There are many reasons for moving to Mexico: the people are welcoming, the cost of living is low, and buying real estate in Mexico is safe and easy. Mexico’s climate is generally warm and can, in fact, get downright hot in the summer. Tequila and guacamole are both plentiful (so survival is assured) and can accompany the many delicious regional foods throughout the country. Oh, and many of the beaches are world-class destinations and a casual wardrobe is all you will need for nearly every occasion.
All this can be had for costs that can be half or less than life north of the border. In fact, many report a lifestyle that is greatly enhanced while their cost of living has significantly decreased. One more thing…the medical care is good to excellent and costs pennies on the dollar compared to prices north of the border. That goes for medications too (which rarely need a doctor´s prescription).
Proximity to the U.S. is also a bonus when considering a move to Mexico—especially for those who have friends and family there or travel back and forth for business. Those who spend only part of their time living in Mexico find the proximity to be a nice benefit. Several airlines have direct flights between many Mexican and U.S. cities and some even choose to drive across the border in both directions.
If your move to Mexico involves retirement, Mexico’s process is direct and uncomplicated. Retirement visas are granted liberally and one can achieve Permanent Resident status without transitioning through the Temporary Residency process. The visa application process begins at the Mexican embassy/consulate in your home state or province. Complete a basic application, provide proof of financial solvency sufficient to obtain the visa you seek, present copies of your marriage license if appropriate, and a quick interview with a Consulate Officer should almost do it. Consulate web sites will provide a complete list of required documents. And, retirees can apply for a discount card that facilitates discounts up to 20% on a variety of goods and services.
Because Mexico is a large country and geographically diverse, it offers all kinds of climates and spectacular sceneries. Whether your dream involves gentle waves rolling onto the Caribbean shore, the majesty of the cliff-infused Pacific Coast, or the tranquility of the Gulf of Mexico, an affordable beachy life in Mexico is attainable for most.
Or maybe you would prefer the splendor of cool mountains, the reflections of sunrise on a calm lake, or the lush greenery of the jungle. Mexico has it all including untold numbers of ancient Maya ruins that would be the envy of Indiana Jones.
Are you a fan of big city life? Mexico City or Guadalajara can easily fill the bill with plentiful fine dining, world-class shopping, stunning architecture, and vibrant historic centers, art museums, symphonies, universities, modern medical centers, and pro sports teams. And of course, there is the crush of the crowd and tons of vehicle traffic to remind you you’re in a mega-city.
And for those seeking a less crowded option, there are countless small towns, medium-size cities, and tiny villages scattered throughout this beautiful country. The hard part is making a decision where to settle. The food and the people are wonderful, everywhere.
Mexico offers the perfect mix of centuries-old traditions and contemporary lifestyles. Most metro areas will have all of the amenities you grew accustomed to in North America: cable TV, high-speed Internet, and modern hospitals and up-to-date home appliances. And, if you prefer, you can even bring all of your favorite things with you without paying import taxes.
Everyone seems to agree: your quality of life improves in Mexico. Goods and services cost less, so you can afford the kinds of luxuries only the very wealthy enjoy up north: a maid, a cook, and a gardener, for example. Then you have time to read, volunteer, golf in the mornings, relax on the beach…time to savor life.
Be honest with yourself before committing to move to Mexico. Do heat and humidity bother you? Are you prepared to live in a place where English is not the first language and could you commit to learning a bit of Spanish yourself? Will you be able to adapt to a different culture? If you are ready for a change and looking to enjoy a more relaxed, affordable lifestyle, then Mexico may just be for you.