PICT0057I have met so many people over the years who have wanted to move to Rocky Point. They come for vacation, fall in love and never want to leave. Indeed Rocky Point, Mexico is a fantastic place to live, but it’s not for everyone. For many, living here full time is much different than just visiting. And if you are planning to start a business here, be very, very prepared. Rocky Point is a serene, laid-back, low-key existence and it’s a radical change from the hustle and bustle of city life. I never discourage anyone from moving here, I just give some advice before they jump in with both feet. Here are some things that might help you make the transition a little better.

Determine the area, development, etc. where you want to live and spend time there. I mean really spend time there. You need to experience everyday life just as if you live here.

Talk to neighbors and full-timers that are near you, or in the same development, and ask what their biggest challenge they had to overcome was.

Go grocery shopping. Go get gas. Pay your electric bill or phone bill. Do stuff here that you do in the U.S. everyday.

Schedule some kind of service or repair, whether it’s air conditioning, heating, minor home repair, filling propane, water filter replacement, palm tree trimmer – whatever you need fixed, schedule to have it fixed.

Drive around the city streets. Don’t stick to just the main roads, go off into neighborhoods and familiarize yourself with the different areas of the city.

Get involved in some social groups and get their opinions on living in Rocky Point full-time. Did they have anything they had to overcome like being away from family or shopping malls or not being able to get exactly what you need by taking a trip to the market?

In no way should this discourage you from moving to Rocky Point, but I think a lot of people make the mistake of thinking that their full-time life will be just as their vacation was. You have to learn to be very patient: If the gas man says they will show up at 11AM and they don’t come until 2PM, is getting mad at them going to solve anything? No, it just makes you crazy. You don’t have to give up much when you move to Rocky Point, but you do have to realize that you are now 4 hours away from any major city so getting some items may be difficult. The things you gain by living in Rocky Point far outweigh the things you may be giving up – like proximity to shopping or other conveniences, for the peace and serenity that will add years to your life. So, say you want to buy a lot and build a home here. Fantastic, but I’d come and rent a condo or home and really experience the lifestyle. You can find a personable real estate agent or rental agent that will make this easier for you. You may love it here or you may find things that you do not like, but at least you find out before you sink your money into a property that may not be right for you So, come on down. It’s a great place to live… and we want you to stay!