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Mexico is the Top Retirement Destination in 2107

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For many people, retirement means days of relaxation and slacking, and it is not something that you can do in your city. After rounds of research and surveys, International Living has compiled a list of the best places to retire this year and ranked them accordingly. Read on and take your pick.

10. Malta. Despite its compact size, this Mediterranean island offers a marvelous lifestyle. It offers 300 days of sunshine, reasonable cost of living, and excellent health care. Once you are done exploring the island, Sicily and Paris are just a few hours away.

9. Portugal. The low cost of living and real estate are just two of the many reasons why this country is getting more and more popular among retirees. Lisbon, and the seaside towns of Estoril and Cascais, are the more favorite places of expats.

8. Nicaragua. Over the past decade, this country has undergone several changes for the better. Progress is apparent everywhere and should many any expat’s lifestyle easier. Getting a resident’s card is easy, and so is opening and running a business.

7. Spain. Miles of beaches, warm coastal climate, affordable real estate, low cost of living and laidback lifestyle make it a top retirement destination. Aside from beach living, Spain’s historic cities is a great attraction for many retirees.

6. Malaysia. Clean and modern with unrivaled public transport, this exotic place is home to some of the friendliest people in Asia. This country is known for budget travels, but there are also world-class vacation spots that both tourists and expats can enjoy.

5. Colombia. Once overlooked as a great retirement place, the country is now getting attention for its closeness to home. Aside from its great sceneries, Colombia is also proud of its warm, welcoming people, as well as their food, music and festivals.

4. Costa Rica. This safe and stable country has been giving refuge to retirees for over three decades now, and it continues to do so today. One of its best features is its high-rate health care, with world-class doctors using the latest technologies.

3. Ecuador. To those who put excellent weather as their priority when looking for a retirement place, Ecuador is it. Real estate is also very affordable, so buying or renting a property will give any retiree incredible savings in the long run.

2. Panama. It may be popular for its canal, but Panama is also drawing retirees all over the world for its ease of living. Its famous Pensionado program makes it easy for foreign retirees to get residence, also granting them a wide range of discounts.

1. Mexico. There are many great places to retire in the country, perhaps one of the most popular is Los Cabos with its gorgeous beaches, laidback lifestyle and rich culture. Many websites like CaboCribs.com can help you pick a great place to stay in this paradise.

“Mexico has always offered arguably the easiest transition to expat life around: Low-cost, conveniently close, friendly locals and plenty of expats—Mexico offers an appealing balance of exotic foreign culture and familiar First-World lifestyle… Life here is easy and relaxed. And also rich and complex in sensations and experiences.” [Source]

 

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5 Tips for the Best Winter in Cabo San Lucas

Mexico might have had a reputation of being too dangerous for Americans, but there are still areas that boast a robust tourist life. Aside from the popular Riviera Maya, Tijuana and Ensada, there is Cabo San Lucas. Just a few hours away from North America, Cabo sits at the tip of Baja California. It is home to some of the best seafood and ocean fun in Mexico. If you do decide to escape the cold for a sunny winter this year, here are some tips to make your vacation the best you could possibly have.

  1. Avail of the all-inclusive options many resorts in the area offer. For as low as $50, you can already enjoy all you want to eat and drink while you relax in paradise. This one-time payment saves you from tipping, currency conversion charges and bar tabs.
  2. Experiencing a foreign culture can be hard if you do not understand what the people around you are talking about. At least a month before the trip, download a language app that you can play during your downtime. This way, you can chat up and be friendly with some of the locals.
  3. Because of its location right at the tip of the continent, Cabo is home to fresh seafood and the best sport fishing in North America. Once there, make sure that you get a taste of their local guacamole, and several of their lobster and Dorado recipes.
  4. Set aside time to go out of your resort and stroll through town for some handcrafted hats and shirts. Also try out the local restaurants serving ceviche, seafood recipes and cerveza. Several excursion companies run affordable deep sea fishing, ARV and watercraft tours.
  5. Resorts in the Pacific Coast do not allow swimming in the seas because of the big waves. Thus, pick a resort in the side of the Sea of Cortez. You can also just take a short walk from the Pacific side to the Medano Beach where it should be much safer to take a dip.

