Food & Drink – Maria Elena Gonzalez

The Best Eats in Cabo

The man making my Caesar salad at Edith’s restaurant is taking his task very seriously. First he mashes aromatic garlic cloves in a big wooden bowl along with anchovies, an egg yolk, dijon mustard, olive oil, worcestershire sauce, and white vinegar. Mix, mix, toss. Next, he lays three perfect, strong leaves of romaine in the bowl and tosses them gently in the dressing. Would I like freshly grated parmesan with my gorgeous, crunchy house-made croutons? Yes, yes, I would.

I take a salty, savory bite. It’s earthy and crisp. It is, as promised, one of the greatest Caesar salads I’ve ever had. In fact, the Caesar salad may be the most famous dish to emerge from Baja California: It originated in Tijuana.

I found a similar level of artistry and care in restaurants across Los Cabos. And, sure, I could find traditional Mexican food in this seaside city, but the olio of internationally inspired dishes on offer around town was a welcome change of pace.

Here are seven of my favorite foodie finds in Los Cabos:


Flora's Farm (Photograph by Annie Fitzsimmons)

The market at Flora’s Field Kitchen and Farm (Photograph by Annie Fitzsimmons)

Cocina del Mar: On site at the stunning Esperanza resort, Cocina del Mar is all about the ambiance. But the food easily keeps pace. Here, the executive chef brings to the table his own Argentine heritage along with his experience working with flavors from Costa Rica, Canada, and Chile. Lunch-goers can choose among an impressive selection of hearty and healthy salads, ceviches, and tacos, while the dinner set can dine on cool dishes like Peruvian quinoa, farro cakes, and “cowboy steak,” a sausage lentil stew. For a special treat, take in an incredible sunset view from one of the restaurant’s best tables – overlooking a cliff.

Flora’s Field Kitchen: On the outskirts of San Jose del Cabo, you’ll find Flora’s Field Kitchen, a delightful destination located on a ten-acre organic farm. Amidst a desert landscape, this surprisingly verdant escape remains a perennial local favorite where the lunch menu is full of oversized salads and sandwiches and the staff cares about organic and humane sourcing. In addition to offering a range of cooking and gardening classes and a small bed and breakfast on site, Flora’s even has a small gourmet grocery window where you can buy fresh bread and peak produce. You’re probably safe walking in for lunch, but I’d recommend booking in advance for dinner.

El Farallón: Dining at El Farallón is as close to traveling to another planet as you’ll get in Cabo. Though it’s located at the Capella Pedregal resort, it’s a short walk to a cliff where you can watch the Pacific Ocean crash into the shore below you. The day’s local catch is displayed on ice. Simply choose what looks best and the chef will prepare it to taste, filling the air with that gorgeous smoky grill smell.

Nick-San: My pick for the best sushi in Los Cabos is Nick-San (rumor is that George Clooney agrees with me). Choose the original Cabo San Lucas location or the Palmilla location on the Corridor. Make sure to try the house specialty: Buttery fresh-caught tuna served up with Asian spices and a rice cracker tostada.


Snag an al fresco seat at The Restaurant at Las Ventanas al Paraiso (Photograph courtesy Rosewood Hotels & Resorts)

Snag an al fresco seat at The Restaurant (Photograph courtesy Rosewood Hotels & Resorts)

The Restaurant (at Las Ventanas al Paraíso resort): I saved one night for dinner at The Restaurant, a place known for popularizing the term “Baja-Mediterranean” that boasts commanding views of the Sea of Cortez. Executive Chef Fabrice Guisset grew up in Provence and embraces ingredients that region is known for: mussels, oysters, olive oil, herbs, and fresh fish. Dishes are also inspired by members of the restaurant’s culinary team, who are asked to submit their family’s best-loved recipes for inclusion on the menu. Wines are procured from France and Italy but also from northern Baja, which continues to increase in popularity in the wine world.

Tequila Restaurant: The Tequila Restaurant‘s simple exterior belies the splendor you will find within — a gorgeous al fresco dining experience in a garden dressed up with white tablecloths and trees. Seafood, beef, and fresh vegetables are the stars of the menu here and many dishes are Asian-inspired (think curries and spring rolls). Try the Tequila shrimp to start to complement the namesake main-attraction. There are more than 50 varieties to choose from.

