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The Cabo Cannery

As you return from a day of fishing in Cabo, tired and sunburned, you may not recall the boat passing by a very small wooden dock near the harbor entrance.  A dock so old and rickety that it threatens to collapse under the weights of the half-dozen or more small boys (and at times, even adults) that are always seen to be fishing there.

 

The dock projects out over the water from the faded remains of an old concrete building and on its side one can barely read the inscription: “Cia. de Productos Marinos, S. de R.L., Planta Empacadora, Cabo San Lucas, B. Calif.

 

It seems, to the casual observer, to be just an anonymous old, abandoned building, lost amid the glitter and ongoing drama of the thriving and popular tourist destination of Cabo San Lucas. But what very few visitors today realize is that as recently as 1962 this building and a few shacks scattered around it constituted the entire settlement of Cabo San Lucas, which at that time had a total population of only 300 cannery workers and their families.

 

The abundance of tuna in Cabo was discovered in the early 20th Century, and in 1917 (research differs on the year, some say 1917 and others 1927) an American tuna cannery was moved from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas to take advantage of this new resource.  At its peak was the largest in Latin America, producing about 75% of Mexico’s output of canned seafood products.  It was preceded in Cabo San Lucas by a tall, four-masted sailing cannery ship anchored near the arches—where the cruise ships anchor today.  That ship was kept supplied with tuna by a fleet of rowed skiffs and small jig boats.

This brought a new population that continued to grow even as the native population dwindled. By the 1930s, a small fishing village had developed to supply the cannery. The harbor was then occupied by about 400 people, all of whom were involved in the canning industry. This remained the driving force of the local economy until 1941, when a hurricane destroyed a large part of the factory. The damage was devastating and Cabo San Lucas was all but abandoned during World War II, when Japanese submarines patrolled the coast.

In the late 1950s, a decision critical to the future of Baja California was made by the federal government in Mexico City: Cabo San Lucas would cease to be a cannery town, and would be developed instead as a major tourist destination based on sport fishing. There were protests and complaints from the local population, but nevertheless a new cannery was built at San Carlos at Bahia Magdalena, and the very first of Cabo's great resorts opened its doors in 1963: the original Hotel Hacienda built by Rod Rodriguez, son of former Mexican president Abelardo Rodriguez.

The cannery in Cabo San Lucas continued to operate into the 1970s even as hotels such as Palmilla, Cabo San Lucas and Hacienda Cabo San Lucas began operating.  In the early 1970s citizens of Cabo San Lucas set their clocks and went about their daily activities according to the whistle at the cannery.  What is of interest is that the whistle was 5 minutes slower than the rest of the world.

Cabo San Lucas Bar For Sale - $59k

Front of Valhalla Bar
Motivated Seller

• 300 sq. ft., 1 bdrm 2 story - $59,000 USD - Cheap Turnkey Cabo Biz

 -  This four year old bar is Centrally Located in Cabo San Lucas. Sold Turnkey and Owner is willing to help train any new owner.

  Liquor License Included and the rent is only $470/month!!! HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG!!!!

Start to realize your Cabo Dream and Own your Own Bar Today!

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Cabo Condos - Pedregal's First Condo Hotel Project

Cabo Viejo
Pedregal's First Condo Hotel!!!!!

• 2,100 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm single story - MLS® $450,000 USD - and Up to $1M

 -  Introducing Pedregal's First Condo Hotel Concept

Be able to earn a return on your investment while you aren't using it! Pay no Homeowner's Maintenance Fees, Real Estate Taxes, Insurance, Utilities every again!!! ...And make money too!

Units come fully furnished and are professionally managed by a US Hotel Mgmt Company. Get in on this Ground Breaking New Concept to Hit Cabo. Units Start at 2100sqft and Go up to 3100sqft. 2 and 3 Bedroom models and only 17 units in this Boutique Condo Hotel. Each Unit Boasts Marina and Cabo San Lucas City Light Views along with its own private Jacuzzi/plunge pool.

Large open floor plans with fantastic terraces to enjoy the Wonderful Cabo Weather all Year Round. Ideally Located and Walkable to Everything in Town yet Private and Secluded in its very own gated entrance.

