What’s New in Los Cabos in 2019?

More Than You Might Think…

There’s a reason Los Cabos attracts more than three million visitors each year, as well as an ever growing number of people–primarily from the U.S. and Canada–who have chosen to live in the area. Many reasons, actually; starting with year-round sunshine, gorgeous beaches, upscale lifestyle amenities, and world-class conditions for a wide array of outdoor sport and leisure activities.

But Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo have never been content to rest on their already prodigious laurels. Each year, the cape cities roll out a brand new list of luxurious amenities and one-of-a-kind experiences guaranteed to attract new visitors, and make residents happier than ever that this is the place they’ve decided to call home.

That’s certainly the case in 2019.

 

New Restaurants & Amenities

Whats New in Los Cabos 2019

(Photo Credit: Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas)

 

You might think that the estimated 2,463 new hotel rooms opening this year in Los Cabos is a fact only of interest to tourists. Not true. Virtually all of Los Cabos’ luxury upscale resorts allow non-guests (residents and tourists alike) to enjoy their onsite restaurants, bars, lounges and spas. So the arrival in 2019 of benchmark hospitality brands like Nobu, Hard Rock, Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton means Los Cabos property owners have some exceptional new options when it comes to local wining, dining and massage style pampering.

 

Whats New in Los Cabos 2019

(Photo Credit: Moon Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos)

 

Reservations are generally required to access resort properties, but this caveat aside, that means new 2019 attractions and amenities include Four Seasons’ two miles of pristine beachfront, framed by an exclusive marina, beach club and shopping village; Hard Rock’s exquisitely designed Moon Lounge, a nightclub complete with bowling alley; Nobu’s farm-to-table dining concept, Malibu Farms; and Zadún, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve’s massive five-acre Spa Alkemia.

 

New Experiences & Adventures

Just as new resort properties can be enjoyed by both tourists and residents, so too can the unique experiences and adventures unveiled each year under the auspices of the Los Cabos Tourism Board.

 

Whats New in Los Cabos 2019

(Photo Credit: Los Cabos Tourism Board)

 

Highlights for 2019 include an “Art to Table” experience in which participants are treated to a yacht’s-eye-view tour of the 15 bronze sculptures from famed Mexican surrealist Leonora Carrington which grace the promenade at Puerto Los Cabos–plus 50 screens representing her life and work–before an art-themed dinner at San José del Cabo’s La Revolución restaurant; and an “Amazing Tenors” adventure which includes whale watching and a hydrophone amplified concert of their incredible songs, as well as an open-air cinema experience featuring a short film about the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortés, followed by a dinner with authentic regional Mexican dishes at Los Tenangos at One&Only Palmilla.

Did we mention the three-day mountain biking and “glamping” (glamor camping) adventure?

 

Whats New in Los Cabos 2019

(Photo Credit: Los Cabos Tourism Board)

Less strenuous, at least for spectators, is the upcoming Los Cabos Open tennis tournament. One of only two ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) sponsored events held annually in México–the Mexican Open in Acapulco is the other–this men’s invitational welcomes 28 world-class singles players and 16 doubles specialists to compete for nearly $800,000 in prize money. The 4th edition takes place July 29 to Aug. 3 at facilities just outside Cabo San Lucas.

 

New Championship Level Golf Courses

 

There are two new championship level golf courses opening this year in Los Cabos: Greg Norman’s links style Rancho San Lucas course on the Pacific Coast of Cabo San Lucas, and Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s Costa Palmas layout at La Ribera on the municipality’s breathtaking, still largely undeveloped East Cape. The latter, which is being built to accompany the new Four Seasons Los Cabos Resort at Costa Palmas, will open by the end of this year, bringing Los Cabos’ astounding and still-growing golf portfolio to a total of 18 world-class courses.

Among these 18 eighteen-hole gems are four courses ranked among the top 100 in the world by Golf Digest (Quivira, Querencia, the Dunes at Diamante, and the Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol and ), as well as acclaimed designs from legendary major champions Jack Nicklaus (Palmilla, Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol, El Dorado, Campestre, Puerto Los Cabos and Quivira); Tiger Woods (El Cardonal and The Oasis at Diamante); Greg Norman (Puerto Los Cabos and Rancho San Lucas); Fred Couples (Twin Dolphin); Davis Love III (The Dunes at Diamante); and Tom Weiskopf (The Desert Course at Cabo del Sol).

