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Why you should visit the Baja California region in 2019
Many luxury travelers are turning a blind eye to the Caribbean and setting their sites on a new destination – the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico. This region is undeniably unique and offers visitors a blend of adventure and tranquility. So today, we’re going to discuss why this region is the new vacation hotspot in 2019!
For thousands of years, various indigenous tribes inhabited the Baja California Peninsula until it was colonized by Spanish explorers in the late 17th century. For the next 100 years, the conquerors established the city of La Paz, which served as a trading post between the Philippines and the Spanish territories in North and South America.
Fast-forward to the early 20th century, when the region played a crucial role in the Mexican Revolution. In 1911, revolutionary forces in the region launched a rebellion against dictator Porfirio Díaz and captured the cities of Tijuana and Mexicali. For the next decade, the region fought until it aligned with a new president in Mexico City. Baja California officially became Mexico’s 29th province and joined the constitution in 1959.
As the name suggests, the Baja California Peninsula is surrounded by the sea, and the beaches are absolutely stunning. It’s one of the main reasons that cities like Los Cabos, La Paz, and Ensenada have become popular tourist destinations.The peninsula in nearly 800 miles long, and there are hundreds of hidden beaches that line the coast. We recommend taking the time to rent a car and exploring the region’s stunning landscape on your own, check out this article in The Guardian for some great inspiration. If you’re staying near Los Cabos, don’t hesitate to book a boat tour to discover the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, one of the area’s most iconic landmarks.
The landscape of the Baja California Peninsula is truly unique compared to the Mexican mainland. There are numerous desert mountain ranges that spark a sense of adventure in many travelers. For example, the Sierra de la Laguna range at the very tip of the peninsula serves as an idyllic backdrop to the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. There are several hiking trails that dot this mountain range, and many explorers revel at the exotic flora and fauna that inhabit this region. According to several reports, there are numerous “microclimates” within the Sierra de la Laguna range that differ from the dry, desert climate below. The best time to hike is between the months of November and June during the dry season. But be careful, temperatures can drop below freezing during this time – even in Mexico!
The culture of the Baja California Peninsula is rich and vibrant, and it actually differs from the rest of Mexico! Most urban areas boast numerous churches, signaling a bygone era when Catholicism had a strong presence. You’ll also notice the locals speak Spanish with a slightly different accent, as many scholars suspect there’s an English influence from the region’s proximity to the US border (especially around the Tijuana area).
In terms of cuisine, there’s a heavy seafood theme present, so you’ll often find lobster and shrimp on the menu. Although, a trip to this region is not complete without sampling the local fish tacos, which are both legendary and divine! Make sure to get pico de gallo with this delectable dish for a truly authentic experience.
Another reason why tourists love to visit the Baja California Peninsula is due to the fact there’s an abundance of marine animals. For example, humpback whales migrate to the Sea of Cortez to mate and give birth from November through April. These gentle giants often spend the entire winter in these waters, and it provides tourists with the chance to see the beautiful mammals up close!During this same period, visitors can also witness adult sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs in the soft sand. A few weeks later (if you’re lucky), you’ll witness a magnificent phenomenon where thousands of baby sea turtles suddenly hatch and scurry to the warm waters for safety.
There are a number of great reasons to visit the Baja California Peninsula this year. Whether you’re interested in culture, adventure or relaxation, there’s something for everyone! If you’re thinking about booking your next luxury vacation to the Los Cabos area, opt to stay in one of Elegant Mexico’s villas in the exclusive Palmilla community. For more information, visit our website or call 1-800-474-1629
Why the Sea Of Cortez is the Best Place to Scuba Dive and Snorkel
The warm waters of Mexico’s Pacific coast are home to a wide range of marine life, from tropical fish to bottlenose dolphins. If we look specifically at the Sea of Cortez – also known as the Gulf of California – it sits at the crossroads between the California and Equatorial currents, creating a rich environment that’s ideal for the aquatic explorer.
During the autumn months, a spectacular phenomenon unfolds in the Sea of Cortez. Thousands of blue, grey, and humpback whales migrate from the cold Alaskan waters to the tropical azure waters of Mexico.
They make the 6,000-mile journey to the area to reproduce and mate, as the Sea of Cortez serves as a safe sanctuary for these gentle giants. For marine biology enthusiasts, it’s a great opportunity to see these majestic animals up close and personal. Though it’s prohibited to physically touch the whales, many adventurers love to snorkel alongside these massive creatures.
Los Cabos sits at the end of the Baja California peninsula at the mouth of the Sea of Cortez. Due to its optimal location, the waters host nearly 900 species of tropical fish including striped marlin, dorado, and yellowfin tuna, which attract professional fishermen from around the globe.
