Thursday, September 12, 2013

PLAZA SAN LUCAS

Today I start my blog about Los Cabos. I hope that this blog will give you information about this wonderful place Los Cabos. I make Cabo San Lucas my home, and everyday I am struck by the beauty and vitality of the region. In this blog, I want to share with you my experience of being a wedding and event specialist here in Baja California Sur.

I hope to integrate a taste of life here in Cabo with a feeling for all that this area has to offer for those planning a destination wedding or event here. This blog will feature vendors and venues, for those planning an event, and thoughts about the local culture and area. Of course, Baja California Sur, in particular Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, is a very popular vacation destination. Where else can you witness a spectacular sunrise over the Sea of Cortez in the morning and then, just a few minutes away, watch a breathtaking sunset over the Pacific Ocean? All of this is courtesy of Cabo’s location at the very tip of Baja California. Cabo San Lucas borders the Sea of Cortez on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.

While Cabo is a great vacation location, it is also a great place for a destination wedding or event. Baja California is loaded with fabulous beaches, resorts and hotels, and a great variety of activities. It also is home to various vendors and businesses that are trained to make a destination wedding or event memorable.

In addition to being a great vacation spot and destination location, it is also a great place to live. As the locals here say, “There are no bad days.” The weather is sunny with low humidity. It does rain here, but on average only 5-8 days a year. In addition to great weather, the flora and fauna is beautiful and interesting. Coming from the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, it is a pleasure to take a walk and see plants and flowers that only grow in pots in your apartment or house growing and thriving as trees, flowers and bushes outside. Watching the birds glide on the wind currents brings a sense of peace and tranquility. Oh, and watching the stars at night, or how bright the moon is in the night sky, is inspiring.

There is so much to write about and explain; so, I am going to start with a small piece at a time. As I said above, I will talk a little bit about different topics. I want to start today talking about a small park by my house. The park, Plaza de San Lucas, is a small park, and not one of the more famous parks in the area. But, it is near my house and I walk the dog in the park every day. The reason I find it interesting is that for such a small park, it has a wide variety of plants, and a number of birds make it their home. It is an example of how even the seemingly smallest, mundane things in this beautiful paradise are, in fact, beautiful and interesting.

The park is loaded with various shades of oleander, bougainvillea, hibiscus and other beautiful plants you find in arid and semi-arid climates. But it is also the home of various flowering trees, shrubs and plants. I remember walking the dog through the park and being enchanted with the sweet smell of gardenias. The slight breeze carried the scent throughout the park. Here are some pictures from the park: 



An interesting tree in the field across from the park. Note how the seeds (in the upper portion of the picture) look like tear-shaped pearls.



A cactus in the field across from the park. This particular cactus is home to many woodpeckers.



The next series of pictures are of a flowering tree. The tree is related to Mimosa trees found in the United States. There are a variety of these Acacia trees in Baja California Sur. One variety which has the puff-like flowers similar to the mimosa trees found in the U.S., but the flowers have a distinctly green hue. They are also loaded with thorns. The leaves of this tree are feather-like and look somewhat like fern leaves. The tree has recently burst into color.

Potted bougainvillea adorn various locations in the park. The bracts, which are flower-like in appearance come in a broad range of vibrant colors. 



Many different flowering shrubs line the park.



The park is full of various flowering plants.



Cacti surround one of the many ficus trees.



One of my favorite features is the gardenias found at the west end of the park.



A white oleander. There are various shades in the area.



One of many hibiscus. They come in various colors.



The next picture are weeds in the field across from the park. The yellow flowers below remind me of morning glories. You will see these weeds all over Baja California Sur.








Finally, a picture of a cluster of bougainvillea. There are so many colors in the area that go from red, purple and orange to white, peach and , as you can see below, white with a tinge of pink. 







Well, I am closing now. This is the first in an installment of posts. As I mentioned above I will feature posts on a variety of topics of interest to those who are planning an event in the Los Cabos area. My associate, Yarai, and I have been busy visiting various venues in the area and meeting with vendors. Our blogs will give you photos and information about the many exciting locales and restaurants. We will also be blogging about the many activities in the area. And, as I mentioned above, a flavor for the area. We will be covering topics that include attractions and activities as well as places, like Plaza San Lucas in and around the Los Cabos area. We will also give information about nightlife in Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and other locations in Baja California. We also hope to present information about day trips to Todos Santos, La Paz, the East Cape.



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