Although some local courses are open to the public, others have restrictions and may be limited to residents at nearby developments. To find out more about homes at Rancho San Lucas, Four Seasons residences at Costa Palmas, or other Los Cabos real estate, call us at Windermere Los Cabos. We can be reached from the USA/Canada at (508) 864-6756, or, if you are in Los Cabos, at (624)174-0083.  For more details about What´s New in Los Cabos, please contact us today.

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Posted on June 20, 2019 at 12:24 am
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Blue Flag Beach Guide to Los Cabos

True Blue Shores of Golden Sand – The Blue Flag Beach Guide to Los Cabos

Blue Flag Beach Guide to Los Cabos

(Photo Credit: Medano Beach courtesy of Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa)

Los Cabos is famed for its beautiful beaches, glorious sun-kissed swaths of golden shoreline that stretch from the Pacific Coast of Cabo San Lucas to the East Cape north of San José del Cabo. Tourists and winter snowbirds have been flocking to this tropical hundred-mile-long arc of pristine playas for more than fifty years, their sights set on beach walking, hammock swinging, margarita sipping, and spectacular up-close views of both the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortés. Many have raved about the area’s soft, fine-grained sand and majestic offshore waves, but now for the first time it can be objectively stated: Los Cabos has the best beaches in all of México.

How does one quantify such a claim? In Blue Flags, of course.

 

How Does a Beach Become Blue Flag Certified?

The Blue Flag program was birthed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a non-profit organization that began in Europe in the 1980s, but now numbers over 60 member countries around the world. In essence, it’s an eco-certification system, with prospective Blue Flag beaches required to meet and maintain strict environmental standards for things like cleanliness, water quality, safety, services and sustainability. When you visit a Blue Flag beach, for example, you’re guaranteed to find ample parking, well-kept bathrooms, ramps for handicap access, recycling bins, and a rarity in México…lifeguards.

Los Cabos now boasts 19 of Baja California Sur’s 20 Blue Flag beaches (The capital city of La Paz is home to the other, El Coromuel). It truly is an astounding number, particularly when you consider that México as a country has only 64. Los Cabos, a modestly sized municipality, now has more Blue Flag beaches than any other single state in México. Only Quintana Roo, home to Cancún and the Riviera Maya, is even close with 17.

 

The Growth of Blue Flag Beaches in Los Cabos

Blue Flag Beach Guide to Los Cabos

(Photo Credit: Chileno Beach courtesy of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences)

As recently as three years ago Los Cabos had only three Blue Flag beaches: Palmilla, Chileno, and Santa María. Each of these Tourist Corridor based gems sparkles with its own distinctive attractions. Palmilla’s protected offshore cove is so renowned for its serene swimming conditions, for instance, that the swim leg of the local Ironman 70.3 is held there; and the offshore bays of Chileno and Santa María are favored sites for local snorkeling tours, thanks to calm waters and a colorful abundance of marine life.

But there were far more than three beaches in the area deserving of attention, so a concerted effort was made in recent years to shine a spotlight on them. A significant percentage of the new Blue Flag certified beaches–16 more since 2016–are in effect portions of Playa El Médano, the largest and most popular beach area in Cabo San Lucas. Over two miles in length, Playa El Médano is the social center of the Land’s End city, hosting over a dozen beachfront luxury resorts, as well as boisterous beachfront cantinas like Mango Deck and The Office on the Beach. It was these Médano resorts that spearheaded the effort to have their own beach adjacent areas Blue Flag certified, and guests at these scenically situated properties (see the full list below) can now expect the same level of detail-oriented maintenance and service on the sand as they can in their exquisitely appointed suites and pampering spas.

Other local beaches, too, have been Blue Flagged in recent years. Acapulquito, a beautiful beginner-friendly surf beach near San José del Cabo, is now a member of the Blue Flag family; as is La Ribera, site of the new Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas; and Las Viudas (in English, The Widows Beach), a stretch long favored by photographers due to its strikingly shaped volcanic rock formations.

