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Best cafes in Cabo San Lucas: Visit Cabo and start your day right

What better way is there to start your day, than with a cup of coffee!  And what better place to have it like Cabo San Lucas!  There’s really not a better way to start the day than with a fantastic cup of coffee while watching the sun rise over the spectacular Sea of Cortez.  Just like you, there are many more coffee lovers who are looking for the best spot to have this famous ancient drink.

Guess what?  You’re in for a treat in this post, as we’ve put together the best coffee shops there are in Los Cabos.  Here, find a thorough list with some of the main information on what every coffee spot offers.  And, find everything from gourmet coffee, coffee cocktails, and pastries.  Of course, you can take the coffee to go or enjoy in an outdoor/indoor seating area that most of these places have.  Keep reading to find the best cafes in Cabo San Lucas.

It doesn’t matter what your preferences are, as long as its coffee.  And Cabo has it all – from smooth and robust Cappucino to a good old cup of American style brewed coffee.  Or, have a cool latte, and flavored coffees boosted with a shot of your favorite liquor.  How about that?  We can assure you, Cabo’s got your back even when it’s hot.  Get an icy frappuccino or iced coffee drink, for example.  Don’t miss the chance to try one of the best cafes in Cabo. Come taste your way to a great day with a cup of coffee in Cabo.

The best cafes in Cabo

The beach and the ocean breeze in the early hours of the morning make the perfect scenario for drinking coffee.  Better yet, at any time of day, being accompanied by a delightful coffee means you’re in heaven.  And you must really be enjoying life if you’re visiting the best cafes in Cabo San Lucas.  This incredible location offers a lovely atmosphere and plenty of places where you can enjoy a great cup of coffee.  If you are a coffee lover, do not forget to order a cup of “café de olla.”  This type of coffee is the typical coffee style of Mexico, freshly ground and prepared in a clay pot with cinnamon.  Not only the cinnamon, but also brown sugar and different spices are the ingredients that give the drink it’s very distinctive Mexican flavor.

A bit of background on Mexican coffee

Coffee grains came to Mexico for the first time at the end of the 18th century. Arriving at the biggest ports at that time, it’s production started spreading in the Southeast part of the country.  The states of Veracruz, Chiapas, Michoacan, and Oaxaca, are ever since the leading producers of coffee beans in Mexico.  Generally, coffee is grown in tropical climates near mountains.  And today, Mexico is the sixth largest world producer of coffee.  This country offers around four million sacks of green coffee per year.

Mexican coffee has a sweet distinctive note on its flavor.  But don’t be fooled!  This coffee contains a high amount of caffeine, which is why the drink can be very strong without being bitter.  Now, imagine this flavor combined with a warm coffee liqueur and a delightful sunrise in the background, and you’re in for a treat!  This and more is what draws tourists from around the world to the tip of the Baja California peninsula.

Cabo San Lucas coffee shop hot spots

We all understand what the beauty of a quality cup of coffee or tea means.  And, if you’re far from home in Los Cabos, or better yet, you call Los Cabos your home, you’ll definitely want to match up your coffee with the best cafes in Cabo.  So, as you enjoy your time in a heavenly place like Cabo, also find the best spots to have your coffe every day.  Here’s a list of the hot spots you can visit when it comes to the best cafes in Cabo.  Keep reading and learn more about where to drink the best coffee in the region!

Cabo Café

Start your morning in paradise with a cup of the most excellent fresh roasted coffee in Baja.  The Cabo Coffee Company is a gathering lace for both local and visiting coffee connoisseurs.  Cabo Coffee is fresh roasted daily and packaged right there in Cabo!  One of their main quality trademarks is that they roast only shade-grown 100% certified organic Arabica beans.  These are grown in the rainforest, high in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Oaxaca in Mexico.  You can already imagine with this the quality of taste and flavor for the Cabo Cafè’s coffee.

