Valentine’s Day Dinners in Los Cabos

A Perfect Romance – Valentine’s Day Dinners in Los Cabos

Few places on the planet are more synonymous with romance than Los Cabos. Perhaps Paris, but let’s be honest:  How many palm trees are there in Paris?

Cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo have all the sun-kissed romantic attributes anyone could ask for, from swaying palm trees and horizon-stretching ocean vistas to golden sand beaches perfect for hand-holding perambulations or side-by-side horseback rides…plus all the luxurious over-the-top amenities you would expect from a major metropolitan area.

When it comes to the most romantic day of them all, however, what Los Cabos does best are dinners. Tables for two, either in the sand or on a nearby terrazzo, with candlelight, mood music, multi-course pairing menus, and of course some of the most spectacular views you’ve ever seen in your life.

With that in mind, here are the three most romantic Valentine’s Day dinners in Los Cabos for 2019.

Sunset MonaLisa

Valentine´s Day in Cabo San Lucas

There’s a very good reason this place employs an onsite wedding coordinator, and hosts over 100 destination nuptials per year. The views are so breathtaking as to defy description, but what else would you expect from a place located at Sunset Point?

Just how magical is it? Imagine looking out across a cerulean blue swath of Sea of Cortes towards a half-mile Land’s End promontory comprised of ancient granite monuments and sculpted beaches as the sun explodes in a fiery red ball and descends beyond the distant horizon. Trust us:  Someone just proposed reading this.

The food is nearly equal to the majestic views, particularly on Valentine’s Day, when the fine dining restaurant offers sunset seatings for a six-course prix-fixe menu, with accompanying ballads from romantic tenors and an acclaimed violinist. If you’re not in the mood for a large meal, pair oysters and Champagne on the adjoining Taittinger Terrace.

One&Only Palmilla

Valentine´s Day in Cabo San Lucas

A benchmark resort in Los Cabos for over 50 years, Palmilla employs no less than five dozen gardeners to keep its paradise-like grounds manicured to perfection. Consider that a sign that everything here is of the highest possible quality.

Celebrated French Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten hosts the resort’s most elegant Valentine’s Day feast, a four-course epicurean delight that pairs the upscale steakhouse fare of SEARED with Grand Cru Classé wines and vintage Champagne.

Like the wines, the muy romántico moonlit views of the Sea of Cortés are also in a class by themselves.

El Farallón

Valentine´s Day in Cabo San Lucas

As you may have noticed by now, stunning views are as much a part of the romantic dining experience in Los Cabos as culinary mastery and sommelier-aided wine pairings. El Farallón, the signature restaurant at the five-star Resort at Pedregal, takes a backseat to no one in this regard.

Set on the edge of a cliff above crashing Pacific Ocean waves, with magnificent views of Land’s End, this place drips romance. It doesn’t hurt a bit, of course, that Executive Chef Gustavo Pinet and his staff serve up the finest market style seafood in Cabo San Lucas, and that like Sunset MonaLisa, El Farallón features its own dedicated Champagne Lounge.

Reservations are a must for El Farallón, as they are for SEARED and Sunset MonaLisa.

What? You thought you were the first one to think of spending Valentine’s Day in paradise?

 

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Enjoy your Valentine´s Day dinner in Cabo San Lucas…

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Posted on February 11, 2019 at 8:28 pm
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Cabo San Lucas Homes for Sale

Views Unlike Any Other – An Unmatched and Unprecedented Collection of Cabo San Lucas Homes for Sale

Imagine a place where you can look out your windows or over the edge of your infinity pool and see vast panoramas of ocean blue, a place where it’s not uncommon to spy leaping dolphins and breaching humpback whales, where golf courses parallel sheer cliffs, restaurants offer barefoot fine dining in the sand, and the sun shines almost every day. It’s a vision so surreal and dreamlike as to be magical, but such views are nonetheless shared by many Cabo San Lucas homes for sale.

Would you be interested in a home like this?

Of course you would, because the scene just described is nothing less than a sun-kissed tropical paradise.

But you’d still want to know more, including details about price and availability. Let’s start with the latter…

Beachfront Condos for Sale in Cabo San Lucas

There Are More Cabo San Lucas Homes for Sale Than Ever Before

Cabo San Lucas, the southernmost point of the nearly 800-mile-long Baja California peninsula, has long been famed for its beaches, its big-game sportfishing, its boisterous nightlife, and its half-mile promontory–dubbed Land’s End–that features stunning naturally formed landmarks like Lover’s Beach and El Arco (an 80-million-year-old granite monument eroded by time into the shape of a magnificent arch).

