Offering a six-mile stretch of sparkling,white-sand beaches and located just 90 miles south of San Diego,the quaint village of La Misión on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula is both beautiful and safe,offering all the charms of better-known destinations like Rosarito and Ensenada,International Living reported. La Misión is also just a two-hour flight north of Cabo San Lucas,but has a full-time population of around 1,000 people,which means full and part-time residents never have to contend with hordes of tourists.
“Rents here are low,food is cheap,and you can live comfortably for $1,500 a month,” writes La Misión resident Jonathan Blackwell for International Living. “Even though the grocery stores are full of cheap,fresh,local produce,it’s also easy to eat out every day. Tacos at roadside stands or local restaurants rarely run more than $1.”
Blackwell says he moved to La Misión from Orange County,California,about six months ago because he was eager to live somewhere beautiful,safe,affordable and with close proximity to the United States. After renting a newly renovated ridge-top home with ocean views that also overlooks the village proper for just $375 per month,Blackwell settled down to enjoy spending time in his organic garden and taking long walks with his dogs on the beach.
“I still work,just three or four hours a day,down from the 10 to 12 hours I was working in Southern California,” Blackwell shared. “My favorite [taco] stand is Tacos Richi,where I can get a delicious taco for 80 cents. Tamales are often even cheaper and equally delicious. Just yesterday I bought three tamales for my lunch from a roadside stand for $2.50.”
Of course,there are also plenty of places that serve up familiar American fare just 35 minutes north in Rosarito,should residents start to crave the taste of home. In fact,Blackwell recommends every visitor and expat get out and explore all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer. For example,Mexico’s version of Napa Valley – known as Valle de Guadalupe – lies just 30 minutes from the village of La Misión,is famous for its fine wines and organic food.
“One of my favorite places is the La Casa de Doña Lupe vineyard,where I go to buy delicious jam and olive oil along with wood-fired pizza,” writes Blackwell. “August and September are harvest season and the typically quiet Ruta del Vino (wine route) heats up,with a wave of tourists looking to sample the freshly harvested delights and watch the world-class wine being made.”
Overall,Blackwell says living in Mexico has provided much more time to relax,engage in activities other than working to earn a living and has generally allowed him to enjoy life. The year-round perfect weather makes air conditioning and heat virtually obsolete,and the low cost of living means a much better quality of life for much less than it costs in the United States.
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