You’ve heard about the place, mostly by its abbreviated name “Cabo”. You’ve heard about Sammy Hagar’s Bar, the Cabo Wabo Cantina. You’ve heard about Cabo as a celebrity destination for people like Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Brad Pitt and George Clooney. You’ve heard about the fishing too! So what is Los Cabos all about? Why should I go there? Why should I consider it for a vacation home or for a retirement home?
Where is Los Cabos?
In Spanish “Cabo” means Cape. On the Cape that is the very southern tip of the rugged Baja California Peninsula lies Los Cabos or “The Capes”.
Los Cabos is just over 1,000 miles from California, USA border. Los Cabos is the municipality that encompasses the cities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo and takes in all the coastline in between know as the “Corridor”.
It is a premiere tourist destination in Mexico where luxury meets comfort with beautiful landscapes and fun under the sun. It is home to over 100,000 permanent residents and 330+ days of sunshine each year. Easy access to the US and Canada thanks to numerous direct flights, modern infrastructure and friendly people make coming back to Cabo so appealing.
The Allure of Los Cabos
When people come to Los Cabos they are often overwhelmed: the sun, the beaches, the tequila, the warm and friendly people. You soak it all in and think those bumper stickers are right, there really are no bad days here.
You graduate from the all-inclusive resorts to renting a condo and having a rental car. You find amazing produce at the local grocery stores. You find the warmth and comfort of home by having a Home Depot, a Costco and a Walmart handy. Having a car means freedom to explore and you’ve been having Baja Chicken Soup in Los Barrilles, strolling through artisan shops in Todos Santos and watching the sunset on Cerritos Beach.
You love the Marina in San Lucas, the town square in San Jose. You like the quiet and laid back vibe of San Jose or maybe you prefer the vibrant action and sounds of San Lucas at night. Learning and practicing your Spanish is fun and you have your favorite spots and you may even find you’re becoming a “local” somewhere.
You shop, cook, live and have fun almost like being at home with a twist that’s addictive. After a few more holidays to Cabo you think this place is awesome! I should retire here! I should own a place here! I should own a rental place here! This place is for us!
You see shops around the Marina with Real Estate listings. You’ve been intrigued. Maybe you’ve even stopped in to chat. You hear about prices. It seems doable. You go home and surf the internet, you see more listings and read all about buying in Mexico. Many ex-pat sites tell you about how to pay your power bill and internet bill, how to get Satellite TV from home and a lot of other useful tips to help sort out living here.
Most of all you’re loving those photos you see on-line of the ocean views from that condo or house you’re dreaming about. You see the Sea of Cortez and Lands End. Look at this one, it has views of El Arco. Another has stunning views of Palmilla. You love it and you want it!
Reasons for choosing Los Cabos
Ocean views are in abundance here. Other parts of Mexico are flat , like the Mayan and if you want to see the water you need to be at the water. Mountainous terrain and hillsides in Los Cabos creates opportunities for ocean view homes and condos without the premium of being oceanfront. Not fussy about an ocean view? There are plenty of spectacular mountain and city views in Cabo.
There’s no better place to get the perfect tan than on so many beautiful beaches in Los Cabos. The beaches in Los Cabos lovely white sand, turquoise waters, very clean and for the most part, unoccupied.
At Medano beach you can take in the iconic view of the Land’s End, and you can rent jet skis and glass bottom-boat trips to see the famous arch, “El Arco”.
Some beaches are not swimmable or not always swimmable.
Weather in Los Cabos is amazing – almost perfect having a dry arid climate with almost no rainfall in the winter, spring and fall. In fact, sunshine is almost a certainty with an average of 330 clear sunshiny days every year.
Temperature in the winter typically varies from the low 60s at night to the mid 80s °F by day. Summer runs from June through mid-October where the temperature typically varies from the low 80s at night to the mid 90s °F by day. August and September are rainy months and the likelihood of rain is about 15%.
Only 30 km from San José del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas is typically cooler than San José del Cabo by 3 to 5 °F and sometimes higher when winds blow in off the Pacific Ocean instead of the Sea of Cortez. Similarly, the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas is generally several degrees °F cooler than the Sea of Cortez thanks to cooler breezes off the Pacific.
Sea temperature around Cabo San Lucas ranges from 21–22 °C (70–72 °F) in winter to 28–29 °C (82–84 °F) in the summer. Sea temperatures around San José del Cabo ranges 72–73 °F (22–23 °C) in winter to 77–84 °F (25–29 °C) in the summer.
