What part of Mexico are you in? Sounds wonderful to me.
We have a place at the very southern tip of Baja California where the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez meet, better known as "Cabo." 300 years ago it was the haunt of English, Portuguese, and sundry pirates where they laid in wait for the Spanish galleons returning from the Philippines to mainland Mexico laden with gold. Today, it is the marlin fishing capitol of the world and the only pirates here are the time share salesmen preying on the tourists!!!!!!
In response to some of the posts above about living in other places, here is our take. We have lived in California all our lives but have traveled extensively. We did live in the Polynesian country of Tonga for two years, a long time ago as members of the Peace Corps. I was an elementary school teacher and Momi was a midwife. We lived like a Tongan in a thatched hut that was a total of 10 ft. by 20ft. (like a one car garage) on white sand beach. We had no running water or electricity. Laundry was done on a scrub board and cooking on a one burner kerosene cooker. Often, if I didn't spear a fish while snorkeling in the lagoon, we would only have bananas for supper. It was a wonderful experience and one that makes us humble and thankful for everything we have today. We also lived in Hawai'i for a short period of time on the island of Molokai.
When it came time to start thinking about retirement, we searched the world over for our retirement paradise. We travelled to western and eastern Europe, Panama, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, various islands in the Caribbean, Florida, Oregon, Washington, Canada, back to Hawai'i, and of course Mexico which we had visited many times including our honeymoon 50 years ago. We have never been to Thailand but our youngest daughter was a high school foreign exchange student in Phuket 25 years ago. She lived with a Thai family and became fluent in the language and an aficionado of Thai food.
So now we had to make some choices. We decided that we wanted to be bi-national, having in a smallish house in California where we could return for common medical treatments and be close to our daughters especially at holiday times when it is difficult for them to get away from work. And a smallish home in another country rather than big, complicated homes that we had been living in California. We also feel strongly that it is necessary to learn the local language in your adopted country to get the most out of your experience. Sure many of the Mexicans, and Thais, and Costa Ricans want to speak English to you so they can practice their language skills. But just think of Mexicans (or any national) who come to the US and first generation refuse to learn English and what a bad impression that makes on Americans. It is the polite thing to learn your host country national language to make the best impression. And we already spoke some Spanish.
So that ruled out any consideration of Thailand for us because the language is extremely difficult. We ruled out Panama, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic because of rapidly increasing prices where foreigners were comfortable living AND a crime rate higher than Mexico's against foreign nationals. We have friends who live in Costa Rica and they are ready to pack it in because of the crime in their relatively affluent neighborhood. Also the weather in those countries and the Caribbean is very hot and humid year round and we had experienced that in Tonga and wanted no part of it. Hawai'i proved very expensive for what we wanted. We could pay the same for a place in Hawai'i in a dense neighborhood with no ocean view or for the same price a place in Mexico ON the beach. Oregon, Washington, and Canada, although very beautiful, proved to be too cold and rainy for us. We felt like we didn't belong in Florida (although I was born in Miami during the war).
That left us with Mexico and Western Europe. We LOVE Spain! We speak the language and it is beautiful, the weather pleasant, and the food delicious (we are not fans of French cuisine). But the distance from friends and family was just too far. So viola, Mexico came out on top and since purchasing our place here 11 years ago we have never been sorry. Cabo is a 130 minute direct flight from L.A. It is a two day drive from house to house on one of the most beautiful (mostly desert) drives in the world. We can literally, drop everything in California and leave for Mexico the next day if we want. And if something serious happens in California, we can be on the plane that afternoon or drive back the following day. We like the "lock the front door and walk away" lifestyle with minimal obligations to house and home. Footloose and fancy free and Ricky is always ready for the next adventure.
Cost of living is very reasonable here. And don't believe everything you hear about the crime in Mexico. We have great friends here both expatriates from all over the world and Mexicans. We and the other expatriates wouldn't live here if we didn't feel completely safe. Momi's favorite hairdresser is not in the US but a Mexican woman here, Rocio. And it is not all Mexican food here. We have a great middle Eastern food restaurant here run by an Iraqi guy from England. Cynthia serves some of the best healthy fresh vegetarian food. Pizza and sushi (mexican style) are all the rage here.
These are just some of the factors to consider when contemplating a home in another country. Yes, it does sound glamorous but it is a big decision and one that should not be taken lightly.