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Los Cabos Magazine Issue 45 Winter 2017

Los Cabos Magazine | winter 2017 29 enthusiasts. This picturesque village features one of the oldest and largest living coral reefs in the Western Hemisphere, and, thanks to its status as a protected marine sanctuary, the highest concentration of marine life in the Sea of Cortés. The essential day trip destination, however, is La Paz, the capital city of Baja California Sur. Not only is La Paz the seat of history and culture in the region but it also boasts the most spectacular beaches this side of Quintana Roo. La Balandra was recently voted the most beautiful beach in México, and neighboring playas like Pichilingue and El Tecolote offer similarly pearl white sands and sparkling turquoise waters. The latter two are actually superior when it comes to regional culinary specialties like chocolatas (chocolate clams) and marlin en escabeche, and El Tecolote provides magnificent views of the uninhabited island of Espíritu Santo. The city itself is like a vintage picture postcard come to life. The three-mile long malecón is gorgeous, an art-studded boardwalk framed by sun, sea, sand, and the terminus of the El Mogote Peninsula. The malecón comes alive in the evening, when local families stroll or bike along the seaside promenade, backlit by one of one of the capital city’s famous sunsets. FRANCISCO ESTRADA (2) L I F E S T Y L E From left: Pitahayas is the signature dining establishment at Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, Hacienda del Mar; Balandra is one of nearby La Paz’s most famous beaches. But despite the region’s astonishing beauty—from Los Cabos to La Paz— it was as much the people as the places that persuaded me to stay. I found the residents and their warm, welcoming hospitality utterly charming when I arrived six years ago, and I still do today. I suspect you will, too. In fact, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if you wanted your vacation to last a lifetime. Sometimes that happens. Y


Los Cabos Magazine Issue 45 Winter 2017
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