People Think We’re Crazy :: We’re Moving to Mexico!
My husband and I have been fortunate through the years to visit many countries throughout the world. We would often say, “this city” or “that beach town” would be a cool place to live. Since the early 2000’s when 30A started to come to life we always wanted to live on 30A by the beach. 30A is now crazy expensive and we feel like the construction there isn’t the best, it’s extremely overcrowded and plus … unless you spend millions, you’ll never see the water from your house so what’s the point.
Since 30A started to wane for us, we were trying to figure out the next place on our list to reside in. We were introduced by my husband’s cousin to a quaint little town called Los Barriles in Baja California Sur, Mexico. We have traveled to Cabo many times for Mardi Gras and Thanksgiving vacation. The little town of Los Barriles is about an hour north of Cabo, but it’s nothing like Cabo. Los Barriles is a beautiful, very small and easy-going simple town on the coast of the Sea of Cortez. Life in Los Barriles is easy.
We visited Los Barriles two times before deciding to purchase a lot. My husband and I both fell in love with the place as soon as we got there. We signed for the lot in July 2021 and in January 2022 we started to build. We are about 2 blocks from the Sea of Cortez, and the views are outstanding. From our rooftop we will be able to see whales, flying mobula rays, jumping marlin and at night the star gazing is absolutely amazing. Every week our builder sends us pictures of the progression of our house. Of course, I’m keeping an album and one day I would like to make a book with all of the pictures from start to finish.
Of course, the first response we get from our family and friends are, “Y’all are moving to Mexico? What about the crime… you’re crazy!” What they don’t know is Los Barriles is as safe as the safest towns in America and much much safer than most U.S. metropolitan cities. The locals are sincere, hardworking, trustworthy and as nice as can be.
Life is too short! My husband always says to live life to its fullest and live life with no regrets. And my husband can attest to this phrase. He lost his mother when he was 11 years old to cancer, his dad was murdered when he was 16 years old, he lost a sister at the age of 50 of an aneurysm and a brother to cancer at the age of 58. My husband lives his life with a different perspective, which has rubbed off on me.
It’s pretty much always been this way. We would take weekend trips Ireland, Russia, China and Israel. His theory is “we either go when we can for however long, or not at all!” We even went to New York City for New Year’s Eve, twice, and the first trip we left on a 2:00pm flight, went to see the ball drop and were back at the airport for a 6:00am flight back home.
My girls caught the flying fever as well, as they are both pilots. Yes, my daughters both fly planes! My whole family has flight benefits, including my mother, so no matter where we live, we can always catch a flight to see one another. This means even though we are moving to Mexico and leaving family and friends behind we can always get on a plane to visit. I have so many families and friends asking about visiting us in the Baja I have decided once we are all settled in, I will start a sign-up genius for our extra bedrooms and this will help me keep track who is coming to visit and when.
Our plan is to have a simpler life and to slow life down a bit. We are in the process of decluttering and we will probably only bring a car load of stuff with us and, of course, our two puppy dogs. Our days will consist of long walks on the beach, kayaking, pickleball and eating healthier. My husband says there will also be time for margaritas.
Our little town is known as a fishing village. There are no fast-food restaurants, and the food consists of fresh fish and of course a wide variety of authentic fresh Mexican food. Many people travel to Los Barriles for fishing charter trips and the motto for Los Barriles is no bad days.
So, I foresee in our future “No Bad Days!”