If you’re interested in seeing the roasting and packing process for yourself, visit their main facilities to do so.  The roasting facility and administrative offices are located on the road to Todos Santos.  They roast their coffee there daily to make sure that every customer gets the best quality coffee around!

Find the coffee shop in Lazaro Cardenas Avenue near the corner of Hidalgo, 23450, in Cabo San Lucas.  They’re open Monday to Saturday from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.  And a phone where you can call is 01 624 144 4777.

www.cafecabo.com.mx

Café El Jarro

Excellent location, delicious flavor, and aromas, describes “El Jarro Cafè.”  Visit them and enjoy a delicious espresso, American or a latte, all of this accompanied by a sumptuous breakfast, lunch, or a snack.  They beat other places for their well-known service and quality.  You will be attended by the very owners making you feel like you’re the most important client.  They’re open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Find them behind the hotel Casa Dorada in Cormoranes. This hot spot is definitely one of the best cafes in Cabo.

Café Sirena

Eat and drink just as if you were in your grandma’s house! In this picturesque spot in Los Cabos, expect nothing but a cozy experience.  Colorful designs in and around a rustic local house make Cafè Sirena a fantastic place to visit.  Enjoy homemade breakfast or lunch, and of course, freshly made quality coffee.  It’s no doubt that this is one of the best cafes in Cabo.  Find Sirena Cafè in Paseo De La Marina Boulevard, in Cabo San Lucas. Their phone is 01 624 143 8374.

Casasola Cafè

The Casasola coffee shop opened its doors in 2009.  And ever since, they’ve been listed as one of the best brunch breakfast restaurants in Los Cabos.  Also at Casasola Café, they know how important it is to start your day with rich coffee, brewed from the best roasted coffee beans.  And then there’s the location.  You definitely want to be in a beautiful, cool place like this cafe.  Casasola has live jazz  music that accompanies every sip of coffee you enjoy!  The experience of the chef and the service of the staff will ensure you have an unforgettable stay when you finish your mornings there.

Find Casasola Café on Miguel Hidalgo street and 20 de Noviembre on Revolucion in Cabo San Lucas.  Their phone is 01 624 143 4616, and you’ll find them open from Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 pm.

www.casasolacafe.com

Delight Café

Find here a European-style coffee house featuring 100% Arabic gourmet coffee imported from Colombia.  This place has an extensive menu with an excellent selection of espresso specialties, frappe coffees, teas, infusions, and chais.  Also, they have a daily selection of freshly-baked pastries and bread.

Delight Cafe was born of the idea of Cristobal and Gabriela Tortosa.  They first arrived in Los Cabos back in 1992.  They saw the need to fill a niche in Cabo for outstanding coffee, great service, and an elegant, inviting atmosphere.  All of that is exactly what they offer there!  They are located in the Plaza Embarcadero on Boulevard Marina Manzana 6 in Cabo San Lucas.  Don’t miss out on this cool place!

Fumari Lounge

In the heart of Cabo San Lucas, across from Puerto Paraiso Mall, you will find Baja’s only Hookah bar.  Featuring a charming atmosphere, chill-out music, delicious cocktails, and more than 20 hookah flavors, Fumari offers everything from delightful coffee to a great selection of mojitos, martinis, and local brews on tap.  It’s a wonderful Lounge Experience!

Find Fumari Lounge in Lázaro Cárdenas across the street from Plaza Puerto Paraíso in Cabo San Lucas.  They’re open from Monday to Thursday from 4:00 pm to 12:00 am

www.fumarilounge.com

The Coffee Factory

Located within the Puerto Paraiso Plaza, get some fresh coffee in a great place.  This cafe not only serves amazing fresh coffee, but also, it offers a splendid place to spend your time.  Have a coffee on your own or with friends – this place is perfect for it.  The Coffee Factory is in El Medano Ejidal in Cabo San Lucas. You can call them too: (624) 143-7920

The Italian Coffee Co.

