Que Pasa in Cabo?

November 25, 2019 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

Oh boy, are we famous or what? Celebrities from around the world keep flocking to Cabo. Last week, during the 8th Annual Los Cabos International Film Festival we welcomed several celebrities, including Leonardo di Caprio and Robert de Niro, who were together at Nobu, de Niro’s recently-opened resort within the Diamante development on Cabo San Lucas Pacific side. Chef Nobu was there too!

 

Speaking of Nobu. A Dancing with the Stars reunion took place at the newly-opened resort, with Brooke Burke, Julianne Hough and Derek Hough having fun together for a sunny beach vacation in Los Cabos with their significant others — Burke’s new boyfriend Scott Rigsby, Julianne’s husband Brooks Laich and Derek’s girlfriend Hayley Erbert — in tow.

The group all have Dancing with the Stars connections. The Hough siblings were both pros and Julianne was later a judge. Erbert was a dancer on the show for seven seasons and four tours before leaving this August. And Burke not only won the show’s seventh season (with Derek as her partner!) but also co-hosted it from 2010 to 2013.

 

Run for a good cause. This coming Sunday, December 15, the Holiday Fun Run 2019 will take place to benefit the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation. The 3K, 5K and 8K run will depart from Plaza Bonita in downtown Cabos San Lucas. Santa hats and/or festive red and green outfits are encouraged, but not required. In lieu of an entry fee, participants are requested to bring an unwrapped toy (not requiring batteries) or cash donations on the day of the race for the Los Cabos Children's Foundation. Refreshments will be served. The first 100 participants will receive a special prize. Unable to attend but still wish to donate? Donations will be welcome the Destino Los Cabos Office at Plaza Providencia (just past Costco) on the 2nd floor, local #6. Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. up until the day of the event. To sign up go to eventbright.com/destino-los-cabos

 

Pop Up Sushi and Music Night Benefit. Write down the date in ink. This December 20, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Sierra School in Todos Santos Sushi Chef Patrick from Pacifica Fish Market will cook some appetizers, sushi and desserts. Live Music with Award-winning Mike Torres, Jr. to benefit the Sierra School of Todos Santos. Tickets to go on sale on November 5. Buy yours at Pacifica Fish Market, La Esquina, El Tecolote Bookstore, and Taller 17 in Todos Santos. Erika, sierraschool.org, Todos Santos

 

Nautical parade coming to La Paz. On Saturday, December 14, the 2nd Nautical Parade will take place in La Paz to welcome the Christmas season. Every participating boat will be Christmassy decorated. You can’t miss it, watch it from the Malecon and enjoy an artists’ festival at the bandstand.

 

Todos Santos music concert returns. This coming January 15-19, the Tropic of Cancer concert series will take place at Todos Santos again, presented by the Hotel California. The concert series will feature Holy Spirits, Joan Osborne and many more bands and DJ’s.

 

Golf for a cause. The Esteban Toledo Family Foundation Charity Pro-Am will take place at the Quivira Golf Club this December 6-8. Envision playing 18 holes on the incredible Jack Nicklaus Signature designed, Quivira course, overlooking the stunning crystal blue waters in sunny, warm Los Cabos. And if that were not enough, imagine playing those 18 holes with Esteban Toledo and his buddies who are PGA Tour Champion Players and PGA Club Professionals. This inaugural event provides you with all of the bells-and-whistles, and also benefits Esteban's Charity, The Esteban Toledo Family Foundation, providing a warm, loving home for orphans in Mexicali, Mexico. There are several packages to join, some including accommodations, some not. For more information about the event, please go to http://www.toledoloscabosproam.com/ or contact Chuck Kinder at Best4Golf ckinder@Best4Golf.com 949 494 8561

 

Who’s promoting our resort destination? The Los Cabos Tourist Promotion fund, that is. Since Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (known as AMLO) disbanded the Mexico promotion fund, stating there was corruption everywhere, each resort destination has had to come up with a plan to promote themselves.

In Los Cabos, we already had a tourism promotion fund, know as Fiturca for its looong name in Spanish. The fund supporters had to revise their budget and decided to pitch in money to establish a promotional office in Los Angeles and travel the world to promote Los Cabos.

At this point, 54 of the 84 hotels that are part of the local Los Cabos hotel association are pitching money and sending reps to every tourism fair that takes place in the U.S., Canada and Europe. So far, Fiturca has raised $1.25 million for promotion and has received requests from tour operators, destination management companies and other tourism-related companies to join.

 

Drug lord home sold. A luxurious residence once owned by Javier Arellano Felix, a drug lord leader of the Tijuana Cartel involved in drug-smuggling operations from Mexico to the United States, was sold by the Mexican government last week, years after it was impounded.

The Tijuana Cartel is one of the three large Mexican drug cartels, along with the Gulf Cartel and the Juárez Cartel. It is well known for its employment of enforcers recruited from Mexican and Los Angeles street gangs. The house, located in the Rancho Leonero vicinity on the East Cape, was sold for some $350,000 in the Mexican government's third attempt to sell it at auction. Arellano Felix is currently serving a life sentence in the U.S. accused of money laundering and drug trafficking.

 

Rock, Beer and Bikes. The 4th Rock Fest will take place on February 15 at the Plaza San Lucas (Walmart) parking lot, so mark your calendar. There will be food trucks, a kids area, VIP tables and live music with all-day tributes to the best rock bands. Barbers and a tattoo artist will also be in action. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. and the bands will play music of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, Aero Smith, Black Sabbath, Caifanes, AC/DC, Guns & Roses, Van Halen, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Motley Crue and all 70s and 80s Best Hits.

Tickets will be only $15 USD or 300 pesos entry all day. VIP tables next to the bar will go for $75 USD or 1,500 pesos for four people. For these pre-sale prices please email jorgegarrido@bajaridersmc.com. To keep tuned look up www.rockfestloscabos.com

 

La Paz beach in trouble. Popularity in social media and newspapers all over the world have caused a 600 percent growth in visitors to Balandra Beach, in La Paz, threatening its ecosystem. La Paz authorities have already chased away food and trinkets vendors and are planning an admission fee and a time limit for visitors to protect the area.

Located 20 kilometers from the state capital of La Paz, Balandra has been described as the most beautiful beach in Mexico, and it seems many would agree. Its promotion by state tourism authorities and travel agencies as well as photos and videos of the beach on social media and popular blogs have caused visitor numbers to explode.

“When we started visiting and studying Balandra 30 years ago, there was no tourism,” the state director of the Natural Protected Areas Commission (Conanp), told the newspaper Milenio. “In 2013, we had 28,000 visitors ... and we’ll end this year with 200,000,” Benito Bermúdez predicted, which would be a 614 percent increase.

 

La Paz chosen for annual award. Travel Lemming, a site that promotes emerging travel sites to avoid overcrowded resorts, chose our Southern Baja capital city as the best among 30 resort areas to travel. The winner was chosen by 30 of the most popular travel bloggers on social media.

The article describing the "why" by saying: La Paz feels like an island. It is the perfect spot for water adventurers that wish to swim with whale sharks or sea lions in the Sea of Cores, a marine biosphere to Rich that Jacques Coseatu once dubbed “the World's Aquarium.” To learn more, look up: travellemming.com