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Dossier – Where to spend a quiet retreat in Mexico!

You’ve certainly imagined spending your retirement in a place where you would be in contact with nature, devoting yourself to your favourite hobbies in a nice community! A place near the sea, in the heart of the forest or in a colonial city with all the services you are used to.This place doesn’t just belong to your dreams: it exists in Mexico!

Villages or cities such as Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Riviera Maya, Merida, Cabo San Lucas, Rosarito, Chapala in Jalisco, San Miguel Allende, among many others, are the favourite destinations for foreigners over 50 years old who come to settle here permanently.

The findings of a 2009 survey conducted by the International Community Foundation (http://icfdn.org/index.php), an organization that seeks to improve health, education and the environment through local organizations in Mexico and Latin America and promotes the creation of communities with sustainable lifestyles, may be of interest to you if you are unsure about moving.

According to this survey, retirees over 50 years of age living in Mexican coastal communities are mostly graduates under 65 years of age who chose their destination for its proximity to the United States and the low cost of living.

More than half of the respondents said that access to care was very important in their choice of moving and/or buying a property in Mexico.For 70% of those surveyed, Mexican health services are cheap and easy to access; and for 60% the quality of these services is comparable to that of the United States.The majority say they have already used local health services, especially dentists and routine medical examinations, because they are cheaper, as are the drugs.

Respondents who chose to spend their retirement in Mexico also placed great importance on lifestyle and cost.Many have chosen this country for the beauty of its landscapes.More than 62% responded that they would rather live in a house in Mexico than in a condominium in the United States.

Many highlighted their taste for Mexican-style colonial architecture and the concept of “village” as opposed to city life.When they bought their property, what attracted them, in addition to the very attractive prices, was the existence of local infrastructures and services as well as the fact of being able to own their own property.

Indeed, 77% of the respondents own their home in Mexico and only the remaining 23% rent.Although the majority of retirees living in Mexico are still working people, at least one-quarter of those surveyed said they had considered living in a retirement home in Mexico.

If reading the previous paragraphs has swept away your doubts, it is time to begin the process of becoming a resident in Mexico.We tell you how in the following.

Legal documents to obtain residency in Mexico

If you wish to settle in Mexico, you will need a permanent resident visa.You can download the application form at http://www.inm.gob.mx/index.php/page/Solicitud_de_Estancia.

Necessary documents:

– Photocopy of passport and original passport – Completed visa application form – Identity photograph – Proof of payment of the applicable visa fee – Proof of sufficient resources

Health

In Mexico, public health is subsidized by the government through the National Social Security, IMSS.If you want a more personalised service with western quality standards, you will find private clinics that will treat all the everyday ailments that a general practitioner can treat.

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is located on the Yucatán Peninsula, in the Quintana Roo.Considered Mexico’s second largest tourist destination after Cancún, Playa (as it is commonly called), once a small fishing village, has become one of Mexico’s fastest growing cities today.

In the centre of the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen is one of the favourite destinations for travellers and many expatriates who discover an ideal and relaxed way of life, surrounded by white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, warm all year round, with a multinational, multi-ethnic and artistic atmosphere.

The foreign community living here is vast and, in particular, the European presence is strong.If you wish to come and live here, you will discover a delightful mix of nationalities, cultures and languages.Although Playa has grown at a faster rate than any other city in Mexico over the last ten years, the local authorities have made a point of preserving the characteristics and rustic atmosphere that visitors enjoy so much.

Playa del Carmen is the main ferry port that connects the Yucatán Peninsula with the island of Cozumel, which has some of the best diving spots in the world.The city is also connected by road to Cancún airport in less than an hour and there is another international airport in Cozumel.With the development of new communication channels in the region, it is becoming one of the best served regions in Mexico.

Settling in

The cost of living in “Playa” is not as high as in other big tourist cities such as Cancun or Los Cabos but it all depends on the lifestyle you want to lead there.Real estate prices have remained relatively accessible.

Playa del Carmen offers retirees a tropical paradise that is a little bohemian, artistic and sophisticated: all these characteristics come together to give a unique personality to a true paradise where to spend your retirement.

Caution: it’s hot and humid in the Yucatan.This is an important factor to consider.In the summer the heat is very high and the climate is stifling.You’ll have to get used to it or live by the sea or the wind will act as a fan.On the other hand, Yucatan is flat and hurricanes are regular.

