Sargasso? Riviera Maya has much more for you!

Sargasso? The Riviera Maya has much more activities for you!

If you’ve visited the beaches in the Riviera Maya in the mornings, you’ve probably noticed the piles of sargasso littering the sand. This free-floating seaweed has been experiencing a boom in recent years due to warmer ocean waters caused by climate change. There are many initiatives underway to reduce this litter, but in the meantime, if you find the beach too cluttered, here are some other thrilling activities you that you can do.

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Day Trips

Wherever you are in the Riviera Maya, the network of highways and roads can get you to a variety of places. In those cities, towns and other locales you can experience traditional Mexican and Mayan culture. You could explore a large city like Merida to see how modern Mexican culture blends with the history of the region or a small village like El Cuyo for a more sleepy and quaint experience. Just be sure you know where you’re going and have a map, because there may not be cell service!

 

Mayan Ruins

If you love to learn about history, there are plenty of ruins you can to explore in the Riviera Maya. Chichen-Itza is a must-see for anyone who has not yet been. Not to mention that it is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Moreover, this archeological site is one of the most stunning and well-preserved examples of Mayan history. However, if you have already been there that you can explore many other sites. Uxmal is another amazing option that showcases a different style than Chichen Itza. You may also consider Coba. Although the ruins there are quite spread out you can rent a bike to explore at your leisure!

Eco Adventures

Throughout the Riviera Maya, you can find Eco Adventure parks. There you can seek thrills by riding ATVs and zip lines; you can explore tree walks and hanging bridges, and go swimming in cenotes! There are large theme parks where you can go and try several different adventurous activities at your leisure. Otherwise, if you’re with a group of friends and family, you can book private tours that blend together a variety of excursions. Often, there are different options for different abilities so that you can find something for everyone!

Punta Laguna Zipline

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Food and Drink

Of course, when you want to relax and recharge, there are few things more fulfilling than sharing a delicious meal and drinks with good company. All through the Riviera Maya, you’ll be able to find countless options for refreshments. Street stands sell tacos all day, or you can try other street foods like elotes and esquites or marquesitas. Also, there are many restaurants, big and small, where you can find traditional Mexican food. Furthermore, you may find specialties from other parts of the Americas like Brazil or Argentina. And don’t forget to try traditional Mexican drinks like horchata or tamarindo!

 

No matter what your hobbies or preferences sargasso is not a problem, you can be sure that the Riviera Maya has an activity for you! 

Remember, at Top Mexico Real Estate … we make it happen!

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Weekend Getaway: Sisal, Yucatan

It’s time for another weekend getaway, this time to Sisal, in the state of Yucatan. This quaint seaside town features a beautiful coastline, a charming main street full of bright colors and incredible nature sanctuaries.

What is Sisal?

The city was once the primary port for Yucatan. Between 1880 and 1915 the Yucatan’s most successful export was henequen (also known as sisal). A variety of textiles come from a plant native to the area. If you ever purchased a scratching post for a cat, it was likely of sisal rope!

Thanks to this booming agribusiness Sisal welcomed large numbers of Europeans and Americans and introduced them to the land. But now it is time return to the natural beauty and impressive ruins that our early ancestors also experienced.

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How to get tHERE

Just 47 kilometers from northwest of Merida, Sisal is now experiencing a resurgence as people rediscover its charm. Thanks to the new investment, there are new roads, new construction, and freshly painted buildings. Therefore, this incredible location is being able to prosper.

Sisal is still a tiny town, so there are no hotels located within limits. However, it is a quick one-hour drive from Merida through Hunucma. For those looking to visit from Cancun or Playa del Carmen, it is a longer four-hour drive along Highway 180. Therefore, you will want to look for accommodations in a close by city to fully enjoy this beautiful seaside town.

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What to do while you’re there

Sisal is a quaint town that is perfect for anyone looking for contact with nature and serene views. Kilometers of white sand beaches are the ideal place to sunbathe for those who like to relax next to the water. It is also great if you want to watch a beautiful sunrise.

