Is anybody moving here, anymore?

Discussion in 'Living in Cancun & Riviera Maya' started by V, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. V

    V I can choose my own title Registered Member

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    I know quite a few people who live here, but few are recent arrivals. Are lots of people moving here, and I just don't know it?

    Has Mexico lost some of its "shine"?
     
  2. V

    V I can choose my own title Registered Member

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    Cancun is a pretty big city, but we still enjoy fresh air, owing to the sea being nearby and there being almost zero manufacturing or heavy industry (refining) here.

    It is the most convenient city I've ever lived in, but it helps that I live in the commercial center. There are five banks within five minutes walk of my house, two supermarkets within a half mile radius, the largest mall in town just a 12 min walk and it has something like a 14 theater movie theater.

    But the biggest plus, in comparing convenience, is the easy access to quality medical care that we enjoy here. Same day appointments to see a medical specialist of your choice is the norm here.

    As for the HZ, we get to enjoy all the attractions of the HZ without ever having to get on a plane.... The beaches and restaurants of the HZ are just minutes away by car; and, if we want to, we can book an AI for a "mini vacantion." Isla Mujeres is a 25 min ferry ride away and we often go there for an overnight visit: it's a completely different world, with its village atmosphere.

    Is Cancun a big city? It takes less than a half hour to drive from one side to the other, and there are no expressways! No, to me it does not feel like a big city.
     
  3. JnLStuck

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    We are currently in the planning stages of an early retirement move to Cancun sometime in 2017. Sounds as though you live in the same part of town in which we are interested in moving to. Our favorite properties are located in Residencial la Fuente in SM 17. We are excited for Tigres baseball games, walking to the grocery store, frequenting the local bus system, AI resort "date nights", and various excursions!
    Perhaps we will run into you at a Tigres game in June '16!? This past June the games we planned on attending were rained out.
     
  4. V

    V I can choose my own title Registered Member

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    Glad to hear of your plans, JL. We've got quite a large retired community and many of them have time, money and energy to lead an active life.

    Mexico itself is a fine place to travel with lots of interesting cities to visit.
     
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    dencole2016 Newbie Registered Member

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    We are in the research stages of making a move and have heard a lot of positives about Cancun. Any info or feedback. Would be helpful.

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    Think I would like to explore a future move to Cancun or close..Have to wait one more year tho..
     
  7. V

    V I can choose my own title Registered Member

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    Cancun still has it's attractions for long term living. For people whose wealth is based on USD it's better than ever, with the USD=MXN peso very advantageous. As I type the exchange is above 1=18, making many things seem cheaper than ever, in spite of inflation.

    But, that's not the most important thing for us. It's the climate, the proximity to the sea, the convenience in terms of day to day living, access to quality medical care, the AIs which are for us go to places for a quicky vacation and, most of all, Isla Mujeres, where we go at least ten times a year for an overnight stay or just a little longer.
     
  8. wild1s

    wild1s Naughty 'n Nice Registered Member

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    We have often considered it but the horror stories have made us hesitant. Would love to have a conversation about it sometime.
     
  9. Steve

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    Horror stories?
    In 13 years I've not experienced any, and every one I have heard happen to someone else was easily avoided using common sense.
     
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    Jimmy n Stacie Enthusiast Registered Member

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    Merida is our home away from home. Progresso is another great place to check into. Flamingos is our favorite place to eat and it is a 2.5 hour drive to Cancun. Just another option god bless friends and happy sexxyness.
     
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    That's good to hear. Most of what I'm referring to involves real estate transactions and dealing with any branch of government or utilities or just being taken advantage of in general.
     
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    MandEOntario Enthusiast Registered Member

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    Steve, can you talk a bit about the realities of security (e.g. after dark; home security, personal security,etc) and the true reliability/response time of police services? Rumours exist about lack of response, corruption, organized crime, bribery, so it's important folks like you have the experience to set the record straight. Interesting topic to quelch any unfair rumours and get the facts out? For example, travel alerts say, while travel to the state of Jalisco (where Puerto Vallarta is) is not advised due to conflict between drug cartels and state police, the Yucatan Peninsula (Cancun, Cozumel and Riviera Maya) has not been significantly affected at this time and is still deemed okay for travel by the government of Canada.
     
  13. Tyler and Angie

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    The hubby and I are moving down in January for the year. We're starting the process to become Mexican citizens as soon as we arrive. After traveling to Mexico 9 times since last August, we have decided that this is where we want to spend our time away from the states.
    We're taking a mid life retirement to enjoy the little things while we're still able to get around without walkers or scooters! LOL
    The Yucatan has the lowest crime rates in Mexico and if you compare to the States right now, there aren't too many places that don't have high crime rates in the States.
    Currently looking into Playa Del Carmen but we have entertained the idea of moving to Progreso. We're taking a cruise Oct 29th down to Cozumel and Progreso so we'll give it a lookover while we're there.
    Steve, if there is any advice you could offer we would greatly appreciate it.
    Coming down to Mexico for a year isn't that scary for us because we've traveled so much but the language barrier does give me some hesitation.
    P.S. Can't wait for the TTR re-opening!!! We'll be there during a lot of the reno period so hopefully we'll be able to spy on the progress a bit.
     
  14. V

    V I can choose my own title Registered Member

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    If anyone hesitates to answer a question like this it's probably because it's so hard to say something meaningful about it. All the things you mentioned exist in Mexican society and if you spend enough time here you may bump into situations which make you aware of it but for the most part people can live here in retirement without encountering too many problems.
     
  15. El Guero

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    Congrats on the adventure you're about to take ! I lived in Cancun for 11 years, very successfully and very happy but would offer this advice, very seriously;

    1. Re-think trying to become Mexican citizens, at the risk of losing US citizenship.

    2. If you haven't - learn Spanish as quickly and as completely as you can. the more you practice, the easier it will become. Do not try to move there with only a few phrases. . . that WILL be dangerous for you in various ways.

    Good luck. . have fun !