But if you’re not in the mood to catch a fish, you can always explore the marine life by grabbing your snorkeling gear and heading to Chileno Beach. At this location, you’ll discover a sprawling coral reef that hosts giant manta rays, moray eels, sea turtles, and several species of sharks.
This includes the largest species in the world called the whale shark, which can grow to up to 40 feet and weigh up to 28,000 lbs. These animals are not carnivorous and feed only on plankton, krill, and fish eggs, which means you can swim alongside these giants.
There are also thousands of different types of coral, living organisms that feed off of plankton and other tiny sea creatures. The coral comes in a range of different shapes, sizes, and colors so make sure to bring your underwater camera. For the best visibility in the water, we recommend visiting Los Cabos from June to October.
If you’re seeking an adventure, head to the sand falls, a series of underwater crevasses and ravines that run parallel to the rocky shore. Sounds scary right? Well, the ravines are about 80 feet deep and it’s a great place to scuba dive and explore the marine creatures that live beneath the surface!
Divers often report seeing hammerhead sharks and lionfish during the descent down to the dark depths, but these animals rarely injure humans. This trek should only be undertaken by seasoned scuba divers, as the strong current can cause disorientation in a novice diver.
On the rocky shoreline, you’ll find one of the largest colonies of sea lions in the region. While it’s advised not to get too close to these large mammals, it’s still fascinating to watch them sunbathe from a leisurely distance. The beach is also home to brown pelicans and fisher eagles, which often fish and hunt right before your eyes
If you’re thinking about a scuba diving or snorkeling adventure in the Sea of Cortez, don’t stay in your typical hotel or resort. Opt to stay in a gorgeous luxury villa courtesy of Elegant Mexico! All of our properties are near Los Cabos and are the first choice for glamorous celebrities and wealthy business tycoons.
For more information, check out our website or give us a call at 1-800-474-1629
Sampling Tequila in Los Cabos
Nothing says “luxury in Mexico” quite like laying on a chaise lounge overlooking the azure blue sea, taking in the sun’s rays with a perfectly shaken margarita in your hand. That margarita is more than a drink, it’s an experience, taking you to a warm sandy beach with every sip. If you’re already planning on jet-setting to Los Cabos to indulge in an opulent vacation , what better way to spend an evening, or afternoon, than tasting the spirits that encapsulate the region?
A Taste of History
Tequila has a long history in North America – it was the first distilled spirit to be produced on the continent, and has been made in Mexico since the early 1500s. Though it is readily available throughout the country, most tequila producers are located in the namesake town of Tequila, in Jalisco State, about 65 kilometers north-west of Guadalajara. According to legend, the spirit was discovered when a blue agave, the plant from which tequila is made, was struck by lightning before being blessed by the goddess of agave, Mayahuel. As coveted as the spirit itself, tequila bottles have become a collector’s item and a sign of prestige among connoisseurs. Bottles are often hand-crafted and can be made of hand-blown glass, crystal, ceramic, or in the case of the $3,500,000 Ley .925 Ley Diamant (the most expensive tequila bottle in the world) two kilos of platinum, and 4,100 white diamonds.
Off the Shelf
Tequila is made from the sap produced by the blue agave plant, which is fermented and distilled for roughly nine years before being used. There are five categories of tequila, each varying by color and age. Blanco (silver, white) – This is the purest form of the spirit. Un-aged, it will appear clear, and taste of the true, intense flavors of the agave plant. Joven (gold) – These tequilas are typically a mix, where colorants and flavorings have been added (often with caramel). This is the most common form of tequila used in bars for shots and mixed drinks. Reposado (rested) – This tequila has been aged in oak barrels or a storage tank for anywhere between two and 11 months. The color takes a golden hue, and a woodsy flavor develops. Añejo (aged) – Tequila earns the title of Añejo after aging for at least one year, in barrels with a strict limit of 600 liters. The spirit deepens to an amber hue, becoming smoother and richer in taste. Extra Añejo (extra aged) â€” This classifications only appeared in 2006, and entails the same details as Añejo Tequila, but has been aged for over three years. It develops a much darker color, with a flavor so rich it must be diluted with distilled water, making it extremely smooth. Keep in mind, tequila is meant to be sipped; if you need a lime and some salt, you should try a different bottle.
Get in the Spirit
With tequila the non-official official drink of Mexico, tasting opportunities are bountiful. For a truly immersive experience, the Tequila & Ceviche Bar at Las Ventanas offers an unparalleled selection of Mexican tequilas, including some of the most expensive the country has to offer. Consult the bar’s “tequila masters” who will help you determine a tequila to perfectly match your preferences. You can also indulge in a one-on-one blind tasting. If a craving for tequila strikes while walking the streets of San Jose del Cabo, head to Habanero’s Gastro Grill & Tequila Bar. Not only is the food authentically delicious, but they hold an extensive tequila collection.
