Navidad 2020

Journal del Pacifico Fall 2020 cover by Kate TurningThank you for all the compliments on our Fall 2020 issue with the fabulous Day of the Dead cover by Kate Turning.

This issue, we are pleased to feature a piece from artist/photographer Emanuela Gardner’s Fantasia collection to adorn our Navidad cover. You can see more of her fun and whimsical photographs throughout the issue and at Galería de Todos Santos.

Bryan Jáuregui of Todos Santos Eco Adventures tells the fascinating story of the Juan Cuevas family that has made their home on Isla El Partido in the Sea of Cortez since 1923.

The Loft@Nomad ChicThe Loft @ Nomad Chic is a new private event  space that is a welcome refuge for those seeking inspiring experiences while staying safe this season. See the article in this issue and our events listings for all the sensational shows taking place in person and online.

Zócalo by LOVELeigh is excited to be opening, this December, a second location in Todos Santos, on the corner of Topete and Benito Juárez in the Plaza Antigua. Zócalo is an ethical artist collective with artists and brands from México and beyond. A portion of every sale is contributed to three local charities (dog rescue, recycling center, and a children’s not-for-profit). You can still find their fashions at the Pescadero location next to Baja Beans (formerly LOVELeigh Designs).

Madre Santa Panadería is a small Todos Santos family business that was born in the middle of the global pandemic. They offer freshly prepared handmade bread, desserts, and cakes that are fashioned by merging basic and modern techniques. These methods reflect the passion, care, and experience that create delicious and memorable flavors. Madre Santa Panadería unites tradition with the tastes and desires of today’s Todosanteños.

Hacienda Sydney is a luxurious beachfront estate located in the Las Tunas area of Todos Santos. This unique location would be ideal for a boutique hotel, corporate retreat, or one-acre family compound. See their ad for more information.

Ellen Waterston’s Writing Ranch ( and Serendipity hotel have teamed up to offer a COVID-safe environment for the eleventh annual “Writing Down the Baja” creative writing retreat–NEW DATES June 26 – July 4, 2021. See our article for more information.

In spite of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Padrino Children’s Foundation continues to grow and serve the children of Todos Santos and the surrounding areas. They welcome pediatrician Dra. Mitzy Cervantes Malagón from Mexico City to their staff in December. Dra. Cervantes Malagón will be the first resident pediatrician in Todos Santos. Jessica L. Avila Franco will also be joining as the second staff psychologist. In addition, Todos Santos community member Adali Parks has been added as a member of the Board of Directors.
The Padrino Children’s Foundation has initiated a new collaboration with the Centro de Salud—the Early Stimulation program for new mothers and their babies—which is designed to support optimal neurodevelopment and identify medical issues early in life, when they are most treatable. For more information or to support the programs, visit or call 612-145-0506.

Looking for garage doors, windows, doors, and hurricane protection for your home? With Pacific Door’s wide variety of professional brand partners, you’ll find the perfect complement to your home. See their ad for more information.

Have you tried Valma Chocolates? Her handmade chocolates are created from 70% dark organic bean to bar made by solar energy and love. To order for you holiday pleasure, see the Valma Shakti ad.

Baja Mandala and Sueño Tropical have teamed up to offer their certified organic produce, essential oils, chocolates, and handmade personal products at the San José del Cabo Farmer’s market on Saturdays and the new Terra Santa Farmer’s market coming to Todos Santos in the La Cachora huertas on Sundays. They are also offering their farm harvest boxes begining in December and you can contact them for group farm tours too!

La Esquina Café is open on the otro lado of Todos Santos with new hours, offering the same good food and good times. Their popular local’s market is happening every Wednesday and they’ve added Saturday movie nights under the stars.

