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US Airways Flight Number 204
Departs McCarran International Airport on January 8 at 9:50 AM
Arrives Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on January 8 at 12:03 PM
Seat: 8F
US Airways Flight Number 333
Departs Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on January 8 at 2:36 PM
Arrives Los Cabos International Airport on January 8 at 4:35 PM
Seat: 20F
US Airways Flight Number 334
Departs Los Cabos International Airport on January 15 at 4:05 PM
Arrives Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on January 15 at 6:10 PM
Seat: 20A
US Airways Flight Number 342
Departs Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on January 15 at 7:50 PM
Arrives McCarran International Airport on January 15 at 8:00 PM
Seat: 8A
Traveler Name: BROWN, WILLIAM E
Seat: 8F, 20F, 20A, 8A,

8F, 20F, 20A, 8A

8E, 20E, 20B, 8B

Taqueria Los Paises  Taqueria Los Paisas - Roast beef tacos, stuffed potatoes,

Pastor style tacos and tripe. Leona Vicario s/n. Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Taqueria El Paisa
Authentic grilled beef tacos, quesadillas and potatoes. Two locations: (1) Revolución between Morelos & L. Vicario,

(2) L. Vicario & 20 de Noviembre, in front of Mocambo. Ph:143-1468. Daily, 6:30pm�1am; D, S - $

It appears to be located at - Leona Vicario at Revolución, Col Centro but I recommend additional research.

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Cabo San Lucas has become one of Mexico's most popular coastal getaways, with deluxe hotels, championship golf courses, and some of the best sport fishing

in the world. The population is growing faster than in any other part of Mexico. Yet, Los Cabos retains an air of mystery and of pristine beauty.


At the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of (also known as the Sea of Cortés), meet, and the land ends in a rocky point

called El Arco (The Arch). It is a place of rugged beauty. In the late 16th and 17th centuries, the Gulf side of the area was a favorite hiding place for pirates who

plundered Spanish galleons stopping there to take on fresh water. Later in its history, it was the mooring spot for the yachts of wealthy, vacationing Americans

who came to the warm waters of the Sea of Cortés to relax and to the Pacific Ocean to fish for the marlin and sailfish that leap out of the waves of the pounding surf.


Once solitary, sleepy villages, and now joined to create one of Mexico's fastest growing resorts are the two Capes. Located 1050 miles from the US border,

Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, are 18 miles apart via a four lane, divided highway. The view along the road is spectacular! In the 1970's the Mexican

government decided to combine the two towns into one resort area, called Los Cabos (the Capes). This was the beginning of what is now a major resort

consisting of Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, and the stretch of highway that connects them, called the Corridor.


The area is readily accessible through the local airport which is serviced by major airlines. Plan ahead and bring your favorite fishing rod and golf clubs, or rent

them locally. The waters of the Gulf abound with hundreds of species of game fish including marlin, amberjack, bonito, black sea bass, mahi mahi, roosterfish,

sailfish, snapper, wahoo, yellowfin tuna and yellowtail. There are many excellent fishing charters, and all of the major hotels arrange daily fishing expeditions.

A catch and release policy is an option observed in order to perpetuate the sport for years to come.


The many beaches offer opportunities for snorkeling, surfing, water skiing, and windsurfing. Diving, kayaking, and sailing can also be arranged. Whale

watching is popular along the mid-Baja coastline and tours depart regularly from Los Cabos. Golf is a major sport thanks to a process that recycles purified

waste water and uses it to irrigate the greens and fairways. There are at least six courses between the two Cabos. Golfers play against a backdrop of rugged

seaside scenes and desert terrain. The tee shot at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Palmilla course, must carry over a cactus filled arroyo. The same canyon wraps

around the front of the green as well.


Cabo San Lucas Nightlife Nightlife in Cabo San Lucas is full of youthful vitality and a rock beat. The nightly entertainment in the slightly more staid San José

del Cabo consists of live bands playing a combination of international pop and Latino music; disco and folk music. On most Saturday evenings during the

December - March tourist season there is a fiesta in Plaza Mijares in San José del Cabo. The fiesta features folk dances, mariachi performances, cockfight

demonstrations, and piñata breaking. Food vendors and artisans present their wares. Profits from food and beverage sales go to local charities.


The weather in Los Cabos is sunny and mild year round. The Gulf is calm and warm; the Pacific surging with energy, to the delight of surfers and photographers.

