40-mile radius of Cabo San Lucas, and the only species eligible to be caught are marlin (black, blue and striped), sailfish, spearfish, tuna (both yellowfin and bigeye), wahoo and dorado. All black and blue marlin must be 300 pounds or more to qualify. Minimum weight for tuna, wahoo and dorado is 25 lbs.

Here’s where it gets interesting, though. Only two marlin may be weighed per day, per boat, and only one per day per angler. And if they don’t meet the minimum weight requirement, teams are penalized 300 points, plus two points for every pound the fish is underweight. So if you catch a 280 lb. marlin it actually costs you 340 points!

For fish that do meet the minimum requirements, points are scored as follows: 300 points for every blue or black marlin officially caught and released (video verification required) or 1.5 points for every eligible blue or black marlin officially boated and brought in to the weight station.

The top three teams in billfish scoring over the course of the tournament are in the money…as of course are all the daily and optional jackpot winners for game and billfish.

For some perspective, El Suertudo’s winning tally in 2020 was 1244 points over three days of fishing, followed by 889.5 points for second place Stella June, and 793 for third place Artemis. A total of 49 teams and 256 anglers competed last year, catching a total of 70 qualifying billfish (3 blue marlin, 3 black marlin, 52 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 1 spearfish).

The biggest single catch in 2020 was the 593 lb. black marlin caught by angler Hugo Pino (fight time: just over two and a half hours) for team Stella June, accounting for all of their second place points. It took a 350 lb. blue marlin and a 396 lb. black marlin for El Suertudo to top them.

Expect more great catches in 2021, and, after the fishing is all done, another fun-filled Awards Ceremony at Playa Grande’s picturesque Beachside Terrace.

Can El Suertudo make it a “threepeat” with a third consecutive victory this year? Will combined prize money top one million dollars in 2021?

There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by entering. Well actually, you could just wait for us to tell you what happened. But trust us; it’s a lot more fun when you’re one of the lucky people fishing all day, partying all night, and quite possible making lots of money too!

For more information about events, activities and villa rentals in Los Cabos, call us TOLL FREE at 1-888-655-4548, visit www.LosCabosVillas.com, or email us at Info@LosCabosVillas.com.

Photo credit:  Los Cabos Billfish Tournament

Upcoming Events Calendar

September

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Sep. 3, 10, 17, 24

Mexico Independence Day – Sep. 16

October

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 10 – 14

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 14 – 17

Bisbee’s Black and Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 19 – 23

November

Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers Rally – Nov. 1 – 13

Day of the Dead – Nov. 1, 2

WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 3 – 6

Life Luxe Los Cabos Jazz Festival – Nov. 4 – 8

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26

Los Cabos Film Festival – Nov. 10 – 17

SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 15 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

December

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

El Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

January 2022

Los Cabos Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Twin Dolphin and Cabo del Sol – Jan. 9 – 13

May 2022

Warren Hill’s Los Cabos Jazz Festival – May 15 – 18

 


Los Cabos by the Numbers: The Latest on Travel Trends and Safety Based on Current Statistics

Mon, Sep 13, 2021

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Los Cabos is one of the world’s most popular and beloved tourist destinations, and although the past two years have certainly been challenging for the destination, and for tourism in general, the latest numbers show some very positive trends.

We’ll share the latest statistics as we answer some commonly asked questions about current travel and safety in Los Cabos.

How Easy is it to Travel to Los Cabos Right Now, and How Many People Are Doing So?

Let’s answer the second question first. There were 296,200 airport arrivals to Los Cabos in July 2021, an 11% increase (up 29,000 people) from July 2019, which was pre-Covid-19 of course. Of these arrivals, approximately 33% were domestic travelers (97,600), while the remainder (198,600) were international in origin, and overwhelming from the U.S. (over 99%). Interestingly, domestic travel was down 10.2% from July 2019, while international travel was up 25.6% from the same period.

Overall, these are incredibly positive numbers for Los Cabos as a destination, with significant growth in U.S. based tourism despite the ongoing health and safety challenges posed by Covid-19 and the Delta variant.

