Que Pasa in Cabo?

May 28, 2018 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

Party time! Todos Santos Brewing will be celebrating its first anniversary this June 8th, 9th,  and 10th, with a bunch of fun events. Friday the 8th at 6:00 pm: trivia night with the theme “beer & Todos Santos Brewing,” followed by a 1:00 am. keg tapping of their Celebration Ale, a mix of cacao and habanero porter. Saturday the 9th: the keg tapping will repeat, with the addition of a day party from 1:00-6:00 pm with DJ Dimitri Kota. There will be giveaways and games as well. At 7:00 pm, there will be a “beergustation celebration dinner” with food and beer pairing. Sunday the 10th: the party starts at 2:00 pm with “the brewer talks,” a full tap wall tasting session and brewery tour, followed at 6:00 pm by “super Sunday sessions,” hosted by local musician Jenelle Aubade, featuring a range of their regular Sunday session artists.

Todos Santos Brewing is located on Alvaro Obregón between Militar & Rangel streets, in, well, Todos Santos. For reservations call Liz or Ted at 612 145 2023, or message them via Facebook at Todos Santos Brewing. Visit www.todossantosbrewing.mx to learn more.

We’re hooked! Our Southern Baja state is the 2nd most connected to the internet in Mexico, following the state of Sonora, just across from the Sea of Cortez. According to INEGI, Mexico’s statistics and geography agency, over 60 percent of households and offices are connected to the Internet, way up from the national average. At the top with us are Mexico City, Quintana Roo (think Cancun and the Mayan Riviera), Yucatan, Nuevo Leon, Colima, Sinaloa and Campeche.

The states of Tlaxcala, near Mexico City, and Chiapas in the south are the lowest, with 27.5 and 16.5 percent respectively. We are pretty sure our high numbers are due to better personal income and the many Gringo owned homes and condos.

Another party! This is what Mexico is all about, after all! This Friday, June 1st, the Mexican Navy celebrates the 101st anniversary of successful sailing of the ship, “Tabasco,” from the port of Veracruz in the Gulf of Mexico with a 100% Mexican crew led by Capt. Rafael Izaguirre.

The event usually takes place in La Playita, the town next to the San Jose marina, and pays homage to all of those whose activities are sea-related, like commercial sailors, fishermen and women, as well as members of the Mexican Navy. The celebration includes military ceremonies such as sailors raising the Mexican flag, depositing flowers in the ocean, a luncheon, and dancing to live music.

New hotels open this month. Remember the MarAdentro resort in San Jose’s hotel zone? Well, it changed hands a few months ago through Rodina, a Mexican investment firm, who founded Promecap, another investment firm, owned by Mexican billionaire Fernando Chico.

Chico is the President of Asur, an airport operating company that oversees nine airports in Mexico, mostly in the south, as in the Cancun International Airport. Chico is also one of the main stockholders of U.S. based Carrix, one of the world’s largest privately held marine terminal and rail operators.

The Maradentro is now named Viceroy, part of the Viceroy Icon Collection, along with its hotels and resorts in New York, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Chicago, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Beverly Hills, Riviera Maya, Snowmass, and St. Lucia. Other hotels in the pipeline for the collection will be in Algarve, Buenos Aires, Panama, Serbia and Vietnam. The Viceroy Hotel Group has a portfolio of 550 hotels worldwide.

That was a reopening. Now comes the really new hotel opening. The Montage, located along the four lane between Cabo and San Jose, will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday May 30th at 5:00 pm. Oh, you didn’t get an invite? So sorry; stay tuned to see pictures of the expectedly lavish party in our social media pages!

Later in the year, more hotels will open their lobbies to tourists: the Villa Valencia on the four lane, the Four Seasons at Costa Palmas and the Vidanta (formerly Mayan Palace) on the East Cape, and the expanded Cache Corazón on Cabo San Lucas’ Medano beach (formerly known as Cabo Villas).

All of these combined will add 1,714 rooms to the existing 17,000 + hotel rooms in Los Cabos.

Manholes changed! Remember a couple of issues ago when we wrote about those weak plastic covers for water valves that were deployed in Cabo’s sidewalks? Yeah, the ones that break when you step on them and either cut your toes or cause you to stumble and fall. Don’t remember? People! We even posted pictures!

The new news is that Oomsapas, the Los Cabos water supply agency has renewed 100 of them in the historic downtown of Cabo San Lucas. The new ones are made of high-density plastic and should support the weight of a Sumo wrestler. We hope. We’re a bit skinnier than a sumo wrestler, so we haven’t managed to break any of them.

Surf, anyone? The Los Cabos Open of Surf will take place June 11th to 17th this year at the Costa Azul beach just in front of the almost finished Soleado condominiums.

Los Cabos Open of Surf is one of the most important professional surf and music events in México. It started in 2013 as an ASP 6-star men’s event, and in 2014 it became the first women´s ASP 6-star competition in México. This year, the competition will be a WSL women’s QS6000, as well as a WSL men’s and women’s pro junior event.

The Soleado Beach & Spa Resort is hosting the event where all the surfers can enjoy Soleado’s world-class areas and relax in its pool and enjoy the juice bar. The public attending the event can stay at the beach and enjoy food from the booths that will be deployed around the area, or just sit and enjoy a cold one. The hits starts at: 8:00 am and end at 4:00 pm each day, excepting the finals that will go from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on Sunday. For more information look it on Facebook at Los Cabos Open of Surf.

Gringos training Mexicans. A group of U.S. cops were in town recently to train Cabo’s finest. Yes, we get American training several times a year as part of the Merida Initiative that gives Mexico money, choppers, weapons, and other equipment to fight crime, especially drug dealing groups.

This time, the training course was named “First Line Supervisor.” No, we don’t know what that means, but we know what it includes. Personnel from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) from the American embassy were here teaching leadership, disciplinary process, organizational communication, motivation, team creation, and performance evaluation, among other themes.

Los Cabos has 500 cops and is constantly hiring and training new officers. Federal members of the army, navy and gendarmerie are currently supporting them.

Local mall becomes a hotel. And condos. All in one, we say. The Puerto Paraiso mall in Cabo San Lucas’ downtown is expanding. A number of condos have already been built, some sold, and some even occupied. They were built on top of the parking lot, with a few featuring great views of the marina.

According to our sources, the mall has 6.2 million visitors a year. We haven’t seen anybody counting bodies, but they say so, and we believe them (hee hee). Now the hotel is about to begin the construction of an AC Marriott business hotel, residential spaces, more shops of well-known international brands, and what they call “Latino spaces,” a combination of bars and restaurants offering Latin food and music. The project is expected to be complete sometime next year. Mexican time, that is, so don’t hold your breath.