I am in real estate in Cabo San Lucas so I am often asked about the best places to live in Los Cabos. Since I see a lot of different communities and homes all over Los Cabos, I know that a home that is perfect for one person or family may not be for another. So, when people ask me where are the best places to live in Los Cabos, I begin by asking them a few but pertinent questions:
- Do you want to live near the beach or close to town?
- What kind of view do you prefer? Ocean, marina, mountains, golf?
- Do you like a feeling of seclusion or do you prefer to be in the thick of things?
- Do you know about San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, the two cities that make up Los Cabos? Do you have a preference?
- Do you want to live in a gated community with a Homeowners Association (HOA) or does this not matter to you?
- Do you want a condo or a home?
Answers to these questions help me begin to narrow down a list of possible areas and communities that could be a good fit for you. Size of the home and price point also play into the equation as well. The good news is that there really is something for everyone in Los Cabos!
In this blog and the two that will follow should give you a good sense of the different living options available in this paradise we call home.
The East Cape
Let’s start with the East Cape Region, which extends from several miles east of San José del Cabo along the Sea of Cortez to north of Punta Pescadero, Los Barriles and Rancho Buena Vista. These areas are familiar to fly-in fishing diehards, but perhaps not so familiar to many others.
Off the beaten path, the East Cape offers a true escape while still being close to the conveniences of a city. Imagine long stretches of empty beaches, peeling surf breaks, mountain bike trails and breathtaking desert landscapes. You’ll feel a million miles away from everything, but you’re actually less than an hour away from the international airport, hospitals and shopping. The East Cape has been the place for those interested in ecotourism, organic living or with an adventurous spirit ready to get “off the grid.”
This is somewhat changing as more people discover the East Cape, where quiet hideaway hotels now coexist with private residential enclaves. You can find a number of outstanding beachfront villas and lots to build your dream home, most of them with amazing Sea of Cortez views. So, if you are looking for serenity and a feeling of seclusion and peace, the East Cape may be for you.
San José del Cabo
If you want to be a bit closer to civilization (only 15-20 minutes from the Los Cabos International Airport), San José del Cabo might be a great place for you. Of the two cities that make up Los Cabos, San José is a much more laid-back option compared with its sister city of Cabo San Lucas. It doesn’t have the crazy nightlife that Cabo offers, but it does have an abundance of art and history with plenty of amenities like dining, outdoor adventure activities, shopping and more.
There is something for everyone in San José, from condo communities to gated luxury residences to neighborhoods that have the charm of old San José. Here are a few of some beautiful communities in and around San Jose.
Located on a pristine stretch of coastline along the Sea of Cortez just east of the San José del Cabo estuary, Puerto Los Cabos is a 2,000- acre, master-planned, mixed-use resort community. It is only a 20-minute drive from the airport and located just minutes from the well- known Flora Farms and Acre restaurants and just 5-minutes from downtown San José del Cabo. This community encompasses gated residential neighborhoods, hotels, golf courses, a world-class marina with upcoming Marina Village, botanical and sculptural gardens and the Puerto Los Cabos Club.
Moving closer to the town of San José del Cabo, there are several condo communities that attract many Americans and Canadians. And there are very affordable options for people who want to rent for the season or buy their own vacation (and rental) property. Two popular communities are Club La Costa and Laguna Vista. You can find one, two or three-bedroom condos priced from US$100,000 to US$300,000 (or more).
Alegranza is another San José del Cabo condo complex that features amazing views of the sea of Cortez and is also walking distance to town. It is situated on top of a hill in the San José Bay area and has 95 full ownership residences located in six different buildings. Prices here are a bit more expensive, starting around US$400,000.
If you are looking for a place to live permanently, there are family- oriented neighborhoods where you can find a charming home without the price of a gated HOA community and still have the benefits of being close to town, the beach, golf and more.
Finally, located on the edge of San José del Cabo is another master-planned community called Campestre. It is gracefully laid out over the rolling foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, with sweeping vistas of the Sea of Cortez and its own 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course. Within Campestre, you can find different living options from condos to golf villas to million-dollar homes.
In part two of this series on Los Cabos neighborhoods, I will tell you about the Corridor, the 20-mile stretch of coastline that connects San José del Cabo to Cabo San Lucas. If you have questions, contact me directly or post a comment on this blog.