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Monday, January 31, 2011

WEATHER - Cold front to impact Mexico

Cold front No. 22, accompanied by a great mass of Arctic air, will bring winter conditions, including snow on the northern, central and western plateaus, and a steep drop in temperatures over a large portion of the country.

According to the National Weather Service (SMN), the country will still experience cold temperatures during mornings and nights and freezing temperatures during the day in the northeastern states. The Gulf of Mexico and the eastern isthmus area will also experience a drop in temperatures, although not as harsh. The SMN noted that in the southern and eastern regions of the country, and on the Yucatan peninsula, there will be moderate rain.

The government agency stated there is currently a strong wind current causing overcasting in the western, central and northeastern regions of Mexico. The skies will be cloudy in these areas, including the Pacific region, which, in spite of the overcast weather, will experience warm weather.

The SMN noted that the North Pacific area can expect clear, to cloudy skies, cold to freezing temperatures during the morning and warm temperatures during the day. The Central Pacific area can expect clear skies, and hot weather.

The Gulf of Mexico can expect cloudy skies, probable of rain, foggy weather in the Eastern Chiapas Sierra and cool to warm temperatures during the day.

The weather service stated that the Yucatán Peninsula can expect cloudy skies, a probability of rain and mild to hot temperatures.

The state of Campeche and its surroundings can expect cloudy skies, a probability of rain and mild to hot temperatures.

The Northern Plateau will experience cloudy skies, probability of rain, snowfall or sleet in higher areas, freezing temperatures during the morning and cool to mild temperatures during the day.

The Central Plateau should expect cloudy skies, fog, cold to freezing temperatures during the morning, and cool to mild temperatures during the day.

The highest temperature in the country on Sunday was 33 degrees Celsius in Acapulco and the lowest was -13 degrees Celsius in La Rosilla, Durango.

Moderate rain is expected in the states of Campeche, Chiapas, the State of Mexico, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Veracruz and Yucatán, with drizzle in Chihuahua, Cohauila, Durango, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Puebla, Zacatecas and Mexico City.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

BGLC DISCOUNT -Rosarito Beach Hotel


Rosarito Beach, BC Mexico
BGLC Member Discount: 20% Discount on Ocean Front Rooms, SPA, and Food & Beverage. Restrictions apply

Rosarito Beach Hotel offers to all Baja Good Life members a 20% Discount on Ocean Front Rooms, SPA, and food & beverage. Restrictions apply. Valid everyday except US & MX holidays, only with BGLC identification. F&B except Lobster and fine cuts.

The Hotel has been at the heart of the popular resort destination that grew up around it. Today, as the legendary hotel becomes a 500-room full-service resort, it remains the region’s most popular hotel and a must-see destination for the city’s more than one-million visitors a year. With its grandeur, world-class restaurants, entertainment, lodging options and activities, it is easy to see why.

Contact Rosarito Beach Hotel - CLICK HERE

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BGLC DISCOUNT - Dali Delikatessen & Gourmet

BGLC DISCOUNT - Dali Delikatessen & Gourmet
Loreto, BCS Mexico
BGLC Member Discount: 10% off Tuesdays and Thursdays

Dali's Delikatessen & Gourmet is a store where you can find the best quality and also hard to find food products and the best wine, great prices, volume discount and much more waiting for you in Loreto. A must in Loreto, you have to check it out. Let your creativity grow. They offer from the easiest meals to the most important ingrediants for your recipes.

Large Variety of Gourmet Items
Large variety of meats, including steaks, lamb, pork, tuna, ahi, chicken, duck and salmon. They also have great selection of dairy items, such as creams and both soft and hard cheeses, plus frozen fruits and vegetables.

Contact Dali Delikatessen & Gourmet - CLICK HERE

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BGLC DISCOUNT - Redwagon Property Services

BGLC DISCOUNT - Redwagon Property Services
San Felipe, BC Mexico
BGLC Member Discount: Stay 3 nights get 4th night free

Redwagon Property Services has been serving San Felipe homeowners and vactioners for 11 years. We are well established within the community and can save you money with our offer PLUS we can set up a complete vacation package for you. Let us show you

Contact Redwagon Property Services - CLICK HERE

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

SAN FELIPE - V-Day at Rumors

SAN FELIPE - V-Day at Rumors
Time: February 14, 2011 from 10am to 11:45pm

Location: Playa de Oro - Rumors Bar & Grill
City/Town: San Felipe BC Mexico
Event Type: party

Organized By: Rumors Bar & Grill

Monday, February 14 at 6:00pm at Rumors Bar & Grill. NO COVER CHARGE! Special Dinner Menu (4 Dinner Options). Some Surprises & Music by Denny Flannigan! So Bring Your Sweetie!




Friday, January 28, 2011

SAN FELIPE - Musician Spotlight ~ 2011 Band Line Up!

