Mexico is a country with ancient roots, but its multi-layered heritage is no mere footnote in history books. The legacies of Mayan, Aztec, Inca and Spanish cultures give Mexico its art, architecture, world wonders--and heart.
Areas like Cancun, Los Cabos, San Miguel and Merida successfully meld the ancient and the modern and do so in stunning backdrops.
Cancun, on the Yucatan Peninsula, is a perennial tourist destination favorite. The area is zoned for high rise developments, and luxury condominiums have become an attractive vacation home option owing to Cancun’s international airport, beautiful surf, top-tier dining and accessibility to Mayan ruins.
Merida is the capital of the Yucatan state. It boasts the largest historic center after the capital of Mexico City, yet it has the feel of a big village. Merida is the place to experience Mayan heritage since it was built on the ancient Maya city of T’ho. Locals fleck Mayan words among the Spanish. Extranjeros, not just from North American but also increasingly from Europe are settling down into the relaxed, safe ex-pat lifestyle.
At the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula on the west coast is Los Cabos, a twin destination with San Jose del Cabo at one end of a 25-mile or so corridor and Cabo San Lucas at the other end. Its gorgeous light--and endless days of sun--has produced an art gallery culture.
CNBC called Cabo San Lucas a hot real estate investment. The choices are all here: Luxe villas, exquisite condominiums and opulent private homes atop mountains with views of the Bay of San Lucas. This onetime fishing village, bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez, is the go-to spot for golf, fishing and water sports. San Jose del Cabo is old Mexico with cobblestone streets and a downtown loaded with colonial charm. The Corridor that connects the two is marked by golf courses, new developments with pied-a-terre villas and full-service resorts close to the action. Other sections, however, offer a place to settle in quietude and get away from it all.
Although Mexico experienced a housing slowdown during the global economic crises, it didn’t suffer a crash seen in other countries. Still bargain hunters are finding their buying power goes a long way.
In places like San Miguel de Allende, buyers don’t come for the beaches but for the beauty and culture that lies here in the heart of colonial Mexico, 165 miles northwest of Mexico City. San Miguel is a jewel of painstakingly preserved architecture and a year-round schedule of cultural events. Art galleries number in the dozens. In 2008, San Miguel was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Americans have been coming here since the 1950s to enjoy the warm and dry year-round climate. Homes around the center of the city, the historic Centro, fetch top prices due, in part, to limited inventory. Further afield, golf estates, equestrian developments and countryside haciendas are among the real estate options for those seeking an amenities-rich lifestyle.
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