What are the leisure activities?

Playa del Carmen is the perfect place to take a walk on the beach at sunrise or sunset, pamper yourself in a spa or go shopping…in short, enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of the city.By avoiding the high season of tourism, from November to March, you can enjoy the remaining months of these beautiful beaches much more quiet, solitary and silent.

In Playa del Carmen you can spend all your free time playing sports, be it tennis or golf.You will also be able to practice diving in the unbeatable reefs of the island of Cozumel.The town’s many sports clubs offer many other activities, including sport fishing and sea kayaking.

If you prefer to relax, you can take yoga or dance classes, be it salsa or other rhythms, and even Spanish classes.Discover the ancient cultures that inhabited the region by visiting the nearby archaeological sites of Cobá, Tulún and Chichen Itzá.

Mérida

The city of Merida, Yucatán, known as the “White City” is famous for its rich Mayan past and for possessing some of the most important archaeological sites in Mexico.

It is a major centre of activity, very well connected by sea and air to the rest of the region and the country.It offers all the services of a large city associated with the rich history and culture of colonial Mexico.It is a cosmopolitan and picturesque city with an important Mayan heritage.It is an ideal starting point to discover the archaeological sites of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal as well as other lesser known but equally important remains.

Settling in

It has only recently become a new oasis of opportunity for foreigners and retirees.It is one of the richest provincial cities in Mexico and is an ideal place to live thanks to its quality infrastructure, services and numerous air links to the United States and Mexico City.

Currently, there are about 300 homes inhabited by foreigners in the downtown area alone, but the sale of homes in the Historic Center of Mérida, Yucatán, has increased with the strong demand for this type of property from North Americans.These sell for more than $30,000, but they can go up to eight to ten times that amount, especially if they are restored houses.

What are the leisure activities

In recent years, the streets of Merida have witnessed a veritable boom in art and culture.There is always something going on: concerts, festivals, parades and other festivities are common in this lively city.You will also be able to join associations dedicated to taking in abandoned dogs and cats, or participate in activities aimed at making Merida a more welcoming city.Expatriates also find themselves in many book clubs, such as the Merida English Language Library, as well as in art clubs, travel groups, wine tasting, bike rides, dance or language classes.The best way to learn Spanish is undoubtedly to enrol in a language school, and there are many such schools in Merida.

Caution: it’s hot and humid in the Yucatan.This is an important factor to consider.In the summer the heat is very high and the climate is stifling.You’ll have to get used to it.Insecurity there is almost nil and lower than in Switzerland, that is to say!

Lake Chapala

Lake Chapala is one of the most welcoming places in the world to experience a wonderful retreat.Considered to be one of the best climates in Mexico (between 25 and 30° all year round with very little humidity) the Chapala Lake at 1450m above sea level is surrounded by mountains that rise to 2000m.The beauty of nature, tranquility and a generous climate all year round are some of the charms that attract tourists.

Lake Chapala, in the state of Jalisco, is the largest reservoir in Mexico and supplies much of the city of Guadalajara.Many cultures and nationalities meet there, resulting in an exotic mix in the heart of a typically Mexican atmosphere.

Chapala is located only 45mns from Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico, which has an International Airport (25mns away) and modern roads for your convenience.From Chapala, you can easily drive to Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Zacatecas, Pátzcuaro, Colima or Manzanillo.

The local gastronomy is a delight for the foreigners who live here: it is varied, abundant and available all year round.This is certainly better than buying imported food, which is more expensive, although there are many shops where you will have a wide range of choices.

Settling in

Currently, about 12,000 immigrants, from the United States, Canada or Europe, enjoy their retirement on the shores of Lake Chapala in towns such as Ajijic or San Juan Cosala, taking advantage of the comfortable standard of living that these shores offer.It is possible to acquire a property of one thousand square meters by paying only 90 US dollars a year in property taxes!

“I came to live in Chapala, mainly because of the climate, but also because of the cost of living.I am single and it is very difficult for me to live in the United States as a retiree: my retirement would not have been enough to live on, really not at all! Here, my money lasts me longer” -Bridget Darby, 63, retired,

Even though the cost of living varies greatly, depending on one’s lifestyle, many retirees live here with dignity with only their monthly pension cheque.What attracts foreigners the most is the opportunity to live better here for much less than in the United States or Canada.For example, the region’s pleasant climate makes heating in winter or air conditioning in summer practically useless, which is not the case in the rest of the country!

