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Living in the Caribbean

There will always be a great difference between what we expect and what actually happens. Well, at least in my case, this is almost always true. Maybe it’s because I have a very fertile imagination, and always tend to fantasize on what the outcome of whatever I’m into, let it be work, relationships, vacation or food. I am telling you this because I am certain that if I ask you to picture yourself living in the Caribbean, what each you will imagine will undoubtedly be very different from one another. There will be many similarities, based more on what you’ve seen in the movies or magazines like palm trees swaying in the warm breeze, gorgeous sunsets, crystal clear sea in a shade of blue only Photoshop® can deliver and probably you will throw some shrimp and lobster into the mix.

Oh, but let me tell you, living in the Caribbean is more, much more. For starters the Caribbean comprises more than 20 nations, 4 different languages and several dialects. Thus if I want to be as accurate in my description there is only one place y can tell you about. The Mexican Riviera Maya which is located in the Yucatan Peninsula and expands from Cancún in the north to Tulúm in the south. I’ve been living here for over 10 years and I am certain this is paradise.

With over 300 sunny days a year, it is no wonder this portion of México is a very sought after destination for beach lovers, or just people seeking to stay away of colder climates, especially during the winter season. Temperatures will fluctuate between 60 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit which can certainly feel warm at times! Here a pair of shorts and a tee shirt is the proper attire for almost any occasion. Oh, but don’t get too excited, you will also experience some wet weather too and since the hurricane season expands from May to mid October there will be some weather warnings issued. Rainy days are few but when they come they bring lots of downpour. Hey, it’s the tropic baby.

In over 10 years we’ve had a lot of tropical storms but not a single hurricane and then again, the whole region has a class A Hurricane Preparedness Program.

As for the lifestyle, I’ve lived in many places around the globe and have experienced firsthand how people live and work in all of them.  When I decided to move here I knew I had found somewhere special, be it the warmth of the Mexican people, its millennial culture and traditions, the awesome food and legendary alcoholic beverages such as Mezcal and Tequila or simply its amazing scenery where you can find jungle, beaches, cenotes (underground ponds and rivers) and reefs.

Here there is romance in the air.No wonder it is quickly becoming one of the world´s favorite wedding destinations. With over a quarter of a million hotel rooms there is always enough room for your friends and family to come and stay on that very especial date. Me? I’ve found romance several times but no wedding yet, thank you.

One more thing, throughout the Caribbean you will find that life slows down, there are no hurries and everyone will take its own time to do whatever you need them to do. This is important because you will need some time to learn to deal with it. Fortunately it will not be long before you ease into this more relaxed way of life where you will learn to use the very Mexican word of “ahorita” which practically translates into “in a moment” or “maybe later or maybe never” it is a fuzzy concept but it cracks me up every time I get it. Of course, if it is something important you will need to insist over and over till you get it done.

Well that’s it for now, I hope you have a clearer view to what living in the Caribbean is like. I will certainly be returning to the subject in the future since today has been just a glimpse into what this wonderful land has to offer. I hope to hear from you in the comment section an know about what you would like to know.

In the meanwhile have a great day and best regards from Playa del Carmen, México.

Luis P.