 

The Complete List of Blue Flag Beaches in Los Cabos

Blue Flag Beach Guide to Los Cabos

(Photo Credit: Santa Maria Beach courtesy of Montage Los Cabos)

For those who’d like to visit all of Los Cabos’ Blue Flag beaches, here’s the complete list in alphabetical order:

  • Acapulquito
  • El Chileno
  • El Corsario
  • La Ribera
  • Las Viudas
  • Médano Breathless
  • Médano Casa Dorada
  • Médano Club Cascadas de Baja
  • Médano Hacienda
  • Médano ME Cabo
  • Médano Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos
  • Médano Pueblo Bonito Rose
  • Médano Riu Palace Los Cabos
  • Médano Riu Santa Fe
  • Médano Villa Del Palmar
  • Médano Villa El Arco
  • Médano Villa La Estancia
  • Palmilla
  • Santa María

Don’t forget to bring sunscreen!

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Call us toll free from the U.S. or Canada at (855) 877-2226, or, if you are in Los Cabos, at (624) 331-3330 for more details.  We’ll help you find and buy your dream home in Los Cabos.  Contact Us today

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Posted on May 11, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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Medical Care in Los Cabos

Health Wave – The Growth of High-Quality Medical Care in Los Cabos

Medical Care in Los Cabos

(Image provided by Pedregal.com)

México has long been a top destination for medical tourism, thanks to both a proximity to the U.S. and high-quality health care available at 40 to 65% less on average than its northern neighbor. The country also boasts world-class travel destinations like Los Cabos, which allow visitors to enjoy a memorable vacation around the scheduled dates for their chosen treatments or surgeries.

Los Cabos isn’t just a tropical travel destination, however, but increasingly a primary or seasonal home for U.S. and Canadian citizens, with population numbers for expatriates estimated at 15,000 and rising (out of a total municipal population of approximately 300,000). Commensurate with this burgeoning population growth–from the U.S., Canada and elsewhere–is an exponential growth of high-quality health care and state-of-the-art medical centers.

The newest of these modern, technologically sophisticated medical centers is Hospiten, which premiered in October 2018 just outside Cabo San Lucas, near one of the municipality’s most oft-visited shopping centers (Plaza San Lucas, home to Walmart). If the name is recognizable, that’s because Hospiten is affiliated with the international hospital group of the same name, which has a network of locations that includes México, Spain, Jamaica, Panama and the Dominican Rebublic.

Hospital H+ Los Cabos

(Image provided by Hospital H)

Hospiten Los Cabos offers patients a full-range of services, from emergency care and surgical suites to medical laboratories and departments specializing in anesthesiology, cardiology, general surgery, oral surgery, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, dermatology, internal medicine, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and psychology, among others.

Hospiten isn’t the only state-of-the-art medical facility locally. There’s also Hospital H+, which opened in 2016 in the tourist corridor that connects the cape cities, near San José del Cabo. Like Hospiten, H+ offers cutting-edge equipment and an excellent roster of on-call physicians, as well as 24-hour triage and intensive care, surgical areas and specialty clinics, laboratories and blood banks, radiology and ultrasound imaging, and private rooms for extended patient stays.

Hospiten and H+ may lead the local pack, but they’re hardly the only sources for high-quality care in the area. The U.S. Consulate regularly updates a list of fully-accredited hospitals and medical care facilities in Los Cabos, a list that at present includes the two already touted, as well as the AMC and BlueNet Hospitals, the General Hospitals in both Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, the Red Cross (Cruz Roja in Spanish) ambulance and rescue services, plus a few clinics and sanitariums.

Medical Care in Los Cabos

This U.S. Consulate list is a helpful guide, and points to the region’s abundance of quality health care. But the list is far from comprehensive, and it doesn’t even begin to address the plethora of great dental and cosmetic surgery clinics, which have traditionally been among the most popular medical services for tourists and short-term visitors to the area.

Simply put: Los Cabos has medical care that’s equivalent in quality to that found in the U.S., but of course at only a fraction of the cost. This affordability factor is at the heart of México’s medical tourism sector, which accounts for some five billion dollars annually, but it’s also an attractive lifestyle convenience for U.S. and Canadian residents of the cape cities. Add it to year-round sunshine, beachfront real estate, championship level golf courses and pampering spas, and you’ll understand why both the population and health care industries of Los Cabos are growing so fast.