Pick your Unit now from only 13 remaining.

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Cabo San Lucas Condo For Sale - $84k

Pool Area Outside of Condo
Walkable to Beach

• 1,000 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm single story "First Floor Unit" - $84,000 USD - Lowest Priced Cabo Condo

 -  Own this Downtown Cabo San Lucas Condo and Walk to Everything. This 2 bedroom condo is located just a short 10 minute walk to the beach, 2 minutes to the bank and nearest coffee shop, and 5 minutes to restaurants and bars.

Sold Fully Furnished this 1st Floor Condo requires no stairs and is perfect for a private retreat or retirement condo. Real Estate Taxes are extremely low at $72/year and Homeowner's Fees of only $67/month. This condo truly is a lost cost property to not only purchase but to maintain.

***Take advantage now as this Condo will not last long***

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Another perspective on Violence in Mexico

By Linda Ellerbee

Sometimes I’ve been called a maverick because I don’t always agree with my colleagues, but then, only dead fish swim with the stream all the time. The stream here is Mexico .
You would have to be living on another planet to avoid hearing how dangerous Mexico has become, and, yes, it’s true drug wars have escalated violence in Mexico , causing collateral damage, a phrase I hate. Collateral damage is a cheap way of saying that innocent people, have been robbed, hurt or killed.
But that’s not the whole story. Neither is this. This is my story...
I’m a journalist who lives in New York City , but has spent considerable time in Mexico , specifically Puerto Vallarta , for the last four years. I’m in Vallarta now. And despite what I’m getting from the U.S. media, the 24-hour news networks in particular, I feel as safe here as I do at home in New York , possibly safer. I walk the streets of my Vallarta neighborhood alone day or night. And I don’t live in a gated community, or any other All-Gringo neighborhood. I live in Mexico . Among Mexicans. I go where I want (which does not happen to include bars where prostitution and drugs are the basic products), and take no more precautions than I would at home in New York; which is to say I don’t wave money around, I don’t act the Ugly American, I do keep my eyes open, I’m aware of my surroundings, and I try not to behave like a fool.
I’ve not always been successful at that last one. One evening a friend left the house I was renting in Vallarta at that time, and, unbeknownst to me, did not slam the automatically-locking door on her way out. Sure enough, less than an hour later a stranger did come into my house. A burglar? Robber? Kidnapper? Killer? Drug lord?
No, it was a local police officer, the “beat cop” for our neighborhood, who, on seeing my unlatched door, entered to make sure everything (including me) was okay. He insisted on walking with me around the house, opening closets, looking behind doors and, yes, even under beds, to be certain no one else had wandered in, and that nothing was missing. He was polite, smart and kind, but before he left, he lectured me on having not checked to see that my friend had locked the door behind her. In other words, he told me to use my common sense.
Do bad things happen here? Of course they do. Bad things happen everywhere, but the murder rate here is much lower than, say, New Orleans, and if there are bars on many of the ground floor windows of houses here, well, the same is true where I live, in Greenwich Village, which is considered a swell neighborhood — house prices start at about $4 million (including the bars on the ground floor windows).
There are good reasons thousands of people from the United States are moving to Mexico every month, and it’s not just the lower cost of living, a hefty tax break and less snow to shovel. Mexico is a beautiful country, a special place. The climate varies, but is plentifully mild, the culture is ancient and revered, the young are loved unconditionally, the old are respected.
And then there are the people. Generalization is risky, but— in general — Mexicans are warm, friendly, generous and welcoming. If you smile at them, they smile back. If you greet a passing stranger on the street, they greet you back. If you try to speak even a little Spanish, they tend to treat you as though you were fluent. Or at least not an idiot. I have had taxi drivers track me down after leaving my wallet or cell phone in their cab. I have had someone run out of a store to catch me because I have overpaid by twenty cents. I have been introduced to and come to love a people who celebrate a day dedicated to the dead as a recognition of the cycles of birth and death and birth — and the 15th birthday of a girl, an important rite in becoming a woman — with the same joy.
Too much of the noise you’re hearing about how dangerous it is to come to Mexico is just that — noise. But the media love noise, and too many journalists currently making it don’t live here. Some have never even been here. They just like to be photographed at night, standing near a spotlighted border crossing, pointing across the line to some imaginary country from hell. It looks good on TV.
Another thing. The U.S. media tend to lump all of Mexico into one big bad bowl. The recent rise in violence in Mexico has mostly occurred in a few states, and especially along the border. It is real, but it does not describe an entire country.
It would be nice if we could put what’s going on in Mexico in perspective, geographically and emotionally. It would be nice if we could remember that, as has been noted more than once, these drug wars wouldn’t be going on if people in the United States didn’t want the drugs, or if other people in the United States weren’t selling Mexican drug lords the guns. Most of all, it would be nice if more people in the United States actually came to this part of America ( Mexico is also America , you will recall) to see for themselves what a fine place Mexico really is, and how good a vacation (or a life) here can be.
So come on down and get to know your southern neighbors. I think you’ll like it here. Especially the people.

