Want to Live Longer?
Life! Ah, there’s nothing we’d rather have! If only the condo
salesman would have known that extended life was included in the selling
price of the condo back in 1984. Twenty three years ago, while visiting
Mismaloya, just south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, we were approached by
a super condo salesman. His pitch was that after making the original deposit,
the rental income would virtually pay for the condo. We fell for it and
bought the full ownership condo and returned to Puerto Vallarta, known
as PV or Vallarta by the locals, a couple times a year for many years
while still working in Houston, Texas. We found that the week or ten days
during each visit was so relaxing and stress free that one could totally
recharge his batteries before returning to the hectic, high stress business
life back in the States. After a week or ten days of sleeping like a baby,
it was difficult returning to the routine grinding mill with the associated
sleepless nights. The pace of life in PV, where everything can be done
manana, was like being on another planet when compared to Houston. We
always looked forward to the next trip to Vallarta and hated to see it
come to an end.
We retired in 1995 and sold the condo in 1997 when we bought a luxurious
newly constructed villa on the mountainside overlooking Banderas Bay and
El Centro, the downtown area of Vallarta. Oh yes, the condo never did
pay for itself! In 1998 we decided to make PV our home during the seven
month “high season” of November through May and travel or
cruise during the balance of the summer months.
During the ten years that we’ve resided in PV, we’ve had the
opportunity to meet thousands of retired North Americans. These successful
Americans and Canadians have retired to Vallarta in order to enjoy the
many activities such as golf, tennis, fishing, etc. under ideal weather
conditions. They are all active in the nightlife where dining is world
class and parties are too numerous to count. These retirees range in age
from 55 to 90 years old but they all have certain things in common. They
are all very active, young at heart, and here to enjoy life to the maximum.
For the most part, these retirees have the financial wherewithal to live
almost anywhere, have traveled throughout the world, and have found Vallarta
to have some of the finest weather anywhere, especially during the “high
season” when the average daily temperature is 73°F with .6 inch
of rain per month, which if it does occur, will do so in the evening.
The majority of our friends spend the “high season” in PV
and then return to the US or Canada for the summer months.
Now, to relate the interesting part of the story; these retirees never
seem to get sick or even catch a cold while spending their winters in
Vallarta. Year after year for ten years, they return for another seven
months of fun and games under glorious weather conditions. All too often,
they talk about all the health related problems they had during the previous
summer and the hospitalization required. Serious problems including heart
attacks, angioplasties, by-passes, tumors, hip and knee replacements,
etc. as well as less serious problems including pneumonia and all the
other health related problems associated with aging. The odd thing is
that there are two beautiful, new, modern, high tech hospitals in PV staffed
with highly educated, experienced, and qualified English speaking doctors
and very rarely do any of our friends ever need these services. We seldom
hear complaints of ailments for seven months as these folks just seem
to keep on going like Eveready batteries. It’s not until they return
home, that bad things seem to happen.
During the ten years that we’ve lived here, we have had only one
friend die here. He was 93 years old and had just returned from a cruise
following his summer in Seattle. We have had numerous friends die during
the past ten years, but all the rest of them passed away during the summer
while back home in the States or Canada.
We have no idea what happened to that condo salesman, but if our paths
cross again, we’d like to thank him for the gift of life. We feel
better and some say look younger than we did when we retired to Vallarta
ten years ago. Our personal experience tells us that due to the pace of
life in PV, one has no excuse for losing sleep. With plenty of sleep,
activity during the day under ideal weather conditions, and optimistic,
fun loving friends all around, ailments are seldom seen in Vallarta. In
fact, a number of our friends are not just hoping to see tomorrow, but
they are hoping to shoot their age on one of the seven magnificent golf
courses or catch a record setting marlin, tuna, or sailfish tomorrow!
Although there is no empirical proof supporting our case, we suggest that
anyone interested in having fun, feeling better, and living longer, give
the Paradise known as Vallarta a try for retirement.