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Escape to Paradise 7-Day Ultimate Island Adventure

Learn to Live Like an Islander on a Shoestring Budget!
7-Day ‘Flip Flops in the Sand’ Immersion That Will Change Your Life Forever - It's a Vacation With a Purpose!

Do You Dream Of Running Away From Home, Escaping The Harsh Winters?

And Living On A Pristine White Sandy Beach On A Tropical Island In Paradise - FOREVER?

Today your dream can become a reality! 

Experience a week living barefoot on the beach like an islander, getting the insider scoop into how to earn dollars, spend pesos, and live in paradise like royalty – on any budget. Banish the fear of the unknown, and embrace a brilliant future life you've always dreamed of.

7 Days That Will Change Your Life

You will explore the off-the-beaten-path treasures of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, a tiny sun-kissed island off the coast of Cancun. You will savor fresh caught seafood, slurp icy margaritas while digging your toes into powder white sand, and swim and sun on one of the 9 best beaches of the world – according to Conde Nast - and recently voted the best beach in all of Mexico!

A Unique Learning Vacation for a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

While this week-long vacation is a deliciously-relaxing and enjoyable retreat, it is so much more. The purpose is to give you a profound immersion into life in paradise, to see if running away from home to live to paradise on this tiny island in the tropics is right for you. Each day is filled with exploration of unique locations, delicious fresh-cooked meals, afternoons spent at exquisite beaches and amazing beach clubs, and evenings of live music and laid back living.
 But it's also structured to present valuable learning in the morning sessions, along with opportunities to meet doctors, lawyers, realtors, and more, and visit typical homes of other expats to get a bird's eye view into life in paradise. You will learn about many local non-profit organizations that are the backbone of the island, and meet other expats who have successfully moved to paradise to build a joy-filled life on a shoestring budget. Plus you will meet working professionals who hold down jobs and build businesses as digital nomads or remote workers, who live and work in paradise for the best of all worlds. You will learn that you can do it too!

Join us October & December, 2023 to Start Your Escape to Paradise!

I will host you in my island paradise for a whole week, so you can learn what life in paradise is like. This is an immersion experience living like a local on a modest budget - to see if this kind of life is right for you. Schedule your trip, make a deposit, and then start to plan your island adventure. And if something comes up and you need to change dates, no problems - you can apply your deposit to any other retreat date in the future. We expect to offer a similar retreat at least once every 3 months - but can't guarantee this incredible low price.

Swim With Whale Sharks During the July Retreat!

When you join my Runaway Retreat October & December 2023, you will be able to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with the largest fish in the sea.

Huge pods of whale sharks migrate off the coast of Isla Mujeres from June through mid-September, and you can choose to go on a day-long excursion about 90 minutes out to sea to swim with these gentle giants.

While they are called Whale Sharks, they are really plankton-eating fish, and not a danger to humans. They are huge, however, up to 65' long, and weighing up to 34 tons!

Humans are considered the biggest danger to whale sharks, so you will swim accompanied by an experienced diver who will guide you on your two swims off the boat.

This is an optional activity, which will cost around $100 - $125 for the day-long excursion, which will end up with fresh ceviche prepared onboard your boat while you swim at North Beach.

People travel from all over the world just for the opportunity to swim with the Whale Sharks, but you can experience this exceptional adventure in conjunction with your relaxing transformational Runaway Retreat.

Plan to join us for the most amazing vacation of your lifetime, while you get to experience life on a white sandy beach tropical island, to learn if life in paradise is right for you.

Swimming with the whale sharks is just a bonus!

Space is limited to just 8 guests - so book now!

Meet Your Runaway Sherpa

I am Diane Huth, your Runaway Sherpa, and I personally guide you through day-to-day life on the tiny sun-kissed island of Isla Mujeres - the Island of Women! - just 7 miles due east of Cancun in Mexico. 
I am the award-winning author of The Grown Ups Guide To Running Away From Home, and a frequent guest on radio programs and podcasts sharing insights into running away from home to live in paradise.

