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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Sunday - July 4th, the day will begin at 10am with an all-Vehicle Parade. Any vehicle—golf carts, trucks, cars, bicycles—can enter the event, and prizes in a variety of categories will be offered for theme-decoration.
The parade route will meander through and around Bajamar, beginning at 11am, culminating at The Whale’s Tail palapa.
Fireworks, food and fun on the 4th of July.
Fireworks, Food and Fun at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, on Sunday July 4, 2010, in Baja California, Mexico; all for the benefit of The Flying Samaritans. The Flying Samaritans is an all volunteer organization that runs a free health clinic on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month for those who have no other access to health care in Rosarito Beach, helping over 300 patients a month.
The event will include Live Entertainment from 4pm to 10pm, Food at 15 different food Kiosks including traditional 4th of July fare of hamburgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob and of course, the finest fish and beef tacos ever. And the Finale will be fantastic display of Fireworks on the Rosarito Beach Pier. Plus a “Yankee Doodle Dandy” sing along. The Rosarito Beach Hotel is offering special week-end rates that include admission to the event.
VIP Package includes reserved seating so people can come and go as they please and still are assured a table under the tent, directly in front of the stage for the afternoon and evening. It also includes 6 free raffle tickets.
Joining in this event will be Furniture Expo who will be at the hotel Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an incredible array of great Furniture and accessories on display and for sale.
Thanks to the support of The Rosarito Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bancomer, The Rosarito Beach Hotel and Furniture Expo; The Flying Samaritans are looking forward to a great Charity Event.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Luxury Avenue Los Cabos, the one-of-a-kind boutique mall, offers visitors a unique shopping experience and the best retail therapy in Baja. In December 2009, Luxury Avenue Los Cabos marked its first anniversary with the opening of several high-end boutiques and the launch of their social media program, which brings their incredible shopping options directly to consumers. Throughout 2010, Luxury Avenue Los Cabos will continue to grow the number of upscale boutiques as it strives to become the number one shopping destination in Mexico.
Though Luxury Avenue Los Cabos opened with an impressive array of boutiques, within the first year it expanded to welcome several additional brands. Premiering first was TOUS, the Spanish brand with the teddy logo and Chopard, the renowned Swiss jeweler and watchmaker. Coinciding with the first anniversary, three impressive names, Paul & Shark, Cartier and Ferragamo, debuted their boutiques further solidifying Luxury Avenue as the place to shop. Marking Luxury Avenue's two-year anniversary, in December, Hermés, the world-famous French brand known for their exquisite leather goods and Birkin bag, will open. These new boutiques are just the latest in the long line of leading luxury brands who have opened at Luxury Avenue including CH Carolina Herrera, Coach, Fendi, Swarovski and Montblanc.
Luxury Avenue is the newest venture from Grupo Ultrafemme, the innovative company that developed the alluring and distinct retail divisions of Ultrafemme and Ultrajewels. With 10 locations throughout Mexico, Ultrafemme offers more than 500 of the world's best cosmetic, fragrance and skin care brands such as Chanel, Clinique, Christian Dior, Estée Lauder, La Mer, La Prairie, and Lancôme. The Ultrajewels boutiques, with 8 locations throughout the country, feature the finest jewelry and timepieces such as Rolex, Breguet, Breitling, Bvlgari, Cartier, Concord, David Yurman, Hublot, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Mikimoto, Omega, Panerai, Roberto Coin, TAG Heuer, Tiffany & Co, Zenith and more.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Known as "jurel" to Baja’s pangeros and commercial fishermen, this hard fighting cousin of the amberjack gave Ensenada its reputation during the 1940s and '50’s of being “the yellowtail capital of the world.” Even though they may no longer be present in their previous numbers, this spirited and tenacious jack (Seriola dorsalls) still offers an extremely valuable contribution to the area’s fishery.
Over the following decades, however, commercial development and a rapidly increasing population took their toll. But perhaps the most deleterious practice to negatively impact Ensenada’s yellowtail fishery was the mass, over-harvesting of baitfish stocks for the purpose of making fishmeal. Without the proliferation of forage fish, the once large schools of yellowtail that originally made the region famous gradually faded into memory.
Although not as voracious as the commercial harvesters a half century ago, the large tuna farms that are presently operating off of Baja Norte’s Pacific Coast continue to net massive quantities of baitfish such as sardines and anchovies. In the process, they impose a negative impact upon the very same bait resources that normally draw migrating yellowtail and other pelagic species into our area as the season progresses. But in spite of this fact, Bahia de Todos Santos still remains a productive venue for pursuing this popular gamester.
Nonetheless, yellowtail fishing off of Ensenada remains good in the spring and early summer, and often reaches its peak during late summer and early fall. The fish are generally found in areas ranging up to 60 miles from shore, and can be also be located near offshore banks or islands either electronically or by using more traditional methods, which include looking for surface disturbances as well as flocks of circling, diving birds.
