Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain

Friday, June 5, 2009

Veinte Veinte Retrospectiva!

-by El Gitano Peñasco, "The Peñasco Gypsy"

Around 4:00 in the morning this past Tuesday, while sitting in the lotus position and burning candles and incense, I was staring deep into my ancient crystal ball when an impression appeared through a grayish cloud and I saw what could be the future of Puerto Penasco, Mexico.

Ommmmmmmmmm… And there in front of my eyes, spanning all across the Rocky Point region, was an American Expat community of retirees, in record numbers, living and enjoying their golden years…

Studies suggest that the largest assemblage of (US) Gringos anywhere in the world (outside the US) have chosen Mexico as their Elección número uno retirement haven, with an estimated 1 million (US) Expats living ‘the good life’ in any one of the country’s 31 States (and the D.F.).

From Baja California Sur to Sinaloa, Quintana Roo to Veracruz and beyond, Gringos continue to pull up their ‘roots back home’, tell the kids ¡hasta luego! and, draped in their colorful sombreros and serapes, they’re loading up their burros and heading to Mexico in record numbers.

As I was contemplating that image it rapidly dissipated and another cloud formed. In that revelation a plethora of other retirement destinations appeared and I found myself contemplating those choices, too, wondering why US retirees would select Puerto Penasco over the many other wonderful communities Mexico has to offer?

And that is the thought I leave you with this week: Will Penasco "carpe diem" or will Rocky Point remain, for the most part, what it is today-- a convenient little border town hawking fish tacos and cold beers to weekend warriors and spring breakers?

Viva México!