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Hello -

I am 32 and seriously considering moving to San Carlos. I'm sick of wasting my days sitting behind a desk and San Carlos appears to be an outdoor enthusiasts dream. My question is would it be unusual for someone of my age to take up permanent resedidence in San Carlos? What are the demographics like in the community for full time residents? Also, what would be the likliehood of finding work in a restraunt or shop? Thank you in advance for your responses.

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Do your reasearch...about a forginer working in Mexico.

This place is occupied by young Mexicans.

And Lots Of OLD, retired gringo folks.

If you have taken the time to read the posts on this BB or the VIVA board, you have read that the high points of conversation about living here, revolves around -dog well being, dining out, the inadiquate water supply, leaky sewer that spills into the road, disrepair of the roads, trash collection, medical care, internet connection speed, the disaperance of hand tools. 

If you are younger than 70 years of age, and you are single,(or married)  then you would be better suited to living in Matazlan, La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, Guadalajara.

The aroma of bengay, and the squeeky sound of creeking joints, as folks move about is the flavor San Carlos.

It is Too Hot in the summer with Sweltering Humidity. In the winter it is too Cold. 

If you decide to live with the Mexicans....Well, thats a different story. Mostly in Guaymas. Some in San Carlos.

What ever your decision is, you now have some food for thought.

Jimmy-Old Timer.
P.S. Fishing is a prime gringo activity here.

Fish per pound in the market...$3.50 per pound

Fish per pound, fresh cought by you... $128.98 per pound (that is if they are on the bite). If not, then thats $128.98 per pound for nothin X 4 hours, and if you want fish you still go to the market? JAjaja.

Happy fishing...
  


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Well Jimmy has given you a perspective.  Here is mine.  I have a son who is close to your age and would move to SC in a minute, except he has a decent job with benefits in the USA.  Can you work?-yes but would not set my income needs too high.  Many young gringos do.

My suggestion is to go visit for a bit, kick the towns tires and see how it matches your expectations.

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That's the feeling I was getting but I needed verification from an honest and well spoken old timer. I really appreciate it, happy fishing Jimmy!!

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I dont live here but visit a lot. There are lots of retired people but I see lots of younger ones also. Could you rent a place for a month or so to try it out?
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Bart, thank you as well and you're exactly right. I need to make a trip down to see for myself. Just to clarigy I am not looking for a party scene at all. But Jimmy did freak me out a bit with the thought of rusty bones and the scent of ben gay looming in the air. Not that there's anything wrong with that I'm just not there yet.

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Your are mistaken my friend, I go to the market for my fish.
"I am Crazy, not stupid". (an old friends remark)

OK, San Carlos is a gringo retirement area. 5 hours up to the border, and 1 hour more to the VA Hostipitle in Tucson.

You do need to Visit, to see. If you like, rent for a year.

As for work, there are Maquiladoras (International Manufacturing Firms) in the area, who might higher bilinguel gringos, for a Managerial / supervisoraial position.

A waiter...NO WAY...we got plenty of those who are Native to the area.


If you don't follow your dreams now, you will regret it later.



 

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San Carlos:

"A sleepy little drinking village with a fishing problem".

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My family, friends and I have been coming to San Carlos since 1965. We enjoy diving, spearfishing and fishing. There is tons of fun things to do. Do not let anyone talk you out of chasing your dream. The others are right, you should come down for an extended time,rent a place and see for yourself. The retired folks and the locals are very friendly. Good thing Jimmy is not the spokesperson for San Carlos tourism.

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When I first discovered this San Carlos place back in 1982 I was 33 years old. An American who lived in Miramar hired me to draft plans for an apartment building in Tucson that he wanted to build.  I stayed in Miramar with his family for 6 weeks and fell in love with the place. It was a dream come true and I vowed to make this place my home.

My problem was that there was no work for an American. There are exceptions I suppose. The solution was to become a Mexican citizen - denounce your American citizenship. I did not do that. I still get down to S.C. every chance I get. I rent an apartment. I bring work that I can do while I am in Mexico but it is for American companies.

I would not worry about the "Old Gringos" they are all young at heart - even the grouchie ones.  

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It is a lot of fun to live in San Carlos. The older people do not smell of bengay here, they are out having fun, on the beaches, swimming, fishing, dancing, listening to music, eating delicious food, making new friends from around the world, and Mexico, learning Spanish, doing yoga, zumba, tai chi, helping people. These are the youngest "older" people that I have ever met. I don't know how you can get old here when you are having so much fun. An acquaintance of ours who had lived here since 1965 went to the U.S. by family because he was ill last year, very ill, then as soon as he could come back, came back and lived in his home he had built in Ranchitos for 6 more months. Then as he came to his end, 3 days before, he returned to U.S. to die. He enjoyed San Carlos until 3 days before he died.

