New lifestyles engage retired investors in more than just lounging on the beach
By: Victoria Leigh Pratt
I learned one of my favourite Spanish words, “desarmador”, while finishing the details of our little home in the Pacific coastal town of Bucerias. Our charming contractor had left us with a few unfinished surprises but it was nothing that a few local handymen and my broken Spanish couldn’t fix.
In my English-thinking brain, this tongue twister of a word sounded closest to “disarmed”. Hmm, where had I heard that before? Aha, that was the translation for Screwdriver on the local cocktail menus. Well, I wasn’t far off: disarm=undo=unscrew. Oh, I love languages!
West Jet announced a new direct flight to Loreto Bay in Baja California Sur to begin running in February 2015. Loreto Bay is a popular Canadian and American winter destination. The small charming town was home to the first Spanish Jesuit settlement in the Baja. It is also home to wonderful hotels, restaurants and a large fishing fleet. It is in a UNESCO protected bay where you can experience the thrill of seeing blue whales during mating season. It is a very popular sport fishing community.
Alebrijes are brightly painted, carved, wooden fantastical creatures, originally crafted in papiermache by Pedro Linares of Mexico City. Now much of the craft is centred in Oaxaca.
By Juan de Lascurain
I first went to Cozumel in 2011, when a friend called to invite me to a regatta she was organizing. “I have some sponsor airline tickets” she said, “please come”! I didn´t hesitate, a free ticket to an island in the Caribbean was a wonderful gift! I had been to many islands and beaches around the world but as soon as I landed in Cozumel I knew this was a special place.
I recently had the rare opportunity of joining a whale shark swim in La Paz bay. All I can say is WOW!¨ We had our expert captain and navigators with us on a panga(small boat) from the Cortez Club, and they knew just where to take us. Normally, it´s necessary to enlist the aid of someone flying in an ultra light to help spot the location of the sharks, but not this time.
Owning your own piece of paradise in Mexico is a dream-come-true for many of us who have grown weary of harsh winters and long, cool springs. However, there are important considerations to understand about property ownership in Mexico, in order to protect your financial investment.
What a glorious adventure and a dream come true!
For many years I have wanted to operate a small resort, campground or B & B, catering to people seeking “down home hospitality”. What does that mean? To me, it’s welcoming others into my home and treating them as family, sharing my knowledge of growing, preserving and eating healthy, good-food, and spending time together as community, most preferably on a beach front.
Up in the Sierra Madres, one can find the timeless wonder of Hacienda El Divisadero, an agave plantation that is rich in natural beauty, history and the age old tradition of making raicilla. Once considered to be Mexico’s moonshine, raicilla has now joined its cousins, tequila and mezcal, as fine agave liquor from the state of Jalisco. Travelers from near and far are drawn to Hacienda El Divisadero to sample the smooth, smoky flavor of the ancient drink of the gods.
The sun paints Sonora every day, illuminating its major cities, beaches and the mountains. Giant sunset landscapes, that many have captured in pictures and photographs, in an attempt to preserve the red light of the sky, join together the enigmatic beauty of the sea and mountains, its rich flora and fauna.
While it’s summer in Canada now, the truth is that it’s only a few weeks until the cool winds of fall blow into town. If you’ve been thinking of winter holidays then making your reservations needs to be done soon. Many of the best condos and villas and most popular destinations will be filling up even before Labour Day. And for those of you contemplating (early) retirement or being a snowbird in Mexico, it’s never too soon to start gathering information and planning for your future.
At Mexi-Go! we want to share great destinations and helpful information with you all year round. Take a minute to check out the Summer edition of Mexi-Go! Magazine to learn more about the hotspot Mazatlan, where Canadians flock each year to enjoy the colonial beachtown with the world’s longest boardwalk (21kms). Or read about Birding in the Baja with 465 species (6 endemic). Or take a look back at 20 Years of NAFTA and how that has helped to strengthen the relationship between Canada and Mexico. This information and much more about travel, retirement, and lifestyle can be found in the pages of Mexi-Go! Magazine.
By Miguel Fernandez
I had the great good fortune to visit with longtime Puerto Vallarta Nancy Erickson. One of the former owners of beautiful Casa de la Torre, and Galeria Olinala. Nancy generously gave me her unique and always fun perspective of living here in paradise.
When did you first come to Puerto Vallarta?
My husband John and I came to Puerto Vallarta with another couple in 1967. We were on a tour of Mexico, and Vallarta was one of our first stops. A friend of ours suggested that we seek out one of his local friends, Guillermo Wulff. We were staying at one of the few tourist spots in town. I think it might have been called the Krystal Hotel? It was populated mostly tourists from the United States. We were told that Wulff would be down near the beach by the old El Dorado. We headed over, crossing the Rio Cuale, and my heart soared. It was at that moment that I fell totally in love with Vallarta!