If you’re into the Starbucks variety of sweet drinks and coffee, this is the perfect place for you.  Managing a similar concept, this company is 100% Mexican and from Los Cabos.  So now you know, you have all this variety for you to choose from.

Los Cabos Agent

Are you now ready to start living your own dream in Cabo? Take a look through this listing for sale here at Los Cabos Agent.

Since 2010, Los Cabos Agent has been helping clients find the best homes in Cabo. And, they’re highly-skilled negotiators that’ll get you the best price. Whether you wish to buy a property or quickly sell your Los Cabos real estate, they got you!

If you’d like to take a tour, just click CONTACT to inquire. Or, call directly at 619-831-2000. Los Cabos Agent will be happy to answer your questions. Also, you can schedule a time to show you around.

Los Cabos real estate

Many Americans, Canadians, and people from other countries choose to make Los Cabos, Mexico, their home or vacation home.  So, discover how to purchase your dream home in Los Cabos, Mexico by inquiring with the top Real Estate Broker in Los Cabos: Nick Fong, who’s been featured many times on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt.

See Nick Fong in action on his Los Cabos Agent YouTube Channel.  His videos are posted on the Los Cabos Agent VLOG, where you can read a short, yet in-depth post.  Below is an example of one of Nick Fong’s Los Cabos Agent videos:

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Thank you for reading Best cafes in Cabo San Lucas: Visit Cabo and start your day right  written by Greg Hixon of RE/MEX Image.  Be sure to read other posts about Los Cabos on the Los Cabos Agent blog. There, learn about the many wonderful aspects of Los Cabos, Mexico, from blog posts like this.

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2019 Real Estate Market Report from Los Cabos Agent

Once more Nick Fong comes to us with incredible news from Los Cabos Agent.  This time, he’s delivering the 2109 Cabo real estate market report. It has been an excellent year for Los Cabos Agent and also for every customer.  A significant increase in the market’s opportunities has sown a steady growth that caused LCA to exceed the numbers from 2018. There’s proof that the 2019 real estate business was stronger than ever.  Therefore in 2020, there are very high expectations for even better numbers in the market. Keep reading to learn more about the 2019 real estate market report from Los Cabos Agent.

As was mentioned before, 2019 was a great year, exceeding the 2018 numbers of the real estate market report.  For example, Los Cabos Agent had 1300 properties for sale that ended in a closed deal in 2019. Therefore, compared to 2018 where only 900 properties ended in a closed deal after being for sale, we can observe an increase of 44% on closed deals in 2019 compared to the year prior.

2019 real estate market report

In 2019, Los Cabos Agent had almost $500M USD made on sales!  With these numbers, we get an average of $372K per closing and a listing time on the market of 616 days on average before being sold.  These are great numbers coming from a very successful year. Furthermore, we can see with more detail the numbers in sales for each residential property, condominiums and property lots.  Read on to discover how amazingly good the 2019 real estate market went for Los Cabos Agent.

Single family homes

To be more specific, 413 houses were listed and sold last year, reaching $216M USD in sales.

Those 413 homes had an average sale price of $633K USD.  And lastly, these residential properties averaged 313 days on the market.  In Los Cabos Agent we’re always trying to get the best deals for our customers, and these numbers definitely speak for themselves!

Condominiums

Going further into the condominiums market, in Los Cabos Agent we generated $155M USD in sales.  The listings only lasted on average 287 days on the market with closing deals averaging $403K USD per condo.

Lots to build on

The total volume sales of lots for Los Cabos Agent was of $77M USD in 2019.  These numbers give an average of $105 K USD selling price per lot. Lastly, these lots took an average of 1,100  days on the market before closing a selling deal. Although lots take longer on the market before being sold, their selling prices are equivalent to the profit made out of a house or condo sale.

Los Cabos real estate

Many Americans, Canadians, and people from other countries choose to make Los Cabos, Mexico, their home or vacation home.  So, discover how to purchase your dream home in Los Cabos, Mexico by inquiring with the top Real Estate Broker in Los Cabos: Nick Fong, who’s been featured many times on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt.

