6 Reasons Why Mexico is Safer than You Think

We occasionally receive questions from people asking about the current situation regarding safety and security in Mexico.  To provide some perspective, listed here are six reasons which demonstrate how Mexico’s drug-related issues, which remain a body of work to address, do not make Mexico wholly unsafe.

Visitor numbers keep rising: The Bank of Mexico is responsible for collating and publishing foreign visitor statistics. The latest figures reveal that over 35 million foreign tourists arrived in Mexico in 2016, up 9% on the year before, continuing the rising trend over the last several years. Mexico is one of the world’s top-ten most visited nations in the world.  Despite some of the negative news-flow, and especially that around the drug-related violence, people keep coming to Mexico.  Statistics from foreign consulate records consistently show that the overwhelming majority of visits to Mexico are trouble-free.

Mexico is evolving into one of the world’s most important economies. Years of sound economic governance, a welcoming economy with policies that encourage free trade and partnership (Mexico has tariff-free trade agreements with 46 countries around the world), coupled with shrewd investment, and relatively low debt (public and private) have created an attractive environment for investors and foreign companies. Mexico is today one of the world’s few ‘trillion-dollar’ economies, and mature nations are keen to work with Mexico.

No foreign resident exodus. In decades now long-past, when Mexico’s economy was less open and less stable, foreign residents would often flee home in the event of a peso crisis.  Today, even with the drug-related flare-ups, no such exodus is taking place and, furthermore, we are seeing interest in relocation to Mexico rising substantially.  Mexico’s government is expecting its expat communities to grow over the coming decade and beyond, and offers choices in facilitation of this, as welcoming foreign residents—who bring their energy and capital to Mexico—creates significant mutual benefits.  If Mexico is a wholly dangerous place to be, why are existing foreign residents staying put and inquiries for relocation to Mexico growing?

The violence is mostly confined to drug-gangs. The research data show that the surge of homicides in Mexico over the last few years has come about through drug-gang members killing other drug-gang members. Tourists, business visitors, and foreign residents are not being targeted by the drug-gangs, and statistics from foreign consulates show that the overwhelming majority of visits to Mexico pass by trouble-free.

Mexico matters: Mexico is a good neighbor to the U.S. and is also one of the world’s most important nations—poised to play important roles in world affairs during this 21st century.  Mexico and the U.S. share a very broad range of common interests and both nations work together on issues concerning trade and security in efforts to bring prosperity and well-being to the continent.

Mexico’s underlying story is strong and getting stronger. Notwithstanding the drug-related issues, the country’s macro-economics are in good shape; Mexico has substantial oil and gas reserves as well as considerable mineral and precious metal wealth; it’s also enacting structural reforms across key sectors with the intention to transition the country’s economy from being heavily dependent on oil and manufacturing into a multi-faceted, diverse and sustainable economic environment; foreign visitors keep coming back despite the negative news-flow; Mexico’s free trade agreements are bridges which cultivate understanding, trade and prosperity between the signatories of these accords.

Every day, tourists arrive in Mexico to rest themselves and enjoy its rich culture and heritage; business visitors arrive to trade and cultivate new friendships, and foreign residents living here are going about their lives normally, contributing positively in the Mexican communities they call home.  These activities don’t make headlines, but they are indeed the real-life experiences of people visiting and living safely in Mexico.

New Years Eve - Casa Dorada - 2017

Casa Dorada throws the best New Year’s Eve parties in Los Cabos, with past celebrations ranging from barefoot formals to white parties and a carnivalesque bacchanal. This year’s theme is a Hawaiian style Luau, with a fire dancing show and other festive island focused highlights. As always, guests are invited to enjoy to an open bar and deluxe buffet from Chef Francisco Aguirre at the resort’s 12 Tribes restaurant, as well as live music from bands and resident DJs, and of course a spectacular fireworks show over Medano Beach at midnight.

New Years Eve - Me Cabo - Blue Marlin IBIZA- 2017

New Years Ball Drop at Blue Marlin Ibiza Los Cabos Leave the bustle of the city behind and ring in 2017 at Blue Marlin Ibiza Los Cabos with a day-to-night pool party and international restaurant experience. The marathon celebration (10 a.m. - 2 a.m.)  features avant-garde DJ sessions headlined by Todd Terry and amazing beachfront entertainment while overlooking the glittering Sea of Cortez and world-famous El Arco rock formation from the pool deck at ME Cabo. BMI Los Cabos is the latest addition to the ME by Meliá resort, which completed a $16 million renovation earlier this year to highlight local Mexican culture and design and elevate the guest experience. It is also premier international lifestyle brand Blue Marlin Ibiza’s first cosmopolitan beach club in the Americas, joining a collection of destinations from Dubai to Cannes to the Ibiza original. Book your reservations HERE. For table reservations and bottle service, contact bmi-reservation@melia.com or (+52) 624 122 2001.

