Que Pasa in Cabo?

September 16, 2019
BY: DAVID FLORES

Huge Marlin goes to needy children. A 507-pound blue Marlin that was caught last week in Cabo San Lucas by the Pisces Sportsfishing fleet was donated to help feed dozens of kids in the region’s poorest neighborhoods.

“Fish is something they rarely see on their plates, and an important protein for them,” Rebecca Ehrenberg, manager for Pisces Yachts, wrote on Instagram.

The marlin was hooked by Kevin Blaeholder of Castle Rock, Colo., as he trolled for tuna aboard Ruthless out of Pisces Sportfishing. He and the crew agreed that the marlin should be tagged and released. But at one point the powerful billfish sounded and could not be stopped.

Ehrenberg explained to For The Win Outdoors that most marlin caught by Pisces clients are successfully released. But in cases such as this, freshly caught marlin are delivered to community kitchens that serve roughly 10,000 meals per month to children in and beyond Cabo San Lucas.

Ehrenberg helped develop a partnership with Feeding Los Cabos Kids, which operates 14 kitchens, after Hurricane Odile devastated the region in 2014.

Dine, dance and drink for a cause. Wouldn’t we all love to use that for an excuse? The Life Luxe Jazz festival that will take place in early November this year also comes with a community outreach initiative this year. The program is called Cabo Ve (Cabo Sees). Festival organizers have partnered with the Los Cabos Lions Club and DIF (government run charity program) to provide eye screening and free glasses to approximately 600 people in need in the Los Cabos area. The Jazz fest will hold a fundraising dinner on November 7 called Delectable Darkness. Locals are welcome to come and support their fundraising efforts for the local community. For more information look up https://lifeluxejazz.com/

Downtown Cabo closed to vehicle traffic. Not now, but sometime in October. The Cabo San Lucas downtown merchants known as Amigos de Cabo San Lucas have finally come to an agreement with the city traffic authorities and the local Hotel association to close Hidalgo street every Friday to vehicle traffic to hold a small artistic festival at the Amelia Wilkes park, across from the Mi Casa restaurant.

Still in the works is a list of artists that will perform during the event and if an art exhibit and other activities will be held. The group has also accomplished the task of having public bathrooms available, which will be donated by the Solmar resorts group. Who will keep them clean is still being debated. Any volunteers? Hee, hee.

New boutique resort open. There’s a new boutique resort that overlooks the shores of Los Cabos, one that blends Mexican décor with ultra-luxe amenities.

Mexico Grand Hotels, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, has soft-opened its newest property, Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences. Situated on a seaside bluff overlooking Land’s End, the resort features 37 spacious suites, 24-hour butler service, 24-hour room service and, for the ultimate foodie, private Chef service. Where? Inside the vistaencantadaresort.com

We have a new tourism promotion office! After the shocking closing of Mexico’s federal tourism board, it’s good news to see an international office opening — this time funded by the private sector rather than with government money. Less then a year after Mexico’s national tourism board was dismantled, the Los Cabos Tourism Board opened its first international office in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The former national tourism board’s international outposts were either closed or transferred to embassies in the wake of the funding loss. Los Cabos will now be the only Mexican destination to have a promotional office outside of Mexico. Los Angeles was a natural choice, said Rodrigo Esponda, managing director of Los Cabos Tourism Board, because California accounts for 40 percent of Los Cabos’ international arrivals.

When the federal tourism board lost its funding, destination-level tourism boards lost around $2.5 million in resources and contributions. Los Cabos, which has seen 4 percent year-on-year growth in international arrivals in the first seven months of 2019  — outpacing Mexico’s 1.7 percent growth — is somewhat uniquely positioned to pick up this in-market mantle. In June, in response to the funding loss, it created a private trust comprised of contributions from the private sector including hotels, airports, and restaurant operators.

Susie Albin-Najera, who formerly worked with large tour operators Pleasant Holidays and Journese, will head the LA office. “Los Cabos is at the forefront of travel innovation and taking forward steps to elevate its brand recognition and I am very excited to be part of this growth,” she said of the opening.

New boutique hotel around the corner. And it’s called Amor Boutique, not to be confused with your favorite Love Motel. Hahaha… This new hotel is part of the Besame Mucho (Kiss Me a Lot) Mexican hotel chain, which took its name from the famous romantic song.

The hotel’s first choice of location was downtown Todos Santos, but the city’s regulations (do we have any of those?) wouldn’t allow it, so they looked around and bought an ocean -front property, found it, and are working on all needed permits.

The boutique hotel will offer between 18 and 22 romantic rooms, and the usual treats: a Spa, pool, upscale restaurant and bar and the like. Opening date is unknown as dealing with city permits can take forever. Stay tuned.

Save The Date! The Padrino Children’s Foundation 2019 ExploreSabor Gala Benefit will be held on Tuesday, December 10, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Todos Santos. It will be a truly memorable gastronomic evening with guest chef Luis Armando Mukul from GastroBar by Martin Berasategui in San Jose del Cabo. Chef Mukul will share a Yucatan inspired tasting menu from his homeland in the scenic El Mirador Restaurant provided by Hotel Guaycura. It will be an evening to remember, so mark your calendars now! Ticket options and availability to be announced soon. For more information contact Nancy, info@padrinocf.org, www.padrinocf.org 612-178-0040, Todos Santos.

Future leaders are back to school. With your help, the Todos Santos Palapa Society is continuing with their commitment to the future of their community. The Palapa School has proudly opened for its third year and expanded into the new 10th grade class. Their students have access to a progressive curriculum, a 21st century approach to learning to ensure they are prepared not only for University, but for a life of success and fulfillment beyond the classroom. This includes engaging, participatory learning guided by our Director Juan González and a team of accomplished teachers, with opportunities for growth both on and off campus.

On the first day, they continued their annual tradition where Palapa Board members connect with the students by handing out the assigned textbooks. Also on the first day, students raced to sign up for two clubs each, also known as Elective courses in schools in the United States, to round out their education requirements each semester.

This year’s clubs include; Advanced Mathematics, Creative Writing, Electronics, Ethics, French, Health Sciences, Jiu-Jitsu, Leadership, Music, Science & English, Biotechnology and more.

The organization also put the call out to help fund the opening of The Palapa High School. The response has been amazing. Palapa Society Board members raised over $600 USD with their Bridge card club in honor of their good friend Barbara Fleming. Margaret Lawson, scientist and full-time Todos Santos resident, rallied her colleagues to contribute in honor of World Humanitarian Day. Part-time and full-time residents, including a few first-time contributors, came through to help achieve this goal. And an incredibly generous Anonymous donor who matched every dollar raised.

The group is investing in the future of the children, their families, and ultimately their community, by providing access to quality education. There are more programs where you can participate. If it is of your interest to help the young people of Todos Santos, look up: www.palapasociety.org

Donate for a cause. The 13th annual Palapa tianguis will take place on Saturday November 30 in Todos Santos. The group, which devotes its efforts to help the needy, will accept used donations, including clothing, household item, tools and more. Drop off sites are at the Tesoro segunda at Cuauhtemoc street corner with Marquez de Leon streets Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call Nancy to let her know you’re coming, at 612-288-0736. Thank you!