For those of you who are unfamiliar with what Sargasso is, it is basically seaweed that has washed ashore. The seaweed is caused by climate change and different wind patterns. The warmer the water, the more the seaweed spreads around the Caribbean. Continue reading
No trip to the Riviera Maya is complete without a visit to one or more of the idyllic beaches in this tropical paradise. But where to go? Surely most beaches in this popular destination are filled to capacity with resorts, sunbathers, and tourists.
Not so. The Riviera Maya still has a few undiscovered gems that have yet to be claimed by developers. Believe it or not, you can still find uncrowded and unsullied beaches in the Riviera Maya.
Whether it’s seclusion you seek or a rocking beach party, these top 10 beaches are worth checking out during your stay:
- Maroma Beach. Known as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Maroma Beach is just 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. If you want a luxury resort or hotel vacation where you can enjoy stunning views of the Caribbean, Maroma Beach may just be what you’re looking for. Many of the resorts and hotels on this beach make respecting the natural environment of the area a priority.
- Akumal. Translated to mean, “the land of the turtle”, sea turtles love to lay their eggs in this small Mexican village. Located 60 miles south of Cancun, the clear water and reefs of Akumal beach make for a perfect day of snorkeling and diving.
- Mamitas Beach. If it’s a party you want, look no further than Mamitas Beach. It boasts the best nightlife in the area and hosts a number of concerts including the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival and the BPM Festival. Enjoy great music and company overlooking a stunning beach backdrop.
- WahWah Beach. For the older crowd, check out WahWah Beach Bar. A sort of gringo bar located on the beach, they play a lot of 70’s and 80’s rock.
- Canibal Royal (aka The Reef Coco Beach). A little harder to get to, but worth checking out if you want a gorgeous, less crowded beach in Playa del Carmen. But bring your own amenities- you won’t find too many shops or restaurants nearby. Located around 48th Street.
- Playacar Phase 1. If you’re staying in Playa del Carmen, be sure to check out the beach at the Playacar Phase 1 residential development. You’ll find a wide, expansive and relatively quiet beach with fine white sand.
- Paradiso Beach. Located in the bohemian town of Tulum is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. On a trip to Tulum’s Mayan ruins, be sure to stop by Paradiso Beach to enjoy its brilliant turquoise water, soft white sand and tranquil waves.
- Xpu-Ha. If it’s solitude you seek, be sure to visit the Xpu-Ha beach in the Riviera Maya. Located just 15 or 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen, this beach typifies the ultimate remote, tropical paradise. Its calm, shallow waters are perfect for a day spent kayaking, swimming or just lying under the sun.
- Puerto Morelos. Halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, you’ll find the small fishing and residential village of Puerto Morelos. The town’s quiet white sand beaches are set inside an offshore reef, creating calm waves for swimmers and snorkelers to enjoy.
- Punto Bete/ Xcalacoco. Travel just north of Playa del Carmen for yet another isolated beach. Its white sand, swaying palm trees, rustic beachfront housing, and breathtaking views are definitively worth the visit.
So you want to purchase property in Mexico. You’re excited by the idea of finding the perfect bungalow in Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya but you’re also nervous. Will buying property in Mexico really be a smart investment?
You can rest assured that it will be. According to Forbes Magazine, it’s safe to invest in Mexico. With an economy that Forbes global economic specialist Sara Zervos describes as, “mostly predictable and rarely volatile”, its movement remains closely tied to that of the United States. Simply put, when the U.S. economy does well, Mexico’s follows suit. When The U.S. economy turns south, so does Mexico’s.
You can credit two main factors the Mexican economy’s overall steady and positive growth. First and foremost are it’s strong ties to the United States. NAFTA has been a big financial boon for Mexico, with many manufacturing jobs moving south of the border. The country has benefitted even more from the technology transfer in recent years and has increased the skills of its workforce to keep up. According to Zervos, Mexican policymakers have also succeeded in, “implementing conservative fiscal policy and prudent monetary policy” further contributing to Mexico’s healthy economy. As a result, the country has survived a number of global crisis as well as changes in presidential leadership.
Because of these two factors, Mexico has experienced 2-4% annual growth over the last 10 years, excluding the Great Financial Crisis. Their stock market has also fared well since 2012 “growing around 22% in local currency terms”, mirroring the growth of the U.S. stock market rather than other South American countries, such as Brazil or Chile.
So with this positive economic growth combined with an all time record low inflation, Mexico appears to be one of the safest countries in Latin America to invest in, particularly in the real estate market. And the situation is unlikely to change anytime soon. Even with the unpredictable U.S. election in November and the Mexican presidential election coming in 2018, Zervos predicts, “economic indicators are expected to remain broadly unchanged, and unlikely to present any significant deviations in current trends.”
As you can see, if there ever was a good time to capitalize on your dream to own a home in Mexico, it’s now. And we here at Living Riviera Maya Real Estate can help. We’ll walk you through the process so you can rest assured your purchase is secure. Don’t hesitate to contact us today with any questions.
Judi Shaw | 1 604 628 7247 Direct | +521 984 116 3251 Mexico Cell or email us
Daylight Saving Time has just begun in Canada and the United States, and you might think that the same thing happens all over the world. If this is the case, well, read on, you are about to learn something new…
You probably already know that Playa del Carmen is a great place, a little paradise on earth. It’s also true for the other cities and places along the Riviera Maya. The white sand beaches, the fauna and flora, the wonderful weather, the amazing food and drinks, the vibrant culture. All of that is just incredible! That you know. We’re not going to teach you anything here…
What you might not know is that Cancún, playa del Carmen, Akumal, Tulum and the whole state of Quintana Roo, are no longer affected by Daylight Savings Time (DST). The federal government generated its own time zone in 2015. The local time in Quintana Roo is the same as Eastern Standard Time (EST).
It has not always been like that, though. Previously, all the states of Mexico (with the exception of the state of Sonora which does not observe daylight savings time) used to change time at the same moment. Now 10 municipalities along the border with the US have already moved their clocks ahead one hour during the night of March 13th, just like Canada and the US. The rest of Mexico will catch up in 3 weeks, in the early hours of April 3rd.
You may have «lost an hour» this weekend but at least, you have learned something new about this strange habit.