Edith’s: The tableside Caesar provided reason enough to rave, but the rest of my meal at Edith’s, a joyful place with some of the best seafood in town, didn’t disappoint. Settle into a colorful chair in a palapa with a rainbow of blankets at the ready if the air becomes cool while live musicians stroll around you. My advice? Go early, about an hour before the sun sets. That way, you can enjoy the partial view of the water as the day fades to black.


Eating out in Los Cabos

Foodies can rejoice upon arriving in Los Cabos.

The vast choice of cuisine available here is just incredible. The local restaurants compete fiercly on quality, choice, presentation and crucially, price!  The thriving fishing in the area ensures that seafood is a real treat here for visitors and locals alike. Fresh catches of as Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Halibut and of course Cabo’s famous Marlin adorn the plates of many hungry travellers. The smell in the air as they walk the evening streets entices them into Cabo’s many establishments. Local highlights also include lobster, shrimp and octopus and of course fish tacos (or tacos de pescado). A traditional dish, the taco is a crisp, corn tortilla (usually handmade) with a deep fried fillet of fish served alongside shredded cabbage, cilantro and local salsa’s such as guacamole (see the image above) – delicious!

Meat eaters need not despair however, the local restaurants are bountiful with steak, lamb, duck, pork – much of it either locally sourced or of high quality and imported from the United States or Mexico’s Sonora region. International cuisine is easy to come by with French, Asian and Continental all available represented in the wonderful intimate restaurants and cantinas in the area. Those looking for something even more special should venture along The Corridor where the quality is simple exceptional. Hotel restaurants compete with local highly respected establishments for your business.

Those looking for something a little less formal – a quick, familiar snack for example will find all the usual franchises and their favourite comfort food at the likes of MacDonald’s, Domino’s, Subway, Johnny Rockets, Hard Rock, Cabo Wabo and many more. In Cabo you can quite simply take your pick!

Snell Real Estate – Maria Elena Gonzalez

Snell Real Estate has been helping families create memories in Los Cabos since 1997.

As the largest independent luxury real estate brokerage in Baja, specializing in the finest properties available in Los Cabos, the brokerage was founded in 1997 by Chris Snell. In March of 2012, the brokerage changed hands with controlling interest now held by Vanessa Fukunaga, President and CEO of Snell Real Estate. With a team of 50+ multi-lingual realtors and support staff, Snell Real Estate’s continues to be positioned as the top-selling real estate brokerage in Los Cabos, bringing with it over $1.4 billion in sales closed since the company’s inception. Snell Real Estate remains dedicated to providing premium services to clients. “Client care is a mainstay within our organization,“ said Vanessa Fukunaga. “Our developers and clients are the bedrock of our organization and the Snell Real Estate team will continue to strive for excellence in this area.” With an active listing volume of nearly $600 million in residental listings and $400 million in commercial listings, Snell Real Estate exclusively represents the communities of Mar Adentro, Chileno Bay, Puerto Los Cabos, Cabo Real, Club Campestre and La Costa and Exclusive Listings within communities like Villas Del Mar, Espiritu Del Mar, Oasis Palmilla, Palmilla, Cabo del Sol, Punta Ballena, Querencia and more.  Having chosen San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas as their home, the entire Snell Real Estate Team is here to partner with you as you learn more about real estate in Los Cabos.

Our Company

Real Estate has been helping families create memories in Los Cabos since 19


Property Type # of Bedrooms Price (low end) Price (high end)
Single Family Homes 3 to 7 $895,000 $9,350,000
Oceanfront Home Sites n/a $6,000,000 $8,000,000
Ocean View Home Sites n/a $395,000 $3,000,000
Fairway View Home Sites n/a $395,000 $595,000
Condominiums 1 to 3 $150,000 $850,000

Selling Real Estate in SAN JOSE DEL CABO Baja California Sur – Maria Elena Gonzalez

Seller Services for SAN JOSE DEL CABO Home Sellers


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Seller Resources – Maria Elena Gonzalez

Sell your home in Cabo

Snell real estate is a team of local real estate experts ready to reveal the secrets of how we can help you sell whether you’re downsizing or growing, Snell Real Estate understands the importance of selecting a brokerage and agent who can best represent your home. Consider the following when looking for a Los Cabos brokerage to market and sell your home:


Snell Real Estate has been the leading luxury real estate brokerage in Los Cabos since 1997. With more than 47% of our leads stemming from clients and referrals, Snell Real Estate has a proven client service track record.