This remarkable community is, along with cape sister city San José del Cabo, part of the larger Los Cabos (In English, The Capes) municipality, which over the past few years has experienced the largest building and development boom in its history. This boom has produced a host of five-star resorts from benchmark luxury brands like Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons, plus an ever-growing number of spectacular upscale residential communities, whose sprawling seaside estates boast amenities that range from gated security and boutique markets to sumptuously appointed beach clubs and championship level golf courses designed by legendary players.

It’s an exciting time to be in Los Cabos, and in Cabo San Lucas specifically, because what this far-from-over building boom really means is that there have never been more scenically situated and elegantly furnished ocean-view Cabo San Lucas homes for sale than there are right now. Even better…

Beachfront Condos for Sale in Cabo San Lucas

The Price is Right, Particularly When Compared to the U.S. and Canadian Housing Markets

The most mind-numbing thing about some of the luxurious coastal “Cabo San Lucas homes for sale” is that their list prices are so much lower than properties of comparable size and splendor in the U.S. and Canada.

How is such a thing possible? For many of the same reasons that the cost of living is so much lower in México than it is relative to its North American neighbors, and that property taxes in Los Cabos are significantly lower than those of all 5o U.S. states, as well as popular Canadian cities like Vancouver and Toronto. 

Economy, exchange rates, and a host of other factors…all of which contribute to, and make possible, some truly once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunities.

It’s Easy to Find Homes for Sale in Cabo San Lucas That Suit Your Lifestyle

Investment opportunities? How about lifestyle opportunities. One of the most underrated aspects of Cabo San Lucas is its variety, not only in terms of breathtaking vantages and eye-catching land and seascapes–from beach, desert and mountains to both the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez–but also in terms of lifestyle and amenities.

Do you love fishing? Well, Cabo San Lucas just happens to be one of the meccas of the sportfishing universe. Not only is it the site of the world’s richest fishing tournament–Bisbee’s Black & Blue–but it’s been renowned for over half-a-century for its year-round abundance of marlin, tuna, and many other species. More to the point, developments like Puerto Los Cabos boast their own onsite marinas, with slips available to home owners.

How about golf? Los Cabos is home to over a dozen championship level layouts, including three currently ranked among the 100 best in the world. New Pacific Coast residential communities in Cabo San Lucas like Diamante, Quivira and Rancho San Lucas each have their own signature courses for home owners to enjoy, with designs by household names like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, respectively.

Love kayaking? Surfing? Paddle boarding? Snorkeling and diving? Los Cabos has world-class conditions for all of the above, with newly minted residential communities nearby.

Shopping and dining? Luxury Avenue isn’t the only shopping center in Cabo San Lucas to feature luxury goods from brand names like Cartier and Fendi. And Enrique Olvera, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Nobu Matsuhisa aren’t only famous chefs who’ve chosen to bring their talents and vision to the thriving Los Cabos culinary scene.

Add it all up and majestic ocean views are only one of many reasons to consider the incredible collection of Cabo San Lucas homes for sale in 2019.Windermere Los Cabos Real Estate

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Posted on February 6, 2019 at 2:33 am
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Bringing Cats and Dogs to Los Cabos

Everything You Need to Know About Bringing Cats and Dogs to Los Cabos

Your pet is going to love Los Cabos for many of the same reasons you do: year-round sunshine and tropical breezes; gorgeous beach, desert and mountain terrains; and plenty of water–from infinity pools to the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortés–to splash around in.

But first you have to get them here.

Whether you’re bringing pets along to Los Cabos on a family vacation, or as part of a seasonal or permanent move, the requirements for their entry into México are much the same.

Luckily, these pre-conditions aren’t terribly difficult to fulfill. But they are very specific, so it’s important to be correct in all details.

The Right Paperwork

Both cats and dogs are covered by the standard International Health Certificate, APHIS Form 7001. APHIS stands for Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and is an agency under the jurisdiction of the USDA, or United States Department of Agriculture. This form, an example of which you’ll find included here, must be filled out without abbreviations using a computer or word processor (handwritten forms will be rejected), and signed in ink by a USDA accredited veterinarian and an endorsing APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer, who will apply the necessary APHIS embossed seal. APHIS maintains endorsement offices in most U.S. states, but if this option is not convenient, México also accepts certificates from USDA accredited vets on their own letterhead (see example). Whichever health certificate option you choose, it must be signed and dated within 1o days of your arrival in México.

