My surprises after I relocated to Cabo…I knew when I made my mind up to relocate to Cabo San Lucas I would most definitely be enjoying the beautiful beaches and early sunrises. Besides this, I love the sunsets, and gorgeous ocean views, mountains, trails including all the fun activities, restaurants, and nightlife and so much more Los Cabos has to offer. This was no surprise!
Working and living in Cabo San Lucas, my dream destination has brought many surprises. As a licensed Realtor with Team Cabo Properties, the surprises came after touring many areas in Cabo San Lucas. Starting with the lovely Cabo Bello, exclusive Pedregal, Sunset beach and the Cabo Corridor/El Tezal areas which are favorites amongst the expats. It didn’t take long after relocating to Cabo and settling in to decide to make Cabo San Lucas home indefinitely.
We were thrilled after searching and finding a property with magnificent views of the city, the ocean, and the mountains. Above all, this property suited our investment allowance, lifestyle and as a result, we quickly purchased our home.
My surprises after I/we relocated to Cabo continue…We chose to live in the upcoming neighborhood of Matamoros located in Central Cabo. Matamoros is mainly a Mexican neighborhood. If you are familiar with the new Condo “Morgan Residences” and sister condo “Chloe” which is located down the road from “Morgan Residences” you know where Matamoros is. At Morgan Residences, you will find nice contemporary style condos.
Pedregal and the Cabo Corridor are both beautiful areas to live however, I usually buck the norm on most things in life so it was no exception when deciding to buy a house in a Mexican neighborhood. I simply love the authenticity!
More foreigners are making the same choice we did. It’s convenient living only a 5-minute walk from the local grocery, meat, bakery, and produce, stores. Located close to many reasonably-priced restaurants we can get to easily by walking is a bonus! The main strip of Cabo is only a 5-minute drive or 35-minute walk away which makes Matamoros a great choice!
The culture is what led us to choose a Mexican neighborhood as we feel we can relate better with the community by living close with our Mexican neighbors. Living here allows us the opportunity to learn the culture and practice speaking Spanish with our new friends and neighbors every chance we get.
Mexican families celebrate a lot from what we have seen and heard. Big family celebrations, mixed with vibrant party decorations, colors. We can hear the laughter from the young and the old folks enjoying themselves. To top it off we get to enjoy the live Mariachi band singing and playing music.
After relocating to Cabo I have learned most expats prefer to live in the Cabo Corridor or Pedregal areas. Some expats express a better feeling of safety in these gated communities. The reason for this I believe is they may only use their property 3 to 6 months out of the year and like to have some security knowing the front entrance has 24 hr security.
Choosing to live in a non-gated community is the right choice for us and we feel safe and secure. Our neighbors are well known in our community and are highly respected architects and politicians. Everyone seems friendly and polite.
Common sense would be to always use the same protection you would if you were living in the US or Canada, or anywhere else in the world for that matter. Simply secure your home and then go ahead and simply sit back and relax, enjoy your life in Cabo!
Cabo is booming with new Real Estate. It’s not only the coastline growing with more and more resorts and condos. Cabo Corridor and the Pacific side are growing with new hotels, condos, and homes as well. Furthermore, new Real Estate and pre-construction developments are being built around me as I write this article.
A pleasant option we chose to give back to the community was to visit the local pet shelters. We met Leo Bravo the owner of Pet Patrol in the Sorianna area. Leo runs the shelter and therefore cares for the animals himself. He also spends time patrolling the areas of Los Cabo to rescue any animals that are lost, hurt, helpless or being neglected.
Upon finding such animals in need Leo provides them with food, love, and medical treatment needed. When the animals are healthy, Leo reaches out again to the community to find families willing to adopt the pets. Because most of his expenses are out of his pocket for that reason, he reaches out to the community for donations.
We took the pleasure of helping by driving Leo and 2 of his canine friends to visit one of the local veterinarian clinics to be vaccinated. We also Visited the barrios with Leo to deliver dog food and food supplies to the local people in need. This was a humbling experience. We built shelters and provided tarps for shade for the families living there after the storm Lidia. My goal is giving back to the community by helping out any way I can.
Surprise # 2
After meeting Leo and visiting the shelter we chose to adopt a one-year-old dog that was dropped off at the shelter as the family could no longer care for it. Not long after adopting our first pooch named Ramses we went ahead and adopted him a puppy to play with who we named Jimmy. Our dogs have grown to be best buddies and they have added so much love and happiness to our lives and protection for our home. Did I mention having a few ripped up shoes and cushions? Puppies will do that!
I am now a cat and… dog lover! Now how do I keep the cats off my garden?
Speaking of my garden… For most of my life, I lived in a much cooler, wet climate and I have never experienced gardening in a desert. I think it’s fair to say I learned the hard way. Desert plants and trees don’t like to much water. I killed quite a few by doing just that overwatering. Oh well, live and learn. My garden is thriving with a new life now. Surprise #4
After relocating to Cabo I am now learning how easy certain plants here can grow and grow fast. Right now I am transforming my yard with new plants and trees that I am propagating for free and growing from seeds! I hope to share my series I am writing on garden tips, ideas and success with you possibly in future issues of the Gringo Gazette.
Is writing this article for the Gringo Gazette such a fun, enjoyable and informative newspaper that’s easily accessible all over Cabo and San Jose newsstands and the best part is it’s free to read!!
If you have any questions about relocating to Cabo or any Real Estate questions you can contact me here.