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Old 09-19-2022, 11:53 AM   #1
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Retired Life in Mexico

This is retired life in Mexico!
No responsibilities.
Maybe check social media in the morning.
Go for a bike ride

Margaritas with the other cruisers at 5:00

What's the weather going to be today??? Warm and sunny.
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Sounds sweet!
Did you feel any ripples from the earthquake?
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Hey Kevin. I'm down the road in Centro (downtown). Tacos de Camaron hoy! (Shrimp tacos today)

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Old 09-19-2022, 02:58 PM   #4
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Hey Kevin. I'm down the road in Centro (downtown). Tacos de Camaron hoy! (Shrimp tacos today)

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Me encanta Tacos De camaron y de pescado!
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Sounds sweet!
Did you feel any ripples from the earthquake?
Nothing, here or in La Paz
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If we could just get paid to do what your doing... LOL
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If we could just get paid to do what your doing... LOL
You can make a small fortune cruising. Just have to start with a large fortune.....and know when to stop (I know, an oldie but a goodie).
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LOL! Yes, I started with nothing, and I still have most of it left...
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Hey Kevin,
How tough has it been to secure a slip in La Paz? I called a bunch of marinas there and everything was a wait list...... Someday I'll be there:-)
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Greetings,
Re: Post #2. "Did you feel any ripples from the earthquake?" Can an earthquake be felt on a boat short of a tsunami?


Mssrs. ks & mv. You fellows are getting VERY close to being on my "Naughty List" for posting the beauties of Mexico. Colour me...


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RTF, yes a good earthquake is felt on a boat.

KS, you tried Mariscos Moyeyo? One of my fav's.
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The envy here is real.
Tacos are part of the culture in Mexico. If you have a Netflix subscription, watch "Taco Chronicles." About a dozen 1/2 hour episodes, walks through the country one taco at a time.

A good friend lives in Costa Rica. The food there is decent, but nothing like Mexico. The food here is so simple but freshly prepared. In the US, would be "farm to table" and charge a hefty premium. Here it's "rancho a la mesa" only because that's the supply chain.

My wife and I don't understand why it's so hard to get a good taco in the US yet in Mexico they range from good to exceptional.

Our current culinary excursion is Birria, a stewed meat (lamb or goat, occasionally beef) that is served in a bowl with tortillas on the side and the broth ("consume") on the side. It is exceptional.

And we have not even gotten to the epicurean heartbeat of Mexico- Oaxaca.

Americans have a monochromatic view of Mexico. I can tell you there are wonderful shades of rainbow. Mecico has some very difficult challenges with corruption and narco trade. But at the street level, an exceptional travel experience.

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I’m a long time lurker and infrequent poster. This is my very favorite story (read all of them since before you left) on here. Kudos kevin you are an inspiration.
And Peter that was a nice ode to Mexico. I agree. Lot of nice beach towns. Haven’t been by boat. Yet
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My wife is a Tapatia (from Guadalajara). I've been to every state in MX on my motorcycle & other forms of transport, but not yet by boat. She might take issue with Peter's assertion the Oaxaca is the heart of MX cuisine - but so would the people of Puebla, Mexico City, and probably most cities, towns & villages

This is of course what makes the cuisine so great - intense local pride, just like in Italy, France, etc. I love a lot of things about Mexico, but the food is right at the top of the list. Enjoy! Eat lots of fruit too - I remember the first time we got our kids one of the big cups of fruit that are prepared in front of your eyes by a street vendor - mango, orange, watermelon, papaya, maybe cucumber... add lime, salt, chile if you like, maybe chamoy (fermented plum sauce)... I usually just have it with lime. Anyway my kids took a couple of bites of the fruit and looked at us like: "why have you not told us that this exists?" It's really not much like the stuff we get in the US - the mangos in particular. Usually costs a dollar or two. Amazing.
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Great stuff. Some serious questions though if I may, and I know they may sound silly to you….

How do you get medical and dental care

I studied Spanish from third grade through a year of college. That was over forty years ago for me. I can understand a bit still if spoken slowly enough, but certainly am not close to conversational anymore. Do I need to be.

Can you drink the water. Seriously.
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Retired Life on the East coast

Between salivating and envy fits, reading these posts

Have done a lot of those wonderful moments while living on the West coast and spent precious time on both coastal Mexico and inland.

Since moving to the East coast (NC) those times are now impossible to recreate.

Have the time and the boat, BUT WHERE?

Have looked at the west coast of Mexico ,Veracruz for instance and found no options, short of getting close to the Isla Mujeres, Cancun and the extensive developments there, what experiences do you have?

As fall approaches, planning "going south"

Ideas?suggestions?

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Great stuff. Some serious questions though if I may, and I know they may sound silly to you….

How do you get medical and dental care

I studied Spanish from third grade through a year of college. That was over forty years ago for me. I can understand a bit still if spoken slowly enough, but certainly am not close to conversational anymore. Do I need to be.

Can you drink the water. Seriously.
I only have second hand info on medical and dental. I can tell you that there seems to be a brisk business of attracting gringos into border towns with American trained doctors and dentists. I'm sure some are better than others, but have heard several reports of very well equipped offices with American style care at very affordable costs.

My Spanish speaking skills are pretty poor. I have a lifetime subscription to Rocket language study which is good, but only if you practice. Ensenada has a fairly low percentage of English speakers. Rosarito 40 miles north is extremely popular with gringos and has a much higher percentage of English speakers. Bottom line is you can get by with a few words and phrases that are fairly easy. A little effort goes a long way. Complex conversations are impossible for me. If I buy the incorrect part or tool at a store, no way would I even attempt to return it.

Water. The Mexican water system is not designed to deliver potable water. Some areas are better than others, but tap water should always be assumed to be non-potable. Ensenada is a desert area with a lot of people. Water here is pretty bad. Larger hotels have their own water treatment facilities. Imodium is your friend.

5-gal water jugs are easily available at grocery stores and OXXO stores (a 7-11 style convenience store). Swap is around 40-pesos ($2 USD), or you can go to an ice store which has purified water and refill for about 20-pesos ($1 USD). If you want to refill tanks on your boat, most likely will be bottled water.

As you can tell, being embedded in Mexico isn't all margaritas and tacos. They do not have the same investment in infrastructure the US or Canada has. Not uncommon to have lengthy electricity, internet, or water outages. Once in Playa del Carmen, cell service was out for a day. Not uncommon to approach a traffic light and all the lights are out. Sometimes for weeks.

It's not for everybody. I have several friends who view Mexico as a dangerous place full of people who mean them harm. When they go to a taco stand, they avoid any condiments on their taco for fear of water contamination - a plain taco is as interesting as a plain hamburger with no bun. These friends enjoy all-inclusive resort style placed that present a highly curated vacation experience. Occasionally they will venture out to a restaurant with stellar Trip Advisor reviews, but only cautiously (tip: eat at the place next door).

You have to have your mind in a certain place of acceptance to travel in Mexico. Most of the street food vendors have no electricity so no refrigeration. But when you see they are only open for a few hours and everything is cooked on-site with virtually no holding time, you realize it's all good. In cities with Saturday markets, it's an amazing experience. Whole hogs are brought in and butchered early in the morning and sold within a few hours. For folks who enjoy cooking, it's fascinating to see how different cultures butcher meat- Mexicans eat the entire animal. What's particularly interesting is there is very little variation in price (in the US, some cuts are prized, others are not).

Not for every taste. But if you have a cultural curiosity abiut travel and can accept the downsides, it's a great experience.

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