While most anglers end up fishing for the migratory school-sized yellowtail that invade our waters between spring and fall, the real diehards fish for them practically year round by targeting the big, resident "homeguard" fish that can be taken between the southern tip of Islas Todos Santos, and the rocky promontories and pinnacles that thrust above the water’s surface just off the end of the Punta Banda peninsula. Many of these bruisers "forktails" can weigh over 30 pounds. Actually hooking and landing one of these bad boys can be a hit or miss proposition during the off season, but if you are lucky enough to do so, you are in for a fight of a lifetime.
Homeguard "mossbacks," which are often even targeted during winter months, can be particularly frustrating because of their incredible strength and stamina. Once hooked, they will usually begin a powerful, long run toward any type of structure, and have an unnerving ability to wrap your line around whatever is available. When this occurs, it almost always results in a lost fish.
It is essential that your tackle be in top condition and, ideally, you should have a separate rod set up for each specifically different situation; one for live bait, one for iron and one for trolling. Large, mackerel-patterned Rapala-style hard baits work well on the troll, while light surface iron is most effective for casting to boiling fish.
Hungry homeguard yellowtail are rarely able to resist a well-presented live sardine or small mackerel that is dropped right in front of their nose. Baits can sometimes be cajoled to swim to greater depths by simply hooking them through the flesh near the anal fin. When yellowtail are observed crashing schools of baitfish, one of the most effective artificial baits is a surface iron jig in chrome, pewter or a blue/white combination. Cast directly at the activity, let the lure sink for a few seconds, then retrieve at a moderate speed and prepare yourself for a jarring strike.
But, when yellowtail are holding deeper in the water column, heavier bottom iron can be deadly when allowed to fully descend to the bottom, and is then cranked up rapidly. Needless to say, fresh line is always a must when targeting homeguard yellowtail, as are premium hooks that will not bend or break under the pressure. In recent years, the advent of high-quality fluorocarbon leaders that are virtually invisible have made fishing for these sometimes line-shy fish a bit easier.
As table fare, unless it is properly handled and prepared, yellowtail can tend to have a somewhat gamey flavor. That is why it is important to bleed and chill the ones you intend to keep to maintain optimum quality, and then carefully remove all of the dark reddish meat during the filleting process. If that is done, you will then be able to treat friends and family to world-class hamachi sashimi as well as thick, tasty fillets of grilled yellowtail cooked over mesquite. And smoked yellowtail is considered a gourmet delicacy.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
It's summer and it's hot. This time of year, along the Sea of Cortez, things heat up and slow down; especially in San Felipe. The snowbirds have gone home and the rest of us look for things to keep ourselves busy. This year we are going to celebrate summer, we're going to throw ourselves a party . . . The San Felipe way; when things get hot, San Felipians make it hotter.
Spicy food, hot music, hot weather and cold cerveza are on the menu for the 1st Annual San Felipe Salsa Festival, July 3, in San Felipe, Baja California. Playa San Rafael is the place for a one-day celebration of everything salsa and summer—the food, the music and the dance. You can taste it, you can dance it and you can even take it home!
The event begins a 11 a.m. and will feature the salsa creations of the community, a horseshoe tournament, arts and crafts booths, live music, a barbeque, and lots of great food. The event is free to the public to attend. If you would like to attend, exhibit, compete in the salsa competition or the horseshoe tournament, please visit www.sanfelipesalsa.com for more information.
If you're looking for hot summer fun in San Felipe over the 4th of July holiday weekend, then there is no better and more affordable way to have a good time. This is the first annual San Felipe Salsa Festival and, in an effort to get everyone involved, we have created a variety of activities for everyone—salsa lovers and businesses alike.
Playa San Rafael is located at KM 178.3 on highway 5 north of San Felipe, behind Baja Java and Blowin' Smoke BBQ.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
By: Greg McKinney
It has been said that anyone who travels to Mexico enough will eventually have a “tequila story”….
My girlfriend Melissa and I had come to visit San Felipe in northern Baja for a week. We had found our “little slice of paradise” there on the Sea of Cortez and were having a house built. We were also celebrating our birthdays (we share the same day!). Melissa had driven the last leg of the 12 hour trip from the San Francisco bay area and was not feeling quite as refreshed as I, the guy who can sleep through anything. Pulling into our place, we unpacked and I left her there to rest in our casita while I joined some friends for a barbeque at another campo several kilometers away.
A bottle of “Milagros” tequila disappeared while I was enjoying the steak and shrimp. I lost track of my intake after the first few shots and my sense of balance was put to the test as I walked over to my truck for something I no longer recall. I never made it back to the party. I had stumbled, silently, off a cliff in the night! Gravity took over and I was found sometime later, arms and legs stretched out like a starfish on the beach. My friends brought me back up to the top to “sleep it off” in the front seat of their Jeep. I awoke a few hours later, in pain and gasping for breath. I searched for the keys to my truck, fighting for each lungful of air. Confused, wondering what had happened to me, I was determined to get back to Melissa at the casita.