As to the first question, it’s still quite easy to travel to Los Cabs, as Mexico does not require negative Covid-19 tests for entry. However, travelers from the U.S. will need negative Antigen or PCR tests within 72-hours of their return flights home.

What is the Satisfaction Level of Tourists with the Los Cabos Experience?

Again, the numbers are very positive here: 74% of tourists in July 2021 rated their experience as “better than expected”, an uptick over both July 2019 and June 2021, suggesting that Los Cabos continues to improve in performance relative to expectation.

Only 1.2% of tourists in July 2021 perceived security as bad or regular, meaning the overwhelming majority not only were safe, but had a positive perception about the safety of Los Cabos in general.

This is an important indicator, since Los Cabos has been by far the most forward thinking of Mexican resort areas in stressing health and safety protocols during the Covid-19 pandemic.

These include the following actions:

  • Los Cabos with Care, an expansive and exhaustive health and safety protocol system that evaluates and strictly implements protocols throughout the transportation and hotel sectors, at restaurants and bars, at tour activities…basically, anywhere tourists are likely to visit.
  • Los Cabos has additionally achieved Sharecare health security verification, becoming the world’s first VERIFIED™ travel destination. This designation signifies that the majority of the hotels and resorts in the destination continue to ensure that their health protocols are in compliance with over 360 expert-validated global standards.
  • Los Cabos has also implemented a COVID-19 testing program to support visitors as they comply with testing requirements for their return flights. Antigen testing is available at all hotels, villas and timeshares, as well as the Los Cabos International Airport for emergency situations. The PCR test (as needed for select countries) is administered at specific locations, including hospitals and laboratories.

How Prevalent is Covid-19 in Los Cabos?

Baja California Sur, the state of which Los Cabos is a part, has – since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 recorded 52,615 confirmed cases (data through August 19th of this year).

Although the incidence of Covid-19 in tourists is very rare, those visiting should exercise caution. Local residents are required to wear masks in public except in certain situations (eating, drinking, swimming, etc.). This policy does not apply to tourists, but visitors should be especially cautious if they encounter an establishment (shop, restaurant, etc.) where these mandates are not being strictly followed.

What Travel Trends Are Evident from Flights Scheduled to Los Cabos Over the Next Six Months (August 2021 – January 2022)?

Los Cabos should continue to see healthy growth in tourism from the U.S. There are 1.25 million seats scheduled to Los Cabos from the U.S. over the next 6 months, which is 52.5% more seats compared to the same period in 2019.

  • However, when comparing the seats scheduled for the next 6 months against the 2020 flight schedule (heavily pandemic influenced), the volume is 65.5% higher.
  • Chicago (+28.7%), Los Angeles (+82.7%), Phoenix (+40.3%), Houston (+41.9%), Dallas/Fort Worth (+33.5%), Denver (+153.5%), and Seattle (+125.5%) show the most significant airport increase in Los Cabos service versus 2019.
  • Los Angeles remains the top market in the U.S. for Los Cabos service (23% of the market), followed by Dallas (12%), Houston (11%), and Phoenix (8%).

Not surprisingly, all of these destinations are within three hours flight time to Los Cabos (see the attached map).

  • American, Alaska, Delta, and United Airlines are the most relevant airlines to the destination, representing 78% of scheduled service over the next six months.

For more information about travel and safety, as well as upcoming events, activities and attractions, and villa rentals in Los Cabos, call us TOLL FREE at 1-888-655-4548, visit www.LosCabosVillas.com, or email us at Info@LosCabosVillas.com.

Photo credit:  Los Cabos Tourism Board

Upcoming Events Calendar

September

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Sep. 3, 10, 17, 24

Mexico Independence Day – Sep. 16

October

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 10 – 14

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 14 – 17

Bisbee’s Black and Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 19 – 23

November

Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers Rally – Nov. 1 – 13

Day of the Dead – Nov. 1, 2

WON Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 3 – 6

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26

Los Cabos Film Festival – Nov. 10 – 17

SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 15 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

December

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

El Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

 

 


Why Luxury Villas Are An Essential Part of Planning the Perfect Wedding in Cabo

Tue, Aug 24, 2021

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Los Cabos has long been one of the world’s meccas for destination weddings and special events, thanks to its year-round sunshine, gorgeous beaches and stunning coastal scenery, not to mention the wealth of upscale accommodations and amenities.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable location to match your once-in-a-lifetime celebration, in other words, this is the place….as a huge number of happy couples can attest.

