In the heart of Mexico’s Riviera Maya is the small community of Paamul. It’s a beach resort, residential area, and RV park that is little-known but quite appealing. It’s a white-sand beach gracefully arcing around a small bay.
These days I make my home on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, in a little beach town about 30 minutes south of the vacation hotspot Playa del Carmen. It’s a nice life in a place with plenty of conveniences and natural beauty.
The sun is shining bright. But it’s just warm…not hot. From my perch, the town stretches out below, filling a wedge-shaped valley. Across the way, homes blanket the opposite steep hillside, alternating raw brick and brightly-painted yellows, reds, blues, and greens.
I have a hard time deciding which part of Mexico I like best. It's quite a big country, about three times the size of Texas. And there are so many different regions with different climates, landscapes, and lifestyles.
"The air is clean, there is great healthcare, clean food, great hiking trails, and the living is easy," says Anna Laurita of her home on Mexico's Pacific coast. Anna and her husband, David Hite, visited Puerto Vallarta, on the sandy shores of the Bay of Banderas, more than 20 years ago.
You’re walking down narrow cobblestoned lanes barely wide enough for a car, strolling past centuries-old homes. Bougainvillea vines, with brilliant pink flowers, cascade down over bright white walls.
I was in line for a rental car at Cancun airport—it was a franchise of one of the big-name companies from the U.S. I watched the couple before me walk to the counter clutching their printed out reservation.
Thanks to its popularity as a beach vacation destination, Mexico is perhaps best known to most North Americans for its resort towns like Puerto Vallarta and Cancún.
It wasn’t the practical reasons, like lower cost of living, great—and cheap—medical care, and friendly people, that convinced Dave Scott to move to San Ramón, a town on the western edge of Costa Rica’s Central Valley region. Though the country has all those advantages and more, and while those were factors in the decision, it was something else that drew him. “It was like an invisible string around my neck pulling me here,” says Dave. “It’s more of a heart thing than a head thing. It’s hard to explain. It was just the feeling I had.”
Mexico’s Riviera Maya is a much-loved tourist destination. Hotspots like Cancún—with its all-inclusive resorts, shopping, and nightlife—and the chic and sophisticated Playa del Carmen to the south, are popular with visitors from around the world.