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Los Cabos Love: Fond Memories

Fond memories of fun times with friends in San Jose del Cabo. This is from the funky beach restaurant that was on the beach side of the road to La Palmilla. I can’t for the life of me remember the name but I do remember the fun!


Loving the Beach Walks in Los Cabos

My favorite way to start the day in Los Cabos is to watch the sunrise from the beach and then go for a beach walk!



em>Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness. ~ Mark Twain

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Traveling to Vancouver: Fabulous Accommodation in Fabulous Neighborhoods

Traveling to Vancouver: Fabulous Accommodation in Fabulous Neighborhoods


If you or anyone you know are traveling to Vancouver and need great accommodation and dislike the sterile formality of a large hotel, I can highly recommend my friend’s (Helene and Phillipe),  2 self contained units, “The Garden Cottage Coach House” and “The Blue Oak Coach House”.

“Experience warm and friendly hospitality from Europe and Asia”

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Los Cabos Love: Typical Beach Morning at Casa del Mar

When we are on vacation at Casita Topaz, we usually get up to watch the sunrise while having our coffee at the beach.

Even though there aren’t many people up at that time, there is plenty of activity!
Fishermen, pelicans, the occasional jogger and horses being taken to meet their riders.
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These horses were frisky!


Los Cabos on The Baja and Flora Farms

Flora Farms – One of the Faves

Many of my aunts, uncles and cousins lived on farms during my youth and I spent many happy times playing in the hay lofts, ponds, with the pets and helping in the gardens.

When we are at our comfy oceanfront casita Topaz at Casa del Mar in the Los Cabos Corridor or if guests are renting it, I always mention a trip to Flora Farms in Las Animas for drinks or a delicious meal.

Flora Farm is a working organic farm and is truly a delight to all the senses! You can purchase fresh produce and preserves, wander through the art gallery and/or book a tour of the farm and ‘culinary cottages’.

The resident dogs provide a very friendly touch!

Be sure to add Flora Farms to your list of ‘to dos’ for your next trip to Los Cabos!



Hollyhocks at Flora Farm


Los Cabos Fun in the Sun

Casa del Mar and Other Great Los Cabos Resorts

We have been vacationing to the Los Cabos area since 1990! Like today, the Pacific Northwest is well known for cool, gloomy rainy days and both my husband and I ‘got hooked’ on a sunny holiday to warm southern climates mid winter.

We picked the Los Cabos area initially as it was the closest hot and sunny destination from British Columbia. In those days we were traveling with very young children and flight length, sun and cost were the key factors!

We fell in love with the Baja and San Jose del Cabo on our first trip and have stayed at many resorts and condos over the years. We love the people of Mexico, the charm and the traditional Mexican architecture.

We have visited most of the areas in the southern third of the Baja and were really challenged when we finally decided to buy our own condo as there are many gorgeous locations and Resorts. Our criteria included: beachfront, tennis, swimming, golf, quietness, physical beauty, yoga if possible, a feeling of a peaceful oasis in the desert yet close enough to a larger center for groceries, shopping, restaurants and an airport!

We found our ‘desert jewel’ and are so excited to let you know that ‘Casita Topaz’ aka Pelicanos 202, Casa del Mar in the luxurious Los Cabos Corridor is available as a Los Cabos vacation rental!

‘Topaz’ is a one bedroom ocean view condo that sleeps four and is located in the prestigious Casa del Mar Resort, part of the Cabo Real development in the corridor between trendy touristy Cabo San Lucas to the south and quaint, quiet San Jose del Cabo to the North.

Let me know if you are interested in more information by calling us (Zoey 604-323-3700 or Wayne 604-649-7780) or messaging me through this blog.

Here is a ‘vintage’ family photo from Lis Cabos, we have so much fun!




Casita Topaz: Los Cabos Corridor Beach Vacation Rental

The calendar is starting to fill for our delightful one bedroom Los Cabos condo vacation rental in the luxurious Los Cabos Corridor. Enjoy yoga on the beach, golf, tennis, long walks, pools and sun! A full service spa is steps away as part of the 5 star boutique hotel in the resort!

Mi Casa es Su Casa! Enjoy some photos ….



Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: A Great Quote of the Day

Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: A Great Quote of the Day


“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

~ Maya Angelou




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yoga & healthy life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul!


Topaz Lotus Living: the Top 7 Sailing Ingredients

Topaz Lotus Living:

The Top 7 Ingredients For Delicious Meals on the Sailboat

1. Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

2. Cinnamon

3. Sundried Tomatoes

4. Fresh Herbs

5. A Spice Masala

6. Tea Bisk Mix

7. Good Quality French Vanilla Yogurt

With these ingredients you can add zest and zap to many a meal!

Happy sailing!


Los Cabos Luxury Oceanfront Vacation Rental: Casita Topaz

Los Cabos Luxury Vacation Rental

Los Cabos Luxury Vacation Rental

Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: Luxury Los Cabos Vacation Rental Casita Topaz


It’s official, we are now the proud owners of a very special and gorgeous casita (one bedroom condo that sleeps four), part of the Casa del Mar Resort & Spa in the Los Cabos area of  Baja California, Mexico.

Do you live in Alaska, BC, Alberta, Washington or Oregon (or anywhere with rainy cold winters)  and like to escape to the hot sun?  If so, you would love Casita Topaz.

Our luxurious and romantic Cabo vacation condo is steps from the beach, has an oceanview and is fully renovated in eclectic ‘rustic Mexico meets sophisticated bohemian’ style after working with Tanya Talamante, a long time resident of San Jose del Cabo and an interior designer.

We used crowdsourcing to find out what folks think are the essentials for this type of a Los Cabos Mexican Vacation Rental and also what they they the ‘wow factor’ items would be.  We have outfitted the condo with two 42 inch flat screen TV’s, free wifi, a Webber gas BBQ, a comfy King size bed in the bedroom and a brand new easy to pull out Queen sofa bed in the living room.  The kitchen has a full range of utensils necessary for making delicious meals and smoothies.

The Casa del Mar Resort and Spa, located along the prestigious Los Cabos Corridor offers ‘yoga on the beach’ has a full-service spa, three restaurants, a gorgeous pool and bar area, tennis onsite and golf nearby. This gated deluxe resort and spa is blissfully quiet, beautifully landscaped and is considered to be world class.  The quaint boutique Zoetry Hotel onsite contains a small gift shop, formal restaurant and a gorgeous lounge for after dinner drinks.

The colonial town of San Jose del Cabo is a 10 minute drive north on a modern four lane highway and Cabo San Lucas, catering to a younger crowd is a 20 minute drive south.  Both San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas offer a multitude of activities and restaurants catering to all tastes.

Some of our favorite restaurants are: Flora Farm Kitchen (a wonderful adventure serving fresh organic food), The Hangman (Mexican tacos, great for families), Deckmans (tapa style fusion menu) and Zippers on the Beach for good old fashioned burgers, fries and fish tacos.

Our Los Cabos luxury vacation rental is available for bookings and would be ideal for a romantic couples escape, a yoga on the beach holiday, a wellness vacation in the sun, a girlfriends holiday, or a vacation for a family with small children.  Our rates are: $150/day for 4 day bookings or less; $900 per week with a slight surcharge (20% for the Christmas/New Years weeks) and we offer a ‘returning friends rate’ for our repeat customers.

Look forward to the Casita Topaz Los Cabos Vacation Rental website coming soon.

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