Beaches, sunset, and sand. No wonder so many people want to retire to a coastal town and spend their golden years breathing the seaside air. Retirees are flocking to the West Coast and cities like Newport Beach and Santa Barbara have become famous retirement destinations. However, what if you could have all the amenities of the coastal life at a more affordable price? The answer lies in Mexico, just 60 miles south of the border. The fishing port of Rocky Point, otherwise known as Puerto Peñasco has the small-town feel coupled with the marine charm. But before you can unwind and enjoy your day at Arizona’s beach, let’s have a look at what you’ll need before retiring in Rocky Point.
The first thing to do before you retire is to make a retirement budget. By having a spending plan, you will reduce the stress in your life by a fair amount and be able to enjoy your twilight years. Now there are a few factors that make this town ideal for retirement. A retired couple can expect to live comfortably with less than $2,000 a month, or around $23,000 a year. Yes, these figures include renting a two-bedroom house, utilities, food, entertainment, and weekly maid service. If you’ve never understood why moving from the USA to Mexico has become a trend, now you know.
When retiring in Rocky Point, you might even consider buying a property. Whether it’s just a vacation home or a private house, property in Mexico is much more affordable than in the States. Plus, let’s not forget that the town is growing – and growing fast. In fact, tourism in Rocky Point is flourishing, which means that buying and selling property will yield a strong return. This is a safe future investment, so choose carefully.
However, just because it’s affordable doesn’t mean it’s easy. Navigating the real estate market is never simple. Have in mind that you’re buying property as a foreigner, so you’ll need some professional guidance from a real estate agent. From setting up a bank trust to the latest listings, the whole process will be much easier with a licensed agent by your side.
Settle the paperwork prior to retiring in Rocky Point
With its proximity to the border and the nickname Arizona’s Beach, it’s easy to forget that Rocky Point isn’t actually in Arizona. Or in the U.S. for that matter. But, yes, retiring to Mexico means you’ll have to take a few extra steps, among them obtaining a visa. Depending on the duration of your stay, there are different types of visas to apply for. Bear in mind that as a US citizen, you won’t need a visa if your stay is up to 180 days. This is a great option if you plan to stay in Puerto Peñasco only part-time. However, if you wish to take roots here, apply for a temporary resident visa which lasts up to 4 years. For this, you’ll need documentation such as yearly bank statements and monthly net income. All this can be easily settled in the nearest Mexican consulate. Once your temporary resident visa expires, you can upgrade it to permanent status fairly easily.
Hire a moving company
Now that your paperwork is all done, it’s time to start getting ready for the relocation process. Essentially, this means developing an effective, stress-free moving plan. However, you’ll find that moving is time-consuming and full of complications, last-minute changes and unexpected bumps on the road. Thankfully, there are experienced professionals like Evolution Moving Company SA ready to save the day. In fact, you won’t have to lift a finger, from packing to loading and unloading, this way simplifying the whole process.
However, accidents do happen and sometimes those bumps on the road can be quite literal, resulting in damage during transport. In such rare cases, it’s best to have insurance that covers your valuable items. Yes, this can make the cost of your relocation a little bit higher, but paying extra for peace of mind is always worth it. After all, why spend time worrying when you can spend it on a beach, right?
Prepare for the tropical climate before retiring in Rocky Point
Speaking of beaches, if you’re coming from a colder climate, you need to be ready for temperature changes. The weather is one of the main reasons why more and more people are working and living in Rocky Point. With less than 3 inches of rain a year, you’ll have the sun shining year-round. As the town is tucked between the Sea of Cortez and the Sonoran desert, the climate is mostly tropical.
Part of the Sonoran desert, this region gets less than 3 inches of rain a year so plenty of sunshine is guaranteed no matter what time of year it is. In fact, this is a famous winter destination for snowbirds escaping the cold northern temperatures. It’s a perfect getaway for all those seeking outdoor activities, especially the golf-enthusiasts. Then, there are golden beaches with rich marine life – so much so that it’s even called ‘the world’s aquarium’! Playa Bonita and Playa Arenosa are the two most popular beach destinations in Northern Mexico.
But, enough with the preparations, let’s take a sneak peek at what’s expecting you once you become a Rocky Pointer. From a huge array of activities, here are some of the well-known attractions you might enjoy:
- See a Mexican baseball game – Support the local team, Los Tiburones, at the Francisco Leon Garcia Stadium
- Visit CEDO – Otherwise known as the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans, it offers eco-tours and excursions in English.
- Go to an Oyster Farm – If you’re a seafood enthusiast, look no further than La Ostionera de Puerto Peñasco.
- Try Mexican food – From the local freshmen’s seafood to classic quesadillas and tacos, relocating in Rocky Point will make every foodie satisfied.
- Go fishing – Why not catch your own food? Head down to Rocky Point Fishing Club early in the morning and find a boat!
“Mexican Beach Bum” (Robin Miller) Realtor® is the Designated Broker for Mexico Real Estate and Document Services in the beautiful resort city of Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, Mexico, where the desert meets the ocean. Just 210 miles from Phoenix or Tucson and where income producing properties start at $75,000 and homes in town start at $30,000.
Being in the Mexico Real Estate Industry for over 13 years, I have been assisting clients with their Mexico vacation home buying and selling decisions in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, and Puerto Vallarta.
**License #442 (licensing required by the State of Sonora)
**Accredited Professional Broker in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point
**AMPI member (Mexico’s Real Estate Association)
**Executive AMPI Board member of the local chapter 51
**NAR member (U.S. National Association of Realtors®)
**Member of the local MLS, Multiple Listing Service
**Have a full legal team, in house, to assist buyers with obtaining titles.
With my credentials and the support of my in house legal team, I am qualified to represent, and PROTECT BUYERS as they search for and purchase the perfect vacation home or income producing investment property.
It is important that a foreign buyer connects with a properly qualified licensed agent for their real estate search and purchase transaction. Licensed agents, AMPI and NAR members are held to high ethical standards; attend continuing education classes, and keeping up to date on current issues so they can help guide their clients through the buying and selling process in Mexico.
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