But you may be surprised to learn that the best venues for destination weddings aren’t found in luxury resorts in cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, and the best accommodations – from honeymoon suites to rooms for the wedding party and VIP guests – they aren’t found at hotels and resorts either.

They’re found at luxury villas in Los Cabos.

Not only are luxury villas the not-so-secret weapon to planning the perfect wedding in Cabo, they also offer incredible value.

Here’s why…

Location, Location, Location

It’s the first law of real estate and the first law of destination weddings.

As we alluded to in the intro, for a life-changing event like a wedding, it’s important to find a setting that can match the grandeur of the occasion.

And trust us, nothing says grandeur and magnificence in Los Cabos like the luxury villas of Pedregal. This exclusive hillside enclave offers breathtaking elevated panoramas of downtown Cabo San Lucas, as well as horizon-stretching views of both the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean (depending on the vantage).

Famed as the province of vacation homes for A-list movie stars and superstar athletes, Pedregal’s luxury villas are also the venue site of choice for discerning couples…particularly those who are planning weddings for 100 guests or less.

Why is this number important?

Because this is typically the maximum guest count that can be accommodated by the expansive terraces at larger luxury villas, where either the ceremony or reception (0r both!) may be held.

Value and Versatility

When you consider the fact that your wedding venue can also double as the lodging for the bride and groom,and the wedding party, then you begin to understand just how versatile luxury villas are, and just how much value they really offer.

Do not for a moment assume all luxury villas in Pedregal are the same, or that there aren’t other spectacular villas strategically situated throughout Los Cabos. But for general wedding planning purposes, just know that the best of the region’s villas are in Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, and that the largest offer as many as 10 bedrooms, and can accommodate up to 20 or so guests.

Meaning there’s also room for the parents of the bride and groom, should this kind of arrangement be desired.

It should also be noted that in addition to the many onsite options (indoor and outdoor) for smaller events like rehearsal dinners or cocktail parties, the best of Cabo’s luxury villas also feature large professional quality kitchens for caterers to utilize.

Surprising as it may seem, luxury villas of this size are actually more affordable on a nightly, per person basis than most area luxury resorts. So there’s not only value in their dual purpose capability, but also value strictly as an accommodations option.

Did we mention the convenience factor? If you’re already at your wedding site, that means time saved in terms of travel, as well as convenience in preparation (hair and makeup) for the bride and bridal party, as well as for any costume changes during the course of the event.

Together Time

While the bride and groom are thinking of Los Cabos in terms of the wedding and honeymoon, everyone else is also thinking of it as a vacation. Just saying!

And luxury villas – which often boast VIP amenities like infinity pools, game rooms and home theatres – certainly play into this. But one of the most underrated aspects of the luxury villa experience is the together time it can provide for the wedding party.

The bridal party, for example, can enjoy massages and mani-pedis by the pool courtesy of local mobile spa services, while groomsmen can enjoy margaritas by the fire pit…when they’re not marlin fishing or playing one of the many local championship-level golf courses, that is.

For the bride and groom, occupants of the master suite, this amounts to a pre-honeymoon, and an opportunity to spend time with those that are most important to them before the biggest day of their lives.

That’s something you can’t put on a price on. Consider it a hidden value of the luxury villa when you’re stacking up all the other values, and all the reasons why you should definitely rent one for your destination Cabo wedding.

For more information about upcoming events, activities and attractions, and villa rentals in Los Cabos, call us TOLL FREE at 1-888-655-4548, visit   www.LosCabosVillas.com, or email us at Info@LosCabosVillas.com.

