Today I’m sitting in Mahahual, Mexico – about a three-hour car ride south of where I live in Akumal. We decided to head down to this small beach community with some neighbors on a whim because they had never been here before.
Mahahual is a small beach community whose primary source of income comes from tourism. There is a port here that is frequented by cruise ships. When the ships leave, the community transforms itself back into a laid-back beach town with a cool, rustic vibe to it.
The weather isn’t perfect today. It’s partly cloudy and the wind is a little stronger than I would like – but it’s still an amazing place to be. As I’m writing these words, I’m listening to the sound of the waves crashing against the reef and enjoying the feel of the warm Caribbean breeze on my face.
I decided to get a little writing done this morning while Linda and our neighbors are enjoying some beach time. I don’t have long to work on it because we plan to head down and get one-hour massages on the beach.
Just In case you’re wondering what a massage on the beach costs here, it will be $350 pesos each, or about $18 USD. I’m not sure what a one-hour massage costs back in the States, but I’m guessing it would be more expensive – just like everything else.
After our massages, our day is pretty much open. If the weather holds, we’ll enjoy some drinks on the beach and at some point, have some lobster tails.
As we were planning today’s leisurely activities, I started to imagine what my day would have been like if I had stayed in the United States. It certainly wouldn’t have involved beach massages and lobster tail lunches – of that, I’m sure.
Life Before Mexico
In August of 2015, I was eligible to retire after a 25-year career working as a deputy Sheriff in Florida. I could have elected to stay an additional 5 years to make quite a bit more in retirement; however, I chose to leave and forfeit the money.
I felt that I owed it to my wonderful wife who had spent many years of sleepless nights worrying if I would come home the next morning. Over the years, many of my friends and colleagues paid the ultimate price and never made it home. Although I loved the job, it was time to move on to the next chapter of my life and retire.
Retirement meant a significant cut to my monthly income, so there was no way Linda would be able to retire too. Besides, without an employer to help us pay for her health insurance, her premiums would go through the roof.
This only left us with two options: 1) one or both of us would continue to work to maintain our standard of living and pay for health insurance, or 2) we could get rid of everything we owned and start over in Mexico – a country with a much lower cost of living.
We chose the second option and we’ve never regretted it. We live in a beautiful condo and spend our days traveling, spending time with friends and living every day to the fullest. Mexico is a wonderful country full of wonderful people and we feel truly at home here.
Let’s Wrap This Up
I receive emails daily from readers in the United States and Canada who tell me that they’re inspired by our story. Many tell me that they would like to follow our lead; however, they’re afraid to try.
Look at it this way — if you sell your stuff and relocate to Mexico, what’s the worst thing that will happen if you don’t like it? The answer is simple: you go back to your home country and buy more stuff.
Even if that happens — which seems unlikely judging by the number of happy expats we’ve met here — you’ll still be richer for having had the experience.
So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your new life in Mexico and we’ll save you a Margarita!