2014 Turtle Season Crowned with Success
Perfectly shaped for millions of years, Cabo has some of the most secluded beaches – each tucked away safely from the majority of land based predators, creating perfect nesting grounds for sea turtles. The species you are most likely to observe on our Los Cabos beaches is the olive ridley. With an olive green shell averaging 30 inches in length, this omnivore is a dear and welcome visitor to our area.
At Casa Dorada, we are proud to have successfully concluded yet another turtle season, which officially ended on December 31st, although there are still some nests to hatch. During 2014 Casa Dorada protected about 800 olive ridley nests, and more than 76,000 baby turtles were released into the sea. It’s important to mention that only one in a thousand will reach maturity in about 9 to 11 years. The remaining eggs that are yet to hatch are currently maintained in an incubation chamber to protect them from cool winter temperatures.
Casa Dorada has been committed to turtle protection since 2008 when we received and successfully safeguarded our first nest. Much to the delight of staff and guests alike, in October of the same year, a mandate was passed internally to initiate nightly patrols of the entire Cabo San Lucas Bay. This has helped protect nests in particularly tourist-heavy areas, where some nests had to be artificially incubated.
Since then, the Casa Dorada Sanctuary Project has been created and mindfully managed to protect our seafaring friends.
Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions is Possible even on Vacation!
You’ve been looking forward to a sunny Cabo San Lucas vacation for a while now and as you think about our famous guacamole, cerveza and other temptations, you may wonder if your “staying in shape” resolutions will be doomed as soon as you get off the plane.
Well, not necessarily! The good thing about a vacation is that you finally have some free time! Why not use a tiny bit of it to get moving? Working out briefly every day will not only keep you in shape, it will also help alleviate stress so you can have even more fun the other 23-plus hours of your vacation day.
So if you're serious about your fitness regimen and are looking for ideas, at Casa Dorada we’ve got you covered.
In addition to our top-notch gym, there’s Claudio, our go-to fitness guru. His classes happen four times a week: on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
If you’re a yoga fan, you can’t miss his Hatha Yoga Session on the terrace of 12 Tribes. As you breathe and revitalize, you’ll take in the glorious views of the Sea of Cortez and Land’s End. Now THAT’S the way to start your day! Yoga classes start at 8:30am during the week and at 9:30am on Saturdays. Simply sign up at the spa or ask our Concierge.
Also, becoming more and more popular is our weekly Ping Pong Tournament, where participants play poolside for great prizes such as spa coupons, buckets of beer, rounds of cocktails and much more. Let’s talk about motivation!
And of course don’t forget all the other activities you can do while in Cabo: walks on the beach, kayaking the Sea of Cortez, SUPing all the way to the famous Arch, swimming in the sea… the list is endless, and the best part is none of them feel like exercise!
So next time you’re at our Cabo beachfront resort, have fun and stay in shape at the same time. For ongoing and special events and happenings, check our Facebook page and stay tuned.
Casa Dorada New Year’s Eve at a Glance
Happy New Year Everyone! We thought we would give you all some time to get into the 2015, because we know the first few days you were probably still curing the after-party effects and writing 2014 instead of 2015 on your checks.
Well, anyway I think you’re ready now to check out some really cool pictures. Whether you rang in the New Year with us at Casa Dorada, during the CIRCUS PARTY, or want to see what you’d missed, you just have to see our gallery.
We have posted over 100 photographs of the big party on our Facebook Page (Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa). You’ll see many beautiful people, fireworks, dancing, and more.
And if you’re in Cabo San Lucas today, keep in mind that Three Kings Day (Día de los Reyes Magos) is a big deal in Mexico and you’ll see everyone celebrating on January 6th as they munch on the traditional oval-shaped cake, known as Rosca de Reyes.
You can’t miss it!
The Ultimate Thrill of Whale Watching in Los Cabos
December is such an exciting month in Los Cabos with plenty of events and happenings around town. But in addition to Christmas parties and a busy cultural agenda, there’s the biggest thrill of all: WHALE WATCHING.
During the fall gray whales make the 6000-mile long journey from their summer homes in the depths of the seas between Alaska and Siberia. In winter, they arrive in the warm waters of Baja California and Sea of Cortez to give birth.
Gray whales calve in the protected, shallow lagoons of San Ignacio, Ojo de Liebre and Magdalena Bay. The city of San Ignacio is located approximately nine hours from Casa Dorada and Magdalena Bay just 5 hours away.
The lagoons frequented by the grays are mid-way to three-quarters of the way down the Baja Peninsula and offer optimal conditions for female grays to give birth. Mother grays are extremely affectionate, playing constantly and bracing the calf on her back when it needs to rest.
In the sheltered lagoons, the calves learn survival skills and build their muscles by swimming against the ocean currents flowing into the calmer waters. Even though the lagoons are hundreds of miles up the peninsula, whale watching around Los Cabos is very abundant as well.
Many male grays travel close to the shore off Los Cabos, and once the calves are mature enough to leave the sanctuary of the lagoon, females are also often spotted in the area.
Watching these incredible creatures play is an awe-inspiring pleasure. Spouting, the breathing out of air by the whale, is usually the first indication of whale activity; however, you may see breaching, too. Breaching, when the whale leaps almost completely out of the water and falls back with a large splash, is a spectacular sight.
Here at Casa Dorada, we’re all in love with our visiting whales and are always happy to have our guests join this inner circle. If you’re in Cabo San Lucas now or will be in the next couple of months, you can´t miss this amazing opportunity. Just come see us at the Activities Desk and we will be happy to arrange the right tour for you, whether you’d prefer to stay in Los Cabos or venture out to Magdalena Bay.
Happy whale watching!
Photo courtesy: Marianne Koopmann