 I will give you the insiders’ scoop to learn how you too can live a joy-filled worry-free life in paradise at any age.
This amazing island adventure is limited due to the size of the B&B to just 10 people maximum! Make sure you register now to hold you place as space is limited!

The May retreat sold out in less than 4 weeks, and the inn is limited with just 5 available rooms, so don't delay!

Your Week-Long Island
Adventure Includes:


  • Lodging in a Charming Boutique Hotel  - 6 nights and 7 days double occupancy starting on Saturday and ending on a Friday.  You will stay in a comfortable queen room with shared bath in a charming boutique B&B in a classical Mexican house just 2 blocks from the most beautiful beach in the world. We will take over The Mermaid and The Pearl B&B so you will know what it feels like to live in a traditional Mexican island home. You will enjoy breakfasts in the family dining room, sit on the outside front patio facing the people walking by on the street, relax on a sheltered second-floor balcony off a bedroom, or or bask on the rooftop patio and pool for a wonderful relaxed vibe. Grab a bicycle or beach chair to enjoy all the island has to offer.

  • Transfer - Private luxury transfer to and from the Cancun International Airport and the Puerto Juarez Ferry terminal with an English-speaking driver - you are responsible for airfare to and from Cancun.  
  • Special Low Southwest Airline Rates - We've scheduled this retreat around airlines' low fare calendar, so you can get the lowest possible rates to travel for these dates - generally less than $400 round trip! Book your Southwest travel on my special group portal so I can track your travel plans.
  • Ferry Ride - A round trip 17- minute ferry ride to paradise – sit inside in comfortable air conditioning, or on the upper deck with wind in your hair and listen to live music while flying over the tourmaline water - it's where I always sit!
  • ​Reception in Isla - Pick up at the ferry terminal and transfer to your hotel
  • ​Local transportation to all events and outings - by private car, golf cart or taxi.


  • 24 x 7 coffee bar with fresh fruit basket and snacks
  • Fresh breakfast or brunch served daily in the dining room or front patio - fresh squeezed fruit juices, tropical fruit, yogurt, pastries, empanadas, savory egg dishes, and more. Every day will be a new treat!  
  • ​​Rooftop open bar and happy hour served by my hubby Paul generally 5 - 7 PN on most evenings , depending on our excursion schedule. Enjoy snacks and complimentary beer, wine, tequila, margaritas, sodas, water, and fresh agua de jamaica - you will love it!
  • ​Arrival night meet and greet cocktail reception – Meet and greet your guides and fellow visitors upon arrival with beer, wine, margaritas, and a light buffet dinner
  • ​Shopping trip to Chedraui, the major grocery store on the island (like a small WalMart) to buy snacks and your favorite beverages to enjoy on your trip. You will also be able to pick up items your forgot at home, souvenirs, beach towels and bathing suits, toiletries, sunscreen, and just about anything else you will need during your stay.
  • A delicious group lunch or dinner each day (6 in total), depending on the day's activities, featuring local ingredients, amazing fresh fruit, and delicious just-caught seafood, and other island favorites. I've scheduled all my favorite island experiences for you to savor - including a local fresh-caught fish tikin xic (Mayan style cooked over wood flames), to the best pizza on the island. And we will enjoy lots of great tacos and Mexican specialties - like you've never had them before!
  • Farewell sunset dinner on my rooftop terrace overlooking the Bay of Cancun and the Salina salt lagoon on the middle part of the island. Paul cooks the most amazing ribs on his smoker - and my appetizers and salads are the best! You will get to see what a typical expat rental apartment looks like so you can imagine what your life could be like in paradise!
  • ​All meals will be served family style, and I will order them in advance to save valuable time to hit the beach or chill with a good book. Let me know you food preferences, allergies, or limitations in advance so we can ensure delicious local options that meet your needs and make your taste buds sing!


