Where to Retire on Baja’s East Cape

Thursday, March 25, 2021

If you’re nearing retirement age, you’re probably considering where you’d like to spend your golden years. There are so many places to choose from, but affluent and adventurous buyers are headed to one place: East Cape.

East Cape, which is near Cabo San Lucas on Baja’s peninsula, has one of the most sought-after resort communities called Costa Palmas. This resort community has it all. Luxurious beachfront villas with multiple bedrooms, expansive outdoor space, and a private pool await retirees in this tropical oasis.

Amenities complement the lavish homes with a marina fit for megayachts, a beach club, and the area’s newest 18-hole golf course.

Want to learn more? We’ll explore the benefits of living along the Sea of Cortez and help you consider what to look for in a retirement location.

Benefits to retire in East Cape

To retire East Cape, comes with some benefits you might not be aware of, including:

  • Affordability

The cost of living in Mexico is cheaper than it is in the U.S. Americans who plan to retire East Cape will see more affordable utilities and food costs, along with cheaper rates on entertainment.

Plus, the exchange rate is usually favorable for Americans. Experts say American retirees can stretch their retirement fund by an additional 20-30% because of the exchange rate and affordable expenses.

  • Weather

You won’t find better weather than in East Cape. It’s an arid climate, so it’s hot and dry. Humidity isn’t a big factor and temperatures stay between 75 to 95 all year. In the winter months, you might see an occasional 65-degree day, but they’re few and far between. There’s a rainy season between June and October, which equates to a few hours of rain most afternoons.

  • Natural playground

East Cape is quiet yet luxurious. You can spend time lounging on the beaches with a good book or you can plan a more adventurous day of jet skiing or hiking around the Sierra de la Laguna mountains. The natural beauty of the area is unmatched, as are the activities.

What to look for in a luxury retirement community

If you’re searching for a retirement resort, you’re probably wondering where to start. To help, work through these questions to gain perspective into your ideal community:

  • Where do you want to live?

To start, think about where you’d like to call home. You might want to stay close to family and friends or you might be willing to venture someplace new. Do you want a beachfront home, a villa on a pristine golf course, or condo in the city you were born and raised in?

Some retirees choose to split their time between their family home and a vacation home. Those living in cold-weather climate can head south for the winter, but still spend half of the year closer to family and friends.

  • What amenities do you want?

Today’s retirees are active. Seniors want a chance to get out, socialize with friends, and join nearby activities. Every resort community offers something different, but today’s resort communities offer so much more than bingo and bus trips. You’ll likely have access to:

  • Restaurants
  • Salons and spas
  • Fitness centers
  • Theatres
  • Swimming pools
  • Golf courses
  • Housekeeping
  • Concierge service
  • Transportation services

Many high-end resort communities, like Costa Palmas, have elaborate amenities. Residents can join an exclusive beach and yacht club, play 18-holes on a members-only golf course, and dock their boat at the on-site marina.

As you look at communities, be sure to compare the amenities.

  • What do you want nearby?

Some people want to find a small retirement community with a country setting, others want a more urban lifestyle where they can walk to a market, mall, restaurant, or park. Remember to research the surrounding town, get a feel for the layout, and know how far away you’ll be from basic necessities.

If you plan to retire along Baja’s southern coast consider visiting the area. You can visit nearby beaches, fish in the renowned waters of the Sea of Cortez, shop along the quaint streets of Cabo San Jose, and snorkel in the national marine park, Cabo Pulmo.

It’s important to get a feel for your surroundings.

  • Will you have frequent visitors?

When you retire, will your family or friends come to visit often? If so, it’s certainly something to consider when you look at different homes. Aside from making sure you have enough room inside the home to accommodate guests, be sure to look at activities that are available too.

Some resort communities have gone to great lengths to create intergenerational activities that bring families together. For instance, grandparents and grandchildren might take an on-site sailing class together, join a chartered fishing tour for the day, or simply wade in the resort pool and grill lunch together.

Visit East Cape

If you’re seriously considering East Cape for your retirement, it’s time to plan a trip. If Costa Palmas is at the top of your list, consider staying at Amanvari or Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos, both of which are situated right on the Costa Palmas property. Both affluent resorts make the perfect home base for you to explore the area and look at property that’s available.

During the day, spend your time looking at beachfront villas and marina private residences. Take a tour of the town and get a feel for everyday life. At night, stop by the Four Seasons resort bar, Limon, for a quick a drink or have dinner overlooking the sea at Estiatorio Milos.

The staff at Costa Palmas is ready to answer any questions you might have about retiring in the area. Whether you plan to retire East Cape full-time or choose to split your time between homes, you’ll be able to ask questions, see the luxurious homes, and experience the calming atmosphere that is East Cape.

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