One of the most exciting features in Sisal is the Pink Flamingo sanctuary. With the help of a tour guide and a boat, you will be able to go on a 5-6 hour eco-trip. Once you are there, you will travel through a pristine mangrove jungle where you may view the flamingos, as well as other abundant flora and fauna. You may even have the chance to visit a private cenote where you can cool off with a swim before returning home.

However, for those more interested in thrilling and blood-pumping activities, Sisal is also famous for its kiteboarding opportunities! Thanks to the kilometers of empty white sand beaches, the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and the windswept coastline, it makes for an ideal location for this electrifying activity. The best months for kiteboarding are during the windy season of February to July when the warm winds are blowing. Even beginners will have a fantastic time surfing over the warm waters of the gulf.

 

Most of all, you will want to ensure that you enjoy yourself, and take the time to experience and appreciate local Mexican culture and cuisine!

Remember, at Top Mexico Real Estate … we make it happen!

Weekend Getaway: El Cuyo, Yucatan

It’s time for another weekend getaway! This week let’s travel to El Cuyo in Yucatan – a remote fishing village on the tip of the peninsula, known for its incredible flora and fauna.

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What is El Cuyo?

El Cuyo is a small village, located on the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, inside the Rio Lagartos National Park – a region known for the thousands of flamingos that call the area home, along with sea turtles and other sea birds. Surrounded by nature and located in a remote area, the center of town is just one square, and many of the streets are unpaved. This sleepy village is exceptionally safe and a great place to relax and recharge, away from the hustle and bustle of the larger cities.

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How to get to El Cuyo

You will definitely want a car to travel to El Cuyo as it is in a remote area of the Yucatan peninsula.

If you are driving from Playa del Carmen, you will need to leave Playa via the Playa-Nuevo XCan Highway and travel towards Holbox. Once you arrive at Kantunilkin, you will take a left to go towards Colonia Yucatan and then to the right towards El Cuyo. It is a two-and-a-half hour drive, but you will pass through small delightful Mayan villages and fields where you can stop and take pictures or purchase small homemade goods.

If you are coming from Merida, you should travel via Tizimin and then follow the instructions through Colonia Yucatan.

Some small colectivo vans travel between Tizimin and El Cuyo; however there are no set schedules, so you will want to ensure your timing options are flexible should you be traveling without a car.

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What to do while you’re there

As a small fishing village, there are no large resorts or name-brand hotels in El Cuyo. However, there are many cabanas in town that you may be able to rent once you arrive. There is poor cell service and internet in El Cuyo so you will want to ensure that you have a plan in place beforehand!

With such a small native population of only 1,700, you can rest assured that you will have no problem finding the perfect spot on the endless miles of white sand beaches in El Cuyo to relax and recharge. For those that love to sunbathe and unwind on the shore, you will not be disappointed here.

If you prefer to have more vigorous activities, there are also plenty of options for you as well! El Cuyo is the perfect spot to go out with some real fishermen and try your hand at catching some grub while enjoying the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

If you don’t like to fish, but you do love to be on the water, you might be interested in renting a kayak, and rowing through the mangroves where you will be able to catch a glimpse of some of the incredible nature and wildlife of the area. Thousands of flamingos, sea birds and sea turtles inhabit this area and are a vision you will not want to miss.

Whatever you decide, be sure to you take the time to observe and learn about the culture and experience in this authentic rural Mexican village!

Remember, at Top Mexico Real Estate … we make it happen!

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Riviera Maya, Best Diving Experience!

Riviera Maya offers a diverse dive-site portfolio for scuba diving, from big-animal encounters to western Caribbean coral reefs.

Parallel to the coast, there’s the Mesoamerican Reef, the largest in the Northern Hemisphere, and second longest of the planet. Not only in the sea, but also at the jungle there are a significant number of cenotes to explore by diving. Hence, there are no questions about why Riviera Maya is one of the best dive destinations in the world.

Deep Dive

Experience the Deep. Riviera Maya’s warm and clear waters provide the perfect location to perform this awesome activity.

