In 1991, when I moved from California to work in the beginnings of the timeshare industry in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, it was a sleepy little fishing village with only one paved road. A small downtown was an attraction for some partiers, but most came here for the abundant sea life and the gorgeous beaches that went on for miles. This was one of Jacque Cousteau’s favorite places. He called it “the world’s aquarium.”
The growth of this international hotspot hasn’t changed the soul of Cabo, just the size of the town. It’s a resort town more than a city, with all the natural beauty and marine life still intact.
Uniquely, Cabo has the distinction of being one of the few places in the world where mountains and desert meet the ocean. And unlike the rest of Mexico, we have low humidity and little rain, with an average temperature of 80 F to 85 F.
I broke up briefly with Cabo life after a diagnosis of breast cancer in 1999. After that I began my career of the last 16 years as an author, seminar leader, and mentor to people who want to build an internet-based business.
While working online has allowed me to travel the world and live the laptop lifestyle, in 2011 Cabo San Lucas called me back. Between the beautiful ocean, the perfect weather and the simple lifestyle, it was easy to finally call it home.
Moving back, it seemed as if I had never left—although expats in Cabo now enjoy the convenience of Costco, Home Depot, Office Max, Wal Mart, and other North American familiarities.
There are other great local conveniences too. Each Friday a truck with fresh seafood comes right to my home. I can get a kilo of large prawns for less than $10 and a kilo of fish for around $5. A huge box of organic produce is delivered on Wednesdays for about $7.
While working from home—helping clients create a healthy, ageless life and laptop business—it’s important to me that I have a fabulous view. An ocean view can be had for as little as $500 a month for a small one-bedroom condo, all the way up to $15,000 a month for a large ocean front home. There’s something for everyone here.
Two years ago, I moved from an oceanfront one-bedroom condo at $900 a month to a spacious three-bedroom, three-bathroom penthouse with a full rooftop terrace, complete with a large palapa with a sink and kitchen area, and a pergola-covered, eight-person Jacuzzi, for $1,700 a month.
I now live higher up on the mountain—about a mile from the beachfront condo I used to live in—with a wonderful cool breeze, so I only use air conditioning a couple of days a year. Electric is $15 to $20 a month. And I enjoy a 280-degree view of the Sea of Cortez, Land’s End, the entire town, and the Pacific Ocean.
My day starts with the sunrise when I go upstairs to meditate and do yoga, and ends with dinner as I watch the sun set.
In local restaurants, you can speak with the Italian chef about his recipes and have a wonderful dinner with wine and dessert for around $20 to $25 per person. Lunch at a fine dining restaurant, with soup, an entrée, dessert, and a beverage is $10, or you can grab fish tacos for $1.50.
Life is good in Cabo, whether you live on a budget or “the sky’s the limit.” Your life here can be anything you want it to be.
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