  • Guided guided tour around the island by car or golf cart to get the lay of the land. I will show you all the hot spots, favorite eateries, best beaches, stores and shops on my personal guided tour of paradise
  • Visit to the Mayan Ruins on windswept Punta Sur, where the Caribbean and the Bay of Cancun meet. It is a moving spiritual experience as you learn about Ixchel, the Mayan Goddess of Women, and feel her powerful healing energy in her island home
  • ​Experience the Island from the water with the incredible Glass Boat tour - see the underwater sea life and the Island from a whole different perspective!
  • A full afternoon outing to the FunDay Aquatic Park - with all you can eat and drink, waterslides, and more - Isla style!
  • ​Guided tour through the Island’s major supermarket to understand all that is available to buy locally
  • ​Shop at the local Arts and Crafts Market to buy all your favorite beachwear, hats, sarongs, gifts, treasures, and more. My favorite vendor Marcia will take care of you and give you the best prices available on the island. She can also make you a dress out of your choice of colorful fabric!
  • ​Shopping excursion at the Municipal Food Market where restauranteurs and local residents buy the freshest food for the day. You will also meet Sergio, the batik artist who lives outside the market and gives batik classes and sells batik wearables you will treasure
  • ​Water aerobics on North Beach Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m. taught by out hostess Anna. The experience in the bathtub-warm surf is amazing, and you can exercise - or just float - as you wish
  • Water aerobics on North Beach Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m. taught by out hostess Anna. The experience in the bathtub-warm surf is amazing, and you can exercise - or just float - as you wish
  • Visits to 3 different live music venues to enjoy the sounds of the island
  • ​Enjoy Island Bunco  OR Loteria and meet island locals and expats - and enjoy a great pizza dinner! 
  • ​Visit to the Isla Mujeres Beading Cooperative to choose incredibly affordable amazing hand-made beaded jewelry. You can also order custom designs that will be ready before you depart 
  • Visits to 2 vet clinics and pet adoption centers, meet the Island vet, and learn how your fur babies will be cared for if you too move to paradise 
  • Participation in local charitable activities, including participating in a program to provide food baskets to the neediest families on the island.
  • ​Swim with Whale Sharks - July retreat only! You will have the opportunity to swim with these gentle giants as they migrate past the island from June through mid-September, for an additional fee of around $100 - $125.
  • ​We may schedule additional events, or substitute or modify events or outings based on local holidays, events, activities, and opportunities, as well as weather, traffic or local conditions


  • Membership in Learn To Live in Paradise course - a $595 value - with monthly small group coaching to prepare for your trip
  • Daily informational sessions, often during brunch or breakfast, to learn all you need to know to make an informed decision to move to paradise with confidence
  • ​Intimate birds eye tours to different homes of expats and locals living on the island to see the range of living accommodations to fit any budget, and learn about their amazing lifestyles in paradise
  • ​Meet and greets with doctors, dentists, vets, realtors, an immigration attorney, and other professionals so you can learn about the quality of services you can enjoy while living in paradise
  • Meet local expats who have successfully made the move - so you can hear directly from them what their experiences have been and ask questions and create new friendships.
  • ​Additional surprise visits and excursions when available or in season – you will be constantly delighted with new unexpected adventures!
  • ​One-on-one coaching sessions with me throughout the week to craft your runaway plan and determine next steps for success.
  • Get a man's viewpoint of life in paradise from my Canadian hubby Paul. But be careful, he may recruit you to play early morning pickleball!


  • Lots of free time to enjoy different beach clubs, rest and relax, cool off in the pool, enjoy the breathtaking ocean views, and swim in the amazing bathtub-warm turquoise water. We will visit 3 different beach clubs and several unique beaches for more fun in the sun than you could ever imagine!
  • Optional full body massage – on the beach - or on the porch of the B&B. We can help you schedule an amazing massage for around $40 from a preferred massage therapist 
  • Optional manicure and pedicure at a low island cost of around $15 - 20 right in the inn - or next to my home – you deserve it!
  • Evening relaxing yoga and guided meditation to help you unwind before heading to bed
  • ​Additional surprise visits and amazing experiences when available or in season – you will be constantly delighted with new unexpected adventures!

Check out the daily calendar of events:

Each event-packed day of your Ultimate Island Adventure includes valuable training, wonderful meals, free leisure afternoons for beach visits, amazing excursions, and delicious pampering opportunities. You won't want to miss one minute of this spectacular retreat.

