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This blog discusses Los Cabos real estate and other important news and happenings in Cabo.


What Is There To Do In Los Cabos

The point of land known as Cabo San Lucas is a popular attraction not only because of its famous rock formation ‘El Arco’ - the Arch – but also because of the excellent sport fishing in the area (you’ll find a large fleet of rental boats) and the rich marine life which attracts numerous divers. San José del Cabo has quite a different feel from Cabo San Lucas, as it still has the picturesque atmosphere of a slow-paced Mexican “pueblo”. Narrow streets lead to the heart of town where you’ll find the ‘plaza’ or main square, town hall and San José de Añuití mission. The marshy San José “estero” is a protected nature reserve with numerous ecotourism activities for visitors.

With incredibly rich Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez fishing grounds, Los Cabos is known as the marlin capital of the world. Los Cabos is known as the marlin capital of the world. More billfish are caught – and released – off Los Cabos than anywhere else in the world!

Jeep and Hummer tours explore the foothills of the La Laguna mountains and hidden desert oasis of hot and cold springs in remote areas few have visited. Travel through small colonial villages, organic farms, and ranches and experience a long forgotten way of life, where nomadic Pericue Indians once roamed and Jesuit priests founded eighteenth century missions.

And much, much more to do in Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas Real Estate - 3 Bed Townhome in Coto San Diego #1

Coto San Diego, El Tezal  -  Announcing a price reduction on Coto San Diego #1, a 1,500 sq. ft., 3 bath, 3 bdrm 2 story "Modern Contemporary". Now $169,000 USD - Under $170k.

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Renting A Car In Los Cabos

Renting a Car in Los Cabos

Renting a car in Los Cabos is generally more expensive than back home, but may be actually less than taking taxis depending on where you are staying. If you are in the middle of the Tourist Corridor, taxis may be as high as $30 US one way to either town. Car agencies are at your hotel, the airport, and in both downtown areas. You must have a valid driver’s license, credit card, and be at least 25 to rent.

With only one major highway, local drivers can be aggressive, especially to rental cars. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t drive; you just need to learn the lay of the land. Many rental vehicles drive in the left lane, going slower than the traffic in the right lane. On federal highways in Mexico, the left lane is used only for passing. Stay in the slow lane until you know your way around.

Although English is widely spoken, Mexico is a Spanish speaking country, with road signs in Spanish. In the state of Baja California Sur, it’s obligatory to wear a seatbelt and stay within the speed limit. Speed limits are in kilometers, not miles. A mile is 1.60 kilometers. When driving on the highway the speed limit is 90 kilometers or 55 miles per hour. City speed limits are 30 to 50 kilometers, roughly 20 to 30 miles per hour. Highway enforcement is less rigorous than in the US and Canada, even more reason to drive responsibly and defensively. In town, where many police direct traffic by hand, speeds are enforced. Be careful not to enter one-way streets the wrong way. Both Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo’s downtown areas are predominantly one way. Check the traffic flow before you make that turn.

Is it Safe to Go to Mexico?

Is it Safe to go to Mexico?

You ask yourself if, on your next vacation, is it safe to go to go to Mexico.  Let me answer by asking do you think it's safe to go to Texas?

To be clear, violence in Mexico is no joke. There have been over 47,000 drug-related murders alone in the past five years. Its murder rate -- 18 per 100,000 according to this - is more than three times the US rate of 4.8 per 100,000. Though Mexican tourism is starting to bounce back, Americans appear more reluctant to return than Canadians and Brits (5.7 million Americans visited in 2011, down 3% from 2010). Many who don't go cite violence as the reason.

What you don't get from most reports in the US is statistical evidence that Americans are less likely to face violence in Mexico than at home, particularly when you zero in on Mexico's most popular travel destinations. For example, the gateway to Orlando’s Disney World saw 7.5 murders per 100,000 residents in 2010 according to the FBI; this is higher than Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, with rates of 1.83 and 5.9 respectively... Yet in March, the Texas Department of Public Safety advised against "spring break" travel anywhere in Mexico, a country the size of the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy combined.  Never mind that popular destinations like the Bahamas, Belize and Jamaica have far higher homicide rates (36, 42 and 52 per 100,000). Why the singular focus?