Their knowledge earned them an expertise award from the Mexican Tequila Regulatory Agency. Just make sure you have driver booked to take you back to your villa. If you’re looking to tour the tequila making process and visit a blue agave field, you’re going to have to head to the mainland to the state of Jalisco. The Jose Cuervo Express train departs weekly from Guadalajara takes you through the town of Tequila, and tours their distillery. Children stay occupied playing games and exploring the trail while those of age enjoy the many samples given along the way. After a long day of sipping the world’s finest tequila in Los Cabos, make sure you have a villa to sleep off the spirits effects. Visit our website or call 1-800-474-1629 to book your next getaway.
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Los Cabos
Cinco de Mayo has become a staple holiday for many westerners, but in Mexico, it is only considered a national holiday in the cities of Puebla and Veracruz. But in Los Cabos, whether you want to go out and enjoy the day, or relax by the pool at your luxury villa rental, we have everything you need to know.
Cinco de Mayo, which falls on a Sunday this year, is a holiday in commemoration of the Mexican Army’s victory over the French on May 5th, 1862 (not to be mistaken with Mexican Independence Day, September 16th). It was not until the 1980’s that the holiday became popular in North America largely due to liquor and beer companies using it as a promotional tactic.
It is thought that the holiday’s popularity is high in countries with a prominent Mexican population, as the day is a recognition of the bravery of those who continue to fight against oppression and celebrate their heritage. Despite the misconceptions of the holiday, we promote any excuse to spend time with your family and friends to enjoy and indulge in Mexican culture, foods, and drinks. Parades and music in the streets can be found in Cabo San Lucas and Punta Mita, with many restaurants and bars serving special promotions for the day.
For the past 13 years, the Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina in Cabo San Lucas hosts an annual Cinco de Mayo block party. With outdoor dining, live music, and various entertainment and of course, an abundance of drinks, the event takes place all day long. Take the kids in the early afternoon to experience the festivities and child-friendly activities before returning for some evening fun, and maybe a cocktail or two. To To truly immerse yourself in traditional Mexican cuisine, we suggest Si Señor restaurant in Punta Mita. Located directly on the beach, enjoy the highest quality foods, and margaritas made from freshly squeezed lime juice, with the tequila of your choice. Surround yourself with palm trees under a canopy of traditional tapestries, and check out the gallery of historical sculptures and pottery on your way in.
Prefer to stay in and host your friends and family? Many of our private villas offer amenities including personal concierge and chefs, to make your Cinco de Mayo party run seamlessly. Pick up some decorations and tequila, and let our chefs cook traditional foods like tacos and enchiladas. If you can get your hands on some Ancho Reyes liqueur, hailing from Puebla, add the spicy spirit to your cocktails for a kick your guests will love.No matter how you decide to celebrate Cinco de Mayo—in the privacy of your gorgeous villa or out and about in town—don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the festivities.
Why Punta Mita is the Ultimate Fishing Destination
Punta Mita may not be the first place that comes to mind when one thinks of big game fishing. However, the locals know that it is one of the best fishing spots in the world. Whether you are a seasoned angler or seeking a new thrill, the fishing opportunities available to tourists in Punta Mita are simply stunning. Here are some of our suggestions for making your Punta Mita fishing adventure an unforgettable experience.
Which fish to catch?
The variety of fish in the Punta Mita waters is astounding. You can find different species of marlin, tuna, red snapper, mahi mahi, grouper, Jack Crevalle, amber jack and many more. Some stand out trophy species of the area are the Blue Marlin, the Black Marlin, Cubera Snapper, Pacific Sailfish and of course Yellowfin Tuna. The Yellowfin Tuna is by far the most hefty catch you can find in Punta Mita, with specimens edging on 400 pounds. If you’re a serious sportfisher looking for a thrilling hunt, off-shore fishing in Punta Mita is sure to please. If you prefer to stay on shore, don’t worry. Inshore and shore fishing in Punta Mita can wield you smaller species like Almaco Jack, Spanish mackerel, and African pompano.
When to plan your off-shore fishing adventure
The peninsula of Punta Mita is surrounded by pristine waters teeming with big game species of fish, making it a sought after destination by international anglers. From September to February, the waters of Punta Mita cool down slightly and this happens to be the best fishing season with the highest catch rates for Striped and Blue Marlin, Snapper, Wahoo, and Tuna. But there is no bad time for fishing in Punta Mita. These waters hold such a beautiful variety of species perfect for eating or mounting that any time of year is sure to please even the most experienced fishermen. Pro tip: If you’re looking for an extreme challenge, book your trip during September and October. This is when the Black Marlin, the fastest fish in the world, is most likely to be caught.
