Education in Cabo

Ssssh! Don’t tell the main stream media, but Americans are moving to Mexico in record numbers. They’re coming for an improved lifestyle, lower cost of living, better climate, and safer environment. Many of them are retired or nearing retirement, but not all. We’re having more inquiries from younger would-be Cabo residents who have one very important question: how will my children be educated?

These parents understand that their children will benefit from growing up in another culture, learning a second language, and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. However all those benefits must be weighed against the education that will prepare them for a solid future. Luckily, there are great options for a superior education right here in Cabo San Lucas.

For younger children there is any number of private bilingual schools throughout Los Cabos. These schools teach some classes in English, others in Spanish, they are solid academically as well as stressing arts, sports, and culture. The teachers are generally a mix of Mexicans and native English speakers (American and Canadian) with an occasional European as well. The children who attend these schools become truly bilingual because they are being taught by native speakers have no accent in either language.

Teenagers, though, can be a bit more problematic. Let’s face it, if you haven’t become fluent in your second or third language by the age of ten or so you’re at a disadvantage. However, if you’ve got a high school student they can’t afford to miss out on the information in their chemistry class just because it’s being presented in Spanish. After all, the SAT’s aren’t too far away. Of course home schooling is always a great option (have you ever noticed that the winners of the National Spelling and Geography Bees are almost always home schooled?). If the parents are working or otherwise unable to home school there is still an option.

Here in Cabo there are a number of what some call “micro academy” schools. With maximum class size numbers being in the single digits the students get all the individual attention they need.  Parents select a college preparatory home school curriculum from sources in the U.S. or Canada such as those offered by the University of Nebraska – Lincoln which are designed to lead to a high school diploma. The cost of such a program is surprisingly affordable and the student will work to their highest potential. Working at their own pace children have a chance to master a lesson before being tested on their knowledge which leads to better grades as well as better learning. Although the class size is small there is ample opportunity for social interaction and intellectual stimulation. Parents appreciate that their child is learning, and is being supervised. With a classes so small there really isn’t a chance to skip class unnoticed or fail to pay attention!

Families who have moved to Cabo San Lucas often speak of the unexpected benefits being that sharing the adventure has brought them closer than they ever were before. So maybe, just maybe, your move to Mexico doesn’t have to be delayed until the kids have left the nest.

Fishing in Cabo – Charter Style

Cabo’s warm waters are filled with a variety of fish that range from sailfish and marlin to swordfish and tuna. With such favorable ocean conditions, fishing is one of the popular activities here; and several private charters offer boats, crew and trips to the best fishing locations. Here are Cabo’s top recommended charter fishing offerings according to USA Today.

RedRum Sportfishing

RedRum Sportfishing, based at the Marina Cabo Plaza in Cabo San Lucas, offers a variety of half- and full-day fishing charters on its fleet of vessels that range from a 28-foot Californian to a 53-foot Viking. The charters specialize in fishing for marlin, tuna, dorado, wahoo and sailfish. The trips include Penn and Shimano reels, custom-made rods and Ballyhood lures and bait. Each vessel offers a variety of amenities ranging from the latest fish-finding equipment and fighting chairs to complimentary snacks, fresh fruit and juice. Fishing licenses and fish cleaning are available for an additional fee.

Fiesta Sportfishing Cabo Fishing Charters

Fiesta Sportfishing Cabo Fishing Charters offers half- and full-day fishing charters on its fleet of 10 boats; these range from a 23-foot Super Panga that accommodates two people to the 42-foot luxury Uniflite that offers eight passengers a variety of the latest equipment. Each of the boats is equipped with fighting chairs and the latest Penn rods and reels. Rates also include dockside bilingual departure and arrival assistance, professional crew and fuel. Live bait, food and drinks and licenses are available for additional fees.

Sunset Mona Lisa Charters

Sunset Mona Lisa Charters provides half- and full-day fishing trips on its fleet of three premium boats that include a 35-foot Contender, a 38-foot Black Fin and a 52-foot Bay Davis. Other boats include three Super Pangas and three mid-sized boats, but are set at a lower rate that includes only the vessel and crew. The premium trips include lunch, snacks, fishing licenses, bait and use of the latest fish-finding equipment. Through its partnership with the Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant, guests can have their catch prepared and cooked for no extra cost.

Cabo Magic Sportfishing

Cabo Magic Sportfishing, based in downtown Cabo San Lucas, provides private, half- and full-day fishing charters on its fleet of boats that includes Pangas, Cruisers (26 to 34 feet in length) and Sportfishers (35 to 78 feet in length). The boats offer a variety of amenities such as fighting chairs, marlin towers, the latest fish-finding equipment and a professional crew. The rates include all Penn tackle and gear, taxes and licenses. The 68- and 78-foot Sportfishers offer the extra benefit of breakfast and lunch prepared by an onboard chef.

Cabo Community Spotlight – Villas Del Mar

Attention to detail has made the Villas Del Mar a relaxed community with luxury amenities. Villas Del Mar is the best community the area has to offer because of the comfort that comes from living in a variety of options, ranging from oceanfront villas with sweeping views, or mountainside casitas that offer breathtaking sights of the rugged mountain

Amenities include exclusive access to the One & Only Palmilla, a legendary development that is littered with stories of high-profile celebrities and politicians seeking rest and comfort from busy schedules. The addition of newer properties in Villas Del Mar offer private residents beach cub, the new Club Ninety Six, and more of the incredible sights that the most
coveted real estate in the world has to offer.

