Los Cabos & Baja – the Ultimate Seaside Getaway
By: Roy Eleutherios Grimm, Ph.D.,
Broker/Owner – Buyer Brokers Realty of Sedona
Always in search of the ideal retreat by the sea to complement my marvelous home in Sedona, I have ranged from Hawaii to the islands of the Caribbean to the coasts of Central America. The Hawaiian and Virgin Islands are gorgeous, as are the Bay Islands of Honduras, the cays of Belize, and the Mexican “Mayan Riviera.” In the final analysis, however, those locations share three significant drawbacks: travel hassles, rain & high humidity, and devastating hurricanes.
What’s better? Los Cabos and the southern end of the Baja Peninsula, Mexico, where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez. "Cabo" has become a hot spot of international real estate investment because of its beautiful azure seas teeming with exotic fish and whales, its plethora of golf courses, and its lovely clear and dry weather. It"s a golfer"s, fisherman"s, diver"s, celebrity watcher"s, and sun worshiper"s paradise. You"ll find great beaches in the Baja, but Los Cabos is more of a desert-by-the-sea climate. Palm trees and some agriculture, but no jungle.
Prices, however, can be high compared with the rest of Mexico, particularly now that it"s been discovered by the Hollywood crowd and the likes of Donald Trump. Some of the most exclusive resorts in the hemisphere are located here. Makes for a solid investment climate, however.
Cabo is well-served by the major airlines with plenty of direct flights from many U.S. cities. My flying time from Phoenix, for example, is about one hour and forty-five minutes. That makes even a weekend trip pretty easy.
Although trees, flowers, and other vegetation abound in seaside towns and resorts and mountainous areas, the Baja is essentially a desert with minimal rainfall. Except for late summer and early fall, there is hardly any humidity. July through September is hurricane season in the tropics. The Baja is situated such that it is off the radar screen for major storms, but it does catch some of the moisture kicked up by them.
Contrary to a common myth, foreigners can safely own real estate in Mexico. It can, though, be a tricky business, laden with legal pitfalls. Real estate laws there are rather loose and agents there are not covered by local licensing. “Buyer Beware” is the watchword. It’s extremely important to use an agent that you can trust without question. I would never make a move without the services of a first-rate, trusted professional.