Moving to Los Cabos brings a high level of excitement to anyone but it also raises tons of questions. If you have been contemplating about moving to Los Cabos, Mexico, you are definitely not alone. When you get to experience the beauty and culture in Los Cabos, you will simply want more. People who got to spend a three-day vacation in Los Cabos found their stay amazing. They simply want to live there. Los Cabos has been an excellent and popular location to live in, especially for the retiring foreign community. Here is a brief guide that can help you in relocating to Los Cabos.
1. Ask for immigration advice before moving to Los Cabos
In the past two years, there have been a number of significant changes in the rules and procedures for immigrating to Mexico. You need to know about the paperwork and documents required for immigrating. You may pay firms and businesses to process your visa. You can also check the Mexico’s immigration department directly at www.inm.gob.mx. On the site, you will find the updated document requirements, paper works, and procedures. However, everything on the site is written in Spanish. At the moment, the procedures for retirees who wish to live there and professionals who want to work there are different. You can check for advice at the nearest consulate of your country.
2. Are you going to live part-time or permanently in Cabo?
Some people test the waters first and live part-time in Los Cabos before committing to a permanent residency. On a tourist visa, you can stay for 6 months then apply for an extension. Or you can fly back home, spend a few months and come back to Cabo again to get another 6 months. Others make the big jump, sell everything they own and are 100% sure about relocating in Los Cabos. How much time you’d like to spend living in this beautiful town will affect the other factors that you should consider before making the move.
3. Decide for the type place to live
You can either choose to buy or rent a home. If you plan to live in Los Cabos for a long time, you can opt to buy a home because it would be more cost effective. Affordable homes for average residents are getting picked day by day. Now is the best time for you to get them before their prices start rising. Check out our Featured Listings for our handpicked and best-valued property listings available.
You also have the option to live in a resort but it can be tedious and expensive over time. You may also live in a gated community and condominiums. Some places to look at are Pedregal, Ventanas, Punta Ballena, Rancho Paraiso, Hermitage, etc. Check out more gated communities here.
4. How do you plan to support yourself?
Do you plan to work or start a business in Los Cabos? You should consider your goal and make sure that all papers, proofs, and contracts needed are ready before you move. Do note that foreigners are not allowed to work in Mexico unless the work is something that locals can’t do. Another option is to start a business. Be sure to consult expert advice on the matter since immigration rules may change at any time.
It’s best to plan ahead and set aside funds to tide you over for a certain period of time while you’re working out your source of income while living in Los Cabos.
5. Consult and contact movers
When crossing the border, it is helpful to consult movers. They can help you decide how much of your household should come with you to Los Cabos. At the moment, you have to be physically in Los Cabos and you must be registered with the immigration before any of your household and belongings can cross the border. This is crucial because there may be a need for you to look for a temporary housing. Also, don’t forget to ask your mover about delays in moving your items.
6. Sell your things before moving
This is important if you’re moving to Los Cabos permanently. If you purchased or will be renting a fully-furnished house, you might not need to bring a lot of stuff. In order to lighten your load, you should start planning how to sell your things. Know the cost of moving your things and determine the ones you can to sell from the ones you want to bring with you to Cabo. Selling all your belongings can be a tedious and long process so allow several months of lead time.
7. Import your vehicle to Los Cabos
If you’re a US or Canadian citizen, you’re in luck because driving a car with US or Canadian plates in Cabo is perfectly legal, as long as the foreign plates are current. In most cases, it’s also cheaper to buy car in the US and Canada, and foreign auto insurance in Los Cabos is less expensive for car bearing foreign plates. These are the reasons why many Cabo residents (both full and part time) prefer to import their vehicles from US or Canada, than buy or rent one in Mexico.
For non-US and non-Canadian titled cars, importing will require some paper works. As always, an expert advice will always guide you like a guardian angel.
Moving to Los Cabos can be a challenging task and some of the tips above might appear to be a bit daunting but once you are able to fulfill your dream of living in a paradise, all the hassles and headaches will be worth it. You would love how the holiday season is celebrated in Los Cabos!
