Retirement In Sayulita, Mexico: Villa Amor in Sayulita, Mexico

I spent my childhood boarding flights in the dead of winter from Detroit to Fort Lauderdale. My grandparents would wait at the end of the terminal, with open arms, while my sisters and I sprinted into them, willingly letting my grandma’s lipstick stain our cheeks and my grandpa’s comforting smell penetrate our clothes. To me, Florida meant adventure and love. We got the royal treatment (unless, of course, my crazy grandma was in a bad mood).

For most of the older generation in Metro Detroit, Fort Lauderdale was the go-to spot for retirement. As the winter approached, old folks would flock down like geese. Then, about a decade later, Scottsdale, Arizona became the new Fort Lauderdale. While I never personally experienced that Western migration, I imagine it was a similar experience: eating too many sweets, staying up late, snuggling in bed with your naked grandma who begged you to clean her ears with a Q-tip.

Now, a decade after that, I’m talking with the next generation of grandparents (my parents’ ages) who want their town—Sayulita, Mexico—to become the next retirement destination. Sayulita has become known as a surfer’s oasis, where sunshine and warm days beg you to stay forever. It’s also, in many respects, an ideal spot for retirees to enjoy a carefree lifestyle. The cost of living is cheaper, the weather is ideal, cuisine is delicious, and locals are friendly and kind.

I’m sitting at a table overlooking the ocean with three grandparents—Barbara and a married couple, all from the States—who own condominiums at the Villa Amor, an exclusive oceanfront property comprised of 26 individually owned units, each differing in size and decor. Together, the condos form the “hotel.” Barbara not only owns property here but also acts as property manager to the majority of the units.

Most of the owners of Villa Amor juggle between renting out their condos for financial gain and enjoying them while on vacation. “We are all here as an investment,” they tell me.

To retire to traditional US-based locations, such as Florida and Arizona, means the cost of living is as much, if not more, as where you previously lived. In the US, your retirement fund may dwindle rather quickly. In Mexico, you’ll get more bang for your bucks, as they say. The recent push for retirees to cross the border (Trump not approved) and move to towns like Sayulita is 90% driven by finances—both gained and saved. While property here is not necessarily inexpensive, other living costs, such as food and medicine, is.

The town offers around 150 restaurants from which to choose. There’s also good, inexpensive medical care, such as the $1 USD steroid shot a doctor administered for $7 for an allergic reaction. (In the States, a month prior, it cost me a small fortune.)

I hadn’t considered Sayulita a retirement destination until speaking to these three condo owners. In fact, I thought Villa Amor was just a regular hotel my first two of my three nights here.

The town of Sayulita is what makes this hotel “so very, very special,” Barbara asserts. The location is spectacular, on the outskirts of town, down a dirt road, less than a quarter mile from the town center, just far enough away from the hustle and bustle. It’s “Old Mexico”, only 25 miles from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

Amidst taxis, hotel staff, and guests shuttling back and forth, I suddenly have a different view and feel of a town with which I fell in love so quickly. It’s not just for travelers, coming in and out, but for those wanting a longer-term option for investment and retirement.

While I’m nowhere near that stage of life, it’s something nice to imagine and something I would consider if I was much older. Plus, as a kid, I would’ve loved flying somewhere more exotic and living off chips and guacamole as I have been the past few weeks.

 

 

Be sure to check out the other blog posts I’ve written about my trip to Mexico!

Contact Villa Amor at reservations@villaamor.com.

 

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