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 Upcoming Events Calendar

August

Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore – Aug. 3 – 7

La Vendimia Wine Festival at Esperanza – Aug. 20

Wahoo Gold Cup Jackpot Fishing Tournament – Aug. 21

September

Mexico Independence Day – Sep. 16

October

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 10 – 14

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 14 – 17

Bisbee’s Black and Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 19 – 23

November

Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers Rally – Nov. 1 – 13

Day of the Dead – Nov. 1, 2

WON Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 3 – 6

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26

Los Cabos Film Festival – Nov. 10 – 17

SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 15 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

December

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

El Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31


Bisbee’s Starts 2021 Fishing Tournament Season with a Bang as East Cape Offshore Breaks More Records

Wed, Aug 11, 2021

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Last year, Bisbee’s trio of big-game fishing tournaments in Los Cabos smashed records for participations and payouts, with the East Cape Offshore, Los Cabos Offshore, and Black and Blue tournaments combining to offer an astounding prize pool of over 7.2 million dollars.

So successful was the 2020 fishing season for Bisbee’s that expectations have been “off the charts” high for 2021. Could Bisbee’s break its records all over again?

If last weekend’s East Cape Offshore is any indication, the answer is a resounding yes!

The ECO tournament annually kicks off the season for Bisbee’s in early August, setting the tone for the two October events to follow. Last year, a record 72 teams competed for a record 1.1 million dollars, the first time the tournament had ever crossed the million-dollar threshold.

This year, 96 teams competed in the event, which is hosted by the Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort in the Los Cabos municipality’s gorgeous East Cape region. To say that smashed the year-old record is an understatement. It obliterated it, just as this year’s payout of $1,582,975 obliterated the previous mark…topping it by nearly half a million dollars.

Another way to look at it…the 2021 payouts increased by over 42% in a single year!

“The top two 2021 winning teams received more money than the total amount received by all the winners in the 2020 event,” said Tournament Director Wayne Bisbee. Last year’s ECO payouts, as mentioned, totaled 1,1 million. This year’s largest two payouts were $790,712 for first place, and $431,800 for a roll-over jackpot, for a total of $1.22 million.

No, no one topped last year’s ECO record 704 lb. blue marlin, but the fishing certainly contributed to the excitement surrounding the event. And to be fair, Team Tiger Spirit came close. Their 597 lb. black marlin garnered first place, and was the second largest qualifying fish caught in the 22-year history of the event!

The upshot? If you haven’t entered this year’s Los Cabos Offshore or Black and Blue tournaments yet, what are you waiting for?

Here’s what to expect from the remaining two Bisbee’s events in 2021, including info on entry fees and previous payouts.

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore – October 14th to 17th

Commonly known as “Little Bisbee’s,” to differentiate it from the “Big Bisbee’s” Black & Blue marlin fishing tournament that also takes place each October in Los Cabos, the Los Cabos Offshore dates back to 2002, and is considered a more laid-back, charity focused endeavor than the Black & Blue.

Cash prizes are awarded to the teams with the three biggest qualifying fish in the game and billfish categories at the LCO, and large amounts of fish/meals are always donated to local families in need.

Base entry for teams is $1,500 U.S., with $22,500 necessary for “across the board” entry in all jackpots and challenges. In 2020, the Los Cabos Offshore topped the million-dollar mark for the second year in a row, with prize pools and jackpots totaling $1,457,000 for the 128 participating teams.

Bisbee’s Black & Blue – October 19th to 23rd

Oft billed as “The World’s Richest Fishing Tournament,” thanks to its million dollar payouts, this marlin fishing tournament originally premiered in 1981, and remains to this day the highest profile annual event in Los Cabos. Base entry for this millionaire maker is $5,000 U.S. per team, and requires a $71,500 U.S. outlay across all categories, jackpots and challenges. Prizes are awarded for the top five catches of black and blue marlin, assuming they meet the minimum standards (300 lbs.).

A robust 127 teams comprising 883 fishermen and women competed in the Black and Blue in 2020, as the B&B smashed its own record with $4,649,350 in total prize money. That bested the former mark, set in 2006, of $4,165,960; which for well over a decade had been the largest payout in sport fishing history.

But as we just saw with the 2021 ECO, history is now being made every time Bisbee’s holds a tournament.

Which is why, of course, Cabo San Lucas is the place to be this October. Where else can you get paid this much to go fishing and party?

