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Bisbee’s Continues to Smash Records as Black & Blue Tournament Starts

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

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It seems as if nothing can stop Bisbee’s from breaking records. Not even a global pandemic.

The season started hot in August at Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore, when prize money cracked the million dollar mark for the first time ever on the basis of a record 72 entered teams, and Team Chupacabra boated the biggest blue marlin – 704 lbs. – ever weighed during the 21 year history of the event.

And the heat has continued into October, with Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore. The recently completed tournament (Sunday was the final day) saw a record number of 128 teams push the prize purse to another record: 1.44 million dollars. Team Sporty Game walked away with the biggest check – $837,816 dollars – for bringing in the biggest billfish (a 514 lb. black marlin) plus daily jackpot earnings. Pocket Aces came in second, but still walked away with over $293,500 for a few days of fishing in gorgeous sunshine. True Grit, meanwhile, took home pride (and a check for $138,760) after winning the tuna category with a 228 lb. yellowfin tuna.

Another tournament, the non-Bisbee’s sponsored Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, also saw plenty of action. The biggest moment, literally, may have been 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 perpetual contenders El Suertudo and fishermen Greg DiStefano, 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.

The 22nd annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament took place from Oct. 11th to 15th, the 19th Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore from October 15th to 18th.

Still to come, of course, is the biggest tournament of them all: Bisbee’s Black & Blue, aka The Super Bowl of Fishing and The Richest Fishing Tournament in the World. Last year, Bisbee’s handed out three separate checks of over 1.3 million dollars at the Black and Blue, so there’s no telling how high the prize pool could go this year, at least based on the way each succeeding tournament seems to get bigger and better.

The 40th annual Bisbee’s Black and Blue starts today, so we should know soon just how many teams have registered and how much money may be on the line. Could the 2020 event break the record purse of 4.165 million in 2006, which was and still is the largest payout in sportfishing history?

Based on what’s happened so far this year, don’t bet against it.

The record numbers, it must be noted, should in no way suggest Bisbee’s has ignored the Coronavirus. Indeed, new safety protocols have been in place since the first tournament, the East Cape Offshore, got the go ahead over the summer. In addition to social distancing between boats and virtual captain’s meetings, only one team member has been able to be present at weigh-ins (the one who caught the fish in most cases), with a mask on. An increased focus on pre-registration has also helped to limit personal contact, and the weigh station has been moved from Puerto Paraiso to the cruise ship dock to discourage the forming of crowds to “ooh” and” aah” over incoming catches.

No one would argue it hasn’t been a strange year. But if you love fishing and love competing for huge prizes, it has at least been a great year by those standards. And the best may be yet to come.

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

 October

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 11 – 15

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 15 – 18

Top Chef Los Cabos 2020 – Oct. 17

Bisbee’s Black & Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 20 – 24

Restaurant Week San Jose del Cabo – Oct. 23 – 30

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Oct. 29

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Oct. 30

Day of the Dead Festival (“Secrets of La Catrina”) – Oct. 31 – Nov. 2

 November

Day of the Dead – Nov. 2

WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 4 – 7

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27

Los Cabos Film Festival (online only) – Nov. 11 – 19

Gastrovino Baja Food and Wine Festival – Nov. 13 – 15

53rd Annual SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 16 – 21

Los Cabos Big Game Charter Boat Classic – Nov. 17 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

 December

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

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

Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Official Start of Whale Watching Season – Dec. 15

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

 


Iconic Celebrations of Art and Culture Return in Los Cabos

Tue, Oct 13, 2020

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Downtown San Jose del Cabo is never livelier nor more beautiful than during Art Walk, the weekly celebration of local art and culture that takes place every Thursday evening between 5 and 9 p.m. during high tourist season (November through June).

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 Distrito del Arte, and the downtown area decorated in a festive whirl of lights.

So it’s good news that both Art Walk and Viva La Plaza, an art and cultural celebration held every Friday at Plaza Amelia Wilkes in Cabo San Lucas, are both returning this month. There will be some changes, of course. This is 2020, the year of Coronavirus, so anticipate street artists, food vendors and musicians operating at safe distances from one another, with plenty of hand sanitizer and masks on hand.

But return they will. Art Walk makes its return on Thursday (naturally), October 29 in San Jose del Cabo; Viva La Plaza the following Friday evening in Cabo San Lucas, from 6 to 10 p.m.

The two events are similar in that both showcase regional art, culture and music. The difference is largely in scope. In Cabo San Lucas, Viva La Plaza takes place in Plaza Amelia Wilkes. This is not a bad thing, by any means. This is the town’s main plaza and renovations in recent years have ensured that it has never looked better. Fresh gardens have been planted, the central gazebo painted, views of the sun setting over the cliff-hugging villas of Pedregal as magical as always.

In San Jose del Cabo, however, one plaza is not enough. Even one district is not enough. The Distrito del Arte, home to dozens of art galleries, is the traditional home of Art Walk, and remains the central focus, as gallery owners and artists stay open late to interact with visitors.