Before you nix Mexico altogether, consider these five things:

1. Mexico may be more dangerous than the US overall, but not for Americans.

According to FBI crime statistics, 4.8 Americans per 100,000 were murdered in the U.S. in 2010. The US State Department reports that 120 Americans of the 5.7 million who visited Mexico last year were murdered, which is a rate of 2.1 of 100,000 visitors. Regardless of whether they were or weren't connected to drug trafficking, which is often not clear, it's less than half the US national rate.

2. Texans are twice as safe in Mexico and three times safer than in Houston.

It might be wise for Texans to ignore their Public Safety department's advice against Mexico travel. Five out of every 100,000 Texans were homicide victims in 2010, according to the FBI.  Houston was even worse, with 143 murders, or a rate of 6.8 - over three times the rate for Americans in Mexico.

3. And it's not just Texas.

It's interesting comparing each of the countries' most dangerous cities. New Orleans, host city of next year's Super Bowl, broke its own tourism record last year with 8 million visitors. Yet the Big Easy has ten times the US homicide rate, close to triple Mexico's national rate.

4.Most of Mexico is not on the State Department travel warning

The best of Mexico, in terms of travel, isn't on the warning. The US warns against "non-essential travel" to just four of Mexico's 31 states (all in the north: Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango and Tamaulipas). The warning goes on to recommend against travel to select parts of other states, but not including many popular destinations such as Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, the Riviera Nayarit, Cancun, Cozumel and Tulum.

Meanwhile, 13 states are fully free from the State Department's warning, including Baja California Sur, Yucatan, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guanajuato and others.

5. Malia Obama ignored the Texas advice.

Of all people, President Obama and first lady said "OK" to their 13-year-old daughter's spring break in Oaxaca.  Oaxaca state, not on the US travel warning, is famed for its colonial city, Zapotec ruins and beach locations such as Huatulco.


So, can you go to Mexico?

Yes. As the US State Department says, "millions of US citizens safely visit Mexico each year.  Mexico makes for some of the world's greatest travel experiences


So yes, you can go to Mexico, just as you can go to Texas, or New Orleans, or Orlando, or the Bahamas. It's simply up to you to decide whether you want to.


Price Reduced on 103A-Blue Bay Pedregal in El Pedregal

El Pedregal, Baja California Sur  -  Announcing a price reduction on 103A-Blue Bay Pedregal, a 1,400 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm ranch. Now MLS® $220,000 USD - Bank Short Sale.

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Price Reduced on Valhalla Bar in CSL Central

CSL Central, Cabo San Lucas  -  Announcing a price reduction on Valhalla Bar, a 300 sq. ft., 1 bath 2 story. Now $42,000 USD - Cheap Turnkey Cabo Biz.

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The internet can be a wonderful tool which enables us to find out what is going on in the world at a moment’s notice.  However, it can also create a bad situation when news is reported with no factual base or exaggerated in order to create more interest.

On October 28th an isolated incident resulting in an exchange of gunfire erupted in Cabo San Lucas.  Much has been reported regarding this incident but I feel that it is important to set the record straight and tell the world what really happened in this sleepy tranquil place that many foreigners as well as Mexicans call home.

The shootout was in retaliation for the excellent work the military and police have done in Cabo San Lucas.  Recent events have caused the authorities to arrest approximately a dozen people who were in Cabo to try to advance the work of the drug cartels of Mexico.  The cartels did not like the fact that the military and police are doing their job and tried to retaliate the night of October 28th and with a brief skirmish on the 29th when they were running from the authorities and tried to take refuge in Plaza Sendero, a popular shopping mall.

Some reports that have circulated the internet report that some 200 people were held hostage by the narcs at Plaza Sendero.  The truth is that shooting erupted inside of Soriana, the anchor store of Plaza Sendero.  Customers inside of the store were hastily ushered into the warehouse to safety by store personal as well as the authorities.  There were no injuries.