Many great beaches extend between the two Capes. In addition to the many sports offerings, there is an underwater nature preserve and endless miles of

natural rock formations that defy description of their beauty. Standing on the beach and looking out at the Pacific or at the Sea of Cortés is like being in another world.



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Morelos/Blvd. Marina y Niños Heroes

Cabo San Lucas Baja California Sur 23410, Mexico




Camino a Playa El Medano

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur Mexico 23410

Phone: 011 52 (624) 143-0801



Mexican Coffee - Recipe from Edith's

2 teaspoons sugar, divided
3 ounces tequila, divided
3 ounces coffee liqueur (recommended: Kalhua), divided
Ground cinnamon, to dust
2 cups prepared coffee, divided
2 scoops vanilla ice cream, divided
2 cherries


Frost rims of 2 cups with sugar.

Pass it through the fire, gilding the edge little by little.

Add the tequila and the coffee liqueur to them tilting the cup a little towards the fire so that the liqueur begins to flame.

Dust with cinnamon. Immediately add hot coffee and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Top with a cherry.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant.

The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated,

and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.


Captain Tony's Bar and Grill

The Marina on Plaza Las Glorias Dock

Cabo San Lucas Baja California Sur Mexico

Tel: 011 52 (624) 143-679






San Jose del Cabo, B.C.S.

Playa Acapulquito, Km. 28

Telephone: 011 52 (624) 142 2666




Things to Do


Tuesday Morning Coffee & Walk
Every Tuesday morning start with coffee at the San Jose Cafe behind the church at the beginning of

the historic Art District of San Jose del Cabo, then tour the Art Galleries. The Old Town Gallery

is one of the top fine art galleries in Los Cabos featuring fine art by local and international artists.


Thursday Art Night
Every Thursday evening, November through May, visitors and residents enjoy strolling the historic

Art District of San Jose del Cabo sipping wine and viewing the fine art. The Old Town Gallery is open

Thursday evenings until 9:00 p.m. for everyones viewing pleasure. New art is introduced into the gallery every week.



20 Obregon Street
San Jose del Cabo
23400 B.C.S.





Magdalena Whale Watching


The Gentle Giants of the Sea of Cortez - By Sabrina Lear
If you’re fortunate to be visiting Los Cabos in the months of January through March, it’s likely that at some point

during your stay you’ll be treated to the sight of whales spouting off shore. Many whales that feed in northern waters

migrate south each year. From mid to late fall, gray whales make the longest migration of any mammal, a 6,000 mile

journey from their summer homes in the Bering and Chukchi Seas between Alaska and Siberia, to winter in the warm

waters of Baja California and the Sea of Cortez. Averaging a speed of four to five knots, they arrive in late December

seeking both shelter from the frigid northern waters and refuge to birth their young. Gray whales (also known as the

Pacific gray, California gray or grayback) calve in the protected, shallow lagoons of San Ignacio, Scammon’s, Ojo de

Liebre and Magdalena Bay. Bottom-feeding grays are placid shore lovers who spend most of their lives traveling.


Once found in Europe and Asia, the gray population is now confined to the North Pacific, from Siberia and Alaska

south to Mexico.


Like all mammals, the gray whale is warm blooded, breathes air and nurses its young. Moderately large in size, they

range in length from 40 to 50 feet and can weigh up to 73,000 pounds, with males smaller than females. Gray in color,

hence the name, they are classified as Cetacea, marine mammals that include whales, porpoises and dolphins and

belong to Mysticeti, one of the three families of great baleen whales. Grays have no close relatives; they are the

single species of the family Eschrichtidae.


Grays, right whales and the family of fin, blue, sei, Bryde’s, minke and humpback whales (balaenopterids) have baleen

fringes, made of whalebone, instead of teeth. The baleen lines the upper jaw and works like a large comb, filtering

plankton from salt water and, in the grays’ case, sediment. When the whale’s mouth is full it closes and forces the

water out, catching the plankton in the baleen. When all of the residue is filtered, the whale swallows. Unlike other

baleen whales, grays are the only whale to bottom feed, staying down for 3 to 5 minutes to eat; leaving a trail of g

rooves in the ocean floor behind them. They can remain under water for fifteen minutes before running out of air.

Grays are characterized by a long snout and double blowhole on top of their head. In place of a dorsal fin, the gray

has a hump with dorsal ridges running to it’s flukes (tail).