Open and Download Health Certificate PDF and Form 7001 here:

Health Certificate

APHIS Form 7001

The Right Shots

You’ll need your vet to provide proof of vaccines against rabies and distemper, administered at least 15 days before arrival in México. You should also have a detailed description of the pets, and a statement that the pets in question are healthy and fit to travel, and have been dewormed internally and externally within the last six months. All of this information may be included by your vet on the health certificate, but if not, ask him or her for additional documentation. Make photocopies of everything, just to be on the safe side.

Travel Tips

Your dog would almost certainly prefer to come by car, ensuring at least 1,ooo miles of hanging his or her head out the window. But regardless of how you bring your pets into México (air, land or sea), each individual is allowed up to two cats or dogs (four per couple).

Airlines vary in their requirements for purpose-built crates and kennels, but no cardboard or make-shift containers are acceptable. If you are flying with pets, you should make sure to confirm the correct requirements beforehand, and double check that the crate or kennel is labeled properly. If you have a large dog (over 100 lbs.), he or she may have to fly separately in a cargo plane. There may be extra costs or baggage fees associated with transporting pets, so ask about this when confirming details with your airline of choice.

Once you arrive at your point of entry into México, look for a kiosk with the acronym SAGARPA/SENSAICA. This is where you present your health certificate and other documentation, and have your pets inspected. They should be in a crate, kennel or other clean pet transporter for inspection, with no bed or chew toys inside. Dry food and water are allowed in the transporter.

And that’s it…that’s all that stands between you and your pets and a new life in a sun-kissed tropical paradise.

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Posted on January 23, 2019 at 6:42 pm
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Los Cabos Lifestyle Experience

Always Sunny, Never Dull – New Year Adds New Facets to the Los Cabos Lifestyle Experience

Los Cabos is like a diamond in the sense that not only does it boast many brilliant facets–from stark deserts and rugged interior mountains to the dramatic confluence of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez–but whichever angle you view it from, something always sparkles.

Each new month, for example, brings fresh new events and activities that add luster to the Los Cabos lifestyle experience. Here are three that stand out for January.

Golfing Glories That Never End

Los Cabos Lifestyle Experience

(Photo Credit: Cabo San Lucas Country Club)

It’s hard to overstate how impressive Los Cabos’ portfolio of destination golf courses really is, with three courses ranked among the 100 Best in the World, and well over a dozen championship-level layouts from legendary names like Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Davis Love III and Tom Weiskopf.

Now add 1992 Masters Champion Fred Couples to that list. Couples collaborated with Todd Eckenrode of Origins Golf Design on the newly opened Twin Dolphin Golf Club, an 18-hole course that boasts magnificent vantages and views of scenic Santa Maria Bay and the luxurious new Maravilla residential community.

Couples’ Twin Dolphin isn’t the only newsworthy course this January. The Cabo San Lucas Country Club, the only local track to feature on-course views of The Arch and other iconic rock formations at Land’s End, is showcasing an all-new look after a major renovation project spearheaded by acclaimed Mexican course architect Agustin Piza.

Cabo del Sol, home to Jack Nicklaus’ breathtaking Ocean Course and the Tom Weiskopf crafted Desert Course, is also making news as it hosts the 11th annual Los Cabos Pro-Am tournament on Jan. 14 – 18.

Where “Magic” Happens

Los Cabos Lifestyle Experience

(Photo Credit:  Tropic of Cancer Series)

It’s no coincidence that Todos Santos–a Pacific Coast community about one hour by car from Cabo San Lucas–was the first place on the Baja California peninsula to be named a pueblo mágico, or “magical town.” This government designation is given only to places of magnificent natural beauty, or that possess great historical or cultural significance.

Todos Santos qualifies on all three counts. Once a thriving sugar capital, and the richest town in Baja California for much of the 19th century, Todos Santos was reborn in the 1980s as an artists’ colony, beloved by expatriate painters for the unique quality of its light.

The town’s artistic talents are shown off at the beginning of each new calendar year, when in quick succession it hosts festivals celebrating music, literature, art and film. First up in 2019 is the Tropic of Cancer Concert Series, slated for Jan. 10 – 20.

Lords & Ladies of the Wind

Los Cabos Lifestyle Experience

(Photo Credit:  La Ventana Classic)

Every winter between the months of December and March, two important events occur locally:  thousands of whales migrate from their summer arctic feeding grounds to their winter breeding grounds in coves and inlets around Baja California Sur; and strong El Norte winds blow down the Sea of Cortez, turning the Los Cabos municipality’s picturesque and lightly developed East Cape into a windsports paradise.