For more information about upcoming events, activities and attractions, and villa rentals in Los Cabos, call us TOLL FREE at 1-888-655-4548, visit www.LosCabosVillas.com, or email us at Info@LosCabosVillas.com.

Photo credit:  Gary Graham/Bisbee’s Offshore Fishing Tournaments

Upcoming Events Calendar

August

Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore – Aug. 3 – 7

La Vendimia Wine Festival at Esperanza – Aug. 20

Wahoo Gold Cup Jackpot Fishing Tournament – Aug. 21

September

Mexico Independence Day – Sep. 16

October

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 10 – 14

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 14 – 17

Bisbee’s Black and Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 19 – 23

November

Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers Rally – Nov. 1 – 13

Day of the Dead – Nov. 1, 2

WON Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 3 – 6

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26

Los Cabos Film Festival – Nov. 10 – 17

SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 15 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

December

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

El Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

 


Summer Activities and Events Roundup – Things to Do in Los Cabos in August

Tue, Jul 27, 2021

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Summer may be hot in Los Cabos, but there’s never any shortage of things to do.

That is certainly true this August, which not only sees the return of two of the region’s most iconic fishing tournaments, but also sees peak conditions for several of the region’s most popular outdoor activities, including surfing and scuba diving.

Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore is the spotlight event this August, marking the start of 2021 season for Bisbee’s trio of Los Cabos based fishing tournaments, and setting the stage for the even more high-profile competitions – specifically, Bisbee’s Black and Blue and Los Cabos Offshore tournaments – that take place in October.

Los Cabos’ gorgeous East Cape will also be the setting for the East Cape Golf Cup Wahoo Jackpot, one of two annual local tournaments where the winner drives off in a brand new vehicle.

Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore – August 3rd to 7th

The East Cape Offshore kicks off Bisbee’s 2021 series starting August 3rd. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three qualifiers in marlin, tuna and dorado categories, with the awards celebration taking place afterwards at the Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort. Base entry for the event is $1500 per team, with additional fees for daily jackpots ($32,000 “across the board”). Prize money is based on entry fees received, with 60% going to the billfish winners, and 20% each to top tuna and dorado anglers. If last year is any indication, this tournament should not be missed. The 2020 version bested virtually every record in the history of the event, from the largest fish every caught – a 704 lb. blue marlin – to the largest prize purse, which topped the million-dollar mark for the first time. Expect more records this year.

East Cape Gold Cup Wahoo Jackpot Tournament – August 21

Similar to the East Cape Dorado Shootout with its drive-away first prize, the biggest wahoo caught on August 21st will earn one lucky fisherman a showroom fresh 2021 Volkswagen Golf and a Suzuki 140 horsepower four-stroke outboard engine. In total, over $100,000 in cash and prizes are expected to be up for grabs, including great raffle prizes, return trips, fishing outings, and much more. The entry fee is only $500 per team and includes dinner at the awards ceremony. Where else in Los Cabos can you catch a fish and then drive off in a new car?

Sea of Cortés Surf Season – June through August

Surfers will find great waves in Baja California Sur on a year-round basis, although the scene shifts according to the season. During the winter months, for example, the best top breaks are found on the Pacific Coast, most notably off beaches like Cerritos, San Pedrito and La Pastora. The Sea of Cortés takes center stage during the summer months, when seasonal weather fronts and storms called chubascos send perfect southeast swells towards Los Cabos and its beautiful East Cape. Los Cabos sites like Monuments reach their zenith during the summer, as do East Cape meccas Nine Palms and Shipwrecks. The most famous summer break, however, is Zippers at Playa Costa Azul in San José del Cabo. Zippers’ middle break and nearby Acapulquito are popular spots for beginners, and lessons are available.

Sea Turtle Season – August through December

Five of the world’s seven endangered sea turtle species come to Baja California to lay their eggs–the green turtle, hawksbill, loggerhead, olive riddle and leatherback (the largest sea turtle and the world’s fastest aquatic reptile)–with local conservation agencies and some area resorts offering opportunities to assist in the hatchling process. Although mature sea turtles are long-lived and have few predators, they are in great danger during their initial journey away from the nest, extremely vulnerable to predators on both land and sea.  In Los Cabos, sea turtle season stretches from late August until early December.