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Diving with Sharks

You may encounter sharks in warm, shallow waters. Between November and March, they are present at only a 5-minute boat ride from Playa del Carmen. Shark feeding experience has become a must in this season.

Wall Diving

There are three main reef systems in front of Puerto Aventuras. Also, nearby Cozumel there are spectacular walls and dramatic drops into the big blue.

Night Dive

Night diving is an experience that yields a large assortment of diving possibilities that you will not find when diving during the day. During a typical dive in the day, you can see all around you, But at night you can only see where you point with your light source.

Night diving invites you to see a whole new world underwater. While some underwater creatures retreat to bed for the evening, others begin their day when the sun goes down.

Therefore the experience of night diving at the Riviera Maya is entirely different because there are many creatures and fish that are usually active only as the sun goes down.

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Cave and Cavern Diving

Diving in the cenotes of Riviera Maya is a unique experience that attracts divers from around the world. The cenotes are flooded underground rivers and caves (the ancient Mayans believed they were the entrance to the underworld).

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Diving with Sea Turtles

Sea turtles have been swimming the oceans for millions of years. For instance, the coastline of Riviera Maya is a significant nesting area for the green turtle and the loggerhead turtle.

From May until September they come up the shore to lay an average of 120 eggs per nest on the beaches of the destination. Consequently, there is a fair chance to encounter several of these endangered animals.

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Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

These giants of the sea migrate every year to the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula where they feed & breed. The season starts in May and ends in September. Swimming with the largest non-mammalian vertebrate that exists has become one of the significant spotlights, beyond imagination.

Snorkeling with Sailfish

Every year in the winter season, the Mexican Caribbean becomes the home of the fastest fish in the ocean: the sailfish. They can reach a speed of 120 km per hour. They get their name because of their spectacular dorsal fin, that is almost as long but a lot higher than their body. Due to the abundance of sardines that swim in vast schools, you may find sailfish in this area.

The prior are only a few reasons that make the Riviera Maya the best diving destination. It may be an excellent point to consider for retiring in the Riviera Maya!

Remember, at Top Mexico Real Estate … we make it happen!

Six Steps to Get Ready for Retirement

Who are you? A life-long adventurer for whom retirement and relocation are just another opportunity to clear out the lumber in the attic? Or a senior executive concerned about losing your status and connections, and perhaps even the goals that drive you, in a whole new world? Retirement should be fun. It should bring new challenges and new possibilities. Especially if it means leaving everything you know behind and starting that Mexican Caribbean lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of. So, pack up and move to the Riviera Maya for retirement. But first, here are six ways to get ready for retirement.

Take charge

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‘Retiree’ is a very passive word. As if all the decisions are made by your employer, leaving you with nothing to do but watch the grass grow. The first step to an active retirement is to explore your options and clarify your own expectations. Become an active ‘retirer’!

Money

There are some very obvious questions here. Do you have a steady income from savings, investments and pensions? Or do you plan to carry on working from your new home? Are you sure that you can comfortably cover your cost of living and accommodation? What about medical expenses? There is plenty of advice out there for the careful planner. For the free spirit, the alternative is to sell up, move out, and leave the rest to fate.

Timing

The timing of your retirement may also depend on financial calculations. But it’s affected by lifestyle choices too. Early retirement may be affordable although it produces a smaller pension, but gives you more time to enjoy and explore. And there’s plenty to explore on and around the Riviera Maya.

Location

Move to Playa del Carmen

Here on the Riviera Maya we are blessed with a great climate, wonderful beaches, mysterious jungle ruins and easy access to the rest of the world from the Cancun International Airport. There are expats here who have no intention of ever going back to their native countries. But you might have to factor in the need to get back home in an emergency – elderly friends and relatives or your own medical care, for example, or just to be with your grandchildren.

Accommodation

Here’s where our expertise comes in. There’s a very wide range of property for sale or let along Riviera Maya, including beach-front villas, gated condos, independent houses and apartments of all sizes. Talk to us about your budget, the options you are looking for and investment in property to rent to other visitors, and we’ll match you up with affordable solutions.