Everybody knows about the whales. Few outside the community of dedicated windsurfers and kiteboarders know about the incredibly favorable wind conditions. For years, the small East Cape community of Los Barriles hosted a famed worldwide competition known as The Lord of the Wind each January. Sadly, no more Lords and Ladies of the Wind shall be crowned, at least in Los Barriles. Farther up the coast, however, in another windsports mecca called La Ventana, the competition is still as fierce as the offshore breezes. This year’s highly anticipated La Ventana Classic is scheduled to take place Jan. 16 – 20.

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Posted on January 2, 2019 at 12:30 am
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Buying and Selling Real Estate in Los Cabos

A Basic Guide to Buying and Selling Real Estate in Los Cabos

It’s amazing how much can be obscured by the simple act of translation. Buying and selling real estate in Los Cabos, for instance, is not a difficult process, but some common misconceptions–fueled by foreign language documents and poorly informed travelers– have left many Americans and Canadians with the mistaken impression that they aren’t able to own land in México, or that the terms are particularly onerous.

Neither is true…in fact, buying a dream home in Los Cabos has never been easier than it is right now.

Common Misconceptions & The Truth About Real Estate in México

Much of the confusion about buying real estate in México stems from misconceptions about the “restricted zone,” and Mexican bank trusts known as fideicomisos.

Mexican law states that persons of any nationality can own real estate in the country, however, there are certain regulations for property within 50 kilometers (approximately 30 miles) of the coastline, or within 100 kilometers of México’s border with other countries. This area is known as the “restricted zone,” and its specific regulations were included in the Mexican constitution for reasons of national security.

Can foreigners (U.S. and Canadian residents) buy real estate in the restricted zone? After all, that’s where many of the best properties, from beachfront homes in San José del Cabo to hillside luxury villas in Cabo San Lucas, are located. The answer is yes. You can buy and sell real estate in the restricted zone, and even will it to your heirs after your death. Foreign owners, contrary to any misconceptions, have the same rights of ownership and succession as Mexican nationals. However, all of this must be done within the fideicomiso system.

What is a fideicomiso (pronounced fee-day-coe-mee-so)? It’s a bank trust, generally with a small annual fee, and a renewal period set at 50 or 100 years. Contrary to another common misconception, a fideicomiso is not a lease. Leaseholders cannot sell their property, remodel it, or use it as collateral. Owners can, and despite the strangeness of the process for U.S. or Canadian residents, a fideicomiso is essentially the same as simple fee ownership. The bank does not own the real estate. You do.

The Purchasing Process

Buying and Selling Real Estate in Los Cabos:

The purchasing process in Mexico is actually very similar to that in the U.S. or Canada. You find the home of your dreams and you make an offer. If that offer is accepted, then you proceed to closing. There are specific details to note in each part of this process, however, beyond the fideicomiso aspect.

The first is the art of finding the home of your dreams, or at the very least a secondary home which you or your family or friends may use as a seasonal residence. It’s very important, in México as elsewhere, that you choose the right ally. Windermere, for example, is a real estate company with over 300 offices and 6,000 agents west of the Rockies. Our agents have well over 100 years combined experience in the local market, and know all the ins and outs and the subtle distinctions and legal fine print, of buying and selling real estate in Los Cabos.

We’re a name you can trust, and we know every available property in the area, including those that are still in the planning stages. This is an important note, which we’ll explain below.

With resale real estate, the property is purchased from an individual, with a reservation held by deposit (typically 10% of the purchase price), followed by an OTP (an offer to purchase), a contract or purchase agreement, and finally the transfer of the title deed (via fideicomiso). With pre-construction real estate, the property is purchased directly from the developer, which generally entails a waiting period during the construction phase before you can take ownership.

Make sense? See, we told you it wasn’t as complicated as you had been led to believe.

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Posted on January 2, 2019 at 12:18 am
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Property Taxes in Los Cabos

Property Taxes in Los Cabos Are Lower Than You Think (And Easier to Pay!)

It’s no secret that Los Cabos is home to some of the most spectacular real estate on earth, from sprawling hacienda style properties overlooking the ocean to gorgeous beachfront condos and breathtaking hilltop luxury villas.

Discerning travelers and those interested in the secondary home market also know that cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo are destinations on the rise, thanks to a thriving culinary scene driven by celebrated chefs, and upscale amenities like pampering spas and championship-level golf courses.

But what’s not so well-known are the Los Cabos area’s property tax rates, and how well they stack up against those in the U.S.