Kilometro del Jugete is your opportunity to help bring a smile to a child’s face this holiday season. Amamos Nuestro Pueblo is an organization with a focus to help the most vulnerable in our community. President Rouss Ramírez of Bésame Mucho Bazaar, believes in helping others and strengthening Mexican traditions in Todos Santos. Their goal this holiday season is to bring toys and smiles to the children of the agricultural fields, including Melitón Albañez, where there are around 700 children, the vast majority between two and eight years old. Please donate toys, clothes, or other items in good condition. Drop off locations for donations in Todos Santos are at Bésame Mucho Bazaar, Hablando Mexicano, and Hotel Guaycura. In La Paz, in Bisuteria Valentina’s, (calle Agustin Olachea and Tijeretas, local 4), and in Cabo at LocoMotion on Blvd. Paseo de la Marina 181, local 3. For more information, visit:

Lic. Norberto López Aguirre is a certified English to Spanish and Spanish to English translator. See his ad for contact information for all your translation needs.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season! We’ll see you with our Winter 2021 issue. Deadline is January 9, 2021.

Fall 2020

Journal del Pacifico Fall 2020 cover by Kate Turning, Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico

Journal del Pacifico Fall 2020 cover by Kate Turning

Welcome back!

The communities of Baja California Sur have been working through these trying times, finding ways to adapt to the many changes, figuring out business options, and reaching out to help those in need. These individuals are neither heroes nor saints but are the backbone of real community that we love. Like many small businesses, we’ve faced changes and challenges, but we are resilient like our Baja California pueblos. In this issue, we have fascinating local history, as well as current stories on how our communities are rising to carry on in the “new normal.”

Kate Turning once again has given us a stunning Day of The Dead themed cover based on Mexican master Diego Rivera’s painting “The Flower Vendor.”

It is sad that there will not be a large Día de los Muertos celebration in Todos Santos this year, but you can now participate in the Catrinas contest virtually. See Ivonne Benítez’s Covid Catrinas story.

Photographer Emanuela Gardner shared one of her recent photographs on the opening page of the feature story by Bryan Jauregui, of Todos Santos Eco-Adventures, the story of a Pericue named Fabian—a Todos Santos rebel—based on research by Dr. Shane Macfarlan.

Galería Militar is exploring how to show art in the pandemic age. They will be holding a series of socially distanced shows to a limited audience in-person and a wider online audience. See the article in this issue.

A Granel opened in Todos Santos right before the April shutdown, but that didn’t stop them with their quest to reduce waste while providing sustainable, affordable products that biodegrade in the environment. Read more about it in our article.

Five years ago, the co-creators of Women Awakening embarked on a new journey of self-discovery and love, bringing to the community of Todos Santos a Women’s Summit designed to foster connection and celebration to the women of Todos Santos and beyond. In 2020, Elemental Change: Engaging in Our Evolution was chosen as the theme. Not long afterwards, the entire world began a great and seismic shift that has indeed altered the entire trajectory of all our lives. ”We could never have known at that time of our themes choosing, that it would prove to be so apropos and timely.”

With deep contemplation and great consideration for the community, the co-creators are announcing the cancellation of the Annual Women Awakening Summit, previously scheduled for December 4 to 6, 2020. “We may be separate physically at this time, but we are all truly together in spirit, and want you to know you are not alone. We are with you. The bonds we have built these past five years have not broken and we will join together one day again, when the climate is right for such a gathering. We encourage you to take this pause as we are also doing, as a time of spaciousness.”
Women Awakening CO-Creators
Angelica Vélez Mendez
Marimar Higgins
Jill Mollenhauer
Elena Ascencio Ibañez
Arii Corona Miranda

The Todos Santos Writers Workshop will continue, in its eighth year, as a virtual event via Zoom on January 31 to February 6, 2021, adding novelist and long-time Todos Santos resident Joanna Hershon to the faculty. The team of creative writers and editors “dedicated to inspiring and furthering the art of the written word,” also includes editor/memoirist Jeanne McCulloch, journalist/screenwriter Rex Weiner, author/memoirist Karen Karbo and poet/author Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa. The one-week event, this year, offers workshops via Zoom in Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Stage and Screen, and two classes in Memoir. Additional events will include craft seminars, panel discussions, social gatherings, and the opportunity to engage one-on-one with instructors. Tuition is $850US. For more information:

Étnica now carries textiles for the home like cushions, runners, placemats, and napkins—all made in Mexico.