Spotlight on 5th Annual San Felipe International Blues and Arts Fiesta Fiesta Music!
Mark your calendar for March 26, 2011! The 5th Annual San Felipe International Blues & Arts Fiesta proudly presents a stellar line up of bands guaranteed to rock the best little town in the Baja.
Agave Blues again graces the B&A stage with that down home blues & rock groove and musical ensemble magic which defines class and style. A multi-talented group hailing from San Felipe, this band has won numerous awards and headlined the “Ensenada Blues & Rock Fiesta”. Audiences always howl for more because the guitar solos soar, the beat never lets up, and the keyboard riffs kick ass. Also Agave Blues is the host band for the Blues & Arts Fiesta and the guys work hard to put out the welcome mat.
Javier Batiz, world renowned master guitarist and his hot band, hail from Tijuana, Mexico. Batiz’ legion of fans know, Javier doesn’t play stereotypical Latin music but rather delivers a pulsing and inclusive style which just burns up the stage. Known as the “Godfather of Mexican Rock”, the legendary Carlos Santana credits Batiz as the reason he decided to play guitar! Oozing charisma and charm, Javier Batiz marks his second appearance at Blues & Arts 2011 ~ and is back by popular demand.
Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies also return to our stage in San Felipe. Our friends from Seattle bring their Texas/Chicago style to deliver high energy Blues like nobody else. Becki Sue & the Daddies guarantee a GREAT stage show. Count on blazing guitar talent, smokin' sax and blues harp riffs, and powerful & sexy Becki Sue vocals. She sizzles along with two male vocalists & upright bass. The Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies band are steeped in a rich blues tradition, laced with plenty of startling originality.
Chet Cannon & the Committee happily return for a third appearance as musical artists Chet gets it done on stage showing a lifetime dedication to the blues scene, rich in tradition and new tunes too. Audiences know Chet's good time blues and swing rockin' boogie connects with appreciative audiences. Unforgettable shows every time. Also known for consistent humanitarian work, Chet & the Committee musical contribution is the gift that keeps on giving.
Deja Blues, newcomers to the B&A Fiesta brings a strong blues & rock style to our show. Based in Ensenada Deja Blues inspires a dedicated fan base who know this is one of the great bands in the Baja. The diversity of style and outstanding stage energy is nothing short of amazing. This fabulous band was “discovered” by our producers at the Ensenada Festival last June. We invited them immediately to perform in San Felipe for this year’s Blues & Arts Fiesta.
Libre joins the B&A stage for the first time this year. For more than 15 years the musicians of Libre have discharged a fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms, Latin Soul with a dash of Jazz, topped off with Blues and Rock. The music mixture is a fusion of flavors which energizes audiences and astonishes concert goers . The Libre sound and performance chemistry is a trademark of this band. Libre's haunting rhythms and sophisticated delivery must be experienced "live" to be understood.
Michele Lundeen, dubbed "The Queen of Steam", returns for her 5th appearance in San Felipe. Michele is universally recognized as gifted interpreter of blues oriented songs. And her high energy performances tell the story of songs in a deeply emotional way, hitting listeners right in the gut. Stirring vocals and her hot stage presence visibly moves audiences everywhere. Humor, empathy, and that VOICE! Michele sings from the heart with a soul-revealing intensity rarely matched today, and evokes the very best comparisons with Joplin, Midler, and Raitt.
Mosk Trio is a power trio with a totally unique style and unparalleled stage charisma. This band hails from Mexicali and perform in every major music event in that city’s vibrant music community. Mosk Trio brought down the house last June in Ensenada with power interpretations of well known songs, but never heard like this. The Mosk Trio band is a grand trio and a can’t miss new addition to this year’s line up.
Ruta 69 returns by popular demand for their second appearance. Ruta 69 also hails from Ensenada. They deliver one hit after another and this richly layered musical ensemble takes rock entertainment to another level. A multi-layered band with strong vocals, pleasing percussion, and soaring guitars, Ruta 69 must be enjoyed in person. The technical expertise of this band makes seasoned concert goers’ heads spin with joy because these guys are that good. Come on Bros! We love you.

Author MaryLou Austin works as a writer, editor, and media producer in San Felipe, B.C., Mexico.

TODOS SANTOS - 5KM Walk / Run

3rd Annual Todos Santos 5 KM Walk / Run - Feb 5th - The time is fast approaching and we see you out there in the streets of Todos Santos, walking and running hard and training for the big event!- the 3rd annual Todos Santos 5km walk/run sponsored by Romex, Omar Ochoa Carpinteria and Rancho Pescadero. Advanced registration can be done Feb 3rd and 4th from 11:00 - 2:00 at Cafelix or also the day of the race for 150 pesos. The 1 km for children and families is only 10 pesos. Starting gun is at 9:00 am in Plaza Marquez de Leon, and for those of you training to run your personal best the event is computer timed. See you there for a morning of celebration.

All proceeds to support the Palapa Society's Chino Project for children in our community with major medical needs. - Tori Sepulveda, oscarntori@yahoo.com.

LOS BARRILES - Drum Workshop

DRUM WORKSHOP - Bill Matthews will be returning for a three day drum workshop
February 4, 5, 6, 2011. Last year we had an amazing turnout. Before we post the schedule, please e-mail me and let me know what level of class would be of interest: Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced/Performance. Also, let us know if you will need to borrow a drum or if you are considering purchasing a Bill Matthew's ashiko drum. Thanks Judy iukih@aol.com 624 142 8088

Thursday, January 27, 2011

NEWS & POLITICS - Breast Cancer Screenings In Mexico Rise Sharply After Awareness Campaign

An aggressive public awareness campaign has helped fuel a dramatic jump in the number of mammograms performed in Baja California, Mexico, with the annual number of screenings shooting from about 500 in previous years to 15,000 in 2010, San Diego Red reports.

