great. Most of the owners don’t live here full time. The mix of people
is constantly changing as people come and go during the year. The
Tao Community is very active in putting on different events during
the month like excursions, cooking classes, lunches, Spanish lessons,
etc. for those who are here and would like to participate.
But there’s more to consider about the Riviera Maya than just
beauty, natural attractions and amenity-loaded communities. Here
are a few practical suggestions if you’re considering a move or the
purchase of real estate.
getting There and getting Around
Coming to the area, you’ll probably use the International Airport
in Cancún (CUN) that has hundreds of daily flights to and from 21
cities in the United States and seven cities in Canada. For most of
these cities, there are multiple daily flights, giving you a good choice
of departure and arrival times.
Once there, having a car is helpful, but there are local transportation options that can get you where you wish to go using the
collectivos and buses. Bike or scooter riding is the most simple and
economical way to get around and the way a lot of young people
prefer to travel.
Considering a purchase?
If you’re considering buying a home in the Riviera Maya, you’ll
find that they’re much more affordable if you don’t choose the most
expensive location, like close to the beach. Property taxes basically
cost pennies compared to the United States. New homes and condo
developments are being built with American and Canadian values as
developers and architects do all they can to meet North American standards. An important consideration for a foreign purchaser of Mexican
real estate is to become well-educated about the buying process before
making a commitment. Visit, stay in a community for a few weeks to
see if it meets your requirements and do your homework.
That’s what Anne deBose and her husband did. “By the end of our
first day in Tao, I knew that this was going to be our future home,”
deBose says. “The beaches are perfect (my requirement) and there’s
a Robert Trent golf course (husband’s requirement). After dinner on
our first night here, my husband and I were sitting on our patio of the
hotel enjoying the beautiful evening, and he said to me, ‘Do you think
you could live here?’ and I said, ‘DEFINITELY!’ I call this my paradise!”
Health is always a concern when moving to a foreign country. Even
though the sunshine and warm weather can contribute to a healthy and
active lifestyle, there are always those unplanned emergencies. Mexico
has a social security system that is free for Mexicans as well as foreign
nationals with Residente Permanente status. Foreigners living in Mexico
without full-immigrated residency status can usually purchase health
insurance for about $300 USD a year. According to Cecilia Mosqueda of
The Fives in Playa Del Carmen, “The area is also known for its medical
tourism. People come here to have medical procedures and recuperate
in amazing surroundings of the Riviera Maya.”
Top To bo TTom: Touris T dis Tric T of playa del carmen;
mayan ruins a T Tulum; scarves hang in a marke T