Posted September 28, 2009 by & filed under Destinations, Playa del Carmen, Retirement.

The cost of living in Mexico makes it the ideal spot for retirement – an individual or couple can easily fit a retirement income to a comfortable lifestyle. Some of the other reasons to retire in Mexico include: beaches and countryside full of history and beauty, multitudes of activities in which to participate, low cost food, gas and healthcare, and moderate year-round temperatures.

Solutions Abroad suggests a list of the top places to Retire in Mexico:

Mexican Riviera

One-thousand miles of coastline along the Pacific Ocean and Sierra Madre mountain range, between Ensenada and Huatulco, Mexico, comprise what is known as the Mexican Rivera. For more information on the Mexican Rivera click here.

Loreto, Baja California

Plan to retire in the “desert by the sea” town of Loreto, Mexico if your idea of retirement involves the sun, ocean and the opportunity for endless outdoor activities. And, the temperature stays in the 80s year round. Loreto is the oldest Spanish settlement in Baja and, until its recent boom as a travel / retirement destination, was a small fishing village.

If you are looking to retire in a smaller area in Mexico, one where you can be in close proximity to the ocean, and at the same time participate in outdoor activities, then Loreto may be just what you are looking for. 


Mazatlan, located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, directly east of the Baja peninsula, is Mexico’s largest commercial port. Mazatlan has a population of a half million people and is the second largest coastal city in Mexico. A very popular destination for travel and retirement, the weather is perfect for those wanting sun and a casual laid-back beach atmosphere. Though summers can be warm, Mazatlan has milder temperatures and less humidity than Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco or Cancun. Those who choose retirement in Mazatlan desire the relaxed attitude of the city, the temperate climate and the overall Mexican city vibe. Click here for more information on retirement in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Nuevo Vallarta

Nuevo Vallarta, a suburb of Puerto Vallarta is located just 15 minutes to its north. Considered the most important resort town in the State of Nayarit, Nuevo Vallarta treats tourists, travelers and retirees alike to some of the best luxury resorts and beach front property in Mexico. Beautiful facilities for all water sports, a modern marina, bird watching and residential living areas are at the disposal of all of those who decide to call Nuevo Vallarta home. Those who choose to retire here in Mexico can afford to live the good life, with virtually everything from golf, tennis and cycling to shopping and fine restaurants.


Acapulco is the largest city on the Mexican Riviera with a population of 700,000. Due to its close proximity to Mexico City, it was the first beach resort developed along this coastline. People retire in Acapulco, Mexico to enjoy both the city attractions and the beach resort. Acapulco is the home of many international celebrities, as well as a home-away-from-home for many expatriates and retirees. You will find a mixture of international travelers, ranging from the age of 18 to 65+. There are more than enough shops, restaurants, and water sports to keep one satisfied and content.

Mayan Riviera

The Mayan Riviera encompasses 80 miles of coastline along the Caribbean Sea and includes the Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Tulum. It is internationally known for its majestic blue sea, white sand beaches, historic archeological sites and the hospitality of the Mayan people. Here retirees enjoy an array of water activities and sports, not to mention coral reefs, amazing sea life and archeological sites in abundance! There is never a dull moment, nor a moment where you are not awed by the beautiful landscape of the natural environment. There are high-class restaurants, shops and jewelry. If you imagine your Mexico retirement as living in a luxury area with beach, sand and sun, then this is the location for you! Click here to learn more about retirement in Mexico’s Mayan Rivera.

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen sits south of Cancun and is centered in the perfect location for those wishing to retire in Mexico who want to be able to explore, travel and enjoy meeting people from all over the world. Due to the proximity to Cancun–the only downfall in picking Playa del Carmen as your Mexico retirement destination—is the increased population of college students who come here during the months of March and April for spring break. This can cause the town to be crowded, and the pricesof hotels, transportation and food have been known to increase dramatically during these months.

For more information on retirement in Mexico look for the book Choose Mexico for Retirement by John Howells and Don Merwin.


Best Mexico Retirement Communities

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