The campaign features billboards with graphic imagery that aims to encourage women to seek mammograms. Baja California officials hope the campaign will eventually help reduce breast cancer mortality in the Mexican state, where 71% of women with breast cancer are diagnosed in late stages of the disease, according to Lidia Sandoval of the State Center for Oncology.

The billboards, launched in September 2010, depict images such as a woman pretending to amputate her breast and a photo of a skull imposed over a woman's torso. The billboard's messages were reinforced through fliers distributed at public universities.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women in Mexico and the second-leading cause in Baja California. Few of Mexico's radiologists can accurately read mammograms, according to the National Center of Gender Equity and Reproductive Health in Mexico City. Nationwide, 93% of breast cancer diagnoses occur in the late stages of the disease, the center said.

The death rate among Mexican women with breast cancer has increased in recent years, from 15 deaths per 100,000 women ages 25 and older in 2005 to 16.7 deaths per 100,000 women in current estimates. Sandoval said the new campaign's effect on mortality likely will not be seen for several years (Millan, San Diego Red, 1/10).

SAN FELIPE - SweetSpot Super Bowl Party

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY AT THE SWEET SPOT”

Feburary 6, 2011 at 1 PM
$15 DLL 0R $190.00 MN

Enjoy
GUMBO
RED BEANS W/ RICE
CHICKEN WINGS
ROLLS / BUTTER
PEACH COBBLER
$1.00 DRAFT BEER

BAJA SUR - Election Weekend


February 4-6 is an election weekend in Baja Sur and sale of alcoholic beverages is restricted except for Cabo San Lucas.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

MEXICO - Baja California Beckons

Talk with people about past trips to Baja California and you'll hear tales of camping on the beach, gorgeous views and lobster dinners with buckets of beer for just a few bucks.

In recent years, tourism travel to Mexico has slowed in part because of a tough economy in the United States and in part because of heightened violence in several Mexican border cities.

On Monday, Juan Tintos Funcke, the Secretary of Tourism, State of Baja California, wanted to send a clear message to Californians: "We are close and we are safe."

Questions about security for tourists surfaced while Tintos Funcke discussed the upcoming AgroBaja. The agricultural, cattle and fishing expedition that is expected to draw tens of thousands of participants is scheduled for March 3-5, 2011 in Mexicali.

Business meetings are just one of the reasons thousands of people visit Baja California. Other events including Baja 1000, wine festivals bike rides and regattas bring California residents south.

In 2010, the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for parts of northern Mexico including Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Chihuahua City, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, Piedras Negras, Reynosa, Matamoros and Monterrey.

"Tijuana and Baja have surpassed the situation that other states in the Eastern part of the northern border are going through right now," Tintos Funcke said. "The situation has become much better. I have to point out that no tourists have been involved in the past years when these types of incidents have taken place."

In December, citing a drop in business, Carnival Cruise Lines canceled its year-round ship to the Mexican Riveria.

Esenada is not included in the cruise ship route that's called the Mexican Riveria. In fact, Carnival has 144 trips scheduled to the port of Ensenada from Long Beach, said Tintos Funcke.

"Carnival did not cancel going to Ensenada because they consider Ensenada a very secure destination," he said. "We're doing our job as to putting more attractions and more services in many of the spots that the cruise ship passengers visit."

The cruise ship stops are important to the region because approximately 2/3 of those cruise line customers are from the Los Angeles area. Baja California wants those groups to return to the area by land.

Tintos Funcke also considers the upcoming groundbreaking ceremony for the new San Ysidro border crossing on the American side scheduled to take place in February to do more to connect the region.

"We're sure it will alleviate a lot of the negative impact that the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce has pointed out in the thousands of employments that are lost and the millions of dollars that are lost in revenue for both sides of the border including the Southern California region," said Tintos Funcke.

Monday, January 24, 2011

LOS BARRILES - Lord of the Wind Results & Photos

LORD OF THE WIND RESULTS ARE HERE! 
Final Showdown Race - Pritchard, Kevin Style: Windsurfing
Kiteboarding BIG AIR - Douglas, Robert - 34.6 ft E Class
Windsurfing FreeStyle: Poor, Tyson
Windsurfing / Kiteboarding Expression: Poor, Tyson - Kiteboarding  & Ki Smith, Brian - Windsurfing
Kiteboarding, Course Racing - MENS Expert Course: Heineken, John Total Score-10.1
Kiteboarding, Course Racing - WOMENS Expert Course: Brown, Cynbad Total Score-8.1
Kiteboarding Course Racing - Amateur: Bison, Jim Total Score-4.8
Kiteboarding Course Racing - Master: Latourrette, Clinton Total Score-7.4
Kiteboarding Course Racing - Women: Granger, Dominique Total Score-37
Windsurfing Course Racing - Expert Men: Pritchard, Kevin Total Score-4.2
Windsurfing Course Racing - Amateur: Howe, Neil Total Score-4.2
SUP Men: Maartense, Jason Time-1:04
SUP Women: Rodigoz, Betsy Time-1:30
Windsurfing Slalom - EXPERT: Kevin Pritchard - 2.1
Windsurfing Slalom - AMATEURS: Neil Howe - 2.1
Windsurfing Slalom - Women Expert: Ingrid Larouche - 2.1
Windsurfing Slalom - Women Amateur: Fiona Wylde - 2.1
Windsurfing Slalom - MASTERS: Ron Perez - 10.4
Kiteboarding Slalom - Expert Men: Sean Farley
Kiteboarding Slalom - Expert Women: Kristen Ulmer
Kiteboarding Slalom - Amateur Women: Clair Lutz
Kiteboarding Slalom - Masters: Mike McHugh
Find the link below to Lori Makabe of photos from Lord of the Wind
http://lorimakabe.smugmug.com/Kiteboarding/Sunday/Lord-of-the-Wind-Baja/15495035_PebiQ
www.lordofthewindbaja.com   

