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.