According to a recent article for Forbes online,millions of US citizens are choosing to spend their retirement abroad,especially in places like Mexico,thanks in part to the warmer climate,close proximity to the US and lower cost of living. In fact,according to recent US State Department records,there are now more than 6.6 million Americans living abroad,and most of them are retirees. Furthermore,this number has reportedly grown a whopping 500 percent over the past 40 years alone,and is projected to continue to rise in the years to come.
In countries like Mexico,retirees can experience a multitude of benefits that are hard to come by in the US,namely affordable beachfront property and a lower cost of living that allows room to pay for the hired help that is often necessary during retirement. In addition,the richness of the local culture that can be found in places like Cancun,Tulum,Puerto Vallarta or Playa del Carmen is a huge draw for adventuresome retirees who have a love of travel.
Mexico also offers expats a wide variety of easy and frequent airline access to the United States and vice-versa for visiting friends and family,making distance less of a concern than ever before. In addition,modern technologies like Skype and other Internet video programs allow for free,easy,anytime communication between people from virtually anywhere in the world where you can get online. Thanks to the excellent infrastructure that can be found in Mexico's best retirement communities,Internet access is just as easy to come by here as it is in the US,making it a viable tool for tech-savvy retirees to stay in touch.
Also of note,the AARP calls Mexico "the undisputed number one destination for American retirees," and has named the Puerto Vallarta region of Mexico one of the "Best Places to Retire Abroad," thanks to its close proximity to the US,pristine beaches and rich local culture. Other thriving expat retirement communities include Cancun real estate,Lake Chapala,San Miguel Allende and Riviera Maya real estate.