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An hour north of Casa Esquina, up scenic Highway 1, at mile 69, along the pacific coast lies a stretch of beach called Cerritos. Most every day it's a quiet beach frequented most by surfers and expats that live in the area. On Sunday however the beach comes to life...with the sound of music.  


 Venture off the highway, travel down a dusty, bumpy road to Cerritos Beach Club for a Sunday afternoon you won't soon forget. One friend describes Cerrito's as her 
                            "Heaven on Earth".

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Daline Jones and Diego Ramirez are celebrating 7 years of performing their jazz stylings at Cerritos. "I loved them them on our very first trip to Cabo, and now plan our flights to make sure there is always a free Sunday to make the trip up towards El Pescadero". 



During whale season, you might even see a few Greys bobbing in the surf to the music, which may be Jazz, Soul, Latin or Pop.  Performances are 2-5 pm. Get there early for a good table. 


Kick off your sandals, settle your toes in the soft sand, sit back and enjoy or get up and dance.

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You can pack your own beach chairs, umbrellas and even cooler if you wish but the waiters will provide service right to the water's edge. There are also many loungers and umbrellas in the restaurant vicinity for use by restaurant patrons. However, sitting between the stage and the surf will not allow optimum enjoyment of the music. 



For the best experience, I recommend planning for lunch at Cerritos Beach Club. The new menu is greatly improved with a good variety of choices from Ceviche to Hamburgers. Drinks will run you 4.50 for a beer and 8.00 for cocktails. The chili dog and beer combo at 5 bucks is budget friendly. They also have their own brand of tequila, that I have been told is pretty good, and is served ice-cold.

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If you're looking for something for the kids to do, while you hang out at the beach bar, Mario's Surf School provides 1 or 2 hour lessons. Private lessons are available starting at  60.00 per student. Great instruction and attention will ensure the kids will be at least standing on the boards before the lesson is over, and be sound asleep in the car on the ride home! Send Mario an email a few days ahead to secure your reservation. The beach here provides pretty reliable waves. 


Don't forget to pack the boogie boards as well. You'll see every age group here playing in the waves. It's nice to be able to go out quite a ways and still be able to touch bottom, 

For the ultimate relaxation, a beach massage can fit the bill. There were at least 7 massage tables set up on our  last visit and they were all busy. 


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Or perhaps a peaceful walk down the couple mile stretch of beach, past the surfers, the fisherman, the kiters and the kids is what your heart desires. 

Donkeys and cows frequent the highway so hit the road before it gets dark. Have your waiter stamp your parking pass and it's customary to tip the parking attendant.
 
On the drive home you can try to figure out how to change your flights so you can do it all again next week. 

Karen Barnert never tires of Sunday's at Cerrito's.  You can also catch Daline and Diego at Medano Beach at Cascada's on Tuesday evenings, or The Office on Fridays. For surf lessons www.mariosurfschool.com For off season updates on entertainment schedules www.ceritosbcs.com
 
 
I've loved sailing since I was a teen at summer camp, when I learned the all the basic how-tos on a 13 foot Sunfish. However, life had gotten in the way, as it often does, and I had forgotten how exhilarating it was to glide across the water, sails full and the late afternoon sun warming my skin.

When I climbed aboard Cabo Sailing's boat, Synergy, it reminded me of exactly how much I love sailing. Originally, I booked the tour because of the substantial two-for-one savings I recieved through Los Cabos passport. But once on deck, I realized that I would have gladly paid full price for the experience.
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That evening, there were only 10 guests on board the 42-foot boat, which can accommodate up to 18 people, including the crew. Our group was 8 so It meant we had a nearly private tour without having to pay the private tour price. 

We were welcomed on the Synergy by the deckhand, Israel, and our skipper Ramon. We were encouraged to board barefoot. This not only helps to keep the boat clean, but also provides better traction if you want to walk from the bow to the stern. Naturally it immediately tells your mind to relax. 


Our group quickly settled into the sundeck loungers and the seating area under the awning of the cockpit. We were given a brief orientation, and then we got to the good stuff: cocktails, wine and beer. We passed the yachts in the marina and glided towards the open bay under a surprisingly quiet motor. A trip down below gave me a sense of how luxurious a sailboat could be. There were two fully-furnished sleeping cabins, each with a head (toilet) and shower. Surrounded by the rich wood tones of mahogany is the main salon,  and a chef's galley where Israel prepared a perfect light snack of smoked meats and cheeses.



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We passed by Lover's Beach and paused near Los Arcos for the obligatory tourist photos in front of the famous rock formations. We greeted seals and slid past Scooby-Doo Rock. We heard waves crash against Divorce Beach as we passed Land's End. And as we came to Solmar Beach and the exclusive community of Pedregal, the sails puffed with wind. the motor turned off and we were under the power of nature. I looked up and saw the most glorious red sunset ever. "Can this trip not end? Can we freeze this moment? Can we just keep going to Hawaii?" we begged Ramon as the sun melted into the sea.

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As we turned and headed for home, we spotted the Synergy's sister boat, the Mistral, skippered by Ulysses. The race was on! We all cheered loudly as we pulled slightly ahead---there was no doubt in our minds we won the race! However, as we approached the arches again, a small pod of whales appeared. "Change of Plans!" exclaims Ramon. We followed the pod for a short time and enjoyed some incredible Kodak moments.

As dusk enveloped us, we headed back towards the marina with the music cranked LOUD! REALLY LOUD! We all started singing along, as if we were rockstars and Ramon was the band leader with his intense, passionate voice.


Maybe it's the rum punch, maybe it's the sea air, or maybe this energy is what sailing is all about! I love sailing, I really do!!

Karen Barnert travels to Los Cabos often and takes a sunset cruise every time!!! The disclaimer on this story...it's a compilation of a couple trips...maybe it's the sea air...maybe it's the rum punch...or maybe it's how great times in Cabo just start to blend together!!!
For more info about Cabo Sailing Adventures www.cabosailing.com
 and for the Los Cabos Passport Saving Card www.loscabospassport.com
PS. If you go ask Ramone for his autograph, the Rock Star we know he is!!!
 

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