Three killed inside a restaurant near San José del Cabo

Three killed inside a restaurant near San José del Cabo

Nov 21, 2017

Los Cabos, Baja California Sur (BCS)-. Three were killed after a shooting inside a seafood restaurant in the town of La Playita, near San José del Cabo, BCS, at 3:40 p.m. on Monday November 20. According to the first reports, the attack took place at the establishment known as Mariscos La Playa, a restaurant located on Paseo Mantarraya, after an armed group repeatedly shot at 3 unarmed individuals who, according to unofficial sources, used to work there. After the attack, paramedics from the Mexican Red Cross arrived, however, the victims had no longer vital signs. The bodies were moved to the Forensic Medical Service (Semefo) by officers of the Office of Expert Services, where they will perform the necropsy of Law. The victims remain as unknown so the corresponding inquiries will be initiated in order to find the identity of the deceased and generate the clarification of the facts....

Cruisers complete 2017 Baja HaHa Rally

Cruisers complete 2017 Baja HaHa Rally

Nov 17, 2017

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — The large contingent of cruisers navigating the Baja California coast finally completed one of the most popular West Coast events of the year, with the Baja HaHa Rally officially in the books. Cruisers left San Diego in late October and made their respective ways down to Cabo San Lucas, where participants arrived, Nov. 11. The left San Diego on Oct. 29 and arrived at Turtle Bay a few days later; Bahia Santa Maria and Cabo San Lucas were also on the itinerary. This year’s Baja HaHa featured 154 entries, with a majority of cruisers from California or the West Coast. Other entries hailed from Alaska, Hawai’i, Nevada, Virginia, Arizona, Ohio, Illinois, New Mexico, South Carolina, New Jersey, Minnesota, Alabama, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, Germany and The Philippines. One of the rally’s highlights was a “Where’s Poobah?” game, according to a report published on Latitude 38’s website; Latitude 38 is the organizing body of the annual Baja HaHa. The game was essentially a “Where’s Waldo?” contest, where cruisers had to spot “Poobah” – an individual wearing a flourescent orange t-shirt. Baja HaHa, of course, is also noted for hosting several parties at its stop locations, including the finale at Cabo San Lucas. The end of Baja HaHa, also, isn’t necessarily the end for some of the participants. Cabo San Lucas becomes a jumping off point to the Sea of Cortez or Pacific Ocean destinations. Boats participating in this year’s rally from Southern California included Jacquot Bateau, Day Dream, Matador, Madison3, Aeolos, Pure Grace, Dances With Winds, Sea Glass, Zoa, Green Flash, Alianza, Feleena, Firefly, True Love, La Cuna, Lanikai, Mai Tai, La Meriposa, Linda Marie, SweePea, Prana, Fellowship. Voyager, Angantyr, Sea Witch, Bonzer, Wilson, Sun Dance, Lahaina Roads, Hot Stuff, Silk Purse, Bellavia, Blessings, Pair A Dox, Mr. Beefy, Dolce and Big Moe. Latitude 38 founded Baja HaHa in 1994....

Paradisus Los Cabos raises the bar for all-inclusive resorts

Paradisus Los Cabos raises the bar for all-inclusive resorts

Nov 9, 2017

“If you need anything at all, just call this number and a butler will assist you.” Checking into Paradisus Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, I tried to play it cool in the private lounge exclusive to Royal Service guests, but in reality I immediately started making a mental list of everything I could ask my butler to do. As it turned out, the service was so good across the resort the only request I made during my stay was for ice. When I was first invited to visit Paradisus Los Cabos for the weekend with a group of travel writers, my initial thought was that it was a long way to go for three nights. But as I was offered a glass of cold, refreshing bubbly by a butler during that initial check-in, I decided it was well worth the trip. I also considered the fact that the Okanagan, a favourite weekend getaway for me and my husband, is the equivalent five-hour trip from Vancouver. Grab a seat. Bar stools at Paradisus Los Cabos overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Photo Sandra Thomas And with a weekend ahead of me filled with exotic cocktails, excuisite cuisine and white sand beaches as far as the eye can see — I had to ask, what more could a sun-loving traveller ask for? The ocean-front restaurant exclusive to Royal Service guests at Paradisus Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Photo Sandra Thomas Besides butlers, the Royal Service packages offer an adults-only pool, exclusive ocean-front restaurant and lounge and beach access. The resort is also popular for its postcard worthy swim-up suites… Click here for full artcle on http://www.vancourier.com/...

