Over 320 days of sunshine, year-round warm weather and beautiful beaches define the expat lifestyle in Los Cabos. You can choose from the pulsating night life of tourist-magnet Cabo San Lucas, the more traditional side of Mexico in San José del Cabo or quieter areas along the southern tip of Baja California Sur. Wherever you choose to live, Los Cabos is an easy place for expats to feel welcome and at home.
Cabo San Lucas is a major international tourist destination by air and by sea and is the most Americanized of all the towns in Los Cabos. Cabo, as it is often called, is well known for its nightlife, with restaurants and bars that are open until the wee hours of the morning. Salsa and Mariachi music fill every night of the year and margaritas flow until dawn. English is widely spoken in Cabo.
Just 20 miles away on the eastern side of the Resort Corridor from Cabo is much more sedate San José del Cabo. If you are looking for a quieter, more traditional Mexican town with many art galleries, excellent shopping and good restaurants, this may be more your kind of place.
Los Cabos is known internationally for its deep-sea sport fishing and is home to more big-money tournaments than just about anywhere. Tournament season starts in late June and runs into November with events in the East Cape, Cabo San Lucas and La Playita or Puerto Los Cabos near San José del Cabo. Beginning in June with the Stars and Stripes tournament, six major tournaments are held through November each year. Bisbee’s Black and Blue tournament in October is the largest of its kind.
With an abundance of seafood, Los Cabos restaurants offer delicious dishes like Tacos de Pescado (fish tacos), Ceviche (lime-cured fish with cilantro and vegetables served on a tostada), Machaca (salted and dried shredded beef served with cooked vegetables and spices) and Almejas brujas (stuffed clams with vegetables and spices). Wash these dishes down with a cold Cerveza Pacífico, the preferred local beer.
Although much of the food and goods are imported into the area, a farmers market in San José del Cabo offers organic fruits and vegetable. For food shopping, Mexican supermarket chains such as Soriana, CCC and Mega are available, in addition to U.S.-based Costco and Wal-Mart.
For shopping, the Puerto Paraiso shopping mall in Cabo San Lucas has a wide variety of stores, entertainment and lodging spread out over 500,000 square feet of space on three levels. Costco, Wal-Mart and other brand name stores can be found in Los Cabos, also. Local mercados and shops are well stocked with a variety of Mexican handicrafts and consumer goods.
The people of Los Cabos also celebrate a wide range of religious and cultural festivals throughout the year, beginning with Three Kings Day (Día de los Reyes) – the traditional gift-giving day in the Mexican celebration of holidays – and ending with the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which is a display of traditional culture celebrated with street fairs, fireworks and processions.
With so much sunshine, warm weather and great beaches, you can spend most of your day outdoors enjoying sailing, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, biking, kayaking, wave running, surfing, parasailing, horseback riding, golfing, playing tennis or just lying on your favorite beach. Be sure to check each beach, though. Some can be dangerous for swimming.