Jun 062012
 
Loreto Bay

In our previous post about the Baja of California, we covered the cities of Baja Norte.  Now we head down the Baja from San Felipe zig-zagging across the peninsula through several small cities until you reach the town of Loreto.  This beautiful city doesn’t have a huge expat community, but the locals are very welcoming and the perks are not to be believed.

 

Loreto

 

The town of Loreto has a beauty without compare.  Behind the city are the Sierra de la Giganta mountains and it’s coastline boasts of beautiful sunrises over turquoise waters. What makes Loreto special is it’s marine park.  Loreto is a breading and birthing location for gray whales. .  

 

It is a wonderful place for those who love all kinds of outdoor activities like hiking, diving and snorkeling.  Divers come her to view the wide variety of fish and other marine mammals like dolphins.  There are also turtle preserves

 

The town only has a population of about 15,000 people.  During the winter months, the expats come to town, and the population swells.  Many are snowbirds and leave during the hot summer months.

 

La Paz

 

About two and a half hours south of Loreto is the much larger city of La Paz.  The metropolitan area has a population of about 300,000 people.  It offers many of the amenities of most larger cities in Mexico.  It is one of the wealthiest cities in Mexico and has the feel of a bedroom community.  There are also a lot of American influences, with Walmart, Starbucks and other stores and restaurants.

 

La Paz has over 300 days of sun per year, though the summers get pretty hot with temperatures in the nineties and high humidity.

 

Like most places on the Baja it is affordable to live there.  Rental homes start at $500 and work their way up, depending on size and location.

 

Yet La Paz offers a much less touristy and more affordable lifestyle for expats than it’s neighbors down the road… Todos Los Santos, San Jose del Cabo & Cabo San Lucas.

 

Todos Los Santos

 

This city is the cultural pearl of the Baja.  It is a place where international art dealers browse for new talent and while surfers discuss the waves that day.  And while Todos Los Santos has a very strong tourist season, it is more of an eclectic and sophisticated crowd.  It works very hard to deter the spring break, party ‘til you drop mentality of Cabo San Lucas. 

 

It is a small town of about 5,000 people and can grow to 15,000 in the snowbird season.    If you want a small town, authentic, artsy life, then Todos Los Santos may be the perfects spot for you.

 

 

 

Cabo San Lucas & San Jose del Cabo

 

At the very tip of the Baja, are the cities collectively called Los Cabos.  Only fifteen minutes apart, these towns have very different lifestyles.  

 

Cabo San Lucas is the roaring party city, with almost daily cruise ships coming to port.  It offers many modern conveniences as well as headaches.  Life here can feel crowded, but the people who choose this city as their expat experience are the type of extrovert who love the people and crowds.  

 

For a more quiet and cultural experience, San Jose del Cabo has a lovely central square and a strong art district.  It’s cobblestone streets are more quiet and it’s population is made up of the wealthy business owners who own many of the restaurants and shops in Cabo San Lucas.

 

Both San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas have warm temperatures in the seventies and eighties for most of the year.  The summer months get very warm with highs in the 90’s and even 100’s.

 

As you can see from these two articles, the Baja of California has something to offer for everyone.  Take some time to sample the cities with to determine the right climate, ammenities and lifestyle for you.

 

Bueno Suerte!

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