Sunday, January 23, 2011

VIDEO: Safety in Mexico

Here is a funny video created about safety in Mexico. It was shared with us and we thought you might get a laugh out of it. Be warned it does contain some language. It's not Baja, but Mexican all the same.

BGLC DISCOUNT - California Dental


BGLC DISCOUNT - California Dental
San Felipe, BC Mexico
BGLC Member Discount: 10% off cleaning, whitening, and X-rays

We are your one-stop solution for all your dental needs. Our certified staff are available by appointment, based on your evaluated needs. you can find us at #1088-4 & 5 Mar Caribe Sur San Felipe BC Mexico.

Melina California Fierros Zatarain is a certified Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), earning her degree in 2005 at University of Baja California (UABC). She has continued with dental courses and uses state-of-the-art equipment.

Contact California Dental - CLICK HERE

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BGLC DISCOUNT - Casa Cóctel Refugio de Libación


BGLC DISCOUNT - Casa Cóctel Refugio de Libación
La Paz, BCS Mexico
BGLC Member Discount: 2 x 1 on any beverage including cocktails, wine, coffee, loose leaf teas, sodas, & beer when you order food.

The Casa Courtyard is open to the public daily (except Mondays) from 9am to 2pm and often nightly, depending on house guest reservations. Service in the Courtyard is from a small food and drink menu, including desserts and appetizers. The full beverage menu is available in the Terrace Bar every day by appointment only so please call ahead to check for available seating, even if the same day.

Contact Casa Cóctel Refugio de Libación - CLICK HERE

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

TOUR - Baja Wine Country - February 26

2011 Baja Select Tours & Dates

Baja Wine Country - February 26
1-Day / $75 BLGC Member - $100 Non-member
Travel from the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific to Baja's oldest winery and to Valle de Guadalupe, Baja's Wine Country for a tour and tasting at two of Baja's most important and well-known wineries. Read Tour Details.

Join today and SAVE Big on Baja! - www.bajagoodlifeclub.com

Friday, January 21, 2011

SAN FELIPE - SandRail Pizza/JollyMon Bar BEACH POKER RUN

Time: January 29, 2011 from 11am to 7pm
Location: SandRail Pizza San Felipe BC Mexico

City/Town: San Felipe BC Mexico
Phone: 686-576-0441

Event Description: START YOUR ENGINES!! Sat, Jan 29th 11am, the First SandRail Pizza/JollyMon Bar BEACH POKE-HER RUN. Great 1st - 2nd - 3rd Prizes. All Paid entrants get a Free T-Shirt and Free Eats at party afterwards 6pm. Entry fee $25. 6 stations all with highway access if you don't want to run the beach. Tickets at SandRail Pizza. For info 576-0441.
MORE INFO --> Click Here

ROSARITO BEACH - 3rd Annual Wine Tasting


Please join us for our 3rd Annual Wine Tasting
January 30, 2011 2pm until 5pm at Real del Mar Club House

Featuring Select Wineries from the Guadalupe Valley
Donation: $25 members/$30 non-members
Reservations via PayPal at http://www.rosaritotheatre.org
Or contact Bonnie Watt: rosaritotheatreboxoffice@gmail.com or 665-609-3451

Thursday, January 20, 2011

NEWS - San Felipe May Become a City


Baja congress
Written by George Gale
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 10:13

(San Felipe may become a city)…The Gulf Port community is currently governed under Mexicali.

The community has grown in recent years, and one Baja California Diputado says it may be time to allow San Felipe create it’s own Municipal government. Gregorio Carranza Hernandez says he will take the idea to the Baja Congress. He said he has raised the idea before, and appears to have support in the congress. If approved, San Felipe would become the sixth municipality in Baja California.

In other news, the Baja congress will also be discussing a law they already approved. When congress convenes next week they will discuss the new alcohol sales law. The law dictating the hours alcohol can be sold had been approved by the congress in December, and the Governor refused to veto it. Supporters of the law say the congress will discuss revamping the law because of pressure from vendors. As it stands right now, the law would stop the sale of alcohol at 1:00 in the morning most days.

Read it on KXO Radio or listen at 1230AM and 107.5FM (Imperial Valley, CA)
http://kxoradio.com/news/local/454-baja-congress.html

submitted by Paco

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Baja Love Ride - Course and Date Change

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

San Felipe, BC, Mexico - January 17, 2011 -

The Baja Love Ride, a “ride for a cause”, is forced to change the start date and ride route. The date is being changed from February 14 to March 22. Originally set to begin in Rosarito Beach, the ride will now begin at Monumental Plaza in Tijuana.