If you are visiting in November, the nearby International Marlin and Sailfish Tournament is a must-do. This huge tournament is open to visitors and locals alike, turning the town of Puerto Vallarta into a vibrant international fiesta where you will meet enthusiasts from all over the globe. Also in November, the Hook the Cure fishing tournament offers an all inclusive experience including golf, spa treatments and unlimited gourmet dining. The fun is all for a good cause, as proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This event has raised over $5.8 million and attracts some word-class celebrity guests and athletes. Pro tip: These world class tournaments are a great activity for large groups with sponsorship opportunities, so consider Punta Mita fishing for your next corporate event.
VIP Fishing Experiences
An amazing fishing location nearby to Punta Mita is Roca Corbetena. This rock island offers an incredible fishing experience because of the countless species of small bait fish which inhabit the waters. These smaller fish attract the big game fish you’ll be after. True enthusiasts of the sport cannot miss Roca Corbetena. Chartered fishing tours, such as YKnot Fishing and SeaDoos, can bring you there. They will cater to your desires whether you want to spearfish for octopus, snorkel, or just sit back and enjoy the sparkling waters while you watch someone else do the fishing. Many charters are proud to offer signature food and drink experiences on board, like Spearmex which offers an exclusive Patron Experience. Some fishing charters, such as Pesca en Vallarta, even specialize in multi-day trips. While you live aboard in the utmost comfort, the crew will ensure your adventure is like no other. Pro tip: Once you’ve made your choice, be sure to book your chartered fishing experience in advance. While there are many boats and crews to choose from, the best ones rarely have walk-on availability.
From Amazing Fishing to Sensational Seafood
If you would like to include some incredible rod-to-plate dining in your fishing expedition after an exciting day at sea, you can relax and enjoy the freshest meal you’ve ever had. After fishing in the waters between your Punta Mita villa and the large resort town of Puerto Vallarta is only a 40 minute boat ride from Punta Mita, you can deboard and explore the culinary delights here. Many shore line restaurants and hotels, both in Punta Mita and Puerto Vallarta, will even grill your catch for you right before your eyes. We recommend Si Senor for an upscale experience or Mita Mary Boat Bistro for an open air picnic, both on the shores of Punta Mita. In Puerto Vallarta, the exceptionally beautiful Le Kliff will serve you your catch as you gaze out from their cliffside dining area. The Puerto Vallarta bay holds largely the same species and abundance of fish, but because the town offers so many activities and tourist amenities, the waters here tend to be more crowded and the catch slightly smaller during peak seasons. Pro tip: To avoid the crowds and get the heartiest catch for your meal, we recommend setting sail from Punta Mita and visiting the shores of Puerto Vallarta after. If you’re looking for an ocean adventure with all the stops, Punta Mita is the perfect place. When you’re ready to set sail,
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Not into fishing?
Even if someone in your party is on the fence about sport fishing, there is something for everyone when it comes to the waters of Punta Mita. Spotting whales, dolphins, exotic birds and beautiful marine life from your boat is almost guaranteed – be sure to visit our post on whale watching as well.
Luxury Shopping in Los Cabos: Tips for the Best Shopping Experience
For many travellers, a getaway to paradise is incomplete without dedicating a little time to local shopping. Los Cabos is the hideaway of the affluent and opulent, so it should be no surprise that the shops and boutiques there are world-class. Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, P!nk, and Gwyneth Paltrow are known to have shopped here.
If elite shopping is your thing too, you’ll find Los Cabos to be one of the best shopping destinations in the world. There’s something for everyone in Los Cabos and we want to show you the most amazing places to find the perfect souvenir of your trip.
Luxury Shopping Experience
The definitive shopping district in Los Cabos is the Marina Golden Zone, home to many fantastic boutiques. Here you’ll find perfumes, fine leather goods, watches, and an excellent selection of international designer boutiques.
Los Cabos is especially known for its numerous jewelry stores. When visiting Los Cabos, most people are looking for precious stones authentic Mexican silver from the heritage town of Taxco, where silverwork has been a mainstay of their economy since the Colonial era . Your best bet is to visit one of the reputable jewelers like Ultrajewels or Diamonds International. However, there are certainly amazing finds at smaller jewelers waiting to be discovered — literal diamonds in the rough. If you’re interested in the hunt, look for a .0925 or .0950 and “Mexico” stamp to ensure you’re purchasing a piece made with 92.5% Taxco silver.
Cabo San Lucas also has some breathtaking luxury malls. Mall shopping is a great way to cool down for a while, and you can take in the incredible design and architecture inside.
While some people might wonder if a day spent inside is a waste, once you see the offerings of the top malls here you’ll truly understand why Los Cabos is a favourite for celebrities and VIP’s.
