Everything You Need to Know about Living in Baja California Sur

Goldsmith Group Los Cabos April 23, 2023

Everything You Need to Know about Living in Baja California Sur

Baja California Sur living offers residents a range of neighborhoods and amenities with an oceanside view. Although BCS is the second smallest state in Mexico by population, it’s one of the largest by land mass. Living here means living by a mountainous landscape in small towns and luxury cities that shimmer alongside the coast. When considering a purchase in BCS, here’s everything you need to know.

Overview of Baja California Sur


Baja California Sur refers to the area along the southern half of the Baja California peninsula. It shares its northern border with the state of Baja California. Eastern shores look out into the Gulf of California. This body of water is also known as the Sea of Cortez. The western and southern shores stretch out into the Pacific Ocean. BCS is well known for major tourist hubs like Los Cabos and La Paz, which is also the state capital.

BCS’s roots shine through in its agriculture and aquaculture sectors. Those traveling through it today will notice most of the state is sparsely populated. Inhabited areas are connected by major airports at San José del Cabo and La Paz. The long state features many gems, including the Tropic of Cancer Monument, small mining towns like El Triunfo, and hot springs in San Bartolo. Areas like Los Cabos are easy to live in, even speaking only English. However, it’s helpful to know some Spanish when living in cities like La Paz and Todos Santos.

The cost of living in Baja California Sur is quite manageable compared to countries like the US, Canada, and Europe. Even so, the cost of living is high compared to other Mexican states. Homes with better views and amenities go for $400,000 and above. When renting, expect popular spots like Cabo San Lucas to have higher rates. Even so, a couple renting in Cabo San Lucas for a month can expect expenses totaling up to $2,910.

Baja California Sur Communities


Several communities within Baja California Sur make it an appealing place for all buyers. Spots like Cabo del Sol feature beachside properties, while Queriencia offers an exclusive luxury lifestyle. BCS is also well known for its retirement communities and luxury developments. Here’s a look at what to expect from top communities in the state.

Querencia


Querencia is a private golf and beach club in BCS, providing a community that feels like home. Residences here span a range of neighborhoods and property types. Live right on the water or surrounded by green mountains. Baja California Sur living is complete with its luxury amenities. Residents have access to its renowned golf course, regularly ranked in the top 100 worldwide. The shoreline, 12 miles of trails, and sports courts provide even more outdoor recreation.

Cabo Del Sol


Another resort community living up to Baja California Sur’s reputation is Cabo Del Sol. This community is at the center of the Corridor, giving it spectacular ocean and mountain views. Residents love its oceanfront homes, villas, and home sites. Amenities include the exclusive Cove Club, world-class golf, and endless water recreation.

Diamante


Diamante offers the peak of private, shoreside living. Residents can live at the Golf Villas right next to the world-class courses. Or live in the Ocean Club Residences for ultimate access to resort amenities. Diamante provides 1.5 miles of beach and six miles of hiking trails. The 10-acre crystal lagoons are an artificial water oasis where residents can kayak, paddle board, and swim. Residents also enjoy fine dining and the all-inclusive spa.

Why to love Baja California Sur


If the stellar communities above aren’t enough to convince you of BCS’s splendor, the list below will. The state is surrounded by a coastline on three sides, providing ample opportunity for water recreation. There’s also plenty to explore on land. Cities bustle with exciting amenities like shopping, dining, nightlife, and events.

The endless coastline


The coastline of BCS spans 1,243 miles. Residents have access to attractions like the Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve. This preserve is also known as “the world’s aquarium.” Visitors can explore the pristine beaches, view the only hard coral reef in North America, or watch winter migrations of humpback and gray whales. Residents can also snorkel with playful sea lions on the island of Espiritu Santo. Or scuba dive in the Sea of Cortez to view its endless marine life.

City amenities


Cities across BCS provide a range of amenities for residents. Popular spots like Los Cabos feature Michelin-rated restaurants, a lively nightlife scene, luxury shopping, renowned golf, and fishing. La Paz is popular for its ecotourism. Visitors here can swim with docile whale sharks. Residents love Todos Santos for its small-town energy and relaxed living. This town is also a popular retreat for artists and is home to galleries and local art.

Landmarks above sea level


Those looking for adventure can also retreat into the state’s mountains. The Sierra de la Giganta offers breathtaking hikes and destinations. Venture into El Tular Canyon to explore Cochimí garden remains and views of the mountaintops. Or visit old missions like San Javier. This village is nestled in a lush valley at the base of the Sierra. Baja California also offers unique attractions like sand surfing. El Mogote outside of La Paz is a sand barrier providing the best dunes to test your skills.

Ready to live in Baja California Sur?


Baja California Sur living is hard to beat. Buyers have access to prime communities like Diamante and Querencia. The recreation is limitless. Larger cities like Los Cabos have a foreign bent and come with luxury amenities. Todos Santos and La Paz are a step into Mexican culture. To help you decide where in BCS to start your search, work with an agent specializing in the area. They can describe the amenities of different cities and have access to the most listings. When you’re ready to start your search, contact experienced local agents The Goldsmith Group Los Cabos to guide you through the process.




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