Why is the Riviera Maya a retirement paradise?


June 24, 2020

Mexico has many beautiful places and the Riviera Maya is the best example. It is a paradise on earth with crystal-clear beaches, white sand, cenotes, coral reefs, and many entertainment options.

The Riviera Maya is not only one of the main tourist destinations in Mexico, but it is also one of the best places in the world to live. Therefore, it is the perfect place to retire.

If you are planning your retirement, you should keep in mind that, if you want to move to another country, you should think about everything you need to make it a success.

Reasons to live in the Riviera Maya

You're probably wondering why you should live on the Riviera Maya and not somewhere else. You may have already vacationed here, but it never crossed your mind that this is the place to start your new life.

The Riviera Maya is more than just a tourist destination to spend the summer: it is one of the best areas to live in Mexico. Here are some of the reasons why you will want to live in the Riviera Maya.

The culture in the Riviera Maya  

Mexico stands out as a culturally rich country. The folklore, colors, customs, festivities, gastronomy, and the relaxed atmosphere attract people from all over the world. Living in the Riviera Maya allows you to enjoy all the culture, activities, and attractions that Mexico has to offer.

The culture in the Riviera Maya
The Riviera Maya is an area that allows you to connect with nature and experience Mexican culture, traditions, and celebrations.

As mentioned in 10 reasons to live in Mexico, this country is full of history. Every archaeological site, city, magic town, street, restaurant or corner, has something to tell. Whether it was the scene of some important event in history, or because it is a place with a lot of tradition. Mexicans have been in charge of preserving and enriching their culture.

The privileged location

Mexico's natural beauty mesmerizes visitors from all over the world. The locals are so familiar with them that they are not aware of the beauty of their country.

Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Puerto Morelos, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal, and Coba are some of the top tourist destinations located in the Riviera Maya. They offer beautiful sceneries with crystal-clear water, white sand, coral reefs, and the Mayan jungle.

The warm weather is a great reason to live in the Riviera Maya: it is perfect for people who want to shelter from the cold temperatures in other countries.

Although the temperature increases during the summer, the sea breeze cools the atmosphere so visitors can enjoy the beach without any problems.

Quality of life in the Riviera Maya

Imagine living near a bohemian cafeteria, a typical food restaurant, a supermarket, and a shopping mall. Your dream home is also a few steps away from the beach, museums and archaeological sites. No doubt living in the Riviera Maya is a dream come true.  

And it's not just about the services and entertainment options there, but also the relaxed atmosphere. Mexico is a country where a sense of humor and hospitality prevails.

One of the advantages of living in this area is its proximity to the Yucatan and its capital Merida, which in 2019 became the second safest city in Latin America.

Quality of life in the Riviera Maya
Tulum, as well as many of the beaches in the Riviera Maya, has a spectacular view that amazes tourists.

The gastronomy

Thanks to the fact that Mexican gastronomy is considered Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, hearty eaters find a great variety of dishes to try. Thanks to its proximity to the Yucatan, in Quintana Roo you can enjoy the best of Yucatan cuisine such as panuchos, salbutes, papadzules, tamales, relleno negro and queso relleno.

And obviously, seafood is something you must try on your next trip to the Riviera Maya. Ceviche and steamed king crab are our picks.

You can also find typical food from other Mexican states and of course, the famous Mexican tacos.

Permanent vacations in the Riviera Maya

There will always be something new to do, to explore or discover.

That's right, living in the Riviera Maya allows you to experience adventure every day, so retirees will never be bored in this paradise.

If outdoor activities are your thing, try visiting cenotes, snorkeling and cave diving.

Places to retire in the Riviera Maya

In general, the entire Riviera Maya is beautiful, however, some areas are better for moving, either because of their location, entertainment options, public services and tourist attractions.

Playa del Carmen

Living in Playa del Carmen is an experience. Besides being the center of the Riviera Maya, it is one of the most important tourist destinations in Quintana Roo. 

Playa del Carmen is a cosmopolitan city where there is always something to do. For example, at the end of February, you can experience the carnival, also known as the carnival of the world. 

Culture and entertainment in Playa del Carmen are concentrated in the main tourist attraction: the 5th Avenue.

Although there are stores and establishments in other areas of Playa del Carmen, Fifth Avenue is the area with the highest capital gain in the city. This is mainly due to the flow of tourists who visit this area in search of experiencing the best of culture, shops, and restaurants.