You can enjoy life at any age. One of the greatest things about Mexico, is that Mexicans respect age and do not discriminate at all because of it, another plus about San Carlos. Also Mexicans enjoy you and accept you for who you are and not the age you are.

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Clint and Janet ... As you know we are returning in another month. Gee, Were we supposed to pick up that case of BenGay you ordered, or not? LOL, Just kidding.
To the young man asking the origional question .... My husband and I are in our mid 60's. We ride our motorcycles all over the United States and Canada. We are very active and very healthy, and very happy people. We have purchased a Sailboat in San Carlos and we will be moving there permanently, hopefully before the end of this year. We have NEVER felt old there or been treated as if we were old. San Carlos is a fun and exciting place to live. You can be as old or as young as you want to there and that does not make a difference to anyone surrounding you. The people living there are beautiful and ALIVE. I NEVER smelled BenGay on anyone ... even a woman who I met who was in her nineties. The Local Citizens are warm and welcoming without passing judgement, as well as the "visitors". We have never lived in a house or an apartment or in a neighborhood in San Carlos, only amongst the Fishing and Boating community, who are great, by the way, but, we have made friends with those who do and they are as open minded about such things as we are. And, by the way, Living in San Carlos is considerably less expensive than living in the States.
We see Many, Many young people on a daily basis. If you come there and it makes you feel good, go for it. You have many wonderful years ahead of you, and if San Carlos makes you happy now and years later you change your mind ... then you will still be "Young" enough to search out happiness elsewhere, but, you will have had some San Carlos living within you and you will be a better person for it. Carpe Diem
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I can't figure out why "Jimmy" lives here, he does not seem like the people I see out there living their dream
as we are living ours. Come and stay with us in SanCarlos for a while and see for yourself.

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Jimmy originally came to Mexico as a retreat from the Gringos and the Gringo culture and mindset.

He has contunually lived among the Mexican people during his time in Mexico, and still does. Jimmy has a large extended Mexican family and many Mexican friends. He finds the Mexican  people to be warm, friendly and geinuinely happy. He has been known to go months without having to converse with English speaking people.

Questions? Re read sentence 1.

 

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If you don't understand Jimmy, it may be because you don't miss the Mexico of days past, or perhaps because you have not had some of his experiences. He has a different slant on Mexico than most who visit this site, but it is no less valid than yours.

The thought of coming to San Carlos to work in the service industry is a little naive.

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San Carlos is a fun place to live for people of all ages and all nationalities.

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He's a gringo that hates gringos but gets lonely for other gringos to talk to. 

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A previous post said "The thought of coming to San Carlos to work in the service industry is a little naive."

If you consider teaching a "service industry", we are always in need of native English speaking teachers in Guaymas. The requirements are for a college education but not necessarily a teaching credential. My 37 year old son has a degree in business but is being considered for a teaching position.

So, if the original poster is interested in teaching, he might find a very rewarding experience where he can contribute to the future of Mexico while earning a basic living.

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San Carlos is, (except for Easter Week) a quiet peaceful beach town. It's a town with no stop lights in a magnificent natural setting. National Geographic voted our Mirador Escenico (Vista Point) No. 1 in the World for views! A client of ours once commented that the West side of SC is like Monument Valley with an ocean! The desert meets the sea in a spectacular juxtaposition! Outdoor activities for all ages include fishing, scuba diving or snorkeling, kayaking, wind or kite surfing, beach swimming, beach combing, tide pooling, hiking, trail biking, bird watching, desert star gazing and of course photography. Our sunrises and sunsets are legendary and include frequent "green flash" sightings. Many years ago, even before my time, (1984) a resident, (whose name I don't recall at the moment), summed up life in San Carlos this way: "IN SAN CARLOS WE DON'T HAVE TOO MUCH FUN, BUT WE DO IT ALL THE TIME!

I think the best advice is to c'mon down, rent for several months and get a feel and taste for the texture and flavor of the area and its people.

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Real estate sales people, as Richard Baca is, will always attempt to put lipstick on a pig. San Carlos is not much different than most retirement communities. The young crowd has not found the area so you may find yourself bored with the current aging duffers. Also it is very transit in that many will pass on, many are here for a few days to weeks to months. I wouldn't recommend San Carlos for one your age.

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