Retiring to the Rivera Maya
Before I tell you about my Mexico story I want to tell you a bit of my background. I grew up in Thunder Bay,Ontario Canada and didn’t travel much outside my home country for the first 30 years. I didn’t grow up wanting to travel or wanting to write a blog, in fact writing in school wasn’t my strong suit. I met my current wife 10 years ago and she was a bit of a seasoned traveler which made me want to do the same. Thinking back on it now I probably would have done more traveling when I was younger if I could get over that first step. Man, that first step is a bitch but once you start traveling and get over any fears your confidence grows and your trips get amazing. The best thing my wife has taught me about traveling is “If everyone else is doing it you can too” I remember that phrase and repeat it everytime I try something for the first time. Which brings me to Mexico!
Since our first trip to Mexico in 2016 we have traveled up and down the Quintana Roo Peninsula visiting Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel, Akumal and Tulum. That first trip opened my eyes to a whole new culture and different way of life so much that I want to retire in the Caribbean. Once you get past all the negative things you hear about the country, the real Mexico shines through. Some of the best locations on the Riviera Maya are Akumal and Tulum and once you visit them you never want to leave.
I love this little beach community! now I didn’t always feel that way until we spent 4 days in Half Moon Bay. At first glance Akumal looks like a tourist area with the main attraction being sea turtles. If you take the time to see the “real” Akumal you will see it is much more than just another tourist area. We stayed in a small AirBNB 20mins from the main beach and the experience was awesome. I found the vibe on Half Moon Bay was perfect for my young family, and I had no problem envisioning myself living there.
Many amenities are located in Half Moon Bay which include: Two convience stores, restaurants, and a diving shop. A short golf cart drive will bring you to Cenote Yal-Ku if you want to enjoy some snorkeling. The beach in front of our condo was very clean except for seaweed which was cleaned up every morning. The water can be rough in the bay which makes snorkeling and swimming difficult but it’s the perfect spot to watch the sunrise.
The grocery store can be found in the town of Akumal across the highway. The grocery prices are reasonable making it very affordable to vacation there. Also located in the town is a salon, church and a medical center. If you want to adventure out to Play Del Carmen or Tulum the Collectivo stops often on the highway to pickup passengers.
Akumal makes it so easy for you to blend in and forget your worries back home. Time seems to stand still which makes it high on my list of places to spend my golden years.
The question should be “Why NOT Tulum?”, I mean you would have to have rocks in your head not to want to retire here. Tulum is a small city south of Akumal which has become a very popular tourist destination within the last 2-3 years. The property prices have been going up with Tulum’s popularity which is making it harder to find a good deal, but not impossible depending on your needs. Ocean front properties are getting more pricey and the more affordable real estate is located in land. The main attraction are the beaches which bring many tourists to the region every year. The bright white sand and crystal blue waters are amazing making it feel like your private oasis giving you thoughts of staying there forever.
We found the grocery prices a little more expensive in Tulum but nothing to get worried about. The city is a little bit more busy being home to Hostels, restaurants, bars and much more.
Tulum is a great choice to call home, but it is getting more pricey every year.
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