See Nick Fong in action on his Los Cabos Agent YouTube Channel.  His videos are posted on the Los Cabos Agent VLOG, where you can read a short, yet in-depth post.  Below is an example of one of Nick Fong’s Los Cabos Agent videos:

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Thank you for reading 2019 Real Estate Market Report from Los Cabos Agent  written by Greg Hixon of RE/MEX Image.  Be sure to read other posts about Los Cabos on the Los Cabos Agent blog. There, learn about the many wonderful aspects of Los Cabos, Mexico, from blog posts like this.

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Leaving the Bay Area: Learn how to move out of the Bay Area with style

Here we are once more with Nick Fong from Los Cabos Agent, someone you can trust.  This time, we had the opportunity to have a very interesting conversation with Scott Fuller.  Scott is the founder of Leaving the Bay Area, a real estate company that helps you find your new home out of the Bay Area in the US.  If you want to know more, stick with us in this post. Read further on and learn more about Leaving the Bay Area, and some other exciting projects.  If you’re planning to move from your actual residence, this could be crucial information for you!

Leaving the Bay Area?

First of all, you might be asking what is Leaving the Bay Area?  Well, as you can deduce from the name, this is a company that helps you find the best place for you when you’re looking to move.  Via different steps and assessments, this company enables you to relocate effortlessly into your new home. So, along with Scott Fuller and the team of experts in client assessment and real estate brokers, you’ll have a smooth relocation of your home or condo anywhere in the US or Mexico.  Have a discovery consultation and planning assessment, area tours and home finding trips, home selling and buying services, moving and transportation services, and many more other things this company can help you with!

Leaving the Bay Area projects for 2020

Talking further with Scott Fuller, he lets us know he’s concerned about his clients’ convenience.  Because of this, always looking to improve services, his company is planning forward on a Podcast called Leaving California live.  In this podcast, we want real people to give real information up close and personal.  That way, we know that people know we’re working with trustworthy information for you.

People that have moved out of California from six months to up to five or ten years will answer some interesting questions in this podcast.  These questions embark on interesting subjects like the research process, decision making on where to move, the development of adapting to the new place and home, and many more exciting topics.

Working together

Los Cabos Agent and Leaving the Bay Area are now looking to join forces, getting the word out.  The thing is, there are lots of clients from California wanting to know how life is in Mexico, and more specifically, in the Cabo region.  Knowing this, we want to work with the best to give our clients the best services too. So, although Leave the Bay Area is a California based company,  they work helping retirees and families looking to move down to Mexico. This is why we’d love to get in contact with someone that knows this information about Mexico.  And what better option than straight from the source with Los Cabos Agent!

And why leave the Bay area?

Scott Fuller tells us that as he built his company a few years back, they realized something interesting.  About housing, in the Bay area, they realized that a lot of people are selling their house to move out of the area.  There are lots of reasons for people to do so. Companies, for example, always look to outsource the moving process of their main offices to another state.  So Scott thought of a way to make this process easy, providing all the logistics and information assessment and services.

There are three main reasons

Scott Fuller also found the three main reasons for people to move out of the Bay area.  Number one is the cost of living, housing included. Being an expensive way of living can become a heavy burden to carry sometimes, becoming a tiring responsibility over time.  Number two is the increase in taxes. The changes these taxes and charges are being made over the last few years have increased the costs of housing in this specific region, causing people to look for other options out of the Bay area.  And number three, we have as a reason to move out the quality of life. Don’t get me wrong with this one, we all know that California is beautiful and it has many things to offer. But, California is also a fast-paced way of lifestyle, which can be exhausting for some people.

Los Cabos real estate

Many Americans, Canadians, and people from other countries choose to make Los Cabos, Mexico, their home or vacation home.  So, discover how to purchase your dream home in Los Cabos, Mexico by inquiring with the top Real Estate Broker in Los Cabos: Nick Fong, who’s been featured many times on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt.

