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LIVE & WORK IN PARADISE
LIVE & WORK IN PARADISE
Why Los Cabos, Mexico?
You have the opportunity to live and work anywhere in the world. You have carved out a career where all you need is a laptop, a good internet connection and easy access to an airport. So why choose the Baja and more specifically – Los Cabos?
As you scroll down this page you are going to be introduced to the best work | play location in the world. Come see what this incredible area can offer you.
Los Cabos, Mexico
Sitting on the most southerly tip of the Mexican Baja is the area of Los Cabos. A stunning mixture of sun bathed beaches, Mexican culture, amazing food, vibrant nightlife, affordable living and 21 century info-structure.
With a population of over 250,000 people and close to 3,000,000 visitors a year this is land full of opportunity. Sporting an average of 350 days of sunshine a year allows this location to receive year round tourism activity.
Whether you work from home or are wanting to start a new business in Los Cabos this is truly a work | play location like no other.
Los Cabos International Airport is the sixth-busiest airport in Mexico and one of the Top 30 in Latin America. All major airlines travel through this airport allowing access to the USA, Canada and Europe without any major delays.
Los Cabos not only offers sunshine and beaches but it also offers world class internet, USA styled shopping including Office Depot, Costco and Home Depot, a plethora of dining options for all budgets, and all the major car brands.
Los Cabos offers a cost of living significantly lower than north of the border. You will see savings in housings costs, groceries, electricity and cell phone just to name a few. Not to mention the 2 dollar tacos and 1 dollar beers.
PLay in Los Cabos
Does the idea of racing across a deserted beach in a quad get your heart pumping? How about scuba diving in some of the clearest water in the world? Or maybe you dream of riding a horse on the beach as the sun sets into the ocean. This is how we play in Los Cabos.
Home to some of best nightclubs in Mexico, amazing restaurants serving a variety of foods from around the world, hiking trails, art walks, festivals every weekend and heart warming Mexican culture mere steps away.
After the work is over, a world of play is just outside your door. Pick an adventure or choose a quiet evening watching the spectacular sunset. There is nothing like the work | play lifestyle in Los Cabos.
I Have Questions!
Is Los Cabos Safe?
In short: yes. It is considered safe to travel to both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Violent events haved plagued Mexico for quite some time leading the United States to issue a Level 2 Travel Advisory for the entire country of Mexico. This means that they recommend visitors exercise increased caution due to crime and kidnapping. However, the majority of the occurrences have involved locals and not tourists.
The good news is that Baja California Sur – the state Los Cabos is in – is not included in the travel advisory. At the time of this post [February 2020], travelers were advised to reconsider travel to other states like Mexico [which houses Mexico city].
For reference, the United States currently lists over 70 countries with a level 2 travel advisory. The extensive list includes super popular tourist destinations like Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Belgium, and even the United Kingdom. If those places are not questioned, we should not need to ask “Is Cabo San Lucas safe?”.
How reliable is the internet?
Telmex has been agressively installing fibre optics across Los Cabos including all the major expat areas and heavy population areas in the mexcian quarter. With speeds as high as 200 megabyte the internet should be more than enough to handle any of your internet requirements. Expect costs to be half of what you pay north of the border.
Can I bring my car from home?
You are allowed to bring your vehicle from Canada or the USA and leave it licensed in your country indefinitely. You will need to secure Mexican insurance for your vehicle but the cost is very low compared to comaparible coverage north of the border.
How much is housing?
Whether you plan to purchase or rent a home in Los Cabos there are a variety of options available. A 1 bedroom condo can be had for under $750 USD/month. A 3-4 bedroom golf villa overlooking the ocean with a pool will start around $3500 USD/month. As for purchasing there are many options. Basic condos within walking distance of the Marina will cost around $100,000 USD. From there the sky’s the limit. Some of the most wealthy people in the world have homes in Los Cabos. We can assist you in finding rentals and purchases. Please contact us directly for help in this matter.
Should I sell all my household items or bring them with me?
