Adventure and Retirement on the Sandy Shore of the Riviera Maya

Sherwood Anders

In today’s episode, I chat with Sherwood Anders, who was born and lived in Pittsburgh until she was 32 years old. Sherwood lived in San Francisco before she and her husband Bob moved to Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico with their three rescue dogs “Beachmutts”. She spends a great chunk of her time volunteering with different organizations in Mexico, helping at spay/neutering clinics, animal welfare and helps find new homes for dogs and cats. Bob and Sherwood retired and sold their home in San Francisco in 2015 and are living in Akumal full-time. Tune in to hear about her volunteer work and where she and Bob’s secret spots are in Mexico.

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What does your day consist of now that you are retired and living in Mexico?

Sherwood doesn’t get bored and finds tons of things to do. She loves hanging out with friends and spends the bulk of her time volunteering for animal welfare – not rescuing because her condo doesn’t have enough room. Sherwood is learning how to relax and take a step back from constantly going all the time.

Coco’s Animal Welfare

Coco’s mission is to prevent the birth of unwanted cats and dogs as well as raise awareness of guardianship. Coco’s provides free/low-cost spay/neuter for rescue animals in the local area. The clinic makes sure the dogs and cats are up to date on all their shots and given a health certificate. If you have any questions on how to take a pet home with you to the US, just contact Sherwood and she will gladly help walk you through the very simple process.

The Loco Gringo Nation has generously donated money to Coco’s new clinic, there is going to be a Loco Gringo Lovin’ Lounge in the clinic where you can meet all the pets and take them home with you, but if you can’t bring one of them back please leave a donation. The clinic still needs to raise an additional $30,000 for the completion. Please make your donations at

Where is Sherwood’s Favorite Place?

The Sierra Occidental Mountain is a majestic mountain range that runs northwest/southwest through Mexico. She can’t take her eyes off of the Popocatepetl, which is a volcano located in the states of Puebla. Sherwood also loves to go to San Luis Potosi. There is a 50’s drive-in motel with simple rooms, Spanish language old-time TV, and 5-star service at the restaurant out in the middle of nowhere.

Sherwood’s Secret Spots

Sherwood says living in paradise does have its challenges because she lives in a rental condo where a lot of guests come in and out, and sometimes they just want to escape. Bob and Sherwood find that at the beach clubs in Tulum. She has been to the Chichen Itza probably at least ten times; she feels a special connection to that area since her uncle used to work there.

Paamul, started as a trailer park has now evolved into a very private and secluded community. There is a hotel with a beach that isn’t too crowded, and there is a restaurant with the best fish. If you turn right on the dirt road at the convenience store, take the dirt road that turns east on that path you will see a 3 to 4 story Pyramid. You can also take a boat along the coastline halfway between Paamul and Puerto Ventura there is another small Pyramid.

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