See Nick Fong in action on his Los Cabos Agent YouTube Channel.  His videos are posted on the Los Cabos Agent VLOG, where you can read a short, yet in-depth post.  Below is an example of one of Nick Fong’s Los Cabos Agent videos:

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Thank you for reading Leaving the Bay Area: Learn how to move out of the Bay Area with style written by Greg Hixon of RE/MEX Image.  Be sure to read other posts about Los Cabos on the Los Cabos Agent blog. There, learn about the many wonderful aspects of Los Cabos, Mexico, from blog posts like this.

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Beautiful penthouse in Misiones del Cabo: Earn an extra $65k per year!

Find some spectacular Land’s End views from this beautiful beachfront penthouse in Misiones del Cabo!  The two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo has quite a large terrace. And no doubt, this is ideal for enjoying your own unforgettable sunsets of Cabo.  This property is in an excellent location in downtown Cabo, with easy access to the different amenities. Inside the same Misiones del Cabo complex, you’ll find large pools with small bars next to them, as well as private access to the beach.  Also there, you can find a small market located on-site for your convenience. Truly there’s everything you could ever want or need in this penthouse in Misiones del Cabo in Los Cabos! Learn more in this post about the Misiones condo 7202. Don’t miss out on the chance of the condo that could be your possible next home in Cabo!

Misiones 7702

This fantastic condo offers amenities that no other place can offer.  One of the most outstanding features that this property will offer you is the beach-front views.  Also, just a few steps from the condominium, you’ll see the large swimming pools and a bar next to your private access to the beach.

If these amenities aren’t enough, you still have a world of possibilities. For example, you can enjoy dinner at Sunset Mona Lisa restaurant or relax drinking a cocktail while watching the waves roll on the beach at The Rooftop restaurant-bar at the Cape Hotel.  You’ll have all these comforts within a short walk. For some time now, this condo has had an excellent history of vacation rentals. This can only mean that it can make a smart investment with a good ROI (Return On Investment). There are plenty of reasons to make a beach-front life your new reality!

Penthouse in Misiones del Cabo amenities

With an initial listing price of $549k USD, this extraordinary unit is ready to be taken.  Not only because it’s a penthouse with beautiful views towards the cruise ships that you can see arriving along the bay of Cabo San Lucas, but also, this unit is a money-making machine.  This place can generate an income proportional to $65k gross dollars per year and approximately $48k dollars of net income for the owner after expenses. This amount is equivalent to a profit margin of 9% of the net ROI.  Just imagine having that profit per year in this investment. Earn twice with living in Cabo San Lucas while getting paid to do so!

Sunset point

Sunset Point offers a cozy place with a great atmosphere and the most stunning views of Cabo.  Having a relaxing area in mind, offering fantastic wine and pizza, is how this lounge was born.  Customers and friends are always welcomed with delicious tapas and gourmet pizza prepared in a traditional wood-fired oven.  This place also accounts for experienced staff, ready to serve you in any way. And of course, let yourself be guided through a wide selection of more than 180 exclusive wines from the most prestigious wineries in the world.  There’ll be an opportunity to try a reduced but no less exciting menu in this restaurant too. Some of the excellent options are salads, seafood appetizers, gourmet wood-fired pizzas and cheese and meat dishes. Best part of it all,l this can all be found just a few steps from the #7702 penthouse in Misiones del Cabo.

Sunset Mona Lisa

Sunset Mona Lisa consistently presents a new experience for those seeking excellence in food and service.  Carved on a cliff overlooking the Bay of Cabo San Lucas, you can also see from there the famous Arch at Land’s End.   Located just a few steps from the #7702 penthouse in Misiones del Cabo, Sunset Mona Lisa has been an iconic spot in Los Cabos for a long time.  And if that’s not enough proof, we can also mention that this restaurant has also recently been classified as “One of the five best freshest restaurants in the world” by the Tribune.  Located close to the Misiones condo, you can delight yourself in dinners with the most exquisite Mediterranean cuisine. Of course, qualified service and the consistency of North American standards are part of every visit there.  Sunset Mona Lisa creates memorable experiences that’ll be part of you for a lifetime.