The lagoons frequented by the grays are mid-way to three-quarters of the way down the Baja peninsula and offer

optimal conditions for female grays to give birth. After a gestation period of thirteen months, newborns enter the

world about 15 feet long and weigh around 1,500 pounds. Whale milk is more than 50% fat and 10 times richer than

cow’s milk, allowing the calf to build up blubber for the long return trip north in the spring. Mother grays are extremely

affectionate, playing constantly and bracing the calf on her back when it needs to rest. In the sheltered lagoons, the

calves learn survival skills and build their muscles by swimming against the ocean currents flowing into the calmer

waters. The calves weigh around 3,000 pounds and are about 19 feet long when they are ready to leave the lagoon.

The grays natural predators are sharks and orcas (killer whales) and mother grays are always on guard for the enemy.
Although each of the lagoons is hundreds of miles or more up the peninsula, whale watching around Los Cabos can

be very fruitful. While the gray whale is not the only species you will see (blue, humpback, sperm, Bryde’s, sei, fin,

and the occasional orca ply these waters) it is the most commonly sighted whale around Los Cabos. Many male

grays travel into the Sea of Cortez, as well as females, once their calves are mature enough to leave the sanctuary

of the lagoon.


Simply watching these incredible creatures frolicking amongst themselves is an awe-inspiring treat. Spouting, the

visible exhaling of air by the whale, is usually your first indication of whale activity, however, you may see breaching,

too. Breaching, when the whale leaps almost completely out of the water and falls back with a large splash, is a

spectacular sight. Remember that the whales are moving and will stay under for two to five minutes, so try to anticipate

what direction they are taking so you are able to focus on the location of their next breach or spout. You’ll also see

the whales showing their flukes, which is known as sounding. If you’re in a small boat, Zodiac or kayak, you will be

able to move in much closer and may get an eye-to-eye close-up with a new friend. Called spyhopping, this is where

the whale pushes itself up out of the water until he can see his surroundings (and you), and for first time whale

watchers this is especially thrilling.


If you want to see mothers and their calves first hand, whale-watching trips to Magdalena Bay (the closest calving

area to Los Cabos) are best made with daytrip fly-in tours. Aereo Calafia offers tours during the whale watching season.

This is a completely different experience than whale watching off the coast of Los Cabos as you are in a protected area

of extremely calm, shallow water. Here you will be able to interact with the whales and get much closer to them than in

the open ocean. The opportunity to pet whales is not uncommon. If you have more time to spend a few days in

Magdalena Bay, there are several tour companies that operate from Loreto as a base camp.


You will find that there are several local, top notch-whale watching tours that will bring you as close as possible to

the grays and other whales off the coast of Los Cabos and they generally conduct daily excursions from January to March.

La Paz
Location: Baja California Sur, Baja California Peninsula
Distance from Cabo San Lucas: 95 miles north

Baja California Sur is one of the least populous states in Mexico with less than 450,000 inhabitants. Originally occupied

by nomadic groups, the area was named a state in 1974 when tourist resorts like Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo

were developed in the area. Today, the state’s diverse landscape is one of its major attractions, with stunning narrow canyons,

hot spring lakes, the majestic mountain range of Sierra de la Giganta and the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve, with

lush vegetation and endemic fauna.


The state's capital, La Paz, is a world-class tourist destination offering a wealth of natural resources nestled in an authentic

small town ambiance. The unspoiled and inviting city is home to a variety of activities including sport fishing, snorkeling with

playful sea lions, diving with hammerhead sharks and giant manta rays, kayaking next to the dolphins and whales or just

lounging in the peaceful bays of Espiritu Santo Island. Visitors can also explore its many historic museums and authentic

handicraft shops throughout the city.


Los Cabos, on the other hand, is one of Mexico’s most breathtaking beach destinations, which include Cabo San Lucas,

San José del Cabo and the stretch of beach in between. As one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, the area

features world-class lodging and recreational facilities, including five-star hotels, luxury condominiums, impressive golf

courses, charismatic marinas and exquisite restaurants. The city’s location and functionality is ideal for a variety of water

sports and outdoor activities including fishing, swimming, sailing, diving in Playa Chileno and surfing in Cabo San Lucas

and Cabo Pulmo.


Just north of La Paz is the fishing village of Loreto, located along the Sea of Cortez. While Loreto is still a quiet fishing

village, a sustainable development project is underway to develop this area. Loreto is located near Magdalena Bay, one

of the most highly recommended lagoons for spotting gray whales and their calves between the months of January and

March. Loreto also offers a variety of outdoor activities, everything from water sports to exploring magnificent cave

paintings and colonial missions. Its major attractions are undoubtedly its beautiful beaches, preserved marine life and

semi-desert niches that shelter numerous endangered species.