Lifestyle

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What are you looking forward to doing with your retirement? A busy, fruitful social life, perhaps offering your skills to charity work? A quiet time with the occasional round of golf? Catching up on the books you haven’t read or the places you haven’t visited? Scuba diving or game fishing? Riviera Maya offers all these options and more. Make a priority list. It may just be a blank piece of paper with ‘Have Fun!’ scrawled across it, but the more you can tell us about your probable needs, the better we can help you find the right location and type of accommodation.

6 Reasons to Move to Playa del Carmen Right Now

Mexico is seen as a heavenly country by many people. Its turquoise sea, white sandy beaches, and year-round sunshine largely contribute to such a flattering title. Lately, Americans have been leaving their homes and making the move to Playa del Carmen. What urges a person to suddenly leave everything and move to another country? Why has moving to Playa del Carmen become so popular in recent years? And what will you gain by making such a daring move and relocating to this charming place? As a leading real estate company in Mexico, we will give you an answer to all of these questions and show you how grand life in Playa del Carmen can be.

You will lower your cost of living when you move to Playa del Carmen

Beach Sunset

Doesn’t it feel like life keeps getting more and more expensive with each year that passes? Of course, as you get older, your expenses keep piling up, and so does your cost of living. Did you know that, for an average American family, the move to Playa del Carmen comes with a lower cost of living by nearly ninety percent? This is not a negligible number we are talking about. Saving ninety percent of your income means that you have much more money to spend as you see fit. Whether you want to save, invest or splurge, it will all be possible after moving to this lovely coastal town. What most of our clients are doing, of course, is investing in real estate to own a piece of paradise in this gorgeous fishing town.

You get to dedicate your time to the things you like

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Once you don’t have to spend a large portion of your hard-earned money on necessities such as utilities and groceries, you can finally start dedicating your time to more pleasurable things. You can start using your time and money for more recreational activities such as scuba diving, fishing, snorkeling or exploring nearby towns. You can also start blogging – something a lot of retirees in the region do. The free time you can gain will always be one of the most alluring things about the prospect of making the move to Playa del Carmen. We think there is nothing more to think about – just move to this heavenly place.

All the mouthwatering food will win you over

Mexican food

Can you imagine being able to get a perfect, tasty meal for as little as three dollars? It does sound unthinkable, yet it’s a part of Playa del Carmen’s daily life. If you are a foodie, you can rest assured all of your taste buds will be happy and pleased in this piece of heaven on Earth. By buying a property in Playa del Carmen, you truly get the best of both worlds – affordable prices and world-class quality of life. Whether that property will be a small studio or a beachside house is up to you and your finances!

Mexico is the country of great food and Playa del Carmen won’t disappoint.

This coastal town is righteously called a slice of heaven

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How many wonderful summer vacations have you had so far? After each one of them, didn’t you feel a slight depression about leaving the sunshine and coming back to work? This happens to more than 90 percent of people, which is why moving to Playa del Carmen seems so alluring. You get to lead a vacation lifestyle all the time. Suddenly, the endless blues become a part of your daily life and you get to enjoy sipping cocktails under a palm tree. Yes, Mexico is one of the best retirement locations worldwide (Merida being the leading city at the moment), but there is no reason to wait for a large part of your life to pass before you realize what you have been missing all along. Instead, take a leap of faith and make the move as soon as possible.

Slow down and enjoy the laid-back lifestyle

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Time flies. Before you know it, the New Year has come and gone, and it’s already time for new festivities. No matter where you are living at the moment, we are pretty sure you are desperately trying to slow things down. And that’s what’s so alluring about Playa del Carmen. Here, people are not in any rush to get places. You will get a chance to enjoy the little things that previously eluded you, like sunsets, fresh air and the greenness of nature. If there is one thing we are sure of, it’s that it will take you little to no time to get used to this change in lifestyle.

The views in Playa del Carmen are breathtaking.

