Surely you have imagined spending your retirement living in a place where you will be able to be in touch with nature, enjoying your favorite pastimes, in a community where you can greet your neighbors in the street, having them answer with a smile. A place near the ocean, in the middle of a forest, o in a picturesque colonial town, where, despite the tranquility, you will receive the best medical care and the services to which you are accustomed. This place does not only exist in your dreams, it is a real place that exists in Mexico.

Mexican destinations such Puerto Vallarta, the Riviera Maya, Cabo San Lucas, Rosarito, La Paz, among many others, are favored by Mexican and foreign citizens over 50 years old, who come to these communities to settle down permanently. A survey conducted in 2009 by the International Community Foundation, an organization seeking to improve the health, education and the environment for the sake of local organizations in Mexico and Latin America, and which promotes building sustainable.

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Retirement Destinations: Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

In recent years, Puerto Vallarta has experienced a boom, due to its growth in the housing construction industry. Punta Mita is located near Puerto Vallarta; this a very attractive destination for Baby Boomers who are developing retirement homes along the entire Pacific Coast. Puerto Vallarta is one of the fastest growing cities in Mexico. It has an unprecedented proliferation of foreign retirees and expatriates because it is a colonial city which blends perfectly with a beach destination. The city lies on the same latitude as Hawaii, therefore having a perfect climate with an average temperature of 71ºF and very little rain.

Retirement Destinations: Cancun


The mysticism of the Maya culture and its natural beauty make Cancun, Quintana Roo, the perfect retirement destination for those who want to live by the sea. Located to the northeast of Quintana Roo, about 1,056 miles from Mexico City, this destination stopped being a plain fishermen island surrounded by virgin forests and uninhabited beaches, to become the most internationally renowned Mexican tourist center. Currently, this destination is home to the world’s major hotel chains, the best restaurants and first class tourist services. Cancun, one of the favorite beach destinations in the world, is the dream home for living out your retirement in complete harmony with nature.

Retirement Destinations: Lake Chapala


Lake Chapala and its surroundings is one of the most charming places in the world to spend a great retirement. A place where natural beauty, tranquility and beautiful weather all year round, are just some of the attractions. This destination in the state of Jalisco is the largest water reservoir in Mexico and provides for the drinking needs for much of the city of Guadalajara. Here, a variety of cultures and nationalities come together, resulting in an exotic blend that coexists in a typically Mexican environment. Chapala is located just one hour from Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico, which offers modern airports and roads for your use.

Retirement Destinations: Los Cabos

Los Cabos

Consisting of the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, in Baja California Sur, this destination has an important influence of American culture, so that, except for its natural beauty and the warmth of its people, it might seem an American beach destination. The weather is divine, about 78ºF on average, representing one of the main attractions for retirees. Los Cabos are spread across 17,400 square miles; it should be noted that Baja California Sur is the state with the lowest population density, with an average of only eight people per square mile.

Retirement Destinations: Merida


The city of Merida, Yucatan, known as the “white city”, is famous for its rich Mayan history and for being home to some of the most important archaeological sites in Mexico. It is a great center of activities and is very well connected by road and air to other places in the region and the country. It offers all the amenities of a big city, together with the rich history and culture of colonial Mexico. It is a cosmopolitan and picturesque city, with a strong Mayan influence; it serves as a starting point to visit the archaeological sites of Chichen Itza and Uxmal.

Retirement Destinations: Playa del Carmen

Riviera Maya

Playa del Carmen is located on the Yucatan peninsula, in the state of Quintana Roo. Regarded as the second most important tourist destination in Mexico after Cancun, Playa (as it is commonly known) was once a small fishing village, and today has become one of the fastest growing cities in all of Mexico. Unlike other destinations in the Riviera Maya, the city has always been quite and authentically Mexican, without an over proliferation of night clubs or big shopping malls. As the center of the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen is the favorite place for visitors and many expatriates.

Retirement Destinations: Riviera Nayarit

Riviera Nayarit

Mexico’s most promising tourist destination is called Riviera Nayarit. It is a tropical paradise with a coastline that stretches over more than 1,988 miles of blue skies, green mountains covered by thick vegetation, and endless beaches for your enjoyment. Its warm climate has become refuge to hundreds of foreigners who come to this place fleeing from the cold, and who decide to stay and live out their retirement. Its enviable humid climate averages 77ºF almost all year round, endowing the fertile soil of the Riviera Nayarit with the most exotic vegetation.

Retirement Destinations: Rosarito


Due to its proximity to the northern border, Rosarito is one of the most popular retirement places among American citizens. This beach destination is in the Tijuana-Ensenada Tourist Corridor, which is home to many real estate developments which have turned this place into an ideal place for relaxation and comfort. Its natural attractions and the beauty of its beaches have been the setting for many important movies such as Titanic, Pearl Harbor or Pirates of the Caribbean. Rosarito is famous for its delicious lobster and is home to thousands of foreigners who come to settle down here.

Retirement Destinations: San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is a perfect place to live deep within the art and the culture which are abundant throughout its streets and squares. In this picturesque town in the State of Guanajuato, colonial Mexico is still alive, and there is a bohemian and artistic environment unparalleled in very few places in the country. The natural surroundings, the tranquility and the safety it provides its inhabitants is one of the main attractions for those who are not looking for a sun and ocean destination, but rather a true retirement community.

Retirement Destinations: Todos Santos

Los Cabos

Todos Santos is a very popular destination among retirees, because of its relaxed lifestyle, full of ecological tourist activities and water sports. This is the more bohemian and cultural side of Baja California Sur, very different from San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, which are primarily vacation destinations and with a hectic pace, full of tourists for most of the year. Baja California has much to offer in addition to its beaches. It has beautiful vineyard areas and tons of delicious fresh seafood, to which you will have to get used, as well as fresh fish, oysters and clams.