• Yoga at Tres Santos in Todos Santos, Baja Mexico


Living in Baja Mexico

TRES SANTOS’ THREE SETTINGS WILL OFFER A HOLISTIC, INTEGRATED APPROACH TO LIFE. A beach village, a farm village and breathtaking hills—all will be connected to Todos Santos and each other by walkable/bikable paths.

This is a place that brings people together and inspires a shared sense of belonging and purpose. The place has all the makings of an epicenter of wellness, but it’s the people—the organic farmers, fishermen, yoga teachers, and the enlightened crowd that frequents the town—that will be creating this wake-up call for mindful living.


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  •  FAQ ABOUT LIVING HERE
     WHAT IS THE CLIMATE LIKE?

    Todos Santos boasts a tremendous confluence of geographic features including a pristine coastline, rugged mountains and native desert. The regionally mild microclimate allows for a large annual number of comfortable days and nights, even more than neighboring tourism destinations. The mild climate has an average temperature of 70 degrees F in the winter and 85 degrees F in the summer.

    Below is a chart showing the average temperature ranges by month in Todos Santos. Precipitation is extremely low. Between November and June there is virtually no rain. Between July and October, rain events come sporadically and usually as a result of storms passing to the south—just enough to green up the desert for the rest of the year.

    Weather in Todos Santos

     ARE THERE ANY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES?

    Todos Santos is a mecca for outdoor adventure. Surfing, mountain biking, hiking, yoga, horseback riding on the beach, running, whale watching, fishing, paddle boarding, kite surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, bird watching, swimming with whale sharks…do we have your attention yet?

     WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO GET MY CAR TO TRES SANTOS?

    We recommend driving down! The drive through the mountains and vineyards in Baja Norte is absolutely beautiful. The cruise along the coast in Baja Sur is equally stunning. Driving the “Baja Mil” (Baja One Thousand) is pretty much a rite of passage around here.

     CAN I OWN A BUSINESS AS A FOREIGNER IN MEXICO?

    Yes, you can. Lots of foreigners own businesses in and around Todos Santos.

     WHAT SORT OF VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE?

    Tons. Todos Santos is full of local social good groups and volunteers are always appreciated. You can teach English classes at the Palapa Society, play soccer with the kids at Hogar del Niño orphanage, help clean up the town with the Knock Out Basura team, assist in the baby turtle releases with Tortugueros Las Playitas, mentor the students in Jovenes en Video film program. The possibilities are endless. Stop by the Tres Santos Hub for more info.

     IS THERE A GROCERY STORE IN TODOS SANTOS?

    Yep! There is one main grocery store in town called El Sol. For fruits and veggies, Lizarraga has the largest selection. Pura Vida and Que Rico are two local health food stores. For organic and gluten-free products, they are your best bet. For bulk items, there is a Costco, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Mega grocery store in Cabo San Lucas, about 40 minutes south.

     WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO FIND OUT ABOUT LOCAL HAPPENINGS IN THE AREA?

    Stop by the Tres Santos Hub to find out the latest and greatest. El Journal and Baja Western Onion also have info about what’s happening in and around town.

     CAN MY PETS EASILY TRAVEL TO MEXICO WITH ME?

    Yes. Just check with your airline, as policies vary from airline to airline.

     WHAT ARE THE LOCAL MEDICAL CLINICS LIKE? IS THERE A HOSPITAL?

    No, there is not a hospital, but there are two local emergency clinics in town: the Centro de Salud and St. Luke’s Emergency Clinic. There are hospitals in both La Paz (1 hour away) and Cabo San Lucas (45 minutes away).

     WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES EXIST?
    There are a variety of art, pottery, writing and cooking classes available in town. The Colorado State University center at Tres Santos intends to offer continuing education courses in a variety of subjects.
     WHERE ARE THE CLOSEST SURF BREAKS?

    The most popular local surf break is at Cerritos Beach, 15 minutes south of Todos Santos. Cerritos is also the most swimmable local beach. The breaks at San Pedrito (10 minutes south of town) and La Pastora (10 minutes north of town) are also great. There are waves year round as the west facing shoreline picks up both the summer southern swell and the winter northern swell. During the summer months, many venture to the East Cape where a number of well known, but relatively isolated point breaks can be found.

     IS MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACE?

    We have recognized that one of the greatest challenges of living in Baja is dealing with substandard infrastructure. We have set out to eliminate this inconvenience by bringing in first-world infrastructure. And because water is such a scarce commodity, we will be introducing desalinization through modern reverse osmosis processes for the primary water supply. All infrastructure will be delivered subgrade to each home and will include power, water, sewer, and telecom.

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  •  HOW TO BUY IN MEXICO
     AM I ABLE TO OWN PROPERTY IN MEXICO?

    Yes, but there are restricted areas in Mexico where foreigners cannot directly own land. These protected areas are 50km from the coastlines and 100km from the border. There is currently discussion in the Mexican government about potentially removing this law and the legal change is under review by the Mexican Congress. In the restricted areas, foreigners are allowed to own property through a trust (in Spanish, “fideicomiso”). The trust will hold the property so the foreigner does not own the property directly. As beneficiaries of the fideicomiso, foreigners have the rights to use, sell, rent, donate, etc. the property as if they were direct owners. Additionally, properties under a fideicomiso can be passed onto others as inheritance.

     HOW DO I SET UP A FIDEICOMISO?

    Fidiecomisos are set up with local banks. Bancomer (only bank in Mexico that allows you to pay your trust fees online), Banamex (Citibank), and HSBC are among of few of the banks. Our local team will assist in making introductions and walking you through the process.

     ARE THERE ANY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE MEXICAN FIDEICOMISOS AND U.S. TRUSTS?

    In Mexico, in order to be named beneficiary of the fideicomiso, you have to be alive or already existing. For example, you cannot name a future relative, business, etc. as beneficiary of a fideicomiso. Additionally, in Mexico only people or companies can be named as beneficiaries. You can name anyone the substitute beneficiary, as long as they’re alive. Finally, in Mexico, financial institutions are the only institutions that can be named trustees of a trust.

     WHAT PAPER WORK DO I NEED TO HAVE PRIOR TO SETTING UP A FIDEICOMISO?

    You need to have a copy of your passport, identification showing proof of address (driver’s license, ID card, etc.), and a completed fideicomiso application. The passport copy and proof of address document can be sent to the bank through email. The bank will require the original hard copy of the application. The application requires information such as personal contact info, profession, designated substitute beneficiary, and property information, (which will be provided by Tres Santos).

     DO I NEED TO BE A RESIDENT OF MEXICO OR HAVE A MEXICAN WORK VISA IN ORDER TO OWN PROPERTY?

    No, you can be a tourist and own property in Mexico.

     HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE FIDEICOMISO TO BE SET UP?

    Once all documentation is submitted, it will take approximately 30 days to process and receive the finalized paperwork for the fideicomiso. With that said, we recommend you start the application process about 60 days before you intend to close on the property.

     DO I NEED TITLE INSURANCE?

    It is not required, but we highly recommend it. U.S. Title Insurance is currently available for properties in Mexico that are purchased by U.S. citizens.