Differences in Property Tax Rates Between the U.S. and México

Not only are magnificent ocean view homes more readily available, and at much lower average list prices than those of its North American neighbors, but Los Cabos also offers superb value in terms of annual property taxes.

Los Cabos property taxes, known in Spanish as the predial, are assessed annually at only 0.1% of the value of the property at the time of its purchase. That’s well below the rate for all 50 U.S. states. Hawaii, for example, is the U.S. state with the lowest annual property tax rate at 0.27%. Colorado, California and Texas occupy the proverbial middle ground at 0.57%, 0.79% and 1.86%, respectively; while Illinois and New Jersey, at 2.32% and 2.40%, have the highest annual U.S. property tax rates.

Los Cabos is also a value when compared to Canada, easily besting the property tax rates of cities like Vancouver (0.25%) and Toronto (0.64%).

Annual Taxes based on the above for a $500,000 usd home:

  • Colorado @ 0.57% = $2,850 usd
  • California @ 0.79% = $3,950 usd
  • Texas @ 1.86% = $9,300 usd
  • Hawaii @ 0.27% = $1,350 usd
  • Illinois @ 2.32% = $11,600 usd
  • New Jersey @ 2.40% = $12,000 usd
  • Vancouver @0.25% = $1,250 usd
  • Toronto @ 0.64% = $3,200 usd
  • Los Cabos @ 0.1% = $500 usd

How to Accrue Additional Savings on Your Los Cabos Property Taxes

In addition to the built-in savings on property taxes vs. U.S. rates, home owners in Los Cabos are also eligible for additional savings simply by paying their taxes in a timely fashion.

Property Taxes in Los Cabos

(Photo Credit to CaboCribs)

The annual deadline for property taxes in Los Cabos is March 31, however, the Los Cabos Municipal Council offers discounted rates to those who pay early. Discounts are awarded on a sliding scale: 20% off the predial for payment in January; 15% in February; and 10% in March.

For those considering Los Cabos as a retirement destination, senior citizens over 60 years of age who are also permanent residents qualify for property tax discounts of up to 50% off the standard predial. These savings are available through México’s INAPAM program, which issues a card to enrolled seniors entitling them to discounts on a wide variety of goods and services.

How to Pay Your Los Cabos Property Taxes

No need to stress the payment process, either. It’s completely modernized and conveniently easy. Home owners are able to pay the predial online at http://www.eloscabos.gob.mx/. The only prerequisites are your clave catastral (a 17-digit tax ID number) and a valid credit card.

The Big Picture

Los Cabos continues to take steps to reward home owners who pay their property taxes on time and in full, as well as to streamline the process for maximum ease and convenience. Consider these attractions in tandem with the stunningly beautiful locale, and lifestyle factors like abundant upscale amenities and a lower cost of living, and it’s no wonder that the Los Cabos real estate market has never been hotter than it is right now.

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Posted on December 6, 2018 at 9:24 pm
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The Wonders of Whale Watching in Los Cabos

A Season Unlike Any Other – Whale Watching in Los Cabos

Los Cabos is a place of many wonders, from spectacular granite monuments like The Arch at Land’s End to towering desert cacti and the confluence of two major bodies of water, the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez. But for sheer magnificence and natural grandeur, nothing captures the imagination quite like the region’s most famous seasonal residents.

Think the roar of a lion or a full-throated elephant rumble is impressive?

Imagine a creature the size of 6 full-grown African elephants, 110 golden maned lions, or over 400 adult humans, exerting its maximum force in a random display of playfulness and joy.

Whale Watching in Los Cabos

(Photo Credit to Cabo Adventures)

That’s the spectacle of a breaching humpback whale, a 30 to 50-ton leviathan lifting its entire body out of the water and then crashing back down with enough force to displace several Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of water.

For some more perspective, the power required to generate this leap is roughly equivalent to the power needed to lift a Boeing 747 aircraft off the runway and into the sky.

It’s a breathtaking sight, and amazingly humpbacks aren’t even the biggest whales. That honor belongs to the blue whale, which at 100 to 150 tons is the largest creature ever to exist on Earth. Bigger than any dinosaur, woolly mammoth or other prehistoric beast.

Whale Watching Season Officially Starts December 15th

Each year, from mid-December through mid-March, many of these remarkable (and remarkably large) creatures can be seen just offshore from Los Cabos. Estimates vary, but the best guess is that 5,000 to 1o,000 whales journey from their summer arctic feeding grounds to warm water breeding grounds in the coves and lagoons of Baja California Sur each winter.

