Moving to Los Cabos, Mexico Has Never Been More Appealing
For many foreign visitors, having a vacation home here has become a wonderful winter escape, but quite a few have loved it so much they’ve made it their full-time residence, and today, the city has a population close to 60,000. Taking the leap from seasonal visits to living here full time is not difficult at all.
Full time residents enjoy approximately 340 days of sunshine per year and average temperatures of approximately 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius). Once you spend time in our paradise and experience everything it has to offer, the possibility becomes very tempting.
Throughout the years, waves of foreigners have happily settled in Mexico, so the unique cultural mix of the local Mexican society with the snowbird population has created an atmosphere of prosperity and cultural exchange that keeps attracting new generations of expats from Canada, the US, and Europe. Mexican nationals continue to take advantage of the prosperous environment while thousands of young and older expats have also decided to make a move and find their own way of life in Baja.
International Living recently published the results of their research into the best places for expats south of the Rio Bravo, and Los Cabos happens to be one of the top places to retire and live an active lifestyle. Many variables are taken into consideration, including proximity to family, cost of living, real estate values, safety, and health services. It comes as no surprise that there are over a million Americans and Canadians who have built their retirement getaway or their private villa in the area.
The Benefits of Becoming an Expat and Living in Los Cabos!
First let me define the word “EXPAT” for those readers who are unfamiliar with the term:
An expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing, as an immigrant, in a country other than that of their citizenship. The word comes from the Latin terms ex (“out of”) and patria (“country, fatherland”). – Wikipedia
If you are searching for the Perfect Place to spend part of the year, delight in some place warm and full of culture without giving up life’s conveniences. Los Cabos boasts a great quality of life, natural beauty, modern infrastructure, and safety. With Los Cabos’s close proximity to the United States it allows more flexibility when planning your retirement move. You can scout for property during long weekend getaways as you consider your move, and once you are here, you can fly back in a few hours to the U.S. or Canada to spend time with your friends and family.
With Los Cabos now having great cellular coverage and high-speed Internet, it is also very appealing to an increasing number of professionals and business owners who are semi-retired to Mexico while continuing to work and manage their companies while sitting back on the beach from their laptop.
Los Cabos… Simply one of the best places in the world.
Improved Quality of Life
This is always the first one that comes to mind when someone asks me why I moved to Mexico. The quality of life is great and the services are a fraction of the cost than in the United States.
Every single day we feel blessed to be living in a beautiful gated community located minutes from beautiful beaches. We take mini-vacations all the time to explore new breathtaking locations in Baja, and we eat out at amazing restaurants all the time.
Improved Safety and Security
Crime and safety are very important to me and my family. I keep up with crime trends and important news stories in my area of Mexico. I can honestly say that I feel safer living here in Los Cabos than I ever did living in California or Oregon.
Don’t get me wrong – there are some dangerous parts of Mexico, Los Cabos just isn’t one of them. Of course, crime can touch us anywhere and it is still a good idea not to leave belongings on the front seat of your car while you go shopping or to the beach.
Improved Social Life
Our social life is far more active than it ever was in the United States. The expat community in this area is full of outgoing, friendly people who are eager to live life to the fullest. It is so easy to make new friends, with so many communities offering Beach clubs, restaurants, Tennis, yoga classes, Spanish classes, drink making classes, food classes (my favorite), social events, volunteer events, and much more to enjoy.
Mexican culture and its people
We have both fallen in love with the Mexican culture and we feel very much at home here. The Mexican people that we have met over the last 10+ years have all been hardworking, positive, patient, caring, appreciative, helpful and most of all — friendly. We are both so thankful that we have made friendships here that will last a lifetime.
Lower Healthcare and Insurance Costs
The cost of health and dental care in Mexico is far lower and it is possible to pay for most procedures out of pocket without insurance. As far as insurance premiums are concerned, they are much lower. Our insurance is close to $2,000 a year for the entire family including Evac insurance in case of a serious emergency if we needed to go to the states.
In case you are worried about the quality of care, don’t be. We found that the personal service is much better in most regards and many doctors have been trained in the United States, and speak fluent English. The new H Hospital has all of the state of the art medical equipment, top doctors and surgeons, and expats from all over rate it very high.
New Challenges and Adventures
Moving to a new country is a good way to keep your mind sharp and avoid the boredom commonly associated with retirement. You will be learning a new culture, language, and monetary system. Even going to the grocery store can be a new experience as you look through products that you have never seen before.
Far From the Politics and Problems of the “Old Country”
This has been an unexpected plus of living in Mexico — especially in recent months. If you avoid the news, Facebook posts and American tourists, you rarely know what is going on in the United States. This helps me preserve my peace of mind and truly unplug from the rat race.
Close Proximity to the U.S.
Just in case we have to go back to the United States for a family emergency — or just to get really good Chinese food, we can get there quickly. The flight from Los Cabos to San Diego averages about 1 hour and 25 minutes.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Becoming an expat does not mean giving up your citizenship or your allegiance to your birth country –It only means that you have chosen to live in another country. You can even have the best of both worlds by dividing your time between paradise and your previous home.