What are the leisure activities?

The production of handicrafts and the abundance of materials encourage beginners and experienced artists alike to let their imagination run wild, and the workshops and art galleries where local and foreign artists exhibit are numerous.All the arts have their place there and there are also spaces dedicated to writing and music among many other activities.There are also cultural centres, museums, cinemas and some theatre groups, as well as a philharmonic orchestra.Sports enthusiasts will find golf clubs, a Yacht Club, several spas, tennis courts, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, water parks, boat rides, etc.

One of the additional attractions of life in Chapala is the warmth of its inhabitants: you will find a friendly atmosphere that makes it easy to meet people.It is possible to make new friends every day through clubs and organizations for retired people, as well as institutions for the elderly where it is possible to communicate in English or Spanish.

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Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

In Puerto Vallarta, retired foreigners and expatriates are legion because it is both a colonial city and a seaside resort.It is located at the same latitude as Hawaii, which gives it an ideal climate with an average temperature of 25°C and practically no rain.Its population does not reach 350,000 inhabitants, but it has maritime terminals, hospitals, universities and all the services of a big city, without ever losing its colonial charm.

Settling in

In Puerto Vallarta, expatriates and retirees, mainly North Americans, are numerous, which explains the incessant construction of new real estate complexes to meet the demand.Don’t panic if you don’t speak Spanish: due to the cosmopolitan character of the city, a large part of the inhabitants, especially the young people, can communicate in English.Safety is a key concern for the town, which is why it has been named the most welcoming holiday destination in the world by the prestigious “Conde Nast” magazine.In addition, the value of real estate has increased by 300% since 2000, making it an unbeatable long-term investment.

There’s no need to do without anything to live in Vallarta: you’ll have high-speed Internet, cable television and many foreign newspapers.The major distribution and fast food chains are located there.

Puerto Vallarta is also renowned for the quality of its medical services, where you will be able to perform any type of specialized treatment, including cosmetic surgery, at a lower cost.Physicians are appropriately qualified professionals in their respective fields, including naturopathy and homeopathy.You will receive the highest quality personalized service with doctors who can communicate in several languages such as English, French or German.

What are the leisure activities?

If you like sports, Puerto Vallarta has seven professional golf courses and numerous tennis courts where you can go fishing in the open sea.The city also has cinemas, theatres and restaurants.

If you have a thirst for knowledge, Puerto Vallarta offers a wide range of educational and cultural activities.Here you can learn a new language, but also flamenco, tango, salsa, yoga, different styles of martial arts, gardening, cooking, music and plastic arts.

The altruism of the local and international community of Puerto Vallarta is also well established: it has united and organized itself to improve the living conditions of its members, providing them with many services not covered by the public sector.

You will be able to join one of the many non-profit organizations in the city as a volunteer.They cover various fields, from the defence of women’s right to health to the protection of children, environmental protection or the defence of animal rights, such as the SPCA (Society for the Protection of Animals).

Riviera Nayarit

The Riviera Nayarit is an easily accessible destination from the main cities of Canada and the United States: it is 10 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport and 40 minutes west of the Tepic International Airport.Here you will find the best and most authentic Mexican culture.Its coastal villages, Nuevo Vallarta and the proximity of Puerto Vallarta give this destination an enviable location.

For ocean lovers, the Pacific coast is a more hospitable place than the Gulf of Mexico because it is better sheltered from storms and its climate is more similar to that of Hawaii, with average temperatures of 25°C.The foothills of the Sierra Madre and the Bay of Banderas provide natural protection for the Nayarit Riviera and surrounding destinations against major Pacific storms from the south.That’s why so many retirees choose to live here.

Settling in

Mexico is the first destination chosen by retirees in terms of popularity, ranked number one by the magazine International Living in its annual ranking.Coming to retire on the Riviera Nayarit can be an excellent choice for many expatriates who want to stop working relatively early and in good conditions.If you are considering taking the plunge, you must be prepared to accept a different culture, with its own laws, environment and climate from what you are used to.Some of the products and services you are used to will not be available or will be slightly different.Before settling down, start with a long holiday to appreciate and discover the place where you want to settle.

On the Riviera Nayarit, you will have access to high-speed Internet, cable television and many foreign press titles.The large American distribution chains have branches where you will find their product range.Don’t panic if you don’t speak Spanish in the Riviera Nayarit: since the city is a first-class tourist destination, English is commonplace in the establishments and on the information boards.Many young people in the region are also able to communicate in English.