A gray whale named Varvara became famous in 2015 for the longest mammalian migration ever recorded–nearly 14,000 miles round-trip, from Russia to Cabo San Lucas and back–but her journey was only considered special because it was accurately tracked. There are thousands of Varvaras each year, and just like U.S. and Canadian snowbirds, these whales love heading to sunny tropical Los Cabos when the weather gets cold up north.

Many Species of Whales Can Be Seen

Humpbacks and grays are the most commonly sighted, but sperm whales, orcas and even blues can be spied from touring boats or from coastal homes and beachfront lookouts. Each species has its favored breeding grounds. Big blues like the UNESCO protected Islands of Loreto; grays favor Ojo de Liebre and Magdalena Bay; and humpbacks seek out shallow water Sea of Cortez coves off the southern rim of the Baja California peninsula.

Whale Watching in Los Cabos

(Photo Credit to Cabo Adventures)

Lucky Los Cabos residents are treated to the biggest show on earth on a regular basis, and statistics or comparisons can’t really do the majesty of these seasonal visitors justice. They are beyond comparison, and enumerating how high water shoots from their blowholes (20 – 25 feet) or how large their lungs are (big as a car) doesn’t really prepare one for the thrill of seeing a live whale up close. It’s almost a kind of magic to share the same space and breathe the same air, and the fact that they are commonly seen for several months each year never lessens the impact.

That’s really the wonder of Los Cabos, when you think about it. The common is never commonplace.

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Posted on December 6, 2018 at 9:09 pm
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The Good Life at Land´s End

3 Reasons Los Cabos is the Fastest-Growing Destination in Mexico

In Los Cabos, rapid growth isn’t just an abstract concept or an impressive set of statistics, it’s a tangible, measurable fact. Not only is Baja California Sur’s southernmost municipality the fastest growing tourist destination in México, it’s also among the country’s fastest growing destinations for U.S. expats, and for seasonal residents who are buying second homes in the area.

One need only cruise the coastal highway between cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo to see the evidence of this explosive growth. There, a striking collection of new luxury resorts and residential developments are vying for the most breathtaking views of gorgeous golden sand and the glittering blue waters of the Sea of Cortez.

And that’s merely one of many coastal zones with ambitious new developments in progress.

Los Cabos, long the discerning snowbird’s preferred winter getaway spot, is suddenly hotter than ever, and no one seems in any hurry to go home. For many, in fact, it now is home.

Here are three reasons why…

Climate & Setting

The Good Life at Land´s End

(Photo Credit Blue Sky Cabo)

The weather isn’t just sunnily, palm tree perfect when frigid winter temperatures are buffeting much of the U.S. With an average of 350 days of warm sunshine annually, just about every day is perfect in Los Cabos.

But it isn’t just the temperate year-round climate that’s attracting new residents, it’s the jaw-dropping scenery. Surrounded on two sides by water – Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas is the symbolic demarcation between the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez – and with an interior that segues seamlessly from picturesque playas to stark, cactus-framed desert landscapes and rugged mountains, Los Cabos is one of the most spectacularly beautiful and geographically diverse places on earth.  Legendary French explorer and naturalist Jacques Cousteau once called the Sea of Cortez “the world’s aquarium,” and the area’s wealth of natural wonders are always on display, both on land and beneath the sea.

Lifestyle & Amenities

The Good Life at Land´s End

(Photo Credit Quivira 13th Hole)

Los Cabos’ varied terrains translate to abundant activities and lifestyle pursuits, from the area’s famed big-game sport fishing and year-round surfing to mountain biking and off-road racing. The most popular activities, however – at least in recent years – have been leisurely pastimes like golf and spa visits.

No surprise, really, given the incredible options.

No place outside the golf’s ancestral home of Scotland has more world-class courses in such close proximity as Los Cabos. The cape cities boast over a dozen top courses from legendary names like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, three of which are currently ranked among the 100 best in the world.

Spas too are abundant, not to mention abundantly pampering. In annual rankings from Travel + Leisure, Los Cabos dominates rankings of the top spas in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Overall Quality of Life

The Good Life at Land´s End

(Photo Credit Cabo Adventures Luxury Sailing)

Beautiful weather, gorgeous natural settings, and a bevy of luxury amenities and lifestyle options are all very persuasive arguments for the area’s high quality of life…but that’s only scratching the surface.

Los Cabos has a lower cost of living than the U.S., and significantly lower list prices for coastal real estate; meaning it’s possible to buy the home of your dreams for a fraction of what it would cost in the U.S.

