Que Pasa in Cabo?

November 12, 2018 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

Sailing tourney. This Thursday, November 29, the Extreme Sailing Series’ last leg of the year will be held in Cabo bay for four consecutive days. Preliminary tournaments this year have taken place in Oman, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the U.K. and San Diego.Hmmm…maybe they call these things regattas? Tourney does sound a little ping pong.

We can all watch the fastest sailing boats in the world from Medano beach (bring binoculars), or aboard a luxurious yacht, acquiring VIP tickets that include an open bar and snacks. Ticket prices vary from $350 to $875 USD. For more details email: guestexperience@extremesailingseries.com. Or hire a panga and bring your own snacks for a whole lot less. Or watch from your beach towel.

We did it again! And even better this time. Forbes magazine has chosen Los Cabos as one of the best 19 destinations to visit in 2019. We were chosen for our natural beauty with Cabo Pulmo marine park used as an example.

Said Forbes: “We tapped into some of the world’s top travel experts to discover where they want to go next. From a colorful beach town in Belize to an unexpected European country with a vibrant new arts scene, here are the most exciting places to travel in 2019.”

 They suggest that back in Los Cabos, visit chef Enrique Silva's working organic farm and restaurant at Los Tamarindos, where you can pick your produce and make a meal with him.

Free seminar! And free snacks and kiddie liquid refreshments. The latest, (in the past year there have been huge advancements), on the use of stem cells to get over practically anything. At the Barcelo Grand Faro Los Cabos on hotel row in San Jose November 15th, 12 noon and 7 pm.  Holiday Inn Express at km. 4.5  on the fourlane right outside of Cabo on November 28th.,at 7 pm. RSVP:stemcellcabo@gmail.com. But you know they’re going to let you in without an RSVP, you just might not get a donut. Tel: 624 688 8497.

More housing. The federal government gave 175 acres of raw land to the Los Cabos city government, where Infonavit, Mexico’s housing agency, will build about 9,000 new homes. These small starter one-story homes will be delivered to hotel workers only, under the federal agency’s financing system of shared cost between the government and deductions from workers’ paychecks.

The new homeowners will need to make small, teeny tiny payments for at least 20 years, but the homes will come with a small patch of land for expansion, and of course rebar spiking out of the top, the better to build a second story paycheck by paycheck.

The land is in Santa Anita, about 20-30 minutes north of San Jose on the road to the East Cape, past the International airport. Some people are wondering why that far? Well, it is far if you work in Cabo but with the new resorts popping up on the East Cape, the location would be convenient. The resort will provide bus transportation at their own cost, as it is usual in Cabo. Fun fact: resorts that charge American prices pay Mexican wages, pocketing the difference so the employees can’t afford a car. They have to bus them to work. Then they write all over the bus, “aren’t we nice because we provide transportation to our employees”.

The limeys are coming! TUI, one of the largest travel operators in the world, has announced the beginning of a direct London-Los Cabos flight. Starting in November next year, TUI aircraft will fly from the Gatwick, London airport, bringing more tourists to our resort destination in packages of 7, 10, 11 and 14 nights.

TUI already flies successfully to Cancun, in the Mexican Caribbean, and Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific side.

Why we like this, is a direct flight from London opens up all of Europe to our wonderful resort. Maybe now we can snag some of those Europeans who go to Cancun because it’s so much easier. There is nothing easy about changing planes in Mexico City, it’s a nightmare.

Loreto’s marina holds grand opening. November 3, the Marina Puerto Escondido near Loreto held their grand opening ceremony to showcase the new 100 slips, breakwater, premium services, amenities and more that are now available at the marina.

They can take yachts up to 200 ft. In fact, the marina will welcome its first 200 ft. yacht next January. They have built a breakwater to protect against northern winds. There are a newly remodeled facilities, including bathrooms, showers, and a marina store. They have underwater repair services and bottom painting. Premium services and amenities, including yacht management, 24/7 security, expanded dry storage, a launching ramp and a 50-ton travel lift.

Drum roll here, because this is what it’s all about: The marina owners are building luxury homes, calling the development Waicuri.  This is a gated waterfront community with private docks right in the front yard of every home.

Paint parties are back! The Pez Gordo art gallery in the Palmilla strip mall in San Jose has begun its series of paint parties again, exploring art with local artists Tanya Talamante and Caryl Leffel. These are workshops where the artists teach everyone how to paint. Materials are provided by Pez Gordo art gallery.

Every Monday from today, November 12 to December 10 at 4:30 instructor Caryl Leffel will be there to help and each Monday a different theme is chosen. Here’s the list: November 12th - Seahorse. November 19th - Mt Picacho. November 26th – Mexicats.  December 3rd - Cowboy, and December 10th - Virgin of Guadalupe.

Each class is $70 USD including materials.  Attendees end the class with their own masterpiece to take home and advance registration is required. You can secure space by calling 144.52.92, emailing pezgordoart@yahoo.com or visiting the gallery.

Tuesday is mixed media day.  This one costs $90.

Gosh, we remember when they started this they didn’t take themselves so seriously and it was only $30 and you could drink your way through it. You started out by them giving you an outline of something and you went from there. Sort of like coloring for winos. The good old days. Now we have to pay fancy prices for fancy artists and no wine. Sigh.