Peak Diving Season – August and September

Los Cabos boasts spectacular year-round diving, with a half-dozen great sites at Land’s End alone, plus easy access to the living coral reef at Cabo Pulmo – one of the oldest and largest in the Western Hemisphere–and dedicated shipwreck dive sites in both Los Cabos and La Paz. One local boat, the Solmar V, even offers week-long trips to the Revillagigedo Archipelago, some 250 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, for unbelievable underwater encounters with deep sea creatures like manta rays, dolphins and great white sharks. The best times to visit in terms of water temperatures and visibility are during the late summer and early autumn months – especially in August and September – when water temperatures typically range from about 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

For more information about upcoming events, activities and attractions, and villa rentals in Los Cabos, call us TOLL FREE at 1-888-655-4548, visit     www.LosCabosVillas.com, or email us at Info@LosCabosVillas.com.

Photo credit:  Gary Graham/Bisbee’s Offshore Fishing Tournaments

Upcoming Events Calendar

July

East Cape Dorado Shootout Fishing Tournament – Jul. 17

Los Cabos Open of Tennis – Jul. 19 – 24

Ladies Only Fishing Tournament at Palmas de Cortez – Jul. 22 – 26

August

Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore – Aug. 3 – 7

Wahoo Gold Cup Jackpot Fishing Tournament – Aug. 21

September

Mexico Independence Day – Sep. 16

October

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 10 – 14

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 14 – 17

Bisbee’s Black and Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 19 – 23

November

Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers Rally – Nov. 1 – 13

Day of the Dead – Nov. 1, 2

WON Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 3 – 6

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26

SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 15 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

December

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

El Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

 


Summer Golf Spotlight: Top Courses in Cabo San Lucas

Tue, Jul 20, 2021

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We’ve said it before. We’ll say it again. Los Cabos is one of the most remarkable golf destinations on Earth.

As of 2021, the local portfolio numbers 18 beautiful courses – from Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and their connective Tourist Corridor to the East Cape and beyond – almost all of them world-class, and all built within the last 35 years. Most boast powerhouse pedigrees, with designs from legendary names like Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Greg Norman. All showcase a spectacular blend of ocean, desert and mountain vistas.

Summer is traditionally golf season, and although such seasonal distinctions make little difference in always sunny Los Cabos, now is the time when many golfers turn their thoughts to destination golf trips.

So with that in mind, we’ll be previewing all of the local courses this summer, including the latest updates on specials and discounts.

Our first installment covered San Jose del Cabo. For our second, we’ll be looking at the stunning collection of courses in sister city Cabo San Lucas.

Golf in Cabo San Lucas

Five of the 18 golf courses in Los Cabos can be found in Cabo San Lucas, all of which are found on the Pacific Coast near the northern outskirts of the city…and nearly all of which are breathtakingly beautiful.

During the 1990s, when the golf boom in Los Cabos began, all the great courses were built along the 20-mile tourist corridor which connects Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Since Davis Love III’s Diamante Dunes course premiered in 2009, Cabo San Lucas has been ground zero for the region’s best new courses.

Note: These five courses are all part of resort and residential developments, with restricted tee time access for guests, owners and renters. To find out more about vacation rentals and how to play these courses, email us at info@loscabosvillas.com.

The Dunes Course at Diamante

In Los Cabos, only Nicklaus landmark Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol (now the Cove Club) has achieved the same sort of acclaim as Davis Love III’s Dunes Course at Diamante; and even that falls short when it comes to the opinion of the sport’s premier tastemakers. Voted top new international course in 2010, Golf Magazine declared the Dunes Course the 52nd best course in the world in 2013, the highest ranking ever achieved by a Los Cabos golf course at that point. It rose even higher on the same list in 2016, ascending to 36th. This lavish praise has elevated the 7,300-yard Dunes Course to “must-play” status for destination golfers, and the links style coastal layout does not disappoint.