Add it all up and the real question isn’t why are so many people moving to Los Cabos, but why isn’t everybody?

Windermere Los Cabos Real Estate

For more information about Los Cabos real estate, please call us Toll Free today at (855)877-2226 to find out more about buying a dream home in Los Cabos or contact us here, thanks!

John R. Vering

 

 

Posted on November 9, 2018 at 11:41 pm
John Vering | Category: Living in Cabo San Lucas, Real Estate of Los Cabos | Tagged

Paradise at the Right Value

How to Find Your Dream Home in Los Cabos

FInding Your Dream Home in Los Cabos

(Photo Credit Blue Sky Cabo)

There’s a reason people call Los Cabos a paradise, and it’s not just because cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo enjoy year-round sunshine and tropical mood-enhancers like palm trees and golden sand beaches.  It’s because one of the most beautiful places on Planet Earth still has plenty of ocean view real estate available, and you don’t need to be a billionaire, or even a millionaire, to afford it.

List prices for ocean view real estate are significantly lower (and more available) in Los Cabos than for similarly spectacular properties in the U.S., and home financing is now an option.

Are you ready to find your dream home in paradise? Here are three basic steps to follow.

Find the Right Location

There are many views and vantages in paradise…now more than ever, given Los Cabos’ current growth spurt, which has translated to an unprecedented building boom at picturesque locales throughout the area. Exciting new developments are underway now on the ruggedly beautiful Pacific Coast north of Cabo San Lucas (Quivira, Diamante and Rancho San Lucas), along the Sea of Cortez facing “tourist corridor” which connects the cape cities (Solaz, Montage, Ritz-Carlton and Hyatt), and on the pristine and sparsely populated East Cape (Four Seasons, Aman and Caesar’s Palace).

Each of Los Cabos’ many ocean view locales and neighborhoods has its advantages and amenities, from private golf courses from legendary names like Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Greg Norman and Fred Couples to marina access, culinary marketplaces and pampering day spas.

The question is: which location is right for you?

Find the Best Value

The options are nearly endless, and we’re not just referring to the many new residential developments on Los Cabos’ golden coasts. There are also many types of homes available, from cliffside luxury villas to beachfront condos, resort-based residences to sprawling hacienda style estates.

Finding the best value doesn’t just mean finding the lowest listing, but finding an affordable property that’s also perfect for the needs of you and your family. Do you fancy something intimate and romantic – a hilltop pied-à-terre overlooking the sea – or do you dream of a large beach house that will accommodate frequent visits from friends and family? Will you be in residence full-time or only seasonally? Fractional ownership may be an option to consider.

Find the Right Ally

Finding the right ally is actually step one, as it makes finding the right location and value so much easier.

Windermere’s agents have over 100 years of combined experience in the Los Cabos real estate market. We’re well-versed in Mexican law and real estate regulations, and always up-t0-date on all the latest properties and developments.

What we’re most proud of, however, is our ability to help clients find and finance their dream home…the place they’ve always dreamed of, and in many cases thought they could never afford.

Fortunately, after years of “cash only” home buying options, Windermere has recently discovered Global Mortgage is offering fixed-rate 15 year loans, with full amortization, and one of the lowest interest rates available from any institutional lender in Mexico. As an added bonus, annual taxes, insurance, trust and HOA fees are all included in the monthly mortgage payments.

Translation: Paradise is easier to find – and finance – than ever before.

Windermere Los Cabos Real EstateCall us Toll Free today at (855)877-2226 to find out more about buying a dream home in Los Cabos or contact us here, thanks!

John R. Vering

 

Posted on October 27, 2018 at 10:30 pm
John Vering | Category: Lifestyle of Los Cabos, Living in Cabo San Lucas | Tagged ,

A Year in Los Cabos

When finding your dream home in Los Cabos, Mexico, it’s good to know, what to expect when moving to paradise. It’s a vibrant place attracting people from all over the world. Throughout the year, there are events, celebrations, and occasions catering both to visitors and locals alike. The weather never really goes too bad, however, certain times of the year are better for particular activities. Windermere Los Cabos has prepared for you this summary of the month to month highlights of living in Los Cabos.

January

January is high season in Los Cabos. With gentle warm weather (on average 66°F) it attracts tourists and holidaymakers. It is the perfect time to head out whale watching as the season runs from December to April. The mild temperatures also make it a good time to go and explore the outdoors and head inland. A noteworthy national celebration in January is the Dia de Los Reyes Magos (January 6) during which you might find Rosca de Reyes traditional pastries being baked. This day signifies the day the Three Wise Men gave gifts to Jesus Christ.

