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CINDERELLA OF THE PACIFIC

She’s called the “Cinderella of the Pacific, and she’s a city worthy of the title. Not only is the city home to world-class boating and fishing, myriad cultural attractions, and diverse recreational opportunities, it lies adjacent to the Valle de Guadalupe, a wine-growing region celebrated throughout Mexico and garnering increasing attention worldwide.

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THE BOAT THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

I could see our driver, lips set in a thin line. The engine screamed as he alternately throttled up and dialed back, deftly maneuvering the boat across the menacing channel. Some of my companions screwed their eyes shut, knuckles white as they grasped whatever handhold was nearby. But the boat could handle the angry sea. It was, after all, a panga.

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FIRST-PLACE FINISH

When you first discover a passion for a place and a subject, you can’t possibly imagine where that passion might take you. When I first set foot on Mexican soil in 2007, for example, there’s no way I could have foreseen my proud moment at the Miami International Boat Show six years later.

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THOUGHTS OF HOME

As I was cranking away on deadline yesterday, I got a Facebook friend request from a man I’ve never met. This New York City actor and comedian is an alum of The Second City and the New Actors Workshop, and he’d just found and read an article I wrote years ago about his mentor: Paul Sills, the celebrated director and improvisation teacher who served as the original director of The Second City in Chicago.

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SAILING WITH DR. DESERT

Doctor Alemán, as he’s affectionately known throughout the city, has a beaming smile, an impressive collection of jokes ready for the telling and an encyclopedic wealth of area-specific information, from where to get the best coffee in La Paz and which evening to stroll the malecon, to the best spot for a box-canyon hike and the least-crowded beaches.

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