One such mall is the Puerto Paraiso Mall. This stunning three story building inspired by Mexican Colonial architecture offers over 100 shops, ranging from the ultra luxurious to casual fashions. Expect familiar names like Tommy Bahama, Kenneth Cole and Hugo Boss. Our favourite at Puerto Paraiso Mall is the Galeria Sergio Bustamante, the gallery of acclaimed Mexican artist Bustamante, where you can find original sculptures and fine jewelry.
Another mall we love is the nearby Luxury Avenue Boutique Mall. As the name implies, the true lap of luxury is found here. This mall specializes in elegance and prestige, so you’re going to want to visit to find exclusive items from high end brands like Carolina Herrera, Salvatorre Ferragamo and Vilebrequin.
Exclusive Los Cabos Finds
When you’re visiting an exotic place, you’re likely interested in seeing what some of the local styles are like. Los Cabos is teeming with amazing boutiques selling locally designed and crafted fashions, jewelry, and art. You’ll have no shortage of options, but we’ve narrowed it down to a few great places you can’t miss.
The Shoppes at Palmilla is a boutique centre offering local luxury products. Just a 20 minute drive from Cabo San Lucas, here you’ll find stand-outs like Antigua de Mexico, which specializes in custom furniture, and SAX boutique where you can find earth-friendly and fair trade custom jewelry.Ave Fénix will find you the perfect authentic Mexican treasure to decorate your home with, but be sure to book an appointment. The dining here is stellar as well, so The Shoppes at Palmilla is a great way to spend the whole day while still taking in some sun.
Perhaps you’re looking for fashions which incorporate the beauty of the local culture. Back in Cabo San Lucas, a must visit is Pineda Covalin. This designer focuses on Mexican tradition beautifully blended with modern trends for men and women, and is linked to several charitable initiatives, such as SAVE THE CHILDREN, Visión Mundial, and UN Women.
If you’re looking for something whimsical, Pepita’s Magic of the Moon is perhaps the most recommended boutique for local Los Cabos styles. All items here are lovingly handcrafted and there are a variety of styles ranging from bohemian to elegant.When you visit Pepita’s to get some exclusive in-store only items, be sure to put some time aside as the shopgirls will offer to help you find you a full custom outfit based on your personality and skin tone.
High End Souvenirs
Los Cabos is known as a center of arts, and you can find some of the best authentic pieces in all of Mexico right near your villa.
We’ve already covered some of the best galleries in Los Cabos, so check out our list to find out where to get the perfect addition to your home. If you’re interested in some smaller luxury souvenirs, however, you’ll want to avoid kitschy mass-produced souvenir shops. Here are a few fantastic boutiques you should know about where you can find high quality mementos sure to please. Santo Gabo is a soap shop committed to locally sourced, organic and handmade products that are lovely as gifts or just for some self-care. Artesano’s is a large scale warehouse where interior design elite come to find pieces for their own private homes. Their collection spans from fixtures and furnishings to small items like ashtrays and kitchenware. Both of these shops are featured on Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog Goop.
If you’re interested in fine tobacco products and cigars, look no further than J&J Habanos. While some other cigar shops in Los Cabos may have questionable authenticity, J&J Habanos carries only certified authentic products from premier Cuban brands like Romeo Y Julieta and Cohiba. Shop for cigars in style while sampling products and sipping on blue agave tequila.
After your exciting day of shopping is over, you can head back to your villa to relax and enjoy the serenity of your private pool or sauna. If you’re looking for a little more fun, head back out to one of the local bars or lounges and try an authentic Mexican drink while you unwind – we’ve got a great list of them here for you to try
The peak of elegance awaits you in Mexico’s paradise. Explore luxury villas in Los Cabos to find the perfect spot for your next vacation.
The Los Cabos International Film Festival in Nov. 2021
Once a year, cinema and film industry elite flock to Los Cabos, Mexico for the annual Los Cabos International Film Festival. Held every November, this celebration seeks to promote dialogue and cultural exchange of the North American film industry. For five days, Los Cabos transforms into a hub for the cinema arts and welcomes people from all over the world to experience the magic of the movie theatre alongside directors, actors, industry professionals and thousands of other film lovers.
The festival was established in 2012 by a group of Mexican and American film directors, producers and distributors, including brothers Sean and Scott Cross. Their goal was to create a festival which celebrates all of North American film, while offering targeted support and dedication to the development of local Mexican filmmakers. These global and local initiatives have been attracting some of Hollywood’s best since the inception of the festival. It’s recognized that this is an environment where the arts can truly come alive. After the birth of the event, the festival quickly rose in importance and size. This is no surprise considering Los Cabos is a familiar playground for Hollywood movie makers.
