Retiring to Baja
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Oct 15, 2013 10:06 AM Last Post By: beachgirltoo
Mar 2, 2013 5:06 PM
Retiring to BajaI have 2 more years to retirement and that will mean a serious drop in income for me. I've been to Mexico many times and I've seen most of the country. My Spanish is reasonably good and I'm familiar with Mexican culture. Although I haven't spent much time in Baja (a few days in Cabo San Lucas), I've often thought it might be a retirement possibility for me; maybe rent a place in one of the smaller towns and see if I can make a life for myself there.
Yeah, I know ... there's a huge difference between visiting for a couple of weeks and actually living there. Still, I'm open to the possibilities. I'd welcome any input from Baja veterans or, for that matter, anyone who's already doing what I'm thinking of doing.
Mar 2, 2013 5:22 PM
1If you haven't seen it already, have a look at http://rollybrook.com/, It's a website by a retired guy from the US who moved to Mexico several years ago. (IIRC he used to post here sometimes.) He moved to a different part of Mexico from the one you're considering, but his experiences still make interesting reading.
And keep us informed about what you find out. My retirement is many years (probably decades) away, but I'm thinking along similar lines.
Mar 2, 2013 6:15 PM
2You will find that Baja being a long peninsula has almost all products either shipped or trucked long distances to the few cities, making it cost more than the mainland. Also Mexico is not that cheap as in the past, mega resorts like Cabo San Lucas keep prices rising for everyone...If you are anywhere but the Pacific coast it can be 120 degrees in the summer time, humid with chance of hurricanes...Many retired folks do live in Baja although most not year round...Maybe you should ask your questions on a Baja specific board like : http://www.bajanomad.com
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9Expatforum.com has a Mexico branch (and too many ads) but it's an active forum for people to discuss issues about moving there.
Mar 5, 2013 1:11 PM
10IMHO anyone planning on moving to México "just to save money" is barking up the wrong cactus.
South Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, are far and away "cheaper" if a person needs to retain a gringo lifestyle. I would hazard a guess and say over 90% who move here "just to save money" fail and move back. Gringolandias (enclaves) are not cheap and unfortunately are more prone to burglary and petty theft. I will never stay in the Pescadero Todos Santos area again as to me it has been ruined with petty crime. Same with Ajijic. Sad.
Some folks make the transition, and others seem to weather Mexico for a few years then suddenly (The Final Straw) syndrome sets in and they pack it in and depart. Only time will tell, But come to Mexico in the OFF SEASON, not when enclave stores are loaded with gringo goodies and restaurants are all open and filled to the brim with gushing tourists.
Ensenada in January, La Paz in July, Todos Santos and the Cape in September, Mulege in August. Like taking a wife, you need to see things at 7:00AM when there is green facial pack smeared all over to really know what things are like.
I have deep apprehension and regret when I am forced to return north of the border for medical reasons occasionally. I do not like it up "there" anymore, and prices and the cost of things have very little to do with my reluctance to leave Mexico.
Mar 5, 2013 5:27 PM
11Funny and sad but true Michoacan. Rolly´s site is very good in this regard. Like Bajadude says Baja is not very cheap, simply due to its location - kinda like Hawaii, its isolated. I would be very bored there.
Luckily my doggie does not wear green facial packs! Not yet at least, I better hide this post. Also I think I have adjusted here better being single, the OP sounds unencumbered that way. It is much easier to make friends and take classes and give classes and move around if you are not one of 2, thinks me.
Perhaps Otoole you may want to explore the great places across the Sea of Cortez from Baja, like Michoacan, like Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Jalisco, Guanajuato, Veracruz, Estado de MX, Oaxaca etc etc. The "real" Mexico has lots to offer.
And do your budgets. It can be very low budget here but can also surprise you. NOT like MX circa 1983.
Mar 6, 2013 1:37 PM
12Run a red light in La Paz 150USD
A loaf of Bimbo white bread over 2 dollars
A gallon of whole milk in excess of four dollars
Apples, a dollar three cents a pound
Eggs five dollars and change for 30
How right you are, zapfilms. The days of the Conasupo are long gone. But five dollar a quart motor oil, and twenty two dollars 4/5ths liter Tequila, lives on.
Oct 15, 2013 10:06 AM
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