Getting to places around the world from Playa del Carmen is easy

Cancun International Airport

In the modern era, we get so many opportunities that were unimaginable just a few decades ago. Today, you can hop on a plane and be on another continent in a matter of hours. When people find out that Playa del Carmen conveniently has easy access to the Cancun International Airport, they get some much-needed reassurance that they have made the right decision. Even if they did have their doubts about moving here, they suddenly vanish. The reason behind this is simple. People love to feel like they are gifted with options and have the freedom to go where they want and when they want it. Especially back home to visit family. Moreover, the Cancun International Airport is often opening new routes to and from major cities around the world, making it easier to fly in and out of the region.

This truly is the place to be. So, move to Playa del Carmen today! It’s a coastal resort town whose people, food, and scenery will win you over. Whether you believe it or not, there are still places in the world where you can regain your faith in people and recharge your batteries. And Playa del Carmen is the perfect place to do so. Couple that with a beachside life and you get a place you will hardly ever want to leave.

So, whether you’re looking for your vacation or retirement home, start doing so now. Playa del Carmen offers thousands of listings suited for all types of preferences and budgets. And our Buyer’s Representatives will help you through the process every step of the way.

And remember, at Top Mexico Real Estate…we make it happen!

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What to do with your Loved One on Valentine’s Day in the Riviera Maya

Cancun and the Riviera Maya are the number one international destinations for Americans for Valentine’s Day. That’s a fact. Its white-sand beaches, stunning sunsets, and exciting activities, make the Riviera Maya an ideal location for a romantic getaway. Better yet, however, retiring to the area could be as romantic as ever. And since we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day today, you want to make sure you have the perfect day planned for your loved one.

Playa del Carmen: romance by the sea

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Begin your romantic day with a special couple’s photoshoot on the beach. Playa del Carmen has a booming wedding industry and there is no shortage of excellent, skilled and experienced photographers to capture a beautiful set of photos. You also won’t struggle to find the perfect location. Just pick one of the innumerable white-sand beaches and catch the colorful sunrise.

If you’re feeling slightly more adventurous, you can follow your photoshoot with a horseback ride on the beach. Just 20 minutes from the city you can take a tour with experienced guides. These tours offer the perfect opportunity to share the beauty of the Riviera Maya with your loved one, admiring the lush jungle and the stunning beaches.

When it comes to a dinner date, Playa del Carmen has plenty of offer. There are a handful of restaurants offering couple’s dinners including champagne and three-course meals. In fact, one of the most romantic restaurants in the area is not even in the tourist zone. Alux is located inside a cavern that is over 10,000 years old. The food is mouthwatering, as well. This is an unforgettable dining experience, and will surely inspire your love for years to come.

Tulum: a laidback romance

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Just imagine starting your day off at a high-end, five-star spa. Your experience will include Mayan rituals designed to align you to the rhythms of nature for enhanced well-being. That is as Tulum as one can get. You can get a couple’s treatment, as well, with a steam bath and a massage. You are spoiled for choices when it comes to spas in Tulum, but we definitely recommend Maya Spa at Azulik Hotel.

After spending a whole day relaxing, you can pick one of the many beachfront restaurants at the hotel zone in Tulum for dinner. Enjoy the bright colors of the sky that the sunset creates. You could try your luck at Mi Amor. Inspired by both French and Italian cuisine – the most romantic of them all – this highly-rated restaurant will provide a perfect conclusion to your relaxing and romantic day together. End the day with a romantic walk on the beach.

Nothing Sparks Romance on Valentine’s Day More than House Hunting for Retirement

With Top Mexico Real Estate’s Live It Tour, operated by our expert Buyer’s Representatives, your Valentine’s Day could also be the time when you start searching for that home that you know you will want forever. Just like your loved one. Search through thousands of listings both in Playa del Carmen or Tulum and pick the ones you love the most.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Top Mexico Real Estate!

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Retirement in the Riviera Maya: What’s to Know?

Retirement in the Riviera Maya – what’s to know is a guest blog by Betty White, whose bio you can find at the bottom of this article.