The main program of the festival consists of two competitive sections: The Competencia Los Cabos section is for submissions from Canada, USA and Mexico. Nine films are chosen for this section, and each film is screened for audiences and industry alike. The second section is the Mexico Primero, which is reserved for Mexican films. The focus here is turned towards the countries top filmmakers and honours their skills and storytelling abilities, with six films competing for the prize. More often than not, the world premier of Mexican and even some international films happen here. In addition to these main categories, there are numerous other awards for filmmakers to take home, including an audience choice prize which attendees can vote on. The schedule of screenings and awards is jam-packed for all five days, with over $350,000 USD awarded in prizes.
Los Cabos Film Fest: Things to Do
If you’re staying in Los Cabos during the festival, you’ll find no shortage of parties and events. The whole surrounding area comes alive with bars, restaurants and lounges catering to their international visitors. It’s a great opportunity for you to indulge in some luxury experiences and also network your way through the town. A really wonderful place to get your evening started is the Sunset MonaLisa restaurant. It’s close to the festival center, and situated on the edge of a cliff. You can sip from the menu of 140 wines and spirit while looking out onto the water as the sun sets. Then it’s off to a screening or gala. You’ll probably want to attend some of the official parties too. Each night of the festival, there are galas held to welcome the stars and VIPS. You can get exclusive tickets for these events if you want to get up and close. Dress formal and rub shoulders with industry elite at the red carpet before sitting down in the luxury Cinemex theatres for a feature screening. On opening and closing night, there are exclusive cocktail parties for ticket holders.
VIP guests will head to five-star hotels and be treated with mezcal cocktails, Mexican hors de oeuvres and dulce de leche. There is live entertainment, dancing and a cigar booths for procure rolled cigars to order. To round it all off, there might be a fireworks show ending these evenings.
Oh the Galas!
Each year, the Los Cabos International Film Festival puts major films and contributors at the forefront of their programming. Filmmakers, actors and directors who have made great contributions to the art of cinema are honored. On the opening and closing night of the festival, a winning film from the previous is celebrated. These star studded events open with a red carpet trod by actors, models and film industry professionals. In the past, such Hollywood luminaries as Ewan McGregor, Rosario Dawson, Liam Neeson and Reese Witherspoon have taken to the Los Cabos Red Carpet.
Then there are the Tribute Galas for films that have made an outstanding impact on cinema and culture. In 2018, Spike Lee was honored and in attendance to present his film BlacKkKlansmen and his classic Do The Right Thing. Terry Gillam was also honored, presenting The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and a retrospective on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Both were awarded the Exceptional Contribution to Cinema History title. To attend these exclusive galas, make a charitable contribution to the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund. This will give you access to all parties, galas, concerts and the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund Dinner.
Niche Film Features
Once the sun goes down, the festival runs an alternative film program for those interested in suspense and extreme narratives. The Afterdark block features sci-fi, horror and psychological dramas popular on the festival circuit of that year. Viewers can sit in a cool, dark theater with gourmet movie snacks and cocktails while taking in the best indie horror films. Other programs to attend include the World Highlights feature, a carefully curated program that presents the best films selected from every corner of the earth. There is also the environmentally themed Green program, and the music-centric curation: B-Sides.
Daylight in Los Cabos
There is a laid back, come and go vibe to the daytime schedule of the Los Cabos International Film Festival. Your day might be peppered with screenings on the beach, panels, and even industry-exclusive events if you can get a hold of an entry pass. There are indoor screenings as well so you can cool down for a while before heading back to explore Los Cabos. Many of the programs have their screenings during the day, so check the schedule and plan to catch the films you’re interested in. These are festival circuit films so you won’t have another chance to see them until their wide release! Daytime is the perfect time to see the rest of Los Cabos. If you’re interested in getting some rest and relaxation in before your evening of glitz and glamour, go for a visit to the adults only Spa Makaw at Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills. Indulge in a milk bath, facial, hand reflexology and foot wrap known as the Terapia Tahanie treatment. If you need something new for the red carpet, head out for some luxury shopping
Enjoy an early dinner with some fresh farm-to-table cuisine at the Acre Restaurant, where the award winning menu changes with the season. Be sure to try a drink from the expertly curated mezcal menu and get yourself ready for a night of culture and cinematic appreciation.
Since 2012, the festival has been steadily growing. Each year, guests and attendants alike have given rave reviews for the beautiful parties, amenities and overall grandeur of the event. If the next edition is anything like past ones, you’ll be in for a treat when you attend. Spike Lee and Terry Gilliam were the guests of honor at the 2018 edition of the festival, and many other stars have attended over the years. Also in 2018, Adam Driver was presented with the Outstanding Work in Cinema award. The winner of the Mexico Primero Award was Feral by Andres Kaiser, and Canadian film Genese by Philippe Lesage took home the Los Cabos Competition Award. The opening and closing films were The Favourite by Yorgos Lanthimos and BlacKkKlansmen by Spike Lee, respectively.