We’d like to welcome two business that have recently opened offices on calle Juárez in Todos Santos: Legal & Tax, attorneys and accountants, and DAR Design and Construction. Legal & Tax can help with all your legal, immigration, and accounting needs, while DAR will work with you to design and build your dream.

This is the first year that Pueblo Pescadero is launching for sale the “Hacienda” home, a 3-bedroom, 2-bath, with a 1350 sq.-ft. private garage available for secure storage.
The Mini Super Munchies crew welcomes everyone into the new season with a few great new additions to their sweet little shop. They will be offering in-house prepared, healthy fresh food ‘to go” with daily hot food specials and a pre-order pick up option. Check out their website for details and daily specials: And, of course, all safety protocols are in place.

Casa Maya & Barefoot Cantina Bar in the Barefoot Luxury’s property at Cerritos Beach features freshly caught and delectably prepared local seafood dishes, carefully selected meats, locally grown organic vegetables, an assortment of sushi, homemade pastas, soups, and salads. Barefoot Cantina offers a generous selection of ice-cold beers, fresh-squeezed margaritas, tasty cocktails, and an extensive wine selection.

Baja Beaters Renta Yota, Todos Santos, Baja, MexicoNeed to get to the beach? Baja Beaters / Renta Yota has Toyota trucks for local rentals. Call or email for more information.

Allende Books has recently moved to a larger location close to the malecón near Sears in La Paz. In addition to an expanded inventory of books and gifts, they have a coffee shop, outdoor seating in the courtyard, Wi-Fi, and information on events and resources. Local artists have brought the interior and exterior walls alive with a dazzling display of the vibrant marine life found in the Sea of Cortez. Drop by and see their magical new space.

Pelican Theatre of La Paz has cancelled their 2021 production due to COVID-19.

This past summer, we featured advertisers on our blog including Irving de la Rosa, architect. When asked about his design philosophy, he stated: “To me, the important thing is that the people who will live in the spaces that I design are happy. As they look out their window, they see something beautiful: the ocean, the mountains, a tree, a bougainvillea. And that the spaces are bright, warm, and pleasant. If I could talk briefly about my philosophy that I believe is the most important thing in life, it is the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of a person—his connection with his environment, with nature. What I try to do in my spaces is create an equilibrium, a harmony in the person’s habitat.”

We look forward to seeing you with the Holiday/Navidad issue! The deadline is November 10.

Journal del Pacifico publisher’s statement

Español abajo.

Journal del Pacifico Spring 2020 cover by Kate Turning The coronavirus (COVID‐19) pandemic is changing how we live‚ work and serve you. Currently, our team is working from home and taking care of themselves and their families.

Global travel and the economy continue to remain in flux as communities both at home and around the world act to slow the spread of COVID-19. During this time of uncertainty, we recognize that it can be challenging to determine what, if any, action to take.

While we never know what the future holds, we do know that over the past nine years, both Journal del Pacifico, and our surrounding area, have changed and come back from adversities such as Hurricane Odile and we shall do it again!

In the meantime, we will continue to distribute the printed version of the Spring / Primavera 2020 issue of Journal del Pacifico in a limited manner until more businesses, hotels, and restaurants reopen.

The Van Wormer resorts in Los Barriles have announced their reopening May 20 and Los Cabos area hotels are now taking reservations for June 2020. We look forward to their arrivals enjoying our Spring/Primavera 2020 issue with the fabulous Kate Turning cover!

The Spring / Primavera 2020 issue, and every issue, are available online at We are also updating our blog posts and Facebook page with current advertiser and area information.

Unfortunately, we have decided to adjust our 2019/2020 publishing schedule to cancel the printed Summer/Verano 2020 issue of Journal del Pacifico. We WILL be back, better than ever, in the fall with our Fall/Otoño 2020 issue and look forward to sharing more great stories on how our area will be ready to welcome visitors in this changing world.

In the meantime, please stay safe and stay healthy.

Saludos from the whole Journal del Pacifico team!