The majority of homes in Los Cabos are rented or sold furnished. This means that the basics are going to be there for you. You may need to invest in some kitchen items, decor and electronics to complete your home. Whether or not you bring those with you is up to you. You will certainly want to bring any personal items that are of sentimental value.
Can I get computer equipment there?
Los Cabos has access to all the electronics you are going to need at every level required. That being said be aware that laptops or keyboards will include the “ñ” key. Any computers purchased in Mexico will come standard with the operating system in Spanish. So it is recommended you bring your “gear” with you.
Can I get my prescription filled there?
Mexican pharmacies are generally very well equipped and offer most products at a highly reduced rate. You will want to avoid the tourist pharmacies and head into the Mexican areas to get your perscriptions filled. You will get much better rates that way. If you have very specific pharmaseutical needs then we would suggest making an inquiry before you come.
Can I buy a car in Mexico?
Yes you can but you are going to need a mexican driver’s license to operate it. You will also need proof of residency. If you are going to operate in Mexico under a toursit visa and will be filing your taxes in the USA or Canada then you will have to bring your own vehicle.
If I buy property in Mexico will I own it?
Here is a video that helps to answer this question:
Can I get a Bank Account?
Yes – As long as you are a resident. A non resident must own property to be able to get a bank account.
Am I able to establish credit in Mexico?
Mexico works under its own credit system that is different from the systems used in the USA and Canada. Your CURP is similar to your Social Security/Social Insurance Number. That being said credit is not generally available to temporary residents. So you will have to wait 4 years before you can file to become a permanent resident. During that time you will not be able to purchase anything in mexico using credit or apply for a credit card. You can of course use your USA or Canadian credit cards to make purchases.
What are the length of stay restrictions?
If you are visiting under a tourist visa you are limited to 180 consecutive days. At that point you must leave the country. You may return almost immediately (your more pressing question may concern the amount time your current country of residence allows you to leave.) As a resident you have no restrictions on your time in Mexico. You are a resident!
Can I write off my work expenses?
This is a question you need to ask your accountant. It will highly depend upon where you hold your residnency and the tax laws of that country. In Mexico, as a resident, you are able to write off some expenses.
Are there other people like me in Cabo?
Cabo is full of a variety of different people. The expat community is made up of all ages and lifestyles. Finding a social network will be similar to finding a social network where you live now. The amount of effort you put in to meeting people will be about the same.
Can I find the foods that match my dietary restrictions?
The short answer is yes. It may take a little more effort to source the items required for your dietary needs but it should be available in Los Cabos. There are a number of Vegan and Vegetarian style restaurants in the city.
Can I ship things to Mexico that I can't find there?
Yes you can but the costs to ship are quite high and you don’t want to use the local postal system. Fedex, UPS and DHL all operate in Los Cabos. You can also order almost anything from Amazon USA and they will ship to you in Cabo. There is also an Amazon Mexico but the selection is not quite as large and some items are still cheaper to have shipped from Amazon USA.
Do I need to speak Spanish?
No you don’t. Los Cabos is a toursist community and most of the residence speak some level of English. That being said it is just polite to make the attempt to speak some spanish so that you can converse within the Mexican community. This is their country – not yours 🙂 Duolingo is a great app you can use to learn basic Spanish. Spanish tutors are available and are very inexpensive.
What is the healthcare like?
Mexico has a social health system available to it’s working citizens, the rest of us have to use private health. Now that might sound scary but its much less than north of the border. Private health insurance is available and very inexpensive. The service quality is remarkable – there are still doctors that make housecalls!
If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to ask. We are happy to help in anyway possible.
My Name is Rick Parks and I am a local Real Estate agent here is Los Cabos. I moved here in August of 2018 from Canada with the dream of starting the next chapter in my life as an adventure. What I have discovered is a land of opportunity, vibrant culture, great people, wonderful weather and a cost of living that let’s me enjoy life.
If you are considering changing your lifetstyle in the wake of COVID-19 or for any other reason it would be my pleasure to assist you in making the move to Los Cabos a reality.
Rick Parks – Associate Broker – REmexico REal Estate
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