Vacation in Cabo – things to do that are fun for the family!

What to do in Cabo with the family….


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the Favorite Beaches

My kid’s favorite beach is Medano.  Within walking distance to town, this is where you find the most action. You can take a  boogie board, a freesbie, or a football for shore side fun.  If you want to get in the water … my kids like to jet ski, double parasail, and ride around on the banana boat.  For a morning adventure, visit Cabo SUP for paddle board rentals.  That’s my personal fav!  The guys at Cabo SUP can also get you any of the water sports you need, in addition to kayak rentals if someone isn’t quite certain about the SUP.

For a fun afternoon, you can take a glass bottom boat out around the arch and stop off at Pelican Rock area to snorkel.  Bring your own gear – or in busy season you can rent gear out there or use a tour service. We usually bring our own lunch and drinks – however you can always find something good to eat – oysters, doughnuts, fruit, or burritos in high season.

Our favorite beach spots:  The Office for breakfast, Baja Cantina, the dive shop by Billygans (kids love their smoothies and nachos), or even the Sand Bar.  Billygans or Baja Cantina Beach Club will provide beach lounge chairs and umbrellas with food and drink purchase. Most places will have 2×1 drinks. My favorite – the skinny margaritas while the kids like their “miami vice.”  Parent warning: stay away from the Mango Deck during Spring Break – the contests are adult oriented!

If you have a car, check out these other favorite sandy spots.  In San Jose, Zippers is a fun beach bar that always is a feel good spot.  With a kids play center, satellite TV,  rental boards and surf lessons – there is something for everyone!

For kids surf lessons – there is a great program at Cabo Surf Hotel that guarantees they will be surfing!

the Favorite Activities 

Zip Lining – We have tried both locations: Costa Azul and Wild Canyon.  Both are great, the kids preferred Wild Canyon because of the animal display and the new suspension bridge.  The zip lining is the best we have ever done – thrilling for the kids! Be prepared to buy the photos as you cannot take your camera with.  Transportation from your hotel is provided.

Snorkel Cruise – For a trip out further for snorkeling, try Pez Gato to Playa Santa Maria or Cabo Escape to Chileno Bay.

Sunset Cruise – Cabo Rey is a fun boat for a sunset dinner cruise or a whale watching breakfast (in season) cruise.  Perfect up close view of the arch with good food and drinks. For a more private catered adventure or your own charter – sail with Captain Bob.

Swim with the Dolphins – Dolphin Discovery is a must do adventure. In a natural habitat in the marina area of Puerto Los Cabos, it is educational for the kids and provides a great experience for any age. They have free transportation from any hotel.

Other fun things to do:

Horse Back Riding or ATV Riding on the beach (sunset time is best)

Glass Factory  (go in the morning, demonstrations until 1 pm)

Cerritos Beach Club (live jazz music in the sand on Sunday afternoons)

Todos Santos (check the events calendar – and must stop into Hotel California for a Mango Margaraita!)

Cabo Pulma (best diving and snorkeling in the area)

Whale Watching (Dec – March)

Deep Sea Fishing

Release Sea Turtles (Fall)

San Jose Organic Market (Saturday 9-3, Nov – June)

San Jose Art Walk – (Thursday evenings, 5-9pm Nov – June)



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Quivira Golf Club on track to open Spring 2014


Recently, we had the privilege of sitting down with Brad Wheatley, the new Director of Golf out at Quivira Golf Club to talk about the upcoming opening of the course.  A few questions and answers from the discussion are provided:

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Upon property completion, what exactly will the Quivira Golf Club facilities include?
The first of two 18 hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses is scheduled to open for play on June of 2014.
Clubhouse with full service golf and lifestyle shop, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, and a complement of full-service, resort-style concierge services.

What type of membership is offered?

Property owners at Copala will be eligible to apply for an individual annual membership or a residential annual family membership on an invitation only basis. Club Members will have full access to all of the Quivira Golf Club amenities.

What does an Annual Individual Residential Membership include?

Residential Annual Indivdual Membership at Quivira will include access to the golf course, golf carts, and use of practice facilities without additional charges for member.

In addition eligibility to participate in club tournaments, special events, and group instructional clinics.

What does an Annual Family Residential Membership include?

Residential Annual Family Membership at Quivira will include access to the golf course, golf carts, and use of practice facilities without additional charges for member, spouse of member, and all children under 25 years of age. In addition the parents of the member and spouse have the ability to enjoy the facilities when in residence without additional charge.

In addition eligibility to participate in club tournaments, special events, and group instructional clinics.

What is the initiation deposit for membership at Quivira golf Club?
There is no initiation fee for the annual membership.

What is the process to apply for membership?

The property owner must complete a membership application. Upon processing and acceptance, Quivira Golf Club will welcome the candidate as a new member. Membership photo identifications cards will be issued thru the concierge services in the clubhouse. This card will be required for all charges to the membership account at the club.

What are the annual dues for membership?

Dues for the annual membership program are $ 7,000 usd for the individual annual membership and $ 10,000 usd for the family annual membership. 16% iva tax is applicable

May I have my own private golf cart and store it at my home?

Private golf carts are allowed and encouraged at Quivira. Private carts must be leased thru the club with the lease charge being applied directly to the members account. Carts will be identical to the clubs fleet with the exception that private golf carts will include headlights and for use on the developments surface streets.

I have children/family that do not qualify under the above conditions, what would their privileges be under my membership?

Children not qualifying for membership privileges and any other “extended family” grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers, sisters) may use the facilities for a reduced rate as established by The Club. Accompanied family and extended family may use the facilities as many times as they wish, however, The Club reserves the right to restrict family and/or extended family access if activity or other factors dictate.

