Golf tournaments, surf competitions, and the like draw visitors for destination events. The first annual Baja Film Festival took place in November 2012, and the first Ironman Los Cabos triathlon brought elite athletes to town in March 2013. Visit Baja. com for up-to-date event listings across the Los Cabos region.
All the major resorts have at least one bar or lounge for evening entertainment; a few offer unique touches.
At La Cantina Sports Bar (Westin Resort & Spa, Carr. Transpeninsular km 22.5, tel. 624/142-9000) evenings begin with a frozen margarita and light appetizers, and end with cheering on your favorite team on the big-screen televisions.
For a more elegant experience, try Bar La Suerta (Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, Carr. Transpeninsular km 10.5, Cabo del Sol, tel. 624/145-8000), where you can sample hundreds of varieties of tequila late into the night.
Esperanza Resort (Carr. Transpeninsular km 7, Manzana 10, Punta Ballena, tel. 624/145- 6400, toll-free U.S. tel. 866/311-2226) offers a diverse menu of food-related activities. Cooking classes provide the opportunity to join executive chef Gonzalo Cerda in the kitchen for interactive sessions filled with tips and techniques of the trade. Each session concludes with a luncheon of dishes prepared with the chef.
Esperanza also offers Tequila Tastings of more than 100 varieties of Mexican tequila. The master tequilero provides information about the historical origins of the tequilas and how each is created. Each tasting includes six tequilas to sample. If you prefer wine to tequila, consider Esperanza’s Mexican Wine Journey through the wine region of Northern Baja. Tastings include distinctive local wines and the history of winemaking in the country.
On Saturday mornings at Las Ventanas al Paraíso (Carr. Transpeninsular km 20, tel. 624/144-2800, toll-free U.S. tel. 888/767-3966), guests can join a one-hour cooking class conducted by one of the resort’s chefs. If you are already confident in your skills, you can compete in an Iron Chef-type program, challenging executive chef Fabrice Guisset by preparing a dish of your own in the Herb Garden demo kitchen. If the meal earns top marks, the dish gets added to the menu for one week. Anyone who participates gets a free shot of tequila.
Also available at Las Ventanas al Paraíso is a Men in White evening, for those looking for an especially romantic culinary experience. With the guidance of executive chef Fabrice Guisset, you will prepare a gourmet meal for your significant other, to be served in the resort’s Herb Garden kitchen, while dressed in chef’s “whites.” Dinner will be served by a private waiter at a candlelit table.
The One&Only Palmilla (Carr. Transpeninsular km 27, tel. 624/146-7000, toll-free U.S. tel. 866/829-2977) also hosts cooking classes in its outdoor Herb Garden kitchen. Cooking demonstrations are led by visiting Mexican chefs and resort experts. Each class begins with a tour of the garden and ends with a meal paired with a Mexican wine or tequila.
A nutrition expert is on-site at Zoëtry Casa del Mar (Carr. Transpeninsular km 19.5, tel. 624/145-7700, toll-free U.S. tel. 800/227-9621) to provide weekly workshops to interested parties.
Head to Las Ventanas al Paraíso (Carr. Transpeninsular km 20, tel. 624/144-2800, toll-free U.S. tel. 888/767-3966) on Friday nights for BBQ Las Ventanas, featuring a four-course tasting menu of barbecue cuisine. Available at the Sea Grill from 6:30pm, the barbecue includes a starter, seafood course, meat course, and dessert.
Every Thursday and Friday evening, Las Ventanas al Paraíso also prepares an exclusive Taste of Baja dinner. This includes a special, five-course tasting menu served in La Cava wine cellar. The sommelier selects the appropriate fine wine to accompany each course. Dinner begins at 7:30pm, and seating is limited to 14 guests.
Each Thursday Esperanza Resort (Carr. Transpeninsular km 7, Manzana 10, Punta Ballena, tel. 624/145-6400, toll-free U.S. tel. 866/311-2226) hosts Mexicanismo at La Palapa, a traditional Mexican fiesta complete with regional foods, live music, and a fireworks display. Visitors can also browse the outdoor marketplace selling souvenirs, jewelry, and crafts from local vendors.
Esperanza Resort also hosts a weekly Fish Market at La Palapa on Friday, where guests can select a catch of the day fresh from local waters and have it prepared by the resort chef into a traditional British fish and chips meal or a la talla (Mexican style).
On Saturdays, Sundays, and Tuesdays from sunset to midnight, Esperanza resort hosts its Barefoot Bar on the Beach at La Palapa, featuring food, margaritas, music, and beer buckets.
Excerpted from the Ninth Edition of Moon Los Cabos.