The laid back town of Todos Santos, just north of Cabo on the Pacific coast, is another up-and-coming spot that’s

becoming a popular destination for visitors seeking a low profile, relaxed vacation. But contrary to popular legend, t

he Hotel California in this sleepy town has nothing to do with the Eagle’s song.


Baja California Sur is an ideal place for travelers interested in discovering ancient cave paintings, venturing into

challenging mountain bike terrains, or just relaxing on an unspoiled beach.


Todos Santos, Baja, California Sur, Mexico

Beaches in the area:

Northwest of town.
Take Topete north through the palm valley, follow the dirt road. Beautiful beach, but watch for the waves and

undertow when there is a big swell. A better beach for surfing than swimming.

North of town, take Topete (mid town) to the north.
The paved road turns to dirt...keep going...past the Agua Blanca campground signs.
Good beach for surfing, body surfing, boogie boards!

Located south of town at Km. 54, then west 1.5 miles to the beach.
The closest beach to 'downtown' Todos Santos. A beautiful beach used by the local fisherman, usually departing

through early in the morning, and returning between 1 and 3 p.m. Watching the fishermen negotiate the waves in

and out is quite a show!

South of town at Km. 57, then west for 1.5 miles.
One of the most spectacular beaches in southern Baja, and also a good swimming beach! This property surrounding

the beach is privately owned, so easy access is limited to the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and camping is not permitted.

South of town, west at Km. 59, then 1.5 miles to the beach.


Located well south of Todos Santos at Km. 64. Then take the dirt road 1.5 miles to the beach. Now has a beach

bar ,restaurant, toilets and showers.
Miles of open beaches, and some of the safest beaches near Todos Santos for swimming. A great place for shell

collecting, or just walking in the sand.



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Link to Cabo area shopping


A drive north from Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific side of the cape makes for a great day of sightseeing and shopping.

Travel out of downtown Cabo on the main drag and just follow the signs pointing you to Todos Santos.

The road north is well paved and maintained but watch out for livestock on the roads.There are dirt roads that

lead to the beaches all along this stretch of highway and it’s well worth exploring them.

Around KM 80, you’ll come across two small businesses on your left that you should stop in at. The first is the Blanket

Factory; the second is Art and Beer. The Blanket Factory produces some of the few homegrown products and has

some terrific hand-loomed rugs, blankets, clothing and hammocks. Walk through to the back of the shop and you’ll

see the loom where these items are all created. Have a custom design? The family who runs the show will have it ready

for you, usually in two days or less.


Just north is where you’ll find Art and Beer, an art gallery and restaurant owned and operated by Lourdes Campos and her partner

Alfredo Ruiz. The two are both artists and have become somewhat of an institution in their own right. Art and beer are not the

only things to be found here. Enjoy some chocolate clams or a wonderful lunch on the shaded patio or atop the sun drenched

rooftop of the main building, where the art, beer and the hospitable hosts can be found.

Once you’ve reached the sleepy town of Todos Santos you’ve arrived in a handicraft shopper’s paradise. Many little shops

can be found such as Artesanias Zahuapan where you can purchase silver, onyx and quartz products as well as handmade

blankets. For bronze sculptures, try Fenix de Todos Santos, who also carries cotton resort wear and Baja styled beach

clothing. Agua Y Sol is a good choice for wood and iron sculptures, jewelry and hand painted pottery.

Several galleries tempt the art lover to pop in and browse. Todos Santos has earned a reputation as the home of many

internationally recognized artists and the colony offers up a wide variety of items sure to please just about everyone’s tastes.

Spending time strolling the galleries and shops will no doubt build an appetite, luckily there are several excellent restaurants in town.
To return to Cabo, head back on Hwy 19 south, or, continue on towards La Paz. About 15 minutes out of Todos Santos,

you’ll come to the intersection of Hwy 19 and Hwy 1, take Hwy 1 south. The drive this way takes about an hour and a half to

two hours, but the drive through the Sierra Laguna Mountains and along the East Cape coastline is something you shouldn’t miss.