But the entire downtown area of the city comes alive. 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 that begin appearing towards the end of October. 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 bars and restaurants in Los Cabos. The region’s first microbrewery, Baja Brewing Company, maintains its original location in the heart of the Art District. It’s next door to La Lupita, the city’s most famous taquería and mezcal tasting destination. Both are busy on Thursday nights as visitors take a break from gallery visits to refresh themselves and relive their most interesting experiences.

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 these cultural celebrations return.

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 Tourism Board

Upcoming Events Calendar

October

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 11 – 15

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 15 – 18

Top Chef Los Cabos 2020 – Oct. 17

Bisbee’s Black & Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 20 – 24

Restaurant Week San Jose del Cabo – Oct. 23 – 30

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Oct. 29

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Oct. 30

Day of the Dead Festival (“Secrets of La Catrina”) – Oct. 31 – Nov. 2

November

Day of the Dead – Nov. 2

WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 4 – 7

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26

Viva La Plaza in Cabo San Lucas – Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27

Los Cabos Film Festival (online only) – Nov. 11 – 19

Gastrovino Baja Food and Wine Festival – Nov. 13 – 15

53rd Annual SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 16 – 21

Los Cabos Big Game Charter Boat Classic – Nov. 17 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

December

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

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

Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Official Start of Whale Watching Season – Dec. 15

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

 

 


Fishing Tournaments Take Center Stage: October Events in Los Cabos

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

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If you love fishing, there is no better place to spend the month of October than in sunny Cabo San Lucas. Not only does the Land’s End destination at the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula enjoy peak conditions for its famed marlin fishing during the coming month, but several tournaments take advantage of this fact to offer enormous payouts to anglers who bring in the biggest catches.

Bisbee’s Black & Blue marlin fishing tournament is the biggest of these events, and the one most likely to turn otherwise unassuming fishermen into millionaires overnight. There’s a reason, after all, they call it the “Super Bowl of Fishing.” Last year, three separate teams walked away with checks in excess of one million dollars, and the prize pool is expected to be every bit as large in 2020.

The Black & Blue is one of two tournaments Bisbee’s organizes during the month of October in Cabo San Lucas. The other is the Los Cabos Offshore, and although not quite as lucrative as the B&B, it’s still one of only a handful of fishing tournaments in the world to feature total payouts in excess of a million dollars.

There are a few changes this year where Bisbee’s is concerned. The traditional weigh station at Puerto Paraiso shopping mall and entertainment center has now been moved to the API Cruise Ship Pier, a site formerly used for awards banquets. As part of the safety policies instituted as a result of Covid-19, there has been an increased focus on pre-registration to limit personal contact. The good news, however, is that Los Cabos continues to loosen Covid-19 restrictions as cases markedly decline.

Bisbee’s fundraiser this year for their Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund will be an online auction that runs during both tournaments, Los Cabos Offshore and Black & Blue. Auction proceeds will benefit the Green Scholarship Program that provides underprivileged Los Cabos students with college scholarship opportunities, Bisbee’s revolutionary new RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Tagging Program and the Nkwe Tactical Training Academy wildlife anti-poaching program in South Africa.

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 11 – 15

Bisbee’s two cash-rich tournaments 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 three tournaments combined in 2018 to pay out over $5,500,925. The 22nd annual LCBT has three entry levels: a $5,000 base entry for each 6-person team; daily jackpots for the largest tuna, wahoo and dorado; and daily billfish release jackpots. Optional marlin only jackpots are available to teams that paid base entry (this year with two levels). Registration and the post-tournament gala awards ceremony will both be hosted by Playa Grande, a Solmar Group resort.

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore – October 15 – 18

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. Team Predator took home the most money in 2019, pocketing a cool $445,825 for a few days of “work”.

Bisbee’s Black & Blue – October 20 – 24

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. The $4.165 million payout in 2006 was and still is the largest in sportfishing history. 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.). Three separate checks of over 1.3 million dollars were handed out in 2019.

 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

September

Mexican Independence Day – Sep. 16

 October

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 11 – 15

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 15 – 18

Bisbee’s Black & Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 20 – 24

 November

Day of the Dead – Nov. 2

WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 4 – 7

Los Cabos Film Festival (online only) – Nov. 11 – 19

Gastrovino Baja Food and Wine Festival – Nov. 13 – 15

53rd Annual SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 16 – 21

Los Cabos Big Game Charter Boat Classic – Nov. 17 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

 December

Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Official Start of Whale Watching Season – Dec. 15

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

 


A Taste of Cabo:  The Foodie’s Guide to Culinary Festivals in Los Cabos

Tue, Sep 22, 2020

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Los Cabos gets credit for being world-class in a number of areas, but food is rarely mentioned as one of them. That needs to change. Twenty years ago the destination may have been about tacos and tequila and little else, but that’s certainly not the case anymore. Not only can foodies find international options galore, the influx of boutique resorts in recent year has been accompanied by some truly exciting new dining concepts helmed by celebrity chefs.