New Years Ball Drop at Blue Marlin Ibiza Los Cabos

Leave the bustle of the city behind and ring in 2017 at Blue Marlin Ibiza Los Cabos with a day-to-night pool party and international restaurant experience. The marathon celebration (10 a.m. - 2 a.m.)  features avant-garde DJ sessions headlined by Todd Terry and amazing beachfront entertainment while overlooking the glittering Sea of Cortez and world-famous El Arco rock formation from the pool deck at ME Cabo. BMI Los Cabos is the latest addition to the ME by Meliá resort, which completed a $16 million renovation earlier this year to highlight local Mexican culture and design and elevate the guest experience. It is also premier international lifestyle brand Blue Marlin Ibiza’s first cosmopolitan beach club in the Americas, joining a collection of destinations from Dubai to Cannes to the Ibiza original.

Book your reservations HERE. For table reservations and bottle service, contact bmi-reservation@melia.com or (+52) 624 122 2001.

Flora Farms Cooking Lessons - October 2016

Bring out your culinary talent and join in one of the cooking classes at Flora Farms.  Tuesdays are roasted vegetable taco class with different seasonal salsa's. Friday will be about Regional Salsas. In both classes you will learn how to make handmade tortillas. All cooking classes are from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and include a tour of the farm, crafted cocktail and lunch!  $75 + tax per person.

Hotel El Ganzo - Puerto Los Cabos

Hotel El Ganzo, with it's creative vibe and artistic ambience is what sets it apart from most Cabo resorts. With it's reopening a few months ago, it's energetic atmosphere is in full swing.  The resort is a haven for music lovers, artists, and creative minds. Located underground ( through a trap door in the lobby lounge floor) is an in-house state-of-the-art recording studio. There is all the necessary recording equipment for some serious jam sessions. It's open all day and night and is spacious enough for an entire band or a solo artist. 

The lobby venue is home to performers of El Ganzo Sesssions, a series of complimentary live performances. In addition there is a roof top lounge where in-residence artists play and a DJ booth for events. The hotel has a music director that stays on top of the lastest sounds which reflects on his playlist played throughout the hotel. 

The hotel hosts artists and musicians from all over the world, inviting them to come and be inspired. El Ganzo Hotel becomes their canvas and muse. With no rules, artists are able to create a vibrant and unique experience for the guests. 

This boutique hotel boasts 69 rooms, all simple but sophisticated. Amazing comfy beds, wifi, smart tv,  mini bar, satelllite tv, and an IPad for complete control of the hotels directory.  Elegant bathrooms, with tub, shower, double sink and organic bath products. They offer six different catorgories of rooms. 

 Restaurants on the property, Gachoo Sushi Bar, which features raw cuisine, sushi, sashimi, and Ganzo, creative Mexican food with a flair.  As well, there is a  Spa, with 5 treatment rooms, offering all of the newest treatments.  Snack bar available at the pool. 

Call today to book your stay at Hotel El Ganzo: 800-658-7599

ISLAND CAT CATAMARAN EXCURSIONS

Island Cat excursions is one of those exceptional tour companies that truly makes your experience with them a lasting memory. Most of the excursions are in La Paz which is a two hour drive north of Cabo San Lucas. Enjoy the scenic drive along the Pacific, pass through the quaint town of Todo Santos and as you enter the capital of Baja Sur, La Paz , you'll first encounter the hustle bustle of a city until you start your scenic route along the Sea of Cortez making your way to some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Baja. 

Their tours include the Espiritu Santo Island Excursion, the seasonal Swim with the Whale Sharks,  remote beach excursions and private and public charters. Private excursions available for scientific research, educational excursions and romantic dinner cruises. Private excursions can be by the day, week or month.  No matter which excursion you choose, it is sure to be one of the best experiences of your vacation. 

The catarman has private bathrooms and showers. A full galley, inside and outside, eating and rest areas, observation deck, lay-out deck, lay-out nets. The interior is air-conditioned, music and speakers thoughout, and is equipped with snorkel gear, flotation vests, kayaks, paddleboards, beach towels, layout mattresses, cushions and  pillows and even has a powered attendant boat and safety equimpment.

