Message from the Editor-in-Chief
Travel is a gift we give ourselves… To see the world beyond our doorstep, to understand different cultures, to see how society and the planet is changing… Travel opens our eyes and gives us greater insight into the world – into other cultures; I know it has made me a wiser, more understanding human being… and yes – even more appreciative of what I have.
As editor of this publication, I hope you share with me the desire for travel — especially to Mexico. As it is a very rich travel destination with a lot to offer… Although the country has gone through a lot in the past decade, nothing compares to what the state of B.C.S. went through this past September 14th, when hurricane Odile swept half the town away… We did the best we could do – spread the word of what had happened and collect as many donations as we could…
We succeeded in our goal via the website United4Baja – you may read more about it on page 36… It was astonishing to see how people just wanted to help. Our team was working 20-hour days; we were exhausted, but to see everyone pulling together for the same cause gave us the energy to keep going. Many people have been working for this cause – stay tune to our friend, Sammy Hagar as he is working on a big music festival this coming Spring – in Cabo.
As we celebrate our 16th anniversary, we hope you will, once again, enjoy learning about the beautiful settings, as well as meeting Mexico’s movers and shakers, and feel the same glimmer of optimism that we have about the future for both Baja California and Baja California Sur.
I am so pleased and excited over our cover—Roselyn Sanchez is not only gorgeous on the outside–but inside as well! And lately we are seeing her on many covers – this is truly her year!!! She was most recently voted as the “sexiest” Latina on TV… Thank you, Roselyn, for granting us an award winning cover!
We also celebrate the amazing Laura Pausini – whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting… She is truly breathtaking – soooo down to earth and so friendly. Do read her article on her later world tour. And as for Greg Norman with his boundless knowledge, how delighted we are to continue having him edit our Golf section. Please read his article on his latest project in Litibu, Mexico. We’re also featuring Esai Morales – who loves Cabo… we had the privilege of spend some time with him in his recent trip.
Now is the time to find incredible travel deals that mix luxury, exotic places, culture, adventure and sports in convenient affordable packages. Furthermore, for those looking for an affordable retirement home, there are incredible opportunities in the real estate market. Baja has much to offer, including areas where the purchasing power of the dollar buys more than ever before, especially since the stock market has depleted retirement savings. Do read the Real Estate editorial of Leticia Díaz Rivera on page 84 and RudyValdes’ on page 85.
Finally, I wish to thank my wonderful staff–writers, photographers, assistants and designers, and a very special thanks to Kim and Mario, who put their heart and soul into the design of this issue – and the website. This magazine would not be possible without all of your truly top-notch talents. And, a special thanks to the advertisers and readers of Baja Traveler®. Your endorsements and support have been heart-warming and comforting during these past sixteen years.
The warmth and beauty of Mexico await you!
- LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY – MEMBER
- SKAL INTERNATIONAL – BOARD
- AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MAGAZINE EDITORS – MEMBER
- WOMEN IN TOURISM INERNATIONAL ALLIANCE (WITIA) – MEMBER
- NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HISPANIC JOURNALISTS – MEMBER
- NATIONAL LATINA BUSINESS WOMEN ASSOCIATION – MEMBER
- SAN DIEGO HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – MEMBER
- SAN DIEGO PRESS CLUB – MEMBER
- SAN DIEGO AD CLUB – MEMBER
- NOCHE DE NIÑOS COMMITTEE – MEMBER
- FRONTERAS UNIDAS PRO- SALUD COMMITTEE – MEMBER
- VERIFIED AUDIT CIRCULATION – MEMBER