The new Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, for example, features cuisine from acclaimed Chef Nobu Matsuhia. French master Jean-Georges Vongerichten has taken steakhouse dining to a new level with SEARED at One&Only Palmilla. The Cape: A Thompson Hotel is home to Manta, a restaurant from Chef Enrique Olvera, whose Pujol in Mexico City and Cosme in New York City are rated among the best in the world; and Spanish chef Martin Berasategui, earner of 12 Michelin stars so far, has opened Gastro Bar at Paradisus Los Cabos in the tourist corridor which connects cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

But it’s not just the celebrity chefs who are transforming the local dining scene. A new generation of regional chefs is redefining Baja Sur cuisine, and a burgeoning locavore movement continues to showcase the abundance of local seafood and organic produce in new and interesting ways.

It’s an exciting time to visit Los Cabos and an exciting time to enjoy its many flavors. Nowhere is this more evident than at the culinary fests that dot the local calendar. Yes, Covid-19 has put a damper on some and caused new safety and social distancing protocols for all, but that hasn’t stopped local chefs from cooking up incredible food for visitors to sample.

With that in mind, here’s a look at what visiting foodies can expect in the coming months in terms of food-focused events.

Gastrovino Baja Food & Wine Festival

Aside from the annual Sabor a Cabo shindig in Los Cabos, Gastrovino is the biggest food and wine festival in Baja California Sur. Normally held each April or May in the state’s only pueblo magico, Todos Santos, Gastrovino is organized by the owners of a local wine and olive oil shop called La Bodega de Todos Santos, and features a weekend chockablock with tantalizing tasting opportunities. The pairing dinner at legendary Hotel California is one of many recurring highlights, but the “Big Cheese,” so to speak, is the Sunday main event on the town square. There, dozens of wineries from Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe share their palate-pleasing wares, as do many of the region’s best restaurants. Live music is also a staple, as is a silent auction to benefit local programs for children. This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the festival has been moved from spring to autumn, and will now take place November 13th to 15th, with new safety measures in place. The best part of the move, the organizers point out, is that guests can now count themselves among the first to taste the new vintage of Baja wines.

Sabor a Cabo International Food & Wine Festival

The region’s biggest culinary festival, called Sabor a Cabo, is held each year in early December, and typically draws over 3,000 guests to an outdoor site in Los Cabos to sample food and wine, and enjoy live musical performances (past performers include Grammy winner Lila Downs, legendary Mexican rock band Maná, and elemental R&B superstars Earth, Wind & Fire). The main event–which rotates to various local venues–is always preceded by smaller auxiliary events, including a country food and wine tasting that shows off the area’s incredible organically grown produce and fresh local seafood. Dates for the upcoming edition generally aren’t finalized until late October or early November, and because of current restrictions regarding large gatherings, the event may take a vastly different form this year. In the meantime, you can sample the wares from the festival’s 50 to 60 participating chefs by having dinner at virtually any notable local restaurant.

Sabores de Baja Festival in Miraflores

The small town of Miraflores is notable for several reasons, including the unusual longevity of its residents and its annual summer harvest festival celebrating pitahayas, the favorite fruit of the area’s indigenous inhabitants. Mainly, though, it is known as the foremost organic farming community in the Los Cabos municipality, the place the region’s best restaurants go to source their produce. It’s the perfect place, in other words, to host an organic food festival that focuses on the traditional cuisine and culture of Los Cabos. Sabores de Baja (saborestranslates as tastes or flavors) is expected to return for its 5th annual edition in April 2021.

Summer Harvest Festivals

Each July, when the pitahaya ripens, the residents of the small organic farming community Miraflores (in English, “Behold the Flowers”) celebrate with a lively weekend harvest festival. Pitahayas are a fruit derived from the organ pipe cactus, and are extraordinarily rich in antioxidants, which may account for the legendary longevity of Miraflores residents.

Pitahayas were the favorite food of the region’s indigenous inhabitants, the Pericues, and thus also have a strong cultural and historical component. The annual “feria” always boasts a variety of traditional activities, including the crowning of a festival queen, a pitahaya gathering contest, and a vast array of food and drink, much of it featuring the region’s signature fruit.

Pitahayas may be the most emblematic fruit in Baja California Sur, but the most ubiquitous are mangoes. You can reach up and take them off the trees at many area resorts and restaurants, and during summer months, freshly squeezed mango juice becomes a delicious daily treat for residents and visitors alike.

A trip to the annual Todos Santos Mango Festival–traditionally held in late July or early August–inevitably heightens one’s appreciation for what can be done in the name of this luscious tropical fruit; mangate, for example, a dessert typical of the region, always offers a memorable tasting experience.

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:  Festival Sabores de Baja

Upcoming Events Calendar

September

Mexican Independence Day – Sep. 16

October

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 11 – 15

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 15 – 18

Bisbee’s Black & Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 20 – 24

 November

Day of the Dead – Nov. 2

WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 4 – 7

Los Cabos Film Festival (online only) – Nov. 11 – 19

Gastrovino Baja Food and Wine Festival – Nov. 13 – 15

53rd Annual SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 16 – 21

Los Cabos Big Game Charter Boat Classic – Nov. 17 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

December

Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Official Start of Whale Watching Season – Dec. 15

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

 


Wild Cabo:  Nature and Wildlife Adventures in Los Cabos

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

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In years past, the phrase “wild Cabo” was mostly used in reference to the anything goes nightlife in Cabo San Lucas. Nowadays, however, it’s more likely to be used in conjunction with the natural wonders of Los Cabos. And yes, that includes more than just the gorgeous beaches that trace the municipality’s nearly 100 miles of breathtaking coastline.