Among the 2020 winners is Never Ready Sometimes Always by Eliza Hittman and In Between Dying by Hilal Baydarov.
Where to stay
During the Los Cabos International Film Festival, the entire city comes alive. Staying in Los Cabos not only means you’ll be close to all the excitement, but you’ll also have access to amazing waterfronts and activities you can’t find anywhere else. Check out our list of can’t-miss beaches to get your tan photo ready for the film fest nights. If you’re looking for some outdoor excitement, we’ve got an itinerary of outdoor fun as well. End each night of gala magic in privacy and comfort by treating yourself to a private vacation home. With many of our rentals, you’ll have on site staff, a private chef, amazing pools and ocean access all to yourself.
Book with us today and reserve the perfect villa for your Los Cabos International Film Festival trip.
The Most Exclusive Homes in Los Cabos: What You Need to Know
Have you ever wondered how Los Cabos became the premiere spot in Mexico for luxury and glamour? Who put Los Cabos on the map? And why do people love vacationing in these communities? We’ll tell you everything there is to know, from the groundbreaking and historical developments that have occurred in Los Cabos to the amazing lifestyle residents and guests can enjoy in the two original communities that started it all.
In the early 1950’s, a man named Don Abelardo Rodriguez Jr. came to Baja California Sur. Rodriguez was the son of the interim President of Mexico, General Abelardo Rodriguez, and had wealth and freedom to travel. A few years earlier, in 1948, Abelardo and his wife Lucille Bremer opened a luxury resort in Los Cruces. When he arrived in Los Cabos, meaning The Capes, he found a mostly uninhabited area with some fishing and hunting lodges. Rodriguez recognized the coast’s unique beauty and realized he could make something special there too. In 1957, the husband-and-wife team built the Hotel Palmilla on the undeveloped shore of the Sea of Cortez. It’s known today as the monumental One&Only Palmilla. But back then, it was a small 15-room resort that guests could only access by private plane or yacht. Luckily, that was no problem for the kind of people who frequented the resort. Lucille Bremer was a Hollywood movie star, and usually had the company of her counterparts at the Palmilla. Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby, John Wayne and even President Eisenhower were among the guests who stayed at the Palmilla in its early days. Word soon got out and other exclusive resorts and hotels opened in Los Cabos, catering to the glamorous lifestyle of the Hollywood elite. Guests like Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Mick Jagger and Elton John made Los Cabos their private playground in the 60’s and 70’s.
Then, in 1994 two Houston-based friends and business associates were visiting, and like Rodriguez, they saw the potential for something really special on the undeveloped mountainsides close to the Palmilla Hotel. They had come to play at the new Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and couldn’t help but notice the pristine ocean fronts that had gone untouched until then. The two friends were visionaries and successful developers, so they bought a small portion of land on the oceanfront near the Palmilla. They set about developing five houses, all of which sold before completion. They decided to call their project, the first luxury community in Los Cabos, Villas Del Mar. They realized the potential of Villas Del Mar and continued to expand. The community was renowned for excellence in design, quality of life and top-tier management and services. Villas Del Mar set the standard for high-end resort communities. Not long after, Del Mar Development created a second community called Espiritu. But Del Mar Development didn’t stop there. They’ve continued the legacy that Don Abelardo Rodriguez jr. and Lucille Bremer started all those years ago by expanding the mountainside in to six communities, with another in development. The beauty of Los Cabos has been made available to people from all over the world. Thanks to these trailblazers, we can experience the pristine landscapes, the living sea and the warmth of the Mexican sun that is only found in Los Cabos. Let’s dive a little deeper into the way of life in two of the original Los Cabos communities, Villas Del Mar and Espiritu.
Villas Del Mar and Espiritu
With all available activities, residents and guests staying in Espiritu and Villas Del Mar are never bored. The two communities neighbor each other, so they share many of the same exciting options. For off-site excursions, you can enjoy access to the Elegant Mexico Activity Concierge. This service arranges everything from yacht charters, art walks, whale watching trips to spa services and quiet tee times at the golf courses. From romantic outings to family fun, they’ll help you arrange whatever your heart desires. This hassle-free service is also completely customizable, so guests get exactly the experience they hope for. On site, the possibilities are endless. Guests and residents can walk over to the One&Only Palmilla to enjoy the hotel amenities like first class spa treatments, exclusive fine dining and bars and cocktail lounges. You’ll have five restaurants to choose from.