With a collection of the finest homes in Los Cabos, Snell Real Estate represents exclusive listings throughout Los Cabos in gated-communities like Palmilla, Querencia, Villas Del Mar, Punta Ballena, Cabo del Sol, Espiritu Del Mar, Puerto Los Cabos and more.


President and CEO Vanessa Fukunaga and the entire Snell executive and support team is committed to growing the brokerage and expanding the reach of Snell Real Estate. Vanessa stands behind her team of realtors and takes great pride in the brokerage’s accomplishments, while always anticipating growth for the future.


With each new listing gained, your Snell Real Estate realtor will create a customized marketing plan for your home. From integration into the local MLS and networking with local brokers, to creating the marketing collateral your home requires – our agents consistently exceed Seller’s expectations through exceptional follow-up, honest interactions and most importantly, finding the right buyer for your home.
Snell Real Estate invests heavily locally, internationally and globally in a variety of marketing initiatives; from print advertising, electronic and social media initiatives; to private events, brokerage partnerships and referral program. Snell Real Estate’s commitment to promoting Los Cabos, the lifestyle and the incredible properties here remains a top priority. Our commitment is to present your property in the finest of light.


Through fastidious data management, Snell Real Estate is at the forefront of forecasting trends within the Los Cabos market. Trust that all data and comps related to the selling of your home in the current market can be backed up with a history of sound, solid data.


Snell Real Estate offices are found in the most desirable locations in all of Los Cabos. Our corporate sales office is located within the Shoppes at Palmilla with three additional spaces within Villas Del Mar; a Discovery Center at Club Ninety Six and also at the One&Only Palmilla.


Our team of experienced realtors and sales professionals are Los Cabos real estate experts. Specializing in a diverse portfolio of real estate, our sales professionals have a working knowledge of not only Snell Real Estate inventory, but the entire Los Cabos market.

How can I reach you? – Maria Elena Gonzalez


Snell Real Estate’s goal is to present your Los Cabos home in the absolute finest of light throughout the sales process. Your realtor will act as ambassador of your Los Cabos home and advise to you throughout the process. Below you will find some helpful information regarding selling your home in Mexico. If at any point you have any questions, please contact me at US direct: 1-951-970-2721 or local 624-205-0506

  • What can I expect from my realtor?
  • When does marketing begin for my home?
  • Is it my realtor’s role to offer guidance regarding the state of my home?
  • How do I stage my home?
  • Should I be present during tours?
  • How do I stage my homesite?
  • How often should I expect to receive updates from my realtor?
  • How often will my home be shown?
  • Which documents are required for Snell Real Estate listings?
  • Disclosure — is there anything I can do to help the sale of my home?
  • What happens when I receive an offer on my home?

Q. What can I expect from my realtor?
A. First and foremost, expect consistent and open communication from your realtor. The goal of your realtor to represent you throughout the sales of your home. At the time of listing, your realtor will collect the pertinent information and documentation regarding your home that is required by Snell Real Estate for listing your home. An official file of your home’s documentation will be houses within the Snell Real Estate record database. Throughout this initial preparation period, your property will be photographed and entered into our database and Snell Real Estate website, along with the local MLS.

Q. When does marketing begin for my home?
A. Your realtor will work with you to create a customized marketing plan for the selling of your home or homesite.  Beyond the standard For Sale Sign (if your community allows it) and MLS and Snell Real Estate website listing, your realtor will creatively market your home through events, open houses, brochures, print and electronic advertising and more.

Q. Is it my realtor’s role to offer guidance regarding the state of my home?
A. Absolutely. Trust that your realtor understands the local real estate landscape, most notably local comps. Your realtor will make suggestions regarding listing pricing, staging and or improvements that may need to be made to the property, landscaping or pool in order to best present the home to the market.
Remember – the homes that sell first are priced right and are in great condition!

Q. How do I stage my home?
A. The objective of staging is to prepare your home in such a way that those touring it could see themselves living there.
The most important thing to do is rid your home of any clutter. Attempt to see your home through a stranger’s eyes: is there too much furniture here? Not enough accessories there? Remember, not everyone has your style and you want your home to appeal to as many people as possible.