El Cardonal at Diamante

“The site is incredible,” Tiger Woods said of his first ever completed golf course design, noting: “I set up the golf strategy to make golfers think and make choices. Regardless of your handicap, there are going to be different ways to play every hole. Angles of approach are going to be very important and will dictate the type of shots you should consider. I love this kind of golf.” So too have the many destination golfers to play El Cardonal since the course opened at Diamante in 2014. Envisioned by its creator as the kind of “Old California” layout he grew up playing as a kid, El Cardonal is long (7,363 yards) but fair, with plenty of gorgeous views.

The Oasis Short Course at Diamante

Tiger Woods returned to Los Cabos in 2016 to sculpt this modest but picturesque par-3 layout at Diamante. Only 12 holes in length, Oasis is a bit like an amuse bouche – a bite-sized hors d’ouevre – for Diamante visitors, who can hone their games before tackling the more difficult Dunes or El Cardonal courses. Although short in terms of length (1,124 yards), the course weaves through lush landscaping that includes an 8-acre lake and over 400 palm trees.

Quivira Golf Club

Jack Nicklaus triumphed again with this magnificent coastal layout at Quivira, a resort and residential development from Pueblo Bonito brand founder Ernesto Coppel Kelly. The 7,139-yard tour de force was voted the world’s best new international course in 2015 by Golf Magazine, and has since earned additional acclaim, including being named one of the W0rld’s 100 Best by Golf Digest. All 18 holes offer ocean views, and seven holes hug the coast, including the remarkable par-4 fifth, which is perched on the edge of sheer cliffside and offers opportunities to try to drive the green (or send your ball straight to Davey Jones’ locker). The 19th hole here also happens to be the best steakhouse in town.

Rancho San Lucas

The most recent addition to the Los Cabos golf landscape, the 7,210-yard Greg Norman designed Rancho San Lucas golf course premiered in February 2020 as the centerpiece of an 834-acre resort and residential development spearheaded by the Solmar Group, the only Los Cabos based resort brand, with seven local hotels and resorts. Norman’s second local layout is challenging but playable for golfers of all skill levels, with wide fairways and memorable touches like British Isles style bunkering. The most memorable feature, however, is the par-3 17th hole, which showcases an island green reminiscent of TPC Sawgrass, but with better views; including a surrounding lake as well as Pacific Ocean backdrops. As at nearby Quivira, ocean views are visible from all 18 holes.

For more information about upcoming events, activities and attractions, and villa rentals in Los Cabos, call us TOLL FREE at 1-888-655-4548, visit                                                                                                                  www.LosCabosVillas.com, or email us at Info@LosCabosVillas.com.

Photo credit:  Quivira Golf Club

Upcoming Events Calendar

July

East Cape Dorado Shootout Fishing Tournament – Jul. 17

Los Cabos Open of Tennis – Jul. 19 – 24

Ladies Only Fishing Tournament at Palmas de Cortez – Jul. 22 – 26

August

Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore – Aug. 3 – 7

Wahoo Gold Cup Jackpot Fishing Tournament – Aug. 21

September

Mexico Independence Day – Sep. 16

October

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 10 – 14

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 14 – 17

Bisbee’s Black and Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 19 – 23

November

Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers Rally – Nov. 1 – 13

Day of the Dead – Nov. 1, 2

WON Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 3 – 6

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26

SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 15 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

December

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

El Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

 


Diving into Los Cabos: 3 Amazing Snorkel and Dive Destinations to Explore this Summer

Tue, Jul 06, 2021

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There are many compelling reasons to visit Los Cabos. Baja California Sur’s southernmost municipality offers over 100 miles of gorgeous coastline filled with pristine beaches, plus year-round sunshine and luxury accommodations galore, from brand-name resorts to beachfront vacation rentals.

But what truly sets the region apart is its incredible array of outdoor adventures. Whether its hiking, biking, fishing, diving, surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, or any other outdoor activity under the sun, the conditions in and around cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are world-class.

And although the sunshine may be year-round, there are very definitely peak seasons for some of these outdoor pursuits. In the case of diving, for example, summer (and especially late summer) is absolutely the best time to dive in, thanks to warmer water temperatures and increased visibility.

So yes, now is the best time to take that long-awaited Los Cabos scuba diving trip, and as many snorkel and dive aficionados may already know, there are some incredible sites to dive into.

