La Nueva Frontera: No Bad Days (Who Needs Electricity?)

Forget Miami. Gringos are retiring in Mexico because it's sunny, sandy and cheap

At the monthly pancake breakfast of the San Felipe Association of Retired Persons, the talk is about how Beverly Stillwell, 71, is paying only $1,700 for bridgework "that would easily cost $4,000 in the States." How Nellie Kidwell, 84, forks over only $49 a year in property taxes for her two-bedroom, two-bath home near the beach. And how Rose Lahey's timid boyfriend won't drive down from California because "he's paranoid about Mexican bandidos." Says Lahey, 55, a retired letter carrier: "You're safer here than in L.A. any day--and it's better than going postal."

San Felipe is one of a handful of...

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