In the modern era, we are living faster than ever and working much more than relaxing. When we are young and full of ambition, we even find pleasure in the adrenaline that this lifestyle brings us. But as the years go by, we become tired. Not tired in a way that we only need one lazy weekend to recover, but truly tired, and need a change of the way we live. For this reason, people are excited about their retirement like never before. This is a chapter of life when you should find peace and just relax, you have earned it!

And because the place where you have lived doesn’t suit your needs anymore, chances are that you are looking for some other place where you can enjoy your retirement. It’s like taking a very long vacation, and that’s exactly what you need at this stage. Therefore, people often choose warm places by the sea with a laidback lifestyle and sunny weather. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Retiring in the Riviera Maya sounds heavenly. Let’s give it some thought.

Be prepared for the big move

Moving

While you are searching for an ideal place for your retirement, you should also learn how to find the best moving experts NYC has to offer. The Big Apple is a place with possibly the biggest number of moves during the year. In the city that never sleeps somebody is always moving. Therefore, you certainly know someone who had a good moving experience recently and who can give you a recommendation for some reliable moving company. Also, you can check out the online reviews, but take them with a pinch of salt. Make a list of companies you have heard positive things about, and ask them for free moving estimates. Once they provide them to you, compare those estimates and choose the offer that suits you best.

Retirement in the Riviera Maya, paradise on Earth

Cenote Cristalino

Riviera Maya is stretching from Cancun to Tulum in Mexico on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is one of the world’s most attractive beach destinations. Thanks to its white sands, blue Caribbean waters, and warm weather year-round, this area attracts plenty of visitors. Additionally, the region is rapidly developing and the high level of investment from the government and the private sector is changing the place. It’s becoming more and more modern when it comes to infrastructure, services, and amenities.

Traditional Mexican culture will just blow your mind.  From music to food and cultural events, Riviera Maya is very much alive, in a good way. Mexico is the most popular expat country for Americans, with Riviera Maya quickly becoming a favored area. When retiring in the Riviera Maya, you will certainly find something for yourself.  Whether you want a seaside, village resort-style living, or a city atmosphere, you will find it here.

Pick your paradise home by the beach

Cancun Hotel Zone

The Mexican government decided to make this region a focal point of tourism in the 1970s. And they made an amazing job. With just a little effort, this naturally beautiful coast turned into a popular vacation spot for visitors from around the world. Very soon, retirees and other expats discovered the charms of living in the sunny Riviera Maya. You know how we always complain our holidays are too short? Well, guess what? You certainly need a long vacation, but once retired, your life can become a vacation. You can explore local real estate options and, without a rush, pick your paradise home in Riviera Maya.

Modern Playa Del Carmen

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Even its name sounds exotic, right? Once a small fishing town, Playa Del Carmen has undergone rapid expansion in the past few years. Nowadays, it boasts luxury residential condos, world-class shopping, excellent bars, restaurants and a wealth of entertainment and leisure facilities. Interestingly, this town has been the location setting for some television shows and has hosted PGA golf tournaments. Several Caribbean cruise lines include this city as one of their stops, due to its stunning scenery and welcoming residents.

Playa Del Carmen has something for everybody

Fifth Avenue

Also, the hub of vibrant nightlife and tourist activity is located along a pedestrianized street, La Avenida Quinta, or The 5th Avenue. That’s right, you will have 5th Avenue around here as well. If you start missing NYC, take a walk. An international population and a big number of tourists give this district a cosmopolitan feel. The great thing about Playa Del Carmen is that you have all you need in one place. Whether you want to go for drinks, take a long walk by the coast or have a peaceful dinner, you will be satisfied here. Therefore, when retiring in the Riviera Maya, consider Playa Del Carmen.

On the waves of the Caribbean Sea

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The astonishing Caribbean shore offers unlimited recreational opportunities, including snorkeling, fishing, diving, swimming, and boating. Some of the world’s top beaches are located exactly here in Mexico, and you will have plenty of time to explore them. There is also a handful of islands a few miles offshore. Cozumel and Isla Mujeres are two wonderful examples you should not miss when retiring in the Riviera Maya. Cozumel offers a bit of dazzle and glamour with a steady stream of cruise ships, while Isla Mujeres is more rustic and laidback.