Monumentos Beach

Monumentos beach is a small and famous beach with a set for surf with incredible waves. There, depending on the conditions, you can surf, sunbathe, dive in the reefs and swim.  This beautiful beach is below Misiones del Cabo, where you’ll have your #7702 penthouse in Misiones del Cabo. Definitely, there’s no better amenity that having your own private beach a few steps from home!

Los Cabos real estate

Many Americans, Canadians, and people from other countries choose to make Los Cabos, Mexico, their home or vacation home.  So, discover how to purchase your dream home in Los Cabos, Mexico by inquiring with the top Real Estate Broker in Los Cabos: Nick Fong, who’s been featured many times on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt.

See Nick Fong in action on his Los Cabos Agent YouTube Channel.  His videos are posted on the Los Cabos Agent VLOG, where you can read a short, yet in-depth post.  Below is an example of one of Nick Fong’s Los Cabos Agent videos:

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Thank you for reading Beautiful penthouse in Misiones del Cabo: Earn an extra $65k per year!  written by Greg Hixon of RE/MEX Image.  Be sure to read other posts about Los Cabos on the Los Cabos Agent blog. There, learn about the many wonderful aspects of Los Cabos, Mexico, from blog posts like this.

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Gardenias golf-view condo in Cabo, right in the heart of the Golden corridor

Here at Los Cabos Agent, we are happy to introduce you to the new listing we have in Gardenias condominiums.  Just for starters, this place is located right in the heart of the Golden corridor. Located only 10 minutes away from Cabo San Lucas and 10 minutes from San Jose del Cabo, this place is perfectly situated in the middle of the action!  With a listing price of $369k USD, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom Gardenias condo is everything you ever wished for. If you’re interested in this opportunity, don’t miss out on the chance to get it!  Keep reading and learn more about this Gardenias condo listing we are holding for you at Los Cabos Agent.

Gardenias Condo

Gardenias is a collection of villa-style condo-homes located right next to the eleventh fairway of the Robert Trent Jones II designed golf course.  And with this detail, we’re just getting started, as this golf course is a centerpiece of Cabo Real.  Every condo there takes full advantage of a location that offers breathtaking views of the emerald green golf course, the sparkling Sea of Cortez and the picturesque Baja landscape.  These condominiums were created so you may own your own piece of Cabo.  When you purchase this condo, you not only get a property, but also you gain incredible peace of mind. So, start living your own beach-front dream in Mexico.

Incredible amenities

As you stand inside the Gardenias 103 condo, you’ll start to observe every beautiful detail it has.  First, you start with a beautiful kitchen that has stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Then, the next thing is the master bedroom with a king-size bed and an en-suite bathroom.  This master bathroom has a double-vanity sink and marble counter tops. Also, the master bedroom has its own terrace with golf course views and the ocean to top it off with extreme beauty.  Just imagine yourself waking up every day to an incredible view like this!

Property values are rising

The yearly economic indicators show that Cabo del Mar real-estate value is rising fast. Also, since the solidity of the market and the new developments that are happening all over the area, this Cabo oasis is a solid investment. This makes access much smoother and faster in the beautiful area known as the Cabo Corridor.

Along with the proximity to Cabo San Lucas, this Gardenias condo provide great value, in a perfect location. So, if you’re looking for a home-condo,  this is the best time to buy!

Los Cabos real estate

Many Americans, Canadians, and people from other countries choose to make Los Cabos, Mexico, their home or vacation home.  So, discover how to purchase your dream home in Los Cabos, Mexico by inquiring with the top Real Estate Broker in Los Cabos: Nick Fong, who’s been featured many times on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt.

