• five quirky things to know about living in mexico

    five quirky things to know about living in mexico

    If you’ve only ever been a visiting tourist, you probably do not know how different this country really is from the rest of North America. Here are a few quirky things you should know about living in Mexico. A large majority of our fruit and vegetables are imported. For a “tropical paradise”, we have a lot of cenotes and limestone but not so much in the way of fertile land. While there are many things grown locally (coffee, avocados, sugarcane, cacao, cocos, agave, papayas), most of what we consume here is imported from the U.S. We have seasons where our…

  • we're in the green but still wear our masks

    we’re in the green but still wear our masks

    According to our Secretary of Tourism, the state is experiencing a high rate of tourists given it’s what is considered, a low season month. Generally, the month of October is spent watching the NOAA since it’s the middle of hurricane…

  • our love hate relationship with the coco tree

    our love-hate relationship with the coconut tree

    One of the headaches of living in Mexico is the constant garden maintenance. Whether you have a full yard of greenery or a few pieces of decorative trees at the edge of your property, anticipate maintenance as a year round…

  • looking for lots of land. what an experience!

    looking for lots of land. what an experience!

    What a two weeks! I’ve been out and about searching for real estate agent help as well as the actual real estate itself. How frustrating! First, the agent I made contact with who said “I’d be happy to help you”,…

  • one of my hardest living in mexico lessons: the critters!

    one of my hardest living in mexico lessons: the critters!

    This article took awhile because I had to find a few photos that I knew I’d taken, but had “filed” away. The reason they were tucked away is because they’re not photos I wanted to come across by accident, but…

  • it's going to be a long summer

    it’s going to be a long summer

    I’m just going to say it and get it over with. I’m too old for this stuff! I think hurricanes and other disastrous equivalent storms are for the young(er) at heart…or for storm chasers (regardless of age). Of the 13…

  • summer is no longer my favorite time of year

    summer is no longer my favorite time of year

    There was a time when summer was my favorite part of the year. It represented long weekends, camping, blossoms, green grass and of course, hot weather. Living in Mexico’s Caribbean has changed that. My once beloved summer months are now…

  • traveling mexico during the covid pandemic

    traveling to mexico during the covid pandemic

    I get a lot of questions about traveling to Mexico during this really loooooong, ongoing covid pandemic. The main questions are usually what the rules are (in general) and if tourists have to wear their mouth masks on the beach.…

  • medical insurance for mexico. do you need it and how to get it

    medical insurance for mexico. do you need it and how to get it

    In all the years I’ve lived here, I can honestly say I have not spent more than $1,000 (USD or Canadian equivalent) on medical expenses. I’m a relatively healthy 50-year-old woman who eats well and exercises five mornings a week.…

  • I miss tall buildings and theme parks, or something like that

    I miss tall buildings and theme parks, or something like that

    Today I miss adventure park rides. That’s right. You read correctly. Adventure park rides, as in those screaming, nonsensical Disney-style theme park rides meant to entertain your pants off. It’s been (oh gosh) years since I’ve been to one. My…

  • can foreigners get a mortgage in mexico?

    can foreigners get a mortgage in mexico?

    Many Americans and Canadians looking to move to Mexico are under the impression they can 1) just pick up a job and start working and 2) get a mortgage to buy a property of their choice. In both instances, the…