I really love Mexico. I love the people, the vibe, the food, the tequila, the beaches, you name it. If I had to pick just one place that’s my happiest place in Mexico, it’d be Cabo San Lucas at the very southern tip of the Baja peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortés, aka the Gulf of California.
Over the years after a lot of visits to Cabo, my favorite beach became the quiet, private Playa Solmar at the very southern tip of Cabo, next to the Arch. Mama sea turtles climb ashore, dig a hole, and bury their eggs. The locals keep an eye on the nests, relocating them to safer areas if necessary to make sure the eggs aren’t dug up by predators or crushed by beachcombers:
The baby sea turtles dig their way out at night, then hustle out to sea before the birds can eat ’em. They don’t all make it – some of ’em are exhausted from the digging, and the ocean seems so far away:
So each morning, folks walk the beach and help the stragglers in:
How noble of a profession is that? That’s exactly how I’d like to spend my mornings, helping little baby sea turtles.
Turtles aside, that particular beach is a magical place to be, very peaceful. No vendors are walking around selling things, no full cruise ships of passengers pouring out – and yet it’s still only a ten-minute walk to the bustling Cabo marina with its dozens of restaurants, bars, fishing tours, and active public beaches.
There’s just one big downside to Playa Solmar: it’s almost impossible to buy property there. It’s all resorts, like the Waldorf Astoria Pedregal. The only condo complex is a tiny charming one called Terrasol:
Terrasol’s set up like a resort, too, with big pools and a bar & restaurant – and yes, you can charge your stuff to your condo. Don’t even have to bring a wallet when you’re bumming around on the beach.
For years, I’ve been watching listings at Terrasol come and go. Every now and then, a good unit would come up, but it wasn’t a good time to buy. (Buying property in Mexico is much harder than the US: you either have to pay for the whole thing in cash, or the seller has to be willing to finance you. Mortgages were available for foreigners for a while during the property craze, but that pretty much evaporated.)
This year, the right Terrasol unit came up at a time that actually worked financially, and now I’m in the process of closing on it.
I’ll still teach training classes from San Diego because I need rock-solid internet, and that is not how I would describe the internet in most of Cabo, hahaha. There’s talk of running fiber to Terrasol, but I’d be surprised if that ever happened. For the next year, I’ll teach in San Diego, then hop onto one of the direct flights from San Diego to Cabo to veg out down there. I’ll also work on writing & recording new training material down there. When I schedule client work, I’ll schedule that to happen on the days prior to or after my live classes so that I can spend as much time in Mexico as possible.
Working on helping baby turtles into the sea.
Congrats!… and wow… as I approach 4 months of Canadian winter… I’m sooooo jealous!
Wishing you all the best!
P.S. Can’t wait for a walkthrough video of Cabo. 🙂
Thanks! Heh, walkthrough video hopefully coming up in December.
How about sattelite broadband?
PS One of my customers used to run his one-man business over satellite broadband from a Winnebago!
Yeah, running a business is one thing, but live streaming in 1080p is another.
Having the dream is the most important part of the plan. Congrats and best of luck seeing it come to fruition!
I get down to Cabo on occasion. Perhaps circumstances, and COVID, will allow us to connect. Have fun!
Seems like Life in Paradise!
Speeding up turtles… isn’t that what you have done through all your work life? 😉
You shall triumph.
Hahaha, that’s true!
Those is so awesome!!! So happy for you! *Hugs*
That place definitely looks like a good location to retire *wink*
And quite a change from Iceland 😎 Don’t think you’re going to need any polar mittens 🤣
I love it, congrats Brent! i want it too, what is the link to get a deal like this?
Thanks! If you’re talking about buying a condo, there are a lot of Cabo realty sites you can find via Google.
What an epic way to start a day!
I’m not saving baby turtles but recently moved out from London to live by the sea and its incredible. Living by the sea is good for the soul!
Best of luck 🍀
Many congrats Brent, very well deserved for all you give back to the community, and the incredible work you obviously do on your business.
Still hope one-day I get the chance to meet you and if allowed, buy you a beverage.
Would Starlink give you the bandwidth needed?
It might! I’m excited to see how the latency and upload speed goes, and whether I’ll be able to mount the satellite dish at my condo building.
Just living the dream!!!
You’re an inspiration Brent!
Picking up baby sea turtles on a daily basis and bringing them to their home would be amazing, I will take the 4am shift till noon! You are a true inspiration man. I look forward to reading more of your amazing adventures and yes you for sure deserve everything you have earned. Your contributions are countless and hope your blogs stay up for a very long time. Looking forward to the videos and pics when you move there.
Thanks, Jason! Good to hear from you, sir.
what a beautiful dream of one comes true today!!! great work Brent.
How secure is Cabo? And are there activities for kids?
I want to go in late December.
Thanks for the advise
You know, that’s a really good question. I think Cabo is as secure as any other vacation destination. If you want to get into trouble, you can – like if you’re a clueless American walking around waving $100 bills asking where you can buy weed, you can get into trouble. If you stick to normal sites and act with good behavior, you’ll be fine.
About activities for kids – I think it depends on what your kids are into, and where you are in Cabo. The Cabo area is huge, like any other city, and it’s up to you whether you stay in a kid-friendly area or not. The place where I’m moving, I’d say is quite kid-friendly because there are pools, beaches, and more swim-friendly beaches within a decently short walk.
I was showing your training class prices to my department head for approval and came across this sentence:
“Enough with the logistics! This is your year, and it’s the last year you can catch me for a year of straight classes with the Live Class Season Pass. I’m really excited to go out with a bang, and I can’t wait to see y’all in class.”
I searched for retiring and came across this post from you. Does this mean office hours will be a thing of the past as well?
No no, I’ll keep those going – they’ll just be asynchronous like they are now. Most of my Office Hours are shot via recording, like I’ll go to a scenic place or hang out on my balcony. That way I don’t have to worry about a stable Internet connection or picking a specific day/time to stream – I can just do it whenever works for me.
Well, that is good news! I just came across your content in the last year or so and though there is a lot to take in on your site already, I do quite enjoy the videos.
Congratulations on your condo! Thank you for the content!
You’re inspiring Brent. Thanks for everything you do!
Glad you found a home in a location you love. Would you say you’re fluent in Spanish, or are you still learning?
I have a long, long way to go. I had 4 years of it in high school and I use it whenever I go to Mexico, but I don’t speak it anywhere near well enough to have a passable conversation in public.