The key to make a staged home look warm and inviting is great lighting. Work with your property management company to be certain that both your home’s indoor and outdoor lighting systems are in working order. Remember, showings happen both during the day and in the evening. Turning on indoor and outdoor lighting and fire features will contribute to the ambiance of the home.

Studies show that when all of the senses are impacted a great impression is left on individuals. A welcoming, light, fresh, clean scent is important when showing property.

Please keep in mind that all lights will be on, doors will be open, window coverings will be open, outdoor furniture pillows, music and A/C (if necessary) will be on during all tours.

Q. Should I be present during tours?
A. Please plan on being off property during all tours. This allows for potential buyers to speak freely. Rest assured that your relator can handle any objections that may arise.

Q. How do I stage my homesite?
A. It’s imperative to clear the lot making it easily traversable and free of garbage or debris. Building a platform for viewing that demonstrates to the potential purchaser the view corridor is necessary, as well.

Q. How often should I expect to receive updates from my realtor?
A. Your realtor can and will be in contact with you as frequently as you prefer.  Your realtor is happy to take calls, emails and or texts as necessary. If you have misplaced your realtor’s contact information, visit the Snell Real Estate Company Directory here.

Q. How often will my home be shown?
A. The frequency of which a home is shown is dependent on several items:

1.) Is the home available for showing, or is it rented frequently?
2.) Is the home’s property management staff available and responsive to realtor showing requests?

Obviously a rented home is not as easy to show as a vacant home. If you have renters in your home for either a short-term or long-term basis, be certain to discuss with your realtor and property management how showings will work while the guests/renters are in residence. Be specific: how much advanced notice in required before showing? Are there any blackout/non-showable days? Make certain that your realtor has ample notice of any rental dates and stipulations.
Your realtor will also work hand-in-hand with your property management company in order to fully prepare the home pre-showings. In fact, your realtor will oftentimes set a meeting with your property manager to specifically go over the pre-showing task list.

Q. Which documents are required for Snell Real Estate listings?
A. In order to prepare your listing to be represented by Snell Real Estate the following documents need to be shared with your realtor either physically or electronically:

*Copy of the Fideicomiso or Escritura (Title)
*If owner is a Legal Entity, copy of the Legal Entity documentation and 2 forms of legal ID (Passport and Drivers License) for applicable partners, officers, members able to perform on its behalf.
·  If owner is an individual, 2 forms of legal ID (Passport and Drivers License)
·  Utility Bill evidencing primary residence of Property Owner
·  Copy of Last Property Taxes Paid
·  Copy of Last Bank Trust Fees
·  Copy of Current HOA, Maintenance and or Property Management Fees
·  If in HOA, proof of current payment (amount and term covered)
·  If property was originally purchased as a homesite, Manifestation of Construction and Terminacion de Obra evidencing construction and investment for cost basis.

Note: It is highly recommended that all sellers obtain a Capital Gains study to know what the approximate tax will be upon sale of the property.

Q. Disclosure — Is there anything I can do help the sale of my home?
A. Disclosure – if there is an issue with the property that needs to be disclosed, i.e. encroaching properties, sewer or septic issues, chronic leaky roof or pool, hiddien liens – let you realtor know. All of these items could terminate a sale if and when the Buyer does a building inspection.

Q. What happens when I receive an offer on my home?
A. Your realtor will be in communication with you regarding your homes tours and activity. If an offer is received, it will be presented in a timely fashion to you. Proactively prior to the offer, considering creating a term sheet to indicate what you are willing to accept in price, terms and conditions.

Buyer Resources – Maria Elena Gonzalez

Buying a home in Cabo, Mexico

Imagine buying your dream home. Let me help you make it happen. Please read this important information, answering to common home buying questions in Cabo.

Q. Can non-Mexicans own real estate in Mexico?

A. Yes! Ownership of real estate in Mexico is via a Mexican land trust called a fideicomiso (fee-day-coe-me-so). The trust has a term of 50 years and can be renewed in perpetuity to allow for long-term control of the asset or to will the land from generation to generation. For this purpose, we offer secure U.S. financing and Title Insurance on properties purchased in Mexico.