See Nick Fong in action on his Los Cabos Agent YouTube Channel.  His videos are posted on the Los Cabos Agent VLOG, where you can read a short, yet in-depth post.  Below is an example of one of Nick Fong’s Los Cabos Agent videos:

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Thank you for reading Gardenias condo listing in Los Cabos, right in the heart of the Golden corridor  written by Greg Hixon of RE/MEX Image.  Be sure to read other posts about Los Cabos on the Los Cabos Agent blog. There, learn about the many wonderful aspects of Los Cabos, Mexico, from blog posts like this.

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Residential communities in Cabo: Uncover the pros and cons of gated vs non-gated

What comes to your mind when you think of a gated community?  You will probably think of some ideas like safety, security, exclusivity, and price.  But, what does it really mean to live in a gated community? Is it really better than living in one of the non-gated communities in Cabo, or is it worth the higher price?  The first thing to take into account in a situation like this is to check your own priorities. Is a home in one of these neighborhoods the right fit for you and your family?  In this post, we’ll review some of the pros and cons of living in a gated community. Keep reading and learn more about gated vs. non-gated communities in Cabo.

One of the top priorities when acquiring a home definitely is safety.  But of course, the value is another thing to consider, but this sometimes alludes to safety as well.  Feeling safe in your home is, without a doubt, a top priority. Whether you want the prestige of a gated community or an open site away from expensive HOA’s, we’ll see the pros and cons of each option.

Gated vs. Non-gated communities in Cabo

Let’s explore some of the pros and cons of gated and non-gated communities to get a better idea of how things operate within these communities.  There might be some factors you have not considered yet. Therefore, let’s dive in and ensure you consider everything before you decide.  We will cover both the more obvious factors along with more specific details on gated communities, like the added costs of having a guard, for example.  And, we will also weigh the considerations of a non-gated community, where there is a chance for more traffic and no monitoring of who enters the community, just to mention another example.  Learn more about gated vs. non-gated communities in Cabo right here!

Is a Gated Community really the best choice?

Security experts say that crime happens anywhere and everywhere.  In fact, statistics show that crime rates of gated communities are similar to those of non-gated communities.  The best action, regardless of where you live, is to protect your valuables by securing them in your home.

The gate, while sometimes more of an illusion of security than actual protection, is still attractive to home buyers.  The less traffic and privacy are worth the extra price of living in such an area.  Therefore, keep reading and learn more about gated vs. non-gated communities in Cabo.

Pros of a gated community

Remember, it is not only about the gates, but the clubhouses or recreation centers that serve as community gathering space.  Monthly events, such as cookouts or book club meetings, create a strong sense of community. Gated communities also have private amenities such as golf courses and tennis courts.  So those are definitely things to take into account when choosing your next home in Cabo.

Security

One of the biggest perks for sure is privacy and safety.  This is actually one of the first things that come to mind when thinking of a gated community, right?  The number one reason people choose to live in gated communities is the security element. Because a gated community is private, it is more difficult to access than a standard community.  Since only residents and invited guests can enter the gates, you can expect to see less unknown people walking around. Gated communities provide a lot of benefits to the residents that live within them, though the amenities don’t come cheap.

Criminal activity is reduced in gated communities, and visitors will have a more difficult time bothering residents.  This is clearly a fantastic thing if you’ve ever lived outside a gated community and dealt with crime and unwanted visits.  But of course, there is a cost associated with this commodity. The important thing to consider for yourself is to make sure it’s worth it according to your expectations.

Higher property value

If you purchase a home within a gated community, you’ll be required to join a more expensive HOA.  And being as private and fancy as you decide, dues will be higher.  But it’s worth it because your property value will increase too.  Standard HOAs cover the community streets, along with maintaining the general landscape of the complex. You can’t totally rely on added security, but having a home within gates provides a first line of defense against criminals.  There are also proven statistics showing that homes within gated communities sell much faster, too!

