I moved to the Riviera Maya in 2015 and have loved every day since. My wife and I both grew up in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. We spent 13 years in Edmonton, AB and started our family there, before finally taking the big step of selling our home and moving to Mexico with our young kids. We first vacationed, before kids, in Playa del Carmen in 2006 and really fell in love with the area. So much so, that we just kept coming back and getting more and more comfortable here.
After each trip to Playa del Carmen, we would return home and still have to endure another month or 2 of snow and cold. We had enough. Since moving here, we are living better, with less stress, so much more time outdoors and really enjoying every day. I wear shorts and flip flops. Everyday. The biggest reasons for the move was the weather, the cost of living and the lifestyle. The pace of life here is just so much better.
We live in the beautiful, gated community of Puerto Aventuras, and as a place for raising a family, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The kids ride their bikes to their friends’ place, to tennis, to the school or to the market if we need to send them off for something. I wouldn’t feel very comfortable doing that at home with a 10 and 12-year-old. Sometimes they miss playing ice hockey, but they’ve made some great friends here who love to play ball hockey, so they still get their fix! And then there are the dogs ’they’ rescued since we’ve been here… a 3-legged tiny Chihuahua and another Chihuahua mix.
As far as the Riviera Maya as our destination, it’s just so beautiful 12 months of the year and super accessible through the Cancun International airport. There is something like 60 airlines now flying into Cancun from all over the world. I’ve become a certified scuba diver, taken up paddle boarding, snorkeling ALL the time, the tacos are great (especially with habanero salsa) and the beer is cold! We seem to take a mini vacation every couple of months having already visited Bacalar, Puerto Morelos, Akumal, Chetumal, Laguna Milagros, Tulum, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Holbox, Cancun (for the Costco run) and even Belize. And with amazing natural cenotes and local parks we’ve been to, like Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xenses, Xoximilco and the dozens of others we still haven’t been to, it’s impossible to get bored here.
There are not many things we miss from home, except of course for friends and family. But nobody seems to mind coming to visit us. And for the ’things’ we can’t seem to find locally, there’s always Amazon to the rescue.
I know it’s sometimes hard to find time to get down here, but if you can find 4 days to get away, I can help you book a discovery visit for 2 people, to stay at an all-inclusive resort here in Playa del Carmen for only $600. In my 4+ years here, the only people who can’t get away for 3 nights to come to check out real estate here with me, are those who don’t really want to 🙂