Q. What is the history of the Mexican property trust/fideicomiso?
A. With the advent of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Mexican government recognized that it was crucial to make foreign investment in Mexico safer and easier for non-Mexicans. Because the Mexican Constitution prohibits non-Mexicans from purchasing or owning real estate within 60 miles of the U.S. international border, or within 30 miles of the Mexican coast, an innovative and secure method of holding title was created. This method allows non-Mexicans ownership through a Mexican property trust called a Fideicomiso. This is a trust agreement, much like an estate trust in the U.S., which gives the Purchaser all of the rights of ownership.

In order to gain the rights of ownership, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City issues a permit to the Mexican bank of the Purchaser’s choice, allowing the bank to act as Purchaser of the property. Essentially, the bank acts as the “Trustee” for the trust and the Purchaser is the “Beneficiary” of the trust. The trust is not an asset of the bank; the banks simply act as the Trustee to hold the trust.

Q. What is the function of the trustee bank?
A. Much like living wills or estate trusts in the U.S., the Mexican bank, or Trustee, takes instruction only from the Beneficiary of the trust (the Purchaser). The Beneficiary has the right to use, occupy, lease and possess the property, including the right to build on it or otherwise improve it. The Beneficiary may also sell the property by instructing the Trustee to transfer the rights to another qualified Purchaser, or bequeath the property to an Inheritor. The initial term of the trust is 50 years, however the trust can be renewed for additional periods of 50 years indefinitely, providing for long-term control of the asset.

Q. What rights do I hold as a purchaser of Mexican real estate?
A. The Purchaser holds the same rights as a property owner in the U.S. or Canada, including the right to enjoy, sell, rent, improve the property, etc. This is not to be confused with a land lease. The property purchased is placed in a trust with the Purchaser named as the Beneficiary of the trust — the Purchaser is not a lessee. If the property purchased is already held in a trust, the Purchaser has the option of assuming that trust, or having the property vested in a new trust.

Q. How long does it take to establish a trust?
A. At Snell Real Estate, we partner with Federal and State notaries for all of our closings in order to secure your trust. A Notario Publico in Mexico is much different than a Notary Public in the U.S. In Mexico, Notarios are specialized attorneys who act on behalf of the state and federal government in relation to any transaction; they are comparable to a U.S. Clerk of Courts.

On average, Snell Real Estate can obtain your trust within 60-90 days. In some cases title has been transferred in as little as two to three weeks. We oversee the entire process and make certain you understand each and every step involved. For your benefit, we can even provide you with a sample trust in English for your review.

Many real estate purchases in Mexico have only a simple buy/ sell agreement between the Purchaser and the Seller as evidence of ownership. This is not a safe method of ownership and is not recommended by Snell Real Estate or our Third Party Escrow provider.

Q. When do I pay for my property?
A. The Purchaser should only release funds when the Purchaser holds clear title. By utilizing our Third Party Escrow service, your money is held in an individually numbered escrow account until your trust is complete and the property rights have been transferred to you, the Purchaser.

Q. Is Title Insurance a necessity?
A. Whether you purchase real estate in the U.S. or Mexico, Snell Real Estate recommends Title Insurance for every property your purchase. We insure our cars, homes and our health — it is just as important to insure one of your largest investments: your property.

Title Insurance is available for properties in Mexico purchased by U.S. and Mexican citizens.

Fact: Just because you have a trust does not ensure you have free and clear title. Title insurance is a necessity.
Fact: In a Snell Real Estate property search, the property’s title is searched all the way back to the Mexican Revolution. Most trust-securing title searches only go back to one or two owners of record.

Q. How do I ensure ownership of the land that I am going to purchase?
A. In the trust document the Purchaser must name the Beneficiary or foreign Owner of the property. The purchaser can be an individual, multiple partners, a foreign corporation, an estate trust, a living will, or another entity. The Trustee of the trust (the Mexican bank) will take direction from whomever you name as the Beneficiary. Note: You can name a U.S. corporation as the Beneficiary of the trust. This is perfectly legal.

• If you sell the shares in the U.S. corporation, you have created a real estate transaction in Mexico and all Mexican capital gains taxes apply.*
• You can own a property in a Mexican corporation and take title fee simple only if the property is for development or investment purposes.
• You cannot own property through Mexican corporation to bypass the trust process.
• It is against the law for a foreigner to own property in a Mexican corporation for residential purposes.