What are the leisure activities?

The Riviera Nayarit, a major tourist destination, offers a wide range of activities and attractions adapted to all lifestyles.Enjoy the six golf courses designed by great names like Nicklaus, Norman and Von Hagge.After an exhausting day, relax with a bath and massage in one of the many luxurious spas that offer different wellness programs, therapies and treatments that rejuvenate, rebalance, relax or health.

If you feel like an adventurer, take a tour of the region by ATV or all-terrain vehicle to discover the beauty of its natural sites.If you prefer the sea, try your hand at aquatic activities such as sport fishing, sailing, diving and even surfing with the help of professionals who will teach you how to tame the waves.

When walking on the beach one evening, don’t be surprised to see a huge whale or a whole group of dolphins coming out of the water, as this is a common occurrence here.How about we go sea lion watching or freeing baby turtles? You can even join an environmental group of volunteers to help conserve the Olive Ridley Turtle and crocodiles.

The Riviera Nayarit and its neighbour Puerto Vallarta are also excellent centres for medical tourism.If you wish to have cosmetic surgery, you will find different possibilities to carry out your wish to improve your appearance to feel good.In 2011 alone, medical tourism in Mexico increased by 25% over 2010 and the Riviera Nayarit was one of the most popular destinations for Canadians and Americans who, after their surgery, are looking for a quiet place to recover.You will find the best hotels to rest in, and hospitals with quality services but cheap and a quality of care equal if not superior to that of the United States or Canada.

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is the ideal place to live of art and culture, present everywhere in its streets and squares.This picturesque city of Guanajuato has managed to preserve the atmosphere of colonial Mexico intact and more than anywhere else in the country, it breathes a bohemian and artistic air.The natural environment, tranquility and security it offers its inhabitants is one of its greatest charms for those who are not looking for a sun and sea destination, but prefer a more authentic community for their retirement.

Only three hours from Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende is one of Mexico’s most precious treasures.Named a World Heritage City by UNESCO for its cultural and architectural richness, representative of Mexican Baroque, it also played a historic role in the struggle for Mexican Independence.The local gastronomy, like that of all Mexico, is rich and varied and you can find almost every product imaginable.If you are following a strict diet for health reasons, or if your lifestyle is very healthy, there are grocery stores here that sell organic products, such as fruit juice or coffee, and an organic farm that promotes this type of food and farming.

Settling in

Currently, approximately one million American retirees live in the country and more than 15% of them have acquired a residence in Mexico, looking for tranquility, good food, walks and medical care.Over the past three years, San Miguel de Allende has become the favorite city of North American retirees.More than 12,000 people already live there, and real estate developers are building projects and real small towns, the price of which varies according to the size and comfort offered.Luxury properties are also beginning to develop there.

Federico, 63, a fourth-generation Texan, has sold his home in Galveston to buy a house in San Miguel de Allende where he plans to stay.”I’m starting to feel comfortable,” he says in his Texan accent as he rests in the main square on a Sunday morning.”I’m not here to make investments.I’m here for the people, the culture, the quality of life.” – Federico Salinas, thestar.com

What are the leisure activities?

The pleasant climate enjoyed by the city ensures a temperature of 16° to 20° all year round, with summer rains.It is one of its main charms, as well as its lakes and ecological reserves that are home to many species of birds that populate the azure skies.The city is full of fascinating activities and has many sights including pre-Hispanic sites, museums, restaurants and discos.It is also a welcoming place for those who wish to spend a quiet retirement and ensure a peaceful future thanks to the Vida Asistida Completa (assisted living services) service, which offers specialized assistance including for people suffering from degenerative or terminal illnesses.

In San Miguel de Allende senior citizens will find complexes with green areas equipped with sports and fitness centres, medical centres, swimming pools, libraries, games rooms, cinemas, restaurants, religious services, beauty salons and even spas.There are also condominiums specially designed for retirees, which offer housing with 24-hour assistance tailored to the needs of each resident.Built to the standards of the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), they offer their members many activities such as golf, tennis and swimming.When their physical capacities diminish, they are transferred to a villa where they receive permanent care services.These institutions take care of their residents with degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, their terminally ill patients or those with specific treatments.Each resident is offered the quality of life he or she deserves and requires according to his or her vitality or, if necessary, illness, always in contact with other people from all over the world.