Cabo San Lucas History Lesson

Whether or not you live in Cabo San Lucas yet, it’s always fun to know a little of the history behind popular places in the world. Every town has a history…and Cabo is no exception! We know what it’s like now…but how did it get to this point?

Although the sea of Cortez bares his name, it was not Hernan Cortez, but his navigator, Francisco de Ulloa that was credited with first discovering Cabo San Lucas in 1537. It soon became a busy trading port and stopover for pirates (not the Johnny Depp kind, alas). British and Dutch ships both had a field day cashing in on the Spanish treasure ships trying to take treasure back to Spain.

The Spanish treasure-galleon, the “Great St Anne,” was captured off Cape St Lucas by Sir Thomas Cavendish November 14, 1587 prompting King Phillip II of Spain to establish a small fortress at Cabo San Lucas to try to rid the waters of “undesirables.”

With the establishment of a fort at Cabo San Lucas, the area was opened up to exploration. Settlements along the Baja began to spring up as pearls were discovered in the Sea of Cortez. In 1730 a Jesuit mission, Jose del Cabo, was established to the north. Together, the two towns became known as Los Cabos (The Capes). However, Cabo San Lucas remained largely undeveloped having no steady water supply.

By the 1930s the population of Cabo San Lucas was still around 400 when it started to become know as a sports fishing haven. Accessible only by small plane, long range yacht, or anyone willing to travel 1,000 miles of rutted dirt roads to get there. The word roads is used very loosely here.

After World War II, word started spreading around Southern California’s elite and Los Cabos became a playground for the rich and famous. By 1950, Bing Crosby, Phil Harris, Desi Arnaz, and The Duke had built the exclusive hotel Las Cruces on the East Cape. More development followed.

In 1974, with Cabo’s population at around 900, the peninsular highway was built and Los Cabos started to become accessible to Middle America. Mexican architecht Manuel Díaz Rivera purchased 250 acres which would become the development Pedregal. Marlin fishing tournaments began drawing international attention and Fonatur, the Mexican tourist agency along with international developers began to pour money and resources into the region. Construction of an international airport in San Jose Del Cabo, a modern 300 slip marina and a fresh water pipeline to Cabo San Lucas have ignited the current boom.

Today, sportsmen continue to flock to Los Cabos for world-famous fishing, outstanding diving, and game bird hunting. However, the area now also draws families, beach lovers, honeymooners, golfers, and the retiring segment of society. Huge investments in golf courses have been made in the 30 kilometer “Corridor” between Cabo San Lucas and Jose Del Cabo. 108 holes are already open, with a master plan calling for an eventual 207 holes. Dramatic course layouts built by some of golf’s premier designers take full advantage of the region’s striking landscape.

Cabo San Lucas boasts dozens of fine restaurants, fabulous shopping, a fine marina, and an active nightlife. Accommodations are first-class and feature some of Mexico’s finest properties and vacation rentals. With miles of pristine beaches, beautiful scenery, and almost perfect weather, it’s no wonder that Los Cabos is fast becoming the ultimate resort destination, and even more, the ultimate place to live.

Fun in Cabo: World SUP/Paddle Championships

WPA – Hennessey’s 2011 Stand Up Paddle World Champion Jamie Mitchell

Hennessey’s and the World Paddle Association proudly announce the 2012 World SUP/Paddle Championships to be held in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on November 3 & 4, 2012.  Cabo San Lucas will provide a perfect setting to bring together the best paddlers in the world to compete in tropical weather and warm water for two days of competition.  There will be the World Championship race, Open race, sprint races and team relay races.

This is great fun for the entire family, even if you don’t compete. Bring a picnic, some beach chairs and have fun watching with your family.


Hurricane Preparedness in Cabo San Lucas

It’s that time of year again.

In Cabo, hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30. That’s six months! That means it’s time to be sure you have what you need on hand. Those of us who have chosen to make Cabo our home realize that when it comes to hurricanes you mainly need to worry about heavy rain and flooding. In
addition, the city water system pumps often become overloaded resulting in a shut down before risking burn up. When the winds pick up power and telephones go out and then many things like ATM’s and gas pumps can’t function the way we like them to.

Needless to say, a little preparation goes a long way. Here are some things you might want to have on hand:

  • Cash-ATM’s will be out of service without electricity and working phone lines.
  • Gas-pumps run on electricity so be sure to keep a supply in a safe place.
  • Medication-a week’s supply is a safe bet.
  • Nonperishable foods-think canned or dried. No electricity means no working refrigerator.
  • Drinking water-don’t wait until the storm hits because it’ll all be gone by then.
  • Bathing water-be sure you have a way to store large amounts of non-drinking water.
  • Cooking gas.
  • Candles, flashlights and lanterns with batteries.

Staying put once the storm hits along with advance preparation goes a long way. Of course stay away from the
beaches as storm surges can come on fast and furious. If you see power lines down stay away from them even if
you think they are dead.

Once the storm has passed it’s a good idea to boil washing water for 5 minutes before use since the water
supply may be contaminated. Also take a good tour around your property and eliminate all standing water as
soon as possible so they do not become breeding areas for mosquitoes. This is a good opportunity to check for
property damage as well.

One of the best things to see after the storm is the Cabo communities pulling together to help clean up the mess
left by the storms. So enjoy the weather when it’s good, which is most of the time, but be prepared and be safe.