Due to unforeseen events, the organizers have had to modify the original planned event. The previously promoted 1000 mile course from Rosarito to Cabo San Lucas has had be shortened considerably. The 2011 ride will now be a 217 mile (349 km) course from Monumental Plaza in Playas de Tijuana to the Aches of San Felipe.

Organizers have recently been told by the government that road damage south of Puertecitos and construction south of the new Highway 5 will make the roads impassable for buses and other large event vehicles.

Authorities contend Federal Highway 5 construction south to Bahia San Luis Gonzaga and west to Transpeninsular Highway 1 will indeed be completed by the time Baja Love Ride 2012 is slated to begin.


Riders can participate in the 217-mile ride for only $200, which includes round-trip transports, meals, and camping. The single day ride and overnight camping portion cost $45 to enter. The community “Good Start Rides” set to place in each community will cost $25 to enter.


As a bonus gift, all Baja Love Ride riders will receive a FREE ticket to the San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta on March 26th, Baja’s biggest charity music and art festival (www.bluesandarts.com).   


The Baja Love Ride hopes to draw a huge number of participants and donations. The donations will go to the local children’s orphanages and charities along the route. Organizers also hope the ride will become an annual event that paints Baja in a positive light.


The Baja Love Ride
www.bajaloveride.com


Contact:
John Pack
bajaloveride@gmail.com

P.O. Box 9019 - PMB460
Calexico, CA 92232
United States

USA Toll Free: 877-LUVMEX1 (588-6391)
San Felipe, Baja Mexico: 686-230-9933


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Monday, January 17, 2011

SAN FELIPE - Hobie Hop

San Felipe Hobie Hop
The San Felipe Hobie Hop is a 3-day regatta from San Felipe to Gonzaga Bay. This is a fun race by water. Each evening there will be a bonfire and barbecue, along with music and lots of good times. The race time is 2-4 hours (estimate) per day, with the balance of the day for exploring, fishing and good times. REQUEST MORE INFO

Additional Information will be made available in coming weeks. 

DATE: 
May 20-22, 2011

SCHEDULE:
Day 1: Friday May 20, 2011 San Felipe to Laguna Persebu
Day 2: Saturday May 21, 2011 - Laguna Persebu to Bahia Christina
Day 3: Sunday May 22, 2011 -  Bahia Christina to Gonzaga Bay (Alfonsinas Hotel).

MORE INFO:There will be chase and emergency support available both on water and on shore.
The San Felipe Hobie Hop is open to any type sailing vessel, so long as it can be beached.   

Saturday, January 15, 2011

TODOS SANTOS - The 8th Annual Fur Ball

The 8th Annual Fur Ball will be held at the Hotel California on Sunday, February 13th, beginning at 5:00 pm. Come on out to participate in the fun, enjoy appetizers, drinks, Chef Dany's delicious dinner, raffle, auction, music and dancing. Thanks to your support we were able to spay and neuter more than 300 (!!!) animals last year. Tickets are MN250.00 and are available at El Tecolote Bookstore, Hotel California, and at the door. Please help us have another successful year reducing the suffering of domestic animals.

Amigos de los Animales de Todos Santos A.C.
bajakitties@yahoo.com, 612 -145-0250

Friday, January 14, 2011

BEST OF BAJA 2010

Best of Baja 2010
Read this years and past years winners

Each year we ask our members, print and online readers to vote for the best of Baja has to offer. The Best of Baja is a chance for you to share your Baja favorites & show appreciation for the businesses and people that have done you right. We understand this is a popularity contest and that's OKAY. We provide no choices, so all votes come from the voter not from us, and since every category requires a minimal number of votes to be included, the winners in each category has to either have a lot friends, or a lot of happy customers - in either case, they're a winner.Her are your winning choices for 2010 Best of Baja.

Architect
Sylvia St. Clair, Todos Santos
With her artistic vision and ability to successfully blend function with style, Sylvia St. Clair is regarded as one of the best architects in Baja. Her work is site specific and she sees a project through from dream to complete reality for her clients. Fans of her work exclaim, "She has original ideas and she has the tenacity to see the ideas and drawings through to execution no matter what obstacles are placed in the way." Her professionalism and personal integrity make her respected and admired by both other professionals and clients alike.

Art Gallery
Jill Logan, Todos Santos
Jill Logan is an internationally trained and respected artists whose gallery is a must see for any art enthusiast, be they serious collectors or novices. Her interpretation of Baja's landscape gives her art life and distinction. Her training and international showings have led to a loyal following. Anyone in Baja who wasn't a fan of Logan before is surely one after one trip to her gallery.  Her seascapes bring the waves to life just as her desert paintings practically radiate the heat of the sun. Many fans agree, "Jill Logan's gallery is an amazing gallery."

Artist
Steve Sherrod, San Felipe
Steve is known as "Iron Man" because of his talent and creative ventures. He not only pursues his own creative expression, but thoughtfully donates so much of his own time, talent and energy to teach others. He is much honored and appreciated for his tireless efforts to help "Desert Mothers". He gallantly and patiently teaches young girls how to bend and weld iron to create their own pieces, and gain a bit of confidence and know-how at the same time.

