Los Cabos is the top destination for American expats in Mexico

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We’ve suspected it for years, but now we finally confirm it: Los Cabos is the top destination for American expats move to Mexico. With its stunning nature, made up of pristine beaches and marine parks, a rapidly developing wellness scene and excellent quality of life, it is gaining popularity and attracting new residents every day.

Amid an unfavorable political climate and a looming recession, record numbers of US citizens are moving south of the border, where they can enjoy year-round warmer weather, greater purchasing power, cheaper healthcare , and possibly better, and a higher level of security than they would in many cities in the United States.

While all of Mexico is swarming with foreigners right now, the Pacific coast has become a strong new favorite:

Americans are flocking to the Mexican Capes

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Using data collected as of December 31, 2022, Los Cabos authorities reported that 14,679 foreigners have their primary residence in Los Cabos, or ‘Los Cabos,’ which comprises two municipalities: Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. As expected, the vast majority of them come from the US.or more specifically, California, the most valuable market in the Twin Cities.

The Attention to Foreign Residents program also places Canadians in second place, followed shortly after by Venezuelans. It is worth mentioning that the figures cover only those have a green card in Mexico: Does not include winter residents, retirees who own a vacation home, or digital nomads staying in the region for up to 6 months.

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Close-up of a US passport in the front pocket of a male US traveler as he reaches for it, international travel

These are people who have moved to Los Cabos, although the number of temporary residents is much higher and, at times, impossible to measure. Digital nomads and retirees who only reside in Mexico for one season a year are not counted, since they do not need a visa for stays of up to 180 days, qualifying instead as long-term visitors.

However, it cannot be denied that Cabo San Lucas, as well as San José del Cabo, are the preferred alternative for families and young entrepreneurs fleeing the US, whether they are staying for a short time or moving move permanently. Not only Los Cabos but all of Mexico has been named the best destination for the American diaspora.

Panoramic view of poolside lounges overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

We are very familiar with the turquoise waters of Cancun and the ancient attraction of the Aztec city of Mexico City, but What is the main impetus behind the renewed interest? in Cape specifically?

Los Cabos is one of the most relaxing coastal cities in Mexico

Well, most of it has to do with his laid back nature. Unlike Mexico’s much busier hubs, particularly Cancun, where more than 30 million visitors can arrive each year, Cabo’s tourism numbers are still not in double figures. Don’t get us wrong: It is very popular; in fact, it is the second most visited tourist area in Mexico, but it is far from being too touristy.

Young traveler woman wearing a straw hat and a summer dress while sitting on a beach swing looking at the ocean, beach vacation

Instead of catering to impressionable young adults looking for a jungle party and ‘influencers’, as the Caribbean League tends to do, Los Cabos is investing heavily in Wellness Place. It is home to numerous world-class family resorts and spas where the goal is to strengthen not only the body but also the mind with the latest holistic techniques.

In Latin America, no other city has a greater presence of wellness centers than the Los Cabos duo, positioning it as a leader in this category. Furthermore, it is much more affordable than New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and the like:

Los Cabos is more affordable than many US cities.

A man wearing a green hoodie while keeping dollars in his wallet

To live comfortably in a well-developed urban center in the United States, Americans must save up to 61% more for everyday expenses. To maintain the same quality of life that $6,900 a month would provide in Los Angeles, Americans they only need to make $2,689 in Cabo San Luca, assuming they rent.

This is an estimate, and surely prices can vary drastically depending on the district and how close you are staying to the beach and the luxury hotel zone. Although Mexico is surely not a place you would go on a tight budget, affordable rates can be found away from the tourist hotspots, and the cost of living is comparatively lower.

A beautiful arched rock formation frames the blue sky and crystal clear waters in the popular tourist destination of Cabo San Lucas

As our sister website, The Cabo Sun, pointed out, services that would normally be reserved for the super-rich in the US or Canada can be easily accessible in Cabo. For example, having a domestic worker more than 6 hours a day, 5 days a week will cost effectively USD$600 per month, well below the average minimum wage in rich nations.

Compared to living in New York City, the most expensive city in the United States, other advantages include:

A meal for 2 people in a mid-range restaurant – 41.4% less expensiveHousehold expenses for an apartment of 85 square meters (electricity, air conditioning, water) – 74.6% less expensiveGym membership for a month – 60.5% less expensiveInternet (60 Mpbs or more) – 59.4% less expensiveRent (3-bedroom apartment in the city center) – 83.4% less expensive

Panoramic View Of Grand Velas Los Cabos, A Luxury Resort In Cabo San Lucas, On The Baja California Peninsula In Mexico

One of the Safest in Mexico

Certainly US citizens planning to move south should take this data into account, especially when we are a long way from fully recovering from the Covid crash and financial pressure is widespread. In addition to being generally cheaper, Los Cabos is one of the safest urban areas in Mexicowith 67.5% of locals saying they feel safe living here.

Forget gangs, turf wars, and media scaremongering. Of course, the occasional petty crime is still a big problem, just like anywhere in the world, but really, your only major concern here is making sure you apply enough sunscreen to avoid a nasty sunburn and watch those calories while you gobble up those addictive crunchy. street tacos daily.

Mexican policemen patrolling Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Finally, there is the wide tourist offer: Los Cabos have both natural attractions and a lively social life. If it’s beaches you’re after, you’ll be delighted to know that Cabo’s municipal limits are fringed by sandy crescents, with temperatures averaging in the high 90s throughout October and dipping to just 60°F (mostly at night) during the winter. . literal paradise.

In short, Los Cabos is simply the perfect sunny spot for American expats, and we expect the local American community to grow significantly in the years to come.

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