I made it safely there only to pass out from lack of oxygen.
When I came to, my moaning and heavy breathing woke her up as I dragged myself inside. “What’s wrong with you” she said waking up, clearly annoyed with me. The bedside light came on, illuminating my giant head magnificently as Melissa attempted to see what all the fuss was about. “I, I don’t know”, I honestly squeaked trying to take in and release enough air to speak. “I think I’m allergic to the shrimp” was all I could imagine. She had known me for 7 years and knew that I had no such allergy. Bless her heart; she had the presence of mind to insist on taking me to the emergency room at the St. James Infirmary in San Felipe.
The nurse on duty examined me and found no marks on my body to account for my distress but sure became quite animated as he looked at the results of my x-rays.
A broken left shoulder, broken left collar bone, five broken ribs on the left front side with the middle rib puncturing the left lung. My right lung had also collapsed. The nurse stated that if I did not get flown out of there right then to the UC San Diego trauma center, I would probably die. A quick call north revealed that it was a busy weekend and there was no bed space available in San Diego, so I was going to be transported by ground ambulance. The Mexican ambulance crew was both gentle and professional on the code 3 (lights and sirens) run to the El Centro Regional Medical Center. Somewhere past La Ventana, I awoke to find both of the EMT techs standing over me. They had been working to resuscitate me! Job well done!
We were detained at the border only long enough to move me to an American ambulance service from Calexico. Eleven hours after my impact with the beach, two chest tubes were inserted into me to re-inflate both lungs. Later that day, I was flown to UC San Diego to spend the rest of my birthday week in their ICU.
Here is what I learned from all of this: 1) Tequila, while very good, is not meant to be consumed in such large amounts! 2) The medical treatment available that night in San Felipe, while ultimately saving my life by stabilizing me for transport north, was not sufficient to treat my injuries. We need our own trauma center in San Felipe. Until then, I’d advise everyone to look into some kind of “Life Flight” insurance like SKYMED because out-of-pocket ambulance costs can be kind of pricey. 3) It is so easy to take the good you have in your life for granted. I could have easily died that night. The many facets of this story are insignificant to me compared to the fact that I am still here to tell it. I am now well and forever changed.
Ten months after my accident, my very forgiving love, Melissa, married this “Humpty Dumpty”. She and I still travel frequent to visit our beautiful home in our “little slice of heaven” on the Sea of Cortez-San Felipe. Vaya con cuidado!
by La Huerita
In Mexico the phrase "From Tijuana to Chetumal" is a way of saying "From one extreme to another." Taken literally it refers to the diversity of Mexico's geography: Tijuana, in the extreme northwest, inhabits a desert environment abutting California along the Pacific Ocean; Chetumal, to the extreme southeast, is in a tropical climate on the Atlantic Ocean, abutting Belize. In between is a vast country of multiple climates and cultural diversity, a veritable smorgasbord of delight for the serious traveler.
Lucky me to have had the opportunity to be greeted as "Huera" ("blondie"—"huerita" being an affectionate diminutive of that) from the extremes of the country through that smorgasbord in between! It's been a privilege, a joy and a great learning experience even when comfort was not exactly part of the adventure.
In the "White City" of Merida I've enoyed the typical Sunday afternoon party in the Plaza, with the streets roped off and its people, dressed in their Sunday best, eating, talking, laughing, singing, holding hands, bargaining with vendors for hand crafted items . . .
In Playa del Carmen, before it got famous, I laughed with children along dusty streets, followed as we walked by earnest little black piglets, and one stormy night I was entertained by lightning flashes illuminating a squirming mass of scorpions crawling up the window screen to escape the flooding on the ground.
In a dusty little town along some coast I spent two nights in a tiny hotel where the shower curtain doubled as a bathroom door, there was no hot water and fireflies lit up the room in the evening. The sound of the waves just feet away lulled me night and day; I could have stayed longer and been happy.
In old Cabo I experienced the great solar eclipse, ate myself into oblivion at El Pollo de Oro and got a ticket for "wild parking" when I pulled over to talk to a friend who was crossing the street.
During Dia de los Muertos I celebrated the life of a friend who was buried in a local cemetery. I've been terminally sunburned on the beaches of Cancun; puffed my way up the steep cobbled streets of Puerto Vallarta next to a donkey with a load of firewood; mellowed out in Manzanillo; watched summer thunderstorms roll in over the mountains behind Mazatlan and ridden in a pulmonia through the rain, grinning as if I had good sense; shopped till I dropped in Guadalajara; ridden both "chicken" buses and luxury buses; whale watched at Magdalena Bay; partied at the Rosarito Beach Hotel; kicked back in San Felipe; tidepooled in Rocky Point . . . Ah, where does the time go? I've hardly begun!
