The Riviera Maya is a glorious stretch of perfect Caribbean coastline extending the length of the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Framed by the vibrant, turquoise-green waters of the Caribbean Sea, this 80-mile expanse of sugary sand and swaying coconut palms has made this area the number one vacation destination in the Caribbean.
The dense jungle thinned a bit as I approached the first river. I shifted into a lower gear and locked my rugged, 30-year-old Daihatsu into four-wheel drive. The rutted, muddy trail fought to yank the steering wheel from my grasp as I pitched and rolled my way up the slippery incline.
Mexico, by an enormous margin, is the number one choice for expats moving and retiring abroad. According to recent official population estimates, the foreign-born population of Mexico is around 1,007,063, the majority from the U.S.
The significant and ongoing strengthening of the U.S. dollar against the Mexican peso continues to make the purchase of real estate very attractive in Mexico. One location, in particular, is maintaining its steady growth with excellent opportunities.
"Cancún is so beautiful." says Nancy Leifer. "The colors, the dozens of shades of blues and greens in the Caribbean Sea are literally breathtaking. I've never seen such colors in nature anywhere else. It's such a difference from Long Island."
On the Eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, 80 or so very special miles of palm-infused, sugar-sand beach is known as the Riviera Maya. This postcard-perfect stretch of paradise is bathed by the warm, turquoise-green, clear waters of the Caribbean Sea.
"When I was 11, my mom brought me to a small fishing village in a tiny cove, just south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico," says Sara Moen. "We stayed for six weeks and at the end, I informed my mom that I was Mexican. She laughed and said, ‘No baby girl you're from California.' I responded defiantly that I was Mexican...but she just didn't know it yet."
I haven't always lived in paradise but these days, I do... And so can you for far less than you might think. And, if you don't want to live in paradise full time, you may consider investing in a second home.
Unless I’m catching an early flight, I never need an alarm clock. The sun rising over the Caribbean is perfectly framed in my oversized bedroom window and delivers its warm, penetrating rays directly onto my face. I merely have to open my eyes for a spectacular view of the languid, aquamarine waters grooming the powder-white sands only yards away. As I finish my first cup of coffee, I peer around gently swaying coconut palms to watch large, pouch-billed Pelicans fold their wings and splash into the gentle surf capturing their bright, wriggling breakfasts.
Mexico’s exquisite Caribbean Coast from Cancun south to Tulum is known as the Riviera Maya. It’s here that lush jungles provide homes to small monkeys, dragonish iguanas, and millions of colorful tropical birds.