Best Spots to Retire in the Mexican Caribbean

October 5, 2022
By TAO Mexico

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The Mexican Caribbean is a mecca for foreign retirees, and it’s easy to understand why. The weather is warm and sunny year-round, the cost of living is relatively low compared to cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and there’s a never-ending list of activities and services available to keep people entertained and active.

There are several incredible places to retire on the eastern coast of the country, such as Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Akumal, 3 jewels of the fascinating Riviera Maya. Each of these destinations has something unique to offer retirees, so it’s important to know their differences to find the one that best suits your needs and interests.

Maybe you’re wondering about Cancun, the most famous tourist destination in the Mexican Caribbean. Well, Cancun is just that, a hotspot that attracts millions of travelers every year, but we don’t really recommend it as a place to retire, as it’s mainly a place for vacations, crowds, and parties.

If you’re thinking of retiring in the Mexican Caribbean, leave Cancun off your list (but visit to vacation and enjoy its nightlife) and instead learn about these other fabulous spots that we’re sure you’d love to spend your golden years in peace.

Tulum: An Ecological and Laid-Back Paradise for Retirees

Tulum Mayan ruins by the sea

If you’re looking to retire in a laid-back environment, Tulum may be the perfect place for you.

In recent years, this city has become the most popular destination in the fantastic Riviera Maya, which is why the foreign community that lives here is growing bigger and bigger. It’s known for its beautiful beaches, cenotes, boutique hotels, and Mayan ruins. Not to mention, there are a variety of options for outdoor activities, both in the water and in the jungle. 

The city also has a growing number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants, as well as health food stores. There’s even a good selection of yoga and meditation studios, and is generally known for its wide and attractive range of wellness services.

Tulum is becoming increasingly popular with ‘digital nomads’ and any retirees looking for an alternative and sustainable lifestyle.

Playa del Carmen: A Lively and Worldly destination

Playa del Carmen beach in Riviera Maya

Playa del Carmen’s a cosmopolitan city located just south of Cancun. It’s a favorite spot for retirees looking for a vibrant and active community.

It has all the amenities anyone could want in a place to retire: beautiful beaches, restaurants, shops, and exciting nightlife. The weather is perfect all year round and there are also plenty of activities to keep you busy. Of course, there’s diving and snorkeling, which are very popular along the entire coast, but there are also exclusive golf courses in Playa del Carmen and the eco-archaeological parks of Xcaret, connecting you to the stunning nature and Mayan culture that can still be seen today.

Akumal: A Secluded Paradise for Retirement

Akumal secluded beach

If you're looking for a haven to retire that's both beautiful and quiet, look no further than Akumal. This beach town is small and quaint, with very friendly local people who are proud of their Mayan heritage, and a laid-back, easy-going lifestyle.

It’s a much smaller and quieter destination, but its privileged location between Playa del Carmen and Tulum makes it an easy access point to all the attractions and incredible activities that can be done in the Riviera Maya.

One of the main things to do in Akumal is to swim with sea turtles, and it’s super simple! You can easily find them near the beach. In fact, Akumal is a Mayan word that means "place of turtles".

Buy your Retirement Home in the Riviera Maya!

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Edena, Tulum, Riviera Maya. Starting from $191,500 USD. 2-bedroom luxury condos & 2-bedroom Homes - Delivery date: September 2022.

If retiring in the paradise of the Mexican Caribbean is your dream, at Tao Mexico we can help make it your reality!

We specialize in real estate in the Riviera Maya, and currently have exclusive real estate developments in Tulum and Akumal. We can help you find a beautiful property that’ll become your home to enjoy your retirement years in the Caribbean.

Get in touch with us so that one of our agents can tell you about the available properties we can offer you in the Mexican Caribbean. We’d love to meet you and help you throughout the process so that you can find your dream home in paradise.

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