Imagine living in a beach house, the ocean at your doorstep, in a tranquil, laidback fishing port, where you can buy the morning’s catch right at the dock.
If you’re ever strolling through the main square in Sayulita, on the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, slip in to Choco Banana, Sayulita’s original coffee shop and chocolate-covered-banana emporium. Chances are you’ll run into Tracie Willis, the restaurant’s upbeat, energetic founder.
Mexico may not win many Olympic medals compared with the U.S., but it certainly is sports-mad. And soccer is only the tip of the iceberg. If you’re a sports fan—whether as a spectator or as a player—you can find plenty of ways to enjoy your favorite sports in Mexico.
Most of us have pretty diverse interests. You can love the great outdoors and the thrill of indigenous cultures, yet still enjoy urban comforts like sidewalk cafés, jazz bars, and perfect al dente pasta. So it’s a red-letter event when you find a place that has it all.
One of the hot new words for 2008 was frugalista—someone who lives frugally but still manages to be fashionable and healthy. Expat Cuyler Salyer and his wife Alicia have been frugalistas since before the term was invented.
As a single woman living in Mexico, I often hear from other singles who dream of following my example. For almost all of them, though, their biggest concern is, “What about, um, companionship?”
In Mexico, both private and government-sponsored health care insurance plans are easily available—and both options are extremely affordable. And with doctors’ visits and common medical procedures in Mexico costing perhaps a fourth of what they do in the U.S., many expats just pay out of pocket.
A few years ago a good friend in the U.S. used part of a hefty severance package from her high-profile sales job to get a complete facelift. She looked great afterwards—and for what she paid, she should have. She confided that the facelift, including both eyelids, set her back about $30,000.
Christopher Saxman “always knew,” he says, that he wanted a coastal home somewhere with a warm climate. He ticks off the places he visited and considered: Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Portugal, southern Italy…