“My mother has always been very sociable, she loves people and social activities, but with the progression of her Alzheimer’s disease, I could no longer provide her with the kind of atmosphere she needed …With all the attention and care she receives …she now enjoys the company of new friends, participates in weekly activities, outings and parties, and is now almost drug-free.-Arie Raysor, Dallas, Texas.www.cielitolindoassistedliving.com

Los Cabos

Formed by the cities of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, in Baja California, this destination is under the strong influence of American culture and one would think, if it were not for the beauty of its natural landscapes and its warm inhabitants, that one would be in a seaside resort in the United States.Its divine climate, with an average of 26°, is one of its main attractions for retired people.

Los Cabos covers more than 28,000 square kilometres; it should be noted in passing that Baja California is the least densely populated Mexican state, with an average of just eight inhabitants per square kilometre.If you wish to come here to spend your retirement, you will find a wide range of choices in Los Cabos, including if you wish to work here.

Settling in

Waterfront properties have gone from expensive to virtually inaccessible in the U.S.market.Those who have spent their lives saving for this dream will be able to achieve it in Los Cabos, whose real estate market is one of the most sought after for its price and quality since the credit crisis in the United States.

The services and lifestyle offered in Los Cabos are of the best quality but if you want to live more modestly, away from the tourist hustle and bustle, there are alternatives nearby such as San Felipe, which has many plots of land perfect for the construction of ecological houses.The entire peninsula is criss-crossed by land, sea and air communication routes that allow great mobility.Even those with their own boats will find ports that are easy to access.

Many of the services offered in Los Cabos are displayed in dollars: keep that in mind when you check out! What’s more, it is possible to come to Los Cabos from the United States with your own vehicle without paying any taxes: just remember to check the condition of your tires.

What are the leisure activities?

The proximity to the United States is far from being the only charm of Los Cabos for North American or European retirees who have chosen it for its excellent quality of life.The climate is ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities: there are six World Championship golf courses, fishing and many other sports.Remember that there are many water sports and ecotourism opportunities throughout the state.Some well-established expatriate communities in the region offer help and advice through a network that allows them to participate in sports activities, various leisure activities and even investments to establish a business.Can you imagine yourself running a small shop, café or restaurant where you can be your own employer for the rest of your life? It is for these reasons among many others that Los Cabos is one of the most attractive places in Mexico for foreigners looking for a paradise for their retirement.

Todos Santos

Todos Santos is a very popular destination for retirees thanks to its peaceful pace of life, numerous eco-tourism activities and other water sports.Discover here the most bohemian and cultural side of Baja California South, very different from San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, seaside destinations par excellence with a more tiring rhythm and full of tourists during most of the year.

Baja California doesn’t just have beaches to offer you: it has superb wine regions and a profusion of delicious fresh seafood that you’ll have to get used to, including fresh fish, oysters, mussels and shellfish.If you like contact with nature, in winter you can observe the migration of whales from Alaska along the coast and in the Gulf of California, a spectacle worth seeing.

Todos Santos is only three kilometers from the Pacific Ocean, 81 kilometers from the city of La Paz and 75 from Cabo San Lucas.Its mild climate has earned it the title of “La Cuernavaca de Baja California del Sur” thanks to an average annual temperature of 25°.Despite the aridity of the region, Todos Santos is an oasis of greenery where fruits such as mango, papaya and avocado are grown, as well as many nearby beaches including San Pedrito, Los Cerritos, Los Esteros, Punta Lobos, La Poza and Batequitos.This is where the famous Hotel California, to which the cult song by The Eagles refers, is located.

Settling in

Unspoiled beaches, a tranquil lifestyle with inexpensive and professional medical care, and its friendly people have brought thousands of North American expatriates to Baja California.Add to this a temperate climate, excellent recreational opportunities and a cost of living half that of the United States, and you’ll have plenty of reasons to come to Mexico.

If you want to live in a place that has the atmosphere of a small village both near the beach and close to urban areas, Todos Santos is for you.It is a town of 200,000 inhabitants, which has become a real meeting point for expatriates, a fascinating agglomeration where diverse cultures live harmoniously on a daily basis.

In Todos Santos you can purchase a beach or ocean view property at a much lower price than in Los Cabos or other locations in Baja California South.This Baja California metropolitan area is about to enter the areas affected by the state’s housing boom.