From stark desert to interior mountains and two major bodies of water–the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez–Los Cabos offers a remarkable range of both land-based and aquatic terrains, and is home to some of the most extraordinary creatures on the planet.

The largest fish and the largest mammals on Earth (whale sharks and whales, respectively) both spend time cruising the waters of southern Baja, offering incredible opportunities for wildlife adventures; whether its watching the spectacular aerial breaches of humpbacks from high-speed Zodiac boats or swimming side-by-side with 20-ton whale sharks off the coast of La Paz.

Whales and whale sharks may be the biggest attractions, but many other large pelagic creatures also call Los Cabos home, from dolphins and sharks to manta rays and enormous sea turtles (mature leatherbacks, the largest species, can reach nine feet in length and well over 1000 pounds), Snorkeling and diving remain the traditional activities for those seeking a basic introduction to the region’s staggering aquatic bio-diversity, but more specialized tours and excursions also exist.

For each species there is an optimal season, but on a year-round basis there’s always a one-of-a-kind bucket list adventure available. Here are four of our favorites:

Help Save Endangered Sea Turtles

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. Why is this help so important? 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. The help visitors give, in other words, contributes to the long lives of hatchlings, and also to the continuation of these remarkable species. In Los Cabos, sea turtle season stretches from late August until early December.

Destination Snorkeling & Diving

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, however, are during the late summer and early autumn months. From July through October, water temperatures typically range from about 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Cabo Pulmo is the recommended regional dive site during peak season, offering access to the spectacular coral reef, as well as the densest accumulation of fish and other marine life in the Sea of Cortez (over 800 species, thanks to its protected status as a national marine park and UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Swimming with Whale Sharks

The whale shark is the largest fish in the world, reaching up to 40 feet in length, and weighing as much as 47,000 pounds. There is no risk in swimming with these gentle giants, however, since they subsist solely on plankton. Baja California Sur’s capital city of La Paz is the premier place to indulge in this unforgettable wildlife adventure, with the majority of interactions occurring near the tip of the El Mogote peninsula. For those interested in whale shark swims, complimentary round-trip transportation from Los Cabos is provided by several respected activities providers during the months of August through May each year.

Whale Watching

Each winter some 5,000 to 10,000 blue, gray, humpback and other whales migrate from their arctic feeding grounds to breed in the shallow water coves and inlets of beautiful Baja California Sur. In this regard these leviathans of the deep are very much like the snowbirds who flock to cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo to escape frigid winter temperatures in the U.S. and Canada. The only real difference–aside from the obvious anatomical ones–is one of scale. The longest mammalian migration ever recorded was in 2014-2015, when a gray whale dubbed Varvara traveled over 14,000 miles round-trip from Russia to Cabo San Lucas. The whale watching season in Los Cabos kicks off officially on Dec. 15, with tours offered by virtually all local activities companies though mid-March (or beyond, depending upon the whims of the whales).

 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:  Cabo Adventures

Upcoming Events Calendar

September

Mexican Independence Day – Sep. 16

 October

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 11 – 15

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 15 – 18

Bisbee’s Black & Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 20 – 24

 November

Day of the Dead – Nov. 2

WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 4 – 7

Los Cabos Film Festival (online only) – Nov. 11 – 19

Gastrovino Baja Food and Wine Festival – Nov. 13 – 15

53rd Annual SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 16 – 21

Los Cabos Big Game Charter Boat Classic – Nov. 17 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

 December

Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Official Start of Whale Watching Season – Dec. 15

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

 


What’s Happening in Los Cabos: A Look at Upcoming Events

Tue, Sep 08, 2020

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Los Cabos is a year-round tourist destination now, but the old distinctions of “high” and “low” season are still a factor when it comes to signature events. The eight-month stretch from October through May–traditionally the high season in Los Cabos–still sees the vast majority of local events, and October, the kick-off month, hosts many of the high-profile events most associated with the region.

Obviously, things are somewhat different in 2020 due to the worldwide pandemic, and thus some events have had to be cancelled, while others have had to reconfigured, and all have been rethought in terms of safety concerns. For instance, Independence Day in Mexico, the country’s biggest civic holiday and the last major event (Sep. 16) in Los Cabos before October, has seen big changes this year. The official aspects of the holiday, like “grito” reenactments and parades, will be “virtual” this year in Los Cabos to prevent the gathering of large crowds.

But most of the big local to-dos in October and November are still on the calendar, and in recognizable form, albeit with some new safety procedures.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the most notable upcoming events.

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 11 – 15

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 three tournaments combined in 2018 to pay out over $5,500,925. The 22nd annual LCBT has three entry levels: a $5,000 base entry for each 6-person team; daily jackpots for the largest tuna, wahoo and dorado; and daily billfish release jackpots. Optional marlin only jackpots are available to teams that paid base entry (this year with two levels). Registration and the post-tournament gala awards ceremony will both be hosted by Playa Grande, a Solmar Group resort.

