Living in Los CabosIyna Bort Caruso
Los Cabos means “The Capes” but many think of it as Land’s End for its spot on the southern-most tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. It may be cut off from the mainland but by no means is it remote.
Visitors have been flooding here since the Mexican government refashioned the area from a fishing village into a tourist and second-home mecca just a few decades ago. Tourism has driven the economy ever since.
Los Cabos encompasses the dual destinations of Cabo San Lucas to the west, San Jose del Cabo to the east as well as the corridor that connects them. Good air links from Los Cabos International Airport put the region on the radar of Americans and Canadians, but it’s the year-round sunshine, world-class sport fishing and top golf courses that has kept them coming back.
Life in Cabo San Lucas revolves around the marina and entertainment district, sunshine and nightlife. San Jose Del Cabo, set in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, exudes a more traditional Mexican sensibility. It features a historic town center with cobblestone streets and 19th century homes that have been converted into shops, art galleries and restaurants radiating out from the central square.
Between them is the Los Cabos Corridor, a 20-mile stretch of coast highway packed with luxury resort communities and golf courses.
About an hour’s drive north of Cabo is the village of Todos Santos, where buyers can find hilltop residences that enjoy full privacy and astonishing Pacific Ocean views.
The area attracts buyers from California, Nevada and Texas as well as western Canada. Real estate transactions are handled in U.S. dollars. The varied topography offers a range of property options including contemporary estates, historic cliffside ranches, custom homes in gated golf communities and true Pacific Baja beachfront estates. Mexican law requires that homes within 50 kilometers of the coastline be bought through a trust with a Mexican bank.