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  • Bisbee's Black & Blue Starts Today (2017/10/25 10:19:28)

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    The Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Tournament started this morning. The boats were out on the water before dawn, even though the official shotgun start wasn't until 8:00 a.m.

    The Bisbee's tournaments (there's also the Los Cabos Offshore Tournament, aka "the little Bisbee's," which was last week) have been taking place in Los Cabos for over 30 years. The Black & Blue is one of the highest paying fishing tournaments in Mexico, with millions of dollars on the line. The tournament's highest overall cash payout was $4,165,960, which is still the largest payout in sportfishing history. Last year's biggest winner was a 534 pound marlin that brought its team more than $2 million.

    That's quite a chunk of change, but you have to take into consideration how much these teams are paying to participate. There's a $5,000 USD per boat base entry fee, and daily jackpot fees range from $1,500 to $30,000. And then there's the "across the board" entry fee, which is almost $72,000. And then there's the cost of the boat and equipment and travel expenses getting to Cabo and accomodation... This is not a poor man's tournament.

    Fishing takes place now through Friday, with daily weigh ins taking place in front of Puerto Paraiso between 3:00 and 9:00 p.m. The awards ceremony happens on Saturday night. 

  • Cabo Has A Tourist Assistance Center! (2017/10/23 14:26:44)

    Did you know that Cabo has a tourist assistance center now? If not, we don't blame you. It's right on the marina, but if you don't know what you're looking for, you'll just walk right by it.

    CATTAC.JPGThe Centro de Asistencia Turística/Tourist Assistance Center (CAT/TAC) has had some trouble with consistency during its short run. It “opened” with a lot of fanfare earlier this year, but that was really just an excuse for the local tourism board to take a photo opp with politicians. The building wasn’t actually finished at the time, and it was several more months before it finally opened to the public.

    With the exception of a name change (from the Center for the Attention and Protection of Tourists to CAT/TAC) things seem to go smoothly for the center for the next few months. And then Lidia hit, and the center closed for a few days, hurricane shutters nailed up. And for more than a month after the storm, the shutters remained up.

    The shutters have now been taken down, so the next time you’re on the marina you can stop by the center to use the bathroom (for free), or for whatever you might need help with. The center was established to help tourists (both foreign and national) with just about anything they need; it’s designed to be a one-stop shop. The services the center (sometimes) provides includes everything from giving out free maps and restaurant recommendations to helping angry consumers file complaints against timeshare companies.

    To read our full article about CAT/TAC, and to see ALL of the services they can help you with, click here.

  • The Giant Black Moths Are Back! (2017/10/19 12:58:29)

    Every October you can witness the hovering and darting of the black witch in the night skies, right here in Los Cabos. It swoops down at you in the night like a bat outta hell, scaring many and bewitching all.

    The black witch moth is the largest moth in North America, with a wingspan up to seven inches (roughly the size of your hand, give or take). They appear each year here in Baja just after heavy tropical rainstorms, hitching a ride in the upper altitudes of the tropical storms and sometimes covering home eaves and patios with their black masses.

    Even though they appear to be black, the moths are actually a very dark brown, which becomes evident when you photograph them with a flash. 

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    Also known as "mariposa de la muerte" (butterfly of death) here in Mexico, many people today still believe the ancient Aztec legend that if this moth enters your home while someone is ill, the sick person will die. Arriving in October and November, coinciding close to the Day of the Dead on November 2, this fluttering prophecy has left many Mexicans freaked out.

    The Mayans seemed to have been a bit more practical in their attitude toward this moth, calling it X-mahannail, which literally means, “May I borrow your house,” as this moth commonly enters homes to seek cool places to rest. In fact, if they do get into your house, help them to find their way out. They will die otherwise.

    We extend a warm welcome this unique, two winged phenomenon just in time for Halloween! To read our full story about the black witch moth, click here.

  • BCS Introducing New Tourism Tax (2017/10/13 14:35:55)

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    Baja California Sur will be the first state in Mexico to introduce a tourist tax, which will take effect starting in December. Before you get all riled up, the tax will come to approximately $20 USD, so it's hardly going to affect your vacation. And that money will be put to good use.

    Around 95% of the revenue collected will go towards infrastructure projects. Los Cabos alone could bring in almost $40 million US dollars from the tax!

    Despite the potential revenue, the tax has been controversial since it was proposed. Those against it believe that tourists already contribute enough to the economy, and worry that the tax will keep away future visitors.

    Cruise passengers will be exempt, as they are in Cabo less than 24 hours. And it's not clear if the tax will be levied on national tourists or just international tourists.