Terry is owner and Captain, Chris is a skilled sailor and actually is at the helm, he earned his 100-ton Masters Captain license from the US Coast Guard. He is also homeland security authorized to access secured areas in harbors and protected zones throughout the US. Aaron is our expert in the local waters and a experienced yacht manager-operator. Mariana is a Biologist and Padi Dive Instructor. She also has her captains license and is Island Cat's snorkel instructor. Christine is the office manager and all around do-everything woman, and Tony, takes their beautiful pictures and videos. 

Transportation is included with all excursions. There is a chef on board, preparing Breakfast, snacks or Lunch. Open bar after swimming. 

So, grab your bathing suit, some sunscreen and your camera and join us for an excursion you'll never forget. Call www.loscabosinstyle.com @ 800-658-7599 for pricing, availability and general questions 

Villa Los Colibris - Todo Santos- All About Nature

Villa Los Colibris is one of those hidden treasures I'm almost reluctant to tell everyone about. Located in the magical town of Todo Santos, and literally off the beaten dirt road path, it truly is for nature lovers looking for tranquility and beauty. It is a vacation rental consisting of 2 houses and 4 casitas offering all the amenities and services of a boutique hotel. All the casitas and casas have magnificent views of the Pacific ocean and a freshwater estuary and palm grove oasis. Looking in the opposite direction is the majestic Sierra de la Laguna mountains. You can watch the early morning ritual of the local fisherman casting their nets and then the green flash of the Baja sunset late afternoon, and the stars at night...my goodness....need I say more. Los Colibris is a 10 minute walk to 70 miles of secluded pristine beach and only a 5 minute drive to the town of Todo Santos where you will find fabulous restauants, artists galleries, markets, and shops. 

Beloved Todo Santos chef, Iker Algorri, author of "Cooking Adventures in Baja Califronia Sur", can be found cooking breakfast each morning at Los Colibris and is available by appointment for Mexican cooking classes and dinners. Enjoy a bottle of wine from one of the owner's cousin's winery in the Valle de Guadalupe. Grab a yoga mat and pratice on their yoga platform which happens to be the highest point on the property, yoga with an incredible view!

The owners also have, in my opinion, one of the best tour companies in Baja. They offer daily excurions, surfing, hikes, kayaking, bird watching, horse back riding and much more. They also have long weekend treks into the mountans, and week long family camping trips, consisting of mountain, desert and beach adventures.  For more information on their amazing tours, give us a call: 800-658-7599

Beaches of La Paz - Balandra Bay

Just a hour and 1/2 drive north of Cabo San Lucas, on Highway 1, is the capital of Baja California Sur, La Paz. It is a very easy, very pleasant drive mostly along the Pacific coast until you move inland to cross over to the Sea of Cortez. La  Paz is a very diverse city, not very touristy, but chock full of things to see and do. If you are  looking for a city with the ambience of "real"  Mexico, you will fully enjoy La Paz. 

Once you have had a chance to explore the city, then head north on the Pichilingue Highway,  and no more than 10 minutes into the drive you will start to come  across some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Baja, reminiscent of the Caribbean with clear, calm turquoise waters. La Paz is a commerical port, so the locals will travel to these beaches to swim and spend the day, but I personally have never seen large crowds. Mid week is the time to go! There seems to be enough spots which are spread out so everyone can find a little slice of heaven.  First beach you come to is La Concha Beach Resort.  Even non-guests can use the hotel restaurants and bars and rent snorkel, dive,  water skiing and sailing equipment or book an excursion. 

Head further north, just past the Pichilingue Ferry,  and approximately 10 miles, you will start to see beaches, Pichilingue, Coromuel,  and  Tesoro beaches. All have palapa-shaded bars and restaurants, and umbrellas and beach chairs for rent.  

But the jewels are just 8 miles further, Balandra Bay and Tecolote beach. The water is a heavenly cerulean blue, and they look out upon Isla Espiritu Santo. There are no restaurants at Balandra, but there is a small food truck, and local vendors the pass every so often offering fresh fruit, homemade empanadas and fresh fish cerviche! You can also rent umbrellas, chairs and kayaks. What else do you need?. Tecolote has a full restaurant and bar and offers panga charters to fish and explore. This also is  Whale Shark territory and excursions go out to swim with these beautiful creatures during the months of October through April each year. Please inquire with Los Cabos in Style for booking your excursions, I offer two very different types of excursions. 800-658-7599. www.loscabosinstyle.com. 

