The Space for Expatriates
Facebook is breaking my heart. On one hand I see wonderful postings about how every man, woman and child is working their buns off in the clean-up/recovery effort and what great strides they are making. There are near-constant reports of workers helping rebuild even though they lost their own homes. Even so they are very concerned about the return of the tourists.
And then there are the other threads: tourists discussing putting off their trips. NO!!!!!! These people rely on you, they are making huge sacrifices to get Cabo ready for high season, and they are winning the battle. So, don’t cancel your trip. Here is my TOP TEN LIST OF REASONS TO COME TO CABO RIGHT NOW.
10. FISHING. Sport fishing is what put Cabo on the map in the first place, and fall is under normal circumstances when it is the best. But fall after a storm? The fishermen tell me that’s when it is spectacular. On the morning of the 19th at a neighborhood meeting Brian Solomon of Solomon’s Landing restaurant said that as soon as he could get his boat in the water he was going out to catch food for his employees. The next day he posted that he caught 16 dorado!!! A single fisherman with 16 dorado in a few hours???? Oh yeah, the fishing is fine right now. [As an aside Solomon’s Landing is now back open for business and even has live entertainment.]
9. TOURNAMENTS!! Bob Bisbee Sr. has committed that his tournaments will continue as normal. While I don’t know about the other scheduled tournaments, the Bisbee Offshore will be held October 17-19 and the mother of all tournaments Bisbee Black & Blue will run from October 21-25. I don’t lump these into fishing because they really have nothing to with fishing: they are legal, extremely high stakes gambling and everyone gets in the act. At this level one is not a fisherman, but an angler. The B&B is the world’s richest fishing tournament with millions of dollars on the line. Everyone in town gets into the spirit of things, following which boats are hooked up, who’s caught what, going down to watch them come in for weighing, etc. There are booths set up on the marina and it’s basically just a big festival. From the shot-gun starts to the last weigh-in, tournament season is a hoot.
8. FORE THE KIDS. On November 15 at Palmilla you will find one of the rarest events: the 100% fundraiser when Casa Hogar, which is the boy’s orphanage, holds their annual golf tournament. I’ve done fund-raising for years and it’s extremely rare for the charity to have zero out-lay. But in this case the venue, the meals, the beverages, the SWAG bags, prizes and every other element of the fundraiser has been donated by sponsors so 100% of your entry goes to the boys. Wow. So not only do you save money on golfing Palmilla you know that you are helping raise over 40 boys. And this year is very special. The original grant stipulated the money was to build a boy’s orphanage. But recently the board acquired the land to build a girl’s orphanage, too. I work with a board member and the executive director who told me that just from the sisters of the boys they are caring for they would have about 30 residents. Since I’m not in Cabo I don’t have the contact info if you want to participate, but if you call my office at 624-143-3011 you can ask for Chris or Ed and they’ll take care of you.
7. LIFE’S A BEACH. When people talk about beaches in Cabo more often than not they’re talking about Medano beach. Beautiful, swimmable, diverse Medano. From the elegant to the rowdy and raunchy there are restaurants, bars, ambulatory vendors, music, certainly lots of laughter, and oh-by-the-way an ocean. Every day I’m getting more reports of those bars and restaurants re-opening and the beach is clean. There are a number of live web-cams that came back online if you don’t believe.
6. GOLF. Admitted, I’d have a hard time picking Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer or Tiger Woods out in a line-up. I don’t know golf. But I do know golfers. One friend of mine who plays daily told me that he has to go to the States from time to time to play their “cow pastures” so that he appreciates what we’ve got in Cabo. Cabo is world class golf and this is your opportunity to try it out without the crowds.
5. FOOD. Yum! I’ve said it before and it’s still true: Cabo is a city of Foodies. And our chefs don’t disappoint. But right now? The chefs, the wait staff, and management: everyone is anxious to make your Cabo dining experience over the top. Everything will be super-fresh, and it will be prepared and served with special care to impress our brave first tourists.
4. WEATHER. Right about now God should be flipping the switch. Every year our weather ‘flips’ overnight from summer to gorgeous. Bright sunshine, warm days and cool nights: can you tell me you wouldn’t enjoy that?
3. MOUNTAINS AND DESERT (oh and a few turtles). Cabo isn’t just about the beach. We’ve got gorgeous mountains and deserts to explore with hidden waterfalls, and lush vegetation. The desert in bloom after a storm is a sight to behold. Once seen, it will never be forgotten. Don’t miss your chance. And fall is when you might have a chance to help a just-hatched baby sea turtle find his way home to the sea.
2. FUN. Back in the old days we were a ‘big box’ franchise. I remember being at a meeting during the recession when we were advised to switch our focus from tourism to ‘other industries’. Great, I thought, we HAVE no industry. Then I realized we do have a manufacturing sector. We manufacture fun. If you can’t have fun in Cabo there is no hope for you.
AND NOW>>> DRUMROLL PLEASE >>>>> NUMBER ONE REASON TO COME TO CABO RIGHT NOW IS >>>>>>>>>>>>
THE PEOPLE. It’s not just me. It’s not just the results of the International Community Foundation survey. It’s not just the United Nations survey that determined Mexico is the happiest country. The number one reason people move to Cabo, and the number one reason people visit Cabo repeatedly is the warmth and friendliness of our people. For centuries the Baja, and Cabo, were literally cut off from the world. What resulted was a culture of kindness, respect, manners and most of all caring for one another. That culture, that spirit, lives on today. You will never, ever experience such a loving and nurturing environment. This one you have to experience for yourself. And there is no better time than now. CABO STRONG.
Carol Billups is Broker/Owner of Cabo Realty Pros. She has enjoyed working with both buyers and sellers for over thirteen years and still thinks hers is the best job on earth. She is also the real estate columnist for Los Cabos Magazine. You can read more of her articles on the website blog www.caborealtypros.com. You can reach her from the U.S. or Canada at 1-760-481-7694, or in Cabo at 044-624-147-7541. You can listen to our 24/7 broadcast on http://www.livecabo.net for a mix of happy music, weather reports and local information.
© 2014 Carol S. Billups