Patrick Davids left behind a life plagued by alcoholism and drug addiction to keep swimmers and surfers safe along one of the world's most perilous coastlines.
At least 34 countries have plans, worth a total of $2.25 trillion.
Increased demand for guacamole has helped make avocado exports a rare bright spot for Mexico in its free-trade saga with the US.
For the first time in 13 years, the flow of remittances to Mexico has fallen.
The mingling of its cultural flavors offer a midwinter adventure.
A new constitution approved handily Sunday also risks dividing the nation.