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore – October 15 – 18

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. Team Predator took home the most money in 2019, pocketing a cool $445,825 for a few days of “work”.

Bisbee’s Black & Blue – October 20 – 24

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. The $4.165 million payout in 2006 was and still is the largest in sportfishing history. 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.). Three separate checks of over 1.3 million dollars were handed out in 2019.

Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) – November 2

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 Nov. 1, and the souls of adults on Nov. 2. 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. The most famous calavera, an elegantly costumed skeleton named Catrina, was created in the early 20th century by illustrator José Guadalupe Posada. Catrina figures are commonly seen around Los Cabos during the Day of the Dead observances, as are a few public ofrendas.

Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers Rally – November 2 to 14

The funniest book every written about the Baja California peninsula and its idiosyncratic residents was the work of a Western Outdoor News columnist and all-around fine writer named Fred Hoctor. The book, called Baja Haha, was published in 1984 and has been something of a cult classic among gringo expats ever since. Sadly, Señor Hoctor is no longer with us, but his title and off-kilter humor lives on in the form of Baja Ha-Ha, a 750-mile cruisers rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas that began in the early 1990s and celebrates its 27th anniversary this year, from November 2nd to 14th. Cruising the Baja coast isn’t inherently funny in itself. Rather, it’s the safe but lighthearted approach of the participants, led by their “Grand Poobah,” that make the rally special. Since the inaugural event, over 3,000 boats and 10,000 sailors have participated. Seagoing vessels between 27’ and 100’ in length are eligible, and can look forward to two scheduled stops along the way, at Tortuga and Santa Maria Bays, before reaching Cabo San Lucas.

22nd Annual WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament – November 4 – 7

The Western Outdoor News has a long history with Los Cabos, dating back to the 1950s, when Baja columnist Ray Cannon’s rave fishing reviews helped put the area on the destination travel map. The WON Tuna Jackpot is one of the larger fishing tournaments in Cabo San Lucas, a fixture of the autumn sporting calendar that follows hard on the heels of the Los Cabos Billfish and Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore and Black & Blue Tournaments. Last year’s event, the 21st edition, saw a 345 lb. yellowfin tuna take first place, which translated to a $425,230 payout check to Team Sirena. Even bigger things are expected this year.

 

Los Cabos International Film Festival – November 11 to 19

The Los Cabos International Film Festival returns for its 9th edition on November 11th, with an inaugural red carpet gala and screening at the Pabellon Cultural de la Republica in Cabo San Lucas. The celebrity and paparazzi studded galas receive much of the attention, but the heart of the festival consists of curated screenings at Cinemex Theaters at Puerto Paraiso, and behind the scenes conferences and programs designed to promote mutually beneficial collaborations between the North American film industries. Thus, the LCIFF’s long-running tagline: “Come See What the Neighbors Are Doing.” Last year’s event saw plenty of star power thanks to the appearance of two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, who attended the festival to support the Latin American premiere of director Martin Scorsese’s film, The Irishman. No news has been released, as yet, on celebrity appearances in 202o.

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:  WON Tuna Jackpot

Upcoming Events Calendar

September

Mexican Independence Day – Sep. 16

 October

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 11 – 15

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 15 – 18

Bisbee’s Black & Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 20 – 24

 November

Day of the Dead – Nov. 2

WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 4 – 7

Los Cabos Film Festival – Nov. 11 – 15

Gastrovino Baja Food and Wine Festival – Nov. 13 – 15

53rd Annual SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 16 – 21

Los Cabos Big Game Charter Boat Classic – Nov. 17 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

 December

Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Official Start of Whale Watching Season – Dec. 15

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

 


Your Own Private Paradise: 3 Tips to Finding the Perfect Vacation Rental in Los Cabos

Tue, Sep 01, 2020

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Increasingly in 2020, discerning travelers are opting for vacation rentals rather than traditional hotels and resorts. Part of this paradigm shift has to do with the world in which we now live. Privacy, which vacation rentals offer more of by their very nature than even the most luxurious resorts, offer an upgraded sense of security in a pandemic world, and allow those desirous of a much-needed vacation to travel to paradise-like locations such as Los Cabos in safety and style.

But vacation rentals in beachfront destinations like Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del abo offer more than just mere privacy. They also offer an ability to customize your vacation experience in a way hotel and resorts never will, for the simple fact that the latter are tethered to a specific location.

What do we mean by this? We’ll explain more fully as we offer our top 3 tips for finding the perfect vacation rental in Los Cabos.

Customize Your Location

Is there a beach in Los Cabos you love above all others? Do you have a favorite surf break, or dive site? How about a favored restaurant or a bar where everyone knows your name?

One of the great things about luxury villas and vacation rentals is that they dot the coastline from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo and beyond. If you want a place on the beach, or in mountain foothills, or with views of magnificent desert vistas, you can certainly have it. In effect, vacation rentals allow you to choose your scenery, to customize the views which make you happiest.

Just as importantly, they allow you close proximity to the activities or dining preferences you’re most likely to choose on a daily basis. Do you and your wife like playing golf together at a certain course? Then why not choose a vacation rental located close (if not fairway adjacent) to that course?

