Que Pasa in Cabo?

October 28, 2019 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

Repeat visitor brings load of clothes for charity. Bryan, a repeat Cabo visitor who doesn’t want his full name made public, arrived in Cabo last week with 50 suitcases full of clothing to give away to low-income families. He arrived with a group of friends who accompanied him to deliver them to different neighboroods in Cabo San Lucas.

He was inspired by the work of the Solmar Foundation, which supports several causes, like children from low-income families and the elderly. Bryan and his friends also delivered clothing to other charities like Los Niños del Capitan, Niños of La Sierra and the Puerta del Sol community kitchen, which provides meals to school children. Thank you, Bryan and friends!

Rural Food Fest Announced. The traditional Sabor a Cabo Rural 2019 will take place on Sunday, December 8 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Sol de Mayo ranch in the community of Santiago, about an hour north of San Jose on the road to the East Cape. An estimated 1,500 people are expected to participate, bringing their own food containers to avoid using single-use plastics. Tickets are 1,000 pesos (about $55 USD) for adults, 50 percent off for children under 12, and are for sale at Nick San restaurants in Cabo and Palmilla, at the San Jose tourism office and at the Tourist Attention Center (CATAC) in the Cabo marina. The food fest features regional cuisine prepared by several restaurants, various fresh fruit, waters, wine and beer and will benefit DIF, the city government’s charity organization.

Cabo Chefs deliver sports facility. In case you don’t remember, a group of local Chefs held an event last April named “Chefs x Los Cabos,” to raise funds for a cause.

The result of the event was enough to build multiple sports fields in the low-income Caribe neighborhood. It will benefit over 200 kids from the barrio who now have a place to practice their favorite sport. In addition, the field has a community kitchen that will provide breakfast and dinner to the poorest in the barrio, with the aid of the Cabo San Lucas del Mar Rotary Club.

How’s timeshare doing? Glad you asked. Resort Condominiums International (RCI), the world’s largest timeshare exchange company, estimates the industry will grow at least 5-percent this year.

The revenue created by a timeshare, at the end of this year, is estimated at $4,935 million. Seventy-eight + percent of timeshare revenue in Latin American comes from Mexico, with the largest number of users in Los Cabos and the Mayan Riviera.

Local, luxurious resorts take the bar up even higher. As reported by Conde Nast, Forbes, Trip Advisor and several other tourist publications who follow and analyze trends around the world, Los Cabos is one of the top 20 tourist destinations in the world and boasts the highest average room rate ($292 USD per night) in Mexico.

Still, local resorts keep adding improvements and amenities to attract wealthy travelers. The Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas, on the Pacific side of Cabo, has added the Spa by the Ocean, with unbeatable views, to welcome the opening of its Greg Norman golf course and Club House. Next year, the resort will add 191 more rooms.

Then comes the Hilton Los Cabos, which has worked on improvements throughout the summer and now offers a total of 14 private plunge-pool suites, an adults-only infinity pool, a family-friendly infinity pool, a state-of-the-art ocean view fitness center, the first Outrace training system in Latin America, a beach club with a beach bar, bungalows, massage cabanas and a fire pit, and a new club for kids with an outdoor play and splash zones.

Mexico’s equivalent to Black Friday is around the corner.  It is called “Buen Fin,” as in Buen Fin de semana, or Good weekend, and it will take place this November 15 to 18. Most of the megastores in Los Cabos and many small businesses will be offering special discounts, as much as in the U.S.

The state’s chamber of commerce estimates that it will bring an additional $33 million in retail sales. Many restaurants and bars also join the Buen Fin, so be alert and look for special sales!

Forbes names Cabo among the best to visit. Again. Let’s not get tired of all this attention and love! Forbes just reported that the Ovation Travel Group agents have compiled a list of the top leisure destinations, based on sales, and guess what? We’re in! A surprise in the list is that only two U.S. destinations made it to the top. The report also states that outbound travel rose 6-percent, to 93 million business and leisure travelers, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Los Cabos ended up in the No. 14 position, for these reasons: Amazing ocean views — and golf," says Cindy Salik, a travel advisor with Ovation Travel Group. "If you love fishing or sailing on the ocean, amazing restaurants and beautiful sunsets, this is the place to be." Who should go: Families and couples. Don't miss: The golf, boat rides and dining.

Plastic found in fishies tummies. A study of 755 fish caught off three ports in Mexico found an average of 20 percent of them had microplastics in their guts.

The report by researchers from several universities and conservation groups studied grey snapper, red grouper, white mullet and king mackerel. The fish were caught off the Gulf coast port of Veracruz, Puerto Morelos on the Caribbean, and La Paz on the Sea of Cortez or Gulf of California. But hey, relax! Plastic was found in over one-third of the Veracruz fish, but only 8 percent of those in La Paz and 23 percent in Puerto Morelos.

Los Cabos keeps on growing.

The Los Cabos Tourism Board reports a steady growth of 18 percent in Canadian arrivals, adding to the already growing region where the latest reports indicate Los Cabos tourism has grown 16 percent, representing 1.5 times the overall pace of Mexico.

In the past five years, says the Como Vamos Mexico (How are we doing, Mexico) organization, our state has doubled its growth, compared to the top 9 Mexican states with the best growth.

Monica Garcia, vice-president of Jesson and Company and a PR representative for the tourism board, who held a press luncheon last week, conveyed the region is a hotbed for luxury vacation seekers interested in local experiences with some of the hottest culinary finds in the world located in this Mexican sun spot.

“Our Way. Your Way. The Baja Way” reads Los Cabos’ new tourism slogan. An open invitation for visitors to choose-their-own-adventure and leverage all the destination has to offer. Known for its dramatic coastline, beautiful beaches, diverse culinary scene and luxury hotel offerings, Los Cabos continues to climb the ranks as one of Mexico’s most popular destinations.

According to Monica Garcia, representing "Visit Los Cabos" at the event, Los Cabos is currently “the fastest growing destination in Mexico,” welcoming 3 million annual visitors, with an astonishing near 70 percent of which are repeat visitors; of those, Canadian arrivals to the destination are up 18 percent year-over-year, with much of the volume coming from Western Canada, making Canada the second-largest tourist market for Los Cabos after the U.S.

Responding to that growing interest, new flights to the destination have recently been announced in Western Canada by Swoop, including weekly Saturday service from Edmonton launching November 2, and twice-weekly service operating Sunday and Wednesday from Winnipeg, launching November 17. With the growing number of flights into the destination, Los Cabos International Airport has recently invested $15 million into a new terminal.

Then, in an effort to get visitors to explore the destination beyond the resort, Garcia said that Visit Los Cabos is promoting 10 new Experiences, a new program showcasing the many sides of the destination. These include Amazing Tenors, highlighting whale-watching opportunities; Meet the Locals; Rustic Cuisine; Pueblo-Style Weddings; Blamping, a combination of mountain biking and camping; Art to Table, pairing local art and cuisine; Todos Santos, showcasing the charms of this lesser-known Baja destination; Farm to Table; El Triunfo, exploring the region’s historic Gold Route; and San Jose, exploring the architecture and history of this colonial town.

The San Jose Art Walk is back! Starting on Thursday, October 31, the popular and now internationally recognized San Jose art walk will resume activities, after taking a break during this year’s summer.

Walk around the historic town of San Jose visiting its many art galleries that will welcome you with a taste of wine and maybe some munchies. It’s fun, there’s live music at several places, even art shows and dance. Bring your camera, meet the locals and make new friends!