Holidays in Cabo San Lucas, most especially the Christmas Season, are celebrated with a rich touch of the Mexican culture. There is something very special and enjoyable on how they celebrate the holidays. Would you believe that the Christmas celebration in Los Cabos lasts for almost two months? They celebrate Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, but they also celebrate a lot of holidays that are not usually included in the U.S calendar.
If you are staying in Los Cabos for the holidays or planning to buy real estate, expect to experience frequent feasts or fiestas and gatherings. The locals even call the long binge of holiday parties and festivities as “Maraton Guadalupe-Reyes” because they start with the fiestas in as early as December 12 where locals celebrate a day of honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe and extend up to the 6th of January where locals celebrate the remembrance of Los Tres Reyes Magos or The Three Wise Men.
Their festive marathon does begin a bit earlier. Holiday festivity like the Annual Sabor a Cabo Food and Wine Festival is commonly celebrated in the first week of December. Cabo Christmas 2015 held the event last December 5 where there were live performances, palatable country food, craft beer fest, wine tasting and wine/art walk.
Mexico is a Christian country and their culture reflects it. From December 16th to 24th of this year, they celebrate “Las Posadas”. It is their way to commemorate the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem for nine days. Every night, there are candlelit processions, reenactments, and midnight mass. The most celebrated day is Christmas Eve or Noche Buena where locals attend a midnight mass, have a festive dinner and exchange gifts. For tourist and visitors, most resorts and restaurants would throw a special Christmas Dinner to enjoy.
The next holiday celebrated is called Holy Innocents Day or Childermas which is held every 28th of December. This holiday is the Mexican version of April Fool’s Day where jokes, pranks, tall tales, and hoaxes are prevalent. Be careful not to lend someone any money on this day. Why? Well, the tradition speaks that any debt incurred particularly on this day is not at all honored.
The next holiday is New Year’s Eve itself. Many locals and tourists would typically go out to enjoy parties, themed nights, masked carnivals, and magnificent firework displays. Most hotels in Los Cabos would collaborate to make this staple a reality. Their dazzling display bedazzles everyone as soon as the clock strikes 12 midnight.
Lastly, El Dia de Los Tres Reyes is celebrated. Unique treats common on this holiday is the sweet bread called Rosca de Reyes. If you want to try some of these goodies, you can buy them directly from local bakeries and nearby Starbucks. There are mini baby figures hidden inside Rosca de Reyes. If you are lucky to find one on your bread, tradition says that you will need to throw a Tamales party on Candlemas. Candlemas is celebrated on February 2nd and is the official date to end the Holiday season.
Although there are many holidays celebrated in Cabo San Lucas, one thing should not be forgotten; Christmas season is all about having time for devout observance and intimate gatherings with family and friends. The culture is about spending more time with your loved ones and sending love and gifts to one another. Have your perfect share of the experience when you spend vacation or relocate in Los Cabos. ¡Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo!
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The clean-up effort in Los Cabos since Hurricane Odile hit on September 15th, 2014 has been incredible! Rather than feeling down and defeated, the citizens of Cabo San Lucas banded together as neighbors and in a matter of weeks have rebuilt our beautiful community back to it’s former glory.
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CaboCribs.com wishes you so much for the New Year.
It is the time to rejoice and be with family and friends. I hope that everybody has the most love filled holiday and you are able to be with your most beloved family members and best friends. Everyone should be able to feel love around this time of year.
Los Cabos has a wonderful sense of community. Every year we get together a growing number of mostly Canadians and Americans and give out gifts to the less fortunate children of the Bario. Through out the year starting January, we save and collect new and used toys in much anticipation to hand these gifts to the waiting smiles of the children.
What a feeling it truly is to be a part of something so amazing. Its one day out of 364 days that we don’t think about ourselves and only of others. Giving truly does feel better then receiving. You really need to try this once in your life.