On the 5th Avenue, you will find exclusive shops and different entertainment options for all tastes.
On the 5th Avenue, you will find exclusive shops and different entertainment options for all tastes. Living in the Riviera Maya allows you to access these benefits every day.

The 5th Avenue is considered the heart of Playa del Carmen and it is 4 kilometers long, from 2nd Street to 40th Street. This is the perfect place to buy souvenirs, drink some beers, or go shopping.

People who want to live in the Riviera Maya choose to move to Playa del Carmen, specifically to 5th Avenue, the most cosmopolitan place, and one of the areas with the highest capital gain in Quintana Roo.


This beach town got its name from the ancient Mayan city of Tulum, one of the most important Mayan constructions.

Tulum used to be a walled city and a place where the descendant god was worshipped. Visiting the ruins and learning more about the Mayan culture are some of the must-do activities on your next trip to this beach town.

Visiting the National Park is the ultimate activity for adventurers. They can ride or hike into the Mayan jungle and connect with nature like never before.

In Tulum, Quintana Roo you can also visit different cenotes, swim or even dive in them.

The cenotes are sacred places for the Mayan culture since they represent the connection between the physical world and the underworld, also known as Xibalba.

The cenote Dos Ojos is one of the most popular among tourists and is named for its appearance and structure. On the other hand, Choo-Ha is a very interesting cenote in Coba, where you can see stalactites and stalagmites. If you want to avoid big crowds, visiting Choo-Ha is the perfect choice for you.

Gran Cenote is one of the most popular cenotes in Tulum since it is an open cenote, surrounded by vegetation. You can enjoy the view and the sunlight as well as snorkel and swim with the fish.

As mentioned before, Tulum has one of the most beautiful beaches in the Riviera Maya. An A-nah Peninsula Development condo can be the home of your dreams. Our real estate development is only 5 minutes from the beach and has great amenities.

Banner of real estate developments in the Riviera Maya.

Merida, near the Riviera Maya

Merida, the capital of Yucatan, is one of the main tourist destinations in Mexico. One of the advantages of living in Playa del Carmen, Tulum or Bahía Principe, is that you can visit this city without having to travel long distances.

As mentioned in 'Why does Yucatan attract tourism?', Security and safety are the key features of Merida and Yucatan, so it is considered the safest Mexican State. In 2019 Merida was ranked as the second safest city on the continent, and number 21 in the world, surpassing all other major cities.

The Historic Downtown of Merida is one of the main tourist attractions. In this area you will find souvenir shops, restaurants, museums and cultural activities.

Thanks to tourism, the growth, and development of the city have increased considerably. Every year new offices, businesses, restaurants, cafeterias, shopping malls, and other entertainment centers are opened in Merida.

In Merida, there is always something to do, especially in the north. In this area, you will find the best bars, clubs, and restaurants. Likewise, the luxury shopping malls, such as La Isla and The Harbor are also located here, as it is the area with the highest capital gain in the city.

Although Merida does not have a beach, it is located only 20 minutes from Progreso beach, perfect for a weekend getaway.

Merida is a city full of history and culture, as you can see on a walk through the Historic Downtown. From colonial buildings, the town hall, the cathedral to modern art museums and activities in the main square, in Merida you will always discover something new.

Every Sunday there are several cultural activities such as the Vaqueria in the main square, known among the locals as Plaza Grande.

If museums are your thing, do not miss the opportunity to visit the Music Palace, opened in June 2018.

This interactive museum is located on the 58 street, just a few steps from the Plaza Grande. It has interactive rooms, a concert hall, and 8 virtual pavilions that exhibit the history of Mexican music.

It is no secret that Yucatecan cuisine is one of the most traditional and delicious in Mexico. Thanks to its proximity, the most representative dishes of the Yucatan can be enjoyed in the Riviera Maya.

No tourist can leave without trying a delicious torta de cochinita, or huevos motuleños, queso relleno, tamales colados, relleno negro, and other delicious dishes.

Living in the Riviera Maya is a good investment

One of the reasons to invest in the Riviera Maya is that thanks to the high demand generated by tourism, property value increases over time. As a result, more and more people are buying property and benefiting from investing in one of Mexico's most important tourist areas.

A good investment option is to buy a house or condo before retirement and rent it out. This way you are securing your future and getting extra income.

Without a doubt, after working so hard, we want to spend our retirement in the best way possible. Whether you are Mexican or from another country, living in the Riviera Maya is one of the best decisions you could make. This paradise in the Mexican Caribbean is waiting for you.

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