Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Where to eat in Sayulita: ChocoBanana

Since its opening a short 20 years ago, ChocoBanana has become somewhat of a landmark in Sayulita, Mexico. Originally starting as just choco dipped bananas in a cooler, this popular restaurant expanded its business to become a cafe (apparently boasting the best coffee in Sayulita) with a menu of fresh baked goods and home-style breakfast. 

If you need a sweet treat, don't forget to take a chocolate covered banana to go on your way to the beach.

Famous Chocolate Covered Banana

Visitors and Chefs alike enjoying ChocoBanana

ChocoBanana Restaurant in Sayulita, Mexico

Dani Leigh Photography: Sayulita

Gorgeous photo of beach-goers and retirees relaxing at the edge of Sayulita, from Dani Leigh Photography.

Another amazing photo of an insider's look at the town from Dani Leigh Photography.

NY Times Travel Mentions Sayulita as Paradise to Visit

The NY Times recently mentioned the coastal town of Sayulita in Nayarit, Mexico in a paradise article.

NYT touts Sayulita as a safe haven for second-home owners hailing from California and Canada who are responsible for setting up a laid back vibe.
For those feeling adventurous, Sayulita offers a little bit of surf and for those with a sweet tooth, chocolate-dipped bananas are in abundance.

Aurinko Bungalows in Sayulita, photos courtesy of NY Times

NY Times - Sayulita mention

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hobby: Geocaching in Mexico

From a geocaching blog
Geocache just waiting to be found! What is geocaching? To find out more about this "treasure hunting" activity to pick up in your free time, read this Wikipedia blurb.

5 Things to Think About When Retiring Abroad

5 things to think about when retiring abroad...check out the article written by Kathleen Peddicord from US. News Money for more info.

2010 Trend: More US Retirees Moving to México´s Coastal Communities

The International Community Foundation did a study of “U.S. retirees over 50 years of age that are residing part-time or full-time in Mexican coastal communities” Residents residing in the coastal areas of Puerto Vallarta, the Riviera Maya, Cabo San Lucas, Rosarito, La Paz, Loreto, Puerto Peñasco, and smaller villages along Mexico’s far-reaching shoreline participated in this survey. The survey singled out the key reasons for why retirees chose to move to Mexico.

The top factors for moving to Mexico for retirement were lifestyle, cost of living, weather, and closeness to the U.S. Another factor for moving to Mexico’s coastline is the abundance of recreational activities available around the water: fishing, swimming, surfing and boating.
More than 70% of retirees can afford a comfortable lifestyle with an annual income over $25,000 which is more than double the average per capita annual income of a Mexican citizen at $11,410.

Read more here from International Community Foundation for interesting insights from into the rapidly growing US retiree - Mexico relationship.

ICFDN: Riviera Nayarit tops the list of communities to move to in Mexico.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Video: Riviera Nayarit beaches through a guest's eyes

Close your eyes and imagine a beach with snorkelers, families, and assortment of fish. Now take a look at one youtube user's video of the beautiful Riviera Nayarit beaches and surf. How else would you like to spend your retirement?

Fishing in the Riviera Nayarit

How would you like to be this guy? Enjoy your retirement and bask in the sun while deep sea fishing in the ocean blue. The Riviera Nayarit and Bahia de Banderas are top of mind deep sea fishing places in Mexico because of its climate and sea conditions, as well as the range of fish swimming the waters: Pargo, Roosterfish, Sea Bass, Mahi-Mahi, Swordfish and Tuna just to name a few. Find out more about the 2 world records catches  here as well as information on your future fish catches!

Pack your bags for Mexico's up and coming destination: Riviera Nayarit

A picture is worth 1,000 words. Or a few choice ones like beaches, relaxation and gorgeous ocean-front villas. Riviera Nayarit's cityspots range from bustling to sleepy which makes retiring here a great option. The town even opened up its first wine bar a few years back, giving a nod to the growing masses retreating to Mexico for some R & R.