The ability to find a property that aligns perfectly with your vacation plans is a great luxury, but also a great convenience that will save you hours in back and forth travel time. Time that could be more fruitfully spent doing the things that drew you to Los Cabos in the first place.

Customize Your Amenities

Let’s be honest. It’s not going to be difficult to find a place with a swimming pool–or even an infinity edged pool with gorgeous ocean views–in a destination like Los Cabos. Every luxury villa and vacation rental worth its salt has a pool, not to mention a palapa topped outdoor lounge with a grilling station for sunset barbecues. Amenities like these are practically standard.

Other amenities are more hit and miss, which like location, allows visitors to customize a vacation property based upon their specific needs or wishes. We’d recommend vastly different properties for a couple seeking a romantic getaway, for instance, than for a family traveling with small children.

In the former case, easy access to a private chef for romantic candlelit dinners or a masseuse for side-by-side couple’s spa treatments might be preferred. For the latter, a home theater for family movie nights or direct beach access for sandcastle building are likely more suitable.

Vacation rentals in Los Cabos are apt to have a few things–like ocean views and swimming pools–in common. But there are many more aspects that can be customized. There’s no need to simply select a place based on budget or number of bedrooms, or to choose a hotel or resort based on brand reputation. Not when you can find a place that’s picture perfect for the kind of vacation you’ve always dreamed of having.

Find the Right Rental Agent

Although you can find plenty of people willing to act as your agent for villas or vacation rentals (or real estate, for that matter) in Los Cabos, very few have the knowledge and experience to find properties perfectly suited to both your wishes and your budget.

Enter Michael Aviani and Los Cabos Villas. Michael has been a trusted name in Los Cabos rentals and Cabo real estate for over 30 years, with a stellar reputation and an exhaustive knowledge of properties in the area; and his vacation rental company website, www.LosCabosVillas.com , is the premier resource for locating luxury villas and vacation rentals. Also if you would like to invest and buy a Piece of Paradise click on www.TheCaboRealEstate.com.

So if you really want to customize your Los Cabos vacation, start with finding the right rental agent and the right resources.

The good news? You’ve already found them.

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:  Villas del Mar

Upcoming Events Calendar

September

Mexican Independence Day – Sep. 16

October

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 11 – 15

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 15 – 18

Bisbee’s Black & Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 20 – 24

November

Day of the Dead – Nov. 2

WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 4 – 7

Los Cabos Film Festival – Nov. 11 – 15

Gastrovino Baja Food and Wine Festival – Nov. 13 – 15

53rd Annual SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 16 – 21

Los Cabos Big Game Charter Boat Classic – Nov. 17 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

December

Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena – Dec. 24

Navidad – Dec. 25

Nochevieja – Dec. 31


Billfish and Big Purses: Previewing the 2020 Los Cabos Billfish Tournament

Tue, Aug 25, 2020

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Fish all day, party all night. For over 20 years, that’s been the recipe for success
for the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament.

Some refinements in terms of social distancing and other safety measures will have to be factored in for 2020, but as we’ve seen with Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore, the East Cape Dorado Shootout and Gold Cup Wahoo Jackpot–the first three fishing tournaments of the season–the fun continues, and so do the big purses.

Bisbee’s ECO set a tournament record for payouts earlier this month, becoming just the 9th fishing tournament worldwide to crack the million-dollar mark. Of course, Bisbee’s other two Los Cabos based competitions–the Black and Blue and Los Cabos Offshore–have already joined that select seven-figure company, and the Black and Blue remains the most lucrative event in fishing. Hence, its nicknames: “The Super Bowl of Sport Fishing” and “The World’s Richest Fishing Tournament”.

Both take place in October. So too does the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament. In fact, it’s the LCBT that kicks off the best month of the year for big-game, big-money sport fishing in Los Cabos.

The 21st annual competition is scheduled to take place October 11th to 15th, 2020 in Cabo San Lucas; preceding the Los Cabos Offshore (October 15th to 18th) and Black and Blue (October 20th to 24th).

No, the purses aren’t Bisbee’s big…but the LCBT does have a history of handing out impressive over-sized checks. And did we mention the partying? This isn’t just a fishing competition, but a celebration of a certain kind of lifestyle.

Team El Suertudo led the way in terms of fishing in 2019 (no champ was crowned for partying), earning $117,350 of the $785,550 in total payouts as one of 51 participating teams, who together accounted for 117 billfish across two days of fishing (36 blue marlin, 73 striped marlin, 3 black marlin, and 5 sailfish).

Team El Suertudo’s winning score was 1300 points, which highlights one of the more interesting elements of the tournament: the LCBT works on a points system. Black and blue marlin, for example, must be 300 pounds to qualify, and are graded at 300 points for catch and release, or 1.5 points per pound for the two boated marlin allowable per day per team.

Marlin are the kings of the Los Cabos sport fishing scene, and marlin the determine the big money earners at the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament. A monster like the 440 black marlin caught by Team Wild Hooker last year is worth 660 points. But quantity also counts, as El Suertudo proved by catching four blue marlin, two striped marlin and a Pacific Sailfish on the second day of fishing.