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Posted on March 18, 2019 at 6:44 pm
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Cabo San Lucas Beach Homes for Sale

Where Dream Vision and Dream Value Meet – Cabo San Lucas Beach Homes for Sale

Everyone has a dream purchase they are chasing, a signifier of success that will also serve as a lifestyle benchmark…call it the ultimate upgrade in both comfort and status. For some it is a luxury yacht or private jet, for others a beachfront home in a sun-splashed tropical paradise. The latter is undoubtedly the best buy from an investment standpoint, and, if your sun-splashed tropical paradise of choice happens to be Cabo San Lucas, it may also be the most affordable, both initially and in terms of long-term maintenance. Call it the ultimate marriage of dream vision and dream value, and consider this your basic guide to Cabo San Lucas beach homes for sale.

Cabo San Lucas Beach Homes for Sale

Why Cabo San Lucas Beach Homes for Sale Are a Dream Vision

Nowhere else on earth do mountains, desert, beach and ocean exist so closely and with such striking contrast. Nowhere else on earth do two major bodies of water meet in such spectacular fashion.

Los Cabos, the municipality which hugs the southernmost rim of the Baja California peninsula, is truly a place unlike any other, from its breathtaking beachfront locales to its profusion of upscale lifestyle amenities. Nowhere is this uniqueness more evident than in Cabo San Lucas, where the Sea of Cortés and Pacific Ocean are separated by a half-mile promontory comprised of 80-million-year-old granite monuments and gorgeous golden sand beaches.

In Spanish, this promontory is called Finisterra. In English, Land’s End. Truth be told, however, it’s really more of a beginning than an end.

For decades, this is where A-list celebrities have come on holiday, where Americans and Canadians have come to winter or retire, and where the successful in all walks of life have come to seek the ultimate new beginning: Cabo San Lucas beach homes for sale.

Why not? In addition to the picturesque surroundings and ideal tropical climate–how does 350 days of sunshine annually sound?–Cabo San Lucas and sister city San José del Cabo also offer a wealth of upscale lifestyle amenities, from celebrity chefs and pampering spas to world-class sportfishing and a whopping dozen plus championship level golf courses from legendary names like Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Fred Couples.

It’s not as though you have to suffer for your beachfront castle with its horizon-stretching moat.

Cabo San Lucas Beach Homes for Sale

Why Cabo San Lucas Beach Homes for Sale Are a Dream Reality

Here are a few of the most incredible facts about “Cabo San Lucas beach homes for sale”: they typically list at a fraction of the price of similarly situated properties in the U.S. and Canada; property taxes, too, are a fraction of those mandated by México’s North American neighbors; the cost of living in general is much lower; and homeowners across Los Cabos have easy access to international airports and travel (translation: stress-free visits to and from family, friends and business partners).

That’s what we mean by a dream vision also being a dream reality…and we haven’t even gotten to the really good part yet.

Beachfront real estate in Los Cabos is one of the best investments anyone can ever make. Real estate in general is a safe and popular investment for a number of reasons: real estate invariably appreciates over time, it builds equity for reinvestment, it’s a hedge against inflation, and so on and so on.

But beachfront real estate, in particular, is also an investment in your own future happiness. Think about it…this is what you’ve worked for and dreamed about for years, a place where the sun always shines, where the palm trees sway softly in the breeze, and where you and your significant other can walk hand-in-hand, barefoot in the sand, comfortable by any definition.

That may sound a bit like retirement, and for many it is, but keep this in mind as well: there’s no rule that says you can’t enjoy your beach home in Cabo San Lucas a few months each year, as a secondary residence. Or that you can’t simply maintain it as an investment. The beaches, palm trees and ocean breezes will always be there, ready whenever you are.

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The Windermere Advantage

Whether you are seeking condos, villas or beach homes for sale in Cabo San Lucas, it is absolutely essential that you choose the right ally to help you navigate the entire process, from site visits to closing costs.

That’s where Windermere comes in. Windermere is one of the most respected names in North American real estate, with over 300 offices and 6,000 agents in the Western U.S. and México. The company has deep roots in Los Cabos, where its agents have over 100 years of collective experience, as well as an exhaustive knowledge of available local listings and the intricacies and legal requirements of buying and selling property in México.

Windermere is the ally you want when it comes to finding Cabo San Lucas beach homes for sale.

Call us toll free from the USA / Canada at (855) 877-2226 or if you are in Los Cabos (624) 331-3330 for more details. Don’t let your dreams wait…  We’ll help you find and buy your dream home in Los Cabos.  Contact Us today

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Posted on March 6, 2019 at 9:20 pm
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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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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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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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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 ,