What is it like to live in Cancun ? posted by on June 25, 2011

We have been living in Cancun for 3 1/2 years now. We moved here permanently after we both retired from our jobs in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. We had vacationed in Cancun repeatedly since 2001 so we knew the area. The attractions here are many: The weather, the culture, clean air, the wonderful Caribbean sea, and many interesting things to do and see. We chose to live in the city as opposed to the famous Hotel Zone because we wanted a  more authentic cultural experience by living right in the city among our Mexican neighbors.

Bienvienido A Cancun

Cancun is a big, small city with most of the conveniences that we were accustomed to in the USA. We live in an area called SM18. Our home is within walking distance to all the major stores and businesses. By car or taxi no more than 5 minutes . Cancun also has a fantastic public transportation system. We can walk to Walmart, Sams Club, Costco, City Club, the beautiful, modern, amazing Plaza Las Americas, the local “Triple-A” baseball park and soccer stadium and many restaurants. In Plaza Las Americas there is a wonderful VIP movie theater featuring leather recliners, each w/ a personal table and lamp.  Push a button and the wait staff will bring you a menu and serve you beer, wine, hard and soft drinks from the bar, (often there is a 2 for 1 special) …………..and food  that includes everything from freshly made popcorn to sushi, pizza, and sandwiches.  The price of admission is approx. $6 USD.

Our friends Wendy & Bert @ the VIP Cinema-Cancun

By car it’s a quick ride over to Home Depot, Grease Monkey, Superama, Mega, and AutoZone. The Mexican government has greatly improved their immigration facility and it’s pretty much a no hassle visit or two to apply for or renew your papers.

We’ve made new  friends and enjoy a very active, rich social life here. Susie belongs to the International Women’s Club (IWC) and that has been a source of many of our new friendships. Cancun is a melting pot of many nationalities and we have friends from many countries of the world.  For example, last Thanksgiving we hosted a dinner and our guests were  from Mexico, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Costa Rica  and, of course, America.

Thanksgiving Dinner 2010

The Mexican people are hospitable, warm, welcoming, and fun loving. Life here is much more relaxed than in our former home. We find our neighborhood to be safe and have not had any incidents in the time that we have lived here. All of  our neighbors are friendly and most of them also speak English. Suzie takes weekly Spanish lessons and is well on her way to being fluent. We really enjoy our life here. We have good warm weather all year long. We take most of our meals outside on our covered patio even all through Dec., Jan, Feb & so on. These facts really solidified our decision to live here as the right one.

Our covered patio

My wife and I are certified scuba divers and we can go on dives all year round in the crystal clear waters off of Cancun, Cozumel, Puerto Moreles, and Isla Mujeres. The fishing,boating and snorkeling are also fantastic here. We  take Art lessons and are  learning how to paint in oil on canvas. In addition, we are slowly eating our way through the hundreds of restaurants in the area and  posting reviews about them on our web site.

Suzie swimming with a dolphin

We have a maid once a week and a gardening service twice per month.  Luxuries we could not have back in the USA.

We do have concerns during the hurricane season. But unlike most parts of the USA we do not experience sudden unexpected natural calamities. If anything good can be said about getting hit with a hurricane it is that you have about a week to prepare for it. This year we watched in horror all the floods, fires, droughts, tornado’s, tsunami’s, and earthquakes that have affected the USA, New Zealand, & Japan. Most of these come suddenly with little or no warning. I’ll stick with the hurricane risk until further  notice.

We can enjoy the warm clear waters of Cancun all year round and take advantage of sailing and swimming every chance we get.

Pirate Tom & Suzie on a catamaran Caribbean cruise off Cancun

We feel very fortunate to live and love Cancun which we now call our Home.

I Wanna Be……. Your Underwear posted by on June 18, 2011

Just having a  little video fun with the lyrics to a Bryan Adams song from a few years back……….

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“Boobs” Cruise June 2011 posted by on June 12, 2011

It’s that time of year again. The weather is getting hotter and hotter and our longing for a day at sea finally arrived. Our neighbor Steve and his wife Jannet host  ADULTS only “Boob” cruises throughout the tourist high season here in Cancun. We haven’t gone a cruise for almost a year so it was time to do so. Steve books his cruises through his web site CLICK HERE where everyone can sign up and reserve their spot with a easy PayPal payment to Steve. He reserves the boat and the crew.  The day includes non-stop drinks, food, snorkeling, and more. The trip starts about 9:30  in the morning leaving from the old “Fat Tuesday” pier in the hotel zone.  They sail out to a reef where everyone is provided with snorkeling gear for a 45 min. swim guided by a crew member. Then after getting back on board they continue to the South end of Isla Mujeres and dock at The Beach Club. We’ve been there many times over the years and they serve up a great buffet at a  facility located on a great beach. Nothing quite like enjoying a good meal while your toes are in the sand. Here are a few pictures of the fun. First a short video I made about the cruises….

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Our hosts……Steve and Jannet from Cancuncare.com


CancunSuz & CancunTom on the pier with the Antares 52 catamaran…….

Helping the crew member hoist the bikini tops up the mast

Lets’ parteeeeeeeeeeee…….

The most important crew member………..THE BARTENDER


Staff Tee’s

Disembarking at The Beach Club on Isla Mujeres…….

You can have an experience with “Monica” the shark………for a few pesos’s more…..

The Beach Club


 

My choices, yum, yum ……………..

 

Hungry shipmates chowing down…….

Getting ready to play some games………

Playing a game on the beach after lunch…….this is the stick my snorkel in your TP roll after being turned around 10 times, then guzzling a cervesa. Then when your throughly  dizzy and blindfolded…..with only your honey’s voice to guide you in…….you try and connect.


Da “snorkel”…….

The beach at the lunch stop…….

 

Back on board the Antares 52 and on our way to North Beach…….

Tom and the crew……….


 

 

Disembarking again…this time downtown near North Beach…..for a 45 min. souvenir hunt


Steve took those of us that weren’t interested in any more souvenirs to a “hole in the wall bar” and he wasn’t kidding, it was dark, hot, and smelly, but it’s were the locals hang and the cervesas were cheap…..

YES………….THE WATER IS REALLY THAT COLOR…….

Then the “tequila” came out……….


The Mexican Hat Trick…………”look ma, no hands”

Havin’ some fun in the sun……….

Like signal flags…………..just sayin’ “This is the BOOBS cruise”

We got a special surprise treat from Steve and the crew. It wasn’t windy enough to do the Spinnaker sail rides so we anchored off of North Beach and had a nice swim in the shallow water, which is something I always wanted to do. No pix……I was in the water!


YES !!!! we all had a great time……..Thanks Cancuncare.

…….and remember “What happens in Cancun, stays in Cancun, and………..