However, if boated marlin fail to meet the 300-pound limit when weighed, teams can then be penalized 300 points…or more. The penalty is weighted too, you see, and assessed as 2 points for every pound under the limit. A 280-pound marlin is thus penalized at 340 points. Striped marlin, sailfish and spearfish are worth 25 points each (release only). Tuna, dorado and wahoo are eligible for select daily jackpots, provided they meet the 25-pound minimum requirement.

All teams must provide their own video cameras, synchronized to tournament time, to verify catch and releases.

Base entry is $5,000 per team (up to six anglers), or $25,000 all-in to qualify for all daily jackpots in the 2020 event. The Captains Meeting and post-tournaments Awards Gala will be hosted by Playa Grande Resort.

Other requirements? Only a desire to fish all day, party all night, and get paid for doing so.

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

August

Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Fishing Tournament – Aug. 4 – 8

East Cape Gold Cup Wahoo Jackpot Fishing Tournament – Aug. 22

September

Mexican Independence Day – Sep. 16

October

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 11 – 15

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 15 – 18

Bisbee’s Black & Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 20 – 24

 November

Day of the Dead – Nov. 2

WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 4 – 7

Los Cabos Film Festival – Nov. 11 – 15

Gastrovino Baja Food and Wine Festival – Nov. 13 – 15

53rd Annual SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 16 – 21

Los Cabos Big Game Charter Boat Classic – Nov. 17 – 20

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

 December

Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena – Dec. 24

Navidad – Dec. 25

Nochevieja – Dec. 31

 


Destination Relaxation – 3 Pampering New Luxury Spas in Los Cabos

Tue, Aug 18, 2020

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The days of Los Cabos as a simple, laid-back beach and fishing destination are long gone.

It’s not that the beaches and big-game fishing aren’t still spectacular, mind you, it’s that the better class of resorts in cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo have spent the last two decades adding amenity after pampering amenity in an attempt (overwhelmingly successful, by the way) to turn Los Cabos into one of the world’s great luxury destinations.

At the heart of this reimagining are incredible collections of championship level golf courses and luxurious spas. The region now boasts no less than 18 currently operating golf courses designed by legendary names like Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Greg Norman, and expansive and decadent spas are now found at virtually every local upscale resort.

We’ve given plenty of updates recently on the golfing scene, but very few in regards the collection of spas. So with that in mind, here are three great new luxury spa options to enjoy on your next trip to Los Cabos:

Waldorf Astoria Spa at Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

By any name, this Pedgregal property is world-class. Originally opened as Capella Pedregal in 2009, the boutique 96-r00m resort was subsequently renamed The Resort at Pedregal before taking on the Waldorf Astoria imprimatur in 2019. The latter is a virtual synonym for luxury travel, and what were already five star amenities–the longest private tunnel in Mexico, cliffside dining above crashing Pacific Ocean waves–have now been elevated to the level of must-try destination experiences.

That’s certainly the case with the Waldorf Astoria Spa, which was created by renowned spa designer Sylvia Sepelli and offers pampering treatments grouped around central themes of the moon, the sea and Mexican folk healing. For example, massages based on lunar cycles and an indigenous herbal detox using the potent properties of indigenous Baja plants.

All the traditional spa bells and whistles are also found here, however, from an upscale beauty salon and a state-of-the-art fitness center to ten private treatment rooms and tennis courts with stunning elevated Cabo San Lucas city views.

Oasis Spa at Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas

This resort is the first ever luxury property on the East Cape of Los Cabos, a 70-mile belly-shaped arc that extends northward from San Jose del Cabo. For decades, the East Cape has been the last refuge for those who loved the old Baja of dirt roads and under-the-radar dive and surf spots.

That Baja still exists, but so too does a new kind of East Cape experience, an exclusive luxury hideaway on the coast at La Ribera. Relaxing couples’ treatments like side-by-side massages are a specialty of the house, offering intimacy and an enhanced state of relaxation across a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, from private rooms to plunge pools to romantic strolls through the aromatic onsite herb garden.

Like the Waldorf Astoria Spa, Oasis also offers folk rituals based on the healing properties of indigenous plants. Yoga and breath work on the beach, exfoliating treatments for face, body, hands and feet, and the full-service Rossano Ferretti salon are yet more reasons to discover this newly opened Oasis.

Esencia Wellness at Nobu Hotel Los Cabos

There was excitement aplenty about the opening of a Nobu restaurant in Los Cabos…even more when it turned out it was part of a boutique Nobu resort on the Pacific Coast north of Cabo San Lucas, in the exclusive Diamante property development.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s acclaimed fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine with Peruvian (and now Baja) ingredients is one reason to visit. Another is Esencia Wellness, an onsite spa that’s grounded in Japanese traditions but also promises plenty of modern refinements.

The pampering spa occupies over 13,000 square feet at Nobu, and features 13 treatment rooms, a spacious fitness center, a full-service salon, indoor hydrotherapy areas, and an outdoor hydrotherapy garden that includes steam, sauna, jacuzzi and more.