Cabo, although is a very wealthy town, has a very poor area that sometimes gets forgotten. These poor children have nothing, not even a concrete floor. The smiles you see coming from their faces knowing they don’t have much is a heart melting experience.
Tiger Woods Design has announced plans for “El Cardonal,” an 18-hole championship golf course in Cabo San Lucas designed by Woods on which construction began last month.
Part of the Diamante Cabo San Lucas community, the 7,300-yard course is expected to be completed in 18 months.
“I set up the golf strategy to make golfers think and make choices,” Woods said. “Regardless of your handicap, there are going to be different ways to play every hole. Angles of approach are going to be very important and will dictate the type of shots you should consider. I love this kind of golf.”
This is the fourth contracted design for Tiger Woods Design since the firm’s inception in 2006. The other three – Punta Brava in Ensenada, Mexico; The Cliffs at High Carolina in Asheville, N.C.; and Al Ruwaya, located in Dubai – were either never finished or never opened to the public.
As part of a resort, “El Cardonal” will join Diamante Dunes, which opened in 2009.
“While the Dunes course is reminiscent of a classic Scottish links course, this course is going to remind people of the old-style California courses,” Woods added. “We will use the existing arroyos that traverse the site and well-placed bunkers to create definite strategic choices and carries off the tees.”
Before this week, the biggest fish Dave Sanchez had ever caught was alargemouth bass near his home in Kansas City, Missouri. His first marlin, a 465-pound blue landed Thursday, Oct. 25 off Cabo San Lucas, was respectable but not exceptionally large by normal Black & Blue standards.
However, it happened to be the only qualifying marlin weighed during the 32nd annual Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournament, and that is very noteworthy. Since Sanchez and his team aboard Frantic Pace were entered across the board in all cash categories, they are taking home $2.396 million for their fish. That payout is the second largest for a single team in Bisbee’s tournament history. A total of $2.475 million was up for grabs in 2012.
“I’m really starting to like this offshore fishing,” Sanchez said with laugh. “We had a lot of fun, it was a great team effort and I’m just glad we ran across that fish. We found one, caught it and as luck would have it, that was all it took.”
Frantic Pace came within 1/4-inch of losing its record payout. That’s because the snap swivel connecting the reel’s main line to the lure leader opened during the fight. When mate Josh Temple realized the predicament, he gently leadered the fish to the boat before Tony Berkowitz planted the gaff. Once the marlin was aboard the 53 Pacemaker, the crew realized how close they were to disaster. The only thing holding the lure leader was the 1/4-inch bend at the end of the snap. Capt. Hercules “Herk” Marsella of Coral Springs, Florida, was at the helm for the lucrative catch.
Since no other marlin weighing more than the 300-pound minimum were recorded during the three days of fishing, Frantic Pace swept all the major cash awards, including the Top Tournament and Top Jackpot, and all Daily Jackpot levels. The total payout was $2,396,800.
More than 740 anglers aboard 106 boats competed in the 2012 event. The stakes are high in the richest sport-fishing tournament in the world. It takes $63,100 to enter in all jackpot levels, including the $10,000 daily, and the potential million-dollar prizes attract top anglers and crews from more than a dozen countries to the tip of the Baja peninsula.
The largest Black & Blue payout for a single team was $3.92 million in 2006. Frantic Pace now adds its name to the record book.
The Release Division payout came down to minutes this year, as all the top teams released a single blue marlin. Sea Angel, a 63 F&S with Capt. Billy Angel at the wheel, won first place based on time of release. That catch earned a check for $50,830. Sneak Attack, a 65 American Custom Yacht skippered by Capt. Sammy Talbert, came in second to win $17,595, while Hammertime, a 68 Hatteras run by Capt. Jeff Richardson, won $9,775 for third place.
“You know me, I always like to spread the money around,” Tournament Director Wayne Bisbee told the crowd assembled for the lavish awards banquet Saturday night. “But part of the appeal of the Black & Blue is the chance to win a really big check and tonight that honor goes to the Frantic Pace team. Congratulations to them, and muchas gracias for another memorable tournament. It’s been a helluva week.”