ACRE ~ Restaurant and Cocktail Bar `

Another farm to table restaurant and cocktail bar has opened in San Jose Del Cabo. A fews years back, what started with a vacation for two Vancouver entrepreneurs, Stuart McPherson & Cameron Watt, has now become the creation of Acre. 

Danielle Tatarin, their GM, is also a mixologist that set up and still runs an award winning Bar, Keefer, in Vancouver., BC. She has spent the last few years traveling Mexico researching and sourcing exotic and obscure Mexican Spirits which you can savor at Arce.

Searching for a chef was a challange for many talented chefs choose to stay in big cities. But once Kevin Luzande and Oscar Torres found out they would be setting up and running their own farm, it became a fast sell to the benefit of all! Local ingredients are their passion and what shapes the menu. They have both worked in New York, Los Angeles and Europe and bring a mixure of Urban and Baja into their creations. 

The farm itself is 25 acres and is located in San Jose Del Cabo. The first phase is the restaurant, bar and event space surrounding the farm. In the future 12 Tree-houses will be added to the palm forest and the entire area will be for relaxing, learning, rejuvenating and celebrating. All of the structures have been made from local materials and all furniture, dishware, lighting and accessories are from Baja or the mainland of Mexico. A truly authentic and magical place. 

So next time you are in Los Cabos, make Acre a must experience!

Me Cabo and Blue Marlin Ibiza Los Cabos

There is a reason the Me Cabo was named #3 trendiest Hotel in Mexico in the past, because after a $16 million dollar renovation after Hurricane Odile, it will undoubtedly be in the race once again with the extensive changes to all guest rooms, suites and common areas. Guests can lounge at the Mediterranean style Beach Club as they listen to the relaxed vibe. On weekends the party level rises and the resort hosts the most conveted party scene, night and day!  Located on Medano beach, enjoy the dramatic views of Lands End, The Arch and Lover's Beach. With 2500 feet of pristine sand, enjoy a swim in the safest beach in all of Los Cabos. Nearly all rooms and suites have an ocean view. Rejuvenate at YHI, Me Cabo's spa, Party the night and day away at the Day and Night Rose Bar and check out the new members only Sub Rosa lounge.  Try TullPu, a signature Peruvian restaurant concept.  Hats off to  Mexican Artist Yuri Zatarain for this creative vision - Me Cabo. 

Opening in November of 2016 will the Blue Marlin Ibiza Los Cabos, the first beach club in the Americas. Me Cabo in collaboration with Blue Marlin Ibiza will open this trendy, multi-concept beach club, complete with outrageous food, artisan cocktails and music from cutting-edge DJ's. This resort will be electric and pulsating and something very different in Los Cabos. 

A Very Special Event in Todo Santos - Sunday - May 29th - El Mercado Ranchero

On Sunday, May 29, at 10:30 am, the Mercado Ranchero Market will host their third public event where local artisans from over 30 local rural Baja ranches will exhibit their products. Come taste some true artisan food while viewing a handsome display of handmade rural crafts. There will also be a demonstration of the process of manufacturing Dulce de Caña (a sweet delight !) along with a demonstration of the production of handmade huaraches by a local craftsman. Come and enjoy, learn and talk to our local ranchers. The Mercado Ranchero Market is located on Calle Morellos between Rangel and Cuauhtémoc in Todos Santos. Don’t miss this event. Bring the entire family.

The Cape- A Thompson Hotel

This past year The Cape- A Thompson Hotel, opened in Cabo San Lucas. The location is a favorite spot for our local surfers called Monument beach. With one of the proprietors being a surfer himself, he made sure to make an access for the locals so they can continue to enjoy one of the land mark spots for surfing. Little did he know the surfers would become a daily show for the guests, everyone that stays there seems to love watching them!

The hotel made Conde Nast's hot new hotel list this year 2016, landing in the top 3 after a search of hotels on six continents and 36 countries. 

The Cape is exactly what has been needed in Los Cabos. It's sleek, sexy, and very stylish. Every luxurious room has a view of the Bay of Cabo San Lucas and the famous "El Arco"

Designed by visionary Mexico City architect Javier Sanchez, it boasts a roof top lounge bar, where you can sip signature cocktails and watch the sun go down in the best location possible. Enjoy casual cuisine and artisan beers at the Ledge by the two pools and outdoor spa cabanas. 