Signature offerings include Nobu Zen, a custom treatment that utilizes several techniques to alleviate stress.

The same description could just as easily be applied to Los Cabos itself. So do yourself a favor and plan a visit soon!

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:  Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas

Upcoming Events Calendar

August

Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Fishing Tournament – Aug. 4 – 8

East Cape Gold Cup Wahoo Jackpot Fishing Tournament – Aug. 22

September

Mexican Independence Day – Sep. 16

 October

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 11 – 15

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 15 – 18

Bisbee’s Black & Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 20 – 24

 November

Day of the Dead – Nov. 2

WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 4 – 7

Los Cabos Film Festival – Nov. 11 – 15

Gastrovino Baja Food and Wine Festival – Nov. 13 – 15

53rd Annual SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 16 – 21

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

 December

Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena – Dec. 24

Navidad – Dec. 25

Nochevieja – Dec. 31

 


2020 Los Cabos Fishing Tournament Season Opens with a Million Dollar Bang

Tue, Aug 11, 2020

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There were a lot of questions surrounding the start of the 2020 fishing tournament season in Los Cabos.

But thanks to the COVID-19 protocols instituted by Bisbee’s, the granddaddy of fishing tournament organizers in Los Cabos, not only did the 2020 East Cape Offshore go off safely last weekend, it smashed several records in the process. Most notably, the $1,100,000 overall payout made the ECO the last of three Bisbee’s series tournaments to crack the million-dollar mark, and one of only nine tournaments worldwide to do so.

Held August 4th through 8th in Buenavista, off the coast of Los Cabos’ gorgeous East Cape, over 70 teams competed to bring in the biggest billfish, as well as the biggest tuna and dorado. The former feat was accomplished by Team Chachalocos, which boated a massive 704 lb. blue marlin, the largest ever caught during the 21-year history of the event.

Chalk up another record.

Team Chachalocos earned a cool $240,284 for their record breaking blue, but that wasn’t the biggest check presented during the four-day event. That honor belonged to Team True Grit, which took advantage of the lack of 300 lb. billfish qualifiers on day one to crush the doubled up jackpots on day two with a 306 lb. black marlin.

The timely catch netted them over a half a million dollars ($559,870 to be exact).

Team Fin and Tonic, meanwhile, finished first in the yellowfin tuna category, earning $82,695 for their 41.4 lb. qualifier; and Team Big Oh took home $60,170 for their first place dorado, a 39.9 pounder boated in just 15 minutes.

Face masks and social distancing were part of Bisbee’s 2020 ECO tournament safety measures in response to COVID-19 concerns (as was a limit of one team member per weigh-in), but nobody seemed to mind given the great fishing and spectacular record breaking payouts.

Less spectacular in terms of payouts, but equally noteworthy in terms of kicking off the 2020 season in style was the East Cape Dorado Shootout, which preceded Bisbee’s ECO on the calendar with some fishing tournament fireworks of its own.

Hosted July 24th in Los Barriles by Van Wormer Resorts, the 16th annual one-day dorado tournament was won by Team Offshore Lifestyles, thanks to their impressive 54.9 lb. dorado.

Offshore Lifestyles was one of 108 teams to enter the tournament this year, a slight drop from the 130 or so which usually enter (the ECDS is typically the largest local tournament in terms of team entries), but over double the amount expected given the global pandemic. Held under its own strict coronavirus safety protocols (no weigh-in crowds, no awards dinner, etc.), the tournament went off without a hitch…

Well, except for the trailer hitch on the brand new four-door Volkswagen Amarok truck awarded to the winners. In all, over $130,000 in cash and prizes were distributed.

Next up on the calendar is the East Cape Gold Cup Wahoo Jackpot, to take place in the offshore waters of Los Barriles on August 22nd (like the East Cape Dorado Shootout, it’s hosted by Van Wormer Resorts’ Hotel Palmas de Cortez). The tournament promises over 100,000 in cash and prizes, as well as a brand new VW Golf to the winner.

Big money anglers, meanwhile, will want to start gearing up for Bisbee’s Black and Blue and Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore, both of which offer million-dollar plus purses this October in Cabo San Lucas.

It’s unlikely anyone tops a 704 lb. blue marlin, but we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see more payout records fall before the 2020 Bisbee’s fishing series wraps up.

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

August

Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Fishing Tournament – Aug. 4 – 8

East Cape Gold Cup Wahoo Jackpot Fishing Tournament – Aug. 22

September

Mexican Independence Day – Sep. 16

 October

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 11 – 15

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournament – Oct. 15 – 18

Bisbee’s Black & Blue Fishing Tournament – Oct. 20 – 24

 November

Day of the Dead – Nov. 2

WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 4 – 7

Los Cabos Film Festival – Nov. 11 – 15

Gastrovino Baja Food and Wine Festival – Nov. 13 – 15

53rd Annual SCORE Baja 1000 – Nov. 16 – 21

Revolution Day – Nov. 20

December

Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe – Dec. 12

Las Posadas – Dec. 16 – 24

Nochebuena – Dec. 24

Navidad – Dec. 25

Nochevieja – Dec. 31

 


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