All of the above took place in a period of a little over 12 hours.  Everything is back to normal in Cabo.  The shopping mall is operating at 100%; the authorities have determined that no drug operations will be allowed to stand in Los Cabos.  This is not a good place geographically for bad guys to try to operate.  There are only two roads out of Cabo both joining before they reach La Paz.  One phone call will shut down both airports and the bus stations.  So unless the bad guy is a good swimmer, chances are he will be caught rapidly.  As an example, the recent arrests mentioned above were made within10 or 12 hours after the event.  Excellent work by the authorities here.

We are not concerned that the recent isolated incident will have any bearing on the safety of ourselves and our families.  I, myself, have two children (2 years and 3 months old).  So before you panic and think you will not come to Cabo because of the “crime”, check out this site    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_the_United_States and compare the statistics for your hometown with one incident in Cabo San Lucas.

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Price Reduced on Tamar - Brisas #301 in Tamar

Tamar, Cabo Bello  -  Announcing a price reduction on Tamar - Brisas #301, a 1,800 sq. ft., 3 bath, 3 bdrm single story. Now MLS® $374,000 USD - Penthouse Condo.

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Price Reduced on Ventanas #46 in Ventanas Residencias

Ventanas Residencias, El Tezal  -  Announcing a price reduction on Ventanas #46, a 1,500 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm single story. Now MLS® $209,000 USD - Seller Financing Avail.

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Prices Falling in Cabo Real Estate Market
A few years ago, when most people decided to sell or buy a home, very few stopped to take the temperature of the marketplace or wonder if the market was conducive to the goals at hand. That was because most people tended to think of their home as a place to live and not as an investment. All that has changed due to the problems in the global economy. In a cold real estate market, serious sellers are often willing to negotiate, thus creating a Buyer’s Market. This means you can probably buy a home for less than list price. If you are a buyer looking to purchase a home in a buyer’s market, this is the very best financial market in which to buy. Why? Because in addition to being able to negotiate a good price, there are more homes available for sale than buyers to purchase them. Buyers have more homes to choose from, which increases the odds the buyer will find that “perfect” home. The Los Cabos Real Estate market has become a buyer’s market. The economic situation in the United States, (for that matter, globally) is helping second home and vacation home buyer’s negotiate better deals than ever. Most sellers will be happy to consider lower offers since the economic downturn and credit crunch. Buyers of Los Cabos real estate have been known to negotiate great deals while many multi-property sellers have found that prospects in the market want to invest less and expect more than before. The economic downturn in the United States has motivated sellers to reduce considerably the prices on all types of real estate: Residential, Commercial and Investment land. A popular saying in Mexico is that “when the U.S. catches a cold, Mexico catches Pneumonia”. When the economy North of the border hit the iceberg, reality started to sink in South of the border. This means that the real estate investment opportunities in Los Cabos, the most sought after Mexican destination, are more attractive now than they have ever been before. .
Is the Weather in Los Cabos perfect?
Weather in Los Cabos is what most would consider perfect. Some people feel the summer is a bit too warm. People who live in the desert US southwest consider the weather a bit cool. Those from the US northwest or mountain states will consider it hot. If you're from the US east or south you'll welcome the dry heat. When does it rain in Los Cabos? The answer to that is that the rainy season occurs during the summer months, generally July through October when the tropical fronts are sliding by following the warm water. So far this summer, we have seen very little rain. Normally, there are a few storms during this so called rainy season. However, tropical storms and hurricanes hardly ever hit Cabo directly since they do follow the warm water surrounding the tip of the Baja. There can be rain when a storm passes by, but it never lasts for very long. The climate is arid with over 300 days of sunshine (some weather reports say it is over 350 days). Average annual rainfall is 10 inches (25.4 cm.) most of which occurs during the months of September and October. The average high temperatures range from the mid-70s in winter months to mid-90s in summer months. Spring and Fall high temperatures are in the mid-80s The Pacific Ocean side of Los Cabos is generally 10 degrees cooler than the Sea of Cortez side. San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, though only 26 miles apart, are in two separate climate zones divided by the ridge of mountains which runs parallel to the two coasts. Weather Data that May Interest You: • Average annual rainfall: 10 inches (25.4 cm.) • Coldest weather December and January • Storm season July to October • Average year-round temperature 78 degrees F. (25.5 degrees C.) • Average water temperature (Sea of Cortez) 72 degrees F (22 degrees C.) During the summer months the water temperature can reach the mid80s (28 to 29 degrees C.) Where else in the world will you find a climate that certainly qualifies for perfect? Put that together with no pollution and stunning natural beauty and you will know why we call Los Cabos Paradise.
Price Reduced on 3-Casa Mexicana - Las Palmas in Cabo San Lucas Corridor