Here are three of our favorites, the final two of which should be on the bucket list of any serious diver…

Land’s End

Land’s End is home to some of the most famed landmarks in Los Cabos, including Lover’s Beach, the Window to the Pacific, the Pirate’s Cave, La Lobera (the sea lion colony), and El Arco; the latter a naturally occurring arch formed from 80-million-year-old granite.

But as amazing as it above the waterline, Land’s End is even more remarkable below it.

There’s a profusion of great dive sites at Land’s End, the most notable of which are Pelican Rock, Neptune’s Finger, and The Point. Each site boasts unique features, from the degree of depth to the quality and quantity of marine life. Pelican Rock, for example, is famed for its sand falls and profusion of tropical fish; Neptune’s Finger showcases coral, sponges, and sea fans; while diving The Point offers opportunities to see sea turtles, sea lions, moray eels, and even the occasional octopus.

Virtually every local dive shop offers trips to Land’s End, and many offer night diving opportunities.

Cabo Pulmo National Park

Cabo Pulmo, a small village on the East Cape of Los Cabos, is the site of one of the world’s great ecological sustainability stories. Twenty-five years ago the offshore waters were badly overfished so residents banded together and were able to able to have them declared a federally protected national park (in 2005, it was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The rebound since has been so spectacular that this aquatic sanctuary now boasts the highest concentration of sea life in the entire Sea of Cortez.

But that’s not the only reason Cabo Pulmo is a mecca for snorkelers and scuba divers. The marine park is also home to one of the most breathtaking living coral reefs in the Western Hemisphere, with eight fingers of vividly colorful coral. The profusion of life is so intense, meanwhile, that schools of fish sometimes seem to blot out the little sun that filters beneath the surface.

From dolphins and sea turtles to leaping mobula rays, Cabo Pulmo is a scuba diver’s dream come true.

Revillagigedos Archipelago

Land’s End and Cabo Pulmo are easily reachable from any resort or rental villa in Los Cabos. Not so the Revillagigedos Archipelago, which is some 240 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas. Like Cabo Pulmo, this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but reaching the archipelago’s group of small uninhabited islands requires a week-long, round-trip voyage aboard the Solmar V, a 112’ liveaboard dive vessel. It’s a commitment few tourists are willing to undertake.

For hard core divers, however, this is the adventure of a lifetime. The Revillagigedos (pronounced Reh-bee-uh-hee-hay-dos) are sometimes referred to as the Galapagos of Mexico, with islands so remote and offshore waters so teeming with large pelagic species that divers are treated to mind-blowing spectacles of enormous sea turtles, schools of great white sharks, orcas and humpback whales, and hundreds of giant manta rays swimming together.

The waters off Socorro and Guadalupe Islands are ground zero for this bucket list adventure. We’d advise starting at Land’s End and working your way up (or in this case, down). For beginners, almost all local dive shops offer both training and PADI certifications.

For more information about upcoming events, activities and attractions, and villa rentals in Los Cabos, call us TOLL FREE at 1-888-655-4548, visit     www.LosCabosVillas.com, or email us at Info@LosCabosVillas.com.

Photo credit:  Cabo Adventures

Upcoming Events Calendar

June

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Jun. 3, 10, 17, 24

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Jun. 4, 11, 18, 25

Pelagic Triple Crown of Fishing Tournament– Jun. 10 – 12

Stars and Stripes Tournament – Jun. 23 – 27

Full Moon Dinner at Esperanza – Jun. 24

July

East Cape Dorado Shootout Fishing Tournament – Jul. 17

Los Cabos Open of Tennis – Jul. 19 – 24

Ladies Only Fishing Tournament at Palmas de Cortez – Jul. 22 – 26

August

Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore – Aug. 3 – 7

Wahoo Gold Cup Jackpot Fishing Tournament – Aug. 21

September

Mexico Independence Day – Sep. 16

October

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 10 – 14

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 14 – 17

Bisbee’s Black and Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 19 – 23

November

Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers Rally – Nov. 1 – 13

Day of the Dead – Nov. 1, 2

WON Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 3 – 6

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26

SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 15 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

December

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

El Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

 

 

 


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