Mexico Retirement Communities on the Caribbean Coast – Comparison
While there are a wide variety of choices in Mexico retirement communities throughout the country, the Caribbean coast, on the west of the Yucatan Peninsula, offers an excellent variety ranging from well-established expat communities to new retirement areas. While each has its own benefits, they all share a few things in common – the wide, soft white beaches, the turquoise water and the warm weather which has made this area famous.
Playa del Carmen is a good example of the first kind of area – a retirement community which has already become a favorite, with many expats (around 15,000 Americans and Canadians) and offers a large number of modern services resulting from a thriving tourism industry. In most communities in Playa del Carmen ideal for retirement, a retiree will find neighbors from the US, Canada, Europe and many other countries – and a significant number of them will be at or near retirement age, making it easy to find neighbors and friends with similar interests. Playa del Carmen includes all services, from large-screen movie theaters in new halls, to international quality hospitals, to world-class golf courses.
Playa del Carmen properties suitable for retirement can be found in a variety of communities, both next to the beach, or a short taxi ride away. The price range starts around $ 150,000 US for a high-quality 2 bedroom condo to upwards of a million for a luxury home on the beachfront. While there are certain properties and areas more suitable for retirement, the variety of styles and locations is large.
On the other end of the spectrum, Costa Maya, at the south end of the Caribbean beachfront area, just before reaching Belize, offers a smaller, but very close-knit expat community. Costa Maya real estate offers quaint, one story homes right next to the downtown area of Mahahual, (the main town) a very short walk from the boardwalk and many small restaurants, shops and several local grocery stores. For those who are prepared for a retirement a little bit more quiet, and away from everything, the beachfront homes in the nearby areas provide close contact with pure, untouched nature, and an ideal place for quiet relaxation – the neighbors are just about the only thing nearby.
The area's main tourism comes from the cruise dock in Mahahual. The disadvantage of retirement here is that many services can only be found an hour and a half away in Chetumal. Those who are not bothered by this, or do not have any very specific retirement needs, can enjoy a lifestyle more laid-back then in most parts of the world.
he Caribbean coast provides options between these extremes, and numerous other destinations for retirement including Cancun, Cozumel, Tulum and Akumal. Consider a retirement on what many consider the most beautiful stretch of beaches in the world; whatever your lifestyle, you will find the ideal place.