Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

Name: Erik Singer

Age: 43

Hometown: Los Cabos, Mexico

Occupation: Director—Retreat & Wellness Center

Status: Lovelorn

Diva Minds Want to Know…

1. Where do you like to flirt?

With the right woman? Anywhere.

2. Where is your favorite table for two?

The Hotel California in Todos Santos has a great bar and live music several nights a week. For a more sophisticated evening, the Todos Santos Inn just opened a beautiful bar. For dinner, try Los Adobes, Tre Galline, or—if money is no object—Cafe Santa Fe. The Cerritos Beach Club—not really a “club” but nice to get out of the water, sit around one of their fire pits as the sun sets and sip a cold beer and snack on guacamole with friends. Start with a margarita or mojito at Barometro on the deck overlooking the marina and the variety of passers-by. Nik-San is renowned for sushi but I’d take the fish tacos at the bar next door any day. If you’re looking to groove, Mandala gets hopping on the later side and is a step up from the haunts of the Spring Break crowd.

3. Where should we stay when we visit?

Prana del Mar—of course. Failing that, Todos Santos Inn in Todos Santos, Casa Natalia or Cabo Surf Hotel in San Jose, and—for a splurge—Las Ventanas al Paraiso on the Corridor. For the budget set, find a dusty road that heads to a deserted beach, and pitch your tent. After all, that’s the true Baja experience….

4. What qualities do you find irresistible in a woman?

Quiet confidence, authenticity, joie de vivre, intuitive understanding, sparkling eyes, a hint of shyness that belies a deeper passion, witty repartee, and a mischievous smile….

5. Where can we find you on a free Sunday afternoon?

Surfing at Cerritos, in Savasana in the yoga studio, walking the beach out front, or tinkering around the property.

6. What do you love most about your hometown (besides our arrival)?

The combination of desert, mountains, and ocean—rugged yet tranquil. The warmth and generosity of the Mexican people. The light at the end of the day. The option to do everything or do nothing at all.

7. What should we bring when we visit? What should we leave with?

Arrive with: A sense of adventure and a determination to explore beyond the standard tourist trail. Sunscreen, flip-flops, a day pack, and a sarong. Depart with: A camera full of photos and a bit of sand at the bottom of your bag.

8. What do we absolutely have to see while we’re there?

OK, go see the Arch. As touristy as it is, it truly is beautiful, as is Lover’s Beach right next to it. But opt to go by kayak, pack a picnic lunch, paddle past the sea lion colony to check in with those guys, and then land at Lover’s Beach. Wander over to the Pacific side and stroll up the beach a couple hundred yards and you’ll probably have a nice spot all to yourself. With your one day in the heart of Cabo covered, you now have the whole rest of your trip to explore the rest of the Cape region. I recommend the charming town of Todos Santos, recently named a Pueblo Mágico—Magic Town. Or the slower pace of downtown San Jose. If you’re a diver, then check out Cabo Pulmo up the East Cape, especially if it’s whale shark season. These gentle creatures are awesome in the true sense of the word. I’m partial to the beaches of the Pacific coast. Most are empty and you can walk along them for miles. If it’s January through March, you’re bound to see whale spouts, a few flukes, and maybe even a full breach.

9. Any areas of town we should avoid?

You’re allowed half a day—maximum—along the Cabo marina. The itinerary listed above in the “Eat & Drink” section could be a good option. I’d say to avoid the hawkers selling kitschy trinkets, but that’s not going to be possible, so just smile and give them a firm “no.” With that covered you have a chance to get out and explore the true Baja.

10. Any local secrets you want to share?

They wouldn’t be secrets anymore, now would they?

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