Cabo House - Ventanas Price Reduced $50,000 (4 bedroom House)!!!

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RARE 4 Bedroom House

• 3,000 sq. ft., 4 bath, 4 bdrm 2 story "with Rooftop Terrace" - MLS® $399,000 USD - Potential Short Sale!!

 -  Cabo's Best Selling Gated Housing Community, Ventanas, has put to the Market the Largest Resale Unit.

Featuring 4 bedrooms/4.5 bathrooms, 2 car garage, yard for in ground pool, Large Outdoor terraces including a rooftop terrace and upgraded air conditioning system throughout the house. The whole house features a fan and coil a/c system that is setup on a zoned system to maximize its efficiency.

Open Floor plan featuring the split floor plan with living area and Kitchen on second floor. Kitchen is upgraded to include breakfast bar/island and Wall to Wall Cabinets.

Living Area, Master Bedroom, Second level Terrace, and Rooftop Terrace all have been prepped for Speakers.

At 3,000 sqft of interior space this is a lot of house for the money with FOREVER VIEWS of Land's End from the Rooftop Terrace.

Motivated Owner will Consider all Offers!

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Price Reduced on Punta Arena G6 in Punta Arena

Punta Arena, El Tezal  -  Announcing a price reduction on Punta Arena G6, a 1,750 sq. ft., 2 bath, 3 bdrm single story. Now MLS® $205,000 USD - Price Reduced.

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MEXICO IN CABO

Breakfast and Marketing Tour

It’s only very recently that we are able to find Mexico right here in Cabo!  The incredibly hardworking men who came to build our beautiful five-star resort, mostly from southern Mexico, pioneered Cabo behind the scenes while living in very rough conditions for years.  Then, within the last five years or so, we finally reached a state of civilization that allowed the women and children to join them… naturally bringing along treasured comfort foods and cooking traditions!

This is why only recently the demand for Mexican foods and products has been great enough for major Mexican supermarket chains like Soriana and Chedraui to stake a claim in Cabo, competing fiercely for the recently arrived hordes of Mexican shoppers!  As a result, we now have access to an incredible array of traditional ingredients that ten years ago were a dream come true only on trips to mainland Mexico – until recently it would have been impossible to establish the Casa de Colores for lack of basic ingredients!

The Breakfast and Marketing tour takes in the rapidly evolving traditional Mexican food scene in Cabo, including the typical Mexican supermarkets that serve the role played by traditional markets on the mainland. 

The tour begins with a traditional ranch breakfast at Casa de Abuela.  Casa de Abuela is a family run enterprise using recipes handed down by Abuela (Grandmother) who still resides on the family ranch in Pescadero.  We then continue to explore the markets and food sources in Cabo San Lucas.

SORIANA AND SENDERO PLAZA

Soriana is a major grocery and department chain, Mexico's second largest retailer headquartered in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.  The year 2003 changed the face of Cabo forever with the grand openings of Soriana, Costco and the CCC supermarket, which had long served Cabo with an excellent selection of American products only a two hour drive away in La Paz... 