Meet the amazing sea life of Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres

The waters surrounding Isla Mujeres are full of sea life. Hence, the divers, snorkelers and fishers are rarely disappointed by its vivid underwater experience. Water recreation is a great part of life on Isla Mujeres. You can find almost everything you need on an island, but for those other things, a quick ferry ride into Cancun can connect you. You can rent a golf cart or bicycle to explore the island and see the sites, take a yoga class and get a massage. Take a walk around Centro and admire the Sea Wall Murals and discover a hidden treasure in one of the many shops. Most importantly, relax and enjoy the warm turquoise water, white sand beaches and charming people.

What are you waiting for?

If you needed inspiration, I hope you found it in this article. What is the next step? Find reliable international movers near you, pack your favorite summer clothing, good books and a pair of sunglasses. It is very sunny where you are going! Enjoy your retirement to the fullest – you deserve it.


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Betty White is an independent writer with years of experience behind her. Positioned in San Diego, CA – she constantly takes on new and challenging projects for diverse niches and industries. So far, her work has covered topics related to the moving and transportation industry, IT solutions and software innovations, business growth and development etc.

Don’t Miss the Super Bowl Between the Patriots and Rams in Playa del Carmen

February 3rd will be the 53rd annual Super Bowl to pick the NFL’s champion this year. The New England Patriots will be facing off against the Los Angeles Rams for what might prove to be a rematch from when these two teams met back in 2002. This will also mark the third consecutive appearance for the Patriots, and their fourth in five years. Overall, it’s their eleventh time (and if they win, sixth ring) in the Super Bowl. The Rams will only be appearing for the fourth time.

Tom Brady

For those who aren’t necessarily big football fans but still want to participate in the fun of watching the biggest football match, Maroon 5 will be featured on this year’s halftime show. Moreover, they’ll be featuring Big Boi from Outkast and Travis Scott.

Just because you’re in the Riviera Maya, it doesn’t mean you have to miss the big game. In fact, many American expats live in Playa del Carmen and get together to watch. Because of this, many bars, beach clubs and restaurants host events for the game. But, if you want to go out and watch it somewhere, make sure to make reservations ahead of time.

Where to watch the Super Bowl in Playa del Carmen

LA Rams

Photo from USA Today

Zenzi Beach Club

Located right on the beach at the end of Calle 10 Norte, this restaurant and beach club is a great location to watch the game. You will be able to make use of their big screen TVs while you chow down on delicious food and tasty drinks. Besides, you will have the fresh ocean breeze around you and views of the gorgeous Caribbean Sea. You could even run down to the water for a quick swim during half time.

Wings Factory

Chicken wings are a very traditional snack for a Super Bowl game. And that is exactly what will be supplied at Wings Factory. Besides, you will be able to accompany the wings with large draft beers or other drinks special just for the event. This restaurant is located off the beach on 10th Avenue. They have plenty of screens for everyone to comfortably watch the game. That way, you won’t miss any of the action.

Legends Bar

Legends is probably one of the most well-known sports bars in Playa del Carmen. It is sure to be a top location to watch the game. With 15 screens and 3 projectors, you can be sure that you will be able to watch the game from wherever you are. Plus, you will be able to enjoy a selection of delicious sports-related foods and drinks to keep you satisfied at all times.

These are just some suggestions to not miss what is sure to be a great game at the Super Bowl. But, a quick walk down 5th Avenue or the surrounding areas will open a world of bars and restaurants showing the game. Or, you can do the old-fashioned at-home Super Bowl bash with friends, family and more. For that, of course, you need a beautiful and spacious home, like the ones you can find at Top Mexico Real Estate. May the best team win!