Check out our Weather Page for seasonal weather information!
No Bugs (well not many)
It doesn’t rain much in Cabo so no rain, no standing water, no mosquitoes. We do get them when it rains in the summer but they are never here for long. There are not many other bugs to speak of here. Sometimes we get wasps, black flies and no-see-ums. Compared to anywhere I’ve been in the world…. no bugs!
Easy to get to
There are many direct flights arriving in Cabo from both Canada and the United States 7 days a week, all year round.
Lots of English speakers
Thanks to the tourism industry, there are an abundance of English speaking locals that can assist you with everyday living. You don’t need to be fluent in Spanish to live here. Make sure you do learn some Spanish! Google Translate on your phone is also indispensable.
Home Options – a price point for everyone!
There are houses and condos in abundance and literally a price point for everyone. You need to understand how you expect to live and have an excellent realtor like Samantha Ross and Dean Short at Cabo Real Estate Services help you find exactly what you’re looking for!
Fishing in Los Cabos is abundant and catching one is almost guaranteed. Yellow Fin Tuna, Red Snapper, Dorado, Marlin, Rooster Fish and Wahoo are among the many great catches found here.
Endless sunshine, cool waters and almost unlimited world-class golf courses, Los Cabos is one of the best places in the world to golf Enjoy playing on mountains-meet-desert-meets-tropics-meets-ocean courses that will challenge players of all abilities.
Our Golf Communities Section is the most comprehensive guide to help you located every gold course in Los Cabos and to find your perfect golf course property.
Scuba and snorkeling
The waters off Los Cabos and all around the Sea of Cortez are a haven for marine life. The Sea of Cortez has been referred to by he late French explorer Jacques Cousteau once called the world’s aquarium thanks to it abundant and diverse sea life. One of the most noteworthy snorkeling and scuba diving destinations in Cabo Pulmo on the East Cape. Cabo Pulmo is an off-shore national marine park that is home to the oldest of only three coral reefs on the west coast of North America. Estimated to be 20,000 years old, it is the northernmost coral reef in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Adventures in snorkeling, scuba and snuba awaits in Los Cabos.
One of the best things about Los Cabos is the incredible whale watching that goes on here. The annual whale migration from Alaska brings whales south for the winter along the west coast of North America to the waters around Los Cabos. The bays around the Sea of Cortez and the Baja Pacific coast are breeding grounds for gray whales from February to March. Humpback whales can be seen here as well.
Cabo San Lucas Bay and all along the Sea of Cortez are perfect whale watching and there are a variety of experiences to choose from. Everything from the spray in your face Zodiac adventure, the fun for all ages Pirate ship experience or the catered all-inclusive catamaran. Los Cabos is the place for whale watching. With the right property you can even see whales breach with the naked eye.
With Baja California home to the famous Baja 1000 Off Road Race, you can expect the terrain here to be suitable to all manner of off-road fun. Whether its in a UTV or Quad on the beach or taking your 4×4 into the mountains, you can have it all here. Some of the best beaches can only be found in your 4×4.
A broad range of cuisine and dining experiences
Dining out in Los Cabos is an array of choices and with many award-winning destinations and cuisines to choose from. With hundreds of restaurants to choose from there is literally every kind of cuisine you could imagine.
Check out our dining related guide: 8 Great Los Cabos Restaurants
Los Cabos offers great food, amazing nightlife and wonderful cultural experiences. Los Cabos is divided into two cities 22 miles apart – Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. While many of Los Cabo’s main attractions are in San Lucas, San José is a must see and do authentic Mexican cultural experience. The historic downtown in San José is very charming and is abundant with artisan shoppes, art galleries, cafes and restaurants.
The San José del Cabo Art Walk is a weekly event held each Thursday evening between 5pm and 9pm during the high season of November and June.
Whether just visiting, wintering or living here full time Cabo San Lucas – no longer a sleepy fishing village – has some nightlife to experience. Many of Cabo’s top night clubs are located along the main street in Cabo San Lucas that parallels the marina. Everything is walking distance to many of most renowned nightclubs like Cabo Wabo Cantina, Squid Roe, Jungle Bar, Cabo Blue, Sanchos Mandala, and Abolengo and many more. Each has its own style you should check out for yourself. There are also numerous beach clubs such as Breathless, Omnia and Blue Marlin Ibiza where you can check in for a day and lounge by the pool with great music and drinks.
Los Cabos is the best place to enjoy life!