Mark Twain once said, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness . . ." I'd like to believe I wouldn't have those traits, regardless; but, if any of them were lingering within, traveling and living in Mexico helped remove them. Just one more reason to be grateful.
Thank you, Mexico. Muchisimas gracias!
I would like to comment on the "Sportfishing vs. Tuna Pens and Illegal Gill Netting" by Dann Manz, published in the May edition of Mexico Living.
HATS OFF TO YOU, DANN MANZ, for speaking out against these tuna pens and gill nets!
We need more folks in Baja like you, who care about our environment, and have the cutzpah to make their opinions heard!
And thanks to the Mexico Living editors for printing this article!
—Vivian Marlene Dunbar, Tijuana
MLG - Vivian, I've passed along your "kudos" to both Dann Manz and the publishers, and we all thank you for taking the time to give us a pat on the back.
Moving to Mexico
I thought I saw an ad from a company that specializes in moving people to Mexcio. I can not find it now. Do you have any information on that or a website I can go to?
Also what are the rules on driving our own stuff down? Anything you can give us would help.
We will be moving to Loreto. Our FM3 is ready for us to pick up this next week on our next trip down there.
---Michelle, Grapeview, Washington
MLG - Michelle, we're extremely excited that you've decided to relocate to Baja.
The company you are referring to is San Felipe Moving & Storage. The article appeared on page 14 of the November 2009 issue. Visit their website, www.sanfelipesafestorage.com, and click on "Importing Your Goods." Also,
I would recommend that you contact them for more detailed information. Please, let us know how the moves goes.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
June 24–26, 2010
Tripui Sportfishing is a group of anglers that call Puerto Escondido in beautiful Loreto, Baja California Sur, home. Puerto Escondido is located on the Sea of Cortez, surrounded by the Islands of Loreto and the Sierra La Giganta mountains. Tripui Sportfishing's purpose is to raise monies for local charities and to take advantage of the great fishing in Loreto, or as Tournament Chairman Bud Dees says, "The number one purpose of the Tripui Fishing Tournament is to have FUN!"
It's Donna Roberts, Kat Hammontre, Tina Winston, John Pack, and many more June babies Birthdays. We are all celebrating the LIFE AFTER CANCER TOUR. Be the first to see our first two pieces June 25, at Rumors Beach Bar 4:00. From there the Pieces of art will travel to Galleries throughout Mexico and the United States. Additional Pieces will be available November 2010 done by some of Mexico's most famous Artists. Who will be attending the party also. Tavo's band, Denny Flannigan, Jim Manning and others will be entertaining. This also included a spaghetti dinner and many Surprises. The cost is $8.00. Tickets available at Rumors, Kat's Korner, Sunrunner Mail Center, Cancer Center, Fat Boy's, San Felipe Salt CO., and Tina at Jolly Mons Bar.
See you all there
Monday, June 21, 2010
Medical Tourism Industry Certifications
Maintaining High Quality Services in the Medical Tourism Industry
One of the primary concerns for health travelers is whether foreign providers can offer the same high-quality medical care they receive in their country of origin. This growing demand for foreign healthcare providers has prompted the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the best known healthcare accreditation group in the USA, to form an international offshoot known as the Joint Commission International (JCI).
In 1999, the JCI began surveying and accrediting hospitals and healthcare facilities outside of the USA. There are now 9 accredited hospitals in Mexico and over 220 worldwide, providing quality services for the medical tourism industry.
Americn British Cowdray Medical Center IAP - Observatorio Campus, The
Mexico City, Mexico
First Accredited: 06 December 2008
American British Cowdray Medical Center IAP - Sante Fe Campus, The
Mexico City, Mexico
First Accredited: 12 December 2008
Christus Muguerza Alta Especialidad
Monterrey , Mexico
First Accredited: 22 July 2007
Program: Ambulatory Care
First Accredited: 23 April 2008
Hospital CIMA Hermosillo
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
First Accredited: 11 December 2008
Hospital CIMA Monterrey
San Pedro Garza Garcia N.L., Mexico
First Accredited: 19 December 2008
Hospital Mexico Americano, SC
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
First Accredited: 20 March 2010
Hospital San Jose Tec de Monterrey
Monterrey , Nuevo Leon, Mexico
First Accredited: 25 December 2007
Hospital Y Clinica OCA, S.A. de C.V.
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
First Accredited: 27 September 2008
This article contains information provided courtesy of Health-Tourism.com. Health-Tourism.com is a directory of medical centers that cater to international patients. Additional Medical tourism in Mexico links avail: http://www.health-tourism.com/mexico-medical-tourism/