By Tiffany McAdams | Escape Artist
Everybody dreams about what they are going to do for their retirement. Many of us dream of retiring abroad. It is frequent conversation among us all. Whether you have just won the lottery, are a dot-com millionaire, or have been working hard for the last forty years, there are innumerable reasons why you should consider retiring in Cabo San Lucas. Here we go over 5 reasons to retire in Cabo San Lucas.
1) Location, Location, Location
This is the first reason to retire in Cabo San Lucas. Many people are interested in retiring abroad. It is a great opportunity to start a new chapter in your life. There are so many great destinations around the world, but when you think about the practicality of actually living there, things get more difficult.
MexicoMost people enjoy spending the holidays with their family, attending graduations and other typical events. Nonetheless, the farther you go from home, the fewer of these things you can attend. Even if you can afford to fly back often, the logistics simply do not always work out.
For this reason, Cabo’s location is perfect if you are thinking about retiring in Mexico. With direct flights to cities across the U.S., you can be home in no time. Not only is it a regional hub, but you can also travel to anywhere in the world by connecting through Mexico City.
2) Choices for Everyone
Although we generally refer to Cabo San Lucas as Cabo, the area is comprised of two towns that are about fifteen miles apart. What people generally think of as Cabo is San Lucas. San Lucas is touristy, bustling, and filled with different nightlife options.
For some people this may seem a little too busy, but what’s nice is that it provides excitement to the area because of the selection of restaurants, bars, and shopping. It is also located on the harbor, so it is a great place to have an evening cocktail as the sun goes down.
At the other end is San Jose. San Jose is more relaxed, traditional, and quiet than San Lucas. It is the yin to the other’s yang. San Jose has a splendid little.
Downtown area that is great for evening strolls. It is also much more in touch with Mexican culture and is home to countless festivals and other types of celebrations.
Looking at these two different towns, it might be hard to choose between one and the other if you decide to retire in Cabo San Lucas. For this second reason, most expats choose to live in between San Lucas and San Jose, so they can choose where they wish to spend the evening depending on their mood.
3) Natural Beauty
Cabo is the desert on the water, which makes it a very unusual and stunning place to live. It is ringed by a series of mountains and cliffs that overlook the Sea of Cortez. Because of this proximity to the water, there a multitude of watersports you can do – from sport fishing to surfing. In addition, the desert provides all kinds of land activities like hiking and ATV riding.
Most of the year, the weather is very pleasant, and it is just hot enough to comfortably enjoy the ocean. Not only this, most of the nights are quite warm, so you can take a stroll through the downtown.
4) Incredible Food
Being perfectly situated in a coastal region, Cabo obviously has incredible seafood. Ceviche reigns supreme in both the fanciest restaurants and the humblest holes in the wall. In addition, since it is a resort destination, there is an incredible amount of fine dining options that can satisfy any palate.
Furthermore, many chefs predict that Mexican food is going to be the next big thing, and a lot of the innovation is coming straight out of Cabo. Restaurants like Toro and Habanero’s Gastro Grill are putting a modern spin on Mexican classics.
Finally, one absolute must is Flora Farms, which began as a small, organic farm and has expanded into an incredible restaurant and bed-and-breakfast. All their dishes and beverages are made with ingredients grown on site, which really brings new meaning to the term farm-to-table.
5) A Welcoming Place
Remember the feeling of being the new kid at school or a new employee at the office? Nobody enjoys that. One of the best things about retiring in Cabo San Lucas is that whether you are a local, a frequent visitor, or first-time tourist, people there make you feel at home. As the economy is mainly driven by tourism, some of this is to be expected, but a major part of the culture of the area goes way beyond this.
People there are simply friendly, and travelers from all over the world seem to agree on this. 94% of people said that traveling in Mexico had “exceeded their expectations,” while nearly 90% said they would like to return in the next six months.
This is the reason why everybody knows the traditional Mexican expression, “mi casa es su casa,” and Cabo is probably the best example of it. And this fifth reason to retire in Cabo San Lucas is maybe the most important.
What are YOU waiting For?
Planning for your retirement abroad is extremely important, especially when making sure that your money is in the right hands – so you can enjoy yourself without having to stress. After you have taken care of these essential steps, you can move on to making sure you choose the right area to settle down in. The best thing you can do is visit some different places and see what you like and do not like. It is important to remember, however, that visiting somewhere is of course much different than actually living there.
When you have narrowed down your choices, try to figure out a time when you can actually stay there for at least a month and get into an everyday routine. Usually when we travel, we go out more and do more exciting things. So it is important to see what it is like to live their under normal day-to-day circumstances.
Nonetheless, if you like good weather, a convenient location, friendly people, variety, and incredible food, then retiring abroad in Cabo should not be a difficult decision. So next time you have a chance, take a little trip down to Cabo – chances are you will not want to leave!