There are still so many exciting things that await you on your trip to Cabo San Lucas.
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Ask a tourism officer in the area, or just chat up and get friendly with a local to help you make the most of your vacation. Pack your bags and book a ticket now. This just might be your best trip yet.

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What are the Rights of a Foreigner While in Mexico?

Anyone who is a foreigner in any country is bound to feel some amount of uneasiness, particularly when they are faced with a legal problem, conflict with the local citizens or altercation with legal processes or authorities. The same holds true for foreigners in Mexico. Read on as we give the basic information about your rights while in Mexico, along with what to expect with your foreign status.

The Immigration Law states that the immigration policy of Mexico is to secure full respect for the human rights of domestic, migrants and foreign, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, immigration status and nationality. Special attention is given to vulnerable groups like seniors, teenagers, children, women and indigenous. Should the foreigner be accused or found guilty of any unlawful act, their undocumented immigration should not create any prejudice.

For those who have any interest in Mexico, whether it is an investment, business or family in the country, the state should also guarantee that the acquired rights of immigrants is recognized. Free transit throughout the country is guaranteed equal to any national, as well as access to education, medical and other public services, regardless of their immigration status. Civil actions cannot also be denied by authorities, particularly in marriages and granting of wills.

One specific right of a foreigner that is not exactly well known among Mexican authorities is that an interpreter should be provider for them if they cannot speak or understand Spanish. And should there be any legal judicial processes against a foreigner, authorities have to inform the foreigner of any international agreements or treaties when it comes to the transfer of prisoners, along with any other piece of information that may benefit them.

Now, what are the main obligations of foreigners during their stay in the Mexico? The law states that immigrants should comply with these obligations: protect their immigration status documents; show documents proving their identity and immigration status when needed; give personal data when requested by authorities; and other obligations stated in the Constitution, Act, Regulations and other pertinent provisions.

We hope that the concepts we showed above has given you a clearer view of the most common doubts of foreigners in Mexico. Keep them in mind as they will come in handy on your next trip to Mexico. If you have any specific case or particular question, do not hesitate to consult an immigration expert or the Mexican immigration authorities.

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Experience a Whole New Christmas in Los Cabos

The holidays is a time for festivities, especially in Mexico, where Christmas season goes for almost two months. In fact, the period between December 12 (Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe) and January 6 (Feast of the Three Wise Men) is filled with several fiestas that it is jokingly called the Guadalupe-Reyes Marathon. Here are some of the most exciting holiday activities happening all around the region.

  1. Sabor Food and Wine Festival – Usually held during the first week of December, this festival brings together chefs from various restaurants in the region for a whole day of eating, drinking and music.
  2. Parroquia San Jose – Set in the region’s historic downtown area, this beautiful church features the mosaic Pericues which depicts the killings of its early inhabitants. This is the best place to attend holiday services.
  3. Dressed to the K9s Christmas Party – Thrown in behalf of the Los Cabos Humane Society, this elegant soiree features a fundraising auction and raffle, along with delicious food and drinks.
  4. Holiday Spirits – Aside from Corona and Pacifico, Mexico also boasts a range of seasonal spirits, including PoncheNavideno, made from the hawthorne fruit, and Noche Buena, a dark, spicy lager.
  5. Las Posadas – This event commemorates the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Lasting for nine days, there are nightly reenactments and processions that end with house parties.
  6. El Dia De Los Santos Inocentes – Also called Innocent’s Day, this December 28 celebration remembers King Herod’s decree to kill all male infants to protect his throne.
  7. Nochevieja – After the New Year’s Eve dinner, people go out to enjoy theme nights and local parties. The New Year in San Lucas is greeted with a beautiful fireworks display over Medano Beach.
  8. Casa Dorada New Year’s Eve Party – The luxurious Casa Dorada Resort and Spa annually holds costume-theme parties. This is a go-to party for those looking to ring in the New Year in style.
  9. El Dia De Los Tres Reyes – The celebration of the Three Kings of a time for children to open their gifts, as well as for family and friends gathering. Its signature treat is the sweet bread rosca de reyes.
  10. Whale watching – The Los Cabos whale watching season stretches from December to April where up to 10,000 males migrate to their breeding grounds down south.

With all these activities, you will surely have a most enjoyable Christmas season in Los Cabos.

But despite all these, what is important is the time of devout observances and gatherings with friends and family.