February

The shortest month of the year might be dull and forgettable elsewhere, but it’s as glorious as any other in Los Cabos. For nature lovers, whale watching goes on at full speed. Art lovers can witness Todos Santos Open Studios, which is an annual event going strong for nine years already. Visitors are welcomed to visit artists in their studios and witness the creative process first hand. If you’re up for a challenge, Los Cabos Half Marathon cannot be missed. During February, the weather isn’t very much different than in January. Mild temperatures averaging 68°F allow you to enjoy everything Cabo has on offer.

March

Many festivities and celebrations take place in Los Cabos during March – you just have to take a pick. Days are getting longer and the weather – warmer. The second week of March is when the festival of San Jose del Cabo takes place. During this time, parades and festivities honour St. Joseph, the patron saint of San Jose del Cabo. Expect music and carnivals, great food and a good time. On March 21 it’s also a national celebration and commemoration of the country’s first president Benito Juarez.

April

April is the last chance before December to go whale watching as the season runs only until April 15. April is the last month of the so-called high season, and you can expect to see a lot of party crowds during Spring Break.

May

While you might expect to see a lot of Cinco de Mayo celebrations, that’s not exactly the case in Los Cabos. Many emphasize that Cinco de Mayo in terms of celebration means more to Americans than to locals in Los Cabos. May is a good time to be in Cabo as it is between two high season periods. You can expect fewer crowds and great discounts on a lot of things. Those into surfing will enjoy the Surf Summit taking place mid-May. Even though Cabo doesn’t get a lot of rainfall altogether, on average May is one of the driest months and the temperature averages around 79°F.

June

June is the last month to enjoy fairly milder warm temperatures before the hot weather hits. It’s important to remember sunscreen wherever you go as June is pretty much cloud-free. The surfing conditions are good during June and it’s a good time to hit the waters. Los Cabos Open of Surf takes place mid-June. Not only can you witness top surfing athletes, but there’s also concerts and other events.

July

A month of warmest waters and generally great weather. A good time to hit the waves both in the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. The tourism season is not at its peak due to hot temperatures and slightly increased chances of rain. However, Los Cabos, in general, gets very little rain so the talk of the rainy season is slightly exaggerated.

August

August is among the hottest months in Los Cabos with temperatures ranging from 88°F up to 99°F degrees. During this time you’ll see fewer tourists and it’s not the best time for outdoor activities like heading inland as the temperatures are just too high. Many family attractions and activities are closed during the more quiet months so a day at the beach is the best option for families since the water temperatures are the warmest and nicest. Los Cabos Open men’s tennis tournament happens in August and there are a few fishing tournaments happening too.

September

Mexican Independence Day takes place on September 15 and even though September is more of a quiet month in Los Cabos, you can expect great festivities on this day. While both air and water temperatures remain high, September is excellent for being near the sea. It can be especially appealing to those, who like fishing since there’s a great variety of marlin in the waters during the month of September. If you feel especially passionate about nature, you can join a conservation group helping rescue sea turtles as many of them nest near beach resorts. The dates usually vary between September and October.

October

Before the peak tourist season picks up around December, October and November is the best time to enjoy much kinder temperatures than in the summer months. There are plenty of fishing tournaments happening in October, such as the worldwide recognized Bisbee’s Black and Blue Tournaments, which have been taking place in Los Cabos for over 30 years. It’s also a good time to go snorkeling as whale sharks arrive at the area. On October 18 the Fiesta de Cabo San Lucas takes place celebrating the patron saint of Cabo San Lucas and you can expect to see a parade.

November

November is the last month before the peak season takes off. A good time to head into the water to fish or snorkel. Mid-November is when the humpback whale season takes off and if you’re lucky, you can spot one of these majestic beauties. The temperatures are getting to a more tolerable level and the humidity also drops. The beginning of November marks Día de Los Muertos or the Day of the Dead which commemorates deceased family members and friends. Expect to find the traditional “Pan de Muerto” in bakeries and supermarkets all over town.

December

Last month of the year is the buzzing start to the peak tourism season in Los Cabos. The temperatures have gone back down to a nice and relatively mild level, which makes December perfect for outdoor exploration. The whale watching season also takes off mid-December and lasts until mid-April. There are a few Catholic celebrations happening during December but the majority of festive events happen around Christmas time and especially the New Year’s.

Posted on February 17, 2018 at 8:11 pm
John Vering | Category: Los Cabos, Mexican Holidays