Don't ask me how, but I posted this in the Religion forum. Anyway, I thought it was worth a new thread.
I've taken many solo trips thru Mexico, by van and motorcycle. My Spanish is 'learn as you go along' but I have more fun when I travel alone; I meet more Mexicans and we laugh as we struggle with our language issues. My general rule is 'the cheaper the food, the better it tastes.' One of the problems I have when I travel there with my fellow Americans, is that the ONLY places they want to eat are the ones designed for American tourists.
I've been thinking of retiring there, but I ought to give Costa Rica a look.
One of my plans is to convert a cargo trailer into an RV so it does not look like an RV*, throw in a bicycle and head off South exploring. Dunno if I could get as far as Costa Rica, but I would be on the lookout for a sleepy old fishing village relatively not infected with the American tourist disease. Bahia de Los Angeles in Baja Norte is a candidate, but I'd like to check out Oaxaca area and points South.
*Check out my friend Randy Vining's 'Stealth RV' http://cheaprvliving.com/StealthCargoTrailer.html