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The Tradition and Story Behind the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a popular Catholic celebration in commemoration of a man that encountered the Virgin Mary on December 9 and 12 on 1531. Every December 12, public celebrations in honor of Mary are help all throughout Mexico. Thousands of people all over the world pay pilgrimage to see an image of the Virgin Mary at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, while children garbed in traditional costumes are blessed in churches.

What makes Our Lady of Guadalupe different from the other apparitions of the Virgin Mary? For one, this is the only apparition where Mary left a miraculous image of herself that is not made by human hands. Also, this is the only universally-venerated image of Madonna and Child where Mary looks pregnant, instead of the common image of her holding baby Jesus. These and many other aspects make this a significant apparition for Catholics and all of humanity.

In 6th century in present-day Mexico City, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Juan Diego on the Hill of Tepeyac, requesting that a church be built on that very site. To prove her identity, Juan Diego was asked by the Virgin Mary to gather roses growing on the hill. Juan Diego wrapped the roses in his cloak and took them to the bishop. When he opened his cloak to the bishop, aside from roses, a striking image of the Virgin Mary miraculously appeared in the cloak.

The image of the Virgin Mary was wearing the traditional garb of an Aztec princess, with a black sash around her waist that indicated pregnancy. The elements of the image specified the Virgin Mary as being above the Aztecs gods, all the while showing that he is submissive to God. With mere symbols, the miraculous image on the cloak spoke the truth about the Christian faith, and a mass conversion of millions of Aztecs to Catholicism followed soon after.

A church – called the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe – was immediately built on the Hill of Tepeyac. Here, the original cloak of Juan Diego with the miraculous image is put on display for visitors to see. The basilica has become one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for Catholics all over the world. The miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the cloak has been placed through several scientific testing procedures to prove its miraculous legitimacy.

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Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas: Why It’s One of the World’s Best

Whale watching is one of the most exciting things you can do in Cabo San Lucas. The number of whales passing through here is so immense that visitors are guaranteed to see at least one during the peak months from December to April. But what really makes whale watching special in this part of the world? And what can you expect when you find yourself joining one its tours? Read on to find out.

Sitting at the tip of the Baja Peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas is a very special place for encountering whales. The Pacific Ocean has become a highway for Gray and Humpback whales as they make their way from Mexico to Alaska, while the Sea of Cortez is a whale sanctuary, thus creating an area highly concentrated with whales.

Considered as one of the world’s most biologically-intact seas, the Sea of Cortez enjoys a high population of Gray and Humpback whales from December to April. Add that to about 75 percent of whale species in the Sea of Cortez and you will find that whales thrive in this area all year round. On some tours, you can catch a glimpse of other species like Blue, Fin, Sperm and Killer Whales.

Another thing that makes whale watching in Cabo San Lucas very special has to do with the reason why they are in Los Cabos in the first place. Every year, the whales return to their place of birth to play, mate and give birth. Thus, whales spend energy in displaying their emotive state physically. Do not be surprised to see them launching themselves from the water and making a big splash.


And as if seeing a whale in all its glory is not good enough, visitors are also treated with other whale behaviors like flipper slaps, breaches, tail lunges, spy hops and tail slaps. By far, the Humpback whales have proven to be the most impressive. During those months when the whale population swells, you will witness wild displays of whale desires as they impress each other to look for a mate.

There are many tours offered in Cabo San Lucas that will give you a chance to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures. Join any of their tours now and see different whales display themselves in all their grandeur. Indeed, whale watching in Cabo San Lucas is one sensational adventure of a lifetime that you will treasure forever.

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Taste the Finest Food and Wine Los Cabos Has to Offer

For ten years now, the Los Cabos International Food Festival has prided itself in highlighting the best in Los Cabos cuisine. In fact, it has now become one of the world’s best events of its kind. The festival does not disappoint, year and year, and it’s only expected to get better in the years to come.This year, the International Festival of Food and Wine – locally known as Sabor a Cabo – will take place from the 2nd to 5thof December and will be sponsored by the Los Cabos Tourism Board. Like in the past years, it will bring together the best chefs from Los Cabos, and feature the region’s rich wine selection.