Bakery
Hogaza Hogaza, Ensenada
Hogaza wins for best bakery in part because Maria Teresa Santiago has managed to bring all of the gourmet elegance of Europe to Ensenada. The bakery boasts 30 kinds of gourmet bread alone. Lavender truffles and tiramisus are just a small sample of the kinds of genuine European desserts you can find at this welcoming establishment. All original and freshly created, the offerings at Hogaza Hogaza are unforgettable.

Bar
Rumors, San Felipe
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rumors-Bar-and-Grill/142235349145812
jmpepler@yahoo.com  
011-52-686-577-3178
This bar is known as much for its great menu selection as it is for the drinks. The prices are extremely affordable and well worth every cent. The upbeat and hospitable attitude of the owners also makes Rumors a note-worthy place to relax, unwind and laugh a little after a hard day's work. For those just passing through, it is the perfect locale to get a filling bite to eat, a cold drink and some friendly conversation.

Bartender
Tina Winston, Rumors in San Felipe
http://www.facebook.com/tinawins
Besides having an uncanny ability to make a Bloody Mary that no one can even come close to imitating, Tina Winston is a legend as far as Baja bartenders are concerned mainly because of her smile and attitude. She makes bartending more than just pouring and serving drinks. She is known as the kind of person who makes it her personal mission to see to it that everyone is having a great time. One fan says, "I have followed her from bar to bar and will continue to do so," "She rocks!" When people are willing to forgo the establishment itself to stick with a particular bartender, she has to be the best of the best.

Breakfast
Loreto Islas, Loreto
www.loretoislas.com
info@palmarojagallery.com
011-52-613-135-2341
This seaside establishment with incredible windows that offer up a priceless view of the Sea of Cortez is known for its fine dining and the artistry of the head chef, Francisco Drew Murillo. Breakfast breaks the mold as far as originality and excellence is concerned. With testimonials proclaiming the meal as art, Loreto Islas delivers the best. 27 years of experience has given Francisco an edge over everyone else in town. "The absolute best huevos rancheros in Mexico" is just one of many compliments that set Loreto Islas apart from the others.

Cheap Eats
Super Burro, Loreto
"Mouth watering", "hot, hot, hot," and "to die for ", are just a few of the phrases uttered when Super Burro is mentioned by anyone. The open flame cooking gives each and every meal a distinct and unique taste. Fresh grilled tacos and burritos top popular list of menu choices. The namesake item, Super Burro, is a gigantic burrito loaded with everything you could possibly want in a burrito, including perfectly prepared diced steak.

Construction
BJ Sweitzer, San Felipe
www.bjsweitzer.com
bejota10@aol.com
011-52-686-577-0195
Dependable, trustworthy, efficient, and a pleasure to know and do business with are just a few of the praises bestowed upon BJ Sweitzer. She is known for having the job done when she says it will be, always leaving a site neater and tidier than when she found it; and she listens to clients, always being counted on to bring their dreams to life.  Proving their success and ability to get the job done right is not just a fluke, BJ Sweitzer can proudly point to the fact that they have won the Best of Baja prize for a fourth year in a row.

Dentist
California Dental - Melina California, San Felipe
www.cadentaloptical.com
californiadental@hotmail.com
011-52-686-577-0708
Not too many people think of a trip to the dentist as pleasurable or a delight, unless Melina California is your go-to person in the field. Patients even travel from the U.S. to see her. She actually soothes and sings to patients, making it as joyful and experience as dental work can possibly be. Her husband, David runs the optical shop as part of the complex. They offer designer eyewear. Personal care and attention are dished out all around. One avid fan says, "Love her, won't go anywhere else ever."

Development
Playa de Oro, San Felipe
www.mexico-real-estate.us
gabatti@gmail.com
011-52-686-576-0223
The white sands, the view of the Sea of Cortez, internet café, live music and dancing on site, and the 24/7 security are just a few of the reasons fans see Playa de Oro as one of the best spots to rent or stay seasonally. Swimming, sailing, and relaxing on pristine beaches while being able to affordable rent a site loaded with top notch amenities makes it a winter escape like no other. Whether for a few days or months, this development not only feels like home, it simply beats home regardless of where you are coming from. This is the fourth win for Playa de Oro.

Entertainment-Karaoke
Mac N Nan, San Felipe
mac@davisbaja.com
011-52-686-576-0601
With the top of the line equipment, great food, never-ending fun and a massive selection of English and Spanish music, Mac N Nan will get anyone off their feet and belting out a tune into the mic. Any night at Mac N Nan quickly turns into a fun gathering of friends having the time of their life and letting loose. It's not just a karaoke bar, but a community with open arms ready to let you join right in.

Entertainment-Music Group
Agave Blues, San Felipe
www.agavebluesband.com
bajajim007@yahoo.com
Agave Blues makes a memorable and impressive appearance at the Blues and Arts Fiesta each year. They play all around San Felipe and also around Mexicali and Ensenada. The band regularly receives accolades that taut them as "The best" and "A fabulous bunch of musicians," and "A great band who deserve 'Best of Baja' designation."

