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       WEEKEND GETAWAYS - Friday, July 18, 2008
    Make The Most Of Your Vacation - From Coast to Coast!


Greetings Getaway Lover,

Los Cabos and Baja Sur 

Picture this: You're sitting beachside, toes in the 
pale, soft sand, with the sun setting majestically, 
and an umbrella-topped cocktail in your hand. This 
comes after a day spent whale-watching, fishing, 
and lounging on the beach. Tomorrow? Maybe you'll 
go for some kayaking, a day trip to a nearby town, 
and a massage. Is this heaven on Earth? Indeed: 
welcome to Los Cabos, on the southern tip of 
Mexico's Baja Peninsula.

Happy Trails,
Jan

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--DESTINATION: Sensational Sunsets

Cabo's brilliant sunsets are best viewed from the 
Pacific side of Baja's tip. The Finisterra's Whale 
Watcher Bar and the Solmar's palapa (palm thatch) 
bar have long been favorite perches for ocean lovers 
any time of day. As gold and rose tint the sky, all 
eyes turn westward to the long, nearly empty beach 
and the endless expanse of natural scenery. Most 
sunset cruise boats glide past the land-bound on-
lookers. If you want to be part of the scenery, 
board the Pirate Cruise or La Princesa. On the Sea 
of Cortez side of the tip, El Arco, Cabo's famous 
Arch, stands out against the sunset's glow. Claim 
one of the cliff-top tables at Ristorante Sunset Da 
Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant for spectacular pano-
ramas, or join the revelers praising the fading light 
at one of Playa Médano's beach bars. One of the best 
ways to enjoy the sunset in San José del Cabo is to 
go horseback riding on the beach. This can be 
arranged at most of the hotels.

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--WHAT TO DO AND SEE:

Bahía Chileno 

Beaches, The Corridor 

A private enclave -- with golf courses and residences 
-- is being developed at Bahía Chileno, roughly midway 
between San José and San Lucas. The beach skirts a 
small, crescent-shape cove with aquamarine waters that 
are perfect for snorkeling and swimming. At this writ-
ing, the dirt access road and parking lot were open, 
but time will tell how the developers will handle 
public access -- required by law -- to the bay. Ideal 
for swimming and snorkeling, this pretty Corridor beach 
skirts a small, crescent-shape cove with aquamarine 
water. On the western end stands a rocky cliff where 
the Hotel Cabo San Lucas is perched. Along the eastern 
edge, some 200 yards away, are boulders you can climb. 
On the trek down you may see some stray wrappers and 
cans, but the beach itself is clean and usually not 
too crowded. During winter, this part of the Sea of 
Cortez gets chilly -- refreshing for a dip, but most 
snorkelers cut their swims short.


Casa de la Cultura 
Historic Districts / Sites, San José del Cabo 

During the 1847 War of Intervention, this simple 
terra-cotta-color building served as a refuge for 
a company of American sailors. It now occasionally 
hosts theater, music, and dance performances.
  
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Other Places of Interest:

El Faro de Cabo Falso 
Nautical Sites, Cabo San Lucas 


The abandoned shell of a lighthouse built in 1890 
sits amid sand dunes, some more than 500 feet high, 
and overlooks the cape and a 1912 shipwreck. To 
reach the lighthouse by land, you need an ATV, a 
four-wheel-drive vehicle, or a horse. A dirt road 
slightly north of San Lucas, off Highway 19, leads 
to the lighthouse and a secluded beach where turtles 
come ashore to lay their eggs.


Iglesia Santa Barbara 
Religious Sites, Santa Rosalia 

Santa Rosalia is known for its Iglesia Santa Barbara, 
a prefabricated iron church designed by Alexandre-
Gustave Eiffel, creator of the Eiffel Tower. The iron
panels of the little church are brightened by stained-
glass windows.

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--WHERE TO SLEEP:

Best Western Posada Real 
$$$, San José del Cabo 

One of the best values in the hotel zone, this beach-
side property consists of two tri-level, Santa Fe-style 
buildings. Every room has a balcony and at least a 
partial ocean view, a bathtub and shower, and a re-
frigerator. The large heated pool has a palapa-roof 
swim-up bar. The hotel is quiet compared to its all-
inclusive neighbors and frequently draws business 
travelers.


Cabo Inn 
$, Cabo San Lucas 

The small, comfortable rooms at this palapa-roof 
hotel have tangerine and cobalt sponge-painted walls 
and stained-glass windows above the headboards. The 
eight rooms on the lower level have refrigerators; a 
kitchen, barbecue and picnic area, small pool, and a 
television round out the communal amenities.


Casa Bella 
$$-$$$, Cabo San Lucas 

The Ungson family had been in Cabo for more than four 
decades before turning their home across from Plaza 
San Lucas into an inn. It's the classiest place in 
the neighborhood, landscaped with paths leading to a 
pool and terrace. Room furnishings are handcrafted 
and thoughtfully arranged. Open showers in the huge 
tiled bathrooms are works of art -- some even have 
little gardens. The property feels totally secluded, 
though it's in the middle of town.


Casa del Mar Beach, Golf & Spa Resort  
$$$$, The Corridor 
User Rating: ***** 4.6  

It's all about comfort and privacy at this hacienda-
style hotel. A hand-carved door leads into the court-
yard-lobby, and stairways curve up to the rooms, spa, 
and library. Guest quarters have bathrooms with whirl-
pool bathtubs a few steps above the main bedroom. A 
series of streams, fountains, and gardens leads around 
the pool to a wide stretch of beach and a beach club 
restaurant.

Member Reviews & Ratings:

Absolutely excellent

Posted by nickdonohue from New York, NY on 3/12/07
We just returned from 5 nights at Casa del Mar and 
we're dying to go back. The grounds and facilities 
are beautiful, and it all feels very secluded and 
private. Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean 
was amazing. Food is so-so...breakfast and lunch 
were consistently excellent, the beach BBQ dinner 
featured overcooked fish. ROOM: 5.0ATMOSPHERE: 
5.0SERVICE: 4.0VALUE: 4.0RATING: 4.6
 
 
--WHERE TO DINE:

Baan Thai 
$-$$, Thai, San José del Cabo 
User Rating: ***** 5.0  

The aromas alone are enough to bring you through 
the door, where you're then greeted with visual 
and culinary delights. The formal dining room has 
Asian antiques, and a fountain murmurs on a patio. 
The chef blends Asian spices with aplomb, creating 
sublime pad thai, lamb curry, and the catch of the 
day with lemon black-bean sauce. Prices are reason-
able for such memorable food.

Café Olé 
¢-$, Mexican, Loreto 

Locals and gringos hang out here for terrific break-
fasts of scrambled eggs with chorizo (sausage) and 
huevos rancheros. It also serves good burgers, ice 
cream, and french fries.


C 
$$$-$$$$, American, The Corridor 
User Rating: ***** 4.7  

Famed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter is behind this 
restaurant in the One&Only Palmilla resort. Cylin-
drical aquariums separate the open kitchen from 
the dining room. An open-air bar has seating areas 
overlooking the rocky coast. Trotter's menu 
emphasizes vegetables -- salsify, wax beans, turnips
-- and pairs short ribs with parsnips and beets or 
rabbit with a sweet chili sauce. There's an awesome 
chocolate soufflé for dessert. The menu changes 
daily.


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