How many times may a non-member utilize the facilities as a guest?

Any particular guest may only utilize the golf course facilities 6 days during any calendar year. Multi-round golf tournaments (or tournaments during which play is on more than one day) will only be considered as one guest visit.

If I am not available to play are my guests still able to play or visit unaccompanied?
Yes, on a space available limited basis. Unaccompanied golf guests are restricted to a maximum number per day.(to be determined by management from time to time) Unaccompanied guest requests to use any of the club facilities must be made thru the golf shop and are at the discretion of management. Quivira Golf Club may further restrict unaccompanied or sponsored groups as activity or other factors dictate.

If I play more than 18 holes per day with my guest(s), is the rate the same?
Guest rates are based on eighteen holes of play, not a full day’s usage. Space available additional golf will be charged at 50% of the prevailing rate.

How many golf guests may I host per day?
Currently, any member may only host 3 golf guests per day. This will allow each group to include one member and not exceed the maximum group size (foursome.) For example, Mr. and Mrs. Smith are members and they want to host 6 guests. Mr. Smith would host one group of 3, and Mrs. Smith would host the other group of 3.

If an individual member wishes to host more than 3 guests per day, the additional guests may only play in a pre-approved unaccompanied guest tee time and will be subject to the unaccompanied guest fee.

How are guest fees charged? Can my guest pay directly?

Accompanied guests and unaccompanied guests may pay for their own guest fee using a major credit card or cash.

What is the dress code – both in the Clubhouse and on the golf course?

It is expected that members and guests will dress in a fashion befitting the surroundings and atmosphere at The Club. Sleeved shirts and shoes are required at all times in the Clubhouse and dining areas. Silk screened t shirts, cut-offs, halters tops, tank tops or swimsuits are not appropriate golf attire.

If I do not plan to visit Los Cabos for an extended period of time or cannot use the facilities for some reason, does The Club offer a “leave of absence?”

The Club does not offer a “leave of absence” due to the typical use patterns of our membership.

Does The Club allow “fivesomes”?

Requests for fivesome play must be made when the tee time is made. All fivesomes are subject to golf shops discretion. Members must observe all club pace of play regulation and maintain their position on the golf course.

May I use my cellular phone at The Club?

Cellular telephone use is prohibited in the Clubhouse. Cell phone usage on the golf course will be at the discretion of the user and only with the prior approval of his/her playing partners. Cellular telephones are also prohibited in and around all golf practice areas. Telephones should be set to silent or vibrate mode while on the property.

May I pay my monthly charges by credit card?
Yes, The Club offers and encourages this option to automatically debit your credit card for the payment of your monthly statement. Statements will be available on line at the Quivira Golf Club membership website or will be sent to the appropriate billing address if requested.

Is tipping allowed at The Club?
Cash tipping is not permitted by Members of The Club, or their guests, to any Club employee. All tips/gratuities will be charge to the members account and distributed to the staff. Members may also show their gratitude for the staff each year by making a contribution to the employee holiday fund. Such contributions will be charged to the members’ account.

Are my pets allowed on the property?
With the exception of assistance animals (guide dogs), pets are prohibited on the golf course, practice areas, and clubhouse and beach club areas.

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The Circus Comes to Town! The Circus Comes to Town…in Cabo San Lucas!


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The big top went up a few days ago as the circus rolled into Cabo San Lucas. The bright colored tents and flashing lights at night have attracted the attention of many locals and even a few visitors.


Truly worth it to see how this family of circus performers from Beijing can pull off such an event without the production and hype of a Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.  With a family of 12 young Chinese acrobats, that range in age 9 to 20 years old, impress even the hard core “cross fit” fanatics with their core strength and amazing balance. We truly appreciated less use of animals and more acrobatics and gravity defying feats!


Even though all in Spanish, the circus proved to be a fun “cultural” event for the family. It was a great experience to listen and watch the expression and emotion of the Master of Ceremonies, aka    Fernando the Clown to gain the meaning of the story he was telling in the show.


Try to catch this “old fashioned” circus, before it rolls out of town onto the next stop in Mexico.

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Copala at Quivira Los Cabos – Full Ownership at Pueblo Bonito Resorts

Pueblo Bonito Hotels and Resorts, a collection of six luxury hotels, is now building residences in Cabo San Lucas.

The golf and ocean view gated community of Copala will feature the best of luxury living at every level. The luxurious homes and villas are carefully designed to complement and enhance the breathtaking landscape. Each home will meld luxury living with contemporary Mexican decor and upscale finishing touches with all the modern conveniences of home.

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Seven towers of villas consisting of garden level to penthouse level homes starting from the $220,000’s. Three and Four bedroom luxury homes start from the $400,000’s and lots from the $100,000’s.  Community amenities include a yacht club, a community organic garden, a wine club, beach club on the Pacific Ocean, a holistic club, art gallery, restaurants, shops, and of course the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

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Copala, located on the 16th hole of this magnificent course, is uniquely positioned to provide easy access for golfers and beautiful vistas for spectators. unique natural terrain including sand dunes, rugged cliffs, and white sand beaches provide the setting for holes that hug the coastline and wind through the rolling hillside. The result is truly one-of-a-kind golf experience that features the most ocean front holes in all of Baja … and what many anticipate to be on the of best courses in Mexico!

Financing is available — with as little as 35% down you have 2 years to pay it off interest free. Or, finance 50% over 10 years at 6.5%.  Or… cash is still king with a discount available for purchases in full.

A treasure of a lifetime!

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