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Located in the western part of Mexico on the southern half of the Baja Peninsula is Baja California Sur. This state is the 31st and final state to be established in Mexico and, by population, it is the second smallest in Mexico. There are approximately 712,000 people living within the 28,536 square miles. The largest city and capital of Baja California Sur is La Paz.

Baja California Sur is a major tourist destination especially for those in Mexico and Americans from California and Arizona. Other major industries include mining, agriculture, sport fishing and salt production. Major colleges in Baja California Sur include the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur, Instituto Tecnologico de La Paz, and Universidad Internacional de la Paz.

Baja California Sur has a strong Hispanic and pre-Columbian influence with evidence of human activity dating back over 10,000 years and revolved around four main groups: the Pericúes, the Guaycuras, the Pericús and the Cochimís, three of which still maintain a presence. The Spanish have been an influence in the area since Herman Cortes landed in 1535. Religion, especially Roman Catholicism, of which over 80% of residents consider themselves to be adherents, is a major part of life.

You’ll find the Land’s End, Sammy Hagar’s famous Cabo Wabo as well as the El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, which is the largest wildlife refuge in Mexico, all within Baja California Sur.

Baja California Sur is located south of the 28th parallel making the state quite hot and considered to be a desert climate. High temperatures in the 90s and 100s are common in the summer and rain is often scarce. Most areas do not receive more than 10 inches of rainfall throughout the year.

Real estate and rentals are moderately priced compared to other parts of Mexico and the southern United States. Most of the population chooses to live near the water where there are many homes, condos and apartments available to suit all budgets and preferences. The population continues to increase considerably as more baby boomers, retirees and Mexican citizens look for vacation homes and new residences in Baja California Sur.

Although there is a lot of space to call home, most of the economic force comes from the shores where mining, tourism and fishing is prevalent. There are plenty of opportunities to embrace the laid back lifestyle or enjoy the wildest parties. As infrastructure improves, so does private investment and interest.


Baja California Sur, Mexico

Tijuana, Mexico
  • Country: Mexico

  • State: Baja California

  • Nickname: "The Aquarium of the World"

  • Population: 712,000

  • Area:

    Land: 73,909 km2


Lifestyle and Culture

The Museo de la Ballena in La Paz, opened in early 2016, is a dedication to the grey whales that live and breed nearby. There are many other museums worth exploring such as Casa de la Cultura in Cabo San Lucas, Museo el Boleo in Santa Rosalía and the Museo Regional de Antropología e Historia in La Paz which chronicle’s the Baja Peninsula’s history.

Popular annual events celebrated throughout the Baja California Sur include the Festival of San Jose in San Jose del Cabo, Independence Day and Cinco de Mayo.

Three of the nine main colleges in Baja California Sur, commonly called UABCS, CIBNOR and CICIMAR, are home to marine biology programs and research facilities making them some of the best in all of Latin America.


Entertainment and Tourism

The major sport in Baja California Sur is sport fishing and competitive fishing. Cabo San Lucas is home to the Black and Blue Tournament and La Paz hosts the La Paz International Bisbee Fishing Tournament. Another big competitive sport is surfing.

Cabo San Lucas is considered one of the major hotspots for getting wild in Mexico. It is here that Spring Breakers and folks of all ages let loose at places like Cabo Wabo, Baja Cantina, and Nowhere Bar.

Entertainment and Tourism


Of the many cities located in Baja California Sur, the five most populous are La Paz, San Jose del Cabo, Ciudad Constitución, Santa Rosalia, and Loreto.

La Paz

La Paz is the capital of Baja California Sur and is known for its high quality of life, beautiful shores and thriving industries such as silver mining, tourism and agriculture. Water enthusiasts love spending time in the Gulf of California waters. Many retirees seek the laid back lifestyle and workers embrace the opportunity to make a good living and send some of their income back to families throughout the country.

San Jose del Cabo

San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas make up the majority of the tourism industry in Baja California Sur and they see nearly 1 million visitors every year. San Jose del Cabo is a little less party oriented than its nearby neighbor and many folks over the age of 55 choose to seek property here. Mexican citizens in the market for a second home head to San Jose del Cabo as well.


Ciudad Constitución

There is a lot of agriculture coming out of Ciudad Constitución including wheat, chickpeas and asparagus. It is quite hot in the summers with average high temperatures in July and August reaching 100 degrees.

Santa Rosalita

Santa Rosalita is located in the northeast part of Baja California Sur just south of the Biosphere Reserve El Vizcaino. This seaside port city is most famous for its copper mine and has never caught on as a tourist destination.


Loreto is the oldest settlement on the Baja Peninsula. It is located on the east side of Baja California Sur and is situated next to the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range. Trails lead to historic cave paintings and the Bahía de Loreto National Park just off the coast of Loreto is home to dolphins, whales and pelicans. Tourists flock to Loreto for the exclusive resorts and excellent sport fishing.

Real Estate Market

With increasingly levels of safety and its proximity to Southern California, the property in Baja California Sur is continuing to be a great investment for baby boomers seeking a second home and retirees. In fact, Baja California Sur is considered the safest state in Mexico.


New developments are being built especially in La Paz with lots of plans for more new construction. Golf courses and marina properties with gorgeous views of the water seem to be the most sought-after purchases.

As baby boomers from the United States and Canada are looking to retire, more are discovering the weather, laid back life and affordability that Baja California Sur offers.

Only Mexican citizens are allowed to purchase real estate without any restrictions. One of the main restrictions regards laws about foreigners buying residential property within 31 miles of a coastline or 62 miles from the border. These purchases must be completed through a Mexican bank. Transactions are handled by notaries and it is recommended that one hires a lawyer to guide one through the process.

  • Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre: $706.82
  • Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre: $1,009.74
Home Style Average Rent Price
1-bedroom apartment in City Centre $360.31
1-bedroom apartment Outside of Centre $297.25
3-bedroom apartment in City Centre $667.97
3-bedroom apartment Outside of Centre $713.93

Source: (May 2017)



Baja California Sur has a very low illiteracy rate at 3% which is less than half of the country’s 6% average. There are nine colleges and universities including Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur and Instituto Tecnologico de La Paz, as well as the Centro de investigaciones biologicas del noroeste and the Centro Interdiciplinario de Ciencias Marinas which are the two leading marine biology institutions in all of Latin America.

The SEP (Secretariat of Public Education) manages the school system for the entire country. Public school is free for Mexican citizens; for non-citizen students, parents will often send their children to an international school or private school where English is more widely used.

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