We love SEARED, the gourmet steak house serving Wagyu A5 and certified Kobe beef, and Suviche which serves sushi and ceviche. Both were brought to Los Cabos by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Residents and visitors of the communities will be only a short walk away from culinary heaven. Also included is access to the the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Palmilla golf course, an amazing private beach club, state of the art medical and fitness facilities, yoga and wellness meets at the hilltop sanctuary Mirador de la Cruz, and undisturbed beach access where you’ll find the most swimmable beach in all of Los Cabos.
The residents of Espiritu and Villas Del Mar form a community of happy, relaxed,like-minded people. With so many coming to live their best lives, it’s no wonder that they’ve made one of the most pleasant places to live in all of Mexico. Everything is only a stroll or cart-ride away, and cars are seen as an occasional tool rather than a necessity. The communities are staffed by over 200 people, and everyone is treated like family. Guests and residents enjoy a rich social network, complete with community events and shared cultural experiences. Homeowners build privileged connections with each other, as well as long lasting friendships with guests who keep coming back year after year. Espiritu has 28 acres of community parks, gardens and open spaces. There is also a tennis court and sports playing fields where community members regularly meet for social games. Many of these facilities have play areas for the little ones, and green spaces for joggers and dog walkers. Everytime you leave your villa, you’ll meet a friend. The communities are also extremely safe. Leaving doors unlocked is the norm there, and residents are beyond respectful to each other. Del Mar Developments have blended privacy and sociability perfectly, so when you want anonymity, you’ll have no trouble finding it. Whether you’re looking for high-class social functions or undisturbed relaxation, life here means a community connection beyond compare.
Del Mar: The resort homes that started it all
Villas Del Mar is recognized worldwide for setting the bar in luxury resort home design. And it was set high! Its homes are known for their alluring architecture. Some of the older beachfront homes feature a timeless design, while the newer penthouse homes blend contemporary design with traditional Mexican decor. All houses have a unified theme, without any two looking the same. Two decades after Villas Del Mar was founded, it continues to innovate with remodels and new additions. The homes feature an emphasis on outdoor living, the best part of Los Cabos life, with wide windows and glass doors to let the Mexican sun fill the rooms. Pool decks are larger-than-life, and the outdoor dining and lounging areas look out off the mountainside and onto the ocean. There are homes sized to accommodate all kinds of groups, from couples to multi-generational families. Some of the homes even have detached casitas for additional guests.
Espiritu: The most exclusive resort homes in Los Cabos
All of the homes in Espiritu were built by a team of experienced engineers and designers working with Del Mar Development. Del Mar Development had invaluable experience going into this project, having already built the successful Villas Del Mar. At Espiritu, you’ll find homes of extremely high quality with stunning outdoor living spaces. Large pools and decks, lush plant life and BBQ and lounge areas are the norm. Many newer communities in Los Cabos were built quickly and shoddily, attempting to capitalize on the real estate opportunity that the two original communities initiated. But at Espiritu, homeowners know their properties are top-notch. They experience luxury everyday! Espiritu also offers interior design services and has a full service onsite Design Center. Owners can make use of these services, ensuring that their homes are beautiful beyond compare for their own pleasure and for their guestsâ€™ as well. Ladco Resort Design, a nationally known Houston design group, provides expert consultation and furnishing. They cater to individual tastes, so no home in Espiritu is the same as another.
While you’re staying at Villas Del Mar or Espiritu, you’ll never want to leave! But once you manage to pull yourself away from all the pampering, it’ll be time to see the rest of what Los Cabos has to offer. Since you’ll be so close to San Jose Del Cabo, you’ll want to spend some time there. San Jose Del Cabo is the tranquilo older brother of Cabo San Lucas, with a much richer heritage and such a beautiful cultural scene that you won’t miss any of the busy streets and crowds over in the more touristy San Lucas. But since it’s only a 30-minute drive away, why not visit there for some amazing nightlife as well? Back in San Jose Del Cabo, go on an Art Walk in the artists district or a sightseeing tour to discover the heritage of the area.
You’ll have amazing food at your villa, but while you’re out, you should stop for a bite at Jazmin’s Restaurant for traditional fare, or at Don Sanchez for contemporary gourmet. When you’re ready to venture out a little further, the onsite activity concierge will help you get around. If you’re in to the great outdoors, check out our blog for all the great nature activities you’ll find in Los Cabos. There’s a great camel ride tour in Cabo San Lucas. And if you want to spend some time indoors, visit some of the luxury malls in the area. Now that you know the interesting history of the exclusive communities in Los Cabos, it’s time to see them first hand! We’ve got amazing rentals for you to stay at that you’ll fall head over heels for. Browse through our properties in Los Cabos and find the perfect one for you. As a guest of Elegant Mexico, we’ll make sure you receive all the resort treatments in the luxury of your own private vacation home.
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