Posted on January 24, 2018
Your retirement should be your reward for a lifetime of hard work — you deserve to spend it in one of the best places on Earth. If you think that you won’t be able to retire to paradise, think again. Retiring in Mexico’s Los Cabos area can be a great option for anyone who wants to spend their golden years in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. The beaches, the gorgeous sunsets and the shimmering blue ocean are reason enough to consider spending the rest of your life in Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo. However, there are plenty of other reasons why Los Cabos is one of the best places to retire in Mexico.
Here are a few of the top reasons why you should retire in Cabo:
- It’s affordable. You may think that retiring to an oceanfront community such as Los Cabos is something that only the ultra-rich can afford, but you’d be wrong. Although there is a healthy contingent of the rich and famous in Los Cabos, there are plenty of properties that can be well within the reach of the average retiree. The cost of living also is much more affordable than you might think. Your retirement dollars will go a lot further down there than in the United States. Property taxes also are minimal when compared to north of the border.
- It’s comfortable. The Los Cabos area attracts people from all over the world. Meaning, no matter where you’re from, you’re sure to find someone familiar to help you feel more at home. In addition, the Mexican culture is especially welcoming, so you’ll never feel out of place or unwanted. Los Cabos also features all of the same amenities you expect from modern living. Plus, it’s one of the safest areas in the country.
- It’s exciting. Although the ocean and nearby mountains make Los Cabos a wonderland for the outdoor thrill-seeker as well as the beach bum, there’s so much more to experience in Los Cabos. With fine dining, a rich culture and an exceptional climate year-round, there’s always a way to enjoy Los Cabos no matter what your activity level.
Los Cabos has so much to offer, making it one of the best places in the world to spend your retirement. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge and living your well-earned reward in a place that will make every moment worth it, contact Los Cabos Agent today to learn about retirement communities in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. We can help you make your dreams come true.
We invite everyone to visit our open house at Caracol 303 on 23 Jan 2018, 10:00 AM
Posted on December 27, 2017
Probably the most important part of Christmas in Mexico is the posadas, which are celebrated during the nine days of December 16 to 24th. The word posada refers to lodging and represents both Mary’s nine month pregnancy and Mary and Joseph’s request for shelter in Bethlehem. Each night people in various neighborhoods agree to host celebrations where people carrying candles and religious figures and singing carols or hymns stop at various homes and ask for shelter. They are refused until they reach the home of the family that has volunteered to be the host, where they are admitted. Prayers are offered around nativity scenes, more carols and hymns are sung, children break a piñata, and there is a banquet featuring simple but delicious foods and drinks. Posadas are also held in various part of the U.S. southwest. If you are ever fortunate enough to be in Santa Fe during that time, you will find the experience to be magical.
If you cannot be in Mexico or a place like Santa Fe at Christmas, you can still capture some of the mood of the event in your own home and share it with friends and family. Piñatas can now be found in most U.S. cities, and you can certainly prepare traditional food and drinks. The items served can include almost anything, but some of the most popular items are tamales, quesadillas, tostadas, and gorditas. Both cookies and the fritters called buñuelos make great dessert items. Nearly always the meals are accompanied with fruit ponches (punches) traditionally made with fruits like tecojotes, guava, apples, and raisins.
Regarding piñatas, like anything else an understanding of the history and symbolism behind it can make the experience more interesting and entertaining. In his book, Tradiciones Mexicanas, writer and historian, Sebastián Verti, gives the following description of what lies behind the piñata tradition. “The clay pot, colorfully decorated, represents Satan or the spirit of evil, who with his appearance attracts humanity. The sweets symbolized the unknown pleasure which he offers mankind to attract him to his kingdom. The blindfolded person is like faith, which must be blind, and will be in charge of destroying the evil spirit. This is the struggle which man must sustain, availing himself of faith to destroy evil.” During the posadas, there are often two piñatas, one for children and one for adults.
Whether you include a posada and/or a piñata or not, please consider having your own Mexican-style Chrismas party. Some of the dishes that your family and guests will appreciate include TURCO TAMALES, TURCO QUESADILLAS, and the GUACAMOLE-NACHO COMBO. Because tropical fruits are often difficult to find and expensive at Christmas, I suggest our simple but delicious SANGRIA, served either hot or cold. For a sweet, the BISCOCHITOS are terrific!
Posted on December 15, 2017
Whether you’ll be living there part-time or permanently, buying a property in Los Cabos, Mexico can be one of the most rewarding real estate decisions you can make. The hospitable climate, abundant recreational options and rich culture make it an ideal place for a vacation home or a permanent residence. It’s no wonder that so many people are looking to purchase property down there. However, investing in property in Los Cabos is a major decision, and one that shouldn’t be made without doing your due diligence. With that in mind, here is some of the most important information you should know before moving to Cabo San Lucas.
If you’re a U.S. citizen and you plan on living in Los Cabos permanently, you’ll need to consult with professionals to help coordinate the immigration process to Mexico. The Mexican Consulate can help answer any questions you may have about becoming a permanent resident of Mexico. If you’re only planning to stay for a little while, you can apply for a tourist visa that expires after six months.
Understanding the Real Estate Transaction
Purchasing property in Mexico is a different process than buying real estate in the United States. Although it’s advised to work with a professional to help you navigate the entire process successfully, there are a few important details you should know before getting the ball rolling. For example, if you are a U.S. citizen buying property in the restricted zone in Mexico — defined as within 100 kilometers of the border and within 50 kilometers of the coastline — your property will be placed into a trust held by the bank for 50 years. Afterward, you will need to renew the trust permit. Additionally, you should arrange for an independent escrow company to handle your funds securely during the transaction, due to the differences in the real estate transaction process in Mexico.
