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.

Living in Pedregal Cabo San Lucas

At the very tip of Baja, where land’s end meets the tropical seas, dreams come true every day of the year. In a private residential enclave with 360-degree views, cobblestone streets and homes that grace the pages of Architectural Digest, life is a festival that celebrates the perfect balance of earth and sea…of comfort and adventure…of excitement and relaxation. Welcome to Pedregal de Cabo San Lucas.

One word: Luxury! Million dollar homes with the some of the most beautiful curb-side appeal ever. Handsome narrow stone roads wind up, down, and hair-pin around. Just exploring these cobble-type streets is an adventure. Add the priceless views of the marina and the Sea of Cortez.  Whether it is an afternoon sitting on the piaza chatting amongst friends or swimming in an infinity pool overlooking the great beyond, every afternoon is just spectacular!

The colorful village of Cabo San Lucas offers unique experiences that can only happen here. Steeped in Mexico’s rich culture and heritage, the waterfront community is filled with restaurants, shops and exciting nightlife…plus a luxurious marina, and the convenience of an international airport just half an hour away. People come from all over the world to enjoy the sunny days, tropical climate and inviting lifestyle of this effervescent town. And a fortunate few become residents of the area’s most prestigious community, Pedregal de Cabo San Lucas.

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.

Top Three Reasons To Retire In Cabo San Lucas

It’s a world-class destination for travelers worldwide. It’s the chosen vacation spot of celebrities. It’s a romantic wedding spot for young and old couples alike. It is of course, Cabo San Lucas.

One other thing it is – is a prime location for those considering retirement outside of the United States. We’re offering up our top three reasons for those heading into their twilight years to take a peek at moving to Los Cabos for retirement in luxury.

Our top three reasons, by the way – come from experience – since we live here – and have for a while – we can speak first hand to all of this. Certainly the luxury homes in Cabo and the five star hotels and resorts are a perk – as well as the fin dining – and nightlife. But for people looking to actually move to Cabo San Lucas – these are what we feel the top three reasons to do this are.

REASON 3 to RETIRE IN CABO: The oceans. There’s two. And, not only are they beautiful to look at – they’re bristling with life, and there are tons of fun family activities you can engage in such as fishing, sailing, whale-watching,

REASON 2 to RETIRE IN CABO: The Weather. It’s beautiful. Nearly ALL the time. And we mean this. It’s hot in the summer – yes- and there is a slight chance of bad weather during hurricane season. BUT – for the most part – the weather here is gorgeously consistent.  The sunsets and sunrises are also spectacular – and you get to experience them every day.

THE #1 REASON TO RETIRE IN CABO: The people.  The Cabo people are awesome. They’re so friendly. Of course, they are opportunists, at times but aren’t we all? They do love to sell their crafts, services and help – and they welcome the opportunity to work and live in a growing economy – and they fully support and embrace tourism and foreigners living in their town.

Come for a visit – and get in touch with us. We’ll show you around!

Living in Cabo San Lucas – Weekend Getaway To Espirtu Island

LaPazOne of the beautiful things about living in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – besides beautiful Cabo itself – is being able to adventure North to fantastic less-traveled Mexican towns. Like the quaint Todos Santos, where the original ‘Hotel California’ is, along with spirited locals and superb dining and shopping – and La Paz, which is the capital of Baja California Sur (BCS) Mexico.

Only a few hours drive North from Cabo – La Paz is a large city, with pristine beaches, great fishing – and would easily be considered a great place to visit for those who are active and like to get out and see the beauty of Baja Mexico. Facing the Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California – which lies between Baja Mexico and mainland Mexico – La Paz has beautiful, clear – aquamarine waters.

From La Paz, you can take a boat trip, about an hour – to the exclusive Espirtu Island where you can fish, snorkle or just relax on the sugary-sand beach.  Of course it’s a wildlife sanctuary – where you can see sea lions, birds, dolphins – all having a great time in their natural habitat.  The sea lion in this picture was perfectly camouflaged with it’s surroundings – interesting rock formations – which can be found all over and around the island.

