Can I play too? (new kid on the block)

by Shimano Penn @, San Diego, Wednesday, March 04, 2020, 18:37 (94 days ago)

Hi folks, been reading this board for a while and thought I'd introduce myself. My name is David and I live in San Diego. I am beginning to dial in my retirement plans, Mexico is at the top of my list. I have vacationed there many times over the years. I spent some time this summer exploring, I spent all of July in PV/ La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Sayulita/ San Pancho and Melaque/ Barra de Navidad. I fish and so boating/ sportfishing amenities are essential for me as well as good access to productive grounds. I did like both La Cruz and Barra but neither impressed me as a place I would actually want to live so I came home a bit disappointed. A few more hours of internet research and I got curious about this previously unknown (to me) place called Zihuatanejo. I live 20 minutes from the CBX Tijuana terminal, I was in Zihua the next day :)
Wow! Instant "aha" moment, I pretty much fell in love, I felt "at home". I only stayed 8 days but felt it was the spot I was looking for, don't even really feel the need to explore further.
So a little background... I lived for 3 years in Miami and 11 years in the Caribbean, mostly St Thomas in the USVI but also spent a year on the tiny island of Anguilla. Tropical life suits me and I want to get back to it. Believe me when I say that 2019 Zihuatanejo is WAAAAY more developed and cosmopolitan than 1990 St Thomas so no fears of "missing" the amenities of Stateside Life.
I do speak a little Spanish, good enough to get by as a tourist but plan to improve on that over time. Depending on how much more I work I anticipate a monthly budget of roughly $2500US disposable, so a modest life but I'm okay with that.
As much as I dislike the idea of being labeled a "snow bird" it only makes sense for now, I'd like to spend next winter in Zihua, maybe Dec/Jan/Feb. My work is project based so I can't pick actual dates, it will be last minute so I'm guessing I will pay a premium for housing. Would love to lock something in now but just can't do it. The other option would be to find something so ridiculously inexpensive that I could just rent it year round and then come and go as work allows, the flight is under 3 hours and costs alomost nothing.
Anyway just wanted to say hello and let you know I am coming, always willing to pay a bar tab to bend the ear of a vet and get some high quality intel.
Job I'm on now is scheduled to end maybe around July and while i'd rather keep working 'til November you never know, I may be there sooner than planned :)

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