Cabo San Lucas Corridor, Los Cabos  -  Announcing a price reduction on 3-Casa Mexicana - Las Palmas, a 2,000 sq. ft., 4 bath, 4 bdrm single story. Now MLS® $199,000 USD - Reduced (4 Bedrooms)!.

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Introducing Pedregal's First Condo Hotel

If you have been looking for, or even thinking about, a vacation home, retirement home or corporate retreat; you know there are many options to choose from.  But what if we told you that besides having a lovely property in one of the prime vacation and retirement destinations in the world……you could earn a return on your investment while you are not using it, pay no Homeowners Maintenance Fees, Real Estate Taxes, Insurance or Utilities ever again?   And even make money on your investment?   Sounds too good to be true, you say.  And, yes, it does sound too good to be true but in this case of Cabo Viejo, it is very true

Villas are turnkey.  Everything to make your home elegant and comfortable is at your fingertips.   Furnishings and appliances (including energy saving washer dryer twins) are all top of the line.  Villa is professionally managed by a U.S. Hotel Management Company.

Villas range in size from 2100sqft to 3100sqft. Choose a 2 or 3 bedroom villa in this exclusive, gated Boutique Condo Hotel. Enjoy Marina and Cabo San Lucas city light views while luxuriating in your private Jacuzzi/dipping pool. Large open floor plans with fantastic terraces allow you to enjoy the wonderful Cabo weather all year round.

Cabo Viejo is conveniently located within walking distance to downtown Cabo; yet private and secluded inside its gated entrance. Cabo Viejo has only 17 villas, thus assuring your privacy.

Now is the time to take advantage of this ground breaking new concept to hit Cabo.  Villa 41 has recently sold leaving only 12 villas to choose from.  Do not miss this opportunity!!!

Do not hesitate!  Choose your villa from the remaining 12 and be in on the ground floor of this incredible opportunity!

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Pirates in Cabo?

Pirate stories abound in Baja. Some true, others... not exactly true. Truth is that Thomas Cavendish sacked the "invincible" galleon Santa Ana off Cape San Lucas in 1587.

Twenty miles northeast of the rocky headland at Cabo San Lucas, sheltered from the northwest wind at Aguada Segura, two British ships lay in wait. Their prey: Manila galleons returning from the Philippines bloated to the gunwales with gold, Persian rugs, silks, jewelry, barrels of wine. Bales and bundles of cargo left no room for artillery on the ships’ double decks. Plus, by the time they reached the eastern Pacific Coast — often six months after leaving Manila — most of the half-starved passengers had scurvy. Many died. In effect, a Manila galleon was a 700-plus-ton sitting duck.

Thomas Cavendish, general of the British ships at Aguada Segura (today’s San José del Cabo) liked his odds. The notorious privateer, in fact, never attacked opponents of equal strength.

Also, true it is that a number of "Dutch Hens" entered the pirate trade against the Spanish. Joris van Spilbergen was the most famous of the group.  Although he was originally thought just to be an explorer for the Dutch, he would sail up and down the coast line raiding every ship that went by.  So when these pirates were not plying their trade they moored in Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and La Paz. . The Spanish were obviously not very happy about what was going on with their ships, so they had Jesuit group head to what they called California, and asked them to try and convert these people to Christians. They figured that if the Jesuits could convert everyone this would calm down all the pirates. The Spanish thought for sure this would work. Unfortunately it didn't, the Indians were not happy, the pirates were still doing their thing and nothing had changed. Eventually in 1734 people got annoyed and they chased the Jesuits from the Cabo San Lucas area.