In December 2009 Cabo changed yet again with the even grander opening of  Plaza Sendero, of the popular chain of shopping malls located in virtually every major Mexican city, generally featuring full service restaurants, banks and retail outlets.  Soriana is the southern anchor, and the state-of-the-art Cinepolis theaters hold down the north end.

Soriana caters to Mexican shoppers with a comfortable, traditional feel to its departments.  A prime example is the panaderia, perhaps Cabo’s most impressive array of pan dulce, bolillos, teleras, pan de pulque, cookies, cakes… and of course its beautiful display of Mexican chocolate to wash it all down.

Just before we reach the bakery are the traditional cheeses and sausages featuring loops of beautiful chorizo and longaniza hung out to dry behind gleaming counters.  This is where we find mole pastes, condiments and jams, as well as a good selection of dried fruits, seeds and traditional candies, all offered in bulk.

Bodegas de Oaxaca produces quality pottery dishes and cookware at excellent prices, and Soriana keeps a good stock year round along with tortilla presses, comales, tamale steamers and lime squeezers… a great place to stock a traditional Mexican kitchen!

CHEDRAUI

Chedraui was founded in 1927 by a Xalapa, Veracruz couple, opening their first supermarket in Xalapa in 1971.  It is now Mexico's fourth-largest retailer with about 90 self-service Chedraui stores operating in competition with major grocers and hypermarkets like Soriana and Walmart.

In 2010, when they bought out the time-honored Centro Comercial Californiana (CCC) which had performed so long and so faithfully, we were all skeptical that Chedraui could ever take its place in our hearts and shopping carts.  However, after a major overhaul which included super-cool basement parking with electric ramps which magically grab your cart.

Chedraui is very traditional, but continues to stock many of the American products which are still in great demand.  The impressive cheese department, continually stocks all the essentials plus special items like artesanal cheeses from Chiapas.  Like Soriana, they keep a nice bulk department with seeds, nuts and dried fruits as well as marmalades and mole pastes.

Fruits and vegetables run to the traditional Mexican, including popular items like jicama, chayote, platano macho (plantain)… and of course a full-time nopalero, the man who does nothing but stand and clean perfect, fresh cactus paddles for consumption in soups, salads and salsas!  Very recently, all the big stores have begun to stock traditional herbs like epazote, an essential for southern Mexicans cooking far from home. 

Chedraui has the best selection of dried chiles, several of which can be found in bulk, along with jamaica and Mexico’s fabled cone-shaped brown sugar, piloncillo, among other wonders.

EL MEXICANO

Artesanal Tortilleria

It became apparent that we had truly joined the Mexican Republic the first time we set foot in El Mexicano, a true artesanal tortillera producing fresh nixtamal masa daily.

There’s even a verb for it.  Nixtamalization refers to the process of soaking and cooking hard starchy field corn in a solution of alkaline lime, after which it can be hulled.  Corn which has been nixtamalized has several benefits over unprocessed grain.  Its nutritional value is significantly increased, as is its flavor and fresh corn aroma, and it is much easier to grind. 

The four women who work seven days a week at El Mexicano, grinding fresh hot nixtamal into the finest corn masa for making tortillas, antojitos de masa and tamales, are my true heroes.  It’s the difference between Wonder bread and homemade whole grain bread. 

Throughout Mexico women like these work tirelessly on the streets and in small hole-in-the-wall eateries, feeding a nation for almost no money – and what food!  Eat even a simple tortilla sprinkled with salt from El Mexicano, and you feel satisfied, well fed, as if you had gone home to eat mom’s cooking for lunch!

It is a privilege to have a quality traditional tortilleria like this in our community.  They are increasingly hard to find even on the mainland of Mexico….

LOS

MICHOACANOS

Carnitas “Los Michoacanos” was founded in 1899 in San Bartola, near the capital city of Morelia in Michoacán, arguably Mexico’s most beautiful state which produces excellent pork.

