Didn’t know Vancouver Island was in Mexico…

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 "RV park"

The “RV park”

Our site, 20 ft from the beach

Our site, 20 ft from the beach

The happy hour table. A beer or two and conversation while watching the sun set

The happy hour table. A beer or two and conversation while watching the sun set

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.

Fishermen, frigate birds, and pelicans - on the beach right by our Casa

Fishermen, frigate birds, and pelicans – on the beach right by our Casa

Gotta love pelicans

Gotta love pelicans

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.

The MOAM

The MOAM

Although there are gringos in La Penita, the town retains plenty of Mexican character.

Main street, The Avenida, in La Penita

Main street, The Avenida, in La Penita

Weekly market

Weekly market

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.

Vancouver

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…

The weather forecast for Melaque

The weather forecast for Melaque

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3 thoughts on “Didn’t know Vancouver Island was in Mexico…

  1. well, if it helps your personal feelings about your wx forecast, Mother Nature is dumping the innards of every single down comforter she owns down on Colorado yea verily as I type. Hey let me know if you’re going anywhere near Guayamas or San Carlos (about 12 hrs north of where you and the pelicans and the happy margarita are), looking at a trip this spring with a group of bike buddies.

  2. Pingback: Adiós a México | lifes2shortnot2

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