Entertainment-Performance
Denny Flannigan, San Felipe
http://www.namethattunebaja.com
info@NameThatTuneBaja.com
Denny has played with the likes of B.B. King, the Bee Gees, Chicago, The Beach Boys, and Earth, Wind and Fire, to name a few. He has literally played in every state and the very first song he wrote went to #1. He is known as "a true entertainer". His "Name that Tune" act is well loved and has become a must see classic in San Felipe.

Fish Market
Ensenada Fish Market
31°50.39'N - 116°38.3'W
It is Baja's largest open seafood markets. Right along the oceanfront, fresh catches are a mainstay. Fish tacos made at Ensenada Fish Market are legendary. Fans say it "reminds me of the Pike Street fish market in Seattle," and "This place is great! I just love to walk through and check out all the different kinds of fish and sea creatures." This place is an experience for anyone looking to try anything fresh and delectable from the sea.

Fishing Tour
Tailhunter International, La Paz
www.tailhunter-international.com
riplipboy@tailhunter-international.com
011-612-125-3311
This organization takes care of every single detail of a dream fishing trip. Clients come back year after year and proclaim their undying loyalty to Tailhunter International as the best of the best in fishing tours. The staff and owners make friends of anyone who wanders their way. One visit and you are part of a family that awaits your return year after year. Their experience and knowledge are undeniable and no one else can compare to the hospitality and generosity of everyone at Tailhunter International.

Haircut/Salon
Sara's Salon, Todos Santos
Sara Rutowski
ssrsunrose7@hotmail.com
011-52-612-118-3492

Sara began her hair creations journey at the age of 18. She has worked internationally and went to the Vidal Sassoon Hair Cutting School in Santa Monica. Her celebrity clients in Beverly Hills knew her as a top colorist at the famed Louis Licari Salon. She brings her expertise and professionalism to the ladies of Baja with style and a smile.

Happy Hour
Augie's Bar and Bait Shop, Loreto
www.augiesbarloreto.com
011-52-613-135-1224
Not just cheap beer and free food, but GOOD free food makes Augie's the hands down winner of Best Happy Hour. It is the Mexican version of Cheers with its welcoming and jovial atmosphere. From 4p.m. to 7 p.m. on a weekday, Augie's is the place to be for fun and for business. They offer sushi, wings, tacos, pizza and gorgeous ocean view.

Hardware Store
Maderas de San Felipe, San Felipe
artyee7@hotmail.com
011-52-686-577-1515
Arturo of Maderas de San Felipe is the kind of guy who will get the tools you need and the answers you need for just about everything. Once you give him your business, you will never go anywhere else. The service and the prices make him alluring enough, but his genuine expertise and willingness to go the extra mile make his hardware store indispensible to San Felipe.

Home Furnishings
Linda Hamilton Design, Ensenada
www.lindahamiltondesigns.com
info@lindahamiltondesigns.com
Linda uses natural materials and worldly knowledge and accessories to make custom designs and environments for her clients. She can find inspiration in unexpected places during her many travels and create a style that others would love to emulate. Her vision becomes a clients much loved and appreciated environment. She imports pieces from around the globe for clients and also takes on individual design projects in the Todos Santos area.

Landscaper
Versoleil Landscaping, San Felipe
www.versoleil.com
versoleil_landscaping@yahoo.com
011-521-686-573-0526
The owner, Guillermo William Duclos has an international reputation for his design and maintenance expertise.  His professionalism and knowledge of the areas landscape makes him a natural at bringing out beauty anywhere he works. His prices are reasonable and his follow-up care makes him truly a unique and caring craftsman. As a three time winner in this category, Versoleil Landscaping knows what they are doing. They are the masterminds behind some of the most admired residences and the Las Caras de Mexico Golf Course. They are virtual magicians with their ability to take a sliver of desert and make it lively, abundant and artfully landscaped.


Lodging
Hotel Los Pescadores, Los Barriles
www.fisheastcape.com
contact@fisheastcape.com
011-521-624-121-8786
One fan proclaimed, "The hotel rocks, Pati is a hoot and nothing beats fishing on the 26 foot super pangas with Captains Lavo and Andreas." It has also been hailed for being "the Baja California experience I love most." by another avid fan. It is located along one of the world's most exciting places to fish. Anything you wish to try, such as windsurfing, sightseeing or kite boarding can be arranged by the staff. They spread their energetic zest for life onto the guests and they make this seemingly small establishment come alive when anyone walks in the door. Always welcoming and warm, Hotel Los Pescadores is vivacious and unforgettable.

Lodging-RV and Camping
Clam Beach
clambeachrv@gmail.com
N32*04.489 W116*52.790
With one of the cleanest and nicest beaches around, this 82 site park is in a perfect spot. The amenities include water and sewer hookups, large bathroom facilities, shower areas, and high speed wi-fi. The park has excellent security and is abound with lush lawns and eye-catching landscaping. Daily and monthly rates make it appealing to just about any economic group. Aside from pull up and back in sites, the park offers beach camping with its own amenities also.

Lodging-Vacation Rentals
Cabo Villas, Los Cabo
www.cabovillasbeachresort.com
011-52-624-143-9166
Cabo Villa takes top prize in the Best of Baja and they have also won a Travelers award. The rental company offers up 140 villas that come with numerous on-site services such as, gourmet catering, personal chefs, special events planning and butler services. They can and will take care of every detail of your stay and will bend over backwards to make arrangements for virtually any activity. The staff knows the ins and outs of Cabo and takes great pride in their service.

