Mexico continuously rates highly on the International Living Index of the World’s Best Places to Retire. Of their most recommended places to retire, Mexico ranks third for 2019. This index, with 30-years of experience and methodology and consultants across 5 continents, considers a range of factors including financial factors (buying and investing, renting, cost of living), health factors (healthcare, healthy lifestyle, climate), lifestyle factors (visa and residence, fitting in), and governance factors such as development.
Elements for Mexico’s top ranking include the fact that Mexico has something for everyone from small colonial cities to oceanfront living, low cost of living, availability of quality healthcare, climate and vibrant Mexican life and culture to name a few. These advantages become even more evident when correlated to Huatulco.
Appealing Cost of Living.
The low cost of living continues to appeal to retirees who are generally able to make their income go considerably further and specifically further in Huatulco. Their income buys more quality also. From quality food products, to restaurant dining, to real estate investment, Huatulco offers more quality buying power. Additionally, the lower peso, favors Canadians and Americans with strong dollars granting them even more buying power.
Huatulco is a quality tourism market. By focusing on quality, more than quantity, tourism remains steady but without becoming such a tourism hot spot that it out prices its residents. On the contrary, perhaps the single biggest charm of Huatulco is the affordable lifestyle that can be created here. There are cheaper destinations than Mexico, but Mexico and Huatulco are easy to get to and are a great value.
As the peso oscillates between 18 and 20 pesos to the U.S. dollar, everyday purchases are a real bargain. It is extremely affordable to eat out often, pay medical expenses out of pocket, have a housekeeper a couple times a week and a handyman, and travel within Mexico or to shorter distance destinations such as Guatemala or Peru or Ecuador. According to Tim Leffel on the Cheapest Destinations Blog, he can afford all of the above activities with combined expenses for him and his wife of about $1800 US per month. Smartasset indicates the same lifestyle can be had for $2175 for a retired couple depending largely on where you choose to live and the lifestyle you plan to lead.
Quality, Affordable Healthcare.
Many other benefits abound including coverage by a national health care plan, the Seguro Popular, once Mexican residency is established. (See our article about getting the visa that is right for you.) Many people opt to pay for healthcare out of pocket. Others find insurance plans through national and international insurance providers and even through some banks. To know more about healthcare in Huatulco, see our article: What You Need To Know About Healthcare in Huatulco
Not Just Good Weather, Great Weather.
Huatulco’s climate has 340 days of sun per year with no rain during the winter. At just 15 degrees’ latitude above the equator, Huatulco has the most consistently hot temperature in Mexico. Most days, the town receives light breezes by day from the ocean and cooler breezes coming down from the mountains at night.
Newcomers to Huatulco enjoy the small-town vibe making it easy to fit in and make new friends. Local events, vibrant social and cultural opportunities and a laid-back lifestyle make Huatulco a real paradise. The friendly expat community ensures that you have an English-speaking population. Many locals and service providers like doctors, lawyers, and dentists speak English also.
Safe Community and Region.
Oaxaca is consistently and continuously one of the safest Mexican destinations. Crime rates here are lower than in U.S. states with comparable populations. The presence of a naval base on this area of the coast also promotes security and has thwarted organized activities suffered in other areas.
Plenty of Activities.
Huatulco has a long, long list of things to do. Getting bored is not an option. Water activities, golf, volunteer opportunities, gyms, walking routes and beach clubs as well as general exploring adventure of the beaches and coastline guarantee that there is something for everyone.
Huatulco has a magical landscape, settled in between the mountains and the ocean. With a backdrop of the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains, Huatulco looks out to the Pacific Ocean. Huatulco is a community stretched out along several bays, some with easily accessible beaches, some with picturesque rocky outcroppings. The entire shore here is quite dramatic.
Eco friendly Attitude.
Even as all of these factors contribute to an excellent quality of life, Huatulco itself radiates general positivity being a master-planned community. Huatulco uses renewable, clean energy, has a state of the art water and sewage treatment plant, has received many national and global ecological achievement awards, and 70% of the designated development space is dedicated to green space.
If you are looking to retire in a place with a low cost of living, warm weather, easy access for trips back home and a friendly expat community, Huatulco is an excellent option.