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Aug. 27, 2022

E99 Retire in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

E99 Retire in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Dreamt of living on a little Caribbean island? Has the fear of being distant from city conveniences prevented you from realizing your fantasy? Isla Mujeres in Mexico may be the answer. The island is a short commute from the stores, restaurants and services of Cancun. Dawn Fleming and Tom Clifford moved to Isla Mujeres and claim it’s an 18 minute ferry ride and a world away from Cancun. While around 25,000 tourists set foot on the island each day, solitude is found. Learn more about Isla Mujeres on Episode 99 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.

Dawn Fleming’s book is Claim Your Dream Life: How to Retire in Paradise on a Shoestring Budget.

Dawn’s website is Overseas Life Redesign.

Dawn also has an Overseas Life Redesign podcast.


Dawn Fleming


Dawn Fleming was born and raised in Minnesota. She received a degree in anthropology from the University of Minnesota. After college, Dawn’s first husband went on to medical school and then the couple moved to Irvine, California. The couple split not long after moving to California, and Dawn enrolled at Western State University Law School. After graduating from law school, Dawn worked in real estate, international business law, and was a mentor to thousands of entrepreneurs. In 2003, she married her second husband Tom Clifford.
Dawn and Tom began their traveling lifestyle in 2010 when they sailed through the Panama Canal from California to Florida. During their 5,000 mile sailing trip, the couple found a new direction in life. At ages 50 and 60, they knew it was probably too late to accumulate that “magic number” in their bank account for retirement. Instead, they moved to Isla Mujeres, Mexico and found a simpler, happier and richer life at a fraction of the cost of living in the U.S. After being continuously asked how they could do it too, Dawn launched a podcast: the Overseas Life Redesign to share the wealth of inspirational stories from people she’s met who are living their dream outside the US. Dawn then wrote a book about retirement, titled Claim Your Dream Life: How to Retire in Paradise on a Shoestring Budget. She outlines the step-by-step process she and Tom used to turn their dream into reality. She also wrote Claim Your Dream Life which provides a roadmap for others to follow. Dawn and Tom also own and operate Overseas Life Redesign, a global coaching and consulting company that encourages others to discover their dreams and bring them to life. Last but not least, the couple owns and manages a Caribbean oceanfront boutique hotel in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
To sum it up, Dawn has done almost everything. Her interests include sailing, tennis and golf.