Mail Service
Sunrunner, San Felipe
www.bajagoodlifeclub.com/sunrunner
rsstephens@hotmail.com
011-52-686-576-0370
They do what they do with ease, professionalism and a smile. Sunrunner mail service is described as "Great people and service." They go out of their way to meet customers' needs and make sure deliveries are on time.

Market/Grocery
Dali's Deli & Gourmet, Loreto
http://bajagoodlifeclub.com/memberdiscounts/tabid/142/id/193/p/1/dali-delikatessen-gourmet.aspx
011-52-613-135-2477
Providing meat to Loreto restaurants for a long time, Dali has expanded to opening their own gourmet shop. They are known for their specialty meats that are not easy to find in Loreto. Since they still provide products to restaurants, the sizes may be more than the average household needs, but the quality makes storing the gourmet products well worth it. The Delikatessen also carries an incredible wine selection.

Nightclub
The Nowhere Bar, Cabo
www.nowherebar.com
info@nowherebar.com
001-52-624-143-4492
Daily happy hour specials start the night at The Nowhere Bar. The D.J. ensures everyone is having a good time as the night goes on. Aside from being a fun and hopping club, The Nowhere Bar has awesome food and coffee service. They offer up sushi, desserts, quesadillas, frapuccinos, and even smoothies.

Pizza
II Rustico Rest, La Paz
www.ilrusticolapazmx.com
expeditiondive@yahoo.it
011-52-612-157-7073
This little pizza joint is not only affordable, but the food is legendary. It actually brings a little touch of Italy to La Paz. The atmosphere is very relaxed, with incredible outdoor dining options, and the young Italian couple that owns it has really gone out of their way to make everyone feel at home. The kitchen is a chef's dream and tiramisu simply could not be any better.

Real Estate Agent
Dan Binetti, Todos Santos
http://www.cbriveras.com/available-properties/#/?community_comm_name=9_0
listings@cbriveras.com  
011-52-612-145-0118
Born in Jersey and having served overseas in the U.S. Army, Dan Binetti has been just about everywhere before landing permanently in Baja. With his love of the climate and lifestyle, he has made it his mission to help others permanently settle here. With total immersion in the local culture, including his love of fishing, Dan is living his dream life here and really wants to help others do the same. He not only helps them find a place to call home, but acts as a community guide to clients to help them settle and feel at home.

Real Estate Broker
Alexander Ogilvie, Loreto
www.loretorealty.com
realtybaja@gmail.com
011-52-613-135-2012
Originally from Vancouver and having worked in Alberta, Alexander Ogilvie drove to Baja for a friend years ago and simply never looked back. He opened his real estate office in La Pa and then moved his practice to Loreto. Through his immense charity work, he has come to know the community and become a vital part of it. His agency and its success have helped him call Baja home and has helped those in Loreto find their way home also.

Restaurant for Mexican
Juanitos in the Ejido, San Felipe
With compliments such as, "terrific food and very consistent" and "Employees are very courteous and are there to please their customers," Juanitos has a well-established reputation for pleasing the senses and the wallet. They serve you with a smile and consistently fair prices. They offer a mix of American, Mexican and seafood that is mouthwatering for highway travelers and locals alike.

Restaurant for Non-Mexican
Tailhunter Restaurant and FUBAR Cantina, La Paz
http://www.tailhunter-international.com/tailhunter-bar-and-fubar-cantina.htm
tailhuntress@tailhunter-international.com
1-877-825-8802
This establishment mixes Hawaiian, Mexican and seafood. They are as well known for the sports inside as they are the food. They play American sports all the time, including Monday night football. They boast huge portions and great beer. The awesome view of the water is also an added touch.

Restaurant for Seafood
Splash, Rosarito Beach
http://www.puertonuevo.com/17601/99160.html
Splash@PuertoNuevo.com  
011-52-661-616-3907  
Fish tacos to die for and waves literally creeping up from the sea make Splash unique and an environment to be savored. The chef and bartender both go out of their way to please guest and keep many coming back for more. Some revelers describe Splash as, "My favorite place in town." And the atmosphere is aptly called "perfect" by many reviewers.

Restaurant for Steak
Edith's, Cabo
www.edithscabo.com
reserve@edithscabo.com
011-52-624-143-0801
Born in Jalapa, Edith learned everything she knows about flavor and aroma from an expert---her grandmother. Her relaxing, rustically decorated, restaurant has an amazing view of Medano Beach and the Arch of Cabo San Lucas. The quality steak, fresh seafood, and handmade tortillas are just the tip of the iceberg as to what exactly sets Edith's apart.

Sweets and Deserts
Baja Chocolate Lovers, San Felipe
http://www.bajachocolatelovers.com
bajachocolatelovers@juno.com
011-52-686-576-0348
Baja Chocolate Lovers of San Felipe has literally made grown folks weep when they have run out of its delectable treats. Endless testimonials tell tales of souls willingly to give everything they have to taste one more piece of cake, chocolate gelato, orange truffle, or strawberry chocolate bar. These chocolateirs have made this business a must see stop in San Felipe. They entice customers with an endless list of treats that simply can't be found anywhere else in Baja. They are masters at what they do and lovingly spread the sweetness around.