Manta is their fine dining restaurant, with Chef Enrique Olvera at the helm. It has been said "there was Mexican food before Chef Olvera and then there is Mexican food after Chef Olvera". Enough said! His combination of Mexican-Peruvian-Japanese inspiration is what makes Manta and his Mexico City restaurant, Pujol, the forward thinking of Mexican cuisine. 

An All Adult Resort~

Whats new? La Biblioteca de Tequila

La Biblioteca de Tequila has opened in the brand new Breathless Hotel in Cabo San Lucas. Renowned Mexican chef, Richard Sandoval created this restaurant to introduce the world to authentic Mexican flavours and traditional dishes he grew up enjoying in Mexico City. La Bibilioteca de Tequila serves up a collection of his rare and personal favorite tequilas plus his menu of his favorite Mexican inspired cuisine. 

Sandoval opened his first restaurant in Cabo in October of 2015 at the Esperazna Resort, Toro blends Latin cuisine with South American, Japanese and Chinese influence.

His restaurant group, Richard Sandoval Restaurants, has over 35 concepts all over the USA, Mexico, Dubai, Qatar, and Serbia. Recently named by Restuarant Hospitality as one of the "25 coolest Multi-Concept Companies.

Director of tourism, Daniel Uribe says- "the presence of such upscale restaurants and chefs like Sandoval help increase the gastromonic appeal of Cabo and further establish it as a high quality destination".

Rosalia de Cuba- All summer- "The Restaurant"- Las Ventanas Hotel

Rosalia de Cuba- All summer- "The Restaurant"- Las Ventanas Hotel

Treat yourself to a night of music as Rosalia de Cuba enchants you with her fusion of world music and Cuban rhythms. With a repertoire of well known songs that have made history with their unique Cuban sound, Rosalia sings in five different languages and her songs range from all time classics, jazz standards, bossa, pop, soul, latin jazz and boleros. She is backed by a selection of amazing Cuban musicians. 

Throughout her career, she has performed in various venues, all over Europe and the USA. She has performed at the famous Wiesen Vienna Festival, Playa de America's in Spain, the prestigious Jazz festivals of Houston and New Orleans. She made various TV appearances and Theater appearances, presenting her music production: Jewels of Cuba. 

She has made many appearances too many to mention from private celebrations, weddings, fairs, cultural festivals, etc. She is available for festivals, gala dinners, theater performances, weddings, anniversaries, conferences and private events. 

She resides in Cabo San Lucas and performs at "The Restaurant" at the Las Ventanas Hotel, every Thursday, and at the Puerta Vieja Restaurant on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

May 1st- Mexican Labor Day

Mexico's labor movement was repressed in places such as Cananea in the north. However the Constitution of 1917, instigated significant social reformes to the labor laws. According to some sources, A Labor Day parade was held in Mexico as early as 1913, but the holiday was first officially commenorated on May 1st, 1923. Labor day is not exclusive to Mexico, many countries celebrate Labor/Workers Day. 

In Mexico, Labor day parades generally have large crowds holding banners to promote workers' right in the main streets of major cities. Labor day is a federal holiday, giving all Mexicans a day off from labor. It usually includes familes going to the movies and then out of coffee or a meal. 

                                                                    ViVa Mexico!

Dia de los Ninos - April 30th

Since 1925, Dia de los ninos or Day of the Children has grown to an annual celebration throughout Mexico. The day recognizes children, pays homage to their importance in society, and endorses their well being. Pat Mora, a Texan native, back in 1966 first heard of the holiday and she started to think she could turn this into one good idea and so Dia de los libros was bred. 

Mora felt promoting literacy went hand in hand with supporting the well being of children. Grass roots support for a celebration linking language and literature to Dia del Nino, grew. 

Oralila Garza de Cortes, manager of the children's department at San Antonio Public Library at the time immediately supported the concept, and through the work and support of both, El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros became a reality on April 30th 1997.

The goals of both Dia de los ninos/Dia de los libros, extended beyond a single April 30th observance and called for a daily commitment of: 

  • honoring children and childhood
  • promoting literacy and the importance of linking all children to books, languages, and cultures
  • honoring home languages and cultures, and thus promoting bilingual and multilingual literacy in this multicultural nation, and gobal understanding through reading.
  • involving parents as valued members of the literacy team
  • promoting library collection development that reflects our plurality

Love and support your children every day........