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The Office & Medano Beach
Pueblo Bonito Sunset
Beach Resort & Spa
Jan. 8-15, 2010
April 10-17, 2010
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
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
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
US Airways Flight Number 342
Departs Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on January 15 at 7:50
Arrives McCarran International Airport on January 15 at 8:00 PM
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,
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
More Cabo area shopping
Cabo Food Shopping
Cabo Villa - This
location is for rent!
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
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
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
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.
The Office & Medano Beach
Pueblo Bonito Sunset
Beach Resort & Spa
FRENCH RIVIERA BAKERY
Morelos/Blvd. Marina y Niños Heroes
Cabo San Lucas Baja California Sur
Camino a Playa El Medano
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
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
Frost rims of 2 cups with sugar.
Pass it through the fire, gilding the edge little
Add the tequila and the coffee liqueur to them
tilting the cup a little towards the fire so that the liqueur begins to
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
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.
OLD TOWN GALLERY
20 Obregon Street
San Jose del Cabo
Magdalena Whale Watching
WHALE WATCHING TOURS CABO SAN LUCAS
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
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
seeking both shelter from the frigid northern waters and refuge
to birth their young. Gray whales (also known as the
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.
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
milk, allowing the calf to build up blubber for the long return trip
north in the spring. Mother grays are extremely
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
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,
spectacular sight. Remember that the whales are moving and will
stay under for two to five minutes, so try to anticipate
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
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
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.
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
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,
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
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
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
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
March. Loreto also offers a variety of outdoor activities,
everything from water sports to exploring magnificent cave
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
bike terrains, or just relaxing on an unspoiled beach.
Todos Santos, Baja, California Sur,
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
Good beach for surfing, body surfing, boogie boards!
PLAYA PUNTA LOBOS
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
and out is quite a
PLAYA LAS PALMAS
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.
PLAYA SAN PEDRITO
South of town, west at Km. 59, then 1.5 miles to the beach.
PLAYA LOS CERRITOS
Located well south of Todos Santos at Km. 64. Then take the dirt road 1.5 miles
to the beach. Now has a beach
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.
Link to Cabo area shopping
FROM TODOS SANTOS TO CABO SAN
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"
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.
(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
Tyson Promotions, Inc - www.loscabosguide.com
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
The Grand Mayan Wyndham Los Cabos Resort
Office: (624) 143-8337 | Cell: 044 (624) 150-1000 or
044 (624) 358-0411
Discounts - http://www.loscabosguide.com/
del Arco Los Cabos Beach Resort
GROCERY STORE UPDATE
Cabo has really come of age! Here are the latest grocery shopping
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.
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
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 dictionary.com: 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
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
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
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.