My husband and I have visited Bucerias 3 winter seasons now and we plan on retiring to Bucerias this year – we are in our late 60s. We think we have done our groundwork! We intend renting for a year while we look for somewhere to buy. We already have information from all of the agents. We have just sold our house in Canada so we have funds as well as our pension and we have made a budget which we think will give us a good lifestyle in Bucerias and cheaper than living up here. We know we will not continue to qualify for Canadian healthcare but we will pay for health insurance in Mexico (we are both in good health at the moment thank goodness). We will bring down certain of our most treasured items on the flight and future flights as we know we can actually buy everything we need locally. We do not intend doing the long drive, and we will buy a small Mexican car to get us around locally. We are personable, socially friendly people and we know we will soon make friends – cards, dancing, painting and especially through volunteering with all the wonderful charities in Bucerias.
We wonder just how hot and humid does it get in the summer? But we know we will find out the answer to this for ourselves. We believe we have made the right choice for our senior years, But our big problem – and heartache – is that our son and daughter, both married with children, believe the adverse anti Mexico press and are totally against our moving here … and indeed have said they will not visit us here. We know flights in and out are expensive and if it is just us going to visit them, well it will only happen once a year. We really hate to miss out on the company of our kids, and especially our grandkids growing up.
How can we convince them that we will be happy here, that this is as safe as anywhere – how can we get them down here to see how beautiful Banderas Bay is – and secure enough? Should we pay for an all inclusive package trip so they will feel secure inside some hotel – but then we can take them out and about a bit?
First of all, congratulations on your decision to move to Bucerias! It sounds as though you’ve certainly done your “homework” with financial planning, and I’d be surprised if you didn’t thoroughly continue to enjoy all that our community has to offer by way of friendship and volunteer opportunities.
My wife and I travel North for the summer months, so I can only advise you on weather from my occasional summer visits to Bucerias, and from the many accounts we hear from friends upon our return in October. Summer weather can be “close.” By this, I mean that the temperature itself is reasonable, hovering around 29 c. (rarely exceeding 30 c.), but it is the high humidity that can be uncomfortable. Some days are rainy, even torrential, but, more often than not, the rains only occur in the afternoon hours. So much of each day is clear and dry. Many people have said that they enjoy the summer months, as it is a quieter, more introspective time. Having air conditioning and/or a swimming pool, however, is definitely recommended.
I certainly understand your concern regarding the long distance relationship with your children and grandchildren. Many people up North are worried about their families and friends in Mexico. The first question we usually receive up North is, “Aren’t you worried about all the violence there?” Our response is: “Whereas there are areas in Mexico that have increased violence, Bucerias is not one of them. On the contrary, Bucerias is less violent than many small towns in both Canada and the U.S. My wife and I have been driving back and forth from Bucerias for many years now, choosing different routes of interest, and have never encountered the slightest danger. In fact, the people in the various Mexican states we traverse have been friendly and helpful.”
I understand that your children will probably not be convinced by the testimonial of a stranger. It is important to keep in mind that their aversion to Mexico comes from their love and concern for your welfare. Although this may be difficult for you, I advise you not to push this issue with them. Just come down, enjoy all the activities and friendships that are offered, and keep communications open with your family. Don’t try to convince them that Bucerias is safe, nor insist that they come to visit you here. However, as you have the financial means, plan regular visits back to see them. In time, they will come to understand that you are both happy and comfortable with your new life in Mexico. I expect that curiosity will eventually get the better of them, and they’ll plan a visit to you, perhaps initially to an all-inclusive hotel nearby. I think that it’s important that the children have to want to come down first, rather than you trying to entice them down by paying for the vacation.
Once they have experienced the “magico” of our pueblo, with its wonderful beaches, restaurants and shops, their worries will transform into confident support!
All the Best,