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.

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!