There are a lot of Canadians in Mexico. From what we can tell, all of Vancouver Island moves down to Mexico for the winter, or as the saying goes amongst the Vancouver Island folks: “Will the last one to leave for the winter, please turn out the lights?”.
One popular place for Canadians is the village of La Penita, and the more glitzy village/town of Rincon de Guayabitos. We stayed at a small RV park in La Penita; actually RV park is overstating it, there are six spots that the owners have built on their property next to their house.
The other folks at the park while we were there, are all Canadians. And most from Vancouver Island. And staying for many months.
We ran into the same type of folks in Mazatlan, Huayatambito, Las Glorias, and Melaque (other beaches we have visited): Canadians, many from Vancouver Island, and staying for months.
And why not go to Mexico? Mexico is beautiful, inexpensive, has plenty of beaches, a different culture, and is, despite everything you may have read, relatively safe. If you are a Canadian, it is more dangerous to visit Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, China, and, most surprisingly, Australia, than Mexico.
Regarding beauty and beaches, hopefully the pictures above and below, plus previous post, provide some flavor.
On inexpensive, an RV spot on the beach is typically US $500 / month, all utilities included. A good dinner at a nice restaurant is US $ 10/person, and even at a touristy spot, the bathtub sized margarita is US $5.
Although there are gringos in La Penita, the town retains plenty of Mexican character.
Oh, and I forgot to mention the weather. Here’s the current forecast for Vancouver Island for the next eight days. One, count ’em one, day when it’s partially sunny, otherwise rain every single f…ng day.
The forecast for Melaque, where we are now, is a little better. From what we can tell so far, the partially cloudy means that a few clouds roll in sometime late afternoon, so that the temperature doesn’t get too hot…