Right about now, you start hearing the locals say that the Season in Los Cabos is about to start. What does this really mean? Well, for tourists and residents alike, one key definition is that it means the beginning of perfect weather.
July through October generally is hotter and more humid in Los Cabos and September and early October bring our hurricane and rainy season. We haven’t had any major storms this year, but we have felt the vestiges of Hurricane Rosa and most recently, Hurricane Sergio. That has meant more rain and humidity than normal and some minor flooding. That being said, in my opinion, there is nothing like a good thunderstorm, as long as it doesn’t do any real damage.
Another key definition of the Season is the return of tourists and snowbirds who left during the summer months. The streets, stores and restaurants get a lot busier and it can be much harder to find parking places. You can spot the cruise ship passengers coming into Cabo for the day with their cameras and shopping bags along with hotel guests who also venture into town to explore, shop and eat. And our own condo complex, which has been totally deserted all summer long, is starting to fill up again. Our friends from Oregon, Alaska, California and Canada are all returning to Cabo for the next several months. We love it!
Events and the holiday season are upon us as well. One of the first big events is Bisbee’s Offshore and Black and Blue Marlin fishing tournaments, which run from October 18th thru the 27th. Started in 1981 by Bob Bisbee, the Black & Blue Marlin Tournament has grown from six teams with a purse of US$10,000 to more than 150 teams with millions of dollars on the line.
Then there is Halloween. Here in Mexico, it coincides with the Day of the Dead celebrations. The altars that are built for this celebration are truly a beautiful sight to see. The Cabo International Film Festival kicks off on November 7th and runs to the 11th. It promotes the dialogue and cultural and commercial exchange of the North American film industry with the rest of the world. And to top it all off, the Christmas holidays start before we know it! Decorations are already being sold right alongside Halloween costumes. Don’t judge me – we have already put up our Christmas tree!
From a real estate agent’s perspective, we love the season kicking back into gear. It means there are more potential buyers coming to Los Cabos. And people who want to sell their home or condo get serious about listing their property. We all get a lot busier, but it is a fun busy. Yes, I sell real estate, but my real passion is to help people make their lifestyle dreams come true.
When someone is interested in looking for their dream home or condo, they usually contact me before they arrive in Cabo. We will talk on the phone about the number of bedrooms and bathrooms they need, pool or ocean or golf views, proximity to Cabo San Lucas or San José del Cabo, beachfront, single-level or multi-level living, budget and other important topics. Then, using our multi-listing service (MLS), I put together a group of properties for them to review online and provide me with feedback.
We ultimately select anywhere from five to eight homes to see in a day. I schedule a tour for when they arrive in town and off we go! One thing that is different here in Cabo versus the States is that we do not have lockboxes on properties. Both the listing agent and the buyer’s agent must coordinate their schedules so both sides are available to be at the property for a showing.
I generally do not have more than one or two tours a month during the summer, but when the Season kicks off, that number increases significantly. I sometimes work with clients who are ready to buy now, but also with those who need to take more time to make their decision. Buying in Cabo is generally a choice, not a need. My goal is to help my clients make the right choice for them and their families.
The Season is about to start in Los Cabos…hope to see you soon!