Enjoy our quick guide to Cabopino, a small port situated on the eastern side of Marbella. Known for its impressive style and exclusivity, Cabopino is protected by thick woodland that highlights the area’s popular golf courses and refreshing green hills.
Below we feature an expat interview with Mark Rose of Rose Estates who covers the Cabopino area.
In particular, we wanted to learn from Mark the advantages on living in Cabopino and the value for money that you can get if you decide to stay permanently in the area.
Mark, thanks for helping our readers. I guess we should start off by asking what would you say would be the advantages to living in Cabopino compared to other Costa del Sol towns?
You don’t need a car in Puerto Cabopino as there are plenty of bars, restaurants and one of the best beaches in Marbella with water sports. Dolphin boat also at Splash Watersports. Also, two beach bars and two communal swimming pools. Cabopino Golf Club just over the road, excellent 18-hole course. Marina and waterfront bars/cafes.
Would the area not suit certain types of people, i.e. are there any possible downsides?
Not if you want crazy nightlife and clubs, although local bars and restaurants are open until late (Bars 2am).
What proportion of the local population are Spanish?
What are your favorite things to do in the area?
Golfing and chilling out at Andy’s Beach Bar.
Can you give us some insider tips to the best bars or restaurants?
• Brian’s Bar in the square behind the marina is one of the best, serving cocktails & drinks with large terrace overlooking the Square.
• Shebeen Irish Bar and Santiagos also recommended (Santiago’s great for sport).
• Teos is a Spanish styled cuisine
• Taj Palace – Superb indian
• Los Javiers – grest for tapas
• Alberts – Grill and Roast Sunday lunch
• La Despensa – Pizzeria and restaurtant
• Hermosa – A la carte, international
Are there many facilities such as doctors and dentists, shops etc?
Not in Cabopino. There is a mini market. Nearest doctor/dentist is just 2km away in Calahonda or Elviria.
Are there smaller villages nearby that you might also recommend?
Elviria, beautiful beach (Golden Beach), Santa Maria Golf, and Nikki Beach at Don Carlos Hotel (3km)
What are the nearest international schools and how good are they?
English International College, Elviria. Said to be the best English School on the Coast.
Is crime an issue for expats?
No more so than anywhere else although best to be vigilant in the summer months.
Coming onto buying property, what is the market like now in terms of prices going up, or down or staying the same?
Prices are very much staying the same and going up slightly in the better locations but properties in Cabopino hold their price particularly well as they have excellent rental income all year round.
Is this a good time to buy and are there any repossessions or very cheap properties still available to buy?
Excellent time to buy – properties in Cabopino are highly sought after as holiday homes and rental homes. The market is very stable now and cheap and repossessions are almost non-existent. Good deals are sometimes available depending on the vendors circumstances.
What urbanisations are there and can you describe each one and how they might differ from each other?
Cabopino is one urbanisation with each block of apartments, from A to N. Each block has its own advantages. Possibly K block is one of the favourites as it offers stunning views of the Marina, the beach and the pool. N block is also very popular, as it is set slightly back and high up, so slightly quieter. All blocks have their advantages, depending on what people want.
Also there are townhouses near entrance to Cabopino and villas .
How much are the typical property prices in Cabopino for apartments, villas etc.?
Typically a 2 bed duplex apartment in K block has just sold for €260,000 and prices range from €200,000 to over a million.
Any tips and advice to people looking to buy in Cabopino or surrounding area?
Use a local agent who really knows the Cabopino market and who has a choice of properties in different blocks so buyers can choose the best option for them. At Rose Estates we offer FREE professional legal and financial advice.
Mark, thank you so much for taking the time to help our readers with your experiences in Spain. If you want to contact him, you can find his details below.
Here is an interesting tourist video on Cabopino.
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