|North Beach from a penthouse at IxChel Condos|
Okay, I admit it we got lucky when we chose Isla Mujeres as our retirement destination. Captivated by the turquoise water and friendly locals we jumped at the chance to live here. Now prestigious Trip Advisor has named our little island #6 in the world for islands to live on. Travelocity rated Isla as #4 for Value Vacations, and even Fox News and NBC have gotten into the act touting this little paradise.
|Looking south from the IxChel Condos – 7 kms by 1 km|
As most of you know, Isla Mujeres is a very small, 7 kilometers by 1 kilometer, island situated just off the coast of Cancun. It’s about fifteen minutes by passenger ferry across the azure and turquoise water to reach this little paradise. Tourism is the #1 industry on the island, followed by fishing, although the locals are finding reeling in tourists far more profitable than fishing. Tourism is increasing, more people traveling. Fishing is decreasing, due to less fish available.
|One of our favourite views – fishing boats|
An abundance of island restaurants cater to every taste and there are many great watering holes serving up icy cold beer and frozen concoctions to help your vacation along. And of course there are beaches, lots of beaches. All very safe.
We are not the type of folks with what we refer to as a drawbridge mentality. You know the type; once they have discovered a place they don’t want anyone else to discover it lest it might change. Change is good. It keeps the community vibrant and alive.
|And fishing nets ….|
Some of the things that make living as an ex-pat in a foreign country easier are electronic readers that enable us to download the most recent new novels, magazines, and newspapers. We and many of our friends have magicJack phones that allow us to call anywhere in the US or Canada – free. The nearby Cancun International Airport gives us travel options with direct flights to many countries. It’s all good.
|Combo mini market and restaurante near Salinas Grande|
So, if you are thinking of a great retirement location, or just a vacation slightly off the beaten path, consider Isla Mujeres. If you are like us and dive right in to a new adventure, you will find professional real estate companies, good builders, and a very fun and affordable little community that will make you feel right at home.
Lynda and Lawrie