Traveling To Huatulco
“After many years of being a general contractor in Canada,” writes fellow reader Lanny Berner, “I decided to move to a location where the weather was warm 365 days a year and where I didn’t have to live in the so-called rat race keeping up with the Jones.
“I started taking five months vacation every year in the cold winter months and traveling throughout Latin America. I’m the kind of person who needs something to do every day, so I started to teach English and to learn Spanish.
“After five years of extensive travel in this part of the world—in Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and many of the Caribbean countries—I thought I was ready to make a move. I had my sights on Panama.
“Then I heard of Huatulco, this undiscovered Pacific paradise. I made a quick trip down here and, within 48 hours, decided that Huatulco had everything I had been searching for.
“Since I moved here permanently two years ago, I have talked to numerous tourists who say the same thing about Huatulco. Why did we waste our time going to these other resorts, when all the time Huatulco was sitting here waiting for us?
“Huatulco is the cleanest place I have been in all Latin America. It is a Fonatur (that’s the Mexican government agency responsible for developing particular resort areas throughout the country) project, and the federal government has injected approximately US$600 million in the town’s infrastructure. It is second-to-none. We have two hospitals, a new university, five major banks, many doctors and dentists, five car dealerships, and probably 50 or 60 restaurants. We have state-of-the-art septic and water treatment plants. You can drink the water right out of the tap.
“The streets are wide, double-lane, and paved. No, they are not lined with gold, but they are lined with palm trees and manicured grass.
“We have an international airport 10 minutes outside town, a cruise ship dock that last year saw 83 cruise ships, and two marinas.
“And, golfers, we have an 18-hole professional golf course approximately 7,500 yards long, again beautifully manicured. And you don’t need a tee-off time. Just show up and walk on. I golfed last Sunday with a friend, and there were only eight golfers on the whole course. The locals don’t golf, and the tourists who come to Huatulco are so mesmerized by the ocean and the beaches that few of them take time for golfing.
“Perhaps the greatest advantage of this place is its natural situation. Huatulco is nestled in a narrow strip between the mountains and the ocean. It has 36 beaches—beaches with restaurants and bars and beaches where you can be dropped off for an hour or a day and never see another person. The ocean is pristine. Great scuba and snorkeling. Sport fishing. Horseback riding. And, get this: not one time-share salesman in sight.
“Another important advantage for Huatulco is that here you can buy a fully serviced residential lot with guaranteed title for as little as US$35,000. Do you know some place else where you can buy a residential lot right on the ocean minutes from all the services I’ve mentioned for US$35,000? I don’t. They’re harder and harder to come by here in Huatulco, but it’s still possible.
“While much of the rest of the world is seeing falling real estate values, prices in Huatulco remain strong. It’s simple supply and demand. All the regular weekly flights and all those cruise ships continue to deposit lots and lots of tourists to this little corner of Mexico. Once they get here, many of them, like me, like what they see and don’t want to leave. On the other hand, property supply is limited.
“I came here to Huatulco to enjoy life, to make some good investments, to play some golf, to eat great seafood, and yet still to have easy direct access back to Canada.
“I recognize how fortunate I am to have found this place. I feel like I’m in the right place at the right time…and still able to be close to my children and grandchildren.”
Lanny is happy to answer questions about Huatulco. Reach him here: Huatulco@LiveAndInvestOverseas.com
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