Que Pasa in Cabo?

April 15, 2019 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

Cinco de Mayo is almost here! And you can enjoy it by building a sand castle, eating hot-dogs and hamburgers, drinking cold beer, or choosing from a secluded, romantic hotel restaurant menu.

The VidaSoul hotel and its Crossroads restaurant are celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a sand castle competition that has for several years, been all-day fun for the family with live music, ocean and pool swimming, pinatas and lots of food.

The sand castle competition starts at 12 p.m. and is always a fun activity for children and their parents. VidaSoul is located about an hour drive from San Jose, and it’s a fun drive for 4x4 vehicle fans, although you can get here in a 2x4 car, SUV or pick up truck. Food is delicious, the live music is a treat, the beach is secluded and you can either book a room in the hotel or their ocean-front suites with a huge bathtub, or simply camp in the area and use their facilities if you buy some food and booze from them.

For reservations or information contact them at info@vidasoul.com, joan@vidasoul.com, www.vidasoul.com. By phone local 624 154-6966 for English or office 624 142-1165 for Spanish. U.S. numbers 626-840-0485 or SKYPE 415 670-9068 or What’s App. See you there!

Sick of car wrecks. Did you read our email on car wrecks just recently? No? Oh, c’mon, wisen up! You can subscribe to receive the latest news on your email by going to www.gringogazette.com. Well, in recent months, there have been up to eight car accidents on the four-lane that goes from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose, sometimes involving several vehicles. People have died.

Although the speed limit is 90 km/hour, some vehicles go as fast as 140, aware that very few highway patrols are doing their rounds.

There are no stoplights, and nobody is watching. So, why not? But many residents, civic and business associations are tired of this and are putting pressure on both, the city and the federal government. As a matter of fact, last Sunday a caravan of vehicles demanding more control over speed paraded from the entrance to Cabo San Lucas to Punta Ballena and back.

Bending under pressure, the local head of the SCT (Mexico’s ministry of communications and transport) stated that his agency will deploy cameras, radars and more signs along the road maybe this same month. Maybe being the keyword.

In related news. The Los Cabos business owners’ association is demanding to reduce the speed for vehicles in downtown Cabo from 40 km/hour to 20 or even 30. Why? Glad you asked.

In spite of two huge speed bumps outside the Squid Roe and Ultrajewels, several people, including tourists, have been run over. Hence the need for tighter rules and law enforcement. At this time, there are several traffic police officers manning the most conflicting corners in downtown.

Music fest around the corner.  On Friday, May 17, the first ever Alternative Music Fest will take place in Cabo San Lucas at The Roof, on the Marina in Cabo, between Plaza Bonita and Iggy Marinas. The fest will offer alternative music (jazz, blues, fusion) on an International level every few months. That’s what they said, and we believe them.

The line-up is still filling up, so stay tuned to our eBlasts. Cost of the tickets is 200 pesos on presale (a tad over 10 bucks), VIP about $20, and a special VIP for about $25, which includes 3 drinks. The party will go from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Hotels support UBER. To a point. Several local hotels like Pueblo Bonito and the Villa del Palmar and its sister hotels have posted notices in their lobbies warning tourist that using UBER is not legal and using the App could become a problem during their stay.

In past weeks, an UBER driver taking a couple of tourists out of a local resort was chased by a local cab, to the point that it got involved in a car wreck on the four-lane while trying to escape from the cab.

Two tourists aboard the UBER vehicle ended up with minor injuries, while the cab sped away from the scene. The driver is still at large, pursued by the authorities.

Local hotels, in an attempt to prevent these incidents, are advising their guests not to use UBER or any other transportation app, while the state government debates whether or not to authorize their operation.

Although Mexico’s supreme court has ruled that UBER and its copycats are legal because they are private agreements between private individuals and not established businesses and cannot be regulated by state and city governments, the powerful taxi unions throughout the state are using their muscle to fight them.

In recent weeks, taxi unions have stated that UBER-like apps are welcome to serve the local residents but will be kept away from the precious tourists. Taxis in Los Cabos are the most expensive in the country, mostly because they drive large, 12-passenger vans. However, their service literally sucks. Most of them don’t speak decent English, prefer not to use their AC’s, and are not respectful or friendly. In addition, their prices are just down outrageous.