Retirement: Big City vs Small Town

Retirement is different for each person. Some people seek retirement to simply sit out on a porch, overlooking the ocean and relax for good. Others are out to find adventures that they couldn’t quite have while working the 9 to 5 job. Retirement is a very personal thing; but the Riviera Maya offers choices for everyone. From a big city like Cancun (or Merida in the Yucatan Peninsula), to smaller towns that are growing like Playa del Carmen or Chetumal, and even to laidback beach towns like Tulum, Bacalar or Puerto Morelos.

Hustle and Bustle in a Laidback Setting

Fifth Avenue

If you want your retirement to have a rich and varied social life, full of bars and restaurants and want a buzzing town with amenities, you should consider Playa del Carmen. You will be able to admire its natural beauty and engage in social activities such as painting, photography and others. If you’re more of a secluded person, you will find a variety of villas where you can walk the dog and take a short stroll to the beach for some alone time. Playa del Carmen might still seem small for some; but its exponential growth has put it on the retirement radar for years now.

The city has everything you need for a comfortable life. You will find large supermarkets, international coffee shop brands, and even clothing lines from Europe, the United States and beyond. It is big enough to support culture (having its own large theatre in the city), yet small enough to continue having that beach vibe that you might be looking for. Another advantage of this lovely beach town is how easy it is to move around by bike or walking. A car is only necessary if you are moving from point to point or going towards the other side of the highway. But in those cases, a quick and cheap taxi ride can help you out. Playa del Carmen also features plenty of real estate options for retirement, which you can check out here.

The Big City

Cancun Hotel Zone

Cancun is much bigger; but it might suit you if you are looking for a much more cultural place, and a serious variety of shops, restaurants and bars. Not that Playa del Carmen doesn’t have them, but perhaps not at the same scale. In Cancun you will find concerts such as classical music, ballets, plays brought from Mexico City (and sometimes even Broadway), and museums. You will also find supermarkets – large and small – offering products from the United States and Canada.

Perhaps Cancun’s largest downside is the complexity of the city itself. The streets might seem confusing, and understanding public transport could be difficult. But once you get the hang of it, moving around is easy. In Playa del Carmen, on the other hand, public transportation and moving around is rather easy and inexpensive. An upside to Cancun against Tulum and Playa del Carmen is medical care and treatment. It has bigger hospitals, better clinics and more medical professionals. This doesn’t mean you won’t find services like these in Playa del Carmen or Tulum, but for bigger emergencies you are better set in Cancun.

The Little Places for Complete Relaxation

Tulum

You may be a person who really just wants to avoid the hustle and bustle of a city. In this case, you’re most likely better off retiring to Tulum or Puerto Morelos. These developing towns still carry that fishing village vibe and are a completely different world than Playa del Carmen or Cancun. However, the downside is that infrastructure isn’t quite as advanced as in larger towns or cities. This does not mean that there is no infrastructure or that it is not being advanced. In fact, Tulum is home to one of the most privileged communities in the region, Aldea Premium. This community not only offers luxury and exclusive real estate, it also has some of the most advanced underground infrastructure systems for telephone, internet, water, and electricity.

Both Tulum and Puerto Morels will offer a quiet retirement with amenities that are enough to live a comfortable and affordable life. Luckily, highway transportation is easy to catch and within minutes you can be at Playa del Carmen or Cancun for more specific needs you may have (like going to the movies!). One of the best things about these smaller communities is that less people speak English. This means you will have to practice your Spanish more, which is a great advantage.

These smaller towns also give you access to the little places, often incredibly beautiful, that are usually down a dirt road from the highway. They run through the jungle and mangroves and gives you something new to explore on a daily basis.

Your Retirement is Up to You!

Mexico Retirement

You will end up deciding what best suits you and what your needs and wants are. In the Riviera Maya, you will find everything from gated communities, golf courses, beachfront homes, expat communities, and much more. The best thing is that everything is nearby. So, it doesn’t matter where you end up settling down for your retirement, you are still just a short drive away from everything else.

The first step is to start looking at the real estate options available and contacting our expert Buyer’s Representatives. They will be able to guide you in finding the perfect retirement place for you.

And remember, at Top Mexico Real Estate…we make it happen!

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