Sabor a Cabo 2016 Theme

Sabor a Cabo has now been considered an international event, now that it is on its tenth year of celebration. The reason for this is because the festival has also come to promote Los Cabos cuisine, similar to the region’s promotion of its tourism attractions like golf and fishing.Alfonso Vazquez Olivas, Sabor a Cabo President, announced that this year’s theme is “Simmering… A Tribute to Mexican Roots” where the traditional food and wines of Baja California Sur will be showcased. Below is a quick look at this year’s schedule for the Los Cabos International Food Festival.

Sabor a Cabo 2016 Schedule

Day 1 (December 2): Beer Fest

Starting at 5PM at Plaza El Pescador, Cabo San Lucas will play host to a wide range of food vendors, live music, and traditional crafts. The highlight, of course, is a display of a selection of Mexico’s best beers.

Day 2 (December 3): Art Walk and Wine

San Jose del Cabo’s gallery district will welcome its guests at 5PM and treat them to an evening of stunning art and delicious food, accompanied by an innovative selection of Mexico’s fine wines.

Day 3 (December 5): Evening Under the Stars

Dubbed as the main event, this will take place in Chileno Bay. It will feature food and drinks from almost 40 restaurants as guests will be serenaded with a live performance by singer-songwriter Lila Downs.

Los Cabos has so much culinary offerings and this wonderful event is the perfect place to experience them all. Sabor a Cabo is one of the region’s annual events the visitors and locals alike would want to watch out for every year.

Book your flight and get your pre-sale tickets now. And when you find you find yourself falling in love with Los Cabos and everything that it has to offer, you might want to consider getting a piece of property so you can come back and stay whenever you want.

Head on to CaboCribs.com Real Estate and make the search so much easier for you.

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Why US Seniors are Spending Their Retirement in Mexico?

Year after year, a growing number of American seniors are spending their retirement years in the coastal areas of Mexico, including Cancun, Rosario Beach, Vallarta and Rocky Point.
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These retirees opted to stay in this side of the country because of the relaxed and laid-back lifestyle. And although they admit to having reservations before they made their move, in the end they figured out that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

A recent study on the retirement trends in the United States shows important information that can greatly help meet the needs of the future group of American retirees who are considering living in Mexico. Previous research focused on well-known expatriate communities in central Mexico, particularly in San Miguel Allende and Ajijic. This left the coastal communities of the country the least studied among the US retirees.

Released last week, the report focused on issues affecting the American retirees in Mexico. Four more reports are expected to come out in the future, and will focus on real estate, health care, community involvement and environment. The study was based on an 88-question survey answered by 842 American participants. Aside from the questionnaire, data from the study also came from focus groups in individual communities.

The survey showed that most of the retirees are young, with almost half of them under 65 years old. About 30 percent of them are single, divorced, widowed or never married. A big chunk of them has an annual income higher than $25,000. Four out of five of them are homeowners, with mostly paying cash for their homes. They study was conducted in five areas where most retirees live, particularly Punta Banda and Playas de Tijuana, located south of Ensenada.

In one particular night, a group of US retirees gathered on a beach-side restaurant and echoed most of the findings of the survey. For most of them, money was a big factor and most of them has become comfortable with Mexico.
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These people bought some of the region’s properties during the building boom during the years 2005 to 2006, and they bought their homes with cash. They mostly live in one or two-story homes and agree that high rises on the coastline restrict corridor views.

The survey says over half of the respondents considered litter as their top problem in their retirement communities. Even still, they reported walking on the beach as a favorite activity. Almost half of the respondents said safety issues were a big concern in their move to Mexico, and 66 percent said drug violence is an important public policy issue. Since they started living in Mexico, majority of the retirees have not yet changed their attitude about their personal safety.

Cabo Cribs Real Estate is a premier real estate company in Los Cabos, offering the easiest platform to help clients search for their dream home. With a user-friendly website, comprehensive listing and friendly and knowledgeable staff, everything you need will be at the touch of your fingertips. Contact them now and finally get your wish of living the good life in Los Cabos.

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Remembering the Triumph of the Mexican Revolution

Every year on the 20th of November, Mexico celebrates the anniversary of its Revolution. This year marks the 105th anniversary when the country started the revolution that will overthrow Porfirio Diaz. General Porfirio Diaz was an important military figure during their war against foreign invaders, but rebelled against the presidents. In 1872, he tried to overthrow President Benito Juarez, and finally succeeded with President Lerdo de Tejada in 1876.

From 1876, Porfirio Diaz stayed in power for over 30 years.

