Where to retire on the Yucatan Coast
Want to retire to Mexico? Can’t decide where you should live?
Well Chicxulub is one of those virtually unknown spots for a safe retirement in Mexico. It is one of the best places in Mexico for North American expats to retire to on the Yucatan coast. This area is known as very safe and has many American and Canadian expats who have retired to Mexico living here full time and part time.
Chicxulub is located just to the east of Progreso, and northeast of the city of Mérida. Chicxulub has a population in the range of around 6,000 which includes the full time expats that live here. Its Mayan name means “Place of the Deer’s Antler”.
There are several small fishing villages on the Yucatan peninsula for boomers or anyone who wants to retire and live a peaceful life in Mexico. You can choose from Chelem, Chuburna, Progreso, Uaymitun and even Merida is a great city to settle in or simply visit once in a while. Guaranteed you will be hitting up Merida for shopping as they have all the usual USA stores like Walmart and Costco.
What you should know before you retire to Mexico
Chicxulub Puerto is famous for being the epicenter of the crater of the same name, which was caused by the impact of a meteorite that collided with Earth about 65 million years ago. The crater, dating from the Late Cretaceous Period, is about 180 kilometers in diameter. Unfortunately, there is no evidence of the crater, but there is a wonderful display at the Parque Científico in Sierra Papacal, 30 minutes away. Recently there has been a scientific drilling underway in the Gulf and they have dug down and recovered rocks from what is believed to be the original meteor that struck the area.
This port has long been a favorite of vacationers (both local and foreigners) as it has a wide stretch of beach where a variety of marine species and birds can be seen. The beachfront is well developed with modern condominium complexes and houses. These beachfront properties are summer homes for Meridanos and are often available as vacation rentals. is a very popular area with the snowbirds. This is an older area for the Yucatecans, so the homes tend to be nice and there is internet, cable TV and home phone service. There has been some beach erosion which is probably due to the pier in Progreso. Rents run about $600 – $800 USD in this area. There are around 25 full time expats that live in Chixulub and during the winter months the populations swells to around 150 or more expats.
For a great little market check out the Muelle Market in Chicxulub is every other Thursday from 9-12 noon from January until the end of March. Check out more information about the Farmer’s Market here and if you are interested there is a great Artisan’s Market held once a month in season out in Chelem as well as the Muelle Market.
There are services available in Chicxulub, including small supermarkets, restaurants, and pharmacies, a “Mercado” for fresh fruits and vegetables, and bakeries to buy your fresh baguettes. There is a very good public bus and van service between Chicxulub and Progreso, where there is frequent bus service to downtown Mérida. Chicxulub is a good place to use as a base for exploring the area. You are close to Mérida, haciendas, Maya ruins and the ADO bus service for transportation all over the peninsula. At the beach there is a season of winter “Norte” storms that can make the beach harsh and cool but this becomes the perfect time to take a trip to Merida and visit some archaeological sites. The year round population of ex-pats is minimal and current residents estimate it at around 100 or so with an extra 200 or more coming in as snowbirds during the winter months.
If you want to learn how to move to Mexico and what the requirements are for retiring and living here you can read all the details here.
Wombat Hole Calle 19, 62 | Between 28 and 30, Chicxulub 97330,
Owned by Gavan and Lorena Connell and reputed to be the best place for Gavan’s scones and Irish Soda Bread alongside fresh garden mint tea, the Wombat Hole is open mainly in the winter months when the snowbirds descend and is a really good place in the area to meet other ex-pats and enjoy some great coffee and sandwiches.
Mamma Mias Pizzeria Calle 20 # 36 X 17 y 19, Chicxulub 97330
Free Wi-Fi, clean bathrooms and friendly staff! Complimentary appetizers with a beer or drink along with an extensive menu. You can have thin or thick crust pizza, lots of options and they are willing to add or subtract toppings if you wish. They also have an extensive menu of other items and we are told the beer is cold and the squid rings are perfect. Caters to the ex-pat crowd but the locals love the pizza as well.
La Casa del Faro Calle 17 #48b X 18 y 20, Chicxulub, Mexico
All you can eat rib nights, fish and chips and very good Mexican food too. There is a small pool in the dining area for the kids A small pool right in the dining area for the kids. Reviews on Trip Advisor say that the ribs and coconut shrimp are the best folks have tasted in Mexico.
Capitain Flores Calle.23 no 38 entre 16 y 18, Chicxulub 97320, Mexico
A favourite seafood restaurant in the area. Very clean and great staff. The pescado frito is reputed to be very good along with the other seafood dishes. Check the winter hours before you go.
In Chicxulub Pueblo you’ll be able to find several services such as the local market which always has a variety of fruit, vegetables, and fresh meat, the small village shops with all types of groceries, a flower market, hardware stores, the main park with the church’s village and more. Chicxulub Puerto is 20 kilometers north of Pueblo, sits on the Southern part of the Gulf Coast, and skirts the Port of Progreso where giant cruise ships come in once or twice a week on their way to the Caribbean-side from Florida or Texas. Here, expatriates from the US, but mostly from Canada, have purchased most of the seafront property there. Essentially the difference is that Puerto is on the rim of the sea, and Pueblo is at the center of the crater than killed the dinosaurs 65 million-years-ago.
The fruits and vegetables, and meat found here in the pueblo are usually local, and would be considered organic. Don’t be afraid of buying raw chicken or fish from someone selling it on the side of the street. It is fresh, safe, and less expensive than the supermarket. For canned-food and sundries, Super Willy’s across the street from the palacio, or Duno-Susa in Conkal near CFE is your best option.
There is a pharmacy in the pueblo, and a medical clinic; but if you need something more you can go to Conkal to the 24-hour pharmacy. There is also a doctor that will help you fill just about any prescription for $35 pesos, but you have to know what you want first. They will not usually diagnose your problems, but will take your pulse and fill out a prescription you take next door. The dentist is on the main road in the block just past the palacio, next to laundry. Closest hospital is in Merida.
Banking: There is one ATM in Chicxulub Pueblo, and one in the Super Willy’s in Conkal across the side-street from the palacio.
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