Since retiring to this Caribbean paradise almost a year ago, I have to say that we have rarely been bored. After all, life is what you make of it. We could choose to sit in our condo and watch TV all day — but we don’t. Long ago we both adopted the philosophy of making the most of every day. That is the same philosophy that drove us to sell everything and move to Mexico in the first place.
Several readers have requested that I write a post about what we do on a daily basis and how we stay busy in retirement. In response to those requests, here is a glimpse of what retired life is like in the Riviera Maya. Some readers have also requested more photos, so we threw some of those in there as well.
Linda loves to snorkel and that is one of the reasons that we chose to move to Quintana Roo. Each morning, she checks the webcam in Akumal to see if the water is ideal for snorkeling or not. If it looks like glass, we scrap any other plan that we had and we set out to one of our favorite snorkeling spots without delay.
Hobbies and Volunteering
My primary hobby is this blog. Between writing new posts and responding to messages from readers, it keeps me pretty busy.
Although Linda does assist with the blog, her passion is nature and wildlife. She currently volunteers to assist with sea turtle conservation. Sea turtle nesting season in our area is from May through October, so this keeps her busy half the year. This requires some morning and evening shifts out walking a beautiful strip of beach.
Beaches and Cenotes
We chose this part of Mexico because we wanted to live a Caribbean lifestyle on a Mexican budget. If the weather is perfect, we are enjoying one of the many beaches and cenotes near the house.
Living in Mexico allows us to live far better on far less. That gives us the extra money we need to travel all around the Yucatan. We look for last minute deals online and then book overnight trips to places like Holbox, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Valladolid, or Mahahual.
Sometimes our travel schedule is a little hectic. Recently, we spent a couple of days in Puerto Morelos, north of here, in order to attend the annual beer festival. After returning home, we repacked and headed three hours south to spend a couple of days in Mahahual.
We consider ourselves “foodies” and we love to explore the culinary delights that Mexico has to offer. Eating out is probably one of our favorite pastimes.
The thing that I enjoy most about eating out is conversing with the locals and learning more about their lives and culture. This has been a great way to not only improve my Spanish, but to also learn a few phrases in the Mayan language.
We are fortunate enough to live in a place with tennis courts, a gym, and free daily yoga classes. We try to work in some “fitness” every now and then.
I think I saw something about “moderation” once on TV. I don’t remember what they were referring to, but I would like to think it was exercise.
Friends and Social Engagements
The development that we live in has a very social expat community and we have far more friends here than we did in the States. Once you add in all the expats and locals that we know outside of the development, our social calendar is usually quite full.
By the way, we have also met several amazing people through the blog who share our zest for life and love of Mexico. That alone makes the time that we dedicate to the blog totally worth it.
Occasionally we have to put the fun on pause to buy groceries, wash clothes, or pay bills. Actually we use a bill paying service for that last one — but you get the point.
Linda and I often joke that Mexico is the land of trámites and bureaucracy. Whether you are going to a government office to register a car or renew your resident visa, expect it to take significantly longer and be far more arduous than anything you are accustomed to in your home country.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Even though we have received dozens of requests to make a post like this, I have to admit that I was very reluctant to do it. We have a great life here in Mexico and I was afraid that some readers would mistake a post like this for bragging. Those who know us well, know that we are not boastful people.
From the beginning, the purpose of the blog has been to share information about life in Mexico and to help other like-minded people realize their dream of moving here. Most of all, we want to show people that it does not take a lot of money to live well in Mexico — it only takes a little planning and the courage to try it.