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Boomers In Paradise: Living In Puerto Vallarta Paperback – October 30, 2008
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As baby boomers come of age, pockets of expat communities are blossoming throughout Mexico, with lush Puerto Vallarta topping the list as a prime destination for retiring and semi-retiring North Americans. A former marketing exec, Nelson has lived in "PV" for the past six years, entrenching himself in this Pacific Coast tropical enclave, and is using his authority to become the go-to guy for those interested in calling Vallarta home. As he writes: "The best way to learn about a place, I think, is to get to know the people who live there." While the cornerstones of this concise, easy-to-read volume include both statistical research and the author's expertise, the book's marrow is a wellspring of combined experience of some 14 expats from different fields and walks of life who have lived the city's evolution. From a medical specialist and lifestyle magazine publisher to several Mexico real estate gurus, the book captures professional and personal perspectives of Puerto Vallarta's longtime locals, some who have done quite nicely south of the border with their entrepreneurial drive. The one commonality that binds them? Each has succumbed to Vallarta's enchanting spell, many never to return to the hurried pace of North American life. Through their stories, answers from the most basic to advanced questions any potential expat might ponder are answered, from health care in Mexico, to working and investing in the country, and even sound predictions for Puerto Vallarta's future. In creating a book studded with both facts and local opinions, and in dispelling the myths about life in Mexico, Nelson has done a great service for anyone considering this country as a final destination. --Kirkus Discoveries
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There was entirely too much space dedicated to these "adventurers'" origin stories, which may be of interest to some but wasn't to me. No disrespect to those people, but I think it's silly to think that whatever similarities our lives may have would be an indicator of how successful or happy I or anyone else would be making the same move. Also, these people are supposed to represent "baby boomers" and perhaps they do, but they also seem to hold on to the less desirable baby boomer characteristics and judge the location on that basis, whereas those are some of the very characteristics I'd like to leave behind. I love the story of the couple who felt constrained in their first, only 3,500 square foot PV home but then finally found happiness when they acquired their 5,500 square foot dream house! When I think retiring baby boomer, I'm not thinking I need a house anywhere near that big with all the overhead that comes with it--but maybe that's just me. Again, I'm not judging them, if that's what makes you happy then go for it, it just doesn't speak to me as a retiree.
Baby-boomers drove the bigger-is-always-better mentality that I consider to have become one of our biggest failings, with negative effects to people and the country as a whole.Read more ›
A new retirement model can be seen among Boomers living in Puerto Vallarta. Living in Vallarta has meant working for most. Nelson gives "the good" & "the bad" -- which is good -- it's not overly romanticized.
Some boomers says they remain in "PV", as the locals call it, because the people are so "nice and friendly". Nelson covers their struggles, and their zig-zag paths: marriages end, mates pass away. Many were vacationers with "time shares" who decided to stop "sharing their time" in Vallarta and simply move there. There is great beauty: the foothills of Sierra Madres, gorgeous weather (same latitude as Hawaii), culture: art community, ecotours, whale watching and an inexpensive university.
If you want details and encouragement, this is the book for you!
Mr. Nelson brings his subjects to life as we read about their very colorful lives prior to and follwing their moves to this now, world class city and resort.
You will get a great, first hand and very real depiction of life there today with all of it's opportunities and challanges.
If you have any interest in living or visiting the Mexican coast, this is an essential read!
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A fun read. lots of good advice for considering retirement in Mexico.Published 11 months ago by Chriss
The first chapter had all the pages torn out. Marginal notes elsewhere were to be expected in a used book, but missing pages made me feel ripped off.Published on November 19, 2013 by John Hollingsworth
This was a really good and informative book, but I would have liked to read more about people living on Social Security/Retirement funds more than retirees that still work or are... Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Kelli M. Schriner
I found this book enormously informative and motivational. The facts and figures provided by Mr Nelson matched perfectly with information given to us by our Mexican national... Read morePublished on December 11, 2010 by Marcia Sage