Today Los Michoacanos creates a traditional Mexican family ambience with great service for all of their many visitors.  You will always find the freshest quality pork cooked to perfection in the old way, every piece tender and juicy, chopped by dedicated professionals and served with fresh hand made tortillas and homemade salsas and condiments.  And don’t forget the beans!  Can you beat a big pot of tender beans cooked with pork?

There are now five locations in Los Cabos, most of which have special areas for kids to play while the grownups enjoy their meal.  There is live music every Sunday at the San Lucas location in front of the Sendero Plaza mall. 

PAN DE NATA DE TLAXCALA

Tlaxcala’s rich and famous pan de nata is made from clotted cream similar to Devonshire cream.  It is traditionally served at fiestas like Texcoco’s Horse Fair during the first days of March, and the Cotton Fair of San Luis Potosi.  It is artisanal bread from the state of Tlaxcala, Mexico’s tiniest state that nestles into a comfortable border with Puebla, also renowned for its gastronomy.  It is a tradition that is passed on within families, and we are blessed with an authentic Tlaxcala bakery right here in Cabo

To learn more about how to do this tour in Cabo Check out Casa de Colores School of Traditional Mexican Cooking at  http://casadecolores.wordpress.com/

Cabo Real Estate: Price Reduced on 4 Bedroom House - Now Offered at $229k - Assumable Mortgage of $130k

Cabo San Lucas Corridor, Los Cabos  -  Announcing a price reduction on 3-Casa Mexicana - Las Palmas, a 2,000 sq. ft., 4 bath, 4 bdrm single story. Now MLS® $229,000 USD - Reduced (4 Bedrooms)!.

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Motivated Seller REDUCED AGAIN $10,000 MORE ***MUST SELL***

Cabo San Lucas Corridor, Los Cabos  -  Announcing a price reduction on Casa Mexicana - Las Palmas, a 2,000 sq. ft., 4 bath, 4 bdrm single story. Now MLS® $239,000 USD - Reduced (4 Bedrooms)!.

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Cabo San Lucas House: Largest 4 Bedroom Resale Home in Ventanas Residences

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RARE 4 Bedroom House

• 3,000 sq. ft., 4.5 bath, 4 bdrm 2 story - $449,000 USD - 3,000 sqft Under $450k

 -  Cabo's Best Selling Gated Housing Community, Ventanas, has put to the Market the Largest Resale Unit.

Featuring 4 bedrooms/4.5 bathrooms, 2 car garage, yard for in ground pool, Large Outdoor terraces including a rooftop terrace and upgraded air conditioning system throughout the house. The whole house features a fan and coil a/c system that is setup on a zoned system to maximize its efficiency.

Open Floor plan featuring the split floor plan with living area and Kitchen on second floor. Kitchen is upgraded to include breakfast bar/island and Wall to Wall Cabinets.

Living Area, Master Bedroom, Second level Terrace, and Rooftop Terrace all have been prepped for Speakers.

At 3,000 sqft of interior space this is a lot of house for the money with FOREVER VIEWS of Land's End from the Rooftop Terrace.

Motivated Owner will Consider all Offers!

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Gated Community Lots Reduced $55,000 USD

Cresta del Mar, Announcing a price reduction on Cresta del Mar Lots #64 and 65,1/5 acre for 75,000 and 1/4 acre for 95,000 Adjacent Lots

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Price Reduced on Corner Bar in Downtown Cabo San Lucas

CSL Central, Cabo San Lucas  -  Announcing a price reduction on Corner Bar, a 2,000 sq. ft., 1 bath single story. Now $99,000 USD - Price Reduced!.

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4 Bed House with Yard - Price Reduced $20,000 USD

Cabo San Lucas Corridor, Los Cabos  -  Announcing a price reduction on 3-Casa Mexicana - Las Palmas, a 2,000 sq. ft., 4 bath, 4 bdrm single story. Now MLS® $249,000 USD - Lowest Priced 4 Bedroom.

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Price Reduced on Ventanas Single Story Home

Ventanas Residencias, El Tezal  -  Announcing a price reduction on Ventanas #46, a 1,500 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm single story. Now MLS® $239,000 USD - Seller Financing Avail.

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