- New Profit Potential in My Favorite Caribbean Paradise
Posted on February 19, 2014 by Ronan McMahon
The Tulum area, at the southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, has the finest white-sand beaches on my beat. Turquoise waters lap on soft sand while breezes rustle through palm trees. This is a great place to spend time—a place I like to vacation. It’s jet-set chic here. Fortunately I’ve an excuse for frequent visits.
Cancun wasn’t always packed with high-rise condos and tourist accommodation. In fact, in 1970, it had just three inhabitants. (Yes, you read that right.) Then, in 1974, Fonatur (Mexico’s tourism development authority) kicked off a master plan to bring tourism to this sandy spit of land. They built the infrastructure and provided the incentives necessary to attract hotelier tourists—and it worked.
It’s hard to believe that a place of such stunning natural beauty, rich culture, and ancient history as Tulum is so easily accessible. On the Riviera Maya, this town boasts warm Caribbean waters, soft white-sand beaches, centuries-old Maya temples, and jungle filled with colorful wildlife. Standing here, it feels sometimes like you’re stepping away from the hustle and the noise of modern civilization.
I’ve never seen a stretch of the Caribbean more beautiful than the Riviera Maya. Standing on the warm, clean, coral-sanded beach, turquoise water laps at your feet. Behind you, palm trees sway and rustle in gentle breezes. Dive into that water and you can explore the world’s second-longest coral reef. Or step back from the beach and take in untamed jungle, ancient forest cities, and mythical cenotes—underground, swimmable caverns revered as sacred places by the Maya people.
- Case Study: How to Figure Out the Potential of Any Property Opportunity
Posted on January 24, 2014 by Ronan McMahon
I’ll only consider a real estate opportunity in a country where I’m confident that income and capital gains can easily be transferred elsewhere.
Thirty million Tripadvisor readers voted Tulum #2 in their top 10 Beach and Sun Destinations worldwide in 2010. When you see the beaches, it’s easy to see why … silky white sand, dotted with palm trees, and washed by bright-aquamarine Caribbean waves. Offshore, the coral reef beckons, with a rainbow of exotic fish.
- A Condo Next to One of the World’s Best Beaches—Just $150,000
Posted on April 22, 2013 by Ronan McMahon
As an International Living reader, you know that I’m bullish on the opportunity we have in the Tulúm area of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. I’m here on a 10-day scouting trip— my seventh visit—and I’ve lucked out. Through a local contact, I’ve managed to get a last-minute rental in the high-quality condo closest to the beach at Tulúm.
It’s a rare thing these days to be able to say that you own real estate on or close to “Grade A” beach. By that, I mean truly stunning beach, either Caribbean white sands or the bluest stretches of the Pacific Coast. We’ll discuss the following three beach areas in detail at our upcoming International Real Estate Investment Forum…and for those in the room, $91,500 in savings will be on offer.
I’m not usually a big fan of popular “resort” destinations. But I make an exception for Tulúm, in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. This little beach town is very easy to like. In fact, if I had to recommend just one destination in Mexico for beach lovers today, it would be Tulúm.
This is the most stunning stretch of white-sand beach I have set foot on. Standing here, on Tulum’s Caribbean coast in Mexico, with warm sea breezes rustling through the palm trees, I can’t think of anywhere else I’d want to be. If you’re looking for a manufactured resort, stay in Cancun. Tulum is the real thing. Jungle crawls over ancient Mayan Ruins. You’ll find caves and underground rivers.
In pockets all across the planet, you’ll ﬁnd amazing opportunities to make money from real estate. I’m talking about beautiful places tucked into lush jungle-clad hills, on white sandy coves, in bustling cities, and in small colonial towns. These are markets on the upswing. The mainstream hasn’t heard of them yet. And in them today you’ll get excellent bang for your buck as well as great proﬁt potential.
This is what can happen when the Path of Progress rolls through. Real estate prices rise faster than the rate at which shiny high-rises spurt from beachfront sites. In Cancun, Mexico owners of little fishing huts became millionaires.
Enduring the winter months in Northeast USA can be rough. The snow, sleet and cold always compels me to go someplace warm. I often dreamed of having my own tropical paradise to visit whenever I wanted…although the reality of it seemed so out of reach.
I’m in Mexico’s Yucatán, only a short flight from many U.S. cities (1.45 hours from Miami, two hours from Houston, and four from New York). But I’m a world away from Cancún’s spring break crowds and wall-to-wall highrise hotels.
Trendy beach resorts with all the amenities can be lots of fun. But if you sometimes miss the romance of Caribbean beaches as they used to be—remote and wild, just you and the white sand and surf—then Xamach Dos, in Mexico’s Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, is for you.
- “What a Great Investment! Nothing Like a BORING Mutual Fund…”
Posted on June 11, 2011 by Ronan McMahon
Perched above the fine white-sand beach and turquoise water, Tulum’s ancient Mayan ruins have the best seat in the house. The Mayans typically built their temples inland. In places that are sheltered from the storms that sometimes brush by. This is Mexico’s only Mayan ruin that sits on the coast.
- IL’s Weekly Wrap-Up Video: Discover All the Best Opportunities Mexico Has to Offer…Live Overseas Part-Time…And Much More
Posted on December 3, 2010 by Dan Prescher
See the video, where Dan Prescher reports from Merida, Mexico, with your weekly wrap-up of International Living postcards for the week ending November 27.
I arrived at the Gran Bahia Principe Resort near Tulum in Mexico at lunch time the day before International Living’s Live and Invest Mexico Conference kicked off. Man, is this place accessible. My 8.45 a.m. flight from Toronto got me to the resort in time to enjoy lunch on the beach. Then, straight down to business…
- Vacation in Mexico: When to Go and Where to Stay in Tulúm
Posted on November 26, 2010 by Glynna Prentice
Not so long ago, Tulúm, Mexico, was a backpackers’ haven. A small town beside one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in Mexico, it was just far enough south of Playa del Carmen—about 40 miles—to be off the beaten path. There were a few hotels and beachside palapas for those who wanted to play beach bum.
- IL’s Weekly Wrap-Up Video—Mexico: A Condo Near One of the Best Beaches in the World for $600 a Month and Health Care for $300 a Year
Posted on November 10, 2010 by Dan Prescher
See the video, where Dan Prescher reports from sunny Merida, Mexico, with your weekly wrap-up of International Living postcards for the week ending November 6.
This is a pristine, unspoiled paradise…home to a protected biosphere and UNESCO world heritage site, ancient Mayan ruins and lush green jungle. It’s quintessential Caribbean…and where you’ll find some killer real estate deals right now.
- Three Places You Can Profit from Your Own Retirement Retreat
Posted on October 28, 2010 by Ronan McMahon
Imagine your ideal retirement getaway… Maybe you see the surf of a turquoise sea gently lapping the white-sand beach, right in your front yard. Or perhaps you imagine a plush pad in a colonial capital rich with culture.