Todos Santos has been named Pueblo Mágico (Mexican tourist distinction) for its historical, cultural and architectural importance, and real estate prices in the area have doubled or even tripled in recent years but remain much more accessible than those in Los Cabos.

The Todos Santos Health Center has the necessary equipment to deal with emergencies as well as an ambulance to transport patients to the hospital in La Paz or Cabo San Lucas.The village also has dentists and general practitioners for your care, as well as holistic health professionals.If you need specialized services, you can quickly drive to La Paz or Cabo San Lucas.

What are the leisure activities?

Any foreigner will be amazed by the diversity of artistic activities on offer here, as the agglomeration is home to numerous festivals and galleries.In Todos Santos, there are many leisure activities, but above all oriented towards environmental protection.You can take advantage of your retreat to help save sea turtles or join a local association dedicated to bird watching, hiking, diving, surfing, kayaking, fishing, yoga or martial arts.

With a temperate climate all year round, excellent restaurants serving locally grown organic products, art galleries, a relaxed atmosphere and easy access from the international airports of La Paz and Los Cabos, Todos Santos is the perfect place to forget your worries.For art lovers, every year in February there is the Festival del Arte (Art Festival), in which local and foreign artists take part in theatre, music, dance, exhibitions and culinary events.A reggae festival, a Latin American film festival and several patron saint festivals also take place there.

Rosarito

Because of its proximity to the U.S.border, Rosarito is one of the most popular retreats for Americans.This seaside destination is located in the heart of the Tijuana-Ensenada Tourist Corridor, with its many real estate complexes that have made it a place for rest and comfort.The splendid beaches of this superb natural site have been the setting for films such as Titanic, Pearl Harbor or Pirates of the Caribbean.

Rosarito, famous for its succulent lobster, welcomes thousands of foreigners who have made it their home.Only 20 minutes south of the United States, this corner of Baja California has nothing to envy to the American lifestyle and you will find important shopping malls and large chains, with bilingual English-Spanish service in almost all stores.Food is not a problem and there is something for everyone, from traditional Mexican cuisine, based on seafood and meat, to restaurants with international menus, whether Chinese, French or Italian.

If you need to take care of your health, the good news is that because of its proximity to the U.S., Mexico is the largest consumer market for health services, with costs that can be half as much as on the other side of the border.This is why many Americans and Canadians come to Mexico to get high quality but cheap medical care and their medicines.A few American insurance companies (representing a market of nearly one hundred million policyholders) already offer their clients international travel to countries such as Mexico to provide health care.This is one of the many reasons why Rosarito is a particularly interesting choice for retirees who want to start a new life in Mexico.

“Tourism in Baja California is in full revival: there is something for everyone and for all tastes, from wine tastings to fishing and sporting events.”Gary Foster.youtube What is Baja? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV8K-IU2RJ0

Settling in

Of Rosarito’s 140,000 inhabitants, 10% are foreigners.In recent years, condominiums to apartments at very reasonable prices have been built along the coast, ideal for retirees.Although immigrants live away from the beaches of Tijuana, there is a highly developed sense of community in Rosarito and expatriate groups have formed such as the United Society of Baja California, the Puente de Baja Club or the Rosarito Theatre Association among many others.

What are the leisure activities?

If you are retired and passionate about golf, Rosarito has two main 18-hole courses that make it one of the best places to play in Baja California.Rosarito is the ideal place to practice fishing as well as a wide range of water sports.

Rosarito is generally considered one of the best places to retire and is also a paradise for nature lovers.You will be in direct contact with nature on a daily basis and can even watch whales from its beaches.Come here to greet the largest mammal in the world and approach dolphins, sea lions and many birds.

The popular culture is, as everywhere in Mexico, vibrant and you will be able to admire and even practice crafts in various forms: blown glass, skin work, jewelry, carpentry, wrought iron, ceramics, marble work, etc..If you are a wine enthusiast or if you want to know more about wine, discover the Baja California Wine Route near Rosarito, which connects many places including Valle de Guadalupe and Valle de Santo Tomás.Visit the wineries and vineyards where you will be shown the wine-making process in this region that represents 90% of the national production.

When you get here you’ll think, “I’ve landed in heaven, oh my God, I’ve seen the whole world and this is where I want to live…People make it special, they make you feel at home,” -Tru Miller.