Casa Dorada wins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Casa Dorada wins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Nov 3, 2017

– Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa, one of Cabo San Lucas top beachfront resorts, has been awarded with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. “Casa Dorada is pleased to receive the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Mr. Leonardo Perli, General Manager at Casa Dorada Los Cabos. “We strive to help our guests create lasting vacation memories, and this certificate helps us notice that we are on the right track to achieve so.” About Casa Dorada With an incomparable location on Medano Beach, the best swimmable beach of Los Cabos, Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Resort & Spa is just steps away from world-class shopping malls, dining, entertainment, and the marina. Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Resort & Spa offers an upscale service and family-friendly features to the Cabo San Lucas area. Boasting unobstructed vistas of land’s end and the famous Arch, the resort is located just 30 minutes away from Los Cabos International Airport. All of the 150 spacious one, two and three bedroom suites and penthouses, open up to Los Cabos most dazzling ocean view, while the luminous and contemporary interiors ensure comfort and satisfaction....

American woman says Cabo hospital held her hostage, extorted her family

American woman says Cabo hospital held her hostage, extorted her family

Nov 1, 2017

A Spokane woman and her family say she was held hostage in a Mexican hospital this week after her lung was punctured while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas. Brandi Gallagher said the hospital, Saint Luke’s Medical Center, confined her in a room while extorting her family for tens of thousands of dollars. The 34-year-old, who was released from a different hospital in the city Thursday morning, described the ordeal as “something out of a horror film.” Saint Luke’s is one of four Los Cabos hospitals that the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana blacklisted last year following “numerous complaints” about sky-high medical bills and other predatory business practices. The gift shop in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where Brandi Gallagher of Spokane received a punctured lung, shown Thursday. She stood atop the platform at right to get a picture between the two life-size Dia de los Muertos figurines, then fell into the spiky agave plant sculpture at left. (Not a good idea) (Photo: Debi Gallagher) Gallagher said her problems went far beyond a billing dispute. She said the hospital demanded payment upfront and initially provided decent treatment, but then left her in a bed without food, water, pain medication or restroom visits. The hospital also lied to her parents in Vancouver, Washington, that she was unconscious and unable to speak with them – and asked them for more credit card information, she said. In a phone call Thursday, the hospital’s director of operations, Mario Trejo, disputed the family’s account and said they’re “interpreting the situation wrong.” He also said there were medical reasons for denying her food and water at different points in her stay. Trejo said he didn’t know precisely how much Saint Luke’s had charged for Gallagher’s treatment, but he defended the hospital’s billing practices, saying the private business could not risk letting tourists abscond without paying for care. “We don’t give medical care for free,” he said.   Click here to read full article on http://www.spokesman.com/...

From Los Cabos to Cancun, violence is keeping tourists away: Chicago Tribune

From Los Cabos to Cancun, violence is keeping tourists away: Chicago Tribune

Oct 31, 2017

In the spring break capital of Cancun, Quintana Roo, hotel occupancy has tumbled 10 percent this year. As bad as that is, over in Los Cabos, on the tip of the Baja California peninsula, it’s even worse. The airport serving Cabo San Lucas and its lesser-known sister city, San Jose del Cabo, is looking emptier these days. And hotel guests have canceled 35,000 nights of bookings over the next year – collectively a decade’s worth of visits for a single traveler. At a time when the weaker peso should be luring American travelers in droves, many are staying away, spooked by a wave of violence that’s come dangerously close to tourist hot spots. Gunmen opened fire at a Cancun nightclub in November, and a cooler with two human heads was found on Cabo San Lucas’s main hotel strip in June. But the biggest blow came on Aug. 22, when the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning advising tourists to steer clear altogether. “Group tourism automatically went down the moment the warning hit,” said Carlos Gosselin, head of the hotel association for Cancun and Puerto Morelos. Many insurance companies likely won’t even consider offering coverage in areas under advisory, hurting conventions and events in the area, he said. Mexico is reinforcing security in popular tourist spots to get the State Department to revise its views, and companies including Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International are spending millions to make guests feel safer. Their motivation is clear: Barclays estimates that a drop in tourism could wipe out as much as 0.5 percentage point from Mexico’s gross domestic product growth this year. Click here for full article on the Chicago Tribune...