There are some groceries stores in Los Cabos, where you can get clothing and just about everything. "Costco" (Corridor), "Soriana"

(two locations: Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo), "Aramburo" (two locations: Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo),

"City Club" (Cabo San Lucas), "Mega Comercial Mexicana" (San Jose del Cabo), "CCC" (located next to the road to Todos Santos)

and "Ley" (also in San Jose del Cabo).




Playa El Faro Viejo (The Old Lighthouse Beach) El Faro Viejo, The Old Lighthouse, is somewhat inaccessible, but worth effort.

Four wheel (ATV's) All Terrain Vehicles for the trip are no longer permitted for outings to this impressive spot. Decades ago a

mechanized light house replaced the venerable structure. Towering sand dunes built by often powerful winds off the Pacific Ocean

offer sweeping vistas. It is now possible to drive a normal rental car most of the way to the old light house. Stop at the top of the hill,

the view is spectacular. Do not try to proceed any further as the sand is soft and the dunes very steep.



Driving Directions: Drive toward San Jose on Ave. Cardenas, which turns into Hwy 1. The factory is located 2 blocks northwest of of Hwy 1, off the bypass to Todos Santos.


Address: Lazaro Cardenas S/N Edificio Posada Local 6-A (2 blocks west of Hwy. 1) Cabo San Lucas, Baja 23410















































Hacienda Encantada Resort and Spa Kilometro 7.3 carretera transpeninsular Cabo San Lucas, BCS 23410








Cabo San Lucas Office Location - Directions and Map
Tyson Promotions, Inc -
Los Cabos Magazine - Los Cabos Visitor's Guide


Our offices are situated in the "Jacarandas" development, just outside of Cabo San Lucas, about 750 meters south of Mex 19. From

Cabo San Lucas take MEX 19 out of town toward Todos Santos; at Km. #125.5, about 2 miles out of town, look for the Tecate Beer

warehouse on the left side of the highway; turn left onto a paved road (there is a 8 meter dirt section between the highway and the

concrete pavement) just after the warehouse; we are on the left side of the road in a 3 story building; the office is on the second floor.

This new office will house the administration, sales and design departments. Our phone numbers and fax number will remain the same.

It helps to call our office first to make sure someone be be there, rather than just stopping by.

Office hours: Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 1 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Tyson Office - Cabo San Lucas




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Location Map


The Grand Mayan Wyndham Los Cabos Resort

Office: (624) 143-8337 | Cell: 044 (624) 150-1000 or 044 (624) 358-0411

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CCC Centro Comercial Californiano - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico



Cabo has really come of age! Here are the latest grocery shopping updates.

The most exciting local news for shoppers is the opening of a COSTCO store in Los Cabos, plus two other large Supermarkets, CCC and SORIANA. These stores bring a much need dimension to grocery and general merchandise shopping in our burgeoning area.

COSTCO - On the main highway about two miles out of Cabo San Lucas. It's like walking into the Twilight Zone. . . suddenly you are transported back home to your local Costco, with exactly the same layout, the same lighting, the same big baskets and merchandise that you see in the States. It's only after you've wandered the aisles a bit that you notice some other products that you might not find back home -- masa flour, dried hibiscus flowers (for that favorite Mexican tea Jimaica) and the large bags of jalapenos and dried pasilla chiles. There's one other special offering that I wish they had at our local stores -- in the bread department there's a bin where you can buy a dozen Mexican bolillos (French rolls) for 70 cents. If you only want to buy 6, it's still 70 cents, so we usually share the bag with friends. The rolls are great for sandwiches.

Most of the clothing is geared toward the beach type life in Cabo and the book department has both Spanish and English books. On the shelves you'll find a lot of Mexican brands of the same items you find at your home Costco. One other extra, sometimes there are people in the parking lot who will wash your car while you shop.

CCC and SORIANA - These two WalMart-like chains are competitors in Mexico and they have both opened gigantic stores on the Highway that leads to Todo Santos just outside of Cabo San Lucas. The competition is so fierce that they are forcing the prices everywhere in Cabo to be lowered. The most important thing is that these stores have the much needed refrigeration that has been lacking in most other groceries in Los Cabos. The vegetables and fruit are all very fresh, and the deli departments are extensive, especially in CCC. Both stores carry a wide variety of items including, clothing, prescription drugs, household products and magazines. Soriana goes even father, offering tires and hardware items. You can have your photos processed, and at Soriana you can leave the kids to play in a game arcade while you shop.