La pandemia del coronavirus (COVID-19) está cambiando la forma en que vivimos, trabajamos, y le servimos a usted.  Nuestro equipo se encuentra trabajando desde casa y cuidando su salud y la de sus familiares.

La economía y el turismo global se mantienen en limbo mientras las comunidades locales y en el resto del mundo trabajan arduamente en mitigar la propagación del virus.  Durante estos tiempos de incertidumbre, sabemos que a veces es difícil vislumbrar el camino a seguir.

Aunque no sabemos lo que nos depara el futuro, lo que sí sabemos es que en los últimos nueve años tanto el Journal del Pacifico como nuestra comunidad han pasado por cambios y sobrellevado adversidades. Sobrevivimos el huracán Odile, ¡y volveremos a vencer!

Mientras tanto, seguiremos distribuyendo la versión impresa del número de Primavera 2020 del Journal del Pacifico de manera limitada hasta que reinicien labores más negocios, hoteles y restaurantes.

Los hoteles Van Wormer en Los Barriles anunciaron su reapertura el 20 de mayo, y los hoteles de Los Cabos han empezado a tomar reservaciones para junio. ¡Esperamos que nuestros visitantes disfruten de nuestra revista de primavera con una imagen de Kate Turning en la portada!

Así como todos los demás números, la edición Primavera 2020 de la revista está disponible en  También estamos actualizando nuestro blog y página de Facebook con información actualizada de relevancia y anunciantes.

Desafortunadamente nos hemos visto obligados a ajustar nuestro calendario de publicación 2019-20, con lo que se cancela la edición impresa de Verano 2020. Estaremos de vuelta y mejor que nunca con la edición de Otoño 2020 y anticipamos ansiosamente compartir con ustedes las historias del resurgimiento de la economía local en este mundo nuevo y cambiante en que vivimos.

Mientras tanto, por favor manténganse sanos y seguros.

¡Saludos de todo el equipo de Journal del Pacífico!

Los Tres Grandes

“Flower Festival Feast of Santa Anita” by Diego Rivera

“Flower Festival Feast of Santa Anita”
by Diego Rivera

by Kate Turning

“Art is knowledge at the service of emotion”—José Clemente Orozco

Art in Mexico underwent a radical transformation at the end of the Mexican Revolution in 1924. The new government born of the citizens’ revolt commissioned the brightest artistic minds of the era to create works that spoke directly to the people, celebrating their potential to craft their own future through expanded civil liberties and universal education. The intention was to inspire the masses with the heroes of Mexican history, social justice, and the life and heart of the nation. These three legendary painters were known as Los Tres Grandes—David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, and Diego Rivera. Together they cultivated a style and aesthetic that defined the Mexican cultural identity following the Revolution and remains today.

Los Tres Grandes developed a populist iconography featuring heroes from the past, present, and an imagined modernist future. All three believed that art was the highest form of human expression and a key force in social change. A point of agreement with the new government was that the artists would have complete freedom of expression—a radical idea at the time. Their images, featuring Aztec and Mayan warriors, political heroes, common laborers, and humble peasants, were highly visible as epic murals on public buildings, churches, and city streets in cities across Mexico including Mexico City and Guadalajara. Using visionary techniques like fresco, encaustic, mosaic, and sculpture-painting, the muralists developed a new way for our country to see itself, and to swell with national pride.

These three painters had a huge impact on their counterparts in the US as well, and many flocked to Mexico City to study and work with them, notably a young Jackson Pollock. Modernism was, as yet, an underdeveloped concept in the US art world. They inspired the American artists to bravely use their talents to protest economic, social, and racial injustices. It’s not hard to see how the Futurist intensity in the murals of José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros were an influence on the art of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) during the Great Depression, or how Diego Rivera’s fearless political statements emboldened the painters of the civil rights movement in the United States of America.

Los Tres Grandes, as well as their fellow visionaries Rufino Tamayo and Frida Kahlo, helped to create a distinctive language that is still manifested in the unique and radical style of the Mexican art scene today.