No traffic

Gates also limit through-traffic, and this can only mean that commutes are easier.  Also, the streets may be quieter and safer for your family. Traffic and speeding cars are also reduced within the gates, making it quieter and safer for your children to play within the neighborhood.  You likely won’t have the morning commute using your street as a shortcut, either. So start taking all of this in the account for your next home purchase in Los Cabos!

Some extra “pros.”

Another positive aspect of gated communities is a higher standard of home quality and stricter building codes that promote uniformity in design. That means more comparable sales and better value for all the homeowners within the community.  Furthermore, homeowners in these communities also generally have a greater pride of ownership and keep their homes in better condition. There may also be social benefits, such as a community center or events that promote group activities for families to get to know each other.

Now with the cons of gated communities

We’ve gone objectively through some of the pros of being or not being on a gated community, it’s time now to see the dark reality of it too.  Here are some cons of living in gated vs. non-gated communities in Cabo.

Reduced personal privacy and control

Gated communities offer security, that’s true, but this often goes at the expense of personal privacy and control.   If you’re considering a property in a gated community, be sure to understand the HOA regulations that may be different. If they seem too strict, you might think twice about it.  Then of course, the HOAs do have more standard rules ranging from home color restrictions to car parking requirements, but are usually even more strict.

Not growing much?

Some people might love the appearance of a homogeneous neighborhood, but as such, anything and everything ages and goes out-of-date.  Gated communities are usually some of the last to ever see infill and new lots for sale. Design changes are more rare too, because of architectural guidelines put in place by the HOA.

Expensive home prices and HOA’s

One obvious downside is the higher cost of living in one of the gated communities in Cabo.  But, don’t look at it just like that, as it can eventually turn into a positive thing if you’re able to afford it.  You may also be subject to pricey HOA dues, to maintain those gates and added services.

Not all gated communities in Cabo have live guards either, and automated gates aren’t tough to breach once someone gives out the code to some visitor or someone else.  Furthermore, most roads in these communities are designated private. That means you may have to carry the expense to fix those potholes or repave a bumpy road at your own expense.  Although you can negotiate these problems with your neighbors, you must be lucky enough to have some friendly ones first.

Waiting in line at the gate

Here’s one thing you may have overlooked:  It can be time consuming waiting in line at the gate as guards check in each car.  Imagine how it gets during holidays, for example, or if you get a new car and you don’t have the correspondent permits yet.  Anyone that comes to your home will also have to be added to the list, and visiting hours may be limited. Assuming that the gate is, in fact, guarded, visitors may get delayed waiting in line to come to your home.  That means your family and friends may have to wait during busy periods, and you’ll likely need to call down to the gate every time a visitor is expected. Annoying, right?

Now that we’re talking about time, gated communities in Cabo are also typically located farther away from businesses and other services.  This, of course, makes any commute a bit longer just to drive out of your neighborhood every day. Just to set an example, you can say that it could take five minutes of driving just to exit the gates and get back into the “outside world.”

Conclusions on gated vs. non-gated communities in Cabo

Look, you can make conclusions based on this new information we brought up to you.  If you do get your hands on a home in a gated community, there’s a good chance your home will appreciate nicely in the years to come, especially in Cabo.  To put it in simple terms, it could be well worth the price. Also, you can think of the quality of life for you and your family.  And even if you don’t live in a gated community in Cabo, you can always build a gate around your own property or purchase a condo in a secured resort. It’s certainly nice to have some layer of security between your living space and the outside world, but it depends on your own priorities.  Choosing gated vs. non-gated communities in Cabo will only depend on your preferences.

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Thank you for reading Residential communities in Cabo: Uncover the pros and cons of gated vs non-gated  written by Greg Hixon of RE/MEX Image.  Be sure to read other posts about Los Cabos on the Los Cabos Agent blog. There, learn about the many wonderful aspects of Los Cabos, Mexico, from blog posts like this.