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The 10 Best Places to Retire in Mexico


The 10 Best Places to Retire in Mexico
January 15, 2014

Below is an unbiased look at the best places in Mexico to retire – with real pros and cons – to help you make an informed decision as to which best meets your needs, interests and ambitions.

So writes “Johnny Punish” (www.JohnnyPunish.com) in edited excerpts from his article written originally as an exclusive for www.munKNEE.com (Your Key to Making Money!) and under the title The Top 10 Places to Live and Retire in Mexico and the reasons why. Note: this paragraph must be included in any re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.

The 10 Best Places to Retire in Mexico

The 10 Best Places to Retire in Mexico

Punish goes on to say:

In the process of putting together this comprehensive report I have consulted with highly experienced ex-pats who have lived and/or live in the places that I rate here so, without further wait, here’s the top 10 places to live and retire in Mexico and the reasons why:

1. Lake Chapala, Jalisco
2. Ensenada, Baja California
3. San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
4. Guadalajara, Jalisco
5. Merida, Yucatan
6. Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo
7. Mazatlan, Sinaloa
8. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
9. La Paz, Baja California
10. San Cristobal de las Casas Chiapas

1. Lake Chapala, Jalisco (Winner)

According to Kristina Morgan of Focus on Mexico, “Of all the places in Mexico I have been, none can quite compare with Lake Chapala. There’s something about this place that just seems…magical and, as corny as it sounds, that’s the word I hear people use to describe Lake Chapala time and again. Lake Chapala gets into your heart and becomes home. It’s like stepping back 50-70 years here regarding the simpler lifestyle, culture and values. When I’m here I feel like I can be me, like I can breathe a little more freely and be the person I want to be and this is a sentiment expressed by most everyone who has ever been here or lives here”.

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Experience the winery, dining and beauty of Baja California, Mexico


Experience the winery, dining and beauty of Baja California, Mexico
Jan 12, 2014
By Fernanda Beccaglia   

Approximately only 10 percent of Baja California’s wine gets exported, meaning you will need to make a trip to the area, specifically Valley of Guadalupe, to sample it for yourself–personally, I don’t mind.

Some of the popular varieties you will find include Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Malbec and Barbera.

If you are planning a trip any time soon to Mexico’s Baja California, here are my top suggestions.

wine in Baja California

Only 10 percent of the wine in Baja California is exported. Experience wine tasting, dining and travel destinations to its finest in the Mexican city. (Shutterstock)

Editor’s Top Choice
2005 Zinfandel Cru Garage, Torres Alegre y Familia

Graduated in Agricultural Engineering, Víctor Torres Alegre, owner and enologist, is the first enologist in Mexico to have a Ph.D. in the Science of Enology.

He received his doctorate from the University of Bordeaux, France, and has formulated innovative ideas and practices for winemaking that have been accepted throughout.

Its winery blends delicately into the dusty Baja Californian landscape, amid vineyards and olive groves.

His wine reflects his devoted passion and dedication to winemaking for over 30 years.

Signature wines

  • Cru Garage: Zinfandel, 75 percent Tempranillo – 25 percent Petit Verdot, Grenache and Nebbiolo
  • La Llave Blanca: (50 percent Sauvignon Blanc, 40 percent Chenin Blanc and 10 percent Moscatel)
  • La Llave Tinta: (70 percent Cabernet Franc, 20 percent Merlot and 10 percent Cabernet Sauvignon)

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A race for the ‘bold and fearless’ – and Kitty James

Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

A race for the 'bold and fearless' - and Kitty James

A race for the 'bold and fearless' - and Kitty James

Kitty James would have loved it.

Even as many of her old sailing favorites were sweeping into Mexican waters in the Newport Ocean Sailing Association’s 63rd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race Saturday, the longtime editor, writer and photographer for the former Santana magazine lost her battle with cancer.

James, 65, never missed trekking south to report the race for the bible of Southern California sailboat racing until the popular publication slipped from the scene a few years ago. At the start of Sunday’s awards ceremony NOSA Commodore Doug Jones led the crowd in the sun swept courtyard of the Bahia Hotel in paying tribute to her before the distribution of exotic hardware started.

Then every other winner seemed to be from James’s old home ports in Orange County: eight first places in all, including four for Dana Point Yacht Club.

One of the latter was collected by Cindy Wynne’s team on Sol Mate, a Beneteau 35S, as the best of three all-woman crews among the 217 boats entered, 198 of which started and 192 finished.

The last racing division boat to finish was Steve Ginder’s Exit Strategy, a Jeanneau 46.5 from Dana West YC that also posted the slowest corrected handicap time when it crossed the line at 5:58:27 Saturday afternoon—a double whammy that clinched the booby prize, the coveted Brass Spittoon.

A day earlier, Taxi Dancer, owned by Dick Compton, Jim Absley and Tom Parker of the Santa Barbara YC, showed it hasn’t aged in about a quarter-century of competition. The sleek bright yellow Reichel/Pugh 68 finished 70 1/2 minutes behind Lorenzo Berho’s faster Peligroso but that was close enough to correct out on handicap time to win the Maxi class—and, as final tallies showed Sunday, to outscore all the racing division boats on corrected time and collect a $6,500 Lamborghini diamond watch.

They’ll have to share the watch three ways, but one had to wonder how all of those other venerable rival ultralight sleds felt about choosing to do another race on the same weekend.

Parker said, “I think a lot of people worry about Mexico, but it was fun.”

In other strong classes, Mike Warns’s Fifty-One-Fifty, a Santa Cruz 50 from Ventura Sailing Club, won PHRF-A and Bill Gibbs’s Afterburner catamaran from Pierpont Bay YC won the ORCA class for multihulls. read more »