Wine Fest around the corner! Time surely flies! Next May 17 to 19, the popular Gastrovino Festival will take place for the eighth time in the magic, quaint town of Todos Santos, located just an hour north of Cabo on the road to La Paz, It kicks off with a blind tasting contest on Saturday, May 19, from 12 to 1 p.m. Ticket buyers will enjoy 9 different wines to choose 3 winners. Then at 6 p.m., the GastroTour will take place departing from the Hotel California. The tour takes 3 hours visiting some of the best restaurants in Todos Santos and sampling their gastronomic creations.

The fest closes with a fun-filled party in the main plaza of Todos Santos, with food booths from at least 20 restaurants, wine from different wineries from Valle de Guadalupe in Northern Baja, live shows and live music. This is a you-can’t-miss-it event.

There is also a silent auction that raises money for a non-profit organization (each year a different organization). It's a great opportunity to buy art at a great price and provide a grain of sand to the needs of our people. You have the pleasure of seeing some of these works of art being created live during the event. For information and tickets visit www.gastrovino.mx

See you there!

Speaking of wine. Or should I say, drink for a good cause? You can come to Todos Santos, taste Mexico’s great wines and support the Padrino Children’s Foundation, which, in cahoots with the Hierbabuena Hortaliza farm-to-table restaurant (one of this writers’ fav) will host a Mexican Wine Tasting event on the opening night of the GastroVino Festival, Friday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m.

This special evening will include wines from five vineyards and appetizers created by Hierbabuena. Tickets are available for 500 pesos (about $25) per person and all proceeds will go to the healthcare of local children through the Padrino Children’s Foundation.

Attendance will be limited to 40 people and by reservation only. Reserve your space today, email Nancy Naigle at info@padrinocf.org

Wanna play bridge? The Todos Santos Bridge Club would love to have you join them. Do you play or want to play Bridge? ACBL Duplicate Bridge games Monday and Friday afternoons, 1 p.m., at Las Fuentes Restaurant. If you want to learn or have played in the past, some instruction is available. For information contact Donna Schultz at donnaretired@gmail.com or Lorna Lorna Logan, bridge.ts.bcs@gmail.com, Todos Santos

Fishing tourney around the corner.  The Robert Ross Fishing Tournament is now open to registration, promising a Grand Prize of $20K+. Scheduled for May 17 - 19 at the newly expanded Marina Puerto Escondido along the Sea of Cortez in Loreto, fishing tournament competitors can try their hand at the fastest fish in the sea, the sailfish, as well as tuna, yellowtail, and dorado. The event will include an Opening Ceremony, an Award Ceremony, and both daily and species-optional pots.

Named after record holding angler Robert Ross, the tournament will offer experienced sport fishers and boaters an exclusive fishing experience on the Sea of Cortez. Jacques Cousteau coined the Sea of Cortez “The Aquarium of the World” in 1987 due to its unmatched variety of marine life.

Conveniently located between the Loreto International Airport and event sponsor Owen Perry’s Villa del Palmar Resort, Marina Puerto Escondido will offer fishing boats for rent and charter during the tournament.

Competitors can also enjoy golf, whale-watching, and other outdoor experiences, as well as the following new additions to Marina Puerto Escondido: 100+ world-class slips, Fuel dock, Expanded dry storage, Newly remodelled facilities, Fish fillet and weigh station and Pepegina’s Pizza.

Upcoming plans to enhance the marina community include additional restaurants, captains’ lounge, luxury condominiums, and a boutique hotel.

The entrance fee for the Robert Ross Fishing Tournament is $1,000USD. To learn more about the event, contact Javier Fuerte at harbormaster@marinapuertoescondido.com or visit robertrossfishingtournament.com

Celeb’s report of the week.  Like, who in the A-List was in town this week? Well, let’s start with pop singer Jessie J and boyfriend Channing Tatum who enjoyed a late night pool party with pals during their Mexican getaway as they attempted a synchronized swimming routine.

Jessie J proved that she and her beau Channing Tatum, 38 can have fun as she shared a series of clips of them and their pals attempting a synchronized swimming routine under the cover of darkness in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Wednesday.

The footage shows the 31-year-old Domino hitmaker as she leads the way during their choreographed diving sequence. Keeping up her stylish persona, Jessie can be seen flaunting her toned physique in a white bikini and large gold hoop earrings.

The group holiday included Channing's daughter Everly - whom he shares with his estranged wife Jenna Dewan - as he and Jessie stay in the vacation home with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, his Namibian wife Behati Prinsloo, and their two small daughters.