Porfirio Diaz

In these years, Mexico boasted political stability, increased foreign capital and economic growth, which was evidenced in their creation of new industries and railroad tracks. However, such progress wasn’t translated into the well-being of the people. After a while, political unrest started brewing, with labor workers and peasants as the unhappiest segments of the Mexican society.

To protect these two sectors, the Mexican Liberal Party was founded by Ricardo Flores Magon. This was seen by the Porfirist regime, and Magon was persecuted and died in an American prison. In an effort to crush any uprisings from labor workers, the army repressed a strike of miners from the Sonora’s Cananea mine in 1906. Brutal and unforgiving, the Cananea Massacre is considered historically as the spark that ignited the Mexican Resolution.

Diaz was very much aware of all the pressure. Thus, in an interview with an American journalist in 1908, he said that he now welcomes an opposition party in the republic. A year later, the Anti-Reelectionist Party was founded by Francisco Madero. Coming from a wealthy family in Coahuila, Madera has studied business in the United States and France, and fought for democracy via his political newspaper articles. He was designated by the party to run for president in the 1910 elections.

Now facing a great amount of pressure, Diaz ordered Madero’s imprisonment, saying that he was “inciting rebellion and offending authorities.” Madero waited for the election results in prison only to find out that Diaz won through an electoral fraud. He then decided to escape prison and called for a National Insurrection, declaring the elections invalid and appointing provisional Governors. Uprising broke out in Mexican states, causing Diaz to resign and leave the country.

Madero was elected as the new president of Mexico after a new election in 1911. However, there were Revolutionary leaders who had different views with the new government and wanted immediate change which was impossible to achieve at that time. After Porfirist generals attacked him, Madero appointed Victoriano Huerta to repress the offensive. But this proved to be a big mistake as Huerta and his accomplices assassinated the president.

The Mexican Revolution

The victory of Huerta proved to be short-lived as a new Revolutionary movement rose with unparalleled force. This marked the emergence of the Constitutionalist Movement, prompting Huerta to leave the country in 1914.
Reforms immediately were underway with the Constitution in 1917. There were still fighting amount the revolutionary groups up until 1920, but harmony was finally restored and Mexico was back to enjoying liberty and democracy.

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Feel the Rush of the Baja 1000

Considered as the grandfather of all desert races for many years now, the Baja 1000 is a top attraction for racers and racing fans in Los Cabos. This year, the 49th Bud Light Score Baja will run from November 16th to the 20th. Although the course traditionally alternates between a La Paz and an Ensenada finish, this year will include Baja California with a start and finish in Ensenada.

Events will start rolling on the 15th as satellite monitoring equipment and chassis inspections will happen. The following day, the racers will start to arrive for check in. On Thursday, the racers and their crews will attend meetings and tech inspections, as well as conferences with all sportsmen and crews come evening. The race will finally kick off on the 18th at 6 AM in Ensenada along the Lazaro Boulevard. The ATV and motorcycle classes will jump off the event with a new rider starting every 30 seconds, before bigger vehicles will start their classes at 11:30 AM.

The Baja 1000 Off Road Race

The 840-mile course comes with four checkpoints and uses a 35-mile stretch to Oso Negros on both directions, covering the two sides of peninsula and paralleling Highway 1 for almost half of the race. It will then look south back to the Pacific before crossing below Puertocitos to the other side of the Peninsula. The course will then go back North going along the Sea of Cortez, through San Felipe and to the junction with Highway 3. As it parallels Highway 3, the rugged course will travel west before it goes back northwest to Ojos Negros and the Ensenada finish line.
Ever since it started in 1967, the Baja 1000 has gone through several changes over the years, but it still remains as one of world’s top desert races. Some of the most popular actors who are into this sport are Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, and James Garner. The sport also has its own celebrities as well, including Johnny Johnson, Rod Hall, Robby Gordon, Johnny Campbell, Ron Bishop and Larry Roesseler. Some of these racers are also participants this year.

The Baja 1000 Off Road Race

To experience the Baja 1000 is definitely an experience of a lifetime. And it’s made even easier this year with the live tracking and coverage of the race, so you can join in on the action wherever you are in the world. Still, nothing beats being there in person, joining in on the camp outs with other fans, and watching out for the vehicles at specific turns on the race course.

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