Riviera Maya cautions/concerns

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2017/09/04 16:20:05 (permalink)
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Riviera Maya cautions/concerns

My wife and I are retired, and we are considering permanently relocating to the Riviera Maya.  We appreciate its desirable features, but we would like to hear from forum members about any cautions, concerns, or disappointments that would argue against such a decision. We are Texans who have been living in Ecuador for the last four years, so we enjoy foreign cultures, like latinos, and speak sufficient Spanish to be comfortable.  What, if anything, do you NOT like there?  Why should we NOT move there?  We would, of course, take a two or three month exploratory trip before committing. Thanks in advance for your helpful comments. 
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    crunch
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    Re: Riviera Maya cautions/concerns 2017/09/05 06:46:32 (permalink)
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    There is a facebook group of "expats in Playa" that you might find good info from.

     



     

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    Re: Riviera Maya cautions/concerns 2017/09/05 12:58:25 (permalink)
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    Let's see... last night I had two of the best tacos ever from a street vendor for about 40 pesos. We have filet minion perfectly cooked about once a week for about 100 pesos. One restaurant we frequent serves free chips, salsa, ceviche pescado and fruit plates for simply buying a drink or two. Hamburgers, tortas and grilled flat chicken are just down the street and cost a fraction of what you'd pay in the United States.
     
    Just got a starter on my girl's car fixed for what amounts to $30 USD, whereas in the states they would just replace the whole thing and charge you upwards of $300.
     
    Vet bills and dental care cost next to nothing.
     
    I feel safe here. Neighbors look out for one another, and that includes both locals and expats. It almost reminds one of how neighborhoods used to be in the states back in the day.
     
    Services come to you. Need a refill on purified water? The water guy stops by your house every Tuesday and Saturday. Need bread, pastries and delicious sandwiches?  They're usually driving around the neighborhood at least once a week, just walk outside your house and they'll stop.
     
    Some of the best snorkeling, diving and beach destinations are within easy reach here.  A couple of days ago, it was hot and humid, so I grabbed the dive mask and walked about 50 yards down the street and jumped into a local cenote and spent the afternoon exploring and swimming with freshwater fish.
     
    There is nothing to not like here. 
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    Re: Riviera Maya cautions/concerns 2017/09/06 09:33:09 (permalink)
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    Great post Solman (and I'm really, really jealous). :)  Where are you living in the Riviera Maya?
     
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    Re: Riviera Maya cautions/concerns 2017/09/06 17:37:16 (permalink)
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    Chicago.
     
    Lol, kidding. Chemuyil.


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    Re: Riviera Maya cautions/concerns 2017/10/01 13:09:51 (permalink)
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    Much depends on how you live there.  There is a great deal of corruption in Mexican real estate but if you rent that issue is moot. Many dislike the society and return north so have an escape plan so to speak.  I am looking at SMA because the climate is much more comfortable.

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    Re: Riviera Maya cautions/concerns 2017/10/04 14:30:06 (permalink)
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    Pax Orbis thanks for posting.  I have been in the Riviera Maya since 1992.  
    I have no reason to say why you should NOT move here.  
     
    What do I not like?  
    I don't like waiting for a table at a restaurant during the holiday season because the area is busy. 
    I don't like some of the prices at times because I think there is some tourist pricing on some items. 
    I don't like rush-hour driving through Playa del Carmen
    I don't like some of the issues finding parking in Playa as you get closer to 5th Ave. 
     
    These are generalities. Depending on where you want to settle down or what your style is, they may or may not be an issue. 
     

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    Re: Riviera Maya cautions/concerns 2017/10/06 10:33:24 (permalink)
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    WHat is SMA?

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    Re: Riviera Maya cautions/concerns 2017/10/08 19:28:11 (permalink)
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    WHat is SMA?




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