Cost of Living in Cabo
Although tourist resorts in Los Cabos can be expensive, overall, the cost of living in Cabo, Mexico can be relatively affordable compared to living in the United States. Provided you know where to go, you don’t have to worry about paying tourist prices for most items. However, one big expense that you’ll need to think about is your car, which may be less expensive to purchase and license in the United States and then import to Mexico.
If you have the desire and the resources, buying property in Los Cabos can be one of the best decisions you can make. If you’re ready to take the plunge and experience everything Los Cabos has to offer for yourself — some of the time or all of the time — reach out to us at Los Cabos Agent to learn about your options.
Posted on November 25, 2017
What are the best tacos in Los Cabos?
Superior foods prove themselves over time and space. They outlast fads and fashions, transcend decades, and improbably increase in popularity from century to century. Superior foods leap across national boundaries, and refuse to be confined to specific meals. They are somehow always appropriate, and almost always delicious. Only when one fiddles with the fundamental essence of a superior food can its genius be muted, and then but slightly.
Such a food is the taco; a sublime tortilla wrapped treat born in Pre-Columbian México and now welcome fare in the most isolated and insular areas of the world; a foodstuff simultaneously beloved by both rich and poor, men and women, and members of every extant race and religion.
Examples of this comfort food par excellence may of course be found at taquerías and marisquerías throughout Los Cabos; tacos are sold on virtually every block in Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, and also proliferate along the 20-mile coastal corridor which connects the cape cities.
Drunken Barbacoa Taco – La Lupita Taco & Mezcal
Taco prices range from very cheap (about 50 cents) to relatively expensive ($5 or more) in Los Cabos, with rarely much difference in quality. La Lupita is the exception, and the foremost mecca in Los Cabos for dyed-in-the-wool taco aficionados. Located in the midst of San José del Cabo historic Distrito del Arte, crowds spill out the door waiting for a chance to try gourmet delicacies like the Taste of Lupita with blue chips, pumpkin seed and tomato dip, guacamole and fresh lime and chile roasted chapulines (grasshoppers), as well as tacos featuring pato (duck), cecina (cured, thinly sliced beef), suckling pig or barbacoa (lamb or beef cooked in a pit covered with maguey leaves). Many local taquerías serve barbacoa once per week. At Lupita, these superb tacos are available nightly, wrapped in blue corn tortillas with cilantro, aged cheese and special “borracha” sauce.
Taco de Callo – Tacos y Mariscos Los Claros
The first food most people think of in connection with California – Alta or Baja – is the fish taco, a symbol as regionally representative as the surfboard or the custom Jeep. In Los Cabos, the undisputed king of seafood tacos is Los Claros. Need proof? Just stand somewhere and sooner or later a Los Claros taquería will open in front of you. Since the original opened on Blvd. Mijares in San José del Cabo, new locations have been popping up in Cabo San Lucas and beyond with ever increasing frequency. The recipe for their success is very simple: tacos made from the freshest of freshly caught chocolate clams, shrimp, oysters, scallops and octopus. The scallops, called callos in Spanish, are almost heartbreaking tender, and need little flavoring or spices from Los Claros’ extensive condiments bar.
Taco al Pastor – Las Guacamayas
I confess that the taco al pastor (shepherd style) seems to me the greatest of all tacos. Its source material, the ubiquitous vertical slabs of spit-grilled marinated pork, are like giant magnets capable of toppling orbits, pulling people from their preordained paths towards plastic protected tablecloths topped with small bottles whose labels tout regional varieties of fiery salsa. When properly prepared, pineapple is skewered just above the pork, its juices dripping down to further flavor and tenderize the meat before it is expertly sliced off into corn tortillas. Las Guacamayas does tacos al pastor right, down to the cilantro, onion and exotic condiments. Named for the macaw, each of the three locations for this popular taquería – the original in San José del Cabo, the other two in Cabo San Lucas – boast vibrantly colorful parrot-themed murals. In addition to tacos, Las Guacamayas’ other traditional Mexican comfort food options include quesadillas chilangas, fajitas, molcajetes and volcanes.
Fish Taco – Tacos Gardenias
To be open for 35 years in Cabo San Lucas is enough to qualify a business for the registry of historic places. In a community that as recently as 50 years was a small fishing village, such longevity is remarkably rare and speaks to an enduring loyalty among both locals and visitors. Gardenias remains the taqueria in the vicinity of Médano Beach, the place the bikini and board shorts clad crowds invariably head after working on their tans and their cervezatolerance. This laid-back eatery offers a legion of taco options, ranging from barbacoa, chicharrón and chicken to cochinita pibil (Yucatán style slow-roasted pork) and nopales (de-spined pads from prickly pear cactus). The specialties of the house, however, are made with fresh local fish or shrimp, cooked to order, with a diner’s choice of salsas and seasonings.
Pink Taco – Sancho’s
Purists will turn their noses up at this “Gringofied” hard-shell taco, but there is no denying its popularity among many tourists and expats, to whom it represents the type of taco they were first introduced to…only more so. Served in a deliberately provocative pink shell – the branded apparel is nearly as popular as the tacos themselves – this specialty of the house is generously layered with lettuce topped beef, fish or shrimp, and then slathered in sour cream and creamy processed cheese. Be advised: Sancho’s Pink Taco is more than a mouthful. The Marina-based bar, recently opened by former Cabo blue bartender Margo Marek and Courtney Chappell, also serves up plenty of cervezas and sandwiches, plus lively waterfront atmosphere.