There are markets of all sizes and varieties in Los Cabos and you can probably find anything you want...if you know where to go. There are large Supermarkets (Supermercados), which are tailored to Northern tastes and often have the prices to match. Tourism has also brought an increase in specialty shops where you can find "exotic" items like bagels and lox, Italian prosciutto, and imported cheeses and wines. There are also many little stores along the highway where you can pick up necessities like bread, milk and beer.

So how do the locals do their shopping? They do it piecemeal, like they do in Europe or Asia or most countries where they don't have one-stop shopping malls. There are many small markets, known as bodegas or mercados including a chain of local markets, FRUTAS Y VERDURAS, easily recognized by their bright purple facades. And there are many local produce markets, bakeries and meat markets where prices are much more in line with you expect in Mexico.



Street shopping in San Jose del Cabo

Shopping in Cabo or Mexico in general can really be an experience. Many of you who have already traveled deep into Mexico or just over the border have experienced the small trinket shops that sell all kinds of Mexican handicrafts, including blankets, pottery, masks, silver jewelry, hats and much more.

The fun begins with the fact that in most of these small stores the price is far from fixed. The ability to haggle (definition from To bargain, as over the price of something; dicker: “He preferred to be overcharged than to haggle”). Well not I, if I can haggle the price down easily then I will. I don’t want to be a codo gringo but within reason the sellers expect you to do this.

Now mind you this is not the case in the more “gallery: like stores with very special or fine products for sale. It is also not acceptable to “Haggle” at the grocery or auto parts store for example. But in the street stores and vendors at the “Tianguis” (open air market) it is not only acceptable but expected.

Haggling can be fun and shouldn’t really stress you out. Now when a vendor offers a hammock for $50.00 USD for example how much lower should you offer? I generally cut the price in half. You may not necessarily get that price as you should expect a counter offer much higher. The process generally ends up in the middle between your low and their high.

Yes they do have that high of a margin on many products and I especially do this when buying a volume of things. Just remember if offered with a smile and respect they will not truly be offended. Many times they will act disappointed and begin to tell you their hard luck story. The fact is, many of these vendors for example in towns like Tijuana, Ensenada, Cabo or mainland tourist areas do make very good profits even while paying some pretty high rents.

Especially those beach vendors that just keep coming on most tourist beaches in Mexico, can really cut their price, as they pay no rent or permit fees at all. These are not the vendors you should really buy silver from as the “made In Mexico” and “521 silver stamps” are commonly fake as the Rolex watches sold in the street. The best place to purchase silver is in the true stores with clean display and a scale present to show you the quality.  

Now for a few Baja Insider tricks. First, always offer very low and when they counter offer just act like that’s too much and become disinterested at that price. Many times I’ll leave the store and go to the next starting the process over and then using the lowest I could get at the last store to motivate them to beat it. You can always return to the store with the best price or the best quality product.

Another tip is not to talk directly in front of the vendors when discussing the value with your shopping partner. Why? Because many of them do speak or understand English and may use what you say

to help close the deal or they may misunderstand what you are saying and become offended. Just ask for a moment and wander the store away from them while you discuss your desires

This is meant to be fun and not offensive. There is no reason to take what they say personally and if they do it generally is an act. I know plenty of vendors that can make very good income even at half price. Now this is not always the case with all products so if it is a uncommon product or they have a reason such as better quality they may be pretty tough on their price.

As far as products you need to be careful these days for instance if you’re buying some of those little guitars for the kids that they are not from China. Lately there have been a lot of imitation trinkets flooding the market form China. What is really funny is that many merchants forge to remove the made in China sticker while trying to pass it off as a Mexican made handicraft.

Haggling is only part of the adventure. Finding what you want in the color style and or size you like can be a bit of a treasure hunt. Many vendors will actually help you out if they don’t have what you are looking for and they will send you to a friend for your purchase. Most vendors are very cheerful and motivated almost to the point of being bothersome. If you politely ask to be left alone to browse most will accommodate you. Some vendors can be a bit pushy but remember you can always just smile and move on.

Realize however there are many differences in the quality of products. For example the typical Mexican blanket can be the light weight or heavy weight cotton. The sizes and quality of weave may differ as well. There are also some very beautiful wool blankets and wall hangings these days that are more of a gallery quality so don’t expect as much of a reduction in price on something like that.

Have fun but don’t carry it too far and become offensive or act as a cheapskate. Remember most likely the pesos you are saving are not of nearly as much value to you as they are to the vendor. There is however no reason to feel sorry for them and just pay the first price given. They really do put the prices up expecting a little discussion concerning price.