Cancún: Palm-Studded Beaches and Cosmopolitan Living by the Caribbean

Every morning, as I roll over and open my eyes, I’m greeted by the turquoise blues and subtle greens of the Caribbean Sea only a few yards away. I wake up slowly to the smell of the salty, sea air and the sounds of the surf rolling onto the shore.

For us, Mexico provides an almost perfect life.

Cancún is a modern city with fully functioning infrastructure. In fact, this area is the number one vacation destination in all the Caribbean. We’ve never had a power outage, our fiber optic internet has never failed, and clean water flows from our taps. Roads are paved, the toilets flush, and there are seven hospitals here in town along with over 750 restaurants in the area. So, when we get tired of cooking, our choices for food are almost unlimited.

Grocery shopping offers a choice between a traditional open market place—where a week’s worth of fruits and veggies can be purchased for only a few dollars and whole chickens come freshly butchered—or an ultra-modern, dazzling super market with a self-service wine bar and an elevated eating patio that overlooks beautiful Nichupte Lagoon.

Cancún is the northern gateway to the famed Riviera Maya, an 80-mile stretch of perfect, palm-studded beach running south along Mexico’s eastern seaboard. Driving south from Cancún, you’ll encounter the funky little village of Puerto Morelos with its old, leaning lighthouse and great seafood restaurants. A bit farther will bring you to the fastest growing city in Mexico, Playa del Carmen, followed by Akumal with a beautiful bay filled with sea turtles.

Life in Cancún is the stuff of postcards but my favorite thing about living here is the ready access that it provides to the rest of Mexico. The airport is only a few minutes from our condo, so catching a plane to Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, or Baja is a snap. Plus, we can be back in the States in about 90 minutes and round trip tickets can be found in the range of $300-$350 dollars.

But, more than anything, we love road trips.

We can load up the Jeep and create our own adventures, visiting remote Maya ruins in a northern jungle or driving into mountainous coffee country if we wish. Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is ripe for exploration. In fact, we’ve recently returned from a four-day exploration of the area around Ek’ Balam and its ancient ruins.

I like to think of myself as retired. But my laptop provides a portable source of additional income wherever I am and I stay quite busy. I write about living and working overseas, exploring new and exotic locations overseas. I know…tough job, right?

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