Accommodations can be found in La Paz, but not on the island. Be sure to plan at least one night, to rest in between dessert drives.

Fun by Land in Cabo San Lucas

Water based activities aren’t the only big activities in Los Cabos. Hiking, biking, and other more terrestrial pursuits are available for those who want to get off the beaten path. In Cabo San Lucas, beach walking and city tours are always good options. Anyone living in or visiting the downtown area or along the coast will have ready access to vast expanses of sand, making barefoot walks along the shore a perennial favorite.

For real hikes, however, your best bet is a trip into the Sierra de la Lagunas. The hills and mountains of the Sierras form the spine of Baja California Sur, vegetation dusted vertebrae that run in a north-south direction up the inland portion of the peninsula. One of the more interesting aspects of Baja is that large stretches of contrasting mountain and desert climates are surrounded on either side by large bodies of water ( the Sea of Cortez to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west), and those who enjoy just the superb resorts and cooling winds of the coastal plains are receiving only a partial introduction to the area. There are many trails in the Sierras, and the best time to enjoy them is late autumn and early winter, when the sun is not quite so hot, the rainy season is past, and there is decidedly less chance of meeting members of the local rattlesnake population.

Hiking in Cabo is like no where else. The beauty of the scenery will have you coming back again and again. You have many choices when it comes to hiking guides in Cabo. Be sure to do your homework when it comes to who you choose.

Let the Fun Begin – it’s Tournament Season in Cabo!

Several species of billfish are targeted during Cabo San Lucas’ fishing tournament season.

Cabo San Lucas, is home to one of the world’s most famous sport fishing fleets, several major tournaments every year and the biggest tournament prize (nearly $4 million) ever. Baja’s location just happens to be at a place where the cold, nutrient-rich Sea of Cortez  meets the warmer waters of the Pacific Ocean. This convergence of waters attracts baitfish and the game species that eat them in a way few other places in the world do, which is why Cabo is home to so many successful fishing tournaments.

There are a half-dozen well known fishing tournaments, beginning as early as May, but we thought you’d like to know what’s coming up.

Bisbee’s Tournaments

Bisbee’s sponsors three large tournaments in Cabo San Lucas every year of which the East Cape Tournament is held first, usually in late July. An IGFA Offshore World Championship Qualifying event, the tournament is open to any team that wishes to register. Targeting black and blue marlin, as well as tuna and dorado (a.k.a. dolphinfish or mahimahi), more than $400,000 in prize money is at stake in the competition. The next tournament, Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore, is a traditional October tournament and is generally considered a “warm up” for the third Bisbee’s tournament, the Black and Blue, which is held just a few days later. In 2006, one masterful team from Kona boated away from the tournament with nearly $4 million in prize money. With millions of dollars up for grabs every year, Bisbee’s Black & Blue is generally considered the richest fishing tournament in the world.

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament

Held a week or so prior to the final two Bisbee’s tournaments in October, the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament is an open registration format that includes prizes for the top three catches in three eligible billfish categories (may include blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin, spearfish or sailfish). There are also catch and release awards given for those anglers who choose to release the billfish they bring to the boat.

Western Outdoor News (WON) Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot

The WON Tuna Jackpot is one of the latest tournaments of the season. Occurring in early November, the tournament is open any team that registers and awards hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to anglers who boat world class tuna in the waters off Cabo San Lucas.

 

2012 G-20 Mexico Summit To Be Held In Cabo San Lucas Mexico

The 2012 G-20 Mexico Summit will be held in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, June 18-19 2012. An informal, international forum which allows for discussion on economic and financial issues of global importance, the G-20 Summit encourages worldwide financial stability, and seeks sustainability and steady growth.

To date, there have been six G20 Leaders’ Summits (Washington, London, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Seoul and Cannes). At the Leaders’ level, this is the second time, following the Republic of Korea, that an emerging country holds the Presidency of the group.  Mexico will become the first Latin American country to chair the annual Presidency of the group at Leader’s level.

 

For more information on the G-20 Summit, visit the G20 Mexico website.