Experience Flip Flops in the Sand!

Your escape to paradise starts here!

You will enjoy 7 days and 6 nights in a laid back charming boutique B&B located in a delightful Mexican house with an amazing rooftop pool, drinking icy beer and frosted blended drinks, and savor amazing fresh cooked meals, enjoy the turquoise ocean with breathtaking views and windswept patios. In the evenings, you will sway to the live music of talented local musicians performing in intimate venues you’ve only dreamed of before. And you will sun on a pristine powder white beach lapped by bathtub warm turquoise water. This is paradise!

Vacation With a Purpose

Learn how you too can escape to paradise and live like royalty for a fraction of what you spend today.

You will meet local residents, American and Canadian snowbirds, and adventure loving souls who left behind busy stress-filled lives to move to paradise - and never looked back!
You will meet doctors, dentists, immigration attorneys and vets, working professionals and retirees alike, and visit different island homes to learn how life on an island can be amazingly freeing.

And if you decide that you too want to run away from home to live in paradise, your Runaway Sherpa will be by your side to guide you on your journey to freedom.

More Details About Your Trip

  • 7 days, 6 nights double occupancy in a charming boutique B&B. Come early or stay over for $100 each additional night. $400 upgrade to a private room in the inn or across the street at an ocean-front hotel.

  • ​Transportation to and from Cancun International Airport to the ferry dock, and then to the hotel, is included. Airfare to and from Cancun International Airport is not included.

  • ​​Daily breakfast or brunch and 6 lunches or dinners are included - two meals each day. You are responsible for all additional meals and all beverages consumed off premises at restaurants or bars.

  • ​ A fully-refundable $495 deposit reserves your booking, so reserve now as availability is limited to just 8 participants. Payment plans are available, with the full balance is due no less than 60 days before scheduled arrival date. Cancellations less than 60 days are non-refundable, but you may receive full credit towards a subsequent retreat, held at least once quarterly.

  • ​​We will often order shareable family-style meals and appetizers so you can sample many different amazing dishes, tastes and flavors of paradise - without extended wait times. Make sure you advise us of any dietary restrictions, preferences, or allergies in advance to ensure that you enjoy amazing and delicious meals every time.

  • ​​You must have a valid passport, and plan to fly to Cancun where we will arrange transportation to the island.

  • ​​Mexico has no Covid testing or vaccination requirements.

  • ​This itinerary is dependent upon the weather, local availability of resources, and health and well being concerns, and may need to be adjusted due to conditions outside our control, or to take advantage of special events that occur. We will bend over backwards to deliver a remarkable life-changing experience you will rave about for years, and we reserve the right to adjust or modify arrangements as needed.

An Amazing Discovery Adventure For The Cost of a Vacation Alone!

This is a structured learning experience with extensive personal coaching and small group mentoring, disguised as a delightful vacation in paradise. At the end of your week-long Vacation With a Purpose, you will know if island life is for you - and you will have a plan to make it happen faster than you ever imagined possible.

This once-in-a-lifetime adventure will provide you with the knowledge and insight you need to make an informed decision and plan your escape to Paradise! It is life changing! Hear from others who have experienced the learning, and are now actively planning to live their dream life!
Mickey is redesigning her life to add adventure and learning and art to achieve a more fulfilling life in retirement.
Maureen is planning to move her medical practice online using telemedicine so she can raise her son in paradise without the stress and commute of life in America.
Dawn loves life in paradise - and savors all that Isla has to offer. She splits her time between her home in Austin and her spot on the beach in Isla for the best of both worlds.
Steve loved learning about the option to run away - and to experience life in paradise in person!
Lisa is now ready to plan her move to paradise. Leaning about the options and experiencing life first hand took away the fear of the unknown and allowed her to explore life in paradise.
Randy has his next trip booked already, and is scheduling his winters in Mexico when the Minnesota cold weather shuts down his tourism business.

Contact us for more information or to schedule a call to discuss your plans, questions or concerns

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