On April 24th, 2015 authors Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher from International Living, published an article titled: “Why Is Mexico Such A Popular Retirement Destination?” on The Huffington Post. Check out this piece, and you will find out why you need to put Mexico on your list for possible retirement spots.
If you’ve ever been to Mexico, you’ve probably visited some of its beautiful beaches.
But there’s a lot more to Mexico than beaches, and if you’ve never been there or if you are afraid to visit for one reason or another, you are missing out.
Today’s Mexico is not only amazingly diverse and exotic, it’s also far safer than the media would have you believe. And we won’t belabor this point because there is simply no way to convince the naysayers.
The truth is that there are plenty of us who love Mexico. It’s a top destination for U.S. and Canadian tourists. Lots of international conferences are held in its many welcoming cities and resort towns.
Mexico has also been a top expat destination for more than 60 years. We’ve lived here ourselves over the years, in the Lake Chapala, San Miguel de Allende, and Mérida.
Expats in Mexico know that this country is an easy place to live. The climate is great, it’s close to home (you can easily drive to Mexico from the U.S. and Canada) and it is, simply, convenient. You can get fast Internet and see first-run films in modern cineplexes — in English. You can shop at big-box stores and eat at chain restaurants like Chili’s, Applebee’s, Burger King, and McDonald’s if you want to.
But with Mexico’s culinary reputation, it’s doubtful you’ll care much about chain restaurants when you live in Mexico, where you’ll find some of the world’s tastiest and most exotic foods. Chiles, chocolate, vanilla — all these and more come from Mexico. And you’ll find regional cuisines here as varied as the country itself…
Close to the U.S. border, you’ll find many Arizona residents own holiday and retirement homes in the Sea of Cortez seaside town of Puerto Peñasco, also known as Rocky Point.
Baja Norte from Tijuana to Ensenada is also very popular. And with new border crossing lanes recently opened at the San Ysidro crossing, getting back and forth to San Diego is now faster and easier than ever before. It’s so easy, in fact, that some expats in this area commute daily, working in the U.S. and living in Mexico.
Further south, in Baja Sur, popular destinations include the popular Los Cabos area and the resort town of Cabo San Lucas, as well as La Paz, Todos Santos, Loreto, and more.
Another popular expat destination, San Miguel de Allende is a 500-year-old town of about 140,000 people that sits at an elevation of about 6,000 feet in the Sierra Madre mountains right in the center of Mexico.
Its latitude gives it the perfect climate … never too hot, never too cold. No heat or air conditioning needed. San Miguel was recently designated as a World Heritage city and Conde Nast recently named it the world’s #1 most livable city. It’s not hard to understand why. Perfect weather, beauty on every corner, and it’s a town that thrives on culture. Art, theater, music, gourmet food, and more … you’ll find it here, as well as a large expat community of as many as 10,000.
About 90 minutes from San Miguel de Allende is the city of Guanajuato, also a World Heritage city and the capital of the state by the same name.
Mérida, where we lived for four years, is one of our favorite cities in Mexico.
It’s a major city of almost a million people, the capital of Mexico’s Yucatan state, and is often referred to as the safest city in Mexico. It offers a lively local culture, an interesting and friendly expat community, and plenty of local amenities such as shopping, restaurants, health clinics, and hospitals. The Yucatecan architecture is French, Spanish and Caribbean-influenced, unique and inviting…
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