Living in Los Barriles
Los Barriles -- Rated #3 by Money Magazine as one of the top 10 places to retire.
Los Barriles is the ideal town to call your second home.Only an hour north from the San Jose Del Cabo International Airport and Cabo San Lucas.
Los Barriles is safer than virtually all American tourist areas and is a fully self contained town of about 5,000 people, evenly divided between American and Canadian expats and local Mexicans.
Los Barriles boasts just about everything you’d need to live comfortably by the sea — whether you chose to live here part-time or make it your full-time home. Nestled next to the world-famous Sea of Cortez, Los Barriles has an affordable western medical clinic, full service grocery stores, banks, outstanding restaurants & shops, wireless internet services and is home to some of the best sportfishing and windsports in the world.
It’s no wonder Money Magazine named Los Barriles as one of the most desireable places in the world to retire. And it’s no wonder Northerners are flocking south to Los Barriles to buy oceanview property.
This is paradise — only an hour away from the international airport. Whether it’s the weather — where the average year-round temperature is a balmy 73 degrees – the warm and friendly townspeople, or the fact that the US dollar stretches nearly twice as far in Los Barriles, this is the town people say reminds them of Cabo San Lucas 25 years ago.
Convienient Location. Los Barriles, is located midway between Cabo San Lucas and La Paz on the gorgeous Sea of Cortez — which famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau called the “world’s aquarium.”
From your hilltop Vista del Cortez property, Los Barriles sits minutes to the south, where it is nestled on the shore of the Sea of Cortez. This is amazing property, with incredibly priced 1/3 to 1/2-acre lots starting at just $35K - and going up to $85K.
“I have been coming to the Baja area for over 20 years. I had heard about the beauty and tranquility of the Sea of Cortez, but it wasn’t until I actually spent time there that I realized the majesty of the calm sea. Los Barriles is by far my favorite town in all of Baja. I would have never known had I not visited the properties myself. I know I am not going to own beachfront property in the United States, but for the price of a car, I can retreat to the warm sands of Baja.”
Harbor Williams, San Clemente, California
Close to airport. The San Jose del Cabo International airport — which has flights from most major US cities — is about 45 minutes from the Vista del Cortez Community ~ on the Sea of Cortez. The proximity to the airport makes the US to Los Barriles commute actually do-able. Instead of spending exhausting chunks of time – even days traveling to many tropical retirement locations – you can be in at your Vista del Cortez property watching the sun set over the sea the very same day.
Known for Sportfishing and Kiteboarding
The East Cape of the Baja as long been known as one of the world’s premier sportfishing destination, and is now rapidly gaining a reputation as a world-class windsurfing/kite boarding destination.
Fishing in the area is extremely popular and continues to fuel area growth. Dorado, tuna, blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin, and Wahoo run all summer long, with dozens of fishing boats anchored in the sea in front of town.
Los Barriles is a Real Town That Has What You Need
There are two medical clinics, two banks, three ATM’s, three super markets, two gas stations and nine hotels, cellphone service and high-speed and wireless internet.
Local food is outstanding, specializing in everything from fresh, locally-caught fish and homemade Mexican speciality dishes to American fare. There are 12 restaurants, 15 fresh fish & taco stands, two pizza parlors, sports bars, wine bars, karaoke clubs. There are two churches, two laundry mats and three auto repair facilities. Los Barriles also has two kiteboarding schools and a windsurfing school.
The town has police, fire, banking, Western Union, UPS and mail services and computer and internet services shops.
Los Barriles also has an authentic tortillería, plus roosters that roam the streets, a cement factory where blocks are still made by hand, and countless family-owned businesses. Local Mexicans know each other by their sobrenombres (nicknames), and the untamed backcountry is just minutes away.
“What can I say about Los Barriles? It is simply breath taking! To be in Mexico on a beach that is surrounded by so much natural beauty is just surreal. I walked through town to do some shopping and it was so quiet. The proprietors will even give you a quick Spanish lesson while you visit their shops. We are investing in property here in the Vista del Cortez Community. And when we come back we will bring our kids and one day our grandchildren too. This is a place where families gather and hearts connect. Los Barriles, Mi Casa away from Mi Casa!”
Brenda Storrs – Cook Manteca, CA Vista del Cortez property owner
Healthcare Heaven The town of Los Barriles and nearby Cabo San Lucas (about an hour and ½ away) have amazingly affordable modern medical and dental services.
“The other goldmine that Americans and Canadians are getting in Mexico is the veritable healthcare jackpot they enjoy that includes full medical, dental and vision coverage for about $600 a year. This government run healthcare plan (IMSS) was created for Mexican employees but is also open to legal foreigners. Imagine a healthcare-fantasy world where there are no deductibles, no co-pays, no limits, no prescriptions to pay for and even pre-existing conditions are covered after 1-2 years. No small reason to make your way to Mexico.”
— Mexico Real Estate News
AmeriMed in Los Barriles: Affordable, Western Healthcare
AmeriMed in Los Barriles is a satellite clinic of the AmeriMed hospitals in San Jose del Cabo (50 minutes away) and Cabo San Lucus (about an hour 1/2 away). The full-service clinic in Los Barriles has been around for years and has a great track record. AmeriMed provides full medical services based upon U.S. standards of health care with a full range of emergency and routine services, plus a pharmacy. The Los Barriles AmeriMed Clinic operates EMT and ambulance service and is staffed with bilingual, in-house physicians. Nurses provide total quality care, supported by the latest in technology. Los Barriles has an AmeriMed clinic. AmeriMed operates in various parts of touristic Mexico, and include a hospital in both San Jose (50 minutes away) and one in Cabo San Lucas to the south.
"Top quality health clinics and hospitals, like AmeriMed, are aimed to serve sophisticated tourists in the area. These hospitals and clinics offer medical treatment that resemble those offered in developed countries. Regular procedures could be up to 50 percent lower and the cost of more complicated procedures could be reduced by as much as 80 percent." --Harvard Business School, 2008
Live By the Sea
Experience fishing from the beach or sport fishing in the Sea, kite boarding, snorkeling, diving for shellfish, quad travel, bike riding or just strolling along the miles of unspoiled coastline.
A dirt road takes you along a coast filled with postcard-perfect beaches to the Marina Resort in La Ribera, Punta Colorado and Cabo Pulmo – a superb dive site within a national reserve. In addition to ocean fishing and kite boarding and wind sailing, there are mountain bike rentals, guided rides, and marked trails.
You can check out the canyon zip lines, ATV rentals & tours, horseback rides with or without guides, scuba and snorkel rental and tours, golfing, sailing, whale watching.
During the summer, there’s the Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Fishing Tournament with more than 75 teams competing for more than $400,000 in cash prizes. Other hotels in the area also hold tournaments with six figure prizes or more. In spring, Los Barriles is home to the beloved Baja Shakespeare Festival.
And in winter when the world famous winds kick up, Los Barriles hosts the Lord of the Wind, the world championship annual kite boarding event.
Communication infrastructure Phone, cellphone services, wireless and high-speed internet and all of the U.S. television channels are available in Los Barriles.
“What’s more, creature comforts of American life are increasingly becoming available south of the border. Satellite and cable television bring news and entertainment right into ex-pat’s living rooms, the Internet keeps them in touch with hometown newspapers, and American food brands are available at the supermarket.”